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by tom775257
Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Relieving Captain Of Command?
Replies: 22
Views: 8537

RE: Relieving Captain Of Command?

Personally I have had to take control from the Captain who lost situational awareness during a go around. Then after taking over the aircraft, RT, well everything and getting the aircraft set up and stable downwind and the captain back in the loop, <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</...

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by tom775257
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Difference Between CFM 56 And IAE V2500?
Replies: 9
Views: 43596

RE: Difference Between CFM 56 And IAE V2500?

I have flown A319/320 with the various CFM engines, and the A320/321 with the V2500. Personally I prefer the CFMs. CFM56s are more reliable, rock solid, quick to start, quick warm up, and.... N1 indication! V2500s on the 320/1 need 5 mins warm up (rather than the CFM 3 mins), work in EPR (prefer N1 ...

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by tom775257
Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V/S Autopilot
Replies: 28
Views: 19566

RE: V/S Autopilot

Ok, I was being rather V/S centric in my reply, but to try and show I at least use in fairly often with regards to the posted question. I agree open des with speed control is also very useful for adjusting profile, also if held high, can dial the speed back, then go open des and increase speed to he...

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by tom775257
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V/S Autopilot
Replies: 28
Views: 19566

RE: V/S Autopilot

Hi "Hmmm, what about thrust idle open descent. There is no requirement to use V/S" Yes of course, but often using Open descent can get you below the profile compared to the managed descent profile, I watched a cadet this the other day from the jumpseat (just using Open Descent), ended up with a ten ...

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by tom775257
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V/S Autopilot
Replies: 28
Views: 19566

RE: V/S Autopilot

Further to my post, I will add the proviso, using V/S while it can be a good tool, certainly can get you into trouble. Lets say you have 270kts selected speed and you select V/S -3000fpm down, you will accelerate. At high alt in climb, V/S must me used with extreme caution, because you could end up ...

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by tom775257
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V/S Autopilot
Replies: 28
Views: 19566

RE: V/S Autopilot

On the Airbus when we are on heading select, which will be very common flying into most major airports (being radar vectored) we must use vertical speed, there can't be a managed profile - other wise the only other option is an engines idle 'open descent.' So on the Airbus V/S is very commonly used....

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by tom775257
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Airliners Have Microwave Ovens?
Replies: 27
Views: 20806

RE: Do Airliners Have Microwave Ovens?

On the A320 I fly, we have steam ovens, that are convection ovens with added steam to stop the food from drying out. I assume this is fairly standard.

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by tom775257
Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Plane Spotting Airports
Replies: 19
Views: 4997

RE: Best Plane Spotting Airports

I think it is <acronym title="Dusseldorf - International (Rhein-Ruhr / Lohausen) (DUS / EDDL), Germany">DUS</acronym> where when I go to take-off, just by the start of one of the runways there is a large building that seems packed with people with cameras. I haven't been there for a while so I am no...

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by tom775257
Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Air Conditioning During T/O
Replies: 30
Views: 7511

RE: Airbus Air Conditioning During T/O

Or just leave the APU and APU bleed on then you can leave both packs on. On the A320 series if we take off packs off, our SOPs are 1 pack on at thrust reduction (1500'<acronym title="Aalborg (AAL / EKYT), Denmark">AAL</acronym>) and then the second pack on at flaps zero. I've no idea about the A330/...

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by tom775257
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A319/320 Speed Reduction.
Replies: 11
Views: 4713

RE: A319/320 Speed Reduction.

It annoys me when I fly to Africa in the A320, best practice suggests to leave the landing lights on over the less well controlled areas (ie most of Africa). While there are no limitations on landing light use, it is just uncomfortable to leave them on in the cruise. I just leave the wing lights on ...

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by tom775257
Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Flap Settings
Replies: 25
Views: 11465

RE: A320 Flap Settings

On the A320, when flap is extended, the ailerons droop 5 degrees downwards.

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by tom775257
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFm56-5 HMU Replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 20150

RE: CFm56-5 HMU Replacement

To explain, I was FO on a flight to Vienna, when near the end of the flight, we had the Master caution + ECAM for 'Compressor Vane'. The figure was quoted to by the Mx engineers was: If it is the VSV actuator, you will be stuck here over night, if it is a problem with the HMU, the aircraft will be h...

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by tom775257
Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFm56-5 HMU Replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 20150

RE: CFm56-5 HMU Replacement

For what it's worth, when I had an engine AOG (ECAM: Compressor Vane fault) due to either VGV control system directly or HMU fault, to replace the HMU on the Airbus320 was estimated as 2-3days work by Austrian airlines Mx. Hope this helps somewhat. I don't know if this was due to how much time they ...

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by tom775257
Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cockpit Door Open During Flight?
Replies: 27
Views: 10957

RE: Cockpit Door Open During Flight?

Without going into too much detail we have the primary system which is an electronically controlled door and we control it with aid from multiple CCTV cameras with infra-red floodlights on the aircraft. Before the door is opened we have a very good idea with what is going on in the cabin. If this fa...

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by tom775257
Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Autothrust
Replies: 16
Views: 22122

RE: Airbus Autothrust

Unfortunately I believe that is correct, the airline that I should be moving to in a few months told me during the interview they don't allow auto-thrust off approaches. I understand a few others have this policy too. Certainly there is a requirement for a minimum number of autoland approaches you h...

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by tom775257
Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can You Identify This Device In This A319!
Replies: 19
Views: 6724

RE: Can You Identify This Device In This A319!

Regarding meters over Russia: I dislike flying in meters, every time I get a clearance I have to convert this to feet using a table, even more of a pain because the meters are given in QFE in the terminal environment, my airline says we must fly on QNH, so again we have to convert. Departing from Mo...

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by tom775257
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Autothrust
Replies: 16
Views: 22122

RE: Airbus Autothrust

<< Seems somewhat complex if not over-automated. Does one adapt quickly and intuitively to the setup? >> Oh and to answer your original question, you get used to it fairly quickly, but still the number of times people forget to match the TLA to N1 before disconnecting the autothrust seems too high, ...

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by tom775257
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Autothrust
Replies: 16
Views: 22122

RE: Airbus Autothrust

There are gates at climb, flex/mct and TOGA. On the average take-off you tqake the thrust levers to 50% N1 to stabilise, after that move the levers to either the Flex/MXT or TOGA gate. This gives you your take-of thrust. At 1500 AGL move back to the climb gate. This actiavates the autothrust, and th...

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by tom775257
Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying Within The US With A CAA Atpl
Replies: 20
Views: 5024

RE: Flying Within The US With A CAA Atpl

I would be careful trying to get advice about pilot training in the UK from a forum with a mainly American readership, nothing against this forum, but people here seem in general to know the FAA system very well, but not always the JAA/EASA system, which is perfectly understandable. I would recommen...

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by tom775257
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust
Replies: 19
Views: 14000

RE: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust

Hawk21M: No, I see brake temperatures above 300 deg C on a weekly basis. It is only an amber caution situation. If memory serves 600C is the master warning temp: From FCOM 3 A320: <acronym title="Air Nauru">ON</acronym> Ground: Brakes Hot: Delay <acronym title="President Airlines (Cambodia)">TO</acr...

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by tom775257
Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust
Replies: 19
Views: 14000

RE: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust

747 fan: Partly to reduce noise, but really I was talking about the technique (which my airline encourages) of not using brakes and using max reverse until lower speeds if possible... for example at Heathrow you want to keep runway occupancy to a minimum so we will brake and get off the runway ASAP....

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by tom775257
Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust
Replies: 19
Views: 14000

RE: Why Does JetBlue A320 Seem Not To Reverse Thrust

They probably just use idle reverse, this will sound fairly similar to the engines just being at normal non-reverse idle. Personally at this time of year, flying aircraft without brake fans, I generally don't use autobrake; just use max reverse no braking until about 70kts and then use brakes to slo...

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by tom775257
Wed May 16, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being A Pilot, The Downsides?
Replies: 67
Views: 36644

RE: Being A Pilot, The Downsides?

Lowrider: *Its easily dismissed because you have no idea. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can pass judgement on what they know so little about. Much of the stress and many of the negatives are not in the public view.* Too true my friend, too true. If only people knew the truth. Being ...

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by tom775257
Tue May 15, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being A Pilot, The Downsides?
Replies: 67
Views: 36644

RE: Being A Pilot, The Downsides?

Flying is fun, however it certainly wasn't worth the effort/money required to become an airline pilot. I won't go into details but along the way there were certainly very bad times. It is good as far as jobs go, however it is just a job. The comradery is very good in the job though I might add. Some...

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by tom775257
Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spoiler/ AutoThrottle "Relations"
Replies: 39
Views: 3831

RE: Spoiler/ AutoThrottle "Relations"

In the 320 you generally can't slow and descend with flaps 1 (i.e. slats only). That said rarely do I use speed brake and flap - but if I do it is generally due to ATC cutting me short. On a tangent why the hell so many European airports have these silly long RNAV approaches - and then always radar ...

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by tom775257
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 773 Bulb Burn Out After Only 3 Days?!?
Replies: 30
Views: 5480

RE: 773 Bulb Burn Out After Only 3 Days?!?

Having flown two new jets, one 1 week old, and one 3 weeks old; these had the most deferred defects of any aircraft in the fleet at the time.

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by tom775257
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Any Flight Attendants Get Trained To Use Radio?
Replies: 23
Views: 5335

RE: Do Any Flight Attendants Get Trained To Use Ra

"In a level D sim or a real aircraft revenue flight?" In real flight. Remember the captain is there monitoring you. I think this enhances flight safety; although I can understand the initial reaction of 'why do it on the line when sims are good enough.' Sims are good, but they don't quite get real l...

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by tom775257
Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Any Flight Attendants Get Trained To Use Radio?
Replies: 23
Views: 5335

RE: Do Any Flight Attendants Get Trained To Use Radio?

As background info, at the airline I work for all first officers very early in the line training have to carry out a flight where at some point the captain pretends to die; and you have to carry out the rest of your flight by yourself (Captain will still monitor you and come back to life if you mess...

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by tom775257
Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Do Sidesticks Make Mech Backup Impossible?
Replies: 51
Views: 7610

RE: Why Do Sidesticks Make Mech Backup Impossible?

A320 series has no direct mechanical back-up. If you loose all flight computers you are left with mechanical back up - this is simply pitch trim and rudder. However you are not moving the surfaces, hydraulic power is. Loose the three hydraulic systems and you are no longer in control in any way.

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by tom775257
Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Students - How Do They Try To Kill You?
Replies: 59
Views: 10288

RE: Students - How Do They Try To Kill You?

That is f...ing silly. Entering an unintentional spin off a 60 deg AOB steep turn is pathetic from an instructor. i doubt you entered an inverted spin in a 152 from that. Even then, what was the ASI doing, to accidentally enter a spin in a 152 is tricky verging on impossible. Not a spiral dive?? Whe...

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by tom775257
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Do Sidesticks Make Mech Backup Impossible?
Replies: 51
Views: 7610

RE: Why Do Sidesticks Make Mech Backup Impossible?

777236ER: I heard a rumour that a A320 during flight testing was struck by lightning, and due to the degraded shielding with extra computers plugged in, it took out the ELACS, SECS and FACS leading to a landing in MBU. Any ideas whether this is true or not?? I have landed the A320 in the sim in mech...

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by tom775257
Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus V. Boeing - Different Feel As A Passenger?
Replies: 11
Views: 5350

RE: Airbus V. Boeing - Different Feel As A Passeng

If you are sitting by the wing of the airbus 320 watch on approach as the aircraft changes from config 1 (slat only) to config 2 (slat + flap), you can feel the aircraft baloon a bit; requires a cheeky push on the side stick to counteract.

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by tom775257
Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Students - How Do They Try To Kill You?
Replies: 59
Views: 10288

RE: Students - How Do They Try To Kill You?

The wonder of instructing on light pistons as I used to, was the near instant response of the engine and the lack of inertia of the aircraft!... this makes it possible to get out of many nasty situations still intact. I always found it an interesting balance judging....right, will this landing from ...

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by tom775257
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Things That Make Me Go Hýmm....on A320 No:1
Replies: 26
Views: 5451

RE: Things That Make Me Go Hýmm....on A320 No:1

I assume everyone knows the foot warmer is just a warmed metal plate on the floor before the rudder pedals? i.e. if you have your feet on the rudder pedals no heat for you. I didn't know this till the other night, however that said I only have 25 hours on it, so...

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by tom775257
Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Magnetic/variable Throttle Detents
Replies: 23
Views: 6576

RE: Magnetic/variable Throttle Detents

Green Dot is simply best lift/drag speed and varies essentially with mass of the a/c. If you press expedite on the bus FCU, aircraft will pitch for green dot. Green dot: Below 20,000 feet = 2 x weight (tonnes) + 85 kts Above 20,000 feet add 1 kt per 1000 feet. Minimum speed clean is essentially VLS ...

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by tom775257
Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flap Retract Schedule On Go Around
Replies: 13
Views: 9641

RE: Flap Retract Schedule On Go Around

Nice and easy on the airbus (320 at least). I assume it is the same on the 330/340 At minima or wherever PF calls 'Go Around Flap.' PNF retract flaps one stage (doesn't matter which flap setting, just retract one stage). PF firewalls throttle (sorry moves the thrust levers into the TOGA gate <img bo...

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by tom775257
Wed May 03, 2006 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Does "Transition Altittude" Mean?
Replies: 39
Views: 12058

RE: What Does "Transition Altittude" Mean?

Do you use any Q codes at all in the USA? For example sometimes I might say 'G-ABCD request QSY London Information 124.750, g'day' QSY = change frequency to... It has now been dropped from official RT however still in common use within the <acronym title="Garuda Indonesia">GA</acronym> community in ...

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by tom775257
Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots' Licences
Replies: 15
Views: 2125

RE: Pilots' Licences

hehe yeah I'm waiting on my <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> Connect interview date. I'm having fun instructing at the moment though, I would thoroughly recommend a flight instructor course tagged onto the end of a modular fATPL...keeps the hours building and your eye in. Plus you get g...

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by tom775257
Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots' Licences
Replies: 15
Views: 2125

RE: Pilots' Licences

A3204eva, Why not do a modular course then? A lot cheaper and the market is looking good at the moment. I know many modular people that are being accepted into the airlines at the moment, especially onto turbo props. That said, I have heard of students at Oxford being offered a jet job before <acron...

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by tom775257
Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots' Licences
Replies: 15
Views: 2125

RE: Pilots' Licences

CPL to fly first officer on commercial flights, instruct i.e. earn money from flying etc. ATPL needed to fly as captain on multi-crew public transport flights. Simple eh! For requirements to convert CPL to ATPL consult LASORS available at <a href="http://www.caa.co.uk" target=_blank>www.caa.co.uk</a...

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by tom775257
Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Planes Improperly Weight Balanced - Still Flyable?
Replies: 19
Views: 3766

RE: Planes Improperly Weight Balanced - Still Flya

A couple of points Grbld. Please shoot me down if I am wrong however my underestanding is different to yours regarding elevator authority "Well, beyond the aft CG limit (which is determined as a position where you still have adequate elevator authority in all flight regimes) there's an a point which...

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by tom775257
Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines Refusing "hold Short" Ops
Replies: 30
Views: 6985

RE: Airlines Refusing "hold Short" Ops

I thought all UK based airlines refused LAHSO? Am I correct in thinking that you could have two aircraft speaking to two different tower controllers (i.e. not on same freq.) landing at the same time / different intersecting runways with one on a LAHSO? If I remember correctly I was speaking to a BA ...

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by tom775257
Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Morse Code Training Requirement
Replies: 6
Views: 2403

RE: Morse Code Training Requirement

Certainly I didn't have to learn morse for my European fATPL

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by tom775257
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Your Opinion On Low Time Transport Pilots.
Replies: 40
Views: 6263

RE: Your Opinion On Low Time Transport Pilots.

Hi SabenaBoy: You are correct, DODAR is used as a decision making tool (by <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> and others I think): DIAGNOSIS: e.g. engine fire OPTIONS: e.g. Land nearest suitable, might need runway lengths/ Weather etc. Get a number of options. DECIDE: Discuss between the ...

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by tom775257
Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Your Opinion On Low Time Transport Pilots.
Replies: 40
Views: 6263

RE: Your Opinion On Low Time Transport Pilots.

IMHO From what I have seen there is a very different approach between Europe and the USA. In the USA it seems more of an apprentice style approach, with IMHO an easier CPL/IR but then requiring many hours spent building up experience with aircraft with increasing size. In Europe we train to excess i...

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by tom775257
Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who Handles TNT's US Air Ops?
Replies: 4
Views: 1839

RE: Who Handles TNT's US Air Ops?

Well, TNT Airways based in Liege, Belgium for one cover Europe ASAIK. They have a fleet of 6 A300-B4F which I believe do the trip. They feed packages to Liege from around Europe for onward transport. They also have 737s and Bae146s for shorthaul ops. Sometimes they also wetlease 747s.
Hope this helps

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by tom775257
Tue May 31, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ozone Filters A320
Replies: 18
Views: 10182

RE: Ozone Filters A320

3xO2 (Sorry don't know how to do subscript)
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"How is ozone stopped?"

At a guess the catalyst simply allows hot bleed air containing Ozone to react to produce oxygen (ozone is highly reactive anyway): 2xO3 --> 3xO2 (Sorry don't know how to do subscript)

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by tom775257
Thu May 12, 2005 3:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Expensive Flight Training?
Replies: 8
Views: 6591

RE: How Expensive Flight Training?

You guys are lucky in the U.S. that flight training is so much cheaper! To get my commercial/multi/instrument under JAA in England has cost about $75,000 US dollars. (circa 40,000 UK pounds sterling). That doesn't even give me the ability to instruct. To get my instructor rating added to my commerci...

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by tom775257
Wed May 11, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which UK VFR Chart?
Replies: 1
Views: 2660

RE: Which UK VFR Chart?

Well, I have a pooleys VFR guide, it is okay I suppose. It is fairly pointless though IMHO, now I just download information from the AIS website and print it: <a href="http://www.ais.org.uk" target=_blank>www.ais.org.uk</a> If you haven't signed up yet, you can for free. Just got to the AIC pages, A...

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by tom775257
Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380's Anti Collision Lights
Replies: 18
Views: 7735

RE: A380's Anti Collision Lights

A distinction has to be made between a true xenon lamp and the 'Xenon lights' found on cars/aircraft etc. which are actually HID metal halide lamps. Xenon is typically used in strobes as a gas by itself to give a high intensity flash, as per aircraft strobes/ anti-col lights. Xenon HID lamps have xe...

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