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by benjjk
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?
Replies: 49
Views: 10689

Re: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?

Alliance Airlines of Australia. They operate a mix of charter and commercial flights in Australia. They announced today a 24% increase in profits They've been flying the Sydney NRL teams from Bankstown to Queensland and back on game day, so the players and staff can remain in the "bubble"...

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by benjjk
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 19312

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Alliance Aviation have announced to the ASX this morning that they are acquiring 14 E190 aircraft and spares plus options for further aircraft from Azorra Aviation in the US for USD$79.4 million. From the announcement: https://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistics/displayAnnouncement.do?display=pdf&ids...

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by benjjk
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14053

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

In the press conference just now, Joyce said there will be no place for the A380's for 3 years.

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by benjjk
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22174

Re: Revisiting MH370

santi319 wrote:
Now more than ever I think that the Chinese Government was behind it.


How would they benefit from that?

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by benjjk
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68365

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

1) Go down the NZ approach and go full eradication of the virus which means that they won't open up the borders until other countries basically have zero community transmission, 2) Go down Australia's approach which is a suppression strategy where you get the numbers down initially and then accept ...

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by benjjk
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68365

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Only a rumour, and not a particularly surprising one at that, but apparently Qantas are planning on sending at least half of their A380s to Victorville for long-term storage (2 years). The other half may be kept in a more airworthy state for when demand returns, but they’re planning on that being a ...

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by benjjk
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Watching the press conferences this morning from the government and VA, they are definitely pushing a positive message. The administrator said there are over 10 parties who have expressed an interest in a possible takeover. He said they wouldn't have a solid plan for 2-3 months, so presumably they w...

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by benjjk
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

If Qantas is left as the only domestic player, why not cap the price of tickets? Imposing a fare cap can actually increase the average fare cost, because the discounted sales go away to make up the shortfall. They tried it in Indonesia: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-airlines-strategy...

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by benjjk
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

The Guardian liveblog says they're expected to go into administration shortly.

What a terrible day, thoughts are with those employees.

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by benjjk
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?
Replies: 60
Views: 8860

Re: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?

There's a lot here! The bottom line is that a lot of it comes down to cost. A fact of aviation, and life really, is that there will always be some risk. The risk is currently extremely low, and investing billions and tripling the cost of airfares just to reduce that risk a tiny bit more is not a fea...

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by benjjk
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?
Replies: 16
Views: 4167

Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?

As far as I know, the landing distance calculations on airliners are performed without factoring in reverse thrust, unless the runway is wet. They also use autobrake systems. The different levels of autobrake actually reflect the rate of deceleration. The system modulates brake pressure to meet the ...

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by benjjk
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99208

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

A 96% reduction in capacity for CX. Whilst not unexpected it's still shocking to see. A good airline with good people, I really hope they can get through (same goes for everyone else struggling out there). Ironically Hong Kong itself is not that badly affected by the virus. Hopefully that at least m...

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by benjjk
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines hand out hand wipes before inflight snacks and meals?
Replies: 30
Views: 2570

Re: Should airlines hand out hand wipes before inflight snacks and meals?

It wouldn't cost the airlines money, it will be instantly passed onto the passenger.

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by benjjk
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

CASA has signed off on QF's fatigue risk management system (FRMS) allowing pilots to fly more than 20 hours https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/qantas-moves-closer-to-ultra-long-haul-flights-after-safety-approval-20200227-p544y5.html Interestingly it says this does not provide appro...

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by benjjk
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

On a related note, are there any updates regarding registration sequences? The Australian civil aircraft register seems to be getting pretty full, and with several dozen jets due over the next 5-7 years, I wonder what JQ and VA will do if they want to find a block of unused registration marks - eg....

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by benjjk
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30283

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

Out of curiosity...Is the amount of single engine flight time limited by ETOPS in this case? Or as they are flying over terrain they can flight as long as needed on single engine? Some A350s are being delivered without fuel jettison systems too, so it wouldn't be surprising if this 767 doesn't have...

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by benjjk
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Just departed WUH 7 hours later than planned with ETA 15:00 into LEA. Flight QF6032 from Wuhan to Learmonth https://fr24.com/QFA6032/23bcd270 https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200203/3cc54b151f5deba5fd314ca45a9a116e.jpg Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Interested in crew hours here given I presu...

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by benjjk
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020

I rank "Qantas have been planning to use a 787 all along" right up there with "The moon landing was filmed in a studio". Please... I’m still convinced the whole Project Sunrise is a pipe dream for Qantas. I predict a new generation of supersonics linked networks will render Sunri...

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by benjjk
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020

The third and final research flight, JFK-SYD, is underway, departing an hour later than planned at 2200 local (probably due to weather).

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by benjjk
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

Alan Joyce has made it clear that the domestic fleet renewal is an entirely separate project and that the two aren't linked in any way (from Qantas' perspective). I wouldn't be at all surprised if that was the current hold up: Airbus/Boeing are prepared to sharpen their pencil on this marquee order...

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by benjjk
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

General questions, not the definition of OEW. Is there any news of the plane or planes they intend to use? There's a number of planes that can do it. Since they only tested on the 789, is that pretty much a done deal, and they are just figuring out the set up of the 789. As for the concessions + th...

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by benjjk
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64554

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Qatar is closing in on 10 years since launching services to Australia, seems like an announcement is coming regarding celebrations https://twitter.com/qatarairways/status/1201093583488593920?s=20 On a personal note - I was part of the QR start up team. Incredible to believe it’s been ten years!! Ha...

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by benjjk
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?
Replies: 141
Views: 17851

Re: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?

Why does QF not just transfer these passengers to AA at LAX? Why do they need to operate LAX - JFK themselves? Well there's a profit to be had, obviously LAX-JFK is going alright for them. Also, daytime LAX-Australia flights don't really work so the aircraft would otherwise be sitting there all day...

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16051

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

I guess I just don't understand why Boeing should surrender the 120-200 seat market, home to the best-selling aircraft of all time?

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by benjjk
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Having a fatigue risk management system doesn't automatically allow unlimited duty times (and I'm skeptical that any operator would have such approval). It does if you have the CAO exemption, the hard limits are in the CAO, FRMS has variable limits. Qantas have an FRMS but it still has capped duty ...

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by benjjk
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Regardless of you guys math peeing contest, QF will have it figured out. Their choice of plane(s) will have fuel burn that will give them a profit. I find their "test flights " are some would be or maybe really is ingenious. These flights that they are considering... makes them look super...

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by benjjk
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Regulatory approval. CASA will not approve 20 hour flights (with TOD pushing 22 hours) based on QF asserting that it's safe, because it is 'only' an hour or two longer than any other RPT flight in the world. This is not new science, and it is not QF doing the research, it is the university of Adela...

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

https://www.caas.gov.sg/docs/default-so ... 11-2(rev-0)-fatigue-risk-management-for-ulr-operations.pdf
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dtw2hyd wrote:
You can roster a ULH crew set twice a month.


This used to be the case but isn't anymore. SQ ULR crews now only need three nights at home before they can go again: https://www.caas.gov.sg/docs/default-so ... 11-2(rev-0)-fatigue-risk-management-for-ulr-operations.pdf

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

That doesn't sound right. Fuel savings have to be much higher with a stop. I think the ‘burn fuel to carry fuel’ mantra gets very over played and in a relatively low fuel price environment it’s not as big of a deal. Run some numbers, the more the match of technology moves on and the more the effici...

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by benjjk
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

The second delivery/research flight will depart LHR at 0600 on Thursday 14 November, arriving into SYD at 1145 Friday. The aircraft will be VH-ZNJ, wearing the special 100 year livery. Any idea when it's scheduled to arrive at LHR from LAX? Apparently it's due in Wednesday at 1820, after leaving LA...

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by benjjk
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

The second delivery/research flight will depart LHR at 0600 on Thursday 14 November, arriving into SYD at 1145 Friday. The aircraft will be VH-ZNJ, wearing the special 100 year livery.

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by benjjk
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is SFO-ICN so overserved?
Replies: 13
Views: 2756

Re: Why is SFO-ICN so overserved?

There's a little company called Samsung which has a lot to do with it I'd say.

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 138345

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

This is just not true. These cracks cannot bring down an otherwise serviceable aircraft unless they are allowed to develop much into much more than the inch or so that these ones are - which takes many thousands more cycles. I’m not saying it’s likely. You’re right that it hasn’t happened yet. But ...

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 138345

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

To clarify, you are saying fly till the wing cracks or fly until the pickle fork cracks, because I can see airlines flying the a/c until the fork cracks, it would be no different from flying until a heavy check is due. Good point. An NG with an undiagnosed crack could lose a wing tomorrow. This is ...

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by benjjk
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 138345

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

Qantas have confirmed three aircraft have cracks: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-qantas-boeing/qantas-says-cracked-jets-removed-from-service-for-repair-will-minimise-customer-impact-idUSKBN1XA2ON Apparently the aircraft will be back online by the end of the year. So the union was right. About g...

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by benjjk
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 138345

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-qant ... SKBN1XA2ON

Apparently the aircraft will be back online by the end of the year.
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Qantas have confirmed three aircraft have cracks:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-qant ... SKBN1XA2ON

Apparently the aircraft will be back online by the end of the year.

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by benjjk
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Sam Chui will be on the flight and posted his invite to his Instagram story. It confirms 6am departure and 12pm arrival, at what they say is approximately 19.5 hours.

I agree that you'd think the testing would resemble the proposed schedule so this is a bit odd.

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by benjjk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

pabloeing wrote:
Alan joyce today in Chicago.....¿Boeing meeting?


He publicly said that he met with Airbus last week re Sunrise so I'd imagine he'll be meeting with Boeing too while he's in the US before the flight on Friday.

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by benjjk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254420

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Is there enough time between the tests and the GO-NO-GO decision for Project Sunrise? Or will these experimental flights become the perfect argument to delay the decision? It sounds like negotiations/discussions with the pilot's union and/or CASA will be the "long pole in the tent" on whe...

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by benjjk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Military VS Commercial VS Ag Flying
Replies: 47
Views: 9989

Re: Military VS Commercial VS Ag Flying

Most of the cropdusting jobs that I see advertised (in Australia) require more flight experience than airline jobs. It's the most dangerous civilian job you can get, with a high fatality rate. The guys who do that are absolute pros and dedicate their lives to it. What I'm trying to say is that it's...

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by benjjk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Military VS Commercial VS Ag Flying
Replies: 47
Views: 9989

Re: Military VS Commercial VS Ag Flying

Most of the cropdusting jobs that I see advertised (in Australia) require more flight experience than airline jobs. It's the most dangerous civilian job you can get, with a high fatality rate. The guys who do that are absolute pros and dedicate their lives to it. What I'm trying to say is that it's ...

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by benjjk
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 80731

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Question on windsocks - yes windsocks! We have reasonably progressed from the day of the windsock with more information about wind available than the windsock can provide but coming into SYD last night i saw the windsock between T2/3 and T1 and was wondering if it really was used by pilots anymore ...

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by benjjk
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weighting passenger
Replies: 59
Views: 9667

Re: Weighting passenger

buddy, how much do overweight bags actually add to the trip cost? How about just one overweight bag? Yet they're still charged. Overweight baggage fees are so high largely to act as a deterrent in a volume-limited space, because you just know someone will try moving their whole house one day. And w...

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by benjjk
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weighting passenger
Replies: 59
Views: 9667

Re: Weighting passenger

On a two hour flight without cargo in an A320/ B737 the extra weight is irrelevant. On a transpacific flight in which some seats can't be sold it's extremely important. For transatlantic depending on plane type an extra kg body fat may or may not have to be traded for 1 kg cargo. Knowing the exact ...

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by benjjk
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weighting passenger
Replies: 59
Views: 9667

Re: Weighting passenger

Oh, i wait for this comment. what about light passengers? should them paying less? yes. fat people are not entitled to have their excess weight subsidized by the thin. like cargo, airfare should be billed by distance and weight. I know you and many others have some fantasy scenario in your head whe...

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by benjjk
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not A Good Thing To See - Pilot And Flight Attendant In Physical Altercation At PHL
Replies: 46
Views: 15353

Re: Not A Good Thing To See - Pilot And Flight Attendant In Physical Altercation At PHL

Would be money this flight attendant “dude” was overly sensitive and some sort of “I’m always a victim look at me character “ It was the FO who responded to the perceived insult to his ego with force. In my experience, the people who react like that are the same macho men who deride 'snowflakes' fo...

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by benjjk
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane hunters
Replies: 8
Views: 1882

Re: Hurricane hunters

Being in controlled airspace they still need a clearance of some kind, it's just that clearance would be along the lines of "do whatever you want within this block", so not every single turn needs approval. Test flights are often performed in the same way. Enlighten us as to what aircraft...

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by benjjk
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane hunters
Replies: 8
Views: 1882

Re: Hurricane hunters

Being in controlled airspace they still need a clearance of some kind, it's just that clearance would be along the lines of "do whatever you want within this block", so not every single turn needs approval. Test flights are often performed in the same way.

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