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by thepinkmachine
Wed Oct 05, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which under rated aircraft did you really enjoy flying
Replies: 31
Views: 5201

Re: Which under rated aircraft did you really enjoy flying

Never flown the 1900, but I was told by many colleagues, that it flew much better than it looked.

Cessna Caravan - not the sexiest airplane out there, but It flew beautifully.

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Aug 31, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: China Airlines orders 787 for fleet replacement of A330
Replies: 190
Views: 38395

Re: Update: China Airlines orders 787 for fleet replacement of A330

Does Boeing offer lower weight variants like Airbus. Seems a "high "weight variant like a 789 gets you into A359 territory. Yup, in fact you as an operator can always specify a lower MTOW of your liking. ANA flies Domestic 787-9's at a lower 226t MTOW, and Domestic 787-8's at 202t MTOW. P...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flaps and aborted landings/go-arounds
Replies: 18
Views: 3852

Re: Flaps and aborted landings/go-arounds

Not super cruicial, especially on all engines operating, but forgetting them may cause any of the following: - reduced climb rate (normally not a problem on all engine) - easy to exceed flap placard speed - may trigger landing gear warning (like in the recent AF 777 incident) So not retracting them ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Aug 26, 2022 7:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Planning Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2616

Re: Fuel Planning Questions

EASA in their regulations always says “expected routing”. So the operator may plan any route / profile they think is most likely to happen. Technically you don’t even have to plan fuel for the entire SID/STAR (although most operators do) - if, eg. you know that most flights don’t fly the entire proc...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jul 21, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Bounced landing and then go around -serious incident?
Replies: 21
Views: 3350

Re: 737 Bounced landing and then go around -serious incident?

As per Boeing lingo, anything below MDH/DH till touchdown is a “rejected landing” and after touchdown it’s a “balked landing” :geek: They differentiate it, because in Boeings TOGA button does not work after t/d, so the technique for doing it is slightly different. Nevertheless, as others mentioned, ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel consumption-Climbing versus Cruising
Replies: 15
Views: 4037

Re: Fuel consumption-Climbing versus Cruising

Climb - approximately 2.3-3 times higher fuel consumption per hour than cruise Descent at idle - about 3-4 times less less fuel consumption than cruise. It’s not totally comparable in terms of fuel consumption per distance flown, because during climbs and descent true air speed varies quite signific...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 760
Views: 187632

Re: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread

According to Norse on Twitter it was "near full" Initial FL 380 means TOW of approximately 200 tons. For a short-ish flight like OSL-JFK that would mean payload of approximately 30 tons or ~300 Pax Thank you for the calculation. 300 PAX is a good load factor of 87% The Dreamliner arrived ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 760
Views: 187632

Re: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread

Anyone know the load? It went straight to 38000 feet. I know the 787 is very capable and the 4100 nautical mile distance is no problem for the plane. Still impressive to see. According to Norse on Twitter it was "near full" Initial FL 380 means TOW of approximately 200 tons. For a short-i...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 21, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5751

Re: airplane gliding

I’ll be happy to learn the results! :bigthumbsup:

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 21, 2022 11:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5751

Re: airplane gliding

At what speed ? In what configuration? Sounds like something I should try if I have some spare time in the sim ;) If I remember correctly, last time I tried it, we intercepted the G/S in clean configuration and at UP/Gdot speed and the plane happily flew the profile at constant speed. Then at ~5-6 ...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 21, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5751

Re: airplane gliding

I'll add that the glide ratio of an airliner is way better than a Cessna 172. More like 1:15-20. For every 10000 feet, you can expect to glide 30 nautical miles at best glide speed. Plenty of time to try to restart the engines and look for landing options. Oh for sure, gliding characteristics of mo...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Apr 15, 2022 6:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 3045

Re: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes

I have too wondered how this profile is construed - reaching FL140 within the time oxygen generators are working and continuing on FL140 for 30 minutes without oxygen is quite understandable. What I don’t quite understand are these intermediate stops for a few minutes (FL290 and FL250 in the example...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 07, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction
Replies: 39
Views: 6883

Re: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction

Related question: to what extent does deceleration rate affect brake heating? Doesn't the same amount of energy need to get dissipated either way? The only thing I can think of that would make a big difference is using more TR or spoilers on a longer runway and thus having to do less braking. The d...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 07, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue
Replies: 106
Views: 33066

Re: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue

Yup. It happens quite often to get the siren blaring at you when you extended the final landing flap too quickly, while the gear is still in transit. Quote annoying IMO…. The same goes for go-around when the gear is selected up with flaps still in landing position. How very odd, your not busy enoug...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 07, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue
Replies: 106
Views: 33066

Re: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue

From Volume 2, section 15, Warning Systems, of the B777 FCOM for multiple airlines: Landing Configuration Warning The landing configuration warning system alerts the crew the landing gear is not extended for landing. The EICAS warning message CONFIG GEAR is displayed if: • the airplane is in flight...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Feb 22, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?
Replies: 25
Views: 7381

Re: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?

Never flown a quad - but modern twins climb quite happily during acceleration/flap retraction on both engines - even when heavy and with reduced climb thrust. OTOH acceleration on single engine does require level (or nearly level) flight. P.S. the closest to level acceleration was when I flew ATRs i...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Feb 11, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS over Greenland
Replies: 7
Views: 2742

Re: ETOPS over Greenland

I fly over Greenland all the time and this question pops up every now and then, and gets some people quite vexed… Here’s my take on it, in addition to what others said: - ETOPS and terrain escape are two completely separate scenarios. Both have to be analyzed, but not together - TDP is normally fixe...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Feb 05, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SAS flying an A321LR CPH-IAD
Replies: 25
Views: 4098

Re: SAS flying an A321LR CPH-IAD

hitower3 wrote:
From a regulatory standpoint, would they need an augmented crew for that flight?


Under EASA regs it depends on the time of the day when crew start their duties - but it should be doable, just not very robust, ie. not much margin for delays.

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Start Procedure. Which one first?
Replies: 48
Views: 5629

Re: Engine Start Procedure. Which one first?

celestar345 wrote:
thepinkmachine wrote:
787 - you start both at The same time :)


Even more astonishing when you hook up a maintenance laptop and watch the electric maintenance page, when starting both engines at the same time - all 4 CMSC loading over 105%....


Even without a laptop, you can almost feel the cables frying… ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jan 31, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Start Procedure. Which one first?
Replies: 48
Views: 5629

Re: Engine Start Procedure. Which one first?

787 - you start both at The same time :)

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jan 22, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Layovers changed from pre covid
Replies: 5
Views: 3124

Re: Layovers changed from pre covid

Don’t know about Virgin, but where I work the layovers generally tend to be longer during Covid pandemic, as the flight frequency is lower.

Once the pandemic is over I expect most layovers go back to 24 hours, as daily flights are reinstated.

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system
Replies: 15
Views: 3015

Re: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system

If I remember correctly, C-5 also wasn’t equipped with anti-ice system, as it was deemed unnecessary

Where is @GalaxyDriver, when you need them… :D

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATP: Skip the Regional Jet Go Direct to the A320 & B737
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Re: ATP: Skip the Regional Jet Go Direct to the A320 & B737

Soon the ULCCs will be replacing the regionals as the choice of stepping stone to get to the legacies…. If you are a new pilot with 1500hrs and fresh wet ATP had a choice between going to a regional airline flying a 76 seat regional jet or a ULCC to fly 319/320/321s which one would you pick before ...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Oceanic clearances are still available on VHF. Shanwick (UK) still has a dedicated Oceanic Clearance Delivery frequency. Gander had one until recently, nowadays they issue clearances on domestic ATC frequency to whomever has no datalink. Most clearances come via ACARS. I used to do HF reports as lat...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 284
Views: 76402

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

To put my 3$ worth into the discussion - I tried to replicate the issue by setting MCP to 0000 on the ground in B787 with TOGA armed (or arming TOGA when MCP was set to 0000) and the mode didn't go to ALT - so it seems Boeing has improved the MCP logic on the 787.

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Cruise Mach at Cost Index 300
Replies: 10
Views: 2687

Re: 787 Cruise Mach at Cost Index 300

Fixed Ma is used for Atlantic crossing on transatlantic flights - but even then it is planned only between the oceanic entry and exit points Other than that it ECON speed (which for the 787 at low CI is almost always .84)

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?
Replies: 24
Views: 2761

Re: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?

EASA rules specify minimum turn height of 50' or half of the wingspan, whichever is greater (with bank angle limited to 15 deg until 400'). Hoever normal ops is 400'

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to operate its second longest non stop flight with a 787-9
Replies: 34
Views: 14120

Re: QANTAS to operate its longest non stop flight with a 787-9

Any reason for CASA banning fights south of 60S? (ETOPS requirements notwithstanding)

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2454

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

Our flight bags in those days were very heavy, and the endless manual revisions were not much fun either! Don´t miss the paper revision work, but at least you potentially noticed some of the changes. Harder with the electronic versions, some of which have a slow and cumbersome process. Still carryi...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Favorite Song about aviation?
Replies: 69
Views: 10564

Re: Favorite Song about aviation?

https://vimeo.com/301868700
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‘The Crossing’ by Dave Hadfield

https://vimeo.com/301868700

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 20
Views: 2444

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

It does in terms of general step climb procedure. However, both 787 and A350 will start higher (approx 36,37 at MTOW) and will climb higher a bit quicker. In many cases up to F430, depending on ZFW. Cheers, Adam A heavy 787 will start at approximately FL330, not sure about the A350. 430 will only b...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APU Usage
Replies: 18
Views: 4066

Re: APU Usage

Another thing to consider is APU start cycles - sometimes it’s cheaper to keep it running, rather than shutting it down after taxi in and re-starting it before departure. However, it’s a bit of black magic, depending on airline maintenance contracts etc, company policy, price of ground power at a pa...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat May 01, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Brakes and brake fans
Replies: 16
Views: 4941

Re: Brakes and brake fans

One difference is that Airbii don’t have wheel well fire detection systems and have a 300 deg C brake temperature limit for takeoff, in order to prevent fire in case of Hyd fluid leak. This 300 degrees limit is quite easy to exceed on landing and the brake fans are there to dissipate the heat on sho...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: F-S scale on the attitude indicator
Replies: 9
Views: 2664

Re: F-S scale on the attitude indicator

Depends on type. On ATR and older 737 / 767 (before speed tape was introduced) it was speed deviation from reference selected speed on the Airspeed indicator. It was quite useful

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?
Replies: 16
Views: 4966

Re: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?

It can get even better! We sometimes operate Longhaul charters and the crews get to spend a week (occasionally more) in a 5-star all-inclusive resort.

Some of our pax hate it... :biggrin:

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crosswind Landing Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1677

Re: Crosswind Landing Question

I’d say not much difference.

Larger A/C have more inertia, so they tend to be a bit more stable in x-wind and turbulence. However, handling techniques and pilot workload seem to be similar in all A/C...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. B737 & TOGA
Replies: 13
Views: 3606

Re: Question re. B737 & TOGA

Pushing TOGA on takeoff is not the same as TOGA takeoff... Boeing airplanes also use reduced thrust for takeoff - they just call it ATM instead of FLEX, but the basic principle is the same. Pushing TOGA button before takeoff make the thrust levers advance to the previously programmed thrust setting....

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel flow: Same N1/EPR at different altitudes?
Replies: 9
Views: 1643

Re: Fuel flow: Same N1/EPR at different altitudes?

What is worth noting, fuel flow is more or less directly proportional to the thrust produced by engine, regardless of altitude. i.e. the engine will produce (roughly) the same thrust for given fuel flow, regardless of altitude - although at different N1 This is not entirely correct, especially for t...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?
Replies: 46
Views: 8276

Re: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?

edina wrote:
TTailedTiger wrote:

No, the Dassault Mercure had them as standard both sides.


:bigthumbsup:

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5931

Re: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?

The Russians got it right years ago! :mrgreen: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Tupolev-Tu-134A-3M/2678899?qsp=eJwljUEOgjAQRe/y17ggGBbdqQfQBRdo2gkQ0WmmY7Ah3N2h7l7eT97fEPit9NWhJIJDJi9hQoPkxb8y3IYnlZUlGmP4nNrufKwTK9%2B80shS4PoGmUWvhohmLyFQUor4%2B7tEkmOiHGp6tKvWgORRGV1vPs45Lb42SP28YN9/t%2Bo0cQ%...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eva Air (BR) and KC-135 NMAC
Replies: 6
Views: 1875

Re: Eva Air (BR) and KC-135 NMAC

Did the KC-135 have the transponder on? If not, TCAS would have ben useless...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?
Replies: 27
Views: 4307

Re: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?

Delta tried the Surface tablets, hated them, terrible service, went to Apple I can only concur - Surface sucks... gimme an iPad anytime! (And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy) - the latter just works so much better than the former as an EFB... The solutions I’m talking about are slowly emerging. As @Age...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?
Replies: 27
Views: 4307

Re: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?

Because iPads seem to be doing a better job than built-in, original EFB. Also, they are normally issued to pilots on all fleets, whereas the manufacturer EFB's are airplane specific - there is a different one on say A350 and a different one on the 787 and there's none on other airplanes. Having said...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Engine Start & Spoilers
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Re: 787 Engine Start & Spoilers

Funny enough, if you look at the window view video provided by the OP, the spoilers go back down before the flap extension sequence starts... :)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fish carried by Air Cargo
Replies: 51
Views: 8660

Re: Fish carried by Air Cargo

If you want to carry fish, you must put them on a 757! The ultimate A.Net fish carrier :D

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Coffin Corner/High Altitude and Excess Thrust vs "Excess" Wing Area
Replies: 19
Views: 2531

Re: Coffin Corner/High Altitude and Excess Thrust vs "Excess" Wing Area

Apart from other considerations (structural limitations, optimum level, emergency descent mentioned earlier), your Max FL may be aerodynamically limited (not enough wing), or thrust limited (not enough thrust to climb and/or sustain level flight with adequate manoeuver margins). I think most modern ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-900ULR: a one-off concept?
Replies: 110
Views: 27587

Re: A350-900ULR: a one-off concept?

I'm no expert on maintenance procedures, but apparently it may be cheaper to keep the aircraft active doing some sort of minimum flying, than keeping them stored. One big airline in Europe was doing the same in during the lockdown - they were flying empty planes back and forth to keep them active, a...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The smell of flying!
Replies: 19
Views: 3847

Re: The smell of flying!

Ahh, I love the smell of JET-A1 in the morning!

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Those who fly airplanes with FBW flight envelope protections
Replies: 32
Views: 41941

Re: Those who fly airplanes with FBW flight envelope protections

FWIW, I have briefly ended up in ALTN LAW on A320 once, but it was self-inflicted. We had an aileron servo fault one day and I decided to reset an ELAC (A320 primary flight control computer), but Il by mistake I have reset the wrong one... Pooof! We went into ALTN law. Fortunately, switching the ELA...

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