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by Balerit
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 GE Engines
Replies: 33
Views: 3874

Re: 747-300 GE Engines

Yes SAA re engined its aircraft. The -7r4g2 engine had much better fuel consumption and basically killed off the 747 -SP.

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by Balerit
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17314

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

If the fuselage is different to the original design, then Boeing should not have been allowed to grandfather the design. The bonded skin referred to was on the fuselage sides on the original 737, the crown was regular ally riveted skin. The original problem stemmed from the tie brackets that connect...

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by Balerit
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 GE Engines
Replies: 33
Views: 3874

Re: 747-300 GE Engines

The -300 SUD had engine fan blade problems caused by the airflow pattern being disturbed by the stretched upper deck on take-off, especially when the aircraft banked left of right. We, SAA, had a few inboard engines throw fan blades due to this phenomenon and P&W had to send out a team to invest...

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by Balerit
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: (Hypothetical) Water injection on high-bypass engine
Replies: 34
Views: 4465

Re: (Hypothetical) Water injection on high-bypass engine

Water injection, for example on the JT9, is for cooling the first stage turbine, nothing else and is injected into the combustor chamber alongside the fuel nozzles. When water injection pressure increases, the FCU is commanded to add extra fuel which gives the extra thrust. Any water in the incoming...

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by Balerit
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question

George, GRJ or FAGG is an alternate especially for local aircraft.

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by Balerit
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30174

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

Don't you get cupholders with these things? On the A350 there is 3 cup holders which can hold anything up to around a 600 ml bottle, and one larger bottle holder that will hold a 1-1.5 liter bottle per side. Drinks are supposed to be passed on the window side in any aircraft. https://i.ibb.co/MZSSs...

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by Balerit
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30174

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

Don't you get cupholders with these things? On the A350 there is 3 cup holders which can hold anything up to around a 600 ml bottle, and one larger bottle holder that will hold a 1-1.5 liter bottle per side. Drinks are supposed to be passed on the window side in any aircraft. https://i.ibb.co/MZSSs...

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by Balerit
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Depending on the day to day operational requirements, the SAAF has most of the aircraft in storage or maintenance and some of those in storage are awaiting spares. The spares procurement process takes so long and this adds to the problem and most likely they rob items from the stored aircraft to kee...

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by Balerit
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2
Replies: 66
Views: 19277

Re: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2

I found this on the Airbus site Today, a third of Airbus’ customers operate A300/A310 Family aircraft as part of a wider Airbus fleet and more than 200 of the 650 aircraft currently flying with some 80 operators will still be in service in 2025. The A300/A310 Long Term Support team will ensure that ...

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by Balerit
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/ ... ds-in-drc/
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A SAAF cargo transport veered of the runway in a wet Goma. It was busy with UN duties.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/ ... ds-in-drc/

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by Balerit
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 535335

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Any photos of the SAA aircraft?

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by Balerit
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 52336

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

mr02 wrote:
T54A wrote:
mr02 wrote:
SAA doesn't have premium economy as a class unless they want to unveil it when the first aircraft arrives.


Hainan machines (MSN 226/246) already configured with premium economy.

But SAA are leasing them from MK,no?


That is the only info I have at the moment.

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by Balerit
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 52336

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

From Avcom Just heard that SAA pilot training is happening for new A350 aircraft in Miami in October. Some pilots have already headed to Toulouse this week. Initially 2 x A350 will be leased from Airbus that were originally going to be leased to TAM. There is possibility of further aircraft from Hai...

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by Balerit
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does the horizontal stabilizer of a Dash 8 droop?
Replies: 5
Views: 2609

Re: Why does the horizontal stabilizer of a Dash 8 droop?

[quote="Ethan22"]While looking at the Dash 8 family, I noticed that the -100 and -300 family of planes horizontal stabilizer attached to the tail always droops while on the ground, but not while airborne...… I did not notice this on the Q400 family.... Thanks[/quote Are you talking about t...

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by Balerit
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes
Replies: 10
Views: 4560

Re: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes

It is a visual reference point for the pilots when adjusting the seat height.

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by Balerit
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes
Replies: 10
Views: 4560

Re: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes

It is a visual reference point for the pilots when adjusting the seat height.

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by Balerit
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 6068

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Eh, this is standard AD stuff that is getting magnified due to the Max. You have to be kidding, since when has it become okay to say AD's are normal, they are not, they are issued to rectify serious design flaws or procedures or any abnormalities that affect flight safety. Maybe you're getting conf...

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by Balerit
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 6068

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Eh, this is standard AD stuff that is getting magnified due to the Max. You have to be kidding, since when has it become okay to say AD's are normal, they are not, they are issued to rectify serious design flaws or procedures or any abnormalities that affect flight safety. Maybe you're getting conf...

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by Balerit
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6281

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

It might be considered a “non-issue” by some but really, just put this thing out of its misery. What else is going to come out in the wash? How many more people have to be killed before this plane is grounded for good? But then what do I know. As much as I love Boeing this is atrocious. Exactly and...

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by Balerit
Tue May 28, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 535335

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

So it could be one of the following; sn 246, sn 251, sn 260, & sn 270. 283, 299, 320, 351, 355, 384... Fiji is apparently taking 320 and another one. Ok cool, I mistakenly thought they were arriving in August, hence me thinking of those early sn's. The rumours are that they will be here within ...

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by Balerit
Tue May 28, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 535335

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

So it could be two of the following; sn 246, sn 251, sn 260, & sn 270. Apparently the aircrew have already left for conversion training. Don't believe everything you read about SAA, it is still a great airline.

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by Balerit
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The world's longest-running airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 11361

Re: The world's longest-running airlines

South African Airways came into being in 1934 after the government took over an ailing Union Airways which began operating in 1929.

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by Balerit
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8618

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

If you can, go to an airport where you can view the take-offs and landings of aircraft where you will see the most dangerous parts of a flight and I bet you won't see one incident. Now imagine that this is happening a million times a day all over the world and again there will be very few, if any, i...

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by Balerit
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement
Replies: 24
Views: 4668

Re: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement

Only announcement made by SAA pilots is for the cabin crew to cross check the doors for correct arming.

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by Balerit
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Kenya Airways E-190 aircraft collide at JKIA.
Replies: 29
Views: 9139

Re: 2 Kenya Airways E-190 aircraft collide at JKIA.

This happened to us way back on one of our A300's. The wheels were chocked correctly and the park brake set. The problem was that the engines were pretty powerful and these modern aircraft are very light and with takeoff power on one engine and balance power on the other is enough to drag the aircra...

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by Balerit
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refuelling time question
Replies: 19
Views: 4219

Re: Refuelling time question

When SAA had to fly around the bulge of Africa we would fuel the 747-200's to max which was s about 162000 kg's and it would take about 2 hours. The dispenser would have two hoses connected and often one of the other dispensing trucks with a bit of spare time would hook up on the r/h wing for maybe ...

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by Balerit
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 15195

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

Maybe it's time for the airlines to make the passengers sign an indemnity form and if the pax don't like it, they can go by road or sea.

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft tested on shorter scheduled flights after maintenance?
Replies: 10
Views: 4360

Re: Aircraft tested on shorter scheduled flights after maintenance?

I remember back in the 1970s, I was non-revving a Braniff 747 from DFW to London. There was a problem with the #1 engine that was discovered at the gate, which required an engine change. The engine change was done at the gate, and was watched by all the waiting passengers. The process took 5 hours ...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

stratclub wrote:
What "issues" are you referring to? Can you link an article or something?


Refer to this page and scroll down to see many instances of cracked windshields:

https://www.aeroinside.com/incidents/type/b788/boeing-787-8-dreamliner

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

Is it a case of these new plastic fuselages flexing too much? I haven't read about any windscreen issues? Since when is the fuselage plastic? The fuselage is primarily carbon fiber see link: https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/the-first-composite-fuselage-section-for-the-first-composite-commer...

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by Balerit
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

Is it a case of these new plastic fuselages flexing too much?

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by Balerit
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 134
Views: 18863

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Gripen E is a 6th generation aircraft according to this article: [url] https://hushkit-net.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/hushkit.net/2018/05/12/6th-generation-swede-the-saab-gripen-e/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&...

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by Balerit
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 134
Views: 18863

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Gripen E is a 6th generation aircraft according to this article: [url] https://hushkit-net.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/hushkit.net/2018/05/12/6th-generation-swede-the-saab-gripen-e/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&...

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by Balerit
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

B787 cockpit windscreen issues

While browsing AeroInside, I noticed that the B787 has quite a few cockpit windscreen issues, has anyone got any more info on this.

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 236
Views: 43106

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

I can bet you one thing and that Joe soap wouldn't know a Decibel from a barbell and even a poll will be inconclusive as each person would perceive noise differently, so wind your necks in and just accept that Airbus aircraft are generally quieter than Boeing. For interest sake, has Boeing ever said...

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by Balerit
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft
Replies: 77
Views: 18793

Re: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft

Yup, damn those engines on all those DC-9s 737-100/200s 707s, DC-8s, 747s, 767s,757s, 727s, Mercure, all the fighter jets powered by the J-57 and variants! Something about all those radial engines like the R-2800 in the Corsair, Thunderbolt, Bearcat, hellcat, tigercat, And the R-4360 on the B-36, c...

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by Balerit
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6843

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

@horstroad, have you read any of the so called events with respect to the Airbus aircraft? A lot of the occurrences were with Lufthansa. Some of the incidents had no relation to oil smells. Airbus concluded that incorrect maintenance was the cause of some events. Again the number of incidents versus...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5388

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

An excellent chapter from the revised edition of Paul Crickmore's "Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions". I believe that chapter (Chapter 13: Squaring up over the Barents Sea) was one of the sections added to the revised edition. In fact, the whole book is probably the best book ...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6843

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

I have the feeling that these events happen more often on A320 aircraft. There you go. We've gone from conspiracy sites and videos full of lies and misdirection to what you "feel" might be the case. Glad it's science based, because a scary feeling trumps all. Maybe rather than pushing the...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6843

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

Then, the air usually will pass through a water separator coalescer or the sock. The sock retains the dirt and oil from the engine bleed air to keep the cabin air cleaner. The coalescer is not a proper filter. It is just a piece of cloth. Its function is to collect condensed water, not to filter th...

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6843

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

I think the op is getting confused by reports of smoke in the cabin which are mostly due to ACM failures or rarely a recirc fan burning out, nothing to do with the engines which get their bearing compartments vented overboard. These types of incident always result in an aircraft turning back and are...

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?
Replies: 37
Views: 3768

Re: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?

On the 747's there is also a horn in the r/h b/gear wheel well for the APU fire alarm.

Often pilots would flash the nose gear taxi lights to get our attention, especially if the ramp is busy with aircraft coming or going.

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF64 JNB-SYD returning to JNB (27/12/2018)
Replies: 12
Views: 5322

Re: QF64 JNB-SYD returning to JNB (27/12/2018)

They had a lightning strike, causing an electrical failure, Some EADI’s lost and returned on standby instruments.

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by Balerit
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5388

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

Getting a kill on an SR-71 would have been a big feather in some Soviet Officer's hat would have been worth it to them, even if it was a cheap kill on a disabled aircraft. Killing the Swedes would have meant nothing to them. Killing an American plane over international waters would have been a seri...

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by Balerit
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 8168

Re: Explosive decompression question

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Have look here at what a fuselage looks like showing the stringers and frames and in the Daallo case only a few stringers were damaged and none of the frames:
[url]
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by Balerit
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 8168

Re: Explosive decompression question

Aircraft structure is designed to carry the load should something small pierce the pressure hull. What a bomb does is damage this redundancy causing several stringers or frames to give way. Just remember that a fuselage under pressure is like a balloon waiting to pop. Structural failure, ie metal fa...

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by Balerit
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8930

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

There are hardly "no events" of tanks blowing up. There is this one too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Airlines_Flight_143 Jet fuel is quite a bit more dangerous to handle than gasoline or diesel. Gasoline in a closed tank at most outdoor temperatures won't burn because the gas...

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by Balerit
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 20889

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

I remember reading somewhere that Airbus wanted a different coating on the blades and RR complied. Maybe Airbus engineers didn't trust the coating on the 1000.

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