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by T54A
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG
Replies: 93
Views: 29285

Re: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG

Is that a MEL or CDL dispatch?

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by T54A
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fascism
Replies: 39
Views: 2255

Re: Fascism

I think so cute that neither left or right wing Americans can actually figure out which of them is actually fascist.

PS. I don’t care either way

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by T54A
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK recruitment
Replies: 20
Views: 4507

Re: EK recruitment

I know this seem like a really stupid question at time considering the mass lay off at EK, but I was wondering when would they expect to begin expanding again. Have they cut staff to the bare minimum for the next few month or is their some fat left in the staff numbers to absorb post Covid route ex...

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by T54A
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK recruitment
Replies: 20
Views: 4507

EK recruitment

I know this seem like a really stupid question at time considering the mass lay off at EK, but I was wondering when would they expect to begin expanding again. Have they cut staff to the bare minimum for the next few month or is their some fat left in the staff numbers to absorb post Covid route exp...

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by T54A
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Swissair Retrenchment
Replies: 4
Views: 1546

Swissair Retrenchment

When Swissair was wound up to eventually become Swiss, how did the retrenchment process work for pilots? Who left, who stayed and who decided who left and stayed? Also was there an incentive scheme for certain pilots to leave (early retirements incentives)?

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by T54A
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 250
Views: 51943

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

9 June, 2020: Three SAA A319 aircraft are being ferried from JNB to Accra and beyond........ 1. SA4702 A319 ZS-SFI 2. SA4701 A319 ZS-SFG 3. SA4703 A319 ZS-SFM https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zs-sfi https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zs-sfg https://www.flightradar24.com/data/air...

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by T54A
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B733/4F & ATR72-200 Lease Costs
Replies: 0
Views: 909

B733/4F & ATR72-200 Lease Costs

I am trying get an idea on average hourly lease costs for B737-300F, B737-400F and ATR72-200 freighter. Obviously accurate costs will need to be be negotiated with lessor, but I just need some ballpark figures for research.

Help will be appreciated.

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by T54A
Mon May 25, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Seniority
Replies: 20
Views: 3349

Pilot Seniority

Pilot seniority governs the careers of most pilots in the major airlines of the world. But is there an alternative system in use and how does it work?

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by T54A
Thu May 21, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?
Replies: 98
Views: 10642

Re: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?

There was a cell tower and a billboard that were erroneously included in the obstacle data (03L). They were removed in December. Not sure if there is anything specific in the way now. So, do the following statements still stand? 280t is meaningless out of JNB. An A359 will seldom see more than 270t...

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by T54A
Wed May 20, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?
Replies: 98
Views: 10642

Re: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?

See MoKa's answers. Numbers seem to be quite off - sure, weather could be real factor, but since TOW expected in these conditions maxed at around 270t, and OEW at ~136t consensus, math doesn't add up. 136+43 payload+102t fuel+reserves (assume just 5t) goes over 280t This was my mistake in the words...

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by T54A
Mon May 18, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 250
Views: 51943

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

ojjunior wrote:
SA did 4 ferry flights GRU-TUS last night.
3 of them still airborne.
All A332, probably storage/returning to lessors.


Correct

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by T54A
Sun May 17, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?
Replies: 98
Views: 10642

Re: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?

ikolkyo wrote:
DL's latest A359s should be fine as long as they are fully rated at 280t. Not sure if it can match the 77L but obviously DL is happy with the projections.


280t is meaningless out of JNB. An A359 will seldom see more than 270t off Rwy03L and 262t off Rwy21R

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by T54A
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?
Replies: 16
Views: 4163

Re: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?

In regards to auto brakes are they always used or is there a place and time for using manual braking? I used to operate a Joburg-Accra-Abidjan-Accra shuttle in an A330 or A340. Both of those runways are long and runway occupancy time isn’t a big factor. In that case we used to no braking and max re...

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by T54A
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22861

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

South Africa had banned the sale of Alcohol and Cigarettes (I’m not a smoker) during lockdown. What’s the point of that, except to piss lots of people off and ruin the economy even further.

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by T54A
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?
Replies: 73
Views: 13099

Re: Qantas JNB without B744

Ishrion wrote:
Is the 787-9 not able to do it?


The summer JNB-SYD sector might be an issue. Was wondering how the numbers look.

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by T54A
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?
Replies: 73
Views: 13099

Qantas JNB without B744

I see Qantas retired their last B744 on 29/03. What will replace it on the SYD-JNB-SYD route?

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by T54A
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-300 vs. A340-300 range
Replies: 44
Views: 9172

Re: A330-300 vs. A340-300 range

Not quite. A339 would be directly matched against 359. And not bring anything new but a few problems to solve. A349 (let's call it that way) would have a couple of things not provided by A359. It would benefit from 4 holes in terms of climb performance (calculated for 3 engines in case of fatal eng...

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by T54A
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The A350's "whiskers"
Replies: 5
Views: 2569

Re: The A350's "whiskers"

It appears the SSA probes are optional. Looking at the four SAA machines, two have the SSA probes (MSN 226/245, ex Hainan) and two don’t (MSN 354/365, ex Mauritius. I mentioned this in my post two weeks ago. They aren't optional. They've been deleted from later examples since they have been made re...

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by T54A
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The A350's "whiskers"
Replies: 5
Views: 2569

Re: The A350's "whiskers"

It appears the SSA probes are optional. Looking at the four SAA machines, two have the SSA probes (MSN 226/245, ex Hainan) and two don’t (MSN 354/365, ex Mauritius.

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by T54A
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent
Replies: 6
Views: 1325

Re: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent

Fortunately not much traffic above Perth at FL370

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by T54A
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent
Replies: 6
Views: 1325

Re: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent

Starlionblue wrote:
T54A wrote:
SAA also use ‘Island holding’ reserves. Essentially no alternate, 2 hrs holding fuel and 30min final reserve.


We have 2 hours holding at cruise level, replacing both alternate fuel and final reserve fuel.



Yes you are correct. 2hrs includes 30min final reserve.

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by T54A
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent
Replies: 6
Views: 1325

Re: YPLM as PER Alternate - urgent

SAA also use ‘Island holding’ reserves. Essentially no alternate, 2 hrs holding fuel and 30min final reserve.

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by T54A
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Re: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

Starlionblue wrote:
T54A wrote:
A350: Inability to transfer enroute data to opposite EFB.


What sort of enroute data?


Hi Level chart route. XXXXX UM321 XXXXX UG123 etc

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by T54A
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Re: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

A350: Inability to transfer enroute data to opposite EFB.

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by T54A
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 6 years since MH370: Time for Malaysia to finally admit the truth?
Replies: 63
Views: 8346

Re: 6 years since MH370: Time for Malaysia to finally admit the truth?

Civilian aircraft fly over FJDG all the time. It isn’t a special secret ‘Area 52’.

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by T54A
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Re: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

'Remove Status' the using the Clear button on the Bus. After 10000hrs on Airbus I still say 'clear status' now and again.

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by T54A
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Re: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

Indeed... Especially weird since in the 'bus if you want to descend at a steeper angle you need to... accelerate. :D But I guess it is pretty appropriate until top of drop. It's probably a case of Frenglish, just like the judgement of your landing right after touching down. Didn't the older frames ...

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by T54A
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Re: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

Ah yes. No cockpit indication that ground air supply is connected on A330/340, and you can’t select APU bleed with ground air connected

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by T54A
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 7741

Silly designs in otherwise great aircraft

Flying the A350 over the last couple months has been an absolute pleasure. The large cockpit is a massive improvement over the A330/340, especially when operating with four crew. HOWEVER, the cockpit dustbins are really small (yes I know it’s a silly observation) considering it’s designed to fly for...

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by T54A
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft
Replies: 280
Views: 72533

Re: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft

Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant, Suncountry, Easyjet, Ryanair: “single fleet type is the way to go.” Southwest: “YOU CANT DO BUSINESS WITH A SINGLE TYPE FLEET!!!” No one said you can’t make money with a single type. The idea is to mitigate the risk to future business associated with a single type. The ...

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by T54A
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19399

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

What’s the autoland crosswind limitation of a 320? What’s the max demonstrated limitation? I can do a lot of things in the sim that don’t work in real life. Zeke only mentions the Autoland in a 40kt crosswind in the sim as a great way to demonstrate the correct technique. It’s got nothing to with l...

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by T54A
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19399

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

For sheer class this BA 747 in a x-wind at Heathrow is unbeatable. Full marks to Etihad but as has been mentioned above, should have kicked the drift off before touchdown, that would have been a big swerve for the pax and pretty rough on the airframe. This BA landing gets it exactly right, pax woul...

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by T54A
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15062

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

M564038 wrote:
I would never fly on anything that have Windows.
Not even Boeing have windows, and they are from Seattle!
rigo wrote:
To hell with this. I won't be flying on anything that does not have windows (not screens).



A350 OIS system uses Windows

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by T54A
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 787-9 VH-ZND QF10 LHR-PER Tailstrike on takeoff LHR
Replies: 36
Views: 12963

Re: Qantas 787-9 VH-ZND QF10 LHR-PER Tailstrike on takeoff LHR

Part of my bi-annual sim training on A330/340 last year was tail strike risk during gusty and crosswind conditions. It’s definitely a threat.

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by T54A
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China isolation impact on the rest of the world
Replies: 22
Views: 932

Re: China isolation impact on the rest of the world

I already know of a business that can’t order extra stock because factory workers who were on Chinese New Year break can’t get back to work.

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by T54A
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Coolest Bush Plane
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Coolest Bush Plane

C185

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by T54A
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no Trim Tank in the A350?
Replies: 40
Views: 3977

Re: Why no Trim Tank in the A350?

AFAIK, The 350 uses cruise flaps to shift the center of lift towards the c.g. It essentially does the same job as the trim tank, but without all the plumbing. Without all the plumbing indeed. The A350 solution simplifies the fuel system immensely compared to the A330. In the words of one of our tec...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no Trim Tank in the A350?
Replies: 40
Views: 3977

Re: Why no Trim Tank in the A350?

Makes sense, thanks

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by T54A
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no Trim Tank in the A350?
Replies: 40
Views: 3977

Why no Trim Tank in the A350?

A350 doesn’t have a trim tank like the A330/340. The trim tank was used to shift the C of G aft which I turn results in a better fuel burn due to less drag.

Why did Airbus not use this on the A350 which has no trim tank?

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by T54A
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: This Website is turning into the Fox News comment section.
Replies: 24
Views: 1638

Re: This Website is turning into the Fox News comment section.

I find two glasses of red wine help

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by T54A
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51665

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

SAA Staff going on strike due to job cut. https://simpleflying.com/saa-strike-bankrupt/ They will kill the airline. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Tito Mboweni stands his ground and let the airline flame out. It would be sad to see SAA go under but it's been a massive drag on the economy, and it...

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by T54A
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 and A340 — Optical Illusion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1124

Re: Airbus A330 and A340 — Optical Illusion?

Have you taken the A340-600 into account, which is much longer than the A340-300 and A330-300?

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by T54A
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big Trip, Need Help
Replies: 25
Views: 6272

Re: Big Trip, Need Help

There are lots of safari lodges within a couple of hours drive from JNB. Worth exploring. A short flight will take you to the Kruger National Park, which is fantastic. 2hr flight gets you to Cape Town and the winelands.

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by T54A
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft
Replies: 280
Views: 72533

Re: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft

Slowly reality is sinking in. Just one thing is worse than leaving the sole 737 fleet strategy, that is sticking with it. https://images.nrc.nl/3cuyvnYr7ZIQJ7owfNgjtJYfePE=/1920x/filters:no_upscale()/s3/static.nrc.nl/images/gn4/stripped/data44423629-fa02ea.jpg Source photo: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuw...

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by T54A
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Geographic places often mispronounced
Replies: 70
Views: 11959

Re: Geographic places often mispronounced

Thiruvananthapuram, India

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by T54A
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Things you never see in Hong Kong.......
Replies: 21
Views: 6021

Re: Things you never see in Hong Kong.......

TWA772LR wrote:
Im looking at going to HK at the end of October/beginning of November for a couple days. As an American, would it be wise for me to go?


Yes. They couldn’t care less for Americans

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by T54A
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MAD-SYD best options?
Replies: 18
Views: 2314

Re: MAD-SYD best options?

MAD-JNB-SYD in Iberia and Qantas

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by T54A
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights That Usually Leave at or Close to MTOW?
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: Flights That Usually Leave at or Close to MTOW?

SAA JNB-JFK-JNB (A340-600)
SAA JNB-HKG-JNB (A340-300)

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