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by T54A
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?

Given that it is beyond the MZFW range of the A359 and as far as we know 779 only the 778 might be able to do that. But i guess they´d be more interested in cost per ton/cost per passenger than "full payload" as a singular thing. best regards Thomas Wait... So EWR-JNB is beyond the range ...

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by T54A
Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?

Does the A350 have the same hot and high performance capabilities as the 777X? Does anyone know the hot and high performance of the 777x yet? It probably will be very good, but no one in the public domain knows. You can find some numbers her: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=...

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by T54A
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Airbus A350 hot and high performance?

SAA had two weight variants, 2x 275t and 2x 280t. Out of JNB we would seldom see RTOW above 270t due to the density alt. BUT SAA only operated the A350 for a 5 months, so it never did a winter ops where temps were lower. In the seating config we had 330 seats the RTOW wasn’t an issue for summer ops....

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by T54A
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3220

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

IMHO understanding the FBW is the biggest trick to flying the Airbus in these situations. Once you understand what the control laws are going to do and when, then it’s relatively easy. If you are going fight the computers, you’re in for hard time

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by T54A
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3220

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

By design, Airbus aircraft are very similar in cockpit and procedures. From the example above, the A330 and A340 are pretty much the same aircraft type. The A350 is a bit different but certainly close enough for a common rating. (...) Dear Starlionblue, I would think that the 340 requires a bit mor...

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by T54A
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3220

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

I've always found it interesting that Airbus pilots are allowed to fly so many different variations of aircraft. By design, Airbus aircraft are very similar in cockpit and procedures. From the example above, the A330 and A340 are pretty much the same aircraft type. The A350 is a bit different but c...

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by T54A
Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3220

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

I flew A330-200, A330-300, A340-300, A340-600 and A350-900 all as a common fleet. There is no difficulty difference between them. The A340-600 did handle like a much bigger aircraft, which it was at 368t MTOW, and had to be operated accordingly. But it wasn’t more difficult.

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by T54A
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

Many of us that operated under Part 121 rules pre Covid never had to worry about currency. Our respective companies trained us and regular flying kept us in check. We now however face a different challenge. I for example have over 9000 hrs on A330/340/350 (we flew multi fleet) types, but I have not...

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by T54A
Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

Many of us that operated under Part 121 rules pre Covid never had to worry about currency. Our respective companies trained us and regular flying kept us in check. We now however face a different challenge. I for example have over 9000 hrs on A330/340/350 (we flew multi fleet) types, but I have not ...

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by T54A
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23170

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

[threeid][/threeid] Id suggest nada, zilch, zero. The A330 is in the ‘old news’ category going forward. Anything even around freighters, will be about A350 That is not the way Airbus works, they do constant R&D, they have a team looking at the A350 now, tye just finished the A321F, they will be ...

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by T54A
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?
Replies: 16
Views: 2703

Re: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?

VMCA787 wrote:
T54A wrote:
The B727-200 with the JT8D-17 was ok. Those powered by the -15 were a bit lazy getting airborne.[/quote

Obviously, you have never flown in a 200 with-7 engines!!!


Thank heavens not

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by T54A
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?
Replies: 16
Views: 2703

Re: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?

The B727-200 with the JT8D-17 was ok. Those powered by the -15 were a bit lazy getting airborne.

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by T54A
Fri Aug 20, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 13949

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Lift doesn’t come from engines, it comes from the wings. Well yes, but you need thrust/Speed to have that lift. They lost the right engine , and while maybe they had more issues with the engine failure as alluded to in the previous post, there have been other incidents due to miscalculations in the...

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by T54A
Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 13949

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Il-112 prototype. https://russianplanes.net/reginfo/89339 Crashed not far from Moscow, with casualties. Eyewitness video: https://t.me/breakingmash/27251 Final moments of the flight, caught on camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDJ4Ukl5H3Y They lost an engine, I just wonder if they turned off ...

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by T54A
Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88909

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

Stick to the topic. Users who want to engage in flamebait racial discussions can find another website to do so. ✈️ atcsundevil Unfortunately this topic is heavily racial. Even the President of the RSA stated the ‘new’ SAA will be for the benefit of Black pilots. His words, not mine. Good luck tryin...

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by T54A
Sun Aug 08, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a shorter person, say a person like 5 feet or something be a pilot?
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: Could a shorter person, say a person like 5 feet or something be a pilot?

I'm 6'3, and judging by the scars on my head from climbing in and out of A340 seats, I wish I was 5'2

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by T54A
Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the greatest airport in the world?
Replies: 46
Views: 3392

Re: What is the greatest airport in the world?

LHR. Holding over Biggin with the sun rising over the Thames River Estuary. Effortless controlling into one of the worlds busiest airports

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by T54A
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 20
Views: 1924

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

As an example. A A340-600 taking off at 368 000kg will have an initial optimum cruise altitude (actually Flight Level) of 28 000-30 000ft. It will climb directly to this level after take off. After 16hrs of flying it will end up at between 39 000ft and 41 000ft due to weight lost by fuel burn. Stra...

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by T54A
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 20
Views: 1924

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

Any airliner will be able to climb directly to its INITIAL cruise altitude. No steps required. This initial cruise altitude will be lower than max certified altitude at high weights. As an example. A A340-600 taking off at 368 000kg will have an initial optimum cruise altitude (actually Flight Level...

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by T54A
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5463

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

Whilst aerodynamic braking is not done on airliners, longer types (A340-600) do take a bit longer (about 10sec) to get the nose wheel on the ground than say a A319 (about 3 sec). Pilots in both types are using the same technique, but the aircraft length does play a role.

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by T54A
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual routes/destinations
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Some examples: -NW did fly to KUL via NRT at one point of time and almost launched NRT-CGK too. -TG once flew to bizarre destinations, including NOU, CNS, DUS, and JHG. -GA used to fly CGK-SOQ-GUM-HNL-LAX during the 1980s and 1990s. -MH once flew bizarre routes to the Americas, like KUL-CPT-EZE and...

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by T54A
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reducing to climb power during a turn
Replies: 12
Views: 1935

Re: Reducing to climb power during a turn

Although the above answers are correct, I would add the following. I have operated A340's out of JNB (5500ft AMSL) for nearly 15 years, and my company applied a max Flex Temp take off thrust and max Derate climb policy. In a heavy A340, I would be reluctant to reduce thrust from Flex take off to Der...

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by T54A
Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?
Replies: 18
Views: 1906

Re: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?

An Airbus A319 will have no problem operating in those conditions. It should be able to take off at max structural weight up approximately 116 deg F.

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by T54A
Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chaos In South Africa Following Zuma's Incarceration
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

Re: Chaos In South Africa Following Zuma's Incarceration

Apparently, this is from Clem Sunter (a scenario planner and strategist whose influential ideas in the 1980s played into apartheid South Africa opting for the High Road of political settlement, rather than the Low Road of confrontation and civil war): “Dear friends, Many of you outside of South Afri...

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by T54A
Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilot unemployment numbers
Replies: 1
Views: 883

US pilot unemployment numbers

Sitting here at the southern tip of Africa watching how our industry has been decimated the world over, it’s curious to see the US has made a remarkable recovery. It certainly appears that way in any case.

Are all furloughed US crews back at work or are the reports of recovery exaggerated?

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by T54A
Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine noise question
Replies: 22
Views: 3143

Re: Engine noise question

The A320 makes a sound when speed brake is selected. If you are more than 3nm from the airport it could be this. Inside of 3nm, it's unlikely speed brake will be used on any Airbus.

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by T54A
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88897

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

I noticed 2 different voices from the crew of 810. Why did the PF feel the need to take over comms towards the end? Of did they swap roles, similar to what Sully did when he said, "my aircraft"? Pretty sure the captain took the radio at the last minutes. Honestly, he was the one that was ...

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by T54A
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5632

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

I was operating a King Air 200 from Herat (Afghanistan) to Peshawar (Pakistan), a 530nm sector for the Red Cross in 1999. A MAF C210 started at the same time as us, also heading for Peshawar. About 10-15 after we landed (we were still putting the covers on), this cheeky little C210 land and parks n...

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by T54A
Thu Jul 01, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 13385

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

If it’s battery powered, why does it need to fly so high? You can get a great TAS in the mid 20’s flight levels.

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by T54A
Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azman Air A340-600 Demonstration Flight to The Bahamas
Replies: 39
Views: 18754

Re: Azman Air A340-600 Demonstration Flight to The Bahamas

Interesting, but what was with the "stepped" rotation on take off? I don't recall seeing an A346 do this before. Pilots new to the -600 often get caught by the initial slow reaction to the side stick input, and then add more input. When the nose does eventually come off the ground the rat...

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by T54A
Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 187
Views: 35435

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

It is important to note that the Air Services Licensing Council (a function of the Dept of Transport) has not been active since March 2021. It appears that this is a deliberate move by the SA Gov to prevent new players from entering the SA market that was occupied by SAA and SAX before. By not conve...

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by T54A
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5632

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

I was operating a King Air 200 from Herat (Afghanistan) to Peshawar (Pakistan), a 530nm sector for the Red Cross in 1999. A MAF C210 started at the same time as us, also heading for Peshawar. He very kindly suggested we taxi and back track first as we were obviously quicker. We heard him get airborn...

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by T54A
Wed May 26, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD11 CRT displays
Replies: 25
Views: 6192

Re: MD11 CRT displays

I doubt LCD's can be used instead of CRT. Same problem exits for the A320, A330 and A340's that still have EIS1 CRT's. It is possible to upgrade EIS 1 (CRT) to EIS 2 (LCD), Airbus offers an SB for the retrofit. It has been done on all mentioned Airbus A/C, just a matter of willingness to pay the pr...

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by T54A
Tue May 25, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 40982

Re: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2021

Ex-South African Airways A330-343 (MSN 1779) ZS-SXL now registered as 2-HHLL will be going to HiFly Malta as 9H-HFA. This new RR-powered 9H-HFA is not to be confused by the other PW-powered A330-223 9H-HFA (MSN 874, ex- Kingfisher and Turkish Airlines) which HiFly Malta did not take delivery. The l...

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by T54A
Tue May 25, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 672
Views: 63592

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates will refuse B777X delivery if not per contract

Considering the dog-show Boeing made of the B787, the KC46, the 737 Max and now perhaps the 777X, I think STC is perfectly correct to be piling the pressure on Boeing. Boeing has become a second rate OEM that needs a good kick in the arse. When last did they manage a proper new commercial developmen...

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by T54A
Tue May 25, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How common is significant over fueling?
Replies: 15
Views: 2948

Re: How common is significant over fueling?

Probably not that unusual. On you ask for 15 000 kg and 50 000kg gets loaded (widebody on a short domestic sector). Aircraft has to be defueled and that fuel must be thrown away. I have once made a calculation error on a tankering flight (when you load fuel for there and back) in a A320 and we were ...

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by T54A
Thu May 20, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD11 CRT displays
Replies: 25
Views: 6192

Re: MD11 CRT displays

I doubt LCD's can be used instead of CRT. Same problem exits for the A320, A330 and A340's that still have EIS1 CRT's.

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by T54A
Thu May 13, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 7568

Re: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijani Airlines

Azerbajiani is not Azerbajian. And when I worked at JFK everyone called this airline AZAL I work at LHR and outside the US we have a little bit more knowledge of the world. Its Azerbaijan Airlines, its nickname is AZAL as AZAL is easier to pronounce for people Can you please explain me wich knowled...

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by T54A
Wed May 12, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14821

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

A350: 60 yrs of airline tech all rolled into one awesome machine. B727: Fast fast fast. 411kts VNE in mode A on ASI with a speed brake to match that For us non-pilots, can you explain what mode A on ASI is? I know what VNE and a speed brake is. Thanks! The B727 had two modes on the Air Speed Indica...

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by T54A
Wed May 12, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 7568

Re: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines

Global Airlines ACMI based out of JNB has a couple of A345’s available. They haven’t flown for a while, but they are available for lease.

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by T54A
Wed May 12, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14821

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

A350: 60 yrs of airline tech all rolled into one awesome machine.
B727: Fast fast fast. 411kts VNE in mode A on ASI with a speed brake to match that

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by T54A
Sun May 09, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 109
Views: 7577

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

For more than 2.000 years nobody has successfully invaded and occupied Afghanistan, which leads to the logical conclusion that it's simply not possible for outsiders to come in and tell them how to run their show. Arrogance, however, will usually prevail over something as mundane as facts and, well...

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by T54A
Fri May 07, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5688

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

Was there mass bow and arrow shootings when kids used to play ‘cowboys and Indians’? Good point but that is only part of the equation. How available were high capacity firearms then? Yes true. But my point is there is something else fundamentally wrong in US society that needs fixing. Switzerland a...

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by T54A
Fri May 07, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5688

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

Was there mass bow and arrow shootings when kids used to play ‘cowboys and Indians’?

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by T54A
Wed May 05, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?
Replies: 14
Views: 2686

Re: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?

Yeah I agree it's a bit unfair. As I mentioned in another thread, license conversion is as complicated as flying the plane. For one thing though, the EASA exams are significantly more complex than, say, the FAA one. By requiring the exams from every country, I suppose EASA avoids singling out parti...

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by T54A
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Globemaster Centrally Mounted Joystick
Replies: 11
Views: 2059

Re: C-17 Globemaster Centrally Mounted Joystick

I see no good reason for a central stick. All it does is get in the way of some or other instrument. The only logical reason the C17 doesn’t have a side stick is that they were scared they would be accused of admitting Airbus was correct. If you research the development of the C-17, it was already ...

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by T54A
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Globemaster Centrally Mounted Joystick
Replies: 11
Views: 2059

Re: C-17 Globemaster Centrally Mounted Joystick

I see no good reason for a central stick. All it does is get in the way of some or other instrument. The only logical reason the C17 doesn’t have a side stick is that they were scared they would be accused of admitting Airbus was correct.

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by T54A
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 75
Views: 6393

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

Operated A350 JNB-JFK-JNB in March 2020. Landed back from NY with Covid. By the time I was better it was all over. My last airline flight.

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