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by T54A
Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 12933

Re: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Why not C17’s already in USAF inventory?

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by T54A
Mon Jun 06, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds
Replies: 25
Views: 3412

Re: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds

With NB now regularly flying 5hr + sectors, it will be interesting to see if the next generation of NB will indeed fly similar speeds to WB.

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by T54A
Mon Jun 06, 2022 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair forcing South Africans to do Afrikaans tests to prove passports are real
Replies: 116
Views: 14388

Re: Ryanair forcing South Africans to do Afrikaans tests to prove passports are real

My 13 yr old daughter (White), who grew up in Pretoria and Stellenbosch, which are both predominantly Afrikaans speaking towns, can barely string an Afrikaans sentence together. This wasn’t well thought through.

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by T54A
Mon May 16, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9180

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

My question, if these folks doing these killings did not have easy access to guns, what would they use, or do we believe that if they cannot access guns they will simply let things go? In other countries, where they don't do mass killings with guns, they make suicide vests. There's no guarantee tha...

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by T54A
Mon May 16, 2022 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7570

Re: US pilots age 65+

Does Asia have a lower accident rate due to these stricter medical requirements? The US leads in the number of fatal civil airliner accidents. https://www.statista.com/statistics/262867/fatal-civil-airliner-accidents-since-1945-by-country-and-region/ You do realise that is the number of accidents a...

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by T54A
Mon May 16, 2022 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7570

Re: US pilots age 65+

Some of that skill requires years of practice to acquire. Once you have the skills to fly an RJ you can acquire the skills to fly a 777. An RJ may actually be harder to fly than a 777 in some cases. A 25 year old can be trained to fly a 777 just as well as a 60 year old. There should not be any dif...

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by T54A
Sun May 15, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9180

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

Guns. You guys definitely need more guns. And definitely no licenses and background checks. Just guns for everyone. That will fix things. I don't remember anyone saying we don't need permits and background checks but don't get let that stand in the way to a anti USA rant. :sarcastic: “Since Texas h...

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by T54A
Sun May 15, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9180

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

Guns. You guys definitely need more guns. And definitely no licenses and background checks. Just guns for everyone. That will fix things. Don’t forget military grade body armour and helmets! Ooh, and lest I forget: thoughts and prayers. Yes, definitely more thoughts and prayers. Always very helpful.

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by T54A
Sun May 15, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9180

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

Guns. You guys definitely need more guns. And definitely no licenses and background checks. Just guns for everyone. That will fix things.

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by T54A
Sun May 15, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most collectively hated airliner?
Replies: 37
Views: 3914

Re: What is the most collectively hated airliner?

FA here. I absolutely love and hate the A350. Poorly designed forward galley, where the galley space was taken out to enlarge the flight deck resulting in almost zero counter space or anywhere to stand without falling over your colleagues. I love the rest of the airplane, but the design of the forw...

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by T54A
Fri May 13, 2022 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-300 takeoff performance ex SJO
Replies: 6
Views: 2063

Re: A340-300 takeoff performance ex SJO

You will be limited to about 257 000kg using todays METAR of 240/5, 25Deg C, QNH 30.03, Rwy 25: RTOW: 257 000kg (MTOW 275 000kg) RZFW: 167 000kg (MZFW 181 000kg) FUEL: 90 000kg (SJO-MUC + 8000kg Alt Fuel) Thanks much, T54A. So with a full pax load of about 28t does that leave any room for cargo pay...

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by T54A
Thu May 12, 2022 5:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with longest and shortest takeoff queues
Replies: 20
Views: 1948

Re: Airports with longest and shortest takeoff queues

IAD for me. The A330 needed the longer runways on some days when operating on the IAD-ACC sector. You had to wait for ATC to slot you in when most other departures were using the shorter runways.

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by T54A
Thu May 12, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-300 takeoff performance ex SJO
Replies: 6
Views: 2063

Re: A340-300 takeoff performance ex SJO

You will be limited to about 257 000kg using todays METAR of 240/5, 25Deg C, QNH 30.03, Rwy 25:

RTOW: 257 000kg (MTOW 275 000kg)
RZFW: 167 000kg (MZFW 181 000kg)
FUEL: 90 000kg (SJO-MUC + 8000kg Alt Fuel)

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by T54A
Fri May 06, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 3193

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by T54A
Thu May 05, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 3193

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) v...

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by T54A
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 3193

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

The approval is more related to the airline, not the aircraft. Airlines are approved by regulators (CASA in terms of QF) to conduct ETOPS, not specific aircraft tails. It is that regulatory approval which limits the times and routes they can operate. Yes this is true, but different aircraft types a...

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by T54A
Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet
Replies: 16
Views: 3407

Re: BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet

Simple question Do BA and LH operate the A350 and A380 as a common fleet for the pilots? Definite no for LH. No idea about BA. I flew the A330, A340 and A350 as a common fleet at SAA. I however felt the A330/350 common type rating was a bit of a stretch. Surely the A350 and A380 are more closely al...

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by T54A
Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet
Replies: 16
Views: 3407

BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet

Simple question

Do BA and LH operate the A350 and A380 as a common fleet for the pilots?

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by T54A
Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas
Replies: 47
Views: 9990

Re: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas

There was apparently a bunk MEL issue. Not a completely unusual situation. I’ve operated a flight with a similar issue when Cabin Crew Bunk ventilation was inop. Not sure what MEL issue the bunk could have when the aircraft involved don’t have bunks. Apparently the proper solution will be fitted cu...

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by T54A
Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas
Replies: 47
Views: 9990

Re: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas

There was apparently a bunk MEL issue. Not a completely unusual situation. I’ve operated a flight with a similar issue when Cabin Crew Bunk ventilation was inop.

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by T54A
Sun Apr 10, 2022 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA' s Role in Today' s World
Replies: 19
Views: 3141

Re: IATA' s Role in Today' s World

So are you are saying IATA does IOSA audits on non member airlines? Correct. Any airline apply (and pay) for the certification. Lots of LCCs (e.g. AirAsia, Jetstar etc) are IOSA qualified but not IATA members themselves. Getting IOSA certification gives airlines numerous benefits in international o...

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by T54A
Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA' s Role in Today' s World
Replies: 19
Views: 3141

Re: IATA' s Role in Today' s World

BHRN wrote:
T54A wrote:
II will not fly on an airline that is not a member of IATA and has therefore not been through an IOSA audit.


There are airlines that aren't IATA member but are certified to IOSA standards.


So are you are saying IATA does IOSA audits on non member airlines?

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by T54A
Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA' s Role in Today' s World
Replies: 19
Views: 3141

Re: IATA' s Role in Today' s World

II will not fly on an airline that is not a member of IATA and has therefore not been through an IOSA audit.

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by T54A
Fri Apr 08, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

I suppose the only thing really going for A340 is the ridiculously low purchase cost. I imagine they can't give away an A346, yet it could potentially carry 85t over 6000nm. I suppose a $110 a barrel oil price wouldn't help either.

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by T54A
Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African a343 in Operation
Replies: 7
Views: 3638

Re: South African a343 in Operation

SAA is a basket case with a handful of aircraft they could claw onto from the Business Rescue process. There are a couple of A319’s (nearly 20yrs old), a couple of A320’s (fairly new), and a mix match of A343 and A346’s. Not even sure if they hung onto any A330’s. The greatly advertised investment b...

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by T54A
Thu Apr 07, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

That’s quite elegant, has this actually been installed on any aircraft yet for testing? Or just on paper so far? Not aware of any orders Agreed, just a proposal at this stage. That’s why I’m trying to figure if there is any value in the economics, and which of the -300, -500 or -600 would be most v...

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by T54A
Wed Apr 06, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

What is the OEW difference between a A333 and a A333 P2F? Not exactly the thing you ask for, but there was an estimate on A350F thread, and I believe it was somewhere in 10..15T area. Depends a lot on required (or not, maybe some operators would take passenger floor for volume cargo) strengthening ...

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by T54A
Wed Apr 06, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

What is the OEW difference between a A333 and a A333 P2F? I’m trying to guess the weight saving from removing the pax equipment. I’ve got the Basic Weight (term used in W&B manual) of a A346 at 179500kg, MZFW of 245000kg and a MTOW of 368000kg. What would the potential freight payload be of an A...

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by T54A
Wed Apr 06, 2022 6:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

I know the A340 P2F has been discussed before, but now that there are A330 P2F conversions available, surely there is a motivation for do a A340 P2F? The A343, A345 and A346 can each offer unique freighter option at the fraction of the cost of a new build. The airframe structure of an A340 and A330 ...

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by T54A
Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?
Replies: 6
Views: 2247

Re: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?

The size of the aircraft is not that relevant as turn radius is a function of speed. When the approach is designed the aircraft category is used to determine minima. So assuming Cat C and D minimas are available, there is no reason why a wide body couldn’t use the approach.

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by T54A
Thu Mar 31, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?
Replies: 20
Views: 4105

Re: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?

My last operator had in cockpit ‘controlled rest’ guidelines in the Ops Manual. Perfectly safe when done in a mature, professional manner. Appropriate actions done at the appropriate time.

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by T54A
Tue Mar 29, 2022 11:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did the B747-400D have a better rate of climb than other 747 models?
Replies: 4
Views: 2614

Re: Did the B747-400D have a better rate of climb than other 747 models?

Been a domestic aircraft it would have only been used on short sectors, and therefore would have carried a relatively light fuel load. A full 744D on a short flight could weight nearly 100t less than a full normal B744 with fuel for a long flight. Therefore the B744D performance would appear better,...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 28, 2022 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13047

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

Maybe if we had more slaps dished out when people were out of line, we would have better behaved citizens in general. Nothing wrong with the 5 point attitude correction plan

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by T54A
Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1137
Views: 196167

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

https://www.google.com/amp/s/eurasiantimes.com/boeing-to-offer-worlds-fastest-heavy-duty-fighters-to-india/ Boeing is said to be pulling the F-18 and is offering the F-15 to the Indian AF. That and the approval of F-15 to Egypt and the potential for Indonesia is the latest in the F-15. bt With Indi...

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by T54A
Thu Mar 24, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Worldometers reports USA 1 million dead from Covid 19
Replies: 20
Views: 1506

Re: Worldometers reports USA 1 million dead from Covid 19

I would take those numbers with a pinch of salt. I suspect many of deaths were ‘died with Covid’ as opposed to ‘died from Covid’.

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by T54A
Mon Mar 21, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 439742

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Not to throw out wild theories but could it have been turbulence from a heavy that upset this into an unrecoverable stall? I'm thinking back to the Bombardier Challenger that lost 9000ft due to the turbulence of the passing A380 1000' above in 60 seconds. Just something to consider, even though I d...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 21, 2022 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 439742

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Does China Eastern do UPRT training? I would assume that by now that any airline worth it's salt would done UPRT for every pilot in the company.

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by T54A
Wed Mar 16, 2022 6:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Status of Russian Economy
Replies: 82
Views: 10228

Re: Imminent collapse of the Russian economy

Something about Putin reminds me of the Emperor's New Clothes fable

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by T54A
Tue Mar 15, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended
Replies: 20
Views: 3662

Re: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended

[/quote].On the 320 series if the temp is above 30c, flaps are extended to Flaps 1 while parked to prevent a bleed air leak ECAM. From what I understand, the bleed air leak detectors are quite sensitive, and can cause the ECAM erroneously if the flaps are left up and excess heat is trapped in that a...

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by T54A
Fri Mar 11, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft
Replies: 48
Views: 6793

Re: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft

From a ICAO draft manual found after some Googling: These new EDTO provisions are based on best practices and lessons learned from extended range operations by twin‐engine aeroplanes (ETOPS) to ensure that all operators and new entrants operate at the same level of safety in order to maintain the cu...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft
Replies: 48
Views: 6793

Re: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft

Guys research EDTO. The rules now apply to quads and well as twins and tri’s. For example, my last company had A330’s and A350’s that had a greater EDTO diversion times than the A340’s. This was due to fire suppression in the cargo holds.

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by T54A
Tue Mar 01, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?
Replies: 24
Views: 5379

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

KingOrGod wrote:
T54A wrote:
Yes in a heavy A343 out of JNB in the summer


Pretty much any heavy quad out of JNB in summer tbh.


Yeh probably. The A346 wasn't too bad though

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by T54A
Sun Feb 27, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How would you rank the aircraft that you've flown on by looks?
Replies: 70
Views: 9765

Re: How would you rank the aircraft that you've flown on by looks?

B744
B727-200
A350-900
A340-600
A330-300
A330-200
Denel Oryx
North American T6
King Air 200
Allouette 3

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by T54A
Fri Feb 25, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Downfall: The case against Boeing.
Replies: 278
Views: 44202

Re: Downfall: The case against Boeing.

So the question now arises. Is this a safe aircraft? Will we see a design or system related accident in future. Have they stuck a band aid on a dam wall leak, or have fixed the problem properly?

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by T54A
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Downfall: The case against Boeing.
Replies: 278
Views: 44202

Re: Downfall: The case against Boeing.

B787-Flawed project
B748-Flawed project
Max- Flawed project
KC46- Flawed project.

The Max was just the event where the holes of Swiss cheese lined up.

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by T54A
Thu Feb 03, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.

kalvado wrote:
And with all that high drag high lift devices, did it make a difference for landing speed?


About 4kts if I remember correctly. It was 20 yrs ago though. Happy to be corrected

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by T54A
Thu Feb 03, 2022 9:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.

While unlikely, it’s possible the pilots elected for a Flap 40 landing. It’s a huge amount of drag and required a fair amount of thrust. In my 1500hrs flying the 727, I only ever did about 5 Flap 40 landings.

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by T54A
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are the A380's windows so small?
Replies: 10
Views: 1598

Re: Why are the A380's windows so small?

It’s like the blonde that was knocked over by a small car. She thought it was a big car far away.

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