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by Spitfire
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 37
Replies: 279
Views: 77897

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 37

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/na" class="quote" target="_blank">na</a> (<a href="#121" class="quote">Reply 121</a>):<br/><i>why the Malaysian military did not react in time w...

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by Spitfire
Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 In Emergeny LGB Pt. 2
Replies: 190
Views: 17315

RE: Jetblue A320 In Emergeny LGB Pt. 2

Ben, A320 serie and even the A330 ( it was the case by Sabena. You can have it as an option) are not equipped with fuel dump system. They can land "over-weighted", but in this case, in order to minimize the risk, it was a better idea to burn a maximum of fuel before the emergency landing. B737 does ...

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by Spitfire
Wed Jun 29, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hydrophobic Coating On B-737 Window
Replies: 12
Views: 6448

RE: Hydrophobic Coating On B-737 Window

Rain X .... in most autocenter....very similar  Wink
Rgds
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Hanging From SAA Landing Gear @ JFK
Replies: 81
Views: 22081

RE: Man Hanging From SAA Landing Gear @ JFK

Good idea....but...most of the people from those countries can't read !!!
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Jun 02, 2005 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737 Overhead Panel Question
Replies: 25
Views: 13149

RE: B737 Overhead Panel Question

You have there, in light grey, the most used systems in normal operation.

Left forward: fuel system
+/- center left : electrical system
+/- center right : hydraulic
right : air conditioning

Rgds
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Mon May 16, 2005 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France 747 In ANC Today!
Replies: 6
Views: 5388

RE: Air France 747 In ANC Today!

Couldn't that be a cargo flight?
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Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Working Conditions
Replies: 0
Views: 4143

Ryanair Working Conditions

Hi to all "low cost and Ryanair lovers", Have a look at this : <a href="http://www.itf.org.uk/english/pressarea/january/ryanbefair.htm" target=_blank>http://www.itf.org.uk/english/pressarea/january/ryanbefair.htm</a> Don't forget you put <b>your life</b> in the hands of people working with those con...

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by Spitfire
Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum Wind Speed For A 737 To Land?
Replies: 11
Views: 27410

RE: Maximum Wind Speed For A 737 To Land?

Don't forget that those limits are "cross-wind <b>component</b>", which means the 90° component (left or right) of a given surface wind. You can also ask to land on another rwy( if there is one of course...), in order to keep this component below the limit Rgds Spitfire<br><br>[Edited 2004-09-22 14:...

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by Spitfire
Tue Sep 07, 2004 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena's Demise
Replies: 34
Views: 3110

RE: Sabena's Demise

LX23,

...Where my wife and children could live with me, happily, peacefully and free !!! (Just have a look to some "gulf" countries ....). And for my profession, look at my profile... A340 Captain.

[Edited 2004-09-06 17:45:01]

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by Spitfire
Tue Sep 07, 2004 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena's Demise
Replies: 34
Views: 3110

RE: Sabena's Demise

I'm retired from January 1, 2004. Not found any correct job in a "civilized" company (or country). Now living in France....Disgusted of Belgium !!!!
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Mon Aug 30, 2004 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Reserve Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5629

Fuel Reserve Question

Sorry, my mistake....holding fuel: 30min , that's correct.

There are also other ways to caculate fuel needed. But this is a little bit more complex to explain here. You can have " reclearance in flight", "without alternate available",etc...

Spitfire


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by Spitfire
Sun Aug 29, 2004 7:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Reserve Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5629

RE: Fuel Reserve Question

The fuel to be put on board is calculated like this (may vary from a:c to a:c or company, etc...) Taxi fuel (from start up to holding point) Trip fuel ( take off, climb, cruise, descent) Approach and landing fuel (depends on IFR or VFR approach) Contingency fuel (5% or 2% of trip fuel, depends of co...

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by Spitfire
Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Downward Winglets?
Replies: 15
Views: 11536

RE: Downward Winglets?

Don't forget the various servicing trucks...they have the bad habit to hit everything which is hanging of an a/c.... Big grin

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by Spitfire
Wed Aug 18, 2004 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Waste Disposal
Replies: 9
Views: 24313

RE: Aircraft Waste Disposal

Could have been a problem with collector tank valve itself, which popped open for unknown reason....

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by Spitfire
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Waste Disposal
Replies: 9
Views: 24313

RE: Aircraft Waste Disposal

" My question is: when do aircraft dispose of their waste? I thought a certain altitude was necessary ..." Never in the air (well normaly  <img border=0 src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> ), always on ground, by truck emptying waste reservoir(s). But, if there is a small leak at th...

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by Spitfire
Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Above Atlantic Radio/acars
Replies: 15
Views: 2796

RE: Above Atlantic Radio/acars

We have at least two HF radios on board,.....plus the ACARS (we can use it like a fax or an email, if you prefer). On the other hand we are in contact by VHF with other airplanes around us and we can ask them to relay messages.

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion
Replies: 35
Views: 6599

RE: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion

Yes Klaus, ...I was joking a littlebit....sorry. Of course ice problem is more crucial for rear engine A/C.

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Above Atlantic Radio/acars
Replies: 15
Views: 2796

RE: Above Atlantic Radio/acars

Right, so we use <acronym title="Hapag-Lloyd (Germany)">HF</acronym> communication, or CPDLC.... for those equiped... And I confirm also that over Africa, we use, 80% of the time, communication in <acronym title="Hapag-Lloyd (Germany)">HF</acronym>, as those countries are very poorly equiped. <acron...

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by Spitfire
Fri Aug 13, 2004 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion
Replies: 35
Views: 6599

RE: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion

"...The tech has to put a bare hand on the wing, not just check visually..."

Very nice indeed....but how to make that on a 747,340,...and A380 in the near future ???

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by Spitfire
Fri Aug 13, 2004 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Above Atlantic Radio/acars
Replies: 15
Views: 2796

RE: Above Atlantic Radio/acars

To have an idea of the range in VHF communication (or even for VOR reception) there is a simple formula :

range (in Nm) = 1,23*square root of height (in feet)


Let's say you are flying at 35000 feet (FL 350), that give you roughly 230 Nm.

Rgds
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Fri Aug 13, 2004 7:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion
Replies: 35
Views: 6599

RE: Uncontained Engine Failure / Explosion

That's why the pilots are trained AND paid for....react VERY quickly!!
Rdgs
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet Engine Thrust Percentage
Replies: 16
Views: 14790

RE: Jet Engine Thrust Percentage

Let's say 80% of the thrust by the fan and 20 by the nozzle to have an idea.
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Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:16 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: I Cannot Read The 1st Post In Any Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2497

I Cannot Read The 1st Post In Any Thread

I have the same problem on my laptop since a few week. Also tried to solve it by removing cookies and clearing everything on IE 6, but still the same...
A. net works fine on my "office" computer...I don't understand...
Rgds
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Wed May 05, 2004 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Does Space Begin?
Replies: 30
Views: 3614

RE: Where Does Space Begin?

Have a look here:

http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/New_Index/body.htm

Space begins at 100 km for them.
Anyway, nice and strange aircraft...

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Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weird Pic - Your Thoughts?
Replies: 20
Views: 3970

RE: Weird Pic - Your Thoughts?

RareBear, I suppose you are an aeronautical engineer well aware of the lay out of engines on airplanes and the problem related to them (inner or outer engine failure for instance). In that case, sorry to have disturb you with my answer.

Rgds

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weird Pic - Your Thoughts?
Replies: 20
Views: 3970

RE: Weird Pic - Your Thoughts?

Well guys you're wrong, sorry....The outer engines of the B747 have a different angle related the the fuselage axis than the inner. Check the trails of an overflying 747 you will notice that. The outer trails are "leaving" the airplane much more to the "exterior", then rejoin the inners. Rgds Spitfi...

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by Spitfire
Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airliner Are You?
Replies: 330
Views: 16181

RE: What Airliner Are You?

Well let's see.... <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/130452/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/130452/M/" target="_blank">View Medium<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/2/5/4/130452.jpg" ALT="Click here for bigger photo!" borde...

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by Spitfire
Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena's Bankruptcy
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

RE: Sabena's Bankruptcy

@ B747 Skipper, Christian is working for Airbus Industrie as a flight instructor (and promoting Airbus products!!) and work in China (Bejing) for some years now (well before the bankrupt). @ <acronym title="Sabena (Belgium)">SN</acronym>-330, yes I'm retired and live in the French Alps (very near th...

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by Spitfire
Wed Mar 10, 2004 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena's Bankruptcy
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

RE: Sabena's Bankruptcy

Thank you so much for your comments, guys.

MD-11 forever, we are at least two who suffer from those bankruptcies writting here. They are a lot more on A.net and elsewere.

Never to be forgotten...

Spitfire , ex-Sabena pilot (now retired...at 52y !!!)

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by Spitfire
Sat Jan 10, 2004 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Opinion On Sabena.
Replies: 43
Views: 5467

RE: Your Opinion On Sabena.

Hi Fred,

Of course I will be sometimes in Belgium during the next month.

Waiting for a beer (or two) with you at the Wingtips....

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sat Jan 10, 2004 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Opinion On Sabena.
Replies: 43
Views: 5467

RE: Your Opinion On Sabena.

Hi Fred, Let them talk....they will never, NEVER, know (or learn) what was the spirit of the people working for Sabena. BTW, the name of the first officer of the SN690 flight was Michel Ronger and he had 5 kids. His wife was a <acronym title="Safair (South Africa)">FA</acronym> for Sabena aswell...s...

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by Spitfire
Mon Nov 10, 2003 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SQ World's Longest Flight
Replies: 21
Views: 4455

RE: SQ World's Longest Flight

Ivan, >>>"Why does the flight have to go all around and by Japan? Can't they just fly directly across the pacific?"<<< Have a look at this site <a href="http://gc.kls2.com/" target=_blank>http://gc.kls2.com/</a> and enter <acronym title="Singapore - Changi (SIN / WSSS), Singapore">SIN</acronym>-<acr...

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by Spitfire
Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Queation About Polar Route
Replies: 7
Views: 4069

RE: Queation About Polar Route

Hi Skipper, Your routing via FBK is longer by roughly one hour compared to the "polar" one : 17h50 and 8028 Nm vs 16:43 and 7526 Nm (with a ground speed of 450 kts). Ok, I know there are very strong jet streams when flying easterly on North Pacific Routes (I had once a ground speed of <b><u>670 kts<...

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by Spitfire
Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why The Airbus Yoke?
Replies: 15
Views: 8808

RE: Why The Airbus Yoke?

As the "joystick" is used, let's say, only for about 15 min (max !!) during the all flight ( a little bit during <acronym title="President Airlines (Cambodia)">TO</acronym> + climb and approach + landing), it's better to have a table in front of you for all the long hours you stay up there.....Easy ...

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by Spitfire
Mon Oct 13, 2003 12:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 3277

RE: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft

Hi Jack, The problem come from the jet blast from "wing mounted engines" in case of reverse at very low speed (that's the case here)...you can have gravel, dust (or anything you can find on a tarmac) ingestion into the engines. That's not so good for those costly high precision mechanical stuff. &nb...

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by Spitfire
Sun Oct 12, 2003 6:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 3277

RE: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft

"..Actually, they are often started at the gate and backed out using the thrust reversers....".

Sorry Jack, not autorized for Boeing 737,747,757,767,777, DC10, MD11, Airbus A320, 330, 340,...

Only for tail mounted engines a/c.

Rgds

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sun Oct 12, 2003 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 3277

RE: Grd Fire Extinguisher For 4 Engined Aircraft

None...there isn't anymore a fire extinguisher on stand by near the plane during the engine start, as, generaly, the start occurs after- or during - a more or less long push back.

Rgds

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sat Oct 11, 2003 10:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR Flying - Questions For The Experienced
Replies: 13
Views: 3567

RE: VFR Flying - Questions For The Experienced

Hi XFSU...,

"...fly "IFR"...I follow roads..."

That's exactly what he tried...but couldn't find "that bl...y road" between the trees....  Big grin

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Sat Oct 11, 2003 10:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Opening Aircraft Doors Mid-Air
Replies: 30
Views: 8556

RE: Opening Aircraft Doors Mid-Air

Ok guys, To open a door (or a cokpit window) in flight, first of all you have to depressurize the airplane (no other way) AND, in order for the people on board to be able to stay conscious, you have to be below FL100. Ok, I know, we can breath above that, but that's THE rule. It's only a question of...

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by Spitfire
Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR Flying - Questions For The Experienced
Replies: 13
Views: 3567

RE: VFR Flying - Questions For The Experienced

Hi FSPilot747, May I suggest you to make some flights with some pilot knowing perfectly the region. Ask him to show you pin-points around there in order to familiarize yourself with experimented pilot and then try flying by your own, looking for those points, first not too far from your airport then...

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by Spitfire
Tue Oct 07, 2003 7:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maintaining That Centreline
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

RE: Maintaining That Centreline

A certain amount of time..... <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> Depends of course of the size of the airfield, the number of airplanes requesting this help, etc,....(let's say from 2 minutes up to 5 minutes...). Anyway it's much better than being stuck in ...

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by Spitfire
Tue Oct 07, 2003 8:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maintaining That Centreline
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

RE: Maintaining That Centreline

"...How about durng extreme fog?..."

If we can't see enough of the TWY then we ask for a "Follow me" car...that simple.

Rgds

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Mon Oct 06, 2003 7:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best Way To Become Pilot Out Of Belgium?
Replies: 2
Views: 4214

RE: Best Way To Become Pilot Out Of Belgium?

Hi Sjoerd,

You can also try to contact the SFA. They are still "in the air".

http://www.sfa.be/

Rgds

Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Oct 02, 2003 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question On Climbing And Landing
Replies: 6
Views: 3595

RE: Question On Climbing And Landing

No problem. I'm wrong also : it's a A330 !!  Nuts

Rgds
Spitfire

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by Spitfire
Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question On Climbing And Landing
Replies: 6
Views: 3595

RE: Question On Climbing And Landing

Cancidas, "...i think that the first 2 pictures are actually taken on approach, like the last while the second 2 are climbout shots...." Sorry but have a sharp look at the remarks of those two first picture : they are taken on take off ! We are here making some comparative between "heavy" A340, <acr...

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by Spitfire
Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Controls For Taxi
Replies: 20
Views: 4040

RE: Controls For Taxi

Sorry Gordonsmall that I can't post here a diagram coming from the Airbus FCOM. I'll try to explain... Nose wheel steering angle varies in fonction of the ground speed. Up to 10 kts, you have 78 degrees available. Then from 10 kts to 30 kts the angle decreases from 78 to about 40 degrees. And from t...

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by Spitfire
Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question On Climbing And Landing
Replies: 6
Views: 3595

RE: Question On Climbing And Landing

THE WEIGHT <acronym title="Transports et Travaux Aériens de Madagascar">OF</acronym> THE A/C.......nothing else ( in order to keep V2+10 - V2+ 20 after lift off) Concerning the landing picture ...what happend....nothing , they surely landed safely, once more nothing special here, quite normal to mak...

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by Spitfire
Wed Oct 01, 2003 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Controls For Taxi
Replies: 20
Views: 4040

RE: Controls For Taxi

Positive rate,

It is electronically connected on Airbus A320, A330 and A 340. Then via a computer ( BSCU - for Brake and Steering Control Unit, there is two off them onboard), the nose wheel is hydraulicaly actuated ("Green" hydaulic circuit).

Rgds

Spitfire

[Edited 2003-10-01 12:50:19]

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by Spitfire
Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330 & B767 Engine Component Question?
Replies: 9
Views: 5952

RE: A330 & B767 Engine Component Question?

On the A330 engine the "silver box" is the FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control).It's a digital control system (computer)that performs complete engine management. It has two channels, one active and the other in stand by. It as also an internal magnetic alternator for internal power source c...

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