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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion
Replies: 103
Views: 27200

Re: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion

aemoreira1981 wrote:
CX should consider a 4-class A35K. EWR used to be served with 4-class plane before the change.


No, it was 77G 3-class.

itisi wrote:
The 772's should he going this year I heard. As for the EK 773's I've heard it's off... and it's on so who knows ....


The EK 773s are definitely still coming.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop
Replies: 34
Views: 2776

Re: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop

So you’re basically asking, what is the largest city not serviced by EK? :biggrin:

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JNB: Widest commercial range?
Replies: 9
Views: 932

Re: JNB: Widest commercial range?

Cape Air operates piston-engined Cessna 402s out of BOS.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign airline with the most destinations in other countries...
Replies: 45
Views: 3216

Re: Foreign airline with the most destinations in other countries...

Cathay Dragon serves 22 destinations in Mainland China, which is kind-of foreign...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 23541

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

The hat is “compulsory” at my airline, but most people hate it. We only ever wear it if the captain insists on it, maybe ¼ of the time.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gifts to crew members/purser upon boarding
Replies: 32
Views: 6484

Re: Gifts to crew members/purser upon boarding

I’ve only had a gift from a passenger make it to the cockpit once – stroopwafels flying home from AMS were just great!

As others have mentioned, it’s pretty standard at least at my airline for jumpseat passengers to bring a little something for the crew as a small thank-you.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PAPI always on?
Replies: 7
Views: 1376

Re: PAPI always on?

At many regional airports in Australia, runway lights operate as described above: they are off most of the time, and are activated remotely from an approaching aircraft using the radio. By incorporating a light sensor or timer into the system, when the system is triggered during the day, only the PA...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft types airlines never got to fly despite livery applied
Replies: 49
Views: 7010

Re: Aircraft types airlines never got to fly despite livery applied

VH-BZI, a 767-300ER for Ansett Australia, arrived in Melbourne on its delivery flight on 5th September, 2001. It had not yet entered service when AN collapsed on September 12.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 41
Views: 10658

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

The primary driver, once you go beyond 24 hours for a round trip and thus throwing out the chance of using just one plane for the rotation, is time zones. A good example is most of CX’s flights to Europe. They almost all depart HKG around midnight-1am, arriving in Europe around 6-7am. The aircraft t...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22389

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

ADL-PLO is a 50-minute flight or a 7-hour drive, due to needing to negotiate the Spencer Gulf.

CNS-WEI is a 336NM, 1:25 flight in a Q400, but a shocking 18+ hour drive (per google maps) thanks to the atrocious roads in Far North Queensland.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Under wings lights on 77W
Replies: 18
Views: 2769

Re: Under wings lights on 77W

Great! Tks folks for the explanations. Anyone have a pic of it? I'd love to see. Cheers Here you go: Here you can see the light for the right main gear near the front of the flap fairing https://i.imgur.com/7taDGcm.jpg And here, pointing downward immediately aft of the nose gear leg assembly (above...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Under wings lights on 77W
Replies: 18
Views: 2769

Re: Under wings lights on 77W

Starlionblue wrote:

There are marks on the display that show where the main gear bogies is, since they are obscured by the wings.


A bit more high tech than the black stripes painted on the 777 wing!

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by skyhawkmatthew
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Under wings lights on 77W
Replies: 18
Views: 2769

Re: Under wings lights on 77W

There's two different lights here, both have been mentioned with the purpose of each, but to clarify: There are lights that are illuminating the wing - good for spotting ice in the dark. There are lights that are illuminating the main landing gear - useful for seeing the gear on the flight deck scr...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Confusing Callsigns
Replies: 35
Views: 5851

Re: Confusing Callsigns

Until recently Tigerair Australia was "Go-Cat", now "Tiggoz". Virgin Australia is "Velocity". Easy to mistake...? "Qatari" and "Cathay" sound very similar, leading some controllers in the Middle East to say "Cathay Pacific" just in case. So...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest distance/ one airline/ smallest planes
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: Longest distance/ one airline/ smallest planes

You can get from New Zealand to Singapore on QF 737s, or if you count them as one airline, from NZ or even Rarotonga to CTS or PEK with various permutations of Jetstar.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dual ILS or Microwave on same runway
Replies: 10
Views: 1020

Re: Dual ILS or Microwave on same runway

This is nonsense, 5.5 degrees is not steep, it's 2 degrees more than normal and into the prevailing wind. The only difference is the final 200' and the flare. LCY use it every few minutes over terrain, with more than a dozen a/c types, in most weather onto a very short runway surrounded by water. I...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dual ILS or Microwave on same runway
Replies: 10
Views: 1020

Re: Dual ILS or Microwave on same runway

FRA has two ILS systems on discrete frequencies on its north runway (07L/25R), one at 3.0 and the other at 3.2°.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat configuration Widebody Domestic
Replies: 11
Views: 1980

Re: Seat configuration Widebody Domestic

Likewise, CX has “regional” (non-flat J and no W) and “long haul” (flat J, usually W, and F on 77H only) configurations on their A330 and 777 fleets. The 772 and 773 fleets are all regional config: 42J/293Y and 42J/356Y. The 77W fleet has some 4- and some 3-class (6F/53J/34W/182Y and 40J/32W/268Y). ...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: iPad and Garmin GLO
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Re: iPad and Garmin GLO

Starlionblue is correct. You must leave location services turned on on the iPad, and it will automatically use the external source if it is available.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19475

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

Can somebody tell me why aircraft needs to dump fuel before emergency landing, which I assume is to reduce landing weight for a safe landing, but in this case they are carrying more fuel to the next airport in order to fly back? In this case, as you have surmised, flights are “tankering” fuel throu...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19475

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

It appears that despite the announcement above, CX’s flights are currently planned to fly direct HKG-AKL, and tech stop in BNE on the return trip, rather than CNS. The announcement says the CNS arrangement starts on Sep 18. I know that. The announcement is incorrect. Search the flight status for CX...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19475

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

It appears that despite the announcement above, CX’s flights are currently planned to fly direct HKG-AKL, and tech stop in BNE on the return trip, rather than CNS.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19475

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

This should mean the first A350 visit to CNS, I expect!

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft yokes are an ergonomic disaster
Replies: 60
Views: 10424

Re: Aircraft yokes are an ergonomic disaster

So no one single pilot is uncomfortable with the notion that, if the digital system breaks (and do they ever?), you have no cables and physical gear to fly the plane? I'm not a pilot, but I am a driver, so if I got a "drive by wire" car, my first question would not be "how is the erg...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lights mid air
Replies: 11
Views: 2163

Re: Lights mid air

ATC actually does tell you about other traffic quite often. Depends on the controller and how busy they are. Lots of crews will give a quick flash of the lights going by, I'm sure that's what this was. You wouldn't be checking for ice on the wings at the higher altitudes.... ATC traffic information...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf
Replies: 23
Views: 7768

Re: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf

Not surprising, especially given the imminent loss of Airberlin for any connecting traffic.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

QF commences codeshare with El Al (LY) from 12 Sept...on flights via BKK, HKG and JNB...isn't going via JNB quite a detour or is it one of the quickest options between SYD and TLV...since the ME3 carriers obviously don't serve TLV. Most days the LY flight to TLV leaves HKG before the QF flights arr...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak
Replies: 35
Views: 8498

Re: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak

CX probably needs some sort of a replacement for their B777-300A models. There are rumours of them taking some ex-EK 777-300As though Im not sure if thats confirmed yet.. Confirmed to replace the current 772s. Yep, there is no plan to retire any of the 773 fleet in the near future: a few have alrea...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 10163

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

First of all, it was only ever practiced in the US. It was not fine before September 11., 2001; it was a stupid idea back then, and it's just as stupid an idea now. It has always been, and still is, practiced in Australia. It works just fine; QF even has a museum in their domestic terminal at SYD, ...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Can't recall if it had previously been mentioned, but both CX (CX156 and CX157 with CX146 via CNS to remain A333) and SQ (SQ255 and SQ245 with SQ265 to remain as B722) have loaded A359 flights for BNE starting from early/mid next year! CNS and BNE are being delinked: Thu, Fri, Sun, Mon will now be ...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 38932

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

lydh wrote:
The business day is almost over in HK, but no announcement...


It’s CPH, DUB, BRU. CPH 3/week, others 4/week. All A350-900.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with one longhaul Int'l carrier
Replies: 29
Views: 2326

Re: Airports with one longhaul Int'l carrier

CBR has only SQ – QR will join them soon but that's a tag from SYD, so the only long haul flight directly into or out of CBR will still be SQ's.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status
Replies: 15
Views: 3425

Re: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status

hongkongflyer wrote:

I said before the outgoing planes are 772 and 77W not 773


I know what you said - and I was agreeing with you in answering “na”’s reply to you regarding the straight -300s.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Equipment Cooling Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1560

Re: Equipment Cooling Question

On the 777, normally cabin air is directed by fans across the equipment racks, and then exhausted by another fan either overboard or into the forward cargo compartment for heating purposes dependent on temperature (clever, huh?). If the supply or vent fans have failed, or in a smoke/fire emergency, ...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status
Replies: 15
Views: 3425

Re: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status

I would be surprised if CX would waste money on repainting one of those old 772s, or 773s will likely follow them to the scrappers soon after. The -200s are being retired soon and will not be repainted, but the -300s are staying for the foreseeable future, and being joined by five more from Emirate...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: LEGO Airliners
Replies: 13
Views: 1710

Re: LEGO Airliners

I would be curious to see a photo of the completed model... I think it would look great parked behind my Indiana Jones and Star Wars Lego displays ... Unfortunately the original stickers were destroyed when I had to disassemble the model to move overseas; the replacements I got online haven't laste...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon
Replies: 115
Views: 31866

Re: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon

Having the capability to use it does not mean a pilot is going to try it out in such extreme conditions. In the simulator sometimes okay but on a real flight, you trust your judgement as a pilot and do not leave a difficult landing to the automatics unless there is a reason. Let me turn this around...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon
Replies: 115
Views: 31866

Re: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon

An autoland at the limits of the airplane's acceptable conditions? There is no way this was an autoland. Don't insult other people if you are also not informed. Snowball's chance in hell. Autoland is usually limited to 5 knots of wind. Those require a dry visual from the VDP. A real approach has si...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash
Replies: 93
Views: 20004

Re: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash

On a B777, the guys sitting upfront don't always feel that pivot main gear touching down, and there is no "wheels have touched down" indication ... Sure, the instinct should be to keep an eye on the EICAS to see the N1 spool up, but are you going to focus on that in a high workload enviro...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash
Replies: 93
Views: 20004

Re: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash

] Wrong....and this will be highlighted in court.. It's up to BOEING to provide adequate resources to train crews for every eventuality, it's why training manuals and CBT programmes are written by lawyers rather than training staff, and it's why airlines like EK use manufacturer produced documentati...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash
Replies: 93
Views: 20004

Re: Passengers sue Boeing for EK 521 crash

I don’t understand how there are grounds for a suit. There was no “faulty switch;” the system operated exactly as designed and described in the manuals. Lack of TO/GA modes and thrust levers not advancing ought have been enough of a “warning” that the switches didn’t do anything—and the crew should ...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Identification of an obscure 1930s type...
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Identification of an obscure 1930s type...

Definitely a Stinson.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: External GPS for iPad
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: External GPS for iPad

In the 777, I've flown with crews using mostly either the Garmin Glo or a Bad Elf model. Both seem to work pretty well. The built-in GPS works OK as well as long as you keep the iPad mounted up near the window so it can get a signal. It can sometimes take some time to get a fix, though. The window h...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 29456

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

smi0006 wrote:
I wonder if a 744 is painted will their winglets get a roo also?


I imagine it will be the same as the 330: like the new CX livery with solid colour on the outside and logo on the inside.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Confusion with cruising performance of DV20 (Manifold pressure/RPM combinations)
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Re: Confusion with cruising performance of DV20 (Manifold pressure/RPM combinations)

1. An aeroplane's aerodynamics and the engine's performance are dependent on the density of the air they are interacting with. If the conditions are the same as ISA (1013 hPa/29.92 inHg and 15ºC at MSL), pressure altitude is the same as your geometric altitude. If the conditions are different, you n...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 57646

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

VA is not really operating to Hong Kong to make profits for themselves. HNA Group is using VA as a vehicle (through codesharing with Hong Kong Airlines) to compete with CX and trash their yields on the lucrative Australia-HK-beyond markets. CX has used up all the bilateral frequencies to major citi...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 57646

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Add to this HKG which has also come under a lot of pressure lately, QF stated a few months ago that yeilds on SYD-HKG have seen the biggest drop of all its International routes. I cant see VA (with a similar cost base as QF) making these China/Hong Kong routes work. VA is not really operating to Ho...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are 77L sent to BOM so often?
Replies: 5
Views: 2208

Re: Why are 77L sent to BOM so often?

If there aren't enough passengers to fill the 77W, it makes sense to send the 77L if it's also sitting idle, being cheaper to operate.

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the green light on an airport beacon so dull?
Replies: 1
Views: 678

Re: Why is the green light on an airport beacon so dull?

Probably because in many cases it’s still a rotating beacon with a green filter on one side and none on the other, covering the same bulb. The side with no filter will always be brighter than the one with a filter removing some of the light. Higher frequencies (green-blue as opposed to red-orange) a...

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by skyhawkmatthew
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude
Replies: 10
Views: 1236

Re: High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude

It's also probably partly psychlogical – people don't think about getting altitude sickness on planes, so they don't feel any symptoms!

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