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by Max Q
Tue May 24, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 29
Views: 4853

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

It's also a good idea toward dispersing your aviation assets. CVNs are big slow moving targets. ‘Slow moving’ Since when ? A nuclear powered aircraft carrier is one of the fastest vessels afloat, capable of speeds over 35 knots I think you have it backwards, the amphibious assault ships are much sl...

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by Max Q
Fri May 20, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff International 1982 - 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 8566

Re: Braniff International 1982 - 2022

The latest edition of Airways magazine is devoted to Braniff and its history



It’s quite well done, unlike the hatchet job they did on Continental a few years ago by a writer who had a personal problem with that fine airline and an editor who allowed his bias to be published

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by Max Q
Thu May 19, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?
Replies: 37
Views: 1703

Re: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?

Checkerboard approach to Kai Tak’s runway 13, sitting on the right side of the aircraft


Not as good as being in the left front seat but nothing compares

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by Max Q
Mon May 16, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7319

Re: US pilots age 65+

If you can pass all the required training and qualify for a medical 67 is not a big deal

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by Max Q
Sat May 14, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

Re: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover

Twisted logic It still makes no sense to keep smaller, much older and less capable KC135s in service whose almost direct replacement, the KC46 is now entering service in substantial numbers while retiring a very capable much larger tanker that can carry a lot more fuel and cargo or passengers As sta...

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by Max Q
Sat May 14, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail
Replies: 4
Views: 1188

Re: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail

Well, since the V-tail Bonanza was the only semi-success, it doesn't seem to have been highly thought of. Better than semi-successful—in production for 35 years with thousands built, many still flying. I’d agree I’d rather have a BE 33 than the V-tail. Of which the V tail Bonanza made up a very sma...

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by Max Q
Fri May 13, 2022 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

Re: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover

And keeping the truly ancient KC135, it makes no sense

A combined KC10 / KC46 tanker fleet would have been far more effective

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?
Replies: 14
Views: 2190

Re: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?

They’ve been joined at the hip since WW2. “Colonial” can be defined quite broadly. AA is the bit player in the market. DL previously had a direct relationship with the number 2 Australian airline. Also remember that SYD is around 7 million population in its own right - not a small market, with stro...

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14507

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

Does TOGA retract spoilers on the A220? Not the TOGA button itself. The throttle advancing above a certain Thrust Lever Angle causes them to retract. Pushing the TOGA button will cause them to advance, but it takes a couple of seconds for it all to happen. Yes, the A220 has tailstrike protection. I...

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?
Replies: 14
Views: 2190

Re: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?

SYD-LAX is the Pacific version of JFK-LHR. It has historical colonial ties and many multinationals are movuing APAC/Oceania HQ to SYD/SIN/ICN/HND from HKG/Mainland China due to the lockdown in China & HKG. Also SYD/SIN speak English for the most part making recruiting easier. What colonial ties...

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by Max Q
Fri May 06, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14507

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

At 45 seconds you can see a rapid elevator movement which I’d be pretty sure would be the automatic tail strike protection kicking in. I think it’s only that that saved them from a tail strike. As for the initial touchdown, it’s definitely weird but not a hard landing. The A220 has automatic tail s...

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by Max Q
Wed May 04, 2022 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most collectively hated airliner?
Replies: 37
Views: 3427

Re: What is the most collectively hated airliner?

737-500

Cramped, slow, unstable, really terrible ride in turbulence

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP retiring
Replies: 13
Views: 2672

Re: NASA 747SP retiring

That’s a great shame, it had unique scientific capabilities and was a beautifully maintained, pristine and extensively updated aircraft they recently spent a fortune on at Lufthansa’s Technik


What a waste, it had enough airframe life remaining for years more service

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by Max Q
Tue Apr 26, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What’s the latest problem with the 777-9 ?
Replies: 1
Views: 2140

What’s the latest problem with the 777-9 ?

Story I read today indicates certification probably won’t occur until 2025 !


There were no details regarding what could cause such a delay, does anyone know the reason ?

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by Max Q
Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 7592

Re: Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/usaf-says-boeing-e-4b-replacement-will-need-four-engines Thanks for providing the link Boeing is not going to build four new 747-8s for them, as far as sourcing used airframes to convert I don’t believe the USAF would have any luck obt...

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 22, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 7592

Re: Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

Newark727 wrote:
There's one that just landed in Arizona! The Saudi VIP frame that wasn't taken up.

Link to the article though?



Perhaps but I’m sure they’ll need several


Unable to link

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 7592

Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

A recent article in AvWeek discusses E4 B operations and the requirement a successor must have four engines


They feel confident they can source used 747-8 aircraft for the extensive modifications required


I must be missing something, where would they get these aircraft ?!

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by Max Q
Wed Apr 13, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does it still count?
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: Does it still count?

You have a book ?

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 29
Views: 4853

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

Why would they need to keep up with a carrier battle group since they operate independently and have a completely different mission ?

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by Max Q
Thu Apr 07, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 152870

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

Makes about as much sense as America West’s 747 fleet

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor launch new livery
Replies: 271
Views: 33338

Re: Condor launch new livery

Terrible

Reminds me of old school prison uniforms

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20341

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

The only thing that matters is bringing in more money than goes out All the rest is noise Well…..no not really. Not if “money” = cash, that is. If your cash position (or current assets altogether) increases that can be a good thing but. But if it’s almost all associated with new debt then…….AAL-lik...

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20341

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

The only thing that matters is bringing in more money than goes out


All the rest is noise

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by Max Q
Wed Mar 30, 2022 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20341

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

Paying down the big piles of accumulated debt will be a drag for years to come even if the revenue environment snaps back to normal which is unlikely for many airlines with international and business travel remaining challenged. Paying down big piles of debt doesn't have an effect on earnings, howe...

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by Max Q
Wed Mar 23, 2022 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand adding JFK
Replies: 61
Views: 11935

Re: Air New Zealand adding JFK

So what are the chances UA will start a EWR-AKL using their 787-9 ?

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by Max Q
Tue Mar 15, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Etiquette for sitting in seats at the gate
Replies: 14
Views: 1497

Re: Etiquette for sitting in seats at the gate

An empty seat is waiting for someone to sit in it. I've never, and never will ask, if someone is sitting there I just sit down. The seats at the gate aren't reserved seats, they are first come first serve. Couldn’t agree more, like people ‘reserving machines’ at the gym that they’re not currently u...

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by Max Q
Mon Mar 07, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed
Replies: 337
Views: 84343

Re: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed

If you factor in all dimensions - length, wingspan, height, and gross weight, the A380 seems to take the top spot. While Stratolaunch has a significantly larger wingspan, it's not as long or tall, and is lighter. Building on this, I think the “classic” measure has been MTOW. Wingspan is popular but...

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by Max Q
Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 20018

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

I remember an Aviation Week and Space Technology article in the late 70s or early 80s that featured the new 757 proposed design. The original design included the traditional 707-727-737 type nose and window arrangement. This was changed when Eastern pilots complained about the noise of the traditio...

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by Max Q
Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 20018

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

Great aircraft, my first left seat


I’m one of the few people that preferred flying the -300 series !

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by Max Q
Sat Feb 19, 2022 2:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Braniff Calder Paint Schemes
Replies: 10
Views: 1818

Re: Braniff Calder Paint Schemes

I was wondering if anyone remembers what the pilots of other aircraft thought of these color schemes? Did they make the planes easier or harder to spot on the ground or in the air? To me personally, that HC-BCT paint scheme looks perfect for midnight flights into Mena, AR :D But kidding aside, it b...

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by Max Q
Sat Feb 19, 2022 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?

During the 70s almost all aircraft were still equipped with steel brakes. To avoid hot brakes after landing the normal reverse schedule was used : Full reverse until the stops, then slowly reducing untill 80 kts (FOD), then idle reverse, if needed. After the introduction of carbon brakes the brake ...

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by Max Q
Sat Feb 19, 2022 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?
Replies: 34
Views: 5234

Re: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?

[threeid][/threeid] Cycles That’s very difficult to believe N131EA, was operated by Boeing as a TC-18E. It was flying out of Tinker as a trainer for the E-3 Sentry. This particular airplane, I remember seeing some induction paperwork with the times and cycles. It along with its sister N132EA visited...

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Re-engine (again) the KC-135
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

Re: Re-engine (again) the KC-135

kitplane01 wrote:
LyleLanley wrote:
Technical reason? Other than the weight increase, it’s technically a really bad idea to spend $25+ billion dollars on an engine to replace an engine that already works great.


The B-52 re-engine program is $11B for only 76 planes.



They do need 8 engines for each aircraft !

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?

During the 70s almost all aircraft were still equipped with steel brakes. To avoid hot brakes after landing the normal reverse schedule was used : Full reverse until the stops, then slowly reducing untill 80 kts (FOD), then idle reverse, if needed. After the introduction of carbon brakes the brake ...

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Was [Is] it common to use only idle reverse thrust during landing runs in the DC-10 and L-1011 Tristar?

I visit JFK often and watch 31R landings and it seems about every landing uses reverse trust. because at many companies it is procedure to use reverse thrust on every landing; even if only idle reverse. This serves as an operational check of the system. e38 Idle reverse provides worthwhile decelera...

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Braniff Calder Paint Schemes
Replies: 10
Views: 1818

Re: Braniff Calder Paint Schemes

It wasn’t very impressive

Looked like someone threw buckets of different colored paint at the aircraft and just let it dry

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?

On the 727 the FE would fill out a takeoff from the tabletop charts and landing card that had the minimum maneuvering speeds i.e. extension/retract speeds on them. We would then put little airspeed bugs on the outside of the ring so we would know when to call for the extension/retraction of the fla...

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?
Replies: 34
Views: 5234

Re: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?

extender wrote:
There were a few 707s that went over 100K cycles. The DSO was 20K, I believe.


Cycles or hours ?!

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by Max Q
Thu Feb 17, 2022 3:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?

I was looking at a table of Maximum Flap Extended Speeds for the Boeing 727. I am assuming one doesn't lower them right on these speeds. Is there a rule-of-thumb on what speed to lower them? Ten knows below these speeds of some other rule? Flaps 2 - 245 KIAS Flaps 5 - 230 KIAS Flaps 15 - 205 KIAS F...

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by Max Q
Wed Feb 16, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?
Replies: 34
Views: 5234

Re: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?

BP Davies was the quintessential test pilot and the epitome of good airmanship ‘Handling the big jets’ was and still is the Bible for jet transport operation I wish someone would write an updated version combining Davies’ invaluable engineering, aerodynamic and handling advice with insights on the ...

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by Max Q
Tue Feb 15, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is the Minimum Runway Width for Airline Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

Re: What Is the Minimum Runway Width for Airline Service?

The 767-400 requires a 165’ wide runway to make a 180 turn

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by Max Q
Tue Feb 15, 2022 10:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?
Replies: 34
Views: 5234

Re: Why didn't the Boeing 707 have rudder problems similar to those of the Boeing 737?

BP Davies was the quintessential test pilot and the epitome of good airmanship ‘Handling the big jets’ was and still is the Bible for jet transport operation I wish someone would write an updated version combining Davies’ invaluable engineering, aerodynamic and handling advice with insights on the i...

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by Max Q
Tue Feb 15, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Rule-of-thumb for when to extend flaps?

Always avoid extending flaps at or close to their limit speeds, the parameter used for flap selection while accelerating or decelerating is maneuvering speed which varies with aircraft weight The heavier you are the faster your maneuvering speeds will be and vice versa, there is a minimum maneuverin...

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by Max Q
Sun Feb 06, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who else will buy the new 777 freighter ?
Replies: 1
Views: 827

Who else will buy the new 777 freighter ?

Lots of interesting discussion here on the technical specs of the new triple 7 cargo variant I’m wondering which other operators will consider acquisition of this aircraft Will it be used to replace older 747-400F types and will current 777F users order it to operate in addition to their ‘Classic’ a...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 31, 2022 11:53 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: 2552

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

The more you tried to get inventive and come up with bizarre techniques the more likely you were to get yourself in trouble, especially with ‘pushing over’ at the last moment If you had a high sink rate very close to the ground the only correct action was a lot of thrust without changing the pitch O...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 31, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arctic Circle "Bump"
Replies: 21
Views: 6048

Re: Arctic Circle "Bump"

While on the subject

A few years ago we were on the ground in LAX and there was a minor earthquake


Not significant but noticeable, one of the flight attendants came up to the cockpit and said ‘imagine how bad it would have been if we were airborne’ ….

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 29, 2022 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What factors determined whether Flaps 28 or 40 were used for landing on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 1588

Re: What factors determined whether Flaps 28 or 40 were used for landing on the MD-80 series aircraft?

At Continental 40 flaps was our standard setting for landing on the MD80


Flaps 28 was mandatory for landing in Mexico City and was optional otherwise, I tried it a couple of times in gusty crosswinds but it was difficult to keep the engines spooled at light weights with such low drag

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 29, 2022 3:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best-looking aircraft of today
Replies: 38
Views: 2712

Re: Best-looking aircraft of today

The 787 looks weird, it has a blunt nose with a chopped off look, not attractive and it sits too close to the ground I agree that the nose is weird. In my opinion it looks ugly on the ground [quote=“Max Q”] It just looks right, everything in proportion it has a very streamlined attractive nose sect...

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best-looking aircraft of today
Replies: 38
Views: 2712

Re: Best-looking aircraft of today

The 787 looks weird, it has a blunt nose with a chopped off look, not attractive and it sits too close to the ground The A350 doesn’t look too bad until you see it in profile and it becomes apparent the vertical stabilizer looks far too small and out of proportion to the rest of the aircraft, the fo...

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