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by Max Q
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 38
Views: 5262

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

The capability to operate single pilot is obviously an attractive one, especially for the owner operator but it’s asking for trouble. You can’t just rely on the autopilot to always get you out of trouble, good hand flying skills are vital Some situations require good judgment in the moment in a rapi...

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by Max Q
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 38
Views: 5262

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

I don't think single pilot certification is pursued by economic considerations, frankly IMO it is offered for those who want to fly it owner operated. It is for the person who wants to fly their own airplane on their schedule without having to coordinate scheduling a crew in the same manor as if th...

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by Max Q
Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: What's this contraption?

tjwgrr wrote:
I had neighbors with a large pickup truck that they squeezed into their garage. They used a tennis ball hung on a string- when the windshield touched the tennis ball, it was time to stop.



I installed that innovation in my garage about 30 years ago, works well !

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by Max Q
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show
Replies: 146
Views: 23408

Re: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show

Does this make the 747-8F obsolete already? After the remainder of the UPS order is completed the B748F program will come to an end at Boeing. Therefore, it could be said that the B748F is "obsolete" as a new freighter aircraft solution for the future. But given their GEnX engines are com...

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by Max Q
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show
Replies: 146
Views: 23408

Re: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show

What’s the logic behind sizing this new freighter between the 8 and -9 series ?


Why not just offer the larger 9 fuselage for the most volume and capacity ?


Boeing will end up making three different fuselage length models in this line now, also adding complication

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by Max Q
Wed Oct 06, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 95
Views: 3162

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

Shortest widebody flight, about 6 minutes between touch and goes when being checked out on our new 767-400 at Pease AFB Longest narrow body flight in miles was Newark to Rome in a 757 we operated as our 767 was broken. Only 7.5 hours with tailwinds and they had to stop in Shannon on the return Had a...

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by Max Q
Wed Oct 06, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800

I think in this rarefied corner of the market, additional capability will always sell, with an 8000NM range NY-HKG for example is possible year round and it brings new possibilities to fly faster between other city pairs Even if the maximum range isn’t used, bragging rights count for a lot with high...

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by Max Q
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?
Replies: 10
Views: 1411

Re: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?

MD80, 757 and 767 APU all run and can be started in flight. The latter two can be used for electrical needs up to the aircraft ceiling If dispatching with an engine driven generator inop we would power that side with the APU generator and it would be left running for the entire flight We’d occasiona...

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by Max Q
Tue Oct 05, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Aerospace ATP
Replies: 32
Views: 5306

Re: British Aerospace ATP

If I recall BA got aircraft intended for another customer, yes as stated we were not involved, or ‘in the loop’, the same applied to the helicopter division, you did not hear of issues until something like the 1980’s BV234 crash, put it like that. One of the main advantages BAe pushed for the ATP w...

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by Max Q
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8 engine choice
Replies: 46
Views: 3731

Re: 747-8 engine choice

As far as the "flying higher" part, I've never seen a 747-400 or -8 above FL370 with anything like a normal payload and 340-350 is more normal. Even when lightly loaded, 38-390 seems to be about it...going higher costs you more. When very heavily loaded it is routine to see a 400 at FL300...

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by Max Q
Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8 engine choice
Replies: 46
Views: 3731

Re: 747-8 engine choice

As far as the "flying higher" part, I've never seen a 747-400 or -8 above FL370 with anything like a normal payload and 340-350 is more normal. Even when lightly loaded, 38-390 seems to be about it...going higher costs you more. When very heavily loaded it is routine to see a 400 at FL300...

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by Max Q
Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Aerospace ATP
Replies: 32
Views: 5306

Re: British Aerospace ATP

Sorry but if you never heard anything bad about the ATP with BA you were way out of the loop. The despatch reliability was off the scale poor, spares support was appaling. The crosswind performance in KOI/LSI was borderline dangerous in comparison to the HS748. Both BA and Loganair came close to ro...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 30, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 764
Views: 164794

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

It's not that large tho. Only 1 or 2 humans worth of length longer than 77W Wouldnt engine size be more relevant to noise then plane size? It has the largest engines ever built. I think the thrust would be more of a factor than size. Older engines were tiny but the larger and newer engines are quie...

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 1673

Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Nothing like the Queen of the skies

The 747 was, is and always will be my favorite

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s
Replies: 34
Views: 2753

Re: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s

Maybe if you count the 717? Could maybe see them being used for charters. The 717 (again if counted) is the best bet IMO. I'm always surprised at how long Hawaiian has allowed the replacement order lag for their 717s. Seemed like the A220 was a slam dunk to replace them in my mind and maybe it stil...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13669

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Still going to have the same problems as in the original competition, the very large wingspan on the Airbus makes it a problem to fit on a crowded ramp, not to mention the lack of a cargo door If you’re going to buy a tanker that takes up that much space you might as well use a 777F which will carry...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 2249

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

One word —Arm. Moment equals Weight times Arm. Not enough arm. We could put 18 pallets weighing 90,000# on one side of a C-5 and nothing on the other side, no problem, not even noticeable. Bingo! And on a 5-wide aircraft, the outer 2 seats on each side are in balance with each other, so the weight ...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2484

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Don’t really understand that mindset Me neither. Not my rules. It was the airlines rule approved by the FAA. I agree with everything you’ve posted. The limitation looks like it was written by lawyers. pilots would get counseled by the chief pilot for using thrust reversers. Don’t work there anymore...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2941

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

If you have an RMI, an NDB approach is a piece of cake, if a bit cruder than a VOR or TACAN. We did NDB in the F-100; at least at 170 knots it didn’t last long before you at the runway or wildly off course. Simple technique I learned a long time ago for an NDB approach using an RMI Both needles hor...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2484

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Prohibited, even on a contaminated runway? The only thing I remember the last time I flew the plane 13 years ago is that thrust reverse use is prohibited on runways longer than 7000ft. Reversers may be used on runways less than 7000ft and reverser use is mandatory to prevent runway excursion is how...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11
Replies: 29
Views: 3379

Re: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11

United spent longer in bankruptcy than any other US airline, despite that they did not manage the CH 11 process well and emerged still carrying a lot of debt, their survival was very much in question Their financial performance post bankruptcy was not impressive and without the lifeline of the merge...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727 V-speed cards
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: 727 V-speed cards

We had a booklet of preprinted cards for all flap settings, each card varied by 2000 pounds gross weight.


Green cards were for the -100 series

White for -9 powered -200 series

Pink for - 15 powered - 200 series

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

Flaps 28 and 40 were landing settings, if you selected F28 without the gear being down you would get a configuration warning that could not be silenced if I recall correctly, so the gear would be lowered with flaps 15 at the latest

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft
Replies: 22
Views: 3300

Re: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft

Is the C27J still in production ?

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

Those call outs sound like ours, if we were slow enough to allow it occasionally we’d call ‘slats extend, flaps 11’ at the same time

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2941

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Don’t know about Boeing’s but Airbus aircraft are not capable of tracking any VORs. They do tune the DME portion of the VORTAC but the actual VOR portion is not used. Even the CDI presentation of tracking a VOR using raw data in rose nav is virtual. RNAV arrivals have supplanted many of the arrival...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?

If you oppose stab trim motion on the 727 with the yoke you will engage the stab trim brake and all trimming will stop Good design as that would be your typical first reaction with a trim runaway At that point you can decide whether to activate the stab trim cut out switches or release the trim brak...

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 346
Views: 17351

Re: Texas abortion law

It’s time to build a wall around Texas

Let them be the third world they want to be

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?

Oh to be 14 and naive again :bouncy: The short answer is - humans are greedy and profit trumps life The long answer is more complicated. A lot has to do (especially in Africa), with the influences of colonialism. They had systems in place while the colonial powers were there, but since they did not...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 a good airplane?
Replies: 26
Views: 2809

Re: Was the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 a good airplane?

It was a tired old platform, basically the ultimate warmed up DC9 with lots of compromises and shortcomings compared to more modern aircraft


Developing it further was pointless

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7957

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

You don't need it unless you've crash landed somewhere. That's the point. The survival suits are for cold weather protection. Yes that’s why it’s called survival equipment, so where is it stored ? If you’ve crash landed somewhere and it’s in the cargo compartment for example you’re out of luck, you...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?

Now, I guess I could go on and on about different shady airlines and I'm sure you guys also know some too. But, my question is, why are these airlines even allowed to operate? I get that the aviation regulators in 3rd world countries may be different and likely more lax in terms of security, but st...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old cross-runway at LAX
Replies: 25
Views: 7574

Re: Old cross-runway at LAX

https://www.airporthistory.org/lax-photo-special-1.html



Fascinating, they certainly planned ahead !
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cschleic wrote:
Nice historical summary of LAX on this site. Doesn't address the cross runway but a lot about the satellites.

https://www.airporthistory.org/lax-photo-special-1.html



Fascinating, they certainly planned ahead !

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7957

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

SAS does carry survival suits for everyone, and a lot of different survival gear, potable water and so on. (Not accessible from the passenger cabin). If it’s not accessible from the passenger cabin what’s the point of carrying it ?! You don't need it unless you've crash landed somewhere. That's the...

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7957

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

I seem to recall reading that either Finnair or SAS (or both) carried “enhanced” Arctic survival equipment on board their long-haul aircraft. I can’t remember what specifically is carried or where I read this (I know survival suits for everyone was one piece of equipment) but the source hinted that...

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by Max Q
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?
Replies: 13
Views: 2013

Re: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?

Problem with the canted nose gear design is it completely lifts the outboard nose wheel off the ground in a tight turn while taxiing, now you’re steering with just one wheel, not so good, especially when you have a wet surface I wouldn't say its a problem, it ensures slower speed turns. If such a t...

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?
Replies: 13
Views: 2013

Re: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?

Problem with the canted nose gear design is it completely lifts the outboard nose wheel off the ground in a tight turn while taxiing, now you’re steering with just one wheel, not so good, especially when you have a wet surface

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1248

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

I'm definitely not an ATP, but from what I understand the MD-80 (and probably DC-9) cockpit is absolutely bonkers. Switches and knobs and such seemingly laid out at complete random, like some external light switches being nowhere near the other light switches. It even has a mirror on the glareshiel...

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by Max Q
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2058

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

Our flight bags in those days were very heavy, and the endless manual revisions were not much fun either!

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by Max Q
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think the MD-11 Horizontal Stabilizer looks too small from an aesthetic point of view?
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Do you think the MD-11 Horizontal Stabilizer looks too small from an aesthetic point of view?

It looks far too small and out of proportion, the vertical stabilizer on the A350 has the same issue

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising aircraft served
Replies: 26
Views: 2211

Re: Surprising aircraft served

Air France L1011

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think Virgin Atlantic is classy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2372

Re: Do you think Virgin Atlantic are classy?

Most things described as ‘classy’ are anything but

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?

Making fully automated aeroplanes is easier than self driving cars. The problem isn't letting a computer fly the plane when everything works as expected, it is what will happen when there are problems. If you would have a pilotless aeroplane and a "remote pilot" taking over when there are...

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by Max Q
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?

As far as it can, it’s all about $$



Within 30 years we’ll have one pilot airliners, within 40 years they will be pilotless


Sad, dangerous but inevitable

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10831

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

What could they have done about it? They were in a no-win situation. There is indeed: considering the extraordinary situation during the taxi you just perform a visual check before taking off so that you are sure no one is hung outside. That’s just pure fantasy, what if someone is hanging on outsid...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 3039

Re: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary

SOFIA was proposed for the ax in Trumps 2021 and Biden's 2022 budget proposals... this might just be gamesmanship for Germany to pay more, or take it over entirely. If the JWST happens, I guess it's a definite second fiddle. It's expensive, but Congress has been consistent in liking it. I saw that ...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10831

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Kudos to the pilots to take off with this many people. They could have easily said, no we are not going to fly this because it could be dangerous to have this many people on the airplane. I think they knew that if they kick some people off, these people who don't make it on the plane might not make...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could the B727 takeoff in revenue service with a flap setting lower than Flaps 15?
Replies: 7
Views: 1140

Re: Could the B727 takeoff in revenue service with a flap setting lower than Flaps 15?

When I first started with Continental on the 727 we used Flaps 5 for all take offs if we had a long enough runway Made for some long take off rolls on hot days and / or at heavy weight and you need a slow rotation rate to avoid touching the tail skid There was an advantage in using this lower flap s...

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-10 Max
Replies: 2
Views: 1659

Re: 737-10 Max

Thanks for that R7

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6189

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

Well, the return EDDM to KORD was this past Wednesday. 11AUG and there it seemed as the windows were not quite as darkended. Now some of that may have been the result in changing my seat from my Eastward 5A to 6A. If you enjoy flightseeing and are willing to pay for Business Class, 5A should avoide...

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