Yes, I’m really not sure what I saw, didn’t think welding would ever be done inside a gear well or indeed what would require such work What was odd was the nature of the light I could see and it’s flickering, it looked like the kind of light that’s created with welding Anyway, thanks for the informa...Jump to post
Just saw a few minutes of Oshkosh and skimmed through the rest Only so many light aircraft aerobatic maneuvers I can watch before zzzzz, and the same old format, you can count on way too many T6 displays, loud, obnoxious music, aircraft parked that would be more interesting in a flying display and v...Jump to post
Cannot figure out how to post cell photos, I have several of the Slycourier today If you have Instagram and/or Twitter you can post them up there and then share the links on a post here. This is a very impressive looking aircraft. Soon, FedEx Feeder should have themselves a workhorse in the Skycour...Jump to post
So no jetliner is capable of climbing to its final cruise altitude in an uninterrupted climb if it takes off at its maximum gross weight? Maybe I am asking my question incorrectly. I think I am using terms incorrectly. Lets say aircraft x has 25,000 feet as its best cruise altitude for the conditio...Jump to post
The pilot seats on the SF340 were truly awful, incredibly uncomfortable, could barely move after a long day in those things The 727 pilot seats were very comfortable The older Pilot seats in our MD80’s were pretty crummy, they were the same as the DC9 and the backrest was really badly designed, I fo...Jump to post
Dropped off a friend at the airport in TPA recently and did some sightseeing from the top floor of the parking garage before leaving It was almost dark but I could make out some equipment next to the right main landing gear of a Frontier A320, looked to me like they were changing a tyre but then I n...Jump to post
By ‘final cruising altitude’ I think you mean maximum certificated ceiling, the former is your maximum for the particular flight and rarely the same as the latter
And I don’t know of any transport category aircraft that can climb to its maximum ceiling after a maximum take off weight departure
The 757 has a nasty characteristic of the nosewheel slamming down very abruptly if you don’t watch for it, in the past this has caused significant aircraft damage and even caused airframe write offs You need to pay extra attention and take extra care to deliberately and smoothly lower the nosewheel...Jump to post
The 757 has a nasty characteristic of the nosewheel slamming down very abruptly if you don’t watch for it, in the past this has caused significant aircraft damage and even caused airframe write offs You need to pay extra attention and take extra care to deliberately and smoothly lower the nosewheel ...Jump to post
The best of all were the embedded wing heaters that protected the entire area of vulnerability but not all airlines wanted to pay for this and either maintenance or flight crews had to inspect for ice before every flight in most weather conditions In fact unless it was over 90 degrees we always had...Jump to post
I can imagine you’d have your share of ice up there, last time I landed in BUF was in a 727 though Had some bad ice nights in the Baron between OKC and DAL, that aircraft could carry an enormous accumulation and keep going even without boots Beechcraft are truly the Boeing’s of light aviation Best w...Jump to post
No, the DC9 did not have that issue, MD crammed as much fuel as they could into the slightly modified -80 wing and didn’t leave enough space between the top of the fuel tank and the upper surface of the wing Fuel would become cold soaked in cruise flight and condensation would form on this upper win...Jump to post
It’s also pilot technique, if you don’t anticipate your level off adequately you may have to apply more down elevator to avoid overshooting your assigned altitude and more abruptly than what is comfortable producing negative G If you do anticipate the level off properly you’ll have a nice smooth lev...Jump to post
It’s usually a good thing when the boss is a pilot, if they’re competent, fly regularly and don’t ask the line pilots to do things they won’t do themselves We used to talk to each other on the radio, it was helpful If someone had recently penetrated an area and found a ‘soft spot’ but there usually ...Jump to post
The wing icing issue was one of many issues on the MD80, it was a really compromised design, basically a warmed up DC 9 that should have had a complete do overJump to post
I flew checks for two years, single pilot mostly at night, initially in a Bonanza then an ancient Baron This was in all weather with no excuses for not going (they could always find another pilot) most of this flying was in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and in the summer time you were dea...Jump to post
If the aircraft rolled at speed and passenger weight with one tire flat, then it will also need the other tire on that axle replaced, due to over-stress. So now you're counting on the outstation having TWO wheel-tire assemblies, of the correct part number, available for use by your airline. Perhaps...Jump to post
At Continental we had a very low tech ice detection system, the FO hauled out a ladder to the front of the wing and dragged what looked like a long pool cue across the susceptible area of the wing to make sure there was no ice
A major PITA, I know because I did it many times!
Boeing has a page on Airport compatibility of various airliners. Under the subheading of the MD-90 it has a chart on aircraft takeoff performance for various gross weights and altitude. . One chart is for MD-90 performance on a standard day at various gross weights. The other chart is for a standar...Jump to post
I flew checks for two years, single pilot mostly at night, initially in a Bonanza then an ancient Baron This was in all weather with no excuses for not going (they could always find another pilot) most of this flying was in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and in the summer time you were deal...Jump to post
I must be unlucky. Almost every trip lately on WN I’ve taken features the gawd awful corny jokes and banter and cheery over the top nonsense. . All in they were actually the cheapest. What am I doing wrong? I had one of WN's clowns stop me at the door and press something firmly on my upper left arm...Jump to post
Personally I can do without singing / wannabe comedian or otherwise attention seeking ‘quirky’ flight attendants, I think they forget their primary function is passenger safety and these antics distract from that Never liked that about Southwest and that’s not what the job is, a calm, professional b...Jump to post
‘More to go wrong’ with four engines is a twisted logic though
There’s also more to go right !
I noticed that on our 767-224 and -424’s, the GE engine was ‘buzzy’ in certain power settings significantly more than others The RR engine on our 757’s was much much smoother Noticed that as a passenger riding on BA’s 777, a lot more vibration with the GE 90 whereas the RR aircraft are extremely smo...Jump to post
Did McDac actually call the system "dial-a-flap" as well, or is that pilot slang? No, it was referred to in our flight manual as ‘Dial a flap’ that was the official term You ‘dialed’ in a pre-planned flap setting for take off. We rarely used it, the only airport I remember using it from w...Jump to post
It's been a while since I flew a DC-10 but I don't remember it being a big deal. It was only for T/O flaps and the after T/O chk list had you zero out the dial. If you forgot you would be surprised when you selected LDG flaps. I guess I should have clarified I was talking about the dial a flap but ...Jump to post
On the DC-10, the flap and slat handles are mechanically linked. For takeoff, a dial-a-flap setting is calculated and preselected. Preparing for takeoff, the handles are moved to lock into the Dial-A-Flap detent and this extends both the slats and trailing edge flaps. During climbout, the flaps are...Jump to post
If the DC10 flap / slat lever was the same as the MD80 it took a bit of getting used to Flap selections were made with the lever but to retract the slats you needed to reach underneath the handle and release a separate ‘ trigger’ It took a separate and deliberate action which was easy once you’d got...Jump to post
My answer is yes, despite all the statistics I prefer to be on a three or four engine aircraft
It just gives you more redundancy and more options, if economics were not an issue I’d like all my air travel to be in a 747, the finest passenger aircraft ever built
Does anyone know if any four-engined jetliner ever crashed after sustaining bird strikes in all four engines? I don't know why, but I always felt safer flying over the Rocky Mountains in the USA in three and four-engined jetliners instead of twins. I guess modern twin aircraft can sustain a single ...Jump to post
The 727 packs couldn’t really cope on the summer, it would get very hot in the cockpit, it did at least have reasonably good airflow however Conversely, at night, especially in the winter it was difficult to keep the two front seats warm enough after an hour or so in the cruise. I remember wearing a...Jump to post
Count me in as a big aficionado of the S-3 Viking. Back when flight decks and airports hosted a far greater variety of flying machines, the purposeful, modern (!) design and evident flexibility of the Viking struck a chord. Its wings' thickness is impressive, especially when seen from a fully front...Jump to post
Reminds me of doing a delayed engine start on the 727 with an inoperative APU one day when I was a very new FE Captain decides to do this while taxiing, I turn the packs off, he increases thrust on #1 to get the required duct pressure but this increases our taxi speed so he puts #2 into reverse to a...Jump to post
Always seemed to go against normal practice to eliminate an exit then add seats
It seemed to be a uniquely capable aircraft, with long endurance, able to rapidly go out as far as needed from the carrier and hunt for submarines and carry a large weapons load to defend the carrier from these threats if necessary
I don’t see how a helicopter can do the same job
ER757 wrote:DIRECTFLT wrote:albums 1 - HOTH or PG.
When I first heard Heart's Mistral Wind, I thought she was singing about her period.
- yeah, that crossed my mind too.
wingman wrote:My ongoing befuddlement is being blinded by the light and wrecking out like doosher in the middle of the night. I know I've read the intended lyrics but that's what the man is saying.
The excellent ‘most overdone songs’ thread had me pondering many songs over the years whose lyrics cannot be understood, many amusing examples of misunderstood lyrics are out there In the ‘70’s Elton John was at the top of his game, an extremely talented artist but I often had no idea what he was go...Jump to post
Enjoyed the old video
Nice to see the Changi name associated with a peaceful endeavor that brings people together
Unlike in WW2 when the Japanese operated Changi prison was the site of much suffering and brutality