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by TimT
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RB211-535 Ignition System
Replies: 2
Views: 4399

RE: RB211-535 Ignition System

The company I work for has 3 aircraft with these RB engines. I can't remember an ignition problem in the last 4 years.

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by TimT
Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altitude Announcements Before Landing
Replies: 26
Views: 9598

RE: Altitude Announcements Before Landing

The Radio Altimeter is active below 2500'. The callouts are selected by the operator. EGPWS systems have other inputs from landing gear position, flap position and others that will enable/disable some of the callouts.

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by TimT
Sat May 31, 2008 1:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Scenic/Exciting Flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 4161

RE: Your Most Scenic/Exciting Flights?

I was a flight mechanic for a charter company- B75, right windscreen overheated and the outer pane shattered. Had to fly below 10,000 and below 250kts. Up the east coast of Italy. Like flying a big Cessna. Great scenery. And memorable too.

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by TimT
Sat May 31, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If You Were CEO, How Would You Fix US Airlines?
Replies: 25
Views: 7051

RE: If You Were CEO, How Would You Fix US Airlines

Regulate the airlines like the CAA did originally. It costs $X to get from a to b Dump all the <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym>'s, or dump everything else Take a row of seats out and make room for those folks that are over 5' tall Get the FAA to move forward None of that will ever happe...

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by TimT
Sat May 31, 2008 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Makes The "Ding" Sound?
Replies: 36
Views: 24384

RE: What Makes The "Ding" Sound?

B-757 have that chime hooked to an aneroid- at 10,000 feet, "DING". At least on the cofiguration we have

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by TimT
Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Modern Piston Engines Have Flames In Exhaust?
Replies: 11
Views: 11176

RE: Do Modern Piston Engines Have Flames In Exhaust?

Every piston engine has flames coming out of the exhaust ports. <acronym title="Albenga (Villanova d'Albenga) (- Clemente Panero) (ALL / LIMG), Italy">ALL</acronym> of them. It's just that with the length of the stacks and mufflers, you just don't see it. The combustion process is somewhat incomplet...

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by TimT
Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Exactly Does A Plane Turn/bank When Airborne?
Replies: 14
Views: 19943

RE: How Exactly Does A Plane Turn/bank When Airborne?

As a plane flies, the wings produce lift. When a turn is commanded by aileron input, some of the vertical lift component is converted to a horizontal lift component. I think there is a good description in the AIM. Or I know it's in any PPL study guide.

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by TimT
Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does John Travolta 707 Have Hush Kits?
Replies: 48
Views: 19539

Does John Travolta 707 Have Hush Kits?

There is a misconception (IMHO) htat most of the noise from a jet comes from the back. From my experience standing on the ramp as they taxi into the gate, a larger percentage of the noise comes from the front. I can (and have) stood directly in front, far enough back to be safe, and then walked to t...

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by TimT
Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is The TSA Computerized Test Like?
Replies: 6
Views: 40885

RE: What Is The TSA Computerized Test Like?

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by TimT
Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reverse Thrust Before Landing:dangerous?
Replies: 40
Views: 11761

RE: Reverse Thrust Before Landing:dangerous?

2H4 You would think so, but it does not. #2 reverse is not all that effective. They had to put so many different cascades in #2 to keep the reverse thrust from damaging rudder, pylon, elevator and horizontal stab, the thing is just not all that good. And you have to hold the nose up on landing, then...

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by TimT
Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reverse Thrust Before Landing:dangerous?
Replies: 40
Views: 11761

RE: Reverse Thrust Before Landing:dangerous?

DC-10 has to see nose landing gear on the ground (strut compressed) before #2 will unlock. Keeps the nose from slamming down.

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by TimT
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recurrent Training?
Replies: 25
Views: 5151

RE: Recurrent Training?

I'm <acronym title="Mount Clemens - Selfridge ANGB (MTC / KMTC), USA - Michigan">MTC</acronym> runup and taxi instructor. I'm going Monday to the sim for recurrent training. Normal yearly deal. We also have recurrent tests on all the a/c systems, including lower landing minimums. And company policy ...

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by TimT
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbine Cooling Tech Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2703

RE: Turbine Cooling Tech Questions

I can't say anything about all of the RR engines, but the RB-211-22B uses VSV's. I used to climb in the cold stream duct to adjust them.

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by TimT
Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kssu Vs. Atlas Config For DC-10s
Replies: 7
Views: 11893

RE: Kssu Vs. Atlas Config For DC-10s

NWA's DC-10 were all KSSU. They tried to get the Cat III thing going and never made it. I've spent 8-10 hours getting one to pass the tests, and on the first flight it would fail. Everytime. As far as differences? I think the part numbers are the same for all the pitch & roll computers. Maybe a diff...

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by TimT
Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pinnacle 3701 Findings/Recommendations Released
Replies: 48
Views: 3812

RE: Pinnacle 3701 Findings/Recommendations Released

I wondered before and am still wondering. I am familiar with the area they went down and still can't understand why they flew over a 6500 x 75 PAVED runway to land short. I went thru emergency landings by the bucket while I was getting my PPL, and my CFI would have beat me like a red-headed stepchil...

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by TimT
Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-200 Mystery Engine Liquid?
Replies: 21
Views: 4322

RE: 737-200 Mystery Engine Liquid?

If the A/C is Pratt & Whitney powered and there's no oil anywhere on the cowl, you really need to service it-- it's empty. Not so much on the newer series engines, but for sure on the JT8's and JT9's

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by TimT
Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2-stroke Cycle
Replies: 20
Views: 2607

RE: 2-stroke Cycle

On the PPL test, "suck,squeeze,bang,blow" won't cut it.

Use that to remember, but the test will say:

INTAKE,COMPRESSION,POWER,EXHAUST

I didn't want you looking for an answer that wasn't there

Regards

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by TimT
Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Water Ingestion
Replies: 21
Views: 7107

RE: Water Ingestion

Turn on the ignitors and there's a very low chance of putting out the fire. In fact, most company ops call for ignitors on when in rain. And really, most jets like some water. As mentioned, it cools the combustion and makes for more power. From the <acronym title="Mexicana Airlines (Mexico)">MX</acr...

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by TimT
Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Do Piolts Get Into Their Seats?
Replies: 34
Views: 11641

RE: How Do Piolts Get Into Their Seats?

All the DETAILED descriptions!! You guys missed the simple stuff. Into and out of the cockpit seat can be described in a single word!!



CAREFULLY

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by TimT
Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tow Truck: No Rear Wheels?
Replies: 26
Views: 4180

RE: Tow Truck: No Rear Wheels?

Grand Glaize/ Osage Beach Missouri (K15) has a John Deere lawn tractor modified as a tug. The operator sets on the hood as I remember. Interesting operation.

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by TimT
Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta TOC
Replies: 3
Views: 2556

RE: Delta TOC

Try Google Earth, put in the airport name and zoom in to what you're looking for. I did that on Terra-Server years ago and got excellent pics of TWA in Kansas City. Enough detail you could see the L-10 tail sticking out the hangar door.

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by TimT
Mon May 08, 2006 7:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What 4 Engine Jet Can Start 2 Engines At A Time?
Replies: 31
Views: 6966

RE: What 4 Engine Jet Can Start 2 Engines At A Time?

SCX-- it was everyone's fav- NWA..

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by TimT
Sun May 07, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What 4 Engine Jet Can Start 2 Engines At A Time?
Replies: 31
Views: 6966

RE: What 4 Engine Jet Can Start 2 Engines At A Time?

After 8 years of MX on the DC-10, I've never seen an APU on a DC-10 that had the stuff to start 2 engines at once. The AMM calls for 25 PSI minimum for start (if I remember correctly) and every one I've seen just makes it.

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by TimT
Fri May 05, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loud Overflying A/C
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

RE: Loud Overflying A/C

Just a guess at another possibility-- Maybe someone was doing a high power engine run at your local airport. WIth the wind blowing the correct way it could explain the noise. I live 9 miles from a major airport that has an overhaul facility and it was not unusual to hear jet noise if the wind was ri...

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by TimT
Mon May 01, 2006 5:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Alteon Training.
Replies: 12
Views: 6094

RE: Alteon Training.

I went to Alteon for B-757 Run-up and Taxi. Great class and had a blast in the sim- but that happens everytime I've been in a sim. Overall the class was excellent. Instructor knew his stuff and presented it very well. We really didn't have much in the way of <acronym title="Catumbela (CBT / FNCT), A...

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by TimT
Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lost Fedex Fan Cowl
Replies: 6
Views: 3703

RE: Lost Fedex Fan Cowl

The #2 fan cowls <acronym title="Air Vallee (Italy)">DO</acronym> latch together, but the patio (tailcone) will prevent the right one from opening due to the shape of the tailcone fairings. That could possibly prevent the right cowl from departing. To open the cowl, you have to crawl up thru the tai...

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by TimT
Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do You Witness Landing/takeoff In The Cockpit?
Replies: 26
Views: 8866

RE: How Do You Witness Landing/takeoff In The Cockpit?

It's really tough to even get to LOOK in the cockpit anymore. The only way I can think of is to become an FAA Inspector and get assigned to an airline. Or go to work for an airline either in the maintenance, Flight Attendant, Pilot, or supervisory positions. If your airline badge says "CREW" you mig...

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by TimT
Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are These Real?
Replies: 52
Views: 17727

RE: Are These Real?

all 3 of those pictures look to me like a good way to become dead. One little error and it's sleep with the fishes. And a little error could be a log in the water, a gust of wind, just about anything. And if the lead plane has the error, that could take out 1 and maybe more of the others. Ever skipp...

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by TimT
Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When Is A Job Just Too Big?
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

RE: When Is A Job Just Too Big?

NWA had a MLG tire on a DC-10 come apart in Bombay a few years ago. It took out the flap and a good part of the wing structure in the flap area. Boeing went in and fixed that. And <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> changed their tire requirements for MLG's. They had a similar thi...

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by TimT
Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest, Pilots $100 Million Apart On Talks
Replies: 12
Views: 3912

RE: Northwest, Pilots $100 Million Apart On Talks

I heard noises that the IAM (ramp,ticket agents etc.,) accepted a wage cut that management had offered, then management thought about it and decided they needed more (bigger cut). check out IAM 142's website.

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by TimT
Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did NW Stop Using The DC-10-40
Replies: 27
Views: 13438

RE: Why Did NW Stop Using The DC-10-40

The JT9D-20J engines on the DC-10-40 that <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> had are no longer supported by P&W. Parts are close to impossible to find. And no ready supply of spare parts makes it VERY expensive to operate and maintain any kind of reliability. Personally, I didn't...

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by TimT
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bragging Time!: How Many Ratings Do You Have?
Replies: 44
Views: 6531

RE: Bragging Time!: How Many Ratings Do You Have?

The question was not currency, it was how many. The type ratings don't drop when you add a new one. They just keep stacking.

me:

Airframe & Powerplant
PPL- SEL (and it's NOT current per the FAR's)

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by TimT
Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cold Airport Operations
Replies: 9
Views: 3290

RE: Cold Airport Operations

When it's that cold, a piston engine should be warmed prior to a start attempt. In fact, it may not start, either due to not turning, or more likely the fuel won't vaporize. Even with fuel injection that sprays fuel in the cylinder it may not have enough vapor to fire. Add that to the fact the engin...

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by TimT
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Mx Sucked Into Engine At IAH?
Replies: 27
Views: 7577

RE: Mx Sucked Into Engine At IAH?

I've done many engine trim runs with the cowling open for idle adjustments, then closed for power, both in the test cell environment and on wing. On a high bypass engine at idle, the most difficult thing is getting past the wind generated by the fan. TOTAL concentration on the task, coupled with a v...

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by TimT
Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Planes Flying Sideways
Replies: 10
Views: 12661

RE: Planes Flying Sideways

A good crosswind will do that. To maintain the desired track to a destination, you sometimes have to hold a heading that is way off. I've seen winds of 130 knots + at 30k feet. I've seen contrails move way off from the track of the plane too.

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by TimT
Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Awos, Anyone Use It?
Replies: 2
Views: 3849

RE: Any Awos, Anyone Use It?

I thought to A/FD had published AWOS phone numbers in it. Has it changed? And that was a free call too. Just a simple phone line conneted to the audio line of the AWOS. same computer voice and everything. Personally, I subscibe to Pilot My-cast for $130 a year and get METARS, TAFS, Radar, Lightning,...

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by TimT
Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Working For Airlines
Replies: 47
Views: 5726

RE: Working For Airlines

You all forgot the BEST benefit of all. Trying to commute, being really nice and polite to the gate agents and (if you're lucky enough to get on board) then to the F/A's, who then turn around and totally IGNORE you because they know you're non-rev. In the TWA days, they'd ask what you wanted for a m...

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by TimT
Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Least Favourite Location?
Replies: 25
Views: 2353

RE: Least Favourite Location?

I agree with 2H4- next to an examiner is never a load of fun.
Anywhere the Friendly Aviation Advisors are.
#2 engine on a DC-10 has to go toward the top of my list.
Digging a diaper (nappie) out of a lav tank has to be there too.

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by TimT
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding Passengers Until Weather Clears - Legal?
Replies: 13
Views: 2719

RE: Holding Passengers Until Weather Clears - Legal?

From the <acronym title="Mexicana Airlines (Mexico)">MX</acronym> side, (where I am), if something dies at departure, the FIRST thing I do is look and see if I can defer it. 10 minutes of paperwork and it's see you later. The only reason I can see to delay a flight for <acronym title="Mexicana Airli...

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by TimT
Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Air Traffic Ask Aircraft Type When They Know
Replies: 18
Views: 5274

RE: Why Air Traffic Ask Aircraft Type When They Know

I'd bet it is on the flight plan, but I think all the controllers see is a strip with call sign, flight number and destination I think. They have no real way of knowing what type a/c, so they ask. When they know, then planning for airspeed, turn radius, and climb/descent rates becomes easier.

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by TimT
Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Protected Comment By Air Traffic
Replies: 12
Views: 6290

RE: ILS Protected Comment By Air Traffic

ILS Protected Area and ILS Critical Area would be the same. Detroit Metro has a couple of taxiways that have not only a "Runway Threshold" mark, but also an "ILS Hold". If the runway is in use then the ILS mark is used keeping the taxiing a/c back further from the runway. Even if it's not in use, I ...

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by TimT
Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Stick It - Anyone Use This Product
Replies: 5
Views: 2791

RE: Stick It - Anyone Use This Product

I've used grease, fuel lube, tape, wire, beeswax, and superglue. Anything to stick a nut, washer, bolt, or whatever to my finger to get it in position. If it's sticky or holds what I need, I'll use it. Never heard of anything with that name, but sounds like it may be handy.

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by TimT
Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Random Alcohol/drink/drug Testing On Pilots
Replies: 17
Views: 20149

RE: Random Alcohol/drink/drug Testing On Pilots

In 18 years of wrenching on commercial airplanes I've been tested 7 times- and 3 of those were pre-employment. One of the guys I worked with was tested 8 times in 3 weeks. Random? I have to think so. Now, in the US, if you get ANY DUI related ticket from law enforcement, you also have to report it t...

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by TimT
Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Airliners Have Creep Marks?
Replies: 18
Views: 9094

RE: Do Airliners Have Creep Marks?

Years ago, TWA international flight crews numbered the wheels according to how many crewmembers there were on board. After landing and parking at the gate, the number that was at 6 o'clock won the pot. Usual amount was $1.00 per crewmember.

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by TimT
Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any News On The Pinnacle CRJ 200 Crash From Last Year?
Replies: 28
Views: 12749

RE: Any News On The Pinnacle CRJ 200 Crash From Last Year?

And speaking of training: when I was doing my PPL the CFI I had used to "fail the engine " at random times. He'd reach over and pull power off when I was busy doing something else and then expect me to find a place and setup an approach to the spot I'd selected. Those guys in that CRJ physically fle...

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by TimT
Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unwanted "Guests" On Flight Deck
Replies: 67
Views: 14232

RE: Unwanted "Guests" On Flight Deck

A good friend of mine is a flight mechanic for a 747 based cargo airline that transported a giraffe for some zoo. During the flight the autopilot kept dropping off. He told me they had a heck of a time figuring out why until someone noticed a bunch of hair (fur?) hanging on the cables aft of the fli...

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by TimT
Wed Oct 19, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why May Bags On Oxygenmasks Not Inflate?
Replies: 19
Views: 6871

RE: Why May Bags On Oxygenmasks Not Inflate?

Just about all systems (commercial aircraft) are NOT using bottled 02- they use solid chemical generators. I remember the early days they F/A's briefing included the words, "you may notice a slight burning smell". I don't think the generators can make enough volume to get the bag to inflate, but do ...

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by TimT
Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight-deck Doors And Decompressions...
Replies: 21
Views: 15029

RE: Flight-deck Doors And Decompressions...

Flight deck doors, while providing security for the crew are still open to the rest of the aircraft thru a vent panel system. There are sliding panels built into the door that allow for pressure to equalize on both sides. When closed and secured from the cockpit, the only way for the door to "fly" o...

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by TimT
Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NWA DC-9 Expedition Planned. I've Got Questions...
Replies: 24
Views: 6460

RE: NWA DC-9 Expedition Planned. I've Got Questions...

Last time I was thru MEM, there are 2 BBQ places- Interstate BBQ and Corky's. Both are good IMHO.

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by TimT
Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Things You Don't Want To Get Too Good At
Replies: 44
Views: 5983

RE: Things You Don't Want To Get Too Good At

ANYTHING from ATA 29 Hydraulics. Don't mind the 5606 systems, but Skydrol is still nasty stuff. Anyway, I'm a sparkchaser at heart. About the only ATA 29 stuff I get is indication/pressure problems. I'd rather do blue juice than Skydrol.

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