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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Omni Air 767 gear collapse in Bucharest
Replies: 11
Views: 3527

Re: Omni Air landing gear damage?

Is this a military movement aircraft? Not a normal OMNI paint job. Very plain plane ... needs new paint by the looks of the aft upper fuselage Would require someone from their fleet management team to know for sure. Could be in line for paint, possibly in line for a freighter conversion, short term...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8i Converted Freighters?
Replies: 10
Views: 2182

Re: 747-8i Converted Freighters?

When considering Boeing's recent withdrawing of structures support for any AC with a structural STC, the real question is whether anyone (other than Boeing) will develop a freighter conversion STC for any future Boeing product. This development will significantly increase the engineering cost of any...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another 747-400F back to work.
Replies: 18
Views: 8378

Re: Another 747-400F back to work.

Was I the only one to ever get a photo of this AC? Every article I've seen uses the one I took.

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another 747-400F back to work.
Replies: 18
Views: 8378

Re: Another 747-400F back to work.

https://theloadstar.com/flexport-closes ... t-changes/
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Well that didn't last very long. Flexport killing the dedicated freighter. Livery will be gone soon. https://theloadstar.com/flexport-closes ... t-changes/

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by mikeinatlanta
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?
Replies: 48
Views: 4980

Re: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?

Discussion is almost pointless unless you exclude pilot error or external. Can't blame the airframe if it's taken out by a missile or a pilot. Maybe a more relevant question would be: What airframes have run their full service life without a mechanically induced crash, and which ones are on track to...

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by mikeinatlanta
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where do old/discontinued J class seat products end up?
Replies: 25
Views: 5499

Re: Where do old/discontinued J class seat products end up?

Interesting discussion. Back in the day before powered seats, removed first class seats were somewhat comfortable and desirable. People always took those and used them in man caves and such. Back then you had no IFE in the seats either. They were simple, fairly light, and easy to setup at home. More...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are airlines painted so accurately?
Replies: 13
Views: 2900

Re: How are airlines painted so accurately?

On large aircraft, only being off the drawings by a few inches would be quite difficult but of course everyone tries to get it perfect. Unless a very simple livery with really clear reference points, being off by a foot is very common. Most paint shops don't have structures guys with a great deal of...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?
Replies: 26
Views: 11653

Re: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?

We just spent $230,000 to repaint our Global 5000 in white plus 3 color stripes and custom tail logo. Took 3+ weeks to complete. You got robbed. 767 full strip and paint should be between 100-200K. Typical 747-400 will run around 150-300K You clearly have no concept of what it costs to own and oper...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?
Replies: 26
Views: 11653

Re: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?

26point2 wrote:
We just spent $230,000 to repaint our Global 5000 in white plus 3 color stripes and custom tail logo. Took 3+ weeks to complete.


You got robbed. 767 full strip and paint should be between 100-200K. Typical 747-400 will run around 150-300K

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?
Replies: 26
Views: 11653

Re: How much does it cost to repaint a plane?

The google hit is pretty close. Of course there is no limit to what you could spend, but 100-200k is a good range. A significant factor is do you want a full strip and paint or just a scuff and paint. Then there is how many coats you are taking off.

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots
Replies: 17
Views: 3406

Re: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots

If you think an airplane is bad try riding in a stock trailer sometime.

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US increases EU aircraft tariffs to 15%
Replies: 167
Views: 4880

Re: WTO green lights tariffs on Airbus, Trump ready.

Common sense would dictate that it is impossible to fully segregate military from civil aviation technology, and any appearance of doing so beyond classified technology is just smoke and mirrors. Any county spending on military aviation technology is also spending on civil, and vice versa. This enti...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IDG maintenance service package
Replies: 19
Views: 10896

Re: IDG maintenance service package

Guys are getting into a semantics argument over the servicing. To answer the OP's question: Yes that does exist, but maybe not a common thing for a larger airline. An example would be when World Airways leased some power by the hour Delta MD-11s. Part of the lease conditions would have Delta absorb ...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying with an emotional support animal may soon get a whole lot more difficult
Replies: 62
Views: 9252

Re: Flying with an emotional support animal may soon get a whole lot more difficult

Pretty much any pet (real pet, not exotic whatever) is an emotional support animal, that's why we have pets in the first place. So let's cut to the chase. Since emotional support doesn't require any training, the real issue boils down to whether the owner has a diagnosed mental condition. So getting...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 3093

Re: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry

You live in Tucson? Go to Ascent in Marana and take any job they will give you (they are hiring). Once you are established as a quality employee you will easily be able to move into areas best suited to your skillset. Ascent also works out of the Tucson airport, but I would suggest starting at Marana.

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by mikeinatlanta
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another 747-400F back to work.
Replies: 18
Views: 8378

Re: Another 747-400F back to work.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/YdLoSyap


The tail came out way better than I thought looking at the drawings.
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SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
It's a 2008 aircraft. Tail design looks nice.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/YdLoSyap


The tail came out way better than I thought looking at the drawings.

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pack/air cycle machine
Replies: 4
Views: 2954

Re: Pack/air cycle machine

Suggest cutting this down by about 40% fewer words. Eliminate saying how important each step is, as they are all important. A technical explanation should not say how important it is to remember a basic science principle. Lastly, I suggest you challenge yourself to remove the word "the", &...

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by mikeinatlanta
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex United 744 - (N119UA) LAX to HKG today?
Replies: 28
Views: 8473

Re: Ex United 744 - (N119UA) LAX to HKG today?

Question about flights like this. I assume they are flown under Part 91 or similar? If that is the case can people other than crew fly on these flights just for fun? For example one of the crew members wanted to bring some friends or family along (provided that there are seats still installed) and ...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?

You would first need to define "type". 767-200, -300, -300ER, -400, and then you have the freighters. It gets more screwy when you get into DC-9, MD-80 through ?, MD-90, B-717.

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by mikeinatlanta
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are some airlines flying louder?
Replies: 7
Views: 1446

Re: Are some airlines flying louder?

Just guessing here. Maybe look into the actual tail numbers and look into if the louder ones are significantly older. Maybe older engine types.

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 5196

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

I'm talking about the door slide. How we got off on the over wing slide escaped me. I brought up the overwing slide to address the second question in the OP. Lacking a door opening, having an overwing slide deploy provides solid anecdotal evidence of possible repercussions. Nothing I posted was in ...

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 452555

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Nevermind. Not worth it.

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 5196

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

For such things, I don't believe that people that know are not allowed to talk about it, they just don't because the general public probably would not understand. People who know can't for a range of reasons but they are not regulatory. Think more along the lines of liability. It's one thing to pos...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6413

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

There I was. AWACS Crew Chief. Our spot in flight was in the back by the galley. First the Pilot shows up and starts eating. Then the Copilot shows up and hits the head. We were doing a 12 hour stint of orbits, but I'm wondering who is flying the plane. I head up front and find the Nav asleep and th...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8990

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

It doesn’t prevent missile attacks It must be pretty effective because only one plane has been shot down by a missile since NGS systems have become a requirement. Statistics never lie................https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airliner_shootdown_incidents For those that like a well execut...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 5196

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

There have been several incidents of 767 overwing slides deploying on takeoff. Obviously not a good thing and yes some damage, but nothing catastrophic. Did it fire the inboard spoilers pyrotechnic blow down device? Not that I know of. The incidents I'm aware of revolve around the latches opening i...

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2708

Re: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?

Excepting something very specialized like the LCF, why would you want to?

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by mikeinatlanta
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 5196

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

There have been several incidents of 767 overwing slides deploying on takeoff. Obviously not a good thing and yes some damage, but nothing catastrophic.

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8990

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

There is fuel quantity indication system wiring and pump wiring within the tank. In the fuselage that wiring is bundled with a wide range of other wiring. The only thing not definitive with the investigation is exactly which one of those wires shorted with the other. The reason for conspiracy theori...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to get used jet oil from turbine engine
Replies: 4
Views: 1660

Re: How to get used jet oil from turbine engine

Oil is often changed when an engine is removed and "zero timed". Find an MRO doing engine changes and you find plenty of used oil being disposed of.

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 7714

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

Impossible to know without investigating the particular aircraft. External repair/mod not properly faired or sealed Area of insulation not restored during mtc. Defect in the air conditioning system If near a lav or galley, faulty repair to a drain causing excess flow. Hard to say, but plenty of poss...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8990

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

As others have stated, the NGS is basically a nitrogen generator the pumps high nitrogen gas into the tank to reduce possibility of ignition. Also, the explanation of the timeframe for implementation was a good one. What is not so good, and frankly shameful, is that the conspiracy theory nonsense wo...

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?
Replies: 57
Views: 4121

Re: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?

If the airlines really cared they would stop with the massive OH bins, limit carry on (for real), and stop charging for a checked bag. Stop stealing from checked bags would be helpful as well.

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by mikeinatlanta
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's final 744 in its final resting place today
Replies: 42
Views: 11528

Re: DL's final 744 in its final resting place today

I do find it a bit ironic that the airline who shunned the 747 is making such a big deal about its retirement. Now had they done this for the L1011 it would make more sense.

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by mikeinatlanta
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 8586

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

What do you mean by Mainland, Continental or Contiguous? If Contiguous, where in AK do you count as reaching 100%? With existing flights or imaginary non-stops? One airline or all? Going to be ORD, SLC, SFO, DFW, or LAX.

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Average weight + volume of check-in luggage on flights.
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Re: Average weight + volume of check-in luggage on flights.

I believe you can find everything you are looking for in AC 120-27E. Beyond that, things like checked luggage per passenger are very route and season specific. No way to give the ballpark figures you are looking for per aircraft type. E.G. people don't golf PHX in July and people don't ski Utah in A...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary
Replies: 19
Views: 1935

Re: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary

Hi everyone, and thanks for your views. “Mikeinatlanta” I start working on 1984, so I already pass the 30 years mark. Actually I’m working as an Inspector. We were a group formed under european’s control and Yes, back in 1998, we learn that any action taken on a/c: service hydraulic, oil, o2, relam...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327337

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

I At QPG, for the 767-300BCF, they usually turn the aircraft around, including paint, in about 3 months. They just opened a second line at TPE; I would expect similar times there. That's a huge difference in time. AS it seems that 3 month figure is in line with Bedek just doing the door install (an...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327337

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary
Replies: 19
Views: 1935

Re: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary

I'm saying it's a red herring in regards to the issue brought up by the OP. FAR interpretation is not the cause of his concern, so not relevant to truly understanding the issue that is troubling him. Besides, If working for an airline or repair station, the repair station's manual is already accepte...

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by mikeinatlanta
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary
Replies: 19
Views: 1935

Re: New aircraft Mx’s vocabulary

What you are going through is absolutely normal for an inexperienced mechanic. With the exception of the rare inappropriate pressure from a poor leader, this is the burden every new mechanic is forced to bear. In time you will learn that no in service airframe is perfect and it’s not your role to ch...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?
Replies: 49
Views: 5622

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?

Live in ATL and a no vote for secondary airport. Current airfield has plenty of growth capacity left and traffic is only an issue during rush hour. Even during rush hour traffic it's better than LAX during off peak hours. Current plans for improving local traffic drop off and pick up is what it need...

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by mikeinatlanta
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327337

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

"authoritative" hmm.. I like that word.

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327337

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

wjcandee wrote:
mikeinatlanta wrote:
1399 enroute VCV.


So its either being painted at Leading Edge (IAC), or being stored for a while.

Or maybe Atlas is going to wrap the whole thing in speed tape first.

IAC for paint.

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by mikeinatlanta
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327337

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

1399 enroute VCV.

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by mikeinatlanta
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fan Exit Guide Vanes
Replies: 3
Views: 1806

Re: Fan Exit Guide Vanes

For a specific answer one would need to know which engine you want to know about.

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