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by spacecadet
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 22
Views: 1243

Re: Dated flight terms?

"Tarmac" hasn't actually been tarmac for decades as far as I know. It's asphalt concrete. "Gate" is an outdated term. There used to be an actual gate leading outside that would be opened when the plane was ready for passengers; I'm old enough that I actually experienced a few of ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piper PA-32 Fatal Crash in Utah Neighborhood, 25 July 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 6963

Re: Piper PA-32 Fatal Crash in Utah Neighborhood, 25 July 2020

Looking at the POH (or at least *a* POH for a PA-32R-300), I don't see any reason why the plane shouldn't have been able to fly. It has a max useful load of 1644 lbs, and the six occupants, which included a man, two women, two babies and a 12 year old child, probably didn't weigh any more than 600 l...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garmin Outages? Aviation Effects?
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

Re: Garmin Outages? Aviation Effects?

Well, my FltPlan Go still doesn't work... luckily I don't use it for much other than some basic calculations anymore.

Edit: Woops, just tried it and it's back. It was definitely out for a while, though.

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by spacecadet
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Keep in mind that X-Plane is almost certainly not realistic in how it handles thrust vs. speed and climb in its AP modes. I doubt it's doing much other than adding some arbitrary amount of power and pitching up some arbitrary amount. The logic is almost definitely not the same as real life. I'm trai...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time
Replies: 45
Views: 5070

Re: Most obvious way to cut boarding time in half

The reason aircraft are boarded the way they are now has nothing to do with efficiency or boarding time; it has to do with money. So good luck. This is kind of like saying you know how to make Disneyland's queues more efficient.

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1915
Views: 444027

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

One of the videos I watched (blancolario, Mentour, who knows) seemed to suggest this happened fairly often, to the point where pilots would give each other tips on how to avoid hitting the switch when moving the throttles. It wasn't clear if the airline was training to avoid these situations or if ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: It's not right to blame patient confidentiality for the 2015 controlled flight into the Alps.
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: It's not right to blame patient confidentiality for the 2015 controlled flight into the Alps.

There are certain freedoms you give up when you choose to be a pilot. Privacy regarding medical issues are among them. Others include things like using marijuana even if it's legal in your state, or even taking many over the counter drugs (at all) for various illnesses. That's the case in the US; I ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Night Rating Anxiety
Replies: 18
Views: 4248

Re: Night Rating Anxiety

There's nothing much to worry about in flying at night vs. flying in daytime except for buildings and terrain. Everything else is actually easier to see. For buildings and terrain, just look at your charts and maps ahead of time and be sure to note anything near your flight path worth worrying about...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154302

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Clearly to be the pilots had their heads up their rear ends, but I'm curious about the actual ATC communications - I see the terms "advised to take an orbit" and "advised repeatedly (twice to discontinue the approach and once cautioned) about excessive height". Obviously we don'...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two types of different surfaces for the same runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 3781

Re: Two types of different surfaces for the same runway?

KIWA runway 12C/30C is about 1/2 concrete, 1/2 asphalt. The other two runways are concrete. You can easily see this on Google Maps.

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot deviations
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Pilot deviations

Is there just a phone conversation to discuss the situation, or is it the beginning of a larger investigation? I've never had it happen to me but I know people who have. The short answer is that it depends on what the deviation was. Some deviations are rule violations that ultimately don't really i...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)
Replies: 37
Views: 2118

Re: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)

I pay for it sometimes. I don't think some people here realize that the price is often not much different. I think the last time I did it was on a trip from JFK-FLL, where economy was like $225 and first class was something like $260. It seemed a no-brainer to me. I'd probably pay that difference ju...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VietJet's A321 skids off runway in SGN
Replies: 19
Views: 6101

Re: VietJet's A321 skids off runway in SGN

It is SOP at most airlines I know of, not just this one, to initiate an evacuation only when there's imminent danger in remaining inside the aircraft. I don't see what about this accident would indicate imminent danger. Remember that the pilots even have gear temperature sensor readings, and that's ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Final Approach to YYZ
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Odd Final Approach to YYZ

Is this a case of pilots having some fun in light (covid related) loads ? Or this a non-standard but safe approach? It looks to be just a visual approach. This is literally the first kind of approach any pilot learns before getting their PPL, so nothing unsafe about it :) The lack of traffic these ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Fears
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Travel Fears

the symptoms are the same, the difference is cause of one specific virus or caused by several. So, not spreading misinformation. The symptoms are absolutely not the same. The flu does not cause sudden respiratory failure in people who seemed healthy hours before, for one thing. What you're spreadin...

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reconfirming a booking -- what was that all about?
Replies: 9
Views: 958

Re: Reconfirming a booking -- what was that all about?

Was this a European thing? I don't remember ever doing this on a US flight and I've been flying since the early 80's. (Technically since the 70's, but I would have been too young before the early 80's to remember this, or have dealt with it myself.)

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by spacecadet
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?
Replies: 24
Views: 3398

Re: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?

It depends mostly on the taxi length. This takes into account warmup times, flows, etc. If the pilots know it's going to be a 30 minute taxi, they're going to do it on one engine. If it's 5, they'll do it on both. That's true of pretty much every airliner. Taxi times aren't usually a surprise. The p...

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by spacecadet
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Canadian ATC
Replies: 22
Views: 3110

Re: Canadian ATC

They are not the only ones doing it, but you can bet that if an accident ever occurs because two planes did not know what each other were doing due to different ATC languages being used, it'll stop right quick.

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by spacecadet
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rude cabin crew. What would you do?
Replies: 19
Views: 2078

Re: Rude cabin crew. What would you do?

A very small incident: the OP should have accommodated the crew request immediately and forgotten it one second later. Too fragile an ego here. I agree; this is basically a non-event. Also, you're really not supposed to be getting up to use the lav while a service is in progress - some airlines act...

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by spacecadet
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFI vs. Other Options
Replies: 10
Views: 2290

Re: CFI vs. Other Options

From what I know, it's going to be hard to get a job *anywhere* right out of flight school. That's what makes these CFI deals so attractive, and why you should probably just do it. Yes, there's a pilot shortage, and no, you probably won't have much of a problem getting a job at a regional once you'v...

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by spacecadet
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19794

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Sam Chui gets away with a lot that normal passengers can't. Would not be surprised to see him on airlines payroll to be honest. I mean, he obviously has permission for what he does, and the airline is expecting him every time. I don't think that's any big secret. He's not doing ambush-style reviews.

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2440

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

Is this for a checkride? Most pilots at this point won't fly an NDB approach in their entire lives; they're already uncommon, there are usually better options available and the ones that remain are being phased out. I remember I had to learn some stuff about NDB approaches for my instrument rating, ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 Domestic variant.
Replies: 16
Views: 2044

Re: 747-400 Domestic variant.

There was a much smaller galley in the back of the upper deck that didn't take as much space as the standard galley. Do keep in mind that the flights were pretty short, so I don't know how much beverage service was actually getting done. It's Japan, so almost definitely a full one on every flight. ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1468

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

So there's not really any 'fine tuning' of the prop levers necessary? Either course or fine... But (sorry to ask a stupid question, I realise how much I don't know when it comes to prop a/c after all the Airbus/Boeing flying!!) where does the coarse/low zone end and where does the feather begin? I ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?
Replies: 41
Views: 3291

Re: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?

You would think NBC would be a lot be a lot better as I think Lester Holt's brother was the former VP of Flight Ops at Alaska Airlines. Kind of makes you wonder about all the other "news" that we see from the mainline news organiztions? Well, no, because we are all able to use our own hea...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of 8/2019 DC-6 Crash
Replies: 32
Views: 7949

Re: Video of 8/2019 DC-6 Crash

blacksoviet wrote:
Does Boeing still support the DC-6?


Probably a few years beyond the warranty period ;)

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If JetBlue Only Has Mint - First Class Seating On All Flights
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: If JetBlue Only Has Mint - First Class Seating On All Flights

If you really mean "all", then no. Nobody's paying for a Mint seat on a flight from Boston to Syracuse in an E190. I'm sure there are other flights where it would be profitable and they're not doing it yet, and my guess is you'll see them expand this service over time. But the main thing w...

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 60
Views: 11228

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

The Colgan crew was hired into the airline environment at 250hrs. When you are building your time, you are really conditioning your reactions to airplane energy states. By entering the airline environment early (autopilot everywhere, going fast, IMC, heavy turbulence, night, complex mechanical prob...

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the next "Jet Age"
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: What will be the next "Jet Age"

Yeah I actually see a real space age coming, and that will be another transportation revolution. (My earlier message was kind of a joke to prove a point; hope that was obvious.) Much as I have my reservations about the commercialization of space, it's happening right now and it's probably necessary ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the next "Jet Age"
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: What will be the next "Jet Age"

Teleportation.

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2097

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

At least Northwest Orient, Northwest Airlines, United, ANA, JAL, British Airways, TWA, Continental, Air China (747-8) and PeoplExpress. I believe there's more but I would have been very young and don't remember. A couple were pretty interesting planes, like the Air China 748 and the converted 747-40...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)
Replies: 290
Views: 49445

Re: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)

Assuming a wind of 290/22G37 the tailwind component is 14kts and the crosswind 29kts. Not quite sure of your math there. A 22 knot wind from 290 on a heading of 059 is a 14 knot tailwind and a 17 knot crosswind. Crosswind can never be higher than total wind. Unless you're counting gust in the cross...

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by spacecadet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Security Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

Re: Security Questions

100% security is a myth, and that applies to everything. Homes, businesses, jails, airports, whatever. Current security measures at airports are part theater, for sure, but they're better than what we had before. That doesn't mean things won't slip through; it just means less slips through than befo...

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by spacecadet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 744
Views: 111263

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

I had to look this one up but, the requirements for providing instrument instruction are in 14 CFR 61.195(c). Although it is in their best interest, TTBOMK, there is NO requirement for a CFII to be instrument current when providing instrument training. A CFII absolutely has to be instrument current...

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by spacecadet
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: glass cockpit safety question (Are the LCD screens armored)
Replies: 9
Views: 1493

Re: glass cockpit safety question (Are the LCD screens armored)

One thing I will add is that those display units (and that includes more than the screen, but I'm not sure you can replace only the screen itself) cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. As you can imagine, pilots are generally pretty careful around them! Or at least the airlines would prefer them...

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by spacecadet
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 744
Views: 111263

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

What help does declaring an emergency do? Makes the rules immaterial. All that matters in that case is getting the pilot down safely. ATC makes that pilot their only priority and gives him whatever help he needs. The rest gets sorted out later. Now, the fact that he didn't do that gets back to pilo...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to identify the length of a runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 2107

Re: How to identify the length of a runway?

You theoretically can tell the distance of a runway by its markings, which are supposed to be uniform given the runway type. For example, a precision runway has centerline stripes 120' long with 80' gaps in between, so each stripe is 200'. You could just count these all the way down the runway. Alte...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 744
Views: 111263

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

I don’t understand too low for flight following. Did the helicopter not have ADSB? ADS-B is actually a ground-based system. The position info is GPS-based, but that's then transmitted between aircraft and ground towers. If there's a mountain between an aircraft and any in-range tower, that aircraft...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go around vs aborted approach?
Replies: 17
Views: 1655

Re: Go around vs aborted approach?

I wrote a somewhat lengthy reply about go arounds and missed approaches but then I looked at the screenshot of the flight path and I'm pretty sure I know why the pilot used neither of those terms, because neither really seems accurate. What the pilot seems to have done is flown an actual approach, b...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2837

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

It's a very personal decision and I don't think anyone can tell you if it's worth it for you. I'm in training in an airline program right now and already it's way more of a lifestyle than it is just a job, and I'm already away from my family and friends a lot of the time. My situation is about as go...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 18911

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

I'm sure it was a pilot joke. Just laugh it off and forget about it.

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by spacecadet
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway lighting question.
Replies: 9
Views: 1294

Re: Runway lighting question.

Anyone else notice this? If this is often the case: Why is that? It's to protect pilots' night vision. It takes about 30 seconds for your eyes to adjust to bright light and about 30 minutes for them to adjust to darkness. So what happens if you're landing on a field with bright runway lights and ha...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Enroute S turn
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

Re: Enroute S turn

Looks more like a diversion around weather, but you'd have to look up the weather in that area at the time. There is a little precip off the coast of South Carolina right now that may have been in that area earlier today.

It seems a little far out to be doing an s-turn for spacing getting in to EWR.

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by spacecadet
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
Replies: 52
Views: 8977

Re: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’

You have to be able to expect pilots to actually fly the plane. For every post we have here and elsewhere about how pilots have lost basic airmanship skills due to automation, we're now getting seemingly an equal number saying basic airmanship shouldn't be required and the automation should be infal...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question: likelihood of JetBlue and Alaska merging?
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: Question: likelihood of JetBlue and Alaska merging?

Zero. This question has come up multiple times and the answer is the same as always.

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by spacecadet
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield
Replies: 57
Views: 15712

Re: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield

This is actually SOP in at least some airliners. For example, I know the E-Jets and at least some A32X's have this as the last ditch procedure in the QRH if visibility is insufficient for landing and autoland is not available (which it never is in the E-Jets). I'm not sure of other airliners, but it...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight path changes
Replies: 18
Views: 2066

Re: Flight path changes

The North Atlantic tracks, from coast out to coast in, are established daily by Gander and Shanwick OACs, not dispatch. Airlines route according to their flight planning engines best guess on winds from origin to destination. My mistake, I misread LAX-LHR as something domestic (and I don't even rem...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CR929 to become single pilot aircraft?
Replies: 48
Views: 6089

Re: CR929 to become singe pilot aircraft

The basic premise behind all modern airliners is redundancy of all critical systems. The pilot is a critical system and is included in that philosophy. I can't really think of a way of ensuring redundancy for a single pilot. I can think of some things that would probably work most of the time, but t...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight path changes
Replies: 18
Views: 2066

Re: Flight path changes

The tracks are set by atc. If the winds are south the tracks will be south The tracks are actually set by dispatch and then approved by ATC, with or without changes. ATC doesn't know or care about an airline's fuel efficiency. It's up to the airline to set the routes up for best efficiency, and the...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR and Foreign Carriers
Replies: 61
Views: 7207

Re: EWR and Foreign Carriers

Maybe more people outside the country would view EWR as a NYC airport if airport displays labelled the destination as "New York-Newark", just as they do with "New York - Laguardia" and "New York - JFK." When they just display "Newark", it makes EWR seem like ...

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