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by spacecadet
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 838
Views: 242935

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

It's really more about identifying lower-likelihood events at this point than identifying the likely event. For example, this is not a dual-engine-failure flight profile, unless such a failure was not responded to as one would expect. There's no glide here. Etc. Agree, my feeling that this isn't du...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?
Replies: 78
Views: 6384

Re: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?

The B-2 is a heavy bomber. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104482/b-2-spirit/ Note the "primary function" under "General characteristics". If you're asking what a plane would look like with the same payload as the B-52, it would just look like a bigger B-2...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class
Replies: 101
Views: 13015

Re: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class

MikeChin wrote:
Basically its Business from the 90's,


Well, minus the seat pitch. Typical seat pitch in 90's international business class was closer to 80 inches, not 40.

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lie-flat premium seating - why did it take so long to develop?
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: Lie-flat premium seating - why did it take so long to develop?

Today lie-flat seats in premium cabin is quite the norm when flying with FSCs, but up until the early 2000s at best you'll get a reclining chair & at worse, you get a simple wide seat. That got me to wonder, why did it take so long for lie-flat seating to be developed? For the same reason you d...

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by spacecadet
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did airline pilots have training to sound like Chuck Yeager?
Replies: 19
Views: 2821

Re: Did airline pilots have training to sound like Chuck Yeager?

Now that makes sense. I just remember being ppl back in the day. You guys sounded so cool . All us little guys wanted to sound the same. I learned to say good day when leaving the frequency. I think you're honestly talking about just being good on the radio vs. not being good on the radio. A lot of...

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by spacecadet
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 132
Views: 10705

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

747-100 on United, Continental and Northwest Orient 747-200 on PeoplExpress 747-400 on United, Northwest, ANA, JAL, British Airways 747-8i on Air China I might be forgetting a couple. Some of these, especially the UA and NWO 741 flights and the ANA and JAL 744 flights, I did many times. I've flown a...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Propellers/ engines on tip of wing
Replies: 19
Views: 2606

Re: Propellers/ engines on tip of wing

My guess is that VMCA would be higher than the top speed of the airplane. You'd have a thrustline all the way outboard in one direction, and a ton of drag and weight outboard in the other direction. I'll bet you'd spin as soon as an engine failed.

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 10557

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

You can technically get in to JFK on foot but I don't think there's a way to reach the passenger terminals anymore without taking the AirTrain. You can definitely reach the cargo areas, US customs, etc. just on foot. But the closest you can get to the passenger terminals is about 1/4 mile away on th...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What’s the most famous airport in the world?
Replies: 41
Views: 3910

Re: What’s the most famous airport in the world?

I suppose it depends on what "most famous airport" means, although no matter what your definition you can't separate the airport from the city it serves, so I don't think there is such a thing as a "most famous" airport. Just like cities, once you get to a certain tier, they're a...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hardstand gates as an advantage?
Replies: 30
Views: 3797

Re: Hardstand gates as an advantage?

Having passengers walking about on the platform with only a couple of gate agents to keep them within the marked path. I mean, JFK has done this pretty regularly, and I would think if any airport in the US is concerned about security, it'd be JFK. The reason remote stands aren't more common in the ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?
Replies: 16
Views: 2807

Re: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?

SOP at at least one airline I know that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is to close the door at departure minus ten. I think this is pretty common, if not standard. Obviously the door can still be held open if passengers are still not on board, but it might not always be if there's some logisti...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Good Time To Become A Pilot?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Good Time To Become A Pilot?

It depends. The people who automatically say "no" are the same people who look at the stock market when it's lowest and say it's a bad time to buy in. 5 years later when it's doubled in value, they think it's a great time to buy. This is the opposite of how you should be thinking. It's not...

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by spacecadet
Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Until when will the tiller be used?
Replies: 33
Views: 4708

Re: Until when will the tiller be used?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoGeKdNxH4U

Guessing that was a FO takeoff with the captain still on the tiller. I can only imagine the conversation in the cockpit after that.
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And here's what happens when you try to use the tiller on the takeoff roll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoGeKdNxH4U

Guessing that was a FO takeoff with the captain still on the tiller. I can only imagine the conversation in the cockpit after that.

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Planes Involved in Crash at KHYI San Marcos, TX
Replies: 12
Views: 4094

Re: Two Planes Involved in Crash at KHYI San Marcos, TX

Both a/c clearly announced their positions on final prior to the accident, so Im confused as to why neither of them realized they were that close to each other. The plane ahead has no real chance to see the plane behind. It's the following plane's responsibility to see and avoid once they're both l...

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you fly a low cost airline on a flight over 6 hours?
Replies: 39
Views: 2693

Re: Would you fly a low cost airline on a flight over 6 hours?

"Low cost airline" meaning what? "LCC" or "Low Cost Carrier" is a specific industry term that means the airline does not have labor and other internal costs that legacy airlines have (mostly because they're newer and just haven't incurred those costs yet). It's got noth...

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership
Replies: 717
Views: 107677

Re: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership

Ziyulu wrote:
Didn't AA partner with B6 over 10 years ago?


Yes. And the current partnership means exactly as much.

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways (BA) introducing new First Class suites with doors.
Replies: 72
Views: 16568

Re: British Airways (BA) introducing new First Class suites with doors.

peterinlisbon wrote:
To me it seems a bit antisocial.


Congrats - you get the point.

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by spacecadet
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Fire Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2580

Re: Inflight Fire Question

UPS flight 6 vented the cargo bay and crashed anyway. I'm not an expert on lithium battery fires, but my understanding is that once thermal runaway begins, the fire is not easily put out even when starved of oxygen. Valujet 592 had an airtight cargo hold, but that's kinda moot if you give the fire i...

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by spacecadet
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?
Replies: 23
Views: 3327

Re: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?

It can be any combination of a few different things. Some illusions are absolutely crazy; you don't realize it until you actually experience them, and there's no way to really simulate some of them. The first time you actually can experience certain things properly is by being in the actual situatio...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do the A350s/787s cruise so high?
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Why do the A350s/787s cruise so high?

The 787 and A350 also have a higher service ceiling compared to 777 and A330. Not quite... The A350, 787, 777 are all certificated to 43,100 ft Service ceiling and maximum operating altitude are two different things. The FAA and EASA certify maximum operating altitude. Service ceiling varies with l...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NYC 36 Hour Layover
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Re: NYC 36 Hour Layover

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-informat ... new-jersey
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Nicknuzzii wrote:
Switch your flight to EWR to avoid the quarantine.


https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-informat ... new-jersey

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?
Replies: 47
Views: 4196

Re: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?

TPG started out as a guy giving tips on how to collect the most number of points and then convert them into the most number of FF miles, then where to use those miles most efficiently. He was actually a little subversive, in that he was using some of the system's lesser-known features for gain and t...

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by spacecadet
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was Pan Am, TWA and Eastern like during their Final Years?
Replies: 4
Views: 2323

Re: What was Pan Am, TWA and Eastern like during their Final Years?

I don't remember flying Pan Am or Eastern in their final years (probably depends on what the duration of "final" is) but I flew TWA out of T5 at JFK in 2000 and they were just like any other airline. The terminal was still pretty immaculate, but I don't think I realized how special it was ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot / ATC Repartee
Replies: 95
Views: 14196

Re: Pilot / ATC Repartee

I was getting my PPL when "position and hold" was changed to "line up and wait." The reasoning I'm told was the old phrase could be misinterpreted as, "position and go" leading to an accident. The reason it was changed is that the ICAO standard is line up and wait. If ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2486

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: 7703

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: 2715

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: 1837

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: 5881

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: 1923
Views: 456977

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: 6
Views: 1687

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: 4460

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: 740
Views: 196823

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: 3977

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: 1561

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: 2292

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: 27
Views: 9704

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: 1398

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: 901

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: 1029

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: 3535

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: 3255

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: 2197

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: 2398

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: 20552

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: 2669

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: 2269

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: 1693

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: 3456

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: 8197

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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