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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S
Replies: 21
Views: 880

Re: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S

In the Northern Domestic Airspace in Canada, since you have to use True for navigation, for all of the airports located in the Canadian NDA, their runways are numbered in TRUE as well instead of magnetic. Here is something from an ICAO air navigation conference less than 2 years ago which proposes s...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: Celestial Nav - Sextant Ports

That was the original means of navigation for the SR-71. That was moving at 6 miles per second. Yeah Mach 3 is somewhere around 27 miles per minute, or roughly 1 mile every 2.5 seconds, not 6 miles per second. From a commercial aviation standpoint, celestial navigation is not taught and there are n...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake
Replies: 33
Views: 2107

Re: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake

No such animal as auto brakes on a CRJ-200/700/900/1000.

There is anti-skid but no auto brakes. Manual brakes only.

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake
Replies: 33
Views: 2107

Re: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake

As far as turboprops go, beta is fairly effective in getting the aircraft slowed and stopped. I remember landing on a contaminated runway and being asked by the controller for a braking action report after vacating the runway. I had to respond that I couldn’t give one because I didn’t use any brakes...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta JFK and LGA Ops frequencies
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Re: Delta JFK and LGA Ops frequencies

Just keep scanning and you’ll find them eventually.

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by Woodreau
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights
Replies: 16
Views: 2667

Re: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights

Wouldn’t airlines have to reequip all of their airplanes to use starlink? It would require a lot of resources to switch that airlines currently don’t have. I do see starlink being a game changer, There are 18 more launches by the end of 2021 with each launch putting 60 more satellites into low earth...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3413

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

Too bad we are pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty.....

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by Woodreau
Sat May 30, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Back up ops centers
Replies: 11
Views: 2792

Re: Back up ops centers

AA and Envoy both have separate back up Operations center somewhere in downtown Dallas as well. Spirit has their backup Operations center in Detroit which they activate if a hurricane threaten their primary operations center in Miramar. this past spring, system operations was run remotely from each ...

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by Woodreau
Wed May 27, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Furlough > Flowback?
Replies: 21
Views: 3857

Re: AA Furlough > Flowback?

jfklganyc wrote:
It was never in the contract guys.


The flowback provision was in Letter 3 of the ALPA Eagle contract / Supp W of the APA contract. Both of those contracts have been replaced by new contracts since 2013 which do not have the option of flowback.

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by Woodreau
Tue May 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Seniority
Replies: 20
Views: 3214

Re: Pilot Seniority

At one of my previous airlines, we had one first officer who had no business being a first officer, he couldn't talk on the radio, he couldn't fly a normal line flight. However he was very good at passing PCs and oral exams. so every time he was reported to professional standards and the training de...

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by Woodreau
Sun May 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight School Recommendations for Student Pilot
Replies: 7
Views: 1852

Re: Flight School Recommendations for Student Pilot

I assume you have cleared up your first class medical issues you posted about late last year? If so, then flight schools shouldn’t matter... Although the FOs I fly with now, six years ago had zero flight time and started flight training In 2012-2013 when there was an aviation downturn then and are n...

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by Woodreau
Mon May 11, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 with non-FADEC engines?
Replies: 13
Views: 1773

Re: 747-400 with non-FADEC engines?

Is there such a thing as a non FADEC engine in production anymore? I think you’d have to spend money to R&D a new engine that doesn’t have FADEC before you can start to do everything In the post above to get the plane certified to fly with that non FADEC engine.

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by Woodreau
Mon May 11, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Re: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport

There will be a special Cat 2/3 chart but we have to compare the minimums on the cat2/3 chart and compare our op specs authorized minimums and use the most conservative minimums. So it’s not just look at the minimums on the chart and use those numbers like it is for cat 1 ILSs. Linked is a cat 2/3 c...

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by Woodreau
Thu May 07, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3615

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

It shouldn’t keep climbing, or revert to V/S with the aural triple click. It should ALT* and the FDs should still capture the preselected altitude.

Seems like a bad flight model or Poorly written autopilot model.

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by Woodreau
Mon May 04, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ship a freezer by air?
Replies: 16
Views: 2328

Re: Ship a freezer by air?

An air cargo freight forwarder should be able to tell you if they can they can accept a commercial freezer as air freight or not. You'll just get internet opinion here - worth about how much you paid for it.. But googling netted this. https://www.hazmattool.com/info.php?language=en&a=Refrigerati...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Operating Only East Side?
Replies: 22
Views: 3332

Re: DFW Operating Only East Side?

The west control tower is being kept as a back up in case the east control tower becomes contaminated or infected.

To avoid a repeat of Las Vegas.

The center control tower is serving as the back up to the tracon, in case the tracon needs to get disinfected.

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by Woodreau
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulator Training to increase?
Replies: 4
Views: 1754

Re: Simulator Training to increase?

https://ops.group/blog/wp-content/uploa ... months.pdf
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Or just request an exemption (Exemption 18511) from currency requirements.

Though those pilots may only exercise the exemption from currency requirements in domestic operations not international.

https://ops.group/blog/wp-content/uploa ... months.pdf

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1581

Re: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?

Usually the difference between flying max cruise speed and the filed flight plan speed for a short flight (less than 6 hours) is minimal. Max cruise for an A320 is M0.80, (if you turned autothrust off and manually controlled the thrust levers it is M0.82, but you'd be constantly adjusting the thrust...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1581

Re: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?

Hello and welcome to a.net 1. For most airliners today, there is no physical connection between the thrust levers and the engine. There is a computer called a FADEC that controls the engine, the thrust levers are an input to that computer. The FADEC does the "magic" and does the minutiae o...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Racetrack, when to descend
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

Re: Racetrack, when to descend

You can look at the second page of LOWL_24-5-2_en. https://eaip.austrocontrol.at/lo/200327/Charts/LOWL/LO_AD_2_LOWL_24-5-2_en.pdf It has the at or above altitude restrictions as you fly the PETEN 1D transition to PEROL. WL811 and WL821 at or above 5000 WL826, WL828, PEROL at or above 4000 If you’re ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ERJ 145 Flying Manual
Replies: 1
Views: 948

Re: ERJ 145 Flying Manual

Googling led me to this. https://www.esscoaircraft.com/c-6266-embraer-emb-145.aspx But in general every airline has their own specific manual, so it’s proprietary. As an example, I flew a CRJ-700 for one airline, when I sat in the CRJ-700 jumpseat flown by another airline, I had no clue what they we...

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by Woodreau
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?
Replies: 95
Views: 19012

Re: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?

I had to drive out to the FedEx location at MCO today & noticed that F9 had parked 5 A320's in the remote stand normally used by long-haul airlines. Here's their fleet status: https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Frontier-Airlines It looks like NK is not pulling their fleet down substantially,...

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?
Replies: 16
Views: 4132

Re: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?

For me it depends on the airport - for DFW, I don't use any autobrakes, just idle reverse. Landing on 17C with no brakes, the aircraft is slowed to taxi by M6 and I coast right into the gate without touching any brakes until the marshaller signals to stop. For BUR, medium autobrake is selected, but ...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 87
Views: 12608

Re: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020

Looks like the DOT is going to require Spirit to start flying to Albuquerque NM 3x weekly and Birmingham AL and Macon GA 1x weekly as part of its minimum service requirement. I don’t recall spirit ever operating to those cities. https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-04/CARES%20Fina...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 87
Views: 12608

Re: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NKS9031

Taking delivery of a new 320 NEO BFM-DTW right now.
Probably go thru conformity at DTW and then park it somewhere for a while.
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https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NKS9031

Taking delivery of a new 320 NEO BFM-DTW right now.
Probably go thru conformity at DTW and then park it somewhere for a while.

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 87
Views: 12608

Re: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020

What I find interesting is that Frontier parked all of their CEO planes and are only flying the 320 NEO. Spirit is parking all of their 320 NEOs and operating their 28 daily round trips with a mixture of 319s/320s/321s CEOs. The NEOs are parked at DFW/AFW the parked CEOs are at YIP, LAS, ACY, LBE, D...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Consolidation of Airport Operations
Replies: 46
Views: 9067

Re: Consolidation of Airport Operations

I thought this was a pretty good idea. Because DFW has 3 air traffic control towers, they have consolidated all their operations to one control tower. All traffic is taking off and landing on 17/35 controlled by the east tower. The west tower and rwys 18/36 are closed. If there is a need to disinfec...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?
Replies: 95
Views: 19012

Re: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?

Spirit stops flying on April 8 (only 21 stations will be served after this date). Spirit planes will be joining the frontier ones parked on the ramp.
The remaining flying will just be one daily flight between the 21 stations.

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN

San Diego does not require any special training at my airline either. However all of our new hires after receiving their type certificate, do a LOFT scenario operating a flight from LAS to SAN and the instructors do their best at presenting issues that can happen at any airport (San Diego is not spe...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN

At least for me, it was a little more butt puckering driving past the 1SD sea buoy, up the San Diego range channel at 15 knots in zero viz, with the bridge doors open listening for other ships’ fog signals and listening to the navigator tell you you’re 75 yards left of track based on information of ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: Question about Non-Precision Instrument Approaches at SAN

SAN does have an ILS. Its ILS Rwy 09. For 27 it’s just an RNAV and LOC. For Rwy 27, the main obstacle preventing 27 from having an ILS approach and causing the displaced threshold is the Laurel Street Parking garage as well as the terrain immediately to the north and east. For an A320 the mechanics ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Marine core fighter pilot?
Replies: 41
Views: 2670

Re: Marine core fighter pilot?

Replying to both topics here. If you want “action” as a pilot then rotary wing with the Army is your best bet. Navy, AF, and USMC pilots may get the chance to drop some bombs here and there...but that’s not really action. Maybe in a peer to peer conflict there could be some air to air stuff. Also i...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers Considering Passenger Consolidation
Replies: 85
Views: 15441

Re: US Carriers Considering Passenger Consolidation

That’s what happed on one spirit flight from FLL to BOS.

All of the passengers were put on a JetBlue plane to Boston and the spirit crew that was supposed to operate the flight just flew on JetBlue to Boston as passengers.

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX hangar foam discharged accident
Replies: 38
Views: 19336

Re: Delta LAX hangar foam discharged accident

the AFFF foam i am used to is 94:1... so one gal of foam concentrate to 94 water = 95 gal of foam... or if you're using 5 gallon AFFF concentrate jugs - a 5 gal AFFF concentrate jug will last you approx 4 minutes coming out of a tiny 1.5-inch fire hose or 2 minutes coming out of a standard 2.5-inch ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX hangar foam discharged accident
Replies: 38
Views: 19336

Re: Delta LAX hangar foam discharged accident

It happened again? lol
There was a hangar in LAX that accidentally activated the foam suppression and they opened the hangar door to let the foam out but I don't know if it was the Delta hangar.

within the last two or three years is what I remember.

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Software Systems
Replies: 19
Views: 2502

Re: Aircraft Software Systems

On the A320 planes that were delivered last month from Airbus, they have a 3.5” floppy drive installed on the center pedestal and PCMCIA cards to access the aircraft data systems.

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 202
Views: 32644

Re: Airlines unpaid leaves and layoffs thread

It all depends on the contract between the airline and the workgroup. Some contracts allow for voluntary displacements... For example if LHR has 10 crew members and now is going to down size to just 6 crew members, #6 may decide I don’t want to be on reserve in LHR. So I will volunteer to displace t...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 202
Views: 32644

Re: Airlines unpaid leaves and layoffs thread

With regards to furloughing, bases do not matter. the only thing that is considered during a furlough is seniority. The #1 person picks where he wants to go, then #2 next and then down the line until they run out of musical chairs and the people who are left standing when the music stops are furloug...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would a test flight be flying low?
Replies: 19
Views: 1851

Re: Why would a test flight be flying low?

Since it is a P-8 and not a 737, (speculation here) it’s probably not operated under FAA rules, but under NATOPs. For example, P-3s would routinely shut down engines inflight to extend on station time. Even though a P-8 is a derivative of the civilian 737, no civilian 737 operator would ever conside...

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would a test flight be flying low?
Replies: 19
Views: 1851

Re: Why would a test flight be flying low?

We had to do a maintenance test flight once at 6000ft because it required flying with the cabin depressurized.

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?
Replies: 24
Views: 3380

Re: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?

A 320 NEO (P&W) requires takes 5-7 minutes from the time the engine master is switched from off to on to get to ground idle depending on the required cooling time and requires a 5 minute warm up before takeoff power can be applied. Because of this, I don’t ever single engine taxi a 320 NEO other...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2424

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

Used to shoot the NDB Rwy 30 at TAN (Taunton, MA) all the time during my instrument training, and even for my checkride back in the early 2000's. Holding with an NDB? Forget about it. Would leave me frazzled by the end of that flight... https://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/2003/05175N30.PDF Simplicity at ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Durability of high-pressure turbine blades
Replies: 3
Views: 1267

Re: Durability of high-pressure turbine blades

We finally had our original LM2500 engine changed out after being installed for 19 years (1982 to 2001) GE wanted their engine back to study it.

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2424

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

I remember at my first regional airline in 2005, all of the new hires were stressing the initial proficiency check ride, because an NDB approach was the approach to be demonstrated for the non precision approach. All the 200 hour FO new hires were like, “my flight instructor told me that I’d never s...

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by Woodreau
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14009

Re: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?

This year’s (2020) new build A320s stopped coming with ashtrays. Last year’s new A320s (2019) all had ashtrays. That is my only complaint with new A320s - no ashtrays. So maybe our airline tried saving $10000 per airplane and stopped paying for ashtrays on the flight deck. But all the lavs all have ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to identify the length of a runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 2085

Re: How to identify the length of a runway?

I read an interesting anecdote about a captain of the USS New Jersey who had previously been a destroyer skipper: he ordered the anchor dropped when they were still in motion, thinking the ship was going to coast to a stop. Sure enough, they threw the engines in full reverse when the yellow links c...

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by Woodreau
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to identify the length of a runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 2085

Re: How to identify the length of a runway?

I guess I just make sure I’m stopped by the time the runway centerline lights go from alternating red white to all red. Just like the anchor chain going from black chain links to all yellow chain links and god help you if you ever see all red chain links because the last link attaching the anchor ch...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

Thank you all for your responses! They all have helped. I am currently a freshman in a college that has a prestigious aviation program and because of my love for just aviation in general, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to pursue something in that field. I just wanted to know about the ...

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