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by Woodreau
Thu Aug 18, 2022 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)

I do warn the pax before landing in BUR/SNA that it’s not going to be a “smooth/greaser” landing. It’s definitely get the wheels down firmly, FO says “SPOILERS”, I respond “MANUAL BRAKES” and override the MED auto brakes immediately by applying the brakes with the rudder pedals while simultaneously ...

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by Woodreau
Thu Aug 18, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)

Our A320 airline uses MED autobrake settings regularly landing on certain runways, like LGA, MSY, BUR, SNA. For BUR/SNA once the aircraft touches down, we override the auto brakes and apply manual braking along with max reverse. Since the auto brake targets a specific deceleration rate, any applicat...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:00 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Value of my airplane models
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Value of my airplane models

I had over 600 1:500 Herpas, I couldn’t find any buyers for them so they all went to the landfill as trash. I had spent several thousands of dollars for them over 20 years ago.

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by Woodreau
Fri Aug 12, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ERJ-145 vs CRJ-200
Replies: 27
Views: 2335

Re: ERJ-145 vs CRJ-200

They eventually stretched the CRJ-200 from 50 pax to 100 pax with the CRJ-1000.

The EMB-145 - was an old turboprop design already stretched, with the prop engines removed and jet engines bolted on, so all they could do was shrink it to 37-seats with the EMB-135.

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by Woodreau
Thu Aug 11, 2022 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit NK earnings are out 2Q22 - $52 million loss
Replies: 53
Views: 8089

Re: Spirit NK earnings are out 2Q22 - $52 million loss

A few more interesting points: --10% increase in ASM but 33.3% increase in fleet (135 June 2019, 180 June 2022). --Fuel consumed is only up 6.1% since 2019 but total fuel cost is up $300M (110%). --Utilization is down 2.1 hours per day sine 2019 (16%). I'm wondering if there is a tipping point for ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jul 27, 2022 11:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA6092 20JUL - TCAS maneuver - how common?
Replies: 11
Views: 1999

Re: AA6092 20JUL - TCAS maneuver - how common?

Thank you for the clarification.

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by Woodreau
Tue Jul 26, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA6092 20JUL - TCAS maneuver - how common?
Replies: 11
Views: 1999

Re: AA6092 20JUL - TCAS maneuver - how common?

The two transponders talk to each other to coordinate the RA. This becomes a problem at airports like DEN where some airlines turn their transponders to TA only. When the two planes get vectors to final, one transponder tells the other transponder it’s not going to move because it’s TA only so the o...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jul 18, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question on flying GA into El Paso, TX
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Question on flying GA into El Paso, TX

Brownsville is much the same. Different tack, US Military planes cannot cross the border without the foreign nation’s (Mexico, here) diplomatic clearance. Yuma, AZ approach had me in a military plane vectored toward Mexico, I queried about it and the controller said he was aware of it and would tur...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jul 11, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: touring behind the scenes
Replies: 14
Views: 2005

Re: touring behind the scenes

It’s was over several decades ago but for a high school project I wanted to do a documentary project on how an airport works I started with the airport aviation board explaining what I was looking for…. They set up access and gave me access to wherever I wanted to go and was able to photograph and v...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jul 09, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where do squawk codes show up?
Replies: 6
Views: 1217

Re: Where do squawk codes show up?

The info is blank and civil aircraft also fail the mode 4 / India check.

I believe military aircraft can also turn off their modes 12 and 4 and pretend that they’re a civil aircraft if they want to.

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by Woodreau
Sat Jul 09, 2022 10:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where do squawk codes show up?
Replies: 6
Views: 1217

Re: Where do squawk codes show up?

On the radar displays I’ve used, it’s not on the screen, you have to use the ball tab to scroll the cursor to the track symbology and tag it, then you see a data tag that contains the mode 1, mode 2, mode 3/A, and mode 4 of the transponder. Civilian aircraft will only have mode 3/A. Military aircraf...

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by Woodreau
Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Colleges to Become a Commercial Pilot?
Replies: 17
Views: 1400

Re: Colleges to Become a Commercial Pilot?

Since you’re looking at central Texas, TSTC also has a flight training program that leads to the same qualifications as Baylor or Texas A&M. While I haven’t checked pricing I’m pretty sure that TSTC is probably less expensive than Baylor or Texas a&m. What you’re looking for is a 4 year degr...

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by Woodreau
Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Life as a Pilot
Replies: 4
Views: 2156

Re: Life as a Pilot

It depends on where you are and where you have the right to work

The path to becoming a pilot is different from the US to Canada to Europe or Australia.

Becoming an pilot is within the reach of anyone if you put effort into it.

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by Woodreau
Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2059

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Accelerometers on the aircraft align based on earth movement. At high latitudes, the angular rotation rotation of the earth is slower whereas as at the equator the angular rotation is faster. Same reason why they launch rockets near the equator to get into space, they use the faster rotation at the ...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Triple-Simultaneous Landings
Replies: 32
Views: 4420

Re: Triple-Simultaneous Landings

While not side by side. ORD used to before the whole runway reconfiguration do 14R 22R and 27R (present day 27L / present day 27R didn’t exist back then) triple simultaneous landings and depart 27L (present day 28R) and 22L simultaneously.

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1
Replies: 28
Views: 6716

Re: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1

Congrats at envoy. It’s always intimidating the very first flight of IOE. i remember my first IOE flight and while I was physically as pilot flying in the airplane, and it lasted all of 20 minutes, I was mentally still hanging on to the horizontal stab by fingernails. But by leg number 9 that day 12...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to balance high school, life, and PPL training
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: How to balance high school, life, and PPL training

We had many kids start at 14, and get their private glider certificate at 16, and then go on to get their airplane add on at 17. They hung out on the field helping with the glider flight line during the summer and washed airplanes and lived breathed gliders and airplanes during the summer and the fa...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How strict is Spirit with their carry-on policy?
Replies: 9
Views: 1450

Re: How strict is Spirit with their carry-on policy?

The boarding gate is always a scene of woe with people trying to sneak their carry on bag on the plane. As they approach to scan their boarding pass, they’re “politely” shunted off to the side like sheep to the slaughterhouse where they are “invited” to pay for their carry on bag at the “carry-on ba...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2059

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Unless otherwise directed you turn the short way so when flying 360 you turn left to 270.

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2059

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Houston is like that departing 15s. They emphasize the right turn to 020 and if there’s any confusion they’ll say turn right the long way around to heading 020.

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 21, 2022 5:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no centerline lights at KFLL?
Replies: 6
Views: 1740

Re: Why no centerline lights at KFLL?

Las Vegas doesn't have runway centerline lights either- Recently an airliner tried to line up on what they thought were runway centerline lights - they ended up running over and knocking out the frangible \runway lights on the edge of the runway. https://mentourpilot.com/incident-a321-lined-up-with-...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330 - After Landing Procedure
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

Re: A330 - After Landing Procedure

Or if your airline paid extra for the modification the bleed leak computer tolerance is increased to +40c before the spurious air bleed leak ECAM.

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by Woodreau
Sat Jun 04, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Gear Deployed at Cruise
Replies: 8
Views: 2914

Re: Landing Gear Deployed at Cruise

Not an Airbus, but on a Canadair CRJ-700 an approach to one airport required crossing the final approach fix at 15,000ft in landing configuration. I vaguely remember the maximum altitude for landing gear deployment is 16,000ft. So there wasn’t a lot of altitude buffer for gear extension. You were ei...

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by Woodreau
Fri May 27, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is an Aircraft Perfectly Balanced 50/50?
Replies: 17
Views: 2182

Re: Is an Aircraft Perfectly Balanced 50/50?

For an aircraft athwartship CG is not as critical as it is for helicopters

We care where CG is longitudinally but don’t consider where it is left/right of the buttline.

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by Woodreau
Thu May 26, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1580

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

https://e-aip.caanepal.gov.np/_uploads/ ... 1ff205.pdf

I have no idea if it is the new one or the old one.
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This is what the Nepal aip has for vnpk

https://e-aip.caanepal.gov.np/_uploads/ ... 1ff205.pdf

I have no idea if it is the new one or the old one.

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by Woodreau
Tue May 24, 2022 2:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6780

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

The fuel burn to achieve the 25kts flank speed is astronomical. The range of the ship doubles when the speed is halved to the normal amphibious squadron transit speed. I imagine the gas turbines burn more than the steam boilers on the LHDs I’d need a tanker between Guam/Philippines and Hawaii and an...

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by Woodreau
Tue May 24, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue angels
Replies: 18
Views: 3226

Re: Blue angels

Every captain I’ve flown with that does the active duty mil flying has told me they’re only doing it to get their points for the reserve retirement. It’s a pay cut to go fly for the military. FOs break even on the mil pay. regional airline pilots CA or FO it’s a no brainer. Take the mil leave and le...

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by Woodreau
Thu May 19, 2022 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Missed approach point ground device - Harmful?
Replies: 9
Views: 2255

Re: Missed approach point ground device - Harmful?

The 3.5 kW number is for land based tacans whos service volume typically extends to 130-nmi and 45 kft. Ship-board tacans may have smaller power outputs due to smaller service volumes (speculation on my part, i havent worked with navy ship-board tacans) which is what probably makes them safer to be...

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by Woodreau
Mon May 16, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus MCDU
Replies: 9
Views: 2012

Re: Airbus MCDU

The environmental inputs are done in an approved performance app external to the MCDU or manually from the performance manual…. (Gag me with a finger)

After takeoff performance is calculated the v speeds flap settings are finger inputted manually or uplinked automatically or manually to the MCDU.

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by Woodreau
Sun May 15, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator
Replies: 10
Views: 2192

Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

There is a terrain display board at the American Airlines training center at GSW on the entire wall of a hallway where the camera flew over as the pilots flew in their simulator. It’s been there for at least over 20 years probably longer before I saw it for the first time 20 years ago.

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by Woodreau
Wed May 11, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Missed approach point ground device - Harmful?
Replies: 9
Views: 2255

Re: Missed approach point ground device - Harmful?

Dear all, can anybody share any info about missed approach ground devices? I'm not a pilot so my terminology might be a bit off here. There's one nearby and you can have a look at it with google maps https://www.google.com/maps/place/Via+Giovanni+Berchet,+San+Giuliano+Terme+PI/@43.7203517,10.432307...

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by Woodreau
Tue May 10, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AH-1Z vs AH-64
Replies: 20
Views: 3853

Re: AH-1Z vs AH-64

AH-64 has a lighter empty weight, but comparing the max takeoff weights (i.e. loaded up for combat) tells a different story AH-64: 23,000 lbs AH-1Z: 18,500 lbs Put the same number of weapons with fuel to fly the same mission and the AH-64E has better hot/high performance. The AH-64E simply has been...

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by Woodreau
Tue May 10, 2022 9:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rapid city South Dakota
Replies: 12
Views: 1990

Re: Rapid city South Dakota

Wind Cave national park as well. Totally missed this when we were out there. A little bit further past Mount Rushmore and Custer Could probably do a loop - Rushmore, custer, wind cave, devils tower…. Make sure you get your reservation early to go inside the command bunker of the missile silo in the ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 27, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ROVE Callsign
Replies: 9
Views: 2305

Re: ROVE Callsign

You could check the latest edition of ACP 119.

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 26, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to start paying F/As during boarding
Replies: 135
Views: 20333

Re: DL to start paying F/As during boarding

So, in a nutshell, is the US standard: you get paid when the door is closed? No. If it’s just the door that’s closed and nothing else you aren’t getting paid Whatever criteria the airline has set to trigger the ACARS to generate an OUT time is when flight crew (pilots and flight attendants) start g...

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 15, 2022 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 2539

Re: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes

We have charts for central/South America it’s not detailed. You locate yourself inside a 15’x15’ grid and based on where you are dictates where you fly the depressurization escape route. To locate yourself you turn on the WPT display on your ND and our database has all of the depressurization waypoi...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 14, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5380

Re: airplane gliding

I appreciate that. I too enjoy these mathematical digressions. I didn't want to cheat and go to my aircraft performance books and pull out a formula. It was quite fun working it out on my own. One thing my late father who was a brilliant engineer always taught me to heart is always derive everythin...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 14, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5380

Re: airplane gliding

You cannot fly 550kts. The most you can do is Mmo/Vmo. The emergency descent profile if there is no structural damage is flown at Mmo/Vmo at flight idle and speed brake deployed you can get really high descent rates. You do not want to roll 90 degrees, airliners do not have enough roll authority lik...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 2539

Re: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes

It’s rare that temperature is below ISA. It’s usually above ISA.

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines On board Safety Procedure
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

Re: American Airlines On board Safety Procedure

NK just instituted all windows shades being open after the ACY rejected takeoff incident.

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 11, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 2693

Re: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft

I was looking for manufacturer plate on the 321 I was flying today. Looking in the L1 door frame I didn’t find a builders plate anywhere in that door frame. But I did find a “Mortgaged to XYZ Trust Bank as Loan Trustee” placard riveted on top of the L1 door frame. The placard had a part number. D###...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 06, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 155407

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

How are the a220/e190s configured vs 10F/135Y on a NK 319?

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by Woodreau
Sun Apr 03, 2022 1:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?
Replies: 6
Views: 2341

Re: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?

I wouldn’t trust a RNP 20 approach. That is worse positional accuracy than required for oceanic

Maybe RNP 0.2

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?
Replies: 20
Views: 4203

Re: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?

Obviously there's extremes on both sides. I flew with a Capt. on the 727 many years ago who wouldn't turn on the thunderstorm lights in cruise and forbid any reading. every leg in the middle of the night was horrible. Then on the other end, I came up front from my rest period, MD-11, to find the F/...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?
Replies: 13
Views: 2043

Re: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?

FAR 25 is the starting point for certification of transport category aircraft in the US

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 31, 2022 11:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?
Replies: 20
Views: 4203

Re: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?

In the US, music, videos, and reading material are not permitted in the flight deck However reading company manuals, watching training videos and listening to audio recording and studying the overhead panel is permitted. I hear ATC audio and the audio training material simultaneously. But ATC audio ...

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 27, 2022 12:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Janet - America's secret airline the government doesn't want you to know about
Replies: 27
Views: 8379

Re: Janet - America's secret airline the government doesn't want you to know about

ATC isn’t responsible for separation within that airspace. There is Joshua approach. Kind of like military areas. ATC keeps nonparticipating IFR traffic out of the airspace. But the flight numbers and call signs are specific to destinations. So everyone already knows where that plane is going by the...

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 26, 2022 1:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5380

Re: airplane gliding

not an airliner, but here is a recent video of a plane last month that lost all engine power and made a forced landing. The pilot managed his energy really well and even taxied off the runway using residual energy. https://youtu.be/CEMlny_ExuU Commentary https://youtu.be/C30b2OQDj_8 At least he didn...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 25, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta - payroll optimized luggage/overhead question
Replies: 7
Views: 3469

Re: Delta - payroll optimized luggage/overhead question

Normally a 320 has no issues with the weight of bags carried in the cargo hold. However for a flight as short as MEM to ATL, a flight might become weight critical is due to the maximum landing weight and the flight is not long enough to burn off enough fuel, so the maximum takeoff weight is far less...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 5G and CATIIIs. Some phased out for good?
Replies: 2
Views: 1568

Re: 5G and CATIIIs. Some phased out for good?

MCO is not prohibited from doing cat iii It’s now airframe dependent if you can do cat iii autoland and you have to check that your aircraft complied with the alternate method of compliance to do a cat iii autoland My airline can do cat iii to 600 RVR in MCO today if needed. The inner markers are no...

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