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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Driving record impact on pilot background check
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: Driving record impact on pilot background check

Don’t be like me. Busted doing 122 in a 50 zone. The cop that busted me did it on foot without a patrol car.

Had to talk about that one in the interview.

I guess they liked my explanation enough to hire me. Now I fly A320s

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?

There are some other requirements as well.

A pilot can’t carry any passengers unless they have logged 3 landings in category and class within the previous 90 days.

All jets require a type rating.

Anything over 12,500lbs generally require a type rating.

Sailplanes are a different category.

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 48
Views: 4870

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

On Canadair regional jets you can access the aft cargo bin thru the aft lav. Though you need tools to remove the access panel to gain access to the cargo compartment.

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 2504

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

My question is why aren't they using simulators in Europe? The fidelity of modern full motion sims is so good that the lag is imperceptible. They work extraordinarily well for pilot training. Twice I've been on flights where it was the FO's first time actually flying the plane. Smooth as silk. ther...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 2854

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

Given the exorbitant costs to park a car for passengers at airports. how does it work for employees? Are employee parking lots generally free or do they attract hefty costs for employees? Is there are general rule or does it depend on the type of employer and aspects such as availability of public ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 2566

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

The MEL will state whether an item may be deferred by the crew instead of maintenance. If it is crew deferrable there will be a maintenance procedure that will be outlined for the crew to perform. After the procedure is complete the PIC still needs to coordinate with maintenance and complete the pap...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not wider runways?
Replies: 31
Views: 4500

Re: Why not wider runways?

Is this runway wide enough?

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1444

Re: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?

There is an overweight landing procedure that you follow if you have to land over structural MLW. There may be other factors that reduce your MLW below your structural MLW, but after an overweight landing, you just make a logbook entry and maintenance does their thing.

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight
Replies: 21
Views: 2516

Re: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight

The airline didn’t purposely move people, but crew bases opened and closed all of the time depending on the EAS contracts that were awarded to the airline and so virtually all of the movements are due to base openings and closings. As bases open, people voluntarily move their base there or if there ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight
Replies: 21
Views: 2516

Re: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight

My first airline had no overnights. All trips were day trips that started and ended in base a 6-12 hours later all the crews were based in the outstations in locations like: Merced CA Moab UT Kingman AZ Joplin MO Columbia MO Jonesboro AR Dubois PA Massena NY Rutland VT Lewisburg WV Hagerstown MD Gar...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air Traffic Controllers and personal cell phones
Replies: 4
Views: 1751

Re: Air Traffic Controllers and personal cell phone numbers

The number the controller gives you is not a personal cell phone number?

Darn...

The last time a controller told me to copy a number I thought she wanted to talk to me....

Nope it was the NTSB who wanted to talk to me. They had been trying to track me down for a few hours.

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not wider runways?
Replies: 31
Views: 4500

Re: Why not wider runways?

Chicago built its taxiways using cobblestones.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question - Cycles - Hours
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

Re: Question - Cycles - Hours

A website that aggregates all of the information in one place doesn't exist -

but that doesn't mean you can't create it.

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PIC Swap With Two Captains?
Replies: 10
Views: 1786

Re: PIC Swap With Two Captains?

Most airlines, captains are not qualified to operate as FO unless they also have a right seat qualification. Check airmen have a right seat qualification so can operate in the captain seat or the first officer seat. If the check airman is conducting training with a captain, then the check airman is ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10169

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

From what I understand while working during the Envoy approval process, the FAA FSDO responsible for the mountain region would rather not have commercial operations at ASE and “wished the airport didn’t exist,” due to the performance requirements.

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10169

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

Then in that case, it looks like some mainline operator will need to either: Expand/relax scope to allow Skywest to operate a larger aircraft or Take delivery of an aircraft that can operate into ASE and get FAA approval to operate it into ASE. So looks like maybe not Skywest then, but Delta willing...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10169

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

There’s only one commercial operator currently flying into ASE. All of the United, American and former Delta flights are operated by Skywest. Republic (Q400s) and Envoy (CRJ-700) used to operate into ASE, but no longer do. Unless something changes, once the CRJ-700 goes away there will be no commerc...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Exit Limits on 737 and A320
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Re: Exit Limits on 737 and A320

I don't know anything about 737s, but our 319s are limited to 145 instead of 156 because of life raft considerations.

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Daylight Savings Time - connections
Replies: 14
Views: 2320

Re: Daylight Savings Time - connections

The airline schedule during the transition takes the time change into account.

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 2813

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

carrier aircraft unlike commercial airliners and general aviation, during approach and landing don't fly airspeed - Vref or anything like that. instead they fly AoA using the indexer that is a prominent instrument just to the left of the HUD. they're just looking for a circle that says they're "...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi and Delay Times
Replies: 31
Views: 2514

Re: Taxi and Delay Times

JFK holds aircraft at the gate during peak traffic. I don’t know if it’s an airport thing or if it’s an airline thing... if you’re on the American ramp at T8 and you’re scheduled to push during the peak traffic, you call for push and ramp gives you an estimated push time and you get to hold on the g...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi and Delay Times
Replies: 31
Views: 2514

Re: Taxi and Delay Times

It is definitely tracked. to the point fuel planning is provided for taxi out.- historical average for taxi out for each individual flight.

- not so much for taxi in for fuel planning purposes - though the airline does know the average taxi in time as well.

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 1914

Re: DFW Runway Operations

I think the pilots would scream murder if they had to taxi to 17L for takeoff. It’s hard enough trying to cross 17C

I’ve only departed 13L in a turboprop and it was always a radar vector to 2000ft.

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones
Replies: 9
Views: 1868

Re: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones

I’m not sure how CPDLC works/ if the text messages are going directly between the flight crew and the ATC controller But when doing it via voice on HF. The controllers and flight crews aren’t talking directly with each other. Instead there is an intermediary ARINC radio operator that relays messages...

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2520

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

The thing that bothers me with the RNAV arrivals is that the landing runway changes the lateral track that is flown and sometimes the vertical descent profile. The enroute controller at center tells us to descend via. So we ask what runway? Don’t know the approach controller will tell you. Contact a...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I’ve only done cat iii in the simulator. I’m not focused on looking outside at any point during the approach and landing. I’m monitoring FMA. Checking to see the airplane is doing what it’s supposed to be doing and that the electronic guidance is valid throughout the entire approach landing and roll...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2520

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

I don’t know what their certification process is for the operator. None of the regional airlines I flew for were authorized for RNAV(RNP) and the LCC I fly for isn’t authorized for them either. We have RNAV visuals that make things easy like the Expressway Visual into LGA. The 7s and 19s for LAS. Th...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Every time I’ve been given a RVR below minimums and I’ve declined the approach clearance, the controller has always asked “what are your minimums?” We tell them, and the controller has always responded, “oh looks like RVR’s come up. RVR is now .... (the minimums I just told them). Maintain xxx until...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I find that my “worst” landings are on calm windless days when the ride during approach is smooth. Those landings tend to be “firm” or who taught you how to land? on days where it’s gusty and I’m constantly having to correct for gusts and I’m wiggling and nudging the side stick constantly, the appro...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 3888

Re: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern

The only operator that I know of that secures engine(s) inflight is the military. p-3 crews will routinely secure an engine to extend on station patrol time.

airlines do not secure engines inflight unless it’s an emergency.

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The only way to know the actual RVR is to look at the RVR reading in the tower and for the flight crew to ask the tower. The only requirement is that at the final approach fix, the visibility has to be at or above minimums. If so, the approach may be continued. When I was a new crewmember, I kept mo...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Even in VMC weather every approach and landing is an “instrument” approach. When cleared for the visual approach. I’ll fly the plane to intercept the course guidance And fly the instruments all the way down to minimums especially at night. I peek up and look outside every now and then coming down th...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The RVR is horizontal visibility.

We don’t care about vertical visibility unless the approach procedure specifies “Ceiling Required.”

Landing is landing. Either the pilot landed it or the airplane auto landed.

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by Woodreau
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 12688

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

One of the times we had to deal with a disruptive passenger was during an emergency after we did an inflight engine shutdown. The engine shutdown went pretty much as well as it could be done. We performed the immediate action memory items for shutting down the engine. Then we split into our two role...

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 12688

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

Lots of unruly passengers.... I’ve removed so many passengers from the plane on so many flights, I’m starting to think the problem is me not the passengers... My first emergency occurred on my first solo flight. On the takeoff climbing thru 200ft, I did my normal tap the altimeter, mentally ran thru...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?
Replies: 40
Views: 2692

Re: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?

With how GPS is interconnected with the avionics these days, it is quite annoying that not having GPS causes annoying issues. the plane still flies without GPS and reverts to other means to maintain the GPIRS position. Not having GPS causes both transponders to fail... So you MEL the transponders an...

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by Woodreau
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The airplane never decides. As you’ve discovered - there are three parts to Cat III ILS approaches - the runway, the airplane and the crew. Each introduces their own variable which determines the actual minimums used for a cat III approach The mode annunciation on the FMA Cat 3 DUAL signals the airp...

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by Woodreau
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do ground vehicles in airports run on jet fuel or regular diesel?
Replies: 31
Views: 3770

Re: Do ground vehicles in airports run on jet fuel or regular diesel?

The military doesn’t use jet a. The army and Air Force use JP-8/F34 as part of the DoD single fuel concept. the navy uses JP5/F44 for its aircraft afloat due to its higher flashpoint, with its ships using NATO F76, using JP5 if F76 is not available. Aircraft coming from ashore will most likely have ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

We’ll use the signal lantern during ziplip. Green flashing beacon - green deck. Recover aircraft. Amber beacon and red beacon amber deck and red deck. For helicopters if they have to fly in less than case iii and have to do a recovery there are no precision instrument approaches for a destroyer like...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16348

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

BTW I was wondering if you could post me a link with weather conditions at my airport on 02nd Feb 2021 at around 8:00 AM - 9:00AM ? I'm trying hard to find it but don't seem to get it anywhere..do you know any website where I could find the past weather details of an airport ? Thanks again Mr Flyzo...

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by Woodreau
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline
Replies: 19
Views: 2996

Re: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline

It all depends on the airline. A 737 captain going to 777 captain is not upgrading - he is transitioning. upgrading is going from first officer to captain. Pay depends on the pilot contract - but typically while in training, a 737 captain transitioning to 777 captain continues to receive 737 captain...

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by Woodreau
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling out 80 knots
Replies: 39
Views: 4551

Re: Calling out 80 knots

I believe 80kts is when Airbus transitions from flight phase 2 to flight phase 3.

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by Woodreau
Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling wide bodies
Replies: 31
Views: 4773

Re: Refueling wide bodies

Wait until you have to refuel a ship - pulling into the banana ports of Central America to refuel by tanker truck, they were lined up one-by-one from the pier all the way out of the port. - took two days to take all of the fuel from the line of 50 tanker trucks. 250,000 gallons / 950,000 liters / 1,...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 battery switches
Replies: 15
Views: 2315

Re: A320 overhead panel

Battery 1 and battery 2 switches are the first two switches to be pressed because that is the procedure. But turning the batteries on is not the first step in powering on the aircraft. There are the steps of verifying radar, parking brake, landing gear, wipers, then you get to the electrical panel t...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: This F-16 picture got my attention
Replies: 13
Views: 3080

Re: This F-16 picture got my attention

I wonder if he puts them there to get them cooled down, like if there are any vents there? Or just a convenient place to put them within easy reach. We put soda cans in certain places to get them cooled down or food in certain places between the glareshield and the heated cockpit windows to warm/hea...

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by Woodreau
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: “Line up and wait”
Replies: 38
Views: 3884

Re: “Line up and wait”

My favorite one is still Aspen... Rwy 15/33 same piece of concrete - 8000ft runway. (holding short of Runway 33) "Line up and wait, opposite direction landing traffic on 9 mile final runway 15, call traffic in sight." sure enough there are the landing lights of the opposite direction traff...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Earliest departures/arrivals
Replies: 9
Views: 1381

Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Arriving at destination before scheduled departure time.

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?
Replies: 17
Views: 5866

Re: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?

We operate out of SNA - a 1738m runway - with 319/320 aircraft. We are prohibited from using 321 aircraft. In both 319/320 aircraft, takeoff is TOGA flaps 3 packs on. But we don’t fly 2400km. It’s only a short hop of 500-600km. Fuel load is around 10000lbs. So even with a payload of 182 pax we’re l...

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