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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: 1303

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: 1032

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: 8
Views: 956

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: 1303

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: 2986

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: 1829

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: 1866

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: 124
Views: 17074

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: 2120

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: 4989

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: 4989

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: 2120

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: 2501

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: 2373

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: 152079

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: 2058

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: 3875

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: 1825

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: 3875

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: 7897

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: 4989

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: 2374

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: 1455

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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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A typical Day for the Flight Crew - Question
Replies: 7
Views: 2592

Re: A typical Day

I don't know if anyone can answer this question but I'm curious. 12 days ago, I flew from KATL to KFLL on DL1502, (A321). This past Sunday I flew from KFLL back to KATL on DL1502 (A321) and noticed that the flight crew turned the flight around. My question is what a typical flight day would be for ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 21, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 pushes nose down in flare mode
Replies: 12
Views: 3074

Re: A320 pushes nose down in flare mode

If a pilot doesn't do anything it would end up on the NLG. I've never seen it go down to -2, but then again, I've always applied back pressure as that is what is taught from your first flight in a single engine piston DA-20/C152/C172. I don't think any pilot would intentionally let the plane put it ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flaps working slower ??? (airbus)
Replies: 12
Views: 2077

Re: Flaps working slower ??? (airbus)

When it occurs, the ECAM will tell the crew - FLAPS HALF SPEED and SLATS HALF SPEED.

So I guess that is the Airbus term.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

Re: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended

My former operator also did not pay for the 40C mod (never knew there was such a thing), despite it pretty much always being 30C+. Something new every day! We used to have to leave the slats out when the OAT was 30c+, but then one day we got a bulletin in our manuals explaining that a new mod was i...

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP pilot call-out differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 2908

Re: SOP pilot call-out differences?

Each airline has its own callouts. Each airline has a standardization committee/unit which comes ups with standards so that two pilots who have never met before can operate a two pilot aircraft safely. There are many instances of individual pilots making things up or coming up with their own procedu...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 18, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA
Replies: 26
Views: 4347

Re: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA

It was quite frustrating to shoot the ILS 13 three times, going around each time after holding over western central and eastern Pennsylvania for over an hour and then having to divert after all of that effort. Just didn’t have enough fuel to outlast the weather. Lol Really needed the 1200 RVR or 100...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 18, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA
Replies: 26
Views: 4347

Re: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA

Yep. Fly up the Hudson past the 13 localizer 3 left turns to intercept.

Too bad it’s only cat I 1800 RVR mins

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 16, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How do I become an airline pilot
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Re: How do I become an airline pilot

Are you in Europe, Asia, North America or South America? It depends. If you are in the UNited States, you can see about doing an intro flight at a local flight school at an airport to see if you like it. 13 is still young, but in general to become an airline pilot in the US you generally need a bach...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 14, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

Re: Parking with flaps and spoilers extended

They didn’t pay for the mod which increases the temp limit to 40c before the bleed leak computer calls it a bleed leak.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 14, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Does AA Standby List Order Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1977

Re: How Does AA Standby List Order Work?

Revenue standby depends on a lot of things like fare class, advantage status, etc.

30 people isn’t a lot of people on standby.

Sometimes the standby list can get as long as 200 people and there’s only 160 seats on the plane.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 14, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Too much fuel?
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Too much fuel?

Flight AA4060 from RDU to BNA. Pilot announced the flight was on time, flight level 36,000ft, block to block time, etc. About 10 minutes later, he came on the intercom and announced that they had loaded too much fuel we were too heavy, and we would need to run up the engines for 15-20 minutes to bu...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 09, 2022 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot E145 directly to 777
Replies: 22
Views: 4172

Re: Pilot E145 directly to 777

Absent an aircraft type retirement or base closure (or other such event), can a junior FO holding a reserve 777 spot be displaced if a more senior pilot wants that spot? Only if there is a displacement bid. A senior pilot can only bid into a spot if there a vacancy and they have the seniority to ho...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 09, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach lights
Replies: 24
Views: 4796

Re: Approach lights

It depends on the approach procedures designed for the runway. The ALSF 1 and ALSF 2 approach lights are associated with cat II and cat III ILS MALS and variants are associated with cat I approaches Cat 1 approaches generally have minimums of 200ft and 1/2sm / 1800RVR. By the time aircraft reaches D...

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 06, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do pilots keep track of so many waypoints for long haul flights?
Replies: 13
Views: 2561

Re: How do pilots keep track of so many waypoints for long haul flights?

We don’t enter every single point…. When the route flies along airways we enter the first point then the airway followed by terminating waypoint or another airway. That box fills in all of the points of the airway in between…. But if you’re doing oceanic tracks that change daily or random routes the...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 04, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United New Hire Pilot question
Replies: 27
Views: 5867

Re: United New Hire Pilot question

I guess thats better than involuntarily assigned to GUM… It would be an interesting adventure I think until you could bid for something IN CONUS. I remember asking for west coast assignments, only to talk to assignments and found out I got banished to purgatory in Okinawa…. Had fun for two years unt...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 04, 2022 3:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot E145 directly to 777
Replies: 22
Views: 4172

Re: Pilot E145 directly to 777

He probably makes more as an influencer from YouTube than he did as an EMB-145 captain. He will probably still make more as a social media influencer from YouTube until he makes second year FO at United. But he does have an income stream outside of the airline so he can put up with 777 FO in IAD muc...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 04, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?
Replies: 15
Views: 2724

Re: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?

Unless handflying, pilots don’t get to choose the bank angle…. Well some planes have a half-bank switch the pilots can select… The pilot directs the course via the flight control panel (tactically) or the FMS.FMGC (strategically) and the autopilot follows its algorithms to turn the aircraft at the b...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot E145 directly to 777
Replies: 22
Views: 4172

Re: Pilot E145 directly to 777

There is no requirement to fly a narrow body aircraft before flying a wide body aircraft. An aircraft is an aircraft. To me they are all the same. 737 / 777. The only thing that matters as an airline pilot is seniority and quality of life. That particular pilot in question who went from Emb-145 capt...

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 03, 2022 4:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United New Hire Pilot question
Replies: 27
Views: 5867

Re: United New Hire Pilot question

Over at Delta, the junior 737 Captain was hired 4 months ago in November 2021…. NYC 737 Captain is so undesirable it goes so junior.

And at Southwest, the junior 737 Captain was hired in 2011, 11 years ago.

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 02, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United New Hire Pilot question
Replies: 27
Views: 5867

Re: United New Hire Pilot question

From what I hear in the grapevine the wide body spots are going junior. It’s the younger people in the new hire classes who are being involuntarily assigned the wide body slots. The narrowbody 737/320 spots are being chosen by the senior people in the class. Part of it is because the international w...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 27, 2022 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit 1653 taking weird route
Replies: 72
Views: 13688

Re: Spirit 1653 taking weird route

Well there’s still time for an a.netter to book a seat on tomorrow’s flight and ask the crew for the reason for the convoluted routing to Las Vegas

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 26, 2022 6:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?
Replies: 21
Views: 4171

Re: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?

It’s not any different than pilots that fly control yokes and ram horns with their non dominant hand. ie 727 convair880 md11 and dc10s 707s

No side sticks on those planes

They’re just as off center as the side sticks

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by Woodreau
Thu Feb 24, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?
Replies: 20
Views: 4855

Re: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?

Trying to understand to understand the process. After rotation and wheels up, the aircraft is then leveled, with flaps extended, until speed builds up? Wouldn't retracting the flaps help with reducing drag in order to increase speed (clean wings), or is this necessary to due to needing to overcome ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Feb 21, 2022 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA
Replies: 26
Views: 4347

Re: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA

All four airports EWR, TEB, LGA, JFK are interconnected and so any runway use changes affect all 4 airports. Using 13 for landings at LGA or 13L/R at JFK forces other airports to change configuration which impacts arrival and departure rates. I guess some reading suggestions for the OP https://www.f...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 18, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13 at LGA
Replies: 26
Views: 4347

Re: On FlightAware I have never seen aircraft land on Runway 13?

If you’re flying over the Hudson River and LGA is landing on 22 and launching off 13, the ATC instruction is “cleared direct to Verrazano bridge fly up the Hudson” Further up the Hudson you get radar vectored to either join the localizer for 22 or you’re cleared for the visual 22. If LGA is launchin...

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by Woodreau
Wed Feb 16, 2022 8:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The sound of a big turboprop
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

Re: The sound of a big turboprop

The turbines and gas generator on a turboprop whine just as much as their turbofan brethren. But they are magnitudes smaller than the turbines and gas generators on a turbofan engine.

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