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by Woodreau
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Complicated, by design. But is it really?

Just try using those touchscreen cockpit trainers…. It absolutely sucks flying a simulated plane with the cockpit touch screens. We’re not even in the air, but firmly grounded in the training center.

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by Woodreau
Fri Nov 19, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 minimum engine oil qty for dispatch
Replies: 3
Views: 791

Re: A320 minimum engine oil qty for dispatch

for my air carrier

V2500 is 11qts + 0.3 qts/hr of planned flight time
PW1100 is 14qts

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by Woodreau
Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Complicated, by design. But is it really?

call me oldfashioned, but i want a physical switch or button to turn or push.

trying using a virtual keyboard when you're in turbulence and you cant get your hand to stay over the virtual button to push.

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by Woodreau
Mon Nov 15, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?

Pilots do test fly an aircraft before taking delivery of a new aircraft. Write up a squawk sheet of items to be resolved before the aircraft is transferred from the manufacturer to the airline. On one delivery test flight the depressurization didn’t keep the cabin below 15000 like it was supposed to...

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Survey: Visual Descent Point
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: Survey: Visual Descent Point

There may be plenty of airports with NPA. But if the airline is not authorized for NPAs then there is no opportunity to fly LOC VOR or NDB approaches.

It is the same at my carrier. We are not authorized to fly LOC VOR NDB. So no VDP to calculate or make a decision about

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1780

Re: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?

Fast food doesn’t spoil; something has to first be fresh before it can spoil. There’s many times I’ve gotten food at airport intending to eat it when I get to the airplane. But preflight ends up taking a little extra longer and I forget that I had gotten food and it’s been sitting on the side conso...

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 10, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots wearing gloves during flight?
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: Pilots wearing gloves during flight?

I believe gloves on military aircraft are for flash protection in the event of fire.

There is nothing about a civilian pilots uniform that is safe in a fire. I.e synthetic materials that have a low melting point

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by Woodreau
Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1780

Re: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?

Neither. Spoiled airport fast food that waited a little too long to get to cruise to consume it

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by Woodreau
Sun Nov 07, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 42
Views: 5119

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

Can always ASAP it - don't know what good it will do though - but I hope you're "monitoring" on COM2 and that center is on COM1.

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by Woodreau
Tue Nov 02, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 2030

Re: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft

After 30 years flying jets I recently took up glider flying. In the beginning my glider rudder use was appalling to say the least. I had to re learn how to properly use the rudder again. Very humbling. That is what the yaw string is for. It’s the most accurate instrument on the glider. If you’re of...

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 31, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2408

Re: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?

Just because the news article mentions gender of the pilots doesn’t mean you have to continue perpetuating it

Plenty of flights where male pilots leave the landing gear down for whatever reason and their gender doesn’t get mentioned.

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1419

Re: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?

Do you always use flaps to slow? Technique I was taught was to bum around at Flaps 1, then extend further at the S and F speeds unless you really need the drag, but the boards are pretty effective for that if memory serves. I'm curious. At what purpose/reason you will use flaps to slow the aircraft...

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1419

Re: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?

I’ve always waited until 10kts below flap limit speed to extend the flaps as that is company procedure. For the A320 Vfe Flaps 1 is 230kts, Vfe Flaps 2 is 200kts, Vfe Flaps 3 is 185kts, Vfe Flaps Full is 177kts. So the flaps come out at 220kts, 190kts, 175kts, and 167kts. I use the flaps to slow fro...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1419

Re: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?

I use flaps to slow the aircraft when ATC doesn't specify a speed to fly on approach.

I'd wager it's personal technique.

But the landing gear works better

I also use the landing lights as well. Speed brake is one of the last things - i usually use it to correct vertical profile vs airspeed

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it dangerous when aircraft carry fuel in a center tank beneath the passenger cabin?
Replies: 43
Views: 3344

Re: Is it dangerous when aircraft carry fuel in a center tank beneath the passenger cabin?

It’s there. There’s nothing the pilots can do about it. It operates without pilot interaction. Pilots can’t turn it on or turn it off. All they can do is call maintenance if there is an ECAM or EICAS message about it. Regarding stabilizer fuel tanks I’ve heard that one airline asks during the tech i...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying A Helicopter With 15 Minutes of Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: Flying A Helicopter With 15 Minutes of Training

The article is about startup companies that are simplifying the mechanics of flying aircraft to the point where ordinary people can fly an aircraft - a helicopter in the article. To the point non pilots can fly the helicopter or other similarly equipped aircraft like a drone using game controllers o...

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by Woodreau
Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UPS 747 takeoff without flap fairing
Replies: 23
Views: 3626

Re: UPS 747 takeoff without flap fairing

The plane can be missing exterior panels, fairings and all sorts of things can be inoperative But don’t ever take the ashtray off the lavatory door or steal the lav flush handle. The plane is grounded at the point and I have to get a special ferry permit to fly the plane to a place to get the ashtra...

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by Woodreau
Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions to get a Type-Rating with Initial.
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Questions to get a Type-Rating with Initial.

Your answer lies in paragraph (f) of 61.64 Without flying the 737 or ATR after getting your initial type rating, it should have been issued with the limitation in (f) (2). you’ll need to get 25hrs of supervised operating experience in the aircraft to remove the limitation. (f) If the applicant does ...

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 1868

Re: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?

Surprised NavCanada didn’t bill the bathtub guy.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 1868

Re: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?

Deicing crews are probably using portable handheld transceivers to communicate with aircraft.

I think the limitation for the handheld radio is power out.

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1209

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

There was an airspace rework for central and south Florida that went into effect in August? I think? All of the arrivals and departures are all new.

All of the old departure and arrivals were discontinued.

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by Woodreau
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?
Replies: 8
Views: 2267

Re: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?

Looks just like taking off from Las Vegas when OAT is 46C... That's also the first time you ever notice there is a wall at the end of the runway in Las Vegas. - even though you've taken off that same runway for many years. As long as the ASDR is 0 or greater, the aircraft has the takeoff performance...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 "MaxPax" Cabin (Y188)?
Replies: 35
Views: 5312

Re: Airbus A320 "MaxPax" Cabin (Y188)?

A lot of work for 2 extra seats. Operators are already running 186 seats with the current 320 configuration.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2360

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

I consider short final less than 500ft AGL along the extended centerline of the runway.

4 miles is right on the edge of towers airspace and definitely not in any sort of traffic pattern. 8 miles you’re not anywhere near the airport.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could flap operation be automated?
Replies: 18
Views: 1805

Re: Could flap operation be automated?

The flaps on a f-18 are automated, You have 3 positions half full auto. Based on the flap setting, the airspeed, the airplane alpha, the flight control system positions the leading edge and trailing edge flaps automatically I guess you could have a system similar to autothrust where TLA tells the sy...

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by Woodreau
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

JAC is a special qualification airport meaning there are 19-0 Jepp airport qualification pages available for review. the 19-0 pages it directs you to the Jackson Hole airport website for airport specific operating procedures. https://www.jacksonholeairport.com/about-jac/pilot-information/ http://www...

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

Effectively the minimums for most 121 operators is 1000ft AGL not what is published on the approach plate unless the charted minimums are higher. If you don’t have visual conditions you can’t circle. My first airline did do circling at charted minimums, so my type rating for my first airliner does n...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11413

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

Arguments about what should or shouldn't have happened inside the plane aside is this NK's first major incident (every airline has emergency landings and such but I don't think NK has ever had something like this in the way WN had flight 1455 or B6 had a flight 292) Does this count as a major incid...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many miles before touchdown are final landing flaps selected?
Replies: 5
Views: 737

Re: How many miles before touchdown are final landing flaps selected?

It depends on ATC flow and airline procedures. During times of high traffic, ATC will strictly dictate specific speeds for aircraft on final (setting up the string of pearls for example), Some examples of speed instructions are "Maintain 250kts" "Maintain 210kts or greater" "...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?
Replies: 17
Views: 2498

Re: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?

Right before the shooter kneels and taps the deck and the Harrier launches off the flat end of the ship.

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by Woodreau
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?
Replies: 10
Views: 1618

Re: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?

You need two independent electrical sources. So an inop APU doesn’t preclude Cat III operations. If you only have a single electrical source, i.e. IDG 2 disconnected with an inop APU the equipment review for Cat III operations allows Cat III Single (fail passive) approach but not a Cat III Dual (fai...

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 03, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing lights question
Replies: 12
Views: 2041

Re: Landing lights question

Don’t know if you can see the landing light from the passenger cabin. You can see the wing inspection light though.

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

I’m not sure how things work in Europe. in the US ATC is not privatized and there are no user fees to use ATC services. Airports are first come first served as far as ATC is concerned. All public use airports are available to any aircraft unless there are slot restrictions or reservations. ATC may b...

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by Woodreau
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?
Replies: 31
Views: 2354

Re: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?

Since all of the other planes are covered to finish out the regional jets The EMB-145 does not have a RAT. No hydraulics other than what is in the accumulators The elevator is manually controlled with no hydraulics in normal conditions. The ailerons and rudder are hydraulic with control via pulleys ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that the American 191 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?
Replies: 16
Views: 2537

Re: Is it true that the American 151 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?

As a result of many accidents in the past the FAA has been emphasizing stall recovery and awareness. They’ve mandated periodic training going back to basic airmanship. The accidents due to rudder hard over the pilots never recognized what they had gotten into either and had very little time to diagn...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Idle Speed
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: A320 Idle Speed

Foiled by Autocorrect again… lol

However, opening the crossbleed is not procedure during normal single engine taxi.

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?

Wouldn’t want to start at 10000ft. The whole point of the maneuver is to get to MEA or 10000ft whichever is higher so that you don’t need oxygen masks So you can start above 20000ft where depending on the altitude the TAS is probably going to be around 400kts-480kts with an IAS around 250-260-270ish...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?

You should disconnect the association of pitch attitude (whether the nose is nose low or nose high) with flight vector (whether the plane is climbing or descending). Normally nose high the plane is climbing, but a plane with a nose high attitude or nose level can be descending as well. For an a320 f...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2355

Re: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?

Under FAR 121 rules, aircraft that are not overwater equipped cannot fly further than 50nm from land. Most regional jets in the US operated by regional airlines are not overwater equipped (I.e. no liferafts and life jackets onboard.). There should be a placard at each seat stating the seat cushion c...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Idle Speed
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: A320 Idle Speed

The idle speed of the engine increases if you open the crossbreed. Normally single engine with the crossbreed in Auto, the crossbreed stays closed and pack 2 doesn’t receive any bleed air. When you open the crossbreed, bleed air demand increases and the left engine idle increases to supply bleed air...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-90 7,000 fpm rate of climb?
Replies: 8
Views: 2552

Re: MD-90 7,000 fpm rate of climb?

Talking to an air traffic controller in April-May-June-July 2020. He said everybody that was flying was climbing out at 7000fpm after takeoff flying around with no passengers on board even the RJs.

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Embraer E3 turboprop: Same airplane platform, either with TP or jet engines
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: Embraer E3 turboprop: Same airplane platform, either with TP or jet engines

Embraer already did this with the EMB-145... stretched an EMB-120 and put on a different wing taking off the turboprop engines and bolting on two turbofans engines in the rear.. i believe there is about 75% parts commonality with the EMB-120.

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

The one incident where the pilot moved the passengers to gain better aircraft control was Delta 1080 with the jammed elevator He moved all of the passengers to the front of the cabin. By doing so he was able to regain some pitch authority between using the engines and stabilizer. Before the CG chang...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Don’t really understand that mindset Me neither. Not my rules. It was the airlines rule approved by the FAA. I agree with everything you’ve posted. The limitation looks like it was written by lawyers. pilots would get counseled by the chief pilot for using thrust reversers. Don’t work there anymore...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Prohibited, even on a contaminated runway? The only thing I remember the last time I flew the plane 13 years ago is that thrust reverse use is prohibited on runways longer than 7000ft. Reversers may be used on runways less than 7000ft and reverser use is mandatory to prevent runway excursion is how...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reason [s] for strange routings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1740

Re: Reason [s] for strange routings?

People who fly in bizjets don’t really care about the cost It’s amazing hearing some of the stories former biz jet pilots tell about the people they fly… One pilot told me he was just one pilot in a pilot group that crewed a fleet of planes assigned to each member of the family - 5 planes 1 for the ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Landing distance is calculated without the use of thrust reverser. So if the landing distance allows, all airliners can land without using thrust reversers. ? (Better way of asking: What aircraft can be dispatched on a 121 with all T/R inop?) Emb-145 can dispatch with no thrust reversers operative. ...

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