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by Flow2706
Tue Nov 29, 2022 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AY A350 @ FRA?
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Re: AY A350 @ FRA?

AY wet leased a couple of A350s to Eurowings Discover, probably you have seen one of these aircraft.

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by Flow2706
Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about brake and rudder pedals.
Replies: 20
Views: 1582

Re: Question about brake and rudder pedals.

The proponents of the ‘feet up on the pedals’ during take off will say they are better positioned for brake application at low speeds (below 80 knots) where AB will not trigger, especially in their ability to keep straight with an engine failure in this regime However this is not an issue as long a...

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by Flow2706
Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM A20N ground collision during takeoff run at LIM
Replies: 262
Views: 56237

Re: LATAM A20N ground collision during takeoff run at LIM

1. The AF/KL decision to divert to PTY will most likely have been taken by the Flight Control Centres in AMS/CDG and not by the pilots. Just to elaborate on that, the decision would have been the pilots, the pilot in Command/Captain is the person who is ultimately responsible when the aircraft is i...

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by Flow2706
Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 22
Views: 1937

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

The managed speed that you mentioned seems to be rather on the high side. Usually the managed descend speed is around 270kts, unless flying at a very high CI. Normal cost indexes nowadays are quite low (depending on the variant and airline around 10-20, if the aircraft is in metric system, CI for ai...

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by Flow2706
Wed Oct 19, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Severe turbulence on AR1133 MAD-EZE this AM injures 12, sends 3 to hospital
Replies: 13
Views: 2814

Re: Severe turbulence on AR1133 MAD-EZE this AM injures 12, sends 3 to hospital

I was just flying to my holidays from FRA to PUJ as a passenger yesterday, around 10 hours before the occurrence. The first 7 hours of the flight were mostly smooth with some occasional light chops once in a while. After around 7 hours the turbulence changed to continuous light in a cloud layer at F...

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by Flow2706
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25509

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

It's surprising that modern planes do not have alertness detection systems (or, for that matter, consciousness detection systems) when even cars have them (e.g., counting eye blinks as a fatigue indicator). I'd say that pilot consciousness should be easily detectable. From then on, a pre programmed...

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by Flow2706
Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)
Replies: 49
Views: 5004

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

The unfactored distance includes as far as I know also a firm touchdown which will also take quite some energy (more than one would think). Recently I did a bit of a firm touchdown (around 1.4 or 1.5g when I checked it later on) at my home base and at the point where we usually have around 70kts we ...

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by Flow2706
Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMB-190 behaviour in turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 7165

Re: EMB-190 behaviour in turbulence

Absolutely! ATC very much exists to be a service to pilots, and that's always my approach to it. It's interesting that you say that about the EMB/ERJ weather radar.. Sometimes I'll have areas of depicted precip with very predictable deviations, but then I'll get one or two that will be off charting...

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by Flow2706
Fri Aug 26, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flaps and aborted landings/go-arounds
Replies: 18
Views: 3668

Re: Flaps and aborted landings/go-arounds

Actually, rushing to retract the flaps generally causes more problems that forgetting them. In a scenario similar to the one mentioned by Woodreau, when going around from close to the ground (balked landing, from below 50ft or so) it is important not to retract the flaps immediately because initiall...

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by Flow2706
Thu Aug 25, 2022 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N646UA: High Age 767 Potential Corrosion Issue?
Replies: 87
Views: 25338

Re: N646UA: High Age 767 Potential Corrosion Issue?

I frankly would not be surprised to see that being the reason why a lot of A320CEOs reach their retirement - its not going to be due to parts, it will likely be at the point where the airframe itself it uneconomical to repair corrision / fatigue issues. Why that frame in particular? The A32X family...

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by Flow2706
Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320Neo new landing light location
Replies: 19
Views: 7867

Re: A320Neo new landing light location

So, from a pilot perspective: Are landing lights designed to help others see an approaching aircraft better or to see ahead once on the ground (I can't imagine they help illuminate much in the sky). Both. Landing lights are visible from quite far away at night, but obviously that's not a factor in ...

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by Flow2706
Wed Jul 13, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA
Replies: 36
Views: 9509

Re: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA

These things are happening from time to time, systems are quite sensitive to avoid any asymmetric/uncommanded deployment which could be worse than landing with no flap. Happened to me a couple of years ago (on an A320) on a shortish runway (2300m) but we were very light. We run the numbers and it tu...

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by Flow2706
Tue Jul 12, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirHub 9H-EMU serious incident at CDG - preliminary BEA report
Replies: 34
Views: 7296

Re: AirHub 9H-EMU serious incident at CDG - preliminary BEA report

It is so anachronistic, that such vital communication between ATC and the flight crew is done by voice radio. That is 1950s technology and bears so much risk. I'm a trained military radio operator and I know, how defective this means of communcation is. The manufacturers of this outdated radio equi...

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by Flow2706
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirHub 9H-EMU serious incident at CDG - preliminary BEA report
Replies: 34
Views: 7296

Re: AirHub 9H-EMU serious incident at CDG - preliminary BEA report

One thing that is quite strange is the way the go around was initiated. It’s not against any procedure to perform the go around manually, but most pilots would keep the autopilot on or reengage it to lower the workload. Usually the first action to initiate a go around would be to set the thrust leve...

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by Flow2706
Wed Jul 06, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 737 Max computer examined after ‘blanking’ precedes wrong-runway landing
Replies: 56
Views: 11910

Re: United 737 Max computer examined after ‘blanking’ precedes wrong-runway landing

Not sure about the Boeing FMCS but on the Airbus FMGC resets are quite common. Most of the time it’s an automatic reset and the system recovers by itself after a few seconds. Sometimes a manual reset becomes necessary. Therefore I wouldn’t consider the FMC problem as a major issue. The wrong runway ...

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by Flow2706
Tue Jun 07, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds
Replies: 25
Views: 4035

Re: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds

The total start time of an A320NEO with PW1100 engines with dual cooling function is only marginally longer than the total start time of CEO aircraft with IAE engines. I don't think that this marginally longer start time is a major factor, except in extraordinary circumstances (i.e. out of the dual ...

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by Flow2706
Fri May 06, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 flight control airworthiness directive
Replies: 20
Views: 7229

Re: A350 flight control airworthiness directive

Im not an engineer, but ADs are quite common for all aircraft types. I don’t think this is a critical issue, a fix will be developed and rolled out on the fleet. Most of the safety risks addressed by ADs are quite unlikely, but the application of the AD is still necessary to maintain the high level...

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by Flow2706
Fri May 06, 2022 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 flight control airworthiness directive
Replies: 20
Views: 7229

Re: A350 flight control airworthiness directive

Im not an engineer, but ADs are quite common for all aircraft types. I don’t think this is a critical issue, a fix will be developed and rolled out on the fleet. Most of the safety risks addressed by ADs are quite unlikely, but the application of the AD is still necessary to maintain the high level ...

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by Flow2706
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to start paying F/As during boarding
Replies: 135
Views: 20702

Re: DL to start paying F/As during boarding

In Europe it is similar in most companies, pilots and cabin crew usually get paid a basic salary (which should cover boarding, postflight duties etc) and a pay per block hour (I.e. brake off to brake on). There are some variations to this some companies pay a big basic salary but no compensation for...

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by Flow2706
Tue Apr 05, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction
Replies: 39
Views: 6631

Re: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction

It’s to cool the brakes. I’ve seen Airbus narrow bodies do it also and they even cooling fans that are used in the ground. Brake fans are an option on the A330. I think the same on the A32x. I can confirm that. My company doesn’t have brake fans on A320/321s but still does short (35-40 minutes) tur...

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by Flow2706
Sat Apr 02, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?
Replies: 13
Views: 2138

Re: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?

Airliners are usually certified for +2.5/-1gs (this number comes from a regulation as well but I’m too lazy to look up the exact reference now), not to +6. So the test has to be performed up to 2,5 x 1,5 (safety factor) = 3,75g. For obvious safety reasons this test is not performed inflight but on t...

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by Flow2706
Sun Mar 20, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP pilot call-out differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 3245

Re: SOP pilot call-out differences?

There is a lot of difference between aircraft types, even though Boeing and Airbus are trying to keep the callouts similar within their products. Just for example during takeoff, on Airbus the speed check/call out is done at 100kts, on Boeing it's done at 80kts. The call after liftoff is "posit...

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by Flow2706
Sat Mar 12, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 53201

Re: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread

I can't believe there exists so huge pile of rubles or any other currency in Russia that does not have 1000 times better and more urgent use for something else than buying a bunch of civilian planes even at a huge discount which actually will not be that huge discount as it still requires massive a...

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by Flow2706
Sat Mar 05, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft
Replies: 64
Views: 10509

Re: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft

Can’t talk about the 737 but in the most difficult part is getting ETOPS approval as an operator. Manuals have to be amended, crews and other personal have to be trained and also some sort of operational demonstration (number of flights carried out according to ETOPS procedures) carried out. Modifyi...

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by Flow2706
Thu Feb 24, 2022 7:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Iraq Overflights
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

Re: Iraq Overflights

The company I work for has some overflights of that region. I didn’t operate these routes yet personally, but our last simulator session had a LOFT scenario that - at least in my session - led to a diversion to Erbil. As the terrain in that region is quite high and possibly limiting for the depressu...

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by Flow2706
Mon Feb 07, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How common is 3800-4200 fpm descent?
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: How common is 3800-4200 fpm descent?

Normal descend rates at normal speeds without speed brakes are around 2500 (high level) to around 1500/1800fpm (below around FL100), but for profile adjustments rates up to 6000/6500 are achievable in normal operations. Could be due to unexpected track shortening, last minute runway change etc.

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by Flow2706
Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DE-icing while idle
Replies: 10
Views: 3344

Re: DE-icing while idle

It's allowed and done in many airports, for example Munich.

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by Flow2706
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 2193

Re: Airliner ferry

Most ferry flights in airline operations are done by regular crews (positioning the aircraft to an other base after a diversion/to/from maintenance). Sometimes they are also done by technical pilot/management pilots, depending on the nature of the flight (for example when taking a new plane from the...

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by Flow2706
Fri Jan 14, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RTO for impending fire
Replies: 59
Views: 4973

Re: RTO for impending fire

Classically, there are only two things: complete loss of thrust in at least one engine and actual fire. Do You really know any other? We practiced compressor stall at takeoff and on one sim we got a tire burst around V1. This was very tricky as we rarely ever practice this and initially it's very e...

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by Flow2706
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RTO for impending fire
Replies: 59
Views: 4973

Re: RTO for impending fire

On the A320 I would not reject in this scenario. A high speed RTO at more than 100kts can be hazardous due to the potential for an overrun and there are just very few defined failures that will lead to an RTO in this situation. Also, the human brain is not capable of noticing and processing a single...

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by Flow2706
Thu Jan 06, 2022 5:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does moving from the A32x to the A32xNEO require differences training?
Replies: 9
Views: 2403

Re: Does moving from the A32x to the A32xNEO require differences training?

Slightly off topic but how much difference training is required between an A32X aircraft flown with the CFM International engines versus the IAE VS engines (assuming CEO A32X)? I don’t remember doing any difference training for CFM/IAE but maybe it was already included in the type rating. The diffe...

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by Flow2706
Mon Jan 03, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does moving from the A32x to the A32xNEO require differences training?
Replies: 9
Views: 2403

Re: Does moving from the A32x to the A32xNEO require differences training?

Yes, they are only variants, it's only CBT training. In my current company we have A320/321/CEO/NEO, so far I haven't flown the NEO yet but I did the CBT and I am therefore allowed to fly the NEO if it shows up on my roster. I heard the takeoff and landing are a bit different due to an updated rotat...

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by Flow2706
Fri Dec 24, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airliners still fly landing patterns?
Replies: 4
Views: 1756

Re: Do airliners still fly landing patterns?

It’s really depending on the operator, destinations and kind of operation. I used to fly for an European company that did mostly holiday charter flights. If the weather and traffic situation was acceptable I often requested visual approaches (following the prescribed pattern) in the Canary Islands, ...

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by Flow2706
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Survey: Visual Descent Point
Replies: 10
Views: 2133

Re: Survey: Visual Descent Point

Very interesting to read that some airlines are not certified to fly conventional NPAs. In my career so far I have been working for four different companies in Asia and Europe so far and conventional NPAs, even though mostly flown as RNAV overlays (and as CDFAs, I.e. without the level off at MDA), a...

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by Flow2706
Tue Nov 02, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 2601

Re: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft

There is actually a big note in the Airbus FCTM regarding the use of rudder. It emphasises that the rudder should only be used during takeoff/landing/crosswind landings (to Decrab) and engine failures and few rare failures, f.e. rudder trim runaway (to return the rudder to the centered position). Th...

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by Flow2706
Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:46 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: 1851

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

As mentioned before, it's really depending on the aircraft type. On the A320 (and I think on most other large airplanes as well) flaps will definitely increase drag and could be used to slow down from a purely aerodynamic point of view. However flap wear increases by *a lot* when extending the flaps...

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by Flow2706
Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EasyJet A321 flew out-of-balance after seated for A320
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Re: EasyJet A321 flew out-of-balance after seated for A320

I always thought that on Airbus FBW aircraft, you just command a roll or pitch rate with the sidestick (at least in normal law). But in that case (wrong CG) you wouldn't feel a difference when rotating, since the FBW would just command more elevator to achieve the pitch change/rotation. The devil i...

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by Flow2706
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EasyJet A321 flew out-of-balance after seated for A320
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Re: EasyJet A321 flew out-of-balance after seated for A320

CG's going to be a little north of where it should be, so your stab trim would be significantly off. Uncomfortable, sure, might be a bit sluggish on the rotation, but unless you're operating at the edge of the takeoff envelope it's not great but it's not going to kill you unless you're not paying a...

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by Flow2706
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could flap operation be automated?
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Could flap operation be automated?

While Airbus does not have automatic flaps it can do something similar during the approach: it can automatically reduce to maneuvering speed for the current flap setting (if the speed is in "managed" mode while the FMGC is in approach phase), so it's possible not to touch the speed knob du...

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by Flow2706
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?
Replies: 10
Views: 1930

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

On the A320 APU can be started and run up to the service ceiling (39800ft or 39100ft, except for some ACJs). The generator can be used at altitude as well, it has the same rating as the engine generators. APU bleed usage is limited to around 20000 or 22000ft (depending on APU type) and APU bleed may...

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by Flow2706
Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2972

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

3 installed, 2 required. One can be put on MEL. But, as Starlionblue indicated, the aircraft are certified to stop without their use. Can the AC be dispatched with either #1 or #3 inop? How many airliners have thrust reverse on MEL for dispatch? Or does this vary by the conditions for a given fligh...

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by Flow2706
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 3486

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

which makes me wonder... is that in any way customizable between customer and Airbus? I.e. "our SOP is to land with Autobreak armed, can we can a warning for that?". Not just for autobreakes of course, but are warning conditions OEM only decisions or can Airlines tailor those? best regard...

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by Flow2706
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 1843

Re: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?

There are different kinds of bidding systems in place in European airline. I mostly flew for smaller companies, there was no real bidding system (in one ACMI company you could try to ask the company to assign you a specific base for a couple of months, but no specific flights). The "bigger"...

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by Flow2706
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?
Replies: 14
Views: 1519

Re: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?

On the aircraft side, it is not a big change. I'm not an engineer, but it may even be possible to change the aircraft from kg to lbs (or vice versa) without any hardware change. Paperwork may be more of an issue. In one of my previous companies most of the fleet was using the metric system, however ...

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by Flow2706
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 3058

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

The strobe light switch has three settings: OFF, AUTO and ON. On and Off are self-explanatory, Auto will activate the strobes at lift off. Airbus SOP is to turn on the strobe lights when entering the runway, during ground operations they are left in Auto. Probably the Frontier crew forgot to turn th...

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by Flow2706
Sat Aug 07, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)

Never flown the NEO, but the MORA on ND option has been there already when I started flying on the Airbus back in 2010, so it's not a new option.

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by Flow2706
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can severe turbulence damage avionics in the E&E bay?
Replies: 12
Views: 1922

Re: Can severe turbulence damage avionics in the E&E bay?

There was one case where a bleed air duct detached during a severe turbulence encounter. However, it was determined that the connector was not secured correctly to beginn with and it would have shaken loose anyway, possibly a bit later: http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2015/a15...

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by Flow2706
Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Off duty DL F/A causes dvx to OKC on LAX-ATL flight
Replies: 39
Views: 57070

Re: Off duty DL F/A causes dvx to OKC on LAX-ATL flight

The FAA needs to act on mental health screening. Drug test are given randomly and due to reasonable suspicion, but the mental health examination is the elephant in the room. A mental health fitness screening should be a mandatory requirement in the transportation industry on an annual basis. Like t...

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by Flow2706
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Retro-jet maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 2965

Re: Retro-jet maintenance

Not sure about the American Airlines retro liveries, but when I was working for Aer Lingus a couple of years ago we also had quite a few special liveries, one of them a retro livery (EI-DVM). I don't think maintenance needed to apply special procedures/considerations due to the livery. From the pilo...

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by Flow2706
Fri May 21, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EU / UN "government fleets" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

Re: EU / UN "government fleets" ?

Many states have transport category aircraft for their government officials. The German "Flugbereitschaft" has some A340 that are being replaced by A350s. Other states have similar arrangements. Regarding the UN, the tend to lease the aircraft they need from different airlines. The UNHAS (...

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