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by SaveFerris
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation for customer satisfaction
Replies: 55
Views: 9512

Re: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation.

no making up their own rules as they go along like in the ATL TSA part where international flight passengers going onward to another plane must be screened. Did not get what you are trying to say there. What do you mean by international passengers going onward must be screened? Example: one lands a...

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by SaveFerris
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

same theory on pprune, fwiw Trying to consolidate what others have said about this...the TOGA buttons are not armed until either the flaps are out of UP or the glideslope has been captured. I don’t know if the flap position has been released yet but at 230 knots in a relatively light 767 you are st...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Plausible. Not even. same theory on pprune, fwiw Trying to consolidate what others have said about this...the TOGA buttons are not armed until either the flaps are out of UP or the glideslope has been captured. I don’t know if the flap position has been released yet but at 230 knots in a relatively...

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by SaveFerris
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Indy wrote:
Are pitot tubes heated automatically or can the heaters be turned off and on?


On the 767 it is automatic, the pitot tubes are heated whenever an engine is running. There is no physical switch to turn the pitot heat on or off.

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by SaveFerris
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

My only conspiracy type question is why were the remains of crew member #3 not found in the same area as crew member's #1 and #2, and why were their bodies intact, while the 3rd crew member's body ( trying to be delicate here) was not intact? Hopefully the shallow dredging going on today will yield...

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by SaveFerris
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I have to ask since I really dont know. Are there fire suppression systems on cargo aircraft, like the kinds they have in cargo holds of airliners? I know the possibility of a fire remains low on the suspected list of potential causes, but it now has me wondering. As for the pilot hitching a ride, ...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

The Atlas 767 was used and was an ETOPS airplane when it flew revenue passengers. Not that it is likely relevant to the accident but N1217A was an ETOPS certified airplane so it would have had the HDG installed. Systems wise the activation of the RAT and HDG are two separate scenarios, the RAT will...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Having ordered alot of Amazon stuff in the past, another thought that came to mind. Batteries.... I have had a ton of lithium batteries from toys and hobbies shipped to me. Could it be possible that a sudden raging fire without warning hit suddenly? Say a fire in the back of the plane? Would also b...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Once again At LUS our 767s were equipped as follows: “It does produce electricity but not directly. The hydraulics that the RAT produces turns a special hydro-electric generator that supplies the electricity.” Not all 757/767 ships have an HDG. They are only installed on ETOPS capable tails. Non-ET...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

In the case of the National crash it was a result of a 15ish ton MRAP breaking free of its straps and rolling to the aft area of the cargo hold. And the spare tire mounted on the rear of the MRAP punching a hole in the aft pressure bulkhead and breaking one of the mounting points for the horizontal...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Could a cargo movement affected the center of gravity enough to cause this accident? It could, but on an aircraft hauling package cargo for Amazon only, I doubt that could be the case. That would be more likely on an aircraft hauling heavier goods, such as a 747 or 777 freighter. Remember, a 767-30...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

What about a sudden cockpit intrusion? A flock of geese through the windows? Rapid decompression? My guess is #1 mechanical, #2 environmental, (combination of the two).......#3 suicide/intentional deployment of the TR......#4 act of terror or sabotage. RIP to the crew and peace be with the families...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Regarding the cargo: Do Prime flights mostly carry merchandise that is already boxed, labeled and en route to the consumer? I was under the impression that they carried a lot of inventory into Amazon's fulfillment centers, which might be more densely packed. It normally appears to be a majority of ...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453450

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

A few things to mention.. 1.) On Prime Air it is indeed only Amazon freight, so even if there is space on the plane Atlas wouldn’t be putting on any heavy equipment or other random cargo. Amazon effectively “owns” all of the space on the airplane so even if Atlas had their own freight to move outsid...

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by SaveFerris
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 90
Views: 11639

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

To boot, at altitude temps reach well below -60 Celsius. I don't buy the "jet fuel freezing" argument for a moment. Jet fuel does indeed have published Freeze Points. It depends on the type of fuel but per our manuals they range from -40 C (Jet A which is commonly used in the US) to -60 C...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 6243

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

In a previous life I worked for an American Eagle branded carrier flying the ERJ and my schedule for a summer month (I don’t remember which one) had evening arrivals into DFW each day of the trip. Each time we landed operations told us to go to the holding pad and wait for a gate. After 4 days strai...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi out on one engine?
Replies: 65
Views: 7710

Re: Taxi out on one engine?

In a previous life at a regional airline single engine taxi in/out was standard operating procedure. Unless the taxiways were contaminated the RJ did just fine taxiing around on a single engine. With my current airline we are able single engine taxi but it is definitely not standard procedure, there...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing

BEG is Belgrade, Serbia...Google is a fantastic resource. On to the incident, perhaps they landed with the parking brake set? Or had some form of brake malfunction or anti skid fault that locked up all four wheels? I wonder if the crew was aware of a hydraulic and/or braking system prior to the land...

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by SaveFerris
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Getting the shortest takeoff run
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: Getting the shortest takeoff run

Only other thing to consider with the 777 and a rolling takeoff run is that you need the main gear steering to center otherwise uou'll get a takeoff config warning if you set takeoff thrust before it's centered and locked. And that slows everything down! I assume this is also the same with the 747....

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by SaveFerris
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?
Replies: 82
Views: 13530

Re: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?

Doubt FX allows animal handlers on jumpseats, there was a bit of an issue recently where FX triples were subbing for ASL Belgium 744´s at Liege recently. All the horses got ´bumped´ because FX refused to allow the handlers to fly on the JS. I flew a number of horse charters in the DC-10 & MD-11...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?
Replies: 82
Views: 13530

Re: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?

A question for the guys that fly heavy cargo planes: how many seats are there usually on big cargo metal, say a 747, DC-10 and the likes? And besides the reference given by movies, who usually flies on those seats, if anybody at all. And is it common to have ¨passengers¨ (i.e. other pilots or compa...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach Ban
Replies: 13
Views: 5130

Re: Approach Ban

When operating in the US this is almost correct. Prior to the Final Approach Fix we have to have at least the required RVR to conduct the approach. However, once we are past the Final Approach Fix we are allowed to continue the approach regardless of what happens to the RVR. In theory the RVR can g...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about B737-800/900ER RTO autobreak
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Question about B737-800/900ER RTO autobreak

For what it’s worth we have the same procedure on the 767 because switching from ground power to the APU will cause the auto brakes to switch from RTO to OFF on most of our airplanes. The auto brakes are set during the captains preflight flow but are verified during the Before Start checklist as th...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about B737-800/900ER RTO autobreak
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Question about B737-800/900ER RTO autobreak

For what it’s worth we have the same procedure on the 767 because switching from ground power to the APU will cause the auto brakes to switch from RTO to OFF on most of our airplanes. The auto brakes are set during the captains preflight flow but are verified during the Before Start checklist as the...

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by SaveFerris
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach Ban
Replies: 13
Views: 5130

Re: Approach Ban

Isn't the object to land? :))) Seriously, once you're issued the RVR outside the final approach fix and it is at or above minimums is it not completely legal (within the U.S.) to continue the approach as long as no further RVR is issued by the tower should it go below landing mins? When I was a tow...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting photos of 77Es departing with only MLG retracted.
Replies: 19
Views: 5948

Re: Interesting photos of 77Es departing with only MLG retracted.

I wonder about the timeframe of both of the pictures. If they were taken on separate days I would say it’s a mechanical issue on both airplanes that coincidentally happened climbing out of Dulles. For all we know the pictures could have been taken years apart. That all having been said the odds of t...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 Packs
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Re: 747-400 Packs

I've often seen 747s start up with ONE pack running; I have NEVER seen them start engines with TWO packs running. I'm under the impression that the APU will support standard 747 dual engine simultaneous start with one pack; perhaps in hot conditions, the preference for cabin comfort is to do single...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots need conversion courses for different engines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1914

Re: Do pilots need conversion courses for different engines?

I can’t speak for all airlines as procedures differ but at my place of employment there is very little differences training. We have a variety of different variants of the same aircraft with either GE or Pratt power. Our manuals describe the system and operational differences but from an operational...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PMDG 747-400 Autothrottle in VNAV
Replies: 12
Views: 2110

Re: PMDG 747-400 Autothrottle in VNAV

Not sure about the 744 but on the 767 if you select ‘Descend now’ prior to a normal idle descent the autothrottles will reduce thrust to maintain a 1000fpm descent and then go into ‘hold’ where they are effectively declutched and can be freely adjusted. The FMA is not telling you to ‘hold the throt...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full Length vs. Intersection Departures
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Re: Full Length vs. Intersection Departures

1) Oftentimes a heavy aircraft will require a full-length departure. I don't know the specifics, but I believe the next aircraft to depart after a heavy (i.e. you) requires extra time/distance for wake turbulence if it were to depart from an intersection. ATC can actually get departures out faster ...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays

Credit where credit is due I’ve always thought United has done a good job of utilizing technology to keep their customers informed. Personally I find their app the most informative out of all of the majors, especially for aircraft tracking or seat availability. This all having been said I think a ve...

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by SaveFerris
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight route codes?
Replies: 11
Views: 3839

Re: Flight route codes?

The waypoint names are supposed to be five letter pronounceable names (at times that is a stretch) and come from a long list kept by the FAA of which none are to be repeated. Lots of duplicate idents, see the AA965 accident If memory serves me correctly wasn’t the flight crew attempting to navigate...

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by SaveFerris
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 13995

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

Formula One charters today (to Mexico City): 2X Atlas 747freighters 1X Miami Air 737-800 Did anyone get the registrations? Not sure about the Miami Air but there were 3 Atlas 747-400s doing the AUS-MEX run: N445MC N496MC N497MC Both 445 and 496 did multiple flights between AUS and MEX over the past...

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by SaveFerris
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 7979

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

Silly me. I was using the procedure we used for years at the red tails and presumably the couple of remaining 400s at Delta. I don't remember any autostart feature in those birds and it isn't in the manual but maybe I missed something. I don't know anything about the computer flight sims. could be ...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 7979

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

Normally you would. And normally at my ex airline you would start 3 and 4 at the same time then 1 and 2. Yup...the only time we start one at a time is an air cart or a crossbleed start. Otherwise the APU has more than enough bleed air pressure to start two at once. You’re only permitted to start tw...

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by SaveFerris
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 7979

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

I don't think on a 747-400 you can start 2 at a time. Normally you would. And normally at my ex airline you would start 3 and 4 at the same time then 1 and 2. Yup...the only time we start one at a time is an air cart or a crossbleed start. Otherwise the APU has more than enough bleed air pressure t...

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by SaveFerris
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 7979

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

It depends if fitted with autostart or not. It is all in the provided manuals... with the product you bought... This is correct, not sure how accurate the flight sim version is but in the real airplane the Autostart is selected on or off via a switch on the overhead panel. Unless it is deferred we ...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel amount after a flight
Replies: 26
Views: 2088

Re: Fuel amount after a flight

To add onto mmo's post...the reason for the large variance in weights is because fuel remaining is a function of time. In the simplest terms, according to the FAA, you are required to have enough fuel to reach your destination plus an additional 45 minutes of flying time. A 747 burns significantly m...

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by SaveFerris
Wed May 31, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rules for crew laying over in "dangerous" cities?
Replies: 18
Views: 4578

Re: Rules for crew laying over in "dangerous" cities?

I can see that airlines would protect there crew however I highly doubt that they will go to the extent of moving them in armed convoys. ~Zac I have had armed escorts, not sure if one would consider it a "convoy", that consisted of the crew van and multiple trucks with armed guards in a c...

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by SaveFerris
Sun May 28, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gate-holding: is it implemented in the US?
Replies: 13
Views: 2997

Re: Gate-holding: is it implemented in the US?

In my experience it seems that gate holding procedures vary greatly from airport to airport within the US. Some airports (DTW is the first that comes to mind) have a quite organized gate hold system. Airports that are subjected to the gate hold are published on the ATIS and those flights are not all...

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by SaveFerris
Fri May 26, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two hands on the yoke
Replies: 8
Views: 2030

Re: Two hands on the yoke

Most (if not all) commercial aircraft have some form of flight control assist, whether it be hydraulic or aerodynamic, so strength really is not a factor during any phase of flight. I personally put two hands on the yoke during rotation is it gives my other hand something to do, as by that point in ...

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by SaveFerris
Mon May 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fleet differences cargo vs. passenger airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 3282

Re: Fleet differences cargo vs. passenger airlines

Cargo planes don't fly very much, so the savings from having cheap aircraft typically overshadow the savings from having newer, more expensive but fuel efficient aircraft types. A typical cargo network works in the way that packages get picked up in the afternoon just before closing time. They are ...

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by SaveFerris
Mon May 15, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flashlight in carry-on bag?
Replies: 13
Views: 10305

Re: Flashlight in carry-on bag?

I travel with a large MagLite every time I go to work (on paid tickets and not in uniform). So far nobody has ever given me the slightest bit of attention, so I presume you should be fine. Same here, I've never had the TSA take a second glance at it. They seem more concerned about sizing my tube of...

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by SaveFerris
Mon May 15, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A pilot has to put oxygen mask on if the other pilot is out of the cockpit?
Replies: 17
Views: 3310

Re: A pilot has to put oxygen mask on if the other pilot is out of the cockpit?

I can't comment on Canada specifically but for what it's worth the US regulations call for one pilot to utilize oxygen when the other pilot leaves the flight deck anytime the aircraft is above FL 250. Also, there is a requirement for one pilot to be on oxygen anytime the aircraft is above FL 410. Un...

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by SaveFerris
Mon May 08, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public
Replies: 34
Views: 8396

Re: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public

What I notice is that the Houston Express B744 only has 199 seats. Is this Combi aircraft? I can imagine that the fares on this flight are outrageous. No, Atlas doesn't have any Combis...it's a regular passenger -400 that is configured in a very premium heavy configuration. I don't remember the exa...

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by SaveFerris
Wed May 03, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quick question: Can some engines on some types be started with the PACS running?
Replies: 32
Views: 3241

Re: Quick question: Can some engines on some types be started with the PACS running?

On the 747-400 it is normal procedure to start two engines at once (we do 4 and 1 followed by 2 and 3) while keeping one pack on. The only caveat is that we have to keep an eye on duct pressure as at higher altitudes as depending on the airplane the APU is unable to handle the load. The -8 however r...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo operations in practice: What are the characteristics of a cargo aircraft's route and schedule?
Replies: 18
Views: 3328

Re: Cargo operations in practice: What are the characteristics of a cargo aircraft's route and schedule?

I am specifically interested in how the routing and scheduling (i.e. the tour planning) of cargo aircraft looks like. Maybe you guys can help me with some of the following questions: ⋅  When cargo aircraft fly from A to B do they usually return to A or do they just continue to a next stop...

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by SaveFerris
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: aborting takeoff AFTER V1
Replies: 27
Views: 4251

Re: aborting takeoff AFTER V1

Well, "if you've got a really long runway and you know you'll stop..." then V1 = Vr so the point is moot. Point taken but it's still discussed: V1 has been called (and the silent decision to go has been made) and as Rotate is called a fire bell goes off. You've still got 2.5km of runway a...

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by SaveFerris
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Out-and-back same flight number?
Replies: 12
Views: 1879

Re: Out-and-back same flight number?

Most American Eagle (Envoy) flights changed to the same number to and from the hubs a few years ago. It also looks like mainline AA does as well. I actually liked the change, saved me a couple of button pushes!

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by SaveFerris
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highest Load Factors
Replies: 10
Views: 2716

Re: Highest Load Factors

If one goes to this link https://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=5 and use the pulldown menus, this will give a lot of info on load factors of U.S. airlines, plus those load factors of foreign flag carriers when they operated in the U.S. :) Very interesting website, thank you for shar...

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