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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air
Replies: 15
Views: 2374

Re: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air

The crj I once flew used pneumatics to actuate the thrust reversers...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes
Replies: 9
Views: 2413

Re: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes

I would adjust my seat center them. Then, slide one notch back and one notch down. Whatever works.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recirc Fans/ engine start
Replies: 9
Views: 1846

Re: Recirc Fans/ engine start

They run on a 737.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Apu overheat protective shutdown in flight
Replies: 4
Views: 1715

Re: Apu overheat protective shutdown in flight

Why were you running it at 350? Overwater? And more importantly, why did you attempt a restart on the ground?

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot towel service logistics
Replies: 17
Views: 2715

Re: Hot towel service logistics

We had those when I was at the regionals. Kind of an art to doing it. Your goal was not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, not too juicy.

They cane in trays and ours were made in Pakistan. Single use then thrown away. Hugely wasteful, it seemed.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of aircraft lavatories
Replies: 19
Views: 2856

Re: Fear of aircraft lavatories

I’ve had passengers become stuck in the lav on several aircraft I’ve flown. In all cases it was on a folding door and the center hinge pin slid down and caught on the metal floor plate. I talked through the fa getting the pax out by pushing the door in slightly, sliding a safety briefing card under,...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri May 24, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."
Replies: 70
Views: 10899

Re: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."

I was out there doing inter island flying recently and we were full on several flights and mostly full on others. The gate utilization will depend on how many overwater flights are leaving at one time. Overwater departures need the plane to sit there for at least an hour and soaks up turns we otherw...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue May 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6127

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

If I had to guess it would be the compressor used to pressurize the potable water when aircraft bleeds are off at the gate.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue May 21, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 5032

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

The only thing that makes hand flying somewhat of a nuisance is that the fa and pax keep moving around, so it changes your trim. Other than that it’s easy and frankly, my happy place.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun May 19, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 derated takeoff power question
Replies: 26
Views: 3873

Re: 737 derated takeoff power question

In my 737 autothrottles are armed prior to taking the runway. When cleared for takeoff I advance the thrust to 40% N1 until everything stabilizes. Then when I press TOGA the autothrottle advances the thrust levers to the FMC programmed setting. I could do this manually if the AT is deferred by movin...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed May 15, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 3677

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Isn’t the service ceiling of an atr FL250? A lousy platform for viewing a mountain 4000 ft higher th that...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating
Replies: 24
Views: 3951

Re: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating

Cold soaked fuel frost aside... you and I both know a jet can encounter icing conditions at any time of the year.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating
Replies: 24
Views: 3951

Re: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating

You think Fiji airlines never encounters icing conditions?

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent in a holding pattern - Boeing 777
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Re: Descent in a holding pattern - Boeing 777

Why would I use vnav in my 737? Because why not. Set the altitude and press altitude intervene. Box figures out LRC or holding speed for new altitude, everything is cues up for further descent later. There are many ways to skin the cat, but, the folks who designed an integrated cockpit presume you w...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: White painted Wings, are they allowed on airliners in the US?
Replies: 22
Views: 3265

Re: White painted Wings, are they allowed on airliners in the US?

Oh they’re painted. Painted grey or silver.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetblue Burbank-Boston fuel stop question
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: Jetblue Burbank-Boston fuel stop question

Pretty sure this fuel stop is because of an obstacle climb weight restriction out of Burbank because of a departure from 33 due to winds, or an accelerate-stop performance restriction due to a wet runway 15. They can normally do the flight nonstop off a dry runway 15.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6614

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

I disagree. I flew it the other day.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 4918

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

For the most part this is is industry standard. Below 80 knots stop. Above 80 knots we only stop for: Fire Failure (engine) Loss of directional control Unable or unsafe to fly After v1 we continue. Without knowing how much drag a slide exerts, still, I think a slide blowing satisfies the criteria to...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 43220

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

If he was really an insider he could look in crew web to see when service starts to various destinations. It’s not at all what he claims.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?
Replies: 40
Views: 5192

Re: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?

Those brakes work surprisingly well. I make the reverse at 24R LAX without particularly heavy braking.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dual seat pitch in economy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2819

Re: Dual seat pitch in economy?

expat92 wrote:
So; yes it makes a difference. Make the most of your ability to squeeze into those southwestern/ryanair seats whilst you can.



There are actually many instances where Southwest offers more pitch than similar aircraft operated by their legacy and LCC competitors.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Plane flying low. reasons?
Replies: 20
Views: 4896

Re: Plane flying low. reasons?

I did Chicago to the Bay Area at FL280 the other day because winds at 280 were 80kts as opposed to 150+ at altitude. And, a better ride.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Op 737 Nose Wheel Well
Replies: 8
Views: 2514

Re: Ground Op 737 Nose Wheel Well

The jack for the headset is not in the wheel well on a Max. It is in the same location as all other 737s on the right side of the fuselage next to the ground power connection socket. If a wireless device is used, the receiver box will still plug into the same location. All I can think of was that he...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

He was asking about ATL-DCA. There is no ocean between those two points.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

I flew this city pair recently. Here’s the numbers from my flight. You couldn’t possibly do anything harmful with this info but this is real world for a 737. Burnout for a 700 at 390 was 6.2 Alternate fuel was ORF 3.0 FAR reserve of 46 minutes 3.3 Contingency fuel 25 minutes 1.8 Dispatch gave us an ...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most expensive aircraft part
Replies: 39
Views: 7447

Re: Most expensive aircraft part

I am the most expensive thing on my aircraft. Over the course of my 20 year so far career I’ve put a hundred grand of my own money into training. Initial on seven types @ 50k each is 350,000. Recurrent probably another 100k at least. My actions are also insured by my employer for 2 billion dollars i...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of N772SW?
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: The future of N772SW?

It was patched enough to get it to the repair facility at PAE. The only way to fix it that doesn’t involve a large skin doubler at the incident site is to re skin the whole side of the fuselage, which is economically impractical. So it was then flown to VCV for retirement.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?
Replies: 21
Views: 2906

Re: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?

I give a turbulence report from Fedex or UPS the same credence as one from United or my own airline. While boxes may not give a crap, those professional aviators have feelings too. Delta smooth is meaningful too. Frankly we consider all turbulence reports, because even a severe report from a 172 lik...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel consumption of SQ31 (SFO-SIN)
Replies: 13
Views: 3503

Re: Fuel consumption of SQ31 (SFO-SIN)

Worst case scenario drop into sea or sfo for some fuel.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Wide Turns?
Replies: 10
Views: 2985

Re: Why Wide Turns?

Passing Shasta northbound Seattle center will often say... i need to lose xx minutes on your battleground vor crossing time (or hawks, landing south). Two minutes I can make my slowing. Seven or nine and we are doing delays vectors.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 9375

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

The 737 is like driving an old Cadillac or pickup. Loosely goosed but deliberate too. I greatly enjoy Hand flying it.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: From KSAN to KLAS: Why not a quick downwind departure? Why spend so much time in the "wrong direction?"
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Re: From KSAN to KLAS: Why not a quick downwind departure? Why spend so much time in the "wrong direction?"

You could conceivably fly the ZZOOO2 MTBAL transition however they would force you onto the TYSSN arrival over EED. This is because of descending lax inbound flow plus the R2501 (twentynine palms) complex. If you climb hard going north on the PADRZ departure to get over the SAN inbounds plus the LAX...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Would Boeing make a 757 on request?
Replies: 49
Views: 6207

Re: Would Boeing make a 757 on request?

For 20 Billion dollars maybe, since that’s what the cost of recreating the program would likely be... at the low end.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why the external release is only on the f/o's side of the aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 3524

Re: why the external release is only on the f/o's side of the aircraft

It allows cockpit window to be opened from outside.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui B787-9 at OKC
Replies: 25
Views: 5704

Re: Air Tahiti Nui B787-9 at OKC

When your meemaw lives in okc, you stop at okc.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Not Order All New Planes ETOPS certified?
Replies: 31
Views: 6618

Re: Why Not Order All New Planes ETOPS certified?

All of the etops 800s we have, the 83xx planes, came factory new. Southwest did not buy any used 800s yet. Some but not all of the max are etops presently.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: approaches that remind you how great your job is?
Replies: 34
Views: 3438

Re: Pilots: approaches that remind you how great your job is?

Though I see more of the old freeway visual into SNA.. over the Huntington pier, over mile square towards the big A, then the 22 to the 5 to the 57 to runway 20. All Hand flown, just because. Booyeah.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots appreciate compliments on good landings?
Replies: 45
Views: 5527

Re: Do pilots appreciate compliments on good landings?

I’ve received and appreciated compliments on greasers. But equally as often if not more often, I’ve received compliments on landings that were not quite greasers but I was able to use minimal deceleration to make a downfield high speed. That, they feel, is a great landing.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Plane Spotting in EWR and OAK Terminals
Replies: 7
Views: 3416

Re: Plane Spotting in EWR and OAK Terminals

I wouldn’t expect to be able to do very well from the SWA terminal in Oakland. The end of the terminal has no windows facing the runway because of the entrance to the gate 32 jetway. Alaska gates, perhaps better. You might could uber to Horatio’s for lunch and if you bring a big lens get decent pics...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8404

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

It works just like a portable oxygen concentrator, but backwards. Oxygen is the waste product, not the nitrogen.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?
Replies: 12
Views: 2094

Re: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?

Windshield glass, thrust levers, trim wheels, center pedestal box (maybe) some of the overhead panel switches. Window panes perhaps. Not much really.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Getting the shortest takeoff run
Replies: 20
Views: 2285

Re: Getting the shortest takeoff run

Perform a bleeds off static takeoff. Modify the flaps setting. In the 738 on a short field I might see flaps 25 for takeoff whereas on a long runway it will be more like flaps 5. There are second segment climb consequences to take into consideration for large takeoff flaps settings.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max speed while banking?
Replies: 14
Views: 1749

Re: Max speed while banking?

Unless it is a fly over fix, the fmc will round off the corner as it goes by the fix in the turn. A single turn of 120 degree bearing change would mean that the aircraft would start turning quite a bit before the fix. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that sharp of a turn though, ever. That said I can bu...

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Re: How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?

A certain Texas 737 operator I fly for pays cash money free and clear for aircraft. Some may subsequently be used as collateral for lines of credit... is that what you meant?

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: My Flight August 18 - Aircraft Shaking and Runway Usage
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: My Flight August 18 - Aircraft Shaking and Runway Usage

That breakaway thrust is exacerbated because the aircraft is most likely single engine taxiing to save fuel plus its hot and a heavy plane can sink into the asphalt a bit. Get into the right hole and the recourse might only be to start the other engine.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lift loss caused by spoilers
Replies: 20
Views: 2627

Re: Lift loss caused by spoilers

We don't deploy all the spoilers in the air. Flight spoilers are located outboard and the deployment angle is reduced when compared to ground spoilers.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?
Replies: 29
Views: 4292

Re: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?

When everything takes a dump in the plane, you can still make it work if you plan on 3:1 to cross 11000 afe at 250 kt.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta maintenance at Indy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Delta maintenance at Indy?

Perhaps he sees Republic planes in Delta paint at their hangar bay next to AAR

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: School Project
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: School Project

Don't forget to pay for crew. Catering. Airport services. Maintenance. Oh. And the airplane itself. Your airline most likely didn't buy the airplane cash money (although my airline generally does)

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