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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rationale for unusual SYD-YVR routing
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Rationale for unusual SYD-YVR routing

Fly to the wind to ride the wind.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?
Replies: 31
Views: 2184

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

737 has cables going to flight controls, actuated by a person. These people powered generators consume cheap coffee and garbage airport food. One of the greatest misconceptions in aviation. 737 has cables to the hydraulic fight flight control actuators, with manual reversion in some instances. Whil...

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 30, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?
Replies: 31
Views: 2184

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

737 has cables going to flight controls, actuated by a person. These people powered generators consume cheap coffee and garbage airport food.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:39 pm
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: 2409

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

Air Florida had thrust to spare but what the DC10 really could have used was a few knots more airspeed. If they hadn’t been so dead nuts precisely pitching to V2 that wing wouldn’t have stalled.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about 737 BBJ2.
Replies: 6
Views: 1379

Re: Question about 737 BBJ2.

What is the fuel capacity of this aircraft?

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: OGG Runway strength - PCN/ACN
Replies: 3
Views: 1135

Re: OGG Runway strength - PCN/ACN

Hmm. I’ve been over 170 dual wheel. I’ll ask next time.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG
Replies: 9
Views: 1878

Re: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG

That’s how it works in real life.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Aug 20, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2452

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

If I choose to exercise courtesy about my strobe usage, it isn’t so much the wingtip strobes I’m being courteous about. It’s the tail strobe, which is right in the face at eye level of the crew behind us.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MPH student shifting into aviation
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

Re: MPH student shifting into aviation

Go take a demo flight. I doubt it’s too late for you if you have the heart for it.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Welding in the main gear well ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1578

Re: Welding in the main gear well ?

Almost certainly a LED headlamp.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine noise question
Replies: 22
Views: 3186

Re: Engine noise question

Sounds like you were overflown by an a220 or an a320 going to flaps 1

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rare video of Anacostia river approach RWY 19 DCA
Replies: 23
Views: 6381

Re: Rare video of Anacostia river approach RWY 19 DCA

It would be hard to make stable approach requirements doing a late turn like that.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there a way to see how full Southwest's flights are?
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

Re: Is there a way to see how full Southwest's flights are?

Of course there is. If you work for southwest.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5685

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

I really like landing at kpwm. From the west you descend to fly over Portland head light house. You head out over the Casco bay, around Ft Gorges and down the mouth of Portland harbor. It becomes the Fore river and as it curves around it deposits you right on the extended centerline of runway 29. If...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue May 25, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How common is significant over fueling?
Replies: 15
Views: 2994

Re: How common is significant over fueling?

Rare. Usually it only occurs because of a late tail swap.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun May 23, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Passenger Seat Belt Types 1960s/early 1970s
Replies: 3
Views: 1558

Re: Passenger Seat Belt Types 1960s/early 1970s

I’ve seen push to release on certain aircraft seatbelts that also had an airbag installed.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri May 21, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise
Replies: 15
Views: 3417

Re: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise

Happy times flying am autopilot deferred aircraft when I was at the regionals. The ambitious flight attendants were the worst, and especially when they had a lot of moment..

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 777 door locks
Replies: 3
Views: 1990

Re: Boeing 777 door locks

Don’t confused “locked” with “properly closed”. The 777 does have main door locks that engage at 80 knots. On my 737 I have micro switches that tell me the door is properly closed but the only openings that are “locked” are the overwing exits when we have at least 50% N2 and at least three doors are...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?
Replies: 10
Views: 2840

Re: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?

That cabin floor contributes a lot of structural integrity to the aircraft...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Door Latch Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: Door Latch Question

Air loads move the handle to an aerodynamically neutral position. There won’t be any indication in the cockpit if the door is otherwise properly closed. Thee won’t be unusual noise or pressurization issues. An exterior handle is not a no-go item for that operator.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the IRS be aligned in an hangar?
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Re: Can the IRS be aligned in an hangar?

Sure. The earth still spins under a hangar.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022
Replies: 62
Views: 14125

Re: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022

I remember using a parallel taxiway as a runway at rsw, oak... too bad that couldn’t happen at jac

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: C919- purple splotch on the flaps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2223

Re: C919- purple splotch on the flaps?

Interesting reflection of the hangar lights in the FO side window...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some DC-9s have this extension piece on the cowling?
Replies: 17
Views: 3379

Re: Why do some DC-9s have this extension piece on the cowling?

Some of the NWA dc9 engines started their lives on United 732s maybe that has something to do with it.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?
Replies: 77
Views: 12115

Re: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?

The longest flight is hnl-ito. About 35 minutes. The turn times are all at least 50 minutes if not longer. We routinely downs lire time in the ground then we do flying, out there. During covid cancelations of flights from San, Smf, sjc... there was lots and lots of deadheading. Dozing for dollars is...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 4563

Re: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?

I typically start the apu as part of my after landing flow... flaps up, start apu, start switches off, unnecessary lights off, window heat off, auto brakes off, call operations... by the time it has been started and warmed up for a minute, we are often reasonably close to the gate. Packs on apu blee...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 2138

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

I bargain with the check airmen... please take us off motion when we exit the runway snd I promise I won’t puke at the gate...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 2138

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

It’s quite real in the air. But taxiing... ugh. Vomitado. That was the worst part of all of my type ratings.... taxiing.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft

On the 737 there are certain conditions where the aircraft will apply some trim for you. And, this is exclusive of anything MCAS on the Max. If you remain at takeoff trim the whole flight... between 4-7 units in an 800 depending on weight and flap setting... the elevator control pressures will be -v...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?
Replies: 29
Views: 5377

Re: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?

I’m sure there’s some things that are the same. Maybe the windshield glass. Maybe the passenger window panes. Maybe the radome.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Off position for landing gear handle
Replies: 24
Views: 5294

Re: Off position for landing gear handle

Off depressurizes the actuators. Non-max 737s have “off” and they do not have gear doors.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Off position for landing gear handle
Replies: 24
Views: 5294

Re: Off position for landing gear handle

Very much NOT resting on the gear doors but rather, on the up locks themselves.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hazardous APU exhausts
Replies: 14
Views: 4064

Re: Hazardous APU exhausts

I very much enjoyed standing in the plume of the CRJ’s exhaust when preflighting on a wintry day in Portland Maine. If you were quick, you could fill your coat with warmth and finish the left side of the aircraft before you started to feel cold again.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach Lighting - Sequential Flashing Strobes
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

Re: Approach Lighting - Sequential Flashing Strobes

Faster than that. They flash at twice a second and if the course is 1500 ft long, 3000 fps is over 2000 mph

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are spoilers on some aircraft and not others?
Replies: 9
Views: 2431

Re: Why are spoilers on some aircraft and not others?

Jets are super super slippery, by design. We need drag devices since it isn’t always practical to slow by configuring. The turboprop I once flew had five bladed 114 inch props. If i put condition levers flight and power to idle it would slow in a real hurry. Think of how much drag a 114 inch circula...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 13177

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

You should smell it before I start the apu. Back in the day it was coffee, steam table from the galley meal heaters, exhaust, leather, and ass. On the newer ones it’s still coffee, leather, exhaust, and ass. You’ll often see a packet of coffee grounds used as a deodorizer in the lavs, tucked under t...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing eicas font???
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Re: Boeing eicas font???

From flying the plane...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 2127

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Using vs to shallow a climb is just as a courtesy to the other aircraft by trying not to cause a climb escape if it can be avoided.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 5106

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

You sure the 28R traffic didn’t go around?

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 2127

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

So if you arm the vnav on the ground, you’ll have the window open and v2 set. When you take off, the window will close and the speed bug will be set by the vnav and you will be in vnav speed for your climb. Assuming you don’t have 7000 set as your cruise altitude, to continue your climb you would mo...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX Upper Fuselage Antennas
Replies: 6
Views: 2203

Re: 737 MAX Upper Fuselage Antennas

From front to back you’ll find tcas, transponder 1, beacon, VHF1, satcom (plate) WiFi/tv enclosure, and ELT.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: QF A380 LAX Runway Performance
Replies: 24
Views: 5035

Re: QF A380 LAX Runway Performance

Last Christmas I took a little trip to Australia with my family and because of a little professional courtesy (and three stockings full of candy) the captain stopped by during his rest period. He told me that a fully loaded a380 could do lax to Mel, on the hottest day of the summer, from the shorter...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Working at Southwest?
Replies: 11
Views: 1881

Re: Working at Southwest?

I believe strongly that if you are the culture you mourn the loss of, you’ll find that it hasn’t really been lost at all.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?
Replies: 94
Views: 20125

Re: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?

I had an incapacitated first officer once. He was puking so hard he was of no use to me on the flight deck. There were no other company pilots on board. I’d have been reluctant to draft a jumpseater unless (s)he was already up front. It wasn’t like we were united 232. This was a fully functional air...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All call before taxing and on arrival at gate
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

Re: Roll call before taxing and on arrival at gate

At the airlines that do it, all call means all the FA get on the inter phone and confirm doors armed, disarmed. Other airlines do it by PA and you’ll head “1L/1R” or some such.

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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: 3082

Re: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air

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

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