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by Pontius
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out
Replies: 101
Views: 15002

Re: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out

gunsontheroof wrote:
Looks fantastic! I notice that it's registered C-GPJH...what's the reason for the Canadian reg on a U.S.-built jet?


Same reason Mobile built A320's roll out with F- Regs.

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by Pontius
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 399
Views: 56630

Re: Airbus A320neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Does anyone know why there is such a diversification of current-build MSN #s within the A319/320/321 family? Some frames being built are still in the 9400 range, while others are already in the 10200 range, with massive gaps in between. I'm sure there's a logical explanation, however I haven't foun...

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by Pontius
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D
Replies: 27
Views: 7399

Re: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D

enplaned wrote:
Are you seriously telling us that you think it's OK for pilots (or anyone else) to use their own private terminology in ATC communications and to expect others to understand?


LGA ground is about the furthest conceivable thing from ICAO standard. But the airplanes move.

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by Pontius
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?
Replies: 32
Views: 7077

Re: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?

- The USAF was picking up all the good 707s to be used for KC-135 parts and engines This! The first re-engine program to hang TF33s on the KC-135E used the pylons scavenged from retired JT3D 707s. Its the early 1980s, and the USAF just cut the pylons of a 707 hulk, what do you do with the rest? Bee...

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by Pontius
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320/321NEO features
Replies: 4
Views: 1477

Re: A320/321NEO features

One could make an argument that the center cabin is louder - the center tank fuel pumps under the floor really howl. But it’s constant, so less noticeable. Latest NEO s/ns delete the cockpit side console ashtray (which nicely held a phone). Early NEOs still had it. The engines themselves take foreve...

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by Pontius
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 165
Views: 17728

Re: Frontier Has Cancelled 97 Flights So Far Today??

https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/

All the cancels posted here. Absent explanation.

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by Pontius
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ameriflight Future Fleet?
Replies: 25
Views: 2101

Re: Ameriflight Future Fleet?

32andBelow wrote:
Saab 340 would be a good replacement for the metro.


Way bigger, requiring twice the pilots. And they already have the Emb-120 in that class.

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by Pontius
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations
Replies: 21
Views: 2995

Re: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations

The noise impacts to neighborhoods near DEN could be lessened by decreasing usage of runway 7-25 (which is closer to residential neighborhoods) Already been done, to a degree. Historic heavy use of Runway 7 for arrivals has been severely curtailed for the last 4-5 years. Of course MD-80's wont be a...

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by Pontius
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Atlantic ATP goes off runway during landing.
Replies: 16
Views: 3678

Re: West Atlantic ATP goes off runway during landing.

barney captain wrote:
I see zero rudder deflection - the airplane did exactly what they allowed it to do.


+1

The number of times I watch a colleague scrub the tires - hard - for no reason other than a lazy lack of rudder....drives me crazy.

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by Pontius
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 53345

Re: Updated :Norwegian Bankruptcy

I think this thread title misrepresents. I know many on here have been prophesying the collapse of Norwegian (with hope?) but I couldn't find a story showing it has occurred, only that these subsidiary staffing companies had been placed in bankruptcy in April: Norwegian Pilot Services Sweden AB Nor...

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by Pontius
Thu May 14, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 123540

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

MIflyer12 wrote:
The people who've been strident here arguing 'They can't retire 764s. They can't retire 777s - they just spent $millions on refurbishment,' need to remember this moment.


Yes! Such a poor argument. Must remember this fallacy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost

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by Pontius
Thu May 14, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds
Replies: 23
Views: 3811

Re: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds

Screw 'em. After a month of politely asking DY for a refund I filed a charge back with the credit card company. Let them figure out the paperwork, or not.

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by Pontius
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8686

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

On what level are you claiming that WN is performing better than? AA -$2.2B UA -$2.1B DL -$607M WN -$144M So I would say they are performing better in the P/L category Apples/Oranges. International exposure accounts for most of this difference. UA's Pacific operation was getting walloped as far bac...

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by Pontius
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 277
Views: 66152

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Not a 767. Just look at the windows.

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by Pontius
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts
Replies: 184
Views: 10002

Re: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts

I do have a fascinating request for someone with the means to do so. I believe a great illustration of the grounding would be a comparative photo from Flightradar/Flightaware of the air traffic today/tomorrow and then of 3 months ago. Lets say from 3 regions at noon peak: JFK, LHR, NRT If someone i...

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by Pontius
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Novel laser-based method effectively de-ices aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: Novel laser-based method effectively de-ices aircraft

I always wondered why the wings of some ice proned birds could not not have electric heating elements on the wing surfaces like rear defrosters on vehicles do It's possible, but would require a lot of electrical power just as any heating element does (toaster, blow dryer, etc.). IOW, that would req...

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by Pontius
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 150173

Re: DY about to go bust?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-norwegian-air/norwegian-air-dives-again-on-liquidity-worries-as-coronavirus-spreads-idUSKBN20T1H5 "ABG Sundal Collier forecasts Norwegian will have a cash balance at the end of the first quarter of 1.2 billion crowns and at the end of the s...

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by Pontius
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?
Replies: 24
Views: 3421

Re: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?

So many variables in play here, and so little information.... Interesting tidbit: The CFM LEAP takes almost 2 minutes of dry motoring to eliminate rotor bow, What does this mean? C. Shut off the (hot) engine and all the assemblies stop moving. The bottom parts cool quicker, the top stays hot. Therm...

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by Pontius
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?
Replies: 24
Views: 3421

Re: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?

EAARbrat wrote:
BravoOne wrote:
What type of aircraft?


Spirit A320.

My flight was Frontier A320 Neo.


Then the aforementioned LEAP warmup times apply. Also F9 isn’t usually operating in the middle of a big Delta bank, so their taxi times in ATL are actually pretty short.

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by Pontius
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?
Replies: 24
Views: 3421

Re: No more fuel saving measures during taxi?

So many variables in play here, and so little information.... Interesting tidbit: The CFM LEAP takes almost 2 minutes of dry motoring to eliminate rotor bow, 1 minute to light and accelerate to idle power, and then another 3 minutes of warmup before ready for takeoff power. A nearly 6 minute lead ti...

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by Pontius
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange taxing accident. 737 separates from tug... fatal injury to tug driver
Replies: 15
Views: 5673

Re: Strange taxing accident. 737 separates from tug... fatal injury to tug driver

The brake rider likely won't know there has been a disconnect unless the tug driver communicates it. My operation damaged two a/c in a year this way. You can't stand on the brakes for every bump and clunk while under tow. In fact an errant brake application can break the shear pin, causing this very...

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by Pontius
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines SFO to DEL
Replies: 28
Views: 4491

Re: United Airlines SFO to DEL

Yesterday's UA82-27 EWR-DEL gate fuel: 253,200 LBS, minus taxi: 2,500 LBS, equals cleared fuel 250,700, minus burn 212,500 LBS equals remaining fuel on board 38,200 LBS. The dispatch release called for a slightly lower burn and projected a remaining fuel of 39,600. Yesterdays UA48-27 EWR-BOM gate f...

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by Pontius
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA "American Champions" program
Replies: 56
Views: 5386

Re: AA "American Champions" program

The FA in the jumpseat wearing headphones took one look at an Oasis F, correctly perceived that management has no interest in delivering a premium experience, then made commensurate choices.

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by Pontius
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA "American Champions" program
Replies: 56
Views: 5386

Re: AA "American Champions" program

In summary to first few posts, why is this bad? At a company the size of AA this can have a large impact and their employees are their greatest asset to build the brand. The problem is that this program doesn’t improve fundamentals, it’s simply telling the employees that things are good. It is a gr...

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by Pontius
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 165
Views: 17728

Re: Frontier Airlines Network Thread - 2020

Nicknuzzii wrote:
Does anyone know how large the TTN pilot and flight attendant base is, and if they plan on expanding?


TTN and PHL are a single joint flight attendant base. 200 - 300ish.
PHL alone is a pilot base. 100ish.

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by Pontius
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737 MAX valuations
Replies: 38
Views: 5608

Re: B737 MAX valuations

ojjunior wrote:
So... values please.
Anyone?


None have changed hands for months. Any number would be conjecture. What is the value of krypton?

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by Pontius
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cost of “fuel tankering”?
Replies: 94
Views: 7251

Re: Cost of “fuel tankering”?

A usual "quick and dirty" rule of thumb for tankering is that you'll burn 4% of the extra weight per hour. Carry an extra 1000 pounds on a 2 hour leg, you burnt 80 extra pounds. Obviously as stage length increases the math gets more and more challenging.

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by Pontius
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee maker delayed flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Coffee maker delayed flight

MEL - Minimum Equipment List - Something's Broke. example: "Navigation Light Inop" CDL - Configuration Deviation List - Something's Missing example: "Winglet removed" NEF - Non-Essential Furnishings - Something Doesn't Matter. example: "Carpet Torn" The application of t...

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by Pontius
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee maker delayed flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Coffee maker delayed flight

Generally speaking, every discrepancy entered in the logbook requires a balancing corrective action. It's like debits and credits. Every corrective action entry (whether the crew can accomplish it or a A&P is necessary) will include specific phraseology and/or a reference from the MEL or the Air...

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by Pontius
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee maker delayed flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Coffee maker delayed flight

"A simple write up in the aircraft log" requires contact with the Maintenance Control desk, after which the MEL would be applied. Between holding on the phone for your mx controller, looking up the specific MEL within the 1000 page document, documenting the application of the MEL item in t...

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by Pontius
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 261697

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

I am glad they are retiring, as I can hear a DL MD-80 as it takes off 4000 feet above our home enroute to ATL. It’s the loudest commercial aircraft in the sky as it roars above with such obnoxious noise pollution. It’s louder than 777, A380 and other wide bodies and when it takes off late because o...

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by Pontius
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier F9 Announces 15 destinations from EWR
Replies: 95
Views: 15715

Re: Frontier F9 Announces 15 destinations from EWR

Yes but on the other hand not all pax can afford UA's expensive tickets or are after frequency or are biz-class passengers, neither can they afford to book months ahead to get good deals with UA. And since this is New York we are talking about, that is both a biz and tourist destination, i don't th...

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by Pontius
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 24012

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

BIG MISTAKE. V1 does NOT happen a few seconds near the end of the runway!!!! V1 is take off decision speed. IF there is a few seconds till the end of the runway, there would be no runway to stop..... a decision to continue must be made by V1. At V1 is the last place (based on normal acceleration) t...

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by Pontius
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 24012

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

Why wouldn't they abort take-off if they didn't see the aircraft lifting when it was suppose to?? Takeoff performance is predicated on achieving 3 calculated speeds, most notably V1, "takeoff decision speed." Once the takeoff roll begins, achieving these speeds is the only measurable obje...

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by Pontius
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 24012

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

How do you not know that something is seriously wrong with the plane not performing as expected? Surely if the engines were not at proper power you'd have put them full throttle immediately. You just calculated, wrote down/typed, briefed, and selected your power setting for this takeoff. It is the ...

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by Pontius
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 24012

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

Why wouldn't they abort take-off if they didn't see the aircraft lifting when it was suppose to?? Takeoff performance is predicated on achieving 3 calculated speeds, most notably V1, "takeoff decision speed." Once the takeoff roll begins, achieving these speeds is the only measurable obje...

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by Pontius
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 96
Views: 28438

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

I’ve had the privilege of participating in the delivery of an airliner. No perceptible discrepancies are tolerated. It just doesn’t happen. If something is wrong it is either fixed, or compensated for, but usually fixed. Multiple people spend multiple days ensuring that it’s a good machine. Either i...

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by Pontius
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Numbers with letters
Replies: 17
Views: 2920

Re: Flight Numbers with letters

It's also a fix for challenging/confusing flight numbers. The mainline marketing department hands down batches of flight numbers to regional carriers and it can get ridiculous. At the hubs there ends up being Skywest 5559, Skywest 5859, Skywest 5959 all in the same vicinity and its a mess between pi...

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by Pontius
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will WN ever order the 737 MAX 9 or MAX 10?
Replies: 35
Views: 6607

Re: Will WN ever order the 737 MAX 9 or MAX 10?

I hate to tell you this, but 2016 is ancient history in the airline industry. So why would WN have retired it's 500s? Think the answer might be "They were no longer useful?" Just for starters: 1: FAA insistence that pilots could operate Classic/NG, NG/Max, but not all three simultaneously...

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by Pontius
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will WN ever order the 737 MAX 9 or MAX 10?
Replies: 35
Views: 6607

Re: Will WN ever order the 737 MAX 9 or MAX 10?

Since WN doesn't fly any 500's, what does this have to do with WN? WN was still flying the 737-500's on nonstop routes to and from legacy markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana until WN retired its last 737-500's in September 2016. There are still some smaller markets in Texas and the ...

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by Pontius
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Avgas is an approved fuel for the PT6, subject to some restrictions more related to long term usage. Don't know if the Basler STC specifically approves it, but the distinction would be a legal one, not a practical one.

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by Pontius
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Stuck two nights in LIT: Can't push back
Replies: 23
Views: 3756

Re: Stuck two nights in LIT: Can't push back

Seems totally legit. I saw the 757 on gate 10 in LIT on the morning of the 17th. At 0900 local it was sitting there with the beacon turning for most of an hour, buttoned up but never moved. Perhaps this was the moment of discovery. Meanwhile AA’s operation was a mess with multiple gateless E175s in ...

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by Pontius
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repositioning flight
Replies: 48
Views: 11760

Re: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repo.

This site is Airliners.net, is it not? In airline parlance a "repo" flight is universally understood to be one without passengers, for the purposes of aircraft positioning. The tone around this site is getting stranger, and I'm really struggling with it.

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by Pontius
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country admits Cost-Cutting is hurting the airline
Replies: 41
Views: 6668

Re: Sun Country admits Cost-Cutting is hurting the airline

In a new article written by the StarTribune, Sun Country admits that cutting costs is resulting in a massive rise in complaints and is hurting business. You are not really painting the correct picture and 'hurting business' is not how I would characterize this article (nor how it is characterized i...

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by Pontius
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 452294

Re: Atlas Air or Giant 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

This more more of a general remark which may or may not be relevant to this accident, but it's funny how often I see crews willing to fly through cells and the associated crappy weather on approach yet they would give the same weather a wide berth at cruise. In the approach phase all pax should be ...

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by Pontius
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 9103

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

Either inside or out, the 727 was not noticably quieter than any of the first generation four engine jets (DC8, 707, Convair 880/990, Comet, etc.) While recognizing that loud is loud, I went looking for something objective. Found this 1971 Air Force study that specifically contrasts the 727 with th...

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by Pontius
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 9103

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

Even externally, the JT8D powered 727 was much quieter than early straight pipe, no-bypass ratio JT3C powered 707s and DC-8s.

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