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by Pontius
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL retiring MD-80s quickly
Replies: 153
Views: 31762

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: 13057

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: 21818

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: 21818

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: 21818

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: 21818

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: 26145

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: 2485

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: 5929

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: 5929

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: 2638

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: 3431

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: 11400

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: 6330

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: 1730
Views: 391874

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: 8437

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: 8437

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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by Pontius
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Re: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias

MO11 wrote:
cbphoto wrote:
I’m curious as to what will happen to those 1900s? I spent 6 1/2 years flying there and I have many hours in every one of them.


N169 and N170 went to Alpine. The remainder haven't gone anywhere.



The only two in the fleet that were fully autopilot-ready.

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by Pontius
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Re: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias

Most of the 2XXGL Beech tails were ex-Air Midwest, iirc.

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by Pontius
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Re: Great Lakes Airlines and their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias

Airfleets indicates 299 went to Sahara Africa Aviation in January. Not accounted for are:

71
96
108
293
297.

At least one of these is stored in CYS according to satellite imagery.

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by Pontius
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CR9 off runway at COU
Replies: 36
Views: 9880

Re: AA CR9 off runway at COU

September11 wrote:
COU? 6,500 feet runway? Snowstorm? Well, the plane must have not come to a 3-5 seconds complete stop on runway before exiting.



It's a runway, not a 4-way stop.

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by Pontius
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-800 tipping risk at deboarding?
Replies: 43
Views: 11745

Re: 737-800 tipping risk at deboarding?

Could never happen.
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And a slow Delta squat: https://youtu.be/_xpftx2aIwg

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by Pontius
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reverse Thrust on high-speed exit?
Replies: 23
Views: 3873

Re: Reverse Thrust on high-speed exit?

That’s about where I would have stowed the reversers given the condidtions. Our SOP allows idle reverse down to taxi speed, but one does whatever is required to keep the machine out of the dirt. Runway/taxiway traction on a snowy day can be highly variable from spot to spot. One highspeed may have b...

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by Pontius
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aer Lingus Fight with NYC ATC
Replies: 42
Views: 9219

Re: Aer Lingus Fight with NYC ATC

He knew the plan before he took off An IFR clearance is Draft A of what will be Plan Y or Z by the time the aircraft gets to the gate. As a professional courtesy, I will happily takeoff assuming the departure controller (who will be contacted just after rotation) has a plan to deal with obvious wea...

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by Pontius
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier at YYC
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Re: Frontier at YYC

Its early days yet, but todays turn looks kinda full headed north, empty headed south, indicating much stronger US point-of-sale. Forward bookings level that out a bit as return traffic begins. Big picture was positive enough for the dartboard administrators to add YYC-LAS this week.

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by Pontius
Wed May 23, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 110
Views: 12645

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

fpetrutiu wrote:
Losing one wingtip on the F-35 is a fatal event, the aircraft would be uncontrollable.


Maybe, maybe not. Let us recall the Israeli F-15 with comparable aerodynamics that landed safely while missing an entire wing:

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by Pontius
Thu May 03, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130 Crash Near SAV
Replies: 60
Views: 12673

Re: C-130 Crash Near SAV

Hey guys, RIP to all involved. The Twitter video reminds me of a video of a B-52 that crashed in the 80s/early 90s. I can't remember any details beyond that it was a B-52 and that it final moments looked very similar to this Herc's final moments. Thanks, Bunumuring CZAR 52: https://en.wikipedia.org...

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by Pontius
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier to Puerto Rico
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Frontier to Puerto Rico

F9 has an Extended Overwater program and the associated rafts, but not full ETOPS. The limiting factor for the Eastern Caribbean routes is the lack of HF radio equipment, which precludes entering NY Oceanic / WATRS Plus airspace. Flying to Puerto Rico has absolutely nothing to do with “full ETOPS” ...

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by Pontius
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier to Puerto Rico
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Frontier to Puerto Rico

F9 has an Extended Overwater program and the associated rafts, but not full ETOPS. The limiting factor for the Eastern Caribbean routes is the lack of HF radio equipment, which precludes entering NY Oceanic / WATRS Plus airspace.

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by Pontius
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How does a gate checked bag ‘go missing’?
Replies: 13
Views: 1185

Re: How does a gate checked bag ‘go missing’?

On the departure end, plenty of gate checks get slid down the jetway chute, get left there, and never make it to the hold.

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by Pontius
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile - Production/delivery thread - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2096

Re: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread

jspams20 wrote:
I’m on N985JT tonight, and noticed that it doesn’t have the LED beacon/taxi lights that some XFW built birds do. How come?


The light modules are interchangeable LED/Incan. If the first spare on the shelf was the old style, it goes flying on the new bird.

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by Pontius
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why were A318s unpopular?
Replies: 32
Views: 7838

Re: Why were A318s unpopular?

I would make the argument that the 318 was the least "easy to maneuver" model in the family, and most of my colleagues that have also flown all four lengths would agree. The 321 has its horizontal stabilizer tailored to the long moment of the aircraft, the 318 used the off-the-shelf stab f...

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by Pontius
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 400330

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

Dual Frontier delivery today: Airbus A320 -251N 7946 N318FR Frontier Airlines delivery 22dec17 TLS-YYR-TPA "Flower the Hummingbird" ex F-WWDR Airbus A320 -251N 7983 N322FR Frontier Airlines delivery 22dec17 XFW-YYR-TPA " Captain the Puffin" ex D-AUBT Something looks off about th...

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by Pontius
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 194988

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

The only 45 minutes I've ever spent in Goose Bay, and I happened to catch F-HPJE / AF66 / AF371V departing in the snow. Sorry for the quality, it was rushed:

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