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by Gyrfalcon
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN-225 lower 48 visit 31JUL2020
Replies: 40
Views: 8947

Re: AN-225 lower 48 visit today...

So it appears to be picking up some type of load at Bangor and heading off to Tel Aviv with two tech stops on the way. That's a lot of lobsters LOL ! As a pilot for 45 years and airlines for 30 I have never heard of a tech stop. We have fuel stops and maintenance stops. Sometimes logistical stops, ...

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by Gyrfalcon
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A310 resulted in several injuries
Replies: 123
Views: 25556

Re: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A310 resulted in several injuries

First, it’s TCAS, not TICAS and F-15s are not equipped with TCAS, but they do have Mode 1, 2, 3, 3A, 4 and 5 transponders. Mode 3A and 5 is what civilians use. Intercept procedures call for the interceptor(s) turn off Mode 3 to prevent the civilian plane from having an RA make the intercept hazardo...

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by Gyrfalcon
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest 4 engine aircraft in production after 747/A380?
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Largest 4 engine aircraft in production after 747/A380?

The largest might be the IL-96 if they don't stop production now. EDIT: UAC has commited to continue IL96 production of few aircraft per year until 2025: http://www.rusaviainsider.com/uac-announces-il-96-production-targets/ Nice catch. Looks like it could be the winner if they keep on target. I had...

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by Gyrfalcon
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest 4 engine aircraft in production after 747/A380?
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Largest 4 engine aircraft in production after 747/A380?

With production of both the A380 and 747 winding down within the next year or two what is left in the 4 engine aircraft production space? Will the Y-20 or A400M become the largest 4 engine aircraft still being produced? Is the IL-76 or AN-70 still in production? C-130J and P-1 are still out there bu...

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by Gyrfalcon
Sat May 30, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260934

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Edited to add: As someone noted on another site, this appears to be the last regularly scheduled passenger flight of any McDonnell Douglas aircraft in the United States. So really a pretty big deal. No love for the MD-95s then... Yeah, not the same. Made in Dallas, not Long Beach. Now that's settle...

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by Gyrfalcon
Fri May 29, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260934

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

miguel0881 wrote:

Edited to add: As someone noted on another site, this appears to be the last regularly scheduled passenger flight of any McDonnell Douglas aircraft in the United States. So really a pretty big deal.


No love for the MD-95s then...

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by Gyrfalcon
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 56
Views: 13853

Re: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

Does anyone know why China Southern is flying A380 to LAX with the travel ban in place? Is it some sort of repatriation flight?

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by Gyrfalcon
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest capacity passenger plane in 1967
Replies: 44
Views: 9671

Re: Largest capacity passanger plane in 1967

The exit limit on the DC-8-61 was actually 269. Ref https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgMakeModel.nsf/0/fbf0152e332de057862577dc005815f0/$FILE/4A25%20Rev%2041.pdf Like others, I'm not actually sure anyone ever operated that densely however. The only others that would be close are t...

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by Gyrfalcon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports with US military bases
Replies: 25
Views: 2222

Re: US Airports with US military bases

ABQ/Kirtland AFB and SPS/Sheppard AFB as well.

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by Gyrfalcon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: In flight refueling to over MGTOW
Replies: 24
Views: 4216

Re: In flight refueling to over MGTOW

I know of a couple instances where a KC-10 was A/R to over 600,000lbs on accident. Tanks full would always exceed the MTOGW of 590,000lbs so if the engineer/boom/pilots were late to cut off the fuel it could happen. This was very much not standard however.

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by Gyrfalcon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?

I'm only familiar with the MD11, but I assume the KC10 is very similar, if not the same... correct me where I'm wrong. So the hardware is installed, just the PRSOV (or whatever it is called on the 10) is set inoperative? What's the point then? If it is used during engine start it needs to be mainta...

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by Gyrfalcon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?

The APU usually is connected to the #2 pneumatic system... how do they get air from the apu to the engines for starting? How is engine #2 started if it is not connected to any pneumatic system? Or is the APU also removed? Do they use cartridges for engine starting? The APU is essentially all that’s...

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by Gyrfalcon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?

But im interested in that statement: The KC-10 had one less pneumatic system than normal passenger DC-10s and it was able to keep the same 42,000ft ceiling. Do you mean one less PACK or one less pneumatic system. If you mean what you wrote... why? And above all, how? Actually it's both. One less pn...

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by Gyrfalcon
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

767-2C lower ceiling than other 767?

Does anyone know why the 767-2C, the FAA equivalent for the new KC-46 tanker, has a lower service ceiling of 40,100ft vs the normal 767's 43,100ft? Extra drag; reduced pressurization; stability issues? It has the same wing and even uprated engines. The KC-10 had one less pneumatic system than normal...

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