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by BreninTW
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18492

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

Singapore Airlines- South Africa to New Zealand? Seems a strange routing , was this a charter? No, regular route. Flown it several times. At the time (not sure about now), it was one of a few options. I would imagine they still operate that route. MH use to do it too, but pretty sure they cancelled...

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by BreninTW
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian, 777F, ET-AVN Flight ET3728 Interception
Replies: 19
Views: 4714

Re: Ethipoian, 777F, ET-AVN Flight ET3728 Interception

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 8#1f2b5309
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Looking at FR24 -- it appears they diverted shortly before entering Indian airspace, flew direct over Sri Lanka and then on to Indonesia/Singapore -- where they did some loops before landing.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 8#1f2b5309

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by BreninTW
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happen to Southwest website.
Replies: 61
Views: 6382

Re: What happen to Southwest website.

I'm able to access it from the UK ... so it's not likely to be GDPR-related.

Note that it's a secured (HTTPS) site, so if your ISP forces HTTP (as is the case in some countries that aren't so happy with web traffic being encrypted) you probably won't be able to access it.

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by BreninTW
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air A220 Significant Engine Damage
Replies: 55
Views: 23815

Re: Korean Air A220 Significant Engine Damage

A traditional question... Is it a write-off? More elaborate version of the same question: apparently rotor and stator blades from the last stage as seen in picture are scrap metal. Probably at least some of stages before that also damaged. What would that do to the engine in general? Shafts, bearin...

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by BreninTW
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CX sells premium seats for economy prices ...
Replies: 15
Views: 3802

CX sells premium seats for economy prices ...

I saw a Tweet from CX this morning stating that they will honour their price SNAFU ... According to the South China Morning Post, CX listed first and business seats on flights to North America at economy prices from various Asian points. The prices have been withdrawn. Kudos to CX for not invoking t...

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by BreninTW
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Routing of China Airlines flights from Taipei to London - Flights depart in wrong direction for 2 hours.
Replies: 4
Views: 1644

Re: Routing of China Airlines flights from Taipei to London - Flights depart in wrong direction for 2 hours.

The southern routing probably allows CI to transit HKG air space, as they are still not allowed to fly directly from PRC airspace to Taiwan airspace -- they have to fly via HKG or Japan air space. The northern routing allows transit directly from Japanese/Korean ATC to Russian ATC. Flying directly W...

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by BreninTW
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Group A340-600 @ Bournemouth
Replies: 14
Views: 2970

Re: European Aviation Group A340-600 @ Bournemouth

Given that European Aviation Group specialises in the supply of spare parts ... I'd say there's a fairly good chance the A346 isn't going to be leaving Bournemouth in one piece. Although they do offer some aircraft for sale and lease, they seem to focus on Boeing 737 sized aircraft. So I think the A...

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by BreninTW
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air 773 suffers from broken axle on landing at NRT
Replies: 67
Views: 16335

Re: Korean Air 773 suffers from broken axle on landing at NRT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtR4Dnct2iA


It appears that after the landing during braking there was smoke coming from the RH LDG, which was absent from the LH LDG.
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MSNfan wrote:
Here is an apparent video of the incident itself...Ouch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtR4Dnct2iA


It appears that after the landing during braking there was smoke coming from the RH LDG, which was absent from the LH LDG.

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by BreninTW
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Major Hub Connection Rarity
Replies: 13
Views: 999

Re: Major Hub Connection Rarity

It's happened to me a couple of times. Most memorable was flying CX SFO - HKG - TPE in 2000. Same A343 the whole way. Obviously different crews.

Last weekend my parents flew EK JNB - DXB - LHR and they were on A6-EOB the whole way if I remember correctly. First time they've ever flown EK!

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by BreninTW
Wed May 30, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person falls onto tarmac and dies after being removed from aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 10612

Re: Person falls onto the tarmac and dies while being removed from the plane.

Now being reported on the BBC, who state the airline was Jet2. The victim was 30.

Source

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by BreninTW
Wed May 30, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person falls onto tarmac and dies after being removed from aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 10612

Re: Person falls onto the tarmac and dies while being removed from the plane.

This was very likely a charter airline (Do we know which one it was?), and I am not familiar with ticketing procedures for these. I presume these flights are mostly booked as part of a package from a tour operator. One of the articles I found states that EasyJet flies to the airport and Thompson do...

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by BreninTW
Wed May 30, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person falls onto tarmac and dies after being removed from aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 10612

Re: Person falls onto the tarmac and dies while being removed from the plane.

...A British passenger was stuck at Dalaman airport in Turkey for 3 days as he lost his ticket... That doesn't seem to add up. Getting a replacement ticket isn't a problem at all. In fact, at many airports they insist on issuing replacement tickets if a codeshare airline printed the original (at le...

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by BreninTW
Wed May 23, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern retires last Boeing 777-200
Replies: 22
Views: 3878

Re: China Southern retires last Boeing 777-200

Slightly off topic, but having looked at photos of CZ's planes, does anyone know why on the right side of the plane, the Chinese characters for "China Southern Airlines" are placed incorrectly / backwards? That is to say, instead of "中国南方航空", they read " 空航方南国中 ". Chee...

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by BreninTW
Fri May 04, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: Kuala Lumpur-Singapore named busiest int'l route
Replies: 9
Views: 1934

BBC: Kuala Lumpur-Singapore named busiest int'l route

So according to OAG, SIN - KUL is the world's busiest route in terms of number of average daily flights.

However, TPE - HKG is (still) the busiest in terms of passenger numbers. 6.5 million flew between TPE and HKG in the year up to February 2018.

Source

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by BreninTW
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever fly on the same plane twice?
Replies: 138
Views: 9402

Re: Ever fly on the same plane twice?

On a recent trip to South Africa I flew B-KQT HKG-JNB and then the same aircraft JNB-HKG two weeks later (incidentally on its next JNB rotation!) I was also in exactly the same seat.

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by BreninTW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)
Replies: 20
Views: 1720

Re: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)

One Option I took several years ago is OZ via ICN. You'll have a lengthy layover of 8 hours or so, but Asiana has a stopover program or activities included in the flight price which you could use to both overcome the time and - in parts - the jet lag. FRA-ICN is an A380 by now and I suspect will be...

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by BreninTW
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738
Replies: 19
Views: 2943

Re: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738

If the aircraft was dispatched with the APU inop, they would have would have had to do a Copco start in CPT which takes longer than normal, did you notice anything different on start up? Otherwise the APU might not have started on landing. No, I didn't notice anything unusual on start up -- but it'...

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by BreninTW
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drunk pax force CI turn-back; face lawsuit
Replies: 0
Views: 606

Drunk pax force CI turn-back; face lawsuit

According to local reports, CI is planning on pursuing a compensation claim against three male Japanese pax whose drunken behavior caused a Bangkok-bound flight to return to Taoyuan airport. The three pax became belligerent whilst on the 9 December flight, smoked in the restrooms, and harassed other...

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by BreninTW
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How do power outages happen?
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: How do power outages happen?

I've also heard stories of companies that had all the infrastructure and redundancy required -- but apparently the designers forgot that diesel gels when it gets particularly cold, and they didn't insulate the diesel feed adequately. I've know of a building where the generators were placed well abov...

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by BreninTW
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738
Replies: 19
Views: 2943

Re: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738

Possibly waiting for ground power if the APU was inop? That would be my guess as well. Our NG's have a recommended 3 minute cool down after landing (and the MAX is mandatory) but this sounds like it was something else. At the time I wondered if the APU was playing up ... I'd forgotten about that. O...

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by BreninTW
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738
Replies: 19
Views: 2943

Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738

So, here's the story: I was flying CPT-JNB on a Kulula (Boeing 738) flight. It was a late evening flight (so possibly the last flight of the day for the aircraft) and after we landed at JNB and pulled into the gate, we sat there for a good five minutes with the engines running before they were shut ...

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by BreninTW
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JNB: Widest commercial range?
Replies: 9
Views: 913

JNB: Widest commercial range?

I'm curious ... does any airport have a wider range of commercial aircraft flying in and out of it (in terms of seat count) than JNB? A couple of weeks ago, I was flying CX back to HKG, and we had to wait behind a Jetstream belonging to SA Airlink. At the same time, there were A380 from BA and AF pa...

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by BreninTW
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When an airline acquires a new type of aircraft...
Replies: 32
Views: 1783

Re: When an airline acquires a new type of aircraft...

A couple of years ago my mother finagled an hour of sim time at an airline training facility in South Africa -- we were on a 738 simulator. My sister-in-law was allowed to "crash" on landing. I don't recall any significant time required to reset/reboot the sim, I do remember being thrown f...

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by BreninTW
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

Re: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?

I ran a replay of that time on flightradar24 and at around 0320UTC (I guess that's 1120 HK time), there is a Global Africa Cargo MD-11 appearing, registration Z-GAA: 4610677 Now that's not green and blue but green and red, but so far it would be my best guess. That could well have been it! Thanks. ...

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by BreninTW
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

Re: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?

csturdiv wrote:
I have tried to post this twice, if there are a double post of images, I am sorry. But look up photo ID 4524967 in the database. Your drawing looks like that plane, which is what I suggested earlier.




Except it lacks the green half-moon ... which is on the rear part of the tail.

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by BreninTW
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

Re: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?

Earlier this week I flew through HKG. At the cargo terminal I saw an aircraft -- possibly a 747F -- with a white tail that has a light green half-moon on the trailing part of the tail. The half-moon was surrounded by a light blue line. Ring any bells for anyone? Can you be more specific about the d...

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by BreninTW
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can anyone ID this freighter livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

Can anyone ID this freighter livery?

Earlier this week I flew through HKG. At the cargo terminal I saw an aircraft -- possibly a 747F -- with a white tail that has a light green half-moon on the trailing part of the tail. The half-moon was surrounded by a light blue line.

Ring any bells for anyone?

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by BreninTW
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why was AF995 05 Dec cancelled?
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Why was AF995 05 Dec cancelled?

My family is on AF995 (JNB - CDG) currently, and when searching for the flight, I noticed an AF995A replacing AF995 which was cancelled on 05 Dec.

Curious minds want to know if anyone knows the reason for this cancellation? I'm guessing it was a mechanical, but more information would be appreciated.

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by BreninTW
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: R.I.P. Earle Hyman
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: R.I.P. Earle Hyman

I remember this gentleman from Driving Miss Daisy and The Cosby Show -- his acting in Driving Miss Daisy was amazing. Even after all these years, I can remember him clearly, and how the character impressed me with his resilience and humanity. Rest in Peace. Interesting that the NY Time article menti...

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by BreninTW
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prime Air 767 Uses Gate At ABQ
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Re: Prime Air 767 Uses Gate At ABQ

I'm assuming the aircraft is coming back to the US from overseas (conversion perhaps?) -- it makes sense to park it at a gate to allow the crew to go through passport and customs controls. I guess they'd also need to file the paperwork for importing the aircraft.

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by BreninTW
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 13017

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

What's the length of that J "bed" -- looks like it would be excruciating for someone who is taller than about 5' 6". It's unfortunately really hard to tell from the photos.

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by BreninTW
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sydney Mardi Gras
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Sydney Mardi Gras

Brenin- you should look into NOW if you can. We just booked JFK-SYD $705 roundtrip. I. kid. you. not. So, not sure where you are coming from, but it seems that fares took a dive for some reason. Not complaining here! Unfortunately the other half is a teacher and can't take time off during term ... ...

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by BreninTW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sydney Mardi Gras
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Sydney Mardi Gras

I was staying up near Fox Studios with a friend's ex (so towards the end of the parade) ... even up there the atmosphere was electric and the streets packed. It's a tradition (illegal) to borrow milk crates to stand on ... so the next morning there were literally hundreds of crates littering the str...

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by BreninTW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do TK avoid Israeli space when doing Amman?
Replies: 6
Views: 2150

Re: Why do TK avoid Israeli space when doing Amman?

How many of RJ's flights cross Syrian airspace? How many of TK's flights cross Syrian airspace? It's very possible that they avoid Israeli airspace because of Syrian airspace issues as well ... For example, RJ's BEY flight completely skirts both Syrian and Israeli airspace -- flying over Sinai inste...

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by BreninTW
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sydney Mardi Gras
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Sydney Mardi Gras

I was in Sydney for the parade about 15 years ago. It was an experience I'm not going to forget in a hurry -- even though it was apparently the smallest parade in a good many years. The whole Mardi Gras lasts for (I think) the month of February. Coming from South Africa and living in Taiwan (both ve...

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by BreninTW
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Customs at Seoul
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Customs at Seoul

Is your friend doing an international <> domestic transfer or international > international? That will affect the times I imagine. I did an international-to-international a couple of weeks ago, CI to OZ. It was my first time through Seoul. Biggest problems I had were the confusing signage and how th...

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by BreninTW
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of adding raked wingtips to 737s?
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

Re: Possibility of adding raked wingtips to 737s?

Sure, it's possible (in theory you could slap a wing from a 787 onto a 737 fuselage if you wanted to). Problem with adding the raked wingtips to a 737 is that it would make it too wide to fit into narrow-body gates, which would make it cost-prohibitive since all existing NB gates would have to be re...

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by BreninTW
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19373

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

I have two questions. One. How damn big is that digger to sever a steel pipe? Or how small is that pipeline to be severed by a digger? And whose brilliant idea was it to not build a backup? And two. How hard can it be to deliver fuel by trucks? The fuel line starts somewhere, right? Load it onto tr...

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by BreninTW
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is A330R, A320R?
Replies: 4
Views: 3521

Re: What is A330R, A320R?

Probably the airline's internal reference for the particular configuration.

For example, CX has "77H" and "77G" to differentiate (if I remember correctly) the 3-class and 4-class 77W in its fleet.

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by BreninTW
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engine And Transmission Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Engine And Transmission Questions

Why does a Toyota Prius have a CVT rather than a conventional automatic? Probably many reasons. Hybrids tend to more often have CVT compared to normal cars. This leads me to think the engineers at Toyota (and Ford, Hyundai and others) are able to strike the best efficiency and drivability compromis...

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by BreninTW
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV
Replies: 65
Views: 22450

Re: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV

Without sounding completely clueless, what exactly is a delamination? Is it exactly as it sounds? Something similar to a stock car windshield, where you just peal a layer off to essentially give a clean view? In essence, almost. Composite materials (carbon fiber (CF) in this case) are made up of la...

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by BreninTW
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?
Replies: 66
Views: 14811

Re: Why don't russia make larger planes any more

The AN-225 was developed for a quasi-military purpose at a time when money was no hindrance and efficiency and dispatch reliability hardly featured in the requirement. It is capable of moving very large items, but it is not at all efficient at doing it (especially with six engines). From what I unde...

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by BreninTW
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Technicians injured by door "popping" -- question
Replies: 6
Views: 1644

Technicians injured by door "popping" -- question

Two things before I start: ⋅ Sorry for the ... unusual ... topic title, I'm stumped for a better way to phrase it. ⋅ This is based on a translation/precis of a news article, so details may have got lost. So, here's the story: Last night my other half mentioned that two technician...

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by BreninTW
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 5338

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

My first flight was JNB - JFK aboard an SA 747 in July 1983. I don't know if it was an -SP or a -200B. I recall my mother making a note of the plane's name, but for the life of us, we've not been able to find it. It may have been on one of the cassettes my mother recorded for my grandmother. We flew...

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by BreninTW
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engine And Transmission Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Engine And Transmission Questions

Just to be awkward, some Aston Martins and Ferraris have confused the issue too with a front mounted engine and gearbox at the rear. Apparently this helps with weight distribution. Transaxle : All Daf "Variomatic" types, VW/Porsche 924 there seem to actually be two definitions around on w...

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by BreninTW
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engine And Transmission Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Engine And Transmission Questions

And some thoughts on your initial question on engine placement ... Front engine/front-wheel drive (FF): Pros: Better packaging. Most FF cars have the engine mounted longitudinally, so it takes up less room in the front of the car, meaning you can have a larger passenger cabin in the same footprint. ...

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by BreninTW
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engine And Transmission Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Engine And Transmission Questions

With an electric engine you get maximum torque at 0rpm so going uphill is no problem. I am thinking there is more power needed to drive uphill. That power comes from the engine. The higher RPM of the engine makes the car go and accelerate uphill. I am missing something, but what? I'm not sure where...

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by BreninTW
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air ICN-HKG Flightpath
Replies: 3
Views: 1322

Re: Korean Air ICN-HKG Flightpath

There's also the fact that there's a tropical storm causing some upset at the moment ... which could account for it as well. The storm is in the vicinity of HKG today, so they might have flown around it.

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by BreninTW
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport design, why are departures normally on top of arrivals?
Replies: 18
Views: 5527

Re: Airport design, why are departures normally on top of arrivals?

Last month we flew into MAD and arrived at Terminal 4S. It makes no difference which floor the aircraft exited to ... we went up and down so many stairs and escalators that it would be impossible to know which floor we were actually on at any one time! I guess at some point we were actually below gr...

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