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by SB
Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Two Different Flight #s For The Same Flight?
Replies: 7
Views: 6367

RE: Why Two Different Flight #s For The Same Flight?

The ATC callsign is sometimes different from the commercial flight number for operational reasons - usually to avoid having similar callsigns on the same frequency at the same time (KLM692 and 926 for example). The ATC callsign can also contain letters, for example BA92 which operates <acronym title...

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Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Carriers Allow FO's To Taxi?
Replies: 136
Views: 9864

RE: Any Carriers Allow FO's To Taxi?

411A doesn't like <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> much  <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/wink.gif" width="15" height="15" border="0"/> Most UK carriers will have the pilot flying do all the <acronym title="Palestinian Airlines">PF</acronym> t...

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by SB
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Legitimate Are The Onboard Rules?
Replies: 55
Views: 5524

RE: How Legitimate Are The Onboard Rules?

The rule about not wearing headphones is actually quite sound. If they are large, ear cup types they will probably fly off your head and injure someone else. If they are in ear, and you get a sideways shock you can expect some rather nasty ear damage. The issue with cellular phones is the bzzt-bzzt ...

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by SB
Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATPL/Type Rating Intellectual Effort Comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 5898

RE: ATPL/Type Rating Intellectual Effort Comparison

One of the integrated schools in the UK credits flight training towards 2 years of a BA in 'air transport management'...

S.

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by SB
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Retard-Retard-Retard"
Replies: 18
Views: 27817

RE: "Retard-Retard-Retard"

On a non-autoland approach the trust reduction is manual and intuitive just like on the Boeing system - bring the levers to idle and flare - if you don't you'll fly along the runway at 10ft indefinitely. The "retard" call is a reminder, not a command. For an autoland the autothrust system will autom...

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by SB
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Probable Cause Of Hard Landing?
Replies: 8
Views: 6932

RE: Probable Cause Of Hard Landing?

If the runway is pretending to be a swimming pool a "positive" landing is essential to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. The black hole effect is very very spooky too, especially if it's beating rain and visibility is about 1000 meters. My guts hurt for quite a while after that landing, but the aircra...

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by SB
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Initial Climb Angle Of The Airbus A380
Replies: 32
Views: 31040

RE: Initial Climb Angle Of The Airbus A380

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by SB
Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia
Replies: 12
Views: 19296

RE: 36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia

Nice report, had you flown back to <acronym title="Singapore - Changi (SIN / WSSS), Singapore">SIN</acronym> one day later I would have been in the front office  <img src="/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/wink.gif" alt="Wink"> Subang to KLIA: If you have <i>lots</i> of time to spare and want t...

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by SB
Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 Cockpit - Standby Instruments
Replies: 9
Views: 6587

RE: A340 Cockpit - Standby Instruments

Looks like they're in the place the table normally is.

S.

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by SB
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: QFF Barometric Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 21157

RE: QFF Barometric Pressure

If memory serves QFF is the actual sea-level pressure based on the current atmospheric conditions whereas QNH is a value which will make your altimeter read field elevation when on the ground. Interestingly Canadian METARs report both: QNH in inches of mercury (A3020 = 30.20" hg) and QFF in hectopas...

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by SB
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Speedbird One: The Movie [BA001 LCY-JFK On Video]
Replies: 33
Views: 16356

RE: Speedbird One: The Movie [BA001 LCY-JFK On Video]

I pity the poor 777 pilot who has to occupy the jumpseat all the way across the pond as it gets rather hard after an hour... Or is one of the cabin seats blocked off for him to occupy during cruise?

Thanks for sharing the videos.

S.

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by SB
Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Imperial Vs Metric Units Used Throughout Aviation
Replies: 31
Views: 15366

RE: Imperial Vs Metric Units Used Throughout Aviation

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by SB
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runways Used Only For Landings Or Departures
Replies: 47
Views: 7481

RE: Runways Used Only For Landings Or Departures

WMKL / LGK: Runway 03 for landing, 21 for take-off, regardless of wind. There's a big rock off the northern end of the runway which gets in the way.

S.

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by SB
Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Imperial Vs Metric Units Used Throughout Aviation
Replies: 31
Views: 15366

RE: Imperial Vs Metric Units Used Throughout Aviat

We fly into Chinese metric airspace with no metric altitude read-out other then the selected level in <i>very small</i> on the lower ECAM and it gets very confusing. The potential to level off 100ft high/low due to incorrect rounding is extremely high and if ATC asks us to report current level it's ...

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by SB
Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Slat Settings On Airbus / Boeing
Replies: 33
Views: 11711

RE: Slat Settings On Airbus / Boeing

On the A320 family the leading edge devices (slats for us) come out in three stages.
First stage (18°) is extended with Flaps 1, second stage (22°) at Flaps 2 and 3rd stage (27°) at Flaps Full.

S.

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by SB
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Your Aviation Job
Replies: 180
Views: 14376

RE: Your Aviation Job

A320 FO based in Malaysia.

S. (Avid time reader, very rare poster)

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by SB
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could Computerized Planes Mean A Single Pilot?
Replies: 161
Views: 14375

RE: Could Computerized Planes Mean A Single Pilot?

So let's suppose we do have pilotless aircraft. Does that mean we should also have driverless busses/cars, doctor-less hospitals (doctor-robots), teacher-less schools (<acronym title="Catumbela (CBT / FNCT), Angola">CBT</acronym>), people-less television and film (CGI), farmer-less farms, etc etc? I...

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by SB
Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question: Why No Paralell Taxiways?
Replies: 18
Views: 6734

RE: Question: Why No Paralell Taxiways?

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by SB
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 "Barking Dogs" With Banging Sound
Replies: 30
Views: 10191

RE: A320 "Barking Dogs" With Banging Sound

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by SB
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Technical Questions
Replies: 45
Views: 10522

RE: A320 Technical Questions

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by SB
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange Noises On An EI A321
Replies: 17
Views: 6040

RE: Strange Noises On An EI A321

Nope, that's just the engines reducing to climb power.

I always find 777s with GE90s sound like they are going to vibrate to pieces as the engines start up. It's even worse from 20 meters away on the ramp - my van always vibrated as the 773s started up.

S.

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by SB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange Noises On An EI A321
Replies: 17
Views: 6040

RE: Strange Noises On An EI A321

Some say it sounds like the landing gear is being sawed off. It's the PTU pressurising the green system off the yellow system - which is pressurised by the right engine which is generally started first. Once both engines are running the engine driven pumps will take over for both systems and the saw...

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by SB
Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-8-63 Noisiest Airliner?
Replies: 35
Views: 8111

RE: DC-8-63 Noisiest Airliner?

The VC10 is a sound to behold. One can hear them for miles - I live 4nm from Brize Norton (EGVN) but have no trouble hearing them departing if the wind is blowing the right way.

S.

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by SB
Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is This A320 Flap? (pic)
Replies: 13
Views: 9945

RE: What Is This A320 Flap? (pic)

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by SB
Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Do Pilots Find The Taxi Ways?
Replies: 31
Views: 13431

RE: How Do Pilots Find The Taxi Ways?

Heathrow had (still has?) a system where the green centerline lights would come on immediately infront of the aircraft guiding it so to speak. This was controlled by someone in the tower.

S.

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by SB
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Power Augmentation
Replies: 9
Views: 3483

RE: Ground Power Augmentation

No, thrust required is a function of weight, acceleration and vertical gradient. The airspeed (V2) is also a function of weight, but isn't related to the thrust available. The take-off run would indeed be much longer due to reduced thrust, but that's where the nudge could come in. Generally thrust r...

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by SB
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Power Augmentation
Replies: 9
Views: 3483

RE: Ground Power Augmentation

So essentially you nudge the aircraft into the air allowing a take-off with, for example, climb power set rather than take-off power? An interesting idea but I don't see it saving much fuel - the engines will still be running - and we already routinely use derated power (sometimes very close to clim...

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by SB
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interpreting Transponder Data.
Replies: 5
Views: 3331

RE: Interpreting Transponder Data.

This information varies somewhat depending which radar you are looking at. Do you know where the video was filmed or do you have a link? I <i>think</i> the second line may be actual level and cleared level (10600 cleared to 4000) and third line is ground speed followed by type, but 196 over the grou...

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by SB
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?
Replies: 55
Views: 11061

RE: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?

I would be interested to know what pilots who are used to the landing clearance at the FAF think of the way the rest of us do it. Do you like knowing the runway is yours with the clearance, or is ATC talking at 1-3 miles (sometimes even less at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United ...

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by SB
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?
Replies: 55
Views: 11061

RE: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?

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by SB
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?
Replies: 55
Views: 11061

RE: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?

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by SB
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?
Replies: 55
Views: 11061

RE: Pilots Your Vote Pls, Best ATC Country?

Canadians then Brits then Germans. US ATC is good but a little too colloquial at times - and I just can't get used to being cleared to land with 4 aircraft ahead of me. The Dutch and Irish are very nice, but they seem to stray from standard R/T quite frequently or aren't terribly precise ("start slo...

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by SB
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:16 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: So How Many More Times Will I Get This Survey?
Replies: 37
Views: 1055

RE: So How Many More Times Will I Get This Survey?

Still happening, and very tiring. This is without a doubt one of the worst thought out jokes you have come up with to date. I continued to renew my First Class membership despite all the previous problems, but this really is beyond the acceptable. The fact that it only applied to US residents is the...

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by SB
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Marshaling Gloves/Wands/Paddles
Replies: 58
Views: 19723

RE: Marshaling Gloves/Wands/Paddles

I used to use the hollow plastic orange pipe/tube by day and flashlights at night. As to comms it was all hand signals as our rusty old junks had no headset jacks for ground crew.

S.

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by SB
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is There Any Rules For Take Off...
Replies: 19
Views: 5138

RE: Is There Any Rules For Take Off...

Here is the UK CAA standard for departure vortex separation, basically the same as ICAO: Heavy - Heavy - 1 minute Heavy - Medium - 2 minutes Heavy - Light - 2 minutes Medium - Heavy - None Medium - Medium - 1 minute Medium - Light - 2 minutes (Small category removed as it's unique to the UK - Think ...

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by SB
Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots' Productivity
Replies: 12
Views: 3330

RE: Pilots' Productivity

Turning up one hour before a flight is really pushing it. At the company I used to work with pilots would arrive 2h before take-off time, and we worked from an area of the airport not subject to mindless security "protection"

S.

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by SB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Converting FAA-JAA, Help Me!
Replies: 9
Views: 12316

RE: Converting FAA-JAA, Help Me!

If you want to work in Europe getting a FAA (or any non JAA) licence is a complete waste of time, energy and money as you'll have to convert them to JAA - which isn't very far from getting a new licence unless you have flown for a 'proper' airline and hold a full ATPL (1500h). Another important thin...

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by SB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name That Airline! - 3 ...The Agony Continues
Replies: 223
Views: 13484

RE: Name That Airline! - 3 ...The Agony Continues

And beside it we have a Cathay 744.

S.

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by SB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Law Applies In An Airplane Crime?
Replies: 15
Views: 15816

RE: Which Law Applies In An Airplane Crime?

ICAO says "the law of the state being overflown shall apply, unless the aircraft is in international airspace where the law of the country of registration shall apply." There's also a note stating that if the country of registration has a law which is not applied in the country being overflown it ma...

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by SB
Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Something Different: Heathrow's T5
Replies: 3
Views: 3855

Something Different: Heathrow's T5

I know this isn't really a trip report as I didn't actually leave London, but we're all aviation buffs so I thought I'd share: I had the dubious pleasure of being one of the first people to try out Heathrow’s new <acronym title="Turkmenistan Airlines">T5</acronym> last week, playing the part ...

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by SB
Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name That Airline! - 3 ...The Agony Continues
Replies: 223
Views: 13484

RE: Name That Airline! - 3 ...The Agony Continues

YXY - Whitehorse?

S.

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by SB
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Choppy Over The Atlantic Today?
Replies: 34
Views: 11301

RE: Choppy Over The Atlantic Today?

Jetstream is sort of weaving up and down the N. Atlantic right now, flights will inevitably have to cross it which always produces a few bumps. With the latest winds in the core being about 150kts at FL300-FL340 the bumps will be a bit 'harder'  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smilies/wink.gif"...

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by SB
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM And AF Bus Service To YOW
Replies: 21
Views: 12809

RE: KLM And AF Bus Service To YOW

The Air France, KLM and Swiss (They have one too) Montreal <-> Ottawa shuttles are operated by Skyport.

S.

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by SB
Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC 767-300XM
Replies: 38
Views: 7935

RE: AC 767-300XM

I got to try out the new J in <acronym title="Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (Dorval) (YUL / CYUL), Canada - Quebec">YUL</acronym> when the first 77W arrived and I really wasn't impressed. The seats are worryingly narrow and the dividers too high IMO. I felt like I was in a very lit...

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by SB
Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shouldn't ACs Headquarters Be At YYZ?
Replies: 98
Views: 7772

RE: Shouldn't ACs Headquarters Be At YYZ?

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by SB
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Languages Spoken On Airlines In Canada
Replies: 85
Views: 10271

RE: Languages Spoken On Airlines In Canada

As I just posted <i>francais</i> is only required in units based in the province of Quebec + Ottawa: essentially the Montreal FIR. The rest of the country runs on English alone  <img border=0 src="http://www.airliners.net/discussions/graphics/smilies/wink.gif" width="15" height="15" border=0> S. (e...

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by SB
Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Languages Spoken On Airlines In Canada
Replies: 85
Views: 10271

RE: Languages Spoken On Airlines In Canada

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by SB
Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AC Executive First - A National Disgrace? (pics)
Replies: 63
Views: 28279

RE: AC Executive First - A National Disgrace? (pics)

I can't say I disagree with the original poster's opinion of <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym>'s "Executive First" <b>in the air</b>. I flew the same aircraft <acronym title="Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (Dorval) (YUL / CYUL), Canada - Quebec">YUL</acronym>-<acronym title="...

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by SB
Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It's About Time: Ryanair Sues EU!
Replies: 13
Views: 4252

RE: It's About Time: Ryanair Sues EU!

Call me old fashioned, but I'm not categorically against government subsidies. What's wrong with giving assistance to private companies when they couldn't provide the service on their own? It seems to me that we, the consumer, benefit in the end. On a minute scale the bus I use daily only runs becau...

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by SB
Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many SQ A380 Flight Crews?
Replies: 9
Views: 6358

RE: How Many SQ A380 Flight Crews?

The "average" long-haul-aircraft has about 6 crews. If SQ put 33+3 (unfounded approximation) in the A380 that makes 216 staff per aircraft.

My numbers are not based on any data so the actual amount will vary, but I don't expect to be too far off.

S.

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