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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 47
Views: 2081

Re: Stealth is very important

I doubt the USAF, USMC RAF and USN are running with full stealth capability in Syria. The F-22, as far as I know, used their Luneberg lenses in Syria and I can't see the F-35 not using them. All this talk about the SAM environment and stealth in Syria is irrelevant. The US would not take the risk of...

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by VMCA787
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 64
Views: 4485

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Of course, you realize the forum and data you are quoting was from a 2009 posting. If you read the RFP, the implication is a 767 sized aircraft. In addition, this is for the KC-Y, which is an interim tanker. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/06/16/another-boeing-airbus-tanker-war-is-coming-soon/

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 27333

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Apparently, the T-7A (or more precisely eT-7A) full-rate production decision has been delayed a year due to supply line problems and instability in the roll axis at high angles of attack. Not good news, but not insurmountable problems to fix. https://www.airforcemag.com/technical-problems-t-7a-produ...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 10703

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

Then it would be easy to provide a link to the source......

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by VMCA787
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European airlines want EU to scrap EU261 compensation rules
Replies: 8
Views: 2490

Re: European airlines want EU to scrap EU261 compensation rules

It's moot to us in the UK but I hope the commission and more to the point the EU parliament tell them to take a hike. Super profitable Ryanair has always gone out of its way to make it as difficult as possible and other airlines whilst not as bad have rarely made it easy. I was under the impression...

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by VMCA787
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: GPA for the Airlines

Many years ago, I was involved in pilot hiring at a certain airline that flew with red tails. There were several line pilots who were involved in the process. An applicant's GPA never came up in an interview or discussion afterwards at the daily screening meeting. The only thing that mattered was if...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Thank you for your opinion. We agree to disagree. My guess is the majority of your time if not all is in an Airbus.

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

What's to understand? Boeing takes a very different approach to Normal Law limits. On the Airbus, if you go to 45 degrees of bank, it automatically returns to 33.5 degrees, IIRC. On the Boeing, if you go to 45 it stays there. The pilot has asked for that for a reason, so the FCC commands that. I hav...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Completely different flight control limits when in normal law. To DH106, not sure you are talking about the same thing. The CLmax or max energy line on the PFD is just what it says. The aircraft does not go from there into a stall. The stall is progressive as you slide down the backside of the lift ...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport
Replies: 5
Views: 2629

Re: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport

Of course, you do realize the tire standing on its own is a replacement? So, take that out of the picture and I wouldn't say there was damage at all, certainly not "mangled"!

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

2) On an Airbus, you pull the sidestick all the way back. I agree. However, you are not Max Performing the wing. You are coming close but you're not there. On the Boeings, you are right at the stick shaker. It is not difficult to pull right to the max energy line on the PFD. If you can fly an ILS o...

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trouble for Trump
Replies: 71
Views: 6308

Re: Trouble for Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ons-courts
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Here is a fairly well written piece from "The Guardian" on the multiple criminal and civil cases Trump is facing.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ons-courts

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

[ For one, you can't max perform the wing in the event you want everything out of it. On a Boeing, you can. Just remember, max performance on a swept wing is half the wing in a stalled condition and the wing, unlike a straight wing, stalls from the tip inwards. Swept wings are generally designed so...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Genuinely curious about how to reach (and maintain) this condition with a Boeing? How would you accomplish a windshear recovery or a CFIT recovery? On the Airbus, you will move the sidestick all the way aft and let the computer determine the max AOA that can be obtained. On the Boeing, you have on ...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

... but it was obvious the design philosophy was to take options away from the pilot. Interesting, what options does it take away from a pilot? To stall? To fly inverted? To botch a CFIT escape perhaps? For one, you can't max perform the wing in the event you want everything out of it. On a Boeing,...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

If you go into it with a build the plane Boeing mentality, you are gonna struggle. Hate to burst your bubble, but that philosophy is not the "Boeing mentality"! It is more the 727 mentality. Having flown the A320, 727, B757, B747, B744, B777 and B787 I can assure you the 727 checkout was ...

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by VMCA787
Sun May 30, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trouble for Trump
Replies: 71
Views: 6308

Re: Trouble for Trump

It's not only the Feds but in GA he is under investigation for voter fraud, a State charge. In NY, the NY Attorney General is investigating Trump for Bank and Insurance Fraud and of course the SDNY, Feds are are after him. So, I am just waiting to see how long it is before he starts throwing his fam...

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by VMCA787
Sun May 30, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 2245

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

Generally, if contract maintenance is done, there is a test flight performed before the airline accepts the aircraft back. I have done several checks at HAECO in HKG after a check was performed. My experience has been the aircraft will normally have a few write-ups the maintenance provider has to re...

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by VMCA787
Fri May 28, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 195
Views: 42681

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Interesting numbers in the proposed DOD budget for 2022. The B-52 sees funding increase from $483 million to $716 million. The interesting tidbit is the remarks about keeping the B-52 flying through 2050. Fairly deep cuts proposed for the C-130, KC-135R/T receiver capable tankers, A-10, F-15C/D, F-1...

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 7925

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

No, that's a KC-46 with the boom not installed, yet. The boom fairing and CDL are still there but it's missing the thing that actually makes the KC-46 worth a $hit; i.e. the boom. You're also still thinking the DoD has an imaginary air freight shortage, rather than their very real boom shortage, so...

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 101
Views: 18177

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

The real problem they have is cutting the staffing and overhead with the fleet reduction. Sadly, there aren't too many airlines who have shrunk their way to profit.

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Nothing beats dozing for dollars!! My longest in a 400F was ORD-NKG. Slept like a log!!

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by VMCA787
Mon May 24, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who bought 747-8i LN 1435 LH ntu
Replies: 15
Views: 6784

Re: Who bought 747-8i LN 1435 LH ntu

https://www.scramble.nl/civil-news/boei ... 8-l-n-1435
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It's funny how Google can lead to a treasure trove of information...

https://www.scramble.nl/civil-news/boei ... 8-l-n-1435

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by VMCA787
Mon May 24, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing
Replies: 224
Views: 31827

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing

The criteria for the FAA Type, in the past, had been based around flying characteristics. However, with the Max issues, it would appear as if, the FAA is adding a layer of certification to the process. Clearly, the 777X scrutiny is a result of the new and more thorough certification process. Putting...

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by VMCA787
Mon May 24, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Wants to Close deal for 100+ MAX10s by Year-end
Replies: 54
Views: 9270

Re: Ryanair Wants to Close deal for 100+ MAX10s by Year-end

So why would Boeing even give them a discount as they know Ryanair want their aircraft and not Airbus? I certainly would not. Could shoot Ryanair in the foot here.. Don't be so sure. Airbus can cut some pretty amazing deals and if Airbus really wanted to make a deal with FR, they could. It would ha...

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by VMCA787
Mon May 24, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing
Replies: 224
Views: 31827

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing

The NMA battle is heating up. Is it? The way I see it, Airbus is merely crushing all hopes of Boeing joining the NMA game for the next decade or two. Boeing has been talking about it for as long as I have been a commercial pilot, and they still haven't showcased anything as concise as even this pro...

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by VMCA787
Sat May 22, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15279

Re: F-15X has no mission!

kitplane01 wrote:

What about this story makes me like the f-15ex?


I didn't realize this forum was about you!!

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by VMCA787
Fri May 21, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise
Replies: 15
Views: 2703

Re: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise

The 320 autopilot system allows for some altitude variance if the Vnav mode is engaged, Boeing has a similar approach. It's not a hard altitude hold like previous generation autopilots were. If you select FL350 on a previous generation autopilot, the FL was rock solid assuming no turbulence. While t...

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by VMCA787
Thu May 20, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15279

Re: F-15X has no mission!

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing ... 28.article
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Interesting piece from Flight International on the use of F-15E/EX in conjunction with the F-35. So much for no role!!

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing ... 28.article

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by VMCA787
Wed May 19, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trouble for Trump
Replies: 71
Views: 6308

Trouble for Trump

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57166735
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Looks as if things are going to get worse for Trump. Seems as though the NY State investigation into his loans and insurance has evolved from a civil matter to a criminal matter. In addition, the NY City investigation is still ongoing.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57166735

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by VMCA787
Sun May 16, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Wants to Give the F-22 Raptor an Early Retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 4806

Re: USAF Wants to Give the F-22 Raptor an Early Retirement

As good as the F22 is, it really makes sense to retire the fleet. First of all, the fleet is too small, the MR figures are right around 50% and it is facing a major avionics upgrade in the not too distant future, very limited role in missions it suitable for and finally, the $/FH is sky-high. All th...

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by VMCA787
Thu May 13, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12356

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Hands down the 747 family. Would have been perfect if Boeing could make a quiet cockpit. As an instructor, there was nothing better than doing base training with a bunch of new FOs. But the airplane itself flew great, plenty of power, extremely stable, a pleasure to fly. I would say I preferred the ...

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by VMCA787
Tue May 11, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 11706

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

At least, the MOG eating 747-8s will leave while the MOG eating C-5s just keep filling the ramp, broke. :D If you were at EDDF or LETO in August ‘90, you’d know what MOG really meant. What does it mean when you get to a base and you find 3 C-5s are there and two of them are up on jacks? Only two se...

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by VMCA787
Mon May 10, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First schedulded Icelandair MAX 8 flight KEF-SEA today
Replies: 31
Views: 7820

Re: First schedulded Icelandair MAX 8 flight KEF-SEA today

Short haul in Europe, I have never seen 737s load cargo other than bags. A320s on the other hand take cargo pretty often. But that is short haul less than 2 hours for the most part. That has nothing to do with the aircraft type. The driver for that is the airline itself. For example, FR doesn't hav...

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by VMCA787
Sun May 09, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-200LR/300ER vs 777X common type rating
Replies: 12
Views: 2222

Re: 777-200LR/300ER vs 777X common type rating

Starlionblue wrote:

There's a common rating with the 787 too.


EASA has a common type rating with the 777/787, however, the FAA does not. The 787 is a separate type rating.

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by VMCA787
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 7925

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

The USAF has to get their palletized lav/gally sorted first before any pax are thought of. The USAF was responsible for providing that equipment and it would seem they dropped the ball and provided a unit that does not work on the current KC-46 unless there is a redesign of the palletized units.

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by VMCA787
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did NW cancel the A340 order?
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Why did NW cancel the A340 order?

The order for the 340 that NW placed was when Airbus had offered the "Super-Fan" as an option for the engines. However, that option never materialized and the CFM was the only option at that time. The original specs for the 340 offered to NW were IAD-NRT 95% worst winds, CTS as an alternat...

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by VMCA787
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Fire at KCHS
Replies: 9
Views: 1835

Re: C-17 Fire at KCHS

Obviously the USAF is doing its best to keep this under wraps at the moment. There was a brief news article saying there were no injuries. Really??? So, what is the upside for the USAF? Another conspiracy advocate I presume???? The AF is not forthcoming about lots of things. It's just the way they ...

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by VMCA787
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Fire at KCHS
Replies: 9
Views: 1835

Re: C-17 Fire at KCHS

Galaxy5007 wrote:

Obviously the USAF is doing its best to keep this under wraps at the moment. There was a brief news article saying there were no injuries.


Really??? So, what is the upside for the USAF? Another conspiracy advocate I presume????

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15279

Re: F-15X has no mission!

checksixx....... Read Flight International to see the rationale that led to the EX. Bikerthai hit the nail on the head with his answer to you. The current E will not be around forever and the EX will be able to assume the role of the E. The cost to keep the current fleet of C/D flying is more than ...

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15279

Re: F-15X has no mission!

checksixx....... Read Flight International to see the rationale that led to the EX. Bikerthai hit the nail on the head with his answer to you. The current E will not be around forever and the EX will be able to assume the role of the E. The cost to keep the current fleet of C/D flying is more than t...

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do you apply NADP2 procedure?
Replies: 14
Views: 2909

Re: How do you apply NADP2 procedure?

Sorry, but I have to ask how you arrived at this statement? Having flown commercially for over 35 years, I have never seen nor heard of that. In addition, what airline would risk their AOC for not complying with a mandated departure procedure? Then you were a lucky man, captain. I have reached that...

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by VMCA787
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15279

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I think you had better check your sources. The F-15EX comes in a two-seater only. There are no plans because of the engineering required to develop a single-seat F-15X. The USAF has taken the position the EX as it stands right now is fine. Clearly, the current configuration would allow another &quo...

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by VMCA787
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2003 SQ tail strike at AKL?
Replies: 6
Views: 2220

Re: 2003 SQ tail strike at AKL?

Can't comment on the fatality, don't remember there being any fatalities direct or indirectly involved. Typical problems on cockpit setup. IIRC, the flight was late and the crew was rushed by the station manager. The Captain was relatively new on the 744 and had come off the 340. There was a transpo...

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by VMCA787
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do you apply NADP2 procedure?
Replies: 14
Views: 2909

Re: How do you apply NADP2 procedure?

And I will be happy to hear practical applications of NADP2. Not all companies or pilots strictly follow what book says, so actual applications will be appreciated to see here. Thanks. Sorry, but I have to ask how you arrived at this statement? Having flown commercially for over 35 years, I have ne...

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by VMCA787
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When specifying aircraft range?
Replies: 15
Views: 2204

Re: When specifying aircraft range?

The ACAP is nothing but a guide. The pax loads are generally more than what "real world" operators have but the seats are substantially heavier than what the ACAP assumptions make. The net result is the DOW of the aircraft is heavier than the ACAP assumptions. On a wide body, such as the 7...

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A/C type behaviour in turbulence
Replies: 26
Views: 4115

Re: A/C type behaviour in turbulence

The second worst was on a NW 744 flying SYD-ITM in August of 1994 (NW's very last flight out of SYD and I had the "privilege" of laying over for a few hours at the outdated ITM only a week before KIX opened). The flight deck announced that we might be experiencing a "little turbulenc...

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1644

Re: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?

I meant that any aircraft having an MTOW near MLW would have an easier time burning enough fuel circling or whatever to get down to MLW. Unlike, say a wide body that experienced a mechanical problem at time at takeoff fully fuelled where getting back was time critical and you couldn't afford to spe...

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by VMCA787
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is everyone’s home internet speed?
Replies: 43
Views: 3122

Re: What is everyone’s home internet speed?

Just outside of ALC, Spain. 606 down and 610up. 23.8ms. Cost is about 35 Usd/month. Fully fiber optic from the exchange to the router. With Vodafone ES.

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