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by VMCA787
Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Life as a Pilot
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: Life as a Pilot

I will take a slightly different spin than Starlionblue did, after all, varied opinions are what one needs to make good decisions. Your question is along the lines of "how long is a piece of string?" There was one route to becoming a pilot that was missing. That route was via the military,...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports
Replies: 96
Views: 10381

Re: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports

I offered you my opinion. I do not think they should be among the 5% of the top-paid jobs in society. True, you did. However, that is not what I asked you. What professions do you think should be paid more and how do you decide? As has been pointed out by several posts, the market will determine wh...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports
Replies: 96
Views: 10381

Re: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports

Well, in the Netherland, around 5% of all employees get paid more than 100.000euro's. Pilots as a group are paid in the region of 130.000 - 150.000 on average. I do no think they are in the top 5% of jobs that society needs. So I see a mismatch there. But, you didn't answer my questions. I can get ...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jun 25, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports
Replies: 96
Views: 10381

Re: Pilots' open letters to the public & picketing at airports

No doubt pilots are most deserving of ample rest and high pay. Ample of rest, sure, whatever science gives us is safe. They deserve good pay, not high pay. I think there are far more jobs deserving a higher pay in society than pilots. Why not pay that the market will bear? What do you consider &quo...

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by VMCA787
Thu Jun 09, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Boeing sell the commercial aircraft division?
Replies: 61
Views: 9520

Re: Could Boeing sell the commercial aircraft division?

Sure, Boeing could sell their Commercial Aircraft Division. But, I have to ask, why would they? Granted that division has been somewhat of an albatross in the past 3-4 years. However, if you look long term, that certainly isn't the case! If you take a long-term outlook, I would say selling the Comme...

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by VMCA787
Sat May 07, 2022 8:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5886

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

This is a specious question. At the time it was being developed, the need for this aircraft was very real, and to this day, its very existence affects the behavior of the two main adversaries. The fact that the need continues is illustrated by the B-21 following in its footsteps. Then it’s not a sp...

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by VMCA787
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: wn 659 BWI-ALB 4 hrs taxi time????
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: wn 659 BWI-ALB 4 hrs taxi time????

All resolved in Flightaware now. Nothing more to discuss. Thread should be closed.

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by VMCA787
Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 3706

Re: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft

No flight engineers on the B-52! But, the thrust levers are configured so you can grab all 8 with one hand and then fine tune the setting with each individual thrust lever.

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by VMCA787
Thu Mar 24, 2022 7:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 re-engine question…
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

Re: B-52 re-engine question…

As has been written previously, while the 8 to 4 engine replacement might seem like a logical change, it isn't. The H model is very close to running out of rudder with the existing engines it has on a very thin VMCA margin. Adding high-bypass engines would exacerbate the problem to the point where ...

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by VMCA787
Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 re-engine question…
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

Re: B-52 re-engine question…

As has been written previously, while the 8 to 4 engine replacement might seem like a logical change, it isn't. The H model is very close to running out of rudder with the existing engines it has on a very thin VMCA margin. Adding high-bypass engines would exacerbate the problem to the point where t...

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by VMCA787
Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Crosswind Limits for Different Variants
Replies: 5
Views: 1744

Re: 737 Crosswind Limits for Different Variants

I have never flown any of the 737 series aircraft. But a quick Google search has the 900ER limits look to be 33 knots.

However, there are hundreds of things that could make landing on 28 a requirement. A Braking System MEL, or some other maintenance issue is what comes to mind.

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by VMCA787
Wed Feb 23, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?
Replies: 24
Views: 5555

Re: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?

The only model of the 747 I haven't flown is the -8. However, the nice thing is they all tend to fly the same. The 100, when heavy was certainly not a stellar performer. But with JT9-7A power, it didn't require a level off at MTOW of 750,000 lbs., but the rate of climb certainly had to be reduced. I...

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by VMCA787
Mon Feb 21, 2022 3:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic
Replies: 35
Views: 3809

Re: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic

Eons ago, while I was in the USAF, I flew the B-52G and D model. Flying the D was like going back to the Jurassic era! The hydraulics and electric were all pneumatic driven. We had 4 alternators and 4 hydraulic packs. From a pilot's perspective, the operation of those applicable systems was no faste...

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by VMCA787
Thu Feb 03, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.
Replies: 18
Views: 2631

Re: High power settings on the 727 during approach and landing due to drag for dirty condition or for quick spool up.

At NWA, the Flaps 40 detent was unavailable. Flaps 30 was the max selectable flap setting. Now alternate flaps, that's another story.

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by VMCA787
Tue Jan 25, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization
Replies: 63
Views: 5734

Re: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization

Sure about that? MD11 has one that I only found out about recently. Am I sure about that? with about 12,000 hours on various models through the 100, 200, SP, 300 and 400 freighters and PAX versions, YES! I would suggest it's kind of like your revelation on the MD-11 Sadly, I have even had the pleas...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jan 24, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization
Replies: 63
Views: 5734

Re: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization

On the 747, there is a bulkhead door in the fwd wheel well. No warning light in the cockpit.

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by VMCA787
Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO
Replies: 33
Views: 3298

Re: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO

I really can't add much more than what Starlionblue has added but I think you are overanalyzing the entire situation. First of all, given the number of movements during "normal" times and the relatively few incidents of RTO at high speed, I would say you are looking for a problem when no p...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2306

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

A bit different aspect of it, I assume what original question implied: How important is the experience on the type vs general experience? How transferrable skills are? E.g. how much 10k+ hours on 737 matter for the upgrade to, say, A350 captain - aircraft being pretty dissimilar to 737. Does overal...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2306

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

Please re-read what I am posting. In the US, seniority drives everything. For example, I have a friend who was a FO for almost his entire career. It was only in the last 5 years that he moved from the right seat to the left seat. The reason was his pension was based on the highest salary for 5 of th...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do non-passenger flights avoid bad weather as much?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Re: Do non-passenger flights avoid bad weather as much?

To be fair, I think that's exactly what OP was asking about. I, like OP (I think), do not understand the sources of turbulence, nor the steps to avoid or escape. Is it just about altitude change in realtime? Do pax aircraft ever route around anticipated turbulence, whereas freighters do not? Ir doe...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2306

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

Right, but it is all based on seniority. I know of a pilot who was an attorney, flew as a WB F/O and left on a Friday night and returned on Sunday. He also had a law practice! If a pilot hasn't been a F/O on that aircraft after upgrade, of course, he/she will have little time on type.

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by VMCA787
Sat Jan 08, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2306

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

Not if he was employed by a US carrier. Everyone starts at the same place, the bottom! The early 1960s is when Northwest introduced the DC8, 720, 707, pilots moved across from aircraft like 377 Stratocruisers to the jets. You are correct, but the pilots were already on the seniority list! They did ...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2306

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

zeke wrote:
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I would wager he was a captain on another type and recently transferred.


Not if he was employed by a US carrier. Everyone starts at the same place, the bottom!

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by VMCA787
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight
Replies: 13
Views: 1366

Re: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight

That's true, although with an advanced aircraft such as an A350 take-off is usually done on autopilot. Basically the aircraft is flying itself. The pilot can always overrule of course but under normal circumstances there's no need to do so. There is NO transport category aircraft in service that ha...

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by VMCA787
Wed Dec 29, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should passengers report possible maintenance issues to crew
Replies: 71
Views: 10507

Re: Did this person do the right thing?

If lives are jeopardized then it is. Negligence ought not be sanctioned. Pilots should be reprimanded forthwith. Sorry, but I have to ask are you a pilot? Do you work in aviation? If not, just what do you do? If you are a pilot or work in aviation, please tell me where so I can avoid going there! S...

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by VMCA787
Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 284
Views: 74649

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

A few strange things as pointed out above but also surely the pilots wouldn’t be fired straight away. Perhaps stood down pending further investigation but fired on the spot before everything is determined? Really? You obviously haven't had the "pleasure" of working for a ME3. The simple f...

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by VMCA787
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 6209

Re: Grow the US Air Force

* Pay the drivers and fixer more. Then more will join and more will stay. * Hire Boeing/LM/etc to do more repair work. * Transition from high maintenance aircraft to low maintenance aircraft. I assume a KC-46 requires less work than a C-135, and that some of the work can be done commercially. An MQ...

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by VMCA787
Mon Dec 20, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 6209

Re: Grow the US Air Force

Boy, talk about pipe dreams! Everyone is forgetting one very important factor. You are short of drivers and fixers right now. How are you going to expand the inventory and have the drivers and fixers to make it all work? Ain't going to happen. If the USAF were to get a bucket of money right now drop...

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by VMCA787
Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When Harry met Santa
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: When Harry met Santa

Great short film! I always viewed Norway as a great place to live and bring up a family! Merry Christmas to all!!

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by VMCA787
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?

Trailers with all the equipment packed in, sort of a traveling machine shop.

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by VMCA787
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?

I can think of past loads I have flown with which had to be loaded by the nose only. A propeller shaft for an LPG tanker (ocean going) flown from AMS to SIN. The packing and length made it impossible to load through the side door. As already mentioned, turbine generator units, military kitchens whic...

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by VMCA787
Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?
Replies: 19
Views: 4632

Re: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?

Sorry, but I am about to rain on your parade! What difference does it make if the Flaps have both hydraulic and electric extension/retraction? You have a much bigger problem staring you in the face! How are you going to control the aircraft? With no hydraulics, you have no flight controls! FALSE. A...

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by VMCA787
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Airport Diversions....Why?
Replies: 12
Views: 3028

Re: Miami Airport Diversions....Why?

There are three parts to Low Vis operations. As you mentioned, the aircraft have to be qualified to do low vis (Cat II/III). The second requirement is the airport must have an approach and finally, the crew must be qualified for low vis operations. If any one of the conditions above is not filled, t...

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by VMCA787
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?
Replies: 19
Views: 4632

Re: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?

Sorry, but I am about to rain on your parade! What difference does it make if the Flaps have both hydraulic and electric extension/retraction? You have a much bigger problem staring you in the face! How are you going to control the aircraft? With no hydraulics, you have no flight controls!

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by VMCA787
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-Z Recommendations
Replies: 27
Views: 3555

KC-Z Recommendations

Interesting article about the Hudson Institute, a "think tank", about what the USAF should do with the upcoming KC-Z. Some of the recommendations include a smaller size of about 50% of the KC-46, even smaller than the KC-135. Should be a 95,000lb aircraft with an offload of 140,000lbs. The...

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by VMCA787
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 23332

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

If you believe this is just about rates of compensation, I don't believe you have a true grasp of the issues involved. On the upside, you do have management potential. Boy, you hit the nail on the head! I just love the comments about how much money we (Pilots) make. The problem is all pilots don't ...

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by VMCA787
Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect on 717 of B-52 Upgrades
Replies: 18
Views: 5334

Re: Effect on 717 of B-52 Upgrades

I haven't been able to find this anywhere. Is the re-engined b-52 going to have 4 or 8 engines? The engines will be replaced one for one. A new nacelle and pylon will also be included. Various other systems will have to be upgraded too. Plus there will be some other systems upgraded during the proc...

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by VMCA787
Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 18859

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

Can they? Thought the CFR allows that for 4 engines with 1 inop: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/91.611 Sorry to burst your bubble, but they can't. All of the engine out ferry flights are based on losing the second engine. So, on a twin, it's pretty hard to do one engine take off and then p...

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by VMCA787
Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New AF-1 Paint Scheme
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

New AF-1 Paint Scheme

It looks as if the Trump Shuttle paint scheme for the new AF-1 might not happen. Supposedly, the proposed scheme is not finalized yet and won't be for a little while longer. Hopefully, AF-1 won't resemble the Trump Shuttle. https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/09/trumps-red-white-blue-air-force-on...

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by VMCA787
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-2 Crash at Whiteman AFB
Replies: 10
Views: 4433

B-2 Crash at Whiteman AFB

https://www.thedrive.com/
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Apparently, last evening a B-2 crashed during an “emergency landing”. No injuries reported and damage to the aircraft is unknown.

https://www.thedrive.com/

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 330
Views: 76676

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

[quote="texl1649] You’d be the expert then, not me, but I read that Boeing did replace the upper wing skins on the H models in particular in the 70’s; https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/05/22/stop-calling-the-us-air-forces-b-52-bomber-old-its-more-youthful-than-a-b-2-stealth-bomber/?sh=...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 330
Views: 76676

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

If I recall correctly some of the upper wing skin surfaces were replaced in the 70’s, already, but yes sheet metal under compression/flexing doesn’t tend to hold up forever. I wouldn’t think it would cost all that much to put new aluminum wing skins on them, we’re not talking about stealth coatings...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 330
Views: 76676

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

I guess if the wing skin will be replaced, then that is where you get your life extension. bt In reality, the upper wing skin will have to be replaced. They, USAF, aren't going to re-engine the BUFF and then park it. So, my guess is when the winner is finally decided and the cowl redesigned, that's...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing B-52 Re-engine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 330
Views: 76676

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

I suspect there were some loading conditions considered that made it stout. Shock waves of a blast would seriously affect a plane. I recall KC Top Boom bringing up that new wing skins need to occur as well as the number of other improvements that are under contract. Correct. Given the current flyin...

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by VMCA787
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freighter VS Passenger variants.
Replies: 8
Views: 1931

Re: Freighter VS Passenger variants.

Trying to remember when I worked for SQ, but if I am correct, the 744F had an empty weight of 160 Tons. The 744 Pax were around 180 Tons. But both aircraft had the same MTOW.

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by VMCA787
Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about cockpit audio warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Question about cockpit audio warning

There is also the takeoff config warning and many more. To be honest, I don't think it would help at all, in fact, it is very distracting.

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by VMCA787
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?
Replies: 23
Views: 4176

Re: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?

[quote="T54A"]The B727-200 with the JT8D-17 was ok. Those powered by the -15 were a bit lazy getting airborne.[/quote

Obviously, you have never flown in a 200 with-7 engines!!!

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