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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
* 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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
The empty weight of the ET-7 is 7165lbs/3250kgs and MTOW is 12,125lbs/5500kgs.
https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraf ... ft_id=1647
Trailers with all the equipment packed in, sort of a traveling machine shop.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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!Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Apparently, last evening a B-2 crashed during an “emergency landing”. No injuries reported and damage to the aircraft is unknown.
[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=...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Interesting changes for the A-320 CEO family to prevent false G/S intercept.
https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/pit ... 61.article
[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!!!
Looks as if the crew was a little off on their estimate of 800 pax. The confirmed total was 640.
https://www.govexec.com/defense/2021/08 ... an/184573/
Granted there were quite a few VFR travellers, but the amount of belly cargo loaded certainly made up the lower fares. Curious: how would you know that? SQ regarded that route as a money maker. I am not surprised at all it was reinstated. Then why would it take them 13yrs? Well, I worked for SQ for...Jump to post
Before SQ got rid of the 744s, I operated the SIN-TPE-LAX flights several times. The loads both ways were just about 100%. Granted there were quite a few VFR travellers, but the amount of belly cargo loaded certainly made up the lower fares. SQ regarded that route as a money maker. I am not surprise...Jump to post
I can’t believe this thread is still going. Ashy do people have this mentality of “I purchased that seat”. NO you did not! You purchased a space to go from A to B. Nothing more. Check the “ Contact of Carriage”. What you purchased and the obligations of both parties are clearly spelled out. Don’t li...Jump to post
Maybe I am asking my question incorrectly. I think I am using terms incorrectly. Lets say aircraft x has 25,000 feet as its best cruise altitude for the conditions and it takes off very heavy. Does it need to climb in steps? You have really answered your own question. A 744 or 777ER if they take of...Jump to post
OK thanks....Those are some rather abstract wing walk paths and they are not symmetrical between the left and right side. Just seems rather bizarre.
N620 and 621 were commonly referred to as "Laverne and Shirly".Jump to post
NW, in the name of standardization, didn't have the dial a flap system on their 40s. It was a Rube Goldberg system that was a real pain. TBH, I was on the 747 by the time the -30s arrived so I don't know if that was changed. I would assume it was.Jump to post
Aircraft had a warning that there was a temperature rise in one of the cargo hold and subsequently diverted Just to clarify things, there is no temp rise indicator in the cargo holds. The "cargo fire" warnings are triggered by a detector that acts as a particulate. The logic is where ther...Jump to post
I flew the DC-10 for about a year and then went to the 747. The DC-10 was the best aircraft I have flown when it comes to cockpit comfort. IIRC, the #1 pack was dedicated to the cockpit only. You could sit there with OAT of 40+ and high humidity and you would be very comfortable. The 747 on the othe...Jump to post
A couple of sources that don't hold out much hope for the A380.
https://pressinsiderdaily.com/2021/07/l ... onger-fly/
https://industry-update.com/lufthansa-e ... rew/68520/
I'd like to mention Rosalind Franklin Mars rover space mission . This mission will attempt to search for life on Mars. The launch is scheduled for 2022. Interesting fact, that this is the first Mars mission by British aerospace companies. And this has what to do with “Space Junk”? Suggest you ask t...Jump to post
My first commercial aircraft that I checked out in the left seat was a 727. The oral part of my type rating lasted 5 hours. I had the typical questions of tracing a molecule of air through the pneumatic system with all the protection in the bleed system include anything bleed air was used for. As th...Jump to post
Just a couple of things from a disinterested party. We can safely state this was not Boeing’s finest hour. However, the debacle is not entirely their fault. In May of this year, there was an IG (Inspector General) report issued on the problems with the KC-46 program. Clearly there is enough blame fo...Jump to post