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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: 1747

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: 1747

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: 775

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: 1747

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: 1747

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: 1747

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: 1208

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: 9934

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: 267
Views: 62989

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: 5062

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: 5062

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: 502

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: 1562

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: 1562

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: 4085

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: 2830

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: 4085

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: 3072

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: 22337

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: 5103

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: 17968

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: 2117

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: 4240

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: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 311
Views: 68476

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: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 311
Views: 68476

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: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 311
Views: 68476

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: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 311
Views: 68476

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: 1832

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: 1224

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: 3866

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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by VMCA787
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 11192

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

https://www.govexec.com/defense/2021/08 ... an/184573/
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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/

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by VMCA787
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights
Replies: 45
Views: 7048

Re: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights

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...

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by VMCA787
Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights
Replies: 45
Views: 7048

Re: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights

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...

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by VMCA787
Tue Aug 10, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6439

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

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...

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by VMCA787
Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: long distance at low altitude
Replies: 14
Views: 2287

Re: long distance at low altitude

If it was damaged, there would be a ferry permit issued by the aircraft manufacturer, in this case Boeing. The 9000 ft limit could be a restriction imposed by Boeing.

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by VMCA787
Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the greatest airport in the world?
Replies: 46
Views: 3695

Re: What is the greatest airport in the world?

From a pilot’s perspective, SIN is the winner. It’s a no-brainer.

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by VMCA787
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 20
Views: 2080

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

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...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Stabilizer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Re: B-52 Stabilizer Question

crownvic wrote:

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.


As Aaron747 wrote, the below the wing structure is not symmetrical. There are various structures that make the walkways non-symmetrical.

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by VMCA787
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Stabilizer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Re: B-52 Stabilizer Question

IIRC, the lines on the stab and the wings are walkways. All models should have had the same markings.

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by VMCA787
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: History of the Northwest/NW 747, did NW ever fly the B747-100?
Replies: 15
Views: 3160

Re: History of the Northwest/NW 747, did NW ever fly the B747-100?

N620 and 621 were commonly referred to as "Laverne and Shirly".

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by VMCA787
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

The DC-10 pic you have is of a DC10-40 which would have been a NW aircraft. That is a very different set up than all the other operators.

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by VMCA787
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

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.

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by VMCA787
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KL589 AMS-ACC diverted to PMI 10 July 21
Replies: 8
Views: 2474

Re: KL589 AMC-ACC diverted to PMI 10 July 21

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...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 19
Views: 3797

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

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...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Space debris removing mission
Replies: 5
Views: 1164

Re: Space debris removing mission

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...

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 29, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?
Replies: 22
Views: 4248

Re: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?

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...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 21482

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

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...

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