I also greatly enjoy reading GBD ’s knowledgeable and informative contributions about Concorde - some of which remind me just how much I’ve forgotten since 2003! If I may add a few comments to the points GBD and others are making: … It was a job of work when TCAS became mandatory … Yes indeed! And a...Jump to post
Not forgetting G-AWZT, lost on 10 September 1976 in a mid-air collision with an Inex-Adria DC9 near Zagreb. One of the F/Os and I had recently been flatmates and I remember it as if it were yesterday.
se210 ... there was no Trident registered G-ARPV in the UK from what I see? ... G-ARPV certainly isn't in my logbook - and that was a trip down memory lane! :old: I can't find any reference to it, other than a couple of cockpit interior photos on-line, which say they are of the cockpit of G-ARPV bu...Jump to post
ro1960 ... the swivel main landing is another feature that makes this bird unique... I have several thousand hours on Tridents and I had quite forgotten that! oldannyboy ... it was flown to Japan and demonstrated to JAL which was less than impressed by the take off and landing characteristics of th...Jump to post
Starlionblue With today's camera and screen technology, I think it would be far easier to skip the droop nose entirely and just use remote vision, possibly with a retractable periscope as ultimate backup. Reliability would probably be far higher than the complex mechanical design of a droop nose. N...Jump to post
TDAero777 ...Did/Do any airlines have restrictions on the use of the #2 Thrust Reverser when landing at outstations where maintenance would be problematic to reach that area of the Aircraft?... It's been quite some time since I was on loan to a charter company that flew the DC10-30, on mainly UK-Ca...Jump to post
Seniority lists become the only way to differentiate. Yes, often managed the same way in Europe, and whilst working fairly for the majority of pilots on most occasions, it can sometimes lead to unfortunate situations and unhappy pilots. Some years ago, during a recruiting drive, my airline recruite...Jump to post
fr8mech ... Pulling the breaker will stop the wiper. ... If pulling the breaker did stop the wipers, then I have obviously misunderstood the OP's post to mean that the crew were unable to stop the wipers by any means. I have no knowledge of Airbus or FAA requirements - and I intend no criticism of ...Jump to post
I think the most likely concern would be that with the wipers still cycling above their limiting airspeed they could break off and cause damage, possibly by being ingested into an engine.
I would be more concerned that they couldn't shut the wiper down by pulling its breaker!
AstroNav … aircraft "rotate" … via the deflection of the horizontal stabilizer upward … As mxaxai has correctly said, the horizontal stabilizer on Concorde is integrated into the elevons, at the rear of the wing, which combine the functions of elevator and ailerons into one control surfac...Jump to post
zeke ... Reference your previous type, did that have INS/IRS or GPS ? ... Triple INS, updated by DME, with the CDU identical to the one pictured above. We could quickly load a portion of any likely route - called a flight plan segment - by keying in the Flight Plan Segment number, which saved us fr...Jump to post
The Carousel IV INS sets (developed and adapted from the INS set used on the Apollo moon missions) were, I believe, first used in civil aviation by Pan Am in 1969, and had to meet the following FAA requirements for accuracy before Pan Am (and later BOAC, along with other airlines) were allowed to di...Jump to post
As GalaxyFlyer has said, the First letter is Region, the Second letter is Country (and dependencies), and the last two letters are down to the national authority. In the UK that means E = Northern Europe, then G = Great Britain, followed by two further letters. However, in the UK, it is not just coi...Jump to post
Max Q ... I believe that normally you would level off at 28000 feet and maintain .95 Mach until reaching a point where any boom would not be heard on land. Once at this point you would receive a clearance to accelerate and start a supersonic Cruise climb with an upper limit of FL600. I understand a...Jump to post
... No way could you eliminate the flight engineer in Concorde, have you looked at that panel ? ... Spot on! ... Just installing TCAS was a significant engineering challenge ... I regard TCAS as perhaps the most valuable invention to take place during my career as a pilot. However, it was just a li...Jump to post
Martinlest ...Can Concorde start its engines without a GPU (there being no APU)?... As you suspected, no. Two aircarts (one on each side) were required, although we could make do with one, but that then took much longer. ...did the pilots therefore have to start up... Any Pilot daft enough to try s...Jump to post
fr8mech ...cross bleed start could only be done between engines on each wing... Correct. Start 3 then 2 on the ramp, disconnect the aircarts, commence pushback and cross bleed start 4 (from 3) and 1 (from 2) during the pushback. Any air moving across the ship usually came from the F/E. :tapedshut: ...Jump to post
...Anyone have more info on what the pilots are asking for compared to what they rejected?... This is a short excerpt from the BALPA press release dated 23 Aug 19: "...A day of strike action will cost BA around £40m. Three days will cost in the region of £120m. The gap between BA’s position an...Jump to post
Philipvv …I was wondering what would have happened if Concorde would have had an explosive decrompression or very fast, immediate decompression at cruise altitude ( 60.000 ft ? )… This topic recurs every few years, however, for some reason - probably senility - I'm unable to post a link to my earli...Jump to post
Max Q ...Would it be possible to leave the visor up in the covering position and still lower the nose to either the take off or landing position ?... No, as you suspected. Firstly, a single, gated, control lever was used for both the nose and visor selections. From the UP position, the first detent...Jump to post
Max Q ... there was an override for the nose and visor to be manually dropped, if this was utilized what position did the nose fall to ?... Starlionblue has answered correctly - using information from a reliable source :bigthumbsup: - that the nose would only freefall to 5° and not to the DOWN (lan...Jump to post
Max Q ...was there a speed / mach limit for the nose droop and /or visor in the event of either not moving up and / or retracting ?... The more likely failure, the nose failing to retract fully from the 5° (T/O position) after take-off, imposed a speed limit of 325 kts / M0.8. When the nose was UP,...Jump to post
Yes, well worked out!
The (true) heading and max altitude are a big clue!
At max (certified) altitude with 140 kts between MMO and VLA.
Not a modern jet though!
Max Q ...are there many ex Concorde Pilots still flying for BA ?... Yes, I believe there is still one ex-Concorde Captain flying for BA. He was an ex-Concorde F/O who later returned to the fleet as a Captain and was the youngest Captain on the fleet in 2003, with many years of flying ahead of him. ...Jump to post
<b>cedarjet</b> <i>...Another <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 oddity in 1985 was BA25/BA26 - <acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - International (Chek Lap Kok) (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG</a...Jump to post
<b>Jagflyer</b> <i>...O2 generators provide about 10-15 minutes of oxygen....more than enough for the pilots to get the plane down to a suitable altitude where supplemental oxygen and pressurization is not required....</i> Whilst generally true, that is not always the case, as it also depends on the...Jump to post
<b>Ndiesel</b> <i>...I was wondering what turbulence was like on the Concorde. For those of you who got to fly it, did you ever encounter turbulence during cruise / speeds over Mach 1 at high altitude?...</i> As <b>gordonsmall</b> has already answered your question very succinctly, allow me just to ...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/hooverman" class="quote" target="_blank">hooverman</a> (<a href="#3" class="quote">Reply 3</a>):<br/><i>Must have been boring flying the concord...Jump to post
<b>thenoflyzone</b> <i>...So 89/90 seems the likely years when <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> started to fly non stop to <acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - International (Chek Lap Kok) (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), ...Jump to post
<b>Gonzalo</b> <i>...Effective January 1, pilots flying from the 10 busiest Chinese airports into the capital must be qualified to use an instrument landing system on days when smog reduces visibility to around 400 metres (1,315 feet)...</i> An <b><i><u>RVR</u></i></b> of 400m is below CAT 1 limits ...Jump to post
Hi <b>vikkyvik</b> <i>... I'm not familiar with "split flap" landings...</i> It is a problem that can occur on those aircraft where the trailing edge flaps on each wing consist of more than one section of flap. The B747 is a good example of this, as shown in this photo by <b>Sam Chui</b> <br/><cente...Jump to post
<b>larshjort</b> What, single engine, no toilet, and no flight engineer? Not for me! <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/biggrin.gif" width="15" height="15" border="0"/> But mine did have a tailwheel! <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-for...Jump to post
<b>Georgetown</b> <i>...If any, what's the real danger here?...</i> The real danger, as <b>Starlionblue</b> was the first to point out, is when you have an <b>asymmetric</b> trailing edge flap configuration, that is, more flap on one wing than the other. The flaps will now effectively be acting as a...Jump to post
<b>tjcab</b> <i>...if they could fly the regular track at their regular cruise, would it not have cut flight time..</i> As others have said, Concorde cruise-climbed at levels well above the normal NATS tracks. Even if the track system had existed up to FL600, I strongly suspect that ATC (Shanwick an...Jump to post
<b><acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym> Flyboy</b> <i>...This is subjective. What is safe?...</i> Yes, I agree, it is subjective, which is why I used the words <i>"...in my opinion..."</i>! Others may disagree. Your comments about other aircraft types may also be valid, but...Jump to post
<b>CaptCufflinks</b> <i>...I'm not arguing that being at that height at that point on the approach was safe...</i> Good, then it appears we agree. It wasn't safe. The aircraft had descended too low. The reasons why it descended to an unsafe height are not relevant in deciding whether that height was...Jump to post
<b>CaptCufflinks</b> <i>...Firstly, the aircraft didn't descend below "safe height"...</i> In my opinion, being around 600 feet below the normal approach path in a heavy jet, with less than 4 miles to run to touchdown, qualifies as descending to an unsafe height, even if, as in this case, it was ove...Jump to post
<b>thegeek</b> I may not have understood correctly the point you are trying to make, or the question you were asking, so please allow me try again. <i>...Is there a facility to transfer fuel from the wing tanks to the centre tank in flight...</i> No, not in flight. <ul><li><b>*</b> We can transfer f...Jump to post
<b>thegeek</b> <i>...you need to know about so soon in the flight because you have to assume that you can't transfer fuel from the wing tanks into the centre tank, is that right?...</i> No, the problem is that with up to 10 tonnes of fuel trapped in the fin tank, the aircraft CG will move much furth...Jump to post
<b>thegeek</b> <table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quote:<br/><i>...What actually happens in a 744 if fuel is trapped in the stab tank?...</i></font></td></tr></table> What actually happens is that you have...Jump to post
<b>Pihero</b> As far as I am aware, the fuel tank in the fin of a Trident 2 was only put there because it was the most convenient place in which to install the extra fuel tank required to increase the range of the Trident 2. Fin tank fuel was not used to control the CG position, and the fin tank nev...Jump to post
<b>747classic</b> <i>...jet aircraft with a basic cockpit crew of 3 , introduced during the 50,60,70 and eighties of the last century...no tail tanks were installed....</i> Apart from, amongst others, the VC10. <b>MaxQ</b> <i>...anyone hear of another Aircraft with this arrangement...</i> Yes, the T...Jump to post
<b>Oshkosh1</b> <i>...in Oshkosh three times I believe...I had tickets to fly on it for the hour "joy-ride" @$700, but it was grounded about a week prior(2000) so didn't make the trip over here. </i> What a coincidence, I was due to be on that flight at Oshkosk as well. <img src="http://cdn-ww...Jump to post
<b>PHX787</b> <i>...when pilots fly to different countries, do the airlines/nations provide them with special visas and passports, or what are the procedures here?...</i> One or two countries I flew to required operating crew names to have been pre-notified to them (by the airline) so that they coul...Jump to post
<b>bioyuki</b> <i>...shouldn't the limit be 0.00%?...</i> I agree with you that pilots should be completely free from imbibed alcohol before flight, however the problem with having 0.00% as a limit is that there are several valid reasons why a pilot might have a minute or trace level of alcohol in h...Jump to post
<b>Crosswind</b> Did you by any chance ever work for BCal / Caledonian? You've got their history spot on! <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/bigthumbsup.gif" width="33" height="15" border="0"/> <i>...British Caledonian never flew the L1011, only the D...Jump to post
<b>m1m2</b> <i>...Not sure about the take off roll, maybe some of our pilot friends here can help us with that...</i> Just as a piece of trivia, in general, most on the Concorde fleet were reluctant to use windshield wipers on the take-off roll. The reason? When raising the visor, there was only a s...Jump to post
<b>KAUSpilot</b> <i>...I'll use the concorde oxygen thread <a href="http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/tech_ops/read.main/318021" target="_blank"> <b>here</b></a> as an example in which I offered to answer the question as best I could...</i> As your latest post appears to me to be aimed at me,...Jump to post
<b>JumbpJim747</b> It's over nine years since I last heard this: ....<i>Speedbird 1 at UPGAS climb in the block FL450 - FL600, accelerate Mach 2</i>.... <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/crying.gif" width="15" height="15" border="0"/> <img src=...Jump to post