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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we

I've flown plenty in Australia and have never ever been asked if we want to go on an earlier flight. I've never heard anyone else being offered that. Qantas? https://help.qantas.com/support/s/article/Qantas-standby-fares Qantas does not offer standby fares. I posted above in reply 44 that QF do not...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

By definition Germanwings flight 9525 was no accident. Reference ICAO Annex 13 “ Accident. An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, ...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-900 now has a 283t MTOW
Replies: 22
Views: 5540

Re: A350-900 now has a 283t MTOW

The A350-900 already has a very high ACN. With only 4 wheels per main wheel gear I'm not sure how much higher the weight can go. I believe this is the highest weight of any aircraft with this gear configuration. This may end up being a limiting factor if they envision any higher weights. It may be ...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Intentional control movements do not need to mean suicide. There have been numerous accidents caused by pilot input where the inputs by the pilot were indeed intentional, result of those inputs was not. Who would have thought something as simple as opening the cockpit door could almost crash an air...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Even if this was deliberate pilot action, I think it was different than Germanwings. In Germanwings, the pilot was able to lock out the other pilot and was alone in the cockpit. He had a gradual steady descent. If MU5735 was deliberate pilot action, it was most likely a struggle in the cockpit. Fir...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

ElroyJetson wrote:
I understand your opinion. Sources cited from the NTSB in numerous articles state differently.


There is no cited NTSB sources, the ABC article you linked earlier reached out to the NTSB and they referred the questions to the CAAC.

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

I can only cite the multiple media reports indicating likely pilot suicide. In fact the ABC News headline called the crash an intentional act and stated neither Boeing or the Chinese have found any mechanical issues with the aircraft, and reported the pilot in question appeared to have been "s...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

I agree, The Key quote from ABC News: . The officials who spoke to ABC News point to the plane's flaps not being engaged and landing gear not put down. The near-vertical descent of the plane, they believe, would've required intentional force. Investigators also looked into one of the pilots' person...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we

I think that’s kinda rare though isn’t it? I’ve never known the other airlines, VB/VA, Jetstar, Tiger etc offer them or have ever seen anyone lining up waiting for a standby seat. I don’t know about the other airlines, on the QF citi flyer routes it is very common for passengers to request to be pu...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1158
Views: 420617

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

That was a hard link to read (I muted the video by choice). I'm sad to hear this. RIP to the passengers. That is not an easy conclusion to come to. Lightsaber The video I get when I open that link is very old, they are talking about just discovering one of the black boxes and citing “intelligence s...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 285
Views: 69042

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

Why speculate when it is already known what relief QR is seeking from the court? QR in their filings have stated they plan on accepting the remaining A350s, they have not expressed any intention to cancel the contract. Likewise Airbus appears to be conducting itself with a live contract still deliv...

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by zeke
Wed May 18, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus MCDU
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: Airbus MCDU

Thanks for all your replies everyone, that clears it up :) Does anyone know why then the MCDU doesn't ask for winds, QNH, temperature on the takeoff performance but then allows you to enter this information for the approach/landing phase? The environmental conditions for approach and landing are us...

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by zeke
Tue May 17, 2022 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 285
Views: 69042

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

I saw no injunction by Airbus to modify the contract terms, I did see a request for an injunction from QR to halt deliveries. That was not granted in the public records available. My personal opinion as a bystander is that it appears Airbus continues to meet its obligations under the contract. My pe...

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by zeke
Tue May 17, 2022 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 285
Views: 69042

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

Strategically I think it would be best for Airbus if QR were required to take all of their contractural A350 with penalties

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by zeke
Mon May 16, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does a 737-700 use flap 1 and not zero flap for take off?
Replies: 23
Views: 1698

Re: Why does a 737-700 use flap 1 and not zero flap for take off?

jetmech wrote:
Slats increase the useable AOA in the sealed position.


On the 737 inboard of the engines it has leading edge flaps, it has slats outboard of the engine.

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by zeke
Mon May 16, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus MCDU
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: Airbus MCDU

I’ve noticed that on the Airbus MCDU when calculating the V1, VR and V2 speeds for take off there is nowhere to input the airport QNH, temperature and winds which all effect your take off speeds, how comes the MCDU doesn’t give you this option to input this but it does for when calculating approach...

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by zeke
Mon May 16, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7075

Re: US pilots age 65+

Etheereal wrote:
Pi7472000 wrote:
65 seems very young for today's world.


huh? Really wonder what world you're living on. Are you trying to have pilots retire at 80??


Yeager.was flying supersonic in a F15 at the age of 89.

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by zeke
Mon May 16, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7075

Re: US pilots age 65+

And you're telling me that a healthy 66 yo can't do the job required in those 60 minutes? Come on now. My point is that there are a lot more safeguards today than there were 50, 40, even 30 years ago so we should be able to increase the retirement age. And it's not a misguided viewpoint. It's the f...

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by zeke
Mon May 16, 2022 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7075

Re: US pilots age 65+

In the case of pilots that perception was a fact once upon a time but with today's technological advances, that is no longer the case. We are reaching a time when pilots exist merely to make passengers feel comfortable. We send tourists into space with pilotless rocket ships for chrissakes! This is...

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by zeke
Sun May 15, 2022 9:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Now instead of a student I'm a passenger. I book a flight and pay for it, but at the last moment I'm not showing up. The airline reserved a seat for me, I paid for that seat. I would be okay with that seat going empty, but I'm not okay with the seat being sold to another passenger and the airline c...

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by zeke
Sun May 15, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7075

Re: US pilots age 65+

It’s ridiculous when you consider that the 1500 hour rule had no evidence and is limiting the supply of legal pilots, but the age 65 rule is based on scientific evidence on cognitive decline. This is all about rewarding particular people financially… not safety. The US safety culture is really in d...

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by zeke
Sun May 15, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we

Ruddman wrote:
Are you sure?


Yes, QF for example does not sell standby fares however they have a number of different waitlist/standby options

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by zeke
Sun May 15, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does a 737-700 use flap 1 and not zero flap for take off?
Replies: 23
Views: 1698

Re: Why does a 737-700 use flap 1 and not zero flap for take off?

Ruddman wrote:
Since it’s such a small amount of extra lift generated?
I’ve been told by a real pilot, using 26k ‘bump’ thrust, at MTOW, a 737-700 only needs around 2500-3000 ft maximum runway for take off using this flap setting. So why not just use zero flap?


More for the leading edge flaps and slats

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by zeke
Sun May 15, 2022 5:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we

Well, I was only joking. But all jokes aside, I think it’s only US airlines that offer standby seats? I know they don’t do it in Australia anyway. Miss ya flight and she’s an empty seat. There is standby seats available in Australia both domestically and internationally. Busy times of the year, or ...

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by zeke
Thu May 12, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window
Replies: 35
Views: 8356

Re: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window

Even with the door locked, I can think of two safer/easier ways to gain access that I won’t post for security issues. This is stupidity. It is just dumb to attempt this without fall protection. No one would use a belt loader to clean the windows. How anyone thought this was a good idea is beyond me.

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by zeke
Thu May 12, 2022 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 285
Views: 69042

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

What if QR pays and claims the A350's tomorrow? Won't make a difference legally. QR are still in breach of contract because this payment would be too late to meet what was agreed to. The ball is completely in Airbus' court here. I don’t think the preferred process for Airbus is to continue with thi...

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by zeke
Mon May 09, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76224

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

That's obvious but that sort of presentation is not going to convince Greta and the likes that there is no way to burn less fuel (or maybe 10% less at best) to transport 238 people between Sydney and London. It would just convince the climate activists that Qantas and those non-stop travelers have ...

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by zeke
Mon May 09, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76224

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

Well, the climate fundamentalists are already telling us to use sailboats for intercontinental travels. So if there is a way to fly such a long distance while burning 50% less energy with the current technology, I don't think there is much argument to support the non-stop fly with such a waste of c...

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by zeke
Mon May 09, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76224

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

How do you make that estimate? If we talk about passengers and not payload, we could compare this non-stop flight to putting 238 pax in an XLR that would fly 3x 8 hours to get to LHR. Considering an average fuel burn of 3t/hour, it would take 72t of fuel to the XLR to accomplish that journey. I don...

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by zeke
Sun May 08, 2022 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

I wonder why Alaska hasn’t argued that this is a moot issue, since the FAs are now all union represented. Or is this more about damages pre-merger? I don't think this is a moot issue, if you look at the rail industry which is also regulated under the Federal Railway Labor Act like aircraft crew, th...

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by zeke
Sun May 08, 2022 1:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by zeke
Sun May 08, 2022 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

However even with 0.2% missed connections one out of 3 narrowbody flights would get one. So check-in data is unusable for exact weight on that many flights... One passenger would be around 100 kg, which would be in tolerance band for most airlines. And its on the plus side, i.e. we are actually 100...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

We don’t leave 20% of our connecting pax behind. We would typically have more passengers rejected by immigration than by missed connections.

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 flight control airworthiness directive
Replies: 20
Views: 6945

Re: A350 flight control airworthiness directive

I had made a long post yesterday on how this worked, it seems to have been removed. Pitch control on the A350 comprises of 3 different systems, the THS, the left elevator, and the right elevator. Each element is controlled by a different set of quad redundant computers (combinations of different PRI...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

From check in data you get passenger weights and baggage weights, that is recorded in the system even for connecting passengers.

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

It is revenue management in a way, it is also a way to maximize payload. Where I work several hours before the flight leaves the airline has an estimated zero fuel weight (ZFW), that is a mix of number of expected passengers and estimated baggage weights, catering for them, as well as cargo. This we...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 7:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Vale jbaxt61 - James Baxter
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Vale jbaxt61 - James Baxter

It is with sadness I have learn that James was critically injured in a 3 vehicle crash on a major Sydney highway at about 8.50am last Saturday not far from his home. James did not survive the injuries sustained in the accident. James was a young a.net member, a photography contributor to this site (...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

Okay, but that's not even the point. Regardless of how they ended up in that predicament, the point is, if they can't staff the current flight schedules now, how would they do it under the new regulations if put in place. Cancel more flights? It's not like they can snap their fingers and suddenly h...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 1:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4116

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Probably not too much. It should be possible to use tickets sold for draft calculation, and that is all what checkin data would be good for. Now-shows are relatively small %% of sold tickets. Standby/non-revs, misconnects, connecting bags misdirected and/or left behind would be a greater fraction o...

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by zeke
Sat May 07, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

Which means that airlines have a shortage of pilots. It may be a shortage of their own making but it's a shortage none the less. I still disagree, a shortage to me means they tried to recruit these pilots 12-18 months ago and were unable to fill vacancies. In reality these airlines made business de...

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by zeke
Fri May 06, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 not showing on FR24
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

Re: A340 not showing on FR24

This happens after they have a wash, when they get dirty they are easier to see without FR24.

Older A340s needed about 2.5 million each frame to rewire them to get ADS-B installed.

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76224

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

I think some of the 330s have tech crew rest behind the flight deck before the forward galley. Just no cabin crew rest. Not sure if these are used to LAX, where as 788 doesn’t even have tech crew rest is that right? My understanding is they were delivered without the forward and aft crew rests in t...

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

Oh. So the attempted cut of EAS by Skywest due to lack of pilots, and the cut of regional hours due to lack of pilots isn’t a lack of pilots at all. You obviously know better. This is not something that is unique to the US, IAG and EK have also indicated the same. During covid airlines did no hirin...

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 9:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

dfwjim1 wrote:
Do airlines ever put a sign in the cockpit indicating whether or not an aircraft is equipped for ETOPS?


The aircraft technical log will indicate if there is any reduction in the capability of the aircraft.

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

You would be very wrong about a shortage of pilots. (At least in the US) There is no shortage, the was a halt on hiring during covid, a pilot entering a company takes time to get them online. There is a delay between hiring a pilot and getting them online. This rule will only apply to pilots employ...

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76224

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

As appalled as I am, BNE-LAX (coming in under 14 hours) doesn’t require crew rest so they could continue to use the 788s there. They could presumably do the same with SYD-SCL. I’m not aware of them seeking EDTO >180 for the A330s, but that could be a hypothetical 788 route if they do end up with Qa...

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by zeke
Thu May 05, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 10442

Re: California Mandatory Rest for Flight Crews

I'm guessing cost and finding available pilots. If they're already struggling now to get pilots for their flights under their current flight schedules, adding relief pilots to flights that short would make that even worse since they aren't going to magically obtain extra pilots out of thin air. The...

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