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by zeke
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Why would they continue to build and deliver them if they will need to apply an expensive fix later? There are a couple of false assumptions in your statement. These issues were not present when the aircraft was delivered. Customer airlines have mechanics at the assembly plants that monitor the ass...

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by zeke
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

What QR means is they want Airbus to admit that the problem is Airbus’s fault and acknowledge that this is a production issue. Of course, how the airframes are used and maintenance have never been a factor raised by the operator. Based on past and current history, why would you assume that Qatar sa...

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by zeke
Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

From the Reuter article “ LONDON/PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The head of Qatar Airways on Tuesday called on Airbus to admit that it had a problem with flaws on the surface of its A350 jets and ruled out buying freighter planes from the European company, effectively handing a potential deal to rival Bo...

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by zeke
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Because manufacturers have a horrible track record on meeting their promised weight targets once the engineering has actually been done... I think you are talking about new aircraft, we are talking about components that have been built that have a known weight, with the aid of CATIA they should be ...

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by zeke
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Thanks for that. Sorry, I’m not trying to be pedantic, just trying to get my head around this. In the case of an A350 passenger plane, they will build the entire plane, including floor, and then install the buyers preferred equipment. Or alternatively, it’s the buyers responsibility to accept the p...

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by zeke
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

One question I have about the A350F is the floor beams. I’ve read that part of the process of making the freighter is “Strengthened Floor Beams” to accommodate increased loads over a passenger version. How do they achieve this? Is it a thicker gauge of metal? A different metal alloy? Or if it is CF...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Lightning may explain the static discharge probe, but does not explain the other photos. The one thing that all the photos have in common is the paint crack is occurring at the edge of the part. This lead me to believe that it is a moisture wicking issue, so if they can can better seal the edge aft...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

In your previous post you stated that paint is a customer option, I would like to hope that the OEM advises the only acceptable types to ensure the viability of the product. Now if as you state above that paint also includes these other items - for composite a/c - I am surprised that so much contro...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

According to the link below the A350F will have 319tons MTOW and 250tons MLW. If like the A351 it will have 13tons difference between MZFW and MLW then MZFW will be 237t. That givers us an OEW of 128tons (237-109). https://aircraft.airbus.com/en/aircraft/freighters/a350-freighter That like has been...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Are there existing calculations or standards that say how large of an area can be missing the copper mesh before its a safety concern (100, 250, 500, etc. square centimeters, with perhaps a maximum dimension of the widest part). This is the question I would ask if I was employed by the Regulator. O...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

If as LH is reporting, that a meter square area of paint is gone on a relatively new aircraft this is not "a normal" maintenance issue. If both the paint and underlying mesh is gone exposing the carbon fiber on a new aircraft this is not "normal." This is a separate issue to wha...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I suspect you are not talking about the same thing. How can 3m of A350 fuselage (even fully equipped) weigh 8 tonnes? That would mean that 60m of fuselage weigh 160 tonnes which is over the OEW of the A350-1000. Talking about the exact same thing, as a wide body comparison have a look at the 77L vs...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Simple Flying has picked this up and added a comment about the issue at LH: "Lufthansa sent messages in 2017 saying that areas of peeling paint had been discovered on its A350s, some as big as a meter square. The German flag carrier had begun repainting its fleet of A350s in February this year...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Those pictures look like the entire protective epoxy cover layer above the copper grid is being pulled apart from the panels by the adherent paint, instead of just having the paint flaking off. Filling and replacing the epoxy is a standard part of any composite aircraft repaint. Suggest you look at...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 550
Views: 105461

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

That looks so bad that I am amazed the pics have not been published before. Anyone able to identify the part of the aircraft(s) shown in the pics? Doesn’t look that bad to me, it appears just to be on the surface. I have seen this sort of appearance on engine cowls for longer than I can remember. B...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

MoKa777 wrote:
From the Leeham article, the plan is for the A359F to be around 70.7m long. That is only about 3m shorter than the A350-1000. Does 3m of A350 fuselage weigh 8-9 tonnes? That would be roughly 2,6-3 tonnes/m of fuselage.


Correct

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by zeke
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

The difference in weight between a 359 and 35K in similar configuration is only about 12T. Where you work the difference in empty weight between them is 20t. The way I see it, a freighter conversion of the base 359 would shed about 10 to 12T off the basic weight of a pax variant. The weight of a “g...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

While on the topic, I still have a hard time seeing how the A350F will carry 109T of payload. I estimate that a pax 359 factory stripped down and equipped for cargo ops would weigh about 125T. Of course, we're now adding a few frames aft of the wing and using the -1000 mid section, wings, gear and ...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do manufacturers/airlines "update" the flight computer systems
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Do manufacturers/airlines "update" the flight computer systems

I see images of the some the older Airbus A320s jets with the older screens in the flight deck, and was wondering, is the software routinely upgraded/updated, in a similar way all our computers/phones are? I would assume a A320 built in 2018 has had some improvements to the software over a 1997 mak...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France B789 dispatch reliability
Replies: 18
Views: 7290

Re: Air France B789 dispatch reliability

In short, of the last 100 flights of Air France 789, they have 83 on time, 16 delayed and 1 canceled. The average delay time if we calculate across the 99 flights that were operated: about 7min 15 seconds. I believe ANY airline would be glad to show such numbers Anything up to include 15 minutes is...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

HPRamper wrote:
If I'm not mistaken UPS does not use nose tethers and they do just fine without them


They have their fair share of loading mishaps, it’s only been a couple of weeks since on of their 747s was on its tail in ICN.

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by zeke
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Cruise Mach at Cost Index 300
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: 787 Cruise Mach at Cost Index 300

Cutting the block time on NBO-CAN from 11:30 to 10:15 is pretty significant. I've read elsewhere that at CI300 a 787 cruises around M0.86 and at a low CI it will be below M0.85, even though the plane is designed around a cruise mach of M0.85. This really has nothing to do with how fast the aircraft...

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by zeke
Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan

As the engine will be heavier and there will be more parasitic drag from the bigger nacelles, the SFC gain would have to be larger than 10% to get to the 10% at the aircraft level unless you take into account you have to fly less fuel to burn fuel. A reduction in fuel burn, means a reduction in the...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA

Not just the less desirable regionals. They pretty much all are. There are quite a few Australians working for SkyWest. This is a separate arrangement, there is a reciprocal arrangement between the US and Australia where pilots from each country and work in each others market. This has been in plac...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

So, let me get this straight. The current 350 can have it's rear lower deck hold full and will not tip. The weight forward of the hold is sufficient to counteract the weight from the hold aft, pretty straight forward. The 350F won't have the weight of cabin furnishings, seats, galleys, toilets, ove...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan

I've been following the Ultrafan since its inception, and it seems that the variable fan blades were dropped from all renderings, marketing materials, etc. a few years ago (and doesn't show up in the linked article or video). If someone could correct me on that, that'd be amazing. I receive some ma...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

LTEN11 wrote:
How does the aircraft place weight into the front ?


It is a function of the moment arm between the centre of gravity and the point of rotation.

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Location of this Incident
Replies: 17
Views: 4212

Re: Location of this Incident

Can the nose gear exceed the tow limit, suffer significant damage that will require its replacement yet remain structurally sound enough to support the weight of the plane and the force of the traction? I don't recall anything that would prevent that, I somehow remember the steering mechanism to be...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

How do you make it impossible to tip by design with the main deck cargo door at the rear, without say an IL62 style tail gear extending after landing ? You will still need to rely on the ground crew to load/unload in the correct order. The A350 can already have the aft underfloor hold with the maxi...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

This aircraft will compete vs. the 77xF and 77F. How many of the 77F have ever been loaded erroneously to the point they wound up sitting on their tail? Has this ever happened? Isn't that why the 77F cargo door is also...behind the wing? It’s happened on the 747 and MD11 many times. thats really no...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Location of this Incident
Replies: 17
Views: 4212

Re: Location of this Incident

hey yall, long time viewer, never really been here on the forums. a recent discussion has brought up this incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRIqZfqru2o can anyone tell me where this happened and when? I cannot find a single shred of evidence on this tug jack knifing and causing the nose whe...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

And a 744F replacement for customers not needing the nose door. best regards Thomas Noticed this in a Leeham article https://leehamnews.com/2021/11/11/airbus-details-a350f-specifications/ “ The extra-large maindeck cargo door is placed behind the wing so that the loading of cargo can’t make the air...

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

2175301 wrote:

Why don't you name what you see as the likely prospects for up to 7 A350F's


Because that is not what this thread is about, why don’t you start a new thread if you want to discuss LOIs, MOUs, and potential customers.

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time
Replies: 37
Views: 9811

Re: Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time

https://hifly.aero/media-center/hi-fly- ... ntarctica/


Sign me up, would love to do that trip in an A340
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Mortyman wrote:
A Hifly Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time

https://hifly.aero/media-center/hi-fly- ... ntarctica/


Sign me up, would love to do that trip in an A340

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

https://airleasecorp.com/customers
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Cardude2 wrote:
Do you mind naming them out or sending a link (if possible) of their customer base


Sure here you go, you can use the controls to get either a map view or a list https://airleasecorp.com/customers

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by zeke
Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I'm scratching my head on which of those airlines would want an A350F, or which airlines would have approached ALC for possible rental of an A350F. To me its quite plausible that the A350F was tossed into the LOI just so ALC could go out to airlines and quote a lease rate and see if they could find...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

However, given Airbus's previous history of claiming major progress where there was none... It's fair to be skeptical at this time. I'm going to look at what is ordered within 60 days for the LOI and 90 days for the MOU. After that amount of time the chances of them being converted to orders is fai...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo
Replies: 175
Views: 41472

Re: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo

lets make a quick list here European airlines with widebodies and an all being fleet Air europa: ERJ 190 and ATR TUI: has ERJ-190s (unless they are talking about a specific tui group member but as far as I'm aware tui orders as a group, not single airlines) UIA: has ERJ190/195s LOT: has ERJ/Q400 KL...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo
Replies: 175
Views: 41472

Re: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo

Weatherwatcher1 wrote:
I wonder if Scott Hamilton’s source is the Airbus marketing department. I find such specific leaked information about a potential order a bit odd.


It could come from anywhere, for example a ground support equipment supplier.

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by zeke
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1491

Re: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

Max Q wrote:

As long as corrosion hasn’t caused terminal damage to the electronics !


Dont know if you remember those little plastic battery holders with two cables coming off it, thats what I remember. You can still buy them.

PCBs back then look like a kid built them.

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by zeke
Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 392
Views: 91699

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

The articles suggests that Airbus didn't know at the first instance whether they were affected and they had to investigate by checking with Leonardo before finally confirming they were not affected. Sounds like it was an issue that Airbus would had missed if they hadn't checked with Leonardo. In th...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1491

Re: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

Max Q wrote:
I see that, looks good but it does say it doesn’t turn on !


They had 3 “AA” size rechargeable batteries, if it hasn’t been used for a while they would not longer be good. It wouldn’t take much effort to make a new battery pack for it.

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by zeke
Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 307185

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I agree. I just don't understand why they are describing things as launches when they are not launches, and orders when they are not orders. It reeks of a certain kind of desperation to me at least, hyping things to the max (ahem!) when they don't need to be. If they have a solid product and are co...

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by zeke
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF
Replies: 49
Views: 7823

Re: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF

With a lower MTOW. The 5500+nm Airbus quote at 316 tonnes, 319 tonnes represents an increase. Yes there is no cabin furniture which gives about 16t back. I think that number will be higher. The side panels on todays A350s are made without any cutouts, and then a waterjet is used to make cutouts for...

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by zeke
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 minimum engine oil qty for dispatch
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Re: A320 minimum engine oil qty for dispatch

If memory serves its 12 quarts was min dispatch

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by zeke
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF
Replies: 49
Views: 7823

Re: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF

The A35F will likely be able to carry the 109 tonne maximum payload out to 5500+ nm, that is where the A35K MZFW range sits. Not a sniff it’ll do 5500nm at 109t, that’s ridiculous. It will be somewhere around 4700. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk The A35K in passenger configuration does MZFW ...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF
Replies: 49
Views: 7823

Re: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF

If I'm understanding your spreadsheet correctly, this doesn't necessarily look good for the A350F. I guess that is why Airbus has not launched the A35F, and Boeing has launched the 77XF, no one has ordered the A35F and there are orders for the 77XF. For example, Singapore airlines might be looking ...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 22 year old CFI
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Re: 22 year old CFI

Hello Pilots, I am currently a 22 year old CFI who passed PPL first time, IFR rating second time, Commercial Pilots License first time and CFI-A first time. After being signed off for CFII, I have busted that check ride twice. I know at this point I have definitely caused damage to my record and na...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF
Replies: 49
Views: 7823

Re: A350F vs 777XF vs 777ERSF

For A350F payload we have Faury saying 90T+, you saying 95T, Reuters saying 109T. I'm not criticizing, but I am looking forward to the time when we have better information. Hopefully this happens by end of 2021, or my comparisons to NMA become more valid! :biggrin: Airbus has updated their website ...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 17, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15781

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

No; but many companies - including MRO's bring in contractors to do work that they do not have the technical abilities to do. A MRO can easily hire them. No they cannot, little issue called the FAA. Performing structural modifications on aircraft requires FAA accreditation by the people performing ...

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