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by dairbus
Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst In-flight Movie Ever?
Replies: 93
Views: 7052

RE: Worst In-flight Movie Ever?

"Meet Joe Black" with Brad Pitt was the worst one I ever saw. I think Claire Forlani is a hottie though. Big thumbs up

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by dairbus
Sat Jan 17, 2004 1:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cross Bleed Start
Replies: 16
Views: 25066

RE: Cross Bleed Start

There is a manifold which is a metal pipe about 3-4 inches in diameter which routes high pressure air from the APU to the main pneumatic manifold which then distributes it to the rest of the airplane. As for the second question, the wheels on airplanes are free-wheeling, there is no drive mechanism ...

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by dairbus
Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do You Lock Up An Aircraft?
Replies: 31
Views: 12950

RE: How Do You Lock Up An Aircraft?

I once got "locked out" of a plane once. The APU and air packs were running on a 727 that was overnighting and I accidentally closed the door to the airplane with the outflow valve closed causing it to pressurize. I tried to open the main cabin door and the airstair door at the rear of the airplane ...

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by dairbus
Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cross Bleed Start
Replies: 16
Views: 25066

RE: Cross Bleed Start

SpeedbirdHeavy Just to add to the previous post. When the APU is operational, both engines are started using APU air under normal conditions. Some airlines have a policy of starting one engine for taxi in order to save fuel if the taxi time is expected to be fairly long. They start the second engine...

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by dairbus
Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde G-BOAG Tow Bar Broken Again...
Replies: 16
Views: 3772

RE: Concorde G-BOAG Tow Bar Broken Again...

I was there on November 5th when the shear pins broke on the towbar the first time. Having worked on the ramp at a major airport for over eight years, I knew exactly what happened as soon as I saw how sharply they were turning the aircraft. Of course this has never happened to me. <img src="/di...

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by dairbus
Sun Jan 11, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Couple Of Cargo Airlines Questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 3813

RE: A Couple Of Cargo Airlines Questions...

I am not sure about Q#2 but the answer is yes to Q#1. It is for this reason most main deck cargo doors (with the exception of the nose on the 747F) are on the left side which does not interfere with lower deck loaders on the right side of the aircraft. With narrowbody freighters (727, DC-8, etc.) th...

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by dairbus
Sun Jan 11, 2004 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Pilots Letting The Public Know About Mesaba
Replies: 74
Views: 6618

RE: NW Pilots Letting The Public Know About Mesaba

I agree with Ifly2eat 100%. It would be great if other regionals copied this idea.

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by dairbus
Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL ATL Hub Gate Assignments
Replies: 14
Views: 4557

RE: DL ATL Hub Gate Assignments

There are a couple of different reasons for gate assignments at <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym>. 1. Aircraft size: Not all gates in <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia...

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by dairbus
Tue Jan 06, 2004 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nicest Engine Roar
Replies: 51
Views: 4078

RE: Nicest Engine Roar

The RB211 on the L1011 is my favorite. I like the sound of the TF39 (military CF6) on the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy also.

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by dairbus
Sun Jan 04, 2004 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Not Hold The Plane?
Replies: 56
Views: 6096

RE: Why Not Hold The Plane?

This phrase sums up my view on holding or not holding flights: "Dammed if you do, Dammed if you don't." I once held a flight from <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> to ORF for six or seven pax that were coming in at the gate ne...

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by dairbus
Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-11 For DL
Replies: 95
Views: 12925

RE: Last MD-11 For DL

The passing of the <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11 is for me bittersweet in many ways. My first exposure to the <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11 was back around 1991 when I was going to school in Florida. I went as part of a group of aviation students to visit <acronym...

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by dairbus
Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Engines Do You Like?
Replies: 22
Views: 4177

RE: What Engines Do You Like?

I miss the RB211-22B's on Delta's L-1011's. I remember being in the concourse in <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> when an L-1011 was starting it's engines after pushback. There was always a deep rumbling sound as the engine s...

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by dairbus
Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Convair 990
Replies: 9
Views: 4038

RE: Convair 990

I agree with the main reasons for the 990's commercial failure was it's relatively small passenger capacity and limited range. The fact that it was introduced a couple years after the 707 and the DC-8 did not help either. On a personal note, I flew from <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy Int...

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by dairbus
Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can The 717 Do Powerbacks?
Replies: 42
Views: 6174

RE: Can The 717 Do Powerbacks?

Air Tran does all the time in <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> so the answer is yes. Most DC-9's and <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80's can do powerbacks but it depends on the airline if their ops procedures al...

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by dairbus
Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Nicknames?
Replies: 45
Views: 5414

RE: Plane Nicknames?

Here's some other ones I've heard for the L-1011: L-1011 stands for "late 10 out of 11 times" due to the extended mechanical delays as the plane reached the end of it's service life at <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>. The F/A's also used to call it the "Tritanic" due to the prono...

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by dairbus
Mon Dec 01, 2003 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Looking ATC Tower
Replies: 12
Views: 5322

RE: The Best Looking ATC Tower

I lile the one in <acronym title="Madrid - Barajas (MAD / LEMD), Spain">MAD</acronym>. It has several strobes around the perimeter that makes it look like a flying saucer on a pedestal. <br><table align=center border=0 width=500><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, ...

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by dairbus
Mon Dec 01, 2003 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport/airline "graveyard Shift"
Replies: 22
Views: 5645

RE: Airport/airline "graveyard Shift"

In reply to Concordeboy's comment about <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym>, I was referring about the ramp operation for the individual airlines, not the airport terminal. In <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - Interna...

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by dairbus
Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport/airline "graveyard Shift"
Replies: 22
Views: 5645

RE: Airport/airline "graveyard Shift"

This topic is right up my alley since I worked for 5 1/2 years as midnight shift supervisor for <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> at <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym>. My shift was 2130 to 0600 and I typi...

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by dairbus
Tue Nov 18, 2003 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Unveils 7E7 Dreamliner's Cabin
Replies: 84
Views: 18850

RE: Boeing Unveils 7E7 Dreamliner's Cabin

I think the designs are great but it can change significantly by the time the aircraft is finally built. Love those windows though! Does anyone else think it looks very similar to the Enterprise on Star Trek: The Next Generation?

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