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by AAR90
Wed Feb 23, 2000 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VHF Air Radio..help
Replies: 14
Views: 4004

RE: VHF Air Radio..help

>The frequency used for high alt. is actually UHF and this is used mostly for long distance high altitude comm. because of distance. UHF is also line of sight with no noticable difference in range from VHF. Perhaps you were thinking of HF? Those freqs can travel around the world in the right conditi...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 23, 2000 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats Up With AAs X-Reno MD-90s?
Replies: 24
Views: 2540

RE: Where Are They Going?

>Y'all say they won't be around for long, just where are they going - why'd American take them if they didn't want them? I didn't say they won't be around for long. If I'd thought of that I wouldn't have bid to fly 'em. <;-) AA tried selling them to DL, but DL tried selling their MD-90's to AA. Nobo...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 23, 2000 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single Engine Ferry Flight
Replies: 6
Views: 3835

RE: Single Engine Ferry Flight

Yes it is legal, but for maintenance ferry flights only. And then only if no other option is available, only with specific FAA approval, only with specially trained aircrews (AA's Tulsa based Test Pilots for example), special flight planning, etc., etc., etc. Very difficult to make happen, but legal...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 23, 2000 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats Up With AAs X-Reno MD-90s?
Replies: 24
Views: 2540

RE: Whats Up With AAs X-Reno MD-90s?

>Are they going to go back and 'silverize' it, or are >the -90s to be left white? They will remain white (Reno's previous white area) for the time being. Ultimate decision on what to do with them has not been made. Gradually locking them into SNA-SFO, SJC, RNO and LAS routes. With the exception of S...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 23, 2000 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Visibility Limits At Landing
Replies: 1
Views: 2074

RE: Visibility Limits At Landing

Vertical weather limit is called a "ceiling" while horizontal weather limit is called "visibility." American Airlines operations have no ceiling requirement for all but circling approaches. AA visibility minimums may go as low as 300 feet depending upon aircraft/crew/airport qualifications. B757/767...

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by AAR90
Tue Feb 22, 2000 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An AA Accisent At Ord?
Replies: 4
Views: 2432

RE: An AA Accisent At Ord?

Sounds like somebody asleep at the wheel? Here's the scoop from Reuters: CHICAGO (Reuters) - At least six people were injuredMonday when a fuel pumper truck hit the nose wheel of an American Airlines plane unloading passengers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, officials said. None of the in...

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by AAR90
Tue Feb 22, 2000 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1 Md-80/Md-90 Quiz Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

RE: 1 Md-80/Md-90 Quiz Question

According to AA operating manuals:

MD-82/83 wingspan = 107'10"
MD-87 wingspan = not listed in differences book.
MD-90 wingspan = 32.9M (107'10")
[this book primarily reprint of
MD Flight Crew Operating Manual]

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 19, 2000 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Departure Routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1424

RE: Airport Departure Routes

>Sounds like I missed some of the small print. You have to read ALL of the small print to fly a published procedure correctly. >So normally you would expect to do a continuous >climb to cruise altitude? If it is published procedure, it will almost always have some published level off altitude. Just ...

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do You Deliver A Plane
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

RE: How Do You Deliver A Plane

There are no "official" procedures that are followed each and every acft delivery. I've flown 4 MD80 delivery flights for AA and each was different. 1. LGB-TUL by way of W291 (warning area off southern Calif. coast). Delayed 15 minutes in W291 to sign acceptance contract and hand over payment check ...

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by AAR90
Thu Feb 17, 2000 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Departure Routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1424

RE: Airport Departure Routes

What you're talking about is the "expect further climb in x minutes" clearance and is required for lost communications procedures. If communications are lost prior to ATC issuing a climb to higher altitude, the pilot shall remain at assigned altitude (5000 in this case) for 10 minutes, then climb to...

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by AAR90
Thu Feb 17, 2000 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

RE: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?

>Sorry I hadn't realized you are an AA captain prior >to now. Otherwise I wouldn't have wrote about >waiting until my next flight. If done properly, you won't feel the engines coming out of reverse... you'll hear it only. I still laugh at the big deal AA makes about not touching the brakes during po...

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by AAR90
Thu Feb 17, 2000 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weight Of Paint/Paint?s
Replies: 15
Views: 5898

RE: Weight Of Paint/Paint?s

AA once claimed an average fuel savings of $40,000+ per aircraft per year by not painting the fuselage. AA A300-600R aircraft came painted as Airbus refused to provide matched aluminum skin panels to AA. A few years ago Airbus provided that option at no charge. Quid-pro-quo for AA announcement it wa...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

RE: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?

>I routinely ride between ATL and DFW and this >procedure is used on both ends by American. Used just about anywhere the airport permits it. >Aircraft are 727, MD-80, F100; can't speak for the >757 and up. When AA first got the 757 we had powerback procedures. After the first couple of FODed engines...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autoland
Replies: 8
Views: 1913

RE: Autoland

>A couple more things, though - Are the landing >procedures for the cockpit crew very different >when the a/c is in autoland mode, compared to >normal situations? Yes. AA procedure has the First Officer flying the aircraft until the Captain takes over for the actual landing. If Captain has not taken...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autoland
Replies: 8
Views: 1913

RE: Autoland

>But, seriously...Autoland really means automatic >landing, right? Correct. >And how often do airline pilots use it, or is it used >only in emergencies and poor visibility? Poor visibility. AA 757/767 is legal to 300 feet visibility. AA MD80 is legal to 700 feet visibility. AA MD90 is currently not ...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autoland
Replies: 8
Views: 1913

RE: Autoland

Sunday? What was I doing Sunday? It wasn't foggy Sunday was it? At least not near Ted Williams Pkwy. ;-) SAN's runway isn't autoland capable. I wish it were, but it is not. I last diverted to LAX from SAN in November. By the time I got to the airport to drive home, the fog had lifted enough that som...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No American A300's At Lax?
Replies: 12
Views: 3569

RE: Why No American A300's At Lax?

FlyAA757 writes: >That seems strange, I was under the impression that >a good amount of the $$ made on JFK-LHR was in the >belly. If the a/c can do trans-atls, why not relatively >short transcons? That doesnt make too much sense I'm not one to argue too much with AA management decisions. They've don...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Engine 747
Replies: 7
Views: 2839

RE: 5 Engine 747

My dad flew for Pan Am for 30+ years, the last dozen or so as 747 Captain. This was routine procedure at Pan Am to position spare engines. Even sold the position as cargo "space" for those companies that didn't purchase the extra pod option. Significant drag increase and subsequent decreased range. ...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

RE: Why Pull Forward To Reverse?

Reverse thrust powerback limit is 1.3EPR. Forward thrust ground ops limit is 1.2EPR. As noted elsewhere, all the forward 1.2EPR is available to move the acft while only a small portion of the 1.3EPR reverse thrust is actually used in the intended direction of travel. After sitting a short period of ...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autoland
Replies: 8
Views: 1913

RE: Autoland

Don't know about A320, but in 13 years at AA I have done 5 autolands -- all in 757 or 767. Virtually every flight plan has a request for practice autoland to keep system qualified without significant maintenance time/effort testing same. Only autolands I have flown have been in actual very poor visi...

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by AAR90
Wed Feb 16, 2000 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot;scary To Fly?
Replies: 12
Views: 2476

RE: Pilot;scary To Fly?

Sometime in late 1970's while in college I did a research project on phobias. Don't recall the exact details, but here is a general summary: Most professional pilots have a fear of a lack of control (don't recall the phobia's name) that manifests itself most often as a slightly nervous feeling when ...

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by AAR90
Tue Feb 15, 2000 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has American Kept Reno Air's Routes Intact?
Replies: 7
Views: 2066

RE: Has American Kept Reno Air's Routes Intact?

Previous 4 weeks in schoolhouse had nothing on the close-in horizon. Most QQ -80/-87 acft were expected to be configured to AA standards and brought into AA's maintenance program. -90 plans were up in the air as AA tried to sell them to DL, but DL tried to sell their -90's to AA. On last day at scho...

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by AAR90
Tue Feb 15, 2000 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Take Off V Speeds
Replies: 3
Views: 3916

RE: Take Off V Speeds

From my MD80 Performance Manual, FAR Section (with some minor deletions for brevity): ------------------ V1 is takeoff action speed. It is the speed at which the engine is assumed to fail (Vef) plus speed gained during the interval between engine failure and the instant the pilot recognizes and reac...

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by AAR90
Tue Feb 15, 2000 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No American A300's At Lax?
Replies: 12
Views: 3569

RE: Why No American A300's At Lax?

AA tried transcons with A300, but it was not cost efficient compared with other options. Acft has lots of cargo capacity, but little range when loaded up. AA retrenched its A300 fleet to primarily MIA north/south routes --which is the primary reason for getting them in the first place... cargo to/fr...

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 12, 2000 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blinking Landing Lights On Southwests' 737-300
Replies: 7
Views: 4608

RE: Blinking Landing Lights On Southwests' 737-300

Attempts to get birds' attention to minimize bird strikes. I've seen this on non-WN 737's as well.

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 12, 2000 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD80 Airworthiness Directive
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

RE: MD80 Airworthiness Directive

Try AviationNow.com.

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by AAR90
Sun Feb 06, 2000 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APU Fires
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

RE: APU Fires

>>Newer model aircraft are equiped with an automatic >>fire suppression system. However it takes a person >>to activate the system. Otherwise there would be a >>lot of premature actuation in midair (this is not a >>good thing) B757 and F100 have automatic shutdown and activation of extinguisher when...

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by AAR90
Sun Feb 06, 2000 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APU Fires
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

RE: APU Fires

Most have automatic shutdown circuits. Newer models have automatic discharge of extinguishing agent as well. I believe all have fire control panels accessible from ramp level --at least the AA planes I've flown do.

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 05, 2000 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Black Boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 2299

RE: Black Boxes

To prevent further damage to the contents. Recovery teams attempt to keep the recorders in the same condition as found until delivered to NTSB lab. The lab has both equipment and knowledge on how to access the contents with minimum loss of data no matter what the condition the boxes were delivered i...

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by AAR90
Sat Feb 05, 2000 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Tail Stall....
Replies: 16
Views: 2158

RE: Alaska Airlines Tail Stall....

R347216 writes: >>There must be right this minute, people lined up at >>some airport , waiting to board an MD80, who are >>totally oblivious that this airplane is a death trap. The DC9 aircraft (MD80/90 are marketing names for different models of the DC9) is not a death trap. It is very reliable and...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reality And Simulators
Replies: 14
Views: 1122

RE: Reality And Simulators

Lauda 777 writes: >>How is Fly! Compered to FS? Actual aircraft flying compared to flight sim? Compared to current generation full motion airliner simulators, virtually identical (see previous posting). Compared to personal computer based flight sim programs, the pc based programs are so far from re...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Probably The Oldest Landing Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1659

RE: Probably The Oldest Landing Question

VC-10 writes: >On a state of the art airliner on a scheduled route the pilot tells the Flt Management System where the a/c is going,then when the driver has got it off the ground he engages the a/pilot at about 400 ft and that's it. His/her next task is to steer it off the runway at the other end. A...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reality And Simulators
Replies: 14
Views: 1122

RE: Reality And Simulators

I can see this is gonna get too technical for most folks, myself included, but the amount of actual aircraft flight time required is dependent upon the quality of the simulators and the training program used for that training. >It is not entirely true that an airline pilot can be >completely certifi...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: On The Fence With American
Replies: 9
Views: 1982

RE: On The Fence With American

Derico wrote: >So, I need some counceling. Do you have any fealings on American either way, or you just don't care about them? What is your experience with them? What is your opinion on their recent blunders? I am really on the fence with this one, so any outside opinions can help. As an AA Captain,...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces DC10 Retirement
Replies: 22
Views: 5139

RE: AA Announces DC10 Retirement

ASQX writes: >The 767-400 has a cockpit design similar to the 777 but retains 757/767 crew ratings. True, but each airline decides how it will operate each aircraft and train its pilots. While Boeing naturally wants _all_ its aircraft to have a single type rating, it may not be practical from an air...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Probably The Oldest Landing Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1659

RE: Probably The Oldest Landing Question

>how does a large airliner pilot know what >direction to point the nose when he's still >up there, "Up there" meaning at altitude? Multiple compasses. >and when the airplane gets lower, how does >he know how far up to roll the nose Multiple attitude indicators. Then again, I like to look out the win...

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by AAR90
Sun Jan 30, 2000 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces DC10 Retirement
Replies: 22
Views: 5139

RE: AA Announces DC10 Retirement

Yes AA has (continues?) to look at 767-400 aircraft. One of the major issues for management is that the 767-400 cockpit is closer to 777 than current 767/757 possibly requiring a "split-fleet." My understanding is that that would mean pilots qualified in 767-400 only, 777 only, and 767/757 (but not ...

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by AAR90
Sat Jan 29, 2000 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabin Pressure
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

RE: Cabin Pressure

The air conditioning packs take air from the engine compressor(s), cools and conditions it, and distributes it throughout the aircraft. The pressure regulating valve(s) regulate the rate that cabin air is allowed to escape overboard. That's basically how cabin pressure is maintained. Fully automatic...

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by AAR90
Sat Jan 29, 2000 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reality And Simulators
Replies: 14
Views: 1122

RE: Reality And Simulators

Degree of reality depends mostly upon the user. Current quality of airliner full motion simulators is very realistic, but never exactly like a real aircraft. Night visual is much more realistic than day visuals. If you go into the sim with the attitude you are going flying, you'll get a very realist...

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