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by B777LRF
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?
Replies: 119
Views: 24408

RE: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?

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by B777LRF
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is This On The 787 Tail
Replies: 3
Views: 6709

RE: What Is This On The 787 Tail

First flight, and they've already pimped it - it's a rabbits tail  Wink

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by B777LRF
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?
Replies: 37
Views: 7655

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Once, on business, had to fly <acronym title="Port of Spain / Trinidad - Piarco International (POS / TTPP), Trinidad and Tobago">POS</acronym>=<acronym title="Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM / TNCM), Netherlands Antilles">SXM</acronym>. On my chosen day of travel, there were two op...

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by B777LRF
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take Off: Where Is The Danger With Tailwinds?
Replies: 35
Views: 14181

RE: Take Off: Where Is The Danger With Tailwinds?

It's actually quite simple. Aircraft don't, aerodynamically speaking, care about speed over the ground - the only thing that keeps the things flying is airspeed over the wings. A tailwind reduces airspeed over the wings, therefore it will require a higher speed over the ground to gain sufficient lif...

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by B777LRF
Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish Short Haul/Istanbul City + Star Gold Q`s?
Replies: 4
Views: 5664

RE: Turkish Short Haul/Istanbul City + Star Gold Q

TK is one of the few remaining full-service airlines around in Europe. So regardless of whether you're travelling in the front or back of the bus, you'll be served a full meal and there's free drinks to go with it. Food on <acronym title="Turkish Airlines">TK</acronym> is generally quite good, as is...

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by B777LRF
Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Strangest" Airport You Have Been To?
Replies: 47
Views: 16574

RE: "Strangest" Airport You Have Been To

Well, Saddam Intl. (BGW/<acronym title="Baghdad - International (Saddam International) (SDA / ORBS), Iraq">SDA</acronym>) back in 2003 was a little "strange". Perhaps scary is a better word for it though; flying a missed approach* sure got the old heart-rate up! Of course, the chance of being mortar...

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by B777LRF
Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routing Advice : LAX-DXB
Replies: 5
Views: 3365

RE: Routing Advice : LAX-DXB

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by B777LRF
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EF2000 Vs Rafale Vs F22Raptor In Dubai
Replies: 54
Views: 21277

RE: EF2000 Vs Rafale Vs F22Raptor In Dubai

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by B777LRF
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unsightly A380 Wing Soot
Replies: 29
Views: 8975

RE: Unsightly A380 Wing Soot

You just wait until Air France has had one of the Route Masters in service for a year or so  Wink

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by B777LRF
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Prop Vs Jet: Bird Strike?
Replies: 14
Views: 13090

RE: Prop Vs Jet: Bird Strike?

Hitting a sufficient large bird with either a set of props or a fan will, generally speaking, ruin your whole day. The damage pattern might be different, but the ultimate outcome will be the same - loss of propulsion.

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by B777LRF
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline That Operate A Flight Academy
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

RE: Airline That Operate A Flight Academy

KL, <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym>, <acronym title="Singapore Airlines">SQ</acronym> and <acronym title="Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates)">EY</acronym> all run "proper" academies, not accepting any students they don't fully intend to employ upon completion of their training. ...

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by B777LRF
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When Outboard Ailerons Act As Flaps...
Replies: 5
Views: 4900

RE: When Outboard Ailerons Act As Flaps...

The main benefit of drooping ailerons is that it'll allow for slight lower landing speeds, thus reducing landing distance required. It may also help to lift a bit more weight off a restricted runway or, conversely, reduce the Take-off distance required with similar weights. Though it wasn't an optio...

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by B777LRF
Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routing Advice : LAX-DXB
Replies: 5
Views: 3365

RE: Routing Advice : LAX-DXB

I'd personally avoid Delta, but then again I don't think very highly of any US carrier, especially not in comparison with, well, basically anyone else in the civilised world. Don't rate <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> too high either, and I certainly wouldn't fancy 16+ ...

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by B777LRF
Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Shortest International Flight
Replies: 57
Views: 7865

RE: Your Shortest International Flight

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by B777LRF
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Airframe Ever: 727, 737, Or 757?
Replies: 13
Views: 5553

RE: Best Airframe Ever: 727, 737, Or 757?

Of those particular airframes, I'd vote for the trusty old 3-holer. Built like the proveribial brick shytehouse, it's as solid an aircraft as Boeing ever made them. Not quite as solid as the Diesel-Eight though, now that thing was built to last forever. But for something extravangantly solid, well-d...

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by B777LRF
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus Or Boeing - What Do You Prefer?
Replies: 44
Views: 26258

RE: Airbus Or Boeing - What Do You Prefer?

Airbii for paxing over any Boeing, but B777F for freight dawging over anything else. For paxing I've never warmed to the B777; too noisy, too uncomfortable and short of two engines.

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by B777LRF
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Shortest International Flight
Replies: 57
Views: 7865

RE: Your Shortest International Flight

CPH-MMA, back before they build the bridge. Sikorsky S-76, 12 miles, 5 minutes.

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by B777LRF
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My First Airline
Replies: 0
Views: 5786

My First Airline

I suppose this has been done before, but oldies are goldies as they say, so here's the story of the first airline I ever passengered on, and the wonderful flying machines they flung from Scandinavia to various warm and sandy places in the Med. The centrepiece of this story is Conair, formed from the...

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by B777LRF
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever Pulled Your Airline Status In A Huff?
Replies: 9
Views: 6001

RE: Ever Pulled Your Airline Status In A Huff?

Haven't had the need to pull <acronym title="Tower Air (USA)">FF</acronym> status (I'm a double Star Alliance Gold) but have, on occasion, pulled rank. I hold a fairly senior (VP) position with a rather large airline, and wipping out my businesscard always does the trick when one airline or another ...

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by B777LRF
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Underfloor Cargo Question
Replies: 25
Views: 21100

RE: Boeing 777-300ER Underfloor Cargo Question

Fuel tank must be near-empty - I belive most airlines allow up to around 5 liters - and the battery must be disconnected. For Dangerous Goods purposes vehicles are Class 9. The car will be strapped down to the pallet, and provided it's done correctly, there is no risk at all. It's a piece of cake re...

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by B777LRF
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot And High Performance B773ER Vs. A346
Replies: 71
Views: 18483

RE: Hot And High Performance B773ER Vs. A346

While MAD is not very high, it can and does get very hot in the summer. It's the combination of 2000ft altitude and 35+ centigrade that's the killer.

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by B777LRF
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Purchasing Boeing Airplanes
Replies: 31
Views: 8014

RE: Purchasing Boeing Airplanes

Paying the full price upfront would be incredibly poor management of funds; they'd be sitting at Boeing's or Airbus' account for years earning interests, rather than with the airline. No airline would do that. It's not unsual to pay 25% at contract signing, another 25% one year prior to delivery and...

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by B777LRF
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recap About Airliners Cruising Speed
Replies: 24
Views: 8130

RE: Recap About Airliners Cruising Speed

... but at least we agree line skippers fly the speed they're told, or told to decide for ourselves in your case. Which must be nice, but that sort of freedom has forever been eroded with the vast majority of operators.

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by B777LRF
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recap About Airliners Cruising Speed
Replies: 24
Views: 8130

RE: Recap About Airliners Cruising Speed

This discussion will never be able to yield a single number applicable for each of the types you have listed. There are simply too many variables, some of which have already been mentioned. We drive the aircraft at the speed our lords and masters (the beancounters) tell our Chief Pilot to tell us. W...

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by B777LRF
Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: City With The Least Centrally Located Airport
Replies: 38
Views: 6703

RE: City With The Least Centrally Located Airport

The new Beijing one, what being connected to the city by MAGLEV, must be a fair distance away. Oh, and ARN of course  Wink

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by B777LRF
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: City With The Most Centrally-Located Intl. Airport
Replies: 86
Views: 15750

RE: City With The Most Centrally-Located Intl. Air

Then there's ARN, the most centrally located airport in Scandinavia; 1 hour from Oslo, 1 hour from Copenhagen and .... 1 hour from Stockholm  Wink

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by B777LRF
Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where Did The Crew Smoke?
Replies: 25
Views: 11415

RE: Where Did The Crew Smoke?

One little trick of the trade, sometimes used by cabin crew down the back on long over-night flights, is to stick a knife in the door seal. Creates a great little draft, sitting next to it and enjoying a smoke, it's more than sufficient to suck out any smoke. Luckily I'm in the freight business, so ...

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by B777LRF
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can You Have A 748F With A Streched Bubble
Replies: 10
Views: 4491

RE: Can You Have A 748F With A Streched Bubble

If you threw enough money at Boeing, I'm sure it could be done. But why would you make such a daft move? The standard upper-deck has more than enough space at it is; in fact quite a few B747-400SF conversions have put a bulkhead on the upper-deck as there is no need, at all, for all that space. Try ...

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by B777LRF
Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freighter Ranges
Replies: 26
Views: 6161

RE: Freighter Ranges

The answer lies in the smaller difference between MFZW and MTOW that you have on a freighter. In other words, whilst any given freighter and passenger version of the same aircraft type may well have the same MTOW, the freighter will often have a much higher MZFW, thereby allowing for a much higher p...

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by B777LRF
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News About The Usaf And The A380
Replies: 16
Views: 7605

RE: News About The Usaf And The A380

"True, but with the low hours they fly, they don't hit those marks for a long time."

Speaking of which, anybody got a rough idea how many hours 28000 and 28001 have got on the clock?

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by B777LRF
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Plane Are You Looking Foreward To Seeing?
Replies: 25
Views: 11732

RE: What Plane Are You Looking Foreward To Seeing?

Yes, of course, bit of a typo there  Wink

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by B777LRF
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Plane Are You Looking Foreward To Seeing?
Replies: 25
Views: 11732

RE: What Plane Are You Looking Foreward To Seeing?

Cargolux B747-8F
LH B747-9i
Emirates A380-900

4engines 4ever

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