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by Dalmd88
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 2164
Views: 380683

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

They will likely pull ahead any of the 767s that were scheduled to retire in the next 24 months. No reason to incur the ongoing maintenance costs associated with planes that were going to retire when there is more than enough frames of other fleet types that are going to stay in the fleet. Storage ...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 396
Views: 83833

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020

Anyone know what's up with these odd A330 flights out of MSP. This is the third one I've seen with a routing like this in the last two days: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9983/history/20200414/1855Z/KMSP/KMSP It is a real flight because I have seen the airplanes fly by my window. Are they ...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

There is a new emergency AD that was put out for the V2500 and the required compliance is before the end of April. You can see the full details by following the link: https://news.aviation-safety.net/2020/03/22/faa-issues-emergency-ad-following-an-iae-v2533-uncontained-engine-failure-on-an-airbus-a...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Care During Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 2035

Re: Engine Care During Storage

Long term storage (up to 365 days) dictates a 5%-7% mix of additive in the oil system, and a preservation fluid in the fuel system. This requires both dry motoring and wet motoring. All the fuel and oil lines should still be wet, but with corrosion prohibiting compound. As for the internal part of ...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737-200 question
Replies: 7
Views: 2557

Re: B737-200 question

I did not know the -200 were split with both EDP on the A and only electrics on the B. I knew the NG were left edp for A and right for B with back up electrics for both. I figured the -200 were the same. The Classics had this set up also. I only worked sheetmetal on the -200.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737-200 question
Replies: 7
Views: 2557

Re: B737-200 question

The wirring sound is most likely from the rotation of all the mechanicals of the system, not electric hydraulic pumps. The electric pump is only used as a back up to the engine driven pumps. The flap system uses drive shafts connected to gearboxes. The gearboxes drive jackscrews at every flap track ...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 2164
Views: 380683

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

So if a Delta employee takes a leave of absence, they can sign up for Unemployment? In Ga the company automatically applies to the Dept of Labor an unemployment claim for every LOA employee. I think it was a deal between the company and the state. Do a few mass enrollments instead of a lot of indiv...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 422
Views: 37826

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

Green time is the key as to what gets parked and what flies. All major maintenance is on hold right now. Internal talk is the MD88/90 fleet will be retired soon. On date was communicated on this week's VP call. It was stated that some of the 767 fleet could be retired also. I personally think the 75...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What has Delta not massively cut flights to Europe this summer as United has?
Replies: 43
Views: 11454

Re: What has Delta not massively cut flights to Europe this summer as United has?

Separately, would Delta cancel a summer flight, if it is 50% full at this time but most of those seats are frequent flyer tickets from 25K to 28K miles round trip? They would not be 50% frequent flyer awards. Only a small percentage of a given flight is allocated to award redemption. Especially for...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8814

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

I think the Delta cargo flights have empty cabins. As for the SLC flight, I would bet it was a charter, The Mormon Church has been bringing missionaries home from all over the world. I would bet the SYD flight would be from all the South Pacific Islands.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are some vintage airliners still operational?
Replies: 33
Views: 4149

Re: How are some vintage airliners still operational?

So technically its possible to rescue an old aircraft rotting in the boneyard? They should do that to some of the old 747s and iconic airliners in the future I think with the more modern 1960's vintage and up it will be harder to do. The systems of these planes are a lot more complex than say a 194...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 396
Views: 83833

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020

ACA772LR wrote:
Are the 764s being retired? Or is it up in the air like everything else?

No. some of the 767-300ER could be gone, the 400 fleet has a lot of life left.

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Maintenance
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Aircraft Maintenance

Quite interesting info - thanks So a 757 lube is about 60 manhours? Is the 737 easier? Is the lube at 1 month intervals? On the structural checks how is it tracked what portions inspected if not the whole plane? Are there defined areas that are always done in full or is it logged by diagram in the ...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I think that shot is pretty old. Not what is currently there.Delta has been sending MD80 and MD90's there for years. Not all are even Delta operated. Some were bought used for parts and the part outs were done there.

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Edited EWR Photo On Google Earth Shows Just 2 Planes At The Gates
Replies: 28
Views: 6055

Re: VERY Recent EWR Photo On Google Earth Shows Just 2 Planes At The Gates

I think they remove the planes due to the stitching of the photos. You could easily get half a plane from one photo to the next if the timing of the photos is off. Before they removed planes you could see two or three on the same runway in very close proximity.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Localizer & Glideslope antenna's
Replies: 3
Views: 1192

Re: A320 Localizer & Glideslope antenna's

Wow that bottom one must have hit an albatross. That sure is a lot of blood.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Maintenance
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Aircraft Maintenance

Avionics are always an option for the operator. I worked on a Metro that had everything. MLS, GPS, Inertial Nav and even Omega. It also had a bunch of real nice cameras mounted in a pod under the belly. That was back in 1996.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are some vintage airliners still operational?
Replies: 33
Views: 4149

Re: How are some vintage airliners still operational?

Replacing original parts with new things like composites brings up whole issues of certification and such. Many places can fabricate new metal parts from existing examples. Building new parts from composites I suspect is much harder and more expensive. I could be wrong. That was my first thought as...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Maintenance
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Aircraft Maintenance

Candid question : what are the differences in terms of process between a jet like E190 for instance and a Turboprop Dash 8 - Q400 ? Not much difference I would imagine. It might depend on the regulatory status the plane is operated under, say 121 vs 135. From my standpoint they don't have much diff...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs
Replies: 81
Views: 12324

Re: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs

So how do they plan on keeping the climate controlled in these grounded planes. Ground air condition carts are very expensive to operate and not that good at cooling large airplanes, especially in hot climates. Running the APU 24/7 would be astronomical costs.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Maintenance
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Aircraft Maintenance

When I went back to Hangar from Line guys hated me. I would have a wing tailing edge done in a couple of hours. The other side planned on a whole day. For me it was super easy to be working off a wing stand instead of moving an electric highjacker around. After a few months I rarely did lube cards a...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Maintenance
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Aircraft Maintenance

fr8mech has the biggest point, all operators have different programs with different names for all of the different level of checks. What is included in one carriers 'A'/Service Check may not be in another operators. Plus they are always evolving. I've been out of hangar /line mtc for about 5 years n...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Say keeping mechanics/engineering certified on the type. Then I realize, why are we debating. All indications are that DL made the decision already. For myself, the decision to retire the MD-90 seems logical and not reversable. Just as the keeping the MD-88 going because of sunk costs allows reduce...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 2164
Views: 380683

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

btw, if anyone wants to see what DL will keep around and what it will not, you can just see where some of these stations are at after the latest round of cuts in April CVG is down to ATL/DTW/MSP RDU down to ATL/DTW/MSP/MCO BOS down to ATL/DTW/MSP/SLC/LAX/JFK/LGA At this point, SEA still has flights...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 antenna locations
Replies: 9
Views: 1057

Re: A320 antenna locations

You also missed the transponder antennas. They are real flat ovals. One is right above the 'B'. The other is on the fwd belly. the work with the TCAS system.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 antenna locations
Replies: 9
Views: 1057

Re: A320 antenna locations

Number five looks like GPS. They are small and look like a little boat with a keel. Always on top to connect to sat.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4850

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

- Every well known, for the period, aircraft from the DC-3 to the 747 made the list, with one very notable (shocking in fact) omission - leave a comment if you know which one. ### - Aircraft that were relatively rare to the Americas such as the Sud Caravelle, Comet, and HS-748 made this list. - The...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who makes hot sections?
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Re: Who makes hot sections?

So could SAFRAN hypothetically make their competitive own engine tip to tail? The Silvercrest and Powerjet would indicate they would really struggle. Sure they could. It comes down to the development costs. Nobody really wants to go it alone anymore. That is why there are all the 50-50 JV like CFM ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

So the MD90s don't appear to be parked. As an employee I do have access to some schedules and it still shows the 90 flying in the May schedule. This lines up with that we were told which was around 30 88s and 10 90s were not on the park plan. Again these things change daily but as of now it looks l...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who makes hot sections?
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Re: Who makes hot sections?

I think most of the primary engine builders build their own hot sections. Some of the parts can be made in house and some could be vendor manufactured. The hot section isn't really the most difficult part. Yes for the design it is a source of the efficiency and performance in a lot of cases. In most...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tick-Tock getting down to the last 10, we are now on MD-90 deathwatch. IRONIC About 4 months ago, they said these birds would be retired in 2022 For now they are only PARKED. The retirement schedule is still showing the same plan as on 1 Jan 2020, Yes, they could be flying their last flights but no...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?
Replies: 181
Views: 33958

Re: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?

I was looking at VCV today on Flight Aware and notice AC had a 787 leave for Toronto. Everything else was inbound.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines end Hawaii service later this week?
Replies: 55
Views: 14645

Re: Will airlines end Hawaii service later this week?

I would think belly cargo will keep some flights going for United and Delta.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 at gate...Tail Stand
Replies: 9
Views: 2056

Re: WN 737 at gate...Tail Stand

Yes,very normal. I know DL uses a tail stand on the -800 also and likely the -900. As the cabin empties the rear cargo holds still have almost full loads. It gets a little tail heavy with the nose strut usually fully extended without the tail stand.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

My guess is any MD88/MD90 that goes to BYH will never fly again. The rest who knows at this point. As for the question on the sims. I doubt they will be retained after the last MD goes. There is just no market to support them. If they still operate the type, I seriously doubt Iran would send pilots ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

For those keeping track, today and through the end of tomorrow there will 4 more M90's and 9 more M88's stored, or scheduled to be stored at BYH. Add to this 1 M88 stored at BHM and 3 M90's stored in Mexico. By Saturday morning the active M90 fleet will be reduced to 19 aircraft and the M88 fleet t...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility/possibility of switching careers to become an ATC professional
Replies: 3
Views: 1377

Re: Feasibility/possibility of switching careers to become an ATC professional

I think there is a max age to get in the ATC program of 35. Check the website for the program. That may be your answer.

Good luck if you make the qualifications. I've know a few controllers through the years and many have really liked their jobs.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

I still think they will be here going into this fall. Yes some will get parked earlier than planned. The plan was about 3-4 per month with about 20 to go for the fall season then a big mass retirement at the end of the year. I bet we get down to the 20 number pretty quick and then those last 20 kee...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260659

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

I still think they will be here going into this fall. Yes some will get parked earlier than planned. The plan was about 3-4 per month with about 20 to go for the fall season then a big mass retirement at the end of the year. I bet we get down to the 20 number pretty quick and then those last 20 keep...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta storing their fleet at MZJ?
Replies: 43
Views: 13900

Re: Delta storing their fleet at MZJ?

How long a month are they to be stored They probably wouldn't be going to MZJ if it were just for a couple of months. DL has stored short temp park aircraft at MZJ before. They have the space and we have a lot of frames to park. I'm sure every place that does any kind of parking will be used very s...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 396
Views: 83833

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020

Are they just "parking" them? I wonder how much maintenance work will be done during the down time. They likely will be in the short term storage program. This would mean they get periodic engine runs and look overs. I think it is either once a week or every two weeks. I would bet BHM wou...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early retirement for flight crews
Replies: 72
Views: 11508

Re: Early retirement for flight crews

One thing to remember about the MD88. It is a combined pool with the MD90 at DL I think. That plane will be around for a couple of more years, so any senior Captains could stay on with out a retrain cycle for a while longer. Now it may not be in the routes an Domicile they like and that could trigge...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Retirement: What Equipment Gets Retained
Replies: 8
Views: 1428

Re: Aircraft Retirement: What Equipment Gets Retained

Just to add some detail. If the aircraft is a lease, it goes back to the leasing company in a pre-agreed condition. Such as a certain amount of time left on time-critical components such as landing gear, engine, APU. Or cycle limited parts such as landing gear and other components. All ADs applicab...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 7265

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2020

Is ATL feeling a huge decline in Europe traffic or little if they’re still receiving flights from AF, KLM, VA and BA. I know Delta and other airlines are cutting flights, but ATL is not under the flight ban What do you mean ATL is not under the flight ban? All flights from Europe are included. Only...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 422
Views: 37826

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

The parking plan will be a mixture of types we have been told. Yes, the MD88/90 fleet will likely keep flying in some form until the end of this year for the 88 and a while longer for the 90. Some could be parked early. Other fleet types if coming up for heavy checks will be temp parked. The company...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Throwing all subtopics on a big, chaotic heap with x00.000 views, 1000 posts . Centralizing..
Replies: 45
Views: 10875

Re: Throwing all subtopics on a big, chaotic heap with x00.000 views, 1000 posts . Centralizing..

The Corona virus thread is way too large. It should be closed and Subtopic threads should be started as some have suggested. I refuse to read or participate in these giant catch all threads. This site needs to go back to being more organic, user driven.

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by Dalmd88
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Normal Overnight Cleaning Procedures
Replies: 6
Views: 2400

Re: Normal Overnight Cleaning Procedures

It's got to be manhours. When I worked overnight line MTC we would see the cleaner crew for about an hour per airplane. Then they went to the next one.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 25 Years of the RR Trent
Replies: 42
Views: 6443

Re: 25 Years of the RR Trent

What's interesting considering they're a family of engines is the huge variance in quality and market success. T700 - great quality, big success T800 - great quality, not great in the market T500 - poor quality, poor in the market T900 - ok quality, ok in the market T1000 very suspect quality, medi...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expand Tulsa maintenance base
Replies: 17
Views: 3983

Re: AA expand Tulsa maintenance base

They are in essence replacing the hangars that only the MD80 fleet fit well in. Out go hangars 3 and 4 and they add two widebody bays or six narrowbody bays which are perfect for 737 or A32x.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2456

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

I recall in instrument ground school the instructor called the ADF a poor man's thunderstorm detector.

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