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by CaptainKramer
Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Night Photography Help....
Replies: 17
Views: 24043

RE: Night Photography Help....

SHOOTING <acronym title="Royal Air Maroc (Morocco)">AT</acronym> NIGHT : SHOOT <acronym title="MAT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN</acronym> RAW MODE I just want to add a very important point I failed to mention previously. When shooting at night, in order to manipulate the night shot to the extent...

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by CaptainKramer
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Night Photography Help....
Replies: 17
Views: 24043

RE: Night Photography Help....

If you are trying to take pictures of aircraft at night, so that the aircraft appears sharp and in focus, say when lined up on the runway or after pushback and not moving, then you will need to use a tripod if possible and use a fast lens with a low fstop number e.g. 2.8, or lower, if you don't have...

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by CaptainKramer
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How Cool Would This Be?
Replies: 2
Views: 11989

RE: How Cool Would This Be?

If Airways magazine made this offer I would buy it in a heart beat. I can't begin to tell you how much space it would free up in my bedroom. My stacks of back issues of aviation magazines and books resembles the New York skyline!

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Mayor Wrong To Dismiss R3 At LHR? UK Pm!
Replies: 23
Views: 8423

RE: London Mayor Wrong To Dismiss R3 At LHR? UK Pm!

Boris Island, more like Fantasy Island, "de plane, de plane!" The only way Boris Thames Estuary Airport is going to see the light of day is if another round of Quantitative Easing is issued by the Bank of England and a substantial portion of that money, which is literally created out of thin air, is...

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by CaptainKramer
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: London City - Some Tips?
Replies: 3
Views: 4932

RE: London City - Some Tips?

As AndyEastMids mentioned weekends are quiter than weekdays. Monday would be your best bet if you can get a day off provided weather is good. I have shot all day on several occassions and you do get a major rush in the morning with lots of departures and arrivals then it goes quiet until lunch time....

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by CaptainKramer
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Flight" Starring Denzel Washington
Replies: 37
Views: 4066

RE: "Flight" Starring Denzel Washington

If you want a sneak preview of how Robert Zemeckis handles flying sequences and plane crashes in movies, look no further than Cast Away which featured a Fed Ex A300 crashing at sea at night, very dramatic as a movie crash should be. I only had one major issue when I saw it and that was that after th...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Crashing A B727 On Discovery Channel U.K.
Replies: 4
Views: 10474

RE: Crashing A B727 On Discovery Channel U.K.

I just want to provide an update to the Broadcast times and dates and channel for the B727 Crash documentary. It turns out that the documentary is a Co-Production between the U.K. based Channel 4 and the U.S. based Discovery Channel. Channel 4 will air the program titled "The Plane Crash" this Thurs...

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by CaptainKramer
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jumbo Jet RB211-22B Backyard Run On Youtube
Replies: 42
Views: 11525

Jumbo Jet RB211-22B Backyard Run On Youtube

Hi all, Hope this is the right place to post, but I was on another av website that had a link to the following on youtube. Jumbo Jet RB211-22B Backyard Run. As the saying goes don't try this at home, unless your British. There are other clips from same location that show what happens when you enter ...

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by CaptainKramer
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What Format Should I Shoot In?
Replies: 39
Views: 9517

RE: What Format Should I Shoot In?

Hi stealthz, As stated I started my aviation shooting career during winter in the U.K. The shots I took while in jpeg format could not be salvaged when shooting on days when sky was more grey (my way of saying murky! any takers for pea soup?) than blue. However when I started using RAW and encounter...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Crashing A B727 On Discovery Channel U.K.
Replies: 4
Views: 10474

Crashing A B727 On Discovery Channel U.K.

Just saw a promo on Discovery Channel re the crashing of a B727 by remote control chase plane into Laguna Salada dry lakebed to gather data to make flying even safer. The program will air in the United Kingdom on the 18th of Oct 2012, still not certain of start time, but will post when I'm across it...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What Format Should I Shoot In?
Replies: 39
Views: 9517

RE: What Format Should I Shoot In?

Hi BriceJohnston, When I started out photographing aircraft back in late 2010, which was winter in the U.K. I took my camera, a Canon 60D with a 17-85mm F4 and a Canon 70-200mm F4 lens, out to Heathrow for the first time, without checking the weather report, so keen was I too use it, and started tak...

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR & CDG Spotting In December-Thoughts & Advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 8079

RE: LHR & CDG Spotting In December-Thoughts & Advice?

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but I wasn't online by the time you replied to my post. December can be bad, low level cloud, sometimes drizzle, (although rain has been more like downpours like you find in the tropics of late!) which makes things alot darker given the sun will be low on the horizon al...

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by CaptainKramer
Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fatal Flight 447 On Channel 4 Sunday 16/9/2012
Replies: 1
Views: 3339

Fatal Flight 447 On Channel 4 Sunday 16/9/2012

Just thought I'd give a heads up to those who are able to watch this. Channel 4 in the U.K. is airing a programme concerning the Air France A330-200 crash of flight 447. Titled Fatal Flight 447, it will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday the 16th of September 2012. A similar programme was aired prior to ...

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by CaptainKramer
Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR & CDG Spotting In December-Thoughts & Advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 8079

RE: LHR & CDG Spotting In December-Thoughts & Advice?

Hi NPeterman, December can be hit and miss with the weather. Normally if we have had a very hot summer, you can expect some snow, but Summer 2012 was one of the wettest on record, so it is anybodies guess as to what type of winter we will have over all. If it is overcast, or drizzling with rain it c...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Which Config For Spotting?
Replies: 3
Views: 9815

RE: Which Config For Spotting?

Hi battistie, This is a trickie question to answer. Not because I don't use the Nikon D7000 with the 18-105mm lens, but because I don't know which day or, or time of day or season for that matter, you plan on using the camera and what the prevailing weather conditions are going to be at that time. Y...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stripping Down A 747 - BBC2 20.00 Sunday 15th July
Replies: 46
Views: 10369

RE: Stripping Down A 747 - BBC2 20.00 Sunday 15th July

They performed an engine run up ground test, running up each engine individually. Then as far as I could tell from the programme the aircraft was delivered that night to fly a schedualed flight to somewhere in South America the following day. So if they didn't do a test flight they may of discovered...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stripping Down A 747 - BBC2 20.00 Sunday 15th July
Replies: 46
Views: 10369

RE: Stripping Down A 747 - BBC2 20.00 Sunday 15th July

Just finished watching it. Excellent programme. One thing I was surprised to learn was how an emergency inflatable slide worked. I didn't realise that the majority of the slides air comes from outside ambient air that is sucked in (3 seconds max) If I have this right the bottles pump some, but not a...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New Spotter Help
Replies: 6
Views: 8140

RE: New Spotter Help

The only thing I could add, and this will provide you with a real challenge on top of all the others, and that is meeting the challenge of being original. To begin with you will take the same pictures that others have taken, which is normal, but in order to stand out from the crowd then it really is...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Airbus A400M - Grizzly Or Atlas?
Replies: 5
Views: 9929

RE: Airbus A400M - Grizzly Or Atlas?

It is my understanding that the name, "Grizzly" was adopted for the A400M during the test phase. Now that the A400M is close to certification a new name, it's official Military/Commercial name has been given as "Atlas" in an official ceremony unveiling at RIAT 2012. As for the code name given to the...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo Opportunities At Farnborough This Week?
Replies: 12
Views: 8249

RE: Photo Opportunities At Farnborough This Week?

The Airbus Test aircraft A320 with sharklets turned up on Tuesday, although I don't know if it will stay till the end on Sunday. The A400M Atlas did not fly on Tuesday, I think it's just performing static duties though. There will be more flying on the weekend with Vulcan bomber flying amongst other...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo Opportunities At Farnborough This Week?
Replies: 12
Views: 8249

RE: Photo Opportunities At Farnborough This Week?

Hi Jax Trax, April and June 2012 have been the wettest months since records began, July is on track to be the same, heat haze I wish! This year is shaping up to be a real wash out, pun intended. If you want to shoot the Qatar B787 then you best go on Wednesday the 11th, because I understand that aft...

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by CaptainKramer
Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographing Tips And Tricks
Replies: 6
Views: 8070

RE: Photographing Tips And Tricks

Hi Harry, Welcome to the wonderful world of aviation photography! Frustrated is a normal way to feel when just starting out, don't worry we have all been there, so welcome to that club as well. Photography should be fun, but you must keep in mind, when comparing your early results to others on this ...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Fairford Area Trip
Replies: 27
Views: 9042

RE: Fairford Area Trip

Hi ptrjong, If you decide to go you will need to buy your ticket online, in the form of a printable eticket, as there are no tickets availble to buy at the gate on the day. I have only been to RIAT once before by train, travelling on the day, so I can't give advice about travel by car. Bath is a gre...

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by CaptainKramer
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 50-Gigapixel Camera (Article)
Replies: 4
Views: 6575

RE: 50-Gigapixel Camera (Article)

With that camera and field of view you could take a picture of a city, then zoom in electronically to see what moments you have captured, the paparrazi would love it!

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by CaptainKramer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lights Off Policy On US Carriers-why?!
Replies: 19
Views: 7045

RE: Lights Off Policy On US Carriers-why?!

Hi Zkpilot, The only reason I thought it was a policy was because there was a PA announcement stating the cabin lights would remain on during takeoff and landing as a safety measure, which as I stated I thought was counter intuiative and which they did during night flights I flew with QANTAS interna...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Good Avionics Learning Book?
Replies: 3
Views: 5349

RE: Good Avionics Learning Book?

You may be interested in buying 2 books that may meet your needs. The first one is Aircraft Electrical Systems 3rd Edition by EHJ Pallett published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. The second is Aircraft Electrical and Electronic Systems - Principles Maintenance & Electronic Systems by Mike Tooley and ...

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Heathrow Spotting Information #2
Replies: 16
Views: 8318

RE: Heathrow Spotting Information #2

Hi spotterjoe, If you want to take shots of taxiing and departures from 27L the best time is in the morning provided it is the week for morning departures and prevailing winds warrant it's use. Afternoon departures from 27L are backlit. To get there exit Hatton Cross Station and walk along the inner...

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lights Off Policy On US Carriers-why?!
Replies: 19
Views: 7045

RE: Lights Off Policy On US Carriers-why?!

I can understand wanting to keep cabin lights off at night, during a night flight, in case of an emergency landing, cabin crew and passengers are already conditioned to outside conditions, but can anyone tell me why QANTAS had a policy of keeping cabin lights on during landing and takeoff at night, ...

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by CaptainKramer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Air Racers 3D Imax Youtube Trailer
Replies: 0
Views: 12371

Air Racers 3D Imax Youtube Trailer

Just thought I would give everyone a heads up to this movie trailer titled Air Racers 3D IMAX I just saw on youtube. The film centres around the Reno Air Races and features Steve Hinton Jnr. After the recent tragic accident this is the sort of shot in the arm the Reno Air Races needs. The footage on...

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Dubai Approach Shots
Replies: 13
Views: 8920

RE: Dubai Approach Shots

I was out a Heathrow Airport taking photo's the other day and was chatting to a fellow photographer, the subject of Dubai Airport came up, he said he knew someone who was taking shots from the car park at Dubai Airport, was spotted by the police, taken away for questioning. In the end he was made to...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 29, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Dubai Approach Shots
Replies: 13
Views: 8920

RE: Dubai Approach Shots

Hi LGW340, I had a look through the photo database, specific to Emirates A380 to start with. There was a number of shots taken at Dubai International Airport of this particular aircraft and airline from different angles on the gound. In particular there was a good one taken of the A380 by Thomas Pos...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 15, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Aviation Week Vs Flight Global Magazine...
Replies: 2
Views: 15284

RE: Aviation Week Vs Flight Global Magazine...

I subscribe to both Aviation Week and Flight International, Flightglobal is FI's website. You can't go wrong with either in terms of coverage, but I do prefer Aviation Week who's coverage IMO is more in depth, i.e. less pictures more words which I do prefer.

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 15, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting
Replies: 11
Views: 6976

RE: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting

If you need to go to <acronym title="Eastern Airways (United Kingdom)">T3</acronym> it sounds like you are not flying on Singapore Airlines A380. If that is the case there is an above ground shuttle train that moves between the various Terminals at Changi. Once you arrive at <acronym title="Eastern ...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon May 14, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Requesting A380 Flight Deck Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 18647

RE: Requesting A380 Flight Deck Photos

Hi shervsr20, If you go on the Airbus website and click on the A380 under Aircarft Families, in the top right hand corner you will find a icon "3D View" where you can explore the A380 flight deck that gives you a 360 degree view from one position that you can also zoom in on. It was taken using a sp...

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by CaptainKramer
Sat May 12, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting
Replies: 11
Views: 6976

RE: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting

Unfortunately, kann123air I have never visited Changi Beach Park, but the pictures I have seen on anet taken from inside Singapore Terminal 3 have been excellent, so it's really upto you. I'm personally not a hot humid weather person. 5 minutes outside in that climate and it looks like I've just ste...

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by CaptainKramer
Sat May 12, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting
Replies: 11
Views: 6976

RE: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting

Hi kann123air, I'm sure you all ready know this, but make sure you have taken all the photo's you want to take from inside the airconditioned terminal, before going outside, because Singapore is HUMID city night and day. When you come back in side to the airconditioned terminal or shops your lens wi...

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by CaptainKramer
Thu May 10, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Key Moments In Personal Aviation History
Replies: 19
Views: 3499

RE: Key Moments In Personal Aviation History

I spent alot of time around airports thanks to my Dad working at QANTAS. As a result I caught the travel bug early as our family could travel cheaply to various destinations around the world, which was great. The real bonus however was being able to fly on DC-9's, QANTAS B707's, B747-200 and BOAC <a...

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by CaptainKramer
Thu May 10, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is A LAF Useful On Cfrp Aircraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 7968

RE: Is A LAF Useful On Cfrp Aircraft?

I imagine the down side to load alleviation is that the hydraulic actuators that dappen out the rough ride in turbulance would see a shorter service life, grant you it would be the cheaper option over the airframes life?

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by CaptainKramer
Thu May 10, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting
Replies: 11
Views: 6976

RE: LHR Terminal 3 Spotting

Hi kann123air, I have been lucky to have departed from the dedicated A380 Terminal 3 a few times. As far as I recall the only spot you can get any photos of the A380 from is once you enter the departure lounge and even then the views of the A380 aren't that great. It all depends which gate the aircr...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 08, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 4835

RE: OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft

Thanks tdscanuck, Building aircraft can be complicated at the best of times just from an engineering standpoint, but the mind boggles sometimes when all the issues that arise are factored in, especially the contractual side, including the discussion, design, build, and then the redesign, rebuild sta...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 08, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Rumours On 787 Cabin Noise?
Replies: 30
Views: 12153

RE: Any Rumours On 787 Cabin Noise?

Sorry masi1157,

Duly noted, do not attempt humour, with your topic, I should have known better, even though it gave rise to an interesting comment from rcair1 reply 15 re noise cancelling - voice transmitting headphones.

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 08, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 4835

RE: OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft

Thanks prebennorholm for your contribution anyway.

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by CaptainKramer
Mon May 07, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Rumours On 787 Cabin Noise?
Replies: 30
Views: 12153

RE: Any Rumours On 787 Cabin Noise?

Best advice is keep an eye on companies that manufacture noise cancellation head phones, see if there is a drop in sales over the coming years, or an increase in sales on bug farting noise cancellation head phones (see reply 2)

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by CaptainKramer
Mon May 07, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 4835

OEM's And Weight Guarantee's On New Aircraft

When an OEM such as, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier or Embraer design a clean sheet aircraft, once they have signed the contract with the airlines to build the new aircraft to a certain specification, two critical area's need to be met, amongst others, weight guarantee's which ulitmately determine wheth...

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by CaptainKramer
Mon May 07, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Similar A/c Have Different "personalities"?
Replies: 12
Views: 4602

RE: Do Similar A/c Have Different "personalities"?

I posted a response to this discussion that was off topic, more related to weights of aircraft not unique personalities of aircraft. Sorry. Going to start a new topic.

[Edited 2012-05-07 06:40:44]

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by CaptainKramer
Thu May 03, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.
Replies: 141
Views: 14507

RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

TYCOON and anstar I have to agree, once I passed through <acronym title="Turkmenistan Airlines">T5</acronym>'s check-in area which was a breeze and through the security check which involved queing for a good while the biggest surprise for me, once I cleared all that, was how crowded it did seem, it ...

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 01, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Spherical Pictures 2
Replies: 5
Views: 5085

RE: Spherical Pictures 2

Fantastic shots. Adds a great new dimension to aviation photography. The first time I had seen a shot like this was on the Airbus website where the same system was used to photograph the interior of the A380 flightdeck. You feel like you are right there.

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by CaptainKramer
Tue May 01, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem
Replies: 21
Views: 8981

RE: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem

I can't gurantee a positive result, more a hunch, but you might try shooting in single shot mode when using the 50D and see what happens.

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by CaptainKramer
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No Split Rudder On B787?
Replies: 19
Views: 8206

RE: No Split Rudder On B787?

Thanks for all your responses.

I have one more query. How does a tailess aircraft, such as a B2 bomber, combat adverse yaw in an engine out scenario?

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by CaptainKramer
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No Split Rudder On B787?
Replies: 19
Views: 8206

RE: No Split Rudder On B787?

Thanks Tom, What would the danger be, apart from traffic behind catching up, if the Captain opted for a slower speed over losing altitude, having first trimmed out the adverse yaw of course, IIRC a Captain of an Air China B747SP failed to do this having lost an engine at altitude which resulted in s...

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