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by thepinkmachine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification
Replies: 64
Views: 21032

Re: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification

Some reports saying that crosswind landing limits have yet to be determined as suitable conditions/airports are still being searched for..... Crosswind, hot opperations, and cold opperations routinely have their opperating envelope expanded after EIS. Lightsaber Perhaps I see one of the birds soon ...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air eyes to India
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: WOW Air eyes to India

I’d say it’s more of the author’s guess, than WOW’s plan. I don’t say they are not considering India, but if you read the article carefully, it says Skúli doesn’t hint anything, but the author had a look at the globe and figured out that Iceland lies on route between east coast US and India - no shi...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...

Thanks gents!

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...

Hi,

On a pilot job site, I saw an ad - Brussels Airlines is looking for A340 pilots based in DUS. Anyone know what kind of operations is that? I am aware that SN is supposed to take over some of AB A330 routes and planes - but A340?! What do they plan to do with it?

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 4721

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

That is a bit of a "gotcha" with respect to long, domestic flights. In theory an enroute alternate need not be available nor above minima. Take, for example, a flight from St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia. It is scheduled at around 7 hours and the aircraft flying it...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 4721

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

Hi Longhauler, that’s an interesting incident.

Across the Atlantic there should be an airport available within 120min from pretty much anywhere - how long did the A/C fly with fuel stuck in the TT and how problematic has it become?

Is there any report available for this incident?

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?
Replies: 88
Views: 15859

Re: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?

LuxuryTravelled wrote:
What if Wizz has gained some early 321neo slots which would make this happen, just not announced yet??



Shhhh, don’t spoil a good story! ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 4721

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

so it deploys flap to maintain the Center of Gravity within the limits. How can flaps alter the CoG? The whole point is to optimize the relative position of CoG vs the Centre of Pressure (i.e. where Lift force is located on the wing). A330 does that by pumping fuel back and forth to move the CoG In...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?
Replies: 88
Views: 15859

Re: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?

I see wild theories like A330s, stopovers in exotic airports etc.

Hasn't it yet occurred to anyone that W6 might have gotten an earlier slot for one, or two A321NEO's? Being an important Airbus customer, that could be quite easy thing to negotiate for them...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Confusing Callsigns
Replies: 35
Views: 5605

Re: Confusing Callsigns

Fighter guys get creative with their call-signs. The best I've heard on the radio was 'psycho'

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th
Replies: 77
Views: 18003

Re: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th

Is that all? I seem to remember that the 320NEO FF had much more coverage...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36332

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

That is a low estimate. The MTOW difference would be 9 t. If that is all fuel it could mean a 1.5 hour flight extension. The A330-900 should reach 7,300 nm and the A330-800 nearly 8.200nm. But you have to carry those 9t of fuel around for hours... But average fuel burn is well below 6 t an hour. Ex...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30828

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

dodoma wrote:
German air traffic authorities (Luftfahrtbundesamt) are already looking into this

http://www.aero.de/news-27712/LBA-untersucht--Air-Berlin-Flugmanoever-in-Duesseldorf.html (in German)


Since it was the pilot’s last day at work, what can they do - ground him? Boo-hoo! ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330
Replies: 12
Views: 2790

Re: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330

zeke wrote:
Still a very good margin, the attitude will be between 6 and 8.5 degrees, and the tail strike pitch limit on the -200 is 15.5 degrees.


True, on the -200 that would be less of an issue. On the -300 OTOH, that would be too close for comfort...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330
Replies: 12
Views: 2790

Re: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330

Then you also have to mind the tail clearance, which may by quite lower at abnormal config. While I wouldn't aim for firm landing per se, I'd definitely limit pitch change of flare...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Consumption Comparison B787-900 / A350-900 LFPG / KJFK / LFPG
Replies: 24
Views: 5152

Re: Fuel Consumption Comparison B787-900 / A350-900 LFPG / KJFK / LFPG

I find it odd how we can have a 787-9 vs A350-900 debate in response to your question without anyone coming close to answering your question or providing trip fuel numbers Really surprised? It's a direct A vs B comparison, as unfair against A as possible (short route, low load). And once calculated...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 6761

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

I don't remember any autostart feature in those birds and it isn't in the manual but maybe I missed something. I don't know anything about the computer flight sims. On the B744 Autostart was a customer option, but most aircraft had it fitted. We once had a delivery flight at LHR en route to somewhe...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Land - or better not...?
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: Land - or better not...?

Probably would have and hopefully better :)

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SlQZJcAoERg
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seat55a wrote:
Personally more interested in what might happen at 88 MPH...with a DC-3 that's just barely flying I believe, below VR on takeoff.



You can check out here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SlQZJcAoERg

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)

There’s no way to get into zero airspeed, other than pulling into a vertical climb... You just can’t stop an airplane in mid air. I can’t see a realistic scenario where you’d end up in such state with a DC-3 Having said that, inherent stability would probably prevail and the airplane should dive nos...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many pilots does an airline need?
Replies: 13
Views: 3083

Re: How many pilots does an airline need?

5-6 crews/plane for short haul, ~10 crews/plane for long haul is the ballpark. Get below that and you start cancelling flights due to crew shortages, postponing holidays (which have to be given back/paid for) etc.

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants
Replies: 21
Views: 2724

Re: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants

That's an 'interesting' takeoff technique. Any idea why it was implemented in the first place? I remember reading long ago, that it was due to nosewheel shimmy oscillation, but not sure of that. Also, regarding the CIA accident, there was reportedly a cover up by British Authorities to keep the rep...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants
Replies: 21
Views: 2724

Re: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants

On the 330 and 350 we are taught .... On rotation, pitch up to 15 degrees (12.5 on the 350) at a rate of 3 degrees/second. Only once airborne do we start following the flight director to its commanded pitch for the initial climb. For some reason this reminded me of an issue affecting the original D...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the A380 a "hard lander"?
Replies: 40
Views: 8559

Re: Is the A380 a "hard lander"?

Never flown the A380, but my pilot friends flying the Whale say it's hard to get a greaser - there's always a thump.

My A330 OTOH is a grandma's airplane. You really gotta put some significant effort to screw it up... :)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36332

Re: a330neo MTOW increase

JetBuddy wrote:
Interesting! What kind of range could we expect from a 251tn MTOW A330-900neo?



Leahy mentioned up to 7000Nm

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Schedule questions for commercial pilots
Replies: 15
Views: 2739

Re: Schedule questions for commercial pilots

As others say above, 'it depends', however in my neck of the woods, where seniority doesn't count for much, the following seems to be the benchmark: Shorthaul: 2-4 sectors per day, 12-15 flying days per month, plus a couple of standbys Long haul: 4 trips per month seems to be the norm, with usually ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Anybody know what Airbus finally decided to do about the MTOW? 251T, or is it still unofficial? Looks like 242,000kg remains the highest option. They were studying 245,000kg earlier this year, but no mention since. I would expect if they were intending it to EIS with higher, we'd have heard about i...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Anybody know what Airbus finally decided to do about the MTOW? 251T, or is it still unofficial?

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

The engines look like overgrown CF-6

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

If you look closely at the photo in reply #492 , and compare it with the A330ceo on the left, one can clearly see the wing twist. I don't see any difference, but maybe that's just me... As for the flap track fairings, aren't they already changed on the recent A333 CEOs? Anyway, a beautiful bird. I'...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

A real beauty! Having said that, I wonder how you guys see any difference in wing twist on this photo...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 109
Views: 36711

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s

Didn't they have ATRs some time ago by any chance?

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Consumption estimation / A330-200 / LFPG - KJFK - LFPG
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: Fuel Consumption estimation / A330-200 / LFPG - KJFK - LFPG

Do you take wind into account in your calculations? It can make a significant difference in the calculations, especially for westbound flights across the Atlantic. If you want to plan for worst case scenarios, I'd rather plan fort 50-80kt headwinds, than for for low FLs

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger
Replies: 38
Views: 12673

Re: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger

So what is different about the A350.? There are thousands of B737 (and many other aircraft) with hydraulic cooling grids in the fuel tanks and no fuel inerting system. Why are these not grounded until fuel inerting is fitted? Must be a fundamental difference in the A350 case drain cooling system ov...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2347

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

We do it all the time on the ATR, either to backtrack the least amount (or avoid it altogether), or to make the most convenient exit (an advantage of being able to land in only a few hundred meters :smile: ). On the other hand, often we hardly brake at all for the same reasons. BTW, we don't have t...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2347

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

We do it all the time on the ATR, either to backtrack the least amount (or avoid it altogether), or to make the most convenient exit (an advantage of being able to land in only a few hundred meters :smile: ). On the other hand, often we hardly brake at all for the same reasons. BTW, we don't have t...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2347

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

I can add that passenger perception of max braking is usually MED brakes on the A320 and its counterpart in the Boeing. Medium A/BRK comfortably stops an A320 within 1200-1500m.

Max braking OTOH is hardly ever used unless in emergency or rejected take off. It feels like hitting a wall :)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If LOT Polish Flight 16 was an Airbus..
Replies: 9
Views: 2991

Re: If LOT Polish Flight 16 was an Airbus..

I'd say, if LO16 was an Airbus, the incident wouldn't have happened, as there would be no Altn L/G circuit breaker to trip. Also, any tripped CB would be clearly indicated on the ECAM CB page.

As for belly landing itself, it would not be any different in the Bus

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APU vs GPU
Replies: 8
Views: 2739

Re: APU vs GPU

Another thing to take into account is APU start cycles. I remember reading in some Airbus publication, that on short turnarounds (<40min). It may be beneficial to leave the APU running, rather than shutting it down after taxi-in and restarting before engine start. Apparently the cost of extra APU fu...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How different wind conditions affect take-off and landing...
Replies: 19
Views: 3204

Re: How different wind conditions affect take-off and landing...

AFAIK, wind shear warning is inhibited before liftoff - at least on the Bus...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 238795

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

LoganTheBogan wrote:
Is the A330neo using the same cockpit as the 330 or will it be the same as the A350?


Identical as the 330

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Accident Investigators/Boards with Little or No Activity
Replies: 12
Views: 1566

Re: Accident Investigators/Boards with Little or No Activity

There's also the accidents of the small GA stuff, which are much more frequent and keep the board busy.

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Helicopter vs airplane
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

Re: Helicopter vs airplane

Yup... Helicopters are more fun and more challenging to fly, but they are generally harder work for less money than airplanes...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 74811

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Not a new order as such but an interesting lease placement. Aercap places 2 A321neoLRs with Primera Air, which currently operates only 737s. Interestingly in the press release it says Primera will operate 8 A321neos so they must have leased the 6 A321s from somewhere else in previously unannounced ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-343 Blue Hyd Elec Pump
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: A330-343 Blue Hyd Elec Pump

zeke wrote:
This is only on the A330E, it has the electric rudder. BPS runs off the blue hyd.


Blue and Yellow IIRC... I think Glenn is correct

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1918

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

Ok, so you could lift 224T at 15 deg day, no wind. At 30 deg it would be 218.8T. This does not take into account any obstacles after t/o, which might decrease the maximum permissible weight. As for other limitations- a quick look into the AIP reveals that runway strength would be the main issue. It ...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 5377

Re: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

DY789 wrote:
Someone like China Southern?

A319, A320, A321, A332, A333. Also already have the A320 NEO and A321 NEO.


I don't think it is the same crews flying all the variants there

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 5377

Re: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

AFAIK WOW fly A320CEO/A320NEO/A321CEO/A333. A321NEO and A330NEO soon to join the fleet

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1918

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

zeke wrote:
Quick rule of thumb for every 5 degrees above ISA drop a tonne off the max weight, 30 deg is 3x5 above 15, so around 230-3 = 227 tonnes..



For a generic runway and [email protected] it's more like 220T, unless obstacle limits come into play...

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