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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1919

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

Thanks for your quick feedback. Standard conditions are : Sea Level 20 degrees celsius Right? If temparture goes up to 30 degrees celsius still at sea level. What would be the necessary length of runway? Thanks for your feebdack. You could still take off from 2430 m runway at 30 degrees, but probab...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean airlines claiming the 600series ATR is unreliable
Replies: 236
Views: 31509

Re: Caribbean airlines claiming the 600series ATR is unreliable

I have only flown the -202 and the -500 and they were fine workhorses for regional flight. Reliable and efficient.

However, I have heard from my friends operating the -600s that they were generating lots of problems and that, in general, they are not ATR's masterpiece :)

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy
Replies: 18
Views: 3790

Re: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy

Hi! Very interesting topic. Low/draggy descents/long finals have always been a pet peeve of mine - both due to ATC constraints, as well as due to pilot techniques, which vary considerably from one, to another, even on VNAV equipped aircraft. The only thing - so far I haven't found any quantification...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL
Replies: 14
Views: 3465

Re: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL

LAX772LR wrote:
One of those routes that ya kinda already thought was served. :spin:

...oh well, good for them.



They used to have a codeshare on this route with China Airlines, who flew FCO-DEL-TPE on A330. Last year CI went direct FCO-TPE on A350. That's why it is starting...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8800

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

Loophole? Perhaps. Still, EASA (don't know FAA) regs define dispatch wx minima for Enroute Alternate (ERA) and it has been my understanding that you needed one, even non-ETOPS... Having said that, a brief trawl thru EASA regs only yields what you stated above - a requirement to operate within 60 min...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8800

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

Well the FAA is really not different, FAR 121.161: Unless authorized by the Administrator, based on the character of the terrain, the kind of operation, or the performance of the airplane to be used, no certificate holder may operate two-engine or three-engine (except a three-engine turbine powered...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8800

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

The actual distance flown on a theoretical KEF-MIA is far greater than KEF-TLV. One simple reason: Wow Air's A321's aren't ETOPS certified, meaning they cannot take the shortest route possible to MIA. Whereas they can to TLV. Hence why the stop in BGR. Even if the A321 were ETOPS120, KEF-MIA would ...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 149983

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

Wonder if this severing of diplomatic relations isn't a prelude to an invasion, or some such...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parallel runway centerlines until the 50s
Replies: 9
Views: 2725

Re: Parallel runway centerlines until the 50s

Just a guess... In taildragges, which were prevalent at the time, the forward view is restricted, or non-existent on the ground and tracking the centerline is a bit of a guesswork.

Perhaps these two lines were placed so that they are visible to the pilots all the time?

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by thepinkmachine
Fri May 12, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2014

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

But what if you - don't have fifth freedom rights, - don't change the crew, - don't (off)load passengers, - don't go through the hassle of procedures, costs and paperwork on a regular stop but just want to make extra money by reducing fuel burn, increase payload and use lighter, cheaper aircraft? B...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri May 12, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine driven fuel pumps
Replies: 12
Views: 2353

Re: Engine driven fuel pumps

I doubt it would, as the engine driven pump creates the high pressure for the fuel injectors.

Never heard of the engine pump failing, though...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2014

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Yes, with one fuel stop you could theoretically operate a full A333 between any two points in the world. However, if it were so profitable, then why would airlines even bother buying all those super-expensive ULR 77W/A350/789's Also, why try to shave a couple of minutes refueling running engines, wh...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 09, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2014

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Thanks for all the insightfull replies. Another advantage could you could fly heavy routes with relative light, range restricted aircraft. You could fly e.g an A333 with less full at 6000NM flights, at MTOW payload. http://s15.photobucket.com/user/thezeke/media/330/c37cf5bb.jpg.html How long does i...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 08, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2014

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Ok, jest to add. I have re-checked the numbers for the above scenario and the burn difference between 8000Nm and 2x4000Nm is around 8-10 tons for the A330. More than I remembered. I'm not sure however, if these savings could cover landing/handling fees and wasted time of the tech stop...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 08, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2014

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Another thing to bear in mind. The general consensus is that ULR flights burn more fuel, because they carry more fuel and I remember reading that the optimum stage length would be around 4-5000Nm. However, recently I was looking into the A330 FCOM figures to compare fuel required an 8000Nm sector (I...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu May 04, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Automatic Flaps
Replies: 19
Views: 2805

Re: Automatic Flaps

North American/Rockwell Sabreliner biz jet had a simple, but effective, auto deploy mechanism for the leading edge slats. Springs. Slats controlled by aerodynamic load and not by the pilot. The An-2 had a similar system - 5 decades back! AFAIK, the first plane to use it was some pre-WW2 Messerschmi...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed May 03, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?
Replies: 23
Views: 5357

Re: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?

I used a different runway with similar elevation and shortened it according to BRS figures, can't modify the slope though... In flysmart if you choose any airport, select RWY, you will see a "Create RWY" option at the bottom. When you create a new one it has the fields to insert the eleva...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 02, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?
Replies: 23
Views: 5357

Re: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?

For best performance you should have used packs off. Did you use the correct elevation and slope as well ? My numbers came from flysmart with the 772B. Packs off. I used a different runway with similar elevation and shortened it according to BRS figures, can't modify the slope though... We have com...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 02, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?
Replies: 23
Views: 5357

Re: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?

1. Regarding the A330...225.3T out of a 2000m runway? I have never seen so high numbers from such a short runway (normally 210-215t and below)...Config and runway? I get around 218 tonnes off 27, CONF3, TOGA. 27 has a TORA of 2011 m, TODA of 3016 m. http://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/eadbasic/pamslight...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 02, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The A320-200ceo and its Ancient CPU's
Replies: 43
Views: 6660

Re: The A320-200ceo and its Ancient CPU's

I seem to remember talking to an Airbus Engineer in Toulouse a while ago. His stance was that the latest models of the 320 are a completely different a/c under the hood than the original one.

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 02, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quick question: Can some engines on some types be started with the PACS running?
Replies: 32
Views: 3154

Re: Quick question: Can some engines on some types be started with the PACS running?

Long time ago, as an F/O in training, I forgot to switch off the Packs before start in an Embraer 145, which resulted in a 'hung start' and eventually start abort.

Once the error was discovered and corrected, the subsequent start was ok.

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 10986

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

The amount of ignorance in this post is CONCERNING. BTW, if theres a rapid depressurization FA in America are trained on the use of the cockpit masks, you know also in case the other pilot falls uncounscious. Oh, and they literally have the same background checks as the pilots. So cut the crap some...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot hits female passenger
Replies: 119
Views: 16254

Re: Delta pilot hits female passenger

Well, they weren't on the plane, so why not just let security deal with them? If they were there, then of course, it's their job to sort it out (and probably they'd be even less gentle than the said pilot). Before they arrive, however, it's still the captain's obligation to use all available means ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 10986

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

@thepinkmachine I can tell you don't like FAs. You are one of those who think FAs are there you serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can't tell if you have a gender bias. Can you clarify what do you mean by no background checks for FAs? Did you mean psychometric test? Why do you need FO? Get rid ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot hits female passenger
Replies: 119
Views: 16254

Re: Delta pilot hits female passenger

In my humble opinion a pilot's job is to fly airplanes which entails a lot of responsibilities and not to get involved in situations so much beneath him. It's none of his business whether you agree or not. Not so. The captain's duty is first and foremost, to ensure the safety of his passengers and ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 10986

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

Why didnt anybody have any concerns about a suicidal FA before when this policy was thought out? Because when they came in, there usually were TWO pilots in the cockpit. Again, think Auburn Calloway... How can pilots go to the bathroom less now, and yet still have the flight deck door opened twice ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 10986

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

It's actually a pain in the ass for the crew How? I am surprised though, that LH group were brave enough "Brave" sure isn't the word I had in mind. to admit first this rule didn't work.. Again, how? As mentioned, many other major carriers have been doing this for years, at least since the...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 10986

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

I'm surprised - it's hardly a big imposition on the crew, workload-wise, and US carriers have been doing it as standard practice for years. It's actually a pain in the ass for the crew, and I'm happy to see it gone. I am surprised though, that LH group were brave enough to admit first this rule did...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 2017 -1,491.5NOK
Replies: 55
Views: 6515

Re: Norwegian Q1 2017 -1,491.5NOK

I'm no fanboy of NO. However, as for destroying SAS - I remember Norwegian CEO saying they'd rather prefer having SAS alive and competing with them, than seeing SAS go down and having to compete with much more efficient Ryanair, or some such...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Honoree Names On UA Planes
Replies: 5
Views: 990

Re: Honoree Names On UA Planes

They should name one "Dr. Dao" :)

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways #9W234 returned to Amsterdam after pressurization problems following a tailstrike on departure
Replies: 15
Views: 4464

Re: Jet Airways #9W234 returned to Amsterdam after pressurization problems following a tailstrike on departure

If there was no damage, then I suspect the long delay could have been due to crew rest requirements

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330/340 vs 777 Cockpit Noise
Replies: 18
Views: 3952

Re: A330/340 vs 777 Cockpit Noise

I remember reading that sidestick-to-thrustlever width (i.e. the working space for the pilot) is exactly the same in all Airbii. Main difference for me is that in the A330 the proper seat position seems lower than in the 320. Perhaps the glare shield is taller, or windscreen position is different. A...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yoke versus Sidestick
Replies: 33
Views: 4447

Re: Yoke versus Sidestick

Can't see how non moving thrust levers are 'more intuitive' than backdriven moving levers. That makes zero sense. Thought the same for long time until saw some interesting situations in a Boeing Sim and read about some incidents, eg: - low speed RTO, with the crew forgetting to disconnect A/T. They...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yoke versus Sidestick
Replies: 33
Views: 4447

Re: Yoke versus Sidestick

What I meant was "filling out the CFP, position plotting on enroute charts etc...". Airbus didn't put this table in just so that we can have our meals more conveniently. (It is a welcome bonus, though). Nor does the table define the A/C. If people keep mentioning the table as the main diff...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yoke versus Sidestick
Replies: 33
Views: 4447

Re: Yoke versus Sidestick

There's a lot more to the 'Bus than just the table (and even this one not mainly for eating, but for doing the CFP, plotting etc.) - it is the general ergonomy, which is amazing. I used to be an Airbus skeptic, until I started flying one. Would AF447 be prevented by moving control columns? Maybe, bu...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp
Replies: 32
Views: 5714

Re: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp

A friend of mine was sucked into a JT3 while doing the headset on a ground run, the copco he was sitting in was too close to the engine and when he exited the vehicle he got sucked in. Not nice, he lost both arms. I seem to remember reading that old-style narrow engines were more dangerous than the...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yoke versus Sidestick
Replies: 33
Views: 4447

Re: Yoke versus Sidestick

I can only concur. I am left-handed, flown side stick with right and left hand, center stick and yoke both from left and right. No problem whatsoever. I haven't flown as many airplane as Reltney, but still have around 50 types in my logbook. They all handle pretty much the same - a plane is a plane....

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 49
Views: 13972

Re: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft

https://www.assystem-germany.com/maerkt ... crew-rest/

All I can say, the day I see it on the airplane will be the day of my resignation.
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And then, there's this gem available on the market :rotfl: - reportedly fulfilling all the regulations.

https://www.assystem-germany.com/maerkt ... crew-rest/

All I can say, the day I see it on the airplane will be the day of my resignation.

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp
Replies: 32
Views: 5714

Re: After Landing

Jet engine fans are often windmilling in strong wind, when the engines are not running. The rotation may appear quite fast, but it's still a tiny fraction of normal engine speed and in any case the engine doesn't generate any thrust, so there's could be no 'pull' other than normal wind pressure on y...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can an airline "lease" crews???
Replies: 17
Views: 1727

Re: Can an airline "lease" crews???

In the recent EK 777 crash in Dubai, the F/O was reportedly 'on loan' from QF to EK. These kinds of agreements between airlines happen from time to time, but as stated above, these are 'long term leases', i.e. 6 months or above, as it takes time/effort/money to indoctrinate a pilot into the operatin...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wake turbulence causes Qantas 744 (QF29) to suffer stick shaker activation in holding pattern near HKG
Replies: 46
Views: 14313

Re: Wake turbulence causes Qantas 744 (QF29) to suffer stick shaker activation in holding pattern near HKG

If I were to guess it would be inadvertent speed loss with stick shaker activation followed by panic nose down input and some negative g's. I doubt stall buffet is so severe as to injure people...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew Resource Management question
Replies: 9
Views: 1918

Re: Crew Resource Management question

CRM is NOT a democracy. It's still a dictatorship, but with some checks and balances, improved communications and some degree of freedom of speech.

Still, the airplane is not managed by a comitee, but by the Capitain, who has pretty much absolute power on board.

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 2003

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

whereas the newest airframes can be FLEXed up to 90 deg... Then surely, the volume must go up when you put the levers in the climb gate? "Thrust increase altitude" Have seen this happen when taking off in a nearly empty 787. CLB thrust was higher than T/O thrust. I seem to remember readin...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 2003

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

But still.... 25% thrust reduction is a regulatory thing. This rule applies to all aircraft that perform reduced thrust takeoff, not just the A320. And, think about it.... if you performed your takeoff at say 60% of max thrust, you'd end up increasing thrust at thrust reduction altitude to reach cl...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Combo fare with sea travel
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Combo fare with sea travel

masseybrown wrote:
thepinkmachine wrote:

US$105 per day, expected transit 14 days from IJmuiden to Cleveland.


Thx! Will give it a try someday:)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Combo fare with sea travel
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Combo fare with sea travel

I'm interested in taking a tramp cargo ship from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) to a US Great Lakes port (either Cleveland or Chicago, the only guaranteed ports of call). Does any airline offer a one-way combo fare from the US to AMS in association with such a return voyage? Please tell us how does one take ...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Combo fare with sea travel
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Combo fare with sea travel

Great! "Polska Żegluga Morska" sounds like good starting point and I won't even need a translator, since I'm Polish! I'll give it a try, thanks! What is the fare BTW?

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Combo fare with sea travel
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Combo fare with sea travel

I'm interested in taking a tramp cargo ship from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) to a US Great Lakes port (either Cleveland or Chicago, the only guaranteed ports of call). Does any airline offer a one-way combo fare from the US to AMS in association with such a return voyage? Please tell us how does one take ...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Freddie Laker to be on Norwegian tail
Replies: 30
Views: 4964

Re: Sir Freddie Laker to be on Norwegian tail

I knew NO would at some point run out of famous Norwegians to put on their tails... :)

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow Air to lease A330neo aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 5114

Re: Wow Air to lease A330neo aircraft

From Flightglobal article:

The airline is being coy over the identity of the seventh aircraft, however. It states only that it will release details in a few weeks’ time.


Any guesses? A350? A321NEO LR?

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