There’s a link to the IFALPA document in post #9
You would be surprised at how things work for the uber rich. Had guy who would email via SATCOM the Captian on his yacht. Keep in mind that the Capts quarters were less than 50' from the owners computer. The monthly bill for this service was more the the cost of the home that the accountant lived i...Jump to post
No joke, compared to the $7,000 to $10,000 per hour a phone call was trivia. I’ve planned the next leg on the phone, but Ka band Internet ended that. Still pretty expensive. They understood an occasional call home for schedule change, emergency, etc. Brokerage calls would be for the passengers, of c...Jump to post
Funny you mention that, bu5 somewhere in my dim last, I was taught that anhedral is the correct term. I looked it up just and, sure enough, anhedral is correct. I sit, and stand, corrected, Sir. C-5 tires were good for 125 landings, as there were 24 mains, we averaged a tire change every 5 landings,...Jump to post
The altimeters, in the corporate jets I’ve flown there and I believe in civil airliners, have a switch that can enable showing both Imperial (feet) and meters in the displays. It’s part of routine training, not very difficult. Now, when China established RVSM (at and above F290), the military requir...Jump to post
Swept wings have strong dihedral effects; high wings have stronger dihedral effects than low wings. As you can see, all swept, high wing planes have negative dihedral designs to manage the dihedral effects. Low wings allow for landing gear to be wider; to not take up space in the fuselage and allow ...Jump to post
Knots because a minute of latitude is one nautical mile by definition, simple. Works great on charts. One thousand foot separation was designed around three-pointer altimeter, one sweep of the hundreds needle equaled 1,000’ and moved the thousand pointer to the next numeral. The Chinese spacing at l...Jump to post
It’s an antique contraption, hence the good riddance comment Just pointing out the similarities with another nutball project born in 1986, Lindsey Lohan. (1) Both started out cute, but got stretched (2) Both smoke (3) Both make noise when they really should be quiet (4) Both have legal restrictions ...Jump to post
I’ve spent 12 hours in a business, Global Express the roomiest one, and it was too long.
This would require extensive infrastructure support from airports and significant tech improvements, but.... At present, engines entirely propel an airplane through the takeoff roll, and are the biggest bottleneck to thrust level requirements for aircraft (engine sized for takeoff). Jet engines, al...Jump to post
In my latest life, I had to do an hour by hour fuel burn comparison on a large, long-range business jet for a potential deal. The first two hours had the highest burns, naturally as a greater percentage of the time was spent at high power climbing. Pretty linearly, average hourly burns went down to ...Jump to post
It’s not all that often, besides the pilot taxiing the plane presumably was trained for the task and likely experienced. Everyone can make a mistake, but mistakes don’t indicate the task is difficult or untrainable.
I’ve taught lieutenants with less than 500 hours to safely taxi a C-5.
How hard is it to taxi, really? Even the C-5, tiller on left side only, wasn’t that big a challenge. I taught dozens to taxi.
A few years, I was following another 605, CLT-SDL. Different operators due to m6 specific “mission”; but we took off next departure after them, not 3 minutes in trail. I landed at SDL a mite surprised I hadn’t heard them on the descent. There plane was being towed across the runway as we taxied to t...Jump to post
They’re all 11,000-ish nautical miles, can’t think of a current airliner that can reliably do that leg. EWR-SIN is about the longest regular route at 8300 nm (15,350km). DFW-SYD is about 250 nm farther. If you go near the 180 * 60 nm antipodes distance chances are you can select the direction that ...Jump to post
They’re all 11,000-ish nautical miles, can’t think of a current airliner that can reliably do that leg. EWR-SIN is about the longest regular route at 8300 nm (15,350km). DFW-SYD is about 250 nm farther. Your routes are about 6.5 hours longer than anything today—huge leap. Nearly 24 hours, block to b...Jump to post
There’s also the bad judgement of picking a fight in a foreign country, worse, Brazil. Bail? Probably, no. Speedy trial, nope. Prisons in Brazil, not good. I’ve spent a week waiting to export a plane from their clutches.
I always found it interesting that the Beluga, the Dreamlifter and, I believe, the AN-124 were not pressurized or minimally pressurized. An unpressurized flight on the C-5 required Lockheed approval, a reason for it (not repairable in place) and counted as several cycles. The fuselage gained strengt...Jump to post
BBD is rather decentralized—Engineering Test in YMX and ICT; Production Test in YMX, YUL, YZD and ICT. There’s also pilots associated with the business jet completion centers in YUL; plus a business jet sales and support department that does demo, customer support and EIS support. At one time, the t...Jump to post
Chapter 11 is NOT a subsidy; it’s bankruptcy law. No money came from the government in the airline bankruptcies. The bankrupt estate could not exist with the existing debt and pension obligations. A court approved discharge of those obligations was worked out. The other option was liquidation and ev...Jump to post
Please translate post 11 into something understandable.
Its not that they no longer “desire” to pay, it’s that they cannot pay and remain a viable business. Now, you could argue they just dissolve the business, but American bankruptcy law is designed to give the business a new start, not to subsidize it. The car companies received large subsidizes by the...Jump to post
And, considering the planes were designed to support the Greenland DEW Line, NY was a good location. Now, they support the NSF in Antarctica, it’s a long positioning flights. Yes, new-build H-models. Strangely, I once shared the ramp at Pago Pago with one of the ski-birds. Both crews being from the ...Jump to post
Just climb a bit slower than optimum will work. And, if you don’t go too low, no one will care.
The very idea there will be a date certain in the future presupposes a breakthrough that may not be possible. It’s not inevitable. A hundred years from now, we might be converted to electrics on ground transportation and still use petroleum for flight.
I've been trying to figure out all the buttons on the Captain's yoke that I've seen in cockpit pictures like the below. On the yoke's left side handle the split pitch trim rocker switches are obvious, and below that there are buttons for TCS (Touch Control Steering) and a mic button (for cabin comm...Jump to post
Just a guess, either they an issue with overflight permits requiring certain entry/exit points for China or Nepal or the high terrain is a flight planning problem. Not uncommon for China to have routings off the GC due to military airspace, too.
ETOPS 180; there’s a advisory wire for Ops and Mx to work off of. It’s getting beyond 180 for 135 that drives an OpsSpec and maintenance plan. There really aren’t that many heavily used routes that need more than 180 minutes for business users. It’s mostly an issue of awareness and planning to avoid...Jump to post
The “galaxy” in question is Lockheed’s version-C-5. I used those planning engines at my last employer. Bizjets, under 135, are basically ETOPS 180; 240 is possible but very difficult. Lots of buyers were required to operate under 180 rules, either by choice or authority. So, I had lots of questions....Jump to post
Where or what is S87?
Well, it’s 6,800nm, PER-EZE. The midpoint is 3,400nm without an airport anywhere close. The GCM default ETOPS TAS is 410 knots or 2255nm for ETOPS 330. Yes, various proprietary planning engines might extend the 2255 nm a bit, but they won’t make up over 1,000 nm. I’ve used ARINC and Lockheed-Jeppese...Jump to post
Timing is everything, laser INUs were not far in the future when this set was introduced. Gulfstreams and early Challengers had Delco Carousels installed within 4 years and, if course the B767 was introduced two years later with the first lasers. Interesting use in determining ground speed for anti-...Jump to post
I’ve run plans and no questions on most routes, but trans-Antarctic routes are going to challenging for diversions. There are requirements for them to shelter the people, provision for rescue, etc beyond just 330 of ETOPS time. PER-EZE or PER-USH won’t work, beyond 330 for considerable distance and ...Jump to post
Where are the divert airports on Antarctica? If the grey area represents ETOPS 330; they’ll need a divert that can safely shelter those on board.