Fly from HKG to SVO, an hour of green, seven hours of empty dirt, an hour of green. It certainly looks sparsely populated from F430.
I don't understand the fear of a 17 hour flight, it's just sitting. People use the argument of a stopover allows you to get off the plane and stretch your legs, why can't you just walk around the plane? Also if you did have a stopover you would be sat in that dreaded seat for a few more hours then ...Jump to post
Level D (C?) sims, qualified for landings and air refueling. To some extent, just tradition; to another, the AF has lots of low-time pilots who need “hands on” time. It’s been reduced over the years, half what it was 15 years ago, I believe. The Reserves have to fly to get paid, so there’s that. The...Jump to post
Maybe?? Some of the EAL 727-225ADV had this feature for CATllla but doubt that it was used in line ops? Used it a lot in ATL. SEA, BOS, PDX in my “back seat” experience. Manual throttles meant a lot hung on the pilot’s retarding throttles technique. Too slow and you floated, too abrupt and it was m...Jump to post
In Thailand during WW Vietnam, Ubon or Udorn frequently required approach end arrestmrnts in the F-4 at heavy weights. The stress accumulated causing fuselage fuel tanks failures dumping raw JP-4 on the engines with predictable results. A friend was about to turn base when he got a fire light, he or...Jump to post
I bet that a B767/777 wouldn’t fly for long with both TRs deployed. My understanding from a Boeing propulsion engineer, lose of control is very rapid, so remaining upright would be luck. It wouldn’t land “on its belly”, more like rolling, upside down, nose low.
The C-5 could reverse the inboards in-flight, as there were not airbrakes. Coming off a training AAR mission, crew used the thrust reversers, but couldn’t stow them. Yes, they were temperamental. Instead of shutting down both and landing on two, very possible at their light weight; they left them ru...Jump to post
Kalvado, You need to understand the contingency procedures that 1,000’ spacing allows that 500’ would not allow. 500’ spacing (300’ in some contingencies) is the emergency spacing to navigate out of some types of airspace. 500’ spacing is also the default IFR/VFR separation. We don’t need to reduce ...Jump to post
We actually get a fair number of requests from operators wanting to ferry their business jets gear down. Usually what happens is they have some kind of gear-related maintenance issue, and being at a small airport they don't have jacks or maintenance facilities to do the ops checks (like gear swings...Jump to post
Even as a international pilot, “line up and wait” took a few weeks of practice after 30 years of the old, too long phrase.
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.