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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Category III
Replies: 23
Views: 2762

Re: ILS Category III

B727-200s at EAL were a CAT III. I doubt any are active let alone still maintaining the autoland


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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy F/A-18 Fatal Crash at NAS Key West
Replies: 9
Views: 2367

Re: US Navy F/A-18 Fatal Crash at NAS Key West

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?
Replies: 53
Views: 7419

Re: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?

Ok, Brian, I’ll take shot. If a plane is landing on 28S and a departure on 28N, how does ATC protect the missed approach for the 28S plane?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Re: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment

Idle will still have a large effect on the flow over the wing, destroying lift. In my C-5 example, thrust was at idle and even at very light weight, level Flight was impossible.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Re: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Re: Symmetrical thrust reverser deployment

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Plane Flying with Landing Gear Down
Replies: 22
Views: 3580

Re: Plane Flying with Landing Gear Down

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

Even as a international pilot, “line up and wait” took a few weeks of practice after 30 years of the old, too long phrase.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NASCAR aircraft at ONT
Replies: 9
Views: 2097

Re: NASCAR aircraft at ONT

They’re all a nice bunch—spent time with Hendrick’s Racing a few years ago.



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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3878

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

In relation to operating the plane—it’s peanuts. In relation to my home phone—it’s probably high to outrageous.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?
Replies: 38
Views: 5584

Re: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?

Not remotely possible. Either of those airframes are too out-of-date to be made into an efficient competitor to anything today.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

There’s a link to the IFALPA document in post #9

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3878

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3878

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4648

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Ham fist the roll on the C-5 and you could get some exciting roll angles on the runway.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3878

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

In corporates, not very much for ATC, but handy to make pax arrangements, call the limo, call the office followed by call the home, get the Wall Street numbers.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4648

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

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,...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4648

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 85
Views: 13044

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Next important technology?
Replies: 47
Views: 3468

Re: Next important technology?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Becoming a Commercial Pilot
Replies: 10
Views: 737

Re: Becoming a Commercial Pilot

What country are located in? Informed begin there.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3034

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"
Replies: 15
Views: 2380

Re: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramjets and Aircraft Catapults
Replies: 4
Views: 705

Re: Ramjets and Aircraft Catapults

You’re kidding, right? The certification problem would be immense. What if there’s a failure during the launch? How do they abort at M.5 which is about 320 knots at S.L.? What if the ramjet fails after liftoff? How does it land?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"
Replies: 15
Views: 2380

Re: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Altitude Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1596

Re: 737 Altitude Question

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3034

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AED's on PAX aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: AED's on PAX aircraft?

Did a full day refresher every year. Initial was two days.

GF

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3034

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AED's on PAX aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: AED's on PAX aircraft?

Standard on nearly all business jets. Then again, the owners probably are good candidates for benefiting from one. ;)

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA930 March 7, 2018 canceled due to employee disagreement
Replies: 21
Views: 5179

Re: AA930 March 7, 2018 canceled due to employee disagreement

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 8125

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Test pilot & production pilot
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Test pilot & production pilot

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4175

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4175

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

Please translate post 11 into something understandable.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4175

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does Buffalo get that much snow? NYAG LC-130 tour
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: Does Buffalo get that much snow? NYAG LC-130 tour

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 ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LH A380 lower than usual pass over the Golden Gate Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 2213

Re: LH A380 lower than usual pass over the Golden Gate Bridge

Just climb a bit slower than optimum will work. And, if you don’t go too low, no one will care.

GF

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are transatlantic flights with electric powered planes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: How far away are transatlantic flights with electric powered planes?

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 118
Views: 28261

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

The rule required an ATP certificate to crew an airliner, not a 1,500 hour rule. If you’re flying a commercial airliner as a passenger, is it too much to expect the crew to be AIRLINE TRANSPORT pilots?


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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dassault Falcon 50
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: Dassault Falcon 50

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...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?
Replies: 8
Views: 1591

Re: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dassault Falcon 50
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: Dassault Falcon 50

I’m at friends tomorrow who is current on the 50; what’s your questions?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 8030

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

an MD-80 body, with a 787 cockpit, and smaller 787 engines. Who knows. We all know that Boeing does get creative sometimes.


No, please I cannot imagine.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3156

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

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...

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