Thanks, CV990, though I've been here for a while! I assumed VIA was from eastern Europe, Africa or Central America since they were flying a Tu-154 but I couldn't think of anywhere other than Venezuela that begins with a "V" - maybe it doesn't refer to a country. I've never even come close to flying ...Jump to post
Until you mentioned it, the only people I ever heard say "Bo-ack" were British. The reason some people don't like it is the same reason people don't pronounce TWA as "twah" or BA as "Bah" or GNP as "gnup". I don't think it's peculiarly British. There are a lot of acronyms pronounced as a word, espec...Jump to post
Thanks to that wonderful webcam I see there's a Tu-154 belonging to VIA at Zurich at the moment (1130 UTC/GMT). Who are they? Venezuelan? Nice to get a rare glimpse of a Russian-built aircraft. There's also an Aeroflot 737-400 with quite a snazzy paint scheme on the engines - almost like a depiction...Jump to post
No, Freddy and co. are definitely right but I just couldn't get my head round the birds flying in through the door. I guess their weight gets added as they fly into the plane and shutting the door just stops them getting out. OK, Freddy, I've ditched the parrot. Just as well really. It squawked twic...Jump to post
Hoy! What about my answer? :(
Haven't BAe farmed off their commercial aircraft production? I think the 125 derivative (the 1000?) went to Raytheon and the 146 went somewhere else. The ATP was added to the Jetstream line at Prestwick which was promptly terminated.
Very tactful, FlyF15. Yes it was me :) I should really have put my last two posts together.
Common sense tells me the weight can't change in a closed system but I can't reconcile the problem when it's put the way I mentioned in my last post.
My head's starting to hurt again.
So I should just sell my parrot, then? This was discussed at length some time ago at work with no final conclusion. There were people with degrees in physics and engineering involved. My position was that it was a closed system so the weight couldn't change but someone said, OK, the plane's flying a...Jump to post
I was panning around when suddenly, whoosh! An MD-11 was climbing from right to left, just behing the termainal building. I don't know whose it was - all white with a horizontal blue bar or logo across the fin. I've actually been doing some work for a couple of hours and haven't looked recently - th...Jump to post
I gave the Zurich webcam a go - it's the best one I've seen yet. It was great for Friday afternoon at the office and again today as it's a bank holiday and there aren't many people here. Even the non-aviation people here are hooked. Live spotting at an airport almost 1000 miles away - perhaps this i...Jump to post
Airbus's "once unpopular planes"? If you mean they weren't selling many in their early years, well that's hardly surprising, is it? In the 50s and 60s NOBODY wanted Airbus - does that make them completely rubbish? I say yet again: let both flourish or the whole airline industry loses out. And some c...Jump to post
When the birds are at rest all their weight is acting downward on the aircraft but when they're flying the air will be deflected mostly downward but it will swirl about, including up to the ceiling and sideways on the walls, so I still reckon a small amount of weight would be lost but much less than...Jump to post
I witnessed the same problem with Expedia. A work colleague was speaking to a travel agent about a flight to Israel so I checked out Expedia's prices. They said £290 but the travel agent said £220. Lucky I've known my own travel agent since we were at the same school :)Jump to post
Maybe you'll get a more qualified answer - I'm not a pilot so I can only guess. I'll bet good arithmetic is essential. There must be times when flying conditions change suddenly and you need to juggle numbers in your head. Trig is bound to be used in route planning/adjustment, especially in relation...Jump to post
It seems from this discussion that some BA 400s have economy seats upstairs after all. I've sent myself to my room for the rest of the day as a punishment. As for comparing the 400 to earlier models, er... I haven't actually flown on ANY 747s yet. Should manage a BA 400 in September though - JFK to ...Jump to post
Never having flown on any of BA's 747-400s, I'm in no position to add my personal opinion but... according to BA's website, their 747-400s have Club World seating upstairs, which I assume is between Economy and First Class in standard. Sorry to be pedantic but you know what this forum's like - if I ...Jump to post
It was me who mentioned that. What I actually said was that I COULD get from A to B but only in a Cessna and with bumpy landings. I tried the trial flight in a 737 but had to give up because I couldn't set the power as instructed, e.g. "set N2 to 60%" - I ended up chasing the power up and down like ...Jump to post
Precisely, CV990. The last thing this world needs is one dominant manufacturer. Competition keeps manufacturers on their toes and prevents them from producing substandard machines to a captive market for easy money. The same goes for cars, computers, hamburgers, etc. PS I quite like a burger from Ma...Jump to post
Couldn't agree more, Hmmmm. There would have to be a market for such a large aircraft to have a good load factor in at least a mixed-class layout. Given its size, perhaps in a few cases some extras, like one or two tiny kiosks, could be fitted but it would still have to carry a LOT of passengers to ...Jump to post
I assume we're talking about production airliners which went into service, not experimental aircraft? I'm not saying Concorde was the first, I'm just saying it was earlier than some of the suggestions above - it's definitely a contender though. Although it didn't enter service till 1976, it first fl...Jump to post
I hope I wasn't too rough on you, CaptK. As Freddy said, it's a common reaction to something new. I have the advantage/disadvantage of having been brought up on flying when ALL long haul flights were in narrow bodies because there weren't any wide bodies. When the 747 came along there were those for...Jump to post
Substitute "747" for "A-3XX" and "707" or "DC-8" for "747" and that post could have been written 30 years ago. And when the railways started we were all going to "suffocate at speeds greater than 30mph". The only doubts I have about flying in an aircraft wider than the 747 is that the chances of get...Jump to post
The slight discomfort (usually) most of us feel in our ears when climbing and descending in flight is caused by different air pressures either side of the eardrum. The outside of the eardrum is exposed to the changes in cabin pressure while the inside is normally sealed so the pressure isn't allowed...Jump to post
Sorry, that was just another of my "wise guy" remarks falling flat. I
was just pointing out that the concept of "other countries" is
subjective. SAAB being a Swedish company, the Swedes might not regard
SAAB 340s being made in Sweden as being made in "other countries" :)
1. Best Domestic Carrier: BA, BM (British, obviously) 2. Best International Carrier: BA, NW, DL 3. Best food: BA, NW, DL 4. Best entertainment: Any airline that lets me look out the window - i.e. not Sabena (sorry Ben) 5. Best Comfort: Not usually a problem 6. Best Service: BA, NW, DL, LH (insisted ...Jump to post