Yes, the MD-11 is a beautiful aircraft. To bad it did not live up to expectations.Jump to post
On a flight last year I was seated next to a college professor who was evidently not satisfied with the service. Actually there was nothing wrong with the service she was just being difficult. Anyway she struck up a conversation with me and sure enough the discussion was about the airlines. She stat...Jump to post
The day's of the MD-90 in service are numbered. Delta is planing to dispose of there's by 2005 if I'm not mistaken. The ex-Reno MD-90's that AA returned to Boeing last year are still siting in the desert the last I heard. If you go to Boeing's web site and look up aircraft for lease there still list...Jump to post
The heart of the 777 FBW system are three GEC Marconi Avionics primary flight control computers. Each computer contains three separate computing lanes. Each lane has it's own processor with it's own power supply.
So as you can see the 777 has triple redunancy in it's FBW system.
The 717 cockpit is much different from the DC-9/MD-80 cockpit. The 717 cockpit is much less cluttered than the DC-9/MD-80. Look up pictures of the 717 and MD-80 cockpits on this site and you will see what I mean.
Don't you mean 737NG, not DC-9ng or MD-80ng? Not such animal exists.
This pertains to the 777. In the unlikely event that there is a complete computer failure control yoke inputs will be transmitted directly to the flight control actuators. If everything goes to pot, the control yokes are mechanically linked to the trim system on the horizontal stab and to one spoile...Jump to post
The last of the ex Reno aircraft were parked a week after 9-11. The original plan was to return the last four in January 2002. As for the current AA fleet the last of the 727's were retired last month. The last MD-11 was gone in Oct 2001. And of course the DC-10 retired in Nov 2000. So in the past t...Jump to post
I'll be the first to say that the MD-11 is a fine looking aircraft. I know, I worked on it a little while with Boeing. However, it's kind of a moot point comparing the fuel burn of the MD-11 to the 777. We all know which one was successful in the market place and which one was not. If you look at th...Jump to post
The nozzle you are reffering to is known as the exhaust plug. It's purpose is to form a convergent-divergent duct along with the exhasut nozzle to aid in the production of thrust. THe PW 4460 on the MD-11 does have an exhaust plug, you just can't see it from the ground. The same goes for CF6 powered...Jump to post
Spent four years in the Navy working on F-14's (engines & fuel systems). Afterwards I attended Southern Illinois Universities aviation program. Then I was lucky enough to get a job working for Boeing Flight test in Long Beach. Currently I work line maintenance for American Airlines.Jump to post