What's the difference between the MRTT and the KC-45? A LOT!!! Off the top of my head, the MRTT doesn't have a main deck cargo door/config (the KC-45 would have). MRTT can have a main deck cargo door (eg Germany), France have opted for main deck cargo doors on their follow on order. The door is a j...Jump to post
This is also no longer relevant as during covid QF outsourced it’s ground handling - this now becomes the GHA issue to manage with unions not QFs. Contracting out activities does not remove the responsibility, see this decision where a contract cleaner fell from a Qantaslink aircraft, it was QF tha...Jump to post
After all we've been through, I'd hope you wouldn't just point to a brochure... There's a world of difference between a manufacturer's brochure with carefully chosen words vs. reality. There's a world of difference between being certified to wear AERPS gear, which is what that brochure says, and be...Jump to post
I understand the unions have been for some time negotiating with QF over manual loading injuries, and I understand the compensation, lost time, and additional staff are not insignificant. Will see if that translates into the RFP at all.Jump to post
The briefing clearly states the WV80, which is 238 tonnes MTOW, LM on their website state for the LMXT it is 242 tonnes and fuel offload of 124 tonnes. No they state fuel capacity not fuel offload. 242t MTOW minus 125 OEW gives only 117t fuel capacity. Airbus has clearly put in a big extra fuel tan...Jump to post
The KC-45 page has an asterix next to the empty weight and it says: Note: specifications denoted with a "*" are for the A330. So they have simply used the weight from the A330-200 passenger variant. Stitch posted it yesterday, however the reference post was removed, so was his reply. The ...Jump to post
If I were to spec it out, I would go for an A330-200 based variant with the highest MTOW option available and the NEO RR engines assembled and supported in Indy. Fitting the new engines is critical for Airbus to win in my opinion. https://i.imgur.com/HnUnjKw.jpg Here is the fuel burn figures. The K...Jump to post
Well they were refueling aircraft a year ago that weren't part of testing or an exercise, so I'm not sure what the article is referencing. The KC-46 still does not meet the contract specification, it has 4 USAF identified category 1 deficiencies and some more minor things like toilets that dont wor...Jump to post
Is that 270° turn shown on FR24 a normal departure route from LIN for small aircraft? The flight data looks pretty consistent almost until the end. There is a number of standard departures from RW36 which would be consistent for the initial turn to the south. The desired route to LIEO would be sout...Jump to post
But hasn’t Airbus had a tough time with the boom as well? AFAIK they had some events during initial testing which was before the KC-46 award (eg https://australianaviation.com.au/2011/01/boom-or-bust-raaf-kc-30-loses-boom/), however their launch customer the RAAF (Australia Air Force) had the A330 ...Jump to post
If the requirement is a massive tanking capability, then the 777 will have the advantage. But to my mind, the 777 is way too large for the job. Massively too big. I can’t imagine anything needing that amount of fuel It has taken over 10 years to get the KC-46 where it is today after contract award ...Jump to post
Any reason for CASA banning fights south of 60S? (ETOPS requirements notwithstanding) Few issues : Communications SATCOM limits, they dont have comms over the poles (there are some systems that do, but QF does not have them) SAR - Outside any reasonable SAR range, Australia could not reach most of ...Jump to post
Hawaiian absolutely does have Complete Fleet for their A330, and have had it since 2009. This is why you see A330s go to MSP for C-Checks, for the heavy checks, DL subs out to SASCO in SIN. You are talking past tense, SIAEC does it now. Jim Landers, senior vice president, Technical Operations at Ha...Jump to post
CX closed its oversees bases and most if not all of the pilots in those bases were denied visas to live in HK, which effectively means that these pilots lose their jobs. They will be entitled to redundancy payments, but it is a bitter way to lose one's career. I can't help wondering if CX knew (or ...Jump to post
I get your point, one could argue it's on the extreme outer edge of Toowoomba. Admittedly at 20 km it's further out than I thought when I made that post. I thought it was around 10-12 km. But then even if you counted it as Toowoomba it probably still qualifies at ~135k Toowoomba does have its own l...Jump to post
vhqpa wrote:zeke wrote:WTB gets CX 748F, 77W, A350s, population of 295.
If we're going down that road may as well add:
SYD in Mascot, NSW (pop 14,772)
MEL in Tullamarine, VIC (pop 6,605)
You need a crane to swop the nose cowl, exhaust etc. Regarding the leak, if it’s not internal replacement parts/seals are needed. You can’t just bodge some sealant and hope for the best. The inlet cowl is 500 lb, and the exhaust 550 lb, seen it all done manually before, even the engine being lifted...Jump to post
How did all that gear unloaded ? I ask as do we know if MDY has cargo loaders that 1) reach the belly cargo holds 2) reach the main deck ? You would assume there are available forklifts on the island, but are they big enough to reach the main deck of a freighter to unload an engine ? Without these ...Jump to post
I guess that never happens, for safety reasons. You don't want any device using specified port/socket to be able to plug in. Cheers, Adam EFBs have different classes, they tend not to connect to the FMS, rather have something like a serial data in stream from the FMS (FMS does not care if the EFB i...Jump to post
777Mech wrote:Engine windmilled over 60 minutes.
Oil leak sounds like something that can be managed using hand tools and some lifts. I would be inclined to ask to see if they can apply sealant as a temporary fix, fill the oil up and fly it somewhere non revenue where a more permanent repair can be made. I very much doubt any cranes, lifts, etc fo...Jump to post
WTB gets CX 748F, 77W, A350s, population of 295.Jump to post
That equivalent would be A320.5 A32XNeo is selling well - Ok. But why not selling even better? Who of us is really believing that an A320.5 on offer would not gain a huge amount of orders, pressuring Boeing even more? Margins on narrow bodies are not going to be like widebodies, it’s probably going...Jump to post
For a neophyte like me, it looks like the Boeing 737MAX offers a better incremental length than the A32XNEO. The question is why Airbus didn’t use the opportunity of A32XNEO rework to also slightly lengthen A319 and, if A322 would be too early, at least add an A320.5 Airbus offers something like 45...Jump to post
Slightly off topic, but still, a lot of this discussion of the LMXT/KC-y requirement is around efficiency. Let’s just get some remembrance of some old SAC decisions dealing with this (and automation/other savings) with the KC-135’s from clear back in the late 70’s. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-...Jump to post
I doubt the flight will be non-stop due to CASA's requirements for operations below 60Degrees South. A splash & go at CHC would seem reasonable, even allowing for NZ paranoia over COVID. The following is a reply I posted in the Aussie Aviation group earlier today which covers the same topic: qf...Jump to post
At the end of the day there is nothing incorrect with the aforementioned distances; they are just in a denomination you would prefer not to use. Except they made no reference to statute miles, this is an aviation forum, not a North American automotive forum. As to the distances, it clearly states &...Jump to post
On October 5, QANTAS is planning to operate a one time non stop flight between Buenos Aires EZE and Darwin; Australia, with a 787-9, over a distance of 14,683 kilometers (9,124 miles), which is a record for the Australian company in flights operated with Boeing 787s. The purpose of the flight is to...Jump to post
Was going to say that the Aussies have been pretty aggressive with their MRTTs and Wedgetails. Definitely brought both of them to the ME fight. This goes without mentioning the rotating F/A-18C and F/A-18F deployments to the sandbox. I truly hope the new AUKUS pact has US F-35s based down under. It...Jump to post
Am wondering how upset airports are (such as my hometown LAX) that spent tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars on a380 infrastructure upgrades to terminals, runways to accommodate the now-shuttered a380 program? At least there will be a380 service returning to LAX for the foreseeable future...Jump to post
How much more fuel can it really deliver though, vs. the smaller/lighter KC-46? That’s the biggest question. Even the USAF has determined the A330 has a fair bit more capability, but the chose in the second round not to give points for that extra capability. The real runs on the board the A330 now ...Jump to post
Interesting changes for the A-320 CEO family to prevent false G/S intercept. https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/pitch-moderation-for-older-a320s-to-counter-false-glideslope-effects/145361.article It will not prevent false glideslopes as that is a function of the ground transmitter. The issue is wi...Jump to post
I am not of deep knowledge of the MRTT, but from the base thinking: Using the A330F Cargo door, better the frame section with the door should be possible. Anyone here to know why this shouldn't be possible? The French Air Force with their second order for the MRTT with a main deck cargo door. It is...Jump to post
Frontline/NYT errs here by not explaining that there is a difference between a mainline pilot in the United States which at the time of design of the 737Max had minimum requirements of: At least 23 years old Hold commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating Pass ATP knowledge and practical t...Jump to post
At least this is step in the right direction. I want all of the the "330 MRTT is a more betterer airplane!" guys on this forum offer to buy me a beer for every EU nation sourced sortie a USAF tanker or airlift mission supports in the next 24 months, until I need a liver transplant. The Au...Jump to post
I flew A330-200, A330-300, A340-300, A340-600 and A350-900 all as a common fleet. There is no difficulty difference between them. The A340-600 did handle like a much bigger aircraft, which it was at 368t MTOW, and had to be operated accordingly. But it wasn’t more difficult. Echo those sentiments, ...Jump to post
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Design is in Toulouse, everyone thinks of the Airbus as French, HQ is in France.
Over 540 MAXes and 1900 A320neos delivered; is that what you call "not many around"??? It would be less than 15% of the NB fleet worldwide, and passengers have no choice on the equipment they travel on. Then there is the simple fact the max was grounded for some time, and still remains gr...Jump to post
bigb wrote:Both are very quiet. I’ve been riding, on Maxes a lot lately and actually enjoy.
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I just read that the US-AU freight market is red hot. How much cargo can QF carry on the A380 LAX-SYD/MEL? I assume the US3 and Virgin Australia's A350/777/787 can carry more. I heard that the A380 is freight limited compared to the 777. If you read that somewhere it would have been very useful to ...Jump to post
The A330NEO is a reengined A330 with aero improvements. Certified & in production. Long sunk non recurring costs, attractive pricing. Low risk in the middle of the twin aisle market. I think one of the lesser discussed points regarding the Airbus FBW aircraft is that developments on one type fl...Jump to post
chunhimlai wrote:Sponsored by Nintendo?
That's not really a function of Iran Air being willing to take delivery, but of Airbus being seen as violating U.S. sanctions.
The whole 777X production line upgrade from the beginning was designed so they could build 777Xs and current 777s alongside each other on the exact same line. That wasn’t done so Boing can continue to sell 77L/77Ws. So you can point to where they have outlined that ? I had thought the 77X was being...Jump to post
Polot wrote:The intention was always to sell it along side the 777X until a 777XF was ready.
We couldn't legally load the aircraft up to over 340.2 tonnes even if we wanted to. They could on those GECAS leased aircraft, all they would need to do is to issue a crew notice in Comply365 as the actual airworthiness limit is higher. They won’t do that as there are more efficient aircraft in the...Jump to post
I didn't say it used the engine mount. The A330 wing still strengthened where the outboard engines of the A340 would have been mounted. One of the difficulties in Boeing developing ,the KC-46 was having to strengthen the wings to allow hose and drogue pods to be attached. Where the pods are install...Jump to post