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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

There are many databases for fleet data. Regardless, the point is that grounding aircraft does not remove financial obligations. I believe the legal term is called frustration, when you lease something and it is unable to do what it is supposed to do. It is for this reason to my understanding it wa...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

I addressed this earlier. Why would QR ground a more efficient aircraft if the issue was COVID and over-capacity? Why would QR extend leases on older less efficient aircraft or bring back aircraft after they have been returned to lessors? Why would QR lease in new capacity? I think you are followin...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

It is not like they are a new operator, or a small unsophisticated one. Given you are aware they have been around for a while, could I suggest you have a look at what sort of reputation they have with their suppliers and employees. Do they have a reputation of ordering options that will have a lowe...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

I believe my point stands that degradation or failure prior to what is described in those standards is the responsibility of the Manufacturer. There has been no failure, the surface is expected to degrade with time. Under MSG3 every aspect of the aircraft is inspected under the reoccurring A/B/C ch...

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by zeke
Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Zeke may actully be right about how the contract is worded. However, the key will be the statements in the maintenance materials that would be incorporated and referenced in the contract. Those maintenance materials would include listings of the parts subject to degradation and wear; with expected ...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

No legal team worth a grain o' salt would ever agree to a sales contract in which an OEM could slide on a defective product like that. Heck, even a clause for a generic Consumer Expectation Test under common law, wouldn't allow an OEM to get away with such a response. The OEMs simply will not provi...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1772
Views: 295689

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

actually 61t per https://aircraft.airbus.com/en/aircraft/freighters/a330-200f but yes, more than 46t; first source was off That link you provided under the large bold "Performance and Efficiency" title states "The A330-200F flies 20% further and has a cost per tonne that is 13% lower...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 03, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15769

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

Well when your only competition has its mainstay aircraft grounded for over a year, their current new generation widebody stopped production, and its next generation widebody unable to get certified. I think 60% is pretty low.

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by zeke
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1967

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

The Telegraph article reports on standard cruise speeds compared to Concorde, and claims the following: 747-8 M0.86 A380 M0.855 A350 M0.85 787 M0.85 777 M0.84 John Cox, on the other hand, is a well-known retired captain personality in the US who frequently appears on major news networks to comment ...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 01, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1967

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

I don’t really have a dog in this though, speed wars are for A vs B fanboys to fight over :lol: You were the one who raised it, I cannot read your first link as its behind a paywall, the second link states "Question: What is the fastest airliner and how fast does it fly? — submitted by reader ...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2409

Re: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?

Hello to all the distinguished forum members, So Im a plane spotter based out of LKO..and recently I spotted this Air India Dreamliner 787-8 taking off but as I saw the birdie ascend I never saw its gears retract..which led me to think what could possibly be the reasons behind this thing ? Now I ha...

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by zeke
Sat Oct 30, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1967

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

The 747-8 is currently the fastest jetliner. The speed gains are not the issue - fuel burn is. The difference between mach .86 and .84 cruise is not much in terms of time gain, but to airline bean counters is huge. The 747-8 is not the fastest, there are numerous aircraft flying around today with E...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production
Replies: 208
Views: 26434

Re: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production

Aircraft values have dropped brutality, about 25% for A320CEO 2021 $33.5 The NEO has been around already for over 5 years, across the board older aircraft have had large drops in their values during covid. I think it is more likely as things pickup after covid, many airlines will elect for efficien...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Honeywell ALF502R-5 EM/Cross-Section
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: Honeywell ALF502R-5 EM/Cross-Section

Have a look at these eBay items

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USED AVCO LYCOMING ALF502R Turbofan Engine Student Workbook 146

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by zeke
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 108
Views: 23908

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Cobham caused significant problems and delays on the program, and they paid handily per this report back in 2019. Anyone know what the status is of the WARP pods for the 767, I don't believe they are in use yet, only the centerline drogue . https://www.defensedaily.com/cobham-accepts-206-million-ch...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2361

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet. Is there some kind of "official" definition? A commercial pilot told me that the airlines prefer long straight-in approaches. Is a short final sort of the antithesis of this? It’s not really a term I hear much these days...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 14
Views: 3199

Re: What's this contraption?

DC-9-41 ?

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by zeke
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies
Replies: 16
Views: 2522

Re: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies

I, for one, am incredulous that Airbus would pursue policies that would undercut the value of the remaining outstanding stake in order to make the purchase as cheap as possible. Impossible! Yes that is totally opposite of any company the world over, they are always looking at ways to overstate the ...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 11983

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

Damn... how many times have they tried to revive the Fokker 100 now? The design dates back to the first crewed flight on the Apollo program. Restarting this will be like bringing something designed with a slide rule to a supercomputer fight. My guess is it would be cheaper and faster to go from a b...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32743

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Same with EFA A321, no JQ involvement in introducing that type. The various entities at times don’t have much interaction with each other, so don’t assume that mainline flying will so easily be farmed out to other entities just because they operate that particular type of aeroplane already. This is...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Opus99 wrote:
So does the a350 in those conditions need more paint/skin maintenance than other aircraft?


Not that I am aware of, and if we look back how this was discovered it was during a normal repaint.

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32743

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Sorry, that’s not true. Currently front of house ground staff have a B-Scale, in addition to this they also have Qantas’s Ground Services. Previously it would be offered as an option during EBA negotiations - agree to a B-Scale or we’ll reduce the conditions of your award, but it was often voted do...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32743

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Besides this is QF they will probs only recruit new hires on a B-Scale 320 mid-haul contract to reduce labour costs, separating them from legacy 737 short haul pilots. In Australia every employee would be on the same agreement within the same airline, the only way they can run different pay scales ...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 359
Views: 78227

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Oh well, at least EASA is willing to say there is a "degraded paint condition"... Presumably all the grounded airplanes had not been stripped for repainting already so I'm not sure this can all be blamed on the paint shop. A degraded paint condition after being in service is totally norma...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8028

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

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...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

RJMAZ wrote:
It looks like it has windows to me.


What does windows have to do with anything ? Ever hear of the C-9B Skytrain or C-40A Clipper ?

France is doing that with their next batch, main deck cargo door with quick change interior.

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32743

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

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...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8028

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

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...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32743

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

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.

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

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...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

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 ...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

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...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8028

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

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...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 03, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIlatus PC-12 crashes near Milan Linate after take off - no survivors
Replies: 14
Views: 6162

Re: PIlatus PC-12 crashes near Milan Linate after take off - no survivors

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...

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by zeke
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

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 ...

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by zeke
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18221

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

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 ...

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by zeke
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to operate its second longest non stop flight with a 787-9
Replies: 34
Views: 13397

Re: QANTAS to operate its longest non stop flight with a 787-9

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 ...

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by zeke
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-52 Stratofortress To Get A New Engine.
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: B-52 Stratofortress To Get A New Engine.

Existing thread is mil Av forum

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by zeke
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17537

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

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...

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by zeke
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 297
Views: 83041

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

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 ...

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by zeke
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service
Replies: 36
Views: 4736

Re: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service

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...

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by zeke
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service
Replies: 36
Views: 4736

Re: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service

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)


Don’t think you have been to WTB to make a comment like that, there is nothing about. Have a look at a satellite photo.

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by zeke
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17537

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

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...

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by zeke
Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17537

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

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 ...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?
Replies: 27
Views: 3938

Re: Why do some airliners seemingly have two sets of EFBs?

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...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17537

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

777Mech wrote:
Engine windmilled over 60 minutes.


Doesn’t the good book say 10 hrs.

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by zeke
Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17537

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

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...

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by zeke
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service
Replies: 36
Views: 4736

Re: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service

WTB gets CX 748F, 77W, A350s, population of 295.

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by zeke
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 32X NEO program: why no length adjustment?
Replies: 48
Views: 7137

Re: Airbus 32X NEO program: why no length adjustment?

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...

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