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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Appropriate Airport Code?
Replies: 87
Views: 7255

RE: Most Appropriate Airport Code?

If you filed a flight plan from Wenatchee Washington, over the Locator Middle Marker at Reno, to Fresno California it would be abbreviated; EAT NO <acronym title="Fresno - Yosemite International (Air Terminal) (FAT / KFAT), USA - California">FAT</acronym> And yes, I do have too much time on my hands.

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger Restrained And Subdued On NW, DTW-HNL
Replies: 20
Views: 3810

RE: Passenger Restrained And Subdued On NW, DTW-HNL

There have been signs on the cockpit door for some months now. They are either on your planes or you are in non-compliance. No one makes the mistake. It is intentional or the person is mentally incapacitated. I believe that good argument could be made for revocation of driver's and other licenses fo...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Pilots Practice 1st Landing At New Airport?
Replies: 32
Views: 6717

RE: Do Pilots Practice 1st Landing At New Airport?

<b><acronym title="Fargo - Hector International (FAR / KFAR), USA - North Dakota">FAR</acronym> 121.445</b> says that certain airports may be designated as "special" for reasons like that, terrain, obstructons or complex approach or departure procedures. At such airports we cannot make a takeoff or ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

N6376M No. One person's decision to uproot to another company does not make your point any more than an occasional winner makes playing the lottery good financial planning. In the first place we are going to have to wait many years to evaluate whether or not it was the right move. It isn't even a "s...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drunk Lady Attacks Air Marshal
Replies: 35
Views: 6179

RE: Drunk Lady Attacks Air Marshal

I have long felt that about the second time a f/a or other crewmember had to tell someone to sit down, or something like that, the passenger was beginning to cross the line into "interfering with a crewmember" in the performance of that crewmember's duty. I felt that way long before 9/11. Sadly, the...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sport Teams Planes
Replies: 52
Views: 4800

RE: Sport Teams Planes

I remember a very clever ad by Alaska Airlines a few years ago. It showed an AS 727 tail with a Seattle Seahawks helmet on it. The caption said: (numbers are approximate here)

"Last year we carried 14 times for 25,000,000 yards."

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 5:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can An Airliner Land On Water?
Replies: 35
Views: 8709

RE: Can An Airliner Land On Water?

"Slightly out of control" is rather like slightly pregnant.

Airport78 never explained why the negative pressure relief valve did not flood the airplane. Oh! Hollywood.

If this thread is somewhat short of substantive replies from well qualified big guns, see post number 3.

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

-76M Okay, I lied! I'm back. Only to say that despite the polarization of our points of view I've enjoyed the mental exercise of disputing with you. I expect that our points of view are the predictable result of our education and life experience. The core issue of this thread is an emotional one - t...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

There will never be meaningful discourse between humans so long as words like N*z* are allowed to be <u>unspeakable</u>. The crimes of that regime were crimes. They were of a greater magnitude, in fact an unimaginable magnitude, but they were crimes. Crimes can and must be compared with crimes and I...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

N6376m You did a very lawyerly thing and twisted my words. You wrote: <b><i>So the business of business is creating jobs? Sorry but not in a capitalistic system. Maybe in a communist economy but not here. </i></b> I did not say that it is the business of business. I stated an obvious truth. Customer...

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by SlamClick
Sat Jan 03, 2004 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funniest Delays
Replies: 53
Views: 6612

RE: Funniest Delays

I once took a 50 minute delay at <acronym title="Yuma - MCAS / International (YUM / KYUM), USA - Arizona">YUM</acronym> because a roadrunner had homesteaded my airplane. Took quite a while to motivate it to leave without scaring . . . well, you know. Considered writing to the "Acme Company" for some...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:52 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Need Advice For These Rejections.
Replies: 6
Views: 4982

RE: Need Advice For These Rejections.

I agree with the comments above. Did not see what kind of camera you are using. It may be that you are just asking too much of it. If the original image is grainy, soft focus, and things like that, there is not much you can do to save the picture. The location is sure worthy. Apart from image qualit...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

Planemaker At this point in my life I am maybe too cynical. In fact, post-Enron (and scores of others) I have a hard time believing anything said by a business executive or their Government regulators. Nevertheless, I have to say this - <b>the airline industry saying that those are the costs does no...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 4:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No T/R On Landing
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

RE: No T/R On Landing

Ryanair737 It was easier to tell with clamshell reversers. (open-closed) I've never had the opportunity to stand next to the cowl on the Airbus while the reversers were operated as I have with the 737-400. I just do not have a definitive answer to your question. However, I could easily see someone c...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 4:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question About Today's Top Photo / Glide Slope
Replies: 6
Views: 3082

RE: Question About Today's Top Photo / Glide Slope

That is quite an approach. Actually, after looking at a lot of the beautiful airport overviews from Switzerland I have to admire them for having any airports at all in their country. It looks like the flat ground available has been used to the max.

Great shot.

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A B747 With 4 777´s Engines
Replies: 22
Views: 7967

RE: A B747 With 4 777´s Engines

I'd rather see two CFM-56 on a BAe-146 and use the outer pylons for external fuel tanks or ski lockers. Most factory engineers are pretty smart guys. If you hang too-powerful engines on an airplane they will cheerfully push it up higher than the wings can then carry it. Even the B-727-200 with -17 e...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?
Replies: 23
Views: 9314

RE: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?

Timz You are exactly right. Therefore the formula is <i>good enough</i> for our purposes. If you were setting up air defense radar or something you might want a more precise answer. I think the light-bending is the reason why my nephew was taught to uses 1.17 as the constant for maritime application...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No T/R On Landing
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

RE: No T/R On Landing

Getting common for airports to ask us to go easy or not use thrust reversers on landing for noise considerations, usually during hours of darkness. Of course we will use them if the runway is unexpectedly slick or something. Running off the end of the runway can be quite loud. Many communities along...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

Ctbarnes I have no doubt that is true. But that has more to do with the extremely low standards required of hotels than anything else. Hotel employees are among the worst of the American workforce. Now calm down. If you work for a hotel I don't mean YOU are the worst. There are probably some stellar...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?
Replies: 23
Views: 9314

RE: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?

Rhodylee Because I am within 230 miles of you and can therefore see you. This was a question I'd considered before. Back in the 1950's when I was a kid, in fact. Back then if I saw contrails they usually did extend from one horizon to the other. Those short "comet" contrails common to jets were not ...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers Getting Arrested
Replies: 19
Views: 3034

RE: Passengers Getting Arrested

On a flight from Seattle to Anchorage a few years ago a passenger way back in coach was drinking from his own bottle and would not surrender it. Lead f/a went back to explain that it was not multiple choice and that he'd be arrested on arrival if he did not comply. As she stepped away he made a thre...

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flown On Plane You Later Found Had Been In Crash?
Replies: 42
Views: 9625

RE: Flown On Plane You Later Found Had Been In Crash?

I resisted answering this one because I knew the answer would be chilling. It is. I have flown eleven airplanes and one helicopter that later crashed. Nine of them were military, of those, three were midairs with loss of all aboard both aircraft. Only two were airliners but that is far too many.

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by SlamClick
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?
Replies: 23
Views: 9314

RE: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?

Hmmmm... The calculation works off the radius of the earth not the diameter as Rhodylee stated. His number is about right for radius. And how did you get a username so appropriate to your post. That is cool. Laddb My 1.23 x sqrt of height works as well as the question deserves. It will give an answe...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will SNA Ever Extend Their Ridiculously Short Rwy?
Replies: 29
Views: 5351

RE: Will SNA Ever Extend Their Ridiculously Short Rwy?

I remember thinking when they did some work at <acronym title="Santa Ana - John Wayne / Orange County (SNA / KSNA), USA - California">SNA</acronym> a few years ago that they should at the same time bury the 405. Then they could have put on a runway extension, even one with a displaced threshold woul...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

I would comment on "sense of entitlement" as it applies to venture capitalists but I don't want to get lectured on ethics by an attorney again.

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Placement And Seniority
Replies: 5
Views: 2443

RE: Pilot Placement And Seniority

7 years at Jetblue would probably be a captain 15 years at USAIRWAYS would be furloughed. You gain seniority from date of hire. You can spend your seniority any way you'd like. If airline X had three types of airplane and three crew bases that would be 18 possible bids. (3 x 3 x 2 for captain or f/o...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?
Replies: 23
Views: 9314

RE: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?

Rhodylee As you said it is a good approximation. If you really wanted to put a fine point on it - you can't. It does factor in the curvature of the earth. In fact that is <acronym title="Albenga (Villanova d'Albenga) (- Clemente Panero) (ALL / LIMG), Italy">ALL</acronym> it factors. The truth is, va...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?
Replies: 23
Views: 9314

RE: Contrails, Horizon To Horizon...how Far?

Fairly simple one to calculate. Distance to horizon (in nautical miles) is 1.23 times the square root of the altitude in feet. Example: FL350 being nominally 35000' above a sea level point. It also assumes the earth to be pretty much a perfect sphere. Square root of 35,000 is 187.08 (plus some digit...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 7:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can An Airliner Land On Water?
Replies: 35
Views: 8709

RE: Can An Airliner Land On Water?

This topic was beat to death not three days ago in a thread having to do with life preservers under the seats. Try a search.



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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

Just a hunch but I'll bet that most of the people who tell you to "move on" are either management who will profit from your moving on - or young - under 35 or so. To the second group; moving on each time you get dissatisfied with the way you are treated is the one guaranteed way to keep yourself in ...

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by SlamClick
Thu Jan 01, 2004 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Attendant Tells All
Replies: 157
Views: 26984

RE: AA Flight Attendant Tells All

Been watching this stuff with some interest for a long time now. I have some observations. They are in no particular order and they are kind of depressing. <LI>Nothing the employees do will make or break any company. The decision to shut it down will be made when the principals are properly invested...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ever Been In A Missed Approach?
Replies: 44
Views: 5339

RE: Ever Been In A Missed Approach?

I find I do one maybe once or twice a year, usually for someone not clearing the runway when or where we expected them to. As soon as we have the plane headed back up and cleaned up, and have talked to ATC we always talk to the passengers. I understand that to nervous passengers a missed approach ca...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Motion Sickness - Does It Go Away?
Replies: 13
Views: 13465

RE: Motion Sickness - Does It Go Away?

I assume that you have ridden as a passenger without this problem? Or on a boat, or in a car? Motion sickness is all pretty much the same, and you can train yourself not to experience it. The simple version is that the unaccustomed motions of flight make the fluid swirl in the semicircular canals of...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Incapacity
Replies: 36
Views: 5996

RE: Pilot Incapacity

Skipper is dead right about the PTT switch and the A/P Disconnect. Big oops! One more thought. I have to say that, even as an airline pilot with several type ratings, the first time I looked at the radio management panel in the Airbus I am almost certain that I would NOT have been able to figure out...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Favorite City To Fly Into Or Out Of
Replies: 66
Views: 8645

RE: Favorite City To Fly Into Or Out Of

MD11lover Was this what you had in mind with Tegucigalpa? <br><table align=center border=0 width=500><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/134049/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/134049/M/" target="_blank">View Medium...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Opening Of Cabin Doors
Replies: 10
Views: 3870

RE: Inflight Opening Of Cabin Doors

D.B. Cooper may have exited via the rear airstair but it seems unlikely that he survived. At least he was separated from his money because a large amount of it was found just a few years ago, down the Columbia. Not one other bill has ever turned up. I don't believe there is any way to disable the D....

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Trijet #2 & #'s 1/3 Engine Similarities
Replies: 13
Views: 3379

RE: Trijet #2 & #'s 1/3 Engine Similarities

AcidRadio I was told by one operator that an engine has to "earn the right" to be mounted at the number 2 position on the 727. Not sure exactly what he was referring to, but I'd guess test cell results after an overhaul. Good strong engine gets to be mounted center. There are also a lot of misconcep...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Pilots Get Bored Off There Jobs?
Replies: 16
Views: 5885

RE: Do Pilots Get Bored Off There Jobs?

BILAL

Emergencies are not boring.
Bored is good.

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Pilots Get Bored Off There Jobs?
Replies: 16
Views: 5885

RE: Do Pilots Get Bored Off There Jobs?

Bored is good. Believe me!

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 31, 2003 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's The Longest Holding Pattern You've Been In?
Replies: 17
Views: 8844

RE: What's The Longest Holding Pattern You've Been In?

Guess I have been lucky. For length of time you guys have me beat. Once got held at FL350 over UBG (Oregon) I asked for 40nm inbound legs and it was just like cruising around over the Williamette Valley. Only went one turn before they opened the gates again. In January 1970 I flew United <acronym ti...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 12:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What Do You Think Of My First Shot?
Replies: 11
Views: 5404

RE: What Do You Think Of My First Shot?

I agree, I like the shot. I think I would make a copy and try something in Photoshop. Think I'd crop a bit, maybe even cut off the mainwheel because you can't see all of it. Keeping my shape, I think mostly I'd cut off a bit of the very bright sky and then see if that would permit me to bring up the...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 12:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Incapacity
Replies: 36
Views: 5996

RE: Pilot Incapacity

Ahhh, the age-old dream of the private pilot, landing the airliner. Hey, I had it too. The fact is, in the US with hub-and-spoke operations and with most "hubs" being crewbases and most cockpit crew being commuters there are deadheading pilots on maybe 90% of all the flights I've flown in the past s...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is Prist?
Replies: 9
Views: 12282

RE: What Is Prist?

Prist is an anti-icing and biocidal additive for jet fuel. The ingredient, if I remember it right is called PFA55MB. Last time I used any (30 years ago) it came in aerosol cans with a tube that was clipped to the fuel nozzle. The can was sprayed as the fuel was pumped, and a can of it went with a ce...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Air Marshalls - Your Opinion Please
Replies: 33
Views: 4171

RE: UK Air Marshalls - Your Opinion Please

Wish it weren't true but it is. The issue is this simple. No one on earth, not even El Al can be certain that it can keep armed terrorists off their airplanes.

You then only have to decide whether you want the terrorists to be the only armed person on board.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 Takeoffs
Replies: 17
Views: 3852

RE: A340 Takeoffs

No it's an over-rotated takeoff on a very light airplane.

Sorry it took so long for me to answer. I was busy getting the patent on the shape of my hand as a high-lift wing.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:35 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Helicopter Photography
Replies: 10
Views: 2683

RE: Helicopter Photography

This should be fun for you. Some (especially older) helicopters do have some vibrations you might not be used to. Slow shutter speeds? Not too slow, I'd suggest. It is nice when you can get a semi-transparent rotor or prop disc but that slow a speed might feed a little shakiness into your picture. I...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Assinine Is It To Not Have A Gate 13?
Replies: 53
Views: 8970

RE: How Assinine Is It To Not Have A Gate 13?

Okay you math students - there is probably a paper in this somehow. The NTSB as part of its accident investigations charts the injuries and fatalities on a seatmap of the crashed airplane. Someone has got to run the statistics comparing these stats on row 13 (where installed) against other rows. Now...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Little Airbus Planes In USA, How?
Replies: 20
Views: 6043

RE: Little Airbus Planes In USA, How?

People fly light twins and even singles across the north Atlantic via the routes above all the time. I've heard that the longest single leg is something like 545nm. People have ferried single engine Cessnas from California to Hawaii. That is the longest bluewater leg on earth, meaning no dry land di...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do You Know Why The 737 Engine Has A Wierd Shape?
Replies: 32
Views: 16794

RE: Do You Know Why The 737 Engine Has A Wierd Shape?

The really cool thing is the mechanism that shortens each fan blade as it comes around the bottom side, then stretches it out again for the rest of the rotation. That's the rattling you hear when it is windmilling on the ground. Man I hope they know I'm kidding! It was a ground clearance issue begin...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Trijet #2 & #'s 1/3 Engine Similarities
Replies: 13
Views: 3379

RE: Trijet #2 & #'s 1/3 Engine Similarities

Identical but the installation may produce differences. For example on 727 because of the S-duct not breathing exactly like a pylon-mounted engine, there are different takeoff power settings (EPR) for 1 & 3 than for #2. In passenger configuration, for many years the A/C packs did not use engine 2 bl...

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