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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Direct Or Not Direct...that Is The Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3860

RE: Direct Or Not Direct...that Is The Question

Careful with the wording of that question. In the USA "direct" only means without changing flight numbers and may stop and even change airplanes.

If you mean non-stop you might say that.

And sorry, don't know answer.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joystick Or Flight Yoke
Replies: 14
Views: 6491

RE: Joystick Or Flight Yoke

Cracks me up when I see a cartoonist has a helicopter pilot flying with a yoke. I can't even imagine trying that!

Of course most cartoonists think that pulling back on the throttles increases power. Even the one version of Encarta I tried thought that!

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ? About Aircraft Parked At Gate
Replies: 15
Views: 5906

RE:? About Aircraft Parked At Gate

Now - picture yourself wearing that headset plugged into an airplane and walking in puddles alongside the airplane, with a thunderstorm approaching the field. You can see why they suspend pushbacks when lightning strikes are being taken in the airport area.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joystick Or Flight Yoke
Replies: 14
Views: 6491

RE: Joystick Or Flight Yoke

Wingman The Airbus sidestick gets no feedback. It has a little center null area and nothing happens until you press it toward pitch or turn areas. In effect, the hand-flying can get to be a bit mechanical. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much actual feel there could be through hydraulic actuator...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joystick Or Flight Yoke
Replies: 14
Views: 6491

RE: Joystick Or Flight Yoke

The yoke gets in the way of my meal tray!

Next improvement is a movable QWERTY keyboard instead of alphanumeric.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Airliners - What's Your Opinion?
Replies: 24
Views: 5197

RE: Russian Airliners - What's Your Opinion?

An friend of mine likes to say: "If it's ugly, it's British. If it's weird it's French. If it's ugly <i>and</i> weird it's Russian. That should offend just about everybody. But then he does continue to fly French and Russian airplanes. Personally I'm of the <i>form follows function</i> school. I thi...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water Landings
Replies: 17
Views: 3951

RE: Water Landings

PanAm707320B I did not include the JAL Flight 2 crash as a ditching because it was a "controlled flight into terrrain" accident. Some of the particulars of it: JA8032 a DC-8-62 was inbound to KSFO on 22 November 1968. It crossed the Woodside VOR at 4000' and was cleared to descend to 2000' For some ...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:25 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Threads Taking A Long Time To Open
Replies: 72
Views: 4889

RE: Threads Taking A Long Time To Open

One minute forty six seconds to open this thread with DSL.

56 posts and still no reply from the administrator. The natives are getting restless.

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 29, 2003 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water Landings
Replies: 17
Views: 3951

RE: Water Landings

MD11Engineer Yes, that was a spectacular video. I did not include it as a jet ditching because it always appeared to me that maybe they were still fighting for control of the plane at the moment of impact. The plane was in a fairly steep bank at the first impact. If it had been a simple ditching wit...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 29, 2003 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water Landings
Replies: 17
Views: 3951

RE: Water Landings

The decision to put the personal flotation devices on board was made by people a lot smarter than the people who think they are for use after hitting the water at 400 knots. Of course they are for controlled ditching. The only controlled ditching of a jet airliner that I am aware of was an <acronym ...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Error, Or Not....?
Replies: 19
Views: 4800

RE: Pilot Error, Or Not....?

ScarletHarlot No I didn't. I just looked. And it should be added that I have never actually slammed a chick, no matter what they told you. I think I recall reading that about Captain Piche. I believe I understand. I've known competent, conscientious professionals get into an emergency where they per...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 Takeoffs
Replies: 17
Views: 3852

RE: A340 Takeoffs

Sorry Zak, my statements still stand. I try to be a rather precise user of technical English but I'm in no way qualified to translate into German. Try this: Stick your hand out the car window at a 90 degree angle to the direction of travel. Still feel a force? Still think it's lift? The words you ne...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I Am....a Private Pilot!
Replies: 23
Views: 4104

RE: I Am....a Private Pilot!

Congratulations. You are a pilot. You have dared it and won. Good on ya. If Purdue is an option I think it would serve you well. Good school. We used to get interns from there. Sharp guys. Been a long time ago for me but I believe that you will find the Commercial exams not really any tougher than t...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 Takeoffs
Replies: 17
Views: 3852

RE: A340 Takeoffs

Sorry Zak, not being argumentative here but my statements still stand. I've been doing that <i>hand out the car window</i> thing for better than fifty years. Even did it on the autobahn. It is still fun. It just does not really relate much to why airplanes fly. What happens with your hand is just th...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Uniform Thing...
Replies: 19
Views: 2356

RE: Some Uniform Thing...

Nudelhirsch Special occasions, if they were related to the Company one might wear the uniform. If you do, you will not drink. Even a sip of wine in uniform could shorten your career. Typical in the USA at a big airline: While you are in your new-hire training they will arrange a day for a uniform ta...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Uniform Thing...
Replies: 19
Views: 2356

RE: Some Uniform Thing...

Nudelhirsch Most pilots I know wear their uniform only when on duty or commuting to/from duty without an overnight in between. If the option exists not to wear the uniform most of us will jump on it. It is not a lack of pride, for the most part. I know I am proud of the accomplishment represented in...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A346 Questions
Replies: 43
Views: 7228

RE: A346 Questions

True enough that any long-body airplane may be prone to tailstrikes. Even where there is a tailskid mounted, as on the B-727, they can be expensive as it could still damage the structure around where the skid is mounted. A typical airline operating long-body airplanes may have a procedure where the ...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Average Charter Flight
Replies: 21
Views: 3068

RE: The Average Charter Flight

I flew a lot of casino junkets. Cheering was common on arrival at the casino destination. On the way home it was easy to tell who'd been lucky.

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 Takeoffs
Replies: 17
Views: 3852

RE: A340 Takeoffs

You cannot determine Angle-of-Attack from the body angle of the airplane. Angle of attack is the angle between the chordline of the airfoil and the relative wind. If the airplane is not moving there is no angle of attack. The chordline of an airfoil is completely separate from the longitudinal axis ...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Entry Requirements For initial flying job in UPS or FEDEX?
Replies: 14
Views: 48611

RE: Entry Requirements For Initial Flying Job In UPS Or Fedex?

Ba299 That has been debated here in the USA also. At one time when <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> was actively recruiting pilots the 4-year degree was listed <i>twice</i> among the required qualifications. Wish I'd kept that ad. Here in the US there are several arguments in f...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This Aircraft Is Insane :-)
Replies: 42
Views: 12890

RE: This Aircraft Is Insane :-)

It appears to be a two-stroke, judging by the expansion tube exhaust.
Anyone know if it burns pre-mix?

Can you open the canopy in flight to yank on a starter rope?

Can it maintain any kind of altitude on one engine?

Is it factory-built or a kit?

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 28, 2003 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How AF A340 Can Fly Non Stop SXM-CDG?
Replies: 23
Views: 9042

RE: How AF A340 Can Fly Non Stop SXM-CDG?

Zak Those sim graphics are incredible. Looks realistic enough to be used to teach the airport qualification at an airline. Was curious though. Does the program allow you to set altitudes and headings. I notice that yours was set to level off at 100' which is the Airbus default setting when powering ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 4:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can someone explain what etops is?
Replies: 12
Views: 4786

Can someone explain what etops is?

And never forget: A minute's flight out is a day's swim back.

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 4:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Error, Or Not....?
Replies: 19
Views: 4800

RE: Pilot Error, Or Not....?

Many years ago I was investigating an accident of a US military plane in South America. It was beginning to look like the pilot had allowed contaminated fuel into the tanks. That would be simplistically called "pilot error" by the uninformed. On the way from the crash, back to the hotel one evening ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APUs And GPUs
Replies: 18
Views: 9488

RE: APUs And GPUs

The big difference between the Beech 1900 and a 737 for example is what spins the starter. On the Beech the engine is tiny and the starter is electric. On a big jet engine the starter is an air motor. An electric motor big enough to spin up a CFM to start speeds would be enormous and would need more...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Entry Requirements For initial flying job in UPS or FEDEX?
Replies: 14
Views: 48611

RE: What Are The Requirements To Enter This Line?

KYIPpilot Absolutely not true. Common misconception. Many people think that all airlines hire only, or hire 90% former military. Just not true in the last ten to fifteen years. In the first place, in recent years there has been no great pool of ex-military pilots to draw from. Some time in the 1990'...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Did So Many Airlines Dump Thier Older Equip?
Replies: 3
Views: 3481

RE: Why Did So Many Airlines Dump Thier Older Equip?

Could also be mentioned that there was a big FAA push underway at the time relating to "aging fleet" issues. Corrosion, minor cracking, wire chafing and on and on are all symptoms found in older airplanes. The FAA and the media were putting ever more pressure to retire these old planes. DC-9 is a wo...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Error, Or Not....?
Replies: 19
Views: 4800

RE: Pilot Error, Or Not....?

They had experienced the loss of an engine in a very hostile environment, over the north Atlantic. With an engine failure you must keep the fuel balanced. An imbalanced airplane may become uncontrollable. There was nothing in their checklists, training or the ECAM that would lead them to close that ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is An APU?
Replies: 33
Views: 20045

RE: What Is An APU?

re: The B-727. That APU was an afterthought. The -100 came out without one. As small cities were obviously going to be a huge market for the 727 the APU was a smart alternative to having each little airport have to buy ground power units. It was added into the main gear well, forward of the wheels a...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Disasters In Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 4133

RE: Air Disasters

Why would a country that lacks hospitals want to have its own airline. Misplaced national pride, perhaps. A country that cannot afford to operate an airline properly and safely should invite the airlines of more prosperous nations to do business <b>- and tax the revenues generated.</b> Sorry for inj...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 26, 2003 1:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Entry Requirements For initial flying job in UPS or FEDEX?
Replies: 14
Views: 48611

RE: What Are The Requirements To Enter This Line?

It should also be said: They have to be hiring at the time. The hiring of new pilot classes here in the US is not a continuous thing. FedEx and UPS seem to be very much like the "major" airlines in their hiring standards. Also the flying time requirements above are the minimum to be considered. Bein...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 26, 2003 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM
Replies: 20
Views: 4930

RE: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM

Sam Chui's picture is great. (as usual) Never see this angle. It is looking at runway 27. I have never seen, and never even heard a credible report of a jet airliner landing in this direction. The tradewinds simply blow in from the east day and night, year in, year out. Wind always favors runway 09....

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM
Replies: 20
Views: 4930

RE: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM

Espion007 Thanks a lot for mentioning the topless beachies. My wife sometimes reads this forum and she thinks I work real hard and don't have any fun while I'm away. Truth is, though, being too low requires too much attention to fly the plane. The sightseeing might be better on the normal glideslope...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM
Replies: 20
Views: 4930

RE: St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM

Runway 09 at TNCM/<acronym title="Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM / TNCM), Netherlands Antilles">SXM</acronym> is 7070' (2155m) long which is adequate but not extravagant for the planes that land there. However, it does have a PAPI at a 3-degree angle which we are bound to honor. I...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 1:29 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Picture Help Needed Again. :(
Replies: 9
Views: 2692

RE: Picture Help Needed Again. :(

It is a nice shot but I'd have to agree with "badscan" as defined here. The number <acronym title="Island Airlines (USA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS</acronym> visible. It is on the nosegear door. Just add "N" and "UW" With my F707 if I have a frame-filling shot like this the number on the g...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 1:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFR-capable Cub?
Replies: 9
Views: 3148

RE: IFR-capable Cub?

Reminds me of the time I was chugging up a lonely Victor Airway out over the western deserts in a Beaver and heard an "Air Force" call sign check in a few miles behind me. Made a quick call to center to remind them that I was there and not moving very fast. The Air Force pilot said: "<i>Don't worry ...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 12:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AO2 Sea Level Pressure
Replies: 4
Views: 15240

RE: AO2 Sea Level Pressure

Fly727 The ATIS at <acronym title="Philadelphia - International (PHL / KPHL), USA - Pennsylvania">PHL</acronym> has been announcing that lately. Don't know if it was just an individual's decision to include it or if it is policy. If I know the temperature and dewpoint, and can see the airport, I don...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Method For "Borderline" Direct Entries
Replies: 3
Views: 3225

RE: Method For "Borderline" Direct Entries

In past years you could bust a checkride by not flying the exact entry the examiner had in mind, even if you did not violate unprotected airspace. Don't think that kind of nonsense is around anymore. In this case, assuming that you have already slowed to holding speed, I'd fly straight ahead for may...

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by SlamClick
Thu Dec 25, 2003 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving A Crash!
Replies: 30
Views: 3662

RE: Surviving A Crash!

gamarocchi I knew that one would catch some flak when I wrote it. I am not talking about <i>belief</i> in God but the basic notion that God alone decides on the successful outcome of the flight and nothing I do, smart or stupid will affect it. Believe me, there are pilots out there who feel that way...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 8:26 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo Help - Badmotiv?
Replies: 22
Views: 2777

RE: Photo Help - Badmotiv?

There is a famous picture of Winston Churchill. He was toying with the photographer and would not cooperate. He sat on a park bench facing squarely away from the photgrapher. The guy went ahead and took the picture from behind, did not show his face at all. <b>Badmotiv</b> for sure! Only it worked. ...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving A Crash!
Replies: 30
Views: 3662

RE: Surviving A Crash!

Preferring Boeing or Douglas over Airbus or prop over jet is probably mostly illusion, maybe fueled by familiarity. The circumstances of the crash are vastly more important than who built the airframe. In my accident investigation training they taught that the three big killers in a plane crash are:...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 4:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AO2 Sea Level Pressure
Replies: 4
Views: 15240

RE: AO2 Sea Level Pressure

Eventually you begin to realize that weather data is collected and encoded and disseminated for meteorologists and not for aircrew. Case in point: Winds aloft forecast wind direction is TRUE for their ease of plotting. Makes it harder for we who flight plan magnetic courses, though. I'll have a bit ...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 3:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?
Replies: 21
Views: 46419

RE: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?

Guess I need to explain. I was not suggesting that airplanes would have one set of pressurization and climate controls for the cabin and another set for the bag pits. I was only saying that on some types there are switches associated with that system that will have an effect on the bag pit air. One ...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 3:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-80 Steep Climbs
Replies: 31
Views: 16464

RE: MD-80 Steep Climbs

My dumb! You are right about the 32. I was thinking about something unrelated as I wrote that.

Wow! We just had a CRM moment.

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can You Land This Airplane?
Replies: 80
Views: 12333

RE: Can You Land This Airplane?

Thank you, I was just on the verge of going out to get a life. This rescued me from that fate for a while.

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Important Is Fleet Commonality?
Replies: 10
Views: 9751

RE: How Important Is Fleet Commonality?

Add passenger related considerations. Unless you do open (stampede) seating you have seat map issues. 2-2 <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym>'s 2-3 <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80 etc. 3-3 B-737 Airbus etc. 2-3-2 or 3-3-3 for various widebodies. Add minimum cabin crew issue...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Almost Experienced Engine Failure Yesterday.
Replies: 23
Views: 5459

RE: Almost Experienced Engine Failure Yesterday.

A bullet dodged should carry a lesson learned. It is for you to find. Many here might criticize you. Years ago I "invented" a new procedure to dump an airplane lav and wound up wearing biffy juice. My boss came running over to chew me out for the non-standard procedure. I held my hands up to stop hi...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?
Replies: 21
Views: 46419

RE: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?

Without getting type-specific some air transports have a control in the cockpit for the a/c and pressurization systems, the use of which could stop the flow of pack air into a bag pit. This would result in a lowering of pressure and temperature in that pit. Hazardous to live animals for sure. Zak <u...

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Term "On Guard"
Replies: 6
Views: 16634

RE: ATC Term "On Guard"

Now I assume that you were not necessarily listening on 121.5 and maybe wondering how you heard that transmission. When unable to contact an airplane, controllers can transmit on several frequencies at once.

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by SlamClick
Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 7733

RE: Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?

Up until two months ago this one was. <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/473264/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/473264/M/" target="_blank">View Medium<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/4/6/2/473264.jpg" ALT="Click here for b...

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