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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Unfriendly Cabin Crews?
Replies: 205
Views: 25312

F/A´s

For me, I´d rather have an older, seasoned, and experienced F/A in charge, who in an emergency will be an authoritative person getting people to do things right, than a young, pretty, inexperienced girl, who can´t get people out of an airplane.

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger Jailed: "Abominable" Behaviour In-Flight
Replies: 52
Views: 15036

Manners

A few years ago a friend who used to work in passenger handling for <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> together with me flew to the US from London on a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> plane. He got friendly with the F/A´s, they let him self service in the galley. He told...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Crash At Memphis (Dec 18)
Replies: 108
Views: 22943

Slides

PiedmontGirl, Don´t forget, you are talking about PILOTS, not F/A´s or mechanics. I´ve met many who´s knowledge of aircraft technical systems stopped when they when to press what button  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> We encounter many times that the Fa...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Profitability
Replies: 12
Views: 3017

Emirates

As far as I understand after talking to friends who worked there the idea behind it is that the UAE are slowly preparing their economy for the time AFTER the oil wells run dry. They want to become a major international hub and tourism destination, plus they are looking to attract high-tech industry ...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Crash At Memphis (Dec 18)
Replies: 108
Views: 22943

Slides

PiedmontGirl, If the slide wasn´t armed it means it would still be in it´s box on the door. If it is hanging loose on the door sill it either means that the inflation mechanism failed or that a mechanic forgot to remove the maintenance safety pin, usualy used for installation and removal of slides, ...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Unfriendly Cabin Crews?
Replies: 205
Views: 25312

Terrible Paxes?

I would like to turn the story around for a moment. Before I went professionaly into A/C maintenance I used to work as a loader and later gate agent, often on arrivals in the baggage claim area of <acronym title="Berlin - Tegel (TXL / EDDT), Germany">TXL</acronym>, Berlin, Germany for <acronym title...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Dec 19, 2003 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Crash At Memphis (Dec 18)
Replies: 108
Views: 22943

DC10 Slide

If the DC-10 slide works just like the <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11 one (with which I´m quite familar), it is armed by a lever in the front of the door. If you move this lever to the "armed" position (with the door closed), the girt bar will be hooked into two latches on the floor...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do The Russians Make An Effort To Sell Planes
Replies: 12
Views: 4166

TU 204

When I was handling the UPS 757s in Rome Ciampino (<acronym title="Rome - Ciampino (CIA / LIRA), Italy">CIA</acronym>) Italy last year, TNT had a chartered <acronym title="Tunisair (Tunisia)">TU</acronym> 204 Freighter parked every day besides my Boeing 757. Us mechanics soon got friendly and I had ...

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by MD11Engineer
Mon Dec 15, 2003 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Crash Of Flt 5481 & Outsourcing
Replies: 34
Views: 5280

Outsourcing Of Maintenance

I´m working for a subcontractor firm at a Eureopean hub of a big American freight carrier. In my opinion the airlines usualy sign a package deal with a contrator, covering a certain number of man hours. Of course this deal has to be cheaper than employing their own staff at company union rates. We t...

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by MD11Engineer
Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tow Truck And B747-400
Replies: 21
Views: 13595

Double Flat Tyres

There exists a special jack called a rhino-jack, because of it´s looks, which is used when you have both tyres on the same axle flat.It will still fit under the jack pad. BTW, I wouldn´t want to jack up a whole plane to change a wheel..., do you know how heavy thosewing jacks are? And you´ll need tw...

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by MD11Engineer
Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: As A Passenger, Would You Notice A Shutdown?
Replies: 15
Views: 4536

Engine Shutdown

The MD11 has actually a warning message on the EAD (Engine and Alert Display) when #2 Engine spools down uncommanded, because the pilots might not notice. There wouldn´t be any yaw, like in the case of #1 and 3 engines, and the FCC´s would throttle up the remaining engines to keep the selected speed...

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by MD11Engineer
Tue Dec 09, 2003 8:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tow Truck And B747-400
Replies: 21
Views: 13595

Towing Aeroplanes

At Shannon Aerospace we once used a small electric fork lift to tow a <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80 into the hangar when both or tugs were down for mechanical problems.It barely made it. Also I know from my own experience that it is possible for three men to push a loaded 737-300 f...

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Photos Of Damage To DHL Plane
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

DHL Airbus

According to the pictures the outboard was certainly gone, because the hit would take out the control cables and hydraulic lines on the rear spar. They still had the inboard aileron.

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Anything Save The 757?
Replies: 34
Views: 4599

757 Production Closing

If there would be a BIG customer coming, ordering 50+ planes they might reconsider, like Airbus did when UPS ordered 50 A300-600 Freighteers with another 20 as an option. Or it might be a political move like closing down the MD11 line after finishing the Lufthansa Cargo ones, on Lufthansa´s insisten...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are There Any Preserved Space Shuttle Carriers?
Replies: 15
Views: 4041

RE: Are There Any Preserved Space Shuttle Carriers?

Cologne, Germany is one of the Space Shuttle emergency landing fields, for instance. It has been here in the 80´s. And the USAF base Zaragoza in Spain

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I Would Never Fly DC-10 And 742, 741s
Replies: 100
Views: 12310

RE: I Would Never Fly DC-10 And 742, 741s

1: Most airliners of the 50´s to 70´s were built much stronger than necessary because fatique wasn´t understood that well back then. The <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11s, 747-100 and 727-100s I work on are built like tractors compared to modern aircraft. 2: If a structural item gets ...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Nov 21, 2003 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OUCH!.......Watch Out For That Prop!
Replies: 45
Views: 11113

RE: OUCH!.......Watch Out For That Prop!

Even those prop clearance lines won´t help. Before I became an A&P ( and AME) I used to work as a rampie on the different airports in Berlin, Germany. I give one example as seen on ATR´s: The cargo door on this type is forward on the left side just aft of the cockpit, the passenger door left aft. Pa...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glass/transparent Jetways
Replies: 17
Views: 2619

RE: Glass/transparent Jetways

TXL since when? When I´ve been there last in July they still had the old metal ones from the 70´s. <acronym title="Berlin - Schonefeld (SXF / EDDB), Germany">SXF</acronym> has them, as well as <acronym title="Cologne / Bonn (- Konrad Adenauer / Wahn) (CGN / EDDK), Germany">CGN</acronym> and FRA2 Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Birds Are Not The Only Animals Around The Airports
Replies: 25
Views: 4994

RE: Birds Are Not The Only Animals Around The Airports

Here in <acronym title="Cologne / Bonn (- Konrad Adenauer / Wahn) (CGN / EDDK), Germany">CGN</acronym> there are hundreds of rabbits living in the grass areas, with foxes feeding of them, occasionally the foxes move between the planes on the ramp area, trying to get hold of rubbish. In <acronym titl...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is This McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 In Danger?
Replies: 20
Views: 6523

RE: Is This McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 In Danger?

Chris,

Because it uses the curvature of the earth to take off... it can just fly straight and level with it´s 5 APU´s and does it while the ground drops away from it...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Rgds,
Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Nov 07, 2003 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Whould A Small Jet Have 4 Engines?
Replies: 30
Views: 13221

RE: Why Whould A Small Jet Have 4 Engines?

The joke goes at <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> that the <acronym title="Air Belgium">AJ</acronym> is an aircraft with 5 APUs, but with the advantage that you won´t need an engine trolley for changing one, you should be able to carry one on your shoulder  <img src="/discussio...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Guns In The Cockpit
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

RE: Guns In The Cockpit

In <acronym title="Berlin - Tegel (TXL / EDDT), Germany">TXL</acronym> a cleaner, who brought toilet paper to a RussianTransaero 757 got the shock of his life when a Russian security guard pointed his <acronym title="Air Asia (Malaysia)">AK</acronym>-47 at him. In <acronym title="Berlin - Schonefeld...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jumpseat On Lufthansa?
Replies: 8
Views: 6323

RE: Jumpseat On Lufthansa?

I used to work for <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> years ago. They used to have the rule that ONLY pilots, F/A´s or mechanics could use cockpit and F/A jump seats ( asides of government inspectors). The reason was that you had to know how too operate the safety equipment (oxygen ma...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Oldest Plane In The Major Carriers?
Replies: 66
Views: 17014

RE: What Is The Oldest Plane In The Major Carriers?

Dear Penguinflies, as far as I know N922UP, N924UP, N930UP and N941UP, all 727-100QFs of UPS have been build in or around 1966, s far as I could read on the certificate of airworthiness. N682UP is as far as I know UPS´s oldest 747, as far as I know she was production plane #7, but still in good shap...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Translation Please?
Replies: 50
Views: 4815

RE: Translation Please?

Dear LanAlemania, we all know what Lufthansa stands for, but I don´t want to get banned  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> Now serious, Hansa derives from the "Nordische Hanse", the hanseatic league, which, as some other reader stated previously, was a med...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest 757 Route
Replies: 76
Views: 16527

RE: Longest 757 Route

Back in 1997 LTU was flying <acronym title="Berlin - Schonefeld (SXF / EDDB), Germany">SXF</acronym> to some place in Thailand (not <acronym title="Bangkok - International (Don Muang) (BKK / VTBD), Thailand">BKK</acronym>, I forgot which). I remember with the plane coming to <acronym title="Berlin -...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Financial Investment For A&P Training
Replies: 14
Views: 3399

RE: Financial Investment For A&P Training

I did an apprenticeship with Lufthansa years ago. Afterwards I worked for several years in Ireland, where I got the Irish Basic Aeronautical Engineering Certificates Part 2,4 and 6 (Pressurized airframe, gas turbine engines and electrics, tough essay type written and oral exams in each subject). The...

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by MD11Engineer
Sat Nov 01, 2003 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B727 And B737 Cockpit Window Question
Replies: 20
Views: 8394

Eyebrow Windows

Years ago I´ve been working on a C-54 restauration project. This C-54 had the big perspex cupola just aft of the cockpit. Sorry, got no picture...

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HUD's On 738's
Replies: 19
Views: 3565

737 HUD

We use the same HUD as on Alaska Airways on the UPS 727-100QF. No problems with them maintenancewise.

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B707 Different Engine Pylons
Replies: 9
Views: 4103

707 Pylons

Dear 747Skipper,

Even though I´ve been tinkering a little bit around on MEA 707s back during my apprenticeship, the oldest jet engine I´ve got serious experience on is the JT8D, so please forgive me falling for the oil story.

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B707 Different Engine Pylons
Replies: 9
Views: 4103

707 Pylons

Back in the old JT3D / Conway days the bleed air provided from the engines was too oily to be used directly for cabin pressurization, therefore they used the turbo compressor inbetween.

Rgds,

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Running The APU With No Discharge Bottles?
Replies: 6
Views: 3192

737 Fire Bottles

You didn´t state if maybe the APU compartment was open for a maintenance run, like for a leak check, when the fire happened. The fire bottles are only effective in a closed compartment, so if you perform an APU run with open APU doors you should have a CO2 fire extinguisher nearby.

Rgds,
Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was This Plane Damaged Upon Landing?
Replies: 20
Views: 5773

RE: Was This Plane Damaged Upon Landing?

On the Aero Lloyd picture you´ll see a red line painted on the fuselage in front of the NLG. This is the maximum tow angle when towing or pushing with the torque link (scissors) connected. If you exceed this angle (maximum position of the tow bar) you´ll damage the steering mechanism. Of course you´...

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by MD11Engineer
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Other Side Of The License
Replies: 18
Views: 4330

RE: The Other Side Of The License

It is the same situation within the whole aviation industry. Us engineers get constant pressure to risk our licences to sign off A/C with "slight" problems. Face it: In a company which´s name I won´t mention there are a lot of statistics: One for maintenance delays and another one for opened and clo...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airplane's Sewage
Replies: 27
Views: 15994

RE: Airplane's Sewage

Ref. DHL DC-8: Yes, the drinks came in an ice box filled with dry ice and not with water ice as usual. The F/O found it was too much and dumped a few kg´s of it into the lav, as it was procedure for water ice. Shortly afterwards the bowl belched and fumed. He called the captain. Then the holding tan...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funny Airline Nicknames
Replies: 65
Views: 47936

RE: Funny Airline Nicknames

I forgot:

Philippine Airlines (PAL) = Plane always late

Rgds,
Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funny Airline Nicknames
Replies: 65
Views: 47936

RE: Funny Airline Nicknames

Air Antique, Air Frantic

Rgds,
Jan
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Air Atlantique ---> Air Antique, Air Frantic

Rgds,
Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PR Will Likely Merge With Air Philippines
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

RE: PR Will Likely Merge With Air Philippines

They both belong to the same guy anyway, Lucio Tan, the man who financed ousted president Estrada´s election campaign. For a long time Tan has been trying to corner the Filipino airline market, at one stage making TNT quit operating from the Philippines. I knew several former TNT mechanics from Mani...

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by MD11Engineer
Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was This Plane Damaged Upon Landing?
Replies: 20
Views: 5773

RE: Was This Plane Damaged Upon Landing?

Normally you use shear bolts in the tow bar to prevent overstressing the nose gear during towing / push back. The bolts shear before there is any damage. Of course, theyhave to be correct for the A/C.

Rgds,
Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pets On Planes......Good Or Disaster?
Replies: 42
Views: 8717

RE: Pets On Planes......Good Or Disaster?

Got this from a South African coworker:
SAA once transported an elefant on a cargo 747 in a huge open topped box. During flight suddenly the plane started moving crazily. Reason: The elefant got bored and played with it´s trunk with the control cables running under the ceiling.

Rgds,

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B727 And B737 Cockpit Window Question
Replies: 20
Views: 8394

RE: B727 And B737 Cockpit Window Question

The <acronym title="Safair (South Africa)">FA</acronym> who told you about astro navigation has been b/s you. Back in the old 707 day they used a periscope type octant for navigation, which was installed in a small hole in the top of the fuselage besides the <acronym title="Royal Khmer Airlines (Cam...

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Russian Pilots Drink On Board?
Replies: 14
Views: 5664

RE: Can Russian Pilots Drink On Board?

The PanAm parties in Berlin were legendary, I know several ex Pan Am Berlin station mechanics, and they had to service crew oxygen bottles very often (Pilots breathing pure oxygen to ober up). Also <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> had continuous parties in their crew hotel. According to...

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your First Ever Flight?
Replies: 98
Views: 6275

RE: Your First Ever Flight?

A Pan Am 727 ( I´m not shure, I was about 3 years old in 1969 -1970, could have even been a DC-6), from THF to FRA...

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airplane's Sewage
Replies: 27
Views: 15994

RE: Airplane's Sewage

There are esentially 3 waste systems in use today on A/C. 1) The old "Portaloo" bucket type system, as used on smaller planes and some freighters. The ground handler has to remove the bucket and emptyit into his truck. Usually he fills it partially with some blue desinfectant and deodorant. 2) The r...

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Treviso Airport - Italy
Replies: 5
Views: 1764

RE: Treviso Airport - Italy

UPs fly there as well

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Wed Oct 29, 2003 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funny Airline Nicknames
Replies: 65
Views: 47936

RE: Funny Airline Nicknames

Come on! I would like o know how my former employer Lufthansa is being called abroad!

Jan

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by MD11Engineer
Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus 320 Cargo Doors Come Flying Out!
Replies: 19
Views: 15336

RE: Airbus 320 Cargo Doors Come Flying Out!

Having changed and ajusted plenty of A320 family cargo doors I have to confirm that they are hydraulicaly operated. Due to their center of gravity they hang a little bit to the outboard when the actuators are not pressurized (about 12 inches). They are closed during hose last 12 inches by hydraulic ...

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by MD11Engineer
Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting A 727
Replies: 9
Views: 4250

Manual Start On A 727

Don´t forget the ratchet with the long extension, I think it was a 3/8" square drive. Else just wait for the guy on the headet to give you the go ahead (he´s got it from the crew) and you turn open the starter valve. When the engine reaches about 50% <acronym title="Aerolineas Internacionales SA de ...

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by MD11Engineer
Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United Parcel Service (UPS) Operations
Replies: 5
Views: 2887

UPS Operations

In Europe UPS uses <acronym title="Cologne / Bonn (- Konrad Adenauer / Wahn) (CGN / EDDK), Germany">CGN</acronym> as the main hub, with <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym> and <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acro...

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