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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Arrested With Blade In His Shoe
Replies: 11
Views: 4026

RE: Man Arrested With Blade In His Shoe

We must screen for dangerous articles because we are not permitted, under Federal law, to screen for dangerous persons. Yes, nearly anything could become a weapon. What we need to come down on will full force is those things that could not be anything but a weapon. I think at least three months' int...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Wright Patterson AFB
Replies: 10
Views: 4638

RE: Wright Patterson AFB

You're going to love it. Been there several times, totaling four or five days. still have not seen it all. Great displays, not just the airplanes but personal stuff too. The human stories that give some of these artifacts their significance are well represented. Great staff. First class facilities. ...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Sidesticks
Replies: 32
Views: 9374

RE: Airbus Sidesticks

Saab2000 I'm sure you will get along fine here in the US, and welcome. No, I was really kidding. I have seen many events over the years where the guy on one side of the pedestal saw something that the guy on the other side did not - and did something about it. How many times does something have to s...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-80 Steep Climbs
Replies: 31
Views: 16688

RE: MD-80 Steep Climbs

I've been an amazed onlooker to the <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80 world for many years. There is a bit of an optical illusion associated with it because of its great length and overall slender aspect ratios. They always seemed to make huge changes while coming down final in gusty c...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 6:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extend The Spoilers At 50 Above The Runway?
Replies: 20
Views: 3757

RE: Extend The Spoilers At 50 Above The Runway?

If you were fifty feet too high at the touchdown point on the runway go around for certain. A stabilized approach (the only kind you ever want to see) the descent is 1 in 20. Fifty feet too high and you are touching down a thousand feet farther on down the runway. Bad! Bad! Bad! If I was two or thre...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 6:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?
Replies: 21
Views: 47325

RE: Are Cargo Holds Pressurized?

Most jet transports specify a bag pit for live animals. Presumably the other one is for dead animals. Sure seems to work out that way. An "unheated" cargo bin is not completely unheated. It is pressurized with the same pack output as the passenger cabin. In some cases, avionics cooling discharge is ...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 6:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Alcohol And Flying - Where To Draw The Line?
Replies: 35
Views: 11619

RE: Alcohol And Flying - Where To Draw The Line?

Where to draw the line?

Early! And absolutely.

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Four Engined Planes, Three Engined Takeoffs
Replies: 11
Views: 5145

RE: Four Engined Planes, Three Engined Takeoffs

Did a couple of 3-engine ferry flights in the BAe-146. <b>B747Skipper</b> nailed it (as usual) I would only add the reminder that Vmc applies with full power set. One can regain control by reducing power on the engine that is causing the problem. Be a lot of light twin drivers still with us if they'...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using Little Runway For Jet Landing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3772

RE: Using Little Runway For Jet Landing?

Hard to tell without seeing your actual airport and maybe talking with the crews. Here in the US, with the major carriers, pilots MUST touch down within a certain bracket - for example, at the 1000' touchdown zone marker plus or minus 250 feet. To do otherwise may subject them to re-training or othe...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting An Engine In-Flight
Replies: 9
Views: 13250

RE: Starting An Engine In-Flight

It is probably a fairly rare event, outside of test flight. A normal healthy engine can fail inflight and be relit. In turbulence, for example it is possible, though it is so rare that I've never heard of an actual incident, for abnormal airflow to momentarily choke off the engine. Remember that the...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Cockpit Question......
Replies: 13
Views: 9942

RE: Airbus Cockpit Question......

When, during landing, the Airbus annunciates "retard" it does so twice as a verb, after that it is a noun. Minor correction here. The airbus thrust levers can be set anywhere but if they are not set in the appropriate detent the system will remind you to move them. The autothrottle system has author...

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by SlamClick
Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Did Douglas Corp/McDonnell Douglas Go Wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 4531

RE: Where Did Douglas Corp/McDonnell Douglas Go Wrong?

Well I will give you an explanation that is nothing but opinion. We, the consumers have created a market where there is no room for anyone but the bottom-line cheapest. If you are the second best company in the whole world you are doomed. McDonald's hamburgers outsell mom-and-pop real beef burgers b...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Preventing Double Transmissions
Replies: 18
Views: 2974

RE: Preventing Double Transmissions

As I near the end of my career this is one of the minor aggravations I'd like to see fixed. In airline operations in this age it is almost completely unnecessary for anyone to say anything to anyone else, ever. At least almost all clearances could be datalinked between airplanes and ATC. They could ...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weight & Balance
Replies: 27
Views: 8325

RE: Weight & Balance

Repaulson: The way it might work at an airline is something like this. The load desk prepares the weight and balance for each departing flight. They actually use a computer program that solves all the math, and it is ready at the final keystroke. They get inputs from several sources. The flight plan...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 22, 2003 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Sidesticks
Replies: 32
Views: 9374

RE: Airbus Sidesticks

Sabenaboy: Regarding hand-flying an ILS, I was not really stating an absolute rule here, but being a bit facetious. The weather is very mild over most of the routes I fly and an ILS to minimums is a pretty rare event. We have the option, weather permitting of letting the very good autopilot system d...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 11:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed VS Air Speed
Replies: 17
Views: 84511

RE: Ground Speed VS Air Speed

Here goes. <LI>IAS is read right off the dial.</LI> <LI>CAS is IAS corrected for installation error and nothing in the plane shows you CAS. The manufacturer knows how to figure it.</LI> <LI>EAS is CAS corrected for compressibility and nothing in the plane shows you EAS</LI> <LI>TAS is EAS corrected ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 10:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Experiences With Rental Checkouts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

RE: Experiences With Rental Checkouts?

I agree with Flyf15, it is a good learning experience. Always good to let another instructor give an opinion on things. It is one of the main ways we keep from developing bad habits. As you are from <acronym title="DAS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE</acronym> PA and in school in <acronym title="Continental...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 10:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reverse Thrust/spoilers Before Landing
Replies: 10
Views: 6707

RE: Reverse Thrust/spoilers Before Landing

The DC-8 could use two reversers in flight to help it slow down. Never flew it so I don't know whether it was inboard or outboard. Saw that as a pax once. For uncommanded thrust reverser deployment there are procedures that vary from type to type but you could be in deep trouble. Spoilers in flight ...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 9:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: First Solo Was Today
Replies: 38
Views: 3464

RE: First Solo Was Today

Congratulations. Pilot-in-Command! You alone responsible for the successful outcome of the flight.

You will never forget the day. Keep on! There is lots more good stuff to come.

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Protest At New Museum
Replies: 66
Views: 6521

RE: Protest At New Museum

Johnnyboy you can probably be excused for some of your ill-considered logic because of your youth and inexperience. However let's look at a couple of your points: <i>The criminal-activist distinction is like that of the terrorist-freedom fighter. It is arbitrary, it is in the eye of the beholder.</i...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 7:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pacific Crossing Question - Wierd Routing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3467

RE: Pacific Crossing Question - Wierd Routing?

Great circle is the proper starting place for planning a long-haul route. For certain, though, the kind of winds associated with the jetstream make winds aloft forecasts the next thing to consider. I believe that all operators keep some kind of "howgozit" curve along the way and would never suddenly...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 7:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed VS Air Speed
Replies: 17
Views: 84511

RE: Ground Speed VS Air Speed

And, except for taking written exams you can pretty well dump the "calibrated" and "equivalent" airspeed terms. They are mostly used by the engineers who contribute to the performance section of the airplane manual. Unless the plane has an FMC or the like to do it for you, you will have to understan...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 7:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Low Approach
Replies: 6
Views: 17207

RE: Low Approach

The purpose of the low approach normally is to get the most practice approaches per ($) hour of flying. The part where you take over visually and land the plane do not contribute much to your instrument flying skills. For the typical student, the part that takes the most practice is the final approa...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 4:14 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Are General Aviation Pictures Encouraged Here?
Replies: 16
Views: 2608

RE: Are General Aviation Pictures Encouraged Here?

I think that <acronym title="Garuda Indonesia">GA</acronym> pictures seem to be very acceptable here. Have a couple of them up here myself. Don't expect big numbers to view them, though, unless the photo is something extraordinary. It is easier to gain access to <acronym title="Garuda Indonesia">GA<...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 4:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What About A New Catagory
Replies: 3
Views: 2796

RE: What About A New Catagory

Okay, new category of photos: Put all pictures of planes on short final into St. Maarten in a separate database. Their stats just do not relate to those of other subjects.

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your First Commercial Flight
Replies: 33
Views: 4578

RE: Your First Commercial Flight

First <i>commercial</i> flight: January or February 1961 <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>-<acronym title="Fresno - Yosemite International (Air Terminal) (FAT / KFAT), USA - California">FAT</acronym>-<acronym title="Los Angeles - Internationa...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 17th December - The Biggest Lie Of All Times
Replies: 138
Views: 24174

RE: 17th December - The Biggest Lie Of All Times

A few things to set straight. <ol> <LI>"First" as used in this issue is more of a media or pop phrase than a statement of absolute. It is therefore subject to lots of conditions that will forever lead to controversy.</LI> <LI>Whatever airplanes Boeing and Airbus and Embraer and a host of others prod...

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by SlamClick
Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Protest At New Museum
Replies: 66
Views: 6521

RE: Protest At New Museum

If this thread has become a referendum on the use of the A-bomb it is really pretty pointless. It is over. It was done nearly sixty years ago and you cannot change it. If you are a protestor you really need to protest something current. Something impending even. If it has become a forum for USA-bash...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lake Tahoe Service
Replies: 43
Views: 3276

RE: Lake Tahoe Service

One note of explanation to those who do not know. The Reno Airport sort of designated itself "Reno-Tahoe" around the time that OC and <acronym title="Ukraine International Airlines">PS</acronym> were leaving the market. Clearly it was a marketing strategy. Problem is that it is almost deceptive. Tru...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA Bashing
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

RE: FA Bashing

To all the F/A's who may see this let me apologize for the boors and bullies out there who make themselves feel bigger by abusing the hired help no matter where they find them. I can't tell you how much I do not respect people like that. It is really easy to think of F/A as a service profession like...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Crash At Memphis (Dec 18)
Replies: 108
Views: 23009

RE: FedEx Crash At Memphis

Been down the slides in training many times, and down the cockpit rope in the DC-9 a few times. Once saw a B-747 evac in high wind similar to that reported at <acronym title="Memphis - International (MEM / KMEM), USA - Tennessee">MEM</acronym>. Upper deck slide on upwind side just blew over the top ...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 4:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wierd Examiner Hang-ups
Replies: 16
Views: 2430

RE: Wierd Examiner Hang-ups

I had an examiner that required that I be: "the obvious master of the aircraft with the sucessful outcome of the maneuver never seriously in doubt." Seems kind of harsh! If I was an examiner I would bust you for saying "affirmative" in response to anything other than a question, the answer to which ...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 3:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Dump Question
Replies: 14
Views: 4689

RE: Fuel Dump Question

A further note: Fuel dumping prior to an engine-out approach and landing is likely not based on runway length. You would just not believe how good the brakes are on any jet transport. The need to dump is probably based on engine-out approach CLIMB capability. Simply put, under US <acronym title="Far...

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by SlamClick
Fri Dec 19, 2003 3:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: As A Passenger, Would You Notice A Shutdown?
Replies: 15
Views: 4541

RE: As A Passenger, Would You Notice A Shutdown?

Bruce - You are right, the clinking you may hear on the ramp is indeed the fan blades when the engine is windmilling on the ramp - but at low speed, only a few percent. It sounds like the engine is a piece of junk, but it is normal because the fan blades attach to the disk with a slot that is design...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Sidesticks
Replies: 32
Views: 9374

RE: Airbus Sidesticks

Airbus first officers take note: Before you cancel out the captain's sidestick input, please check your seniority list. Because the airplane does not care. Aloges: Not I am not a slam-clicker, though I am seriously considering having "leave me alone" carved on my tombstone. No, I am more of an urban...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will Airlines Be Affected By Flying Cars?
Replies: 13
Views: 5195

RE: How Will Airlines Be Affected By Flying Cars?

If flying cars are ever widely owned the only way they will impact the airline industry is the delays caused by cleaning the wreckage of all the collided cars off the runways. This notion has been around since right after <acronym title="Canair (Canada)">WW</acronym> <acronym title="Business Air (Un...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Names, Numbers, And A Failure Of Imagination
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

RE: Names, Numbers, And A Failure Of Imagination

No, I'm sorry that is just not going to happen anymore. Naming the product is anthropomorphizing and that requires a degree of humanity that airframe manufacturers do not exhibit anymore. The last such bit of corporate whimsy was years ago when Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. (are they still called t...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 6:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Engine Testing - Birds
Replies: 16
Views: 15053

RE: Aircraft Engine Testing - Birds

Had a birdstrike years ago descending into <acronym title="Missoula - International (Johnson-Bell Field) (MSO / KMSO), USA - Montana">MSO</acronym>. Hit square on the taxi light just after gear extension, which came early to help us get down into that canyon. The body of the bird lodged in the bowl ...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 6:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Sidesticks
Replies: 32
Views: 9374

RE: Airbus Sidesticks

The trigger is the press-to-talk switch for the radios. There is another on the audio control panel.

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contrails / Vapor Trail From A Beech 1900D?
Replies: 13
Views: 3429

RE: Contrails / Vapor Trail From A Beech 1900D?

Most of the correct data is here in these posts. To try to put it all in one place, leaving a contrail is more a matter of ambient temperature and humidity rather than simply altitude. Of course you are more likely to encounter the right conditions above the high 20's but it can happen lower. There ...

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by SlamClick
Mon Dec 15, 2003 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have You Ever Boarded A Plane On A Right Side Door
Replies: 44
Views: 10587

RE: Have You Ever Boarded A Plane On A Right Side Door

One of the DC-3s I used to fly had the door on the right side. Dated back to the 1930's or 40's though. I think it was United that had ordered the -3 that way. Not sure about that. And your guess is correct. Some time back the manufacturers and the airlines reached some sort of consensus. To keep th...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Convair 990 Field Performance
Replies: 3
Views: 3502

RE: Convair 990 Field Performance

Saw them come and go at <acronym title="San Diego - International / Lindbergh Field (SAN / KSAN), USA - California">SAN</acronym> back in the 1970's. Don't remember if Modern Air had 880 or 990 but they would depart <acronym title="San Diego - International / Lindbergh Field (SAN / KSAN), USA - Cali...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Low Time Pilot Jobs
Replies: 7
Views: 28020

RE: Low Time Pilot Jobs

As I near the end of my career I often wonder how young pilots get started today. Lucky me! All I had to do was go to Vietnam and let people shoot at me for a year and I got all the flying time I could stand. When I left active duty there was a surplus of pilots and so I did face the issue for a whi...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Corporate Logos And Their Meanings
Replies: 28
Views: 10388

RE: Airline Corporate Logos And Their Meanings

Common mistake about the Continental logo. It's actually a golden parachute and dates back to Frank Lorenzo.

The USAir flag actually looks more like the flag of Greece than the USA. And yes the planes are blue but it takes a lot of light on it to see.

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Airport Does Pres Bush Use When At His Ranch
Replies: 5
Views: 4509

RE: Which Airport Does Pres Bush Use When At His Ranch

Personally, I don't think I would ASK or ANSWER any questions about the President's movements.

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 717?-how did it get its name?
Replies: 21
Views: 6157

RE: 717?

FBU 4EVER! is that official information? Did it come from Boeing or the FAA or did it come from some lay person's book or website? Yours is the first assertion I have ever heard on this subject that had any appearance of authority. I'd still like to know how a person could get a B-707 type rating in...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Household Aircraft Nicknames?
Replies: 17
Views: 3481

RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Used to hear the DC-3 called the "Douglas racer" late in its career. The BAe-146 earned a lot of nicknames. "Smurfjet" "Swineliner" "Glider with 5 APUs" "Quadraphonic leaf blower" and "The hound of Hatfield" for the howling sound the flaps made extending or retracting. Surprised no one has mentioned...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabin Crew, Doors To Manual And Cross Check
Replies: 24
Views: 39817

RE: Cabin Crew, Doors To Manual And Cross Check

On some earlier models there was a red tape that was snapped into position across the window in the 1-right door as a sign to the jetway operator that the slide was still armed. Flight attendant would remove the girt bar then move the tape to the side. A friend of mine saw a passenger attempt to ope...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 717?-how did it get its name?
Replies: 21
Views: 6157

RE: 717?

While we're at it, let's dispose of another Boeing fable. It's also said that the 367-80 jetliner project was named Boeing 707 when it went into production because the wings are swept at 45 degrees and .707 is the sine/cosine of 45. Nice story but not true. The wing sweep is more in the range of 35-...

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by SlamClick
Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 717?-how did it get its name?
Replies: 21
Views: 6157

RE: 717?

Another correction maybe. I don't believe that the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-135 was ever called a B-717 by Boeing or the FAA. I've been hearing that for thirty years and I think is is just a fable probably started by <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hun...

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