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by zeke
Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Virgin Australia grow again? Will the widebodies return?
Replies: 15
Views: 2888

Re: Will Virgin Australia grow again? Will the widebodies return?

I don’t see them getting wide bodies until fortress Australia is open again. The current caps on international passengers is not sustainable.

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by zeke
Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff
Replies: 62
Views: 7053

Re: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff

FlyingHonu001 wrote:
Any more airlines?


You can add CX to the list, over 90% vaccinated with all crew to be vaccinated by Aug 31.

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by zeke
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff
Replies: 62
Views: 7053

Re: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff

Im sorry, but this does little to nothing to change my perception and skepticism on the matter. If something works, then the need for mandates, bribery and coercion would be nonexistent. That's just me. Vaccines do work, however they way they work is obviously different to the way up you think they...

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by zeke
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Terrain Radar vs. Weather radar- do both pose a risk of radiation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1284

Re: Terrain Radar vs. Weather radar- do both pose a risk of radiation?

It is my understanding that weather radars pose a significant risk of radiation and are turned off when the aircraft is on the ground near the ramp/terminal area, but does a terrain radar pose the same risk? I am not a pilot, but I am just curious how these two systems work. This is incorrect, the ...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I don’t disagree on that, but I also don’t think it’s just ‘ready for others to order’ today (a la STC). It’s going to take a reasonably large customer(s) to drive that. Further, I am not sure what they’ll do with Lockheed on this but my suspicion is if they are putting a new engine type on it, the...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 26, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff
Replies: 62
Views: 7053

Re: Airlines vaccinating their personnel/staff

mandating inbound crew to be vaccinated to be allowed through a border is well within the power of any nation, and I think that this should (and likely will) become the norm once vaccines are reasonably available throughout the World. This is very true, I still have my WHO passport for Cholera and ...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 26, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I do think the ‘huge investment’ for a new engine option might be worth it if bidding on KC-Y and they think they have a fair shot at the business, but understand the cynicism for some. The automated air to air refueling system was validated last month, notably. The term “huge investment” is a rela...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

kitplane01 wrote:
But there is no evidence that Airbus has ever offer this configuration, nor even talked about offering it. None has ever been built.


Oh well, I guess that means Airbus is out of the tanker business, they don’t sell A330-200/300s any more.

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by zeke
Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

It's unlikely SA will ever return to the US and debatable if they'll ever be anything more than a domestic carrier in future. If all goes well on the domestic side, they may expand into sub-Saharan routes over the next few years. DL request for CPT should not have been an issue, unfortunately the s...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

There would be significant advantages to using the -800 for the MRTT or the freighter. But .. No one has ever ordered an MRTT based on the -800. Airbus has never built one. No one has ever ordered an A330F based on the -800. Airbus has never built one. I don't know why it would be hard to make a A3...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

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SteelChair wrote:
And although Delta pays pilots based upon weight, I believe the pay scale is the same as the 777.


That is what this would suggest https://www.aviationinterviews.com/pilo ... es-27.html

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I think the A330NEO wing actually had some of the under-skin stuff changed to where the points where hose/drogue mount to the old A340 engine 1 and 4 points. No, those changes were made years ago when the A340 went out of production. The reality is no A330 has bolt holes on the wing for a pod to be...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

The A330-800 has differences to the older A330 models. For example, the wing is 13 feel wider. It's got a max gross weight 20,000lb more. I don't think it's just a re-engine. Can you offer a reference that it's possible to buy a MRTT with the NEO engines? Or an example of anyone who has? The wing o...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 44197

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

For air policing, they are currently well enough equiped. But against drone attacks with recent drones such events have become vulnerable. The current systems can't handle them. The need for up-to-date ground based air defence is more urgent. For protecting airspace from drones etc for important di...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I really really really didn't think the MRTT was based on the A330-800. I believe it uses the older engines. Can you provide a cite that Airbus is even considering an MRTT based on the NEO? The Airbus A330 tanker modification is an STC that can be applied to new build or retrospectively to second h...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 219
Views: 17533

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I don't think anyone with a critical-thinking approach would argue the A330MRTT is not a more capable airframe than the KC-46A. And considering almost every RFP other than the USAF had criteria that played to the A330MRTT's greater capability, it is not surprising it was chosen for them. I mean the...

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 8913

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021

Interesting link. It's not hard to see why DL is dumping the 717s. (See page 17 in that link for CO2 by seat by aircraft type.) Forget about 'virtue signaling' by declaring intent to reduce CO2 intensity - fuel burn is money. DL announced last year fleet simplification when they had 20 types in the...

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

Just to double down on this. In Delta's last full year pre-COVID, fuel accounted for only 21% of operating expenses. There is a lot more than fuel that determines the profitability of a flight. The fuel savings are certainly significant (also increases as fuel prices rise), but the calculus is more...

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

Okay, x 2 is $8,760,000. I'm no airline bean counter, but that's a good chunk of change. It’s far too simplistic, one would need to take account of the ownership/lease costs, crew costs, enroute/landing/gate charges and a whole lot of other factors to see the overall benefits. Fuel burn or capabili...

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

9252fly wrote:

So, in simple terms, the A350 was USD $12,000 cheaper to operate with the same payload. It's terrible extrapolation, but that's $4,380,000 at per year, assuming a daily flight.


You would need to add the savings on the sector from ATL to JNB

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

jagraham wrote:
please specify


If you care to read my post at the top of this page I went into more than enough detail.

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by zeke
Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

jagraham wrote:
What are the payloads?


Almost identical.

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

Do you have rough idea what the value of 20 tonnes of fuel is worth in USD? Gives a better sense of what that means to the bean counters. Obviously, there are trade-offs in payload when comparing the two aircraft types, however the fuel savings in certain circumstances could potentially exceed the ...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 115
Views: 32442

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

According to the AAIB, the collapse apparently happened while the aircraft was being loaded with cargo. Just a wild guess: Is it possible that the cargo loading could have contributed to the collapse?? https://twitter.com/Train_PlaneHub/status/1405807396132425729?s=20 Doubt it, I suspect it was rou...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

The difference in your example, SAA was operating between two different cities within South Africa, whereas DL was requesting approval to operate between two cities in a foreign country. It's not uncommon for foreign airlines operating into the US to operate a flight to and from different hubs, ie,...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

DL has multiple A359 weight variants (for my purposes I will assume 275T and 280T). If the A359 is limited to something less than 275T out of JNB, is there any benefit to having a 280T MTOW dedicated to the route? The 280 tonne aircraft would permit more cargo to JNB, they are also a little bit lig...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

For all the other 777 routes DL has, the A359 can carry what the 777 can carry, and save ~10% on fuel. The difference is greater than 10%. To demonstrate this I just ran a 77L plan JNB to ATL for current conditions, the trip fuel was 113 tonnes for the 77L, and around 93 tonnes on the A359, so the ...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

Are you saying if Delta were to switch this flight from ATL over to EWR they could go completely full out of JNB and still have ZFW remaining to carry cargo? No the numbers I did would not carry cargo out of JNB, the winds I got when I ran the plan had over 30 kts average headwind. The flight time ...

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by zeke
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

GSOtoIND wrote:
How much more payload could be carried using a closer alternate like BHM or GSP?


GSP over BNA would save around 600 kg, it’s still not like 18 mm to JFK from EWR.

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by zeke
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions
Replies: 224
Views: 46053

Re: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions

In the pictures earlier in the thread it clearly indicates the fuselage skin will form at least part of the tank: https://www.premium-aerotec.com/fileadmin/user_upload/data/fce/2021_05_04_Press_Release_-_First_Delivery_RCT_EN.pdf.jpg I’m not convinced that picture shows what you are suggesting. The...

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by zeke
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule
Replies: 150
Views: 27643

Re: DL drops Cape Town from JNB-ATL schedule

Or, is it just the 359's general capabilities? Based upon todays weather the A359 would be limited to a takeoff of 270 tonnes out of JNB, trip fuel today to ATL would be around 95 tonnes (flight time of 16 hrs), using BNA as an alternate, contingency and final reserve total fuel load loaded would b...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 801
Views: 125013

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Then why is their CEO making public statements about their (his?) desire to change this dynamic, and considering dumping Billions into a new-built offering?? Do you think the A350F will suddenly command high margins? I think a large part of this is there is a demand for freighters and passenger air...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 115
Views: 32442

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

There was an AD issued last year aimed at oreveung this following an Ethiopian event in 2016, aparentky there is two holes next to each other that can accept the pin, the simple solution is to put a plug in the incorrect hole so there is only one correct place to place the pin. Very simple elegant s...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 115
Views: 32442

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

10% of 787 weight (100+ tonnes) is about 10 tonnes. With the door being closer to mains, leverage increases that by a factor of, lets say 2. You may get another factor of 2-3 one way or the other, but it is a few tonnes in any case. I wouldn't call a few tonnes "minimal load" for hinges n...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

How many CAAs are eager to approve this? If you have been around aviation for a while you I’ll get to see ideas floated like this often by managers who are incentivize in their contract though a percentage of cost savings to float ideas that cut costs. Often they leave the organisation prior to the...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Is there an official list, what the FA has to do and may do during the time in the cockpit? Of course it is clearly defined what every crew members duties are on an aircraft are, every crew member is trained for their role. Each airline has their own approved cabin crew safety training manual that ...

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by zeke
Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?
Replies: 18
Views: 2920

Re: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?

Thank you, that tells me there is something in the takeoff splay

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by zeke
Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?
Replies: 18
Views: 2920

Re: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?

Woodreau wrote:
If the runway is grooved it’s considered to be a dry runway even when raining. At least that’s how it is at the three airlines I’ve worked at.


That isn’t the way the FAA sees it.

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by zeke
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Not really. There used to be four engines, then three systems (in case of many systems). Now we say two. Know why? On airliners it’s still normally 3+ levels of redundancy, how they achieve that redundancy is not obvious at first inspection. Hydraulics for example on the A350 is similar to the A320...

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by zeke
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Lots of times there’s only one pilot up the front for sustained periods of time. I’ve been a passenger on two-crew 747s to New York where I’ve been friends with the first officer and they’ve come back and hung out in the galley for 20 mins. My good buddy’s first flight on the 777 was to Mauritius w...

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by zeke
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Oh please. 100 years ago people didn’t believe heavier than air flight was possible. Maybe we should have stayed grounded all this time. First manned heaver than air flight happened around 240 years ago, world war 1 finished over 100 years ago where fighter, transport, resonance, and bomber aircraf...

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by zeke
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?
Replies: 18
Views: 2920

Re: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?

Hello Emirates pre covid was flying from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai with a B777-200LR. Their longest runway is 2743m. Currently they are flying from Miami to Dubai with a B777-300ER in ca. 14 hours. My guess is now: the OEW of a B777-200LR is about 155 tonnes? (I read somewhere Emirates' planes are a...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Well that is company specific, there are plenty of airlines out there who don't have that rule. And personally I'd argue that an untrained flight attendant will hardly be able to stop a determined pilot wanting to crash the aircraft.. It’s a regulatory requirement here, and they are more than capab...

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by zeke
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

CrimsonNL wrote:
Every time with 2 crew when a pilot goes to use the lavatory, it turns the aircraft into a one-pilot operation..


In that case we would still have two crew on the flight deck, one of the cabin crew comes up and straps in.

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by zeke
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 115
Views: 32442

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

so let me get this right there are two holes you can stick a pin in, presumably same pin shouldn't each hole and pin be quite different sized, shaped, positioned to prevent things like this?? Or a spring cover that needs to be moved away to access the correct hole. The other hole is probably the no...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 115
Views: 32442

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

Well, Boeing's AOG crew gets a nice trip to London in the next day or so :) I doubt they would be required, a crane or airbags should be able to lift the aircraft back up, extend the nose gear again and then take it to the hanger. Maybe a new L2 cabin door, new forward cargo door, nose gear doors, ...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

This data agrees with mine. If the average flight length in the ATSB survey was only 1 hour, you'd get a rate of 3e-5 incapacitations per flight hour. The data you pointed to before seemed to only look at medical events which would normally disqualify a pilot from holding a medical. The vast majori...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Pilot incapacitations are actually fairly frequent, the statistics show the majority of them occur due to food or drink consumed, next highest area is laser attacks. Depends on your definition of frequent, I suppose. The highest numbers I can find state that up to 4% of pilots experience medical is...

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by zeke
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 22497

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

For all the posters mentioning flights that had flight control issues and how a single pilot couldn't deal with them: The A350 is a fully FBW aircraft (including the rudder). Those accidents are not applicable to the aircraft. There's nothing the pilots can do that the computers couldn't do. If you...

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