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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3883

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

All of our freighters have doors here at FedEx. This is probably because all of our ships have entry way jump seats, except for the 767's which have the jump seats on the flight deck itself. Several years back we installed locking ballistic doors on the MD10's and 11's. It was an interesting projec...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3883

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

Our MD-11s had a locking cockpit door with a key pad for entry and an allow/deny switch in the cockpit. It was closed and locked regardless of jumpseaters or not. Yea now that I know I remembered it correctly, I believe the crew closed the door for takeoff until cruise, and then kept it open for th...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3883

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

Our MD-11s had a locking cockpit door with a key pad for entry and an allow/deny switch in the cockpit. It was closed and locked regardless of jumpseaters or not.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: San Diego (SAN) Runway touchdown zone lights on 27
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

Re: San Diego (SAN) Runway touchdown zone lights on 27

Didn't 27 originally have an ILS until the parking garage was built?

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3244

Re: Pilot and business

I knew a pilot that had a twin Cessna that ran a Part 135 operation and flew for a 121 carrier too. It was a little shady since the FAA and the 121 carrier really looks at flight AND duty time totals. He was a risk taker being the only pilot in his operation.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7557

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had an internal dept who handled hotel/transportation. There were staff that would fly/ J/S to any new hotel and check it out before it was added to the accepted hotels.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7557

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had some hotels that would give you the company discount even if you were on a personal/ family trip and it was definitely significant. As well as the freebies that went along with it. Nice deal. To the poster who asked me about turning in an ops report to the hotel dept for bad experiences at co...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7557

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had certain hotels that on occasion would play dumb "we didn't know you were coming today" because they did sell our rooms to a wedding party though we had contracted rooms. One in particular was in Campinas, Brazil where we stayed at a "resort" hotel outside of town. They con...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7557

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

Of course length of layover often determines where you stay. We had airport hotels for layovers less than 24 hrs and other hotels in the city for longer layovers.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7557

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

I doubt that hotel budgets bankrupted the airline. If it did then going to cheaper hotels wouldn't have kept them afloat much longer.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the ATC keep such precise seperations between aircraft during approach?
Replies: 54
Views: 6090

Re: How does the ATC keep such precise seperations between aircraft during approach?

How funny Starlionblue, before I ever opened the thread to comment my first thoughts were practice, practice, practice!

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Before primary flight displays, where were their contents displayed?
Replies: 17
Views: 2076

Re: Before primary flight displays, where were their contents displayed?

On the -11 we never had AOA until the HUDs were installed. The HUD displayed it in the upper right corner.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hardstand gates as an advantage?
Replies: 30
Views: 3873

Re: Hardstand gates as an advantage?

One of the most frustrating moments boarding at a hardstand was in Rome. Two buses pull up to the jet and both front and rear doors were open. One bus load went to each door. Unfortunately there was no organization regarding seating so as people boarded there was a big gridlock in the airplane as pe...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 2109

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

AS Starlionblue said it's done very well and I always found it as real as it can be. The only inaccuracy I ever saw was making tight turns taxiing and looking out the side window. The projection could cause a little dizziness for a split second but that's all I ever saw.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 04, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 4324

Re: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?

Depending on the location we would be told if ground power was available or not. If it was we didn't start the APU.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting Flight Who knows what this is??
Replies: 6
Views: 2150

Re: Interesting Flight Who knows what this is??

Chemtrails......LOL!

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tire-speed-limit exceedance
Replies: 40
Views: 5897

Re: Tire-speed-limit exceedance

Ha! Maybe an F-104! The -11 had 206 kts best I remember. Never close except in the sim.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus studing aircraft flying in formation
Replies: 36
Views: 3065

Re: Airbus studing aircraft flying in formation

That was my thoughts Starlionblue. Just the logistics of this seems impossible.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?
Replies: 23
Views: 3389

Re: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?

Often people think they can do it. A tragic story from a few years ago, the pilot and his family of 4 were going on a 2 hour flight to visit friends. The airport viz was 1/16th mile with fog. The tops of the fog was only about 200' so he thought he could do it. He didn't.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are older airframes usually converted to cargo?
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Re: Why are older airframes usually converted to cargo?

One of the considerations is utilisation. Some of the dedicated cargo airlines do not utilise their aircraft as extensively as a regular passenger airline does. Aircraft are built to fly and make money while doing that. A cargo airline that does not utilise its asset as much as a passenger airline ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?
Replies: 23
Views: 3389

Re: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?

Buddy Holly's death and RFK Jr's death both from this. Back in '72 I was flying a Be-18 on a mail run single pilot over east Tenn. I was in the clouds 95% of the time and suddenly I saw a light on the ground and a star above. Immediately I thought I was in a 90 deg bank. That was the most impressive...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Fire Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2604

Re: Inflight Fire Question

In the cargo world yes it was part of our chk list. There was a DC-10 that had a cargo fire. They performed the chk list which included raising the cabin and going on O2. The made an emergency ldg and the fire remained subdued until the fire dept decided to hand crank open the cargo door. The fire b...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists
Replies: 26
Views: 5638

Re: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists

Absolutely true Starlion. When I was at my first big corp job we had 2 Saberliners, 2 Jetstars and a KingAire. They bought a G-1 and they hired a G-1 capt from the outside. It kept me from moving and pissed off most of us F/Os. In the airlines you have such a diversity of types of flying but everyon...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The weirdest sim check scenario?
Replies: 27
Views: 3272

Re: The weirdest sim check scenario?

My company called in an external instructor once, Russian guy. He just kept pouring one failure after the other onto us. I could understand from others who went to the sim with him that this was common for him. I understand the need to practice the handling of more than one issue at the time and al...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 flap sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 2570

Re: Boeing 727 flap sequence

I'm pretty sure the interconnect was what I'm thinking off. It was to the right of the A & B pumps and we were to have our seat facing forward during T/O but your right hand in the interconnect switch. The CSD oil cooler would be worth looking up though. You got me thinking now. My old books are...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists
Replies: 26
Views: 5638

Re: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists

When I was in corp. aviation in the 70s I never heard of a buyout at all. If the dept closed you were laid off with just the standard separation package. I was lucky enough to fly for 3 Fortune 500 companies and 2 of the 3 eventually closed their dept. I jokingly say I started seeing a curve that wa...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 flap sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 2570

Re: Boeing 727 flap sequence

Don’t forget the hydraulic interconnect...some airlines had it on the plumber’s panel, others had it on the overhead. Without pressure the Krueger flaps drooped; when pressure was applied they’d snap closed.... I still remember "2A off, 1B on interconnect closed" from the panel days. Nice...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 flap sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 2570

Re: Boeing 727 flap sequence

EssentialPowr wrote:
Don’t forget the hydraulic interconnect...some airlines had it on the plumber’s panel, others had it on the overhead. Without pressure the Krueger flaps drooped; when pressure was applied they’d snap closed....

I still remember "2A off, 1B on interconnect closed" from the panel days.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about autopilot/autothrottle disengagement
Replies: 7
Views: 1205

Re: Question about autopilot/autothrottle disengagement

Some time ago I was jumpseating on an MD11 and while descending, all the way through the approach, the captain would continue to bring the throttles to idle, or near enough. While on final, he mentioned to the FO that “he hates when it does that”. Being in maintenance, after the flight I asked him ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cockpit windows that can be opened
Replies: 6
Views: 2294

Re: Cockpit windows that can be opened

The -11 definitely had thick curved side windows.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?
Replies: 16
Views: 2528

Re: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?

Fedex talked with Airbus about making a cargo version A380. The talks were pretty serious for a while.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-11 Transpacific Performance
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

Re: MD-11 Transpacific Performance

We routinely flew KIX-MEM and CDG-SFS (Subic Bay)

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)
Replies: 35
Views: 4040

Re: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)

really? Of the ones I worked with a weak ADF was a no go.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)
Replies: 35
Views: 4040

Re: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)

Of all the BS facts I would say I can't imagine ANY airline acceptance crew accepting this. Just fix it and we'll see you tomorrow.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

Re: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?

I think I should go pull up that and look at it before I say it was special for us.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

Re: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?

I agree Starlionblue. We had a couple of special little ops specs dealing with alt. fuel but I don't think it had anything to do with us being cargo. Perhaps anyone could have gotten it.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Laser/LASIK eye surgery for commercial pilots
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Laser/LASIK eye surgery for commercial pilots

Why don't you consult a Dr. and see what he says. Great improvements have been made over the earlier procedures. There's considerations to consider like your specific problem and your age.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Laser/LASIK eye surgery for commercial pilots
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Laser/LASIK eye surgery for commercial pilots

Why don't you consult a Dr. and see what he says. Great improvements have been made over the earlier procedures. There's considerations to consider like your specific problem and your age.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights
Replies: 27
Views: 3305

Re: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights

I think you mean Fedex does MEM-DBX not UPS. Fedex has been doing this flight from way back before I retired. I was doing MEM-CDG and we were trailing a 777 who was going to DBX. As we started our descent to CDG the 777 made a slight right turn and headed south. We all laughed that we would have win...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights
Replies: 27
Views: 3305

Re: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
One visit to PAWK would stop that idea right quick.



Just curious who this is meant for? Thanks. Did Guam but never Wake.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights
Replies: 27
Views: 3305

Re: Costs and/or benefits of flying freighters non stop vs 1 stop on ultra long flights

It's a little more complicated than that. Use NRT-ANC-MEM vs. NRT-MEM as an example. If you have crew at the intermediate point you can avoid the expense of operating NRT-MEM with augmented crew. I suppose it's conceivable, if rare, that somebody will pay to save ~3 hours on freight. N95 masks woul...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is a Trimble GPS Map 110 UniCard (Thrift store find)
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Re: What is a Trimble GPS Map 110 UniCard (Thrift store find)

I just googled their site and it appears to be for surveying, etc.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 4284

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

Concorde final approach speed was around 160 knots Not really that fast or excessive, several narrow and widebody airliners use a comparable final approach speed or higher Not saying you're wrong but I'd be surprised. We were always told that the MD-11 had the fast app. speed of commercial jets in ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 4284

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

Not to forget the A310 Concorde final approach speed was around 160 knots Not really that fast or excessive, several narrow and widebody airliners use a comparable final approach speed or higher[/quote] Not saying you're wrong but I'd be surprised. We were always told that the MD-11 had the fast ap...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 4284

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

I have read that below 250kts it wasn't that outstanding but one must consider that they had to make big thrust reductions for noise abatement which isn't a fair comparison.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 4284

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

The MD-11F should be excluded because the OP specifically mentioned passenger aircraft. Note the wide difference between the B777-200ER and LR variants! Biggest surprise was the lacklustre numbers for the A330-200 (Perhaps someone should double-check my figures.... :white: ) There goes my story. :l...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 3998

Re: B727 cockpit

ditto!

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 3998

Re: B727 cockpit

mmo, I too had only 1 ½ years in the F/E seat and it wasn't a problem. I did have a friend who stayed in the back seat for several years out of personal necessity and when he went to F/O he did have some problems getting it all back. We were lucky huh?

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S
Replies: 21
Views: 1519

Re: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S

It happens a lot. Here in MEM the N/S runways were once 18L&R and now are 17L&R.

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