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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Also I wanted to know if the METAR is issued every minute or every 5 minutes or 30 Minutes etc and or is it live weather every second at the ATC or Cockpit. Like how does the weather reporting works ? METARs are typically issued hourly. In case there is rapid change, a SPECI will be issued, indicat...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pacific Clipperton FIR doubt..!?
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: Pacific Clipperton FIR doubt..!?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
All a hoax, I believe. On Jepp enroute it’s stil “NO FIR” or XX03 FIR. No airways or waypoints as described in the NOTAM. Sounds bogus like “ERCAN” in Turkish Cyprus.


ERCAN is bogus? I've talked to them on many occasions. ;)

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Also I wanted to know if the METAR is issued every minute or every 5 minutes or 30 Minutes etc and or is it live weather every second at the ATC or Cockpit. Like how does the weather reporting works ? METARs are typically issued hourly. In case there is rapid change, a SPECI will be issued, indicat...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?
Replies: 22
Views: 3068

Re: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?

A pressurized airplane on the ground is a tough nut to crack, too. This thread reminded me of this "bad day at the office": https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001213X29581&AKey=1&RType=HTML&IType=IA THE CREW FAILED TO MANUALLY DEPRESSURIZE THE...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?
Replies: 22
Views: 3068

Re: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?

Any other term for non-plug type doors.? Never come across any apart from conventional. That's the official Boeing terminology. McD doesn't say anything about plug type or non-plug type in the description and operation part of the AMM. I don't know how Airbus calls it. The bulk cargo door is referr...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kai Tak IGS 13 in 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 3381

Re: Kai Tak IGS 13 in 2021

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by Starlionblue
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14397

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

I don't know if I'd call it a "tense situation", but I had very very faint smoke in the cockpit on approach once, accompanied by a hot plastic smell. The cabin crew reported smell but no smoke. Thankfully we were only about 20 minutes from touchdown. Oxygen masks on. Expedited approach. A...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14397

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

I don't know if I'd call it a "tense situation", but I had very very faint smoke in the cockpit on approach once, accompanied by a hot plastic smell. The cabin crew reported smell but no smoke. Thankfully we were only about 20 minutes from touchdown. Oxygen masks on. Expedited approach. Au...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14397

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

Flying a C210 from KAUS to KDWH when just after raising the gear the right door opened with my now very shaken wife screaming. She thought she was going to be sucked right out of the plane though I attempted to reassure her that wasn't happening, just keep your seatbelt tight I told her. Thankfully...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weird planes
Replies: 9
Views: 3199

Re: Weird planes

Dear Airliners forum community, I have questions. Some years ago I observed some planes that were... weird, to say the least. I haven't seen anything like those planes before or after that day of observation. I'm sure that some will immediately think I'm one of those crazy conspiracy theorists. I u...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Yes,you are right Mr.Starlion and I have huge respect for you and other aviators even the ones whom I have had harsh interactive encounters with,for you all do something I have passion and love for...In no way do I mean to blame the entire aviator community, that would be utterly disgraceful. I kno...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I completely understand that pilots are humans and at the end of the day they have working hour limitations and various other pressures with relation to their jobs, however,the most critical part of their job is that it involves people's Iives and I'm sure no pilot would ever wanna be in a scenario...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Oh...I wonder why did KLM not get their demonic pilot Vanzanten trained with Low Visibility Ops...The only words I will forever remember him by now are that of Cap Grubbs which were recorded moments before the collision. But honestly,I believe even had the KLM gotten that man equipped with required...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

1972...Daymn...thats like 20 something years before I was born it means CAT IIIB has been there for quite some time now. The first autoland with passengers on board was in 1965. Oh...I wonder why did KLM not get their demonic pilot Vanzanten trained with Low Visibility Ops...The only words I will f...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?
Replies: 22
Views: 3068

Re: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?

There are some non-plug passengers doors on airlines, for example, the tail door on the MD-80. But that's for emergencies only. Cargo doors are a mix. Larger ones on widebodies tend to be outward opening, non-plug type, bulk cargo doors are typically plug, and main cargo doors on narrowbodies are a ...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

In 2009 British Airways started using the Microwave Landing System (MLS) at LHR. The Ils/Gps receivers were modified with an MLS card. and most of the narrow body Airbus were so equipped. The system worked exactly the same as the ILS as far as the crews were aware. But as the BA A320 fleet was resp...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling out 80 knots
Replies: 39
Views: 4587

Re: Calling out 80 knots

I don’t know what you mean by “load shedding”. At Boeing, load shedding refers to electrical bus load shedding which has nothing to do with the RTO decision. . Really??? The analogy should be very easy to conceptualize. The faster you go the fewer things you would reject the takeoff for. In fact, t...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wingboxes
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

Re: Wingboxes

- Wingbox: The structure that joins the wings and the fuselage. This is not visible from the outside. - Wing-body fairing: The aerodynamic fairing that covers the wing/fuselage join. The area rule does not imply that the wing-body fairing should not be proud of the fuselage ("project from"...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Before getting to my latest question I wanna sincerely thank Mr.Flyzone,Mr E38,Mr Galaxy,Mr Starlion,Mr USA,Mr IAH,Mr Woodreau and all other highly learned aviation experts. Having learnt about the ILS CAT IIIB and other categories and also about the weather and myriads of various other aspects of ...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft thrust
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: Aircraft thrust

https://www.airfleets.net/home/
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Airfleets will give you the engine details. However, you might not necessarily be able to deduce exactly the thrust rating.

https://www.airfleets.net/home/

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by Starlionblue
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?
Replies: 22
Views: 3068

Re: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?

From my understanding as the aircraft pressurizes, it causes the frame to expand. As it expands it essentially secures the door within the locking mechanisms. The frame does not expand. Doors are designed so that they can't be opened straight out. A bit like a sink stopper. Look at this 737 door op...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus lights question
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

Re: Airbus lights question

There's no evidence I can find from any planespotters or Youtube showing the A330's lights shutting off after the gear lifts off. Which leads to two logical conclusions: they're all Flaps 3 takeoffs or it's really based on slat position. So it seems. I'm guessing it's the latter one but I don't fly...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Hi everyone, So in the evening I saw an Airbus A320N make a visual approach at RWY 09 now that's the end of the RWY where our localizer is and I have always considered RWY 09 as the visual approach RWY and thats because everytime I have spotted airplanes landing on that side is either when the wind...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?
Replies: 40
Views: 2702

Re: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?

When did commercial airliners start widespread use of GPS navigation? I remember about 20-25 years ago, reading flying magazines and seeing the early handheld units used for GA aviation. Of course, at the time, there were still a lot of classic airliners flying predating GPS. Were those planes, suc...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do ground vehicles in airports run on jet fuel or regular diesel?
Replies: 31
Views: 3795

Re: Do ground vehicles in airports run on jet fuel or regular diesel?

I'm not sure if this is still a thing, but years ago there was a lot of talk in the GA market of developing aircraft that run on Diesel (purportedly they were more efficient than their AvGas counterparts). One of the chief benefits -- or so it was said -- was that these aircraft could run just as w...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Or there is a 1 line NOTAM buried in the 1-inch thick stack of NOTAMs for the flight that states “localizer not suitable for rollout guidance” for a runway at the destination airport. That changes the minimums for that runway on that cat II/III approach plate from 300 RVR to 1800RVR since the autop...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Hello respected gentlemen, So I came across this video of an A320 which appears to be on final CATIII approach,however, at 100 feet or so the autopilot degrades the CAT III "DUAL" to CAT II as per what its mentioned in the description. https://youtu.be/xQVfljH0a3E Now all this while,I hav...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Hello respected gentlemen, So I came across this video of an A320 which appears to be on final CATIII approach,however, at 100 feet or so the autopilot degrades the CAT III "DUAL" to CAT II as per what its mentioned in the description. https://youtu.be/xQVfljH0a3E Now all this while,I hav...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How wide a turnpad should be to accommodate a 777-300 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

Re: How wide a turnpad should be to accommodate a 777-300 ?

To add measurements for the A330 you mention. The A330-200 can turn on a 44-metre width and the A330-300 on a 48-metre width. Those measurements are approximate and without margin so would require careful handling. 86 metres is plenty of margin and I think would be ample for any widebody. Longer th...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How wide a turnpad should be to accommodate a 777-300 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

Re: How wide a turnpad should be to accommodate a 777-300 ?

To add measurements for the A330 you mention. The A330-200 can turn on a 44-metre width and the A330-300 on a 48-metre width. Those measurements are approximate and without margin so would require careful handling. 86 metres is plenty of margin and I think would be ample for any widebody. Longer tha...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus lights question
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

Re: Airbus lights question

The A350 has a separate LOGO light switch, with three settings.
- ON - Logo lights are on.
- AUTO - Logo lights come on if aircraft on the ground or in flight with slats extended.
- OFF - Log lights are off.

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by Starlionblue
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Finally my CAT IIIB landing video is on my Channel with full weather details !! I'm inexplicably grateful to all of the amazing pilots and people in the aviation community who helped me learn so much about CAT IIIB. Thank you so so much everyone !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2lO3YylBMY When i...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ULH one stop
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Re: ULH one stop

This would depend on the route. For QF, for example, they have a customer base for MEL-LHR. There are lots of costs involved in stopping in the form of airport fees, ground staff, etc. Plus the aircraft is used ~2 hours more per trip, if the route is flown by a specialised type you may need to buy ...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

SA 02/02/2021 03:00-> METAR VILK 020300Z 00000KT 0000 R27/0100 FG VV/// 08/07 Q1019 So this report is 9 minutes before the touchdown of my aircraft at LKO and after deciphering the above weather report with the help of a website , I come to following conclusion -: METAR - Routine Weather Report VIL...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ULH one stop
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Re: ULH one stop

Airlines prefer whichever options gives them a higher profit. ;) This would depend on the route. For QF, for example, they have a customer base for MEL-LHR. There are lots of costs involved in stopping in the form of airport fees, ground staff, etc. Fuel burn increase is not negligible with non-stop...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video
Replies: 41
Views: 6582

Re: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video

There is no way to do that approach and be on centerline at 500 feet. The top of the ridge line is 1.5nm miles away from the runway, and 1,100 feet tall- a plane on a 3* glide slope would be at 500 feet 1.5NM from the end of the runway. I know where I fly, we can pre-brief known deviations from the...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Oh BTW I forgot to mention a very important detail of my CAT IIIB experience and that is that after landing our aircraft halted for a moment at mid runway before proceeding further to the turnpad to make 180° turn to backtrack it and then exit via the designated taxiway. So I was wondering if this ...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Myanmar coup's effects on civil aviation
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

Re: Myanmar coup's effects on civil aviation

There is a NOTAM out about the Yangon FIR. They have had ongoing comm issues due to internet and telephone services being disrupted in the country. The bigger problem is that most ATC staff seem to be on strike. For overflights, contingency procedures are in force. 15-minute separation and self-ann...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The main thing that always strikes me about autoland in low visibility is that despite the plane "flying for you", it is more work compared to a hand flown approach. - More checking for the setup and briefing, including reviewing items in the QRH. - More involved briefing, with contingenci...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Good read from the FAA about CAT III technical stuff, including difference between CATIIIA and B, fail passive vs fail operational guidance systems on planes, which types of CATIII approaches have Alert height (AH) vs decision height (DH), etc. https://fsims.faa.gov/wdocs/8900.1/v04%20ac%20equip%20...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
True, but crews over the years have caught out when the forecast didn’t turn out. Maybe more often at Perth.


The issue with Perth is that is quite isolated. So much so that island reserve is often used instead of an alternate.

Melbourne just has frequent low visibility. :)

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video
Replies: 41
Views: 6582

Re: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video

Yes, we all know French-Canadian pilots are superior, because they’re French and Canadian. I’ll still bet they violated any semblance of a stabilized approach. I’m assuming that runway doesn’t have a stabilized approach criteria... Stabilised approach criteria are operator specific. They aren't wai...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16427

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

CAT IIIB minimums have been around for quite some time as well as aircraft and crew authorization to fly them. Landing with an RVR of 600' is very interesting from alright. From a tower controllers perspective many times the tops would be maybe 100' and our tower at IAH is 336' tall, we'd see the a...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling wide bodies
Replies: 31
Views: 4787

Re: Refueling wide bodies

I take your point that they do not equalise supply and demand. Derivates can, on the other hand, smooth out the process, as it were. I agree you can't drill an oil well in a few months. However, this is not an airline's problem. It is the problem of those who are selling the contracts. But given tha...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling wide bodies
Replies: 31
Views: 4787

Re: Refueling wide bodies

Makes me wonder if airlines buy futures for any other products they use, like peanuts, coffee, onions and other food for their catering. :o I often grumbled over these futures and was told they are necessary as insurance. Ironic enough during this crisis the futures became worthless as fuel became ...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?
Replies: 46
Views: 7085

Re: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?

Funny, I’ve flown them since 2005 and used them every flight and, once trained, hardly ever looked down. They’re perfect for hand flying, make visual approaches especially without electronic or visual aids, a cinch. I totally get I'm in the minority. I find the display completely wipes out my depth...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System
Replies: 10
Views: 1919

Re: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System

Are you sure that the 747 uses oxygen bottles for passenger oxygen? While I've never worked on large aircraft, I've never seen anything but oxygen generators on passenger aircraft (well, jet aircraft anyway). I'm not saying you are wrong, I'm just trying to imagine the size of the bottles that woul...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling out 80 knots
Replies: 39
Views: 4587

Re: Calling out 80 knots

I believe 80kts is when Airbus transitions from flight phase 2 to flight phase 3. Not phase 1 to phase 2. It's the transition from phase 3 to phase 4. Phase 3 starts with "ENGINE TO PWR" and ends at 80kn. Phase 4 starts at 80kn and ends at liftoff. Thus, take-off inhibits starts at 80kn. ...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5036

Re: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?

Perhaps things have changed since the 1990s PBS 777 documentary: Warm colors like brown were found to be more inviting, pilots were more alert, and it was better at hiding dirt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oyWZjdXxlw&t=43m32s Unrelated: I hope we can all be as excited about something in lif...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did Airbus switch to winglets so late in the A320
Replies: 53
Views: 7405

Re: Why did Airbus switch to winglets so late in the A320

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Dassault FalconJet used to go to the NBAA every year and proclaim winglets were a fix for deficient wing design, they built better wings that didn’t need to be fixed. Until, one year, a DA2000 showed up with winglets! Surprise!


Salespeople will be salespeople. :D

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