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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I’ve only done cat iii in the simulator. I’m not focused on looking outside at any point during the approach and landing. I’m monitoring FMA. Checking to see the airplane is doing what it’s supposed to be doing and that the electronic guidance is valid throughout the entire approach landing and roll...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2719

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

I don’t know what their certification process is for the operator. None of the regional airlines I flew for were authorized for RNAV(RNP) and the LCC I fly for isn’t authorized for them either. We have RNAV visuals that make things easy like the Expressway Visual into LGA. The 7s and 19s for LAS. Th...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Every time I’ve been given a RVR below minimums and I’ve declined the approach clearance, the controller has always asked “what are your minimums?” We tell them, and the controller has always responded, “oh looks like RVR’s come up. RVR is now .... (the minimums I just told them). Maintain xxx until...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I find that my “worst” landings are on calm windless days when the ride during approach is smooth. Those landings tend to be “firm” or who taught you how to land? on days where it’s gusty and I’m constantly having to correct for gusts and I’m wiggling and nudging the side stick constantly, the appro...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 4182

Re: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern

The only operator that I know of that secures engine(s) inflight is the military. p-3 crews will routinely secure an engine to extend on station patrol time.

airlines do not secure engines inflight unless it’s an emergency.

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The only way to know the actual RVR is to look at the RVR reading in the tower and for the flight crew to ask the tower. The only requirement is that at the final approach fix, the visibility has to be at or above minimums. If so, the approach may be continued. When I was a new crewmember, I kept mo...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Even in VMC weather every approach and landing is an “instrument” approach. When cleared for the visual approach. I’ll fly the plane to intercept the course guidance And fly the instruments all the way down to minimums especially at night. I peek up and look outside every now and then coming down th...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The RVR is horizontal visibility.

We don’t care about vertical visibility unless the approach procedure specifies “Ceiling Required.”

Landing is landing. Either the pilot landed it or the airplane auto landed.

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by Woodreau
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 24262

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

One of the times we had to deal with a disruptive passenger was during an emergency after we did an inflight engine shutdown. The engine shutdown went pretty much as well as it could be done. We performed the immediate action memory items for shutting down the engine. Then we split into our two role...

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 24262

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

Lots of unruly passengers.... I’ve removed so many passengers from the plane on so many flights, I’m starting to think the problem is me not the passengers... My first emergency occurred on my first solo flight. On the takeoff climbing thru 200ft, I did my normal tap the altimeter, mentally ran thru...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?
Replies: 40
Views: 2841

Re: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?

With how GPS is interconnected with the avionics these days, it is quite annoying that not having GPS causes annoying issues. the plane still flies without GPS and reverts to other means to maintain the GPIRS position. Not having GPS causes both transponders to fail... So you MEL the transponders an...

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by Woodreau
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The airplane never decides. As you’ve discovered - there are three parts to Cat III ILS approaches - the runway, the airplane and the crew. Each introduces their own variable which determines the actual minimums used for a cat III approach The mode annunciation on the FMA Cat 3 DUAL signals the airp...

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by Woodreau
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do ground vehicles in airports run on jet fuel or regular diesel?
Replies: 31
Views: 3980

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

The military doesn’t use jet a. The army and Air Force use JP-8/F34 as part of the DoD single fuel concept. the navy uses JP5/F44 for its aircraft afloat due to its higher flashpoint, with its ships using NATO F76, using JP5 if F76 is not available. Aircraft coming from ashore will most likely have ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

We’ll use the signal lantern during ziplip. Green flashing beacon - green deck. Recover aircraft. Amber beacon and red beacon amber deck and red deck. For helicopters if they have to fly in less than case iii and have to do a recovery there are no precision instrument approaches for a destroyer like...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17236

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

BTW I was wondering if you could post me a link with weather conditions at my airport on 02nd Feb 2021 at around 8:00 AM - 9:00AM ? I'm trying hard to find it but don't seem to get it anywhere..do you know any website where I could find the past weather details of an airport ? Thanks again Mr Flyzo...

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by Woodreau
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline
Replies: 19
Views: 3133

Re: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline

It all depends on the airline. A 737 captain going to 777 captain is not upgrading - he is transitioning. upgrading is going from first officer to captain. Pay depends on the pilot contract - but typically while in training, a 737 captain transitioning to 777 captain continues to receive 737 captain...

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by Woodreau
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling out 80 knots
Replies: 39
Views: 4874

Re: Calling out 80 knots

I believe 80kts is when Airbus transitions from flight phase 2 to flight phase 3.

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by Woodreau
Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling wide bodies
Replies: 31
Views: 5265

Re: Refueling wide bodies

Wait until you have to refuel a ship - pulling into the banana ports of Central America to refuel by tanker truck, they were lined up one-by-one from the pier all the way out of the port. - took two days to take all of the fuel from the line of 50 tanker trucks. 250,000 gallons / 950,000 liters / 1,...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 battery switches
Replies: 15
Views: 2434

Re: A320 overhead panel

Battery 1 and battery 2 switches are the first two switches to be pressed because that is the procedure. But turning the batteries on is not the first step in powering on the aircraft. There are the steps of verifying radar, parking brake, landing gear, wipers, then you get to the electrical panel t...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: This F-16 picture got my attention
Replies: 13
Views: 3200

Re: This F-16 picture got my attention

I wonder if he puts them there to get them cooled down, like if there are any vents there? Or just a convenient place to put them within easy reach. We put soda cans in certain places to get them cooled down or food in certain places between the glareshield and the heated cockpit windows to warm/hea...

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by Woodreau
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: “Line up and wait”
Replies: 38
Views: 4093

Re: “Line up and wait”

My favorite one is still Aspen... Rwy 15/33 same piece of concrete - 8000ft runway. (holding short of Runway 33) "Line up and wait, opposite direction landing traffic on 9 mile final runway 15, call traffic in sight." sure enough there are the landing lights of the opposite direction traff...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Earliest departures/arrivals
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Arriving at destination before scheduled departure time.

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?
Replies: 17
Views: 7295

Re: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?

We operate out of SNA - a 1738m runway - with 319/320 aircraft. We are prohibited from using 321 aircraft. In both 319/320 aircraft, takeoff is TOGA flaps 3 packs on. But we don’t fly 2400km. It’s only a short hop of 500-600km. Fuel load is around 10000lbs. So even with a payload of 182 pax we’re l...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?
Replies: 17
Views: 7295

Re: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?

We operate out of SNA - a 1738m runway - with 319/320 aircraft. We are prohibited from using 321 aircraft. In both 319/320 aircraft, takeoff is TOGA flaps 3 packs on. But we don’t fly 2400km. It’s only a short hop of 500-600km. Fuel load is around 10000lbs. So even with a payload of 182 pax we’re lo...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: “Confirm Wheels Down”
Replies: 19
Views: 2339

Re: “Confirm Wheels Down”

We would routinely fly into a few airports that had military controllers and they would always ask us “confirm gear down”. we hadn’t reached the point in our landing profile to lower the landing gear, so our reply was always “gear up”. They’d ask us to “confirm gear down” again and then the reply wo...

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by Woodreau
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5038

Re: VFR with Airliners

From the very first flight I trained in Bravo airpsace. I believe it to have been invaluable. I had much better ATC skills than most of my peers. Lots of YouTube videos showing close calls at uncontrolled fields with idiots with transponders turned off. That should be illegal too. Then you’ll need ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4784

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

If you look hard enough you can always find something to ground the airplane. One month I flew with a certain captain and at one specific airport he always said “I’ll do the walk around”. “Okay....” i replied the first few times. We were inevitably grounded at that outstation and spent an unschedule...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5038

Re: VFR with Airliners

They allow airline flights into uncontrolled airfields? Yikes. Uncontrolled airports should not be permitted. Happens many times every day. The first two years at my first airline wouldn’t be possible if commercial flights weren’t allowed at nontowered fields Out of the 9 legs we flew every day onl...

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by Woodreau
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4784

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

Don't you know we don't want that screw to be found? We want to get stuck in the Caribbean and have the company get us hotel rooms on the beach...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5038

Re: VFR with Airliners

Is an IR worth it? I would say yes, it is. To be honest, having an IR in a piston single still means you will be stuck on the ground when bad weather comes around. Not because you won't be able to fly in IMC under ATC control. but in some parts of the US, (I dont know about Europe and Germany) bad w...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5038

Re: VFR with Airliners

The issue is when pilots are operating IFR, they’ll use reporting fixes to call their position. But pilots that only operate VFR have no idea where that position is. When a flight is cleared for an approach to an airport with no control tower, the flight will be cleared for a visual approach or for ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Becoming a commercial pilot with funky military history?
Replies: 6
Views: 2233

Re: Becoming a commercial pilot with funky military history?

You aren’t employable with a third class medical, can you hold a first class medical with the same diagnosis? That is the answer you are looking for. If no, then there will be some work that you and your AME have to do in order to satisfy Oklahoma City to get the first class medical. Before the pand...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Reliability Analysis
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

Re: Aircraft Reliability Analysis

You don’t seem to have a good track record of getting answers to your questions. But I am a bit perplexed that your military does not have its own resources or do the things you are asking about. Or has a contractor that does the equivalent. At least in the US military there is a logistic supply tra...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Becoming a commercial pilot with funky military history?
Replies: 6
Views: 2233

Re: Becoming a commercial pilot with funky military history?

I would be more concerned about the childhood diagnosis that caused the disqualifying medical history from the military. Rather than the discharge from the military due to fraudulent entry. As you aren’t an airline pilot and don’t have access to ALPA aeromedical resources yet, as a private pilot / a...

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by Woodreau
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

Every unit that deploys has a Ground Component Commander, Air Component Commander and Naval Component Commander. If the 82d deploys alone, then it assumes all 3 roles. When an Air Force unit is part of a joint task force, then it assumes the Air Component Commander Role. A division has a fires cell,...

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by Woodreau
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

Theoretically if the Army swallowed up two Marine Corps divisions (I know there are actually 4, 3 active and one reserve),. On paper there are 4 Marine divisions, the 3 active and 1 reserve. But in practice, the 3rd active division is all HQ elements, it’s actual forces are allocated on a rotationa...

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by Woodreau
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-700/900 downwards angle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1474

Re: CRJ-700/900 downwards angle?

To keep the main passenger door low enough not to require escape slides.

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by Woodreau
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senate Again Debating CARES2 for Airlines and Airports
Replies: 69
Views: 7815

Re: Senate Again Debating CARES2 for Airlines and Airports

How the employees choose to spend their income (union dues, medical expenses, buying a new car etc) is their choice. I was in a Federal government union and my union dues were directly deducted from my paycheck and was based on my earned wages. I didn't have the choice of either paying or not payin...

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by Woodreau
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3253

Re: Employment as a pilot Zero-G and other questions about a pilot's career

If you’re trying to do this in the United States, you will need to figure out how to maintain your currency requirements of 3 landings in 90 days. If you don’t have the 3 landings, you’ll need some sort of requalification to accomplish. Having lots of money available or being independently wealthy m...

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by Woodreau
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3253

Re: Regional Airlines

The answer varies widely depending on the airline. The first regional airline I worked was prior to 117 and did not have overnight layovers. All trips started and ended in base each day and did EAS flying flying 19-seat turboprops. But the typical work week was 4 single-day trips then 2/3 days off. ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Master of Maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Re: Master of Maintenance

Your Master Sergeant / Crew Chiefs and supervisors... would be a good start.

not the officers / pilots, unless they are a maintenance community tracked officer/warrant

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by Woodreau
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4063

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

Did the first officer actually even look at anything during the walk around? "Hey #2 is still spinning - just make sure you don't run into the prop on the walk around..." But no dead birds, the engines are still oil/exhaust streaked dirty but not wet/damp so no oil leaks, no hydraulic pud...

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by Woodreau
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4063

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

Shortest times i have seen. Only time I have seen this on a Western carrier: US Air at Kansas. But that was on a 18 seat Beechcraft. On the Beechcraft 1900, the ground time for the turn is scheduled for 10 minutes and is usually accomplished within those 10 minutes. there are no avionics to program...

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by Woodreau
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4063

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

Agreed. There is enormous pressure from operations, the gate, etc for an on time departure. I tell my crew when things and time are running tight, i want preflight done correctly. If you’re not ready to board, don’t board. If the gate pressures you to board when you’re not ready, send them to me and...

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by Woodreau
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4063

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

You can get to an aircraft, get nested and pushed back to get on the clock. Then sit there on the ramp doing the rest of the preflight and once everything is done you can continue taxiing. Ramp won’t like you very much as you’re blocking the alley while you’re doing your preflight on the ramp instea...

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by Woodreau
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can freighter aircraft supply electrical power for refrigerated cargo ?
Replies: 27
Views: 4924

Re: Can freighter aircraft supply electrical power for refrigerated cargo ?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/12/business ... index.html
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an article published today about TEUs converted to transport vaccines - but these don't fit on planes - just ships and land transport

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/12/business ... index.html

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by Woodreau
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3253

Re: How to become a pilot of warbirds?

And networking and rubbing shoulders with the right people and getting into the right social circles.

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by Woodreau
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much hydraulic pressure does the APU provide vs the engines?
Replies: 12
Views: 2494

Re: How much hydraulic pressure does the APU provide vs the engines?

APU doesn't provide any hydraulic pressure - it's just a pneumatic air source and an electric power source. even though the engine driven pumps supply a higher flow than the electric pumps, the system pressure is still 3000psi whether it comes from the engine driven pumps or the electric motor drive...

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