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by Woodreau
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 2984

Re: Ferry pilot carrier

In the US as long as you are type rated in the aircraft you can fly it. Even as a private pilot. (John travolta with is 707 type rating on his pilot certificate) You’ll need a minimum of a commercial pilot certificate with the type rating to fly the 737 or CJ as all turbojet aircraft require a type ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the ATC keep such precise seperations between aircraft during approach?
Replies: 54
Views: 6006

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

ATC also issues speed instructions so that where there are multiple aircraft lined up on final to land on the same runway they are travelling at roughly the same speed... Kind of like on the highway if everyone is driving the same speed, say like the 80mph speed limit, then in theory no one should p...

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by Woodreau
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's the procedure for runway incursion after the touchdown?
Replies: 12
Views: 2055

Re: What's the procedure for runway incursion after the touchdown?

In this incident, the FO recognized the aircraft was on the runway after touching down, and applied maximum braking, but obviously the plane couldn’t stop in time so the two aircraft collided https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_runway_disaster USAir 1493 in 1991 if the link doesn’t work The ac...

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Before primary flight displays, where were their contents displayed?
Replies: 17
Views: 2011

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

If you switch to flight path angle, the difference between pitch angle and the bird is pretty much AoA. That may tell you the AOA but how do you know if you are at the correct AOA? From what I understand you are at the correct alpha when the AOA is on speed (green circle) and not fast or slow (ambe...

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do follow me vehicles avoid running into planes or getting affected by their jet blast on taxiways in very low vis?
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Re: How do follow me vehicles avoid running into planes or getting affected by their jet blast on taxiways in very low v

At some airports the ground vehicles have some sort of Ads-b transponder. I’d be taxiing around and see airport operations vehicles driving around. I’d look on my iPad and see the ground vehicles on the taxi chart and their call sign as well. I thought it was kind of neat seeing the conga line of sn...

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by Woodreau
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Before primary flight displays, where were their contents displayed?
Replies: 17
Views: 2011

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

It’s unfortunate that AOA isn’t readily available on Airbus (no idea about Boeing) only way I’m aware of to see AOA is to switch to Backup Airspeed mode where the airspeed tape/airspeed indicator is replaced by a fast/slow indicator A civilian version of the AOA indexer found on military aircraft - ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS outages more than normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 1133

GPS outages more than normal?

https://fortune.com/2020/11/01/planes-ships-gps-mediterranean-russia-syria-north-korea/ Are GPS outages more than normal lately? I’ve experienced it more than normal lately these past two months flying around the US. The plane flies fine despite “GPS PRIMARY LOST” appearing more often than not on th...

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by Woodreau
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Most Underutilized Airports Relative to Capacity
Replies: 12
Views: 2327

Re: The Most Underutilized Airports Relative to Capacity

CVG, MEM, CLE, PIT, STL, MCI come to mind.
YMX also?

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by Woodreau
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about ground personnel
Replies: 18
Views: 1748

Re: Question about ground personnel

Is marshaling the only job of air marshal? Does he not attend to any other ground duties? marshalling an aircraft is a job of the ramp agent. it's just one of the many things he or she has to do during a ground turn... there is no dedicated air marshal... when he or she is not marshalling, he's loa...

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by Woodreau
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about ground personnel
Replies: 18
Views: 1748

Re: Question about ground personnel

At least in the US, a dispatcher requires a FAA certificate and ramp agent does not. The ramp agent marshalls and pushes airplanes, connects and disconnects ground power and ground air, loads and unloads baggage and cargo, cleans the airplane cabin and lavatories, empties the waste tanks and refills...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?
Replies: 46
Views: 7091

Re: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?

Pilots don't want to wear headsets, so I dont think many pilots would want to wear a helmet in-flight to get those magic helmet displays.

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

I assume they get hot because they’re being used. I’ve noticed the brakes get hotter when I’m braking from a higher taxi speed. Braking from 30kts vs braking from 20kts. I alternate brakes to slow when I decide to brake. Usually by the time I take the runway for takeoff, the brakes are around 100C w...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Wheel Brake Activation
Replies: 30
Views: 2196

Re: Landing Wheel Brake Activation

They key there is single engine taxi as long as you can. A 319/320 single engine at idle usually has enough breakaway thrust to start taxiing without having to increase thrust. So having two engines means you’ll be braking a lot. The key is keeping the taxi speeds low, don’t let your taxi speed get ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1688
Views: 224044

Re: American Airlines Considers Adding Freighters

So would they have to take on more debt to acquire these freighters or would then simply convert their existing orders to freighters?

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

Right, I guesstimated 10% for the spoilers, then the wheel brakes do the work of slowing the aircraft while the spoilers provide downforce. When landing on, say, a 7,000 foot runway vs a 10,000 foot one, what sorts of brake temps do you typically see on taxi in? I'm curious to know how useful the T...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

It was a deliberate decision by the captain to see how far a plane would rollout after landing. Answer we discovered was all 13400ft. Runway was dry braking action normal He just didn’t apply any thrust reverse because thrust reverser use was prohibited and he didn’t apply any brakes until the end o...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

At least in the US, calculating runway landing performance is required before landing. It is computed with no thrust reverser usage. And then 10% is added to arrive and required landing distance.

So any thrust reverser usage will result in a landing distance less than what is calculated.

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

I was posting about the topic generically and not referring to a specific aircraft type, as the OP was just posting about thrust reverser usage. It was an operator specific limitation as other operators with the same type were allowed to use their thrust reversers. Actually now I have an answer to t...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not put some fire extinguisher foam on the ground?
Replies: 25
Views: 3640

Re: Why not put some fire extinguisher foam on the ground?

joejohn wrote:
warning: I will be annoying you with a lot of questions.


You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last.

There is no stupid question other than the one that isn’t asked.

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: How often is the full thrust reverse used vs idle?

Then you have some operators that have operator specific limitations, like on runways longer than 7000ft, reverse thrust is prohibited. In other words we’re not allowed to select reverse thrust at all...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight sim market, FFS and fixed
Replies: 35
Views: 5391

Re: Flight sim market, FFS and fixed

SouthWest has 16 level simulators, plus 11 reduced capability sims or 736 aircraft/16 is 1 per 46 aircraft. (Recall pilots must come in 737 certified, so less training is required.) That is an incorrect assumption. While southwest pilots usually have a 737 type rating (it’s no longer required). It ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?
Replies: 16
Views: 2804

Re: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?

It was possible due to a very specific set of rare circumstances. The flight is a multisegment, hub to outstation a to outstation b to hub. 0700-0800 Hub to outstation a 0810-0835 outstation a to outstation b 0845-1000 outstation b to hub Depart hub 0650, arrive outstation a 0735. no pax deplane no ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?
Replies: 15
Views: 2867

Re: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?

I usually wait until the N1/N2 (?) rpm - whatever causes the switchover (I can't remember right now) - drops low enough to cause the FADEC to switch over. (it "glitches" on the E/WD) then switch the beacon off. Usually the ramper is flashing the "wink/'wink" hand signal at me to ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?
Replies: 16
Views: 2804

Re: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?

I typically push around 5-10 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. With the pandemic and slowdown in passenger traffic - this is a pretty common occurrence nowadays even with a full plane of 182 or 228 passengers Though there was one flight where I arrived at the destination prior to the schedu...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Binoculars in the cockpit
Replies: 20
Views: 3912

Re: Binoculars in the cockpit

the field of view is too narrow for the purpose of trying to spot drones or jetpack flying objects. it's probably more appropriate to use them to check out the passengers on the plane next to yours for hot muscled hunks when waiting for takeoff at the hold short line. for the ones who have their win...

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?
Replies: 15
Views: 2867

Re: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?

There are safety bulletins for rampers to be especially aware when working around NEO engines.

At low idle (i.e. engine still running) you can see thru the engine to see things on the other side of the engine thru the bypass. It doesn’t even look like there is a fan until it stops rotating.

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Re purpose Jepp leather binders?
Replies: 1
Views: 2738

Re: Re purpose Jepp leather binders?

26point2 wrote:
Our flight department has 30-50 leather Jeppesen Airway Manual binders that we don’t want. Before I toss them in the trash I should ask if Anyone out there can use these for some purpose? Free. Just pay for shipping. Based in SF Bay Area.
Thanks.
-Ben

Is it too late and theyre in the trash?

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 2083

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

Wait till you get in a ship simulator - I set in sea state 7 in the simulator because someone asked how bad the weather could get in the sim...., so while the 360-degree exterior screen display is pitching up and down as the ship plows thru the sea in all directions. the bridge deck doesn't move as ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 2083

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

While the simulator can represent acceleration and deceleration, the simulator cannot simulate sustained g forces like zero g Negative g Or more than 1 g after it reaches the limits as to how far it can pitch on its axis. This does present a training limitation when trying to do deep stalls or unusu...

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by Woodreau
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL parks some A220s
Replies: 67
Views: 15877

Re: DL parks A220s

So how will this work. Can Delta force a say higher pay level 737 or A319/320 pilot to fly the A220 or will they hold their pay scale but fly the A220. Was just curious if Delta can force a higher seniority pilot to fly an entry level aircraft. And if not what do they do with the excess higher seni...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Until when will the tiller be used?
Replies: 33
Views: 4708

Re: Until when will the tiller be used?

At least on the narrow body Airbus that I fly, the rudder disconnect is on the tiller, so that when I’m doing the rudder check while I’m taxiing, I depress the disconnect so the aircraft doesn’t slalom down the taxiway as I fully deflect the rudder left and right. The effect would be magnified the f...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much non-voice(text) communication with the ATC is performed
Replies: 6
Views: 2321

Re: How much non-voice(text) communication with the ATC is performed

Maybe after they upgrade the keyboards. It’s not like you’re using a computer keyboard and can touch type (well maybe on the 380 you can) Any free text message you type is an involved process. And then you have the CDUs which double type letters constantly and you have to delete the extra letters. A...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electronics devices passing 10,000ft
Replies: 8
Views: 2383

Re: Electronics devices passing 10,000ft

Everything that the flight attendants do is based on triggers. Climbing above 10000ft, there is a trigger. They can get up, make announcements, etc. In the preflight brief, if there is turbulence expected, I’ll ask them to stay in their seats until I call them. 10000ft comes, the trigger. But they s...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 2206

Re: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft

There is a big inertial range that is covered by an airliner - from 100 knots to 450/500 knots. A stabilizer position for a slower speed is different from a stabilizer position for higher speed. If you flew an aircraft without trim, as you increase speed, you would be using elevator control to count...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The weirdest sim check scenario?
Replies: 27
Views: 3212

Re: The weirdest sim check scenario?

Sometimes real life can be weirder than sim. I do remember one duty day where we flew 9 legs and weather was bad enough that all 9 legs were flown to minimums... mostly ILS but at some smaller outstations it was VOR or NDB. No failures but it was just a long duty day with low IFR and icing everywher...

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by Woodreau
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists
Replies: 26
Views: 4634

Re: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists

That’s just how it works in the US. The ALPA merger policy only applies when both carriers are ALPA. If they are not, then it’s whatever gets worked out between the merging unions, ala TWA and AA. TWA was ALPA and AA is not. If both carriers are ALPA then ALPA funds may not be used to pay for the ex...

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by Woodreau
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question on the UPS Flight 6 Crash
Replies: 4
Views: 1443

Re: A Question on the UPS Flight 6 Crash

The captain succumbed to smoke early on into the flight. Fire disrupted his oxygen system. He went looking for a portable oxygen bottle and never returned. The first officer was flying single pilot and could not see the radios to tune them so as the aircraft flew out of radio coverage, ATC had to re...

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by Woodreau
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much paper do you use in the cockpit nowadays?
Replies: 11
Views: 1862

Re: How much paper do you use in the cockpit nowadays?

Despite the fact we’ve gotten rid of 50 pounds of paper from our flight kit when we switched to EFBs, I am surprised we still manage to fill a 13 gallon (kitchen size) garbage bag full of paper that we hand to the flight attendants after a flight. It’s all that ACARs paper roll that comes out of the...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The weirdest sim check scenario?
Replies: 27
Views: 3212

Re: The weirdest sim check scenario?

One particular check airman was disliked for the failures he would induce on crews During one of my sessions it started normally, taxied, started the takeoff roll. V1 tire failure, continued takeoff. During the climb out GEN 2 failure. Innocuous stuff. Then Bleed leak in the left wing. Oh now we’re ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the normal law in Airbus be overridden by the pilot? Question about Germanwings Flight 9525
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: Can the normal law in Airbus be overridden by the pilot? Question about Germanwings Flight 9525

At least at my airline we do get the experience of flying the aircraft around in mechanical backup, with just pitch trim only. I wouldn’t say we were tested in our ability to do anything requiring any level of precision. The aircraft (more precisely, the simulator) is degraded to mechanical pitch tr...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the normal law in Airbus be overridden by the pilot? Question about Germanwings Flight 9525
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: Can the normal law in Airbus be overridden by the pilot? Question about Germanwings Flight 9525

There was no need. He was still able to accomplish what he wanted staying in normal law. But there is no need to pull any circuit breakers to switch modes. Check airmen degrade the aircraft to alternate and direct law every day in the simulator. So it’s quite easy to switch to alternate and direct l...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A320neo Black Cockpit Window Mask
Replies: 22
Views: 2887

Re: Airbus A320neo Black Cockpit Window Mask

The 320neos that my airline operates do not have the black mask.

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions

I have no idea whether my airline (US based - over 100 aircraft - all Airbus narrowbodies) can be considered representative or not, but our airline according to our certificate of insurance is covered by 14 different insurers. The aircraft are listed by tail number/serial number and when new aircraf...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders
Replies: 16
Views: 3808

Re: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders

That’s just fire from South KoreaN forces... the charts are missing the warnings that North Korea frequently likes to use South Korea for target practice without advanced warning. The only warnings you get are maybe from the TPQ-37 firefinders when incoming ballistic fire is already inbound if they ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 364
Views: 29425

Re: Updated: Spirit Airlines adds SNA

I can’t speak for SNA or SAN. But that’s how it worked out of LGB for B6. I believe they had a few flights scheduled to depart at 6:45am or so, but the curfew was in place till 7am. So they would just push and wait at the end of the runway till 7am. Thanks. That is what I do in San Diego. For a 6:1...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 364
Views: 29425

Re: Updated: Spirit Airlines adds SNA

Spirit shows a 07:45-08:45 1hr flight on Sunday mornings. Guess someone didn't tell them about the 08:00 morning curfew on Sunday's. Add the morning departure departure line up your can easily be number 7-10 waiting for the clock to strike 08:00. Add the typical LAS ATC flow control I see a few del...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Over wing fueling the 747
Replies: 23
Views: 2840

Re: Over wing fueling the 747

I wonder if the fuel had an expiration date. They only made enough for the one flight? Or did they need the 60000 gallons every day they did the LHR-SYD flight? I lol’ed at the tanker trucks. Brought to mind when we needed to refuel during counternarcotics patrols. We would pull into a banana loadin...

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