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by fr8mech
Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lightning Strike on 777
Replies: 17
Views: 3604

Re: Lightning Strike on 777

Here's how I think about it: Not a bad analysis. Lightning strikes can cause all kinds of damage. There are at least 2 points of damage; the entry point and the exit point. More often than not, there will be additional damage between the 2 points as the lightning skips across the fuselage. The exit...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 28, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine
Replies: 104
Views: 8689

Re: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine

Is this the only problem you have with her? Have you typically been happy with the care you’ve received there? Is this a deal breaker for you? I’ve seen lots of doctors recently, some have varied in their opinions on how I should be treated. Ultimately, the decision was mine. My bigger concern would...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 28, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lightning Strike on 777
Replies: 17
Views: 3604

Re: Lightning Strike on 777

I’ve seen lightning strikes cause little to no damage, and I’ve seen them cause a lot of damage. Just depends on the circumstances. The components that we’ve replaced due to lightning damage are too numerous to detail, but flight controls and radomes are at the top of the list. A reported lightning ...

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by fr8mech
Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Long Covid' news and discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2984

Re: 'Long Covid' news and discussion

I’d say your “just get over it” attitude is harmful and actually achieves the opposite. As adults, I say that we can agree to disagree on that. And, if you don’t agree to disagree, I’ll get over it. How we deal with emotional, psychological or physical trauma directly impacts our mental health. If ...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Long Covid' news and discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2984

Re: 'Long Covid' news and discussion

Potential long term bad effects on brain: “We’re seeing a shrinkage in the study in three main areas, and these areas are responsible for taste and smell, memory, and emotion,” Nerurkar told NBC.[/i] Loss of emotion... how does one tell in an engineer? ;) Lightsaber I’ve always suffered from a dimi...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Long Covid' news and discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2984

Re: 'Long Covid' news and discussion

I didn't have the fatigue, but over two months after the 2nd dose I still cannot taste fat. This ruins the enjoyment of most deserts including ice cream and miss bacon. I also have mild tinnitus on and off, apparently a very common long haul symptom. Lightsaber A coworker also lost his sense of tas...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Long Covid' news and discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2984

Re: 'Long Covid' news and discussion

As I mentioned in an earlier thread, it looked like I was going to be a “long-hauler” after I recovered from COVID. The same symptoms I had with the disease (fatigue, muscle aches, lethargy) remained, but to a lesser extent, long after the disease was gone. Those symptoms have completely disappeared...

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by fr8mech
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: IntelliDrive
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: IntelliDrive

Liberty Mutual has a similar program. When my daughter started driving, she used it for 90 days. Dropped her quote by 30%.

At the end of the 90 days, we sent the unit back and deleted the app.

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by fr8mech
Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

My older child, < 15 years old, had no symptoms post 2nd dose. I keep looking at the vaccine card to verify she received a vaccine (Pfizer) My son (15) got his 2nd jab last Friday. A buddy of his got it on Saturday. We took them, plus one more, on vacation to KY Lake this week. Didn’t hear a single...

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by fr8mech
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo doors open inward or outward
Replies: 26
Views: 4019

Re: Cargo doors open inward or outward

How can you access the bulk cargo hold on 757s without the bulk cargo door? Strange question. On any B757 I’ve been exposed to, the lower compartments are all bulk loaded. Yeah, I’ve seen some with a conveyor system, and some with a modular/nesting/telescoping loading system, but never a container ...

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by fr8mech
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo doors open inward or outward
Replies: 26
Views: 4019

Re: Cargo doors open inward or outward

Then again you could theoretically built cargo doors to operate similar to the doors I suppose. Being slotted in place to make a plug type door while still opening outwards. Does any aircraft do this? Hmm... The B757 lower cargo doors are plug doors that open outward. I seem to recall the B727-2xx ...

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by fr8mech
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 5182

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

My airline has a small fleet of A321neo with LEAP engines. When the engine is cold, start up takes about a minute. When it's warm, you're looking at 1 minute 40 seconds to start and then a 3 minute warm up period before takeoff. Quick question: is that 3 mins before you can advance the throttle, or...

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by fr8mech
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 20
Views: 1563

Re: Dash Cams

Can't see why you had to include that you are a "gay Jewish" whatever... Because, those of us that have been here a couple of decades with Doc know him and know that he likes playing the stereotype. He's done it before and he'll do it again. He's comfortable with who he is and, quite simp...

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by fr8mech
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 20
Views: 1563

Re: Dash Cams

Doc- do it yourself. Not hard to do and you can be guaranteed it will be done right. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072J3L2JN/?coliid=I1LMHNGRFTNLZN&colid=1LXV5PAWJ9LE9&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it These hardwiring kits are easy to install, the wiring harnesses and fuse interface is plug and ...

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by fr8mech
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16948

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

This airplane could be a write off with a damage like this. If the spar is damaged which could very well have happened the damage might be beyond economic repair. I know the damage and repair history of an aircraft that hit a snow wall. Only lightly... You know, we had a B747-200 run in a light pol...

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by fr8mech
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 20
Views: 1563

Re: Dash Cams

Doc, I bought this last year: http://amazon.com/gp/product/B00X528FNE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It is easy to install, but I bought the separate wiring kit so that it would come on when I started the car or when there was an impact with the car off. That installation is a l...

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by fr8mech
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Weird car issues
Replies: 22
Views: 1489

Re: Weird car issues

Despite several 4 wheel alignments at different facilities it is more difficult to turn the steering wheel to the right than the left The car doesn’t ‘pull’ it holds a straight line in normal driving however while a left steering wheel input is effortless an input to the right is noticeably harder,...

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by fr8mech
Mon May 31, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Age 67 for pilots
Replies: 6
Views: 2792

Re: Age 67 for pilots

It's a bad idea. Just kicks the can down the road and creates less opportunities for younger pilots, while older ones stagnate at the highest paid positions. Your statement indicates that the responsibility for “creating opportunities” falls on: -older pilots -the government Neither is true. Opport...

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by fr8mech
Wed May 26, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unexplained objects on UPS pushback tug tow bar
Replies: 25
Views: 5771

Re: Unexplained objects on UPS pushback tug tow bar

What is the SOP in terms of attaching at removing the PET ROCK. When is it attached and when can it be detached. According to the UPS book, installed after the aircraft is chocked and removed after the aircraft is loaded. How often do you see the tether actually stop the aircraft from tipping ? Ide...

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by fr8mech
Tue May 25, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How common is significant over fueling?
Replies: 15
Views: 3026

Re: How common is significant over fueling?

What is the minimum required to remove fuel from an airliner? Can all aircraft do it or only on some? I assume you can't put it back into a hydrant system, so would you need an empty tanker with the ability to pump in the reverse direction? All the aircraft I’ve worked (B72/74/75/76, A300, DC8, L10...

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by fr8mech
Mon May 24, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Post retirement…options
Replies: 22
Views: 4062

Re: Post retirement…options

Hey Hawk, I don’t mean to throw a wet blanket on your plans. If you want to continue to work in the industry, more power to you. It’s just that I’ve seen quite a few of my former colleagues retire, go on to work as consultants or contractors or even go to other airlines to do the same job, and then ...

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by fr8mech
Mon May 24, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Post retirement…options
Replies: 22
Views: 4062

Re: Post retirement…options

At my planned retirement date(7’ish years from now), I will have 42 years in aircraft maintenance, 30 of those as management, and 38 years with the same employer. When I retire, the only time I will go to an airport will be to travel. The only aircraft I will touch, will be those that I travel on. I...

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by fr8mech
Mon May 24, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Neo sound
Replies: 14
Views: 4894

Re: A320 Neo sound

Simply read a few more posts than only the very last one. I said it already earlier, hope that was enough to enlighten you. Gruß, masi1157 You say these pressure changes are actually some sort of resonance being set up, that can destroy the engine if it gets too strong Can you support/defend that w...

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by fr8mech
Sat May 22, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3495

Re: All about containers

They fall under the general category of Unit Load Devices (ULD). Here’s a quick primer on them. https://www.aviation-professional.net/2021/01/Unit-Load-Device-ULD-Certification-and-Identification.html Wiki has a decent article in them also. The current FAA guidance on them is here (TSO C90): https:/...

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by fr8mech
Sat May 08, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

People are being sissies about this. It's a shot, we have all gotten one before It's really not about the shot itself, it's about the reaction to the shot(s) and in my case the happy circumstance where my lingering COVID symptoms disappeared. A quick note: a colleague, who also had lingering sympto...

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by fr8mech
Thu May 06, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Real ID in USA for domestic travel
Replies: 45
Views: 3306

Re: Real ID in USA for domestic travel

johns624 wrote:
My post office does the passport photo right there.


So does mine...$15

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by fr8mech
Thu May 06, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Real ID in USA for domestic travel
Replies: 45
Views: 3306

Re: Real ID in USA for domestic travel

$15 dollars a year for your passport is ridiculous? Its right on par with your drivers license cost in most states. I understand that kids passports are only good for five years, but its still not ridiculous compared to all of the other crazy fees and taxes. I think renewals should be cheaper since...

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by fr8mech
Thu May 06, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Real ID in USA for domestic travel
Replies: 45
Views: 3306

Re: Real ID in USA for domestic travel

One of the problems we have here in KY concerning Real ID is that driver's licenses are currently issued by the Circuit Clerk of whatever county you live in. My understanding is that one of the requirements for Real ID is that a single entity issue the driver's license in a given state. KY is transi...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unexplained objects on UPS pushback tug tow bar
Replies: 25
Views: 5771

Re: Unexplained objects on UPS pushback tug tow bar

UPS has regular MD11 service into my hometown airport here in TPA I noticed the tow bar that is connected to this aircraft has two large red ‘boxes’ about the size of a window air conditioner attached to it, one at each end I’ve not seen this before, I did notice the aircraft doesn’t have a tail st...

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by fr8mech
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it
Replies: 69
Views: 5029

Re: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it

In the short term this is a problem for the trucking industry, and the economy as a whole. But, allowed to play out, we should see an increase in wages and better working conditions for truckers and trucking firms. I wonder how independents are doing? I’d also be a fan of the DOT looking hard at its...

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by fr8mech
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Businesses that aren't able to attract workers should rethink their base rates. The free market works with labor too... Or, we should rethink what the government tit hands out. The market [should] set wages. When the government, or any other entity, enters the market and skews wages, e.g. higher, l...

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by fr8mech
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

My insurance company does (through work). They ask for an annual screening and if you meet the targets you get $500 deposited into an HSA; even if you don't meet the targets, you still get something for having completed the screening. So does my INSURANCE company. Not the collective we, as in publi...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

I actually meant to write a remark in my previous post stating that I indeed would advocate for those who get sick from their own bad habits (smoking, alcohol/drug abuse) to pay for their own healthcare, or at least pay more out of their own pocket. ...so I agree. Once vaccines get full approval fr...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Why would compare COVID19 to the flu? The death rate and long terms affects are much worse with COVID19 and needs a different strategy than the flu. I’m making a point more along the lines of providing bonuses...or penalties, for not participating in a health related activity. The only reason I spe...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Health insurers, whether private or public, should massively increase the copay for Covid treatment for those who have not been vaccinated because they refuse to. How many would that affect? I personally know Zero people who sought medical help, other than a phone call...maybe, who had COVID. Three...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Frankly, make it a condition of the 4th US stimulus. What about those that aren’t eligible for a 4th stimulus...or 1-3 either? If people got their collective panties in a wad about the free Krispy Kreme donut, what do you think the backlash would be on tying some kind of monetary bonus* for getting...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2554

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Why? Do we reward people for getting the flu vaccine? Do we reward people for getting their kids vaccinated? Do we reward people for getting an annual physical? I guess an insurance company may consider a reward, but probably not, since the vast majority of people with COVID are told to stay away fr...

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by fr8mech
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?
Replies: 21
Views: 3352

Re: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?

What is the maximum length at what width can you get through one of the side doors? This could potentially allow items like longer pieces of industrial equipment to be loaded. Remove the lower rear cargo hold door to save weight. Same number of holes in the pressure vessel - yes it could involve mo...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330neo Alternate Nosewheel Steering
Replies: 10
Views: 2661

Re: A330neo Alternate Nosewheel Steering

Why would an airline want such function? I assume under MEL you are not allowed to dispatch an A330 with GREEN HYD SYS inop..... And if it fails on the ground, why not just get towed..... you're not going flying anyway... Maybe the operator wants to be able to clear the runway in the event of a fai...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Wife had AZ shot a few weeks back. No reaction but she was advised to take 1.000mg paracetamol right before the shot (which she did). I won't probably be having mine until at least June. We were specifically told not to take Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen unless symptoms became uncomfortable. Something...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?
Replies: 21
Views: 3352

Re: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?

Starlionblue wrote:
Maybe I'm missing something because I still haven't had my morning coffee, but why would an inop APU preclude EDTO/ETOPS?

Checking the A330 and A350 MELs, there's no mention of an EDTO/ETOPS limitation if the APU is inop.


Our B767's are restricted from 180 to 120 with an APU INOP.

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?
Replies: 21
Views: 3352

Re: Why doesn't the 777F have a swing tail?

It’s shocking how overestimated the need for a nose door is on this site. The overwhelming majority of freight can be carried through a SCD. A swing tail is a design for a problem that largely doesn’t exist The only time I ever saw freight that absolutely needed a nose door was when we were moving ...

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine.Sore arm started about 10 hours after and lasted for 3 days. The day after having it I felt very tired and slept a lot. Other then that nothing and so glad to have had it and cant wait for the second one. Just need a few green list countries now and its travel time. I und...

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

So you are not the only one who had "long-haul" symptoms that got cleared up by the vaccine, usually the second dose. Nobody has any idea what the mechanism for this, but about 1/3 of "long-haulers" (by some estimates) are reporting this effect of the vaccines. That is both comf...

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by fr8mech
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 14713

Covid19 Vaccine Experience Thread

As a follow-up to this thread, I’d like to relate my experience and ask if any have had a similar experience. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1458523 As per CDC recommendations, the wife and I got our vaccines (Pfizer) two weeks after we were ‘released’ from isolation. Understand, th...

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by fr8mech
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12906

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

During initial checkout as an FE on 747-200's we got to open the hatch and proceed down to the nose gear/EE compartment. Basically it was to show us how to drop the nose gear if the two primary emergency methods failed. It involved unscrewing a bunch of bolts to release a brace of some sort. Even t...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12906

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

fr8mech, I have a couple of questions: 1. I assume there is a locking mechanism/you need a key to gain access from the outside? Otherwise anyone can gain access into a 744 parked on the tarmac? 2. Would you get a Door Open/Unsafe light in the cockpit if it is not properly secured? 3. It would be im...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12906

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

We were once stuck on the tarmac in a 744, and somebody came into the cabin by way of the nose wheel and through a hatch on the cabin floor. Can anyone enlighten me how that worked? They came through the EE Bay access door that is aft of the nose gear. Climbed the integral ladder into the passenger...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12906

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

The A340 has an integrated foldable ladder to access the aircraft from outside. The B747 has one also. A little simpler than that contraption. I want to say our A300 have them too, but I haven’t been in the avionics bay in a long time. Of course, those aren’t som much as access ladder as convenienc...

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by fr8mech
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12906

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

Is it true that you can also escape from the avionics bay to the tarmac by opening another hatch that gives access to the nose gear bay? Best regards, Hendric No, not to the nose gear well, but directly out of the fuselage. At least on all the types of worked on. I've never seen access to the nose ...

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