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by 77west
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 44020

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Anyone know why NZ8217 Whangarei-Auckland has been cancelled tomorrow morning? I have an elderly family member that was arranged to be delivered by the ambulance to the airport and picked up again in AKL. I don't know if 4 hours on a bus is going to work for him. NZ just say "technical reasons&...

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by 77west
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 40283

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

HLZ is reporting some strong numbers, saying that growth is partly attributable to AKL congestion. See: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1802/S00703/hamilton-airport-wins-from-auckland-congestion.htm. In light of this, I wonder if there's any potential for NZ jet services to return to HLZ? A320s to...

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by 77west
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3221

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

Where are the divert airports on Antarctica? If the grey area represents ETOPS 330; they’ll need a divert that can safely shelter those on board. GF There aren't any. Those are just some examples of extreme routes. The only ones that may work would be the ones from SYD and MEL. All of the others wo...

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by 77west
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

As long as the A359/A35K has a hot and high advantage over the B787 then this will be SAA's preference. Exactly, the larger wing helps a lot here. Firstly, unless the A321LR has massively improved hot and high performance over the ceo then it's a non-starter. Secondly, the challenge is that the rou...

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by 77west
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 787's
Replies: 62
Views: 13660

Re: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 7

At the risk of being branded a troll, what future does QR have being branded a "terror supporter" and with all the political issues that causes? In this political climate it seems to not take much to destroy a company or person based on mere accusations or tweets... With QR being one of th...

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by 77west
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

Rumor has it some SAA heavies are in/ have been to Seattle. Could they be looking at a B787-8/9/10 order to replace the A343/346 fleets? Nothing would actually surprise me with SAA, but I still don't feel the 787 family fit their ops. (Also, Boeing does NOT want to sell more 787-8, they would almos...

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by 77west
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600
Replies: 39
Views: 12888

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

horizon360 wrote:
Quite a capacity upgrade over their 787-9. It's an extra 52 seats or so?


Yes but better to fly with 52 empty seats than have to cancel the flight because your 787-9 is sitting engineless...

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by 77west
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Re: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?

Even on the 787, where it was supposed to be easy to swap motors, the feature never really caught on. There have been a few frames over the years that have been swapped, but usually by the manufacturer after flight testing, or so on. Not on production / operational frames by the airline themselves....

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by 77west
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting the cockpit
Replies: 24
Views: 3307

Re: Visiting the cockpit

I am assuming you are young and/or new to aviation matters. The answer is, you will not - during flight. Don't even ask.. Unlikely before flight as they are usually quite busy getting things ready, and I would still avoid asking, mostly out of courtesy to the crew. If you ask nicely to visit after t...

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by 77west
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

SAA's issues are political, primarily. They have never been left alone by the politicians, there were plenty of talented management people in the past but they were never left alone to run the airline like it should have been. This, coupled with the rise of the ME3, and JNB's high altitude, made it...

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by 77west
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

Hang on, I think he meant operationally. The government of Dubai in no way operationally interfere with the actual management team at EK. They might be there for big fleet orders and new route openings, but those decisions are all made by Tim Clark and team. With SAA, the government would literally...

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by 77west
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

A brilliant example of what happens when the state runs a flag carrier. Decisions are not made with commercial motives EK, QR or SQ would strongly disagree with you. But the RSA did not run it well, this thread duplicates others here, one mentionned corruption & politicians/relatives having hou...

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by 77west
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

A brilliant example of what happens when the state runs a flag carrier. Decisions are not made with commercial motives, they are made to suit the government of South Africa. Commonly, this means a route which bleeds money is kept running for some sort of national pride in having it operated by a fl...

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by 77west
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus window dimensions & radii
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

Re: Airbus window dimensions & radii

look up Airbus A340 ACAPS documents. There may be something in there.

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by 77west
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Re: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?

Even on the 787, where it was supposed to be easy to swap motors, the feature never really caught on. There have been a few frames over the years that have been swapped, but usually by the manufacturer after flight testing, or so on. Not on production / operational frames by the airline themselves.

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by 77west
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Re: Has Delta Start Switching More of Their 767-300ER Birds to PW4000s?

I didn't think swapping engine manufacturers was an option on the 767.

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by 77west
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 18872

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

SAA's issues are political, primarily. They have never been left alone by the politicians, there were plenty of talented management people in the past but they were never left alone to run the airline like it should have been. This, coupled with the rise of the ME3, and JNB's high altitude, made it ...

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by 77west
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 305741

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

with the mass, velocity and the speed delta between say 1,200km/h down to zero in 10,000m you should be able to work out the G force. That would only provide you with the average G in that timeframe. I think everyone wants to know the max G for the final landing burn only. Unfortunately, I don't ha...

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by 77west
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 305741

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The most fuel-efficient suicide burn is one where the final landing burn happens as quickly and close to the ground as possible. I see this as a natural evolution of the reusability program. I've always wondered what sort of acceleration the booster endures during the re-entry and landing burns, an...

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by 77west
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 305741

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The most fuel-efficient suicide burn is one where the final landing burn happens as quickly and close to the ground as possible. I see this as a natural evolution of the reusability program.

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ESA - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 13
Views: 1935

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Contact has been lost with the payloads of the Ariane 5 launch today, after the vehicle stopped responding to ground control after stage separation. The payloads never had a problem and the vehicle doesn't "respond" in any case. They just lost the telemetry stream from the stage for a few...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777 empennage question. What is it, please?
Replies: 17
Views: 2738

Re: 777 empennage question. What is it, please?

Are there situations where the 777 flies with APU running? If so, is there any range penalty for extra drag from that intake, or is it negligible? Yes, if one of the electrical generators and/or hydraulic pumps is INOP I believe they need to fly with the APU running. I think the fuel it uses would ...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million
Replies: 99
Views: 9269

Re: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million

72 hours would probably be more than enough though. If you need to stay up longer, I dare say there is no "World" to come back to at that point. If there where to be a all-out nuclear strike, chances are you wont have access to aerial refuelers anyway. They will be among the first targets...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million
Replies: 99
Views: 9269

Re: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million

how long can AF1 stay aloft with aerial refueling? Until they run out of food and water? I have heard oil consumption is the limiting factor as well. On a transpacific crossing (12-14 hours) on a 747 could requires a few pints per engine to top them up. Now extrapolate that over, say, 2-3 refuellin...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 305741

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I think the problem is space flight will never, for many, many years, approach the level of safety of commercial aviation. There is just way too much to go wrong when you have 8 minutes to accelerate to 27,000km\h on a vehicle thats paper (OK, cardboard) thin and carrying more than 80% of it mass in...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery
Replies: 103
Views: 10036

Re: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery

From a graphic design perspective, I think KE and SQ are iconic and timeless. Wouldn't touch them. I like WS, but it's feeling very 90s. UA has a complete stinker. (Love the comment that "Continental" has been misspelled...) I'd change these two, but that's probably it. To what? ContiNite...

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by 77west
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 30422

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

I know not commercial aviation per se, but Rocket Labs have successfully launched the Electron rocket from Mahia, making us the 11th country capable of launching orbital-class rockets What a fantastic development for New Zealand - does Rocket Lab generate any significant airline traffic yet to GIS ...

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by 77west
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 30422

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

I know not commercial aviation per se, but Rocket Labs have successfully launched the Electron rocket from Mahia, making us the 11th country capable of launching orbital-class rockets. http://youtu.be/eg5234BOED8?t=877 Anyone know what sort of aviation restrictions are applied during their launch wi...

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by 77west
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ
Replies: 26
Views: 5550

Re: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ

http://youtu.be/eg5234BOED8?t=877

IT WORKS, THEY REACHED ORBIT !!
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http://youtu.be/eg5234BOED8?t=877

IT WORKS, THEY REACHED ORBIT !!

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by 77west
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Just what is involved to kit out aircraft with WiFi?
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Just what is involved to kit out aircraft with WiFi?

They have to take out the cabin roof to run a leaky feeder line and then mount the actual satellite pod on the outside, which involves cutting through the fuselage as well. I think it takes a few weeks for a narrowbody? And probably a few hundred thousand, knowing aerospace pricing...

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by 77west
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 3303

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Less than 30 built, all showing as either scrapped or stored (most likely scrapped/parted out). The main difference vs the early -20s0 was the fuselage length. I wonder if any decent video of the -100 flying even exists... initial LH roll out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGyKACWg-nI FRA landing...

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by 77west
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 nose creases
Replies: 5
Views: 1643

Re: 737 nose creases

I think the lines on the nose cone itself are aerodynamic in nature?

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by 77west
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 3303

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Less than 30 built, all showing as either scrapped or stored (most likely scrapped/parted out). The main difference vs the early -20s0 was the fuselage length. I wonder if any decent video of the -100 flying even exists...

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by 77west
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hawaii missile false alarm- no reaction from ATC.
Replies: 9
Views: 1639

Re: Hawaii missile false alarm- no reaction from ATC.

With a 20 minute trip time, the missile will be there before they can really do much about it..

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by 77west
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day
Replies: 33
Views: 7283

Re: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day

It would look like Mach 1.2. No joke. Anyone ever see another aircraft going the other way at cruise? It's pretty memorable if you do. I would imagine seeing the Concorde pass you would look something similar. I've never been looking for that, I'm usually trying to sleep - but I do remember back in...

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by 77west
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IAE V2500 status
Replies: 15
Views: 2999

Re: IAE V2500 status

I reckon new V2500 will still be being built in over 10 years time. Maybe with mods, but still being built, and certainly spares available.

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by 77west
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question
Replies: 52
Views: 4460

Re: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question

Jet A in a tractor? JET A / A1 are very similar to normal automotive diesel, so much so that many airport vehicles run on Jet A with a lubricity additive (as diesel has better lubricating abilities than Jet) So a diesel tractor would run fine on Jet. Don't try it in a petrol / gasoline engine howev...

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by 77west
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question
Replies: 52
Views: 4460

Re: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question

I thought some ground equipment that only operates at the airport ramp are fine to use untaxed fuel, I suppose it depends on the country. Here in NZ you can register a vehicle as a "farm" vehicle and not have to pay, as long as it never goes on public roads.

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by 77west
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question
Replies: 52
Views: 4460

Re: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question

There are other uses for this that do not involve the safety of flight issue. I seem to recall seeing this kind of fuel used in tractors or other farm machinery? Jet A in a tractor? JET A / A1 are very similar to normal automotive diesel, so much so that many airport vehicles run on Jet A with a lu...

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by 77west
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?
Replies: 27
Views: 2992

Re: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?

Looks more like dust kicked up from the reversers, not brake smoke. But yes, the runway appears to be to the left of the plane. Stange.

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by 77west
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 3817

Re: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft

When I worked the ramp, I was always really careful not to get behind the main gear while trying to pull a stuck wheel chock lose when theyre getting ready to push-back from the gate. Especially when the ramp is covered with Glycol on top of ice and snow. It'd be easy to slip and get crushed if som...

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by 77west
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 28168

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

Argentina is having a strike which has delayed NZ30 tonight by 24H, so unrelated to NZ. EZE also delayed this am by 3h due Lightning in the vicinity of EZE, not due 787 issues. Also re 77L ops for EK, they have apparently had their centre fuel tank removed/decommissioned so they are not full -LRs a...

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by 77west
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 28168

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

I think EK will end up with 2x daily DXB-AKL and at least 1x daily DXB-CHC, all direct/nonstop. Within 6-12 months.

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by 77west
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ
Replies: 26
Views: 5550

Re: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ

Wasn't sure if I should start a new thread for this or not, but Rocket Lab is attempting their second test launch today at 20:30 EST December 11 (01:30 UTC and December 12). I wish them good luck, hope all goes smoothly and they succeed in attaining orbit! Tugg They did not.... abort at T-2 seconds...

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by 77west
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 26939

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

TUGMASTER wrote:
Yep,
including horoscope checks.
Home soon.


Horoscope - you dont want to know what I pictured when reading that line! :lol:

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by 77west
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 26939

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

This time without passengers? :D Sent from my SM-N920T using Tapatalk No aircraft can be granted for clearing takeoff in revenue service with an inoperative or missing engine. In case of twins , AOG only (under FAA regulations, taking off a twin engined aircraft with one engine is illegal). Trijets...

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by 77west
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 28116

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

As long as she repeated the announcements in English. I have no issue with the Maori part, just that in many other countries who use their native language, they almost always repeat the announcements in English and or other common regional languages.

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by 77west
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew rest for aircraft sitting on the ground for 8+ hours
Replies: 7
Views: 1901

Re: Crew rest for aircraft sitting on the ground for 8+ hours

The fact they have just come off a long flight tells me no, it would be another crew, perhaps the one that flew in the day(s) before.

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by 77west
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2650
Views: 267198

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Ultimately, the maximum viable folding length will be the first control surface and/or fuel tankage, whichever comes first on that particular wing.

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by 77west
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 143
Views: 43446

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

Well hang on.... when I said "part out" I did not mean "scrap" ... So it is NOT fake. They parted it out, then a few years down the line managed to cobble together enough parts to put it back together again and sell it. Nowhere did I say they scrapped or wrote it off...

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