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by fr8mech
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Weird car issues
Replies: 22
Views: 1410

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: 2101

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: 5423

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: 2720

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: 15
Views: 2865

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: 15
Views: 2865

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: 4553

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: 3130

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: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 13053

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: 3054

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: 3054

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: 3054

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: 5423

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: 4547

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 2306

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: 3199

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: 2546

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: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 13053

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: 3199

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: 3199

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: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 13053

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: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 13053

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: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 13053

CoVid Vaccine Experience

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: 12338

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: 12338

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: 12338

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: 12338

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: 12338

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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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

Quick question for all you pilots out there: do you actually use the damn things? I’ve ridden jumpseat countless times, and the only time I’ve seen them in actual use was sitting at the end of the runway for takeoff, and the crew activates them for a few seconds so they can have a “clear” view of th...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pitot tube temperature
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Re: Pitot tube temperature

Adding automatic pitot tube heating activation adds an additional point of failure. Nice when you a have a "mainline airliner", visiting these "hellholes" rarely, only to get back to the safety of well-stocked base in a more pleasant locale after a quick turn. Does it really? Yo...

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by fr8mech
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

I have no knowledge of Airbus or FAA requirements - and I intend no criticism of the crew - but assuming that no other circuits were controlled by that breaker, would the crew not have been allowed to continued with the breaker pulled, resetting it for landing if the wipers were required? That real...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pitot tube temperature
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Re: Pitot tube temperature

And no matter how hot, all insects are burned away, and no organic matter blockage. We’ve pulled plenty of charred insect carcasses from the tubes if the covers were left off in the spring/summer. Damn bugs only need a few minutes after the probes cool down to get in there and do their thing. Of co...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

I would be more concerned that they couldn't shut the wiper down by pulling its breaker! Pulling the breaker will stop the wiper. They were trying to get the wiper system to operate normally by cycling the breaker. Cycling the breaker is a normal troubleshooting technique used to ‘reset’ components...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pitot tube temperature
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Re: Pitot tube temperature

For whatever reason, I didn’t read through the whole thing...just looked at the pictures, our B767 AMM has a color picture of a thermal image of a pitot/static probe in operation. The image showed a max temp of 550.8F, a min temp of 119.2F with an average temp of 238.6F. I do not know the time inter...

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by fr8mech
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Red lights in gears bay. What for?
Replies: 10
Views: 12536

Re: Red lights in gears bay. What for?

Those are bright red lights, so I guess the ground crew can't miss them if they come on when the aircraft is on the ground. I guess the message is "RUN!" Presumably, the birds don't care. Not quite "RUN", but more like "Be Aware". I don't know a thing about the doors o...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 63
Views: 3874

Re: Tea or Coffee?

What is correct amount of water to use with a single tea bag, one that you might find from Bigelow Green Tea?? I was always led to understand that the proper tea ‘cup’...and coffee, for that matter...is 6 ounces. For the record, if you give me 6 ounces of coffee, it better be espresso, Greek Coffee...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 40
Views: 2417

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

You ask this on an aviation forum? I'll include only places where I've slept. North America -USA -Mexico -Canada -Bahamas -Cayman Islands -Jamaica Europe -Iceland -Scotland -France -Germany (West) -Austria -Switzerland -Italy -Greece Asia -China (Hong Kong) -Korea (South) -Saudia Arabia -India Austr...

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by fr8mech
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 63
Views: 3874

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Like others here, I drink both. Coffee when I wake up. Coffee through the day. Chamomile Tea, while sitting at my desk anytime after midnight. But, I must start my day with coffee. A few years ago, my wife asked me if I was willing to give up coffee for Lent. I told her that the sacrifice endured is...

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which planes run out of engine hours first
Replies: 17
Views: 5199

Re: Which planes run out of engine hours first

Thanks. So a CRJ is a likely candidate where it is due it's N.th expensive engine overhaul which is enough to send it to a scrapper. I just read that closer...the airframe is NOT due its engine overhaul, the engine is due the overhaul. The engine gets pulled and a serviceable one is installed in it...

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which planes run out of engine hours first
Replies: 17
Views: 5199

Re: Which planes run out of engine hours first

Engines are tracked unrelated to the wing they might currently reside under. When covid first hit we were playing musical chairs with engines for weeks, just to move the ones with nearing maintenence to the frames going into storage. Engines are no more “attached” to an airframe, than the wheels as...

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by fr8mech
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which planes run out of engine hours first
Replies: 17
Views: 5199

Re: Which planes run out of engine hours first

The only time I've ever seen a new engine on an aircraft is when it was delivered. We pull engines all the time, way before the airframe is even close to going away. When the time comes to scrap an airframe, the engines will be replaced with high time engines that are no longer economical to overhau...

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by fr8mech
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: modern maintenance and lawyers
Replies: 7
Views: 2241

Re: modern maintenance and lawyers

Engine data is sent to the operator; normally directly to maintenance control, not to the engine or aircraft manufacturer. e38 That’s all going to depend on the operator and the contract he has with the manufacturer. I’m pretty darn sure that if you’re operating under a power by the hour contract, ...

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by fr8mech
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 757 Under wing Impact resistant panels
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Re: Boeing 757 Under wing Impact resistant panels

The original service bulletin, SB757-28-0019 states:

“...resistance to penetration from engine debris or objects thrown from the aircraft tires.”

Later on in the SB the additional “...caused by impact of...separated aircraft structure...”

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?
Replies: 10
Views: 2739

Re: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?

UA857 wrote:
Any thoughts to why cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?


Beyond the ridiculous cost of certifying and maintaining fuel tanks in the cargo compartment?

Because we carry cargo in the cargo compartments. We fill them up, just like we fill up the main deck.

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