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by 77west
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 387274

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Question, it seems no airline has yet chosen the 8-door option, all built frames have the 8+2 auxiliary emergency exits in the rear. I would think certainly in LH case, their cabin density would not warrant the extra doors? Or is it to give them more flexibility down the line?

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by 77west
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 81865

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

What a silly thing to say. It’s not “their problem”. It comes down to the commercial considerations of NZ given the relative strength at the negotiating table. NZ doesn’t really care if they get a few more connecting pax and as I said they probably don’t want them if they are going to NF so they wi...

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by 77west
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 81865

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Returned from VLI today on the last 737-300 built, ex NZ, now reg VH-XNU on lease from Nauru Airline. With Air Vanuatus upcoming A220s, will we see more frequencies into AKL, and on that note, whats the status of NZ's return to VLI? Air Van's service was great given what they are working with on the...

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by 77west
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-MAX9 Door Plug Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1424

Re: 737-MAX9 Door Plug Questions

Hello All: As we all know the 737-900ER/ 737-9MAX has the option for the extra door or door plug with larger window. If an airline does not need that additional exit, why does it have a door plug instead of just the regular window layout (what the 737-900has). Also, is it possible to remove the win...

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by 77west
Thu May 16, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 387274

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I believe they continue to run the fatigue tests until well after EIS...

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by 77west
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 35688

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Auckland Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver ZK-WKA has flipped on landing in the Auckland Harbour. Pilot escaped ok, but the Beaver has sunk. This was the amphibian (-AMA is straight floats). Oddly, it looks like the wheels were down. https://i.stuff.co.nz/auckland/110956138/emergency-services-respond-to-repor...

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by 77west
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 767-300ER Max landing Weight
Replies: 9
Views: 2288

Re: Boeing 767-300ER Max landing Weight

I believe the 420K weight is the maximum Boeing ever offered on the 763, but your specific frames were not purchased / upgraded to this weight variant. Your company may have them in their docs in case they ended up with a 420K version at some point, or just to cover all possible 763 frames. EDIT: So...

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by 77west
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?
Replies: 31
Views: 7674

Re: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?

Interesting. Learning something new every day. So with all that said, I'm guessing it's safe to say that 1) no 787 has ever been lengthened or shortened after the airframe had been built and 2) such an exercise would be impractical and more complicated than just simply slotting in an extension. Rig...

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by 77west
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 39605

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

On the subject of the Q300 - any further thoughts on what will replace them? I note the oldest is 13yr and the newest will be 10yr this year. ATR42? or just upsize to the ATR72 across the fleet? There are only 18 more seats in the ATR72 vs the current Q300 so not that big a jump.

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by 77west
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 28893

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

People keep talking about the 778 but much like the 772LR vs 3ER I don't foresee the 8 being a very popular model outside EK et al. If you are considering the 8 you may as well go 9 and be done with it. Unless they want to do AKL-NYC direct or something like that...

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by 77west
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 44461

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Question about Vanuatu - does NZ plan to return at any stage? I am planning to go in Oct 2019 and would have preferred to fly with NZ. Surely the runway at Port Vila is fixed up by now?

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by 77west
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 35738

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

I reckon a 787-10 order to cover the Asian routes (replacing / upgauging 772) and 777-9 to replace / upgauge the 77W routes is the most likely. With the T1000-10 RR has rid itself of the current 787 engine issues, and with the 777-9 there is commonality of type within the existing fleet. That also o...

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by 77west
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 89394

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

The 777-9 is offered with four exit configurations: 1) Four Type A (for an Exit Limit of 440 seats) 2) Three Type A and One Type C (for an Exit Limit of 385 seats) 3) Three Type A and Two Type C (for an Exit Limit of 440 seats) 4) Four Type A and One Type C (for an Exit Limit of 475 seats) Here's s...

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by 77west
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 short runway issue
Replies: 92
Views: 19989

Re: A350 short runway issue

So if WLG/HKG wasn't meant to be a problem, why did it route CHC/KUL ? No idea, maybe they had something to show Air Asia and Malaysian. Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay are are already familiar with the A350 and how it can be used to operate to NZ. More of a question why it departed out of CHC instea...

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by 77west
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 46166

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

I'm interested to hear what people think about the potential for NZ to add a BOB service to domestic flights. I've done a few JQ domestic flights recently, and have been amazed at 1) how wide a selection of products JQ offers for purchase, and 2) how many people on JQ actually purchase goods - ever...

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by 77west
Thu May 24, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?
Replies: 12
Views: 4323

Re: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?

There is no longer a PW4098. Pratt bought back all examples. While some made it into museams, none are in flying condition. They we're all replaced by PW4090s at Pratt's expense. Lightsaber Huh? Why would this be? Did Not meet NOx emission requirements and fuel burn. Was pushing the design outside ...

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by 77west
Thu May 10, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?
Replies: 12
Views: 4323

Re: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?

As there are quite a few in service still, I would expect a full new engine is available but probably with a fairly long lead time. Plenty of spare parts around though. All the parts for new engines are available at the rebuild shop. There is no reason one or two new engines couldn't be put togethe...

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by 77west
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?
Replies: 12
Views: 4323

Re: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?

As there are quite a few in service still, I would expect a full new engine is available but probably with a fairly long lead time. Plenty of spare parts around though.

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by 77west
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 131120

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

So on a Discord server I'm on someone posted a pic of passengers with the masks on. Well, I say on. More like leaned up against their mouth or being held there. Totally missing the fact it's supposed to go over your nose and there is an elastic band to keep it on. :/ And a question about the deceas...

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by 77west
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 131120

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

Terrible. That picture of the plane, behind the broken window, you can see blood. This sent a chill through me. My thoughts are with all those involved in this.

I am amazed the rest of the fan actually is in such good condition, from the initial pics it looked like it would be totally blown apart.

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by 77west
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Early Turbojets Practice Reduced Thrust Takeoffs?
Replies: 30
Views: 3704

Re: Did Early Turbojets Practice Reduced Thrust Takeoffs?

All SAA's long haul take -offs from JNB in the early days were done with water injection, from the B707's right up till our JT9-7F's on the B747 SP's, those early P&W's were very under powered. Pet peeve department The engines weren’t underpowered,the aircraft was ! I'm not sure what you are ge...

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by 77west
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johannesburg Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 1515

Re: Johannesburg Gates

A lot of European heavies arrive in the morning, offload at a gate then get towed to remote stand for the day, before being returned to a gate for departure that night. Thats probably what you are seeing..

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by 77west
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-200 overwing exit
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: 737-200 overwing exit

Probably was modified to be used for cabin training, or fire/rescue training.

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by 77west
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Donald Trump - Kim Jong Un summit
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Donald Trump - Kim Jong Un summit

China, most likely, but a better place would be somewhere like Geneva. You will almost certainly see both VC25's as well as the smaller VIP fleet (757, 737)

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by 77west
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 44326

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Hence the daily 77E/789 service on AKL-CHC-AKL, with the A320 getting swapped onto CHC-WLG-CHC freeing up some ATRs for AKL-TRG-AKL and WLG-TRG-WLG. Anyone know the reason behind the daily widebody service that has now been added for April? Think the Q300s days are coming to an end, it will come do...

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by 77west
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 44326

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
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 44326

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: 40564

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: 3244

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: 18970

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: 13708

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: 18970

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: 12913

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: 2774

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: 3351

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: 18970

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: 18970

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: 18970

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: 18970

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: 1352

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: 2774

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: 2774

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: 18970

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: 307352

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: 307352

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: 307352

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: 1951

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: 2790

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: 9324

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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