In terms of noise the A343 and A346 are completely different aircraft. The A343 is like sitting in a room with a lot of teenage girls drying their hair. On the A346 I was waiting for the engines to spool up at takeoff, but we just surged forward with little extra noise. A fabulously quiet and comfo...Jump to post
Not trying to turn this into the usual A vs B thing... simply as a side addendum to the discussion... I think that it would be fair to say that the 767-300ER has been "improved/evolved/morphed" marginally less than what the A330 has... and the main reason is because the -300ER was already...Jump to post
I think the QF incident would also have at least some impact on the captains decision. Kudos to the designers though, after such an event, still holding on to half the engine..Jump to post
The slots, to my knowledge, are the property of Monarch and the liquidator (KPMG) may well have rights to sell them to recoup losses, much like other assets. Not sure if the contracts have clauses to stop this though. I don't believe any manufacturer allows this. :shakehead: They would have to be p...Jump to post
Never flown the A380, but my pilot friends flying the Whale say it's hard to get a greaser - there's always a thump. My A330 OTOH is a grandma's airplane. You really gotta put some significant effort to screw it up... :) My 787 requires a bit more effort to do a greaser in. But it's fine by me. Mak...Jump to post
I also suspect the forward trailing gear truck/bogie is partially to blame for this; there is enough anecdotal evidence between the 767, A380 and lesser extent, A350. It may very well be the safer design though, from the point of not floating the landings ala A330 style.. Looks ugly too in my opinio...Jump to post
Will they have to run every mission as "Experimental" then?Jump to post
A massive tanker is currently heading to Auckland port with 1.5 million litres of jet fuel on board. It is expected that the fuel will reach the airport by Tuesday http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/massive-tanker-bound-for-auckland-airport/news-story/e0c2dc0feee3916c6bdf96d38406de19 So tha...Jump to post
We have booked flights to AKL on 27th October and flight back both via HKG on 13th November...do you think the flight back with CX could still be affected from fuel shortages and affect the connecting flight to FRA? ( 2.5 hours) Will be fixed well before then. Thats more than a month out. They are ...Jump to post
We were talking about this at work today - Fonterra (National/Large Dairy Company) probably have the biggest tanker fleet in the country. Just saying... (Yes I realise dairy tankers can't easily haul jet A1)Jump to post
I take it the fuel offloaded from the 747 is only usable in company (QF, JQ) aircraft and not other airlines? Also - how often, if ever, has this been done before; direct airplane-to-airplane transfers? Maybe NZ should send a few 77W down to WLG or CHC to bring back some fuel for their A320s.Jump to post
QF flying in fuel on 747s:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/970 ... uel-crisis
And she is gone. About 15 minutes ago Cassini burned up in Saturn's atmosphere. What a craft... time to rest now after 20 years of work. It didn't burn as there is no oxygen at Saturn. Cassini simply disintegrated. As per the comment above, it burned up, according to NASA. Obviously not "burn&...Jump to post
I think they should have more than a few days of fuel in storage at AKL airport. 1-2 weeks worth of normal operations would be a better margin for these sorts of events. Also, I was surprised to read on the pipe operators site that the different fuel types are pumped down the pipe one after another,...Jump to post
And she is gone. About 15 minutes ago Cassini burned up in Saturn's atmosphere. What a craft... time to rest now after 20 years of work.Jump to post
Wellington Airport want the golf course land for expansion:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indust ... owth-plans
Better/cheaper than taking people's houses I suppose
Just giving thought to 789 deliveries from CHS.-AKL..At 7200nm it looks like about a 16.hr flight.. Not too excessive , looks like a non stop flight if they can get away early in the day. I note the route tracks pretty much over PPT.. I am sure that this won't even be a stretch for the 789, especia...Jump to post
NZ got a new one in July, which begs the question, what does a delivery flight TLS-NZ look like for an ATR, ought to be making a lot of stops. I think it is only 5 or so stops, I believe it is something like Toulouse - Oman - Singapore - Brisbane - Auckland Although looking at that on GC mapper it ...Jump to post
LamboAston wrote:On another thread, there is a discussion about SAS coming to AKL.
bennett123 wrote:Would any parts be re used, (wing and enginee etc).
Or would they just scrap it.
All come down to customer options really. Air NZ, for example, had the 767 version with just overwing exits and the 4 main doors front/back, this layout gives the most floor space at the expense of max passenger load. For other airlines, quicker boarding/deboarding meant they were better off with th...Jump to post
I dont think a failure of the folding tip would result in loss of control. From what I gather, the folding tip is exactly that, just the swept back wing part. If there is any kind of failure it will just break cleanly away, however it is designed not to fail as it'll lock into place once deployed u...Jump to post
QANTAS has never lost a frame nor had loss of life throughout its 97 years of ops. A quick search on Wikipedia shows that this is incorrect. Qantas has had several fatal accidents (most recently in 1951) and hull losses (most recently in 1960). Though those are rather excellent numbers, since it ha...Jump to post
I think it is time people start fighting fire with fire, as Trump's advisors put it. I hereby request the Trump government send 150 Billion in real dollars to each of the US3. This will not be a subsidy, but a "legitimate government investment" in the words of Al Baker. Now before anyone f...Jump to post
Really depends how the 77X shapes up I personally am a Boeing fan, but would prefer for NZ to get the A350, due to the much better economy hard product in a standard config (wide seats 9 abreast). They are also far quieter than the current 777s, and probably quieter than the 77X due to its thin sid...Jump to post
SQ. Would not be NZ, thats too many, unless it was 20 777-X options across both -8 and -9.Jump to post
So it is not really levered at all, semi or otherwise. It is just telescopic. I believe it is both. Telescoping to fit the wheel well and levered to move the rotation point rearwards. On a single axle gear, in order to "lever" they would have to have the axle offset from the centreline of...Jump to post
And I have never had any problems myself. same. If they were so bad NZ wouldn't keep ordering them to eventually have an all-ATR fleet. New Zealand sure has its fair share of humidity as well, but not the temperatures of the Caribbean... I seem to think that all the overnight airports are near the ...Jump to post
I think we may see the 787-8 getting quietly killed off if it is even still available by MoM entry to service. Boeing has already said it does not want to build it. This would leave a decent enough gap between the MoM and the 787-9. Probably see two MoM versions to cover the gap between 737-10 and 7...Jump to post
Just ran a quick and dirty plot, and crossing Chile it came back at over 8,000nm so no, even taking winds into account I don't think that would work. You are talking about crossing both the pacific and atlantic oceans. Using 80S70W which is the furthest south I could select, it comes back at 6,870n...Jump to post
I just ran it through a flight planner and got less than 7% actually. The great circle mapper must be off or I misinterpreted the shaded areas. This was using FACT, FIMP, YPPH and NZCH as EDTO diversion airports. So do-able at 330mins. It actually match the gcmap shades, as you can see the point fa...Jump to post
Hasn't been many problems with them in New Zealand. They usually only do flights between half an hour and an hour and a half though, with a few exceptions. I have done many, many ATR72 flights in NZ, and only once that I can remember did we end up swapping planes due to a tech issue. A -500 broke a...Jump to post
Offhand guess: the detour increases total distance by less than 10%. I just ran it through a flight planner and got less than 7% actually. The great circle mapper must be off or I misinterpreted the shaded areas. This was using FACT, FIMP, YPPH and NZCH as EDTO diversion airports. So do-able at 330...Jump to post
Clearly serious problems with major engine failures in the past, like UA292, led to changes in the control systems of aircraft and flying procedures that led to the decisions or the ability to do so as made with QF32. Sometimes it just takes some good CRM and sound basic airmanship to prevent a maj...Jump to post
I agree with Zeke. In the air with options is far safer than a fast, heavy landing with half the brakes inoperative. I mean the fact the autopilot was still available shows you that there was not a completely critical flight control breakdown. If half the wing was missing like that Cargo A300 that g...Jump to post
I think it was developed about the same time the -400ER was being developed. All -400ER and ERF have the LCD screens from what I understand, with the retrofit being available on other -400/400F models.
QF received their first 400ER in 2002, so around 2003 seems reasonable.