The only real advantage to the quad is loss of an engine does NOT REQUIRE a diversion as soon as possible or practical. The quad can lose one engine and, if two engine out performance allows, can continue. Note: “can continue”; doesn’t have to continue but is legally and operationally possible. With...Jump to post
NO, it wouldn’t have set the correct thrust. Auto-throttles, if installed (not available), would have selected the correct thrust, but a FADEC (more precisely the EEC), using manual throttles will only set the thrust as required by the throttle angle set by the pilots. In any case, IIRC, AF 90 did N...Jump to post
That IR crash has to be only one I’ve heard of where lack of a FADEC was causal to the crash. FADECs and the EEC do lots of things but they weren’t installed to save lives. They allowed better engine life as the result of precise fuel scheduling. They allow for completely automated starts and, more ...Jump to post
Neomax, A word of advice—PARAGRAPHS. If the NIMBYs in SFO would allow filling in the bay as necessary for standard runway spacng; these events would very likely be substantially reduced. Some piece of bait obviously carries more value in SFO. Second, again due to NIMBYism and specifics terrain, SFO ...Jump to post
If certification is planned for Q2 2018, the plane, a twin turboprop freighter, must be announced and well into flight test now. Certainly, engine and major component suppliers announced and certified, flight envelope expansion done, basics of performance done, systems tests well in progress and rel...Jump to post
Please reply with the reasoning for needing to be conversant in Part 25. It’s a highly technical document with even larger “acceptable means of compliance” handbook, several Advisory Circulars and 90+ amendments. First, I assume you are not in the aircraft test and certification business. Second, ba...Jump to post
True, but I don’t a STOL mission requiring long range, high altitude flight, hence pressurization.
I’ve seen the “merge plot” (ATC radar) of opposite direction UA 727 and a supersonic SR-71. The UA pilot was impressed, something like, “look at the SOB go”.
[*]There’s very, as in no, demand for true STOL planes. Runways are everywhere, so anything bigger than a Twin Otter will have runways adequate long. I can say, without fear of contradiction, Bombardier will not build a new STOL plane without or without the DHC-8 as a basis. Viking owns the DHC-5 Bu...Jump to post
[*] The Concorde amazes me. It was such a technological marvel for it's time. Watching those videos above just fill me with awe. It feels like aviation technology is moving along so slowly the last few decades, with just incremental improvements over time. Look at airliners in 1939, and then in 1969...Jump to post
I think it’s a coating of ice; plows won’t work once it’s stuck to the surface; can’t use salt due to the planes.
On the Global Express with Fusion avionics, we could have ownship overplayed on a 15” screen, so detail was quite fine and at least as accurate as any GPS display. We’d use it to backup ground navigation in normal conditions including dark. Would I use it to find snow covered surfaces? NO, I wouldn’...Jump to post
The Mexican AF? Really, they hardly have a fighter force, let alone a alert force. The nearest base in Monterrey flies Cessna 182s, hardly an interceptor—no radar for starters.
World Fuel always worked for me! Interesting conversation with a WFS senior VP in A380 EK lounge on the way to DXB. WFS ran the fuel into Afghanistan for the USG. I joked, it’s a pity about those fuel convoy attacks. He said, we get paid for fuel prior to country entry if It’s not delivered it’s not...Jump to post
The Concorde would divert to Bradley (KBDL) about once a year due to JFK weather-always a news event locally. Once a BA 744 diverted, but of a mess. No customs, no operative APU, so they ran an engine for an hour or so before heading back to JFK.
First, huge structural problem, that and modifying a small fleet is likely very uneconomic. Then, there’s the Vmcg and Vmca problems of all that horsepower being controlled by a rudder never designed for the loads. Likely worse performance at huge cost. Next....
What about diverting into military bases? How are the charges billed? If a civilian plane diverted to a military air field, they would likely be met by MP's with rifles pointed. The only way for a civilian plane to land at a base is to get the written approval of the base comander. There's paperwor...Jump to post
Contract fuel, like World Fuel, is taken just about everywhere and can arranged in minutes. Any recognized airline or handling company like Jeppesen ITP or Universal can make it happen. I’ve been in Africa, South America and had the contract come in email in minutes.
I’d be surprised if that’s true. What excessive maintenance? Who’s tried with IAE or CFM engines?
Before I believed that it can’t be done with “modern” engines, I’d have see an engine manufacturer’s engineering showing the engine couldn’t take high daily cycles and why?
Loads and loads of these fix naming humor. Look at KPSM’s GPS Approach. ITAWT, ITAWA, PUDYE, TTATT, IDEED. In order, IAF, IF, FAF, MAP, Hold. I thought I saw a puddy cat, I deed. Another fix, YOKNZ, commemorates a defunct restaurant under the fix, Yoken’s Seafood.
The bird still had to make an ATL connection, lots don’t make it thru ATL’s subway.
Any pilot should be comfortable flying visually without anything more than a sectional and a compass. When I started, I asked an old airline pilot how to fly from CT to Florida. “Easy, go out the first ocean and turn right”, was the simple answer. True, too.
VSMUT, There are a whole bunch of examples where the pilots weren’t up to stuff in handling an airplane in IMC conditions. Tons of examples, airline, private, military, all forms of flying. No doubt, they passed the formal evaluation, but failed the real world example. In my career, I’ve known seve...Jump to post
I’ve been told how “retard, retard” sounds, but what happens IF the throttles were left in the CLB detent? Not a ‘Bus driver here, RETARD is only a silent message.
Well, until touchdown with the throttles in the detent and wondering, “why am I a retard?”
The ridiculous thing here is allowing a commercial airline to hire contractors; the national aviation authorities have a lot to answer for here. Pilots must be employed, under the direction of and held responsible by the carrier. The idea of using outside contractors, charging them for training and ...Jump to post
Here’s my cut at this hardy perennial question. If someone is established in their career in middle age (45-54); you are entering your best earning years, regardless of the career. Children are in college, lots of equity in house and 401k. It’s time to start socking away those high earning years int...Jump to post
Also, this Eastern mid-air caused by the handling pilot’s misjudgment of passing traffic’s visual position. I saw the Connie come out of clouds as a young scout at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Later, I flew with that pilot’s brother, also at EAL. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_Carmel_mid-air_...Jump to post
I was the F/E on a EA 727 once when we backed up about 300’ on the Inner at BOS (might have bern the Outer in front of the main terminal). ATC or the yoke actuators goofed and got us nose to nose with an outbound L1011. We deferred to his size and backed up. Cappy asked th3 F/O and I, asked the Grou...Jump to post
In the Reserves, I had plenty of B727, B737, B747, B767, one MD-11 and a couple of DC-9 pilots fly the C-5 without difficulty. They’d probably only get 2 take-offs and landings in the big Lockheed a month, sometimes go for several months without flying it and return without a problem. Yes, some miss...Jump to post