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by greg85
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A question about Germanwings
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: A question about Germanwings

Well, I thought the plan was to no longer exist. Isn’t it the full airline that’s rebranding to eurowings?

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by greg85
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet A319s out of storage
Replies: 17
Views: 6865

Re: Easyjet A319s out of storage

When easyJet got the A319, there was a quote that was repeated again and again about the low cost model. “We’ll only keep them for 10 years, maximum. We’ll never have aircraft over 10 years old”. Now it looks like there will be some 15 year olds. I’ve seen plenty in allegiant colours recently in STN...

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by greg85
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A320 RA Callout Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: Airbus A320 RA Callout Question

Far more fun that this, is the TCAS voice. Over the years I’d become accustomed to hearing an American man say “traffic, traffic” every now and then. But then one day (a couple of years ago), out of nowhere I heard the voice of an English woman saying “traffic, traffic”. She’s so calm about it in co...

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by greg85
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 116508

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

A380MSN004 wrote:
817Dreamliiner wrote:
First easyjet A321neo MSN8314 in full livery:

ImageA321NX A321LR Easyjet G-UZMA by Tobias Gudat, on Flickr


Sounds Like a dense cabin. Someone Knows how many Y for that 321 EZY?


It’s 235 seats!

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by greg85
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Etihad cancels EDI
Replies: 68
Views: 12625

Re: Unconfirmed: Etihad cancels EDI

I assume its also co in siding with hanians services to PEK and DUB as they arrive at the same time as etihads and as we know EDI canny cope with 2 a330s a 787 and multiple 76's and 75,s until the extended part becomes operational Highly unlikely. EDI wouldn't have taken on Hainan if they didn't ha...

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by greg85
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lufthansa Pilots Use Autopilot less?
Replies: 14
Views: 3169

Re: Lufthansa Pilots Use Autopilot less?

Just to add some flavour to the conversation. You were on a shorthaul airliner. Your pilots potentially have the opportunity to fly several approaches and landings each working day. In some operations, a working week could offer a pilot 8-12 approaches as pilot flying, maybe more. This amount of pra...

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by greg85
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is easyjet doing in Berlin Tegel?
Replies: 5
Views: 1913

Re: How is easyjet doing in Berlin Tegel?

It’s only been a couple of months! You can’t just magic up 25 planes and trained crews to fly them. I think you need to come back to this question in a year (minimum).

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by greg85
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 707-320B vs. Airbus 321LR: an unfair comparison.
Replies: 34
Views: 3313

Re: Boeing 707-320B vs. Airbus 321LR: an unfair comparison.

Yes. I think progress has slowed. WW2 and the Cold War drove huge advances in technology without considering a need to make profit. Whereas now, we can see that the "new generation" of shorthaul airliner is just a refinement of the previous generation. There's no doubt that we have the tec...

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by greg85
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1060

Re: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?

And once stabilised, what are typical maximum deviations from reference airspeed, rate of descent and lateral/vertical separation from localiser and G/S before an approach is no longer deemed stabilised?... Faro between +10 and -5 kts, 15 deg angle of bank, 3\4 of a dot deviation on the localiser o...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1587

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

My airline was going to use the apple iPad for all EFB functions (charts, manuals, performance etc.). But this was identified as issue during trials. There was no way to stop the iPad from performing app updates, that could lead to this situation (if it starts an update, but is unable to complete t...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS and Tri-Jets
Replies: 29
Views: 3634

Re: ETOPS and Tri-Jets

Not strictly on topic. I remember an ex British airways Guy telling me that he would occasionally give crews a dual engine failure, on the same side of the 747, at max takeoff weight in Kai tak (in the simulator). He said you couldn't get above a few hundred feet! Not sure if he was talking about th...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 engine rattle
Replies: 26
Views: 2433

Re: 747-300 engine rattle

Well, I'm talking about the CFM-56 on the A320. So, yes it's a feature of fan engines in general. I suppose you also wouldn't notice this if you board via a jet bridge (because you're inside). But I'm sure you'd have used steps on the occasion in question. I can't imagine Wide Awake has many jet bri...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1587

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

My airline was going to use the apple iPad for all EFB functions (charts, manuals, performance etc.). But this was identified as issue during trials. There was no way to stop the iPad from performing app updates, that could lead to this situation (if it starts an update, but is unable to complete th...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 engine rattle
Replies: 26
Views: 2433

Re: 747-300 engine rattle

If you see it in a very light breeze, with the fan spinning very slowly. You can see each blade "falling" into place at top of the engine. You can hear each individual "clink" that makes your "rattling" noise.

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by greg85
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 41800

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

sevenair wrote:
Why aren't eJ going for 240 seats? It seems a waste not to fill it.


Where would all the sandwiches go?

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by greg85
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 41800

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

I am sure some LCC's will go for 240.Perhaps Easyjet? Of course it won't do 4knm with max pax,actually will be interesting to see what range it can do in that dense config. Brochure says 206 in generous 2 class for 4knm.But this must be only one of a myriad of possibilities.Would have thought reduc...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2062

Re: Named Runways

Thanks to everyone for the interesting replies and examples. Do I assume correctly that all these names will never be used for ATC communication, like takeoff clearance, which - I hope - strictly identify a runway by the means of their number ("18R")? Or has anyone ever witnessed an ATC o...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2062

Re: Named Runways

Thanks to everyone for the interesting replies and examples. Do I assume correctly that all these names will never be used for ATC communication, like takeoff clearance, which - I hope - strictly identify a runway by the means of their number ("18R")? Or has anyone ever witnessed an ATC o...

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by greg85
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tailstrike Closecall?
Replies: 6
Views: 1351

Re: Tailstrike Closecall?

I think it looks like takeoff. I think the flaps look fine. I believe on all of the current Airbus models, flaps 1,2 and 3 are all acceptable takeoff positions. Only flaps full is not allowed for takeoff. The fact that it is passing a rapid exit taxiway facing that direction is a give away that it's...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Re: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?

zeke wrote:
There is no FAF on an ILS approach


However, many airlines do use 1000ft as the equivalent point. For the purposes of what was described above, at my airline if the RVR went below required after we passed the FAF equivalent point (1000ft) then we would continue to minimums.

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by greg85
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Re: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?

For takeoff, it's 125 RVR. For approved operators only. You need a greater RVR for takeoff than you do for landing. Again, this is airfield specific. Some places require higher RVRs.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hapag Lloyd A310
Replies: 12
Views: 1925

Re: Hapag Lloyd A310

Do you have a picture? Is it not just the standard wingtip fence that all A310s had?

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 wing lights - no lights?
Replies: 4
Views: 794

Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

It dawns on me that you might mean the strobe/navigation lights on the end of the wing. If that's the case, I don't know. The A380 has a lot of wing, I imagine there are seats that see almost nothing from the lights that are angled away from the aircraft.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 wing lights - no lights?
Replies: 4
Views: 794

Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

It is normal to leave the wing / ice lights off 99 % of the time. You switch them on if you want to look at the wing for ice. Then off when you're done. Some airlines like to have the wing lights on for landing too. My knowledge is mainly A320, but I think this one translates across most types.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFR fix question
Replies: 20
Views: 1632

Re: IFR fix question

LOREL and HARDY. NEEDL and THRED. TARTN and TWEED.

BEVIS is out there in Croatia, but I can't find BUTHD.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.
Replies: 25
Views: 3298

Re: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.

I think the Saab 2000 has been a disaster for Loganair. They brought them in for a contract that they didn't win. They are a different type rating from the 340, high operating costs, poor reliability, and of course they very nearly crashed one. Combined with how rare they are, it was a bad decision ...

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by greg85
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Farmer Builds A320
Replies: 58
Views: 15975

Re: Chinese Farmer Builds A320

a couple of Chessna´s in perfect flying condition for 100k$?


No, £90000. You could get 2 oldies for that.

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by greg85
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16662

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

Deportees are often troublesome passengers, because often they do not want to travel. I remember a deportee who had been released from prison in the UK, to be deported to Russia. He was booked to travel on my airline. He was an abusive and violent person, and on each occasion (they tried 4 days in a...

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by greg85
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autopilots and reverse thrust
Replies: 18
Views: 4437

Re: Autopilots and reverse thrust

I don't know any type that gives you auto reverse. However, there is a feature that was introduced by Airbus on the A350 and A380 (and as far as I know it is also available as on option on A320, however I have never flown an A320 that had it installed) which is called ROPS (Runway Overrun Preventio...

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by greg85
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Noise abatement procedures in bad weather
Replies: 14
Views: 2104

Re: Noise abatement procedures in bad weather

A great example is LFMN / NCE. When the weather is good enough, they will use VOR or RNAV approaches. These approaches take arriving aircraft out over the sea, this keeps the noise level down for all of the incredibly expensive houses on the extended centre line of runway 04. But if the weather is n...

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by greg85
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Solid is Jet2 (LS)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1886

Re: How Solid is Jet2 (LS)?

I think jet2 have gone after the market that Monarch should have chased. Instead Monarch chose to operate in the same places they always have. Monarch's "home turf" has turned very orange over the years, and they failed to realise that and didn't find a niche. Jet2 seems to have found some...

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by greg85
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WiFi Fuselage Top Casing- Fuel Penalty?
Replies: 15
Views: 2951

Re: WiFi Fuselage Top Casing- Fuel Penalty?

Someone told me that Norwegian's 737 wifi costs 2% SFC. Big money! (If it's true)

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by greg85
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 119
Views: 12493

Re: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport

Another small step to allow even more aircraft to operate into an airport that doesn't have the infrastructure to handle them. Peak times at EDI are now a juggling act of parking aircraft on all of the taxi ways until a stand becomes available.

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by greg85
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair - new livery
Replies: 31
Views: 5696

Re: Loganair - new livery

The ATR 42 doesn't have the crosswind capabilities of the saab 340. This would be limiting for Loganair.

New paint will not solve Loganair's problems. New strategy, new aircraft and new management would do that.

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by greg85
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's up with this A321 video?
Replies: 4
Views: 1360

Re: What's up with this A321 video?

This has been explained many times before, on many other posts. You can't hear the fuel pumps. It's the hydraulic PTU.

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by greg85
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 17 years to the day of AF 4590
Replies: 15
Views: 3944

Re: 17 years to the day of AF 4590

An ex BA Concorde captain told me that takeoff above max takeoff weight was common at both AF and BA. If any of the planned taxi fuel was still on board, instead of burning it off before takeoff the crews would normally pump that fuel from the tail tank to some of the larger tanks in the wing. This ...

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by greg85
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Airports with 3+ degrees approach
Replies: 23
Views: 3891

Re: Any Airports with 3+ degrees approach

Heraklion, Napoli, Marseille, Bodrum, actually there are lots of them all over Europe. Can't remember them all. The strange thing I find is that there are a good number of places that have a 3 degree ILS, but you then find they'll also have a VOR approach with a steeper approach.

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by greg85
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines in Europe
Replies: 23
Views: 3871

Re: Airlines in Europe

I think the real answer to your question is, Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz etc ARE europes major airlines. They are now far larger than airlines like KLM or BA. Part of the reason they are now so big is because they were willing to do things like, have foreign bases and routes that start and end outside of...

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by greg85
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video: Weather Ballon GoPro Captures A319 @ FL380
Replies: 37
Views: 11104

Re: Video: Weather Ballon GoPro Captures A319 @ FL380

They definitely had no idea it was there. Otherwise they wouldn't have flown so close to it. I almost hit a balloon (a bit smaller than this one I suspect) at 17000ft 2 months ago. It does happen.

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by greg85
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 392433

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

To be EZHA, surely?


Incredibly, no. It will be UZHA. Just to upset those of you with OCD.

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by greg85
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strong winds for London & SE
Replies: 1
Views: 813

Re: Strong winds for London & SE

As always, it was the southwest that got it best. Good old lulsgate was very bumpy.

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by greg85
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 392433

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

No EasyJet A321's are gonna be ready in June 2017. Not unless they are coming through without the typical orange fairing anyway.


The easyJet A321s are over a year away from delivery at the moment.

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by greg85
Sat May 27, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: John Travolta Donates N707JT
Replies: 59
Views: 20081

Re: John Travolta Donates N707JT

Surely, if he has a 747 type rating. It is on an Australian license, not his US license. I would think an Australian license would be required to fly a Qantas aircraft.

A shame to see the 707 go. I wonder ho many hours the airframe has by now?

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by greg85
Thu May 18, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 78
Views: 10353

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

I bet there is still 2 runways in 10 years time. They should just go for a second runway in Gatwick. Regardless of whether it's better or not, it's easier and more realistic.

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by greg85
Tue May 16, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to receive A321neo
Replies: 51
Views: 9817

Re: Easyjet to receive A321neo

They can deplane using three doors?


I don't think so. The additional door behind the wing is of a different design. It's smaller, and I believe an emergency exit only. Just like current generation A321s.

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by greg85
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 392433

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7

Will G-EZHA be the first easyJet made in Toulouse?

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by greg85
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 30573

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

Protecting freedom by taking it away. Soon we will be required to travel naked, just in case you use your clothes as a weapon.

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by greg85
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that are invisible on FR24/flightaware
Replies: 10
Views: 5529

Re: Airlines that are invisible on FR24/flightaware

Some military flights do appear on plane finder or FR 24. Often see the Royal Air Force on it. A330 (voyager), king air, tutor, even the hawk.

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