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by greg85
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines in Europe
Replies: 23
Views: 3582

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: 10546

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 - Part 7
Replies: 2052
Views: 228498

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: 767

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 - Part 7
Replies: 2052
Views: 228498

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: 57
Views: 15807

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: 9818

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: 7822

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 - Part 7
Replies: 2052
Views: 228498

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: 29020

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: 4197

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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by greg85
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yoke versus Sidestick
Replies: 33
Views: 2629

Re: Yoke versus Sidestick

The side stick is clearly better! For one reason, and one reason alone. You can eat your meal on the tray table. So much better!

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by greg85
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet removed couple from overbooked plane after boarding.
Replies: 20
Views: 5653

Re: Easyjet removed couple from overbooked plane after boarding.

Not much of a news story. This is the kind of stuff that infrequently happens to all airlines. They are just using the current high profile of the united incident to make this a bigger issue.

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by greg85
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

( and FAA will hem and haw until Boeing has similar parts available :-)


Boeing now does have 3D printed parts available. And quite frankly, the FAA will approve it if EASA does.

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by greg85
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair / Flybe Cargo
Replies: 34
Views: 4443

Re: Loganair / Flybe Cargo

Yes. They have always had dedicated freighters. They are not operated on behalf of any other airline. They are Royal Mail contracts. It's been a very long time since they used quick change passenger/cargo aircraft. Although they did used to block off seats for newspaper deliveries on some passenger ...

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by greg85
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air-to-air refuelling; what about wake turbulence?
Replies: 20
Views: 3206

Re: Air-to-air refuelling; what about wake turbulence?

I've never been a military pilot. But I've spoken with several of my colleagues, who flew jets such as the f-4 Phantom, Tornado, Jaguar and Mirage 2000. And yes, wake turbulence is an issue. Procedures are designed accordingly to approach and leave the tanker safely. I remember an ex Tornado guy tel...

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by greg85
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

whereas the newest airframes can be FLEXed up to 90 deg...


Then surely, the volume must go up when you put the levers in the climb gate? "Thrust increase altitude"

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by greg85
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 NG Wing Fuel Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: 737 NG Wing Fuel Tanks

Is it because the NG has supercritical wings with less space available in them?

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by greg85
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

could you explain what you mean by the above? Are you only allowed to use spoilers and autobrakes above that speed int he event of a RTO? Auto brake MAX is armed at 72kts. So if you move the thrust levers to idle, the ground spoilers will deploy and maximum braking will happen without pressure on t...

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by greg85
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

First of all, this website is not a reliable source of information. I am an A320 captain, but many contributors to this forum are amateurs. I think really you'd be better raising these questions with your airlines training department. But still.... 25% thrust reduction is a regulatory thing. This ru...

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by greg85
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada accuses Airbus of negligence in Halifax crash landing
Replies: 63
Views: 15443

Re: Air Canada accuses Airbus of negligence in Halifax crash landing

At my airline, we are well aware of the requirement to monitor and cross check the descent during a non precision approach. We are also trained on appropriate changes to the Flight Path Angle to correct deviation from the correct profile. Hard to believe such a large modern airline wouldn't have the...

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by greg85
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global 7000 Aircraft to Mach 0.995 in Early Flight Testing
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: Global 7000 Aircraft to Mach 0.995 in Early Flight Testing

I could be wrong, but I think the Concorde broke the sound barrier during testing! And I suppose aircraft manufacturers avoid it because the planes aren't designed for supersonic speeds, and unlike the Concorde will have no kind of system or procedure to account for the massive shift in the centre o...

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by greg85
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A vs B engine pylons
Replies: 10
Views: 1496

Re: A vs B engine pylons

It's quite clear that the A320 NEO pylons do mount the engines higher (closer to the wing) than the CEO. Obviously, they've had to due to the larger fan diameter. Despite this, the acceptable roll angle for touchdown has reduced by over 1 degree.

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by greg85
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Aircraft Registrations Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2479

Re: International Aircraft Registrations Question

Just to let you know, the Berlin Wall is down now. Not sure we'll see CCCP on any tail soon.

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by greg85
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "The Untold Story of the Concorde Disaster"
Replies: 42
Views: 8902

Re: "The Untold Story of the Concorde Disaster"

I remember flying with an ex BA Concorde captain. He told me that taking off overweight was a very common occurrence, because it was often marginal whether or not you would have sufficient fuel at the other end. The correct procedure was to use all the fuel from the tail tank during taxi. In reality...

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by greg85
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to calculate how much fuel an A320 needs for the whole flight.
Replies: 16
Views: 2001

Re: How to calculate how much fuel an A320 needs for the whole flight.

5 and a bit tonnes will do for London to Glasgow or Edinburgh. You'll probably burn between 2 and a half and 3 depending on all the variables.

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by greg85
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet to fall out of FTSE100 index. Risk of IAG takeover bid?
Replies: 13
Views: 3689

Re: easyJet to fall out of FTSE100 index. Risk of IAG takeover bid?

I also think that the combination of BA and the UK based EZY would probably be too great to pass anti monopoly tests.

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by greg85
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taillights.
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Taillights.

What? I think it would be quicker to list airliners that don't have tail lights. All airbus aircraft have a nav light in the tail. I think the 737 is just a strobe on the tail, and the nav lights on the trailing edge of the wings.

But, yes! Planes have tail lights!

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by greg85
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100th SSJ-100 delivery
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: 100th SSJ-100 delivery

It's not "apples and oranges". The A320 is an airliner. OK, we all know that it is the ultimate example, and nothing has been as popular before. But 17 a year! That can't be considered a success in the global market. I wish it was, and I'd love to see more Russian types out there. But it's...

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by greg85
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Process for cleaning an aircraft interior
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: Process for cleaning an aircraft interior

Every 40 days! Yeah, 40. That's at a major western airline. You should probably burn your clothes upon arrival.

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by greg85
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100th SSJ-100 delivery
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: 100th SSJ-100 delivery

I think it is a real credit to sukhoi that the SSJ is operating with some western airlines. However, when you compare the SSJ production rate to the A320 it brings it into perspective. Airbus are planning to build 60 A320 family aircraft per month in 2019. The SSJ is unlikely to ever come anywhere n...

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by greg85
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens
Replies: 93
Views: 31407

Re: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens

Wow. I saw them for years abandoned in Athens. I heard a rumour that the engineers destroyed the tech logs, and and all the technical history of the aircraft in some kind of act of revenge or defiance. I suppose by now they would require some serious maintenance regardless of what the tech log said.

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by greg85
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 2795

Re: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage

http://blog.seattlepi.com/boomerconsumer/files/library/British_Airways_Stairs_RZ.jpg


British airways have similar lines so that they can intentionally put the stairs on incorrectly. As can be seen in this picture.

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by greg85
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rpm acceleration Jet Engine
Replies: 17
Views: 2417

Re: Rpm acceleration Jet Engine

The acceleration is not linear. Slower at the beginning, then faster.

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by greg85
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: From FA to Dispatcher
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: From FA to Dispatcher

So strange. I assume you are in the USA. In the U.K. The role of dispatcher is an unskilled, poorly paid job that requires no qualifications. I know a few people who have made the jump from dispatcher to FA. It's nice to know that it's the other way round elsewhere in the world.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ryanair arrivals bus transfer at Stansted
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Ryanair arrivals bus transfer at Stansted

Not sure. But at EDI there are only a few stands that can be used for flights to NI or ROI. These gates have cameras and use specific security procedures due to the history of "the troubles" etc. All arrivals also go through a specific door for the same reason. I'd imagine it's for this re...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Mass Layoffs
Replies: 84
Views: 27173

Re: Emirates Mass Layoffs

Combined with the recently introduced "B-scale" pilot contract, it looks like some serious cost cutting.

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by greg85
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 4404

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

Do you remember when they thought that the Titanic wouldn't need life boats for everyone?

It's statistically very unlikely that the plane will have a fire, I suppose they could go without fire extinguishers too.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A318/319 performance
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: A318/319 performance

Still, they can lift 15000KG of payload on a regular basis. And that's with the small engines (22000 lbf) some A319s could have the 27000 lbf engines.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A318/319 performance
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: A318/319 performance

I know that Gibraltar to London roughly matches your criteria (although GIB is sea level). And yes, that is able to operate full on a regular basis.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fun missed approach/landing and low fly-pass
Replies: 10
Views: 3481

Re: Fun missed approach/landing and low fly-pass

"circle to land" is very common in Pisa. There is a marble quarry in the distance which is a good visual reference to aim at for the downwind leg.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EI A330 Incident in DUB/A330 wing rearward flex
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: EI A330 Incident in DUB/A330 wing rearward flex

The wing was not designed to crash into a hanger. It will definitely need an inspection.

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by greg85
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs Disarming Doors Before Gate Arrival?
Replies: 27
Views: 6167

Re: FAs Disarming Doors Before Gate Arrival?

I believe KLM were the first to do it. It's certainly helped easyJet dramatically reduce the number of inadvertent slide deployments. It's part of a wider procedure designed by a human factors expert. Disarming after the seatbelt sign is off is too late, and the call coming from the cabin crew defea...

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by greg85
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: List of en route alternate airports?
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: List of en route alternate airports?

For the entire world?

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by greg85
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London fog
Replies: 27
Views: 4017

Re: London fog

I just flew over. You could see the shard sticking up through the clouds. I think the fog will be there for another couple of hours probably.

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by greg85
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Titan Airways fleet change?
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Re: Titan Airways fleet change?

I believe the jet2 "geriatric fleet" (around 29-30 year old aircraft) is about to get much smaller. Many of the oldest are cycles limited and will be leaving the fleet very soon. It's not worth paying to extend the life of these older ladies. So I imagine the same applies to Titan.

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by greg85
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 6128

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

I knew about the 4 engine airbus', but I'm still surprised about taxying on 1 generator on the 330. It's quite rare in aviation to have no redundancy. But the A320 is well known for its electrical transients.

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by greg85
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 6128

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

Wait? You taxy single engine with no APU? Not the A320??

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