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by SAAFNAV
Wed May 22, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway light intensity
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Runway light intensity

If you fly during a clear night and turn the lights to max on an instrument runway, it will be unbearably bright and blinding.
At my home airfield we used to ask for 10%, which was their lowest setting, but even lower would've been great.

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by SAAFNAV
Tue May 14, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thinking about getting a license. But is it right for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1695

Re: Thinking about getting a license. But is it right for me?

You ask if the license is right for you, but you don't specify what you want to use it for?

If you want to become a professional pilot, then go do it.

If you purely want to fly for the love of it, consider another type of flying: recreational (sports), glider, paragliding etc.

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by SAAFNAV
Mon May 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

Re: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors

I can't speak for this video, but in my country the training for flight attendants is absolutely based on the lowest common denominator, i.e. IQ of 30. You have to recite the stuff word for word, with no thinking allowed. When we do the fire drill, you have to actually make a 'pssst' noise when you ...

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by SAAFNAV
Thu May 09, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing Modes vs Airbus Laws
Replies: 27
Views: 3211

Re: How FBW is the B787?

There's no new way to define FBW. You may define it as you may want to, but regardless as to how you want it to be, FBW will always be defined as the driving of flight control surfaces without a direct link to the control inputs. Whether it is by fibre optics, copper cables etc, if your input goes i...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Eyebrow windows
Replies: 52
Views: 4336

Re: Eyebrow windows

Thanks, realized the D cell piece was a joke, I was mainly wondering how noisy the hole would be when open. The galley drains are loud enough, a hole an inch in diameter would be much louder, I'd think. Our C-130's still had the port, and we carried the sextants still. Not for celestial navigation,...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 5961

Re: AI completes despatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

This flight was specially planned in coordination with ATC and regulators to ensure nothing weird happens Wow what a great idea! Instead of studying emergency procedures, single-engine flight and forced landing, next time I'll just phone my local ATC and tell him I plan no emergencies for this flig...

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo
Replies: 33
Views: 2700

Re: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo

acjbbj wrote:
I'd buy an A340-800


So make them an offer then. And ask a certain member on this board to draw you a nice new livery for it too.

As to ETOPS being unsafe, maybe change to something else from Flavor-aid.

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Eyebrow windows
Replies: 52
Views: 4336

Re: Eyebrow windows

Nope. Sorry. Wasn't fully aware this was an A.net myth. Never knew about the sextant mount. Pretty neat stuff. Yea a hand held bubble sextant in 600 mph jet would be a challenge:) Not to mention, the diffraction from the window would make any measurement of celestial bodies pretty much useless, as ...

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by SAAFNAV
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss
Replies: 82
Views: 19489

Re: Insults between controller and pilot after runway incursion

Are we sure that both aircraft are equipped? One was an ATR-72 I believe - entirely possible it didn't have TCAS. Could also be inop. Interesting document about different regulator's requirement for TCAS: https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/communications-navigation-surveillance-cns/tcas/ Very sma...

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by SAAFNAV
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss
Replies: 82
Views: 19489

Re: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss

Once again why is ATC in the native language of the country. The language of aviation is English and should be practiced as such. Please tell that to ICAO, who also deem French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese as official aviation languages. They only say everyone not able to speak one of the other mu...

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFE in 2019 - Huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3119

Re: IFE in 2019 - Huh?

United has had a fleet of domestic 777s since the 90s which never had seat back IFE it’s not really some new age FU where they are doing away with seat back IFE the domestic 777s were never meant to have it but it certainly would be nice if they did especially since every other plane on the route d...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Optimum materials
Replies: 17
Views: 1675

Re: Optimum materials

Agrajag wrote:
That Pikachu person. I had his comments removed. It seems he doesnt like people asking questions. Strange notion on this forum.


Oh he is just the resident troll. Learn to ignore him, and laugh at his insecurities.

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordwind (IATA: N4) ETOPS operations suspended
Replies: 13
Views: 3512

Re: Nordwind (IATA: N4) ETOPS operations suspended

FatCat wrote:
Has anyone had experience with this airline?


Not specific with this thread, but I flew on their plane between Nairobi and Mogadishu a few times.

What I do know is that the specific pilot struggled to fly a low level visual circuit into Wajir. Was fun though.

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by SAAFNAV
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What drove Soviet airliner tech advancements?
Replies: 12
Views: 1884

Re: What drove Soviet airliner tech advancements?

A significant difference is that, however, Soviet production plants had to deal with multiple design bureaus, and oh boy, there are legends regarding the completely different design philosophies of each major house. Adjusting to production of a new type could be very disruptive, but doubly so if it...

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: More and more wing clipping incidents?
Replies: 70
Views: 4815

Re: More and more wing clipping incidents?

That's not the topic, actually. What about it? If you were to sit in on any initial or recurrent ground school, you'd find it'a a frequent part of the conversation and the lesson plan. You vehemently deny attempts to bring that into discussion in the other thread. Lets try again. Summary of this th...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What sets MTOW of an airliner
Replies: 50
Views: 3040

Re: What sets MTOW of an airliner

(I'm assuming we're talking large airliners here. Part 91 Piper Cubs have different rules, including a maximum stall speed, to handle engine out.) You keep on confusing Part 91/121/135 (Operating Rules) with Part 23 (Normal Category Airplanes) and Part 25 (Transport Category Airplanes) certificatio...

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 Go around
Replies: 18
Views: 3109

Re: B787 Go around

Thanks for the info...it somehow stuck in my mind. Well, then the plane I fly does disconnect automatically ;) why did my reply get removed? does this site prefer mindless uneducated opinion over fact? fake news... Quite possibly because you have a history of posting useless incorrect opinions as p...

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by SAAFNAV
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations
Replies: 72
Views: 4972

Re: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations

I'm just a private but I also prefer to have another pilot along with me for a trip. It considerably reduces the workload and at least there is someone else who can operate the aircraft if something happens to me. A passenger jet is much more advanced than a single engine piston and can cause a lot...

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altimeter indicated altitude vs aircraft speed,bernoulli
Replies: 27
Views: 2557

Re: Altimeter indicated altitude vs aircraft speed,bernoulli

It seems that everyone knows this but you. Your questions have become circular and it's clear you don't know what you're talking about, between drilling holes in airplanes and hair dryers by static ports. Hopefully you don't work on or around aircraft. As you know there is lots off small plane wich...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the 77L fly from CPT to HNL?
Replies: 21
Views: 3574

Re: Can the 77L fly from CPT to HNL?

Lpbri wrote:
Has anyone from SA ever been to Hawaii?


Wow, not sure if you are serious of facetious.
But in a country of neigh on 60 million, statistics would suggest at least one person has been to Hawaii.

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK crew robbed in South Africa
Replies: 85
Views: 14554

Re: TK crew robbed in South Africa

Yes, I have been to both JNB and CPT and no, I'm also "...not talking cushy 5* hotel visits..." either. Oh and robberies at red lights? Take a look at the local news from Chicago, Illinois, USA and run a search on car-hires/ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc) being held up at gunpoint...

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 1893

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

I'll add to the above: You say you want to predict the fuel load for a specific flight. So suppose we give you all the variables etc and you make a prediction. How will you validate you prediction? If you don't have access to these numbers in the first place, chances are you won't have access to th...

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK crew robbed in South Africa
Replies: 85
Views: 14554

Re: TK crew robbed in South Africa

Since their minibus was blocked by a car, maybe they were targeted on purpose? As a South African, I can tell you that, while it is possible that they were targeted, it is also very likely and standard procedure to rob vehicles in that way. Nothing like a SUV blocking your way and 4 dudes with AK's...

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 1893

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

I'll add to the above: You say you want to predict the fuel load for a specific flight. So suppose we give you all the variables etc and you make a prediction. How will you validate you prediction? If you don't have access to these numbers in the first place, chances are you won't have access to the...

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 1643 Runway Excursion at OMA
Replies: 82
Views: 10442

Re: SWA 1643 Runway Overrun at OMA

I’m confused. I said nothing about NTSB investigation. A hull loss is definitionally an accident regardless of who investigates. No, it’s not an accident, by definition in Annex 13, see quote below. Accident. An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the t...

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shadow in rainbow hallow of A330
Replies: 5
Views: 2063

Re: Shadow in rainbow hallow of A330

Also known as the guardian angel to flight crew

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inoperable runway lights in APW
Replies: 6
Views: 1328

Re: Inoperable runway lights in APW

Has anyone heard of something like this before? I'm guessing most people has heard of broken lights before. :grin One of our planes had a bit of a problem in Kinshasa a few years ago: big thunderstorm that tripped the power for the runway lights. They kept being told that it will take just a few mi...

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?
Replies: 17
Views: 2710

Re: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?

rbavfan wrote:
Does South Africa still use FAA for certification. If so that's why they do 1/50 ratio.


No, we are supposedly ICAO based in our regulations, but there's some stuff that's a real mix-and-much of whatever they want to have in there.

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by SAAFNAV
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?
Replies: 17
Views: 2710

Re: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?

[quote=]Is that a verifiable fact? Because in South Africa we also have the 50 pax rule. Sorry, I didn’t realized SACAA follow the same guideline. I only know of the U.S.[/quote] Haha I can't blame you. SACAA follows just who they want to based on the phase of the moon and the mood of the decider. ...

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by SAAFNAV
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?
Replies: 17
Views: 2710

Re: LA TLV-GRU only 8 cabin crew on 15 hour flight?

azncsa4qf744er wrote:
Every country regulation is different for cabin crew. Only U.S.A. opted for for 50 passengers for one flight attendant. Everywhere else in the world it’s one cabin crew per operating door.


Is that a verifiable fact? Because in South Africa we also have the 50 pax rule.

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loadmaster Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1855

Re: Loadmaster Questions

I see. I'm not sure that a preflight of a cargo compartment falls under the purview of in-flight duties, though it's a given that the loadmaster should be closely inspecting the cargo area. The remainder of your description sounds more like a military loadmaster assignment. I'm not sure what you me...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loadmaster Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1855

Re: Loadmaster Questions

Thanks, it seems like our operation is unique in the sense that loadmasters are part of the normal crew, and has inflight duties. I wanted to benchmark working conditions and flight status with someone who does more or less the same, but seems like the only people close to our operations are Lynden...

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loadmaster Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1855

Re: Loadmaster Questions

Thanks, it seems like our operation is unique in the sense that loadmasters are part of the normal crew, and has inflight duties. I wanted to benchmark working conditions and flight status with someone who does more or less the same, but seems like the only people close to our operations are Lynden....

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can Anyone Identify What Happened on my flight?
Replies: 15
Views: 2458

Re: Can Anyone Identify What Happened on my flight?

Runway was definitely contaminated due to heavy rain and wind. I’m sorry for being picky. Rain and wind do not contaminate a runway. Snow, slush, sleet, ice contaminate a runway. To nitpick your nitpick: ICAO defines a runway as contaminated when more than 25 per cent of the runway surface area (wh...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loadmaster Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1855

Re: Loadmaster Questions

e38 wrote:
SAAFNAV, this is just my opinion, but I think your question may receive more responses if you move it to the "Military Aviation & Space" forum.

e38


Thanks, but I'm specifically looking for info about civilian loadies and labour conditions/crew responsibilities.

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by SAAFNAV
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loadmaster Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1855

Loadmaster Questions

Good day,

I'm interested in contacting any active loadmasters on the forum.

I've got some questions about working hours, duty limitations, crew recognition etc under your national authority.

Thanks

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by SAAFNAV
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Online Arrival Data Source?
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Online Arrival Data Source?

Hey! Thank you for the advice shared so far - but I think I may have misrepresented what I want to achieve. FR24 is perfect for what it is, but what I am interested in is the flight plan information. Once I know that there is a plan to fly, for instance SFO -> MSP, I'm trying to find that informati...

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by SAAFNAV
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi out on one engine?
Replies: 65
Views: 6382

Re: Taxi out on one engine?

A lot of assumptions not based in fact. How exactly is a delayed engine start higher risk than an engine start at push back? It isn't. The fire suppression system does absolutely nothing for core fires while a fire in the fire suppression zones could happen even in flight. So should we have a firet...

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by SAAFNAV
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Online Arrival Data Source?
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Online Arrival Data Source?

You can do all this on FlightRadar24... I can, but FR24 is an application offering by someone else. I don't know if they provide their data or want it used with anything other than their app. What I'm hoping to find, which very well may just not exist, is something listing this data pretty much as ...

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by SAAFNAV
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?
Replies: 42
Views: 4560

Re: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?

Aircraft reliability is abysmal. Every company always has something on an MEL, CDL, or NEF. Imagine if cars had something wrong with them on every trip! Our expectations for aircraft are very low. Industry needs to be forced to progress into using state of the art technologies. For example, rather ...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could this really happen? (escape from a plane in the bathroom)
Replies: 20
Views: 4626

Re: Could this really happen? (escape from a plane in the bathroom)

Maybe not from the bathroom, but Lufthansa pilots have exited the aircraft before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fs9HcdhUFI I almost started a thread on this once... How on EARTH did the A340 pilot "exit" an aircraft on a taxiway with a full load of passengers (and at JFK, no less)?? I...

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by SAAFNAV
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?
Replies: 32
Views: 7447

Re: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?

Sorry to high jack this tread a bit, but I recently read the accident report about AA 1572 and found out that AA flies (or used to fly) with QFE settings. I don't know if this had an influence on AA 965, but I am still wondering: Why did they decide to base their approaches on QFE? There must be som...

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11343

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Now, JNB, is a whole different animal. That flight is packed with wealthy retired baby boomers going on safari on their trip of a lifetime. Very smart, DL. Wow that's a wild stereotype! Maybe some per flight during high season (and you'll know about it because they will tell you), but there is more...

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 46
Views: 7634

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

@ CosmicCruiser so you wouldn't want to know the weight and how it is distributed along the sections? What Airline was that so I can strike them off m<y list There's a difference between knowing the pallet weights and the load distribution of the aircraft, vs knowing what exactly is on every pallet...

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by SAAFNAV
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11343

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Remember Ghanese or Nigerian authorities demanded DL once not to use inferior equipment on a certain route or the authorization would be pulled. That was actually S.Africa, and they demanded that DL not use aircraft beyond a certain age or flight hours (along with other restrictions) in their then ...

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by SAAFNAV
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Increase in MTOW
Replies: 13
Views: 2162

Re: Increase in MTOW

In certain cases you only have to write a check and someone will hand you a piece of paper saying so. Haha.. Initially when the A320s rolled out they were having a MTOW of around 65T. Current 320 are around 77T. Your cheque writing might work for a few tons but in this case there must be something ...

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8224

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippin ... Flight_143
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mikeinatlanta wrote:
Keep your eye on the ball people. 230 people died and it wasn't a missile, it was us.


Excellent response.

I guess that accident was also a missile covered up by the Philippine g'ummint? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippin ... Flight_143

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by SAAFNAV
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ditching a high wing aircraft-would it roll inverted?
Replies: 17
Views: 3246

Re: Ditching a high wing aircraft-would it roll inverted?

https://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com ... 0b-7484237
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High wings certainly help this C-130 to stay afloat. As I've heard (but can't find sources for it now), they had to dispatch fighters to shoot/bomb it to sink.

https://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com ... 0b-7484237

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by SAAFNAV
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9653

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

When the 737 was introduced, it was a short range airplane. The argument against main gear doors was that the fuel savings wqs negligible on short routes. Now, more than 50 years later, 3 major variants later, and with 3-4 hour legs routine, it still has no gear doors. It doesnt seem like such a gr...

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by SAAFNAV
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Studying To be come a pilot
Replies: 12
Views: 1554

Re: Studying To be come a pilot

ECG? You mean the electrocardiogram? Under EASA it's mandatory for the initial, and then to be renewed every 5 years below the age of 30, 2 years between 30 and 39, 1 year between 40 and 59 and 6 months above the age of 60. As far as I'm aware, the EEG test was phased out by EASA ages ago. I certai...

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