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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help Requested: Looking for Airport Diagrams/Approach Plates/etc... for 5 Chinese AIrports
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Help Requested: Looking for Airport Diagrams/Approach Plates/etc... for 5 Chinese AIrports

jakubz wrote:
Unfortunately, it looks like the English side of the site is... somewhere between incomplete and incomprehensible.


That applies to most Chinese websites... ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 07, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 family aileron droop
Replies: 10
Views: 1934

Re: A320 family aileron droop

I have noticed older airframes droop the ailerons earlier - perhaps seals getting worn, or something

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 07, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc
Replies: 40
Views: 2825

Re: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc

BravoOne wrote:
Google the FAA Flight Navigator Handbook for the how do it stuff. Keep it beside for easy reading:)


Amen, Brother! That’s precisely, what I’ve been looking for! :bigthumbsup:

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 07, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc
Replies: 40
Views: 2825

Re: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc

Great stuff, gentlemen! The website was a great read, I will look into Lindbergh’s book too. I do have a general idea how it worked, but I’m more interested in actual techniques/methods used. Even got myself a sextant recently!

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by thepinkmachine
Mon May 07, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Heavy" designation for enroute aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 1930

Re: "Heavy" designation for enroute aircraft

I waited 20 damn years to use “heavy” suffix and I won’t omit it! :mrgreen:

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by thepinkmachine
Sat May 05, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc
Replies: 40
Views: 2825

Re: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc

Fascinating discussion! Having myself started flying in the FMS/GPS age, I have always wondered how Long Range Nav was done back in the day...

Do you guys happen to know any good websites/books/SOP of how it was done in practice?

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7
Replies: 257
Views: 26390

Re: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7

No one forces you. Flying is optional

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 25387

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

Having read through the EASA AD, I see no mention of ETOPS restrictions, just an additional inspection every 80 FC...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?

I’ve seen some variation between operators, but they are usually in a similar ballpark - ie. 1000 or 1200 ft/min for vs, 10 or 15 kt for speed etc.

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations

My experience is that it varies a lot from one system to another. I worked with one EFB program that was really good and easy to use. You could make your own notes, and it was easy, fast and intuitive to use and search for information. On the other hand, I have also worked with EFB software that wa...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations

In my last two airlines there is/was no crew room/dispatch office even at the home base. You get your flight plan vie e-mail onto your iPad 2-3 hrs before departue and the original paper version will be delivered to the plane by the ground staff. I must say, however, that I don’t like this arrangem...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Crew Sign-in/Briefing in Seasonal/Once Daily Outstations

In my last two airlines there is/was no crew room/dispatch office even at the home base. You get your flight plan vie e-mail onto your iPad 2-3 hrs before departue and the original paper version will be delivered to the plane by the ground staff. I must say, however, that I don’t like this arrangeme...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 NEO LR LBG - JFK Flight Tracker
Replies: 59
Views: 11427

Re: A321 NEO LR CDG - JFK Flight Tracker

I think WOW Air stole the show by operating non-stop KEF-LAX a couple of weeks ago - a longer flight...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I've always wondered, what leeway (in terms of travel) do pilots have during layovers in other countries?
Replies: 34
Views: 4424

Re: I've always wondered, what leeway (in terms of travel) do pilots have during layovers in other countries?

My previous airline had no issues with that - it was commonly accepted. On a Melbourne layover, I once took a passenger ship to Tasmania. On Europe layovers it was not uncommon to fly home for a day, 2-3 countries away. Having said that, you always had to have a plan B. Not showing up for the return...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR approach - Block of ice nearly hits someone
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Re: LHR approach - Block of ice nearly hits someone

Haven’t heard of anyone killed/injured this way - however, the problem is not new. When landing at Tokyo Narita on RWYs 34L/R, there is a requirement to extend the landing gear before crossing the coastline, to avoid dropping ice on built up areas. On approach to rwys 16L/R, there’s no such requirem...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330/A340 MTOW question
Replies: 7
Views: 1441

Re: A330/A340 MTOW question

In my previous company, we had two MTOWs for the same A330, depending on the airports we operated to. Higher weight for long haul flights, lower weight for regional ops. No maintenance action was requided, just a list of airports in the OM, where our MTOW was declared to be lower.

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the average 1 engine out cruise speed for A321
Replies: 9
Views: 1145

Re: What is the average 1 engine out cruise speed for A321

P.S. Gcmap data is not accurate. Eg. for the A330, they give an average diversion speed of 402 Kt, whereas two operators I have flown for used 416 and 430 kt respectively for ETOPS Flight planning. Bottom line - 400-415 kt can be used for any medium, or heavy jet. Also, Gcmap data is not accurate en...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the average 1 engine out cruise speed for A321
Replies: 9
Views: 1145

Re: What is the average 1 engine out cruise speed for A321

As others above said, the operator can actually choose a speed schedule for engine-out operations. The max diversion distance, as well as fuel requirmemnts will depend on the chosen speed schedule. The highest possible diversion distance for both non-ETOPS and ETOPS flights will be possible if assum...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question Regarding Runway Performance Calculations
Replies: 23
Views: 1061

Re: Question Regarding Runway Performance Calculations

What the computer normally spits out is: - whether you can take off with entered t/o mass, or not - what is the max mass you can use on particular day - associated V-speeds, configuration and t/o thrust setting. The actual take off distance, if displayed, is just auxiliary information. The runway le...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX
Replies: 104
Views: 20663

Re: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX

Other thread suggested the load was limited to approx 150 pax, so there was a significant payload reduction. A 321 NEO LR could probably take another 20-30, due to its higher MTOW. I think this offers good a glimpse of the prospective capabilities of the NEO LR. Airbus’s claim of 200PAX@4000NM woul...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX
Replies: 104
Views: 20663

Re: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX

Other thread suggested the load was limited to approx 150 pax, so there was a significant payload reduction. A 321 NEO LR could probably take another 20-30, due to its higher MTOW. I think this offers good a glimpse of the prospective capabilities of the NEO LR. Airbus’s claim of 200PAX@4000NM would...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 247
Views: 59555

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Those wings look loong!

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22684

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Me too! A proper hat is a part of the uniform. I hope other companies don’t follow suit...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's financial woes
Replies: 98
Views: 26062

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

Looks like the bubble is bursting. Is it only them, or will there be a chain reaction?

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level to launch 5 new destinations and also a new ORY base next S18.
Replies: 61
Views: 20107

Re: Level to launch 5 new destinations and also a new ORY base next S18.

Found the following statement on the Flylevel website:

“LEVEL is an IAG trademark. Flights sold under the LEVEL name are operated by Iberia and OpenSkies and are subject to their conditions of carriage.”

It kinda confirms that ORY flights will be operated under Open Skies AOC

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification
Replies: 64
Views: 20481

Re: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification

The A35K was in KEF a month or two ago. It wasn’t windy then, though, so I don’t know what they were testing. Special cargo handling procedures: https://www.joc.com/sites/default/files/field_feature_image/frozen%20fish.jpg Believe it, or not - a few days ago I hauled almost 15 tons of fish from Ice...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification
Replies: 64
Views: 20481

Re: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification

Does anybody know what is the current x-wind limit? Crosswind is not an aircraft limit (except for LVO), FCOM will indicate the maximum demonstrated. Yeah Zeke, I know this, been flying airplanes for more than 20 years... I didn’t ask for explanation of AFM crosswind limits, but the current state o...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification
Replies: 64
Views: 20481

Re: Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA/FAA certification

Some reports saying that crosswind landing limits have yet to be determined as suitable conditions/airports are still being searched for..... Crosswind, hot opperations, and cold opperations routinely have their opperating envelope expanded after EIS. Lightsaber Perhaps I see one of the birds soon ...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air eyes to India
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: WOW Air eyes to India

I’d say it’s more of the author’s guess, than WOW’s plan. I don’t say they are not considering India, but if you read the article carefully, it says Skúli doesn’t hint anything, but the author had a look at the globe and figured out that Iceland lies on route between east coast US and India - no shi...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...

Thanks gents!

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Brussels Airlines A340 ops @DUS...

Hi,

On a pilot job site, I saw an ad - Brussels Airlines is looking for A340 pilots based in DUS. Anyone know what kind of operations is that? I am aware that SN is supposed to take over some of AB A330 routes and planes - but A340?! What do they plan to do with it?

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 3588

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

That is a bit of a "gotcha" with respect to long, domestic flights. In theory an enroute alternate need not be available nor above minima. Take, for example, a flight from St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia. It is scheduled at around 7 hours and the aircraft flying it...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 3588

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

Hi Longhauler, that’s an interesting incident.

Across the Atlantic there should be an airport available within 120min from pretty much anywhere - how long did the A/C fly with fuel stuck in the TT and how problematic has it become?

Is there any report available for this incident?

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?
Replies: 88
Views: 15072

Re: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?

LuxuryTravelled wrote:
What if Wizz has gained some early 321neo slots which would make this happen, just not announced yet??



Shhhh, don’t spoil a good story! ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence
Replies: 31
Views: 3588

Re: A350 Flap? extension at cruise during turbulence

so it deploys flap to maintain the Center of Gravity within the limits. How can flaps alter the CoG? The whole point is to optimize the relative position of CoG vs the Centre of Pressure (i.e. where Lift force is located on the wing). A330 does that by pumping fuel back and forth to move the CoG In...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?
Replies: 88
Views: 15072

Re: Rumor: Wizz Air to launch LTN-New York/Toronto?

I see wild theories like A330s, stopovers in exotic airports etc.

Hasn't it yet occurred to anyone that W6 might have gotten an earlier slot for one, or two A321NEO's? Being an important Airbus customer, that could be quite easy thing to negotiate for them...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Confusing Callsigns
Replies: 35
Views: 3385

Re: Confusing Callsigns

Fighter guys get creative with their call-signs. The best I've heard on the radio was 'psycho'

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th
Replies: 77
Views: 17392

Re: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th

Is that all? I seem to remember that the 320NEO FF had much more coverage...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 34955

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

That is a low estimate. The MTOW difference would be 9 t. If that is all fuel it could mean a 1.5 hour flight extension. The A330-900 should reach 7,300 nm and the A330-800 nearly 8.200nm. But you have to carry those 9t of fuel around for hours... But average fuel burn is well below 6 t an hour. Ex...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 29911

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

dodoma wrote:
German air traffic authorities (Luftfahrtbundesamt) are already looking into this

http://www.aero.de/news-27712/LBA-untersucht--Air-Berlin-Flugmanoever-in-Duesseldorf.html (in German)


Since it was the pilot’s last day at work, what can they do - ground him? Boo-hoo! ;)

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330

zeke wrote:
Still a very good margin, the attitude will be between 6 and 8.5 degrees, and the tail strike pitch limit on the -200 is 15.5 degrees.


True, on the -200 that would be less of an issue. On the -300 OTOH, that would be too close for comfort...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: landing without flaps (only slats) on A330

Then you also have to mind the tail clearance, which may by quite lower at abnormal config. While I wouldn't aim for firm landing per se, I'd definitely limit pitch change of flare...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Consumption Comparison B787-900 / A350-900 LFPG / KJFK / LFPG
Replies: 24
Views: 3930

Re: Fuel Consumption Comparison B787-900 / A350-900 LFPG / KJFK / LFPG

I find it odd how we can have a 787-9 vs A350-900 debate in response to your question without anyone coming close to answering your question or providing trip fuel numbers Really surprised? It's a direct A vs B comparison, as unfair against A as possible (short route, low load). And once calculated...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 4543

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

I don't remember any autostart feature in those birds and it isn't in the manual but maybe I missed something. I don't know anything about the computer flight sims. On the B744 Autostart was a customer option, but most aircraft had it fitted. We once had a delivery flight at LHR en route to somewhe...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Land - or better not...?
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Land - or better not...?

Probably would have and hopefully better :)

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SlQZJcAoERg
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seat55a wrote:
Personally more interested in what might happen at 88 MPH...with a DC-3 that's just barely flying I believe, below VR on takeoff.



You can check out here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SlQZJcAoERg

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)

There’s no way to get into zero airspeed, other than pulling into a vertical climb... You just can’t stop an airplane in mid air. I can’t see a realistic scenario where you’d end up in such state with a DC-3 Having said that, inherent stability would probably prevail and the airplane should dive nos...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many pilots does an airline need?
Replies: 13
Views: 2001

Re: How many pilots does an airline need?

5-6 crews/plane for short haul, ~10 crews/plane for long haul is the ballpark. Get below that and you start cancelling flights due to crew shortages, postponing holidays (which have to be given back/paid for) etc.

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants
Replies: 21
Views: 2559

Re: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants

That's an 'interesting' takeoff technique. Any idea why it was implemented in the first place? I remember reading long ago, that it was due to nosewheel shimmy oscillation, but not sure of that. Also, regarding the CIA accident, there was reportedly a cover up by British Authorities to keep the rep...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants
Replies: 21
Views: 2559

Re: Take off in versions of aircraft types with major length variants

On the 330 and 350 we are taught .... On rotation, pitch up to 15 degrees (12.5 on the 350) at a rate of 3 degrees/second. Only once airborne do we start following the flight director to its commanded pitch for the initial climb. For some reason this reminded me of an issue affecting the original D...

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