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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: 30117

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: 2593

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: 2593

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: 4417

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: 5107

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: 621

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: 893

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: 893

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: 2092

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: 2576

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: 2576

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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by thepinkmachine
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the A380 a "hard lander"?
Replies: 40
Views: 7610

Re: Is the A380 a "hard lander"?

Never flown the A380, but my pilot friends flying the Whale say it's hard to get a greaser - there's always a thump.

My A330 OTOH is a grandma's airplane. You really gotta put some significant effort to screw it up... :)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 35294

Re: a330neo MTOW increase

JetBuddy wrote:
Interesting! What kind of range could we expect from a 251tn MTOW A330-900neo?



Leahy mentioned up to 7000Nm

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Schedule questions for commercial pilots
Replies: 15
Views: 2314

Re: Schedule questions for commercial pilots

As others say above, 'it depends', however in my neck of the woods, where seniority doesn't count for much, the following seems to be the benchmark: Shorthaul: 2-4 sectors per day, 12-15 flying days per month, plus a couple of standbys Long haul: 4 trips per month seems to be the norm, with usually ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Anybody know what Airbus finally decided to do about the MTOW? 251T, or is it still unofficial? Looks like 242,000kg remains the highest option. They were studying 245,000kg earlier this year, but no mention since. I would expect if they were intending it to EIS with higher, we'd have heard about i...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Anybody know what Airbus finally decided to do about the MTOW? 251T, or is it still unofficial?

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

The engines look like overgrown CF-6

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

If you look closely at the photo in reply #492 , and compare it with the A330ceo on the left, one can clearly see the wing twist. I don't see any difference, but maybe that's just me... As for the flap track fairings, aren't they already changed on the recent A333 CEOs? Anyway, a beautiful bird. I'...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

A real beauty! Having said that, I wonder how you guys see any difference in wing twist on this photo...

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by thepinkmachine
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s
Replies: 87
Views: 28129

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s

Didn't they have ATRs some time ago by any chance?

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Consumption estimation / A330-200 / LFPG - KJFK - LFPG
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: Fuel Consumption estimation / A330-200 / LFPG - KJFK - LFPG

Do you take wind into account in your calculations? It can make a significant difference in the calculations, especially for westbound flights across the Atlantic. If you want to plan for worst case scenarios, I'd rather plan fort 50-80kt headwinds, than for for low FLs

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger
Replies: 38
Views: 12332

Re: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger

So what is different about the A350.? There are thousands of B737 (and many other aircraft) with hydraulic cooling grids in the fuel tanks and no fuel inerting system. Why are these not grounded until fuel inerting is fitted? Must be a fundamental difference in the A350 case drain cooling system ov...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

We do it all the time on the ATR, either to backtrack the least amount (or avoid it altogether), or to make the most convenient exit (an advantage of being able to land in only a few hundred meters :smile: ). On the other hand, often we hardly brake at all for the same reasons. BTW, we don't have t...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

We do it all the time on the ATR, either to backtrack the least amount (or avoid it altogether), or to make the most convenient exit (an advantage of being able to land in only a few hundred meters :smile: ). On the other hand, often we hardly brake at all for the same reasons. BTW, we don't have t...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Avoiding Backtrack, Full Reverse and Max Braking?

I can add that passenger perception of max braking is usually MED brakes on the A320 and its counterpart in the Boeing. Medium A/BRK comfortably stops an A320 within 1200-1500m.

Max braking OTOH is hardly ever used unless in emergency or rejected take off. It feels like hitting a wall :)

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If LOT Polish Flight 16 was an Airbus..
Replies: 9
Views: 2919

Re: If LOT Polish Flight 16 was an Airbus..

I'd say, if LO16 was an Airbus, the incident wouldn't have happened, as there would be no Altn L/G circuit breaker to trip. Also, any tripped CB would be clearly indicated on the ECAM CB page.

As for belly landing itself, it would not be any different in the Bus

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APU vs GPU
Replies: 8
Views: 2371

Re: APU vs GPU

Another thing to take into account is APU start cycles. I remember reading in some Airbus publication, that on short turnarounds (<40min). It may be beneficial to leave the APU running, rather than shutting it down after taxi-in and restarting before engine start. Apparently the cost of extra APU fu...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How different wind conditions affect take-off and landing...
Replies: 19
Views: 3015

Re: How different wind conditions affect take-off and landing...

AFAIK, wind shear warning is inhibited before liftoff - at least on the Bus...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234726

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

LoganTheBogan wrote:
Is the A330neo using the same cockpit as the 330 or will it be the same as the A350?


Identical as the 330

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Accident Investigators/Boards with Little or No Activity
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Accident Investigators/Boards with Little or No Activity

There's also the accidents of the small GA stuff, which are much more frequent and keep the board busy.

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Helicopter vs airplane
Replies: 9
Views: 1619

Re: Helicopter vs airplane

Yup... Helicopters are more fun and more challenging to fly, but they are generally harder work for less money than airplanes...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 74115

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Not a new order as such but an interesting lease placement. Aercap places 2 A321neoLRs with Primera Air, which currently operates only 737s. Interestingly in the press release it says Primera will operate 8 A321neos so they must have leased the 6 A321s from somewhere else in previously unannounced ...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-343 Blue Hyd Elec Pump
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: A330-343 Blue Hyd Elec Pump

zeke wrote:
This is only on the A330E, it has the electric rudder. BPS runs off the blue hyd.


Blue and Yellow IIRC... I think Glenn is correct

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

Ok, so you could lift 224T at 15 deg day, no wind. At 30 deg it would be 218.8T. This does not take into account any obstacles after t/o, which might decrease the maximum permissible weight. As for other limitations- a quick look into the AIP reveals that runway strength would be the main issue. It ...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 5192

Re: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

DY789 wrote:
Someone like China Southern?

A319, A320, A321, A332, A333. Also already have the A320 NEO and A321 NEO.


I don't think it is the same crews flying all the variants there

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 5192

Re: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

AFAIK WOW fly A320CEO/A320NEO/A321CEO/A333. A321NEO and A330NEO soon to join the fleet

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

zeke wrote:
Quick rule of thumb for every 5 degrees above ISA drop a tonne off the max weight, 30 deg is 3x5 above 15, so around 230-3 = 227 tonnes..



For a generic runway and A333@30deg it's more like 220T, unless obstacle limits come into play...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

Thanks for your quick feedback. Standard conditions are : Sea Level 20 degrees celsius Right? If temparture goes up to 30 degrees celsius still at sea level. What would be the necessary length of runway? Thanks for your feebdack. You could still take off from 2430 m runway at 30 degrees, but probab...

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean airlines claiming the 600series ATR is unreliable
Replies: 236
Views: 30529

Re: Caribbean airlines claiming the 600series ATR is unreliable

I have only flown the -202 and the -500 and they were fine workhorses for regional flight. Reliable and efficient.

However, I have heard from my friends operating the -600s that they were generating lots of problems and that, in general, they are not ATR's masterpiece :)

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by thepinkmachine
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy
Replies: 18
Views: 3651

Re: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy

Hi! Very interesting topic. Low/draggy descents/long finals have always been a pet peeve of mine - both due to ATC constraints, as well as due to pilot techniques, which vary considerably from one, to another, even on VNAV equipped aircraft. The only thing - so far I haven't found any quantification...

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by thepinkmachine
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL
Replies: 14
Views: 3383

Re: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL

LAX772LR wrote:
One of those routes that ya kinda already thought was served. :spin:

...oh well, good for them.



They used to have a codeshare on this route with China Airlines, who flew FCO-DEL-TPE on A330. Last year CI went direct FCO-TPE on A350. That's why it is starting...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8584

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

Loophole? Perhaps. Still, EASA (don't know FAA) regs define dispatch wx minima for Enroute Alternate (ERA) and it has been my understanding that you needed one, even non-ETOPS... Having said that, a brief trawl thru EASA regs only yields what you stated above - a requirement to operate within 60 min...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8584

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

Well the FAA is really not different, FAR 121.161: Unless authorized by the Administrator, based on the character of the terrain, the kind of operation, or the performance of the airplane to be used, no certificate holder may operate two-engine or three-engine (except a three-engine turbine powered...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333
Replies: 30
Views: 8584

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA with A 321 instead of A 333

The actual distance flown on a theoretical KEF-MIA is far greater than KEF-TLV. One simple reason: Wow Air's A321's aren't ETOPS certified, meaning they cannot take the shortest route possible to MIA. Whereas they can to TLV. Hence why the stop in BGR. Even if the A321 were ETOPS120, KEF-MIA would ...

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by thepinkmachine
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 147585

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

Wonder if this severing of diplomatic relations isn't a prelude to an invasion, or some such...

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by thepinkmachine
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parallel runway centerlines until the 50s
Replies: 9
Views: 2649

Re: Parallel runway centerlines until the 50s

Just a guess... In taildragges, which were prevalent at the time, the forward view is restricted, or non-existent on the ground and tracking the centerline is a bit of a guesswork.

Perhaps these two lines were placed so that they are visible to the pilots all the time?

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by thepinkmachine
Fri May 12, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 1883

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

But what if you - don't have fifth freedom rights, - don't change the crew, - don't (off)load passengers, - don't go through the hassle of procedures, costs and paperwork on a regular stop but just want to make extra money by reducing fuel burn, increase payload and use lighter, cheaper aircraft? B...

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by thepinkmachine
Fri May 12, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine driven fuel pumps
Replies: 12
Views: 1928

Re: Engine driven fuel pumps

I doubt it would, as the engine driven pump creates the high pressure for the fuel injectors.

Never heard of the engine pump failing, though...

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by thepinkmachine
Tue May 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 1883

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Yes, with one fuel stop you could theoretically operate a full A333 between any two points in the world. However, if it were so profitable, then why would airlines even bother buying all those super-expensive ULR 77W/A350/789's Also, why try to shave a couple of minutes refueling running engines, wh...

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