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by ELBOB
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?
Replies: 27
Views: 3085

Re: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?

But it could not compare to the power of the 720B and its rate of climb. It was something different. The 720B was over-winged for its weight, plus additional leading-edge flaps. It had a lot of lift. But although the fan 720B had a good thrust-to-weight for a quad ( 68,000 / 234,000lb = 0.291 ) eve...

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by ELBOB
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???
Replies: 47
Views: 5995

Re: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???

The full reverse, well after coming to a complete stop - sucking half the field through the engines, just screams of reactionary piloting. Why are you still in full reverse? The aircraft has stopped for god sakes. There are lots of reasons he may have done so. To ensure enough space at the end of t...

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by ELBOB
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus PC-24 lands on unpaved runway (Video)
Replies: 15
Views: 3331

Re: Pilatus PC-24 lands on unpaved runway (Video)

This aircraft could be the answer to the needs of the mines in northern Canada? It will carry less than the 732 though. A 146-100 / -200 or the subsequent Avro RJ models would be much better suited and is unpaved-field certificated. And was picked by some airlines for that reason, such as TABA of B...

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton
Replies: 42
Views: 6151

Re: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton

usflyer msp wrote:
For real, yyz to dub is already hypercompetive so I'm not quite sure what Norwegian is adding to the market.


It's a pity they didn't select Belfast International as an origin; no flights to Canada, and only Norwegian itself flying to anywhere in North America.

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best/worst aircraft for extreme weather conditions
Replies: 27
Views: 3185

Re: Best/worst aircraft for extreme weather conditions

Some long time ago I watched an Air Crash Investigation about the crash of ATR72 (or maybe 42) somewhere in the US which was caused by icing and ineffective de-icing. This again? That ATR72 operated in heavy icing well beyond its certification limits. The exact wording from NTSB: "while the ai...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes

That looks like the later 514A-7 digital header unit for the same radio: http://knoppix.net/store/514a-7-Collins-622-4093-001-Radio-_183023055768.html 718-U5 manual here, split into chunks: https://fccid.io/ANATEL/00413-08-03100 Table 5 in Manual 4 discusses the mode options on the various electrome...

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by ELBOB
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes

Looking through old magazines, a fairly common fit for trans-Atlantic Falcon 50s was a pair of Collins 718-U5 HF radios. Widespread radio, also adopted by US mil as AN/ARC-174. I'd only expect the .mil units to have the Secure Voice though. Edit: VP-110 Secure Voice Module was the add-on. There's a ...

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by ELBOB
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Aircraft High Frequency Radio Modes

Secure Voice Upper / Lower

Secure: fitted with a vocoder
Upper / lower: SSB lobe


From a .mil manual, I'd guess?

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 193
Views: 17739

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

Dublin Airport trials 'honesty-based' snack fridges for passengers ‘in a hurry’ .. However, unlike the airport’s honesty payment system for bottled water, where passengers are simply asked to put a euro in a box when they take a bottle, this time around there is a catch. The catch being it's a self...

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by ELBOB
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 21144

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

Aerial refueling is deemed too dangerous to do with POTUS onboard, unless in an emergency. The crews practice doing it regularly though and the VC25 is capable of it. Which is quite odd since the majority of aircraft accidents occur as a result of take-off or landing. Looking at page 20 of this rep...

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan announces new PEK-EDI/DUB service
Replies: 18
Views: 3796

Re: Hainan announces new PEK-EDI/DUB service

Includes breakfast too!

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 15915

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

Wasn’t the 777 the first aircraft to be entirely designed on a compooter, with the use of computer aided design? That’s... probably worth mentioning? It was the first Boeing so designed, and the biggest at that time, but far from the first aircraft. CAD/CAM was used through the 1980s for wholly des...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet passes the 300 aircraft mark
Replies: 24
Views: 3957

Re: EasyJet passes the 300 aircraft mark

They have always marketed themselves a bit of a "premium" low-cost. Flying from main airports like LGW, GVA or MXP probably helps. I even know today people that wouldn't fly Ryanair out of prejudices that are happy to fly with U2. Aaargh, can we please stop calling them U2? They're not IA...

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by ELBOB
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 193
Views: 17739

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

kaitak wrote:
... and Ernest begin flights to Dublin...


And Belfast International, on the same day. The two flights landed within six minutes of each other.

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by ELBOB
Thu May 31, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating
Replies: 50
Views: 9770

Re: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating

Well, pretty much exactly that. I'd consider quality control and poor materials among the "basics" - they may have had an ambitious and well-funded rocket program, but the Soviets were never able to replicate Western levels of reliability and safety in their aircraft. It is difficult to d...

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by ELBOB
Thu May 31, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 167
Views: 26386

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

Dark blue and white is a timeless combination that will always be a "premium" combination. Yellow can cheapen a brand, and with a dated livery like the previous LH one, it didn't relate at all to the way they want to be perceived. By that standard the most premium airline in the World mus...

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by ELBOB
Sun May 27, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?
Replies: 97
Views: 11120

Re: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?

BAe146 is closer than most, but again lack of a combi config does still limit it. At that point other than being a jet there's not really any advantage to it over the ATR. Even if you discount the payload and cabin size, the 146 has a huge advantage in engine-out climb. That was one of the main sal...

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by ELBOB
Sat May 26, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A310 - too early?
Replies: 72
Views: 13163

Re: A310 - too early?

The tech wasn't anything spectacular; it was just an early iteration of the A300-600R shrunk down to a size that the airlines wanted in medium or long range variants. The A310 might have looked 'normal' but it was very advanced for its era and not only because of the supercritical wing. The undersi...

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by ELBOB
Sat May 26, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350?
Replies: 157
Views: 31203

Re: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350? Possibly United. Airline tbc Monday. Any ideas?

senatorflyer wrote:
Not sure why everyone thinks it’s an A350...?


Probably an assumption based on the number of windows aft of the point of the wing fairing ( 14 ), and their shape, which matches an A359.

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by ELBOB
Sat May 26, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 7789

Re: British Crown Flights

No special callsign when flying on a commercial BA service though the flight number is usually in the 9xxx range. When chartering a public-hire aircraft the callsign for the Royal Household is SPARROWHAWK. When RAF airframe it is KITTYHAWK, or just KITTY when positioning. There are also some individ...

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by ELBOB
Thu May 24, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loran
Replies: 8
Views: 1608

Re: Loran

I only know this because after months of researching this strange house and property I "rent" / work at, I realized it was owned my Henry and Alfred Loomis. Then I realized LORAN = LRN = Loomis Radio Navigation. :o That's fantastic! The Soviet equivalent, Chayka, is still operating and ac...

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by ELBOB
Wed May 23, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loran
Replies: 8
Views: 1608

Re: Loran

There's no provision for a VLF antenna on the A350, for one, so even if the avionics were available they wouldn't have a signal. Current market for the next-generation eLORAN is restricted to South Korea and Russia, the UK abandoned its effort a couple of years and I don't know what the USA is doing...

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by ELBOB
Tue May 22, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19319

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

O. Henry said "The clothes make the man." Interesting philosophy. So since cabin crew are primarily there for safety purposes, as we are often reminded, they should be dressed like this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/U.S._Air_Force_Senior_Airman_Timothy_Oberman...

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by ELBOB
Thu May 17, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Social Media- gosh is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 1622

Re: Airlines and Social Media- gosh is it worth it?

Having said that, about two years ago, AS decided to go full bore into social media and put together a SocialCare team that has an average response time of 10 minutes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But they could have put the same investment into their e-mail and telephone channels and improv...

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by ELBOB
Tue May 15, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying
Replies: 129
Views: 17129

Re: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying

There were at least three SAM___ flights across Ireland yesterday, could well have been associated. I didn't log a SAM286, might have been out of range, but I do have:

SAM221 B752 99-0003
SAM183 GLF5 97-0400
SAM287 B737 01-0041

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by ELBOB
Mon May 14, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 25626

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

Aircraft aren’t sold by weight....ridiculous No-one was saying that they are. But it's an interesting metric as it shows a consistent distribution each for narrowbody and twin-aisle categories, and suggests that the A359 isn't as madly 'over-priced' as claimed. Not causal but better than anything e...

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by ELBOB
Sun May 13, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5907

Re: Air Koryo speculations

..., there was an East German-flag carrier, “Interflug”. They flew a Russian-built fleet, were not IATA members and could not compete by a long shot in the modern aviation era in the early 90’s. They folded. Interflug didn't "fold", they were shut-down by the state de-nationalisation agen...

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by ELBOB
Fri May 11, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22026

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming cays

Polot wrote:
Many civil aviation parts can easily be used in military applications, there wouldn’t be an exception


Very few parts actually, other than some off-the-shelf avionics. And even few of those are certified to military standards, or even talk military databus protocols.

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by ELBOB
Sun May 06, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying
Replies: 129
Views: 17129

Re: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying

New paint job on EI-GEY EI A330. There was a bit of discussion on here about livery standards after the Air Italy A330 paint rejection. What do you think? Incidentally the Air Italy A332 EI-GFX departed to Milan on Friday in its stripped-down white scheme. Perhaps they have another contractor to do...

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by ELBOB
Sat May 05, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian lease B777s
Replies: 28
Views: 8275

Re: Norwegian lease B777s

Was booked on FCO-EWR for June and informed that the 787 was being swapped for a 777 wet-lease. Norwegian refunded the ticket .... That's a heck of a lot better than I've received on equipment subs on other carriers. Normally I just turn-up the gate and discover it's Air Explore or Smartlynx... I f...

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by ELBOB
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 9071

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

Do we know how much they pay each year? Until March 2014, zero. There was a reorganisation that year when a new licensing deal was arranged, they now license the brand from VAL TM Ltd which is intermediate between the airline group and Virgin itself and which does nothing except manage the rights f...

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by ELBOB
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 88
Views: 22020

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

I think it's a good change. The current livery makes TN look like a charter carrier. Yes, the livery needs to be tropical, but it looks cheap at the moment. That doesn't jive with Tahiti's brand as a upscale destination.. Most air travel to Tahiti is part of a package, so the fact that they 'look l...

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by ELBOB
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200
Replies: 129
Views: 20533

Re: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200

This is Madness. CS100 and CS300 are the perfect names for those aircrafts Why? What is a C Series anyway, there was no A or B series. 100 for 100 seats and 300 for..? I could have accepted CSJ as a successor to CRJ perhaps, but C Series is a meaningless marketing name that doesn't translate direct...

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by ELBOB
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger IL-76?
Replies: 19
Views: 4574

Re: Passenger IL-76?

Samrnpage wrote:
No way it could be double deck, they are surprisingly small aircraft considering how big they look. They are more A321 size.


No, not A321-sized. 767-200 sized:

Il-76 50.5 x 46.6 x 14.8 metres 170 tonnes
B762 47.6 x 48.5 x 15.85 metres 179 tonnes
A321 34 x 44.5 x 11.8 metres, 85 tonnes

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by ELBOB
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger IL-76?
Replies: 19
Views: 4574

Re: Passenger IL-76?

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You can see the upper deck fitted in this Indian Air Force example. It is utilitarian but does the job:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cd4jd07UsAAqHrn.jpg

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by ELBOB
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger IL-76?
Replies: 19
Views: 4574

Re: Passenger IL-76?

The original ( pre-76MF) models are fitted with mounting points along the walls for an upper deck, used occasionally for trooping. One of the early proposals from Ilyushin was a double-deck 250-seat civil 'airbus' with six-abreast on the upper deck and three-abreast lower, offset to starboard with b...

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