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by Max Q
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 83
Views: 6452

Will UA order more 77W’s ?

This aircraft is working really well across United’s route system The recent order of four more airframes shows there is a need for higher capacity on many existing routes and more could be effectively and profitably utilized With 22 frames UA has been able to replace the 744 fleet on most of the ro...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 107
Views: 8634

Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

United’s operation has improved significantly and it’s financial results are quite respectable They are finally capitalizing on the worlds best hub and route system and their counterintuitive, steady expansion is paying dividends Yet their latest quarterly results don’t come close to Delta’s What gi...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 80
Views: 16400

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

Here we go again, another A vs B thread. And yet as much as you types whine about it, you still can't seem to figure out that that's the number one thing that people on these such sites ENJOY doing.... else they wouldn't do it every day for the span of 21yrs. :roll: This is my copy/paste answer for...

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy a new vacuum cleaner lately ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Re: Anyone buy a new vacuum cleaner lately ?

Dieuwer wrote:
I think Miele is too expensive for what you get. I like my Elektrolux.



Which model do you have ?


I’ve seen mixed reviews

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AW 600 Tiltrotor
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: AW 600 Tiltrotor

One of the prototypes crashed on a test flight in Italy a while back killing the pilots


Not too sure what is going on with the program now, it all seems to have gone quiet


I hope they can work it out , it’s a very cool aircraft

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 80
Views: 16400

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

United got a very good deal on the first batch of 777-300ERs it ordered, as the plane is nearing the end of its production cycle and there is a gap before the assembly line transitions to the updated 777. United most likely got a sweet deal on the 4 additional 777-300ERs it just ordered. United his...

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 10997

Re: US-Russia nonstop flights

Pan Am had a non stop 747 service from Moscow to NY for a while

Dont think any other US carriers flew into the Soviet Union in that era though

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14072

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Exactly. Zero G Corporation, based in Arlington, VA. $5,400 + 5% Tax buys you 15 parabolic maneuvers of 20-30 seconds of weightlessness each. http://www.gozerog.com Except by the third or fourth “roller coaster” what sounded like a good idea to begin with isn’t as you’re puking your guts out — sort...

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14072

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

So if I understand well, it is as of right now impossible to fly on a 727 as a passenger regardless of where in the world you are. If you don't count N794AJ then yes, I think so. Here she is. I didn't know about her until I found out recently. 4705091 From what I see on the fuselage, "Zero G&q...

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 36308

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

It lines up pretty well, this young fleet of 77W aircraft will be good for 20 + years when their ideal replacement, the 77-9 can be ordered


In the meantime the slow replacement of the 77E with the A359 starts in 2022

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy a new vacuum cleaner lately ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Anyone buy a new vacuum cleaner lately ?

My ancient but reliable Bernina finally
bit the dust


Need a new vacuum, simple, powerful and
reliable are the main requirements


Looking at Sebo and Miele currently, anyone have suggestions ?

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

... and I don't think anyone has even scratched the surface when Autoland is discussed. Which was the first passenger aircraft to have autoland-capability? And who did it evolve over the years? Pretty sure that was the Hawker Siddeley Trident in the early ‘60’s We had the ability to track a radial ...

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

CARST wrote:
BravoOne wrote:
... and I don't think anyone has even scratched the surface when Autoland is discussed.


Which was the first passenger aircraft to have autoland-capability?

And who did it evolve over the years?



Pretty sure that was the Hawker Siddeley
Trident in the early ‘60’s

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

How about the final analog jets, DC-10, L-1011? Did their autopilot connect to navigation? I imagine them being advanced but no idea. Thx Yes, that generation of aircraft all had the ability to connect the autopilot to whatever independent navigation device was being used such as Omega / INS etc..

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 36308

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Adding four more 77W's is a big deal. The economics must be very good (performance + purchase price) to elect these vs. more 787's and/or wait until the A359's. Either way, UA has 10 widebody aircraft coming online in 2019 + what looks to be like that many again in 2020 with 787's. It should make f...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 7157

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

Actually, I think what should happen is all US carriers should have a low-cost domestic operation. That way, their international brand would not be diluted. Think about it, the top ranking airlines in the world have a low-cost regional operation. Think Singapore vs. Silk, JAL vs. JAL Express, Catha...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 7157

Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

Continental had ‘Cal lite’ Delta had ‘Song’ and United had ‘Ted’ yet American never went along with the low fare ‘airline within an airline’ idea Turns out they were right of course as all of those operations didn’t work out and were shut down But AA’s refusal to go along with this popular, yet misg...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another thread for Mercedes (classic) car owners.
Replies: 13
Views: 1309

Re: Another thread for Mercedes (classic) car owners.

I like the new paint color you selected, looks great

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Query on fuselage ‘appendages’ on C4 (RAF C130)
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: Query on fuselage ‘appendages’ on C4 (RAF C130)

I think what you’re seeing are I/R jammers designed to foil surface to air missiles

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France
Replies: 30
Views: 4394

Re: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France

What if, so what ?

You can get killed by a bus crossing the street


This was a superb piece of flying by
a highly proficient Pilot performing a valuable service

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?
Replies: 24
Views: 3229

Re: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?

NYC is no doubt the No 1 choice for any European airlines seeking new routes to the US. Previously, the major airports in east coast such as BOS, ORD, IAD, MIA were among the 2nd choices after NYC. But now, I figure out most European carriers are treating California market as the same importance as...

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 71
Views: 5705

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I think TBoom had an extremely valid point questioning why Boeing would give up the proven reliability, simply and fidelity of a simple window for a boom operator for an RVS


That seems to be technology for technology’s sake

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the B797 be launched at this years Paris air show ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Will the B797 be launched at this years Paris air show ?

Seems like the timing would be right,
I could see a potential launch order of 60
aircraft + options from UA to replace its
remaining 757 and 763 equipment

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France
Replies: 30
Views: 4394

Re: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France

Great job

That rotor disc is very close to touching the mountainside !

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA/DLR SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified Boeing 747,
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: NASA/DLR SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified Boeing 747,

Sofia trivia, the telescope lens cannot be exposed to direct sunlight or it will be irreparably damaged Missions are operated at night and planned to return well before sunrise just in case the external door covering the telescope cannot be closed In that case the aircraft would be placed back in th...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 family future prospects
Replies: 106
Views: 14869

Re: 787 family future prospects

What happened to the rumored order from UA to replace the 767 ?

That requirement can be postponed a while but it’s not going away

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-748 tail display
Replies: 21
Views: 5369

Re: B-748 tail display

Beautiful aircraft


Classic is a fitting name for that version of the Queen of the skies


Nothing made after then comes close to the attractiveness of that era’s jet transports

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: TOC/TOD determination before FMS
Replies: 23
Views: 1276

Re: TOC/TOD determination before FMS

Three times your altitude + ten miles to slow worked well on the older aircraft, one mile less for every 10 knots of headwind and one more for every 10 knots of tailwind As you descend you watch your DME every 1000 feet to see if your profile is working and adjust with lower or higher rate of descen...

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-748 tail display
Replies: 21
Views: 5369

Re: B-748 tail display

Unlike more modern aircraft whose vertical stabilizers are getting smaller and smaller


The A350’s in particular looks out far too small for the airframe and spoils the looks of an
otherwise attractive aircraft

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3575

Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

China, Russia and perhaps others continue to develop long range weapons that pose serious dangers to today’s carrriers At the same time their respective air groups have less range, the F-18 not being able to go out as far as the older F14’s So theoretically the ship has to go closer to shore where i...

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 777 Wiper limit speed
Replies: 39
Views: 4089

Re: Boeing 777 Wiper limit speed

stratclub wrote:
I remember reading years ago about an aircraft that did use bleed air for cockpit window TAI. Just can't remember what plane it was.



You may be thinking about the Convair 880 and 990, both of which used bleed air in lieu of windscreen wipers

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 191
Views: 23543

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

Unanswered is will the cargo compartments allow side by side LD3 carriage ?

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 with the same fuselage width as 787
Replies: 26
Views: 4871

Re: A350 with the same fuselage width as 787

The A350 was to knock off the B787 in sales. Airbus waited until the B787 was in production with their single wound fuselage before they went with the carbon panels over the aluminum frame . They have relatively none of the same architecture in systems nor integration. The A350 is not much more tha...

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by Max Q
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1868

Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thanks for the great, detailed replies

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by Max Q
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dad books 6 flights to spend Xmas with FA daughter.
Replies: 63
Views: 12254

Re: Dad books 6 flights to spend Xmas with FA daughter.

Question: Did he travel non-rev or actually bought the revenue ticket? I have to ask because he would qualify for non-rev travel as a parent. But using non-rev to follow family member 6 flights in a day is in a grey area of non-rev ticket usage. No matter how he travelled it is a great father-daugh...

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by Max Q
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1868

Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
If you live near any of their distribution centers, you can pick your tires/purchase up and save shipping.

GF



That is a good idea, checking into that

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by Max Q
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1868

Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Check out Tire Rack.com. Usually good prices, lots of reviews and information and links to installers. I’ve used them for 20 years. Everything you said, family uses a combo of tire rack and a local shop and never had anything but great things to say. Also being in Florida I assume you are buying su...

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by Max Q
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1868

Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

I have a 2009 Camry SE with the 4 cylinder engine. I need a new set of tires, last time I bought four ‘Michelin primacy’ and they have been very disappointing Even new they had very poor grip in the wet, first time Michelin have let me down, I Tried to save a little on their lower range product and ...

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by Max Q
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone investing in oil ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Anyone investing in oil ?

Dutchy is correct Speculating on oil price may appear easy, but that is a mirage. Many airlines with fairly well paid teams have absolutely lost their butts on oil speculation. I mean absolutely lost. their. asses. Looks so easy, but it's not. Leave that stuff to the professionals. Oil is not an ap...

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by Max Q
Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Gear Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 2036

Re: Landing Gear Questions

The A350 has landing gear doors that retain the weight of the landing gear in case of inadvertent deployment and prevent them from breaking through and exiting into the airstream. Is this a regulatory requirement in the USA or the European Union or just a cherry on top of the icing? How frequent ar...

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by Max Q
Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone investing in oil ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Anyone investing in oil ?

Dutchy is correct Speculating on oil price may appear easy, but that is a mirage. Many airlines with fairly well paid teams have absolutely lost their butts on oil speculation. I mean absolutely lost. their. asses. Looks so easy, but it's not. Leave that stuff to the professionals. Oil is not an ap...

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by Max Q
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone investing in oil ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Anyone investing in oil ?

Not literally buying oil, my interest is more in oil futures or the least risk vehicle to capitalize on the current low price per barrel

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by Max Q
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET 787 Wing damage at OSL
Replies: 14
Views: 5469

Re: ET 787 Wing damage at OSL

If I had a penny for every ‘that’ll buff out’ comment..


Too many of these incidents though, Boeing is working on a ground collision prevention warning system, I think that will be a big advance

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by Max Q
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone investing in oil ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Anyone investing in oil ?

Per barrel prices are way down, seems like
a good time to buy considering the potential upside is over double


Anyone have experience in this ?

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by Max Q
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 8297

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

The first five letters of ‘briefing’ should tell you something, once you start getting long winded it all blurs together


It’s brief for a reason, keep it short, simple and to the point


Essentials only

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by Max Q
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 8297

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

Does not save time and leaves you exposed to other failures. Boeing does not just sit back and make this tuff up without serious evaluations. There have been numerous articles to support the Boeing procedures and frankly without seeing CAL/UAL boiler plate I don't believe your statements as it is c...

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8 horizontal tail fuel tanks fix
Replies: 12
Views: 2798

Re: 747-8 horizontal tail fuel tanks fix

Is the stabilizer tank only filled when a maximum fuel load is required and can the stab tank be ‘partially’ filled ? Stabilizer tank may be filled partially, if wing and CW tanks are full, to reach the reguired total fuel amount. Stabilizer fuel is dumped into the CW tank if a certain preset value...

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8 horizontal tail fuel tanks fix
Replies: 12
Views: 2798

Re: 747-8 horizontal tail fuel tanks fix

Is the stabilizer tank only filled when a maximum fuel load is required and can the stab tank be ‘partially’ filled ?

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 8297

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

Does not save time and leaves you exposed to other failures. Boeing does not just sit back and make this tuff up without serious evaluations. There have been numerous articles to support the Boeing procedures and frankly without seeing CAL/UAL boiler plate I don't believe your statements as it is c...

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 8297

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

Boeing SOP calls for manaul deployment of the speedbrakes in the event of an RTO, followed up by reverse thrust. It's that way for a lot of years now. Not our procedure, not since the 727. Speed brakes should deploy automatically with reverser deployment, if they don’t then the Captain will deploy ...

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