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by kalvado
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes
Replies: 61
Views: 5267

Re: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes

Ban calls in flight or on a plane? Calls "honey, we just landed, see you in 15 minutes" are fairly routine and cause little irritation. I am guilty of making some "I am on the train, be there in 20 min. Where do we meet?" calls. No dirty looks. But once upon a time I was sitting ...

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by kalvado
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB: Pilot error responsible for AC759 @ SFO
Replies: 74
Views: 12680

Re: NTSB: Pilot error responsible for AC759 @ SFO

Well, NTSB has a plot which seems to be more detailed than what can be extracted from the camera footage. I am talking about https://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2018-DCA17IA148-BMG-1-IICpresentation.pdf page 5. It indeed shows deviation from taxiway centerline towards runway at the lowest poi...

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by kalvado
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB: Pilot error responsible for AC759 @ SFO
Replies: 74
Views: 12680

Re: NTSB: Pilot error responsible for AC759 @ SFO

Usually I agree when posters say pilots shouldn’t be fired for small mistakes - but if you don’t fire pilots for this what do you fire them for? Can’t think of many jobs where you almost kill hundreds and keep your job...: or did they get fired? Spot on! On one hand pilots get fired for having a dr...

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by kalvado
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 16063

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

There is a strong case to be made that change fees actually represent a market *failure* and that Congressional intervention to ban them represent a pro-market intervention. 1) For everyone saying imposing these rules on airlines is government taking away airlines' property rights or right to profi...

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by kalvado
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 16063

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

Hyperbole on your part. What you do not get is when the government micromanaged the industry fares were much higher. No one argues that things need to have rules to operate fairly; but deciding to change rules to essentially require airlines to treat non-refundable fare tickets as refundable becaus...

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by kalvado
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many aircraft are double jetways pratical for?
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: How many aircraft are double jetways pratical for?

I (de)boarded a 737 through a double jetway arrangement a few times. It does help from a passenger perspective, especially on arrival when you're in the very back. Is it cost effective? I guess not.

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by kalvado
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 38
Views: 3406

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

All this because a 747 was shot down. Yes, I refuse to believe the story of TWA800 Every time I worked on one of the AD related cards I would think, "This will prevent it from exploding when the missile hits." I also don't buy the TWA 800 fuel vapor story. Planes were flying around for de...

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by kalvado
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 16063

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

Here is what you do not get: The planes, equipment, and product are private property, owned by the individual companies. They do not belong to you or me. In most industries, including aviation, the companies decide what they will offer, for how much, and on what terms. The company does nto belong t...

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by kalvado
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 16063

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

For all you whiners. Find another issue, this one is dead as it should be. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines/u-s-airlines-score-win-as-congress-drops-reasonable-fee-rules-idUSKCN1M20NO “U.S. airlines score win as Congress drops 'reasonable fee' rules” Exactly the way it should be. Air...

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by kalvado
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal
Replies: 52
Views: 8336

Re: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal

Neglecting safety? By that logic, the autopilot should never be switched on. Hand flying all the way in order to personally take care of the safety of passengers! As others have said - this is how a police state operates. It's very sad for the Flight Attendants, and for the thousands of others whos...

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by kalvado
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?
Replies: 12
Views: 1685

Re: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?

To rephrase original question the way I see it: Are there any parts that can be removed from an old 731/732 and (assuming all proper documentation and good condition) be put in service on a MAX-10? Or things changed too much over the generations?

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by kalvado
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15126

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

So whats the point of an Air Marshal if (i) the cockpit doors are already bulletproof, (ii) firearms are carried within the cockpit (which is madness in itself), & (iii) the cockpit doors are guarded (or locked) at all times during flight ? I fail to see how they are justifying their existence ...

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by kalvado
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15126

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

Kalvado: We don't have to reinvent the protocols, because there already IS one. Most likely this happened because the regional airline crew wasn't as used to dealing with FAMs as mainline crews, and may have forgotten their training. I do not believe ANY security protocol can include attempts to cl...

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by kalvado
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15126

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

Ugh. Common Sense tells you that if somebody authoritatively walks up to you and says let me review the Manifest, an obvious question would be why? If he opens his jacket and you see the weapon, a logical assumption is that the guy is a FAM. A simple question as to whether he was on the job is all ...

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by kalvado
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?
Replies: 63
Views: 3706

Re: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?

If anything... I think bus drivers are on average much safer than regular drivers because they are not driving drunk - drunk bus driver would be caught when checking in or by passengers. Similarly, best thing for mental health is not formal medical evaluation, but a bit more attention from people ar...

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by kalvado
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Re: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?

Engines can be removed, overhauled, and reinstalled on a different aircraft. The engine maintenance history needs to follow the engine. But what about other parts which can be moved between aircraft? Possibly, engine is the most complex "part" of an aircraft, which cannot be readily diagn...

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by kalvado
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Re: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?

Two different pieces of equipment—the engine has it own set of limits, different certification and production certificates. The engine can be removed, replaced or have an AD against. GF Like many other parts which have their own set of limits, different certification and production certificates. Ar...

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V1 question
Replies: 18
Views: 1554

Re: V1 question

V1 & Vr would be the same There was a heated discussion here... There was a case when a turboprop (ATR or Dash, iif I remember correctly) took off from YYZ long runway, discovered control problems right after rotation, landed back on a runway and came to to a safe stop before the end of runway....

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: V1 question
Replies: 18
Views: 1554

Re: V1 question

V1 & Vr would be the same There was a heated discussion here... There was a case when a turboprop (ATR or Dash, iif I remember correctly) took off from YYZ long runway, discovered control problems right after rotation, landed back on a runway and came to to a safe stop before the end of runway....

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by kalvado
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup
Replies: 127
Views: 25614

Re: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup

I was a little puzzled by this statement in the report. What more could Boeing really do? Parts like Flaperons are swapped out all the time by airlines and would need to be tracked by the airline. When a part is removed the maintenance records will say something like P/N XY123 S/N QWE345 removed S/...

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by kalvado
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 14461

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

I wonder how much of Canada's CAD$1.8 trillion public debt is held in a gulf....

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by kalvado
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

Pilots have background checks. They have medicals. They have peers who can report them if they have suspicions. That didn't stop LAM, Germanwings, possibly MH370. However all of the training in the world doesn't help when someone goes rogue on you and there's no way to stop them. I 100% agree with ...

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by kalvado
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

It's not about 'handling' a suicidal pilot though. It's about one person not being able to completely lock themselves in and take a plane down. If there's nobody else with them then there is nothing you can do. The door cannot be breached. Emergency codes don't work if the suicidal one has locked t...

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by kalvado
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Pilots fail for a lot of reasons beyond suicide.

GF

And as soon as pilots are not trusted... You cannot have a cake and eat it too.
Are there still SIDA badges issued for the pilots? Because, you know, pilots fail for a lot of reasons.. And that crash axe.. Need to do something about it!

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by kalvado
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

Riiiight - because there's never been a case of the crew saving a doomed airliner. :roll: Never been a software bug on a certified airliner, neither has there been a gap in ATC coverage. More like I am just extrapolating concepts being discussed to an extreme. There seems to be a type of unlikely e...

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by kalvado
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

Egyptair 990, too. As I pointed out, by locking one pilot behind a door that cannot be opened from the cabin (due to concerns terrorists could force an crew member to open it) you have created a single point of failure, a point of failure commonly believed to have a risk of 1 x 10E-5. Would you acc...

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by kalvado
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

Many psychologists won't agree to you here. Someone in depression, ready to ditch the plane taking all lifes, doesn't necessarily has the readyness to fight physically, let alone see someone go away in front of his eyes. Those are two different pair of shoes, nevermind if he has 80kgs or 120kgs. So...

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by kalvado
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much will it cost to repair this APU?
Replies: 10
Views: 1524

Re: How much will it cost to repair this APU?

Preliminary estimate from just one exterior picture: More than $1 and less than $5M. Inspect, Replace or Repair: Apu and associated components *Rudder *Fin rear spar *Rudder actuators *Rudder control cables and quadrants Tail cone Exhaust pipe Stainless steel shroud around tail pipe Forward fire wa...

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

From a rough estimate, pilot having heart attack while the second one goes to a lav is less probable that dual independent engine failure on a twin.... So two person rule and 4 engines 4 long haul! Perhaps, but there are clear economic disincentives for going back to 4 engines. What are the economi...

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

At the airline I worked at, post-9/11 cockpit doors, it was company policy to always have two crew members in the cockI cpit purely for the reason of should the remaining pilot on the flight deck become incapacitated, there would be someone there to open the door for the other pilot. In fact, pilot...

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending
Replies: 62
Views: 6080

Re: Two Crew in Cockpit Rule Ending

At the airline I worked at, post-9/11 cockpit doors, it was company policy to always have two crew members in the cockpit purely for the reason of should the remaining pilot on the flight deck become incapacitated, there would be someone there to open the door for the other pilot. In fact, pilot su...

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by kalvado
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?
Replies: 35
Views: 3225

Re: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?

Every single part of an aircraft can be replaced, in principle. There no principle about it. It has been done with enough time. Which, of course, begs the question: if you replace every single part of an aircraft, are you really flying the original aircraft? Yes its the same because the if the data...

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by kalvado
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should the government regulate minimum seating space
Replies: 130
Views: 4710

Re: Should the government regulate minimum seating space

Flying public is generally the same group of people any other business is dealing with. For some reason, though, most other businesses deal with valued customers - as opposed to cheap public. I wonder why is that? Because you're on an aviation message board full of people that like to whine about a...

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by kalvado
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air bends a 767
Replies: 120
Views: 32340

Re: Atlas Air bends a 767

A bit more of a repair question:
Are we talking about repair of permanent deformation or just a buckle? Is there some shape-restoration shape involved with the damage like that?

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by kalvado
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Georgia governor suspends fuel tax to avoid penalizing Delta at Atlanta hub
Replies: 52
Views: 7054

Re: Georgia governor suspends fuel tax to avoid penalizing Delta at Atlanta hub

thats how the world spins, just like it was pure politics when Cagle put the tax in place. Good for Delta. Youre reaching too hard. Taxes are where we as a society get our revenue to have things like roads and schools. Why shouldnt DL or any other carrier pay their fair share? Except the whole thin...

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by kalvado
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should the government regulate minimum seating space
Replies: 130
Views: 4710

Re: Should the government regulate minimum seating space

Except it keeps going the other way and people keep confusing airlines with charities. If people don't want tight seats they need to pay. In the past 15 years the flying public has proven time and time again they care about price over anything else. When the customer starts caring about the product...

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by kalvado
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should the government regulate minimum seating space
Replies: 130
Views: 4710

Re: Should the government regulate minimum seating space

They will do eventually, at some point it will get too much and become unfair consumer service. Except it keeps going the other way and people keep confusing airlines with charities. If people don't want tight seats they need to pay. In the past 15 years the flying public has proven time and time a...

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by kalvado
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?
Replies: 66
Views: 11875

Re: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?

There is no catch and your post shows you clearly understand the difference between flying time and block time, as any one on here should. Wouldn't it be great if you used your energy to think about answering the question instead of ridiculing other people. As it turns out this is marketing BS and ...

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by kalvado
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?
Replies: 66
Views: 11875

Re: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?

So things could be true with faster planes and less ground delays - by now 80% are not so true if DL schedules are to be believed. But those are the scheduled times, right? What about actual flying time....time in the air from wheels up to wheels down. I would personally like to do some research on...

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by kalvado
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?
Replies: 66
Views: 11875

Re: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?

Probably not without catches. DL blocks 2.14 for NYC-ATL and a hair more than 2 hours for BUF-ATL. That pretty much means 19.4 M in NYS are outside of 2 hour zone. Add 37 M in CA, 6.7 M WA, 3.8 M OR. THat is already 25% of US population. Then Texas: Only 2 out of 8 IAH flights are scheduled 2.00, 6 ...

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by kalvado
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Southwest Really a LCC?
Replies: 79
Views: 5802

Re: Is Southwest Really a LCC?

This summer I needed to cancel a vacation trip, use the funds for a family issue, rebook and then cancel. All of this without change fees. For me, WN is an LCC. No, they're not. An LCC would have charged you for all of those things. They didn't, that's missed income for them. It's real good service...

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by kalvado
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Media reports: CX 216 delayed for 51 hours
Replies: 11
Views: 1760

Re: Media reports: CX 216 delayed for 51 hours

I understand what you meant - but I thought CX being well represented in Europe and mostly by 350 and 77W, will have some maintenance contract in place to make sure they minimise the AOG time. I think the mechanics on the ground in MAN are actually CX staff. MAN was a freighter base well before pax...

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by kalvado
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Southwest Really a LCC?
Replies: 79
Views: 5802

Re: Is Southwest Really a LCC?

No, they're not. They once were, but now they're just a full service airline. Carriers without premium cabins, seat assignments, meal service or even buy-on-board food are not full-service airlines. Maybe your expectations have been dumbed-down by Ryanair. Carries without real service to passengers...

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by kalvado
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach Ban
Replies: 13
Views: 2017

Re: Approach Ban

Depends where in the world you are (and company policies). And a traditional remotely related question: when flying internationally how do pilots keep track of national regulation details? Some briefing cards for destination and all possible enroute diversion points? Or company/country of origin ru...

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by kalvado
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 70
Views: 9000

Re: Drone flies close to A380

Looking at the map - and comparing that with what is seen in the video (especially last second view to the other side) - drone is somewhere above the town of Blue Bay, 1.4 miles from the end of the runway. In US FAA requires that when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft ...

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by kalvado
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: are 737-200 still safe to travel in
Replies: 35
Views: 6359

Re: are 737-200 still safe to travel in

Stop worrying, you will be fine. You have more chance of dying from a falling piano than on a plane (true fact that). Worrying or not, my question is purely technical. Are you saying bathtub curve does not apply? I would call that bullshit... Well mitigated - maybe. And regarding a piano - I heavil...

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by kalvado
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: are 737-200 still safe to travel in
Replies: 35
Views: 6359

Re: are 737-200 still safe to travel in

A more general question: a bathtub reliability curve is a common trend in many situations. Would that apply to planes, and how serious that wear out trend would be ? Stop worrying, you will be fine. You have more chance of dying from a falling piano than on a plane (true fact that). Worrying or not...

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by kalvado
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: are 737-200 still safe to travel in
Replies: 35
Views: 6359

Re: are 737-200 still safe to travel in

A more general question: a bathtub reliability curve is a common trend in many situations. Would that apply to planes, and how serious that wear out trend would be ?

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by kalvado
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting photos of 77Es departing with only MLG retracted.
Replies: 19
Views: 5718

Re: Interesting photos of 77Es departing with only MLG retracted.

Are we sure this is gear retraction, not lowering on arrival? Are those processes just mirrored, or there is a difference?

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