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    Ask The Pilot

    Staying on the topic of runway alignments. In your opinion, which airports around the world that you have operated to, have been designed with the worst alignments relative to prevailing winds. And which of those were for fair reasons, i.e. mountain in the way and which just appear to be bad...
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    Out of curiosity.... could the pilots (both JB and AI) describe how they would get their aircraft on the ground in the following event: You are flying directly overhead a viable airport for their aircraft type at high altitude and normal cruise speed and you get a cargo fire warning. No other...
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    747-400 Walk through From a Hacker’s Perspective

    Came across this video today. 1st half is an interesting walk through of some parts of a decommissioned BA 747-400 that most of us wouldn't normally get to see.
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    Ask The Pilot

    Did you have any more faith in an ocean ditching in your A-4 or were you always taught to eject if that was inevitable? What about an unpowered landing on land away from an airport - i.e. using a long road? Out of interest why does being at night make an ocean ditching so less likely to lead...
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    Ask The Pilot

    Thanks both. That makes sense, a combination of ground effect, lack of spoilers etc, leading to a floating with possibly minimal force onto the runway when it did bounce/scrape along. So if you were in that scenario (no gear) but did know about it and did want to stop, obviously you would...
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    Ask The Pilot

    Question for the pilots. Is it surprising that the crew of PIA8303 didn't cause more damage to the bottom of the fuselage and/or rip the engines off the plane on their first attempt to land? If you are not aiming for the most greasy of landings and are expecting the landing gear suspension...
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    Ask The Pilot

    While watching a short video tour of the flight deck of a 767 freighter I was surprised to find out there is an unmanned mini-FE position/panel behind the FO seat (and I understand Ansett 767 had a more complete FE station). Did all 767 had at least some kind of panel here? If so what...
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    Ask The Pilot

    Sounds like fun! What were the weather/visibility restrictions of that approach? I assume you had to be able to see the checker board? If it was still there today would a fully automatic approach be possible? Would any of the tech of more modern planes make it any easier? I have a memory of...
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    Ask The Pilot

    Great stories about your training JB... very interesting. The navigation without any modern aids sounds like there was lots that could go wrong as soon as you lost situational awareness or had an equipment failure. Back in that era were you expected to go into combat with just a map and...
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    Ask The Pilot

    Thanks for the detailed reply JB, its nice to have something to read on the internet not related to killer viruses at the moment.
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    AirNZ Credit for COVID19 cancelled flight - where is it?

    Does your credit show on your AirNZ account on their website?
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    AirNZ Credit for COVID19 cancelled flight - where is it?

    I had an AirNZ return flight to LHR (via LAX) booked for the end of April. A few weeks ago I got an email from AirNZ saying I could cancel and get a credit/voucher in return. I followed the link in the email to their website and clicked the button for "Cancel + Voucher" (or something like...
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    Ask The Pilot

    This entertaining video about a BA 747-200 flight (with some strange departures at the end to talk about the A320, NASA and unmanned flight) popped up on my Uoutube feed yesterday: Jet Jockeys - BA 747-200 flight Some questions for JB747: Were most of the flight engineers on planes like the...
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    How do "last flight" crew get home?

    Today I saw some tweets from an AirNZ pilot flying what he seemed to suggest was the last LAX to LHR flight today. I assume that plane was returning to LAX within next 12-24 hours, so he couldn't have flown it back (but maybe AirNZ have pilots based in UK??)
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    Ask The Pilot

    I watched a short video on Youtube today about the A350. In the video, the pilot filming showed how there was a small hatch in the floor behind the captain's seat the could be easily unlatched (it wasn't locked) and he went down in the avionics bay and then exited from there into the cargo hold...
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