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  1. Boris spatsky

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    I agree with JB - flight control software is complex and certification standards are rigid - I'd like to see what certification standard the software meets before flying a 919.
  2. Boris spatsky

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    As far as I am aware we never flew the Hunter - only the experimental original predecessor which was subsequently destoryed in a crash. RAAF Museum: RAAF Aircraft Series 2 A86 Hawker P1081 I have a mate who used to fly the Hunter on the UK Warbird scene. they reckon it is an amazing aircraft...
  3. Boris spatsky

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    When I was flying overseas we got to know one of the Approach guys really well - he was Norwegian and loved a good steak and he would invite us over to his place for BBQs - really nice guy and very good operator. I have a few friends scattered across the Aussie ATC scene - very hard to...
  4. Boris spatsky

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    I have certainly used defuelling a number of times in the military on the Herc - generally when the task has changed after filling up to the gunnels on long legs - you might need to defuel due to the destination being closer than planned and the landing at that destination being therefore over...
  5. Boris spatsky

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    In the 737 we don't have an engine RPM gauge - only N1 and N2 expressed in percentages. N1 (the low pressure spool or the actual 'fan') apparently gives about 5300 RPM at 100%. The high pressure spool ( the engine core) gives about 15000 RPM at 100%. On taxi we use about 20% N1 up to 40% (to...
  6. Boris spatsky

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    Ahh yes sorry i skim read it... yes a manual entry of an approach waypoint by the Captain. Sounds like there may have not been a cross check either by the other pilot.
  7. Boris spatsky

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    It's an interesting one - there have been a few cases of descent below lowest safe altitude into Canberra in recent years. QANTAS 737 did it (autopilot mode was different to expected). High terrain to the south can easily lead you to getting higher than a normal profile on some of the runway 35...
  8. Boris spatsky

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    Certainly the issue with freezing fog in Australia is the Hold Over Time of the de-icing fluid. That is, the number of minutes after commencement of application of the de-ice fluid until you need to be airborne. Freezing fog Hold Over Time can be in the vicinity of 10-12 minutes with type 1...
  9. Boris spatsky

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    There is a 'gate' or could be more than 1 where you need to be 'stable'. Generally 1000 ft above the aerodrome, gear down, flaps at landing position, within lateral and vertical tolerances of the approach type you are flying with a suitable power setting and within a designated speed band. There...
  10. Boris spatsky

    Aviation world gone nutty

    I agree that in a window seat it seems ok, but they have to draw a line somewhere. Then people would say they have one just to get a window seat!
  11. Boris spatsky

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    In the 737 we use CLB-2 almost everytime unless we are heavy. Sometimes we manually select CLB-1 or CLB if terrain or ATC height restrictions are significant.
  12. Boris spatsky

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    We cancelled the master warning, ran the checklist (which in this case was fairly simple for a cabin smoke alarm), visually confirmed there was no obvious indication of fire, advised ATC, continued high speed descent for landing. This particular alarm can be triggered by some sensors that you...
  13. Boris spatsky

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    Great example i have seen was on descent at the end of a maximum crew day. It had been a blue sky great weather day with not much of interest occurring. At about 15000 ft the master warning went off with associated aural alert and fire bell (which is deliberately loud) due to a smoke sensor...
  14. Boris spatsky

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    Ops can provide some insight into options for diverts if you can get them on SATPHONE or ACARS and have the time - it's really only viable to talk to them if you have a problem that is not time (or fuel) critical. Most short haul flights don't carry a lot of extra fuel unless they need to so...
  15. Boris spatsky

    Where to stay in Chiang Mai ?

    We stayed in the Nimman area whixh has great coffee and restaurants and felt very safe. We stayed at Bed Nimman which was amazing and very reasonably price. Highly recommended.
  16. Boris spatsky

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    From my experience, no. The flightdeck seats on all jets are fairly uncomfortable - i don't think there are many better options. The seat covers only get changed when someone writes them up in the tech log!
  17. Boris spatsky

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    QF/JQ share three bays in Hobart. There is no overflow capacity as VA have 2 and the rest are around the corner and have the freighters plus transient on them. Put an A320 on a bay off schedule and you now impact all the other QF/JQ flights - forcing them to wait for bays. Even on a good day...
  18. Boris spatsky

    SYD-LIM flights on the cards?

    ETOPS terminology was replaced by EDTO a while back - it now does apply to aircraft with more than two engines. 4 engine aircraft require EDTO approval when outside 180 minutes of a divert airfield at the all engine cruise speed in nil wind. The 787 if it is 330 mins is based on one engine...
  19. Boris spatsky

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    It's never been a problem for me - started off stick in right hand (CT4/PC9), moved to right hand yoke (Herc) to left hand yoke (Herc) to either on any given day and same on jets. Your brain just works it out - i have seen some junior guys do the opposite of what they intended in a go around...
  20. Boris spatsky

    Most Obscure Commercial Airline That You have Flown

    I flew Wizzair a few years back from Paris Beauvais to Prague. Thought it was good except Beauvais was a million miles from Paris!
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