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  1. mjt57

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    What is AVV AP?
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    Good luck with it. I can't imagine how people are handling all of this.
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    Any news on flights from MEL (or anywhere for that matter) to LAX?
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    Thanks. This bit answers my question. As for checklists, when i did the A320 SIM (Xmas present from the kids) I liked how a screen would show a list of things to do/check and they'd disappear once fulfilled. When I was still working I discussed this with our senior controls engineer and asked...
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    Last night "Sully" was on the box. Watching it, some of the scenes from the public enquiry bit of the movie had me asking "why did they do that?" For example, during the sims in the A320 each of the pilots were operating the thrust levers and pulled them back to idle or whatever it's called as...
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    Looks my landings when I had gift certificates to the sims (B737-800 and A320). At least they got it down. Didn't look much worse, thump-wise, than the planting that we experienced at HNL in a Deathstar NightmareLiner a few years back.
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    Nice shots, JB. What equipment and settings (if you still have the EXIF) were these taken at? I'm getting into photography as a retirement hobby, so this sort of thing now interests me.
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    What are all of the long haul crews doing now? eg, 380 captains and FOs and the B787 lot? Have they retired? If so, will a year be long enough to rehire or to recruit new pilots and to get them up to speed (no pun intended...)? I'm guessing that the A380 is now consigned to history, which, if...
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    That'll buff out...
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    This report of international arrivals with no pax. How can they afford to do this? Why are they being made to do this (according to the news article). And what's the chance that the airlines will abandon Oz...
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    I recall JB having a "discussion" with wannabe pilots on Whingepool about this very subject. Hopefully these guys are in the minority. Whilst auto-this-and-that is all very well, if something fails, say a sensor which forces the aircraft mode to something other than fully auto, it'd be nice to...
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    Nice big screens. Love aviation HMI. So easy to read and to use. I "flew" the 737-800 sim (Flight Experience in Melbourne) as a 50th birthday present. I found the simulation to be amazing. External visuals aside the coughpit instruments, switches and other controls were amazing. It was a great...
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    When we operated a gas turbine power station it comprised of a dozen PW engines dating back to the 60s. Basically, industrial/stationary versions of what powered the B707 (and some early B737s). They had this habit of stalling on start-up. When standing next to one in the enclosure it was quite...
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    Or they may be doing this... https://www.3aw.com.au/how-out-of-work-pilots-are-taking-to-the-sky-without-getting-in-a-plane/?fbclid=IwAR0GACx1I-xmKT8H8qtM6t7w63bMUM4xR8ycO22PLZB443rXq8gF4YNpyS8
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    Damn. Most comfortable and quiet aircraft on which (or in which) I have travelled. In comparison the B787 should be renamed "Nightmareliner", especially down in cattle class.
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    JB, what are the chances of the A380 returning to service? And how are the crews holding up during this terrible time?
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    Yeah, wishful thinking, I know. Indeed. Getting your ops department going, setting up schedules, rosters and the like. Much like organising Christmas shopping, I'd imagine... :-)
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    Great news, AI. Look forward to you or your colleagues flying us to whereever. I was hoping it'd be to New York but that ain't happening any time soon.
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    What about the static sim that people like me (50th birthday present) can use? https://melbourne.flightexperience.com.au/pages/737-simulator-flights?gclid=CjwKCAiA-_L9BRBQEiwA-bm5fr38n-t3wjAWTBoOFybWfW3BBTUaeJbFC675cQydlHZMjHRxeW7kPBoCAlEQAvD_BwE There's also one out at Essendon which I got...
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    With all of these aircraft sitting somewhere, no external power sources, it'll be interesting to see how they get them going again. And what condition would the batteries be in if they're not being maintained/conditioned, etc.. JB, with your van you'd probably understand where I'm going with...
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