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  1. jb747

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    Well, I certainly wouldn't try. Way back when I taught at Pt Cook, the quick and dirty rule was that anything that was in the arc from wingtip through the cowl to the other wingtip, you could get to. That basically amounts to straight ahead, with a bit of jink to avoid anything solid. Funny...
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    I'm sure that many studies would already exist on this, though they would relate to single engined aircraft like the small Cessnas. An airliner would be much worse in terms of glide ratio! Note that it's called the "impossible turn", and for good reason. Anyway a good start to your reading...
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    Almost all events that resolve well are team efforts, whereas those that devolve to the one man band very rarely work out. In the case of QF32, there was an exceptional FO. The people in the back row could help with the calculations and PA, but beyond that there was little they could do… As for...
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    Have to admit that I find the entire book thing to be quite ludicrous. Not just for Richard, but for almost any pilot involved in an incident. Most of us are boring as the proverbial, and managing to do a good job on the day, isn't riveting reading. Nor does it mean you'd do a good job on any...
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    It would have been around that time frame, but I can’t say for sure. Real world events certainly affected what was written into the sims, but there would be a fair bit of lag, as they had to be fitted into a CASA approved training matrix, that was designed to cover chosen events on a recurring...
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    In flight, not really. It will have been a consideration for the company when doing the basic planning for a route. For instance, we carried data on a whole list of airports that the company had looked at, and they were categorised for various uses. A main was something that had everything, and...
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    Not on any earlier pictures.
  8. jb747

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    No. And neither did the 767 or 380. Airbus has had issues with the 350, and Boeing with the 787, but I have no ideas about the cause. QF did have problems with one of the early 330s, but that was because who ever painted the fuselage missed a step (i.e. did it on the cheap), and it was repainted...
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    My guess would be small pieces of speed tape…which perhaps means the paint issue is also on the fuselage.
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    Likely VA bird strike on ZQN-MEL

    Good explanation here: What Are Jet Engine Compressor Stalls & How Can They Be Prevented? Stalling leads to surging, so the two tend to be interchangeable. The cycle is basically airflow breaking down, surging, recovering, repeat. At the time it happened they were very low, with high terrain...
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    Likely VA bird strike on ZQN-MEL

    Terrain. No. The left hand orbit after take off is the standard procedure off that runway. In this case they would have been flying an escape procedure, designed to get them away from the terrain and allowing a climb and cleanup. That dictates the tracks they fly, what requirements they need...
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    Flight safety authorities investigating two Recent Boeing 737 MAX incidents

    The first event sounds like pilot error. Swept wing aircraft can all be subject to Dutch roll. It’s a consequence of strong lateral, and weak directional stability. Most aircraft have an automatic yaw damping system to control it..so the guess would be an inoperative yaw damper.
  13. jb747

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    Just getting to the start line with those courses is an achievement in itself. I guess the numbering system has changed. On the old system, the courses would be around 270 or so by now.
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    The Planespotting/General AV Geek Thread

    Manual thrust on the approach. I wonder why?
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    Australian e-gate outage causes mass delays at airports

    I know that Sydney is the centre of the universe, but if it’s nationwide, wouldn’t the other airports be plunging as well?
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    What’s worse than 3rd world?
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    It’s a Saturday, so RAAF probably not at work, though avoiding some of their airspace would have been my first thought. Been some pretty poor weather around Sydney lately, and you don’t really get a valid picture of what was going on with all of the other aircraft from these tracks.
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    I’m not quite sure how to start here, as it’s not a simple process of getting a licence and then putting your hand up for a job. At the higher levels (i.e. airlines and air force) the pilot training system is literally a culling machine. It’s not designed to get weaker students through, but...
  19. jb747

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    You don’t train for this sort of thing specifically, but like most training it provides the lego bricks for you to assemble into whatever you need on the day. Any time I see images like this, I always wonder what the engines look like, as the fans would have been eating this stuff as well...
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    If you want X tonnes of fuel extra at the end of the flight (and there isn’t really anywhere else that you’d want it), then you’ll need to load appreciably more than X.
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