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16th Mar 2019, 21:40
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Posted By fireflybob

Was it a certification requirement that MCAS had...

Was it a certification requirement that MCAS had to be installed on the B737 Max? One presumes that if MCAS had not been installed these accidents would not have occurred. You have to be careful that...
Forum: Tech Log
12th Mar 2019, 16:07
Replies: 54
Views: 33,448
Posted By fireflybob

finncapt, I also joined BOAC in 1970 (as a young...

finncapt, I also joined BOAC in 1970 (as a young Second Officer) and started on the 707-436 and I recall this incident being talked about. Your version of events concurs with mine and I believe the...
7th Mar 2019, 14:01
Replies: 41
Views: 28,831
Posted By fireflybob

How awfully sad.

How awfully sad.
2nd Mar 2019, 15:29
Replies: 48
Views: 23,550
Posted By fireflybob

Isn't that the salient point that most ditchings...

Isn't that the salient point that most ditchings these days are unpremeditated, ie runway overuns etc?
Traditional ditching drills come from the days when large piston engine aircraft were halfway...
30th Jan 2019, 10:39
Replies: 16
Views: 5,682
Posted By fireflybob

Police attend light aircraft crash at Nottingham

Two reported injured

https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/news-article/police-attend-light-aircraft-crash
Allegedly EFATO landed in field, instructor and student ok.
23rd Jan 2019, 15:48
23rd Jan 2019, 14:32
Replies: 1,875
Views: 2,287,666
Posted By fireflybob

I may not be up to date with the latest...

I may not be up to date with the latest legislation but I thought with cost sharing the pilot had to pay at least 50% and there was a maximum all up weight permitted for such a flight. Perhaps...
6th Aug 2018, 15:34
Replies: 5
Views: 8,005
Posted By fireflybob

Ryanair pilot found dead

Some very sad news here. Although the Sun is saying this was suicide other reports state it was a suspected heart attack. Either way a tragic outcome.

Ryanair pilot found dead...
Forum: Jet Blast
12th Apr 2018, 21:05
Replies: 82
Views: 8,839
Posted By fireflybob

A new book has been published concerning the...

A new book has been published concerning the death of Dr David Kelly:-

An Inconvenient Death: How the Establishment Covered Up the David Kelly Affair

I've ripped through it within a couple of...
27th Mar 2018, 11:00
Replies: 9
Views: 3,440
Posted By fireflybob

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I briefly knew...

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I briefly knew Richard when we were both working for ExCalibur but we also communicated since via Pprune.

My condolences to all family, friends and colleagues.
Forum: Tech Log
12th Mar 2018, 14:53
Replies: 51
Views: 13,898
Posted By fireflybob

I recently finished reading "Why We Sleep" which...

I recently finished reading "Why We Sleep" which is sobering read including the long term health hazards of repeated sleep disruption - I highly recommend it to anyone involved in safety critical...
19th Jan 2018, 20:36
Replies: 1,302
Views: 975,661
Posted By fireflybob

Ryanair agrees 20pc pay rise for UK pilots in bid...

Ryanair agrees 20pc pay rise for UK pilots in bid to ease tensions (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/18/ryanair-agrees-20pc-pay-rise-uk-pilots-bid-ease-tensions/)
23rd Dec 2017, 06:37
Replies: 372
Views: 209,764
Posted By fireflybob

Not in IATA code but it's actually Cardiff Train...

Not in IATA code but it's actually Cardiff Train Station so fairly close!
16th Dec 2017, 04:37
Replies: 1,302
Views: 975,661
Posted By fireflybob

First of all good luck to the pilots - I'm with...

First of all good luck to the pilots - I'm with you all the way.

Leopards do not change their spots and I suspect nothing will change till MOL departs.

As Reagan once famously said about the...
5th Dec 2017, 16:28
Replies: 46
Views: 23,927
Posted By fireflybob

Tomahawk is cleared for spinning (you need a four...

Tomahawk is cleared for spinning (you need a four point harness to spin legally). We've got one where I teach and never had any issues with spinning so long as you comply with the POH in every...
4th Dec 2017, 07:33
Replies: 38
Views: 13,908
Posted By fireflybob

Yet another reason to slow up before entering the...

Yet another reason to slow up before entering the circuit pattern - it's called energy management.
1st Dec 2017, 22:02
Replies: 12
Views: 2,270
Posted By fireflybob

Yes and then you can do the RT practical exam...

Yes and then you can do the RT practical exam later. Technically the RT licence is separate to the PPL. However most will apply for the RT licence at the same time as they apply for PPL as this saves...
Forum: Jet Blast
21st Nov 2017, 07:59
Replies: 30
Views: 5,185
Posted By fireflybob

I believe that was the retired Senior Air Traffic...

I believe that was the retired Senior Air Traffic Controller!
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Nov 2017, 08:30
Replies: 271
Views: 179,316
Posted By fireflybob

I second that. Rarely do I see pilots clearing...

I second that. Rarely do I see pilots clearing airspace below them before commencing a descent.
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Nov 2017, 22:02
Replies: 271
Views: 179,316
Posted By fireflybob

Ok here's another angle on this debate. ...

Ok here's another angle on this debate.

Emergency avoiding action is not in the syllabus for PPL/CPL (although 45 degree bank turns are). Maybe it should be?
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Nov 2017, 19:00
Replies: 271
Views: 179,316
Posted By fireflybob

One thing that has occurred to me recently is...

One thing that has occurred to me recently is that modern avionics seem to (potentially) require more head in the cockpit (unless managed and taught appropriately).

In the olden days when we only...
14th Nov 2017, 16:23
Replies: 76
Views: 10,166
Posted By fireflybob

Pilots should be trained and practised to use all...

Pilots should be trained and practised to use all the "tools in the box".

On a PPL skills test if GPS is fitted to the aircraft the candidate has to demonstrate that he/she can use the basic...
13th Nov 2017, 18:59
Replies: 76
Views: 10,166
Posted By fireflybob

Probably because they weren't taught to do so in...

Probably because they weren't taught to do so in basic training.
13th Nov 2017, 15:03
Replies: 76
Views: 10,166
Posted By fireflybob

The charts should be used in conjunction with the...

The charts should be used in conjunction with the latest amendments - here is an example for the half million southern 1:500,000

Amendments for Southern England & Wales - Edition: 43, 02/03/2017...
13th Nov 2017, 07:59
Replies: 46
Views: 23,927
Posted By fireflybob

Driving back home from EMA on the A453 (before it...

Driving back home from EMA on the A453 (before it was dualed) having landed about 11 pm, so it was night. Tootling along at about 50 mph - come over the brow of the hill and there's some clown...
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