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Forum: Rotorheads
29th Jan 2020, 16:38
Replies: 756
Views: 875,530
Posted By chuks

No surprises?

When I saw images of the wreckage trail I began to think that this was just another accident due, basically, to flying at low level in poor visibility: scud-running. That's something that has...
13th Apr 2019, 03:22
Replies: 22
Views: 18,849
Posted By chuks

As far as I know, all synthetic turbine oils...

As far as I know, all synthetic turbine oils contain some sort of organophosphate. (I was told the stuff is there to stabilize the oil, but I have also seen it cited as an "anti-wear compound." Any...
12th Apr 2019, 16:06
Replies: 188
Views: 244,125
Posted By chuks

An A321 has a wingspan of 35.8 m, according to...

An A321 has a wingspan of 35.8 m, according to Wikipedia.

Assume it's on the centerline of a 61-meter (200-foot) wide runway.

30.5 m, runway centerline to edge - 17.9, half the wingspan of an...
12th Apr 2019, 03:32
Replies: 22
Views: 18,849
Posted By chuks

I am not aware of any issues with bleed air...

I am not aware of any issues with bleed air contamination affecting the Challenger 600, which also uses the ALF 502 engine used on some models of the BAE 146. You would think that if there's some...
11th Apr 2019, 18:11
Replies: 22
Views: 18,849
Posted By chuks

The interesting thing in our case was that we had...

The interesting thing in our case was that we had done a full-power run up with no problems, when the smoke started part way down the runway. I have no idea why it did not start during the run-up....
11th Apr 2019, 14:22
Replies: 22
Views: 18,849
Posted By chuks

What do I know? Actually, the Boeing 707 did...

What do I know?

Actually, the Boeing 707 did not use bleed air directly for pressurization; it used turbo-compressors driven by bleed air but fed by ambient air. I was expecting someone to bring...
11th Apr 2019, 13:12
Replies: 188
Views: 244,125
Posted By chuks

What sort of a sign would be installed on...

What sort of a sign would be installed on movement areas of an airport so high off the ground that a taxying aircraft could hit it with its outer wing? What is that, 15 or 20 feet up?
11th Apr 2019, 09:38
Replies: 22
Views: 18,849
Posted By chuks

We had a test flight once, for a report of smoke...

We had a test flight once, for a report of smoke coming from a bleed air source, when thick white smoke indeed began to appear about halfway through the takeoff roll. (I seem to recall that it was a...
24th Jan 2019, 11:35
Replies: 24
Views: 24,646
Posted By chuks

The thing with airplanes certified to older...

The thing with airplanes certified to older standards is that you do not necessarily have this modern transport aircraft capability of assured performance, when you can either stop or else go with an...
23rd Jan 2019, 10:49
Replies: 24
Views: 24,646
Posted By chuks

The thing with a conversion is that you need to...

The thing with a conversion is that you need to keep about the same power as with the original engines so that the aircraft will behave similarly in an engine-out situation. If you went onto one much...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Nov 2018, 06:25
Replies: 78
Views: 16,074
Posted By chuks

If this is a CFIT, what it looks like so far,...

If this is a CFIT, what it looks like so far, then someone has to be to blame, unfortunately. That's one for the survivors, the press, and perhaps some lawyers to chase, though.

We just need to...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Feb 2018, 13:15
Replies: 56
Views: 23,853
Posted By chuks

Well spotted... not.

This Prune thing ....

What I ended up with was this, "Talented guy, but I doubt he got a PPL in 1947. That must be his father or his grandfather, since "Tom Cruise" was born as Thomas C Mapother...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Feb 2018, 09:59
Replies: 56
Views: 23,853
Posted By chuks

Here we go again ....

Last time it was John Joseph Travolta supposedly holding variously a command rating for a Boeing 707, a CFI ticket, an FE ticket, and so on and so forth. He was being put forth as Superpilot then.
...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Feb 2018, 21:12
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

Oh God ....

No, my last victim was his successor, the Brit who'd been a pub manager.

That other one, the American .... He used to walk around in his official CIA Undercover Agent uniform, medium-grey baseball...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Feb 2018, 18:57
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

No, this was a guy who just spent a few months at...

No, this was a guy who just spent a few months at the beginning of our time with the Dornier 328 Turboprop. He did not seem to acclimate well to the local scene, so that he was gone within a few...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Feb 2018, 15:24
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

African-American, anyway.

My father was in the Navy during the Second World War, but he stayed in the States. At one time he was doing ferry-flying, mostly taking clapped out warplanes for heavy maintenance.

One day he...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Feb 2018, 11:50
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

Neo, are you sure of what you are using there? ...

Neo, are you sure of what you are using there?

Is your laptop bright red, with two big white knobs and "Etch A Sketch" in gold italic script across the top edge? That might be your problem....
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Feb 2018, 19:30
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

On a MacBook Pro you hold down "option/alt" and...

On a MacBook Pro you hold down "option/alt" and hit "u" to generate the umlaut (or diaeresis), and then hit whichever vowel you want to make appear under the umlaut.

It's perfectly correct to...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Feb 2018, 07:04
Replies: 5,763
Views: 2,009,883
Posted By chuks

Did someone mention Escravos?

There was a guy who mentioned that he worked for Pan African Airlines, when the next question was "What do you operate at this airline?"

"Seven 47s." No lie, that; Pan African once did have seven...
7th Sep 2017, 08:37
Replies: 6
Views: 3,482
Posted By chuks

BGAAR vs. FAR 91.113

I recently got into one of those "full and frank exchange of views" things with a fellow claiming to be an FAA CFI.

He wrote that an airplane has right-of-way over a helicopter, citing a...
31st May 2017, 21:30
Replies: 117
Views: 38,642
Posted By chuks

I was flying once on a company-issued ticket that...

I was flying once on a company-issued ticket that had me down as Captain Chuks when someone spotted that ... and asked me if I was perhaps in the Army.

Great for the ego, being taken for a guy in...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Mar 2017, 13:41
Replies: 0
Views: 1,290
Posted By chuks

Some reports from Nigeria that may be of interest ....

Here are some accident reports, including helicopter accidents and incidents: Home | Accident Investigation Bureau (http://www.aib.gov.ng/publication.php)
16th Mar 2017, 17:30
Replies: 284
Views: 219,086
Posted By chuks

I see. They were published as images of the pilot...

I see. They were published as images of the pilot at the time of the crash, but I suppose they are pictures of one of the passengers, then. There's another image said to be of the pilot that shows...
16th Mar 2017, 13:26
Replies: 284
Views: 219,086
Posted By chuks

This from the report: "The cockpit area was ...

This from the report: "The cockpit area was completely destroyed, with the pathologist unable to identify any of the flight crew, either physically or by DNA testing, as a result of the impact...
Forum: Freight Dogs
21st Feb 2017, 12:54
Replies: 239
Views: 203,323
Posted By chuks

Secondhand info ....

Initial interview:

Basic knowledge of DHL, including company mission, company slogan. Usual questions, no "gotchas" to speak of.

One part was a chain math calculation, something like 7 + 12 x...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Feb 2017, 10:36
Replies: 11
Views: 2,767
Posted By chuks

Fixed-wing, but ....

I was looking for a bush strip on a very hazy day in the middle of nowhere, Nigeria, pre-GPS, when I finally had to give up and go to Makurdi, the nearest place I knew how to find, hard to miss...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Feb 2017, 19:21
Replies: 18
Views: 3,504
Posted By chuks

Actually, just between us, when I did get such a...

Actually, just between us, when I did get such a wonderful thing, as a freebie from those losers at Oberpfaffenhofen to mark my transition to aviator status from being just a Twotter driver, I gave...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Feb 2017, 17:23
Replies: 18
Views: 3,504
Posted By chuks

No problem there, Crab. I call it a good day when...

No problem there, Crab. I call it a good day when I remember to put on both bars and get the hat on the right way around with the gold-braided bill at the front instead of off to the left or right.
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Feb 2017, 03:24
Replies: 18
Views: 3,504
Posted By chuks

Is there a slight math error here, or not? ...

Is there a slight math error here, or not?

"EG, at sea level with a measured pressure of 993 Hpa and a temperature of plus 25 degrees C - difference from 1013 is 20 Hpa x 30 ft = 600 ft PA.

"At...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Dec 2016, 11:24
Replies: 16
Views: 4,824
Posted By chuks

Do not take anything that NEO tells you without...

Do not take anything that NEO tells you without enough salt to kill a very large slug! He has been known to lead many astray with his Delphic utterances.

Diogenes ... you remember him, that bloke...
7th Dec 2016, 22:16
Replies: 1,096
Views: 1,209,629
Posted By chuks

Nothing quite like waiting to see what happens...

Nothing quite like waiting to see what happens next, is there? Perhaps we shall get an honest report out of all this mess. Who knows for certain?

Let's wait and see, shall we?
6th Dec 2016, 09:38
Replies: 1,096
Views: 1,209,629
Posted By chuks

Don't you suppose that the accident flight crew...

Don't you suppose that the accident flight crew did not have a Plan B? Plan A probably was to arrive in a critically low fuel state, get cleared for a straight-in approach, and land with just enough...
6th Dec 2016, 05:50
Replies: 1,096
Views: 1,209,629
Posted By chuks

I did get total engine failures in the sim, but...

I did get total engine failures in the sim, but only as an extra when we had some time left over after putting ticks in all the boxes on a normal two-hour session of recurrent training. It's not...
5th Dec 2016, 17:22
Replies: 1,096
Views: 1,209,629
Posted By chuks

Slast, I'm not picking on you, nor on anyone else...

Slast, I'm not picking on you, nor on anyone else here commenting, aside from saying that assuming that Culture X is always going to have a steep authority gradient on the flight deck is not a valid...
5th Dec 2016, 15:16
Replies: 1,096
Views: 1,209,629
Posted By chuks

Actually, that Avianca crash in New York was an...

Actually, that Avianca crash in New York was an example of something other than a steep authority gradient, if I remember the report correctly.

From Wikipedia:

The report references the 360...
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