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Virgin Atlantic 406B49 U-turn right above me

Old 18th Dec 2017, 13:09
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Virgin Atlantic 406B49 U-turn right above me

Strange. Trying to print screen!
Nup, anyway strange U-turn at 40,000ft above Ayr flying up from London.
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 13:27
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looks like a test flight.

especially because of the missing history for that tailnumber for the last few days.
hints that repairs were done.

also if it were passenger service flightradar normally displays a destination.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-vnew
https://www.flightradar24.com/VIR789T/fdede8c
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 17:32
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And it rocked up at LHR at 13:56.
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 18:16
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Virgin's (and other 787 operators') recent Trent engine problems are well documented, but I'm surprised that an engine change, even if it was a double one, warranted a test flight.
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Used to be mandatory for test flight after double engine change on a twin.
Had to do in flight shutdown and relight on both.
(UK CAA requirement in the 1980's)
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 20:33
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A verification flight is necessary after a single or double engine change according to EDTO. A verification flt may be a revenue flt, in light of the problems with the engines it may of been more prudent to do a test flt, as I would imagine the a/c has been on the ground and probably had numerous other maintenance activities c/o on it.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 13:52
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Thanks for the info people.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 15:39
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And it rocked up at LHR at 13:56.
Was there a strong crosswind?!!!
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I was wondering what "rocked up" meant. I was in aviation for nearly 37 years and I've never heard it.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 17:49
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HD,

I think "ED Force 1" may "Rock Up" at airports.

But otherwise, I know what you mean. Lots of terms in aviation but this isn't one of the familiar ones.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 19:32
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To rock up somewhere was a very common term in the Army.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 21:58
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
And it rocked up at LHR at 13:56.
For anyone wondering it landed at 13:56 so i guess that's what this means.

edit: you may all know i was merely guessing until i looked at when it landed.

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Old 20th Dec 2017, 09:28
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For anyone wondering it landed at 13:56 so i guess that's what this means.
We all know what it means - we are just pointing out it is a pretty silly way to describe a landing! Why do some people think they have to try to be smart?
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"Rocked up"" - perhaps Bruce Dickinson was flying it! HD please don't tell me you don't know who he is!

Lighten up Groundloop!
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Old 20th Dec 2017, 09:56
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Originally Posted by Brian 48nav View Post
"Rocked up"" - perhaps Bruce Dickinson was flying it!
Who, coincidentally, has just been on BBC Breakfast recounting some fascinating anecdotes for his (other) flying career.
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Collins English dictionary

"rock up"
verb
(intr, adverb) informal
"to arrive late or unannounced"
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Thanks for that, Dockwell. Let's see what rocks up at Heathrow today!
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Thanks for that, Dockwell. Let's see what rocks up at Heathrow today!

Could be The Rolling Stones private tour B767.
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