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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:26
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WX and ACARS

as a AF B747 captain,i do confirm that we have a dedicated weather departement which occasionaly send some infos via ACARS in case of turbulence.
the last one i received (about turbulence)was when we were heading to FAI (AK, USA).
as long i can remember it was something like;
severe turbulence forecast from XXhrs valid till XX hrs.
position X N XW to Y N YW.
from FL 250 to FL 410.
RIP
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:32
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is "forte turbulences" common terminology with AF pilots to communicate the strength of turbulence? Thank you.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:32
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hot rising air in thunderstorms

@ PJ2
I read in the Air Caraibe (ACA) Report which was posted here that actually the rise in air temperature is due to ice build-up on the pitot and the TAT probe. The TAT probe picks up the temperature of the ice, which is higher, rather than actual air temp.

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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:32
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There has been a lot of attempts to decode the ACARS messages. The messages that have been sent are normally then fed into the companies version of AIRMAN which is a maintenance tool. The ACARS transcript is raw data.

This data would then take the look of the Post Flight Report. In fact it looks exactly like what you get out of the flightdeck printer with cockpit effects on the left and maintenance messages on the right.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:41
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Thanks - taking a look at the report - my French is poor but one can get a gist of it.

I see the fin is ship-board so perhaps soon we'll see a photo of the area where the attach points are.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:47
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for interflug

hi interflug.
yes the term severe is standard.as they gather their information with sat survey or any other informations sources.

like this one.
http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/smcd...y/TIAVN18a.GIF
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but it s obvious that we don t received any messages from them if we re crossing the ITZ or the the bengal gulf during the monsoon.cause it will be useless .
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:48
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DIESEL, not DEISEL... absolutely right, thanks for the correction.

Well, I don't know everything, but I know/knew enough to avoid areas such as the one in question by enough margin that I never really had to worry about it. .... This is far from an exact science and the sooner some pilots realize that, the better off we'll all be.
And what makes you think the AF pilots didn't think the same? We really don't know what sort of deviation they chose except that there's no record of them making a request to ATC. But, on a bad night with HF communication that in itself means nothing. Until data proves otherwise it's unfair to suggest that these pilots were using any less diligence than you would have. Remember all the plotted tracks we've seen are assumed, not actual. And, as you say this is far from an exact science, which means that even when you are certain you are making prudent choices there is the chance you may still be wrong, no matter how smart one may be.

One could make the argument that, possibly, the incident might have been avoided if only the aircraft.....had avoided the area completely.
Which area? The entire South Atlantic in the vicinity of the ITCZ as my last taxi driver suggested? Perhaps they should have just stayed in RIO until the weather was better, but then if they did they'd probably still be there wouldn't they? The ITCZ's a fairly continuous phenomena. Without knowing what route they took through the area and where they were relative to what they could see of the weather (visually and/or on the radar) we don't know enough to draw any conclusions as to the wisdom of their choices.

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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:53
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Originally Posted by PJ2
411A;
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the above statement I suspect is indicitive of a present day general lack of swept-wing aircraft aerodynamic knowledge...IE: if dutch roll conditions should develop (especially, at higher altitudes), the last thing a pilot would want to do, is have pilot applied larger rudder inputs, because....this will make the dutch roll conditions much worse, not better.
A known fact, decades ago, but I now suspect...totally forgotton, or never taught.
Concur, 411A. Seen it in major carriers as well and not just the smaller outfits. It's barely bread-and-butter training all the way down.
Sorry Guys, you have to stop.
It really gets annoying that after every accident someone needs to point out that younger pilots can't fly and and training isn't what it used to be.

This was an experienced crew!

And even after and despite this tragic accident, aviation still remains safer then it has ever been.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 17:56
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WXR training

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r. In a recent conversation with colleagues, I am informed few know how to use the B777 radar either, with recent, "interesting" results in the same ITCZ.
Until recently I used to run the engineers through the FFS (747/A320/777) showing them Radar Operation typical screens & failures.
I used to teach radar maintenance for one of the OEM's
I have never done it or had it requested by the Crew, or the airline

This thread has had a few drivers knocking on my door over the last week that awareness HAS to be a plus
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:04
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Rudder break-out forces and Pedal travel

Back in the aftermath of the JFK AA accident, it was interesting to read in Aviation Week the article comparing the various manufacturer's philosophies on cockpit design & rudder force limitation.

I don't have a link, but as I recall, the Airbus design included both a relatively small breakout force to get the pedal to move, coupled with an surprisingly small displacement(travel) and low (additional) pedal force required to reach full input.

Imagine a loss of autopilot in severe turbulence/IMC/at altitude coupled with a loss of rudder load-limiting.......with a cockpit rudder control that requires very little pedal force and travel to apply maximum inputs. The means of load limiting vs. airspeed at the control surface varied between manufacturers, I don't recall the Airbus system.

If this were the case, the tail departing the airplane may be the cause of all the other error messages. The engines would depart shortly after.......
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:05
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Originally Posted by golfyankee
Sorry Guys, you have to stop.
- well said.

One mention of 'Dutch Roll' and out come all the gum-bashers from under the stones - "ee - when I were a lad....".

Did they get any? Possibly.
Did they not get any? Don't know.
Is it really pertinent? No.

NEXT! Relevant posts would be nice.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:18
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Even the media have backed off. Given that there's NO new electronic messages, NO new met, NO CVR, NO FDR and precious little new evidence it will be interesting to see the next relevant post that has something new to say.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:19
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This is reaching a point where it is becoming apparent that the information available at this time does not offers any answers. For every theory there is another one that goes in the opposite direction and is as good as the first one.

Why don't calm down a little bit a try to piece together what we really have so we have a place to start when new evidence shows up?

Anyone cares to try?
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:23
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Sorry Guys, you have to stop.
It really gets annoying that after every accident someone needs to point out that younger pilots can't fly and and training isn't what it used to be.

This was an experienced crew!
Is a F/O with (ar.) 3000 hours, experienced in wide-body long-haul?
If I look back to myself now, sorry, i was not......

I teach/exam in the sim and the real-a/c, crm-thing I use the last 3 months is the bufalo and the amsterdam; they both stalled a perfectly good airplane..........(i do agree a little with the (not-so-)-old guys)
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:37
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ELAC -
Without knowing what route they took through the area and where they were relative to what they could see of the weather (visually and/or on the radar) we don't know enough to draw any conclusions as to the wisdom of their choices.
Fair enough. However, other flights apparently got through that area, not only that night but other nights as well, without problems. As we keep saying, we'll know when we know and even then, we probably won't !!
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:43
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The messages also showed that the autopilot was off, though it was impossible to say whether it had disengaged itself, as it is designed to do when it receives suspect data, or whether the pilot had decided to turn it off, Arslanian said.
Can we now stop the uninformed chat about manually disengaged autopilots not appearing on ACARS or are the investigators also badly informed?

It would be far more useful if people would investigate rather than opinionate
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:43
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BIg surface.. big forces.
The roll was due to yawing a swept wing - not the rudder.
I understand the aerodynamics of roll solely from rudder and I had demonstrated to me in the tanker that one could be in 60 degrees of bank and roll out on a heading when starting only 5 deg from the desired roll out heading.

And as I remember the tanker dash 1 said that a hard rudder could put the airplane beyond 90deg bank in less than 3 seconds. That is a very big force.
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:44
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ELAC,
Correct me if I misunderstand you, but it seems to me that you're implying the AF crew did deviate from track? Doesn't the evidence (comms from the crew, ACARS transmissions, location of wreckage and debris) indicate that AF447 stayed on track and flew into, or found itself in, a major storm cell?
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:48
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FAQ compilation

So many questions/theories flying around anyone interested to compile some FAQ with possible threads and at least some facts which has been surfaced so far. In any cases major accidents this forum discussion comes easily bloated with various sides and opinions and only by reading whole thread you can follow thru what's the opinions / findings.

Any volunteers who has followed thru things along this thread to do some FAQ for things to look for ?
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 18:52
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So many questions/theories flying around anyone interested to compile some FAQ with possible threads and at least some facts which has been surfaced so far. In any cases major accidents this forum discussion comes easily bloated with various sides and opinions and only by reading whole thread you can follow thru what's the opinions / findings.

Any volunteers who has followed thru things along this thread to do some FAQ for things to look for ?

already done at Air France Flight 447 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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