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July 26, 2017 by
Air India Flight 676, bound from Kolkata to Mumbai, was forced to land at Nagpur on Saturday, July 22 due to its fuel running low. As reported by Times of India, Air India has grounded the two pilots who did not pull back the landing gear of the aircraft after the take off from Kolkata all the way till Nagpur. The flight was headed to Mumbai but had to halt at Nagpur. The pilots realised that they had been flying the aircraft with the wheels out only when they prepared to land at Nagpur, TOI rep...
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June 19, 2017 by
An enhanced version of the A380 dubbed the A380-plus, seeking to regain market traction with its biggest aircraft. The new version will feature 13% lower costs per seat compared to the current A380, according to Airbus. The A380-plus, if firmly launched, will feature new winglets and some wing refinements that, the manufacturer expects, will lead to a fuel-burn reduction of up to 4%. Furthermore, Airbus is targeting a significant reduction of maintenance by stretching intervals and reducing d...
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June 14, 2017 by
In case you’ve ever wondered how much an Airbus passenger jet costs, here are the official Airbus list prices for 2017.   AIRBUS AIRCRAFT 2017 AVERAGE LIST PRICES (millions of US$)             A318     75.1                                                                A319     89.6     A320     98.0 ...
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June 14, 2017 by
India’s IndiGo has marked a temporary request with ATR for up to 50 ATR 72-600 airplane, in an arrangement worth over USD$1.3 billion at rundown costs. The assention enables IndiGo to fluctuate the quantity of air ship under specific conditions. ATR said the primary airplane ought to enter benefit before the year’s over. IndiGo, as of now an all-Airbus administrator, will utilize the ATRs to manufacture a territorial system in India as the administration pushes to lift nearby economies...
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February 10, 2017 by
नरेंद्र मोदी क्यों बदलने जा रहे है इंदिरा गाँधी एयरपोर्ट का नाम । दिल्ली के इंदिरा गांधी इंटरनेशनल एयरपोर्ट, जो भारत की राजधानी दिल्ली का प्रधान अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय एयरपोर्ट है, का नाम अब बदला जाएगाl इस बात का संकेत खुद नागरिक उड्डयन राज्यमंत्री ने इंडियन एक्सप्रेस के साथ एक इंटरव्यू में दिया हैl आखिर क्या कारण है कि मोदी सरकार अब ये बदलाव लाने जा रही है? किस कारण के चलते लेना पड़ा ये निर्णय? क्या कहा नागरिक उड्डयन राज्यमंत्री जयंत सिन्हा ने? खबरों और रिपोर्ट्स के अनुसार, एयरपोर्ट ...
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January 15, 2017 by
B737NG operating temperatures   Question again out of the field of operation:  An aircraft requested a descent due to low SAT/OAT of – 70°C, is there such a limit on the B737NG? It looks that we know the answer related to the minimum FUEL temperature in the tank (#1). For takeoff and in flight this is the highest of -43°C, or 3°C above the freezing level of the fuel in the tanks. Fuel freezing level temperature specifications are: – JET A1 (JP1) _ freezing point – 47°C – JET A...
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December 7, 2016 by
Which is better: Donald Trump’s plane or Air Force One? On Tuesday, Donald Trump Twitter-suggested that the government cancel its contract for new presidential aircraft from Boeing. One can't help but think that -- perhaps subconsciously, perhaps not -- Trump is entertaining the idea of continuing to use his existing plane, at least every once in a while. There are good reasons he'd want to, as we found when we compared the two planes in Sep. 2015. There is only one candidate for president who...
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December 2, 2016 by
Those of you who work Line Maintenance know that a good portion of the calls we get during the course of the day are for things like coffee makers, seat belts, window washes, and of course oil. This past week started off normal enough. I start work mid week and one of the first calls was for oil. This is not unusual but as the day progressed it seemed like all the flight crews wanted oil. There were 5 or 6 of us on shift that day and I would bet that each of us went through 2 or 3 cases of oil E...
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December 2, 2016 by
My wife is a pilot. A lot of my wife's friends are pilots. When her pilot friends come over or we are spending time with them they always start talking pilot talk and I have no idea what they are saying! I started to wonder about aircraft maintenance and mechanics. Do we have our own language? When outsiders are amongst us aircraft mechanics do they have trouble understanding what we are talking about? Of course the answer to both of these questions is: YES! We at SWA have our own lingo ...
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November 14, 2016 by
Instrument Landing System What is an ILS? An ILS is a highly accurate radio signal navigation aid used by pilots landing at an airport when there is poor weather and/or low visibility. It consists of two antennas which transmit signals to receivers in the aircraft cockpit—a glide path tower located next to the runway at the northern end and a localiser antenna at the southern end. These antennas provide the pilot with vertical and horizontal guidance when landing in low visibility. Vide...
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November 10, 2016 by
Aircraft Cabin Pressurization What is Cabin Pressurization? Cabin pressurization is the active pumping of compressed air into an aircraft cabin when flying at altitude to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for crew and passengers in the low outside atmospheric pressure. Pressurization is essential over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) to protect crew and passengers from the risk of hypoxia and a number of other physiological problems in the thin air above that altitude and increases...
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November 4, 2016 by
Airbus A380 Interesting Facts 1. The first fact about A380 will surprise you. Many believe that A380 is the largest plane in the world. It is not! There is one more airplane called Antonov An-225, it is larger than A380. It is russian-made aircraft and built for cargo transportation only. The An-225 is displayed in the right image. 2. The A380 is 24.1 meters high, 80 meters wide, and 72.7 meters long, equivalent to 2 blue whales length. The plane weighs approximately 590 tons. 3. Th...
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