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Hot, Tired Airline Patrons Sing R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly' In Protest To Long Wait Times

Jun 12th 2013 1:44AM An APU will burn around 9 gallons of Jet-A an hour. So in a six hour period of time it will burn up about 375 pounds of fuel or 55 gallons. Considering that most aircraft will burn about 2000 pounds of fuel just getting from the gate to the hammerhead the little that the APU uses isn't much. Most aircraft have a ramp load of 65,000 pounds of fuel or 10,000 gallons. The small amount the APU would burn wouldn’t amount to much unless the airlines were cutting their fuel loads to the bare minimum, which is really dangerous. However you are saying that they were pushed away from the gate? That means that they were on APU, power, so why not turn on the AC packs? If they were on ground power why didn’t they connect a ground AC unit? Especially if they knew it was going to be on the ground for an extended period of time. According to the article they were off ground power and using internal power, which means they were running the APU. Learn before YOU speak

Hot, Tired Airline Patrons Sing R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly' In Protest To Long Wait Times

Jun 11th 2013 7:05PM The air-conditioning couldn't be turned on? What? Okay I have worked on aircraft for 22 years. If they were on external power then the air-conditioning wouldn't work, because the air-conditioning uses bleed air from the engines. If they were on internal power then power is provided by the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) which bleed air can be obtained. If you have bleed air then you have air-conditioning. If you are using ground power then they have units that can produce low-pressure high volume air to operate the air cycle machines and air turbine motors. There are also ground air-conditioning units that plug into the ducting system of the aircraft to provide air-conditioning. Sounds to me like the airline is cutting corners in order to make an extra buck.

Human Bones Found on Backyard Altar in Pasadena, Calif.

Feb 21st 2013 10:39AM agb1953 Sacrifice was ended when Jesus was crucified, his is the ultimate sacrifice. I don't read the bible and I don't follow Christianity, but I know that much about Christianity.

David Hoffman of Marin County, Calif., Ordered to Tear Down Sustainable Home He Built for 40 Years

Jul 15th 2012 9:41PM This is one of those situations when you understand the statement. "What does the law have to do with justice?" Sounds to me everyone involved needs to sit down and work this out. He is going to have to pay fines but the county also needs to get over the "Because we say so." attitude. What they should be asking is if his actions are a hazard to the community, if the structures are safe and if the fines they are levying against him are fair and justified. The destruction of a viable and working environment doesn’t appear justifiable or proper. The law should be about protecting property and rights, not about the law for the laws sake.

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Mar 9th 2012 9:32AM Damn spell chicken soup all over the flight deck.

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Mar 9th 2012 9:23AM I am not so sure if these articles are lost on people. I suppose you have to be a bit of an aviation buff to even read these articles but still for some it brings back what was, inspires those that will some day sit in the right seat. And gives us all a better notion of what is going on up there other than some guy in a hat pushing buttons and turning knobs.

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Mar 9th 2012 9:09AM Sure, like that will ever happen. Wait, where's the engineer? Nav, have you seen the engineer? Nav? Nav? Second officer! Where the hell is the Nav-- Charley? Hey what the !!!!

WANTED! Minimum Wage. In flight system monitoring technician, must have play station or Nintendo experience, must be able to sit in an enclosed room for 8 hours, must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Mar 9th 2012 8:37AM As I have been told on many occations. Aircraft are not designed to be worked on. They are designed to fly. That annoying nose gear selector valve that is just out of reach was easy to get to when it was first installed but that was before the rest of the aircraft was built around it. If everything was easy to get to and easy to fix then it would be a strange looking beast to look at and most likely would not fly very well. I know, when you have a short window to get in and do what it takes to fix a problem, and some idiot is bugging you every two minutes for an ETIC you find yourself wondering just why the nose gear selector valve was placed where it was and what moron thought it was a good place to put it there. But sometimes that is where it goes. Not that I would be caught defending an engineer, but what they put down on the design board usually gets tossed in the trash by budget constraints and contract directives. What they image and what finally rolls out on the tarmac are very seldom if ever the same aircraft.

Cockpit Chronicles: What's not to like about the 757? I'll show you. (Video)

Mar 9th 2012 8:12AM I worked on aircraft for over 22 years. One day I found myself threaded half way through a bulkhead with a screw from a wire harness digging a hole in my neck while I tried to get at a hydraulic line that was just slightly out of reach. I realized something. The distance to the hydraulic line and the position of the screw on the wire harness was no accident; it was gauged, calculated and adjusted for just this reason. Why? The only thing I can think of is that some engineer came home early one afternoon and found an aircraft mechanic in bed with his wife. Cheer up it could be worse. “Damn it Charley I said ‘Cheer up’. Not gear up!” Oh yea it happened.

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