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(Travel and Leisure)   Alaskan Airlines: Our techs are so good, they write notes on minor tears on the wing   (travelandleisure.com ) divider line
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2012-08-08 10:28:47 PM  
2 votes:
Airbus / Scarebus continues its ritual un-prosecuted pre-meditated killing of passengers world wide. From forcing tsunami destroyed countries to buy Scarebus to get aid, to failing the A380 150% wing-loading test, Scarebus builds on its reputation for falling out of the sky. FL35, cruise and it "breaks up". Even tape doesn't help, like it would on a solid Alaskan Airlines Boe-wing. Nice. Good planes.
2012-08-09 01:39:57 AM  
1 vote:
P: auto-land very rough
S: auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
2012-08-09 01:38:05 AM  
1 vote:
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Flight attendant cold at altitude.
S: Ground checks OK.
2012-08-09 01:05:52 AM  
1 vote:
Note should have read:

"You should see the OTHER wing!"
2012-08-09 12:31:00 AM  
1 vote:
Tear? Since when do tears have perfect arcs? That was clearly a manmade cut. And a tiny one at that.

Noobs.
2012-08-09 12:24:41 AM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: They serve good coffee on the flights, so that makes up for it.


Coffee? Every time I've flown Alaska they've served complimentary beer. Helps with the pressurization/depressurization issues.

/first world inner ear problems
2012-08-08 11:31:10 PM  
1 vote:

SuperT: having worked for an airline, your average flying public has no idea.

That note? usually that is just a circle in red or black on the ac. aircraft bodies have so many little dents and scrapes and such, yards of speed tape and deferred maintenance.


I have a friend who worked as a CAD guy for a company here in the SF Bay Area who specialized in repairing and re-heat-treating the turbine fan assemblies in commercial jet engines after they'd get damaged due to ingestion of foreign objects or simple fatigue...

We'd be out somewhere, and a commercial jet would fly over... he'd point and laugh, and just say he had no clue how the hell it was staying up there. Not in an 'I do not understand basic flight physics' way, but in a 'I have no idea why those engines have not exploded yet' way.

Needless to say he hates to fly... i just figure if it's my time to go, I'm going fast enough that the last thing to go through my mind on impact will be the tray table.
2012-08-08 11:13:21 PM  
1 vote:

buzzcut73: [farm3.static.flickr.com image 450x325]

Meh. A little tear is nothing.


F-15 rules.

ChiliBoots: Just wait until they find out that often the remedy to keep fatigue cracks from propagating is to drill holes at the end points to relieve the stress concentration.


People really should know the basics of materials science. It's not that difficult.

ecx.images-amazon.com
2012-08-08 11:09:37 PM  
1 vote:
Just wait until they find out that often the remedy to keep fatigue cracks from propagating is to drill holes at the end points to relieve the stress concentration.
2012-08-08 11:08:00 PM  
1 vote:
farm3.static.flickr.com

Meh. A little tear is nothing.
2012-08-08 11:02:51 PM  
1 vote:

powhound: They call that a tear?

[i46.tinypic.com image 640x482]


Meh.

www.ww2incolor.com
2012-08-08 10:54:12 PM  
1 vote:
My Dad was an aircraft mechanic. Growing up he would bring all kinds of fun things from work for me to play with. I got a big roll of speed tape. This stuff has to be used to be appreciated. I brought some to school and managed to tape shut a locker door. You couldn't peel it off or open the door. The janitor had to come to cut it.
2012-08-08 10:50:31 PM  
1 vote:
They call that a tear?

i46.tinypic.com
2012-08-08 10:42:54 PM  
1 vote:

AllUpInYa: xanderak: [i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]
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I see something like that on a plane, I'm gonna demand to be let off...


If they had covered the missing corner in speed tape, you would have never noticed.

Every airliner that has been in service more than a few days has some sort of deferred maintenance issue. The airlines actually have specific lists (Minimum Equipment List) of what can be broken and the plane still be legal to fly.
2012-08-08 10:37:30 PM  
1 vote:

LesserEvil: Any pictures?

No?


boardingarea.com

From this Link
2012-08-08 10:35:09 PM  
1 vote:
i2.cdn.turner.com
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2012-08-08 10:34:30 PM  
1 vote:
in my aerospace structures class it was explained that this is common. cracks are inevitable due to fatigue and the structure can fly safely with them. the cracks are watched and recorded until the part needs to be replaced. If a manager of boeing and professor of aerospace engineering says its ok ima believe him cuz hes seriously a badass.
2012-08-08 10:33:52 PM  
1 vote:

flashfry: Airbus / Scarebus continues its ritual un-prosecuted pre-meditated killing of passengers world wide. From forcing tsunami destroyed countries to buy Scarebus to get aid, to failing the A380 150% wing-loading test, Scarebus builds on its reputation for falling out of the sky. FL35, cruise and it "breaks up". Even tape doesn't help, like it would on a solid Alaskan Airlines Boe-wing. Nice. Good planes.



If it's not Boeing, I'm not going.
2012-08-08 10:32:51 PM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: They serve good coffee on the flights, so that makes up for it.



How they can actually make up for it:

Re-allow annual companion vouchers (from having their Visa card) to be used with the purchase of a first class ticket.

/And that's what really grinds my gears.
2012-08-08 10:30:35 PM  
1 vote:
We know about this

aviationnewsdaily.com

oblig
2012-08-08 10:27:27 PM  
1 vote:
Had the note read, "We do not know about this" then that would be something
2012-08-08 09:06:45 PM  
1 vote:
 
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