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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Come on guys. In those circumstances I don't think that Hien nor Tway would be able to notice the smell of some poopy trousers...

So Hien and Tway don't act tougher then you are....

We're not tough - we just travel well equipped.

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting wouterrr

Come on guys. In those circumstances I don't think that Hien nor Tway would be able to notice the smell of some poopy trousers...

So Hien and Tway don't act tougher then you are....

We're not tough - we just travel well equipped.

Carry spare diapers??? (aka Depends)

13. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Carry spare diapers??? (aka Depends)

I observe that many people are overconcerned when travelling by air these days. With all due respect but I don't think that something like diapers will prevent any aircraft, such as Boeing or the better Airbus, to go down and crash.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2007, at 11:33 AM by wouterrr ]

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Isadora

Carry spare diapers??? (aka Depends)

I observe that many people are overconcerned when travelling by air these days. With all due respect but I don't think that something like diapers will prevent any aircraft, such as Boeing or the better Airbus, to go down and crash.

Makes for a nice bouncy landing.

15. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I'm with Wouter, I would have crapped my pants. Not saying the smell would overpower Wouters pants or Hiens durians, but I don't really think I'd be caring much at that moment in time

s_hoot, happy to see you are posting again and that it was nothing but a faulty indicator light. Had one of those taking off once; someone hadn't closed a door properly... man, you could hear the entire airline gasping as the plane geared back down half way down the runway (I was trying to calculate the chance of us running out of runway at this time!).

16. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Quoting Beerman

OK, two things:
1) Aren't you glad you weren't sitting next to Wouterr?
2) Be happy they weren't ambulances lining up.....

It always gives you pause for thought when the pilot says "We think...". I don't want my pilots to think, I want them to KNOW!!

1) Yes, most definitly.
2) Actually, I do believe there were two or more ambulances and a police car as well.

Yeah, when the pilot said "we think its a faulty indicator light", I did kinda have to do a double take. I kinda had the feeling that the pilots and all the flight attendants secretly had their fingers, and all of their toes crossed as we were landing. Then, after we did land finally, the captian came on and thanked us for our patience but never actualy said what the problem was. He had only said "gear" before, but since he raised and lowered the wheels we knew thats what it was.

17. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

What do you want him to do? Open a window, tie a rope [Hmmm. Needs More Rope] and climb down the outside of the plane to look under it to see if there are any wheels dangling out?

Admittedly, you'd have thought he could have phoned somebody at the airport he was circling around to ask "hey, are my wheels down?" or some such...

Actually Kind of, and Yes.

The good old 737's have this little window in the belly.

I remember one film of a single engine piper that didn't have gears deployed, the pilot called the tower. The tower confirmed it was locked half way with a set of high powered binoculars. (I'm guessing that's why s_hoots pilot went around. First pass was for a look see.) Any way with the piper, some brave soul then drove up with his buddy along the runway with the plane a few feet above his head, reached up and pulled the gear down by hand.

BTW, I design these things for a living. For your interest, the landing gears have higher reliability requirements than the engines (which I've also worked on).

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2007, at 5:50 PM by Q' ]

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Q'

BTW, I design these things for a living. For your interest, the landing gears have higher reliability requirements than the engines (which I've also worked on).

I'm not sure if I should feel more secure or scared!!!!!!!

19. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Q'

BTW, I design these things for a living. For your interest, the landing gears have higher reliability requirements than the engines (which I've also worked on).

I'm not sure if I should feel more secure or scared!!!!!!!

Secure.....always more secure. Seriously, there's a lot of redundancy in these systems. I worked on one system that had 6 levels of redundancy for two of the functions !! Most things have at least 1 or 2 independent backups. This includes, in many cases, completely dis-similar mechanisms, implemented by completely different companies. And if all else fails, the pilot is given direct manual control of critical flight safety systems. There's also a lot of emphasis on mistake proofing so the maintenance guys don't screw things up after the gizmo leaves the factory. The rules you build these things under are very strict and well defined.

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