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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Swim Cantore, Jul 29, 2015.
technically this flight was a longer scheduled flight...
Right, I got hung up on "continuous overwater"
Hawaii’s more or less the most remote place on planet earth outside of the poles.
Flights build into their flight plan a marker known as a “decision point” very basically it’s the point when you decide if it’s closer to turn around, or keep going towards your destination. flights to Hawaii became more accessible and cheaper because in the past decade or so the 737/A320 were able to attain an ETOPS rating of 180 minutes, opening up single aisle flights outside of the 757 to the islands.
Here’s an ETOPS map you can use to show the how the different minutes ratings effect flight paths. You can see a 330 minute ETOPS basically allows for unlimited flight outside of directly over the Antarctic.
Fun fact: Qantas has been running sightseeing flights over Antartica on their newest 787 airplanes.
Eielson AFB, just south of Fairbanks has a runway that is 3 miles long, second longest in the US I believe. One of the strategic space shuttle backup landing spots.
The North Pole isn’t remote at all compared to Hawaii. There’s towns a few hundred miles from the North Pole.
Was going to say it wasn't until very recently that Qantas was forced to stick with 4 engines for overseas flights until they got their 787s
Anchorage is absolutely rated for 777s. It's a huge stopover for UPS international cargo. Multiple 747s daily
I've never really understood the appeal of a sightseeing trip over Antartica.
Especially after learning about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Erebus_disaster
It’s a top 5 busiest airport in the world.
Whoa. That probably could’ve taken off the wing...
The whoa is right, however the taking off the wing thing is way way wrong. A bigger whoa would be the fact that the central fuel tank isn’t too far from the puncture. However I read that that route does not require that fuel tank to be used, so it would have been empty even if it was punctured
But maybe, right?
Not even a little.