Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Good Job

RTO in Ottawa last night. Sounds textbook. My kudos to the crew. I hope Transport doesn't manage to come up with something they did wrong in those fifteen seconds.

I'll bet there's a moment where you think, "huh? this isn't the simulator!" And then after the aircraft has come safely to a stop, and the fire department assured you that you're not on fire, and the passengers confirmed all safe, you get to actually appreciate all those hours of hell in the simulator.

Update: a slightly longer version of the story.


Lord Hutton said...

Will the crew get charged for shredding the tyres?

Aviatrix said...

Hey. No. The tires are expected to do that. If they aren't shredded, they'll burst from the heat of the brakes, anyway. It's typical for the brakes to be on fire after such an abort.

Hamish said...

From the article: "He said [...] the pilot immediately deployed the flaps and started braking, said Simpson.

'The flaps went straight up and we roared to a stop,' he said."

I like the way that almost anything on the wing that, well, flaps, gets called, well, "flaps". I have non-pilot firends who still call ailerons "flaps" even after flying with me for years.

Anyway, nicely-handled RTO. I guess the real story is that there's no story there... which is as it should be.

Aviatrix said...

Thank you Hamish. I meant to comment on that. To the uninitiated every hinged surface is a flap. And to be fair, spoilers, elevators, ailerons, flaps, trim tabs, geared assist tabs, and most leading edge devices fulfil the everyday layman's definition of a flap. It's not their fault that we have different names for them.

Flop said...

I noticed the flaps thing, too. But also this: "spewed with engine parts."

The engine can spew parts (and apparently did), but then the runway was strewn with parts.

Or is spewed as a transitive verb a a Canadianism? It sounds so grating to my ear, I kind of hope it's not.

And yes, I know this is an aviation blog, but Aviatrix takes her grammar almost as seriously as she takes her air(wo)manship, so I felt this was appropriate.

Aviatrix said...

I have to agree, Flop. I think most Canadians would agree that "spewed with engine parts" doesn't represent a normal usage. But then spewing parts isn't a normal engine function.

Thanks for reminding me to make a few phone calls and find out more about what happened inside that engine.