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MAN Arrivals / Departures Log beginning 08/01/2013 00:05:25.
Times are LOCAL.
Author Paul Moiser

Runway in use 23

Manchester TUE 8/1

Arr   CallSign Reg      Type
00:05 MON613   G-OZBW   Airbus A320-214
00:43 MON569   G-OZBN   Airbus A321-231
00:52 EZY1828  G-EZUW   Airbus A320-214
00:57 EZY1KA   G-EZUU   Airbus A320-214
01:00 MON525   G-MARA   Airbus A321-231
01:22 TCX376F  G-TCCB   Boeing 767-31K
05:26 FDX5204  N903FD   Boeing 757-2B7
06:10 ETD015   A6-EYK   Airbus A330-243
06:15 UAL100   N33103   Boeing 757-224
06:40 AAL210   N191AN   Boeing 757-223
06:43 TOM113   G-OOBK   Boeing 767-324
06:59 TOM135   G-DBLA   Boeing 767-35E
07:06 SIA328   9V-SWD   Boeing 777-312ER
07:15 AAL54    N196AA   Boeing 757-223
07:22 DLH2PF   D-ACNE   Canadair CRJ900NG Regional Jet
07:24 RYR17ME  EI-DWG   Boeing 737-8AS
07:27 VIR76X   G-VINE   Airbus A330-343X
07:28 EIN20E   EI-DVH   Airbus A320-214
07:29 UAL20    N41135   Boeing 757-224
07:31 SHT34CA  G-DOCT   Boeing 737-436
07:32 BEE8GR   G-JECM   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:33 SHT2A    G-EUYH   Airbus A320-232
07:35 BEE2YC   G-JECL   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:38 LOG21NM  G-BWWT   Dornier 328-100
07:40…

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The JetHead Blog

STAR TW

Top of descent with a hundred knots of tailwind. You’ve been asking for a descent for the last forty miles with no success, and you know why: outbounds are climbing below you and worse, they’re staying low nose to nose because of what’s been a tailwind for you since the west coast–but which would be a headwind for them westbound.

So it’s the double-whammy: high, and hot; closing on the altitude crossing restrictions are cramping the descent algorithm–there’s not enough “forward” left to to execute a civilized “down.”

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“Cross Fever at 11,000 and 250 knots,” comes the ATC instructions, and I immediately think of a captain I used to fly with in the 1980s who would have, without hesitation, answered, “We can do it–but we’ll have to leave the airplane behind.” Instead, I just say, “Unable.”

I know, I know: we probably could make the crossing restriction, but why play…

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MAN Arrivals / Departures Log beginning 21/12/2012 00:05:08.
Times are LOCAL.
Author Paul Moiser

Runway in use 23

Manchester FRI 21/12

Arr   CallSign Reg      Type
00:08 EZY1828  G-EZUW   Airbus A320-214
00:30 MON627   G-OZBF   Airbus A321-231
01:29 EZY1KA   G-EZTE   Airbus A320-214
05:35 UJT410   N410UJ   Gulfstream III
05:51 ETD015   A6-EYF   Airbus A330-243
05:54 FDX5204  N903FD   Boeing 757-2B7
06:15 QTR041   A7-AEM   Airbus A330-302
06:27 UAE21    A6-EGY   Boeing 777-31HER
06:37 TCX115   G-MDBD   Airbus A330-243
06:43 UAL100   N12116   Boeing 757-224
07:01 SIA328   9V-SWA   Boeing 777-312ER
07:10 UAL20    N21108   Boeing 757-224
07:13 TOM159   G-OOAN   Boeing 767-39H
07:15 AAL210   N186AN   Boeing 757-223
07:18 RYR17ME  EI-DHF   Boeing 737-8AS
07:20 DLH2PF   D-ACNU   Canadair CRJ900NG Regional Jet
07:21 VIR76X   G-VXLG   Boeing 747-41R
07:23 EIN20E   EI-DEB   Airbus A320-214
07:25 TOM143   G-OOBM   Boeing 767-324
07:32 DLH      D-ACNR   Canadair CRJ900NG Regional Jet
07:35 BEE2YC   G-JECG   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:37 EZY130   G-EZBG   Airbus A319-111
07:39 AAL54    N176AA   Boeing 757-223
07:41 SHT2A    G-EUPP   Airbus A319-131

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December 2012

Subject: Wish List

From: Blog, JetHead

To: Claus, Santa

Sir:

As you know, it’s that time of year again. How about if we go ahead and stipulate the facts from last year: no, I haven’t been “good,” whatever that is, and neither have you so let’s drop that subject.

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And yes, I have more than I probably deserve, what with a good gig in the Boeing left seat, seniority to be a little picky (still flying the all-nighter, Fatman? Bummer.) trip-wise.  So this year, on my Wish List, I’m asking for less:

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For starters, how about a little less “ice fog?” I know, for you it’s “no big deal,” Rudolph, red nose, blah-blah-blah. But for me, it’s a Category III approach hand-flown to a fifty foot decision height (admit it: you’re cheating with the “red nose” crap, aren’t you?) which is no easy trick. Yes, I do appreciate…

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MAN Arrivals / Departures Log beginning 19/12/2012 00:00:46.
Times are LOCAL.
Author Paul Moiser

Runway in use 23 until 19.35 when ops changed to 05

Manchester WED 19/12

Arr   CallSign Reg      Type
00:00 EZY167R  G-EZGD   Airbus A319-111
01:12 TCX2849  G-TCAD   Airbus A320-214
05:37 FDX5204  N918FD   Boeing 757-23A
06:05 ETD015   A6-EYJ   Airbus A330-243
06:30 TCX149   G-MDBD   Airbus A330-243
06:34 QTR041   A7-AEG   Airbus A330-302
06:42 UAE21    A6-EGW   Boeing 777-31HER
06:53 TOM123   G-OOAN   Boeing 767-39H
07:09 UAL20    N17139   Boeing 757-224
07:12 SIA328   9V-SWH   Boeing 777-312ER
07:14 RYR17ME  EI-DHR   Boeing 737-8AS
07:16 SHT2A    G-EUXE   Airbus A321-231
07:23 SHT34CA  G-DOCZ   Boeing 737-436
07:26 EIN20E   EI-DEB   Airbus A320-214
07:29 DLH2PF   D-ACNC   Canadair CRJ900NG Regional Jet
07:39 BEE5RL   G-ECOP   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:43 BEE8GR   G-ECOT   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:44 AAL55    N189AN   Boeing 757-223
07:46 BEE6JZ   G-ECOE   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:48 DLH9FT   D-ACNK   Canadair CRJ900NG Regional Jet
07:50 BEE2DV   G-FLBC   De Havilland DHC8-402
07:52 EZY130   G-EZDU   Airbus A319-111

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Day doesn’t give up the sky easily.

Last ditch, the blue fistfights with darkness like death: parts of the horizon arc fade differently, the sun exits dramatically or not; subtle or sudden, Ophelia or Faustus, depending on which way you’re flying and how high you are.

I mean east to west: bam, the sunset cattle-brands the horizon into an angry tight lip, then slams the sky shut like a granny purse, socking away the day for safekeeping, to snore under a fat pillow of layered cottony cirrus and leftover cloud piles, indifferent, floating; nothing to see here folks, so move along.

But eastbound? Not so fast: a jaundice swirls into the cloud bottoms, then fever fires the skyline like a malaria flush, the sun sighs itself westward, the horizon twists a blue frown–if you’re high enough, say forty-some-thousand–the downturn matches the curve of the earth, wingtip to wingtip…

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