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Video answers: Flying Private Jets

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

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  1. What’s strange about it is that you could fly first class on the route many times before the cost would come close to the cost of a single flight on a private jet.
  2. It makes sense for Walmart because the city where they’re based doesn’t have enough commercial flights to allow regional vice presidents to visit multiple store and return in a single day.
  3. Flying international would make sense for a company when a number of executives need to fly and a number of connections have to be made to reach the destination. In this case renting a large private jet could save the company time and money.
  4. Private jets are terrible for the environment and in addition, executives are using them more and more for personal, leisure trips instead of exclusively for business trips.

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Video: Flying Private Jets

This week’s video describes the economics of flying private jets. How can they be worth it?

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

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  1. What is strange about flying a private jet on the London to Dubai route?
  2. Why do private jets makes sense for Walmart?
  3. When would flying a private jet makes sense for a company?
  4. What are the negatives of private jets?

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The Economics of Private Jets

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Video Answers: Air Traffic Control

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  1. Eurocontrol provides air traffic management services to 43 air navigation service providers, more than 500 airports and more than 1,000 airlines over the network.
  2. If a flight plan is rejected, it’s handed over to people who resolve the problem in coordination with the airline.
  3. Before an aircraft gets to a runway, ground control is responsible for it.
  4. It monitors upper airspace above 24,500ft over Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and north-west Germany.
  5. They have to maintain a minimum of 1,000ft of vertical separation and 5nm of horizontal separation.
  6. The controller has influence over the speed, altitude and direction of each flight.
  7. If there is an air traffic control delay, airlines can wait or they can choose an alternative route that would be more costly.

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Video: Air Traffic Control

This week’s video describes how air traffic control works. Watch to find out how!

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. What is Eurocontrol responsible for?
  2. What happens if a flight plan is rejected by the software program checking it?
  3. Who is responsible for an aircraft before it gets to the runway?
  4. What area does Maastricht UAC monitor?
  5. What minimum separation do aircraft have to maintain?
  6. What factors does the controller have influence over for each flight?
  7. What alternatives do airlines have if there is an air traffic control delay?

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How Air Traffic Control Works

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How air traffic control works
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Video answers: Building the 737MAX

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

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  1. It has paper checklists, a seven-step startup process, a warning light, physical cables to link fight controls to flight surfaces, all of which made it different to other modern aircraft.
  2. The original plan was to replace the 737 with an all-new aircraft.
  3. Fuel efficiency was less important for short-haul flight because these planes traditionally spent less time in the air per day than long-haul aircraft.
  4. Airlines are starting to use narrowbody aircraft for longer and longer flights.
  5. The American Airlines order for an ‘updated’ 737 convinced Boeing to modify the 737NG instead of building a totally new airplane.
  6. It would want a less modern, less efficient plane because they’re cheaper to buy and don’t require expensive training sessions to get their pilots type rated.
  7. Boeing had to move the engine higher and further forward on the wing to be able to fit it with the new, more efficient engine.
  8. MCAS was necessary because the new engine position and increased height of the landing gear created a tendency for the plane to pitch up more than the previous generation.
  9. It was likely caused by a malfunctioning MCAS sensor which kept pushing the plane’s nose down.

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Video: Building the 737MAX

This week’s video discusses the circumstances that made Boeing decide to build the 737.

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. What characteristics make the 737MAX different to other modern jets?
  2. What was the original plan for the 737 in 2011?
  3. Why was fuel efficiency less important for short-haul planes?
  4. What is changing in the way airlines are using narrowbody aircraft?
  5. What was the tipping point for Boeing in their decision in relation to the 737?
  6. Why would an airline want a less modern, less efficient 737?
  7. What key change did Boeing have to make to the plane to make it more efficient?
  8. Why was MCAS necessary?
  9. What was the likely cause of the Lion Air 737MAX crash?

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The Economics That Made Boeing Build the 737 Max

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