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Questions tagged [etops]

Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards

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Can someone explain the EASA approval process to fly ETOPS?

First of all does the TC holder (manufacturer) of a new aircraft have to gain approval to state that the aircraft is capable of flying etops to a certain level..? I.e ETOPS 120. Secondly does the ...
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When do pilots facing bad weather turn back (U-turn)?

Passenger aircraft are not supposed to cross red areas on the weather radar. But what if the weather system is too large to circumnavigate and red areas inside the system are too large/prevalent to ...
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What are the regulations for crossing the Atlantic in a twin engine prop plane

Are there ETOPS like regulations for private planes? If the plane has the range (4000km+), can it do it in one go?
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How A330-200 or 243 would be much safer under the ETOPS terms? [duplicate]

I am flying this week to France in an Airbus A330-200. I have a phobia of flying I have several questions here on the aviation forum. The plane is A330-200 is the one we're going with and I am reading ...
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Does ETOPS apply to Part 125 operations?

Does ETOPS apply to aircraft operated under Part 125? I see ETOPS mentioned in Part 121 Appendix P and Part 25 Appendix K, but it would appear that ETOPS wouldn't apply to Part 125 operated aircraft?
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Which current commercial flights have the highest ETOPS ranking?

While the Airbus A350 is technically certified for ETOPS-370, what are currently the highest rated commercial ETOPS flights? Which airline actually operates flights under ETOPS-330 or ETOPS-370 rules ...
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Can any aircraft have ETOPS?

I am wondering if any plane can become ETOPS certified? And, is ETOPS the right acronym?
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ETOPS 330 vs ETOPS 370 etc; how are the exact minute ratings derived?

I am curious how the ETOPS minutes categories are arrived at. i.e. Say, ETOPS 330 vs 370. What extra abilities would the 370 type have demonstrated that the 330 didn't have? Was it just that the ...
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Why has the A340 not been fitted with only three engines?

The A340 was created because the airlines wanted an aircraft they could cross the atlantic ocean with (They couldn't with their twins because of ETOPS so far). So Airbus upgraded the A330 and added ...
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Why did the Swiss International Air LX40 (a 777-300ER) emergency land at Iqaluit airport?

Swiss International Air LX40 (a brand new 777-300ER) was en route from Zurich to LA on 1 Feb 2017 when one of the GE90 engines shut itself down because of data from its self-monitoring algorithms. ...
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Do ETOPS requirements vary between passenger, cargo, and non-revenue flights?

Are there different ETOPS requirements for aircraft depending on usage? For example, does a FedEx cargo flight need the same ETOPS ratings for over ocean flights as a passenger flight? Also, how ...
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Can an Indian operator get approval for ETOPS-120 without first getting approval for a lower ETOPS rating?

If an A320 aircraft equipped with CFM 56-5B engines is certified capable of 120 minutes ETOPS by the manufacturer as per its AFM, can an Indian operator directly request operational approval for ETOPS-...
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Does operation under ETOPS rules require additional procedures in flight during the ETOPS segment?

During Extended-range Twin-engine Operations (ETOPS), are there any special procedures pilots have to follow? I am asking for specific procedures / tasks during the ETOPS segment of a flight, not what ...
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How does an ETOPS APU start in-flight?

An ETOPS APU has to be on-demand, i.e. must be able to start at any altitude. If it can't, then it's not shut down for the entire flight. Compared to a normal APU, what are the design differences ...
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Why ETOPS 207 minutes?

There are many ETOPS certification levels, such as 120 (2 hours), 180 (3 hours), or 300 (5 hours). However, what is the reason behind ETOPS 207? Is there anything specific at that point? Why not ...
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Can the need for an engine overhaul affect the ETOPS rating?

I read this news: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/23/us/boeing-dreamliner-engine-fix/index.html So seemingly the reliability of the 787 engines made by General Electric is not as high as expected and ...
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Why is there an ETOPS marking on the nosewheel door?

As discussed in this question, ETOPS stands for extended range standard, a class of aircraft that have been demonstrated reliable against a given standard, and can operate at a greater flight time ...
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Is ETOPS satisfied solely by range circles?

Consider a scenario where an airplane is operated on an ETOPS 180 route where the ETOPS alternate is open, available and above minima, but there is terrain between the route and the airport which ...
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What changes do narrow-body airliners undergo to serve (relatively) long routes?

I will try to pose a well-structured question here on the longest routes ever or currently served by small, narrow-body airliners - specifically, the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A319 and A320. Set ...
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What is the main difference between an ETOPS certified and non-ETOPS certified plane?

ETOPS stands for Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards, a rule which permits twin engine aircraft to fly routes which, at some point, are more than 60 minutes flying time away ...
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What is the one-engine-inoperative maximum range flight configuration?

I was talking with a friend about what things would happen if you experienced engine problems in cruise. We were wondering the following: What things would need to be changed to arrive in the optimal ...
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Are ETOPS rated planes denoted by a placard or other indicator?

A recent AA flight to Hawaii was not ETOPS rated. (alternate article) Apparently the failures that led to this mistake occurred on multiple levels, including the schedulers who scheduled this ...
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Why does ETOPS not apply to older 4 engine aircraft?

This is a follow-up to my previous question: What is ETOPS and how does it work? There is a related question here, but it does not specifically answer this new question. Facts: Since February 2015, ...
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What is ETOPS and how does it work?

According to this press release by Boeing earlier this year, the 747-8 has received its ETOPS 330 rating. This is required by all 4-engined planes made after February 2015 to fly beyond 180 minutes ...
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Are four-engined airplanes subject to ETOPS equivalent rules?

I've heard of ETOPS, which permits the maximum duration for which a two-engined airplane can fly on one engine to the nearest airport. Are 4-engined planes such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 ...
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Are there diversion points for southern Pacific great circle route flights?

At first I wasn't even sure if any airlines flew southern Pacific great circle route flights, but it looks like Qantas (QFA27) operates a flight between Sydney and Santiago, Chile. For northern ...