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Blown tire - can't raise gear, shredded tire will not fit in the bay. -> Gear down - much lower maximum speed and lots of additional drag -> Both of those mean very poor fuel economy -> Very poor fuel economy means not enough fuel to reach destination So that's off the table. Given that, there's no question that it's better to follow the safest ...


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It depends on the airfield. Landing on grass is only recommended if the ground is maintained to a reasonable standard and clear of obstructions. Some airfields have grass strips maintained for that purpose, on others the grass has lights, wires and cables, or just lots of holes/ruts which will be far worse than the tarmac. Some airfields are only grass, ...


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Simply put, for the weight bearing factor bias-ply is a lighter tire, and when building a spaceship weight is the top concern. The reason they were thin and single use also had to do with weight, according to NASA: Weight: Since weight is of extreme importance, the tires are made with a minimum amount of tread to conserve weight, allowing for larger ...


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That kind of thing would be a judgment call on the part of the crew (ultimately the capt) and would come down to what is the safest action based on the circumstances, with logistical/convenience considerations being a distant second. When you have a blown tire you will want to avoid raising the gear, because they can catch fire and you don't want to ...


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Well, you're using land that is under the authority, or delegated authority, of somebody, so technically you need that authority's permission to use other than a designated landing area under the airport's license. Remember that there could be liability issues for the person responsible for the airport, completely aside from the physical suitability of the ...


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Because an emergency landing is preferred to gambling the airplane and the lives of everyone on board just to save a few bucks. One of the fundamental rules of professional flying: Never attempt normal operations or try tricks with a compromised airplane. You might get away with it once, but sooner or later it will get you and, with a $300 million ...


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With smaller planes, if you blow a tire on takeoff and have enough runway left to abort, then you should do so. Staying on the ground can be a much better option than a go-around and landing with a flat. Chop that throttle and “fly” the aircraft until it comes to full stop. That said, there will be certain issues to consider based on which wheel is the ...


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