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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A330 Political Plane Trivia

I've got my manuals spread over my desk as I study for recurrent, and it occurred to me that the there is a political difference between the A330-300 and A330-200 models concerning fueling the plane.

Speaking of fuel... 
We fuel our planes with either Jet A and Jet A-1. Why one or the other?  One reason is we can't get Jet A outside the US. But then why would we want it?  
The difference between the two types is Jet A-1 has a lower freezing point. Jet A's freezing point is −40 °C (−40 °F) and Jet A-1's is −47 °C (−53 °F). Another interesting fact is that Jet A-1 has a mandatory anti-static additive. Is one more expensive than the other? I'm not sure. If you have any more data on the fuels, I would love to know. All I know is it smells really good.

But back to the trivia question...
The A330-300 belongs to the right wing party, and the A330-200 is a bipartisan plane. Do you know why?  Answer to come tomorrow, but have fun guessing. 
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene


  1. I don't know.. Since when do planes belong to political parties?

    1. A play on words to remember something about the plane. So... get creative and think outside the box. :)

  2. How about this guess....the 333 has a refueling port on the right wing only and the 332 has ports on both wings?

    1. You Got it! I was going to wait and post this later...but a creative mind needs to be rewarded. Okay... tomorrow will have to be more challenging.

  3. Karlene, you know I love your recurrent/trivia posts and unfortunately I have come to late. Very busy week on my end. But Congrats Andrew! My guess would have been far from that. I was thinking of something off the top of my head about controlling stability. Speaking of stability, I need to work on this 2nd coffee for the day... XOJ

    1. I like the way you think....and too much coffee = instability. Is that possible? lol


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