Its good to be serious about aviation. But being sincere sounds a lot better!

When I started this blog, I thought that the focus would be on my primary passion in aviation: the flight deck. But as days passed and as I wrote articles in aviation on a variety of topics, I realized that to confine oneself to just one thing in aviation is not aviation at all.

This site has almost everything to do with Commercial Aviation. I welcome you to my humble home of my heart: The Skies.



(Click on the above logo, or here to link you to PAT!)

Organisation of this page

There are some articles which are time bound. Most such articles appear as posts, and you will need to check my archives (Accessible through the pane on your left, or by clicking the link below). If you’d like to have an email notification about the same, please click on the “Follow” button which may be found at the bottom of the left pane.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL POSTS

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>POSTS IN 2013

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>POSTS IN 2012

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>POSTS IN 2011

Articles which I feel stand the test of time may be accessed through the menu at the top of this page.

Sometimes I find it hard to differentiate between the need for a page and a post. In either case, by simply following me, you’ll be notified when something new comes up.

Posts that are worth a read:


Ultra_SmallATR 72-600: An Introduction

Category: (Start of Project), Technical

Ultra_SmallIn photos: The Dassault Rafale piloted by Cedric Ruet in 2011

Category: Photos, General Aviation Interest

Ultra_SmallAero India 2013: The anticipated anticlimax of 2011

Category: Airshow


Ultra_SmallStatistics: How The Flying Engineer has performed

Popularity Measure

Ultra_SmallIn Photos: Chimes Aviation Academy

Category: Photography (Some stunning shots!)


Oh my ATR!

Category: General Aviation Interest

Ultra_SmallDelhi-Bangalore: A321 Flight Details (NAV & PERF)

Category: Aircraft Operations, Performance

Ultra_SmallBoeing 727: the Original “Airbus”

Category: General Interest, History

RNAV and RNP in India: Airways

Category: Airport, Air Traffic System, Operations, Technology

A cockpit “flare” for “perspective”: ATR72

Category: Manufacturer, Operations, Flight Safety

ATR 72- 500, -600 at Jet Airways, & Training Flights

Category: Manufacturer, Operations, Training

The APU Replacement: Fuel Cells. or Are they?

Category: General Aviation Interest, Technology

ATR Experience: Flight crew filling up forms!

Category: General Aviation Interest, Operations

Air India’s 787: Its story, and how it compares with other twins

Category: Aerodynamics, Manufacturer, Operations

A General Aviation Flight Simulator (One I built!!)

Category: Aerodynamics, General Aviation Interest, Flight Safety

India’s Second Q400 operator [EDIT: No longer, A/C Changed]

Category: Manufacturer, Operations

“Diving” into the A320: Dive Speeds

Category: Operations, Flight Safety, Aerodynamics

In Photos: The Boeing 787: “Lining” the Dream, from Back to Front

Category: India Aviation 2012, General Aviation Interest, Manufacturer

The Phenomenon: Phenom 100: India Aviation 2012

Category: India Aviation 2012, General Aviation Interest, Manufacturer

Sukhoi Superjet 100: India Aviation 2012

Category: India Aviation 2012, General Aviation Interest, Manufacturer

Flying the Dassault Falcon 7X: India Aviation 2012

Category: India Aviation 2012, General Aviation Interest, Manufacturer

Live from the Q400

Category: India Aviation 2012, General Aviation Interest

Boeing 737NG #4000: Getting to grips with the production backlog.

Category: Aircraft Production, General Aviation Interest, Manufacturer

Parallel “Runway” at Hyderabad Shamshabad (VOHS)

Category: Airport Operations, Flight Safety, Operations.

The Jeppesen “Grey Area” for flight crew members.

Category: Flight Safety, Operations


Airbus A320 Sharklets and what it could mean for Indigo Airlines.

Category: Technology, Operations.

Minimum and Maximum Acceleration Heights

Category: Aircraft Performance

Disclaimer: The views contained herein are solely the views of aviation professionals, and myself, and DO NOT represent the views of my employer in any which way. The content of this blog is based on the author’s rich personal experience and high quality private research.

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14 thoughts on “Home”

  1. I love your website. Nice job! Good things do take time. Keep up the great work~

  2. Dear Mr Vasuki Prasad, Excellent work, you have pen down your experiences very well. Your coverage in the articles are appropriate and well presented.
    Keep it up.
    Looking forward for some more great articles.

  3. Just wanted to compliment you on the Q400 vs ATR story; probably the absolute best and most authoritative discussion on the subject I have seen anywhere.

  4. Dear friend,

    I am making a short film on India Aviation 2012 and want to use Q400 crew photos as first officer Deepankar is well know to me. Please send me high res photo of them if it is ok with you.

    Best Wishes.

  5. ashish jain said:

    Hi Flying engineer,
    Very interesting and informative articles.
    I’d like to know more about A320 in detail mainly whats not in FCOMs and manuals..
    And whom are you working with ??
    Looking forward to more articles..

  6. Chaitanya said:

    Your website is great… .Not to be rude but you you seem to be busy these days, I was waiting since a long tym for anthr post!!!

  7. Adrian Loveridge said:

    What an incredibly informative website . Thank You.
    LIAT have initially ordered 3 – ATR42 – 600’s in prference to the Q400. Apart from seating capacity could you please give a simple insight why the ATR42 would be more suitable?

    • ATR’s input: “Well, LIAT wants to modernize their old fleet of turboprops and, as in many archipelagos worldwide, there is no much traffic increase. It does not make then much sense to switch from 50-seater to 70-seater aircraft. And today, the only aircraft in production in the 50-seat market is the ATR 42-600. It is also the most modern aircraft (it got its EASA certification in June 2012). It has also much lower operating and maintenance costs than the Q300s (roughly some 30% less) and can take-off and land at shorter runways (which is a key point in some inter-island operations). Honestly, the ATR 42 is a real good plane for islands (there are some good examples in the French Caribbean or in the French Polynesia as well).

      You have a modern aircraft; much less costly to operate and which perfectly fits with your capacity requirements. And it lands in shorter runways… Choice is easily done ”

      You must note that the Q100, Q200 and the Q300 are no longer in production. Also, the ATR 42-600 is a modified ATR 42 with a new avionics suite (NAS), and is neither, as per regulators, a new aircraft nor a new variant.

  8. First of all congratulations for the nice blog. I like to suggest a new topic:
    Everybody is talking about the return of the turboprops (ATRs, Q400s).
    But maybe there are new hidden competitors in the sky: The high bypass ratio gerared turbo fans that in concept are high speed turboprops.
    Example: How an ATR or Q400 will be compared to MRJ70 or E175 E2.
    The E175 enhanced version (2014 not the E2) will burn 3% less than the current E175. Thanks for the WingTips.
    The when the E175E2 arrives: Pratt & Whitney claims the PW1000G is 10% to 15% more fuel efficient…

  9. Attn : Manager

    Subject : Request for Proposal for New Full Flight Simulator for ATR72/42-500, Engine
    option PW127, Certification Standard Level-D, , Due on 20.03.2014,
    (Notice/Documents Attach)

    Dear Sir,

    We wish to inform you that PIA invited proposal relating to above subject inquiry. If you are interested in the above subject business inquiry, so please send us by courier Original + Copies of your complete proposal in the name of and as per client terms and conditions/specification/standard, please note that if client require bank guarantee/bid bond kindly must arrange along with your proposal otherwise your proposal will be disqualified. If you require any clarification/info you may ask them directly and same copy to us for follow up. Please download all documents related to above inquiry from client website http://www.piac.com.pk , thanks in advance.

    Director Corporate Planning
    Pakistan International Airlines
    PIA Head Office
    Karachi Airport

    Tel: 92 21 99043902
    Fax: 92 21
    E-mail: khidppk@piac.aero
    Website: http://www.piac.com.pk / http://www.ppra.org.pk

    for submission to client. Kindly add our 5% commission in your proposal but only confirm us by e-mail don’t mention in your client paper. Thanks in advance, your immediate response will be highly appreciated. Matter urgent.

    Kindly advise your company complete address/fax/telephone/e-mail/web site/name of contact person/mobile phone number etc for our record. Also send us by courier/post your company complete catalogs/CD, list of products handled by you for our reference so that we may send you all inquiries according to your scope of works.

    Best Regards
    Monem Raza
    Al-waseh International Co, 348-A, M.A.Johar Town, Lahore-54770, Pakistan
    Fax: 92 42 35223196 Tel: 92 42 35174345 / 35173601 / 35174564
    Mobile: 92 300 8425636
    E-mail: kmr19161@gmail.com / khmraza@hotmail.com / km19161@yahoo.com / kmr19161@live.com Skype: monem.raza

  10. Hi Flying Engineer,

    Thank for all your wonderful articles, especially the coverage of Air Costa.

    I read in your article that one of its E170 was grounded due to crack in windshield. Do you have any idea about why another aircraft was grounded? Its not available till the end of this month I think.

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