Re: ETOPS question on Aer Lingus A330

Date:         21 Nov 97 01:59:52 
From: (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1997.2653@ohare.Chicago.COM>, wrote:
> Seth Dillon <> wrote:
> >As you may know, each aircraft has what is called a Minimum Equipment
> >List ... It is in the carriers best interest to repair the aircraft as soon
> >as possible as non-ETOPS routing adds considerable time and expense to the
> >trip.
> Just curious - what are the new requirements if a flight is downgraded to
> NON-ETOPS? Must they be less than 60 minute flying time from an airport
> throughout the flight?

Not necessarily. Depending on the airline, airplane, route, and weather
conditions at the alternates, they may drop from 180 minute ETOPS to 120
minute ETOPS or even 90 minute ETOPS.  This may significantly affect their
route, or their ability to fly non-stop to their destination, but it does
not automatically revert them to the 60-minute rule.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane