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Trip Report | Mumbai - Singapore | SQ423 | B77L | (Extremely Picture Heavy)

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Good day all!
 
I'm back with my second trip report, but this time I've moved it to the "Flight Sim & Aviation User Stories", for two reasons:
 
1) It seems more appropriate, and this sub-forum needs more activity anyway
2) I could not constrain a trip report to 20 images, nor did I wish to breach the rules on the Screenshots forum
 
So here we are!
 
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Today's flight takes us from Mumbai, India, to Sunny(-ish) Singapore! We're operating SQ423 today, which is the first flight of the day to Singapore. We're expected to depart 15 minutes past midnight, and with an expected flight time of 5h20m, we should expect a traditionally pretty sunrise en-route. 
 
We're looking at some fog/haze out of Mumbai, and some moderate cloud cover, but this should be absolutely no problem for us. Weather over Malaysia (just north of Singapore) is forecasted to be a little iffy, with a line of thunderstorms forming just before our Top-Of-Descent. Should make things interesting! Our actual arrival into Singapore should be relatively bump-free, with clear-ish skies and light wind expected over the airport. We're expected to land at 08:15 Local. 
 
This flight, then, is excellent for Indian business travelers, as they arrive just in time for the day's meetings, before catching SQ424 back to Mumbai at 20:00 Local.
 
Anyway, enough of my rambling, let's have a look at today's flight information:
 
SQ423/SIA423
B777-200LR | 9V-SVV
ETD: 20:15z - 00:15 Local
EET: 5h20m
ETA: 01:30z - 08:19 Local.
Departure Airport: VABB (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport)
Arrival Airport: WSSS (Changi International Airport)
 
There is a 4 minute delay in our calculations to allow for an average headwind component of 7 knots.
 
We get to the flight-deck to see a nice warm cockpit, courtesy of the ground staff.
 
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The IRS isn't aligned, which is appropriate given this is the first flight of the day for the aircraft. She has a pretty flight-deck though, doesn't she?
 
Anyway, we get a lovely shot of our 5-star caterers loading up the aircraft with all sorts of delicious meals, both Continental and Asian! 
 
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Jumping back into the flightdeck, we can begin preparing the FMS for today's flight. We begin by aligning the IRS, so the aircraft knows where it is.

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Then we go ahead and request the route that dispatch has so kindly prepared for us.

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The route for today's flight is as follows:
AGELA N571 LAGOG/N0491F390 N571 GUNIP R467 VKL A464 ARAMA
 
As you can see, we have a step climb up to FL390 along the way, so we'll be watching for that past LAGOG.
 
Once we've entered and cross-checked the route, we can go ahead and activate it!
 
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Next up, we've got to verify the performance of the aircraft. To do this, we need to go over our weight figures.
 
We have a zero fuel weight of 203582 kilograms, or, 203.6t.
This is made up of the 210 passengers + 8 crew we are carrying, and 17,898 kilograms of cargo. We're at a 89.9% Load Level, so revenue wise, this flight is fairly okay.
In case anyone is interested, the distribution of PAX today is as follows:
 
Occupied/Total 
13/14 First Class
43/48 Business Class
154/172 Economy Class
 
We must also, of course, take into consideration the fuel we will be carrying! After all, the T7 doesn't run on magic and rainbows :P
 
Our fuel figures for today is as follows (All in Kilograms):
 
          FUEL    CORR    ENDUR
TRIP                31474  ........  04:44
CONT 5%        1574  ........    00:15
ALTN WSSL     1186  ........   00:08
FINAL RESV    3207  ........    00:30
MIN T/O           37441  ........  05:37
EXTRA             0         ........  00:00       
TAXI                 650  ........     00:25       
RELEASE        38091  ........ 06:02
 
As you can see, we'll be diverting to WSSL if WSSS is unavailable for any reason. WSSL (Seletar Airport) is 21nm from WSSS (Changi International), and will take us a paltry 8 minutes to reach. We haven't been allowed to carry any extra fuel, and must take off with a fuel load greater than 37441 kilograms, else we will not meet the minimum legal requirement upon arrival.
 
We also enter our initial cruise altitude, which is FL370, and our reserve fuel quantity of 3207 kilograms
 
All things considered, we will be operating with a cost index of 250 today, in lieu of the potential delays the headwind will cause, in addition to the line of thunderstorms we are expecting en-route.
 
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We're derated to 88.6% N1 today, which should leave us with a comfortable margin for take off, while still prolonging the life of the engines.
 
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Clearance, as expected, as assigned us RW32 for departure, following the VEVA1D SID out of Mumbai, and using the BIXOR transition onto our first waypoint.
 
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Of course, we have to verify the SID and Transition in the LEGS page, ensuring that there are no discontinuities. Luckily, today, everything looks spiffy.
 
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Now that clearance has given us our runway, we're good to initialize our V1, Vr, and V2 speeds. The FMS has given us the same speed for V1 and Vr, but company SOP maintains that all three speeds must be different, so we add 1 knot to the Vr, and 1 knot to the V2. This leaves us with: 
V1: 155
Vr: 156
V2: 157
 
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Having completed all that, we can begin with our checklists! I love the ECL on the T7, it's immensely helpful.
 
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Skipping forward a bit, we've completed our pre-flight checklist and have moved on to our before start checklist. We've now set the MCP for departure. CHECK! :)
 
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Trimming her up for departure. FMS wants us at 2.5 units of trim, who am I to contend it? ;)
Another item checked off!
 
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Next up, taxi and take off briefing. 
 
We'll be taxiing from the International Terminal's Stand 55, over to RW32.
Our taxi route is as follows:
Tail East -> H -> N4 -> N1 -> E -> Cross 27 -> E1 -> RW32
 
Take-off will be mine, in event of an engine failure, we're to ascend to 3000ft, flying runway heading. We will complete all required checklists and memory items, and then return to the airport if safe.
(I know I'm supposed to read SID information here too, but my lazy side has taken over!)
 
CHECK!
 
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Doors closed, cross-checked and set to automatic. Waiting on the ground crew to close the cargo doors before we start up the APU and disconnect from ground power.
 
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All good, 9V-SVV is all sealed up! APU started!
 
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APU running, we can now disconnect from ground power. The aircraft is now self-sufficient.
 
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The big ol' gal being pushed back by a wee little tug..
 
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Those ground crew sure are brave, operating near such gigantic machinery..
 
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Due to the longer push back onto H, we delayed startup by a bit, but now the big beasts can shake themselves from slumber. Wakey wakey!
 
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Right engine fired good, time to throw a match into the left one!
 
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Good starts on both, bye bye Mr. GSX-Push-Guy!
 
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Before taxi checklist.. Anti-Ice - Not required, Recall - Checked, Flight Controls, checking! xD
 
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Dome lights off, time for a little mood lighting.. Gosh that's a pretty flight-deck..
 
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Taxiing on N4 requires coming uncomfortably close to the fire station.. Oh well, at least it makes for a good photo-op!
 
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F/As ding us to let us know they're ready for take-off. Cabin ready!
 
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Crossing 27..
 
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Flaps 5, before take-off checklist complete. We're ready too!
 
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Cleared for take-off before we get close to the holding point, so we roll on through, Landing Lights ON, Runway Turnoffs ON, Strobe ON, lined up and ready to go.
 
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Power set, keep her pointing the right direction, Cap'n!
 
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V1, Vr and V2 simply fly by, up into the air we go, 9V-SVV climbing like a homesick angel...
 
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Construction of the new international terminal on our left.. We were told to watch out for those cranes in our NOTAMs today! 
 
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Say what you will about the 777, but one thing is NOT up for debate, she's a massively powerful aircraft.. 
 
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Goodbye Mumbai!
 
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Moonlight glinting off the sea as we bank left for the VEVA1D SID.. 
 
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Aircraft handed over to the Autopilot at 5000, Gear Up, Flaps Up, After Take-Off checklist complete!
 
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Obligatory sexy-bank shot!
 
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Climbing hard and fast, 10k whizzes by!
 
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Fast forward a bit, we're at cruise, and we're putting in our expected STAR and RW based on the predicted winds. So here you see that we're expecting RW20R via the LELI2B STAR, vectors onto final.
 
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Checking the STAR on the ND with the Plan mode.. Looks good!
 
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First light of dawn, very pretty at FL370!
 
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More dawn goodness!
 
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Even more.. She's such a pretty bird!
 
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More more MORE!
 
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Flex!
 
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Do you even lift bro? (I'm running out of captions at this point. Help!)
 
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Finally, something to say! Here we're stepping up the FL390. Yay for fuel efficiency!
 
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More dawn shots from the cockpit, REX4 and Shade has done a good job for FSX's visuals!
 
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More dawny-ness.
 
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So, fast forward more! 20 minutes into the future, all the pretty dawn scenes are gone and we've got huge thunder clouds instead. Bad. Time for WX deviations, and we don't even have extra fuel, drat!
 
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Menacing looking clouds..
 
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Done dodging and weaving, we're going direct to GUNIP, looks moderately clear.
 
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Clouds in our path, again. At 39k, imagine that! Time for more dodging and weaving, I guess..
 
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Cutting in between 2 huge cloud walls, time to clench a little! Seat Belt Signs ON.
 
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Made it through the narrow gap, clear on the left so we go direct BATAR. God, I can't wait for the SP1 WXR!
 
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Within 80nm of T/D, so we can go ahead and start the Before Descent Checklist..
 
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We're about to begin descent, and there doesn't appear any visual way around this line of clouds, so we're gonna punch straight through. F/As instructed to take their seats, PAX told to buckle in.
 
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Turbulence penetration speed set on the MCP, but the aircraft is experiencing so many violent wind-shifts that the A/P is having a tough time..
 
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Out of a cloud briefly before diving straight into another, still being shaken around like Beyonce's butt!
 
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Rain/Snow? Good thing Anti-Ice is on Auto. Still gotta monitor the systems though!
 
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The turbulence is getting worse, bordering on slightly dangerous now, so we begin getting with the program and extend the speed brakes. We can't climb over this mess, so we're gonna get down and out! Saw the VSI touch -6k at one point. 
 
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In between two cloud layers, turbulence is far less down here, alas, we have to continue our descent..
 
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Nearing the bottom of this mess, the weather is clearing out a little.. Finally..
 
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7k, entering the STAR pattern. Weather has almost completely vanished.. Almost..
 
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Beginning flap extension prior to turning onto base..
 
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RW in sight, glideslope captured, localiser captured..
 
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1500ft, A/P disconnected, time for some good old stick and rudder!
 
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Drifting right a bit, better correct quickly!
 
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All well as we cross the threshold..
 
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Touchdown right in the TDZ, sweet!
 
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Time to disengage reverse, brake manually and turn left at the next high-speed. We're to dock at bay A16..
 
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We turned off on W6, the route to our gate is:
W6 -> WP -> V7 -> WA
 
After cleaning up the aircraft and taking the above mentioned taxi route, we find ourselves at A16!
 
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Turning into the bay, we see the SafeDock system AND a marshaller, who is SO afraid of the aircraft that he's hiding behind a pole!
 
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Cloooooooooser... Crawling forward...
 
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Docked, nice and pretty! Time to shut down the engines, turn off the seat belt signs and let these terrified PAX out!
 
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Engines off, doors opened, PAX are free!
 
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Ground power hooked up to the aircraft, APU can be shut down.. She's back on the proverbial umbilical cord! 
 
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Parked up, we're ready to leave the aircraft so she can continue on with another crew..
 
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Unloading baggage and cargo!
 
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Belly of the beast! Our last shot before leaving her..
 
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The brings an end to the pictures of today's flight. We arrived early by about 15 minutes, which is probably due to leaving Mumbai 14 minutes early. Either way, the flight was good fun, the WX en-route was amazing, and we kept within a reasonable time-frame, and our fuel burn was spot on! Well done PFPX!
 
I hope you guys enjoyed following along as much as I did compiling this for you! 
 
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Addons Used:
 
PMDG 777
Thai Creations VABB
ImagineSim WSSS
Mogwaisoft Shade
PFPX
FTX;Global
ActiveSky Next
REX4 Texture Direct
 
 
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Note: None of these screenshots were edited in any form.
 
 
 
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Aamir Thacker

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Wow, very detailed, very entertaining, very beautiful! :-)

It's been a long time since I've seen such a detailed flight report! It looks as if you had some serious fun performing this flight!

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Wow, very detailed, very entertaining, very beautiful! :-)
It's been a long time since I've seen such a detailed flight report! It looks as if you had some serious fun performing this flight!

 

Thank you! There's so much more where this came from!

 

I wish I could stream, but my internet isn't good enough :(

 

I do enjoy your streams though :)


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Very nice, Aamir! Looking forward to seeing more of these. I may also try putting a few together of my own flights.

 

Regards.

 

PS: I bet that, like me, you can't wait to get your hands on the -300ER, huh? :smile:


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I bet that, like me, you can't wait to get your hands on the -300ER, huh?

 

Oh, absolutely!

 

I look forward to readying your trip reports, they're good fun to compile and read :)

 

 

 


Great flight report with really amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing. ;)

 

 

 


Great reading and pictures, thanks for sharing!

 

Thank you guys! :)


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Fantastic, in depth report. I look forward to seeing many, many more of these. 


Regards, Jeremy Chesney

 

 

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Really enjoyable read and its a bit of an unintentional tutorial as well, providing step by step guidance.

Look forward to your next trip!


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Fantastic, in depth report. I look forward to seeing many, many more of these. 

 

 

 


Great post! Lovely screenshots! Thank you for sharing...

 

 

 


Really enjoyable read and its a bit of an unintentional tutorial as well, providing step by step guidance.
Look forward to your next trip!

 

Thank you guys! :)

 

Zoran, haha, a very unintentional tutorial, but hey, I'll take it! ;)


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Very nicely done, great details and fantastic screenshots... Makes me want to go fly the t7 right now. In fact I think I w...


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