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by 2175301
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 2919

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

What is missing in the article is a comparison to other airlines in regards to fines and maintenance practices. I suspect that Southwest has a better than average record. No one is perfect. Any valid audit will include such comparisons... and they will find something to improve- as is the nature of ...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 97
Views: 15937

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

I think the market is going to focus on the 787-9. Going bigger than that just adds lower margin seats and you're better off sticking to J + Full Y fares plus a few seats for flexibility. I disagree, and do think there is a realistic market for larger aircraft. I think Leeham has it wrong there and...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran
Replies: 91
Views: 14448

Re: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran

Europe needs to work towards the day when they have a ‘self-contained’ aircraft industry, free from the need to use components from the USA or any other country that can hold it to ransom. The European aviation industry has already proven that it has the knowledge and the ability to produce superb ...

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by 2175301
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96108

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

In some ways the A380 was a technology leader and had exciting and in some cases leading design features. However, it may well be that Airbus limited the used market by the total custom interior of the A380's that are often unique to each client to the point that they are very expensive to retrofit....

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by 2175301
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Order book and production rates for the 777 and 777x during and after the transition
Replies: 10
Views: 2199

Re: Order book and production rates for the 777 and 777x during and after the transition

In a previous thread quite a few members were saying the 777X production rate will be only 3.5 a month. So with the current order book we will see nearly 10 years of backlog at that low rate. These members also expect only a handful of new 777X orders in that 10 year period and the production rate ...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why buy new 777 freighters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: why buy new 777 freighters?

Why pay the premium of buying new freighters? I get the nose door of the 747F, but what's so great about a factory-built 777F? The Key item is the fact that the floor structure is rated for freight; and it's an expensive conversion. I do believe that the 777F also has a larger load capability than ...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The long term sustainability of aviation
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: The long term sustainability of aviation

Unless there is a truly major change in technology... hydrocarbon based fuels (in the kerosene area) will continue to fuel the aviation world. If necessary, hydrogen will be converted into hydrocarbon form to do this. The key reason is energy density in a usable form. A ton of hydrocarbon packs a hu...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9258

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

There is enough demand for either Midwest Express or Spirit to serve DFW nonstop from MKE since WN has discontinued MKE-DAL nonstop service and since F9 has discontinued MKE-DFW nonstop service. If there was enough demand, the flights wouldnt have been discontinued. This isn't going to work, cookie...

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the rumored UA 787 order?
Replies: 9
Views: 2582

Re: UA 787 order

Let's wait for Franborough Airshow...... Any chance on the NMA launch? Or will we wait FOREVER??? Next year seems a bit late for an 2024-25 EIS. Randy Tinseth was talking about it a few weeks ago. What I took from it was: i) the hold-up is the engine Oems (seems quite reasonable just now!) :yes: ii...

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the rumored UA 787 order?
Replies: 9
Views: 2582

Re: UA 787 order

I believe UA is waiting for the 797 to replace much of the 767's (or their old service routes and areas - even if UA has to short term use something else).

Have a great day,

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by 2175301
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough International Airshow 2018 Potential Orders
Replies: 81
Views: 10814

Re: Farnborough International Airshow 2018 Potential Orders

This is my fantasy speculation: Air France will order 5-10 A380, for the prestige/local Mfr factor. KLM will order 5-10 777-9 for the economics. Someone without a huge A219/320/321 fleet will orders sign a Memo of Understanding for hundreds of A320/321 that represents a many fold expansion of their ...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9345

Re: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10

Royal Brunei had a double engine failure on departure from MNL. Got next to zero coverage. Actually, it was a single engine failure. After landing the 2nd engine was found to have similar internal degradation/damage. However, the 2nd engine did not fail... It was removed from service before it coul...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refinery question
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Delta refinery question

My understanding is that it is a net positive; even it it does not itself make much (or any) money. Key to that is when you are a refiner that you can enter oil product contracts with other refiners on a refinery cost scale; which is less cost than non-refining companies pay for product when they bu...

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by 2175301
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9345

Re: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10

A certain amount of back and fourth on exemption request is fairly standard; and it's likely both sides have reasonable cases and concerns. Here is my projection on how this will play out: Boeing will be able to justify a short term exemption; and GE will roll out a limited software change 1st quart...

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by 2175301
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service
Replies: 95
Views: 11832

Re: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service

I am quite sure that the aircraft will be returned to service unless it was already on the list to be retired in the near future. Southwest would repair. Possibly redo the interior or other heavy maintenance if that was scheduled in the next few years, and repaint (and the current delay may just be ...

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by 2175301
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?
Replies: 119
Views: 9539

Re: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?

Speculation on my part: Given the apparent market size that Boeing sees (3000-4000 aircraft) there may be a need for 3 assembly lines eventually. I suspect that Boeing will split production between two states. Likely 1 line in Washington, with a 2nd assembly plant elsewhere - with the potential for ...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26362

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

If Boeing can build and sell 787's within $10 million or so of the A330neo, obviously its not good news for the 330neo program, but what about the A350? The 787-9 isn't that much smaller then the 350-900 and nearly matches range and payload. Thats got to make the A350 look pretty expensive, and it ...

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by 2175301
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 8690

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

I've sat in the center seat on 2-5-2 several times between Chicago and either San Francisco or Los Angeles, and back; and in almost all the other positions as well. I had no problem with the center seat.

Have a great day,

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2323
Views: 294595

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The statements from Boeing seem to indicate that the decision to offer will be put back a year due to the stresses on the OEM engine manufacturers-although it could be a smoke screen I thought it odd that he said the decision could go back a year -on an already tight timescale yet the EIS is not pu...

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner
Replies: 26
Views: 4494

Re: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner

Cheap PR, how much more contamination has been produced due to new manufacturing methods? 787 (as every new gen airplane) loves plastic I'm glad that you agree that the PR about the A350 is just cheap and not meaningful... Many people keep telling me about all the composites on the A380 as well... ...

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders 3 more 767
Replies: 14
Views: 2949

Re: UPS orders 3 more 767

Again, whomever mentioned a "767neo" should read the threads on why there will NOT be a 767NG or 767 Max. If so, then only as a freight jet. Too old of an airframe and the pax variant got eaten alive by the A330. While in general that is true... that there is no reason to invest in an upg...

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by 2175301
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi Superjet flight testing, development and production thread
Replies: 13
Views: 2745

Re: Sukhoi Superjet flight testing, development and production thread

I did a search on the forum - I am so sorry if I couldnt find the thread - but to my relocation there isnt a thread like this based on the Superjet. Exactly 10 years ago on May 19 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur the first flight of the first prototype of the SSJ100 aircraft took place, so I thought its about...

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by 2175301
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12580

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

I will not say that their dream is impossible. However, they are way short of showing the kind of resources or organization needed to receive the kind of cooperation from the authorities and Airbus on this. Here is my estimation of what it would take to be successful: Establishment of a charity with...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 205
Views: 19706

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

Clearly the only option is to just close UA and sell the assets to Delta. That way there will be no issues with contracts and seniority all all the other issues with buying an operating company. Just buy the assets... Delta can then hire what crew and staff they are interested in... Then at least so...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13426

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

Hmmm... Lots of different possibilities and thoughts... My opinion on what is really going on (and perhaps I'm wrong) is that Airbus has realized that Boeing has indeed reduced their cost of assembly below where Airbus is - in part due to their more automated lines. Airbus also realizes that unless ...

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by 2175301
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2323
Views: 294595

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

It's not possible to make any item (much less an airliner) that pleases everyone... I suspect that Boeing is right that there are more airlines interested in a low cost passenger focused aircraft than there are airlines looking for a more expensive passenger/with decent cargo aircraft. I understand ...

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by 2175301
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 452
Views: 80211

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

There's no doubt that the A380 was ahead of its time. In 10 years almost every major world city will have gridlocked airports as Air travel growth continues unabated. No western country is interested in building a new airport hence the VLA's time is yet to peak. Deleted rest of quote That was an ar...

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by 2175301
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9258

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

Used Q400s could make a lot of sense too. This can succeed if it’s somewhat modelled after Porter and the old MidEx. I don't think a 74 pax plane is worth it. Min pax should be at lest 140 or so. It all depends upon what kind of markets they want to target. If they want to largely avoid the big boy...

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by 2175301
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9258

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

CRJ's or ERJ's Used Q400s could make a lot of sense too. This can succeed if it’s somewhat modelled after Porter and the old MidEx. I don't think a 74 pax plane is worth it. Min pax should be at lest 140 or so. I disagree... as one who used the former midwest and would use it again. I think 74 clas...

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by 2175301
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9258

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

The price of oil is once again fluctuating quite a bit. Independence Air tried to start up an airline using RJ's. Does anyone remember what happened there? Skybus attempted to run an airline using Airbus aircraft in a city that is comparable to MKE and was at one time a hub for America West. Again,...

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by 2175301
Thu May 31, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own
Replies: 199
Views: 11755

Re: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own

I have delayed commenting for a day or so to think over my experiences in gate areas and boarding aircraft. In general; I do not recall any consistent requirement of Birth Certificates or even ID's for children. I do recall seeing that occasionally. But, from my observation; it is not a general prac...

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by 2175301
Thu May 31, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own
Replies: 199
Views: 11755

Re: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own

Even I know that is not true. Are you saying a plane ticket can be purchased without ID? Except that it is true. I am saying a ticket can be purchased without ID. No ID is required for a child. In fact, no ID is required for you to purchase, either. The ID for you (the adult) is required at check i...

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by 2175301
Thu May 31, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9258

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

I think it stands a chance as a limited market airline for primarily business travelers (who will pay a bit more for more convenient routing and decent service). That was how the original Midwest started. They really only got into trouble when they tried to tap into the general public market. I used...

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by 2175301
Wed May 30, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The A380 from a Part-Out perspective.
Replies: 33
Views: 5048

Re: The A380 from a Part-Out perspective.

Polot wrote:
Basically they are saying the market demand for A380 parts is not large enough to justify the current tear down prices.


Bingo. That's totally it.

It's also quite a statement about the real value of an used A380.

Have a great day,

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by 2175301
Wed May 30, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.
Replies: 66
Views: 17194

Re: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.

RR is tripling production. https://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1IU2NE Worse? Yes. For long,? No. A bad mistake, but it will be overcome. Lightsaber I know you have an inside perspective, so I have a question for you: Do you think these kinds of issues are going to happen with every new...

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by 2175301
Tue May 29, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?
Replies: 109
Views: 16536

Re: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?

I would not call the 757/767 dead end designs... They were transitional designs. An improvement in what was before... and now generally surpassed, although they still have a niche (and the 767 is still in production for that niche). They sold quite well for their time - and were not economic or mark...

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by 2175301
Sat May 26, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

I thought I would post more of the information that I understand about who has what version of which BUK missile and warheads. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about different versions of BUK missile systems, and their key components. It is obvious that some of it has to be ...

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by 2175301
Sat May 26, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

At some point, even the most affectionate Putinistas will realize they have been duped. Sadly, you are in fact wrong on this. It's a psychology self defense action to deny things that challenge the status quo. The biggest reason people do not complete various self improvement programs that would ma...

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by 2175301
Fri May 25, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

Do you have any opinion on the findings that the missile was a Russian Military Missile and thus Putin's regime is neck deep into this? The missile showed was a Soviet missile made in 1986, and Ukraine has been receiving such missiles until 1991. This is almost an alibi for Russian involvement. Rus...

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by 2175301
Fri May 25, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

There are pictures of BUK supposedly being hauled around Eastern Ukraine. But there is no evidence of it actually crossing the border. And no photographic evidence of it ever being seen in Russia. Here is the photo evidence you are looking for from the JIT MH17 Investigation: Enjoy, https://www.you...

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by 2175301
Fri May 25, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

That is a bit naive dont you think? Ukraine was dropping paratroops by the border trying to surround rebel forces. In such cases the transports behaving like an airliner would be one of the obvious tactics. Knowing that SAM's were active in the area, all airways above the area should have been clos...

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by 2175301
Thu May 24, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 119
Views: 16266

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s? DL is I believe the most profitable major airline in the USA; and has been for a long time now... While there is a lot of potential reasons why... they all boil down to just one reason: Delta does this because it makes more profit for them this year ...

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by 2175301
Thu May 24, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

Sure. Yes, it was BUK - nobody argues with that. If you remember - Russians showed specs of different versions of BUK missiles, what kind of actual damaging pieces each one has. They pointed that the damage traces on the cockpit are from earlier version of BUK, which Ukrainian air defenses had. Rus...

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by 2175301
Thu May 24, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

In my opinion; the difference between IR 655 and MH 17 is that the USA admitted that they had shot down a passenger aircraft, and I think within 6 hours of the event from high level US Government sources. Russia has not and I don't believe ever will admit to the shoot-down. 1st step to be treated re...

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by 2175301
Thu May 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18841

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

The USA shot down a pacaked Iranian A300 about 30 years ago, Iran didn't exactly invade America and the USA wasn't exactly overly apologetic on the matter. Obviously this is awful, but Russia didn't cut the USA off when they murdered about 300 innocent people, so I would not expect this to hurt rel...

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by 2175301
Sun May 20, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2842

Re: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?

A smaller airport is not necessarily not cost competitive... if it is right sized for its market. The example that comes to mind is what I historically have called the Central Wisconsin Airport (south of Wausau Wisconsin) and searving the Wausua/Stevens Point area. About 3 hour drive from Minneapoli...

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by 2175301
Fri May 18, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man punches deaf pregnant woman and service dog on F9 flight at MCO
Replies: 63
Views: 9509

Re: Man punches deaf pregnant woman and service dog on F9 flight at MCO

As a person with allergies to Cats, and flights can be a problem. I now check with the Gate Agent up front if there will be any cats (and may ask for a change in seating location), and have medication on hand to take prior to boarding if there are. I also have an epi pen for the worst case (never ne...

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by 2175301
Wed May 09, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 1854 DTW-DEN; Smoke in Cabin; Evac on Taxiway
Replies: 67
Views: 7214

Re: DL 1854 DTW-DEN; Smoke in Cabin; Evac on Taxiway

Another evacuation caught on tape that I find completely infuriating. Unless you are highly trained in a specific scenario... people react with "gut instincts" instead of thinking about what they are doing. Emergency evacuation: Grab their most valuable item - and flee to what appears to ...

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by 2175301
Tue May 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do engine issues strain future relationships for future models?
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Do engine issues strain future relationships for future models?

Long term (over the decades) it all evens out. All Mfr's have had engine issues. Over the short term is likely a bit different; and the key decisions will be made by the airlines or leasing companies purchasing aircraft. An airline who feels they were badly burned by one engine OEM may actually deci...

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by 2175301
Mon May 07, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?
Replies: 46
Views: 4578

Re: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?

WN is more likely to refresh the interior on some of those "tired" planes in the near future. Then you will think they are young and fresh... They periodically do that (most common during a D check).

Have a great day,

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