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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1499
Views: 70157

Re: Brexit - EU position

Thomas - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Greek government was a fault for the corruption and secret debt they ran up, but it mostly was ran up with funds from German and French banks. Those banks received the bailout funds the EU made to Greece, and were largely made whole. The Greek people...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Next Generation Helicopters
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Next Generation Helicopters

Helicopters are a marvel, in some ways they are like a bumblebee which were long described as not able to fly. In the Korean War era they made an appearance and had (very) limited use. During my service time in the 60s I was warned and advised not to do all that much joy riding just because I could....

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark
Replies: 14
Views: 737

Re: Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

Wait, Tesla had to break the law to sell his cars? Yes. Most states have laws that require/allow only an "independent dealer" to sell a vehicle to the public. Direct from manufacturer are not allowed. Tesla only does direct sales. Basically as dealer networks grew large enough they passed...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1499
Views: 70157

Re: Brexit - EU position

https://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868973/e ... is-mistake
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Here is a link to a VOX article on the economics of the Euro, and why it hurt Greece, Italy, and Spain. I want to emphasize that this is an easy to read version of what better economists, whether on the left or on the right have said.
https://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868973/e ... is-mistake

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 6881

Re: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?

Aluminum production pretty much ended in the Bonneville system about 20 years ago, maybe even 35 years ago. Population is up - nuclear plant and 2 coal plants are closed/scheduled to close, we are talking about dismantling 4 Snake River dams - and no one is talking about a power shortage. My old hom...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?
Replies: 49
Views: 2616

Re: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?

Almost invariably the better question is where each model will excel - which ranges and payloads. the -9 will excel at the big end, the 351 at the lower end. The relative success of each plane will be determined by the crossover points which will define the niche of each plane. At certain loads and ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1499
Views: 70157

Re: Brexit - EU position

Avoiding the Euro was a key strategy for GB in preserving an essential sovereignty. And it somewhat is the factor in destroying the Greek economy as well as crippling Spain and Italy. Monetary unity without fiscal unity is madness. Economists as disparate as Friedman and Krugman have explained this.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 6881

Re: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?

Just imagine, all cars being electric cars tomorrow. We would need hundredths of millions of charging stations. Not only for the private house / home owner. No, for every frickin' car. In the city centers, in front of social housings, skyscrapers, in parking garages. And even if we would build them...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What makes a long-haul ultra low cost carrier (such as Norwegian or Scoot) successful?
Replies: 17
Views: 3704

Re: What makes a long-haul ultra low cost carrier (such as Norwegian or Scoot) successful?

Perhaps a good definition of surviving is coming through a major recession or two. If so, it remains to be seen.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 6881

Re: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?

We are at the beginning of hybrid planes, and I don't think anyone knows what the first commercial application may be. Well, actually drones will be the first beneficiary. Then again, autonomous cars looked serious only a couple years ago, and GM already is prepared for the first model without steer...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 930
Views: 166583

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

An observation: Every A and B plane since 1990: 777, 380, 787, 350 (and almost the reworked 330s) is a long ranger. They also lend themselves to being abused as a trans Atlantic. It seems time for an optimized at 3500-4500 nautical miles plane to appear.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing sets record for deliveries in 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 4178

Re: Boeing sets record for deliveries in 2017

Astuteman - you are more optimistic than I, along with my worries about the world economy over the next couple decades. Of course that does not have an A or B side to it.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1499
Views: 70157

Re: Brexit - EU position

Sober economists have predicted that the Brexit will result in a modestly poorer economy, nothing like a disaster. The real scandal of the three idiots leading the Brexit vote was their out and out lies (like a great infusion of money to the health program), and not having done their homework on the...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O&D versus pax how are numbers calculated.
Replies: 20
Views: 1633

Re: O&D versus pax how are numbers calculated.

So I have gone through several airports where I had to leave secure area and re-enter with new security - AND - so far as I was concerned it was all part of one trip Or I have had friends combine business trips around the world - every stop was a destination, and also a transfer. It varies from the ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15101

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

A problem citizens have with large corporations is that this is simply no practical recourse. We are regularly dinged wrongly for service and they deliberately make it too difficult to get the charges reversed. Arbitration is by company provided personnel. Part of the answer would be independent arb...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is a Airbus and Boeing joint venture possible.
Replies: 25
Views: 2689

Re: Is a Airbus and Boeing joint venture possible.

Government and industry occasionally form a joint research and development project. But the results are normally shared across the entire industry. China and Russia would contribute to the project, and share in the results.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Politically Homeless
Replies: 17
Views: 696

Re: Politically Homeless

Oddly enough the hard anti-abortion position has no support from Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Jewish law, as I have been told interprets human life as beginning with the first breath following Genesis, And He (God) breathed life into him (Adam, and after forming him from clay). No subsequent bib...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When do you plan to take your Christmas lights down?
Replies: 26
Views: 1028

Re: When do you plan to take your Christmas lights down?

aerorobnz wrote:
I didn't put any lights or a Christmas tree up. It saves a lot of needless time and effort.


Bah Humbug! LOL

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Eight US airports have 380 flights. That is quite a few. And if airlines are interested there would be many more (but likely not economical without enough flights)

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20077

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

Great, so you support all the Airline FA unions, the majority of whos work forces make less than that per hour. Generally people earning below $35 an hour are at the mercy of their employers, far more than those earning over $100. So yes, FAs probably should be union protected. Regional FO's earn l...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20077

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

By the way, I am appalled by unions now largely representing high income people. Union power on wages should be limited to those earning less than $35 an hour. Great, so you support all the Airline FA unions, the majority of whos work forces make less than that per hour. Generally people earning be...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

The metaphor for EK is more accurately described as 1Stop rather than hub to spoke. Metaphors is just that, a handy label for a perceived reality, not reality itself (whatever that is).

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20077

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

Alaska likely needed to grow to survive after the big 6 became the US3. Buying Virgin likely was the best way to do it. All of which is not to say it will be easy. By the way, I am appalled by unions now largely representing high income people. Union power on wages should be limited to those earning...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme
Replies: 121
Views: 16397

Re: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme

A range limited stretched 350 (ala 787-10) strikes me as a better big people regional plane than a 380. The 380 cannot be optimized as a regional so far as I know.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20077

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

Friends flying the west coast for business noticed the decline in Alaska (versus Delta) two years ago. Seriously so. Seattle papers have covered aviation accurately and presciently for years. Keep in mind that top notch reporters develop and cultivate deep sources. They never get quoted, never get ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 61
Views: 3225

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

It is generally agreed by the experts I have read that liability insurance will be carried by the manufacturer, not the owner of the car. Legislative action will be necessary for this. It is likely that accidents, injuries, and fatalities could reduce a magnitude with autonomous cars. The flaws in ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 61
Views: 3225

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

It is generally agreed by the experts I have read that liability insurance will be carried by the manufacturer, not the owner of the car. Legislative action will be necessary for this. It is likely that accidents, injuries, and fatalities could reduce a magnitude with autonomous cars. The flaws in t...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of EK
Replies: 48
Views: 10112

Re: The Future of EK

About five years ago EK had the best options for India, east Africa, and Australia here on the west coast. Never China. EK lost its dominance in the last few years, which is not to say that it is not a formidable competitor.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20077

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

Friends flying the west coast for business noticed the decline in Alaska (versus Delta) two years ago. Seriously so. Seattle papers have covered aviation accurately and presciently for years. Keep in mind that top notch reporters develop and cultivate deep sources. They never get quoted, never get t...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of EK
Replies: 48
Views: 10112

Re: The Future of EK

Future 380 orders need to be profitable to Rolls Royce and to EK, and they need to be close to profitable for Airbus. I don't think it is a matter of game playing or media roulette, rather there are 3 companies wanting to make it work, and reality is making it hard.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When do you plan to take your Christmas lights down?
Replies: 26
Views: 1028

Re: When do you plan to take your Christmas lights down?

Before bedtime on the 6th of January

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 168
Views: 25111

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

The next step for Airbus is the obvious, to get production up to par, and start working down their huge backlog. The second step seems to me, (and I would defer to those with better knowledge) is a 350 version of the 787-10. It would, in A-Net speak, be long legged enough for 80-90% of the routes, a...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no praise for Boeing Widebody Sales in 2017 ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5256

Re: Why no praise for Boeing Widebody Sales in 2017 ?

The new 330 comes amazingly close to the 787, but the problem after production could ramp up is: is it close enough. There are some reasons to doubt. And the 321, let alone the long awaited 322 are mighty competitors. The 350 is a typically impressive Airbus plane. But it competes with equally impre...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA PDX-HNL to go to a321
Replies: 35
Views: 6017

Re: HA PDX-HNL to go to a321

And note that Amazon's free shipping applies to orders we make CONUS and have shipped to Hawaii, with only a few exceptions. This has got to have greatly reduced living costs in Hawaii - and likely devastating a lot of retail stores. Those bellies of large planes must be pretty full of Amazon stuff,...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transitions : monitoring Airbus 2018 decisions after their 2017 Annus Horribilis
Replies: 70
Views: 10836

Re: Transitions : monitoring Airbus 2018 decisions after their 2017 Annus Horribilis

I don't think that Airbus will feel 2018 was easier than 2017, both will be horrible years. OTOH life in the factories will go on, deliveries will likely be a little better, as well as orders. But not so nice at corporate headquarters.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 71
Views: 13599

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Notable how few are going to US airlines. Boeing treads a parlous line with its challenges to globalization.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1955
Views: 302417

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

I suspect that Amazon pays a fair amount more for Sunday deliveries than the rest of the week.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1955
Views: 302417

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

"I have heard somewhere that for a typical small ground package, Amazon's typical rate with USPS last mile is $2, while it is $7 with UPS and $8 with FedEx. Haven't heard any figures for air." Astounding! wondering, would most of that be accounted for by so-called overhead expenses? Just A...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Safest Year in Aviation History?
Replies: 48
Views: 9596

Re: Safest Year in Aviation History?

" It is just a fact of life that crew mistakes are generally made by the least experienced."

I would need to see some documentation to believe that. Most accidents are one-off events, usually some sort of pilot error.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Singapore and the Emirates seem ready to pay the price of new planes. Both are characterized is having one large hub. Other airlines using the 380 seem to have hinted that new planes are too expensive for their operations. Also both of those airlines have some of the earlier lemon models, and want p...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 10434

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

There are a lot of people who would be thrilled to work for $20-25 and hour ($27-33 including benefits), and a lot of people who need help. All the various agencies including the new criminal class of medical non-profits have figured out how to take over this market and charge clients $100 an hour. ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Balerit wrote:
Boeing controls the American market and had a few US airlines purchased the A380 it would have been a different story.


I don't think they bought any 748i either. Have you really not been reading the news and this forum - tons of Airbus planes just bought over here!

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 10434

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

Regarding family members far less disabled than this person: We wouldn't dream of having them make a transportation node situation alone. And even when they were entirely competent and using public transportation our rule was if any complications call us and we will be there and be happy about it. A...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

P2P, Hubs, and my favorite - 1Stop really are metaphors and any particular plane flight could be all three. How do the analysts at airlines see all of this. We need a MOM to cross the Atlantic, ironically joining the 737, 320, 757, 767, 330, 340(?), 777, 747, and the 380, plus the updates of all of ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whats your Uber rating?
Replies: 39
Views: 2118

Re: Whats your Uber rating?

The rating system suffers from 'grade inflation'. To misuse Buber, a driver and passenger are not looking for a best friend relationship. Promptness, courtesy, cleanliness are expected from both sides. Such a ride maybe could be called an 'uber'. If special needs are met, things go wrong, etc they s...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I can't remember anyone not admiring the 380, and especially from a passenger point of view. But of course those of us criticizing the business case or the 800 being a shrink have proved proved mostly right. Then again most of us would choose a 380 over a 10 abreast 777 anytime we had the choice. Th...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ
Replies: 313
Views: 36051

Re: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ

"Management's primary responsibility is to shareholders, the owners of the company" This may be true for a privately own company, but even then society has the right and should exercise it to protect itself. It is and should be less true of a corporation - all of the privileges they enjoy ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ
Replies: 313
Views: 36051

Re: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ

A background note: We occasionally hear here that the only responsibility a corporation has is to its stockholders. Wall Street seems largely to support this, and financiers regularly wring huge amounts of money out of companies, often leaving them weakened or bankrupt. This might be called corporat...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 662
Views: 79510

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I suspect that a 380 could fly for a long time, some airlines have used planes for 25 years. Is there any reason why a 380 could not do the same? 12 years and out always struck me as not all that sensible (in most cases).

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation: How many crashes caused by it?
Replies: 20
Views: 2086

Re: Spatial disorientation: How many crashes caused by it?

Situation Awareness is the more general term, and includes where you are, what is around you, how fast you and other are going. In aviation it includes the proper understanding of what your instruments or ATCs are telling you.

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