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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 515
Views: 68076

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Boeing is being pound foolish and penny wise. The could prevail in this dispute. It will do them more harm than good. As well as harm US consumers who already suffer from the withdrawal of services from too many smaller airports.* *consider WN, they use only 737s, and serve very few 'fly over' zone ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 205
Views: 19652

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

Res P2P versus Hub operations. What often seems not to be noticed is that excellent one stop (1Stop?) has largely replaced P-hub-hub-P. Admittedly not many have had to take the full 4 leg trip, but misery of three legs versus two leg is substantial.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is the Real Westbound Transatlantic Range of the 737MAX and A320/1NEO?
Replies: 18
Views: 3013

Re: What Is the Real Westbound Transatlantic Range of the 737MAX and A320/1NEO?

When Airbus or Boeing post range figures assume they are maximums, and under ideal conditions. From that you can do some calculations to arrive at real world ranges. Or, if you are buying an airplane for certain routes the sales personnel and company engineers (often one and the same) will provide g...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?
Replies: 78
Views: 8759

Re: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?

But who will put the bell on the cat? No one can afford to make an all new NB which is only a bit better than a 321. Nor can they make a wide body which can be undersold by the 330NEO. $15 billion is a lot to spend for any niche plane selling less than a couple thousand planes.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?
Replies: 78
Views: 8759

Re: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?

There isn't a MOM now because no one could define the market. Boeing is shopping this around seeing if it can find a market. Airlines are likely very interested, only too many interests in very different models.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37725

Re: Future of 777X

If the 779 were spectacularly successful (which I don't think will be the case) then Airbus will have to counter. More likely the 777 8 and 9 will be solid sellers and successful earners of profits for Boeing and their customers. It may well be King of a modestly sized niche as the 748 and 380 slowl...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17155

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

Timothy may be still spinning the idea of old class structure, but Mueller's idea is to eliminate "the segregation of transportation classes", his own words. Mueller thinks, airlines should offer the whole basket of goods and services, passenger picks and pays for what they want . If I wa...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 196
Views: 42808

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

Conventional wisdom often has it that Airbus and Boeing really sock it to small operations when it comes to maintenance and spare parts. It does seem in Airbus's interests to make this work. And a small fleet of 380s, large enough so that there always is a couple extra, could encourage other airline...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17155

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

True ala carte, without prejudice, would allow the customer to buy the services wanted. The Airline would establish its target profit margin and apply it to each of its services. Someone might want to travel economy plus, use what is now called the business lounge at an airport, and eat and drink as...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17155

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

It seems a little over complicated but I can see it. 11 across with the so called 18" seat 10 across with standard 18.5" seat 10 across with a little more legroom and recline but keeping the 18.5" seat. 9 across (if lower deck) with Qantas style premium y. And some lie flat biz class...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Backed by WTO on $8.7 Billion in Incentives for 777X Jet
Replies: 27
Views: 3798

Re: Boeing Backed by WTO on $8.7 Billion in Incentives for 777X Jet

Washington state would welcome more Airbus presence here. Whatever tax breaks exist (and I was not particularly in favor of them) are available to any and all.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forest fires and YVR, PDX & SEA
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Re: Forest fires and YVR, PDX & SEA

Seattle area: Last months smoke episode lasted longer, and was at a lower altitude. Todays is a lot higher and is scheduled to go away shortly. But who knows what the next week will have. IIRC, western WA and OR have major forest fires every 300 years or so. It likely will not get worse, but it could.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn
Replies: 12
Views: 2152

Re: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn

The duopoly is worried about suppliers gaining some power. Rich!

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wealthy and Celebs get their own private $22 Million private terminal in LAX
Replies: 38
Views: 6414

Re: Wealthy and Celebs get their own private $22 Million private terminal in LAX

Celebs, generally through no fault, create chaos in public space. Getting them out of the way benefits all of us.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37725

Re: Future of 777X

The trend continues: Smaller planes get bigger and have huge sales; medium sized planes get a little bigger and have good sales; largest planes get fewer. In that scheme the 777 8 and 9, and particularly the later, fill certain good niches. But are not all that much bigger than the largest 787s/350s...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?
Replies: 101
Views: 9461

Re: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?

I did not want to start a new thread on this (Moderators are welcome to suggest that, then I can repost) https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/03/britain-aerospace-sector-could-be-priced-out-after-brexit The gist of the story is that wing production in Great Britain is mostly safe for the ne...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 61201

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Drones and helicopters are scouting out railroad damage. BNSF and UP are starting up operations, but predict recovery will be slow. The story mentioned that Katrina, IIRC, left about 300 miles of track damaged, and about $350 million to repair, and about 90% covered by insurance.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Largest problem for SST: Boom or fuel efficiency?
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Re: Largest problem for SST: Boom or fuel efficiency?

Won't the competition be a more comfortable, room to work, good recline or lay flat economy-plus or business versus less travel time and a little crowded? Of course some could afford both.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14218

Re: Washington State air service discussion

Commuter type rail service from Olympia is close to being in the books. At this point Lakewood south of Tacoma is scheduled. The link from Tukwila to the airport needs improvements. A van or bus should be meeting the trains and go direct to the airport. Uber or Lyft could also do this.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting article regarding pilot training
Replies: 20
Views: 1843

Re: Interesting article regarding pilot training

I have often wondered if a small twin piston could be set up to simulate a number of situations that a large jet could experience. And likely even most experienced pilots would welcome a few hours annually of semi-acrobatics in such a plane. Is there any small twin piston rugged enough to be a train...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 as starting point Large NMA / MoM, unlikely?
Replies: 110
Views: 14662

Re: Boeing 787 as starting point Large NMA / MoM, unlikely?

Summary, corrections welcomed: Boeing's ideal lineup from ten years ago projected a replacement for the 737, and an inexpensively produced 787. Hence the gap from the NB to the 787 would be minimal. Needless to say, there is no new NB and the 787-8 is expensive to produce and overweight. It appears ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 96
Views: 19546

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

Are we privy to the details of how that 380 was to be returned to the lessor? The two (or more) parties can arrive at any mutually agreed provisions on any of the multitude of details.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger
Replies: 37
Views: 7317

Re: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger

An interesting aside: When fuel tank inerting systems were first discussed as an important safety system it was often acknowledged that any major change like this could have the unintended consequence of being a possible hazard in certain situations. In ships and planes these sorts of trade-offs are...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger
Replies: 37
Views: 7317

Re: A350 urgent EASA directive - hydraulic pump fire danger

Urgent directives are news, regardless of what company made the plane.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wartime Vietnam Charters
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: Wartime Vietnam Charters

I remember a flight from the Bay area to Hawaii to Guam to Clark AFB. We were not allowed off the plane at intermediate stops, meals were served per Washington DC time (like breakfast at 2000), seats pretty cramped - but I was young and healthy. The worst part was the bus ride to Subic in the middle...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine
Replies: 25
Views: 4423

Re: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine

BA, British Asylum, formerly the the black hole of calcutta. Admittedly only one experience with them, but it was kind of the getting seafood poisoning at a restaurant. Not exactly all their fault, but your brain circuits tell you not to go back.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Difference between piston engine and turbine engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: Difference between piston engine and turbine engine

The first jet fighter, IIRC, required a lot of maintenance. The complications of the two engines occurred at different times - building it to last versus building it cheap and easy to maintain. . Today's jet engines take advantage of materials science to provide just the right material for the speci...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ULD Only Aircraft - The Future?
Replies: 21
Views: 2594

Re: ULD Only Aircraft - The Future?

In a local ship yard they are experimenting with a powered exoskeleton. More amazing to me they actually made it in a machine shop rather than ordering one. It enables a person to lift and work with three times the load they could otherwise safely use. A specific use is overhead grinders, as well as...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A320-200 CEO become the next DC-3?
Replies: 50
Views: 8524

Re: Will the A320-200 CEO become the next DC-3?

To properly answer the question:
What is the hourly maintenance cost for those remaining DC3s? And for an old 320?

Next question is what will replace those remaining DC3s?

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14218

Re: Washington State air service discussion

There is currently, and in the foreseeable future, a shortage of construction workers. Also Maritime workers, also well paid bus drivers. LOL - we need more immigrants!

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14218

Re: Washington State air service discussion

There likely are 20 square miles of territory undeveloped immediately adjacent to the Kitsap airport. My only 'recommendation' is that the state work with the Port of Bremerton (whose main industrial area is next to the airport) and keep enough of that land undeveloped so that it is a possibility. I...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14218

Re: Washington State air service discussion

In the long haul, Everett will carry about 10% of the traffic of SeaTac. As such it will provide an important service and relief for an airport which has no room for much more expansion. Bremerton's airport probably has more empty space than any other in the region. While I cannot see it expanding, ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?

One worry with metrics without details is that, indeed, they are inventing. Any number on industries come up with environmentally questionable projects, and justify them with totally unrealistic high employment figures. On the other hand, an international flight is not all that significant in its en...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?

200 people flying for $1000 fare 365 days a year comes to $73million. is it per flight or "per relation". if you go "per relation" you will have twice the throughput. My very rough model assumes that $1000 is for a roundtrip. The model points out that things come pretty short of...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?

Another gross statistic which may shed some light on this: Seattle metro area has a gross development income of about $315 billion. I could not find the number of international flights a day (and don't want to count) but suspect that it is somewhere between 50-100, and that includes a number of othe...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Each new international route at DFW generates $250M annually?

200 people flying for $1000 fare 365 days a year comes to $73million. That gets divided to at least two airports, cities, countries, and other entities. Adding ground transportation and other things ... it is a long way from a quarter of a billion. Did Perryman Group offer any breakdown of that larg...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14038

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

Ridership in Seattle for all transit systems is running high, with most higher than projections. The $53 billion for the next few decades is misleading as it is not constant dollars, but the inflated amount year by year. Were it in constant 2016 dollars it would be a considerably smaller sum.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14038

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

Snohomish county wants federal subsidies for its airport. That limit of 22-26 (commercial?) flights a day will be increased. There are hours of operations limits which have a better chance of remaining, but even those can be changed as airplanes get quieter.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 10442

Re: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier

If there are entities of approximately equal magnitude, and one is consistently growing 2% faster than the others, the outcome is inevitable. WN is by various metrics near in size to the big 3. I don't know the historical growth statistics, maybe WN just had a few good years?

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14038

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

From my days using Long Beach when it had only a little traffic, I would say that using small and minor airport is a real pleasure, so long as it is going where you want. Does anyone doubt that there will be half a dozen gates before long?

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14038

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/united-airlines-will-offer-flights-from-everetts-paine-field/ Here is the Seattle Times article. This should not be considered unexpected once Alaska announced service. My suspicions are that all the major airlines are going to want a presence in...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Continuing Window Shade Saga
Replies: 34
Views: 3302

Re: The Continuing Window Shade Saga

While air crews obviously don't have time nor inclination to publish theses on these sorts of things, a 25 words or less explanation would defuse most people.

Amongst my reasons for flying less, full seat reclining during the daytime.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 137
Views: 15016

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

The mission of "AF One" likely has greatly expanded over the years. Any real saving surely must come from reducing that mission. And like an aircraft carrier ship much of that mission could be moved to accompanying airplanes. A 'destroyer and Cruiser" escort probably would be cheaper ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?
Replies: 32
Views: 3997

Re: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?

[twoid][/twoid] There was a time when the ME3 were adding destinations one after the other, but they have a reached a point where slower growth can only be expected. QR for example has 10 or so destinations in the US. Can they realistically add another 10? I think not. With all the talk about point-...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model
Replies: 637
Views: 82919

Re: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model

There likely will be orders transferred from the Max to the MOM.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 264
Views: 56898

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

The NTSB said it has security-camera video of the late-night incident and will release it in the coming months. https://www.yahoo.com/news/investigators-interview-captain-plane-sf-close-call-172354239.html From the article: "Also Monday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who was a ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 7918

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

And not just hindsight. There was a lot of evidence out there that VLA might not sell. Boeing had wanted to update the 747 for years and there was very little interest. Their projections regularly showed a pretty small market.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom
Replies: 55
Views: 7154

Re: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom

Comfortable wooden seats are not at all rare. We have had several. These pictured could be quite nice.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA delays due to smoke in PNW
Replies: 13
Views: 1913

Re: SEA delays due to smoke in PNW

One forecast has it lifting starting sometime Friday. Meantime it has dropped the temperature a whole lot over expected near 100!

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Fatalities on a Beach Due to Emergency Landing
Replies: 62
Views: 10601

Re: 2 Fatalities on a Beach Due to Emergency Landing

I would guess that no jury or judge would say a plane has the right to kill people on the beach in order to save the lives on the plane, let alone the plane. At least in the US. Just a few days ago a Cessna, as I remember, landed off the beach of Seattle in very similar circumstances. Coast guard, t...

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