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by estorilm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Xiamen Airlines 737-800 involved in runway excursion at MNL, left engine detatched from the aircraft
Replies: 86
Views: 14535

Re: Xiamen Airlines 737-800 involved involved in runway excursion at MNL, left engine detatched from the aircraft

lots of engine issues these days There doesn't appear to be any confirmation that this ordeal was caused by an engine issue yet. There are many other reasons the engine could be detached. Not saying it isn't an engine issue but I wouldn't be so sure it is either. I am not saying there was an issue ...

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by estorilm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 53
Views: 8681

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

The entire point of the flight was real-world data for their engineers and for sales literature, probably good PR too. It would be pointless on all three fronts if they flew it at .72. The actual point of the flight was to test the cabin systems which is why they had heaters to simulate body heat. ...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 489
Views: 33855

Re: F-35 news thread

I wonder if they ended up in WVR dogfighting, with neither getting a missile lock on the other. Certainly not boring if that was the case. :spin: Likely. It would be a big temptation to mix some WVR ACM sets in but I wonder other than pilot ability how much they would gain. Both jets are 50 AoA 9G ...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 53
Views: 8681

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

I feel like I remind you of this in every single one of these threads lol! :lol: . And I ignore it because you often say things that are wrong. Well, why don't you tell me how you really feel? :lol: If you really want to sit there and tell me the A321LR has a range of 3600mi, then you have fun with...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Space Force - What could it look like?
Replies: 60
Views: 3921

Re: U.S. Space Force - What could it look like?

I wonder if things like this have anything to do with it.. State Department concerned over Russian satellite’s behavior https://www.c4isrnet.com/c2-comms/satellites/2018/08/14/state-department-concerned-over-russian-satellites-behavior/ “The Russian Ministry of Defense recently announced that its Sp...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days
Replies: 14
Views: 2425

Re: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days

How something with a 73' wingspan can stay aloft during the night using only a few kg worth of batteries blows my mind. :crazy: Well, it's allowed to do down a few miles, slowly. I was wondering about that, for energy management - still pretty incredible. I guess because it's in the development pha...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days
Replies: 14
Views: 2425

Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days

I missed this a few days ago, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned it. They have broken the previous record (set by an earlier variant) by 11 days on the maiden flight , taking the flight time to nearly 26 days at ~70,000 feet. Personally, it seems like a significant milestone and accomplishment i...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 53
Views: 8681

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

The flights that actually travel the wikipedia range you can count on one hand. Very low density. You need to knock off 10% to take into account headwinds. That means 3600nm for the A321LR and probably 4000nm for the A321XLR That rules out crossing the Pacific. You'll be to run very density cabin t...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 205
Views: 58924

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Singapore receives first A330-MRTT: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/singapore-joins-ranks-of-a330-mrtt-operators-451153/ https://defpost.com/first-airbus-a330-mrtt-tanker-aircraft-singapore-air-force-arrives-changi-air-base/ Good article - I keep forgetting all the capabilities and capac...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 489
Views: 33855

Re: F-35 news thread

The Dutch continue to work the F-35 across its multiple configurations. Dutch F-35 Tests in ‘Beast Mode’ Across California Skies Calling it "beast mode" with 4 small bombs and 2 small aa missiles sounds a bit ridiculous. I know it´s a Lockheed PR thing but still, that´s a very small load....

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

Yeah, the extra range might eliminate a few fuel stops flying to show in North America, but that’s hardly an huge deal—there are plenty of bases and they VIP treatment. And about two hours in a fighter droning is enough. I did a 10.2 in an A-10. The show schedule tries to avoid long legs between ve...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

Nothing can ever replicate the A-4. They had little choice in this. An air show with the f-35 would be quite dull. T6 or some super Tucano would be cool tho. Sorry, but a "sneak pass" or whatever it's called, in a turboprop, is the definition of dull lol. I've seen the F-35 do some low-pa...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

Nothing beat the Phantom show! Larger and far noisier than Hornets. Ferry flights shouldn’t be any different, the E/F have similar ranges and if an C/D needed tanker support, so will the new ones. They’ll be in-service fleet frames reassigned the Blues. GF Aren't they a couple thousand pounds heavi...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/08/14/lockheed-nabs-another-big-hypersonic-weapons-contract Not sure if there were any competitors, but in addition to the $928m April contract Lockheed secured for HCSW - they have now locked in an additional $480m for the air-launched ARRW variant. They mentio...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

https://defence-blog.com/aviation/u-s-navys-blue-angels-receive-newer-larger-f-18e-f-super-hornet.html I know they had initiated a study in 2016, but Boeing has formally received a $17m contract to convert 9 aircraft for use with the demo team. Think about that for a second - this team unveiled the...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?
Replies: 32
Views: 5903

Re: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?

EDIT: Actually, I'm an idiot. The D18 IS basically the CF6 from an engineering / timeframe point of view. The TF39 was out a good two decades before the D18 really. So not much advantage there, but obviously the same logic applies to many of the more modern engines we now have today. At that thrust...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 700
Views: 90053

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

Can someone explain why they didn’t shoot this plane down immediately? It’s a confirmed hijacked plane, flown erratically by a suicidal man over innocent people. What exactly were they waiting for? I haven't heard much of any mention of the F-15C's guided to intercept this guy from NORAD, but they ...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 700
Views: 90053

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

Can someone explain why they didn’t shoot this plane down immediately? It’s a confirmed hijacked plane, flown erratically by a suicidal man over innocent people. What exactly were they waiting for? I haven't heard much of any mention of the F-15C's guided to intercept this guy from NORAD, but they ...

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by estorilm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 700
Views: 90053

Re: AS Employee steals Q400 at SeaTac

Lemieux wrote:
https://twitter.com/drbmbdgty/status/1028130383911501824?s=21 Footage of stolen aircraft and F-15 in pursuit

Wow - tough situation but DAMN they got those F-15's in the air fast!

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing
Replies: 14
Views: 1495

Re: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing

trpmb6 wrote:
That was an incredible landing. He kept the nose off the ground almost to the point where they were at a complete stop. incredible skill.

Wow you're not kidding, almost seems to defy physics - then again that's kinda par for the course when watching the Galaxy lol.

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5128

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

A few questions; Do you have a source for the empty weight of the F-22 vs F-35. I don't buy into the 50% number. What is each aircraft's fuel payload capability (internal). How long can the F-35 frame hold a sustained afterburn? Most aircraft in our fleet can't sustain an afterburn for very long wh...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2010 Monterrey A300 crash: Alpha floor protection & trim?
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: 2010 Monterrey A300 crash: Alpha floor protection & trim?

Actually to add to my post above - wasn't it Boeing's response to the Asiana crash that the control logic for the 777 AT system was specifically designed to disconnect in the way it did, so that "the pilots would always be the ones in ultimate control of the aircraft" or something to that ...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2010 Monterrey A300 crash: Alpha floor protection & trim?
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: 2010 Monterrey A300 crash: Alpha floor protection & trim?

The A320/330/40/50/80 is developing bad 'pilots' if you can even call them that. The lack of trim blinds the pilots to the energy state of the aircraft. A Boeing product would have flown out of the stall AF447 was in and probably QZ8501. The planes were designed with the lowest common denominator i...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 162
Views: 34533

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Roll out happened more than a year now, and I know this is not the "usual" project, but how much until first flight? 6 months? 1 year? In which stage are they? Thank you. I haven't heard anything since the initial taxi tests, no updates on the high-speed ground tests, and only the rumors ...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5128

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Are F-35's going to be deployed to Alaska to run the same sort of patrol missions the F-22's do up there, escorting the TU-95s and such? Seems like a perfect use of the F-35 and a dramatic reduction in unnecessary flight hours for the F-22 (I mean the Russians have already seen the F-22 up close ma...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH A330 Serious Incident at BNE
Replies: 58
Views: 16017

Re: MH A330 Serious Incident at BNE

ATC audio and accompanying visual graphics are now available on YouTube. Source: https://youtu.be/U1bL7rBT8zw VASAviation 2018. Thanks for that. Great channel. From the audio it's clear that they were using "alternative law" and were asking for ground speed from ATC. The air traffic contr...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 449
Views: 62928

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

I'm just wondering, which airlines would really want to have even higher range A321LR (4500 NM or even higher)? Are they actively communicating with Airbus? What are the potential routes? Perhaps some capitals of Eastern Europe to US maybe? Baltic States to US like RIX - EWR ot TLL - EWR? 4000NM pr...

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by estorilm
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5128

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Checksixx, flying combat missions over hostile airspace with a real SAM threat is FAR AND AWAY different from the air sovereignty missions being flown from Alaska and Hawaii that continue to consume flight hours on a limited number of available frames. I'm glad that the F-22 was available for Syria...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 449
Views: 62928

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

I find this a really exciting development that bodes well for even greater Airbus dominance of the larger end of the single aisle transport market. They continue to go where Boeing can't, at least at any reasonable cost. Boeing should try to offer longer range variants of the 737 MAX too but they c...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 449
Views: 62928

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

My apologies if this has already been answered, I don't have the attention span to read all 9 pages of excellent conversation... Are external fuel tanks similar to what some first generation airliners or biz jets had a realistic option for adding fuel capacity? Obviously not military-style drop tan...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much will it cost to repair this APU?
Replies: 10
Views: 1399

Re: How much will it cost to repair this APU?

Hope they had accident forgiveness! :duck:

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radom on 777F
Replies: 31
Views: 1857

Re: Radom on 777F

No, he’s not-the MFD can display the EVS image just as the pilot sees it. Not as good as dual HUD/EVS, but the right seat is in the loop. GF Interesting bit of info. I assume if the pilot was incapacitated for whatever reason that from the FARs point of view, you'd no longer be able to continue the...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 449
Views: 62928

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

So many good (and interesting) posts in this thread. My thoughts: When you are at the extremes of the performance envelope, by definition we aren't talking about a lot of frames. It is clear that both manufactures have plenty of options and neither seems willing to commit.....yet. One final (wild) ...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 449
Views: 62928

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

So many good (and interesting) posts in this thread. My thoughts: When you are at the extremes of the performance envelope, by definition we aren't talking about a lot of frames. It is clear that both manufactures have plenty of options and neither seems willing to commit.....yet. One final (wild) ...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?
Replies: 32
Views: 5903

Re: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?

Could the re-engine with more moddern power0ants to increase range? Absolutely — though there aren't many options with more thrust than the D-18T! More problematically, all of the other engines are first of all Western, and second much more modern — both of which would require externsive rework of ...

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by estorilm
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15168

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

"...United will never preserve any of their retired 747s. Delta did it as they already have a museum and the the 747-451 they preserved is the first 747-400 built. That was the main reason that Delta preserved a 747." ... Delta pride inspired employees to buy a 767 for the company, which ...

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by estorilm
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?
Replies: 106
Views: 12406

Re: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?

To those who complain about any prop being noisy… here’s a pro tip. The quietest section of a prop cabin is at the back. In the old days, before jets, the first class section was at the back. So, get yourself a seat towards the back. You won’t even have to pay extra for it! Two months ago I rode a ...

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by estorilm
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15168

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

I got the idea from somewhere that 744s that are still in service required to have an inerting system fitted to the fuel tanks, and that one of the reasons United chose to retire their 744s when they did was to avoid the expense of making the modification on planes they always intended to keep for ...

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by estorilm
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 237
Views: 22822

Re: A Hifly Airbus 380 landed on OSL today

On-topic: wow! I always knew the A380 had oodles of pent-up potential obscured by conservative airline strategies - but my goodness, this thing is being worked hard! It was only making its public debut at Farnborough a couple of weeks ago and no-one here believed it would immediately be in constant...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon
Replies: 74
Views: 5893

Re: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon

*all of the above* I continue to be impressed with how much time you save me on these forums when I try to catch up on multi-day discussions that you've already replied to. I'm definitely on the same page as you with everything that's been discussed in here. In any event, I continue to be taken bac...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 162
Views: 34533

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

...And it must have one sophisticated system for yaw damping. And with a large heavy rocket hanging form the center wing, the aircraft will have to handle two kinds of weight-load and aerodynamic effects...for flying with/without a payload. Maybe pitch trim will be awkward too, without a rigid conn...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 162
Views: 34533

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Wow actually I just thought of one SPECIFIC (and large) issue with only joining the fuselages by the wing. While elevator deflections will indeed be neutral (between the two sides) - wouldn't all rudder movement (even being exactly the same between sides) tend to "pull" the tail booms side...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 162
Views: 34533

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

The design does put significant stress on the center wing With two long,separate ‘fuselage bodies’ flexing at different rates and different amounts this stress could be significantly reduced by joining the two stabilizer units and it would be far stronger There’s also a lot to be said for’if it loo...

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by estorilm
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 252
Views: 45998

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Well, I'll admit my earlier observations and ideas were completely wrong it would appear I did say "wind gust" from starboard but.... damn. Shortly after entering the storm, that thing got SLAMMED into the ground like a paper airplane! I'm even more shocked that everyone survived. I'm a li...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 237
Views: 22822

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Travel company Ving is also chartering the HiFly A380 this Thursday between Palma and Oslo. The A380 will carry 238 pax OSL-PMI, and 403 pax PMI-OSL. In Norwegian: https://flysmart24.no/2018/08/01/setter-inn-verdens-storste-for-charterturister-til-oslo/ Wow, those poor pax are just going to be pack...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 252
Views: 45998

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

The most interesting thing I note from the aerial shot is that while the debris / path of the aircraft is left of the runway - it's PARALLEL to the runway as well? Since everyone's putting in their $.02, I'd have to say that luck just wasn't on their side and they had a #1 failure (presumably total ...

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by estorilm
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321XLR new integrated hold tank questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: A321XLR new integrated hold tank questions

Hope and PRAY Boeing goes forward with the SevenNinetySeven. Will immediately kill the A321((X)LR). First of all - it won't "immediately" do anything since it'll take 10 years for an airline to fly a passenger in it if the thing launched today (which it won't.) Second, it'll be a niche ma...

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