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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK 380 pilots running out of flying hours.
Replies: 68
Views: 14058

Re: EK 380 pilots running out of flying hours.

Capitalism. If a resource is in short supply, you have to pay more, and ultimately (at least after some years) supply will better mach demand...

Get over it.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers
Replies: 29
Views: 4798

Re: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers

First, unreliable witness statements warning! We often get reports of "was on fire" and similar statements in early stages, only to find out that they were completely wrong or even that no such statements were ever made. That being said, losing an engine + overweight or losing an engine + ...

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Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1427
Views: 134067

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

It probably makes sense to hedge your purchases to different providers, even if one is better than the rest. That way you can play the competition, and hope to have a non-monopoly situation also in the future.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 94
Views: 14936

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

Single engine? I'd love to see that as a picture!

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair plans to replace its aging narrowbody fleet
Replies: 47
Views: 12415

Re: Finnair plans to replace its aging narrowbody fleet

FWIW, the fleet does not feel dated. Certainly the A321 is also young in numbers. A replacement at some point is probably but not urgent at all. However, I'm sure they are also thinking about up/downsizing, and route structure. Is this about an updated of 15+ year old A320s, and getting rid of the A...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reports of crash in Kathmandu, Nepal
Replies: 101
Views: 26448

Re: Reports of crash in Kathmandu, Nepal

That was a very odd transcript. Wonder what was going on, just confusion, or do bad quality radio connections + bad language skills (on either) end contribute as well?

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't SAS order the Boeing 777 ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6819

Re: Why didn't SAS order the Boeing 777 ?

Well, TBH we don’t know, AsiaFlyer. Just because cargo may have at occasion been left, doesn’t mean transporting it even that instance would have been profitable, let alone flying all those years with much heavier plane. I’m sure they also occasionally run out of seats and tickets for passengers, bu...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH CEO: A321LR Range Not Enough
Replies: 101
Views: 17483

Re: LH CEO: A321LR Range Not Enough

This isn't really news, A321LR goes far, but not insanely far. There's a market for a MOM plane that goes further. The question, of course, is how big is that market between first of all the market for A321/A321LR type of a plane and then true widebodys? I don't have the answer, but that's the cruci...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian transport plane down in Latakia, Syria
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: Russian transport plane down in Latakia, Syria

Tragic.

FYI: twitter video isn't up any more, or at least not viewable here.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Residual value of aircraft after 25 years in service? Case Norwegian
Replies: 40
Views: 5539

Re: Residual value of aircraft after 25 years in service? Case Norwegian

Isn't the 15% vs. 30% mostly a question of what value the engines have at the end of the life of the aircraft? If the aircraft continues to operate for 25 years, even at the end it needs to have well-serviced engines, which can then be taken from the plane and used elsewhere. 15% sounds about right ...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 14252

Re: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft

Amazing! Congratulations!

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?
Replies: 57
Views: 3493

Re: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?

I think it would be helpful for the ICAO, FAA etc to pass a rule that sets expectations on passengers being promptly united with their belongings when possible. That, and a fine/making it crime to take luggage in case of *slide* evacuations would help in with a carrot and a stick. However, nothing w...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran
Replies: 55
Views: 14031

Re: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran

Thanks for the information, a300!

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran
Replies: 55
Views: 14031

Re: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran

The aircraft had been out of service from 2010 until 2017. Really? Uh, if true that's interesting... could be a factor. But, statistically, almost all accidents are due to pilot error (combine with a number of other issues, like otherwise survivable equipment failures). Here we have bad weather, mo...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?
Replies: 12
Views: 3273

Re: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?

Here's hoping this will happen. I'd love to see more routes, and AY can run them from a route-and-great-circle perspective very efficiently. qf002: yes, Finnair flies to destinations that are far away and require more than one aircraft. However, SIN is a very profitable and common route. It remains ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay
Replies: 69
Views: 11485

Re: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay

Sadly, the airlines are simply doing what benefits them, screw the passengers. All airlines do this, and there aren't too many regulations around to curb their behaviour. Basically, if you honestly would tell the customers that the plane isn't going to leave in the next hour or that it might be canc...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 193
Views: 49037

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

No deicing? Hmm. But remember that early reports can be faulty. And there might not have been any ice on wings at that point.

But, no deicing => contaminated wing => flies fine with flaps => draw in flaps as the plane ascends => no more lift => crash?

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 231
Views: 22368

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

https://www.statista.com/statistics/261 ... in-the-us/

And I don't even remember what cars that company makes. I do remember what Musk makes, and I'd love to buy their products...
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Yeah. GM for instance spent 3.7 billion USD in advertising:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/261 ... in-the-us/

And I don't even remember what cars that company makes. I do remember what Musk makes, and I'd love to buy their products...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040
Replies: 252
Views: 15306

Re: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040

That is ambitious, and impressive. Congrats to Norway!

(Although one has to wonder about banning oil-using vehicles in one's own country, while exporting two million barrels a day elsewhere...)

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 58970

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Wow, although somewhat expected. Very glad to see this. Hope to be able to fly more A380s in the future! There's only one thing though that I want to say: Come on AY, go for it. They'd be cheap now. Please. PLEASE. TAKE THEM! ORDER 10! (This armchair CEO definitely would go big and order more planes...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 36382

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

Quite believable, mafaky!

And interesting.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 36382

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

https://twitter.com/HavaSosyalMedya/sta ... 0284972032


THIS is the reason why we need cockpit video. I would give anything to see when an engine rolls past the airplane and onto the sea. And crew expressions.
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KarelXWB wrote:


THIS is the reason why we need cockpit video. I would give anything to see when an engine rolls past the airplane and onto the sea. And crew expressions.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian switches engines on all Dreamliner aircraft
Replies: 70
Views: 26945

Re: Norwegian switches engines on all Dreamliner aircraft

Yeah but 3.4 billion NOK is still 300MUSD. That's not the right number either.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's official! Boeing is in talks with Embraer for tie-up.
Replies: 10
Views: 698

Re: It's official! Boeing is in talks with Embraer for tie-up.

Game on!

But it is interesting how both the Airbus and the Boeing tie-ups with the smaller jet manufacturers will turn out finance-wise. It is not at all clear that these things are profitable. But who knows, maybe they can find a way to turn the programs into future 737/320 cash cows.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 140
Views: 31970

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

It does look very, very weird. I wish them luck. Would be great to see this actually take off (in the business sense, too).

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 Engine Failure While Departing Dubai
Replies: 40
Views: 15219

Re: Emirates A380 Engine Failure While Departing Dubai

If no parts were shedded and no disks or turbines went flying... a bit of a boring incident, if you ask me. Daily occurrence around the world. QF and even AF does better!

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis
Replies: 241
Views: 62003

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis

Boeing aircraft, and especially the 737 MAX retain for me that purity, good looks and performance that a true aviation enthusiast longs for, while by contrast I find the Airbus A320 NEO (or CEO) family to be among the most dull to look at and dull to fly on aircraft on the market today. So, as this...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 17022

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

727200, And while you are at it do a little more research in order to have a clear understanding of what the 350 structural composition is. Pretty obvious AB just took an old plane design, added a few upgrades and resold it. So much for AB technology. That's a pretty one-sided view, if you don't min...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 99
Views: 35738

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

Besides the repair-or-not question, shouldn't we discuss how on earth this fire got so bad? I worry that the same equipment could similarly burn while on flight...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 very low on final approach to JFK
Replies: 22
Views: 15318

Re: Emirates A380 very low on final approach to JFK

Yikes, regardless of which measurement is correct.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?
Replies: 38
Views: 10509

Re: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?

The opening premise is wrong, apart from the VLAs. In the single aisle and the twin jets widebodies the trend is to bigger planes. Right. And somebody upper in the thread noted that price will rise before planes get larger. That seems wrong on the face of it. The equation is complex; customer have ...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight
Replies: 302
Views: 90154

Re: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight

The way I see it: - The hysteria about the contained event is over the top. - The hysteria about the original uncontained events was entirely warranted - Fire onboard, to my mind, is something that should always be reported and investigated - I find it very odd that this is not a requirement... esp...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tug catches fire. Damages SQ 772 at SIN
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Re: Tug catches fire. Damages SQ 772 at SIN

Wow.

In the aftermath, you could almost mistake the SIA plane for an AF plane... :duck:

Seriously though, that will take some careful inspection to ensure that nothing of importance was damaged.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Glass Jet Bridges in the USA
Replies: 38
Views: 6223

Re: Glass Jet Bridges in the USA

Cost may and era that they were built in is probably a factor. However, based on other design aspects of a typical US airport experience, I'd say "we didn't think we needed to change anything from the gates we have always had" is probably a factor too. Same reason why many US car manufactu...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Not a good start for AW101 in Norway
Replies: 37
Views: 9395

Re: Not a good start for AW101 in Norway

Mortyman wrote:
It is specualted here in Norway that the helicopter may have a design flaw and need a change in design. It is mentioned that the Wheels should perhaps be placed differently for better stability...


On the side?

:duck:

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8727

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

Shouldn't they have sued the Illuminati and the Office of Government Coverups instead? :-)

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Not a good start for AW101 in Norway
Replies: 37
Views: 9395

Re: Not a good start for AW101 in Norway

What, more exactly, is the damage? Rotors.... and what else?

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52's In Vietnam, How Many Were Lost
Replies: 25
Views: 52001

Re: B-52's In Vietnam, How Many Were Lost

I read the wikipedia article on the Linebreaker II. Fascinating. And pretty incompetent planning from the airforce, leading to the unexpectedly high losses. Not to speak of the political wrangling that led to the whole setup at that stage of the war.

War is not pretty.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possible to fly passengers in crewrest?
Replies: 17
Views: 2132

Re: Possible to fly passengers in crewrest?

trijetsonly wrote:


Thanks for this. I knew of the option; I hadn't known it had actually been installed. Seems like a good design for the purpose.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?
Replies: 100
Views: 14528

Re: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?

This is a silly thread. Judging airplane performance from passenger experience (long roll etc) is like saying a car is underpowered because it drives slowly. And of course, all 4-engine aircraft have less power reserve than 2-engine aircraft, because math. And even among the 4-engine aircraft, the 3...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most efficient airports in winter? (Snow)
Replies: 40
Views: 6563

Re: Most efficient airports in winter? (Snow)

https://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/new ... o-problem/
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kruiseri wrote:
HEL, ARN and OSL

No contest really...


I agree. Although I have to wonder why you list ARN and OSL there :-)

The snow-hits-the-fan video:

https://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/new ... o-problem/

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of the effects of the Gatwick drone
Replies: 2
Views: 1200

Video of the effects of the Gatwick drone

I'm not sure if this has been discussed in the forum before, but I saw this wonderful video about the effects of the drone that was detected near Gatwick in July. Quite remarkable impact to the operations! https://www.dpreview.com/videos/6901092572/this-animation-shows-the-chaos-a-drone-caused-at-a-...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Plane Crash
Replies: 51
Views: 9298

Re: Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Plane Crash

I may be mistaken, but wasn't the cabin area completely destroyed in the video? To me that says injury or death to the occupant upon impact. Also, it is a good question why people with boats couldn't search for the victim(s). But it is not clear they had any knowledge of where to search, or equipmen...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 42
Views: 10694

Re: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight

Wow. Wondering if the people inside got hurt and/or were able to do anything wrt. the loose equipment.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 32228

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

I find the arguments based on the 717 and Boeing/McD situation quite shallow. The situations are different. That being said, I find the 20M/30M arguments much more compelling. However, even if true, that information represents a particular snapshot in time, and is likely to change as customers have ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 94
Views: 14936

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

Is there no toilet on the B52? If true, that's amazing...

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