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by lightsaber
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1132

Re: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?

I think some of the Airbus future concept studies are T-tail designs. I guess the fact that they are even considering the design for future aircraft means something. That future concept is an open rotor. However, placing two engines so close to each other creates a high probability of on blade out ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1132

Re: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?

The issue of rear engines is the weight of structure to get the thrust to the wing drag. There are also advantages to having engines near gear for pothole stress.

Will there be T-tails? Business jets are certain.
Small, say 50 seat turboprops too.

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX finally gets A350 service!
Replies: 17
Views: 3688

Re: LAX finally gets A350 service!

LAX will FINALLY receive its first scheduled A350 service (and IINM, first visit by an A350) starting tomorrow December 18. 4728179,4690085 Can't believe it's taken this long. Figured we would've seen DL A350s here, doing domestic runs, long ago. Complain, complain! Maybe you didn't get the 350 so ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 54
Views: 7492

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

Please read - Broad article with facts regarding the matter! https://financialtribune.com/articles/economy-domestic-economy/78062/iran-any-attempt-to-block-plane-sales-violates-jcpoa That link assumes Iran is in compliance. Aircraft cannot be banned as long as Iran complies. So the aircraft can be ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 54
Views: 7492

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

Trump can definitely block Boeing but I would be very surprised if the EU doesn't support Airbus. American components can probably be blocked. I'd like to know how any engine could be delivered without turbine blades. Last I looked, all three engine vendors either made the blades in the USA or outs...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Hints At Fleet Upgrades If The Tax Bill Passes
Replies: 42
Views: 5771

Re: Southwest Airlines Hints At Fleet Upgrades If The Tax Bill Passes

I'd love to see some 797s in the mix I'd love to see some 797 specifications. 5 planes isn’t meaningful. Shareholders will demand the majority of this tax cut in the form of higher profits, more buy backs and dividends. The stock market has already priced most of this in. Any public company that pl...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac C919 Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 333
Views: 46069

Re: Comac C919 Production And Delivery Thread

This implies a slight weight advantage if promise weight is kept. But why the shortie? If anything, the C919 should have been built just a little longer than the A320NEO as the base and then an A321 competitor. Eh... I was mistaken about the actual length, as mat66 notes it is actually slightly lon...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing
Replies: 123
Views: 22110

Re: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing

Looking at 767 and A330 replacement programs coming u in the next 5 yearsp, also with the many 787 customers, I wonder if the time has come for Boeing to do the product line standardization of the 787-8 with the much more mature 787-9 and -10. Lack of commonality of the 787-8 with those newer versi...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac C919 Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 333
Views: 46069

Re: Comac C919 Production And Delivery Thread

Nice to see things picking up! She is a fine looking aircraft. Yup. Similar in a way like 787 ( in relation to the A350 ). Looks quite a bit stubbier than an A320. Why is that? The slight increase in fuse diameter shouldn't do that, right? It should be a smaller aircraft. The 1-class capacity is li...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 51
Views: 13579

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

The best indicator of a company's health is often bond yields. Ok, not a perfect indicator, but usually a good one. This WSJ link notes that HNA's group bond yields are increasing (2nd hand price of bonds are dropping, never a good sign that investors are willing to sell at a discount). https://www....

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 353
Views: 63250

Re: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options

All signs point to DL been extremely aggressive on aircraft pricing, hence their willingness to purchase older aircraft to supplement their fleet. I can't imagine they didn't get a great deal on this order. So then, one has to ask about Kirby's comment re: UA not taking the A321NEO because of the M...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis
Replies: 83
Views: 21258

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis

Actually the economics vary quite a bit. Both aircraft have advantages and disadvantages. The 737 is 3-5% smaller and lighter so it requires smaller engines. A321 advantages. 1) 1-2% less fuel burn per passenger on flights over 2000nm. 2) 2" wider aisle saving a minute or two in turnaround. 3)...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project

Safran's statement that they needed an additional two years is the biggest clue out there that it's going to be long and difficult to fix. Two years would indicate some major surgery is needed. Should be interesting how much Dassault squeeze out of them in liquidated damages. Both companies are Fre...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project

As I mentioned in the other thread, the latest Silvercrest issue is in the HPC. No cheap fixes once you get into the hot and fast parts of the engine. The whole point of Silvercrest was supposed to be it offered Dassault and its customers a cheap engine option. You gets what you pays for.... The hi...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6159

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread

I personally am very interested in retirements. I routinely follow MD-80 and 747 active fleet sizes on airfleets. I'm very interested in A330 retirements too. So do I, especially focussing on 747 and A330, plus 777, A340 and 737 Classic servicelife statistics. Interesting observation: 777"Clas...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dassault cancel Silvercrest contract
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: Dassault cancel Silvercrest contract

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6159

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread

Time to publish a list of those planes which are gone, gone soon or which are having little chance to fly again . Sorta odd really. Most such threads on older models, seem to focus on those that are still flying.... Odd? Why? There is a 744 retirement thread out there as well. And thats a type not ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 12932

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

I don’t think there is a title to claim. A comment like Airbus has taken over from Boeing as the dominant company is just silly. It is a close duoply. Deliveries per year https://images.cdn.centreforaviation.com/stories/2017/jan/03/f6a.JPG https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/global-comm...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)
Replies: 1813
Views: 226339

Re: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)

wrongwayup wrote:
40 in 2018... the top end for 2017 (back before it was revised downward a couple of times) was 35...

Sigh... Yeah. I hope engine production has hit stride.

My main concern is if Korean Air takes any in 2027...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project

Lightsaber - isn't this the end of Silvercrest? They're years late, they don't seem to have grasped the technical problems, and certainly haven't outlined a plan to deliver. Their principle customer has deserted them, and to be honest Cessna look like they're hopeful of being paid penalty clauses r...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 353
Views: 63250

Re: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options

The C Series will be a great replacement for them over time. Seems like too many people think the C Series will descend on Atlanta in one great wave. The orders will be structured to arrive over a period of several years, and follow-on orders would take them up to and including the projected 717 re...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SF Express to build China's first "Memphis" type express cargo hub
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: SF Express to build China's first "Memphis" type express cargo hub

This is close, but a bit South of China's economic and population centroid. Interesting. It is needed. Better with a passenger hub...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

Curious what will happen to the Cessna Hemisphere which i# designed for the Silvercrest GF This messes up Cessna. The PW812 increases the production cost by $2 million. But the hemisphere isn't going to do well with delays either... Executives will earn their pay. I don't know what is best for Cess...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

Rereading the link. The new Dassault is not a 5X. Is this a 2nd platform for the PW816? Note:. The PW814 and PW815 are derated PW816s...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney for new project
Replies: 21
Views: 3871

Re: Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

queb wrote:
the PW812 is already in ground test phase at Mississauga facility.

:) And no discussion on what plane the 812 is being developed for... G....

This is huge news for Pratt! :)

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 353
Views: 63250

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

According to the article, the P&W powerplant has been selected. I suppose DL will share maintenance with the CSeries order? WHAT!?! I could have only hoped for this. OK, I'm not reading any other posts in case there was an error. ;) Ok, I will read. Great news for Delta, Airbus, and Pratt. Ligh...

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by lightsaber
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 494
Views: 122357

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Allegedly, the LH offer is €300mil for a core fleet of about 60 aircraft with an option on another 60. Apparently on sticking point is LH on wants to acquire the airline operational unit of AZ, but not many of its support divisions like ground handling, maintenance, etc which would mean job losses....

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by lightsaber
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies
Replies: 399
Views: 84858

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies

I’m wonder about this C series does anyone think they will then look at the MD-88 upgrade they scrapped and reconsider. I’d also start looking at all AA MD’s with low cycles a la the TWA ones and any and all frames for parts. That would hold them over until the previous retirement date they had ann...

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by lightsaber
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some unions representing FR pilots in Europe are announcing strikes
Replies: 25
Views: 3074

Re: Some unions representing FR pilots in Europe are announcing strikes

When I read unions, I realized the divide had succeeded. The fact FR can threaten amazes me. There needs to be a balance of power. FR pilots are screwed. Pilots were a dime a dozen through the 80's 90's and 00's. The financial crisis prolonged the glut and management took it as the 'new normal'. As ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone
Replies: 98
Views: 10938

Re: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone

Good. Lets move on. Mr Bastian, Mr Parker, Mr Munoz, instead worry about your own airlines and competing on your own merits - the quality and service of product you offer consumers instead. The ME3 only thrive because they are able to give consumers something they want. Oh and US3 they really want ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to bring back A380's on KUL-LHR, plans for high capacity A380's ditched
Replies: 69
Views: 14126

Re: Malaysia Airlines to bring back A380's on KUL-LHR, plans for high capacity A380's ditched

mercure1 wrote:
What a mess.

Having a hard time figuring out what lemonade to make with its lemons.

Yeah... A poorly managed airline who couldn't figure out 772s.

Can't sell, can't find a business case.

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by lightsaber
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman threatens to kill everyone over a cigarette
Replies: 27
Views: 4498

Re: Woman threatens to kill everyone over a cigarette

AAvgeek744 wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
The poor person obviously has some mental issues...just look at the video...


I don't think so. Just a very, very, VERY angry person. I suspect she is much the same on the ground.

I've seen smokers go mental when denied. But... No excuse. That person belongs on a no-fly.

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by lightsaber
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing Production Rates Changes?
Replies: 14
Views: 5291

Re: Airbus and Boeing Production Rates Changes?

Honestly I think their stock would go up if they said they were walking away from the program. It might. But that'd be absolutely no sensible way to gauge the long term effect of a decision on the health of a company! [not just Airbus] No but in this case I think this is one where the markets would...

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by lightsaber
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus PC-24 secures US and European type certification
Replies: 10
Views: 2042

Re: Pilatus PC-24 secures US and European type certification

FlyHossD wrote:
Bravo. I suspect that Pilatus will have another winner on it's hands.

I too expect this to do very well.

I'm very curious how the low end of the market will shake out. The Pilatus turboprops have done exceptionally well.

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by lightsaber
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spain signs openskies with China
Replies: 12
Views: 3867

Re: Spain signs openskies with China

Wow, this is big news.


Dutchy wrote:
Are countries allowed to sign Country to Country open skies agreements, without the EU?

This is a right most countries have refused to give up. The UK wouldn't allow LHR slot allocation and Germany also kept control tight. So Spain gets to sign an open skies.

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by lightsaber
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Canceling EWR-AMS
Replies: 31
Views: 12403

Re: DL Canceling EWR-AMS

The cancellation of EWR-AMS may possibly have to do with the need for DL to optimize its AMS slots use in view of its 2x new USA-AMS routes: - MCO-AMS - LAX-AMS As slots at AMS are restricted in 2018/2019 the Joint Venture AF/DL/KL will look for the greatest return per available DL slot. Just my 2 ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 767
Views: 140104

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

Engines are important to get the desired efficiency, but you must assume the same efficiency of the engines when looking at the fuselage and wing design. I agree with both of you, but the basic premise of this thread has the issues backwards: It's engines first, then fuselage and wings. If, just fo...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for
Replies: 68
Views: 24657

Re: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for

Aren’t we forgetting that the jet in question was originally the MD-95 and not the Boeing 717? McDonnel Douglas was still realing from the DC-10 and the poor selling MD-11. It couldn’t get much traction on the MD-95 as it was merely a DC-9-30 airframe with different engines and an updated cockpit. ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 130
Views: 21308

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Pilots complain about less respect today. Well.. most don't look like they've earned that respect. The nautical officer uniform was copied as those uniforms evolved to generate respect. Pick what you want, you can't have everything...Lightsaber Oh come on. Don't bring "Respect" into this....

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2183

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major political triumph too. I can totally see CAAC try to certify C919 for Lhasa operations. From the point of view of bus...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2183

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

I see, thanks to all for your replies. By the way, looks like we have a business case here for the A319neo and the B737-7MAX, don't we? If an airline has a high altitude airport in its network, they will need at least a couple of "high performers" like that in their fleet. And that necess...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hundreds of ATL Cancellations- Winter Weather
Replies: 78
Views: 11504

Re: Hundreds of ATL Cancellations- Winter Weather

Glad this won’t impacr DL’s consecutive no cancel days......<tic>. Look for an asterisks at a DL operational 100% day coming soo. What’s going wrong at Delta????? Why do they hide their horrendous operational performance behind “air traffic control” delays??? We all know it’s due to their broken to...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 108
Views: 18261

Re: United ending Xian

Maybe. But in the context of this discussion, it’s probably true that lack of continuity costs UA money. So it’s probably more like $1,000 this year and $800,000 next year or $1,000,000 next year. No maybe about it. United does not have to fly unprofitable flights to Xian now to keep the right to f...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 99
Views: 33526

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

The roof is badly damaged: https://imagr.eu/up/97wuX_IMG_20171209_150904.jpg https://twitter.com/AviationSafety/status/939492662612291594 Wow, that looks much worse than the earlier photos. Can't see that flying again. I believe QR will decide to write the aircraft off just as Emirates did with A6-...

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 130
Views: 21308

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

I'm just curious: Out of all the posts here, how many of those "pro hat" are actually airline pilots that have to wear it? I personally don't like wearing the hat. I don't think it looks good, makes me look like a 1960s train conductor in Eastern Europe. Looks aside, it's not comfortable....

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by lightsaber
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 130
Views: 21308

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

[threeid][/threeid] WN got rid of mandatory hats over a decade ago and it was a very happy day indeed. Some still choose to wear them (and that's fine) but they are unbearably hot and you end up looking like hell with a a sweat-soaked head. Doing a pre-flight in the summer, it felt like you were wea...

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by lightsaber
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 130
Views: 21308

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

I join the chorus of those liking the caps. It makes a pilot look more responsible, on particular those under 35. What next? Track suits as uniforms? Make them optional. But call me old fashioned, but the Captain should look like a captain. I have a friend who is Captain of a ship +a tanker) and he ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Daily limit use of an aircraft
Replies: 28
Views: 4643

Re: Daily limit use of an aircraft

As long as you can keep fuel in the aircraft and oil in the engines, there is no mechanical reason an aircraft can't fly for well over 24 hours. There are no built in mechanical time limits. Now, from a legal point of view, some maintenance items aren't allowed to "drop-dead" in the air. ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Daily limit use of an aircraft
Replies: 28
Views: 4643

Re: Daily limit use of an aircraft

There have been aircraft used for 17+ hours in a 24 time period. It comes down to turn times. Most new aircraft can go days between inspections thanks to sensor feedback. The more time on the ground, the fewer flight hours. For narrowbodies, about 16 hours per day is the highest I've seen by JetBlu...

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by lightsaber
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 19759

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

I heard there were a decent chuck of pilots who dropped trips and then turned around and picked up trips at the 150% rate which should work out well for them. There was a new story that came out the other day saying that this snafu would cost about $10m. $10 million is cheap for such a SNAFU, but p...

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