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by ssteve
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 35
Views: 1893

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

One thing to bear in mind is that while the B-52 has huge wings, it's fuselage is basically 757-sized. When you have a payload, it's very dense... it's bombs or fuel. So you kinda want the 777-8 wings grafted onto the 767-2 for your off-the shelf replacement of the B-52. Not that that's possible. In...

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by ssteve
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 9887

Re: Should AS look at an East Coast hub

PIT would be interesting. I lived in SEA 2011-2016 and never flew Alaska. They certainly have all the business routes within the US well covered. But I was either flying home (ALB/SYR/BTV) or a couple times to Hawaii. I suppose if I went to Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco I migh've flown em. Anyways, ju...

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by ssteve
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

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

How do you get -4G from that flight profile? Maybe when it begins to return to controlled flight from falling inverted?

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by ssteve
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

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

luzardofilho wrote:
Airplane recovered on the back in an inverted looping half.


Is recovery from a deep stall more likely inverted? Do you get more control authority? (Was Denzel Washington flying?)

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New SQ A380 suites revealed
Replies: 58
Views: 14412

Re: New SQ A380 suites revealed

AA747123 wrote:
That airvent in the ceiling is really ugly. I have never seen an airplane with something like that ever.


Other than that, though, the gridded suspended ceiling tiles are opulent.

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by ssteve
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 695
Views: 100366

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

If there is so much demand for the pax version, why did Boeing not sell them years earlier? Because Scott Kirby was not CEO of United years earlier? He seems to be the one pushing through UA's fleet replacement and modernization. He spearheaded the A350-900 order conversion and expansion to handle ...

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

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

I wonder if the plot is groundspeed. Takes a big dip during the dive because they were falling straight down.

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1112
Views: 46568

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Read it again. You are going to have to explain. I'll try, even though someone deleted the original post. A few quoters rescued the other part. I said something along the lines of "Boeing even managed to dick over machinists in Quebec in favor of non-union machinists in Alabama even with no sk...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?
Replies: 27
Views: 4829

Re: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?

Continental appears to have had a 1st class lounge up there, along with a "Polynesian Pub" (as gorgeous as you'd expect) accessible to economy on the main deck. And don't assume these sorts of things immediately disappeared. I'm 95% sure I flew a CO DC-10 in 1987 that had a Polynesian Pub ...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1560
Views: 116718

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

For now Airbus does not have a huge incentive to invest in the CS500 (Boeing's real concern) since it would eat into A320neo sales. Even if it would be a superior aircraft on paper, the capex needed to get CS500 production on par with the well oiled machine that is A320 production would be very ver...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex Air NZ DC8 Recovery Operation from The Amazon
Replies: 16
Views: 4702

Re: Ex Air NZ DC8 Recovery Operation from The Amazon

OP mentions a DC-10 stored in Cuba.

Such clement climates for storage!

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silk Way to add additional 747-8 freighters
Replies: 7
Views: 1949

Re: Silk Way to add additional 747-8 freighters

The question of a 772/77E-conversion was raised numerous times. I learned there is a structural problem, namely the floor making it economically unwise to convert these older 777s. I guess the same is true for all pax-777s. The floorbeams are composite and not aluminum, and so the floor cannot bear...

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by ssteve
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet
Replies: 37
Views: 12931

Re: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet

Bombardier's asking price just went a lot lower. No, let's use Commerce Dept logic. If this is something that costs BBD a billion dollars to fix, BBD is required to charge Delta $13.3 million *more* for each of the 75 frames on order, because every dollar of program cost has to be apportioned into ...

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by ssteve
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 161
Views: 19477

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

40 years for these birds ? That's very optimistic. I bet that in less than 20 the president would want to be flying something else, a spaceplane maybe ? I see the Shuttle has been mentioned in the thread already... The 747-8 based Air Force One replacement is scheduled to go into service around 202...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 21381

Re: American Airlines 192 fire in cargo hold in Hong Kong

Unless it is just the angle, I don't see any visible damage to the aircraft? Interestingly enough, I'm not even seeing black marks from the smoke on the fuselage? The underside of the cargo door was exposed to the flames for quite a while, but it's not visible in that picture. You can see soot mark...

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 616
Views: 135995

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41515516 "Air France engine debris found in Greenland" 95mi SE of Paamiut... lucky. They were over the Atlantic much more than they were over Greenland.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41515516 "Air France engine debris found in Greenland" 95mi SE of Paamiut... lucky. They were over the Atlantic much more than they were over Greenland.

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1112
Views: 46568

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

The CSeries will never have access to the US market as long as it's Canadian owned. Even if we win at an appeal panel, at NAFTA, or at the WTO; the US will find a way to keep the CSeries out - by changing the rules, or have Boeing to lodge a slightly different complaint. All that while abusive duti...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BVT/HVN)
Replies: 134
Views: 11355

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BVT/HVN)

'Former Loring base preparing for new aviation repair firm' http://thecounty.me/2017/06/22/news/former-loring-base-preparing-for-new-aviation-repair-firm/ Wow, that's WAY up there. Could TATL flights pass customs there? It's 3 hours from the CBP guys at Bangor, but it's near the border. I wonder if...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 732
Views: 87345

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The far side isn't always dark, of course, but is very isolated from terrestrial radio sources. As far as more practical, only if the base is already there... and you still have to land things on the moon, which costs a lot of lander mass. So there serviceability/simplicity has to outweigh simply la...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 616
Views: 135995

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

I'm not sure I buy that guesstimate. In UA323 / Sioux City the entire fan disk took off, and yeah, it doesn't spray shrapnel, it just takes off in however many directions there are pieces, but if there's something in it's way, it's bad news.

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 29965

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

If you build a better mousetrap, the world will NOT beat a path to your door, absent a worldwide MRO network and low acquisition costs.

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 29965

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

why are people using the word 'protectionism'? Boeing if anything, is practicing sound business ethics. Something we all should have learned growing up. If BBD could deliver a truckload of cash to the commerce department and get this ruling reversed, you'd consider that "ethics?" "Bu...

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16445

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

My Point is that a previous poster said KLM had an excellent safety record. Its not exactly excellent if one of your flight crews took off with out permission and were then involved in aviations worst accidents! How many decades must pass before that's irrelevant? Because it's basically irrelevant,...

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6665

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

Modified earlier post with strikethrough. Clean as mud to me!

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6665

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

It's also interesting that they operate a mix of 777F and 748F. This order eventually gets them to 16 777F and 4 748F. ???

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16445

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

My Point is that a previous poster said KLM had an excellent safety record. Its not exactly excellent if one of your flight crews took off with out permission and were then involved in aviations worst accidents! How many decades must pass before that's irrelevant? Because it's basically irrelevant,...

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16445

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

I guess if someone calls a plane flaky, you can take them literally.

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by ssteve
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1358
Views: 72912

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The KC-46A has been designed and built in what was expected to be a more streamlined process than the KC-767 and KC-135 / KC-10 programs leveraging Boeing Commercial assets rather than the traditional process of building a passenger 767 and then flying it to a separate facility and gutting it to re...

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737-700BDSF being delivered
Replies: 36
Views: 8726

Re: First 737-700BDSF being delivered

Huh, I didn't know the older NGs had eyebrow windows.

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 7992

Re: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?

Arion640 wrote:
Losing rudders half way over the Atlantic...


Google says Tasman Sea. ;)

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?
Replies: 13
Views: 2318

Re: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?

flyingclrs727 wrote:
I found the sound of the TF-39 quite grating. It sounded as if someone left some loose screws in them. It was a wonder to me that an engine in proper working order could make such sounds.


Proper working order may be setting the bar too high.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1

We could just change the Pt.1 to Pt.212 for clarity... not that there's any reason to close threads these days.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 14869

Re: United not looking at C Series

Skywatcher wrote:
I suspect that the Boeing unfair trade allegations against Bombardier are having the intended effect in the U.S.


I dunno, UA saying they're sooo disinterested that they're not even thinking about the C-Series is a great way to get Bombardier to revise any outstanding price quotes lower. ;)

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario

Flipping zebra mussels

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?
Replies: 17
Views: 3648

Re: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?

Fuel efficiency is a lower design priority than ruggedness, short field performance, and roll-on-roll-off type features. Range is typically lower. All that to say: the military planes are gas hogs. There are civil operators of types like the L-100... but those are for rare operators that want the fe...

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone hits winglet of landing aircraft (fake video)
Replies: 6
Views: 1822

Re: Drone hits winglet of landing (?) aircraft

They helpfully changed the "southwest" on the winglet to some other word... fakefakefakefakefake.

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Backed by WTO on $8.7 Billion in Incentives for 777X Jet
Replies: 27
Views: 3883

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

Washington State's revenue tax is just so weird. They need to suck it up and make a personal income tax.

I'd say they should suck it up and implement a VAT, but that's for the feds. The ideal corporate tax rate at the US state level is zero.

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 38961

Re: Future of 777X

The 777X will be a viable competitor itself, which certainly makes it look like the cost effective solution rather than creating a totally new airplane for a market that already has a viable competitor. I doubt Boeing itself expects there is any path to owning the market the way it once did. In a di...

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 5241

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

I think the civil engineers are just saying that the Houston metro would ideally have even more stormwater capacitance (like the two reservoirs that are currently overflowing). It's not a complicated solution, and it's a far cry from the Netherlands/NOLA solutions where the levee-enclosed cells need...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 5241

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

Honestly, they seem fairly well prepared at this point. No engineering extant anywhere is going to prevent widespread flooding when there's a widespread meter of rain. You have to judge more by whether emergency and essential services continue to operate throughout the crisis and aftermath. And sure...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 5241

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

I am worried this will get more Katrina-like once people get out of the moment and into the recriminations stage. If Houston manages to shelter tens to hundreds of thousands of people without things boiling over because people feel like their basic needs are not being attended to... bully for Housto...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 65124

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

What kind of delays is this causing for IAH? Will it shut the airport down? I was listening to a report that stated Houston is flood prone. What was the storm that flooded some NY airports? Also, I hope this discussion doesn't get moved to a non Civil Aviation forum. It is a very valid discussion f...

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by ssteve
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 39619

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Remember that in the end, Singapore's ULH a345s were configured with no economy seats. So it is actually possible that worrying about people in economy seats... doesn't apply. Maybe Y+.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A600M
Replies: 44
Views: 7758

Re: A600M

keesje wrote:
It will be interesting what the USAF will buy now that requirements have outgrown the fifties


Giant drone octocopters with development costs shared with Amazon.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon
Replies: 115
Views: 30227

Re: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon

https://twitter.com/ExtremeStorms/statu ... 5038569476

Seems to be a nice image showing the plane heading into the wind. Probably wasn't a crosswind.
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https://twitter.com/ExtremeStorms/statu ... 5038569476

Seems to be a nice image showing the plane heading into the wind. Probably wasn't a crosswind.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)
Replies: 19
Views: 1999

Re: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)

The V-22, which will be used for COD, has the capability to be a tanker.

A drone would likely expand capabilities and might save deck space. I see the ROI there.

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by ssteve
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 123
Views: 15255

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

What other airports impose an actual curfew rather than a latest/earliest limit on schedules? I have arrived at 2am rather than 11pm on certain flights... beats a night on the floor.

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