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by StTim
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will engine choice continue?
Replies: 6
Views: 1233

Will engine choice continue?

Will the 787 be the last wide body offered with more than one engine choice? Likewise will the 320 family be the last narrow body offered with more than one engine choice? The certification and integration costs have increased to the point where it is becoming increasingly difficult to offer engine ...

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by StTim
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FG: How are the all-new Airbus (A350) and Boeing (787) widebodies faring?
Replies: 81
Views: 9916

Re: FG: How are the all-new Airbus (A350) and Boeing (787) widebodies faring?

economic circumstances are very different. Such analysis needs many other factors to be applied.

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by StTim
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

oh please...Q would dump them literally tomorrow if it wouldn't cost them billions in writedowns. the plane is the wrong size and was a lemon. "when it works"...heh. we've all had beater cars like that. point is that it doesn't almost all of the time the market has moved away from airbus ...

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by StTim
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Ahem, reality check. Alan Joyce himself recently confirmed that Qantas are upgrading their A380s and are committed to doing an expensive C-check which would enable Qantas to use them for up to another 10 years. Doesn't sound like they 'can't wait to get rid of them'. Qantas was also a launch custom...

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by StTim
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777-9 for Lufthansa rolls out of final assembly
Replies: 38
Views: 11306

Re: First 777-9 for Lufthansa rolls out of final assembly

Is this a test frame that will then go on to LH?

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by StTim
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 65932

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

After a few years in passenger service, it seems the CSeries / A220 is doing pretty well in service with regards to reliability, fuel efficiency & passenger feed-back. We now have to see how the hours are going to work on the aircraft (engines, SB, AD's, checks) but all is still under warrantly...

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by StTim
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 70
Views: 5742

Re: European LCC

Regarding FR exposure to 73M fiasco, I don't see it as a significant risk, 738's are still relatively young aircraft fully capable to safely get people from here to there. LCC traffic doessn't care about flying on a brand new ultimate generation aircraft. Part of the very low cost model is to move ...

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by StTim
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: 777X First Flight Likely Delayed Due GE9X Issues
Replies: 160
Views: 26738

Re: Rumour: 777X First Flight Likely Delayed to Year End Due GE9X Issues

Every large change of technology on an engine has risks. The almost unforgivable for Pratt is that the failures have been on the supposedly less risky parts. With so many, as lightsaber describes, all being on one engine then the chances of one or more having major issues increases. One or so I am s...

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by StTim
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I wonder if there was any thought process in the ET flight wondering if it was an AoA discrepancy (like the AD warned of) but the pilots noticed that the AoA disagree indicator was not illuminated?

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by StTim
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: 777X First Flight Likely Delayed Due GE9X Issues
Replies: 160
Views: 26738

Re: 777X First Flight Delayed to Year End Due GE9X Issues

Another place whereby Boeing will be consuming cash. There will be more frames requiring post build fix to incorporate flight test fixes.

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by StTim
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don’t think it would be beneficial to anyone to deviate now from past practices of the FAA and EASA accepting each other’s certifications. Not with Captain tariffs in the White House. Airbus depends heavily on the US market. This seriously sounds like a threat - Do as the US says or we will cause...

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by StTim
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don’t think it would be beneficial to anyone to deviate now from past practices of the FAA and EASA accepting each other’s certifications. Not with Captain tariffs in the White House. Airbus depends heavily on the US market. This seriously sounds like a threat - Do as the US says or we will cause...

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by StTim
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I wonder how long Boeing can continue producing the MAX at the current production rate? Surely there will come a time when the costs become unmanageable- even for a cash rich company like Boeing.

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by StTim
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

It is for marketing and from an airline perspective irrelevant as they do much much more detailed analysis of real performance with their specs.

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by StTim
Tue May 28, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

You great at making all sorts of lofty claims. Please produce the QANTAS policy which states they do not observe positive passenger bag-match, and they will send checked luggage ahead of passengers. From https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2015L01809 The operator of a prescribed air service com...

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by StTim
Mon May 27, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 37
Views: 5085

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

Yes (although unlikely -impossible? - for new ACF frames) and never seen that.

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by StTim
Mon May 27, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

RJMAZ wrote:
Stopping via Perth is an extra 45 minutes total flight time.


Are you looking at in the air time between MEL - LHR direct and MEL- PER - LHR? I think you are missing the on the ground time. Otherwise direct would not make sense.

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by StTim
Mon May 27, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35925

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

Hey VV you remind me of politicians. From their viewpoint everything they want to do is "easy". We in the UK have been sold that things are "easy" in the BREXIT debate. Real life proved much more complicated. Airbus have actually moved, in my opinion, at considerable speed in thi...

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by StTim
Mon May 27, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 690
Views: 271120

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

MSN 298 (VS#1) first flight https://www.flightradar24.com/AIB01NU/20a97d5b And photo: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47942515536_536c39998a_b.jpg F-WZNU 1st flight A350-1000 Virgin Atlantic s/n 298. LIVE spotting from Toulouse by @Eurospot , on Flickr How come it has a white tail? Dont most ai...

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by StTim
Mon May 27, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Are Boeing doing the normal pre customer test flights on produced frames? I presume each of these would require approval. I know some are positioned elsewhere for storage capacity.

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by StTim
Fri May 24, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding
Replies: 61
Views: 6510

Re: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding

I am not sure if Boeing loses $1bn or if in fact the bulk of this is the revenue shift from not being able to delver MAX's - most of which will come in later when the grounding is lifted.

There is however no doubt that this is hurting Boeing - and the longer it goes on the worse that impact becomes.

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by StTim
Thu May 23, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

morrisond wrote:
kalvado wrote:
morrisond wrote:

I don't really care how we get to more training - as long as there is more training.

Setting up a gym for pilots in every terminal should work...


All you need is a Control Column and a thrust lever...


Are you a pilot? - if so I pray I am never on one of your flights.

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by StTim
Wed May 22, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 385
Views: 112558

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

The A320neo took ~ 3 months from roll out to first flight, first delivery was 1.5 years later. If Boeing manages to do the first flight this summer, which seems reasonable, delivery in 2020 should still be possible. They'll probably do it once the 737 max issues calm down. The 777X is a much bigger...

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by StTim
Wed May 22, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Polot gave the reference in post #789. I chose not to duplicate him. There are other reports that say the same thing, but since they say the same thing from the same source (GE), the other reports add very little. Please refer to post #789. Sorry that does not say what you claimed. Again to be expl...

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by StTim
Wed May 22, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

GE claims 10% better than GE90-115b. See bottom of this press release: That contradicts what they have said elsewhere, in any case 10% better than the GE90-115B is well behind the Trent XWB 94, When I look at fuel burns top of climb on a 777-300ER they are 25% higher than an A350-1000. Ah - Marketi...

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by StTim
Wed May 22, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N
Replies: 131
Views: 19825

Re: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N

Every time Airbus improve the capability of the A321 they nibble away at the larger volume bottom end of the NMA market. If they can strip some weight/capability from the A338 - perhaps produce a lightweight version (A337 - but how much would this cost?) - then they would nibble away at the top end....

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by StTim
Tue May 21, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars
Replies: 11
Views: 1288

Re: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars

There was a tv program on this a few years back. The logistics are organised by F1 and each team is allowed a certain amount. The European races are driven to and from - it is the non European ones that are fly aways.

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by StTim
Tue May 21, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

My apologies if this has already been posted, but there is now speculation that bird strikes to the MCAS sensor might have caused the crash: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/21/boeing-737-max-crash-bird-collision-ethiopian-airlines ccording to the Wall Street Journal, US aviation autho...

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by StTim
Tue May 21, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says
Replies: 242
Views: 39120

Re: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says

Definitely ballpark if if 2-3 rows is 25 more seats.

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by StTim
Mon May 20, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17502

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

You know I would not want to be on a one pilot plane. Sorry just not ready to accept that.

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by StTim
Sat May 18, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren’t the A330s grounded after the pitot tube issues?
Replies: 94
Views: 16670

Re: Why weren’t the A330s not grounded after the pitot tube issues?

If we are revisiting lack of grounding, I'm surprised the RR 777s werent grounded after BA 038. The issue with the FOHE was dangerous. Hardly. BA038 was as close as you're going to see to a major airplane accident with no cause: no pilot error, no mechanical issue, no design flaw, no bad fuel, no b...

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by StTim
Sat May 18, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 61981

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

Just a quick update, Beluga XL #2 came to Broughton yesterday and collected the first set (2 wings together) of A350 wings and flew them to Bremen. Video crews were recording the take off so I guess there will be a video available from Airbus soon. So they are doing production flying during the tes...

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by StTim
Thu May 16, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Boeing is ready to get it up in the air. https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-releases-statements?item=130434 Boeing is. Are the FAA? Are the other regulators? Are the pilots? Are the passengers? DO you think I have a crystal ball or something? Or anybody for that matter? True - if you could answer th...

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by StTim
Thu May 16, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-relea ... tem=130434

Boeing is. Are the FAA? Are the other regulators? Are the pilots? Are the passengers?
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PixelPilot wrote:
Boeing is ready to get it up in the air.
https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-relea ... tem=130434

Boeing is. Are the FAA? Are the other regulators? Are the pilots? Are the passengers?

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by StTim
Thu May 16, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

It’s NOT pilot bashing, it’s pointing the truth of the their backgrounds. Do you think 153 hours is adequate flight time to pilot an airliner? GF How do you expect a pilot to start flying an airliner? 5000 hours coded in his/her genes? All pilots start with zero hours. It is pilot bashing. In addit...

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by StTim
Wed May 15, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48281282
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The continual publicity that this issue is having means that Boeing are under a microscope in a way I have not seen before.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48281282

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by StTim
Tue May 14, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Agree with Zeke’s comments Fred. Great work and I have learnt quite a bit through it. Maybe relearnt a fair bit as an mechanical engineer by degree but a long time pusher of ones and zeros.

It is amazing to me how firm the 778 numbers are when the frame is still years from its first test flight!

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by StTim
Mon May 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy
Replies: 139
Views: 16192

Re: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy

You know there is something odd about trade figures. In theory if you summed up the trade figures for all the countries in the world it should sum to zero - but it doesn't and never has. The world has an innate trade deficit. For that I am blaming those protectionist martians!

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by StTim
Mon May 13, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

The A350-900 MTOW is 10% heavier than the 787-9 (280T vs 254T). The A350-900 has 7.5% more span (64.75m 60.12m) The 777-8 MTOW is 11% heavier than the A358-1000 (351T vs 316T). The 777-8 has 9.5% more span (71.8m vs 64.75m) Now this clearly shows you are wrong. The 777-8 wing is clearly big enough ...

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by StTim
Mon May 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

To be fair it isn't only armchair pilots - but all I would say is that hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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by StTim
Sun May 12, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

planecane wrote:

Pilots didn't need to know of its existence.


I don't recall a single pilot in agreement with that - the ones I see quoted feel betrayed by being kept in the dark.

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by StTim
Fri May 10, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I asked earlier how sensitive the model is to changes in the TSFC of the engines. Do we have an answer as I thhink you believe they will be closer than currently in the model. sorry, probably not till late Monday. It takes about 25-30 minutes to run through a flight of this length and it ties up ex...

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by StTim
Fri May 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

- Fair enough, if it's just on the basis of the 778 being a larger aircraft that's easily understood. Larger and slower, over a year probably looking at an extra 300+ hrs of flying. Or 20 long haul revenue flights. I asked earlier how sensitive the model is to changes in the TSFC of the engines. Do...

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by StTim
Fri May 10, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

If the TSFC was the same for the Bus what sort of difference would it make?

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by StTim
Thu May 09, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I agree that the FAA is under pressure from Boeing (and probably via lobbying the politicians) to lift the grounding quickly. My argument is that to do so ahead of the rest of the world (especially EASA) would forever harm the FAA and with it impact future certification processes. The FAA would then...

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by StTim
Thu May 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

So Leeham is reporting today that the FAA could go ahead and lift the grounding ahead of other certification authorities. I hope that at least during this process that the FAA and EASA can go in lock step or I predict that certification will be much more costly in future. This may require the FAA to...

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by StTim
Tue May 07, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 2974
Views: 290871

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Hold the front page. Pilots make mistakes. The pilot is the last line of defence. This frame made it necessary for them to be nigh on perfect not to get overwhelmed by the situation where a simple sensor failed (or its processor did). It is the manufacturers responsibility to make the frame as safe ...

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by StTim
Tue May 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219411

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Somehow I was waiting for the backhanded compliment.

Perhaps Zeke has more info on the 777x as I think his airline has bought some. On that point I may be barking up the wrong tree as searching on a phone is next to impossible.

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by StTim
Mon May 06, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 690
Views: 271120

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

memphiX wrote:
hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 297 (VN#14) out on yet another test flight #AIB08FZ


Is there any issue with this particular frame^? I notice that it has been moving very slowly from station to station and now it requires more testing than VN's other A350s.



I wondeer if it has some upgrade parts?

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