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by kitplane01
Tue May 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 53
Views: 11384

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

It seems to me to be more and more true that the CS300/A220 series is mis-designed. I imagine for *almost* every route and *almost* every user the plane has a significant excess of range. If the plane would have been designed with a lower MGTW, it would have had a less massive structure and therefor...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 21, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Aviation in 2050

And a new McDonnell-Douglas company, hopefully. Or whoever the third player in large airplanes are. Also, KC-10 is expected to be out of service just before this time. Will there be any MD-11 or A340 in service (in any market)? It's called COMAC. The third airplane company is called Comac. Hint: Th...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 20, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Aviation in 2050

Also, we have many airlines exploring biofuels, which can further decrease pollutants. Biofuels do not decrease pollution, they only decrease the need for fossile fuels. The only thing biofuels really are, are an artificial copy of fossile fuels from non-fossile resources. However in terms of pollu...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 20, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 18
Views: 835

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

Here is my current list: A 707 in Pan Am colors A 747-100 in TWA colors. A Concorde in British Airways colors A DC-3 in military drab A Sanders-Row Princess flying boat in BOAC colors A DC-10F in Fed-EX colors A Convair 880 painted like Elvis A Bae-146 painted like ??? An IL-62 painted by Aeroflot I...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 19, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 18
Views: 835

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

Here’s some cool planes: ⋅  A replica Boeing Model 1 ⋅  Definitely a Concorde ⋅  B-52 ⋅  B-2 Spirit stealth bomber ⋅  Definitely a DC-3 ⋅  Maybe a 737-200 ⋅  BAE 146 ⋅  DC-8 ⋅  Convair 880 The other thing I am...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 6691

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019

I would be curious: Is a 747-800F worth more than a 747-800I? Is there even a market for the 747-800I?

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9380

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

Question: Are you describing real technology that is actually used, or what "could be"? Can something like CATIA do everything you wrote in so seamless a fashion? It have been used to varying degrees on various programs in the company. CATIA by itself can not do it all. There is a suite o...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 18
Views: 835

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

I require that the museum feature BAC 1-11, BAe 146, and Dornier 228. Why? How are those three of the top ten most interesting airliners ever made? I wouldn't have picked them for the 10 ten most interesting British planes ever made (though the Bae-146 is kind of a unique configuration for it's siz...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9380

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

Thank you for opening this thread. It is one of the most informative thread about how engineering work is being done (as opposed to the other NMA threads). What I don’t understand is what model based engineering is. Can someone explain more? The digital model is set to real dimensions (not a scaled...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 18
Views: 835

Help me buy for my new museum

Luckily I'm a billionaire. And I like aviation, so I figured I'd start my own aviation museum. On my ranch I have space for ten planes. I'm pretty sure I can get anything that exists, so go wild. What I have planned so far .. A 707 in Pan Am colors A 747-100 in TWA colors. A Concorde in British Airw...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aerospace design and Software
Replies: 1
Views: 531

Aerospace design and Software

I'm curious how major aerospace designs are done these days. How does it work in practice? Does everyone use CATIA? And can one take a model from a design program and give it to a virtual wind tunnel, or must the model be rebuilt for the wind tunnel? Do these programs use dedicated clusters, or can ...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 6691

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019

Favorite post. Much thanks!!!!

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by kitplane01
Wed May 15, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Aviation in 2050

If I had to guess I would say that their will still be 787's, A350's, and a limited amount of A320 neos along with the new 797 that is being produced right now. Aviation does not change very quickly and I do not foresee that changing IMO. If you would have told someone in the 1960's that the 737 wo...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 14, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kiwi Safty Video
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Kiwi Safty Video

https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4
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Clearly Air New Zealand needs to stop flying planes, and focus on it's core competency of making airline safety videos.

But over 4 minutes!!!!

https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4

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by kitplane01
Tue May 14, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12595

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

North Korea is cashing in big time on usage of airspace by foreign airlines. Someone educate me. I thought most responsible, western governments stopped their corporations from doing business with the NK. If so, how would Lufthansa or Delta pay the NK government? What is “responsible” about not doi...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 07, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12595

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

senatorflyer wrote:
North Korea is cashing in big time on usage of airspace by foreign airlines.


Someone educate me. I thought most responsible, western governments stopped their corporations from doing business with the NK. If so, how would Lufthansa or Delta pay the NK government?

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by kitplane01
Tue May 07, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

A way to check is observing NY to UK flights. From JFK to LHR with some slot constraint what is flying? From smaller nodes, is there a seasonal variation where NB's do the routes in low season, WB in high? I don't think that's true. 1) The NEO/MAX are new, and out in small numbers. And the previous...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 06, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

I'll use the example of TLV to compare an A321 vs a B777-200 ... ... Total payload 27 tonnes. So the A321 burned roughly half the fuel, but carried a bit more than half the passengers. However, the 777 carried an extra 7 tonnes of freight at just under double the A321's payload. First, I love any p...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 05, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

How long can one store operational aircraft such that returning them to service is still quick and inexpensive? I'm aware there are people still flying Ford Trimotors. I'm not asking about that. If I take a B737/A340/CJ700, and prepare it for storage in a reasonable way, and then wait 2 years, and ...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the right number of airlines for a market?
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

What is the right number of airlines for a market?

Consider a large market like United States or Europe. What’s the best number of airlines to having such a market FROM THE CONSUMERS POINT OF VIEW? Would America be better off with three large airlines, or 10 smaller ones? How about Europe? Of course there are advantages and this advantages each way....

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 905
Views: 221107

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Is there anyone on this thread who thinks Alitalia will actually be shut down within the next decade? Not that it should, that it will? When was the last time a European nation shut down its national airline? If so, can you explain why you think this given the history? I’m willing to be convinced. (...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

All storage is driven by tasks in the maintenance manual. Maintenance planning would drop task cards with specific tasks that are based on length of storage. To return to service, maintenance would drop task cards which would specify specific tasks to be carried out to return to service. Once the r...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How reduced AoA increase drag?
Replies: 8
Views: 1079

Re: How reduced AoA increase drag?

"Induced drag has reduced effective AoA" I don't understand these words. But if it helps, reduced AOA in the non-stall condition produces lower drag and lower lift. Look at this picture Angle between chord line and effective airflow is smaller than angle between chrod line and freestream ...

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by kitplane01
Fri May 03, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How reduced AoA increase drag?
Replies: 8
Views: 1079

Re: How reduced AoA increase drag?

"Induced drag has reduced effective AoA" I don't understand these words. But if it helps, reduced AOA in the non-stall condition produces lower drag and lower lift.

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by kitplane01
Fri May 03, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

How long can one store operational aircraft such that returning them to service is still quick and inexpensive? I'm aware there are people still flying Ford Trimotors. I'm not asking about that. If I take a B737/A340/CJ700, and prepare it for storage in a reasonable way, and then wait 2 years, and t...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 02, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Since you’ve posted the LH numbers, have you checked what their annual profit was in 2018? If you subtract the cargo ops from the overall profit then it shows how important cargo actually is. The first link I mentioned says Konzernergebnis (=profit) is 2,163 billion Euro. Turnover from cargo was ar...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cannot book ORD -> Midway
Replies: 6
Views: 690

Re: Cannot book ORD -> Midway

There are no fares loaded, so the GDS cannot price the itinerary. A human would be able to create the itinerary (albeit not sell it as a revenue ticket) but websites will only return results that have valid fares, and ones that are relatively easy to calculate at that. The vast majority of airline ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cannot book ORD -> Midway
Replies: 6
Views: 690

Cannot book ORD -> Midway

How come one cannot book a flight from O'Hare to Midway (says Travelocity). Not even a connecting flight. Not even a 2 hop connecting flight. It seems the computer should be able to stitch something together, even if it's out to Milwaukee and back. Delta has service Midway -> Milwaukee -> ORD and ba...

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by kitplane01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)

Alright so I have worked in Revenue Management in a few airlines and had control over group pricing and group policies so here's some thoughts: 1. Have there been any aircraft size changes? Many carriers use % of total aircraft capacity to cap the # of group seats sold on any one flight so if DL ha...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo
Replies: 33
Views: 2679

Re: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo

Wasn't ETOPS just Boeing lobbying the FAA? If airlines and aviation really cared about safety, if they really put safety first, I don't think we would have ETOPS. That's a new one to me. Name me one incident where the aircraft operated under ETOPS regulations and anyone got hurt because the aircraf...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Group Ticket Policy (team travel)

It used to be my local university could buy tickets on either American or Delta (our two local carriers). But more than a year ago, Delta changed it's policy. It will no longer sell more than 20 tickets in a single group at it's smaller airports. Which means university teams from small town schools ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread - 2019
Replies: 74
Views: 6355

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread - 2019

910A wrote:
According to the above link MQT is way up over 14%. Anyone know the reason? Same number of flights as 2018 with 1 flight to ORD, 1 to MSP and 2 to DTW.


I too would be interested in this. Same town, same destinations, same university. What's up?

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Could you provide any source? Narrow bodies weigh less per seat. Narrow bodies have less thrust per seat. Narrow bodies cost less to buy per seat. Not true at all. You must have cherry picked the worse widebody and the best narrowbody to get those numbers. With both aircraft at MTOW the widebody wi...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Not true at all. You must have cherry picked the worse widebody and the best narrowbody to get those numbers. With both aircraft at MTOW the widebody will travel twice as far. The widebody for a fair comparison would be taking off well below MTOW or with more payload weight. Flying the same distanc...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

It appears you are asking for a clear cut answer; however, as this thread has shown, the answer is not black or white...it all depends on a host of variables which is why we see some airlines on some routes select a narrowbody or a widebody. If there was such a clear cut winner we would see every r...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Don’t forget widebodies carry an enormous amount of cargo also. Cargo is huge business for airlines like BA (and others of course) and those 6 daily widebodies out of JFK will be full of it. No it's not. Cargo makes up about 3% -5% of revenue that airlines generate. If it was such a huge money make...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Could you provide any source? Narrow bodies weigh less per seat. Narrow bodies have less thrust per seat. Narrow bodies cost less to buy per seat. Not true at all. You must have cherry picked the worse widebody and the best narrowbody to get those numbers. With both aircraft at MTOW the widebody wi...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

However, as others have said, you also need to factor in cargo - widebodies will carry a lot more cargo than a narrowbody, which will further offset the costs. You are forgetting the revenue side of things, there are a lot more premium seats in a wide body and a lot more cargo space. Don’t forget w...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

All things equal (sum of passenger for the 2 narrow body = total pax for 1 widebody), 2 narrow body cost less to operate than 1 widebody assuming the narrow body aircraft is not compromising payload for distance. For someone who seemed so unsure in your original post you are pretty demanding. Consi...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

It really depends on the exact route and types of aircraft we're comparing. A BA 744 in high J config will have an enormous CASM on LHR-JFK. But a densified BA 772 packed to the rafters doing LGW-JFK will be the complete opposite. Factor in leasing costs and it muddies even more. The near future of...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

L0VE2FLY wrote:
No, widebodies have a lower operating cost per seat.


Could you provide any source?

Narrow bodies weigh less per seat.
Narrow bodies have less thrust per seat.
Narrow bodies cost less to buy per seat.

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8707

Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

I was under the impression that for any route a narrow body can fly, it will cost less per seat than a wide body. In particular, a 737MAX or A321NEO will have lower costs than an A330NEO or 787 for any trans Atlantic route short enough for the narrow body (assuming you have the slots to take off and...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX crash makes NMA more likely?
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: 737MAX crash makes NMA more likely?

SPREE34 wrote:
No. Competition and/or customer desires makes NMA more likely, or not.


Sure. But could it not be that if the 737MAX is less desired, then the NMA becomes more desired? Especially if the NMA is a rather smaller 757 like plane, instead of a larger 767 like plane?

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX crash makes NMA more likely?
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

737MAX crash makes NMA more likely?

Aviation week argues that the 737MAX crashes makes the NMA more likely. The crashes somewhat reduce the sales and market share of the 737 series. Therefore, there is more need for the NMA. Especially an NMA sized more like an A321 and less like a 767. So the crash both increases the need for a Boein...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble
Replies: 127
Views: 38037

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

"Asiana Airlines appears set to receive a liquidity injection of W1.6 trillion ($1.4 billion) from creditors, led by state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB). Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance confirms that creditors plan to buy W500 billion in Asiana perpetual bonds, and extend the embattl...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women
Replies: 68
Views: 9700

Re: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women

I honestly cannot recall the last time when I flew and the TSA staff was not at least 50% African-American, so I have a hard time believing there world be any sort of institutional racism going on with this. I think this is significant thread drift. The thread started with a claim that the machines...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass
Replies: 16
Views: 1727

Re: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass

Question: How did they get a picture of you to match with? I don't really want Jetblue having my picture! From the DHS using the following sources: 1) Federal identity document 2) State identity document 3) Previous border entry/exit images The DHS gives my picture to corporations? It's surprising ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women
Replies: 68
Views: 9700

Re: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women

Yes, the TSA is a joke and is mostly putting on security theatre but to try and make scanner alarms into a racist thing is beyond ridiculous. I'm a white male and have had countless pat downs due to false alarms. I don't "feel singled out" because of it. I just laugh at how it happens so ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass
Replies: 16
Views: 1727

Re: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass

Just seen this, is this well known in the USA? I did not know that's already been done: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4m4Z8kW4AUHGcp.jpg Here it is in full: https://twitter.com/mackenzief/status/1118509708673998848 and here: 'JetBlue Experiments With Using Your Face As A Boarding Pass' Source: https...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass
Replies: 16
Views: 1727

Re: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass

....this at the same time that more and more reports arise that facial recognition AI has an increasingly lower accuracy rate the darker a person's skin gets; to the point where some don't even recognize a dark-skinned individual as human(oid). They also have a more difficult time recognizing femal...

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