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by Channex757
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 B747's offered on China's ebay
Replies: 19
Views: 5630

Re: 3 B747's offered on China's ebay

A huge shame. The Jade Cargo planes were all 744ERF models, some of the last off the line. They must have very few hours and cycles on them, but after five years (and good luck finding complete maintenance papers for them too) will they just go for scrap value? They seem to have had a major problem ...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 93
Views: 9915

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

The A330-NEO is fresh out from a weight saving program anyway. Airbus want to keep it broadly weight neutral over an equivalent CEO, despite the larger and heavier Trent 7000 engines.

Just a shame the new composite fan isn't yet available as that with a composite fan case would save a useful amount.

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL orders additional 787s
Replies: 32
Views: 6945

Re: JAL orders additional 787s

It also mentions using them on the domestic network so the shorter, lighter aircraft could be just what they need. In addition no delivery dates mentioned except the airline wants them in the fleet and working "by 2020". Could these four be 788 cancellations or deferments from another car...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL orders additional 787s
Replies: 32
Views: 6945

Re: JAL orders additional 787s

It also mentions using them on the domestic network so the shorter, lighter aircraft could be just what they need. In addition no delivery dates mentioned except the airline wants them in the fleet and working "by 2020". Could these four be 788 cancellations or deferments from another carr...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL orders additional 787s
Replies: 32
Views: 6945

Re: JAL orders additional 787s

I'm surprised they didn't opt for the 787-9. Not much of a seat count difference but that could also be a reason they did order the -8 Things such as size, weight and various charges come into play too. It could be worth their taking the 788 if the costs of operation are lower for them. There are a...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 93
Views: 9915

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

The MTOW increase for the A330NEO would also benefit any future frames built as tankers and freighters. Both use the A332/338 fuselage.

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 49
Views: 4299

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

If a B-52M project was undertaken, then maybe some of the best examples (stored or not) could go through a remanufacture with a composite upper wing skin treatment as well as engines. There are certainly better Al-Li alloys out there now if composites are a stretch too far. I would compare it to the...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-124 — who operates them and how many?
Replies: 13
Views: 2326

Re: An-124 — who operates them and how many?

The biggest problem with getting stored ones flying again is going to be engines. Ivchenko-Progress engines are a Ukranian product, so if Russia wants to restart production as well then an alternative to the D-18T would be needed. I don't think they have anything certified as yet in that range as i...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-124 — who operates them and how many?
Replies: 13
Views: 2326

Re: An-124 — who operates them and how many?

The biggest problem with getting stored ones flying again is going to be engines. Ivchenko-Progress engines are a Ukranian product, so if Russia wants to restart production as well then an alternative to the D-18T would be needed. I don't think they have anything certified as yet in that range as it...

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?
Replies: 44
Views: 862

Re: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?

Looks a bit like a Tesla Model X
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and it's another good looker from Skoda that will apparently make it into production looking a lot like this. The Vision E

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops
Replies: 19
Views: 3946

Re: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops

Can't see where the TOW tankers would come from. Thomas Cook has two and Jet2 a third, with no signs that their leases are going to end. They would need to be new builds or taken from RAF stock. This to me sounds more like prospectus padding. If ZB were to re-enter longhaul, then to and from where? ...

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by Channex757
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Black project about to be outed?
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Re: Black project about to be outed?

I doubt it is that either. More likely it is one of the technology demonstrator aircraft that has been flying around for a while or heaven forbid, the B-21 if there is a demonstrator for it, which there most likely is. I mean if it was just an SU-27, who cares? It's a known aircraft type and everyo...

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by Channex757
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Black project about to be outed?
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Re: Black project about to be outed?

Latest buzz? The TR-3B has been the holy grail of the conspiracy theorist since the 1980s, it's nothing new on that scene. The buzz of late is that it's about to be made public officially, like the F-117 was. Watching the tin foil hat brigades is interesting. Alex Jones used to be a fringe characte...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Black project about to be outed?
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Re: Black project about to be outed?

There's always chatter with the fringe types pointing at supposed black projects. What we do know (from the director of SkunkWorks himself) is that Lockheed Martin and the USAF in general is always decades ahead in development work from what is known about today. Look at the B-2 Spirit. That's early...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 455
Views: 59323

Re: A400M Update

This current spate of operations will help show just how desirable it is to have a mixed fleet of capabilities. ALL the transport aircraft, working together. The bigger, long ranged C-17 and A330 Voyagers, to shift in bulk. A400M and Hercules to get the supplies and capabilities into needed location...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level

Advance yes, Ultrafan NO. Now at 214/kWh (lm2500+G4, probably comparable, no mt30 data around?) sfc still has to come down quite a bit to match the diesel faction ( now at ~165g/kWh for the larger 2stroke engines. Even the medium rpm 4 strokes go down to 175g/kWh. i.e. gas turbines will remain a sp...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?
Replies: 44
Views: 862

Re: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?

Got me eyes on a Renault Zoe for next year. It would suit me perfectly. The new Nissan Leaf looks great but i can see there being availability issues for a while, even though it's built in Sunderland. If I had the cash I'd be all over a new Jaguar i-Pace which is a stunner and priced well below an e...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level

This work is also going to feed into RR's marine and power applications. Just as the Trent core now powers some of the biggest and newest ships, eventually the Advance and Ultrafan will lead to high efficiency marine turbines. Quite a lot of future work going on at RR at the moment, especially in Ge...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 10879

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

One bit of possible interest is the GE BGA H85 turboprop has specifically been certified by GE in Brazil and Argentina. Maybe Embraer will be taking a look at this rugged little motor for a new smaller aircraft. It's a next generation update of the Walter M601 family with parent company GE's input a...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aviation billionaires?
Replies: 15
Views: 1734

Re: Aviation billionaires?

Richard Branson (Virgin Group) is certainly up there and he's not Asian. It's estimated he owns about 5 billion. Yeah, but how much of that profit is from aviation? He owns plenty of stuff outside of aviation. '902 VS isn't worth that much; Delta only paid about $250m for their just under half shar...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the difference between the PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 engines?
Replies: 26
Views: 2213

Re: What is the difference between the PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 engines?

One visible difference is that the GE is a "clean" burning engine, whereas PW motors tend to produce visible soot/smoke. As engines age, they all do this eventually. But if you do regular compressor/turbine washes this can be minimized. Pratts have always tended to be a little more smoky ...

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Irma`s long term effects on Florida
Replies: 20
Views: 845

Re: Irma`s long term effects on Florida

I would like to think that utilities in Florida start looking into some investment to take powerlines underground. Wires on poles just make more and more work when they get brought down by storms, and there seems to be a lot of wiring about that could do with hiding away safely under the street and ...

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43968

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

I would not be surprised if MH is kicking the tyres soon on those AerCap lease returns from Air Berlin. Pratt engined A330s are just what MH likes, and the deal would involve AerCap who they also deal with.

Some cheap, fast availability widebody lift for them?

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the difference between the PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 engines?
Replies: 26
Views: 2213

Re: What is the difference between the PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 engines?

One visible difference is that the GE is a "clean" burning engine, whereas PW motors tend to produce visible soot/smoke.

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 4924

Re: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIZhIzmU3x4
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gunsontheroof wrote:
Do leasing companies/Banks keep pilots on payroll for repossession flights?

If it comes to that there are specialist agencies who can do the job. The most famous is Sage Popovitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIZhIzmU3x4

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11531

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

History lesson. This is nothing new. Pan Am and TWA both had actually roped-off sections of the 747 cabins across the Atlantic for a basic walk-up and no frills fare. They brought this product in to compete with Laker Airways and Skytrain. Want something? Pay for it or bring your own, but the fares ...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

More or less the same here in the UK. A couple of years doing a Masters, then off you go for the Doctorate. It's called a Doctor of Philosophy as it's more research led than just reading and regurgitating stuff. A British Professorship is still quite a rare thing. The rank is only awarded to those w...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV
Replies: 37
Views: 13623

Re: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV

Airbus should have this repaired quickly as their experience with composites goes right back to the A300. They introduced them as part of major structures like the tailplane quite early on.

If anything it'll be a good learning experience for the DL maintenance crews.

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 636
Views: 77871

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The good thing about those military launches is that all the attention remains on the first stage after the second stage separates and goes merrily onwards to its secretive mission... One thing that will never cease to amaze me is how the rockets plunges engine firsts towards the ground at several ...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order the B777-9?
Replies: 36
Views: 5696

Re: Will UA order the B777-9?

The problem that keeps cropping up in these threads is that somehow posters seem to think all aircraft orders for a type have to be made and firmed up before the plane even flies. UA has its fleet plans in place for now. Why do they need to order the 777X now? They could come to the conclusion they ...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest count of 747 Combis still flying
Replies: 45
Views: 8624

Re: Latest count of 747 Combis still flying

So 9K-ADE had no seat configuration at all in the rear ? I wonder why they never converted it to a standard 747 if they never used it to transport cargo and utilize its combi abilities ? Story is, the Emir kept the aircraft around in case they had to do a runner again. In the First Gulf War the Kuw...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May's plans for EU citizens branded a 'damp squib' by the European Parliament
Replies: 568
Views: 11792

Re: Theresa May's plans for EU citizens branded a 'damp squib' by the European Parliament

"Asked whether his opposition applied in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, he replied: "I'm afraid so." Define resident nostalgics.... :sick: As long as his personal religious views are not regarded as government policy...... Politicians are actually people who were...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Turkish 747-8i order
Replies: 93
Views: 23455

Re: Possible Turkish 747-8i order

On a related note, why did Cathay Pacific purchase the 747-8f while getting rid of all of their passenger models? Is the nose door valuable enough that an orphan fleet (of admittedly 14) preferable to the 777f which would share commonality with the passenger fleet? CX will probably fly theirs into ...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Turkish 747-8i order
Replies: 93
Views: 23455

Re: Possible Turkish 747-8i order

The article also mentions TK would want a lease deal. Tough to get. The 748i is a low volume aircraft with questionable residual value in ten to twenty years time, and that will scare off the lessors or jack the lease rates right up. Boeing Capital could do it initially but even they might baulk, as...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Black project about to be outed?
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Black project about to be outed?

Very "careful" language being used about this fatal crash 100 miles from Area 51 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/unidentified-usaf-aircraft-crashes-at-nevada-range-440990/ The pilot killed was previously noted working on the F-35, but the Air Force has so far named the deceased ...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 58
Views: 7853

Re: Orion project may get canceled

...have waited for the invention of jet airplanes before crossing the Atlantic? We have the technology to explore the inner solar system today . There's no reason to tinker in the laboratory with blue sky technologies that could well amount to nothing. The Orion is not going to sell itself to Congr...

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by Channex757
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma
Replies: 168
Views: 7085

Re: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma

You are right that the runway and taxiways might be fine, but the bigger problem to operate commercial flights is to see if the ATC infrastructure is in tact. Repairs to radars and other sensitive equipment might take weeks since those equipment need to be shipped to St. Maarten. Let's not forget t...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma
Replies: 168
Views: 7085

Re: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma

On the plus side, nothing there that time and money can't put right. From the flyover shots on the news earlier, SXM seems relatively intact on the ground. Taxiways and the runway should only require time to drain and clear of debris, and the rest is construction and cosmetic work. It isn't like nea...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?
Replies: 56
Views: 959

Re: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?

First 737 was G-AVRO in 1970, MAN-GRO. Back in the days when 737s were still pretty rare!

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17171

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

It's obvious to me who Emirates are looking at as the main danger to their volume business. Air Asia X, Cebu Pacific, Scoot and the rest. EK wants to deploy the A380 against them, offering super low fares on high density A380s with their top-of-the-line CASM figures. The A380 gets extremely cheap to...

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by Channex757
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER vs. Boeing 787-10 - Which one is more appealing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2488

Re: Boeing 777-300ER vs. Boeing 787-10 - Which one is more appealing?

The 78K is a handsome piece of engineering, whereas the 773ER has all the aesthetics of a bread van. It's just ugly. It is one aircraft I have never liked the look of. I second your opinion. Moe It's probably a symptom of my madness, but looking at a 777-300ER head on always brings this to mind htt...

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engine And Transmission Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 761

Re: Engine And Transmission Questions

Just to be awkward, some Aston Martins and Ferraris have confused the issue too with a front mounted engine and gearbox at the rear. Apparently this helps with weight distribution.

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by Channex757
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 58
Views: 7853

Re: Orion project may get canceled

What boundaries, what specific goals are you wanting NASA to achieve? With a clearly defined goal no development will ever be completed, it will drift from one pork barrel project, to another crony company funding tool. Tugg That is what seems to be happening today. It isn't for me to set goals. I ...

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by Channex757
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 58
Views: 7853

Re: Orion project may get canceled

Some of you can't seem to think outside the box. I grew up in the 1960s when the TV and newspapers were full of NASA performing miracles. Every day almost, some frontier was pushed back and it all grew to a crescendo that one night in 1969 when I was allowed to stay up extremely late to watch histor...

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by Channex757
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 58
Views: 7853

Re: Orion project may get canceled

Any plan for transporting large payloads out of earth orbit should be designed, funded and in place before any SLS rocket is built to implement it. I suspect in about a year or two, we won't be hearing much about NASA Deep Space plans, because there is no interest in Congress or the public to fund ...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 58
Views: 7853

Re: Orion project may get canceled

Orion is too expensive and too slow to mature. Those two points alone should be enough to cause it major problems. NASA may be trying to do the job to the best of their abilities, but to the uneducated Senator or Congress critter it looks like a boondoggle project. They are the people holding the pu...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saying goodbye to Cassini and the Saturn system
Replies: 27
Views: 2130

Re: Saying goodbye to Cassini and the Saturn system

It has to go. Come the day the sun swells up, moons like Titan and Enceladus will be almost tropical compared to today's bitterly cold wasteland. There may already be the precursors of life there (in fact that's been more or less confirmed by analysing the hydrocarbons there) and we as a species sho...

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by Channex757
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?
Replies: 96
Views: 11464

Re: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?

I doubt anyone will be ordering big. There is regional tension, a softening travel picture and profitability under a squeeze all round. It isn't a great picture to offer to financiers and bond holders. When the world starts looking a little febrile, money takes flight into things like gold and commo...

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza
Replies: 18
Views: 5673

Re: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza

LS are one of the stricter airlines with the disruptive passengers. Which is definitely good for an airline marketing holidays to families.

Nobody wants their week away ruined at the start by drink-sodden halfwits.

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by Channex757
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should gas prices be regulated?
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Should gas prices be regulated?

Won't ever work. Congress critters will bleat that it is Socialist, like they do over healthcare and airline fares. The market should prevail in all things.

So the story goes. Price gouging is a separate issue and there's a case for a law there, but widespread price fixing won't wash.

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