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by Channex757
Mon May 29, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?
Replies: 110
Views: 19553

Re: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?

What would have worked? The next-generation Trent 600 or Trent 700 (which was proposed for the stretch), GE CF6-80E1D1 and the deal between Airbus and McDD to have gone ahead. Douglas wanted a partnership and access to the advanced wing technologies that Airbus was offering. Airbus was apparently re...

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by Channex757
Mon May 29, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 178
Views: 36183

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

I went actually here to note that I didn't expect to see this retractable tail bumper. Makes sense to me. The aircraft is likely to be working in regions where the weather isn't exactly forgiving, and tailstrikes can happen when gusts hit. Soviet aircraft building always went on the conservative si...

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by Channex757
Sun May 28, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 178
Views: 36183

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

Is there any sign of the PD-14M geared enging coming down the trail yet? The Russian engine makers have been pretty good with gearboxes in the past thanks to their high power turboprops.

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by Channex757
Sun May 28, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The best looking MD-11 or MD-11F..?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

The best looking MD-11 or MD-11F..?

So I was on YouTube and came across this (credit to the video producer, who isn't me or anyone I know BTW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmW80HjPTPE Some stunning MD-11F action in there. Always a good way to spend a bit of Sunday afternoon! So which is your favourite livery? My vote goes to the Ae...

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by Channex757
Sun May 28, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICE Agents Allegedly Eat Breakfast At Restaurant Then Arrest Workers
Replies: 23
Views: 638

Re: ICE Agents Allegedly Eat Breakfast At Restaurant Then Arrest Workers

So what's the story here? Were they doing a bit of scoping the place out before the actual raid; ensuring their targets were here and where in the building? Agents of the Government (whether police or otherwise) work undercover all the time. In Britain the restaurant owner would also get an instant ...

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by Channex757
Sun May 28, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: John Travolta Donates N707JT
Replies: 45
Views: 10980

Re: John Travolta Donates N707JT

It was ferried to Georgia a few months ago from his home. I heard it had corrosion problems. I don't remember of it was of parts or lack of money to fix it. I like JT,but what big movies has he been in lately? A 707 costs a lot of money to keep and fly. My guess would be that it's now due a major c...

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by Channex757
Sun May 28, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?
Replies: 32
Views: 10818

Re: Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?

Didn't Al Baker say some time ago that there would only be two ME carriers sooner or later? Was he predicting a merger of Emirates and Etihad? How would that work? I think he was being a little more diplomatic than usual. What he seemed to allude to was indeed the United Arab Emirates carriers merg...

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by Channex757
Thu May 25, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years
Replies: 42
Views: 6562

Re: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years

Agree I know nothing about the U.K. criminal justice system. But as a fellow human being, this just does not make sense to me. Without criminal intent, I don't think any jail time is appropriate. Who is going to take care of this guy's wife and kids? (Assuming he has them). Probation alone would se...

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by Channex757
Thu May 25, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 possible writeoff
Replies: 11
Views: 6431

Re: Jet2 757 possible writeoff

And it's back! Currently using EXS051B which is the test flight callsign. G-LSAI is doing an air test out of MAN where it has been repaired in the hangars. Currently out over the North Sea after a sporting climbout via Pole Hill. There must have been enough value in it for Jet2 to pull it into MAN a...

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by Channex757
Wed May 24, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vangelis, what's he up to?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Vangelis, what's he up to?

Funnily enough the same thought went through my mind a while back as he was certainly a pioneer in his field, together with the more disco orientated synth people.

Vangelis is still around, aged 74 and doing more classical work of late

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by Channex757
Tue May 23, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena
Replies: 115
Views: 3708

Re: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena

More breaking news...GMP have already made their first arrest in connection with the bombing. A 23 year old man from South Manchester is in custody.

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by Channex757
Tue May 23, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena
Replies: 115
Views: 3708

Re: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena

No it's not, nor is it a bit of stretch to say it is radical Islamic terrorism. Trump has already tweeted it is also not a coincidence today is the anniversary of when an Islamic terrorist killed the cop in the streets of London. Since Ariana Grande is an American and since the target was kids, Tru...

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by Channex757
Tue May 23, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena
Replies: 115
Views: 3708

Re: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena

I would note that Ariana Grande is a USA citizen, well known in the USA and Europe, and with Trump in Israel and soon in Europe, this may have been intended to be a targeting a symbol of the USA. It is important to note as others have that many injuries could be from trampling or falls in an escape...

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by Channex757
Tue May 23, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena
Replies: 115
Views: 3708

Re: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena

Second explosion just gone off. Could be a controlled explosion as bomb disposal crews were on scene.

Update: seems it was. Explosion went off and the BBC was reporting live down the road. Cathedral Gardens was mentioned.

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by Channex757
Tue May 23, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena
Replies: 115
Views: 3708

Re: Fatal blasts at Manchester Arena

Bit crazy here tonight, blue lights flying about up the main roads. I'm about 2 miles away. The major trauma centres are all on high alert and taking casualties, and the Holiday Inn near the arena has a large number of children separated from their families. This was an attack on a concert with a lo...

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by Channex757
Mon May 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Voyager QRA
Replies: 0
Views: 308

Voyager QRA

Apologies if this has been posted before, but it's an excellent short film about the RAF's Voyagers on alert at Brize Norton with some air to air shots. http://www.airtanker.co.uk/raf-voyager/capability/qra Today seems to be the day when the latest one goes into service on its summer lease contract....

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by Channex757
Mon May 22, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept
Replies: 52
Views: 4344

Re: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept

The swing wing allows to basically have an optimal wing at all speeds. ...at the price of increased weight over all phases of flight. Pax OEMs have never found that price to be worth paying-- what about this would change that? You ain't kidding. The Tornado has a superb swing-wing design, with a hu...

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by Channex757
Sun May 21, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept
Replies: 52
Views: 4344

Re: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept

Can someone figure out the engine they're using for that concept ? At a guess, the GE37. Fits the profile. The other option would be the Pratt F119 but that's a military project so restricted and will probably stay that way for a while yet. The GE (or F120 as it was to be called) lost out on the F-...

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by Channex757
Sun May 21, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al in the Gulf?!
Replies: 2
Views: 1621

Re: El Al in the Gulf?!

Must be a glitch in your FlightAware page. I have it as off the eastern coast of Africa, about to turn up towards Israeli airspace via the Gulf of Aqaba.

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by Channex757
Sun May 21, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 50 Greatest Concerts from the last 50 years - RS
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: 50 Greatest Concerts from the last 50 years - RS

I submit into evidence May 2011 Roger Waters, The Wall. O2 arena, London. Fans went nuts when David Gilmour repaid a favour to Roger Waters and performed Comfortably Numb. Later they were joined by drummer Nick Mason to perform "outside the wall"; the three surviving Pink Floyd members bac...

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by Channex757
Sun May 21, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United working to replace P.S. with "United Coast"
Replies: 77
Views: 14360

Re: United working to replace P.S. with "United Coast"

Whatever they are doing, it'll be driven by corporate contracts. Coast is a nice idea; makes it sound younger and snappier. The bankers and entertainment industry riders will be attracted to it. It positions this service as special within the United route portfolio, just like Mint is upscale JetBlue...

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by Channex757
Sun May 21, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with alternate airports
Replies: 44
Views: 3058

Re: Cities with alternate airports

LPL and MAN are close enough to be considered as alternates for each other. Airlines will serve one and not the other; in fact EZY started out at LPL before also adding MAN. Plenty of examples of flights which operate only to one of the two major North West England airports. There are strong transpo...

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by Channex757
Fri May 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London City Airport going to a digital tower by 2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3927

Re: London City Airport going to a digital tower by 2019

As a layer of redundancy I expect a basic ATC setup would be left in place at LCY for emergencies. If there was a catastrophic failure, flights could divert or be held until warm bodies could get into this basic tower setup and provide a temporary service. It's also going to be useful for staff recr...

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by Channex757
Fri May 19, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If you build an airport on an embassy, would it have the rights of an airport in the country of the ambassy?
Replies: 31
Views: 4264

Re: If you build an airport on an embassy, would it have the rights of an airport in the country of the ambassy?

Whilst we kick this idea around, there's also the fact that to approach and land at this extraterritorial airport any aircraft would have to fly through and be controlled by the ATC of the host nation. If there was some kind of dispute concerning the flights then all the host nation has to do is ref...

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by Channex757
Fri May 19, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Roger Ailes has died
Replies: 21
Views: 1079

Re: Roger Ailes has died

Seems like Ailes did well by selling his soul; together with the $40m he got as severance his fortune is estimated to be around the hundred million mark. Now the catfight starts if his wife thinks he didn't leave her enough, or his 17 year old son inherits the lot and she gets control of it some way...

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by Channex757
Thu May 18, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines to return first five A380s
Replies: 75
Views: 24782

Re: Singapore Airlines to return first five A380s

Those early examples have to have their own certification as they do not conform to production standard A380s. That means they also cost a lot more to insure as they are classed as rarities. Better for SQ to replace them with lighter, production standard A380s with the latest updates. It does mean t...

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by Channex757
Thu May 18, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Welcome on board, this is your king speaking ... "
Replies: 79
Views: 10211

Re: "Welcome on board, this is your king speaking ... "

In the UK, Prince William flies a helicopter for an air ambulance operation which is sort-of commercial. He's second in line for the throne and will succeed Charles. Of course Charlie has a BAe146 type rating and managed to bash one, costing well over a million to repair. It's William that does the ...

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by Channex757
Tue May 16, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant's first ever new build aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 9594

Re: Allegiant's first ever new build aircraft

I wonder if they did the seats as BFE? Allegiant got cozy with Jet2 a few years back and part of that was sharing the seat design LS use. It's lightweight, and made by Acro.

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by Channex757
Tue May 16, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737 MAX delivered to Malindo Air
Replies: 59
Views: 11068

Re: First 737 MAX delivered to Malindo Air

caoimhin wrote:
I've not noticed before, but were those static "wicks" on the trailing edge of the winglets on the NG? I distinctly recall them on Airbus "Sharkets" and wingtip fences.

All jet aircraft seem to have them, it's something that is a necessity.

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by Channex757
Tue May 16, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to receive A321neo
Replies: 51
Views: 7481

Re: Easyjet to receive A321neo

What I meant was a wide angle comparison of all the lowcosts in Europe, and EZY is probably the only one which has hints of JetBlue about it. The rest are either too focused or too small. EasyJet was the first to start selling business type tickets, and could even expand from there to a premium offe...

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by Channex757
Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to receive A321neo
Replies: 51
Views: 7481

Re: Easyjet to receive A321neo

Would be fun if they bought some LR's for NY! -no chance! Never say never. If any Euro low cost reminds me of JetBlue, it's EasyJet. Very little chance of it happening but EZY and Wizzair are the two I'd bet on. Both A321 operators who could just about be considered although Wizzair tends to look e...

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by Channex757
Mon May 15, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

I understand why outsourcing to various local FALs is becoming attractive. I understand why China *could* be one of those FAL locations. I don't agree that China *HAS TO* (your words) have such a role when *politics and costs* might favour using another more experienced and proficient partner in th...

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by Channex757
Mon May 15, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

Imho more a domestic problem. If Boeing wants to move production to Charleston and they probably want government incentives for the 797 plant, they need to keep as much production in the US as possible. But does it matter where the incoming parts come from? Charleston is an assembly plant, not a fa...

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by Channex757
Mon May 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

If Boeing wants to be a virtual manufacturer then it has to outsource to China primarily. Those days have not yet arrived where China's aerospace industries have the capacity or quality to do that kind of work. They aren't far off though. But the Japanese are making these statements to directly cou...

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by Channex757
Mon May 15, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

The three big regional players here are China, Korea and Singapore. Nobody else really has the kind of necessary money in place, or the push to tool up and compete. Of those, China has to be the lowest cost. Add in political pressures at the negotiating table and it becomes almost necessary that Boe...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

If Boeing wants to be a virtual manufacturer then it has to outsource to China primarily. Those days have not yet arrived where China's aerospace industries have the capacity or quality to do that kind of work. They aren't far off though. That I see as being the issue and Japanese companies obviousl...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 joins the widebody club
Replies: 23
Views: 6545

Re: Jet2 joins the widebody club

Shame though. It would look stunning on the Jet2 livery. The factory new 738s from Boeing seem to have a slightly different silver that really shines in daylight and the A330 would look superb in it. Think it was actually resprayed all over white from 'tanker grey' before being assigned to the Jet ...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Football
Replies: 25
Views: 729

Re: Football

No sport is really "important". It's entertainment. I can watch futbol, but I'm not a huge fan of it. I enjoy American Football. You usually enjoy what you're raised with. I was raised watching Football, Baseball, and Basketball. I like Hockey, too, but not as much as the other three. The...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 joins the widebody club
Replies: 23
Views: 6545

Re: Jet2 joins the widebody club

TCX has one in full livery (VYGK) which is on a fixed 5 year term lease, whereas the other two seem as yet to be on shorter ones. Airtanker has been doing a bit of ACMI work with them too, so white is probably the most useful colour to have them delivered in. Shame though. It would look stunning on ...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 joins the widebody club
Replies: 23
Views: 6545

Re: Jet2 joins the widebody club

Nice! Too bad it didn't get the full silver livery which would have looked great on the A332. Was this plane an actual tanker with the RAF or was is just a troop/passenger transport? If the former is true, is this the first Air Force tanker to pax conversion of any aircraft? It's one of the three r...

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by Channex757
Sun May 14, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 joins the widebody club
Replies: 23
Views: 6545

Jet2 joins the widebody club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYjSsykU0rA&feature=youtu.be Copyright belongs to Scotrail82 who caught brand new liveried G-VYGL an A330MRTT doing touch and gos at Prestwick The plane, on lease from AirTanker, will operate from Manchester this summer on high density European routes. Let specula...

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by Channex757
Fri May 12, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 1921
Views: 180498

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7

Forgive me if this has been answered before, but is it possible to switch engine types for a future 320neo delivery? How far in advance would that have to be accomplished? I wonder if we will see anyone go from PW->CFM for their future orders. It's possible but would also be horribly complicated. C...

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by Channex757
Fri May 12, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot aims for longhaul growth; more 787s
Replies: 8
Views: 2395

Re: Scoot aims for longhaul growth; more 787s

The Dreamliner 10 is just about the perfect aircraft for regional operations, like Scoot specialises in. It's ideal for the North Atlantic so on routes of similar length in South East Asia it's going to fit like a glove. Somehow I don't see SQ wanting them to expand into longer haul markets as that'...

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by Channex757
Fri May 12, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats
Replies: 46
Views: 7286

Re: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats

that's a very expensive bet from SQ. The reason is simply that an airline cannot sell bargain basement Y fares on a ULH route. The way the numbers pan out, a cheap Y seat sold on a nonstop might not even cover its own flying costs. For that reason, if projected revenue out of the Y cabin would be l...

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by Channex757
Thu May 11, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 50 Greatest Concerts from the last 50 years - RS
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: 50 Greatest Concerts from the last 50 years - RS

Personally, I think Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985, Wembley Stadium should be on that list without argument. I would like to have seen Guns 'N' Roses performance from Wembley in 1991, particularly for their version of McCartney's "Live And Let Die"... https://www.youtube.com/watc...

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by Channex757
Thu May 11, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jade Cargo youngtimer long time stored
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Jade Cargo youngtimer long time stored

All the stars aligned just wrong for the aircraft. The joint venture with LH needs unravelling which means lawyers, as well as there being hardly any market for used 744F. especially ones which are fairly new and therefore need to be sold on at a reasonable price to offset any losses. If lessors are...

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by Channex757
Thu May 11, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 143
Views: 43402

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

What you are saying is not correct. All of the tanker conversions have modifications made inside the wing. The structure the pods attach to is not the same as the pylon attaches to on the A340. The outer engine location on the A340 provides for the wing to have the aeroelastic properties to install...

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by Channex757
Thu May 11, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing halts 737 MAX flights, LPT Cracking
Replies: 41
Views: 13384

Re: Boeing halts 737 MAX flights, LPT Cracking

That's what testing is all about. Find problem...fix problem. Right, except flight testing ended some 2 months ago and FAA/EASA certified the MAX at the end of March. In fact, Boeing was preparing first customer delivery in the coming days and 4 of the 5 test aircraft are already in the progress of...

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by Channex757
Thu May 11, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 143
Views: 43402

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

The refueling pod weighs significantly less than an engine though. Probably around a 10th of the weight. Dry of course. Shouldnt need too much reinforcement. reinforcement and pipework. The A340 wing was useful as it had the necessary internal structure to handle added pipes and pumps to support th...

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