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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 42
Views: 6071

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

If TXL stays open, BER has no future, even after all the nightmare ends. Berlin does not need two airports. It cannot support two. If TXL stays open and there is no restriction on how it is used, no one would use BER. BER will become YMX, unless TXL is restricted to serve limited routes, such as re...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Recent news said that MSN4 & MSN6 (currently test fleet) have significant issues with their engines, which is why MSN56 was temporarily assigned to Airbus' test fleet and another later MSN will join her soon. Your news may be true but contradicts mine : - Not heard about MSN6 engine trouble. As...

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by mxaxai
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 31
Views: 3629

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

Computer-controlled routings should be able to keep aircraft on "random" routings and altitudes away from each other. We already have TCAS for last minute changes. For high-traffic areas it might still be better to bundle traffic (e. g. TATL) but I'm sure some smart people can derive an a...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 31
Views: 3629

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

Having a system of paths that are defined, say westbound between two waypoints is at 30K, with adequate separation horizontally does wonders for safety. There are things that can be done where routes with sufficient space would allow for steady climbs, but at crossings with other routes there is st...

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by mxaxai
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Recent news said that MSN4 & MSN6 (currently test fleet) have significant issues with their engines, which is why MSN56 was temporarily assigned to Airbus' test fleet and another later MSN will join her soon. Possibly the other white tail, MSN75, or perhaps one that is still in assembly. Not sur...

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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Fighter Down Near Swiss Border?
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: French Fighter Down Near Swiss Border?

Latest news seem to be
- Low-altitude training flight
- Parts have been found just off the French-Swiss border
- The precise crash location is yet to be determined
- Crew not yet found
- Difficult search in fog and heavy snowfall

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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 214
Views: 17886

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

- We cannot discount the possibility that an involved individual benefits from this deal. Are you alluding to Shanahan? I know Boeing won three massive contracts last year but I don’t see Shanahan being a factor in those decisions. It is well stated that Boeing accepted significant financial risk t...

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by mxaxai
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 39
Views: 3187

Re: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

If we are talking about ballistic re-entry vehicle, will it be maneuverable enough even with radar guidance to hit a carrier in evasive mode? I mean we are not talking about a nuke war head here and 50 meters accuracy may or may not be enough. And as with any sensor, whether IR or RADAR, there are ...

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by mxaxai
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 39
Views: 3187

Re: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

With regard to the hypersonic missiles. Can anyone educate us on what kind of terminal guidance could be used on these type of missiles? Would a standard EM radar work at such velocities (and heat at the nose?). Without terminal guidance, it would be difficult to hit any moving vehicle (even a carr...

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 214
Views: 17886

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

So what do we know? - A single source has suggested these are being requested and acquired not by the USAF but by the Pentagon. - The intent, according to the source, is to start replacing the F-15Cs in National Guard Units. - Existing F-15Cs are apparently too expensive to overhaul (incorrect, we ...

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by mxaxai
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Croatia selects Israeli F-16s to replace their Mig-21s.
Replies: 48
Views: 6472

Re: Croatia selects Israeli F-16s to replace their Mig-21s.

Looks like the deal has been cancelled. The Israeli defense minister will reportedly travel to Zagreb sometime this week to inform his counter part that Israel will not be able to sell the agreed 12 F-16 Barak's, 2 simulators and weapons and training package due to objections from the United States...

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by mxaxai
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 178
Views: 41109

Re: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

Four parts to the equation: 1. People. Specialist technical and security personnel entering Iran. 2. Knowledge. Transfer to locals not permitted. 3. Parts. New components in, and all used / unused out again. 4. Manuals. Geo-blocked to Iran, so hard copy in, protection and removal on completion. OEM...

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by mxaxai
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No retirements of LH A320s in 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 6591

Re: No retirements of LH A320s in 2018

Do any of their earliest A320s still feature no wingtip device at all? Nope. The only A320s without wingtip fences are the A320-100s, and AFAIK they have all been retired/scrapped. Yeah, there were only 21 -100s built, before production was standardised on the -200 (which has the wingfences). The -...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 37
Views: 3072

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

I have my doubts. I think the "delivery platform" will become less relevant as time goes on and more emphasis/development going into the weapons themselves. Weapons are becoming far more sophisticated and capable. What about delivering unguided bombs in contested airspace? Unguided bombs ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 178
Views: 41109

Re: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

I understand the QRH says to divert to nearest suitable airport, but I've seen a FO (SW1380) divert to PHL when MDT was actually closer. Southwest QRH Notes: Nearest Airport - Nearest airport in point of time. Two airports of different distances may be considered equal airports if a normal descent ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 37
Views: 3072

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

But you make a good point. If PCA did somehow arrive on schedule in 2030 then it will serve alongside a host of 4th and 5th gen aircraft. [...] I have no doubt that even if the USAF spent the next 20 years fighting counter-insurgency that we will see development of a 6th gen fighter aircraft. The d...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 2702
Views: 496928

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

how does this airline stay in business? I am not mocking, I am serious. Praying the souls and their family. Isn't that the second Max8? They have the same safety record as KE and CI had in the 80's 90's. I remember the Buddhist Monks praying of the CI planes from the tarmac, at TSA and TPE as they ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 214
Views: 17886

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The F-15 is in some areas simply different, in others superior. The overall F-35 package will still most likely win any hypothetical encounter with an F-15. But if, for example, a future threat required Mach 2+ performance to counter it, it would be bad to have all your eggs in one basket. Just like...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 125
Views: 24742

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

Great post Zoedyn , as always! The wikipedia entry on ZBBB is a real stub, and only available in three languages... Even the image is a satellite photo from 1967 (interestingly titled "spy satellite" on the chinese page) and Google only finds very few photos. You can see the significant ch...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 214
Views: 17886

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The problem is why? A dozen F-15X's is too small a buy to make sense for the USAF; Why 12? Think of it as LRIP. It keeps the initial cost down to make sure Boeing can deliver and keep the line open. Once the production starts and it is apparent that there is no hick-ups, additional block buys could...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 125
Views: 24742

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

A couple more high-resolution images of the "golden phoenix" (the terminal's nickname used in Chinese media) Looking at that huge roof and the adjacent buildings (parking lots?): Is it planned to install solar panels? Would seem like a very convenient location. If not, why not? I was in C...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airport install SAM to defend drone attack?
Replies: 37
Views: 3533

Re: Should airport install SAM to defend drone attack?

Armodeen wrote:
I vote that we train Cheetahs to chase them, and give them big spring shoes to enable them to jump really, really high.

Or an aircraft carrier style ramp. Now all you need are some efficient thrust vectoring systems to change course in-flight. Maybe strap a bald eagle to the back or sth.

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing
Replies: 26
Views: 5424

Re: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing

You have to remember though, that while the African continent is huge and some of the countries have large populations, there are still very few middle or upper class people in these nations, who have the ability to utilise air services. A lot of the countries probably have enough capacity now to m...

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 67983

Re: Gatwick drone closures

How hard would it have been to take a helicopter, and while approaching it at reasonable speed, extend a broom like device and simply whack it off so that it's destroyed or hits the ground ? It would have been much safer than pellet guns and what-have-you. I guess the potential hazard for the helic...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions
Replies: 25
Views: 1756

Re: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions

So that^ picture has all the generations of fighter jets and I noticed something. Generation 1 has the F-80. You'd expect the next Generation to be something like F-81 or even F-90. But Generation 3 has the F-4 and the F-6. What's the order or system they're using? Also, why did they start out with...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

Since the title of this thread is "A400M Update" I thought an actual update may be appropiate: It can now be used as a MedEvac / Intensive Care aircraft, including the ability to perform surgery inflight. Particularly useful to bring patients non-stop, fast and comfortable from remote loca...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

Lots of things changed since the prototypes and it would require an awful lot of changes to bring them at the needed level for certain testing. Without speaking of the engines that are not representative at all of the serie (even on MSN6). During 2018 MSN56 did Airshows, Low Level Flight, Terrain F...

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by mxaxai
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?
Replies: 22
Views: 6381

Re: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?

I thought it was worth posting this article in this thread, to complete the cycle as it were... Not quite 2019 and the decision is being made to increase the order quantity. The article does raise the question if this is merely to spend money and appease their US allies, instead of a real operation...

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by mxaxai
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 37
Views: 3072

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Broadly I think we are moving away from non-state conflict as the predominant scenario and will move towards increased state on state conflict. I would disagree. Not much has changed since the cold war and any major, prolonged state-on-state conflict between near peers will leave both in ruins. Wha...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 30
Views: 3993

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

Better sensors and computers can be even "plugged in" in external pods. That may not be very practical, but can be done. Helmets are plugged in, or should I say out, over the heads of the pilots. Wires do not weigh so much that they could not be reinstalled (even though that was a major p...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1021
Views: 106481

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Some news on the role Airbus envisions for the FCAS and its pilots: FCAS Battle Lab makes Air Power Vision tangible https://i.ibb.co/jDcKQKY/cockpit.jpg The upgraded Future Combat Air System Battle Lab in Manching is now fully operational. Four new fighter cockpit mockups, equipped with a central pa...

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by mxaxai
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 178
Views: 41109

Re: Norweigan 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

Section 560.528 of the ITR provides that specific licenses may be issued, on a case-bycase basis, for the exportation and reexportation of goods, services and technology to insure the safety of civil aviation and safe operation of U.S.-origin commercial passenger aircraft. https://www.treasury.gov/...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 31
Views: 2637

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

The two A340s are very busy, too (what I've read...). So it could even make sense, to buy an additional aircraft. And why a new one? In this quite unusual case, the media was complaining, that Germany buys always used aircraft and close to never new ones for the Flugbereitschaft. So this could be o...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 31
Views: 2637

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

The two A340s are very busy, too (what I've read...). So it could even make sense, to buy an additional aircraft. And why a new one? In this quite unusual case, the media was complaining, that Germany buys always used aircraft and close to never new ones for the Flugbereitschaft. So this could be o...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Voyager 2 is interstellar!
Replies: 13
Views: 1514

Re: Voyager 2 is interstellar!

No, the RTGs are not nuclear reactors as they do not maintain a fission reaction. What do you think keeps the Pu warm? Fusion, friction heat? There is a difference between a proper fission reaction (as found in electric powerplants and bombs) and simple radioactive decay (as found in RTGs). But the...

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 31
Views: 2637

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

This is a ridiculous knee-jerk reaction to the recent AOG of the A340. At a cost of 200 - 300 mio €, it seems like they want a new build. Might as well buy an A330MRTT instead. The "white fleet" i already quite large and should suffice for all needs that really need a dedicated jet. Others...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 178
Views: 41109

Re: Norweigan 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

Section 560.528 of the ITR provides that specific licenses may be issued, on a case-bycase basis, for the exportation and reexportation of goods, services and technology to insure the safety of civil aviation and safe operation of U.S.-origin commercial passenger aircraft. https://www.treasury.gov/...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 15829

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

Engine delivery and financing are beyond Airbus' control. Having a fast, efficient factory is. This will then read across the company as future models come online. Unfortunately it would need to impinge on some Beluga flying of sections as some of it is downright ridiculous. Why are wings shipped f...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus has a new CEO, management changes
Replies: 22
Views: 4142

Re: Airbus has a new CEO

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-appointment-executives/airbus-names-mhun-as-next-programs-chief-idUSKBN1OD0NU says: Airbus (AIR.PA) on Friday named services boss Philippe Mhun as its next head of programs, succeeding defense and commercial aerospace veteran Didier Evrard, who is scheduled...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 15829

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

What I've seen in corporate life is a new regime is loathe to take on the problem children of earlier regimes and they have a "honeymoon period" where they can get away with killing off under-performing programs. I think odds are not good for the A380 surviving this kind of independent st...

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by mxaxai
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders
Replies: 46
Views: 4477

Re: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders

For Airbus, it could all end up in tears, again. I think Airbus chose this cooperation with an eye on the "future air lifter/tanker" project as well. Why? With the A400M only recently introduced, the European governments are unlikely to initiate a successor program before, say, 2040 (unle...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Voyager 2 is interstellar!
Replies: 13
Views: 1514

Voyager 2 is interstellar!

As some of you may have heard already, Voyager 2 has now followed her sister and crossed into interstellar space. In other words, it has left the heliosphere where the majority of particles and magnetic fields stem from the sun. https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/news/details.php?article_id=112 Both Pione...

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by mxaxai
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1021
Views: 106481

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Just spoke to a mate at one of the EF partner companies. Apparently the centreline was the easiest to integrate Litening, because it uses a pretty standard pylon. Putting it on one of the BVRAAM stations would have required some very complex engineering, because the recessed station dia is smaller ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

Well nearly new German airframes are a possibility but I would suggest NZ will be hesitant about taking early build A400Ms to ensure they don't burden themselves with non-standard or airframe unique maintenance going forward. They might also benefit from having Malaysia and Indonesia, if they ever ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

Have you seen this thread: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1351595 ? The pros and cons of the C-130J, C-2, KC-390 and A400M for New Zealand were discussed there. However, I'd like to comment on a few of your statements: In NZ case A400M ticks all the boxes on paper for there ...

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?
Replies: 70
Views: 8689

Re: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?

Not everyone can jump from First Class to a Global in one step. Single Pilot can make sense in some applications. $974,790,317.77 to be exact. Okie IIRC, she went from house wife to HNWI in five years! GF What does HNWI stand for? Presumably High-Net-Worth-Individual. Although she was hardly a hous...

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by mxaxai
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?
Replies: 70
Views: 8689

Re: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?

For fractional ownership to make sense, you and at least an assistant, have to be traveling nearly constantly. However, the case is a lot easier to make if you frequently have to travel to locations that are not near an airport with commercial service or are frequently flying between points that re...

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by mxaxai
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: InSight Mars Lander to arrive 27 November
Replies: 22
Views: 1801

Re: InSight Mars Lander to arrive today!

This craft should be able to do some great geological work.After that we have yet another powerful rover being built for the next rendezvous point.But you know ( just me thinking aloud).There is a point of diminishing returns with robots.On top of all the incredible craft on the ground there is a f...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

talk is about doubling flight hours per month. (older) Interview with Kommodore Bette from end of April 2018 and reads positive too ( feed to google translate ): https://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/verteidigung-technische-erprobung-von-militaer-airbus-a400m-geht-voran_id_8846444.html still wai...

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by mxaxai
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 135186

Re: A400M Update

I don’t think we can characterize it as the “best plane ever” unless someone steps up to buy some more. Airbus needs to stop hemorrhaging money on certifying additional capabilities that only cost them additional money to retrofit to earlier frames. For which they can’t even charge the original cus...

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