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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: European Widebodies 2019

Air Europa, MAD-CPH and MAD-ARN with the 787 and A330, summer schedule only.

bgm wrote:
TK is flying A330/B77W from IST - AMS / ATH / BCN / TXL / OTP / DUS / FRA / GVA / HEL / KBP / MAD / VKO / MXP / MUC / OSL / CDG / FCO / ARN / VIE / WAW / ZRH


No more A330 to Copenhagen?

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection
Replies: 27
Views: 1818

Re: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection

Enough delayed to get compensation? No, de-icing or better weather is an act of god, outside of the control of the airline. So, no compensation. However, if LH is living up to its 5star status, they have offered vouchers for food & drinks. Nope, not a thing! Did you have to wait over 2 hours?

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus "likely" to develop a larger derivative of the A220 - Faury
Replies: 29
Views: 2733

Re: Airbus "likely" to develop a larger derivative of the A220 - Faury

keesje wrote:
BTW, at the time, I even looked at a CS900 concept, and similar stretches. If it worked for the MD90... :spin:


At only 116 sales, did it? :stirthepot:

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 13
Views: 445

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

1 hour 15 minutes isn't much at Frankfurt, even for intra-schengen. While it is theory possible to park at a jet-bridge and be able to walk less than 100 meters to your next gate, chances are that at least one of your flights will be departing or arriving at a bus-gate, and the bus rides at Frankfur...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic plans to launch a new airline
Replies: 15
Views: 2716

Re: Air Baltic plans to launch a new airline

IMHO, Germany and Scandinavia are ripe for another contender. These markets tend to be dominated by a few airlines that have centralized everything to a few major hubs. Just taking my own home airport as an example, you can barely go anywhere without connecting through Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt or...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737CL (-300, -400, -500) BBJ Variant?
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: 737CL (-300, -400, -500) BBJ Variant?

There are some -300s and -500s that have been converted into business jets, but I can't seem to find the link right now. An airline in the Baltics has a fleet of 4 or 5 doing charter work.

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

Or, you know, just save up some money and buy a second hand Golf instead of living above your pay check. I fully understand the comparison you make. But isn't this the sort of scheme that gets people into trouble? You're stuck with a leasing contract, but what if you loose your job? You'll have a h...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

According to data from the CAPA Fleet Database, half of the commercial aircraft in service with the world's airlines are leased. It's worse than I thought; don't you just hate all these merchant bankers … This article points out that 52 of the Q400s and 4 of the ATRs are owned by one leasing compan...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 3917

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

I honestly see that as happening, with the decision then being to fold down to these public brands within the group: Eurowings, Lufthansa (from FRA and MUC), Swiss, and Edelweiss---with Brussels Airlines and Austrian brands disappearing. OS' long-haul routes would likely go to Eurowings, and for th...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 3917

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

With Carsten Spohr in charge, he'll probably just make OS a low cost carrier and give them old LH Airbuses. *Eurowings operated by Austrian I’ll do you one better and say that he’ll merge Austrian and Eurowings Europe You are right. It's actually a bit weird (ominous?) that they have 2 separate air...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

If they lease the planes, rent the offices and hire external maintenance, chances are they only own a few ground vehicles. In other words, the company value = Value of the brand + cars + fuel in the aircraft. A bit simplistic, but probably closer to the reality than we think. 2) How many other airli...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 3917

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

InnsbruckFlyer wrote:
With Carsten Spohr in charge, he'll probably just make OS a low cost carrier and give them old LH Airbuses.


*Eurowings operated by Austrian

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 30
Views: 1808

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

The VOR is just a waypoint in the flight plan; most FMS auto-tunes the VOR-DME as a part of RNAV function backing up the GPS or IRS position. VOR navigation is pretty rare, perhaps only to show the navaid while flying an overlay approach or to do a nav check with a ground-based navaid prior to or e...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 3917

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

According to LH CEO Carsten Spohr they will get "f**k all" unless they become profitable in the near future. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67289-austrian-defers-widebody-fleet-renewal-due-to-weak-balance Gesendet von meinem SM-G950F mit Tapatalk Well either that, or just hand-me...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 16927

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Combined about 60-ish 787s? Scoot and Jetstar both inherited the planes from their mother companies. Norwegian and Jetstar ordered and received the planes bef...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

Likewise, speaking of Balkan's scenery, it is amazingly beautiful, but every time when I look trought the window I think "I wish I was flying over Germany,France,Hungary....flat countries, if something went wrong, we could "land" only on mountains....no terrain for emergency landing&...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 32
Views: 1112

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

Menorca has 2 airports separated by about 1 nautical mile. They are angled so you are on the centerline of both, when approaching from the south.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 32
Views: 1112

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

First example I can think of is Brescia in northern Italy. The civilian Montichiari Airport and the military Ghedi Air Base are so close to each other they could have been the same airport. Not just Brescia, but all of Northern Italy. Turin, Milano Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo, then Brescia, Verona...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

or even the Dash 8. I like the fact that they fly lower, and you can be distracted by the lovely scenery as you fly along, listening to some relaxing music to accompany it. OK, the weather was fine in my cases, but the music does help regardless. The ATR cabin is actually a bit bigger than the Dash...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France
Replies: 67
Views: 9551

Re: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France

usdcaguy wrote:
Why is it that Level can make this work but not Joon? Sounds like AF may have messed this up somehow and that it wasn't the idea that was bad but rather the management of the idea.


What makes you think Level works, or ever will?

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 16927

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

pabloeing wrote:
ewt340 wrote:
SQ789 wrote:
Which one is the best options for them to order?


The cheapest one.

...and the delivery date soon too.....


The WOW A330NEOs could sway that.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 16927

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Depends on how one defines "Low-Cost Longhaul" airlines. Can definitely add Thomson (and arguably) WestJet, to that list. Thomson/TUI isn't a low co...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 753 for freight ops?
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: 753 for freight ops?

Will never happen. There is too little feedstock available to make the development of a conversion viable. The STC can't be shared with the 757-200, a new one will have to be developed and certified, and for less than 55 potential aircraft, that just won't be economically feasible. The 2 biggest ope...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 31
Views: 3502

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

That's why ATC uses even flight levels one way and odd flight levels the other way. Out of my head it was even flight levels heading east and south and odd flight levels heading west and north. Not really sure about that, so correct me if I'm wrong. Normally it's even levels going west, uneven goin...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

By reading some posts (not on this website) some people claim that ATR as an airplane is not reliable, due to some problems with de-icing and other things. Likewise, they said it is more prone to turbulence because lower cruising altitude and its small size. And here I am, flying in January, while ...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 31
Views: 3502

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

Depends on what part of the world we are talking. In Europe it could happen pretty soon. It's already the case parts of Europe, Hungary and Austria adopted this model. Didn't most of the former-Yugoslav countries do it as well? They generally give you direct routings from Slovenia to Greece. To a ce...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 16927

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Combined about 60-ish 787s? Scoot and Jetstar both inherited the planes from their mother companies. Norwegian and Jetstar ordered and received the planes bef...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 25737

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

Where do you think they will fit the MLG? ATR / Avro RJ style, in fairings under/built into the fuselage. You can see them in the CGI just aft of the struts. The amount of infrastructure changes made at airports to accommodate higher wings and engines for something of this scale would be more than ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195838

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I can certainly appreciate the argument that DL might be less versed in dealing with LCCs and ULCCs that exist on the large scale that they do in the European market, but does the scale really matter all that much? I'm not married to this opinion, but I would think it's more or less binary without ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195838

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

DL is the most profitable airline in the world with a competent management and the biggest rate of profit sharing with its staff. DL knows how to run an airline like a family and this is what AZ needs. There's barely any competition in the US compared to Europe. That isn't a valid argument. They ha...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 231
Views: 31662

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Airbus would definitely need a new aircraft between the A321 and A350-900 that is one hell of a gap! OTOH, Boeing managed for many years with a gap between the 737-800 and the 777-200 (and between 2004 and 2011, arguably between the 737-800 and 777-300ER). Carriers for decades have flown with the 7...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195838

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

DL is the most profitable airline in the world with a competent management and the biggest rate of profit sharing with its staff. DL knows how to run an airline like a family and this is what AZ needs. I certainly don't mind if an American company wants to spend its profits in Europe, but come on, ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Cologne Bonn Airport -- Cologne city view and Cargo planes
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Cologne Bonn Airport -- Cologne city view and Cargo planes

The cargo planes arrive mostly at night and depart somehwere in daytime. By far the most depart again before daylight. Between 4 and 5 in the morning is when the departure rush is at its greatest. By the way, is the refurbishment of 14L/32R complete, or haven't they begun yet? There are good spotti...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver airways new fleet?
Replies: 21
Views: 3170

Re: Silver airways new fleet?

Whats up with the ATR deliveries? I saw 4 Silver ATR 42s parked up near Toulouse recently. Government shutdown means no FAA paperwork to add planes or approve over water ops with the ATR. At this point they are in the same boat Hawaiian was in with the start of O'hana. True, but I saw them before t...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 231
Views: 31662

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

However, BA have slot restrictions to deal with, and neither the A350-1000 nor the 787-10 are big enough to replace a 747-400 on a one-for-one basis. So unless extra A380s are ordered, I'd suspect it will be 777-9s. Or, if Boeing want to be REALLY generous with exceptionally low prices, we MIGHT ge...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 231
Views: 31662

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

The 777X was built to be a long-term plane. As 77W's reach 15-20 years of age in mass that's when the orders will start piling on. The A380, A330NEO, 747-8 and 767-400ER were also built to be long-term planes. Just because Boeing hopes/expects it to be so, doesn't mean it will happen. But I do agre...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver airways new fleet?
Replies: 21
Views: 3170

Re: Silver airways new fleet?

Whats up with the ATR deliveries? I saw 4 Silver ATR 42s parked up near Toulouse recently.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-748 tail display
Replies: 21
Views: 5331

Re: B-748 tail display

Speaking of tails on display, what is the tail on the roundabout in Toulouse Airport? An A320? The address is: Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine

Another one, the CRJ-tail in front of the Eurowings and Germanwings offices in Köln-Bonn airport?

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline job interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2059

Re: Airline job interview

That's not true; in reality, there were many who weren't willing to do what it took to find work and stay current. It's a big globe. Any simply didn't go find the work. I was born and raised in Africa, it was the first place I looked. I drew on contacts, many friends and colleagues went there to lo...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8001

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

It isn't uncommon in the balkans for bad weather to cover such a large area. Diverting all the way to Timisoara is still a bit far though.

Pavlakakos wrote:
FR has a regional hub in ATH.


*Base ;)

I believe they also have one in Timisoara, which may have influenced the decision.

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 231
Views: 31662

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

1. AF were the first to get the B777-300ER, will they need to order the -9 to replace their initial batch? 2. KL to replace their last B747-400’s? Doubtful. These will probably be replaced with 787s and A350s, of which the group has plenty on order. For KLM it is already too late, the 747s are bein...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train accident and stupid motorists
Replies: 53
Views: 2481

Re: Train accident and stupid motorists

No way can that trailer have been secured properly on the railcar. (Freight was solely a few million empty beer bottles on the way to recycling). Now the question is, who is responsible for freight trains not spreading its cargo along the track? The brewery that loaded the railcar, or the railway c...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline job interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2059

Re: Airline job interview

Ryanair gets away with that, and all their other tabloid behaviors, largely because they're cheap, and they hire from the bottom of the pile: those going to Ryanair were willing to buy their jobs and sign their life away, and the company knew that they could treat their pilots that way because if t...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train accident and stupid motorists
Replies: 53
Views: 2481

Re: Train accident and stupid motorists

Doesn't matter, it is still a distraction from normal road traffic, and caution occurs. Same issue when cops pull someone over for a ticket. Everyone exercises caution for the cop and the person getting ticketed. The 1 out of 5 or 10 people that slows down at these accidents, still affects all thos...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline job interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2059

Re: Airline job interview

I've tried the humiliation a few times by now. It's a bad habit that many European airlines got into while pilot unemployment was large. One common method is that they will pick apart your application and CV in front of all the candidates, candidate by candidate. Ryanair was notorious for one of the...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train accident and stupid motorists
Replies: 53
Views: 2481

Re: Train accident and stupid motorists

The problem here is the congestion from the train has already caused slow travel. Only once past the blocked lanes will traffic speed up. Until the accident there is a funnel issue, and it is the same on every accident that ever occurs. What is the difference if it is a mobile vs a dash camera? The...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train accident and stupid motorists
Replies: 53
Views: 2481

Re: Train accident and stupid motorists

Privacy doesn't exist in a public place, accident or not. Jailing citizens because the police said you can't take photos in a public place is dangerous and scary to me. It's not forbidden to take photos of accidents. It's forbidden to slow down and block the road in order to take photos. It's been ...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Anglophone Privilege
Replies: 102
Views: 5297

Re: The Anglophone Privilege

What can we do about getting even in terms of language? By getting rid of all other languages and only using English. Having multiple languages is the real problem here, not the other way round. Do you really think anybody will get "even" by making it equally hard for everyone to understa...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC marking milestone with delivery of 10th ARJ21 to EU
Replies: 46
Views: 8365

Re: COMAC marking milestone with delivery of 10th ARJ21 to EU

"Chinese commercial aircraft", not just one from COMAC. ARJ21 would be the 3rd major project (that I can think of from top of my head) after Xi'an MA-60 and Harbin Y-12. Neither of those props are any good, though, as operators in Laos or Nepal or Indonesia found out quickly. Which is utt...

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by VSMUT
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC marking milestone with delivery of 10th ARJ21 to EU
Replies: 46
Views: 8365

Re: COMAC marking milestone with delivery of 10th ARJ21 to EU

That's a nice looking MD-80 you've got there. Oh wait... Meh...it's MD-95-21... More like a DC-9-14. The fuselage is built on the MD-80 and MD-90 tooling left behind by McDonnell Douglas, so there you have it. FYI, the wings are all new, designed by Antonov, so it's not an MD-95. DC-9 has a round s...

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