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by parapente
Sun May 20, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Bouncy castle/balloons are for stage 2 return (probably on land).Fairings 'have' to land at sea and can't get drenched in salt water hence the 'catchers Mit' boat.

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by parapente
Sun May 20, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

No question that Spacex is going to try and return the second stage at some point.Elon ( in his usual cryptic way) has referred to using party balloons and a bouncy castle.Some people on you tube have interpreted this as modifications of previously considered NASA marks ideas.But are only guesses. O...

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by parapente
Fri May 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yup it does look like the FH launches have been put back.Not sure there's really much role for the FH sadly.It was conceived 10 years ago when the power of the F9 was nearly half what it is today! They can now lob really large sat's into GEO orbit with the F9 yet still carry the heavy landing legs a...

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by parapente
Fri May 18, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2275
Views: 286365

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Thx Mzlin for the 'Australian' article.Well written,but I particularly enjoyed the quality and maturity of the discussion that followed it. One guy at the end summaries it well I thought stating that it was two distinct markets rolled into one plane family.The oversized for capacity and the undersiz...

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by parapente
Wed May 16, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18418

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

NZ321.Regarding the main topic as you state. My understanding is that the 787 as an aircraft 'package' is maxed out.You can have range but less pax (789) or 'max pax' but less range. But not both at the same time!Physics doesn't work like that. The 787 series is an incredible aircraft family as it i...

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by parapente
Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Hate AvsB threads so would not ever want a Spacex vs Boeing except the Boeing CEO seems to want one.But no American has flown into space on anything but Russian product since the Shuttle days.I guess there will be a bit of a race coming up to be first with a fully approved manned capsule. I think th...

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by parapente
Sun May 13, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yup I read something similar.NASA has asked them to stop making any improvements for a while (6 flights?) so exactly the same rocket can be seen to be successfully flown each time.This would then become the ' standard' 'human rated' version. Be interesting if NASA are happy for astronauts to fly in ...

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by parapente
Sat May 12, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Couple of points about economics and capability, The Russian space agency recently stated ( Sat 2 months) that they were extracting the,selves from commercial launchers and concentration on satellite builds instead (more money and profit).Simply as they cannot commercially compete with Musk.Well if ...

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by parapente
Fri May 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 21744

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days

Bald 1983. I would like to think you meant .-In your opinion-the deal merited no respect.Oh and it wasn't 'so called' it was, a deal with many signatories. And signing legal documents tend on the whole to have gravitas and trust involved.If not what is the point in signing them? If Iran has broken t...

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by parapente
Fri May 11, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 21744

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming cays

Iran ?Buy/Lease second hand!Plently of good stuff out there.

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by parapente
Thu May 10, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ACTs - A321
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: ACTs - A321

Yup it may be that the 97T max weight limit is exceeded at that point (4acts). I have always wondered what the maximum (for a 'standard' runway) pavement loading is for a single bogey aircraft.If it was 4 wheels at 100t all up then I suppose it would be 25T but I don't suppose it's that simpler calc...

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by parapente
Wed May 09, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

In terms of parts returning I noted the website Teslerati had a nice photograph of a fairing under a paraglider with additional information about those fairings so far returned.Also the catchers mitt/boat has been given a new webbing material.Perhaps the first one wasn't strong enough? Block 5 is an...

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by parapente
Tue May 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do engine issues strain future relationships for future models?
Replies: 21
Views: 2505

Re: Do engine issues strain future relationships for future models?

I do wonder sometimes whether the aircraft OEM's are leaving the engine OEM's to do most of the 'heavy lifting'. The narrow bodied aircaft are ancient.The VLA's hardly represent progress.Airbus feel (perhaps wrongly) that fitting a new engine and winglets to an old design can match a brand new airca...

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by parapente
Tue May 08, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18789

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

Of course air travel is more profitable (on the whole) than rail.Its the same reason airlines can be set up so easily ----- The 'track' is free! And what do they do to the 'track'? They fill it will global warming pollutants-every time -But it's still remains free.No wonder it's easier to make a pro...

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by parapente
Tue May 08, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?
Replies: 26
Views: 5146

Re: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?

Yup in a way any simple stretch would be sacrificing range for pax.If they were to do a minimal change (no new MLG or wing) then it would have to be a small stretch, perhaps to 250 pax one class with range down to 2.5-3 knm ish.so no mom /TATL.But useful none the less for continental operations. Fro...

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by parapente
Tue May 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?
Replies: 26
Views: 5146

Re: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?

No Takers for the ERX. Clearly states that the issue was not/is not range.Therefore is has to be capacity. The A321 LR can take 206 pax - in 2 classes.TATL or similar. In a similar configuration a dash8 (standard or ERX) it wold be circa 150-160 ish. One can therefore only assume that the overall bu...

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to launch Premium Economy? 11 abreast budget Economy
Replies: 34
Views: 9382

Re: Emirates to launch Premium Economy? 11 abreast budget Economy

All the new A380's arriving are those without first class I believe.The extra space created goes to economy seating behind business at the back of the upper deck. I have noticed that many journo's have stated that they think this space is just 'too good' for standard economy.As such this would be th...

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23625

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

I'm sure it's been answered somewhere but come 2020 who will be left flying 744's?
BA on present plans - although there are clearly rumblings at IAG whether it's about more 380's or 779's.
LH I imagine? Anyone else? Must be others?

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 32982

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

Reading this thread it's clear it could be 'any of the above'! I don't think he gave anything away to the general punter but it probably means something to those close to the matter. In truth he shouldn't be giving anything away as it is price sensitive information.However it's getting clear that we...

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 69
Views: 14691

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

I don't know the political state of the 2 huge Airbus and Boeing orders to Iran,but if they are in total limbo one might gave thought cobbling together a fleet of say 10 A346's would not have been a bad idea. They were not as efficient as the 773er but in every other way they were a good aircraft.ge...

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

Re RJMAZ yes if that is the case it's a dead duck.I thought P&W were planning/bringing out an uprated engine but I could be wrong.As you say it will need one -and yes right now they need to get their reliability rates up first.But that will (must) happen. In the case of an uprated engine there i...

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by parapente
Fri May 04, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 289
Views: 40806

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I was wondering that too.Its not clear what the intentions of either party are frankly.IAG might just let then stew a while and see what that does,as I understand it their are still burning money.

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by parapente
Thu May 03, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

I think the 'simple' 321 stretch is a near certainty - as long as it can be achieved with the existing aircaft structure (give or take a few minor adjustments) as it would vastly more efficient than any mom on continental routes.And yes I am sure they are continuing to work on it. The rewinging plus...

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by parapente
Thu May 03, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23625

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

Not suggesting it does in any way but.Does this early phasing out of 744's and additional 787's suggest in any way that their confidence in the proposed ULA non stop flights has increased? Probably non relevant but some of these aircaft used to do the destinations involved.

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by parapente
Thu May 03, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a minimum "rest" time for an aircraft?
Replies: 55
Views: 5505

Re: Is there a minimum "rest" time for an aircraft?

As everyone is saying,turnaround times are critical to profitability,they only 'earn in the air'.As Woodreau says the time limiting factor are the passengers.Both off and on. We see the average size of LCC aircaft going up and up and up.Some are now flying A321's that will be able to take 240 pax!So...

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by parapente
Thu May 03, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 41
Views: 12115

Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Silly point really. Both Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic refer to their pax unbuckled in the min or two of weightlessness.But imagine 6 'everyday' people floating about (and no doubt some throwing up or panicking).Then in treble quick time everybody has to be able to 'float' back to their correct se...

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by parapente
Thu May 03, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

The Red Baron/Polot. I think both are good no plausible answers actually!Of course both can't be right,but both are totally feasible. Boeing like all plc's will have a non exec board.No doubt they will ask the difficult questions and demand clear answers.The 797 would be a massive investment and the...

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by parapente
Wed May 02, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thx Francoflyer.In future I will.My problem was that (imho) we may very well see all three private ventures offering similar consumer oriented products.In the U.K. We say 'you wait for ever for a bus then three come along at the same time'.It feels a bit like that. The speed of movement from 'big go...

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by parapente
Wed May 02, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Container Capability MoM sized Aircraft, Extendable AKH, LD3-45
Replies: 34
Views: 4211

Re: Container Capability MoM sized Aircraft, Extendable AKH, LD3-45

Yup capCadet imho you would.When you have a full load of pax and a full cargo hold the max ranges go right out of the window anyway and start falling to MOM distances (say 5.5knm as stated for the Boeing 797) very quickly indeed.Then on top of that there can be 'hot n high' to deal with.Also flexibi...

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by parapente
Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017
Replies: 139
Views: 19540

Re: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017

I think that whatever the potential drawbacks are for laminar flow (and there are some),the fact is Airbus have clearly declared themselves very pleased so whatever they have done works it appears. It may (may) be perhaps more appropriate to say that it is 'more' laminar rather than laminar.But as t...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

The origonal -1000 was (if memory serves) a 'simple' straight stretch of the 900,presumably sacrificing some range.(a bit like the 7810),It was only later they extended the trailing edges and asked RR for more power (which blindsided them a little it seemed).One can only imagine this was the result ...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

https://50skyshades.com/news/manufactur ... r-a-circle

Came across this re Boeing -Hell this has been going on longer than I thought!
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https://50skyshades.com/news/manufactur ... r-a-circle

Came across this re Boeing -Hell this has been going on longer than I thought!

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 47190

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

Can the A300 (330 NEO) fuse have one last hurrah?Its possible as stated above.Basically looking at MOM from the other POV (optimised cargo).It would in effect be a 2025 version of the A310 for which there is already a wing box and MLG. For maximum efficiency they might want to look at 'beam fattenin...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket
Replies: 54
Views: 9354

Re: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket

Any airline that does not work in advance to these oil spikes (it won't be the last) are stuck as you cannot change aircaft that quickly. Best thing is to learn and get modern aircaft in as soon as business plans allow. I guess the sort of aircaft to be getting rid of are. 744's,all 340's,772's?,767...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

For those interested,Blue Shepherd completed another successful 'space' flight with the final version of the consumer capsule at the weekend.Got to 350,000 feet which is 20k feet above the Karmen space line.Looks like they definitely will be going for a commercial launch by this time next year. Also...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Container Capability MoM sized Aircraft, Extendable AKH, LD3-45
Replies: 34
Views: 4211

Re: Container Capability MoM sized Aircraft, Extendable AKH, LD3-45

Boeing have clearly chosen aerodynamic efficiency (drag and weight) over optimal cargo capacity.Which obviously speaks volumes about their target market.They will have also worked out that no existing Airbus product can offer more than them in any case whether it be 797 Vs 320x or 797 Vs 330neo. It ...

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by parapente
Tue May 01, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde: the substitute
Replies: 56
Views: 5875

Re: Concorde: the substitute

It's interesting that Aerion has chosen 4,200nm as their max range.Since it is a totally clean sheet design they could have chosen anything -within reason of course.One assumes that number gives the optimum number of direct connections to important city pairs.I also imagine it gives a one stop range...

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by parapente
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321 ACF / Long Haul / Cabin conf question
Replies: 26
Views: 2299

Re: A321 ACF / Long Haul / Cabin conf question

I believe the confusion about seat pitch comes from the fact that (as I understand it) they measure the distance from the back of the upright part of the seat.Perhaps way back when no one thought that seat backs would vary so much in thickness.Today slimline seats are about 1" thick whereas the...

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by parapente
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce partners with Airbus for UltraFan flight tests
Replies: 10
Views: 1932

Re: Rolls-Royce partners with Airbus for UltraFan flight tests

Well to date the 'bits' they are testing (happy to be corrected) are 1.the carbo-titanium fan and caring ,which has been test flown I believe.That part used a copy of the Trent 1000 fan.Whether the blades were identical I do not know. 2.The planetary gear mechanism built and beingvtested I. Germany....

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by parapente
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 271
Views: 31421

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

The reason Airbus is shelving their plus and plus/plus concepts might be because they see a rather disturbing future. This potential X7ab twin aisle ovoid shape maybe being designed for more than the NMA it might just be the basis of a NSA further down the line... Think about it.The 737-6 is dead an...

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by parapente
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce partners with Airbus for UltraFan flight tests
Replies: 10
Views: 1932

Re: Rolls-Royce partners with Airbus for UltraFan flight tests

Did we already know that a flying test bed had been part of the RR plan?As I recall there was no plan to fly he various advance parts together (I appreciate this is 'ultra'). Again odd that -so far- the only public proposal RR has made -according to the article is one for the Boeing 797.Airbus is ha...

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by parapente
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2025ish A380-900NEO
Replies: 124
Views: 10767

Re: 2025ish A380-900NEO

The work being done here is brilliant.But rant we putting lipstick on a pig?And no I am not trying to be rude to Airbus. This 'people will 'have' to buy/fly such aircaft due to airport congestion' has been shown to be total codswallop.Sheer smoke and mirrors. Is there really any need for a -900 howe...

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by parapente
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Systems on the 797
Replies: 27
Views: 2733

Re: New Systems on the 797

I think some of the margin gains we are seeing at Boeing comes from the big changes in production meths easpecially the 787.As such I would expect them to take these learnings and apply them even better to the 797. I think the 'all eclectic' route is very clever - and battery technology will only im...

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by parapente
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017
Replies: 139
Views: 19540

Re: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017

It would certainly (to me) be surprising if either Airbus or Boeing chose to replace their 2NB aircaft with 'conventional' wings. With this technology nearing maturity. At a guess both companies have an existing backlog of 5 years+ with their existing NB orders with no doubt plenty more to come.Whil...

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by parapente
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1466
Views: 139400

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43907326 Sample return to Mars back on.JV Europe and NASA Will believe it when I see it.Shame Elon cancelled his version.Would be faster and cheaper to pay him to do it with an FH. 'Spose would be something useful one could do with the SLS perhaps? As ar...

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by parapente
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 836
Views: 73782

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I note (flight) that unsurprisingly the US are suggesting the F-35.If you want a cost effective stealthy strike bomber it ain't a bad one.

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by parapente
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any hope for "different" designs?
Replies: 17
Views: 1682

Re: Any hope for "different" designs?

Totally agree.Indeed just posted on supercritical wings and super/ultra RR fan in other threads.As you say the classic wing and tail on tube formula is easily 'good enough' - effectively it is for birds too!

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by parapente
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017
Replies: 139
Views: 19540

Re: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017

And they said they could be ready to build such a wing for a new NB aircraft from the late 2020's ie a decade away.That might tie in nicely with an A 320 family replacement.

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by parapente
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Builds Next-Gen "Advance 3" Demo Engine
Replies: 43
Views: 18221

Re: RR Builds Next-Gen "Advance 3" Demo Engine

They also mentioned that they have submitted a variant to Boeing for the 'proposed' 797 .Tight on timescales but probably possible.

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