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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2188
Views: 48321

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

If tiny nations like Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad, etc can survive, maybe the UK can as well? I am sure that if the UK wants to be like Antigua, Grenada, or Trinidad there is no one who can stop it. More seriously, if just NI were asked to vote on remaining part of the UK, but permanently in the EU c...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing
Replies: 44
Views: 2518

Re: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing

At least if you are going to do this don't also try to earn FF miles which makes you much easier to identify and track down. I'd agree that UA should go after such abusers and at very least close down their FF accounts and strip them of any elite status. And I would say that is also the maximum the...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Could a one engine supplier be for a limited period of time, and if so how many years would be likely? Game theory on this would how would this play out if a minimum number of planes sell, versus many, versus a big hit?

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?
Replies: 28
Views: 2419

Re: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?

That is how extended flights across water was made safer scores of years ago. Admittedly pretty primative

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO
Replies: 27
Views: 2115

Re: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO

IIRC Boeing got the 737 to do US (and other) transcontinental several years before Airbus, put the fancy tips on wings several years earlier, and built a lot of sales momentum on that. And the 737 was a little lighter (not sure that is true anymore). WN and Ryan are two of the most profitable airlin...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?
Replies: 28
Views: 2419

Re: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?

From time to time an early video is posted of an airliner landing in the middle of the Pacific. In that early version of ETOPS the US and others had ships stationed for weather and rescue.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

I was curious about this issue for a long time, glad to see a thread on it, and that picture of the 3 (three!) doors. Question answered.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

I was curious about this issue for a long time, glad to see a thread on it, and that picture of the 3 (three!) doors. Question answered.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse
Replies: 249
Views: 39878

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

Lufthansa - You are making the old (and true) argument - the very biggest planes get fewer, the next smaller planes get a little bigger and more common. EK and the 380 proved (actually tested) the argument, but remain unique in its success. The 787/350 are going to rule long haul and big. 777X will ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2188
Views: 48321

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

I have had some assumption regarding the whole of Ireland. Are they generally correct? Irish north and south have always had preferable access to GB. Even if GB Brexits North Ireland people will, by virtue of possible ROI passport have full access to the EU NI remaining in the EU customs area will m...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3616

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

The gist as I read it at the time was that the smaller plane, the 767, was fully capable of doing the job. The 330 version was bigger, heavier, more capable to doing combi, but that was not what the AF wanted. So the smaller plane capable of doing the missions won. Pretty standard airplane economics.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 25
Views: 2232

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

A small two engine modern jet liner (737/320) is a pretty inexpensive frame for the military. Isn't most of the money in converting it to a radar plane and a refueling plane? Doing one of each is likely a twofer the price of one.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors
Replies: 92
Views: 8609

Re: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors

Don't fly much but when I do I prefer WN. They seem to rely on frequency to make connections work. They also seem to have a computer system that looks after each connecting passenger. It is not unusual for them to change a routing for a particular passenger (or couple) every several minutes. Fortuna...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed
Replies: 103
Views: 11341

Re: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed

Emotional support animals do need to be trained and certified. They should also meet certain size requirements, and they should carry liability insurance. A small well trained/chosen dog or cat can be almost invisible to other passengers.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 206
Views: 40743

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

It appears the fire burned through the skin and into the fuselage. I can't imagine that it would only be minor damage. Anyone enlighten us otherwise?

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 206
Views: 40743

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

It appears the fire burned through the skin and into the fuselage. I can't imagine that it would only be minor damage. Anyone enlighten us otherwise?

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2188
Views: 48321

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

When the Labor leader was in Europe and invited to meet with very senior EU leaders I suspect the EU was advising him to support whatever plan the EU and May could come up with. It is likely that a majority of Tory and a majority of Labor very much prefer a very soft Brexit.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming
Replies: 66
Views: 1717

Re: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming

Ask the US coal industry if China is buying all that coal the industry was telling us they would. Hint - coal shipments are down, way down. China is doing a lot, and they need to do a lot more. So does everyone else. Those major climate changes and their affect on cultures and economies is in fact b...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming
Replies: 66
Views: 1717

Re: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming

I’m not denying that climate change exists, but I do enjoy when the IPCC releases their reports. As a body that merely exists to assess climate change, I am not surprised too see them constantly talking about doomsday scenarios. Isn‘t this called a confirmation bias? Actually IPCC is a multi-nation...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming
Replies: 66
Views: 1717

Re: Climate report: Scientists urge deep rapid change to limit warming

A dance ritual spread across the American West native peoples which was a religious attempt to reverse the destruction of their ancient and developing life styles by western civilization. Current rightwing governments and religious sects are asserting that global warming (incoming sun energy versus ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 9880

Re: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?

A west bound stop at Gander is trans-Atlantic nonstop, but on an Island, not quite the Continent. But then again most flights to New York are not quite to the continent. LOL

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?
Replies: 65
Views: 8077

Re: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?

My fantasy is Hawaii providing service Seattle(and much of US to Australia and New Zealand with 1-3 day stopover privileges. It even looks OK on the globe!

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2071

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

Meanwhile my company gives away electricity to charge cars, but refuses to let most employees work from home. Go figure. That is because people abuse work from home policies. Friday and Monday end up with nobody being available, people not attending meetings (even through video links). It doesn't w...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?
Replies: 65
Views: 8077

Re: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?

No this does not come up monthly. And no, Anchorage is not a great stopping point between the lower 48 and Asia. And why are there so many rude people who feel obligated to respond to a post which obviously does not interest them? If you don't like a topic **tt out, simple.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3616

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

More of a question: 4 engines versus 2 engines are not always worse. One engine out scenarios favor the 4. Combat arenas may favor the 4. Situations where a catastrophic failure of an engine favors 2. Less bleeding edge engines may favor 4. Military is not highly concerned with high efficiency versu...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on PAE (Everett) Commercial Passenger Service
Replies: 66
Views: 8056

Re: Update on PAE (Everett) Commercial Passenger Service

Curious as to when WN go to Midway or Denver which would really connect PAE to the rest of the US. United seems to have two flights to Denver which would have good connections. Otherwise these flights are all regional West Coast. Any speculation as to so few flights to really good connections to the...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?
Replies: 91
Views: 12746

Re: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?

The lack of a freighter version is an issue. If there is a lesson to be learnt from the 747-8, you need that freighter to keep production going if the passenger version fails to sell well. Airbus tried to sell it to major freighter operators, but without success. There was a time when UPS showed in...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2071

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/rapidly-shifting-battery-technology-complicates-zunums-plans-for-hybrid-electric-airplane/ An interesting Dominic Gates article on a Washington state aviation firm. It mostly is about managing regulations on aviation batteries and the constantly...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2071

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

Smart meters and 'internet of things' hot water heaters are probably one of the cheapest path for residential energy storage. Actually in the mid 1940s our hot water heater had a timer on it to avoid heating during high demand times. I do not remember how it all worked. There is a good book Taming T...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"
Replies: 116
Views: 14402

Re: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"

How much could B6 and AS code share and do some strategic planning together without flouting the law? Each is a regional airline with some coast to coast flights, approval of such an agreement could entail more extensive service to areas not now served.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 2923

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

The subsidy should be for transportation, not exclusively air. A higher quality bus/van service to nearest larger cities, medical facilities, and airports would be a more efficient use of limited resources. And regulations that made it easier to provide safe services would help. ps - the Interstate ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 2923

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

The subsidy should be for transportation, not exclusively air. A higher quality bus/van service to nearest larger cities, medical facilities, and airports would be a more efficient use of limited resources. And regulations that made it easier to provide safe services would help. ps - the Interstate ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2071

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

EV lifetime costs may already cheaper for those driving over, say 15K miles a year. In the US switching over to LED lights could cover half the electric load from everyone using EVs. And my own anecdotal experience. My Prius is old and doing well, but as an old driver I want the latest safety device...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region
Replies: 107
Views: 9982

Re: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region

Just a note on geology of the Seattle area. This is a fifty words or less, so generalized. The whole Puget Sound area is recent post glacial. Deep glacial fjords running north and south, then somewhat filled in with glacial till. Ridges running north and south are typically 300-500 feet above sea le...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region
Replies: 107
Views: 9982

Re: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region

Bremerton airport runway is not only not wide enough (I suspect) but likely is not heavy duty enough, new runway(s) would need to be constructed.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region
Replies: 107
Views: 9982

Re: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region

What is not ridiculous is that the Seattle metro area already needs more room than SeaTac can provide. It is an amazingly compact airport. All of the alternate sites are unacceptable for a variety of reasons. Sherlock Holmes. How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible,...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

And just an arithmetic note: suppose Boeing launches in June of 2019, entry in service the end of December 2025 is - 6 1/2 years, say it is delayed 6 months - so entry to EIS is 7 years. So the Airbus fanboys hysteria is about Boeing cutting one year off the sacred 8 years from launch to EIS. Airbus...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region
Replies: 107
Views: 9982

Re: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region

Actually another 10 miles to the west is the Bremerton Airport. At this time the port controls a few square miles, and forestry most of the rest. The big problem is how do you get from the Seattle area to the Kitsap peninnsula? Vashon Island is less than a mile off the Kitsap peninnsula. I think the...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?
Replies: 29
Views: 3003

Re: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?

Coastal California and Western Washington are very pro-business. The problem is the high cost of living, based largely on very expensive housing, which makes the area less appealing to lower wage job earners.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa
Replies: 28
Views: 4035

Re: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa

Great and near great cities throughout the developed and developing world are choked by lack of assigned space for buses, trains, and planes. even subways and bicycles. Any city expecting growth is wise to set aside, and zone for future infrastructure space. If space is set aside freeways and railwa...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine or No?
Replies: 73
Views: 2207

Re: Flu Vaccine or No?

I think this came out after this conversation started: https://www.vox.com/2018/9/27/17910318/80000-americans-died-last-year-get-your-flu-shot Last year's flue season was the deadliest since 1976, 80,000 Americans died. 80K makes flu a major cause of death. I almost always get the shot, and don't th...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2188
Views: 48321

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

What is interesting is that the leader of the Opposition is negotiating with the EU first, then will present his plan to government for approval, on the grounds of principle alone I can see enough members having to be "whipped" to support the deal regardless of what it says. He's not nego...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces El Paso (ELP)!
Replies: 82
Views: 7480

Re: Alaska announces El Paso (ELP)!

Somewhat off topic, but: Carlsbad Caverns closest major airport is El Paso (150 miles), and going to the caverns in the late winter is an easy and great trip.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Boeing has survived quite well with the 737 and 748 in second place, and with the 777 demoted to a niche, healthy but still a niche. Airbus can do well with a strong 320/21 and 350. Having enough profit and capital to build a new plane when needed is sufficient.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Speaking of which, what effect does an Embraer deal have on the 797 design and market placement? Perhaps nothing. We hear comments about potential tie-ins between the 797 and future NSA, which probably adds complexity to the process, but if the NSA were to be "delegated" to Embraer follow...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

$2 or 3 Billion is a lot for looking at a business case, but still much more a 'bargain' than losing several billion several years in a row. res the Leeham article: it was four years ago, and interesting how events trumped predictions accuracy. The big miss is Airbus and Boeing buying out both Bomba...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12140

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

This is an aviation/Brexit thread, and a fairly technical one to boot. Generalized statements on Brexit/EU are out of order. As I see it this is a fairly straightforward proposal that is designed to keep planes in the air whatever happens. It is provisional in that it needs subsequent negotiations p...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2188
Views: 48321

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

The propaganda is effective that EU hates GB, but the reality is that EU has a much rights to red lines as GB. EU will bend the 4 freedoms only for the north of Ireland.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3199
Views: 378190

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

It's going to be a very difficult aircraft to get right isn't it? Too big/heavy, could eat 787 sales, and A330Neo MAY take too many of it's sales to make it as profitable as it could be. Not capable enough, ditto with the A321LR, or inevitable A322. Interesting times ahead. Looking forward to seein...

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