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by VirginFlyer
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018
Replies: 314
Views: 38241

Re: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018

mxaxai wrote:
Must be weird not having the likes of... Qatar airways as launch customer.

One imagines the carpet technicians find it a particularly good type of weird.

:duck:

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37727

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Following the critical Stuff.co.nz article posted above, the New Zealand Herald has now also posted a critical piece on the new video: "This is a rare and very distasteful mis-step on the marketing front for an airline that usually manages its messages very well." See: http://www.nzherald...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United tells pax her bag is too large, despite it fitting
Replies: 85
Views: 9082

Re: United tells pax her bag is too large, despite it fitting

It just means that the supervisor was rational enough to let the issue go because the bag was just a bit larger than the box in which it was placed. Out of interest, would you be happy to continue an instrument approach if the cloudbase was just a bit below minima? Or take off because the aeroplane...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

My posts continue to be deleted, we've lost a number of valued and regular contributors over the years, Koruman, NZ1 etc. I'm tempted to be another. I fail to see why correcting grossly misleading comments is against the "rules". Isn't NZ1 still on this site, and a moderator no less: View...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

There are quite a few of us regional av-geeks on here - mariner is one too (AFAIK). It's a shame that regional is barely talked about here. I actually prefer the comings and goings of the small fry to the big airlines. They attract less attention and people get less het-up about them. https://s31.p...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 214
Views: 34951

Re: Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2020

PanHAM wrote:
The Headline is 50% right and 50% wrong. I don't have to explain which part is wrong.

If the title were to be edited to "Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2 years' time", we could keep this thread going for many years with an accurate title.

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why isn't the Trent 1000 an option on the B748?
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: Why isn't the Trent 1000 an option on the B748?

Historically, many engines could be fit on different frames such as the RB211 and the CF6. Why isn't the RR Trent 1000 an option on the B748 just like the GEnx is? Finally, is it possible to fit a B748 GEnx-2B to a B788? According to GE, albeit having identical core and similar materials the -2B fe...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 57042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Looks good but strange. I don't know whats weirder. QF colours on a A320 or Qantaslink titles on a 180 seat aircraft Looks weird to see an A320 in QF colours! Indeed. Who would have thought a few years ago that that these would be in circulation now: 4867227,4444067 4698125,4052381 All in WA via su...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 14361

Re: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft

impromark wrote:
This counts all the BBJs, right? They're completed here and then outfitted elsewhere?

Mark

That's correct, the 737 BBJs are counted as part of the 737 line numbers.

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7016

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
an MD-80 body, with a 787 cockpit, and smaller 787 engines. Who knows. We all know that Boeing does get creative sometimes.


No, please I cannot imagine.

GF

Imagine if it had the MD-80s let's-install-one-of-everything approach to types of switches!

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 408
Views: 118335

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Meanwhile at the CFM front: And the alternative supplier, CFM International, is so behind on deliveries that Enders personally brought the matter to the attention of leadership of CFM International joint-venture partners General Electric (GE) and Safran. ... The Airbus CEO also makes clear that Pra...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 14361

Re: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft

Long live the 737, with many more frames to come! :) Indeed it is astounding to think that if they deliver their current order backlog, they will be 45% of the way to the next 10,000! As someone who became interested in aviation when the 727 was the benchmark for the highest selling airliner, it is...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

For all the desire to see new routes by the hundredfold in these threads over the recent months, there seems to be an awful lot of complaining now that we have one... I too would love to see Air NZ fly to Korea. I would be surprised if it isn't on the ten year planning horizon. But just because I'm ...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

NZ6 wrote:
Okay, so route announcement time tomorrow....

A destination no one yet has picked up on..

Air Chathams/Barrier Air jointly operated service WHK-KAT-NLK-LDH-PQQ using ERJ-145s?

:duck:

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran
Replies: 55
Views: 14184

Re: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran

I doubt that satellites can see much more in conditions that make the use of helicopters difficult to impossible. Perhaps locating an ELT could be possible but I'm not sure if any satellites at all are currently used to do that. Since the changeover from the old 121.5/243MHz standard to the new 406...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus might push A320 family production rate to 70 aircraft per month
Replies: 135
Views: 14427

Re: Airbus might push A320 family production rate to 70 aircraft per month

I assume 64 to be possible without building a new FAL, TSN and BFM could move to 8 a month. AFAIK the facilities at TSN and BFM are sized for 4/month. There have been talks of increasing that, but it would imply expanding facilities. The last FAL expansion for the A320 family happened in XFW . That...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 14361

Re: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft

Congrats to Boeing!!...10’000 is no joke... Out of curiosity, how many civil aircraft have surpassed this milestone to date?... Faro In the transport category? Just the DC-3 at 16,079, although that needs a bit of a pro viso since the bulk of production was for the C-47 (10,048), which was a milita...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Opening of Cairo's Second International Airport SPX
Replies: 22
Views: 3276

Re: Opening of Cairo's Second International Airport SPX

phatfarmlines wrote:
Egypt built a new airport so tourists can shave off 20 minutes of driving time to the pyramids?

With Cairo's metropolitan area being home to more than 20 million people, I imagine a second airport isn't too ludicrous an idea...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96179

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

Truly astounding...We still have hundreds of 744's in service, with carriers flying them until they are 25 years old... but A380's getting parked after barely 12 years. Why won't SQ sign a lease for another 12-years? I'm sure a great leasing deal is to be had... This is a situation where Airbus cou...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 9613

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

Well that's unexpected. I had imagined a second AKL-DXB A380 service was gong to replace the Australian one-stoppers.

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 110
Views: 28543

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

Your options are extremely limited if that’s truly the case. Nah, just charter one of the last few DC-8s. That's safer than a twin, right? Silly comment when there are hundreds of A380s, 748s and A340s around. No way I´d fly on a Twin over the open Pacific. What a horror to depend on one engine on ...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leahy: A380 could have had better engine technology
Replies: 154
Views: 17761

Re: Leahy: A380 could have had better engine technology

Not my fault the A380 didn't sell better, it was the engine manufacturers fault, it's not fair.... I must have missed him saying that. Can you point to him saying that is the reason it didn't sell? I think he is just voicing his disappointment that the engine OEMs told him there is no new engine te...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop
Replies: 86
Views: 12190

Re: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop

DEN will gain them seamless access to the Rockies for winter and summer sports. Many prime spots do not have direct flights from LAX, SFO or IAH. But whether this in itself justifies the service I'm not sure. Perhaps 3 x weekly? LAX, SFO, and IAH all have multiple flights across the Rockies? United...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop
Replies: 86
Views: 12190

Re: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop

NTLDaz wrote:
Whilst this rumour probably has no legs and notwithstanding any performance issues out of Denver it's not completely bonkers.

QF do Vancouver for the ski crowd so there is a precedent of sorts.

NZ also do Vancouver, for what it's worth.

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Qantas Indigenous Livery
Replies: 35
Views: 6401

Re: New Qantas Indigenous Livery

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what actually makes this an indigenous livery? I know QF has done this before, but what part of the livery actually references indigenous people? Without any sort of actual reference, most people would probably assume it to be little more than an elaborate pa...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river
Replies: 5
Views: 2216

Re: Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river

TWA772LR wrote:
Duality wrote:
with the Costa Rica crash, very sobering....


Those plus the An 148 in Moscow and the 2 P&W US widebody incidents. Thus hasn't been a good week for commercial aviation.

The Costa Rica accident was on December 31, and the Sydney one was on January 1st.

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

For anyone interested, here is a rendition of the new proposed runway at AKL, expected to be operational in 2028: I didn't think AIAL would be the kind of company to splash out on two parallel taxiways! :lol: Interesting observation, I hadn't looked at that detail. But wait there's more: https://sc...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7016

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

Another point is that airstairs, including integrated ones, were the norm at the time, so a design with the doors further from the ground had disadvantages. I fondly remember disembarking from the rear airstairs on the 727. Like emerging from the bowels of a mechanical beast. :) To VirginFlyer's po...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 14361

Re: Boeing prepares 10,000th 737 aircraft

It will take airbus about 3 year before they get at the same milestone with the A320. Having started deliveries 20 years after Boeing. :) Exactly!! Without wanting to get into this absurd urination contest which seems to happen whenever a milestone for an Airbus or Boeing type is discussed, prior t...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

It's all still back to front, domestic terminal will run parallel with the longest runway, while international will migrate and grow towards the northern runway. I'm not going to rule out a change that see's the new 'Pier C' become the domestic terminal, with regional services coming off that towar...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7016

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

Hm. All of the points posed here bring up the question as to why Boeing even did the design they did when developing the 727. If anything, the rear end of the 727's area (everything where the tail is) would be even HEAVIER with the middle engine that has the S-duct inlet. Also, do low bypass engine...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Would a change of engine selection to CFM be on the cards given CFM efforts to ramp up production? Don't forget that Air New Zealand Engineering and P&W have hitched their wagons together with the Christchurch Engine Centre. While a switch to CFM couldn't be ruled out if the PW1000 programme co...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7016

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

3) Put the enpenage's control surfaces far away from the center of lift for efficiency. Actually I believe this is one design consideration where a T-tail can help, with a swept fin allowing the horizontal stabiliser to be placed further aft than the end of the fuselage. I am under the impression t...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7016

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

...er, isn't deep stall an issue? The HS Trident was a T tail. Got into a stall soon after take off. The wing masked the tail plane and the result was a flat spin. In fairness, the Trident, along with numerous other T-tailed types such as the 727, C-141, BAC 1-11, DC-9, F28, VC10, Il-62, Tu-134, Tu...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 57042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Beautiful!

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) Airport to get new $1.1 billion concourse
Replies: 19
Views: 3597

Re: Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) Airport to get new $1.1 billion concourse

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/la ... l-airport/

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Here's the announcement from the Governor's office, which contains a little more detail than the Star Advertiser article: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/la ... l-airport/

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) Airport to get new $1.1 billion concourse
Replies: 19
Views: 3597

Re: Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) Airport to get new $1.1 billion concourse

You can read the article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/02/13/breaking-news/daniel-k-inouye-airport-to-get-new-1-1-billion-concourse/ I am confused. First they were going to build a new pier where the old interisland teminal is. But like all contructions projects in Hawaii, it is delayed or is...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

NZ321 wrote:
Any pics of last night's visit? Love to see the A35K at AKL.


Sadly while I was at the airport yesterday I managed to miss it.

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50065

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

FR24 business accounts show indicated airspeed fed directly from the flight deck instruments. https://i.imgur.com/FIDEux4.jpg The IAS indicator recorded an airspeed of 784 knots when the groundspeed was just 380 knots. Unless the aircraft suddenly encountered a 400knot tailwind, the instruments wer...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 273
Views: 67009

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

I wonder what the 17 orders for unidentified customers and the 17 cancellations were? V/F probably the same customer switching to MAX note the 737 allocations on the Boeing page reflect 10 NG which are the P-8s, the 1 Max is probably a typo and should be 17 max considering how long it took Boeing t...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50065

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

Just out of curiosity, can someone calculate a rough V/S based on 30-35 degree AOA and 800 km/h? Just curious if that may explain some of the early transponder data. With Angle = 0 degrees being level flight you have: Vertical speed = sin(Angle)*Airspeed Horizontal speed = cos(Angle)*Airspeed Verti...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 273
Views: 67009

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

I wonder what the 17 orders for unidentified customers and the 17 cancellations were?

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy

While a lot of effort was put into the 737 MAX improvements, it's hardly as significant as a fair number of other nominees on this list. Agreed. I thought the 787 ought to have made it into the list ahead of the 737 MAX. Or has it already done so before? Boeing won the Collier Trophy for the 787 in...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50065

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

Just read this article I attached. Some are saying the pilot steered the plane away from populated areas to avoid loss of life from it going down into homes or buildings. This often gets said, and while I'm sure we would all like to think pilots will do their best to do this, the truth is the major...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy

The 737 MAX has been nominated for the Collier Trophy for "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” It seems odd; I didn't think the 737MAX was such a great technical achievement. Does it have any great technical achievement? Nominees are Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility of high altitude commercial aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 1388

Re: Feasibility of high altitude commercial aircraft

Could the sonic boom from the SR-71 be heard when it was at altitude? The height it flew at (perhaps up to 100,000ft) is surely pushing the limits for gas turbine powered aircraft before needing to move to rocket propulsion. At high altitudes like that you run into a number of issues, in particular ...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50065

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

Can you experience somatogravic illusion in the clouds? I realize the few times people have thought this as a cause it's been at night (fly dubai 981) but could this happen in IMC conditions? Yes, that illusion is possible whenever there is a lack of a clear horizon visible. Whether that was what h...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

It has been a pretty bad weekend for weather disruptions, with multiple cancellations to destinations around the country. Wellington was closed by fog from Saturday afternoon, and I saw plenty of regional flights around the North Island being affected by delays and cancellations. By last night the a...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Air Show 6-9 FEB 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 14600

Re: Singapore Air Show 6-9 FEB 2018

http://www.vikingair.com/company-careers/media-centre/viking-opens-30th-country-sale-twin-otter-series-400-united-energy Can't say I was expecting a Twotter order at Singapore. Glad to see another home for a Viking 400, don't know how close they are to running through their white tails. There were ...

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