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by mxaxai
Sun May 13, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 21792

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

Dantepel : I think if things continue that way that's exactly what will happen. Not something drastic, but non US companies avoiding US components as much as possible, more banks and financial institutions outside the dollar, etc. I think it's instructive to consider that 787 has landing gear from ...

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by mxaxai
Sat May 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?
Replies: 18
Views: 1509

Re: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?

Try to estimate how much airframe acquisition cost would contribute towards the fare (hint - ERJ is about $15M, bus is about $400K), how much energy (fuel) would cost and guess how much insurance would be for a vehicle which can literally fall out of the sky at any second. There are about 80,000 bu...

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by mxaxai
Sat May 12, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 21792

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

False. This is the US enforcing US law on US soil. US companies, of which there are many represented on an Airbus aircraft, will not be allowed to sell ANYTHING to Iran. The only thing this has to do with Airbus is that the final product has Airbus written on it. I’d be in your camp if there wasn’t...

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by mxaxai
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?
Replies: 18
Views: 1509

Re: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?

Hmm. I like the idea. I think it is possible in the long term. I was thinking about that myself. If you look at MCI in Kansas City it was actually built that way. The distance from the door to the gate is very very short. So short that there is barely any room for TSA screening. If you were able to...

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by mxaxai
Fri May 11, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?
Replies: 18
Views: 1509

Could regional aircraft be more like buses?

Before you say "NO!", please give it a thought. Many employees commute each day by bike, car, bus or train. Very few people commute by plane. I would argue that this can change by providing the right equipment: One would need a plane. Perhaps around 50 seats (like a bus) but perhaps larger...

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by mxaxai
Fri May 11, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific in Germany
Replies: 19
Views: 5371

Re: Cathay Pacific in Germany

TBH Germany, and Europe in general, outside of the capitals (and Frankfurt) is difficult for many long-haul airlines. Even more so from east- and south-east Asia. SQ used to fly have only FRA and that Munich flight with the Manchester tag-on. QF completely withdrew. The only Asian airlines to fly to...

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by mxaxai
Thu May 10, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation potentials in Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Aviation potentials in Africa

All of it. Though some areas, like South Africa, Egypt and Namibia are already fairly well served for the population they have. Central and western africa has huge potential if they stopped being a mess one day. Eastern africa is covered by Ethiopian and Kenya airlines though further traffic growth ...

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by mxaxai
Wed May 09, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22256

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

The question is, would Trump be willing to punish US companies that sell parts to Airbus if Airbus continues to deliver aircraft to Iran? For example, Pratt & Whitney or General Electric. Trump has said sanctions are being re-imposed, so he's willing to inflict punishment on US companies. I don...

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by mxaxai
Wed May 09, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22256

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

A boost for Airbus and RR, if a country or airline already feels unloved by the USA. Without reading the fine print, because the USA only is exiting a binding agreement, unilaterally decisions to re-impose embargoes may not carry the same weight and influence. We live in interesting times. The ques...

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by mxaxai
Wed May 09, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22256

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

Iran has a good relationship with the west...just not with Trump's USA. Only Trump and his paymasters in Tel Aviv and Riyadh claim Iran was breaking the deal. Trump just raised the price of used aircraft and gave a boost to Russian and Chinese aircraft companies. Lots of good airliners parked aroun...

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by mxaxai
Wed May 09, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22256

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

I think Boeing and Airbus will be fine. Trump is only doing what he thinks is good for the interests of the US. the consequence of this will be higher oil prices which is going to be good for the global economy. I also think that Iran will be forced to reconsider its policies and come to its senses...

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by mxaxai
Tue May 08, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18802

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

The problem with railways is that they are expensive to build. They roughly cost the same build as motorways, but are not used by as many people. A train can carry as much passenger than hundreds of car and you can run a dozen train every hour. I don't see how they won't be used by as many people. ...

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by mxaxai
Tue May 08, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74013

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Boeing has revealed it's monthly orders for April, the AA order turns out to be rather interesting. http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries American Airlines - 25x 787-9 Boeing Capital Corporation - 22x 787-8 So AA will lease 22 787-8s from Boeing. Could this be a stopgap measure befor...

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by mxaxai
Tue May 08, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 333
Views: 20781

Re: F-35 news thread

Some more reporting on Turkey and the F-35. Turkey says it will retaliate if US halts F-35 fighter jet sales Turkey has said it will retaliate if the U.S. halts sales of new generation F-35 fighter jets in reaction to the Turkish government’s purchase of S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems from Ru...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6778

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

Those two Cathay departures from LHR within minutes of each other consists of one 4 class and one 3 class 77w and additionally supplies extensive cargo uplift that simply wouldn’t be available with an A380 or 748i. However this has little directly to do with this debate. On the contrary. Most airli...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33012

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

Pardon me, I had meant the fleet larger than the 787-10. The 787-10 will be there but it will not be suitable for many routes to Asia. So the last option would mean a combo of 787-10 for shorter flights and 777-9 for anything too far for the -10. Which BA routes to Asia are unsuitable for 787-10s a...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 7388

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Most fighter aircraft have G limitations when carrying A2G loads, such as the Rafale at 5.5G and the F-16 a similar restriction, which are built into the FCS. Obviously large bombers don’t typically manoeuvre at those limits and the weapons carriage is primarily centreline anyway. My point had been...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Angolan Airlines orders 6 X Q400's
Replies: 11
Views: 2473

Re: Angolan Airlines orders 6 X Q400's

This appears to be a plane that the Market likes but Aviation snobs hate. Propellers are so passé. It's too small. It burns more fuel than an ATR72 (neglecting to mention that it is carrying more paying Customers further and faster). Depends on the market ... It seems to do well in Africa but other...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 7388

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Don't most fighter-bombers store heavy ordnance under their wings, relatively far from the centreline? Surely they don't drop it all at the same time. Typically when the ordinance is very heavy, they try to drop from both sides. Missiles don't weigh much so they aren't a big deal I can't think of a...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6778

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

CX prefers frequency to all its other LH markets and cargo space. CX needs slots, not larger aircraft. Those two Cathay departures from LHR within minutes of each other consists of one 4 class and one 3 class 77w and additionally supplies extensive cargo uplift that simply wouldn’t be available wit...

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by mxaxai
Mon May 07, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33012

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

Makes me wonder ... If BA order only 12 779, they'd have two "orphan" fleets of 12 each, the 779 and the A380. Additionally, they'll also have 18 A350-1000 and 12 77W. Quite a departure from their old fleet of only the 77E and 744. One would think that the fleet could be streamlined to ei...

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by mxaxai
Sun May 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33012

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

My guess is that BA is preparing to buy a big 779 order--somewhere between 35 and 50 planes. That will allow BA to completely phase out the well-maintained, but long in the tooth, 744 fleet. That's far too optimistic, the 747s are slated to be gone entirely by 2024, too soon to be replaced entirely...

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by mxaxai
Sun May 06, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6778

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

slot issue CX can easily sustain 8 daily to LHR but it is all constrained If there was that much demand I'm sure either CX or their Oneworld partner BA could have upgauged a few flights, no? BA won't have the demand CX will CX already uses its largest aircraft to LHR ( business class) Surely they c...

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by mxaxai
Sun May 06, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6778

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

I wonder how a 3rd runway at LHR would affect the other London area airports, especially LGW. For example, would CX end LGW? Do they actually see a viable market there or is it just because of the LHR slot issue? slot issue CX can easily sustain 8 daily to LHR but it is all constrained If there was...

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by mxaxai
Sun May 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18802

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

The problem with high speed rail competing with airlines is that high speed rail is not profitable and depends on subsidies. Case in point, the Tokaido Shinkansen is profitable. But the entire JR Shinkansen network (even when you take just the JR Central Shinkansen network, of which the Tokaido is ...

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by mxaxai
Sat May 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18802

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

Besides the examples listed here, are there any other busy routes you think well worth having a high speed rail link as an alternative to air travel? Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN). Busiest international route worldwide but only 160 nm apart. Both cities are fairly dense and the airport in K...

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by mxaxai
Sat May 05, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 7388

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

There’s also an assumption it will have a classic large central bomb bay. We know it is intended more for modern precision weapons so it may have a narrower bomb bay and possibly one centreline and another two outboard of the engines. But we’ll have to wait for pics. Moving the weapons stations awa...

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by mxaxai
Fri May 04, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nuclear powered aircraft?
Replies: 50
Views: 4330

Re: Nuclear powered aircraft?

There actually are nuclear fission reactors in space. The wikipedia article is kinda vague regarding US-made models but the soviet union launched 33 liquid metal cooled reactors, which today are a major source of space debris. (The radioactive core was ejected into high orbit after end of mission t...

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by mxaxai
Fri May 04, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nuclear powered aircraft?
Replies: 50
Views: 4330

Re: Nuclear powered aircraft?

There have been and are satellites that are nuclear powered. Especially ones with very high energy consumption like radar satellites. I think there's a difference between nuclear isotopes batteries and nuclear reactors. There are still pacemakers powered by radioactive isotopes in small batteries b...

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by mxaxai
Fri May 04, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 7388

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

If the engines are close to each other, near the centreline, the resulting moment arm is very short. The yaw could probably be countered by rudders if they are close enough. Other solution: Don't expect the plane to fly on one engine. Operate it like a single-engine aircraft and glide or eject if an...

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by mxaxai
Thu May 03, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new order for the SSJ
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Possible new order for the SSJ

At least one SSJ is rotting away in Surabaya, Indonesia. Was surprised to see such a young bird unused in such an unusual place, amidst 737 classics and similar vintage. Guess new builds are preferred over slightly used ones, though. http://fs5.directupload.net/images/180503/temp/4pueti6q.jpg

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by mxaxai
Thu May 03, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nuclear powered aircraft?
Replies: 50
Views: 4330

Re: Nuclear powered aircraft?

Um, can you imagine the disaster when one of these aircraft crashed into a populated area? Never going to happen. I would never fly on one of these birds and I wouldn't even want one of them flying over my house. True, a nuclear powered aircraft hitting the ground would be a hand full. Not making f...

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by mxaxai
Thu May 03, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 8125

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

What the BER lacks is primarily general purpose terminal area, e. g. for check-in, afaik. It should have enough gates and certainly enough parking spaces. If need be they can do more bussing instead of the midfield terminal. This new terminal 2 will certainly help adress that need and probably could...

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by mxaxai
Thu May 03, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130 Crash Near SAV
Replies: 58
Views: 8202

Re: C-130 Crash Near SAV

A plane should not just enter a dive like that. Kinda reminds me of a spin. Doesn't look like a cargo shift at all especially since they seem to be in horizontal flight initially. Some control surfaces failing could also have similar results.

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by mxaxai
Wed May 02, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017
Replies: 139
Views: 19564

Re: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017

Sounds like the wing will be incredibly sensitive to contamination of any kind. If they're concerned about insects and such, what is going to happen if there's even a minute amount of ice contamination of ANY kind, at ANY location. What's the behavior of contamination on laminar wings anyways? Does...

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by mxaxai
Wed May 02, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017
Replies: 139
Views: 19564

Re: Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Demonstrator To Fly In 2017

Sounds like the wing will be incredibly sensitive to contamination of any kind. If they're concerned about insects and such, what is going to happen if there's even a minute amount of ice contamination of ANY kind, at ANY location. What's the behavior of contamination on laminar wings anyways? Does...

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Systems on the 797
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: New Systems on the 797

Maybe the Southwest incident will cause a rethink on windows, large windows may be too dangerous, or at least perceived that way, after the woman died. I would argue on the contrary, a large window probably would have lead to less injuries since she wouldn't be forced through as much. Think of the ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)
Replies: 11
Views: 2763

Re: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)

What's interesting is that PEK has a much better runway layout than both HND and DXB. It's amazing how DXB, with only 2 runways, can surpass all those others calling many more - up to 8 - runways their own. They're even ahead of LHR who have been fighting for that extra runway for years. There's re...

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by mxaxai
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 711
Views: 97611

Re: A400M Update

I'll just post this here, since I it is within the scope of Germany's fixed-wing air transport fleet. Discussion on German military expenses, C-130 purchase in doubt Bei einer solchen Summe müsste von der Leyens Ministerium an geplanten Rüstungsprojekten sparen. Mindestens eines der "verabredet...

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by mxaxai
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)
Replies: 11
Views: 2763

Re: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)

What's interesting is that PEK has a much better runway layout than both HND and DXB. It's amazing how DXB, with only 2 runways, can surpass all those others calling many more - up to 8 - runways their own. They're even ahead of LHR who have been fighting for that extra runway for years.

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by mxaxai
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RJs Production/in operation
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: RJs Production/in operation

Save for the original CRJ and ERJ, all jets are still in production. The ERJ is still being made, slightly modified, as a business jet.

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by mxaxai
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Systems on the 797
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: New Systems on the 797

Says who? Shades aren't structurally integral to a wall and certainly aren't load bearing. This is why they can be mounted cross sectionally inboard of everything else present. If there were something hindering from above, they could always be made to open downward anyway. Don't like that option? T...

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by mxaxai
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce partners with Airbus for UltraFan flight tests
Replies: 10
Views: 1947

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 h...

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by mxaxai
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 836
Views: 73970

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Other news from the ILA Berlin air show, some points are just confirmation of earlier statements though: https://www.wiwo.de/politik/deutschland/internationale-luftfahrtausstellung-ministerin-von-der-leyen-will-den-eurofighter-als-tornado-nachfolger/21220498.html http://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/...

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by mxaxai
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 836
Views: 73970

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Additionally if Germany/France don’t factor in directed energy weapons it would be a failure as these will be a significant weapon system for all military platforms, land sea and air, by 2040. They are... In developing the NEFE, MTU has to meet a number of exacting requirements that include improve...

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by mxaxai
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 7388

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Of course, it is possible the USAF is blowing smoke about PDR and is actually further along than stated. We will see when they release pictures. I think they’re a little further along than they are indicating, especially as there has been no indication of a slip of IOC past 2025. To meet that IOC d...

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by mxaxai
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Systems on the 797
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: New Systems on the 797

I hope they drop the electronic window shades for the 797 (if built). They are a maintenance nightmare. I always understood the old shades to be maintenance hogs as well. What part of the electric shades are a problem? From a pax perspective I like the electric shades, although not the lack of indi...

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by mxaxai
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 836
Views: 73970

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

As the article alludes to afterwards, much of the market may already have been sold out or the landscape will have changed enough that by the time a new European fighter of the size and shape initially suggested arrives it won't be an ideal or preferred solution anyway... Frankly, I agree that EIS ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Systems on the 797
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: New Systems on the 797

BravoOne wrote:
I strongly suspect that all new airplanes from Boeing starting with the 777X will have touch screens of the flight decks.

Wouldn't there be a financial incentive not to? Or possibly commonality issues with the 787/737?

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by mxaxai
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 836
Views: 73970

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Airbus and Dassault united Airbus und Dassault bündelten ihre Kräfte zur Entwicklung und Produktion des europäischen Kampfflugzeugs der Zukunft, dem "Future Air Combat System", hieß es in einer Erklärung der Unternehmen anlässlich der ILA. "Wir sagen unseren Verteidigungsministerinne...

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