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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ
Replies: 50
Views: 6581

Re: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ

I think you'll find EZE-SYD is quite a bit further. Are you talking AKL ? Having flown SYD to EZE or SCL on 8 occasions there can be some ferocious headwinds coming off the Antarctic which need factoring in as well. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=SYD-EZE,+EZE-AKL&DU=nm&SG=0.84&SU=mach Nop...

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by DocLightning
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ
Replies: 50
Views: 6581

Re: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ

The A330-800 could do a SYD-EZE nonstop (not sure about the 900). That said, AR is pretty conservative with its fleet; can't imagine them going for a plane whose future, for the time being, is not a guaranteed success. 6,366nmi? Airbus advertises 6,550 for the A339. I have to think that's within sp...

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by DocLightning
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ
Replies: 50
Views: 6581

Re: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ

* Specifically he said the next long haul type (due to be announced late this year/early next one) has to be capable to fly nonstop efficiently to Australia/NZ from Argentina signaling the airline may consider a return to the South Seas route, which it inaugurated back in 1980. It also pretty much ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread
Replies: 62
Views: 1777

Re: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread

CCGPV wrote:
More sanctimonious than Ted Cruz though?


Believe me, Mr. Cruz also tempts me to violence (not that I would, but still...). But I am not entirely convinced that Mr. Cruz believes everything he says. I think Mr. Pence does.

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by DocLightning
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 8690

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

DWC wrote:
I love these ridiculous first world problems.


Given that a ticket costs more than I, a physician, make in a month, I think that dismissing F class passenger concerns as "ridiculous first world problems" is...a bit off.

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by DocLightning
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread
Replies: 62
Views: 1777

Re: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread

This is one thing a lot of people don't realize if Trump goes...Pence is now the man. He's a hardcore conservative unlike Trump who only pretends to be. Pence wants to actively roll back legislation that Trump is not going to do. I dread a Pence presidency more than a Trump one to be honest. Pence ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 8690

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

When the door is open I really don't see what the problem is, if you want privacy close the door! Now with the door closed there should be privacy. Is there a reason that they cannot take the wall all the way to the ceiling of the aircraft? I don't like that, it seems like someone could look over t...

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by DocLightning
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump signs FOSTA law
Replies: 50
Views: 1298

Re: Trump signs FOSTA law

Doc using NZ as an example legalising prostitution has worked out really well, it’s taken most of the street walkers off the streets, brothels are all legal and above board, it’s cleaned up an industry which needed cleaning now it’s safe for everyone. Fair enough, but the difference is that NZ's cu...

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by DocLightning
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump signs FOSTA law
Replies: 50
Views: 1298

Re: Trump signs FOSTA law

What is actually wrong with legalised and regulated prostitution? Unfortunately, what's wrong with it is that it's more expensive to the consumer than unregulated and illegal prostitution. When you have to maintain health and safety standards, pay minimum wage, 401Ks, etc. it winds up costing more ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump signs FOSTA law
Replies: 50
Views: 1298

Re: Trump signs FOSTA law

For the land of the free you sure do a lot of deciding what consenting adults can and can't do...... Best regards Thomas I support the legalization and regulation (and heavy taxation) of prostitution. The idea that we are going to eliminate the world's oldest profession through laws is moronic. Tha...

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 2816

Re: BA Goes Basic

mcdu wrote:
You do have a choice...flying is not a right. It’s not a utility. If you don’t like the product no one is forcing you to buy. Find an alternate means of travel. Private jets are nice I understand.


Horsefeathers. There is no viable alternative means of travel, especially transoceanic.

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paul Ryan not to run for reelection
Replies: 47
Views: 1276

Re: Paul Ryan not to run for reelection

I think it's obvious he's tired of leading a party consisting of multiple factions of equally irrational people and also that he does not want to preside over the bloodbath that awaits the GOP in November. You can see in his face that this job has taken a toll on him and he's just done with it. He c...

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The green future
Replies: 52
Views: 1384

Re: The green future

zkojq wrote:
As someone who cares deeply about the plight of children who mine rare earth metals and who isn't at all a hypocrite, I assume that you don't own a smartphone?


*snicker*

I like you. :-)

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's
Replies: 40
Views: 6524

Re: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's

I'm, frankly, shocked. I've been rooting for that engine ever since I first read about it, years and years ago. But at this point, I'm astonished that anyone would order it. I agree with all three of your statements. It's getting really tough to stay a P&W fan. They got the gearbox right, and I...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12452

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

It exits are the problem could they retrofit the design for the lower door on AF1? Those designs do not need to be FAA approved for commercial use. AF1 is a military aircraft and the regulations are much different. It would be an amazingly expensive prospect for an OEM to design such a novel egress...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why did Qantas prefer GE engines instead of RR engines in b787-9?
Replies: 14
Views: 2331

Re: why did Qantas prefer GE engines instead of RR engines in b787-9?

Sometimes, these decisions come down to tariffs, financing, or vagaries of accounting. It isn't always about the engine.

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Split Scimitar winglet customers
Replies: 28
Views: 4313

Re: Split Scimitar winglet customers

Winglets, especially those found on the A320, 737, 767 and 757, are solutions to an imperfect wing. A properly designed wing doesn't need them. Hardly. Almost any wing will benefit from a wingtip device. However, some wings are optimized for wingtip devices, which were part and parcel of the wing f...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)
Replies: 11
Views: 1529

Re: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)

If I am hypothetically flying myself, then based on what I should do, I should get a 773ER instead of an A346. Because even though I love the A346: 1. They are gas guzzlers At high TOWs on a 15-hour flight, an A340-600 will burn around 10% more fuel per hour than a 777-300ER, but a VIP configured p...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian
Replies: 154
Views: 3968

Re: Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian

Autonomous cars are the complete opposite of true automobile enjoyment. Why? "Automobile enjoyment" in my view in driving on a lonely road through mountains or wide plains or along the coast or wherever the beauty of the world exposes itself. Yet as soon as one is in (busy) traffic, I fai...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui Plans A340-300 Replacement in 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 7031

Re: Air Tahiti Nui Plans A340-300 Replacement in 2018

Narfish641 wrote:
But this just proves ETOPS is getting the higher step.


fo like 20 years now?

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI
Replies: 81
Views: 8167

Re: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI

Some more egg on UA's face, but at least it was an honest mistake and not actually cruelty this time. At least they rectified the error. However, that poor dog had to spend 12 hours in a cargo hold without any place to relieve himself.

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Judge Rules Delta Only Pays $50 for Injured Kitten
Replies: 45
Views: 4047

Re: Judge Rules Delta Only Pays $50 for Injured Kitten

Both parties agreed to the terms, and both can walk away at any time. Have you ever tried walking away from an airline ticket? Unless you purchased a very expensive fully refundable fare, you are going to forfeit a lot of money. Currently, customers don't have much a reasonable choice. All airlines...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 8273

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

airtran737 wrote:
How about “Do what you’re told while on my plane or get out”?


And if "do what you're told" is literally "kill your dog"?

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30832

Re: Dog killed onboard United Airlines flight (in cabin)

However, the solution is not to have government step in and slap United down, merely because you seem to hate corporations. The solution is to, first use your head United, and second, get the animals out of the passenger cabin. I don't know where you got the idea that I hate corporations. I work fo...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30832

Re: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight

The Nazi f/a needs to fired -instantly. And UA must be sued for an outrageously BIGGG amount of $$$$. Talk about being hysterical... No, he's right. UA's representative (the F/A) failed to follow UA's policies. Her behavior was cruel and she was negligent. Don't give me "well, the owner should...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30832

Re: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight

While I believed FA may have handled this poorly I don't believe she should be crucified for it. I The F/A was cruel. There is a difference between humanely slaughtering an animal for food and forcing an animal to die an agonizing and terrorizing death by being crushed between pieces of sliding lug...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Has Oscar Munoz Accomplished During His Tenure At UA?
Replies: 68
Views: 7831

Re: What Has Oscar Munoz Accomplished During His Tenure At UA?

Mr. Munoz is one of the few people who is NOT the problem at UA. He has managed to narrow the gap between employee groups and work on a new product. But all is not well at UA. Many employees view their jobs as being secure because the airline is too big to fail. The customer is viewed as the enemy. ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30832

Re: Dog killed onboard United Airlines flight (in cabin)

My second point is why would you just stand there and video the incident. Refuse to comply. Let the FA get the Captain or the agents involved. As long as you aren't creating a scene or being disrespectful, it's near impossible that anyone would agree that an animal should be put into an overhead bi...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stephen Hawking has died - 76 yrs old
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: Stephen Hawking has died - 76 yrs old

Well lived, sir.

Especially under the circumstances.

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So what IF Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels
Replies: 261
Views: 7141

Re: So what IF Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels

Mr. Trump's legal team sure was awfully quick to get her slapped with a gag order. If it's fake news, what are they so worried about? They're acting like they're very worried. But there's a bigger issue here. Mr. Trump ran on the premise that he was a Christian and he captured the Evangelical vote. ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tez Jet Avro RJ85 suffers uncontained engine failure
Replies: 18
Views: 4762

Re: Tez Jet Avro RJ85 suffers uncontained engine failure

william wrote:
Is it true the Avro engines is a short of GTF? Or geared down.


It is a GTF. But obviously, the engine is quite small and so the gearbox involves much lower power than the PW1000 family.

Has there ever been another uncontained failure for an engine of this type? I haven't heard of one.

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 95532

Re: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI

Hawaii to Europe would be a sure way to lose money fast. Europeans just have a lot more choices closer to home (cheaper) than flying all the way to Hawaii. They have choices closer to home that are cheaper than flying to Hawaii, but those choices are nothing like Hawaii. Don't get me wrong, the Can...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CFM faces repairs to 500+ LEAP engines
Replies: 29
Views: 6110

Re: CFM faces repairs to 500+ LEAP engines

You didn't read the article, did you. I recommend it. I read it and I agree with Nicodeff. You can't just spray the coating onto the blades in situ. You need to remove all of the blades and replace them with properly coated blades. I am not sure if the removed blades can be sent back to CFM for re-...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Brand Refresh/Throwback Concept
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: United Brand Refresh/Throwback Concept

Too anachronistic. The 1970s were all about orange and red, but the 2010s aren't.

The Tulip is dead, long may it live. The globe is now UA's symbol. But definitely a new corporate visual identity is needed.

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by DocLightning
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 35888

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

In any well-run company, it's important that they can recognize when they've gotten something wrong and move quickly to correct the problem. This is an example of such a situation. Many of you have chided LH for what appears to be an elementary error. I agree it's embarrassing. But it would be far m...

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by DocLightning
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct sandwich
Replies: 75
Views: 2039

Re: The correct sandwich

NIKV69 wrote:
Bacon optional.


Heresy. Sacrilege. Blasphemy.

Bacon is NEVER optional.

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Emoji request
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: Emoji request

atcsundevil wrote:
DocLightning wrote:
Might we have a "fish" emoji?

For...reasons?

:angel:

I'm trying to think of a single time in my life that I've longed for a fish emoji!


Every time the A321NEO or Iceland come up? :mrgreen:

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Emoji request
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Emoji request

Might we have a "fish" emoji?

For...reasons?

:angel:

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LH-pilot: “welcome on board our new A320 NEO … MAX“
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: LH-pilot: “welcome on board our new A320 NEO … MAX“

Wow, you know, I always appreciate a joke. But a laughing fit during the preparations for take-off? I am not sure if all passengers did like this, especially passengers who are scared of flying...At least they helped to overcome the old perception that Germans have no humuor. Germans have a sense o...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement
Replies: 260
Views: 45874

Re: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement

[ Trust me, I'm a huge 757 fan, but as someone else posted above, the efficiency gains of the modern NEO engines offset the revenue from the lost payload. I should like to go on record as registering my extreme disappointment with ALL of you that the A321NEO and its payload was mentioned and nobody...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Companies start to abandon NRA
Replies: 130
Views: 3452

Re: Companies start to abandon NRA

That argument kind of makes sense but surely the alcohol industry has more pull than the mom and pops? Why would they allow this? Because the ban really doesn't affect overall sales. The sales that would have happened on Sunday morning happen on Saturday or on Sunday afternoon, instead. So whether ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 engine rattle
Replies: 26
Views: 2344

Re: 747-300 engine rattle

Thank you both for your replies. So is this a feature of a lot of aircraft engines then, or specific to the engines on that plane? It was a feature of a great many turbofan engines of that era. The RB-211 did it, the CF-6 did it, the PW2000 and PW4000 did it. Each fan blade had a certain amount of ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Companies start to abandon NRA
Replies: 130
Views: 3452

Re: Companies start to abandon NRA

The same people that think banning semi-autos is a threat to their country do not let me buy beer before 12 noon on Sundays. I apologize for this digression off-topic, but I think that there is a vast public misconception that the "no booze on Sunday" laws are based in moral puritanism. T...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Companies start to abandon NRA
Replies: 130
Views: 3452

Re: Companies start to abandon NRA

NIKV69 wrote:
Sad to see thuggery and intimidation succeeding


Note to self: NIKV69 is intimidated by teenagers.

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lets say Airbus kill the A330neo...
Replies: 137
Views: 17226

Re: Lets say Airbus kill the A330neo...

I am so puzzled by these threads.

The A330NEO exists. It is flying. It is being built. All the costs are sunk. The only way Airbus would pull the plug on the program is if they suddenly went bankrupt out of the blue tomorrow.

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by DocLightning
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 delivery problems force HA flight cancellations
Replies: 65
Views: 9227

Re: Trouble in Paradise: HA cancels A321 flights due to PW engine problems

It's been what, a year now and P&W still having troubles? New tech will always have teething problems, though not conventient for customers. The trouble isn't with the new tech, though. It's with the seals, shafts, bearings, and casings. The gearbox is working wonderfully. I haven't heard of an...

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by DocLightning
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 20528

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

This should have been handled in an offline/professional/appropriate manner on both sides. Yes, although had I been on DL's PR team, my response would have been something like: "Congratulations on the gold! See us at the airport and we'll see what we can do." It's noncommittal and it look...

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by DocLightning
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 delivery problems force HA flight cancellations
Replies: 65
Views: 9227

Trouble in Paradise: HA cancels A321 flights due to PW engine problems

https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/article/Hawaiian-Airlines-abruptly-cancels-hundreds-of-12704798.php Looks like HA has taken a hit from their PW-powered birds and is having to cancel flights. It's a pity, because the GTF is really promising technology. But PW won't be able to develop it further...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't TWA choose MD-11
Replies: 71
Views: 16249

Re: Why didn't TWA choose MD-11

If TWA had survived, would they operate the 77W today? If TWA had survived, they would be one of the US3 today. The US3 might well be PA, TW, and AA (I'm thinking that brand would have survived). We'd all be lamenting the days of UA, CO, NW, and DL, and there would be endless threads about restarti...

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by DocLightning
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran
Replies: 55
Views: 14018

Re: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran

The airline is calling it CFIT due to poor weather and indeed the weather and visibility were poor. However, the available facts do fit a CFIT narrative. IMC, crash into mountains, no mayday. Al Jazeera and WaPo both reported it. WaPo is skeptical, and hints that aircraft age and maintenance may be ...

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