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by kanban
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Recently talked with an old friend about the problems. It was noted that the KC-46 Program has reverted to hiring 30 year old MBA "managers" off the street who have no production experience and have major disdain for process procedures and subordinates who have knowledge, seniority and wor...

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by kanban
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1289
Views: 244513

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

While Jeffrey's response may be most accurate, another explanation may be that the cover is semi transparent and the primer underneath is also of a different shade. bt must a slow day.. the widows are covered for storage not for protection in the paint shop. remember the fuselage is painted between...

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by kanban
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1205

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

try the Will Rogers - Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base part of Renton Municipal Airport.

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by kanban
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jetstar livery
Replies: 31
Views: 7081

Re: New Jetstar livery

classy? -- nope. earth shaking?--- nope. worthy of interest -- nope! epitomizing the the old concept that is you tweak or change something every 6 months, people will: A) see it as an improvement. B) believe some actually cares about their input, and C) believe the company is embarking on a new busi...

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by kanban
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Goodness, now the fuel tanks themselves on the KC-46 are leaking (Well, or leaking between the two layers)? What a disaster this program remains. https://www.janes.com/article/95251/kc-46a-pegasus-fuel-system-leaks-excessively?socialmedia=twitter The article clearly states " fuel system "...

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by kanban
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samaritan's Purse DC-8 flying GSO to Italy
Replies: 57
Views: 12183

Re: Samaritan's Purse DC-8 flying GSO to Italy

if one looks at the last picture, the cargo door is visible in the forward section..

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by kanban
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12273

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Retired aircraft can and do provide "spare" parts, however many of those have service life constraints and others need extensive zero timing. Some require replacement components that manufacturers no longer provide. so while there may be piles of "spares" many are just not cost e...

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by kanban
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VC-25 Pre-Prod.
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: VC-25 Pre-Prod.

there were pictures in the old Boeing News while the planes were still at Paine Field

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by kanban
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut
Replies: 161
Views: 24620

Re: A330neo - 2020 not so great a year?

[quote="N14AZ"] I think the term “white tail“*) has become an urban myth in modern times of aircraft production since neither Boeing nor Airbus will start producing an aircraft if there is no assigned and paying customer. It must have been decades ago when Airbus produced some white tails ...

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by kanban
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Boeing continually improve their products?
Replies: 53
Views: 6679

Re: Does Boeing continually improve their products?

Back during the787 battery problems I wrote a long piece on the change process within Boeing. Basically each model has 1 or 2 change boards who look at, schedule and commit changes to the respective models. changes may be production driven (cheaper, easier assembly, commonality, vendor component imp...

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by kanban
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162016

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I wonder if there is any connection between the spread and the shipment of small packages direct from Chinese businesses to US (and other countries) homes via mail. Are they tested in customs? don't think so.

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by kanban
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

my experience with government contracting would indicate the Air Force put indicated a broad mission requirement and handed the package to the component suppliers to flesh it out in their best interest, then the package went to Congress where modifications to payoff special favors tweaked the packag...

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by kanban
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

just shows the Air Force isn't very smart in the system design, requirements and usage specs. when it turns out the only consistent operator is a 4ft tall 10 year old who's been playing Minecraft for 3 years maybe they'll wonder about inducting gamers for these roles.

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by kanban
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1289
Views: 244513

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Airbus putting the crew in survival suits was as much PR as actually necessity. Boeing flies in shirt sleeves and I believe they have parachutes on the first flight. OSHA would like to see a separable cockpit section like the space shuttle that would beat the crew clear in the event if what ever. :d...

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by kanban
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 71
Views: 16284

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

like I said things have changed.

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by kanban
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 71
Views: 16284

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

After reading the Aviation Week article, they mentioned that the view is from the bottom of the fuselage. So my bet would be the rectangular bay is for the nose gear. they also said that the bays just outboard of the air inlets are for mission systems. bt unless things have changed, zinc chromate (...

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by kanban
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X and 737 Max formation flight
Replies: 12
Views: 4165

Re: Boeing 777X and 737 Max formation flight

keesje wrote:
It seem the -7MAX is flying south


is that a bad pun or a market sentiment???

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by kanban
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 22067

Re: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021

I love it when people with little knowledge of Boeing operations proceed to expound on them erroneously then belittle any challengers. having worked there for 35 years, let me put the record straight. Boeing uses a monthly production rate. it can start in any month and is not limited to starting on ...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

So the USAF just does not want the KC-46A to refuel anything in the Force, or is the main worry still about the stealth birds? The KC-46 isn't ready to be relied upon by any jet, stealth or not, hence the legacy tanker in the cell. It can technically refuel stealthy jets, too, but not if they "...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Boeing Dreamliner Production Problems Threaten The Aircraft's Safety, Former Quality Manager Warns
Replies: 74
Views: 13806

Re: Media: Boeing Dreamliner Production Problems Threaten The Aircraft's Safety, Former Quality Manager Warns

The guy was probably middle management and too far away from the actual manufacturing and quality processes to understand the sequences. also is probably an opponent to sell inspection as it was reducing his department size to where he'd have to go to work again instead of just attending meetings. a...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a 787NG
Replies: 87
Views: 16256

Re: Time for a 787NG

Airplanes are not iPhones. This obsession with new and shiny objects is entertaining. Good grief, KFTG has the meat of it. Those of us that have been around for a while recognize that aircraft sales are cyclical. They go when there is a capacity shortage and down when there is a surplus. nowadays t...

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by kanban
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 22067

Re: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021

Boeing buys components in an "X" number ship sets as authorized by the firing order, period. Those who can only think in terms of quantitative pricing as a matter of scale need to look at the actual cost of inventory which can exceed the actual part cost by up to 200% per year. The second ...

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by kanban
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shaheen Air 737 set on fire while parked at KHI
Replies: 10
Views: 4035

Re: Shaheen Air 737 set on fire while parked at KHI

probably someone looking for a place out of the wind to brew a pot of tea over a twig fire.

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by kanban
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 22067

Re: Boeing considering another 787 production cut

Boeing purchase contracts are not for single airplanes but for all planes in the authorized order block. the delivery rate to Boeing is flexible and can be adjusted based on customer preferences without incurring costs. Remember Boeing does not store component parts but has them delivered as needed....

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by kanban
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to reduce 787 production to 10 aircraft per month in 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 22067

Re: Boeing considering another 787 production cut

Boeing uses a 200 day manufacturing calendar, an official production rate start is determined by the first aircraft at the new rate rolling-out from the factory. A production rate is somewhat fluid as it's a goal not an absolute. all the work scheduling starts new rate long before and generally the ...

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by kanban
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Overweight section on planes?
Replies: 31
Views: 5142

Re: Overweight section on planes?

one time flying on NWA, due to a previous flight being cancelled, I ended up in the center section facing the bulkhead. the seats on either side were occupied by some professional wrestlers.. and not small. we almost had to take turns breathing. and did alternate eating since there wasn't room enoug...

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by kanban
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80178

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020 at 10am (weather permitting)

I'm going to sit out in the Sequim rain shadow and watch it fly over ...

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by kanban
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
Replies: 52
Views: 8960

Re: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’

Boeing's claims of changing culture seem to be platitudes and window dressing. We've seen some of the top managers walk the plank, but what about all the mid and lower level manager trained under that regime, how do you get them to rewire their value system to break away from groupthink when some m...

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by kanban
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1289
Views: 244513

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

What you may be missing is the plane needs an FAA production certificate just to be built. The other certificate deals with all the other issues and is required with the Production certificate to build and delivery any aircraft. the fact no US airline is a customer does not negate the requirement. C...

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by kanban
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
Replies: 52
Views: 8960

Re: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’

every week we see one airline or another experiencing flight deck personal skipping checklist items, not paying attention, being unaware of the aircrafts position, or not understanding the procedures for flying safely and generally being stupid (I'll just set my coke here on the control stand while ...

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by kanban
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine
Replies: 90
Views: 11828

Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine

according to the BBC, https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50850242 , Rolls is working on an ultra fan engine with a fan case diameter or 3.7 meters.. is there any current aircraft than can handle that? The good thing I guess ia that the engine is going to be proofed and rendered serviceable before a p...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28143

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Based on the weight of this issue,, Boeing's change incorporation board would have allocated the incoming hardware between the production line, the undelivered planes and the delivered ones. However the delivered fleet will require a service bulletin to be written and approved so they may actually t...

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by kanban
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 33
Views: 4106

Re: SU-57 Crash

Love the article wording that "there was no damage on the ground"... not sure how a pilotless aircraft other than a drone can accomplish this.. but then again it may just be American English vs. British English.

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by kanban
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again
Replies: 51
Views: 8596

Re: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again

Oh the days when my son was small and we'd race hot wheels down the corridors (even had a security guy john us on a slow day), he'd stand on the heat registers exclaiming on each new airline tails, and race to the end and watch it take off. Then ride the underground dreaming up stories of cave monst...

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by kanban
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY wing clip at LAS
Replies: 20
Views: 8685

Re: LY wing clip at LAS

well since the damage is on the aft side of the wing, the plane wasn't being towed into a pole, but backed into one. Still a bad situation especially since the tug driver didn't have any wing walkers.

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by kanban
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12273

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

is it possible to split the E-4 functions into two planes.. then a fleet of 767's could handle it I imagine this is more likely than somehow squeezing out more 747s. From memory the supplier of 747 fuselages has been liquidated and they're selling off all the tooling. Which probably means the jigs ...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12273

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

is it possible to split the E-4 functions into two planes.. then a fleet of 767's could handle it

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by kanban
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12273

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Given that so much of the hardware on the old planes can now be packed in a tablet or cell phone, a 737 Max with aerial refueling capability should do the job. On the other hand because the Air Force is so conservative, there is no reason a fleet of 747-8 F's could not be adapted. who needs windows ...

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by kanban
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle Times article on Safety culture at Horizon
Replies: 42
Views: 7029

Re: Seattle Times article on Safety culture at Horizon

Dang, a manager sees an issue developing and moves to head it off and the whole airline is given a sandpapering. yet in another thread the manager did not react and the entire company got sandpapered. oh well 'tis the season of giving.

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by kanban
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure
Replies: 308
Views: 61596

Re: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure

one thing a lot of people fail to realize is the fatigue tests start at 1% and are gradually ramped up to destruction. The 150% is an arbitrary figure, had they reached it the next goal would have been 160% in 1% increments. Also the fatigue test airframe is always destroyed after testing. about the...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 245152

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Boeing may arrange some paper deliveries with fly a ways in Jan. just to meet the goal.

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by kanban
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

If the test article failed at 151% we'd still hear the uh oh squad.. if it failed at 200% they'd still be whining. to design a plane that would withstand all tests we'd have tanks... there comes a point when the design reaches the tipping point between manufacturability and wasted robustness. why di...

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by kanban
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Let's see... they pulled the wings up putting stress not only one the wings but also on the wing box and adjoining structure, pulled the nose and tail down probably at the front and rear bulkheads using "millions of pounds of force, and upped the interior pressure to 10 PSI... and the get a cra...

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by kanban
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Key 747 Factories Shut Down
Replies: 121
Views: 24038

Re: Key 747 Factories Shut Down

I wouldn't be surprised to see Boeing develop a swing tail retrofit for older 777 freighters and maybe for the 767 freighters

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by kanban
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

one thing to keep in mind the FAA needs funding to operate and successive legislatures have been cutting that funding and the sources of funding (taxes), this country's administative level have been tasked with reducing regulation and department head counts. When I worked with the FAA auditors comin...

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by kanban
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019
Replies: 25
Views: 3947

Re: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019

carbon offset fees do not reduce carbon emissions, they only ease the guilt by paying a small free of appeasement. if the trend continues to all airlines, there will be this huge fund of goodness and no change to carbon production.

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by kanban
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Key 747 Factories Shut Down
Replies: 121
Views: 24038

Re: Key 747 Factories Shut Down

reading the article's details, the Triumph action began some time ago if they are already at an empty factory and minimum bid stickers. However the key tooling is Boeing owned and may be on a slow train to Everett for storage... that does not equate to installing and use.

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by kanban
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I suppose we could start a whole new thread on memories of incoming computing.. two items, Boeing was always conservative when initially going to computing... as late as 1995 I had a senior manager request some data (which had never been requested or captured) when I told him it didn't exist in the ...

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by kanban
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

reminds me of the time the Spares Department went from manual ledgers to computers, :rotfl: Thats not really the way its supposed to work in industrial production, introducing immature production methods into a production line is a huge failure of process. :rotfl: I could be wrong, but I think kanb...

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by kanban
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 369197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Its clearly going to add time and cost to each 777X frame, It's really a matter of point of view is isn't it? If they are getting so much re-work caused by the machine, then they would reduce cost by less rework. But comparing to square one where they were doing everything by human, then the track ...

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