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by alberchico
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 76
Views: 7563

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Summary of specs so far known: Max. speed: 1.8-2.0 Mach Max. combat radius: 1500 km Max. range: 3000 km Max. load: 7400 kg Max. altitude: 16,500 m Max. limit: 8 g STOL: several hundred meters Weapons in bays: up to 5 air-air missiles (2x RVV-MD, 3x RVV-SD) Weapons under wings: anti-ship missiles (2x...

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by alberchico
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 12717

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

Here are two new images of the aircraft, one featuring the charging port: Air intake at the engine looks same size as on B1900. With purported higher efficiency (and no radiator on Tesla's) this looks a bit unexpected. Is there any actual design work behind the image, or this is just a re-drawn tur...

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by alberchico
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 12717

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

Here are two new images of the aircraft, one featuring the charging port:

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by alberchico
Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 76
Views: 7563

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

I doubt Vietnam will. I am sure that Vietnam will be very interested in this new fighter. If the Su-22 would be retired in the next 10 years so VPAF's fleet only consists of Su-27SK/UBK, Su-30MK2, and potentially Su-35S and Su-57E/M which are all heavy fighters, we need a light fighter for low-inte...

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by alberchico
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 76
Views: 7563

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Considering that Argentina only recently tried to buy some armed trainers,( which fell through) I don't know why Russia thinks that country is a potential customer. ​I also don't see a country like the UAE considering this aircraft. It's been widely speculated that in exchange for normalizing relati...

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by alberchico
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 76
Views: 7563

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... n-air-show

Here are the first images of what I assume to be the mockup.

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https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... n-air-show

Here are the first images of what I assume to be the mockup.

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by alberchico
Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada to back Pratt & Whitney turboprop hybrid engine technology -sources
Replies: 18
Views: 2487

Canada to back Pratt & Whitney turboprop hybrid engine technology -sources

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/exclusive-canada-back-pratt-whitney-turboprop-hybrid-engine-technology-sources-2021-07-14/ If they can get the technology to work as it should, a 30% improvement in fuel consumption could be a massive game changer. Not to mention that coupled with i...

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by alberchico
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Mesa with tentative Heart ES-19 order
Replies: 94
Views: 9822

Re: United and Mesa with tentative Heart ES-19 order

I've been following the progress of the Heart Aerospace ES-19 ever since it was announced. It seems to have attracted some interest from Finnair and some local carriers. They also unveiled a detailed model of the aircraft as well as a full scale prototype of one of the electric engines. However, thi...

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by alberchico
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021
Replies: 38
Views: 7691

Re: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021

What would be the long term solution to replace the DC-3's in service in this part of the world ? Would a fleet of Cessna Caravans or used CASA 212's be the ideal choice ?

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by alberchico
Fri Jul 02, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 12717

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

I wonder if in 10 years a better battery becomes available, would it be possible to swap it out or is that technically impossible ? It seems that designing this aircraft to accommodate more capable battery packs in the future would be the smart move. Here are the confirmed specs : https://electrek.c...

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by alberchico
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 12717

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

https://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/eviation-unveils-the-production-all-electric-alice-aircraft-as-it-prepares-for-the-inaugural-flight-892734153.html https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1555744/Eviation_Alice_Rendering_Seattle.jpg?p=publish Quick update, the production conforming version of thi...

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by alberchico
Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 153
Views: 10997

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... 21658.html

Here are some images of what the state of the building was 36 hours prior to collapse. To those out there who know about construction how bad does it look ?
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https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... 21658.html

Here are some images of what the state of the building was 36 hours prior to collapse. To those out there who know about construction how bad does it look ?

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by alberchico
Sun Jun 27, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 153
Views: 10997

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

The City government where this condo building is located have released a number of documents on it. Among them was a report done about 3 years ago that there were significant problem spots, especially below the pool area that were at risk with a total estimate for repairs was just over $9 Million. ...

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by alberchico
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada
Replies: 38
Views: 2724

Re: Mass graves found at another Catholic school in Canada

I'm a bit confused by this story. Are we talking about people who died of natural causes and were buried in a disrespectful manner, or is there foul play suspected ?

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by alberchico
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 3180

Re: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

The June issue of AirForces monthly has a fascinating article on the Ukraine China link. Not only do they collaborate on aircraft development, two Chinese trainers also use Ukrainian made engines. The Chinese at one point tried to buy the Motor Sich engine company, but the deal was aborted due to he...

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by alberchico
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City to be Possibly Demolished
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Re: Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City to be Possibly Demolished

The 100 year old Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City is likely going to soon be demolished and be replaced with a 1,270 foot tall skyscraper. Hope to see this hotel preserved and designated as a landmark by the City of New York. It is kind of like demolishing old Penn Station all over again and I t...

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by alberchico
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA approves LGA Airtrain
Replies: 134
Views: 18655

Re: FAA delays LGA Airtrain approval

You guys dont understand...but the OP should as he is very familiar with NYC. This train was the path of least resistance. The N will never be extended because it would require passing through residential neighborhoods that would tie it up in litigation for years. This project routed the train over...

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by alberchico
Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 3180

Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3govEoWQAYfA4v?format=jpg&name=medium https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3govq5XIAApbhH?format=jpg&name=medium Apparently this aircraft has finally been fitted with the definitive WS-20 domestic turbofan. From what I've read the performance of this jet will be vastly ...

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by alberchico
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 239
Views: 29810

Re: Air Force One - Delay to New 747-8 Deliveries

It is very likely it will be painted in the current Kennedy era livery. It also looks like Boeing wants to change the contract to get the govt to cough up an additional $500 million dollars. What if they refused and insisted Boeing cover any cost overruns ?

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by alberchico
Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 61
Views: 4699

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... oyal-yacht

good article sums up the situation surrounding the ship.
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https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... oyal-yacht

good article sums up the situation surrounding the ship.

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by alberchico
Mon May 31, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion Supersonic shuts down
Replies: 49
Views: 9702

Re: Aerion Supersonic shuts down

https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/news/o ... ot-at-all/

A good editorial that summarizes the failures of the project.
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https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/news/o ... ot-at-all/

A good editorial that summarizes the failures of the project.

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by alberchico
Sat May 29, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)
Replies: 10
Views: 1503

Re: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgVM7q ... entaryNerd
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someone uploaded the documentary on youtube for those who would like to downoad it. Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgVM7q ... entaryNerd

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by alberchico
Thu May 27, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)
Replies: 10
Views: 1503

Re: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)

I think some evolution of ATC, ADS-B and TCAS will be needed, if not something basically giving a route to follow (displayed on the pilot's HUD). So far none of the eVTOLs I've looked at (there are hundreds so I've not looked at all of them) seem to sport a parachute nor airbags, I find that surpri...

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by alberchico
Thu May 27, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)
Replies: 10
Views: 1503

New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/gre ... lane-race/

Pretty informative documentary. There's some new footage of the Joby Evtol, which is considered the frontrunner in the electric aircraft race.
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https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/gre ... lane-race/

Pretty informative documentary. There's some new footage of the Joby Evtol, which is considered the frontrunner in the electric aircraft race.

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by alberchico
Tue May 25, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault
Replies: 123
Views: 17229

Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1268493

Just what is causing this sudden spike in incidents ?
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1268493

Just what is causing this sudden spike in incidents ?

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by alberchico
Sat May 22, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion Supersonic shuts down
Replies: 49
Views: 9702

Re: Aerion Supersonic shuts down

I'm not sure why the SEC should be that concerned about rich people losing their money funding aviation technology. Better for us! The SEC is concerned because you don’t have to be rich to invest in a SPAC- the general public can buy shares in it just like any other company. They want to make sure ...

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by alberchico
Sat May 22, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion Supersonic shuts down
Replies: 49
Views: 9702

Re: Aerion Supersonic shuts down

As another poster mentioned, Aerion was reportedly in substantial talks to go public via a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Corp). The amount of cash that would have been raised was going to be substantial. Clearly the SPAC walked away, and obviously Aerion had no alternative means of financing. H...

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by alberchico
Mon May 17, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passengers are left terrified while crammed into Heathrow immigration queue for more than three hours
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

Passengers are left terrified while crammed into Heathrow immigration queue for more than three hours

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... queue.html

I don't understand why the issue of long lines at Hearthrow immigration has not been resolved yet. This problem has been reported on by the media for a while.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... queue.html

I don't understand why the issue of long lines at Hearthrow immigration has not been resolved yet. This problem has been reported on by the media for a while.

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by alberchico
Mon May 17, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian bush plane under construction
Replies: 4
Views: 2734

Re: New Russian bush plane under construction

Just thought I would post this long detailed article detailing the search for a successor to the legendary AN-2. http://afterburner.com.pl/in-search-of-the-successor-an-2-for-the-21st-century/ The one thing that fascinates me is that Russia already developed a successor in the form of the T-101, but...

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by alberchico
Wed May 12, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small craft midair collision near APA
Replies: 88
Views: 13711

Re: Small craft midair collision near APA

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... orado.html

more info here.

I didn't know the Metroliner was rated for single pilot operations. A damn miracle the tail did not shear off.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... orado.html

more info here.

I didn't know the Metroliner was rated for single pilot operations. A damn miracle the tail did not shear off.

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by alberchico
Mon May 10, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 208
Views: 49333

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

I just don't know how Turkey's tanking economy and overstretched defense industry can sustain a program of this magnitude. Once Erdoğan is out of power this will be the first project to be cancelled. Not to mention this program depends heavily on technology transfers that may not receive approval. ...

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by alberchico
Fri May 07, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 13126

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

At some point in the next decade the USAF will have to start working on a replacement for the C-5. And we still have a long way to go before the current 747 cargo fleet runs out of service life. Continuing to lease cargo capacity from the commercial industry is the way to go until Boeing once again ...

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by alberchico
Wed May 05, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Fate of N984TW (Last MD80 Produced)
Replies: 18
Views: 8480

Re: The Fate of N984TW (Last MD80 Produced)

While the Airline History Museum in Kansas City has their hands full with other acquisitions the addition of this MD 83 would be appropriate. I think a case could be made that initial deal on the MD 80 as well as subsequent frames helped with TWA making its way thru the mid/ late 80s and thru the 9...

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by alberchico
Wed May 05, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 208
Views: 49333

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Turkey to put more resources into TF-X programme. Turkey’s top defense procurement official, Ismail Demir, said in an April 30 TV interview that the government will prioritize the production of its indigenous TF-X fighter jet... TAI CEO Temel Kotil said in an April 27 TV interview that “the governm...

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by alberchico
Wed May 05, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baby born on SLC-HNL by mother who didn't know she was pregnant
Replies: 53
Views: 7359

Re: Baby born on SLC-HNL by mother who didn't know she was pregnant

I know this might be off topic, but if this woman genuinely did not realize this whole time she was pregnant, what happens to the baby if she was drinking or smoking all these months ?

Kind of horrifying to contemplate that.

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by alberchico
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian bush plane under construction
Replies: 4
Views: 2734

New Russian bush plane under construction

https://www.flightglobal.com/aerospace/baikal-completes-airframe-of-utility-aircraft-to-replace-an-2/143482.article https://www.aerotime.aero/26600-bumpy-story-of-baikal-newest-russian-bush-plane So apparently they were planning to build a modern bush plane resembling the AN-2 with a fully composite...

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by alberchico
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 71
Views: 6582

Re: Are things once again heating up in the Ukraine ?

The problem is that Minsk agreement(s) contain several items that are interpreted differently by Russia and Ukraine. One of the most obvious is that Russia insists on Ukraine talking directly to the separatists. Given that they are completely controlled by Russia there is the only reason why Russia...

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by alberchico
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 71
Views: 6582

Re: Are things once again heating up in the Ukraine ?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56678665

So if Ukraine launches a major offensive, then Russia would intervene. As long as Putin is in power I just don't see how this crisis can be resolved.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56678665

So if Ukraine launches a major offensive, then Russia would intervene. As long as Putin is in power I just don't see how this crisis can be resolved.

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by alberchico
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How is Airways Magazine doing these days ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

How is Airways Magazine doing these days ?

Ever since the late 90's this magazine has been published monthly, but I recently noticed they now publish only 6 issues a year. Does anyone know why ? Has there been a drop in subscriptions or a loss of ad revenue that precipitated this move ? For those who still subscribe, how is the magazine doin...

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by alberchico
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 71
Views: 6582

Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... ent-crisis

I'm surprised this is not getting picked up by other news agencies. Is this simply saber rattling, or the start of something more aggressive ?
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https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... ent-crisis

I'm surprised this is not getting picked up by other news agencies. Is this simply saber rattling, or the start of something more aggressive ?

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by alberchico
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian MC-21 and supply chain challenges
Replies: 34
Views: 6951

Re: Russian MC-21 and supply chain challenges

Not to get too into politics, but has any other civil aircraft program been targeted with similar sanctions ? What if the Russians are able to substitute all the targeted components with domestically produced parts but with a hefty weight penalty ? It derails the entire project.

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by alberchico
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 34896

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRjgTrp ... oExecutiva

Someone uploaded video of a walkaround tour of the aircraft, apparently intended for prospective customers. We finally get a good look at the cockpit !
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRjgTrp ... oExecutiva

Someone uploaded video of a walkaround tour of the aircraft, apparently intended for prospective customers. We finally get a good look at the cockpit !

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by alberchico
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 394
Views: 48355

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I understand what their strategy seems to be. Build a next gen turboprop borrowing as much R&D from the E2 as possible to speed up development time and cut costs and get it in service before the projected ATR replacement is built sometime in the mid 2030's. With a lot of early build regional pla...

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by alberchico
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 394
Views: 48355

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I understand in terms of STOL performance a high wing is preferred, but in terms of overall aerodynamic efficiency which is better, a high wing or low wing ?

It seems that multiple manufacturers such as Bae, Saab and Ilyushin have preferred the low wing.

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by alberchico
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 Traveller News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 25272

Re: Tecnam P2012 Traveller News and Discussion Thread

https://www.flyingmag.com/story/aircraft/rolls-royce-tecnam-wideroe-electric-model/ Now that the electric version of the 2012 has found a launch customer, I wonder if Cape Air could take delivery of this version at some point in the future. They definitely are interested in electric aviation seeing ...

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by alberchico
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 796
Views: 123909

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Considering that there will be plenty of second hand 777-300's available at attractive prices for freighter conversions, this might not be the best time to launch a A350 cargo variant.

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by alberchico
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 394
Views: 48355

Re: Updated: Embraer releases first rendering of its new turboprop

The technology is readily available to enable a turboprop powered E2 fuselage to cruise at 485+ mph with double digit efficiency over GTF. This is a CASM winner on paper. The fundamental issue is public perception of turboprops, but its going to have to be dealt with sooner or later as open rotor i...

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by alberchico
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General Atomics Takes Over Dornier 228NG Programme From RUAG And Launches Dornier 228NXT
Replies: 21
Views: 5086

Re: General Atomics Takes Over Dornier 228NG Programme From RUAG And Launches Dornier 228NXT

I guess it's the right company to develop pilotless civil aircraft. I would not be at all surprised if the main motive is existing interesting from a military customer, with possible civilian interest being secondary. The US DoD has been exploring unmanned cargo options for over a decade. Unconvent...

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