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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: 234
Views: 26374

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: 4513

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: 9258

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 16126

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: 9258

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: 9258

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: 1017

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: 2696

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: 13478

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: 204
Views: 46145

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: 139
Views: 11156

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: 13
Views: 6216

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: 204
Views: 46145

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: 7206

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: 2696

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: 6408

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: 6408

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: 2537

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: 6408

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: 6855

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: 34634

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: 385
Views: 44961

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: 385
Views: 44961

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: 25023

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: 723
Views: 98140

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: 385
Views: 44961

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: 5018

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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by alberchico
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future VLA-aircraft
Replies: 71
Views: 10978

Re: Future VLA-aircraft

Honestly the only future VLA's that I could see being launched in the next 20 years would be the replacements to the C-5 and AN-124 transports. Even that would be a stretch for Russia given its frosty relationship with the Ukraine, the builders of the aircraft. In terms of civil aircraft maybe in a ...

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by alberchico
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General Atomics Takes Over Dornier 228NG Programme From RUAG And Launches Dornier 228NXT
Replies: 21
Views: 5018

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

Interesting that HAL builds a lot of the aircraft components, though they are assembled in Bavaria. This seems like an odd combination, imho. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2011-10-10/ruag-shows-nextgen-dornier-do228ng I think they were only building around 4 per year still, ...

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by alberchico
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE
Replies: 20
Views: 3938

Re: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argenti ... tina.phtml

It looks like they flew to China to pick up some vaccines purchased there as well, apparently transiting via Madrid.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/lv-gif
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https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argenti ... tina.phtml

It looks like they flew to China to pick up some vaccines purchased there as well, apparently transiting via Madrid.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/lv-gif

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by alberchico
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract
Replies: 37
Views: 2127

Re: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract

https://electrek.co/2021/02/25/postmaster-general-commits-to-only-10-of-new-usps-fleet-going-fully-electric/ So only 10% of the fleet will be electric at first. Didn't Biden promise that most future purchases of government vehicles would be electric ? This looks like a huge missed opportunity. Even ...

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by alberchico
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joby Aviation reveals its electric aircraft in flight for the first time
Replies: 6
Views: 6757

Re: Joby Aviation reveals its electric aircraft in flight for the first time

In the last video there is also no pilot visible inside. It looks real, but I'm no expert. I know in one article I read that it would be piloted, but I thought it was pretty cool that it may be flown remotely. Unless I'm blind then please set me straight. Also has anyone seen where they have said t...

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by alberchico
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joby Aviation reveals its electric aircraft in flight for the first time
Replies: 6
Views: 6757

Joby Aviation reveals its electric aircraft in flight for the first time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wbFw165ar0&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=JobyAviation https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/24/22298957/joby-aviation-public-evtol-electric-aircraft-spac-hoffman Aviation Week rated this EVTOL design as the most likely to succeed given the level of funding it has re...

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by alberchico
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract
Replies: 37
Views: 2127

Re: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract

I would love love to know what the exact breakdown is between the electric and conventional trucks in terms of number ordered. I wonder if not committing to an all electric fleet would was a mistake. The technology is available right now. For the routes that they serve range certainly can't be that ...

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by alberchico
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mexican Government Learjet 45 crashes in Veracruz State
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: Mexican Government Learjet 45 crashes in Veracruz State

bennett123 wrote:
Surprised that the pilots died.

The cockpit seems to be intact.


The fuselage may have buckled preventing the exits from properly opening. Or more likely the toxic fumes and smoke from the fire may have incapacitated them.

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by alberchico
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GOP Wars: Trump Goes After Mitch McConnell
Replies: 35
Views: 2421

Re: GOP Wars: Trump Goes After Mitch McConnell

Good. A civil war within the ranks of the Republican party would be quite entertaining to watch.

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by alberchico
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 8292

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

I wonder if this could be a desperate attempt to keep the project alive until the feds give them a substantial infusion of funds to properly complete it. Knowing how pro rail Biden is, this project has a chance at salvation.

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by alberchico
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: End of the line for Learjet
Replies: 35
Views: 5604

Re: Official: End of the line for Learjet

I always wondered. Considering the vast sums that were invested into the development of the Lear 85, not to mention the fact that a prototype was already flying, how far did the program have to go before certification was complete ? Is it possible for another company to buy the rights to the program...

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by alberchico
Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Archer Aviation's $1 Billion order from United Airlines!
Replies: 29
Views: 5235

Re: Archer Aviation's $1 Billion order from United Airlines!

Please don't attack me here, just wondering if United was in their minds heading towards an inevitable filing for bankruptcy eventually.......could it be a good long term move to spend this cash now on something that could pay out in the future? Even if there is a CARES3 its not gonna be enough tim...

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by alberchico
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Archer Aviation's $1 Billion order from United Airlines!
Replies: 29
Views: 5235

Re: Archer Aviation's $1 Billion order from United Airlines!

Why didn't they team up with Joby ? Aviation Week recently analyzed all the EVTOL designs in development worldwide and rated Joby as the only American entrant with the highest chance of success. https://aamrealityindex.com/ Considering that Joby already has a prototype flying, this company seems cre...

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by alberchico
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 34634

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Are there any known sales campaigns for the SkyCourier? As exciting as the FedEx order is, there needs to be more volume. I can see a large quantity selling, but I haven't heard anything about other potential buyers. Lightsaber Based on this official Cessna image, it looks like at one point it was ...

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by alberchico
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Just found this fascinating history blog on WW2 surplus goods
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Just found this fascinating history blog on WW2 surplus goods

This blog has very detailed and informative articles on the post war uses of many surplus equipment. Definitely worth checking out. https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/ https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/last-voyage-of-ara-santa-fe-1982/ https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/2020/04/11/aac...

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by alberchico
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR
Replies: 19
Views: 26144

Re: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR

I'm surprised they didn't donate some of those cabin trainers to a museum at least for the tax write offs. That 747 could have made an amazing hands on exhibit. What a missed opportunity. Just out of curiosity did BA ever have a Concorde cabin trainer ? If so what happened to it ?

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by alberchico
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained
Replies: 15
Views: 1393

Re: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11685977

It should be noted that this woman has thoroughly tarnished her reputation over serious human rights abuses that occurred under her watch.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11685977

It should be noted that this woman has thoroughly tarnished her reputation over serious human rights abuses that occurred under her watch.

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by alberchico
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 34634

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Can’t think of a more perfect replacement for Air Cargo Carriers than this. As long as it can be had for $600,000. New build pricing will be an issue. However, with FedEx as the launch customer, we know the SkyCourier will be well debugged. At $5.5 million each, customers will wait for a debugged p...

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by alberchico
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 34634

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Almost forgot, this project was recently launched, first as a fire-fighting version but eventually down the line there will be a 19 seater version offered. Not to mention that the Twin Otter and the Let-410 are still in production in a heavily upgraded form. Lastly, there is a small start up company...

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by alberchico
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New SEAT program and competition to the Skycourier?
Replies: 5
Views: 1973

Re: New SEAT program and competition to the Skycourier?

I honestly am not confident in the prospects of a passenger version, but as a pure fire fighting aircraft it could very well succeed.

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