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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3522

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

In any case, the MD-11 seems to feature high on these lists. It has a hight thrust to weight ratio. But why? They accidentally slapped too large engines on it? It performs better than the quads, for obvious reasons? But why better than two-engine ones? Or is this a remnant of the aircraft's much dis...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do Military Aircraft make refueling stops while enroute or are they just refueled while flying?
Replies: 21
Views: 1512

Re: Do Military Aircraft make refueling stops while enroute or are they just refueled while flying?

RetiredWeasel wrote:
Flew an F-4 for 12 hours from George AFB, CA to Wildenrath AB, Germany non stop.


That's a long time on an F-4! Does that require also refilling the bottle tank from the bladder tank at some point en-route? :-)

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1919
Views: 446970

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

And now NTSB releases its "determination": ​WASHINGTON (July 14, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public board meeting held Tuesday that Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, because of the first officer’s inappropriate response to an ina...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787
Replies: 174
Views: 33965

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

MIflyer12 wrote:
You asked this rhetorically but I'm going to respond anyway.


I'd suggest you should not try to assign motivations to people who you don't really know. I'm sure you wouldn't like others to claim motivations for yourself.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787
Replies: 174
Views: 33965

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

I predict cancellation of the whole type. I realise many here don't agree with that, almost done already etc. But, the aircraft aren't really needed.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020
Replies: 95
Views: 18927

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020

This may be a time to start a new airline, then...?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market
Replies: 66
Views: 19332

Re: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market

I'll wait with my offer until the price drops under a thousand, and crude oil price becomes negative again :-) Seriously though, while wonderful, and great layout, I do wonder why private aircraft often have such old style decor. If I had a private yet, it would have a modern and/or cozy style. And ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 307
Views: 54352

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Tentatively good news, congrats to all involved! But still some road ahead before final success can be announced. Keep working diligently rather than celebrate too early.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda A330 runs off runway
Replies: 17
Views: 6908

Re: Garuda A330 runs off runway

Thanks again mandala499 for your local, detailed information!

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22183

Re: Revisiting MH370

This isn't a very useful thread, we know literally nothing new since the previous threads. Some posts in this thread are either too eager to push a particular cause or slam another cause out of the realm of feasibility. We don't know. There's some information about the plane's route and found parts,...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s
Replies: 126
Views: 23723

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

Are most people who fly on Norwegian O&D or are a sizable number of them transfer? O&D where? Norwegian's network is quite a mesh, they do not (for instance) fly everyone to Oslo and then back somewhere else. I'd claim that by far most Norwegian flights are O&D to the endpoints of the f...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s
Replies: 126
Views: 23723

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

airbazar wrote:
Their bread and butter was intra-Europe flights.


Yes, that's right.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 17943

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Sadly, this may have been the right action. Fake licenses and remarkably non-compliant flying in the recent accident would either one alone be cause for serious concern, but both... Here's hoping that this is the wake-up call to ensure that the credentials, training and staff is all as it should be.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

You mean today? This is one flight where live streaming video from the cockpit would be useful...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbHozXAU0AAgvtX?format=jpg&name=small Thanks for posting. The images are slanted in different ways, but it seems that the nose is down a bit, not entirely level. Do others agree? If the nose is down a bit, that is natural of course when there's no nose gear down, and...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed
Replies: 19
Views: 2953

Re: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed

It is a surprising control function to have. I understand it in some ways (e.g., aircraft pitching down instead of stalling) but this particular case didn't seem like there was a need the aircraft to do this. What was the control system trying to achieve?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

What we don't seem to have had was the "come to Jesus" moment where Boeing admits it let commercial goals drive a series of unacceptable engineering decisions and FAA admits it left Boeing to its own devices far too much. At best we had some apologies without admissions. I can imagine tha...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

One of my life maxims is that government, by its very nature, is fundamentally incapable of competence. And it certainly applies here. That is perhaps a bit of a one sided view into this issue. Common among some folks out there, very common in US for instance. But the problem is that many organisat...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Thank you Revelation for posting information about the proposed bill. I for one would like to see something like that. There's clearly a big role for the manufacturers in the certification process, but I would like to see some oversight in critical systems, and the proposed bill seems to be a reason...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

What do you mean? Cockpit failures are the most common accident cause. Or did you mean cockpit failure in otherwise entirely unimpeded situation (no weather, no fuel shortage, no equipment failures)?

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, May 2020

they probably are better off not taking any new aircraft Indeed. (It is actually amazing how in tune Boeing has been with its customers. While Airbus continues to peddle their product to the customers even at these hard times, Boeing pre-emptively disabled their ability to deliver certified airplan...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First electrical airplane in the world certified !
Replies: 53
Views: 7029

Re: First electrical airplane in the world certified !

This is great news and a big milestone. Congratulations.

Evolution will move forward. This isn't perfect yet but ... it will improve. Lets see where we are after 10 or 30 years.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, May 2020

The situation is in some sense good news, production starting (even with need for much less shipsets from Spirit). But when I read stuff like: The companies are now in the last stages of “mopping up bits and pieces” of its protracted re-development that has stretched more than 20 months ... I get wo...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Selling Lounge Artwork to Raise Cash
Replies: 11
Views: 3508

Re: British Airways Selling Lounge Artwork to Raise Cash

What has the world has come to? If they are selling the lounge art, what's next? Selling lounge snacks for human consumption? I certainly hope not :-) I've spent a lot of time in those lounges, can't say I ever noticed.... Maybe they mean from the walls inside the head office. Seriously though, I ha...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

That's small good news in this tragedy.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 27, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordwind A321 Rough Landing in Antayla
Replies: 41
Views: 11554

Re: Nordwind A321 Rough Landing in Antayla

ikarlson wrote:
This flight didn't have passengers on board


Yes, but the fish in the cargo hold were quite shaken.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10136

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

Indeed. Just because parts are not flight critical doesn't mean having them fly off and hit other parts of the aircraft is safe. We don't know how safe/unsafe that is, for all we know this crew might have gotten very lucky or just enjoyed the likely outcome. But I'm 100% certain that there are situa...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 24, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Those dark marks are not just scraping, they are either oil/hydraylic fluid, or burn marks from the leaks and parts from the engine burning away.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 22, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Nmcalba: great find indeed.

With that kind of damage... it is hard to imagine an engine could run for any longer period. Seems like today's aircraft was doomed as they lifted from the runway on the first landing attempt.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 22, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154399

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sad day. Thinking about the people impacted by this. But maybe we are jumping to conclusions quite quickly here. As we know, information in the first few moments is quite error-prone. We have reports of go-around, gear problems, and engines going out. All or none of these may turn out to be true. If...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 19, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 744
Views: 111333

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Great work indeed, airplanecrazy!

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does anyone remember TWA 427 accident at STL?
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

Re: Does anyone remember TWA 427 accident at STL?

http://libraryonline.erau.edu/online-fu ... R95-05.pdf
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I thought that wing didn't look flyable, and indeed they managed to stop on the runway.

Here's the accident report:
http://libraryonline.erau.edu/online-fu ... R95-05.pdf

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines
Replies: 342
Views: 30156

Re: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines

Dear Mr. O’Leary You can of course submit a complaint. Unfortunately, if since you did not complete the process three months ago and print the complaint vouchers yourself, you needs to pay an extra compensation complaint fee, 1.2B€ for each billion you complain about. Plus 52.40€ credit card fee. It...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380: what would Emirates do?
Replies: 54
Views: 14495

Re: A380: what would Emirates do?

The discussion is a bit of too much around being a fan (or not) of certain types of aircraft. I think there there are some things that are very clear at this point, but much is also unclear and we'll have to wait to see what happens. It is clear that all airlines will be attempting to cancel, delay ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147826

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

Sad, but also predictable in this situation. Each corporation is in a fight for their survival and there simply isn't any money laying around to make deals on.

Lets see who survives the next year or two, then the dance can start again.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I am amazed that they would be able to tell this kind of thing. Yes, they would see the sensor values. How do they know there was extra fluid and not something else?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Wow, a very interesting picture! Thanks for posting.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 53131

Re: Norwegian Puts 4 Subsidiaries Into Bankruptcy

Did Norwegian own or lease their planes?

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order
Replies: 225
Views: 41276

Re: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order

I will make a prediction that Boeing will cancel the 777X. No one who currently has ordered will actually want/need it; the demand has taken a huge hit, and they will try to cope with the aircraft they already have. Even when the demand recovers, it will not do so at the level we had before Covid. I...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 12921

Re: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

That is surprising. Is LH flying the 747s for cargo mostly, or what's going on?

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF
Replies: 31
Views: 9708

Re: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF

Interesting. I didn't realise that aircraft can be fitted with undersize nuts & threads in maintenance, I suppose due to re-threading bolts? Clearly an opportunity for an error...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155193

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

So, if we predict aviation takes a major hit even long-term, would that change the focus of airlines to go from 200+ seat narrow bodies to 150-180 seat narrow bodies? And perhaps also less far away travel, and more transcons. That might help the 737. Not clear that it will save the MAX, however. In ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, April 2020

Airbus is rumoured to be cutting production of the 320 series aircraft by 50%. My guess is that they've run the numbers and see a world-wide demand cut of 75% for new narrowbody aircraft, beyond the current acute situation. Airbus will deliver all those narrowbody aircraft that the market will need ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA orders carriers to inspect 11 IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident
Replies: 28
Views: 8997

Re: FAA orders carriers to inspect and re-check IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident

Wow. Had not seen that incident earlier. Quite a fire from engine explosion!

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former SAS manager suggest a consolidated Nordic Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 4186

Re: Former SAS manager suggest a consolidated Nordic Airlines

This is a very stupid idea. It would be another SAS with even further distributed hubs and management unable to do anything.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Manual trim didn't work, crew tries to go back to electric trim but then MCAS kicks in and kills them. That's terrible.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges
Replies: 70
Views: 10263

Re: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges

It is terrible. Nothing has changed, still blaming pilots when even the newly-trained and they-knew-what-they-were-going-face pilots fail to manage the MAX's complex xmas tree lights warning situations. I feel like a third CEO is needed.

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