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by AirlineCritic
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

News on cnn: https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/08/20/politics/faa-boeing-737-max/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F An international panel created after two Boeing 737 MAXcrashes is expected to recommend the Federal Aviation Administration change the way it certifies planes and address safe...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 32911

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

If you use the hidden city ticketing to your benefit, if anyone asks, be sure to say that you suddenly got nausea and had to exit the airport. When the airlines start honouring their part of a fair deal (not the one they dictated), e.g., by not bumping passengers who paid for their trip. Or actually...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2633

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

I believe a modified shuttle could definitely have done a moon landing. "The shuttle glides onto a smooth landing on the Sea of Tranquility" (Seems silly to carry those mighty wings to another planetary body. Particularly, as SpaceX has shown, they not particularly necessary on earth side...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23105

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Walsh has every right to buy whatever he wants. I plan to fly other carriers until there’s enough statistical evidence that the jets are safe.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 146
Views: 6768

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

I find it unusual that Ireland can't even afford a basic jet trainer when countries of similar size and GDP, such as Finland and Denmark, can afford multiple squadrons of proper jets like F-18s and F-16s, and now even F-35s. If you'd like to to trade places on the map, Finland would be up for it :-...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..
Replies: 21
Views: 4380

Re: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..

Starlionblue, the picture is not visible at least for me (I'm in Europe, so maybe this is because of newspaper GDPR problems, same as for the article).

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often does an engine come off?
Replies: 19
Views: 3354

Re: How often does an engine come off?

Those are some surprisingly long hours for a complex mechanical system to stay on a wing, without major maintenance! Kudos for the industry to be able to achieve such high reliability and durability.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines
Replies: 51
Views: 13531

Re: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines

Incredible video & photos! Beautiful bird.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I think we can talk of three different classes of fixes and the time to turn them around: 1) Software point fix: small number of months 2) Software redesign: large number of months 3) Hardware replacement: one year or more Yes. To quote Jon Ostrower from https://theaircurrent.com/aviation-safety/fa...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

to me, it has always been completely irrelevant that MCAS was intermittent. The big failure that was missed is that the same thing that would cause MCAS cause a runaway stabilizer ALSO caused other issues simultaneously. This factor is the reason that I believe the lack of documentation of MCAS and...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I came here to read about the issues recently discovered per various news sites, to see how they might affect return to flight. But what found was continued tirade, often by the same person or persons about pilots. Sure, there may have been path to avoid a crash, and the exact procedures in this com...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights
Replies: 41
Views: 7934

Re: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights

I believe x1234's point was that AY might find the HEL-BOM-HEL route more profitable than HEL-KTM-HEL. Could well be. There's a ton of variables though. I'm sure they know the situation in India. And perhaps in time they will cover both.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights
Replies: 41
Views: 7934

Re: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights

As SQ317 says, Finnair is connecting Europe to Asia. That is their business model, not tourists from Finland or the Nepalese restaurant works going back home. The question is if there's enough Europe-wide demand for Nepal that it makes sense for AY to gather those customers and fly them to Nepal. I'...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ
Replies: 128
Views: 19311

Re: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ

Obviously, this is a miss by AC, even if the sleeplessness and door height are probably exaggerated. Kudos for her for using the flashlight to draw attention. Are cockpit doors usually left open when the aircraft is empty? I would have turned the radios on: "This is AC 123. Request immediate to...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Sully is spot-on, IMHO.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air and Asiana unhappy about the government allowing Finnair to fly to PUS
Replies: 49
Views: 9777

Re: Korean Air and Asiana unhappy about the government allowing Finnair to fly to PUS

jfk777 wrote:
Cry me a river, Korean has the Schipol of Asia and wants to limit a small Scandanavian airline's flight to a Korea's second city.


Amen

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The Muilenburg death watch has begun: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/a-question-at-the-paris-air-show-will-boeing-ceo-muilenburg-survive/ Thank you for posting this. And I agree about the analysis of timing that you posted later, Revelation. Back to the article. Slattery see...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 43
Views: 7324

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

I vote for reinserting the Gripen in the competition! Not that I have a vote, but...

Uh... and F-35 being cheaper... I believe it when I see it :-)

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67678

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

Sad. I vote for museum, a new museum with a cheap hangar to house this wonderful piece of engineering. I'm sure it would draw a lot of people. But no, not at 400M...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I'd love to know more about this, in particular the timing of when such people were pulled in relative to various statements made by the CEO. I'd love to know if the current strategy of admitting only the smallest flaw (we put too much workload on the pilots, etc) is something endorsed by these out...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 31, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don't think the MAX specifically needed more training as I see the real problem is lack of hand flying skills and confidence in flying without the nannies. I think there is a really simple test to prove your assertion wrong. All other things being equal, had they been flying NG instead MAX, this ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 31, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9039

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

That sounds pretty hard!

Where's the video? :-)

Plexiglass came off the left engine cowling, and the occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Philadelphia about 21 hours after landing.


What plexiglass is there in a cowling?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 30, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 19075

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Had they escaped the initial situation, the crucial question becomes whether the crew would have been able to determine what stall speed they had, and not accidentally slow down too much when landing. And would that have been a doable landing speed. My guess is that the answer would have been yes......

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 19075

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

The Swiss cheese holes, not a single reason. Bad maintenance (forklift), bad design (not locking slats after hydraulic failure, stick shakers run off only one hydraulic system), bad procedure (assumed all high lift devices are operational), lack of mandated safety devices (warning about slats, stick...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2944

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

So what happen if a Russian aircraft(s) that was being shadowed flew into that nation's airspace. If it didn't turn around would it be somehow forced down? It would be extremely unprofessional and embarrassing if they did this. The US & Russia may poke and prod one another, but that's kind of a...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?
Replies: 13
Views: 3072

Re: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?

They don't do aerial refueling. Also, remember that it is a command post and needs to respond to potentially changing events. Even if you can make it to the destination without refueling, perhaps they want enough fuel onboard so that (for instance) have the ability to turn around and fly somewhere e...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19650

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

Losing competition and seats is always bad. Yet it is of course true that unsustainable businesses must fail. I think the WOW situation is an overall negative for the country, but there's some potential competition in the low cost carrier space that may fill in... say Norwegian establishing a anothe...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don't believe that anybody is happy about any aspect of the MAX grounding. It is clear, that on-topic posts in this thread predominantly won't paint a nice picture of Boeing. That is inevitable. Similar like the A380 production stop thread about Airbus. This thread here by nature is a hard topic ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon May 20, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I totally agree. And the FAA certification system as well as the training system - all three are deficient. The training system is just fine. I agree, the training system is good enough (= worldwide safety records of all aircraft except the MAX are good enough). The MAX on the other hand has the sa...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 14, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 16692

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

What is relevant here is that the Boeing 737-MAX debacle is hurting the entire 737 brand. Yes, this is idiotic, but facts are less important here than perception. The journalists were to begin with, correct. And they chose to explain to their readers how this particular plane relates to the most we...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon May 13, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds
Replies: 46
Views: 6635

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

First all those problems with the building, and now also shaky grounds :D

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387369

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

litz wrote:
There's usually no news unless there's something that needs rectifying ASAP (mechanical, training, etc).


Which is a statement by itself as well...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 818
Views: 142326

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Yeah. Not a big surprise. But very sad. I'd focus this thread more on what happened to botch the landing, what was wrong before (if anything), and whether the structure of the aircraft was as strong and failure tolerant as it was supposed to be. (And, trying as an industry cut down a bit the amount ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Yes, this is a re-post of the article ( By Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg | May 10, 2019 | 12:55 PM ) commented on yesterday by myself and others. The current Boeing management didn't conceive of MCAS, but they do own the crisis management of the resulting accidents, as well as the recovery strategy, a...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don't usually agree with Aboulafia, but: “They made the wrong calculation,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group, in weighing short-term liability costs versus the risk of long-term brand damage. “Just explain what went wrong with the subsystem, and explain everything about...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I agree that the FAA is under pressure from Boeing (and probably via lobbying the politicians) to lift the grounding quickly. My argument is that to do so ahead of the rest of the world (especially EASA) would forever harm the FAA and with it impact future certification processes. Yes. Slow is some...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 09, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I find it interesting that there's so much focus on the pilots in this thread. On and on... and yes, they quite possibly or perhaps even likely made mistakes*, acted as one of the cheese holes. I But if you are blaming them for not figuring out the right procedure, perhaps you should hold others to ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April
Replies: 4
Views: 1541

Re: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April

I can imagine how big boost the strike has been for them! But. I didn't see the financial numbers, I guess they are only reported at the end of the quarter? That is what matters. Passenger numbers growth is good, but this airline has been requiring major capital injection frequently, and the only wa...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 146
Views: 26947

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

Additionally keep the Airbus vs Boeing flamebait out of the discussion Bait seems on-topic, given the fish :-) Anyway, the A321 would be a great fit for IcelandAir, so definitely worth serious consideration. Doesn't mean MAX wouldn't work also, but they'd be crazy to not consider their options. Com...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 818
Views: 142326

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

I don't think we need to debate the cost of sprinklers in runways. There are more fundamental issues with that setup, e.g., firefighters apply fairly significant water amounts but choose the target carefully. They may also apply different chemicals (foam etc). I don't know how to make the automatic ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 03, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I suspect Crew training standards were improving for quite some time on that graph along with more reliable safe designs. Crew training standards just seem to have taken a nosedive in the last 20 years. Heh. Based on evidence, it seems to me that the crew training nosedived right around the introdu...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716199

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

To preface what I'm about to say, I think the MAX is a fine plane once this particular issue is corrected. And it will be corrected. I would also like to once again note that we don't know everything. The note that has been circulating on the board clarified many things, but it didn't for instance t...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716199

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I agree with your post to certain extent, but this should be a facts based discussion. Many individuals have made claims that the 737 MAX is unstable and that's the reason MCAS is needed. Others, myself included, believe the MAX is stable but its pitch characteristics require MCAS to pass FAA stall...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716199

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I don't think this thread should become a facts-only discussion. The board is for discussion. However, I do have a modest suggestion for participants and the moderators: if you find yourself making 10-15 posts per page, sometimes up to half of the content, could you perhaps slow down? You may believ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)
Replies: 43
Views: 8335

Re: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)

No end in sight for the huge losses at Norwegian. Uh. I think there is an end in sight for their losses, actually. A permanent one. With these results, I really wonder what the financial incentive would have to be to put more good money after bad here. Don't get me wrong; I like flying them, their ...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716199

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I have to say I find reading this thread painful. From a number of angles... it does not look pretty. I think it is pretty well established that most accidents (probably including this) are going to have multiple causes. In this case most likely the design of the aircraft (MCAS, sensors, computers, ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share
Replies: 116
Views: 35415

Re: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share

Quite a contrast to the Leahy era, IMHO. I think it is the times and the situation, not the men in charge. Currently in the narrowbody segment A has the upper hand (and the MAX troubles are not helping Boeing). If you were in that situation, wouldn't you keep doing what you were doing, not bother i...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad engines and reverse thrust use
Replies: 42
Views: 3856

Re: Quad engines and reverse thrust use

The FAA objected and insisted it had a pair so Airbus obliged. That's interesting, I didn't know this. (As an aside, maybe it is time for the rest of the world to insist that if there are flight augmentation systems in the 737MAX with catastrophical failure modes they be built to use three sensors ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387369

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I'm surprised that there are no news in this thread. When is the next release scheduled to come from NTSB?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716199

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

It's pretty clear exactly what led to the crashes and what must be done to prevent MCAS from being able to do that in the future. Does it really matter if a bird strike or a magic unicorn caused the AoA sensor failure to the point that the final reports are necessary? It is also known (whether the ...

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