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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

I wonder about one aspect of all the flight and simulator tests. When the test pilots go through systems and aircraft situations in the sky or in the simulator, I am certain that MCAS was part of those tests. However, were they testing (a) MCAS actions as specified or (b) MCAS actions with erroneous...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

astuteman wrote:
I think it's really, really sad for the oh so many people at Boeing doing their best to make this right. My thoughts and best wishes are with you (as they also are with the families of the victims)


Your post is spot on, Astuteman.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

It is never a good day when the top article in WSJ is your company lying to the regulators... This doesn't _necessarily_ change the engineering of what has to change in the aircraft & training, but this really isn't good. It puts a legal, ethical, and liability strain on the company and particul...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska
Replies: 39
Views: 6848

Re: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska

Jamake1 wrote:
Looks like one of the props sliced through the fuselage.


Interesting and scary. Pieces of prop flying to the fuselage when the prop hit the rocks? I hope the injuries were not due to the prop piece, those things are horrible.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA N35953 Boeing 787-9 Still in Bangor, Maine from a Sunday Night SFO Flight
Replies: 45
Views: 15709

Re: UA N35953 Boeing 787-900 Still in Bangor Main from a Sunday Night SFO Flight

Sqlblr and Rowberto, thanks for great reports from the actual incident! Very interesting reading. Also, As an impartial observer, it never would've occurred to me that the OP was being critical of United, but what do I know. +1 I realise that some folks on the site may have a history and/or may be s...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: La Paz, Bolivia: Why so many 1:00-4:00 a.m. flights?
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: La Paz, Bolivia: Why so many 1:00-4:00 a.m. flights?

IIRC, AA flew a route that arrived at 6am and left shortly thereafter. But the route is a triangle route, flying to somewhere else in Bolivia (maybe Sucre) before heading back to US. So that takeoff doesn't need so much fuel... A mandatory picture from in-flight cabin altitude just before landing to...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Well, MCAS prevented those two airframes from stalling, ever again. On a more serious note, the debate about stall prevent system or not seems a bit too much drama about naming things. We do know what the system does, how much does it matter what it is called. FWIW, I used to think that if the creat...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain
Replies: 25
Views: 2671

Re: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain

Thanks.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain
Replies: 25
Views: 2671

Re: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain

What's the effect of heavy rain on engine performance?

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes
Replies: 57
Views: 8436

Re: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes

727LOVER wrote:
HOW DO YOU PROSECUTE, IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO DEALT IT?


If you smell something, say something.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391829

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Checking back... no news?

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

On a positive note, while there will be pain in getting this aircraft back in the air, the JATR makes a number of very rational recommendations and I think aviation will be safer as a result. That's a good thing, even if it had to be learned to the loss of many lives.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Observation O3.4-B: Extension of MCAS to the low-speed and 1g environment during the flight program WAS DUE TO UNACCEPTABLE STALL CHARACTERISTICS WITH STS ONLY. The possibility of a pitch-up tendency during approach to stall was identified for the flaps-up configuration prior to the implementation ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

I also wonder if the stall recovery procedure is really what should have been applied. The pilots possibly correctly identified the stall warnings and stick shaker as faulty, no? Either that, or they were still confused by everything that was going on. To be clear, the aircraft was never stalling. I...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Revelation, you are taking individual conditions (e.g., stick shaker) and concluding that pilots needed to run specific actions based on them. But you ignore the broader situation in the cockpit of having many other individual conditions/alarms going on, so the first task isn't necessarily to do som...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

The same year, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed a US Airways flight on the Hudson River in New York after a bird strike disabled the engines. He told lawmakers in June that the 737 MAX crew could have been confused as they struggled to maintain control of the aircraft. “I can tell you fir...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Again, for the pilots-did-it crowd: The accident did not result from the lack of a single failure of someone forgetting to do something, be it about maintenance action, "turning off MCAS", or controlling the speed of the airplane. We don't really know for sure, yet of course. But MCAS desi...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 1173
Views: 123678

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

I have not had time to follow news, is it so that no final solution was delivered in September? Or we don't know yet?

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 588080

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Here's what the Wall Street Journal wrote about the upcoming conclusions of the investigation: Indonesian investigators have determined that design and oversight lapses played a central role in the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in October, according to people familiar with the matter, in what ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 284
Views: 38856

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

While he is at it, better inspect the carpets for perfection as well #learnfromyourneighbours

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 588080

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

A bit of tribe thinking in this thread. And painting things and actions in unnecessarily bad light. When in reality things are probably moving along over the course of a normal process. I don't mean to say that the aircraft will be released tomorrow, but I'm 100% certain it will at some point, perha...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 with 550 onboard hard landing in Nigeria
Replies: 38
Views: 18026

Re: B747 with 550 onboard hard landing in Nigeria

Not very dramatic, judging from pictures?

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 588080

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

It is interesting to see the usual posters shift their attacks as the situation changes. From maintenance to pilots to training... and most recently, non-US regulatory agencies. I applaud the EASA for doing their job, and making a list of very reasonable requirements that must be satisfied, and bein...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 588080

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

http://m.aviationweek.com/commercial-av ... be-changed

... Ky told the European Parliament’s transport committee Sept. 3 that EASA has decided to recertify parts of the MAX’s flight control systems itself....



Finally, someone doing their job as intended.
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oschkosch wrote:
http://m.aviationweek.com/commercial-av ... be-changed

... Ky told the European Parliament’s transport committee Sept. 3 that EASA has decided to recertify parts of the MAX’s flight control systems itself....



Finally, someone doing their job as intended.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 588080

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: 38211

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: 30
Views: 4425

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: 23996

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: 10350

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: 4489

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: 3418

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: 13767

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: 391389

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: 391389

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: 391389

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: 42
Views: 8059

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: 42
Views: 8059

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: 19649

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: 391389

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: 9882

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: 391389

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: 7405

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: 277
Views: 68991

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: 391389

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: 391389

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: 9099

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: 19377

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: 19377

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: 3069

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: 3174

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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