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by TheSonntag
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot, 80-year-old Vietnam vet, reportedly survives Palo Alto plane crash
Replies: 8
Views: 2164

Re: Pilot, 80-year-old Vietnam vet, reportedly survives Palo Alto plane crash

We had a flight instructor who was 86 years old. He was allowed only to fly with people who already were flying solo, but he was still teaching us. Unfortunately, I only had theory classes with him. When he told us about icing and that trains were easier to spot in the old days due to the steam engi...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 101
Views: 5461

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

In germany, we usually ticket people when the speed is 10kph above the limit. 8mph are above that, so I would not consider it harsh by German standards.

Of course, 80mph is rediculously slow, but unfortunately, this might change way too soon here, too.

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by TheSonntag
Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186951

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

According to Bild, the last 4 A400M have left Kabul with all German soldiers on Board.

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by TheSonntag
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186951

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

German tabloid Bild is reporting that 4 GAF A400M are landing in Kabul at 15:30 CEST in a 5 minute follow up session.

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by TheSonntag
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will commercial flying ever become obsolete?
Replies: 42
Views: 3977

Re: Will commercial flying ever become obsolete?

Once an airplane takes off, it can fly everywhere within its range. A hyperloop can only take the routing built. High speed trains in Europe will make domestic and short haul flights partially obsolete, but can not replace them completely. Aviation must adopt to the international climate crisis. Thi...

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by TheSonntag
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186951

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Sources saying the Germans left with only 7 people onboard the A400M. Yikes. It seems they could have at least brought American or other Europeans out. https://twitter.com/jeanneplaumann/status/1427389030694629377?s=21 Some more information. The inbound flight dropped of soldiers will who help with...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff
Replies: 29
Views: 5768

Re: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff

Seems strange to me that someone tasked with flying a one-of-a-kind aircraft and the largest of its kind in the world, would wear a tee shirt with a cheap DC headset. Combine that with the little fans and the whole thing gives me more of a student pilot / 1970s C172 vibe than a freaking AN 225 LOL....

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by TheSonntag
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney - Future widebody engine?
Replies: 28
Views: 3977

Re: Pratt & Whitney - Future widebody engine?

Going back to the early 1970s P&W was the only option on the 747-100 with the JT9D, they also had the JT8D on the 727,737 and DC-9 and the JT3D on the developed versions of the 707 and DC-8 - GE and RR had a few niche products (e.g. CV990, One-Eleven etc.) but P&W almost owned the commercia...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement
Replies: 144
Views: 16193

Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement

Both A320 and 737 are outdated designs. In fact, so is the A350, because all those designs are still based on Jet A fueled technology with 30% efficiency. Even the best gas turbines are just giving modest improvements. It is certainly possible to replace fossil Jet A with synthetic, green Jet A, but...

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by TheSonntag
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus focus is on evolving existing jet models, CEO says
Replies: 129
Views: 18357

Re: Airbus focus is on evolving existing jet models, CEO says

This is not surprising, but I tend to believe the chances were never better for a "Hydrogen-Tesla" Start Up in aviation.

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by TheSonntag
Mon May 24, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32576

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

A good example for what appeasement leads to. This one requires a coordinated, very Hard political reaction.

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by TheSonntag
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Michael Collins passes away
Replies: 7
Views: 1681

Re: Michael Collins passes away

To me, the command module pilots are heroes. I am sure they were so busy that they did not have much time to think, but leaving 2 guys behind was certainly very lonely.

He had a good life. A true hero.

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by TheSonntag
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: CRAF in Foreign countries?
Replies: 10
Views: 2251

Re: CRAF in Foreign countries?

Not in peacetimes, but Germany has laws in place in case of war: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/blg/BJNR008150956.html Bundesleistungsgesetz (1) Als Leistungen können angefordert werden 9. Werkleistungen, (...) ferner Verkehrsleistungen von Eigentümern oder Besitzern von Verkehrsmitteln, auch we...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations
Replies: 55
Views: 16144

Re: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations

I am sure the business case for such a large single-frame operation that is only operated few weeks at a time is not very good. Looking at FR24, looks like its not done any fire fighting since October, over 6-months ago! I wonder why a 747 fire fighting vehicle needs a business case. Obviously, thi...

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by TheSonntag
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany retired the Bell UH-1D
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

Germany retired the Bell UH-1D

A few days ago in April 2021, Germany finally retired the Bell UH-1D after 50 (!) years of Service. In reality it was a licence built UH-1H but since the agreement said UH-1D the letter was kept. In the last years the roles were reduced. The last mission was the ICAO SAR task to search for crashed p...

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by TheSonntag
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101425

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Meanwhile, German vaccination campaign is really gaining momentum after local doctors were included into the campaign. In this week alone, we had more than 3 million vaccinations in the first 5 days.

21million jabs were given so far. Biontech is seemingly very reliable with their deliveries.

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by TheSonntag
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?
Replies: 19
Views: 3331

Re: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?

It is useful and virtually without any competition (if we ignore the AN-124) as a freighter, especially since the front loading option is vital. LH also found a rather useful niche for it, since the 777 was a bit too small for many routes in the LH network, the A380 too big, and LH had still 30 747 ...

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by TheSonntag
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 25 years ago April 11th, 1996: DUS Airport Fire
Replies: 0
Views: 1532

25 years ago April 11th, 1996: DUS Airport Fire

On April 11th, 1996, there occured a huge fire at Düsseldorf Airport which killed 17 people. The terminal was torn down and rebuilt after that, with the new terminal setting new standards for fire protection. This is probably also one of the reasons why fire protection at BER airport had the importa...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions
Replies: 71
Views: 7830

Re: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions

I like that this thread is actually about thinking about what can be done. So we are no longer discussing IF, but HOW we get aviation greener. Unfortunately, Airbus and Boeing seem totally unambitious currently. Granted, we will need some transition time, so mixing conventional fuel with synthetic f...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101425

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Biontech will deliver more in Q2 than initially planned, due to their Marburg factory already producing. But this is not enough. Curevac seemingly expects market authorisation in May or June, which will make the delivery possible in July. Too late for the summer. The next two months in Germany will ...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions
Replies: 71
Views: 7830

Re: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions

That is all insignificant green washing, totally unambitious. What we need is synthetic fuel and hydrogen planes, and BEV planes for short range.

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by TheSonntag
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101425

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

More positive news: EMA recommends the approval of the Jonson & Johnson / Janssen Vaccine. Deliveries are scheduled to start in April. They are looking into the Sputnik V data, as well, but this will take time. Curevac seemingly has very promising initial results, but is still some months away f...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: what kind of process does a company have to do when she's working on a new livery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2787

Re: what kind of process does a company have to do when she's working on a new livery?

A lot of backoffice departments (the guys who are always suspected by the "front line personnel" to not being working at all) will be involved. First, the technical department will come up with guidelines on which technical rules have to be met. Then the marketing department will make surv...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overloading Airliners - easily possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 2549

Re: Overloading Airliners - easily possible?

In General Aviation, it is quite easily possible to fly an overloaded airplane. Especially in typical trainers like the C172, if you put 4 people in it and fill up the fuel, the plane is very soon above the maximum take off weight of 1158 KG. The C172 and PA28 are really 3-person aircraft with 4 se...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam, Rollys-Royce & Wideroe to develop all-electric P-Volt aircraft for EIS 2026
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Tecnam, Rollys-Royce & Wideroe to develop all-electric P-Volt aircraft for EIS 2026

Interesting. I believe these developments have the potential of being disruptive. We will have to see how it can be adopted to larger airplanes, but the reluctant reactions from Airbus and Boeing let me wonder whether there might be a chance for a start up to come up with an airplane which is disrup...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overloading Airliners - easily possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 2549

Overloading Airliners - easily possible?

In General Aviation, it is quite easily possible to fly an overloaded airplane. Especially in typical trainers like the C172, if you put 4 people in it and fill up the fuel, the plane is very soon above the maximum take off weight of 1158 KG. Reading accident reports, it gets clear this is not that ...

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by TheSonntag
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13749

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

SLS was hated since its beginning. Lets face it - while being a political rocket, I believe it is good that America finally has a rocket which is useful for ambitious missions. It might be that SpaceX will offer something useful, as well. But having SLS is not a bad thing since it is a capable rocke...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings Discover the new LH Group airline
Replies: 131
Views: 28911

Re: Eurowings Discover the new LH Group airline

I flew EW from DUS to Ibiza in 2019 and this was by far the worst flight I ever had. Paying the employees even less (1400 is 1085 net, which is rediculous in cities like Düsseldorf) is certainly not improving their product.

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by TheSonntag
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa DC-10 routes
Replies: 21
Views: 2630

Re: Lufthansa DC-10 routes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjU1_yvfObA
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In 1994, they flew to PEK. You can see that on this very interesting documentation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjU1_yvfObA

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by TheSonntag
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo
Replies: 36
Views: 6277

Re: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo

So yes, it IS a high number of accidents. However, also the A320 suffered from accidents in the beginning which were attributable to lack of experience with the design. Better training obviously helped the safety rate of the MD-11, which improved in the latest years. Also, carriers like KLM flew the...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo
Replies: 36
Views: 6277

Re: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo

Corona helped the extension of the MD-11 life. Apart from that, a rather questionable design which found a niche, but which certainly fell far behind the A340 and especially the B777.

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by TheSonntag
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245120

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I did not read all pages, but to me doing a clean sheet design with a kerosene-burning plane seems a very conservative design. I believe this is rather disappointing. Granted, the hydrogen infrastructure isn't there yet. But the design should then at least be designed to be easily derivable to hydr...

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by TheSonntag
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245120

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I did not read all pages, but to me doing a clean sheet design with a kerosene-burning plane seems a very conservative design. I believe this is rather disappointing. Granted, the hydrogen infrastructure isn't there yet. But the design should then at least be designed to be easily derivable to hydro...

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by TheSonntag
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ju-52 crash from 2018 in Switzerland - Final accident report published
Replies: 191
Views: 81683

Re: Ju-52 crash from 2018 in Switzerland - Final accident report published

I read the report. It is a quite disturbing read, especially since they got photos from inside the airplane which they could extract from mobile phones retrieved after the crash. The depth of the analysis is very impressive, and they are very strict on the regulator, as well. Generally, the flight c...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats
Replies: 146
Views: 24519

Re: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats

Clearly an A322 even with new wings would be a rather evolutionary development. I wonder when Airbus and the industry in total will go to a hydrogen-based entirely new technology, and whether this will mean completely clean sheet new designs, or just H2 tanks in conventional airplanes. WIth that in ...

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by TheSonntag
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings Discover the new LH Group airline
Replies: 131
Views: 28911

Re: Eurowings Discover the new LH Group airline

EW is already appalling. Never had such a bad flight than with EW. I still do not believe this is the way forward. I understand the issues that you are closing in on a commodity product with little means of differentiation, but nevertheless I expected more.

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by TheSonntag
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part XI: 2021
Replies: 648
Views: 36171

Re: Brexit part XI: 2021

The (unfortunately not so) funny thing about Brexit is that virtually everything the "scarer" said became true. It is such a shame simply because a weak UK weakens the EU and also NATO. The UK is always welcome to rejoin the EU, though. The doors remain open. No doubt there will also come ...

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by TheSonntag
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Republican Voters
Replies: 34
Views: 2042

Re: Republican Voters

Thank you for your replies.

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by TheSonntag
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Republican Voters
Replies: 34
Views: 2042

Republican Voters

The US election systems "Winner takes it all" approach basically requires to decide whether you vote for GOP or Democrats. I am certain there are quite a few GOP voters who condemn Trump, but who disapprove Democrat policies. While I would not have voted for Republican i such a situation, ...

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by TheSonntag
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

Re: VFR with Airliners

Well, the SERA rules differentiate - if your plane has no transponder, you do not have to use it, just stay out of TMZ, C, D or other airspace. But if you have a transponder, it MUST be on. The checklist of our C172s all state: Transponder to ALT in the before takeoff checklist. See and Avoid is sti...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64319

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

"There was no non-trump protesters, just insurgents."

I just meant in the streets of Washington. Was there any counter protestors somewhere? Or did they stay at home due to Covid?

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64319

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

The reaction by the police force was correct. If they would have been more aggressive it could have been the start of a civil war. We rarely agree, but here we do. I even guess that Trump quietly hoped an escalation would lead to many killed protestors, with more riots happening. Were there any Ant...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64319

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

"The whole point here is that one leader and also his party told their supporters that if they fail on the democratic way, they can always push through anyway by sheer force, disregarding what is true and disregarding any democratic rules. That is massively corrosive to any democracy, and that ...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

Re: VFR with Airliners

Yes, the question for is is just - is it worth it. What I have heard and read so far (including the great book "how and why pilots die"), from a pure safety perspective, it is a huge gap forward. From a pure practical point of view it is totally unnecessary for me. I will only fly club mac...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

Re: VFR with Airliners

"I remember getting my instrument rating and thinking, "I can't believe they let me fly solo on a PPL." :D" Honestly, I still ask myself what they were drinking in June when they let my fly alone :D. But the plane survived and I am here to write, so it seems I did something right...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

Re: VFR with Airliners

Thank you all for your replies. Especially when approaching 24 in Dortmund, the approach lies between Arnsberg/Menden airfield and my home airfield EDLH (Hamm) . Since the Möhnesee (even the non germans here in the Forum know it from the dam buster raid) is a quite popular destination for short week...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR freezing development on the Ultrafan program
Replies: 46
Views: 10262

Re: RR freezing development on the Ultrafan program

This discussions shows, however, that modern aircraft engines are closing to the theoretical maximum. So evolutionary improvements are soon coming to an end. We soon need to design - what will be the future technology in aviation which is climate neutral? If aviation moves to synthetic Jet-A, not mu...

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by TheSonntag
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64319

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

As a german, my fellow American believe me - this is how the SA behaved. It is 1933 revisited.

However, US instituitions were resilient. Maybe this was finally the one step too far for the GOP.

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by TheSonntag
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

Re: VFR with Airliners

Thank you for your reply. In Germany, we have no IFR operations in G airspace as far as I am aware, but this is a german specific thing. In the video I saw they did a pure IFR flight until maybe 10 miles from the airport, then cancelled IFR and flew a pattern . As a passenger, I did fly VFR in a ATR...

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by TheSonntag
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Airliners
Replies: 62
Views: 5087

VFR with Airliners

I am a PPL student, and all I will ever fly as a hobby is VFR. I saw some documentation that Lufthansa was landing at uncontrolled airports in the netherlands to park some 747. The flight itself was seemingly IFR, but the final stages were VFR. I would like to know from the "experts": 1. I...

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