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by william
Tue Aug 16, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saving the last full passenger Convair CV580
Replies: 17
Views: 4021

Re: Saving the last full passenger Convair CV580

Wow, American Eagle flew those back in the 80s out of DFW. Thanks for the memories.

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by william
Tue Aug 16, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft
Replies: 124
Views: 12584

Re: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft

We have seen these concepts come and ago but a non refundable deposit. Either the deposit is small or a tax write off. Or Boom........is..........(gasp).........for real. "American Airlines and Boom Supersonic today announced the airline’s agreement to purchase up to 20 Overture aircraft, with ...

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by william
Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: [CNN interview 12/8] Emirates wants Airbus to build a new version of A380
Replies: 173
Views: 25427

Re: [CNN interview 12/8] Emirates wants Airbus to build a new version of A380

Its situations like this that allow room for a much needed third competitor. Will it come from China? Or maybe a derivative from a future Defense C5 replacement ( Of course EK would have discussions with Lockheed or Northrop). Who knows, but there is about to be a vacuum in the large VLA space, and ...

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by william
Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there daytime flights from North America to Europe?
Replies: 113
Views: 20946

Re: Why are there daytime flights from North America to Europe?

Left RDU at 6PM, went to sleep, woke up arriving into LHR at 9AM. Thought it was great, did not know I was in the minority. Did not care for the westbound flight across the Atlantic, 7 hours of staring at the blue sea is monotonous.

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by william
Wed Aug 10, 2022 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 487
Views: 78952

Re: Austin Aviation Thread - 2022

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/ ... rm-go-off/
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Do to a fire alarm going off, the terminal was evacuated this morning. Nice way to start off the day.

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/ ... rm-go-off/

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by william
Tue Aug 09, 2022 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 119215

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Except you don’t have the torque issues in a jet engine you have with a turboprop. Rudder and elevator blanking is an issue in the MD series of T tails. The turboprop Is going to exacerbate that issue. The CBA-123 Vector, of similar configuration and developed in the early 90's - although much smal...

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by william
Tue Aug 09, 2022 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2022
Replies: 428
Views: 81510

Re: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2022

ClassicSpotter wrote:
NZ321 wrote:
So do some Star Alliance carriers dock at C/D heavy gates? Or is it just UA?


I believe no one other than UA uses C/D


Was there last month, it was only UA. A merciful decision.

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by william
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build
Replies: 44
Views: 10088

Re: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build

Weird that the 747 and I are roughly the same age. She had a good run, fitting that she was mostly replaced by sister, the 777.

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by william
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build
Replies: 44
Views: 10088

Re: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build

Boeing757100 wrote:
Alpha Lima Lima Hotel Alpha India Lima Tango Hotel Echo Quebec Uniform Echo Echo November!!!!!!!


Well stated

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by william
Thu Jul 28, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 2nd Qtr Profit
Replies: 11
Views: 2261

Re: WN 2nd Qtr Profit

Impressive since they made and been making substantial profits doing things the SWA way to the chagrin and dismay of Anet.

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by william
Thu Jul 28, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's next for Alaska Airlines
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: What's next for Alaska Airlines

Assuming the Spirit/Jetblue merger goes through, the combined airline will be the 5th largest. Where does that leave Alaska? Where do they go from here? It seems like they're too big to be a takeover target but who would they buy if they want to become larger? That is how we got down to four large ...

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by william
Wed Jul 27, 2022 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Results
Replies: 11
Views: 2011

Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Results

The bleeding is slowly coming to an end. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/boeing-reports-second-quarter-results-113000091.html Operating cash flow of $0.1 billion; continue to expect positive free cash flow for 2022 Increased 737 production to 31 per month; working with FAA on final actions to resume ...

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by william
Tue Jul 19, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 102
Views: 18474

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

6 wheel main boogie? How heavy is this thing?

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by william
Mon Jul 18, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Demonstration flights at Air Shows
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

Demonstration flights at Air Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi3CWoLgQlI
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Boeing and Airbus do demonstration flights at Air Shows to serve a purpose, but oh my...........Did watching this sway lufthansa to order the 777X? LOL......JK.......Impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi3CWoLgQlI

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by william
Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

There is another railroad merger that could be of interest. After aborted attempt(s) about what to do with largely failing Conrail, CSX and NS, fierce competitors bought out and split Conrail. It seemed to solve a lot of problems, Conrail was finally worth something. NS and CSX both came out profit...

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by william
Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/15/iss-urg ... erior.html
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From CNBC- As predicted, cold hard cash usually wins.

"ISS urges Spirit shareholders to vote against Frontier merger, calls JetBlue bid superior"

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/15/iss-urg ... erior.html

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by william
Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

The leaders in this area of the DOJ have stated they’re going to scrutinize and sue over mergers. The T-Mobile/Sprint merger is was done in early 2020, so the aforementioned leaders weren’t in any way overseeing the DOJ. Ultimately, none of us know what’ll happen, but the DOJ has signaled that they...

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by william
Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Central Railway
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Texas Central Railway

https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/art ... riate-time

"Texas Central has a plan, organizers say more details coming ‘at an appropriate time’"
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The latest word from the company is this-

https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/art ... riate-time

"Texas Central has a plan, organizers say more details coming ‘at an appropriate time’"

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by william
Fri Jul 15, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Central Railway
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Texas Central Railway

The sad thing is this project like the CAHSR has poisoned the waters for future HSR projects. Will be hard to take any future HSR project seriously. Wish Brightline would come in and take over this project with a lower cost and a true business plan with financing. But as stated, the rising interest ...

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by william
Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts
Replies: 66
Views: 3097

Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts

https://apnews.com/article/netherlands-agriculture-pollution-58f6c899530f5e9f05e9964da8c328da "The LTO, which represents about 30,000 farms — nearly a half of the Dutch total — described the nitrogen reduction target as “simply unfeasible.” Dutch farms produced exports worth 94.5 billion euros ...

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by william
Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

From CNBC- "Frontier urges Spirit to delay vote again, let shareholders consider ‘best and final’ offer" https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/11/frontier-airlines-tells-spirit-airlines-offer-is-best-and-final-asks-to-delay-vote-again.html CNBC last week reported that Spirit didn’t appear to have e...

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by william
Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4th of July Mass shooting in Chicago suburb
Replies: 63
Views: 3560

Re: 4th of July Mass shooting in Chicago suburb

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/illino ... index.html
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Six dead so far and 31 injured

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/illino ... index.html

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by william
Mon Jul 04, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge
Replies: 39
Views: 6690

Re: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge

So what tax is it when I fly on British Airways through Heathrow from Europe to the US on an AA free ticket and yet it costs me close to $300 in taxes and fees? Flying from US to Europe through Heathrow on AA on free ticket costs me $65 in fees. Are we talking about the same tax? Because BA charges...

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by william
Mon Jul 04, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge
Replies: 39
Views: 6690

Re: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge

So what tax is it when I fly on British Airways from Europe through Heathrow to the US on an AA free ticket and it costs me close to $300 in taxes and fees? Flying from the US through Heathrow to Europe on an AA free ticket costs me $65 in fees. Are we talking about the same tax? Where you say 'fre...

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by william
Mon Jul 04, 2022 3:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28704

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Excellent race, the new owners of F1 must be smiling.

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by william
Sat Jul 02, 2022 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated #2: DL ordered 100 737 MAX 10 + 30 options
Replies: 321
Views: 84728

Re: Delta 100 737 MAX 10 Deal Imminent

Didn't think Delta would ever order Boeing again after the CSeries/A220 fiasco 6 years ago. Also...why do this when they have tons of A321neos on the books? Would be quite shortsighted if Delta holds any grudges against Boeing for things in the past. Better to have large fleets from both manufactur...

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by william
Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge
Replies: 39
Views: 6690

Re: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge

So what tax is it when I fly on British Airways through Heathrow from Europe to the US on an AA free ticket and yet it costs me close to $300 in taxes and fees? Flying from US to Europe through Heathrow on AA on free ticket costs me $65 in fees.

Are we talking about the same tax?

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by william
Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

Thanks for those links. To add addition comments: The more I think about it jetBlue's current 12% tender attraction probably comes from individual investors favoring jetBlue as a carrier (not that it's all that superficial of a decision). One might think NK vote-delays mean jetBlue is more appealin...

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by william
Thu Jun 30, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri
Replies: 33
Views: 2121

Re: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri

60-80 trains fast 70 mph intermodal freight trains ply that route between CHI-LA. Communities along the route knows this. If it was not a 90 mph Amtrak train it would have been a high speed Intermodal train hitting this truck. Sadly, we cannot ask the driver why. As they say, " Don't try to bea...

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by william
Thu Jun 30, 2022 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/29/spirit-airlines-delays-shareholder-vote-on-frontier-deal-to-july-8.html “Spirit would not have postponed tomorrow’s meeting if they felt they had the votes,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry consultant and president of Atmosphere Research Group. Spirit didn’t ...

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by william
Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge
Replies: 39
Views: 6690

Re: Heathrow Airport told to reduce passenger charge

The *tax* goes to the UK Govt... none of that goes to LHR. It is a genuine Govt tax on travel whether you fly from Heathrow, Manchester or any other airport in the UK. The US$100 you mention is likely this Govt tax The news is about the airport usage fees that Heathrow charges airlines... namely ab...

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by william
Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 40 people found dead in abandoned truck in San Antonio
Replies: 17
Views: 1435

Re: At least 40 people found dead in abandoned truck in San Antonio

Sigh...this is worse than the 39 Vietnamese illegal migrants that died the same way in UK a few years back. Death toll is close to 50 now :(. But like other said - as long as the demand is there, people are going to risk their life just to come to US. Disgusting. But, the tolerance of rampant illeg...

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by william
Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The nuclear 5000 passenger airplane
Replies: 51
Views: 8329

Re: Ready for a flying cruise ship?

Reminds me of something I used to read in Popular Science or Popular Mechanics....................Which its never going to happen. Nice to dream though.

I thought it would be an airship reading the thread title.

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by william
Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7220
Views: 502328

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Well, we knew this when the war started. The Ukraine Situation Report: Cross-Border Sabotage Raids And CIA Operatives In Kyiv "Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that “some C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much...

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by william
Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

Strange Spirit's stock is moving down- "Spirit Airlines — The budget airline’s shares fell more than 7% amid news that advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services told Spirit shareholders to vote for the proposed merger with Frontier Airlines. It comes after Frontier Airlines upped the cas...

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by william
Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Ongoing Issues
Replies: 95
Views: 19407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Ongoing Issues

Thanks. The FAA cleared the MAX to fly that is what counts from my view. However the -10 and -7 certifications feel to be stalled for some reason. It was a short fuselage (=most tricky) -7 that did the successful test flights for recertification and the long fuselage (=least tricky) should be the m...

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by william
Sat Jun 25, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier and Spirit to Merge!
Replies: 525
Views: 81553

Re: Frontier and Spirit to Merge!

Still not all cash, and cash is king right now.

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by william
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages
Replies: 57
Views: 4363

Re: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages

If the wealth in the world doesn't trickle down and be seen to do so beware those at the top. Looks what’s happened to the wealthy of Russia they’ve had all there wealth take from them, I don’t see any reason why we can also take all the wealth of our own billionaires? .For some reason I don't thin...

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by william
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 186
Views: 11662

China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

https://apnews.com/article/beijing-china-shanghai-government-and-politics-6ce51d1901b3a5658cc9ef7e62b65000 "BEIJING (AP) — Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday, the first such ship to be both designed and built in China, in a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and po...

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by william
Fri Jun 17, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45891

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/16/environmental-groups-sue-biden-to-block-oil-and-gas-drilling-permits.html While I agree with the premise, wouldn't this mainly be replacing the fossil fuels sold by Russia and OPEC autocracies? Environmentalist are problem wondering what is the problem? They state hi...

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by william
Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7220
Views: 502328

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I want to know what percentage of Javelins made it to the battlefield. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/ukraine-has-no-number-to-call-to-troubleshoot-its-200k-javelin-missiles "Ukrainian Troops Have Nobody To Call To Troubleshoot Their Javelin Missiles Complicating the Ukrainian forces' ab...

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by william
Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 95
Views: 5844

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

dfwjim1 wrote:
Is the scene where the F18s fly sideways under a tall bridge real or computer generated?


Pretty sure CGI, supposedly that location is in Washington state and the military do that maneuver in the valleys there all the time.

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by william
Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue Agrees to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion After Frontier Deal Dies
Replies: 2278
Views: 302630

Re: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit

I really don’t understand why people keep saying the merger will not be approved by the government. There has been mergers in the past ten years that are waaay more anti competitive than this (US/AA, Sprint/T-Mobile), and I’m sure if the time comes to drop the NEA, B6 will consider it but they most...

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by william
Sat Jun 11, 2022 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 95
Views: 5844

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

https://lockheedmartin.com/topgun#topgundarkstar
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Since this is an aviation website, one might find this interesting regarding "Dark Star"

https://lockheedmartin.com/topgun#topgundarkstar

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by william
Fri Jun 10, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 95
Views: 5844

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

Must add, was disappointed in the ending. Kind of a let down, but that is all I will say to not spoil it.

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by william
Fri Jun 10, 2022 3:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 95
Views: 5844

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

Awesome movie. Brought back memories from 86. Major props for using real aircraft in stunts. Coming from military family I appreciated some of the military lingo. Since Holllywood is a copycat industry hope this starts a trend of less cgi and more real stunts. And since we are keeping score $612 mil...

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by william
Fri Jun 10, 2022 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 100
Views: 18454

Re: What next for Airbus?

sxf24 wrote:
I think Airbus needs to figure out how to certify and deliver the A321XLR. The certification process is clearly going to be more intense then expected and airlines are already preparing for delays.

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This……….The days of simple certifying of variations based on a platform are over.

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by william
Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5792

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

Well there is the joke that LHR is a shopping mall with attached airport. Every time I fly from LHR T5 I wonder if it's worth it for the Pradas, Chanels etc shops to be there as you only usually see one or two lost pax in there. The US airports I've flown from do subjectively have fewer (clothes, l...

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by william
Tue Jun 07, 2022 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 50140

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

As a slight sidetrack, there was some talk about Boeing creating a new design philosophy for the cockpit, starting with their next family of aircraft. Is there any learned speculation as to what that might mean in a practical sense? It seems like that would be a project worthy of hiring that would ...

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