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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence
Replies: 24
Views: 9845

Re: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence

That’s what happens when you think you are in a restaurant or a hotel and not a metal tube in the sky. We like to think we are so smart that we can avoid all turbulence and never have to make sudden maneuvers to avoid traffic, etc. but it will happen. Anything with any mass greater than individual f...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Engine spinner detaches mid-flight.
Replies: 45
Views: 15141

Re: Engine spinner detaches mid-flight.

I don’t know that much about the JT-8-D, but it seems like that might be more of a stationary nosecone than a rotating spinner. That would explain it not flying around and doing more damage to the engine and possibly to the aircraft. It would appear that bearing failure is actually the cause of the ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 18901

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site

Why don’t we wait and see if the knee jerk probes turn up any thing. Until then you guys are spouting wishful thinking and pure B.S.

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 18901

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site

Why don’t we wait and see if the knee jerk probes turn up any thing. Until then you guys are spouting wishful thinking and pure B.S.

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 100 Year Festivities To Be Without First KL 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9428

Re: Boeing Screws Up KL 100 Year Festivities

I have a suggestion for the title. “Idiot screws up blog”

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33812

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

I wonder if Airbus considered suing Boeing for price dumping (CSeries) instead of addressing their own cost and production issues? 'Dumping' means selling them for less than they cost to produce. Where is the evidence of that? Ok people, according to Investopia: “Dumping is a term used in the conte...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43458

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Have Boeing pulled another United-Style order here? ....mmmmmm, interesting thought. Its gonna be sure interesting to find out what IAG paid per unit for these MAX's. If Boeing have priced this deal at rates under production cost; the WTO is sure gonna be interested....... Boeing might be able to p...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43458

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

If I may add a word about containers, albeit very reluctantly. Containers are not unheard of on non-airbus narrow bodied aircraft. I remember as far back as the 1970s that Eastern used containers on DC-9s. I particularly recall this because I was sitting on an EA DC-9 at ATL looking out the window w...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 86855

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

A couple of quick points. The photo of the press release clearly shows 737MAX. This is a letter of intent. While they certainly can fall through, LOIs are not issued as bargaining chips. Give it a rest, people. The MAX will continue to fly and also to sell. Boeing is not going to go out of business....

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by nikeherc
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3418

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

“No one dares to speak out.” What unmitigated hogwash. Everybody and his idiot cousin is speaking out about Boeing. If there were to be an AD that said it was dangerous to fly Boeing airplanes in to mountains, it would get sensationalized reporting and a demand for grounding. Let’s put things in per...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 147
Views: 25332

Re: CEO: Korean Air widebody order imminent

I can't speak for why the Bloomberg article didn't list the NZ order, unless it was published just before the order was announced? While the MAX issues do not affect the 777 or 787, it all traces back to the culture and management at Boeing and that shouldn't be ignored. 737MAX troubles resulting i...

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by nikeherc
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 138
Views: 12247

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

Cool! By crazy I mean something that doesn't really make much financial sense / weird routings, etc. The one that got SMI/J fired from UA. That one was not entirely crazy. In the 70s and maybe 80s, both EA and DL did CAE-EWR several times a day. New York was and probably still is the most popular d...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 62
Views: 14863

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

S I'm not familiar with South Carolina's economy, what kind of business demand does Charleston see to the UK? Or is it mostly UK tourist traffic? I would say that tourism is the biggest draw to Charleston. There is a good bit of industry and one of the larger container ports on the east coast. There...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 464
Views: 104267

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

musman9853 wrote:
CassidysVacay wrote:
ikolkyo wrote:


Yup. The only real conclusion for now.

Maybe it had to do with the construction issues chs has been having?


I’d think that if it has to do with build quality, we would have heard something by now. With all of the Boeing bashing going on right now, somebody would have said something.

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 62
Views: 14863

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

Charleston has a fair amount of service for a city of its size. The main factors in my opinion are: U.S. government and military; tourism; Boeing; and other industry. I can’t rank those factors, but they are all important. CHS drains a large area of SC reaching as far as Columbia and Myrtle Beach an...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 5484

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Please note that the issues addressed by this AD were covered in a Boeing Information Notice date June 12, 2018, almost a year ago. It does not affect the general body of 787s and may well have already been implemented on many if not all of the affected aircraft. If this blog is going to be used to ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Heli-med rescue went very wrong
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Heli-med rescue went very wrong

Hate to be a spoil sport, but the winch did not begin spinning. The litter on the end of the winch line began spinning, apparently as a result of the rotor wash of the helicopter. A stay line would have been a good idea.

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 23014

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

Back in the 70s Delta used to fly DC-10s and L-1011s into CAE and Eastern flew A-300s. They were usually full or very close to it. Instead of 9 or 10 daily flights between CAE and ATL or CAE and CLT there may have bee 4 or 5. This was also before people would drive 100 to 150 miles for cheaper fares...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

I’ve just about quit this blog because of crap stories like this. This is the kind of thing that happens regularly. It is not a Boeing problem, it is a supplier problem. ADs are issued quite frequently. That’s what the system is there for. The sky is not falling and Boeing is not crap. Will we have ...

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by nikeherc
Thu May 23, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't McDonnell-Douglas get bailed out?
Replies: 17
Views: 2177

Re: Why didn't McDonnell-Douglas get bailed out?

In the 90s the U.S. government decided that having seven or eight major defense contractors was causing inefficiency. Although McD was the largest defense contractor for much of that period, with the AV-8, the F-18 and the F-15 among other projects, it really irked the navy with the A-12. The govern...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 21, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 246
Views: 37265

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

Apologies if this has its own thread or there's already a dedicated place for A220 news, but this is quite noteworthy: the A220's MTOW is being boosted by 2.3T, giving a range increase of roughly 450nm for the A221 and A223. http://www.forbes.com/sites/marisagarcia/2019/05/21/airbus-extends-range-o...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 21, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7726

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

As far as I know, the Martin, Sikorsky and Boeing clippers were built for Pan Am. I know that’s going back a ways, but an earlier poster mentioned the DC-2 and the DST or DC-3.

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by nikeherc
Mon May 20, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17884

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Heres what I don't get about this.... If a plane is designed to fly with one pilot, it has to be designed to fly with none. Because that pilot "system" has too high of a failure rate to operate without a backup. And if a plane can fly with none, why would it be designed to fly with one? A...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?
Replies: 21
Views: 3747

Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be? The problem is with the United States and its capitalism. Profits over people. That's the American way. No one is forced to be a pilot. If you can't make enough money being a pilot for a regional, ge...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 14, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9217

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Antarius wrote:
keesje wrote:
United Economy PM Plus, Delta Comfort Plus, KLM Comfort, AA Extra. All bigger seats, cabins, perks. One is a class, the other not? Fine! Back office discussion from my perspective.


Isnt there an anti-Boeing thread you can troll instead?

:relieved:


Best comment of the year!

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by nikeherc
Mon May 13, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ironic DL Flight Number
Replies: 53
Views: 10192

Re: Ironic DL Flight Number

Many years ago, I took DL 707 to Atlanta from CAE. The 707 family (including the 720) was the only Boeing jet family not operated by Delta until the 787. Additionally they operated the DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and MD-11. Also, the Connie, L-1011, Convair 240 and 880, plus a bunch of other types.

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by nikeherc
Mon May 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 7439

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?????

Ha, I just booked that flight. It exists for convenience, just like CHS-ATL, BLI-SEA, and many others. No reason for DL to to give up passengers to other airlines just becasue their closest hub is closer than others'. No reason to drive all the way to Detroit and deal with vagaries of traffic and l...

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by nikeherc
Thu May 09, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22058

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

The union leaders should have done their due diligence into Parker & Co and his employee relationship at both HP and US.[/quote] The problem is that the unions didn’t care about the airline, they were in a war with the airline. They didn’t care about anything but getting over on management. The...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 08, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight has emergency landing at MIA
Replies: 4
Views: 1644

Re: AA flight has emergency landing at MIA

According to the story and the accompanying picture, it was a 737.

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by nikeherc
Wed May 08, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 816
Views: 139728

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

There is a book titled “Tiger on a Leash” by Alvin Moscow. It details the story of Northeast Airlines Flight 823, a DC-6A that crashed on Rikers Island in 1957. It describes in detail the behavior of the passengers, which was largely every man for himself. Reportedly one passenger was knocked down a...

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by nikeherc
Sun May 05, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382744

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I can think of several designs that in my opinion were worse than the Max and MCAS. I would say the Electra because the wings just fell off; the Comet because the whole airplane just fell apart; the Concorde because a little FOD caused it to burst into flames. The thing about it is that the Electra ...

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by nikeherc
Fri May 03, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 498
Views: 137436

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Has anyone heard anything new on testing and first flight?

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by nikeherc
Wed May 01, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382744

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

[ I think the biggest mistake was the goal from boeing that MAX=NG. I am no Pilot, i am no engineer but I know quiet alot about fluiddynamics and in that regard MAX=NG is by no means right. They are two different aircraft. To try to make them equal lead to the death of 350 people. Traing the pilots ...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 01, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382744

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

As I understand it, the symptoms of MCAS failure and runaway trim are pretty much identical. Also as I understand it, solution for both is to deactivate the automatic trim and manually trim. Additionally, as I understand it, although there was not specific simulator training for MCAS failure, there ...

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by nikeherc
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713793

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Boeing started working on the MCAS fix after the Lion crash. They did not wait for the second accident. Lion dispatched a non-airworthy plane. There is reason to believe that both Lion and Ethiopian crews made mistakes. The Ethiopian plane was apparently damaged after takeoff. Boeing should have mad...

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Q1 2019 Results
Replies: 54
Views: 7604

Re: AA Q1 2019 Results

flight152 wrote:
[United does have majority market share with 45% of traffic year to date 2019.


Not to quibble, but 45% is a plurality, not a majority.

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 30770

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

Galleys are modular units. If the wiring is standard, then it's plug and play. Removing it is unplug and done. Removing plumbing can be done as part of a C-check if access allows it. If there is no access, you empty the plumbing and cap it. Overall, the weight of the plumbing and systems that are no...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greensboro Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5298

Re: Greensboro Aviation Thread - 2019

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a US airport with GSO’s problem.

Try CAE. We have CLT, GSP and CHS all located about 90 minutes away. They all have WN and other carriers such as B6. Not a great situation for a state capital.

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8730

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

3 - costs associated with Virgin Atlantic having specific “one-off” issues of their own to deal with (eg the B789 engine issues, having to use older less efficient aircraft, and incur the cost of leasing in replacement lift); and 4 - costs associated with capital investment (injection of funds into...

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by nikeherc
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are cargo services a precursor to passenger service?
Replies: 11
Views: 1462

Re: Are cargo services a precursor to passenger service?

Well, if Huff Daland crop dusters can become Delta Airlines, I guess anything is possible.

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by nikeherc
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14171

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

I had that experience once. I was booked on a United flight from CAE to DCA. I was somewhat alarmed when we landed at IAD, but the FA said the flight was continuing to DCA. I was the only passenger on the plane for the very short flight.

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by nikeherc
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any chance of commercial service returning to INT?
Replies: 9
Views: 1201

Re: Any chance of commercial service returning to INT?

I would say no. INT had service for years because it was Piedmont’s home and maintenance base. Even in the sixties, the majority of their service in the Triad was through GSO. At one time their maintenance hangars were located across the road from the airport. They had flashing lights to stop traffi...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Flight: UA2700 SFO-TUS-SFO (26FEB19)
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: Odd Flight: UA2700 SFO-TUS-SFO (26FEB19)

Wow! This is the kind of thread I love to read. Knowledgeable people talking about something interesting. Thank all of you for the very interesting posts.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation
Replies: 39
Views: 5139

Re: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation

Didn’t actually hit anything, but when I was flying NW from Tokyo to ORD on NW via ANC we did a go around in Anchorage because of two moose on the runway. The funny thing about it was this was my first landfall in the US in about 18 months. On my last landing in the US at the beginning of the trip, ...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 14333

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

It's not that some testing is performed. The issue / concern, is the testing that isn't performed, or the degree of actual testing, because grandfathering rules are invoked. If you can start with the 772, and invoke pre-existing 747 and 707 certification for partial grandfathering, then take 772 ce...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 14333

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

In case nobody noticed, there is a 779 static test airframe. It will undergo fatigue testing, both the fuse and the wings. Additionally, the wing will be subjected to the same maximum deflection test that the 787 was given. Thus the changes to the wings and fuselage will be thoroughly tested. The f...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 14333

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

In case nobody noticed, there is a 779 static test airframe. It will undergo fatigue testing, both the fuse and the wings. Additionally, the wing will be subjected to the same maximum deflection test that the 787 was given. Thus the changes to the wings and fuselage will be thoroughly tested. The fl...

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713793

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

The industry and regulators seem to be about half and half divided into the two schools of thought. Historical it has been done both ways. The Comet 1 grounding was precautionary before it was known what had happened. The DC10 was not even grounded after serious deficiencies were found in the cargo ...

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713793

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I understand the concern that there might be a problem with the Max, and I can even understand that there might be a case for grounding. I cannot accept that the case has been made by people who don’t know how MCAS works, or by people that claim that the two accidents have the same cause without an...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713793

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I have read a number of statements about the MCAS, which in my understanding, are just plain wrong. MCAS does not work when flaps are extended or when on autopilot. MCAS is intended to make the Max handle like the NG when being hand flown. It is not there to cure some otherwise fatal flaw in the Max...

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