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by CO953
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat Assignments and COVID19
Replies: 12
Views: 1978

Re: Seat Assignments and COVID19

Does anyone know how Southwest (WN) is handling the social distancing issue, with their open seating ? I am on a flight on Friday, and just curious what to expect. I know they aren't offering any snack/drink service. I can only offer one data point - the MSY-LAX nonstop I took Monday night on a Sou...

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by CO953
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern California Airports Covid19 Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 5554

Re: Southern California Airports Covid19 Thread

Went spotting twice last week at Imperial Hill, from approx 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Though I realize it's anecdotal, on the first night, we counted an average span between departures (from any of the four runways) of 4min38sec, for both 2hr periods combined. If you don't count cargo-only ops off of 25L, ...

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by CO953
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft
Replies: 182
Views: 60612

Re: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft

MD Douglas MD-11 (F) 48476 510 N522FE FedEx ferried 17apr20 MEM-VCV for storage ex N805DE Douglas DC-10 MD‑10‑10(F) 46613 42 N375FE FedEx feried 10apr20 MEM-VCV for storage ex N1814U https://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=4 Wow..... they got every last ounce out of that old UA...

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by CO953
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash
Replies: 50
Views: 10394

Re: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash

For any NCAA football fans, one of the victims is the daughter of LSU's offensive coordinator. Actually she was the wife of the OC's son. Sad as she was just 30. To poster CO953--sorry for your loss and hopefully you have only good memories of your cousin, and I hope you cherish what are now your f...

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by CO953
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash
Replies: 50
Views: 10394

Re: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash

Thanks Jouhou - Yes, I'm going to go out to see some friends. Life deals bad cards from the deck sometimes, and this was one of them. I just wanted to get some of the initial info out early in the thread, to vouch for my cousin's reputation, because I know sometimes we get some posters throwing some...

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by CO953
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash
Replies: 50
Views: 10394

Re: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash

CO953, Sorry for your lose and of course for all of the families involved. For any NCAA football fans, one of the victims is the daughter of LSU's offensive coordinator. I wondered why they were showing her picture before the start of the game, man that is brutal. Thank you. Yes, confirmed, as I ha...

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by CO953
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash
Replies: 50
Views: 10394

Re: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash

I just received a call and was told that the pilot was my first cousin, and I have no reason to believe the information is wrong :( If this was he, we were together at Christmas dinner, and he was sharp as ever - 51 y.o., very active and talented, very, very sharp and detail-oriented, and flew for ...

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by CO953
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash
Replies: 50
Views: 10394

Re: Lafayette, LA: 5 killed in Crash

I just received a call and was told that the pilot was my first cousin, and I have no reason to believe the information is wrong :( If this was he, we were together at Christmas dinner, and he was sharp as ever - 51 y.o., very active and talented, very, very sharp and detail-oriented, and flew for b...

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by CO953
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL2353 diverts to TPA after rapidly descending from FL 390
Replies: 59
Views: 13923

Re: DL2353 diverts to TPA after rapidly descending from FL 390

KFTG wrote:
How is the year the airplane was built relevant to the discussion?


Metal fatigue/cycles, I would think?

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by CO953
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pitts S-2B biplane crashes in New Orleans, killing longtime TV anchor and veteran stunt pilot
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

Pitts S-2B biplane crashes in New Orleans, killing longtime TV anchor and veteran stunt pilot

Nancy Parker, a longtime New Orleans television anchor for the local Fox 8 affiliate, was killed yesterday in a crash near New Orleans Lakefront airport (KNEW/NEW) while filming a story as a passenger in a Pitts S-2B stunt biplane, piloted by veteran African-American stunt pilot Franklin J.P. August...

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by CO953
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35312

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing

It is said that United 292 slid into a similar type of cornfield reducing impact and injuries too.. If you're referring to United 232 in Sioux City, the cornfield at the end really didn't do much. The DC-10 was already cartwheeling and broke to bits. In my opinion the only help the cornfield gave w...

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by CO953
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35312

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing

Wow, anet is off its game today...... NO ONE said this yet??

"THAT'LL BUFF RIGHT OUT!!!!"

:bouncy:

What a great end to a bad situation..... KUDOS to the crew :!:

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by CO953
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

There needs to be better grooming and training of pilots, less expensive to learn how to become a pilot, better pay for pilots in their early years and on smaller 'commuter' airlines. It is not very good to pay someone flying humans more like in term of real time working for a pay rate like a worke...

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by CO953
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

You can not train the failure of a function that is not even documented (Lion Air) and also not for the MCAS fault scenario encountered by the ET crew as in the end they also did the normal procedure for unreliable airspeed indications. In the end the whole case is not so much a problem of the airc...

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by CO953
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

This is a gross exaggeration. Yes, two crashes occurred because Boeing engineers failed to understand how dense some pilots can be. That will be fixed. You obviously believe that situation will continue. It won’t. The 737 prior to the MAX accumulated an excellent safety record; once it gets cleared...

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by CO953
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?
Replies: 18
Views: 4316

Re: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?

Well, purely from the perspective of a classic-car mechanic, I would say that machines don't like to sit. The best way to keep an old car going is to use it sparingly, but regularly. This keeps many things (seals, electrical contacts, etc.) used enough to where they don't corrode in place. It's a fi...

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by CO953
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Would a small increase in horizontal stabiliser area make MCAS redundant? Obviously all frames would need to be retrofitted at great cost but it would be a real solution as opposed to an MCAS patch. :checkmark: I'm with you - in favor of an expensive hardware redesign, rather than an inexpensive so...

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by CO953
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Perhaps 60 years ago they did not know better? And grandfathering something is more important than that things actually work? I also do not understand how Boeing got away with making the wheels smaller, long before the MAX, and so still more difficult to use it. Exactly. Especially as there are man...

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by CO953
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I wonder why Boeing designed the Final Gatekeeper, the manual trim wheel system, so poorly that it is impossible to use in the whole flight envelope and a bit more to really make sure that you can save the plane if all automation and electrical system fails? What if you are in the high end of the e...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

In the US, that means avoiding three of the four largest airlines in the country. I doubt people will educate themselves sufficiently to truly avoid the MAX. It sure doesn't help the paranoia, however, that many airlines share safety cards between ex. 737-800 and MAX8. Every day people are tweeting...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Remember when you could come on here for reasonable aviation related discussion? That was great. [snip]. Back when people like me had to pay to comment, it was better. Not that I'm an expert. But as a paid member I do still take each comment I make here seriously, and I don't just blab like it's a ...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Boeing will release a fix for the max today. There will be four changes to the operation of the plane. The fixtures will most likely take a day for each plane currently in operation. Then each plane will need to be test flown to ensure compliance. Finally every pilot flying the MAX will need to und...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Boeing to make safety feature standard on 737 MAX. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1R81X1 Boeing's decision to charge extra for the AOA sensor was a fatal one in more ways then one and really cost them in the end. They will not charge customers who choose another ...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repositioning flight
Replies: 48
Views: 11665

Re: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repositioning flight

In maintainance, having one type of failure is considered better than unconnected failures in the same equipment. Normally this happens in old worn out equipment where different parts give out. The reliability of max is now under serious question. New engines have failed before haven’t they? All ne...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repositioning flight
Replies: 48
Views: 11665

Re: SW 737MAX returns to MCO after engine failure during repositioning flight

This sure doesn't help. I've been outside installing a water pump, and my mother, who knows enough about planes as the Easter Bunny does about flying the Space Shuttle, just came outside and told me that "another one of 'those' planes broke down because it 'overheated.'" We can discuss tec...

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by CO953
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Tongue partially in cheek - partly not, Maybe with the inexorable advance of automation, we have come full circle. Maybe it's time to bring back the flight engineer station - let the FE monitor/fight the computer while the pilots try to fly the airplane. The new job could be called "Flight Hack...

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by CO953
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Part of the proposed new fix is going to be a compulsory warning light A bit more from the same link https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-lawmaker-seeks-boeing-whistleblowers-some-max-737-orders-in-jeopardy-2011581 "Norwegian Air played down the significance of the compulsory light, saying that,...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

So what can Boeing do that is simple to make these planes at least as safe as the 737s they are replacing? actually not a lot played high and lost everything they are fu**ed one poster here in the forum suggested moveable engines kinda dynamic pylons during landing and takeoff the engines are in th...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

What many are forgetting is that MCAS (and its higher THS deflection angle) have been implemented for a reason. It wouldn’t have been introduced in the first place, or changed from 0.6 to 2.5deg deflection, if it wasn’t required to create a “stable” aircraft. The fact that the system has had to exi...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

It was the final nail to the coffin when the airspeed got to high and therefore the elevators, which would normally be capable of countering the (MCAS) down inertia of the tail by pilot upward force of the elevators lost its function (due to the higher and higher airspeed with the nose down). That ...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Yes, this is possible using predictor and filters. In this case the predictor will model the flight dynamic from all available inputs (energy state, control surfaces position, inertial reference, GPS, sensors, etc..) and the filters will be a probability function that represent how much the input f...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

It is possible to have fault tolerant software that fails gracefully with only 2 sensors. In fact, Boeing is writing and testing it right now. Yes, this is possible using predictor and filters. In this case the predictor will model the flight dynamic from all available inputs (energy state, control...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will MAX grounding delay AA MD-80 retirements AGAIN?
Replies: 114
Views: 17650

Re: Will MAX grounding delay AA MD-80 retirements AGAIN?

triple3driver wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
Delta is bringing back the DC-9.


Indeed, I've already bidded for it


Someone's got to bring the MAX ferry pilots back from VCV........
Yeah, low blow, but sometimes dark humor gets you through....

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by CO953
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to nominate former DL exec as FAA Administrator
Replies: 101
Views: 16897

Re: Trump to nominate former DL exec as FAA Administrator

If it was someone from Boeing, then you may have a point, but not sure what bias an ex-DL exec would bring to the FAA's role. If anything I think its good that a ex-pilot is being selected and I would hope(expect) that he will put public safety above any personal/political gain Of the largest U.S. ...

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by CO953
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Pilots who can't handle a "tricky" aircraft shouldn't be flying the public. However, we can't identify these pilots until they prove that they can't fly the "tricky" aircraft. I have another test with these questions: 1. What does MCAS stand for and how does it work? 2. Where ar...

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by CO953
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

The FE should have never been eliminated. A person with deeper technical knowledge of the systems and not concerned with flying the plane in an emergency would be very beneficial in emergency situations. (If he would have known about MCAS that is) When the FE was eliminated on new airliner designs ...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

It's a feature Boeing added to perpetuate grandfathering. It is a requirement for certification, in order to mimic, within approved tolerances, the flight behaviour of the NG. The MAX, within approved tolerances mimics the NG. The NG, within tolerances mimics the Classic. The Classic, within approv...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

For 50 years, normal stall recovery procedures were perfectly adequate on prior aircraft, even when it came time to certify the NG. For some reason, that's not the case with the MAX. It's not really a "feature" Boeing added as an upgrade with the new plane or something - it's a requiremen...

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by CO953
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

osiris30 wrote:
[...snip......]

People acting like this is a unique thing are forgetting their history.


I would respectfully submit that this is the first new aircraft type that repeatedly tries to commit suicide by diving toward the ground at low altitude.

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by CO953
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I haven't seen this question asked:

Is Boeing going to just keep on cranking out and storing new MAX airframes, potentially with flaws (AOA, extra sensors, etc.) that may later need to be corrected? Or would there logically be a production pause?

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by CO953
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Yep. And this is part of the problem with an MCAS type bandaid. You now have pilots worried about issues and pulling the trigger on the MCAS while in a phase of flight where they would be closest to stalling . Add in possible erroneous indications on airspeed and altitude and you have a really dang...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

So.... is this a situation where the best Boeing test pilots get to go out now and purposely put the MAX on the edge of the flight envelope, over and over, as the coding guys try out new program lines? I'm assuming that, while there are a lot of simulations that can be run on a computer/simulator, a...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Would be a bit strange if it's the President and not the FAA that grounds them. Doesnt look very professional.. What doesn't look very professional is that they're still arguing over where to send the black boxes, as 737MAX still flies in the USA, instead of getting the data immediately. I'm glad t...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Not true. The maintenance error caused the loss of the engine, but the positioning of the hydraulic lines and also the slat design, so that losing #1 engine took out the system, was 100% a design flaw - the flaw that crashed the aircraft. They didn't just loose the engine. They lost the whole pylon...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

AA191 had zero to do with the design of the aircraft. Zero. Not true. The maintenance error caused the loss of the engine, but the positioning of the hydraulic lines and also the slat design, so that losing #1 engine took out the system, was 100% a design flaw - the flaw that crashed the aircraft. ...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

The Turkish crash occurred when an incompletely secured cargo door at the rear of the plane burst open and broke off, causing an explosive decompression. Gee, I didn't know that's what happened to AA191. Fascinating. Obviously it was not the same thing. But perhaps taking it out of service would ha...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

The Turkish crash occurred when an incompletely secured cargo door at the rear of the plane burst open and broke off, causing an explosive decompression. Gee, I didn't know that's what happened to AA191. Fascinating. Obviously it was not the same thing. But perhaps taking it out of service would ha...

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by CO953
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 745128

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I don't have the information neither do you. But those who make the decisions do. Thats why they grounded the plane. I'll call that what it is: B.S. THEY grounded the plane because people were screaming GROUND IT AA 191 crashed and killed over 200 -- yet DC10s weren;t grounded until 16 days later a...

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by CO953
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737 MAX Production storage during grounding.
Replies: 37
Views: 6270

Re: B737 MAX Production storage during grounding.

Does boeing still have facilities at LGB? Plant closed in 2015, but AFAIK Boeing still owns the property. More important question would be whether approaches to LGB would be permitted, especially as at least one of them goes directly over California State University Long Beach on final approach. Ve...

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by CO953
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742481

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

A big difference in this crash is that the Lion Air plane was apparently not airworthy, it had major issues on its earlier flight and should not have been sent on this suicide mission. Of course it would be good to see a CVR transcript and anyone can now tell that it is being held from the public a...

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