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by Alfons
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your favorite junk food
Replies: 53
Views: 2038

Re: Your favorite junk food

Big Mac for me, the origin of junk.

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by Alfons
Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52758

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I remember in the past (80ies, yes I'm Swiss) the saying that the pilots were specially training their ability to use the alps as a battlefield in a dogfight. They had to memorize every corner of every mountain so they could "fly around blindly". The idea was, in case of an enemy infiltrat...

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by Alfons
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52758

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I don't really understand this cost per hour thing. Aren't TCO numbers calculated considering also local costs? Can you compare a TCO number for a process including material and rent/footpring/labor costs between Asia, Europa and USA? Regulations differ from country to country. While USA will put on...

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by Alfons
Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MTG Calls for Fauci's Removal
Replies: 33
Views: 2821

Re: MTG Calls for Fauci's Removal

Virtual737 wrote:
How in the world does a person like this get votes?


Look around. Not everyone is like you.

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by Alfons
Fri May 28, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32729

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

In general; since when do you use the mail system as a communication medium, to alert key people? Also, since when do pilots and atc employees read mails when operating a job that needs critical attention? Something - for me - doesn't make sense with this whole mail story. Don't you inform a bomb al...

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by Alfons
Tue May 25, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32729

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Since around 70+ years our civilization lives in a growing number of democracies, driven by wealth and global commerce. This is also a weakness. Dictators of strong countries know very well how to use it. If they have military and financial deterrence power, they know they are untouchable. I believe...

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by Alfons
Thu May 13, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing's 737 Max has new problem that will require electrical inspection
Replies: 238
Views: 54536

Re: Boeing's 737 Max has new problem that will require electrical inspection

FAA has cleared Boeing’s fox for this issue. Hopefully this is the last of the problems on the MAX. https://t.co/Q7REe2mZBc Interesting part from above article: In February, the FAA said it was tracking all Boeing 737 MAX airplanes using satellite data under an agreement with air traffic surveillan...

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by Alfons
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5
Replies: 151
Views: 22999

Re: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5

Assuming NMA-5 is a 2-3-2 with a little bit more capacity than an A322 and more range - call it 5,000 NM at about 224 31" seats and they can reuse the cross section for NSA - what should Airbus do? They could simply stretch the A321XLR to A322 (plus 3 rows) - Gaining capacity but as Keesje cal...

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by Alfons
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The most important space exploration issue
Replies: 10
Views: 1725

Re: The most important space exploration issue

propulsion, propulsion, and... propulsion.
And breaking :-).

I think we would solve many issues (you said human hibernation?) if we knew how to go to mars in 45 minutes.

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by Alfons
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 133
Views: 21066

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/boeing-charged-737-max-fraud-conspiracy-and-agrees-pay-over-25-billion A pinnacle of transparency and triumph of engineering. wow, what a bargain. Boeing really gets away free of charge here, nobody is getting hurt (except the perished ones). Aggressivitiy from the st...

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by Alfons
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The perpetual failure of the smallest variant.
Replies: 74
Views: 9314

Re: The perpetual failure of the smallest variant.

Don't get hung up about the list. It's just the most recent models that came to mind. I'm sure I missed a few and some might be debatable. The list is not at the center of the opening post, but rather the phenomenon as described. It actually is important when one of your comments is From the above ...

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by Alfons
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 15319

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/08/11/southwest-flight-removes-family-son-3-autism-wont-wear-mask/3350229001 Have seen this story in several outlets, this is from USA Today. Isn't there provisions for cases like this to excuse the child from wearing a mask? Really? There are US laws dema...

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by Alfons
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 3064

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

Even a respected business journal like the Harvard Business Review says the talk of “Chinese IP theft” is blown out of proportion: https://hbr.org/2019/10/3-myths-about-chinas-ip-regime Harvard is a business company. You don't want to lose a part of your target income. https://www.bloombergquint.co...

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by Alfons
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 3064

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

Moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem violates international law, moving the Embassy to Taipei does not. Really? I didn't know that the world has his own Gesetzesbuch which has a paragraph saying that embassies are not allowed to be in West Jerusalem. Crucial difference. Zero difference.

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by Alfons
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A310 resulted in several injuries
Replies: 123
Views: 26251

Re: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A300 resulted in several injuries

Other theory. What if the Mahan pilot thought it's an incoming missile. I mean, blue sky, strong sun light, a shining metal dot far away with a rocket streak behind it. With such an idea in the mind of a pilot (missile), wouldn't he try to do evasive maneouvering even if the 'object' seems still to ...

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by Alfons
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 33 US States Have Contained COVID-19
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: 33 US States Have Contained COVID-19

Source? 5% death rate in one of the best rated country in the world regarding hospital and medical standards, Switzerland. Those numbers are public. I like all those comments alike "hey we only had 900 infected and 56 youknowwhat, time to open again", every time completely blinding out th...

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by Alfons
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 33 US States Have Contained COVID-19
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: 33 US States Have Contained COVID-19

also: 99.6% survival rate is bollox, somewhere between 98 and 99% is more like it. Source? 5% death rate in one of the best rated country in the world regarding hospital and medical standards, Switzerland. Those numbers are public. I like all those comments alike "hey we only had 900 infected ...

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by Alfons
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design
Replies: 113
Views: 17875

Re: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design

Now I think it could be worse than that, and even hurt regular private jets, shining a bad light on the whole concept of rich people polluting like crazy with no regards for the consequences. Bugatti Veyron and now Chiron, W16 engine, more than 1000hp, more than 400Km/h top speed. Not only the fuel...

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by Alfons
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 36850

Re: Another day another police killing

The white people criticizing the protests have no business telling a minority how to feel and react towards constant abuse. They have no idea what it’s like to be in a black man’s shoes and know nothing of the daily struggles the black community faces. I’m half black and have cousins and uncles who...

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by Alfons
Sun May 31, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1688
Views: 227493

Re: Is American really done with the 757?

Airplanes are not replaced, demands are covered.

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by Alfons
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 59688

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, April 2020

The question no one really wants to address despite evidence staring us in the face from the NG, is whether a non-FBW a/c can be as safe as a FBW one. Yes, if the rest is done well... . But if time pressure will make you start to glue 30 horsepower engines on bicycles, because you have no time to b...

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by Alfons
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran Asks IMF to Approve $5B COVID-fighting Loan US Opposes
Replies: 18
Views: 1200

Re: Iran Asks IMF to Approve $5B COVID-fighting Loan US Opposes

I think that every country in today's situation, should get all the possibilities they need to fight this virus. Let Iran do the shopping of all medical supplies they want, and let them send the bill to the IMF. IMF will pay the bill, whatever falls under medical stuff. I don't know what can be the ...

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by Alfons
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Can I just say Thank You to the German members on this board for Germany taking in corona patients from it's neighbours! Or thank you Switzerland for taking patients from Italy and France. I would say thank you to Germany too, if their real personality wouldn't have come out again - when in danger ...

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by Alfons
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

So everything about projections through data analysis and existing use case numbers from other countries in the world, for you is just pushing stupidly the panic button, but when it comes to the topic of... There is the potential of millions of job loses in the US alone, and even a 30% contraction i...

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by Alfons
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Hi, are you willing to trade places and live in Europe instead of the US in this current situation? and if so are you being honest here? They don't have Trump, but to me it seems we are doing a bit better at this point, considering we got the virus first than them initially months ago, yet they got...

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by Alfons
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Average efficiency is well below 50%. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/past-seasons-estimates.html Interestingly enough, EU policies on flu vaccinations are totally different from US.. Well, that's not what could sound as "useless". Thanks for the link, will be interesting to read ho...

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by Alfons
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Source please that influenza vaccines are useless? Average efficiency is well below 50%. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/past-seasons-estimates.html Interestingly enough, EU policies on flu vaccinations are totally different from US.. Well, that's not what could sound as "useless". ...

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by Alfons
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Sorry to burst your bubble, but China has 870 million people locked in their homes, scared to death, and not by own choice. Really? I don't think that 870 million people are locked at home in China. Please be more precise, and factual. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-scale/under-chi...

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by Alfons
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Monthly global car accidents deaths: > 100,000. Total Coronavirus patient deaths: < 3000. https://www.asirt.org/safe-travel/road-safety-facts/ not the deaths are the problem of Corona. But the ones that survive but take 2-4 weeks to recover, and incapacitate the whole department they are working fo...

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by Alfons
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Daniel Koch, Head of Communicable Diseases Division of Switzerland, said today in a press conference by answer a journalist' question, that the Coronavirus is here to stay. It won't disappear or reduce due to UV rays in the summer or through other seasonal reasons. It will stay until we all got it, ...

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by Alfons
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Here in Milan in my region all people died are elderly with pathology already What is the percentage of elderly (>75), without already existing disease or issues which are since long affecting their immune system? I have relatives who are between 75 and 85, I don't feel comfortable about the though...

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by Alfons
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 216578

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Someone rational would almost say the outbreak is a "blessing in disguise" for Boeing and 737 MAX when air travel may go down significantly in the first half of 2020. How is it a blessing when Boeing still has to pay penalties for being late with delivery. Airlines might be happy that the...

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by Alfons
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

It looks like China freed some statistics of the cases to outside, regarding gender of the infecteds and their mortality rate, age, life situation, pre-existing diseases. The article of today I found is from the Swiss NZZ (not a boulevard paper): https://www.nzz.ch/panorama/wer-stirbt-am-ehesten-am-...

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by Alfons
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I'd contest that western bureaucracies would handle this any better. ( and no region here has the population densities found in China.) You think that the western bureaucracies' failure to force doctors to sign a confession for spreading rumours if they alert other doctors to the danger of a new vi...

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by Alfons
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Aviation — 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 5690

Re: Chinese Aviation — 2020

If this continues for months (a month seems almost certain at this point), I suspect a weaker Airline like Hainan with liquidity crisis may fold. if isolation of China AND lack of productivity there continues for months, I suspect even a world recession. And that can affect jobs of many a.net poste...

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by Alfons
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

So you don't actually understand Mandarin/Chinese, have not much understanding of China, have not much if any knowledge in medicine, yet it didn't stop you from spreading misinformation, Great. The announcement about the passing of this doctor not only stated his date of retirement (March 2019) whi...

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by Alfons
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 177406

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Jouhou wrote:
it takes a while for a detailed release of their health status) one pre existing condition that stands out is diabetes (both types 1 and 2).


diabetes is a desease that reduces the resistance of the immune system. Not uncommon to have a list of diabetes cases.

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by Alfons
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1890
Views: 194095

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA

“We might have to start with the flight control philosophy before we actually get to the airplane,” he said. “We’ve always favored airplanes that required more pilot flying than maybe our competitor did. We are all going to have to get our heads around exactly what we want” in future. So nothing ch...

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by Alfons
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

I only see two reasons. One, Iran shot down knowingly an airliner with own people inside for reasons we might find out after a few years Khomeiny has been kicked and a regime change occured. Two, we are witnessing a beginning of some kind of power struggle between the IRGC and the governmental apara...

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by Alfons
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

I have not seen anywhere this image referenced: https://i.ibb.co/GC8xfsC/yyy3.jpg It sure helps to know that it's not like Tor crewmen knew all the time the traffic is coming along. They've only noticed the airplane when 752 crossed approx 1800m, and during acceleration phase. With vertical speed f...

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by Alfons
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

the issues I have with all this story, is how can a sam battery be located next to a main airport with the sky lit with civil and friendly planes knowingly 100% of the time, and the operators not underly to a more strict ruleset of counter control. Some here talk about schedules and the plane being ...

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by Alfons
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

1. After departing, the pilot decides to make a 180 turn back to IKA. 2. Iranian AA is monitoring ATC. 3. By the time the pilot was about 2/3 of the way through the 180 right turn, the plane would have turned past the direction to Kiev and aligned directly at Tehran. 4. If the pilot did not communi...

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by Alfons
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

These demands for the CVR FDR to be handed over have to stop. Under international agreement (which includes the USA) the investigation is performed by the country where the accident occurred. You are right, but playing smallhead here. There are two components in this situation. The first one you me...

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by Alfons
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

If they hold back on recorders, I think the west will stick to their own conclusions, and we know what they are right now. These demands for the CVR FDR to be handed over have to stop. Under international agreement (which includes the USA) the investigation is performed by the country where the acc...

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by Alfons
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

I actually don't think it's a crazy possibility that it was an actor external to Iran. Who knows? Systems could have been hacked. Or as you said, perhaps there are Russians with control over artillery. There's a much greater chance of these being the case than there ever was of this being a mechani...

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by Alfons
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 306222

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The American military for sure already knows the cause. Many airplanes went down in places where a good radar coverage was missing, or an active or recorded coverage. But the place around Iran, Irak.... all rocket starts are registered the second one goes up. Even Israel with their radars and satell...

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by Alfons
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 196906

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

More from @jonostrower “HUGE NEWS: Boeing’s interim CEO Greg Smith says that the company will recommend full simulator training for all 737 Max pilots before the jet returns to service.” So those 737MAX Sims will be busy once they have been updated. It seems like since DM’s departure things seem to...

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by Alfons
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 770015

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

JT crash was in April. MCAS portion of fix was said to be ready in June/July but bit flip issue was found and that set back the time line. Now there are so many different regulators applying so many different criteria one wonders if any fix can satisfy all of them. We have read reports that insider...

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by Alfons
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 770015

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

I just don’t get it at this point. If they started working on a fix supposedly after the JT crash over a year ago, how on earth is it not done yet if it’s as simple as they have claimed it is? JT crash was in April. MCAS portion of fix was said to be ready in June/July but bit flip issue was found ...

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by Alfons
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 770015

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

If production of MAX is halted for 3 months, how much time would it take from the day of RTS, until production is back to the speed and efficiency of 31.12.19? Anyone with (past) airliner production experience can give a best guestimate? Thanks.

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