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by giblets
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 578
Views: 55465

Re: Virgin Atlantic 840P LHR-LAS

How does their condition/age/ hrs etc compare to the BA birds being offloaded?! Or is engine commonality better with the virgin birds?


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by giblets
Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 13671

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

It’s one of those events that theoretically could have landed... but with a great deal of hindsight. Knowing exactly what is happening at the time (and without the issues mentioned above?), increases the chances considerably.


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by giblets
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 13
Views: 2364

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Interesting, they can probably make it work but I have to wonder how limited their weapons load will be using a ski jump I don’t think it comes close to what is possible with a catapult launch Agree, though I understand the Indians are really not happy with the performance of the Russian jets, so I...

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Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 13
Views: 2364

India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

I've seen recently that India is widening its search for new carrier based aircraft. WHat is perhaps more interesting is that they are also including the Rafale and Hornet in this mix, interesting as India operates STOBAR carriers (Short Take Off But Arrested Landing) with a ski jump instead of a ca...

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by giblets
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

Personally I think the Daily Mail article was a little tongue in cheek! Someone posted an image on twitter claiming to show what it 'will' look like, personally this just looks like a rip off from the French presidential aircraft. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EaysvfCXYAAXIci?format=jpg&name=small

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by giblets
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

This is the old transport command scheme, they could get away with a more colourful tail though.


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by giblets
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

The old vc10 transport command scheme (grey bottom, white top with blue lightning stripe down the middle) was pretty good (a nod to history and vaguely similar to the current scheme) combine that with a more colourful tail, might be fitting, though it’s in danger of just looking like British airway...

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by giblets
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

The old vc10 transport command scheme (grey bottom, shite top with blue lightning stripe down the middle) was pretty good (a nod to history and vaguely similar to the current scheme) combine that with a more colourful tail, might be fitting, though it’s in danger of just looking like British airways...

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by giblets
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?
Replies: 25
Views: 3131

Re: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?

Yes, apparently the deal between Air France and the Government has (as I understand it), banned the airlines competing with High Speed rail where there is a high speed rail route under 2.5hrs (ie Paris: Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux and Lyon), although this would still allow transfer traffic (not sure ho...

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by giblets
Wed May 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 29131

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Seems that RR got going with this project back in 2017, hence they are quite advance in their product offering having already submitted a lot of detail. They are currently stating a 34% improvement in fuel burn. They stated back in 2017 the existing engine would cost an additional $10b over the life...

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by giblets
Sun May 24, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 29131

New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

There was a video online where sales guys from the 3 different manufacturers gave some spiel about each of their offering. If it was solely based on those guys, RR would win it (the P&W just kept saying it was a great time to upgrade lol). Offering a fairly technical talk through. RR had a model...

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by giblets
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 347
Views: 69332

Re: BA may not reopen at Gatwick

Sad news, but interesting at the same, time, clearly they will be a much smaller operation for a few years from now, but do they see a number of slots opening up also? Assume they are not worried about that for at least a couple of years.

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by giblets
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to Belgian government: we want money and control of Brussels Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 5484

Re: LH to Belgian government: we want money and control of Brussels Airlines

If Lufthansa can get a loan from someone else without equity (or endeed the exceptionally low interest rates, then they should try!)

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by giblets
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14723

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

My favourite story was the G-MULL got damaged by a SAM when in Ariana service, before being repaired and sold the B-Cal (where I had the pleasure of flying on her many times)


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by giblets
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28434

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

DL are not the only ones, BA and others are following suit, even on intercon, meals are only pre-packaged ones.

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by giblets
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 339535

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Parents tried to catch the EZY flight FAO-LGW today, flight was delayed approx 12hrs while they worked out how to meet the current social distancing rules as the flight was full, needless to say, they are no longer on that flight.

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by giblets
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17378

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

Looks like it’s been grounded since Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk A 12 inch crack in the crown is not something that can be fixed with a bit of speedtape. This frame will be out of service for some time. Agree, should have made it in reply to the ‘nothing serious’ comment! Sent from my iPhone ...

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by giblets
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 339535

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Uk advised ‘all but essential travel’ to many parts of Spain, maybe this is the cause?


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by giblets
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17378

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

Looks like it’s been grounded since


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by giblets
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17378

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

Looks like N726SW, last flight on Monday on that route . 21yrs old first flight Feb 1999. No idea on hours


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by giblets
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cancels 11 737 MAX, Oman Air & Air Lease Convert Some MAXs Into 787s
Replies: 53
Views: 11393

Re: Air Canada Cancels 11 737 MAX, Oman Air & Air Lease Convert Some MAXs Into 787s

Are these all coming out now as it is a year since the grounding, so presumably a 1 year clause in the contract somewhere about grounding allowing them to cancel?

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by giblets
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 578
Views: 55465

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

With the postponement of GRU, they have newer types they can replace the A340 with I guess.

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by giblets
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Govt approves sale of KC-46 to Israel
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: US Govt approves sale of KC-46 to Israel

Interesting, especially as Bedek made their own version which sold to the Colombian and Brazilian air force.
The military aid from the US specifies that 3/4 needs to be spent on US made products, which might explain the KC46 purchase vs the Bedek product.

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by giblets
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Secretly Glad For the MAX Delay Now With Travel In Freefall?
Replies: 62
Views: 13558

Re: Airlines Secretly Glad For the MAX Delay Now With Travel In Freefall?

There are a couple of pieces to consider here, many of which have been mentioned. Big expansion plans?? Then yes not having to push plans on routes that have a narrow business case will be an advantage. Standard routes?! At what point do they become a loss?! If you plane has lower costs then you hav...

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by giblets
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS postpones GRU launch to October
Replies: 14
Views: 3631

Re: VS postpones GRU launch to October

What will they doing with the fleet?! Along with the Shanghai flights there are some questions or could they use to it dispose of the the A340s for
More fuel efficient aircraft in the interim?


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by giblets
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel
Replies: 34
Views: 1543

Re: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel

Anyone a fan of Tintin, the aircraft in flight 714 was awesome supersonic swing wing private jet! Loved it as a kid


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by giblets
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 34420

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

P1aneMad wrote:
The Polish subsidiary Ryanair Sun is going to be rebranded as Buzz.

Apparently they have 3 Max’s on order.


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by giblets
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 96458

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

Leeham news and Analysis working out that Boeing won't be able to deliver their current backlog until 2026 (I've not read behind the paywall, but that's my understanding of the article), meaning unless they lose or delay orders significantly in the interim, then they will struggle to offer any news ...

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by giblets
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair submits offer to Boeing on new 737MAX order
Replies: 197
Views: 31053

Re: Ryanair submits offer to Boeing on new 737MAX order

What’s interesting to this and other ‘Boeing’s to lose’ orders (thinking for example Alaska here) is Airbus’s response. Airbus here is in a win-win situation, they can put in a stupidly low offer. If they win over one of these key Boeing customers it’s another nail in the Max coffin, if they lose th...

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by giblets
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."
Replies: 82
Views: 18140

Dr Peters: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."

I do wonder what price would make B.A go for them. Willie Walsh said earlier in 2019 he could see a need for 18 in the fleet (currently they have 12), but also seen mentioned in articles up to 10 extra (over the current 12). Best options would probably be LH or SQ who maintain them in top condition,...

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by giblets
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212728

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

I suspect now that BA has ceased flights to/from Shanghai and Beijing, Virgin will likely suspend Shanghai at some point today. Virgin currently seem to just be offering customers to rebook their flights with them, whilst allowing their own staff to travel there. https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/...

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by giblets
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212728

Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

BA has just announced it is halting the booking of direct flights to PEK and PVG... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1234806/coronavirus-british-airways-latest-flight-news-flight-tracker-coronavirus-beijing-wuhan-Ch/amp Saw that this morning, no surprises after the governmen...

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by giblets
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 192519

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

How is the Max delivery schedule looking now?! My understanding is they will prioritise the completed airframes first, that could be 6-9months if deliveries. Then they have to re-start production and then ramp that up... So how long after RTS will ‘new build’ planes start getting delivered. What’s t...

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by giblets
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 34
Views: 6127

Re: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Will new P8 and wedgetails (AEW) continue to be manufactured at a later date ( ie inserted into the line)? Or will all production end (apologies if it's been covered before)

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by giblets
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 298465

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

One of the issues that were raised from the Max debacle was that fuel pipes running down the fuselage were unprotected from an uncontained engine failure (IIRC) in certain areas, was present in older models too. I don’t believe it’s happened before....., but never say never, would be complete nightm...

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by giblets
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 751085

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

MOL of Ryanair saying on BBC R4 this morning he doesn’t expect Max deliveries until past March, more likely summer 2020


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by giblets
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 751085

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Interesting that they grounded the comet1 and never lifted the order! The comet takes the record then. I'm anxious to the see the Max back in the skies. Some Comet 1's were adapted to the Comet 1X and 1XB standard that were allowed to continue flying.... Back on track and Southwest pilots are looki...

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by giblets
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 26140

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

seems BA could have a choice, sure Malaysian are going to be desperate to get rid of their A380s (RR powered I believe). Think BAs major issue is when the D checks start turning up around 2024(?), they could be looking at around 4 of the fleet being offline at the same time, a major headache with a ...

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by giblets
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

This talk of just the FAA certifying the MAX whilst the rest of the world turns their nose up at it. As mentioned not only are passengers going to be asking question, some airlines will be skeptical, what about insurance companies? It's one thing to fly whilst waiting for (say chinese) certification...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

:checkmark: Panorama is generally well respected. One part of the piece that really impressed me was that all the 737 cockpit scenes were actually 737 MAX. No idea how they managed to get hold of a simulator. Must be a struggle to get hold of one that's not busy generating revenue! :D Was it possib...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer as Boeing 8170
Replies: 9
Views: 3808

Re: Embraer as Boeing 8170

Is this anything to do with Ryanair renaming their Max the 8200??
Perhaps Boeing have a new naming strategy? The 8800 Dreamliner and 8790XX?

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I don't watch network news. I prefer just the facts. Only official statements from the FAA, DOT, and NTSB. I don't need a news agency to tell me what to think or believe. Ok then, so what is your take based on the reports you've read from the FAA, DOT, and NTSB regarding the matter? FYI, not to bur...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Just when I thought there may be light at the end of the tunnel.. an issue with the rudder cables. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/roots-of-boeings-737-max-crisis-relaxed-faa-oversight/ “Early on, engineers at the FAA discovered a problem with one of the most important new features of the...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1358
Views: 208435

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

I'm not convinced that the 2025 launch is still conceivable after the Max debacle. If it was a straight delay due to the MAX (I.e the engine delays) I would consider this possible (although unlikely), however the issues the MAX have raised SHOULD affect every level of introduction; Internal oversigh...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

It just keeps getting worse! https://www.businessinsider.de/boeing-737-max-flight-system-faa-oversight-2019-7?r=US&IR=T As the plane got closer to production, Boeing made a big change to the MCAS system, allowing it to turn on at low speeds and to move the tail stabilizer by as much as 2.5 degr...

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by giblets
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 103494

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

The vision system is Boeing's to fix, the boom not able to handle A-10's and some others is the Air Force's problem. It specified in the RFP the minimum force for the connection to the plane, it was like 1.5 x what the A-10 can push. All of the planes that have been certified to date for transfer h...

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by giblets
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 10105

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

I don't know, if the British has a similar system, like Françafrique, with her former colonies, in Africa, but since 2000s, British Airways closed many routes to their former African colonies. Routes weren't not longer profitable:- Is it a case of not profitable, or less profitable? BA more than mo...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 75403

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

How much has the MAX situation delayed your decision to move forward on launching a new midmarket airplane, the NMA? "We’re doing risk-reduction work that protects a 2025 entry into service, but we’ll make the decision [to launch] when we’re ready." De risking for earlier entry?! Only way...

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by giblets
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 186
Views: 15619

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

https://images.app.goo.gl/KQo1wj5FZ7gcx8oWA


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Is it me, or is it just a reverse of the Trump 757?! White on top, red middle line and dark bottom?!
https://images.app.goo.gl/KQo1wj5FZ7gcx8oWA


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by giblets
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 421388

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Apparently the latest testing has failed. Boeing have accused the test pilot on trying too hard to get MCAS to fail and it has. Only in the sense that it took too long to recover. So AA And Southwest have put back introduction for another month. Beoing has to appreciate that they have to get this r...

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