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by aw70
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What saved the A320 program after the Habsheim airshow crash?
Replies: 53
Views: 11428

Re: What saved the A320?

The Tu-144 crash at Le Bourget essentially killed any chances it may have had to be sold to Western customers. At the time, the Tu-144 was "an aircraft too far" for the Soviet aerospace industry: it had been developed too far ahead of their actual reliable technological base, and containe...

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by aw70
Fri May 22, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Austria's Lauda to close, be replaced with new Maltese unit
Replies: 189
Views: 24665

Re: Laudamotion closing its VIE base May 29th.

Amsterdam wrote:
Ryanair knows their offer was below any minimum standard. They put it on the table to have an excuse to close the base and blame it on the union.


Exactly this. Good riddance, Ryanair is the sort of company that no one should be sad to see go.

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by aw70
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8820

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

The Austrian B772 repatriation flight which went VIE-KUL-CHC-AKL-KUL-VIE. I can't imagine OS have ever been to New Zealand before. They missed a grand opportunity by not making that VIE-KUL-CHC-WLG-AKL-KUL-VIE. Bringing the OS B772 into WLG (preferably when there are southerlies) would have been a ...

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by aw70
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20367

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

The most bizarre outcome of LH shedding a few A380 would be if they pushed some of the excess / leftover frames on OS. "You said you wanted some new(er) long haul frames, right?" This would actually not necessarily be a completely lunatic thing to do, if they reduce frequency on some route...

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by aw70
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191361

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

Wouldn't it be a solution to simply hang -800 engines off the existing MAX frames (at least some of them), remove MCAS on these planes, and call it a day? What airline would pay for an 800/MAX frankenplane? They would have to pay more to get no improvement in fuel efficiency. Well, if your existing...

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by aw70
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191361

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

Totally left field question, and apologies for the fact that this has certainly been asked (and answered) before. In addition to being inane and impractical - but I'm just curious whether this would be at all doable. It's not like the -800 series of the 737 is a completely terrible aircraft. Wouldn'...

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by aw70
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL TU114 in 1967
Replies: 29
Views: 4743

Re: JAL TU114 in 1967

Something I've always wondered about the Tu-114... as impressive as its performance (and safety record, for that matter) were, at least for the age it operated in - but that bird was also ridiculously impractical due to the huge distance the fuselage was from the ground. Now the Soviets had to put ...

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by aw70
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL TU114 in 1967
Replies: 29
Views: 4743

Re: JAL TU114 in 1967

Something I've always wondered about the Tu-114... as impressive as its performance (and safety record, for that matter) were, at least for the age it operated in - but that bird was also ridiculously impractical due to the huge distance the fuselage was from the ground. Now the Soviets had to put a...

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by aw70
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Iran is denying it shot down the airliner. They claim there is no evidence. It appears that the Iranian government is extremely worried that if the missile strike is confirmed to the Iranian public it could have a dramatic impact on public opinion in Iran, who seemed to rally around the killing of ...

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by aw70
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Now that it's pretty much beyond doubt that the plane was brought down by a missile... the next question is "within the Iranian military - which unit did this, precisely?" This might get interesting for a specific reason. The dude which got droned January 3rd was something like the Heinric...

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by aw70
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Very risky to think they can all keep that a secret together with the lack of trust between them all Think they owe it to the victims to not get involved in a cover up Don't think any relationship is there between US and Iran let alone any others to all conspire together to put a lid on this Wester...

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by aw70
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

"The initial assessment of Western intelligence agencies was that the plane had suffered a technical malfunction and had not been brought down by a missile, five security sources - three Americans, one European and the Canadian - who asked not to be named, told Reuters." Reuters unlikely ...

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by aw70
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

But why would they bring it down over their own territory? That doesn’t make any sense at all. I don't think anyone has come up with a reason for why Iran would do something of the sort intentionally . But they do have a very well-provisioned and sophisticated air defence network, which was on high...

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by aw70
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The US (and others) have active satellites monitoring for missile launches across the globe. I imagine these eyes in the skies are tuned specifically to Iran right now, so if anything was fired they would know about it. These systems are intended to spot the launch of ICBM-sized missiles, though, n...

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by aw70
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies
Replies: 15
Views: 2746

Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Might also be crew training, to keep enough wide body drivers current.

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by aw70
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 13417

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

It really comes down to who the leaders of a corporate group are. And Carsten Spohr... when was the last time you heard that chap deliver a speech in which he outlined, calmly, precisely and without too many buzzwords, what the strategic way forward for LH group is? You know, a statement by which on...

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by aw70
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60951

Re: SAA Leasing A350

MSN 226 & 245 To be operated on the JNB-JFK-JNB where max fuel saving can be achieved. Prelim figures show a fuel saving in excess of 30000kg per sector vs the A346. 30,000kg x 2 =60,000kg 60,000kg x 365= 21 900,000kg per year on JNB-JFK-JNB Hot and high performance penalty out of JNB has been ...

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by aw70
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 14026

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Further to what other posters have said about keeping the A380 jigs in moth-balls, that the cost of maintaining idle factories and underemployed manufacturing staff is high, would not the jigs themselves need to be regularly updated to keep up with general technological changes that would have to b...

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by aw70
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 14026

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

That's not feasible. You have probably never been to any aerospace production site by the sounds of it. I strongly recommend doing that, many of them offer tours. Both Airbus and Boeing and some parts suppliers. It's really interesting. I have seen how jets are produced, and have actual first hand ...

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by aw70
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 14026

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

This is basically the same thing that we saw with the 757 fifteen years ago: Airbus has spent the last three years essentially scouring the world looking for anyone who'll take an A380 by some means.... and other than EK and NH, they've essentially come up dry. Your posting came up while I was writ...

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by aw70
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 14026

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Something I don't understand about this whole mess is why AB doesn't try to freeze the manufacturing capability, instead of completely shutting the line down. Freezing, as in: no more new builds for some years to come - but the line could be re-started with two, three years advance warning, if someo...

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by aw70
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 140
Views: 28111

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

What surprises me most about the braced NASA / Boeing design is the fact that they deem it worthwhile to attach struts to the thing. Sure, these allow them to make the main wing thinner and lighter. But the attachment point of the struts to the main wing also creates a really nasty interference poin...

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by aw70
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 72777

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

What I find hard to believe is that no-one in the military and police seems to have given this prior thought. And has procured, for precisely this sort of occasion and scenario, and at least in small numbers, the sort of beefed up shotgun which can take out drones at sufficient distances, while not ...

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by aw70
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 39658

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

Low altitude tight turn, inner wing stalls. plane flips over and down. crash.? Pretty much that, I would guess. And the final culprit (apart from turning too tightly, and being too slow and close to the ground in the first place, at least for high alpine flying) might well have been an unexpectedly...

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by aw70
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 39658

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

https://ibb.co/h0T83z

David


Telling in which regard? Also, did the press conference mention that there was a video of the actual crash?
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flyingturtle wrote:
There is a telling picture: https://ibb.co/h0T83z

David


Telling in which regard? Also, did the press conference mention that there was a video of the actual crash?

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by aw70
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 20465

Re: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?

The A350ULR is basically a payload restricted A 359 with a few minor modifications. True ULH flights are niche and right now the only true ULH frame now without payload restrictions is the 77L. Right, but the A350 being payload restricted DOES NOT MATTER MUCH for ULH flights. You cannot coop up peo...

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by aw70
Fri May 25, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 22805

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

As I already said earlier, my concern with this new development is that those who don't believe that Russia is responsible still have plenty of wiggle room, in several areas. The warhead design. The Dutch investigators claim that shrapnel and warhead fragments found in the aircraft wreckage unequivo...

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by aw70
Thu May 24, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 22805

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

I just wish they had found a different way to publish their findings, and that they had involved investigators from some non-western powers which clearly have no interest in the matter either way (South Americans? Chinese? Japanese?). As is, the Russian side can still very well claim that this is a ...

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by aw70
Thu May 17, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 11401

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

OS has been in LH s hands for a while. Give them the budget and they'll get equipment and products sorted. So when you fly a crappy OS B777, you are flying a crappy Lufthansa group product. The OS managers are just LH puppets. If you look at how the SN CEO was kicked out and replaced by a German, y...

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by aw70
Thu May 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 11401

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

As someone who has to fly long haul from Vienna occasionally, I usually make a point of flying LH, not OS. Take LAX, last year. On the way to LAX, I used the direct OS flight. An old clapped out 777, no internet, not particularly friendly staff. Back, a LH 346 to MUC, with a connection to Vienna. Te...

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by aw70
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 36775

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

I suspect this livery disaster partially has its roots in the Austrian Airlines re-brand of a year ago. Then, the design bigwigs in the LH group already got away with reducing a livery to "all white plus a few logos". But crucially, the Austrian livery is still sort of balanced, as it has ...

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by aw70
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project
Replies: 97
Views: 22328

Re: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project

Every effort must be made to safe aircraft like the Starlifter. I applaud Lufthansa for taking up this challenge. I've seen great airplanes all over the world eventually sent to the crusher. The worst incident? The beautiful Aeroflot Tu-114 located at the entrance to Domodedovo Airport at Moscow - ...

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by aw70
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crazy landing today during high winds (110 km/h) at Düsseldorf Airport
Replies: 44
Views: 11086

Re: Crazy landing today during high winds (110 km/h) at Düsseldorf Airport

These guys can fly, no doubt. As in: they REALLY can fly. My hat goes off to them, all the way to the ground. Masters of their craft. However, from a purely professional standpoint, their judgement in not going around might still be called into question. Long lens telephoto video can be misleading: ...

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by aw70
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rules regarding squicky ill fellow passengers?
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Rules regarding squicky ill fellow passengers?

Dear a.net hive mind, I have a question regarding one's rights as passenger. Suppose one shows up healthy for a long haul flight, and ends up being seated next to a person with a really impressive cold. Runny nose, pulling up all the time, truly disgusting (of course not the person per se, rather, t...

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by aw70
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 5395

Re: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020

Question to the hive mind in this forum: isn't there a chance that this weird looking contraption might actually have a leg up w/r to efficiency due to the strange pancake form factor of its fuselage? As far as I recall, conventional airliner fuselages are mainly only round because that makes stress...

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by aw70
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re-engine existing aircraft in 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 2243

Re: Re-engine existing aircraft in 2017

Why civilian airliners don't get a re-engine these days has been nicely summarised by earlier posters. One particular case in the military world that I don't really understand, though, is the B-52. Given how long these birds are being operated, and given that the 8 engines that hang off each of them...

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by aw70
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th
Replies: 77
Views: 18185

Re: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th

Great job, and congratulations to AB for finally getting the bird off the ground!

However, these wingtips will take some getting used to. Weird looking contraptions, these are.

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by aw70
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Italy: Deadly Air Show crash of an Eurofighter
Replies: 5
Views: 3704

Re: Italy: Deadly Air Show crash of an Eurofighter

From the videos that are available, it seems like a classic case of misjudged altitude/speed for an air show display, with not enough altitude left for "catching" the plane after a loop. He would not be the first extremely experienced pilot to cut his margins too closely, in what seem to b...

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by aw70
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 12392

Re: UBS: Pilotless planes ‘could save airlines $35bn’

The difference between autonomous and driverless is pedantic and irrelevant. Nope, it is quite relevant. There is a quite significant difference in competence and sophistication between an autonomous vehicle/train/plane that is developed enough to conduct everyday operations without any human inter...

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by aw70
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 12392

Re: UBS: Pilotless planes ‘could save airlines $35bn’

To think that somebody might have actually been paid to do such piece a research is deeply disturbing. To see that it comes from one of the banking giants is plainly irritating. Maybe it's time UBS starts shedding off their own 'human debris' and does away with having all those dull, suit-clad indi...

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by aw70
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 108
Views: 15102

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

It might have a lot to do with Austrocontrol (the Austrian aviation authority) being a fairly reasonable and professional outfit.

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by aw70
Wed May 24, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380
Replies: 187
Views: 22011

Re: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380

My personal guess is that A will "freeze" A380 production for a couple of years, and develop an updated version, spread out over a few years with R&D capacity that is available due to slack in other projects. The resulting A380+ will use as much trickle-down component and technology fr...

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by aw70
Mon May 22, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does/Will Boeing Regret "Burning" a 7x7 designation on the 717?
Replies: 85
Views: 13183

Re: Does/Will Boeing Regret "Burning" a 7x7 designation on the 717?

A Boeing 420 would be something for a change - the holiday aircraft of stoners. ;)

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by aw70
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 405320

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7

Eyad89 wrote:
I just can't express how cute this A319neo is :D


I'm a little Airbus, short and stout - here are my winglets, here is my snout. :)

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by aw70
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft
Replies: 31
Views: 7445

Re: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft

Please, it's an honest question, not trying to bash Russia or any airline, I'm just simply curious. I would guess it's a mixture of stuff expiring while the a/c were parked, and non-essential mx being deferred as much as possible by a cash-strapped previous operator. That sort of environment can cr...

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by aw70
Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 8644

Re: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines

I'm only wondering why they do not serve pork, as long as they serve alcohol they already crossed the "red line". I've lived and worked extensively in the Middle East. I've met lots of Muslims who drink alcohol, but none that would knowingly eat pork products. Maybe not in the Middle East...

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by aw70
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Islamist saboteurs target AF at CDG
Replies: 23
Views: 4850

Re: Islamist saboteurs target AF at CDG

Okay... I love satirical media and I very much enjoy investigative media instead of any yellow press publishings, but what the hell is a newspaper that writes investigative AND satirical stuff at the same time without marking the articles as satirical content? How is the reader of such newspaper su...

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by aw70
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JIT convinced to have Irrefutable proof that MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location
Replies: 223
Views: 15758

Re: Irrefutable proof: MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location

Anyone of high enough rank to be in actual command of a BUK system would know better than to place a launcher in the middle of an insurgency operation shooting at anything coming along while thinking he was "defending" the insurgents. This is not necessarily true. A BUK system is a very c...

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by aw70
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JIT convinced to have Irrefutable proof that MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location
Replies: 223
Views: 15758

Re: Irrefutable proof: MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location

A.net has changed, there used to be a few pro Russian posters here that would instantly reply with their talking points. Maybe the funding cut back on the troll factory stories are true after all. You spoke too soon... :roll: What I personally find most annoying about these talking heads is that an...

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by aw70
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JIT convinced to have Irrefutable proof that MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location
Replies: 223
Views: 15758

Re: Irrefutable proof: MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location

In Ukraine we see a situation where an air defense system was put in place with nothing to defend, the TELAR was not defending the Russian border, it was not protecting the "rebels", it was being used in an offensive manner. Whatever target it was after, it was on offense, not defense. On...

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