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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1627
Views: 123607

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

Two more KC-46A deficiencies are identified by the USAF : The first new deficiency, which the service has labeled “No Indication of Inadvertent Boom Loads,” refers to situations where boom operators unintentionally provide an input into the flight control stick that induces loads on the boom while ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Well that's interesting. https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/107181601/dangerous-landing-at-christchurch-airport-caused-by-virgin-australias-landing-policy-investigation-finds An aeroplane crew with a "high workload" mistook a wet runway for one that was merely damp, landing dan...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X
Replies: 104
Views: 16477

Re: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X

Going to stir the pot here and say, Will this thing fit at Terminal 7 @ JFK? It's designed to fit into the same Code E gates as the existing B777. In fact the whole point of the folding wingtips is to stop it from falling into the Code F gate size. So to oversimplify a little bit, if an airport can...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1612
Views: 154744

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I like the consideration of adding artists to the launch. Even as someone firmly in the STEM industries I appreciate the value that art brings us as people and cultures.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 552
Views: 38765

Re: F-35 news thread

A lot of people have been remarking over the years how the F-35 will have a big impact on USN/USMC operations as it allows much better force projection from the gator navy flat tops. Yes, it's not a Nimitz class carrier with its crazy high sortie rate, but for so much of what what the USN does, an ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1612
Views: 154744

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I almost want to say they may think about using those as a way to do atmospheric maneuvers to shed speed, then reposition to do a vertical landing so you can take less fuel with you and more payload. May also be needed for the expected payloads they'll be taking. When they originally added the stub...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1612
Views: 154744

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-private-passenger-bfr-moon-mission/ Talking of which! Conveniently Elon ( must have been reading this-not) has just made a major release with more to follow shortly. So the billionaire round the moon chappie is now going to ride on the BFR.Loads more space ( pun int...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1627
Views: 123607

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

To me the stupidest decision was to remove the boomer's pod. You don't really save any weight or maintenance. It's just a window for crying out loud. And they are having all sorts of problems with the camera system. Sometimes, the simple things work best. The decision to go camera was unnecessary, ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 1654
Views: 33461

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Interesting comment for the aviation stuff. https://twitter.com/steve_hawkes/status/1040231991944331264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw @steve_hawkes Sacre Bleu! Nathalie Loiseau says "that's correct" The Eurostar's will stop and the planes will be grounded if there's No Deal I think that might be the...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1627
Views: 123607

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

To me the stupidest decision was to remove the boomer's pod. You don't really save any weight or maintenance. It's just a window for crying out loud. And they are having all sorts of problems with the camera system. Sometimes, the simple things work best. The decision to go camera was unnecessary, ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.
Replies: 30
Views: 2092

Re: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.

Looking at some video of the Boeing entry the two pylons have one fuel tank and one refuelling pod.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 215
Views: 50721

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

If I understood correctly winglet are more efficient at cruise and for such an LR bird I'd think you don't want a "flat" wing once folding tips are deployed, right ? Or the tip device is just missing as not needed for fatigue testing ? The bit pointing up is the folding wingtip. My unders...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 215
Views: 50721

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

The third pic really shows off the wingtips in their folded up position. They almost look like super massive winglets.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Car chase on LYS runway
Replies: 17
Views: 3957

Re: Car chase on LYS runway

Btblue wrote:
Did a serch on Google News and Daily Mail says the person in the car is a fugitive - so known to police and looks like he attempted and failed a getaway.


They might have thought they had stolen one of those neat flying cars. ;)

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Safran inaugurates open rotor test program
Replies: 27
Views: 8568

Re: Safran inaugurates open rotor test program

With no pressing need I imagine they're going at whatever the cheapest route is for this bit of R&D. Even if it means it takes a while before we start seeing stuff flying.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin 744 slide deployment @ MAN
Replies: 24
Views: 6021

Re: Virgin 744 slide deployment @ MAN

At least we know it worked as designed. :p

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

SQ SQ One other thought - does anyone know whether the issue with WLG's runway length for non-stop SIN flights is related to just take-off or landing, and not both of these? I ask, because if they wanted to boost WLG to daily, could one option be a triangular SIN - CHC / AKL - WIN - SIN service, gi...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Maybe a change to a daily service? That would be best facilitated by using the non-regional 359, IMO. Though, I am surprised that they are looking at adding capacity to WLG, considering loads are only between 65-70%. I wonder if they think they'll attract more people to the service if they offered ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Well that's some interesting comments. I looked up for any news and came across this in the article about Singapore's ADL change. http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/09/singapore-airlines-to-upgauge-adelaide-to-airbus-a350-900/ The shift of the stopover point for its Wellington flights from Canber...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Another thread about ADL receiving 2 class regional SQ A359’s has made me ponder what will replace the 77E at WLG. Anyone have any idea? Apologies if this has been discussed to death previously. I've heard no news or rumours on what's going to happen long term for the SIN-MEL-WLG route. Hopefully t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NATS Discriminating against Stansted Airport and Ryanair?
Replies: 14
Views: 2370

Re: NATS Discriminating against Stanted Airport and Ryanair?

Another argument could be that Heathrow and Gatwick are closer to capacity so any delays will have a much bigger chain reaction for later aircraft. So the effort goes into keeping them running smoothly. Anyways, interesting point and they may have a fair argument that NATS isn't providing the needed...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.
Replies: 30
Views: 2092

Re: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.

A Boeing promo video of the MQ-25. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykMZg5d61w I preferred other designs more, but congratulations to Boeing for winning the competition and I'm sure that their design will grow on me in the future.. I was a bit surprised though. Agree on the design, the location of t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Oops! Russian tech accidentally drilled hole in Soyuz capsule!
Replies: 16
Views: 1623

Re: Oops! Russian tech accidentally drilled hole in Soyuz capsule!

Huge culture failure that whoever did this decided it was worth hiding the problem.

The leadership should have a culture where small mistakes like this aren't something to be afraid of revealing.In my mind the leadership shares as much if not more of the blame for this.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

... you note the point of non commercial, Uber is very commercial. I know - I meant if private, non-commercial vehicles (for example, a parent dropping off a child at the airport) don't have to pay the fees, then why should an Uber driver have to pay the fees, when both the private, non-commercial ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 4441

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

The poor owner. :( As for an emotional support animal being put in the cargo hold and not the cabin. Not everyone needs to be with their animal 24/7. This person may be totally capable of a set few hours without having their animal there, but still need the animal over a longer term to be a producti...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 15011

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Uber has reached an agreement with Christchurch Airport to allow drivers to pick-up and drop-off passengers. Those using Uber to or from the airport will pay a surcharge of $5.50 on top of their fare, which will be passed on to the airport. Personally, I don't know why Uber users should have to pay...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 168
Views: 10252

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

What’s different with the Irish? Irish ownership is EU-ownership. Isn’t Brexit about keeping EU nationals out? There are just EU nationals, there aren’t good and bad ones. Out of 27 we are one :) Those born in Northern Ireland can choose to have British citizenship, Irish citizenship, or both. Howe...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Boeing 747 LCF ever been used to transport normal (outsized) cargo?
Replies: 5
Views: 956

Re: Has the Boeing 747 LCF ever been used to transport normal (outsized) cargo?

Even the Belugas don't do much charter work anymore due to the normal BAU work they've got. I imagine the BCF is the same in that it just doesn't have the downtime to even consider charter work.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.
Replies: 30
Views: 2092

Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.

https://news.usni.org/2018/08/30/navy-picks-boeing-build-mq-25a-stingray-carrier-based-drone They've got to the end of 2024 to build 4 of them. https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1617374/ The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a ceiling price $805,318,853 fixed-pri...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15228

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

Are nearly all possible to be done with long range UAVs at a fraction of the cost. And is basically being considered by everyone who's purchased the P-8 as working with UAVs is a core function. I would expect the same to be true of any A320 MPA as well. It would be interesting to have the P8/MPA pa...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15228

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

In today's environment, when does loiter comes in to play? Would other assets (like UAV) better suit for those types of missions? bt Loitering for patrolling large dynamic areas for piracy Indian ocean, UN missions, North and South Atlantic operations, refugees Mediterranean, electronic reconnaissa...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15228

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

Depends on what the SAR area for South Africa is. That was one of the big considerations for NZ and the P-8 was that NZ has a massive chunk of the South Pacific to do SAR in by international agreement. South Africa may also have a big chunk of ocean to cover by international agreement so may need t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 552
Views: 38765

Re: F-35 news thread

Here's an interesting thought. With the SRVL that the UK is developing as a feature for the B version. Do you think it would be possible to mix B model F-35s into carrier operations. While they can't use a cat or trap the short take off from a cat position and a rolling vertical landing on the angl...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15228

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

If the South African government had their house in order, the SAAF should have been in on this. They really need new MPAs. But the list is a lot longer than that. And the defense budget has been cut to a joke. If South Africa wanted an MPA, the C-295 is a far better option. Cheaper to acquire and o...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 552
Views: 38765

Re: F-35 news thread

Here's an interesting thought. With the SRVL that the UK is developing as a feature for the B version. Do you think it would be possible to mix B model F-35s into carrier operations. While they can't use a cat or trap the short take off from a cat position and a rolling vertical landing on the angle...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 43
Views: 2917

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

The Merlin CROWSNEST will be the AEW component of the QE battle group to begin with. I believe there is some work being done on making an Osprey variant to cover the AEW stuff but that's a long way away if ever. I think a big issue with the cost is that the tax pool as a total size of the GDP keeps ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 168
Views: 10252

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

As of this moment with no deals being made it will be a total mess on Brexit day. However if deals are made then it depends entirely on the content of the deals as to how much mess there will be. The UK government has decided the best way to provide businesses with stability during this negotiation ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing Capital flight diverted to Shenzhen after tricky aborted landing at Macao amid fears of being hit by wind shear
Replies: 17
Views: 3248

Re: Beijing Capital flight diverted to Shenzhen after tricky aborted landing at Macao amid fears of being hit by wind sh

Props to the pilots and supporting team for getting everyone down safely. Now to let the investigators do their job before breaking out any pitchforks.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 45
Views: 6323

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

I'm outraged that Ryanair is making me gate check my carry-on. Starting November 1st, only passengers with a paid priority ticket will be able to take their bags on board. This will p*ss off many passengers, without doubt. I havent travelled with FR for a long time. But if I understand correctly th...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 45
Views: 6323

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

The nickeling and diming in the aviation industry has to get worse before it gets better. Let RyanAir lead it to the edge of the cliff if they want to - at one point, the flying public will realize the ins and outs of this game and vouch for a quality flying experience vs dozens of rules, regulatio...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 552
Views: 38765

Re: F-35 news thread

Prep work for the impending first landing and take off on QE. British test pilots from the RAF and BAE practice flying F-35B test aircraft BF-02 off a ski jump at Naval Air Station #Patuxent River #PaxRiver Mayland on 13 Aug preparing for the arrival of #carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH #QnLz. BF-02 is ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 45
Views: 6323

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

People seem to be thinking this is a no bag thing and getting into a tizz. All it is is no overhead luggage. Underseat is still part of the base fare so your backpack is safe. As for the policy I can't say I'm shocked and it will another thing to consider when pricing out flights. But as my last Rya...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 218
Views: 43301

Re: Britiah Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

I'm curious how confident their fleet planning group can be given the lack of any idea of what the post Brexit environment will look like. Smaller orders sure, but a big order suggests you have some confidence of how things will look. No professional in his right mind is falling for this Brexit pan...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 218
Views: 43301

Re: Britiah Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

I'm curious how confident their fleet planning group can be given the lack of any idea of what the post Brexit environment will look like. Smaller orders sure, but a big order suggests you have some confidence of how things will look.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22105

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

I imagine the A321NEOs will be doing the AKL-WLG and AKL-CHC routes primarily. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the same timings as the A320s.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27130

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

Hang on....what happened to all those here on a-net that insisted ULR flights are a tough call to make any money on at all ? That was my first thought as well. lol ULH is still going to be risky and the price of fuel will have a massive effect on the profitability of such routes. But sometimes when...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 3517

Re: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?

That sounds so typical for the USAF, pay millions of dollars for a capability that you have not only never used, but have never practiced using with the actual airplane. At some point the risk assessment seems to have gone off the rails. I wonder what the mishap rate on the E-4 is? This is more a c...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 76
Views: 5492

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

With how prolific the 737 is it shouldn’t be hard to find training for NZDF aircrew via commercial vendors and then complete an operational conversion course to fly the P-8. That saves P-8 time on a limited fleet, something they couldn’t do with the P-3s. Why go with a commercial vendor when they c...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 3517

Re: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?

Does anyone know of the VC-25 has ever utilized the aerial refueling capability while operating as AF1? I thought i read somewhere that it was rarely/never used in actual prctice because of the risk. As far as I know the VC-25 has never done an aerial refuelling while operating as AF1. My understan...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 3517

Re: Will air to air refueling ever be a thing in commercial aviation?

I've seen it mentioned around here before that the only reason it was added to the VC-25 was so that the DC-10 could compete as the B747 met the range requirement without refuelling. Note that the new B747-8I based AF1 will not have aerial refuelling capability. As for practice my understanding is ...

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