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by Layman
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What The Heck Is In Perth?
Replies: 65
Views: 20483

RE: What The Heck Is In Perth?

Perth is the easternmost city of the Republic of South Africa. It is nominally governed by the Australian government. It is the only city in Australia with a second language.

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by Layman
Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egypt Air To Sell 18 Aircraft.
Replies: 30
Views: 16790

RE: Egypt Air To Sell 18 Aircraft.

They will be snapped up by an Iranian airline. They are desperate to ground their A300's and other vintage planes.

Egypt is the architect of their own disaster.

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by Layman
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What If Airbus Had Launched A330NEO First?
Replies: 44
Views: 9784

RE: What If Airbus Had Launched A330NEO First?

For the A330/340 - the original engineers should get some Kudos. That plane has the best wings of it's generation. The fact that the A330 competes with a next generation jet (787) using older engine technology - that is good going. Lets give praise where praise is due - the designers and engineers i...

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by Layman
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME Carriers- Why So Many A320s?
Replies: 24
Views: 11320

RE: ME Carriers- Why So Many A320s?

Possibly something to do with the container capability of the A320 and none on the B737. The huge hubs at the Emirati's have sophisticated container handling. Can they handle manual luggage handling at speed?

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by Layman
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Immigration Status Of PAX, Evac/Med-Divert
Replies: 11
Views: 2527

RE: Immigration Status Of PAX, Evac/Med-Divert

In 1988 I was on board a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 from Johannesburg to London via Nairobi. As the plane rotated during takeoff, engine 3 burst in flames right in front of my eyes. We continued taking off (Yay for a quad) and I could see first some foam and then nothing and I...

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by Layman
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France To Reconfigure A380, Study High Density
Replies: 100
Views: 30670

RE: Air France To Reconfigure A380, Study High Density

The march of the Accountants (background music is the Jaws theme) Each year we see fresh horrors as more and more victims are squashed into ever receding seats. Pretty soon we will get those Japanese people squashers that push people onto trains being employed at airports. The A380 and a few old 747...

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by Layman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 - Beautiful Take Off
Replies: 23
Views: 12779

RE: A350 - Beautiful Take Off

Airbus has finally produced a beauty. Lets admit it, the A300 through to the A380 are not really lookers, but are very functional. In the A350, I see the most beautiful plane since the Caravelle.

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by Layman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Orders 118 Airbus Jets - Part 1
Replies: 216
Views: 38078

Iran Orders 118 Airbus Jets - Part 1

This is a direct consequence of the US Congress's hawkish attitude towards Iran. Some of the Republican presidential candidates promised to undo the US position on Iranian sanctions. Boeing has lost out big time. There may be some scraps for them later.

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by Layman
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Al Baker: Seat Comfort Opinions Are Irrelevant
Replies: 75
Views: 18374

RE: Al Baker: Seat Comfort Opinions Are Irrelevant

I have a simple answer to Al Baker - I will never touch his airline again and an advise my friends not to do so either. He has ruined the 787 with his 9 abreast and that dreadful hub. And the IFE's with their sharp edges and bare metal, like a medieval torture device. How much cost would a simple pl...

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by Layman
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal Mess: 4 Kicked Off Flight For Looking Muslim
Replies: 145
Views: 23255

RE: Legal Mess: 4 Kicked Off Flight For Looking Muslim

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/AirCalSNA" class="quote" target="_blank">AirCalSNA</a> (<a href="#13" class="quote">Reply 13</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Wow - out i...

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by Layman
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: BA May Buy Used A380s
Replies: 153
Views: 30911

RE: WSJ: BA May Buy Used A380s

It reiterates what analyst have been saying. If Airbus produced a factory specced standard A380 at say 80% of list - then there would be many airlines that would be interested. The high A380 costs is as a result of the customisation that is required.

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by Layman
Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dropping And Parachuting The Passenger Cabin...
Replies: 39
Views: 8592

RE: Dropping And Parachuting The Passenger Cabin...

A late old pilot that I knew, was in the RAF, flying Lancaster's during WW2. When the war ended, bombers were used to ferry troops back from the fighting zones to England. They fitted wooden benches against the interior walls for the troops. Elated that the war ended, this pilot opened the bomb door...

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by Layman
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "complete Hell" U.S Airports
Replies: 103
Views: 23958

RE: "complete Hell" U.S Airports

B777LRF - beware the generalisations - you will be called up. You said: "However, they're hardly 'hell'. To see what a hellish airport is like, one needs to cast his sight towards the African continent. Lagos, now that's an outrageously rank airport. Kinshasa is, unbelievable as it may sound, even w...

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by Layman
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meals For Sale On BA Economy Long Haul
Replies: 44
Views: 19890

RE: Meals For Sale On BA Economy Long Haul

From the emails can one deduce that the offer is out of Heathrow only? Looking at the prices - the mouth-watering meals comes with eye-watering prices. This is a pity as it is a good idea. They should encourage pax to pre-order the complimentary meals as I am sure that that move will reduce waste. K...

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by Layman
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran To Buy New Planes By The Hundreds
Replies: 101
Views: 34750

RE: Iran To Buy New Planes By The Hundreds

I doubt that Iran will be able to buy any American product. The Republicans and Israelis will ensure the the US will continue with sanctions against Iran. Airbus, MRJ and possibly Superjet will get the business.

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by Layman
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New A350-1100 Details
Replies: 223
Views: 51446

RE: New A350-1100 Details

The 350-1100 makes sense if you add in the possibility of a stretched A380 or even a full A380-900NEO. The A380 stretch will make the gap between it and the A350 even larger - hence the -1100 to restore the gap. The narrower A350 will always score against the wider 77x when an airline does not shoeh...

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by Layman
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 - The Cinderella Aircraft?
Replies: 121
Views: 29061

RE: A350 - The Cinderella Aircraft?

The problem started when Boeing used the "Dreamliner" moniker. That is like going to school wearing a shirt with the words "I am fantastic" emblazoned across your chest. You are bound to attract attention and get noticed especially if you have the worst possible start as the 787 did.

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by Layman
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL 747 Got Problems?
Replies: 24
Views: 10730

RE: EL AL 747 Got Problems?

I was on a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 flying from Joburg to London via Nairobi. Engine number 3 burst into flames on rotate. We continued to climb and continued to Nairobi. At Nairobi, another <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 was relieved of an engine which wa...

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by Layman
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar: A320neo Delayed Due To Engine
Replies: 34
Views: 18274

RE: Qatar: A320neo Delayed Due To Engine

Given the perfect A350 EIS - (100% reliability since first revenue flight - and fuel economy as promised) Airbus certainly would like to keep that experience with the NEO.

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by Layman
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 7
Replies: 225
Views: 98356

RE: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 7

The prettiest plane flying today. It also appears to be the most mature entry into service jet for some time.
I understand that Qatar operate the jet without any Airbus technicians on hand.

Yes , but - I hear you say, the deliveries are so slow... Agreed. But better slow and sorted.

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by Layman
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 NEO
Replies: 224
Views: 42469

RE: A380 NEO

A NEO announcement will cause immediate re-negotiations of a plane that did not get any orders recently. The Emirates promise of a large order will be primarily to replace existing 10 year old models which will form a glut in the market - the last thing that Airbus wants or needs.

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by Layman
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-8 G-ZBJA Extended Gear Down On Departure
Replies: 22
Views: 19995

RE: 787-8 G-ZBJA Extended Gear Down On Departure

If the jet flew low after take-off - another likely explanation could be that a ground observer was tasked to relay what he or she saw to the cockpit - if the flight crew had a concern. Same as a flight I was on where the landing gear "locked" light did not come on. The jet did a low pass over the r...

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by Layman
Fri May 29, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Boeing, Makes A Super Twin In The Future?
Replies: 27
Views: 9445

RE: If Boeing, Makes A Super Twin In The Future?

747400SP - the growth of airtravellers will expand not because of population explosion, but by the rise of the middle-class in countries with large populations. As more people get more disposable incomes - they will explore. Given that developing countries will enjoy rising living standards, as they...

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by Layman
Mon May 18, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eventual A320 Replacement To Be "cigar-shaped"?
Replies: 28
Views: 20609

RE: Eventual A320 Replacement To Be "cigar-shaped"?

The first problem is the complexity of the jigs to either bend the aluminum or if fibre composite, to remove the mandrel after firing. The cigarette shape has evolved for a reason. The first thing airlines will do when they see the shape is to put extra seats in the wide open space of the middle. Ba...

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by Layman
Thu May 14, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Slow Start
Replies: 24
Views: 16106

RE: A350 Slow Start

Many commentators have indicated that the B787 cannot be compared to the A350. Boeing gambled on producing the 787 while testing and certification was ongoing. The long gestation period exacerbated the problem and production was slowed and possibly even halted for a period. (can anyone else confirm?...

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by Layman
Thu May 14, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay
Replies: 135
Views: 21171

RE: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay

The root problem here is that the majority of airlines do not have a comprehensive online menu when purchasing an e-ticket. I have a 10 year old daughter and when we travel together, we have to place additional comments (which does not get read) in the comments field as an option does not exist to t...

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by Layman
Fri May 08, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 6
Replies: 228
Views: 69843

RE: A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 6

bycac - thanks for the pic.

In my view, the A350 is the prettiest jetliner since Concorde and the Caravelle.

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by Layman
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Kenya Airways On The Verge Of Collapse?
Replies: 59
Views: 21909

RE: Is Kenya Airways On The Verge Of Collapse?

The ship has already sailed. The African market is being devoured by the ME3. By 2017, Kenya air will exist for domestic and short regional s only.
One wonders why Kenya bought these 777's in the first place when A330's or A321's would have sufficed.

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by Layman
Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2015 Expected Orders
Replies: 64
Views: 20988

RE: Paris Air Show 2015 Expected Orders

The Gulf airlines will wait for the Dubai show.

Turkish will probably make a big splash with a huge wide-body order.

After the giant orders over the last few years, expect a lower profile order number overall.

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by Layman
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Up With This Runway?
Replies: 20
Views: 15215

RE: What Is Up With This Runway?

Offsetting the guide-line from the lights does 2 things;- 1. It stops the lights from getting dirty and requiring cleaning. (I saw a documentary of Dubai airport where the two coincided and the lights to be cleaned regularly). 2. For lighter planes, it removes the bump, bump noise and shock of ridin...

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