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by buzzard302
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37154

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

For years and years, I said they would find it. I am starting to have doubts. Mostly because I do not believe they are truly mathematically accurate about the final crash location. Without that data, it is a needle in a haystack as others have said. Or just straight luck of running across it. And no...

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by buzzard302
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 12059

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

To me the predominant smells are coffee, seat leather, and engine exhaust.

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by buzzard302
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTair 737-500 damaged in hard landing at Usinsk
Replies: 56
Views: 9162

Re: UTair 737-500 damaged in hard landing at Usinsk

2020 has not started out as a good year for aviation. So many accidents and incidents and we're only one month in.

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by buzzard302
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)
Replies: 290
Views: 49641

Re: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)

Another poor decision by pilots. Unfortunately, most accidents are due to poor training/decisions. Hope everyone comes away from this without loss of life, and more lessons are learned for the future.

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by buzzard302
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30351

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

That's a long time to have to circle if they are on one engine. Must be an uncomfortable feeling for those on the airplane. Hope everything works out well.

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by buzzard302
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1398

Re: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019

20 hour delay due to fume event on the arrival of the aircraft. A320. I read about it almost daily on avherald but didn't think it would happen to me.

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by buzzard302
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296566

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

A terrible day for aviation. This, right after many articles posted about how safe flying was in 2019. No idea what may have caused this crash, but I feel bad for all the people who lost their family. If this turns out to be political in nature, we are on the brink of some heavy stuff.

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by buzzard302
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash fatalities fell more than 50% in 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2362

Re: Crash fatalities fell more than 50% in 2019

And that number is despite the ET 737Max crash that killed 157. The one other "notable" crash last year was the Atlas 767 near Houston. It didn't kill many but it was the first widebody in over 2 years (which incidentally had been a cargo jet too). It was also the first crash in north ame...

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by buzzard302
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 744937

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

It will fly again. And it will be very safe after all the scrutiny. This is a good thing for design and certification of future aircraft as well. There will be no shortcuts and quick certifications. Costs more, it's tedious, but I think it's best people get to fly on the safest designs possible.

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by buzzard302
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?
Replies: 28
Views: 1863

Re: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?

I'm not real impressed with AA. Had a tough time last week, but some of it was due to crazy amounts of holiday traffic (and an airplane that went inop). A few of their staff were very friendly and accommodating, but most were not very pleasant during my interactions. Have had decent flights in the p...

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by buzzard302
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My first TSA experience
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: My first TSA experience

Do tsa agents actually scream at passengers or are you exaggerating.? I have seen TSA agents very flustered with large crowds and lines and get snarky with people. Can't recall observing any screaming though. It's just humans being human. I usually have no problems with the body scanners, but last ...

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by buzzard302
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night
Replies: 77
Views: 19397

Re: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n117hq#22caedf1 This is what I see on the test flight. I see a climb to 3700 ft and then an abrupt drop to 2100 ft. They gained back altitude to about 2500 ft, and then continuous fluctuations in altitude until a decent back to Indy. Based on a previous pe...

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by buzzard302
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night
Replies: 77
Views: 19397

Re: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night

KCaviator wrote:
N117HQ had a test flight in Indy this morning and declared an emergency due to another suspected pitch trim runaway.


Look at the FR24 log for this test flight, scary stuff. I would not want to be on that airplane.

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by buzzard302
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14152

Re: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?

So were the cabins better ventilated back when smoking was allowed? Seems there must have been an air exchange rate to handle all the smoke. How does that compare to cabins in modern built airplanes?

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by buzzard302
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14152

Re: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?

Not a pilot, but I certainly remember the smoking and non smoking sections. Also reminds me of restaurants when you walked in, the hostess would ask smoking or non smoking?

Seems crazy to think we ever thought smoking in a sealed tube 35,000 ft in the air was a good idea.

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by buzzard302
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS drone unit achieves FAA air carrier certification
Replies: 33
Views: 4247

Re: UPS drone unit achieves FAA air carrier certification

I am also having a hard time visualizing how this is beneficial. What is the point of dispatching a drone from the top of a truck that's likely parked right in proximity to the delivery site?

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by buzzard302
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overweight or out of balance aircraft - isn't this automatically monitored?
Replies: 16
Views: 4867

Re: Overweight or out of balance aircraft - isn't this automatically monitored?

Although it might be considered intrusive and slow down the process, airlines could implement a scale each passenger steps on as they scan their tickets. The computer could then map the weight associated with each seat position and automate total weight and CG calculations. I assume something like t...

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by buzzard302
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 37027

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Any smart CEO would be looking at alternatives and have a back up plan. Never hinge your business on one supplier, it is a recipe for failure.

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by buzzard302
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA A330 fume issue
Replies: 31
Views: 6663

Re: Another AA A330 fume issue

Definitely seems more prevalent on Airbus, but I have read reports on both major manufacturers. Certainly not limited to any particular carrier. One journalist has dedicated some real time and effort to look into fume events. And there is at least one member on this forum that claims these are a non...

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by buzzard302
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 9342

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

In public, my wife breast feeds our son with a light cover. Folds up easily and stays in the diaper bag when not in use. We have been on 4 flights in the past month. She was in the window seat. I was in the center seat. Most people on the plane didn't even know there was a baby there. I agree though...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
Replies: 106
Views: 19254

Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

Just need a DJ and a bartender and it will complete the design.

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 6108

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

n6238p, that was a nice read, thanks. Another of a million points I have't seen mentioned is a medical emergency. How will a self flying plane know about a passenger medical emergency? Going to leave it to the passengers to hit the big red emergency button and make a costly diversion? Fully automat...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 6108

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

n6238p, that was a nice read, thanks. Another of a million points I have't seen mentioned is a medical emergency. How will a self flying plane know about a passenger medical emergency? Going to leave it to the passengers to hit the big red emergency button and make a costly diversion? Technology is ...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 6108

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

The logistics are insanely complicated and frankly not even safe to consider. A single pilot onboard to provide minimal inputs and react as needed, I could buy that. But fully unmanned, not a chance. You think aircraft will taxi themselves? Provide take off and landing clearance themselves? Take alt...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 6108

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

Although we live in a world with very advanced technology, airplanes are not ready to fly unmanned. Remember, an unmanned airplane is only as perfect as it's human designers, and the most recent accidents have proven that we have a lot further to go in terms of programming, automation, and safety. H...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Also, Boeing wants/needs to know the actual cause as well. Doctoring data to reduce liability for this accident does nothing for them if there is a design flaw. If they keep selling a model with a fundamental flaw, there will be more crashes and the 737 MAX will have all orders cancelled and the pr...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 4121

Re: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

Just my perspective, though. I have no doubt at all that Boeing did absolutely everything they could and stand behind the MAX and the other aircraft they have produced. Things come up though, sometimes as a result of loss of life unfortunately, in order for the issue to become visible and the prope...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 613983

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Generally speaking, the two AOA sensors were likely in the same physical positions on the exterior of the plane, and according to the curves, physically reacting in the same manner. There is an obvious offset in the two curves, meaning the sensor output or interpretation likely differed electronica...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 613983

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Generally speaking, the two AOA sensors were likely in the same physical positions on the exterior of the plane, and according to the curves, physically reacting in the same manner. There is an obvious offset in the two curves, meaning the sensor output or interpretation likely differed electronical...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I really like Boeing, but this is some egg on their face if it's playing out the way it appears to be. I work in a technical manufacturing environment and know on a small scale how many internal arguments can occur about how a product should be configured, revised, etc. Admitting to end customers th...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Some reports coming in that Chinese pilots saw excessive AoA on 737MAX on a more or less regular basis: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-ban-on-the-boeing-737-max-inspires-others-and-ramps-up-pressure-on-the-faa/2019/03/12/4d4bf2b0-44a3-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html?utm_...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Ground an airplane is a big deal. Most likely someone knows something that is not public. These decisions don't come lightly. If they were to release a public comment saying there was a design flaw related to these accidents, it would cause more problems than they already have. The media is already ...

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Amateur opinion here. The MAX planes are more high tech than the last variant. The pilots and maintenance may or may not be up to speed. It could be a problem with the plane, it could be a problem with the airline. It could be a combination of both. Regardless of the root cause, Boeing has to quickl...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ombudsman official demands grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia
Replies: 59
Views: 12382

Re: Ombudsman official demands grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia

Holy cow. There is no official report yet released for the Lionair crash. People typing up stuff on here like it's a final conclusion are not doing anyone any favors.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Given what we know right now, folks choosing to avoid the max is totally justified. "What we know"? We don't know anything, all we have is speculative information. What we know is that two brand new max variant planes crashed into the ground and killed everyone on board. And we don't have...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I didn't even think it was possible to take off without flaps. Pretty much always thought they would get a takeoff config fault. For sure, the cause of Lionair and this new incident need to be investigated in an expedited manner.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748303

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Well I'm with the other "over reactors" when I say I won't be riding on a max any time soon. In our modern world of high technology and safe air travel, there is serious doubt as to the design of this aircraft. It is far too coincidental to have two crashes on two brand new aircraft this c...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

As a side note, a cruise ship was in the news yesterday for experiencing a sudden and unexpected 115mph wind gust which caused a severe list. I know it goes against logic of this aircraft's stability and performance characteristics, but I still would not be surprised to learn that some sudden and/or...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr
Replies: 35
Views: 8262

Re: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr

I've always wondered why there are not cameras in the cargo spaces so that the pilots can cross reference a fire indication with a visual confirmation.

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

There is no conclusion based on the language of that NTSB statement. It is worded in a vague and neutral way as not to reveal anything. All we know is that evidence of loss of control started 18 seconds before the end of the recording.

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 9048

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Nothing wrong with being well dressed. It gives a person confidence and self value. Which is projected into the work environment.

asuflyer is right, there are lots of cultural and labor law differences which result in a different appearances of uniform and job presentation.

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

enilria wrote:
Am I crazy or is that one of the most unclearly caused crashes over land in like decades? Usually there is a thread from the first day that ends up being close to the cause, but I see nothing here.


I don't think they pegged the reason for AF447 for quite some time.

Edit, you did say over land...

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Also, the comments on that YouTube video make this thread seem like it’s full of Nobel laureates by comparison. This is my favorite: There’s the problem, origin is Miami. Ghetto airport. Probably most safety related hardware has been stolen and resold. Probably most maintenance people can’t speak o...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 149123

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

JFK/BOS to London. And A321XLR's. From a casual conversation I had recently.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Happened to LH442 Mar. 2, 2019?
Replies: 5
Views: 3474

Re: What The Hell Happend to LH442 Yesterday???

Got to be a glitch. Another site has much smoother data. My in laws flew the other day and I observed erratic behavior including speed, altitude, and headings changing abruptly. Just data being reported erroneously.

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by buzzard302
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37154

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

I'm in "the pilot did it" camp. Only because I have read so many reasons why the other large theories could not be possible. But I can not fathom how he could have handled the co-pilot and all the passengers. I also find it hard to believe he could have pulled it all off with such little t...

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by buzzard302
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP
Replies: 116
Views: 25237

Re: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP

People are quick to blame the pilots. I am not a pilot, but I am an atmospheric scientist. Becasue of The Rock, if the ground speed of the plane was somewhere between 150 and 350 km/hr this could have been Kármán Vortex Shedding. I dont know how planes are designed and pilots are trained to avoid t...

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by buzzard302
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: E175 vs E190 Reliability?
Replies: 36
Views: 4906

Re: E175 vs E190 Reliability?

Don't know the answer to your question, but I have a friend that works or B6. His comments are that the E190's have constant issues. Especially in the electronics. Reboot, reset, re-program, etc. etc. I know a couple B6 FAs that are on the 190. They refer to it as the E-180 due to the numerous soft...

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Nothing. Just wondering about the full flow of this and that, zero evidence, no facts. all trashed around. Gist: 767 best plane ever What a downer. Well I agree. Despite all the chatter in these threads, I think most people here are enthusiast and a technical minded group. Everyone wants to know th...

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 450771

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

WIederling wrote:
16 pages of chatter here and avherald shows nothing beyond some photos and supplemental data.
Interesting.


It's only been a few days, and no CVR or FDR has been found yet. What were you hoping for?

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