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by ELBOB
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British operators of the DC-10
Replies: 69
Views: 6598

Re: British operators of the DC-10

That is correct. They were MD-11s and not DC-10s and were to be RR powered, but the RR powered MD-11 never happened. For Air Europe, yes. However back in 1976 MDC offered the RB211-engined DC-10-30R to BA, who went with the TriStar 500 instead. BCal also considered the 30R but needed the type in se...

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by ELBOB
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do the A350s/787s cruise so high?
Replies: 22
Views: 2776

Re: Why do the A350s/787s cruise so high?

Starlionblue wrote:

The 787 and A350 also have a higher service ceiling compared to 777 and A330.



Not quite...

The A350, 787, 777 are all certificated to 43,100 ft

The A330 is certificated to 41,100ft, or 41,450 with a software option.

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by ELBOB
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOAC/BA Traffic Rights Prior to German Unification?
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: BOAC/BA Traffic Rights Prior to German Unification?

The default post-war fifth- and sixth-freedoms exercised by non-German airlines were replaced by individually-negotiated national bilaterals through the course of 1955. For example Lufthansa received traffic rights from London to New York as part of the negotiation with the UK.

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by ELBOB
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116093

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

All FlyBE DH8Ds have now departed EGAC Belfast City:

G-FLBA 25 May to EHBK
G-JEDT 26 June to EDDR
G-JEDU 19 June to EDDR
G-PRPB 30 June to EDDR
G-PRPE 12 June to EDDR
G-PRPF 16 June to EDDR
G-PRPG 24 June to EDDR

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by ELBOB
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36831

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

JAmie2k9 wrote:
They are losing less by keeping aircraft grounded.


Not when the majority of their fleet is leased. Every hour sat on the apron is more money lost forever.

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by ELBOB
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36831

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

FR and U2 have already tried BHD and walked away. Ryanair 'walked away' because they couldn't get the permanently-discounted rates they wanted, nor a runway extension. Easyjet only operated one route from EGAC as a spoiler to Ryanair, they didn't have any intention of moving over wholesale. One pro...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fokker 60 questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2734

Re: Fokker 60 questions

The production 60 was a modification of the 1990 proposal for the civil 50-400 with 62 seats, basic design work had already been done and filed away. But for some reason they didn't see the market need for that type at that time. What's not often mentioned is that Fokker had agreed to pay the Dutch ...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 9004

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

Why did they repaint it white, seems like a waste of money? Even if this one is leased and the owner wants it white, you would think Emirates would split the savings of not having to repaint it with the owner and they would gladly accept since there is a 99.99% chance this aircraft gets scrapped. W...

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: History of weather radar on commercial airliners
Replies: 19
Views: 3168

Re: History of weather radar on commercial airliners

I apologize, but since I’ve taken on the role of teaching my kids critical thinking, I‘ve tended more to the pedagogical, and yes, the pedantic. And well you should apologise, because all of the questions you suggested were limited in scope and did not investigate the entire problem space. Very clo...

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by ELBOB
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer's has projects for a new turboprop plane [June/2020]
Replies: 127
Views: 18579

Re: Embraer's has projects for a new turboprop plane [June/2020]

Need something with more robust icing capabilities than the ATR. Ultimately are a get out of jail card, but not something you want to hang all day in upstate New York in a blizzard on. The ATR series meets or exceeds all icing certification. Can you show otherwise? Yes, if you operate an aircraft i...

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by ELBOB
Wed May 20, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are Alaska and Hawaii ICAO airport codes different from those in the contintental U.S.?
Replies: 9
Views: 3230

Re: Why are Alaska and Hawaii ICAO airport codes different from those in the contintental U.S.?

Let's not forget that when the ICAO proposed four-letter codes in 1947, the USA objected and said three-letter codes were sufficient... The ICAO system was devised before either were states and both were assigned to the PAC ICAO region. Indeed, the very first proposal was [national identification][s...

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by ELBOB
Wed May 20, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 18393

Re: First SkyCourier Wings Mated

This is great news. I'm very excited for the SkyCourier. In many ways, a modern DC-3. Huh? It's a 19-pax / 2.5 tonne, unpressurised, high-wing turboprop; a configuration that's been tried about 30 times since the DC-3. What's so exciting? The fact that it says 'Cessna' on it? It's a modern Skyvan e...

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by ELBOB
Mon May 18, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30048

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

AER LINGUS has completed its 100th flight delivering essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in hospitals across Ireland. The Irish airline has delivered a staggering 1,300 of vital equipment from China since the end of March. I appreciate that most PPE is high-volume / low-density, b...

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by ELBOB
Sun May 17, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 8697

Re: Virtual tour of UA 727-022

Sadly, just a white page on desktop Firefox. Requires specific level of WebGL so probably not a good choice of technology if you want to reach a wide audience.

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by ELBOB
Sat May 16, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed, uniquely talented company
Replies: 40
Views: 3109

Re: Lockheed, uniquely talented company

W/r/t the Seahawk, while the airframe is a Sikorsky design, the electronic warfare systems are legacy LM. IBM Federal Systems was the mission systems integrator for LAMPS III... Lockheed's historic aircraft portfolio is an three-waymix of civilian ( trend-setting, well-designed but usually over-com...

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by ELBOB
Thu May 14, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for the airlines to restart advertising
Replies: 114
Views: 10489

Re: Time for the airlines to restart advertising

Are you really expecting it to stay like this forever? Austerity is going to be the name of the game in most countries for the foreseeable future; all these state-level lockdown expenses and medical costs need to be recouped by governments. Increases in personal income tax, VAT, fuel duty... all th...

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by ELBOB
Tue May 12, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,
Replies: 308
Views: 41686

Re: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,

I just cannot imagine AA going out of business entirely. Neither could he: "I don't think we're ever going to lose money again," Parker said. "We have an industry that's going to be profitable in good and bad times." And here are the bad times. Where is that $19.2 billion in pre...

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by ELBOB
Fri May 08, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 31145

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

The Whale killed by a microscopic virus. Among other factors of course... Nah, the fate of the A380 was sealed in May 1994 when Airbus picked the conventional tube-and-wings configuration over a BWB. At that point they threw away the possibility for unassailable double-digit improvements in efficie...

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by ELBOB
Wed May 06, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 passenger to 'auxilary freighter'
Replies: 63
Views: 12115

Re: First A380 passenger to cargo conversion

This isn't a conversion. It is legally flying without seats with cargo, of light weight, held down with straps secured by seat tracks. It is formalizing this for multiple aircraft types, not just the A380. I wouldn't say it's doing it "legally" by the letter of the law since it doesn't me...

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by ELBOB
Sat May 02, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?
Replies: 37
Views: 4535

Re: What made the 737 more

Anything's feasible if you throw enough money at it. But you cropped out the other part of his 'argument' regarding engine upgrades OK, in 1982 Boeing completed studies into re-engineing the 727-200 with two derated RB211-525 or PW2037 as a modification package. American Airlines was particularly i...

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by ELBOB
Fri May 01, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?
Replies: 37
Views: 4535

Re: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?

The wing was very old fashioned. A high sweep, low aspect ratio does noy give good fuel efficiency. Improvements in aerodynamics over the years allow for less sweep while maintaining speed. Less sweep reduces weight and improves fuel burn. A win win situation. The 737NG wing was game changing. You'...

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by ELBOB
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27961

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

My FR refund (submitted 20th March) is being processed too. No mention of vouchers in their latest e-mail to me, just notifying me there is a huge backlog and assuring me it is in the queue for processing. Isn't it curious that when you're paying *them* it's out of your account in minutes, but a re...

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by ELBOB
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 71900

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Should we also acknowledge that IAG was so unhappy with Airbus's inability to deliver when promised that they were happy to sign a LOI with Boeing even knowing the MAX RTS date was not set so they could pressure Airbus to improve delivery performance? Pressure? Airbus has 6,200 A320 family in the b...

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by ELBOB
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27961

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

British Airways ceased their Belfast City service as of Saturday 04 April and only one rotation is being operated to Heathrow each day, by Aer Lingus. No other services.

No passenger services at Aldergrove now but freight services are continuing as usual.

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by ELBOB
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HS Trident Cabin
Replies: 15
Views: 3363

Re: HS Trident Cabin

The 1E-140 was originally ordered by Channel and used the same seats as their 1-11s, made by Flight Equipment, at 31-inch pitch. So still roomier in that regard than many modern locos. They had four exits on each side, instead of the standard 1E's four to port and three to starboard. As shown in the...

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by ELBOB
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99709

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

A124 RA-82038 operated UUMU - EINN - CYYR- KJFK with medical supplies on 01 April as RFF8460

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by ELBOB
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ed Bastion: DL considering buying the 737MAX
Replies: 62
Views: 9803

Re: Ed Bastion: DL considering buying the 737MAX

Wouldn’t it be CEO negligence not to consider every aircraft, at least for negotiation posturing? I’m not sure why it deserves a thread when they do their job. I don't know where this distorted concept of 'corporate negligence' has arisen. Negligence legally occurs only when a third-party, to whom ...

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by ELBOB
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 39941

Re: Irish 8/19

Cargo MD-11 allegedly due into Dublin 17 Sept. Don't know time or airline as yet.

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by ELBOB
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 119328

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

mig17 wrote:
A225 is what a part of the market wants. Less range but better economics than neo and max.


No airline wants a 500-tonne MTOW six-engined freightlifter...

If you're going to invent type codes, at least keep consistent with the issued codes. The notional A220-500 would be BCS5.

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by ELBOB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 26382

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

It is a simple business decision. If your fleet is large enough for 2 types and considering that Bombardier and Embraer are gone, the only option to have some leverage with the aircraft manufacturers is to play them against each other. Which means both need to have a desire to get the deal and you ...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 671779

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

viewtopic.php?t=1362007


68010 and Intel 8086 and 80186. No 68000.
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PixelFlight wrote:
MrBretz wrote:
Keesje, what kind of computers are used on A320’s? Were they upgraded for the NEO?
Still the original 80186 and 68000 combo according to viewtopic.php?t=1362007


68010 and Intel 8086 and 80186. No 68000.

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by ELBOB
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger is ordered to pay 172G for causing early landing while drunk
Replies: 37
Views: 11939

Re: Passenger is ordered to pay 172G for causing early landing while drunk

Company Policy may call out for that, without regard to whether the man is tied up or no. In that case, Company Policy has the force of law, so, no choice. And will the airline compensate the other passengers for costs and inconvenience resulting from such a policy? Of course not, air travel is ent...

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by ELBOB
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 759
Views: 156331

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

frmrCapCadet wrote:
For years smaller planes have got bigger (and more capable) and big planes have got fewer.


There are more 250+tonne airliners flying today than at any time in history...

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI 191 BOM-EWR emergency landing at STN due to bomb threat
Replies: 14
Views: 3128

Re: AI 191 BOM-EWR emergency landing at STN due to bomb threat

Not sure what the Typhoons are for in the case of a bomb threat.. Simply put, to take the aircraft out to sea and put a missile up its rear if the threat is deemed real. And how would they 'take' it out to sea? With a big rope? They could threaten to shoot it down over land if it didn't comply... e...

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PY to replace A340 with B777
Replies: 47
Views: 13645

Re: PY to replace A340 with B777

Dutchy wrote:
Is it because Boeing will do the maintenance, PY will receive ETOPS?


That's a good point, and an interesting 'fix' for the quandary that smaller airlines will encounter as quads are phased-out.

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 91189

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

and its going to keep Airbus honest in the future too. Why? Airbus could skip the next thirty orders of this size before their narrowbody backlog would be zeroed. They'd be foolish to concede on price to IAG; let that airline group eat the cost of introducing new support processes, pilot training a...

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by ELBOB
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B52 in emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall
Replies: 8
Views: 2168

Re: B52 in emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall

B-52 with a hyphen. This isn't difficult, people.

You wouldn't write Boeing 737800 would you?

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 91189

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Read the article of Willie Walsh wanting the 737 MAX on simplyflying.com..It.s not about putting pressure on Airbus for pricing.That article explains what the plans are with the MAX at IAG. That article adds nothing further from the mouth of Willie Walsh, and adds nothing to this thread. It just qu...

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 91189

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

kaitak wrote:
Great (and very surprising news)


I don't agree that it's great news; it pushes a clean-sheet narrow-body another half-decade away.

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 759
Views: 156331

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

BA is Boeing's trading symbol on NYSE. So the prior poster is absolutely right. But I can see how that can cause confusion too. "The Boeing Co. ( NYSE:BA ) operates primarily in SIC Code 8741 - Management Services and NAICS Code 561110 - Office Administrative Services" There's absolutely ...

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by ELBOB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 186
Views: 14797

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

I for one quite like the change, the current baby blue is hideous and fails conjure up any images of the United States, Baby Blue is not one of Americas national colors so I look forward to this more subdued scheme, let's try and not conflate this administration with aesthetics It's actually Consti...

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by ELBOB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?
Replies: 59
Views: 8492

Re: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?

Thank God most of the world is made up of countries which do not require airlines to seek and receive approval from government in order to change their livery. China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia? Now that is another story. You might want to ask why the BA retro BEA A319 couldn't have authentic ...

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by ELBOB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What helicopter is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Re: What helicopter is this?

http://aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/sik_s-56-aew.php
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timz wrote:
What have they done to this H-37 or whatever it is?


HR2S-1W radar picket

http://aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/sik_s-56-aew.php

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 225
Views: 31067

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

DUBLIN AIRPORT are to introduce plastic-free water bottles as an alternative for travellers to take before boarding their flight. Over the next few weeks, plastic-free bottles will be made available for customers and will be added to the shelves located after security screening in both Terminal 1 a...

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: 777X First Flight Delayed Due GE9X Issues
Replies: 320
Views: 77709

Re: 777X First Flight Delayed to Year End Due GE9X Issues

There are few new engines that impress me. The GE9x is one. Only a few engines have dramatically altered the competitive landscape: 1. JT8D 2. CF-34 (first 'high bypass') 3. JT9D 4. BMR-7xx (owned high end business jets forever) 4. T700. Finally what the triple spool was capable if. 5. GE-90 6. GTF...

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by ELBOB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 165
Views: 61069

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

I have no info, but I could see a major upgrade of the CH47 coming up. New engines, rotors, systems, cockpit etc. It would take year / billions, but the market seems to be there. Boeing-Vertol investigated that in the early 1990s with the Model 360, which was a Sea Knight-sized composite airframe w...

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by ELBOB
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 225
Views: 31067

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Corsair 747 due in to Dublin on Sunday 16 June

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by ELBOB
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All white liveried B757.
Replies: 9
Views: 2157

Re: All white liveried B757.

The C-32B has only become known recently, could be the former Comco aircraft. Not really a recent dscovery, the C-32Bs have been known about for over a decade. There was even an AAR photo published of one being refuelled in 2010... https://airrefuelingarchive.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/img00466.jpg

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by ELBOB
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 14772

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

You have to ask yourself can BA afford to drop 3 747’s off long haul flights during the summer peak? I don't have to ask myself that; I had two seats in row 53 booked on a 747 to Glasgow. I know it was true. Fair play to BA for providing full refunds on demand, which itself is implicit acknowledgem...

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