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by Chemist
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 61
Views: 7024

Re: Western Airlines questions

My first flight was a Western 720B LAX-SAN-PHX-DEN rt in 1965. A long way to go to get to DEN! My uncle worked for Western at LAX. In the late 60's or early 70's (not sure which), we got to go to LAX and get on a 720B in the maintenance area off Sepulveda near the tunnel, and sit in the cockpit and ...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 22377

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

You can't really conclude anything from these super telephoto photos. They might actually have been properly socially distanced.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your opinion on masks while flying
Replies: 27
Views: 1453

Re: Your opinion on masks while flying

I have not flown since March, and don't plan to fly anytime soon. I'm in the transition age (63) with no conditions. If I were to fly right now, it would be Delta or WN due to seat policy. I'm fine wearing a mask. I'm also scientifically trained. It makes sense that masks make a large difference sin...

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time
Replies: 45
Views: 5070

Re: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time

WN at some airports uses front and rear boarding. Add unassigned seating and free bags, and there is relatively little baggage bin ballet.

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest NTSB data from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. jet crash
Replies: 11
Views: 3530

Re: Latest NTSB data from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. jet crash

I'm a piston VFR pilot, and on any flight more than 25 miles or so I use VFR flight following.
I can't imagine flying a jet and not doing the same.

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why can't AA make OAK work
Replies: 13
Views: 2143

Re: Why can't AA make OAK work

AA has been on a bit of a downward slide for quite a while now.
They used to be huge in SJC but let that go.
OAK and SJC are WN strongholds now.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long Beach (LGB) increasing number of air carrier slots
Replies: 426
Views: 54930

Re: Long Beach (LGB) increasing number of air carrier slots

It's high time that LGB return to a GA airport and the politicians there can kiss their Commercial revenue goodbye. They don't seem to want the business anyway. They could turn the terminal into a small mall.

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines taking advantage of Covid in the long term
Replies: 30
Views: 2816

Re: Winners of Covid

MalevA346 wrote:
N766UA wrote:
Lol what a terrible title


I know, suggest one please...


Mostly likely to succeed out of COVID

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 2910

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

I'd consider derivative failures to be less a failure, since the primary type still did well. So the MAX, the 747-8, even the A340 (since A330 shares wing/fuselage) are less egregious than the A380, L1011, etc.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 22377

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/news/virologe-hendrick-streeck-ich-rechne-damit-dass-es-eine-zweite-eine-dritte-welle-geben-wird-li.92336 Virologist Hendrik Streeck: "I expect there will be a second, a third wave" The head of the Heinsberg study also said on Thursday: "We will always...

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Name change for John Wayne Airport (SNA) ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3252

Re: Proposal to rename John Wayne Airport (SNA)

I've always thought it stupid to name airports after actors anyway. Glad Bob Hope airport name was changed back to Hollywood-Burbank. Would be nice to get rid of the John Wayne name on SNA.

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines, Air Canada and Westjet end COVID-19 seat blocking
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: American Airlines, Air Canada and Westjet end COVID-19 seat blocking

I'm an AA million miler. You won't see me on any AA flight anytime soon.

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate
Replies: 33
Views: 1852

Re: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate

Definitely LAX pre-COVID.
Once I had the choice of flying out of BUR with a stop or LAX with no stop. I chose LAX and with the 50 minute wait for gate, slow arrival of the parking shuttle, and traffic on the 405, it would have been faster to take the one stop into Burbank.

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fastest Turnaround Times?
Replies: 20
Views: 2163

Re: Fastest Turnaround Times?

I timed a WN 737-700, capacity 149, both flights mostly full, arrival to pushback in 23 minutes at Burbank. Burbank uses a ramp in front and stairs in the rear, and of course WN uses first come-first serve seating. I'll also add that at Burbank, due to the old design (tight non-conforming layout of ...

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American to use all seating July 1
Replies: 18
Views: 1226

Re: American to use all seating July 1

Well I won't be booking AA this summer. Of course I have no travel plans any more, but AA woul be at the bottom of my list. And I'm an AA million-miler.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

1 - Thinking as a person with a background in Project Management, it seems pretty unfair to decide over a year after the grounding that "here are some new design requirements you must meet". 2 - On the other hand, from a karma perspective, Boeing deserves everything that this has done to t...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4324

Re: large single aisle aircraft

I fly WN out of BUR frequently (well at least before the pandemic). They board and deplane front and rear, and use a switchback ramp in the front and stairs in the rear. I've seen a 737 700 unload/load with a 23 minute turn with most seats filled on both flights. It's fabulous.

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Relevant to Boeing management and culture... As some may know, the Boeing Starliner test capsule flew into orbit in late 2019. It ended up with a number of issues, mostly software which was not properly tested. The mission failed its primary objective to redezvous and dock with the International Spa...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 35
Views: 2550

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

I was lucky enought to have booked LAX-MEL on a QF A380 for February this year. My first A380 ride. Little did I know on the way to Australia that I'd end up on a subbed aircraft (789) on the way back, or the A380s would be grounded within a month or so. My first and likely only A380 ride.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 8289

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

I flew LAX-SJU on TWA when they tried that route for a short while (perhaps late 90s?). There were only like 20 people on the plane, and the captain on the PA asked the passengers to "tell all your friends about this route".

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

par13del wrote:
We hard reports last month of whether international participants would get special permission to travel to the USA especially after travel from Europe was curtailed, so we know covid has pushed the conservative Boeing estimate further, so yes, 4th qtr 2020 may now be in play.


2020 or Q4 2021? Lol.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Why do I have the feeling that we will be well into next year before RTS occurs?
2020 feels like a replay of 2019: new date, promises, delays, repeat.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16349

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

...and were there to be say, a political rally, indoors, in close quarters, with few wearing masks, and shouting and cheering, that would be the most irresponsible of all.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reasoning behind PSA/US merger
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Reasoning behind PSA/US merger

PSA was great; I flew them on both the 727 and the BA146.
American and USAir killed off two really good airlines.

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by Chemist
Tue May 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23887

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

There was an article about a UK epidimiologist who at 71 got very sick but has survived. The article pointed out that you can't just treat this like "x% live and y% die". This man has survived but has serious lung damage. He will be impaired for the rest of his life, and the article indica...

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by Chemist
Fri May 22, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23887

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

A relatively healthy person under 50 has more risk of getting struck by lightening than dying from covid, so why are we acting like this is a deadly plague, it is not. We could have done some very basic things like some reasonable social distancing and increase hygiene and enhanced measures for the...

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by Chemist
Sun May 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14260

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

Let's also talk about its sterling safety record. For the first decade, no accidents. Ignoring a few odd incidents (Missile shoot down, mysterious disappearance from likely suicidal pilot, crash landing from incompetent crew), I believe the only accident that could even be partially blamed on the ai...

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by Chemist
Mon May 11, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23887

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

Can someone explain how "no shirt, no shoes, no service" didn't have anyone marching with their guns into capital buildings and calling for mass boycotts but, all of a sudden, being asked to wear a mask is a threat to our rights and way of life? Can someone explain how we can not get test...

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by Chemist
Sun May 10, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23887

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

If I read the Apple data correctly, the US is approaching its normal levels unlike many European countries. Hopefully some masks will still slow things down, but between the mixed government messages and higher population, I'm expecting many, many more deaths and the US to lead that for quite some t...

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

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

At least a 797... oh wait? :roll: Boeing took a $797 million charge in Q1: https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-29-Boeing-Reports-First-Quarter-Results $797 million of abnormal production costs from the temporary suspension of 737 MAX production Probably the only 797 we will be seeing from Beancoun...

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The US murder rate is 5-10x that of Europe. If you want to compare Europe to the US there are other measures as well. March was the first month in 18 years that there wasn't a school shooting in the US. Scores dying all the time in the US from murders. And then let's talk medical bankruptcies. For t...

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Re: healthcare spending per capita, the US has a lower life expectancy than almost all first-world countries. So we not only spend 2x, we do that with worse lifespans. Lives foreshortened due to a high animal fat, high sugar diet combined with excessive calorie consumption (ie eating too much)? Tha...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Re: healthcare spending per capita, the US has a lower life expectancy than almost all first-world countries. So we not only spend 2x, we do that with worse lifespans.

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99310

Re: JetBlue requiring all customers to cover their face beginning May 4th

Immediately I don’t think so but 4-5-6 months from now it might. If airlines start seeing advanced bookings go up for the later summer into the holiday season I would be wary about instituting a mask required policy. Jet Blue got a fairly poor response to it on social media yesterday. I think what ...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines raises baggage fees
Replies: 7
Views: 1253

Re: American Airlines raises baggage fees

:old: Change actually is quite logical as it will better align AA with its Atlantic JV partners - AY/BA/IB. Its not about money, its about having more consistent and closer aligned policies. If they really wanted consistency, it wouldn't be a crapshow when you codeshare across airlines, and have to...

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by Chemist
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Well today was an argument against opening up the economies again https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 103,000 + new cases. Highest yet world wide. 37,000+ in the USA Highest yet in the USA. This is nothing but propaganda. Just because many more now have access to testing it doesn't mean the ...

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by Chemist
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

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

Attempts to create a new from scratch replace of the 737 series in a rush could backfire with another major design flaw. Not with a new airplane. Part of the reason the MAX issue came to be was the fact that it was a 50-year old fuselage shape being forced to accommodate modern engines that were to...

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by Chemist
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57346

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

Grounding is a good start, but Boeing really has to prove if they are still capable of doing proper design to begin with. With MAX saga going along, "no" seems to be the emerging answer. I really wonder if Boeing retains enough knowledgeable people after everything MAX is said and done, o...

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by Chemist
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I just read the Canada mass shooting thread. The conditions we are living in are really going to take a toll on those who are suffering mentally. People are no longer allowed to seek mental health counseling. The government has blood on their hands. People who can't eat, work, or meet family, frien...

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99310

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

I noticed that today (Saturday) mid-day on flightware, there were more Piper Cherokees airborne than 737-800s, and the most prevalent airborne aircraft type was the Cessna 172. Strange times.

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by Chemist
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66507

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Trump's travel restriction was Chinese Nationals only, first US case was already here, and many more US nationals came in from Hubei province. Many other cases streamed in from Italy and Iran. So the travel restrictions really did not do anything.

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by Chemist
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73391

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

Who would've thought two months ago that there would be no public progress on the MAX and yet we'd see almost no postings in this thread?

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by Chemist
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accelerating aircraft retirements
Replies: 83
Views: 18132

Re: Accelerating aircraft retirements

I'm wondering if this virus crisis is another big acceleration of the death of the A380?
Glad I got my first flight on one a few weeks ago.

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by Chemist
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Were the 737 Max crashes a first of its kind?
Replies: 9
Views: 1172

Re: Were the 737 Max crashes a first of its kind?

Many early 727s crashed on approach/landing, but as I remember the problem wasn't the plane, but differences in handling characteristics versus other airliners.

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by Chemist
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTair 737-500 damaged in hard landing at Usinsk
Replies: 56
Views: 9136

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

According to some posters in another thread, it would be amazing that somehow a 737 had a bad landing without breaking into three pieces, as 737s always break apart...

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

On a somewhat-related note, it was announced that the Boeing "Starliner" had another potentially fatal software flaw that could have lost the capsule during reentry. It was patched only a few hours before reentry, during the recent test mission: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/star...

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

You need to take a look at where they mounted the Engines on the 787 and 777X from the side - Very MAX like. They got a nice Aero benefit out of this placement. Nope. We discussed this one years ago and those in the know told us that putting a big honking engine nacelle up in front of the leading e...

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)
Replies: 290
Views: 49445

Re: PC2193 runway overrun at Instanbul (SAW)

Just out of curiosity are the 737-800s designed to break at specific zones in the aircraft. There are similarities with this one, the Caribbean Airlines one in Guyana; the American Airlines one in Jamaica; Turkish Airlines Amsterdam, Lion Air in Bali. In most of these listed, casualties were very l...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

. . . why isn't the 737-300 for example, "fundamentally flawed"? Because it didn’t have the same issue, didn’t require MCAS, and didn’t kill 346 people as a result. It has its own issues, many of which were fixed. By your definition, they DID cram engines below the 737-300 and NG, and tho...

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