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by itchief
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99625

Re: WN CEO makes course reversal on airline size.

"Have noticed that WN seems to be running more flights than the other carriers during the crisis." My experience does not reflect this. I have had 2 WN flights canceled on me this week and WN did not offer me any alternative for the canceled flights. I just booked AA, at least they will pr...

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by itchief
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 745425

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

"Boeing screwed up. It's the vast majority Boeing's fault. The MAX was fatally flawed. There are big problems in Boeing and FAA that need to be addressed. And the crew responded poorly and we should improve crew training where basic airmanship seems to be poor, as that's important, too" A...

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by itchief
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the interior quality of B787 and A350 worse compared to older aircraft generations?
Replies: 96
Views: 26685

Re: Why Is 787 Interior Quality So Poor?

Airbus and Boeing only provide the aircraft frame, as in like empty shell. The interior choice is solely determined by the airlines/ operators. Every airlines is now trying to save cost with lightest, tiniest seats/ padding available in the market now. These days the quality of products are not as ...

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by itchief
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing: Muilenburg out as Chairman (remains CEO); David Calhoun named Chairman
Replies: 54
Views: 11571

Re: BA: Muilenburg out as Chairman (remains CEO); David Calhoun named Chairman

Two sides of the same coin. Better to have an engineer as chairman of the board in terms of trying to keep safety a top focus rather than answering to a board of pure financiers from the Goldman Sachs School. That conflict of interest is only problematic if you're one of the financiers on the board...

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by itchief
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chief Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines Went Into Records After 737 MAX Crash
Replies: 160
Views: 32669

Re: Chief Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines Went Into Records After 737 MAX Crash

Allegations are irrelevant to MAX crash for two reasons. 1) There shouldn't be a need for MX personnel to work on MAX as none of the systems/components would have reached maintenance threshold. 2) Ethiopian mx didn't modify the MCAS code. Stop blaming customers, and yes most of them are from third ...

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by itchief
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time
Replies: 32
Views: 14189

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

http://www.boeing.com/defense/mq25/
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For many of the questions in the previous post. Go to the link below for answers.

http://www.boeing.com/defense/mq25/

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by itchief
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Past: EARLY DFW - AA Ops
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: Airport Past: EARLY DFW - AA Ops

TWA1985 wrote:
Did anyone else notice the 767 Dreamliner around the 7:30 mark? lol So I’m not so sure all these clips are circa 1974.


The YouTube clip states "We take a look back to 1974 and up to 1980s," not just 1974.

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by itchief
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 74944

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

Everybody needs to remember that while Boeing really can't talk about its strategy until the MAX is back in the air, it doesn't have to stop executing on the strategy. We don't know what is happening with NMA. Everything that has been used as evidence in this thread, including the articles, is spec...

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by itchief
Sat May 25, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-HKG and adding more flights?
Replies: 35
Views: 5579

Re: DFW-HKG and adding more flights?

It would be nice if CX flew to DFW but it seems unlikely. If I remember correctly AA and CX are in a JV and AA does the HKG flight so CX doesn’t have to do it. mmm, your memory might be confusing CX with another carrier. AA has no JV with CX as Hong Kong/China have no Open Skies treaty. CX does fly...

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by itchief
Tue May 21, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 83
Views: 10893

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

Neither are great for connecting. I assume the D requires less walking for the pax at the extremes (and less movement below). Obvious DFW was not even remotely considering a drastic overhaul (like one giant terminal) for say the next 50-100 years. They could still in the future with this configurat...

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by itchief
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: DFW to build terminal F which’ll most likely be international
Replies: 62
Views: 9660

Re: Unconfirmed: DFW to build terminal F which’ll most likely be international

The challenge for DFW will always be how it can continue to grow (or operate) if so much as a minor storm front rolls across town. It tends to become a disaster for the day if a quarter inch of rain falls in the space of 20 minutes in the morning. Part of that is AA's ground ops being run by abject...

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by itchief
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205839

Re: F-35 news thread

After a series of MiG-29 accidents Polish government is finally serious about a replacement. I just wonder if 32 of the F35 fighters will be enough against a formidable force like Russia. Would Poland be better at buying cheaper fighters? Or is the F35 now at $80million apiece a decent deal? https:...

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by itchief
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14983

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

Pretty cool. Only one ticket sold on a 2 hour 737 flight to Italy. Can anyone think of other times this has happened? http://www.startribune.com/lithuanian-man-flies-alone-on-huge-plane-to-italy/507996972/ Did a search and couldn't find any other threads... Toering- This has happened to me 2 times....

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by itchief
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 247836

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

looking like a new B788 for AAL https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL9661 Nah, that’s N804AN returning from some work being done in PAE. N814AA appears to have taken its place. Premium Economy installed at PAE. New aircraft always go to DFW first, not ORD. AAL does not have any new 788's schedule...

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by itchief
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 133525

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

As mentioned above last flights in system for MD-80s are all on Sept. 3, 2019. A parade of about a dozen MD-80 flights arriving DFW just after 21:00 with the last MD-80 flight scheduled to arrive at 21:18 MKE-DFW. I’m showing the MKE one getting in at 21:13PM there is a 9:18am Flight if that’s what...

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by itchief
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

With your experience do you see a need for a KC-10 replacement that is bigger than the KC-46? A B77F seems best if needed, but the engine wake would be fierce. Working in a Joint force air component commander (JFACC) element you will see that a lot of planning goes into how tanking works. Like you ...

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by itchief
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Is there a list somewhere of the production and deliveries of the KC-46 (also P-8's) like other aircraft have. So far I know that 5 are delivered and I heard around Christmas that 10 were basically ready. I recall reading that there would be 4 in Jan (met), 4 in Feb, then 3 per month after that. Th...

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by itchief
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large airports without rail links
Replies: 103
Views: 10212

Re: Large airports without rail links

kavok wrote:
LGA, DTW, DFW, IAH, MCO, LAS


DFW has DART to downtown Dallas and TEX Rail to downtown Ft Worth.

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by itchief
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205839

Re: F-35 news thread

It is a game that has had an answer for 30+ years. I know it is not called a "drone" but the following is a drone with another name. BGM-109A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile – Nuclear (TLAM-N) You’re right, it is a smart and viable option to attack an airfield with a weapons system that has ...

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by itchief
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205839

Re: F-35 news thread

Ozair, good points but doesn’t it make sense that it is far easier for a drone to target an airfield than a drone to target an attack drone. But who knows, it’s a fast moving game. I would say that typically defence is easier than offense. With your own airfield you have the ability to place defenc...

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by itchief
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I realize that the KC-10 looks like an “easy kill” because of the service’s need to reduce budgets by operating fewer types of aircraft, and its parts availability. The shame is that the KC-10 really is the ideal tanker as it has the capability to take-off, travel 2-3 hours to an on-station area, r...

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by itchief
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian terrible teen Boeing 787 stored/grounded
Replies: 47
Views: 16275

Re: Ethiopian terrible teen Boeing 787 stored/grounded

Not that hard to figure out, it has RR Trent 1000.

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by itchief
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

What makes no sense to me as a layman is why the proven and simple window for the boomer was abandoned It may be proven, but it sounds like it is anything but simple in terms of structure and support systems. I would not be surprised if this played a role in the Dutch going remote with their KDC-10...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 23643

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

Bell is now waiting for the Army to pony up funding before anymore testing will be done on the V-280. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bell-to-roll-back-v-280-funding-until-us-army-compet-455337/ There is still a lot of development to go for this too. No one should think this baby is read...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 23643

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... et-455337/
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Bell is now waiting for the Army to pony up funding before anymore testing will be done on the V-280.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... et-455337/

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by itchief
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I know it might never Be revealed. But? I would Love to know the differences between the KC-767's that Japan owns, the B767 freighters New Built for FEDEX and UPS and the KC-46's for the Air Force. It is not that hard to "reveal" this info. KC-767 is based on the 762-200ER, it looks like ...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205839

Re: F-35 news thread

Japan to cease in country assembly of F-35's, https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2019/01/17/japan-to-cease-in-country-assembly-of-f-35-jets/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ebb%2018.01.19&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Not sure why DefenseNews has deci...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Next AF-1 After 748
Replies: 34
Views: 6502

Re: The Next AF-1 After 748

When a C-32 is used as AF1 what does the Secret Service say? Sorry this does not hold water. The C-32 is generally used domestically only. Lose an engine, and there are plenty of friendly places to set down, with various military airfields (plus civilian airports) scattered all over the place. Take...

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by itchief
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Next AF-1 After 748
Replies: 34
Views: 6502

Re: The Next AF-1 After 748

The advantage of having four engines is that if an engine fails, you can choose to fly onward, instead of landing immediately(-ish). This rule was established by the FAA when reliability of jet engines are not as good as today. While this is probably benefitial for AF1 during time of crissis. I wou...

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by itchief
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 587
Views: 86815

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

https://www.eulesstx.gov/news/RunwayRehabilitation.htm
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deltaffindfw wrote:
It was all the way to and past taxiway Y and Z. So,I think it's the whole runway.


Here is the answer to your question about runway 17C at DFW,

https://www.eulesstx.gov/news/RunwayRehabilitation.htm

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by itchief
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205839

Re: F-35 news thread

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/20 ... rd%20Brief
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Japan to cease in country assembly of F-35's,

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/20 ... rd%20Brief

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by itchief
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20137

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

My first flight was a Delta ATL-DAL, most unusual was a coach seat in the upper deck of JAL flight NRT-BKK and the best was seat 1A on CX SFO-HKG.

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by itchief
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 8269

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

BoeingGuy wrote:
itchief wrote:
Ziyulu wrote:
I guess AA's low fare operation is now called Basic Economy!


This is the correct answer.


I thought the correct answer is that it’s because it’s a dumb idea and has never been successful in the US.


Do you think Basic Economy is a good idea or will be successful?

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by itchief
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 8269

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

Ziyulu wrote:
I guess AA's low fare operation is now called Basic Economy!


This is the correct answer.

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by itchief
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: E-4B At Leading Edge (FTW)
Replies: 3
Views: 1996

Re: E-4B At Leading Edge (FTW)

Yes, there's an E-4B in town for paint. It's one of the aircraft damaged in a tornado at Offutt AFB (Nebraska) in June 2017. I spotted it flying about six weeks ago in primer, presumably doing post repair checks. One of the VC-25s was at Leading Edge for a repaint 4-5 years ago, i remember seeing i...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2019/01/10/boeing-delivers-first-kc-46-but-fixes-to-technical-problems-still-years-away/ TFA says: In short, Boeing has agreed to embark on a redesign effort for the Rockwell Collins-designed RVS that will involve both hardware and software changes. The Air...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Boeing is paying for one of the two CAT 1 deficiencies, the USAF is paying for the other. Not all bad for Boeing. https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2019/01/10/boeing-delivers-first-kc-46-but-fixes-to-technical-problems-still-years-away/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campai...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Here is the Boeing Release: https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-01-10-U-S-Air-Force-Accepts-First-Boeing-KC-46A-Pegasus-Tanker-Aircraft With the signing of what’s known as the DD250 paperwork, the delivery activities can proceed. McConnell Air Force Base will receive the first four KC-46 aircraft, al...

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by itchief
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 311
Views: 102699

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

This is cut and paste from the Boeing web site,

"767 deliveries include the transfer of 10 767-2C aircraft to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the U.S. Air Force KC-46 tanker program."

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by itchief
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 58
Views: 9536

Re: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

Can't CX veto CZ's entry into OW? Yes it can. OW's rule states that founding members of the alliance (i.e. AA, BA, CX and QF) can veto new entries. However, CX's reason to be in OW is its connection with AA, that is so profitable and that has enabled its amazing growth in US since their code-sharin...

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by itchief
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 587
Views: 86815

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

You can now go from downtown Ft. Worth to DFW, this is big step forward in the Metroplex area. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/12/31/tarrant-countys-texrail-makes-maiden-voyage-dfw-airport Just to be clear: DFW public transit is a mess 1) You have light rail to Dallas out of the...

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by itchief
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 47352

Re: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread

Nothing to broadcast. They'll know the spacecraft is alive then, but it will take months to get all the data back. At that distance, it's a very low data transmission rate. They'll probably have a few low resolution photos a day or so after the encounter. Sorry but the distance has nothing to do wi...

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by itchief
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 47352

Re: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread

According to the plan in the 1st of January is expected a flyby of Ultima Thule . Does anyone knows if it´s going to be broadcasted? Nothing to broadcast. They'll know the spacecraft is alive then, but it will take months to get all the data back. At that distance, it's a very low data transmission...

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by itchief
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second Suborbital Test Flight Completed by Virgin Galactic
Replies: 34
Views: 7901

Re: Second Suborbital Test Flight Completed by Virgin Galactic

No you must have misread.Went approx 50 miles up.Below the Karman line but high enough ( just) to be called space.I did note the carrier aircaft went to 50k feet when it usually goes to 45k feet.It suggests to me that it's been a bit of a struggle to get to official 'space'. Still the punters proba...

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by itchief
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin codesharing with international airlines?
Replies: 87
Views: 8077

Re: When will WN begin codesharing with international airlines?

This will not happen until changes the fact that Southwest only allows for booking through their own website. How can you codeshare with other airlines when this is the only booking option.

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by itchief
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals
Replies: 78
Views: 11974

Re: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals

I recall a quote from a BA executive type some years after they were launch customer for the Boeing 757, along the lines that 'they'd never be a launch customer again'. I'm not sure what the reasoning behind that was, but maybe they prefer to go for a proven product nowadays ? Yea that is a great q...

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by itchief
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders
Replies: 46
Views: 5496

Re: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders

Revelation, your "The fighter jocks that run the USAF really won't care if the jet fuel is coming out of an A330 or a KC-46" needs some work. The current Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein is a F16/F117 guy. The Current Vice Chief of Staff, General Stephen W. Wilson, is a B...

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