Just a thought: commercial aircraft have a bunch of AI right now. There is something called “autopilot”. For most of the flight, the “plane” or rather it’s ancient computers, fly the plane. The problem happens when something unexpected happens. I have seen a few videos on how a Tesla is programmed t...Jump to post
Rev said "It's kind of an advantage when you send someone like that to Congress because they can issue the party line without any reservation because they really weren't in the know about exactly what went on.
I am laughing out loud. That's a good one and right on the mark.
That was the downside of doing three programs at once (787,777x and the MAX) with limited in house engineering resources due to cutbacks. A and B teams were working on 787/777 and the C team got the easy low change project - The MAX. The article linked above says the guy who was the chief engineer ...Jump to post
The video did say that the 757 was able to climb to sufficient altitude before returning on one engine. It would have been a different story if they would have had to make an immediate return to the airport apparently. And, even though it might have been a slow newsday, I agree with ggflyboy. It &qu...Jump to post
With COVID, I still probably won't be flying for awhile. But if the MAX, no matter how it is rebranded, has flown for a few months with no incidents, I would get aboard. I will have a problem with my wife. I plan not to tell her about the -8, -9, etc. rebranding. It has to be the most looked into ai...Jump to post
The locks are electronically powered and automatically set by throttle position iirc. The plane in the video was parked, the locks would automatically be deactivated so that the exits could be used in a real emergency. The crew doesn’t press a button to lock/unlock the exits. Nope. It won't be acce...Jump to post
Here's a video of the door opening on the 737-800.
It's done by Mentour.
On the surface, the suit seems bogus. I note in the article that Island Express claimed they were indemnified because of the ATCs actions. They are hoping for a settlement which keeps them in business. I can’t blame them for trying. Did they go out of business? Edit: just saw Galaxyfliers comment an...Jump to post
Looks like all 787 production may move to NC. This is not a pleasant thought.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... -industry/
P.S. Sorry, SC not NC. And I lived in FL for a while and visited both states a fair amount.
Seeing the LAX video was scary enough. The plane was climbing so quickly after impact I wonder if the pilot had already decided to abort the the landing and the engines were already spooling up before the impact.Jump to post
Is it still the 737's design "issues" if you land 1000m down a 2700m runway, in the rain? https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/kozhikode-crash-ai-express-plane-touched-down-near-taxiway-1000-metres-from-beginning-of-runway/articleshow/77427990.cms And you might add that he landed dow...Jump to post
I will miss the Qantas 747s. I'm glad someone posted the late 1980s schedule. I was lucky to do the LAX, HNL, CNS, BNE, PPT, NAN,SYD routes. I also made to Christchurch and Auckland on 747s. I recall one wonderful time when Qantas was loading several 747's simultaneously via a long line at SYD. They...Jump to post
Opus99 posted this article https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers/american-pilots-review-boeings-latest-max-training-draft/139253.article In the reference thread. In case some of you don’t venture there, you should look at it. It discusses in more detail the training pilots will receive for the upd...Jump to post
I recall flying from LAX to KOA on UA’s DC-8’s until the end of 1991. I loved the sound of the 4 engines. After that they used DC-10’s even before the runway was lengthened. And for a brief period, I know they used a 747, I think -200s, after the longer runway was put in. I know that since I was on...Jump to post
I recall flying from LAX to KOA on UA’s DC-8’s until the end of 1991. I loved the sound of the 4 engines. After that they used DC-10’s even before the runway was lengthened. And for a brief period, I know they used a 747, I think -200s, after the longer runway was put in. I know that since I was on ...Jump to post
This appears to be good news for Boeing. I use appears since we really don’t know yet. If approved, it’s going to be the safest 737 in the sky. I will probably be more afraid to catch COVID than to fly on one.Jump to post
Looks like BOE 701 is scheduled for day 3 of testing. Departure is in under 1 hour from now at 10:35AM PDT.Jump to post
Does anyone have any idea how many certification flights there will be? Will they someway fail the AoA sensor and see what happens or is that done in a simulator?Jump to post
This has always been a topic I have been interested in. The reason is that I flew AA from LAX to JFK to be in a family wedding either in 1970 or 1971 on an AA 747. I remember it because I had never been to NY before. I certainly wasn’t an enthusiast at that age. But 2 things stuck in my mind. The fi...Jump to post
I am not exactly sure where this article goes but I thought here might be a good spot. An LATimes travel writer talks about his experience during 2 recent short airline flights. Apparently, the new normal is to keep your mask on, your head staring at your phone, and ignoring everyone. https://www.la...Jump to post
This is a strange topic for TechOps. In hindsight, you should have bought Boeing when it dipped below $100 a share in early March. It was just over $200 a share yesterday. I have a friend who bought them for their dividend at around $120 many years ago. I kept telling him to sell when it was in the ...Jump to post
Imagine any airline doing lifetime retirement pass benefits for anyone who is laid off if they are not even near retirement age, that would be an interesting option and I would jump on that if I were in an airline, if I had plenty of years still to go. There are problems with a 30,000 person airlin...Jump to post
The captain seems to more than we do. Maybe he will share it. The golf course is on leased land but is absorbs some noise. He brought up the issue of private jets and covered storage. I had forgotten all that since it doesn’t affect me. Whatever happens there will be slowed down by lawsuits for year...Jump to post
I was on a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I think it was in the very late 1990s. I recall I saw the Concorde at KOA as part of a special, I presume RTW, trip. I had seen the plane in Sydney too I think. That had to be in the late 1980s but I am fuzzier on that one.Jump to post
As a side note I saw somewhere the S&P on Wednesday lowered its credit rating for Boeing to BBB-minus, one step above junk. And even if they slip a bit into junk status, it will be on the top end of junk or, as they say, quality junk. And I believe all the US airlines bonds are rated junk.Jump to post
Here’s an interesting story with pictures of how empty LAX is. It is shocking. It says it may take 2 or 3 years for traffic to return to preCOVID levels.
https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ghost-town
For you software types out there, here is Wiki's description of VxWorks. I note the 787 uses this on its computers. Note you develop on some real machine, debug there, and cross compile with an executable for the target. And if you are really interested, I see a website for documentation but I appea...Jump to post
Here’s an interesting article.
https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/ ... backs.aspx
It says that AA was really the only airline to waste their cash flow on stock buy backs. Based on this, I would say bankruptcy or merger is a real possibility.
jayunited, you are correct. I was too abrupt with cedar. Sorry.Jump to post
Here’s something interesting.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... bed-by-faa
Cracks in the fuselage? And the FAA is considering inspections?
Just read a news report that UA is seeking support from the US government because of their drop in business. The article also says AA and DL are in talks also. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-airlines-talks-u-officials-190535234.html Careful with words - they are not "seeking" suppo...Jump to post
Just read a news report that UA is seeking support from the US government because of their drop in business. The article also says AA and DL are in talks also.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-a ... 35234.html
I flew NWA many times between the east and west coasts in the late 80s and 90s. It was almost always on a DC-10 usually through MSP. I recall the plane have a very distinctive engine sound when we took off. It was a whine of some kind. I have tried to find videos of that particular sound but have no...Jump to post
Boeing stock has dropped about 40% in the last year. I hope none of you got in before the 2nd crash.Jump to post
A couple years back, I took a cruise leaving from Vancouver. I had to fly into Seattle to get up there. I note some of the Alaska cruises leave from Seattle and others from Vancouver. Living in south Orange County, I don't like driving to LAX unless I have to. So this may work for me but I am not pl...Jump to post
Here’ a new problem for the MAX. It involves falcons and pigeon corpses. It is a humorous read.
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/st ... on-737-max
I agree with Dahlgardo who says: “I see this as being a thing about common courtesy and taking your fellow human beings into account before you do something that might impact them in a negative way. I can't understand why that is such an alien idea for some people. If you sit in the front of a car a...Jump to post
I just read something the woman in the video said. She said it was her right to recline and it was the airline’s problem. She was also citied by the flight attendant and the guy wasn’t. The FA was there. There must be a reason for that. I bet she reclined and the guy asked her not to because he was ...Jump to post