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by mxaxai
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 140
Views: 4705

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Let's sum it up ... - US cannot build enough boats for themselves and don't have any boats to spare so cannot use existing USN production or boats If I understand, you're saying that by 2028 or so the US cannot build more submarines that we're building now, even if someone else pays for them and us...

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by mxaxai
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 140
Views: 4705

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Cheap. Just like we did with Lend Lease in WWII Lend Lease was anything but cheap. Even though Lend Lease itself did not expect repayment, it made the receiving nations highly dependent on US support even after the agreement ended. The UK was virtually bankrupt post-war - or rather during the war a...

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by mxaxai
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 140
Views: 4705

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Might as well get as much non nuclear bang for your billions as possible, I'm all for it. Now whether I'm actually still alive to get to see one of these subs will be a different story. The nuclear part (the reactor, not nuclear missiles) is the most expensive part of an SSN. It would make sense to...

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by mxaxai
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 140
Views: 4705

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

France is ... not amused. "This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio. "I am angry and bitter. This isn't done between allies."... Two weeks ago, the Australian defenc...

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by mxaxai
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2070

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

EMB-145 reversers are pretty nominal from a effectiveness standpoint, sort of some in extremis conditions (and I've stopped a -145 entirely with T/Rs.) I believe some European operators elected to take delivery without them (Swiss/CrossAir?) and the biggest issue was that EMB had determined most W&...

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by mxaxai
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: cleaner jet fuel may not fly
Replies: 11
Views: 1321

Re: Biden’s goal for cleaner jet fuel may not fly

That makes no sense. 3.5% is a drop in the bucket - the focus should be on sea shipping and agriculture first. There's 75% of the problem right there. Sea shipping and agriculture are, arguably, more necessary for our daily lives than aviation. Ships in particular are also vastly more efficient per...

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by mxaxai
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: cleaner jet fuel may not fly
Replies: 11
Views: 1321

Re: Biden’s goal for cleaner jet fuel may not fly

N62NA wrote:
Emissions controls efforts should be focused on areas that will provide more of a reduction in CO2 emissions. Think Chinese coal fired power plants.

It's not either-or, it should be both.

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by mxaxai
Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 1344

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

Launching a replacement would require just building a new scope. Building a new scope may not as easy as you say. Specifically, I doubt that any of the computer chips used would still be available. Unless they stash an extra set as backup. bt I would assume that the engineering / qualification mode...

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by mxaxai
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 1344

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

Very interesting, but I was completely unaware that this was going to be launched by an Ariane 5..... why? I'm guessing something to do with its launch profile/location, and yes I know it's a joint ESA project, but... wouldn't an Atlas V offer similar performance with increased reliability? I guess...

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by mxaxai
Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing shareholders file lawsuit over 737MAX
Replies: 33
Views: 6050

Boeing shareholders file lawsuit over 737MAX

A Delaware court has accepted a lawsuit from Boeing shareholders against Boeing, or rather its leadership, accusing them of lying and failing to enact adequate safety monitoring. In a lengthy summary of the shareholder's case, Zurn said the board "publicly lied about if and how it monitored the...

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by mxaxai
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1764
Views: 331951

Re: Jetblue Network Thread - 2021

Travel to the UK and Europe will still be way down next summer…And Jetblue will have slots. Most countries have relaxed their slot ownership regulations. This permits airlines to hold onto slots they owned pre-COVID even if they're currently not serving the route. The skies may be empty, but there ...

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by mxaxai
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1409

Re: Firefly Alpha

Pardon me for resurrecting this thread. The first launch on 02.09.2021 (yesterday) ended in a big explosion. https://spacenews.com/firefly-alpha-explodes-during-first-launch/ The rocket’s first stage may have been underperforming. According to a mission overview distributed by Firefly before the lau...

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by mxaxai
Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 83
Views: 16185

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

It is a complex question. They can also remove the lines from the probe to the tanks. The cost of the lines are not much, but the related sensors for fuel leaks etc may be worth while. On the other hand keeping and maintaining the pipes would allow for higher re-sale, but would require some level o...

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by mxaxai
Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57164

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

SpaceX has definitely been very busy lately, most visibly in Texas, but they haven't launched anything in almost 2 months. Whereas this would be completely normal for any other launch provider, we had been spoiled with multiple launches per month until recently. Apparently this break was mostly due...

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by mxaxai
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186650

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Stupid question for the Mazar-i-sharif flights: Who's doing ATC and ground operations? I thought that the allied forces handed over the airfield to Afghan forces, but with Taliban taking over most of the country (and probably having little experience with running an airport) I'm surprised that large...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186650

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Reuters has a brief overview of which countries carried how many evacuees (approximately) so far: USA 111,000 UK 14,500 Germany 5,347 Italy 4,832 Australia 4,100 Canada 3,700 France 2,600 Netherlands 2,500 Spain 1,898 Turkey 1,400 Belgium 1,400 Sweden 1,100 Denmark 1,000 Poland 900 Ukraine 600 India...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted
Replies: 13
Views: 3084

Re: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted

Sorry if this is off topic but what is Lockheed Martin's long term plan for the Hercules ? Is the J model the end of the line or might we see a modernized version with a new power plant, new wing and upgraded avionics enter service at some point in the future ? It is off topic, but: LM has not anno...

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by mxaxai
Thu Aug 26, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186650

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

According to Bild, the last 4 A400M have left Kabul with all German soldiers on Board. I wonder if they took the two helicopters they brought in. They were brought to Tashkent last night already. The helicopters were not used due to high risk. https://augengeradeaus.net/2021/08/afghanistan-sammler-...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3180

Re: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?

Some of the shady airlines carry shady cargo for shady organisations that may not care too much about the lives of their pilots ... Kam Air, for example, is allegedly a major exporter of Afghan opium. Mahan Air has been accused of smuggling weapons. Aerosucre may be carrying white powder that isn't ...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airbus Airlines": Airbus Company Shuttle XFW/TLS
Replies: 47
Views: 7752

Re: "Airbus Airlines": Airbus Company Shuttle XFW/TLS

There were flights BRE-SVQ (Sevilla) for the A400M teams for some time; IIRC they could be booked by the public as well. Many workers from Bremen had to help in the FAL at Sevilla due to problems in the production process, but engineers and management used those flights too.

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE to retire A380 in the next 5 years, 747-8 within 10 years
Replies: 123
Views: 21513

Re: KE to retire all quads in the next 5 years

Longer term, EK, BA, SQ and QF seem to be willing to keep them going post-pandemic. I would add NH, it seems a bit unlikely that they'd scrap a brand new aircraft. At least until the first major mx event, which is due in 12 years IIRC. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/106837-japans-ana-react...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 34496

Re: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan

People need to eat. Not sending catering from the United States. I suspect that crew rest and scheduling are the cause for the stop at FRA. There's food at RMS too. Local canteen kitchens and restaurants are providing meals for the evacuees. The air base's own kitchen is apparently under constructi...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186650

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

USAF is moving evacuees to Ramstein AFB, Germany. At least 1,800 people have been flown in from DOH, according to local media, with RMS having capacity for up to 10,000 refugees. At least one baby was born on an evacuation flight. https://www.ramstein.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2741467/euco...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE to retire A380 in the next 5 years, 747-8 within 10 years
Replies: 123
Views: 21513

Re: KE to retire all quads in the next 5 years

See the chart I posted earlier. Seems A380 is 2.6% more efficient per seat on fuel burn than 748i, but again, it's much harder to fill an A380 and typically yield goes down as you add more seats. 77W was not only smaller but also 5%cheaper per seat than A380, a death knell for both. Fuel burn != co...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 213
Views: 53967

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Morocco is interested in "stealth weaponry", though "stealth" appears to be more focused on UAVs rather than crewed fighters. https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/08/18/here-are-moroccos-top-priorities-for-modernizing-its-air-force/ Here are Morocco’s top priori...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 213
Views: 53967

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

HAL orders F404 engines for the Tejas Mk1A and is eyeing license-built F414 engines for the Mk2A program. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2021/08/18/hindustan-aeronautics-chooses-ge-engine-for-indias-tejas-fighter/ Hindustan Aeronautics chooses GE engine for India’s Tejas fighter NEW DELHI — In...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted
Replies: 13
Views: 3084

First C-130J-30 for Germany painted

The aircraft, part of an order for 3 regular C-130J-30 and 3 KC-130J, was revealed in full colors yesterday. Delivery is planned for 2022. They will be based at Évreux (EVX / LFOE) together with 2 C-130J-30 and 2 KC-130J of the French forces, which will operate as one squadron of 10 aircraft. https:...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 gear retraction side doors
Replies: 17
Views: 3030

Re: C-17 gear retraction side doors

A bulge is always easier to design and the aero drag can be estimated if acceptable. A door is way more expensive than a bulge. It's not just drag. The bulge would be right in front of the paratrooper doors. Turbulence created by a bulge in this area could prevent safe drops. The A400M had aero iss...

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by mxaxai
Sat Aug 21, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 gear retraction side doors
Replies: 17
Views: 3030

Re: C-17 gear retraction side doors

So with that mechanism in mind, to avoid the doors you would just make bulges on the side. Either they didn't like the look of it, of the performance penalty was worse than with the doors. Engineering a door in an unpressurized section is trivial. The increased maintenance can be dealt with later a...

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by mxaxai
Thu Aug 12, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6.5kgs of cocaine found on Caribbean Airlines 737 at Miami
Replies: 23
Views: 4983

Re: 6.5kgs of cocaine found in 737 that landed in Miami

Good job by the authorities to secure 5.6 kg of cocaine.

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by mxaxai
Thu Aug 12, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13054

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
We’re gonna offer foreign aid to the Taliban government?

Why not? Foreign aid goes to many countries with very questionable governments, even to usually shunned countries like North Korea. (Though I suppose this topic would take us to non-av)

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by mxaxai
Thu Aug 12, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Future of Afghan aviation?
Replies: 77
Views: 10784

Re: Future of Afghan aviation?

Unless the airports themselves come under attack, I doubt that TK will suspend operations. The turkish government has an interest in maintaining air links with Afghanistan.

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by mxaxai
Thu Aug 12, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13054

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

US sending 3K troops for partial Afghan embassy evacuation Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said one Army and two Marine infantry battalions will enter Afghanistan within the next two days to assist at the Kabul airport with the partial embassy evacuation. State Department spokesman Ned Price said dip...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will ICAO new emission standards tighten even further?
Replies: 16
Views: 2193

Re: Will ICAO new emission standards tighten even further?

Yeah, I mean the bunch who has no budget to spend on the future technologies, because they do not have gush of cash from selling today's technologies. Meaning advancing towards monopolies, unless govt money gets involved. Planning to sell engines that are worse than their competitors sounds like a ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4295

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

the Americans assembled the likes of Skylab back in the 1970s. Minor correction: Skylab was not assembled, it was launched in one piece on an old Saturn V booster. One reason to use the Space Shuttle was certainly that neither the US nor the EU had a working automated docking system in the 1990s. R...

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by mxaxai
Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14263

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

LyleLanley wrote:
Ah, yes. I remember well all the defense spending meant to catch up to Russian equipment reliability metrics over the decades.

A little less hubris would be appropriate. Underestimation of foreign equipment and training has repeatedly bitten US forces and their allies in the ass.

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by mxaxai
Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111429

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

The slot issue, that LH is forced to fly empty on some flights is damn stupid, utterly idiotic, especially in the light of the climate change issue. To be fair, LH isn't forced to fly. They simply choose to do so to keep the slots and to prevent competitors from offering flights at attractive times...

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by mxaxai
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111429

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

Some news from Spohr about the short term fleet strategy has been published at aero.de: https://www.aero.de/news-40437/Lufthansa-leasing-airbus-a380.html (German) Interesting to see that there is sufficient demand to reactivate all 8 747-400. Mostly for flights to India, but also some of the shorte...

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by mxaxai
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111429

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

ben7x wrote:
No way the 777/787 will get the mask.

Why not? Air Canada chose a mask-like design on their new livery, there's no technical reason that would prevent LH from applying a little bit of black paint too.

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by mxaxai
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33889

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Francoflier wrote:
Anyhow, rant over... I hope they launch this thing tomorrow and that it works this time at l(e)ast.

No launch today and no new schedule is expected while testing and analysis is ongoing.

At least it's confirmed to be not related to software.

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters
Replies: 33
Views: 5411

Re: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters

DHL doesn't care about being "green". Their business model and choice of aircraft in the real world shows that. It seems to be a frequent occurrence to see airlines associate themselves with these kinds of fatamorgana project planes to show off their "green values". Businesses c...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters
Replies: 33
Views: 5411

Re: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters

I really want to have more information about this electric planes, because I have many questions. It looks like the design has changed a lot, to start the tail is different, now it has 2 engines also... Apparently they made a major redesign last year, with first flight planned for this year. I assu...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 03, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33889

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Starliner launch has been postponed again, this time because Boeing engineers monitoring the health and status of the vehicle detected unexpected valve position indications in the propulsion system. https://starlinerupdates.com/nasa-boeing-to-delay-starliner-launch/ Next attempt is tentatively sched...

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by mxaxai
Tue Aug 03, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters
Replies: 33
Views: 5411

Re: DHL orders 12 Eviation Alice freighters

The proportions of that aircraft look weird, especially with its super narrow wing. I suppose it's a competitor to current express freight aircraft like the PC-12 and Caravan. A interesting niche could be operations during night curfews. The aircraft should be relatively quiet and may be able to get...

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by mxaxai
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 149
Views: 33393

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

aemoreira1981 wrote:
If GA were to go under, who if anyone would replace GA on longer haul routes within Asia and to Australia? The only European destination worth maybe keeping is AMS.

Either Lion Air or Air Asia (X). Both have A330s that can easily serve all routes within Asia.

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by mxaxai
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Jet2 orders 36 Airbus A321neo
Replies: 70
Views: 18458

Re: Jet2 eyes switch to Airbus in new plane talks - sources

Equally, might they be looking at extending the scope of their operations to destinations where they can take advantage of the range offered by the A321LR/XLR , and it makes sense to have crew-compatible aircraft for shorter-range services? Looking at the range difference, the only markets offered ...

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by mxaxai
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4295

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

Payload capacity is not the issue. The shuttle was important for the ISS because its robotic arm and airlocks made assembly much easier. In the past 20 years, automatic docking systems have been developed. This way, you could launch the modules first - with a Falcon Heavy or similar large launchers ...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About Medical Diversions - What Countries Pilots Prefer To Divert? Are These The Same As The Alternate Airport?
Replies: 10
Views: 1604

Re: ABOUT MEDICAL DIVERSIONS - WHAT COUNTRIES PILOTS PREFER TO DIVERT? ARE THESE SAME AS THE ALTERNATE AIRPORT?

Plane comes in, we handle it like normal, until we open the door, then it’s all on the medical team. They asses the pax, get them out and usually onto a stretcher and haul them through the terminal to an ambulance waiting curbside. What I've seen is that the aircraft is instructed to vacate the run...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s"
Replies: 61
Views: 5623

Re: "CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s"

You also miss that virtually all utilty grade solar PV uses rotating solar panels to track the sun; which need maintenance. I don't think I've ever seen rotating solar panels. That technology was more popular in the past, when the panels were expensive and relatively inefficient. Nowadays, most PV,...

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by mxaxai
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1377
Views: 221908

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

For example, there was a lot of speculation whether the A350F would be based on the -900, the -1000, or a new length inbetween. Even Airbus themselves were running the numbers on multiple configurations. Today, Airbus officially decided on a specific length that they want to sell to airlines. Did t...

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