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by JayinKitsap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 34
Views: 7232

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Looking at the KC-46 spreadsheet (BTW thanks so much for whoever has been keeping this data current) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xPZP2NmigprVBd5dklYcFOGraAn4C8Z4W0z2TPD-eD0/edit#gid=2121076296 it finally seems that the number of KC-46's lounging around PAE is dwindling. Really only 5 of...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1007
Views: 157273

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Is Iron Butterfly PC enough.

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 34
Views: 7232

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Looking at the KC-46 spreadsheet (BTW thanks so much for whoever has been keeping this data current) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xPZP2NmigprVBd5dklYcFOGraAn4C8Z4W0z2TPD-eD0/edit#gid=2121076296 it finally seems that the number of KC-46's lounging around PAE is dwindling. Really only 5 of ...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5295

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The F15-EX is a great complimentary plane for the air force. Teamed up with the F-35's the Strike Eagle II can have its big radar blaring providing 'vision' to the F-35's some 10 miles ahead. As the enemy goes for the Strike Eagle II, they become visible targets for the F-35. Further, the F15 can be...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi
Replies: 95
Views: 11277

Re: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi

Is this a proposed P2F conversion of existing frames, it appears the line has already stopped for new builds. Which airlines would be the expected customers? EK? If 50 planned at $ 10M per conversion for design & certification that's only $ 500M. Is that sufficient to cover certification of such...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Real Estate Sell Off in Puget Sound Region
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: Boeing Real Estate Sell Off in Puget Sound Region

This is round 1, round 2 will include several buildings and land around Boeing Field. All part of Boeing getting leaner, they had a lot of staff and buildings that need to be removed from overhead. The Everett plant will soon only have 767 and 777 production, the 747 and 787 spaces are coming availa...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When specifying aircraft range?
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: When specifying aircraft range?

Need to look at the Payload-Range curves available in the Airport Planning Guides. The brochure ranges are cherry picked off of those curves. For an A320 it probably picks 160 passengers, no bags, and the maximum assuming the closest alternate airports etc.

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 12494

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

One reason new scope compliant RJ models are not being developed, no latest generation engine. The PW GTF smallest model is too big for the 175 for scope compliance. No other one available, no engine mfg working on one. That has to happed before RJ's come back into play.

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?
Replies: 10
Views: 1957

Re: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?

Nearly all low wing freighters have the wing box occupying the full height of the cargo hold. The floor is basically the lowest level that gets over the wing box. Nearly all commercial planes are cylinders or double bubble hulls to be efficient when pressurized. A lot of military aircraft that are n...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion on Airbus ZeroE Initiative/Carbon-Free Propulsion
Replies: 64
Views: 4371

Re: Discussion on Airbus ZeroE Initiative/Carbon-Free Propulsion

I'll believe in commercial hydrogen powered aircraft when I start to see the construction of massive amounts of 1000MW + nuclear power plants with matching hydrolysis plants reasonably close to the airports. I believe that Europe will need about 100 such plants, the USA about 200, and likely the re...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options
Replies: 197
Views: 28646

Re: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options

What does WN see in the -7 that the rest of the world misses? Especially among other LCC's, the -8 and its -200 variant seem to be far more popular. Likewise, former larger A319 operators like U2 are switching to the A320neo. As the (nearly) sole operator of the -7, doesn't WN worry about resale va...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Czech billionaire and four others die in Alaska helicopter crash
Replies: 52
Views: 7528

Re: Another billionaire dies in Alaska helicopter crash

Well, heli-skiing is fantastic but considered high risk. Most of the risk is in the skiing part, everyone lands on the glacier with limited prior knowledge of the avalanche danger so the guides haven't pre-checked the slope. My uncle ran a Calgary Oil firm which he was able to ski 2 to 3 weeks a yea...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase
Replies: 122
Views: 21564

Re: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase

Not sure how a GTF engine would work on a bizjet, not optimum at levels above F410. And probably not really good at higher mach numbers they like for marketing. Best regards Thomas Actually, you can make a custom GTF for a business jet. The gearbox though adds $250,000 to the cost of the engine. It...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

The big steps in order for a new clean sheet: 1. Cockpit functionality and programming - it needs to meet the new FAA / EASA requirements for here on out, probably a very different architecture. Some benefits - can adapt to single pilot, remote piloting, ground control, and or autonomous flight. Hug...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 34
Views: 5881

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

Well A400 sales have been brisk, a huge backlog from countries not in the original group, lots and lots of top off orders.

There were 174 orders by 2011 and there are 174 orders on the books today. Massive sales, just massive.

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine
Replies: 96
Views: 16851

Re: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine

PW didn't have a lot of problems with their gearbox, but the change in RPM's of the various sections caused different conditions than previous engines, had a number of problems that needed resolution. RR's ultra fan is operating at far higher energy levels, also with sections at different RPM's than...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine
Replies: 96
Views: 16851

Re: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine

Well the posted info indicates it has a 50MW gearbox, so we have the energy, the thrust is Force, needs a distance. These are big ducted fans, props within a casing. I have always wondered what would be the issues with the shroud rotating with the fan, it could save a good bit of weight. But lots of...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

What if the tail flipped up 90 Degrees supported by Hydraulics? You would be bringing the COG forward and that would seem to have less of a load path issue. It would also not require any special equipment as everything to open it up would be onboard the aircraft. Might be better, but you would stil...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase
Replies: 122
Views: 21564

Re: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase

I am first and foremost a Pratt fan, specifically, the GTF. So I will celebrate every competitive platform for the GTF family of engines. That said, in my opinion the A220 is the most competitive platform for the small GTF family that helped launch the PW800 family. In manufacturing, more is better...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase
Replies: 122
Views: 21564

Re: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase

I am first and foremost a Pratt fan, specifically, the GTF. So I will celebrate every competitive platform for the GTF family of engines. That said, in my opinion the A220 is the most competitive platform for the small GTF family that helped launch the PW800 family. In manufacturing, more is better...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 42577

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

That’s not exactly true. The 717’s were on the Operating Certificate and serviced by both FL and WN mechanics. The Pilots and Flight Attendants were already on the Southwest Master Seniority List. The AirTran flights were still operated as AirTran that’s true, but the employees and maintenance reco...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 384
Views: 43484

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I think what Embraer does is very smart. Build simple, reliable airplanes that still are modern, capable and comfortable. Some manufacturers got carried away by too much innovation at the same time: materials, aerodynamics, engines and manufacturing. Keep it simple like ATR, E2, SkyCourier and such...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 135
Views: 25733

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

"simplified for military purposes" is an interesting concept. Sometimes it is the real practical simple and other cases it is the most complicated simple ever seen. Boeing has so much on the line with the T-7 and the MQ-25, separately Boeing Australia's Loyal Wingman. A leap into the true ...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 135
Views: 25733

Re: Red Tail T-7

The T-7 trainer system has some great unique aspects, such as a virtual cockpit that controls the underlying avionics. This allows it to mimic a F-16, F-35, F-22, F-15, or F-18 cockpits as to instrument arrangement and performance feel. No the T-7 won't match the F-35 but it will have higher common...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 42577

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

The big question is how Boeing has been treating WN this last decade, but in particular since the MAX grounding. How they take care of WN makes a huge difference. Also, some of the MAX compensation may have been done in this new plane order.

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Boeing transformed from a great engineering company into a great shorter-term beancounting company. Pretty much. It started with Condit and Stonecipher and really accelerated under McNerney, who learned Welch's bad habits all too well while at GE. If only they'd promoted Alan Mulally. Oh well, Boei...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 384
Views: 43484

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

New EMBRAER 70-100 pax turboprop scope compliant ? I know people are tired of the "scope clause" always coming back into these threads, but... Keep in mind that the scope clauses at the big 3 American carriers are different for turboprops than for jets. < this is important. --------------...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 98
Views: 32199

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Does the accident affect the FCAS, was Olivier Dassault a leader or just a figurehead. This could take Dassault sideways for a while. Dassault is the president of strategy and development of the family-controlled aerospace and software conglomerate Dassault Groupe. https://www.zerohedge.com/technolo...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where will Alaska's Airbus Aircraft Go?
Replies: 9
Views: 2868

Re: Where will Alaska's Airbus Aircraft Go?

Option 1: Return of all leased aircraft, with the payments required for early return. Option 2: Swap with the lessor, with the appropriate contract changes and payments, 737's for A320's. In particular, if what is coming back to the lessor is easier to market than what they supply (ie if A320's dema...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 1650

Re: Why isn't MSP a busier airport (in normal times)?

Most people want to fly non-stop. Now Alaska can fly from SEA to just about every domestic location with a 737. North of MSP is Canada which MSP is well positioned for, but it is difficult for US airlines to do Canada (should be improved). So Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming are well positioned t...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 135
Views: 25733

Re: Red Tail T-7

The T-7 trainer system has some great unique aspects, such as a virtual cockpit that controls the underlying avionics. This allows it to mimic a F-16, F-35, F-22, F-15, or F-18 cockpits as to instrument arrangement and performance feel. No the T-7 won't match the F-35 but it will have higher commona...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 128872

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

All of the agencies need to get together to develop better CVR / FDR requirements for helicopters. It needs to be relatively low cost, low weight, and reliable. But not built like a tank with every bell and whistle known to man. Some consideration: - Instead of a high crash survivable memory unit, a...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future VLA-aircraft
Replies: 71
Views: 10578

Re: Future VLA-aircraft

I think that the 777-9 is the perfect VLA (well, if you consider it a VLA). Also I think that the 777-9 will be the largest aircraft available for a very long time. It may be a bit smaller than an A380 but its so much more efficient -- the step up in size and capacity to make a larger airplane (whi...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order
Replies: 637
Views: 105888

Re: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order

WN may take a look at Alaska's recent experience. They bought Virgin which flies A320's and A321's several years ago, now they are returning to BA except for the A321's. This move is without any acquisition costs and entails conversion of those stations from Airbus to Boeing - pilots, attendants, m...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order
Replies: 637
Views: 105888

Re: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order

WN may take a look at Alaska's recent experience. They bought Virgin which flies A320's and A321's several years ago, now they are returning to BA except for the A321's. This move is without any acquisition costs and entails conversion of those stations from Airbus to Boeing - pilots, attendants, ma...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin configurations, fuselage weight model
Replies: 67
Views: 4900

Re: Cabin configurations, fuselage weight model

Some questions &/or comments to your excellent but simple model. It really fleshes out the potentials of various sides. 1. Your 3D for the nose, that is 3 diameters ahead of the first seat row, but includes the pair of doors, the galley and closets as well as the cockpit and nose. Is there the w...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

It seems no one realizes that Boeing has an engineering department well into the thousands that a third are the Crown Jewels, those great engineers that are needed to do the next program. So might as well buy something from that, a continuing cost of $100M a year over several years at the bare minim...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I agree, management can not install a good or new company culture, but I am certain it can destroy an existing good company culture. In the end company culture depends on the management leading by example, hiring and promoting people that are naturally compatible with the desired system and this on...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Repeated activation and unchecked authority is 4th year college level stuff. No culture involved, just dreadful engineering. My first ever FORTRAN lab program crashed because it was missing exit condition. Never made that mistake again. My first ever FORTRAN program was back in the days of punch ca...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 128872

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

It’s hard to fathom having a pilot flying passengers around who had no rating, and no proficiency. He had the instrument instructor rating, but did not have proficiency. Ref: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2020/01/29/pilot-in-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash-wasnt-allowed-to-fly-by-instrum...

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by JayinKitsap
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

It took Boeing at least 4 years from EIS to get the production running smoothly but still < 10 /month. Doing the NMA first gives a good dress rehearsal for getting NSA right. It's like the difference between the 788 and 789, the original 788 had a number of band aid type of fixes to get it out, then...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Maybe because the Fuselage weight penalty is not that big - especially when you consider that it could be 2x2x2 in the front which saves a lot of length (vs 2x2) - plus the extra seat in width in Y. Yes it might be slightly heavier - but Boeing may take that cost for the benefits of the 2x aisle (b...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 33875

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Can’t think of a more perfect replacement for Air Cargo Carriers than this. Also, for those in the know, is this replacing the Caravan at FedEx? No. This will be for expansion and right-sizing. I believe the first bunch are headed to the Europe operation. Around the time of the first assembly and t...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 41485

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

Reality is this. COVID has decimated air traffic, and it will not recover soon. All airlines are struggling for survival, and some weaker ones will fail. Practically all airlines have more planes than they can use, and orders that they are legally committed to that right now they cannot use or pay ...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 33875

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

I believe they only have the Fedex order here, but it is for 50 + 50 options.

I see a market in particular for the freighter, but the 19 passenger also has promise.

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 381
Views: 33875

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Just saw this Textron article in FG, over 400 hours in the flight test program, deliveries expected to start 2nd half 2021. If these are good planes there will be a lot going to Alaska, British Columbia, and areas with islands. It is just a workhorse, no glamour, but the operators want reliable econ...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

The 'NSA' must be a plane that has a very automated assembly line. CFRP barrels and CFRP wings both can be built in a very automated fashion. It is smart to have two sites doing production - Everett at first for the dress rehearsal, then SC for the primary line. It has to be differentiated from the ...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1355
Views: 137345

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Well Boeing could be doing this new cockpit design, software and the like for the 779. This system should be able to be the basis for any further airplanes. No mention of the MAX 10, all quiet on the western front, could this mean the MAX10 is too big of a hurdle. Certification for any new derivativ...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 19371

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

Ahh, the Q400, we hardly knew ye.... A cautionary tale about airframers' allocation of engineering resources. The Q and C-series will always be inextricably linked but for reasons most may never realize. Strange how things unfold. Also a business case study. BBD played the same game on the rail sid...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Retirements, Good for the 777X?
Replies: 12
Views: 2227

Re: A380 Retirements, Good for the 777X?

Many operators of A380s have sizable fleets of 777s and/or 787s so it would be an even better fit. Is Boeing still perusing sales of the type? I am unaware that Boeing has stopped their sales campaigns for the 779, why would they. The real question is "Which airline has the desire or resources...

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