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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 44
Views: 2994

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

I guess they could finally put a GEnX on this as a KC-46B, but that seems insane, and about 20 years too late, plus USAF only buys Pratt. The huge recent buy of CF6 for the C-5 fleet begs to differ. Plus the reengined half of the E-4 fleet to eliminate the Pratts. They could even have ordered the K...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 23
Views: 926

Re: Stealth is very important

Once the radar is turned on, stealth goes out the window, same with electronic jamming. If 25% of the planes in the attack have their radar on and are doing electronic jamming, those 25% will be fully visible, but they also hide well the other 75%, in particular if they are stealth.

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Jun 17, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 20663

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

At this time two pilots are needed for take-off, climb, cruise, descent, and landing. Where in cruise with autopilot on, it seems acceptable to have one flying, a 2nd in the cockpit awake but not 'on duty', keeping the pilot on duty more alert. This 2nd could surf the web, train, study, read, what e...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 728
Views: 100943

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Moderators do not arbitrate the facts. Post links for your opinions and never discuss other users. When I was growing up, we were taught that as soon as someone else started attacking the presenter instead of the debating the topic, that person forfeits the discussion. Please read the forum rules a...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 21513

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

It's pretty much accepted that if the project is successful that extra capabilities will be added as future projects. The focus for the USN now is just getting something built and deployed. Even if it's not a magical do everything system. I really like when our DOD wants to get the basic function r...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2145
Views: 224555

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Not mentioned is the design of the new cockpit, completely different architecture that satisfies the latest regulatory requirements, until that is matured it is tough to do other things. Predictive maintenance, full digital design /mfg that is just now being tested on the T-7, ie will production ar...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GE, Safran announce new airliner engine for the mid 2030s
Replies: 51
Views: 5773

Re: GE, Safran announce new airliner engine for the mid 2030s

I'm a bit underwhelmed at a 20% decrease in fuel burn and emissions not to be seen for another 15 years. I suspect a conventional turbofan will be able to show us that kind of continued improvement over the same time period. I think that GE/Safran are going to need to do a lot better than that if t...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GE, Safran announce new airliner engine for the mid 2030s
Replies: 51
Views: 5773

Re: GE, Safran announce new airliner engine for the mid 2030s

The static guide vanes would allow for a shroud attached to them. I've always thought that having a shroud on the fan blades would be a nice concept but it would have lots of stress issues. Having a shroud or duct eliminates a lot of tip flow issues. I recall these issues increase radically the clos...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 21513

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

How does the MQ-25 compare to previous manned options in terms of the amount of fuel they can carry and it's range. It has to be better than the F-18 as a tanker, which put tons of hours on the Super Hornets which had to affect the overall mission readiness of the Fighter/Attack squadrons. How abou...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2021
Replies: 127
Views: 26448

Re: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2021

The A330ceo had 3 engine choices which allowed for better fleet planning. The current A330ceo airlines that have GE or Pratt may not want to switch to RR This is not necessarily so - DL's fleet of A332/333s have both PW and GE engines. And their A339s are RR. In recent years, airlines seem to have ...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2021
Replies: 127
Views: 26448

Re: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2021

One issue that isn't talked about much, the A330neo comes only with RR's, the 787 comes with either GEnX or RR, where the GEnX is currently winning 2/3 or more of the orders, most due to the Trent 1000 issues which hopefully are resolved. The A330ceo had 3 engine choices which allowed for better fle...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 13572

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

Total cost overruns are now in excess of $5 billion. Unfortunately, we will never know how Airbus would have delivered on the 330. Perhaps better. But I have always maintained that it was too big. Imho, the USAF needed a relatively larger number of smaller airframes due to the tanking requirements ...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2145
Views: 224555

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Not mentioned is the design of the new cockpit, completely different architecture that satisfies the latest regulatory requirements, until that is matured it is tough to do other things. Predictive maintenance, full digital design /mfg that is just now being tested on the T-7, ie will production art...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 13572

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

So it should be losing another $ 500M on its $ 25B contract. Still not good but gets the perspective right. Yes, the KC-46 is a fiasco financially for Boeing, it should have been a good program, but it seems there is always an eternal screw up. Total cost overruns are now in excess of $5 billion. Q...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 567
Views: 130812

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

The following is a link to the Form 8-K lodged with the SEC which advised of the changes to the existing orders & options. https://www.sec.gov/ix?doc=/Archives/edgar/data/92380/000009238021000133/luv-20210608.htm A new thread has been opened to discuss this (see Southwest tops up 737 MAX order}...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Tops Up 737 MAX Order -
Replies: 64
Views: 10645

Re: Southwest Tops Up 737 MAX Order -

Up above there was a clip from their 8K that jumped out at me Additionally, the Company accelerated 32 options into 2023, 16 options into 2024, 16 options into 2025, and added 32 new options into 2026 through 2027, bringing the total firm and option order book to 660 aircraft. 660 Max's are either f...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 13572

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

Could it be the contract for these lights on the production line were done years ago in a decent batch of say 30 items. This spare parts list could be buying just a half dozen and isn't bound by a years ago order. As Lightsaber always notes, there is a need for 25 or more parts in an order. Boeing h...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 21513

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

First arial refueling. https://www.google.com/search?q=mq-25&safe=active&client=ms-android-tmus-us-revc&tbm=vid&prmd=niv&sxsrf=ALeKk01BhmErEEGFd4AULIFcIllKez9bBQ:1623088390764&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqiOG3i4bxAhWxMn0KHZ3JA-oQ_AUIFygD&biw=384&bih=678&...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 11577

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

Triumph sold all their toys, not sure if any of the jigs got stored, but the plant equipment has been auctioned off and the plant has been sold. The C-17 site at Long Beach has also been sold.

So only the cost of a new structures assembly line, soon also the cost of a final assembly line to restart.

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Midway Museum question
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Re: USS Midway Museum question

I believe at least 1 elevator is operational, new aircraft are lifted by crane onto the deck, but there are a lot of aircraft and vehicle movements between the hanger and flight decks. It may be worth contacting the museum, https://www.midway.org It's been a decade since I have been aboard, visited ...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Price of Full Motion Simulators
Replies: 7
Views: 1767

Re: Price of Full Motion Simulators

So there is a cockpit, including windshield. It's mounted on a full motion structure allowing 45 degree tilts in all directions. It is inside of a theater or displays needing to be mounted just outside the windshield. Every control and instrument is tagged up to a computer circuit that must display ...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Delta's 757s are their biggest liability"
Replies: 100
Views: 21018

Re: "Delta's 757s are their biggest liability"

Delta was quite quick with the decisions over the sea change caused by Covid. Lots of planes got retired, lots got parked. I imagine DL has down to the cent the best aircraft for the missions. If the 757 made it through this period with DL I suspect they may have a clue for when to retire them.

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by JayinKitsap
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing offers 777X Freighter to QR. Eyeing Order for 30
Replies: 129
Views: 20404

Re: Boeing offers 777X Freighter to QR. Eyeing Order for 30

Not many years ago freighter supply exceeded demand, shifting hard with Covid. Most of the bigger freight airlines are probably on the sidelines as to the uncertainty of freight demand 2+ years out. Look how hard it was to place the last 4 748F's were, this makes this QR possible order just 'huge'. ...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Udvar-Hazy interview, CAPA on airlines
Replies: 34
Views: 4231

Re: Udvar-Hazy interview, CAPA on airlines

The leasing companies are going to lose money on widebodies. This will make financing them shifting the risk to airlines. Since airlines need to finance as much as possible, in my opinion, that means gravitating to aircraft the leasing company is willing to take more risk, the easy to place narrowb...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 194
Views: 42321

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

bikerthai wrote:
prebennorholm wrote:
Swiss army bicycle


Made my day. At one time the US army was testing the Montague Folding bike for their paratroopers.

Not sure what became of that.

bt


So does it transform into a knife?

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will GE’s XA100 adaptive combat engine transform the F35 ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3509

Re: Will GE’s XA100 adaptive combat engine transform the F35 ?

Is this a demonstration program?, I recall that there is only the Pratt engine for the F35 procurement.

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by JayinKitsap
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 391
Views: 78197

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Boeing got hammered by the public and the FAA when they announced dates the MAX review would be done by, Dennis walked the plank for this, Calhoun had to kiss some feet and say it would not happen again. So Boeing is required to be very confidential over this process. The certification process is no...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon May 31, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 108
Views: 24625

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Boeing’s tax break to move to Chicago is up this year apparently. Let’s see where they move their HQ to. Some say Washington DC, some say Seattle, some say Charleston https://twitter.com/jetcitystar/status/1384540848373653506?s=21 Time sure flies! But you are right, Boeing's 20-year lease in Chicag...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 30, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The case for more aircraft production cuts/playing chicken
Replies: 647
Views: 78154

Re: The case for more aircraft production cuts/playing chicken

Airbus may be facing contract clauses requiring delivery by a date with penalties &/or easy cancellation from there. They have to do the high rate to manage the backlog per contract dates. Technically that works, but if the customers feel abused future orders will be affected. Lightsaber is righ...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed May 26, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2145
Views: 224555

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

The official rule is any research funded by the US government, the results are made public for all to use. However, reality is that the firm doing the research gains more knowledge than those not in the program. The recent trussed wing project by NASA was as similar case.

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by JayinKitsap
Wed May 26, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates will refuse B777X delivery if not per contract
Replies: 298
Views: 36845

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates will refuse B777X delivery if not per contract

So the question becomes is Boeing withholding information from EK and other customers, and if so, why? Those inclined to dislike Boeing immediately jump to the conclusion the 779 is not hitting its performance guarantees. I find this unlikely as the majority of the assumed fuel savings will be GE9X...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed May 26, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can we remake plastic waste into rocket fuel?
Replies: 22
Views: 2285

Re: Can we remake plastic waste into rocket fuel?

The type of the fuel I`ve mentioned in this thread has already been tested and the results of the test were quite good. Also, the Skyrora XL rocket uses fuel made from waste plastic. As I know, Skyrora XL is the only spacecraft of this company that uses this eco-fuel. I hope that Skylark L, SkyHy, ...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue May 25, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 13572

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

A number of articles about the KC-46. At the same time it has been quite silent about progress toward resolving the deficiencies - Remote vision, the wing pods, and the boom force all should have been resolved long ago. Just $ 107M for support at Seymore Johnson https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Cont...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon May 24, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2145
Views: 224555

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I find it amazing how A.net loves coming up with every reason NOT to launch a new aircraft. As we are enthusiasts, we should enjoy the competition between new entrants and the tried & true. The existing spectrum of available planes in commercial aviation range from the ATR-42 up past the Q-400, ...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 23, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15137

Re: F-15X has no mission!

https://www.airforcemag.com/f-15ex-wins ... hern-edge/
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An article from Air Force Mag on the F-15ex at Northern Light.

What I find impressive is that the two F-15ex's were turned over to the Air Force just a few weeks ago, it seems like the plane is ready to go into service.

https://www.airforcemag.com/f-15ex-wins ... hern-edge/

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by JayinKitsap
Sat May 22, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can we remake plastic waste into rocket fuel?
Replies: 22
Views: 2285

Re: Can we remake plastic waste into rocket fuel?

Practicality is important, all aviation requires the highest reliability from its engines. Why fool around with anything other than virgin fuels to ensure that reliability. There are plenty of processes - like cement kilns, marine freighters, large boilers, even on land stationary gas turbines where...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat May 22, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15137

Re: F-15X has no mission!

No point in an airplane being stealthy if the really big radar is on, so put the F-15ex a bit behind the F-35's and turn on that radar for all planes to use. The F-15ex is getting a quite powerful radar going into it. Add in it being a bomb or missile truck and there is some good utility to it.

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by JayinKitsap
Thu May 20, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2145
Views: 224555

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Imho, the push for range has really been harmful. It seems there aren't any relatively short range airliners built any longer....think DC9 or A300. Lots of efficiency has been left on the table due to that push for range. With a fully optimised design reducing design range by 10% reduces OEW by abo...

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by JayinKitsap
Wed May 19, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15137

Re: F-15X has no mission!

A-10: Well, at least they didn't attempt to retire the Hawg tomorrow which is the standard play. I guess Syria in the late teens finally opened some eyes to what the Hawg brings to the battlefield. Operating for another decade plus is a good thing. When another shooting war rears it's ugly head, th...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 16, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you have a tablet?
Replies: 22
Views: 2088

Re: Do you have a tablet?

Costco has Samsung tablets that are just the Wi-Fi version for around $100 now, quite amazing what they can do for the price.

Great for surfing the web when the Chromebook is just too big.

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 16, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cuomo blames Trump for losing a house seat
Replies: 37
Views: 2552

Re: Cuomo blames Trump for losing a house seat

UC Boulder has one of the few NROTC programs, there’s few other options. CU is excellent, I grew up in Boulder and my dad was the CU budget director for most of my growing up, I went to Michigan as I needed a new start. My son graduated from CU in Mechanical Engineering, I was impressed by their pr...

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 16, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15137

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I just hope the FREMM's turn out to be a good to very good ship. Which ones are you talking about, those already in production or the custom models that will be produced for the US Navy, you don't really think it is going to be any different than all other Off The Shelf purchases? The FREMM's are a...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat May 15, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 15137

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Speaking of programs that have no mission - the 3 ship DDG-1000 takes the cake for me, over 25B spent for 3 ships that they cannot afford the shells for its fancy gun. That 25B would have bought two dozen FREMM frigates that do have value. +1. You can even throw the LCS in there. If they hadn't bee...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat May 15, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220
Replies: 139
Views: 19079

Re: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220

My point is that the A220 is now past its initial orders stage, with a significant backlog at this time, over 6 years production. The availability of other new NB and the large quantity of existing frames on the market is really limiting the opportunity of orders at profitable margins. So the backlo...

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by JayinKitsap
Sat May 15, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220
Replies: 139
Views: 19079

Re: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220

The A220 is being evaluated by its current customers. Things will go well if Delta or Breeze convert a bunch of options, that is the sign the plane is performing. Right now there is incredible competition with all the white tails and lease returns, It may be easier to get new 737 or A320 fast compar...

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by JayinKitsap
Mon May 10, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220
Replies: 139
Views: 19079

Re: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of loss-making A220

BBD spent many multiples of their original budget to develop the CS series. The original budgets met the business case, but spending extra billions make that case difficult except as a loss leader.

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by JayinKitsap
Sun May 09, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 728
Views: 100943

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Another 330F probably won't cut it. I think that is the thought ringing through heads at Airbus HQ. They don't want to do a A359F or A35XF (see, I can make up names and live to tell the tale) and end up second best. Yet that costs money, much more than just doing a A359F with A35K wing and gear as ...

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by JayinKitsap
Thu May 06, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 728
Views: 100943

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

FedEx could be interested. I imagine FedEx would rather wait and see how the 77Wp2F shakes out and performs. If it meets specs it would be very attractive to them, and fit in perfectly with their large 777F fleet. That's the big issue for an Airbus launch decision - who would buy it? We know effici...

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by JayinKitsap
Tue May 04, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers
Replies: 728
Views: 100943

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

So back to the Opening Post. Airbus needs at least 50 orders to launch. As the new built freighter market is much smaller than the passenger models, so expecting orders from from airline will be in the 10 or less number. So which 5 airlines are ready to order 10 freighters each. UPS passed on adding...

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