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by ITMercure
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?
Replies: 42
Views: 6161

Re: Why did HUDs come to airliners so late?

For those not old enough to remember, the Dassault Mercure had a HUD (captain's seat). And this was in the 70s!!! Air Inter, who pioneered cat III / autoland in the late 60s, got converted to the HUD when available and ordered them for their A320 (1988) and A330 (1994).

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by ITMercure
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330 reached its 1500th delivery
Replies: 74
Views: 10968

Re: Airbus A330 reached its 1500th delivery

OK, just a personal tribute here. I was lucky enough to have my first encounter & flight on the mighty 330 even before it entered service, on a route-proofing flight with passengers, operated by Airbus and the French DGAC between ORY and NCE in the summer of 1993. A soon-to-be Air Inter bird, st...

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by ITMercure
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 64882

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Somehow I want SpaceX to be a company traded at the stock exchange - that would force Elon to reveal significant developments, like the milestones achieved in reusability. On the other hand... I don't want locusts err... investors to decide SpaceX' fate. I'm fully with you regarding the 'locusts'. ...

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by ITMercure
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58885

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, April 2020

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-29 ... er-Results

$797 million of abnormal production costs from the temporary suspension of 737 MAX production
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At least a 797... oh wait? :roll:

PepeTheFrog wrote:
Boeing took a $797 million charge in Q1:

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-29 ... er-Results

$797 million of abnormal production costs from the temporary suspension of 737 MAX production

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by ITMercure
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 97122

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020

If I were them I would have gone further: 737-8(00)

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by ITMercure
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 164
Views: 27142

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

Does that mean that we are left again with a SPOF?

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by ITMercure
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The first Gripen E for Swedish AF in the air
Replies: 7
Views: 1689

Re: The first Gripen E for Swedish AF in the air

This colour scheme is so reminiscent of the one they had during the 80s (although that one was green). Really cool!

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by ITMercure
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 756753

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

It was not a Canadian regulator proposal but an internal message leaked to the net. So, not an official position.

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by ITMercure
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 756753

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Maybe Ethiopian got this contract with Boeing for a very cheap price, as a kind of compensation for the Max grounding. Trading-off the compensation fee with the contract value.

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by ITMercure
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The L1011 lives on -- for NASA
Replies: 8
Views: 10052

Re: The L1011 lives on -- for NASA

NG just bought back 2 Pegasus launchers that were part of the Stratolaunch assets put for sale. Methinks this is a sign there might be 2 more launches.

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by ITMercure
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight times from London to Sydney could be 80% shorter by the 2030s,
Replies: 45
Views: 12681

Re: Flight times from London to Sydney could be 80% shorter by the 2030s,

Precooler technology is intended for SSTO or 'airplanes' that would fly much higher than, say, Concorde. Even a kind of semi-balistic trajectory could be achieved. No or little worries with sonic boom.

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by ITMercure
Thu May 23, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 424579

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

"ET had 50% of the Fatal Accidents in the last ten years with Pilot error at least a contributing factor. I am referring to AF447, Colgan 3407, ET409 and ET302." How on earth do you come to that conclusion? You're picking 4 accidents, two of which were ET airplanes, in a 10-year timeframe ...

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by ITMercure
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 766193

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Am I the only one who now wonders if Boeing's decision to slightly stretch the max7 really was linked to increased capacity, and had nothing to do with re-balancing the aircraft/providing better pitch authority after they got all the data from the max8 test campain (i.e. the need to beef up MCAS) ?

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by ITMercure
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Flight - Boeing Electric Flying Car
Replies: 35
Views: 4726

Re: First Flight - Boeing Electric Flying Car

Mr Kanban, may I share your enthusiasm?

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by ITMercure
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hop! end ATR ops, consider merger with Transavia
Replies: 38
Views: 9882

Re: Hop! end ATR ops, consider merger with Transavia

In the end... Who's going to connect those small cities like Aurillac and others, to the rest of France? - Air France bought Brit Air and Regional, they discontinued Regional's hub in Clermont-Ferrand, ending dozens of connections between small cities (and Paris too), then they merged the two airlin...

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by ITMercure
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet L1011 TriStars.
Replies: 44
Views: 12021

Re: Soviet L1011 TriStars.

Don't know if airfoils were strictly identical, but if you superpose the L1011 wing with the Il-86's, they perpectly match.

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by ITMercure
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 299391

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Meanwhile, SpaceX just announced they will furlough 600 people (10% of their workforce)...

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by ITMercure
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 299391

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

That thing sure looks like it comes from a 1949 SF comic book !!!

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by ITMercure
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 620931

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

The preliminary report show that the MCAS is the cause of the runaway trim situation. Boeing not only confirmed this officially with the Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) Number 2018-23-51, but detailed the unsafe condition that exist in 737-8 and -9 aircraft design, and revised operating proc...

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by ITMercure
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air A220 Significant Engine Damage
Replies: 55
Views: 24745

Re: Korean Air A220 Significant Engine Damage

FOD? Why 'foreign'? It could also be that a fan blade broke and shattered, damaging other blades. Or that the fan case slightly ovalized, leading to fan tip friction that shattered metal pieces and damaged the fan.

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by ITMercure
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 620931

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

How do you know that the maintenance was either poorly, or even not at all, done? This is the basis for your demonstration that this is only a human-error triggered accident, while actually, at this point, little to no clue point to this scenario.

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by ITMercure
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?
Replies: 12
Views: 3102

Re: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?

The USAF managed to stretch dozens of C-141 from the A model to the B model décades ago, I don't see why this would not be doable with an Il-96.

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by ITMercure
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 question.
Replies: 20
Views: 4567

Re: Boeing P-8 question.

Add to that that airlines use derated take off settings as often as possible (flex ?)

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by ITMercure
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORY seems to be down to one runway 8/8/18.
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: ORY seems to be down to one runway 8/8/18.

NOTAMs are not here to publish reasons; just to give information and warnings.

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by ITMercure
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Caraibes A350 3-4-3 in Y
Replies: 37
Views: 6842

Re: Air Caraibes A350 3-4-3 in Y

In March this year I crossed the atlantic on a 8 hrs trip with Air caraïbes' A350, and the seat was surprisingly comfortable.

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by ITMercure
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Unconfirmed: Yemeni forces attack AUH with three drone strikes
Replies: 10
Views: 2692

Re: Unconfirmed: Yemeni forces attack AUH with three drone strikes

That yemeni war is also a communication war. I remain very cautious regarding such news...

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by ITMercure
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 55760

Re: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon

I think he or she who drew the cockpit view, never step foot in an actual one :-)

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by ITMercure
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Medium Transport Aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 1067

Re: A400M Update

To me those are two different (although obviously linked by design) aircraft.
3 clues :
- windscreen wippers: size and distance from the nose cone
- main wheels: angle of the fairings relative to the fuselage and ground
- cockpit rear window: different shape (more squarish on the Y-20)

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by ITMercure
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 23298

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

Well Mr Scorpius, the whole point of this thread is that the joint investigation team (an independant body from a well known an true democracy without any past or present agenda against Russia), released their latest findings which point out to évidences that a russian missile, from a russian brigad...

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by ITMercure
Thu May 10, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 26277

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

Tomato juice happens to be the #1 drink of choice in the airline business: a Survey showed that and scientists if memory serves me well, demonstrated that it was mostly due to the taste keeping strong at cabin altitude compared to other beverages. So what was UA management thinking about when gettin...

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by ITMercure
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like

It was a great article until this... While Concorde no longer takes to the skies, it can be visited at a number of aviation museums around the world. Here are some of the best: .....with no mention of the absolutely pristine Air France Concorde that is sitting in the Smithsonian. (Steven F. Udvar-H...

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by ITMercure
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 14873

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

Apparently some Airlines (AF) strictly prohibit drinking during layovers.

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by ITMercure
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 299391

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

This picture of the roadster and spaceman, with earth as a background, sure will make history... and feature in tomorrow's newspapers!

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by ITMercure
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?
Replies: 75
Views: 15084

Re: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?

Why does the newer -600 need more fuel than the older -500?[/quote]


Because itr flies a tad faster maybe ? Consumptions were given on a per hour basis (which is not, I think, the best way to compare a 550 kph turboprop with a 800 kph regional jet).

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by ITMercure
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Tu-160 first flight
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Re: New Tu-160 first flight

Your white swann deserves its name.

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by ITMercure
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IT A300 low pass with gear down
Replies: 20
Views: 4919

Re: IT A300 low pass with gear down

I was in the crowd and can testify first hand that this picture is real, no photoshop. At that time it was not unusual to have fly-byes much closer to the ground and to the public, than we are seeing today. 1985 was before Ramstein or Habsheim. Nevertheless, this one was seen by many as a close-call...

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by ITMercure
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A321 Livery Mistake?
Replies: 18
Views: 9177

Re: Air Canada A321 Livery Mistake?

Like it or not, the new AC livery clearly traces its origins on many previous AC and CP liveries... especially that black mask, even though it is obviously different from the one worn during the late 60s and 70s,
Back on topic, I much prefer this new pointy mask, looks more dynamic.

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by ITMercure
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 242257

Re: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread

Leeham 's Bjorn Fehrm has a new piece on the A330-800. Interesting readers' comments about the thrust reversers..... http://leehamnews.com/2017/11/02/airbus-a330-800-not-selling/ Looking at the numbers Leeham provides I find it hard to believe that on the same trip the A330-800 would only burn (tot...

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by ITMercure
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !
Replies: 61
Views: 10362

Re: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !

That's an awesome story ITMercure. Any idea why they'd practice opening the doors in the air?[/quote] They practiced for smoke-in-the-cabin evacuation, rushing air through the cabin. I have never seen that stuff anywhere else, but maybe this is common safety measure on airplanes equiped with a rear ...

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by ITMercure
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !
Replies: 61
Views: 10362

Re: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !

When I was a child and as my dad was a captain / flight instructor on the Caravelle 12, he would once in a while take me with him when positioning an aircraft for flight training (used to happen in Nîmes / FNI). Of course I would not be onboard during the training, only on the positioning non-revenu...

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by ITMercure
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 192037

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

RalXWB wrote:
Between all this shade-throwing, bashing and nit-picking please do not forget what counts most in the end: What a brilliant move by Airbus :rotfl:


What counts most to me, is that a beautifull flying machine will keep gracing our skies.

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by ITMercure
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Eurofighter down in Spain killing Pilot
Replies: 8
Views: 2226

Re: Eurofighter down in Spain killing Pilot

Why would it be an issue with the type? A bit over dramatic, don't you think. The type has been in service for many years.[/quote] Not meaning this is what happened, but for the sake of bringing a non-dramatic example : might be a problem with a FBW software upgrade. In which cas, past performance s...

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by ITMercure
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing, MRJ affected by falsified inspection report on metal supplied by Kobe Steel
Replies: 6
Views: 2719

Re: Boeing, MRJ affected by falsified inspection report on metal supplied by Kobe Steel

This story kind of reminds me of a certain Japanese seat provider that also falsified tech documents. Two in Japan does not make a trend but I have to Wonder if there si something more systemic in it, like a race for performance with unreachable goals that would lead to shortcuts, and then you hide ...

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by ITMercure
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest T-tail, rear engine aircraft
Replies: 33
Views: 8524

Re: Largest T-tail, rear engine aircraft

C-130 a T-Tail? I mean, really? OK, an inverted T Tail then...

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by ITMercure
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 595
Views: 107059

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Apparently no decision was released yet by the Commerce dept... but BBD shares suddenly jumped 10% in the last hour. https://www.theglobeandmail.com//globe-investor/markets/stocks/summary/?q=BBD.B-T Me think someome knows something, somewhere. Or... The market is just following a rumour-based trend...

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by ITMercure
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 595
Views: 107059

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Apparently no decision was released yet by the Commerce dept... but BBD shares suddenly jumped 10% in the last hour. https://www.theglobeandmail.com//globe-investor/markets/stocks/summary/?q=BBD.B-T Me think someome knows something, somewhere. Or... The market is just following a rumour-based trend...

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by ITMercure
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines unveils San Francisco Giants A321 livery
Replies: 92
Views: 18345

Re: Alaska Airlines unveils San Francisco Giants A321 livery

Shouldn't this airplane feature CFM engines?

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by ITMercure
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water bomber hits boat on takeoff (video)
Replies: 25
Views: 9566

Re: Water bomber hits boat on takeoff (video)

Major error = yes Reckless = your opinion, knowing nothing about those pilots BTW I would certainly not call aerobatic display teams such as the PAF, Red Arrows, Thunderbirds etc. 'circus' pilots, as those are well-trained displays done by selected pilots (selected owing to their skills and surprise...

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by ITMercure
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water bomber hits boat on takeoff (video)
Replies: 25
Views: 9566

Re: Water bomber hits boat on takeoff (video)

Dear all and esp; WaterBomber. You might not have heard of the very low rainfalls in France for over a year, and the state of most of our lakes or rivers that prevent our -415s from using them to refill. You might not know either that tankering in formation is normal procedure, although I admit that...

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by ITMercure
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Orion project may get canceled
Replies: 61
Views: 10900

Re: Orion project may get canceled

So this L2 station would not be permanently crewed?

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