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by SteelChair
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?
Replies: 41
Views: 7743

Re: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?

The re-engine changed the dynamics of the airplane. The low fuel consumption and high thrust of the GTF mean that the A320 is suboptimal. The A321N is very well balanced.

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by SteelChair
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21718

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

Compensation is, and always has been driven by supply and demand, in the end. For the foreseeable future, demand will outstrip supply. And as we have all have seen proof of recently, that can inverse in a flash. Asian Recession, 9/11, 2008, 2020, etc. CEO compensation is not based on supply and dem...

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by SteelChair
Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21718

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

Just avoid flying American or Southwest. Delta and United are good choices as they have not faced this cancellation chaos due to staffing shortages. I can guarantee you that Delta is facing staffing shortages all across the board. Yup. Delta just hides its delays by deferring the flights it can’t s...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21718

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

"Throwing more money" To some extent, all organized labor group have conditioned management that is exactly the situation. At contract time everything is for sale, for a price. I remember seeing a blurb in aviation week years ago, 18 non pilot people at UAL made more than XXX/year. 5,300 ...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21718

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

"Throwing more money" To some extent, all organized labor group have conditioned management that is exactly the situation. At contract time everything is for sale, for a price. I remember seeing a blurb in aviation week years ago, 18 non pilot people at UAL made more than XXX/year. 5,300 p...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Boeing Orders and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 75
Views: 37830

Re: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Boeing Orders and General Discussion Thread

More talk about re-engined 767F's?

Talk talk talk no action. Why even release anything when there is nothing to say? The inaction om the 767 and the statement on no 777X yet means there is insufficient demand.

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience
Replies: 50
Views: 5606

Re: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience

This is post industrial America. Wages and benefits have sunk so low for so long its often not worthwhile to work. Who would sign up for a job to be abused all day every day for such measley compensation? I was struck by the quote by the professor that they're trying to do it with technology when th...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1833
Views: 310525

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Yet responsible companies are still buying new-build 777Fs - 38 so far this year. Are they mad? Wiki shows 22 777F deliveries in 2020 (a massive year for air cargo given C19) and only 14 delivered this year. Given the booming demand, one would think that many more orders would have been forthcoming...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality
Replies: 55
Views: 7711

Re: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality

Removing the Flight Engineer was going to make aviation more dangerous. ETOPS was going to make aviation more dangerous. Twins are inherently more dangerous than tris or quads. FMS and FBW were going to make aviation more dangerous. Computers between the cockpit and the control surfaces are more dan...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1833
Views: 310525

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I continue to fail to see why any responsible company would pay for new A350s when hundreds of A330s and 777s are available for conversion at probably 1/4th the price per plane. The fuel savings will never come close to making up the difference Yet responsible companies are still buying new-build 7...

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by SteelChair
Fri Nov 12, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1833
Views: 310525

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I continue to fail to see why any responsible company would pay for new A350s when hundreds of A330s and 777s are available for conversion at probably 1/4th the price per plane. The fuel savings will never come close to making up the difference

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by SteelChair
Fri Nov 12, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15846

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

The 787 is optimized for long thin passenger routes. The cargo carriers need fat fuselages and short wings (like the A300 and the MD11) to fit into their limited ramp spaces. They 787 has a relatively large span for what it will carry. Fedex and UPS fly MD-11's on what are RJ routes for passenger ca...

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by SteelChair
Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15846

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

Those words are written by the author, not Airbus. Who do you think provide information to influence those words? If an author of what's supposed to be an objective analytical organization is so easily fooled by base-level propaganda, then that person's probably not going to remain an author for lo...

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by SteelChair
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.
Replies: 99
Views: 17997

Re: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.

It seems Airbus is not sitting on their hands on the A350 it launched 15 years ago. Continued investment seems the road ahead despite the production rate only slowly recovering to 60-75 per year and a backlog of ~440. A slowly evolving mid life upgrade it seems~to meet new/ changed market requireme...

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by SteelChair
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.
Replies: 99
Views: 17997

Re: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.

I’m struggling to figure out what single pilot A350 operations means. My understanding is that Cathay Pacific is working with Airbus to allow only one pilot in the flight deck during cruise so that they don’t need to fly with augmented crews for long flights. Whether Airbus can convince the regulat...

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by SteelChair
Mon Nov 08, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15905

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

I have heard the term "post industrial" bandied about with regard to "first world" economies. The talking heads (US eastern media and academic elite, or just the elites) have apparently decided that manufacturing in tbe USA is dying (permanently) . There are many reasons, and the...

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by SteelChair
Sat Nov 06, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Best and worst on time airports and airlines
Replies: 28
Views: 5051

Re: US Best and worst on time airports and airlines

BTR (block time ratio) is the metric that the DOT uses to measue how much airlines are padding their schedules. Some on this thread seem to be asserting the Delta has a bad BTR score, that they pad their schedules excessively. I don't believe the BTR stats indicate that, but I admit I haven't dug th...

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by SteelChair
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002
Replies: 99
Views: 13869

Re: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002

The Delta DTW terminal is without a doubt one of the crown jewels of their network. It is a worthy competitor to ORD and and a worthy complement to ATL. Not only is the terminal very well done, but a lot of the support behind it is very well done... for example, they also have a very robust deicing ...

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by SteelChair
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15905

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

What many often forget is that the 320/321 was outselling the MAX basically 2 to 1 before the MAX safety fiasco. Airbus is the pre-eminent commercial airplane manufacturer in the world. I don't see Boeing ever recovering to greater than 50% of market share. They continue to flounder quarter after qu...

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by SteelChair
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1833
Views: 310525

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Why would anyone buy new build dedicated A350F's when they could get 2, 3, or 4 passenger conversion 777s or A330s for the same cost? I don't see Airbus successfully overcoming that obstacle. All the rest is noise.

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by SteelChair
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

True, yet looking back at post #15: I've always appreciated Enders's frank statements, also former COO Tom Williams was very forthright. People like Leahy, Clark, AAB: not so much. But even when admitting that they were wrong and Boeing was right, he couches his confession within the infernally fal...

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by SteelChair
Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

But even when admitting that they were wrong and Boeing was right, he couches his confession within the infernally fallacious point to point statement. That entire argument is wrong. I would wager that most twins serve hubs on most days, though I don't have data. ... Even when the twins aren't serv...

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by SteelChair
Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

I always find these executive comments to be interesting. The execs at the time were able to get the A330neo to become the a350 because they didn’t like it’s competitiveness, but they were powerless to stop the a380s from launching with deficiencies? It always feels like blame shifting rather than ...

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by SteelChair
Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

I never understood why the A380 did get so bad engines. They were already outdated 4 years after delivery. Obviously the world financial crisis did not really help the plane either. I believe from a project management and technology point of view, Airbus learned a lot from this programme, and the i...

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by SteelChair
Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NASA and GE joint development program for next Gen single aisle engine
Replies: 21
Views: 3636

Re: NASA and GE joint development program for next Gen single aisle engine

More money wasted. Mho it will come to nothing.

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

Focusing on the engines is an anet myth to me. A few percentage points less fuel burn wouldn't change the facts that the airplane was way too large and in a quad layout. Mho.

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA lax oversight by FAA - Watchdog Report
Replies: 34
Views: 5238

Re: AA lax oversight by FAA - Watchdog Report

This smacks of an internal (government) fight between two agencies with AA being used as the lever and the mainstream media being used by the agency making the case. It appears imho to be an almost textbook example of a well used formula.....all that's lacking is some "expert" like Mary Sc...

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by SteelChair
Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End
Replies: 191
Views: 30567

Re: Analyzing The Airbus A380’s Premature End

I have never understood why people frame the A380 argument with regard to point to point versus serving hubs. Thats a misrepresentation to me. Hundreds of twins serve hubs every day of the year. Real" (unsubsidized) airlines fly the twins thru the hubs, along with some (limited) point to point....

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by SteelChair
Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US wants even more advanced training aircraft
Replies: 35
Views: 3863

Re: US wants even more advanced training aircraft

Stretch the existing trainers as long as possible given the growth of UAV's greatly decreasing need for manned aircraft.

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by SteelChair
Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?

Suggest thread removal immediately. No profit in giving some clown the idea to lock up/block frequencies at major airports.

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by SteelChair
Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 5031

Re: Is innovation declining?

Like I said earlier in this thread, everyone’s got their own idea of what innovation is, and for some reason dismisses every other notion. You’ve got those of us who actually work on or fly the airplanes saying that modern aircraft are a totally different breed, and then many others saying that the...

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by SteelChair
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 478
Views: 57471

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Rogue prosecutor? Unless I am mistaken but I believe an indicted individual is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise by a court. So why would merely bringing charges against Forkner be a rogue act? Unless you believe that there has been some sort of arrangement between Boeing and the Federal go...

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by SteelChair
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 478
Views: 57471

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

What I don't get is why go after the brother-in-law's best friend i.e. Forkner at all. The power structure got what it wanted, Boeing got a slap on the wrist and a fine whose value was inflated by money Boeing already paid out due to commercial necessities, and the story was fading away. Going afte...

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by SteelChair
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 478
Views: 57471

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Also famously Al Capone got busted for cheating on his federal tax return, not all the other stuff he was known to have done that would have been heard in a state court. Indicting Forkner strikes me as analogous to busting Al Capone's brother-in-law's best friend so they can pat themselves on the b...

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by SteelChair
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 5031

Re: Is innovation declining?

Longtime lurker, first-time poster. How can it be that with billions spent on R&D, and undoubted technical breakthroughs, there is a perception that innovation is declining? It is simple. Travelers pay for tickets and would like the profits generated from those tickets to enable them to travel ...

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by SteelChair
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 5031

Re: Is innovation declining?

The A350-900 has an OEW of 115,7t, whereas the A330-300 has 122t (Wikipedia). However, the A350 carries about 10% more people at similar layout. The OEW difference itself will result in fuel savings between 1/35 to 1/40 of that OEW difference per flight hour, so this would be at least 160kg per fli...

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by SteelChair
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 176000

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

You searched the internet about the tennis court "XL" and didn't know it already has GE engines? Multiple articles out there about PW trying to get the contract. I think GE has the first 8 and the rest both domestic and FMS are up for grabs. Thanks for that. Haven't received any new infor...

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by SteelChair
Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 5031

Re: Is innovation declining?

Aircraft of today and yesterday are surprisingly similar in weight when looking at aircraft with comparable capabilities. Heavier engines, more safety structures and more …stuff in the cabin, are my guesses. It really isn't all engine. The A350 wing is much more efficient than the A330/A340. The cr...

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by SteelChair
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 176000

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Any news lately? I've searched the web and haven't seen anything. Personally, I'm a fan of the program. It replaces ancient airframes without starting an arms race. I just hope they can get the GE engines. You searched the internet about the tennis court "XL" and didn't know it already ha...

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by SteelChair
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?
Replies: 41
Views: 9760

Re: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?

Scott Hamilton is calling for regulation to get the industry to start using open rotors: https://leehamnews.com/2021/10/11/pontifications-biofuels-hydrogen-batteries-are-nice-but-far-in-the-future-solution-exists-now/ He's mostly focusing on short-haul flights up to 2,500 miles, but there's an old ...

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by SteelChair
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6959

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

I find it fascinating that Honda persists in its efforts to enter this space in the marketplace. There are several strong competitors with established customers.

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 176000

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

It's taking forever for China and Russia to get their next generation fighters up and running. I'm sure of the US had built 2,500 F22's, tbey would have responded sooner. Mho

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 176000

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Any news lately? I've searched the web and haven't seen anything.

Personally, I'm a fan of the program. It replaces ancient airframes without starting an arms race. I just hope they can get the GE engines.

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 5031

Re: Is innovation declining?

Let me give you a small example of how advanced the A350 is. SAA used to lift about 135t of fuel and flew at M0.82/83 in the 317 seat A346 on the JNB-JFK route. Obviously this was dependent on conditions of the day. The 330 seat A359 lifted about 95t of fuel and flew at M0.85/86. Work out those sav...

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible
Replies: 83
Views: 21380

Re: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible

The amazing thing is that the saga goes on and on and on. How can it be so difficult for a first world country to build an airport terminal and why is there no accountability?

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by SteelChair
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?
Replies: 291
Views: 51351

Re: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?

I just dont see the allure of an A220-500. Isnt one of the benefits of the A320 it takes containers? And doesnt the A220 have worse cargo payload than its 6 wide competitors? I feel like the A220 is right where it needs to be. In the sub 150 market. The container conversation only comes up when peo...

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by SteelChair
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest operational issues 10/2021
Replies: 165
Views: 22063

Re: Did JAX Center temporarily shutdown yesterday 10/8?

Yeah, but for the majors they will be required to get vaccinated. Same for freight carriers. And unless you know a whole lot of different pilots than I do, they don't want corporate flying with its irregular schedule and long hours and odd hours. The pilots in the majors have a career job, with sen...

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by SteelChair
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What about an hypothetical A220/A320/A350 cockpit commonality?
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Re: What about an hypothetical A220/A320/A350 cockpit commonality?

Imho the first step to the path to the future is afforded by very large screens like the 220, 350, and 787 possess. Once the screens get big enough, you can customize and standardize the layout across fleets. I'll go even further and say the FBW allows airplanes to "handle" the same (even ...

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by SteelChair
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: So sick of all these cancelled flights
Replies: 24
Views: 3002

Re: So sick of all these cancelled flights

For an airline, canceling is hitting the easy button. It's very, very difficult and expensive to not cancel. Many times it seems counterintuitive to not cancel because the cost is so great. Often you delay many more flights which then puts those crews at risk of timing out. However, when massive sys...

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by SteelChair
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta TechOps Line Technician
Replies: 18
Views: 2727

Re: Delta TechOps Line Technician

B-787 wrote:
SteelChair wrote:
No union dues!

Problem with no union dues is a different work environment that you want to make sure matches what you would want to work in. Check the differences between working at UPS versus FedEx.


Do tell, more details please

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