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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

They also supported Trump who is a Putin admirer. From an European point of view, I consider at least a part of the Republicans as a Russian Troyan horse, throwing Europe under a Russian bus if it suits their agenda…. This post makes absolutely no sense what is their agenda? :sarcastic: No agenda, ...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What? And wait for the Allies to liberate them? I think you underestimate the values of freedom and Democracy. Time will liberate them. The corruption of Russia will eventually bring it down and cause reform. To waste thousands of lives on a senseless fight that you're going to lose anyway doesn't ...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There is no way Ukraine wins this conflict. By continuing all they are doing is condemning hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent people to untimely death they should surrender as soon as possible and play the long game. Their model should be France in World War II Are you starting a "Let'...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?
Replies: 142
Views: 14383

Re: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?

Russians are being jailed and fined for simply suggesting people protest. I seriously doubt a coup could be organized, much less carried out. I agree. There are a lot of dreamers on this thread and in the world. I don't see Russia being defeated. Ukraine should surrender as soon as possible to pres...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The world will be watching what the members of the GOP will do: support the President without any hesitation or not…. Haven't they been doing that so far? They also supported Trump who is a Putin admirer. From an European point of view, I consider at least a part of the Republicans as a Russian Tro...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There is no way Ukraine wins this conflict. By continuing all they are doing is condemning hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent people to untimely death they should surrender as soon as possible and play the long game. Their model should be France in World War II What? And wait for the Allies...

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There is no way Ukraine wins this conflict. By continuing all they are doing is condemning hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent people to untimely death they should surrender as soon as possible and play the long game. Their model should be France in World War II

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by SteelChair
Tue Mar 01, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?
Replies: 142
Views: 14383

Re: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?

Russians are being jailed and fined for simply suggesting people protest. I seriously doubt a coup could be organized, much less carried out. I agree. There are a lot of dreamers on this thread and in the world. I don't see Russia being defeated. Ukraine should surrender as soon as possible to pres...

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by SteelChair
Mon Feb 28, 2022 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who are your LEAST favorite sport teams?
Replies: 84
Views: 5735

Re: Who are your LEAST favorite sport teams?

Any team from New York. I would say all Chicago and LA also since the big market teams have all the advantages. But they normally suck (except for the Rams this year) so it doesnt matter. Da Bears are a train wreck imho

Of course the Cowboys.

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by SteelChair
Mon Feb 28, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?
Replies: 142
Views: 14383

Re: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?

Zero percent.

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by SteelChair
Mon Feb 28, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - News and Discussion Thread

It's always more difficult for an attacker against an enemy with interior lines of communication. But Ukraine is being squeezed and we don't know the level of lethality that the Russian have unleashed. Frankly, it appears to me that their attacks have been fairly benign, i think they're holding back...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 27, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6532

Re: Is Taiwan next?

In some respects, yes but no in others. It's a lot easier to be naval/air forces close to Taiwan. And Taiwan has far better defensive capability than does Ukraine. It certainly won't be a piece of cake for the PRC to conquer Taiwan, and "we" don't know how formidable the PRC's armed force...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 27, 2022 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7136
Views: 494600

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - News and Discussion Thread

TheSonntag wrote:
Breaking: Germany to invest additional 100billion (!) EUR for defense in 2022.


Maybe this invasion wouldn't be happening at all if they had met their obligations in the first place. Mho]

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by SteelChair
Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6532

Re: Is Taiwan next?

A BCT of the 82nd Airborne could have been there in 15-18 hours in the weeks leading up to the Russian attack. Additional US toops were just deployed to the Baltics. Having problems posting link. Then what? Airborne are light infantry don't have lasting power. Heavy units are just about all in the ...

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by SteelChair
Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6532

Re: Is Taiwan next?

When the leader of the free world projects weakness, everyone notices. It's not a pretty picture. But hey, "elect me and I'll give you free stuff." What do you think he should've done? If you know a bit about geography, Ukraine isn't the easiest place in the world to get military forces t...

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by SteelChair
Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6532

Re: Is Taiwan next?

When the leader of the free world projects weakness, everyone notices. The threat to Taiwan is real, but no one knows what China will do, or when. Most of the world has already forgotten about the Hong Kong protests....if they ever really cared. China grows stronger and stronger economically and has...

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by SteelChair
Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Re-engine (again) the KC-135
Replies: 18
Views: 2823

Re: Re-engine (again) the KC-135

While it is amazing to consider, I don't see it ever happening. The KC-135 was supposed to fly to 2040 and could easily do so, and beyond. But politics.

USAF/DOD does all kinds of crazy things for all kinds of crazy reasons. Like the C-5M 25 years after the CF6-80C2 was introduced.

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by SteelChair
Tue Feb 15, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Draft AC on Flight Path Management
Replies: 13
Views: 2451

Re: FAA Draft AC on Flight Path Management

When filing the flight plan strip with items on deferral that no longer allow RVSM or RNP the "slashes and dashes" are modified to communicate the degraded capability to ATC. ATC then knows to increase separation because no human can fly with the same precision as the automation. These def...

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by SteelChair
Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5662

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

I remember hearing Alan Shepard on a radio interview one time spreading the gospel. He listed inertial navigation as an accomplishment of the space program. As if that weren't an output of the DOD already developed for ICBMs and submarines (among others). I'm hard pressed to list a single thing that...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14482

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

Perhaps it's time to change the 1930s definition of what the person in the airplane is supposed to be doing and go to fully automated landings all the time. My definition of what the person should be doing is making judgment calls, responding to tactical changes in the plan, offering a last, human c...

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by SteelChair
Fri Feb 11, 2022 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5662

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

As someone who grew up in the 60s and 70s thoroughly brainwashed by the media machine, the sooner it is down the better. We were promised all manner of fantastic innovation, cures for cancer, end of the energy crisis, etc. Never happened, and what innovation did occur we largely by entities other th...

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by SteelChair
Tue Feb 08, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

What's wrong with the A330neo as a freighter to replace the 767? To me it sounds like the perfect replacement. It's also the only possible alternative in this class if there won't be a 767XF. It's wingspan is in the range of the 777, and FX/UPS (the 2 main customers) have all their infrastructure b...

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by SteelChair
Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

Bricktop wrote:
JonesNL wrote:
If volume is king, why are they ordering 767F instead of 747's or 777's?

UPS topped up on end of line B748Fs and Fedex the same on B77Fs.


It is interesting to see the different philosophies. Fedex pefers some nonstops with the much smaller 777 while UPS prefers mega volume thru ANC on 747-8s.

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 06, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus and Quebec invest a further $1.2B in the A220 program
Replies: 145
Views: 23933

Re: Updated: Airbus and Quebec invest a further $1.2B in the A220 program

Some people on this forum have been arguing against the A220 for years. Yet it survives. It survived against overwhelming odds, including Boeing’s lawsuit. Airbus and Boeing have been unable to produce an all new narrowbody since 1983. The 500 was planned from the start. It will be much cheaper than...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

Yes you keep harping on the vague statement made in there, and I agree longer term a 787F is going to happen, they've been saying that since before the first CFRP barrels were laid down. You should also be able to read enough into it with its vagueness that it doesn't remove any option, a 787F will...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 06, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

[code][/code] I don't think Boeing will consider an 787-8F nor will Airbus consider an A330-800F. What's wrong with the A330neo as a freighter to replace the 767? To me it sounds like the perfect replacement. It's also the only possible alternative in this class if there won't be a 767XF. Same as 78...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 06, 2022 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

Some thoughts. There is no engine for the 767 because Boeing planned it that way. They purposely made the 787 larger than the 767 in an attempt to force customers to buy 787s. They didn't want the 767 to be re-engined. The engine sized for the 787 is too big for the 767. It could be done but is not...

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by SteelChair
Sun Feb 06, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767F replacement
Replies: 272
Views: 35456

Re: 767F replacement

Some thoughts. There is no engine for the 767 because Boeing planned it that way. They purposely made the 787 larger than the 767 in an attempt to force customers to buy 787s. They didn't want the 767 to be re-engined. The engine sized for the 787 is too big for the 767. It could be done but is not ...

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by SteelChair
Sat Feb 05, 2022 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus and Quebec invest a further $1.2B in the A220 program
Replies: 145
Views: 23933

Re: A220 Program Seeks Further Taxpayer Investment

I don't think I'm pessimistic, I think I'm realistic. I get the feeling some people have the same "drug like rush" that Richard Aboulafia famously ascribed to people's treatment of the 787. I think it will be a success, just like 787 became, but just not on the same time line other people...

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by SteelChair
Sat Feb 05, 2022 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus and Quebec invest a further $1.2B in the A220 program
Replies: 145
Views: 23933

Re: A220 Program Seeks Further Taxpayer Investment

Considering Boeing’s reduced financial strength and recent history of inability to develop new airplanes, they may well rue the day they went to court to protest the launch aid that Airbus received. They may very well need similar aid before all is said and done. They certainly don't seem to be in a...

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by SteelChair
Fri Feb 04, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus and Quebec invest a further $1.2B in the A220 program
Replies: 145
Views: 23933

Re: A220 Program Seeks Further Taxpayer Investment

I never thought i would say this but I don't see any new aircraft program being possible without government support. Just look at the fste of the A380 and 747--8. Look at the interminably delayed MOM. Look at the habitually modified 737 instead of an all new airplane. The hot plane right now is a re...

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by SteelChair
Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad Press for JetBlue Over Storm Recovery
Replies: 70
Views: 12154

Re: Bad Press for JetBlue Over Storm Recovery

JetBlue has consistently shown a lack of organizational control. They fly too many flights into bad weather situations too frequently, and their recovery is this much longer than other carriers. No accountability because price. Low price = low expectations from customers. Discount divas will forget ...

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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 19
Views: 4538

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

A configuration change below 1,000 feet AGL is prohibited at most airlines. It would also be captured and reported (de-identifed per union requirements for some strange reason) by FOQA. I'm leaning towards load relief. How is a 757 "capturing" FOQA data regarding flap settings for landing...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 6261

Re: Grow the US Air Force

Isn't the whole attitude described above actually encouraged in the tactical community? Something about confidence to climb in a fighter and go take on other jet in wartime.

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?
Replies: 16
Views: 2247

Re: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?

At high AOA, rudder was how we controlled and rolled the F-100. Get sloppy at the top of a loop, use aileron instead of rudder to pick up a wing, you could come down the back side 45 degrees off the track you went up. But isn't picking up a wing with a rudder kind of frowned upon in transport categ...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 19
Views: 4538

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

A configuration change below 1,000 feet AGL is prohibited at most airlines. It would also be captured and reported (de-identifed per union requirements for some strange reason) by FOQA. I'm leaning towards load relief.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 3169

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

High bypass ratio means greater thrust lapse with temp and lower air density. Remember the two planes that the engine was designed for, S-3 and A-10, were designed for low altitude flight. As a general statement I agree. I remember years ago seeing a chart that the turbofan thrust fell off faster w...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New ORD Runway Configurations
Replies: 12
Views: 3654

Re: New ORD Runway Configurations

As someone who watched the OMP (O'Hare Modernization Project) from the beginning its fascinating to see it finally all coming together. Aviation is such a powerful economic engine.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: aerospatiale A200 from the 1980'?
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: aerospatiale A200 from the 1980'?

As someone who was originally not much of a fan of Airbus, it is fascinating to me how "right" this design was for 1975. It's also a reminder that to be technically right (right size, balanced design, correct level of technology, modern engines) is not enough. These companies (Aerospatiale...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Requests Approval to Install Anti-Missile Laser Systems
Replies: 28
Views: 7101

Re: FedEx Asks the FAA to Install Anti-Missile Systems

Would FedEx be the best party to install such a system? Either for themselves or a third party? Is it not better perhaps if a military systems integrator such Lockheed or even Boeing does the installation? What’s the difference? Are the mechanics and engineers at FedEx worse? The difference is that...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta security officer 'viciously assaulted,' repeatedly beaten with his own radio at JFK
Replies: 22
Views: 5384

Re: Delta security officer 'viciously assaulted,' repeatedly beaten with his own radio at JFK

Throw the book at them!

And kudos for the people who made the decision not to board them! I've posted in the past that I believe boarding impaired people is against the regulations and happens too frequently.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Michael Teal leaves Boeing
Replies: 15
Views: 3375

Re: Michael Teal leaves Boeing

It's hard for me to wish well for anyone who helped preside over Boeing’s long decline. Is there no accountability? You just get to ride off into the sunset after hundreds of people get killed and your company loses its leadership position in the marketplace? Enjoy you retirement son. This is perhap...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results
Replies: 37
Views: 8639

Re: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results

If the Pacific is the weakest market world wide, perhaps Delta's relative weakness in tbe Pacific is, paradoxically, an advantage?

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11757

Re: 757 pilots having fun

MD-11 can be amazing.

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United
Replies: 92
Views: 16844

Re: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United

This will be interesting for DL and the viability of their SYD service I wonder if this could be the start of a broader star alliance partnership. It would be good for the alliance with SQ, AI, TG, AC, NZ, UA etc getting domestic Australian feeds. It's hard for me to see it as anything other than a...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 10570

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

DL’s Pilot cost per block hour flown was $1239 in 2019, 2.6 times their 2007 cost. Just sayin’. And many pilots made more than half a million last year...while other employees in other groups took unpaid time off. The pilots said they couldn't/wouldn't do that. Other have posted on various forums a...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 2159

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

To me, the bigger question is for high capacity short range airplanes. UPS and FedEx already operate MD11s on RJ routes. The A330 is already too much airplane for those routes, the A350 would be even moreso. Boeing will sell you a 767F for exactly that kind of high-capacity short range mission. The...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France orders three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
Replies: 8
Views: 3303

Re: France orders three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Would be interesting to see the breakdown of cost for electronics and associated ("mission equipment") versus the airplane.

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by SteelChair
Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 2159

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

OK. consensus seems to be that it'd need to be a freighter with a very specific long distance mission from airports with plenty of ramp space where it could possibly make sense. Thanks. Correct. For true long haul freighters like the 747 or the 777, efficiency matters a lot more and acquisition cos...

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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan
Replies: 18
Views: 6510

Re: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan

RR been working on composite fan blades since the late 60s hehe.

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