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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3263

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

Rookie question but what kind of heat are we talking about on the instrument panel of a 787? Lighting. Most likely from the panel's integral lighting system. I don't know if the 787 has switched to LED for its cockpit panel lighting, I suspect it did. LED lights create highly localized heat which, ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3263

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

This has been a known issue for a while. It started appearing in the simulators where those switches are used repeatedly. The switch would stick due to plastic deformation of the material after long term heat exposure. There is an override switch, but the issue affected it as well. It's not hard to ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 207
Views: 28395

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

To me, this is just a sign that EK's strategy to become the carrier that carries everybody everywhere on very large airplanes just hasn't worked out really well. (Not that many will be surprised). Time for EK to return to reality and adapt to the new world of long haul flying: smaller, more efficien...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?
Replies: 54
Views: 7465

Re: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?

If Mitsubishi really does end up capturing most of the 'Scope' replacement market, that would be one hell of a chess move they played with the MRJ. (With just a bit of opportunism)

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1182

Re: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

Too complex a solution for the current administration, of course, which prefers simplistic one-liners and one-page agreements because, you know, the Trump guy isn't much of a reader... Hmm, so what was the reason previous administrations were unable to get a handle on it? Notably, include the one y...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1182

Re: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

I think it's been on sale for a while now, and whatever they'd get for it would do precious little to help the large scale problem of northbound migration from southern countries, in which Mexico bears little responsibility in the first place. Me thinks that's just a bit of clever PR to assuage the...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: OSC wants to take a “Hatchet” to Kellyanne Conway’s job
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: OSC wants to take a “Hatchet” to Kellyanne Conway’s job

The Trump 'organisation' just doesn't need her anymore. She served her purpose and now that she is of no use to them, she is disgracefully disposed of, same as everyone else who thought they'd get any sort of gratitude and respect from the Trumposhphere after helping them. At this point, you have to...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax payer funded religious liberty discriminates against...religion
Replies: 16
Views: 941

Re: Tax payer funded religious liberty discriminates against...religion

If christian discrimination *cough* I mean "religious liberty" is used to discriminate against other religions, on the taxpayer dime, is it still religious liberty? Bonus! It screws orphans too! Just as Jesus would have wanted: Just as God can use someone who likely posted this article mo...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1182

Re: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

I think it's been on sale for a while now, and whatever they'd get for it would do precious little to help the large scake problem of northbound migration from southern countries, in which Mexico bears little responsibility in the first place. Me thinks that's just a bit of clever PR to assuage the ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Book The Ugly American
Replies: 22
Views: 1623

Re: The Ugly American

The usual defense from the usual people. Let's completely disregard Trump's actions, behavior and their effects on the nation and World and focus on qualifying those who try to make sense of this seemingly dysfunctional, heinous and damaging new reality as obsessed and sore-losers. You can watch the...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax payer funded religious liberty discriminates against...religion
Replies: 16
Views: 941

Re: Tax payer funded religious liberty discriminates against...religion

I like that this simply underlines the hypocrisy and stupidity of these so-called 'religious freedom' bills. It turns out that 'religious freedom' as advocated by politicians who like to pander to certain specific religious groups, usually leads to full on religious discrimination (or even other kin...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221878

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Sure did. The shot where we see it punching out of and sinking back into the fog layer are quite amazing.

Second flight and landing for that booster, which is the one which launched the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission in March.

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British parliament prorogation debate
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: British parliament prorogation debate

However re the EU there was a popular vote and an outright majority voted to leave. It still hasn’t happened despite all the deadlines. The UK still is a representative democracy. A majority vote does not give the winning side of that vote unlimited and discretionary power to do anything they want....

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 150
Views: 5024

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

What evidence do you have that "Climate change is rapidly intensifying." The only thing intensifying for me this year is this unusually cold summer I'm having due to the el nino pattern we are in. Back in 2012 I had full grown tomatoes by now. my plants aren't even taller than one foot th...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter
Replies: 76
Views: 6814

Re: Tecam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter

By the way, the Do 228 is still on sale, I believe.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter
Replies: 76
Views: 6814

Re: Tecam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter

you left out the EVEKTOR EV 55 OUTBACK … it's cheaper to buy then all of these you listed and much faster in flight https://www.evektor.cz/en/ev-55-outback You forget the LET-410... If you ask me, better than all of the above. You can argue for it if you want, but negatives include 1) Needs two tur...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCAS on 737 - 10 MAX
Replies: 19
Views: 3909

Re: MCAS on 737 - 10 MAX

This has nothing to do with the center of gravity. The CG must remain within a limited range in relation to the wing chord, and that doesn't change much from model to model. What changes on the -10 is the length of fuselage ahead and behind of the CG. That means that the stabilizers and elevators (a...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Evektor EV-55 Outback - New plane coming on the market soon
Replies: 33
Views: 5565

Re: New plane coming on the market soon

There is no mention of the order price in the article you posted. It might well be true, but then you are comparing negotiated price for a large order to list price, which, in aviation, are two very different things. The EV-55 is certainly a great airplane, and a great competitor, but it is not 50% ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Evektor EV-55 Outback - New plane coming on the market soon
Replies: 33
Views: 5565

Re: New plane coming on the market soon

I'd like to see a confirmation of this then, because all I can get are the list prices from Wiki, which mention $4M for the EV-55 and $2.5M for the Grand Caravan.

It is a bigger, more complex airplane, and those PT-6s don't come cheap. There's only so much you can save on cheaper labour.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter
Replies: 76
Views: 6814

Re: Tecam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter

You forget the LET-410... If you ask me, better than all of the above.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Evektor EV-55 Outback - New plane coming on the market soon
Replies: 33
Views: 5565

Re: New plane coming on the market soon

It sure beats an ice proned CARAVAN and it's half the cost offering 50 % higher speed. It's two engines instead of one. That's a huge increase in operating expenses in this category of aircraft. It's a different market. 2 planes sitting on the ramp ... you have a choice ... which one would you clim...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 150
Views: 5024

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

Probably not, indeed. But it will very likely result in a higher frequency of the stronger storms, leading to increased impact when they make landfall. The rise of sea levels will make the associated higher storm surges much more damaging and coastal cities much more vulnerable to severe or catastro...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 150
Views: 5024

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

The first serious consequences of climate change can already be seen and felt: the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather such as hurricanes and typhoons, floods, droughts, heatwaves, cold snaps and winter storms, etc. Those are already costing the affected nations billions. As their ef...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alabama mayor suggested 'killing out' gay people
Replies: 25
Views: 1437

Re: Alabama mayor suggested 'killing out' gay people

The staunchest and most radical LGBT opponents are very often trying to hide something about themselves...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it possible to fly South America-Asia non-stop?
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Re: Is it possible to fly South America-Asia non-stop?

That's pushing the definition of 'Asia' a bit...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any watch nerds here? Need some advice.
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Any watch nerds here? Need some advice.

Both are some of my favorite watches. The Explorer with the white dial and that orange GMT hand is probably my favorite Rolex... That being said, the Speedmaster is probably more understated and more appreciated by watch enthusiasts. I personally prefer the original black dial (the 'moonwatch') howe...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 64298

Re: Stratolaunch

Any other eccentric billionaire out there who doesn't have a space venture yet?
They're all the rage I hear.

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by Francoflier
Fri May 31, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Spot market” for new Boeing and Airbus planes
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: “Spot market” for new Boeing and Airbus planes

Having a very expensive and depreciating asset just sitting there is pretty bad business practice, which most companies try to avoid. Much more so aircraft manufacturers, given the value of these assets. Not to mention that they'd have to 'steal' manufacturing slots away from paying customers for th...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 31, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 105
Views: 4119

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

And that just isn't enough. As others have already pointed out: serious measures need to be taken, and only the governments of this world can take them. THAT is what these young people are taking to the streets for, for the governments to take THAT action. What's not enough is pointing fingers and ...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 31, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Rejects Civil Asset Forfeiture
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

Re: US Supreme Court Rejects Civil Asset Forfeiture

So, government agents should be allowed to go stealing from the citizenry? What have we become? Nazi Germany? GF What a reasoned and pragmatic assessment... Look, it even mentions Nazi Germany, the basis of all sound arguments. :sarcastic: The guy at the origin of this case is a drug dealer whose l...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 31, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: White House Wanted USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’ During Trump Visit
Replies: 51
Views: 2863

Re: White House Wanted USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’ During Trump Visit

Even on a slow news day and with something as silly and trivial as this. Trivial? Sure. Yet, the reason why these details keep surfacing and have a way of making themselves known is that they are a fascinating insight into the dysfunctional psyche and ego of the President. On its own, and if it was...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 30, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1198
Views: 74604

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Trump's support for BoJo is not new nor surprising, really... Two rather idiotic populists who only excel at fostering anger at the expense or reason, facts and pragmatism. They're a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, their rather nasty kind appears to be gaining traction lately. That said, I'd lo...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 30, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 417
Views: 20313

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

As Lawrence O'Donnell points out, Barr had Mueller's reponse stated for a month. In other words he knew exactly what Mueller thoughts were and went on to publicly state he had no idea what Mueller's point was and had no idea how Mueller felt. He knew what he was doing all along. BN747 LOL! Larry “C...

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by Francoflier
Wed May 29, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 417
Views: 20313

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

Is that all you can say about that?
Did you read the tweet?

At least he's not saying he's innclocent anymore and will settle for the 'lack of proof' defense which, in a way, is more honest. Baby steps. ;)

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by Francoflier
Wed May 29, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 417
Views: 20313

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

Absolutely love this tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1133759237136494592 "Not enough evidence, they couldn't get me" :rotfl: He's basically (again) tacitly admitting guilt. Just how blinded by devotion has one got to be to not see the transparent evidences of what ...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 28, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?
Replies: 29
Views: 3770

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

The ship is going to sink one way or the other... Might as well bring BoJo in, cue the Benny Hill theme song and make the whole thing a British comedy classic for the ages.

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by Francoflier
Tue May 28, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco
Replies: 114
Views: 4524

Re: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco

So SF is a victim of its own success and has become so popular that people have to go further afield to find cheaper housing?

Yeah, those out of control commies have really done a number on that place now, haven't they...
:rotfl:

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by Francoflier
Tue May 28, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SQ A359 MTOWs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1933

Re: SQ A359 MTOWs.

One aircraft can be certified to different weights. The airline then chooses to declare what weight variant they will operate the type at a specific airport to save on fees where they don't need the full capacity.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 25, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Iran Threat Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 10607

Re: The Iran Threat Thread

This is interesting... :scratchchin: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48404923 Could Trump have escalated a non-existent conflict all by himself to justify the sale of US military hardware to the KSA that the lobbies who supported him will profit massively on? Surely, he's much too honest fo...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 24, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1198
Views: 74604

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

She finally threw in the towel. It took her a lot longer than I thought to realize that her job was impossible to complete...

Let's see who steps up to the gallow plate.

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by Francoflier
Fri May 24, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221878

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Another successful mission. The booster was also successfully recovered on OCISLY, which was its 3rd landing. The satellite deployment was interesting and not quite what I expected. The cluster was released in one step. There was no deployment mechanism, the satellites were simply all 'dumped' and s...

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by Francoflier
Wed May 22, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are we approaching world where there´s only twin-engined jets?
Replies: 15
Views: 2546

Re: Are we approaching world where there´s only twin-engined jets?

Electrification of airplanes, if and when it happens, will likely, and interestingly, mean the multiplication of smaller motors around the airframe. Smaller electric designs will probably boast many several smaller motors distributed around the wings and fuselage to reduce the current needed to any ...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 19, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20085

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

I'm now anxiously waiting for those Republicans to go after the abnormally high infant mortality rate in the US with the same rage they are going after abortion, since they really care about the children lives and all that... That is what the wall is for. It is always funny when Europeans try to co...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20085

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

I'm now anxiously waiting for those Republicans to go after the abnormally high infant mortality rate in the US with the same rage they are going after abortion, since they really care about the children lives and all that...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 19, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?
Replies: 96
Views: 9222

Re: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?

Climate scientists are seeing increased sun spot activity and predicting a mini ace age beginning in 2030 which is expected to last approximately 30 years. No. There won't be an ice age, mini or otherwise, in the next 30 or 50 years. I honestly won't bother posting all the links that debunk this ri...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 19, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes Australia special on 737max
Replies: 57
Views: 9882

Re: 60 Minutes Australia special on 737max

TV will, always, dramatize events. That's how they sell.

The thing is, Boeing could very well have avoided these kinds of spotlights being shone at them if they had behaved differently. They are paying for their actions.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 62009

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

Interesting. It might be a proving run, either as part of the certification program, or just for Airbus' benefit, with the blessing of the authorities.
After all, they don't care if a payload is a dummy one or not, as long as it's not alive or DG...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 18, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?
Replies: 16
Views: 3830

Re: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?

There was a great article (Reuters iirc) recently posted and lost in one of the endless MAX threads about why you don't see Airbus jumping for joy at Boeing's woes, quite the contrary in fact. The stability of the duopoly is mutually beneficial. The weakness of one generates uncertainty and puts und...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 18, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20085

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

50 million abortions since Roe , that’s a lot of raping and incest. Who knew? GF How silly, how many would you have adopted had they survived - Answer: NONE! How many would you have gladly shared your income to assist those willing to adopt and care for them? - Answer: NONE voluntarily. 50 million ...

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