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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

You'd have a better argument if you didn't go down the straw man road (no one is saying there wasn't a bad design), state factual errors such as "mere seconds", try to shut down dissenters, and the in end contradict your own argument. Was there a bad design. Yes. Was their bad piloting. Y...

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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

A true stab trim runaway condition would not be affected by manual (electric) trim adjustment. Says who? If that was the case, why is using it near the beginning of the NNC? The manual electric trim has priority over all other electric trim commands. With the two switch design on each yoke, it is h...

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 trouble in the future
Replies: 31
Views: 8353

Re: 787 trouble in the future

Cyclical economic downturns, like the one we are probably about to witness, are always tougher on widebody sales. This will affect both Airbus and Boeing, although I am not sure which is better positioned to weather the storm. From an uneducated standpoint, one would say that Boeing's MAX-related fi...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can, or will, the SS United States be used again?
Replies: 53
Views: 2035

Re: Can, or will, the SS United States be used again?

A floating hotel would be the 'least improbable' solution, but even then, the business case is very tenuous at best. Ships are expensive to maintain, and those that sit idle for long periods deteriorate very badly. I expect refitting it to a state in which it could be inhabited would probably cost m...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Great news for Uber
Replies: 6
Views: 755

Re: Great news for Uber

How to compete against a tax heaven?

-Become a tax heaven.

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TK dispatching literally uncleaned planes?
Replies: 21
Views: 3234

Re: TK dispatching literally uncleaned planes?

You wouldn't believe how tightly airlines schedule turnarounds and the various tasks to be accomplished during them. Cabins cleaners have literally a handful of seconds to clean each seat. They're good at their jobs and know where the rubbish usually lies, but they work very hard and can miss stuff,...

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus plans to open new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
Replies: 73
Views: 1903

Re: Airbus studying an A321neo line in Toulouse

What's the reasoning behind NOT doing a flex line like Hamburg with capability for 319/320/321? Did Boeing actually have separate lines for 737-700/800/900? Do they separate 7M8 and 7M9 production? Producing a single model is more efficient and cheaper. Airbus has to produce enough of the individua...

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG
Replies: 16
Views: 4629

Re: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG

Both runways seem to have been kept open. Departing and arriving traffic is quite scarce however. The aircraft that do operate in and out seem to be on time, so no real delays. They appear to have been quite conservative with the cancellations.

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG
Replies: 16
Views: 4629

Re: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG

Otherwise, in terms of economic effect, all I'll say is that it finally bring the gov't officials (including Carrie Lam) out to speak...well, more like BS a bunch of nothing and still providing zero solutions. She, and the other pro-government / pro-Beijing politicians, only come out to patronize, ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 140
Views: 6343

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

Are thots and pears on the way?

It's all going to be alright as long as thots and pears are on the way.



(Is there anything else to do other than resort to cynicism, btw? Just wondering...)

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air

The F-27's pneumatic system was a pain in the a$$ to operate and maintain. I believe it was a 3000 psi system, but it was a while ago so don't take my word. It leaked everywhere, and depending on how much it leaked, you had to wait for a while before you could take off for the pressure to build up e...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Another MAX issue?

My apologies if this has been discussed before but I haven't seen anything about this issue reported on this site. It appears that another issue has been found (discovered) with the 737 MAX. It appears that the MAX does not conform to FAA guidelines for protecting flight controls. According to the ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23099

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

IAG wants to bring forward deliveries of 737MAX a year earlier to 2022 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-max-iag-idUSKCN1US0RR It is quite interesting to see that IAG is pomping out good news for the MAX with all the bad news coming in. Either that, or things are not as bad as th...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus plans to open new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
Replies: 73
Views: 1903

Re: Airbus studying an A321neo line in Toulouse

I'm sure they can get some more German employees to come settle in Toulouse... it's really not a bad place to live.

Given that it is meant to be a highly automated line, I suppose the goal will be for Airbus to have as few human workers as possible in there.

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

The greater irony and hypocrisy here has to be a government which, for decades now, has cut budgets and entertained lobbyists who demand less regulations, only to turn on the very administration it crippled when the sh*t inevitably hit the fan. Seems the blame game is in full swing on this thread. ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

If Boeing is able to satisfy all established FAA requirements then the FAA will have no choice but to put it back on the air. What you or anyone else thinks is immaterial. Hmmm... I believe the EASA, CAAC, CASA, et. al. will very much have a material opinion. I'm pretty certain that the FAA will no...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: China issued RFC on changing flight level unit from metric to imperial
Replies: 8
Views: 2122

Re: Rumor: China issued RFC on changing flight level unit from metric to imperial

RVSM levels in China, while remaining metric, have already been modified a few years back to closely match standard RVSM levels (FL 291, 301, 311,...411). It wouldn't be a massive change to go from there to full imperial. Russia went cold turkey in 2011 from the old metric system to standard imperia...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

The greater irony and hypocrisy here has to be a government which, for decades now, has cut budgets and entertained lobbyists who demand less regulations, only to turn on the very administration it crippled when the sh*t inevitably hit the fan.

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

[ I also do not believe that Boeing knew that this kind of failure event could happen in this way. My analysis also suggest that a similar failure could be caused with an intermittent wiring short (which does happen in other systems from time to time). Boeing had adequately told the regulators and ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Engineers seem to blame Boeing Management: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49142761 Now it is not an in-depth piece of journalism but the BBC is in general factually close to the truth. The title of their Panorama piece on the other side is definitely out of order: Watch BBC Panorama: Boeing's Ki...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of Paris de Gaulle Airport
Replies: 33
Views: 6413

Re: History of Paris de Gaulle Airport

A very interesting read. I don't like when buildings are kept in their "brut de décoffrage" look (raw concrete?), but anyway, it's enlightening to see how things were planned for Paris-Nord and how they became. For the anecdote, this architectural style is called 'brutalism'. https://en.w...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

That will be an interesting day and possibly not in a good way for Boeing. I wonder which airlines will decide to press the cancel button. These airlines or lessors whose business outlook has changed for the worse in the last couple of years might use this as a providential way out of a burdensome ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

If they want to fill the line with an NG, or the 777 line with a 777F, what's the lead time? Isn't it a year or more, so the quickest they fill a hole in production is summer 2020? That would mostly depend on the suppliers I think, particularly CFM, who likely is already winding down the -7B produc...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2890
Views: 139572

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

Boris Johnson was just announced as the new Prime Minister BWAAHAHAHA!! :rotfl: :rotfl: I kind of felt bad for May and her impossible predicament, but with this Trump-esque Bozo in charge, Brexit is going to be so much more fun to watch... ...at least from the outside. Cue the Benny Hill theme song.

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Corvette Unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 1595

Re: 2020 Corvette Unveiled

Not a big fan of the front end, which screams 'cheap Ferrari knock' off to me, but still a nice looking car.

But then again, there's nothing out there that beats it on value for money terms... not even close. Especially now that it's got a mid mounted engine and decent handling. I'd gladly own one.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions
Replies: 128
Views: 13770

Re: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions

N649DL wrote:
Serves them right.


Yeah, except I have a feeling the taxpayer will end up footing the bill somehow...
These companies never ever pay for what they do. Lobbies, bailouts, etc. TBTF also means 'no punishment'.
Ref.: GFC...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National
Replies: 14
Views: 3029

Re: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National

These frames have been sitting in the desert since at least 2013... I'm surprised that CX still owned them at all, especially since they're BCFs. Given the current market for used 744 freighters, and that they're the less desirable BCF variant, I'm guessing N8 didn't spend much more than scrap value...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 116
Views: 6312

Re: 737-8200?

swapcv wrote:
they are trying to shake of the stain of the MAX but 8200 is very lame and uninspiring.


Which is probably exactly what they want to achieve...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Boeing Eco Demonstrator 772
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: New Boeing Eco Demonstrator 772

Many organisations have tried to make the navigation process more efficient through various means... At the end of the day, all the fancy communication and ad-hoc rerouting capabilities are no help when navigating overcrowded airspace, terminal areas and airports and going through countries with lit...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence
Replies: 24
Views: 10011

Re: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence

Nooooooooo!! Not the wine!...
:hissyfit:

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23099

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

https://skift.com/2019/07/12/british-airways-parents-boeing-737-max-order-is-prompted-by-more-than-just-price-ceo/ IAG SA Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said frustration with Airbus SE over late jetliner deliveries was a factor in his decision to place a $24 billion order for Boeing Co.’s gro...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Currently flying: fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles
Replies: 50
Views: 7877

Re: Currently flying: fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles

48 Hours stuck in an ultra-luxurious state-of-the-art twin engine executive jet, with multiple crews, five star catering, the support of a full global airline's dispatch team, cruising the globe at 45,000 ft with GNSS navigation and constant satellite communication with the ground? I can only wish t...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2549
Views: 330242

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

majano wrote:
Thank you for all these responses. If it is based on cost incurred, then I would agree that any cost "saved" due to the grounding has to be seen as a credit.


Boeing is saving the airlines' money by preventing them from spending it on new aircraft!
:rotfl:

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3760

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

I spent a couple of days there, not as a tourist, and I can't fathom why I would ever go back there on my own dime. If anything, the wealthier locals are the ones constantly travelling abroad to escape their own suffocating rules. But I guess some people are interested in witnessing first hand how i...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1097

Re: Hong Kong airline leadership storm

Does it mean that CX's acquisition of UO is a done deal?

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13702

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

Delete please

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13702

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

If people want to smoke then we should let them smoke, their life, their choices. They can be whoever they want to be. Sure, as long as they pay for their own medical bill when their habit collects its toll... But that's not the case, now, is it? Instead, part of my insurance premium goes towards c...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Airbus Poised to Overtake Boeing as Biggest Plane Maker
Replies: 22
Views: 6443

Re: WSJ: Airbus Poised to Overtake Boeing as Biggest Plane Maker

And in the second half of the year the news will say... "Boeing dominates Airbus with world record aircraft deliveries" Boeing is still producing 737MAX aircraft at close to full production rate. When the grounding ends Boeing will need to hire extra pilots to deliver the hundreds of airc...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t Delta order the 737 MAX?
Replies: 54
Views: 6493

Re: Why didn’t Delta order the 737 MAX?

Hindsight would suggest that, yes, they did.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Which Plane Would You Buy?
Replies: 31
Views: 2326

Re: Which Plane Would You Buy?

So many variables and so many options...
But if you can define a budget and the general usage, then I'm sure we could give you a few ideas.

I'd go for a kit myself as well, with a Rotax.
Europe is atrociously expensive for GA. Keep it basic, keep it cheap.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airbus and Boeing Market Forecasts
Replies: 29
Views: 3158

Re: New Airbus and Boeing Market Forecasts

VV wrote:
Where have all the VLAs gone?


Neither manufacturer seems very upbeat about VLAs, and for good reasons. They've both been bitten.

That said, the 'Freighter widebody' category Boeing mentions likely includes the 747, so there you go.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

It seems this test was for a minor part, and while yes it removes unwanted variables, it makes this Orion solution look like it will have an availability a lot father off into the future. I think Blue Origin and Spacex will make Orion/SLS a waste of Money. I'm not so sure. As cocky as commercial sp...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flyadeal cancels 737 max Commitment
Replies: 72
Views: 14902

Re: Flyadeal cancels 737 max order

In no way did Boeing not think the airplane was completely safe or it wouldn’t have been delivered. Is that why they were already scrambling to fix MCAS before the second accident? I understand that you have a vested interest in Boeing, and an obvious emotional link. But I'd be careful about deroga...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter

Did they drop the envelopes and ran around with their hands up screaming like little girls?
:biggrin:

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Yeah, it's definitely on shaky ground. Space exploration is always an easy target for politician when they come around trying to find money somewhere.

Let's hope it literally is 'too big to fail'...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

its great to see progress (finally) on the SLS, but I'm afraid we may never see it completed. It's so much cheaper to use commercial these days. I'm also afraid this admin doesn't have the stones to fully fund it. I'm afraid one more delay and even congress will allow its cancelation, silly since i...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2890
Views: 139572

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

I find it hilarious that after this little populist stunt, these guys will then have to go see the very people they turned their back on in contempt and try to negotiate a favorable deal for the UK from them...

:rotfl:

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrq71ocWMcg Pretty impressive footage. Quite funny to see the stubby Orion assembly just lifting off seemingly on its own. They actually used a refurbished ballistic missile booster for the test. The capsule was just a boilerplate which got discarde...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Erdogan warns TK may drop Boeing orders
Replies: 53
Views: 15856

Re: Turkey President Erdogan " TK Will Buy 100 Boeing Jets"

I hear there's a firesale on the MAX at the moment...

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