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by Francoflier
Tue May 10, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

I'm not familiar with the 737, but a broken mast heater should not incur a performance penalty. Unless maybe it involves structural damage and an associated CDL that would limit speed, though I doubt it. The slower than usual cruise may be associated with non optimal cruise altitude, higher than ave...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I think they were too busy building a fake marina. Promotional/commercial considerations are more important then the basics such as asphalt. Gosh, how tacky is that marina thing... As for the rest, I'm afraid you're right. Monetizing races seems to have become more important to F1 than the racing i...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Did they even resurface the parking lot it's built on?

F1 is walking a fine line by adding all these city tracks at the expense of more established and better suited proper racing circuits.

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Thanks. All good points. On the subject of EEZ, it does assume a degree of international recognition of the control of said territory, which would not be forthcoming as most nations would not recognize this occupation as legitimate. It would be a one sided claim and treated as such, much like most ...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Do we know why Snake island is so strategically important? It has been in the spotlight since early in the war and may have some symbolic value, but would Ukrainian air assets not be better used striking Russian targets on the Eastern front? I know that defending The southwestern coast is primordial...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 13
Views: 1774

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

From the very limited data I get from the fleets I'm familiar with, I get a feeling that most of the weight saving is done early in the production run, within the first few years. Empty weights tend to stabilise towards the end of the run. I suppose it makes sense that the low hanging fruits would b...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 119
Views: 14377

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Is it me or was that booster titling a bit after landing?

Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to B1069 (nice) which got damaged during its sail back to port last December... I hope they didn't have to scrap it, it was only its first flight.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments

Thanks. Dream Chaser was always my favorite CCDev project. I was sad that they lost to SpaceX. Boeing was always gonna be selected as the 'safe contractor' ( :sarcastic: ) and there was only room for one 'outsider'. I understand why it went to SpaceX, and in the end it was the right decision. Still,...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"

I'm not sure it's such a big deal. No official is going to do much more than maybe give him a fine about it. F1 is just butthurt that drivers may advertise products unlicensed by them. They're apparently targeting watches on the track too now, with Hamilton immediately protesting by wearing three of...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 03, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 34
Views: 5236

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

Thanks for the update.
It will be nice to see something different get launched from the Cape...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 03, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Does anyone know what else a difference between a 'special operation' and war would be? Apart from sending more young inexperienced men to die in Ukraine against their will, I can't see what he expects to gain. I'm guessing this will give him even more powers over the economy, such as mobilizing fa...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 02, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Rep. Anthony Sabatini THERE SHOULD BE NO AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN UKRAINE https://twitter.com/AnthonySabatini/status/1520840530976026627 Help me understand, do you think we should stop supplying Ukraine with weapons and intelligence? Do you think we should stop rallying the Europeans behind Ukraine?...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 02, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What's interesting is that their desperation/ineptitude is forcing them into increasingly ridiculous narratives to try and save face. So much so that they are now managing to p*$s off those nations that were trying to remain neutral/diplomatic in this conflict, such as Israel. The whole Putin clique...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 30, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 119
Views: 14377

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

And so it went. 21 days is the new record to beat. Still some way to go to the 'hours' turnaround timeframe that Musk keeps alluding to, although I doubt F9 will ever have a need for this kind of cadence. As far as the dizzying launching pace, it almost seems as if the limiting factor at the moment ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 2642

Re: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine

texl1649 wrote:
Good way to use an expiring stockpile though!


Going out with a bang doesn't get more literal than this... :)

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 2642

Re: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine

I doubt this production issue poses a short term problem for Ukraine. They have already gotten or have been promised thousands of Stingers or similar missiles by allies which will come from their existing stocks. The US alone is sitting on a huge stockpile that was getting old and obsolete and was a...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I was wondering how Ukrainian artillery seemed to be able to get pin point hit on Russian armour. Apparently here is the answer. https://militaryleak.com/2022/04/02/ukraine-strikes-russian-armed-forces-with-kvitnik-semi-active-laser-guided-ammunition/?amp The Kvitnik is a 152 mm guided shell, while...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 121
Views: 12634

Re: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread

luckyone wrote:
She's camera friendly and really good at getting attention, but she's not actually that bright.


'Not actually that bright', with regards to MTG, has to be the strongest euphemism I've read outside of a Douglas Adams novel.

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 254
Views: 61949

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

Massive egos, unchecked powers and the overriding compulsion to save face always lead to disaster.

We're seeing enough examples of that in the World right now...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK. Lidl offers store finder's fee in fight for new customers.
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Re: UK. Lidl offers store finder's fee in fight for new customers.

Professional advisors get a fee for a reason - namely the ability to not just list pieces of available land... but also to edit down that list to just those which are suitable and present all the relevant associated info - eg details of road links. If one particular estate agent is giving lousy ser...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I wonder if the help offered goes as far as providing strategic/tactical 'consulting' in addition to the intel.

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 173
Views: 9963

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

The board wasn't stupid or trapped, this isn't about about content moderation, for Twitter the past few years has been, and today's sale is ALL about paying back investors. Now it is on the new owners shoulders to do what the public company could never do at a proper scale. And the good thing about...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I don't think it is an "end date" per se , it is just an important date because of the russian military parades and public focus on this day making it supremely awkward for Putin if he's on the podium with his pants figuratively pulled down at the time by – say – a successful ukrainian co...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Does he really believe that increasing Russian troops, including heavy weapons and rocket fire on Ukraine, will help find a diplomatic solution? How blind and lost do you have to be to let go of such sayings. Western allies should send a formal note that Russia withdraws from Ukraine before diploma...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353219

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You have to marvel at the absolute audacity of Russia, which is still angrily demanding that the US stops sending weapons to Ukraine so that the country they are brutally invading for no legitimate reason stops defending itself... https://www.newsweek.com/russia-demands-biden-administration-us-stop-...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Horizontal Stabiliser Angle of the Bristol 188
Replies: 8
Views: 1238

Re: Horizontal Stabiliser Angle of the Bristol 188

The whole stab was moveable. You can see on the few inflight pictures available online that it didn't have this angle while flying. This was likely its ground/parked position, or just where it eventually came to a rest when hydraulic pressure was lost. I suspect the broad supersonic range of speed i...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Nevermind... snoozefest. Except that Leclerc's f#ckup and Sainz's curse are now bringing RedBull and VER back in the race for the title. Snoozefest for the lead perhaps, but there were plenty of racing in the midfield, though what's up with Hamilton? Russell was miles ahead of him. Speaking of Russ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Nevermind... snoozefest.
Except that Leclerc's f#ckup and Sainz's curse are now bringing RedBull and VER back in the race for the title.

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

About 50% chance of showers throughout the race... :stirthepot:
Let the chaos begin.

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight
Replies: 97
Views: 16277

Re: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight

In a development that should surprise no one, it turns out that the guy who harassed Tyson is your archetypal 'Florida man' with a criminal record long enough to award him the status of 'Habitual felony offender'. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2022/04/22/mike-tyson-airplane-passenger-punched...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 119
Views: 14377

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

B1060 is back on Earth, for the 12th time. It's the second booster to reach that milestone. The landing video feed from the barge was quite nice, showing how amazingly precise that suicide burn is as the booster zeroed its vertical speed just a couple of inches from the deck before cutting out and l...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 6984

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

Right now the GOP is convinced they are running a holy hell bent culture war with Texas so their abusive leaders can outdo each other to run against Trump in 2024. The end result is that the educational system and business climate will suffer, and the GOP will no longer be the party of small or any...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 122291

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

An influx of spare parts has allowed them to return 20 aircraft to service, although we don't know which type(s).. Mig-29 and Su-25 are the only options, not many Su-27 spareparts to be had in the west. Could be helicopters as well. Or even transport, like the An-26s. Hopefully, however, they're lo...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 122291

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Good news for the Ukrainian Air Force: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/20/politics/ukraine-aircraft-spare-parts/index.html An influx of spare parts has allowed them to return 20 aircraft to service, although we don't know which type(s). Nothing is known about where these parts come from either but s...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 6984

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

The CCP could learn a lesson or two from Florida on how to run an ideologically driven dictatorship...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9408

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

Say's you have some twisted values if you think children should be viewing kinks and fetishes. Kinks and fetishes? Are they telling these kids stories about their sexual lives? Is 'transvestite story telling' part of the Florida curriculum that parents and politicians need to be so worried about it...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men

For those, like me, who didn't watch the show and wonder what the quasi homo-erotic image in the thread starter is about, it's just Carlson pushing a quack medical theory about shining red light on a man's gonads to increase testosterone levels... :sarcastic: https://www.insider.com/tucker-carlson-s...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9408

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

NIKV69 wrote:

The white supremacy propaganda is a favorite of left. I mean just check out NYC and see all the hate crime being committed by "white supramcists"


Refuting an accusation of racism by using a racist accusation is next level conservative logic...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 13047

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I'd love to be excited/interested in Formula E, but the tracks are all visually awful. I don't know why people find racing Infront of big concrete blocks appealing.... Meanwhile, visually speaking, the Albert Park circuit for example is visually stunning. I also find the proliferation of street cir...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at a Mall in South Carolina
Replies: 65
Views: 2435

Re: Shooting at a Mall in South Carolina

My answer would be don't let the guy who just shot several people walk and go to work and whatever just cause he said self defence. Libbie laws and no crime punishment is what is triggering it all. https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/suspect-in-south-carolina-mall-shooting-acted-in-self-...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 3:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9408

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

Redd wrote:

I think you're confused. It's the left that are pushing 'math is racist', and needs to be cancelled.



Uh?
I'd love an insight into that twisted logic. I fear whiplash, however.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 113
Views: 21324

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

Welp, that didn't go well... not that anyone is particularly surprised at this stage. https://spacenews.com/nasa-works-to-track-down-source-of-hydrogen-leak-from-sls-countdown-test/ After several aborted attempts at a wet dress rehearsal on the pad, the SLS assembly is being rolled back to the VAB t...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 17, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9408

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

Here's a meme that is math related... With a little bit of climate change and gender studies for good measure. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51142598812_34b43c2972_n.jpg That seems beyond mindless. Climate change is not some wild left wing agenda - it's a challenge affecting everyone on the p...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men

What exactly is going on here? Is Tucker trying to tell us something? I think he’s finally coming out of the closet? Yeah, there's a lot of pent up something there...Carlson's fascination for manly men in minimal attire is certainly eyebrow-raising. I thought I was watching a reboot of the Village ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 14, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb reaches operating temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: James Webb reaches operating temperature

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Good news, though.
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There is a JWST thread already. It may be best to post it there:
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Good news, though.

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 119
Views: 14377

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

The Axiom-1 mission just launched successfully. 4 tourists are on the way to the ISS for a 10 day stay with full board. It was a nice feed including - for once - a clear and uninterrupted view of the first stage landing from both the booster and the droneship... Nice. B1062 was on its 5th flight, wh...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 08, 2022 2:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2460

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

Acquisition costs could bring some interest, so would commonality for those operators which already operate FBW Airbuses. Having 4 engines also negates the need for EDTO certification which would help smaller operators which intend to go long haul. On the other hand, there aren't that many airworthy...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 08, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK to start production of 20 Tu-214
Replies: 29
Views: 7534

Re: OAK to start production of 20 Tu-214

Dutchy wrote:
The Il-96 not so much, hopeless outdate 30 years ago, but now.


It's not like they'll have a choice if the sanctions remain and they ever want to fly long haul again. Especially around the multitude of airspaces that will be closed to Russian planes.

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2460

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

That’s quite elegant, has this actually been installed on any aircraft yet for testing? Or just on paper so far? Not aware of any orders Agreed, just a proposal at this stage. That’s why I’m trying to figure if there is any value in the economics, and which of the -300, -500 or -600 would be most v...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 07, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue
Replies: 106
Views: 31482

Re: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue

Yep... 'Issue with the flight controls' generally means 'we royally messed it up but don't want to admit it'. It looks like this approach was a dog's breakfast. Oh well. That's what go arounds are for, and that's the reason crews should always be prepared to do one. In fairness, it's not easy to adm...

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