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by Francoflier
Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 13441

Re: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread

Today's Ariane V launch went without a hitch, pushing 2 sats to GTO.

This in itself wouldn't be particularly noteworthy if it wasn't for the fact that this was the last Ariane launch before the JWST's turn in December.

:crossfingers:

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by Francoflier
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 40
Views: 4932

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Hmmmm..... It seems congress is now asking NASA to select another contractor for the Human Landing System program as part of the appropriation bill which covers NASA's budget. https://spacenews.com/senate-appropriators-direct-nasa-to-select-second-artemis-lunar-lander/ https://techcrunch.com/2021/10...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

Late edit, I note one more pallet than the Airbus conversion: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/10/04/iai-to-convert-a330-300-aircraft-from-passenger-to-freighter-for-avolon/ It seems this is to be achieved by a different siting of the cargo door (or maybe a smaller door?) " The converted mode...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

*note that the ACAP shows exactly the same range for a 242T CEO or 242T NEO at max payload.. But is the max payload the same? Less fuel should be required to fly a neo than a ceo the same distance at the same take off weight. Yes, it's the same (at least for the pax version). They increased the MZF...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

I was considering asking you the same. Considering the performance data published by Airbus. The NEO is able to carry at least the same payload or more. No. The ACAP clearly shows that the NEO's max payload is similar to that of the CEO. The NEO's MZFW has increased by about as much as its empty we...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

seahawk wrote:
It has a lower fuel burn. So except for really short hops, the reduced amount of fuel allows for more payload.


Again, no.

I can't decide if you don't understand what I wrote or how airplanes work or if you're just trolling at this stage...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 1893

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58960575

I thought it might be shipped by air, but it seems it sailed there instead.
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The JWST is on the final stretch before launch. It has arrived in French Guiana and is being readied to leave Earth in December:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58960575

I thought it might be shipped by air, but it seems it sailed there instead.

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by Francoflier
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

The NEO's MZFW hasn't increased as much as its OEW has so depending on how much weight they can remove from the frame during conversion, the max payload for the NEO will not be better that the CEO, maybe even slightly worse. The only benefit to a customer would be the decreased fuel consumption, bu...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8939

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. They could show an antibody test drawn two days ago to Boeing that indicat...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?
Replies: 8
Views: 1815

Re: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?

I've never flown an airliner from that era, but that initial acceleration was pathetic. I couldn't hear a V1 call, but given the slow acceleration I suspect decision speed would have happened waaaay before rotation and I doubt that an engine failure after that would have allowed for a safe takeoff g...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 235
Views: 58480

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

After the razzle, razzle, we learn it is not a safety of flight and will be fixed via an AD. The previous woes that halted production were not directly related to safety of flight either, otherwise there would have been more groundings. They're still extremely bothersome for Boeing and its customer...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1632

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

johns624 wrote:
Wages seem to have gone up quite a bit in the last 6 months, yet everyone still has signs out.


Offer and demand... That's how capitalism works, right?

And it seems the offer is still not satisfying the demand.

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8939

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. They could show an antibody test drawn two days ago to Boeing that indicat...

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread

Thanks for opening the thread. The new launch date now puts Starliner in competition with Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser's first flight which, ironically, lost to it and Space X's Dragon for the Commercial Crew Program... The project that was selected because NASA " considered Boeing's proposal t...

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by Francoflier
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 439
Views: 59684

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Some miscellaneous Falcon-related news: Cool: B1051 is due to launch a Starlink mission from Vanderberg in a few days and will become the first booster to fly and land 11 times! Not cool: its brother B1049 has been slated to launch the O3b mPOWER satellite for SES next year, which will also be its e...

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 35136

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Maybe ULA should detonate a Starliner, and their chief execs should smoke weed on a live stream... :old: Boeing, you mean? Speaking of which, it may be time we had a Boeing Starliner specific thread rather than squatting the ULA thread. Poor ULA is just another innocent victim in this debacle... al...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 11609

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

Damn... how many times have they tried to revive the Fokker 100 now?

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

The NEO's MZFW hasn't increased as much as its OEW has so depending on how much weight they can remove from the frame during conversion, the max payload for the NEO will not be better that the CEO, maybe even slightly worse. The only benefit to a customer would be the decreased fuel consumption, but...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6448

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

Will this program in the very long term have a positive influence on the A339? As the fuselage is more or less the same but the possible MTOW is even higher, switching from 333 to 339 conversions should be relatively simple. This would increase the long term value of the A339 and could therefore re...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13972

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

As I replied before someone took a machete to this thread, 125T is not a realistic OEW unless you have a fully equipped passenger interior and windows. It looks like it has windows to me. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqP0peIX4mocltxymfiQ45Dm6LQ8P4FRQbrQ&usqp=CAU You hav...

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by Francoflier
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13972

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

No they state fuel capacity not fuel offload. 242t MTOW minus 125 OEW gives only 117t fuel capacity. Airbus has clearly put in a big extra fuel tank and it won't be able to be filled up all of the way up. As I replied before someone took a machete to this thread, 125T is not a realistic OEW unless ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 40
Views: 4932

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

I wonder how much of the discontent and lack of results can be pinned on BO's highly unpopular CEO who may simply be be unable to manage the company effectively or whether Bezos just tried to emulate the Amazon corporate culture and the way it treats its employees at his space pet project, only to f...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 - 2021 Season
Replies: 618
Views: 41908

Re: F1 - 2021 Season

It's always a very tough call when you're leading a race in changeable conditions with just a few laps to go and you've got someone (not to mention a 7 x WDC) chasing you hard. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Even Hamilton ignored his team's first call to pit for inters. For Hamilton, the ca...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

In most period of time Hong Kong have gone through a number of outbreaks, and have successfully keep the R below 1 most of the time, without lockdown. At most only widespread testing and contact-tracing, as well as isolating a neighborhood for mandatory testing. And peak of these waves are still ju...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

As for "no way to defeat it", it depends on whether you can get the infectivity down to less than 1. If you can sustain it at less than 1 then ultimately the virus will gone. It can be achieved even in Western countries. But often those pandemic control measures as when as people's willin...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Many countries in East Asia have also banned visitors from entering and only allow their nationals, or people with long term work or study visa in some cases. Hence people who desire to travel and willing to observe the quarantine could still be barred from doing so. I don't think this policy is ne...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

That might be the case where you are from but I don't think you can take it as universal. For NZ our Prime Minister gave a press conference earlier today. From that conference... To me, that sounds more like she's trying to find a way to backpedal on the zero-covid policy than announcing a change. ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes
Replies: 23
Views: 1970

Re: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes

1) Verify the plane has the right data link installed. Seemingly, USAF C-130s and C-17s already do, but a 737 off the back lot might not. Well... you'd think that the biggest issue with using a 737, other than the datalink, would be the lack of a hole to push the missile crate out of. :biggrin: Mor...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13972

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Of course, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Boeing offers a KC-46B with the same GenX fans that the new AF1 will be flying around. There's certainly a knock on benefit there for both programs. The kc-46B gets a range, efficiency and sustainment cost boost, and the new AF1 program gets ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

What's wrong with observing quarantine rule after travelling to other countries? Just follow the quarantine protocol then you don't need to deny citizens nor foreigners from entering and you can still maintain minimal amount of corona case if you don't have them locally And how is vaccine bubble a ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 307
Views: 63413

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

I don't think the CF-34 would be such a bad choice. It's quite reliable with a long and proven record. There's a huge pool of parts and experience around that engine which facilitates support. It's still light years ahead of the TF33 in terms of efficiency. It's also been massively updated since it ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 178
Views: 10447

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

We're not getting out of this until we have a very high fraction of the population vaccinated, that means stopping the spread among kids. I'm all for vaccinating kids, but I doubt it would stop the spread among them. Slow it? probably. But likely not stop it. But if 'getting out of this' equates to...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/202109210157.aspx As the US seek to replace country-based travel rule with vaccination status, concerns have developed in Taiwan that whether it will make Taiwanese people more difficult if they want to visit the United States(...) Now, that's a bit rich coming...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/202109210157.aspx As the US seek to replace country-based travel rule with vaccination status, concerns have developed in Taiwan that whether it will make Taiwanese people more difficult if they want to visit the United States(...) Now, that's a bit rich coming...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin now clearly in the minority
Replies: 38
Views: 2189

Re: Putin now clearly in the minority

Is he trying to make himself look more legitimate by cheating to only just above 50%?

Then again, why would he care. He could go full African Dictator mode and give himself 90% of the votes and no one could or would do anything about it... The pretense is long gone.

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13972

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

The wingspan issue is a bit of a red herring IMO. The cargo door is also a non-issue as one is already available and in wide use on the 330. At the end of the day, Airbus is still being used for the illusion of a 'fair competition' that will inevitably be given to Boeing... You'd think they would ha...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 439
Views: 59684

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Sleep period but yes maybe space adaptation syndrome too. By chance the other day reading ‘Skylab. America’s First Space Station’ by David J Shayler, when SL4 Commander Bill Pouge suffered it early on, badly too, way worse than Borman on Apollo 8. Though Pouge was a rookie commander he was also not...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening
Replies: 43
Views: 4394

Re: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening

Look at the size of these floats... They're almost comically large.
It's like grafting 2 ATR fuselages to the side of a Herc.

Wherever they intend to fly this thing, I hope they don't plan on going very fast.

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 208062

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/covid-19-vaccine-boosters-not-widely-needed-top-fda-who-scientists-say-2021-09-13/ The FDA is putting a damper on the third shot craze by saying it is not necessary for most people. Also SIngapore was also going to opening up when 80% population vaccinated, but curre...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 439
Views: 59684

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

And those laser-equipped sats just made it to orbit, pushed by good ol' B1049 which successfully landed on good ol' OCISLY. That makes it join the exclusive 10 spaceflights hardware club, the second F9 booster to do so after its brother B1051. The Inspiration 4 mission is next, in a couple of days, ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 378
Views: 64621

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

Galwayman wrote:
Boeing share price still down after the announcement . They’re going to have to do something to keep FR happy …


Why?

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 235
Views: 58480

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I'd note that the current troubles with the 787 do not stem from outsourcing or subcontracting this time, but from assembly... The one thing that Boeing actually does itself. To me, the root of all this mess is the SC plant and its ostensible goal to cut costs, corners and bypass unions. It has been...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 25
Views: 4683

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

Here's a list based on photos on what's left behind and is supposedly disabled. Currently 70 aircraft accounted for https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/list-of-aircraft-and-helicopters.html Interestingly, most of these aircraft seem to belong to the (effectively defunct) Afghan Air Force. The US ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing - Can Lockheed Martin Please Save Us?
Replies: 53
Views: 9406

Re: Boeing - Can Lockheed Martin Please Save Us?

You forgot to mention the troublesome, much delayed and way over-budget Starliner capsule program...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Best Setting For A Window Air Conditioner Is Actually Medium Cool / Medium Fan Speed
Replies: 14
Views: 1011

Re: The Best Setting For A Window Air Conditioner Is Actually Medium Cool / Medium Fan Speed

79F for sleeping? Is that a typo - it's not good for you. We don't even set our thermostat above 20C (68F) in the depths of winter. https://www.nwphysicians.com/what-s-the-best-temperature-for-sleep/ Looking at the available research, most studies agree that a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 378
Views: 64621

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

I don't disagree with any of that, but at the end of the day, it's hard to tell what any party's position was and who's bluffing here. The basic rules of the market still apply. FR needs airplanes, they can get them from AB or BCA. AB isn't interested, at least not at a price FR will go for. That le...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 378
Views: 64621

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

The 321s are more expensive and will take longer to deliver. But, MOL is right to take BCA to task over pricing. The MAX10 is a better choice only if FR can get better delivery times and much lower acquisition cost. If BCA insists on pricing themselves out of the market with an inferior product, th...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 235
Views: 58480

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

What's worse here is that despite everything that's happened to Boeing in recent years, they keep coming up with unacceptable solutions. The corporate culture that gave us the multiple 787 debacles, the MAX debacle and the Starliner debacle is still alive and well and trying to nickel and dime their...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17263

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Looking at the European stats, Italy has been consistently outperforming the UK, France, and Spain, and more recently Germany too Italy has the highest Covid-death per capita of all Western European nations since the crisis started... it also stands roughly in the middle of the European average for...

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