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by MildBlueYonder
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA "American Champions" program
Replies: 56
Views: 5386

Re: AA "American Champions" program

Ah yes, “champions”, the age-old organizational euphemism of someone delegated collateral responsibilities but no additional time, pay, or resources, whose only purpose is to deflect the blame of continued underperformance away from leadership. I bet those volunteers are just lining up. Signed, An e...

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by MildBlueYonder
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297571

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine 737

20% in cruise. When descending to target it’s faster more like 30% or more. Operator might not be able to see if climbing or descending but they can certainly see direction... which in this case was away from Tehran. Away from Tehran but in the direction of the AA operator... Guy gets spooked think...

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191935

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

I've been on this site for 20 years backing and supporting Boeing in most debates. When I fly now, and it's it's every other week at minimum on AS, I breathe a sigh of relief every time I see it's an ex-Virgin bird and not a 737. I don't care what version it is, I know it's designed by a company th...

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191935

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

I've been on this site for 20 years backing and supporting Boeing in most debates. When I fly now, and it's it's every other week at minimum on AS, I breathe a sigh of relief every time I see it's an ex-Virgin bird and not a 737. I don't care what version it is, I know it's designed by a company th...

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by MildBlueYonder
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748965

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Muilenburg being some smart test engineer understanding all the details and long time Boeing employee would be the ideal person to sort things out. But it happened under his watch, so he now has to take the fire and blame for things his predecessors messed up royally, in the name of the company. So...

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Department of Justice investigation into Boeing and FAA prior to ET302
Replies: 20
Views: 5596

Re: Department of Justice investigation into Boeing and FAA prior to ET302

We’ve heard a lot about Muilenburg being in the crosshairs but does anyone know if any scrutiny is being applied to McNerney under whose watch most of this actually unfolded?

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by MildBlueYonder
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748965

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

This is taking the proportions of a scandal, akin to VW's dieselgate. If I were Muellenberg, I would order to stop producing MAXes and start producing B738NG's again. The B738NG may not be as competitive but at least it is a well proven design and many airlines will accept to switch back to it at t...

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by MildBlueYonder
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 675796

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Boeing stifled innovation when it went with the MAX instead of a new, clean sheet design, that wouldn't have looked like the Frankenstein thing the MAX is. It turns out this decision, made for economic reasons, will lose them money. For once the market works as it should. Innovation comes with its ...

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL reveals updated 77W business class product
Replies: 33
Views: 8757

Re: JAL reveals updated 77W business class product

That middle seat looks a little claustrophobic, but the fact that every seat has aisle access is a big plus. Good job cramming more people into the cabin. The middle center seat when I flew it felt like being in a fort from my childhood. Wheeeee! Only downside was lack of FA attention. No adults al...

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757069

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

smartplane wrote:
In marketing speak, MCAS started out as a re-named, feature enriched STS (originally STS MAX).

Speaking of which, does anyone know how STS on the NG would have handled the +70 degree AoA reading that was apparently processed by MCAS on ET302?

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by MildBlueYonder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757069

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

It is THE point - various entities with skin in the game were still vouching for the plane's safety after the second crash. That goes pretty far against the idea that Boeing was just being greedy. Not really. It goes against the idea that Boeing ALONE was being greedy. Don't forget that those other...

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by MildBlueYonder
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 753143

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

If KC-46 already has a better implementation of MCAS, why can't Boeing just port it to MAX. This is not the right to keep counting beans. Yeah, I’ve been wondering the same. Seems like the engineering and failure mode analyses for the KC-46 version of MCAS yielded all of the protections now being r...

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by MildBlueYonder
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757069

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Damn Boeing is in deep shit if indeed the pilots used the stab trim cutout but were still unable to control the aircraft. I wonder how many lawsuits are waiting and how much compensation Boeing will end up having to pay? And how it would affect the cash position for 797 development. 737 used to be ...

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by MildBlueYonder
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 753143

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

If KC-46 already has a better implementation of MCAS, why can't Boeing just port it to MAX. This is not the right to keep counting beans. Yeah, I’ve been wondering the same. Seems like the engineering and failure mode analyses for the KC-46 version of MCAS yielded all of the protections now being r...

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by MildBlueYonder
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 20555

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

If there was any part of the passenger's demographics that might have swayed the original diagnosis toward panic attack over something more sinister, then it would most likely be the fact that she was 25 and healthy (vs. 52 and a chain smoker) rather than the fact of her being black.

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by MildBlueYonder
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7
Replies: 257
Views: 28981

Re: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7

Personally, my preference is also to choose widebody over narrow if given the option, mainly because my chances of upgrade is better, the J seats might be lie-flat, and there's usually AVOD. Flying was a much more enjoyable experience 20 years ago. Even better 30 years ago. Go back 50 years and flyi...

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by MildBlueYonder
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IFE censorship of hit movies on Emirates
Replies: 19
Views: 3480

Re: IFE censorship of hit movies on Emirates

Just flew five segments on EK and none of the movies I selected on ICE (including Death of Stalin which is just laden with F-bombs) were bleeped. Dunno if any scenes were edited out but they definitely didn’t censor the language, which I appreciated following several recent flights (like on TK) wher...

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by MildBlueYonder
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on an A340-500 today
Replies: 18
Views: 3378

Re: Flying on an A340-500 today

Unfortunately, I think Baku is going to be your best bet. AZAL seems to utilize this type fairly regularly between Dubai and its home base (the J211/12 rotation). Just flew 4K-AZ86 last week. Experience-wise, no different from any other Airbus widebody flight...but of course, as an avgeek, you're st...

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by MildBlueYonder
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TU-154 commercial service discussion thread
Replies: 45
Views: 12250

Re: TU-154 still in commercial service?

Sounds like an awesome trip Eielef! Really hoping to replicate your experience, haha. Is there any website for booking tickets besides Alrosa's own portal, which seems to be Russian-only?

The lengths we go to log these...it's like real-life Pokemon.

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by MildBlueYonder
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TU-154 commercial service discussion thread
Replies: 45
Views: 12250

Re: TU-154 still in commercial service?

Newbie avgeek here. Just found this thread while researching opportunities to fly vintage airliners. Planning to travel to Russia in mid-May to catch a few rare birds, if possible. So far have found the Izhavia Yak-42 services but was really hoping to fly on one or both of the Tupolevs mentioned in ...

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