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by acechip
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 6000ft and no chimes
Replies: 25
Views: 2793

Re: 6000ft and no chimes

Some years ago I was on aB767 flight from CVG to JFK. While landing, I thought we were a bit high and fast since we braked all the way till the end and swerved around a bit , enough to hold on to our seats tight and for a dead-heading pilot sitting next to me make a grimacing expression. I asked him...

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by acechip
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 805
Views: 114236

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I thought First World/Second World/Third world long ceased to exist in the lexicon. Its astonishing that media articles and forums are talking about this rubbish. If Boeing were to have a structural failure of an airplane, would you blame the company that fabricates the wing ?(which I understand is ...

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by acechip
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16594

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/IAG deal

The shareholders of IAG should really demand to know what is the basis of choosing the Max at this point when it stands grounded, with no timeline for return to service?

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by acechip
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382842

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Sully's statement " a pilot cannot be expected to compensate for a flawed design " just about sums up the problem. Sully also talks about pilots being overwhelmed by issues that should not arise in the first place. By Boeings own admission, the average 737NG pilot should be able to fly the...

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by acechip
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43464

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I have a different but somewhat related point: What will happen to all the Maxes that Boeing is currently churning out? How would they ensure that whatever modifications/fixes are mandated by authorities are actually taken up? What if the fixes are beyond just software changes? What if the EASA take...

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by acechip
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382842

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

no...was years earlier. MCAS is simply intended to preserve control force gradient in one tiny portion of the flight envelope. it was a system quite literally never really intended to ever need to go active. it's unclear whether the NG could be certified under the version of the FARs that mandates ...

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by acechip
Wed May 08, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 293
Views: 35205

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Here is another link to the 60 Minuets clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QytfYyHmxtc&feature=youtu.be Maybe this works better. The simulator bits are pretty scary. The simulator video should have really started with the pilot explaining that there would be a case of AOA sensor malfunction, f...

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by acechip
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I don't think this thread should become a facts-only discussion. The board is for discussion. However, I do have a modest suggestion for participants and the moderators: if you find yourself making 10-15 posts per page, sometimes up to half of the content, could you perhaps slow down? You may belie...

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by acechip
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD
Replies: 54
Views: 10049

Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

Who better than an actual bird doing pre-flight inspection of a mechanical bird ? It should have been suitably awarded (fed) and then released.

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by acechip
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

How many examples in commercial aviation exist where the plane has a control system to correct an inherently unstable aerodynamic situation (by design) ?

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by acechip
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

If Boeing is now talking about reduced intervention of MCAS under the AOA input failure conditions, then what is the purpose of MCAS itself if the plane is deemed controllable in that situation? Either there are larger implications of MCAS in the overall flight regime (sufficient to keep the softwar...

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by acechip
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

They and others should. The 737MAX is unsafe and never will be safe. It is aerodynamically fatally flawed and only got into the air through a corrupted certification process.. Everyone knows it, time to face the music. Time to cut the losses and start over, Boeing. What do you mean aerodynamically ...

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by acechip
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Even before we get to the training part of the issue, do we all agree that there is, somewhere along the way, a compromise in the design philosophy, that's been taken too far to meet a commercial goal ? And then, as a mitigation measure, incorporating an autonomous control system to take care of jus...

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by acechip
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Its not about the official process- North America was beginning to appear stubborn in this whole matter, and losing the perception battle. Even if it was a decision based on scientific data, it appears too convenient that you suddenly have new evidence to completely reverse your stance. The rest of ...

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by acechip
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Keep silent? Are you suggesting some sort of conspiracy? People just need to stop with this nonsense. Regulators don’t pick favorites. I worked around them my entire career. The FAA inspectors in all facets of aviation are some of the most hyper critical bastards I’ve ever run into. Yet they needed...

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by acechip
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I am a bit curious. Now that its essentially North America vs Rest of the World in terms of regulation on this thing, how does it play out ? ROW is saying that we are not buying FAA/Boeing argument for the moment. Suppose Boeing puts in a fix by April- will they immediately accept the FAA position (...

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by acechip
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713871

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Let's not assume that the govt agencies and airlines that have grounded their fleets, are stupid. They all know more about the plane than most of the forumers. One accident so soon in the service life of the MAX surely made the operators a bit cagey, two accidents would definitely cause loss of conf...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

First my condolences to all of the families/friends of the crew and passengers on that flight...I can not even begin to imagine how difficult of a time this is for all of them. To everyone calling for the MAX to be grounded perhaps we should just take a step back and see what the investigation from...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I can see Boeing completely deal away with the MCAS. In what phase of flight would this system ever need to be used is beyond me? This system was designed primarily for power on stalls per say. Not to mention, most airlines are allowed to activate autopilot at 500-1,000 AGL, which would deactivate ...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

In the context of trying to understand what happened here, it would be helpful if we knew exactly when the pilot made his request to return because of aircraft problems (I don't think it has been confirmed if he said "control problems") to better construct a "timeline". If he ma...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Its too late boss! With the predominance of aviation as an industry and the rapid geographical spread (compared to the 60s/70s), it is necessary for the manufacturer and regulator both to ensure that planes can be operated safely by pilots who do not have call-sign "maverick". The lowest ...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I disagree. Boeing should not be catering to the lowest common denominator. Its too late boss! With the predominance of aviation as an industry and the rapid geographical spread (compared to the 60s/70s), it is necessary for the manufacturer and regulator both to ensure that planes can be operated ...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

If the problem turns out to be inadequate pilot training, I will be very concerned about those chinese carriers, whose pilots already have difficulties with English language... I just don't see them reading and understanding all the procedures needed to deal with these issues. Lets not generalise b...

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by acechip
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

If the problem turns out to be inadequate pilot training, I will be very concerned about those chinese carriers, whose pilots already have difficulties with English language... I just don't see them reading and understanding all the procedures needed to deal with these issues. Lets not generalise b...

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by acechip
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India's AAIB summons BR, KL, and N8 crews following "near mid-air collision" over DEL
Replies: 25
Views: 4113

Re: India's AAIB summons BR, KL, and N8 crews following "near mid-air collision" over DEL

Lesson #1 you learn in india: few things make sense by western standards. Well, if they make sense to 15% of the worlds population, its perfectly okay. That apart, I am sure that the airline companies and their legal eagles would have been aware of the compliance to the regulations of the country i...

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by acechip
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70061

Re: Gatwick drone closures

How hard would it have been to take a helicopter, and while approaching it at reasonable speed, extend a broom like device and simply whack it off so that it's destroyed or hits the ground ? It would have been much safer than pellet guns and what-have-you.

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by acechip
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders
Replies: 156
Views: 29878

Re: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders

Well Lion Air is well within its rights to cancel if it has a beef with Boeing, you can't deny them that. It could also be something to do with its pilots not feeling up to the task of operating the Max, they've just lost colleagues in an incident which has some bearing on lack of information on the...

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