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by Pentaprism
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TU-154..what is it's legacy?
Replies: 57
Views: 10585

Re: TU-154..what is it's legacy?

The TU-154 had more Character than anything else I've flown. 1998 I'm in Krasnoyarsk, my first trip overseas and heading back to Moscow. i have been advised to fly on IL-86 as they have a better safety record but none available for the trip back. So I book a Kras Air TU-154 and waiting to board. Bus...

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by Pentaprism
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR is no longer Europe's busiest airport
Replies: 28
Views: 8185

Re: LHR is no longer Europe's biggest airport.

https://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/News-1/12582 UK should completely scrap the 14 days quarantine, and instead by implementing the Covid 19 testing program. LHR might potentially lose its connecting business to FRA, AMS, CDG, etc. Self quarantine in Western countries is useles...

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by Pentaprism
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Russian domestic flights subsidized by the Russian government?
Replies: 32
Views: 7437

Re: Are Russian domestic flights subsidized by the Russian government?

It's not as cheap as it used to be. My first flight in Russia was on a Krasair IL-86 from SVO to KJA in 1998. One of the most comfortable Aircraft you could ever wish to fly on a friendly Russian Godess to chat to all the way there. Her family even gave me a lift to the destination when we arrived. ...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Aeroflot 77Ws and A359 being stored
Replies: 32
Views: 8153

Re: Aeroflot not taking two new 77W

Given the Political issues between the USA and Russia I am surprised Aeroflot is allowed to order Boeing Aircraft at all. Banning Boeing orders would seem to be an obvious way to retaliate against US Sanctions. Perhaps this is what is happening but in a more subtle way? Having suggested that I will ...

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by Pentaprism
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 58670

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Short List of Bidders getting Shorter? https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/10/virgin-australia-administrators-warn-of-failure-without-urgent-taxpayer-support I was a bit surprised about the number of "keen" bidders for VA. I assumed once they all did their due diligence they woul...

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by Pentaprism
Fri May 22, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 58670

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I think it is erroneous to link revenue generation and head office location in this context. p Absolutely it is. While there is some value in having HQ close to the most important Port(s) that value is small and quickly diminishing in this age of a large and increasing % of people working from home...

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by Pentaprism
Mon May 18, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 523
Views: 93892

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

Indeed AA seems to be the most in debt in the US aviation industry, and it will be difficult to just shed assets. If they shed assets, it is not much better than a bankruptcy as they would have to reduce service, lay staff off, etc. And then they will have a hard time finding lenders for upcoming f...

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by Pentaprism
Mon May 11, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 58670

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I agree with Flying Tiger that the Business doesn't really have any value. Once all the Interested Parties have done their due diligence I expect the number interested to either drop to zero - or maybe there will some conditional bids that amount to little more than asset stripping, along the lines ...

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by Pentaprism
Mon May 04, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Aboulafia: China Won’t Rescue Embraer.
Replies: 43
Views: 6176

Re: Richard Aboulafia: China Won’t Rescue Embraer.

Exactly. They will be interested soon enough. They will be buying companies left and right with these low stock prices due to Corona. It doesn't always work that way with large, complex organizations. If you let it bleed out/break apart for too long you can't always put the pieces back together to ...

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by Pentaprism
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 58670

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

In realising this, I think we need to acknowledge the core Virgin Australia business is fundamentally sound I don't think we need to acknowledge this at all. To the contrary Virgin's Core Business is fundamentally flimsy. Qantas has always enjoyed the Lion's share of the Premium Customers and will ...

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by Pentaprism
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 58670

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/04/twu-urges-government-to-make-bold-virgin-move/ TWU are calling on the govt to take a stake in Virgin to get a return in the future. Maybe TWU could put their money where their mouth is and get TWU Super to support their members and take a stake in the airli...

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by Pentaprism
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Cargo Plane Headed for the USA
Replies: 5
Views: 2287

Russian Military Cargo Plane Headed for the USA

There should be a Russian Air Force Aircraft, prob an AN-124, headed for the USA with Medical Supplies. Could be a good photo op as it probably hasn't happened too often with most previous AB-124's visiting the USA being operated by Commercial Operators rather than the Military. Edit, article said M...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 100736

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

If it is indeed the end of the road for QF's 747, it will be very sad. My first QF 747 flight was to HKG, with my most recent experience being a hop to HND last year. Have always enjoyed my 747 flights except for 1 flight from SYD-SIN when I was stuck in a middle seat between two large gentlemen :c...

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by Pentaprism
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 8118

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Africa: Egypt Air operated Ilyushin Il-62, Il-18 and Tu-154 aircraft Air Cairo (Egypt) still operates Tupolev Tu-204 freighters and pax aircraft which are equipped with RR power plants I think it's a bit of a stretch to say Air Cairo still operates the TU-204. Last I saw any evidence of them operat...

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by Pentaprism
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who besides QR is operating a decent number of flights right now?
Replies: 17
Views: 3802

Re: Who besides QR is operating a decent number of flights right now?

As many know, QR is operating more flights than most other airlines in the world, and has doubled down on flights to affected countries to ferry passengers home, all while EK, EY and WY are grounded, and many other airlines have only repatriation flights. Two questions. 1. Which other airlines arou...

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by Pentaprism
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT to SYD
Replies: 8
Views: 3347

LOT to SYD

Anyone have any idea why a LOT flight, LOT8557, is currently enroute from SIN to SYD?

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by Pentaprism
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)
Replies: 42
Views: 6186

Re: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)

The Russians are closer than many realise to producing a competitive Aircraft. Regarding the SSJ there has been a lot said about the lack of available spares but the biggest issue is the Motor and specifically the slow supply of parts from PCC Structural (based in Oregon, USA) and faults in the com...

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by Pentaprism
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)
Replies: 42
Views: 6186

Re: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)

The Russians are closer than many realise to producing a competitive Aircraft. Regarding the SSJ there has been a lot said about the lack of available spares but the biggest issue is the Motor and specifically the slow supply of parts from PCC Structural (based in Oregon, USA) and faults in the comb...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184343

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

After 9/11, U.S. airlines reduced service by getting rid of in-flight meals. Do you think due to this coronavirus outbreak, airlines will reduce service again by getting rid of snacks, charging for drinks, increasing checked bag fees, etc? Before we get to crazy with comparisons, this can get ugly ...

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by Pentaprism
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aleppo Airport to Reopen
Replies: 27
Views: 4206

Re: Aleppo Airport to Reopen

So any predictions of what air service the airport might get in the next five years? Could we see flydubai? Given the tense relationship between Syria and Turkey I guess Pegasus and Turkish Airlines are out of question. Aeroflot :) No seriously if things settle down I can imagine within 3 years the...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Antonov-Updates?
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Re: Future of Antonov-Updates?

Sadly it seems their future is very bleak. I saw an interview with a former employee who reported they have lost most of their skilled staff and have precious little human or financial resources to embark on new projects. There is negligible demand for their current products, eg AN140, AN70, AN148, ...

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by Pentaprism
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212730

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Second QF rescue flight denied permission to operate by Chinese Government for some reason. From what I can figure it is still in HKG waiting for approval and will eventually fly HKG-WUH-DRW. https://7news.com.au/travel/coronavirus/qantas-flight-sent-to-coronavirus-epicentre-wuhan-to-evacuate-strand...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212730

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Any idea why QF6032 tracked so far East instead of a more direct route over Borneo?

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by Pentaprism
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212730

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Qantas Rescue flight seems to be still grounded at WUH unless I've missed something. Looks like things are not going to plan. Expect Crew would have timed out by now. Can the Crew just sleep on the Plane? Transferring to a Hotel doesn't seem like a viable option. Don't understand how the Flight Bans...

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by Pentaprism
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF E-11A plane crash in Afghanistan
Replies: 97
Views: 19932

Re: USAF E-11A plane crash in Afghanistan

An Iranian Newspaper is claiming a CIA Director was on board. The same one who was responsible for killing General Solimeini. Interesting claim to say the least. If it is not true they will look pretty silly when the Guy shows up for an Interview or something. If it is true it makes their Intelligen...

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by Pentaprism
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF E-11A plane crash in Afghanistan
Replies: 97
Views: 19932

Re: Reports of plane crash in Afghanistan

Well somebody is going to speculate that this is Iranian revenge so it may as well be me. Makes some sense, Afghanistan was one theatre mentioned where a revenge attack could take place. Has the advantage of not being a direct attack from Iranian soil so won't trigger a war. Of course that is only 1...

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by Pentaprism
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 298467

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Yeah if they did shoot it down it would be beyond stupid not to admit it. And given that the USA, Ukraine and Russia have all made the same mistake, it doesn't look as bad as might otherwise be the case. The fact they are claiming the Crew tried to turn back means either it wasn't a missile or they ...

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by Pentaprism
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Il-114-300 Prototype
Replies: 33
Views: 7785

Re: Il-114-300 Prototype

Sadly, this is another failed Russian plane. The original Il-114 first flew in 1990 (that's now 30 years ago) and only 30 delivered over that timeframe and none in service today (except maybe one as a research frame). It's hard not to think "lipstick on a pig". Great if it's a success, bu...

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by Pentaprism
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 34
Views: 5539

SU-57 Crash

Unfortunately a SU-57 has gone done near the Manufacturer's Base at Komsolmolsk-na-Amure in Eastern Russia. Thankfully the Pilot ejected safely. Certainly a setback for the program but far from unprecedented when a new Fighter is being developed. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/rus...

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by Pentaprism
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers Major Fire
Replies: 20
Views: 5234

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers Major Fire

I hope they do write it off. 1. Russia's Military doctrine is based on Defence. They have a lot of Air Bases and can build as many more as they like. They have credible Air Defence Systems and of course Nuclear Deterrence. Difficult to see how the Kutznetsov enhances their Defence Capabilities. 2. R...

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by Pentaprism
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia May Deliver 6 To 16 SSJ100 Planes To Pakistan-Trade Minister
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Russia May Deliver 6 To 16 SSJ100 Planes To Pakistan-Trade Minister

There has been a lot of talk recently about SSJ's going to various Countries including some Western Operators. But as I mentioned in another Post the Aircraft does not have an Engine that meets any kind of minimal Operational Requirements. https://airlinerwatch.com/sukhoi-superj ... e-engines/ Safr...

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by Pentaprism
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia May Deliver 6 To 16 SSJ100 Planes To Pakistan-Trade Minister
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Russia May Deliver 6 To 16 SSJ100 Planes To Pakistan-Trade Minister

There has been a lot of talk recently about SSJ's going to various Countries including some Western Operators. But as I mentioned in another Post the Aircraft does not have an Engine that meets any kind of minimal Operational Requirements. https://airlinerwatch.com/sukhoi-superj ... e-engines/ Safra...

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by Pentaprism
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS in the market for a 120-150 seat aircraft
Replies: 127
Views: 16628

Re: SAS in the market for a 120-150 seat aircraft

100/1 outsider SuperJet with 125 seats. Now hear me out...They're geographically close to Russia and all the other components are easily accessible in Europe nearby. maybe make it 1000/1 outsider. Problem with the SSJ is just a terrible lack of support once an aircraft is sold to an operator. there...

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by Pentaprism
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Commercial Flights Over Syrian Airspace
Replies: 2
Views: 615

Commercial Flights Over Syrian Airspace

Just flew to Europe and back with QR and was surprised that we overflew Syria. Given there are ongoing attacks by the Israeli Air Force and ongoing efforts by the Syrians to shoot them down is it not dangerous to overfly this area? We have already seen a Russian Military Aircraft fall victim to frie...

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by Pentaprism
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 153575

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

RJMAZ wrote:

The only money Boeing has permanently lost on the MAX grounding is the cost of fixing MCAS, damages paid to the families and penalties paid to airlines. This would be pocket change for Boeing and probably a few months worth of profit.


You don't they are going to lose any money through lost sales?

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by Pentaprism
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 153575

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

UAC should be licking there lips in delight with these developments. If the specs are correct the MC-21 is the right aircraft at the right time, i.e when Boeing has nothing to offer and Airbus production is booked out. UAC only need to get their Support right and they have an opportunity to make inr...

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by Pentaprism
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Are there any noise requirements for military aircraft?
Replies: 16
Views: 9177

Re: Are there any noise requirements for military aircraft?

Interesting to know how they calculated the Bedroom Noise!

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by Pentaprism
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Cessna 402?
Replies: 5
Views: 2225

Re: Aeroflot Cessna 402?

schech wrote:
this flight is operated by a Bombardier DHC-8-400 of an Aeroflot's far east subsidiarie called Aurora. The 'CN4' thing is a Flightradar's bug


Thanks for the explanation.

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by Pentaprism
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Cessna 402?
Replies: 5
Views: 2225

Aeroflot Cessna 402?

According to Flightradar 24 Aeroflot is operating a "CN4" Aircraft between UUS and KHV. Is this correct? I know Aeroflot used to operate hundreds of very small Aircraft, mainly AN2's, but it seems strange they would be buying Cessna's and using them on a route which normally sees A320's/73...

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by Pentaprism
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Routing from MOW to CCS
Replies: 4
Views: 4061

Re: Routing from MOW to CCS

Thanks for the link Armadillo. Don't have Flight Radar but IL-62 makes more sense than AN-148! I believe most of the Russian Government fleet is based in VKO but where did this one come from?

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by Pentaprism
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Routing from MOW to CCS
Replies: 4
Views: 4061

Routing from MOW to CCS

Apparently 2 Russian Government Aircraft flew from Russia (presumably VKO) to CCS. Does anybody know which Aircraft they were and what route they took? The caption shows an AN-148 but I find it hard to believe they used this Aircraft for the Mission given the lack of range. https://www.almasdarnews....

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by Pentaprism
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 39
Views: 12529

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

Well Erdogan just attended MAKS and spent time with SU-35's and SU-57's. The odds of seeing Russian Aircraft in Turkish Airforce just increased. It could be a bluff but that's what some thought about the S-400. If Turkey does order Russian Jets the US will have to think seriously about kicking them ...

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by Pentaprism
Wed May 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order
Replies: 42
Views: 7672

Re: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order

I have a hard time believing the western manufacturers involved in the SSJ are the ones to blame for parts availability shortages, when that is a well known problem of "not western" manufacturers. I don't know how much money the Russian government has put into the SSJ, but they should pro...

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by Pentaprism
Wed May 08, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 158688

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

The Sheremetyevo Airport website has published last night a good chronology of the fire and the fire crew response. https://www.svo.aero/en/press_center/press_releases/khronologiya-aviatsionnogo-proisshestviya-s-vs-ssj-100-i-deyatelnosti-avariyno-spasatelnoy-komandy-sh (English version on the link)...

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by Pentaprism
Tue May 07, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order
Replies: 42
Views: 7672

Re: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order

I don't think this needs to be the end of the SSJ. In most ways it is a very competitive Aircraft. Obviously they need to sort out the issue with the Engine or source a new Engine. They need to build a Spare Parts Supply Chain comparable to what Western Manufacturers offer. And they need to find out...

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by Pentaprism
Tue May 07, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 158688

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

I find it strange that the Russian State Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) have not grounded the Aircraft Type. They did so after the following crashes; 28/7/02 - IL86 crashed shortly after departure from SVO 29/12/12 - TU204 crashed during landing at VKO 11/2/18 - AN148 crashed shortly after departur...

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by Pentaprism
Mon May 06, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 158688

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Do the Crew normally carry a Satellite phone? I assumed they would in case of Radio Issues but several things I have read suggest that after radio connection was lost no communication with the Tower was possible. Response from ES may have been better if communication was maintained. Some comments ha...

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by Pentaprism
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 755896

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

What this Crash Highlights to me is that Sensors/Pitot Tubes are pretty much the weakest links in Modern Aircraft - which are otherwise incredibly safe.

AF447 31/5/09
6W703 11/2/18
JT610 29/10/18
ET302 10/3/19

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