Compared with other turborpops, the ATR has a relatively thin wing. Not surprising, its designers came from Concorde, at de Havilland from the Beaver and Otter. The original ATR boots had to be modified (extended). The design was fully compliant with the applicable airworthiness requirements, which ...Jump to post
The locks are electronically powered and automatically set by throttle position iirc. The plane in the video was parked, the locks would automatically be deactivated so that the exits could be used in a real emergency. The crew doesn’t press a button to lock/unlock the exits. Nope. It won't be acce...Jump to post
Why should that not be focused on? Governments provided the money to develop the airliner and provided the early customers to get the production line up and running. Without early customers you don't survive to get later customers. Once the startup costs are paid off you can offer great deals like ...Jump to post
Rolls-Royce will likely survive. Like Boeing will. Too big, too important to fail. It is interesting to note the civil engine type certificates have been quietly transferred to Germany, the type certificate holder in Rolls-Royce Deutschland. Derby is now only a subcontracting site. This is probably ...Jump to post
A300 went ahead because their governments wanted to be in the airliner business. There's no way MD or any for-profit entity would have invested in A300 as it was at launch time. It did not have enough payload/range to be useful except for short hops. It largely sold to airlines owned by the same go...Jump to post
More details here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/27/woman-sues-easyjet-after-being-told-to-move-seats-due-to-ultra-orthodox-jewish-men
Like in many cases, recurrence add to the issue
The response is on on the EASA web site, which provides current type certificate data sheets.
The Fokker 28-1000 TC is still valid. This TC also carries the Fokker 70 and 100, derivatives of the 28.
Same for the Rolls-Royce Spey, now a German engine, thanks to the Brexit...
An an immaculate safety record, so far, no fatal accident, which is really amazing considering the size of the fleet and the kind of operations.Jump to post
Amazingly, the 707 impacted nearly at the same location another Air India aircraft had crashed 16 years earlier, in 1950, a Lockheed L-749 Constellation christened "Malabar Princess". At that time there were no choppers, so 2 rescue columns staffed with alpinists were dispatched from Chamo...Jump to post
An untimely IFSD can be also potentially catastrophic. No it's should not. The airworthiness design (Part 25) and the operationnal (Part 121) rules are written to prevent such outcome. Some engine failure modes such as uncontained disk failure can be catastrophic, but this is not involved here.Jump to post
Per design, an IFSD is a minor event. It is nevertheless undesirable due to associated operationnal consequences (drift down, diversion) hence the controlling measures implemented to control it, restricting the flight enveloppe to minimise the risk of occurence. MCAS untimely activation is demonstra...Jump to post
The C Series / A220 is a very good airplane. Top notch airframe, modern powerplant architecture. The PW GTF series engine has however some issues. Remarkably, the geared stage system, the biggest techncological challenge in the large turbofan area for the last 20 years, works rather well. The rest o...Jump to post
So it is his fault that the silent majority lend their consent to what he is doing? He is taking initative, perfectly knowing the situation. He is fully responsible. It's not because something is legally feasible that it does make sense (and I will avoid moral considerations). It is clear now the i...Jump to post
Boeing and Spirit are reported to have disbanded their team working on the project;
We'll need single pilot ops to have a chance for that market to ever return en masse.
It is true that aviation in isolation will not sustain the required R&D in hydrogen, the first enabler being to produce 'green' hydrogen. But as part of a global shift toward that energy, it might happen: https://www.dw.com/en/germany-and-hydrogen-9-billion-to-spend-as-strategy-is-revealed/a-537...Jump to post
Contrary to most European airlines who moved towards the DC-9 and the 737, Air France kept the Caravelle in its fleet into the late 80s. Something to do with the government not allowing AF to buy the 737 just yet (not sure). As a matter of fact, Air France retired the Caravelle in 1981, but would o...Jump to post
I had the pleasure to fly the SE210 three times, all on Sterling Airways including the farewell flight from Copenhagen - Luxembourg / return on 15 January 1992. Unfortunately I do not have the registration number for that flight but maybe somebody here can help ?? Would be much appreciated. Msn 265...Jump to post
Even taking into account increased density, batteries in the foreseeable future are inadequate for anything but short range flights. Their only public air transport role could be the various urban mobility concepts - lot of 'ifs' there. This is why hydrogen and fuel cells are considered as more prom...Jump to post
What is also interesting is the projects listed in the manufacturer correspondig press release: "Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, the company’s R&D division, holds an EASA Design Organisation Approval and has the capability of bringing a new aircraft design concept from a basic idea into a cer...Jump to post
The EASA certified yesterday the Pipistrel Velis Electro. This is the first fully electrical aircraft in the world to get a full Type Certificate. Of course, not yet fit for commercial operations, but a huge step forward. Congratulations to Pipistrel and to EASA! https://i.ibb.co/XtWd46R/velis.jpg h...Jump to post
In flight, passengers are looking down; hence the triangular shape for the window was retained because it was perceived it optimised both the visibilty and weight (windows are heavier than metal structure). Windows had large radius thus avoiding stress concentration. A business jet, the North Americ...Jump to post
Cat II was certified on the Caravelle on 25 September 1964. Cat IIIA was certified on the Caravelle at the end of 1968. The first ever real Cat IIIA landing in commercial service was accomplished by an Air Inter crew on 9 January 1969 (many had been done before in 'normal' visual conditions, for cer...Jump to post
Hydrogen is not a fuel, but rather an energy vector. Associated with a fuel cell, it may well be the future of electric propulsion, instead of heavy batteries. Provided it is produced in an eco-friendly manner (which is a challenge), hydrogen is full of promise. Hindenburg used hydrogen for its low ...Jump to post
EU is essential as ever for air travel. Everywhere in the world, post Covid-19 return to normal operation is starting with domestic flights. Look at China. It will help operators in large countries, with a significant domestic market, such as the US, Canada, China, Russia or Australia etc. Internati...Jump to post
Curious to see if it passes EU rules, setting a minimum price is generally not acceptable.
Also curious how Austrian customers will be able to redeem their Miles and More flights.
Some unusual pictures of Caravelle III msn 116 used by the Centre d'Essais en Vol (CEV) and undergoing in-flight evacuation test using the rear stair. https://i.imgur.com/bPiNtzK.jpg https://i.imgur.com/vHGV7D5.jpg This evacuation method was never used in service. There are however unconfirmed rumor...Jump to post
@Jetty: this is one way to look at it, not sure however it is the most rational one. The reality is that debts which are contractually owed will have to be paid, unless the whole thing goes into receivership. So, the French government behaved responsibly, while its Dutch counterpart just wanted to a...Jump to post
The Caravelle was not a regional jet, not even a short haul jet. It was conceived as a medium range aircraft, to serve routes such as Paris-Casablanca, with a full payload. Interestingly, Super Caravelles served transatlantic charter flights with Sterling, a Danish operator. The initial capacity (75...Jump to post