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by xl0hr
Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

Noshow wrote:
They have several assembly lines in parallel. It will be the easiest move ever. I'd speculate they will keep the Neo family but grow it in size with a new wing. Cheap, low risk and efficient.


And a new single aisle?

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by xl0hr
Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

So reading this thread, things that are potentially in the pipeline for Airbus, where there are at least hints in interviews, job adverts, press etc but ignoring things that are merely a.net speculation, like the A322: ⋅ A220-500 ⋅ A220 re-engine ⋅ A320 new composite w...

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by xl0hr
Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

I don't understand the A321F. A rate increase seems to be tough and engine suppliers opted out of a quick ramp up. Is Fedex paying more than pax airlines to cover development cost plus opportunity cost (using ascarce production slot for a pax version)? With respect to A321 orderbook, except the ver...

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by xl0hr
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

An article on Runway Girl gives more insight into Airbus updates for the A350: https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2022/09/airbus-a350-nps-variant-mtow/ Key takes: Airbus is planning to transition the -900 and -1000 to a new build standard “new production standard” (NPS) between now and 2024 Performance ...

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by xl0hr
Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

I don't understand the A321F. A rate increase seems to be tough and engine suppliers opted out of a quick ramp up. Is Fedex paying more than pax airlines to cover development cost plus opportunity cost (using ascarce production slot for a pax version)?

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by xl0hr
Thu Sep 15, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeings latest statement on the 787 MTOW increase
Replies: 70
Views: 16108

Re: Boeings latest statement on the 787 MTOW increase

How limited is the 787-10 by MLW? Is this upgrade also affecting MLW? The reason I'm asking is that I am wondering if all of the rumored 6t MTOW increase could go into carrying more cargo or if the extra 6t have to be burnt by the time the plane touches down. The latter would really only increase ra...

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by xl0hr
Tue Sep 06, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irkut MC-21 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 52
Views: 13436

Re: Irkut MC-21 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

So Rostec is now looking ahead, ready to pitch the MC-21 to LH and AA, :rotfl: What are the chances? https://www.aviacionline.com/2022/09/controversy-and-hype-russia-paints-its-mc-21s-in-american-and-lufthansa-liveries/ https://i0.wp.com/www.upinthesky.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/photo_5220203943...

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by xl0hr
Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Scherer mentions XLR's adjusted RCT design in an interview with German aerotelegraph. Seems they are confident and not stressed about EASA. Translation of relevant part: "We slightly changed the design of the RCT. We think we're addressing all assessments, also that of the regulator. But it's t...

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by xl0hr
Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9345

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

steman wrote:
Why aren´t they transporting parts for assembly anymore? Airbus has 5 Belugas in service and only, I believe, 2 Beluga XL, so at least 3 Belugas are still needed for parts transports.


I don't know if they still use them. But Beluga XL can fit 2 A350 wings while ST only 1.

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by xl0hr
Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9345

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

airboeingbus wrote:
Are airbus hiring them out for some cargo ops?


Yes. See https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2022-01-airbus-iconic-beluga-super-transporters-ready-to-serve-global

The war in Ukraine might help with demand for outsized cargo as Antonovs on both sides cannot fly anymore.

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by xl0hr
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 246
Views: 65954

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

I have a question: Does the A320 have sensors to determine which rudder pedal is being pushed, captain or first officer side, and how hard? I know the rudders are not FBW (yet) and physically connected. So can the aircraft determine which rudder pedal is being pushed and which pedal is just followi...

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by xl0hr
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 246
Views: 65954

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

I have a question: Does the A320 have sensors to determine which rudder pedal is being pushed, captain or first officer side, and how hard? I know the rudders are not FBW (yet) and physically connected. So can the aircraft determine which rudder pedal is being pushed and which pedal is just followin...

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by xl0hr
Sat Jul 09, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 454
Views: 108496

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

But the date means absolutely nothing though. So you’re happy to allow a max10 without EICAS fly December 31st 2022 but not janauary 1st 2023? . It's hilarious to see people making this awful argument. Airworthiness Directives are literally the same what with dates that certain actions have to be d...

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by xl0hr
Wed Jul 06, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022
Replies: 460
Views: 110342

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022

SAS filed for Chapter 11 I think. that might not berth with new orders...

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by xl0hr
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed
Replies: 50
Views: 5046

Re: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed

Southwest's BYOD IFE flight map seems to have gotten an upgrade or the upgrade is rolling out. Similar to this one? https://i.postimg.cc/tTzPn4Q8/IMG-20161213-135225.jpg Airbus, 2016. Nothing new in this world... Cheers, Adam Very similar. I forgot about the compass being on it as well. It does see...

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by xl0hr
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air France 447: 13 years on
Replies: 56
Views: 6460

Re: Air France 447: 13 years on

You can certainly add more and more logic to the autoflight system for edge cases, but that means more cost and more potential for misprogramming and other edge cases. Note that we're talking early 90s computer tech for the A330. A generation later, the A350 is more robust when it comes to autoflig...

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by xl0hr
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air France 447: 13 years on
Replies: 56
Views: 6460

Re: Air France 447: 13 years on

You don't have to feel superior, I am referring to the fact that pilot is supposed to take over in case things become nonstandard. Yes, older generation computers are not setup for anything else; they possibly could have more authority, though. Next generation could definitely be more capable. Woul...

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by xl0hr
Tue Jun 21, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 72
Views: 8439

Re: Why do we "check in?"

I wish I could understand the logic of having to check-in on your phone, at pain of €60 if you don't. But when you get to the airport, you have to stand in the same queue, because there is no baggage drop. And even if there was, you still need to present yourself to an agent for a document check. I...

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by xl0hr
Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 72
Views: 8439

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Ryanair (and other European (U)LCCs afaik) allow online check in weeks before the flight. Actually kind of push you to do it as on site check in is ridiculously expensive. This makes check in utterly meaningless for actual prediction of who shows up and who doesn't. Bag drop / security scan of board...

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by xl0hr
Sat Jun 18, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

That's not specific to XLR. Eurowings took delivery of the first A320neo that had the new lights. Forgot the MSN. Edited to add: it's now flying as D-AENA. I hadn’t noticed that at all, thank you for that update! I suppose then it’s apart of an overall incremental update. I wonder then if it is an ...

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by xl0hr
Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Anyone else notice that there’s also a new landing light design. It appears that the landing lights, that have always been retractable on the A320 family (to my knowledge), have now been moved to being incorporated in the wing to fuselage fairing. I imagine that came with some weights savings as we...

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by xl0hr
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Anyone else notice that there’s also a new landing light design. It appears that the landing lights, that have always been retractable on the A320 family (to my knowledge), have now been moved to being incorporated in the wing to fuselage fairing. I imagine that came with some weights savings as we...

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by xl0hr
Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for Airbus?
Replies: 163
Views: 29711

Re: What next for Airbus?

... IMO Airbus should be proactive to keep the initiative. Boeing resources were absorbed by troubleshooting and fixing so this is the moment for Airbus jump truly ahead and cement its strong position for the future. I don't have the source ready but I seem to remember A's CFO stating that they wer...

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by xl0hr
Fri May 27, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 466
Views: 109751

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

A neat A350F order will be sure to help A forget all the pain that QR caused. "Such a vote of confidence in the next generation freighter based on the most modern widebody" PR people will say at A. At QR, PR people will "thank Airbus for coming forward with the root cause analysis and...

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by xl0hr
Mon May 16, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2022
Replies: 100
Views: 24322

Re: Airbus A330neo Sales Campaigns and Prospects Thread - 2022

NZ321 wrote:
I wonder if Airbus will offer a regional version of the A339 optimized for regional ops given there are quite a few airlines with sizable regional fleets coming up for replacement.


There was a paper derate for lower MTOW recently.

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by xl0hr
Sun May 08, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 772
Views: 246726

Re: Lufthansa Group News and Discussion Thread - 2022

The A380s are effectively written off, their capacity is not needed badly enough that they've been reactivated, and all indications are that they are gone for good, in which case the A35K would at least get close to the replacement numbers. Regardless, it likely means that the 777X order will not e...

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by xl0hr
Thu May 05, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Operating costs: 2x A321XLR vs 1 widebody
Replies: 14
Views: 3342

Re: Operating costs: 2x A321XLR vs 1 widebody

You are really asking if the CASM is lower on an XLR versus a widebody. All things being equal the CASM is higher on a smaller plane. That’s because the weight of the airframe per seat increases the smaller plane is. That’s not true, in fact it’s almost the opposite. The larger the model the heavie...

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by xl0hr
Thu May 05, 2022 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Is this a separate issue from https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1458231&hilit=Xlr ?

The elongated/strengthened fairing sounds like a concrete proposal by EASA. But are they in the business of proposals?

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by xl0hr
Thu May 05, 2022 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 184
Views: 50532

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

What can be done on the center tank? Different material? Less fuel inside or maybe always a certain amount inside? More insulation? More fire protection? Different escape routes? Isn't this a little late to run into troubles like this? The issue is the wet fuselage concept, where the fuselage struc...

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by xl0hr
Mon May 02, 2022 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA : EgyptAir MS804 crash caused by pilot smoking
Replies: 62
Views: 15771

Re: BEA : EgyptAir MS804 crash caused by pilot smoking

Although targeted at healthcare professionals, this demonstration kinda brings home the point that the pilots lost as soon as the cigarette was burning, dropped, and carpets and clothing started to burn. Poor souls.

https://youtu.be/LrfHnKtKvws

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by xl0hr
Fri Apr 29, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue
Replies: 106
Views: 32711

Re: AF 011 go around - Possible flight control issue

Are there statistics available about these kinds of incidents? Subjectively, AF seems to make the news more often than say LH or DL.

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by xl0hr
Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028
Replies: 155
Views: 32624

Re: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028

First time to design a clean sheet for mass production. There must be gains somewhere! What do you mean by "First time to design a clean sheet for mass production", as am somewhat confused? All aircraft are designed for mass production, other than special models for something specific. Bo...

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by xl0hr
Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028
Replies: 155
Views: 32624

Re: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028

:point: A twin aisle weighs, burns and costs more, up to ~250 seats than a same seat capacity single aisle. :point: In terms of cargo a longer single aisle fuselage with the same passenger count can carry more standard LD3-45 containers. :point: Airbus will keep improving NEO's, engines, fuselage l...

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by xl0hr
Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 59478

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2022

You are / were right. But now certification goal posts have changed. If only Boeing had called larger versions of the 787, fitted with a bigger wing and larger engines, the 777X, and got it certified 5 years ago, what a different WB landscape would exist today. Instead, divide and conquer still rul...

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by xl0hr
Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028
Replies: 155
Views: 32624

Re: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028

I think the logic of introducing the large sibling first, attacking A321 from above sounds very reasonable. Production wise, it allows ramp-up and improvements with smaller yet output. It also gives the 737 breathing room. I wonder though: shrinks/smaller siblings haven't fared well as soon as the ...

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by xl0hr
Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028
Replies: 155
Views: 32624

Re: Leeham: NBA single aisle 2023/24 launch EIS 2028

:point: A twin aisle weighs, burns and costs more, up to ~250 seats than a same seat capacity single aisle. :point: In terms of cargo a longer single aisle fuselage with the same passenger count can carry more standard LD3-45 containers. :point: Airbus will keep improving NEO's, engines, fuselage l...

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by xl0hr
Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off
Replies: 72
Views: 15307

Re: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off

Interesting, on the 737 pushing TO/GA Switch on the ground will restore the pitch mode to the correct mode. It’s the other models that are exposed to this. Pushing TO/GA in the air will fix it on all models. So, except on the 737, pressing TO/GA has a different effect on the FD when performing a TO...

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by xl0hr
Thu Apr 14, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 466
Views: 109751

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

It sounds like Airbus really wants to be done with Qatar. See Bloomberg (highlights and [comments] are mine) “It would be an extraordinary injunction that forced hostile parties to cooperate and Airbus to produce aircraft under the threat of contempt for almost a decade,” Tolaney [Airbus lawyer] sai...

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by xl0hr
Wed Apr 13, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?
Replies: 200
Views: 42841

Re: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?

The A350 MK1 had thinned sidewalls for greater interior width, not carried into the 330neo, which continues to surprise me - can anyone explain why? The reason why is simple: to protect the A350. The A359 is slightly larger if A330 is 8Y. If you make 9Y acceptable to most users that puts the two pl...

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by xl0hr
Sat Apr 09, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 454
Views: 108496

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

What I find truly shocking is that Boeing did not take into account that a certification slip could happen and started develop the alerting system and have it ready just in case. They knew the new regulation is comming and gave away all control by hoping on politics to solve their stuff. Having it ...

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by xl0hr
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

Re: What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?

The purpose of a publicly held company is to generate profit that can be returned to shareholders. Given the current market, I’m going to guess that the for Boeing 777F and 767F are probably two airplanes returning high profits given the development costs were amortized years ago and they are in hi...

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by xl0hr
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

Re: What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?

Thanks all for your answers and sorry for the delay! 3 shots and still 10 days of misery... Anyway: It seems my internal discussions with myself weren't too far off some of your thoughts. Let's talk about definitions and concepts first: I'm an economist so I am particularly interested in measuring c...

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by xl0hr
Sun Apr 03, 2022 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Derivative for MoM
Replies: 66
Views: 14594

Re: 787 Derivative for MoM

In my head, Boeing should start their clean sheet narrow body at A321 size and XLR range. That has very little competition within its line-up as it would be more airplane than the 737-10. I think this is the new golden size for single aisles with many factors favoring larger designs (CO2, pilot shor...

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by xl0hr
Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sahara dust over Europe
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Sahara dust over Europe

Those events emitting or spreading particles in the atmosphere do occur every now and then. Now one should ask the Brit MetOffice WHY they spread their conspirancy tales about alleged "invisible clouds of death". As a matter of fact, those Vottnajökull eruptions never ever caused any seri...

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by xl0hr
Sat Mar 26, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

What are successful aircraft programs? How do we even measure success?

Both Airbus and Boeing regularly develop new aircraft, study the development of new aircraft, or NEOMAX existing aircraft. On the one hand, I think no one would disagree that both the A320 and B737 (maybe except the latest iteration) are/were huge successes. On the other hand, most might also agree ...

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by xl0hr
Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 466419

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

RIP to all involved on this accident. I was reading all the posts, and while there's nothing to do more than wait for the FDR and the CVR datas, my guess is that possibly was a suicide act. The slight recovery during the descend can be due to a fight in the cockpit to regain control. Just a wild gu...

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by xl0hr
Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 466419

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

The comms silence from the cockpit is going to be very informative. This seems to be a point that folks are missing. “Aviate, Navigate, Communicate” - I'd interpret that as don't talk to ATC while you're plunging from the sky but try to stop the plunge first. If that doesn't work you might not get ...

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by xl0hr
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 61313

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

It looks like Deutsche Aircraft signed an MoU with a Norwegian conglomerate of energy producers, municipalities, etc. to use e-fuels for CO2 neutral local hops in Norway. That might be a nice niche to be in! Source (German, sorry): https://www.aero.de/news-42157/D328-soll-klimaneutral-durch-Norwegen...

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by xl0hr
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Layovers changed from pre covid
Replies: 5
Views: 3027

Re: Layovers changed from pre covid

OTOH, i know from friends at a large Austrian carrier that they are working hard to save money by shortening/avoiding layovers. They even took an extra crew to their once-a-week warm water locations to turn the plane right around. So I think it could go either way...

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by xl0hr
Mon Mar 14, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline accident investigations SO 242, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 3595

Re: Airline accident investigations SO 242, etc.

For a forced landing the gear should be down, whilst for a ditching (water landing) the gear should be up. What about U6178? I think to remember that "Russian Sully" did not lower the gear on purpose when landing in a field after dual engine failure. Something like "let's it float on...

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