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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5807

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

Did they find the Helium3???

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you think OneWorld lacks of a big Chinese airline?
Replies: 18
Views: 3814

Re: Do you think OneWorld lacks of a big Chinese airline?

I suppose AY likes to keep the EU-China market to itself :-)

But, having no local airline partner in OW is a problem. Anytime one goes to a destination not served by AY, you're not going to be able to use your alliance.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 14039

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

Did you live at the airport during that time? Two hours sounds really short for waking up, getting dressed, packing your stuff, travelling to the airport, clearing security and heading to your gate. It is not necessarily that short. I don't usually do 5am departures, but I do 6:50am departures for ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 14039

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

AY has lots of around-the-midnight-time departures to Asia, 22:00 - 01:00 or so. You have a full day at the office or home, get to the airport, board, eat dinner, and sleep. Arrive at the destination sometime before noon or afternoon, depending on destination. Not bad. Actually this is the perfect a...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC readback before Tenerife accident, 1977
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: ATC readback before Tenerife accident, 1977

Well, basically anything that either detects collisions and retransmits or that has a scheduled transmission slots would work.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70563

Re: Gatwick drone closures

Revelation wrote:
I know who to call!


Drone busters?

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38002

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

Just had a “discussion” with my FO about a scenario in which we had a B767-300 flame out both engines due to Captain’s flubbing an attempt to balance fuel. The crew got the engines relit, and the Captain wanted to continue to destination. I'm not arguing with your opinion about what should have hap...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38002

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

Revelation wrote:
The given wording:

Following an in-flight engine failure or shutdown on an aeroplane with two engines

contradicts your view and supports Zeke's. In fact it seems to be intentionally chosen to avoid the ambiguity you insist is present.


I agree.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Folks, whether or not the WSJ article has any grains of truth in it, please remember the Swiss cheese model. A failed component is not the only cause of an accident. For instance, in the AF 447 case, we can improve the sensors but can't make the never fail; the rest of the system (incl. pilots) must...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2061
Views: 247530

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Nomadd wrote:
Talk to the people who don't allow pics on this thread.


I vote for allowing pics in this thread. Definitely.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 8715

Re: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

This is quite surprising. But thanks for the report!

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38002

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

Sure, I know the odds of a second significant event happening were minuscule, but some times odds bite you in the arse. I'll just observe that while the probability of an engine shutting down on a given flight is minuscule, that does not necessarily apply to a flight that has had one unexplained sh...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70563

Re: Gatwick drone closures

Police say they found a broken drone in the linked article. I'm guessing there are some number of lost drones all over the place, so this isn't _necessarily_ perpetrator's drone. FWIW, I think this was an odd incident, there is sure a lot to learn from, and maybe some stories to be told that we hav...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

2) the crew on the accident flight apparently went between flaps 0 and flaps 5 several times ... and the plane pitched down each time they went to flaps 0. What on earth kind of logic makes them keep doing an action that makes the plane do something unexpected? Once, twice ... by the third time you...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70563

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

What a pain for the travellers and airlines. But for all the talk on triangulation and radio jamming, I would guess that capable attackers (which these might not have been, of course) could also program their drone to operate autonomously, i.e., no control communication. It would be a bit more diffi...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70563

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

I've heard about military systems designed to defend areas against drones. For instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j-E2bCOrg8&feature=youtu.be https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/beam-on http://www.thedrive.com/aerial/11505/the-7-most-significant-anti-drone-weapons http://orad.cc/en/dro...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK A380 Abuse?
Replies: 84
Views: 20082

Re: EK A380 Abuse?

I understand DXB has great geography and can provide connections to and from numerous continents, but it seems EK pushes a rediculous amount of capacity even into mid tier markets. Are these seats getting filled? Or does EK think they can simply grow markets and stimulate demand simply by offering ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141575

Re: A400M Update

How does one perform surgery in flight ... you would assume there'd be danger of plane vibration and turbulence making high-precision cutting (for instance) difficult. Or would the pallet be stabilised somehow? Or would this just be more basic surgeries?

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Heavy duty ship! Maybe they will complete operations in 10 days.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 12986

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

https://www.baaa-acro.com/sites/default ... N526FE.pdf


Thanks for posting this, I had not seen this before. They do have some tough conclusions.
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WPvsMW wrote:


Thanks for posting this, I had not seen this before. They do have some tough conclusions.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop
Replies: 113
Views: 20356

Re: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop

OMG OMG OMG This is, for once, beautiful aircraft livery. And definitely not boring! Kudos to ANA! And the other two will also be painted in interesting, different ways? I can't wait! Although... I think the Orange one is next. Now I am a bit scared. See https://www.instagram.com/p/BMsCzdfBcJi/

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141575

Re: A400M Update

Why would NZ need to operate excessively overseas? I'd wager their primary focus is on nearby islands and Australia, and their own country with frequent natural catastrophies etc.

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

The speed *and* AoA issues is what we've been suspecting for a long time. Not sure why this happened, could be a computer/systems issue or actual multiple sensor faults... I also have a very hard time seeing how AoA sensor issues by themselves could cause other indicator problems. Given all this, th...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

By the way, despite all the reasons why this is a technically bad idea, there *is* an ethical defence to rethinking the situation: It may well have been that the situation has changed since the design of current cargo airliners. With the advent of highly powerful and potentially flammable batteries ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

In any event, even if there were a door near the rear of the aircraft that could be opened in flight, how would one get to it? Especially past cargo on the main deck? A departure from a hot seat in the cockpit area would have to get past the rest of the aircraft. ... and past the flaming cargo. Bec...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders
Replies: 46
Views: 4990

Re: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders

Is fee-for-service something between lease and wet-lease? I suppose it is theory something like this, but with the gas station up in the air, and a "1,000,000 USD per gallon" price tag :D http://i.imgur.com/ZZFVpFY.jpg For something like this it is just accounting nonsense. You let someon...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Search off Japanese coast underway after Marine Corps C-130 and F/A-18 fighter jet crash
Replies: 16
Views: 3004

Re: Search off Japanese coast underway after Marine Corps C-130 and F/A-18 fighter jet crash

Ejection seats have around an 83% success rate, IIRC. it’s not a guarantee, only used when the plane is scarier than the seat. I wonder if that success rate is due to the seat itself, or just the circumstances (plane disintegrating/exploding around you, too late activation, etc)? That is, is the se...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project
Replies: 97
Views: 21880

Re: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project

I understand running out of money/willingness. That's all fair. But, I do not understand deliberate destruction, taking off wings, demanding that no notes be taken, etc (if the reports are true). That is sabotage, a crime against historical artefacts. If you can't proceed, at least do not destroy wh...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

WHY would an airplane with such sensor discrepancies be allowed to (be able to) take off? ... Now we have to get into the nitty-gritty of WHY the mx logs state that the repair work that was done to it satisfied ground tests prior to takeoff, and why AOA disagrees were not seen during their testing ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5060

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

I have trouble understanding what they did. An engine trouble developed on aircraft A in international space, then aircraft B, C, and D came to look. Aircraft A continued on its way. At no time did a potentially hostile aircraft E appear. Is the point that B, C, and D helped keep E away from even tr...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

-2. A design error allow "if an erroneously high single angle of attack (AOA) sensor input is received by the flight control system, there is a potential for repeated nose-down trim commands of the horizontal stabilizer" (official EAD). Yes. I did my list slightly differently, but a desig...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

A lot of people jumping to conclusions. Even if we have some pictures of the FDR, we (the public) do not have the full data set. We don't know all the systems and logic in the airplane. We don't have a full picture of what training or materials pilots in different parts of the world have seen. And a...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

That report from The Guardian leaves is lacking IMHO. It talks about the earlier flight continuing to its destination and airworthiness of the plane, but does not make it clear if the quotes about airworthiness relate to the earlier or accident flight. It may just refer to the former flight... in wh...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian moving LGW-OAK to LGW-SFO
Replies: 78
Views: 10658

Re: Norwegian Exiting OAK for SFO

The "filled with pax" is probably what airports actually want :-) But yes, not a big surprise. Although I'd expect most Norwegian customers to be O/D in the San Francisco area, so for them... the move may not make much of a difference. But for those that continue on, SFO has more domestic ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: reducing launch cost - rocket with jet powered first stage discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3324

Re: reducing launch cost - rocket with jet powered first stage discussion

See for instance the Stratolaunch project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratolaunch_Systems But yeah, one can carry rockets in airplanes to an altitude to ease the launch. But it also brings its own issues. Now you'll have to most likely takeoff like airplanes, as the jet engines won't be able to ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

I'm reading the report and observing things as I read through. I found the controller's actions a bit odd, on top of everything else. By the time this happens, the controller has already been told that the flight has control problems. Yet he gives the aircraft at least 6 different directions to fly ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Right, but as far as the fundamentals of the system and its failure mode are concerned - isn't that kind of meaningless? That initial failure could have occurred on the accident flight, without any possibility of maintenance fixing it. Indeed. While maintenance or maintenance procedure definitions ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

In Indonesia, an onboard mechanic/engineer is nothing related to an aircraft having problems from the previous flight . They're there to release the aircraft should the aircraft develop a problem that can be deferred, should that problem occur at an outstation. Placing engineers at outstations can ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse
Replies: 50
Views: 72128

Re: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse

Did it really take so many months???

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 98 LAX-MEL maintenance divert to NAN
Replies: 32
Views: 9334

Re: United 98 LAX-MEL maintenance divert to NAN

Sechax0r wrote:
I was a PAX in that flight.


a.net at its best :-)

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Some quick thoughts: Was it too difficult (too much force / MCAS too fast) for the pilots? Is that why they failed to counteract to the end? Why did the pilots not use the cut out switch for the MCAS? Did not know/understand? Other reason? Or were the pilots distracted by something else? FWIW, I'd b...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Wow, Zeke. Just wow. Thank you.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Reading all the information thus far, I would only blame the crew for going ahead with the doomed flight. Really? This is your conclusion? My conclusion is that we first of all don't know all the details and conclusions, but some combined blame on flight crew confusion and airplane is likely. But y...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 599147

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

But this : "When the flaps where retracted again, MCAS trimmed down again." ..... all they had to do was put the flaps back out and return back to the airport. One has to wonder why they didn't .... Because they didn't know! With perfect hindsight we now know what would have been necessar...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you actually flown on an airline if...
Replies: 26
Views: 2162

Re: Have you actually flown on an airline if...

I'm not sure I understand when the "operated by" designation is used. What if you lease the plane temporarily, or wet lease due to your own equipment being repaired, for instance?

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 71
Views: 14499

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

Ozair wrote:
I see it as a contest between the F-35 and Gripen


Agreed, my impression too.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Progress Launch caught by ISS HD Cam
Replies: 6
Views: 1680

Re: Progress Launch caught by ISS HD Cam

Amazing video. Thank you for posting.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

It might be more useful to design an ejection system for the burning lithium batteries in the cargo hold...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ
Replies: 111
Views: 18360

Re: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ

Eww!

But, I'm surprised how quickly they went on it. Was there time to figure out what salvageable spare parts they could get out of it? Or was there none? Engines were shot I guess, for instance...

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