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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 19382

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

The Swiss cheese holes, not a single reason. Bad maintenance (forklift), bad design (not locking slats after hydraulic failure, stick shakers run off only one hydraulic system), bad procedure (assumed all high lift devices are operational), lack of mandated safety devices (warning about slats, stick...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 3079

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

So what happen if a Russian aircraft(s) that was being shadowed flew into that nation's airspace. If it didn't turn around would it be somehow forced down? It would be extremely unprofessional and embarrassing if they did this. The US & Russia may poke and prod one another, but that's kind of a...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 26, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?
Replies: 13
Views: 3174

Re: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?

They don't do aerial refueling. Also, remember that it is a command post and needs to respond to potentially changing events. Even if you can make it to the destination without refueling, perhaps they want enough fuel onboard so that (for instance) have the ability to turn around and fly somewhere e...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19746

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

Losing competition and seats is always bad. Yet it is of course true that unsustainable businesses must fail. I think the WOW situation is an overall negative for the country, but there's some potential competition in the low cost carrier space that may fill in... say Norwegian establishing a anothe...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don't believe that anybody is happy about any aspect of the MAX grounding. It is clear, that on-topic posts in this thread predominantly won't paint a nice picture of Boeing. That is inevitable. Similar like the A380 production stop thread about Airbus. This thread here by nature is a hard topic ...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon May 20, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I totally agree. And the FAA certification system as well as the training system - all three are deficient. The training system is just fine. I agree, the training system is good enough (= worldwide safety records of all aircraft except the MAX are good enough). The MAX on the other hand has the sa...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 14, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 16913

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

What is relevant here is that the Boeing 737-MAX debacle is hurting the entire 737 brand. Yes, this is idiotic, but facts are less important here than perception. The journalists were to begin with, correct. And they chose to explain to their readers how this particular plane relates to the most we...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon May 13, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 373
Views: 54874

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

First all those problems with the building, and now also shaky grounds :D

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391871

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

litz wrote:
There's usually no news unless there's something that needs rectifying ASAP (mechanical, training, etc).


Which is a statement by itself as well...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 821
Views: 145009

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

Yeah. Not a big surprise. But very sad. I'd focus this thread more on what happened to botch the landing, what was wrong before (if anything), and whether the structure of the aircraft was as strong and failure tolerant as it was supposed to be. (And, trying as an industry cut down a bit the amount ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Yes, this is a re-post of the article ( By Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg | May 10, 2019 | 12:55 PM ) commented on yesterday by myself and others. The current Boeing management didn't conceive of MCAS, but they do own the crisis management of the resulting accidents, as well as the recovery strategy, a...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 12, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I don't usually agree with Aboulafia, but: “They made the wrong calculation,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group, in weighing short-term liability costs versus the risk of long-term brand damage. “Just explain what went wrong with the subsystem, and explain everything about...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I agree that the FAA is under pressure from Boeing (and probably via lobbying the politicians) to lift the grounding quickly. My argument is that to do so ahead of the rest of the world (especially EASA) would forever harm the FAA and with it impact future certification processes. Yes. Slow is some...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 09, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I find it interesting that there's so much focus on the pilots in this thread. On and on... and yes, they quite possibly or perhaps even likely made mistakes*, acted as one of the cheese holes. I But if you are blaming them for not figuring out the right procedure, perhaps you should hold others to ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April
Replies: 4
Views: 1564

Re: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April

I can imagine how big boost the strike has been for them! But. I didn't see the financial numbers, I guess they are only reported at the end of the quarter? That is what matters. Passenger numbers growth is good, but this airline has been requiring major capital injection frequently, and the only wa...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 146
Views: 27282

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

Additionally keep the Airbus vs Boeing flamebait out of the discussion Bait seems on-topic, given the fish :-) Anyway, the A321 would be a great fit for IcelandAir, so definitely worth serious consideration. Doesn't mean MAX wouldn't work also, but they'd be crazy to not consider their options. Com...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 08, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 821
Views: 145009

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

I don't think we need to debate the cost of sprinklers in runways. There are more fundamental issues with that setup, e.g., firefighters apply fairly significant water amounts but choose the target carefully. They may also apply different chemicals (foam etc). I don't know how to make the automatic ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 03, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 391566

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I suspect Crew training standards were improving for quite some time on that graph along with more reliable safe designs. Crew training standards just seem to have taken a nosedive in the last 20 years. Heh. Based on evidence, it seems to me that the crew training nosedived right around the introdu...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

To preface what I'm about to say, I think the MAX is a fine plane once this particular issue is corrected. And it will be corrected. I would also like to once again note that we don't know everything. The note that has been circulating on the board clarified many things, but it didn't for instance t...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I agree with your post to certain extent, but this should be a facts based discussion. Many individuals have made claims that the 737 MAX is unstable and that's the reason MCAS is needed. Others, myself included, believe the MAX is stable but its pitch characteristics require MCAS to pass FAA stall...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

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 believ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)
Replies: 43
Views: 8377

Re: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)

No end in sight for the huge losses at Norwegian. Uh. I think there is an end in sight for their losses, actually. A permanent one. With these results, I really wonder what the financial incentive would have to be to put more good money after bad here. Don't get me wrong; I like flying them, their ...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I have to say I find reading this thread painful. From a number of angles... it does not look pretty. I think it is pretty well established that most accidents (probably including this) are going to have multiple causes. In this case most likely the design of the aircraft (MCAS, sensors, computers, ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share
Replies: 116
Views: 35616

Re: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share

Quite a contrast to the Leahy era, IMHO. I think it is the times and the situation, not the men in charge. Currently in the narrowbody segment A has the upper hand (and the MAX troubles are not helping Boeing). If you were in that situation, wouldn't you keep doing what you were doing, not bother i...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad engines and reverse thrust use
Replies: 42
Views: 3895

Re: Quad engines and reverse thrust use

The FAA objected and insisted it had a pair so Airbus obliged. That's interesting, I didn't know this. (As an aside, maybe it is time for the rest of the world to insist that if there are flight augmentation systems in the 737MAX with catastrophical failure modes they be built to use three sensors ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391871

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I'm surprised that there are no news in this thread. When is the next release scheduled to come from NTSB?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

It's pretty clear exactly what led to the crashes and what must be done to prevent MCAS from being able to do that in the future. Does it really matter if a bird strike or a magic unicorn caused the AoA sensor failure to the point that the final reports are necessary? It is also known (whether the ...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

If those statements are true, that is pretty shocking. You can't improve if you're not recognising the situation you are in. If those public statements are also the internal mindset, they haven't come close to even starting the work. People will call their aviation regulators and demand that while s...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2061
Views: 246733

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

What? What is that fire from the right side of the video? I'm confused...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

MCAS was “working properly”—by that it was doing what it was designed to do. To be honest, this may (but only may -- see below) be true. But it feels like a planted distraction. Of course there are many aspects of this accident, some things worked some things did not, and in the end the cheese hole...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I am concerned about the training system Worldwide ... It seems as though as Electronic systems have gotten so good that basic skills are not taught or emphasized as much anymore. Perhaps you should give it a rest, as you do come off as if you're blaming the crew here. If you read the Leeham piece ...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

So, finally we know the cause of the accident: those damn, badly trained third world birds colliding with our beautifully designed plane! Sigh. I'm frustrated at this thread, the evasive response from the manufacturer, and much of the news and aviation community. But I do still trust the Seattle Tim...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I think this also all the more explains why the software update is taking so long. It’s buggy and it’s s problem. If the latest revelations from WSJ, Leeham, etc. are true, it would seem to me that this is more than a software problem. You can't fix too large aerodynamic loads with software. And no...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

You have heard from Ferpe: "Today we know the crowing from Western pilots, “Typical third world crews,” was not called for. Anyone who has tried a correctly set up MCAS situation in a simulator is more muted." I have a modest proposal. While we don't know the conclusions of the investigati...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 598939

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
So, for the umpteenth time.....


Yes.

It is odd that the same folk who argue that "pilots should have turned it off" fail to see the repetitive cycle that they and this discussion is in.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

FWIW, I for one agree 1000% with what Astuteman wrote in this thread. This is a serious lapse, and needs to be dealt with. Promptly. Perhaps harshly if needed. And I believe both Boeing and its products will be better off the better when they do this. And when I say "this", I mean of cours...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation
Replies: 39
Views: 5194

Re: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation

But after the incident, even the FAA knew that it needed to ground the cow.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5386

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

That's a great idea! Now, we also need to get that speedily rolled out, so the AI pilot will only get input from one sensor. And since this is such a minor change anyway, our certification from the 1950s will still be usable.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

For those of you folks saying the pilots were not aware of the MCAS "feature," that is true up to the first crash. If memory serves, Boeing sent a NOTAM or other communication explaining what it is and what to do if this issue occurs. Now, FIVE MONTHS LATER, it happens again. So, it would...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MAX certification: new systemic issues identified
Replies: 109
Views: 11202

Re: MAX certification: new systemic issues identified

The Seattle Times piece is indeed shocking. Late changes were made to the MCAS software in response to findings during flight testing. ... Both the FAA engineers and foreign regulators who received the safety analysis believed the aircraft believed the aircraft was designed to the 0.6º limit. The ch...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I don't believe in grounding lifted shortly. Boeing will correct the airplane, correct the training, do more analysis, and everyone will understand better where this plane is at and what it can or cannot do. But it will take time. The situation has changed considerably after the ET crash. It will no...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Yossarian22 wrote:
How is it pilot proofing when the plane’s automation system decides to send the plane into a dive?


Indeed, planeproofing the pilots rather...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

There's a lot of discussion of the evidence of what actually happened, and the need to figure out in detail what happened, as we really don't have more than a tiny fraction of the data yet. All of that is obviously necessary. However, I want to point out that: 1/ grounding can happen when there's a ...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iranian 747 tail tips in Doha
Replies: 35
Views: 9839

Re: Iranian 747 tail tips in Doha

Love the first pic!

Why would it be a write-off? The plane sat on its tail, unlikely very hard...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 598939

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

The Seattle Times article is shocking. Or perhaps more than shocking. To begin with, even if the initial miss in the certification was perhaps a mistake, both FAA and Boeing knew *before* the ET crash that certification had missed a significant change, because Seattle Times told them. It seems to me...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 722188

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I agree with others that the Seattle Times article is shocking. Perhaps more than shocking. To begin with, even if the initial miss in the certification was perhaps a mistake, both FAA and Boeing knew *before* the ET crash that certification had missed a significant change, because Seattle Times tol...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391871

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

mzlin wrote:
1. toga button hit by mistake
2. plane suddenly accelerated and pitched nose-up
3. pilots startled and experienced somatogravic illusion of high pitch up
4. pilot pushed control column forward to command pitch down


Plausible.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 720874

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

A great example or PRM (Presidential Resource Management) in action! If your buddy isn't noticing an unsafe condition, you take the controls and say "my airplane".

(For clarification, I don't always agree with this or most other politicians, but I think this was the right call.)

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391871

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

The NTSB report is filled with clues that are worth picking apart rather than just focusing on it for confirmation of one's own theory, like the nitwits in the media have done. You learn about a turn directed by ATC which was executed, a quicker-than-usual descent requested by ATC which they were i...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391871

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Very interesting and disturbing news from NTSB and, yet, difficult to decipher. Clearly they know more, and we'll have to wait for the full picture to come out. I'd say deflection was clearly commanded by the pilot(s), because otherwise their initial wording would have been different. However, it is...

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