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by uta999
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Storm Ciara over Europe - Impact on Aviation
Replies: 166
Views: 19085

Storm Ciara over Europe - Impact on Aviation

Lots of go-arounds and likely diversions today, due to high winds.

LGW already seeing the most. LHR likely to follow.

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by uta999
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95880

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020

By halting production, Boeing has admitted they cannot fix the MAX and satisfy the various regulators. The only option now is to drop MCAS altogether and certify it without augmentation of any kind. That should have been the aim a year ago, in fact five years ago.

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by uta999
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164846

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

If an Eco-terrorist group ever wanted to seriously disrupt globalisation, population growth, weaken demand and cut air travel dramatically, this would be the way to do it.

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by uta999
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)
Replies: 290
Views: 49680

Re: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)

A useful rail analogy to building the (1960s) 737 hull now, would be the British Rail MK1 slam-door rolling stock. The rail coaches crumpled in much the same way in a survivable collision. The frame would often crush the fragile passenger compartments above. They were banned 20+ years ago after seve...

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by uta999
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164846

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366
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Some useful background on the virus from BBC News.

What is this virus?
How severe are the symptoms?
How easily does it spread between people?


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366

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by uta999
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164846

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

Governments are perhaps kidding themselves (and us) that this virus can be contained by simply reducing or cutting out a few flights. China has a population of 1.4 billion people at home and abroad. Those that want or need to travel will simply take an alternate route to/from an airport unaffected s...

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by uta999
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211800

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

https://e3.365dm.com/20/01/1600x900/sky ... 0131152211
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Meanwhile in the UK, the passengers flown in from Wuhan were put on a normal coach and driven half way across the country. The drivers safety ruled not that important?

https://e3.365dm.com/20/01/1600x900/sky ... 0131152211

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by uta999
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t 3 engine planes push out 4 engine planes like 2 engines did?
Replies: 118
Views: 18809

Re: Why didn’t 3 engine planes push out 4 engine planes like 2 engines did?

Was the Tri-Jet era of engine technology also a factor? They were a lot less reliable than the current 77W/A330 generation, except for the current 787/RR debacle.

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by uta999
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

What could possibly be the catastrophic failure caused by the wingtips folding up in flight? Would they cause a loss of control by somehow disrupting the airflow? I can't imagine there's enough lift generated by the wingtips for that to be the issue. The effect of one wingtip folding would be far w...

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by uta999
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

Will test flights check what happens to the 777-X, if a lock fails and one or both tips retract in flight? One would certainly be a problem I would think.

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by uta999
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

This has probably been covered earlier, but Boeing has said a software patch is the cure for what brought down those airliners, but wasn’t relying on a single AOA sensor a contributing factor as well? What are they going to do about that? MCAS used one sensor at a time. It changed from left to righ...

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by uta999
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New RR T1000 issue - unexplained surges, mandatory de-pairing
Replies: 42
Views: 8282

Re: New RR T1000 issue - unexplained surges, mandatory de-pairing

Are these RR 787 issues related to ones assembled in the UK or abroad? Bring it back in-house perhaps if that is the problem.

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by uta999
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

How hard can it be for Boeing to build and certify a fully-protected FBW 737-8/9/10? They have virtually everything they need in stock (787). It could even be called a 737-FBW with deliveries starting around 2023/24 and could be built in tandem with the MAX. Get the MAX flying again sometime this ye...

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Joe Patroni would have opened it up on the taxi back and got her up.

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Chase plane coming in

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Captain: My impression of a 737-MAX

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Isn't it ironic that when in service with BA and others, this is exactly what the 779 will be doing at LHR for the next ten years.

Winds still gusting at 29 knots

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

http://cam.airlive.net/pae/
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The webcam at Paine Field is working though, with ATC.

http://cam.airlive.net/pae/

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

The server is probably a ZX-81

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Apparently it rains 300 days a year in Seattle

Tom Hanks

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

https://www.flightradar24.com/47.91,-122.29/14
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Here is a link to FlightRadar24 at Paine Field, Everett.

The first 777-X should appear in the next hour or so when it powers up. It's 8am there.

https://www.flightradar24.com/47.91,-122.29/14

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by uta999
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80869

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Some useful background to today's first flight from the Seattle Times. Lifted by unique wings and massive engines, Boeing 777X scheduled to finally take flight Friday morning. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/lifted-on-massive-wings-boeing-777x-scheduled-to-finally-take-flight-...

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by uta999
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv
Replies: 36
Views: 20268

Re: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv

Probably giving the ex-Ryanair FO another crack of the whip. Now listen “Retard”

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by uta999
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 243
Views: 57912

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

A 787-10 in full BOAC colours would be very nice.

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by uta999
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

Even Airbus must be thinking wtf. Can we help Boeing in any way? Perhaps converting Spirit and Renton to A321NEO may be not that unlikely now.

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by uta999
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

I said in March last year, Boeing should have a plan B, and come up with a MAX conversion back to NG. The airlines just want new builds. That is now looking more and more likely for the 900 built frames. Salvage what they can and scrap the rest. Keep the engines for a new FBW model. The MAX will nev...

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by uta999
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine
Replies: 90
Views: 11937

Re: Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine

With the issues that the MAX is having, and future big twins getting ever larger fans. Is it not possible to ditch the pylon altogether, and cut-away the wing and make these huge engines an integral part of the wing itself? Possibly with the exhaust split above and below the surface. A common engine...

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by uta999
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 5884

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

Another idea perhaps is to provide Flightradar24 (Gold) to all 'military' units, who are stupid enough to shoot at an airliner, lit up like a Christmas tree flying out of an international airport. That includes the Americans. Nobody would equip their missiles with an item identifying itself as a ci...

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by uta999
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

A regional airline is never going to make money all year round on these routes. It should be a requirement of the national carrier (BA), to serve the regions properly. Not just the major cities, leaving the scraps for one failing airline after another. BA gets all the advantages of being a major at ...

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by uta999
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25680

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

Both MH17 and this latest event occurred in countries with no previous history of having shot down an airliner. No risk assessment would have flagged either in advance. However, there is now a good chance that both countries could have a future event, so should be avoided, along with Iraq and Syria....

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by uta999
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

Plan B, back in March last year should have been; Come up with an A320 type long landing gear, and re-position the engines back under the wing. It would likely take much the same time to certify. MCAS would not be needed and it would behave in a normal way in turns. Ironically, the 787 also has some...

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by uta999
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 5884

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

Another idea perhaps is to provide Flightradar24 (Gold) to all 'military' units, who are stupid enough to shoot at an airliner, lit up like a Christmas tree flying out of an international airport. That includes the Americans.

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by uta999
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 5884

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

Surely it would be quicker and easier to provide Flightradar24 to all military units, who are stupid enough to shoot at an airliner, lit up like a Christmas tree flying out of an international airport.

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by uta999
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willie Walsh Retiring from IAG 30 June 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 5306

Re: Willie Walsh Retiring from IAG 30 June 2020

Agrajag wrote:
Did Boeing make him an offer he couldnt refuse?? :lol: :stirthepot:


Perhaps Boeing decided they needed someone in charge, who actually knew how to fly a plane. And don't call me Shirley.

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by uta999
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296835

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The problem with a fire causing problems for the aircraft, is that such a fire would never spread so quickly to result in a situation where the pilot doesn't mayday for help. 1. Aviate 2. Navigate 3. Communicate Whether it was a missile or uncontained engine failure or another cause, the pilots fir...

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by uta999
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash fatalities fell more than 50% in 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2362

Re: Crash fatalities fell more than 50% in 2019

It also puts into perspective all the comments on here about third-world pilots, 250 hour newbies, training generally, and the pilots were to blame brigade.

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by uta999
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191467

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

This mess goes back much further than 2011. The 737 should have been replaced with a new model after the first A320-200 came out. The 737 nose and fuselage is basically 707/727 vintage from another era. Would it still be acceptable to be building the 707 or 727 in 2020. It would not. Why is it any d...

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by uta999
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?
Replies: 211
Views: 28900

Re: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?

Within two years, Boeing will have no new planes to build or deliver if nothing changes. The MAX and the 777-X both grounded due to grandfathering issues, and the 787 reaching the end of current production.

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by uta999
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Boeing 787-10 range: how far can it stretch its wings ?
Replies: 126
Views: 21642

Re: The Boeing 787-10 range: how far can it stretch its wings ?

Is it not possible to add a fuel tank in part of the longer cargo hold to extend the legs? Suitably encased and self contained for safety.

These longer length frames do seem to lose about 20% range. Why can’t the extra length be used to carry more fuel, so the range stays roughly the same?

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by uta999
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16851

Re: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

Rather than try to tunnel and widen (again) the active M25 next to Heathrow, during the 3rd runway expansion, it should be done properly this time. If you look on Google Earth, the M25 curves in towards Heathrow, then out again. This section of the orbital motorway badly needs a bypass in a new tunn...

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by uta999
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16851

Heathrow 3rd runway 12 month delay

Heathrow Airport has said its project to build a third runway, has been delayed by "at least 12 months" after the aviation regulator rejected its spending plans. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has refused Heathrow's request to lift spending from £650m to £2.4bn before it even gets plan...

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by uta999
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 152870

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

Should Boeing or Airbus speak to airlines at all? Both have followed their advice in the past and got it completely wrong. Think back to the early A350 (pre XWB), A380, A318, 767-400, 737-700/900, the 777-8/9 and the MAX. The data is already out there and they could simply use real-world flight sche...

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by uta999
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

This whole 737 MAX fiasco is the culmination of aviation generally, and design and technology in particular going backwards since 1969 (747 & Concorde). Except possibly the 77W. From seats that are far too narrow, crushed together while humans get ever bigger, to window blinds that no longer ope...

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by uta999
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

I think that MCAS should have tripple input redundancy, it has to work during all flights . (emphasis added) I think this is the problem. While the MCAS update would probably have prevented the crashes had it been in place, it does nothing about, and in fact increases the probability of, false nega...

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by uta999
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

If in March, Boeing decided to put 787 style FBW systems into a new MAX frame they would be half-way through to certification by now.

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by uta999
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

As I've said for a while they may be better off to ditch MCAS assuming the MAX stalls somewhat normally and implement the mandatory US stall training. Someone mentioned it looked like they were doing stall tests this past weekend - they may be checking to see if this is a feasible path. The negativ...

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by uta999
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Stopping production of the MAX would be Boeing finally admitting there is a serious problem that cannot be fixed.

IMO the grounding just extended into 2022.

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by uta999
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 746329

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

I chat with and listen to the actual airline pilots in this forum who have actually logged hours in the MAX or 737 that everyone seems to ignore. I believe the biggest reason other than planes and safety systems growing more reliable/redundant was the advent of crew CRM - which seems to have been l...

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