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by Dougloid
Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britt Airways - Jets And Props
Replies: 11
Views: 4987

RE: Britt Airways - Jets And Props

Well, I can tell you that they had some of the sorriest Metroliners I ever had the extreme displeasure of working on....the FBO I worked at rehabilitated 3 or 4 of them after MLG collapses....They flew the hell out of them and the MLG is only .050 over center anyway the gear swing during the 100 hou...

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by Dougloid
Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Airline Slogans - What Happened To Them?
Replies: 15
Views: 17396

RE: Great Airline Slogans - What Happened To Them?

I'm Jim Dooley! C'mon down!

Anyone remember THAT ad campaign?

There was another one with the broad saying "Fly me to Miami!" which was universally referred to as "Flay me to Miami!"

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by Dougloid
Sat Aug 13, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Slide Test
Replies: 33
Views: 9625

Airbus A380 Slide Test

Wondering when the Technos from Toulouse are going to go for the big slide deploy/everybody outta the pool emergency evacuation test-it oughtta be something to witness. That is unless the federales let them do a computer simulation, which I doubt will happen. When I worked for Mickey Dee, they were ...

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by Dougloid
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever Flown On The SH6 Or BNT?
Replies: 12
Views: 6168

RE: Ever Flown On The SH6 Or BNT?

I took an Islander from Charlevoix over to Beaver Island one fine December day....when the pilot started stuffing cotton in his ears before he put his David Clark headset on I figured it was going to be noisy....I was not disappointed....sitting no more than six feet or so from the stub exhausts...i...

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by Dougloid
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: You Just Gotta Love The Baggage Screeners
Replies: 1
Views: 2650

You Just Gotta Love The Baggage Screeners

here's a guy who lost his job as a baggage screener <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/07/17/bt.arabic.assassin.reut/" target=_blank>http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/07/17/bt.arabic.assassin.reut/</a> have a listen <a href="http://www.soundclick.com/pro/default.cfm?BandID=351031&content=b...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Vertical Tail Load Test
Replies: 59
Views: 14089

RE: A380 Vertical Tail Load Test

I'd be speculating about what happens over in Toulouse, but as I recall the static testing on the C17 wingset was going on while the first one was being put together....not sure whether it had flown....the test was 150 per cent of design maximum load and the wingset let go at 140 per cent.....appare...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix
Replies: 21
Views: 4876

RE: Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix

Dhefty From United States, joined May 2005, 206 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 2 Reply 18, posted Wed Aug 10 2005 20:33:06 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 133 times: Quoting Dougloid (Reply 15): Mister ...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix
Replies: 21
Views: 4876

RE: Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix

Mister Dhefty, was you talking to me? Let's get this straight. I <acronym title="Aeromexico">AM</acronym> a licensed member of the bar in the state of Iowa and have been so since 1996, I <acronym title="Aeromexico">AM</acronym> a registered Democrat, I <acronym title="Air Vallee (Italy)">DO</acronym...

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by Dougloid
Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix
Replies: 21
Views: 4876

Didn't Take Long For The Lawyers To Get In The Mix

Looks as if the lawsuits are already flying thick and fast....what law firms are behind it? I thought the states was supposed to be the most lawsuit happy place on the planet. <a href="http://www.mississauganews.com/mi/topstories/story/2960947p-3431656c.html" target=_blank>http://www.mississauganews...

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by Dougloid
Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

Panair From United States, joined Oct 2003, 10 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 0 Reply 173, posted Tue Aug 9 2005 05:55:15 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 178 times: I apologize that I've not read everyt...

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by Dougloid
Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

ZakHH From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 29 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 0 Reply 171, posted Sun Aug 7 2005 15:09:17 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 665 times: German news page n-tv.de and spiegel.de repo...

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by Dougloid
Sat Aug 06, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

Udo, I believe the Airbus website indicates that the Qantas birds are configured for 523 seats. It also states that the typical install is 555 seats. Quoting NAV20 (Reply 125): That was almost immediately borne out by the carriers on the Kangaroo Route announcing that they would all be planning fito...

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by Dougloid
Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Research Methods
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Soviet Research Methods

I used to know a guy who was a tech rep for General Electric back in the day and here's a story he told me. Ariana Afghan had a single DC10 and they had one spare engine so when the Soviets rolled into Kabul one of the first things they grabbed and spirited off was Ariana's spare CF6. What resemblan...

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by Dougloid
Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Low In Passenger Attire
Replies: 95
Views: 13754

RE: New Low In Passenger Attire

It's emblematic of our culture....look at all the Thinkpad ads that tell us it's an on demand world (as if that explained anything)....first thing you know some arsehole starts believing it and worse acting out and getting angry when the rest of us try and disabuse him of the notion.... Put the head...

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by Dougloid
Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Mu-2 Crash At Denver Centennial
Replies: 9
Views: 4756

RE: Another Mu-2 Crash At Denver Centennial

If I recall correctly pulling both engines back into flight idle against the stops is supposed to establish a 700 fpm descent....I believe this is tied in with a standardized descent rate for instrument approaches or the glideslope or something? (not being a pilot I'm not real sure about this).....w...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

....if you take the weight figures that Airbus provides which are for a green aircraft and a typical interior, and start plugging in fuel loads and passenger loads at the appropriate figures the federales give, it makes for interesting reading. I have reason to think that their estimates for the wei...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Mu-2 Crash At Denver Centennial
Replies: 9
Views: 4756

RE: Another Mu-2 Crash At Denver Centennial

Unlike many other small turboprops the MU2 demands a high degree of pilot competence and as the remaining fleet of these excellent airplanes has devolved into the hands of second and third string cargo operations employing less experienced time builders there have been fatalities related to the unfo...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

Nice work Jet Lagged... the shadow project assessment that was prepared makes some interesting reading even if you don't agree with the conclusions that the authors reach. I would find the market research that Alenia did prior to their involvement in the A380 program very interesting reading indeed....

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Congratulations Air France Crew
Replies: 179
Views: 20219

RE: Congratulations Air France Crew

Kinda reminds me of an incident back in the day when a Falcon 20 took a seagull or a goose right in the windshield on approach to <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> and it pushed the windshield in and bent the post. The pilot told me that he was...

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by Dougloid
Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 700 A380s
Replies: 200
Views: 21667

RE: 700 A380s

I concur 867pop and let me say that the a380 is a staggering technical achievement even if they never sell another one. Get out your trusty pocket calculators and your AC43.13, assemble some information about interior weights from someone who knows a little about them and then stroll over to the Air...

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 8 Hours In PHX - What To Do Or See? Where To Go?
Replies: 14
Views: 5397

RE: 8 Hours In PHX - What To Do Or See? Where To Go?

Go to the Heard Museum....did I spell it right? If you are interested in all things Native American it's the place to go. Maybe the steakhouse at Pinnacle Peak if it's still there....

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was The Noisiest Airliner Ever?
Replies: 60
Views: 14947

RE: What Was The Noisiest Airliner Ever?

C680 From United States, joined Apr 2005, 62 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 0 Reply 41, posted Sat Jul 30 2005 23:43:28 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 672 times: Subsonic, Pound for pound, its got to b...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-profit Airline
Replies: 16
Views: 5668

RE: Non-profit Airline

Ooooh, spelling critics....real men there. Stick with it C 172 I've got your back. Gotta let the professors pick the fly crap outta pepper next.  banghead 

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 30, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was The Noisiest Airliner Ever?
Replies: 60
Views: 14947

RE: What Was The Noisiest Airliner Ever?

Without a doubt, the loudest aircraft ever for the occupants has to be the Britten Norman Islander. I rode on one out to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan one time and the pilot was stuffing cotton in his ears before he put on his ear protectors.....I thought it was going to be bad....it was.....sittin...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bookin To Fargo
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

RE: Bookin To Fargo

true, but since I had not been in a general aviation aircraft since 1985, the advances in presentation were nothing short of amazing....I remarked to the pilot, a friend and client, that all the information that was being presented was stuff that had to be inside your head back in the day...sectiona...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 30, 2005 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bookin To Fargo
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Bookin To Fargo

Wednesday last I had the opportunity to go from here (Central Iowa) to Fargo ND (about 400 miles) in a Beech Bonanza for a bit of the negotiation with a bankruptcy trustee in that fair city. Instead of spending 5-6 hours in a car each way and having to coop in some motel, I was gone from a nice frie...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 30, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air To Operate New Routes To AMS
Replies: 4
Views: 5949

RE: Wizz Air To Operate New Routes To AMS

The only question I have is, who thought up the name and is the beer free?

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?
Replies: 48
Views: 8665

RE: What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?

Don't know for sure, although a compressor or air off the turbocharger if so equipped would get the job done. Most likely vapor air conditioning... talk about air conditioning....those Janitrol combustion heaters were kinda dangerous as well.....that's what got Ricky Nelson killed on tour was a Jani...

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?
Replies: 48
Views: 8665

RE: What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?

Good point....you really don't have many flavors to select from...it's damned hot air, depending on what stage you pick it off of.....course, there are other reasons for bleed air besides environmental....most of the stuff I worked on in the general aviation field had surge bleed valves to limit com...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?
Replies: 48
Views: 8665

What's The Story On Bleedless Engines?

As the old song goes, I may be an Okie but I been to town... So let's say we put blanking plates over all the bleed ports and cap all the lines....who's going to pressurize the cabin and run all those lovely airpacks? I can see the efficiency argument, that's fine...only you still need pressurizatio...

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by Dougloid
Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sketches From The Lazy D Ranch
Replies: 0
Views: 1206

Sketches From The Lazy D Ranch

John McDonnell thought that if DAC employees were computer literate it would improve their productivity....true in theory as there was a Unisys mainframe running a lot of stuff in the plant. So the company set up a no interest loan program for employees to borrow money to buy computers. Some enterpr...

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by Dougloid
Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - A380 Undercarrriage Tests Successful
Replies: 51
Views: 9784

RE: Airbus - A380 Undercarrriage Tests Successful

maybe...i seem to remember a lotta cannon plugs and boxes....remember i worked on the early production...gotta agree the result would be the same....blown tires

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by Dougloid
Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Famous DJs With Their Own Private Jets
Replies: 22
Views: 18754

RE: Famous DJs With Their Own Private Jets

When I worked for Garrett in the eighties very few entertainers owned their own aircraft. Most were leased for tours or trips and tarted up in the paint scheme du jour. They often were parked on the ramp in Los Angeles. Many were chartered Vickers Viscounts from GO Transportation in Arizona and they...

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 17, 2005 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - A380 Undercarrriage Tests Successful
Replies: 51
Views: 9784

RE: Airbus - A380 Undercarrriage Tests Successful

MidnightMike From United States, joined Mar 2003, 1682 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 19 Reply 4, posted Fri Jul 15 2005 23:38:42 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 2701 times: Good news for the Seacow! Br...

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by Dougloid
Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 And US Carriers.
Replies: 47
Views: 7494

RE: MD-11 And US Carriers.

ORD:I worked as a gate agent for the <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> international departures at <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> and from my personal experience with the aircraft is that it was a complete disaster. When...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 16, 2005 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 And US Carriers.
Replies: 47
Views: 7494

RE: MD-11 And US Carriers.

Thanks for the vote of confidence Gaston. I worked in the Long Beach plant for four years between 1987 and 1992 as an inspector, and I must say that they were happy times. The MD11 was built like a brick s**thouse as the saying goes. As it happened I never lived more than three miles from the plant ...

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by Dougloid
Sat Jul 16, 2005 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 And US Carriers.
Replies: 47
Views: 7494

RE: MD-11 And US Carriers.

Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 9 posts, <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym>: 0 Reply 27, posted Fri Jul 15 2005 17:56:30 <acronym title="Utrecht - Soesterberg (UTC / EHSB), Netherlands">UTC</acronym>+2 and read 278 times: Where, other than the rumors on this forum ...

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by Dougloid
Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 And US Carriers.
Replies: 47
Views: 7494

RE: MD-11 And US Carriers.

I'll never forget when the first Finnair MD11 was on the ramp in the delivery center. I had been in the area above the rear lavatories writing defect reports (FRSRs) for missing fasteners (some assembly paperwork from the plant had gone missing and "reappeared"). I was about forty pounds lighter and...

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by Dougloid
Fri Jul 15, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 And US Carriers.
Replies: 47
Views: 7494

RE: MD-11 And US Carriers.

As a person who was there I can say that the reason that the -11 never really caught the wave was partially because of the manufacturing methods in use at DAC. Because much of the aircraft was hand fitted, the structure was overengineered to compensate for holes that were not straight and round. Tha...

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by Dougloid
Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai's MD11 In New Livery
Replies: 53
Views: 14027

RE: Thai's MD11 In New Livery

By God, it's nice to see that the MD11 is appreciated and loved...I worked on the first fifty and followed the prototype out to the flight line....I worked the night shift in the delivery center as a J4Y inspector, primarily doing environmental system functional tests, pre and post flight, hydraulic...

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by Dougloid
Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - What's Going On?
Replies: 80
Views: 12539

RE: A380 - What's Going On?

1) Milestone Aircraft roll out: PROBLEM- Despite lack of critical components, roll out date cannot be moved because (a) progress payment will be forfeited, (b) customers will back out, (c) media has already been alerted (d) party room is already reserved and deposit is not refundable. Solution- Thro...

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by Dougloid
Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smelling, Stinky Passengers
Replies: 61
Views: 10476

RE: Smelling, Stinky Passengers

Back in the day I worked at a place that had a 707-138B that had been repoed from Bouraq and flown back to the states. It was based in Indonesia and was used on the Hajj run.... So me and a mate decided we'd have a look around inside and see what we could pinch before it left...I made the mistake of...

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by Dougloid
Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Breakeven?
Replies: 40
Views: 6730

RE: Boeing 787 Breakeven?

As I recall I put in some time inspecting composite panels for engineering tests while at Douglas. The panels were assembled or laid up, vacuum bagged, a vacuum was held, and the part was autoclaved. The vacuum had to be monitored and the monitoring was recorded on ancient H-P plotters and each reco...

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by Dougloid
Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Employees Doing Maintenance At MSP For NW
Replies: 13
Views: 4631

RE: Airbus Employees Doing Maintenance At MSP For NW

McDonnell Douglas had a flying RAMS team that undertook heavy structural work in the field on Douglas products. I do not remember anyone being particularly upset by it-on the contrary, they were usually pretty glad when the cavalry rode into town.

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by Dougloid
Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Breakeven
Replies: 61
Views: 10585

RE: Airbus A380 Breakeven

Quoting Mrocktor (Reply 27): Airlines frequently buy prototypes after they are updated with any modifications that may be required to meet the certification standards. It would be financial suicide to put hundreds of millions of dollars into a prototype and then park (or scrap) it. Airbus will most ...

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by Dougloid
Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Breakeven
Replies: 61
Views: 10585

RE: Airbus A380 Breakeven

Another point of significance to this discussion is how the accounting's done. We do not really know what the accounting methods are that allow anyone to say "Here we make a profit". You can pretty much show anything you want when the accountants are on board....it takes some digging to sort through...

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by Dougloid
Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Breakeven
Replies: 61
Views: 10585

RE: Airbus A380 Breakeven

When I worked at McDonnell Douglas as an inspector on the MD11 program the company estimated that they would start returning real money to the stockholders at about 450 ships completed. As I recall McDonnell Douglas had between 6-7 billion USD committed to the program. I therefore look with some ske...

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