There is nothing wrong with technical progress. But getting rid of pilots means leaving the redundancy concept all together. This is what has made aviation safe. This is why we don't have single engine passenger airplanes (except for limited local use). Maybe long range enhanced crews get reduced to...Jump to post
The almost new laser 747 (-400F) that had parked in the desert has been cut to pieces violently. Why is that? Wouldn't this make for some great spare parts supplier for it's sister 747s?Jump to post
Do passengers have to strictly follow the crew's "order" to absolutely positively close the shades and keep them closed? Is this really safety related? Opening them might be required for takeoff and landing for safety reasons but not closing them is it really required in cruise? Being a go...Jump to post
That is the same gentleman that successfully built both Tegel airport and the Berlin railway main station before. He has a proven record so the BER problem must be something else. I think they messed things up by changing the plans over and over again while they were already working on building the ...Jump to post
But they had years to sort that one out? I think some new ventilation got moved on the rooftops now. But it looks like they don't make ANY progress anymore. In the meantime what they need changes by passenger numbers (beyound maximum expected) and type of traffic (way more lowcost). It seems there i...Jump to post
I fear there is something basically wrong with the building or concept? Otherwise anything should be repaired and ready after several years and billions more. Maybe this is the politicians soft way to say it will never open for some -unknown to the public- major reason? Practical building pace and p...Jump to post
I like the old Boeing transcon seats for their comfort. FR had them all over their fleet.Jump to post
Any order is an order and a business success. This is why A and B both go any extra mile to win it.Jump to post
Let's wait for China's next aquisition plans. They will need big aircraft big time.Jump to post
The longer they can stretch building the current orders the more likely is they will come up with something else afterwards. If they would want to give up the could have just closed the line. But they didn't. So not all that bad news.Jump to post
There are several security council resolutions against NK getting nuke technology. Those have been violated.
The closer any manufacturer would be to real orders the less he would talk about it. This is why I believe we are still away from new orders.Jump to post
-Separate cabin air completely from the engine bleed system. -Monitor cabin air quality all the time. -Add artificial feel to electronic yokes and sticks to know what the other guy does. -Standardize cockpits between manufacturers. -Add passenger front camera views (maybe by WLAN) all the time . I w...Jump to post
Flying drones next to aircraft and airports is dangerous and forbidden. This should be known to every drone pilot. How can he be so naive and irresponsible?Jump to post
Flight Gear (freeware!) is pretty good and can be configured. Limited landscape but nice flying behavior. The academic sim. x-plane is pretty good to simulate anything flying up to ejection seats and birds. A lot of add ons can be used to modify it. The pilot sim. Don't know prear3d. Seems to be the...Jump to post
I would consider this a sort of legit use and expect it to be permitted. How could a general stay current during his normal duty hours? I know a german Colonel pilot who used some Alpha Jet (by permit) as a sort of Business Jet intra europa while working on some international project. He even took a...Jump to post
No, this project is aiming in a different direction that I described above. Actually it is a package of several cooperation-projects not only an aircraft. Here is a picture: http://www.flugrevue.de/militaerluftfahrt/kampfflugzeuge-helikopter/deutschland-und-frankreich-planen-neues-kampfflugzeug/729132Jump to post
If they should feel any need for some stealth bomber they could buy some stock F-35. Highly unlikely that they develop another Euro-F-35 on top.
I'm not talking about what I want or not but what is likely to happen.
This project is not about some Tornado follow on (or F-35 rival) but about what comes next after the Eurofighter and Rafale air defence variants. So more of a fighter and less of a bomber. Actually Germany might end up buying some F-35 by itself for some special role...This would not affect the fran...Jump to post
Unfortunately the brand new ICE-highspeed rail line bypasses the Leipzig airport railway station.Jump to post
Fact is: BER needs to be expanded. It's too small already.
The question is, should we do that at BER where housing has grown more than expected as well or should we move elsewhere?
(Or just keep Tegel airport open?)
Strange website. Sounds not very credible. Just publishing spectacular headlines is not enough.Jump to post
The point seems to be that different people have to build and manage every next airport whatever concept it might be. The same people might just mess it up all over again. I'd suggest to take some professional company, the ones that build refineries, car factories or whatever you want globally regar...Jump to post
A loooong time strategy, say 50 years out, would aim for something right between the cities of Berlin and Leipzig, next to some rail line. That's the way to go. Redevelop the areas of some former prussian to soviet military firing ranges at Jüterbog for example. Sandy places not good for farms and o...Jump to post
It is good that htis is now binding, as it is meant to protect citizens from every changing visions of politicians and it makes sense. Some change in the planning might very well have to happen. Why would you want to stick to the former plan that expected so much less growth? Now we know better for...Jump to post
Not so much a problem of bureaucracy but of poor management and lack of vision. Especially after all those delays and problems surfaced. As they have a backup working it's "just" a matter of money and time. Let's see how long this will take.Jump to post
Doesn't the BER building permit run out soon as they took too long to build it?Jump to post
Legally anything can be challenged and anything can be changed. No need to follow wrong decisions forever for no reason. The real problem in Berlin isn't that bad: BER is still not ready but they have another working airport to provide the capacity needed: TXL. No big deal except for some politician...Jump to post
There was some interesting tabloid story in sweden about the daily life of a flight attendant at Qatar Airways some time ago:
Hope some link is permitted:
http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/the-tru ... r-airways/
The age remarks sound like coming from another time. When did the "hot pants" era end for flight attendants in the west? In the mid seventies I'd say. BTW: There is nothing more enjoyable than flying with some experienced, relaxed cabin crew that has seen it all before and knows their trad...Jump to post
Great that passengers stepped in to help the crew.
Wonder if this was some sort of terrorist attack, somebody's psychological issue or just a drunken idiot?
I doubt that Paris orders have anything to do with it. It's more the teething troubles of merging the Airbus aircraft manucfacturing branch and the group's HQ top both at Toulouse now. Times are changing and everybody needs to adjust. China domestic and India will be THE big key aviation markets of ...Jump to post
Solving production rate delays at Airbus looks like a full time job to me. Brégier won't complain about sitting idle without the sales job now for sure.Jump to post
Maybe Airbus feels that strategic sales must be supported by the CEO? I mean just like the Boeing CEO certainly would accompany his key orders and customers? At least they seem to be aware what sort of huge void Mr. Leahy will leave when he retires one day.Jump to post
Just today Enders sold 140 airplanes to China's CAS.Jump to post
Those 747-400 had at least "modern" tubes. But the 747-100 had one RGB-Screen almost like a diascope projector.Jump to post
The pneumatic one had to be sold for a fee in Ecomony. IIRC that was some IATA rule back then. Oh those 741 days going transatlantic with ONE MOVIE on ONE SCREEN for everybody.Jump to post
Time to repaint them BAtar Airways.Jump to post
Five abreast seating sounds not nice for people sitting on middle seats. You'll never get to the loo. People eat, have their tables down or sleep and you need to pass bye two of them out and in while trolley services block the aisles over long periods.Jump to post