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by LightningZ71
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98488

Re: The MSY thread - 2018

When I passed through the current FIS area a few months back, they had 2 Global Entry lanes in addition to maybe 10 normal lanes. They have a lot of lanes compared to the number of passengers per day that they pass through, but that's largely a relic of the era before Katrina and 9/11. From what I s...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22705

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/12 ... placement/
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The BR-725 is essentially software upgradeable to higher thrust levels.

Here's a recent article on the whole project...
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/12 ... placement/

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by LightningZ71
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295192

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

That's my understanding as well. Along with the return to origin boosters, the initial descent profile has them all landing a "safe" distance from their final target with a late course correction to the landing pad. The entire point is to cover for this very situation where there is a fail...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle
Replies: 283
Views: 40579

Re: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle

About the only thing that would have made a significant difference in the 338 is using the GEnx-2B67B from the 747-8 instead of the Trent 7000s. The Trent 7000, from what I remember, weighs about 5000 lbs more than the -2B67B each. Using those engines, certifying for a lighter MTOW and perhaps elimi...

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by LightningZ71
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What’s next for the C130 ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3218

Re: What’s next for the C130 ?

There has been a lot of speculation that the next big airlifter for the USAF will likely be some sort of low observable platform that features a blended wing type design with high mounted engines. Its all very theoretical at the moment, but, given the advances that China and Russia have made in perf...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RS-25 Tested - SSME modified, upgraded for SLS - Beauty is a beast!
Replies: 19
Views: 1823

Re: RS-25 Tested - SSME modified, upgraded for SLS - Beauty is a beast!

A LOT of the reason for the full tear-down was the Human Space Flight Rating requirements. While, yes, they did need servicing between flights, the level of service applied to them was beyond what was required for normal operation and went into a level of detail that was likely "extreme". ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100011

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

The only potential saving grace for this project is the sometimes mentioned possibility of it being fitted with a removable cargo pod that will allow it to take oddly shaped or just overly large cargo via air. It does have quite a bit of actual payload capacity, and the potential possibility of a ca...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 174
Views: 23141

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

Why even use the A320 length? Use a platform based on the A321NEO-LR, but use the A319NEO fuselage length. Its still plenty of room for modern equipment, but will have less wasted mass and more cruise range/loiter time.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295192

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

according to what I've read, the roadster had it's entire powertrain removed.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4548

Re: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?

I don't expect it to get one, but, it's reaching the point where it either gets refueled or it gets retired. If they can't get the Ford's act together, refueling is the only option.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 55th birthday to the 727
Replies: 89
Views: 7888

Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

I think that I may have flown as a passenger in the 727 more than any other airframe. My dad worked for DL for 33 years. As a result, we flew all over the country, first from MSY to STL or DFW (back when it was still a hub) and then on to the other stations. So very many of those flights were on wid...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Tu-160 first flight
Replies: 37
Views: 4130

Re: New Tu-160 first flight

The Tu-160 is a nice supplement to the naval strike capabilities of the Russian military. Considering that their ACTIVE surface fleet is still significantly smaller than the US fleet, and that their attack docterine is saturation ASM attacks, having the ability of the TU-160 to get to the firing pos...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206044

Re: F-35 news thread

I wonder if they will look at the F-15SA, or will push Boeing to finish the development of the Silent Eagle concept or other similar upgrade program for it. I would imagine that integrating them electronically with the F-35i will be a key point in the purchase.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4548

Re: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?

My thoughts on this are specifically geared to the notion that the powers at the very top of the chain will be hard pressed to keep the US at it's current carrier posture. The US is already short one carrier from their intended target number. The Ford STILL isn't ready for an operational deployment....

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4548

Re: Why no ski jump on US Navy amphibious carriers ?

As long as the USN has full sized CATOBAR carriers, they will forever see no point in putting a ramp on the Gator Carriers. I think for the America and the Tripoli, It makes sense NOT to have the ramp as those were conceived as vertical assault ships needing maximum rotor wing capabilities. For the ...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98488

Re: The MSY thread - 2018

Well, like I said, its a bit of a conundrum. I've heard two different stories on how it will work. One says that Air Canada's flights will be arriving in A now, which doesn't match with what I had heard before (though that was before the international concourse was a done deal) and they want a way f...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 7J7
Replies: 34
Views: 9974

Re: Boeing 7J7

UDFs of that type would still have a very rough time meeting modern noise laws.

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by LightningZ71
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98488

Re: The MSY thread - 2018

For international travelers transferring to domestic flights in the new terminal, there is a bag re-check room just past Customs. There is apparently some debate about if the travelers will have to clear TSA again, though I haven't heard any more about that in months. I would suspect that they will.

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by LightningZ71
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

I think that people are getting a little confused from a much earlier rendering of what the whole North Terminal complex would look like when completed. One of the earlier plans had A extending a bit farther west and another "half width" concourse extending southward. It would have looked ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 145633

Re: A400M Update

There are precious few countries in the world that can meet all of the bullet points for making the A400M make sense for moving large vehicles: 1) They need to be able to purchase enough of them for the number of vehicles moved to have any real tactical relevance. This number is likely 12 active plu...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

Publicly, the first flight to use the new terminal is scheduled for Q1, 2019. Expect an official announcement regarding this particular item "soon". As can be seen from the aerial shots and from the large pilings that are still being delivered to the site, foundation work continues on the ...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

I would suggest that a portion of the terminal may be completed on time, but there are significant areas of the construction that will require an amount of work that is unreasonable to expect to be completed in a year. This doesn't just relate to the international concourse either, which was a late ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched
Replies: 85
Views: 19220

Re: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched

Another article on the issue... http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17121/now-the-air-force-wants-new-engines-for-its-b-52s-that-burn-40-percent-less-fuel It still looks like a toss-up between the GE Passport and the BR-725. They've accepted the fact that they will have to do a lot of work to the N...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion finalizes AS2 design
Replies: 58
Views: 8971

Re: Aerion finalizes AS2 design

They are a company. They want to make more money. Most of the revenue train is in commercial aviation. So, yes, the company still has memory of the L-1011, that is as much a problem with the engine manufacturer as it is also an issue for LM's management during that era. Right now, large commercial j...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 169256

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

While the idea of a 767-300ER/NEO seems attractive on the surface, people tend to overlook the fact that the GEnX weighs in at about 3000 lbs more than the CF-6 80C2. That's an immediate hit of 3 tons of MTOW right there that can't be taken as fuel, or payload. If you fuel it up all the way, you're ...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion finalizes AS2 design
Replies: 58
Views: 8971

Re: Aerion finalizes AS2 design

This is the first time I'm feeling any confidence about this particular project. This article at The Drive... http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17039/lockheed-likely-sees-big-military-applications-potential-in-aerions-supersonic-bizjet I think tells the story of how this will ever see the light o...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 169256

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

Looking at Barney Captain's fuel burn numbers, it appears that, at somewhere between 2 and 3 hours of flight time, is the cross-over point where the 787 starts to come out ahead in total fuel burn per flight. So, whoever is desiring a 767-300ER over a 787-8 is either planning to use routes that can'...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 9552

Re: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?

When I previously worked as a contractor for the USGvmt, HSV was a freight hub that was in a decent growth swing. It is intermodal for Rail, Truck and Air and, if needed, isn't far from the Tennessee River if barge freight is ever a thing again. It's located next to numerous government facilities, i...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did the Connie fail as bomber vs. B29, B29 fail commercially vs. Connie?
Replies: 17
Views: 4014

Re: Why did the Connie fail as bomber vs. B29, B29 fail commercially vs. Connie?

Ugh, those R3350 turbo-compounds. My dad used to work on them when he worked for one of the majors and would still sometimes have nightmares about them well into retirement. Brilliant design, but was a bit ahead of its time with respect to durability.

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: X-2 Stealth Technology Demonstrator
Replies: 40
Views: 22057

Re: X-2 Stealth Technology Demonstrator

While I fully support the idea of the historic enmity between South Korea and Japan, it seems over the last few years, and especially since the suspected hydrogen bomb detonation in North Korea, that, at least at higher levels, South Korea and Japan have begun to see things as more of a cooperative ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 41
Views: 5743

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

So, the soda machine bomber concept is a neat idea, but, there's not quite anything out there that would quite fit the profile of what they'd really be looking for. Ideally, you'd want something that has a truly ridiculous range, similar to the Soviet bear in concept with turbo props for propulsion ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: X-2 Stealth Technology Demonstrator
Replies: 40
Views: 22057

Re: X-2 Stealth Technology Demonstrator

You have to imagine that any further development would have to be in cooperation with South Korea with their aspirations for a stealth aircraft as well. You also need buyers that will likely never threaten either country for geographic reasons. We know that several Middle Eastern countries want stea...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

Whatever change order #7 was, it was approved, though at ~6.9 million.

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by LightningZ71
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

I think that I read somewhere that all of the gates at the new terminal would be setup for CUTE, but that some gates wouldn't flex as they are permanently assigned to a carrier.

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by LightningZ71
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22705

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

Yes, cost. Making any significant changes to the gears would involve a major tear-up of the belly and require a lot of internal rework to handle proper load distribution. At some point, it's cheaper to just build a new conventional bomber.

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by LightningZ71
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22705

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

The BR725 is within an inch smaller than the tf33p3 in fan diameter, 700 lbs lighter, is rates for within 100 lbs/ft of thrust and is the most modern variant of the br700 family. It is as close to a drop in fit as you will find for the application . Even that being the case, it's FAR from a simple p...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

Last time I saw anything official, it was 15 gates per main concourse and 6 jetways for the international expansion, though the effective gate count there might be lower (probably 5). The international expansion is capable of handling a couple of wide bodies, including the biggest (though no double ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA
Replies: 24
Views: 4759

Re: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA

The C-series for HA is a non-starter at this point. For the price they'd have to pay given the current trade dispute situation, they could just build a freaking bridge between the islands and do better. (yes, I know that's extreme) The order won't go to Boeing however, as the MAX isn't really suited...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 106209

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

(it appears that the post that this one replies to has been deleted or changed, I'm leaving this here just for the sake of recording what was here) LOL, Europe, Japan, Korea and China would actually have to IMPORT a significant amount of US manufactured products for them to put anti-dumping measures...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold

Still there. The port MLG is mired in the soft ground. A forklift is being used to lift the port wing for inspection and an attempt at towing it back to the apron

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by LightningZ71
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295192

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

And, to emphasize a point, there is more competition coming for the lower end of what the current Falcon 9 is doing. There are a couple of other outfits that are working on launching clusters of micro-sats and single and double small payload satellites. You've got other national space agencies worki...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold

It was just off the edge of the blacktop and in the grass.

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by LightningZ71
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N35GC
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May have been a rejected Take-Off. This looks like the frame that's at the end of the runway. It was scheduled to leave this morning for EWR. It's registered as an air ambulance.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N35GC

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by LightningZ71
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

KMSY N-S runway temp closed, GA overrun past threshold

It appears that the North-South runway at KMSY is currently closed due to a general aviation jet having exited the south end of the runway after landing. First responders are on the scene, but it appears that there was minimal damage and the occupants should be alright.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off
Replies: 27
Views: 7797

Re: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off

Reviewing Simairlinenet's numbers, if those are an accurate summation of the P&L on the refinery, indicates that the purchase cost of the refinery was recovered within three years of the purchase date. Continuing operating costs and income have netted +8 million since it was paid off, with the t...

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by LightningZ71
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1643
Views: 221373

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Well, the F-15SA is a pretty good replacement for the Tornados as it is fully capable of fulfilling all of the roles it was used for. While I wish that Boeing had progressed farther with the Silent Eagle concept, I don't think that it's worth the money. As for the F-18, The Advanced concept was shel...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: From Earth to Earth: SpaceX to use BFR rocket for civil aviation
Replies: 33
Views: 3353

Re: From Earth to Earth: SpaceX to use BFR rocket for civil aviation

To achieve those travel times, you're talking about a considerable amount of in-atmosphere velocity. That's a lot of heat built up each flight that has to be managed after each landing. Refueling will also take a lot of time as you're pumping VERY cold liquid into something that was VERY hot externa...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 48603

Re: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?

That's why you drop the A319 product that isn't selling well, redo the wing and center section around the A321 being the base model, and make a longer A322 and a shorter A320ish size. What you keep is the cross section, subsystems, and cockpit. What you need is a new wing, more powerful engines, and...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2017
Replies: 985
Views: 91037

Re: The MSY Thread - 2017

For those saying that the A concourse is showing quick progress and is quite long, you're probably seeing the roadway that is running next to it. The A concourse is about a year behind the other two and is just finishing the Pile Driving stage. It's not that long ans only has about 5-6 gates (depend...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 48603

Re: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?

My feelings on this are to focus on the markets at hand with a low risk project. The A319 is not doing well in the market. The A320 is still performing well. The A321 is better than anyone imagined. Focus on what they are doing well and improve it. The next project should be a next-gen A320 series. ...

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