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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern A330 Combi
Replies: 29
Views: 6786

Re: China Eastern A330 Combi

Airbus has also sent the A330-800 prototype to Tianjin to bring medical supplies back to Europe:

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree
Replies: 68
Views: 2068

Re: Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree

And Putin "asked" its citizens to stay indoors. So it is heading the same way as other countries. If that's what's needed then that's what's needed. Hopefully Russia's efforts to contain the virus will succeed and there will be no significant number of cases and death toll. Like we will e...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern A330 Combi
Replies: 29
Views: 6786

Re: China Eastern A330 Combi

SwissCanuck wrote:
How do pallets fit through the main deck door?


I meant small, common pallets (made out of wood or plastic), on which the cargo is stacked, not proper aviation cargo pallets.
I'm guessing they put nets on them and tie everything up to the seat rails.

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern A330 Combi
Replies: 29
Views: 6786

Re: China Eastern A330 Combi

They are only removing seats in order to transport cargo pallets on the main deck, without passengers. They are basically using pax airplanes as cargo airplanes, as several airlines around Asia are doing in a time all passengers are grounded, but finding ways to put some cargo on the main deck as we...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA orders carriers to inspect 11 IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident
Replies: 28
Views: 8990

Re: FAA orders carriers to inspect and re-check IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident

According to the actual AD (found on FAA’s website) the high pressure turbine 1st stage disk with certain serial numbers installed on specific (by serial number) engines must be removed from service, and investigation into cause of failure is still ongoing. It doesn’t sound like this is actually af...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA orders carriers to inspect 11 IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident
Replies: 28
Views: 8990

Re: FAA orders carriers to inspect and re-check IAE-powered A320s after VN920 incident

I wonder if the FAA already knews what to look for. Inspecting is definetely a good thing but if you do not know what caused the engine failure it does not help a lot. I'm guessing they're ordering a superficial borescope inspection, searching for obvious cracks. But you're right, they'll need to k...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330neo "2nd Barrier" P/B
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

Re: A330neo "2nd Barrier" P/B

2nd barrier probably refers to the optional second door at the end of the small corridor leading to the cockpit, allowing for an 'airlock' between the cockpit door and fwd galley, in which pilots can access the loo/optional crew rest area from the cockpit without pax interference. This door also has...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."
Replies: 96
Views: 3393

Re: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."

Good suggestions. Setting up hand washing/sanitizing kiosks in crowded public places could also be a good idea. Otherwise, while I agree that measures need to be taken to avoid overloading the healthcare system, I think that many of the measures taken so far have been knee jerk reactions without any...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29203

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm starting to think that achieving the targeted reusability levels for Block 5 (10 cycles) is going to be harder than Musk let us believe...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the developed western world paying the price for arrogance?
Replies: 71
Views: 2806

Re: Is the developed western world paying the price for arrogance?

I'm sure there's a bit of arrogance and a lot of unpreparedness, but there's also the fact that this outbreak is rather unprecedented in the West for almost anyone alive today. Humans never learn from history, especially the history from before they were alive, and no one really ever listen to scien...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US FED announced QE5, slash rates to 0%
Replies: 15
Views: 1012

Re: US FED announced QE5, slash rates to 0%

Stocks are not representative of the value of a company anymore. Nowadays they only reflect the emotional and subjective value that people attach to a company, and their price fluctuations are amplified by the speculating culture that drives markets. Basically a Worldwide gambling business. It's bec...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336636

Re: JetBlue bans passenger who notified crew after landing that he'd tested positive for coronavirus

Now Air China will check passenger temperatures before boarding and will deny anyone has a fever. I'm surprised they didn't do that before. Every major airport in the World pretty much checks every passenger for temperature these days. Temperature checks are unfortunately not enough to catch everyo...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162923

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I do not want to be callous (hope I am not) but let me postulate that in 2020 10% of people aged 80+ years catch COVID-19 and 10% of those people are killed by it. What proportion of those people would have died in 2020 anyway if they had not caught COVID-19? If it increases the death rate in 80+ y...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Herd Mentality
Replies: 55
Views: 2500

Re: The Herd Mentality

At least now we know that panic and fear are way more contagious than any virus...

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 60089

Re: Boeing in Crisis

Any aviation related company's stock will be taking a battering at the moment. This is not an indication of the underlying health and resilience of the company. The question is which one is better positioned to weather the storm. I have my own uninformed opinion on that, but then it's not hard to se...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What should we do with our money in the market
Replies: 50
Views: 2061

Re: What should we do with our money in the market

The question is whether this crisis is purely the result of the virus mass hysteria or whether it uncovered an underlying weakness in the economy and triggered a large scale correction. This would dictate how fast it recovers. Unlike 2008, I can't see anything fundamentally wrong with the state of t...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern fires Korean FAs
Replies: 18
Views: 6865

Re: China Eastern fires Korean FAs

It's fairly standard for carriers employing foreigners to let these contracts (usually renewable fixed time contracts) 'expire' when they need to shrink the workforce a bit.

It's much easier to manage PR-wise than firing locals.

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 60089

Re: Boeing in Crisis

Many 737 MAX planes are getting switched for 787 or 777X aircraft. This can be misleading since a smaller number of 787 get ordered from a larger 737 Max order, say 30 737 Max for 10 787. Don't forget that these airlines are owed compensation, and that consequently these 787 might very well be give...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV
Replies: 31
Views: 9129

Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

DCA350 wrote:
Side note does Thai move a lot of freight? 79 passengers on a A330 doesn't even pay for the fuel.


Have you been following the news at all in the last couple of months? :innocent:

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The A350's "whiskers"
Replies: 5
Views: 2569

Re: The A350's "whiskers"

The 3 probes under the windshields are sideslip angle probes (SSA). Basically like AoA vanes mounted vertically. They feed information to the ADIRS, but they have been deleted from later models as their function is now replaced by software. The rest is a mix of 3 multifunction probes (AoA + pitot + ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73391

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

Boeing estimate was two weeks work. Boeing statement yesterday said it would not change the mid-summer estimate for RTS. Ray 2 weeks work per airplane? If yes, doing 800 airframes represents an enormous amount of man-hours and I strongly believe there would be no way it could be done by this summer...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 25 Years of the RR Trent
Replies: 42
Views: 6401

Re: 25 Years of the RR Trent

LAX772LR wrote:
PM wrote:
A nice reminder

They could use one, about now. :(

I truly wonder if this is the "in" that PW has been waiting for, so far as getting back onto a widebody goes.


I think PW is wrangling its own demons at the moment...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73391

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

In the second case, if rework is required, it will apply to all MAX frames and it would make no sense to put aircraft back in service prior to completion of the mod - they are sitting there with nothing else to do but wait for modification and pre-RTS maintenance anyway. The condition does apply to...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162923

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

How about we all lock ourselves in our basements until the Apocalyps is over? You start. There’s a big issue with the response and perception of the virus that no one is really talking about but I think is worth mentioning. All these measures have an effect on the economy. Quarantines, restrictions...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90388

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Personally, I’d rather the Uk have remained in this, but I was told on this thread we weren’t allowed to cherry pick, so that’s the way it must be! Cutting the ropes is a UK decision, not EU, so, no, that's not 'the way it must be'. Not to mention that this decision seems to have been made before a...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Russian domestic flights subsidized by the Russian government?
Replies: 13
Views: 3680

Re: Are Russian domestic flights subsidized by the Russian government?

I think domestic air travel in Russia has always been propped up by the government one way or the other, which only makes sense given the vastness of the country and the remoteness of some of the cities, which would hardly be sustainable without regular and accessible air transport. A lot of other n...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29203

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Another successful launch, Dragon is on its way to the ISS. -Sucessful pad landing for the booster, which was on its second mission (booster 1059 ex- CRS-19 12/19). -50th Falcon booster landing. -Third flight for Dragon capsule 112, but final as Dragon V1 is being retired. All future CRS launches wi...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18336

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Also Boeing has set aside/took a charge of $410M to cover a potential second full-up test launch if required. Tugg If I was an astronaut slated to fly this thing, I certainly would want them to... I hope NASA makes them do another test, though I suspect Boeing's lobbyist are working against that al...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162923

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Update on #ToiletPaperGate here in Australia, this is getting ridiculous A man has been tasered by police after an altercation after he assaulted 2 people over toilet paper at a Big W store in NSW today https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney/status/1235445714982858752?s=20 If this virus has taught us one ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut
Replies: 161
Views: 24658

Re: A330neo - 2020 not so great a year?

I don't think 2020 will be a great year for widebodies generally speaking, but the 330neo is always going to be the caboose on that train anyway.

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla's quiet chip downgrade sparks anger in China
Replies: 32
Views: 1547

Re: Tesla's quiet chip downgrade sparks anger in China

It's a good thing that customers are savvy enough to not get fooled by these greedy corporations. Kudos to them.

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Airlines : aggression between pilot and passengers
Replies: 35
Views: 8128

Re: Swiss Airlines : aggression between pilot and passengers

It doesn't seem like he was being agressive, but I certainly wouldn't have tried to physically force them out of the aircraft or even touch them. That's what security/police is for. By trying to do this yourself, you just expose yourself to potential legal issues, regardless of how outrageous and un...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73391

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

I think nobody disputes that the main factor for the ET crash was crew error. Imho way too much energy has been spent on finding faults of the 737 and way too little has been spent on training better crews for all airliners. I know you are stirring the pot as usual but yes, many people do. Includin...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Images show massive Antarctic change in just 9 days
Replies: 22
Views: 1356

Re: Images show massive Antarctic change in just 9 days

Let me repeat what I said earlier; Global warming is a real problem (IMO), but a news report detailing a single short-term event, showing ice disappearing from one small island on the fringe of Antarctica, is not a robust example (also IMO) I think the point here is the increasing frequency of thos...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29203

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

How many tanks have they blown up now? Five. MK1, SN1, two individual test tanks and a header tank in a nosecone. SN1 is "probably" the only one that wasn't expected to kaboom. All the rest were pressured to near or over the expected failure point. They wanted to install an engine in SN1 ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29203

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

How many tanks have they blown up now? Given the severity of the explosion and how the upper tank went flying sideways at quite the speed, I would say that this wasn't necessarily a 'planned' rapid disassembly... Thankfully the upper tank wasn't filled with methane. I've got a feeling they're findin...

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel
Replies: 34
Views: 1477

Re: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel

USSC Discovery One.

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16593

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

This is just another confirmation of the irrational and knee-jerk reaction of governments around the World when it comes to dealing with the virus.

When in doubt... panic. :sarcastic:

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

I'm asking how you think FAA employees have the knowledge to evaluate specific aircraft design, components, and systems. Especially when you introduce something completely new like the 787 with it's CFRP design. It's their job... :confused: So the reason why the MAX crisis exist is because they wer...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

TTailedTiger wrote:
I'm asking how you think FAA employees have the knowledge to evaluate specific aircraft design, components, and systems. Especially when you introduce something completely new like the 787 with it's CFRP design.


It's their job... :confused:

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by Francoflier
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Bee Airbus A350 Loses Speed & Altitude During Go Around
Replies: 22
Views: 7746

Re: French Bee Airbus A350 Loses Speed & Altitude During Go Around

Getting a go-around wrong and temporarily losing control of the a/c is an increasingly common type of incident these days. I would look into crew actions first, rather than into airplane systems... Yup. We don't know if the autopilot was on or not during the maneuver. That would be a good place to ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ariana Afghan Airlines issues RFP to purchase six planes
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: Ariana Afghan Airlines issues RFP to purchase six planes

Politics?. I doubt it as they're looking for used airplanes, but that RFP still doesn't make much sense. They would be doubling their long haul fleet and more than tripling the seat count with 2 separate and competing types. They seem to be omitting the narrowbody fleet entirely, despite being prob...

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by Francoflier
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1234

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

Given the tendency of both main parties to be veering towards their respective extreme, there is a rather large vacuum being created in the middle. I don't know if a third party is the solution to that, or even if it would work well with the current constitution and political system. Either way, it'...

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by Francoflier
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NH829 Unusually long duration
Replies: 4
Views: 1430

Re: NH829 Unusually long duration

Not surprising in the winter when the first few hours of the flight would be flown with a 150kts+ headwind. I'd estimate the average headwind over the entire flight to be over 100 kts.

Note that they all land on time, or even ahead of schedule, so this is not unusual.

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by Francoflier
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 extra seats for the taking on A220
Replies: 29
Views: 4914

Re: 3 extra seats for the taking on A220

Airbus has become very good at making galleys and lavs just big enough that the UN will not classify them as inhumane torture devices to make more space for seats...

Then again, I suppose this is what the airlines want.

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Officials - Russia is trying to help Bernie Sanders
Replies: 53
Views: 1876

Re: U.S. Officials - Russia is trying to help Bernie Sanders

They also know that Sanders is too polarizing to rally enough of the democratic vote to win against Trump. They want Trump in the WH, although Sanders would be their favorite D president for sure.

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by Francoflier
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

Boeing faces more fines/litigation in regard to non-disclosure and non-compliance with regulations. https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/boeing-failure-to-fix-737-max-warning-light-may-draw-faa-penalty/ar-BB10ew86 Ray Does this say the the AoA disagree warning had been mandated by the FAA an...

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by Francoflier
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1468

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

Starlionblue wrote:

You don't really fine-tune pitch in the cruise because the prop governor does it for you


Years of fine tuning prop levers so the engines would stop going 'waowaowaowaow' all the freaking time has taught me otherwise... :wink2:

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95402

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

Just another sign of Boeing's endemic cultural problems. Shareholder value is priority first, second, and third at the expense of cheapening everything else like safety and quality. This myth needs to end. There is no shareholder value if you don't produce safe, quality products. They all tie in to...

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