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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: 1548

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: 73421

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: 1357

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: 29895

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: 29895

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: 1479

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: 16659

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: 95473

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: 95473

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: 7747

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: 2484

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: 1235

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: 1434

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: 4922

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: 1880

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: 95473

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: 1483

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: 95473

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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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites
Replies: 60
Views: 1934

Re: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites

Are consumers and doctors too stupid to decide their value? Consumers and doctors do not decide the value of medicines. Insurances and pharma corporations do. And given that they are orders of magnitude higher in the US than in the rest of the World and that they absolutely do not reflect their act...

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war
Replies: 95
Views: 4020

Re: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war

Democracy would not have worked in Syria, just as it seems to not work in countries around the region. Sadly, dictatorships are the only thing keeping the region stable. Maybe one day they'll get there. There is no wonder that Russia, a big proponent and supporter of autocratic regimes, was very int...

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer
Replies: 271
Views: 64714

Re: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer

I'm guessing Airbus would have secured some pretty solid guarantees.... From who? My guess is, as hinted above, by the government of China, or by the government of Hainan itself, which is apparently about to take over HNA's businesses, including airlines. This would have been part of the restructur...

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternate History of SS Normandie if Ship Had Not Burned
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: Alternate History of SS Normandie if Ship Had Not Burned

While many admire these old ships and would like to see them preserved, few are willing to put their money where their mouth is to help cover the colossal costs of keeping these things afloat and in decent condition.

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer
Replies: 271
Views: 64714

Re: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer

Oh dear, this will not end up well, unless the rumoured China Government takeover turns out to be true. They have returned most of their A350, some brand new A330ceo/A350 are still looking for new owners, offloaded HK Express and some China based subsidiaries. Group wide they sold off Hilton shares...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 71
Views: 9404

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

Does the article say which engine they're thinking of offering? I'm assuming a tailored GenX... As for the agreement between Airbus and RR, it can always be renegotiated. It would depend on how many concessions RR made to Airbus to be the sole engine vendor and how many more sales Airbus thinks offe...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR closes 27R
Replies: 23
Views: 4610

Re: LHR closes 27R

Ah yes, thanks.

Cursed from birth...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR closes 27R
Replies: 23
Views: 4610

Re: LHR closes 27R

Hard landing in TLV on 20/01, then hydraulic failure in YYZ on 12/02. There might have been another occurrence with that bird earlier but I can't recall.

BA engineering must love that thing.

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by Francoflier
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163132

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

You don't need to stick patients in a negative pressure isolation chamber for this virus for Pete's sake. Let's stop the Hollywood catastrophe movies scenarios for a second and get back to the real World here... It remains a virus which, while contagious, is not showing signs of spreading out of con...

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by Francoflier
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans To Buy 12 Boeing 777Xs Worth $5 Billion
Replies: 89
Views: 12665

Re: *Triggered*: Bamboo Airways plans $5 billions order for 12 777Xs

There's aggressive expansion, and then there's this...

I wish them luck. They'll need it.

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by Francoflier
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163132

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51540981 Here is a study that provides a bit more context on the virus and will, hopefully help curtail the ridiculous mass hysteria surrounding it... though I doubt it'll do much. unfortunately. Basically, the vast majority of infected people and deaths are...

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by Francoflier
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29895

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Well, the next batch of Starlink satellites seems to be safely in orbit, but the booster didn't quite stick the landing and ended up bobbing about near the droneship... Not sure what happened yet. That was the 4th launch for booster B1056, and obviously its last, even though it will be fished out of...

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by Francoflier
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19407

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

The landing gear is designed to land with the crab at max x-wind and max landing weight. That's how they do it when they demonstrate the x-wind limits. There's a cool video of the 777 prototype doing just that online somewhere. With those kinds of winds, it's actually a good idea to leave the crab i...

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by Francoflier
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919
Replies: 88
Views: 17372

Re: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919

It's nothing but a bargaining chip, but an obvious and clumsy one.
Then again, it's a one way to bring the subject of rampant theft or forceful transfer of IP in China to the negotiating table.

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919
Replies: 88
Views: 17372

Re: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919

I get it. It prevents China the rights to technology that they copy and fabricate their own versions of it 100% copied from the imported original. It allows them to mimic the same tech that US companies have spent millions to billions in development costs while China can replicate exactly and profi...

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B747 MEL Main Tank Boost Pumps
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: B747 MEL Main Tank Boost Pumps

From distant memory... For 1 and 4, there are 2 options in the MEL. Both cases are meant to protect the engine in case of failure of the second pump, basically to re-establish the redundancy that you lost with the failed pump. Option 1 is to load the outer tank with the inop pump with enough fuel (1...

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by Francoflier
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN - Changing cruise altitudes could cut climate impact in half
Replies: 14
Views: 5568

Re: CNN - Changing cruise altitudes could cut climate impact in half

Interesting. I originally thought that the reflective effect of contrails tended to counteract their tendency to accentuate the greenhouse effect. I guess not. I seem to recall a study made during the 2010 Iceland volcano eruption that a net (small) temperature increase was recorded over Europe as a...

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Green energy investments US at record high
Replies: 10
Views: 716

Re: Green energy investments US at record high

That is good news, and proof that even with a government that is openly hostile to renewables and unashamedly trying to help the oil, gas and coal industry as much as it can, the renewable energy industry has taken a life of its own and is now self-sustained without public crutches.

Well done.

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90537

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

It’s getting to the point that the EU might as well federalise with a central government basically that’s what you are advocating with the comment about the US. Interesting point... Would you say that the US is worse off with a federal government than if it had remained a loose collection of Indepe...

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.
Replies: 60
Views: 5841

Re: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.

Antarius wrote:
2. whoever scrambled RAF jets for this needs a reeducation.


Don't air forces charge the airline for the cost of the interception in these cases?

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by Francoflier
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33141

Re: Official: Bombardier sells remaining stake in A220 program

Nicely played by Quebec, who managed to increase their share at no cost (not sure how... Did they take on some of the debt?) and secured local jobs. This was their main goal all along. Congrats to Airbus. $591 million for an aircraft that cost $7b to develop is a good deal, I would say... It will of...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: HS2 Gets Approved
Replies: 51
Views: 1910

Re: HS2 Gets Approved

The value of the project is more than just reducing travel times. The problem is that the current lines are so congested and choked with slower trains that frequencies are limited and prices have become ridiculously high as a consequence. HS2 is mostly meant to eliminate that bottleneck. There is no...

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by Francoflier
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China's ransacking of Equifax exposes how unprepared US companies are for cyberwarfare
Replies: 33
Views: 1354

Re: China's ransacking of Equifax exposes how unprepared US companies are for cyberwarfare

The weird thing about these attacks is that T the end of the day the victim lose twice, once it gets hit with an attack by a highly sophisticated state actor and the second time when some media-hungry prosecutor comes around for the habitual shakedown. It's like if the Spetnaz equivalent of Seal Te...

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by Francoflier
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale
Replies: 40
Views: 1718

Re: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale

Tesla is slowly becoming a software company. Just like with smartphones and computers, trading of software code and IP is what Tesla and other manufacturers will start to lean on for revenue going forward. As in the IT world, there is little margins in the hardware, and software is slowly pervading ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange probes on the A350
Replies: 20
Views: 2796

Re: Strange probes on the A350

The A350 has it in the exact same location as the 777.

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33141

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

In the same post I also stated that we don't know an answer yet to whether or not Airbus got a good deal, clearly opposed to what you claim I said. Now Airbus is paying for it. Boeing is so far the winner. Look, your fairly strong pro-B, anti-A bias is well known to any of the regulars here. It per...

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by Francoflier
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33141

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

Ever bought something, even really cheap, and in the end it didn't turn out like you had hoped? Ever simply make a bad purchase? I see a belief at work here that as long as something was bought cheaply and/or is still retained in ownership, it must be a good deal. It's not reality. You're simply gu...

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by Francoflier
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18585

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

The public remarks during the quarterly NASA ASAP meeting by the various panel members all seem extremely critical of Boeing, and it seems they believe there are systemic issues with Boeing's software verification process, which requires not only a root cause analysis of the original problem, but a...

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