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by Francoflier
Thu May 16, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren’t the A330s grounded after the pitot tube issues?
Replies: 94
Views: 16670

Re: Why weren’t the A330s not grounded after the pitot tube issues?

The 330 also benefited from years of safe operations and hundreds of thousands of cycles when the accident and incidents happened. It had demonstrated that the events were very infrequent. That was not the case for the MAX. The ADIRU fault was the result of a very unusual combination of sensor error...

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by Francoflier
Wed May 15, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GoFundme:The Wall Scam Separates Bigots from Their Cash Instead of Undocumenteds
Replies: 14
Views: 1422

Re: GoFundme:The Wall Scam Separates Bigots from Their Cash Instead of Undocumenteds

There's also the small matter that a wall will do little to curtail illegal immigration, the vast majority of which happens due to visa overstays. Then comes the real question: Is it worth spending billions of taxpayer money into a project that will only solve a small fraction of the overall problem...

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by Francoflier
Wed May 15, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 101
Views: 20153

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

I love how management throws out pilot shortage as the excuse for bad management. I personally have never seen an airline have an honest to god pilot shortage but rather management creating an environment nobody wants to work in. :checkmark: There are no pilot shortages. There are only companies wh...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea will add 6 A319ceo this summer
Replies: 15
Views: 3254

Re: Volotea will add 6 A319ceo this summer

First, the OP link notes all Airbus in 2022. Second, while the link says new A319, are these factory new or new to Volotea? With how badly the article is written, I suspect it is inherently trying to imply the first, but is instead the later. Volotea is a low utilization airline. They simply do not...

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by Francoflier
Wed May 08, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?
Replies: 131
Views: 3737

Re: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?

Lol. "Miss Use of Power" is definitely a contest Trump should look into buying...

:rotfl:

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by Francoflier
Tue May 07, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1290
Views: 219415

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

My models suggest that: The A3510 would need a TOW of ~333t and use ~142t of fuel The 778 would need TOW of 355t and use 144t of fuel (with same engine SFC) with 4% better SFC the 778 needs TOW of 348t and uses 137t of fuel Assumptions in model: SYD-LHR with alternate of MAN Headwind of 40kts Paylo...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 07, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737Max Storage Question
Replies: 8
Views: 2068

Re: 737Max Storage Question

Interesting. I've never seen that either before. They might want to prevent corrosion of the engine internals? There are fancy alloys and ceramic coatings in these things after all, and Seattle is not exactly desert dry... I like that they seem to use repurposed trash cans as manifolds to distribute...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 06, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why do people still believe in God?
Replies: 258
Views: 19556

Re: Why do people still believe in God?

Why do people still believe in God? Science, research and facts have proven there is no God. No. Science has not disproven that there is a God. There is still a place for a God outside of the boundaries of what is known and understood. Even the most brilliant scientists will tell you that. On the o...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 04, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

There's the silver lining from the Crew Dragon 'anomaly'...: finally a good view of a drone landing. Too bad it happened at night.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 04, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 41309

Re: Plane crash in Jacksonville

Miami Air is based in the North side of the Miami airport along with a couple of other airlines like Skylease, Amerijet, and World Atlantic Airlines. It is nicknamed corrosion corner because of the terrible maintenance of their aircraft and the tendency for them to abandon their aircraft on the nor...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 04, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 41309

Re: Plane crash in Jacksonville

Glad everyone is ok. Charter Miami Air flight. Not a commercial flight http://twitter.com/AirlineFlyer/status/1124508642353479680 A charter flight is a commercial flight. What it is not , is a scheduled flight. We were due for a corrosion corner runway overrun since the last one was in November What...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 03, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will SQ replace its 773As on the CGK and MNL routes?
Replies: 5
Views: 1421

Re: What will SQ replace its 773As on the CGK and MNL routes?

I'm pretty sure they could forego F and replace it with a good, modern lie-flat business class on these routes.

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by Francoflier
Fri May 03, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional
Replies: 42
Views: 7261

Re: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional

It depends on the hub they plan to use. No problem for the aircraft on PKX-JFK but I am not sure CAAC will grant it that route. There is a big problem for CAN-JFK; I am not sure how profitable the route will be after the payload hits in order to make it work. CAN-JFK-CAN would be absolutely impossi...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 02, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

You first said the range number is for public information only and then you use ACAPS “brochure” payload-range chart whenever in Airbus’ favor. I think it’s extremely biased. I haven't used ACAPS data, I don't even look at it. I get my data from real world operational figures from a long haul and U...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 02, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

I guess the impression of 'Boeing underpromises and overdelivers and vice-versa for Airbus' is not entirely untrue. For example: B789: brochure range: 7,635 nmi, longest actual range (LHR-PHR) 7,829 nmi A350-900: brochure range: 8,100 nmi, longest actual range (MNL-JFK) 7,404 nmi A350-900 ULR: broc...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

Based on released data sheets from the past Boeing assumes more weight per passenger & Airbus uses 95 kg (209 lb.)/pass. This type of issue is also why operators are saying the CS100/A220 series is getting better fuel burn. The spec sheet uses 225 lb./pass. Ah yes, the old 'Boeing underpromises...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

If we extrapolate from Delta's PVG-DTW and PEK-DTW data above, we can see a legitimate concern of A350 on LAX-SYD. I am not saying it is absolutely can't do it. But in some worse days in the winter, its payload can be a problem. Delta was smart enough to choose 77L on that route. I'd love to see th...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating
Replies: 24
Views: 3840

Re: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating

If its effectivity is proven, I could see it being implemented as a film applied to sensitive surfaces, inspected on regular basis and renewed as required. The weight and money savings from foregoing the anti-ice systems and their associated plumbing / cabling and maintenance requirements could make...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 41
Views: 8841

Re: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020

oldannyboy wrote:
As much as I love the 321neoLR...is anyone out there secretly wishing we were seeing more A310s instead?...


I still dream of an A310 NEO... CRFP wings, 160T MTOW, 55klbs GTFs, A330 systems, 250pax + LD3 with cargo capacity, twin aisle 2-4-2 comfort, 40T payload capacity on TATL.
:drool:

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored!?

There is some data about SQ A359 performance on SFO-SIN. It took off at 274t (close to MTOW), and with full 253 passengers + bags, but without cargo. Meanwhile, UA's 789 can carry almost the same number of passengers (252) over the same distance, but a whole 20t lighter ! We'd love to see that data...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 deferred production cost watch
Replies: 108
Views: 15050

Re: Boeing 787 deferred production cost watch

This is much needed encouraging news for Boeing. Though it seems as if 787s might be used as 'sweeteners' for some operators that are affected by the MAX grounding (thinking GA, there might be others). Is there any chance that might push the breakeven a bit further to the right?

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored!?

And you'd be wrong. From the real world data I have access to, I can't see the 275t version not being able to carry 280 pax + bags on LAX-SYD, even accounting for headwinds and extra alternate/diversion fuel. Note that in this case, it would barely be able to carry any cargo. You said 275t version ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored!?

I am not disagreeing with Zeke. CX A359 has only 280 seats whereas DL has 306 seats. I am not saying DL A359 can't fly LAX-SYD if they decides to block seats. I said it can't with full passenger. And you'd be wrong. From the real world data I have access to, I can't see the 275t version not being a...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1761
Views: 348318

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

It's alright I guess.

Not sure it's worth all the hullabaloo they created around it, but that's what marketing people do best nowadays...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000s and upcoming Boeing 777-9Xs
Replies: 62
Views: 15831

Re: Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000s and upcoming Boeing 777-9Xs

Having both the 359 and 35K in similar configurations also allows for much greater flexibility on routes with variable or seasonal demand.

Subbing a 35K for a 359 or vice-versa can be done quite easily and at short notice.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709476

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

The important point is to have MCAS not activate at low AoA. That's why high AoA vane signal failure rate is a more important concern. I disagree. Aircraft systems, especially those that directly impact the airplane's flight controls and trajectory, are meant to be fault tolerant, usually multiple-...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Some more details: This was the DM-1 capsule which was recovered from the ocean after splashdown. They wanted to use it for the launch abort test. As these capsules aren't meant to be reused after the saltwater bath, there is a possibility that the water landing is the cause of the malfunction, rath...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Given SpaceX's penchant for euphemism, that 'anomaly' might be just that, or it might be a charred mound where Dragon used to sit...

Hopefully closer to the former, although I'm thinking this is the end of any hope for a crewed flight before the summer is over.

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eva Air Butt Wipe Guy: Dead
Replies: 12
Views: 3318

Re: Eva Air Butt Wipe Guy: Dead

One can only imagine what he was doing in Thailand...

:vomit:

He's finally done terrorizing young Asian girls.

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709476

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Yes, the other 5 modes can bring the plane down if the pilots do not recognize "STAB Runaway" and apply the appropriate procedures. It's worth noting that none of these 5 are called out specifically in the 737 QRH. They are all covered under a single "STAB Runaway" procedure. Is...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

At least they got the body this time. There's still a lot to be learned from the autopsy as this was the most energetic re-entry to date of a Falcon booster.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump wants Boeing to rebrand 737MAX
Replies: 82
Views: 8812

Re: Trump wants Boeing to rebrand 737MAX

Well, if anyone knows anything about turning a flaming turd into a popular success...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About
Replies: 49
Views: 3669

Re: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About

Just about all of them right now.

They're either all bad or I'm getting old, grumpy and out of touch...
:scratchchin:

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Capitalism MORE Important than Democracy Fed Chair Pick
Replies: 7
Views: 881

Re: Capitalism MORE Important than Democracy Fed Chair Pick

Those priorities certainly worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and arguably in China, if creating wealth and raising millions out of poverty is important. GF Not sure what priorities you're talking about here, but you surely know that HK and Singapore have excellent and free public hospital and schools,...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

They did it! All boosters have landed, either on terra firma or on OCISLY. The angle of the feed makes it look like the main booster may have damaged one of the legs, but still a good landing considering it was coming in at a very fast trajectory. It blows my mind how they can get 2 rockets back wi...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709476

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

So the only diagnostics available is AoA disagreement? Oh, for chrissake. Then it really is a flying coffin. I sincerely hope that's not what they'll come up with. Manufacturers have moved away from the very basic and arithmetic '2 out of 3' method (which the MCAS doesn't even have...) and gone to ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Electric Beaver
Replies: 17
Views: 1852

Re: The Electric Beaver

Completely ridiculous. How much of the Beaver's payload is used up carrying batteries? How is producing electricity with fossil fuels at a power plant with the inefficiencies of energy conversion, transmission, storage (batteries) and additional infrastructure more efficient or less polluting than ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709476

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Why? It's pretty clear exactly what led to the crashes and what must be done to prevent MCAS from being able to do that in the future. Does it really matter if a bird strike or a magic unicorn caused the AoA sensor failure to the point that the final reports are necessary? No, it is empathically NO...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Electric Beaver
Replies: 17
Views: 1852

Re: The Electric Beaver

That thread title had my sick mind going in a completely different direction for a while... I need to consult.

Anyway, that would be an interesting thing to see. I hope it works, although I suppose flight planning will have to be done a lot more carefully with only 1 hour worth of juice.

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS Rollover incidents
Replies: 18
Views: 2880

Re: GPS Rollover incidents

You'd think the GPS receiver on a 787 would be modern (and expensive) enough to have a software workaround for this. Holy crap, that's a gnarly headwind. 140 kts? Meh. Try flying westward around eastern Asia or continental US in the winter for that "I might die of old age before we get there&qu...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 co owner killed in German plane crash
Replies: 31
Views: 9151

Re: S7 co owner killed in German plane crash

I am continually amazed at the number of incredibly wealthy people who will regularly fly in single engine/single pilot aircraft, given the order of magnitude of higher risk and their financial ability to avoid it. I share that feeling. As Airkas said, it could be unrelated in this case, but the fa...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small plane disappears over English Channel
Replies: 132
Views: 29723

Re: Small plane disappears over English Channel

This just keeps getting worse.
Two unnecessary deaths.

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test
Replies: 21
Views: 1896

Re: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test

ASAT missiles should only be a stepping stone. The better option would be to neutralize the satellite via direct energy weapon without increasing the amount of debris by causing the satellite to break-up. One big chunk is better than a million little chunks. bt Agreed, though I'm thinking that tech...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test
Replies: 21
Views: 1896

Re: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test

How about India help the rest of the civilized nations find a way to get rid of space debris instead of aggravating the problem, for real acclaim? You're French, yes ? Why does France need nuclear missile submarines, over 300 nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers ? And testing nuclear bombs on Paci...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test
Replies: 21
Views: 1896

Re: India conducts successful Anti Satellite Missile test

Another step towards the Kessler syndrome, the one that will likely bring us all backwards 50 in terms of communication development, all in the name of the weaponization of space and political d#ck waving... ...great. Well done. :sarcastic: This is why space warfare would be an extremely bad idea, i...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 592419

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

You make categorical statements blaming the airline, the pilots, anybody except Boeing, This is the case for many posters above... The crew was dealing with a complex failure scenario involving multiple unreliable instruments, several warnings going on, a constantly activated stick shaker (these th...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Lexington shipwreck found
Replies: 19
Views: 6433

Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

It's amazing how well those depths conserve the wrecks. The stainless steel in the cannon barrels is still shiny.

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK's air-breathing SABRE rocket engine set for key tests
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

Re: UK's air-breathing SABRE rocket engine set for key tests

It would be great to see it working.

That heat exchanger technology sounds insane.

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Asia Trip: Cathay ORD-HKG & JAL BKK-NRT-ORD + More!
Replies: 10
Views: 8200

Re: Asia Trip: Cathay ORD-HKG & JAL BKK-NRT-ORD + More!

I debated whether or not I should bring it up to anyone, but I decided to err on the side of caution. If you see something, say something, right? When the meal service resumed I told the flight attendant what had happened and showed her the picture I had taken. She smiled, thanked me, and said she ...

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