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by VSMUT
Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 67943

Re: T-X Requirements Released

Not going to happen. The NATO training facility at Sheppard AFB in Texas currently use T-38 aircraft and will continue to use whatever aircraft is chosen for the T-X trainer requirement. Some info on Sheppard AFB and the NATO training program can be found here, http://www.popularmechanics.com/milit...

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by VSMUT
Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak debuts Acela replacement
Replies: 84
Views: 5048

Re: Amtrak debuts Acela replacement

high speed rail isn't really an option in a smallish country of 4,7 million people So? Most of the US has a population density similar to New Zealand. That's because there are vast amounts of land in the US that has a population of nought. The NE corridor serves a potential market of 50 million, co...

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by VSMUT
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak debuts Acela replacement
Replies: 84
Views: 5048

Re: Amtrak debuts Acela replacement

I note, however, they are not spending 10 tens of billions of dollars on a HSR network. Aren't you sad that your country is failing you and ignoring the "common good?" Why won't New Zealand see the light like idyllic Europe/China/Japan? Well for obvious reasons, high speed rail isn't real...

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by VSMUT
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Claim On KE007 - Soviet Accident?
Replies: 9
Views: 4493

Re: Japanese Claim On KE007 - Soviet Accident?

Of course it was a mistake/accident, Russians aren't monsters. KAL902. A non-responsive 707 cruising about deep within Soviet territory (and close to the Soviet submarine bases), and from the Soviet point of view, flees towards a NATO country after having been intercepted. Yet again, the same facto...

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by VSMUT
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Claim On KE007 - Soviet Accident?
Replies: 9
Views: 4493

Re: Japanese Claim On KE007 - Soviet Accident?

Of course it was a mistake/accident, Russians aren't monsters. At the end of the day, it was just the same Swiss cheese model that as always factors in with aviation accidents: KAL 007 was off course, and not expected by the Soviets. An RC-135 was snooping about close to (and possibly even inside) S...

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by VSMUT
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Winglets On a A380
Replies: 26
Views: 5412

Re: Winglets On a A380

Why is airbus so big on the fences? We saw them on the later A300/10s, A32X and A380. Boeing seems to really like the blended and raked winglets, which I was under the impression were a decent bit more efficient. Any info is appreciated. First of all, you need to look at the timeline for when they ...

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by VSMUT
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London City Airport ( LCY ) closed
Replies: 71
Views: 16781

Re: London City Airport ( LCY ) closed

I don't get it, this is what, the second time Black Lives Matter has blocked a UK airport. But why? Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. BLM regularly or...

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by VSMUT
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 36136

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

There are better designs for that. Plastic "bubbles" have a relatively low weight structure, and only require anchoring the circumference in the ground. You can also make bricks out of martian materials, given an energy source. Truth, but how long would a plastic bubble last in the face o...

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by VSMUT
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft type disappearance in 5, 10 and 15 years
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Aircraft type disappearance in 5, 10 and 15 years

I for one think the 757-200 will be mostly gone within the next 10 to 15 years. Judging by the amount of A321s, A321NEOs, 737-900s and 737-9s ordered by US airlines, I doubt it will be around on anything other than the longest routes. For the big 3, these new types on order will outnumber the 757-20...

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by VSMUT
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 36136

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Thank-you VSMUT -- for your optimistic and positive feedback on this issue :) Thanks :) Even northern europe at 1-G gravity and atmospheric pressure is very different than the Mars environment. But thats the thing, if you grow your crops in a pressurized container/compartment/cave that is equally w...

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by VSMUT
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 36136

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Some further points about supporting agriculture for humans on Mars that I thought this kind of thread could discuss...unlike some points above, I do not believe the problems of sustaining humans on Mars, let alone other planets, are solved... 1. Mars receives about half the light from the Sun than...

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by VSMUT
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

Is it a true statement to say An-124 is in production? I looked around for some proof of that and could not find any. I've read of agreements signed to restart production but also have read the events in Ukraine have prevented production. Production did restart in Russia, somewhere between 2009 and...

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by VSMUT
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

Hard to argue what you are saying, but getting an An-225 production line up and running in China is going to be eye-wateringly expensive and risky too. Truth, but assuming China is dead set in it's intentions of building an airlifter of this size (C-5/An-124/An-225), is it really going to be that m...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

I think there is a law of diminishing returns to consider. True, but China is growing massively, and there is a massive potential. They are rapidly growing their influence in Africa and many parts of Asia, building artificial islands and developing rural China. The PLA has already requested 1000 Y-...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

By the way - if the second An-225 does get finished, would this be the longest time an unfinished frame has been mothballed and eventually gets completed after all? If it's finished in 2019 we're looking at about 28 years I think... The Ukrainians and Russians have been completing a number of unfin...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

Why would you spend billions for this? You can fly several smaller planes at the same time, or just put massive things on a ship. Ships take a long time, and can't go inland. Using Africa as an example again, sailing a cargo vessel to East Africa will take about 2 weeks. With West Africa you are lo...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 36136

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Elon Musk wants to do this soon with today's technology -- what is the rush? The earth has problems but is not in immediate danger. Thats a pretty conservative way of looking at it. Try looking at it from another perspective, why not? Why wait another 50 years before doing the inevitable? Plus, Elo...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 36136

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

I fail to see why you are so negative about this. He is willing to throw billions of his own $£€ at the world to make it happen, creating tons of jobs in the process. In my view, that alone is justification enough for me. And if he succeeds, then yay! Hopefully that might benefit us ;) If not, then ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

I think we'll see a new Spruce Goose before we see a new Sino-Ukranian-Russian AN-225. To me it seems to be an exercise in vanity and an enormous waste of resources. Why not put your energy into building something the world really needs? This is obviously a military project. It will allow China to ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 25618

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

Oh the Chinese are involved now. I think that it was in 2011 China and Russia finalised a deal to jointly design and build a MI-26 replacement, an even heavier helicopter. It's 5 years later now and in June 2016 they finalised a contract to build a thinned down version of the same helicopter, now l...

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by VSMUT
Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair's Plan with its 737-700
Replies: 3
Views: 2761

Re: Ryanair's Plan with its 737-700

The aircraft was purchased primarily as a training aircraft. Due to the nature of the mission, it naturally gets subjected to a lot of landings (by my guess, probably 30 per training flight), a fair number of very hard ones too, over it's career. This somewhat limits the lifetime of the aircraft, so...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28244

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

I guess I would take issue with the notion of those countries being untapped. I would argue SAA already does this. Where could SAA possibly fly in those counties that they don't already fly to? What are the national carriers in these countries going to give SAA that SAA does not already have? It's ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28244

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

I am not suggesting that SAA go around acquiring stakes other government owned carriers. That would be a mistake. I am suggesting they get together with local business people and create new private carriers under the SAA brand that SAA can informally control. Tanzania is a great example of why this...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28244

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

I think the best path forward for SAA is to follow to the LAN model and regionalize itself into a pan-African carrier. Hook up with local investors in other African countries and open up franchises around Africa. There is no reason why their can't be an SAA-Senegal or an SAA-Ghana to feed their IAD...

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by VSMUT
Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Wow, What A Great Military Flight Sim!
Replies: 10
Views: 5783

Re: Wow, What A Great Military Flight Sim!

I've just started playing this game but haven't had the opportunity to experience it online because the multiplayer lobby is always empty. Hmm, that site was blocked on account of malware for me... Jeez, this thread (and game) is 10 years old! I don't think anyone plays that game anymore, the revie...

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by VSMUT
Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No more special meals onboard Air Transat flights for passengers in Economy
Replies: 48
Views: 5982

Re: No more special meals onboard Air Transat flights for passengers in Economy

My parents are allergic to wheat and milk, something that has involved frequent trips to the hospital from time to time. Neither them nor I have any issues with this, as onboard service can't really be taken for granted anymore - and the fact that all proper modern airports have a bunch of shops sel...

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by VSMUT
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget
Replies: 50
Views: 3541

Re: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget

- Cramped Oh the irony! Airlines are looking at using narrowbodies on long haul routes more than ever, with 757s, 737MAXs and A321NEO(LR)s. Never mind the fact that some CRJs actually fly routes that take almost as long time (if not longer) as the Concorde was at crossing the Atlantic! As for forge...

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by VSMUT
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots, your favorite weather
Replies: 8
Views: 2225

Re: Pilots, your favorite weather

On the Cessna 172 or PA-28, a clear summer day with a few cumulus and just enough chop to feel the plane. As for the big ones, I've only had the luck to do that once in an ATR. Clear weather and still air on the way out, overcast and chop on the way back. I preferred the clear air for the view of th...

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by VSMUT
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Premium Economy on SAS
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Premium Economy on SAS

I think the only difference is the service and baggage allowance. Seats should be the same as normal economy on the A321 and Jettime ATR. In fact, I don't think they have anything else. Don't know about the FlyBe ATR, but I would guess it is the same.

I don't know anything about the service though.

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by VSMUT
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 67943

Re: T-X Requirements Released

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e123/B777LR/T-X%201%202_zpstf8duyek.png It looks very similar to the SAAB 38 concept: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Saab-38.gif And a few images of the shrink wrapped fuselage, as it left the factory in Sweden: https://twitter.com/GripenNews/s...

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by VSMUT
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 67943

Re: T-X Requirements Released

Could be, keeps risk and development cost down. The landing gear is probably the same, could be quite expensive to disgin and manufacture for a prototype, better to reuse an existing gear. True, and that has been seen before, especially with the F-5s landing gear. But there is just so much about th...

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by VSMUT
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 67943

Re: T-X Requirements Released

I'd say apart from the air intake, there are no obvious similarities to the T-38. Even the wide vertical stab and tail exhaust look different...though it does share the single F404 engine from GE with the F-20 Tigershark. The sharp front body angle and line are reminiscent of the Mako. I wonder wha...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ vs CRJ Which is more efficient?
Replies: 2
Views: 1611

Re: ERJ vs CRJ Which is more efficient?

The ERJ I would guess. Why? The ERJ is a smaller and lighter aircraft, and the 50 seat variant is probably more optimized for the mission. The CRJ was capable of being stretched into a 100 seater, which says a lot about how much different it was. The CRJ-100/200 had it's first flight in 1991, but wa...

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by VSMUT
Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being a Pilot in Europe?
Replies: 23
Views: 7940

Re: Being a Pilot in Europe?

Hey guys..do you think it is easy to find a 737ng job in Europe? They are rare now, as airbus dominates the skies Ryanair would disagree with 354 737NGs now in service, another 115 on order, plus an order for 100 737 MAX and 100 options. The natural way onto a 737 in Europe is through Ryanair, assu...

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by VSMUT
Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget
Replies: 50
Views: 3541

Re: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget

I've never understood why the CRJ gets so much hate. It has brought jet travel to many small airports across the world that would not otherwise have it. It also brought miserable small cramped aircraft to a fair amount of airports/routes that had previously been served by much larger aircraft ;) I'...

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by VSMUT
Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coattail Celebrities
Replies: 16
Views: 1217

Re: Coattail Celebrities

I am pretty sure both Paris Hilton and the Kardashians belong in this category.

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by VSMUT
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Western wings under the Red Star
Replies: 6
Views: 2106

Re: Western wings under the Red Star

As far as I know there is only visual confirmations of the F-5E's sent from Vietnam to the USSR, Poland and Czechoslovakia, and some T-37's as well. And a F-4 and Mirage III were also photographed in Russia but it is hard to tell if it was legit. The F-4 and Mirage III are just mock-ups, and are st...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why would a brand new plane be scrapped?
Replies: 4
Views: 1027

Re: Why would a brand new plane be scrapped?

bgm wrote:
If it was built in 2009, then it's hardly brand new. That's 7 years ago.

It was probably more useful as parts. Happens a lot these days.


Yep, but it arrived at the storage facility in 2014, so thats only 5 years of service.

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question About Ryanair 737-700 EI-SEV
Replies: 9
Views: 3611

Re: Question About Ryanair 737-700 EI-SEV

rutankrd wrote:
Been doing weekend flights between Dublin , Manchester and East Midlands for several weeks now.


Ryanair does crew-training/base-training at those airports, and that's what they purchased this plane for.


:)

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines and Turboprops
Replies: 85
Views: 12739

Re: Hawaiian Airlines and Turboprops

Hawaii seems like the perfect place for an ATR. The furthest route you could possibly fly can be done in only 45 minutes, 30 minutes or less for any other destination. With such short routes, a C-series (or any jet for that matter) would struggle to shave off more than 5 minutes on most routes, comp...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NAI post €53.4m loss for 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1334

Re: NAI post €53.4m loss for 2015

I don't understand why the aviation sector is no nationalist and protective when you compare too other sectors that have had multinational companies for decades! I mean just imagine the benefits of having a multinational airline with bases all around the globe! Simple, there is a lot of money and j...

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by VSMUT
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being a Pilot in Europe?
Replies: 23
Views: 7940

Re: Being a Pilot in Europe?

You do understand that there are a shortage of CFI's in the US also, which can be done at 190 hours if you're in a part 141 program. Most bigger schools pay $40-$50 an hour plus a bonus and moving expenses. Averaging 85-100 hours a month is far from 'reasonable pay'. Pipeline patrol pays $25 an hou...

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by VSMUT
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being a Pilot in Europe?
Replies: 23
Views: 7940

Re: Being a Pilot in Europe?

Until EASA raises FO mins to hard ATP (1500hours) like the rest of the world, wages will be crap there. Canada does not have the 1500hr FO min. Also, I'm not sure if Australia/New Zealand have the 1500hr min? In fact, which other countries have the FO full ATPL 1500hr min, besides the US? I am pret...

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by VSMUT
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget
Replies: 50
Views: 3541

Re: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget

But it still had four engines, was extremely noisy on the inside, looked like a turd, was plagued with technical issues. Yes, it had four engines. This was in a time when four (or three) engines was the norm, rather than the exception. Extremely noisy? If compared to a CRJ or E-jet, then yes. If co...

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by VSMUT
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget
Replies: 50
Views: 3541

Re: Aircraft that History should Probably Forget

You seem to be viewing these aircraft in the eyes of the airline market of 2016. Things were different once, and I can assure you that these aircraft weren't built without a good reason. The Bae-146 The BAe-146 was the first real modern regional jet as we know them today. The reason for four tiny en...

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by VSMUT
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Being a Pilot in Europe?
Replies: 23
Views: 7940

Re: Being a Pilot in Europe?

Unemployed Scandinavian pilot here. From my impression, you would be lucky to get a job in Scandinavia without speaking a Scandinavian language. Someone once mentioned to me that SAS has a few Americans, but they were hired ages ago. The best bet would be with a low-cost carrier. Most of those do ho...

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