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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: boeing 747 400X, the 400 under a different name or something else?
Replies: 10
Views: 3233

Re: boeing 747 400X, the 400 under a different name or something else?

I never understood the 700X with the wider fuselage (and new wing). At that point its a completely new aircraft. (the renders looked pretty ugly too) That entire 1996 family pretty much fell apart because they were all uncertifiable under grandfathering rules. The new wing alone was enough to force...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bonuses Paid to Boeing Executives. Are they justified?
Replies: 39
Views: 2788

Re: Bonuses Paid to Boeing Executives. Are they justified?

MaverickM11 wrote:
Boeing is one of the worst run companies in the country. But on the bright side, capitalism competes executive pay up, while the vast majority of the employees see their wages competed down. You know...to “retain talent”


Funny how retaining talent only works in one end of the corporate ladder.

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Today’s liveries on a retro in years from now ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1481

Re: Today’s liveries on a retro in years from now ?

Cimber Sterling also went with a fake retro-styled paint job for its 737 fleet. As for the airlines for which the current livery will one day be retro, I don't think you should look at any of the airlines mentioned so far. They're all so old that there's nothing retro about their current livery. You...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1398
Views: 227359

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Realistically, the A330F failed because it came out at a point where loads of cheap 767-300ERs started hitting the market. The second hand 767s were perfect, cheap candidates for cargo conversion. You can get anywhere from 4 to 7 used 767s (conversion included) for the price of a single new A330-20...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: RwandAir Domestic Business Class - March 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 11342

Re: RwandAir Domestic Business Class - March 2021

Outbound we were alone so it was even more pleasant, do you know which other airlines do provide a such nice treatment? KQ offers a Sky Priority door on it buses :scratchchin: , but nothing else... If to talk about African Aviation, ET comes to my mind. I know that ET is offering private bus transp...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332
Replies: 37
Views: 9769

Re: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332

From what I was told they returned YU-ARA in the same state they got it from Jet Airways five years ago. Returned? Isn't it still operating? I see it on the way to JFK as I type this. Sorry, I typed that as I was drinking my first coffee of the day. The plane is still in Belgrade but will be leavin...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GullivAir - New Airline in Bulgaria
Replies: 46
Views: 11765

Re: GullivAir - New Airline in Bulgaria

Looks like they now have their 2nd ATR in place, but still not sure where or when they plan to use them? From Skyliner: ATR 72 -212A(600) 1312 LZ-DAH GullivAir in full cs at SOF 23apr21 All 3 ATRs are in place, have been for a couple of months. They just finished painting the titles on.

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?
Replies: 34
Views: 2634

Re: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?

I'm ditching them as soon as possible, although travelling a lot I expect them to continue being a requirement for years in some places. Masks were always some of the less effective implementations in this crisis, more for show than anything else. Then the US presidential election made it an all-or-...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332
Replies: 37
Views: 9769

Re: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332

From what I was told they returned YU-ARA in the same state they got it from Jet Airways five years ago. Returned? Isn't it still operating? I see it on the way to JFK as I type this. The replacement was only ferried to Belgrade 2 days ago. It will probably be a few weeks before the old one is actu...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2519

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

How about we pay people to get vaccinated? Is that a good strategy? Frankly, make it a condition of the 4th US stimulus. Can't make it a requirement until everyone can be offered a vaccine. I don't know how they handle it in the US, but in my country such a rule would mean only pensioners and medic...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1398
Views: 227359

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

The point about the height of the cargo door came up in the A380 combi thread and in particular in this article: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/exclusive-airbus-floats-concept-for-a380-freighter-conversion I'm wondering how a cargo airline would handle 10-foot pallets arriving at their hub in a ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332
Replies: 37
Views: 9769

Re: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332

That's interesting. I haven't heard of aircraft getting delivered from the factory with a different set of seats than what the initial customer wanted, even for lease aircraft. The economy seats are indeed those from SU, while the business class ones are from EI. They just changed the upholstery. T...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Today’s liveries on a retro in years from now ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1481

Re: Today’s liveries on a retro in years from now ?

I have a feeling that many of todays liveries won't be very memorable in the future. There are so many bland and forgettable liveries that have been introduced in the past decade. I think the following could be contenders for future retro-liveries, 30-40 years from now: British Airways. The previous...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VOR Radials, Airport Beacon Placement and Planning
Replies: 10
Views: 2034

Re: VOR Radials, Airport Beacon Placement and Planning

I believe it is laid out in ICAO Doc 8168 Volume II − Construction of Visual and Instrument Flight Procedures. ICAO was put in charge of developing common international standards.

I never got access to it, as a pilot it is all about Volume I.

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing
Replies: 37
Views: 20208

Re: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

Is this related to 'the bends' like when a deep diver go up too quickly, boiling the nitrogen in the blood? No, that is a different thing. An adiabatic process is more like cumulonimbus clouds rising up through the atmosphere. It is the method used by a diesel engine to combust the fuel-air mixture...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing
Replies: 37
Views: 20208

Re: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

Is this related to 'the bends' like when a deep diver go up too quickly, boiling the nitrogen in the blood? No, that is a different thing. An adiabatic process is more like cumulonimbus clouds rising up through the atmosphere. It is the method used by a diesel engine to combust the fuel-air mixture...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332
Replies: 37
Views: 9769

Re: Air Serbia Unveils Special Livery For Its Second A332

Are the economy seats remained from Aeroflot? No, Aeroflot had to remove their cabin and put in the one with which the plane was originally delivered to them. Air Serbia will install its own economy class product after it refurbished the business class cabin. That's interesting. I haven't heard of ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EASA orders to replace fuel pumps on some A320s
Replies: 20
Views: 3663

Re: EASA orders to replace fuel pumps on some A320s

Weatherwatcher1 wrote:
10 Days or 50 cycles is a very quick compliance time. Going inside a tank and replacing a fuel pump is not a quick and easy task.


Probably not the biggest issue at the moment, considering how many aircraft are parked around doing nothing.

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 6688

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

The V-22 is still far superior as it does not use the hub and spoke cargo model. Disagree. That is a matter of choice/priority by the US Navy. The V-22 as you note opens up new possibilities since it can support ships other than supercarriers. Doesn't necessarily make it or the model superior. But ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft mood lighting colors other than blue
Replies: 9
Views: 1161

Re: Aircraft mood lighting colors other than blue

99% of the time I rarely see anything other than red-orange-pink-yellow. At most there's a short moment of blue as the lights fade out before going to sleep.

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1398
Views: 227359

Re: A350F. Airbus looking to launch: Looking for customers

Not sure if the wide body cargo segment is big enough to support both the 777xf and the A350F. It isn't. This will kill the 777-8F before the 777-8 even comes to fruition. Well couldn't Boeing come out with a 777-8F earlier than originally planned. If Emirates cancels or delays many of their 777-9'...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 259
Views: 102696

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

acecrackshot wrote:
What is the oldest average 320 fleet in US service?

My back of envelope would be UA at this point...


As per airfleets.net, Delta at 25,3 years. United is 22,4 and American is 19,7.

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 24, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 673
Views: 124690

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

Norwegian Green party proposes limits on number of flights a person may take each year https://simpleflying.com/norway-green-party-flight-cap/ Norway is one of the few countries in Europe that actually needs Aviation due to the Geography and low population density. If they Green Parties were truly ...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 259
Views: 102696

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

I know this is kinda off topic but where is Northwest's very first A320? Who has it now and what is the current tail number? That aircraft has got to be up there in age! The plane at this point is either scrapped or has been sitting on the ground for the past 13 years waiting to be scrapped. No one...

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 673
Views: 124690

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

Apparently they've now been published. Winners: HEL-JOE Amapola (F50) HEL-JYV NyxAir (SF3(?)) HEL-KAJ Raf-Avia (SF3) HEL-KOK-KEM NyxAir (S20/AT4(?)) From travelling public point of view: inconsistent and unsure From aviation enthusiast point of view: Yey! I'll get to fly the Saabs and a Fokker! Fro...

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24010

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

1. I keep telling you that you have no right to privacy in the cockpit. Legislation will be passed in time and pilots will be like anyone else. There are a lot of spaces that are not public, but guess what, there is no expectation of privacy as a right. The cockpit is not private because there is a...

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment
Replies: 43
Views: 8832

Re: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment

Low-cost operations are run on data and have to squeeze water from a prune. It's not an environment for those who cannot keep up, be it for health reasons or just plain lack of drive. Unfortunately, that is the current state of the aviation industry, it is not the most pleasant of environments to w...

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 6688

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

BestIntellect wrote:
And yes, the C-2A(R)s have been upgraded to the same standard as the E-2Ds.


*They have been updated to E-2C standard.

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chad president Idriss Déby killed in action
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Chad president Idriss Déby killed in action

When is the last time a country's leader died like this? Italo Balbo, Governor-General of Italian Libya, his aircraft was shot down over Tobruk by a cruiser in a friendly fire incident in 1940. Francisco Solano López, President of Paraguay, died at the end of the war of the triple alliance in 1870....

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by VSMUT
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment
Replies: 43
Views: 8832

Re: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment

As a pilot, he will just be flying with people who will harbour strong feelings about him, and again, at the same airline I mentioned, Pilots all have a contractual nomination of a 'no-fly crew they can't be rostered with if they desire. If they all ostracised him, I doubt he will last long, especi...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12710

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

There are no Keys required to open any commercial aircraft exterior doors. That's not true. Many low-sitting aircraft such as the ATR have locks on the doors, and the aircraft get delivered from the factory with keys. Never seen them in use out in the real world however, presumably for the exact sc...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corporations Buying Up American Homes
Replies: 34
Views: 2581

Re: Corporations Buying Up American Homes

2) Somewhat separately, do you see housing prices sustaining ever rising heights or do you think a fall is coming as foreclosure protections end? Much of the housing is held by the big and relatively affluent baby boomer generation. They have been able to continuously push prices up. The high price...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Q400 flight?
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Re: Longest Q400 flight?

At least Ethiopian has a 2-1 config in the business class of the Q400! Really, since when? Even the seat map on ET homepage is showing a 2-2 config... https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/services/on-board-services/seat-map# It is 2-1 in this trip report, on the same route you flew: https://milelio...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Q400 flight?
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Re: Longest Q400 flight?

On Flyertalk, a couple of posters in 2016 noted that Ethiopian had been known to use the Q400 between Addis and Dar Es Salaam, at 946 nmi. Actually, the flight was triangular - connected ZNZ as well. I did this route and I survived due to an upgrade to BusinessClass. :champagne: Combine ET generous...

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by VSMUT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12188

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

The airline traveling public in the east was tiny compared to what became usual flying in the west from the 1970s. Go to the mediterranean once a year by plane. In east Germany you as the average Joe we're very lucky to go domestic to the baltic coast by train. Bulgaria or Hungary were most exotic ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

You don't just turn an unpressurized aircraft pressurized. That would practically be a complete redesign, so not happening. My observation is that few of these small airlines can afford new airplanes. They will rely on the second hand market for cheap aircraft. In that case, as the hoped for Russia...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12188

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

The unpleasant nature of living in the DDR must have been hard on East Germans, who likely wanted to travel and see the world, but then how many of them could acquire exit visas, and of those, how many were there? Probably worth noting that most people in western Europe didn't travel and see the wo...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planned range for the 777-9?
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: Planned range for the 777-9?

Forgive an ignorant person, but I am really curious what 7285 nmi design range means. When the plane has flown the 7285 nmi distance (under some specified set of conditions), do the motors flame out, does the plane still have fuel to hold and land with contingency fuel intact, is it even possible t...

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by VSMUT
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

Unfortunately the whole thread is a bit messy in particular because many here come up with aircraft above 19 seats. Well, should Cessna eventually launch a pressurized, retractable gear, pax version of the SkyCourier , that would be one sweet challenger to present offerings..... https://www.youtube...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

DLHAM wrote:
I can remember Air France flying Beech 1900 aircraft from Strassbourg to Hamburg in the late 90s/early 2000s -- thats 1:45 hr in a 1900 :crazy: . I am sure they operated them to some other places too.


If you ask me, the Beech 1900D beats all the full-economy 737s and A320s we have today.

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12710

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

Horstroad wrote:
You'd have to walk over the forward gear doors though and all that's holding them up are some ball bearings in the manual door release mechanism of the door drive link.


Probably a not so insignificant wind pressure as well.

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

Delta Air , later acquired by BA who turned it into a 737 operator and renamed it dba, was founded with DHC-6 flying primarily from FDH, later augmented with Metroliners and Do-228. Again, mostly point-to-point. *Renamed initially to Deutsche BA, complete with an interesting Germanised version of t...

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by VSMUT
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5
Replies: 151
Views: 22976

Re: Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5

Could engine makers design an engine that fits both? Or would such an engine have too much maintenance on the heavier model? I guess it's a bit funny to have the same engine for a narrowbody and a widebody. Still I'm curious. It is possible (see the 757 and 767) but it would result in two aircraft ...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5
Replies: 151
Views: 22976

Re: Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5

All Airbus really has to do is to re-wing the A32X to shift the overall weight of the family up, accommodate larger variants and increase efficiency. They'd need an A320.5/321/322 trio, with a wing that comfortably fits them and leave anything below that to the A220 (with a -500). Airbus will do wi...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

Another two current options: Nordic Seaplanes - Fly between the ports of Århus and Copenhagen in Denmark with a pair of Twin Otter seaplanes. They also run a couple of other routes from time to time. They have seen a surprising success since they started flying 5 years ago, although not too surprisi...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7654

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

They did exist, 30-something years ago. I remember someone posted a flight schedule for Berlin Tempelhof in a topic at one point. There were loads of small pistons and turboprops flying in. Everything from Piper Seneca's to Shorts 360s and Metroliners. Almost completely extinct today. There is a sch...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5
Replies: 151
Views: 22976

Re: Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5

Invest in further improvements to the A321neo. If Boeing goes for a 2-3-2 NMA they will be shooting themselves in the foot. It is inefficient, the additional aisle adds weight but doesn't generate profit. The NMA needs to be a 3-3 narrowbody. Think something like an A321 or maybe even A322, but with...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 3926

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

At least for the types I fly, all simulators are complete garbage on the landing part. It's bad enough that you are looking out at a 2-dimension image, but the feel is completely wrong as well. In simulator sessions it ends up being more procedural training and somehow trying to end up parked near t...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?
Replies: 19
Views: 3345

Re: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?

why does the 747-8 exist and what useful purpose does it have considering that now we have 777s with ge90 engines that do more with only two engines or is it meant to be some sort of "cheaper" cargo aircraft? Well, developers sometimes make mistakes and miss the market. It's difficult for...

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by VSMUT
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?
Replies: 4
Views: 2064

Re: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?

Hello! Let's take an ATPL pilot with a A320 type rating. As far as I know, this license will allow the holder to fly all A320 series jets, obviously. But what types of aircraft are implicitly included, so they can be flown without any additional license/type rating/mandatory training? Single engine...

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