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by zeke
Tue Nov 16, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15723

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

Just as the the A350F will have to have different panel sections to the passenger version. They would have to on the A350, however it would be lighter to do so. With the panel approach they effectively have beams running down the aircraft longitudinally where panels join. There is nothing like that...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Has anyone seen anywhere if the A350F will use 8 feet or 10 feet tall pallets on the main deck??? Because a quick calculation based on Cargolux website saying 21347 cuft main deck on 744, so for A350F with 12 under deck pallets at 62in high leaves you either only carrying 22 10 foot cubed pallets o...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

No they were not. While they were going to use and modify the A330 fuselage, there were other substantial changes and it was called the A350. The A330Neo that was eventually released was substantially different from their A350 "model 1" that was canceled. The original A350 included update...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 15, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15723

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

Hey, you're the one who posted this quote: It did fail “ The structural flaw in the Boeing design was found in May during a ground test that bent the wings upward. Stresses at the ends of the long rods that stiffen the upper wing skin panels caused the fibrous layers of the composite plastic materi...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350-1000 Question
Replies: 7
Views: 2116

Re: A350-1000 Question

Hey there! It's been so long since I've posted on Airliners.net. I've been in the forums since around 1998, but not super-active as of recent. I have a question about the A350-1000 going from max thrust to climb thrust. Recently I flew with Qatar Airways to Dubai. The DFW-DOH sectors were on an A35...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

By the way, it looks like the A350F will be 5 frames shorter than the A351 while the A351 forward fuselage is 6 frames longer than the A359 fwd fuse. If these figures are correct then the fwd fuselage of the A350F would be specific to that version. If you put the A359 front section ahead of the A35...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Based on the Leeham diagram from the previous page, it seems like there is much more space behind the wing box than in front of it. Perhaps it's just an optical illusion, but I am struggling to picture in my mind how the holds would then be symmetrical. . . Maybe you have a hold diagram that would ...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15723

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

Yes, because the wing passed the test without breaking. Not exactly true, the wing body join did fail But they couldn't be certain in advance that it wouldn't break, and if it had they would have had to clean it up? They didn’t, the test facility is completely empty. People are watching by camera. ...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

According to Hamilton, the aircraft will have the same volume as the 747-400F and -ERF and somewhat more range, but around 6-7 tons less payload. Replacing aging 747s is a key part of the A350F market, Airbus believes. Let's see for example if Cargolux and SQ Cargo will be convinced to replace thei...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Just like the B787 is cash positive; but has not yet paid off the development cost - the A350 is in the same boat... except that Airbus does not tell us the details like Boeing does on the B787. No idea what you are talking about here. Airbus does not use program accounting, the A350 costs have bee...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15723

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

I call BS on that, how did they know the wing would not break before reaching ultimate load? From the a.net thread when this was discussed all these years ago this was a quote someone found from Boeing in a flight global article “We're asking what will we gain, if anything, by taking the wing all t...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News
Replies: 108
Views: 15723

Re: The 787 doesn’t lend itself well to a freighter says Leeham News

Can't they just cut in holes anywhere as required and patch the fuselage around if needed? Isn't this how they cut in windows and doors anyway? No, the same reason the 787 wing was not tested to destruction. Carbon fibres pose a serious occupational health issue. Windows are doors are cut prior to ...

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by zeke
Sun Nov 14, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

There are many databases for fleet data. Regardless, the point is that grounding aircraft does not remove financial obligations. I believe the legal term is called frustration, when you lease something and it is unable to do what it is supposed to do. It is for this reason to my understanding it wa...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

I addressed this earlier. Why would QR ground a more efficient aircraft if the issue was COVID and over-capacity? Why would QR extend leases on older less efficient aircraft or bring back aircraft after they have been returned to lessors? Why would QR lease in new capacity? I think you are followin...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

It is not like they are a new operator, or a small unsophisticated one. Given you are aware they have been around for a while, could I suggest you have a look at what sort of reputation they have with their suppliers and employees. Do they have a reputation of ordering options that will have a lowe...

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by zeke
Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

I believe my point stands that degradation or failure prior to what is described in those standards is the responsibility of the Manufacturer. There has been no failure, the surface is expected to degrade with time. Under MSG3 every aspect of the aircraft is inspected under the reoccurring A/B/C ch...

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by zeke
Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Zeke may actully be right about how the contract is worded. However, the key will be the statements in the maintenance materials that would be incorporated and referenced in the contract. Those maintenance materials would include listings of the parts subject to degradation and wear; with expected ...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

No legal team worth a grain o' salt would ever agree to a sales contract in which an OEM could slide on a defective product like that. Heck, even a clause for a generic Consumer Expectation Test under common law, wouldn't allow an OEM to get away with such a response. The OEMs simply will not provi...

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by zeke
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1800
Views: 301873

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

actually 61t per https://aircraft.airbus.com/en/aircraft/freighters/a330-200f but yes, more than 46t; first source was off That link you provided under the large bold "Performance and Efficiency" title states "The A330-200F flies 20% further and has a cost per tonne that is 13% lower...

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by zeke
Wed Nov 03, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15798

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

Well when your only competition has its mainstay aircraft grounded for over a year, their current new generation widebody stopped production, and its next generation widebody unable to get certified. I think 60% is pretty low.

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by zeke
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1976

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

The Telegraph article reports on standard cruise speeds compared to Concorde, and claims the following: 747-8 M0.86 A380 M0.855 A350 M0.85 787 M0.85 777 M0.84 John Cox, on the other hand, is a well-known retired captain personality in the US who frequently appears on major news networks to comment ...

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by zeke
Mon Nov 01, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1976

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

I don’t really have a dog in this though, speed wars are for A vs B fanboys to fight over :lol: You were the one who raised it, I cannot read your first link as its behind a paywall, the second link states "Question: What is the fastest airliner and how fast does it fly? — submitted by reader ...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2420

Re: Did the Pilots forget to retract the landing gears here ?

Hello to all the distinguished forum members, So Im a plane spotter based out of LKO..and recently I spotted this Air India Dreamliner 787-8 taking off but as I saw the birdie ascend I never saw its gears retract..which led me to think what could possibly be the reasons behind this thing ? Now I ha...

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by zeke
Sat Oct 30, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.
Replies: 14
Views: 1976

Re: Why didn't Airbus design the A-380 wing with a great wing sweep.

The 747-8 is currently the fastest jetliner. The speed gains are not the issue - fuel burn is. The difference between mach .86 and .84 cruise is not much in terms of time gain, but to airline bean counters is huge. The 747-8 is not the fastest, there are numerous aircraft flying around today with E...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production
Replies: 208
Views: 26464

Re: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production

Aircraft values have dropped brutality, about 25% for A320CEO 2021 $33.5 The NEO has been around already for over 5 years, across the board older aircraft have had large drops in their values during covid. I think it is more likely as things pickup after covid, many airlines will elect for efficien...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Honeywell ALF502R-5 EM/Cross-Section
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Re: Honeywell ALF502R-5 EM/Cross-Section

Have a look at these eBay items

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USED AVCO LYCOMING ALF502R Turbofan Engine Student Workbook 146

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by zeke
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 108
Views: 23980

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Cobham caused significant problems and delays on the program, and they paid handily per this report back in 2019. Anyone know what the status is of the WARP pods for the 767, I don't believe they are in use yet, only the centerline drogue . https://www.defensedaily.com/cobham-accepts-206-million-ch...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2364

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet. Is there some kind of "official" definition? A commercial pilot told me that the airlines prefer long straight-in approaches. Is a short final sort of the antithesis of this? It’s not really a term I hear much these days...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 14
Views: 3205

Re: What's this contraption?

DC-9-41 ?

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by zeke
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies
Replies: 16
Views: 2526

Re: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies

I, for one, am incredulous that Airbus would pursue policies that would undercut the value of the remaining outstanding stake in order to make the purchase as cheap as possible. Impossible! Yes that is totally opposite of any company the world over, they are always looking at ways to overstate the ...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 11991

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

Damn... how many times have they tried to revive the Fokker 100 now? The design dates back to the first crewed flight on the Apollo program. Restarting this will be like bringing something designed with a slide rule to a supercomputer fight. My guess is it would be cheaper and faster to go from a b...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32785

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Same with EFA A321, no JQ involvement in introducing that type. The various entities at times don’t have much interaction with each other, so don’t assume that mainline flying will so easily be farmed out to other entities just because they operate that particular type of aeroplane already. This is...

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Opus99 wrote:
So does the a350 in those conditions need more paint/skin maintenance than other aircraft?


Not that I am aware of, and if we look back how this was discovered it was during a normal repaint.

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by zeke
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32785

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Sorry, that’s not true. Currently front of house ground staff have a B-Scale, in addition to this they also have Qantas’s Ground Services. Previously it would be offered as an option during EBA negotiations - agree to a B-Scale or we’ll reduce the conditions of your award, but it was often voted do...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32785

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Besides this is QF they will probs only recruit new hires on a B-Scale 320 mid-haul contract to reduce labour costs, separating them from legacy 737 short haul pilots. In Australia every employee would be on the same agreement within the same airline, the only way they can run different pay scales ...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 419
Views: 87151

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Oh well, at least EASA is willing to say there is a "degraded paint condition"... Presumably all the grounded airplanes had not been stripped for repainting already so I'm not sure this can all be blamed on the paint shop. A degraded paint condition after being in service is totally norma...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8043

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

What's the difference between the MRTT and the KC-45? A LOT!!! Off the top of my head, the MRTT doesn't have a main deck cargo door/config (the KC-45 would have). MRTT can have a main deck cargo door (eg Germany), France have opted for main deck cargo doors on their follow on order. The door is a j...

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by zeke
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

RJMAZ wrote:
It looks like it has windows to me.


What does windows have to do with anything ? Ever hear of the C-9B Skytrain or C-40A Clipper ?

France is doing that with their next batch, main deck cargo door with quick change interior.

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32785

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

This is also no longer relevant as during covid QF outsourced it’s ground handling - this now becomes the GHA issue to manage with unions not QFs. Contracting out activities does not remove the responsibility, see this decision where a contract cleaner fell from a Qantaslink aircraft, it was QF tha...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8043

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

After all we've been through, I'd hope you wouldn't just point to a brochure... There's a world of difference between a manufacturer's brochure with carefully chosen words vs. reality. There's a world of difference between being certified to wear AERPS gear, which is what that brochure says, and be...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32785

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

I understand the unions have been for some time negotiating with QF over manual loading injuries, and I understand the compensation, lost time, and additional staff are not insignificant. Will see if that translates into the RFP at all.

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

The briefing clearly states the WV80, which is 238 tonnes MTOW, LM on their website state for the LMXT it is 242 tonnes and fuel offload of 124 tonnes. No they state fuel capacity not fuel offload. 242t MTOW minus 125 OEW gives only 117t fuel capacity. Airbus has clearly put in a big extra fuel tan...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

The KC-45 page has an asterix next to the empty weight and it says: Note: specifications denoted with a "*" are for the A330. So they have simply used the weight from the A330-200 passenger variant. Stitch posted it yesterday, however the reference post was removed, so was his reply. The ...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

If I were to spec it out, I would go for an A330-200 based variant with the highest MTOW option available and the NEO RR engines assembled and supported in Indy. Fitting the new engines is critical for Airbus to win in my opinion. https://i.imgur.com/HnUnjKw.jpg Here is the fuel burn figures. The K...

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by zeke
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8043

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

Well they were refueling aircraft a year ago that weren't part of testing or an exercise, so I'm not sure what the article is referencing. The KC-46 still does not meet the contract specification, it has 4 USAF identified category 1 deficiencies and some more minor things like toilets that dont wor...

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by zeke
Sun Oct 03, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIlatus PC-12 crashes near Milan Linate after take off - no survivors
Replies: 14
Views: 6167

Re: PIlatus PC-12 crashes near Milan Linate after take off - no survivors

Is that 270° turn shown on FR24 a normal departure route from LIN for small aircraft? The flight data looks pretty consistent almost until the end. There is a number of standard departures from RW36 which would be consistent for the initial turn to the south. The desired route to LIEO would be sout...

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by zeke
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

But hasn’t Airbus had a tough time with the boom as well? AFAIK they had some events during initial testing which was before the KC-46 award (eg https://australianaviation.com.au/2011/01/boom-or-bust-raaf-kc-30-loses-boom/), however their launch customer the RAAF (Australia Air Force) had the A330 ...

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by zeke
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18276

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

If the requirement is a massive tanking capability, then the 777 will have the advantage. But to my mind, the 777 is way too large for the job. Massively too big. I can’t imagine anything needing that amount of fuel It has taken over 10 years to get the KC-46 where it is today after contract award ...

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by zeke
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to operate its second longest non stop flight with a 787-9
Replies: 34
Views: 13404

Re: QANTAS to operate its longest non stop flight with a 787-9

Any reason for CASA banning fights south of 60S? (ETOPS requirements notwithstanding) Few issues : Communications SATCOM limits, they dont have comms over the poles (there are some systems that do, but QF does not have them) SAR - Outside any reasonable SAR range, Australia could not reach most of ...

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