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by Chemist
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine
Replies: 119
Views: 10169

Re: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine

Per my understanding, much of the accelerated timing on the vaccine had to do with plenty of money, ease of signing up volunteers for clinical trials due to the nature of the situation, and other concurrent activities - vaccine production started "at risk" well before approval was given, v...

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by Chemist
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 296
Views: 17487

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

Texas will swing Blue soon enough.
Florida will go more blue when all the seniors die off.
Tennessee will probably always be red, though.

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by Chemist
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Regarding updated cockpits, I would assume that Boeing would work in collaboration with FAA, and FAA would also talk with other airlines on a general cockpit needs discussion. If Boeing then designs some new cockpit on paper, they'd probably shop it to FAA which would make possible edits/suggestions...

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by Chemist
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options
Replies: 197
Views: 30610

Re: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options

How will the Max 7 go at Burbank? I understand most of the gates WN use can only accomodate the 737-700 and not the 737-800; will the 2-metre-longer Max 7 fit those gates? V/F Perhaps somebody knows officially. I know that the -800 only really has one Gate it can use in terminal B. It's already tig...

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by Chemist
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Except in this case Big vs small is a real mischaracterization. One is not 2x the size of the other. Who says there will only be an NMA or only an NSA - I think I have been pretty clear that I believe that there will be two different base sizes with different wings/wingbox(at least in strength mayb...

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by Chemist
Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options
Replies: 197
Views: 30610

Re: Southwest Orders 100 MAX + 155 Options

This is great news for Boeing and an important signal to the public: The 737 MAX has been fixed and can be trusted (again). I'm wondering what the price was Southwest paid, or did Boeing have a Buy 1, Get 1 FREE! sale? I don't think we have the facts that would let us have a serious discussion on p...

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by Chemist
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I love the idea of twin aisle instead of single aisle as much as the next person. However, if Boeing came out with a super-efficient NSA twin aisle, what is to keep Airbus from coming out with a new single aisle using the same technologies, and beating Boeing? While we all might like a twin aisle, u...

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by Chemist
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grass landing strips
Replies: 21
Views: 2693

Re: Grass landing strips

Missionary Bush Pilot's videos are really interesting and super high quality IMHO.

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by Chemist
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midway (Southwest) Airlines History
Replies: 10
Views: 2063

Re: Midway (Southwest) Airlines History

Big difference between MDW in the mid-late '80s and DET. I flew a bunch through DET with Pro Air, and the two are nothing alike in terms of facilities, runways, traffic mix, (and birds!), etc. DET would have required a big investment. IIRC, it had two (maybe 3) gates with jet bridges as late as the...

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by Chemist
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22
Replies: 279
Views: 31317

Re: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22

When the Constitution was written, we had perhaps muskets. Very weak weapons. Now we have automatic rifles. I've often wondered that if/when somebody comes up with a "gun" that can shoot tactical nukes, if the NRA and gun owners will still be upset if somebody tries to put controls on that...

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by Chemist
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aerobatics and Acrobatics
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Aerobatics and Acrobatics

I suspect "aerobatics" was invented from the term "acrobatics" which involves a body doing lots of rolls and contortions through the air. So it's not surprising that the acro term would still be used interchangeably.

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by Chemist
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viva Aerobus A320 nose gear collapse at PVR
Replies: 46
Views: 8249

Re: Viva Aerobus A320 nose gear collapse at PVR

Nose gear doesn't seem to be an A320 strong point.

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by Chemist
Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4985

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

Let's be thankful that we all use seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, and months consistently.
For time, you could certainly envision a metric system of metric seconds, hours - where 100 metric seconds was a metric minute, 100 metric minutes were a metric hour, and 10 metric hours were a metric day.

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by Chemist
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I keep reading about how Boeing can't start the NSA now because they can't ramp up the volume yet, and because they would cannibalize the MAX which needs to make some big money for a while. What I don't get is that since it's probably a 10 year exercise to get the NSA into production, why can't they...

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by Chemist
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Just the nature of the lengthy discussions in this thread show the complexities and risks of the decisions Boeing must make.

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by Chemist
Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2752
Views: 393891

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Before all of these recent ads I would say id probably never see WN at CID but with recent ads lately it gives me hope. MDW is at least 3.5 - 4 hrs away and DSM i think it could be possible. I’m not sure what the future holds for WN but with all of their recent ads it’s looking more like they are b...

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by Chemist
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Batik Air A320 lands with nosegear turned 90 degrees
Replies: 52
Views: 9747

Re: Batik Air A320 lands with nosegear turned 90 degrees

If the NG turned 90 degrees is to prevent runway excursions and is a safety mechanism, how is it that the A32x series seems to be the only commercial A/C with this behavior? How do all the others (737/747/757/767/777/787/A300/A330/A340/A350/A380/plus many others from not the Big Two) handle the same...

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by Chemist
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between metro area airports
Replies: 47
Views: 4020

Re: Flights between metro area airports

In the 1960s, LA Airways flew Sikorskys between LAX, BUR, and Disneyland. I flew to BUR from LAX, and that was my first ride on a helicopter.

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by Chemist
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Not sure that was a good long term tradeoff. I want to note that I agree with you that MAX was not Boeing's best option, but I do believe it was their only real option - especially in 2011 when fuel prices had more than doubled from two years prior and stayed high for years, pushing airlines to eit...

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by Chemist
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I said that they abandoned the "757 market". Not necessarily that it should have been the 757 specifically. But they had a MOM and they no longer have a MOM. Meanwhile the A321 has grown into the lower end of the MOM, where Boeing has nothing. I seem to remember that you made posts in the...

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by Chemist
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

So Boeing's dilemma is that: 1 - They let the 757 market go, claiming it wasn't big enough, and the A321 grew into it and is selling like hotcakes The A321 sells on it's own merits. Airlines that never bought a 757 have in sum bought thousands of A321s. The 757 is irrelevant to this discussion - ev...

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by Chemist
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

So Boeing's dilemma is that: 1 - They let the 757 market go, claiming it wasn't big enough, and the A321 grew into it and is selling like hotcakes 2 - They took the short path and instead of the NSA they did the MAX to get sales fast and "save money" 3 - So now they have no offering in the...

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

With the volume that NSA will sell in - they can afford to put a lot of hours into it to make it as good as it can be taking what they learn from NMA where weight will not be so critical and not kill the MAX while doing so. Based upon Boeing's recent history, I can't imagine their beancounting mana...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order
Replies: 637
Views: 108026

Re: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order

People here are suggesting for airframe manufacturers to not listen to the needs of their customers? Really?

It would be foolish to think that WN or any other airline wasn't always considering the options in the market, whether they are all-Boeing or all-Airbus or any other mix.

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by Chemist
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

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Aviation Week asks whether Boeing is going the way of McDonnell Douglas. Apologies if already posted:

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by Chemist
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I'm of the opinion that their problem is much less about engineers and much more about leadership and project management incompetencies. That is what will determine if they can successfully execute a new program.

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256254

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

5Two points occur to me; 1. Would it help if a fixed proportion of flights were flown by hand, particularly the take off and landing which is when most accidents happen. 2. People have referred to the situation when on autopilot that the system reaches a situation when it can't cope and hands the p...

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

The strategy that many people in this thread are suggesting is that Boeing may wish to develop the NMA first, in order to fill the middle-of-the-market niche and compete with the A321 and a potential A322, while minimizing the impact on the MAX demand. Then follow up with an NSA at an undetermined ...

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

The lighter weights of the MAX hasn't really helped it when you look at sales though. Even with flights being less than 1000nm which should favour the lighter design, the 737 has been losing market share to the A320. I would say it is fair to draw the inference that the A320 is better than the 737....

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

So Boeing is going to announce a 737 replacement program now, kill all existing orders for the MAX, cede additional market share now as some carriers are not going to wait 10 years for a 737 size a/c, and the board is going to fund this and justify to the share holders? Okay. No carrier can wait 10...

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

In the context of the 737, it seems that they need to replace it. I've read the arguments that the plane has to be bigger or it would cannibalize the MAX order book. So what is the alternative, letting the MAX market share slowly degrade and lose that market entirely? If Boeing is going for the MOM,...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256254

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

It's interesting because the automation has helped improve safety, but when the automation goes south, we have accidents that wouldn't have happened without the automation. In this accident (as it appears), an autothrottle malfunction went unnoticed by the pilots and caused a crash. But if they had ...

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by Chemist
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16438

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

Many years ago, perhaps 30, we flew an approach on America West 737 300 from the east. We flew left base westbound up the valley where the 210 is, north of the field, and landed on 15. Over the years, commercially I've departed all runways but 8, and landed all runways but 26. All the above as a pa...

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16438

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

Many years ago, perhaps 30, we flew an approach on America West 737 300 from the east. We flew left base westbound up the valley where the 210 is, north of the field, and landed on 15. Over the years, commercially I've departed all runways but 8, and landed all runways but 26. All the above as a pas...

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by Chemist
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256254

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

Crew proficiency is an interesting problem. I can envision a graph of accident rate versus hand-flying time. No hand flying time increases risk. 100% hand-flying time also increases risk. There is probably some point on the curve where enough hand-flying time builds competency before there is enough...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16438

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

I live in Ventura County. I once had to fly to Tulsa for business. I had the choice of LAX nonstop or BUR with a stop. Foolish me chose LAX. On the way back, we landed a few minutes early at LAX. Waited 55 minutes for a gate. Once at the terminal, went out to pick up my parking shuttle which took a...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256254

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

It appears that we are trending in aircraft design to the aircraft having more and more automation to cover for human mistakes or omissions. While the safety overall has improved with further automation, the flying skills of pilots appear to be degrading as compared to when aircraft were more manual...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130483

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Per the NTSB Human Performance Investigation Powerpoint for this accident, “From 2010-2019: 184 fatal aircraft accidents related to spatial disorientation, 20 of which were fatal helicopter accidents.” Why wouldn't the NTSB now recommend and the FAA implement an amendment to the private pilot licen...

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by Chemist
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16438

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

I live in Ventura County. I once had to fly to Tulsa for business. I had the choice of LAX nonstop or BUR with a stop. Foolish me chose LAX. On the way back, we landed a few minutes early at LAX. Waited 55 minutes for a gate. Once at the terminal, went out to pick up my parking shuttle which took an...

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by Chemist
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Everybody knows that some superiors are better than others and even the same person will have different moods depending on what is going on in their lives, but that still does not negate company culture as an important factor. But how the hierarchy reacts to problems is still a cultural problem and...

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by Chemist
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16438

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

Sadly while BUR is my most convenient airport, I won't be flying until I get my vaccine. Who knows how long that will be? Originally I thought by April but now I'm thinking it will be as late as Sep or Oct. I've flown the BUR-JFK and the BUR-BOS flights and they were both a great alternative to driv...

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by Chemist
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 244999

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

A slightly related question. Years ago during many of the "revive the 757" threads, there was a regular message sent by more than one poster that "the 757 market isn't worth it, it is too niche, not enough airlines want a narrowbody with that long a range. That's why it's not worth re...

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by Chemist
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 824
Views: 217445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Saw an article where AA is painting their 737s in a new grey style paint. Is that change also being done at the factory? Great to see the new 737s showing up on AA property. https://www.google.com/amp/s/simpleflying.com/american-airlines-737-retirements-painting/amp/ I would assume this will eventu...

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by Chemist
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2220
Views: 297857

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

It's not going to rebound until we have the pandemic under control, whatever that takes. Does "whatever that takes" include rescinding the US Constitution? Good luck. You'll need it. No. Whatever it takes within the legal framework of government. Rather than dismissing and using the ostri...

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by Chemist
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2220
Views: 297857

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

For the US, this shows how foolish the "ignore the pandemic and it will go away, we can't close things or it will hurt the economy" approach was. Look at Canada/Australia, NZ and by minimizing the pandemic results, they have far more normality than the US does. It's not going to rebound un...

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by Chemist
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 133
Views: 20954

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

There are no aerodynamic problems. That is why the FAA certified and allowed return to service and why other regulators will follow. Of course there are. They are the reason why MCAS was developed in the first place. Most swept wing airliners have yaw dampers to handle dutch roll. So they all have ...

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by Chemist
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2022
Views: 378611

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

It will be interesting to see how the public's desire for social distancing works with AA's strategy of packing customers into its planes like sardines.

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by Chemist
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 738 landing incident at SJO
Replies: 14
Views: 6594

Re: UA 738 landing incident at SJO

That looks like it could buff out.

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by Chemist
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 824
Views: 217445

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

I wouldn't expect any changes to the "NTU" LNs. Based on Woody's earlier posts the LNs are mostly Chinese and nothing is happening with any of them with the current political situation. They will no doubt filter through at some point. From looking at the Norwegian and remaining UK P-8 LNs...

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