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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

You are proving my point however, that most countries have small tanker fleets which makes investing in a Neo MRTT questionable over just sticking with and continuing the A330ceo based MRTT. Especially since used passenger planes can and have been converted to MRTTs. A Neo MRTT really only makes se...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Not sure why you are taking about orders Because this is a thread about the A330neo developments, the widespread acceptance by so many nations now of the A330 airframe in every competition. It is winning on its merits and proven capability, not due to politics. It is only natural in y view that the...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Stretching the A330 would not bring any benefit unless airbus puts in more exist doors. There were some discussions previously with US package carriers for a stretched A330. The KC-46 is cleared for limited operations. It can refuel certain US aircraft in operational missions. The USAF just doesn’t...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

I managed to find an IATA doc https://www.iata.org/contentassets/c0f61fc821dc4f62bb6441d7abedb076/iata-guidance-for-managing-pilot-training-licensing-during-covid19.pdf There is another one that is aimed more at ground school that is more aimed at the mental health side of things. https://www.icao....

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I never said the wake turbulence is an obstacle that makes it impossible. But it still needs to be tested and certified which costs money, because as I said they are different. No government is going to order 1 or 2 MRTT neos when they have a large new fleet of MRTT ceos, and most nations are not o...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

Many of us that operated under Part 121 rules pre Covid never had to worry about currency. Our respective companies trained us and regular flying kept us in check. We now however face a different challenge. I for example have over 9000 hrs on A330/340/350 (we flew multi fleet) types, but I have not...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I'm no aerodynamacist, but won't the larger size of the Neo engines have a more significant effect on the wake turbulance than their thrust which, as you say, is about the same for all types? Should be less, effectively same thrust is spread over a larger area. The velocity of the exhaust compared ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Other issue is a lot of certification tests for a MRTT would have to be repeated, since the wake properties for the Neo are different than the CEO due to the different engines and wingtips. Wake of course is very important when you have other aircraft flying in close proximity for refueling. MRTTs ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Florida Man Screams N-word and Hurls Metal Pole at MIA
Replies: 29
Views: 6898

Re: Florida Man Screams N-word and Hurls Metal Pole at MIA

Just a reminder to users: advocating for the use or acceptance of racial slurs is never — and will never be — permitted on these forums. There are other websites for that kind of ugly language, but we won't have it here. Furthermore, political language is limited to the Non Aviation Forum, so pleas...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

But, might slot limitations and environmental considerations play a part too? I think population density, geography, and intermodal transport plays a bigger part. You can drive freight from NYC to SFO or put it on a train, and have established logistics networks of FedEx, and UPS. Over the same sor...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

The 787 is lighter, more efficient, lower maintenance, and longer range than the A330NEO (although not by large margins). It is also about the same price, I understand. And while I expect an A330NEO can be had quicker at this point than a 787, the 787 line is no longer booked for years out, and if ...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Not sure if you're trying to be funny, but considering it took Airbus only 8 years to from announcing the A350 as a clean sheet design to it being certified. I'd say 4 years to introduce a pre-planned variant is being more than generous. I also think the timeframe is achievable, looking at the A330...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

777s and 747s use powered cargo loading systems on the main deck. I don’t believe Airbus has ever put a powered main deck cargo loading system on their commercial freighters. A321s, A330s and A300s require people to physically push the pallets into their positions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

2028? Surely an A330NEO F is long hanging fruit and relatively easy to do? Fuselage is the same as the CEO and therefore all the freighter changes are already developed. What am I missing? 2028 is when the new emission standards come in. The freighter STC can be applied to any A330, they just need ...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Yes, but I read that the original A330F had poor payload range for its size.. Barely transatlantic from MEM or SDF. With the higher MTOW and more efficient engines, I would think the NEO version would greatly increase its flexibility.. I'm sure Airbus wouldn't launch it without firm commitments but...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I still think the A338F could be very successful.. The first A330F flopped because the weights were too low.. An A338F at 251T would be an outstanding midsized freighter. The ship has probably sailed on Fed Ex but UPS has a bunch of older A300s and 767s that could be ripe for replacement later in t...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23152

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Id suggest nada, zilch, zero. The A330 is in the ‘old news’ category going forward. Anything even around freighters, will be about A350 That is not the way Airbus works, they do constant R&D, they have a team looking at the A350 now, tye just finished the A321F, they will be back looking at the...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Unless they are confusingly mixing calendar and fiscal year in the same discussion (why?) my point still stands. There is a year gap between when they discussed fleet in 2027 versus beyond 2028- that gap being FY2028. It doesn’t matter if those don’t align with the calendar year. I interpret beyond...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

According to their website https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/investor-centre their FY 2021 was 1 July 2020 - 30June 2021. On that basis, their FY 27 would be 01/07/26 to 30/06/27 so you're about 9 months out. Fair enough my end date was wrong, looked at the 2021 results it’s the 12 months to 30 June ...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

They 20 787 figure is for 2027 (presumably year end), but they state no CAPEX beyond 2028, which can easily mean the missing 2 787s are being delivered in 2028. The years being mentioned in the annual results are financial years, not calendar years. For NZ that would be 1 April to 31 March. The 20 ...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Re the A350-100 or 77X, the chances of either happening wasn't that great imo, it was interesting that they had 12 787 options beyond the 8 ordered giving a potential 34 787s eventually. Of course there was no plan to shrink the airline. NZ have like many airlines for years been heading towards a s...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

So only 6 more 787s to come not 8 as originally planned this will save a lot of capex. The graph used goes to 2027, I’m sure I read somewhere the last 2 had been deferred to 2028? This graph goes out to when the 77Ws planned .are retired, while on the 77W I wonder what the original planned retireme...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Good to see the 787-10 is officially replacing the 777-300ER. It was always the plan. I said it was the plan 2 years ago. History will record the reason for the initial retirement and shrinkage of the 777 fleet from NZ was COVID, and there is no evidence that they will be getting any 787-10s at thi...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

What makes it highly unlikely is their financial position today, and forward looking projections for when the -10 EIS was originally planned is very weak. NZ as a country has isolated itself from the world, and recently totally shutdown just for a few covid cases. What makes it highly unlikely is t...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: original wing(span) of the 787-9
Replies: 7
Views: 1801

Re: original wing(span) of the 787-9

Does anybody know the specs of the original wing Boeing intended for the 787-9? 7E7 Facts and Figures Here are the projected ranges, passenger capacities and wingspans of the three proposed 7E7 models being offered by Commercial Airplanes. 7E7 Range: 7,500 nautical miles Capacity: 200 passengers in...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

They've got seven 77Ws (per planespotters). NZ would be crazy - just crazy - to introduce a new widebody type in such a low quantity. Use more 787-10s where they have the passenger count; more 787-9s where they need range. Contracted Boeing 787 order initially intended to replace the Boeing 777-200...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Opus99’s “initial suggestion” is referring to his thread starting post made 7 months ago, not at time of order. You seem to be suggesting that NZ will never at any point in the future take up 787-10s which I, like Opus99, find unlikely. No his suggestion is that the 787-10 will be a 77W, that has n...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kam Air A340s
Replies: 20
Views: 8521

Re: Kam Air A340s

I have noticed that the A340s belonging to Kam Air have their doors and emergency exit doors left open. Is it safe to assume they are W/O? Seen that done in hot climates where there is no ground air available when people are working inside. Apart from starting the APU the ventilation options are li...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

When the -10 EIS was originally planned doesn’t matter anymore. NZ is not getting any more 787s until 2024 (when it is getting two) now instead of the originally planned 2022. Your statement applies to a lot of airlines in the region that are still taking or planning on taking aircraft. I agree tot...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Also what makes it highly unlikely? will they close it forever? even if they don't. it remains the -10 will play a major role in replacing the 77W at Air NZ. if you dont like it you can contact them What makes it highly unlikely is their financial position today, and forward looking projections for...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 108
Views: 21270

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

The 787 order contracted in May 2018 was originally intended to be a replacement fleet for the 777-200,” says chief financial officer Richard Thomson. “With that fleet permanently grounded and impaired in 2020, the wide body fleet has reduced from 29 to 21 aircraft. The 787s that will enter the fle...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Well I apologize, I was not aware that cargo loading systems including powered versions are customer options. Think of the loading system like the passenger configuration, it’s entirely up to the airline how they want to configure it. On the A320P2F for example there is no cargo loading system as p...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California
Replies: 136
Views: 27440

Re: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California

https://truckeetahoeairport.com/documen ... report-pdf
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The NTSB preliminary report for this accident (WPR21FA286) has been released. Nothing in there I could see that adds to what we did not already know.

https://truckeetahoeairport.com/documen ... report-pdf

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by zeke
Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

No I am not living under a rock and I have spent a lot of my career working on airplanes. Please find me a video or picture of a powered main deck cargo floor on an Airbus airplane. I copied a link from Airbus that shows them physically pushing the cargo since there is no powered cargo loading syst...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Sounds reasonable to amortise 2bn over 50 or so frames. Current A350 is amortising ~20bn over 900. The use of existing components allows economies of scale to be applied particularly to the more niche A35k for which the A35F will share many structural parts it seems. If the A35F can double the expe...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 363
Views: 78862

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

Structural modifications started on 8/12/2021 https://iainorthamerica.com/iai-and-gecas-777-300ersf/ Per the link, the modifications are expected to take 130 days. My math says that means very late 2021 (12/20 to be exact) the plane rolls out (assuming they meant calendar days and not work days), b...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

If conversions of old 77Ws are sufficient to defeat a new Airbus offering, are they not also sufficient to defeat a new Boeing offering (778F) as well? If you want a pickup truck, do you go out and buy a used SUV, take it to to a shop, get them to modify it into a pickup, or would you just go to a ...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

How does any of that relate to the A35F ?

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by zeke
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Just a couple or few general questions about cargo aircraft. I understand the concept of containers such as the LD3. But what about pallets used in cargo planes? Is there a standard for sizes used and what would be the more common sizes? Lastly, how are pallets loaded (and unloaded). I’ve seen LD3s...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

A 777ERSF should still be able load almost 100T of fuel in addition to 101T of payload - that is long range for a freighter and right in the same ballpark of what an A350F should be able to lift to the same range - albeit probably burning 15-20% less fuel. Anyone could load even more fuel than 100t...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Okay, so the custom length of the A350-950 will mean entirely new fuselage sections 13/14 and 16/18... And then perhaps a repositioning of the wing and gear bay wtihin section 15. Thanks for responding. My thoughts were to use the sections of the existing -900/-1000 together. If they used the forwa...

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by zeke
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

It helps us to understand how Airbus may have determined the unique length of the proposed A350F. A359 rear fuselage + 1 additional plug for the cargo door section + A35J center section (six-boegie landing gear/wing root) + A359 front section. Of course the A350-1000 already uses the A359 front and...

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by zeke
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

So, Boeing sales team is smart i think, they no longer have the most advanced freighter offering, that will be the 350F and with that, they must price accordingly and that will be a problem for the 350F. regardless i still think the business case is sound and it will sell strongly How exactly is th...

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by zeke
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

I know they are limited more by MLW or MZFW. I was generalizing and using the wrong term. Well by some unknown co-incidence you have been using the wrong terms and the wrong numerical values at the same time. The 77F's big advantage I assume would be sales price, just like the 777ERSF. 250 77F's so...

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by zeke
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

If cargo companies are not hitting MTOW limits They are not hitting MTOW limits, no idea where you get your ideas from. Freighters are normally more limited by MLW or MZFW, hardly ever MTOW. Your persistent claims revolving around MTOW is puzzling, I think on the trunk freighter routes the longest ...

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by zeke
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?
Replies: 16
Views: 2021

Re: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?

If you mean Seltzer 2010, that letter deals with configuring an aircraft to fly within the zone designated under 91.117(b) which deals with assigned speed restrictions on arrivals. It actually deals with the entirety of 91.117, as they stated that effectively nothing changed since 1967, it used to ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 17, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?
Replies: 16
Views: 2021

Re: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?

It is not true that an approved Ops Spec is required to operate above 250 knots. 91.117(d) allows for the operation of any aircraft in excess of 250 KIAS under 10,000 feet if for that particular operation, the minimum safe airspeed is higher. In that situation, the aircraft may be operated at said ...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1394
Views: 225859

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

With the 787-10 structure and whatever they have to do to take it to 260T MTOW as rumoured - it could be able to lift close to 80T at 788 lengths. At 789 lengths (same as 77F) more like 70T and not far from the density of an A350F - but at a much lower cost. The 78J and A359 are around the same siz...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?
Replies: 16
Views: 2021

Re: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?

my last 4 flights in the US, only on arrival into MDW was there a resemblance of a 250 speed limit under 10,000. Other 3 going into either light trafficked airports or coming into busy airspace thru an empty corner, RSW, BWI and DTW, all on 737NGs, seemed like the only speed restriction was gear do...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 16, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations
Replies: 31
Views: 5788

Re: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations

It's a little tough to mine Bitcoin in a country where many homes are lucky to get a couple of hours of electricity each day. Nothing to do with mining, when faced with hyperinflation people look at ways to protect their savings with a reserve, traditionally that was done with precious metals like ...

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