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by VSMUT
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reaching out to pilots
Replies: 21
Views: 2794

Re: Reaching out to pilots

It would depend on where you live. If you happen to be in Europe then your best bet is to get in line for Ryanair, or pay your own type-rating and then hope to get a job in another airline. Flight-instructor jobs are few and far between, and all that I have seen will charge you an arm and a leg for ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Transatlantic flights
Replies: 10
Views: 2533

Re: Transatlantic flights

Hi! - Pilots allways avoid headwinds on westbound flights? No, the prevailing winds over the Atlantic blow from west to east, so over 99% of all westbound flights will feature some sort of headwind. - Is always turbulent facing a headwind? The clear-air turbulence you find over the oceans is primari...

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by VSMUT
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia signs first foreign Ansat Light Helicopter deal with China
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: Russia signs first foreign Ansat Light Helicopter deal with China

I would guess its to reverse enginear it, they probably order a little bit of everything to break them down and see how they work then after that they take the best parts of each helicopter and combine them all into one new "100% Chinese Invented" helicopter that appears to have no resemm...

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by VSMUT
Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 53436

Re: Russia-China Proposed 250-280 Seat Aircraft

Very nice design. It looks like an upsized C-919 :) I disagree. Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier, and others all manage to come up with unique design elements based on what they feel is most efficient. They all look generally unique though, particularly the nose and wings. It shows a lack of imag...

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by VSMUT
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The latest product of AVIC ---AG600
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: The latest product of AVIC ---AG600

WIederling wrote:
What's the "belt" for ?


I believe it's a splash screen of some sort. Prevents water from splashing upwards onto the wings/engines.

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit: Gains and Losses
Replies: 135
Views: 6252

Re: Brexit: Gains and Losses

To be honest, as long as they're in the EU I can now buy the Playmobil for Christmas a lot cheaper on Amozon.co.uk (thank you British voters). However, once out of the EEA I fear I'm no longer buying on the UK website (those customs restrictions and costs from the US are making everything expensive...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit: Gains and Losses
Replies: 135
Views: 6252

Re: Brexit: Gains and Losses

So it's ok for the EU to control freedom of movement but not the UK. Huh? The UK is free to do whatever they want. Besides which, the EU is about freedom of movement within the EU. Controlling movement through the outer borders has always been a thing in the EU. I would expect the business leaders ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit: Gains and Losses
Replies: 135
Views: 6252

Re: Brexit: Gains and Losses

I see. So the EU itself is trying to limit access and freedom of movement into the EU? How xenophobic and insular of them. Why? The EU has a responsibility towards it's own citizens, not those of other non-member nations. Indeed they are but the US airlines bring in trade and investment in to the E...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit: Gains and Losses
Replies: 135
Views: 6252

Re: Brexit: Gains and Losses

The UK is not known for its pettiness but it does have good strategic assets in the form of overfly rights and the closing of it could be a good bargaining chip. It could make marginal 757 flights from the US to the EU mainland extremely difficult and limit the capability of A321NEOLR TATL flights ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question on Misdemeanor charge
Replies: 13
Views: 2359

Re: Question on Misdemeanor charge

Well it certainly won't do you any good. I can't speak about the legal implications, but there are a ton of unemployed pilots with clean criminal records vying for the few available jobs. Why should an airline hire you, rather than a candidate who could avoid the temptation of breaking the law? Your...

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by VSMUT
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New Ilyushin 96-400M In 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 3826

Re: First New Ilyushin 96-400M In 2019

It'll be interesting to see what they're going to stick on the wings. My money is on an updated PS90. IMHO, depends what they are aiming for. They are most likely just doing it to maintain their competency in building large airliners until the upcoming Sino-Russo widebody enters production. If that...

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by VSMUT
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10390

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

What a misleading article. The F-16 is just a contender for the order, it hasn't won anything yet.

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What cockpits are particularly noisy?
Replies: 76
Views: 12846

Re: What cockpits are particularly noisy?

Huh?? What did you say??? I always heard that the 737 was extremely noisy. And as this is the same nose for the 707 and 727, shouldn't it be the same for these two planes? I would think engine noise varies significantly between the three. With the 727, the noise is most likely just wind rushing by,...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What cockpits are particularly noisy?
Replies: 76
Views: 12846

Re: What cockpits are particularly noisy?

This type: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Piper_PA-34-200_Seneca_Jensen_Aircraft%2C_EKSP_Skrydstrup%2C_Denmark_PP1122399226.jpg With the engines placed right beside the cockpit, the Piper Seneca is the noisiest aircraft I have experienced, probably not helped by the fact that it...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Azul receive their A350?
Replies: 23
Views: 4857

Re: Will Azul receive their A350?

I always remember the situation that Neeleman left B6 in. Rapidly expanding, losing money, operationally deficient in every way. He is a visionary that has no business running day to day operations at any airline. I couldn't believe people bought his schtick again with Azul. It is following the sam...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Just realized...compass use while flying geodesics/great circles?
Replies: 19
Views: 2535

Re: Just realized...compass use while flying geodesics/great circles?

I also had to study grid navigation in flight school. Then I never saw it again, but I haven't done any polar routes. Perhaps a relic of the past? With FMS navigation it seems a bit obsolete. I think the route planners still use it, but otherwise I am pretty sure it is completely gone, a relic from...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed on the calendar?
Replies: 13
Views: 1737

Re: Have you landed on the calendar?

I only have my logbook to go by: I have never piloted a plane in December, but I know I flew as a passenger in December one year. Thats all 12 months accounted for. I have all weekdays. I have all days of the month. Curiosity: The youngest aircraft I have ever flown as a pilot was made in 1997. That...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 43298

Re: A330 NEO, dissapointing for Airbus so far?

When the MoM launches, the A330NEO will only have the freight market. Cest la vie. Thats a massive if, and even then it's only if the MoM doesn't turn out to be an aircraft that is very similar to the A321, which is what the market has consistently shown that it wants. But Asia airlines? Not so muc...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 43298

Re: A330 NEO, dissapointing for Airbus so far?

I would not put a whole lot of faith behind the A330-800F. The new build freighter market is weak and the A330F doesn't really fit very well into existing freighter route structures. The A330NEO is a 15-20 year program. The world has been stuck in one long economic recession for almost 10 years, so...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Just realized...compass use while flying geodesics/great circles?
Replies: 19
Views: 2535

Re: Just realized...compass use while flying geodesics/great circles?

I went through the entire grid-north navigation thing in flying school. I understood the subject pretty well, but I never found out how exactly it was applied in practice. Can anybody elaborate? How did they set up the navigation instruments to do so?

:)

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 43298

Re: A330 NEO, dissapointing for Airbus so far?

Second hand A330-300s are scarce and the few that are available are finding new homes almost immediately. As for the A330-200, indeed there are plenty in storage but the oldest are destined for the knacker's yard for part out & scrap while the younger ones are not really finding a new home. Mos...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Boeing built the A340
Replies: 28
Views: 7013

Re: If Boeing built the A340

If you look at the A340 alone, it is easy to say that Boeing came out with the 777 and beat it. But that is build on the comparison of two models, the A340-600 against the 777-300ER shows a complete domination by Boeing. Not every model of the 777 showed this domination. Didn't the A340-300 in fact...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling on approach
Replies: 43
Views: 8166

Re: Circling on approach

You're one of THOSE people. ;) I make up the other side of the bell curve here I guess. I do have a question, are you flying the patterns digitally? If so how good do you think you would do on an IFR C150 with original instrumentation? I haven't been current in a while but the digital stuff out the...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH narrowbody all Airbus?
Replies: 12
Views: 3710

Re: LH narrowbody all Airbus?

yoplait wrote:
I assumed the 777 would replace the 340s. If the 744s are indeed being replaced by the 777 what would replace the 340s.


The 25 A350-900s on order would be a good bet ;)

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Metroliner crash at Luqa, Malta
Replies: 27
Views: 8599

Re: Metroliner crash at Luqa, Malta

What was this aircraft dong in Malta? A US-registered airframe with 2 EO/IR turrets under the rear fuselage, French military personnel. Libya related? It's not just that. This particular aircraft participated in the infamous CIA flights that were revealed in 2005-6 or so, under the guise of N120JM....

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling on approach
Replies: 43
Views: 8166

Re: Circling on approach

Just to clear up some of the confusion, courtesy of DOC 8168: A standard holding pattern below 14.000 ft is with right turns and 1 minute timing. Above 14.000 ft timing is 1:30. Other holds can be devised (including some with DME distances rather than timings), but in that case the differences must ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling on approach
Replies: 43
Views: 8166

Re: Circling on approach

Passedv1 wrote:
I'm pretty sure you meant 1 minute inbound legs.


Nope, the outbound leg is the only part that is timed in a hold. The end of the inbound leg is marked by the holding fix at which you start the outbound turn, so no need to time that leg.

:)

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 19786

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

Why should it stand around? I have not heard about an A318 or 737-600 not being usable for normal passenger flights. It would still be rather low cost even if standing around more sensible in St. Helena, compared to the investment into the airport. Who on earth would charter an A318 or 737-600 for ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 19786

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

Every airline flying A320 series frames should be able to add an A318, as any airline flying 737-800 should be able to add an 737-600 and use them also for other trips. The frames would be relative inexpensive to buy, scrap value? It's still a lot of money to lay out for a plane that would only fly...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 19786

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

Your list of frames includes quite a few that are not very good at getting in and out of rather short and difficult runways. Getting a A318 should not be to expensive as unpopular as this frames are, as an alternative the 767-600, SAS is getting rid of them. I could imagine the next size up 737-700...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 19786

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

The thing about using the 738: The airline that was supposed to operate the route already has them. To operate any other plane, they'd have to find an airline willing to do it, or convince Comair to introduce another type. Both of those options sound expensive. Or alternatively just charter a plane...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH-17 was not shot down by accident
Replies: 184
Views: 12528

Re: MH-17 was not shot down by accident

doesn't this suggestion that the operators of the TELAR that brought down MH-17 were experienced ex-military TELAR operators, argue against the widely accepted premise that MH-17 was targeted by accident? To an experienced operator, a target traveling at close to 500 kts at 33,000 feet would obviou...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH-17 was not shot down by accident
Replies: 184
Views: 12528

Re: MH-17 was not shot down by accident

Regarding the Pantsir-S1, it has been documented several times that Russia has delivered or deployed a system to Novorussia. I don't even think they made any secret about it, it was done deliberately in response to the US donating Humvee's and artillery fire-finding radars, and the UK selling those ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fate of 'Life on Mars' lander in balance after descent to planet
Replies: 38
Views: 4317

Re: Fate of 'Life on Mars' lander in balance after descent to planet

tu204 wrote:
I'm starting to believe that Mars is absolutely cursed for Russia. Seriously, not a single probe we sent there fully completed the mission. :?

Much more luck with Venus...


Count Europe in :(

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans
Replies: 669
Views: 83283

Re: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans

If however they are the largest party by a fair margin, he may be end up as the PM. He has his supporters in the Dutch armed forces and intelligence community. What on earth does that have to do with anything? Employees in the intelligence agencies and military get the exact same amount of influenc...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4643

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

I would be very surprised if they select the KC-46. IMHO, it will be A330 MRTTs or converted 767 MMTTs by IAI (and possibly a local Indian company). Either the most capable jet they can find, or the cheap one that offers almost the same capabilities as the much more expensive KC-46. The KC-46A shoul...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest MH370 Scenario
Replies: 66
Views: 13049

Re: Latest MH370 Scenario

If you want to believe decompression that's your choice... don't let anyone tell you otherwise! I don't believe anything, I just keep an open mind and try to prevent confirmation bias. knowledge of procedures So what's the procedure for emergency descent on a 777? Also 99.9% of smokehoods in servic...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 1982 Falklands War
Replies: 76
Views: 3967

Re: The 1982 Falklands War

One big Argentinian failing was to instruct their aircraft not to engage the harriers. Much post-war analysis suggests that they could have decimated the harriers quickly and maintained air superiority But didn't they do that? The Mirage IIIs were unable to draw the Harriers up to an altitude where...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest MH370 Scenario
Replies: 66
Views: 13049

Re: Latest MH370 Scenario

I mean it's possible, anything is possible but you would need 1001 inevitabilities all to come together at that exact moment... and that is just WAY too far fetched! Like Helios 522? Because that was completely unlikely too? They had cabin crew, 2 pilots in the cockpit, portable oxygen, drop down m...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest MH370 Scenario
Replies: 66
Views: 13049

Re: Latest MH370 Scenario

So for that theory to be correct he would have had to of ignored putting oxygen on... every single other crew member and passenger along with the other pilot would also need to be dead instantly and all communications taken out, otherwise even if he made mistakes in procedures other people will hav...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans
Replies: 669
Views: 83283

Re: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans

I hope Dutchy will tone down some of criticisms of me with respect, given that the Dutch Party of Freedom is now leading some opinion polls and is predicted to be the largest party after the next election! That puts Geert Wilders on course to be the next Dutch PM. Err, no it does not. This is the N...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest MH370 Scenario
Replies: 66
Views: 13049

Re: Latest MH370 Scenario

Explosive decompression and then went off course in just the right way as to avoid all radar contact until it found itself headed toward the remotest waters of the planet. Instead of, you know, just continuing its course. It might not be so far-fetched actually. Granted, my knowledge about emergenc...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gerrymandering: Can it be outlawed? How does it affect you as a voter?
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Gerrymandering: Can it be outlawed? How does it affect you as a voter?

In mainland Europe, I've yet not heard about any example of gerrymandering - designing voting districts in a way to assure election success for a certain party. We all have our municipality/county/state borders, and these are at the same time, the immutable voting districts. That's because in most ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch
Replies: 615
Views: 68320

Re: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch

The 739 in known for its runway requirements. Europe is densely populated, with airports squeezed in and around historical buildings and roads. Many have short runways, but at the same time has traffic volumes far exceeding the capabilities of regional aircraft/airport. Maybe the limitations of the...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air 747-8i Questions
Replies: 51
Views: 15434

Re: Iran Air 747-8i Questions

Err, is it just me, or is the whole Iran Air 747-8 thing not just an anonymous rumour that has been reinforced through endless debating on this site? Maybe it is a bit premature to start debating where they will fly them to, since there exists nothing official about any Iran Air order for 747-8s yet...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch
Replies: 615
Views: 68320

Re: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch

Another difference. Boeing engineering and sales are looking to launch another program/model development, off the back of three consecutive financial black holes (748, 777X and 778). For Airbus it was two. I've read this multiple times on this forum, and it's always wrong. No one knows if the 777X ...

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by VSMUT
Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch
Replies: 615
Views: 68320

Re: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch

Unfortunately what we've seen from Boeing is they don't put new product onto the market till every other option is exhausted. They really didn't want to do the 777 (they were hoping the 767-400 would be enough) but they ended up having no choice. The 787 only came when 767 sales stopped. The 757 wa...

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by VSMUT
Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans
Replies: 669
Views: 83283

Re: MH370 & MH17: Spyhunter theories for his fans

The attack piece on Wikipedia is largely drafted by an anonymous editor calling himself or herself 'Psychonaut'. WikimediaFoundation's counsel has suggested mediation of my dispute and I have accepted, as I cannot sue Wikimedia, under US federal law. Wikipedia hides nothing, everything ever written...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 1982 Falklands War
Replies: 76
Views: 3967

Re: The 1982 Falklands War

Something that bothers me greatly about the Falklands War is some of the keyboard jingoism you now see on both sides. Britain and Argentina will always disagree on this issue but I don't see why we can't try and still forge a healthy relationship regardless. I think much of it comes down to the fac...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Joint German/French C130J Hercules Sqd
Replies: 10
Views: 2559

Re: Joint German/French C130J Hercules Sqd

Very exciting news - will they wear the Luftwaffe "livery"? @ Dutchy: I agree, we need more European cooperation, not less. Let the Dutch C-130 forces join this effort and Danish and Norwegian forces as well. One base with 50 or more Herculesses should same money all around so the forces ...

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