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    My only flight on an SP was the shortest 747...

    My only flight on an SP was the shortest 747 flight I ever made, China Airlines from Taipei to Hongkong. When introduced in the 70s, it was the ultra long haul airliner of its day.
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    I would argue the aviation world would benefit...

    I would argue the aviation world would benefit from his incisive and cogent analytical skills.
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    The real question is why the German Air Force has...

    The real question is why the German Air Force has such low rates of aircraft serviceability and reliability and why there have been so many incidents and close calls recently. I think I have some...
  4. The crash is an interesting story, as we are an...

    The crash is an interesting story, as we are an aviation safety site. All on board survived what looked to be a really challenging situation when the aircraft was stricken with severe icing. There...
  5. Magnificent. For the aviation purists the DC-3...

    Magnificent. For the aviation purists the DC-3 is actually a modified C-117 of the US Navy. This airframe was a reworked DC-3 slightly stretched with a larger square vertical stabiliser. I...
  6. In the days since the Ethiopian crash, and after...

    In the days since the Ethiopian crash, and after its initial fall on March 11, the Boeing share price has been fairly resilient, trading narrowly around $370/380. What do we conclude from that ?
  7. First of all, I believe this flight crew, flight...

    First of all, I believe this flight crew, flight attendants and aircraft all believed they were going to Edinburgh, and the flight crew briefed and prepared for such, via an automated flight plan. ...
  8. The FAA and the Canadians did apparently have...

    The FAA and the Canadians did apparently have information from the Aireon ADS-B satellite tracking system. This was the "additional information" the Canadians mentioned yesterday, which led them to...
  9. Not remotely. I hold no brief for US carriers,...

    Not remotely. I hold no brief for US carriers, but I think you have to make a distinction between business/economic priorities and safety culture. In the latter arena the US is second to none.
  10. Am very well aware of that, Peter, but the NTSB...

    Am very well aware of that, Peter, but the NTSB is also only in a position to make recommendations, which may or may not be accepted by the FAA. The latter agency takes action and makes the...
  11. I doubt he got any help. But I question how...

    I doubt he got any help. But I question how deeply and broadly qualified an 8000 hour 29-year old captain also was - in the context of a carrier with a diminishing safety and business reputation in...
  12. And no grounding would have occurred without the...

    And no grounding would have occurred without the second crash.
  13. I’m not comfortable with mass groundings driven...

    I’m not comfortable with mass groundings driven by social media hysteria. At least the 787 and DC-10 groundings were driven by less emotion. However, I accept that in today’s atmosphere it’s...
  14. I think LH744’s input would be a useful second...

    I think LH744’s input would be a useful second opinion. They’re going to Europe, I hear, so he’ll be on hand.
  15. I think I’d agree for once that the recorders...

    I think I’d agree for once that the recorders should not be sent to the NTSB, if only to ensure the strictest impartiality. While I give the FAA some credit for not giving in to social media...
  16. Very early days, I know, but one difference...

    Very early days, I know, but one difference between this and the Lion Air is that the latter aircraft had known flight anomalies on the previous flight or two, but this does not seem to have been the...
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    That’s NOT it. To my knowledge, in Europe A380s...

    That’s NOT it. To my knowledge, in Europe A380s visit Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Moscow (I think SVO), London...
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    Putting the flight deck on the lower deck...

    Putting the flight deck on the lower deck probably didn’t help freight conversion potential.
  19. Yes, it’s Arabic and it’s a blessing to all...

    Yes, it’s Arabic and it’s a blessing to all travellers, seeking the benediction of Allah to provide protection and good luck. I don’t know why it was removed, but I suspect it was a safety and...
  20. I’m quite sure there will be a drama or a major...

    I’m quite sure there will be a drama or a major incident one day. But I’ve still seen no convincing evidence that there were any actual drones during the recent disruptions at Gatwick, Heathrow or...
  21. ....although they were put on the DC-8-60 series,...

    ....although they were put on the DC-8-60 series, to become the -70s, which sometimes gave them a remarkably sprightly field performance - a sight to see. A few still soldier on.
  22. Indeed. An opportunity for you to surpass my...

    Indeed. An opportunity for you to surpass my count one day. I do continue to enjoy your contributions, by the way, when I do get on here. Plus ca change......
  23. I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking me to bet...

    I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking me to bet on, but I think it’s generally accepted that the 720 was a short/medium haul derivative of the 707, and nothing to do with the 717/KC-135, which was...
  24. Not really. The 720 is a derivative of the 707,...

    Not really. The 720 is a derivative of the 707, originally the 707-020, but renumbered 720 for United. The 707 and 720 are, crucially, the wider fuselage airframes (military designations C-137, E-3,...
  25. Just to be clear, the accident aircraft was not a...

    Just to be clear, the accident aircraft was not a KC-135 but a 707 airframe and in fact one of the last to be built, delivered in 1976 to Iranian Air Force. I don’t believe the Iranians have ever...
  26. I don’t think we do know any of that with actual...

    I don’t think we do know any of that with actual verifiable certainty. I mean, regarding buzzing the tower, make and model, and all that.
  27. It wouldn’t completely surprise me if there had...

    It wouldn’t completely surprise me if there had been no drone at all. We have no proof of anything other than sightings by members of the public or airport staff, and this website has been rightly...
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    Further to ATL’s comment, which century was this ?

    Further to ATL’s comment, which century was this ?
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    Alitalia - Always Late In Takeoff, Always Late In...

    Alitalia - Always Late In Takeoff, Always Late In Arrival.

    Who cares. It’s hard to summon any sympathy. The airline was always a job preservation club for employees. It should be understood...
  30. Air France A340 overrun at Toronto had no...

    Air France A340 overrun at Toronto had no fatalities and 300+ onboard.....
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    I don’t know about the FAA, and not wanting to...

    I don’t know about the FAA, and not wanting to sound naive, but we do give the NTSB credit for experience, professionalism and objectivity, don’t we ?
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    There are some discreet pictures of the TWA 747...

    There are some discreet pictures of the TWA 747 remains on the old airdisaster.com website, from a trip several of us took to the hangar around 2004. Some people may be clever enough to find them....
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    Isn’t there safety equipment in a few of the...

    Isn’t there safety equipment in a few of the overhead lockers ? What happens there ? Separate control/electrical circuits ? What could go wrong ?
  34. Turkish A330s are a mixed fleet with both General...

    Turkish A330s are a mixed fleet with both General Electric and Rolls-Royce.
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    But how often is that ? In most of the high...

    But how often is that ? In most of the high profile cases in recent years the evacuations have been sedate and barely life-threatening. In any case, I’ve learned that even in those more serious...
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    I completely agree the airlines are their own...

    I completely agree the airlines are their own worst enemies with the cabin baggage mess. Though of course there may be method in the madness because people are quicker to board now, so they can be...
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    Say again ?

    Say again ?
  38. Aviate, navigate, communicate. Isn't that what...

    Aviate, navigate, communicate. Isn't that what everyone is taught ? Seems the priorities were right.

    I strongly endorse the above reference to ATC. Their contribution was excellent and is...
  39. This was the first passenger fatality Southwest...

    This was the first passenger fatality Southwest has ever had, a sad event for sure, but a pretty remarkable record overall. (There was a ground fatality in a previous overrun at Midway.)
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    The 757 "will be replaced" ? It's already been...

    The 757 "will be replaced" ? It's already been replaced in effect by the latest versions of the 737 and A321.
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