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  1. mrlupin

    Skytrax best airlines

    The airlines know in advance when a Skytrax evaluator will be taking a flight. You can imagine the rest...
  2. Cathay Pacific’s new, long-range, fuel-efficient Airbus A350-1000 flies in to Hong Kong Aircraft to replace Boeing 777 on many routes, including carrier’s newest destination and longest non-stop flight, Hong Kong to Washington Cathay Pacific Airways is looking to control its jet fuel costs with new long-range planes that can take passengers further while using 20 per cent less fuel than its current Boeing 777 aircraft, as oil prices see-saw from geopolitical instability and trade war fears [1]. On Wednesday, its latest purchase, the technologically advanced, long-haul Airbus A350-1000, landed in Hong Kong, decorated in the airline’s green and white livery, after a 12-hour journey from the planemaker’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. Hong Kong’s flag carrier is only the second airline to fly the long-range jet, after Qatar Airways. By 2021, it will have 20 of the A350’s larger twin-aisle, twin-engined planes in its fleet. This will add to the current 22 smaller A350-900s it has, with six more of the planes to be delivered over the next two years. The five longest non-stop flights in the world [2] Even as the airline’s chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo Kar-pui endorsed the A350 jetliner as a high performer, he scotched Airbus’ hopes that one of its biggest customers would order more aircraft. “We are happy with where we are now,” Loo said. The impending deliveries mean the carrier will get about one new plane a month, “which is around the right pace,” Loo said. Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Cathay Dragon fly to more than 200 destinations and have a fleet of almost 200 aircraft. Airbus has faced a lull in orders of its A350 jets of late, and chief commercial officer Eric Schulz said it hoped the carrier would buy more aircraft. But Schultz added he understood the company would refrain from a spending spree now as it had “sizeable investments coming”. Aviation leaders at an annual gathering in Sydney this month cited rising oil prices as one major drag on airline profits. As ultra-long-haul flights take off, where is the new final frontier? [3] Loss-making Cathay Pacific is still trying to move past bad fuel hedging bets made some years back, that locked it into agreements to buy fuel at a price higher than the market now offers. It still has some paid-up fuel contracts made at US$80 a barrel, which will cover about 45 per cent of its fuel needs in the next two years. The airline’s fuel costs, including losses from hedging, rose 11 per cent last year from the previous year to HK$31.2 billion. The airline will use a number of its new A350-1000 planes – seating 334 passengers, including 256 in economy – to replace the 340-seater Boeing 777-300ER on several existing routes such as Amsterdam, Zurich and Madrid. It will also use them on its newest destination and longest non-stop flight – Hong Kong to Washington – from September this year. The airline will rework 65 of the Boeing planes, adding 10 per cent more economy seats. This will allow the carrier to move more passengers and raise revenue, amid a three-year restructuring and cost-cutting exercise. Airbus executives noted how low oil prices over the past three years had induced airlines to extend the operating life of old aircraft or buy second-hand planes, rather than spending millions on new ones. Marisa Lucas, head of marketing for the A350 ultra-long-range planes, said: “When the prices [of oil] went down, it was easy to extend the life of the aircraft already in service. Cathay Pacific fears US-China trade war will hurt vital cargo business [4] “If the oil prices start to go up, and there is a big uncertainty there, the most fuel-efficient planes are your natural hedging.” But she said rising oil prices had not shown signs of pushing up demand for new planes, “for now”. The A350 has proved more reliable than its rival Boeing 787 series. While Boeing has had dozens of 787 planes grounded with engine problems, Airbus said it had not had a single shutdown during the 1.5 million flying hours for its A350 planes. Both planes use Rolls-Royce engines, but different kinds. Airbus has received 847 orders for the A350 series from 44 airlines so far. It has delivered 174 planes to 17 operators, including Qatar Airways, which owns a 9.94 per cent stake in Cathay Pacific. Danny Lee was reporting from Toulouse, France
  3. mrlupin

    Said he needs a plane....

    An ETOPs trijet?
  4. mrlupin

    A321 Neo to be 244 seats

    Imagine one of those A321 flying back from Florida in April full of snowbirds.... It will take over an hour to offload!
  5. mrlupin

    Rich's Retirement Project

    Sounds like a fun project Rich. Van's has a great forum with tons of tips and pointers you can use. I've worked on a few of these airplanes. They are quite solid and their reputation precedes them. Stay with the Lycoming engines, they are reliable and proven in those airplanes. Normal build time sort of depends on your experience and how much assistance you can get. It might even be worth your while to get a structures technician to help you out. These skilled craftsmen can save you countless hours. There quite a few of them living the retired life. It's worth while to get great quality tools when building repairing aluminum aircraft. If you get a good rivet squeezer you'll be able to do a great job. Same for drills and rivet guns, stay away from the cheap stuff. A good Sioux air drill will serve you well. If you have access to a brake and a shear, even better but not necessary these days with pre-punched skins. If you are building an airplane it really has to be for the fun of it... Unfortunately, most of the homebuilts don't sell for half the price it costs to build one. If you are looking for advice or recommendations, I know two people who built the RV-8 and have been them flying. Both are in Ontario. I think one went with the IO360 Angle valve engine (200HP) and the other went with the straight valve IO360 engine (180HP). I believe both are spinning Hartzell props.
  6. mrlupin

    Pratt and Whitney GTF problems, again...

    Lol It's not my finger... these are pictures I use when teaching borescope inspection... It's a CFM56 top case. Since knife edges and labyrinth seal are hard for some to imagine, seeing them with the top case off makes things fall into perspective.
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    Pratt and Whitney GTF problems, again...

    The knife edge seals are what prevents the air from going under the stators in the compressor section. The main rotor (a drum) which has the blades on it, turns while the stators do not. In order to seal in between the drum and the stators the rotor has knive edges which ride on a crushable Labyrinth seal preventing compressed air from leaking out. It cuts through the Labyrinth Seal on the bottom of the stators.
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    B777X Wing Tip

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    Ins't the A350-1000 is more of a competitor for the B777 than the B787?
  10. I don't know if this has been posted before. I just came across it on Youtube and thought it to be really well made and informative. A really good video explaining fare pricing...
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    Pilot Shortage Is Here

    Who's going to fly the plane? Pilot shortage could get worse for regional carriers New federal rules around pilot fatigue could increase problem
  12. World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China China’s homegrown AG600, codenamed Kunlong, took off from southern city of Zhuhai and landed after hour-long flight China’s homegrown AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight. The plane, codenamed Kunlong, according to the state news agency Xinhua, took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after a flight of roughly an hour. With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. “Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world’s few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft,” the chief designer, Huang Lingcai, told Xinhua. The amphibious aircraft has military applications but will be used for firefighting and marine rescue, with at least 17 orders placed so far with the state-owned manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp of China, state media reported. While it is about the size of a Boeing 737, the AG600 is considerably smaller than the billionaire Howard Hughes’ flying boat, known as the Spruce Goose, which had a wingspan of 97 metres and a length of 67 metres and made only one brief flight, in 1947. The AG600’s flight capabilities put all of China’s island-building projects in the South China Sea well within range. “Its 4,500km operational range and ability to land and take off from water makes it well suited for deployment over China’s artificial islands,” said James Char, a military analyst at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The aircraft can fly to the southernmost edge of China’s territorial claims – the James Shoal – in four hours from the southern city of Sanya, the state-owned Global Times reported. The shoal is also claimed by Taiwan and Malaysia, and is administered by Malaysia. The collection of submerged rocks lies roughly 80km from Malaysia’s coastline and about 1,800km from the Chinese mainland. “The plane’s capacity and manoeuvrability makes it ideal for transporting material to those maritime features that are too structurally fragile to support runways,” Char said. Beijing’s buildup in the South China Sea, through which $5bn in annual trade passes, is hotly contested by other countries. The Philippines for many years was one of the region’s strongest opponents of Chinese expansionism, and brought a complaint to a United Nations-backed tribunal. The panel ruled last year that China’s territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis, but the Philippines has backed away from the dispute under its new president, Rodrigo Duterte. The launch of the new amphibious aircraft further strengthens China’s rapidly modernising military. This year it launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A. This complemented the Liaoning, a secondhand Soviet carrier commissioned in 2012 after extensive refits. China’s military expenditure in 2016 was an estimated $215bn, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, putting it in first place in Asia, well ahead of India ($56bn), Japan ($46bn) and South Korea ($37bn).
  13. From the Guardian,
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    Airbus buys into CSeries

    Protectionism doesn’t pay America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets But Boeing is the real loser from the decision Gulliver Dec 20th 2017 by C.R. A YEAR ago Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing, the American aerospace giant, had a problem. Tweets written by Donald Trump, America’s newly elected president, were hitting Boeing’s share price. Initially buoyed by Mr Trump’s promise of extra spending on defence, the firm's share price fell in December 2016 when he suggested in a tweet that an order for new presidential planes worth $4bn should be cancelled. After the president elect picked a fight with Lockheed Martin, a rival planemaker, Boeing’s executives were left in fear of being the next target. And so, it seemed, Mr Muilenburg came up with a plan. Boeing would snuggle up to Mr Trump’s “America First” agenda to avoid the flack. Boeing started to stress in its press releases how many American jobs it was creating; it asked the president to unveil the first 787-10 jet produced in February. In April it filed a trade case against Bombardier, alleging that its Canadian rival had received unfair subsidies from Britain and Canada for the development of its new C-Series jetliners. But as Gulliver pointed out in September, Boeing's accusations against Bombardier smacked of hypocrisy, as the company has itself received billions of dollars of state assistance, from generous military contracts placed by the federal government to $8.7bn in handouts from the Washington state government. And it has not made planes the size of those Bombardier wants to export to America since 2006. Pursuing the case would alienate Boeing’s international customers and would do it more bad than good, Gulliver warned: That is exactly what has happened. Even though America’s Department of Commerce ruled in Boeing’s favour on December 20th—setting tariffs of 292% on imports of the C-Series from Canada—it is a Pyrrhic victory. In October Bombardier gave away half the C-Series for free to Boeing’s arch-rival Airbus, weakening the American firm’s position in the market for smaller jetliners considerably. Then, in early December Canada announced that it was not going to proceed with an order for 18 Super Hornet fighter jets made by Boeing, costing the firm up to $6bn in revenue. A week later, on December 13th, it received another slap in the face, this time from Delta, America’s second biggest airline, which shunned Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft in favour of buying 200 aircraft from Airbus, its arch-rival from Europe, worth around $25bn at list prices. Bosses from other airlines have also told Gulliver that they plan to favour Airbus’s jets until Boeing stops “bullying” Bombardier. They suspect Boeing is attacking Bombardier to protect its market power. Airlines and flyers realise that they benefit from more competition in the market for jetliners, as it increases innovation and lowers the cost of buying aircraft. Aviation executives think that Boeing is attempting to destroy the competition with trade cases against both Bombardier and Airbus. But worst of all, in the process of pursuing these, the American firm is hurting its own shareholders and employees by alienating its international customers. Boeing predicts that around 80% of orders for civil jetliners over the next twenty years will be from outside America. But they won’t stick around to buy from Boeing if it continues to follow a nationalist agenda. As Adam Pilarski, the former chief economist of McDonnell-Douglas (now part of Boeing) astutely notes, if the global aerospace giant wants to “act like a little whiny American company”, it will eventually end up as small as one too.
  15. mrlupin

    Airbus buys into CSeries

    It opens for me from a smart phone... I think The Economist limits the monthly articles you can read...