Tagged With "aircraft"

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Re: The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

DrFumblefinger ·
No windows???? NO thanks! I'll look for the antique aircraft to fly my aging bones then.
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Re: The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

GarryRF ·
Sounds like the new Boeing Dreamliner . When the Captain decides it's bedtime - he darkens all the windows to an inky shade of blue. You miss the sunrise and sunset. The amazing scenes of clouds on fire as the sun reaches the horizon. The spectrum of blue to deep orange as the morning sun puts on its best show of the day - at sunrise. Sounds too claustrophobic for me !
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Re: The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

PHeymont ·
I'm inclined to agree. I'd rather they put their effort into strong but lightweight windows so that we can see the real view...not the potentially-edited one with the commercials soon to come... Come to think of it, the perfect plane's already been invented: it's just that it appears to be reserved only for Wonder Woman!
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Re: The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

GarryRF ·
Ah! Diana Prince and the perfect plane in one place. The dreams of a young man - and maybe an older one too !
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Re: The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

DrFumblefinger ·
For those folks in the audience born after WWII, this is what Garry and Paul are talking about:
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Re: French Designer: Get rid of airplane windows

Travel Rob ·
I hope this doesn't happen anytime soon to commercial airlines.Part of the fun of a trip is looking out the window. I also wonder if airsickness would occur more without windows? I know in a car or bus, if I can't see where I'm going, I feel queasy.
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Re: French Designer: Get rid of airplane windows

DrFumblefinger ·
The thought of flying in a small solid metal tube with 200 strangers pressed against me makes me feel very claustrophobic and definitely like staying home. Add a few windows to the mix and it becomes bearable.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

Jonathan L ·
I rode a 747 to and from China a few months ago. It was the first time in years that I had been on one, and it reminded me that not all coach flights have to be like a sardine can. The wide body had room to walk and stretch on the 13 hour flight, and toilets were actually comfortable. I wish they were still using them on cross country flights.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the bit of history, Pheymont. Nicely written and I, for one, found it very interesting. Looking forward to part II.
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Re: Dream big! Designer thinks about huge zero-emission planes

DrFumblefinger ·
If only that plane could also take us to the moon, then all my dreams would have come true. PHeymont, you and I will never see anything like this in our lifetimes. But I like dreamers and maybe in time technology will take us there.
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Re: Dream big! Designer thinks about huge zero-emission planes

GarryRF ·
I couldn't sleep on a plane like that. The fear of hitting a storm and having to turn off all the lights to conserve energy. Or being stuck in Atlanta - again - waiting for days for the bad weather to clear - to charge the batteries.
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Re: Boeing Announces the Biggest Aircraft Order Ever by China

DrFumblefinger ·
The deal is worth a $38 billion to Boeing in the short term. What the long term costs will be to the company are impossible to know. There's also details on this story at this link .
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Re: The Biggest Plane You've Never Seen

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks rather like a stuffed goose trying to take flight. The kind of aircraft that belongs in an aviation museum, not in the sky.
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Re: The Biggest Plane You've Never Seen

PortMoresby ·
How very Soviet.
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Re: Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (Where Gumbo Was #231)

GarryRF ·
First time I saw a B52 it appeared from inside a cloud and flew at low level up the River Mersey. It was so big you'd think it was just hanging in the air.. stationary. But the beat of those massive engines was enough to remind you that this was a spectacle to behold.
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Re: Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (Where Gumbo Was #231)

DrFumblefinger ·
It is amazing that a plane as large and heavy as the B52 can get off the ground! They have a much more limited job now that the precise weaponry of cruise missiles and drones and the like have been developed.
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Re: Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (Where Gumbo Was #231)

George G. ·
Nice photos and aircraft details. My niece served in the Air Force and was stationed at Grand Forks AFB on one of her assignments.
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Re: School spirit? Get your mascot on Frontier's tail!

GarryRF ·
I flew Frontier last week. From Miami to Philadelphia. Pleasant, courteous staff. Clean plane. Couple of hours in the air. None of the refinements of a long haul flight - I knew not to expect any. Just like any European Budget carrier. I'd recommend them to anyone. Nice folks.
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Re: The Future of the Aircraft Cabin Interior, according to Boeing

Travel Rob ·
I think the best thing Boeing did was make the windows bigger in the 787.
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KLM speeds boarding

DrFumblefinger ·
One of the most tedious processes or air travel, besides the TSA screening process, is boarding of aircraft.  Royal Dutch airline, KLM, will begin a new boarding program at it's Schiphol hub.  Here's that link.
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French Designer: Get rid of airplane windows

PHeymont ·
A French design team has come up with a prototype for a private jet without windows, and suggests the idea could apply to bigger planes as well. Instead of windows, the inside surfaces of the plane would be lined with thin screens that could be used...
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Delta joins the mixed fleets with big Airbus order

PHeymont ·
The days of all-Boeing domestic fleets seem over as Delta joins American and United in mixing Airbus into its fleet. In Delta's case, this is reflected in a new nearly $15 billion order for 50 A350 and A330neo widebody planes. The A350 is Airbus's...
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I hear you knockin'––but pilot can't get in!

PHeymont ·
Yesterday's Delta 1651 from Minneapolis to Las Vegas landed safely, but with the pilot locked out of the cockpit in a freak mechanical failure. The captain had left the cockpit to use a restroom, and found on his return that the cockpit door had...
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Emirates A380 gets 615 seats, keeps legroom

PHeymont ·
That's a whole lot of seats, there, in Emirates new configuration that makes room for 98 more coach passengers by eliminating first class altogether, and shrinking business class by 18 seats.   The good news is that while the seats will not...
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Airbus now "printing" parts for A350

PHeymont ·
A350 being assembled at Toulouse, France   I'm going to start with the cranky part: it's NOT 3-D printing; it's 3-D fabrication, or technically FDM (fused deposition modeling).   Now that I've gotten past that part, here's the wonder: the...
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Dream big! Designer thinks about huge zero-emission planes

PHeymont ·
Imagine a triple-decker plane that could carry 800 passengers, made almost no noise, and generated much of its own power in flight. Barcelona designer Oscar Vinals is working on that vision, and while much of it depends on whether technologies just...
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School spirit? Get your mascot on Frontier's tail!

PHeymont ·
Frontier Airlines puts big animal pictures on the tails of its planes. Now they invite you to vote for your favorite school or college mascot to go on a new one.
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India holds great promise for Airbus and Boeing

DrFumblefinger ·
India's got one of the fastest growing airline industries in the world and Boeing and Airbus are hoping to take advantage of this growth.
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Boeing exceeds Aircraft Delivery Expectations in 2015

DrFumblefinger ·
2015 was a good year for Boeing, as delivery of aircraft slightly exceeded expectations.
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Delta looking at buying Bombardier CS100

DrFumblefinger ·
A huge sale would greatly help Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. Might Delta provide its big break?
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The Future of the Aircraft Cabin Interior, according to Boeing

DrFumblefinger ·
What does Boeing foresee in the aircraft cabin of the near future? Lighting and projection play a big role....
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The Biggest Plane You've Never Seen

PHeymont ·
The Antonov An-225, a 6-engine monster that holds world cargo records, seems to defy gravity just to get off the ground.
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Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (Where Gumbo Was #231)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the plane exhibit outside the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. An impressive assortment of military hardware can be viewed (for free), a treat for anyone interested in the history of flight.
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Air pollution: In the air, and inside planes

PHeymont ·
How much do these engines affect the air inside and outside the plane?        Photo: Julian Herzog / Wikimedia   Air pollution issues are in the news for air travel lately. A British union of airline workers is preparing a...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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Boeing Announces the Biggest Aircraft Order Ever by China

Travel Rob ·
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg  announced China's commitment to buy 300 aircraft before he introduced the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Everett on Wednesday. That's the largest jet order in history.   What was not...
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The Future: A plane with NO window seats?

PHeymont ·
That could happen. Advances in electronics, combined with a goal of reducing aircraft weight and therefore fuel consumption, could bring us windowless planes within a decade, according to this article from the  GUARDIAN   (UK).   In the...
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Bargains ahead for used plane buyers?

PHeymont ·
We're used to reading of big orders of new planes, especially at the big annual airshows. But some airlines, including big ones, also keep an eye on the used-plane market.   Delta, for example, has indicated it wants to expand its wide-body fleet...
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It had to happen: BA flight struck by Heathrow drone

PHeymont ·
What airlines, officials and passengers have feared has happened, though fortunately this time without serious consequences: An inbound British Airways flight was struck by a drone during its approach to Heathrow Airport Sunday night (Apr 17). The flight from Geneva, ironically an A320 on Flight 727, landed safely and was permitted to continue flying after an inspection. The growing popularity of drones as toys and camera platforms has made such incidents inevitable, despite rules that...
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Boeing: 38,000 new planes needed in next 20 years

PHeymont ·
Boeing's 7500th 737 leaves the assembly plant. Boeing expects many more. Boeing Corp. photo   Boeing predicts the world's airliner fleet will double over the next 20 years, from about 21,600 now to 43,560—and between growth and...
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Airbus releases drawing of self-piloted aircraft

Travel Rob ·
Airbus releases drawing of a self-piloted aircraft.
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Take Flight at The Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA

Samantha ·
Samantha's husband shares pictures and a video from his wonderful visit to the Museum of Flight near Boeing in Seattle, Washington.
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