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  1. chrisg

    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Unfortunately it is becoming a witch hunt against Boeing. Any new airliner is going to have issues during its first months of service, they are so complex that there will always be things that slip past. The intent of the test pilots is to push the aircraft further than it could reasonably be expected to experience in service flying and be satisfied that it will be able to deal with emergencies of all types. Sometimes they really do push it hard, D.P. Davies in the classic "Handling the Big Jets" very matter-of-factly reported flying a 747 on one engine, an outboard one at that, to a full stop. So far as I'm aware no 747 has ever lost three engines. John Cunningham when queried over possible tail-slaps with the Comet put a rubber bumper on it and tail walked it down a runway. I don't recall a Comet ever suffering a tail-slap. All of which makes it difficult to understand how the MAX was so easily "rubber-stamped" into service. It appears that inside Boeing there was an awareness of issues with the aircraft but the FAA seems to have taken Boeing at its word that it was just another 737. Even a cursory examination of the aircraft should have shown that not to be so. In sort all the holes in the cheese chose to line up and anther learning curve in aviation began-hardly the first one. Cheers
  2. chrisg

    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Figured you would know more about them stadl, I think I must have hit them in a doldrums period between bigger contracts/projects. Still no one is game to name a return to service date for the MAX: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/20/business/boeing-737-max-return/index.html I'm beginning to think mid-year as in July before they are carrying passengers again, at the earliest. One thing is certain, it is going to be one very safe aircraft when it does fly again. Cheers
  3. chrisg

    My leg and the last 2 months

    There yes, if rehab is anything like the last time the sadists got their hands on me getting back might be a challenge All worth it though - perhaps the most annoying is how quickly being stuck in bed leads to your losing muscle tone but it recovers pretty well. Cheers
  4. chrisg

    My leg and the last 2 months

    Good to hear!!! Cheers
  5. chrisg

    What's on your mind?

    Climate change perhaps. We had one storm of note in 30 years, now have had three in the past four years.... That's Adelaide, Perth has had two in the past eight or so years as well. No one really remembered any there before. Cheers
  6. chrisg

    What's on your mind?

    Bloody hail, seems to be getting more frequent, had a minor storm here just last week. Cheers
  7. I think you are right, been 20 odd years since I read about it. Cheers
  8. chrisg

    NSW / QLD fires

    ... Now you are just talking common sense.... Cheers
  9. chrisg

    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Boeing Australia is an interesting beast, I've considered working for them a few times but never been quite able to determine just what they do outside of supporting the large Boeing presence in Australia - that doesn't really interest me much. They do seem to from time to time get involved in various IT and defense projects but it is always rather quiet which I suppose really is the case, they are simply a quiet achiever. However they are pretty much disconnected from the Boeing design and production sides of the business. The big Boeing customers in Australia are of course Qantas, Virgin and Defense but those deal directly with Boeing most of the time or are, apart from when making new buys pretty much self-sufficient apart from spares. It's a somewhat strange amorphous entity - some years ago I had a chat with one of their managers - he really could not tell me what, exactly, he did. I suppose it must make money, it's a large organisation unto itself. Appointing a pollie as Chairman is not exactly unusual though, sort of reminds me of the Hunter Biden fiasco. In general you rarely see much of chairmen in the daily running of a business, makes you wonder what boards do sometimes Cheers
  10. You can in Leo's mind... Cheers
  11. chrisg

    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Yeah, That tanker has given them a lot of trouble and really it shouldn't, Boeing would have to be THE most experienced company in the world for aerial tankers. However to be fair the Air Force asked for the remote camera system that is giving trouble in connecting the boom to aircraft, Boeing were just as happy to continue with a boom operator at the rear of the aircraft as they had with the KC-135 and KC-10. The USAF has been very stubborn over persevering with boom refueling when the rest of the world and the Navy and Marines are happy with drogues. It's understandable, fuel is transferred at a much higher rate via the rigid boom, but what is not so understandable is wanting to move to this camera system when the operator approach has always worked so well. It's a bit like EMALS on the Ford class carriers but that has better justification in reducing stress on aircraft over steam catapults. It will get fixed the same way I expect, by persistence in climbing a new learning curve. The other issues with the tanker are much more vague nit-picking but the difficulties with the boom are a real show-stopper although again to be fair it works fine in most conditions just not all.. That is of course not acceptable, but it is proving stubborn to completely cure. I can't say I envy the new boss at Boeing much, but he is certainly getting the big bucks to fix the big problems. Cheers
  12. INAL but the ACCC actually states that Australia does not have any laws against monopolies as such whereas American law is very specific on the matter, that was how AT&T was broken up. It is indeed necessary to treat a lot of news today from whatever source with skepticism but news is also frequently wrapped in opinion which is much more difficult to dispute because it is just that. Cheers
  13. Within the constraints of the law(s) of the countries in which it operates - which the Internet has made a mockery of. However FB originated in the US and it is the laws of that nation that are working to take it to court. Australia does not really have monopoly laws but the US does - just how PB has been able to absorb Instagram and WhatsApp without being taken to task is perhaps an admission that those laws really do not have much bite. MS received a rap over the knuckles from them years ago but in a bizarre fashion Apple and then emergent Linux protected Redmond to a degree . Now Apple is worth more than MS - go figure. You have to climb a long way down to find any even potential let alone actual competition to FB. MySpace still exists, but a shadow of its former self. Then there is Pinterst- I have no idea what that is... It is rather dangerous to have FB decreeing the news but tbh the guardians of that flame, the newsmongers, sort of surrendered their responsibility courtesy of Murdoch et al a looong time ago. It makes any belief structure very suspect. Case in point - if you believe Trump's tweets there's a bridge in Brooklyn you may be interested in... Cheers
  14. chrisg

    My leg and the last 2 months

    Heh, A quarter century in very flat, almost manicured by comparison WA had me forgetting that SA seems never to have used a spirit level - the degree to which this place is 'chair hostile - not that I use one - is unreal. The locals seem to have adapted and I guess I will but even after a year I spend far more time than I used to watching where I'm putting my feet. Sympathies TMFP - guess that prosthesis can't come soon enough... Cheers
  15. chrisg

    i see dead people

    An unusual emoticon in this thread. Took me years to bite the bullet on Linux even though I was using it on servers routinely. 10 did it, moved to Ubuntu over two years ago now, never regretted it. I run Mint on my aged Netbook because it is a bit resource scarce but otherwise everything is now Ubuntu. Cheers