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  • Can a bomber be transformed into a civil aeroplane?

    Best answer: After the second world war, a number of British Halifax bombers were converted to HP70 Halton passenger aircraft, so it is possible, since it was done.

    But it is not really a cost effective proposition.
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  • What are the most dangerous pilot jobs?

    Best answer: Excluding military -

    #1 aerial firefighting

    #2 crop dusting

    #3 search and rescue [helicopters]

    #4 anything else to do with helicopters, particularly nightime medevac

    #5 bush flying
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  • Why do World War 2 planes look so cool?

    Best answer: Don't forget the best-looking airplane ever built: The Supermarine Spitfire!

    "Nose art" was a morale boost for the crews; the bombers provided a big canvas. So the brass let them have their way. The shark mouth made it onto a bunch of fighters, but (I think) was first seen on the P-40 Warhawk.

    If you want to get up close and personal, see if The Collings Foundation is bringing the "Wings of Freedom" tour to your neighborhood. It was a time when ordinary men were called upon to become heroes.
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  • What jet passenger plane is the safest?

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  • Has my pilot license been pulled due to my age?

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  • Is it possible to become a commercial pilot without being IFR certified?

    Only VFR?
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  • I know the technical name for planes that carry parcels is "freight planes". What's the technical name for people planes?

    Best answer: Passenger planes
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  • Couldn't Boeing just made the landing gear of the 737 Max taller, instead of moving up the engine an ruining the design?

    Best answer: It is actually a bit taller when extended, since it can stretch when deployed.

    Boeing's fairly stubborn decision to keep the landing comparatively short comes from their desire to not increase the landing gear track width. Increasing this would have required moving the gear pivot point (hinge point, where the load gets transferred to the structure) outboard. And that would have required changing the wing structure. Which is apparently something Boeing does not want to do because they can certify the structure according to the vintage mid 1960's rules (grand father clause) instead of the latest ones.
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  • How come airplanes aren’t equipped with computers that do things humans can’t do?

    For example a plane might be going down due to some fault like mcas and the pilot says computer keep us in the air and the computer answers will do and then does it
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  • Is the boeing 737 having trouble because its facelifted to look like airbus ?

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  • Who made better planes Airbus or Boeing? Like B737 vs A320 or B747 vs A380?

    Best answer: It's hard to say. Both the A320s and B737s are good planes and have proven to be very popular.

    The bad luck/timing for Airbus is that their A380 came out as the jumbo jet market was rapidly shrinking, due to shifts to hub and spoke route systems, in which larger aircraft do not fit such a use. Thus, the decline in 747 orders, as well as well under expected levels for orders for the 380.
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  • Why is it that weekend pilots of small single engine planes, never fly IFR?

    Best answer: Some do. John Kennedy Jr did.
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  • Ethiopia airlines are crap and had poorly trained pilots, Boeing were not completely at fault, true?

    Best answer: Nope.

    Ethiopia airlines' only fault was buying aircraft that were claimed to required zero additional training from the earlier 737-800 and were vulnerable to single point failure.
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  • Does Russia produce the most inferior jets available on the market?

    As in terms of avionics, propulsion, aerodynamics, and weaponry. I'm an avid fan of the Sukhoi-57 (SU-57) but I've been getting a lot of bad reviews from western media stating it has a lower thrust-to-weight ratio, inferior thrust vectoring and an avionics system that detects enemy aircraft at a much shorter range when compared to American jets.
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  • What are the chances this pilot got fired?

    I was flying from Frankfurt to Dublin today and despite a landing attempt the pilot diverted to Belfast in Northern Ireland and forced us all to take a 2.5 hour bus ride down from Belfast to Dublin airport...the pilot was in contact with the airline HQs during this ordeal and had to order us the buses. I looked at Dublin's airports arrivals and other planes had safety landed during our time period. What are the chances the pilot will be disciplined or fired because of this? I hope the company at least gave the pilot some talking to for wasting our time.
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  • What are your favourite aircraft.?

    Best answer: Cessna 182.
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  • What's your favorite aircraft?

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  • Our flight speed is a shame! When will he have supersonic planes?

    Best answer: Here is how it is.

    The last all new aircraft Boeing developed (787) cost $32 billion. If we use this as a yardstick, expect a supersonic to cost at least double (but possibly triple or more), since the engines cannot be extrapolation of existing ones, that the aerodynamics will need to be capable of flying equally well at subsonic (those planes would still need to take off and land, right?) and supersonic, and that the flight test plan will also be twice as complex since the plane would need to be flown at low and high speed.

    Now, let's assume, for the sake of argument, that this hypothetical supersonic airplane aims for the Boeing 787 niche, i.e. 280 passengers and 7000 nm range (note: if you insist it should aim at a different size/range, the analysis still holds, one would just have to pick a different subsonic aircraft to compare).
    Boeing has delivered almost 800 of those planes in the last 8 years.
    So how much of that market could be for a supersonic 787 equivalent?
    How many planes would airline procure knowing that they would be more than twice as expensive if they would also sell at the rate of 100 per year?
    Suppose you fly New York to London. The ticket of the supersonic would be at least double that of the 787, since the plane would consume twice as much fuel, and would have cost at least twice as much.
    Would you fly New York to London exclusively on the supersonic?
    If not, how often? One out of 4? Less?
    Assume everyone would fly out one of 4, saving a load of cash 3 times out of 4.

    That would indicate 25 planes sold per year instead of 100, right?
    But get this: those planes fly twice as fast, so should be able to fly twice when the 787 flies only once, so now your market drops to only 13 planes sold per year.
    But you are selling less planes to amortize the R&D, so each plane now will have to be selling for more to make up for it.
    And with a higher still selling price, the ticket cost would go up, people would fly even less often, shrinking the market even more.
    When Boeing and Airbus design, fly test and certify a plane, they basically have to pay all the development cost BEFORE the first plane is delivered. They get paid when they *deliver* them.

    Who has deep enough pocket to advance $100 billion on a program that will start returning money only in 10 year at best, and at a trickle?
    Boeing and Airbus are currently making a profit selling those subsonic planes, why would they risk killing off some part of their current money making programs by making one that will put them in the red for decades?

    So, that is why it will not happen until someone steps up and pledge the required cash. Are you going to do it?
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  • How old were you when you got your pilots license?

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  • Which pilot would get more air time? Working on a cargo plane or working on a passenger plane?

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