David Knights' Weblog

June 17, 2019

It is not a new idea

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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Stories like this get under my skin.  The writer hasn’t got a basic historical knowledge.  If he or she did, they wouldn’t write this as if this is the first time the idea has ever occurred to anyone.  I think there is a real opportunity for a major manufacturer to do something bold like this, but it isn’t a new idea.

May 22, 2019

CASA C-295

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:17 am
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A company I’ve never heard of, Answer, has announced they are doing a C-295.  Why is this important?  Because Canada is purchasing 16 of them for the SAR role.  Canadians like Jim “Crazy Canuck” Bates are excited.  Stay tuned.

February 15, 2019

Airbus A380

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:56 am
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Airbus is ceasing production of the A380.  This is not a surprise as the plane never sold in the numbers anywhere close to those needed to make it commercially viable.  There is speculation that when you factor in the development costs, that Airbus lost money on the A380.  The boys at Boeing look all the smarter for not competing with the A380.

February 6, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:59 am
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I think Boeing is an amazingly well-run company.  I think their decision not to compete with the A380 and instead develop the 787 was strategic genius.  However, I doubt the wisdom of developing a supersonic business jet.  I am just not sure the market is big enough to justify the investment.

June 7, 2018

Scrapping A380s

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:34 pm
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Story here.  I will pat myself on the back here.  I thought at the time that the Boeing bet on the 787 was better than what Airbus was doing with the A380.

July 23, 2014


Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 8:26 am
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Man, this was expensive.  I cannot imagine the insurance fight that is going to take place on this claim. Remind me not to fly to Tripoli.

March 28, 2012

Even more A380 troubles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:41 am
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With the history of recent A380 problems, you have to wonder if it is going to get the reputation of a bad aircraft, like the DC-10 did.  Most recent story here.

March 18, 2012

More A380 wing trouble

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:55 pm
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Story here.

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