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April 8, 2019

Space News

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:30 am
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The privately funded Israeli moon lander has achieved lunar orbit.

Boeing has postponed the first flight of its crewed spaceship.

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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March 17, 2019

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:49 am
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Interesting article on the 737 Max software issues.  I think it is telling that US flag carriers haven’t had any problems and that the accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia involve local carriers whose pilot training may not have been as vigorous.

March 6, 2019

KC-46 woes

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:24 am
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The Air Force, which just started taking deliveries of the KC-46 is now stopping, due to tools and trash being found in aircraft being delivered by Boeing.  This is stupid and Boeing needs to clean up its act (literally) ASAP!

February 8, 2019

F-15X

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:48 am
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Is it a bad idea?

Is it a good idea?

Read both.  I tend to come down on the good idea side, but let me know what you think.

Boeing T-X

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:26 am
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Boeing recently won the contract for the new USAF trainer.  Here is an article discussing whether or not the trainer will evolve into a lightweight fighter and attack aircraft a la the T-38/F-5.

February 6, 2019

Boeing

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.

January 14, 2019

Boeing’s transonic wing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:10 am
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Boeing is working on a “transonic wing” that will allow airliners to fly close to, but not exceed the speed of sound.  This would cut some longer flight travel times by a significant amount, at a much lower cost than a supersonic airliner.

November 15, 2018

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 am
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This report seems to indicate that Boeing screwed up. Not sure how you could install a new safety system and not brief pilots on the change.  I wonder if there is more to the story.

October 8, 2018

Congratulations Boeing

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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Congrats to Boeing (and SAAB) for winning the Air Force contract for the next generation jet trainer.

October 3, 2018

Maxes from here on out

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 3:27 am
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Southwest airlines has taken delivery of their last 737-800.  From here forward all new aircraft will be 737 Max aircraft.

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