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Len Fish

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Further info. on the test:
The CAA has powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 to license airport operators that pass a market power test.
This test consists of three parts:
a) that the airport operator has, or is likely to acquire, substantial market power in a market, either alone or taken with other such persons as the CAA considers appropriate
b) that competition law does not provide sufficient protection against the risk that the airport operator may engage in conduct that results in an abuse of the substantial market power
c) that, for users of air transport services, the benefits of regulating the airport operator by means of a licence are likely to outweigh the adverse effects
 

Offint

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Oh dear.....this mornings Telegraph.

BOEING’s new flagship, the 777X, is threatened with similar safety failings to the US aerospace giant’s ill-fated 737 Max, according to internal emails.
Damning messages released as part of a US Senate probe into two 737 Max fatal crashes highlight Boeing staff fears that the 777X – a modified version of an existing plane – may be vulnerable to technical problems.
In an email from June 2018, before the first Max crash, one Boeing worker wrote: “Best part is we are re-starting this whole thing with the 777X with the same supplier and have signed up to an even more aggressive schedule.”
Another member of staff warns about a relentless cost focus, saying: “We put ourselves in this position by picking the lowest-cost supplier and signing up to impossible schedules. Why did the lowest ranking and most unproven supplier receive the contract? Solely based on the bottom dollar. Not just the Max but also the 777X! Supplier management drives all these decisions.”
The Max is a upgraded version of a Sixties design, and the crashes have been linked to a system installed on it to make it handle like earlier aircraft. Boeing used this as a sales feature, saying that pilots of earlier 737s would be able to fly the Max without retraining.
US senators are investigating two Max crashes that cost 346 lives. The cache of emails released as part of the inquiry exposed Boeing workers’ fears over safety, tight deadlines and management’s penny-pinching culture, describing the 737 Max as an “aeroplane designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys”.
The 777X is also an update – this time of an aircraft that entered service in 1995. The programme is running late and the first flight is yet to occur, despite having been scheduled for 2019.
Last September, the 777X suffered a setback when it failed a ground test of its strength, suffering an explosive decompression that tore the fuselage and blew off a passenger door.
Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg was ousted in December for his handling of the Max crisis and for his management of the company. After he had taken charge in 2015, Boeing shares rocketed thanks to a new focus on profits – a policy that came under fire in the internal emails.
A Boeing spokesman said: “The 777X will be rigorously certified. If there are learnings that affect it, the certification process will capture those.”
 

Len Fish

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I once worked with a lad who had a Triumph Spitfire and he drove me on work business to the Yorkshire Dales. At over 6 foot tall you can imagine the lack of space and getting out of it was a nightmare, with it being so low down I virtually had to roll out sideways onto the ground. Plus my back has never been the same since (did they actually have a suspension?)Oh, and did I mention that the hood leaked!:)
 

LBAYORKIE

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Im over 6ft and my first car was an R reg Spitfire. Loved it. Im thinking of getting another one once I finish my current restoration project.
 
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