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Congratulations to the Airplane Geeks Podcast – 100 Episodes Strong!

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When we used to have a blog at the Plane Crazy Down Under show’s website, my co-host Steve Visscher posted this article about our friends at the Airplane Geeks Podcast. I’ve posted it here to preserve his words so they … Continue reading

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Even with flight computers, you can over stress an Airbus tail

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Remember the American Airlines A300 that crashed in the US after the vertical stabiliser broke off? The co-pilot over stressed the tail by pumping the rudders in an attempt to get out of wake-turbulence. In a similar situation in 2008, … Continue reading

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How fast the tables turn

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It wasn’t that long ago that Virgin Blue could do no wrong in the eyes of the mainstream media while Qantas was being hounded over any little maintenance issue and its rapidly falling loads. How times change. In the past … Continue reading

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BA Cabin Crew Learned from Alitalia???

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Let’s see now, British Airways have been struggling for a while with reports of poor service, losing high-end premium customers, cutting back on routes and recently announcing a second record financial loss in a row. Throw in the impact from … Continue reading

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Boeing 787 vs De Haviland Comet – Will History Repeat?

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I know I’ve said it before, but this latest news from Jon Ostrower (aka FlightBlogger) about the recent Boeing 787 delay being due to a design flaw in the tail really makes me wonder if the 787 isn’t doomed to … Continue reading

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Macquarie Airports have lost it Entirely

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As if Sydney Airport (YSSY) being voted Australia’s worst airport for the 4th time in a row wasn’t enough of a wake up call for Macquarie Airports and the airport’s management & board, the government is bringing forward their oversite … Continue reading

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Ongoing Jetstarisation of QANTAS

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According to Alan Joyce from QANTAS, the “Jetstarisation of QANTAS” is supposed to be over. Well, I have a problem with that as I continue to see evidence that, if anything, the “Jetstarisation” is increasing. I would not be surprised … Continue reading

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Is the Boeing 787 the new Comet?

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With the recent announcement from Boeing that the first flight of their 787 was to be delayed due to structural issues in the wing box area, many of us knew right away it was a major show-stopper issue. Boeing made … Continue reading

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Is it time for “Italian Jokes” instead of “Irish Jokes”?

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Many of you may have grown up with “Irish Jokes” (like the one about the Irish schoolboy who ate his lunch money). Here in Australia, they’re about New Zealanders (called “Kiwi Jokes”) and in the USA they were “Polish Jokes”. … Continue reading

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Freaky ADIRU Behaviour Near Perth

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As some of you may be aware, on October 7th 2008 a QANTAS A330 traveling from Singapore to Perth was about 154km west of Learmouth, West Australia when it entered a rapid descent, causing unsecured items & people to float … Continue reading

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