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FAA issues rules for supersonic jet flight testing in the US: Flightaware

Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Lord Leighton, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I remember when the US SST program was sold to Japan for 10 cents on the dollar!
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    So was the FAA!
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Considering the condition of the airlines. The cost of certifying a supersonic aircraft is to high.

    I also do not believe the FAA has anyone left that has the ability to work with a manufacturer to certify one?!
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    This early. Boeing design in the 70’s never made it to production.

    C21A3D11-CD34-46C2-B6EA-8A9B3078F9B3.jpeg

    BTW Supersonic jets can only do supersonic speeds over the ocean because of shockwaves, which can break windows!!!
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Don't forget, the new SST development is backed by billions of private money ala Elon Musk types. The elites who want the SST will probably find the FAA someone who can. The only reason Boeing cancelled their SST was they only had enough money for the development of one new air frame at that time. They wisely chose the 747 instead.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    The new SST has improved low boom status, so that regulation is antiquated. Just think, Pelosi will only have a one martini flight! She might even order the pilot to fly around a bit so she can guzzle two more before she falls down the air stairs. :p
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    That wasn't the building where the glass broke, it was the one at the left that had missing panes.
     
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    Buyer beware....
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    The UK and French never made money operating the SST
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Well they did for a while after adjusting the fares well upward. Air France didn't wanna spend the money on Kevlar coated fuel bags after the FOD caused and after AP's failure to correctly replace spacer for the wheel bearing, crash.
     
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    The Concorde did make money for both BA and AF at it's zenith in the mid and late 80's and continued to generate a profit on and off during its service life. Both AF and BA were looking into a new supersonic transport during the 90's planning to retire Concorde by 2000 for an aircraft that could carry more than 100 passengers. Thanks to the downturn in air traffic after 9/11 they decided not to pursue the avenue and finally retire the Concorde due to maintenance and lower load factors. Yes there are the uber rich who will pay the premium fare (Frank Olsen the CEO of Hertz Rent a Car would use the Concorde while us little people would be sitting in coach in a Boeing 727-200 sitting next to the lavatory and starboard engine.) but with the pandemic we may see a prototype developed but I can't think of any airline that would actually entertain ordering an SST in the near future. BTW my Dad had a huge desktop wood model of the Boeing 2707 SST on his desk in his den. He got it because his company was working with Boeing at the time for the avionics for the plane. He told me "Kevin your looking at the future". He did always express concerns about the variable ratio wings saying they must be engineering nightmares. I guess Dad was right.
     

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