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Swiss-specific, although as Dreamfighter mentioned, it might apply to Finland's fleet too.
Yup, IIRC they even have certain parts made out of titanium rather than aluminium to enable that rating.

Is that Swiss-specific or C/D in general?
Aerospace / Bulgarian government backtracks on Gripen selection
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 10:05:22 am »
This sounds a right mess politically

Bulgaria is to restart its fighter procurement initiative, following recommendations made by a parliamentary investigation board after its review of the decision to name Saab's Gripen C/D as preferred candidate.

The review board – which completed its work on 20 September – indicates that a combined offer of used Lockheed Martin F-16s submitted by the governments of Portugal and the USA was disqualified in an improper manner, preventing a fair evaluation of all submitted bids. Sources suggest that the offer was disqualified because a request for a deferred payment scheme failed to comply with Sofia's requirements.

In its report, the investigation board recommends that the defence ministry rework the requirements contained in its request for proposals, and expand the number of countries which will receive an invitation to participate in the government-to-government tender. A decision on how to proceed sits with defence minister Krasimir Karakachanov.

Prime minister Boyko Borisov has questioned the need to acquire new fighters, and suggested that the Gripen is far from the best choice for the nation, and his centre-right GERB party has voiced its support for the option of purchasing F-16s. The US government and Lockheed delivered an unsolicited proposal in March 2017 promoting new-build examples in a Block 70 standard.

Bulgarian president and former air force commander-in-chief Rumen Radev opposes Borisov's view, and notes that the Swedish type complies with the terms of the earlier request for proposals.

Borisov also has suggested that Bulgaria could consider ordering a cheaper combat aircraft, such as Textron AirLand's Scorpion – which visited the country in June 2015.

Another factor in Bulgaria’s indecisiveness on the new fighter procurement stems from its willingness to maintain good relations with Russia, allowing investment in keeping its current MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-25 fleets in operational condition. Karakachanov believes the types could fly on until around 2030.

Aerospace / Re: Blue Origin and New Shephard RLV
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 09:42:38 am »
Blue Origin signs up third customer for New Glenn

“We have entered into an agreement with mu Space on a future launch of a geostationary satellite aboard New Glenn early in the next decade,” Meyerson said. “We look forward to launching mu Space to serve the people of Thailand and the Asia-Pacific region.”

“We’ve decided to go with Blue Origin because we’re impressed with the company’s vision and engineering approach,” said James Yenbamroong, chief executive of mu Space, in a statement. “We want to deliver equitable access to communication services for all and improve quality of life on Earth.”

“The response to New Glenn has been phenomenal,” said Meyerson. He reiterated plans announced earlier this month that, based on customer feedback, the company would move directly to a payload fairing 7 meters in diameter, skipping an interim 5.4-meter fairing.
Aerospace / Re: Boeing Confident in Production of Super Hornet Beyond 2017
« Last post by Jeb on Today at 09:33:57 am »
aerial display in Switzerland and shows maneuvering performance I haven't seen in previous F-18 displays.

Might have to do with the Swiss´ Classic Hornets (late 90´s production) having a max. G-rating of 9+ instead of the earlier US Navy´s 7.5+ limit and having no angle-of-attack limiter.

This was one of the best displays I've ever seen and it's very impressive to see a Classic pulling some of those moves without benefit of TVC.
Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by DWG on Today at 09:29:41 am »
not many of us have Twitter accounts or want one.

?! Twitter's not a streaming media source* though you may find some interesting commentary there as a lot of the aviation journalists do have Twitter accounts.

* the closest it comes is live-tweeting, where someone presents a running commentary, I've done that for parliamentary debates in the past, and I've seen it done for stuff like trials and public inquiries, so Musk's presentation might well get covered that way by one or more of the attendees.

And Adelaide time, ugh! Try running a project with most of the team in the UK, but a significant subset in Adelaide.
Many thanks, those links are very helpful.

I can't see final design solutions being much different, though clearly both will need some refinement of their design features (e.g. the open parts of the V-280's tilt prop housing).
The Bar / Re: Boeing X-32/F-32 JSF videos
« Last post by flateric on Today at 09:16:40 am »
Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 08:59:10 am »
I recommend keeping an eye on for additional livestreams.

Elon's presentation will be at 1400 to 1500h Friday 29th September in Adelaide, Australia (UTC+9:30).

For the UK (GMT) that's 0530h Friday.
For the US east coast (EDT) that's 0030h Friday.
For the US west coast (PDT) that's 2130h Thursday.
For the Aus east coast (AEST) that's 1430h Friday.

That is way too late for me being in the UK, I will try to catch the repeat later on during the day, that is if it available.
Aerospace / Re: Boeing accuses Bombardier of "dumpng" CSeries jets . . .
« Last post by DWG on Today at 07:43:30 am »
If Boeing wins and sees tariffs imposed, Bombardier is likely to turn to the Canadian government and ask for tariffs to be placed on Boeing sales to Canada, and to the WTO alleging illegal tariffs used to defend Boeing's dominant US market position. And the CS.100 having no Boeing competitor means they have a good chance of being taken seriously in WTO, and seeing punitive tariffs placed on Boeing. Boeing might still see that as worthwhile, but hardening a reputation as the neighbourhood bully where marketing is concerned isn't necessarily a sensible long term move, nor is pissing off the governments of two of your major markets.

And of course it lets Bombardier pitch the C Series as the aircraft that terrifies Boeing. And ultimately, the C Series order was so vital to get sales moving that Bombardier might still see it as worthwhile, even if it effectively loses the U.S. market as a result.

Seems to me that the risk to Boeing on this one is higher than the risk to Bombardier, and that they've been emboldened by having a Trump White House to theoretically back them. But that doesn't make the risks go away, it makes them bigger.
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