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Old 03-19-2019, 06:29 AM   #1531
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As an engineer at a major US aircraft OEM, I feel like quality is going down. The constant push for competitiveness and emphasis on stock performance puts a lot of pressure on suppliers to constantly find ways to do things cheaper. Methods that were tried-and-true are revised to a new process that should work as good but are cheaper. We end up with expensive Service Actions to fix those things because the old way was the right way.
Messier-Bugatti, which had previously only manufactured wheels and brakes, was given the 777X main gear contract because Goodrich didn't participate in the race to the bottom and maintained standards. I'm sure it will be fine...
Our major customers won't RON the new jets until after the first 3 months because there are too many production bugs to work out.
We've been firing all the QA inspectors, but the Air Force won't accept tankers because they're full of FOD. I could go on...
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:51 AM   #1532
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And is it so hard to build a tough, completely reliable AoA sensor? We've been making these for what, 90 years? Or two that check each other constantly?
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the 737 has a really noisy cockpit. the shape of the front fuselage was designed in the 1950's or so. technology wasn't so good. you can see there is a pretty steep rake where the windshield meets just above the nose cone. those vortex generators are an afterthought to help reduce some of the godawful wind noise when sitting up front.

the E-145 i used to fly had a really noisy cockpit too. like the guppy drivers, we wore our headsets for the entire flight to preserve our hearing. in the airbus, everyone pretty much just takes their headseats off and turns on the radio speaker above 18k so we can listen to all that beautiful silence.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:50 PM   #1533
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We have a few older NG's without the vortex generators, and they do make a big difference. Nevertheless, I'm keeping my Bose A20's on. The noise level is high enough to cause fatigue after a full day. The silence on the 787 flight deck is unreal, I've had Airbus 330 pilots comment that it's quieter than their cockpit.
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:05 PM   #1534
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yes. i have sat in the cockpit of the 78 a few times. omg! when the packs shut off for the take off roll, its like you can hear a pin drop up there.
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