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Why was the DC-9-80/MD-80 so successful despite being obsolete almost from birth?

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80/MD-80 series of narrowbody jetliners was the second-to-last DC-9 major version produced (from 1979 through 1999), the second-largest, the most-produced (just under half ...
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Is a Mooney M20 a difficult plane to fly as a beginner? [closed]

I am considering purchasing a Mooney M20 for 60k to fly for my initial certification. I'm not sure if this seems like a logical choice on the surface but let me explain my reasoning. I travel quite a ...
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How feasible is it to sell a plane with an expiring annual?

I'm preparing to sell my plane, an IFR-equipped, low-time, C150E, but the annual expires at the end of this month. What's the best course of action? I know that if I was buying a plane, I would love ...
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

Why did the Royal Australian Air Force (and others) procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?
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Can a civilian purchase a new (Not Retired) fighter jet? [duplicate]

Let's take a jet like the F22 for example. Strip all the classified systems/weaponry out of it (civilian wouldn't need that), and just leave the basic aircraft itself. Could a civilian technically ...
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Can the Mexican presidential aircraft be sold?

I have read that the next Mexican president is trying to sell the B787 that serves as presidential transport, and that it was already made an offering to Boeing for it. As far as I know, the VIP/...
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Where to find the LSA exporting requirements from the USA?

I'm planning to visit the US to buy an LSA (light sport aircraft) then export it to Saudi Arabia, I'm not a US citizen, where to find the requirements?
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4 Boeing 707 for $50,000. Is that possible?

I'm helping a friend with an article on some issues in my country, mostly related to corruption. His English isn't very good, so here I go One of the cases he's analyzing is the sale of 4 Boeing-707 ...
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Why bother having different engine options on one aircraft?

When an airline purchases a new passenger jet, they often have a choice of engines (from different manufacturers). Why is this? I would expect that one of the engine options is "best" and that all ...
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After purchasing an aircraft, how do I put the transponder in my name?

I just purchased an aircraft and the prior owner said that I need to put the transponder to my name. What is the procedure to do that?
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Why do people put $1 & OVC on aircraft bills of sale?

When purchasing an aircraft a bill of sale is created to show transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. Bills of sale include what the seller was paid in exchange for the plane. But ...
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What would be a suitable aircraft for a short haul freight forwarding business?

I just graduated with an Aeronautical Science degree and I am planning on starting a freight forwarding company. It would need to be high payload capable and relatively fuel efficient, the route that ...
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Why don't Russian aircraft sell as much as their European/American counterparts?

Are there any reasons other than political why Russian jets don't sell? For a case study, let's compare Sukhoi Superjet and Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Despite being delayed several times, Mitsubishi ...
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How much is a used airliner worth? [closed]

The second hand airliner market is active. Some airlines prefer to sell their aircraft within 5 years of purchase, like Ryanair. On the other hand, some airlines prefer to use second hand planes. ...
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How does a non US pilot buy a N reg plane? [duplicate]

I wish to buy a single engine light aircraft. I have a FAA ppc. I wish to buy an N reg plane and use it outside the US. I believe I need to have a trust set up any info would be appreciated. I am not ...
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What are the strategies for getting familiar with a GA aircraft before considering a purchase?

Looking over the comments and answers in this question got me to thinking: How does a new pilot get familiar with the large variety of GA aircraft when contemplating a purchase? Initially there's a ...
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Where can I find the number of commercial jets that a country or airline purchases annually?

Is there any authoritative source from where we can find out the number of commercial jets that a country or airline purchases annually?
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Why doesn't the U.S. Federal Government auction their retired but memorable aircraft?

The U.S. Federal Government has scores of old aircraft waiting for dismantling. Why doesn't it auction some of them? Some people might be very much interested in planes such as the B-52, and would be ...
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How are regional planes delivered? [duplicate]

For example, E190s are produced in Brazil but operate in places like Germany, China, etc. Surely they can't fly these distances, so how are they delivered?
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How are GA aircraft ferried from factories?

It's relatively easy to transport jet aircraft like Airbus and Boeing: most of them have a long range, and a few hops at most would get them to the owner. But how would a Cessna manufactured in U.S. ...
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How do you determine how much “life” an aircraft has left?

I am looking to purchase an aircraft, and I've found one described as follows Total time is 6300 hours Engine time since major overhaul 2100 hours Engine runs strong and compression is all ...
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What are the pros and cons of single-engine vs. twin-engine?

Why would someone prefer to own a single-engine vs. a twin-engine airplane? What are the pros and cons of each?
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When buying airliners what is the difference between “orders”, “options” and “purchase rights”?

I've often seen announcements by aircraft manufacturers or operators along these lines "Qantas announced today that they will buy 10 A380's and have taken options on another 10". What does it mean to ...
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What are the must-checks for purchasing an airplane?

I've always dreamed of buying my own plane. Turns out, they can be had for $20,000 on eBay. This sounds too good to be true. What checklist of items are essential to prevent my new purchase from ...
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What is the difference between SMOH and SFOH?

When looking at aircraft for purchase online, a lot of acronyms are used. In particular, the SMOH and SFOH acronyms are thrown around a lot for used aircraft. What are the differences between these ...