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Originally posted by Kata
Just kinda curious what the survival rate on a crash in one of these things would be. Do you think better or worse than conventional airliners?
Originally posted by PopeyeFAFL
..Evacuating this type of design in case of emergency, could be tricky.
Originally posted by highgroundsys0p
I like the blended wing body - BWB. I wonder how bad they'd have to cut up the terminal gates? Some major airports are SO out of room even now.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Apparently the biggest problem with them right now is that they'll have to learn a whole new way to make turns and other manuvers. With a standard round fuselage, everyone is near the center of rotation, so when the plane turns, you don't notice the angle of bank as much, whereas with the blended wing design, you some people will be sitting way out from the center of rotation, so they will have trays, drinks, people sliding around as they bank. Apparently they are working on developing ways to make level turns to resolve this problem.
Originally posted by jra
About the lack of window seats in a design like this. I've always thought it would be sweet to have LCD screens on the back of every seat (which they are doing now)... Especially being able to see what's directly ahead. Plus take offs and landings would be neat to see from that point of view, (although that might scare some people)
Originally posted by Shades of Grey
Now this one kind of baffles me. Say a plane goes into a 15 degree bank. Wouldn't everyone along that axis still be at a 15 degree angle to the horizon regardless of where you where in relation to the center? So I guess I don't see why drinks and trays at the sides would slide around more than the center, but then I never took physics so feel free to correct me here