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Niki Lauda RIP

Old 23rd May 2019, 08:53
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I do not follow F1 closely but his career and achievements there are certainly outstanding.

His boldness as a businessman - which his family would have preferred him to become when he started racing - is undoubted, his shrewdness as a businessman can be judged in two ways. If youíre a good businessman making money he certainly was, selling Lauda Air, Fly Niki and Laudamotion at a personal profit. If youíre a good businessman building companies that last and prosper, the judgement is less clear. The sale of Lauda Air to Austrian was orchestrated through political channels and put a millstone around Austrianís neck that it would not have survived without a cash injection. Whether Niki was worth what Air Berlin paid for it was theirs to judge but prosper it didnít. The jury is out on Laudamotion.

NL was good at making the traveling public believe that he paid his crews the best salaries in Austria when they earned less than regional crews, but as stated above getting fully equipped planes and all-inclusive hotels as well as being the upstart seemed to help in keeping them motivated.

He certainly used his popularity to the max and was restless. I assume he enjoyed his life that way rather than spending his late 50ís and 60ís living a nice life off his former profits.
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Old 23rd May 2019, 09:32
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For a non Austrian the only worthwhile salary was to be paid in US $ offshore on a Panamanian contract , especially if a non EU citizen and therefore an illegal officially ie those '89ers
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Old 23rd May 2019, 15:14
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Lauda asked for a press conference the following day, and told Boeing that if it was possible to recover, he would be willing to fly on a 767 with two pilots and have the thrust reverser deploy in air. Boeing told Lauda that it was not possible, so he asked Boeing to issue a statement saying that it would not be survivable, and Boeing issued it. Lauda then added, "this was the first time in eight months that it had been made clear that the manufacturer [Boeing] was at fault and not the operator of the aeroplane [or Pratt and Whitney]."

For those interested and have access, the Sports Section of today's Times contains a deeply meaningful and moving long extract from Niki Lauda's book "My Greatest Defeat", covering the crash, his visit to the crash scene, his subsequent determination to find the root cause thereafter, and Boeing's belated admission regarding the faulty thrust reverser.

One can only admire this great man's persistence, and hope that Boeing's present day top management haver not forgotten the vitally important lesson their predecessors were taught.

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Old 23rd May 2019, 21:45
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I met him at Airbus a long time ago. It was quite an honor.
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Old 24th May 2019, 09:48
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Austrian Wings reports quite astonishing maintenance standards at Lauda Air:
The evaluation of the undamaged EEC-memory (some type of computer on which errors could be retrieved, like in modern cars) showed that between 27th of April and 26th of May altogether 61 error messages concerning the thrust reverser were generated.

Experts accuse: Lauda Air, for example, has in this context just deleted those error messages without thorough documentation in the technical log, not traced the source of the error, not completed troubleshooting, measuring, even though off limits was certified ok, and even unnecessary maintenance was undertaken that was not demanded by Boeing.
It also remains concealed that Austria’s authorities keep this report locked up since more than 20 years. Investigator rejected requests by our editorial team for a copy of the report. It was said that authorities have ruled so. Therefore it seems fair to ask if these very authorities are trying to cover something up? And: if the accusations in the report do not add up or are simply wrong, why did Lauda Air never fight against it in court?

Finally, there were some discrepancies with pilots' licenses within Lauda Air. Needless to say that any clue on this is missing within the documentation – as well as the criticism of the relatives that Lauda Air has never taken care of them after the crash.

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Old 24th May 2019, 12:40
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R.I.P Lauda

last weak on National Geographic, there was this air crash series about the lauda air Boeing 767;
rest in peace.
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Old 24th May 2019, 19:25
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Makes one wonder what the tributes may be for that chap who runs that outfit with the harp on the tail fins. Unlikely I will be around to read them, but I will be watching from elsewhere and playing a few chords on my very own harp, I expect.

R.I.P. Mr. Lauda
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Old 29th May 2019, 11:53
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Sad news to hear of Captain Nikki Lauda's passing .
I had the pleasure to have worked for him for a few years and it was a great pleasure to have had the added privalige of Flying with him from time to time on the B767 .... which was indeed always a great pleasure. ........

Yes ...... thanks Niki and rest in Peace Sir
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