Fly 757-200! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 868 times:
I was watching the news. A Frontier 737-300 from Denver to Seattle had a #1 engine fire at 35,000 feet. The crew told the passengers to get into the crash position and prepare for a crash landing. The pilot was given vectors to Idaho Falls, Idaho for an emergency landing with ony one engine. The plane landed safely, but it was a close call. The passengers had to wait until today (this all took place yesterday, May 25) to board another plane to finish the flight to Seattle. The 737 is still in Idaho Falls and is awaiting a new engine from Denver. The plane is scheduled to fly out next week. Now, I thought Pocatello (PIH) was the newly adopted alternate over Idaho Falls. Plus Pocatello was closer to the plane's position, so why didn't they land here? We are a class C airspace, and Idaho Falls is D class. If anybody is at all familiar with Idaho or the airspace/airports here, please answer! I really want to see the day when an airliner lands here, emergency or not!!
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1924 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 870 times:
Maybe it had something to do with runway lengths. Is Idaho falls' runway longer than Pocatello? By the way....Hughes Airwest went to PIH many years ago. Of course that doesn't help you now but I thought I'd tell you.
Fly 757-200! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 870 times:
The runways are 9056 and 7040 feet here. What's Hughes Airwest? I want to contact Delta and see if it were possible for them to come here. Maybe someday.
Also, we do have an ILS and VORTAC here, but we only have one gate. Maybe that's why. If I could make my own airline, I would definitely send service here. I'd call it UTW. and only fly to western cities including Honolulu. It would be based in Utah, hence UTah Air West, UTW. I made my own livery for it in Paint Shop Pro, not that it matters, though.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1924 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 875 times:
Hughes Airwest was owned by Howard Hughes and flew DC-9's, 727's, and F-227 (or F-27's I can't tell them apart). They were all yellow with blue letters. They had a big hub in Phoenix and a smaller one in Las Vegas. In 1980, Republic bought them. Then Northwest bought Republic. As for the reasons no one goes to your airport, could it be the population and the business opportunities? Also, maybe the emergency facilities. Is there a crash/fire rescue team on the field. How aboutthe regions weather. I don't know much about Pocatello. It could be any number of factors. I could see possibly having commuter service there by Horizon or somebody, but I don't know about a hub. Good luck to you if you try it. By the way, I don't know what equipment Hughes Airwest flew to Pocatello but I know they flew there. My guess would be the F27's.
Fly 757-200! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 873 times:
The weather here is usually very nice. We usually can go for about two eeks straight without bad weather, and when it comes it doesn;t last more than 2 or 3 days. As for the planes, I talked to my parents after I read your response last night, and here was their description: "We called them the Flying Bananas. I think it was back in the 70s when they came here. They were really big planes, and they were noisy, too. They didn't last long. They were gone by the 80's, I remember they had a yellow-blue paint scheme. That's why we called them the Bananas. No, I don't think any airline will ever come here again." That is waht my father said. I asked "How many engines did the planes have?" "I don't remember." That was the end of the conversation. My dad isn't big on planes and gets tire of talking about them. Anyway, you probably didn't need to know the whole conversation, but you get my drift. Our population: 52,000+ Jobs: Well, let's say our city counsil is a bunch of idiots. They deny everything that tries to come here, heaven knows why, and all that SHOULD HAVE been here, goes to Idaho Falls. My airline, UTW? No, I don't think I'll ever have the funds to make my own airline, I want to pilot an airline, not rip my hair out trying to manage one and keep from getting bought, grounded, or bankrupt! But, if it were easy, I know exactly what I'd do: UTW: 60 757-200s-------------Major Cities 40 767-300ERs--------Major Cities, Hawaii 10 757-300s-------------Major Cities, Hawaii 13 MD-11s---------------Major Cities, Hawaii 14 MD-88s---------------Major Cities, Mainland only 10 717-200s-------------Medium/Large mainland 20 CRJ-400s------------Small Utah cities only 23 737-500s-------------Small-Large cities/mainland
I would fly to all capable western cities. For medium-sized airports, such as PIH or SNA, the 737 would serve them. Even smaller airports would have the CRJ service. Also, being based in Utah, I would fly even to those small, insignificant airports with the CRJ in those tiny tows such as Delta, Utah, and Logan. I'd fly to every Utah town that had even a hint of an airport, just to give those small communities a taste of the airline industry, and possibly help their city grow. Pocatello would be a major hub, using the MD-11 and 767ER to fly to places like Honolulu. It sounds grea to me, and would be a major boost for many cities, like Pocatello, that don't know what it is like to have a taste of a major airline, and, SLC would be my base. Too bad things aren't that easy, and UTW will never happen :( If you want to see my livery for UTW, please e-mail me. I am the only one (so far) that has seen this. I want opinions!
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1924 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 868 times:
I'll try to look up what type of plane Hughes AirWest flew to Pocatello. There are pictures of their aircraft in the photographs sections if you haven't looked it up already. Maybe they were DC-9's. I'll find out but I am a little busy at the moment. I'll email you.
Fly 757-200! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 867 times:
Thank you. You're a flight instructor! COOL! I looked at you user info, all this time I'm thinking that I'm talking to a person my age, but man, a flight instructor! Sure, e-mail me. Your help is appreciated. It's neat to know Pocatello used to have airliners. I wish it'd happen again. Which city do you teach to fly at? If you're interested, I have made some scenery for FS98 Pocatello Regional airport. This is not what it looks like in real life, but rather what I WISH it looked like. I have added a HUGE terminal building on the tarmac with 20+ gates. Let me know if you want to check it out. I made this scenery myself, and MAYBE I'll put it on the 'net soon. Catch ya later!