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by aklrno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy C-2 Jet crashes in Pacific 11 onboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: US Navy C-2 Jet crashes in Pacific 11 onboard

Good news that 8 have been recovered in “good condition”. Let’s hope the other 3 are also, and it was a controlled ditching hopefully. Odd there are so few details available. Having been a passenger in a C-2 (on and off the Reagan) I'm amazed that anyone survived. It's not an easy plane to exit. Yo...

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by aklrno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

Re: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service

Is this a positive thing for the Disney brand? What are they thinking? My first thought exactly ... Why is Disney getting involved with such a poor brand ? Read the article. Disney's brand is not going to appear on Spirit. They just hired a Disney subsidiary to give advice on customer service. LAX ...

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by aklrno
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Airline Security Rules
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Foreign Airline Security Rules

When in SFO terminal G in the evening I've heard announcements requiring passengers on the UA TLV flight must report to the gate about 2 hours before the flight for Israeli government required security checks. I'll be on that flight myself in a few months so I'm getting to SFO extra early. Anyone kn...

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by aklrno
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Zealand in July
Replies: 17
Views: 788

Re: New Zealand in July

Calgary? You'll be fine in July! Take your shorts, and maybe a raincoat. I grew up in LA and now live in Reno. I hate to leave the Sierra in the northern summer to go to anyplace where I need to wear a coat during the day.

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by aklrno
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Zealand in July
Replies: 17
Views: 788

Re: New Zealand in July

My preference is to avoid NZ in June, July, and August. Too wet. Some of the best tourist attractions are in the South Island (around Queenstown) and unless you are going for the skiing, too cold. If you can travel any months other than southern winter I think you would have a better time. Depending...

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by aklrno
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA has bed bugs, and who else?
Replies: 23
Views: 5962

Re: BA has bed bugs, and who else?

Bedbugs are remarkably hard to kill. They've only been relatively absent from our world because of DDT. Since DDT was banned, they've been slowly coming back. They can live in very difficult to access spots. The little seems in the walls of an aircraft would be a good spot. Chemicals are not partic...

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by aklrno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA has bed bugs, and who else?
Replies: 23
Views: 5962

Re: BA has bed bugs, and who else?

Bedbugs are remarkably hard to kill. They've only been relatively absent from our world because of DDT. Since DDT was banned, they've been slowly coming back. They can live in very difficult to access spots. The little seems in the walls of an aircraft would be a good spot. Chemicals are not partic...

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by aklrno
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 53
Views: 8355

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

I recall TN doing the hub and spoke thing out of PPT. Did it myself a couple of times LAX-PPT-AKL. Don't know if they still do. In some ways NAN is better situated to fly long haul to North American and Asia connecting to medium-short haul to all of Oceana as shown in the last map from planemanofnz....

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?

This reminds me of a quote from department store owner John Wanamaker: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. I just don't know which half.

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by aklrno
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism
Replies: 28
Views: 2785

Re: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism

ugh. I don't like it. "boots on the ground" is damaging, a spiritual violation of the agreements against commercial exploitation of the continent, and furthers the slippery slope condition which will inevitably bring more nations/interests in to grab their share. I know, I know - a guest ...

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by aklrno
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism
Replies: 28
Views: 2785

Re: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism

I agree with those who don't see the point of a scenic flight. Yes, you could see some amazing sights, but through a small airplane window from 19,000 feet? I'd rather sit in a comfortable IMAX theater and watch a two hour movie of the same trip possibly shot from a lower altitude with a good lens i...

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 27754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

I recently had a middle seat coming back from Tokyo in business, and I have not flown NZ longhaul business class for a little while (since 2016) and I was pleasantly surprised The food was more substantial and better tasting, the general cabin service was of a higher standard, The amenities were al...

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by aklrno
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 14248

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

So in a nutshell one of the persons who knows all the details involved in an aircraft purchase is saying that the finances / financials is more important than the technical merits of the aircraft involved in the RFP. An airline is a business. Assuming equal safety and if there is no political influ...

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 612
Views: 132971

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

I'm kind of surprised they pylon stayed on. Aren't they designed to separate from the wing in extreme events? I'm sure the aircraft is designed to fly with a pylon and engine gone.

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 3232

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

For those complaining about long lines for CBP, please be aware that can and does happen all over the world. My last entry to the US (at SFO) I was the only person (aside from CBP) in the entire room when I arrived. The previous time it was jammed. Being fast, first out of the plane, and random luck...

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 13905

Re: Southwest removes passenger with pet allergy

Anyone else wonder how she would have reacted if she had to sit next to a person with pet dander (dog hair) etc on them? A few years ago (before people seem to be routinely dragged off aircraft) I was sitting next to a woman who freaked out and started screaming about a dog (pet) in a carrier being...

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 24189

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Regarding new destinations on the US west coast. Being a Star Alliance partner means the first choice for new airports would be United Hubs. SFO, LAX, and IAH are all United hubs whereas SEA and LAS are not. Denver is but the you'd be drinking part of United's milkshake, so to speak, by flying ther...

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by aklrno
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 24189

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

I've never understood the argument for AKL-LAS. Are there enough kiwis heading to Las Vegas to justify the service? I can't imagine enough people in Las Vegas going to NZ to fill many seats and LAS is not really a good place for a hub when most people could just fly to LAX for about the same money. ...

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by aklrno
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Q400 door usage
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Air Canada Q400 door usage

In a few weeks I will be flying SEA to YVR on an Air Canada Jazz Q400. I have a very tight connection so I need to be out the door fast. Will AC use both front and back doors on the Q400 for an international arrival at YVR?

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by aklrno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 9407

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

PIT airport is in isolation a bit and probably could use more people around inside, that I doubt it will be a big deal, except for the TSA line impact. The airport could charge atleast $5 for the pass, and it would be reasonable. Side note, it's hard enough finding a non airport Pinkberry location ...

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by aklrno
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 25358

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I just noticed today that NZ flights 28/29 from AKL to IAH will be switching from 77E to 789 equipment beginning in December of this year. The plane will also be spending less time on the ground in Houston, leaving at 8pm for an arrival into AKL at 5:55am. This might be good for connections to Aust...

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: transitting LAX ?
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: transitting LAX ?

No. Southwest is in T1. Go to departure (upper) level in TBIT, turn left as you exit, walk about 10 minutes to the last terminal. Upper level is much more pleasant for walking. In the rare event of rain, walk on the lower level.

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by aklrno
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: transitting LAX ?
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: transitting LAX ?

They've been there since the day the airport opened, and they were never well known. They are used mostly by frequent LAX travelers. For a while after 9/11 they were closed because if there was a security breach at one terminal that caused it to be closed, they would have to close all connected term...

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by aklrno
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 10729

Re: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier

Predicting long-term growth from short-term figures is fraught with danger. If I grew from age 12 to my current age at the rate I grew from 0-12, I'd be about 30 feet tall. Circumstances change.

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help

As someone pointed out, the train is probably easier between DC and NY. On the return day, you can take the train to Penn station in NY, then change to another train for the trip to JFK. You buy a ticket from a machine at Penn station, take the Long Island RR to Jamaica station, then the air train t...

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Frontier...what's it like?
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: Frontier...what's it like?

Seat width? In economy all airlines 737 and A320 are 6 across. The seat width hasn't changed in about 30 years (when A320 came out). Same for 737. 6 across seating all the same since 707 started flying almost 60 years ago. The seats can be either narrower or closer together in the first few rows if ...

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 3246

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

FRA, more times than I can count. Also Nadi (Fiji) and Papeete (Tahiti). I will actually spend a few days in Fiji next month so Nadi goes off the list. I used to say the same for DFW, but then I had a need to stay in downtown Dallas for a meeting. I wish I had never left the airport.

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United "extra" checked bag
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: United "extra" checked bag

They might word it this way because some travelers get the first checked bag free because of FF status or their credit card.

The most annoying version of this is Air New Zealand policy for Star Alliance gold travelers. They give you the SECOND bag free, but you must pay for the first!

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by aklrno
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: question on international transit at YVR
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: question on international transit at YVR

Is the screening, passport, and boarding pass check essentially the equivalent of TSA screening in the US, not customs and border control? If it is just a queue of people on international transfers I guess it is not usually a crowded place. International transits in Australia are just security rescr...

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by aklrno
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: question on international transit at YVR
Replies: 5
Views: 452

question on international transit at YVR

I want to fly Seattle-Vancouver-Delhi on Air Canada. They have a good price and a 789 YVR-DEL. SEA to YVR would be a Q400 operated by Air Canada Jazz. The schedule shows a 68 minute connection at YVR. This would be in early November, so the weather shouldn't be too bad. Would I have to go through an...

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Times your flight was diverted
Replies: 46
Views: 1631

Re: Times your flight was diverted

I've been diverted due to weather going into RNO. Twice in one day!

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by aklrno
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 14 Felonies For Drone Operator After Water Tankers Grounded In AZ
Replies: 30
Views: 7016

Re: 14 Felonies For Drone Operator After Water Tankers Grounded In AZ

This thread is full of people willing to hang others for crimes that didn't involve malicious intent, intent to profit, or intention of violance. I get that this was a serious incident, but lets have some perspective. So is it ok to shoot your gun at an airplane for fun as long as it doesn't crash?...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU
Replies: 43
Views: 5805

Re: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU

a couple of weeks ago I flew EWR-HAV-EWR and the flights were 100% full. While waiting at the airport (old terminal 2) other planes were coming and going (WN and some south american airlines) and they were completely filled too. And that was not the peak of the season. For a small number of data poi...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons
Replies: 17
Views: 2211

Re: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons

I don't know where you live, but I think the TSA people at RNO are all nice and seem fairly intelligent. There was a funny incident a few weeks ago when a baggage scanner failed and they spent several minutes trying to reboot before a supervisor came over and told them to switch to an unused lane an...

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by aklrno
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons
Replies: 17
Views: 2211

Re: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons

I have often taken packages of bread machine mix to NZ from the US. I almost always get selected for an additional check for my carry-on. They look at it for about 5 seconds, do a swab scan, and send me on my way. Now I place it in a plastic bag that is scanned separately to speed things up. Working...

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by aklrno
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA LAX-SFO all Eagle now
Replies: 75
Views: 10027

Re: AA LAX-SFO all eagle now, sad face

Will a people mover be built that would allow access between Terminal 4 and the American Eagle Satellite Terminal at LAX? There will be a people mover, but not one that will help that problem. At least the bus is inside security. Those buses are pretty frequent. I think I once waited 10-15 minutes,...

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by aklrno
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?

Is 4 hours Connection time at LAX enough ? It's Connection to RAR Sure, but when asking this kind of question you need to give a lot more detail. What airline do you arrive on? Are you arriving on a domestic flight, or do you need to go through US CBP? If you are arriving from another country, will...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?

Is 4 hours Connection time at LAX enough ? It's Connection to RAR Sure, but when asking this kind of question you need to give a lot more detail. What airline do you arrive on? Are you arriving on a domestic flight, or do you need to go through US CBP? If you are arriving from another country, will...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comparing airline's upper class seats/layouts
Replies: 10
Views: 921

Re: Comparing airline's upper class seats/layouts

NZ Business Premier (like Virgin Atlantic) has angled seating, with aisle access from all seats. That makes it my favorite seat in the sky. I would probably like other airlines' angled seats, but I don't often see them. I am really looking forward to the UA Polaris seats, but the 787s I mostly ride ...

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by aklrno
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 29396

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

Last winter Thomson was going to do a weekly LGW-RNO-LGW with either a 767 or 787 for ski season traffic. The runways and most of the terminal are big enough, but it didn't happen because the immigration and customs facilities are in a separate building that is way too small for the wide-body passe...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 29396

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

Last winter Thomson was going to do a weekly LGW-RNO-LGW with either a 767 or 787 for ski season traffic. The runways and most of the terminal are big enough, but it didn't happen because the immigration and customs facilities are in a separate building that is way too small for the wide-body passen...

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by aklrno
Fri May 26, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 68
Views: 14821

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

NZ run their North American west coasts flight to Auckland all in the evening around the same time. That gives plenty of time for inbound connects from elsewhere in North America to get to the coast, and arrives in NZ in the early morning for connections in the Australasian area. The planes can mak...

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by aklrno
Fri May 26, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal WIFI ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’
Replies: 95
Views: 15307

Re: Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal WIFI ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’

Many years ago I knew an IBM Field Engineer (i.e. mainframe repairman) who had a spot of bother at an airport when asked what was in the package the size of a large book that he insisted on taking as cabin baggage because of its fragility. It was a core memory array , worth several thousand dollars ...

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by aklrno
Wed May 24, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 68
Views: 14821

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

NZ run their North American west coasts flight to Auckland all in the evening around the same time. That gives plenty of time for inbound connects from elsewhere in North America to get to the coast, and arrives in NZ in the early morning for connections in the Australasian area. The planes can make...

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by aklrno
Sun May 21, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BUR Unpopular?
Replies: 50
Views: 9192

Re: Why Is BUR Unpopular?

I'm reminded of the famous quote: "No one goes there any more. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

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by aklrno
Sat May 20, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more
Replies: 9
Views: 3148

Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Plenty of notice ahead of time. They will put the secret squirrel stuff undercover, leave stuff to be inspected out in the sun, no test flights that day.

Anything else they want to know they will just ask Trump.

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by aklrno
Sat May 20, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two week trip to California, tips for aviation sights?!
Replies: 16
Views: 787

Re: Two week trip to Cali, tips for aviation sights?!

How about the space shuttle Endeavour in downtown LA at the California Science center? Beats spending the entire day at In-n-out.

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by aklrno
Fri May 19, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 188
Views: 18195

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2017

Well. For the first two times I can actively recall, I've had on-time trips on Air New Zealand. One was Mount Cook, but jeez the ATR doesn't feel like a turboprop once you're on board. The other was an A320 and I pulled my usual "If possible, on arrival may I get a chance to see the flight dec...

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by aklrno
Fri May 19, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Passengers Injured/Needed Emergency Services in HOU
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

Re: 2 Passengers Injured/Needed Emergency Services in HOU

Says she hit her head in the restroom before the flight took off. Not sure what she was doing using the restroom before takeoff but she's lucky it was Southwest. Another airline might have returned to the gate and removed her from the plane. I guess that depends on what their definition of "be...

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