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by FGITD
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

FGITD - I have to ask as you've posted previously that BOS will be seeing some interesting equipment changes and new carriers coming in 2019....have you known about this for a while and kept us all in suspense :D I didn't fully know, as it wasn't completely confirmed, but EK 380 to BOS has been one...

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by FGITD
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

A nice little story I felt compelled to share... Heard/witnessed today that despite the shutdown, TSA staffing at terminal E has been pretty much normal. Apparently the airline tenants (all of whom are internationally based) are taking turns buying the TSA staff dinner every night. Just thought it w...

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by FGITD
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Great news about the EK A380. So who ended up budging EK or Massport? Is EK towing the whale to the hardstand or are they keeping it at the gate? No inside track on this, but I'm going to guess EK will tow. Trying to strongarm or push massport to your benefit is like trying to scam a casino. The ho...

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by FGITD
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Here’s the link: https://www.emirates247.com/business/corporate/emirates-announces-network-updates-for-2019-2019-01-12-1.677930?ot=ot.AMPPageLayout The summer I get, but the Winter is confusing given the supposed issues with de icing etc. however I’ll take it. Will be good to see 2 380’s on the gro...

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by FGITD
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Just saw on emirates247 that BOS is getting the A380 seasonally. It's not loaded into any of the booking engines yet though "Emirates’ customers travelling to Boston will be able to experience the world’s largest commercial aircraft famed for its Onboard Lounge accessible to First and Business...

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by FGITD
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 1801

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I absolutely love aviation and flying, however not all of us have jobs that require frequent traveling and not all of us are financially fortunate enough to be able to afford to frequently fly at our own expense. These are my favorite passengers to talk to. The type that love aviation, but aren't t...

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by FGITD
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

As I said, the TATL JV's exist for the benefit of those in it, not for the customer, if those were ripped up, you might lose a few routes, but at least you might have some chance at some competition. I was looking forward to the 4 way fun on CDG, between, PF, DY, AF and DL, but alas not to be.. AF/...

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by FGITD
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

As I said, the TATL JV's exist for the benefit of those in it, not for the customer, if those were ripped up, you might lose a few routes, but at least you might have some chance at some competition. I was looking forward to the 4 way fun on CDG, between, PF, DY, AF and DL, but alas not to be.. AF/...

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by FGITD
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 11927

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

As I said, the TATL JV's exist for the benefit of those in it, not for the customer, if those were ripped up, you might lose a few routes, but at least you might have some chance at some competition. I was looking forward to the 4 way fun on CDG, between, PF, DY, AF and DL, but alas not to be.. AF/...

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by FGITD
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sinking US aircraft carriers will resolve tension in South China Sea, says Chinese admiral
Replies: 100
Views: 3989

Re: Sinking US aircraft carriers will resolve tension in South China Sea, says Chinese admiral

And the funniest of all - all this might could not even impress North Korea earlier this year; quite the opposite in fact. As luck would have it, impressing hostile countries isn't what counts in warfare. It's easy to sink a carrier. It's what happens next where things get interesting. Generally sp...

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by FGITD
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sinking US aircraft carriers will resolve tension in South China Sea, says Chinese admiral
Replies: 100
Views: 3989

Re: Sinking US aircraft carriers will resolve tension in South China Sea, says Chinese admiral

And the funniest of all - all this might could not even impress North Korea earlier this year; quite the opposite in fact. As luck would have it, impressing hostile countries isn't what counts in warfare. It's easy to sink a carrier. It's what happens next where things get interesting. Generally sp...

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by FGITD
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reason for windows between overwing exits
Replies: 1
Views: 884

Re: Reason for windows between overwing exits

I don't know the exact answer, but I think it's worth remembering that many of the designs used today come from advancements made on past designs. Simply put, maybe someone working on newer models looked at these and realized "hey wait, why don't we put them side by side to make it easier?"

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by FGITD
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cathay is never called CP. Why?
Replies: 7
Views: 1087

Re: Cathay is never called CP. Why?

It is quite natural for any avgeek to refer to Cathay Pacific Airways as CX, but nobody ever calls it CP. However, though Royal Brunei's code is BI, it brands itself as RB and is often known as such. Any reason why? Usually it's a matter of who came first. CP was taken by Canadian Pacific, before C...

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by FGITD
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18192

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

Years later pilot Hoot Gibson returned the favor 39,000-feet over Michigan in a TWA 727-100, proving that Boeing built equally strong aircraft that could also break the sound barrier. But that's a tale for another thread. http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/58517/first-commercial-jet-break-sound-bar...

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by FGITD
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Incident
Replies: 35
Views: 2898

Re: Ramp Incident

UPS ramp procedure at Louisville is to flash the lights when ready. I haven’t been in the sim in a few years, but isn’t flashing the lights the way to get the simulated marshaller to do his thing? I’ve been “hit” with the landing lights before. Uncomfortable and seeing a big glob of blue for a few ...

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by FGITD
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Incident
Replies: 35
Views: 2898

Re: Ramp Incident

I would say taxi lights are just one of many ramp risks that rampers accept. Based on the facts presented, I see no basis for action against the pilots. while I agree with what others have been saying about this thread being...questionable... This I must absolutely disagree with. No airline that I'...

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by FGITD
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Incident
Replies: 35
Views: 2898

Re: Ramp Incident

Every airline should have a procedure in place. At least every airline I've worked on. If he's that close to pushback time, there should be someone close by with a headset to communicate directly. If not, most aircraft have a horn (more a siren, but same principle) to notify the ground staff that th...

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by FGITD
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 5855

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

How did we all survive without WiFi or bluetooth at and around airports? How quickly we forget... Cell service would be more of an issue. A smart someone would be designing banks of modern payphones. Nowadays, we have our boarding passes on our phones. Beyond passenger amenities, a huge amount of e...

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by FGITD
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

For those interested in the uncommon, there's currently a Shanghai 744 cargo in North cargo. No idea how it got there yet

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by FGITD
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do baggage handlers always put luggage upside down?
Replies: 4
Views: 1633

Re: Why do baggage handlers always put luggage upside down?

Speaking as a former ramp agent, I did this because a lot of times bags with wheels would have a tendency to want to roll back down the belt loader. Putting them upside down prevented the wheels from rolling on the conveyor belt Nothing better than having a bag roll back and slam into you, especial...

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by FGITD
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Yesterday there was a BA a380 at BOS... looks like it diverted into BOS on a LHR-MIA flight. Left BOS at around 3:30am this morning BACK to LHR while it sat all day... wonder if they used the a380 gates? Also, a LH Cityline 343 diverted to BOS on a CUN-FRA flight! Left at around 4:30am and a faster...

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by FGITD
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Has AT made it official that intends to fly CMN-BOS-CMN starting this summer. Has the schedule been announced? If so do their flights make connections possible from CMN? With DL increasing their presence in the BOS market, I am wonder ing what AA and UA will do to preserve their market shares in ma...

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by FGITD
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

The QR 77W was supposed to be an interim switch at BOS, lasting only this month and next. But if you trust their own on-line timetable, it continues well into next summer. So one might infer that forward-looking bookings are good for them, which might portend a response from EK. Furthermore the sea...

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by FGITD
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Surprised they didn't just take 27. Big delay to take as a result. Interesting story I heard today, perhaps someone here can find some more information to verify. Back in 1949/50, the old NAS Squantum was still open, and was directly under the approach to 4L/R. Allegedly an Air France Lockheed Const...

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by FGITD
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-130 as a commercial freighter
Replies: 53
Views: 9701

Re: C-130 as a commercial freighter :-(

Very difficult to make a military cargo lifter design into a commercial one. The abilities and strengths of the c130 are just not needed by most (if not all) civil cargo operators. It's designed for large, outsized and unusual loads. Vehicles, equipment, etc. Civil cargo is not usually that. It fits...

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by FGITD
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?
Replies: 7
Views: 1512

Re: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?

There's no requirement that the flight clear customs at the diversion point. The vast majority of longhaul flights that go to places like MKE or GRR when ORD has weather do not, for instance. This is accurate. Most vDiverted inbound flights don't have to clear customs. Rather, the passengers and cr...

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by FGITD
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?
Replies: 7
Views: 1512

Re: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?

There's no requirement that the flight clear customs at the diversion point. The vast majority of longhaul flights that go to places like MKE or GRR when ORD has weather do not, for instance. This is accurate. Most vDiverted inbound flights don't have to clear customs. Rather, the passengers and cr...

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by FGITD
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

But I can also see the inverse effect. Start charging, and the international carriers might try to leave from the same terminals as their partners. And the low cost might just leave altogether. So what? IMHO, all SkyTeam carriers should depart from Terminal A. Period. Oh I agree, trust me. And I'm ...

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by FGITD
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Days 1 and 3 for the FCO flight are fine, no space issues there, but for the FCO other flights and MAD there is simply no gate space. lots of stand moving coming up i think. especially that MAD flight. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10DEuda0593D4fSoUQRClRjz3MjOPJIgOWYxpV2oLFLk/edit?usp=shar...

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by FGITD
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350
Replies: 18
Views: 5368

Re: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350

I think the issue was somewhat abated by changes in procedure. Every 787 operator I've worked with has an extremely strict no touch policy. Even the equipment you could safely bump into a 777 or 330 (for example) can't touch. It changed the mentality completely, at least where I'm based, and if any...

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by FGITD
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Correct Song For Thanksgiving
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: The Correct Song For Thanksgiving

Of course the name of the restaurant isn't Alice's Restaurant, that's just the name of the song, which is why the song is called Alice's Restaurant


.... I'll just take my seat over here on the bench marked group W

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by FGITD
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Special Liveries
Replies: 41
Views: 4922

Re: Delta and Special Liveries

My question is why there is such a fixation on heritage liveries in the US? Just to look at a few European carriers, there's no one clamoring for AF to paint a 777 up as UTA, or a 320 as Air Inter. No one asking Brussels for a Sabena 330. The only popular trend is for retrojets, like LH, AF, KL, and...

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by FGITD
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350
Replies: 18
Views: 5368

Re: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350

I think the issue was somewhat abated by changes in procedure. Every 787 operator I've worked with has an extremely strict no touch policy. Even the equipment you could safely bump into a 777 or 330 (for example) can't touch. It changed the mentality completely, at least where I'm based, and if anyt...

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by FGITD
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Any reason why they can't unload people at remote stands when the gates are all full? With all the departing flights unable to take off, they knew it was going to be a while for a gate to open. Yet DL seemed to just wait it out. I know this kind of stuff happens at JFK all the time. Maybe its just ...

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by FGITD
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

I wasn't suggesting that the people mover would solve all of the issues, just that it may help free up some road capacity. Massport looks like they have a pretty good plan in place to expand, upgrade and streamline the roadways around terminal B and C, plus the C canopy and curbside re-work should ...

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by FGITD
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Also, on slide 143, it explains that the old tower, (not the twin pylon tower) will be demolished. So I'm not sure if the rumor FGITD heard was about this tower. That makes much more sense. I appreciate the clarification on your part. Unfortunately I'm not quite important enough to be in these meet...

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by FGITD
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

The "eagles nest " is a nickname used for the old American eagle area. Calling it a terminal is really an exaggeration. No jetbridges or any real amenities. It's located right next to the massport fire station, at the entrance to the J pad Was it originally built as a terminal for America...

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by FGITD
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Makes sense. I feel like I've seen that space used for a number of things. Still, interesting that a runway is getting "usefulness" out of things that aren't takeoffs and landings. :duck: Massport log jet activity and for 14/32 it gets used for departures around 1.5% of the time, probably...

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by FGITD
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 diverts to Denver
Replies: 36
Views: 12113

Re: Air France A380 diverts to Denver

How can it be that a prominent airport such as BOS or DEN which are en route of several A380 flights each day are not equipped to handle a regularly scheduled aircraft in case of an emergency in a leading industrial country? I am just flabbergasted .... An a380 capable deicing truck is amongst the ...

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by FGITD
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 diverts to Denver
Replies: 36
Views: 12113

Re: Air France A380 diverts to Denver

How can it be that a prominent airport such as BOS or DEN which are en route of several A380 flights each day are not equipped to handle a regularly scheduled aircraft in case of an emergency in a leading industrial country? I am just flabbergasted .... An a380 capable deicing truck is amongst the ...

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by FGITD
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Makes sense. I feel like I've seen that space used for a number of things. Still, interesting that a runway is getting "usefulness" out of things that aren't takeoffs and landings. :duck: Massport log jet activity and for 14/32 it gets used for departures around 1.5% of the time, probably...

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by FGITD
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Serious question: has the building and existence of 14/32 been any sort of success or is it just a total bust? I know that the hotel was put in a location to ensure that the runway was unidirectional but given that and the short length (and the wind threshold for use) it hardly seems useful or used...

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by FGITD
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18192

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

As I recall the Convair 880 and 990 were both very maintenance intensive and that didn't help. I can't speak to that at all, but if true, yeah, that would have been another nail in the coffin for the 990 with AA. I believe that the 990 eventually did achieve greater range after Convair did some (wh...

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by FGITD
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

In section 1.7.1 "Since the new Air Traffic Control Tower was constructed in 1973, the Old Tower has been converted to office space, though it is inefficiently arranged and inconvenient. The Old Tower is no longer needed for its original air traffic control purposes and its central location ta...

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by FGITD
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

http://www.massport.com/media/2991/terminal-c-canopy-connector-and-roadway-project-ea.pdf In section 1.7.1 "Since the new Air Traffic Control Tower was constructed in 1973, the Old Tower has been converted to office space, though it is inefficiently arranged and inconvenient. The Old Tower is ...

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by FGITD
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

I have a few questions about possible Term. A expansion. Please bear with me, I haven't been there in awhile, and forgive me If posted earlier. 1 Are all those cargo areas at the end of A in use ? 2 If they are, can they be relocated somewhere else on the property ? Please answer objectively. I am ...

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by FGITD
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

So, as we approach 2019, all the terminals have had work done/expansions. Wonder what could be next... I recommend taking a good look at the current ATC tower next time you visit BOS http://www.massport.com/media/2771/fy18-22_capital_program.pdf Well Massport aren’t looking at anything prior to FY2...

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by FGITD
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

So, as we approach 2019, all the terminals have had work done/expansions. Wonder what could be next...

I recommend taking a good look at the current ATC tower next time you visit BOS

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by FGITD
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

What’s been causing AF to cancel their BOS-CDG flights so much recently? AF 333 cancelled Saturday, Sunday and again last night (Friday). Are their strikes going on? I believe it was technical issue last Saturday and yesterday. No AF flights arrived those days. Sunday however there was definitely a...

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by FGITD
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 226365

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Anyone know of the best place to watch planes on logan ground?. Sent in a request for a photo permit this morning to watch from the central parking garage, still plan on doing so with or without one. However, if I get kicked out where is the next best place? I didn't know you could get a photo perm...

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