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by ThirtyEcho
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 12610

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

You've got to love the legroom in the front row of a 1950s DC-3.

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast
Replies: 157
Views: 29776

Re: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast

It isn't just being thrown from the fence. Think of the dust and debris hurled at those idiots. A small rock could hit you in the head like a bullet and you'd be just as dead as this poor lady.

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Muzzles The Barking Dog
Replies: 59
Views: 12973

RE: Airbus Muzzles The Barking Dog

Want to experience some real fun? Try crates of live chickens in the aft hold of a DC-3 on takeoff.

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Illegal Drone Activity Shuts Dubai Airport
Replies: 12
Views: 6506

RE: Illegal Drone Activity Shuts Dubai Airport

Much talk has been devoted to the drone danger to large airliners but what about other types of air traffic? What is the effect of a drone strike on a police helicopter, a Cessna 172 or a corporate jet? We know from bird strike data that the damage can be severe in those cases and even fatal. A 172 ...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eerie Video Of Cirrus SR-20 Crash In Houston
Replies: 32
Views: 16004

RE: Eerie Video Of Cirrus SR-20 Crash In Houston

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/freakyrat" class="quote" target="_blank">freakyrat</a> (<a href="#15" class="quote">Reply 15</a>):<br/><i>The aircraft had been in for maintenan...

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Does A Float Plane Take Off On Land, No Wheels
Replies: 26
Views: 6254

RE: How Does A Float Plane Take Off On Land, No Wheels

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/runway23" class="quote" target="_blank">runway23</a> (<a href="#15" class="quote">Reply 15</a>):<br/><i>Exactly. Mythbusters didn't even explain...

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by ThirtyEcho
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Pilots Always Need College Degrees?
Replies: 48
Views: 8871

RE: Did Pilots Always Need College Degrees?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/badgervor" class="quote" target="_blank">badgervor</a> (<a href="#20" class="quote">Reply 20</a>):<br/><i> I knew a pilot who had a degree in so...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turboprops Set For A Big U.S. Comeback?
Replies: 96
Views: 19945

RE: Turboprops Set For A Big U.S. Comeback?

Sorry, but turboprops are never going to escape the tendency of the press and public to call them "propeller planes" as if they were old aircraft, with piston engines, from the 1940s. That sticks to them like glue. Never mind that your high bypass turbofan develops 80% of its thrust from the fan and...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines A380 Hits Severe Turbulence
Replies: 45
Views: 21114

RE: Malaysia Airlines A380 Hits Severe Turbulence

Don't get me wrong, I'm not doubting the veracity of this current report in the slightest. What I have noticed is the tendency of the MSM to regard any turbulence in flight as "severe" without regard to the technical definition of the term. That is a blatant use of "severe turbulence" as clickbait. ...

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by ThirtyEcho
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snapshot: Transatlantic Flights, August 1958
Replies: 26
Views: 7871

RE: Snapshot: Transatlantic Flights, August 1958

A testament to the skill of cockpit crews in safely conducting all those three engine flights across the big drink.

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by ThirtyEcho
Tue May 31, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff Flight Attendant Uniforms Early 70s
Replies: 23
Views: 4284

RE: Braniff Flight Attendant Uniforms Early 70s

My last flight on Braniff was toward the end of the line for them. It was a 727 flight at 8000 feet because the pressurization system was inop.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sun May 22, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Much Does Obesity Cost Airlines?
Replies: 43
Views: 10937

RE: How Much Does Obesity Cost Airlines?

Even in the days when both passengers and baggage were weighed as part of the pre-flight check in (Why did Spell Check suggest "pee-flight"?), the purpose was not to determine fuel burn but weight and balance. I can easily remember when my bags were weighed prior to a DC-3 trip and allocated to eith...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958
Replies: 25
Views: 5269

RE: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/highflier92660" class="quote" target="_blank">highflier92660</a> (<a href="#0" class="quote">Thread starter</a>):<br/><i>obsolete NDB red airway...

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did UA Cede The Small City Texas Market To AA?
Replies: 51
Views: 6654

RE: Did UA Cede The Small City Texas Market To AA?

The economic engine that drove a lot of the Texas small town service was bootlegging. Specifically, it consisted of getting a couple of suitcases filled with booze from wet counties into dry counties all while knowing that the Sheriffs might stop cars on the highway but never, ever inspect airline p...

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did UA Cede The Small City Texas Market To AA?
Replies: 51
Views: 6654

RE: Did UA Cede The Small City Texas Market To AA?

Sounds like the route structure of Trans Texas Airways or Pioneer Airlines back in the DC-3 days. I flew both airlines a lot back in the 1950s and, if they put some gooneys back in service, I'd do it again. Riding the afternoon thermals in August at 3000 feet was a lot of fun except for the 95 degre...

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by ThirtyEcho
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Kicks Photographer Carrying Drone Off Plane
Replies: 85
Views: 12077

RE: WN Kicks Photographer Carrying Drone Off Plane

If he flew the drone on the plane could you subtract the weight of the drone from the gross weight of the airplane?

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by ThirtyEcho
Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Defeat Devices Possible In Airliners?
Replies: 10
Views: 4505

RE: Are Defeat Devices Possible In Airliners?

Defeat devices are only used to shut off the chemtrail generators during inspections.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Tourist Hit By Small Airplane
Replies: 17
Views: 10338

RE: Caribbean Tourist Hit By Small Airplane

If Cessna singles still had 40 degree flaps this nut would have gotten a face full of propeller.

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Has Supersonic Transport Not Been Reevaluated?
Replies: 99
Views: 9964

RE: Why Has Supersonic Transport Not Been Reevaluated?

If you look from a faraway place like today, what stands out very clearly is that aviation was headed in two different directions while Concorde was being born. Simultaneously, we were headed down the path of always flying faster than the previous generation but also developing very large capacity a...

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by ThirtyEcho
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendant Leaves 60lbs Cocaine Behind @ LAX
Replies: 139
Views: 34501

RE: Flight Attendant Leaves 60lbs Cocaine Behind @ LAX

She'd have made it through the check OK if they had just molded the cocaine into shapes like hand grenades.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyDubai 738 Crashes On Approach In Russia
Replies: 282
Views: 90165

RE: FlyDubai 738 Crashes On Approach In Russia

Given the local weather information, knowledge that two aircraft ahead of me had tried approaches and gone on to alternates and the injunction that highly skilled pilots don't put themselves in situations where their high skill is needed, I'd have flipped open the cover on the "go somewhere else" sw...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Nose Gear Collapses At Addis Ababa
Replies: 41
Views: 32527

RE: 787 Nose Gear Collapses At Addis Ababa

Lemme show you how we can board passengers without using the jetway.

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by ThirtyEcho
Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Bar Seating - Can They Be Sold?
Replies: 19
Views: 9959

RE: A380 Bar Seating - Can They Be Sold?

A bigger question is if Airbus can sell any A380s, bar seats or no bar seats.

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is The Autopilot Becoming The Autonomous Pilot?
Replies: 12
Views: 3087

RE: Is The Autopilot Becoming The Autonomous Pilot?

Think about how ridiculous this whole discussion would be if, instead of autopilots, we were talking about the cruise control on your car. Would your car hold 75MPH and barrel straight into a brick wall? Yes. Would you intervene to stop it from doing that? Yes.

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Foreign Object Strikes A320 At Cruise
Replies: 24
Views: 11675

RE: Foreign Object Strikes A320 At Cruise

Don't discount a large insect. Convective currents can lift them to absurd altitudes, for which I can personally attest. I hit a big grasshopper at 13500 in an Aero Commander and had to squint through frozen green bug guts the rest of the trip. Made quite a loud whack when it hit, too.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger Brings Comfort Turkey On DL Flight
Replies: 95
Views: 16789

RE: Passenger Brings Comfort Turkey On DL Flight

By logical extension, I should be allowed to bring my Comfort Terducken.

Our local grocery has one for sale for $89. It is frozen so it is very well behaved.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airlines" That Use Light Aircaft
Replies: 33
Views: 6302

RE: "Airlines" That Use Light Aircaft

You could include all-cargo operations like the bootleggers who used to fly into our wet-county airport and load up to return to our dry-county neighbors. One flew a Champion Citabria with a skull and crossbones on the rudder; we called him "Captain Hook." As with many backwoods cargo carriers, it w...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA587 - What If A Boeing?
Replies: 85
Views: 18861

RE: AA587 - What If A Boeing?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/flightsimer" class="quote" target="_blank">flightsimer</a> (<a href="#27" class="quote">Reply 27</a>):<br/><i> The only <acronym title="Avialeas...

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by ThirtyEcho
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA's N694SW 737-300 Will Set Records
Replies: 34
Views: 13048

RE: SWA's N694SW 737-300 Will Set Records

If you don't board passengers via a single right hand door in the back, you ain't old.

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Drone Almost Hits Ski Superchampion
Replies: 26
Views: 9519

RE: Drone Almost Hits Ski Superchampion

Reminded me of the Julie Andrews "Sound of Music" helicopter shot incident. On virtually every take of the mountain top meadow singing scene, Andrews was knocked flat by the rotor wash from the helicopter. The take finally used in the movie was no different, milliseconds after the shot cut away she ...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet Q400 Hits Wild Boars On RWY At Jabalpur
Replies: 25
Views: 6446

RE: SpiceJet Q400 Hits Wild Boars On RWY At Jabalpur

If the plane and its occupants are OK, why should we care about the bores?

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by ThirtyEcho
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hair-rising Accident Investigation Reports
Replies: 75
Views: 19859

RE: Hair-rising Accident Investigation Reports

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/seabosdca" class="quote" target="_blank">seabosdca</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>All of the reports (Air Asia, AF447, Col...

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Stomach-turning Airliner Approach At Madeira
Replies: 21
Views: 21057

RE: A Stomach-turning Airliner Approach At Madeira

Really getting tired of the media headlining every video of a pilot applying proper crosswind, gusty conditions technique as a "Scary Airliner Landing." Its as if every approach with the nose pointed somewhere besides right down the center line is a narrow escape from certain death.

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by ThirtyEcho
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Pilots Eyes Damaged By Laser Pen At LHR
Replies: 40
Views: 11385

RE: BA Pilots Eyes Damaged By Laser Pen At LHR

A real tragedy could easily happen if a laser strike is directed at a single pilot aircraft and the pilot is blinded, or nearly so. While two pilot aircraft are not likely to have BOTH pilots blinded to the same degree, a single pilot ship can quickly be out of options in a case of incapacitation. P...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: Do You Think Or Is It Muscle Memory
Replies: 12
Views: 4460

RE: Pilots: Do You Think Or Is It Muscle Memory

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/D328" class="quote" target="_blank">D328</a> (<a href="#6" class="quote">Reply 6</a>):<br/><i>Landings were my favorite. Tried to get them as sh...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Core Truths Of A-Net
Replies: 340
Views: 28519

RE: The Core Truths Of A-Net

All passenger reported turbulence is "severe".

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Core Truths Of A-Net
Replies: 340
Views: 28519

RE: The Core Truths Of A-Net

Say the words "tarmac," "stewardess" and "co-pilot" often enough and you will be hired by CNN as an aviation expert.

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by ThirtyEcho
Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kolavia A321 Crashes In Sinai / Egypt - Part 4
Replies: 322
Views: 80282

RE: Kolavia A321 Crashes In Sinai / Egypt - Part 4

In the aftermath of tragic aviation incidents the public demands, and the media quickly supplies, immediate and easy to understand causes for the tragedy. If the media fails to promptly respond, the public does it for them by promoting UFOs, the slippage of the Bermuda Triangle, mini black holes, th...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Centre Engine On A 3 Holer
Replies: 35
Views: 8377

RE: The Centre Engine On A 3 Holer

Then there is the dreaded B52 seven engine approach.

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by ThirtyEcho
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gov Christie To UA: No Cuba From EWR
Replies: 64
Views: 16525

RE: Gov Christie To UA: No Cuba From EWR

Reminds me of the sheriff of a dry county in East Texas who tried to arrest flight crews for serving alcohol as the planes passed overhead. Nonetheless, look for traffic cones all over <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (Metropolitan) (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>'s runwa...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Missed Approach Today At SFO
Replies: 6
Views: 9069

RE: Asiana Missed Approach Today At SFO

Going missed is exactly what is prescribed if you aren't where you should be when you should be there. It can, also, mean here is some problem outside your control such as runway traffic, separration, etc.. Maybe the fact that the airplane was "on finals" when it should have been "on final" indicate...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAS: G4 MD80 Engine Catches On Fire
Replies: 41
Views: 10939

RE: LAS: G4 MD80 Engine Catches On Fire

You can't trust anything the MSM puts out about aviation related topics. First of all, they overdramatize and use loaded words like "plunged," "exploded" and "extreme." This verbal assault on reason causes them to use antiquated terms straight out of 1930s movies like "co-pilot," "tarmac" and "stewa...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Aircraft & Please Help To Rest Some Anxiety
Replies: 8
Views: 6329

RE: Which Aircraft & Please Help To Rest Some Anxi

The <acronym title="Garuda Indonesia">GA</acronym> accident rate includes a lot of what you might term "exotic" flying. It includes aerobatics, bush flying in Alaska, homebuilt airplanes, vintage warbirds, crop dusting, pipeline patrols, seaplane operations in the outback, firefighting contractors, ...

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by ThirtyEcho
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possible Supersonic Routes - Economic Viability
Replies: 29
Views: 5023

RE: Possible Supersonic Routes - Economic Viability

The "race for speed" that dominated so much of early airline flying ended with the first generation jets. Essentially, travel times were cut in half by the 707 and that has, since the late 1950s, been all the speed anyone needed or wanted. Concorde was an anomaly that only served to prove the new re...

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragon Air A330 Hard Landing In Penang, 16 Sept 15
Replies: 20
Views: 15980

RE: Dragon Air A330 Hard Landing In Penang, 16 Sept 15

Female copilot? We haven't had "copilots" in airliners for, say, fifty years. Way to keep abreast of the industry and Cockpit Resource Management. Quite possibly, the flight deck crew was letting the "radio operator" or the "navigator" have a go. Good to see, however, the runway come up and smack th...

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by ThirtyEcho
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quality Of ATC Transmissions...
Replies: 34
Views: 4879

RE: Quality Of ATC Transmissions...

I've been operating with VHF radio, both IFR and VFR, since 1959 and I must say that I have no complaints. Yes, nonstandard phraseology can be a problem but it used to be <b>much</b> worse. Remember "two clicks" passing for a reply to ATC? "Cessna 123, cleared to land" followed by two clicks of the ...

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by ThirtyEcho
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will The Last B747 Retire?
Replies: 51
Views: 8052

RE: When Will The Last B747 Retire?

The salvageable parts of the last 747 flown out to the boneyard will be hauled away by a DC-3.

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by ThirtyEcho
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Deadliest Aircraft Type(s)
Replies: 129
Views: 22852

RE: Deadliest Aircraft Type(s)

There are so many variables not controlled for here that most conclusions are nothing but spurious. Anybody who ever took a statistics course in college can see the flaws immediately. Nothing here controls for the type of flying, the location of principal experience or dominant weather variables. To...

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French 9/11 Style Attack Possible On Airlines
Replies: 59
Views: 14791

RE: French 9/11 Style Attack Possible On Airlines

I thought I was on airliners.net but it seems that I blundered onto a Yahoo comment board, instead. Suggest deletion.

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by ThirtyEcho
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Flap Found In La Réunion (RUN) Part 3
Replies: 247
Views: 76493

RE: Aircraft Flap Found In La Réunion (RUN) Part 3

Complicating this issue is the fact that the MSM has a widespread and serious misunderstanding of what a flaperon is and how it functions. Despite the fact that there have been flaperons in use on every Boeing jetliner since 1958, the press is acting like they just discovered something brand new and...

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