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by bigb
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 6463

Re: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11

Neither United nor Continental were in particularly good shape when the merger happened, though United had the ability survive without merging - Continental didn't. Continental had a very limited long haul fleet that was hamstrung by less than favorable lease rates due to their earlier financial pr...

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by bigb
Sat Nov 27, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why not get rid of the mega threads?
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Why not get rid of the mega threads?

What about additional sub forums for general topics under Civil Aviation. Like a sub forums for Boeing Topics, Airbus topics, Other Manufacturers, Airport topics, Networks, Fleets, etc….

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by bigb
Sat Nov 27, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: As we approach the start of a new year, can threads be segmented consistently?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: As we approach the start of a new year, can threads be segmented consistently?

I tried to advocate for this a few years ago about the United Thread and just given up……

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by bigb
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA

This is mainly for Atlas Air

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by bigb
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Such a terrible experience! ;-) Houstonians are such delicate flowers some times. FWIW, almost every single passenger at airports such as Denver and Atlanta have to take a train to get to their gate and again when then return to get to their luggage. Oh the humanity! :o You have to understand somet...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Yes, United will be taking some of the added gates in Terminal A. I don't remember the number. Why does UA need gates in Terminal A. It is not as if Terminal B, C and E gates for UA are full. United has cut service from IAH and I am wondering why do they operate from A. It is a pain to fly from A. ...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

it's about central processor/baggage handling/road capacity. United's Terminal A gates will not utilize any of those central terminal facilities, so there is adequate central terminal capacity to handle the other gates. Those other three airlines all would use Terminal A Central Terminal facilities...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 1246
Views: 174097

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021

Amazon does not hire or have dispatchers since they do not have operational control. Little do you know. By all means, please show your source for the meeting between Bezos and these dispatchers. Please explain how an airline on paper only, without a Part 121 operating certificate has a dispatch de...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?
Replies: 19
Views: 3210

Re: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?

Sorry, but I am about to rain on your parade! What difference does it make if the Flaps have both hydraulic and electric extension/retraction? You have a much bigger problem staring you in the face! How are you going to control the aircraft? With no hydraulics, you have no flight controls! FALSE. A...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?
Replies: 19
Views: 3210

Re: Can 747s really use flaps even with total hydraulic loss and if so why isnt this on other aircraft?

The 747 leading edge flaps are pneumatically driven in primary and electrically driven in secondary and Alternate modes. The trailing edge flaps are Hydraulically driven in primary and electrically driven in secondary and Alternate modes. When operated in secondary and alternate, it takes a really l...

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by bigb
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Three airlines (Spirit, WestJet, and Air Canada) will move from Terminal A to Terminal D. I don't really understand this move unless the goal is to free up space during the Terminal A expansion. I just can't see any of the other airlines in A needing more than one or two additional gates. If United...

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by bigb
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

So nice to hear what they are doing with A. I am curious how they will shuffle the remaining A airlines around and if United will use some of the new gates. Would really love to know what the future holds for B North! Yes, United will be taking some of the added gates in Terminal A. I don't remembe...

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by bigb
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 201
Views: 30876

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Interesting that Spirit is moving to D. That would give AA the entire south side of A to itself. I wonder if NK has more international ambitions for IAH. Sad to hear about the helixes. When I was a kid, my dad would drive down them as fast as he could to get a new speed record! What they also need ...

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by bigb
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21412

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

Exactly. And somebody agreed at Delta to let the JV do that much flying from the union side. Complain but you got what you wanted at the time. Somebody in that union convinced the members that it was the best thing for them until they needed a new fight. It's a vicious cycle. Actually Delta was fou...

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by bigb
Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 267
Views: 31080

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

I cannot find a reason either as to why anyone would order a 77X. And in multiple threads now I have asked for people to tell me where only the 77X makes sense. But so far, zero. No one can actually say why an airline would order it. Perhaps you should ask the airlines that have ordered it, or even...

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by bigb
Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

As of today, Southern Air is no more as Atlas/Southern SOC is completed. It is now just Atlas Sir. The end of an era. I'm curious as to whether Atlas will keep "Southern Air" painted on the side of the 777s, or knowing Atlas, if they'll just keep them the way they are. Speaking of Atlas, ...

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by bigb
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 267
Views: 31080

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

You really can’t compare the two. If you can’t see how the two aircraft designs target two different markets then I can’t help ya. The problem with the A380 that it wasn’t designed as a 744 replacement. It was designed to mass people mover going into slot restricted airports with a intended family t...

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by bigb
Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

As of today, Southern Air is no more as Atlas/Southern SOC is completed. It is now just Atlas Sir.

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by bigb
Wed Nov 17, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Re: Complicated, by design. But is it really?

Most modern day jet flight decks have come a long way and aren’t really complex for the type of aircraft that they are found on. There are a lot of different system controllers that handle and monitor basic functions of the system per the system design logic. Good week of systems course will then ma...

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by bigb
Tue Nov 16, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why fuel driven actuators?
Replies: 14
Views: 1437

Re: Why fuel driven actuators?

You’re not using the pneumatics for T/Rs very often, so not an issue. Pneumatics on the 727 IIRC and on the Challenger/CRJ The CRJ-700/900/1000s TRs were hydraulically actuated. The older challengers/CRJ100/200 are pneumatically. 747-400/767 GEs are pneumatically actuated 747-400 PWs and 747-8s are...

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by bigb
Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 42
Views: 5145

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

I agree, it’s getting ridiculous.

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by bigb
Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Some UPS fleet info : Brand new UPS 747-8F N631UP, original scheduled for delivery at the start of 2022, presently at Portland for paint, could also be delivered in approx two weeks time. One or both of the last to be delivered UPS 767-300F's could become active just before the peak. L/N 1260 C/N 6...

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by bigb
Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality
Replies: 55
Views: 7669

Re: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA

If we consider Southwest Air in 2018, there was a fatality due to safety failures by a US mainline airline, albeit while airborne rather than on the ground Alternatively, we can think about Fedex flight 80 - US mainline airline that led to 2 fatalities in an MD-11 at a major airport in Japan We see...

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by bigb
Thu Nov 11, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality
Replies: 55
Views: 7669

Re: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA

The Asiana 777 at San Francisco 8 years ago led to 3 fatalities who would not have died if the aircraft had not crashed. I believe also that a 777 is usually considered to be mainline People still died, and those deaths were caused due to poor safety within the aviation environment I believe is poi...

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by bigb
Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021
Replies: 508
Views: 91845

Re: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021

Connecting with DCA and with a concourse change. I didn’t realize that the project was has come a long ways until I saw the old security area close prior to leaving the concourse. It made for a easier experience to grabbing some breakfast without having to leave security.

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by bigb
Sun Nov 07, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

the remaining three at Polar? Is DHL divesting its b744f lift?, Is DHL divesting/transferring from the Polar (while retaining the Atlas) relationship? One would speculate that DHL is positioning to move its b744f lift to the upcoming ERSF, the questions will be - will DHL divest the b748fs, will At...

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by bigb
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Hub Facilities
Replies: 71
Views: 8714

Re: American Airlines Hub Facilities

You can’t compare RDU to CLT. RDU is way smaller and has only a handful of International flights which LHR and CDG aren’t even operating. You make it sound CLT has a lot more international arrivals. Have you checked international arrivals in CLT last 3-5 years? CLT is bigger but is not that much bi...

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by bigb
Fri Nov 05, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 126
Views: 12452

Re: ATL's terminal makeover

There are more windows which makes it nicer!

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by bigb
Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44038

Re: AAnother Meltdown

Day passes aren’t even sold in some airports and don’t get sold if the clubs are busy. With delays, I suspect the clubs were busy so AA can’t sell them to everyone. I know it’s frustrating, but I don’t think it’s just AA refusing to take your money. I get it, trust me. I do. It’s frustrating a stat...

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by bigb
Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44038

Re: AAnother Meltdown

Day passes aren’t even sold in some airports and don’t get sold if the clubs are busy. With delays, I suspect the clubs were busy so AA can’t sell them to everyone. I know it’s frustrating, but I don’t think it’s just AA refusing to take your money. I get it, trust me. I do. It’s frustrating a stat...

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by bigb
Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44038

Re: AAnother Meltdown

You know what makes this crazy about today, AA wouldn’t even sell me and wife a day pass to the Admirals Club due to the delays…… and my Gold Status will not be enough…. Lol, I was actually thinking about Status matching my UAL 1K Status over to AA before today….. Until they didn’t want to see sale...

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by bigb
Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44038

Re: AAnother Meltdown

You know what makes this crazy about today, AA wouldn’t even sell me and wife a day pass to the Admirals Club due to the delays…… and my Gold Status will not be enough…. Lol, I was actually thinking about Status matching my UAL 1K Status over to AA before today….. Until they didn’t want to see sale ...

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by bigb
Sun Oct 31, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44038

Re: AAnother Meltdown

My wife and I flight was just canceled. Trying to get down to the Virgin Islands tonight.

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by bigb
Wed Oct 27, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2016

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

Might have to consider switching my commute to ANC on to AA for the next few months.

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by bigb
Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

I would keep the 2021 peak season talk here since it will be in 2021 and the thread title has 2021.

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by bigb
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliner types under threat of extinction
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: Airliner types under threat of extinction

I would agree that the 737-500s are going to be hard to come by. Nothing special about the bird. Last I flew on one was 2005….

767-400s will be with us for a bit and so will the 757-300. But the 747-400s are disappearing from passenger flying outside of charter and cargo ops….

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by bigb
Tue Oct 26, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

So our friend Juan Browne (AA 777 FO) just posted a nifty video regarding his trip LAX-ICN-HKG-LAX. Apparently, AA is flying 777s cargo-only on that route. He said they had about 15K lbs of cargo over to ICN; obviously, they'll be taking a lot more back. He showed off all the handheld gizmos they u...

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by bigb
Tue Oct 26, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2713
Views: 386845

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

So our friend Juan Browne (AA 777 FO) just posted a nifty video regarding his trip LAX-ICN-HKG-LAX. Apparently, AA is flying 777s cargo-only on that route. He said they had about 15K lbs of cargo over to ICN; obviously, they'll be taking a lot more back. He showed off all the handheld gizmos they u...

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by bigb
Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier
Replies: 248
Views: 45447

Re: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier

I don't think ExpresJet is coming back. At least not in airline form. The name "AHA" allows them to operate statutorily the same without having to undo furloughs. In essence they will operate a "new" airline, hire new staff and keep the same leadership. Just my two cents. This i...

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by bigb
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90441

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

Word is that Kalitta has now committed to seven 777-300ERSFs. Any truth to that? it's a great question. The common knowledge is their commitment is for five. Are you hearing or reading about another +up? What is uncommon is the dynamics between Kalitta and Atlas. Kalitta has an opportunity, with ma...

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by bigb
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21645

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

the thing that no one is bringing up is that united just ordered 270 NB mainline jets. Those deliveries will definitely have an effect on Large RJ scope and allow them to add several frames in that category. Yes there is the impending regulatory unavailability of new E1 jets, but otherwise it's not...

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by bigb
Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90441

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

As to crewing, I seriously doubt that Amazon will go ACMI with anybody, and that anybody would want to do long-term ACMI for them at scale. Because of the absurd capital investment that an ACMI provider would have to make on spec, and to maximize its flexibility, Amazon takes the capital risk on th...

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by bigb
Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90441

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

As to crewing, I seriously doubt that Amazon will go ACMI with anybody, and that anybody would want to do long-term ACMI for them at scale. Because of the absurd capital investment that an ACMI provider would have to make on spec, and to maximize its flexibility, Amazon takes the capital risk on th...

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by bigb
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21645

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Isn't the business model for smaller markets the problem then ? Can a cargo/pax approach offset the fixed cost of the trip and generate enough revenue for the airline flying into these smaller 50-pax jets markets? I feel a little awkward quoting myself, but I haven't seen a reply on this issue, and...

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by bigb
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue Flight 324 Odd Route
Replies: 12
Views: 2921

Re: Jetblue Flight 324 Odd Route

Thank you everyone for this. I was actually on B6 1498 from DEN-JFK. The LAX flight arrived 1 minute before us. Our landing pattern was pretty unique and I believe Flight 324 had that Virginia curve to line up as well. I just wonder why the route was put so southern in the first place if weather wa...

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by bigb
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2361

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

Usually I consider anything 2 NM or less from the runway on the extended centerline is short final in a airliner.

GA I usually say it’s about 1 NM or less.

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by bigb
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest operational issues 10/2021
Replies: 165
Views: 21989

Re: Did JAX Center temporarily shutdown yesterday 10/8?

Because the regionals are directly contracted with the federal government……. They are directly contracted to the carriers that they have a CPA with. That’s why they do not have a Vaccine mandate…. Many or most regionals have directly bid at risk EAS routes The only regionals doing at risk flying is...

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by bigb
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest operational issues 10/2021
Replies: 165
Views: 21989

Re: Did JAX Center temporarily shutdown yesterday 10/8?

Note also that several of the independent regionals have not come out with mandates yet, either. I wonder why that could be? Because the regionals are directly contracted with the federal government……. They are directly contracted to the carriers that they have a CPA with. That’s why they do not ha...

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by bigb
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?
Replies: 279
Views: 48751

Re: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?

I just dont see the allure of an A220-500. Isnt one of the benefits of the A320 it takes containers? And doesnt the A220 have worse cargo payload than its 6 wide competitors? I feel like the A220 is right where it needs to be. In the sub 150 market. The container conversation only comes up when peo...

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