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by bigb
Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 204
Views: 26504

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022

I'm very behind the times. I remember some years back that IAH would be completely reconstructing Terminal D. Did that ever start? If so, when is it scheduled to be finished? Any renderings of the design? Thanks! They aren’t doing a full tear down of D. They have scale the down the project from wha...

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by bigb
Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reaches Tentative Agreement on pilot contract
Replies: 47
Views: 6189

Re: United pilots union approves New contract

Anyone know if they retained Positive Space for commuting? Nope. They’ll get: - A parking stipend increase from 35 to $60/month. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Don't pilots, flight attendants and airport agents get free parking...

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by bigb
Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reaches Tentative Agreement on pilot contract
Replies: 47
Views: 6189

Re: United pilots union approves New contract

Anyone know if they retained Positive Space for commuting? Nope. They’ll get: - A parking stipend increase from 35 to $60/month. - Every new plane from now on has to have two pilot jumpseats installed - if available. - A no-bump clause on the CRJ-550 jumpseat in response to the allowed MTOW increas...

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by bigb
Thu Jun 16, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 73074

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022

My understanding of the plan is to complete the extensions on A, B, and C first. And afterwards, they will begin work on what they call the "concourse refresh projects" in order to match the existing portions with the expansions. It will take a while (at least several years) before everyt...

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by bigb
Wed Jun 08, 2022 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could retired pilots help the pilot shortage?
Replies: 39
Views: 6933

Re: Could retired pilots help the pilot shortage?

We hear so much about the pilot shortage which was of course exacerbated by the many pilots who took early retirement. In many industries, retired workers can come back as contractors if there is a need. Is there any reason why retired pilots (who are not yet 65) could not come back to the airline ...

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by bigb
Fri Jun 03, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1123
Views: 202952

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

The 777 move to Polar was always the plan once the merger was completed and the Polar 744Fs return to the Atlas certificates. I predicted this awhile back. I flew a couple of former Polar 74s under the Atlas certificates and they are painted in the Atlas colors too. This was a month or two ago. Sen...

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by bigb
Fri Jun 03, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1123
Views: 202952

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

The 777 move to Polar was always the plan once the merger was completed and the Polar 744Fs return to the Atlas certificates. I predicted this awhile back. I flew a couple of former Polar 74s under the Atlas certificates and they are painted in the Atlas colors too. This was a month or two ago. Sent...

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by bigb
Sat May 28, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL proactively trimming schedules July 1 - August 7
Replies: 114
Views: 22115

Re: DL proactively trimming schedules July 1 - August 7

Everyone did; it's not an excuse for overscheduling your resources. Certain other airlines (like AS and B6) are also doing it, and we're currently seeing the results of that now with big frequency pulldowns and route cuts. AA and UA seem to be having better luck with their staffing, it seems. Certa...

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by bigb
Thu May 26, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15739

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This exactly what is going on here in Mercia! We need our guns because of criminals! Yet, it’s those who have obtained guns legally that have gone into these schools….. Yet, here we are doing the same thing over and ov...

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by bigb
Wed May 25, 2022 10:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15739

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

That's exactly why it is so hard to compare gun crime/gun ownership in places like the UK with places like the USA. The criminals already have weapons here....there are more guns in the US than there are people. The tables are turned....law-abiding citizens are armed because they know that criminal...

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by bigb
Wed May 25, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3707

Re: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

I’ll argue STL is easier….

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by bigb
Sun May 22, 2022 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet Network and News Discussion - 2022
Replies: 1083
Views: 181277

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet Network and News Discussion - 2022

I think some of those MAX 8's will be relegated to flying DCA, SNA and maybe some of the AK communities. The MAX9 is more capable than you realize; DCA transcons won't be a problem for it with a full load. Are the MAX 9's allowed to fly in and out of SNA? I know that the -900's and -900ER's aren't ...

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by bigb
Sun May 22, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring
Replies: 32
Views: 8593

Re: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring

Honestly so long as they don't see a history of regional jumping, or two or three different lccs or acmis their not likely to care. Has anyone ever moved from a regional to Cape Air? Actual question... they pay their pilots peanuts. Working at Mesa with a 2 leg commute would be preferable because a...

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by bigb
Thu May 19, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 8
Views: 2523

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

Keep in mind with higher fuel prices, the Econ speed might have been decreased some.

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by bigb
Wed May 18, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US CDC recommends Covid testing for domestic travel
Replies: 43
Views: 9211

Re: US CDC recommends Covid testing for domestic travel

Well, I can’t say that I disagree. I recently tested positive over the weekend and I traveled last Thursday….. But it’s up to each individual still, hence it is why it is a recommendation…

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by bigb
Mon May 16, 2022 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7592

Re: US pilots age 65+

Does Asia have a lower accident rate due to these stricter medical requirements? The US leads in the number of fatal civil airliner accidents. https://www.statista.com/statistics/262867/fatal-civil-airliner-accidents-since-1945-by-country-and-region/ That’s because the US has more flights…. so stat...

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by bigb
Sun May 15, 2022 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7592

Re: US pilots age 65+

I understand that SWAPA has taken a position recently of increasing the mandatory pilot age in the US to 67 or 68. Is there a position taken by ALPA or APA? It seems like changing retirement age or accepting lower standards are the options that the FAA considers when there is a pilot shortage. ALPA...

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by bigb
Sat May 14, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union
Replies: 44
Views: 9192

Re: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union

Clue alert... normal companies aren't held hostage by a bunch of guys with union jobs making $200-400k per year. Airlines are the only place where certain professionals have the company by the balls like that. In what ways does ALPA, IBT, SWAPA, APA have airlines by the “balls”? You think pilot uni...

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by bigb
Fri May 13, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union
Replies: 44
Views: 9192

Re: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union

It hasn’t been put out to the Union yet…. currently in the hands of the Negotiating Committee….

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by bigb
Thu May 12, 2022 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window
Replies: 35
Views: 8620

Re: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window

Cockpit door failure is the only logical explanation. But did he climb out to fully go back in??? The door probably slammed shut with the lock switch down and they got locked out. I’m guessing the capt was actually making a second attempt to get in because he couldn’t squat low enough to get in fee...

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by bigb
Thu May 12, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window
Replies: 35
Views: 8620

Re: Delta pilots climb in/out of 737 cockpit window

I don't know about this, but could he have (in his attempt to get out) kicked some knobs around unwillingly? Maybe his knee could have went through like a PFD and cracked it? Though i have no idea the durability of the screens, so someone else can make commentary there. That’s a concern with gettin...

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by bigb
Mon May 09, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Cargo orders ten Boeing freighters
Replies: 23
Views: 6109

Re: Lufthansa Cargo orders ten Boeing freighters

What do people think this does for the prospects of an A350F order at LH Group within the decade? The fact that Lufthansa Cargo is a separate airline and has been quite aggressive in moving to a single wide body type answers the question. I think it’s quite indicative of Boeing’s reputation that th...

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by bigb
Mon May 09, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring
Replies: 32
Views: 8593

Re: Cape Air Suspends First Officer Hiring

This doesn’t surprise me, I steered my mentee clear of this place awhile back. I told them that they were better off finding a I structure gig where they will make more (and they did by a little bit) and have no contract to buy out.

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by bigb
Mon May 09, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 204
Views: 26504

Re: IAH Terminal D question

On that note, before the Leland IAB opened in the early 90's, did the D1-D3 gates ever have a separate check-in area? No, Those we’re formerly C gates and there was a older extension of C that got torn down and built over when the MLIAB was built. It looked to the C extension on the south side that...

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by bigb
Mon May 09, 2022 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 204
Views: 26504

Re: IAH Terminal D question

This may be a long shot, but I figure this is the place to ask. Anyone who's been through IAH Terminal D once or twice has probably walked the connector from Terminal C to D proper (with gates D1-D3). IAH was my home airport and I've used Terminal D too many times to count (I can even remember when...

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by bigb
Mon May 09, 2022 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 204
Views: 26504

Re: IAH Terminal D question

I can even remember when it was the IAB! When has it not been? Granted, I haven't flown non-CO/UA int'l out of IAH since pre-9/11, but I thought it remained the IAB for airlines not affiliated with UA? He is referring to when it was known as Terminal IAB (even the signage said Terminal IAB) before ...

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by bigb
Thu May 05, 2022 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction
Replies: 39
Views: 6241

Re: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction

zeke wrote:
Max auto brake is a takeoff setting, not used for landing


It is for Boeing. There is a RTO setting for Boeing. I can’t comment on Airbus.

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by bigb
Wed May 04, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Operating costs: 2x A321XLR vs 1 widebody
Replies: 14
Views: 3146

Re: Operating costs: 2x A321XLR vs 1 widebody

Trip Cost - Cost of crew, Fuel, fees Per seat cost - how those costs are spread out You can’t ignore revenue generation potential. Keep in mind, a 321XLR is going to have Cargo lifting capability/capacity as well. Some of these long haul routes carried cargo as well. THhis something I feel like is i...

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by bigb
Wed May 04, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1123
Views: 202952

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

As DLNZ and others have pointed out, National's doing a fair bit of hauling sparklers to Poland for our Ukrainian friends. Just noticed what is likely another load turning around over Newfoundland, Northwest of Gander, and heading back. About 2:20 into the flight from DOV. Clearly not a landing at ...

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by bigb
Mon May 02, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 3508

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

I asked for the regulation, please provide the reference. FDPs/ FTLs have nothing to do with what goes in the logbook. Under part 61 regulation I provided above, bunk time in your logbook are fake hours, only hours at a crew member station is the rule. A PIC I can log bunk time, not the SIC. If you...

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by bigb
Sun May 01, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 3508

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

This is very regulatory depended. FAA sees it differently due to rest requirements of Part 117. Part 121 crews typical log the entire flight time and SIC (PIC if you signed the release as PIC) time if you are the operating crew member listed on the release. Which also includes the observer seats as...

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by bigb
Sun May 01, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 3508

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

To begin, I think there is agreement among pilots and regulating authorities that all three can credit the full flight time under the "Total time" or "Total Duration of Flight" column, so in your example, all three pilots log 12 hours of total flight time. What may vary is how t...

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by bigb
Thu Apr 21, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight
Replies: 97
Views: 21384

Re: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight

yeah, violence is the answer :roll: Tyson was wrong if it was not self-defense. What do you do when the guy won't stop bothering you, even after you repeatedly asked? Not hitting the guy, certainly not if you know how to hit someone to really hurt him, like a former pro-boxer. Violence is never the...

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by bigb
Wed Apr 20, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 204
Views: 26504

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022

drerx7 wrote:
Man...if it transitions to at grade or elevated from sub.... that drainage would have engineering working overtime to design.


That’s my thought as well. Wish there is way to design a separate APM system that runs from the Parking, Rental Car facility, to the terminals separately.

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by bigb
Tue Apr 19, 2022 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off
Replies: 72
Views: 15125

Re: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off

My still stands though, it’s not often where you will encounter a SID, departure profile, etc where climb performance critical. If it is, I am positive is well covered in your company ops bulletins, charts, and well brief prior to pushing. We use the same procedures everywhere regardless. I’ve seen...

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by bigb
Tue Apr 19, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off
Replies: 72
Views: 15125

Re: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off

But I think you are definitely reaching here considering that majority of wide body aircraft even when heavy operate in many places where climb performance isn’t necessarily critical to a point where where maintaining pitch to the 1/2 on the dot. You would be surprised, most operators require the u...

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by bigb
Mon Apr 18, 2022 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off
Replies: 72
Views: 15125

Re: Pilots of 777s and 787s warned over pitch-guidance mode slip before take-off

Jep, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5. Not 1.5, not 3.5, not 5.5 and so on. As usual, you are taking a very specific example where your argument fits and ignore that we were talking about a super normal, super standard all engine departure where it would be a miracle, that specific pitch needed for that day, ...

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by bigb
Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft positions on ground
Replies: 4
Views: 1517

Re: Aircraft positions on ground

Already in place with ADS-B.

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by bigb
Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines On board Safety Procedure
Replies: 14
Views: 2647

Re: American Airlines On board Safety Procedure

United was big on this policy. In the US it’s only the exit rows.

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by bigb
Thu Apr 14, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's busiest airports announced, ATL regains title, no Europe in top10
Replies: 71
Views: 12692

Re: World's busiest airports announced, ATL regains title, no Europe in top10

Amazing HKG held on to the number one spot for cargo. Why? Their cargo component (both O&D and transfer) is almost entirely international, the one segment of the industry that was doing great (and in some cases, better) throughout the pandemic. And with only the flight crew (if at all) subject ...

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by bigb
Thu Apr 14, 2022 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR has it....UA making a play for AS soon
Replies: 72
Views: 11165

Re: RUMOUR has it....UA making a play for AS soon

IIRC, UA and AS didn't have more than a sparring relationship. (AA and AS combined for the interchange flights into the early 80's.) UA and Cascade/CZ started the codeshare ball rolling with CZ taking over some of the West coast routes, such as SMF-PDX on their Bac 1-11s, with UA flight numbers. QX...

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by bigb
Sun Apr 10, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargojet announces long-term strategic agreement with DHL
Replies: 24
Views: 5363

Re: Cargojet announces long-term strategic agreement with DHL

CoThG wrote:
This doesn't bode well for Kalitta, ABX or Atlas.


More like just ABX….

DHL relies on K4 and 5Y for long haul lift along with other various carriers.

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by bigb
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 1046
Views: 213995

Re: Delta’s long term SLC plans

With that huge new terminal, and SLC’s huge appeal and unlimited growth potential, I think SLC is going to be one of the main business and leisure hubs of the western US. I can see the market and airport passenger count doubling in the next 20 years. In fact, that is my prediction. I don’t know abo...

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by bigb
Mon Apr 04, 2022 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz Jets: VNAV and Flight Level Change
Replies: 18
Views: 2557

Re: Biz Jets: VNAV and Flight Level Change

Is there ever a time when you would climb out flying a DP, and use VNAV and Flight Level Change together? I use VNAV to climb out and fly the DP with altitude constraints at each waypoint. If I want to climb straight up to what I have set in my altitude select window, I use Flight Level Change. As ...

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by bigb
Sun Apr 03, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?
Replies: 200
Views: 42119

Re: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?

Add Cebu Pacific, Starlux,Kuwait & Garuda to the list. No clue what happened at Hawaiian, probably Boeing needed a win...how well that turned out eh? Current depressed market conditions are not the best for selling WBs. But I think Airbus are happy to have the A330neo in their offering and pick...

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by bigb
Mon Mar 28, 2022 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's
Replies: 343
Views: 87939

Re: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's

Most of the flying public reads the media, without verifying afterwards. Most of the flying public could not identify what aircraft they are flying if their lives depended on it. I've run a few informal surveys after landing - and most people getting off of the airplane could not tell me if it was ...

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by bigb
Fri Mar 18, 2022 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NYC (JFK/EWR/LGA/SWF/HPN/ISP) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 235
Views: 39823

Re: EWR New Artrain questions

So the Port Authority, which is equally controlled by the States of New York and New Jersey, is going to facilitate the total replacement of the LGA and JFK terminals yet they are going punish New Jersey by making them endure terminals that are 50-60 years old? That view is not realistic considerin...

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by bigb
Thu Mar 17, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue flight to Worcester stranded for 1 hour on tarmac...no ground agents at work.
Replies: 120
Views: 17980

Re: JetBlue flight to Worcester stranded for 1 hour on tarmac...no ground agents at work.

I’ve definitely seen worst and experienced worst. It happens and it will happen again…

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by bigb
Wed Mar 16, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1123
Views: 202952

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

[That's great for aircraft utilization, but how are they managing the Chinese requirements for crew on these flights ? Other carriers are stopping in ICN so their crews aren't isolating in China, how is Sky Lease getting around that ? Heavy crew LAX-WUH-ANC that doesn't get off the plane, switch cr...

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by bigb
Sun Mar 13, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expensive fuel and ghost flights
Replies: 24
Views: 6656

Re: Expensive fuel and ghost flights

jfklganyc wrote:
I really don’t get the need for ghost flights.

Is demand that low in Europe?

Airports have been busy in United States a year already


Demand is low overseas compared to the states….

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