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by tcfc424
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154450

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

After reading the preliminary report, I am actually quite impressed with the comprehensive nature of the investigation. It appears the investigator in charge is handling things in a systematic and complete approach. Kudos to the investigative team for their diligence and thorough nature of their wor...

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by tcfc424
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154450

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

It's amazing to me that the aircraft was even able to get airborne again after that aborted "landing." It makes me think back to UA232. I know completely different situations, but IIRC, the information was loaded into the simulator and no one was able to accomplish what Captain Haynes did ...

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by tcfc424
Tue May 12, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 4619

Re: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement

What might become of AA's 757's? It seems they have some life left, as AA planned to fly them into 2021. Will these be scrapped, converted to freighters, or might some become VIP? Presumably all of these options are possible, just wondering what is most likely, or if anyone has the inside track as t...

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by tcfc424
Tue May 05, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 passenger to 'auxilary freighter'
Replies: 63
Views: 12019

Re: First A380 passenger to cargo conversion

Could this be for Formula 1? They have been discussing cost reductions across the board and logistics of shipping people, cars, and equipment is a big portion of that. Having a dedicated combi would seem to be something worth looking into. I believe DHL handles all of their cargo movements at the mo...

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by tcfc424
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 615
Views: 110708

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

The 757 thought has some merit. I know, I know, it's our dream. I'm not saying remake it, I'm saying take the basics and start from there. My thoughts: Composite fuselage (ala 787) and widen it a little so the interior isn't so narrow. (AA's Y seats were just 16.3" wide) This might even be poss...

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by tcfc424
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 179
Views: 24659

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020

The spring breakers traveled on a chartered Viva Aerobus aircraft. The local news was the source for my information.

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by tcfc424
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United p.s. Question
Replies: 129
Views: 26182

Re: United p.s. Question

I worked for UA when they rolled out the PS service and at the time it was a real winner (from JFK). The dedicated 752's were class-of-the-field at the time, offering the only true 3-class experience for the route. The move to EWR made sense for UA, but it also changed the dynamic of the requirement...

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by tcfc424
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fire at Fort Myers Airport (Apr. 3)
Replies: 54
Views: 7388

Re: Fire at Fort Myers Airport (Apr. 3)

In a previous life I was a professional firefighter, and my money would be on hot exhaust (catalytic converter) contacting the grass as the source of the fire. Given the damage seen from the videos and photos, it very well could be that this fire cause remains "undetermined." (I did take a...

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by tcfc424
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99375

Re: Do private jet passengers have to quarantine?

It would be my assumption (I do not know for certain) that upon clearing customs and immigration into the United States, the passenger(s) would be advised based upon the current travel advisories. The requirements could also be different for the passengers and the crew. The advantage the private jet...

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by tcfc424
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX831 JFK-HKG is diverting to JFK?
Replies: 14
Views: 3543

Re: CX831 JFK-HKG is diverting to JFK?

Flightaware shows it now with a destination of JFK, but still seems to be headed over the pole. Speed has become consistent, and the altitude has stepped up consistently as well. Perhaps they considered turning back, but then decided to proceed?

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by tcfc424
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect on General Aviation
Replies: 0
Views: 382

Effect on General Aviation

As a frequent business traveler, I knew the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on scheduled carriers would be immense. In the days following the beginning of the lockdowns (in the US) it was a boon to GA as people looked to isolate themselves from the masses and travel on their schedule, as scheduled c...

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by tcfc424
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336936

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Here's an interesting thought...and I'm US-based, so I apologize that it will be US-centric. What about a temporary restriction allowing carriers to operate just one rotation on their daily schedule. In other words, if a carrier has 10 flights AUS-DFW, reduce that to 1 daily flight (gauged to accomm...

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by tcfc424
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Carriers after COVID-19
Replies: 15
Views: 3697

Re: American Carriers after COVID-19

If you're thinking that carriers in the US are thinking about abandoning international flying, I think you'd be incorrect. International flying has long been a place where airlines make their margin. In recent years, pressure from international LCC's has put a downward trend on those margins, but th...

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by tcfc424
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 179
Views: 24659

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020

On the bright side, at least we're operating below capacity for the first time in several years!

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by tcfc424
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines Shutting Down
Replies: 59
Views: 12639

Re: Compass Airlines Shutting Down

I felt like when Expressjet was wholly owned by CO, they had a good operation and it was reliable. Additionally, they offered a flow-through to CO that was desirable for regional pilots and FA's. Could we see some airlines go the same route...eliminating Mesa and Republic and bringing that flying un...

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by tcfc424
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airplane in grass at IAH? North side of airport...
Replies: 11
Views: 3771

Re: Airplane in grass at IAH? North side of airport...

On Google Maps, it appears to be a 4-engined aircraft that has been left there to rot. Perhaps an old 707?

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by tcfc424
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Delta First Class Seats - A321neo
Replies: 120
Views: 20797

Re: New Delta First Class Seats - A321neo

These seats look awful. I recently flew AA Oasis F and was pleasantly surprised. (I had low expectations.) My only complaint with the Oasis F was that the tablet holder is useless.

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by tcfc424
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange taxing accident. 737 separates from tug... fatal injury to tug driver
Replies: 15
Views: 5651

Re: Strange taxing accident. 737 separates from tug... fatal injury to tug driver

Having been a ramper, this is an unfortunate incident, but easily understandable. At some point, the shear pin broke, separating the towbar and resulting in an uncontrolled situation. Likely the brake rider knew there was an issue, unless the tug driver communicated. Tragic. I once was pushing back ...

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by tcfc424
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293348

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

According to Avherald, the initial impact and final resting location is almost a mile apart. That is not a compact debris field.

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by tcfc424
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coulson 737 Air Tanker...Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 3996

Re: Coulson 737 Air Tanker...Australia

According to Flightaware: N612AX was last seen over a month ago in Santa Maria California as Tanker 910 N17085 is in Richmond, Australia operating as Bomber 911 N522AX was last in Mobile, Alabama over a month ago operating as Tanker 912 N603AX was also last in Mobile, Alabama over a month ago as Tan...

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by tcfc424
Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

According to AirNav, the weight bearing capacity for the runway is dual wheel 101 which should equate to 101,000 pounds per dual wheel MLG, so for a 737 that would be total weight of 303,000. the MTOW of the heaviest 737 (according to Wikipedia) is 194,700. I believe there was a runway enhancement p...

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by tcfc424
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports Ranked by Load Factor
Replies: 27
Views: 5658

Re: US Airports Ranked by Load Factor

Remember that load factor is not indicative of yield. Orlando is historically low yield due to the leisure nature of the market. In Denver, you're dealing with an entrenched fortress hub from United, coupled with two LCC hubs with WN and F9.

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by tcfc424
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

I have to wonder, with a facility this large, if there will be some impact at KEDC (Austin Executive Airport). It only has a 6025x100 runway, but seems to have plenty of room to grow...and it's under 5 miles from this site, whereas KAUS is nearly 30 miles away on toll roads. The 757's would have no ...

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by tcfc424
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian to start CDG - AUS in May 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 7774

Re: AUS Airport Big Announcement 10/24 10:00 A.M.

Could it be FAA approval of the new midfield concourse with an estimated construction start date?

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by tcfc424
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Agreed Malev...I think they have six or 7 gates right now...only reason would be to fend off a DL charge but that doesn’t make a ton of sense. It was my understanding that DL would be a big taker of gates in the new terminal, but they’ve been stagnant after mentioning the focus city stuff.

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by tcfc424
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

I asked the bartender (best source of information, right?) at the AC about renovation/remodel/expansion and it was his understanding that a new AC will be built in the mezzanine space opposite of the current AC where the city aviation offices are currently. The plan is that once the city aviation of...

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by tcfc424
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA downgauges SFO-HKG and EWR-HKG
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: UA downgauges SFO-HKG and EWR-HKG

When I worked at LUA in 2007-2008, we frequently used the term “change of gauge” when discussing connecting international itineraries. It was part of my counter training class. An example is booking a ticket XXX-YYY-ZZZ on flight 123. From XXX-YYY, flight 123 was on a 737. From YYY-ZZZ, flight 123 w...

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by tcfc424
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long runway hold times at PAE caused by SEA traffic?
Replies: 16
Views: 3528

Re: Long runway hold times at PAE caused by SEA traffic?

I would put in a scientific wild guess that the delay is caused by the decreased taxi time at PAE, due to little to no congestion. Most airports feature taxi times between 5-10 minutes at a minimum, allowing for the release to come through while on the way to the runway for departure, whereas at PAE...

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by tcfc424
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread
Replies: 190
Views: 34513

Re: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread

I read on Fox News that the entire island on which Nassau sits is without power at the moment. Perhaps that is the issue?

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by tcfc424
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH17 - 5 years ago
Replies: 62
Views: 12568

Re: MH17 - 5 years ago

Completely unrelated, but nice seeing some fellow Clive Cussler readers...it must be the Hangar at DCA where Pitt resides that is the civav tie-in! Back on topic, it is disappointing that global politics has rendered justice out of reach in this case. The evidence seems to be there, but no one willi...

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by tcfc424
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread
Replies: 190
Views: 34513

Re: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread

Checking out the scheduled departures from DAB on flightaware was kind of interesting...almost 60 Riddle flights. Curious, somewhat related question: Who flies these aircraft out, students? CFI's? I'm just wondering if this is a free way for students to gain flight time while helping out their colle...

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by tcfc424
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Summer From Hell
Replies: 95
Views: 20394

Re: AA's Summer From Hell

Outside of weather delays, I can't say that I've dealt with all that many delays on my 50 segments this year. That said, the soft product is a huge issue. Some individuals make a concerted effort to make the experience a great one, whether in Y or F (I only fly domestically for work). The greater ma...

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by tcfc424
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread
Replies: 190
Views: 34513

Re: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread

Galaxy, I believe what they meant was that a good number of the so-called "spaghetti models" had shifted their predictions over the last run, indicating that the storm could stay out to sea, with the possibility of it not making a landfall on the mainland US. The NHC uses all of those mode...

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by tcfc424
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr Runs Off Runway, Catches on Fire at Elizabethton, TN
Replies: 44
Views: 10400

Re: Jet Carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr Runs Off Runway, Catches on Fire at Elizabethton, TN

Wow, so the NTSB report referenced in post #40 basically says its a botched landing. It seems the weather was good, and they initially landed in the touchdown zone. Bouncing twice and flying a significant distance before touching down a third time sounds horrific. They attempted a go around but the ...

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by tcfc424
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR72 5+ Hour Flight
Replies: 21
Views: 6718

Re: ATR72 5+ Hour Flight

Interesting information here, for sure! If the winds were too strong across the Atlantic, I presume the alternatives would have been to 1) wait for more favorable winds, or 2) fly north near Ireland/Iceland/Greenland, then down along the US coast before traversing the Caribbean? Any ideas (scientifi...

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by tcfc424
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 SIA A380s currently at LHR
Replies: 10
Views: 3892

Re: 2 SIA A380s currently at LHR

6 x A380 on EK and 3x 777 on BA (schedule for Aug 25)

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by tcfc424
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American extending life of some 757s, A320s, and 737s
Replies: 70
Views: 18048

Re: American extending life of some 757s, A320s, and 737s

So, we all should understand that the M80 retirement is due to the requirements of ADS-B, which some posters (in the know) in other threads have stated is >$1mm. That said, I don't understand those that mention that an M80 is not a replacement (or even a placeholder) for a 7M8. That's correct, it's ...

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by tcfc424
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 19199

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

Local Dallas news station WFAA mentions comments made during the press conference. At 12 seconds prior to the crash, there was a crew comment consistent with confusion, then at 8 seconds prior a comment about a problem with the left engine. Source: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/recording-capture...

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by tcfc424
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

I was flying out Sunday and it was a true mess. I am almost positive a microburst struck the field (I was at gate 34 - AS) and the windows shook violently and you literally could not see anything outside past the window due to wind and rain. Airport staff was yelling for everyone to get down and wel...

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by tcfc424
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?
Replies: 34
Views: 9363

Re: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?

marktci wrote:
What's so unusual about a 26 year old Brit wanting to spend a few extra days in Vegas? Just hope she's got her sunscreen on.


You just won the internet for the day!

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by tcfc424
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?
Replies: 34
Views: 9363

Re: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?

Looking at Flightaware, she ferried AUS-LHR on May 28, then looks like it rejoined service on May 31, so this is likely another issue.

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by tcfc424
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6260

Boeing Wing Issue?

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/boeing-warns-of-potential-wing-problems-in-some-737-aircraft/269-8c873c45-1083-4cd4-b267-0a87ca059f84 Linked article basically states that Boeing has identified issues with 737 slat tracks on 21 aircraft and potentially 159 others, possibly including MA...

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by tcfc424
Tue May 21, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24328

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

I'm not a lawyer, but if I didn't know they hadn't flown a flight in a week and booked a ticket for, say tomorrow...wouldn't that be a kind of fraud (representing for sale something you have no ability or anticipation of fulfilling)?

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by tcfc424
Tue May 21, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 94250

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Story on the local news about the opening of the Delta SkyClub set for tomorrow. https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/with-future-focus-on-austin-delta-opens-sky-lounge-at-abia/2015270436 Interesting the spin being put on "considering more business" in Austin. Once again, the Focus City ...

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by tcfc424
Mon May 06, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why Anet Is Declining
Replies: 81
Views: 20850

Re: Why Anet Is Declining

Let me first apologize, to you DALMD80, you are one of the exceptions to the rule. I think its great that younger people are getting involved in aviation and such. I certainly understand the geekiness part, its the same for me...my friends don't get it. I certainly did not mean that as a blanket rul...

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by tcfc424
Sat May 04, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why Anet Is Declining
Replies: 81
Views: 20850

Why Anet Is Declining

I joined this site sixteen years ago and was mesmerized by the information that was available here. I wound up finding a job as a ramper for UA through this site and loved my time there. I have engaged with many people from different facets of aviation through this site. I have learned tremendous am...

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by tcfc424
Sat May 04, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 44052

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

Can we please step away from the comments about nationality? These type of comments do not add to the discussion and lead us off-topic. In case you all missed it, the topic here is that a Boeing 737-800 (NOT A MAX) departed the end of a runway at the Jacksonville NAS. It was transporting US military...

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by tcfc424
Sat May 04, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?
Replies: 56
Views: 10060

Re: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?

Summed up, the reasons are quite clear. Of course, we do have some "leisure airlines" as described in Allegiant and Sun Country for example, but the main reasons we do not have the type of leisure "package" carriers that are ubiquitous in Europe are: 1) Vacation time is valuable ...

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by tcfc424
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Emergency?
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

Re: JFK Emergency?

Glad the pilot survived. The area has experienced fairly poor conditions throughout the day, why even attempt a VFR flight? I flew into EWR earlier today and was curious what the mins were, as we broke through the clouds at about 1800'. I'm almost positive we were IFR (WN3839) and it was choppy and ...

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by tcfc424
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Emergency?
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

JFK Emergency?

What's going on at JFK? The ATSCC Shows due to "Other/Emergency" there's a ground stop,

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