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by N1120A
Fri Oct 22, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA4543 PVD-EWR — why is it canceled so often?
Replies: 12
Views: 1985

Re: UA4543 PVD-EWR — why is it canceled so often?

This brings back to mind those zombie flights in the UA schedule back when they were winding down Colgan.

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 22, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?

FedEx has been flying the MD-11 for 30 years and has a long history of engaging in fleet optimization through various means. If removing the winglets on an MD-11 was a viable, reliable money saver, they would have done that a long time ago. You can't simply remove an important structural component.

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by N1120A
Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When/why do airports reverse approach/departure directions, and how do they switch back?
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: When/why do airports reverse approach/departure directions, and how do they switch back?

A 13 mph tailwind is going to get the airport turned around. Often, even less of a tailwind will turn an airport, but winds in busy airspace with a design around prevailing winds will usually need to go to the 10 knot number. Busy airports don't just turn around for nothing, they do it because it is...

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by N1120A
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 15
Views: 1274

Re: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?

Handhelds work pretty well. Every CFI I know carries one and most GA pilots who fly their own/rent planes carry one too. Easy insurance against a radio failure or electrical issue. Those big whip antennas work pretty well.

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1033

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

After AA got rid of their remaining /U 767s, is anyone left in the 121 World? I doubt it, Once UA parked their old B752's that were DME/DME/IRU birds that had to have a critical NAVAID working in order to fly some SID/STAR procedures or be /A, that may have been the lowest common denominator in the...

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1033

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

There are always optimizations that can be made, especially since GPS-based RNAV SIDs and STARs can now basically fully replace the old stuff that was based exclusively on radio navigation. Houston Metroplex OAPM was I believe the first to be operational back in January 2015. However, there are sti...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1033

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

Los Angeles saw this a couple years ago. All the super busy areas are seeing it happen. Some additional info on this (south central florida) and other metroplex projects: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/oapm/ I am most curious to see what the NY metroplex will turn int...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: So sick of all these cancelled flights
Replies: 20
Views: 2328

Re: So sick of all these cancelled flights

This had absolutely nothing to do with ATC

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C340 Crash In KSEE Neighborhood
Replies: 62
Views: 8609

Re: C340 Crash In KSEE Neighborhood

No one is closing SEE or MYF. They're just far too critical to infrastructure in the area and way too busy. Ah, very good. A lot of GA accidents are handed to the local FSDO, but the NTSB has the final say on who investigates any transportation accident. Headlines can become a decider. Over the COVI...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C340 Crash In KSEE Neighborhood
Replies: 62
Views: 8609

Re: C340 Crash In KSEE Neighborhood

The misinformation is stunning, but unsurprising. This was absolutely not a VFR into IMC flight. He was on an IFR flight plan. Light GA airplanes fly IFR in the San Diego area constantly and with great safety. MYF and SEE are both significantly busier airports than SAN is, with MYF potentially to ha...

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by N1120A
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

[*]

PhilipBass wrote:
Q400 in CRJ550 configuration if the acquisition prices fell through the floor.


United had Q400s with F and E+. Remember, that airplane can basically be configured like a CR7 and meet scope.

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

Agreed. What I was trying to say was that if there was a market for 50 seater that had worthwhile yields, we’d see that type of plane. 50 seats is just too small. 50 seats is not too small. If you burn less fuel, 50 seats can be a magic number, as you only need 1 FA. 100% - which is where a breakth...

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

JayinKitsap wrote:
Would changing the rule to allow a 50 seater to have just two crew, the pilot and a FO / FA work and make the economic difference to where 50 seats work economically? Not the hurdle like single pilot, but still tough to change.


Not a chance.

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 10, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

Part of the problem is consolidation. The larger market cap majors have return on equity and other ratios where it just doesn’t make sense. Unless you are earning very high revenue per passenger, the smaller planes don’t make sense for the majors. The CRJ550 is an interesting take on 50 seats but n...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Besides JFK-LHR and domestic routes in Japan, which other high-demand routes emphasize frequency over raw capacity?
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

Re: Besides JFK-LHR and domestic routes in Japan, which other high-demand routes emphasize frequency over raw capacity?

Nearly every short haul route between major markets in North America follows this. LAX-SFO can even see E175s, just to back fill frequency.

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2115

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

In flight school, I was taught "short final" is called at 4nm from the runway, while "long final" is called 8nm from the runway. Holy smokes, those are B-52 patterns and that’s a complement. Normal stabilized final is at 3-4 miles (IMC), 2 miles (VMC). I’d say anything inside 1-...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is a 1 hour 27 min. layover at SFO too short for a domestic to transpacific connection?
Replies: 14
Views: 1761

Re: Is a 1 hour 27 min. layover at SFO too short for a domestic to transpacific connection?

By 930 am, the marine layer might not be gone, but you will almost certainly have excellent visibility below the layer and SFO will be running dual approaches to the 28s - even in the last week of May and first week of June. Honestly, since the implementation of PRM and GPS assisted approaches, SFO ...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2115

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

Short final is when the airplane is close to the threshold of the runway of intended landing, established on the extended centerline. That will vary based on the type of airplane. What the pilot told you is that the airlines prefer to be established on that extended centerline much farther out than ...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

Part of the problem is consolidation. The larger market cap majors have return on equity and other ratios where it just doesn’t make sense. Unless you are earning very high revenue per passenger, the smaller planes don’t make sense for the majors. The CRJ550 is an interesting take on 50 seats but n...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EGLL SID Altitude Constraints
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: EGLL SID Altitude Constraints

Thank you for the responses. I didn't even consider that traffic could be a driving factor, though it certainly makes sense in that airspace. Traffic is always the biggest driving factor in airspace. There's a reason IFR traffic, and often even VFR traffic, basically flies the exact same way throug...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

The airlines shot themselves a bit in the foot on this. In the late 90s and early 2000s heyday of 50 seaters, they couldn't stop harping about how quickly they were going "all jet." This, despite the knowledge that turboprops are 1) also jets and 2) easily as reliable, if not moreso, than...

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do Widebodies without lieflats exist anymore in the US?
Replies: 3
Views: 1069

Re: Do Widebodies without lieflats exist anymore in the US?

Unless you are looking at a charter/ACMI carrier as noted, the answer is no. Even "domestic" widebodies are flying with lie flats. The reality is that modern flat bed seats are ridiculously space efficient and the airlines have been able to match or nearly match density. I think the answer...

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20876

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

The airlines shot themselves a bit in the foot on this. In the late 90s and early 2000s heyday of 50 seaters, they couldn't stop harping about how quickly they were going "all jet." This, despite the knowledge that turboprops are 1) also jets and 2) easily as reliable, if not moreso, than ...

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by N1120A
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

Effectively the minimums for most 121 operators is 1000ft AGL not what is published on the approach plate unless the charted minimums are higher. If you don’t have visual conditions you can’t circle. My first airline did do circling at charted minimums, so my type rating for my first airliner does ...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

Effectively the minimums for most 121 operators is 1000ft AGL not what is published on the approach plate unless the charted minimums are higher. If you don’t have visual conditions you can’t circle. My first airline did do circling at charted minimums, so my type rating for my first airliner does ...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 4519

Re: Is innovation declining?

Nearly 20 years ago, the FAA was publishing visions of space based approaches with minimums down to CAT III equivalents on hundreds of runway ends. Most of the approaches out there today have minima higher than Cat I. Richard Anderson 10 years ago was refusing to upgrade his fleet because there was...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?
Replies: 41
Views: 1881

Re: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?

Detergents are an interesting topic. I remember when the GM Vortec engines had major problems with Chevron's Techron additive.

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 4519

Re: Is innovation declining?

Looking at my Jepps, I’d say RNAV (GPS) are rolling out pretty fast. Nearly 20 years ago, the FAA was publishing visions of space based approaches with minimums down to CAT III equivalents on hundreds of runway ends. Most of the approaches out there today have minima higher than Cat I. Richard Ande...

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t Southwest order the 737-600?
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: Why didn’t Southwest order the 737-600?

They opted to simply buy more -700s and replace the -500s with them, and cascading -300s. They didn't need the oddball capacity and higher seat costs.

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 82
Views: 3835

Re: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?

762A:

UA

762ER:

AA
OY (for BW)

763/ER:

UA
AA
OS
AC
ET

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by N1120A
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 72
Views: 3949

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

This is gonna be a long one... 731: PE (first and only) 732: WN UA LH (first) AF 733: WN (first) UA BA US LH CO DI MU 734: AS (first) US MN BL TG 735: UA WN (first) LH BA 736: SK (first) 73G/W: UA WN CO CM U2 AT DL AS 738/H UA AA CO FR (first...shudder) WN ET SA AS HV MN 739/ER AS CO (first - non-ER...

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DAL458 BOS-LAX Divert to VCV?
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: DAL458 BOS-LAX Divert to VCV?

The freak storm yesterday affected all the usual suspects for diversion - all the way down to SAN. I'm surprised more folks didn't end up in LAS or something.

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A340 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 44
Views: 1681

Re: Airbus A340 - Whose have you flown?

342:

LH
MS

343:
LH
LX
SA

346:
IB
SA
LH

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Embraers - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 26
Views: 1031

Re: Embraers - Whose have you flown?

120:

OO

135:

XJT
4Z

140:
MQ

145:
MQ
XJT
C5
PT
CHQ

170:
CHQ
S5
YX

175:
OO
QX
MQ
YX
CP
KV
AC

190:
B6
AC
US
A9
CJ
CM
2L
KQ
RJ

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 51
Views: 2529

Re: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?

332:

QR
MS

333:
LH
US
AC
MS
TG

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?
Replies: 63
Views: 2536

Re: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?

772A:

UA
CA

77E:

UA
AA
BA
OS
NZ

77L:

AC
QR

77W:
AA
BA
CX
JL
AC
LX
TK
QR
NZ

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?
Replies: 61
Views: 2604

Re: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?

At one point, when 90% of my miles flown in a year were on pmUA, I'd say the 757-200 was the type I'd fly the most. Surprisingly, I never really have flown them outside the Americas (unless you don't count Hawaii in the Americas). Anyway, I've done the 752 with: AA UA (pre and post merger) CO US 753...

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines Phoenix Pilot Base
Replies: 14
Views: 1609

Re: American Airlines Phoenix Pilot Base

They have 737 and A320 groups at PHX. Once upon, PHX was a 747 base...... PHX has been exclusively an Airbus base since the 757's were parked approximately 18 mths ago. 738/M's transit PHX all day long but are flown by pilots from "other" bases. There haven't been 737 pilots based in PHX ...

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 89
Views: 4519

Re: Is innovation declining?

I'm not sure most people realize just how revolutionary the 787 and A350 are. The A220 is also an incredible leap in that area of the market, but trade war garbage, the break down in supply chain due to COVID and the strip down of Bombardier has hurt the program.

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 03, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

Avgas in Germany is around 2eur/litre. Or 8 EUR/gallon. More like 7.5 EUR/gallon. You will pay something similar at many major US airports (SFO, SAN, EWR, LGA, IAD, ORD, etc). Some are surprisingly inexpensive, like DFW and IAH. Then some smaller airports are expensive, and you don't know why - lik...

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by N1120A
Sat Oct 02, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

Last May, when the pandemic had sharply limited passenger flying, there were some unusual opportunities for light GA pilots - I saw a Cessna 172 and 182 do full-stop landings on the south side of LAX. But even in busier times it does happen - just rare. I recall seeing a Cessna 310 vacating 25L fro...

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

Landing fees for light airplanes at US airports are exceedingly rare, and the ones you do find may well be charged at much smaller airports than you are thinking. For example, there is no landing fee at LAX for a light single, but I pay ~$13 every time I land at SMO just a few miles away. As noted, ...

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 01, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?
Replies: 24
Views: 2138

Re: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?

All turbine departures off 15 at BUR turn right to 210 at the standard 400' AAL/end of the runway. The lone exception might be if they give them the ELMOO9 going southeast, which we use in light airplanes headed in that direction to pick up V186. It isn't a quick turn, just a regular one. It just h...

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by N1120A
Fri Oct 01, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?
Replies: 24
Views: 2138

Re: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?

400' AAL at the end of the runway is advisory, based on TERPS criteria. Given that, most 121 and 135 operators make it standard procedure and pretty much everyone else does it because they learn that way. At some airports, earlier turns may be advisable, such as when departing the North Field at OAK...

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by N1120A
Thu Sep 30, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do ailerons and speed brake panels become so active during the approach phase of flight?
Replies: 14
Views: 1160

Re: Why do ailerons and speed brake panels become so active during the approach phase of flight?

SteelChair wrote:
So much for "human in control," 99% of the time the computers are flying the airplane.


Computers are NOT flying the airplane. Computers are doing what the pilots tell them to do, and simply reducing pilot workload to allow the execution of other tasks and reduction of fatigue.

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by N1120A
Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argument between CA and FO on celebrity flight filmed
Replies: 19
Views: 6515

Re: Argument between CA and FO on celebrity flight filmed

Looks like a Slowtation with the winglet STC. Could be from any kind of operation.

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by N1120A
Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer’s Phenom 300: ninth consecutive year the world’s best-selling light jet !
Replies: 17
Views: 3121

Re: Embraer’s Phenom 300: ninth consecutive year the world’s best-selling light jet !

The speed and versatility of the Phenom really makes it a great competitor. The fact that the Premier is no longer made means the Phenom basically has no direct newer competition, and allows for a range of owner and employee pilot flown operations.

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by N1120A
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine
Replies: 82
Views: 10517

Re: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine

Good. It is great to see the airline industry has led the way on this issue.

Varsity1 wrote:
They probably have other jobs lined up. The labor market is on fire right now.


Not for the kind of quality jobs in this sector.

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by N1120A
Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2245

Re: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?

If that is of any example, US1549 was a jet which suddenly lost both engines shortly after takeoff. It didn't have to be overwater equipped for that flight, flight plan was overland. But the plane was overwater rated nonetheless. But nobody actually went swimming after the ditch with that overwater...

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