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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: 1887

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: 8448

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: 8448

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 8
Views: 666

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: 10
Views: 1729

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: 1738

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: 10
Views: 1729

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 627

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 1054

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: 206
Views: 18450

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: 14
Views: 1097

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: 14
Views: 1097

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: 78
Views: 3624

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: 39
Views: 1744

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: 78
Views: 3624

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: 7
Views: 801

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: 75
Views: 3170

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: 3932

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: 740

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: 1571

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: 1028

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: 2235

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: 62
Views: 2339

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: 2567

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: 1473

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: 78
Views: 3624

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: 948

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: 948

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: 948

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: 1970

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: 1970

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: 1070

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: 6342

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: 3107

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: 10439

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: 2084

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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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't AA or Delta taken a real swing at SJC?
Replies: 95
Views: 10224

Re: Why hasn't AA or Delta taken a real swing at SJC?

It's in fact not an oversight. Alaska/SkyWest has been fined for this in the past. Intriguing. Why aren't the E jets on the list? They're certainly not loud. I don't know how the screening process works, but I'm sure that E jets are pretty darn loud compared to other similar-sized aircraft, having ...

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some major airports like LAX and PHX not have crosswind runways?
Replies: 16
Views: 2341

Re: Why do some major airports like LAX and PHX not have crosswind runways?

MEM is another airport that uses its crosswind runway all the time - in fact, the crosswind runway gets more use than the other 3. Of course, that is because it is right next to the FedEx hub and used primarily for their flights, but still.

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

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

The chance of a water ditching on any departure out of LAX is so slim that it may as well be none. The SIDs that take aircraft further out are reserved for jet engined aircraft that are highly unlikely to have any engine failure, let alone multiple engine failures. The ones used for light airplanes...

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 132
Views: 7551

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

What I find interesting is the lack of coverage on just how stupid the Australian and Indian governments were in not taking Moderna up on their offers to make their vaccine in those countries, given just how effective it is.

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't AA or Delta taken a real swing at SJC?
Replies: 95
Views: 10224

Re: Why hasn't AA or Delta taken a real swing at SJC?

SJC is convenient for people in San Jose and the immediate area, but really not anyone else (maybe MRY, if someone is desperate to save money). Both SFO and OAK are actually better located to the center of the Bay Area population. Yes, San Jose is the largest city by population in the Bay, but that ...

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops
Replies: 43
Views: 2569

Re: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops

In the case of failure to register your car, they are not acting as "tax collectors". They are doing their job and citing people for driving a vehicle illegally on the road. The officer does not collect anything from the person, nor does the fine money go toward the cost of registration. ...

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by N1120A
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops
Replies: 43
Views: 2569

Re: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops

The police aren't supposed to be tax collectors.. In the case of failure to register your car, they are not acting as "tax collectors". They are doing their job and citing people for driving a vehicle illegally on the road. The officer does not collect anything from the person, nor does t...

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