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by N1120A
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The ATRs - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 21
Views: 997

Re: The ATRs - Whose have you flown?

That I recall:
VN
QV
GU/AV/TA

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa A340-300 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1131

Re: Lufthansa A340-300 ?

Lufthansa pretty freely swaps A340s and A330s on routes where loads, maintenance or whatever justifies it. Those aircraft actually have a common type rating, unlike the marketing Airbus tries to do with the rest of their airplanes, and pilots can switch between them freely - just like the 767 and 75...

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd UA routing using 777
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

Re: Odd UA routing using 777

airportugal310 wrote:
Adding to the above...anytime you see a flight to RIV that isn't Amazon/Prime Air, its a military-related movement to or from March ARB


That isn't actually true. March is open to the public for GA and commercial uses.

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 936

Re: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?

It really depends on the airplane. On a fixed gear airplane, especially with a slick wing, reducing power and adding pitch only gets you so slow in a descent. Good technique is to allow the flaps to assist in slowing you. In some retractable aircraft - usually lighter ones - the gear speed is high e...

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by N1120A
Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was the Boeing 737, the aircraft you have flown on, most often?
Replies: 41
Views: 2748

Re: Was the Boeing 737, the aircraft you have flown on, most often?

Overall, probably the 737, but the A32S is certainly up there. The 757 was big for me before, though not as much now. The E145 and CRJ-200 are definitely up there and the E120 was quite big for me for a while. The E Jet family, especially the 175, has increased a lot in my travels.

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO takeoffs and landings on 19's Sunday, 10/24
Replies: 34
Views: 5707

Re: SFO takeoffs and landings on 19's Sunday, 10/24

Had to be fun at SFO today, especially for the controllers at NCT working those arrivals. As for bumps, beyond the issues with LLWS and crosswinds, you'd be surprised how smooth it can be flying through this more typical California rain. This kind of heavy, showery precipitation is generally not at ...

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by N1120A
Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the A220 be used to fly Transatlantic?
Replies: 12
Views: 1593

Re: Could the A220 be used to fly Transatlantic?

A A220-100 all business could work out of LCY. AC could operate them out of the Maritimes to the UK. I’d guess they could work from St.Pierre and Miquelon or to the Azores. But, not much premium traffic. Given that AC actually has long intended to upgauge YYT-LHR to a 7M8, and YHZ-LHR to a widebody...

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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: 18
Views: 2488

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: 21
Views: 1984

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: 929

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: 17
Views: 1644

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 24
Views: 2733

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: 8662

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: 8662

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: 21090

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: 21090

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: 21090

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: 21090

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: 18
Views: 1670

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: 2211

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: 1770

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: 2211

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: 21090

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: 815

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: 21090

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: 1080

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: 21090

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: 1629

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: 1629

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: 4702

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: 42
Views: 2056

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: 4702

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: 1160

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: 3914

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: 3983

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: 771

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: 1738

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: 1044

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: 52
Views: 2842

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: 2650

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: 2625

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: 1651

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: 4702

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: 1031

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: 1031

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: 1031

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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