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by N1120A
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating airport beacon
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: Rotating airport beacon

They're a north american thing afaiw. Can't recall ever having seen one outside of NA. They're also a fairly redundant feature these days. Absolutely not redundant. Beacons are much easier to spot than medium and low intensity runway lights, especially when the airport is surrounded by city lightin...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2585

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

The MD-11 is a perfectly safe airplane when flown properly and when it has an IFE system not prone to catching fire. Just mentioning the IFE and glossing over the other shortcomings of the MD-11 is lazy analysis. The MD-11's landing attributes are FUNDAMENTALLY different than any other widely curre...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Mogas is probably the future of recreational aviation. What do you mean by that? Is MOGAS being the future for GA aviation? Just take any "General Aircraft Knowledge" book and read the disadvantages of using MOGAS for piston engines. Btw, have you seen the websites of Airbus and Diamond? ...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2585

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Pretty sure the B777 and A340's superior performance on similar missions had more of an impact. Superior performance and actually meeting, or exceeding, what was promised. The MD-11 required several modifications to ultimately meet its targets and become quite a good airplane for what it was. There...

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet not seeking financial aid from federal government
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

Re: WestJet not seeking financial aid from federal government

https://globalnews.ca/news/8044695/westjet-airline-financial-aid-canada/amp/ It says each party has agreed to shift focus to restarting the travel and tourism sector, given encouraging vaccination rates. I’m guessing the private owner doesn’t want to risk diluting their ownership stake and possibly...

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 6739

Re: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11

Neither United nor Continental were in particularly good shape when the merger happened, though United had the ability survive without merging - Continental didn't. Continental had a very limited long haul fleet that was hamstrung by less than favorable lease rates due to their earlier financial pr...

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 6739

Re: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11

Neither United nor Continental were in particularly good shape when the merger happened, though United had the ability survive without merging - Continental didn't. Continental had a very limited long haul fleet that was hamstrung by less than favorable lease rates due to their earlier financial pro...

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2585

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

I have to say this is one of my biggest pet peeves with discussions about safety. I feel like there are way too many questions of the form “Is XYZ safe” - as if there is a “Safe-o-meter” that can give any sort of sensible answer to that question. Safety is a culture that needs to permeate design an...

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who decides which aircraft gets their preferred altitude?
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Who decides which aircraft gets their preferred altitude?

The airline, using their dispatchers, will file for a certain altitude and the relevant ATC will either accept it or change it based on operational needs. The flight crew will also add in their input based on any changing circumstances along the way. Incidentally, higher altitudes aren't always bett...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 172
Views: 23085

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

LH - 742: LAX-FRA, FRA-LAX 744: LAX-FRA, FRA-LAX, FRA-DEN, JFK-FRA, FRA-JFK, LHR-FRA, FRA-YVR 748: LAX-FRA, FRA-LAX, FRA-JNB, ORD-FRA, FRA-ORD UA - 744: SFO-LHR, LHR-SFO, IAD-LAX, ORD-SFO, FRA-ORD, LAX-SYD-MEL, MEL-SYD-LAX, SFO-SYD, SYD-LAX, SFO-ICN, SFO-PEK, SFO-HKG-SGN, SGN-HKG-SFO PA - 742: FRA-L...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown ITA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Anyone flown ITA?

MartijnNL wrote:
Aren't most airlines offering free changes at the moment?

Were there any ITA-markings on the aircraft? Or still Alitalia only?


Some are making it more annoying than others.

Only ITA marking was an "operated by ITA" sticker on the side.

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Foreign Pilot Jobs in The USA

This is a change to the law. Previously, pilots would either need to fall into the special category created for Australian pilots only or would need to show beyond exceptional skill (think test pilot or something like that) where no American could do the job. Now, any pilot with the requisite experi...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2585

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

The MD-11 is a perfectly safe airplane when flown properly and when it has an IFE system not prone to catching fire.

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 20, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown ITA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Anyone flown ITA?

So far, so good. Fares are unbundled, but you can bundle them. They're doing a free change on all fares currently. Seat reservations for good seats are cheap, at least domestically. No domestic business class. Free drinks on domestic.

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 19, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum battery power density needed for a 2000nm range?
Replies: 21
Views: 3513

Re: What is the minimum battery power density needed for a 2000nm range?

Electric propulsion in aviation is likely to only be in the 9 seat and smaller market. Caravans and down. Biofuels are what will power transport category aircraft into the future.

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliners with nicknames
Replies: 22
Views: 1922

Re: Airliners with nicknames

N626AA wrote:
Would AA's "Super 80" fit the bill?


That was actually Douglas' original name for it. DC9 Super 80. The name change to MD-80 took place when MDC decided to include the McDonnell part in commercial planes.

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline serviced airports now closed you once flew through
Replies: 30
Views: 1582

Re: Airline serviced airports now closed you once flew through

DEN Stapleton
MUC Riem
IST Ataturk
THR - still limited service, but I flew there internationally
ONT old terminal (they use the same field though)
OXR (no more commercial flights)
TXL
THF

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 22 year old CFI
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Re: 22 year old CFI

After the incidents with a couple "old school" DPEs that were passing some folks under questionable circumstances, some DPEs have gotten hyper technical and are busting people almost for a quote. The airlines know this and they also know they face a massive pilot shortage. Don't worry abou...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown ITA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Anyone flown ITA?

ua900 wrote:
N1120A wrote:
I'll be able to answer this in 3 days


So, how was it?


We had to alter our trip, but I'll be flying them on Saturday. Only domestic though.

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 15, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?
Replies: 11
Views: 1950

Re: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?

Airline representatives certainly get taken on demo flights and simulator sessions. If a new type is entering service, the manufacturer will stage demo tours through the region. The manufacturer sometimes also invites customer cabin crew to "operate" on these flights, actually using the g...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown ITA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Anyone flown ITA?

I'll be able to answer this in 3 days

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 15, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?
Replies: 11
Views: 1950

Re: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?

Airlines don't employ test pilots. If their pilots are going to fly a plane, it will be in the process of getting a type rating for it. Purchases are done based on the published, verifiable test numbers the manufacturers put out and the overall fit into a fleet.

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by N1120A
Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Airport Wind Ops
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Re: DFW Airport Wind Ops

13R could pretty easily be worked into a regular South flow day there for landings, and I believe they do so from time to time. Similarly, 31R can be worked into north flow for landings. It would take a huge crosswind to make those the primary runways though.

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 13, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Mogas is probably the future of recreational aviation. Who said anything about recreational aviation? Recreational pilot certificates are rare, with even the vast majority of LSA pilots choosing to fly them on private instead of sport certificates and simply do so without needing a medical. Come on...

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Saturn 5 F1 engines burned RP-1 which is pretty much kerosene. They used it as it was simple and known fuel. RP-1 compares to Jet-a pretty much same way as distilled apyrogenic water for IV injections compares to rainwater in backyard barrel. Both are water... Mogas is probably the future of recrea...

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by N1120A
Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

@N1120A I get it thanks, simply the economics is a problem. But you say JET-A is a new technology for 20 years, for me, it's a lot for still being "New". But is believe Jet-A is successful for SE Piston. For Diamond at least the DA-40 TDI flies like a charm and the cool benefits with dies...

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5343

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

If the EU were to take military action against Belarus, what would Russia actually do? Retaliate? Bring the US into this? Over Belarusian hubris? This is one situation where a military option shouldn't be overlooked. The EU, especially France, should forcibly remove Lukashenko and dare Russia to do ...

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Fox Tucker Carlson Promo Alleges 1/6 'False Flag' - Conservatives Criticize It
Replies: 66
Views: 3980

Re: New Fox Tucker Carlson Promo Alleges 1/6 'False Flag' - Conservatives Criticize It

Wait - what die attempting to overthrow a legitimately elected government have to do with caring whether Black Lives Matter or not? Oh right, it doesn't, and people who do so clearly have a certain agenda

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by N1120A
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ETA of when Southwest would start red-eyes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: ETA of when Southwest would start red-eyes?

Anyone who thinks "no one likes redeyes" has never travelled seriously. They are extraordinarily efficient in many circumstances. The main reason Southwest has issues with red eyes is their maintenance processes are largely built around not having them. Why is Southwest Airlines so reluct...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?
Replies: 38
Views: 2885

Re: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?

There is absolutely no difference. Engine reliability is not an issue at all for turbines. Indeed, there are very good arguments that you are safer with fewer engines. In the GA world, the singles have a better safety record than twins. In the commercial world, twins actually have a better record th...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 2248

Re: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?

WN's -500 were all theirs from factory till retirement, so my guess is they had the same engines. No need to add complexity.

Higher thrust engines don't necessarily mean less range. In fact, they can mean higher range through a higher MTOW. That is certainly true with the 757.

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 6096

Re: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?

A340-500, for sure. Left that one out. Tough to get now.. United's 767-200 And I'm talking about the original JT9-D powered jet's. Not the ones -200ER's they inherited from Continental. And American's 757/767. Yup. I've lived in the USA my whole life, and have never been on a 757 or a 767. Definitel...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you handle red eye flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 2789

Re: How do you handle red eye flights?

Take off my shoes and socks and make fist with my toes... Awesome Christmas movie references aside, most folks would be well advised to avoid sleeping pills. They take you out of your natural element and may alter your ability to function both in an emergency and also as a decent human being on an a...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ETA of when Southwest would start red-eyes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: ETA of when Southwest would start red-eyes?

Anyone who thinks "no one likes redeyes" has never travelled seriously. They are extraordinarily efficient in many circumstances. The main reason Southwest has issues with red eyes is their maintenance processes are largely built around not having them. Why is Southwest Airlines so relucta...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: cleaner jet fuel may not fly
Replies: 12
Views: 1799

Re: cleaner jet fuel may not fly

Aviation is low hanging fruit and a victim of an old reputation as the mere providence of the rich. The narcissistic political leanings of some in the industry doesn't help that. The reality is that there is so much more that is far more harmful to the environment that gets a pass.

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Another thing to add, diesel engines, partly due to the higher compression ratios, tend to be heavier for their power output due to their beefier structure. While they burn less fuel, their addition to empty weight means that you pay a penalty on short trips and would gain more on longer trips. Mos...

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by N1120A
Thu Nov 11, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Popular pre-COVID longhaul/ULH connecting itineraries (e.g. YVR-HKG-DEL, SFO-FRA-BLR)
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Popular pre-COVID longhaul/ULH connecting itineraries (e.g. YVR-HKG-DEL, SFO-FRA-BLR)

LAX-FRA-THR/IKA is a massive route for Lufthansa I thought Lufthansa stopped flying to Iran due to pressure from the Trump Administration. In fact, just to explain how it was in Canada, when BA, Lufthansa and KLM stopped flying to Iran, Ukraine International Airlines ended up filling the YYZ-IKA vo...

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by N1120A
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

That and in the US, GA is so large and so filled with relatively inexpensive old planes that a couple of diesel models don’t have much impact What do you mean by "impact". Efficiency, pollution or? Impact as far as economies of scale. Some airports still don't even have Jet A. Cessna even...

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by N1120A
Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Going higher
Replies: 3
Views: 965

Re: Going higher

This certainly has been seen more in the shorter haul world. When WN ran LAS-BUR with 737-300s, they'd fly it at like 230. Now, the -700s go up to 400. Trip fuel burn does not necessarily decrease with increasing altitude. There is an optimum altitude for a given weight and conditions. And that seem...

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by N1120A
Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Another thing to add, diesel engines, partly due to the higher compression ratios, tend to be heavier for their power output due to their beefier structure. While they burn less fuel, their addition to empty weight means that you pay a penalty on short trips and would gain more on longer trips. Mos...

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by N1120A
Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Popular pre-COVID longhaul/ULH connecting itineraries (e.g. YVR-HKG-DEL, SFO-FRA-BLR)
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Popular pre-COVID longhaul/ULH connecting itineraries (e.g. YVR-HKG-DEL, SFO-FRA-BLR)

LAX-FRA-THR/IKA is a massive route for Lufthansa I thought Lufthansa stopped flying to Iran due to pressure from the Trump Administration. In fact, just to explain how it was in Canada, when BA, Lufthansa and KLM stopped flying to Iran, Ukraine International Airlines ended up filling the YYZ-IKA vo...

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by N1120A
Tue Nov 09, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dash 8: Whose have you flown?
Replies: 34
Views: 1883

Re: Dash 8: Whose have you flown?

Q400 - Colgan, Horizon, Ethiopian, Jazz, South African Express, Malawian
Q300 - Jazz
200 - Commutair
100 - Jazz, Piedmont, Safarilink

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by N1120A
Tue Nov 09, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 6096

Re: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?

Concorde
747-300 (I've flown on all the others, including the SP)
Lockheed Super Constellation
707
DC8
767-400 (I've flown on all the others)

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by N1120A
Tue Nov 09, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JAL/Alaska Codeshare Baggage Fees
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: JAL/Alaska Codeshare Baggage Fees

Most significant carrier applies. JAL, in this case. Bags are free. You may have to discuss with the agent though.

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by N1120A
Tue Nov 09, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2270

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

Diesel engines for light aircraft are a rather new technology - less than 20 years old. There is a massive fleet of a avgas reciprocating aircraft out there, meaning the infrastructure is there as well and the cost of acquisition is much, much lower. Also, the largest markets for light pistons - the...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 44
Views: 5643

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

All of the 121.5 receivers are monitored by centers and approach controls, so anywhere they have coverage, they can get a general idea. However, it would likely require enlisting the help of nearby aircraft to really get an idea. Minor correction, 121.5 is monitored by TRACONS and Towers, but not b...

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by N1120A
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Marijuana found on Amtrak train before fatal shooting in Tucson
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Marijuana found on Amtrak train before fatal shooting in Tucson

Well, the Treaty of Breda gave your lot Suriname, of course you’d take NYC back. To N1120A. My point was those comparing the US (“red staters”) to Portugal and Netherlands regarding drug policies. America could not have their drug policies for reasons of our culture, geography, history and demograp...

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by N1120A
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Marijuana found on Amtrak train before fatal shooting in Tucson
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Marijuana found on Amtrak train before fatal shooting in Tucson

They only share being seafaring nations and eating fish. That's completely irrelevant. We’ll happily take back New Amsterdam. ;) Well, the Treaty of Breda gave your lot Suriname, of course you’d take NYC back. To N1120A. My point was those comparing the US (“red staters”) to Portugal and Netherland...

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by N1120A
Sun Nov 07, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 44
Views: 5643

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

No sure if the US has the system in place but all transmissions in UK airspace on 121.5 are triangulated in seconds by the D&D cells (and an abundance of other local facilities). It really should be too difficult for the relevant authority stateside to identify the culprits abusing the emergenc...

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