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by oobitsa
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour
Replies: 78
Views: 9298

Re: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour

Saw one last week at BWI doing a military charter. Figured that would have to be my farewell.

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by oobitsa
Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does North Korea Give KE & OZ Overflight Rights?
Replies: 16
Views: 11994

RE: Does North Korea Give KE & OZ Overflight Rights?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Flyingsottsman" class="quote" target="_blank">Flyingsottsman</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>I did a Seoul/ Vladivostok Fli...

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by oobitsa
Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Baby Ghetto
Replies: 47
Views: 11788

RE: The Baby Ghetto

I find the whole bashing babies thing that seems to propagate around here to be a little tiresome. We were all babies at some point and many of us have experience traveling with our own babies. It's been a few years for me, but I recall it being a hell of a lot of work. The last thing I ever needed ...

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by oobitsa
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1.05 Hrs Transit Time At FRA
Replies: 12
Views: 6124

RE: 1.05 Hrs Transit Time At FRA

Don't do it. Take an earlier flight to FRA. I've been burned with this before.

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by oobitsa
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lowering Gear Soon After Takeoff?
Replies: 3
Views: 3680

Lowering Gear Soon After Takeoff?

On a recent Air France 777-200 flight from <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acronym> to <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym>, the crew lowered the landing gear around 5 minutes after takeoff for abo...

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by oobitsa
Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Migs In Armenia
Replies: 4
Views: 4054

RE: Migs In Armenia

Obviously, I need to get much closer and upgrade my gear. Meanwhile, I'll follow your advice, OD720, and head over to the road. I've got diplomatic plates, so it could be interesting! Appear to by quite close to the border, but they're probably 5-8 miles away from it. Braniff, are you in Armenia now...

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by oobitsa
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Migs In Armenia
Replies: 4
Views: 4054

Migs In Armenia

Greetings from Armenia where I have been posted for two years. Over the last couple of months, I've noticed that the Russian MIG-29's based here in Yerevan head up every Thursday morning and put on quite a show in front of Mt. Ararat. I'd like to get some shots, but I'm not sure of a) a good locatio...

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by oobitsa
Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographing The B-2
Replies: 11
Views: 3147

RE: Photographing The B-2

FotoDJ and Thierry, great pix! The exposure of B-2 is amazing. I'm headed to the airshow at Oceana <acronym title="San Diego - Miramar MCAS (NAS) / Mitscher Field (NKX / KNKX), USA - California AND Mountain View - Moffett Federal Airfield (NAS) (NUQ / KNUQ), USA - California AND Nassau - Lynden Pind...

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by oobitsa
Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:45 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographing The B-2
Replies: 11
Views: 3147

RE: Photographing The B-2

Thierry, great pics. Question from a noob here: how did you determine the appropriate exposure for these shots? I've got a folder full of black smudges that are supposed to be F-117s and B-2's against a bright sky. Spot metering? Educated guessing?

Many thanks!

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by oobitsa
Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Not 10 Abreast On UA 777s?
Replies: 87
Views: 10331

RE: Why Not 10 Abreast On UA 777s?

Ah yes, great. More advice from the front cabin on how to make the tickets cheaper by making life a little more unpleasant for those in back. Perhaps <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> might also consider selling small seats in the overhead bins. They could call it Economy Minus. He...

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by oobitsa
Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers Say The Stupidist Things
Replies: 88
Views: 18704

RE: Passengers Say The Stupidist Things

Has anyone noticed that whenever someone places their rear end in a first or business class seat, they develop a superiority complex? Be real: the seats in first class are bigger, the food is better, and the drinks are free. In the "cheapo" seats, the seats are inhumanely small, the food isn't as go...

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by oobitsa
Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BWI's International Routes..where Are They?
Replies: 57
Views: 8206

RE: BWI's International Routes..where Are They?

Hey BWI50H, I'm with you. I live right next to <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym> (Columbia) and get kinda tired of just seeing Southwest 737s and AirTran 717's. I travel overseas for work a lot but I have to go to <acronym...

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by oobitsa
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moldova-Ukraine Air Services Dispute
Replies: 4
Views: 2432

RE: Moldova-Ukraine Air Services Dispute

I, too, have been there several times. I've driven across it (doesn't take too long). I don't have a stake, although it may surprise you that I tend to agree with the separatists. I don't have any quarrel with you, although your press source is a bit biased!  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smi...

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by oobitsa
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moldova-Ukraine Air Services Dispute
Replies: 4
Views: 2432

RE: Moldova-Ukraine Air Services Dispute

Yikes, Zevzda, you've managed to politicize this a bit. At the moment, Prednestrovie, or Trans-Dneister as it is more commonly known, is a sliver of Moldovan territory along the Ukrainian border. The Russians have had peacekeepers there since soon after the breakup of the US<acronym title="Swissair"...

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by oobitsa
Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011: Why Retired So Soon?
Replies: 129
Views: 23675

RE: L-1011: Why Retired So Soon?

Great thread! I loved the Tristar as a kid. My family used to fly <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym> to <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acronym> on TWA and it was Tristars all the time! In fact, ...

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by oobitsa
Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Child Free Class
Replies: 85
Views: 6069

RE: Child Free Class

Oh please. If the parents want to pay, they should be allowed to fly. I'd rather see some sort of enhanced business class where people aren't allowed to stink up the cabin by removing their shoes!

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by oobitsa
Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ultimate Boeing 777 Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 18830

RE: Ultimate Boeing 777 Thread

I've been flying <acronym title="Transaer (Ireland) and Trans Asian Airlines (Kazakhstan)">T7</acronym>'s since United started flying out of <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym>. I really feel it's been a remarkable aircraft from the process o...

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by oobitsa
Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Arabia Starting Service To Armenia
Replies: 9
Views: 5135

RE: Air Arabia Starting Service To Armenia

I'm flying to Yerevan on Saturday on British. I'll check and see if there are any more details in the local press and report back to you.

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by oobitsa
Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An A.net Member Afraid Of Commercial Flying?
Replies: 41
Views: 5855

RE: An A.net Member Afraid Of Commercial Flying?

Definitely not a stupid question. I fly over 200,000 miles a year and can hanlde almost anything. The only thing that gets me is fire, but that's because I had friends on the Swissair <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11. My wife is more afraid of flying. One day, shhe suggested that we s...

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by oobitsa
Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Things Your Parents Told You About Aviation
Replies: 24
Views: 4418

RE: Things Your Parents Told You About Aviation

My mom and dad, who are now in their late 60s (actually, dad just turned 70!), have always traveled to Europe in the summers from Baltimore. I have great memories of Pan Am 747 and 707 from <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym> to <acronym titl...

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by oobitsa
Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Greenland To Baltimore?
Replies: 34
Views: 6827

RE: Air Greenland To Baltimore?

BWI is a good hub for the mid Atlantic. It connects to I-95 and Amtrak, not to mention the <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> network. What would flying into <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> do for them?

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by oobitsa
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA To Drop Some Long-Haul Routes
Replies: 98
Views: 19494

RE: UA To Drop Some Long-Haul Routes

While not having any knowledge of their profit/loss by route, I can tell you that it is <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym>-<acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> is always packed to the gills when I fly...

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by oobitsa
Thu Apr 20, 2006 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Anyone Witnessed A Plane Crash?
Replies: 117
Views: 21194

RE: Has Anyone Witnessed A Plane Crash?

I saw the F-117 break apart at an airshow in Baltimore a few years ago. We were all quite relieved to see the parachute open, but the fire where the plane impacted was pretty bad. No injuries that I recall. I also lost a college friend on the Swissair <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11 ...

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by oobitsa
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Armavia To LAX?
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

RE: Armavia To LAX?

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by oobitsa
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Armavia To LAX?
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

RE: Armavia To LAX?

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by oobitsa
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No 1980s USAir Retro Plane?
Replies: 10
Views: 3133

RE: Why No 1980s USAir Retro Plane?

Ummm...errrr....because it wasn't very attractive, even at the time?

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by oobitsa
Wed Apr 05, 2006 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN To IAD
Replies: 91
Views: 9222

RE: WN To IAD

This would be an interesting development. Despite what the article says, I can't help but think that this will create some competition for <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym>. While <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - I...

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by oobitsa
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Cabin Mock May Tip The Orders To Airbus
Replies: 215
Views: 35703

RE: A350 Cabin Mock May Tip The Orders To Airbus

Looks like a refrigerator stuffed with dentists chairs to me.

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by oobitsa
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Child Free Flights - Why Not?
Replies: 54
Views: 7120

RE: Child Free Flights - Why Not?

Any chance of laptop-free flights too? The isesant clicking and, the obsessive compulsiveness of their users, the fan noise, the bright screen. Heck, at least children bigger than laps have to pay for a seat! Laptops just sit their on the tray table not paying a cent for the trip!

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by oobitsa
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is It Easy To Spot Federal Marshalls?
Replies: 73
Views: 11982

RE: Is It Easy To Spot Federal Marshalls?

You know, spotting an Air Marshal is not that big a deal. Conspicuous law enforcement on a flight is a HUGE deterent to a terrorist.

Oh, an the officers spotted at security at the beginning of this thread were likely FBI or Federal (non-Air) Marshals.

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by oobitsa
Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France To Yerevan, Armenian Aviation
Replies: 22
Views: 6033

RE: Air France To Yerevan, Armenian Aviation

Greetings from Yerevan. This is good news. I just flew in on BMED last night from Heathrow. Decent flight, but some more competition will be good.

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by oobitsa
Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Boneyards
Replies: 3
Views: 3255

RE: Russian Boneyards

Most airports in the former Soviet Union have a boneyard element to them. For example, my flights into Tbilisi allow me to trace the history of post-Soviet air transport in the NIS. You've got all sorts of Yaks and Tupolevs in various states of disrepair, as well as a handful former KLM Cityhopper t...

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by oobitsa
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hotel In Vienna
Replies: 1
Views: 2776

Hotel In Vienna

I've got a 14 hour layover in Vienna between flights from Washington and to Yerevan on May 1. While I might slog into town for part of the day, I was thinking I might get a day room at one of the hotels near the airport. Are any of them any good from a spotting perspective? Thanks!

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by oobitsa
Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:27 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Latest: Canon Digital Rebel XT
Replies: 24
Views: 6408

RE: Latest: Canon Digital Rebel XT

Beautiful camera. That said, if anyone is looking to sell their "old" digital Rebel, I'm buying!

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by oobitsa
Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA To IAD
Replies: 37
Views: 4795

RE: SAA To IAD

Not true! I just accompanied a US ambassador from Washington to a country in the former Soviet Union and he flew coach (United <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym> to <acronym title="Frankfurt - Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany...

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by oobitsa
Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kazakhstan: Sorry, You Can't Fly To Almaty
Replies: 19
Views: 5256

RE: Kazakhstan: Sorry, You Can't Fly To Almaty

The Astana situation is annoying at best. The president requires members of parliament to maintain residences in Astana, but they commute between Almaty and Astana on the weekends. It's nealrly impossible to get a seat on a flight from Astana to Almaty on a Friday night and back on Sunday. To make m...

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by oobitsa
Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Sad Day For Boeing
Replies: 168
Views: 23660

RE: A Sad Day For Boeing

I, for one, am absolutely giddy about the prospect of the 7e7. I fly lots of "long thin" routes and relish the opportunity to avoid the likes of Dulles, Heathrow and Frankfurt (unless I'm in a spotting mood, of course!). I get all tingly when I think about direct flights from <acronym title="Baltimo...

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by oobitsa
Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN-225 Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3392

RE: AN-225 Questions

Just a quick reminder that Antonov is a Ukrainian, not Russian company. The AN-225, by the way, was developed to carry the Soviet space shuttle. Hence the odd humps on top.

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by oobitsa
Sat Dec 25, 2004 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Jeans...First Class...whats The Deal?
Replies: 97
Views: 19949

RE: Blue Jeans...First Class...whats The Deal?

Flying ain't what it used to be. My father still wears a coat and tie in coach whether we is flying from <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym> to Bermuda on vacation or to Paris for work. I, on the other hand, try to dress com...

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by oobitsa
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Tribute To The 20 Concorde Built...
Replies: 44
Views: 15458

RE: A Tribute To The 20 Concorde Built...

Nice tribute. The Concorde is still the only aircraft to make me weak in the knees when I see it in person. I'm in the Washington area, so I have visited the lovely Air France bird (205) in the Smithsonian annex at <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</...

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by oobitsa
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Is Safe?
Replies: 11
Views: 6086

RE: Korean Air Is Safe?

I've had two aborted landings on KAL. One was while landing in Vladivostok. At the minimums, the pilot was unable to see the runway and went around. The other was a touch and go at Inchon. I know aborted landings aren't a big deal, but I fly around 75k miles a year and my only aborted landing have b...

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by oobitsa
Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Story Behind N275WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3813

RE: The Story Behind N275WA

The Russians do have a more practical angle on things like this, but that's often because there was an oersight in the initial design of the plane. I quite a bit of time on Tu-154. Passengers from the rear of the aircraft are deplaned first to avoid the butt plant. I was on a flight from Moscow to S...

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by oobitsa
Fri Oct 01, 2004 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Concorde Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 3238

RE: Some Concorde Questions

For some reason, I'm facinated with the thought that Braniff had crews trained to operate the Concorde during US domestic flights. I can hear the cabin announcements now: "Hey y'all, welcome aboard Concorde. Be sure y'all buckle up!"  <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> Se...

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by oobitsa
Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:48 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo Ops In Russia And Camera Charge Question
Replies: 2
Views: 4649

RE: Photo Ops In Russia And Camera Charge Question

Hey there. I haven't had any trouble taking pictures of civilian aircraft and airports there, but I do know folks who have. Nobody has had their cameras or film/media taken from them. They've just been asked to stop. As far as camera fees: I've found that places like the Kremlin and Hermitage requir...

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by oobitsa
Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Sued For Humiliating Fat Kids
Replies: 182
Views: 13457

RE: Southwest Sued For Humiliating Fat Kids

I'm 6'9" and, while not slim, I am by no means obese. Because of my height and the length of my legs, I take up more space than your average US carrier has seen fit to provide to me in economy class. 80% of the time, the good folks who work as ticket agents and F/As find a bulkhead, exit row or upgr...

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by oobitsa
Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Measures Airlines Are Taking To Save Fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 3979

RE: Measures Airlines Are Taking To Save Fuel

Thanks folks. In listening to all of this, I think it is going to be an interesting summer as the airlines, by cutting contingency and reserve fuel, have less whiggle room when it comes to dealing with the daily afternoon thunderstorms that roll through the east during the warmer months.

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by oobitsa
Tue Jun 15, 2004 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Measures Airlines Are Taking To Save Fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 3979

Measures Airlines Are Taking To Save Fuel

In light of the recent hikes in oil prices, I've been seeing press reports of airlines taking steps to save fuel. The reports suggest that airlines are changing their routes, decreasing their takeoff weight etc. (FYI. There's going to be a report on Marketplace on public radio this afternoon on the ...

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by oobitsa
Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal To Own?
Replies: 30
Views: 3473

RE: Legal To Own?

Easy there, Itsjustme. I mean no offense against you or the rest of law enforcement. I happen to work for a living, so I'm not home for afternoon talkshows. As a contracts attorney, I might not be worthy of your respect, but I do no plenty about the constitution from 3 years in law school and six ye...

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by oobitsa
Mon Jun 14, 2004 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal To Own?
Replies: 30
Views: 3473

RE: Legal To Own?

Rest assured that having any of these items in your posession is not a crime. Any authorities that challenge you on your posession of these items (in the US, at least) are walking a fine line and are far closer to violating the law than you are. A quick review of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and...

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by oobitsa
Wed May 12, 2004 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tu-144 Question
Replies: 15
Views: 4472

RE: Tu-144 Question

Not to be a bore, but Almaty is no longer the capital. A few yeas ago, they moved the capital to Astana. Quite a bleak, cold, windy place.

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