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by PITingres
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest continuous commercial flights you have made
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Craziest continuous commercial flights you have made

A couple decades ago, I went to a convention in San Fran. The flight out was PIT-SFO, the return if memory serves was something like SFO-BUR-DFW-PIT. I've also done PIT-EWR-MCI and return, flying almost directly over my house on the EWR-MCI leg; also PIT-IAH-LHR and return. The former was for schedu...

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by PITingres
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 59
Views: 1946

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

US (back when they were flying PIT-LGW), DL, DE for sure. I think I was on a CO 767 at least once. I don't remember if I was ever on a UA or AA 767.

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by PITingres
Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United mandates vaccines for employees
Replies: 63
Views: 5566

Re: United mandates vaccines for employees

This is sad to see. The virus is more of a psychological ailment than a physical one. Completely false. Tell that to the 615,000 dead of covid in the US alone, and the millions who spent extended periods in the hospital. As has been pointed out, a primary covid difference is that it overwhelms the ...

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by PITingres
Wed Aug 04, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?
Replies: 29
Views: 3583

Re: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?

Now the next question looms - what the heck is it doing in a school playground? :lol: One might imagine a conversation similar to the one I had some 30 years ago, when I tried to bring home a DEC KI-10 that was going to be salvaged. He: Hon! Guess what! They were junking this cargo container and I ...

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by PITingres
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2239
Views: 301078

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Q4 is when we will see business travel come back in a big way. The corporate world seems to be consolidating around September as the "back to normal" date. At least, this applies to my sphere of the corporate world, which is multinationals primarily located on the coasts. I'm inclined to ...

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by PITingres
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

Still utterly perplexed by the complete lack of advertising by Breeze as well as the ACAA hardly promoting MX's destinations. They used to be on top of these things a few years ago. I absolutely agree. I have not seen a single advertisement, billboard, or commercial about Breeze. Heck, I read this ...

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by PITingres
Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lightning Strike on 777
Replies: 17
Views: 3492

Re: Lightning Strike on 777

I've been on a plane (BA 787) that had a wing lightning hit on final approach, just as the pilots started a go-around due to a sudden wind shift. I was looking right at it, too -- couldn't see a darn thing for several seconds afterwards. It didn't appear to have any significant effect, other than ca...

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by PITingres
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues
Replies: 291
Views: 62092

Re: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues

Let’s face it, the government incentives have turned the employment market market upside down. Easy to say, eliminates the need for too much thought. (Nasty stuff, that.) It's pretty clear that a big part of the employment issues can be directly traced to people realizing, having been kicked off a ...

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by PITingres
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR returns to JFK
Replies: 37
Views: 8276

Re: AR returns to JFK

After a 16-month hiatus and shortly after AA does the same, Aerolíneas Argentinas is returning to JFK, effective July 19th, initially 3x week. AR1300 EZE 22:30 JFK 08:35+1 146 332 AR1301 JFK 14:45 EZE 02:40+1 257 332 Terrible timing on the return leg. Not sure if it´s a slots issue at JFK or what.....

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by PITingres
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

I don't know why some people are so dismissive of this topic when it comes up. Air service development is a serious business. Millions of dollars in economic activity are at stake. Jobs. The health of the economy. It's all tied in. Just look at the amount spent on some of the route subsidies. If BA...

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by PITingres
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

They may be a smaller portion of our total jobs, but they have an outsized effect on air travel than other sectors. AUS is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. I think a better indicator of tech travel are the bay area airports, all of which are still suffering greatly. This. Another o...

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by PITingres
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Another Brawl at MIA
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: Another Brawl at MIA

I will tell you why this is happening. Stimulus, Unemployment checks, and cheap flights. The current crowd going particularly to South Beach are the most ghetto low class passengers you can imagine.... I think you're off base with the first two and on target with the last two. IMO most people getti...

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by PITingres
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

The parkway interchange and local roads will definitely need some work, and I'm curious as to why they'd pick a site on the far side of the tunnels from the airport. I can also understand being wary of Amazon's promises but that's largely a matter of being very careful with the written agreements. E...

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by PITingres
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16105

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

... At the end of the day if you’ve only got one jetway than the same number of people have to go through the door no matter where it’s at. Therefore the difference between mid door and front door is negligible unless they can both be used. The first sentence is true. The second, only if the flow t...

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by PITingres
Thu May 27, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'
Replies: 29
Views: 6243

Re: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'

A lot of companies have learned that telemeetings work for a lot of things. Not everything, you still can't replace face to face time for some kinds of meetings such as a multi-day working group session. I don't know what percentage of prior travel will return, wild guess might be 2/3. My company wi...

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by PITingres
Wed May 26, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 14326

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

My wife and I both had Pfizer and, oddly enough, identical reactions. First dose, mild sore arm, a day of sleepies that kicked in a few hours after the dose. Second dose, nothing at all for maybe 12 hours, then 2 days of sleepies; no soreness.

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by PITingres
Sat May 22, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you take off your shoes when flying?
Replies: 37
Views: 2992

Re: Do you take off your shoes when flying?

Shoes on for takeoff and landing, off the rest of the time unless it's a short flight. I don't have enough hours left on earth to be bothered with hot, uncomfortable feet. I almost always wear some sort of slip-in shoe so that I can stick them on if I need to move around. If I were to use the toilet...

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by PITingres
Thu May 20, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passengers are left terrified while crammed into Heathrow immigration queue for more than three hours
Replies: 2
Views: 1507

Re: Passengers are left terrified while crammed into Heathrow immigration queue for more than three hours

Mostly because UK Visas and Immigration have been told to do more, that takes longer, with no additional funds or manpower. Plus, like any border service I've ever encountered, they don't have to pretend to care. I'm pretty sure I saw a headline not too long ago where Heathrow management threatened ...

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by PITingres
Thu May 20, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.
Replies: 7
Views: 1848

Re: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.

Since there's no good way to verify vaccination, I'd take a wild guess that the trigger will be a certain overall percentage vaccinated. No clue what that percentage might be, of course. There's probably also an element of "let's just wait a bit and see."

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by PITingres
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Business travellers planning to cut future flights
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Poll: Business travellers planning to cut future flights

My company's flying will never return to the per-capita levels pre covid. For me personally, I'll probably return to flying 6-7 times a year internationally, and maybe a bit more; but most of that will be multi-day working group meetings that simply don't work out as well as telemeetings; the rest w...

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by PITingres
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 75
Views: 6400

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

I had two trips in 2020, one in late Jan to SXM for a working group conference, and then PIT-PHL-BHX, BHX-FRA-BHX, LHR-PIT. Left Feb 21 2020 and returned Mar 4 basically on the wings of the storm. The FRA bit was work, the rest of it was craziness to attend a village 60th birthday party for a very g...

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by PITingres
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

I'm not arguing that the relative traffic declines aren't there, just that they're more complex and nuanced than being driven solely due to political decisions. Exactly. And as far as education traffic goes, I'm thinking conferences, seminars, working groups, all of which are very academia-heavy (a...

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by PITingres
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers
Replies: 24
Views: 5867

Re: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers

"Does this reservation system make me look fat?"

I understand that DoB is a fairly recent addition, but I would have thought that there would have been some indication that the passenger was/was not a minor. I guess I would have been wrong.

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by PITingres
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

Here's an example which shows high pitch angle on approach from a steadier viewpoint. SAAB Viggen used pretty much the same "carrier landing" technique in order to achieve short runway performance. You can see in this video that it has high pitch attitude and flies a steep glide path. The...

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by PITingres
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Boeing really need to create a new narrowbody?
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: Does Boeing really need to create a new narrowbody?

If I had to guess, I think what will finally push Boeing to a new small airplane with the attendant enormous certification costs will be manufacturability. There are a ton of relatively minor things already mentioned in this thread, and I'm not sure that all of them collectively are enough to push t...

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by PITingres
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is business travel enjoyable?
Replies: 26
Views: 2855

Re: Is business travel enjoyable?

From a software development viewpoint: yes, remote work works (I've done it for years). There's a caveat, though, which is that it helps enormously if you've had a chance to meet the rest of the team face to face at least once, and ideally more than that. Before the pandemic, I tried to visit with v...

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 797
Views: 532366

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... covid.html

Or not.
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STT757 wrote:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/well-have-herd-immunity-by-april-11613669731

More support for the theory that the COVID -19 pandemic will be effectively over by April.


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... covid.html

Or not.

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by PITingres
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4798

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

"I provide a necessary service" is a very different, and much better, argument than "I want my rights", which is all I saw in the original posting. Ahhh, you lost lost me there. Both the above arguments are equally valid. In fact, “I want my rights” may outweigh the other. ... M...

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by PITingres
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT
Replies: 74
Views: 15711

Re: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT

IMO, if in the future an aircraft does end up in a ditch/ravine and this risk was not taken on board then the Airport could be taken to the cleaners. You’d have a heart attack if you looked at the ends of São Paulo Congonhas! Both ends probably drop 150’ into the city below. The one that scares me ...

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by PITingres
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4798

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

"I provide a necessary service" is a very different, and much better, argument than "I want my rights", which is all I saw in the original posting.

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by PITingres
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT
Replies: 74
Views: 15711

Re: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT

I always wondered why the faa permits valleys like this. Atlanta is another example. Presumably because the additional runway length is worth it? After all, you aren't supposed to go off the edge... And in terrain like PIT's, there's no way to avoid ravines and slopes. I can't imagine what it would...

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future of the dc-9/ md-80 line
Replies: 10
Views: 1359

Re: Future of the dc-9/ md-80 line

Critical replacement parts are no longer in production, and the cost to produce a small batch would be prohibitive. I gather that some parts actually would be illegal to make, at least in the US, due to environmental restrictions on procedures like some kinds of chrome plating (I don't know the deta...

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4798

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

It seems that this topic, at least for a bit, is done being discussed by the Administration. Somebody in the White House is thinking straight. https://news.trust.org/item/20210211213823-pf76d Good. Mandatory testing for domestic flights is an assault on our freedom of movement. Horse puckey. Freedo...

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT
Replies: 74
Views: 15711

Re: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT

10R departures are pretty rare, I believe. Maybe another option to deal with this would be to operationally prohibit the far end of F in snow or heavy rain conditions. You only lose 1000 feet or so by using the next entrance up (W?). Or, put one more entrance halfway, but that hardly seems necessary.

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by PITingres
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT
Replies: 74
Views: 15711

Re: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT

Is it a write off? Absolutely. They'll need to fill in the ravine completely and let it settle for a year before they dig it out again. It's a shame, not many of that model left in service. Huh? Nothing's getting filled in. The rental car overflow and storage lots are at the bottom of that hillside...

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by PITingres
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order
Replies: 637
Views: 108084

Re: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order

Seriously, you think that's how big business works? They want to teach Boeing a lesson....? Yes, that is exactly how business works. Many airlines have done it and do it all the time. Yeah, no, not really. It not only sounds childish, it also would be hugely unprofessional. Large scale deals are no...

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245341

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Revelation wrote:
... It truly was a line printer, in that it could print an 80 column line at a time, and it was really screeching loudly since it was printing the same line over and over again.


132 column, surely.

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by PITingres
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

We'll have to agree to disagree, because I don't think that it's lack of spending power that's preventing either leisure or business travel here as compared to anywhere else. I think it's structural, in that we have more service industry, more academia (no travel to seminars and conferences), and ge...

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by PITingres
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

. if not for how Harrisburg has handled things and the resultant affect on the local economy - which directly affects demand at PIT - then why is PIT doing so much worse? Because the local industries are different, more amenable to remote work, and less dependent on physical presence; would be my a...

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by PITingres
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 525
Views: 101741

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2021

Obviously the path to recovery is through business travel. As you said, and I agree, Zoom is not going to kill business travel. I do think it will have a significant negative impact on business travel for at least 2-3 years. After that, some companies will return to old habits and increase travel a...

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by PITingres
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 316
Views: 31891

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

The majority of American cases are from PCR tests that are used improperly. And the majority of American deaths are coincidental to covid (if you die within 30 days of testing positive for covid, you're counted as a covid death). Besides, when's the last time you heard of an outbreak stemming from ...

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by PITingres
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 316
Views: 31891

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

Lets remember -- one should only be travelling for "essential business", not joy riding or vacationing. . According to whom? Maybe you don't see a problem with 25+ million cases and 425,000 deaths just here in the US? and don't forget that a sizeable number of cases, at least 1-2 million ...

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by PITingres
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 316
Views: 31891

Re: Denmark : All flights from UAE banned for 5 days

... Ideally travel should be restricted to essential business and family emergencies. Very difficult situation for tourism based economies. Actually ideally, there should be none at all. In all honesty, I see no business or family 'emergencies' as being so essential to put innocent people's lives a...

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by PITingres
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes

There's more to flying than business and tourism. Just for example, my wife and I were on airplanes a few times last October to deal with an elderly parent who had fallen; we had to help move her to an apartment closer to another family member, we had to clean out her condo and sign up a real estate...

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by PITingres
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 161
Views: 20182

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

United and KLM, both -400's. United was LAX-SYD and back, in 1997, and KLM was JFK-AMS fairly recently. The United flights were dire. Got a last minute upgrade to business on the KLM flight so it was rather nice. My 747 experiences were better than my A380 experience, but I definitely prefer to fly ...

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by PITingres
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax
Replies: 31
Views: 2275

Re: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax

Hey pals, Ok, imagine you bought yourself an expensive business class ticket and the passenger sitting next to you takes off his shoes and sucks displaying his stinky ugly feet! I personally think taking off shoes and sucks on an airplane is a disrespectful act to the other pax. Of course, there ar...

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by PITingres
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94354

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

Wait could this mean that the rest of the world wont unground the plane now? My question as well. What exactly does this mean for the MAX? It means exactly nothing, because: ... Besides, when the media broke the news, my thoughts were initially of huge disbelief and anger, thinking that were referr...

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by PITingres
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)

Frankly, if he were alive, he could/should have waited for the statute of limitations on his crime and on whatever lawsuit Northwest could have brought against him to expire, which would have been a long time ago, I would think, then written a book or done a movie on how he did it and what happened...

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by PITingres
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 113473

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2020

Keep in mind the drug overdose deaths for Allegheny County in 2019 are only a few below the entire COVID death county for Allegheny County in 2020.... Just food for thought. Yes, it is food for thought. Why do you suppose that is? Surely it didn't have to do with the shutdowns that very well may ha...

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by PITingres
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 50530

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

You are one of the few, head in sand that still sings pilots were to blame. Good grief. Seriously? Must we again remind some people that "blame" is not a single, indivisible thing? The efforts here to move all the blame to Boeing is just as doomed as an effort to remove all blame from Boe...

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