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by traindoc
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5517

When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

Thought I saw a headline somewhere that Europe would not be open for tourism until the fall. Your thoughts?

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by traindoc
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 3678, EWR-SAT, divert to IND on 2/19
Replies: 17
Views: 2216

UA 3678, EWR-SAT, divert to IND on 2/19

This is the third time in several months that this flight has diverted while enroute to SAT. On each of those occasions, the weather and operations at SAT were normal. Does anyone know why? Seems too often to be a coincidence.

Thanks

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by traindoc
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210627

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

My wife and I are headed to India, Bangkok, Siem Reap and Singapore. Actually glad that many carriers are cancelling China, as it reduced our exposure risk. Bring plenty of masks just in case!

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by traindoc
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 661375

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Another “benefit” of bankruptcy is that Boeing becomes the victim and no longer the villain. I like Boeing, and did the Everrett factory tour (again) last September. But, I think that they have really stepped deep into the doodoo this time, and recovery is a long way off.

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by traindoc
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 661375

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Most all of the MAX discussion is about flaws and fixes for the MCAS and flight control systems. But what about the possibility of Boeing having to declare bankruptcy? The 737 is their cash flow cow. But now that has dried up with deliveries on hold. And this could last well into 2020. And how much ...

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by traindoc
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA 78J reliability
Replies: 8
Views: 1924

Re: UA 78J reliability

Cointrin330 wrote:
There have also been a number of days where wx has been a factor on EWR ops.


No doubt about that. I am going off of UA flight status info, where they post the reason for delays is due to mechanical issues.

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by traindoc
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA 78J reliability
Replies: 8
Views: 1924

UA 78J reliability

My wife and I are flying UA 960, EWR to FRA, on the 26th, so I have been tracking that flight this month. This flight is now a 78J. Last night the A/C was replaced with a 77W due to mechanical issues. At least 2 other flights this month have had 4 hour delays due to mechanical issues on A/C that are...

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by traindoc
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NYC diversions JUL-22-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 9592

Re: NYC diversions JUL-22-2019

And several days earlier, the remnants of tropical storm Barry also wreaked havoc in NYC! A question: With most flights 80-90% full, how can those whose flights were late or cancelled be accommodated? I assume that some pax will have to cancel their plans, as I don’t know where all the extra seats/f...

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by traindoc
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 9923

Re: American Airlines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019

They can probably ask the FAA for an exemption for storage, I don't believe they have gotten to that yet because they probably figured it would be flying in a few months. Of course flying to another location just adds more red ink to Boeing.[/quote] Since they are parking newly manufactured B737-MAX...

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by traindoc
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 20737

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

I was living in Seoul when a KE 707, Paris to Seoul, flew over Siberia and was intercepted by a Russian Mig. The plane was shot at, 2 passengers were killed, and the pilot landed on a frozen lake saving everyone else. I was in Asia in 1997, scheduled to fly KE from ICN to JFK, when KE crashed a 747 ...

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by traindoc
Thu May 23, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada suspends YYZ-DEL June/July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2726

Re: Air Canada suspends YYZ-DEL June/July 2019

I thought that I read that Pakistani airspace is again open to flights going into India.

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by traindoc
Thu May 23, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet pilot's eyes burned by green laser light while flying into Orlando
Replies: 12
Views: 2471

Re: WestJet pilot's eyes burned by green laser light while flying into Orlando

Another moron on the loose! It’s not cute nor funny to shoot a laser beam at an aircraft! And there is always the potential to cause an accident, especially on a landing approach!

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by traindoc
Wed May 22, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 20367

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

Iceland is an interesting place to visit, in that the air fares are cheap, but everything else is expensive once you get on the ground there. Also, many people there are unhappy with the tourism boom because of the huge crowds of tourists. As they say, be careful what you wish for!

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by traindoc
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30+ aircraft damaged at DFW?
Replies: 33
Views: 14919

Re: 30+ aircraft damaged at DFW?

Indeed we had a nasty hail storm in Texas on the 13th. This is a picture of a cactus in my yard in San Antonio. If hail can drive right thru a hard cactus, it can certainly beat up an aluminum skinned airplane./Users/svancleave/Downloads/IMG_4648.JPG

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by traindoc
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN cancellations at SAT today, April 6th
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

WN cancellations at SAT today, April 6th

WN has cancelled flights from SAT to HOU, DEN, MDW, MCO, and BNA today. That is a lot of cancellations! I know we have had thunderstorms in central Texas, but not yet in SA. Does anyone know what the problem is? Is this fallout from the MAX grounding?

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by traindoc
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s next for Boeing and the 737MAX?
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

What’s next for Boeing and the 737MAX?

From what we know so far, the crash of both the Lion Air 737MAX and the Ethiopian 737MAX was due to the MCAS system overriding the pilots ability to control the aircraft, and forcing it to dive and fly into the ground. An apparent contributing factor was that the A/C were equipped with only one AOA ...

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by traindoc
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly
Replies: 96
Views: 18471

Re: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly

Hi, photographer here. These photos are 100% real -- there wouldn't have been an April Fool's conflict if the train had arrived a week ago as scheduled! One of the shots is now in the database, too. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Boeing-737-10-MAX/5472523 -Dave Thanks for the photos! I am...

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by traindoc
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 741216

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

One factor that has not been mentioned, is the elevation of ADD; 7500 feet. Your climb out will take longer due to the reduced air density. Thus, if you get into a stall situation soon after takeoff, you are a lot closer to the ground! And that means you may not have enough distance between you and ...

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by traindoc
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Michel Bacos, Air France Entebbe Captain, dies.
Replies: 8
Views: 3197

Re: Michel Bacos, Air France Entebbe Captain, dies.

Every time I fly into Entebbe, I think about that hijacking. Captain Bacos was a true hero! RIP!

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by traindoc
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: (Video) United’s rapid luxury transformation
Replies: 51
Views: 11179

Re: (Video) United’s rapid luxury transformation

My wife and I spent 4 hours in the Polaris lounge at SFO on Thursday. UA has done a great job! The lounge is almost on par with the LH Senator lounges at MUC and FRA.

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by traindoc
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NASAs Aviation Safety Reporting System and the MAX.
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: NASAs Aviation Safety Reporting System and the MAX.

Very damning article! Clearly Boeing did not provide adequate documentation or training! Why?

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by traindoc
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British CAA grounds MAX 8
Replies: 16
Views: 2981

British CAA grounds MAX 8

According to the Wall Street Journal, the CAA has grounded the MAX 8 and also banned the plane from flying in its airspace!

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by traindoc
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743598

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Classy respone by United; they will try to accommodate those pax who don’t want to fly on their MAX 9!

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by traindoc
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue CEO: JVs stifle competition
Replies: 149
Views: 10568

Re: B6 - 1/30/2019 DOT Filing is Full Court Press to Obtain LHR slots

Continental got their LHR slots in 2008. Cost them lots of millions!

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by traindoc
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 3465 diverion 1/30
Replies: 0
Views: 1069

UA 3465 diverion 1/30

UA 3465, EWR to SAT, diverted to MEM and spent 5 hours there, before continuing to SAT. Anyone know details? I would guess a crew issue, and had to wait for new crew. But just guessing.

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by traindoc
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA just announced free DIRECTV
Replies: 49
Views: 7041

Re: UA just announced free DIRECTV

If I am in F, I rarely watch their free DIRECTV. Just not interested. How many passengers in Y are actually buying it? Has it ever made money for either UA or DIRECTV? Probably not when you factor in the huge upfront cost of installation.

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by traindoc
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA cancellations at ORD
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

UA cancellations at ORD

United is cancelling a lot of flights at Ohare, even though it is not snowing today. I assume this is due to severe cold makiing it difficult (and dangerous) for the ground staff to be working outdoors. I’m sure that ground tugs, baggage carts, conveyor belts and such don’t do well in sub zero cold ...

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by traindoc
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rwandair to start direct flight to USA
Replies: 20
Views: 5502

Re: Rwandair to start direct flight to USA

This may also make it easier to fly to EBB from the U.S. Right now you need to travel via BRU, AMS and such. Would save a stop over in Europe.

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by traindoc
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Disabled aircraft
Replies: 9
Views: 3513

Re: IAH Disabled aircraft

Thanks for the info!

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by traindoc
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Disabled aircraft
Replies: 9
Views: 3513

IAH Disabled aircraft

IAH has been experiencing ground delays due to a disabled aircraft for most of the day. Can anyone provide details? Searched Google and only found the FAA notice about ground delay, which was redundant.

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by traindoc
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 overran runway at BUR
Replies: 233
Views: 39422

Re: Southwest 737 slides off runway at BUR

Oops! Time for duct tape! On a more serious note, looks like all the pax are OK!

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by traindoc
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 233
Views: 51564

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

So what is the mechanism of a tug catching on fire while towing an A/C? Once might be a one off, but twice should not be!

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by traindoc
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?
Replies: 121
Views: 16991

Re: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?

I think that the availability of pilots will be the main determinant of the future of these smaller aircraft. In the next 10 years a lot of older mainline pilots will be retiring . And many regional pilots will be moving up to fly mailine planes. And already the regionals are scrambling for pilots. ...

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by traindoc
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 70649

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

Inflight service and 1K customer service on UA is predictably unpredictable! Somewhat like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I am both a Million Miler and a 1K, but they are pushing me away with their crappy customer service. It is not on every flight, but usually happens at least once on a...

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by traindoc
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL
Replies: 25
Views: 5761

Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL

According to the FAA website, these 3 airports have a user requested ground stop until 12:00 AM. Must be AA. What is going on?

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by traindoc
Sat May 19, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man punches deaf pregnant woman and service dog on F9 flight at MCO
Replies: 63
Views: 10106

Re: Man punches deaf pregnant woman and service dog on F9 flight at MCO

Very courageous man! He is taking a stand for all airline passengers who have to sit near pregnant women!

In reality, this is the equine paradox at its most obvious example! What is the equine paradox you ask? There are more HORSES BEHINDS than there are HORSES!

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by traindoc
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Engine Fire
Replies: 10
Views: 3205

Re: Southwest Engine Fire

I experienced compressor stall 3 times on 727's years ago. All 3 occurred when spooling up the engines and also turning to start the take off roll. I assumed it was due to wind flow accross the inlet of the #2 engine which temporarily starved the engine of air flow. But compressor stall on climb out...

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by traindoc
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 23321

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Only time will tell what the fallout will be from this move by LH. I hope that they don't screw it up, as SN does a great job on their Africa service! I know, as I fly there frequently thru BRU on SN. And no, I will not fly there via ADD as it will almost double the travel time and increase the hass...

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by traindoc
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 38090

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

Amazing that the plane stayed in place, and did not slide down into the water! As to arresting systems, they would not have helped as the A/C is off the side of the runway, and not at the end.

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by traindoc
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow
Replies: 44
Views: 9260

Re: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow

I flew thru BRU in January 2016 when it was actively snowing. Operations were slowed down a little, but no major cancellations. However, there was no ice and the winds were not an issue. Sounds like this was the "perfect" storm. I have 2 trips thru BRU later this month, so I hope this is a...

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by traindoc
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 69634

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

One reason I don't spend much time on A net is all the bickering! But here is my 2 cents about the situation. I grew up in Houston and I remember Hurricane Carla (1961) very well. Tremendous damage to Galveston, Texas City and Kemah. Mainly from storm surge and tornadoes! In Houston itself, lots of ...

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by traindoc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SXM: Maho Beach Road to be rerouted following fatality
Replies: 67
Views: 14348

Re: SXM: Maho Beach Road to be rerouted following fatality

Stupidity must be prevented at all cost! But, unfortunately you cannot fix stupid.

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by traindoc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Condensation around emergency exit doors.
Replies: 1
Views: 694

Condensation around emergency exit doors.

Recently flew SAT-BWI-KEF-BWI-SAT on Southwest and Wow respectively. The WN flight was a new 738, and the WW flight was a new 321. As we descended into BWI, there was condensation dripping from the top of the overwing exit door frame. This occurred on both the WN and WW flights. What is there about ...

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by traindoc
Wed May 31, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA fines UA for failure to inspect 787 maintenance
Replies: 41
Views: 7938

Re: UA fined for operating 787 in not an airworthy condition

The aircraft was airworthy, just not the paperwork.

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by traindoc
Sat May 06, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ALC: All 2017 Airbus Deliveries are Late
Replies: 7
Views: 3261

Re: ALC: All 2017 Airbus Deliveries are Late

So Boeing is not so bad after all! When they had their 787 delays, everyone including Airbus was criticizing them. These planes are very complex, so manufacturing delays are likely. Also there is the problem of outsourcing major components. That makes both Airbus and Boeing hostage to their supplier...

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by traindoc
Sat May 06, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do all cargo containers have an AKE tag on them?
Replies: 13
Views: 7451

Re: Why do all cargo containers have an AKE tag on them?

I agree, thanks for the enlightenment.

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by traindoc
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight
Replies: 66
Views: 14514

Re: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight

:wink2: :wink2: UA is just trying to prepare the pax for the lack of toilets in India. So this really represents good customer service! After all, there are more cellphones in India than there are toilets!

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