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by thrufru
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: South African Airways To Return To MIA
Replies: 45
Views: 11429

RE: Rumor: South African Airways To Return To MIA

Hmm... My neighbor is the VP of Marketing for North America for SAA. When I get home from my trip, I'll ask him. BTW, their U.S. Marketing arm is based in South Florida.

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by thrufru
Sat May 09, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country May Shutdown Says Chairman
Replies: 102
Views: 22527

RE: Sun Country May Shutdown Says Chairman

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/N1120A" class="quote" target="_blank">N1120A</a> (<a href="#58" class="quote">Reply 58</a>):<br/><i>It would be pretty easy - they come with typ...

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by thrufru
Fri May 08, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NY Times Op-Ed On Closing LGA
Replies: 83
Views: 16742

RE: NY Times Op-Ed On Closing LGA

When I was a wee young pilot at American Eagle, I had a Captain that was adamant that they should shut down (or at the very least drastically downsize) <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (Glenn H Curtiss / North Beach / Municipal-La Guardia Field) (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>, <acr...

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by thrufru
Fri May 08, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country May Shutdown Says Chairman
Replies: 102
Views: 22527

RE: Sun Country May Shutdown Says Chairman

Sun Country has just shy of 20 737NG's. Even if the full fleet is leased, these aircraft are in high demand and the owners would have no problem dispersing them. I'd imagine Eastern would love to get their hands on a few, and I've heard that Miami Air is looking to add at least an additional <acrony...

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by thrufru
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Pay Global Entry Fee For Crew Members
Replies: 28
Views: 9084

RE: AA To Pay Global Entry Fee For Crew Members

Miami's crew lines in immigration are notorious for getting backed up. If you get stuck behind a foreign wide body crew, or heck even a US wide body crew (or 2 or 3) It can easily take 30 or 45 minutes. Conversely, this action might not be entirely as altruistic as it appears on it's face. Reducing ...

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by thrufru
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ B777 Pushed By Strong Winds, Hits Bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 23139

RE: SQ B777 Pushed By Strong Winds, Hits Bridge

I almost had something similar to this happen several years ago in <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym> during a severe winter storm. We had just blocked in (chocks and all) and the Agent was positioning the bridge towa...

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by thrufru
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots' Own Pre-flight Check List
Replies: 24
Views: 8672

RE: Pilots' Own Pre-flight Check List

At my airline, the pressurization panel on the 737 is part of the F/O's preflight flow (it's also an <acronym title="Mexicana Airlines (Mexico)">MX</acronym> procedure to ensure that the mode selector is in the correct position for flight if they've moved it). I do have my own technique, but I'm am ...

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by thrufru
Thu May 29, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI's ANZ Skycouch: Family Couch - Photos + Info
Replies: 14
Views: 11205

RE: CI's ANZ Skycouch: Family Couch - Photos + Info

The pattern looks like cherry blossoms.

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by thrufru
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Equipment Hits Plane At BWI
Replies: 53
Views: 13569

RE: Equipment Hits Plane At BWI

I'd say that old bird dog is headed for the scrAAp heAAp.

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by thrufru
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Deicing Truck Hits Plane At LGA
Replies: 4
Views: 12260

RE: Deicing Truck Hits Plane At LGA

And an American MD-80 was nailed by her tug in BWI. Looks like another bird for the scrAAp heAAp.

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by thrufru
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AE/Envoy MEC Reject AIP
Replies: 228
Views: 20227

RE: AE/Envoy MEC Reject AIP

In most instances a Union has absolutely no ability to procure jobs for displaced individuals at other properties. While Unions are often represented on hiring boards (as they are at my carrier) they don't necessarily have a tremendous deal of influence. We'll often network and do our best to assist...

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by thrufru
Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swedish Newspaper Reveals "the Truth About QR"
Replies: 162
Views: 40747

RE: Swedish Newspaper Reveals "the Truth About QR"

I flew on <acronym title="Qatar Airways">QR</acronym> several years ago. While the onboard staff was fantastic, the airline representatives in the terminal and at security were horrific. I was with 7 coworkers returning to the US. As was our company standard, we were traveling in uniform. The securi...

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by thrufru
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boarding The Wrong Plane
Replies: 40
Views: 15951

RE: Boarding The Wrong Plane

When I was first flying at a regional airline, I had a captain relay a similar incident to me. On an early morning departure, he and his F/O boarded what they thought was their plane and started the APU. When the F/O went out to do the walk around, he realized that not only was it the wrong plane, i...

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by thrufru
Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA, DL, UA And US Try To Stop Norwegian
Replies: 109
Views: 30858

AA, DL, UA And US Try To Stop Norwegian

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/VS11" class="quote" target="_blank">VS11</a> (<a href="#23" class="quote">Reply 23</a>):<br/><i>Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 22): Enough of these co...

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by thrufru
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Shuttle 788 Delays At FLL
Replies: 8
Views: 12131

RE: Norwegian Air Shuttle 788 Delays At FLL

I was in <acronym title="Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International (FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL</acronym> last Saturday awaiting a flight at the gate adjacent to the delayed 787. I have to say, those were the most relaxed, layed back and unconcerned group of air travelers I've ever seen who were...

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by thrufru
Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO And Their Pacific Network
Replies: 50
Views: 12054

RE: CO And Their Pacific Network

The security at PKWA was pretty lax in comparison. While through passengers did not disembark, there was no extraordinary security. 95% of the population was civilian. Most of the security sensitive installations were located on other islands around the atoll.

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by thrufru
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger Tweeting Inflight Feud
Replies: 55
Views: 16336

RE: Passenger Tweeting Inflight Feud

The woman's alleged behavior may have been upsetting and annoying to other passengers, but I doubt it was to "Elan". It would appear that he used this situation as an opportunity to bait this woman to provide fodder for his twitter feed. "Elan's" behavior is as intrusive and inconsiderate and does a...

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by thrufru
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In-flight Coffee / Quality Of Potable Water - Your Opinion?
Replies: 53
Views: 14448

RE: In-flight Coffee / Quality Of Potable Water - Your Opinion?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/srbmod" class="quote" target="_blank">srbmod</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>Some of us worked in the industry in the pas...

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by thrufru
Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In-flight Coffee / Quality Of Potable Water - Your Opinion?
Replies: 53
Views: 14448

RE: In-flight Coffee / Quality Of Potable Water - Your Opinion?

Why is it that people will accept the words of a few articles as the rule of law, but when offered counter evidence are entirely dismissive? I agree that much of the aforementioned "information" is alarmist. How many situations do we encounter on a daily basis that could prove detrimental to our wel...

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by thrufru
Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Fires Captain In LGA Nose First Landing
Replies: 119
Views: 35164

RE: WN Fires Captain In LGA Nose First Landing

I'm going to have to beg to differ with above stated comments on the role of Unions. Any pilot may file a grievance. The Union then takes possession of said grievance. It now becomes the property of the Union and they may pursue, settle, arbitrate or abandon as they see fit. Generally, the crew memb...

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by thrufru
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eagle Pilots Shows Why Stuck Mics Are No Fun
Replies: 24
Views: 22621

RE: Eagle Pilots Shows Why Stuck Mics Are No Fun

Oh come on... The whole thing was freakin' hilarious, from the Eagle guy stumbling over his words when alerted by the controller to the stuck mic, to the controller's sarcastic sign off. It was brilliant!

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by thrufru
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Falls Asleep At Controls Of VS A330
Replies: 55
Views: 28613

RE: Pilot Falls Asleep At Controls Of VS A330

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/anstar" class="quote" target="_blank">anstar</a> (<a href="#51" class="quote">Reply 51</a>):<br/><i>I believe most EU & US carriers have con...

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by thrufru
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Groundhugger
Replies: 51
Views: 20424

RE: 787 Groundhugger

I'm a little surprised nobody has made the 757 comment about the birds with the P&W engines... Long legs, big [email protected]@bs...

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by thrufru
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Boston
Replies: 175
Views: 26236

RE: Emirates Announces Boston

I can't imagine the Western European carriers or Delta are terribly concerned about an increase in seats across the Atlantic from Boston. Even though many people originating in Boston are not necessarily ending their travels in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Dublin or Rome, the vast majority that...

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by thrufru
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Groundhugger
Replies: 51
Views: 20424

RE: 787 Groundhugger

Actually, the changes made to the 737 to account for the lower ground clearance on the -200 was to the shape of the nacelle. It's a lot cheaper to modify that than it would be to lengthen the gear.

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by thrufru
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hiring First Officers
Replies: 53
Views: 13330

RE: WN Hiring First Officers

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Goldenshield" class="quote" target="_blank">Goldenshield</a> (<a href="#45" class="quote">Reply 45</a>):<br/><i>Weak argument again. In both cas...

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by thrufru
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hiring First Officers
Replies: 53
Views: 13330

RE: WN Hiring First Officers

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Goldenshield" class="quote" target="_blank">Goldenshield</a> (<a href="#42" class="quote">Reply 42</a>):<br/><i>That argument is pretty weak, be...

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by thrufru
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hiring First Officers
Replies: 53
Views: 13330

RE: WN Hiring First Officers

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/N1120A" class="quote" target="_blank">N1120A</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>It was basically 100% the employment of a co...

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by thrufru
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hiring First Officers
Replies: 53
Views: 13330

RE: WN Hiring First Officers

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/N1120A" class="quote" target="_blank">N1120A</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i><acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN...

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by thrufru
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hiring First Officers
Replies: 53
Views: 13330

RE: WN Hiring First Officers

The new rules can be found under <acronym title="Fargo - Hector International (FAR / KFAR), USA - North Dakota">FAR</acronym> 117. The idea being put forth that SWA needs to hire F/O's to account for the new requirements is somewhat surprising. Under current rules, a two man crew is limited to 8 hou...

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by thrufru
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines And Pilfered Silverware
Replies: 42
Views: 10822

RE: Airlines And Pilfered Silverware

In charter it's not unusual to receive catering on the branded china of the dominant carrier of the airport we're at. The problem is what to do with the items at the next station, particularly if it is not served by said carrier. I asked about this one time of one of our handlers. He said that the p...

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by thrufru
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest And ATA
Replies: 30
Views: 8373

RE: Southwest And ATA

The opposite of the L-1011 fleet is the case. ATA took Delta's -500's, not the other way around. The 100's and 200's had been cobbled together from multiple carriers over the years from the likes of LTU, TWA, Eastern, Delta and Court Lines. ATA also never flew 733's, only <acronym title="Lauda Air (...

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by thrufru
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Huge Charter From Ketchikan - Disabled Cruise Ship
Replies: 80
Views: 24763

RE: Huge Charter From Ketchikan - Disabled Cruise Ship

Just saw our flight schedules for the next few days. We have two aircraft and four crews scheduled to operate turns to both <acronym title="Vancouver - International (YVR / CYVR), Canada - British Columbia">YVR</acronym> and <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washin...

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by thrufru
Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Huge Charter From Ketchikan - Disabled Cruise Ship
Replies: 80
Views: 24763

RE: Huge Charter From Ketchikan - Disabled Cruise Ship

Somebody mentioned Flightaware above, and I can confirm that Miami Air sent an aircraft with multiple crews for this mission. Fortunately, I'm on days off!

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by thrufru
Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights From US-Cuba Today.
Replies: 55
Views: 12763

RE: Flights From US-Cuba Today.

As someone who operates these flights on a fairly regular basis, I'll give you the low-down of how it works for us. I fly 737-800's primarily from <acronym title="Miami - International (Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field) (MIA / KMIA), USA - Florida">MIA</acronym> to about half a dozen ...

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by thrufru
Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Express CRJ's Still In Grey Colors?!
Replies: 33
Views: 8685

RE: United Express CRJ's Still In Grey Colors?!

Personally, I think the best livery United has had in the past 40 years was the one in the early eighties with the three big stripes and the tulip on the tail.

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by thrufru
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways Wont Re-bid Montana
Replies: 13
Views: 6658

RE: Silver Airways Wont Re-bid Montana

1 or 2 passengers per flight doesn't seem like a place that needs any air service.

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by thrufru
Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilot Punched In Face By Drunk Passenger
Replies: 88
Views: 19518

RE: United Pilot Punched In Face By Drunk Passenger

Ha! My friends (pilots at regional, legacy and a few gulf carriers) and I have discussed this ad infinitum. Every single one is in agreement that the behavior of the pilot shown in the video was completely inappropriate and unprofessional and deserved a trip to his Chief Pilot's office. As crew memb...

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by thrufru
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Cargo First 747-8F
Replies: 58
Views: 26629

RE: Etihad Cargo First 747-8F

The plane is painted and flying. A friend of mine flew it the other day and posted pictures on Facebook. She looks great.

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by thrufru
Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scariest 747 Landing Ever - Video..gotta Love It!
Replies: 98
Views: 44815

RE: Scariest 747 Landing Ever - Video..gotta Love It!

Not only would I categorically state that this was not a <acronym title="Bossier City (Shreveport) - Barksdale AFB (BAD / KBAD), USA - Louisiana">BAD</acronym> landing, but in the annals of aviation, I would go so far as to say that this was a GREAT landing! Come on people, have you all forgotten on...

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by thrufru
Sun May 12, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Self Contained Air Stairs
Replies: 85
Views: 23274

RE: Self Contained Air Stairs

To answer the initial poster's question, yes there are new aircraft around with self-contained airstairs. Miami Air has them and we frequently use them on our 737-800's. However... They are not the preferred method of boarding/deplaning. The stairs, while self-lit and extremely sturdy, can be kind o...

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by thrufru
Sat May 11, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake Pilot On The Run
Replies: 13
Views: 11877

RE: Fake Pilot On The Run

I've gotta say, I think this whole thing is a little strange. I probably wouldn't call him a "Fake Pilot", so much as an uncredentialed pilot, either. Regardless, it serms that the company that hired him and placed him at Afriqiyah might have been somewhat lax themselves.

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by thrufru
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overweight Passenger Kicked Out Of Plane
Replies: 39
Views: 12381

RE: Overweight Passenger Kicked Out Of Plane

Conversely, what if you're in the middle seat sandwiched between two guys with exceedingly broad shoulders. That's happened to me a few times and it's no better. Should those guys have to buy two seats, too?

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by thrufru
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refused To Turn Off Electronics/kicked Off Plane
Replies: 73
Views: 15578

RE: Refused To Turn Off Electronics/kicked Off Plane

Jeeze Louise! I love these topics. They're generally really funny with people getting all worked up over a bit of foolishness. As an academic discussion, one can postulate as much as they'd like, but commenting on the perceived behavior of any party involved in an actual event (unless of course you ...

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by thrufru
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could The Pilots Have Saved JL 123?
Replies: 64
Views: 29195

RE: Could The Pilots Have Saved JL 123?

The FedEx pilot. Ha! Funny. I got into a discussion about redundant systems with some coworkers recently, too. It morphed into a discussion about the <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> crash at <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acron...

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by thrufru
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overweight Passenger Kicked Out Of Plane
Replies: 39
Views: 12381

RE: Overweight Passenger Kicked Out Of Plane

It sounds like it was poorly handled, but vfw614 also hit the nail in the head.

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by thrufru
Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Was The L1011 So Popular With Pilots
Replies: 156
Views: 43526

RE: Why Was The L1011 So Popular With Pilots

Well, I never flew one as a pilot, only an F/A. I was on them for three years and loved it. I still spent a lot of time in the flight deck, though. Ding ding, is Dan there? Send him back, please.

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by thrufru
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane
Replies: 27
Views: 14188

RE: Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane

Oh for goodness sake, just click off the freakin' automation and fly the damned plane.

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by thrufru
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Airs Dirty Laundry
Replies: 69
Views: 21774

RE: UA Airs Dirty Laundry

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/ThePinnacleKid" class="quote" target="_blank">ThePinnacleKid</a> (<a href="#14" class="quote">Reply 14</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> U...

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by thrufru
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Early Memory Of Commercial Jets
Replies: 24
Views: 4462

RE: Your Early Memory Of Commercial Jets

I grew up on the island of Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands, PKWA. The runway takes up well over a third of the island. When I was very little, my dad would put me on his bike and take me to see the Saturn DC-8's and Air Force C-141's. As I got older, my friends and I would ride down ourselves and...

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