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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Minimum Runway Length Requirement
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Minimum Runway Length Requirement

I don't know anyone who uses minimums for planning purposes. They all want a healthy safety margin. It also makes a difference if it's landing or taking off, maximum load or empty.

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 88
Views: 10249

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA

Don’t forget, UA had dedicated cargo 720s and DC8s flying around until the mid 70s or so. One even made a daily appearance in FWA on its way to somewhere else. Whether you think it was short-sighted or not, they got out of the cargo-only operation. I would speculate there was a convergence of sever...

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by exFWAOONW
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 88
Views: 10249

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA

Don’t forget, UA had dedicated cargo 720s and DC8s flying around until the mid 70s or so. One even made a daily appearance in FWA on its way to somewhere else. Whether you think it was short-sighted or not, they got out of the cargo-only operation. I would speculate there was a convergence of severa...

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by exFWAOONW
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 8180

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

I've seen far worse outfits, not classy, but then a lot of people would not be allowed to fly. The plane was certainly overbooked and they needed a justification to disembark someone. If so, why did they let her re-board (covered by a blanket)? AA owes her more than an apology. Forcing her to take ...

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11633

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Aesma,
What law are you talking about. There is no law requiring sanctions. It is a matter of immediate survival. Did Iran threaten to nuke your country?

As for an aviation tax, go ahead, keep shooting your foot. It’ll stop hurting you, eventually.

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren't PA CRAF B747s Used as Combis?
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

Re: Why weren't PA CRAF B747s Used as Combis?

It takes more than moving seats to convert a pax aircraft into a combi. How do you load freight on the main deck? A combi has to have the floor reinforced more than a pax aircraft. It’s not something you can do in a day or two. Are you sure PA hauled freight on their CRAF duty? NWA also rented out t...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 23198

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

Plant a few trees next to the airport. Call it a day. That will have bigger impact than any of the pablum regurgitated here.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi
Replies: 54
Views: 7896

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi

As for free wifi, the key is in execution. Free wifi for the entire plane or just certain passengers (first, business, elites)? Will there be speed or data caps? Will AA commit to provide power ports fleetwide, to support devices using wifi? Delta leads, AA follows. American's entire strategy summe...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Silly Time - GE9X on a 748X
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Silly Time - GE9X on a 748X

Twins also need more rudder to handle engine-out asymmetrical thrust than a quad.

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by exFWAOONW
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are the city pairs that the anticipated NMA will open up?
Replies: 15
Views: 4194

Re: What are the city pairs that the anticipated NMA will open up?

I have to ask. How do you know it has limited hot-high performance? This plane isn’t even on the drawing board.

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Future of Boeing
Replies: 35
Views: 2366

Re: The Future of Boeing

Short term, yeah, it ain’t pretty. Long term, they will “sacrifice” a head or two to appease, and things will get back on track. BTW commercial aircraft is only one part of Boeing, the military and space divisions should be unfazed by all this.

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 23158

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

CB I would opine it was exactly the opposite. Airlines were operating state of the art IT systems to book reservations. UA even had a computer system for air freight in the 70s. They don’t come cheap. Back in the 90s, I was told, it cost my employer one cent every time the enter/transmit key was pre...

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New EWR Airtrain, New LGA AIRTRAIN, New EWR Terminal 2
Replies: 10
Views: 2374

Re: New EWR Airtrain, New LGA AIRTRAIN, New EWR Terminal 2

If they really want to make a statement, they should have airtrain connect all three major airports. (I know, not in my lifetime.)

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Continental Holdings changing name to United Airlines Holdings
Replies: 44
Views: 5738

Re: United Continental Holdings changing name to United Airlines Holdings

Legally, CO was the surviving entity. Funny how these things work. In California, legally, United Airlines first registered to do business with the state... as People's Express! (which was adsorbed into CO, which was absorbed into UA). https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/Document/RetrievePDF?Id=01249...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR T3 high-tech baggage system (video)
Replies: 1
Views: 741

Re: LHR T3 high-tech baggage system (video)

Too bad that video is short and lacks details. It could have been very interesting.

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens to the broken parts on aircraft after accident investigation is done?
Replies: 28
Views: 3916

Re: What happens to the broken parts on aircraft after accident investigation is done?

Did the NTSB compensate TWA? The plane, and presumably, its wreckage belonged to them, or is it a case of salvage rights?

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements
Replies: 26
Views: 3297

Re: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements

The playback mode the OP refers to is something needed at locations with low ceilings or poor acoustics. With low ceilings the speakers are close enough to the agent with the microphone that feedback is a real problem. Playback eliminates the feedback. It also helps some non public speakers if they ...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Prevalence of Ground Electric Power Supply
Replies: 10
Views: 1976

Re: Prevalence of Ground Electric Power Supply

I always looked at the flight release for the outbound flight prior to the inbound arrival to see if tha APU was inop. It was a real pita to find out the a/c had no APU at the gate, as the ground power cart was stored way over in the cargo building. We didn’t have an air start cart, but we could bor...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10428

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

There will be some controversy with this move. Ali refused to serve his country, that will not sit well with veterans. Being a great boxer will not make up for that.
On the other side of this, won't the Standiford family be upset by this?

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by exFWAOONW
Thu May 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 105
Views: 13434

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

My best guess as to what happened here, is their PNR got divided out when the name change was made--that's common. Then, prior to departure, there was an aircraft swap (sounds like probably downgrade of equipment), and when the seat reaccomodation tool was one, it viewed the PNRs as all separate. I...

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by exFWAOONW
Sat May 18, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 19476

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

Pepsi tastes better than coke, even when flat. Mountain Dew is way better than mellow yellow. Seriously, why did they skip the dew?

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by exFWAOONW
Sat May 18, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 5058

Re: WN and DFW

A somewhat related question. In LA we have WN at ONT, BUR, LGB, SNA, and LAX. That's the big international airport. Why isn't WN also at ORD or DFW in addition to MDW and DAL? What is different about LA? Are they avoiding a bloodbath at the other two because they just didn't enter quickly enough? T...

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by exFWAOONW
Fri May 10, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Solution for drones over airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 4012

Re: Solution for drones over airports?

The solution is basically jamming equipment and counter measures. Law shold be simple - flew on Airport Restriction Zone = Drone shot down. This is the only way to stop this. I do not see really idiots/kids/morons flying them - I see at present covert environment activists behind all these drone ac...

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by exFWAOONW
Tue May 07, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost
Replies: 85
Views: 11964

Re: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost

Why do you think financing a new runway would be “harder” at Heathrow? Demand is higher there driving higher landing fees able to repay loans faster.

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by exFWAOONW
Sat May 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost
Replies: 85
Views: 11964

Re: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost

All this hand-wringing over guilt from a perception that we have it a little easier than someone else is a waste of time/energy. Have any of those complaining about the noise stood near a runway when 707s or DC8s took off? Things are a lot quieter around airports, so yes, we have changed our ways. W...

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by exFWAOONW
Sat May 04, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 41913

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

Why would they attempt to land with a gusting tailwind? A big gust at the flare and a lot of runway is behind you.

One more link in the chain of events/Decisions that add up to a bad result.

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by exFWAOONW
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?
Replies: 30
Views: 2729

Re: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?

Boeing hasn’t been the same since McDonnell Douglas bought them with their own money. These are the the same managers that made the MD11 a short-lived plane by not updating the wing to save a couple of dollars. I won’t shed a tear to see them depart.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLE prior to UA hub closure
Replies: 32
Views: 4023

Re: CLE prior to UA hub closure

Back in the 70s UA flew DC10s to TPA and I think MCO. I was on a CLE TPA flight with less than 100 pax. It was impossible to lift your head from the seat back for the first three minutes of that flight.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes
Replies: 55
Views: 5347

Re: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes

Battery technology still has a long way to go in energy density before it can replace petroleum. A battery charged, or not, is a serious weight penalty to overcome.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where have all the planes gone at JFK?
Replies: 24
Views: 8067

Re: Where have all the planes gone at JFK?

zuckie13 wrote:
ptwings wrote:
......I guess JAL must've paid the bribe to not get removed from the "Globe" view.

I think you’re onto the real reason. Google didn’t want to provide “free advertising “ for everyone. Why else would they expend time and resources to remove all those items from their imagery?

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL in the USA...where can I see?
Replies: 36
Views: 3597

Re: DHL in the USA...where can I see?

Since no one has mentioned this, I will. Where you won’t find a DHL plane is any city within a couple hours drive time from CVG. (Unless it is part of a multi-hop flight going further away). No need to fly an expensive a/c when a truck can do the job.

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'
Replies: 114
Views: 20048

Re: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'

Will the F/A hand out Preparation H ?

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by exFWAOONW
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Southwest prefer one lav in fron and one lav in back?
Replies: 21
Views: 4203

Re: Why does Southwest prefer one lav in fron and one lav in back?

And here all this time I thought they one lav front and one back so you didn't have to hurdle the drink cart every time.

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)
Replies: 53
Views: 6360

Re: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)

I had a captain tell me DC9 was so good, he could dial the stab setting around 100 knots until he felt the nose lift and he was well withing the envelope. Fortunately, I never had to find out the hard way if he was right or not. I was the trainer on manual W&B and could whip out a narrow body in...

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387215

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

The moment the picture got published of the first officer all the rumors started on every aviation related site. His mistakes led to the crash. He sued his employer. He had pilots at his old airline that hated him. You people spreading this racism should be ashamed of yourselves. How are observatio...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of asphalt on taxi-ways and runways?
Replies: 14
Views: 2730

Re: Use of asphalt on taxi-ways and runways?

Asphalt isn’t good for ramps because in warm weather having an airplane roll over the same spot repeatedly (think parking line at a gate) the asphalt will ‘flow’ over time creating ruts. Understand that asphalt is stone and sand held together by a frozen liquid. As you get closer to it’s melting poi...

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by exFWAOONW
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6136

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

Given a long enough flight, sometimes we can knock out an entire Shakespearean play, or at least the first few acts. You can tell, if the captain disembarks dressed like Caesar. You can tell the flight went badly if he's still wearing the knife. Sometimes we resort to making ATC calls in iambic pen...

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by exFWAOONW
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 43140

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

mtnwest1979 wrote:
All of these "I can't find a connection from XYZ to HNL" …. are not the pax that WN is catering to for these services. Get over it, Anyway, how many folks in BNA or IND are heading to HI anyway??

I just took my eighth trip to the islands. What is your point, again?

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines regrets booting mother, baby
Replies: 10
Views: 1715

Re: American Airlines regrets booting mother, baby

The day is coming when pax will be boarded naked (with no carry-on) and immediately sedated for the flight. Only then will flight crews feel safe flying the public, and these incidents will be a thing of the past. :butthead:

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by exFWAOONW
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ
Replies: 98
Views: 14002

Re: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ

The FFA could install a scale near the end of the runway, they could easily audit a/c take off weights on an industrial scale. The installation could come complete with a large display so the pilots could confirm their w/b paperwork prior to lining up. If the numbers aren’t close, they can pull out ...

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by exFWAOONW
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22135

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

Whenever statistics are analyzed, a list is generated. Inevitably someone has to be at the bottom of the list. Being at the bottom of a "safety list" doesn't mean it is unsafe, just sightly less safe. How many digits to the left of decimal place do you have to go to differentiate the recor...

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde economics vs. 787/A330/777/A321LR
Replies: 56
Views: 10505

Re: Concorde economics vs. 787/A330/777/A321LR

IIRC, one of the reasons Boeing dialed back on the 2707 was availability of Titanium to reinforce some of those hot parts. (couldn't/didn't want to buy from the USSR)

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines flight HNL-JFK diverts after FA dies mid flight
Replies: 23
Views: 12791

Re: Hawaiian Airlines flight HNL-JFK diverts after FA dies mid flight

Sounds like he died doing what he loved, if he was still there after so many years. He also had a headstart on his trip to heaven.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 14661

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

It's lawsuits like this that will end up with every passenger naked and sedated prior to loading onto the A/C.

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by exFWAOONW
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR halts arrivals temporarily due to drone sightings
Replies: 18
Views: 4081

Re: EWR halts arrivals temporarily due to drone sightings

Just another Christmas present that they will be bored with quickly. Problem may solve itself without any intervention/intrusion by government.

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by exFWAOONW
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Security issue - deplaning pax ?
Replies: 20
Views: 2940

Re: Security issue - deplaning pax ?

Didn't they do a couple of PA announcements before closing the door? I know no-one listens during boarding, but it might reduce (not eliminate) that problem.

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by exFWAOONW
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA FAIL at ATL: Delta Passenger Boards Flight With Gun
Replies: 63
Views: 8059

Re: TSA FAIL at ATL: Delta Passenger Boards Flight With Gun

caliboy93 wrote:
This is why the shutdown must end - real life consequences for so many people.

Opening government won't "Fix" this.

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