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by wjcandee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 28
Views: 4294

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

XLA: Interesting photo, and the caption does say it's a Combi. If they ever did it, they wouldn't be able to do it now, at least in the US. Certainly under present US rules you couldn't certify putting pax seats in front of a bunch of pallets without a rigid protective barrier and other stuff... Wor...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A few Delta fleet questions.
Replies: 135
Views: 12031

Re: A few Delta fleet questions.

I found at least 4 companies that MRO THE v2500-D5 and one is in Connecticut. Why go all the way to New Zealand Because finding old web pages by Googling things doesn't actually tell you what the current web site says. And just because a company does some work on that version of the v2500 doesn't m...

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

1487 did another air test @ TLV late this evening (very unusual to see a test flight going out after dark!). Delivery to KPSM scheduled for tomorrow morning however my source at Bedek advises the aircraft suffers from pressurization problems which might hold the delivery a bit longer than expected....

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by wjcandee
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Thanks, Yochai!!!

It's nice to be able to breathe.

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by wjcandee
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 236
Views: 36776

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

N765CK, formerly Gulf Air and Transaero, finished conversion at the IAI/Bedek MexicanaMRO line at MEX on 10/6/18 and flew to DTW then OSC. Took 3.66 months to convert, the fastest for the IAI/Bedek line at MEX to date. LN440. 26 years old. I am not sure what the next 767-300 going to that line will ...

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by wjcandee
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N1487A is the final Altas/Titan/Andromeda 767-300 conversion relating to the Amazon assignment. It has been at TLV since 12/5/18. It did a 2.5-hour test flight on Saturday 10/6/18, so seems to be getting close to completion. Also on Saturday, 10/6/18, IAI/Bedek/MexicanaMRO completed conversion of N7...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2018
Replies: 808
Views: 118022

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2018

There should be 2 764s in the next few days going to ILN for storage. N830MH and N841MH. One of these may end up being the prototype for the D1 suites. Interesting. I know that some DL 764s have had maintenance done at ILN in the past several months. Will these be worked on while there, or is it pu...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2018
Replies: 808
Views: 118022

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2018

There should be 2 764s in the next few days going to ILN for storage. N830MH and N841MH. One of these may end up being the prototype for the D1 suites. Interesting. I know that some DL 764s have had maintenance done at ILN in the past several months. Will these be worked on while there, or is it pu...

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

BTV: Re PEMCO: I think this is the kind of thing that we will see with Omni. That is, ATSG basically left PEMCO's existing business and operation intact, but has started to make investments in things like the upcoming A321 cargo conversion, which would be engineered by outsiders but converted at PEM...

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

So ATSG bought Omni today. Omni at one time flew both freight and passengers, but for a long time has flown only passengers. A major component of their business is AMC work, on 767s and 777s. They have 3 777s, and some 767-300s and 767-200s. Omni is privately-owned and their pilots are represented b...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake
Replies: 21
Views: 7113

Re: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake

Kudos the the UAL crew for having the situational awareness to reject. It was far more situational awareness than the controller in question, who after making his mistake, tries to immediately launch the aircraft in question. Hot brakes maybe? Checklists maybe? Re-set performance numbers maybe? You...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake
Replies: 21
Views: 7113

Re: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake

Some good lessons here (which as a Captain I always try to consider when I read these things) Back when I used to read the wonderful blog from the humble yet uber-experienced line pilot from America West, I appreciated how he described things that years of experience made him do automatically in or...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake
Replies: 21
Views: 7113

Re: Pilots avoid collision at IAD after controller mistake

These kind of situations is what makes me apprehensive about going to a more text based system with ATC...audio has plenty of issues, but it at least allows everyone to be on the same page. Yeah, but this tape also shows that with the current (idiotic in 2018) half-duplex communication system, the ...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

A friend who works for ABX just posted on Facebook to about a "Prime return" and suggested noisy nights ahead for ILN. Don't call it a comeback? I would be interested to see the details. Given how much business ABX has lost, in part because of the expense of their work rules and competiti...

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

fify wrote:
wjcandee wrote:
PS: How is 369AA coming along?

Conversion is ready but still some other works to finish.


Thank you! Good to know!

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 236
Views: 36776

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

Seems like FedEx is not getting B763ERF fast enough, they have re-activated an old A310-324F from storage. Airbus A310‑324(F) MSN 449 N809FD FedEx Flew 26-27 Sept. 2018 VCV-ANC-NRT on return to svc ex F-OHPV https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/Airbus/A310/N809FD-Federal-Express/RNRh73 A PanAm 32...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 717 Being Scrapped
Replies: 31
Views: 8744

Re: First 717 Being Scrapped

I remember from several years ago in discussions regarding the DC10 that many parts at Douglas were custom-drilled and therefore not easily-transferable from one aircraft to another. I'm a little hazy on this. Anyone understand what I'm saying, and is that correct? Was this handled differently on th...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 236
Views: 36776

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

The PW engines on the BCC-leased China 767s make them less-desireable as conversions, but the fact is that in a time of shortage of feedstock, they will be picked up. CAM has tried to stick with GEs on the 767-300s (with the exception of 3 aircraft currently at ABX Air), but Atlas seems less-concern...

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by wjcandee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

CX: I have a fleet list but I did kind of a half-assed job of recording when each entered. However, planespotters.net actually has most of the 767-300s listed under Amazon Prime Air, along with dates they finished conversion, which is kind of a proxy for when they entered, although Atlas often keeps...

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Space: One thing I found interesting. CAM actually believes that there is a significant market, particularly-abroad, for leasing of 762s. Obviously, because of the age and capabilities of these aircraft, they can lease for a good deal less than the 767-300s. However, it is apparently worth taking so...

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Space: I think you are right here. Some nitwit analyst asked about the UA fleet at the ATSG conference call, and all Hete mentioned was that they had PW engines, not that they were ragged-out, high-time birds. I think he was trying to be nice. Probably a lot of eye-rolling in the room. Mine were. Bu...

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

CM: That's all very interesting! It will be interesting to see where these 2 go. Also interesting to see when they decide to move 830WE into conversion. I am also interested to see when in 2019 the next AA aircraft will be retired, because AA is plainly the supplier of choice these days for 767 conv...

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by wjcandee
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Centurion has surrendered its AOC
Replies: 22
Views: 5135

Re: Centurion has surrendered its AOC

Amerijet, primarily.

Skylease now has 2 747s and 2 MD11s it is flying. Each is flying 5-6 days/week the past couple of months. They did a quick coupla US government relief flights recently in addition to the other stuff they are flying, which is basically CONUS-Asia and MIA-South/Central America.

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure
Replies: 133
Views: 22718

Re: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure

Never heard anyone say it was an emergency You're better than this, Zeke. Really. Nothing would indicate it was an emergency, crew did not declare one, fuel state was fine. Well...just for the sake of the record, I considered the following when arriving at my loose characterization of the situation...

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure
Replies: 133
Views: 22718

Re: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure

zeke wrote:
Never heard anyone say it was an emergency


You're better than this, Zeke. Really.

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure
Replies: 133
Views: 22718

Re: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure

Let's see what additional info comes out. The crew did a good job of responding to the emergency, but I'm curious what led to it on the crew side (if anything) as well as on the maintenance/airline side. I wonder what if anything was downloaded from CVR/FDR by the US authorities. If nothing, then I...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure
Replies: 133
Views: 22718

Re: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure

Let's see what additional info comes out. The crew did a good job of responding to the emergency, but I'm curious what led to it on the crew side (if anything) as well as on the maintenance/airline side. I wonder what if anything was downloaded from CVR/FDR by the US authorities. If nothing, then I ...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Thanks for the info, everyone!!! Very interesting. Glad I asked. And, for what it's worth, here's what the USPS says about Parcel Select on its website: "“Parcel Select” is the registered trademark name for the Postal Service’s economical ground delivery service for packages entered in bulk, in...

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by wjcandee
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Anywhere Amazon isn't flying themselves, they are utilizing FX and 5X. FedEx alone has multiple widebodies connecting HNL to the mainland every day - MD11s and 777s. Those planes are full of USPS and Amazon volume. For Hawaii, I believe that they use other air carriers beyond Amazon Air, FX and 5X....

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by wjcandee
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 33
Views: 4315

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

I have to submit urine samples for drug testing a few times a year... it's a long story. I'm in Wisconsin and the samples get sent to a lab in North Carolina for analysis. Sometimes, the results are in my inbox with 24 hours. I've always wondered how they got there so fast. I know that FedEx does t...

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by wjcandee
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

wjcandee wrote:
FIFY: So interesting! Thank you for the knowledgeable, detailed information!


PS: How is 369AA coming along?

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

FIFY: So interesting! Thank you for the knowledgeable, detailed information!

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I am curious about the economics of Prime and Hawaii. Does Amazon use marine shipping to maintain stock somewhere in Hawaii? What is the availability of cargo space on planes inter island? Marine shipping can be pretty expensive. I understand some but not all items are available via Prime. Walmart ...

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Can’t wait to fly it. I’m sure it’s a peach like all the other ones. /s I got a good giggle from that, Whip! You mean they're not the same as factory-fresh? I'm sure that the Garuda/AirTours/MyTravel pedigree of the thing had nothing to do with why it was in maintenance/conversion for 9.5 months......

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Amazon resumed operating CVG-PDX-CVG yesterday, nice to see that destination on the route map! Good catch! You know, I think the earlier incarnation of this flight was CVG-PDX-SEA-CVG, to account for directionality in the traffic during the time it was flying. I wonder what changed that they would ...

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N1487A finally pushed out of the hangar in TLV early this afternoon and performed a high power engine run up prior to a test flight in the coming days. Can’t wait to fly it. I’m sure it’s a peach like all the other ones. /s I got a good giggle from that, Whip! You mean they're not the same as facto...

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

yochai wrote:
N1487A finally pushed out of the hangar in TLV early this afternoon and performed a high power engine run up prior to a test flight in the coming days.


Woo-hoo! I had been looking for a test flight. Glad it's finally going to happen! Thanks for keeping us updated, Yochai!

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta seeks partner for its Trainer refinery
Replies: 26
Views: 933

Re: Delta Shopping Trainer

Pre-Trainer, crack spread on Jet A was insane; the refiners were gouging and there was nothing anyone could do. Regardless of input oil price, the crack spread was a big issue. Trainer broke the back on the crack spread and kept it down. Yes, it benefited everyone. But at the end of the day, if you ...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN 124 at McConnell AFB yesterday. Reason transporting fuselage for Spirit?
Replies: 14
Views: 3962

Re: AN 124 at McConnell AFB yesterday. Reason transporting fuselage for Spirit?

So the AN124 went to SFO. Any ideas now about what it was for?

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by wjcandee
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue E190 wing spar issues
Replies: 37
Views: 7796

Re: JetBlue E190 wing spar issues (unconfirmed)

B6JFK: Great insights and explanation -- in the best traditions of A.net!

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by wjcandee
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 16405

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

Just a point: they keep saying "uncontained" engine failure. If stuff comes out the tailpipe, it isn't "uncontained", it's just debris. Surprisingly, we haven't seen any "we're gonna die!!!" Twitter videos or photos out the window. This suggests, at least, that the desc...

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by wjcandee
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I was pleased to see that Amazon has maintained two flights a week on their own metal (Atlas) between ONT and HNL. You probably already know that a good chunk of Hawaii Amazon packages flow on other carriers. I believe that the daily Aloha Cargo flight (flown by ATI for now) between LAX and HNL, for...

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 30159

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

DL knew that it would be a long hard slog to dominance in NY, and that it was going to take significant investment (including short-term losses) to get there. AA's merger with US opened the door, and DL dove in. Hard. They fortunately had the financial stability elsewhere to absorb the hit they knew...

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 559
Views: 64300

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

353AZ ferried to GYR a little over a week ago. Normally, that's where ATSG has its aircraft painted (as well as other Dean Baldwin locations). Touch-up? New paint scheme? Something else? (MRO is usually done on these CAM-owned aircraft at KILN.) 353 was damaged in ONT and went to GYR for structural...

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by wjcandee
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Confirms 767 Retirement Date
Replies: 83
Views: 15878

Re: American Airlines Confirms 767 Retirement Date

Still one of the most comfortable planes to fly on as a passenger. Just not on AA. But for the Points Guy to talk about them being crap aircraft is just horribly misinformed and/or shortsighted. Also shows how DL's mission to provide a consistent brand experience reduces the desire of all but the mo...

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by wjcandee
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange noise coming from a Boeing 777-200 during flight?
Replies: 25
Views: 7252

Re: Strange noise coming from a Boeing 777-200 during flight?

if the aircraft encounter a quick rise in headwind, which lowers the cruise speed by a few knots, the autopilot/autothrust system might increase the fan speed to 95% N1 speed for a short period of time until the aircraft reaches the selected cruise speed again "Cruise speed" is usually me...

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by wjcandee
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 NCAA Football Charters
Replies: 86
Views: 5785

Re: 2018 NCAA Football Charters

Look like Allegiant has a little more aircraft/crew availability to do charters this year, what with their pilots' contract being signed and crews being available (they overstaffed a little when bringing the A320-series aboard apace so that they could run people through the Schoolhouse). They were a...

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by wjcandee
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff
Replies: 59
Views: 12196

Re: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff

It's a screwup by one FA, probably reading from the wrong section of the manual. It is plainly NOT a new policy by DL that pax should keep the shades down for takeoff and landing. In fact, the opposite is the preference, but usually not requested. It plainly IS a standard DL request now to put the s...

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by wjcandee
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018
Replies: 72
Views: 8478

Re: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018

BlueberryWheats wrote:
Wiggy... listen here, the MD11 and DC10 are dead as PAX aircraft. No-one is flying them hauling passengers. I believe this has been stated a few times in this thread.


Then why bother repeating it?

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by wjcandee
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018
Replies: 72
Views: 8478

Re: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018

I am so sorry fellow moderators and bloggers but even though I am an aviation enthusiast I will never create another thread or forum page Hadleigh PLEASE don't let the obnoxious sanctimonious people on here get to you. Create any thread you want, after doing some research in good faith. Many people...

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