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by wilcharl
Sat May 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 45429

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

And pilots were making rumors about FL getting 757s with ETOPS including a fake "memo" regarding them when I was working for them in 1999.. I would bet my chips on the opposite of any pilot group scuttlebutt!

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by wilcharl
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 195
Views: 23058

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

20 years ago I was a ramp agent. My first day on the job I was told that $100 bucks gets you a holiday off. That's $150.00 in todays money. We called them "drug deals" on the ramp Senior people would "sell" their weekends/holidays to junior people

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by wilcharl
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the US ever have another mega carrier ?
Replies: 39
Views: 8085

Re: Will the US ever have another mega carrier ?

Somethings to note: 1) Southwest carried more pax in 2017 then United. With only American and Delta flying more pax. In addition to give you the idea of the size of the "Mega" carriers Southwest carried pax then every other non "mega" carrier COMBINED (Alaska JetBlue Spirit Front...

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by wilcharl
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 831
Views: 187437

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

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Proudly Lockheed


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Proudly Convair

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by wilcharl
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL and AA Shuttles - How Long Until The "Shuttle" Brand is Retired?
Replies: 15
Views: 4514

Re: DL and AA Shuttles - How Long Until The "Shuttle" Brand is Retired?

As someone who lives in Northern Virginia, and who spent 15 years working at the airport I think regardless of airline, branding , equipment, RJ or mainline, or scheduling it will always be called "the shuttle"

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by wilcharl
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any ramp agents on here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1927

Re: Any ramp agents on here?

Started my aviation career 18 years ago as a ramp agent. Worked my way up the ladder after college and grad school, found that the best managers directors and leaders at the top had done time on the ramp. Lessons I learned as a ramp agent no amount of school books could teach

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by wilcharl
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD
Replies: 83
Views: 11886

Re: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD

My gut and just my thought as someone that has vacationed at Hilton Head annually since 1982, and flown there either to HXD/HHH or SAV every year since 2002: 1) The flights tend to go out full from HIlton Head. Full of Golf Clubs, Full of people with $$$$ and Full of people who don't want to drive t...

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by wilcharl
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD
Replies: 83
Views: 11886

Re: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD

Hilton Head Island IATA code is HHH. Could mods please change the title? The ICAO code is KHXD along with the FAA Location Identifier... One of the few airports that has separate codes. Anyways.... I always thought the NIMBYs did not want jet traffic or the runway increased due to "noise"...

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by wilcharl
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: An Airline With No Carry-Ons Allowed
Replies: 27
Views: 3025

Re: An Airline With No Carry-Ons Allowed

I would fly it in a heartbeat. I was flying weekly Dulles to Atlanta, and my favorite was when Frontier flew it because they charged for carry-on bags. Boarding went so much quicker, deplaning was also really fast. The worst was Delta who allowed everything in and it was gate checked bags, pax compl...

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by wilcharl
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father
Replies: 104
Views: 14931

Re: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father

I believe in general, people in authority, be it a gate agent, F/A or anyone that has power over others can benefit from de-escalation training and often times things are made worse by the tone/demeanor of the person in authority. That said, I wasn't there but by her own account, she was out of her ...

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by wilcharl
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father
Replies: 104
Views: 14931

Re: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father

I don't like to Monday morning quarterback anything that I was not directly involved in but here I go doing it anyways: Lets eliminate the dying loved one from the scenario. Lets also eliminate that some folks have a bias against Allegiant (wonder if they ever even flew them BTW they don't charge $1...

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by wilcharl
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ramper rides in cargo bin of Mesa flight
Replies: 25
Views: 6682

Re: Ramper rides in cargo bin of Mesa flight

How does it happen? Short answer as another poster said, they didn't dangle their feet out the door which was always standard practice many of moons ago when I worked on the ramp. But long answer is you have human factors issues which I could write a novel about but some big ones * Working "non...

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by wilcharl
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6G 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture
Replies: 117
Views: 29797

Re: 6G 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture

Can we type out Go2Sky instead of 6G at least in the subject... Sorry I don't keep my IATA codes open when I am looking at subjects How is everyone going to know how darn smart you are, if you don't rattle off a couple IATA codes in every post? Good point... problem is that I'm getting older and I ...

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by wilcharl
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?
Replies: 22
Views: 5630

Re: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?

Glad to share.. let me know if you have any other questions about ops back then.. It was good times for a 21 year old aspiring aviation professional. I knew everything because I was going to college (sarcasm) Honestly I learned more working the ramp for AirTran then a masters degree in aeronautical ...

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by wilcharl
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6G 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture
Replies: 117
Views: 29797

Re: 6G 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture

Last edited by SQ22 on 08 Dec 2016 18:23, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Aircraft was operated by 6G for DY Can we type out Go2Sky instead of 6G at least in the subject... Sorry I don't keep my IATA codes open when I am looking at subjects

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by wilcharl
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?
Replies: 22
Views: 5630

Re: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?

I think most airlines do it when they introduce a new fleet type. Being 21 years old and working the ramp for AirTran when a new fleet type came in was a lot of fun. Another thing with the 717 was the few times we did push backs (mostly power backs were done) we had to use a new tow bar. Our old bea...

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by wilcharl
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?
Replies: 22
Views: 5630

Re: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?

There was a Y coupler for the air start, there was a bowser to do hydraulic work, tires, (main and nose wheel) brakes... and some 717 specific tools

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by wilcharl
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?
Replies: 22
Views: 5630

Re: AirTran DC-9 To 717 Transition: Is It True?

Sorry for responding to a post from months ago... But I just found this and I was there when FL received the 717s and can shed some light on this. At the time in Atlanta we had two air start units One was an MA1A air force surplus unit and another was (I believe an ex Navy unit) Both were finicky at...

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by wilcharl
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA retires its last a/c built in the 1980's
Replies: 49
Views: 10213

Re: SWA retires its last a/c built in the 1980's

https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/N697SW Shows ship 697 still flying around. This is the same aircraft that TACA airlines landed on the levy in Louisiana years ago
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https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/N697SW Shows ship 697 still flying around. This is the same aircraft that TACA airlines landed on the levy in Louisiana years ago

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by wilcharl
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is it so difficult to ship air-cargo directly with a cargo carrier?
Replies: 35
Views: 5757

Re: What is it so difficult to directly ship air-cargo directly with a cargo carrier?

Many years ago when I was in airplane school, I took a course called Air Cargo Management. I remember an exam question to this day, we had to calculate the cost to ship reptiles from an airport in Africa to the UK via some obscure airport. The test was timed and after calculating the chargeable weig...

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by wilcharl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA Safety video
Replies: 14
Views: 2826

Re: New AA Safety video

Wow she lacks charisma !!!! and dull commentary

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by wilcharl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would it take to start a new US Airline
Replies: 31
Views: 4554

Re: What would it take to start a new US Airline

There is a very easy way to make a million dollars in the airline industry ! Its guaranteed to work!

1) Start your own airline with $1,000,000,000
2) Wait a year ... Your $1,000,000,000 will be gone and you will be left with $1,000,000

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by wilcharl
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Air thrashed in Washington Post article
Replies: 53
Views: 17875

Re: Allegiant Air thrashed in Washington Post article

When I read the article I felt like it was a flashback to my time at AirTran shortly after the ValuJet name change / merger. Some of the players are even the same. The Atlanta Journal was famous for running articles , AirTran formally known as ValuJet .... Nice to see the ValuJet reference again!!! ...

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by wilcharl
Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant: A320 to part-out?
Replies: 5
Views: 2642

Re: Allegiant: A320 to part-out?

Maybe your on to something and the registration number really is a sign of their future .. P a r T s :-)

I remember the days when people thought the MH on Delta's 767-400s were Mullins Holdings that was a good laugh

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by wilcharl
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline without uniforms for crew (hypothetical)
Replies: 15
Views: 3112

Re: Airline without uniforms for crew (hypothetical)

back in my airline days I know of one flight (I was a pax on it) where the captain showed up in jeans and a collared shirt and said to the FO "don't ask " Crew Scheduling junior manned him and we had no one to fly the flight.

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by wilcharl
Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA Method To Solve Overbooking Or What
Replies: 52
Views: 11689

RE: New AA Method To Solve Overbooking Or What

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/kalvado" class="quote" target="_blank">kalvado</a> (<a href="#37" class="quote">Reply 37</a>):<br/><i> Non-rev removal rant is nice.. but wrong....

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by wilcharl
Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA Method To Solve Overbooking Or What
Replies: 52
Views: 11689

RE: New AA Method To Solve Overbooking Or What

In working for the airlines and later as a passenger I have witnessed pax being removed from flights due to overbooking and then later the same or other pax cleared. I will give you an example : <acronym title="CityJet (Ireland)">WX</acronym> delays and flight was weight restricted, agent solicited ...

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by wilcharl
Wed May 11, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Twenty Years Today ValuJet 592
Replies: 19
Views: 7288

Twenty Years Today ValuJet 592

Surprised it has not come up in topic already today. Twenty years ago today, Critter 592 took the lives of 110. Three years later I found myself working for what became of ValuJet (AirTran) cutting my teeth in the industry. Remember the passengers and crew of Flight 592 today may God bless them and ...

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by wilcharl
Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300
Replies: 44
Views: 14279

RE: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Amiga500" class="quote" target="_blank">Amiga500</a> (<a href="#42" class="quote">Reply 42</a>):<br/><i>What do Boeing think they are at? Surely...

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by wilcharl
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300
Replies: 44
Views: 14279

RE: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300

Copter808

Very true... never thought of their responses like that...

Miles O'Brien was always my favorite ... He would always discuss being an aviation expert because he was a private pilot and flew his Cirrus SR22

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by wilcharl
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300
Replies: 44
Views: 14279

RE: CNN's New Low - MH370 Was An Airbus 737-300

Nothing new at all Lets see in the 18 years I have been in the industry, some of the finest news broadcasts: An "expert" who was unvetted and brought on the air saying that Alaska Airlines Flt 261 was brought down by the aliens Colgan 3407 was perhaps caused by the pilot not using carb heat "Boeing ...

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by wilcharl
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Missiles Found On Air Serbia Plane
Replies: 51
Views: 21486

RE: US Missiles Found On Air Serbia Plane

I figured they would be <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> missiles ... now did these come from LUS or LAA? Now are they Anti Aircraft or American Airlines. In case you can't tell I am poking fun at the way people love to use airline codes instead of at least typing the airlines n...

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by wilcharl
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Factory Tours? Big NO-NO At Gulfstream
Replies: 45
Views: 16798

RE: Boeing Factory Tours? Big NO-NO At Gulfstream

Another huge reason why companies don't allow photos aside from operational security and privacy of their employees is because it tends to bog down the tour. Ever been to a major European tourist destination? Imagine someone with an Airlinerfetish trying to grab the perfect shot of the left phalange...

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by wilcharl
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Factory Tours? Big NO-NO At Gulfstream
Replies: 45
Views: 16798

RE: Boeing Factory Tours? Big NO-NO At Gulfstream

Did the public tour at Everett as others have stated no cameras ... no cell phones allowed.. Went on a private tour of Everett and we were allowed to take cameras but as others have stated were extremely restricted on where we could photograph. The private tour was one of the best things I have ever...

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by wilcharl
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Careful When Asking Questions To Pilots
Replies: 59
Views: 18688

RE: Careful When Asking Questions To Pilots

Me myself personally, I throw shame on both the FO and the airport employee.. Shame on the airport employee for not introducing himself and saying why he was asking etc.. Shame on the FO for not engaging the airport employee in conversation about why he was asking before he reported it. Good job to ...

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by wilcharl
Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Lands On SEA Taxiway
Replies: 118
Views: 24797

RE: Alaska Lands On SEA Taxiway

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/A332DTW" class="quote" target="_blank">A332DTW</a> (<a href="#62" class="quote">Reply 62</a>):<br/><i>Ok, for 1 I honestly don't understand your...

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by wilcharl
Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Lands On SEA Taxiway
Replies: 118
Views: 24797

RE: Alaska Lands On SEA Taxiway

I love how the experts on the forum call the crew "dumb" or say they know the difference. Events are never caused by a single action. Its always a series of actions that lead up to the event. At face value, they were cleared to land on one runway, and a last minute change was made to a different run...

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by wilcharl
Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Valujet Like?
Replies: 69
Views: 15805

RE: What Was Valujet Like?

Beverage carts were used and at least early on , 1995-1996, "snacks" were served... breakfast snack was a muffin/roll ValuJet started out with a simple fare structure 21 day advance purchase 7 day advance Walkup fare As stated boarding was first come first serve.. you got a plastic card with a numbe...

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by wilcharl
Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Valujet Like?
Replies: 69
Views: 15805

RE: What Was Valujet Like?

Here are some photos from the facebook group... As you can see the DC-9s had the newer style overheads and this one shows the Delta interior. All of the interiors were changed to the blue interior that AirTran kept in the DC-9s until retirement. The blue 717 coach interior was the <acronym title="Ai...

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by wilcharl
Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Valujet Like?
Replies: 69
Views: 15805

RE: What Was Valujet Like?

I find it funny that many of the people posting either 1) Never flew them 2) Were not even old enough to fly them or remember I love this one "Tight legroom, either terrible or no in flight service, high costs for checked bags and people that keep flying them over and over even though they hate the ...

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by wilcharl
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Ends Club Access For Non-flying Pax
Replies: 47
Views: 10772

RE: UA Ends Club Access For Non-flying Pax

Quite a few airport employees have lounge access.. Its not a bad deal, and my personal experience with <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> , <acronym title="Alaska Airlines (USA)">AS</acronym> an <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> have been that the lounges never h...

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by wilcharl
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Begin Pre-loading Carryon Bags In Hubs
Replies: 140
Views: 23787

RE: Delta To Begin Pre-loading Carryon Bags In Hubs

I have switched the bulk of my flying from Delta to Frontier in the last year for the sole reason that boarding a Frontier flight is less stressful then boarding Delta. Watch how quickly Frontier boards and deplanes. I support charging a premium to bring bags into a cabin where they do not belong. I...

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by wilcharl
Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RJ Clips DL Regional Jet At JFK
Replies: 29
Views: 12534

RE: RJ Clips DL Regional Jet At JFK

Miami:

HHAHHA i got so flustered over the RJ clipping the RJ thing that I didn't look at the picture

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by wilcharl
Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RJ Clips DL Regional Jet At JFK
Replies: 29
Views: 12534

RE: RJ Clips DL Regional Jet At JFK

How hard would it have been to type out Royal Jordanian? Love the ambiguity of <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> clips <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> regional Jet... Royal Jordanian A330 (err A342) clips the wing of Delta Connection Regional Jet actually makes more s...

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by wilcharl
Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Is DCA?
Replies: 14
Views: 6739

RE: Where Is DCA?

To add to this, indeed the airport is located in the commonwealth of VA, Arlington County to be specific, but an interesting factoid is the mailing address is 1 National Airport Washington, DC 20001 no problem for UPS/FedEx/US<acronym title="Ukraine International Airlines">PS</acronym> deliveries bu...

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by wilcharl
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Airways - First Flight Of The Morning
Replies: 21
Views: 13962

RE: U.S. Airways - First Flight Of The Morning

US Airways more then other carriers I have seen have pushed "fleet launch" Every carrier wants to get their originators out on time, it makes sense, but Airways always had it in their culture from back in the Crystal Palace days. Its been 15 years since I worked for an airline but even my airline wa...

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by wilcharl
Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest's First International Flight Today 7/1
Replies: 29
Views: 14461

RE: Southwest's First International Flight Today 7/1

I remember AirTran's first international flight to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We had briefcases of international paperwork in ops that had to be carried, and we had to hand out copies of the Warsaw convention printed on copy paper to every passenger boarding as it was not printed in our Contract...

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by wilcharl
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking For Colgan Air Employees Or Items
Replies: 2
Views: 1839

RE: Looking For Colgan Air Employees Or Items

Sending you a personal message on this forum

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by wilcharl
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will AA Update All Pmus Aircraft Seats?
Replies: 37
Views: 11374

RE: Will AA Update All Pmus Aircraft Seats?

Not trying to impress anyone... Just getting a good laugh out of the folks on this forum...

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by wilcharl
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will AA Update All Pmus Aircraft Seats?
Replies: 37
Views: 11374

RE: Will AA Update All Pmus Aircraft Seats?

I don't understand why 90% of the lingo used on this forum exists. Been in the indsutry for over 15 years and no one I know calls JetBlue <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym> or Delta <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> ... Heck most of the time folks dont even use sta...

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