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by aklrno
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 3042

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I just recheck my boarding pass to be sure I’m not about to make a fool of myself (has happened) then politely ask the person to check their pass. The reverse has happened where I have been in the wrong. I apologize and move. That usually because I’m am tired on my second or third leg of a long day....

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by aklrno
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Advice on a smart watch
Replies: 14
Views: 1220

Re: Advice on a smart watch

This is Non-Av, right? There are people on this forum who are gadgety geeks. I think I'm in the right forum. I think it got moved because this thread was sitting right above the BA DTW thread for me anyways. Oh, I was sure I put it in Non-Av. I guess I butterfingered? Please tell me you are not a s...

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by aklrno
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 2762

Re: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley

Just saw Juan Browne (blancolirio) on YouTube and he described the area well. He mentioned a possible morning sun problem. I didn’t realize it happened early in the day.

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by aklrno
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 2762

Re: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley

Thanks retired weasel. Did you fly through the area in a wild weasel? F4 or F18? Are you one of the people who flew at rooftop level?

Will the accident report be released to the public? The pilot must have been flying right into a very bright afternoon sun. I wonder if that was an issue.

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 2762

Re: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley

Has anyone seen any coordinates of the crash site? I go through that area a few times a year but I can’t pin it down. Sounds like it’s part of Panamint Valley. Is the scenic lookout spot the Father Crowley viewpoint? That’s the only place on the California highway 190 with a parking area. I can’t th...

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information
Replies: 24
Views: 3851

Re: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information

I was on some delayed UA flights last month and the cabin crew checked my gate assignments for me using an iPad or similar device. They were able to check my connecting flights. Not ACARS I presume?

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 3995

Re: Airliners with air stairs

Before D B Cooper 727s had tail stairs. After that they were rarely used. Once at RNO the jet bridge froze solid on a very cold night and that was the only way to board.

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles
Replies: 95
Views: 7888

Re: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles

What effect does this have on airlines? On my long haul flights out of SFO I am usually given a plastic bottle of water before takeoff without asking for it.

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?

Sometimes precheck is closed and everyone has to go to the other line. They may give you some kind of card to indicate a lower level of screening or precheck people may have the whole no shoes, no belts, liquids in the bin, iPad in the bin treatment. This seems to happen to me a lot at LAS. Very ann...

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?
Replies: 16
Views: 1922

Re: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?

The word was used in the movie Catch Me If You Can that was set in the 60’s. Frank Abagnale used it as an example of jargon he had to learn.

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by aklrno
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA seat assignment charges
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: BA seat assignment charges

If they were to charge it would be the only business class seat reservation charge I’ve ever heard of. The BA web page doesn’t mention it.

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by aklrno
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Those that are suggesting WN codeshares with airlines on TPAC or TATL routes might consider the implications for the WN free-seating system. This works exceptionally well in the US domestic market and for flights from the US to Caribbean destinations where nearly all the tickets are sold in the US....

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by aklrno
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Most of the "non-sustainable " practices are the things that have won them a loyal customer base.

The use of just 737 is more an internal issue. If and when the airline sees the use of other aircraft to be to their advantage, they can change. I don't think the customers will care at all.

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ORD Ground Stop 7-29-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 6036

Re: AA ORD Ground Stop 7-29-2019

I had two such ground stops in the last 30 days. Both lasted about two hours, one at DEN and one at ORD. Thunderstorms. Both had all airlines stopped; I was on UA. Ground crews don't work outdoors during thunderstorms.

Nothing to see here. Please just move on.

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United forms partnership with Clear
Replies: 34
Views: 4546

Re: United forms partnership with Clear

I tried the new Clear for a while because as a customer of the old clear before they shut down I got one month of the new clear free. The old Clear existed before TSA pre-check so it always saved time. Now it seems to save time only if there is a very big line for pre-check. I have found the biometr...

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Most of the comments about WN codeshares seem to be about advantages to the airline in sales. From a passenger point of view I'd like to see codeshares with international long haul for protection against IRROPS. If I fly RNO-LAS-AKL I can book it all on UA/NZ but there are limited flights RNO-LAX. I...

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by aklrno
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class Declining
Replies: 28
Views: 4402

Re: First Class Declining

If somebody needs to work while he is eating he's got some serious and bigger problems than having to decide if sitting in J vs. F is better or worse. I guess it depends on your line of work. I do it all the time, but then again, I drive a truck for a living. Buddy of mine is a flight dispatcher, h...

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by aklrno
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 11847

Re: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept

My electric car is based in Northern Nevada. Our power is nearly all fossil fuel generated, I think about 2-1 natural gas to coal. There is a geothermal plant around 8 miles from my garage, but it is small. Wind and solar are negligible. Solar at my house is problematic so I haven't installed it yet...

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by aklrno
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 6105

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

Before criticizing the parents, I'd like to see the security videos (they must exist) of the check-in area to see how fast the kid moved and if he was being left alone or not. I imagine it can be as difficult as controlling my dog in a forest full of squirrels. I have seen plenty of bad parenting at...

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by aklrno
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 11847

Re: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept

I get upset when someone touts an electric vehicle as cleaner, greener, more sustainable. It depends on where the electricity comes from, and in the US at least, its mostly fossil fuels. My daily driver is a Tesla, but I have some gasoline cars too. I tell people I have three oil powered cars, and o...

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by aklrno
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 12679

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019

Can someone please tell me how many gates at TBIT were shut for this construction, and how many will return to service once the construction is complete? It looks like at least one will be lost to the gateway construction. I hope some of the closed gates will be back in service before the MSC opens....

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by aklrno
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13701

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

For those of you looking for an airport gym, there is one at LAS, the same airport with the mini-casino smoking lounge. It’s in terminal 1 outside security. Can everyone be happy now?

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by aklrno
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13701

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

The Nevada smoking rule is simple. Any place where children are allowed smoking isn’t. LAS has mini casino rooms. No children allowed in them so smoking is allowed. Slot machines are allowed in public places that are not separate rooms like gas stations, stores, airport concourses but since they are...

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot towel service logistics
Replies: 17
Views: 2693

Re: Hot towel service logistics

Chemtrails system contains a heat exchanger to heat towel water. Heat exchanger also adds a perfume and knock out drops, makes everyone go nighty nite smelling good. Is it bad that I went looking for a laugh react? Maybe the chemtrails got to me. Maybe not a dumb question from a doctor. Warm wet cl...

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by aklrno
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14746

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

So you are presuming LAX probably has some bad problems based on the fact that you had a bad day at MSP and you have never even been to LAX? You can have a long TSA line at any major airport in the country, but before bashing one it would help to have some actual experience. Please try again in this...

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by aklrno
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14746

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

When the train is done it will probably get much better. At least we can hope. . Sure, but like most Southern Californians I'm guessing that you and everybody else is hoping that others will take the train so that your car journey to the terminal will be faster. I lived there for 20 years growing u...

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by aklrno
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14746

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

To me the most frustrating part is seeming to always take off on the runway on the opposite side of the airport from my terminal and then landing on the opposite side as well. Seems to be the case almost every time for me. I’m sure there are reasons certain planes are using certain runways, but the...

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by aklrno
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14746

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

It is probably much worse for some airlines than others - American Eagle flights notably use that godawful "Eagle's Nest" terminal with the bus connection. A couple years ago I flew into LAX several times annually for work, and the first time or two took the EUG-LAX non-stop. Often the ti...

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by aklrno
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 12679

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019

I don’t think access is a problem for the theme building. It is a 5 minute walk from most terminals. Maybe 7 or 8 from TBIT. the problem is that it is outside security. Connecting passengers hate to go landside. Departing passengers want to be able to relax AFTER waiting in TSA queues. Arriving pass...

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by aklrno
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO Help - Train to Plane
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: SFO Help - Train to Plane

Number 1 sounds like the way to get to Oakland airport, not SFO. I recommend 3. Stay in a hotel in downtown San Francisco. More restaurants and things to do. Then take Bart to SFO when ready to leave. BART takes you to the international terminal. The hotels at the airport area are convenient for the...

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by aklrno
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LAX terminal connections
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: LAX terminal connections

Since 1961 when the current airport was built.

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by aklrno
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal
Replies: 53
Views: 9084

Re: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal

One of the benefits of LAX’s now antiquated design is the short curb to gate time/walk. Moving to the center field concourse adds a much longer walk and TBIT security (I don’t recall if this is being expanded or altered - I’m sure someone will clarify). They’re probably concerned about the inconven...

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by aklrno
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American or Southwest: Which would be better to fly?
Replies: 11
Views: 877

Re: American or Southwest: Which would be better to fly?

Most airlines really want those change fees. Even when things are starting to go sideways at the airport due to weather most airlines want their change fees to change your flight even if it is running hours late. Unless the flight is cancelled, you have to stick with it. Southwest will let you chang...

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by aklrno
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 35
Views: 4417

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

I don’t understand why anyone is using paper boarding passes let alone “paper ticket” (boarding pass) holders. Something to attach your check luggage receipt too. Printing seperate luggage receipts is outdated, NZ/QF both print it on your boarding pass. Or if using an Moblie boarding pass, it digit...

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by aklrno
Tue May 28, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TG business class amenity kit: no more eye shades, ear plugs?
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: TG business class amenity kit: no more eye shades, ear plugs?

I don't fly TG, but I agree that the earplugs and eyeshades are the things I most often use. Some airline I flew recently (don't remember which one, maybe LH?) came around with a basket of things found in amenity kits and let me choose the ones I wanted. That seems like a great solution for business...

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by aklrno
Sun May 26, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American to eliminate oversize bag fees
Replies: 6
Views: 1105

Re: American to eliminate oversize bag fees

bicycles, surfboards, stand up paddle boards

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by aklrno
Wed May 22, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW - no immigrations control?
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: DFW - no immigrations control?

Well, this is news to me. I always remembered going thru immigration control when departing too. But I must be confused. I do know that clearing customs is basically non existant compared to others. Thanks so much for the replies, now I feel much better. You might have remembered having your passpo...

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by aklrno
Mon May 20, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Funding Development of Hydrogen Powered All Electric Passenger Planes
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: NASA Funding Development of Hydrogen Powered All Electric Passenger Planes

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on an all-electric aircraft project funded by NASA. The aviation industry, only born a little over a century ago, is on the brink of an enormous change. While electric cars and the electric scooters are already dotting city streets, planes are p...

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by aklrno
Mon May 20, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA 777 business vs LH A380 business
Replies: 16
Views: 1692

Re: UA 777 business vs LH A380 business

Check to see if the United 777 for your proposed flight has the updated Polaris seat. I think most do but I’m not sure. It is way better than the LH A380 seat I had last summer, especially if you are alone. All have aisle access. I recommend an odd numbered row window seat.

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by aklrno
Thu May 16, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kiwi Safty Video
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Kiwi Safty Video

They already did

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by aklrno
Sun May 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1639

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

As a 71 year old male the answer is easy. I have to get up to use the toilet frequently. On long haul flights I need to get to the aisle on short notice. If I'm in an aisle seat my attempts to sleep are doubly interrupted when the person in the window seat needs to get up. Paying a lot of extra mone...

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by aklrno
Sat May 11, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The best steakhouse at Las Vegas, USA?
Replies: 25
Views: 2228

Re: The best steakhouse at Las Vegas, USA?

Try Del Frisco. It’s not on the strip or in a hotel. Lots of wealthy locals go there. It’s more or less behind the Venetian in an office park.

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by aklrno
Wed May 08, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand to JFK?
Replies: 55
Views: 8150

Re: Air New Zealand to JFK?

I still don't understand the need for JFK-AKL non-stop. It would be great for NYC residents, but probably no one else in the Northeast US. From anywhere more than about a 3 hour drive from EWR you would have to take a regional flight and connect at EWR. Most of the leisure market (which I presume is...

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by aklrno
Wed May 08, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles good?
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles good?

If you have business in downtown LA it's about 30 minutes of heavy traffic better than the Beverly Hills Hotel. I'd just take a look at some Tripadvisor reviews. If you don't like that one there are several others within a few blocks. Dining tip: To see a bit of LA history try eating at the Original...

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by aklrno
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Re: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"

And I just cancelled a flight for later tonight and got my FF points back and my security fee refunded. I luv swa.

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by aklrno
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34441

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

A few things I found interesting: 1. They seem to get rid of the 96th street entrance to build T0. Probably this would work because the APM will reduce the bus/shuttle van traffic into the Central area. Getting rid of the traffic light outside T1 would be a HUGE improvement in traffic flow. 2. The n...

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by aklrno
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cruising to Cuba on the Majesty of The Seas
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Cruising to Cuba on the Majesty of The Seas

If you are into offbeat art, look up Fusterlandia on Google. It is a 20 minute taxi ride from central Havana.

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When the automatic stabilizer had to be turned off, do pilots get the pitch back to normal fast enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 2497

Re: When the automatic stabilizer had to be turned off, do pilots get the pitch back to normal fast enough?

I looked at the video again. He did not say he was simulating an MCAS failure. He was simulating runaway stab trim which I presume is simulatable because it could happen on older 737s. As I understand it runaway trim is a result of MCAS failure. In any event what he demonstrates is an answer to the ...

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by aklrno
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When the automatic stabilizer had to be turned off, do pilots get the pitch back to normal fast enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 2497

Re: When the automatic stabilizer had to be turned off, do pilots get the pitch back to normal fast enough?

Check out the Mentour Pilot videos on YouTube. He did one in the last few days where he showed an MCAS failure in a simulator and how a properly trained crew could evaluate and handle the situation. Please don't get into a discussion of how MCAS should or shouldn't work. This was just a demo of the ...

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by aklrno
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21438

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

In the last 12 months I've used a bus at LAX (at least twice) AKL (at least twice) MUC and MXP. There may have been more, but that's what I can remember. I don't really mind too much. Not only do I get to see the airport up close, but on arrival the bus often takes me closer to the center of the ter...

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