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by aklrno
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 10175

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: 13522

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: 13522

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: 2647

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: 14659

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: 14659

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: 14659

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: 14659

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: 72
Views: 10175

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: 878

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: 862

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: 9041

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: 865

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: 4381

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: 563

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: 1099

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: 1275

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: 1313

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: 1677

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: 565

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: 1619

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: 2197

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: 8109

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: 942

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: 1292

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: 34124

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: 959

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: 2484

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: 2484

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: 21347

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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by aklrno
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hotel in L.A
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: Best hotel in L.A

Is that all you will be doing for 10 days in LA? If so I’d stay at the Hyatt regency on century blvd and walk to in-n-out. But if you have other things to do in the area then the question gets very complicated. LA is a huge place with poor transportation for long distances. You will want to stay nea...

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by aklrno
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why don't Australian/NZ airlines join TSA PreCheck?
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: Why don't Australian/NZ airlines join TSA PreCheck?

I have considered a work-around for the times I fly on NZ out of LAX or SFO. I could buy a ticket for some flight later that day on WN. Any valid boarding pass for the day will get you into any terminal. I always get precheck on WN. Then, since WN will allow me to cancel the flight and get the full ...

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by aklrno
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK001 hits turbulence, lands at JFK with 32 injured pax
Replies: 20
Views: 6600

Re: TK001 hits turbulence, lands at JFK with 32 injured pax

Does a bulkhead bassinet have something like a seatbelt built in? I’ve never looked at one. Would it be a good idea to equip it with a net covering?

Lots of comments above about seatbelts. Any info available in this accident about belt usage? Were any of the injured belted in?

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by aklrno
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world trip
Replies: 22
Views: 2131

Re: Around the world trip

I actually recommend India if you have time to look around. The Ganges at Varanasi is unbelievable at night. No tv or movie experience even comes close. I’m not sure I’d go to India twice, there are other places higher on my list than a return visit. But once is truly worth it. Leaving India at Delh...

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by aklrno
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2705

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

Not just one terminal away, but all inside security. No TSA. No train ride, no level changes except for a slight ramp.

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RAT Incidents
Replies: 27
Views: 3083

Re: RAT Incidents

paullam wrote:
Cactus 1549?

They had a functioning APU.

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Flight: UA2700 SFO-TUS-SFO (26FEB19)
Replies: 12
Views: 3760

Re: Odd Flight: UA2700 SFO-TUS-SFO (26FEB19)

The MITRE paper is a bit too technical for me, but if that system works would it solve the problem at SFO where the runway usage is cut in half when there are low clouds or fog?

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ATM s at commercial airports.
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: ATM s at commercial airports.

Traveling is the one time I like to have some extra cash on me, preferably something with a picture of Ben Franklin on it. Once in a while credit card systems have issues and may stop working for a while. If I'm in my home town I can just wait it out, but traveling I may need some money without dela...

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world trip
Replies: 22
Views: 2131

Re: Around the world trip

If you are going to stay in New Zealand for a bit be sure to tell us how long and I'll recommend stuff to do there. Your European summer will be mid winter in New Zealand so it might be cold and rainy. I will be enjoying summer in the Sierra!

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world trip
Replies: 22
Views: 2131

Re: Around the world trip

Your example is westbound, isn’t it? In any case I always prefer westbound because you gain hours and thus sleep as you go. Of course you skip a day crossing the date line but that doesn’t cost any sleep. I’ve done a lot of trips that were more or less RNO LAX AKL HKG FRA DEN RNO. I would hate to ha...

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta/Compass E175 makes emergency landing due to severe turbulence
Replies: 21
Views: 4732

Re: Delta/Compass E175 makes emergency landing due to severe turbulence

I'll bet the landing was pretty exciting too. It was very windy by the airport this afternoon. My office is just a bit southwest of the runway and I was probably out walking my dog when they landed so I was very aware of conditions. The approach to RNO on a windy day is always pretty exciting.

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down
Replies: 41
Views: 6548

Re: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down

Same with the Western Airlines Building on Century. Its getting ready to be torn down soon. Delta does use the Western DC-10 HGR and the 4 story building attached to it. But we are being relocated to temp buildings until the new hgr is done in a few weeks. Isn't the old Western hangar in the way of...

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?
Replies: 15
Views: 1815

Re: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?

I have had a nearly opposite experience when I was out riding my bike in Los Gatos California nearly 40 years ago. I had no money and looked that way. I was riding past the Ferarri dealership and stopped to look in the window. As I looked the salesman invited me in for closer look even though I was ...

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?
Replies: 15
Views: 1815

Re: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?

Sorry to break this news to you, but everybody judges you by your appearance whether they know it or not. Sometimes dressing better is a plus, sometimes a negative. I don't think dressing better is as important as your attitude on a flight. I don't go as far as a coat and tie, but I probably tend to...

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226287

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The video shows a very short test. Is it possible it was shut down early because of the green color in the exhaust, indicating that some copper was burning in the engine that isn't supposed to be burning?

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33698

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I think entertaining safety videos are a great idea. Most people just ignore the boring ones. If you can make it interesting enough that people actually watch it, then you can use that attention to make the important points like leaving your things behind. NZ has had a lot of videos people enjoyed w...

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by aklrno
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33698

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I'm also very happy to see the rap video gone. IMHO it was the worst such video NZ ever did. Made me nostalgic for Ricco.

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by aklrno
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Q4 and Year End Financials
Replies: 39
Views: 2899

Re: Boeing Q4 and Year End Financials

What was the latest number on the 787 deferred cost and did it improve from the previous quarter? Yes, down $610 million per quarter and is expected to accelerate paydown. Differed cost is now at $22.72 billion. https://247wallst.com/aerospace-defense/2019/01/30/what-follows-boeings-earnings-blowou...

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by aklrno
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country having many issues with new AifFI Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 1908

Re: Sun Country having many issues with new AifFI Systems

There’s an old Silicon Valley saying: You can always tell who are the pioneers. They’re the ones with the arrows in their backs.

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by aklrno
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Government shutdown will close TSA checkpoints at many airports
Replies: 35
Views: 4547

Re: US Government shutdown will close TSA checkpoints at many airports

Just cleared through FIS at LAX TBIT a few hours ago. Just about my fastest experience there ever. Had only carry on bag. From terminal entry to exit out the front door in less than 10 minutes. Did not use global entry but did use mobile passport. Walked to T1 for a WN flight and cleared TSA prechec...

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