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by aklrno
Tue May 04, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 134
Views: 30350

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I have always hated the way the LAX airside buses are operated. I often have been bused from the TBIT bus terminal (a miserable experience itself) to a remote gate. They have a huge fleet of buses and I suspect the drivers are not paid a lot, but they never use as many buses as they should. When the...

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by aklrno
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q2 2021
Replies: 49
Views: 5105

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q2 2021

When EU spoke about this first back in March, they stressed the need for secure digital certification. Don't see the U.S.CDC paper certification being accepted you can hardly prove them being authentic. The State of Nevada WebIZ system can be used to see all my immunizations going back at least 10 ...

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by aklrno
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is a 1 hour 27 min. layover at SFO too short for a domestic to transpacific connection?
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Is a 1 hour 27 min. layover at SFO too short for a domestic to transpacific connection?

It will often work, unless it is cloudy at SFO and they shut down a runway or two. The international and domestic terminals are adjacent and connected airside. Using the moving walkways and a brisk pace it will usually be only about 15 or 20 minutes (max) gate to gate. If the weather is poor the inc...

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by aklrno
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA adding seasonal IAD-ATH, EWR-DBV and ORD-KEF
Replies: 129
Views: 20893

Re: United intl route announcement Monday 4/19

I’ve been looking at the UA travel ready center to see how vaccination data is uploaded, but haven’t been able to find it. The vaccine card that you get normally is not a very reliable indicator. It is easily forged. Does UA have some way to check a government database? I know that in Nevada I can ...

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by aklrno
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA adding seasonal IAD-ATH, EWR-DBV and ORD-KEF
Replies: 129
Views: 20893

Re: United intl route announcement Monday 4/19

I’ve been looking at the UA travel ready center to see how vaccination data is uploaded, but haven’t been able to find it. The vaccine card that you get normally is not a very reliable indicator. It is easily forged. Does UA have some way to check a government database? I know that in Nevada I can s...

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 255
Views: 37496

Re: DEN gates B80-B95 to be demolished?

Half the gates are gone now but it was still very crowded. Heidi’s is still there but there was no place to sit down to eat. Waiting until I was on my CRJ-200 didn’t seem any better. Maybe post COVID UA will go back to larger aircraft DEN-RNO. My incoming E175 was at a normal gate so that was much b...

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 255
Views: 37496

Re: DEN gates C80-C95 to be demolished?

Sorry. I did mean B gates. It’s late and I’m tired!

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 255
Views: 37496

DEN gates B80-B95 to be demolished?

I was connecting to a CRJ at DEN a few days ago and found myself waiting at gate C94 for a while. It was a less than enjoyable experience. Way too crowded and poor food choices. There are some new gates under construction nearby, probably 61-79 and it looks like the 80-94 gates are too close for the...

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by aklrno
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 600
Views: 107980

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

1175 could not have survived if they were much more than 200 miles from HNL according to what I’ve heard. The main problems were vibration and drag from the damaged engine. They would have been better off if it had just cleanly separated from the wing. Has anyone ever considered a mechanism to safel...

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 835
Views: 240823

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

I disagree with most of the comments about autopilot functions in cars. I've been driving a Tesla X for 5 years, and use the autopilot feature all the time. Just like in a plane, it is a useful aid, but that doesn't mean you stop driving. At least in the Tesla overpowering the steering control is tr...

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by aklrno
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France 777 painted green by Greenpeace.
Replies: 74
Views: 10758

Re: Air France 777 painted green by Greenpeace.

glideslope wrote:
Was the paint a Broccoli or Asparagus based formula?

I would assume kale. Actually one of the better uses of kale that I can think of.

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by aklrno
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?

Depending on the aircraft the first class lavs may not be any larger. The UA narrow bodies I’ve been on have the same size for all classes IIRC. Some of the newer UA 777s have a handicap lav about twice normal size but just one per aircraft. You have to ask where it is or look kind of loony as you t...

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by aklrno
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Using a VPN to get cheaper air tickets.
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Using a VPN to get cheaper air tickets.

I used to do something similar on flights between LAX and AKL. I’d just set the web page location setting to US or NZ and see which cost less. The difference in a business class ticket could be quite large. To make it actually sell you a ticket you had to be able to pay in the appropriate origin cur...

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by aklrno
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax
Replies: 44
Views: 2721

Re: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax

I think the real problem is that this is borderline useless and can provide a false sense of security. There is no way to know if the traveller contracted the disease after being tested. The only safe thing at the moment is a post-travel quarantine. Since significant numbers of people will be vaccin...

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by aklrno
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many runways does an airport need?
Replies: 17
Views: 3200

Re: How many runways does an airport need?

Not true at PAE and RNT, for example

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by aklrno
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax
Replies: 31
Views: 2078

Re: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax

When I’m in a lay flat business class seat in a modern more or less private pod I change into pajamas and take off shoes and socks to go to sleep. I am covered by a blanket and put shoes on to use the lav. Hope you aren’t offended but that’s why I paid for a bed.

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by aklrno
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports set for large growth
Replies: 27
Views: 1926

Re: Airports set for large growth

RNO - booming up there, hard to find a place to live BIL BZN SGU - as others have mentioned DEN - the Metro keeps growing and growing, plus pull from mountain communities/Boulder/Colorado Springs RNO had spare capacity before the pandemic so they have a lot of growth potential without any construct...

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by aklrno
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 10146

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

There should probably some minimum size requirement to be interesting for this thread. I can offer one more international airport big enough for a wide-body jet serving the principal city in a nation that you can easily walk to: RAR, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. I flew there in both a 737 and a 76...

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by aklrno
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B707-like aircraft at PHX
Replies: 7
Views: 2037

Re: B707-like aircraft at PHX

I don't often pass through PHX. Sorry I couldn't get a picture we taxied by quickly and I just had a few seconds. I thought I looked carefully for a refueling boom, but I may have missed it. They were the dull dark grey I've seen before on KC-135s. I certainly am not an experienced spotter, that's w...

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by aklrno
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B707-like aircraft at PHX
Replies: 7
Views: 2037

B707-like aircraft at PHX

I noticed two USAF aircraft at PHX today that looked like B-707s but they had no refueling boom or obvious unusual antennae. Anyone know what they are?

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline dress codes
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Airline dress codes

When flying long haul I change into pajamas as soon as I board. Never had a problem. I'm usually on UA wearing UA branded pajamas so it would be hard for them to find fault with that! I actually feel bad about the pajamas on takeoff for safety reasons but I want to get changed before anyone else has...

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by aklrno
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport
Replies: 35
Views: 3081

Re: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport

If I am headed out on a TPAC flight, I do my very best to avoid LAX. I go through a lot of nonsense with security due to implants, so the idea of fighting my way to another terminal and going through that again is something I try my level best to avoid. When I travel to Spain and have to connect in...

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by aklrno
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport
Replies: 35
Views: 3081

Re: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport

If I am headed out on a TPAC flight, I do my very best to avoid LAX. I go through a lot of nonsense with security due to implants, so the idea of fighting my way to another terminal and going through that again is something I try my level best to avoid. When I travel to Spain and have to connect in...

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by aklrno
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport
Replies: 35
Views: 3081

Re: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport

I guess there was some sarcasm in my SFO comment, as someone pointed out it's tough to predict clouds months in advance so I just presume SFO will be messed up and down to two runways instead of four. When I connect at SFO I allow for hours of buffer. The museum displays in the United terminal can a...

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by aklrno
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport
Replies: 35
Views: 3081

Re: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport

I avoid SFO when there are clouds.

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by aklrno
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gambling on board?
Replies: 12
Views: 2833

Re: Gambling on board?

My roulette wheel info may be out of date, but in the past the wheel was only held to the table by gravity. This was done so the wheel on a given table could easily be changed. If there was some number favored due to a small fault then the player could not know which table that wheel was at. Such a ...

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gambling on board?
Replies: 12
Views: 2833

Re: Gambling on board?

I usually lose my bet on the beef/chicken/fish gamble. I'm not going to do it for money.

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by aklrno
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA PreCheck and Global Entry Still Business as Usual?
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: TSA PreCheck and Global Entry Still Business as Usual?

I've only flown a few time recently but each time there were changes to pre-check in RNO and LAS. The pre-check lines were closed. The regular lines were mercifully short so not much delay. The problem is that pre-check customers have different security protocols. In all cases I was given a card or ...

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers
Replies: 53
Views: 7062

Re: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers

I can now add MD-87 and B737 to the list of tankers flying over my house. The Air Force flies their RNO based C-130s nearly everyday for training. Is there an air tanker adaptation they could be using?

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers
Replies: 53
Views: 7062

Re: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers

I live between Stead airport north of Reno where a lot of tankers are based and a number of fires south of me in the last few weeks. The closest was about 4 miles away. Just about every kind of tanker used in the Sierra has flown about 3000 feet over my house. The only one I have not seen is the 747...

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by aklrno
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Stopping & Seeing Victoria Falls Worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1185

Re: Is Stopping & Seeing Victoria Falls Worth it?

I was there 13 years ago as part of a larger, South Africa/Botswana trip and the falls were amazing and there is a lot of activities to do around there, I think it is worth a couple days, you can go white water rafting, game sighting as well as the falls. Thank you for that very much, sir. The game...

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by aklrno
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand retires two 77W
Replies: 54
Views: 16179

Re: Air New Zealand retires two 77W

Maybe you should let them know. They might change their mind after knowing about that fact. :bigthumbsup: :D I guess my comment did sound kind of silly. I should have mentioned that my reason for the comment was that it didn't seem all that long ago. The only reason I remember it is that was the fi...

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by aklrno
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand retires two 77W
Replies: 54
Views: 16179

Re: Air New Zealand retires two 77W

It seems strange to see OKS go. I was on the first revenue Trans-Pacific flight Maybe you should let them know. They might change their mind after knowing about that fact. :bigthumbsup: :D I guess my comment did sound kind of silly. I should have mentioned that my reason for the comment was that it...

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by aklrno
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot / ATC Repartee
Replies: 95
Views: 14161

Re: Pilot / ATC Repartee

Agree on the “niner” thing. Not sure where that comes from but it’s not commercial flying. I’ve thought another thing for several years. I can see where a lot more ATC commands converted into data and uploaded directly to the flight computers. It goes along the lines of automation and makes sense. ...

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by aklrno
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What were the worst business class seats you've ever been on?
Replies: 23
Views: 3685

Re: What were the worst business class seats you've ever been on?

I hated the UA lay flat business seats pre Polaris. Four across in the center section of a 777! I think the new Polaris seats are my favorite of any I've flown in. I just wish I could go somewhere.

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by aklrno
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: In-flight magazines

Much to my surprise a copy of Hemispheres, UA's inflight magazine, showed up in my mailbox today! I guess they are sending it to frequent fliers. In order to enjoy it properly, I lifted a heavy object into a high shelf, got a few pretzels and a small glass of Diet Coke, and sat down in the narrowest...

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by aklrno
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand retires two 77W
Replies: 54
Views: 16179

Re: Air New Zealand retires two 77W

It seems strange to see OKS go. I was on the first revenue Trans-Pacific flight

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2931

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

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by aklrno
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2931

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

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by aklrno
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: In-flight magazines

Aren't they included in ticket fares? That would depend on the airline. At some airlines they are, at others they aren't. I know that with most LCCs they kindly request you not to take the magazine with you. They can't stop you if you do, but that hardly ever happens. The same magazines are being r...

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by aklrno
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 2033

Re: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?

It would be hard to beat any small Pacific Island for boring. Rarotonga, Fiji, anything in that area. Water, water, water, water, touchdown.

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by aklrno
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: In-flight magazines

I don't know how it works in Australia or elsewhere, but in the US publishers get a discount rate for magazines so it costs less than you would think.

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by aklrno
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: In-flight magazines

A brief introduction to the economics of inflight magazines from someone who used to own one. The airline (and hence magazine) has since been absorbed into a major carrier. The publisher pays all costs of production and hopes to profit by selling advertising. In exchange for the guaranteed circulati...

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by aklrno
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your opinion on masks while flying
Replies: 33
Views: 2419

Re: Your opinion on masks while flying

I wouldn’t fly on any airline that does not require masks and enforce their use. I do slip my mask off for a few seconds to sip some water or eat a pretzel but otherwise it stays on.

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by aklrno
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2931

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've always found it extra greedy of airlines to tax people who are less experienced at travel, much like a lottery is a tax on those who are mathematically impaired. NZ in particular have driven me to fly on UA more often by making the domestic US part of my RNO-AKL-RNO absurdly expensive compared ...

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by aklrno
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2931

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I do it several times a year. My main residence is in Reno, NV. When doing international long haul I much prefer to connect at LAX because it rarely has long delays on arrival so I’m much less likely to miss connections. I usually fly RNO-LAX on southwest but will us UA or AA if the schedule is bett...

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by aklrno
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide
Replies: 24
Views: 2988

Re: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide

In case anyone is wondering the process uses renewable electricity (I suppose solar or hydro) to break water into O2 and H2 then combine the H2 with CO2 to make hydrocarbons. There is a lot of hydro power in Canada. Not sure about year round solar in the Great White North. Is there much geothermal i...

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by aklrno
Sun May 17, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 10146

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

LAX can be accessed on foot, which is kind of ironic considering how car-centric Los Angeles is. There are sidewalks on both sides of Sky Way, and stairs that take you from the overpass down to Sepulveda Blvd. I've walked that route to In-N-Out Burger and back during a long layover. In general I wo...

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by aklrno
Tue May 05, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton
Replies: 27
Views: 2362

Re: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton

I've stayed at lots of them around the world. Always very plush, excellent service. In my opinion never worth the money. If I'm paying myself, I could be just as happy at a Hilton Garden Inn! When I am in a super big city where the acceptable hotels in the location I need are very expensive, certain...

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by aklrno
Tue May 05, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip planning to rno from rsw
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Trip planning to rno from rsw

As some of you know Im from rsw, and I had a trip report to my home nyc the past holidays, Now I am planning a trip to reno for the coming Christmas holidays to see some family who out there. I've had difficulties booking there because of 2 things 1 bad schedules cause connections are too tight 2 p...

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