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by atsiang
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax
Replies: 33
Views: 7466

Re: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax

The majority of top influencers are 'sponsored' in some way - be it through complimentary perks / tickets or actual payment. Now were this not in some way beneficial to the airline (in this case), then there would be no sponsorship. This inherently means the influencer's content is more likely to p...

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by atsiang
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax
Replies: 33
Views: 7466

Re: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax

I don't understand the hate behind all this video by Josh and even with him as a vlogger. Jealous or envy his lifestyle? I follow many of these vloggers on youtube and have seen a bunch of Josh's video. Sure he complains a lot but it is justified and he explains his rationale behind the criticisms o...

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by atsiang
Mon May 13, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New United Safety Video - Spiderman Theme
Replies: 49
Views: 5246

Re: New United Safety Video

UA frequent flyer here as well. It's cheesy and gets passenger's attention but the safety message is clear, that's what is important. Over the years, many airlines try to outdo one another with elaborate video messages but some of them don't get the safety message across...i.e. EVA Air which is one ...

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by atsiang
Tue May 07, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019
Replies: 34
Views: 5708

Re: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019

Interesting perspective here about the increase prices. Actually I have noticed that LAX-SYD/MEL on UA lately have been cheaper than 5 years ago with 747 - I can find around $500-600 roundtrip compare with $1500 in 2014. There is now a lot more competition on the LAX-SYD route with UA, AA, DL, QF a...

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by atsiang
Tue May 07, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019
Replies: 34
Views: 5708

Re: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019

Great, that means airfares will rise dramatically on this route. I fly this route a lot. Within a few years on this route, UA downsized from 747-400 to 777-200 to 787-9. And now with QF downsizing, planes are not only packed but it's going to be a lot more expensive.

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by atsiang
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1792
Views: 363184

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

This is very nice. Of all the recent livery changes, this ain't bad at all. Certainly not the greatest but not bad at all. A different hue of blue makes a world of difference. When WN changed from Canyon Blue to the current scheme, the subtle change in blue hue made the difference.

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by atsiang
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17503

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

SFO is an airport to be avoided at all costs for transiting. It is delay prone. UA much better off moving their hub down to LAX. I think LAX is the least delay prone major airport in the country perhaps. SFO is definitely a nightmare of an airport for an airline to run a hub out of. SFO is one of t...

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by atsiang
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17503

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

What do they do when they takeoff on 19R, which I believe is extremely rare. 19L takeoffs make a left turn and head south over Burlingame. What about 19R takeoffs? When I lived in Millbrae as a young child, 1R and 1L approaches were straight in over the hill and houses, not the curved approaches th...

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by atsiang
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17503

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

What do they do when they takeoff on 19R, which I believe is extremely rare. 19L takeoffs make a left turn and head south over Burlingame. What about 19R takeoffs? When I lived in Millbrae as a young child, 1R and 1L approaches were straight in over the hill and houses, not the curved approaches th...

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by atsiang
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17503

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

Went through this mess a few weeks ago on Dec 16 2018. It was the same situation, heavy wind/rain with 3-4 hours delay at SFO. I was flying from SEA to SFO on Alaska with scheduled departure at 7pm. Departure time kept pushing back and back and at 9:00pm we boarded and hoped for a quick departure bu...

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by atsiang
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 71358

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

All these SFO flights will make the gate situation even worse. Just flew in from SYD to SFO at 7:30am and had to wait for a gate to clear up.

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by atsiang
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most overrated aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 5655

Re: Most overrated aircraft?

Don't understand how the 787 is overrated. Seating config of 3x3x3 is not a fault of Boeing. Pretty sure Boeing designed and had the aircraft certified for such a config. How is it not the fault of Boeing? If they wanted it to stay 2-4-2 they shouldn't have designed (or certified) it for 3-3-3. Hav...

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by atsiang
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most overrated aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 5655

Re: Most overrated aircraft?

Overrated aircraft (In my opinion) 1. 787 (Cramped seating, gimicky and questionable features like the transitional windows and "anti-turbulence". Dreamliner? More like a nightmare) 2. MD80/MD90 (Noisy, pain in the a** to load, most had/have few to no amenities like wifi, power or PTVs bu...

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by atsiang
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 281
Views: 54767

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Engineering saved these lives. Now, if you want to say God gave these engineers the skill to create a plane that would withstand this punishment, I'd agree. But seriously, let's not turn a.net into the prayer hour when it's simple physics in control here. There are a lot of things in life that cann...

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by atsiang
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet
Replies: 40
Views: 6720

Re: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet

Like some others said, I couldn't finish watching. It was quite annoying and high strung. It seems like airlines are trying to outdo one another resulting with some videos being very poorly done (i.e. EVA Air). Safety videos need to be clear and draw attention from passengers from the young to the o...

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by atsiang
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Accidental Beauty Queen: Flying the Air China Boeing 747-8i PEK-SFO, '18 Summer Trip Part 6
Replies: 2
Views: 3732

Re: The Accidental Beauty Queen: Flying the Air China Boeing 747-8i PEK-SFO, '18 Summer Trip Part 6

Nice report. Just a couple of things I noticed...the airport is actually not Oakland International but rather the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The bridge is not the Bay Bridge but the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. The pic with the downtown SF has the Bay Bridge in view.

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by atsiang
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 6472

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

Whether WN is a value airline depends on the type of flyer. Back in the 90's while I was in college in southern California, I flew home every other weekend to the Bay Area. Fares were cheap, as low as $44 round trip from LA to the Bay Area and for a while, with their Rapid Rewards program, 3 or 4 ro...

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by atsiang
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: San Francisco & LA from Canada in a C172 - Part 1
Replies: 21
Views: 5908

Re: San Francisco & LA from Canada in a C172 - Part 1

Wow, this is very nice trip report! Not something you see regularly. Pictures are amazing and even wish you had even more pictures of your journey from Canada to LA.

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by atsiang
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip to Saigon with SQ, and my Longest Ever Flight Delay
Replies: 8
Views: 4929

Re: Trip to Saigon with SQ, and my Longest Ever Flight Delay

Despite some of the hiccups, overall it seems that SQ did a good job to take care of their passengers. Quite impressed with service from SQ. Unfortunately I'll never be able to experience this level of service here in the US with any of the US carriers.

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by atsiang
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Long Beach Inaugural June 1, 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 5555

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Long Beach Inaugural June 1, 2018

very wonderful trip report! appreciated the details! I can't believe that HA can get away with having those seats in 16, especially the window! That would be awfully uncomfortable.

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by atsiang
Sun May 13, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying the AA Dreamliner 'Down Under': FSM-DFW-LAX-SYD, Dec '17, Y
Replies: 26
Views: 10557

Re: Flying the AA Dreamliner 'Down Under': FSM-DFW-LAX-SYD, Dec '17, Y

A very good report is one where the reader felt like he/she also went on the trip and this what this trip report has done. Well done! I fly to Sydney a lot on Economy from SFO on UA. After seeing what AA serves for meals, I'm not going to complain about the food on UA. It seems that the amount of fo...

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by atsiang
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 31792

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Just like with every coin, with every story there are two sides... I watched the entire show last night and though it may seem sensationalist or one-sided. But to me, Allegiant has been very lucky that they have not had an accident with fatality and it's clear that safety is not a top priority withi...

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by atsiang
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: NK ORD-LAX-ORD: Can A United Guy Find HIs Spirit?
Replies: 23
Views: 7352

Re: NK ORD-LAX-ORD: Can A United Guy Find HIs Spirit?

Very nice trip report! You tell your story very well!

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by atsiang
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9911

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

If that Air Canada flight had crashed into those 5 planes taxing for 28R, I'm sure there would have been a push to relocate 28R. But the whole runway issue has been a mess over the years with nimbys, environmentalist...etc. I've been in the bay area for the past 35 years and have a lot to say about ...

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by atsiang
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone close encounter with Frontier jet. On video
Replies: 90
Views: 13982

Re: Drone close encounter with Frontier jet. On video

Realism has certainly improved over the years with flight sim, FSX, P3D, X-plane and I've dealt with MSFS for the past 20 years since the days of FS4! But no way is this a flight simulator.

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by atsiang
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery
Replies: 103
Views: 8999

Re: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery

I disagree with others with regards to SQ's livery. Over the years, it's been changed a little here and a little there including the shade of yellow changed to the present gold color and what they have now is absolutely fantastic, very elegant and timeless. As for WN, I have mixed feelings about the...

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by atsiang
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus
Replies: 66
Views: 19749

Re: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus

The greatest salesman and he deserves a long and happy retirement. But to be potentially negative. Would JL have been a key member of the team/teams that had this obsession- no sorry 'death wish' with quads? Not once ,not twice but three times!!And this from the company that invented the widebodied...

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by atsiang
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Uniforms for AS
Replies: 54
Views: 8185

Re: New Uniforms for AS

In general it seems that uniforms of airlines in the US are bland and uninspiring at best. Virgin America perhaps had the best uniforms. These new uniforms by Alaska seem okay, trying to mix AS and VX together.

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by atsiang
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Return Flight: Hangzhou to San Francisco on United's 787
Replies: 8
Views: 6934

Re: Return Flight: Hangzhou to San Francisco on United's 787

The dinner meal looks quite sad and quite typical of UA long haul flights. I fly frequently from SFO to SYD on economy and their meals are substandard.

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by atsiang
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 60740

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

Hard to choose WN when HA offers a better product, with widebody comfort and a meal and of course assigned seating. Over the years I've flown less and less on WN and the whole check in process is just terribly annoying. Now as UA Premier Gold there is really no reason for me to fly WN. You fly enou...

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by atsiang
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Premium Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 3292

Re: United Premium Economy

Wish UA can increase the seat width on Economy+. I have flown internationally between SFO and SYD on Economy+ often and appreciate the leg room but because it is so narrow I'm ALWAYS bumping or others bumping me. Just flew on CX Premium Economy a few weeks ago from YVR to HKG and it was my first tim...

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by atsiang
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air's New Safety Video
Replies: 3
Views: 711

Re: EVA Air's New Safety Video

I think its classy, but Im not sure interpretive dance is the best for a safety video. Its too distracting and it may be hard for inexperienced flyers to figure out. I would have to agree that the dance is too distracting and much too "busy" for a safety video. It seems that so many airli...

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by atsiang
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!
Replies: 24
Views: 11740

Re: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!

Wow, very very well done trip report! Felt like I was on the trip!

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by atsiang
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 124
Views: 17214

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

Those are simply hideous colors. Perhaps a darker purple would work but not with those shades of purple.

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by atsiang
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 60740

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

Hard to choose WN when HA offers a better product, with widebody comfort and a meal and of course assigned seating. Over the years I've flown less and less on WN and the whole check in process is just terribly annoying. Now as UA Premier Gold there is really no reason for me to fly WN.

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by atsiang
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF
Replies: 45
Views: 6011

Re: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF

Wow, surprised at MCO, definitely not tops in my books. Visited there are few months ago for business and I was not impressed at all.

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by atsiang
Mon May 01, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again
Replies: 99
Views: 9417

Re: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again

Let me get back on topic. So United wants to make flying friendly again. Question is, why did it become unfriendly to begin with? Answer that question and maybe United will actually figure out how to really make flying friendly again. Once they figure out that secret, they might be actually able to...

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by atsiang
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 870 Sydney to SFO cancellations?
Replies: 14
Views: 3842

UA 870 Sydney to SFO cancellations?

I noticed that On Apr 5 and Apr 11, UA 870 were cancelled. Can anyone shed some light as to why these flights were cancelled? Makes me kind of nervous as I will be going to Sydney on UA next week!

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by atsiang
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 130662

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

If this guy was a doctor, he should have conducted himself like a professional. While he has a lot of sympathizers he also has a bunch of clients who will likely not want him to practice medicine on them. I know I wouldn't want to be "under the knife" of a guy who throws a fit when life t...

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by atsiang
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS vs. WN in California moving forward
Replies: 90
Views: 6620

Re: AS vs. WN in California moving forward

I've flown WN since I was a college student in the mid 90's flying between LA and San Jose and for the most part I have stuck with them due to the fact that their change fee is $0. I don't have to worry about that my booking allowing for flexibility and also 2 bags free. Really hard to beat the no c...

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by atsiang
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report

I have experienced the pilot coming out to the cabin and introducing himself, the cabin crew and give pre-flight briefing on Alaska a couple of times too. The first time it took me by surprise. Love the personal touch that little gesture adds. I fly between Bay Area and Seattle pretty much every mo...

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by atsiang
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report

Thanks! The Apple campus was a nice bonus. Glad you like! It was sure neat to see the campus under construction. Was your dessert placed straight on the tray? How odd. Food looks good! Actually that dessert was a piece of bread. It looked like a cheesecake or something similar. Overall, not a bad m...

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by atsiang
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Help with adding a photo to a post.
Replies: 9
Views: 2713

Re: Help with adding a photo to a post.

I'm having difficulty adding pictures to my trip report. I'm using dropbox as suggested but the image doesn't show up. I'm using the [img]my%20link[/img] but this https://www.dropbox.com/s/gzmg11dybidj7yv/IMG_5313.JPG?dl=0 shows up. Can anyone help shed some light as to what I'm doing wrong? Thanks...

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by atsiang
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Warm hospitality on Alaska Airlines from San Jose to Seattle+ Video Trip Report

Last year in Apr 2016, I had an opportunity to go to Seattle from San Jose for business. When it came to deciding which airline to fly, that became the toughest decision. There are a good number of airlines running flights up and down the West Coast of the US. Rather than choosing United which I nor...

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by atsiang
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Help with adding a photo to a post.
Replies: 9
Views: 2713

Re: Help with adding a photo to a post.

I'm having difficulty adding pictures to my trip report. I'm using dropbox as suggested but the image doesn't show up. I'm using the [img]my%20link[/img] but this https://www.dropbox.com/s/gzmg11dybidj7yv/IMG_5313.JPG?dl=0 shows up. Can anyone help shed some light as to what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.

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by atsiang
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SFO A Wx Mess Explained for Laymen
Replies: 17
Views: 3043

Re: Why is SFO A Wx Mess Explained for Laymen

Of all the traffic patterns to SFO, we need some sort of alert anytime planes use the 1's for landings. Though this is super rare, I would drive to SF from San Jose in a jiffy to capture the landings on the 1's.

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by atsiang
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 87145

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

Of all the recent unveilings of new liveries, this one by Air Canada is average. The racoon mask just doesn't work well. Good to see that the fuselage isn't entirely white. Hope that with their new livery unveiling comes with new and improved service. My first and only trip on Air Canada from SFO to...

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by atsiang
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far away is the commercial airline industry from adopting BWB designs?
Replies: 28
Views: 6498

Re: How far away is the commercial airline industry from adopting BWB designs?

Can't see it ever happening, airports configurations would have to be redesigned.

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by atsiang
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Landing/Takeoff "Reversal" on 10/28 last Friday, January 6, 2017 - unusual?
Replies: 20
Views: 3645

Re: SFO Landing/Takeoff "Reversal" on 10/28 last Friday, January 6, 2017 - unusual?

On Sunday, My son and I went over to the BART parking garage on the west side of 101 across from the departure end of the 19's. It was pretty damn neat to watch the heavies going right over our heads and banking hard to the south in wind and rain. Found it interesting though that an Asiana 777 took...

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