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by aeropix
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW LAX Pacific Gateway
Replies: 12
Views: 3477

Re: NW LAX Pacific Gateway

Well, I have some good memories of Northwest Pacific ops in the 1990's. As ground staff at LAX for Southwest we got some good passes on NW and I availed some of their services, between 1991 and 1997. My first experience was on the then new 747-400 in 1991 from LAX-HNL-SYD and return. This was on the...

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by aeropix
Thu May 28, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - New Documentary
Replies: 4
Views: 1341

Re: Pan Am - New Documentary

Personally, I think the world is obsessed with Pan Am. Like some other posters have said, there were other pioneering airlines. By today's standards Pan Am always had a rather small fleet with infrequent service over a lot of routes. They contributed a lot to the development of commercial aviation, ...

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by aeropix
Mon May 25, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3035

I'm A Believer!

What at first seemed like a gimmick is actually a blessing and I became convinced after one long journey where the shower made the whole day livable. I was called with short notice to attend a family emergency and had to depart Dubai with great haste, not time for pre flight shower - just showed up ...

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by aeropix
Fri May 22, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 153743

Re: PIA A320 crash in Karachi

http://avherald.com/h?article=4d7a6e9a&opt=0 Suspect... gear problem ... unable to retract ..., increased fuel burn resulting in both engines flaming out on the next approach. If you are so short of fuel that you cannot even make 1 missed approach, let alone divert to an alternate, that's eithe...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX Height
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Re: 737 MAX Height

Taller landing gear has to fit somewhere. To fit taller landing gear, you'd have to move the attachment points. That is some major redesign, . I disagree. There are several engineering solutions to make the gear taller. Even the Concorde, using 1960's technology, had telescoping main landing gear t...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff

The 787 has a "gust suppression" system built in to the flight controls that is suppose to alleviate bending moments on the wing structure, thus allowing Boeing to design a lighter wing since the active system relieves the pressures on the structure. Perhaps this system is in action on the...

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by aeropix
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4176

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

Perspective from someone who lives here: both airports are needed and nothing to do with "pride". The DXB / AUH airports are 130km / 80miles apart. Thats 90 minutes with no traffic, and more with "normal" traffic. Both cities have large, high density, high income populations. Res...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4797

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

not in the political interests of the Republican supporting US media to know that the US domestic airport security was virtually none existant prior to 9/11 even after being told numerous times by IATA and ICAO for decades In addition to that, there was the benign, mostly harmless, and even comical...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO codes with repeat letters
Replies: 13
Views: 1775

Re: ICAO codes with repeat letters

I think everyone is missing the OP's point. We all know that there is a "method" or "system" in place to assign the codes, but that is not what he was asking about. There is a bit of discretion in assigning the last two letters. For example Harare, Zimbabwe was FVHA with the last...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28112

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

Ziyulu wrote:
When I flew AA from DFW to AUS in 2016, not even a drink was provided. When I flew UA from AUS to IAH, only a cup of water was offered.


Holy smokes those are like :20 minute sectors, I think the Filet Mingon would be a little too much to ask on such short distances.

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by aeropix
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335921

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

mxaxai wrote:
TXL is routing most passengers through terminal C, SXF is now exclusively using terminal B. .


Guess we don't have to worry about when Berlin Brandenburg will open for a while... :duck:

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by aeropix
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulator Training to increase?
Replies: 4
Views: 1758

Re: Simulator Training to increase?

At my airline we closed the simulators for the next 30 days, to prevent transmission of the virus inside the stuffy little mechanical box. Guys/Gals who need recurrent are being given a 4-month extension waiver by the authorities to give everyone time to see how this thing shakes out. I think the &q...

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of A380-capable gates
Replies: 24
Views: 4418

Re: The future of A380-capable gates

Fun fact: The A380 can be boarded and deboarded via stairs from the apron as well. No bridges needed triple or not . The only specific airport equipment it needs are tow tractors capable of handling it's weight and upper deck catering trucks. AHHHH! That is absolutely NOT what airbus said to LAX du...

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RJAA approach chart question
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: RJAA approach chart question

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Actually, I looked it up, Civil Japan uses PANS-OPS.


On the LIDO charts its listed as TERPS at least for the circling radii.

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RJAA approach chart question
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: RJAA approach chart question

Surprisingly, the LIDO presentation makes it a bit more clear. It's the step-downs for the LOC-DME approach. 1500 to birds, 730 to D3.5 ITM, then MDA of 510 for cat C/D til the MissedApproachPoint at D0.7 ITM. It's been a while to use JEPPS but I believe the shaded grey altitudes are for obstacle cl...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2431

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

So its giving you a “virtual” CDI display of the VOR signal that is coming from FMGC (GPS). Do i have that right? The thing that was hard for me to wrap my head around many years ago when I transitioned from general aviation airplanes to FMC navigation was that there is NO Course Deviation Indicato...

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by aeropix
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)
Replies: 6
Views: 1459

Re: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)

Well, I think that you might be using terminology differently than pilots, hence the confusion. "Flight Plan" (in very basic terms) is a pre-flight planning document which is a planned route from origin to destination, is accepted by the pilots and shared with air traffic control. I don't ...

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by aeropix
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)
Replies: 6
Views: 1459

Re: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)

Well, for starters, in flight re-planning is a non-issue given the availability of Flight Management computers and Electronic Flight Bags. These two tools have eliminated the need for paper charts, plotting and measuring any route changes, and manually calculating fuel burns over the revised routing...

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by aeropix
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1351
Views: 255490

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Thanks for the link. Is something wrong with it's pressurization? 20 flights and none much higher than 20k feet? Do they need to wait for something before they can climb to actual cruise altitudes? Did any other Boeing test plane before remain so low for so long? Maybe they don’t want a big explosi...

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by aeropix
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210729

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Meanwhile Emirates is operating a full schedule, but not without adequate precautions. Hand sanitizer and paper face masks are being distributed to all crew members operating the China flights, though use of the face masks seems to be meant for the layover rather than onboard use.

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by aeropix
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often/practical flying with full fuel tanks?
Replies: 14
Views: 2634

Re: How often/practical flying with full fuel tanks?

Here's a good trivia point on that topic. I once had a 16 hour flight in the 777-300ER, and needed a certain WEIGHT of fuel for the flight plan. Because we were departing from a hot origin, the fuel density was quite low due to the high temperatures. After filling the tanks to maximum volume, we wer...

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by aeropix
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aer Lingus L-1011 question
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: Aer Lingus L-1011 question

DL_Mech wrote:


That's definitely not at Newark... too green!

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by aeropix
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner navigation immediately before GPS
Replies: 47
Views: 3912

Re: Airliner navigation immediately before GPS

The last commercial flights that operated without GPS in the United States were probably flown by Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.... but in actual practice, flights rarely flew on airways, it was usually radar vectors direct when able. Yes I remember those days, everyone was using handheld GPS and sayin...

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condensation trails Turbobprop
Replies: 20
Views: 3965

Re: Chemtrails Turbobprop

and now for something completely different and violating my own rule of "do not stray from the topic posts"..A ground contrail... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iIy3towV1w Holy smokes thanks so much for straying off, that is by far the most amazing airliner video I've seen in a very lon...

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by aeropix
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are airlines painted so accurately?
Replies: 13
Views: 2859

Re: How are airlines painted so accurately?

I think most airlines avoid stripes on the radome just for this reason, a small variation looks terrible if it needs to be swapped.

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by aeropix
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPWS System
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: GPWS System

Since everybody already gave complete and accurate answers, I will just make a small comment about the thread title: "GPWS" stands for "Ground Proximity Warning System" so the title of the thread translates to "Ground Proximity Warning System System". I won't say it's r...

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by aeropix
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sheikh Ahmed: Emirates still denied access to 'many cities'
Replies: 107
Views: 18701

Re: Sheikh Ahmed: Emirates still denied access to 'many cities'

qf2220 wrote:
ASAs are unlimited to most cities, with restrictions only on SYD, MEL, BNE, PER and sometimes ADL.


Ah, I see it's unlimited to most cities, with the exception of most cities.

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by aeropix
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sheikh Ahmed: Emirates still denied access to 'many cities'
Replies: 107
Views: 18701

Re: Sheikh Ahmed: Emirates still denied access to 'many cities'

Fiend wrote:
History shows that people will fly direct whenever possible.


chidino wrote:
History shows most people will choose the cheapest option.


Well, it looks like we have a debate about what the people really want, so I think hub airlines with lower fares will always have a competitive niche.

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by aeropix
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Unresponsive Aircraft' DC Area
Replies: 24
Views: 6011

Re: 'Unresponsive Aircraft' DC Area

ADIZ? I thought we called it a TFR. ADIZ runs around the perimeter of contiguous US. Well, the thing is, I think that title can apply. Operationally, It is, after all, operating exactly as an ADIZ, or Air Defense Identification Zone and so in my opinion that title could be an appropriate descriptio...

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by aeropix
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GoAir Goes Ploughing at Bengaluru
Replies: 20
Views: 4918

Re: GoAir Goes Ploughing at Bengaluru

My guess is the pilots mistook the edge lights for the centerline lights. They would not be the first to do so. I was riding with my friend in Airport ops at LAX one day when China Airlines lined up on the edge lights in broad daylight and tried to take off. It sounds impossible to believe but these...

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by aeropix
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX
Replies: 55
Views: 13551

Re: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX

Any chance you'd explain this? I've been living under a rock most of my life and don't understand. It's a reference to a country song. "Fly Over States" by Jason Aldean. Hey someone got it! Don't feel bad for not getting it, I don't think I was clear enough about it being a reference Than...

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by aeropix
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX
Replies: 55
Views: 13551

Re: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX

speedbird52 wrote:
I wonder if those couple guys in first class on a flight finally did meet a girl from Amarillo


Any chance you'd explain this? I've been living under a rock most of my life and don't understand.

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 Dreamlifter Development Presentation
Replies: 4
Views: 1238

Re: Boeing 747 Dreamlifter Development Presentation

Wow good recommendation. I thought I was the only one watching the Peninsula Senior's channel! They frequently have pilots on there - mostly ex-military from Southern California - sharing a variety of aviation lore and reminiscence. It's worth subscribing to their channel, but this was one of the be...

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Windscreen Upward Visibility: Why the Big Pinch?
Replies: 13
Views: 1697

Re: 787 Windscreen Upward Visibility: Why the Big Pinch?

What regulatory minima have been infringed? Do you have something specific that you think violates regulations on the 787 windscreen? With all of Boeing's woes, I think it's one thing they got right, and I haven't heard any complaints about visibility on any Boeing airplane. If you're sitting up nex...

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-600 Cargo Hold
Replies: 4
Views: 1243

Re: 737-600 Cargo Hold

OK but I think he is talking about "compartments" not "cargo holds". From a ramper's or loader's perspective, there is a compartment forward of the door, and one aft of the door for a total of 4 compartments on most 737's I think he is curious (and I am too) if all 4 compartments...

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by aeropix
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Situation @Schiphol: Accidental trigger cockpit emergency distress
Replies: 105
Views: 13450

Re: Situation @Schiphol: Accidental trigger cockpit emergency distress

So shutting down one of the world's major airports ... is appropriate? Yes absolutely. Most of the "security theater" that we endure has to do with DETERRENCE, that is the concept of deterring a threat by demonstrating that the defenses in place are sufficient to overcome the would-be hij...

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by aeropix
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 Wingtip Question
Replies: 2
Views: 3345

Re: B727 Wingtip Question

The system you see was marketed under the brand-name "Tel-Tail" lights. They are bright directional light installed on the wingtips primarily of old airliners. Newer generation aircraft tend to have what are generically called "Logo Lights" installed in the horizontal stabilizer ...

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by aeropix
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International flight question
Replies: 10
Views: 9442

Re: International flight question

Most US citizens do not have a passport, so I suppose the OP was hoping to achieve his flight without the hassle of applying for one.

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by aeropix
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing settles MAX deaths - $1.2+ million USD
Replies: 29
Views: 6564

Re: Boeing settles MAX deaths - $1.2+ million USD

If the "price" in the title does turn out to be accurate (at least on average) then the total cost of ALL those lives lost will be equivalent to the list price of just ONE of Boeing's wide bodies more or less. Seems very little financial incentive to increase safety if the total "cost...

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by aeropix
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Clarification of 02 use by pilots above FL400
Replies: 22
Views: 3147

Re: Clarification of 02 use by pilots above FL400

The rules are different in counties outside of the USA. For example I have flown all the way up to FL430 without either pilot wearing the mask, because we have quick donning masks and they are always set to 100% and that's the rule for my airline and country of registration. So the answer to your qu...

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by aeropix
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident: 777-300ER Aeroflot at Moscow (SVO)
Replies: 13
Views: 6339

Re: Incident: 777-300ER Aeroflot at Moscow (SVO)

Probably auto-level failure. Common on all boarding bridges worldwide

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by aeropix
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays
Replies: 38
Views: 11696

Re: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays

I wonder if he got paid for the flight. Uff! I don't even want to think of the bureaucratic nightmare that would follow such a move at my Airline. Endless headaches trying to pry the extra pay out of them with claims forms and so forth. Good luck getting a refund from Pass Travel for the "used...

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by aeropix
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32113

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

If he's serious about 2035 that means his last one (presumably entering ~2021) will be ~14 years old. I'm pretty dubious that they'll really stretch them out that long. I guess the good news is he'll have plenty of parts donors to choose from. My guess is like many things in the airline game, this ...

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by aeropix
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway Starter Extension vs Displaced Threshold
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: Runway Starter Extension vs Displaced Threshold

Displaced thresholds (not to be confused with blast pads) can absolutely be used for takeoff distance. As far as why and how often they're used, they are very frequent at many airports. In recent years I believe they have become even more common (at least in the US) due to extended RSA mandated by ...

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by aeropix
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL
Replies: 195
Views: 73470

Re: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL

In cases like these when the plane is damaged (not extensively, but at the same time enough to consider a write-off), do the pilots ever face disciplinary or economic charges from the airlines? Is that common? A hard landing in normal wheater is usually pilot error, no? I, too am curious about Delt...

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by aeropix
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs
Replies: 180
Views: 31496

Re: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs

. This use of the JV mechanism to effectively outsource Delta flying to a foreign carrier ... is fundamentally inconsistent with the Department’s public interest Hallelujah! Management has for years been beating the drums about the Middle East carriers stealing Delta routes while what was actually ...

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by aeropix
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs
Replies: 180
Views: 31496

Re: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs

Umm, not quite. Exactly how is AF "lower cost" Because the “cost” of operating those flights are not from Delta’s pot. So in theory those flights are “free” for Delta to operate. Can’t get much lower “cost” than free. This is why the unions have to resist this kind of thing spreading, bec...

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by aeropix
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 133
Views: 26407

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

45 mins to deplane 130+ pax, clean and fuel the aircraft and then emplane that many and depart, seems tight. it just seems to be a tight turn after that long a flight. . When I worked at Southwest in the 1990's, over half of our flights were scheduled 15 minute turns, with 137 seat 737-300's. I was...

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by aeropix
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair UK-based pilots vote to strike.
Replies: 28
Views: 4634

Re: Ryanair UK-based pilots vote to strike.

Question is: are the BALPA-represented pilots 100% of the FR pilots? I'm wondering if this works differently in England than the US? In my experience once the Union is voted "in" then there is one Collective Bargaining Agreement that covers the ENTIRE workgroup, whether they are in the un...

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