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by UA735WL
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TU-104 Restoration
Replies: 19
Views: 4418

Re: TU-104 Restoration

From a safety standpoint, the Tu-104 and the Comet were rushed to service, with similar results. From a comfort point of view, the Tu-104, with big engines installed in the wing roots, next to the cabin, was very noisy and subject to vibrations. The story is that in 1960, Nikita Khrushchev, then le...

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by UA735WL
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”
Replies: 69
Views: 13922

Re: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”

Kelly is right; something has to change. I agree with lightsaber; the economy has to reopen. If we torpedo everyone's livelihood, the economic effects have the potential to become inter-generational i.e last much longer and affect more people than it would if everyone just got the virus. There was a...

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by UA735WL
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was KAL 007 saveable?
Replies: 24
Views: 8934

Re: Was KAL 007 saveable?

I recall reading in the investigation of KAL007, that the fighter pilots of the 1978 incident, KAL902, were severely reprimanded for not “completing the job” allowing the 707 to escape. It was said that the fighter pilots who brought down KAL007 had this in mind. If they allowed the target to escap...

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by UA735WL
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 14494

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

What about the 6 foot rule. You don’t have 6 feet from aisle to window or aisle to aisle if you keep the middle seat open. The virus didn’t arbitrarily decided 6 feet but that has been the deemed distance except on a plane. A mask and distance can not guarantee your safety. They are aides to that s...

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by UA735WL
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 14494

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

What about the 6 foot rule. You don’t have 6 feet from aisle to window or aisle to aisle if you keep the middle seat open. The virus didn’t arbitrarily decided 6 feet but that has been the deemed distance except on a plane. A mask and distance can not guarantee your safety. They are aides to that s...

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by UA735WL
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?
Replies: 34
Views: 2324

Re: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?

NW used to use DLH as a training airport for the 747-200. Apparently the locals didn't take well to it.

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by UA735WL
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14092

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

The first case that is traced to a contact from a WN flight will result in litigation. WN must feel it is cheaper to do without and let it play out in court. I don't see any liability there at all. Got it from a WN flight? Did it come from the arm rest, or the person behind you? Prove it. You can't...

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by UA735WL
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any progress on the Russian Chinese jet CRAIC CR929?
Replies: 24
Views: 5604

Re: Any progress on the Russian Chinese jet CRAIC CR929?

I always wondered what the point of this venture was, I really don't think that Russia has anything to gain from the Chinese aviation industry. They already know how to make airliners (even widebodies) and have been doing so for decades. Financial resources for development and more importantly prod...

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by UA735WL
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any progress on the Russian Chinese jet CRAIC CR929?
Replies: 24
Views: 5604

Re: Any progress on the Russian Chinese jet CRAIC CR929?

I always wondered what the point of this venture was, I really don't think that Russia has anything to gain from the Chinese aviation industry. They already know how to make airliners (even widebodies) and have been doing so for decades.

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by UA735WL
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 3704

Re: B727 cockpit

The cockpit of the 737 originally has had a flight engineer. The airlines started wanting the 737 like the DC-9 to be a two man crew but ALPA fought it. When Western Airlines started selling their three man crew 737s to Air France and turning them over to Air France at MSP, and not buying any 737s,...

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by UA735WL
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4360

Re: large single aisle aircraft

The 757-300 is the single aisle plane WHEN FULL has the least CASM (cost per available seat mile). I personally feel Boeing should re-engine the 757. Cost per AVAILABLE seat mile assumes its full. It’s right in the definition. (Face palm) You're attempting to correct someone without knowing what yo...

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by UA735WL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020
Replies: 771
Views: 71548

Re: AS officially sending the E175 to Alaska

I can't imagine that the AS mainline pilots are particularly happy about this. SEA-ANC/FAI on an E75? There is *nothing* regional about such a route. Those are AS's trunk routes to Alaska. Sure it says it "complements" the mainline service, but you'd be naive to think that if it does well ...

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by UA735WL
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15393

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

Does anyone have pics of the flight engineer panel on the Caravelle? I can never seem to find a good one- all the cockpit shots are facing forward.

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by UA735WL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15393

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

And now some controversy. I saw a documentary a long time ago that said that Douglas had signed a deal with Sud to build Caravelles in the US, got the plans as a result, then reneged on the deal and copied the plans to make the DC-9. I've heard this too although I'm not sure if they actually *copie...

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by UA735WL
Wed May 27, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10167

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

As I recall, one of the reasons the -300 and beyond series 737s got the fairing/fillet (whatever you want to call it) that is so conspicuously absent from this airplane was to improve rudder authority in an engine out situation with the more powerful CFM56 vs the JT8Ds on the 100/200. Like other pos...

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by UA735WL
Sun May 24, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions
Replies: 236
Views: 39118

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

OzarkD9S wrote:
StrandedAtMKG wrote:

WN is the original LCC. They invented it. We wouldn't even have the concept of an LCC without WN.


Then why did WN execs go to PSA and study their concept? Give credit where credit is due...PSA.



To be fair, WN did pioneer the homogeneous fleet model (PSA did not).

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by UA735WL
Sat May 16, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Combi Safety Cards & Evacuations
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Combi Safety Cards & Evacuations

Hi folks, Recently I read a thread about the 727-100 and how the 1R door was positioned to allow for a full size exit in a pax-heavy combi config. My question is this- in the movable-wall combi aircraft of yesteryear, did the safety instruction cards have to be changed for each configuration? And we...

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by UA735WL
Tue May 12, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 4633

Re: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement

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As it turns out, we had a thread on this a while back (with a few good examples!) Definitely worth a read (and I'm not saying that because I started it ;)


viewtopic.php?t=568827

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by UA735WL
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 8004

Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Hi folks, Bit of a two pronged question, so bear with me As far as I know, SU and flag carriers of other Eastern Bloc countries operated Soviet airliners quite frequently on various international routes to Western countries. In these instances, did the Soviet types require any sort of special handli...

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by UA735WL
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737-900 non-ER with split scimitar winglets
Replies: 3
Views: 1914

Re: Alaska Airlines 737-900 non-ER with split scimitar winglets

It's actually a small subfleet of non-winglet 900s at AS. The 3 oldest non-ER -900s in the AS fleet (302, 303, & 305) are the only ones that lack the necessary wing structure for winglets. The rest of the 900 (ER or not) fleet is perfectly capable of handling winglets, be they blended or scimita...

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by UA735WL
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t 3 engine planes push out 4 engine planes like 2 engines did?
Replies: 118
Views: 18799

Re: Why didn’t 3 engine planes push out 4 engine planes like 2 engines did?

No - you ask the engineer that actually understands how it works. First of all, I *highly* doubt that you played any part in designing the center engine position on any of the tri-jets. They are consistently of significantly higher T/W than they should be to meet OEI condition. Reason is simple - t...

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by UA735WL
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle Times article on Safety culture at Horizon
Replies: 42
Views: 7101

Re: Seattle Times article on Safety culture at Horizon

Yah, this article lost journalistic credibility with this blurb: "The only serious accident in the airline’s passenger service was in 1988, when a Q400 crash-landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after an engine fire. Four passengers suffered serious injuries." Really? What other...

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by UA735WL
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can QF haul any CARGO on their LAX-SYD/BNE/MEL & SFO-SYD flights?
Replies: 17
Views: 4035

Re: Can QF haul any CARGO on their LAX-SYD/BNE/MEL & SFO-SYD flights?

EK can carry full pax and some cargo DXB-LAX vv where the 77W cannot carry full pax no cargo. I don't understand what this has to do with LAX-SYD cargo loads, especially since it's nearly 1000 nm longer. I suspect it has something to do with it being one of the rare instances when the A380 can take...

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by UA735WL
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA accuses Lufthansa of illegal flights
Replies: 112
Views: 22141

Re: FAA accuses Lufthansa of illegal flights

This is the FAA waving their saber and coming down hard on LH because they "lied" and operated the flights without realizing their ops spec was correct. Most FAA regulations are enforced by trust- the FAA could never employ enough personnel to actually check that the literal tomes of FARs ...

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by UA735WL
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Serious fume event on BA A320 - both pilots partially incapacitated
Replies: 82
Views: 21681

Re: Serious fume event on BA A320 - both pilots partially incapacitated

For what it's worth, I flew on an AA A319 a while back when their fleet was being delivered ~2014, and remember an almost overpowering odor of Jet-A during start. I only have ever experienced this one time, and as such cannot say if it's airplane specific or if it is influenced by things like seat l...

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by UA735WL
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6204

Re: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?

I know that the rigging for a V-tail Bonanza is more complicated than that of a conventional tail airplane. I suppose in this day and age of fly-by-wire and independent control surfaces that particular problem could be mitigated. I suspect the reason the V-tail never took off was complexity, from bo...

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by UA735WL
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30th anniversary of Qantas LHR-SYD 747 record flight
Replies: 7
Views: 3072

Re: 30th anniversary of Qantas LHR-SYD 747 record flight

http://www.aussieairliners.org/b-747/vh ... story.html

Fitting that the 30th anniversary should come around with all this tall of Project Sunrise and the like.
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There's a pretty entertaining account of the flight at this website:

http://www.aussieairliners.org/b-747/vh ... story.html

Fitting that the 30th anniversary should come around with all this tall of Project Sunrise and the like.

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by UA735WL
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are the B777-200/200ER/300 still in production?
Replies: 11
Views: 3164

Re: Are the B777-200/200ER/300 still in production?

As far as I am aware, the last -200ER was produced in 2013 for OZ to replace the aircraft lost at SFO. The B777-200ER probably is? Heard that they were beefing it up a few years ago. What need would they have to "beef it up" when the 772LR has long since been available? The exact same fram...

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by UA735WL
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines
Replies: 51
Views: 14468

Re: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines

Sorry to see these pretty blue TN birds go, I remember seeing them at LAX and thinking they were quite nice in contrast to all the UA battleship gray planes. On another note I believe that the DC-10-30/40 and MD-11s have a lockout switch that if selected will prevent the center gear from lowering. I...

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by UA735WL
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 5533

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

I believe Indian Airlines had a modified A320 model that had four wheel main landing gear. Qantas had the 707-138 Braniff had the 707-220 Amusingly enough, BN actually operated the 707-138 AND the 707-220. I believe BN used the -138s on the DAL-HNL route. They eventually sold the small -220 fleet t...

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by UA735WL
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 5533

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). -Jonas KLM never operated the MD80. When you consider that all M...

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by UA735WL
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 5533

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version of...

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by UA735WL
Wed May 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship
Replies: 73
Views: 7844

Re: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship

I think they're pretty neat; I don't think there's ever been another civil aircraft certified for a service life as long as the DC-9 family. IIRC it's 115,000 cycles and a similar amount of hours. The way Douglas designed the airplane almost reminds me of the Russian approach- simple and built like ...

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by UA735WL
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up
Replies: 42
Views: 5037

Re: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up

Sitting in the back of an MD-80 during start is a pretty neat experience; the starter engages and the sound progresses from a low rumble and increases in pitch several octaves until it reaches a steady howl that sounds characteristically low bypass and (IMO) exceptionally more interesting then most ...

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by UA735WL
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair Livery - What would you change?
Replies: 12
Views: 1399

Re: Ryanair Livery - What would you change?

A little bit OT, but didn't they make the angel on the tail a bit more....buxom a few years back?

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by UA735WL
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite retired aircraft
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: Favorite retired aircraft

There are many 727's and 737 classics still flying, thread should specify "retired aircraft in the US and Europe" Maybe we could go with airline/aircraft combinations? I was a big fan of WN's 733s- can't count how many times I flew on those growing up. It seemed that the WN 733 would take...

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by UA735WL
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fully Loaded Airliners
Replies: 13
Views: 2659

Re: Fully Loaded Airliners

I recently an article about the Cessna 185 in which the author praised the airplane for being able to take off with full fuel tanks and all four seats occupied- something fairly uncommon in the world of airplanes, largely because the weight required to strengthen the structure reduces efficiency on...

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by UA735WL
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fully Loaded Airliners
Replies: 13
Views: 2659

Fully Loaded Airliners

Hi folks! I recently an article about the Cessna 185 in which the author praised the airplane for being able to take off with full fuel tanks and all four seats occupied- something fairly uncommon in the world of airplanes, largely because the weight required to strengthen the structure reduces effi...

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by UA735WL
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 72786

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

peterinlisbon wrote:
I'm surprised that there is not some kind of technology to bring down such a small thing. Couldn't they just jam whatever frequency it's being controlled on or trace the signals and find the person controlling it?


Time to go get grandpa's trusty 12-gauge! :spin:

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by UA735WL
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Guyana Airways IL62M CCCP86492 Question
Replies: 15
Views: 3660

Re: Guyana Airways IL62M CCCP86492 Question

Didn't Aeronica also operate the Tu-154 at one point? I seem to remember a pic of one at MEX.

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by UA735WL
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tax on kerosine
Replies: 90
Views: 8607

Re: Tax on kerosine

Quite ridiculously that it is cheaper to fly from Manchester to the Costa Brava, have a cocktail on the beach and then fly to London, then to take a train from Manchester to London. Trains are not more efficient or environmentally-friendly by default- I see where you're coming from, but rail mainte...

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by UA735WL
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Not Order All New Planes ETOPS certified?
Replies: 31
Views: 7210

Re: Why Not Order All New Planes ETOPS certified?

ETOPS is not something that you just buy from the factory- ETOPS is also an ongoing maintenance program that essentially has higher standards than a normal program. IIRC there's even a requirement that the engines can't have been to the same shop within a certain amount of time. Airlines have to wor...

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by UA735WL
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 134
Views: 17267

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

The amount of nitpicking is unbelievable. First everyone was clueless on “slots” when it was obvious to anyone with a pulse what he meant and now we’re agrguing about DFW-CDG vs CDG-DFW!?! So you don't have a pulse, if I extrapolate your definition! Anyone with any understanding of flight direction...

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by UA735WL
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: ARJ21 starts commercial operation with 2nd operator Genghis Khan Airlines by July 26th, 2019
Replies: 79
Views: 13480

Re: Genghis Khan Airlines gearing up to take to skies on wings of ARJ21s in early 2019

petertenthije wrote:
Apparantly one in every 200 people is related to Ghenghis Khan. Maybe they should have gotten Fokkers.


By far the most under-appreciated post on this thread :D

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by UA735WL
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange noise coming from a Boeing 777-200 during flight?
Replies: 25
Views: 7638

Re: Strange noise coming from a Boeing 777-200 during flight?

I recently flew ATL-AMS on a KLM 77W, and was rather surprised at both the large increase in engine noise and the gentle but still rather noticable acceleration that accompanied the step climbs. I really enjoyed hearing those GE90s buzz!


-Jonas

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by UA735WL
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines declares success in first summer
Replies: 7
Views: 1513

Re: Flair Airlines declares success in first summer

https://edmontonjournal.com/business/local-business/flair-airlines-claims-record-summer What about costs and earnings since load factor doesn't necessarily means success? Jetsgo Mk. 2 ? I don't know about Jetsgo redux, but these guys have the potential. The aircraft they started flying with are no ...

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by UA735WL
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Punchiest airliners
Replies: 73
Views: 6397

Re: Punchiest airliners

I understand that the Boeing 720B (JT3D refan) was quite the performer, with the JT3D replacement adding the equivalent of a fifth JT3C. I've also heard that the DC-9-10 and -20 series are quite sporty. I was surprised to learn this- the worst takeoff and climb performance I've ever experienced was...

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by UA735WL
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Punchiest airliners
Replies: 73
Views: 6397

Re: Punchiest airliners

I understand that the Boeing 720B (JT3D refan) was quite the performer, with the JT3D replacement adding the equivalent of a fifth JT3C. I've also heard that the DC-9-10 and -20 series are quite sporty. I was surprised to learn this- the worst takeoff and climb performance I've ever experienced was ...

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by UA735WL
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 108
Views: 20858

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

It seems to me that the Air Marshal is the one at fault here- breaking one's cover when in that position is unacceptable unless there is a threat. I wonder what the consequences will be. Have there been many instances where having an air marshal has helped? It seems a primarily US/third world thing....

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