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by IAHFLYR
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline test flights?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Airline test flights?

At the carrier I worked as a crew scheduler for pilots were always adamant that we refer to it as a Functional Check Flight, as test flights were for experimental aircraft, and those pilots got paid way more. Functional Check Flight (FCF) well used term in the military and letter of agreement betwe...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline test flights?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Airline test flights?

When CO was getting their B752's added to the fleet they were required to make a few test flights as the old swipe a credit card phones (GE I think) were being installed to see what if any impact they'd have on navigation components. I knew the fleet Manager pretty well and he asked me to ride the j...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting Flight Who knows what this is??
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Interesting Flight Who knows what this is??

Aerial mapping or air sampling, happens all the time for any number of reasons. They work closely with ATC to formulate a flight plan concept with routings, altitudes, turn points etc., times to start/end the sorties. Flight crew and ATC working together as always (so we hope) and all is good. :thum...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 3832

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

I would think, not being a pilot, but that tailwind would have exceeding their landing gear speed. I would have to ask around at the tower why they were not on a 19/19 operations. The only complication would be if OAK were landing on 30 then SFO would be kind of forced into this operations, but sti...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Going out of your way to fly a special type
Replies: 48
Views: 1908

Re: Going out of your way to fly a special type

While not something I would normally do, I've flown AA from IAH-DFW-ORD rather than IAH-ORD just to fly on one of the last Super 80's I though I'd probably be able to ride. Then a few months later found myself booking DL from IAH-ATL-RSW rather than the usual UA IAH-RSW non-stop just to ride on an M...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "HALO1" and "HALO2" routing SMX-TUL today
Replies: 17
Views: 3798

Re: "HALO1" and "HALO2" routing SMX-TUL today

Well, then if that 1/8 mi visibility was expected to hold that would mean VBG would be closed while SMX was open. However, it appears these aircraft also flew TUL-SMX-TUL on Aug 31/Sept 1 so for whatever reason,it seems they prefer to use SMX. Yes, Vandenberg itself is very large and the runway is ...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "HALO1" and "HALO2" routing SMX-TUL today
Replies: 17
Views: 3798

Re: "HALO1" and "HALO2" routing SMX-TUL today

The base may not have suitable parking for them. They might prefer to just park at the FBO at SMX. Also, this morning VBG was reporting just 1/8 Mile visibility while SMX is reporting 3/4 Mile. SMX, considering it is a commercial airport likely has better ILS. Both of them have ILS RVR mins of 2,40...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was it like to fly during the weeks following 9/11?
Replies: 10
Views: 1350

Re: What was it like to fly during the weeks following 9/11?

Flew IAH-RSW on Sept. 24th, plane had maybe 20 passengers. On the way home flew RSW-MIA-IAH, the CO MD80 from MIA had exaclty three passengers. I'd gotten my upgrade to first class a day before, but the crew brought the other two folks up to first class as well. It was very strange in all the airpor...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United Airlines 737s with PTVs
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Re: United Airlines 737s with PTVs

https://sites.google.com/site/unitedfle ... t-tracking
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Can't help ya with what a CEO may or may not do, but take a look for yourself regarding the PDE.

https://sites.google.com/site/unitedfle ... t-tracking

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?
Replies: 77
Views: 7111

Re: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?

We had a married couple that flew together most of the time on the MD80 at Continental She was the Captain and he was the FO, they were able to bid to fly together most of the time I'm fairly certain I know who you're speaking of. After you guys retired the 80's I believe they went to the 737 fleet.

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Galley servicing limiting turnaround time
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Galley servicing limiting turnaround time

I have seen on many occasions catering done while boarding a plane when seated in first class. One of the Flight Attendants will stand near the galley entrance while the catering is completed, so I very much doubt it is not legal though in a perfect world they'd prefer to have catering completed pri...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?
Replies: 34
Views: 2333

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

https://reports.aviation-safety.net/199 ... N14931.pdf
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TWA772LR wrote:
I remember Expressjet actually using the 145 for training in the early 2000s. I think they kept one or 2 on the apron at the XJ hangar just for that.


They did and also had an accident at BPT while doing traning.

https://reports.aviation-safety.net/199 ... N14931.pdf

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”
Replies: 28
Views: 3385

Re: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”

To complicate matters more, like a lot of larger airports, CDG has two tower frequencies, one for north and one for south. You get used to it. Oh for sure, at IAH, DFW, MIA, ATL, DEN, PHX, LAX, etc., there are multiple tower frequencies that are required due to the dual/triple independent simultane...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”
Replies: 28
Views: 3385

Re: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”

Some airports have two tower frequencies, one for IFR traffic (English only) and one for VFR traffic (English or local language). They're both used by the same controller but allows to separate the VFR chatter from commercial operations. IMHO, as a pilot I would not like that at all. I want to know...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”
Replies: 28
Views: 3385

Re: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”

The controller out there must have been bored out of his mind at 2am talking to only us :lol: At least they were talking to ya! :checkmark: Since they opened the new tower at IAH back in 1997, TRACON was 1.5 miles from it so they had their own crews over there working the shifts so no more to monit...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling all Non-pilots
Replies: 22
Views: 2327

Re: Calling all Non-pilots

peterjohns wrote:
ATC requires a medical class II - at least here in Europe.


Yep, Class II medical is also required in the U.S.

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”
Replies: 28
Views: 3385

Re: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”

Another place you hear this frequently is flying into larger airports at night. For example in El Paso, one controller is working every frequency from Clearance delivery to Approach so sometimes you either stay on approach all the way until shutdown on the ramp or change to each one of his frequenc...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”
Replies: 28
Views: 3385

Re: ATC Command “Change my Frequency”

Notice also the controller did NOT say "change to my frequency..." Elimination of the words "to" and "for" is important not to confuse "two" and "four" which historically, has caused confusion, especially when English is a second language. About 5 y...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?
Replies: 34
Views: 2333

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

Back in the mid to late 80's CO would do I training flights with the B727's and DC9's at IAH during midnight shifts as well as TranStar with their DC9-50's and MD82's. It was great and helped the night fly by with a couple of trainers doing ILS and touch-n-goes.

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Dated flight terms?

Ya know I'm not certain of this, but I'd be "check flying" is a dated term these days!

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Typical MD-82 Cruise Speed
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: Typical MD-82 Cruise Speed

The performance calculation could have involved using less flap and thus needing a longer takeoff run. The advantage of doing this would be better initial climb performance. Absolutely, though still got the attention of us tower controllers regardless. It would have been nice if the crew would have...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Diversion
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: Diversion

Goes back a few years now, but ELP-IAH, held around CLL area for probably 30 minutes before starting the approach to IAH with storms all around the airport. They abandoned the approach (probably very smart move) and headed north to DFW for gas where we sat for about an hour. Taxied out only to sit f...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Typical MD-82 Cruise Speed
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: Typical MD-82 Cruise Speed

[quote="Max Q"]Continental really stretched the limits of what the MD80 could do, mainly because they just didnt have the right equipment in those days for many routes quote] I can remember working in the old tower at IAH and watching a CO MD80 going to BOS or maybe even SEA departing Runw...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Dated flight terms?

Max Q wrote:
That takes me back to my cancelled check flying days, been there and done that

Best wishes


Was that in a C210, BE58 or MU2? Boy there's a "dated flight term", MU2!! Not many of them flying around I suspect.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Dated flight terms?

Ever issue a “cleared thru” clearance? I got one once, “cleared to Denver (Stapleton) through Grand Island via xxxx, Maintain xxxx, report off Grand Island on this frequency”. No other traffic, so IFR while quick fueling. Yes I did, though not very often and probably not more than a handful of time...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Dated flight terms?

Wasn’t there a time, a visual approach required radar coverage, so a contact was the only option or cancel? It would have a long time ago—70s maybe. I’ve been given cruise clearances by Oakland OAC in the Pacific. Unusual. As long as I recall (late 70's) having RADAR for a visual approach was not r...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Dated flight terms?

DF Steer, not even sure if the AFSS contractor (whoever it is these days) even knows what the term DF Steer refers to at all. :shakehead: LOC Back Course approach and NDB approach. Yes they still exist and I believe still a requirement to fly one if available for instrument checkride. Runway Visibil...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KLM Radio Call Signs
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: KLM Radio Call Signs

Usually, the reason for the letter suffix is there is another flight with the same call sign scheduled or a flight plan filed for that flight. Normally, it becomes when a flight from A to B is delayed and there is a scheduled gauge (equipment) change at B. The B to C leg is not delayed to accommoda...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 1886

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

RSW is also unspectacular. Really, so the scenery inbound from the northwest just to the west of SRQ and then south along the Gulf Coast with Sanibel/Captiva Islands to your right then turn final over Ft. Myers Beach when landing Runway 6 you don't like. :o Okay, to each their own though some find ...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parallel Runway Assignment
Replies: 15
Views: 1430

Re: Parallel Runway Assignment

DFW works similarly, as does ATL, so I’d assume YYZ would be about the same. You can also add IAH to the list. Landing west, 26R/26L/27 the northwest corner would normally use 26R, northeast corner 26L along with some blending from the southeast corner which would normally use 27 along with the sou...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1612

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

I'm pretty sure it was their culture as you mention.

As for LVL CHG in the climb reference I made a few posts earlier, I failed to put in that VNAV climbs do an excellent job and leaving 10,000' MSL will accelerate to the FMC climb profile speed in the CLB page. My bad! :banghead:

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1612

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

All of our airplanes have a default speed of 240 below 10K in the FMC's. This may be a carrier specific thing, but I'm not certain. I was told they did that to help limit flap overspeeds, but the may be just airline legend. We also don't select flaps 1 above 240 (even though the limit speed is 250)...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How will my United flight in September go?
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: How will my United flight in September go?

zrs70 wrote:
If you truly booked for September 31, you have other worries!


:rotfl: Splendid! :cry2:

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1612

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

The exception would be at lower altitudes to avoid a TCAS alert. You can temporarily use V/S to decrease the rate of climb. TCAS adaptations in the last 10 years have pretty much eliminated the reversal situation which happened quite often with fast climbers to fast descending aircraft. Your point ...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How will my United flight in September go?
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: How will my United flight in September go?

Quick answer, total crap shoot. Schedules will most likely change and if you paid that low a fare who really gives a sheeeet! Just don't have anything time based upon your planned arrival time as it most likely will change as schedules get adjusted during this pandemic.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1612

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

I'm not a "guppy" (B73) pilot, though have very good friends who are and also have quite a few hours flying in a Level D B738 sim some years back and have PMDG NGX on my computer which does seem to have quite good thrust/speed/climb/descent profiles within the A/P. From what I recall using...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 3832

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

I worked at SFO as a tower controller retired 10 years ago. The most common configuration is landing the 28s and departing the 1s. The next is what was called 28/Shoreline, meaning 28L departure would go straight out and the 28R departure would make a right turn on the Shoreline Departure, this can...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 3832

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

AirKevin wrote:
Could wake turbulence be a factor?


Wake turbulence would be a factor yes, but same issue using 1L/R so no difference.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 28
Views: 1328

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

First 74 sighting, no clue though I'm thinking it was probably a Pan AM jet at JFK when we were headed to/from Europe back in 1970. First A340 was at IAH when AF or LH flew it in, year no clue. First A388 was at IAH when LH flew the first A388 into IAH on August 1, 2012, some three months before my ...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar Tracks on Youtube
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: Radar Tracks on Youtube

The video map and display seen here very closely resembles a STARS display found in a TRACON. This video at about the four minute mark taken from Chicago TRACON will show you exactly how similar they are to one another. There are a few other looks at the display later on in the video as well. Very w...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2803

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

FAA definition, a. A visual approach is conducted on an IFR flight plan and authorizes a pilot to proceed visually and clear of clouds to the airport. The pilot must have either the airport or the preceding identified aircraft in sight. This approach must be authorized and controlled by the appropr...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2803

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Actually, the busier an approach control is, the more often they want people on a visual. That way, their separation requirements go down. Once the pilot acknowledges the visual approach clearance ATC has no further separation requirement from that point on until the tower runway separation require...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2803

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

To add a few tidbits... Although a visual approach, it is still a IFR procedure. And the aircraft doesn’t necessarily have to actually have the field in sight. If the aircraft has the preceding aircraft in sight, he can be instructed to follow the traffic and cleared a visual approach. And there ar...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3343

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

Just off the top of my head and in the US, DEN, DTW, MCI, OAJ; to lesser extents PIT, SMF, and RSW. RSW, really!! :stirthepot: It is a 20 minute drive from the airport to downtown Ft. Myers. While I agree no rail service from RSW, it would take longer than driving unless the train did not make any ...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2409

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

The last trip:

Feb. 21, 2020, IAH-OKC UA A320
Feb. 23, 2020, OKC-IAH UA Express E175

Next trip cancelled:

Mar. 23, 2020, IAH-ATL-AUA DL MD90/B752
Mar. 28, 2020, AUA-IAH UA B739

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC staffing levels - Corona
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Re: ATC staffing levels - Corona

As one who has worked in an FAA mobile tower I can tell you it is at best poor. Radios are basically horrible, very very tight quarters with about enough room for two people, sits on a flatbed type trailer about 25'x8' with maybe a 10'x2' of walking around space inside. A/C, hmmm if you're lucky. ht...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Preserved DC-9/MD-80?
Replies: 17
Views: 958

Re: Preserved DC-9/MD-80?

Not sure how preserved it is, but at the Metro Tech facility at OKC there is an AirTran DC9-32 on their ramp along with a few other planes. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Metro+Tech+Aviation+Career+Campus/@35.4099417,-97.6169383,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipNNu0zEHtcshdSXtaHcBAcOM13LNQ0-G...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft altitudes on Flight Tracking systems?
Replies: 10
Views: 1243

Re: Aircraft altitudes on Flight Tracking systems?

zeke wrote:
the ATC radar also accounts for QNH below the transition altitude


Exactly, we put the local altimeter into the RADAR software system locally and change it whenever the altimeter changes for airspace below FL180.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft altitudes on Flight Tracking systems?
Replies: 10
Views: 1243

Re: Aircraft altitudes on Flight Tracking systems?

Though not a flight tracker per say this site does show the correct altitude in MSL. http://www.airportviewer.com/airport/KIAH Go into settings and you can bring up a few items for the data block.....pretty good site to look at from time to time when airports are busy especially, though that is not ...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility/possibility of switching careers to become an ATC professional
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: Feasibility/possibility of switching careers to become an ATC professional

Here is all the information you'll need to answer some of your questions......but at late 30's you cannot get into ATC with the FAA and most likely will not qualify for the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program although I'm not 100% sure of the FCT. https://www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_car...

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