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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA4543 PVD-EWR — why is it canceled so often?
Replies: 12
Views: 2049

Re: UA4543 PVD-EWR — why is it canceled so often?

Cory6188 wrote:
and EWR ATC being what it is


Exactly what does that mean?

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas
Replies: 135
Views: 26719

Re: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas

airplanedriver6 wrote:
Good question, but in fairness not all compressor stalls are noticeable from the flight deck.


Correct from what guys/gals I know who have flown MD80series, though you'd think someone would have noticed something was wrong before V1.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas
Replies: 135
Views: 26719

Re: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas

As mentioned previously, I also had seen N987Ak on the ground at KTME quite a few times in the last month or so via the ADS-B Exchange site and wondered, what the heck is an MD87 doing on the ground at KTME. Also, the owner is a huge home builder in the North/Northwest Houston area so why base your ...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 160
Views: 26817

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

LAXdude1023 wrote:
So not having the destinations is better than having them on a plane you don’t like???


Didn't say anything about the destination losses just the aircraft type. Guess I could have been more specific referencing only the aircraft type, my deepest and sincerest apology. :white:

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Oct 21, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 160
Views: 26817

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Looks like of all the UA CRJ services started from IAH, only JLN will remain. ABI, CHA, SJT, and TLH all cut. Great news as I cannot stand the CRJ2. Although I did see a CRJ2 on the AMA-IAH this morning that was going to divert to DFW only to change that to CLL after a couple of turns in holding pa...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 160
Views: 26817

Re: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2021

Quick update on IAH construction projects: -- United will vacate the Terminal E ticket hall and security processing some time in August (for the duration of the rebuild/additions to the Terminal D/E Central Processor). Work has been ongoing in the Terminal C Ticket Hall/Security screening to provid...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas
Replies: 135
Views: 26719

Re: Plane Crash in Waller County, Texas

Interesting, though not necessarily indicative of anything, that they brought a mechanic along for the ride. A very unfortunate day at KTME, but grateful day that all survived except the airframe. While interesting regarding the mechanic onboard, I know of three different corporate flight departmen...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

I'm pretty sure UA had even upgraded their 757s prior to the far too hasty parking of most of the pmUA fleet they did, because they needed GPS to do a bunch of the stuff that makes SFO work so much better now. I just remember hearing an AA 767 on frequency telling a tower they needed a non-RNAV dep...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

After AA got rid of their remaining /U 767s, is anyone left in the 121 World? I doubt it, Once UA parked their old B752's that were DME/DME/IRU birds that had to have a critical NAVAID working in order to fly some SID/STAR procedures or be /A, that may have been the lowest common denominator in the...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

There are always optimizations that can be made, especially since GPS-based RNAV SIDs and STARs can now basically fully replace the old stuff that was based exclusively on radio navigation. Houston Metroplex OAPM was I believe the first to be operational back in January 2015. However, there are sti...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2131

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

="Woodreau"4 miles is right on the edge of towers airspace and definitely not in any sort of traffic pattern. 8 miles you’re not anywhere near the airport. While referring to Class D airspace you are spot on, however at larger airports such as Class B the actual "tower airspace"...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2131

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

As an ATC I consider short final to be within 1 mile of the runway generally, when I’m issuing traffic. As a retired ATC'r I will go with that Dan wrote. Heck a four or five mile final I'd get one maybe two airliners out on departure before the arrival crosses the threshold.....small planes even mo...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Also, why a visual approach requires ceiling 500’ above the MVA.


The 500' ceiling above the MVA is the requirement for ATC to vector for a visual......if the airport is VFR and you see it, I can clear you for a visual approach regardless of the ceiling just so VFR.

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

The HILPT is done, if KJAC is still center radar only. It’s been awhile and in a bizjet. That’s not a problem for any crew. The airlines either have special procedures or fly the ILZ Z to 19 using the RNAV transition from DNW VOR. Slow to about 200-210 for the course reversal starting the turn outb...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 02, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.

gloom wrote:
My mistake. I was thinking visual approach (on IFR flight), and somehow my fingers translated to VFR. Sorry, all of the above was on VMC approach for an IFR traffic.

Cheers,
Adam


Gotchya, happens to the best! :yes:

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1020

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

Getting into a Class B airport flying a single VFR isn't usually a big deal. Having a good number of runways also helps out during an arrival bank, so we'd just build a gap between the arrivals, have you keep your best forward speed up and bingo you're there. Sometime you'd get vectored around a bit...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 02, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.

A bit different at my country. You cannot directly offer VFR as ATC, as it's pilots to ask and decide. However, almost every pilot in the air would accept an indirect "airport on 11 oclock, 8 miles confirm in sight" and answer properly. ;) Cheers, Adam Just to clarify not to confuse the t...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 02, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.

Regarding visual approaches . . . How does that work? Does the aircraft request it and then need approval from ATC? Does ATC suggest it? A controller can vector an aircraft for a visual approach as long as the reported ceiling is 500' above the minimum vectoring altitude and the visibility is 3 mil...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Oct 02, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: In a circling approach, how much of a straight path is required before landing.

https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/ai ... pproaches/
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Not to muddy the waters, but circling approaches conducted from an instrument procedure have specific obstacle protection criteria which for the circling maneuver.

https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/ai ... pproaches/

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Post-Quarantine Trip: Arkansas Family Reunion UA SAN-IAH-LIT Round Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 2435

Re: First Post-Quarantine Trip: Arkansas Family Reunion UA SAN-IAH-LIT Round Trip

Nice report. Just for those who may not be familiar with IAH, the walk from C41 to E17 takes no longer than 10 minutes walking like a turtle and can be done in less than five minutes with a good pace.

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta A220-200/300 Routes
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Re: Delta A220-200/300 Routes

IAH-LAX
IAH-SLC
IAH-LGA
IAH-MSP

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 72
Views: 3950

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

aeromoe wrote:
If you have to update again, please fix the "American West" to read America West.


I am such an idiot, geez thanks for alerting me to my own stupid lack of proofreading. :banghead:

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 82
Views: 3848

Re: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?

AA B762
CO B762, B764
DL B762
UA B763, B764

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [Video Only] Alaska Milk Run with ATC Audio!
Replies: 3
Views: 1175

Re: [Video Only] Alaska Milk Run with ATC Audio!

Well done. I knew the tapes are erased after 45 days unless an incident etc., made the facility keep them thus my curiosity.

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [Video Only] Alaska Milk Run with ATC Audio!
Replies: 3
Views: 1175

Re: [Video Only] Alaska Milk Run with ATC Audio!

Gorgeous scenery. As one who has not yet visited Alaska I appreciate you posting this trip and great report. How long did it take you to get the audio once you submitted the FOIA?

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reason [s] for strange routings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: Reason [s] for strange routings?

Same type aircraft, but are they for the same airline and are they close to the same time of day? Some aircraft are not overwater equipped with rafts thus they'd be restricted from flying across the Gulf. Another reason might be any equipment that may require the over land route besides rafts. Diffe...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unwarranted disappointments
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: Unwarranted disappointments

Disappointment that turned out to be awesome! In 1992 or 1993 we were scheduled to fly home from PVR-IAH on a CO B722, a plane I thoroughly loved . We get to the airport and the departure holding area at the time at PVR was on the second floor with large windows looking over the ramp. I kept lookin...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unwarranted disappointments
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: Unwarranted disappointments

Disappointment that turned out to be awesome! 1992 we were scheduled to fly home from PVR-IAH on a CO B722. We get to the airport and the departure holding area at the time at PVR was on the second floor with large windows looking over the ramp. I kept looking for the 722 on the ramp, but only found...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2954

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

N47 wrote:
You have summoned me good sir!


Why yes I did and of course the reply was SPOT on! :checkmark: Thanks.

So there you have it VOR fans.

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 58
Views: 3297

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

American - A319
United - A319/A320
Lufthansa - A320

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airlines and their fleets
Replies: 15
Views: 2883

Re: US Airlines and their fleets

MIflyer12 wrote:
I would start by recognizing that a lot of UA's types you reference were acquired when the domestic industry was still regulated into the early 1980s.


I believe the Airline Deregulation Act was actually made Federal Law in 1978.

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Returning from South Africa with Global Entry
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Returning from South Africa with Global Entry

Just a wild guess that you will be able to use GE as the negative test result you have should be take care of prior to boarding the flight from AMS to the U.S. Now as for your "dreaded X", not a clue as I've never received that nor has my wife when we return from international travel, in f...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 2068

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

IAHFLYER, Do controllers know how to use no gyro procedures? Can't say for certain that approach controllers are that familiar with them now days, though they are in the .65 and they should be familiar just don't think many of the new kids on the block today have ever used them. We used to have a g...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2954

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

On the subject of placement within, say, the 25-mile radius where the VORs needed to be for airway structure reasons, it seems like the VOR siting followed the pattern of lots of mid-century ATC infrastructure: either place it on the airport, or place it in the boonies far away from everything else...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 2068

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

IAHFLYR . . ."no-gyro vectors"? What does that mean. That means you tell the pilot to turn left/right and they remain in that turn until you tell them to stop turn. We could monitor the track of the aircraft and when headed in the direction we wanted then we'd tell them stop turn. They'd ...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2954

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Here is probably more information than you care to read, but it is very useful in answering some of your questions. As for the placement of a VOR, much goes into that and the FAA Flight Procedures along with some Military NAVAID personnel (for Military installs) would site them near on or near airpo...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 2068

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

“How to navigate to Florida?” Old instructor, “at the first ocean turn right and follow the coast til you see palm trees”. :rotfl: Along those same line and in Florida, many moons ago I was getting ready to fly from Ft. Myers (FMY) to Marathon (MTH) to pick up a couple coolers of lobsters as friend...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 72
Views: 3950

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

Alaska-900ER Aloha-200 American West-200 American -800 BOA-300 Continental-200,300,400,500,700,800,900,900ER Delta-800 Old Frontier-200 Lufthansa-300 Piedmont-200,300 Southwest-200,300 United Pre 2010-200,500 United Since 2010-500,700,800,900,900ER,MAX9 US Air-200,300 UPDATE: Getting too old, forgo...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are your primary, secondary, and tertiary travel rewards programs?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: What are your primary, secondary, and tertiary travel rewards programs?

Primary Reward Programs: United MileagePlus, Marriott Bonvoy
Secondary Reward Programs: Delta SkyMiles, American AAdvantage, Alaska Mileage Plan
Credit Card Reward Programs: AMEX and Marriott Bonvoy Visa

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 72
Views: 3950

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

Alaska-900ER
Aloha-200
American West-200
American -800
BOA-300
Continental-200,300,400,500,700,800,900,900ER
Delta-800
Old Frontier-200
Lufthansa-300
Piedmont-200,300
Southwest-200,300
United Pre 2010-200,500
United Since 2010-500,700,800,900,900ER,MAX9
US Air-200,300

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Around the weather

I think you may be making this too complicated. When you deviate you will ask for a "x" number of degrees turn or "x" number of miles L or R. When you're ready to resume your course ATC may give you direct to a point down the road or a heading or turn to intercept your course. E...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do faster planes ever fly over slower planes on final?
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: Do faster planes ever fly over slower planes on final?

To answer your question, there are a number of variables to consider when spacing traffic on approach such as speed, altitude, wind, visibility and pilots being able to see one another is huge in sequencing. As for flying over one another, yes though again there are variables such as how far out on ...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Around the weather

As a retired TRACON controller and 1,500+ hour Private Pilot I'll offer this. The newest software and displays we had probably back in 2009ish offered us ATC kids a huge advantage in having weather available to us in the operation with color displays. We finally got to see almost what the pilot was ...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AS First Class
Replies: 4
Views: 1737

Re: AS First Class

AS used to pass out individual hand-held devices, but not since the pandemic started so bring your own and log into AS and yes power at each first class seat. Their first class service is excellent. Take a look at a TPG recent review of them. https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/alaska-airlines-first-cl...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2452

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

[quote="Starlionblue"A friend of mine who works Tower told me once that some airlines have "bad strobe discipline". Apparently it can be distracting for the controllers to have aircraft taxiing with strobes on at night. Perhaps some controllers can chime in.[/quote] The only way ...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 09, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forty years ago today - PATCO air traffic controllers strike
Replies: 28
Views: 3908

Re: Forty years ago today - PATCO air traffic controllers strike

I worked west departures over Cassanova. I know what we did! My point is, in those ground conditions (snowing at the rate of 2 inches an hour), unless the aircraft could be push backed, deiced, and departed within 15 minutes, we wouldn't let ground control allow the push back. The ground controller...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 09, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For pilots: What are some things or the one thing you wish passengers knew about airline pilots?
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: For pilots: What are some things or the one thing you wish passengers knew about airline pilots?

FDT also provides a chance for the crew to interact with the controller and pick their head as to what and why we do what we do. I used to love when a pilot of any level would visit the facility and sit down to watch what we'd do and why. Oh, its been tremendously valuable for me as a pilot persona...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Aug 09, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forty years ago today - PATCO air traffic controllers strike
Replies: 28
Views: 3908

Re: Forty years ago today - PATCO air traffic controllers strike

There was a federal hiring freeze in place at the time of the PATCO strike, though the FAA was hiring one controller when two would retire. I was fortunate enough to have made it to the top on the hiring list in the Southwest Region when Aug. 3, 1981 came. I got the call on Aug. 6th, to report to th...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For pilots: What are some things or the one thing you wish passengers knew about airline pilots?
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: For pilots: What are some things or the one thing you wish passengers knew about airline pilots?

Yes, in the U.S. ATC is allowed to sit in the jump seat of a commercial flight providing the Captain will allow, but only after filling out a litany of paperwork and getting it all approved by the FAA, TSA, airline and pile of FAA requirements to follow. Before 9/11 it was a simple task to ride jump...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1858

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

From what i remember about flying the EMB-145 is that you don’t want to be stuck flying in trail behind an ERJ. An ERJ is a flying roadblock that causes ATC to issue speed restrictions to everyone behind an ERJ, while the ERJ it told to maintain a faster speed until the aircraft behind are at an al...

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