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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jun 25, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.
Replies: 23
Views: 7541

Re: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.

Most larger airports have facilities in their command vehicles/operations trailers that ATC can use if the tower is uninhabitable but it still takes time to transition during which the airport would be shutdown. Keep in mind when I say this that I've been retired since 2012, but I'd say IAH would b...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jun 25, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.
Replies: 23
Views: 7541

Re: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.

Sounds like Atc might need a battle bridge type of operation. Bring in a portable tower on trailer and tap into the tracon feed. LMAO....have you ever seen or been inside a temporary/portable tower? If so you'd know this is impossible to do and even if it was feasible space wise the TRACON processo...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Jun 25, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.
Replies: 23
Views: 7541

Re: Meltdown at Austin, Tx.

I'm a retired ATC. While I didn't work at AUS, I can give some insight. Yes the deep cleaning of a facility is probably overkill at this point but I'm assuming that's the current FAA policy so it is what it is unfortunately. As far as sourcing personnel, training for an air traffic controller is sp...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines Introduces New Way to Breeze through Security at DFW Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Re: American Airlines Introduces New Way to Breeze through Security at DFW Airport

Great concept if you're flying out of DFW. However, it is only for AA and Advantage folks from what I read in the article which leads me to be more inclined to continue my CLEAR membership as it works similar and is available to more than just DFW. My last flight from DFW on UAL Memorial Day Monday ...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Triple-Simultaneous Landings
Replies: 12
Views: 1123

Re: Triple-Simultaneous Landings

Quick question on this: when triple (or even side by side) parallel landings are in progress, are the aircraft required to literally be abeam of each other instead of them being offset by a few hundred yards one way or the other? There is no requirement to be abeam each other nor offset......they c...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Triple-Simultaneous Landings
Replies: 12
Views: 1123

Re: Triple-Simultaneous Landings

Quick question on this: when triple (or even side by side) parallel landings are in progress, are the aircraft required to literally be abeam of each other instead of them being offset by a few hundred yards one way or the other? There is no requirement to be abeam each other nor offset......they c...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Houston is like that departing 15s. They emphasize the right turn to 020 and if there’s any confusion they’ll say turn right the long way around to heading 020. Back in the day we never did that right turn to 020, it's just something they started when the new kids got into the tower and were afraid...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

I hear "turn 10/20 degrees left" all the time, especially being vectored to final on an approach. It gets you right where the controller wants, instead of them having to turn you again quickly because of wind shifts. 360 is North, 270 West, 180 South, 090 East. Everything in between. Usua...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

All ATC vectors or heading issued in the U.S., will be magnetic. The phrase used above of "turn 10 degrees left" can be used for traffic separation as mentioned however, it is used mostly when the controller does not know what your exact heading is and at times will be followed with "...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Jun 14, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pick and choose flight segments
Replies: 13
Views: 1181

Re: Pick and choose flight segments

Not knowing approximately when you plan to travel makes it more difficult to give you other options to pursue. Sounds like your set on getting on a Dreamliner and does it have to be on AA? Research out of the box things as you never know what you might find. How about going the day before you want t...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports you’ve flown into on one airline and out on another
Replies: 35
Views: 3340

Re: Airports you’ve flown into on one airline and out on another

FRA in on LH out on UA
SFO in on AA out on HA
OGG in on HA out on UA
RSW in on DL out on UA
RSW in on AA out on UA
MEM in on CO out on NW
SEA in on CO out on HA
PHX in on AW out on CO

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Jun 03, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 124
Views: 20710

Re: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022

This is a very interesting video impeded in this article explaining and demonstrating the first phase of the improvements planned over the next several years at RSW. The article mentions that "VIP lounges" are planned. Could a Delta Sky Club be in the works? Or would this be a third party...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue May 31, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PHX Runway Departures
Replies: 18
Views: 2561

Re: PHX Runway Departures

I thought you were referring to aircraft on the same routes. As long as they're on diverging courses or have speed, then I'm sure it's three increasing to five, but I don't remember. The two busy TRACON feeds I take now have to give us five and increasing on the same course, although one of them ha...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue May 31, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PHX Runway Departures
Replies: 18
Views: 2561

Re: PHX Runway Departures

I think it's five increasing. I'm sure it's possible, but I don't know that I've ever seen a terminal/center LOA that didn't have that five increasing on turbojet departures. I take a jet feed from six different approach controls, and it's in all of those LOAs even where we have three mile separati...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue May 31, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PHX Runway Departures
Replies: 18
Views: 2561

Re: PHX Runway Departures

Apart from that, it's a much more efficient operation in the current format. It's an extremely efficient operation, so I guarantee you that you won't come up with a better idea. The vast majority of departures are like types (large weight class) and in visual conditions — assuming the departures ar...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed May 25, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3635

Re: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

32andBelow wrote:
OP has zero concept of ATC based on the entire premise of this post


:checkmark: , maybe the responses will enlighten the OP!

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by IAHFLYR
Wed May 25, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3635

Re: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

As a retired controller who worked in a busy TRACON and tower before the two were split into separate facilities long ago I have to ask the OP, are you kidding? Nothing, not one thing about ATC is simple period. Don't care where you work, the career is ever changing moment by moment as even at the s...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon May 23, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: STARs with INS
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: STARs with INS

In the US, Q Routes only require RNAV 1, which can be met by DME/DME/INS systems or GPS, but T routes additionally require GPS (to an RNAV 1 or better standard)or GPS/WAAS (which meets at least an RNAV 0.3 standard BTW). I sure remember being part of the design team when the Houston Class B was red...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri May 20, 2022 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: STARs with INS
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: STARs with INS

You can use any other (there are still some VOR based, even if limited nowadays), or ask for vectors (again - if available). I remember when the Houston Metroplex airspace project began the FAA HQ folks who kicked it off were very strong willed on keeping at least one conventional STAR from each of...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu May 19, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency
Replies: 30
Views: 6754

Re: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency

I never said most. I’m just point out in most facilities there’s a couple of pilots. A higher rate then the general population Ok, excuse my translation. The point is not even a "fairly high percentage" is close to the actual numbers. Oh sure some places may have more than others, but I w...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed May 18, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency
Replies: 30
Views: 6754

Re: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency

A fairly high percentage of ATCs have some flight training, all the way up to commercial pilot certificates. I’m this case the controller was a CFI. That doesn’t mean the controller at the time of the first call was the one who wound up talking him down. But they will go try to find someone who has...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon May 09, 2022 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston (IAH/HOU) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 188
Views: 23862

Re: IAH Terminal D question

Right now, UA is using D regularly. I've flown them out of D on 763 to MCO, 772 to EWR, 763 to EWR, 789 to SFO. I honestly rather departing from D...distance/time from Curbside to gate is relatively quick. Plus the Centurion Lounge is in D......only drawback is there is no CLEAR location in D which...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Apr 29, 2022 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Marriott Ambassador versus Hilton Diamond
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Re: Marriott Ambassador versus Hilton Diamond

Simply put, have Hilton match your status which will give you Diamond status with Hilton Honors. I am a lifetime Titanium with Marriott and Hilton matched that a few years ago for Diamond and I still have that status today though don't stay much at Hilton properties, maybe 4/5 times a year. I still ...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be
Replies: 42
Views: 3334

Re: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be

RSW is the Regional South West Florida Airport serving Fort Myers. The original airport was Page Field and coded FMY. Page is GA only now. RSW was Southwest Florida Regional Airport, but the name was changed in the mid 90's to Southwest Florida International Airport while still retaining the RSW id...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Apr 12, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Private flight/biz jet callsigns
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Re: Private flight/biz jet callsigns

It is transmitted via ADS-B. Now why didn't I think of that?? :banghead: Even worse I didn't think of it as I know of a G550 guy who didn't like using the company call sign as it was similar to another sounding call sign of an airline and yes they got the call from FSDO after it filtered down the p...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Apr 12, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Private flight/biz jet callsigns
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Re: Private flight/biz jet callsigns

For your strip and data block, that is correct. On our end, it is required that our transponder be coded with our callsign - whether that callsign is the registration or the 3 letter identifier and flight number. If those don't match, the callsign owner can get a notification from the FAA and the u...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Apr 11, 2022 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Private flight/biz jet callsigns
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Re: Private flight/biz jet callsigns

You do file the callsign in your flight plan and also have to assure your transponder is broadcasting the callsign instead of the registration. When the flight plan is filed with the FAA host computer will attach the filed call sign or "N number" to the flight plan as well as assign the f...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground Stop at HOU
Replies: 2
Views: 2067

Re: Ground Stop at HOU

Flflyer83 wrote:
Must be at the intersection with 12/30; otherwise, would they not shift operations?


The parallel 13's are closed for rehab so no other option as KHOU was IFR.

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Mar 27, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Domestic 777s
Replies: 11
Views: 1829

Re: UA Domestic 777s

crownvic wrote:

UAL 2135 check flight history...
UAL 295 check flight history
UAL 2340 check flight history

However it may have been short lived.


Short lived yes as those all ended yesterday the 26th most likely spring break inserts. All of them GE motors not PW (two B77W and one B772).

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Mar 27, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Domestic 777s
Replies: 11
Views: 1829

Re: UA Domestic 777s

crownvic wrote:
here in Orlando, we are now getting 3 daily domestic 777 cities served...Newark, Chicago and Denver. FIrst time ever! Thank you United!


When, as looking out to mid April I don't see anything other than a mix of narrow body flights?

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 14, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Etiquette for sitting in seats at the gate
Replies: 14
Views: 1565

Re: Etiquette for sitting in seats at the gate

Could be rude, could be COVID, could be any number of reasons or the reason given may actually be true.

My wife and I always ask the person if anyone is sitting here when we are looking at seats with only two or three seats between folks, whether that be in a bar, airport, train etc.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Mar 12, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 767 Polaris Class Seats Narrower than other United Widebodies?
Replies: 2
Views: 1244

Re: United 767 Polaris Class Seats Narrower than other United Widebodies?

According to the "info" section on SeatGuru, they are indeed narrower. The 767 Polaris seats are 20.6 inches wide, while those on the 777 & 787 are 22 inches wide. Partially correct. Yes the B763 Polaris seats are 20.6" wide. From the UAL website, the B772/3 Polaris seats are 22&...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 08, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens
Replies: 32
Views: 4773

Re: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens

atcsundevil wrote:
*stares in 12 second updates*


Yep, 12 seconds, ouch! :rotfl:

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 08, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 124
Views: 20710

Re: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022

BOE002 was up doing touch-n-goes again this morning at RSW, landing around 1055 EST.

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 08, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens
Replies: 32
Views: 4773

Re: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens

Would the old tower be available as a backup for a short time in case the main tower needs a Covid cleaning? This has been very common in recent months. That would depend on what equipment they took from the old tower over to the new tower, though when IAH opened the new tower in 1997, I believe we...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 08, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens
Replies: 32
Views: 4773

Re: New Charlotte ATC Tower/TRACON Opens

Well I sure messed up the quote piece, dang it!!! [quote="echster"]STARS, the radar system used by terminal facilities (TRACONs/ATCTs), currently uses UNIX. STARS is supposed to switch to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the S8R1 software in 2023.[quote] With all respect, have to corr...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 07, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AUS vs SAT
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

Re: AUS vs SAT

Either, though for me I'd be leaning toward the airport with the best non-stop flight schedules for where I was going as connecting always opens the door for something unplanned to happen. Fares would also come into play as well as any frequent flyer programs, airport lounge accessibility and if you...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 03, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying a G-II with full reverse thrust? (Shuttle Training Aircraft)
Replies: 3
Views: 1722

Re: Flying a G-II with full reverse thrust? (Shuttle Training Aircraft)

Excellent story and yes love to read more of his experiences. In fact my guess is he knows of knows of one of the STA pilots that I know from EFD where they had the STA base. "Tripple" gave me a couple of tours of them and he was one of the few G-II certified single pilots due to the fact ...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 03, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 124
Views: 20710

Re: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022

The 779 has been at RSW since 14-Feb, and it also made an appearance there this past November. Other than maybe the 12000' runway, I wonder why Boeing chose RSW? Maybe a nice beachfront condo on the Gulf for the crew, engineers, and technicians? :sun: I'd go along with that theory, plus the fact th...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Feb 26, 2022 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 124
Views: 20710

Re: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2022

BOE002 a B779 has been at RSW the last few days and maybe longer playing out in the Gulf between 30 and 100 miles west of Cape Coral and yesterday did some touch-n-goes at RSW. Will be there in a few days and hope to see the massive jet when we land.

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Feb 26, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Drunken Arrests and No Fly Lists
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: Airport Drunken Arrests and No Fly Lists

No need to stop alcohol sales. Without getting into politics, simply remove the mask mandate and that will solve at least 80% of people from becoming stupid. If you pass by restaurants/bars in airports these days they are packed, why? Because it gives folks the ability to remove their mask without g...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble at SRQ yesterday
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Trouble at SRQ yesterday

Yes sorry, lol meant to say the first and only time I saw that at SRQ was 5 years ago. And I worked at SRQ for 1.5 years and been around it some many times I have not seen an E-175 use 4-22 again. Working overnight 12-14 hours doesn’t help with writing clearly sometimes. Got ya....well get some res...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 25, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble at SRQ yesterday
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Trouble at SRQ yesterday

SRQLOT wrote:
That was like 5 years ago!lol I been to Key West soon after haha


What was five years ago? Sorry that I don't get exactly you mean, all the referenced frames currently fly in/out of EYW today except the B73G.

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 24, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?
Replies: 20
Views: 5067

Re: Do some jetliners need to level off after takeoff climb to build speed for flap retraction?

Heavy 727-200 with -9 engines when hot and high, yes for sure. Not a high altitude airport at all, but remember vividly watching thousands of B722's depart IAH working in the tower. Our hot summer days in Houston with them going to places like LAX, SFO, SEA when I'd switch them to departure and the...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 23, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble at SRQ yesterday
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Trouble at SRQ yesterday

Glad the pilot was not injured according to the aviation-safety link. F90 is a great plane hope it can be repaired though the cost, wow! First time I saw an AA E-175 take off from 4-22 I had to do a double take and check FlightAware that it was real! Lol So I'm guessing you should head down to EYW a...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA administrator Steve Dickson resigns
Replies: 44
Views: 7917

Re: FAA administrator Steve Dickson resigns

frmrCapCadet wrote:
Not enough to live comfortably in any 'high rent' city.


Exactly, or in even a mid level rent city.

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 16, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feel Good ATC Story Out Of California - C152 Student With Stuck Full Throttle
Replies: 21
Views: 4195

Re: Feel Good ATC Story Out Of California - C152 Student With Stuck Full Throttle

He was offered 'equipment', as in ARFF i take it, but declined. I think that NORCAL should have sent it anyway if there was time enough, which seems to have been the case. Are there specific procedures stating that the pilot needs to request that? There are not specific procedures that states a pil...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 1389
Views: 347081

Re: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022

Which is even more muddied when that domestic Collins seat being sold as First and getting First service has Polaris-branded seat back literature and headrest covers. Yep all true. I've attempted to explain that to friends who get all excited when they see Polaris seats on the seat map for a domest...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 13, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 1389
Views: 347081

Re: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022

I think the Polaris that was being referred to is the Int'l lie flat seats vs Domestic F seats on a 737/320. The sCO 752's still have the Diamond seats, not the Polaris seats that are on the 777's and half of the 767/787's. That is what I suspected, but having not been on a B752 since before the pa...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 1389
Views: 347081

Re: United Airlines Fleet Thread - 2022

They have Polaris on some 752's now rather than the sCO lie flat 16 seats? If so is that what's showing up on the Fleet site as "New Intl" seats?

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