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by Raventech
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 442
Views: 56454

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

Anyone know anything about N620FB? It's a PC12 that seems to be owned by the city of PHX and presumably operated by Phoenix PD. It seems to be some sort of surveillance platform which is a pretty advanced capability for a city police department. This is footage taken from her a few years ago for so...

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by Raventech
Sat May 02, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses
Replies: 434
Views: 36795

Re: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses

How would it be more expensive? Flyinf-Tiger talked about a 5:1 ratio, which sounds reasonnable; so, for 5 flights, you'd have 5 pilots in the air + 1 on the ground (total 6) instead of 5 pilots + 5 co-pilots (total 10). 40% reduction in workers, It would be expensive because of the absolutely mass...

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by Raventech
Sat May 02, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses
Replies: 434
Views: 36795

Re: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses

Why not? The idea is acutally a pretty good one. You certainly won´t need to have a 1:1 ratio. What about having a "flight ops" center monitoring all flights of a specific single pilot type, manned by type-rated pilots? Say one pilot on the ground monitors 5 flight and is available to the...

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by Raventech
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses
Replies: 434
Views: 36795

Re: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses

Scope relaxation has historically happened during periods of bankruptcies or restructurings, I could totally see the COVID crisis as the catalyst for a scope change that allows the E2 a foothold. True but... A) Don't underestimate the unions willingness to burn it down to the ground over this. Mayb...

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by Raventech
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses
Replies: 434
Views: 36795

Re: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses

Scope relaxation has historically happened during periods of bankruptcies or restructurings, I could totally see the COVID crisis as the catalyst for a scope change that allows the E2 a foothold. True but... A) Don't underestimate the unions willingness to burn it down to the ground over this. Mayb...

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by Raventech
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 12558

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

chunhimlai wrote:
Any chance for Phoenix to close PHX and expand AZA for the primary airport


Nope

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by Raventech
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 12558

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

PhilMcCrackin wrote:
Payson certainly isn't in the PHX metro area by any stretch of the imagination. Neither is Prescott.


Hence the questioning how much of the 9.7 mil actually is outside of SFO metro in reality

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by Raventech
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 12558

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

SF is #5 and BOS is #6. PHX is just over half the size of SF metro area [citation needed] Citation please. Per the US Government, PHX Metro is larger at 4,857,962 versus SFO metro at 4,729,484. To be fair they put SJC in its own metro which I think is realistically part of the SFO area but even the...

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by Raventech
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 12558

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

I suspect people who keep bringing this up have no idea that the Phoenix metro area has almost as many people as the Boston metro and is the same size as the San Francisco metro area. Its always compared to cities like Cleveland and Memphis which are literally half the size of Phoenix SF is #5 and ...

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by Raventech
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 12558

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

Phoenix is the fastest growing large metro in the nation. DFW is gaining 150k a year. Does Phoenix beat that? I'm guessing Phoenix counts as the fastest growing large metro area by percentage growth . The Metroplex may be adding more people per year, but I believe growth rates are often measured as...

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by Raventech
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 805
Views: 125903

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

Was out not he Salt River today and saw the DC10 air tanker doing laps, must have been 5+ circuits. Were these training runs or actually dumping on fires? Unaware of any fires in central AZ at this moment. There is one going just outside of Cave Creek as of this morning. Though a DC-10 would seem t...

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by Raventech
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6294

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

This is the first I've heard of this issue, and I am a very frequent visitor to this site, as well as a frequent flyer domestically. Is this an "inspection" issue, or is this something more? If I were a betting man, I would say the majority of weird maintenance issues never get a peep her...

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by Raventech
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 46937

Re: WN looking at A220

/Realistically, SWA is probably doing due diligence on a new aircraft type that some of their competitors have ordered. But there are two things that could eventually make SWA order something besides 737s. First, SWA's size puts their business, and their investors, at risk of an airworthyness direc...

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by Raventech
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snow at PHX?
Replies: 29
Views: 5827

Re: Snow at PHX?

So LAS recently had some snow, but not enough to cause disruptions. Central/Southern AZ is scheduled to see more snow than NV tonight and that would likely result in delays which would be more impactful at PHX than LAS as the former is much bigger for connections. Will be interesting to see how AA ...

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by Raventech
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ
Replies: 98
Views: 14661

Re: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ

Why can't every airline, with modern technology and IT infrastructure have an exact weight for all checked bags? It shouldn't be too hard to link the scale to the network and scan the tag so that the weight gets stored as part of the bag tag ID. Then, if bags are scanned on the ramp, the exact weig...

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by Raventech
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slightly capacity / MTOW increase E195-E2, possible / feasible?
Replies: 63
Views: 7412

Re: Slightly capacity / MTOW increase E195-E2, possible / feasible?

Food for thought. Did WN actually want the MAX7 to be a 150 seat aircraft? I wonder if the ideal Max 7 would have been the ~140 seater with the per seat economics of the Max 8. I think this is an important question because the MAX 7 is a compromise in this respect. It won't be as efficient as the Em...

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by Raventech
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wind pushes Southwest plane into equipment
Replies: 32
Views: 3669

Re: Wind pushes Southwest plane into equipment

So... what's the preventive measure? Tiedowns? At least on the nose gear? I very well may be wrong but I don't think most commercial aircraft are designed to be tied down during normal operations. If there wasn't negligence in how the chocks were setup then they might buy some larger chocks when ti...

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by Raventech
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wind pushes Southwest plane into equipment
Replies: 32
Views: 3669

Re: Wind pushes Southwest plane into equipment

Sounds like bigger chocks are needed if high winds are forecast. Borrow some B747 chocks? Strong tailwind generates lift on the wings, plane jumps chocks? I think it was more winds were perpendicular to the aircraft and the Vertical Stabilizer acted as a giant sail. My amateur analysis of a low res...

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by Raventech
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing
Replies: 51
Views: 5495

Re: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing

Airlines should absolutely go after those that try to game the system. Conditions of carriage and fare rules exist for a reason and each side should be held to their end of the agreement entered in when ticket is purchased. I guess, but it seems like UA could start treading on difficult ground here...

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by Raventech
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1009
Views: 179890

Re: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140

Are you sure about that? Piedmont currently is operating 41. https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Piedmont-active-e145.htm Piedmont is operating the 145, not the 140. So again, they would have to amend their manuals and training to incorporate the differences. Besides, Isom said that PDT is going to...

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by Raventech
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 15141

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

I'm pointing out that it's scaring off tourists. So maybe that 99% figure is true, but only because you aren't drawing in the high value tourists you want. You're drawing in people who fly allegiant, tip poorly, and are perfectly comfortable with their suburban lifestyles. Let me reiterate: I avoid...

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by Raventech
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 15141

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

I can't really see a need for this. Except maybe a ULCC similar to a Sanford type setup. There would never be a need to build a train. It could take LAS a while to go significantly past capacity. Many airports operate way beyond what they were designed for. Look at SLC and how many people go thru t...

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by Raventech
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?
Replies: 19
Views: 4166

Re: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?

This gets so tiring. No numbers on reduced landing fees, fuel burn/day is more like per flight, reduction figure is way off..... Continental did many of their blended winglet installs in house saving installation costs, many of the figures do not seem right so the chart can be tossed. The -900ER ca...

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by Raventech
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?
Replies: 19
Views: 4166

Re: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?

obviously just your opinion, would you mind sharing with us how you come to such a conclusion? Please be in depth and detailed as tyo your reasoning why. Of course it's an "opinion", but it's based in simple math and economics. It's easy to find the data that shows that the Split Scimitar...

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by Raventech
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1124
Views: 105042

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018

So with T3S opening later this year (i assume) will United open a lounge or no longer have a PHX location? Delta will open a Delta Sky Club in T3S when it opens soon (will be renamed Concourse F). United will open a new United Club in T3N (will be renamed Concourse E) when it opens in two years. Th...

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by Raventech
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?
Replies: 19
Views: 4166

Re: UA has retrofitted many of their 737s with scimitars- why haven't AA and DL done the same?

Without insider knowledge of the logic they used, it most likely comes down to opportunity cost. Companies can't borrow to their hearts desire even if it is to save money. So they do the math, we can spend X money on upgrading the fleet to split scimitars and save around 1.5% on that fleets fuel bil...

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by Raventech
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Correct Metal Song is.....
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

The Correct Metal Song is.....

"Hammer Smashed Face", though the works of Metallica and Judas Priest are acceptable substitution

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by Raventech
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1124
Views: 105042

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018

Plain Cement Concrete. Ah. OK. Thanks. But this begs the question for those of us who don't know...PCC as opposed to...what? Asphalt? Cement Concrete with Chocolate Sprinkles? LOL Sorry but I'm just not familiar with the apparent types of concrete. Close, it’s Portland Cement Concrete. Portland cem...

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by Raventech
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct cover version
Replies: 58
Views: 2022

Re: The correct cover version

Nightwish "Over the Hills and Far Away" (original Gary Moore)
Arch Enemy "Shadow on the Wall" (original Mike Oldfield)
Leo Moracchioli "Feel Good Inc" and "I Fink U Freeky" (original Gorillaz, Die Antwoord)

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by Raventech
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Facebook Starts Paying a Price for Scandals
Replies: 12
Views: 913

Re: Facebook Starts Paying a Price for Scandals

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/technology/facebook-revenue-scandals.html says: To me, increasing your head count by twenty thousand people or 66% of your current workforce just to review content and improve security is an admission that they have not been living up to their "responsibility...

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by Raventech
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1124
Views: 105042

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2018

Did I hear correctly on 12 News that something has been improved/fixed so that the Eagle RJ's won't have the ops problems in extreme heat anymore, so they won't have to cancel flights any longer? https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/american-airlines-raises-plane-limits-f...

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by Raventech
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Black Box Replacement
Replies: 29
Views: 2551

Re: Black Box Replacement

ACARS data may not be the silver bullet, but it is how we figured out what happened to AF447 before the wreckage was located and black boxes recovered. After we got the AF447 DFDR and CVR, we just got confirmation of what had already been suspected by the investigators. Regarding real time data -he...

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by Raventech
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Split Scimitars missing dorsal winglet
Replies: 18
Views: 2032

Re: 737 Split Scimitars missing dorsal winglet

Considering the Split Scimitar retrofit assemblies are all based on the existing blended winglet, missing a “dorsal” fin of the winglet would cause the entire winglet assembly to be missing as the ventral fin is a part of the assembly from what I can see so you can’t have one missing without the ot...

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by Raventech
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CEO DUI Dougie vs Regular Employee DUI Dougie
Replies: 16
Views: 3260

Re: CEO DUI Dougie vs Regular Employee DUI Dougie

Why are we discussing a DUI from 11 years ago? Because Super80Fan was hoping that we would justify his deep seeded hatred of Doug Parker. What kind of tone does this set for the rest of the company? Having a CEO with multiple DUIs? I get the rules are different between CEO and pilot for such things...

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by Raventech
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you like movies about gladiators?
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Do you like movies about gladiators?

(reading Non-Av Forum)

Looks like I chose the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

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by Raventech
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 23
Views: 5881

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

Coming as someone who doesn't work in the industry, I don't see anything happening that I wouldn't have expected to happen after an incident where someone died. I don't see the IG looking at the FAA as some indictment of the corruption at the agency. I see it as something happened and let make sure ...

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by Raventech
Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs

http://tvfool.com/ . I have heard a bunch of people using it

They list where the transmitters are and help optimize reception
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Check out this site http://tvfool.com/ . I have heard a bunch of people using it

They list where the transmitters are and help optimize reception

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by Raventech
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Rekindling my flightsim - what to do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1323

Re: Rekindling my flightsim - what to do?

FS9 is the last of the genuine flight simulators. Forget FSuX and P3Dud. Pureley to satisfy the 'gamer' crowd. Washed out graphics and cartoon features. I downgraded to FSX with ORBX airports/scenery and PMDG and everything else. Realized how crap it was and moved on up to FS9(and iFLY - more compr...

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by Raventech
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Rekindling my flightsim - what to do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1323

Re: Rekindling my flightsim - what to do?

I would define decent PC. Reason is Prepar3D V4 has gotten to the point where low end gaming rig can play it with decent performace (unlike FSX). FS9 still has great amounts of addons to explore but developers over the last year or two have started to drop FS9 support because of the increase in perf...

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by Raventech
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska in the Bay Area
Replies: 108
Views: 13174

Re: Alaska in the Bay Area

What AS is essentially doing is dehubbing SFO. Yes I know it sounds stupid, but this is Alaska we're talking about, not JetBlue. They bought VX to get rid of them, I don't know why anyone's surprised. Step 1. Get rid of the Virgin brand Step 2. Paint VX planes with the AS livery Step 3. Drawdown SF...

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by Raventech
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is a mid-continent hub necessary for an airlines to serve the whole US
Replies: 40
Views: 4416

Re: Is a mid-continent hub necessary for an airlines to serve the whole US

On different forum threads about AS or B6 or a proposed merger between them or threads about airports in those area, it seems like some think that a hub between the two coast would be needed for an airlines that compete against others nationally. However, given the relatively sparse population betw...

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by Raventech
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CFM faces repairs to 500+ LEAP engines
Replies: 29
Views: 7692

Re: CFM faces repairs to 500+ LEAP engines

So it's essentially just a part upgrade that can be fitted during routine mx work. Doesn't seem very serious. I think by "retrofitted" I don't think its a case get the part and replace while its RON, its more the airline could do it themselves if they have the shop power to do so. They wi...

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by Raventech
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Moderators moving Civ Av topics to Tech Ops
Replies: 1
Views: 1355

Re: Moderators moving Civ Av topics to Tech Ops

I like to keep abreast of the news. Sure Southwest’s problem had a technical cause, but I would think it is worth discussing in the more active forum. Similarly, suspending deliveries of one of the most discussed airplanes on the forum is for civil aviation. I agree but for slightly different ratio...

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by Raventech
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Court orders Penn. congressional districts be redrawn.
Replies: 32
Views: 1142

Re: Court orders Penn. congressional districts be redrawn.

Your second paragraph raises an interesting point though. Why has the number of representatives been stuck on 435 for ever? Back when the house was created, congressmen represented far fewer people, and the people got more direct representation as a result, so local issues really mattered. The prob...

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by Raventech
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Steve Bannon book
Replies: 104
Views: 5015

Re: Steve Bannon book

This book will not really change anything outside disrupting the news cycle for the next week or so. The only way any of these allegations actually affect anything is if there is hard evidence to corroborate them. Otherwise it will be just like every other "scandal" where it confirms the p...

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by Raventech
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency

Here's a good one... http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuela-launch-cryptocurrency-called-petro-2017-12 Long Story short he wants to create a crypto-currency called "petro" backed by oil to get around US sanctions, and its left me with some questions 1) If its backed by oil and other prec...

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by Raventech
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Top Ten Favorite TV Characters Of All Time
Replies: 97
Views: 6503

Re: Your Top Ten Favorite TV Characters Of All Time

Elliot Alderson/Mr. Robot (Mr. Robot) - Really the whole series has great characters
Michael Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)
Hank Hill (King of the Hill)
Michael Westin (Burn Notice)
Everyone (South Park)
Gilfoyle (Silicon Valley)

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by Raventech
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Q1000
Replies: 79
Views: 22150

Re: Bombardier Q1000

Airbus has plenty of capital. Airbus would own the short haul segment under 500nm. Well over half of narrowbody jet flights are below 1000nm. About a quarter of them are below 500nm. That's easily a 2000 aircraft market over 20 years for under 500nm. The Q1000 would easily capture half of that mark...

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by Raventech
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Q1000
Replies: 79
Views: 22150

Re: Bombardier Q1000

The real problem is that the CS100 is a mainline-sized aircraft. Even though there is a 90-seat version of the Dash 8 available, in North America, scope clauses limit the Dash 8-Q400 to 76 passengers, and as such, the Dash 8 is a regional turboprop and rarely mainline. I don't see where a mainline ...

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