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by JHwk
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations
Replies: 21
Views: 2906

Re: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations

Wow, that is rich! Anybody have an aerial photo of the area when the airport opened?

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by JHwk
Tue May 26, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Development paths for new scope compliant aircraft.
Replies: 355
Views: 16413

Re: Development paths for new scope compliant aircraft.

I have a very hard time believing scope requirements will not be changing with re-negotiations post-COVID restructuring. The E2-175 will end up as a regional jet.

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by JHwk
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 22721

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The Starship Pathfinder tank at Boca Chica had a short life. It was only assembled (for the 2nd time) yesterday. https://i.ibb.co/WGb3ndG/1.jpg Well THAT doesn't look right.... Do they test it under vacuum or something? Tugg Hydrostatic test; deformation likely happened when water above created a p...

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by JHwk
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16724

Re: What is the status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

Evey time I think about how dysfunctional the US is, I just turn my attention to LHR...

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by JHwk
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6107

Re: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe

I can see this: LAX/SFO-MFM-MNL/SGN/BKK with free stopover in Macau. I can see that being popular. Was just thinking the same. Great connection point to BKK and the southeast Asia markets that don’t allow gambling. I know the Thais are counting on more Chinese tourists, so this could be an interest...

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by JHwk
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

taking the FlyAway bus and then ubering from there is actually a great solution, and LAX should encourage more of it, because it actually helps solve their curbside management issues. This is what LAX-it should have been all along— busses that get as much traffic as possible away from one centraliz...

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by JHwk
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

A lot of changes are needed for sure. The first is to expedite the APM construction by 12-18 months. I am torn if LAX-it should have been at one of the economy lots where access would not intersect horseshoe access much, but really it’s efficacy is limited by the number of passengers that can effect...

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by JHwk
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

So anybody experience LAX-it’s first Sunday night?

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by JHwk
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

I philosophically disagree. I don’t care who you pay/bribe. If your business model is to use unchecked billions of dollars to drive other established businesses into bankruptcy until you can take over, you are a bad actor. Of course the companies are complete sh!t, but in the specific context of th...

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by JHwk
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

Everyone who thinks its unfair now remember this: Uber is a “disruptor”. Their business model is one involving losing BILLIONS of dollars in an effort to drive taxis and rideshares and even public transit into the red until Uber (Lyft) become all that’s available or convenient. Problem is, there is...

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by JHwk
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

LA Times has an article on it after first day. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-30/lax-apologizes-long-waits-uber-lyft-pickups Not very favorable, airport promising ongoing tweaks. Ultimately it seems like it just shifted the problem to the point that the people using Uber/Lyft/Taxi ...

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by JHwk
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

Well, the fun starts tomorrow! This is going to be a mess— the whole shuttle portion of it does not look to be very well thought out.

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by JHwk
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How durable are runway bridges for landing?
Replies: 29
Views: 11546

Re: How durable are runway bridges for landing?

The biggest risk is likely crack induced corrosion in marine conditions; the dynamic loading would tend to increase cracking, and water intrusion causes rust and degradation of the reinforcing steel. This too though can be planned for...

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by JHwk
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11854

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

Courtesy shuttle buses for hotels, car rental, and private parking lots made up 6% of CTA traffic in 2018. Add in LAWA buses, FlyAway, and other shared rides like Super Shuttle we are up to merely 8.3% of CTA traffic total. Far more efficient use of roadway capacity than TNCs. I would be far more i...

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by JHwk
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 661362

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

How many % for the FAA ? Fundamentally, 0%. Anything they deferred on becomes Boeing's sole responsibility. That doesn't mean they didn't fail at their job; they clearly did. However, from a "responsbility" matrix they are just a level of checks and balances and not the designer in respon...

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by JHwk
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217096

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

For a long long time, I've been curious: Why have "tour & package holiday" companies such as Thomas Cook long occupied a larger segment of the market in Europe than in the USA and elsewhere? Here in the States, their share of the market is tiny by comparison to the UK and Europe. More...

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by JHwk
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai govt ask for airlines to utilize more widebodies at Bangkok DMK
Replies: 42
Views: 9753

Re: Thai govt ask for airlines to utilize more widebodies at Bangkok DMK

BKK’s Master Plan called for a midfield concourse (under construction) plus a south terminal to accommodate 100MAP; there is plenty of opportunity for growth. The problem (as always) is that the government puts off action for decades and you end up with over-taxed infrastructure. The Asian financial...

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by JHwk
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles
Replies: 95
Views: 11338

Re: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles

The benefit of this is in making refilling stations more prevalent. I travel with two 1.5L Nalgene bottles typically, and generally consume all the water in less than 5 hours. I often am stuck using plastic bottles to refill them, which is so stupid it hurts (but drinking from the plastic cap vs the...

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by JHwk
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 661362

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Knowing what the folks on this forum now know - would you really fly on a MAX in the future? Having driven over countless bridges before over the years, would you drive over one that was built by the lowest bidder? For me, the issue is that the regulatory agencies need to rebuild trust; another cra...

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by JHwk
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 661362

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

After the NYT article I am starting to feel like Boeing will have to do a hell of a lot of work to get the Max back in the air. I can picture the program either being cancelled or forced to go full FBW. The screwed up systematically, at many levels, and there is simply no way they can just “fix MCAS...

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by JHwk
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going to happen after the 787/a350 orderbooks are completed?
Replies: 35
Views: 5767

Re: What's going to happen after the 787/a350 orderbooks are completed?

It is a valid question to ask if Boeing will continue to sell 150 787s per year the next 5 years; the answer is likely no. But, it will also likely taper off slowly, and as they get to a certain point either the price will drop to spur demand, or new improvements will be made to expand the market. T...

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by JHwk
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 410394

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

When it comes to safety, some things just shouldn’t be outsourced. Why? Who is to say that the outsourced “specialist” isn’t more capable at that function? Oh, you mean for cost reduction... well, the same logic is what created the specialist contractors. You should never outsource your core busine...

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by JHwk
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 410394

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

There a lot of Boeing internals details on the MCAS, very interesting, a must read. It support the scenario where time and money played a significant role in the process. New to me that the KC-46 MCAS was a very different system that use both AoA sensors. I can't believe changes to the MCAS design ...

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by JHwk
Sun May 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA planning - Will Airbus just sitting on their hands?
Replies: 91
Views: 15110

Re: Boeing NMA planning - Will Airbus just sitting on their hands?

planecane wrote:
There is a 0% chance that a battery powered aircraft in the transport size category with a range of more than 500 miles will be technically feasible in 11 years.

In 11 years I would expect electric hybrid to be viable, if nothing else but to limit emissions around airports.

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by JHwk
Sat May 04, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost
Replies: 85
Views: 12491

Re: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost

I get the traffic issues around Heathrow and the desire to avoid making them worse. Perfectly logical. However, the solution isn’t to handicap LHR, it is to get crossrail up and running. People proposing adding capacity elsewhere really should research “network effect.” Scale provides value. There a...

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by JHwk
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743591

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Proper evaluation of MCAS 2.x requires a specific definition of the flight envelope that it is intended to operate in. So far, it is unclear what Boeing is doing to validate sensor data beyond “disagree,” which might not be quite enough given the high failure rate on the AoA sensors.

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by JHwk
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743591

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

After 113 pages of posts, I still find myself unclear on two items: -Is the stick shaker at takeoff a red herring, or could it be a sign of more significant problems with the plane (fundamentally, or at the time of takeoff for those particular aircraft)? -At one point in the discussion, mention was ...

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by JHwk
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 41568

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

That is going to be a painful construction exercise with the roads. Talk about a decade of pain between the APM and the roadway reconfigurations.

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by JHwk
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contingency planning at major international airports
Replies: 21
Views: 3866

Re: Contingency planning at major international airports

Good policy is more about having access to resources rather than specific plans. For various engineering jobs, I had to carry client cards that listed escalation protocols and contacts, “get out of jail free” resource card to get through roadblocks, along with a handful of contact people and compani...

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by JHwk
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 7019

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

He must not have seen LAX’s plans for T9...

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by JHwk
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 41568

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

As someone who used to call LAX my home airport - I am very disappointed with this plan. I had high hopes with the direction LAX was going with TBIT and MSC hopeful that they will continue the trend of building out more parallel terminals out to the west (a la ATL) and once they have enough built o...

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by JHwk
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 41568

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

3. The fill required to turn the parking lot next to T1 into the T0 ramp boggles my mind. Not hundred of truckload, not thousands. Maybe 100,000 truckloads done over a year or so? My rough guess is between 200,000 and 300,000 cubic yards (for the rest of the world that's 152,000-230,000 cubic meter...

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by JHwk
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 915
Views: 127050

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

777PHX wrote:
No one calls Missouri, "Mizzou". Missouri is a state, Mizzou is a college.

Source: I lived in MO for 29 years and went to Mizzou.


And after you have left you can affectionately refer to it as Misery.

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by JHwk
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does WN actually care about the 797?
Replies: 36
Views: 5341

Re: Does WN actually care about the 797?

Just depends on the quantities they think their network can support. If it hits a critical mass, then it might work.

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by JHwk
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Has Boeing Been So Reluctant To Build A New Narrowbody?
Replies: 127
Views: 17877

Re: Why Has Boeing Been So Reluctant To Build A New Narrowbody?

Any idea how much it would cost on a per-plane basis for an airline like Southwest to switch from the 737 to (say) the 320? I would assume it is about a 4-year transition timeline with inefficiencies that improve after the first year, bu it is hard to imagine the cost being over $2 million on the op...

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by JHwk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743591

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

The batteries are completely different. They had been tested and the manufacturer claimed a very low probability of a catastrophic failure - the tested batteries performed as expected. That the mass production did not perform the same way was not something the regulator could foresee. This may be s...

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by JHwk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Clean sheet designs versus major upgrades of existing designs
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: Clean sheet designs versus major upgrades of existing designs

If it is still a very similar tube with wings, the clean sheet will always have business case challenges. The gains from evolution generally outpace revolution until you have a major step-change.

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by JHwk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743591

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

What is rocket science, however, that is how it could happen that Boeing made such a blunder, and how it could slip through the FAA filter. Not a rocket science whatsoever, only two words: SELF-CERTIFICATION. FAA made the fatal error by allowing boeing to do most of the certification work itself, w...

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by JHwk
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her
Replies: 47
Views: 3897

Re: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her

Burn, baby burn. Nice knowing you, NK. Completely supportive of bankrupting them for their stupidity.

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by JHwk
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 18951

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

Grandfathering isn’t the issue— screwed up certification is. Self certification isn’t inherently bad, but there need to be checks and balances to ensure nobody is taking shortcuts. Independence requires an adversarial relationship, which doesn’t always produce optimal results.

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by JHwk
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Post maitenance test flight
Replies: 17
Views: 2474

Re: Post maitenance test flight

Interesting... some friends were in the exact same situation last week...

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by JHwk
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5948

Re: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?

As much as I used to think it was just over the horizon, it seems apparent that we are an order of magnitude away in terms of control algorithms. Writing the code wouldn’t be that hard, but validating it requires a level of oversight that simply doesn’t exist today. The fact that input validation is...

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by JHwk
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA officials break ground on LAX people mover
Replies: 72
Views: 13099

Re: LA officials break ground on LAX people mover

How much would 2.5 miles of elevated 2-lane roadway cost, together with 400 self-driving electric cars, all pre-programmed to drive around a simple circuit. Are you proposing that the minibus system would use the current highway infrastructure into, around, and out of the LAX terminal loops? No. Th...

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by JHwk
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743591

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Quick question, with the grounding of MAX aircraft, what impacts are there for aircraft currently on Boeing's production line? None. Because Boeing can still build them and also fly them as test Flights. Just operators aren't allowed to fly them. Will Boeing continue production as-is, or cut shifts...

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by JHwk
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

The most logical development for a smaller commuter plane is electric. Develop the service with shorter ranges, a little bit longer turn times, and maybe a few tax incentives and it will happen.

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by JHwk
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 million passengers flew through ONT in 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2274

Re: 5 million passengers flew through ONT in 2018

All of them are more or less near Union Station. Do you know how inconvenient it is to get from Union Station to LAX? I know, I've done it. When I was in Los Angeles I stayed in an AirBnB address near Heritage Square / Arroyo station. From there I had to take the Gold Line, Red Line, Blue Line, Gre...

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by JHwk
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141816

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

I always pictured the end of the 380 program to be a slow and drawn-out affair; what are the implications of a sudden cancellation of the program for the suppliers and in-service aircraft?

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by JHwk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9807

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Only employees who actually *worked* during the shut down get paid. Those who were laid off/furloughed, called out sick, out on leave (medical, FMLA, vacation) get nada. The only people that don't get paid are contractors and people that had scheduled leave-without-pay during the shutdown. Everybod...

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by JHwk
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead
Replies: 28
Views: 5242

Re: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead

Are they going for the wind turbine blade transport market? Apparently there is a significant shortage of over-the-road equipment and logistics for shipping 60m+ turbine blades for the next two years.

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by JHwk
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 170
Views: 21175

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

Long-time UA 1K, but I find myself flying a lot more DL flights now. LAX-HNL with lie-flat seats for a significantly lower fare and I am sold. I don't know what it says for DL long-term (on profitability), but price and hard product keep getting me on DL flights.

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