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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: 8395

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: 3684
Views: 479957

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: 3684
Views: 479957

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: 5376

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: 387446

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: 387446

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: 14388

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: 12010

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: 717896

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: 717896

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: 34684

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: 3678

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: 6723

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: 34684

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: 34684

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: 826
Views: 78864

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: 5147

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: 16980

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: 717896

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: 1595

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: 717896

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: 3640

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: 14651

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: 2340

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: 5260

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: 12701

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: 717896

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: 15184

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: 2096

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: 138959

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: 9549

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: 5025

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: 20312

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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by JHwk
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2024
Views: 235804

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Teslerati's take on the 10% (600+) redundancies.For a website that loves Spacex ( and why not) there are some pretty harsh words on the way they went about it. Yeah, sounds to me like a few senior people in HR needed to go, so they went for a pretty soulless approach. SpaceX has a lot of eyes and a...

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by JHwk
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1152
Views: 137546

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks who's back! https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/stalled-international-air-cargo-facility-planned-for-lambert-back-on/article_22cbbcc2-c66c-5b4b-8bbe-bea54433ee4e.html 700 new jobs "put St. Louis on the map as an international logistics air hub." Doesn’t seem like that building i...

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by JHwk
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 86
Views: 13178

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019

Fair points across the board, but what I'm really worried about is what the horseshoe, Century, and Sepulveda will look like prior to the APM opening up. You'll have the far right lane within the horseshoe taken out for DL's new headhouse in front of both T2 and T3, you'll have Century lanes shut d...

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by JHwk
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52489

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Naysayers seem to have pretty short memories. The 777X offers an easy incremental growth from the 350 and 787, and the ability to significantly reduce costs from the top end. It is a 20-year program-- a long time to go before it will have proven itself.

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by JHwk
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 189
Views: 66397

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

zeke wrote:
Dr. Peters Group expects an overall return of 145 to 155 per cent for investors in DS funds 129 and 130 after that.

Total return over 13 years? That is only 2.5-3% CAGR.

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by JHwk
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are airports allowed to have preferential relationships with airlines?
Replies: 26
Views: 4979

Re: Are airports allowed to have preferential relationships with airlines?

teachpdx wrote:
PG actually built USM and they are by far the dominant carrier to Koh Samui. I’d say that’s pretty preferential.

Is USM still owned by PG? I know it was up until around 2005, but I remember there was talk of public takeover. The lack of any real upgrades since the expansion make me curious.

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by JHwk
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moxy - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 75430

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

What % of an airline's cost is sales and customer service? If you can keep distribution fees as margin and avoid as many expensive employees as possible, that might be a significant advantage in the marketplace if direct operating costs are similar to competitors. Looking at Delta's 10Q, the obviou...

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?
Replies: 23
Views: 4202

Re: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?

I thought I had seen flat carousels with an indirect feed from the bagroom before-- it was more automation heavy (read $$?), but it worked pretty well. Can't for the life of me figure out where it was though. I'm actually surprised there hasn't been more innovation in bag claims though. It would see...

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by JHwk
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled
Replies: 54
Views: 11427

Re: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled

Wow... that took a long time. I'm afraid Southwest didn't do nearly enough though to address long-term issues-- they really just built out what they should have had in 2010(?) when the project started.

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by JHwk
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?
Replies: 100
Views: 11854

Re: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?

I could see PER-HNL happening, but anything else is a long shot at best. Logistically, that would add a lot of US cities one-stop, without dedicating two planes to the route.

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by JHwk
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20916

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

Wish I had a chance to do the Superferry. Oh well. Are the waters really rougher than HK-Macau though? 2m seas seems to be the normal-bad in both places, although I haven't sailed through the Pailolo channel. But, the reality is that the planes used for inter-island will do mainland legs to balance ...

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by JHwk
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20916

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

The simple answer is more planes with more time on the ground and tag flights. More planes isn't a huge issue when you get them cheap, although logistics will be a pain.

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by JHwk
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat
Replies: 113
Views: 16324

Re: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat

Makes me think of my flight yesterday HNL-LAX with the stench of urine in first...

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by JHwk
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s
Replies: 52
Views: 10967

Re: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s

At the time, "capacity discipline" was in order. They took it too far, but expansion would not make sense with the macroeconomic situation.

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by JHwk
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 431297

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/bo ... b88994564z


Makes me think it will be a narrow 8 abreast for sure!
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mffoda wrote:
Another article to add to the discussion... :twocents:

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/bo ... b88994564z


Makes me think it will be a narrow 8 abreast for sure!

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by JHwk
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SeaTac TSA - any solutions?
Replies: 34
Views: 4662

Re: SeaTac TSA - any solutions?

A little off topic, but related . . . Just went through LAX T7 recently and hadn’t been through there in a while. They did a great job at reallocating space and combining 2-3 checkpoints into one. Yes, they had to sacrifice space originally used for other things, but in doing so freed up a lot of s...

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by JHwk
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 4075

Re: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)

Some of the flare events are pretty significant-- the ones you can hear from miles away and that light up the night sky like it is daylight. Those don't happen too often, but when they do they air gets pretty bad and it is quite a spectacle. Still blows my mind that homes across Rosecrans can go for...

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