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by washingtonflyer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 157
Views: 12785

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines

Its not like the curfew is a secret. Its up to the airlines to comply, and by the time they get to the stage of lawsuit its clear they essentially don't care and wilfully are ignoring the ordinance (aka JetBlue) Airlines should strictly follow the laws and for any late flights be sure to let the Pa...

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by washingtonflyer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50102

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

2. IFE/no-IFE: The value of IFE can be argued all day long. To me, the issue on the IFE is less about the IFE itself and more about the "appearance". I've flown both airlines and DL aircraft look better with the IFE...and seats have USB ports. It creates more of an image of a full-service...

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by washingtonflyer
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Environmental cleanup like we've never seen. The south side of Miramar was and continues to be the City of San Diego's dump. The amount and content of trash that was buried there will be incredibly expensive to remove and remediate. If you want example of the mess that garbage compaction causes, Sta...

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by washingtonflyer
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 77
Views: 11189

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

WeatherPilot wrote:
Is the new metro link to the city open yet?


No, but the pedestrian tunnel from the metro station to the terminal is. Not too bad of a walk.

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by washingtonflyer
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn’t AA fly widebodies on JFK-SFO/LAX
Replies: 63
Views: 9679

Re: Why doesn’t AA fly widebodies on JFK-SFO/LAX

I think part of the strategy is consistency of product. If you're on an A321T the entire schedule, your passengers know where they like to be. If you're bouncing around 757s, 77Ws, and 787-10s, the seat maps and service options change constantly - depending on the day and the time of day. Folks that...

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by washingtonflyer
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

The Marines nearly had a cow when it was proposed that Miramar could be shared with a civilian airport! (The Air Force does it all the time), The Marines were adamant about not sharing Miramar with a civilian airport. You also have to figure in the NIMBYs living near that area also. If the Marines ...

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by washingtonflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Miramar is off the table because the Marines gave up El Toro instead. The Navy would need to find a new aircraft carrier homeport if North Island were to be converted to civilian use. I think Camp Pendleton has a lot of land. The Marines nearly had a cow when it was proposed that Miramar could be s...

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by washingtonflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Montgomery Executive Airport (MYF) has three runways. A 4 gate terminal can be built there allowing Allegiant, Jetblue, and Sun Country to shift all flights there. This will alllow for a smoother operation at SAN. Runway 10L is 4598 ft long. This should be long enough for an A320 to depart to BOS. ...

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by washingtonflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Montgomery Executive Airport (MYF) has three runways. A 4 gate terminal can be built there allowing Allegiant, Jetblue, and Sun Country to shift all flights there. This will alllow for a smoother operation at SAN. Runway 10L is 4598 ft long. This should be long enough for an A320 to depart to BOS. ...

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by washingtonflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Speaking of exotic....someone is spending a nice weekend in SAN: CC-AYB is en route non-stop to SAN from SCL. That's a long flight.

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by washingtonflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

I see two expansions possible: #1 move the cargo operations on the north side of the field to Brown Field (SDM). The number of aircraft movements are minimal, and Fed Ex, UPS, Airborne/DHL, etc. all have sizeable existing operations near the border of Brown owing to the existence of the Otay cargo c...

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by washingtonflyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Not 50,000. And a good chunk of them live in South Bay which means they come up Silver Strand. According to Wiki, between 10,000 and 15,000 work for the Navy. That would include all commands on Coronado (including the Naval amphibious base, etc.). And any offset in loss of navy employees (civilian ...

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by washingtonflyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

What if the Navy moved the aircraft carriers to Washington and Hawaii? North Island could be a huge airport and could become the main airport for San Diego. The bridge could easily handle all the traffic and the ferry could be reintroduced from Downtown. Intercontinental flights should benefit beca...

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by washingtonflyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 660
Views: 83751

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

What if the Navy moved the aircraft carriers to Washington and Hawaii? North Island could be a huge airport and could become the main airport for San Diego. The bridge could easily handle all the traffic and the ferry could be reintroduced from Downtown. Intercontinental flights should benefit beca...

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by washingtonflyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 9905

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

Would it be offensive to fly to Paris for a glass of champagne? Or to Dublin for a dram of of Jameson (certainly not Bushmill's)?

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

United Economy PM Plus, Delta Comfort Plus, KLM Comfort, AA Extra. All bigger seats, cabins, perks. One is a class, the other not? Fine! Back office discussion from my perspective. American Main Cabin Extra is the same seat as all other seats in economy (setting aside that one has a tray in the sea...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Here's a pair of BPs from a recent trip. Segment 1 was an economy class flight and Segment 2 was upgraded first class. The tag "first" appears on the top boarding pass but nothing appears on the second pass. 7A (my seat in economy) was a MCE seat. But there is absolutely no reference to MC...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

keesje wrote:
MCE IS a seperate cabin, with better, spacier seating and additional perks.


Simply not correct.

The following picture should make that obvious....

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

From AA's FAQ introducing MCE:

Q: How will this program impact my upgrades from Main Cabin to Business Class cabins?

A: We will retain our current Main Cabin to Business Class upgrade policies. Main Cabin Extra will be considered part of the Main Cabin, not a separate cabin.

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

https://onemileatatime.com/american-fre ... a-upgrade/
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"Technically Main Cabin Extra isn’t a separate class of service, which is to say that it’s still part of economy. "

https://onemileatatime.com/american-fre ... a-upgrade/

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Is there a downside with this change? Currently, American Airlines lets Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites choose Main Cabin Extra seats for free at booking. Gold elites have the choice of paying 50% of the standard cost or waiting until check-in to select these seats for free. Mea...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

As passenger I don't care much were my M+ seat is located., as long as I have the perks I payed for. Does American offer Economy Plus on their flights, yes. The way AA internally handles / names this in their booking systems, as a fair class or not , is something I have no interest in as the paying...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Actually the moment of booking -is- critical. I have access to MCE seating for free the second I book the ticket. Again, it matters not if I book into K inventory or S inventory. I get a MCE seat. In any event, your image is -horribly- out of date. The 77W has had Premium Economy which is physically...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

For me AA Main Cabin Extra is different name name for an Premium Economy, Economy Plus, Economy Extra, however the airlines brands it. I pay extra for a more comfortable service / product. Just like I would book J. The semantics play no role. But, its not. Its the the same aircraft cabin. There is ...

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by washingtonflyer
Tue May 14, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9279

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Fair enough, doesn't apply to AA (which I'm honestly not familiar with). That's my mistake to not check. If you're not familiar with it, then don't assert it and act like you have some expertise about it. MCE is no different than regular economy and is no different than Basic Economy - only with ac...

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by washingtonflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 818
Views: 142337

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

    Well that video is beyond chilling. The prevalence and proliferation of camera technology really is disturbingly amazing given the number of crashes we've seen in vivid color.

    The 9/11 crashes.
    National 102
    Asiana 214

    Now this one.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu May 02, 2019 3:40 am
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
    Replies: 307
    Views: 35073

    Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

    Boy, Saturday was a cray-cray day at DCA. A ton of miss approaches, wind shear events, and Rwy 33 action. Wind was blowing 320 at 29 gusting 39 at times. Several jets were reporting +/- 13 air speed shifts during finals.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:37 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    $350/MM in negative effects from the MAX.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:38 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    Boof02671 wrote:
    For all of you CEOs, four of WoW’s A321s have gone to Air Canada Rouge, and two are set to go to Spirit.


    Interesting that these six are all going to LCCs. That being said, it looks like from Seatguru that NK's 321s have a rear galley....

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:11 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    Does anyone else think AA should / will scoop up the 10 Wow Air A321’s now that the airline has ceased all operations? In lieu of the 737MAX yes, that wouldn't be a bad idea. That would somehow help in compensating for the MAX fleet of 24 planes that has been grounded. I'm not even sure American st...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:58 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    From press reports, the MAX is grounded now until mid-August.

    So, basically the entire summer schedule is now toast.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:55 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
    Replies: 6472
    Views: 716253

    Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

    According to Reuters, the Max is off the books until August now.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:01 pm
    Forum: Technical/Operations
    Topic: ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)
    Replies: 12
    Views: 2097

    ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)

    Was just texting a friend who is going down to AGS for the Masters. Apparently there are some rather nasty ground stops for any aircraft that is planned for AGS as the final destination. Some photos from prior years show -dozens- of private aircraft parked all over the airport (and at the regional o...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:58 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    And much of that discussion was predicated on the notion that we'd see the Max jets returning in a few weeks. We're now at a few -months- and running headlong into the summer schedule.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:44 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    AA just announced no MAX flights until at least June 5 . That's good to know. I booked a flight on aa.com from MIA to LGA on May 15th. The seating layout looked like it was the exact same one as that of a MAX, yes in case you don't know, the 737-800 at AA has two different layouts. One of them matc...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:28 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    AA just announced no MAX flights until at least June 5.

    Bring on the Mad Dogs...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:18 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    According to this post (https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1407771&start=600#p21227973), practically every WOW frame was owned by another entity. AA could take the leases on some - but obviously they'd have to assess engine commonality and avionics commonality. Then you'd ha...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:09 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
    Replies: 968
    Views: 156725

    Re: WOW Ceases Operations

    Maybe AA can grab an available A321 for use in their grounded Max fleet...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:15 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: What will replace American's A333s?
    Replies: 29
    Views: 6656

    Re: What will replace American's A333s?

    Im surprised that AA hasn't started to redeploy the 333s to MIA. After all, MIA was the home of a lot of the A300 lift and the 333 is basically an updated A300.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:04 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
    Replies: 716
    Views: 120408

    Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

    So I heard there were massive hail storms in the DFW area yesterday. Any casualty reports out of AA at DFW?

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    by washingtonflyer
    Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:02 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: What will replace American's A333s?
    Replies: 29
    Views: 6656

    Re: American Airlines A330

    I think with AA's expansions you're going to see a slowing of A333 retirements.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:27 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
    Replies: 6472
    Views: 716253

    Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

    https://www.king5.com/article/news/boei ... 72ac4e5fe4


    That may be true but I've now heard AA is expected to extend its grounding until 4/24.
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    Boof02671 wrote:


    That may be true but I've now heard AA is expected to extend its grounding until 4/24.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:46 am
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
    Replies: 5474
    Views: 718489

    Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business ... ords-show/
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    Article now appearing in the Washington Post throwing a little shade on Ethiopian's perceived stellar safety record.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business ... ords-show/

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:46 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
    Replies: 126
    Views: 8716

    Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

    The videos would never be kept private or classified. Once the NTSB or FAA get a copy of it, the Freedom of Information Act would allow any news outlet to file a request for it and be able to use or air it. Wingnut Exempt from FOIA. Congress has explicitly mandated this exemption. 49 U.S.C. § 1114(...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:59 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
    Replies: 106
    Views: 17882

    Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

    Elementalism wrote:

    I dont fly AA. Is Wifi free on their flights?


    Nope.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:26 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
    Replies: 126
    Views: 8716

    Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

    That will mean making live videos of people burning and exploding. Again, the data would only be looked at if needed to aid in the investigation and would not be released to the public. It would be especially difficult for the family of the pilots. It could be of tremendous help with the Atlas Air ...

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:17 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
    Replies: 106
    Views: 17882

    Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

    Naked Air?

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:01 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
    Replies: 106
    Views: 17882

    Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

    Mind bleach. MIND BLEACH.

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    by washingtonflyer
    Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:53 pm
    Forum: Civil Aviation
    Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
    Replies: 126
    Views: 8716

    Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

    There were several major rail incidents where it was believed that the engineer was texting while at the controls and one where it was believed the engineer was nodding off. In the Amtrak 188 disaster in Philadelphia, the engineer claimed that he was distracted by kids throwing rocks at the windscre...

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