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by rkmcswain
Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying Frontier Soon
Replies: 0
Views: 2118

Flying Frontier Soon

Flying Frontier soon, for the first time. I usually fly Continental or occasionally Southwest.
Any surprises I should expect?

I flew US Air last year for the first time and got a chuckle out of the $2 drinks, and $7 real drinks.

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by rkmcswain
Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 'Famous Last Words' Thread
Replies: 51
Views: 4611

RE: The 'Famous Last Words' Thread

I think many people here in Texas have said "Hold my beer and watch this..."

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by rkmcswain
Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IAH Runway Configurations
Replies: 30
Views: 15610

RE: IAH Runway Configurations

I posted about 33 takeoffs a while back and then experienced one last year. It occurred after a front hit town and there was a north wind present (typical winds in Houston are from the S or <acronym title="Air Namibia">SW</acronym>). I once lived in the flight path of a 15 landing and saw one almost...

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by rkmcswain
Sat May 05, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Few "Why In The USA..." Questions
Replies: 121
Views: 17298

RE: A Few "Why In The USA..." Questions

2. They used to check your luggage tags at HOU back in the late 80's/early 90's. I can't remember the last time or last place that I have seen that though (US).

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by rkmcswain
Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Goodyear Blimp Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

RE: Goodyear Blimp Houston

Ok, here is a tiny image. <a href="http://www.houstonfreeways.com/images/preview/ch4/p224.png" target=_blank>http://www.houstonfreeways.com/images/preview/ch4/p224.png</a> You can see the building in the upper left of the photo, west of I-45 You can get a better view if you download the PDF of the b...

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by rkmcswain
Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:19 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Goodyear Blimp Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

RE: Goodyear Blimp Houston

Yes, I saw that one, but I was looking for more of an aerial showing the hanger and the whole site and it's relation to the surrounding area.

I actually had one the whole time. I'll post back later with an online version of the photo that I found in a book.

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by rkmcswain
Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:15 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Goodyear Blimp Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

Goodyear Blimp Houston

I searched around a bit, but I can't locate a photo (ground or aerial) that shows the Goodyear blimp at it's old home base in Spring, Tx (outside of Houston).

A photo of the hanger itself would even be OK.

TIA

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by rkmcswain
Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Typical
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

RE: IAH Typical

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by rkmcswain
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Typical
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

IAH Typical

Probably a stupid question... but I was just curious about the typical takeoff/landing procedures at <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>. Obviously, I'm not there 24/7, but I fly out of there regularly and live close enough to see daily tra...

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by rkmcswain
Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Going On With This 747?
Replies: 67
Views: 27389

RE: What Is Going On With This 747?

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by rkmcswain
Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair CRJ-100 Plane Has Crashed In LEX Part 5
Replies: 148
Views: 14300

RE: Comair CRJ-100 Plane Has Crashed In LEX Part 5

Sorry if this has been mentioned - I didn't possibly try to read *every* post. Just wondering if there was any discussion about ABC aviation expert John Nance's suggestion regarding a STOPLIGHT at the end of the <acronym title="RAS Fluggeselischaft mbH">RW</acronym>. Red = nogo, Green = go. The prob...

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by rkmcswain
Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CVG Fares Very High Compared To Rest Of Nation
Replies: 44
Views: 5227

RE: CVG Fares Very High Compared To Rest Of Nation

Same story when I lived up there. It was always cheaper to fly out of <acronym title="Lexington - Blue Grass (LEX / KLEX), USA - Kentucky">LEX</acronym> than <acronym title="Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International (Greater Cincinnati) (CVG / KCVG), USA - Kentucky">CVG</acronym>. As ...

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by rkmcswain
Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lack Of High Octane Avgas
Replies: 30
Views: 5329

RE: Lack Of High Octane Avgas

Nice explanation Tod. I don't know much about aircraft piston engine fuel requirements, but 15 years ago I knew a guy with a jet drive boat. He ran a Chevy big block (468 cu.in) with ±13:1 compression. We used to go fill up at a local airstrip. I want to say it was about 108 octane, and even at that...

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by rkmcswain
Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Famous People Killed In Air Crashes
Replies: 208
Views: 32793

RE: Famous People Killed In Air Crashes

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by rkmcswain
Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would You Like This Seat?
Replies: 71
Views: 15781

RE: Would You Like This Seat?

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by rkmcswain
Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Advertising
Replies: 1
Views: 2094

Airline Advertising

Sorry if this has been posted before, but I thought some of you might like to see some old airline ads. Here are some good ones. Plenty more at this site. <a target="_blank" href="http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/T/T22/T2242-150dpi.jpeg">http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/T/T22/T2242-1...

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by rkmcswain
Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Passengers 'scared'
Replies: 17
Views: 4258

Southwest Passengers 'scared'

Passengers on Southwest Airlines flight get quite a scare



Quite a dramatic headline, huh?

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by rkmcswain
Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CVG- Only Medium Sized+ Airport Without Lcc's?
Replies: 20
Views: 3794

RE: CVG- Only Medium Sized+ Airport Without Lcc's?

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by rkmcswain
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Reactions After Firstflight
Replies: 102
Views: 13444

RE: A380 - Reactions After Firstflight

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm really tired of listening to the various media reporting on this feat. I have heard that this plane can carry "880", "840" & "over 800", passengers. Ok, I realize that it may be <b>possible</b> to load 800+ people on this beast, but what airline is going t...

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by rkmcswain
Fri Sep 03, 2004 3:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Does The Can Of Coke Really Cost?
Replies: 22
Views: 13478

Price Of The Ticket.

If an airline is paying $0.35/can, they are getting ripped off. You can go down to the local supermarket and find a 12pk on sale for $2.50, which of course is about $0.21/can. The supermarket is probably paying about $0.16/can. If the airline is purchasing through their food supplier, who themselves...

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by rkmcswain
Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No Blue Jeans In NWA First Class?
Replies: 114
Views: 20233

RE: No Blue Jeans In NWA First Class?

What freaking difference does it make if you <b>bought</b> the ticket or not?????????? The airline wants those with free tickets to <b>look good?</b><p> Who is getting on an airplane going <b><i>"Boy, these passengers in first class who didn't pay for their ticket sure look good - I'm flying this ai...

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by rkmcswain
Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Emergency Landing And Evac At IAH
Replies: 74
Views: 19440

RE: British Airways Emergency Landing And Evac At

<span style="font size:12pt"> According to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2731860">this news article</a>, the "pilots smelled smoke in the cockpit".<p>Just how would smoke from an engine fire get into the cockpit where the pilots could smell it?<p> </s...

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jul 22, 2004 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Non-Stop Destinations Out Of One City
Replies: 40
Views: 10712

RE: Most Non-Stop Destinations Out Of One City

<span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:tahoma"> If you are counting <span style="color:red">cities</span> then Houston serves 217. <p> <a target="_blank" href="http://iah.houstonairportsystem.org/about"> <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>...

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by rkmcswain
Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Near Miss At Tel Aviv?
Replies: 4
Views: 3906

RE: Near Miss At Tel Aviv?

It seems as if two planes "Nearly Missed" each other, then they would have collided....

Wouldn't this better be described as a "Near Collision"...?

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by rkmcswain
Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011 @ DAL
Replies: 3
Views: 1797

RE: L1011 @ DAL

Thanks, found the show [ <a style="color:red;font-size:12pt;" target="_blank" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411003/"><acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym></a> ]. Any other story with this aircraft? How (and for whom) is it making money besides...

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by rkmcswain
Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011 @ DAL
Replies: 3
Views: 1797

L1011 @ DAL

Just wondering about an L1011 dressed in the white/yellow of "Northeast", parked at DAL on Thursday, June 24. I can't find anything that shows Northeast ever had (or has) any L1011's.

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by rkmcswain
Thu May 27, 2004 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seinfeld "Airport" Episode
Replies: 26
Views: 5939

RE: Seinfeld "Airport" Episode

<p style="margin-left:25pt;margin-right:25pt;margin-top:25pt;margin-bottom:25pt;font-family:arial;font-size:10pt;font-style:italic;color:#5757FF;">but if it hadn't been for that five car pile up on Rockaway Blvd. that idiot would be on a plane to Seattle instead of looking for a parking spot downsta...

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by rkmcswain
Thu May 13, 2004 3:38 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What Is Unusual In This Photo?
Replies: 57
Views: 10593

RE: What Is Unusual In This Photo?

Ok, I understand the concept of making a photo seem more interesting, or curious in order to gather more 'hits', but what does that matter?????

Is there some contest or somthing regarding the photo with the most hits? Who CARES??

 Insane

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by rkmcswain
Wed May 12, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ De-Icer?
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

RE: CRJ De-Icer?

Good enough guys, thanks. <p> BTW, the original flight (UAL7567) scheduled for a 10:46A departure, was cancelled. After several changes of plans (including being on the runway at one point in a NWA flight to <acronym title="Detroit - Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW / KDTW), USA - Michigan">DTW</acron...

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by rkmcswain
Wed May 12, 2004 3:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ De-Icer?
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

RE: CRJ De-Icer?

<blockquote style="font-style:italic;color:#AB5700">Winnipeg isn't all that far from Chicago</blockquote><p> Winnipeg is ±717 miles from <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> (and ±1030 miles from <acronym title="Lexington - Blue Grass (LEX / KLEX...

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by rkmcswain
Wed May 12, 2004 12:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ De-Icer?
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

CRJ De-Icer?

United Express 7567 (<acronym title="Lexington - Blue Grass (LEX / KLEX), USA - Kentucky">LEX</acronym>-><acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym>) is currently delayed at <acronym title="Lexington - Blue Grass (LEX / KLEX), USA - Kentucky">LEX</acron...

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by rkmcswain
Fri May 07, 2004 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Twins And Their Engines
Replies: 2
Views: 2524

Boeing Twins And Their Engines

<span onmouseout="bgColor='#476A8E'" onmouseover="bgColor='#2F5096'" style="font-size:10pt;font-family:verdana;"> I'm about 5 miles NNW of <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>, so at this distance, the outgoing aircraft are usually still low...

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by rkmcswain
Wed May 05, 2004 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: BA To Ground 744 Fleet
Replies: 77
Views: 16391

RE: RUMOUR: BA To Ground 744 Fleet

Just heard...

From who? Source? URL?

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by rkmcswain
Sat Apr 17, 2004 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How To Identify Airlines In The Sky?
Replies: 13
Views: 10193

RE: How To Identify Airlines In The Sky?

When you're 5 mi. from <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>, you don't have to guess. It's always a Boeing <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> twin, ERJ, or <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>... so all you have...

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by rkmcswain
Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airplanes Pushing Back With Trust Reversers?
Replies: 20
Views: 4418

RE: Airplanes Pushing Back With Trust Reversers?

<blockquote style="font-style:italic">Powerbacks began in 1982 by Eastern Airlines </blockquote> At least one unsuccessful attempt was made by Air Florida in early 1982 (Jan 13) - against company policy. Could they have been doing them prior to this date?</p> <a href="http://www.airdisaster.com/spec...

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by rkmcswain
Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A380 Photo On Airliners.net
Replies: 16
Views: 8792

RE: First A380 Photo On Airliners.net

How many A380's are under construction right now? Just one?

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by rkmcswain
Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL - Runway Bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 5528

ATL - Runway Bridge

Sorry if this has been previously covered. According to this article, <strong>"Their massive $159.5-million bridge structure will permit the runway to cross over Interstate 285, allowing planes to take off and land literally atop the busy road."</strong><p>Looks like it will be ready in May 2006. Is...

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by rkmcswain
Mon Mar 01, 2004 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Thief Wrecks Cessna But Gets Away
Replies: 0
Views: 1592

Plane Thief Wrecks Cessna But Gets Away

I've heard of joyriding in a car then wrecking it, but a plane?


Plane thief wrecks Cessna but gets away


Another version


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by rkmcswain
Sat Feb 28, 2004 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A380 Engine Delivered
Replies: 31
Views: 7723

RE: First A380 Engine Delivered

As a side note to this thread: I wonder how the BBC feels about <b> bandwidth theft</b>. Everytime this thread is viewed, the image <b><pre><a href="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39898000/jpg/_39898603_trent_rollsroyce_203long.jpg" target=_blank>http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39898000...

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by rkmcswain
Sat Feb 28, 2004 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Favorite Regional?
Replies: 22
Views: 4763

RE: What Is Your Favorite Regional?

ERJ via CO Express

(of course that is too short of an answer to accepted for posting, so let's see if it will accept it now that I have added this meaningless drivel)

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by rkmcswain
Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Suttle Flight Between Houston Airports To End
Replies: 22
Views: 4070

RE: Shuttle Flight Between Houston Airports To End

Taking a bus from <acronym title="Houston - Ellington Field (AFB) (EFD), USA - Texas">EFD</acronym>/<acronym title="Houston - William P. Hobby (HOU / KHOU), USA - Texas">HOU</acronym> to <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>, in Houston traff...

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jan 29, 2004 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France: Wash You´re Fleet!
Replies: 46
Views: 8593

RE: Air France: Wash You´re Fleet!


You're = Contraction of "you are"


Your = The possessive form of "you"

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jan 29, 2004 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: January 28, 1986- Remembering Challenger
Replies: 46
Views: 5058

January 28, 1986- Remembering Challenger

I was a senior in high school. Our school just happened to be about 5 miles south of NASA in Houston - so the news hit really close to home. Rumors started flying around the halls that morning and at lunch. Finally after the final lunch period - a school wide announcement was made confirming the new...

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jan 01, 2004 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH's Runway 8L/26R
Replies: 5
Views: 2306

RE: IAH's Runway 8L/26R

Ok, is was Oct 31 - here is the press release

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jan 01, 2004 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH's Runway 8L/26R
Replies: 5
Views: 2306

RE: IAH's Runway 8L/26R

I'm pretty sure it opened the weekend of Oct31-Nov02. I drive by the <acronym title="Grand Air (Philippines)">8L</acronym> end almost every day around 6pm and have seen everything from KLM747 to <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym>-ERJ's. Yes, the area you mentioned is cleared, a...

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by rkmcswain
Thu Jan 01, 2004 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Ever Been On A Flight With A Near-miss
Replies: 7
Views: 5159

RE: Anyone Ever Been On A Flight With A Near-miss

That's what I was thinking Fritzi... If you near(ly) miss something, that means you hit it.  Smile

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by rkmcswain
Tue Dec 30, 2003 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6,000,000 Parts To Make B747
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

RE: 6,000,000 Parts To Make B747

<b><i>EmiratesA345,</i></b> add it up again... and remember there are <font size=+2>2</font> wings and <font size=+2>4</font> engines...  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> <blockquote style="font-size:9pt;font-style:italic;"> From nose, rearward to back of cockpit = 15% (9...

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