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by 69bug
Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 341
Views: 94124

Re: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread

APAC flying is probably the only thing that makes financial sense. Even pre-COVID remaining single LHR link for all we know was money-losing and kept for prestige reasons. I am Malaysian and I can tell you that this is very true. A lot of the Malaysia elite send their kids to Malaysia and they regu...

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by 69bug
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years
Replies: 38
Views: 9638

Re: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years

Terminal 1 has always been terminal 1 and had fingers added to the north end sometime in the late 90s or early 00s. Terminal 2 was actually an extension of the eastern pier to the south, parallel to the runway. Terminal 3 was a similar extension to the north pier. Terminal 4 was constructed on the e...

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by 69bug
Tue May 11, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kai Tak Stand Assignments
Replies: 4
Views: 1670

Re: Kai Tak Stand Assignments

From what I recell they only had around 10 stands with bridges? And you only got a stand if you had a turnaround of an hour.

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by 69bug
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4589

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

Number of emergency exits available will determine the number of pax allowed. I would imagine BA and CX had low-density seating but not too sure about KL... but I was only around when they flew the -300s. Alitalia had a 17 (or wwas it 15?) pallet combi and if I am not mistaken doors 3/4/5 L and R we...

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by 69bug
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QR finds surface coating cracks in early build A350
Replies: 300
Views: 35937

Re: QR finds composite cracks in early build A350

WRT aging aircraft checks as an evolving plan.

My understanding is that the checks are initially set at conservative limits and depending on the results of the checks over a wider sample the checks may be extended (timewise).

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by 69bug
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa MD11F
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

Re: Lufthansa MD11F

My guess is they'll see a few more years service to fill the gap resulting from a lot of pax flights being grounded. Freight charges are high and may even cover the cost of a major check, especially as LH does it in-house.

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by 69bug
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Livery to honor airlines' employees
Replies: 28
Views: 3885

Re: Livery to honor airlines' employees

Air Asia had 9M-AFD in honor of Bo Lingam who was COO of the group at the time.



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by 69bug
Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lest We Forget -- The Early Days Of The B727 With Four Crashes
Replies: 35
Views: 5937

Re: Lest We Forget -- The Early Days Of The B727 With Four Crashes

I believe one issue was the pilots who were transitioning from props(pistons) to jets were really behind the aircraft.. the longer spool-up of the engines related to the throttles caught a few out.

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by 69bug
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air 747-200C back in service
Replies: 0
Views: 2757

Re: Iran Air 747-200C back in service

I've been on board a IRIAF aircraft when it came to SIN. It had a boom operator position in the tail which was cool.

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by 69bug
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 341
Views: 94124

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

Firefly has a very lean team but also depends on the mothership for a lot of infra (eg HR and finance as well as a lot of IT support), in some cases this helps but in most cases it's a hindrance. But it has stuck to its guns in using Naviatire for its Res and DCS despite pressure to join MH in whate...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19958

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! Like the 787 and A350? Why was there never a freigther of the A340. Now that the A330 has more MTOW there is no use for it, but in the early ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?

Tigers did have some 707 pax aircraft and I believe some DC-8. They were a major troop carrier during the Vietnam War so the Tristar could have been pitched to serve this market. They later stopped pax traffic for a while only to restart with Metro International (a sub brand). The Tristar freighter ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?

I don't believe they did, they (lockheed) could have painted a model in FT colours as part of a sales pitch but I don't think FT placed any orders. If anything they would have probably gone with Douglas as they were operating DC-8s at the time.

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19958

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19958

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Worked with LH in KUL and we often got requests from China Airlines to carry a few baggage containers for them to FRA as their MD-11 (Mandarin Airlines livery) was max out (payload wise). Our 744 could make it easily with a full load 99% of the time. The 1% was only if the FRA area had really bad we...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19958

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! T...

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by 69bug
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?
Replies: 25
Views: 3960

Re: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?

Max Q wrote:

You have the engineering backwards, the larger rudder on the L1011 allowed the wing mounted engines to be placed further outboard from the fuselage, improving wing bending relief and making for a quieter cabin



I stand corrected. Thanks Max Q.

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 14315

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) o...

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?
Replies: 25
Views: 3960

Re: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?

Problem was the L-1011 was limited in terms of growth. IIRC the engines were further apart than the DC-10 and if they upped the engine power the rudder could not compensate for the increased asymmetric thrust. Also they could not add a centre gear like Douglas and were limited by the pavement loadin...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 747F were built without a SCD?
Replies: 58
Views: 16495

Re: How many 747F were built without a SCD?

I remember the JAL 747.. was working with a ground handler which served JAL. The cargo reservations dept would accept bookings based on the normal 74F aircraft and they worked with volume limits as well as weight limits. They would usually know when the no-SCD aircraft was due but ocassionally there...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 14315

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

Looking at the seating chart has me wondering about the view from the first few rows. Being angled in towards the nose, is the forward view looking outside much better than seats further back? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I have never been privileged to fly in 747. Yes.. if you were sitting ...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 14315

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) of...

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by 69bug
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 34844

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

Worked for a ground-handling company in SIN and Sabena operated a DC-10 combi from SIN to BRU via KUL, BKK, BOM, AUH..I was in the cargo dept and from what I remember they only carried Europe load with no traffic to KUL/BKK/BOM and AUH apart from company material.

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by 69bug
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?
Replies: 46
Views: 9284

Re: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?

I believe that the maindeck is also not pressurized..To be pressurized, the whole structure needs to be changed.

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by 69bug
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 6028

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

posted this in an earlier thread .. sorry for the thread drift as this is an MD-11 tale. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1405891&p=20784613&hilit=alitalia+combi+69bug#p20784613 A bit off topic but still on the MD-11 I remember observing an Alitalia turnaround somewher...

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by 69bug
Wed May 27, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will the last major airline retire the 757?
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

Re: When will the last major airline retire the 757?

My guess would be either Fedex or UPS since they were also the last major airline to operate the 727s, In the case of UPS the Dc-8 as well.

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by 69bug
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS DC-8 Asian ops?
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Re: UPS DC-8 Asian ops?

They came to KUL.. from around '95 (at the old airport in Subang) to around '02 (new airport (KLIA) when they were replaced by the 757/767.

I remember one had its left wing clipped by a pax stair truck in SZB.

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by 69bug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 operations in Asia?
Replies: 24
Views: 4061

Re: NW 727 operations in Asia?

We used to see Contnental Micronesia (Air Mike) 727s in KUL (old airport) in the mid 90s... probably for checks, not scheduled flights, as they were usually parked up at the cargo apron or MH Hangar.

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by 69bug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 600
Views: 64305

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

There is always the option of buying back maintenance items. Example if the aircraft was supposed to be returned with a serviceable APU, the operator may negotiate with the lessor to pay xxx amount in lieu. Also some items are required to be returned with full life or half life... if full life requi...

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by 69bug
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?
Replies: 90
Views: 12043

Re: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?

I'm pretty certain I flew a DC-10 to KUL at one point. I also flew the DC-10s many times between SFO and NRT. In addition, NW flew the 10s to BOM You are correct, Northwest flew to KUL using the DC-10, theres a pic in the database from 2011. It was a codeshare with KLM and on one of the initial fli...

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by 69bug
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757-200 Combi?
Replies: 29
Views: 6138

Re: 757-200 Combi?

Was watching an Iron Maiden concert video and they used a 757 combi (before the 747) for their tour. Not sure if combi is the correct term, if I'm not mistaken there was no maindeck cargo door but rather just a cargo hold with stuff being loaded via the passenger doors and tied down on board. Still ...

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by 69bug
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde at Memphis - 1979
Replies: 35
Views: 4767

Re: Concorde at Memphis - 1979

This was the time where the aircraft needed to have a 'temporary' US reg pasted on for the JFK-DFW vv sectors to allow Braniff/US pilots to fly the aircraft?

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by 69bug
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield
Replies: 57
Views: 16333

Re: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield

So on the Dc-8 they would have to stick their arm out and clean the windows? No wipers on that aircraft!.

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by 69bug
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Cargo considers prolonging lifespan of MD-11F's
Replies: 170
Views: 51796

Re: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020

Fedex may be in if 1)its cheap and b) if the planes have low cycles/hours. The first MD-11s in FX are hitting 25years. While LH aircraft are not exactly low-time, they are the last few MD-11 made (some were bought used though) and LH have a reputation for keeping on top of maintenance. That is the m...

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by 69bug
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First SQ 737 MAX roll out
Replies: 65
Views: 22605

Re: First SQ 737 MAX roll out

Silkair being absorbed into SQ is purely a result of the Scoot. Originally the Silkair brand was launched in order not to dilute the Premium SQ product, passengers would have had a 'lesser' experience and the SQ product was deemed sacred!. Now with Scoot in the picture SQ decided to rationalise thei...

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by 69bug
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?
Replies: 182
Views: 29652

Re: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?

For me is opposite. I'm avoiding turboprops in Asia like a plague. TransAsia ATR crash coming to mind first. Young pilots are starting there on props and they are the ones that make deadly mistakes. Airlines flying jets are no better.. most of the new pilots are fresh out of flying school with arou...

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by 69bug
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 30161

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX. bug Federal Express had MB between FM and FX. Think it went MB, to FM then FX? The callsign also changed from “Express” to “FedEx”. I worked w...

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by 69bug
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 30161

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX.

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by 69bug
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 341
Views: 94124

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

"AirAsia X’s continued losses cast shadow on business model". https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-xs-continued-losses-cast-shadow-business-model%C2%A0

So take two loss-making companies and merge them into one....and expect them to be profitable?

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by 69bug
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 33355

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

If the parked up planes are nearing their major checks or major components need replacing (think landing-gears) it may be more economical to park them and rob parts off them. If they are required they can be put back into service fairly easily if the paperwork is kept in order. This is especially tr...

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by 69bug
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline
Replies: 62
Views: 12417

Re: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline

Call sign Marmaduke...

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by 69bug
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK19 divert to LHR
Replies: 12
Views: 5281

Re: EK19 divert to LHR

A lot of other factors come into play when deciding where to divert. For example the weather in BHX may be bad.. or LHR could be better. But the main reason I think the flight diverted to LHR is the fact that EK has a huge number of crew laying over in LHR and if the operating crew ran out of hours ...

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by 69bug
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 33355

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

It says two A380s owned by Emirates are parked at DWC and are acting as parts donors, with landing gear a high value item. I think its not that the landing-gears have high value, more likely the cost of overhaul of the landing-gear is the deciding factor to park the aircraft and rob parts off it. M...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations
Replies: 43
Views: 8818

Re: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations

They flew to SIN, from NRT I believe. 742s initially followed by 744s. Freighters as well.

Anil

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express
Replies: 35
Views: 6682

Re: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express

Worked for Tigers in SIN up to the merger with Fedex. Totally different environment as far as work culture was concerned. Tigers was kept as a subsidiary because traffic rights in some countries did not automatically transfer to Fedex. One highlight was during the aftermath of the first gulf war. Th...

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: So there has been a 747-100 with four GEs after all...
Replies: 32
Views: 11868

Re: So there has been a 747-100 with four GEs after all...

A bit of thread drift.. Pratt and Whitney did make a variant of the JT9D which looked like the a bit like the CF6... the -70A variant, But only offered on the 747-200. It was not a great success. I worked for Flying Tigers/Fedex and they had one of these not very popular with the technicians. One we...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tower Air
Replies: 96
Views: 18512

Re: Tower Air

https://terryliittschwager.com/index.php

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Check out this site by an ex Tower pilot.. a lot of stories ..

https://terryliittschwager.com/index.php

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by 69bug
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6864

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Having done my share of elbow jousting I wouldn't mind trying it out. I usually sleep well on flights so having elbow space is worth it.

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by 69bug
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6864

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Wonder if they thought of alternating the seats..ie one set will have two high and one low, the next one will have two low and one high.... what behefit? Sitting on a lower seat your legs need to be stuck out in front...(so it would be nice to have a higher seat in front = more space), sitting on a...

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by 69bug
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6864

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Looking at the pics in the link I don't see the armrests for the middle seat? In fact all the arm-rests are on the same plane and it looks a bit too high for the chap in the middle seat. If you are a bit on the tall side it will be a challenge to park your legs (under the low middle seat in front of...

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