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by buzzard302
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 31809

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Any smart CEO would be looking at alternatives and have a back up plan. Never hinge your business on one supplier, it is a recipe for failure.

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by buzzard302
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA A330 fume issue
Replies: 31
Views: 5839

Re: Another AA A330 fume issue

Definitely seems more prevalent on Airbus, but I have read reports on both major manufacturers. Certainly not limited to any particular carrier. One journalist has dedicated some real time and effort to look into fume events. And there is at least one member on this forum that claims these are a non...

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by buzzard302
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 7650

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

In public, my wife breast feeds our son with a light cover. Folds up easily and stays in the diaper bag when not in use. We have been on 4 flights in the past month. She was in the window seat. I was in the center seat. Most people on the plane didn't even know there was a baby there. I agree though...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
Replies: 106
Views: 17928

Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

Just need a DJ and a bartender and it will complete the design.

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5270

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

n6238p, that was a nice read, thanks. Another of a million points I have't seen mentioned is a medical emergency. How will a self flying plane know about a passenger medical emergency? Going to leave it to the passengers to hit the big red emergency button and make a costly diversion? Fully automat...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5270

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

n6238p, that was a nice read, thanks. Another of a million points I have't seen mentioned is a medical emergency. How will a self flying plane know about a passenger medical emergency? Going to leave it to the passengers to hit the big red emergency button and make a costly diversion? Technology is ...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5270

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

The logistics are insanely complicated and frankly not even safe to consider. A single pilot onboard to provide minimal inputs and react as needed, I could buy that. But fully unmanned, not a chance. You think aircraft will taxi themselves? Provide take off and landing clearance themselves? Take alt...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man vs machine; are we ready to replace pilots completely?
Replies: 80
Views: 5270

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

Although we live in a world with very advanced technology, airplanes are not ready to fly unmanned. Remember, an unmanned airplane is only as perfect as it's human designers, and the most recent accidents have proven that we have a lot further to go in terms of programming, automation, and safety. H...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Also, Boeing wants/needs to know the actual cause as well. Doctoring data to reduce liability for this accident does nothing for them if there is a design flaw. If they keep selling a model with a fundamental flaw, there will be more crashes and the 737 MAX will have all orders cancelled and the pr...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 3824

Re: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

Just my perspective, though. I have no doubt at all that Boeing did absolutely everything they could and stand behind the MAX and the other aircraft they have produced. Things come up though, sometimes as a result of loss of life unfortunately, in order for the issue to become visible and the prope...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 596982

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Generally speaking, the two AOA sensors were likely in the same physical positions on the exterior of the plane, and according to the curves, physically reacting in the same manner. There is an obvious offset in the two curves, meaning the sensor output or interpretation likely differed electronica...

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by buzzard302
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 596982

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Generally speaking, the two AOA sensors were likely in the same physical positions on the exterior of the plane, and according to the curves, physically reacting in the same manner. There is an obvious offset in the two curves, meaning the sensor output or interpretation likely differed electronical...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I really like Boeing, but this is some egg on their face if it's playing out the way it appears to be. I work in a technical manufacturing environment and know on a small scale how many internal arguments can occur about how a product should be configured, revised, etc. Admitting to end customers th...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Some reports coming in that Chinese pilots saw excessive AoA on 737MAX on a more or less regular basis: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-ban-on-the-boeing-737-max-inspires-others-and-ramps-up-pressure-on-the-faa/2019/03/12/4d4bf2b0-44a3-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html?utm_...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Ground an airplane is a big deal. Most likely someone knows something that is not public. These decisions don't come lightly. If they were to release a public comment saying there was a design flaw related to these accidents, it would cause more problems than they already have. The media is already ...

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Amateur opinion here. The MAX planes are more high tech than the last variant. The pilots and maintenance may or may not be up to speed. It could be a problem with the plane, it could be a problem with the airline. It could be a combination of both. Regardless of the root cause, Boeing has to quickl...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ombudsman official demands grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia
Replies: 59
Views: 11959

Re: Ombudsman official demands grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia

Holy cow. There is no official report yet released for the Lionair crash. People typing up stuff on here like it's a final conclusion are not doing anyone any favors.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Given what we know right now, folks choosing to avoid the max is totally justified. "What we know"? We don't know anything, all we have is speculative information. What we know is that two brand new max variant planes crashed into the ground and killed everyone on board. And we don't have...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I didn't even think it was possible to take off without flaps. Pretty much always thought they would get a takeoff config fault. For sure, the cause of Lionair and this new incident need to be investigated in an expedited manner.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719994

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Well I'm with the other "over reactors" when I say I won't be riding on a max any time soon. In our modern world of high technology and safe air travel, there is serious doubt as to the design of this aircraft. It is far too coincidental to have two crashes on two brand new aircraft this c...

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by buzzard302
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

As a side note, a cruise ship was in the news yesterday for experiencing a sudden and unexpected 115mph wind gust which caused a severe list. I know it goes against logic of this aircraft's stability and performance characteristics, but I still would not be surprised to learn that some sudden and/or...

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr
Replies: 35
Views: 7962

Re: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr

I've always wondered why there are not cameras in the cargo spaces so that the pilots can cross reference a fire indication with a visual confirmation.

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

There is no conclusion based on the language of that NTSB statement. It is worded in a vague and neutral way as not to reveal anything. All we know is that evidence of loss of control started 18 seconds before the end of the recording.

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by buzzard302
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8614

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Nothing wrong with being well dressed. It gives a person confidence and self value. Which is projected into the work environment.

asuflyer is right, there are lots of cultural and labor law differences which result in a different appearances of uniform and job presentation.

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

enilria wrote:
Am I crazy or is that one of the most unclearly caused crashes over land in like decades? Usually there is a thread from the first day that ends up being close to the cause, but I see nothing here.


I don't think they pegged the reason for AF447 for quite some time.

Edit, you did say over land...

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by buzzard302
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Also, the comments on that YouTube video make this thread seem like it’s full of Nobel laureates by comparison. This is my favorite: There’s the problem, origin is Miami. Ghetto airport. Probably most safety related hardware has been stolen and resold. Probably most maintenance people can’t speak o...

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142490

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

JFK/BOS to London. And A321XLR's. From a casual conversation I had recently.

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by buzzard302
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Happened to LH442 Mar. 2, 2019?
Replies: 5
Views: 3383

Re: What The Hell Happend to LH442 Yesterday???

Got to be a glitch. Another site has much smoother data. My in laws flew the other day and I observed erratic behavior including speed, altitude, and headings changing abruptly. Just data being reported erroneously.

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by buzzard302
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 109
Views: 20138

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

I'm in "the pilot did it" camp. Only because I have read so many reasons why the other large theories could not be possible. But I can not fathom how he could have handled the co-pilot and all the passengers. I also find it hard to believe he could have pulled it all off with such little t...

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by buzzard302
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP
Replies: 116
Views: 24298

Re: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP

People are quick to blame the pilots. I am not a pilot, but I am an atmospheric scientist. Becasue of The Rock, if the ground speed of the plane was somewhere between 150 and 350 km/hr this could have been Kármán Vortex Shedding. I dont know how planes are designed and pilots are trained to avoid t...

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by buzzard302
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: E175 vs E190 Reliability?
Replies: 36
Views: 4341

Re: E175 vs E190 Reliability?

Don't know the answer to your question, but I have a friend that works or B6. His comments are that the E190's have constant issues. Especially in the electronics. Reboot, reset, re-program, etc. etc. I know a couple B6 FAs that are on the 190. They refer to it as the E-180 due to the numerous soft...

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Nothing. Just wondering about the full flow of this and that, zero evidence, no facts. all trashed around. Gist: 767 best plane ever What a downer. Well I agree. Despite all the chatter in these threads, I think most people here are enthusiast and a technical minded group. Everyone wants to know th...

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

WIederling wrote:
16 pages of chatter here and avherald shows nothing beyond some photos and supplemental data.
Interesting.


It's only been a few days, and no CVR or FDR has been found yet. What were you hoping for?

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: E175 vs E190 Reliability?
Replies: 36
Views: 4341

Re: E175 vs E190 Reliability?

Don't know the answer to your question, but I have a friend that works or B6. His comments are that the E190's have constant issues. Especially in the electronics. Reboot, reset, re-program, etc. etc.

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 281
Views: 54832

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

This should be punishable by jail time. Talk about a crazy decision that could have led to deaths. I don't know how anyone could trust to fly this airline after learning about this.

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?
Replies: 33
Views: 2186

Re: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?

Count me in for someone who does not care for WN's boarding. It seems like a budgetary decision for them. Less complexity and agents required, so save operating cost. All disguised with marketing like "It's fun", "Choose your own seat!" etc. How about being an unfortunate late bo...

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Since everyone is guessing at this point, I will throw mine in. Sudden vertical windshear in which they couldn't recover. Everyone says the weather "wasn't that bad", but there could have been an isolated and sudden intense windshear. It would explain why there was no distress call. Althou...

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by buzzard302
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388368

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I sense some urgency in the ATC recordings, yet they did not report any problems. This is a weird one, what a shame.

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by buzzard302
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP
Replies: 116
Views: 24298

Re: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP

That is pretty insane looking. I'm surprised there was not more passenger chatter in the cabin video.

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?
Replies: 15
Views: 1828

Re: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?

Gone are the days of flying be a formal thing. I think the cabin crew are far too busy to be worried about how you are dressed these days.

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by buzzard302
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 10653

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

I do not see LH winning this, but what do I know. In my opinion, you have paid up front for a service and have no obligation to show up for that service. I don't see how this would be any different than a no show on the first leg of the flight. What if you get sick, family emergency, change of plans...

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by buzzard302
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL apologizes and pulls “creepy” napkins with Coke ad
Replies: 50
Views: 4571

Re: DL apologizes and pulls “creepy” napkins with Coke ad

I guess I could see how this could spawn some awkward (and possibly unwanted) interactions with your fellow passenger. It's a touch weird from a corporate level. I'd stick with plain napkins and allow passengers to talk among themselves.

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by buzzard302
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Int’l Memories
Replies: 42
Views: 4701

Re: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Int’l Memories

Not much here, but I do remember when FLL was really a "second tier" airport. The growth the past 20-years has been impressive. The days where Delta was by far the largest airline with a bit of a focus city there. Delta really cut back in destinations it seems. But with the expansion of S...

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by buzzard302
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman Removed from United Flight for Squashed Middle Seat Complaining.
Replies: 133
Views: 16955

Re: Woman Removed from United Flight for Squashed Middle Seat Complaining.

They have size restrictions on roller coasters and other rides at amusement parks. I think it's time for airlines to enforce size restrictions for passengers. I thought they did, but it doesn't seem so in this case.

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by buzzard302
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22045

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Not judging you, but since you posted this, do you think the "elderly lady on a wheelchair" that was abandoned on AA gate was her own fault as well? That story was shown to be not what it originally seemed. https://nypost.com/2018/12/04/american-airlines-video-proves-wheelchair-bound-pass...

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by buzzard302
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gratuity for Flight attendants
Replies: 54
Views: 5839

Re: Gratuity for Flight attendants

I'm an American and I don't care for the concept of tipping. It's a cheap profit grab that doesn't always make it back to the employees that even deserved the tip in the first place. And the trend is ever increasing prices with pressure to tip more and more percentage. Remember when 10-15% was a goo...

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by buzzard302
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 596982

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

I guess the CVR ping function didn't work too well. Brand new airplane with a new CVR and there is no detectable ping? The search area is not that large, or deep. It should be found eventually, unless something more sinister is going on.

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by buzzard302
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline denies boarding to a fish
Replies: 102
Views: 12187

Re: Airline denies boarding to a fish

My question is, why can’t a fish fly? Well for starters, it doesn't have wings. 64 species do ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_fish )... Well, this is a.net, right? Ha, actually my reply on the previous page is in reference to flying fish as you rightfully identify. I was just making a dumb j...

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by buzzard302
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline denies boarding to a fish
Replies: 102
Views: 12187

Re: Airline denies boarding to a fish

Yossarian22 wrote:
My question is, why can’t a fish fly?


Well for starters, it doesn't have wings.

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