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by AndyEastMids
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future aircraft for LCY
Replies: 75
Views: 12406

Re: Future aircraft for LCY

I think society is changing. I suppose it goes hand in hand with concepts like Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire at the age of 21. You think why on Earth would anyone use a tiny airport in the center of London that can't handle a plane bigger than 125 seats for leisure travel. We sort of unde...

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by AndyEastMids
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR today DUB-BGR
Replies: 22
Views: 6296

Re: FR today DUB-BGR

Pickle fork fix at Victorville. EI-DCL should be heading the same way today too - ironic that the ‘Dreamliner’ livery aircraft is involved.

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by AndyEastMids
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus unveils PC-12 NGX
Replies: 20
Views: 6771

Re: Pilatus unveils PC-12 NGX

A couple of years ago I was shown round the Pilatus factory in Stans by one of the senior execs of the firm. He made a notable comment that "when we launched the PC-12 almost 30 years ago analysts expected us to sell around 200 over 20 years." It is testament to Pilatus hitting a sweet spo...

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by AndyEastMids
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?
Replies: 113
Views: 19101

Re: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?

TC957 wrote:
terefere wrote:
albertocsc wrote:
LOT and Enter Air have some of them at WAW.
LOT moved its Maxes to LUB.

LUB is Lumidpau in Guyana - are you sure ??


LOT MAXes are at Lublin (LUZ).
Enter Air SP-EXB is at Warsaw (WAW)

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight Numbers
Replies: 52
Views: 6480

Re: Flight Numbers

A number of airlines have had the practice for many years of assigning east travelling flights to even numbers and west travelling flights to odd numbers; similar for northbound (even) and southbound (odd). I note that in recent years many have departed from this convention yet it remains predomina...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commercial CFM-56-7B delivered
Replies: 16
Views: 3522

Re: Last commercial CFM-56-7B delivered

Yes, my bad forgetting A340-300/200. Still, amazing the commercial production run is coming to an end. Due to the huge quantity of in service engines, parts shouldn't be an issue. Lightsaber Production of the -7B will continue for military markets (deliveries of P-8A for Norway, UK, USA, South Kore...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s
Replies: 46
Views: 13323

Re: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s

AlnessW wrote:
Come to think of it - was the 9-abreast 3-3-3 or 2-5-2 for domestic/international?


UA 777-222ERs used to have the glorious 2-5-2 in economy (glorious unless you were in the middle of the 5 anyway).

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by AndyEastMids
Wed May 08, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biman Bangladesh Q400 accident at Yangon
Replies: 19
Views: 4598

Biman Bangladesh Q400 accident at Yangon

https://www.mmtimes.com/news/biman-plan ... rport.html

Looks like S2-AGQ will not be flying again. Aircraft reportedly came off the runway and the rear fuselage is split in two.
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https://www.mmtimes.com/news/biman-plan ... rport.html

Looks like S2-AGQ will not be flying again. Aircraft reportedly came off the runway and the rear fuselage is split in two.

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by AndyEastMids
Tue May 07, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost
Replies: 85
Views: 12436

Re: Heathrow - Legal challenge lost

What would be the UK equivalent applicable to the inevitable hold-outs between Bath Road and the M4 should LHR expansion be fully finalized and green lit? The development concept order and final planning permission will provide powers for compulsory purchase orders to be applied for houses and othe...

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by AndyEastMids
Sat May 04, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buffalo Airways DC-3 forced landing off airport near Hay River
Replies: 25
Views: 6988

Buffalo Airways DC-3 forced landing off airport near Hay River

Seems like the two crew did well to put DC-3 C-GJKM down in a remote area after an engine failure meant they could not get back to Hay River following a departure to Yellowknife. Reports suggest only two crew on board so maybe a cargo flight. http://avherald.com/h?article=4c77bb59&opt=0 https://...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 396224

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Jet Airways permanent Heathrow slot pair swap with Delta Air Lines, 31MAR2019 to 26OCT2019 Jet previously held 14:10 arrival and 16:05 departure for BOM (9W115/116, 77W, T4). Delta now holds 14:10 arrival and 16:05 departure for DTW (DH4, T2 - possible slot sitter for DL/VS/BE) 9W115/116 BOM-LHR-BOM...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019
Replies: 1136
Views: 173638

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019

Looks like this 737 will be operated by West Atlantic. https://cargofacts.com/west-atlantic-secures-a-customer-for-its-four-forthcoming-737-800bcfs/ West Atlantic already have all four 737-800BCFs mentioned in that article, and they are flying for FedEx. So unless West Atlantic have contracted for ...

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS, AF, DL, KL announce extensive codeshare
Replies: 41
Views: 9846

Re: VS, AF, DL, KL announce extensive codeshare

With Virgin codes going on some AF / KL services from the UK regions to AMS and CDG, it doesn't look so good for some of the Flybe services that have been in competition. I can't see the VS / KL / AF partnership having a VS code on KL / AF services and operating its own services too. Consolidation o...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 254
Views: 48908

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

A good recovery for Boeing following the reduction in commitments for the 777X from Etihad. I don't see it as reflecting badly on Airbus other than that Airbus doesn't already have a direct competitor to the 777X. As far as BA is concerned the 777-9 was a logical conclusion: New A380s dead in the wa...

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by AndyEastMids
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does Las Vegas Sands use their aircraft for?
Replies: 33
Views: 10935

Re: What does Las Vegas Sands use their aircraft for?

Lose enough money in Sands’ casinos on a regular basis and you might get invited to ride in one. The firm has properties in Macau and Singapore as well as the USA and customers from all over the globe.

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 139574

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

My immediate reaction was... "too much red" (on the tail) And then I realised there was "too much blue" (on the lower fuselage) as well! Plus the tacky "7 5 7" on the rear upper fuselage. (Especially when there is already a nice subtle gold "Boeing 757" under...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone know if the Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombus, Ohio freighter service by Etihad is still active?
Replies: 4
Views: 1343

Re: Anyone know if the Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombus, Ohio freighter service by Etihad is still active?

Operates twice weekly: full routing is Abu Dhabi - Colombo - Milan Malpensa - Columbus Rickenbacker - East Midlands - Frankfurt Hahn / Belgrade - Abu Dhabi.

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by AndyEastMids
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR
Replies: 35
Views: 6187

Re: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR

Which competition remedy ruling do you think the slots have been allocated under and taken from BA? The IAG / bmi ruling says: "Where a New Air Services Provider has operated Competitive Air Service on two or more Identified City Pairs using Slots in accordance with these Commitments for at le...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Martinair CV-340 crash in SA (July 2018): final report is out
Replies: 85
Views: 22826

Re: Martin's Air Charter crash in Pretoria, South Africa

All people are saying is that perhaps getting on a proving flight (if indeed AS IT SEEMS that was one - and never mind if the aircraft had a licence: it had been sitting idle for maintenance for some time, and that was the FIRST flight post-maintenance) on a 65 yo Convair and stuffing it with enthu...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Martinair CV-340 crash in SA (July 2018): final report is out
Replies: 85
Views: 22826

Re: Martin's Air Charter crash in Pretoria, South Africa

Precisely Jupiter2. And my understanding is that the aircraft had not been 'restored' as it didn't need to be restored - it was just repainted and prepared for a long ferry flight after having flown only occasionally over the last few years (but that doesn't in itself require an air test). If the ma...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Martinair CV-340 crash in SA (July 2018): final report is out
Replies: 85
Views: 22826

Re: Martin's Air Charter crash in Pretoria, South Africa

And what is a "proving flight"? The aircraft had a certificate of airworthiness that was valid until mid-August. Although it hadn't flown much recently, as long as all the hour and calendar-based maintenance had been completed, ADs applied and pre return to service actions had been complet...

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220
Replies: 217
Views: 34218

Re: Airbus A220

Should be at LFBO around 12:00 French time

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220
Replies: 217
Views: 34218

Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220

C Series 300 prototype C-FFDO has just left the paint shop at East Midlands (EGNX) bound for Tolouse in Airbus house colours - titles are A220 on the tail and A220-300 on the forward fuselage.

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: Farnborough 2018 Launch of CSeries Large Regional Family
Replies: 21
Views: 3896

Re: Speculation: Farnborough 2018 Launch of CSeries Large Regional Family

Second CS300 prototype C-FFDO (55002) is in the paint shop at East Midlands Airport in the UK, a mere 20-30 minutes flying time from Farnborough. Hmmm ;-)

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 377SGT Super Guppy Turbine
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

Re: 377SGT Super Guppy Turbine

All about Guppies is an excellent resource: http://www.allaboutguppys.com/ Airbus took the first two SGTs that were built in the USA, and UTA industries built the other two in France. SGTs #1, #2 and #3 are preserved (Bruntingthorpe, Toulouse, Hamburg), while NASA acquired SGT #4 to replace its orig...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW
Replies: 50
Views: 7284

Re: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW

It is really more of a service for the customers. I have connected on easyJet and Norwegian at LGW on two separate tickets but this service has benefits for the passengers. Price-wise it is the same as two separates tickets priced on each airline's site. No... When Gatwick Connects originally launc...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next airline to serve Miami
Replies: 33
Views: 2922

Re: Next airline to serve Miami

Aer Lingus - starts tomorrow doesn't it?

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ
Replies: 10
Views: 2760

Re: SWISS Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ

AA737-823 wrote:
It's really the only one still flying?


Posted on the Swiss blog only two days ago:

https://blog.swiss.com/en/2017/07/time-to-say-goodbye

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air to start BHX, STN and CDG to BOS and EWR
Replies: 83
Views: 13368

Re: Primera Air to start BHX, STN and CDG to BOS and EWR

STN-EWR, CDG-EWR and BHX-EWR could be a bit of a stretch for a standard A321neo, especially in winter - the carrer's LRs don't get delivered until 2019

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by AndyEastMids
Tue May 09, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SOFIA Flying Around FAT
Replies: 14
Views: 2635

Re: SOFIA Flying Around FAT

The flight didn't go high enough for observations - it needs to be in the 40,000'+ band to get any worthwhile science from the telescope, and the telescope door isn't opened during daylight anyway as the sun can damage the mirror and optics. However, they have just installed a new science instrument...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar airways new destinations
Replies: 53
Views: 14925

Re: Qatar airways new destinations

Doha to Cardiff 3,360 miles (around 100 more than Norwegian's Edinburgh-Stewart), 737 Max-8 range quoted as 3,700 in lowish density two-class configuration. First deliveries to Qatar 2018. Hmmm... Wonder if Boeing has a few more miles up its sleeve??? Or maybe A321NEOs that the airline still has on ...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 97
Views: 14248

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Saddest part for all though is that the low cost carriers will now have to pay airports in UK and abroad for the cost of immigration and border controls, thus adding to the price of tickets. Also, this may affect turnaround times, since it takes considerably more time to screen 180 passengers per p...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World’s first commercial flying car is now on sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: World’s first commercial flying car is now on sale

The concept of a flying car must be one of the daftest ever to be proposed... A minor ding in a supermarket car park, or a nudge at the lights, and its going to have to go in for a licensed airframe engineer to check it out to make sure its still airworthy (yes, that's what happens with airplanes wh...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to BHX & BRS for the summer
Replies: 18
Views: 2787

Re: BA returns to BHX & BRS for the summer

Nothing really significant to see here - just BA looking to use aircraft that would otherwise sit at LCY Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. As long as the airline can cover the cost of any positioning flights and the DOCs for the routes, its better than having the aircraft at LCY accumulating pa...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATRs for United Express?
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

Re: ATRs for United Express??

Its actually an ATR 42-320, ex YV-950C, VT-ADG, HR-AVA, 2-CAPE and now N45838. It was painted at East Midlands in the UK last week and emerged on Sunday. On the nose it says "Operated by Hyannis Air Service, Inc" although it is of course in United Express colours. As such it looks the same...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed constellation survivors:
Replies: 20
Views: 7235

Re: Lockheed constellation survivors:

www.conniesurvivors.com - a website maintained by a good friend which provides all the information anyone could need.

Andy
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Take a look at: www.conniesurvivors.com - a website maintained by a good friend which provides all the information anyone could need.

Andy

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with old propliner service in 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 3775

Re: Airports with old propliner service in 2016

I wouldn't call Opa Locka "filled up" with them - well, not operational ones anyway. There are maybe four or five airworthy Convairs and a couple of DC-3s (no DC-4s or -6s) that regularly run out of OPF into the Bahamas or the Caribbean, but hardly to a predictable schedule. If they go, th...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 100022

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

What is it with people... you know why Monarch had to deny those rumors? Because people like all of you put them out their! Some aircraft were being coordinated around Europe possibly for a what if situation, something both the CAA and Monarch most likely wanted to keep under the had and quiet in t...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 100022

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

Why not wait until an airline actually fails before getting UA B744s from the US involved? If Monarch were not going under before today, it probably will now. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. Do, and the airline sorts its act out - accused of jumping the gun, triggering a lack of confidence...

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by AndyEastMids
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways intends to introduce BOB catering in Jan 2017
Replies: 108
Views: 19026

Re: British Airways intends to introduce BOB catering in Jan 2017

To me, its not so much about buy on board as it is about the outrageous prices that are sometimes charged. Take a look at that Aer Lingus menu... £2.00 for a large can of Coke - get real, I can get eight for that price at a supermarket. £4.00 for a cheese sandwich - less that half that price in the ...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A380 Decision Based On Demand
Replies: 290
Views: 50196

Re: SQ A380 Decision Based On Demand

According to the Aviation Week feature, the leasing company bought the aircraft from Sing in a sale and lease back deal for $197m in 2007, and Sing pays $1.71m a month for it. Over the 10 year term that's a total of $205.2m. OK, on the face of it $7.2m is a very low return on investment over the who...

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by AndyEastMids
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (Tu-104-- says 1959, in USA)
Replies: 27
Views: 4543

Re: Where? (Tu-104-- says 1959, in USA)

Pretty certain oly720man has it correct - Vancouver (YVR). Do enough searching on the database and you'll find a few pics with identical-looking mountains in the background...

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR emergency landing A330 Engine Fire
Replies: 10
Views: 5720

Re: QR emergency landing A330 Engine Fire

Natflyer wrote:
This is not an engine fire as the OP and the twitter kid think. It is a surge (compressor stall). And a CF6 will come out of it damaged.


The CF6 front fan photographed in that twitter link doesn't look too healthy to me...

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by AndyEastMids
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question About Ryanair 737-700 EI-SEV
Replies: 9
Views: 3513

Re: Question About Ryanair 737-700 EI-SEV

Just recently it has been fairly regularly doing a DUB-EMA rotation on a Sunday evening or Monday morning, spending most of the week at East Midlands doing crew training, then going back to DUB on a scheduled flight Friday evening or Saturday morning. As has already been said, its back in standard e...

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by AndyEastMids
Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 324673

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

http://youtu.be/pqvyhKqMLtg
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http://youtu.be/pqvyhKqMLtg

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by AndyEastMids
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GPS during flight
Replies: 18
Views: 4490

Re: GPS during flight

I have had no problems with the iPad gate-to-gate on aircraft including UAL 777, DLH CRJ9, EZY A320, LOT 737 - it is easier to get a GPS location on the ground and then keep it active, rather than trying to get it in the air, and it helps to be in a window seat but I have managed continuous receptio...

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