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by Chemist
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest increasing boarding fees
Replies: 27
Views: 3019

Re: Southwest increasing boarding fees

Does anybody know if the boarding process on Southwest is noticeably shorter than other airlines? It stands to reason that letting people go wherever they want without restrictions should produces lower times. Not sure, but I have read that random boarding is faster than rear-first or window-center...

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by Chemist
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WW and FI Both Suspend Cleveland
Replies: 84
Views: 8643

Re: WW and FI Both Suspend Cleveland

I guess not too many Icelanders want to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

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by Chemist
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 29732

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

AA faces significant competition from WN in the Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, and Phoenix markets with AA having hubs at DCA, ORD, DFW, LAX, MIA, and PHX and with WN having focus cities at BWI, MDW, DAL, LAX, FLL, and PHX. UA also faces signifi...

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by Chemist
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works
Replies: 202
Views: 12650

Re: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works

It seems to me that there must be some "force" to extend the strut. Is this "extension force" constant (such as pressure always in the strut), or does it engage at or near rotation? So is it passive or active? If it was just "wing producing lift", then it wouldn't exten...

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.
Replies: 60
Views: 11062

Re: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.

I was also thinking it looked like PIO, but I'm only a GA pilot so what would I know?

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.
Replies: 60
Views: 11062

Re: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.

I was also thinking it looked like PIO, but I'm only a GA pilot so what would I know?

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today
Replies: 109
Views: 20021

Re: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today

Honestly, whether you are at an aisle or center is a far bigger issue to me than the width of the cabin.

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Flight # DARTHVDR?
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: Air Canada Flight # DARTHVDR?

These aren't the airplanes you are looking for.

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 Raising Bag/Change Fees
Replies: 44
Views: 2680

Re: B6 Raising Bag/Change Fees

Those fees are like crack. Once you get hooked, you need more.

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone near miss in Miami
Replies: 9
Views: 1414

Re: Drone near miss in Miami

I believe current US regulations allow a drone to Fly Above 400 feet AGL if they are within 400 feet of a structure.

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 12232

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

Not even close. Peak summer is..... peaking Not really. If you look at the history of WN's system wide fare sales (only two real sales a year), those sales typically start with dates beginning in the last half of August. Why would that be if summer travel is peaking. WN has done this for over a dec...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 12232

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

We haven't hit Labor Day yet. Summer is still peaking. I don't think so. When I was a kid in the 60's and 70's, I never was in public school before mid Sept. Somehow since then, although summer doesn't end until 9/21, the start date of schools in the US has crept earlier, now to mid-late August. So...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 124
Views: 4229

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Western Airlines 720B, LAX-SAN-PHX-DEN, ~1965.
LA Airways, Sikorsky S-61L, 30-passenger helicopter, LAX-BUR also in the 1960's.

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 12232

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

I assume CG with non-assigned seats isn't a problem if the planes are nearly full. In that case there's not a lot of flexibility on weight distribution.

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?
Replies: 35
Views: 3137

Re: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?

You cant replace the fuselage. I think of it like an old car. You can buy a new engine, transmission, etc. But you cant buy a new frame and base, and then you can drive that same car for decades. You can replace quite a bit of the fuselage. I've seen it done. My opinion, and if I'm not mistaken, th...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans states Airlines announces additional flying for United
Replies: 17
Views: 3869

Re: Trans states Airlines announces additional flying for United

Great to hear United will have some more RJ flying, we don't have enough of that.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5383

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Much of it is driven by the desire for overhead bin space and the amount of stuff passengers bring onboard, especially in the US. On carriers outside the US where it is more customary to check luggage and carry on luggage is minimal, the boarding seems more civilized and takes less time. With that ...

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 1691

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

I'd go for the 727, although I also like the 757.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 1691

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

PatrickZ80 wrote:
757-300. I like how long it is, the longest narrow-body ever built.


Incorrect. Certain DC-8 stretches were approximately 10 feet longer (DC8 Super 61 and 63).

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does DL send large planes to small airports?
Replies: 96
Views: 15857

Re: Why does DL send large planes to small airports?

With that combination they have all four:

Large plane > small airport
Large plane > large airport
Small plane > small airport
Small plane > large airport

That's what I call a FULL SERVICE airline!

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't WN serve PSP?
Replies: 3
Views: 710

Re: Why doesn't WN serve PSP?

This comes up every month or so.
Obviously WN feels they can deploy their assets elsewhere and do better financially.
Also, PSP is about 72 miles from ONT which is served by WN.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aer Lingus Fight with NYC ATC
Replies: 42
Views: 8481

Re: Aer Lingus Fight with NYC ATC

Seemed to me the controller did everything right, wasn't rude at all. I agree. One must remember that NY ATC is a little different than most. These guys are having to sequence their flow to fit with about 6 other close by airports, LGA, TEB, EWR, PHL and the 2 DC airports. Can you imagine what woul...

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 1691

Re: Which plane?

For aesthetics, or because you assume they would actually be flown for their originally intended purposes?
Airliner, GA, military?

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5383

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Actually the passengers as cargo idea is kind of cool. You sit in your assigned seat in the airport terminal and are just loaded onto the plane. Saves the cost of seats in the terminal area, too. You could even have the overhead bins in the cargo module and no more wasted time in loading. The elites...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5383

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Never understood boarding early either. You ain't getting to your destination any quicker. Take a soft carry on that will go under the seat, board last with the door closing behind you and off you go. Why anybody wants to sit for 25 minutes longer than they have to I have no idea. 1 - People want t...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5383

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Maybe, we need to ditch all the special sky priority groups and save early boarding for 1) people in wheelchairs; and 2) people traveling with kids who have their own seat. Then, the passengers WITHOUT a carry-on case (regardless of what class they're in or what sparkly credit card they hold). Then...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Good airline rankings
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Good airline rankings

The problem with rankings is that they are as good as their weightings of various factors.
What's the best car? The best restaurant? We all prioritize different things. Ultimately what is important to you may not be important to me, and vice versa.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Commercial airplane in general aviation
Replies: 27
Views: 1527

Re: Commercial airplane in general aviation

It's legal to own a bus in the US and drive it around. Even though it is a transport category vehicle. :duck:

Yes, I know the regulations are not the same.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: White cockpit
Replies: 11
Views: 2067

Re: White cockpit

White is not good as the smashed bugs show up more readily after flying to tropical locations.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5383

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Southwest at Burbank and Long Beach still uses stairs/ramps instead of jet bridges. You embark/disembark from front and rear. It's fast. Also since they don't assign seats, if you are flying to one of those airports, head to one of the rear rows of the plane and you will be one of the first ones off...

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by Chemist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers vs The World
Replies: 36
Views: 2861

Re: US Carriers vs The World

Part of it I think is US culture (and I'm a US citizen). Seems as if in the US it is all about space, size, lots for cheap. That's true in cars, in housing, in warehouse stores. In Europe as an example (and perhaps other parts of the world), it is about refinement and quality. Again - in housing, in...

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by Chemist
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 181058

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

As a US citizen, this is the sort of thing I expect when head-in-the-sand protectionists think they can tariff everybody to "keep US jobs". The market is efficient and all you do by being a protectionist is hurt yourself in the long run. This case is a perfect example of that. While it mig...

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58772

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

[ Regardless, if I'm going to Hawaii, I'm flying DL. There's no way I can manage to sit on a 737MAX with nothing to do for the length of that flight. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Other than 1 bag that flies free, does WN offer any onboard amenities for free? Alcohol, food, in-seat IFE? Beverage service in...

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58772

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Other than 1 bag that flies free, does WN offer any onboard amenities for free? Alcohol, food, in-seat IFE? Devil's advocate a bit, but what value is free alcohol? It's $5-$8 a drink. I've gotten Delta Comfort + and I can't drink my way to that price point without killing myse...

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58772

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

I think these routes to Hawaii are highly possible for WN... Probably not all of them will happen, but at least some of these routes may be possibilities... SNA-HNL ONT-HNL BUR-HNL LGB-HNL (they may want to beat B6 to the punch) LAS-HNL SAN-HNL SJC-HNL OAK-HNL SMF-HNL PDX-HNL SEA-HNL They may serve...

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58772

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

I literally, in the late '90's, posted on the newsgroups (anybody remember those) a post entitled "Southwest to Hawaii?". That's because the NG had just come out and it had transcon range for the first time. I didn't expect it to take this long, but what the heck, better late than never! I...

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by Chemist
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 16383

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

flyguy84 wrote:
In a town-hall with employees at LAX, Scott Kirby said he fully expects United to become the worlds largest airline.


Oh the horror.

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by Chemist
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-700 vs 737 MAX 7 Short Field and Hot/High Performance
Replies: 27
Views: 5064

Re: 737-700 vs 737 MAX 7 Short Field and Hot/High Performance

I think the NG 700 has handled EYW, so you'd assume so given the above information.

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by Chemist
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin noise comparision A330 / B787 / B777
Replies: 52
Views: 8171

Re: Cabin noise comparision A330 / B787 / B777

Also noise might vary between types due to:
- flight regime (takeoff/climb/cruise)
- which row on the plane
- how close/far from the window

And noise levels aren't the same as character of the sound, which can affect perception.
It's really hard to give anything other than a very general answer.

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by Chemist
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 3605

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

aerolimani wrote:

I doubt the Trump slump will be as devestating as 9/11, but it's not looking good. I'm sorry for all citizens on the USA.


Not as sorry as many of us are.

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by Chemist
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Commute to work via Cessna 150 vs. 4 hr car drive
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: Commute to work via Cessna 150 vs. 4 hr car drive

As a PPL for almost 30 years: 1 - Weather will affect you at times so you'll still drive some 2 - Be prepared to get stuck at work if weather goes down 3 - Don't get complacent about safety if the trip becomes overly "routine" 4 - You will increase flight time if IFR and rerouted, held, et...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: E-jet single engine taxi?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: E-jet single engine taxi?

Yup, I fly Southwest regularly and it isn't unusual for either a late start or an early shutdown of one engine before takeoff/after landing. I would say it happens perhaps 20% of the time.

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airport - The Most Airlines?
Replies: 14
Views: 1668

Re: Which Airport - The Most Airlines?

Perhaps MIA since so many Caribbean and SA carriers?

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 117
Views: 26946

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

Copa has been flying their 737-800s on routes up to 2,900 nm for more than a decade. Per the information above, Norwegian is blocking-off about 30 seats. So whether blocking 15% of the seats counts as a "tremendous amount of seats" is pretty subjective. People were debating whether or not...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162832

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So I'm booked on Nikki in first half September. Am I safe or do I need to make alternate plans? The flight is critical to my itinerary.

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Glory Days vs Today
Replies: 19
Views: 1511

Re: The Glory Days vs Today

My uncle used to work for Western airlines in avionics repair. He told me a story about the early days of Western flying LAX-Hawaii. At the time Western as other airlines actually used a sextant to navigate, there was a small glass dome in the cockpit to sight on the sun or stars (Boeing 720B and/or...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 11072

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

"Can you name such functions that a computer or machine can't be programmed to do?" Can a computer be programmed to overcome a design flaw? I'm curious how a computer would have handled the United 232 accident. Yes they can. And in the end the computer will simply fly with what is availab...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 11072

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

Sort of like trains. where the track is fixed and the engineer monitors for the most part. "Monitors"? Not even close. I do believe, however, we'll see single-person, then no-person, train crews before we'll see single-pilot commercial passenger flights. When BART first was implemented in...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 11072

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

Because they're the ones with first hand knowledge of flying an airplane. Most electrical engineers don't even know what an altimeter setting is. So what? A pilot's experience is constrained by human limitations that wouldn't be relevant to a pilotless airplane. Even if you have willing participant...

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