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by Chemist
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 53
Views: 9234

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

Today's cruise ships are designed with hull shapes that create secondary waves that self cancel the primary wake. The result is a relatively tiny wake that would otherwise be huge and a large disruption to other ships.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announcing Something Tomorrow (Space Theme)
Replies: 100
Views: 17821

Re: United Announcing Something Big Tomorrow (Space Theme)

This thread cracks me up. A bunch of us airplane nerds making big whoooha out of nothing!

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 12
Views: 673

Re: B6 or WN?

I see it a bit differently. B6 is sort of like Urban Outfitters. Kind of nice but limited in scope. WN is like Target. Generally clean, good value, consistent. Frontier and Spirit are WalMart. The legacies are like Macy's. They sell upscale products, but you can't ever find anybody at the register a...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 12
Views: 673

Re: B6 or WN?

WN is much stronger than B6 on West Coast; B6 is based mostly in the east. They have two very different business models. Contrary to the snide WN comment, WN compared to the legacy carriers has no bag fees, no FF blackout dates, better Y legroom, better crew service/attitudes (reliably), free snacks...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract
Replies: 34
Views: 5743

Re: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract

I can just hear "Rhapsody in Blue" playing right about now.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where at LAX? (Unpainted DC-10 photo)
Replies: 30
Views: 4255

Re: Where at LAX? (Unpainted DC-10 photo)

I remember LAX well in those days as I lived nearby. My uncle worked for Western. You would often see DC-10s from Western parked just east of Sepulveda Blvd, right before it goes into the tunnel under 25R and 25L.

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1963

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

767 for the economy seating layout.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst Small Airport in the US?
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: Worst Small Airport in the US?

Just the lack of crowding alone generally makes up for any deficiencies at small airports.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 127
Views: 9752

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

My first ever jet airliner flight was in 1965 on a four-engined Boeing 720B, Western Airlines. We flew LAX-Denver via SAN and PHX. Two stop continuation/through-flight for what today is a two hour nonstop flight.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

AA's CEO gave a crisp answer yesterday (flying mid August, first scheduled flight Sept 3rd) that some partisans are rejecting in favor of a click bait out of context article that was based on selectively quoting part of a statement made by a FAA official said to be trustworthy which in turn was bas...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8757

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Deer me, you guys are hawking the bear stories today.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US

PatrickZ80 wrote:
No surprise, small airports are often better than larger ones.

Surprised to see Heathrow score that high, it's a horrible airport. There are plenty of airports in Europe that are far better than Heathrow.


I've always found Schiphol to be a good airport.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max
Replies: 18
Views: 5245

Re: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max

:lol: I'm sure the Germans weren't going to let it land at Berlin's new airport!

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US

https://www.fodors.com/worlds-best/airports
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BUR listed as best US airport. LAX is the worst of all.

I'm local to the area, and I agree with both assessments. BUR is a gem. LAX is a mess.

https://www.fodors.com/worlds-best/airports

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

They should fire him, if he is responsible for good profits, he is also responsible for this spectacular cock-up. He should take his responsibility, just to put some confidence back into the company because he took his responsibility. Get the big bucks, you also got thrown out when it goes wrong. I...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17625

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

May be not from Boeing. They are sometimes so old school. (Control yokes, no FBW, etc...) The yoke vs sidestick UI doesn't really affect the ability of the plane so I don't know why you bring that up. Boeing's newest models are also FBW. Control yokes are a thing from the past. Especially in a FBW ...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 248
Views: 18645

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another rea...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 248
Views: 18645

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another rea...

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17625

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

This is a great idea! Boeing can have a well-trained pilot who will have trouble staying awake on flights without another crew member in the cockpit. The electronic pilot will be named Emily Cass and she will take over, will be called MCAS for short.

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17625

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Heinkel wrote:
Bricktop wrote:
Not. A. Chance.


May be not from Boeing. They are sometimes so old school. (Control yokes, no FBW, etc...)



The yoke vs sidestick UI doesn't really affect the ability of the plane so I don't know why you bring that up.
Boeing's newest models are also FBW.

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 248
Views: 18645

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another reas...

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by Chemist
Sat May 18, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 4947

Re: WN and DFW

A somewhat related question. In LA we have WN at ONT, BUR, LGB, SNA, and LAX. That's the big international airport. Why isn't WN also at ORD or DFW in addition to MDW and DAL? What is different about LA? Are they avoiding a bloodbath at the other two because they just didn't enter quickly enough? Th...

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by Chemist
Thu May 16, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Everybody is acting like it is a binary game. "It's all Boeing's fault" or "It's all the pilots' fault". The real world isn't that simple. IMHO, Boeing designed a very flawed system (yes, bordering on criminal). But very competent pilots should have been able to get out of it. An...

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by Chemist
Wed May 15, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals
Replies: 25
Views: 3435

Re: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals

What's the effect on aviation? Coupled with the transfer of CBP officers? And what effect on immigrants from having to take off their shoes? :roll: It sounds like initially this might be from the TSA group that goes to stadiums and such? TSA plans for the deployments to involve up to 175 law enforc...

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by Chemist
Sun May 12, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bob Seger Concert ATL-TPA-ATL
Replies: 3
Views: 2363

Re: Bob Seger Concert ATL-TPA-ATL

it's not my experience that the 737 700 is weak on takeoff, quite the contrary. I suspect you had a long runway and a derated takeoff.
I fly out of BUR and the takeoffs are like rocket launches pretty much.

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 21860

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I also switched from AA, Chemist, to Delta. Delta instead of WN to keep the benefits described above by MidwestIndy. May I answer about the reasoning for that? Because not...

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 21860

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program. What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I don't fly enough for upgrades and they're rarely avai...

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 21860

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program. What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I don't fly enough for upgrades and they're rarely avai...

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by Chemist
Thu May 09, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 21860

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program.

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by Chemist
Wed May 08, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22647

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

I think Boeing has let the door almost close on the 757 replacement. Most of the customers can't wait for a paper maybe-if-cows-can-fly airplane for 2025.
Since people said the 757 unique niche was too small, Airbus has ruled the day in this segment.

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Viable new routes for SJU
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Viable new routes for SJU

LAX-SJU was once served, right? I flew LAX-SJU a bunch of times for work in the '90s. There were no nonstops until TWA started NS. This was shortly before AA bought them. On American, I would normally fly LAX-MIA and then on to SJU. My last 727 flight was in First Class on an AA 727 MIA-SJU. Good t...

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?
Replies: 32
Views: 4620

Re: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?

I think we'll see a large fraction of the frames disappearing within about 10 years. There will probably be some laggards that hand around up to 20 years. She will be quite a site to spot one at all in 20 years.

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22647

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

anrec80 wrote:
IMHO a great idea - A321NEO-LR is the perfect fit for them. Maybe even A321-NEO-ULR can make it from KEF to LAX/SFO.


With fish?

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22647

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

A321neo is a great aircraft, so good choice, for the 767's they should replace it with A338neo. But it is weird why din't they order B787 and B737-10MAX. If I am not mistaken they did order B787 and later cancelled it or they din't order it all? Agreed, the combo of A338 and A321NEO /LR would be a ...

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Most of us know that MCAS was a disaster and that Boeing's actions with that system were a mess. But thatt doesn't also change the fact that the crew didn't follow procedures. Most accidents are caused by a chain of failures. You want to recognize all of them to develop mitigations. Focusing on one ...

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by Chemist
Fri May 03, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

They definitely wanted to make it more efficient, the complete product seems to be worse than the NG as it is less safe. They unfortunately did not make it handle the same Boeing only augmented it, on an aircraft that is grandfathered from a sixty-year-old concept. In my opinion, the aircraft was t...

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by Chemist
Thu May 02, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

They definitely wanted to make it more efficient, the complete product seems to be worse than the NG as it is less safe. They unfortunately did not make it handle the same Boeing only augmented it, on an aircraft that is grandfathered from a sixty-year-old concept. In my opinion, the aircraft was t...

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by Chemist
Wed May 01, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3373
Views: 335121

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I suspect Crew training standards were improving for quite some time on that graph along with more reliable safe designs. Crew training standards just seem to have taken a nosedive in the last 20 years. You are still not answering the Question - Do you believe existing crew training standards are s...

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by Chemist
Wed May 01, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops
Replies: 73
Views: 7517

Re: Southwest Airlines loses top spot in passenger satisfaction

In terms of customer satisfaction, I wonder if WN will ever implement assigned seating. I know people who don't fly WN for the soul reason that the boarding / seat selection process is stressful for them, and I've seen mild disputes break out between passengers over seating. And for many more passe...

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4539

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Actually the movie Airplane! and before that Zero Hour was based upon Runway 08 by Arthur Hailey. The same fish food poisoning and a layperson trying to land the plane. Except the book wasn't a comedy.

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by Chemist
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust
Replies: 32
Views: 1828

Re: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust

I LOVE the smell of jet exhaust and wondered who agrees? Smells best burned by an MD-80! I do too, but now that I'm older I do regret standing behind rwy 25R at LAX numerous times each summer watching planes takeoff. Those 727 exhausts smelled great but I don't think all those PAH (polynuclear arom...

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by Chemist
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2174

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

I never drink any alcohol when I'm flying, neither before nor during the flight. As a matter of fact, I rarely drink alcohol at all. I do drink non-alcoholic drinks when I fly, I need to stay hydrated. Mostly water and fruit juices, but I can't resist a coke as well. This describes me, too. I did h...

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"
Replies: 7
Views: 1269

Re: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"

Let's be honest here... A large part of why WN was profitable when oil was high a few years back was due not to their "legendary" customer service, but rather to their brilliant fuel hedging strategy. WN was also comparatively much younger than most of its competitors, and thus, did not h...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"
Replies: 7
Views: 1269

Re: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"

Let's be honest here... A large part of why WN was profitable when oil was high a few years back was due not to their "legendary" customer service, but rather to their brilliant fuel hedging strategy. WN was also comparatively much younger than most of its competitors, and thus, did not h...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 20402

Re: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet

I recline, but I do it slowly, an half inch at a time spread out over like 10 minutes. I never just jam the seat back all at once.

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5133

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

I have a degree in Chemistry. DHMO is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. You have to wear protective equipment if you are going to be exposed to it in sufficient quantities. In some climates, there is a lot of it in the air and it affects people's health. And those contrails - they conta...

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 258
Views: 48448

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

What impact does available fuel volume have on aerodynamic properties and performance? "Happy Families" rules work for schoolkids but not for tech questions. :-= It affects range, which is part of aircraft performance. :hyper: haha It is a design decision. On the A320 family the change in...

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 258
Views: 48448

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

Isn't one of the reasons the A320 has less range than the 737 is the low fuel volume in its older wing? What impact does available fuel volume have on aerodynamic properties and performance? "Happy Families" rules work for schoolkids but not for tech questions. :-= It affects range, which...

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by Chemist
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 20402

Re: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet

People who recline their seats like that are rude and selfish. Sorry we don't see eye to eye on that. I pay for my space and I expect to have access to my space. I don't expect to have someone dang near laying back in my lap the whole trip. They make part of my space unusable when they do this. Lim...

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