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by friendlyskies22
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announcing Something Tomorrow (Space Theme)
Replies: 100
Views: 18253

Re: United Announcing Something Big Tomorrow (Space Theme)

1. One free checked bag to allow more space in overheads ?
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2. finally, a formal spacious United Museum ?

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by friendlyskies22
Thu May 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 66
Views: 3831

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

OGG, great spot on paved bike trail, near Stable Road by the Yellow safety wall. Probably 150' to taxiway alpha where the majority of ops turn off RW 2. Parking also at Kanaha Beach, with restrooms, and a 10 minute walk/ride to the bike trail. Good view of the Hazmat area, where oddball fixed and Mi...

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by friendlyskies22
Tue May 14, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/China Tariffs
Replies: 2
Views: 289

US/China Tariffs

I'm wondering if the U.S. will impose tariffs on China services, as well as goods? I'm thinking aircraft maintenance, done in China, for U.S. Carriers, at places like HKG and XMN. Like goods, if services were tariffed, then it could mean more U.S. jobs, i.e. aircraft maintenance. Any thoughts on this?

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by friendlyskies22
Tue May 14, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New United Safety Video - Spiderman Theme
Replies: 49
Views: 5196

Re: New United Safety Video - Spiderman Theme

I think we can thank/blame WN for starting the safety video bonanza with their annoying cutesy live FA spiel that has made the You Tube rounds for years. After that, all carriers thought "we can do that," and the rush to produce their own annoying videos began. I like those UA 737's and 77...

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by friendlyskies22
Sun May 05, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline owning a airport
Replies: 60
Views: 7032

Re: Airline owning a airport

UA used to own BUR...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri May 03, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?
Replies: 42
Views: 7771

Re: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?

"The pupose of a map is to be... a map. Maps don't show people, cars and planes. Those are called photographs. ;)" True, and Google Maps Satellite View are photographs. Most views I see are single photographs, a few views are multiple photos stitched together, like the airport examples. I ...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu May 02, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?
Replies: 42
Views: 7771

Re: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?

Google Maps and other map tools are wonderful, educational, informative and valuable. Everyone understands that the satellite image is taken at a point in time, and we all expect to see what the satellite sees. To begin to modify the images for some reason dilutes the value of the app/site. I have w...

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by friendlyskies22
Wed May 01, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?
Replies: 42
Views: 7771

Re: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?

Pretty weird....I checked OAK, SJC, LAX & FAT and the images looked normal. Bing Maps shows the proper view of SFO, although I find that Bing Maps is 2-3 years older than Google, so Images look different. They definitely erased the aircraft, as the end of some jetways are blurry, like they were ...

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.
Replies: 226
Views: 47839

Re: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.

Revelation....on Google Earth at the bottom of the page, it shows the photo date. I sometimes see it also on Google Maps, but not always. Google Earth is a huge program, and will not load on certain computers, depending on the age of the computer, but try it, it's great. Off topic, but on both progr...

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.
Replies: 226
Views: 47839

Re: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.

Re images: Both the Google Maps satellite view and the Google Earth images show older WN aircraft, with the "Southwest" painted over/removed, so these aren't MAX's. The Google Earth image shows a date of 8/25/2018. I wish those two excellent programs would have 'real time' images, but they...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 488
Views: 64976

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Re Second Runway....yes it is possible, it's called NKX (Miramar)

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47721

Re: WN and Hawaii.

my bad, you are correct, WN may have some -7s. I was reading where they deferred 23 units until 2023.

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47721

Re: WN and Hawaii.

WN not getting -7s for 4 years....forget DEN-HNL...

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47721

Re: WN and Hawaii.

Re: WN DEN...doubtful, DEN-HNL is 3365 mi and the MAX 8 shows 3550 mi range, probably less with all those free bags and ETOPS requirements. Plus UA is going from a 752 to 777 DEN-OGG, plus the HNL 777. Wide bodies rock.

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by friendlyskies22
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47721

Re: WN and Hawaii.

stop knocking OGG...In April they will open a 4,000 vehicle rental car facility to handle the 2,500 rentals they do a day, more than HNL. A mini train will run the few hundred yards to the ticketing and baggage claim areas, eliminating the Rental Car Busses. Now our Maui visitors can tell their frie...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 121
Views: 11431

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Re expansion, I wonder if they have considered pushing the car rental lot about 250' to the NW and make new gates 2/4, so 737's could get in and push out. Seems to be vacant land just up E. Clinton adjacent to the second car rental facility that could be used to store excess rental vehicles. The oth...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 121
Views: 11431

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Re: Amtrak, FAT to BFL on Amtrak is 2.5 hours, then a 2+ hour ride over the hill to LA Union Station, with a stop at BUR.
The Amtrak bus does not go to LAX. If a person wanted to get to LAX, why wouldn't they just fly there direct vs going into FAT?

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 52
Views: 9512

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Take a look at:
18 U.S. Code § 201. Bribery of public officials and witnesses

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by friendlyskies22
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 121
Views: 11431

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

UA needs to run at least one mainline acft in the morning to DEN to hit all the connections. 2.5 hours in a CR2 is painful, plus the gate check issue. They also used to have the late night O/N mainline which picked up all the late arriving connections in SFO and make the morning connections in SFO w...

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18402

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

...onboard Inaugural flight HNL-LAX September, 1970.

Now its time to get one of those beautiful -400's into a proper United museum.
Bunch of them sitting in VCV. SFOMX would be a great location.

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by friendlyskies22
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.
Replies: 48
Views: 13700

Re: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.

...pax sitting on the floor??
Don't give the U.S. airlines any ideas...

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by friendlyskies22
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan-Maui nonstop flight?
Replies: 66
Views: 10202

Re: Japan-Maui nonstop flight?

The runway 2 and 5 2000' extensions have been on the planning docs for decades, but the airport/island don't seem to be in a rush to get it done, even with the relative ease of construction (flat land, no buildings to be removed, etc.) The locals seem to push back on any expansion, although OGG just...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747s - PHOG - Kahului, Maui
Replies: 4
Views: 1877

Re: 747s - PHOG - Kahului, Maui

I've seen the Sands Hotel 747SP in there at least once, parked over at the HazMat area.
FYI, there is great OGG spotting on a bikeway at the takeoff/rollout end of RW2...
can't get much closer than that.....

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by friendlyskies22
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N777UA- How much longer does she have?
Replies: 61
Views: 16785

Re: N777UA- How much longer does she have?

The UA77A really should be considered an iconic aircraft, that now holds just 10 folks less than the 747 with 2 less engines. The Seattle MOF didn't get the first built aircraft and Pima picked it up. The first delivered bird (N777UA) really should go into a United Museum, along with one of the 15 7...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 77
Views: 15039

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

Matt6461 said it in post #16 -- water landing. Look at the pix of US Airways 1549 in the Hudson. The air in the low wing gave the occupants precious minutes to
evacuate, and something to stand on. A high wing could have been a different story.

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hypothetical: HA the 319Neo and SNA
Replies: 31
Views: 4270

Re: Hypothetical: HA the 19N and SNA

Forget HA and an oddball acft...UA could start service to HNL/OGG tomorrow if they wanted to, with 40 ETOPS 73G's in the fleet. Key would be fares
the same as LAX. Operating costs less with one less FA onboard as well. Pax would love to avoid the LAX hassle. I bet this would be a winner.

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 73G Fleet
Replies: 42
Views: 4036

Re: Alaska Airlines 73G Fleet

also, don't think any of the few AS 700's are ETOPS, so you won't see them flying west from CA/OR/WA, altho
that's one of the only acft that could do SNA-Hawaii (except maybe the UA/DL/AA 752).

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 produced heading to a Museum
Replies: 85
Views: 14974

Re: First 777 produced heading to a Museum

...now Pima just needs a 747...they were rumored to get a GE 747-100 (Line #25) but apparently haven't seen it yet. The USAF AF1&2 won't be available for at least 4 years, in the Trumpsters second term. A more notable acquisition would be a UA 747-400, as there are 18 sitting in the desert in VC...

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by friendlyskies22
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 produced heading to a Museum
Replies: 85
Views: 14974

Re: First 777 produced heading to a Museum

...now it's time to get Line #7, N777UA into a United Museum. It was #1 delivered, and flew in revenue service over 5 years before B-HNL, June, 1995.

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by friendlyskies22
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B727 Cargo Airlines?
Replies: 43
Views: 4032

Re: B727 Cargo Airlines?

Kalitta Air?
Although, their website just shows the 747-400 & 767-300 as active haulers.

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Lane and Hawaii
Replies: 90
Views: 11278

Re: Hurricane Lane and Hawaii

Just drove by OGG, most ticket counters covered in plastic...no UA, AA ops today...havent heard what DL is doing....little rain at this morning, not much wind right now. West side (Lahaina) a mess with a brush fire, and the highway is closed around the Pali... Gonna be a mess at OGG tomorrow trying ...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA 777-200 seat maps now 3x4x3
Replies: 12
Views: 2156

Re: UA 777-200 seat maps now 3x4x3

twolz2rn guess you haven't flown for awhile. You didn't mention whether you were going domestic or international. All the UA domestic 777's have been 10 across for a year or so, and some others are converted as well. Go to UAL.com, travel info, Inflight services, Aircraft detail, click on 777-200 an...

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by friendlyskies22
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Cam
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Engine Cam

Engine Cams In light of recent engine malfunctions (UA1175, BA2276, WN1380) I am wondering if aircraft manufacturers or airlines have considered HD video cams aimed toward the engines to give the cockpit crew an instant view of the engine? As I recall, AA tried a nosewheel cam at one time, and a for...

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by friendlyskies22
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15751

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

"...United will never preserve any of their retired 747s. Delta did it as they already have a museum and the the 747-451 they preserved is the first 747-400 built. That was the main reason that Delta preserved a 747." ... Delta pride inspired employees to buy a 767 for the company, which i...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15751

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

reffado wrote:
F27500 wrote:
Sad end to a classic well-cared for bird .. ending up with something called Max Air in Nigeria … RIP, 744.


I'm pretty sure that's a better end than the scrappers, and that was just about the only other choice.


There is another choice for one of the 16 UA 744's sitting at VCV: A United Museum !

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by friendlyskies22
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAT Traffic Another Record in Q1
Replies: 135
Views: 11038

Re: FAT Traffic Another Record in Q1

Re FAT UA mainline; I think the SFO-FAT-SFO bird would just otherwise RON overnight at SFO, and I have flown this flight SFO-FAT about 8 times in the past year, and it always seems to have a good load. It was full the other night, probably mostly with connections. Only negative is the SFO taxi times...

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by friendlyskies22
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAT Traffic Another Record in Q1
Replies: 135
Views: 11038

Re: FAT Traffic Another Record in Q1

Re reductions; doesn't make sense, the SFO 319 carries good loads both in and out of FAT, and I thought UA saved overnight fees by using FAT vs. SFO for that aircraft. The morning DEN flights carry good loads also and should be something other than the CR2 with the requirement to wait to retrieve ga...

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii
Replies: 66
Views: 11258

Re: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii

At least the MAX's have 3 lavatories in the main cabin, equalling a 1:53 lav to pax ratio compared to a 1:75 on the 738. Folks looking out the window on all those 800's going to HI have to 'Go'. The 2 rear restrooms on the 738's routinely see a huge line, blocking the carts and making life miserable...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out
Replies: 35
Views: 4765

Re: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out

Alphazone: I would think calling an airport to get that info may be sketchy...they may not want to attract lookers...the other resource is Google Maps satellite view, which can be 3-4 years old, but go to street view and the actual photo date is shown on the lower right toolbar, sometimes much more ...

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A month in, how are UA’s summer E-175 “ULR” routes doing?
Replies: 39
Views: 10930

Re: A month in, how are UA’s summer E-175 “ULR” routes doing?

Everyone I've talked to loves the 175, and some folks don't even realize they are on a UAx aircraft. 1+2 F and 2+2 Y seating rocks. Now if UA could put that aircraft on routes like FAT-DEN where folks hate the cramped CR2 (close connections - waiting for gate checked bags) life would be good. Gotta ...

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by friendlyskies22
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 17258

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

The CX bird coming to the MOF was #1 off the assembly line. N777UA was #7 but was the first one delivered
and flown by a carrier. #2,3,4, & 5 off the line also went to UA and are all still flying. #6 is operated by BA.
#8 & 9 are already scrapped.

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 17258

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

Yes, the CX 777 is significant and will be a beautiful addition to the M-O-F in Seattle. Thanks Rock3tman for your great contribution re 777 testing. Another 777, line #7, N777UA is also significant, in that it is the first 777 delivered, fully 5 years before the CX bird, and was placed in service b...

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 281
Views: 74766

Re: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

The Cathay Pacific bird wasn't delivered until 2000. I believe the first production delivery was Line #7 N777UA delivered in May of 1995, making it 23.1 years old, and currently still active. Line #'s 2-6 were delivered later; some were probably test aircraft. Sure would be nice if UA could preserve...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Thread - 2018
Replies: 618
Views: 68713

Re: San Diego Thread - 2018

Hi AV8R: All good points, I realize North Island would be an access challenge. Re Miramar, the last time I looked at Google Maps, I saw a huge area to both the east and south with nothing but open land, and to the north seems to be base housing and warehouses. I understand that there is a NIMBY infl...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Thread - 2018
Replies: 618
Views: 68713

Re: San Diego Thread - 2018

Re: SAN overcrowding, 25MM pax in 2018?? “Our little airport” isn’t little anymore. Time to stop putting band-aids on the terminals and get serious about a move. How about: KNKX, (Miramar) 2 runways, great freeway access. Two sides with very few neighbors. Send Marine aviation to Pendleton and Lemoo...

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by friendlyskies22
Fri May 11, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What effect would a RNWY extension at OGG have
Replies: 20
Views: 2876

Re: What effect would a RNWY extension at OGG have

Re OGG, the existing 7000' and 5000' runways seem to handle traffic OK; gate space with long turns seems to be an increasing problem. OGG handles 77A's daily with UA and AA, and UA occasionally runs a 77W in there from SFO. The field has handled 747-SP's and has no problem with AF C-17's. No 739's a...

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by friendlyskies22
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary
Replies: 35
Views: 5501

Re: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary

Too bad their 737-200's weren't scrapped back 10 years ago, but no, they are still flying as Aloha Air Cargo,
waking up HawaII residents with those JT8D's blasting at fun times like midnight and 5 am daily.

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by friendlyskies22
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary
Replies: 35
Views: 5501

Re: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary

another interesting routing they did was SMF-BUR-OGG RT.
Pretty amazing today that there isn't any LA area-Hawaii service
besides LAX.

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by friendlyskies22
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Registration N760 Douglas DC-3 Spirit Of Seventy Six
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: Registration N760 Douglas DC-3 Spirit Of Seventy Six

N760 is currently registered to the Falcon. According to FAA records, the DC-3 was registered with the N number in 1950 and de-registered in 1982. It appears the DC-3 is still at the Flight Path Museum, altho they don't appear to have a website, which is kinda strange. From photos, the N number appe...

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by friendlyskies22
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 110
Views: 29362

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

any word on dispo of N773UA? Engine change at HNL? Obviously needs some cowling work as well.
New engine arrived yet? Any other structural damage found?
Keep 'er flying!

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