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by j-bird
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 39
Views: 9980

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

Thanks all - very insightful commentary here from all participants. I guess it will unfold in tandem with the geopolitical game that seems to be enveloping Turkey....

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by j-bird
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 39
Views: 9980

Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-to-turn-elsewhere-if-u-s-will-not-sell-f-35s-idUSKCN1UL11H Apologies if this was hit in a thread already, but I couldn't find it. Does anyone know what the Turkish "runner-up" to the F-35 was? Thoughts on who they m...

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by j-bird
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Was I Wowed? London to Toronto the ultra low cost way - with a brief cameo by a F27 and DC3
Replies: 6
Views: 8102

Re: Was I Wowed? London to Toronto the ultra low cost way - with a brief cameo by a F27 and DC3

Good report on an interesting airline... I focused in on your Pearson experience... I go through there a lot, and totally agree with you! Chaotic, rude and sub-standard generally... quite a comparison to Vancouver or Calgary... Safe travels!

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by j-bird
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hajj-My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth.
Replies: 52
Views: 9526

Re: Hajj-My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth.

Wow - this is a great trip report, and the link to your experiences via your website was even better! Thanks for sharing such a unique experience with all of us!

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by j-bird
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 82
Views: 26290

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

Whether it's a one-off or the beginning of a larger plan... one thing is for sure - the MDs will go over the next few years. I just went through ATL, TPA and RDU, all on Delta MD 88s or 90s. It made me feel great - nostalgic for my youth - to see the field of tails at ATL. Beautiful aircraft to fly ...

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by j-bird
Fri May 29, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Alaska Airlines DCA-LAX - Back To The West Coast
Replies: 11
Views: 6621

RE: Alaska Airlines DCA-LAX - Back To The West Coast

Very nice report, and great pics. Love the shots you got of <acronym title="Washington - Ronald Reagan National (DCA / KDCA), USA - Virginia">DCA</acronym> - haven't been there, but makes me want to visit! I also really like the forward routing you provided for each aircraft you shot... kind of fun ...

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by j-bird
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New Year’s Getaway To Tokyo In SAS Business Class
Replies: 33
Views: 35345

RE: New Year’s Getaway To Tokyo In SAS Business Class

Great report, and we were in fact in Tokyo/Japan at the same time... I arrived mid-December and left mid-January - your pictures highlight the beautiful, clear days that one gets in a Japanese winter, but somehow I found the wind brutally cold during my stay (and hey, I'm Canadian!). Thanks again - ...

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by j-bird
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: JAL Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo - London
Replies: 29
Views: 29354

RE: JAL Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo - London

Hi Sam, Great report, and super video. Especially loved the shots of Tokyo as you climbed out of Haneda... you went over Odaiba, and I could see the beach where I used to take my kids when we lived in Tokyo. I stood on that same beach many a day, watching the birds climb out of Haneda. Nice to see i...

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by j-bird
Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ANA Premium Class: Ishigaki To Haneda
Replies: 14
Views: 10746

RE: ANA Premium Class: Ishigaki To Haneda

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/knightsofmalta" class="quote" target="_blank">knightsofmalta</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>Cool, so does that mean you al...

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by j-bird
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ANA Premium Class: Ishigaki To Haneda
Replies: 14
Views: 10746

RE: ANA Premium Class: Ishigaki To Haneda

Hi knightsofmalta, Really enjoyed the trip reports to Ishigaki... I like most trip reports, but love the Japan ones because I used to live there, and consider it my second home. You're probably right that most people reading haven't been to Ishigaki... but I have, so it all rang rather familiar. I a...

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by j-bird
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Westjet Encore Inaugural Nanaimo June 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 9304

RE: Westjet Encore Inaugural Nanaimo June 2013

Hi Carfield, Another great report as always, but this one close to home... literally. I grew up about 2 miles from <acronym title="Nanaimo (YCD / CYCD), Canada - British Columbia">YCD</acronym> (which, by the way, refers to the "district" the airport is located in: Cassidy)... spent first 20 years o...

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by j-bird
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Emirates A343/A388 Venice-Dubai-Tokyo Business
Replies: 39
Views: 25991

RE: Emirates A343/A388 Venice-Dubai-Tokyo Business

Another user correctly identified the traffic jams sign you asked about in the airport. The sign in Shinjuku with the elephant is a request not to litter. Why the poor elephant gets the metaphoric blame for being a litter-bug, I do not know! Probably just an attention grabber. Anyway, the sign is ju...

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by j-bird
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Flight Attendants On Foreign Airlines
Replies: 61
Views: 21821

RE: Japanese Flight Attendants On Foreign Airlines

Having spoken with Japanese friends who are flight attendants on Air Canada, it appears that they are all locally based (i.e., Vancouver or Toronto, where there are relatively large Japanese resident populations), of course Japanese speaking and wearing the same uniforms/conducting the same duties a...

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by j-bird
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chillin In Sapporo. Literally...
Replies: 44
Views: 13086

RE: Chillin In Sapporo. Literally...

Fantastic reports, both part I and <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym>... but of course, it's all nostalgia for me. Tokyo was home for quite a while, and I completely agree with your assessment of Sapporo - it's a wonderful, relaxed, "frontier" city - quite different than the...

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by j-bird
Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sado Island On An Islander – New Japan Aviation
Replies: 20
Views: 9329

RE: Sado Island On An Islander – New Japan Aviation

What a great report, from a great place.... having lived in Japan for a long time, this brought back many fantastic memories. The flight report was great, but the pictures from Sado-shima were fantastic as well - it's hard to remember the beauty of Japan from afar sometimes... (and after last year, ...

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by j-bird
Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Traveling With An Infant
Replies: 18
Views: 2296

RE: Traveling With An Infant

I can help you with this, at least if only to put your mind at rest. We have travelled with my son, now 19 months, several times. The first time he flew was at 3 month, when we went from London to New York, via Toronto. We were in business class and he zonked out in a bassinet and got plenty of quie...

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by j-bird
Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying The Northwest DC10 And KLM A330 (Pics+Vids)
Replies: 26
Views: 20519

RE: Flying The Northwest DC10 And KLM A330 (Pics+Vids)

Great report... and you're right. That is a totally bizarre howling noise. I've never heard anything like that either... I am very curious whether anyone here has a guess as to what it is. Thanks again for the report.

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by j-bird
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: CO EWR-PEK-EWR (Long)
Replies: 24
Views: 19024

RE: CO EWR-PEK-EWR (Long)

Welcome to a-net, and congrats on your first report.... I've gotta say, you've totally turned me off trying <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> next time I fly to Asia. I contrast the experience you describe, even with your attempt to be very positive, with the service I recentl...

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by j-bird
Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Around The World Air Canada Emirates JAL Pics+vids
Replies: 46
Views: 32601

RE: Around The World Air Canada Emirates JAL Pics+vids

I second the comment above... this is amongst the best photography and video I have ever seen on this forum. What equipment did you use? The routing was great also, as was your description of the surroundings. Nice to see some Haneda and Itami mention as well - I always enjoy being at a domestic Jap...

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by j-bird
Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All BA T4 Check-ins Suspended!
Replies: 185
Views: 15229

RE: All BA T4 Check-ins Suspended!

As a point of clarification, can any a-netters speak with knowledge to British Air's legal rights in this situation vis-a-vis the illegally striking workers? While I agree that they should be dealt with harshly, I would be interested to know exactly what legal rights <acronym title="British Airways"...

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by j-bird
Sun May 22, 2005 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL's IFE On M11 Aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 4478

RE: KL's IFE On M11 Aircraft

But often the monitors in economy aren't working.... took a very long flight from <acronym title="Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS / EHAM), Netherlands">AMS</acronym>-<acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> and back a year ago in a <acronym title="KLM Roy...

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by j-bird
Mon May 02, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: HKG-LHR Qantas Business Class
Replies: 18
Views: 13378

RE: HKG-LHR Qantas Business Class

Good report... I had to laugh when you described waiting in line at passport control for 2.5 hours - that's just so Heathrow! Heathrow is an absolute dump of an airport (my least favourite globally) and it's particularly galling that immigration could actually schedule more inspectors for peak perio...

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by j-bird
Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2x Video Pakistan International: CPH-ISB-OSL-CPH
Replies: 22
Views: 14159

2x Video Pakistan International: CPH-ISB-OSL-CPH

Really brilliantly done.... two questions for you: 1. How did you get the cockpit access? 2. Your video highlights a fault indicator lit for engine 1 - did you ask what that meant? Thanks for posting this, it was very enjoyable. Also, I liked the music too - fit the pictures perfectly. Cheers.

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by j-bird
Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Isn't There A Japanese A/C Man (large Scale)
Replies: 13
Views: 3019

RE: Why Isn't There A Japanese A/C Man (large Scale)

Actually, Japan has been producing aircraft in the post-war period. Witness the <acronym title="China Eastern Airlines">MU</acronym>-2 already referred to, plus the NAMC <acronym title="Proteus Airlines (France)">YS</acronym>-11, as well as a number of military aircraft such as the Kawasaki C-1 tran...

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by j-bird
Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shortest Scheduled Flight In Canada
Replies: 13
Views: 8284

RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In Canada

Vancouver to Nanaimo - 20 minutes scheduled time, probably 15 minutes take-off to touchdown....

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by j-bird
Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana - What To Expect?
Replies: 3
Views: 2338

RE: Asiana - What To Expect?

I have flown Asiana a couple of times, west coast to Korea, and Korea-Japan. I caveat this by saying that it was a few years ago, so things have probably developed a lot. They definitely weren't too bad (in economy). Food was very Korean (but I like that), planes were newer, service was adequate, if...

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by j-bird
Sun Jan 09, 2005 5:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: VS901 NRT - LHR 07/01/05
Replies: 8
Views: 5540

VS901 NRT - LHR 07/01/05

Well done, This reminds me of many similar trips I have taken, only starting from Hamamatsu! I concur with your remarks regarding the efficiency of the Japanese transport system - to the second planning is definitely possible, and it takes so much stress out of travel being able to do that. If only ...

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by j-bird
Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BAE 146 (Avro) And Dornier 328 Jet
Replies: 15
Views: 8403

RE: BAE 146 (Avro) And Dornier 328 Jet

Air <acronym title="Brymon Airways (United Kingdom) and Skymark Airlines (Japan)">BC</acronym>, (long part of Air Canada) used to operate BAe 146s for some of their northern routes... haven't seen them for a while, but I haven't really spent any time at <acronym title="Vancouver - International (YVR...

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by j-bird
Tue Oct 12, 2004 4:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Longest Taxi Queue
Replies: 15
Views: 4139

RE: Airports With Longest Taxi Queue

I've waited 45 minutes at Narita, in the late afternoon/evening rush to North America. I've waited 30 minutes at <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>, as someone said above, in the European departures rush... <acronym title="...

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by j-bird
Thu Sep 23, 2004 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL B744 @ YVR?
Replies: 25
Views: 3661

RE: JAL B744 @ YVR?

Press in Vancouver (Vancouver Sun and Japanese press) is advertising Magic I as being available. Nice to see the equipment upgrade, still a little surprised that there's enough demand on the route for a 744 as opposed to 763 or 777... but good for Vancouver I guess.

Regards.

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by j-bird
Sat Jul 24, 2004 11:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BMI A330 MAN-YYZ-MAN Including Divert To Goosebay!
Replies: 18
Views: 7755

RE: BMI A330 MAN-YYZ-MAN Including Divert To Goosebay!

I think you mean that you actually stopped at Goose Bay Airport, and perhaps were assisted by RAF (U) Goose Bay - RAF Unit Goose Bay. Goose Bay itself is a Canadian Airport - see www.goosebayairport.com - not an RAF base.

Just FYI.

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by j-bird
Sat Jul 10, 2004 11:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: PVG-NRT-ORD-PHL On ANA And AA. Very Detailed!
Replies: 15
Views: 11680

RE: PVG-NRT-ORD-PHL On ANA And AA. Very Detailed!

Ahhh, I hate to tell you this, but 15,000 yen is about USD 120! 1,500 yen is about 15 bucks... hope you don't get a bad surprise!

Good report, thanks.

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by j-bird
Tue Jun 15, 2004 2:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: KLM - Tokyo NRT To London LHR
Replies: 13
Views: 10238

RE: KLM - Tokyo NRT To London LHR

Dear All, Thank you for the kind comments. It seems that KLM is perhaps on the upswing in terms of service, or perhaps is a hidden gem. Re: the question on the seats on the 777, they are okay for economy class - the decline is decent, there are wings on the headrest and they are quite well padded. I...

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by j-bird
Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: KLM - Tokyo NRT To London LHR
Replies: 13
Views: 10238

KLM - Tokyo NRT To London LHR

It has been a long while since I sat down and wrote a trip report, mainly because I just don’t have the time, and also because many of the flights I have recently taken are well covered by other members of A-net. However, a recent trip to Japan provided the opportunity to fly KLM’s new 777, and prov...

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by j-bird
Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Month In Asia - LH/AY/PG/TG C/Y (Extremely Long)
Replies: 22
Views: 10317

RE: A Month In Asia - LH/AY/PG/TG C/Y (Extremely Long)

Really a top notch report - I've read it three times now, and feel as though I was with you every step of the way.

Thank you.

Cheers from London.

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by j-bird
Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LHR-TFN Via CDG & MAD & IB Nightmare
Replies: 12
Views: 5765

RE: LHR-TFN Via CDG & MAD & IB Nightmare

I flew Biz class <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="Madrid - Barajas (MAD / LEMD), Spain">MAD</acronym> return last year... can't say I noticed a lack of courtesy, but I certainly noticed a lack of safety awareness. Flight home didn't get an...

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by j-bird
Sun Sep 07, 2003 11:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LON-BCN With BA/IB C-Class
Replies: 8
Views: 3856

RE: LON-BCN With BA/IB C-Class

What sort of trouble do you have with <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> Executive Club not crediting your account? I think I may have the same trouble... nothing shows up (partner airlines - including Iberia - and hotels as well...). Is this new with <acronym title="British Airways">BA</...

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by j-bird
Sat Jul 12, 2003 5:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Horrible Trip2!
Replies: 9
Views: 3267

RE: Horrible Trip2!

I'm sorry to be drawn into this... but it's cracking me up and I just have to pitch in. Most of the critical comments are indeed correcting geniune factual errors, but it is interesting to hear the absolutely unbiased (uninformed?) opinions of a young flyer. Catholic2006, I would echo the comments o...

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by j-bird
Tue Jul 01, 2003 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Details Please....
Replies: 5
Views: 1836

RE: KLM Details Please....

Thanks all - very much appreciate the insight... I guess I don't mind the lack of PTVs - I usually read anyway. I'll miss having the moving map display though... Oh well. Price/convenience factor was right for this trip. So you like the destination do you Manni? If there's anything I can tell you ab...

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by j-bird
Mon Jun 30, 2003 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Details Please....
Replies: 5
Views: 1836

KLM Details Please....

Some simple and not so exciting questions, but any data is appreciated. I am taking a trip to Japan in July, flying from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> to <acronym title="Tokyo - New Tokyo International / Narita (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym> via <a...

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by j-bird
Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Exploring Japan By Plane:
Replies: 3
Views: 3650

RE: Exploring Japan By Plane:

Very interesting - a rare look at internal flights in Japan. Despite having flown to Japan numerous times, I've only taken one domestic flight - from <acronym title="Tokyo - New Tokyo International / Narita (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym> to <acronym title="Nagoya - Komaki (NGO / RJNN), Japan">NG...

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by j-bird
Sun Apr 27, 2003 9:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: London-Hong Kong-China(various)-London
Replies: 19
Views: 13579

RE: London-Hong Kong-China(various)-London

I don't usually comment on TRs, but this was just too good to pass up. Your opening in particular caught my imagination. Your description of sitting in the lounge and then breaking through the clouds brought back memories of some of my trips in Asia, and the internal Chinese flights were very intere...

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by j-bird
Tue Dec 31, 2002 8:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 7 Countries, 7 Nights : An Asian Adventure On CX
Replies: 25
Views: 12490

RE: 7 Countries, 7 Nights : An Asian Adventure On CX

First class report with an excellent travelogue as well. I must say, you've really put me off trying CX though, the thought of 17 hours of motionless, entertainment-less slow motion travel above the North Pacific makes me scared even now.....

Cheers.

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by j-bird
Mon Dec 30, 2002 3:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Great Autumn Mileage Run ~ 49 Days, 54600 Mi.
Replies: 4
Views: 4217

RE: The Great Autumn Mileage Run ~ 49 Days, 54600 Mi.

I read this report twice, and the latter half once.... you know, in addition to being a very well written report, your description of the North American landscape made me very nostalgic. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest (on the Canadian side of the border) before moving to the US and on to E...

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by j-bird
Sun Nov 03, 2002 3:39 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Atlantic LHR-JFK Part ONE (LONG!)
Replies: 16
Views: 8926

RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-JFK Part ONE (LONG!)

Am slightly doubtful about the gun story too.... but having used the same type of cab service in Chicago, I can relate to the driving. If the gun bit is true, then you clearly have a fundamental misconception about America - people don't carry fake guns. With that many weapons around, it'd better be...

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by j-bird
Wed Oct 30, 2002 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Time On American!Any Comments?
Replies: 11
Views: 2590

RE: First Time On American!Any Comments?

Have flown AA tons - ORD-LHR, ORD-SEA, SEA-DFW, ORD-DFW.... I can't say AA is going to be like Singapore Air or Virgin, but they are one of my favourite carriers. Echoing another comment, they are consistent, pretty down-home friendly, usually on-time, service has never been worse than decent, food ...

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by j-bird
Mon Oct 28, 2002 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Severest Storm In 12 Years At AMS
Replies: 43
Views: 4286

RE: Severest Storm In 12 Years At AMS

Can't say what it's like now at Heathrow (sounds a little quieter outside), but when I went out this morning at about 11.00, I saw a BA744 coming in over London, pretty low and slow... and what a ride that would of been - it was rocking and swaying all over the place.... not my favourite time to lan...

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by j-bird
Thu Oct 17, 2002 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Suspensions AC At YVR
Replies: 34
Views: 4248

RE: More Suspensions AC At YVR

I don't think anyone has hit on what may be the real reason AC has had to cut flights to Asia, at least in terms of Japan, although a couple of you have gotten close. As someone noted, JAL is maintaining a full NRT-YVR service, while AC is cutting back in terms of capacity (even if just temporarily)...

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by j-bird
Sun Oct 13, 2002 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL Pilot Accused Negligence, Sentenced To Jail
Replies: 16
Views: 2836

RE: JAL Pilot Accused Negligence, Sentenced To Jail

"This is bloody ridiculous , no govt official ,no law official should ever be allowed to prosecute a pilot ." As silly as the above statement sounds objectively, the point is actually a good one - where do self-regulatory organizations end their control of professionals subject to them, and where do...

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by j-bird
Sat Oct 12, 2002 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL Pilot Accused Negligence, Sentenced To Jail
Replies: 16
Views: 2836

RE: JAL Pilot Accused Negligence, Sentenced To Jail

Let's think about this for a second.... I do buy the argument that pilots should not be subject to prosecution for events which were beyond their control. Like many of the above posters, I also believe that these events are hard to categorize but I do believe that it is possible to do so with an ind...

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