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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Growth in Denver
Replies: 54
Views: 7824

Re: United Growth in Denver

Agreed, IAH is located in a much denser location with a more centralized location. I personally would much rather connect through IAH than DEN for transcon. Absolutely not true. IAH is further south than 99% of the contential USA's landmass, while DEN is right in the middle. The only transcon route...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NYC sues American Airlines over employee sick leave
Replies: 157
Views: 14114

Re: NYC sues American Airlines over employee sick leave

Having worked for AA in a non-union position, I have had first-hand experience with their draconian sick leave policy. The disciplinary points system they use for sick days was often the subject of anxiety dreams at night, and those dreams lasted well beyond my tenure at AA. In my view, the sick/ab...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19613

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

A321LR has the range to reach Europa? Wonder if it can make Io or Ganymede... A very narrow-minded and single language oriented comment, you realize? "In classical Greek mythology, Europa (Ancient Greek: Εὐρώπη, Eurṓpē) was a Phoenician princess. The word Europe is derived from her name. Most ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14843

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

I fly a fair amount in and out of LAX on UA (so T7 and T8) and have not noticed any significant congestion. Often it's a short 5-10 minutes of taxiing to/from the runway, and only once have we been held waiting for a gate. Compared to ORD or JFK it's a dream. The real congestion issue with LAX is th...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4138

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

It doesn't seem like it's worth the risk to remove pilots from the equation. Their salary is a relatively small component of the overall cost of a flight. Let's be really generous and assume a $300k average salary for a long-haul pilot. At 1000 hours of flying per year, that's $300/hour/pilot to fl...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4138

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

It doesn't seem like it's worth the risk to remove pilots from the equation. Their salary is a relatively small component of the overall cost of a flight. Let's be really generous and assume a $300k average salary for a long-haul pilot. At 1000 hours of flying per year, that's $300/hour/pilot to fly...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed May 29, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: USA Northeast Convective Activity Wednesday May 29th
Replies: 12
Views: 1915

Re: USA Northeast Convective Activity Wednesday May 29th

Flying into EWR today. Looks like it's going to be a fun ride!

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is..?
Replies: 13
Views: 2068

Re: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is...........

One could theoretically book EWR-DEL-JFK on Star Alliance using United and Air India which would be about 30 hours of flying to go 20 miles. Might still be quicker than going across town during Friday rush hour.... If we're keeping it domestic, you could fly BOS-HNL-JFK on Hawaiian airlines. That's ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6615

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

I've flown LAX-EWR twice recently, and both times we took the southern loop instead of the northern one. One flight was a 752 and the other was a 78J, both of which should have been more than capable enough to make the climb on the northern loop.

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
Replies: 126
Views: 8764

Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

Modern flight data recorders can record all of the information the pilots can see, every movement of the controls and lots of information that the pilots can’t see. I can’t think of any accident in the last 30 years were a video of from the cockpit would have made a difference to the investigation....

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
Replies: 126
Views: 8764

Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

Data size is a non-issue. A rolling 12 hours of HD video from multiple angles could easily fit on a single hard drive (and probably a backup in case the first fails). The hard drives plus the cameras would be a couple thousand dollars and a couple dozen pounds of extra weight. A total non-issue.

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 718142

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Some posters may be Boeing employees and/or paid by Boeing, and there is an entire chorus full of Boeing fanboys and girls ready to sing Boeing's praises for free no matter what the question is. Same for Airbus. Same for UA/AA/DL. Same whenever billions of dollars are at stake. I also notice some w...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 718142

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I'd say for two reasons. First, sensationalist journalism sells. If simply stating the facts is boring, nobody buys. And second, when a large corporation is involved, they're always going to get grilled, legitimately or not. It's the "big bad corporation" syndrome. A potential scandal is ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Boeing "survive" this crisis?
Replies: 53
Views: 5381

Re: How does Boeing "survive" this crisis?

Obviously there will be some short term pain, but long term this won't have much of an impact on Boeing. They have over $7B in cash on hand and $100B in assets. They are still generating positive cash flow from the delivery of the rest of their commercial and military orders. This is not going to si...

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last airliner to be grounded?
Replies: 9
Views: 2760

Re: Last airliner to be grounded?

787

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 388350

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

"Crew communications consistent with a loss control of the aircraft began approximately 18 seconds prior to the end of the recording." I am so grateful for the professionalism of the NTSB. To me this implies a loss of situational awareness; they would have been in a dive attitude for long...

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by DoctorVenkman
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft capable of doing GRU-PEK
Replies: 41
Views: 5744

Re: Aircraft capable of doing GRU-PEK

For sure it wouldn't make it. Also, keep in mind that range is not a fixed distance. There are many things that influence the range of an aircraft, like payload and wind. Certainly on the return flight Sao Paulo to Beijing you're going against the jet stream which always burns more fuel than going ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17543

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

ATC gets paid whether they work the traffic or not. They have no skin in the game. Its easier just to claim "safety" and slow the traffic down. ATC isn't getting paid right now due to the shutdown. When things open back up there's a chance for backpay. I'm sure if your boss told you "...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 602
Views: 90255

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

Look at 2019 summer fleet assignments. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtrA_lUU0AAzIB4.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtrA_lUU0AAzIB4.jpg:large Out of curiosity, how is "summer" defined here? Is it Memorial Day? I am flying EWR-FCO in mid-May on a 764 so it must be some point after that.

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'
Replies: 145
Views: 18071

Re: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'

I wonder how much of a market there would be for seats with increased width, similar to the extra legroom in Y+. Or potentially even increase the width of Y+ and charge a little bit more. I'm of average weight but I would definitely purchase a seat with additional width.

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'
Replies: 145
Views: 18071

Re: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'

Just like there is a carry-on baggage size limit, there should be a human size limit. If your waist measurement is bigger than X inches (not sure specifically what it would be), you should be required to buy a first class seat or two consecutive economy seats. I've been forced to sit next to obese p...

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United takes delivery of first Boeing 787-10
Replies: 102
Views: 24488

Re: United takes delivery of first Boeing 787-10

That’s a great looking plane. Some years down the line when the -10 gets the ‘ER’ treatment, I imagine this thing will be pretty enticing for fleet planners the world ‘round. There will be no "ER" treatment for -10. Boeing stated it multiple times. Any extra range will come only from weig...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian going to BOS
Replies: 138
Views: 19553

Re: Hawaiian going to BOS

I have flown UA's EWR-HNL flight a couple of times which leaves around 8:30am. It's actually kind of nice IMO, especially if you're doing a Saturday - Saturday trip with a redeye back home. It arrives into HNL early afternoon so I have enough time to get to my hotel, unpack, and relax on the beach ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian going to BOS
Replies: 138
Views: 19553

Re: Hawaiian going to BOS

BOS isn't a logical, distance-efficient connecting point for pretty much any U.S. airport xxx-BOS-HNL. This is going to need to rely on BOS O&D traffic. It's a very similar schedule to JFK. No i don't think this means their relationship is souring :) An 8am departure for an 11 hour flight is br...

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions
Replies: 165
Views: 28443

Re: EK eyes services to tier-2 US cities

SyracuseAvGeek wrote:
Buffalo, NY


That's more like a Tier 4 city.

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 369483

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

United international fleet allocation for upcoming winter schedule Looks like 787-10 will debut on EWR-LAX https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlFQOKPU0AA5b1k.jpg:large https://twitter.com/LAflyr/status/1031694425833914369 Impressive, 3x daily wide bodies each between EWR and LAX/ SFO, EWR -SFO with a 77W ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AY captain tests 1.5 per mille alcohol level in HEL
Replies: 18
Views: 4283

Re: AY captain tests 1.5 per mille alcohol level in HEL

Today's news in Finland report that a Finnair captain was tested to have 1.5 per thousand alcohol level at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport yesterday, Wednesday. The police is investigating, and both them and the airline refuses to comment further, but they did say they are taking this extremely serious...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 15898

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

I think people would be shocked what ticket prices would be if they got everything they wanted. You're making it seem like the prices would double or triple which simply isn't true. All an airline would have to do is reduce the row count by ~10% which would increase the average seat pitch by about ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 15898

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

I think people would be shocked what ticket prices would be if they got everything they wanted. You're making it seem like the prices would double or triple which simply isn't true. All an airline would have to do is reduce the row count by ~10% which would increase the average seat pitch by about ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UA retreating in some markets?
Replies: 49
Views: 9114

Re: Is UA retreating in some markets?

This thread is ridiculous. It would be like saying "Is UA retreating from EWR because they don't fly from there to ABE?"

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane heat wave digs a hole on RW22 Haneda Tokyo
Replies: 23
Views: 6135

Re: Insane heat wave digs a hole on RW22 Haneda Tokyo

I don’t understand...what exactly is meant by a hole...runway surface irregularity, light concrete ablation or a hole developed on the topsoil adjacent to the runway paved surface?... Faro This is the hole https://i.imgur.com/OH5jLEp.png I regularly drive by potholes 2-3 times bigger than that (and...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Bolsonaro Approved Boeing/Embraer Commercial Aircraft Takeover
Replies: 79
Views: 21526

Re: Breaking: Boeing and Embraer announce merger

TVNWZ wrote:
Hmmm. Nothing on the biz wires yet. Getting suspicious that this is just a reiteration and discussion of what has been announced


Yes agreed. If this were an acquisition/merger then it would be all over the news. Perhaps the thread title should be changed?

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TOP 10 revenue routes in the world
Replies: 12
Views: 2581

Re: TOP 10 revenue routes in the world

Revenue per hour has limited meaning, you need other information such as the number of passengers. Of course, airlines have long had metrics such as RASM and CASM. Agreed. This chart should show seat-miles instead of hours, since not all hours are created equally. One hour of an A380 flying from LH...

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11400

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Speaking the truth i'm afraid. Im all for equality but it needs to be across all professions. What? No one has said that women are incapable of being ramp workers or refuse workers. If someone did say that, I'm sure you'd see a similar reaction as you see with AAB's quote. You're making up a strawm...

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11400

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Funny that women and feminists scream for blood in cases such as this, but never scream for equality in other male dominated jobs like being a refuse collector, or road sweeper? You got that from the comments on this thread? :roll: Speaking the truth i'm afraid. Im all for equality but it needs to ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Wed May 30, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop SIN-EWR from 11 October 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 23855

Re: Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop SIN-EWR from 11 October 2018

I had my money on it would be to JFK this time around. Maybe my perception is off, as I've never been anywhere near NYC, but I don't picture EWR as a premium airport, nor an option many people consider when heading to New York. Your perception is most certainly off: - EWR is closer than JFK to many...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon May 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 20123

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

A male pilot with a bun does not count as unkempt in the 21st century. "21st century" should not be a blank check excuse for whatever ridiculous hairstyle one chooses to "express himself". Ditto for tattoos. Why do you get to determine what counts as ridiculous for everyone? Wha...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri May 18, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 20123

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

So now I’m racist? It clearly states in the manuals that these sort of haircuts are not allowed. You can be black, or any other color for that matter, and still present yourself in a professional manner. I’m guessing you’d think it’s fine if a FA chose to come to work with her hair died neon blue t...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri May 18, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 20123

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I don't think that this is just a UA problem or even an airline problem. My firm is client facing and has a flexible policy where employees can where business casual when appropriate and business formal when appropriate. While the flexibility is broadly good, there are people who constantly need to...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri May 18, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 20123

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

People complaining about hairstyles are entering "old man yells at clouds" territory. Get with the times. Stuffy dress codes are going away en masse in many industries. My company recently switched from business formal (i.e. suits) to casual (i.e. anything but shorts and sandals) and ever...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri May 18, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 20123

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

People complaining about hairstyles are entering "old man yells at clouds" territory. Get with the times. Stuffy dress codes are going away en masse in many industries. My company recently switched from business formal (i.e. suits) to casual (i.e. anything but shorts and sandals) and every...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 6737

Re: Big cities without any airport

Phew, I'm just really happy that no one mentioned New York City thinking that because none of the airports are in Manhattan that their airports aren't in the city (Queens is the better borough anyway). Everyone gets an A in geography for that one! NYC's best airport isn't even in the same state! :s...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 6737

Re: Big cities without any airport

How about major cities where it's more than an hour to the airport from the city center (under normal traffic/rail conditions)? That seems like a more pragmatic definition than city boundaries.

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 6737

Re: Big cities without any airport

Technically SFO isn't in San Francisco, so based on the examples in the original post I'd say that counts. If it's going to be categorized like this then the list of cities will be pretty long. Does that mean they are "without any airport"? I don't think so. Either we have a long list wit...

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 6737

Re: Big cities without any airport

bohica wrote:
DoctorVenkman wrote:
Technically SFO isn't in San Francisco


Technically it is. SFO sits on land which belongs to the City and County of San Francisco.


No. SFO is on unincorporated land in San Mateo county. The land is owned by the City and County of San Francisco but that does not mean it is part of the city.

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by DoctorVenkman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 6737

Re: Big cities without any airport

Technically SFO isn't in San Francisco, so based on the examples in the original post I'd say that counts.

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 122326

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Runway28L wrote:
And here is the apparent damage to one of the windows.
Image


This seems to be 6-7 rows behind the engine cowling - I'm surprised the debris made it that far back. I would think at most it would go back 1-2 rows before striking the fuselage.

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by DoctorVenkman
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 122326

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Can we assume that the passenger wasn't wearing their seatbelt when they got sucked out? Not sure how you'd go through the window with a tight seatbelt across your lap.

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Credit cards and travel perks at day of travel
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

Re: Credit cards and travel perks at day of travel

I fly United with my companion a lot. However it's not enough to make the upper tiers of status (silver some years, none other years, and I've gotten gold a few times), so I have their club card. Every benefit of that card is linked to my frequent flier number and my boarding pass, so I'm sure they ...

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by DoctorVenkman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April
Replies: 24
Views: 4573

Re: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April

Well I may have actually been on the plane :). Evidently a hydraulic line broke. Interesting to do no- or very little bank turns, plus a very shallow descent. To be honest my mind totally went to JAL 123 as it seemed we were slowly turning without any real bank angle, and for a good 3/4 of an hour ...

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