Just now I observed Spirit 1914 depart SEA for LAS. Wierd thing is, it seems to me it's a non-revenue flight, no passengers. I watched as it was tugged out of the overflow ac parking area, which is about 500 yards north of the N Satellite. I did not see any buses bringing passengers to this area. Wh...Jump to post
Conditions: temp 70 f, wind 330 at 4 knots Traffic was northbound. 1) the 757-300 sure looks LONG and narrow. 2) an Australian Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster arrived, stayed about 3 hours in the cargo area of SEA, then departed. I have no idea what it was doing? 3) Prime Air is really gaining mome...Jump to post
Ok. I have read all your thoughtful comments....makes a lot of sense. But there is a big "bottom line" that seems to be ignored: 1) A SINGLE aisle plane can have 6 across seating 2) With TWO aisles, the 767 has just 7 across 3) A VERY slightly wider fuselage would seat 8 across 4) Therefor...Jump to post
Due to relatively narrow fuselage, the 767 only seats 7 across (in economy). This is why SOME 757's have more seating capacity than SOME 767's. So my questions:
1) Is this the ONLY twin-aisle 7 across airplane?
2) In hindsight, would a slightly larger 8-across fuselage design have been smarter?
I live near PAE and keep track of airport activity by visual observation and also Flightaware. So far, I am somewhat surprised at the new Alaska Airlines service. Here's the scoop... As far as I can tell EVERY AS flight is a Horizon Air flight. EVERY airplane is a E75L....no 737's or Q400's. Cities ...Jump to post
To Avgeek 21: A very warm welcome to you, and thanks very much for a great first post!! Great info.....you obviously know these airplanes very well.
Does the MAX feel like it has more thrust and a acceleration from zero to 100 knots? Looking forward to reading more posts from you.....thanks!
Hi 32 and below......yes I agree with you, as everyone would. However, the emphasis on this thread is simply the admiration for an extremely well presented flight crew.Jump to post
Thanks so much friends, great insight from all of you! As the OP, I was just making an observation....it is my first time in Asia and I was just rather stunned, and very impressed by seeing this. Yes, my judgment is this kind of public presentation goes a long way toward projecting a high level of c...Jump to post
Pudelhund -- great comment, thanks! Yeah, I cannot imagine seeing an Asian crew sitting around a gate killing time, laughing loudly, chewing gum, talking on cellphone, munching potato chips, etc.....Jump to post
I meant the big HK airport out on that man-made island. Maybe I have the code wrong.
Thanks for the comments sass and xla2008. Yeah, I don't see this with U.S. domestic crews. Way back, perhaps Brannif was setting the style trends. But yeah, i was amazed and impressed today...
Was at HKN airport today. Saw several examples of this, but this one stood out. A full flight crew from China Eastern (MU) walked past me. 7:15 a.m. freshly dressed, they looked absolutely impeccable. All walking purposefully and closely in line, both their attire and grooming were perfect, professi...Jump to post
As a boy and then as a teenager I flew fairly often on WAL. They had some character named Wally Bird claiming they were "the only way to fly". In fact, my very first widebody flight was on their DC-10 Spaceship from PDX to SEA....amazing, such heavy hardware on a 29 minute flight time like...Jump to post
With the significant sales success of Embraer recently, the question arises: Did Boeing ever consider a 60-80 seat modern airliner? Back in about 2002 if they could have seen the future, would Boeing have designed a smaller commercial jet to meet this market?Jump to post
There are many factors to be considered when designing the most fuel efficient fan blade arrangements. One of them is called PROFILE DRAG. The fewer the blades, the less profile drag. That also applies to airplane propellers. Generally, the fewer the blades, the more efficient. But more blades promo...Jump to post
In the mid 1970's, I frequently flew Braniff 727 from SEA to PDX. (part of their SEA-PDX-DFW run). What a joy that was. Hey, do you know how much I would pay these days, to repeat that experience? I can only dream!!Jump to post
Not completely sure why, but these birds were just classy, awesome, cool!! Having a reservation to fly on one, what a great anticipation to be early to the boarding gate to discover what COLOR of plane it would be! I recall the beautiful green ones, the orange ones, even the blue ones. The 727-200 w...Jump to post
I have very mixed feelings about all this. Somehow, I love flying with those big 5000 shp turboprop engines with the 6 bladed Dowty propellers; the unique sounds and vibrations! A remarkable evolution of the technology. I rather hope these birds can maintain a substantial presence in my local SEA av...Jump to post
So, with more fuel efficient jet engines, I guess the economics is becoming more favorable for these 78 passenger E-175's. Just 10 years ago, the Q-400's were making a great case for relatively small fuel burn, and close to "jet" travel times between cities.Jump to post
My recent, ongoing spotting at SEA reveals an accelerated number of the Embraer 175 jets in service, and fewer Q-400's.
Both AS and Delta seem to be employing LOTS of the 175's.
How does this affect the future of commuter turboprops?
How is Dehavilland/Canada/ going to compete or stay relevant?
Yeah, 2 or 3 guys we know, have other hobbies like going out drinking late at night or playing poker and losing tons of $$$. My wife should not complain too much about MY hobbies.....could be much worse.Jump to post
Hi friends! About twice a week I drive to SEA (just 20 mins drive) and watch the planes. There is a good viewing spot just 300 yards west of the Tower, in the old United Cargo parking lot, right up on the fence next to the action. I just park there for about 3 hours and closely observe landings and ...Jump to post
As far as I can tell, among the best flights to be on would be: having a right side window seat on any flight departing PDX Monday at about 9:50 a.m. local time. Eastbound at this time, the eclipse shadow effect will, in effect, pass by the airplane over central Oregon giving nearly twice the amount...Jump to post
I have always marveled at the visual mechanics of the clamshell type reversers on older 737 and 727 jets. I have several questions: Did other engines also employ the clamshell system? Was ground clearance one reason we don't see them any longer? It seems these modern sliding nacelle type reversers w...Jump to post
QX 9501 is enroute currently ANC-PDX. Anyone know what this is about? I noticed it is about a 1640 mile trip, FL 250 steady, ground speed has been 350 MPH most of the way, but just a few minutes ago accelerated to 420 near the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Don't know if this speed increase is du...Jump to post
An aquaintance of mine who worked for years at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ told me this last night: "although the logistics would be complicated, in theory we could line up 45 Warthogs, Gatling gun ammo loaded to capacity, depart from a base just north of Seoul, run at 320 knots very low an...Jump to post
Nice, BlatantEcho; thanks for the link. Every weekday afternoon SEA is fortunate enough to have either 2 or 3 Fed-EX MD-11's arrive. Can't help but think we should appreciate this----won't last forever. Already I experience withdrawal from getting to watch my beloved 727-200's land on a regular basi...Jump to post
Thanks KCRW Flyer......and instead of a warm, calm Seattle evening, can you imagine what this take-off would have looked like with a strong headwind on a very chilly night? Even as it was, one must wonder if the FAA personnel in the Tower were impressed as the Jet was about 2000' by the end of the r...Jump to post
Thanks....sounds logical.....and yes, this was just a short 2 hour flight, so very light on fuel. But truly, if you could have witnessed the SHORT ground roll (about 1300 feet?) you might wonder if the freighter was completely empty. Amazing performance...Jump to post
Just got home from plane-spotting at SEA. I am a commercial rated pilot and as a hobby have spotted planes for over 36 years. Have parked at many airports all over the USA, watching with my binoculars, etc. I have developed a keen sense of groundspeed, distance, and altitude. Tonight at SEA the OAT ...Jump to post
Representing the AOPA, and as a known flight efficiency expert, I have been named to a committee that will soon give suggestions for saving fuel as ATC goes through some changes. My primary interest and focus is arrival/approach descent altitude profiling. I believe it is safe to say that this is on...Jump to post
Yes...with a 40 minute fuel reserve, they must be really pushing some things. I wonder if pilots have any special fuel saving technique training. My dispatcher friend told me a little could be saved by throttling back very slightly, but it just adds hours to the clock....and later maintenance is req...Jump to post
During the past few minutes, flightaware has been showing a Skywest flight from SEA-BOI at FL 270, with a groundspeed of up to 635 Knots. Must be accurate, because 2 other planes in the vicinity SE bound are also showing high speeds. This is one of the highest speeds I have observed in a CRJ-7. Inte...Jump to post
....If fairly strong winds were forecast, would the dispatcher just PLAN a tech stop? Or instead, can the pilots just throttle back by a slight 2% and save substantial fuel?Jump to post