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by 727glasair
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spirit airlines SEA issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Spirit airlines SEA issue?

Sounds plausible.....thanks for your info!

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by 727glasair
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spirit airlines SEA issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Spirit airlines SEA issue?

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...

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by 727glasair
Tue May 21, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items
Replies: 8
Views: 4180

Re: SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items

Hi DennyPayne,
No, there have not been a whole lot of A-350 series in SEA....and I just have not kept track of the type. Delta has one daily PEK to LAX, and I hope to fly on it soon......cheers!...

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by 727glasair
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items
Replies: 8
Views: 4180

Re: SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items

Also...I have observed that the Airbus A-359 has a black outline around the exterior cockpit window assembly. Makes it look rather like a racoon....

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by 727glasair
Mon May 20, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items
Replies: 8
Views: 4180

SEA spotting yesterday....interesting items

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...

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by 727glasair
Wed May 08, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAE Everett, WA Update: Surprising to me...
Replies: 33
Views: 4373

Re: PAE Everett, WA Update: Surprising to me...

Great!!! Have a wonderful trip! Very much looking forward to your report....

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by 727glasair
Wed May 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??
Replies: 85
Views: 10294

Re: Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??

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...

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by 727glasair
Wed May 08, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??
Replies: 85
Views: 10294

Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??

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?

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by 727glasair
Tue May 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAE Everett, WA Update: Surprising to me...
Replies: 33
Views: 4373

PAE Everett, WA Update: Surprising to me...

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 ...

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by 727glasair
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?
Replies: 40
Views: 5150

Re: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?

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!

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by 727glasair
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8578

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

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.

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by 727glasair
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8578

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

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...

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by 727glasair
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8578

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

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.....

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by 727glasair
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8578

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

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...

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by 727glasair
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8578

Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

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...

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by 727glasair
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

Re: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"

Yes, Nassau was served from LAX. Was there a super short leg MIA-FLL ??

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by 727glasair
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

Re: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"

My friend, captain Marty Foy, told me the thrust reversers were generally 'not very effective' on the '10.....

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by 727glasair
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

Re: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"

Was wondering about WAL's routing of the DC-10....and remarking about how much things have changed. Also I think they had one DC-10-30 and deployed it to LHR....

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by 727glasair
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"

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...

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by 727glasair
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 8319

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

Hush kits, noise pollution, Stage III regs, whisper quiet, peaceful environment, etc....I say HOGWASH......I kind of like loud jet airplanes...

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by 727glasair
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 8319

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

OK, so it was an interior cabin quiet thing....because from my house 3 miles from Seattle airport, they surely did not whisper....it was more like a thunderous ear-drum crushing audio experience! I miss those days...

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by 727glasair
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 8319

Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

Back in the day, did the Eastern 727 title of "Whisperjet" have to do with new hush kits or Stage II noise requirements?

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by 727glasair
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 99784

Re: AS Employee steals Q400 at SeaTac

There was a Pearl Jam concert in progress at Seahawks Stadium, aprox 50,000 people.....glad he was not headed for downtown Seattle....nothing could have stopped him in time..

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by 727glasair
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Boeing miss out? Success of Embraer E-175
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Did Boeing miss out? Success of Embraer E-175

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?

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by 727glasair
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1979 flying SEA-PDX on Braniff 727-200
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Re: 1979 flying SEA-PDX on Braniff 727-200

Yes...but I loved Braniff with their COLORS....on the airplanes. And the unique fabrics of the interior, the dress of the flight attendants; this carrier just had STYLE. Those were great times....

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by 727glasair
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is fewer fan blades better?
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

Re: Is fewer fan blades better?

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...

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by 727glasair
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1979 flying SEA-PDX on Braniff 727-200
Replies: 2
Views: 642

1979 flying SEA-PDX on Braniff 727-200

Braniff went SEA-PDX-DFW, and for a very low airfare one could just buy the first leg. What a delight it was! Do you know how much I would pay today, just to have that experience again? One can dream...

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by 727glasair
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My favorite airliner ever: Braniff 727-200....
Replies: 15
Views: 1893

Re: My favorite airliner ever: Braniff 727-200....

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!!

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by 727glasair
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My favorite airliner ever: Braniff 727-200....
Replies: 15
Views: 1893

My favorite airliner ever: Braniff 727-200....

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...

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by 727glasair
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?
Replies: 47
Views: 6634

Re: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?
Replies: 47
Views: 6634

Re: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?

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.

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by 727glasair
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?
Replies: 47
Views: 6634

E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?

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?

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by 727glasair
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....
Replies: 34
Views: 6983

Re: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....

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.

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by 727glasair
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....
Replies: 34
Views: 6983

I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....

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 ...

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by 727glasair
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best U.S. Eclipse flight....PDX to DEN?
Replies: 3
Views: 1289

Best U.S. Eclipse flight....PDX to DEN?

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thrust Reversers: Clamshell vs Sliding Nacelle?
Replies: 10
Views: 2030

Thrust Reversers: Clamshell vs Sliding Nacelle?

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...

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by 727glasair
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...
Replies: 34
Views: 7496

Re: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...

Nice catch PDX757....thanks. Is that a common thing, to move a Dash 8 all the way from ANC?

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by 727glasair
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...
Replies: 34
Views: 7496

Re: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...

Thanks Mr. Chugach. Not a big deal, but in my narrow viewpoint, seeing a Q-400 on that long of a leg is fascinating and curious. Very interesting, and again I sure hope the crew had some snacks...

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by 727glasair
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...
Replies: 34
Views: 7496

Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...

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...

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by 727glasair
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 7566

A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 7906

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

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...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 7906

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

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...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 7906

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Thanks HPRamper.....good info! Yeah, empty containers and light fuel load. Hey, I just wish you (all of us) were there in person to see this beauty accelerate and rotate.....very beautiful, would have been a great one to get on video!

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 7906

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

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...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 7906

Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

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 ...

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by 727glasair
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy
Replies: 18
Views: 3774

The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6609

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Currently in flight: CRJ-7 showing very high ground speed..
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Currently in flight: CRJ-7 showing very high ground speed..

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...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6609

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

....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?

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing
Replies: 2
Views: 4827

Re: AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing

Yes...AS has given me great service. I even flew them decades ago when they had their "Gold Coast Service". But this particular situation I mention, was probably the most "luck" I have ever heard of from a volunteer bumping.

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