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by MrBretz
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Just a thought: commercial aircraft have a bunch of AI right now. There is something called “autopilot”. For most of the flight, the “plane” or rather it’s ancient computers, fly the plane. The problem happens when something unexpected happens. I have seen a few videos on how a Tesla is programmed t...

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by MrBretz
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A little light hearted ATC fun...
Replies: 51
Views: 7863

Re: A little light hearted ATC fun...

It kind of reminds me the way we talked in the office 40 years ago. Most of that was gone over 25 years ago or so. Looks like ATC has some catching up to do.

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by MrBretz
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Rev said "It's kind of an advantage when you send someone like that to Congress because they can issue the party line without any reservation because they really weren't in the know about exactly what went on.

I am laughing out loud. That's a good one and right on the mark.

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by MrBretz
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

That was the downside of doing three programs at once (787,777x and the MAX) with limited in house engineering resources due to cutbacks. A and B teams were working on 787/777 and the C team got the easy low change project - The MAX. The article linked above says the guy who was the chief engineer ...

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by MrBretz
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNL Emergency System Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 1747

Re: HNL Emergency System Issue

The video did say that the 757 was able to climb to sufficient altitude before returning on one engine. It would have been a different story if they would have had to make an immediate return to the airport apparently. And, even though it might have been a slow newsday, I agree with ggflyboy. It &qu...

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by MrBretz
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?
Replies: 67
Views: 8772

Re: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?

With COVID, I still probably won't be flying for awhile. But if the MAX, no matter how it is rebranded, has flown for a few months with no incidents, I would get aboard. I will have a problem with my wife. I plan not to tell her about the -8, -9, etc. rebranding. It has to be the most looked into ai...

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by MrBretz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit
Replies: 62
Views: 9970

Re: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit

The locks are electronically powered and automatically set by throttle position iirc. The plane in the video was parked, the locks would automatically be deactivated so that the exits could be used in a real emergency. The crew doesn’t press a button to lock/unlock the exits. Nope. It won't be acce...

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by MrBretz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit
Replies: 62
Views: 9970

Re: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AReC2P5sK8

It's done by Mentour.
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Here's a video of the door opening on the 737-800.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AReC2P5sK8

It's done by Mentour.

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by MrBretz
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 300
Views: 12801

Re: New Airline Annoucnement KSNA

With the 14 day quarantine, HA would have no trouble making the 321 work. They probably would have 20 passengers and be up in the air in 4000’.

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by MrBretz
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 778
Views: 115447

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

On the surface, the suit seems bogus. I note in the article that Island Express claimed they were indemnified because of the ATCs actions. They are hoping for a settlement which keeps them in business. I can’t blame them for trying. Did they go out of business? Edit: just saw Galaxyfliers comment an...

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by MrBretz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 10356

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask

NWAESC, I am older than you. My mom would have slapped me for being such as idiot. I hate to think what my grandparents would have done.

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by MrBretz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Considers Closing 787 Production in WA
Replies: 160
Views: 24193

Boeing Considers Closing 787 Production in WA

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... -industry/

P.S. Sorry, SC not NC. And I lived in FL for a while and visited both states a fair amount.
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Looks like all 787 production may move to NC. This is not a pleasant thought.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... -industry/

P.S. Sorry, SC not NC. And I lived in FL for a while and visited both states a fair amount.

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by MrBretz
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike
Replies: 56
Views: 18679

Re: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike

Seeing the LAX video was scary enough. The plane was climbing so quickly after impact I wonder if the pilot had already decided to abort the the landing and the engines were already spooling up before the impact.

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by MrBretz
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express IX1344 landing accident at Kozhikode
Replies: 205
Views: 46471

Re: Air India Express IX1344 landing accident at Kozhikode

Is it still the 737's design "issues" if you land 1000m down a 2700m runway, in the rain? https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/kozhikode-crash-ai-express-plane-touched-down-near-taxiway-1000-metres-from-beginning-of-runway/articleshow/77427990.cms And you might add that he landed dow...

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by MrBretz
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21282

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

I will miss the Qantas 747s. I'm glad someone posted the late 1980s schedule. I was lucky to do the LAX, HNL, CNS, BNE, PPT, NAN,SYD routes. I also made to Christchurch and Auckland on 747s. I recall one wonderful time when Qantas was loading several 747's simultaneously via a long line at SYD. They...

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by MrBretz
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incredible footage of Rada Airlines IL-62 t/o
Replies: 38
Views: 9062

Re: Incredible footage of Rada Airlines IL-62 t/o

RE the last two posts: it’s amazing we have videos on YouTube of both of these events.

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by MrBretz
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Opus99 posted this article https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers/american-pilots-review-boeings-latest-max-training-draft/139253.article In the reference thread. In case some of you don’t venture there, you should look at it. It discusses in more detail the training pilots will receive for the upd...

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by MrBretz
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 62
Views: 7851

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

I recall flying from LAX to KOA on UA’s DC-8’s until the end of 1991. I loved the sound of the 4 engines. After that they used DC-10’s even before the runway was lengthened. And for a brief period, I know they used a 747, I think -200s, after the longer runway was put in. I know that since I was on...

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by MrBretz
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 62
Views: 7851

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

I recall flying from LAX to KOA on UA’s DC-8’s until the end of 1991. I loved the sound of the 4 engines. After that they used DC-10’s even before the runway was lengthened. And for a brief period, I know they used a 747, I think -200s, after the longer runway was put in. I know that since I was on ...

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by MrBretz
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

This appears to be good news for Boeing. I use appears since we really don’t know yet. If approved, it’s going to be the safest 737 in the sky. I will probably be more afraid to catch COVID than to fly on one.

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by MrBretz
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 102922

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Looks like BOE 701 is scheduled for day 3 of testing. Departure is in under 1 hour from now at 10:35AM PDT.

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by MrBretz
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57786

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Does anyone have any idea how many certification flights there will be? Will they someway fail the AoA sensor and see what happens or is that done in a simulator?

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by MrBretz
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA early 747 question
Replies: 78
Views: 10286

Re: AA early 747 question

This has always been a topic I have been interested in. The reason is that I flew AA from LAX to JFK to be in a family wedding either in 1970 or 1971 on an AA 747. I remember it because I had never been to NY before. I certainly wasn’t an enthusiast at that age. But 2 things stuck in my mind. The fi...

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by MrBretz
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Video for Aviation Enthusiasts
Replies: 9
Views: 1834

Re: A Video for Aviation Enthusiasts

Wonderful. How fast were they going?

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by MrBretz
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 376
Views: 55562

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

I am not exactly sure where this article goes but I thought here might be a good spot. An LATimes travel writer talks about his experience during 2 recent short airline flights. Apparently, the new normal is to keep your mask on, your head staring at your phone, and ignoring everyone. https://www.la...

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by MrBretz
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Invest in Airbus or Boeing
Replies: 27
Views: 2658

Re: Invest in Airbus or Boeing

This is a strange topic for TechOps. In hindsight, you should have bought Boeing when it dipped below $100 a share in early March. It was just over $200 a share yesterday. I have a friend who bought them for their dividend at around $120 many years ago. I kept telling him to sell when it was in the ...

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by MrBretz
Fri May 29, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14210

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

Imagine any airline doing lifetime retirement pass benefits for anyone who is laid off if they are not even near retirement age, that would be an interesting option and I would jump on that if I were in an airline, if I had plenty of years still to go. There are problems with a 30,000 person airlin...

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by MrBretz
Fri May 29, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14210

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

I notice there doesn’t seem to be weeks of pay times years of service up to some max. I have seen that done in other industries.

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by MrBretz
Fri May 15, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released
Replies: 104
Views: 19912

Re: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released

The captain seems to more than we do. Maybe he will share it. The golf course is on leased land but is absorbs some noise. He brought up the issue of private jets and covered storage. I had forgotten all that since it doesn’t affect me. Whatever happens there will be slowed down by lawsuits for year...

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by MrBretz
Thu May 14, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released
Replies: 104
Views: 19912

Re: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released

No picture, B737Captain1980.

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by MrBretz
Thu May 14, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released
Replies: 104
Views: 19912

Re: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released

Do you mean a bridge over Bristol and the 73?

Edit: I know Bristol is on both sides of the 73. The more ocean side is next to the golf course. In any case, it sounds like a novel idea.

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by MrBretz
Wed May 06, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Concorde ever fly TPAC?
Replies: 17
Views: 4418

Re: Did the Concorde ever fly TPAC?

I was on a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I think it was in the very late 1990s. I recall I saw the Concorde at KOA as part of a special, I presume RTW, trip. I had seen the plane in Sydney too I think. That had to be in the late 1980s but I am fuzzier on that one.

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by MrBretz
Fri May 01, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing raises $25B in new Debt sale
Replies: 61
Views: 6878

Re: Boeing raises $25B in new Debt sale

As a side note I saw somewhere the S&P on Wednesday lowered its credit rating for Boeing to BBB-minus, one step above junk. And even if they slip a bit into junk status, it will be on the top end of junk or, as they say, quality junk. And I believe all the US airlines bonds are rated junk.

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by MrBretz
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern California Airports Covid19 Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 5575

Re: Southern California Airports Covid19 Thread

https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ghost-town
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Here’s an interesting story with pictures of how empty LAX is. It is shocking. It says it may take 2 or 3 years for traffic to return to preCOVID levels.

https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ghost-town

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by MrBretz
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New post Covid-19 airplane seat design
Replies: 41
Views: 6338

Re: New post Covid-19 airplane seat design

How about providing everyone with an N95 mask and hand sanitizer when you board? I am assuming we ramp up production of both items.

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by MrBretz
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multi-angle airliner video?
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Multi-angle airliner video?

Great videos. Thanks.

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by MrBretz
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Software Systems
Replies: 19
Views: 2545

Re: Aircraft Software Systems

For you software types out there, here is Wiki's description of VxWorks. I note the 787 uses this on its computers. Note you develop on some real machine, debug there, and cross compile with an executable for the target. And if you are really interested, I see a website for documentation but I appea...

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by MrBretz
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIDEO: insane crosswind *takeoffs* at BHX
Replies: 16
Views: 5577

Re: VIDEO: insane crosswind *takeoffs* at BHX

Great video.....I liked the headwind turns into a tailwind frames...

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64312

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/ ... backs.aspx

It says that AA was really the only airline to waste their cash flow on stock buy backs. Based on this, I would say bankruptcy or merger is a real possibility.
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Here’s an interesting article.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/ ... backs.aspx

It says that AA was really the only airline to waste their cash flow on stock buy backs. Based on this, I would say bankruptcy or merger is a real possibility.

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64312

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

jayunited, you are correct. I was too abrupt with cedar. Sorry.

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17316

SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... bed-by-faa

Cracks in the fuselage? And the FAA is considering inspections?
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Here’s something interesting.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... bed-by-faa

Cracks in the fuselage? And the FAA is considering inspections?

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64312

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

Just read a news report that UA is seeking support from the US government because of their drop in business. The article also says AA and DL are in talks also. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-airlines-talks-u-officials-190535234.html Careful with words - they are not "seeking" suppo...

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by MrBretz
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64312

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-a ... 35234.html
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Just read a news report that UA is seeking support from the US government because of their drop in business. The article also says AA and DL are in talks also.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-a ... 35234.html

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by MrBretz
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What did NW replace the 747-100s with?
Replies: 8
Views: 1808

Re: What did NW replace the 747-100s with?

I flew NWA many times between the east and west coasts in the late 80s and 90s. It was almost always on a DC-10 usually through MSP. I recall the plane have a very distinctive engine sound when we took off. It was a whine of some kind. I have tried to find videos of that particular sound but have no...

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73689

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Boeing stock has dropped about 40% in the last year. I hope none of you got in before the 2nd crash.

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by MrBretz
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released
Replies: 104
Views: 19912

Re: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released

A couple years back, I took a cruise leaving from Vancouver. I had to fly into Seattle to get up there. I note some of the Alaska cruises leave from Seattle and others from Vancouver. Living in south Orange County, I don't like driving to LAX unless I have to. So this may work for me but I am not pl...

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by MrBretz
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released
Replies: 104
Views: 19912

Re: 2020 SNA Slot Allocation released

I hope the AC flight to Vancouver works. I was just looking at some dates in late June. Looks like an A319?

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by MrBretz
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95804

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/st ... on-737-max
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Here’ a new problem for the MAX. It involves falcons and pigeon corpses. It is a humorous read.

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/st ... on-737-max

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by MrBretz
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22391

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I agree with Dahlgardo who says: “I see this as being a thing about common courtesy and taking your fellow human beings into account before you do something that might impact them in a negative way. I can't understand why that is such an alien idea for some people. If you sit in the front of a car a...

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by MrBretz
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22391

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I just read something the woman in the video said. She said it was her right to recline and it was the airline’s problem. She was also citied by the flight attendant and the guy wasn’t. The FA was there. There must be a reason for that. I bet she reclined and the guy asked her not to because he was ...

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