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by MrBretz
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff
Replies: 28
Views: 5065

Re: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff

Yes, Phosphorus, you’re right. And, wingman, I like the wrench for reverse thrusting. No computer is going to tell them what to do.

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by MrBretz
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff
Replies: 28
Views: 5065

Re: Unique aerial drone footage of AN-225 takeoff

Two things that stuck out to me was how busy the flying pilot was with non-flying duties. Traditionally for US carriers the flying pilot only focuses on flying and the monitoring pilot handles lights, systems, navigation, etc. The second thing was how labor intensive the reversers looked to deploy....

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by MrBretz
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126930

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

https://seekingalpha.com/article/443998 ... fresh-blow
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Here’s an article about the 777x and the uncommanded pitch event. It speculates that the issue may due to the slightly larger nacelles on the 777x. It also makes some comments on the MAX.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/443998 ... fresh-blow

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by MrBretz
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Have the pilots given an interview yet? Do we know if they are OK? What was the extent of their injuries?

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by MrBretz
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Aaron747, I have seen solitary owls flying at night in Hawaii. But it is generally a single bird on a fairly isolated road. I can’t imagine them being near HNL but maybe someone can correct me. Maybe the engines ingested sea gulls?

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by MrBretz
Sun Jul 04, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Regarding the posts on nene: they appear rare on Oahu. According to Wikipedia, there are 2500 on the Hawaiian Islands but it talks about a single pair spotted near Turtle Bay about 5 year’s ago. And that was the first they had been seen on Oahu in a few hundreds years. I used to live on the Big Isla...

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by MrBretz
Sat Jul 03, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Has anyone seen an update on the pilots’ conditions?

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by MrBretz
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

Great interview USCG personnel! You saved these guys. It sounds like the pilots might be in worse shape that originally thought.

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by MrBretz
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 87054

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

This event showed great competence by the pilots, ATC, and the rescue operation. The audio brought tears to my eyes. The pilot sounded like a “local”. I hope they make a complete recovery.

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by MrBretz
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)
Replies: 10
Views: 1514

Re: New PBS documentary on electric aircraft (video)

I saw this show. Even the most optimistic folks were talking about a 10-15 year time frame. All that was shown were smaller aircraft or drone like vehicles. One guy did say he felt he could compete in the 1500 mile/100 passenger space eventually. I’m glad they are trying but it won’t happen soon. Ma...

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by MrBretz
Tue May 25, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 75
Views: 5777

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

I flew in Dec 2019 LAX-KOA and back. I visited friends. I am contemplating a return trip towards the end of the year.

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by MrBretz
Sat May 22, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

In a related way, sort of, here is a possible competitor to the SE200. And they already have a prototype you can see in the video. And it’s not a simulation. It a real prototype. Maybe the guys can license it to Boeing and it can be their next new aircraft. https://gizmodo.com/the-russians-supersize...

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by MrBretz
Sat May 22, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

The comments under that YouTube video are along the lines of what is posted here. You might scan them if you are interested. I don’t think one was positive.

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by MrBretz
Fri May 21, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

Just maybe it would work with a variable wing sweep? It would be neat to see those wings move back when the plane got up to cruising speed.

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by MrBretz
Fri May 14, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

Re: VirginFlyer’s Caproni Ca.60, Wikipedia says “It proved unstable and crashed on its second flight.” I think I will retire my wet blanket.

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by MrBretz
Fri May 14, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

Does the lack of landing gear in the wings concern anyone? You mean because there's 3 sets of wings, or what? I mean, A320 gear retracts into the wingbox under the center fuse and there are a couple of those around these days. From a single image, this looked pretty similar. The wings just look too...

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by MrBretz
Fri May 14, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%
Replies: 80
Views: 15140

Re: Tri-wing concept claims to cut fuel consumption by 70%

Does the lack of landing gear in the wings concern anyone?

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by MrBretz
Thu May 06, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New suggestions as to MH370-'Depressed' Pilot made deliberate moves
Replies: 21
Views: 4710

Re: New suggestions as to MH370-'Depressed' Pilot made deliberate moves

aviationjunky wrote:
MH370 has always been surrounded by theories, especially the idea that the pilot was intentional in his actions. I've always been a fan of the theory that the pilots suffered from hypoxia.


I hear Moderna is working on an mRNA vaccine for that.

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by MrBretz
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Real Estate Sell Off in Puget Sound Region
Replies: 23
Views: 5199

Boeing Real Estate Sell Off in Puget Sound Region

Here's an article by Dominic Gates about Boeing shrinking in WA state. It has numbers on staff reduction and building sell offs. It also mentions the new airplane is 3 to 4 years out and Boeing will not make a commitment to where it will be built. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospa...

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by MrBretz
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)
Replies: 116
Views: 19063

Re: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)

Many years ago, some friends of mine had an older lady friend who lived in SoCal. I had met her a couple times. Once, was just before she took a trip that put her on the PanAm plane. She was so excited about the trip. I recall seeing TV of the accident. Sadly, I can’t recall her name even after scan...

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by MrBretz
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions
Replies: 71
Views: 7743

Re: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions

And how does the cost compare to current jet fuel?

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by MrBretz
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 607
Views: 112814

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

For those interested, here is a recent interview with the captain of UA1175 about his experience with the engine failure. It gives you an idea of what goes on in the flight deck during these events. https://youtu.be/J7_lzeY23dI This was a very fascinating video. The pilot emphasized being able to h...

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by MrBretz
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 255365

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

Regarding Chemist's post about a "sweet spot" for flying with and without automation, it reminds me of a conversation I had a few years ago with a DL captain. I asked how long the AP is on. The response was the company would like it to be on as soon as the nose in the air. But they said th...

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by MrBretz
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Worthiness Directive for Some 787 - Feb 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 1242

Air Worthiness Directive for Some 787 - Feb 2021

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/f ... 787-planes.

There's not too much info in the article.
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I just saw this. It say 222 US registered 787s have to be checked.

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/f ... 787-planes.

There's not too much info in the article.

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by MrBretz
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 1569
Views: 239616

Re: United Adds SNA-HNL

Since I will be flying with miles next time(I hope) maybe will do the SNA-SFO-KOA if it still exists. I think the return used to be a red eye and someone I know and travel with, doesn't do red eyes. Is it PrimeTime that takes you up to LAX in a private car for just under $100?

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by MrBretz
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 1569
Views: 239616

Re: United Adds SNA-HNL

I live in South OC and like to fly UA, so this is a real plus for me. BUT, I usually skip Oahu and go the Big Island. So I am in the I dunno class. I plan to go later in the year and wonder how the vaccine will affect travel to Hawaii. This is the challenge all the SoCal airports—SNA, LGB, BUR, ONT...

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by MrBretz
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 1569
Views: 239616

Re: United Adds SNA-HNL

I live in South OC and like to fly UA, so this is a real plus for me. BUT, I usually skip Oahu and go the Big Island. So I am in the I dunno class. I plan to go later in the year and wonder how the vaccine will affect travel to Hawaii.

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by MrBretz
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130142

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

RightRubber, speaking from personal experience, we all have an arrogant, “must go”, or “make it happen” attitude sometimes. For most of us, that attitude diminishes with age.

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by MrBretz
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130142

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

So it appears the suing of the AT controllers will have no merit. My heart goes out to all the grieving relatives and friends of those on board.

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by MrBretz
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130142

Re: No Memorial At Crash Site

The January 28 Agoura Acorn local newspaper reported that a Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) spokesman said no Kobe Bryant memorial would be permitted on the trail by the crash site. Dean Stolarz stated “There will never be any kind of marker or anything on the trail”. One rea...

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by MrBretz
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130142

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/0 ... gic-flight
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And here’s a great summary of what happened. The pilot pushed the envelope and got disoriented. It is so sad for everyone.

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/0 ... gic-flight

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by MrBretz
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 316
Views: 31680

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/busi ... lence.html
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Here’s an article about FAs having problems with planes full of unruly passengers. I pity the FAs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/busi ... lence.html

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by MrBretz
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Landing on the 01's today?
Replies: 46
Views: 5983

Re: SFO Landing on the 01's today?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruHl9BmujyQ

I have taken off on the runway but never landed on it. Maybe someday I will be lucky.
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Here's a video of landings on that day. There are a couple 787s, 767s, and at the end, a 777-300ER.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruHl9BmujyQ

I have taken off on the runway but never landed on it. Maybe someday I will be lucky.

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by MrBretz
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 133
Views: 20834

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

The article said "criminal monetary penalty of $243.6M, compensation payments to Boeing customers of $1.77B and the establishment of a $500M crash victim beneficiaries fund." So it appears a great part of this has been common knowledge except for the $243.6M criminal penalty. In any case,...

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by MrBretz
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021
Replies: 133
Views: 20834

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q1 2021

The article said "criminal monetary penalty of $243.6M, compensation payments to Boeing customers of $1.77B and the establishment of a $500M crash victim beneficiaries fund." So it appears a great part of this has been common knowledge except for the $243.6M criminal penalty. In any case, ...

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by MrBretz
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta found guilty of retaliating against whistleblower pilot
Replies: 36
Views: 8114

Re: Delta found guilty of retaliating against whistleblower pilot

I looked at her pictures. She looks like a DL pilot I sat next to a few years back on a red eye. She took the window seat, was in uniform, and I stupidly asked if she was a senior flight attendant. She politely told me she was a pilot and was traveling to fly an A330. I almost cried and told her I w...

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by MrBretz
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle Times' D Gates Looks at Boeing Strategy and Situation
Replies: 32
Views: 6454

Re: Seattle Times' D Gates Looks at Boeing Strategy and Situation

I just read what Wikipedia says about Dominic Gates. He was born in Ireland. He has a degree in Math and taught math. He has been "reporting" for about 30 years. He did win the Pulitzer for his reporting along with some others. So, on the surface, he doesn't have it "in" for Boei...

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by MrBretz
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19487

Re: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX

https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ghting-lax
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The LATimes has an article about it. It ends with a statement that experts think it is a drone with a dummy mounted to look like a person. The reasoning has to do with the limited fuel jet packs have. Who knows?

https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ghting-lax

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by MrBretz
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)
Replies: 61
Views: 7599

Re: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)

A bit off topic I guess, but is this the movie they are showing on HBO (Showtime)?...and also interesting, in that documentary, they mention he may have had a sex change.....??? No, the YouTube video is different than the HBO show. I found the HBO show to be trash. It highlighted 4 people who claim...

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by MrBretz
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today [04DEC].
Replies: 156
Views: 13726

Re: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today.

Since people are sharing: my first trip to Hawaii was in 1974, on a PanAm either 707 or DC8. I remember my coach seat would not lock in the upright position for takeoff. So I was moved to first class for takeoff and still recall many well dressed people up there. And I recall traveling to Europe a c...

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by MrBretz
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Revisits "Emotional Support Animal" Rules
Replies: 62
Views: 7027

Re: DOT Revisits "Emotional Support Animal" Rules

EA CO AS, I hope you are right. But, I know of people getting letters from people purporting to be doctors online. I hope that stops.

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by MrBretz
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19487

Re: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX

Given the amount of wealth that exists in that area, I'm not at all surprised that something like this appears to have happened. We know of the guys in Europe that have their own jet powered wing suit, as well as this crew from Dubai... https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/02/18/Jet-powered-wingsuit-t...

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by MrBretz
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94073

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

Maybe, with COVID, the MAX will be even emptier than a regular plane. Hence, I would try to book one. It might be wide open.

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by MrBretz
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 2786
Views: 333576

Re: AA To Operate 4x Boeing 777s on DFW-MCO During Peak Winter, Adds EYW-MCO/TPA

I remember traveling between MCO and DFW around 2000 on Delta. I think all fights were L1011s. It’s back to the good ol’ days. But now it’s on AA.

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by MrBretz
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 321
Views: 27925

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q4 2020

Here's an update of what visiting Hawaii is like now. There are many restrictions. But the islands are empty so it might be fun. It's unclear exactly what COVID testing is required for the outer islands. I have to see how this goes but we may go sometime after the first. https://www.latimes.com/trav...

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by MrBretz
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?
Replies: 77
Views: 11901

Re: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?

I have friends on the Big Island. The love SWA. They fly to/from Oahu for doctor visits. They love the airfares. Prior to SWA, it was not unusual to pay $300 for an inter island round trip. SWA changed that.

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by MrBretz
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19487

Re: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX

Here's a little more information on the jetpack guy. There is some speculation that it may be a drone. Also, you might want to click on the video of the guy in a jetpack flying in Dubai. He "parachuted" back to earth. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-16/is-someone-really-fl...

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by MrBretz
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19487

Re: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX

If someone is really out there riding around in a jetpack, they will eventually brag and boast about it to the wrong person and get themselves caught. Or slam into a jet going 200kts...pick your poison, really.... Hopefully, the jet will go by him and give him control problems. He can't possibly be...

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by MrBretz
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remembering the worlds 1st ETOPS flight over the Pacific
Replies: 13
Views: 7739

Re: Remembering the worlds 1st ETOPS flight over the Pacific

hpff, thanks for that. I will have an answer if I fly that route again.....maybe after COVID.

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by MrBretz
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remembering the worlds 1st ETOPS flight over the Pacific
Replies: 13
Views: 7739

Re: Remembering the worlds 1st ETOPS flight over the Pacific

I remember when Air New Zealand switched to a 767 on the PPT - LAX route. When you were used to 4 or 3 engines, that was a shocker. A few years ago, I did AUK to HNL on an Air New Zealand 767. I think that's even further. We left in a rainstorm. My wife was asking about the 2 engines over water. I ...

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