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by FGITD
Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1075
Views: 62058

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

https://www.salon.com/2021/08/04/why-did-lauren-boebert-lead-a-late-night-capitol-tour-three-weeks-before-jan-6/ Boebert needs to be investigated, simple as that, and the Capitol police officer should be thrown in there as well. Late night private tours of a place she technically had to privileged a...

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by FGITD
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest commercial flight record
Replies: 23
Views: 2524

Re: Longest commercial flight record

Also crazy to see that between 1957 and 1962, when the 707-300B had the legs to do that non-stop, the time went from 23 hours down to 11. Pretty impressive improvement. It’s such a leap in technology that it’s almost hard to fathom. In one swoop, people were flying higher, further, and taking half ...

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by FGITD
Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to bring back (some) regulation
Replies: 117
Views: 8489

Re: Time to bring back (some) regulation

Thunderstorm don't appear "suddenly". They can be modelled well in advance. Yes n No. there are days where an airport will see thunderstorms in the weather forecast, but for the time and day that storm could could be isolated and off the airport that allows aircraft to still launch and ge...

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by FGITD
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to bring back (some) regulation
Replies: 117
Views: 8489

Re: Time to bring back (some) regulation

I do love how Deregulation advocates from the 1970s onward claim every positive trend as proof of the virtue of Deregulation as it was conducted, and rarely claim the downsides. Come to think of it, no different than when Kahn engaged in a blatant act of crony Capitalism in 1979 as it is today. Lik...

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by FGITD
Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 382
Views: 48147

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Of course, it’s two wildly different approaches. Just a fun comparison. But it does hit a bit closer to home when one remembers that SLS was originally created on the basis of reusing known parts/methods. It’s not quite a ready-built rocket, but many of the obstacles being faced aren’t exactly day 0...

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by FGITD
Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 382
Views: 48147

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

To really drive home that point about speed- In the last 24 hours, the booster has been stacked, the final grid fins were installed, and 29 raptor engines have been installed. I try to remain fairly neutral as I’m more a fan of space travel/vehicles than any particular company. But installing 29 eng...

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by FGITD
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest commercial flight record
Replies: 23
Views: 2524

Re: Longest commercial flight record

Once you start adding the old turboprops things definitely get interesting.

Qantas had the famous wartime “double sunrise” flights. Usually only carried a few pax, but were routinely airborne for 27-30+ hours.

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by FGITD
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About Medical Diversions - What Countries Pilots Prefer To Divert? Are These The Same As The Alternate Airport?
Replies: 10
Views: 1263

Re: About Medical Diversions - What Countries Pilots Prefer To Divert? Are These The Same As The Alternate Airport?

I'd suppose if you are flying intra E.U then it's not a huge problem. If it is an into flight I'd hazard a guess that they'd divert to an airport that they fly into as well where they have all the agents to look after things. Someone mentioned about diverting to Iran. If the nation gets along with ...

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by FGITD
Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if Pan Am had a domestic network pre-1979?
Replies: 21
Views: 3008

Re: What if Pan Am had a domestic network pre-1979?

AA definitely got more TWA than anyone got of PA. American got the whole deal, whereas PA was really just split up and different assets were sold off, including the name which ended up being a railroad. Hard to compare the Lusitania to an event like PA103 or any of the various hijackings though. The...

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by FGITD
Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

Admittedly I don’t know a whole lot about SLS as for years it never seemed like it would ever be a real rocket, but I think the logistics and cost behind it pretty much dictate that it’s a once or twice a year launcher. It’s the modern Saturn V, and it will be incredibly impressive to actually watch...

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by FGITD
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 50391

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Love the 2021 vs 2020 comparisons. I get the feeling that in the future 2020 will be left out as such an anomaly. Good to see the new ITA should be here again. It’s nice to see the place alive again. One of my colleagues used to compare the main airline office hallway to an abandoned mine town. Note...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

It's depressing but also...what is the alternative? We were there for 20 years, after going in with *zero* plan for nation building once we toppled the Taliban the first time. Nothing. We learned nothing. We never do. We need to feed the military-industrial complex for Jesus and we'll probably do i...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 382
Views: 48147

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Reading this morning that Boca Chica has been an extremely busy place the last few days, with SpaceX flying in as many stars as possible to push through to the orbital launch. Allegedly Musk has established a deadline for both vehicles to be ready for stacking by Aug 5. Have you seen Marcus House's...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 382
Views: 48147

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Reading this morning that Boca Chica has been an extremely busy place the last few days, with SpaceX flying in as many stars as possible to push through to the orbital launch. Allegedly Musk has established a deadline for both vehicles to be ready for stacking by Aug 5.

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by FGITD
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Whoever thinks of the names at Blue Origin needs Blue Origin is more organic than Space-X. A hundred years from now, our dependent will look back at us from some far away colony, Blue Origin will evoke more spiritual meaning even if Space X becomes dominant. Apparently some of BO’s advisers to Bezo...

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by FGITD
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1075
Views: 62058

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

This is just more evidence (as if any more were needed) showing how fragile and insecure Trump's ego is. He just couldn't accept the reality that he wasn't the most popular kid in class and would do just about anything to forestall the public acknowledgement of that fact. For me it’s more concernin...

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by FGITD
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Whoever thinks of the names at Blue Origin needs replacing. One side has “Starship” and the order has…Jarvis. Some interesting insight though. Apparently some of BO’s advisers to Bezos claimed a fully reusable booster/vehicle wasn’t feasible and the odds they’d ever land one were insurmountable. …to...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most and least comfortable pilot seats
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: Most and least comfortable pilot seats

Nope, but no flaps were a regular flight training and checking event for A/Cs. A dozen or so in-flight engine shutdowns, mostly routine except for shedding a blade at 40W. Ever considered writing a book or some memoirs? I realize to you most of it is probably old history and doing your job, but jus...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?
Replies: 21
Views: 2321

Re: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?

Wow, very interesting. A bit before my time so I never had the chance to see such a system at work.

Great detective skills there

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?
Replies: 21
Views: 2321

Re: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?

So here’s my take on it. Answers up thread say it’s from a CP 747. In the rear hold/ bulk area, the floor is generally sloped up towards the tail, except for when you crawl in thru the inward opening door. That part of hold5 / the bulk is actually flat iirc. My take is that container was probably a...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 50391

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Airlines that have not resumed BOS: Alitalia, El Al, Hainan, LATAM, Level, Porter, SAS (resumes in September), and Westjet Don't see Alitalia or Hainan returning anytime soon given their financial situations, I think El AL, Level, and LATAM will come back next summer. Porter will be back assuming t...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About Medical Diversions - What Countries Pilots Prefer To Divert? Are These The Same As The Alternate Airport?
Replies: 10
Views: 1263

Re: ABOUT MEDICAL DIVERSIONS - WHAT COUNTRIES PILOTS PREFER TO DIVERT? ARE THESE SAME AS THE ALTERNATE AIRPORT?

Every medical I’ve handled has been pretty straightforward. But I work on the ground, so the decision making in the cockpit I’ll leave to others to explain We get notified but our central control that a medical is coming in, we advise the airport authority with all the info we have, and they pass it...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics
Replies: 43
Views: 1936

Re: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics

Read on some news reports that she apparently had issues with tracking where she was in the air, which is obviously a major issue with gymnastics. Pretty important to know if that was 1 flip or 2 flips when you’re hurling yourself through the air. Given that she’s performed while injured, and been a...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 50391

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Cathay is a great return, really happy to see them back. The international lineup isn’t too bad anymore. AF, KL, BA, LH, LX, IB, QR, EK, TK and FI all running at varying degrees of reduced to regular service. A far cry from last August where I think it was pretty much just AF, FI, LH and BA. I belie...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who is employing Ground Personnel?
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: Who is employing Ground Personnel?

Also depends on the carrier/location At a hub? Decent chance most of them are directly employed by the airline. At an outstation? There’s probably only a station manager and a few others directly employed. Everyone else works for a handling company. In the US it’s hard to keep track. You have mainli...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name
Replies: 70
Views: 2796

Re: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name

:lol: I bet they still had a little left in the tank. Pitchers threw a lot more innings back then. Pitchers back in the day were something else. Throw 9 full innings, while also batting (successfully) and then pitching again a few days later. I get Cy Young isn’t the best example since the top pitc...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Documentary about the Nicholas Sandmann Confrontation in DC
Replies: 51
Views: 1669

Re: New Documentary about the Nicholas Sandmann Confrontation in DC

They paid him a charitable pittance to go away. He had no case. Not that I think there’s some greater scheme at play, and the networks deserved it…I did find it quite odd just how quickly everything played out in regards to the lawsuits. And also the fact the kid ended up with a job on McConells re...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US
Replies: 58
Views: 3527

Re: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US

So basically no one should engage you in conversation since you are not willing to listen anyone else's opinion. Got it. Well here’s the thing…everyone is welcome to their own opinion. But if your opinion is absolute garbage, then no, people don’t have to listen to it. So if your idea is deportatio...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name
Replies: 70
Views: 2796

Re: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name

I’ve been a big fan of MLB battling the pacing issues. If they did it in sensible ways, sure. But removing the need for a pitcher to throw 4 pitches for an intentional walk??? How much time does that save? Not a big fan of having a runner start on 2nd during extra innings, either. The longest game ...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021
Replies: 345
Views: 48833

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021

I’ve yet to see a livery that doesn’t look great on the a220.

AF making their livery a little more swoop-y has ended up looking great on modern aircraft with the curvier designs

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat
Replies: 37
Views: 2092

Re: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat

There’s a huge difference between wearing something on your own time/choice and the IOC issuing a fine because your shorts are too long. Honestly, give 1 good reason why they absolutely MUST wear the bikini bottom style. The IOC didn’t issue the Norwegian beach handball women a fine, the European H...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat
Replies: 37
Views: 2092

Re: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat

There’s a huge difference between wearing something on your own time/choice and the IOC issuing a fine because your shorts are too long.

Honestly, give 1 good reason why they absolutely MUST wear the bikini bottom style.

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetbridges
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Jetbridges

As mentioned, most jet bridges can go from high enough up to handle a 77w or other wide body (And they can usually go much higher than would ever be practical) all the way down to the ground/CRJ level. They’re surprisingly flexible for use. Diversions are tricky. If you need to get down, you get dow...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1075
Views: 62058

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

You mean to tell me that there’s a difference in significance between storming the Capitol and trying to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power versus a peaceful protest devolving into looting Nike stores and other shops?! What a wild notion. If you take issue with private businesses being va...

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by FGITD
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Blue origin is a joke of a company. So was Amazon when they started out. Criticizing a company without knowing it's mission statement, it's business plan, or the people who work there make make a joke out of your statement. Blue Origin engineering team pulled a lot from the local aerospace giant ne...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 348
Views: 38760

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

Surely you jest?? You cannot compare HMS Victory to RMS Queen Mary, that’s just impossible. First of all Victory was the flagship for Nelson and participated in one of the RN’s most decisive thrashings of the French, Nelson also died on board, she is 3000 tons of oak, she’s pretty easy to repair wh...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name
Replies: 70
Views: 2796

Re: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name

For people in CLE the name makes sense and that’s all that matters. It’s an excellent move. Now if they can do something about that WS drought..:lol: First I read about CBT and now this? White site am I on? I find baseball as exciting as watching paint dry. I did watch when the Cubs and Boston and ...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US
Replies: 58
Views: 3527

Re: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US

Rep. Greene really needs to get out of Congress along with Boebert. Sorry, but these two looneys are an embarrassment to the country. Good grief!! Why is it so hard for the GOP to put a muzzle on these two?! Because they say out loud what the rest of them are thinking The good thing about Greene is...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 348
Views: 38760

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

I’m a fan of ocean liners and preservation of history, but Queen Mary is beyond out of control “The council was presented with three options to consider: preserving the ship for the next 25 years at a cost of $150 million to $175 million; preserving the ship for the next 100 years, which would requi...

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by FGITD
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US
Replies: 58
Views: 3527

Re: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US

Rep. Greene really needs to get out of Congress along with Boebert. Sorry, but these two looneys are an embarrassment to the country. Good grief!! Why is it so hard for the GOP to put a muzzle on these two?! Because they say out loud what the rest of them are thinking The good thing about Greene is...

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by FGITD
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 382
Views: 48147

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-launch-services-contract-for-europa-clipper-mission SpaceX won the contract for a 2024 Falcon Heavy launch. Seems FH is a nice program to keep in their back pocket. Might not launch every few months, but a good option to keep open. One of the reasons I ...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta goes up against American, JetBlue in 6-route Boston boost
Replies: 26
Views: 7267

Re: Delta goes up against American, JetBlue in 6-route Boston boost

IMO its not just having a preference (or partisanship). I won't deny I prefer Delta (plus Skyteam members), Alaska, and Boeing. So I follow their news and want them to be successful (Boeing is making it hard!). But, I don't want things bad for other companies; in fact, I want them to succeed, too. ...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 19438

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Space tourism only gets you so far financially. Especially since both companies are trying to push the price as low as they can, eventually. Virgin is saying $250k per seat. BO is allegedly in the $200-300k per seat range, with Bezos claiming they’ve already got $100 million in sales. That’s a nice ...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

I think the main issue with Bezos is that a good portion of his employees work in absolutely terrible conditions with terrible pay and benefits, and extremely high turnover as a result. There are all the stories like working in a position that’s a 10 minute walk from the bathroom, and only given 15 ...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

This however, for me is Wally Funk's day, if it is the case that Bezos is stepping back from Amazon to devote more time to Blue Origin, this flight will likely make him even more focused. Not to give Bezos much credit, but the Wally Funk point and the “crew” selection by BO was definitely a much be...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Have to agree, there’s a number of things you can complain about Blue Origin over, but they are indeed in the space business. We’ve seen glimpses of what they’re working on, and it’s clearly more than just New Shepard and their space tourism program. There was even the occurrence a few months back w...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses
Replies: 124
Views: 5881

Re: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses

Still wondering though why afcjets is in such a snicker over this, complaining awfully hard. It’s been a fascinating thread to watch for exactly that reason. Even working for an airline, right now every single FA working over the US could be wearing a dress, and it would have absolutely no impact o...

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by FGITD
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How did Dr. William Whitney Christmas get away with the fiasco that was the Christmas Bullet?
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: How did Dr. William Whitney Christmas get away with the fiasco that was the Christmas Bullet?

You’re thinking too 21st century. 1919 was still the very early days of aviation, the Wild West, if you will. You could propose a terrible design, and get someone to pay for it because there wasn’t much in the way of regulatory bodies or for that matter knowledge. You think it, you build it, you fly...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas House Republicans vote to track down absent Democrats and arrest them if necessary
Replies: 102
Views: 6768

Re: Texas House Republicans vote to track down absent Democrats and arrest them if necessary

I would laugh if the GOP senate took off over an infrastructure bill. They can't stand Americans, and they can't stand working to make it better. Would be one of those monumental moments to be talked about for decades after. Dems took off when legislation to limit voters was being voted on. Repubs ...

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by FGITD
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996
Replies: 48
Views: 6877

Re: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996

Five years later, AA191 crashed as a result of improper maintenance practices. IMO, the FAA grounded the DC-10 as a knee jerk reaction as they were caught with their pants down on the DC-10 issues five years earlier. But back to TWA 800. While the NTSB was never able to replicate the fuel explosion...

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