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by sdh9
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do AA, DL and UA Still have non-ETOPS Widebodies?
Replies: 23
Views: 7896

Re: Do AA, DL and UA Still have non-ETOPS Widebodies?

Also, from the pilot's perspective, painting "ETOPS" by the nose gear has absolutely no bearing on whether or not the aircraft is ETOPS-approved. I beg to differ. If the Aircraft is equipped for ETOPS, Maintained Per ETOPS. And? Has the required Maintenance and checks Prior to going ETOPS...

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by sdh9
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do AA, DL and UA Still have non-ETOPS Widebodies?
Replies: 23
Views: 7896

Re: Do AA, DL and UA Still have non-ETOPS Widebodies?

I *think* some 739ER do and some don’t. I believe there is an ETOPS painted on or around the front gear door for those that do. You can also tell in the cabin if there is the life raft bin on the ceiling. Life raft has nothing to do with whether aircraft is ETOPS or not, just whether it's overwater...

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by sdh9
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

KFTG wrote:
9ER sims have been at TK a few years now.


Sure, but the 9ER was in operation long before a sim was in Houston or Denver.

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by sdh9
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Two Max simulators coming online this week. Would that be two more simulators? UA was already flying the MAX before it was grounded. Did they have a MAX simulator before or was all the training previously done in an actual airplane? Training? There was no training other than an iPad CBT. The first ...

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by sdh9
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of a 737-900ER freighter
Replies: 35
Views: 6376

Re: Feasibility of a 737-900ER freighter

The other issue that I see as being possible, but since I am absolutely no expert in this I would like both pilots and engineers to comment on, is the hypothetical performance of a 739 freighter. 739s, even the ERs, have a reputation for being total runway hogs. My understanding is this is in part ...

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by sdh9
Tue May 19, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United exercises options for 8 787-10s
Replies: 140
Views: 25147

Re: United exercises options for 7 787-10s

fightforlove wrote:
I have a friend who's a United pilot on the 757/767, and he's getting laid-off. I think we can expect to see substantial cuts to the 757/767 fleets.


There have been no announcements about pilot furloughs at United.

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by sdh9
Wed May 13, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

There has been zero official aircraft retirements, just long term storage of the 752 and 764’s. Not sure where everyone is getting this from I think you're looking at it the wrong way. Every airplane that is in long-term storage in ROW or whatever is a candidate for retirement. We just won't know f...

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by sdh9
Wed May 13, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

There has been zero official aircraft retirements, just long term storage of the 752 and 764’s. Not sure where everyone is getting this from I think you're looking at it the wrong way. Every airplane that is in long-term storage in ROW or whatever is a candidate for retirement. We just won't know f...

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by sdh9
Sun May 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

It would take YEARS to retrain 5000 pilots with the United pilot training center running at full capacity. And that's not even considering that there are many instructor pilots in the bottom third of the list that would also have to be replaced. FWIW, a pilot can be trained on a new aircraft in abo...

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by sdh9
Sun May 03, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

As a pilot, I dont think many of you posting understand the severity and time involved in this. They are displacing close to 5000 guys. The assumption being that come Oct 1, close to that number off the bottom are on the street. 33 percent or so of their list. You guys talk about aircraft retiremen...

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by sdh9
Sun May 03, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

A 739ER can't do the flight westbound nonstop with any decent payload. For a 738 to make it westbound all the stars have to align, meaning no storms can be in the flight path, the flight plan can't deviate into Canadian airspace, the winds aloft have to corporate. Anything that increases the fuel b...

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by sdh9
Sat May 02, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

The amount of money that these displacements will cost is massive. They are making the moves for three reasons, in my opinion: 1. Realign the network for expected Summer ‘21 flying. 2. Drive as many pilots as possible to the lowest paying categories. Therefore, once CARES act provisions expire, pilo...

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by sdh9
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Operating Only East Side?
Replies: 22
Views: 3353

Re: DFW Operating Only East Side?

727LOVER wrote:
DFW has 3 FAA towers? WOW

Any other airports have more than one?


ORD has 3 as well.

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by sdh9
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max7 might have some life in it.
Replies: 27
Views: 6705

Re: 737 Max7 might have some life in it.

In fact the Max 7 (or the whole Max family) is not operable on short runways of domestic/regional airports. Minium runway length for take-off of some 120-150 seats airframes: Boeing 737-7 MAX : 7000 ft | 2100 m Embraer E190-E2 : 4760 ft | 1450 m Airbus A319-100 : 6070 ft | 1850 m ||| The neo and ce...

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by sdh9
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63440

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

ACA772LR wrote:
All of this and DL wants to downsize their fleet, makes no sense


Airlines can downsize fleets and take delivery of new aircraft at the same time.

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by sdh9
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

tphuang wrote:
If UA is requesting to exempt SJU, why are they still scheduling in to all these other non-domestic Caribbean VFR markets? It makes no sense to me.


Pretty sure the government only cares about US markets.

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by sdh9
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

They're paying them all their scheduled hours to stay home. CARES or not, that's a fantastic move, and I hope we'll see other carriers follow suit. They have no choice if they take the grant money. Neither does any carrier. They will all take the grant money, so therefore the employees will collect...

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by sdh9
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64313

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

Cash Dividends trigger income tax obligations immediately for shareholders. Growth in their share value is not taxable right away, and is taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income. A buyback is, in theory, better than a dividend for this reason. But if shareholders are going to be cleaned out then...

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by sdh9
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

I have heard that United plans to park 100 to 200 airplanes. Yet, the Company has not said anything publicly. They announced a massive schedule reduction. I think it stands to reason that an equivalent amount of airplanes will be parked. They are probably not permanent, but depending on how the sit...

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by sdh9
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early retirement for flight crews
Replies: 72
Views: 11518

Re: Early retirement for flight crews

It's really simple. Imagine a made-up airline with 6 pilots and 3 fleet types, and assume all captains are senior to FOs: B737 1 CA (seniority #3) 1 FO (seniority #6) A330 1 CA (seniority #2) 1 FO (seniority #5) B747 1 CA (seniority #1) 1 FO (seniority #4) The airline decides to park the 747 fleet. ...

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by sdh9
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s
Replies: 83
Views: 19479

Re: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s

Bad info, both CMT and XJT pilots are represented by ALPA.

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by sdh9
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Anyone know if UA is planning on retrofitting the incoming WN 737-700s with split scimitars? I noticed that only one of the 19 aircraft they are slated to receive already has them - the rest still have the regular blended winglets. The WN -700 also were not ETOPS. Will united make them ETOPS in the...

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by sdh9
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR - A way for United to fight Delta?
Replies: 14
Views: 3316

Re: A321XLR - A way for United to fight Delta?

While I agree with you that for the foreseeable Ua will focus on its hubs I’m not so sure how much growth there can be, LAX/EWR/SFO are all maxed out, DEN is going to be maxed in 2025, IAD needs a new facility, and ORD is also constrained. Perhaps down the road we see UA begin to build up a new cit...

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by sdh9
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Anyone know if UA is planning on retrofitting the incoming WN 737-700s with split scimitars? I noticed that only one of the 19 aircraft they are slated to receive already has them - the rest still have the regular blended winglets. Great question. I spoke with one of my old CO/UA comrades this past...

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by sdh9
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington Dulles IAD suddenly becoming a new destination for multiple large airlines
Replies: 58
Views: 13285

Re: Washington Dulles IAD suddenly becoming a new destination for multiple large airlines

One feather in IAD’s cap is it’s one of the few airports that are neither gate nor runway constrained. A and B have many, many gates unused during the day and 1L/19R was opened right before air travel took a hit at the end of the 2000s. Point being, it makes it very easy to expand from an airline’s ...

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by sdh9
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3172
Views: 548689

Re: Does UA still operate the 737-900 ?

Yes they are still in the fleet and operational. And still have the same performance limitations. , Yup, 737-900 was a stretch of the -800 with no increase in gross weight. The -900ER was a stretched -800 on steroids, compared to the -900. # 412 was in MCO with a pretty new glossy paint job. UAL......

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by sdh9
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United CEO Munoz stepping down; Kirby appointed
Replies: 91
Views: 19794

Re: United CEO Munoz stepping down; Kirby appointed

BNAMealer wrote:
An A223 order to supplement the A319s would be awesome. This could trigger more E75s being added.


Nope. Only the A221 counts.

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by sdh9
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?
Replies: 141
Views: 17941

Re: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?

Without wanting to bring politics into this, let's be real. The US government doesn't give a rat's ass about ''the consumer''. They only want what's in their own interest. And that means, like someone else said, not allowing foreign airlines to compete on domestic routes because their service is fa...

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by sdh9
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 709175

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Got it! Thanks! I always struggle to understand ANYTHING about scope clauses, especially the ratio aspect of how many RJs (or 70 pax jets) are allowed per mainline. I understand parts of it and sometimes why, but it’s really the “WHY?” part I don’t understand and how it’s agreed to. It feels more l...

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by sdh9
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Market Surpression within Markets
Replies: 79
Views: 7538

Re: Market Surpression within Markets

Seriously though, one of the many failures of American capitalism is the lobbyist-owned government’s refusal to break up the virtual monopolies or duopolies that exist across industries, including airlines. Wealthy shareholders win, passengers lose. In other industries, sure. But there’s no logical...

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by sdh9
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 709175

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

UA probably want some minor changes that make sense and doesn't harm pilots. Allowing the 76 seat 175 E2, which would bring a quieter, more efficient aircraft into the fleet w/o changing numbers of total E175s. And how about some minor relief to allow more than 70 additional 76 seaters if the 220 o...

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by sdh9
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 709175

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

UA probably want some minor changes that make sense and doesn't harm pilots. Allowing the 76 seat 175 E2, which would bring a quieter, more efficient aircraft into the fleet w/o changing numbers of total E175s. And how about some minor relief to allow more than 70 additional 76 seaters if the 220 o...

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by sdh9
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QS 737-800 Flies for Nearly 2 1/2 Hours with One Engine Out
Replies: 59
Views: 17841

Re: Smartwings flies 737-800 for almost 2'n'Half hours single engine..!??

Nobody with an engine failure is burning fuel needlessly. It's land at the nearest suitable airport. Straight out of the Boeing FCOM. You do not care about landing weight, other than doing a performance calculation to determine that you can stop on the pavement. There will be plenty of maintenance w...

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by sdh9
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 709175

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

I remember hearing the UA 737-10 is spec'd with at least 1 and perhaps a second aux tank. A necessity for winter westbound TCON and likely for KEF/DUB/SNN/GLA/EDI service. Why is there this myth that the 737 cannot do westbound transcons? The 739ER does it every day with no issues. The Max 9 burns ...

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by sdh9
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract
Replies: 42
Views: 8585

Re: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract

drdisque wrote:
This cannot end in a strike because the United contract is not past its amendable date.


Incorrect, the amendable date has passed.

But I agree with you that a scope grievance will not end in a strike. That’s not the way the system works.

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by sdh9
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Extends A220 order book to 90 aircraft
Replies: 113
Views: 24795

Re: Delta Extends A220 order book to 90 aircraft

And hopefully the 10 737-700's from Western merger that are used for routes needing shorter T-O/Landing performance. The A220 can finally put an end to the lonely 10. What? Delta merged with Western in 1986. Delta bought the -700s for hot and high operations, which it excels at. But the two are now...

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by sdh9
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures
Replies: 81
Views: 13084

Re: UA announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures

Brakes off for Pushback is what ACARS records for Departure , That's what we're judged by. SOP, however, is no brake release until push clearance is received. Not every ramp is controlled. Therefore it's a push at a pushback drivers discretion. Brakes off are how it's recorded. The push is never at...

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by sdh9
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures
Replies: 81
Views: 13084

Re: UA announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures

strfyr51 wrote:
Rdh3e wrote:
UA does not use brake release for D:00 they use push back.

Brakes off for Pushback is what ACARS records for Departure , That's what we're judged by.


SOP, however, is no brake release until push clearance is received.

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by sdh9
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United engine startup protocol
Replies: 13
Views: 3016

Re: United engine startup protocol

On the NGs, you can taxi with the left engine running and the APU running and use the APU bleed to power both packs; you'd need to turn off the left engine bleed, though. Sure but why would you do that. It just increases the risk you forget to turn back on the left engine bleed with no real benefit.

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by sdh9
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United engine startup protocol
Replies: 13
Views: 3016

Re: United engine startup protocol

Depending on the systems driven by the engine, usually there is a preferred engine to start when planned to single-engine taxi. On the 737, it’s the right engine because then the APU can provide air to the left pack, and the right engine to the right. If you taxi out on the left, the right pack is i...

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by sdh9
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 380066

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

A 40% of mainline scope cap like what AA has does seem fair...but it would probably need some iron-clad language about parking RJs if the company parks mainline birds in a downturn. I can see how pilots would be worried about the company coming back and saying "we still need these smaller plan...

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by sdh9
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 380066

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I just wonder how many 737s UA would have to buy so that the pilots would realize new employment and people moving up the ladder is good for everyone. Why hold UA to purchase less profitable 100 seat aircraft as the way toward expansion? The AA 40% number seems to make more sense as the airline gro...

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by sdh9
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Registration Question
Replies: 14
Views: 2535

Re: UA Registration Question

One could argue that the 737-9 is a throwback to the LUAL way, while the registration is just numbers, the nose number is 75xx. I’m sure there’s a reason why they started at 75xx rather than 70xx, but it is what it is. I’d imagine the 7xxx series will encompass the MAX fleet going forward (although ...

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by sdh9
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News - 2018
Replies: 1431
Views: 170586

Re: Chicago Aviation News - 2018

Noticed this recently downloaded photo in the Airliner's database of American Airlines 767 N345AN stored at O'Hare. This is the aircraft which suffered an engine fire at O'Hare as AA 393 on 10/28/2016 5123749 Wondering where the a/c is parked - I haven't noticed it. The craft seems lightly damaged ...

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by sdh9
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gear Before Flaps::PHL to CMH
Replies: 20
Views: 3366

Re: Gear Before Flaps::PHL to CMH

Rubber speed brake. Totally normal.

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by sdh9
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 71109

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

This is where the unions could actually show some backbone and NOT defend a union member. But of course they wont because the member pays dues and so is effectively a customer, and you cannot publicly shame a customer.... unless you are a union member. Not to get in your way of union hatred, but a ...

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by sdh9
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 233
Views: 24688

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

I don’t understand why Economy Basic is viewed by many as a bad thing when in fact it has opened up opportunities for families who live on very tight budgets to be able to fly? I can think of one old friend whose household income and family size would normally prevent them from all affording a visi...

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by sdh9
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max 9 North America inaugural service
Replies: 68
Views: 10019

Re: 737 Max 9 North America inaugural service

Using the reduced thrust line is not a good barometer of the performance. That is the unbalanced field length to take adavantage of reduced engine thrust and available runway. Compare those to the MAX Thrust line and you see a relatively low set of numbers for V1,VR and V2. You would see a similar ...

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by sdh9
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2, as well as MAX 7 and A319neo
Replies: 49
Views: 10499

Re: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2

I'm looking at the most current contract in content locker dated Nov 2017. Page 21 doesn't specify E1 or E2. Where are you seeing this "E190" and "E195" were exactly the terms used back then. And it's still on the contract today, unchanged. It meant E1 back then. And it still me...

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by sdh9
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 40437

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

Varsity1 wrote:
I fly for a living as well, and I'd take the 737 every time. Sure, it's "loud" like some little girl pilots complain, but I don't have guess about what it's doing and the VNAV actually works.


What 737 are you flying where the VNAV works well?

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