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by Max Q
Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best-looking aircraft of today
Replies: 30
Views: 924

Re: Best-looking aircraft of today

The 787 looks weird, it has a blunt nose with a chopped off look, not attractive and it sits too close to the ground The A350 doesn’t look too bad until you see it in profile and it becomes apparent the vertical stabilizer looks far too small and out of proportion to the rest of the aircraft, the fo...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 23, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 40
Views: 2261

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

These idiots should be locked up for endangering others

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 22, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2914

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

How is a 757 "capturing" FOQA data regarding flap settings for landing? I have never heard of this technology. It is not part of the FMS, ACARS or any other system I know installed on the airplane. Back in my day, SOPA & SMAC dictated a Flaps 30 landing *EVERY* landing. Why? Conservat...

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2018

Re: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question

The slats on the newer 737s and all 757/767 changed to a 3-position system. On those jets, the slats extend to a midrange position for takeoff flap settings, and a fully extended position for landing flaps. I seem to recall that early 737-200s did use an “asymmetric” system, as it were, but I don’t...

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 21, 2022 1:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are WN pilots stomping harder on the brakes than anybody else?
Replies: 22
Views: 2261

Re: Is it just me?

I'm paid by the minute and on the 737. I take all the shortcuts I can get and taxi fast. I look at things from my companies and passengers perspective first. If I pick up one extra flight per year 'llI recoup all I could have 'wasted' before. Now my company is happy with a better ontime performance...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2914

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

A configuration change below 1,000 feet AGL is prohibited at most airlines. It would also be captured and reported (de-identifed per union requirements for some strange reason) by FOQA. I'm leaning towards load relief. How is a 757 "capturing" FOQA data regarding flap settings for landing...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are WN pilots stomping harder on the brakes than anybody else?
Replies: 22
Views: 2261

Re: Is it just me?

I don't know about the landing, but I see them taxying around like their hair's on fire. Bonuses for on-time performance? On the other hand, I know an airline that is very slow when on approach and when taxiing because the pilots are paid by minutes from the choke-off to the choke on. More minutes ...

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by Max Q
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2914

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

Maybe they experienced flap load relief when the aircraft reach a certain speed they retract up a setting to avoid overspending the flaps. I am not sure if the 757 has flap load relief. I know the 747 does and it reaches 167kts, it auto retracts to Flaps 25. The 757 does have flap load relief and i...

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

That link shows a total weight increase of only 54 pounds on a 744, not much difference

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2914

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

It’s unusual to set flaps 30 then retract to F25 but the reduced landing flap setting makes the 757 significantly easier to handle in strong , gusty crosswinds and wind shear conditions

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 tail mounted engine angle
Replies: 9
Views: 2117

Re: DC-10 tail mounted engine angle

It wasn’t the mounting angle but the #2 engine thrust vector being above #1 and 3

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by Max Q
Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The feeling of misplacing a passport or travel document
Replies: 8
Views: 814

Re: The feeling of misplacing a passport or travel document

I always put one passport in the same place, in a buttoned right hip pants pocket. Second passport, if it was on me, was in my briefcase. I did “inventory” of documents and briefcase every time I moved. I flew a lot international and always had the nagging fear you’re thinking of. We had corporate ...

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by Max Q
Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 tail mounted engine angle
Replies: 9
Views: 2117

Re: DC-10 tail mounted engine angle

The most logical reason is to allow unobstructed airflow to the #2 inlet, if the nacelle was mounted exactly level it would encounter blanked airflow from the upper fuselage

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls
Replies: 54
Views: 12400

Re: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls

freakyrat wrote:
I'll bet that is an expensive fix replacing the whole throttle quadrant.



Not sure that would be necessary, all it needs is a new left engine throttle

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by Max Q
Wed Jan 05, 2022 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10
Replies: 401
Views: 61832

Re: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10

If this new 787 variant can match the A359 performance that will be the end of the latter’s prospects at UA

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by Max Q
Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63700

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

It’s simple as this…. FLY the PLANE. Are people forgetting how to fly or never taught in the first place….that is the question of the day. It's not so much pilots forgetting to fly. It's pilots not being allowed to. First off in EK long haul they only get a few sectors per month as PF. And then you...

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by Max Q
Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door
Replies: 30
Views: 3550

Re: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door

I don’t know any aircraft that allows you to use APU bleed air and engine bleed air to the packs simultaneously Which type is this ? You can’t use the air simultaneously, but the sources can be available simultaneously. At idle, most engines barely produce enough air to keep the packs running with ...

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by Max Q
Fri Dec 24, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders another 19 767Fs
Replies: 189
Views: 29354

Re: UPS orders another 19 767Fs

The 767 seems to be a very practical freighter. Unfortunately it is a much less practical passenger carrier due to the 7 abreast fuselage. Too bad Boeing hadn’t made it 8 abreast to begin with, then it probably would have been able to hold its own against the A330. Since the 767 and 747 engines wer...

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by Max Q
Wed Dec 22, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door
Replies: 30
Views: 3550

Re: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door

Yes, correct, exactly. In my aircraft you never operate the APU inflight unless you need it for non-normals, relight, hydraulic pressure, electric power, etc. Usually our packs are sufficient to cool the airplane in anything but the most blistering heat, I've only used the APU once or twice to prov...

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by Max Q
Fri Dec 17, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door
Replies: 30
Views: 3550

Re: 737 MAX APU Inlet Door

ETOPS requirement possibly? Precisely. You won't use it in normal ops, but it needs to be available for ETOPS/EDTO. Or it could be that the APU is required at the outport. Yes, correct, exactly. In my aircraft you never operate the APU inflight unless you need it for non-normals, relight, hydraulic...

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by Max Q
Tue Dec 14, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Boeing 727/200s
Replies: 16
Views: 2777

Re: Alitalia Boeing 727/200s

Continental inherited several ex PE 727’s they had acquired from Alitalia


Nice aircraft, we called them Gucci birds

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by Max Q
Tue Dec 14, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011 50, 200
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: L1011 50, 200

DL_Mech....thanks for the link! Delta converted only 6 from 1/100 to -250. They were ships 736-741. 741 was the last standard length L1011 ever built. There was a cycle limit and at the rate they were flying them immediately after conversion it was estimated that they would last 9 years, though I t...

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by Max Q
Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

The worst part of the job was always flying with far right idiots like this Trump has only made them worse, now they’re convinced their views are legitimate and they’re not happy until they impose them on you No politics or religion in the cockpit, simple rule Max Q: You, TB, and a few others are s...

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by Max Q
Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

The worst part of the job was always flying with far right idiots like this


Trump has only made them worse, now they’re convinced their views are legitimate and they’re not happy until they impose them on you


No politics or religion in the cockpit, simple rule

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by Max Q
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing’s Next plane
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Re: Boeing’s Next plane

Hello all, I read a lot… probably too much, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the internet when it comes to what Boeing will do next in terms of developing its next commercial aircraft . What does everyone on here think Boeing does next? The consensus appears to be along the lines of a wi...

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by Max Q
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 3751

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

The MD11 has a very poor accident record, it has a long history of problems due to its unforgiving characteristics caused by poor design


By normal standards it has been a very unsafe aircraft

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by Max Q
Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?
Replies: 44
Views: 3232

Re: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?

Continental had 41 757-200’s One was written off a few years ago after the merger in a hard landing AFAIK all 40 of these RR powered aircraft are still in service Yes N26123 was the hard landing bird and the remaining 40 RR aircraft are still in service though some are still stored due to the pande...

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by Max Q
Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 201 - JNB to BOS 7,900+ Miles Yesterday
Replies: 58
Views: 12740

Re: Delta 201 - JNB to BOS 7,900+ Miles Yesterday

Great circle routes can be surprising


Like SFO being closer to HNL than LAX

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by Max Q
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?
Replies: 44
Views: 3232

Re: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?

The only times I flew on both I didnt even realise it till after. 767-400 -> Put on a Continental connecting flight out of Paris after yet another ding-dong at Air France. Cabin crew strike i think it was. I thought I was on a newer 767-300ER, found out after the flight it was the longer -400! Inte...

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by Max Q
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 3751

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

To be fair, I think there is a safe-o-meter, they just call it something much more official sounding. It’s how airlines deemed the MD-11 to be unsafe (or less safe, for you fans of semantics, but the effect is the same) in the first place all those years ago. Statistical analysis. That’s the one. P...

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by Max Q
Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone remember when BA first started service to TPA ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: Anyone remember when BA first started service to TPA ?

I cannot retrieve this article from Airliners.net search function, but oddly if you go to Google and type in "British Airways DC10 Gatwick only-ops" an article from Airliners in 2014 will outline the DC-10 history and includes service operations from LGW that includes Tampa. One note in t...

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by Max Q
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone remember when BA first started service to TPA ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Anyone remember when BA first started service to TPA ?

The original flight used a DC10, does anyone recall when they first started ?

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by Max Q
Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time
Replies: 37
Views: 10187

Re: Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time

Paint the A340 tires in white and you'll have a stealth A340 for "White Ops" in Antarctica. Nice video BTW. In all seriousness you bring up a good point, scientific organizations that use aircraft in Antarctica usually paint them red all over A good precaution in the event of a forced lan...

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by Max Q
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any possibility of AA adding SEA-CTS using an A321XLR?
Replies: 6
Views: 1522

Re: Any possibility of AA adding SEA-CTS using an A321XLR?

It’s more technically relevant to use nautical miles in measuring distance in aviation

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by Max Q
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde droop nose design question
Replies: 14
Views: 2841

Re: Concorde droop nose design question

The right-hand picture (1994) shows Position 3, ... The left-hand picture (2002) shows Position 1, ... Detailed info and drawings can be found on the excellent Concorde SST site: https://www.concordesst.com/nose.html Ah. What an amazing technical design. I was not expecting an articulated visor con...

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by Max Q
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

I see that, looks good but it does say it doesn’t turn on ! They had 3 “AA” size rechargeable batteries, if it hasn’t been used for a while they would not longer be good. It wouldn’t take much effort to make a new battery pack for it. As long as corrosion hasn’t caused terminal damage to the electr...

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by Max Q
Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

I see that, looks good but it does say it doesn’t turn on !

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by Max Q
Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

I’ve found an answer to my question, anyone who likes gadgets or vintage calculators might find it of interest


It was called a ‘Navtronic 1701TR’

Very cool, worth a google

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by Max Q
Fri Nov 19, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

The first ‘Electronic E6B’s’

In 1981 I bought one of the first electronic calculators that was designed specifically for aviation related calculations It could compute density altitude, wind correction angles, even CG position, amongst other calculations The calculator I purchased was brown in color, quite bulky and incorporate...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted
Replies: 20
Views: 5384

Re: First C-130J-30 for Germany painted

Sorry if this is off topic but what is Lockheed Martin's long term plan for the Hercules ? Is the J model the end of the line or might we see a modernized version with a new power plant, new wing and upgraded avionics enter service at some point in the future ? It is off topic, but: LM has not anno...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 20
Views: 3433

Re: Complicated, by design. But is it really?

Cockpits are marvels of simplicity compared to 50 years ago. The big changes have been: - Glass instrumentation. No longer does every reading need its own instrument. - Routing warnings and procedures through systems like EICAS and ECAM. For normal operation, things are very streamlined. Sure, the ...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 17, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?
Replies: 98
Views: 19066

Re: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?

Acquiring what was the CS300 was a brilliant move by Airbus, while the program hasn’t paid off yet they have the ability to significantly lower production costs and as time goes by slowly sell more and more of this clean sheet, highly advanced efficient aircraft Eventually the A320 series will be su...

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by Max Q
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR to re-engine Silk Way 747Fs swapping for PWs on two
Replies: 34
Views: 6050

Re: RR to re-engine Silk Way 747Fs swapping for PWs on two

Maybe they’re just acquiring spare engines for future use

Might be cheaper than an expensive overhaul, especially if they’re getting them at a fire sale price

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by Max Q
Fri Nov 12, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you handle red eye flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 3223

Re: How do you handle red eye flights?

Yes, absolutely serious. I used to sleep in the disabled toilet area at work in my previous job - it meant you didn't get seen napping after a red-eye flight, and the security guards could turn a blind eye when they were doing their patrols of the building. The hygiene issue can be dealt with by kn...

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by Max Q
Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you handle red eye flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 3223

Re: How do you handle red eye flights?

Sleep is massively overrated. Most people can easily get by with just 3 or 4 hours in a night and function well at work the next day. I write this having flown from Sydney to London (about 22 hours) as well as multiple transatlantic red eyes, and done a proper day's work the next day each time Plen...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

It just never came up—I honestly can’t remember a political discussion in the plane. If you have a three day layover in Berlin, South Africa or Sydney, do something, don’t bog in the stupidity of politics. Life is NOT politics. I remember a Brazilian handler hating on Lulu. The Canadians I knew wou...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 10, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

It just never came up—I honestly can’t remember a political discussion in the plane. If you have a three day layover in Berlin, South Africa or Sydney, do something, don’t bog in the stupidity of politics. Life is NOT politics. I remember a Brazilian handler hating on Lulu. The Canadians I knew wou...

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by Max Q
Wed Nov 10, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

I hear center calling people on Guard all the time. I think they use it more than anyone. Allow me to rephrase. Having never worked in a center only told by a center controller friend that they "don't monitor it", but you are correct they do have it and the ability to transmit as we used ...

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by Max Q
Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 57
Views: 8641

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

It’s no wonder I liked corporate flying more than airline. You have to listen to it more in the cockpits, crew rooms. Ah yes. The dreaded 8-hour sector with that guy equipped with strong political opinions and no filter... :banghead: Yup! I couldn’t tell the leanings of 20 or so corporate pilots I ...

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