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by Max Q
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?
Replies: 30
Views: 1271

Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

Nothing like the Queen of the skies

The 747 was, is and always will be my favorite

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s
Replies: 32
Views: 2280

Re: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s

Maybe if you count the 717? Could maybe see them being used for charters. The 717 (again if counted) is the best bet IMO. I'm always surprised at how long Hawaiian has allowed the replacement order lag for their 717s. Seemed like the A220 was a slam dunk to replace them in my mind and maybe it stil...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 98
Views: 6126

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Still going to have the same problems as in the original competition, the very large wingspan on the Airbus makes it a problem to fit on a crowded ramp, not to mention the lack of a cargo door If you’re going to buy a tanker that takes up that much space you might as well use a 777F which will carry...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 2088

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

One word —Arm. Moment equals Weight times Arm. Not enough arm. We could put 18 pallets weighing 90,000# on one side of a C-5 and nothing on the other side, no problem, not even noticeable. Bingo! And on a 5-wide aircraft, the outer 2 seats on each side are in balance with each other, so the weight ...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2349

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Don’t really understand that mindset Me neither. Not my rules. It was the airlines rule approved by the FAA. I agree with everything you’ve posted. The limitation looks like it was written by lawyers. pilots would get counseled by the chief pilot for using thrust reversers. Don’t work there anymore...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2798

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

If you have an RMI, an NDB approach is a piece of cake, if a bit cruder than a VOR or TACAN. We did NDB in the F-100; at least at 170 knots it didn’t last long before you at the runway or wildly off course. Simple technique I learned a long time ago for an NDB approach using an RMI Both needles hor...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2349

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Prohibited, even on a contaminated runway? The only thing I remember the last time I flew the plane 13 years ago is that thrust reverse use is prohibited on runways longer than 7000ft. Reversers may be used on runways less than 7000ft and reverser use is mandatory to prevent runway excursion is how...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11
Replies: 29
Views: 3302

Re: UA’s Financial Position after 9/11

United spent longer in bankruptcy than any other US airline, despite that they did not manage the CH 11 process well and emerged still carrying a lot of debt, their survival was very much in question Their financial performance post bankruptcy was not impressive and without the lifeline of the merge...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727 V-speed cards
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Re: 727 V-speed cards

We had a booklet of preprinted cards for all flap settings, each card varied by 2000 pounds gross weight.


Green cards were for the -100 series

White for -9 powered -200 series

Pink for - 15 powered - 200 series

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

Flaps 28 and 40 were landing settings, if you selected F28 without the gear being down you would get a configuration warning that could not be silenced if I recall correctly, so the gear would be lowered with flaps 15 at the latest

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft
Replies: 22
Views: 3049

Re: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft

Is the C27J still in production ?

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

Those call outs sound like ours, if we were slow enough to allow it occasionally we’d call ‘slats extend, flaps 11’ at the same time

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2798

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Don’t know about Boeing’s but Airbus aircraft are not capable of tracking any VORs. They do tune the DME portion of the VORTAC but the actual VOR portion is not used. Even the CDI presentation of tracking a VOR using raw data in rose nav is virtual. RNAV arrivals have supplanted many of the arrival...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?

If you oppose stab trim motion on the 727 with the yoke you will engage the stab trim brake and all trimming will stop Good design as that would be your typical first reaction with a trim runaway At that point you can decide whether to activate the stab trim cut out switches or release the trim brak...

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 332
Views: 15113

Re: Texas abortion law

It’s time to build a wall around Texas

Let them be the third world they want to be

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3231

Re: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?

Oh to be 14 and naive again :bouncy: The short answer is - humans are greedy and profit trumps life The long answer is more complicated. A lot has to do (especially in Africa), with the influences of colonialism. They had systems in place while the colonial powers were there, but since they did not...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 a good airplane?
Replies: 26
Views: 2538

Re: Was the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 a good airplane?

It was a tired old platform, basically the ultimate warmed up DC9 with lots of compromises and shortcomings compared to more modern aircraft


Developing it further was pointless

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7868

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

You don't need it unless you've crash landed somewhere. That's the point. The survival suits are for cold weather protection. Yes that’s why it’s called survival equipment, so where is it stored ? If you’ve crash landed somewhere and it’s in the cargo compartment for example you’re out of luck, you...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3231

Re: Why were/are there many shady airlines in some 3rd world countries?

Now, I guess I could go on and on about different shady airlines and I'm sure you guys also know some too. But, my question is, why are these airlines even allowed to operate? I get that the aviation regulators in 3rd world countries may be different and likely more lax in terms of security, but st...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old cross-runway at LAX
Replies: 25
Views: 7438

Re: Old cross-runway at LAX

https://www.airporthistory.org/lax-photo-special-1.html



Fascinating, they certainly planned ahead !
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cschleic wrote:
Nice historical summary of LAX on this site. Doesn't address the cross runway but a lot about the satellites.

https://www.airporthistory.org/lax-photo-special-1.html



Fascinating, they certainly planned ahead !

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7868

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

SAS does carry survival suits for everyone, and a lot of different survival gear, potable water and so on. (Not accessible from the passenger cabin). If it’s not accessible from the passenger cabin what’s the point of carrying it ?! You don't need it unless you've crash landed somewhere. That's the...

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7868

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

I seem to recall reading that either Finnair or SAS (or both) carried “enhanced” Arctic survival equipment on board their long-haul aircraft. I can’t remember what specifically is carried or where I read this (I know survival suits for everyone was one piece of equipment) but the source hinted that...

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by Max Q
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?

Problem with the canted nose gear design is it completely lifts the outboard nose wheel off the ground in a tight turn while taxiing, now you’re steering with just one wheel, not so good, especially when you have a wet surface I wouldn't say its a problem, it ensures slower speed turns. If such a t...

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Does the DC-10 nose gear strut not meet the ground at a 90 degree angle?

Problem with the canted nose gear design is it completely lifts the outboard nose wheel off the ground in a tight turn while taxiing, now you’re steering with just one wheel, not so good, especially when you have a wet surface

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

I'm definitely not an ATP, but from what I understand the MD-80 (and probably DC-9) cockpit is absolutely bonkers. Switches and knobs and such seemingly laid out at complete random, like some external light switches being nowhere near the other light switches. It even has a mirror on the glareshiel...

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by Max Q
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2024

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

Our flight bags in those days were very heavy, and the endless manual revisions were not much fun either!

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by Max Q
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think the MD-11 Horizontal Stabilizer looks too small from an aesthetic point of view?
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Re: Do you think the MD-11 Horizontal Stabilizer looks too small from an aesthetic point of view?

It looks far too small and out of proportion, the vertical stabilizer on the A350 has the same issue

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising aircraft served
Replies: 26
Views: 2170

Re: Surprising aircraft served

Air France L1011

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think Virgin Atlantic is classy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2344

Re: Do you think Virgin Atlantic are classy?

Most things described as ‘classy’ are anything but

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?

Making fully automated aeroplanes is easier than self driving cars. The problem isn't letting a computer fly the plane when everything works as expected, it is what will happen when there are problems. If you would have a pilotless aeroplane and a "remote pilot" taking over when there are...

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by Max Q
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: How far do you think flight deck automation will go?

As far as it can, it’s all about $$



Within 30 years we’ll have one pilot airliners, within 40 years they will be pilotless


Sad, dangerous but inevitable

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10704

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

What could they have done about it? They were in a no-win situation. There is indeed: considering the extraordinary situation during the taxi you just perform a visual check before taking off so that you are sure no one is hung outside. That’s just pure fantasy, what if someone is hanging on outsid...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 3023

Re: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary

SOFIA was proposed for the ax in Trumps 2021 and Biden's 2022 budget proposals... this might just be gamesmanship for Germany to pay more, or take it over entirely. If the JWST happens, I guess it's a definite second fiddle. It's expensive, but Congress has been consistent in liking it. I saw that ...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10704

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Kudos to the pilots to take off with this many people. They could have easily said, no we are not going to fly this because it could be dangerous to have this many people on the airplane. I think they knew that if they kick some people off, these people who don't make it on the plane might not make...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 17, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could the B727 takeoff in revenue service with a flap setting lower than Flaps 15?
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Re: Could the B727 takeoff in revenue service with a flap setting lower than Flaps 15?

When I first started with Continental on the 727 we used Flaps 5 for all take offs if we had a long enough runway Made for some long take off rolls on hot days and / or at heavy weight and you need a slow rotation rate to avoid touching the tail skid There was an advantage in using this lower flap s...

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by Max Q
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-10 Max
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

Re: 737-10 Max

Thanks for that R7

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6117

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

Well, the return EDDM to KORD was this past Wednesday. 11AUG and there it seemed as the windows were not quite as darkended. Now some of that may have been the result in changing my seat from my Eastward 5A to 6A. If you enjoy flightseeing and are willing to pay for Business Class, 5A should avoide...

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-10 Max
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

737-10 Max

Any updates on the status of this testing program and performance?

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by Max Q
Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7267

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

This entire thread is funny when the singing FAs are on few flights, on the only airline to be consistently profitable for decades. "Oh my ears don't want to hear humor from my crew!". Definitely a first world problem. Now read about Spirit's operational meltdown and there's a downward sp...

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 12, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.
Replies: 8
Views: 2209

Re: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.

Actually, the C-5 engineers and loads got using the top hatch from the old -124 enlisted crews. I was having a hard time getting into spot at Edwards, finally get parked, ground crew asks what the problem was, the Shuttle 747 parks here all the time. “Well, we’re 30’ wider”. A ton of NATO bases are...

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dale “Snort” Snodgrass
Replies: 14
Views: 2581

Re: Dale “Snort” Snodgrass

Really tragic, the video is horrific, not just the crash but the incredibly slow CFR response


I wonder if he could have been saved if they had got to him quicker and before the fire got too bad ?


Does anyone know the cause yet ?

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 1193
Views: 277771

Re: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q3 2021

I wonder how much longer UA is going to keep serving Australia? I don’t see cargo being able to cover the cost of the flight. 20 passengers per flight is awful and I don’t see Australia lifting any restrictions soon. Looking at fares on one-way LAX-SYD, I'm seeing "one ticket left at this pric...

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by Max Q
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2397

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

Never understood why this is a concern, our policy was all exterior lights on when on the runway and strobe lights on when cleared for take off for maximum visibility and other traffic’s awareness There’s a minority opinion that activating the wingtip strobes on the ground will ‘blind’ other pilots,...

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by Max Q
Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2397

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

Interesting, thanks

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by Max Q
Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6117

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

When I was a kid I used to love everything about the passenger flying experience, I didn’t want to get off the aircraft at the end of the flight This window controversy is just another example of what a lousy experience most of us endure while traveling these days Personally I’d be quite happy to be...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mental Health Tip: Pay Less Attention to News
Replies: 55
Views: 2876

Re: Mental Health Tip: Pay Less Attention to News

I watched CNN since their gimmicky, but neat Gulf War coverage in 1991. Unfortunately, over time they gradually sold out 100% of their journalistic standards and their dignity. They turned the OJ Simpson chase and trial into a complete farce and a total joke. Nominally "news," but actuall...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mental Health Tip: Pay Less Attention to News
Replies: 55
Views: 2876

Re: Mental Health Tip: Pay Less Attention to News

I don’t watch the news to get cheered up, I want to know what’s going on in the world, good or bad My biggest problem with the news is it’s repetitive nature, I like CNN but they tend to obsess over certain stories and won’t let them go, prefer MSNBC these days CNN delivers by far the most anxiety ...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2397

A320 Wingtip strobes

Watched a Spirit A320 NEO take off recently with its wingtip strobes turned on at the beginning of the take off roll, quite normal Immediately afterwards a Frontier A320 NEO took off but it’s wingtip strobes only activated after main gear lift off Assuming this is an Airbus option ? The wingtip stro...

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by Max Q
Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 3023

Re: NASA 747SP overhaul documentary

DL757NYC wrote:
https://youtu.be/GeGLiERFXus

Came across this on the WELT channel. Was published 8th of August pretty interesting for 747 fans enjoy.



Thanks for posting this


Fantastic stuff

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by Max Q
Mon Aug 09, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 1193
Views: 277771

Re: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q3 2021

The revenue numbers for this week August 8th through August 14th came out last night. As of last night United has another 2.7 million revenue customers on the books for this week, needless to say it will be another week of extremely full flights systemwide. Now that our August schedule is in effect...

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