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by Aptivaboy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 335
Views: 51657

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Bottom line, until the Board officially cancels the Queen, its all academic. Personally, I tend to think there's still a chance if enough orders can be had by hook ro by crook, including: - cargo operators. - E-4B replacement. - possible Air Force transport order to supplement the C-117 and C-5. Do ...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 13132

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

So you want them to fly around even after completing all tests just for show? I don't think that's a good use of public funds. No, I'm just surprised that only 3 flights were considered necessary. And no, neither I nor anyone expects flights to be done for show. Please, don't try to put words in my...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reconsidering seatback video screens
Replies: 105
Views: 15673

Re: AA reconsidering seatback video screens

Many now just don't have the same preference for paper in their hands. Whether it be crosswords, word searches or an actual book, the number of people that use that for entertainment are getting smaller by the day. Oh, believe me, I know! I'm 53. I suspect that people from around my generation may ...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 13132

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

I am also surprised they aren't testing the software on the -8MAX as well. You can make the argument that the -7MAX has the bigger issue CoG issue, but considering there have been 2 accidents on the -8MAX, you'd think they would test it on there as well to help put everyone mind at ease (test it on...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reconsidering seatback video screens
Replies: 105
Views: 15673

Re: AA reconsidering seatback video screens

Its so funny how this is such a first world problem. I just bring a book and a crossword puzzle. I'm set for anything of transcon length or less. Problem solved.

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC
Replies: 46
Views: 14514

Re: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC

Not to go off topic, but I'd love more info on how the Captain Happy incident worked out. That one is ALWAYS fun to listen to on Youtube.

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 140
Views: 14409

Re: Revisiting MH370

My question would be with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, if the search areas would be determined or examined differently. Without getting into the cause of the disappearance, would the authorities interpret the satellite pings differently today rather than several years ago? Would they interpret th...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA monetizing frequent flyer program for $5B liquidity
Replies: 37
Views: 6057

Re: UA monetizing frequent flyer program for $5B liquidity

I get that the program itself generates revenue, but to me, that still sounds like a bit of an accounting gimmick. They're selling points which will be redeemed for future flights. Meaning, the program gets the revenue right away, and the airline gets the liability which it must redeem in a few yea...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?
Replies: 85
Views: 10807

Re: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?

No one, including HA is going to expand any flying until the HI governor decides to stop the 14 day quarantine. They just extended it another 30 days (July 31) which kills the summer business and probably the 4Q as well. I feel sorry for all the restaurant, hotel, retail and other visitor-related e...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN operating to HNL and / or inter island currently?
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: WN operating to HNL and / or inter island currently?

Yup! I was idly watching flight flightradar24 yesterday, watching a Southwest flight from the Big Island to Lihue, among others.

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese aviation market international capacity restriction
Replies: 110
Views: 13589

Re: Chinese aviation market international capacity restriction

Exactly. Next move is that China will forbid their airlines from purchasing Boeing aircraft. Good news for Airbus, bad news for the EU, which refuses to play hardball with China. That's assuming that Airbus has the delivery slots and can produce quickly. Given the current economic climate, they may...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat May 30, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 335
Views: 51657

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

If there are enough orders to justify a restart, Boeing won't have any trouble finding subcontractors to make parts and fuselages. We're in the middle of a serious global economic crisis. If a subcontractor can make a profit on a restarted 747 program, they'll likely jump at the chance, even if the ...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue May 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NYC After COVID?
Replies: 8
Views: 1549

Re: NYC After COVID?

A major issue that NYC is going to have to face is wealth flight. Not trying to be political but the taxes there were already causing many people of means to leave. The COVID crisis will likely accelerate that trend. As Gov. Cuomo has said, “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. We did. Now, God...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon May 18, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 8577

Re: Virtual tour of UA 727-022

UA never operated 707s perhaps you are thinking about the 720s?


Yes, that's what they probably were. Definitely 4 engines and United, and not the DC-8. I only flew on a United DC-8 once.

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 17, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 8577

Re: Virtual tour of UA 727-022

I remember those colors! We used to fly UAL 727s from LAX to Cleveland all of the time, the only airline my very set in her ways Grandma would fly on. Yes, the seventies were pretty horrific. A few of them had gold paisley sidewalls as well. I have a vague recollection of that, as well, but didn't t...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 17, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14199

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

I was scheduled to fly on N777UA SFO-OGG before the 'rona hit and cancelled out plans. I was really looking forward to flying on this classic bird. I missed flying on Peter Max by a hair back in the day, so a trip on this T7 was high on my list. Someday perhaps, if the current shakeup in the industr...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu May 14, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90305

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

Well a current-spec 767-300F will have a lower capital cost than a 767-300XF, much less a 767-400XF that would require even more changes than the shorter model. Today, yes. But we're not really talking about today. We're talking about a model that will be reasonably competitive going forward, with ...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 13, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90305

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

If a brand new "widebody" with fully-optimized aerodynamics, systems and propulsion can't make a successful business case with airlines before COVID-19, count me very skeptical that a 767 with better-optimized aerodynamics (thanks to the new wings) and kind-of-optimized engines (depending...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue May 05, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90305

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

In terms of rewinging the 767, my question is how long has Boeing been working on this? We know that they've looked at reworking the 767 for several years, and United wanted passenger versions last year, or at least inquired about their availability. The KC-46 is also still in production. So given t...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63132

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

Slightly off topic, but given the termination of the Boeing-Embraer deal, will Boeing ever try to seriously fill the void left by the loss of the 717 in its portfolio? I'm not asking of they would restart 717 production - that time has passed - but rather if they would attempt to fill that gap with ...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90305

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

With the current global fleet size, projected passenger demand and oil prices, the market will be characterised by low fleet utilisation, leading to increased theoretical life and lower new and used parts prices. This is not an environment which will trigger any new model development, whether clean...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90305

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

Assuming this all comes to fruition, and that's a big if... It will be interesting to see if Boeing goes for a standard cockpit design like they did with the original 757 and 767 to allow for a standard type rating. Were this cockpit also common with later build 777s, then it would go a long way tow...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The HUT group to create new cargo airline
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: The HUT group to create new cargo airline

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Hmmm... They may want to rethink the name. It may not end well...

https://imgur.com/gallery/F2N4ESt

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN asks TWU for concessions
Replies: 83
Views: 14092

Re: WN asks TWU for concessions

flyboy730, very well said. When the last Great Recession hit, the first place my employer went was the employees, slamming us with an 11% PERMANENT pay and benefits cut. That was ten years ago and we're still not back to where we were, counting in inflation and cost of living. We're actually falling...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN asks TWU for concessions
Replies: 83
Views: 14092

Re: WN asks TWU for concessions

Because when you sit down and give them concessions, they still go to bankruptcy. So now the bankruptcy court further slashes your contract, and in the end, the only winners are the executives who get golden parachutes. Full pay until the last day, is the only way to go. Agreed. That's what happene...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 154806

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

In five years, will the A330neo even be in production? There is a high probability that the 767 will remain in production longer than the A330neo given the 767s success as a freighter. Especially if the reengined 767 freighter does eventually see the light of day. However, given the economic situat...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Moderators to enforce new Social Distancing guidelines
Replies: 61
Views: 9097

Re: Moderators to enforce new Social Distancing guidelines

Sorry, I would not like to turn my Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 into a useless bunch of plastic It already is useless! I'm typing on a 1987 IBM Model M, God's keyboard. One Keyboard to rule them all! No fancy lights, no LEDs, no useless bling, just raw buckling spring power! Oh, and it has a nice hea...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Attempts to Block Being Acquired (?)
Replies: 24
Views: 6205

Re: Spirit Attempts to Block Being Acquired (?)

I wonder what they know that we don't? Or if it's just a preemptive defensive move. More than likely, that's it. With the current economic chaos, there are probably any number of holding or private equity companies that might look at acquiring other businesses. Perhaps Spirit has heard something de...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz
Replies: 245
Views: 44178

Re: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz

Yes, if we enter a Depression it may take a decade or more to recover air travel to the levels United has seen. I would venture to say UA does not need IAH, LAX, or IAD anymore. They can focus on SFO, DEN, ORD, and EWR. It is sad as UA used to be so strong in LAX and I have used UA to travel the wo...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the world of airlines ever be the same
Replies: 30
Views: 5116

Re: Will the world of airlines ever be the same

The American people will allow Cabotage. Meaning they will gladly permit foreigners and foreign airlines to fly US Domestic routes now. Yes cabotage is most decidedly off the table now. Why? If domestic airlines are hit hard, as it appears is happening, then why would foreign airlines be allowed in?

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182288

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

You got it, Web500sjc! That, and paying for the animals back on the mainland still in the board and care, plus missing work and hence the paycheck that would really hurt!

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182288

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Supposed to fly to Maui in a few weeks on UAL, then back on HA. This could get very spotty very fast. I'm actually not worried about getting sick - I think that much of this is overblown paranoia compared to the number of deaths from "ordinary" flu. I'm more concerned with being stranded, ...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rude cabin crew. What would you do?
Replies: 19
Views: 2071

Re: Rude cabin crew. What would you do?

Good morning, More info, please. Why were you standing where you were? Waiting for a lav to open? Just curious. Also, domestic or international? Sometimes people may appear rude but its cultural. I can tell you that my non-American born grandmother's affect and accent made her sound loud and rude wh...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to be airline sponsor of US Olympics Team, LA 2028 Games
Replies: 34
Views: 5490

Re: Delta to be airline sponsor of US Olympics Team, LA 2028 Games

Wasn't United one of the main sponsors of US Open until Emirates came and took over? I think that was about a decade ago, if not more. They were also a major LA Dodger sponsor from 2011 onwards, as well, but now there's Emirates signage all over the stadium. Obviously, Emirates doesn't fly the Dodg...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 36862

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Is that "game" around or abandonware, if not abandonware, care to share link please. No, its long gone. We're talking 10+ years ago. But, you're starting to see the results of it with the US Navy's autonomous drone programs. I could see where searching for 370 would be a great way to test...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95218

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

Or Boeing offers their most loyal customers who stays with them a 737NG instead of the MAX until they can bring the NSA to service after scrapping the MAX. My understanding is that this would be very hard to do, as much of the parts pipeline for the NG has been shutdown. Restarting that pipeline wo...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 36862

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Someone get that Paul Allen ship that’s locating all of the lost WWII wrecks on it. That's a totally different can of worms, unfortunately. When the R/V Petrel goes out looking for wrecks, they at least know within a few miles of where the target is. Even in the case of Kaga and Akagi, which the Pe...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22266

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

They were both being jerks, but I'm still on the woman's side. Her seat can recline, its part of the service, so she can recline if she wants to. I suspect that if the a**hole had simply asked politely for her to please move her seat up that she probably would have. What he did was ridiculous, and I...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210669

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

and the genius editors at fox news think they flew to Japan on a 738. typical American "journalists" not bothering to actually do any research at all. well, other than posting some tweets they read, which seems to qualify as actual news coverage nowadays... Actually, at no point did they ...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft
Replies: 280
Views: 72441

Re: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft

Problem is that fleet commonality is a big thing for an organization run the way WN is. If the MAX remains out for a significant chunk of time, at some point SW may simply decide that the benefits of fleet commonality no longer benefit them in quite the same manner that they did before. Having a se...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft
Replies: 280
Views: 72441

Re: Southwest CEO given green light by Board to look at other aircraft

This strikes me as being different from mere posturing. Before, we had Southwest's CEO saying yes, we're always open to looking at new types. That was posturing. Now, however, we've got the board literally saying yes, go look at other planes, Please! That's just one or two steps away from authority ...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3270

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

PSA
USAir
Continental
TWA
Pan Am (too young to remember it, though)
America West
Swissair

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210669

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Gotcha, thanks zakuivcustom and dtw2hyd. I had forgotten about how long the incubation period appears to be. That makes any screenings difficult in terms of effectiveness. My Mom is flying on HA in April and is paranoid about being on the same plane! I told her not to worry, 717 versus A330, not the...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210669

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Sorry if this has already been posted; I looked and didn't see it. Apologies if I missed it. Fox News is reporting that a couple with the virus flew on Delta and Hawaiian to and within Hawaii, specifically HNL and OGG. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/couple-coronavirus-flew-delta-hawaiian-airlines No...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22266

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

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Allegedly threatened with arrest for recording.

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22266

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

He needs to buy one of these: http://www.gadgetduck.com/goods/kneedefender.html At $22, it's cheaper than a premium seat upgrade. US airlines began banning the Knee Defender over the past two years, Their use actually caused a few scuffles so the airlines began actively saying that their use violat...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22266

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

What's worse is that in some media accounts, it states that the passenger having her seat punched was issued a warning by the FA. I've seen different versions of this story, all slightly different, but several had that warning report in them. Um, if true shouldn't the jerk behind have been the one i...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15027

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

is my observation correct: flexible leading edge flaps? On the video of the flying model that Airbus posted on Youtube, it seems to have leading edge devices, yes. I could actually see the passengers being seated forward where the fuselage is narrower. Windows there would give a partial forward vie...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15027

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

It looks very much like Boeing BWB design of a few years back. I'm guessing that great minds think alike? There was a lot of discussion on A-Net and other places that it might not be much fun to be a passenger sitting so far from the centerline and the center of gravity in turns and such, but that i...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there room for another airline in the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 4205

Re: Is there room for another airline in the USA

Yes, the more competition, the better! However, any new airline has to have a solid business plan, and needs to start as much as possible in nonsaturated markets. Breeze/Moxie seems to be trying to go in this direction, and I wish them good luck. Above all else, don't pull a Western Pacific and try ...

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