I wonder if this has anything to do with EK's worsening pilot shortage.Jump to post
Amazon has a long term contract with the Postal Service to deliver to the door. They also use UPS, FedEx, their own drivers, Uber and Amazon Flex drivers. The last mile of the delivery is the most expensive, just like the last mile of other services, such as internet and cable TV.Jump to post
Amazon has committed to 40 aircraft for ATSG/Atlas. They originally wanted 60 aircraft to start, according to media reports: Rumours are they are now starting their own airline, also. Financial analysts have said Amazon will buy both Atlas and ATSG. They bought a container shipping company that is m...Jump to post
Touch-and-go vs. Go Around: TOTALLY different. The TandG is planned ahead of time, and everyone knows the sequence of events. A go around is unplanned, and can occur at unexpected places and with unexpected configurations. When my airline practices go arounds, it is ALWAYS on the approach, with gear...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/bobnwa" class="quote" target="_blank">bobnwa</a> (<a href="#24" class="quote">Reply 24</a>):<br/><i>Since a passenger only occupies one seat on ...Jump to post
I am not a rail supporter at all....or an air or car or ship supporter. I want efficiency. Efficiency means less money wasted, a smaller government, and less tax dollars spent. In the case of moving people between <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</ac...Jump to post
Delta originally announced that <acronym title="Pinnacle Airlines (USA)">9E</acronym> could fly as many CRJ-200s as their pilot numbers would support. The way things are going, due to the global pilot shortage, and the negative perceptions of <acronym title="Pinnacle Airlines (USA)">9E</acronym> by ...Jump to post
ALL TRANSPORTATION is heavily subsidized. Each airplane sold is sold for about 1/2 of the actual cost to build the plane. Airports are subsidized. ATC is subsidized. Highways are subsidized, as is gasoline and diesel fuel, as well as all other oil and coal products. Trucks pay about 10% of their act...Jump to post
What is the latest with the findings in the Bay of Bengal? Are they going to actually search there? I think they should, as they have found nothing. If they think the Bay of Bengal finding is crap, then if they search and find nothing it is ruled out. BUT, if they search for another 6 months, and TH...Jump to post
"Seems like <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> saw it coming and prepared adequately by downsizing the <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> fleet and adding 717s. " Reportedly, Endeavor, a wholly-owned regional carrier, just notified <acronym title="Dallas - Love Field (DAL...Jump to post
"I suspect it is the economics ending the <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> contracts too. Although I would like to know more about the level of pilot trouble. What fraction of openings are being filled?" DEFINITELY: Business Week says that Republic will lose $22M per year because of shu...Jump to post
Asia is hurting for pilots, bad. Chinese and now an Indian carrier have opened US (and other non-native) pilot bases.
The growth of aviation in Asia is continuing unabated...and someone will need to fly those thousands of planes....and the same time that the US retirements move into high gear.
I read elsewhere that UAL is worried that Mesa will not be able to adequately staff the new airframes, due to the pilot shortage, which is related to the new US FAA regulations that require all -121 (large commercial operations) pilots to have their ATP license, vs. the old requirement of only a Com...Jump to post
AAWWH has four separate entities. Atlas/Polar, Titan and GSS. Titan, which these 3 -777s are used for, is a leasing company. AAWWH leases their aircraft to an aviation organization with their own certificate. That organization operates the Titan-owned aircraft. The profits from the lease go to AAWWH...Jump to post
I saw this thread and thought hmmmm..... I was on the crew that flew the parts in. We had a LOT of parts! I was surprised there were so many pallets. The tower quered us about the flight....I think because it was so rare. We landed on one of the Southern runways. I was used to coming into <acronym t...Jump to post
I am from <acronym title="Green Bay - Austin Straubel International (GRB / KGRB), USA - Wisconsin">GRB</acronym>...we aren't in the aviation news much. Had an <acronym title="Ansett Australia">AN</acronym>-124 come in about a month ago. We should start seeing B-717s pretty regularly once <acronym ti...Jump to post
There was a guy in <acronym title="Phoenix - Sky Harbor International (Municipal) (PHX / KPHX), USA - Arizona">PHX</acronym> that did a lot of flights prior to the Wright Brothers. No newspapers or photos are available, I believe. There was only interviews with the neighbors that saw him routinely f...Jump to post
I was operating DC-9Fs in Africa, and our head pilot said that the MD80 freighter conversions were going to be brilliant aircraft for short haul work: WAY better than DC-9s and a lot better than 737s. There are about 80 MDs from Alitalia in S. Africa, and LOTS of them will be converted to freighters...Jump to post
Polar (and Atlas Air, along with Titan Aircraft Leasing) are all owned and controlled by AAWH (Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings). DHL owns 49% of Polar. Polar is just an operating certificate with certain routes. Polar has a <acronym title="Air Vallee (Italy)">DO</acronym> and a Chief Pilot and planes t...Jump to post
Heard rumours that <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> has changed their mind and is seriously considering the -8i. It is because of the wing box cracks/lost revenue on the -380, and the fact that the -8i numbers have come in something like 20% better than expected. I recen...Jump to post
Hi! Currently, the mins for the FAA Commercial license are 250 hrs, reducable to about 188 for the Part 141 flight schools. With Congress establishing a 1500 hour requirement for the ATP, do you realistically think they would let the FAA reduce it to 250 hours? Do you think the FAA would even ASK to...Jump to post
Hi! House and Senate just approved...now on to Obama. Details: <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-5900" target="_blank">http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-5900</a> If I interpreted the above correctly: Crew Flight/Duty/Rest rules in force within one y...Jump to post
Hi! Update (2010): DAL has been pulling DC-9-3Xs OUT of the desert, and is keeping them and the DC-9-40 longer than planned. You will be pleased to know that, reportedly, DAL is planning on keeping their DC-9-50s in service for up to 10 more years! They are also buying MD-90x like CRAZY (now trying ...Jump to post
Hi! "The autobrake system on the 400 will slow the aircraft at a predetermined rate. Using reverse thrust will not affect the rate, but it will reduce the amount of energy to be absorbed by the brakes. The exception to this is the "RTO" setting, which applies max available braking regardless of dece...Jump to post
And, overseas, they often say "Taxi to Holding Position, Runway XX" or "Taxi to Holding Point, Runway XX". So, the Lineup and Wait is quit different.
The US Air Force guys typically go right into a major airline (Delta/United) higher paying job. Sometimes they do go to a low-paying regional (I did, but that is not normal). Also, over 50% of the new USAF pilots this year are starting with RPVs (Remotely Piloted Vehicles), and not "real" airplanes....Jump to post
Hi! <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-20/senate-house-agree-to-sixfold-boost-in-airline-pilots-flight-experience.html" target="_blank">http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-0...line-pilots-flight-experience.html</a> "U.S. pilots would need at least 1,500 hours of flight experience to get a...Jump to post
I think that these new minimums will be for Part 121 airlines: Mesa, Great Lakes, Colgan, Pinnacle, Horizon, Frontier, Spirit, Allegiant, Compass, Delta, American, etc.
Yes, a 1500 hour guy will tend not to want to make the current starting regional salaries...some of them under $20K/year.
Hi! US Congress Senate/House (the two halves of Congress) agreed to raise the minimums to 1500 hours. I believe it will take 2-3 years after the bill is signed to go into effect, so that the industry has time to adjust. This means that a brand new airline pilot, flying in the right seat as a First O...Jump to post
Hi! What is the situation with the reverse AND the autobrakes, as far as affecting landing distance, etc. I have never flown a plane with autobrakes, so I am not familiar with how those two systems interact. And, I am asking for the 747-400...I assume that was the airplane for the situation that was...Jump to post
If the tailwind is less than 10 kts (the FAA jet limit), and you're closer to the departure end of a runway, you always ask for an opposite direction takeoff, if it will help you leave quicker, and it is practical (safety, ATC, etc.).
Hi! NWA pilots were paid about $100K/year less than Delta, American, or United, previously. Now, the max guarentee pay for a 747-400 captain is about $165K/year. It's about the same at <acronym title="Dallas - Love Field (DAL / KDAL), USA - Texas">DAL</acronym> and UAL, but a lot less than the Ameri...Jump to post
Hi! Gigneil: Lots of furloghed pilots available for US Airways? NO! NWA has recalled <acronym title="Albenga (Villanova d'Albenga) (- Clemente Panero) (ALL / LIMG), Italy">ALL</acronym> of their furloughees, as had Delta and UAL. The ONLY airline left with furloughees is American. The number and qua...Jump to post
Hi! Most of the NCAA teams use Charter Search to fly. <acronym title="Continental Micronesia (USA)">CS</acronym> uses a number of carriers to fly their customers. Most of them use CRJ/ERJ 50 seat equipment. We (USA Jet) fly for them, and we fly all teams except Football. We do mostly Big 10, Big Eas...Jump to post
Hi! I will be applying for job at AirMidTran, as soon as the merger is announced. If there is no merger, I won't apply at Midwest, as I'm worried I'll be furloughed or Chapter 7d sooner rather than later. If there is no merger, I will only apply at AirTran if some of the other airline jobs don't pan...Jump to post
Hi! If/when the merger goes through, AirTran will DRAMATICALLY expand <acronym title="Milwaukee - General Mitchell International (MKE / KMKE), USA - Wisconsin">MKE</acronym>. I think it's like 3x or 4x more flights out of <acronym title="Milwaukee - General Mitchell International (MKE / KMKE), USA -...Jump to post