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by rotation18L
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VOR Radials, Airport Beacon Placement and Planning
Replies: 10
Views: 2020

VOR Radials, Airport Beacon Placement and Planning

A navigation/airport operations question that came to mind. Have been thinking about the physical locations of airport beacons on airport property, as well as the physical locations of VOR transmitters, relative to the physical location of the relative airport. Are there specific parameters that go ...

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by rotation18L
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 11112

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

I'm not a pilot but have studied enough aviation manuals and such that it seems this NY Times article is a bit irresponsible. They make it sound like some commercial pilots have never flown in IMC, know anything about handling stalls, or don't know much enough about flight characteristics to know ho...

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by rotation18L
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any Non-Pilots Out There Who are Flight Simulation Veterans?
Replies: 20
Views: 5407

Any Non-Pilots Out There Who are Flight Simulation Veterans?

Just curious....anyone out there a non-pilot for whatever reason; i.e., lack of time, money, nausea :lol: but long-time home-based flight simulator enthusiasts to the point that you would call yourself a flight sim veteran? I am a non-pilot but after 20 years of flight simulation, the opportunity to...

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by rotation18L
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2266

Re: Ground Speed Question

I think winds blowing west to east is generally true; i.e., the jet stream.

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by rotation18L
Sun May 13, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....
Replies: 34
Views: 8198

Re: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....

I guess I should consider myself lucky. My wife gladly goes with me spotting, and she was never into aircraft before she met me. In fact, the other day, she saw an aircraft at altitude making a hard left turn and asked me if it was being vectored to a particular waypoint. I asked her how she knew ab...

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by rotation18L
Sun May 13, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: What got you into aviation?
Replies: 52
Views: 24659

Re: What got you into aviation?

Oops. I meant MCO was called McCoy Jetport back then. Oh well, same fabulous experience. I've been flying home-based sims for nearly 20 years. Did my first glider flight in 2016 from right near MCO. Thought it was absolutely fabulous except for the nausea. :ill: Still haven't gotten my PPL. Maybe on...

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by rotation18L
Mon May 07, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: What got you into aviation?
Replies: 52
Views: 24659

Re: What got you into aviation?

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I took my first flight from MCO to MIA in the early 70s when MCO was known as the Orlando Jetport and the terminal was inside an old WWII missile hangar. I thought it was the most amazing experience. Then for some reason, I went on to high school, college, my caree...

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by rotation18L
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Sims With 3D Visuals
Replies: 0
Views: 807

Sims With 3D Visuals

I've flown a lot longer on computer sims compared to the the real thing. But the few times I've flown in smaller aircraft or on a glider (first time last year), one thing that struck me, which I never really thought about in the sim, is the depth perception. 2K AGL seems very high in the real thing,...

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by rotation18L
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude
Replies: 10
Views: 1362

High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude

I've been intrigued by this scenario. Why is it that people I've known get altitude sickness at cities whose elevation is lower than the typical cabin altitude of a commercial aircraft at say 35000' MSL but feel completely fine in the aircraft? For example, they get ill at 5280' in Denver but are co...

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by rotation18L
Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline Runway Departures
Replies: 9
Views: 4937

RE: Airline Runway Departures

Based on what's being described here, am I assuming all of these departure variables have to be known by departure controllers right off the top of their heads? To use wake turbulence variables as just one example, are you saying that departure controllers must know the varying wake turbulence chara...

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by rotation18L
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Variable Winds And Impact On Take Offs/Landings
Replies: 2
Views: 4969

Variable Winds And Impact On Take Offs/Landings

I'm an aviation enthusiast, not a pilot .......... yet.  <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/optimist.gif" width="15" height="15" border="0"/>  I have a question regarding the impact of headwinds v crosswinds/tailwinds on take-off and landing. Is a direc...

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by rotation18L
Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating Beacon Question
Replies: 19
Views: 29656

Rotating Beacon Question

Hi All-- I noticed a rotating beacon as I was driving toward an airport the other day, and it prompted me to wonder about their use. Given the advanced fly-by-wire and similar technologies today, do pilots even use them to locate the nearest field any longer? Are they used strictly in emergencies su...

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by rotation18L
Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS Versus VOR
Replies: 34
Views: 9158

GPS Versus VOR

I'm wondering, is GPS really the only form of navigation used in 99% of commericial aviation today? Are there any commercial aircraft that don't have GPS capability and pilots have to rely on traditional navaids like tuning a VOR or NDB using an assigned frequency? I know <acronym title="Garuda Indo...

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by rotation18L
Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who Assigns Gates At Big Airports?
Replies: 22
Views: 9431

RE: Who Assigns Gates At Big Airports?

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by rotation18L
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Same Flight Plan, Different Waypoints. Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 4886

RE: Same Flight Plan, Different Waypoints. Why?

Thanks for the explanation!  Smile

I don't recall that weather was a factor on the days I cited, but I have witnessed departures affected by weather that seemed to vary from normal departures. Makes sense. Thanks.

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by rotation18L
Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Same Flight Plan, Different Waypoints. Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 4886

Same Flight Plan, Different Waypoints. Why?

I have wondered something in regard to the apparent variation in procedure that takes place when aircraft use SIDs after takeoff. I live near KMCO and have read that ATC vectors a good number of aircraft to the west following takeoff (from the 18/17 rwys or the 36/35 rwys) in order to clear them fro...

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by rotation18L
Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Passenger At The Controls!
Replies: 79
Views: 9209

RE: Passenger At The Controls!

In reading these posts, I think the FAA ought to instigate a regulation requiring F/As to have at least basic flying skills. Even if they never use them, couldn't hurt, right?  wave 

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by rotation18L
Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Versus Visual Approaches
Replies: 41
Views: 8629

RE: ILS Versus Visual Approaches

Thanks for the great answers, everyone. They definitely gave me some more insight. While I don't have the time nor finances to take flight lessons at this point, my dream to fly WILL be fulfilled someday. And I hope to perform a perfect visual approach and landing w/o additional guidance.  <img bord...

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by rotation18L
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Versus Visual Approaches
Replies: 41
Views: 8629

ILS Versus Visual Approaches

I know I've asked this question before, but I'm still a bit confused. In general, why are visual approaches to runways preferable to ILS? In other words, if you're on final with 10 miles of visibility and you can see the runway from the outer marker, for example, why do pilots prefer hand flying on ...

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by rotation18L
Wed May 16, 2007 10:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Vasi V Localizer
Replies: 19
Views: 3044

RE: Vasi V Localizer

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by rotation18L
Tue May 15, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Vasi V Localizer
Replies: 19
Views: 3044

RE: Vasi V Localizer

Thanks for your responses. Very interesting. So, the decision to use ILS or VASI (or PAPI) depends on whether you want to make a visual approach or not? Is that why some runways are equipped with VASI (PAPI) only while others are not (at the same airport or just in general? What caught my attention ...

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by rotation18L
Sun May 13, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Vasi V Localizer
Replies: 19
Views: 3044

Vasi V Localizer

I have always wondered this: At some airports, why do runways that face the same direction, side-by-side, have VASI on one runway as the approach and use a localizer on the parallel runway? Why don't both runways use one or the other? For that matter, since using ILS is probably easier (I'm not a li...

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by rotation18L
Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis
Replies: 339
Views: 36914

RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

UAL Bagsmasher, I understand why you're upset. I used to work in the media, and space exploration becomes so routine, that no one winds up talking about it at the news coverage meetings. However, I used to work at a television station where we covered every launch and landing from beginning to end.....

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by rotation18L
Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis
Replies: 339
Views: 36914

RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

I live in central Florida, and used to watch the Apollo rockets fly over my house. I am still as enamored with space exploration as I was then, and I just can't believe it. As dangerous as it is, you don't like to think tragedies like this can happen. It seems so routine nowadays. I'm beginning to s...

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by rotation18L
Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis
Replies: 339
Views: 36914

RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

oops.. factual error in my last post. They now have 3 shuttles in the fleet. But it would increase the turnaround stress.

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by rotation18L
Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis
Replies: 339
Views: 36914

RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Some of you are talking about the end of the shuttle program with this tragedy. I think it may deal a serious setback to US Manned Spaceflight. In the very least, the "Teacher in Space" program that NASA had been talking of reviving is going to be killed, yet again. I think if subsequent investigati...

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by rotation18L
Thu Sep 20, 2001 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remarkable, If It's True...
Replies: 26
Views: 2793

RE: Remarkable, If It's True...

All I've got to say is, if a pilot in command made an announcement to the pax like that on board a flight a week or so after the events in NY and DC, I would NEVER fly that airline again. Period.

 Angry

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by rotation18L
Fri Sep 14, 2001 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Microsoft Taking Slack For Flight Simulator
Replies: 44
Views: 3350

RE: Microsoft Taking Slack For Flight Simulator

Ryu2: I agree with you for the most part, except I don't believe you read Dr. Arnot's statement about AF 1 with respect to supersonic speed accurately. He stated that an a/c with terrorists at the controls would have to reach supersonic CLOSING speed to reach AF 1. Since 747's can fly at around Mach...

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by rotation18L
Fri Sep 14, 2001 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Thought About The Posts About The WTC Incident
Replies: 8
Views: 2072

RE: How Would You Try To Make Air Travel Safer?

I know people would absolutely hate this, but how about no more carry-on luggage....period. I would personally be one upset pax if this went into effect. I find it VERY convenient. Nonetheless, while it would still be quite easy to carry potential weapons on your person, requiring pax to check each ...

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by rotation18L
Fri Sep 14, 2001 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any One Know What Happened At Jfk? 3 Arrested?
Replies: 6
Views: 2846

RE: Any One Know What Happened At Jfk? 3 Arrested?

I'm not aware of the particular incident that you all are talking about, except what I've read here in this forum. However, ABC News just reported that JFK has been shut down tonight after 10 people-- four men and 1 woman at JFK, and five men at LGA-- were arrested late today. They were allegedly ca...

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by rotation18L
Wed Sep 12, 2001 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN Reporting Airports Will NOT Open At Noon
Replies: 4
Views: 1795

RE: CNN Reporting Airports Will NOT Open At Noon

That was also reported on ABC News. I live near MCO, and it's usually very active in the skies over my home every morning. It's eerily quiet this morning.

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by rotation18L
Wed Sep 12, 2001 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was The Fourth Plane Shot Down?
Replies: 14
Views: 3839

RE: Was The Fourth Plane Shot Down?

An aviation expert (don't recall his name) on ABC News said that a pax on a cell phone on the a/c that crashed near Pittsburgh had reported seeing smoke on or around one of the wings just before the crash. This is only hearsay, but the expert believed that the evidence of smoke might be related to t...

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by rotation18L
Sun Aug 19, 2001 5:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visiting The Cockpit On Delta?
Replies: 26
Views: 3518

RE: Visiting The Cockpit On Delta?

Let me tell you something about how restrictive U.S. carriers are about jumpseat requests. My sister is a Delta F/A and she has flown jumpseat on several occasions, BUT each of those occasions was a ferry flight. No pax were on board. They were just transporting an empty a/c to a destination.

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by rotation18L
Sat Aug 18, 2001 11:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Body With Space Shuttle Knowledge Here?
Replies: 13
Views: 2654

RE: Any Body With Space Shuttle Knowledge Here?

Wannabe: I believe the answer to your question is because launch controllers have cameras positioned from their vantage point where they sit next to the VAB so that they can monitor the shuttle fuselage and SRB's for any performance anamolies at launch. Rotating the orbiter 180 degrees on the pad me...

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by rotation18L
Thu Aug 02, 2001 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Top-5 Favorite Airports.
Replies: 24
Views: 1906

RE: Your Top-5 Favorite Airports.

Without a doubt, my top five are as follows:

5: ORD
4. SFO
3. ATL
2. CDG
1. MCO

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by rotation18L
Fri Jun 29, 2001 9:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Much ATControllers Earn?
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

RE: How Much ATControllers Earn?

Okay. Next question is how do you find out about training, etc.

And can you work in the city where you currently live, or do you have to move elsewhere, typically like most airline employees?

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by rotation18L
Fri Jun 29, 2001 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Flight Ever?
Replies: 2
Views: 1414

RE: Best Flight Ever?

No question mine was onboard an Air France A-300 from JFK to CDG. The longest flight I ever took, and the first to Europe for me, but what an event!

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by rotation18L
Fri Jun 29, 2001 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did You Ever Meet An Airline Ceo?
Replies: 48
Views: 3664

RE: Did You Ever Meet An Airline Ceo?

Back in the late 80's, I saw Frank Borman when he was with Eastern. He was taking part in a ceremony at MCO.

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by rotation18L
Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Free Flight Privilages
Replies: 9
Views: 1561

RE: Free Flight Privilages

My sister is a DL F/A. My parents and her husband fly free anywhere that DL flies, but must fly non-rev. I can also fly non-rev, but with a buddy pass, meaning I pay applicable taxes for the roundtrip fare. Last year, my wife and I flew non-rev from MCO to Paris via Air France, through which DL has ...

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by rotation18L
Sat Jun 23, 2001 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spotting @ Orlando (MCO)
Replies: 3
Views: 1642

RE: Spotting @ Orlando (MCO)

The best place to watch inbound aircraft is on the north side of the airport. There is a small area adjacent to S.R. 528--north of Runways 18L and 18R--where you can spot aircraft overhead. It's an excellent place to spot aircraft because it's just yards from the north end of both runways. However, ...

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by rotation18L
Sat Jun 23, 2001 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did You Become So Interested In Airplanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 3143

RE: How Did You Become So Interested In Airplanes?

It started with my SERIOUS fascination with space exploration when I was about 6 or 7 years old. During boring classes in school, I would draw pictures of the Saturn V in my textbooks. Several years later, I flew my first flight from MCO to MIA. Didn't fly very high, probably 21,000 ft or so, but I ...

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