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by LTU932
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 44407

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

... because of things such as fundamental design flaws (which came to be because of the initial cost cutting), union problems and the sheer incompetence by the authorities to supervise the projects. Never heard of unions playing any role in the BER debacle... What do you mean? Just trying to make a...

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by LTU932
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 44407

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

I thought Germany was known for its engineering... Yes, but if a project is being run by the government (local, state or federal), it's all about cost cutting. Even with prestige projects such as BER or Stuttgart 21, they give the projects to the lowest bidders, and then it only takes like a year o...

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by LTU932
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 73
Views: 3148

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

I forgot to mention America West previously - probably because they were very forgettable, although I think my first flight on an Airbus was with them. Speaking of which, MX was the first airline where I flew on an Airbus. Otherwise, with the odd exception of a domestic Airbus flight on LH, an Embr...

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by LTU932
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 73
Views: 3148

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Lacsa: Can't remember a thing, I was way too little LTU: They always treated us well in all flights. Mexicana: It was good, the service was decent though I felt misled about having to go through customs and trying to find the transfer desk as they told me (then again, MEX T1 is a confusing mess) and...

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by LTU932
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13742

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

Probable only in the United States and a few other countries? In most European countries you just change flights and pick up your bag at your final destination. Every country I’ve ever traveled to is the same. You are telling me you don’t have to go through customs at your first destination when en...

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by LTU932
Fri May 31, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRJ is now the Space Jet
Replies: 75
Views: 12536

Re: MRJ is now the Space Jet

Space Jet? Does that mean I can finally book my flight to the Moon with PanAm?

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by LTU932
Thu May 30, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to switch from Pratt & Whitney engines to CFM engines for A320neo.
Replies: 29
Views: 5247

Re: Indigo to switch from Pratt & Whitney engines to CFM engines for A320neo.

AA737-823 wrote:
LH did similarly.
As far as LH is concerned, they only fly IAE engines on the A321 CEOs. The A319 and A320 CEO have CFM engines. I don't know how the breakdown is on the NEOs, but the A320 NEO was ordered with both CFM and PW engines (the first batch being PW powered).

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by LTU932
Tue May 28, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anticipatory pre-flight anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 1225

Re: Anticipatory pre-flight anxiety

I do get a bit nervous before and even after the flight, but once I'm in flight, I'm relaxed.

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by LTU932
Mon May 27, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 73
Views: 3160

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Shortest flight by duration: KL CUR-CCS DC-10, 49 Minutes Shortest flight by distance: KL CUR-CCS DC-10, 173 mi/277 km Longest flight by duration: KL AMS-PTY Boeing 777-200 ER 11 hours 15 minutes Longest flight by distance: LH MEX-FRA Boeing 747-400 5,942 mi/9,507 km Number 1 route by flights: PTY-S...

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by LTU932
Sun May 26, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

I don't recognise that MPPA code. I had to look it up just to find out that MPPA stands for BLB.

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by LTU932
Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Don't get me started on that overbloated thing called MOPT. Remember when LGS shut down CONAVI immediately after his inauguration in 2014? Me neither, because it never happened (the first promise he broke). While e.g. municipal roads seem to get slightly more expedient attention, national roads need...

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by LTU932
Tue May 21, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Niki Lauda Dead at 70
Replies: 46
Views: 1706

Re: Niki Lauda, R.I.P.

I've seen a few vids, where Niki Lauda himself was flying an aircraft, I dunno if it was from DUB to VIE or the other way around, but I remember it was a 767. And of course, in F1 he was a fixture for decades, not just as a driver but also as a TV analyst on the German TV channel with the three lett...

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by LTU932
Mon May 20, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 82
Views: 9182

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

DFW is wonderful for connecting. You can be at any other gate within 15 minutes or so and it's a BIG airport. Last week, I checked into A, hopped on the Tram and went over to Terminal D. Less than 10 minutes from going through security in Terminal A to getting down the escalator in Terminal D. It's...

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by LTU932
Sat May 18, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/vuelo-turbulento-aviacion-civil-suma-casi-7-anos-sin-publicar-informes-sobre-accidentes/?fbclid=IwAR2Q_1e_jmsTekjEmDTUNmXnNXyBcqicyHhob6sz-gRLYKnLghQKv-yXwLE Apparently, DGAC hasn't released accident reports in nearly 7 years. According to DGAC boss Guillermo Hoppe, ...

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by LTU932
Fri May 17, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA
Replies: 25
Views: 6450

Re: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA

Namibia was THE most important colony of the German Empire before losing it to the British as a result of World War I. Despite that, there are still a few thousand German native speakers living in the country and from what I gather, they have their own slang when compared to the German spoken in Eur...

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by LTU932
Tue May 14, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

The problem will be for local airlines that use local aircraft registrations, that want to fly to CAT I countries. The funny thing about it is, that there's no way in hell you'll find a Tango India registered aircraft flying to the US on a scheduled basis. Those times of TI registered aircraft flyi...

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by LTU932
Sun May 12, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds
Replies: 46
Views: 6488

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

chunhimlai wrote:
Soon we will see BER airport as wonder in “age of the empire”
No need to be that optimistic. In my opinion BER won't open until Captain Picard takes over the USS Enterprise in 2364. :stirthepot:

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by LTU932
Sun May 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35896

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I read somewhere that LH may be interested in reacquiring DE from Thomas Cook. If that was to happen, what would happen with the routes that clearly overlap with LH's network? One of the routes I'm thinking is DE's routes to SJO via SDQ and IIRC also SJU. LH is flying nonstop with its own metal so, ...

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by LTU932
Sun May 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds
Replies: 46
Views: 6488

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

I'm a little curious on one thing - how come the Federal Govt has not become more involved ? I understand about the individual Lander / states having autonomy but at some point national Govt (subject to legislative agreement by the Bundestag) presumably can choose to overrule local politicians on i...

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by LTU932
Sun May 12, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds
Replies: 46
Views: 6488

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

It's not you. The BER project has so many political issues, limited brain capacity was applied. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: That is so sad, it's automatically funny again. Actually, BER operating over 100% of its capacity is the only way for TXL to remain open. There is an agreement between Berlin and ...

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by LTU932
Mon May 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 811
Views: 136218

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

With the 737MAX and Dreamliner issues (specifically the former) I don't think anyone should be throwing stones in respect of Russian aircraft. Instead we should show some respect for the people who lost their lives. But people still will throw stones, especially the media which needs the clickbait ...

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by LTU932
Sun May 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 811
Views: 136218

Re: Aeroflot SSJ100 on fire at Moscow (SVO)

nordikcam wrote:
thevery wrote:
All evacuated, 6 injured.


Evacuation ...and passengers with their luggages...Congratulations Aeroflot !
Unless there was negligence in play, don't blame SU for their passengers defying their evacuation orders, including the order to leave their luggage behind.

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by LTU932
Fri May 03, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

U.S. pre-clearance won't be like getting on a queue at a European airport to show passport and answer some questions as passengers do when they enter Schengen area. Of course not, but in a European airport I skip those questions because I enter and leave Europe with my German passport (plus I use t...

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by LTU932
Thu May 02, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

snaiks wrote:
Hopefully they'll add US Immigration Preclearance. That would be interesting
Though it seems more likely that there'll be CBP preclearance in BOG instead of PTY, I'd love if PTY does get preclearance. It would make a detour on the way to the US all worth it.

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FRA Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: FRA Connections

That I did not know. I just mentioned UK rules as example of my point though.

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FRA Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: FRA Connections

Mex is not considered a "safe" airport, unlike the US airports, therefore my assumption that when arriving on a flight from USA and transferring in FRA, you might not need additional security. But then again, it could also be that if the flight arrives from outside the EU in general, conn...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FRA Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: FRA Connections

My experience on arrival at FRA from the United States is that after passport control you have to go thru security before your onward flight. It's been a year since I've transited FRA so it could have changed, but I doubt it. And yes, both passport control and security can be pretty crowded. I doub...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass
Replies: 16
Views: 1772

Re: JetBlue uses facial recognition as boarding pass

COPA uses it at PTY. I was face recognized there by them in February when boarding. I'm guessing that they use the database from Panamanian immigration for it? Because last time I was in PTY, you do get your picture taken in front of the immigration officer on entry (not on passport control during ...

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by LTU932
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iraqi Airways to order A330neo or B777
Replies: 47
Views: 7959

Re: Iraqi Airways to order A330neo or B777

EDIT: Nevermind. I thought I read Iran, not Iraq.

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Starting AMS-SJO-LIR Service in October 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 4699

Re: KLM launches LIR

The delay to blocktimes is often a result of ramp congestion, as space for widebodies is really limited and departure from runway 25 requires a backtrack. The airport itself was never built with widebodies in mind, and the lack of planing by the central government or lack of foresight didn't help t...

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Starting AMS-SJO-LIR Service in October 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 4699

Re: KLM launches LIR

Problem is indeed terrain. On 07, the 787 does not have the engine out performance to clear the mountains. I know that once, on a one-off, KL sent the 77W to SJO, plus AF sends 77Es during the summer and 77W during the winter. How would the 77E/77W compare to the 787-9 in terms of engine-out perfor...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air Launches IKA-CCS...First Flight Already in the Air!
Replies: 80
Views: 14025

Re: Mahan Air Launches IKA-CCS...First Flight Already in the Air!

Mahan isn't really a regular civilian airline any more, its major shareholder is a "charity" called "Mowla al Movaheddin" which in turn is owned by the iranian revolutionary guard. In the past years it has been used to transport weapons as well has "human resources" to...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

In the announcement thread of KL starting LIR, there was someone saying the KL flight has to make fuel stops on the eastbound. Is there any truth on that or was that just fake news?

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Starting AMS-SJO-LIR Service in October 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 4699

Re: KLM launches LIR

IIRC the issue is terrain clearance when departing runway 07 in the event of losing an engine as there are a couple of 9000'+ volcanoes within 15 miles of the airport. SJO is 3021 ft high, the 787-9 has enough legs to make the distance nonstop. Plus I have no heard anything about other airlines tha...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

the flight has to stop at TIJ on the westbound because of the altitude of MEX NH 179 MEX 01.00.....06.40+1 NRT.....Daily….788 NH 180 NRT 16.40.....13.55 MEX...…..Daily…..788 The westbound NH MEX-NRT flies as non-stop route with the 788 jet, meaning a 14.30 flight in average. Same with AM MEX-NRT wi...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

SJOtoLIR wrote:
Perhaps a tag-on from NH NRT-MEX may work to Panama City.
But then again, you have to remember that the flight has to stop at TIJ on the westbound because of the altitude of MEX. That would make NRT-MEX-PTY a one-stop on the eastbound, PTY-MEX-TIJ-NRT a two-stop on the westbound.

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?
Replies: 18
Views: 2179

Re: Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?

Exactly right. Nothing will change. If anything it will become easier. The UK will shortly allow US, Canadian, NZ, Japanese, Singaporean and South Korean nationals to use the E-Gates along with UK and EU citizens. This has nothing to do with Brexit. AMS has this and is even in the Schengen zone. It...

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.nacion.com/economia/negocios/avianca-anuncia-reorganizacion-y-despidos-en-su/6GRSPF5B3NCMFKZZ2M7VGMHY4M/story/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter AV is announcing layoffs in Costa Rica. They did not specify how many people got laid off but apparently, more than 1000 employees will...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

I dunno if this has already been mentioned, but AV is cancelling a lot of routes out of GUA. https://www.estrategiaynegocios.net/centroamericaymundo/1270387-330/guatemala-espera-llenar-vac%C3%ADo-ante-cancelaci%C3%B3n-de-varias-rutas-de-avianca#.XKCh7_lv8LM.twitter AV is cancelling flights from GUA ...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Condor? Safety and experiences
Replies: 6
Views: 908

Re: Condor? Safety and experiences

Suffice to say that people in Germany still care a lot about Condor, or else they wouldn't have been outraged when Condor was renamed into "Thomas Cook powered by Condor". That outraged caused Thomas Cook to rename it back into Condor and eventually even reintroducing the Condor logo from ...

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by LTU932
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her
Replies: 47
Views: 3582

Re: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her

BTW 15 is the age of consent in France. Here in Costa Rica, it's when you become a legal adult at 18. In Germany it's weird: the age of consent is 14 if your partner is also underage, otherwise it's 16. Age of consent has, at least for me, more something to do with when you can consent to sex than ...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet on brink of collapse?
Replies: 53
Views: 14550

Re: Interjet on brink of collapse?

Devilfish wrote:
Maybe 4O should just turn the SSJ's over to CU.
Ain't gonna happen for one very big reason: the US economic sanctions against Cuba (the SSJ does have US components).

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends service to Venezuela
Replies: 93
Views: 14004

Re: American suspends service to Venezuela

The Pilots and Flight Attendants refused to fly the route. It had nothing to do with economics. So tell me how was the plane going to fly? Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't the reason AA was sticking around the very fact that if they pulled out completely, the Venezuelan authorities would outrig...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends service to Venezuela
Replies: 93
Views: 14004

Re: American suspends service to Venezuela

If AA were making so much money they wouldn't have stopped period. You know it must be bad now. UA was flying empty planes to CCS at the end before they stopped. The few people going couldn't justify it. Even the airport is considered dangerous let alone outside in town at this point. Many airlines...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 44407

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Election years are the worst years for real government transparency. Not that there is any but if there is, there's even less of it in an election year. Then again, I don't think anything will improve on Brandenburg's side of BER if CDU or anyone else kicks the SPD and Dietmar Woidke out of power.

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 44407

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

flyingturtle wrote:
Because there are still problems with the fire alarms and smoke detectors, some officials believe BER won't open in 2020.
Hardly a surprise... and guess who'll have to pick up the tab for this. :banghead:

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 20935

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Anyone know the registration of the AI 747 that arrived at SJO with the Indian Vice President today?

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B77W
Replies: 42
Views: 8253

Re: British Airways B77W

Given the recent order of the 77X, does this mean that the B77W isn't working for them? The 777-300ER is effectively the replacement for the 52-seat Club World 747-400 fleet while the 777-9 will likely become the replacement for the 86-seat Club World fleet. The A350-1000 will then become the 777-2...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years
Replies: 50
Views: 9792

Re: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years

Can't the state officially charge him for forgery of official documents (as in the pilot forging the ATP)? As regulatory CAA, I would definitely look into that because that falls under the penal code though I don't think he'll go to prison for this, he'd just get a major fine for it. And can't the C...

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