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by CV990A
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?
Replies: 84
Views: 6574

Re: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?

November 3, 2018 - AA1556 DFW-IAD on N962TW. Sitting in my favorite seat; 3F. I'd been commuting for work between IAD and DFW every other week for almost 3 years, and that was my last trip before changing jobs, so I got to fly on a decent number of AA's remaining MD-80s at the time. I will miss the ...

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by CV990A
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6185

Re: How many US states have you visited?

Lived in 4: Maryland New York Arizona Virginia Visited 27+DC: Maine New Hampshire Vermont Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New Jersey Pennsylvania Delaware West Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Florida Ohio Tennessee Alabama Indiana Wisconsin (For Oshkosh!!!) Illinois Missouri Mi...

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by CV990A
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2601

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

It's been a while since I've flown a propliner, but my short list includes:

DHC-8-100: 2x
Dash 8 Q400: 1x
Saab 340: 6x
Saab 2000: 1x
DH.89 Dragon Rapide: 1x

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by CV990A
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 5868

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

This is also very common at DCA with AA, especially if you aren't going in / out of Gate 35X. At least with DCA if you're sitting on the left side of the plane, you've got a scenic view of downtown DC as you're waiting in the penalty box on the north side of the airport. Worst for me there was we ar...

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by CV990A
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity
Replies: 55
Views: 8355

Re: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity

Very nice gesture, but I can also hear the MSP controllers going "hey, Winnipeg!" ;-)

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by CV990A
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4084

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

Gates A1-A6 at IAD are all ramp boarding gates - used by United Express. And enjoy Gate 35X at DCA while you can - the new replacement concourse is set to open in 2021.

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by CV990A
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower than typical altitude last trip
Replies: 21
Views: 2770

Re: Lower than typical altitude last trip

On a side note, 8,000ft is just 8000 or 080 — the US doesn't transition to flight levels until FL180, but it does vary by country, so it can cause confusion. A lot of things in aviation are standardized, but this is a notable exception. Yeah, I know - I was trying to be tongue-in-cheek implying we ...

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by CV990A
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower than typical altitude last trip
Replies: 21
Views: 2770

Re: Lower than typical altitude last trip

I flew HPN-DCA last year on a Trans States ER4 where we maxed out at only 8,000 feet! The captain actually announced it during his 'welcome on-board' speech, and I was convinced I'd misheard him, but I checked FR24 when I got home, and sure enough, our altitude topped out at FL08. The weather that d...

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by CV990A
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 4749

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

[quote="Moose135"][/quote]
Moose - those are some great pics!

I've only seen the Blues, T-Birds, and Snowbirds, and would have to rank them Snowbirds, Blue Angels, then Thunderbirds. Will absolutely be keeping an eye out for where and when the Reds are performing next year...

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by CV990A
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return
Replies: 29
Views: 2507

Re: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return

Bring back New York Air's IAD-ISP route (especially if you also bring back the DC-9s that operated it!)

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by CV990A
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5337

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

Pretty boring collection for me. Only 12 flights, I had honestly thought there were more:

4x BA B741 - R/Ts JFK-LHR and IAD-LHR
1x VS B742 - JFK-LHR
1x UA B742 - NRT-PEK
3x BA B744 - 1 IAD-LHR R/T and a single LHR-JFK
1x VS B744 - LHR-JFK
2x UA B744 - ORD-NRT and HKG-SFO

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by CV990A
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North East Winter Storm Toby and its Effecs on Air Travel
Replies: 24
Views: 3484

Re: North East Winter Storm Toby and its Effecs on Air Travel

The storm is a huge bust so far in the DC region I've got 3.5 inches so far in Herndon, and the weather guessers on TV are saying 6-10 total for me, so I'm halfway there... That flight made it in on its second attempt. I heard it pass overhead and could only think of what a shock the pax on that fl...

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by CV990A
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North East Winter Storm Toby and its Effecs on Air Travel
Replies: 24
Views: 3484

Re: North East Winter Storm Toby and its Effecs on Air Travel

I'll confess - this one has me a little nervous - I'm flying DCA-BOS around noon Thursday, and I'm waiting for AA to cancel my flight at the last minute due to any lingering effects of the storm.

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by CV990A
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last domestic wide body flight?
Replies: 86
Views: 3856

Re: When was your last domestic wide body flight?

Goes back a ways for me - May 2010 from LAX-JFK on an AA 767-200ER. Every other trans-con flight I've had since then have been on 737-800s.

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by CV990A
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA summer 2018 adds
Replies: 109
Views: 17828

Re: AA summer 2018 adds

DCA What they can't transfer one of there other Slots over? I'm pretty sure they can run the route if there determined to. Sadly, DCA-ISP is one of the routes they had to give up in the slot divestiture. They've tried to acquire more slots expressly to bring ISP back, but have been rejected so far....

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by CV990A
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?
Replies: 72
Views: 5224

Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

I'm going to cheat a bit (because I can't decide) and say for historic propliner it would be the Lockheed Constellation. For a historic jetliner, the BAC 1-11.

That said, ask me tomorrow and my answer will change though ;-)

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by CV990A
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was American Like Before the Merger
Replies: 47
Views: 7178

Re: What was American Like Before the Merger

Pre-merger AA? Nothing but MD-80s. As far as the eye could see, MD-80s. I do feel the in-flight experience has gotten stingier, but can't really say they are better or worse than any of the other legacies. I'm loyal to them because they offer the only non-stops on the routes I need to fly for work a...

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by CV990A
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Uncomfortable seats - AA A-321
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Uncomfortable seats - AA A-321

Row 22 on the L-US A321s are pure torture. These are the exit row seats right behind the wings - there are only seats B/C and D/E, but they are narrower with the tray tables in the arm rests. Not worth the extra leg room! Otherwise, I haven't had any comfort issues in the regular coach seats on thes...

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by CV990A
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New Hampshire Aviation Museum Fly-In in a Cessna 170B
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: New Hampshire Aviation Museum Fly-In in a Cessna 170B

tomaheath wrote:
Nice report! I live in Manchester glade you had a good visit!


Thanks! I'm up there regularly, but this is the first time I've been to the museum there. I'll actually be back up in August - they are having a classic car show at the museum and I'll be flying back up for that as well.

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by CV990A
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversions DCA/IAD 7-14 Severe Weather
Replies: 14
Views: 2702

Re: Diversions DCA/IAD 7-14 Severe Weather

I'm just to the east of IAD, and about 4 hours ago we had very heavy rain, with almost no visibility for about 20-30 minutes, but that was it. Actually sunny here now.

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by CV990A
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

OK - thanks. I've changed photo editing software, and am now playing around with adobe lightroom. Here's my latest efforts. Thanks again as always. http://i68.tinypic.com/ab3vig.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/2howprd.jpg http://i66.tinypic.com/fmrtzp.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/2z7pq4o.jpg

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by CV990A
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New Hampshire Aviation Museum Fly-In in a Cessna 170B
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

New Hampshire Aviation Museum Fly-In in a Cessna 170B

I had the opportunity to attend the annual fly-in at the New Hampshire Aviation Museum at the Manchester airport flying there in a Cessna 170B owned by a family member. But first, I had to get to New Hampshire from my home in northern Virginia, so this report will cover both my DCA-MHT round-trip on...

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by CV990A
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.
Replies: 40
Views: 3338

Re: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.

11725Flyer wrote:
I've never taken an offer to be bumped. Maybe someday.


Same here, but that's probably because the best offer I've ever had was a $300 travel voucher for a DFW-IAD AA flight...

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by CV990A
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 1999 Reeve Aleutian L-188 Electra trip
Replies: 17
Views: 3812

Re: 1999 Reeve Aleutian L-188 Electra trip

Thanks for a great trip report - haven't been to Alaska, but it's on my bucket list for sure!

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by CV990A
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

Haven't been able to get out spotting a lot due to work commitments lately, but managed some time last weekend. Was wondering about the fuselage / winglet on this guy. Thanks as always for the feedback.

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CV990A

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by CV990A
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA's flights to the US
Replies: 13
Views: 4563

Re: SAA's flights to the US

The equipment on the IAD flights varies - the ACC flights have been operated by the A346 on a fairly regular basis as of late, while the A333 is a regular on the DKR route. But the A343 has made an appearance on both the DKR and ACC services.

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by CV990A
Sun May 14, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft accidents investigated with the help of plane spotters
Replies: 17
Views: 3791

Re: Aircraft accidents investigated with the help of plane spotters

AAL191 at ORD in 1979 - there was the infamous picture of the DC-10 rolling over, missing the left-hand engine. I believe that image helped the investigators prove the aircraft was losing hydraulic fluid due to the way the engine broke off the wing.

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by CV990A
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC Area Lawmakers to Colleagues: Hands Off DCA
Replies: 96
Views: 11663

Re: DC Area Lawmakers to Colleagues: Hands Off DCA

Will DCA be "full" in 5 years? 10 years? I would argue DCA is full NOW - the new RJ concourse isn't going to solve any of the main congestion issues. Metro to IAD will help, but I'm concerned the length of the trip, especially from downtown proper, will be a turn-off, and DCA will remain ...

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by CV990A
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the same aircraft with different airlines?
Replies: 17
Views: 1247

Re: Have you flown the same aircraft with different airlines?

I've flown N767UW twice - once with USAirways MYR-CLT back in 2012, then again in 2015 2 days after the USAirways / American integration from CLT-DCA. Probably counts as cheating though, since it had yet to be repainted at that point!



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by CV990A
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA IAD Flights
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: BA IAD Flights

This is also the 'slow' season for travel to Europe from the US; when I still had family living in the UK, we would always try and visit in February, as the flights would tend to be empty - we would always have extra space. On one memorable flight, we each wound up with an entire row to ourselves in...

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by CV990A
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest and Smallest Passenger Aircraft Serving Your Local Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 5993

Re: Largest and Smallest Passenger Aircraft Serving Your Local Airport

IAD:

Largest: A380 (BA, Emirates, and formerly AF)
Smallest: Cessna 208 (Southern Airways Express)

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by CV990A
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have You Had Those Times Where A Plane You Want To Fly Gets Switched?
Replies: 38
Views: 1949

Re: Have You Had Those Times Where A Plane You Want To Fly Gets Switched?

Both my first A330 and A340 flights were swapped out for different equipment. First, my scheduled A340-300 with Virgin was replaced by a 747-200 - what turned out to be my last flight on the type. Then my first scheduled A330 flight with Sabena was replaced by an A340-200 - again, not complaining as...

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First 747 flight
Replies: 65
Views: 3013

Re: First 747 flight

readytotaxi wrote:
I did that, June that year, very young man then.


Same - I was in middle school back then.

I went in the January-February time frame. My dad had a pair of round-trip vouchers on BA that were about to expire, so it was 'screw it, we're going to London - I don't want to waste these tickets.'

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

Really trying to take the dark / soft feedback to heart here; one were I've played around quite a bit with the editing. Am I getting closer, or is it over-processed? Thanks again.

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by CV990A
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First 747 flight
Replies: 65
Views: 3013

Re: First 747 flight

British Airways 747-100 IAD-LHR-IAD in early 1993 (can't remember the exact dates).

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

From today's special charter IAD-CTU for Bao Bao the panda:

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Too cluttered? I'm worried about the 757's horizontal stabilizer.

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by CV990A
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles
Replies: 35
Views: 7299

Re: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles

how proactive are the customs staff at IAD? I think they are fairly proactive, I've seen articles like this fairly regularly (although this isn't what I wanted to hear first thing on the morning news today...) My favorite is still this guy from 2010: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2010/...

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dulles Mobile Lounges Unsafe?
Replies: 5
Views: 1761

Dulles Mobile Lounges Unsafe?

Report from the local NBC station alleging the mobile lounges still in use at IAD are unsafe because there have been 2 minor accidents in the past year. The way it was being advertised, I think it's just advertising revenue click-bait, but clearly something the MWAA doesn't need right now. http://ww...

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by CV990A
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Making connections in CLT
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Re: Making connections in CLT

Cubsrule wrote:
Concourse E is the problem.


More specifically, I'd say having to gate-check your bags on a CRJ is the problem. I've found the wait in the jet bridge for my carry-on can make an okay connection uncomfortably tight.

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by CV990A
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Panda Express?
Replies: 0
Views: 833

FedEx Panda Express?

Here in DC, the pending move of the National Zoo's 3-year old Panda back to China is all over the news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-zoo--and-washington--prepares-to-say-goodbye-to-its-miracle-giant-panda/2017/02/10/7838e5f6-eee1-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.e25c68dbf1cf W...

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by CV990A
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Engine Fire last night on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight at JFK?
Replies: 14
Views: 4847

Re: Engine Fire last night on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight at JFK?

sjk737 wrote:
Wow that's a lot of sparks! Looks like it reaches back to the horizontals. What plane is this?


It is A332 LV-FNJ. I saw it earlier in the day landing at IAD after diverting from JFK due to the weather yesterday.

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by CV990A
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY103 AUH - JFK Divert to IAD
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: EY103 AUH - JFK Divert to IAD

I'm about 7 miles from IAD; I've seen the EY A380, an Aerolineas Argentinas A330, a China Eastern 77W, Turkish A333, and a Copa 738 all from JFK fly overhead in the past hour or so.

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by CV990A
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

Here's a different pic (without that stupid dust spot) that I've been fairly aggressively editing for the sake of practice. The histogram looks like it is a little over-exposed, and the area around the registration / tail is probably kinda soft. Is this assessment right? What about noise? The origin...

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by CV990A
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

Fair enough - guess I'll just have to go back out and keep practicing. Thanks again.

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

OK- thanks. Here is a different shot of the 738; looking at the histogram, it doesn't look underexposed, and I don't see any blur or noise.

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Thanks again - I am learning (or trying to) from all this...

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by CV990A
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

What do people think about these pics- the first pair is a shot 'as-is', and then one where I brightened it a bit after the fact. Original - https://s5.postimg.org/mnz93ymmb/C_FEJL_20617_TF_V1.jpg Edited - https://s5.postimg.org/fyxb1oqo3/C_FEJL_20617_TF_V2.jpg I'd also appreciate pre-submittal feed...

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by CV990A
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD debt and high per passenger costs
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: IAD debt and high per passenger costs

I was under the impression a lot of the debt came from the construction of the third parallel runway (1L / 19R), the AeroTrain system intended to replace the mobile lounges, and the extension of Terminal B. I think all of this was done with the initial (highly flawed) construction schedule for the M...

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by CV990A
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alton Bay B18 ice runway.
Replies: 5
Views: 1773

Re: Alton Bay B18 ice runway.

http://www.today.com/video/today/57061870
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Two years ago the Today Show did a live report from the runway. I remember hearing there was a big push to get as many aircraft out there as possible for the segment.

http://www.today.com/video/today/57061870

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by CV990A
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

airkas1 wrote:
Level is fine, that's less critical for a pure sky shot like this. However, it is indeed very dark. A quick example of your photo below (even in my quick edit the aircraft itself is still quite dark)


Understand - thanks for the insights.

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by CV990A
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Advice / Criticism Please
Replies: 27
Views: 3647

Re: Photo Advice / Criticism Please

That's correct, much too dark. Your earlier attempts were much better in that regard. Yep - thanks. The sun wasn't in the best position yet for that one; I only took the shot because it was a logojet. Here's another one I took later that day with a better sun angle; is it still too dark? I'm also c...

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