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by CV990A
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The New Normal? AA IAD-CLT-MYR
Replies: 0
Views: 1082

The New Normal? AA IAD-CLT-MYR

This is my first trip report in a few years - my flights the past few years have consisted of regular domestic business trips and the occasional flight to visit family up and down the US East Coast. I figured my 5th DCA-STL CRJ flight of the year wasn't of interest, especially given the usual assort...

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by CV990A
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov makes first aircraft without russian components.
Replies: 33
Views: 8675

Re: Antonov makes first aircraft without russian components.

There was a (short-lived?) agreement signed by the Saudis and the Ukrainians where Antonov was going to set up a production line outside of Riyadh for the RSAF and other potential Middle Eastern countries. The plan was for the Saudis to buy up to 35 of the jets.

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by CV990A
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways B1900 from CLT
Replies: 49
Views: 6470

Re: US Airways B1900 from CLT

When did ZV take over? I've got an August '99 North American OAG, and all I see are CC Air J31s to AHN / AGS / CSG / GSO / PGV / GSP / HKY / HTS / ISO / LWB / LEX / LYH / SOP / RWI

There isn't a single BE1 flight out of CLT that I can find.

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by CV990A
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87685

Re: First ever GE-powered 777 (G-ZZZA) retired

I flew this bird LHR-IAD back in February of 2007; it also happened to be my first-ever 777 flight. Sorry to see it go, but not surprised given the environment.

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by CV990A
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29569

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

I flew IAD-PEK back in 1994, and was routed IAD-ORD-NRT-PEK, all on United. The IAD-ORD-PEK flight had the same flight number, although we changed planes from a 757 to 744 at ORD. NRT-PEK was on a 742.

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by CV990A
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate
Replies: 33
Views: 1898

Re: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate

More often than not, this happens for me at DCA - it's not worth it if your flight lands early as you'll always have to wait for a gate to open.

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by CV990A
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 377 Cabin question
Replies: 53
Views: 11357

Re: Boeing 377 Cabin question

[quote="wernerga3"][/quote]

I love how the ad quotes a surcharge of $125 for the 'suites' at the front of the aircraft. And to think I once got excited when BA offered me an upgrade to Premium Economy for $125! Now, granted inflation, but still!

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by CV990A
Sat May 30, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10598

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

Dominion301 wrote:
Maybe you were on a Dash 8-100 in the 39 seat configuration where row 1 on the starboard side of the aircraft faced row 2. Mixing up to separate trips perhaps?


No - I remember the Dash-8 clearly, as I had a window seat, and was upset I couldn't see squat because the engine blocked my view!

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by CV990A
Wed May 20, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 94
Views: 8498

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Didn't book it, but my favorite routing I saw was an option for DCA-LGA-PHL-HPN when booking a DCA-HPN non-stop trip. With layovers, it turned what should be a 1-hour trip into about a 7-hour ordeal

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by CV990A
Fri May 08, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future Of First Class? (and who would pay for it?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1800

Re: Future Of First Class? (and who would pay for it?)

Anyone buying US domestic F for the catering needs their head checked. The appeal for me is the legroom; I'm tall and the ability to sit comfortably on a flight is much appreciated.

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by CV990A
Thu May 07, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you spend an additional hour in a car to avoid COVID-19 hassle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1623

Re: Would you spend an additional hour in a car to avoid COVID-19 hassle?

I drove DC-Boston once and after I got home I swore I'd never complain about the cost of airfare again! I regularly travel DC-NY, and have driven, flown, and taken the train and driving is by far my preferred method - especially since I'm not staying in the city proper. My fly vs. drive pain thresho...

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by CV990A
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2403

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

Last trip was at the end of February IAD-CLT-MYR r/t to visit my in-laws. I've since had a trio of work trips cancelled: IAD-CLT-SEA-DFW-IAD and DCA-STL-DCA at the end of March, and another IAD-CLT-SEA-CLT-IAD trip for early June cancelled. And of course, all three were already booked, so even thoug...

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by CV990A
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10598

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

USAir had that exact configuration on their DC9s before merging with Piedmont in 1989, but AFAIK they didn't fly that route non-stop. Did you connect or fly another time as a UM? I did fly ISP-DCA non-stop as a UM several years later with USAir - but it was on a Dash 8. I could be mis-remembering t...

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by CV990A
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10598

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

Only flew them once - on the ISP-IAD flight as a UM coming home from visiting my grandparents. I remember boarding the DC-9 in ISP via airstairs, and vaguely recall sitting in row 1 which was in a club configuration facing backwards towards row 2. Is that right? I've never been able to find a NYA se...

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by CV990A
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern MD-11 era in the 1990's
Replies: 5
Views: 1835

Re: China Eastern MD-11 era in the 1990's

I flew one PEK-SHA back in March 1994; flight MU5183. It was my first MD-11 flight. I also remember the flight being very empty; I had the whole row of 9 seats to myself!

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by CV990A
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?

The Textron furloughs are being staggered between March 23 through May 29. I know my aerospace industry employer is trying to work out how we can have 'virtual' summer interns since we are all working remote, but they haven't announced a final plan yet. Textron is a good company, but if you've got o...

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by CV990A
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental 747's and EWR
Replies: 51
Views: 6983

Re: Continental 747's and EWR

I'm also pretty sure they flew the EWR-HNL route, at least in the late 80s.

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by CV990A
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Simple Flying's inaccurate aviation articles
Replies: 26
Views: 4143

Re: Simple Flying's inaccurate aviation articles

Wouldn't be shocked at all if the author was a user on here, taking whatever random ideas show up in some of these threads, and then making them into articles on that site. Stranger things have happened They read like some of the thread starters I've seen here. I'm also a fan of their 'What happene...

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by CV990A
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?
Replies: 28
Views: 1864

Re: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?

A DC-based AA FF here - with one exception where I flew Spirit (1/4 the price of AA all-in and a N/S flight vs. a CLT layover on a holiday weekend) - I've only flown AA for the past 6+ years. From my experience AA is a fine airline, but when IRROPS happen, things do tend to go to hell in a handbaske...

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by CV990A
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is KCOS to KDEN the shortest mainline flight in the lower 48?
Replies: 41
Views: 6651

Re: Is KCOS to KDEN the shortest mainline flight in the lower 48?

I've flown COS-DEN and TUS-PHX, and according to my FlightMemory, the TUS-PHX flight was 2 minutes faster! (UA E170 vs. AA CR9)

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by CV990A
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Refund for flights on jets with sport teams you hate, pink ribbons, etc.
Replies: 21
Views: 5123

Re: Refund for flights on jets with sport teams you hate, pink ribbons, etc.

Actually, I did have this happen to me once- I was flying MCO-IAD on United, and we got one of the Star Alliance logojets. An elderly passenger saw the plane pull into the gate, and went up to the podium and demanded to be put on a different flight, because he wanted to fly on United, not "what...

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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: 8439

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: 7349

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: 3303

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: 6192

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: 8773

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: 4860

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: 2870

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: 2870

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: 5279

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: 2701

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: 6060

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: 3606

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: 3606

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: 4164

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: 18088

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: 5741

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: 7393

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: 674

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: 1357

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: 2783

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: 3907

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: 1357

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: 3446

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: 4073

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: 3907

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.

Image

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: 4620

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: 3887

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: 11849

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: 1304

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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