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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RIP SDV (Sde Dov, Israel)
Replies: 13
Views: 4885

Re: RIP SDV

I only flew there once, from Eilat to Sde Dov. An Israir ATR-42, formerly Continental Express. Fun flight, and Sde Dov was far far easier to use than the fortress of Ben Gurion.

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by DaveFly
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawn mowers: Gas vs. electric
Replies: 32
Views: 1706

Re: Lawn mowers: Gas vs. electric

I’ve had two battery-operated mowers. My property is 1/3 acre (I don’t know the metric conversion). The older Black & Decker could handle one-half of the job, so I bought an extra battery. Then I bought a new EGO, whose battery lasts for the full job. I use the mulch setting, and it’s self-prope...

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by DaveFly
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?
Replies: 71
Views: 4770

Re: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?

I’ve been to both cities several times for business and leisure. It reminds me that I’ve read in various travel books/blogs/columns that the only truly unique cities in the U.S. (based on culture/architecture/geography etc) are San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York. I’d probably agree with that, ...

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by DaveFly
Sat May 18, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Goodbye to my dear Mother
Replies: 30
Views: 4045

Re: Goodbye to my dear Mother

Very sorry to hear your news. I lost my father in 2010, and for awhile I wondered how I’d get past it. I still think of him everyday, but without that stabbing pain when it’s all new. My mother is 90, and doing poorly. I know it’ll be soon, and she’s had a good and full life, but I’ll miss her forev...

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by DaveFly
Thu May 09, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?
Replies: 131
Views: 3847

Re: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?

You probably know that Senator Richard Burr, REPUBLICAN chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has subpoenaed Don Trump Junior to appear. They want him to clarify statements he previously made before the Senate that don’t jive with current knowledge. Has Republican Burr Miss Used his authori...

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by DaveFly
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?
Replies: 30
Views: 4945

Re: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?

Another 13/31 just north of 13L/31R at JFK where the northern cargo area is. Plenty of space there and all the cargo ops can be consolidated at the western side of the airport. I guess you could also add another 4/22 runway between 4R/22L and 4L/22R, but the runways would be really close together a...

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by DaveFly
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22091

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

I’ve been following this fascinating thread. Obviously 747Whale has some very valid arguments, and after all, he flew the damn thing! From my armchair, I’m going to surmise that the MD-11 simply has to be flown very precisely, never out of parameters, absolutely by-the-book. That’s not a poorly-desi...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hillary 2020
Replies: 77
Views: 4325

Re: Hillary 2020

I supported Hillary, contributed money to her campaign, didn’t doubt for a moment that she would cream the Creature Known As Trump.
Having said that, her time has passed. It would be counterproductive to run again. Somebody needs to tell Bernie the same thing.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: El Al 747's Tel Aviv to Eilat??
Replies: 16
Views: 2305

Re: El Al 747's Tel Aviv to Eilat??

I’ve flown from Eilat to Tel Aviv, specifically Sde Dov Airport, not Ben Gurion. It was on an Israir ATR-42 (former Continental), and it took about 30 minutes for the 175 mile flight. Great fun, actually.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kamala Harris Announces Candidacy for President
Replies: 46
Views: 2679

Re: Kamala Harris Announces Candidacy for President

Appealing to ‘White Progressives’ and ‘Millennials of Color,’ as touted on CNN.

Sorry, that won’t win independents and purple states.

Find someone who can actually win.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-87 a failure?
Replies: 46
Views: 10079

Re: Was the MD-87 a failure?

The BAe 146/Avro RJ is interesting in that it got a break with a couple of airlines in the US but wasn't really long lived. ⋅ BAe 146-200 with PSA. Only retained by USAir for a few years after the merger. ⋅ BAe 146 with AirCal. Only retained by American Airlines for a few years ...

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by DaveFly
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The shaving thread (all parts)
Replies: 37
Views: 2580

Re: The shaving thread (all parts)

At my age, stubble/shadow doesn’t make me look sexy; it makes me look homeless. I tried an electric years ago, but it didn’t cut close, and badly irritated my skin. I now use a cheap Bic, cheap foam, shave both with and against the grain. I do trim the — ahem — bush to keep everything neat and well-...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 110
Views: 25175

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

I must be the odd man out because I love the United/Continental livery! If any Big Three needs a do-over, it’s the God-awful American livery. Truly dreadful. I thought I’d get used to it eventually. But nobody other than av-geeks like us could care less anyway! Re the A-300, my one and only flight w...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?
Replies: 75
Views: 15423

Re: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?

After reading all the comments, it’s still conjecture. I quite sure Singapore didn’t flip a coin to decide which airport to serve. There are huge multinational corporations in Central & Northern Jersey, and it’s most likely that that swung Singapore’s decision, along with companies in Manhattan ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

My most recent experience at FRA was from the Middle East to Newark with a three-hour connection, all on Lufthansa. And I almost didn’t make it. -An unexpected 45-min holding pattern above FRA -No available gate, a long step down from the 340 to a bus -Somehow got out of the schengen area, so had to...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl
Replies: 253
Views: 18284

Re: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl

This has to be one of the most bizarre threads I’ve read here. Valet attendants, Joe Lieberman, retirement at 40, everything but the kitchen sink! I grew up in Alexandra’s district in the Bronx. No special insight from me though; it was a completely different demographic then. Keep in mind that she ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle
Replies: 10
Views: 5132

Re: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle

Best wishes for a complete recovery. I’ve flown SWF-PHL a few times on Eagle because one of my children lives in Philly, and I loathe driving and traffic. It’s such a short flight, so the 145 was just fine with me. I also flew with my another child (they’re all in their 20s) on the 145 from Newark t...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migraines
Replies: 29
Views: 2009

Re: Migraines

I used to get incredibly debilitating migraines. They were so bad that I’d hallucinate, and they’d take 48 hours to recover from. Absolutely nothing helped, so I’d O.D. on painkillers to knock myself out, and sleep with an ice pack on my head. Then I began taking beta blockers for an unrelated cardi...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13900

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

I can’t add much to this discussion, but I recall reading, in a book about the 747 development, that the B-52 was a completely different species than the jetliner that would become the 707. The B-52 was a heavy longeron design, the 707 was to be a skin-and-stringer design. Utterly different design c...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5669

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

[quote= The Port Authority always had a Jersey bias and EWR bias. Everything was always about NJ...has to do with the politics of the board and the Chair being a NJ appointee. They literally ran JFK into the ground in the 80s concentrating on EWR.[/quote] Do you really think so? I never got that imp...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5669

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

For a funny bit of history — when I was in college in the 1970s, PANYNJ ran ads calling Newark “New York’s Best-Kept Secret!” I used to fly out of Newark on Piedmont back then, even though I lived in NYC. I still use Newark now because I live on the west side of the Hudson, so it’s still more conven...

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by DaveFly
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s
Replies: 70
Views: 11547

Re: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s

Well, I’ve been on all El Al’s longhaul aircraft in the last decade, and I’ll miss the 747. The 747/767s were long-in-the-tooth, but they were comfortable. I’m sorry to hear that the 777 is going 3-4-3, but it was inevitable. I just flew El Al’s 787 in October. I thought it was very cramped, but tha...

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by DaveFly
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4673

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Too many to name! First off, I’ve lived in NYC and surrounding area for 60+ years, so all the sights are simply home to me. Bahamas (in the 1970s); everything smelled like Aramis to me. Loved it! Portugal, fascinating. Niagara Falls; don’t laugh, it’s quite spectacular. London; where to begin? Paris...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 112
Views: 16121

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

Is it possible that the delays/cancellations affect Skywest more than the other Delta Connection carriers? I’m just using my own experience, and it’s always a problem. As for HPN, my house in the Hudson Valley is 1-1/4 hours from HPN. So if I can’t use SWF, I’d rather bite the bullet and drive to EWR.

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by DaveFly
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 112
Views: 16121

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

I am completely ignorant of the stats you guys know about CRJ economics and union contracts. I’m not in the industry. But I fly on Delta Connection (Skywest) every month from SWF. And I’m guaranteed a bad experience. The incoming flights are often canceled or late. So there goes my connection. Or if...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J
Replies: 7
Views: 9593

Re: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J

Nice report! I’ve flown Lufthansa several times, on the 744 and 346, and always enjoyed excellent service, even in Economy! The flight attendants had a hard time avoiding a good laugh at my German language skills, but I made a good effort. I didn’t like Frankfurt Airport though. It was a mess from b...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?
Replies: 93
Views: 4825

Re: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?

I was just talking about this issue today with an old friend. I said that most non-Americans are at least bilingual, but it’s unheard of here. I studied French, German, and Hebrew in high school (at least one additional language was a requirement in NYC in the early-1970s). I don’t know why I chose ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 6756

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

I’m sort of dumbfounded by many of the comments because I’ve flown on the 717 many times (AirTran, Delta, Hawaiian), the MD-90 (Delta), and countless DC-9/MD-80s. I never noticed any excessive noise from the air conditioning on any of them, nor did I hear excessive slipstream noise. We all know that...

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY Religious Woes Redux
Replies: 55
Views: 13852

Re: LY Religious Woes Redux

Oh, I’m opening a can of worms here! So I’ll try to keep the focus on aviation and away from politics. My daughter and her family live in Israel. Like the majority in Israel, they’re secular, don’t participate in organized religion, and want nothing to do with settlements and territories. But becaus...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?
Replies: 109
Views: 12828

Re: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?

Like most commenters, I don’t understand the issue. I’ve flown out of EWR terminal B and C in the last two months. Everything was fine. It’s not as if I’m buying an apartment there. It’s functional, that’s all I expect.

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20776

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

https://youtu.be/R2EJfvyVpl0
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FWIW, here’s a video I shot of a Dash-8 hop from JHM West Kapalua to HNL Honolulu. Interesting takeoff procedure on the 3000-ft runway!
https://youtu.be/R2EJfvyVpl0

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 221
Views: 18740

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Script handwriting 8mm movies (I still have a projector) Kodachrome slides AAA road maps Sliderule (still have one and know how to use it) Financial tables in the back of the textbook Horn & Hardart Automat Manual Elevator with an Elevator Man Movie Theater matrons (who would kill you if you utt...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5184

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

I don’t know why, in spite of what has been said in the forum. NORWEGIAN caters to cheapskates willing to inconvenience themselves extremely to save a few bucks (the same cheapskates who stay in Airbnb’s and make neighborhood unaffordable for actual tenants). I live in Brooklyn. If I were to take a...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5184

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I
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I shot this short video of a Norwegian 787 flying out of Stewart. I don’t know if it was a substitution for a 737, or perhaps a training flight.
https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5184

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

Seems like the most random THREAD ever. Norwegian flies the route because it’s apparently popular and profitable. It could also be the reason why JetBlue, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and Allegiant fly to SWF. Or why FedEx and DHL have operations there. Or perhaps that the Hudson Valley current...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 8954

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Douglas DC-8-63

Perfect proportions. And it was my very first flight, so also a sentimental favorite.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One year since UA has retired 747
Replies: 14
Views: 2044

Re: One year since UA has retired 747

In the last five years, I flew on 747s of Delta, Lufthansa, and El Al. True, they were all a bit dated in terms of IFE and cabin updates. But they were so comfortable! It was like putting on an old pair of worn-in shoes.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European destinations no longer served by DL
Replies: 59
Views: 8057

Re: European destinations no longer served by DL

https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc
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Delta obviously knows what’s best for their network. I had a very pleasant flight with them from Newark to Paris a few years ago:
https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc

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by DaveFly
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR prior to UA and CO merger
Replies: 48
Views: 5171

Re: EWR prior to UA and CO merger

Amelia Earhart flew into Newark on several occasions. In the 1970s, I flew from EWR on Piedmont a few times to visit college buddies. Incredibly, the Port Authority used to run commercials that portrayed Newark as ‘New York’s best-kept secret airport!’ Who would’ve thought they’d grow into a mega hub!

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return
Replies: 29
Views: 2488

Re: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return

DL ATL-SWF. When I lived near SWF, it was much easier than dealing with going up to ALB, HPN, or BDL for a nonstop. There are a lot of people who prefer the ease of SWF and would fly out there if they had more service that wasn't geared towards vacationers. BOS-ISP, while short as the crow flies, w...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Describe AA in 3 Words Article
Replies: 117
Views: 13169

Re: Describe AA in 3 Words Article

Hapless
Helpless
Hopeless

When AA and US merged, I thought, wow, two shitty airlines now become one shit airline.

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by DaveFly
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY winter schedule starts today:767 reired from longhaul
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: LY winter schedule starts today:767 reired from longhaul

Just my opinion — I flew LY 789 last week EWR-TLV-EWR. I was so disappointed with the (dis)comfort of the Economy seats. Since LY’s 777s are still configured 3-3-3, I wish I they were still used on longer-haul routes.

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11398

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Because Delta are TOTO fans? “I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain) I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain) I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (Ah, gonna take the time) Gonna take some time to do the things we ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Re: First ride on the Boeing 787

https://youtu.be/oRRc_8B8SXg
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Here is the takeoff from TLV on the way to EWR:

https://youtu.be/oRRc_8B8SXg

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Re: First ride on the Boeing 787

Sorry to hear your flight was torture. BUT... 1. That exit row seat...of course it was narrow. With no seatback in front of you, the arm rests were probably fixed as well as wider than normal to accommodate the fold out tray table and or video screen. Unfortunately they don't provide wider seats to...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

First ride on the Boeing 787

As an aviation enthusiast, I’ve been waiting to experience my first ride on the 787. Major disappointment. The economy seats, as on most 787 carriers, were torture. I booked an exit row, so at least I had some legroom. But my “window” seat didn’t have a window, and I could barely fit my arse in the ...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting in MSP or ATL
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: Connecting in MSP or ATL

I’ve recently transferred at both airports, and they were each very good. ATL and MSP are both good options, far better than some other hubs I can name.

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by DaveFly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4959

Re: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019

I flew on my first El Al 787 on Wednesday, although I’ve been on LY’s 747/777s many times. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. I sat in Economy in an exit row, so although I had plenty of legroom, the seats were so narrow it was nearly unbearable. The flight was fast though — 9-1/2 hours EWR-TLV.

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by DaveFly
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4959

Re: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019

I have flown many LY 747s over the years. They are like wearing an old comfortable pair of shoes. I’m sad to see them go, but they really need a cabin overhaul to be competitive. As for me, I’m flying next week on my very first 787, EWR-TLV. I’m excited!

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Brussels Airlines JFK-TLV A330/A320
Replies: 12
Views: 8608

Re: Brussels Airlines JFK-TLV A330/A320

Nice trip report!

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