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by sandbender
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 11905

Re: "Boeing MH-139" to replace UH-1N ...

N328KF wrote:
You are aware, are you not, that the AW139 was originally the Bell-Agusta 139, correct? Guess who did most of the design?


Agusta. The Bell-Agusta joint venture was setup with Augsta developing BA/AW139 and Bell developing the BA/AW609.

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by sandbender
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoky A350!
Replies: 45
Views: 13462

Re: Smoky A350!

Must be a problem with the air data system on that particular aircraft, the ACTDS (automatic chem trail delivery system) is not supposed to activate until they are in cruise. I think you are mistaken. He most certainly is. Everyone knows that the ACTDS chem-trail delivery system has be phased out i...

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by sandbender
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-36 Question
Replies: 27
Views: 5400

Re: B-36 Question

It all boils down to range. The US wanted a VERY long range bomber that could practically live at high altitudes, far in excess of what almost every contemporary interceptor could reach. That pusher configuration gave it a non-trivial boost in cruise efficiency over a conventional puller arrangemen...

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by sandbender
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26609

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

AA confirm that they refused to sell IG a spare part just because they are IG: https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2019/06/09/american-airlines-refuses-to-lend-part-to-air-italy-forces-35-hour-delay-for-spite/ Gee, just like I said. And I had detractors AA did not confirm they did not sell the...

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by sandbender
Thu May 23, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 3852

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/06/poli ... index.html

I don't think the US does it as frequently as the Russians, could be wrong though.
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US Fighter pilots aren't the only ones getting a little training, Russia intercepts US aircraft from time to time as well.

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/06/poli ... index.html

I don't think the US does it as frequently as the Russians, could be wrong though.

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by sandbender
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9-11 shutdown
Replies: 32
Views: 8160

Re: 9-11 shutdown

I watched a show on Con-Air on the Quest Network the other day, and they said that Con-Air flights were allowed to continue to their destinations, and were not required to land at the nearest airport. JPATS is a Federal agency, not a private/commercial service. And we know that the Saudis were allo...

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by sandbender
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samoa Airways will not take delivery of 737 Max 9
Replies: 29
Views: 8652

Re: Samoa Airways will not take delivery of 737 Max 9

They have yet to do so. That tells me that Boeing is having a problem writing the update. And with the regulators grounding the planes, there may well be cause to reject contracts, and for Boeing to pay damages. Time will tell. :roll: And if they had an update out already how many people would be c...

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by sandbender
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 759464

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

It was discussed in the aftermath of JT610 that MCAS exists to compensate for the positioning of the engines. Using the old 737 frame with larger diameter engines forced them to put the engines in front of the wing, which messed with the overall balance of the 737. Yes they most certainly have take...

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by sandbender
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 941
Views: 144305

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

There are three difference between those days and today. I'd say there's a more fundamental reason you can't compare production rates for the two. From day one, the F-16 was designed to be a purpose built, cost-effective daytime knife fighter. Initially there was even a debate about the need for a ...

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by sandbender
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5508

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

What a naive post or maybe you're trying to be a goody two shoes but we used to track the SR71's that were trying to spy on us, here in South Africa. There are interesting stories from the SAAF guys who monitored them, like drawing arrows on the ground, showing them where to exit our airspace, so y...

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by sandbender
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5508

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

tommy1808 wrote:
And when did the CIA ask to have that aircraft...


The initial request to Skunk Works was made late in 1957. The CIA approved the contract for the first dozen A-12s 11-Feb-1960, a few months before Powers was shot down.

The first A-12 flew 25-Apr-1962, the first SR-71 flew 22-Dec-1964.

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by sandbender
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5508

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

What if there was a follow on platform that was able to achieve even greater altitudes and higher speeds? So much so that the USSR couldn't ever touch it? Perhaps but if there was superior platform available towards the end of the Cold War, I think we would have heard about it by now. It's possible...

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by sandbender
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 5508

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

The SR-71 was made for violating USSR airspace & getting away with it. yes, than a) Gary Powers was shot down and b) early testing showed that the intended "too quick for a target lock" didn´t really work. best regards Thomas Ummm... 1. The U-2 incident was in 1960...SR-71 didn't come...

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by sandbender
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'
Replies: 145
Views: 19205

Re: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'

I do think airlines could do ok business selling a second seat to fat people for 50% the normal fare - simply as a courtesy. Everyone wins and very common sense. Yes, it makes sense... which is why it will never happen. Too many people will sue claiming discrimination. If you have any doubt just lo...

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by sandbender
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 136
Views: 36598

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

Without passing any judgement on the controller, faa, or the pilots I do have one question that I have not seen addressed in this discussion. Why, when it was clearly obvious to the pilots on the frequency that the controller was "disabled", did any aircraft move? Specifically why would a...

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by sandbender
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 136
Views: 36598

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

I was slammed in the other thread (since deleted) that I suggested this was a drug or alcohol problem. I was as well but I get it to some degree. It was speculation without any hard facts about a potentially career ending incident that also put hundreds of people in danger. We're all curious but th...

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by sandbender
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 136
Views: 36598

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

It's being reported that they were "incapacitated" and are on "administrative leave". That does not sound like hypoglycemia or a stroke. Federal employee here, you get put on admin leave when there's an investigation, it's not a sign of actual guilt. If one has done something wr...

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by sandbender
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 136
Views: 36598

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

It's being reported that they were "incapacitated" and are on "administrative leave". That does not sound like hypoglycemia or a stroke. Are you kidding? It was a medical issue. The ambulance was called. This “administrative leave” you speak of is disability leave. The original ...

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by sandbender
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 136
Views: 36598

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

It's being reported that they were "incapacitated" and are on "administrative leave". That does not sound like hypoglycemia or a stroke.

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by sandbender
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 619848

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I maybe wrong but I think prebennorholm is on to something here. Back in the old days, the bulky nature of the recording device meant that the FDR and CVR had to be housed in two separate boxes. With the level of miniaturization we see today using electronics and memory chips, it should be possible...

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by sandbender
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 20190

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

I think the Captain of this flight is in for some special treatment myself, terrible leadership and judgment. I'm sure the pilots on the forum can confirm that some form of exchange and eyeballing surely takes place at the hotel lobby. A simple "all good?" should've alerted anyone who ask...

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by sandbender
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 20190

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

How exactly do they do that? This is 100% supposition on my part but based on having work for/with Japanese companies. There's often a misunderstanding about Japanese culture, people see after hours parties (nomikai) where salarymen get completely ripped and assume this extends to the work place to...

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by sandbender
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China’s high-speed trains are finally coming to Hong Kong, posing threat to HK aviation?
Replies: 50
Views: 8866

Re: China’s high-speed trains are finally coming to Hong Kong, posing threat to HK aviation?

I think HSR is clearly a winner. Imagine if the US had HSR along I-95... The Acela is still the best option for DC to Manhattan. And this is despite the aging rolling stock, frequent delays and the fact that Penn & Union Stations make LGA look like paradise on earth. If you need to go to the ou...

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by sandbender
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Pilots Indicted for lying on FAA medical application
Replies: 15
Views: 4568

Re: Airline Pilots Indicted for lying on FAA medical applicatiom

I’d bet they’ll get a general counsel finding that the cross-matching isn’t about HIPPA medical information but the disability paymrnts It states that's the case in the article, they were collecting VA benefits for conditions not disclosed to the FAA. Asleson and three other pilots have all been ac...

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by sandbender
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Scrapping
Replies: 91
Views: 28785

Re: 787 Scrapping

It would have originally gone to Northwest Airlines (nee Delta) I know I'm being really nit-picky here, but "nee Delta" is not a correct use of the term. "Nee" means formerly known as (often used to reference someone's maiden, or "birth" name). Northwest was not born o...

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by sandbender
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater
Replies: 152
Views: 24490

Re: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater

But put people on to a bus that is LCAC'd over... Easy. But fuel intensive. If it came to that I imagine they'd put buses on either side and just use standard ferries to shuttle people. The dock/pier at KIX is setup for foot traffic and would require modifications to support roll-on/roll-off anyway...

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by sandbender
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child
Replies: 97
Views: 9191

Re: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child

It's kind of a wonder airlines haven't installed video camera's on all their planes by now. Would quickly help establish which side was embellishing the truth. I imagine the certification, installation, etc. costs would be quite high but how lawsuits do you have to settle before it breaks even?

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by sandbender
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 18649

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

I appreciate the better explanation Gatorman96. I also wanted to add that my characterization of passengers being stupid at times was a generalization and not an attack against musicians, cellists or this specific cellist. I'm also not in the airline or aerospace industry, I'm just an enthusiast. My...

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by sandbender
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 18649

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

Anyone flying with their Cello, will be a professional Cello-player with 4x as much education as anyone in the aviation business, and you call them too stupid to fasten the seatbelts to the secure points of their $150,000 instrument their entire professional life depends on. What great analysis! Wh...

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by sandbender
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 18649

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

No. That is an incorrect assumption. The Cello is 1/5 of a persons weight, and it is better secured to the seat than a person. Per pure facts and logic, it is therefore a false assumption. Yes it supposed to be secured and the restraints are more than sufficient for handling it but a very large par...

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by sandbender
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 18649

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

I'm still not clear how a cello is more dangerous than a person in a non-bulkhead window seat. Since they specifically state that it has to be a physical bulkhead my uninformed assumption is that they're hoping to minimize possible injuries caused by a 18-20kg+ cello in a hard case in the event of ...

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by sandbender
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 11288

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

Current conditions in Phoenix give a density altitude of 1160m (Sky Harbor is 346m). Holding everything else the same but dropping the temperature from 33.34C to 23.34C (~20F difference) gives a density altitude of 822m, 338m or 1110ft difference.

Air Density Calculator

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by sandbender
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 11288

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

SCQ83 wrote:
I imagine being LCY-IBZ most people were on holidays and taking more checked luggage than a typical LCY flight?


IBZ? Only an extra kilo or two.

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by sandbender
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 11288

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

Must be a typo, there is absolutely no way the temperature can reach 95 degrees. Life isn't even possible under those temperatures. 95F = 35C. Though my wife would agree that life isn't possible at that temperature. Some British media still cling to Fahrenheit (and will even switch to make better h...

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by sandbender
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 11288

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

The issue at London City's is the 1508m runway which is shorter than all the runways at Phoenix (2377m, 3139m and 3502m). The extra length allows take off even with the reduced aircraft performance in high heat. With that said, 95F (36C) is a "nice" summer day in Phoenix. AA cancelled flig...

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by sandbender
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17903

Re: China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

South China Sea is an inner marine body of China since it was found five millennia ago. This is indisputable. An "inner" marine sea bordered by Vietnam to the west, the Philippines to the east and Malaysia/Brunei to the south. By that definition the Gulf of Mexico belongs to the US and th...

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by sandbender
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 70
Views: 9885

Re: Drone flies close to A380

A dji would not make an engine go Boom. These engines ingest so many birds and gigantic chunks of ice on a daily basis. Birds don't have lithium-ion batteries. Granted, it's probably not going to cause a catastrophic failure but an explosion, no matter how small, is going to have a different result...

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by sandbender
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service
Replies: 95
Views: 13460

Re: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service

Far more people drive on roads where there have been fatal accidents. Should those roads be permanently closed? What about hotel rooms people have died in? I understand the need to pay respects but there are practical limits.

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by sandbender
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog found dead after cross-country DL flight
Replies: 84
Views: 7748

Re: Dog found dead after cross-country DL flight

questions wrote:
When an is checked in to fly in the cargo hold, does the passenger have to sign anything noting that they are accepting some level of risk due to the dangers of flying for animals?


I'm not certain, there may be fine print on the extra paperwork but I've never read it in it's entirety.

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by sandbender
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog found dead after cross-country DL flight
Replies: 84
Views: 7748

Re: It Appears That DL Kills Dogs, Too,

How could this happen? When customer checks something (non-luggage) for cargo, doesn’t the airline note what the contents are, especially when it’s a live animal? Wouldn’t Delta’s system then prevent the checkin of the item, in this case a dog, since it’s past May 15th? It's been my experience that...

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by sandbender
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog found dead after cross-country DL flight
Replies: 84
Views: 7748

Re: Dog found dead after cross-country DL flight

The fault here lies with the owners and Delta. Delta did not follow their own policies and the owners did not exercise sound judgement checking their dog Phoenix. It doesn't matter that they left on the early morning flight, the overnight temperature in Phoenix 29th-30th was 75F (24C) and the tarmac...

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by sandbender
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ‘Air Force Un’: As North Korea’s leader steps onto international stage, a question over his ability to fly
Replies: 23
Views: 5531

Re: ‘Air Force Un’: As North Korea’s leader steps onto international stage, a question over his ability to fly

'nough said.. He took a train for his recent visit to China. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-travelled-china-armoured-train/9596838 The other photos are from a photo-op from his late father's birthday in 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955471/All...

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by sandbender
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if a jewish person flew JFK-MXP on EK?
Replies: 64
Views: 10327

Re: What if a jewish person flew JFK-MXP on EK?

There is generally nothing on your passport that indicates that you're "jewish", jewish is a religion not a nationality. If you're Israeli national and flying into a Muslim country, that can be a problem. It can even be a problem if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport. Israeli used ...

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by sandbender
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Call sign for N757AF (Donald Trump).
Replies: 35
Views: 11665

Re: Call sign for N757AF (Donald Trump).

I'm sure many people on here know this but for those who don't the call signs "Air Force One", "Marine One", etc didn't come about until 1953. Prior to 1943 standard commercial flights were generally used. From 1943 to 1953 USA(A)F planes were used for Presidential travel but the...

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by sandbender
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pucker factor in airline simulators
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Pucker factor in airline simulators

I'm a NYC resident and a life long plane nut so I'm taking in everything around the movie "Sully" that I can. Clint Eastwood (the director and, of course, Dirty Harry) made the comment that simulations showed that they could have returned to LGA. Just thinking it over without any piloting ...

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