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by nighthawk
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Govt awards U.S. Airlines $3.2Bil in airlift contracts
Replies: 26
Views: 5235

Re: US Govt awards U.S. Airlines $3.2 in airlift contracts

sassiciai wrote:
It might be a good idea to amend the thread title - contracts for airlift totaling $3.2 is not big news, it's the price of maybe 1 coffee!


no wonder the airlines are struggling. How will they make money off this? They'll be lucky to get a dollar between them

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by nighthawk
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 144
Views: 32749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

I think the view controls are frustrating.Almost to the point where it makes me mad. Doesn't seem like I can get it to stay "looking" where I want. I enjoyed the old FS ways to manipulate the views. For me this is the biggest gripe. I loved the old spot view in FSX where it just fixed on ...

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by nighthawk
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 144
Views: 32749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

I thought i'd just share a few overall thoughts too... Overall its a great new sim, and will give a fantastic base to build on in years to come. The aircraft handling, particularly in smaller aircraft is a lot more realistic.. especially in turbulent conditions. Aircraft bounce around at the best of...

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by nighthawk
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)
Replies: 35
Views: 3827

Re: When thrust lever 3 corresponds to engine n°4 (a 747 case)

I'm pretty sure you could just swap the cables. Sounds like an easy fix.

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by nighthawk
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A320 Poster - Legal issues when selling?
Replies: 6
Views: 1850

Re: A320 Poster - Legal issues when selling?

how were the aircraft created? Are they taken from photographs or from drawings you found online? If so, then you'll need the permission of the photographer or artist who created it. If you've drawn the liveries yourself then you should be fine.

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by nighthawk
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many active NAMC YS-11s are left?
Replies: 14
Views: 4053

Re: How many active NAMC YS-11s are left?

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I've got 18 down as active on http://www.planelogger.com, although they havent been updated for a while, so might be unreliable. its difficult to get info on the rarer types such as this. I'd appreciate if anyone can advise on the status of these.

https://pasteboard.co/JlHiyN0.png

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by nighthawk
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN-225 lower 48 visit 31JUL2020
Replies: 40
Views: 9019

Re: AN-225 lower 48 visit 31JUL2020

Chateroux appears to have been a tech stop too... according to this article it was carrying US Army Oshkosh trucks, which are due to be fitted with Israeli made Iron Dome anti-missile technology. World's largest cargo plane to land in Israel carrying Iron Dome trucks https://www.jpost.com/israel-new...

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by nighthawk
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 144
Views: 32749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

I heard they planned on adding the 737 MAX.. but it was so realistic it was unflyable :duck:

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by nighthawk
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relatively few bankruptcies so far
Replies: 20
Views: 3430

Re: Relatively few bankruptcies so far

Wait until next year. Governments will be ending their furlough schemes by the end of this year, at which point labour costs will go through the roof. Coupled with lower than normal demand over the winter, and you'll find a lot of airlines very quickly burning through their government backed loans a...

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by nighthawk
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor

One of the most crucial things in business is cashflow. Even successful businesses can collapse if theres a drop in cashflow. Airlines are no exception, and they need people to be booking now and paying cash, in order to keep operating, it doesnt matter if the passenger plans to travel now or next y...

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by nighthawk
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Mystery Airline - looking for more info!
Replies: 1
Views: 1928

Re: Mystery Airline - looking for more info!

Thats an interesting photo... I've looked up the registration in our database and the aircraft used the registration SX-BBO while operating for Air Forum. It later was re-registered to SE-LDK when it left to join Flygbussen p ZaHills. Air Forum only operated 2 Shorts SC-7s. Aircraft Info: http://www...

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by nighthawk
Wed May 13, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 504
Views: 38591

Re: Virgin Atlantic Plans GLA for 2021

Would VS ever operate EDI-MCO as well as or instead of from GLA? Is there a reason GLA was chosen over EDI, given both airports operate long-haul flights? Many reasons: - Glasgow is a much larger city, therefore providing much greater outbound demand. EDI does well because of the large inbound mark...

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by nighthawk
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 72226

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

DarkSnowyNight wrote:

An A225 would easily be an attractive alternative


I think the Antonov An225 might be a little overkill, especially for the UK domestic network :-D

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by nighthawk
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?
Replies: 60
Views: 8979

Re: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?

For each point that you claim is a safety issue, please give one example where it resulted in an accident in the last 10 years. Better yet, one that claimed a fatality. If you can't then it isn't a safety issue.

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by nighthawk
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: airline fleet info sites
Replies: 10
Views: 1524

Re: airline fleet info sites

www.planelogger.com - it also allows you to mark off which ones you have seen. It's the only one with a full historical list for every airline too - right back to the 1950's and 60's fleets.
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There's also www.planelogger.com - it also allows you to mark off which ones you have seen. It's the only one with a full historical list for every airline too - right back to the 1950's and 60's fleets.

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by nighthawk
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long-er haul narrowbody crewing economics.
Replies: 13
Views: 2708

Re: Long-er haul narrowbody crewing economics.

You all realize that this has been happening for years on the 757? Continental/United, American and Delta have been running three pilots on the 757 and been doing quite well. If anything the lower costs of the A321 will help, not hurt. I was just going to say this... United do it fairly frequently ...

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by nighthawk
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stobart Air in trouble
Replies: 36
Views: 11085

Re: Stobart Air in trouble

It is a dumb, clumsy sounding name that says absolutely nothing. What a terribly uninformed post. Stobart Group are extremely well recognised and respected in the logistics industry primarily through their trucking division (Eddie Stobart) but recently through their rail and airport operations. Giv...

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by nighthawk
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Make a flight route map?
Replies: 8
Views: 3007

Re: Make a flight route map?

www.planelogger.com to your list then.. although the flight logging part is a bit weak at the moment.
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danvs wrote:
I log my flights on my.flightradar24.com, openflights.org, flightmemory.com and airfleets.net
None of them is perfect, each has its pros and cons.


you might as well add www.planelogger.com to your list then.. although the flight logging part is a bit weak at the moment.

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by nighthawk
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5102

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

There are still a lot of unserved routes following flybe's collapse. I can't help but feel there's room for a new entrant in to the market, perhaps even Stobart Air taking on some routes of their own outside of the Aer Lingus franchise agreement.

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by nighthawk
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

seansasLCY wrote:
Danhill1905 wrote:
Blue Islands has apparently expressed interest in taking over the PSO route from Newquay to LHR/LGW.


Surely this cant be given PSO status now that BA have launched LHR-NQY?

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by nighthawk
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Loganair are taking on the following routes:

Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, Manchester and Jersey
Edinburgh to Cardiff, Exeter, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton.
Glasgow to Exeter and Southampton.
Inverness to Belfast City, Birmingham and Jersey.
Newcastle to Exeter and Southampton.

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by nighthawk
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

the captain of the GLA-BHX flight that diverted to MAN has apparently told the passengers flybe has gone in to administration.

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by nighthawk
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

"I have it on exceptionally good authority that Flybe will cease flying in a few hours time once Recievers staff arrive at all hub locations. Sad day but hardly surprising." - from twitter.

Reports that an aircraft has been impounded at GLA

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by nighthawk
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 extra seats for the taking on A220
Replies: 29
Views: 4937

Re: 3 extra seats for the taking on A220

Francoflier wrote:
Airbus has become very good at making galleys and lavs just big enough that the UN will not classify them as inhumane torture devices to make more space for seats...

Then again, I suppose this is what the airlines want.


I think Boeing / American Airlines are the market leader in that department...

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by nighthawk
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!
Replies: 87
Views: 10769

Re: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!

We don't even understand if a plane can take off from a conveyor belt... so why would we understand the forces that keep it in the air? :stirthepot:

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by nighthawk
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 107
Views: 11645

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020

PlaneMad134 wrote:
I wonder why only 9 days?

Especially those 9 days... Easter is the weekend after.

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by nighthawk
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes
Replies: 159
Views: 21794

Re: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes

I can see this happening eventually... but only after the UK removes ownership restrictions for US based companies. It may be British Airways on the side, but will be owned by AA...

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by nighthawk
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to Atlantic Airway's New York Plan?
Replies: 10
Views: 2369

Re: What happened to Atlantic Airway's New York Plan?

cedarjet wrote:
The population is 50,000. 145 flights on a Norwegian 787 and that’s everyone gone. We’ll see flights to Saturn before the Faroes get transatlantic service

You're forgetting about inbound tourism though.

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by nighthawk
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030
Replies: 80
Views: 11322

Re: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030

While it won't replace more than a few A320s/737s, 300 nm is far from useless. I can certainly see a market for it where high speed rail is impossible or expensive due to water or mountains. Like many domestic routes in Norway, routes across the Baltic sea, GRU-GIG, DUB-Great Britain. [/quote] The ...

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by nighthawk
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no flight from Wick to Glasgow, but there is from Wick to Aberdeen and Edinburgh?
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Why no flight from Wick to Glasgow, but there is from Wick to Aberdeen and Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is the capital, and therefore local councillors and politicians will be moving back and forward frequently between the two. Likewise to London via onward connections. Beyond that, there's just no reason to go to Glasgow, and if anyone does need to, they can use the train from just outside ...

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by nighthawk
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

but what really happens is that the taxpayer is investing so the shareholders can walk away with the slots without investing anything. The government isn't investing a penny. They are simply allowing flybe to delay payment of APD. They still owe this money, and will need to pay it back in 3 years t...

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by nighthawk
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Longest possible flight in the world?
Replies: 7
Views: 2321

Re: Longest possible flight in the world?

http://www.gcmap.com and type in any airport code. Under the information it displays the closest and furthest airfield from that point. e.g for LIS - it's:

Farthest: NPL: 12263 mi / 19735 km
New Plymouth, TKI, NZ
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Just go to http://www.gcmap.com and type in any airport code. Under the information it displays the closest and furthest airfield from that point. e.g for LIS - it's:

Farthest: NPL: 12263 mi / 19735 km
New Plymouth, TKI, NZ

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by nighthawk
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

https://news.sky.com/story/flybe-begs-m ... l-11908014
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How much is the tax bill?

EDIT: It seems they are asking the government to let them delay paying their APD liabilities, which run to "tens of millions".

Source: https://news.sky.com/story/flybe-begs-m ... l-11908014

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by nighthawk
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125203

Re: Flybe update

FlyBE has a good business model, it's just been poorly managed over the last few years. Their business model is dead and buried, has been for years. There's too many frequent trains now, the airport experience is no longer fast and seamless for business travel and APD has killed leisure travellers ...

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by nighthawk
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737 MAX valuations
Replies: 38
Views: 5609

Re: B737 MAX valuations

Slightly off topic, but what is happening in terms of the aircraft engines? I believe most of the production aircraft are stored without engines - are the engine manufacturers still producing them and storing them themselves, or are Boeing also storing the engines somewhere?

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by nighthawk
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Please help me to understand aircraft routes
Replies: 45
Views: 10319

Re: Please help me to understand aircraft routes

For those suggesting flying BA because they don't do European short haul from Manchester - bear in mind BA bought out bmi, and they now operate a number of the ex-bmi aircraft, some of which would have been MAN based. It's also entirely possible his father may have flown MAN-LHR, either to get to Lo...

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by nighthawk
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet New Routes
Replies: 14
Views: 3201

Re: easyJet New Routes

Edinburgh to Catania and Gibraltar both twice weekly,
Glasgow to Barcelona 3xweekly, Dalaman 2xweekly and Pula 2xweekly

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by nighthawk
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Info about registration
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Re: Info about registration

https://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Re ... QBS/919495
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Seems to be Malta Air:

https://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Re ... QBS/919495

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by nighthawk
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41574

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Sadly this logic often doesn't stick with heavily in-debt airlines that have been around for a long time. I'm not saying there isn't demand for these flights, but Flybe must have a large number of unprofitable routes to have been losing so much money for so long I think the logic is sound - you wou...

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by nighthawk
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 144
Views: 32749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to Xbox

All that means is the way scenery is created in the first place is different. i.e its not relying on someone to hand place every item, and its not relying on a bank of 10 pre-set textures to reproduce "farmland" or "city" etc but instead using real satellite images. All of that d...

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by nighthawk
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41574

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Will they all be repainted at once, or slowly throughout the year? If its to be the latter, the airline will have 4 different liveries at once!

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by nighthawk
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 144
Views: 32749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to Xbox

Not sure if it's been mentioned, but the scenery will largely be streamed from the cloud. This makes the burden on your hardware much easier I dont believe this is true - the data is streamed to the PC, but it is still rendered locally on the PC, so will still require a decent CPU and graphics card...

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by nighthawk
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Lithuanian Team Working on Airport Building/Management Game
Replies: 3
Views: 7888

Re: Lithuanian Team Working on Airport Building/Management Game

There are two games out there already if you don't want to wait - Sim Airport andAirport CEO. Both are still works in progress, but fairly well advanced enough to be playable. I've only tried Sim Airport, and quite enjoy it for killing an hour or two.

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by nighthawk
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA23 EWR-DUB returning back to EWR.
Replies: 8
Views: 3284

Re: UA23 EWR-DUB returning back to EWR.

Scarebus34 wrote:
Technical Fault : not an emergency.

Depends how severe the technical fault is

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by nighthawk
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019
Replies: 220
Views: 34522

Re: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019

Edinburgh needs a regular or seasonal flight schedule/service to MCO, whether Virgin Atlanic would ever consider to add a flight alongside its Glasgow operation, or ever decide to move its flights to Edinburgh to complement the Delta operations. I know TUI fly to SFB but i believe that its like 3/4...

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by nighthawk
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019
Replies: 220
Views: 34522

Re: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019

Is there some significance on the fact some dots are green, and others blue? These seem to be the same ones that were shown on the original A321LR map - are these the priority ones? It certainly cant be based on range, or the scottish dot, manchester and Porto? should be green. Anyway, I don't know ...

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by nighthawk
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Greatest myths about air industry
Replies: 55
Views: 6504

Re: Greatest myths about air industry

The most popular myth? That its a good investment.

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by nighthawk
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019
Replies: 220
Views: 34522

Re: Edinburgh Airport Thread - 2019

I went to EDI for the first time in about 7 years last week. My god, what a mess. Oooft, the EDI usuals won't like that... It's my home town airport and the security setup is awful. Why do you feel the security setup is awful? I've always found EDI security to be amongst the fastest and most effici...

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by nighthawk
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Aircraft Spotting Logs
Replies: 4
Views: 9377

Re: Aircraft Spotting Logs

[email protected] with the logs and your username on the site.
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388crazy wrote:

Something I would like is a way to import from excel as I currently have 7999 in my first sheet and 7898 in my second


if you email me your list we can import into our system from Excel/CSV.. Just drop me an email at [email protected] with the logs and your username on the site.

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by nighthawk
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Aircraft Spotting Logs
Replies: 4
Views: 9377

Re: Aircraft Spotting Logs

As you can see from my signature, I run http://www.planelogger.com - a website dedicated to allowing spotters to log aircraft they have seen and flown on. We have a massive database of almost every single historical aircraft that has ever operated, making it very easy to browse airline fleets, both ...

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