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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday

Unnecessary pedantry aside, Friday night is one of the busiest times at LAS. But I doubt you'll be waiting much longer than usual; it'll be crowded, but that's not going to delay your bags or your car. See if you can do something with the Budget app to go directly to your car; most car rental compan...

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by spacecadet
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca ATR72 hard landing in MZL. (Video)
Replies: 19
Views: 3604

Re: Avianca ATR72 hard landing in MZL. (Video)

That airport looks scary, and surely that approach isn't stabilized, too fast and too high ? No way to know by looking at this video whether the approach was stabilized, but it was definitely a late flare. This airport, though, looks like a deathtrap to me. I've watched a couple of other videos tha...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Layover vs a layover
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Re: Layover vs a layover

I did not say either reference was incorrect, this was merely an observation The person you're responding to was pointing out that there is actually no difference in the usage you're talking about. A layover is any period in between two booked flights, whether that's 45 minutes or 10 hours. Passeng...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4410

Re: What is VFR?

Never personally heard "VFR" used to mean "Visiting Friends and Relatives". I would think that would be at best extremely confusing in an aviation forum, because VFR has, and has always had, a pretty specific meaning in aviation. I would suggest not using a non-aviation context f...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 1706 emeregncy Landing At NAS
Replies: 31
Views: 7936

Re: B6 1706 emeregncy Landing At NAS

It doesn't matter in an emergency if an airport is "open" to commercial flights or not. Any airplane has the right to land absolutely anywhere in an emergency, whether that's at a major airport (preferred), a private or closed airstrip (not preferred but ok) or even on a public beach (prob...

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: High altitude, high speed bird strikes
Replies: 18
Views: 3472

Re: High altitude, high speed bird strikes

What am I supposed to be seeing in that photo?

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can I use my own headphones on ANA
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Can I use my own headphones on ANA

This won't be totally helpful, but from what I *remember*, you can use your own headphones. The two prong thing is more so you can't steal their headphones and use them in your own device, rather than the other way around.

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines Flight 2309
Replies: 26
Views: 4062

Re: Delta Airlines Flight 2309

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNPxaOGTJow Delta 737 S turn landing at LGA If you look close enough you can see an unknown plane taking off moments before the DL 737 completes its last S turn before landing. That's not an S-turn, that's just an overshoot on final. That can happen for a number of r...

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?
Replies: 70
Views: 8797

Re: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?

On the opposite end of things will we ever see commercial airliners flying between 45,000 and say 70,000 feet on flights over 4 hours long? Probably not as you generally get an inversion of the efficiency curve before that point. Not enough lift combined with not enough oxygen for the engines. So y...

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 with 550 onboard hard landing in Nigeria
Replies: 38
Views: 17928

Re: B747 with 550 onboard crash lands in Nigeria

Max Air is apparently denying really any of this, according to this extremely poorly translated report that I'm not sure whether to give any credence to or not: https://dailypost.ng/2019/09/08/max-air-speaks-crash-landed-plane/ That said, it does quote the chairman of the company. It sounds like wha...

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by spacecadet
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 with 550 onboard hard landing in Nigeria
Replies: 38
Views: 17928

Re: B747 with 550 onboard crash lands in Nigeria

(I'm not sure if this is really severe enough to be a "crash landing" That's really a subjective term as it is, with no technical or official definition, but IMO the few details we seem to have of what happened *may* rise to that level for me. Apparently the runway was damaged in addition...

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by spacecadet
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JAL vs ANA
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: JAL vs ANA

It was somewhat similar to the rivalry between Pan Am and TWA. But since JAL went private and international routes were opened up to ANA, it's been about the same as it is now. One thing that I don't think western followers of Japanese aviation give enough weight to is JAL 123. Even though that happ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is a Mad Dog?
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: What is a Mad Dog?

MD-11 is definitely not a Mad Dog. The main reason for the nickname, aside from the obvious "MD" abbreviation, is the noise the early MD-80's made, especially in the days before hushkits. But it was also the look of them... to me they've always looked kind of like a dachshund. I wouldn't c...

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by spacecadet
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays
Replies: 38
Views: 10664

Re: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays

It's a bit different than calling up someone on reserve. It's not that different. He wasn't on a specific reserve *list* of people to call, but that list is just a list of pilots who have agreed to sit there and wait in case the airline needs them. Typically they're just junior pilots who can't fly...

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by spacecadet
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 101
Views: 16001

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

What an idiot. Loss of air data information could lead to catastrophic consequences. If it happens in the air unexpectedly, then potentially, with a particularly poorly trained crew. (Identifying and dealing with the loss of the ADC is one of the things you're trained on from the private pilot stag...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays
Replies: 38
Views: 10664

Re: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays

Wonder why this even makes the news? Slow news day? Summer interns writing the news? I’m sorry, not enough dead bodies in this article for you? For something to qualify as news, there generally needs to be... news. It's not about body count. But this is literally a story about an EasyJet pilot who ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Defines a Low Cost Carrier?
Replies: 17
Views: 1596

Re: What Defines a Low Cost Carrier?

AA, UA, DL, BA, IB, FI, AS are all low cost carriers. You have to pay for bags and meals are not included on short haul flights. As mentioned (and kudos to the OP for starting the thread off on the right foot), the definition has little to do with the passenger experience, fees or fares. It has to ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach
Replies: 19
Views: 2047

Re: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach

If it gets to the point you're suggesting where the PM feels the need to immediately take control for safety reasons, what you do is a positive exchange of controls. The PM calls some variation of "I have flight controls" (whatever his company trains him/her to actually say), the PF says &...

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATL Airspace vs. NYC Airspace
Replies: 11
Views: 2152

Re: ATL Airspace vs. NYC Airspace

Airspace around the country is under constant analysis. If NYC's class B is still at 7,000, then there is some continuing reason for it. Looking at the two areas, I think the main thing is that NYC and the surrounding area is pretty much blanketed by Class E airspace down to 700 ft AGL, so that area...

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by spacecadet
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1
Replies: 164
Views: 21606

Re: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1

I find it funny a Airline will admit to not cleaning there plane. Is there a SCE rule that they have to announce such things? Why even call attention to it. Every JetBlue crewmember on board a plane, including the pilots, is supposed to help clean the plane at every stop. Whether they all actually ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Telescoping Control Columns
Replies: 68
Views: 3447

Re: Telescoping Control Columns

I absolutely agree that force feedback is important. It's also a technology that has been available for computer joysticks for decades now. Obviously aviation manufacturers have to make sure it will hold up to the usage/standards of a commercial airplane (though I think gamers probably abuse them m...

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange flight path over Hong Kong
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: Strange flight path over Hong Kong

Who knows - sightseeing flight? Those are standard course reversals (if a bit imprecise), so nothing I'd call weird. He seems to just want to be overflying Hong Kong a couple of times. The imprecision of the reversals makes me think he might even be practicing them. But there's really no way to know.

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?

Yes, global warming is increasing turbulence. This is science; this is the way turbulence *works*. Here's just one of the several thousand articles you can read on the subject (with links to various scientific studies and explanations): https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/turbulence-increases/ All glob...

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The reason the A350 has black cockpit window frames
Replies: 16
Views: 4836

Re: The reason the A350 has black cockpit window frames

It's a long article to say it's so they only need to worry about one color of paint for touch-ups after windscreen replacements.

But I guess one sentence wouldn't be enough to put a bunch of ads around.

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by spacecadet
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What kind of waypoints/routes (FAA) are used to prepare a flight plan in practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: What kind of waypoints/routes (FAA) are used to prepare a flight plan in practice?

To actually answer your question, IFR and GPS waypoints and fixes are used for IFR flight plans. VFR waypoints cannot be used on an IFR flight plan, and IFR waypoints/fixes cannot be used on a VFR flight plan (unless you can see it - theoretically you can look out the window and spot a VOR). Basical...

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by spacecadet
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 1696

Re: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry

What job are you going after? I get the sense that one of the problems with the resumes you've submitted thus far is that you're not particularly focused. A "career in the commercial aviation industry" could mean about 500,000 different things. I was interviewed for a job managing an airli...

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by spacecadet
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries better than today’s
Replies: 15
Views: 1159

Re: Retro liveries better than today’s

I think most retro liveries look better than modern ones, but that doesn't mean they'd work better in terms of modern branding. They do look obviously old fashioned, and that's the charm of them. It's like people who use the old mechanical ring tone on their iPhones. It's cute, but it doesn't mean t...

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by spacecadet
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unaccompanied Minor Rules 1977
Replies: 9
Views: 983

Re: Unaccompanied Minor Rules 1977

Never would have happened. I was flying probably monthly by myself at that same time and age. If anything, airlines had *more* robust systems in place for unaccompanied minors in those days. I clearly remember never being out of the sight of a gate agent, then being handed off to a flight attendant,...

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by spacecadet
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full brakes or rudder
Replies: 23
Views: 2399

Re: Full brakes or rudder

chimborazo wrote:
Asymmetric thrust is often used when taxying, helps on tighter turns.


We're talking about asymmetric *reverse* thrust.

The question I was replying to (a couple posts above mine):

Nice answers guys, I have another question can asymmetric reverse be used to correct direction?

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full brakes or rudder
Replies: 23
Views: 2399

Re: Full brakes or rudder

I could be overgeneralizing as I only have a good working knowledge of a few airliners' systems, but I don't know of a situation in which a pilot of a jet, at least, would *intentionally* use asymmetrical reverse thrust to help steer a plane. There are situations and planes in which you'd do the opp...

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by spacecadet
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DELTA Engine Failure , Emergency Landing in the Bahamas (N335NW / DL651)
Replies: 35
Views: 12139

Re: DELTA Engine Failure , Emergency Landing in the Bahamas (N335NW / DL651)

What is idle reverse? Reverser deployed with the engine at idle. Think of it like putting your car in reverse but not touching the gas. If you take your foot off the brake, you'll still go slowly in reverse, so you still have a little bit of reverse "thrust". But not much. Standard landin...

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by spacecadet
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full brakes or rudder
Replies: 23
Views: 2399

Re: Full brakes or rudder

I fully respect that point of view and your training. But my question is, What if...? I guess it would depend on the generation of the aircraft, right? Like, what if during the course of the day a pilot didn’t take in enough salt (rushed schedule, lack of nutrition, etc.) and, at the moment of trut...

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by spacecadet
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Time to Cruise Level
Replies: 4
Views: 1128

Re: Time to Cruise Level

It's telling them to expect their *clearance* to that level in 10 minutes, not that they're expected to *be* at that level at that time. In other words, you may get clearance to 10,000 initially, even though you filed to FL380. "Expect FL380 10 minutes after departure" means you have to le...

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by spacecadet
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo Narita ponders future after Delta's farewell
Replies: 24
Views: 5636

Re: Tokyo Narita ponders future after Delta's farewell

That's not a very substantive article, and it relies on a quote from an unspecified "municipal official" for its lede.

I think we all know that Narita is in transition. But this article is about four paragraphs of fluff.

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals
Replies: 60
Views: 3453

Re: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals

https://www.the-royalpark.jp/the/tokyohaneda/en/

It is actually in one of the terminals. I stayed there once; it was perfect. You can walk out and be right at the check-in counter.
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HND has the Royal Park Hotel: https://www.the-royalpark.jp/the/tokyohaneda/en/

It is actually in one of the terminals. I stayed there once; it was perfect. You can walk out and be right at the check-in counter.

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Titanic discoverer to search for Amelia Earhart plane
Replies: 43
Views: 5807

Re: Titanic discoverer to search for Amelia Earhart plane

I expect that Ballard will find what he's looking for. The weight of the evidence is quite high in my view. The TIGHAR people who've run numerous expeditions out to Nikumaroro have found compelling evidence, but the most compelling is the Bevington Object as referred to in the article. Agreed - thi...

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by spacecadet
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class/ US Domestic in 1986
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: First Class/ US Domestic in 1986

Yeah, but the delta between a first class and coach ticket was also a lot less. About 30%. My family used to fly first class about half the time and we were not wealthy. That's why this cost-cutting was going on. Nowadays a first class ticket usually costs about 100% more than a domestic economy tic...

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by spacecadet
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?

I’m not familiar with a lite version of precheck that requires shoe removal and I spend a lot of time pretty far off the beaten path. There are a fair number of small airports (and also the Gate 1/2 checkpoint at SAN IINM) where electronics have to come out, but that’s different. Are you saying my ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???
Replies: 7
Views: 2721

Re: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???

I think this company seems to be slightly confused about how many families (especially ones with kids) pay for J. Or what the word "business" means... But yes, if you click through to the article itself, it's just a very high density herringbone layout. It would have to be priced signific...

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by spacecadet
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 96
Views: 25256

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

You seem to be passing the blame for poor quality on delivery to the customer for not doing their inspections properly. It is up to the manufacturer to ensure quality standards and is solely their responsibility for themselves and their suppliers. It's not really passing the blame - these are all i...

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by spacecadet
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience
Replies: 24
Views: 1772

Re: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience

That's my fault, when you stated that you were training with an airline to become a pilot I had assumed that you were a fair bit younger, so sorry for the assumption Thanks for the mea culpa, seriously - you don't see that often on the internet these days. There are quite a few of us middle aged gu...

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by spacecadet
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience
Replies: 24
Views: 1772

Re: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience

triple3driver wrote:
spacecadet wrote:
I don't understand why they don't just move

You seem to be pretty young still, but you’ll understand when you have an established family.


I'm 47 and married for 17 years, but sure, I guess to some people that could still seem young and unestablished.

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by spacecadet
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience
Replies: 24
Views: 1772

Re: Pilots and F/A as a passenger experience

I'm training with an airline to be one of their pilots right now. I've flown "positive space" with them a couple of times to this point. Positive space basically means they treat you like a regular passenger and you don't need to fly standby and can't be bumped. Normally you would be flyin...

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by spacecadet
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?

Yes, I have had to remove my shoes with Pre-check. It depends on the airport; there are apparently different "levels" of Pre-check readiness that an airport can have. If an airport doesn't have a certain kind of scanner, for example, they can still require shoe removal even if you have Pre...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying for fun is "as deadly as a gun" ... ???
Replies: 20
Views: 2034

Re: Flying for fun is "as deadly as a gun" ... ???

Now, that was just one person and his opinion, but this kind of attitude is quite prevalent among the Climate Change set, What is "the Climate Change set"? You mean "people"? Are we having a flat Earth discussion here too? This guy you quoted said a dumb thing. Just leave it at ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 5932

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Looking at the pics in the link I don't see the armrests for the middle seat? Not only that, but the seat itself appears exactly the same width. If you look closely, only the backrests are different - and there's just an artificial gap in between the middle seat backrest and the aisle and window ba...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan

On the other hand, I'm assuming one could just enter the route onto a GPS and the autopilot could fly most of the route (presumably) without having to toy with the VORs as much. If that's the case, would that be a bit spoiled or is AP mostly just used for increased situational awareness? Probably d...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Student Pilot Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1394

Re: Student Pilot Question

Yep galaxyflyer is correct. You don’t need anything immediately but usually around 20 hours you’ll solo and you’ll need the student license/medical to do so. If I remember correctly, the medical functions as your student license. It’s been years since I was in training so I’m not 100% sure. To solo...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries where airlines are biggest brands
Replies: 27
Views: 2689

Re: Countries where airlines are biggest brands

JAL has to be one of Japan's biggest brands... ANA probably is now too, but JAL has more of a historical foothold since it used to be the flag carrier.

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product
Replies: 66
Views: 10420

Re: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product

It appears the backwards facing seats in the center allow you to sit closer together, so it's a trade-off, and since only 25 percent of J seats are designed for couples, it's probably worth the trade-off. As for single travellers, a backwards facing side window lone seat is probably more desirable ...

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