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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: 492

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: 5
Views: 277

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: 25
Views: 2334

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: 64
Views: 9066

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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by spacecadet
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product
Replies: 64
Views: 9066

Re: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product

ANA has long had a weird issue with their business class actually being better in some ways than their first class (I've flown both), and this new cabin seems to continue that. There's actually more storage and surface areas to put things in business class, and the full seat area actually looks and ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A320 Flight This Morning
Replies: 2
Views: 1925

Re: A320 Flight This Morning

All sounds normal to me. Your plane was probably heavily loaded and the density altitude was probably around 8,000 feet. The shaking is a combination of the landing gear still turning combined with aerodynamic ground effect. It's more pronounced in conditions like I just noted, and is more noticeabl...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 6000ft and no chimes
Replies: 25
Views: 2802

Re: 6000ft and no chimes

Never tell another person how to raise their kids or do their job. Basic rules of life.

You don't know why the chime didn't go off. The pilots don't need passengers reminding them of their own procedures. They've trained for years on those procedures - have you?

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed
Replies: 44
Views: 6914

Re: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed

It took 11 seconds. 11 seconds was the beginning of rightward input against the leftward roll. The aircraft did not pitch down until 3seconds before impact. I'm not sure what your point is here. There was no real "pitch down" because the aircraft was beyond 90 degrees of bank at that poin...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed
Replies: 44
Views: 6914

Re: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed

A little off topic, but similar, AA's DC-10s had a projector showing the view from the front of the plane in the cockpit. So pax on AA 191 would've been able to watch their plane plunge into the ground just after takeoff. That's horrifying to think about. That's often mentioned, but it's doubtful t...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 6595

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

Just to go back to sound quality a little bit, remember that LiveATC and most YouTube videos are recording from equipment on the ground that might also be on the edge of a coverage area. Obstacles, buildings, hills, or even the curvature of the Earth could be getting in the way of the ground ATC sig...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Odd patterns into JFK from West Coat (6/29)
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Odd patterns into JFK from West Coat (6/29)

There's a convective SIGMET covering basically all of PA and some of OH right now. Probably don't want to fly through that. There is at least one published hold near the Fort Wayne area, but I'm having a hard time understanding exactly where you're holding (I'm not sure how you fly northeast to ORD,...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 6595

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

No, pilots don't always understand. "Say again" is actually official phraseology, as is "I don't understand". Pilots will say the former when they just didn't hear something properly, and that happens all the time. The latter you don't hear nearly as much, but you might if you're...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly question
Replies: 9
Views: 1842

Re: Silly question

I'm not sure that continued acceleration beyond a certain speed without liftoff would actually be possible. I'd have to believe that the actual maximum speed of this exercise would be limited by things other than thrust and drag. A plane's wings generate lift proportional to the relative wind. To a ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First class restrooms - economy class using?
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: First class restrooms - economy class using?

The number of lavs per passenger has been dropping for decades now... most medium-haul planes these days have about 1 lav per 50 coach passengers. It's just not an equation that can be reconciled with the human body - there are going to be obvious times on any flight when there's high demand for bat...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5538

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

I suggest you get out of you US-centric bubble my friend, I really had no idea despite following sports at international level. Most people outside the US don't give a toss about American Football or the NFL, get over it. We're talking about a US athlete on a US airline (that's actually *called* &q...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones
Replies: 16
Views: 3615

Re: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones

Almost every country in the world has no-fly zones. Military exercise areas, firing ranges for missiles, rocket launch sites, secret government facilities or over city centres like Paris, New York or Seoul. He was asking specifically about "cruise altitude" no fly zones. I don't know abou...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you expect from Lounge staff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1026

Re: What do you expect from Lounge staff?

If you are in the front desk, please take you time to become 200% familiar with the access policy. I hate when I get denied at first take and then have to argue and even call a senior agent to end up being granted access. Yeah, this is the most important thing for a desk agent (I'm not totally sure...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4399

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

Why don't they just get the A380? It would ease the congestion. Many Japanese airports cannot handle the A380, and it wouldn't be cost effective to upgrade them. Also, you'd be robbing Peter to pay Paul. How does replacing a 300 seater with a 600 seater "ease congestion"? It creates more ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ
Replies: 128
Views: 19197

Re: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ

Jesus Christ. The fact that it's AC responsibility to check their aircraft and y'all still trying to blame her.... I don't think rational person would think like you two. It's too illogical. I don't think a rational person would believe this story. It's too illogical. Has AC denied it? In fact they...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel to Japanese cities outside of Tokyo - Shinkansen, connect, or fly nonstop?
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Travel to Japanese cities outside of Tokyo - Shinkansen, connect, or fly nonstop?

I guess you're asking just what others do rather than for advice for yourself? For me, it really depends on what else I'm doing on the trip. If it's a pure business trip, I'd probably just connect in Tokyo and fly to the destination, then fly back home the same way. I've done that once. More often, ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?
Replies: 26
Views: 4940

Re: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?

Thanks to your link, I think this is it: https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:18:::NO::AP_BRIEF_RPT_VAR:19870516033349I Interesting - yeah, that seems to fit. It did return to the airport like many suspected, but otherwise it's a Pan Am 747 engine explosion out of JFK around that time. My searche...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?
Replies: 26
Views: 4940

Re: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?

I was on a DC-10 in 1980 at the age of 8 that experienced a compressor stall followed by a fire that certainly looked and felt like an explosion, and we turned around and landed back at EWR. I feel like the entire event is seared in my memory, but it's been 40 years and I know that memory is fluid. ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?
Replies: 22
Views: 1501

Re: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?

Exit row. And I have made this choice several times. I'm 6'4" so being crammed into a window seat in economy class for 13+ hours is my idea of torture. I'd rather have a window than not, obviously, but if the choice is room to stretch my legs and the ability to get up fairly easily vs. having a...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Helicopter crashed into building in Manhattan
Replies: 38
Views: 9820

Re: Updated: Helicopter crashed into building in Manhattan

The NY Times says he lifted off at 1:32PM. The most recent LGA METAR prior to that was this one at 1:15, and he'd probably have had this info when deciding whether to go: SPECI KLGA 101715Z 04012KT 2SM R04/4000VP6000FT -RA BR SCT007 OVC010 17/16 A3005 RMK AO2 P0003 T01720156= To decode that, winds w...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is basic economy/main economy a flawed product in USA?
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Is basic economy/main economy a flawed product in USA?

Sure, you can get lucky sometimes. Sometimes you won't. Not everyone likes to leave things to chance.

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by spacecadet
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 23051

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

Fares were higher, fuel was cheaper, and most flights operated once a day. Airlines didn't have multiple non-stop transcons between the same two cities like they do now. If you wanted to fly a transcon, you took the one flight there was and that was (potentially) on a 747 because everybody had to ta...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Alaskan Airlines really that good?
Replies: 23
Views: 1465

Re: Is Alaskan Airlines really that good?

Well, I like them. They do a full drink service PDX-SEA with local beers.

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4071

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest in duration: NRT-PDX-DTW-JFK - I believe this was 21.5 hours.
Longest in distance: NRT-PEK-JFK - about 8,150 miles.

Shortest duration *and* probably distance: PDX-SEA, 129 miles, about 20-25 minutes. And about half that time is just maneuvering for landing.

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 4018

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

I actually forgot in my original post that Contintental is "defunct" (I just think of them as United now). If we count them, then I flew with them a lot out of EWR, especially either EWR-SFO or EWR-OAK (I think one was United and the other Continental, but I don't remember which was which)...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF447 - 10 Years Later
Replies: 96
Views: 17518

Re: AF447 - 10 Years Later

Is that how the A330 behaves? In my jet stall recovery is REDUCE PITCH and MAX POWER. The reason you don't do that in many under-wing engine airliners is that the increased thrust will tend to push the nose higher, exacerbating the stall. I don't know if it's true for *every* airliner with under-wi...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 4018

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Usually defunct airlines were like pretty much any other airline. Sometimes they were worse, which is part of the reason they're defunct. I know I've flown on more than this, but the defunct airlines I have specific memories of flying on are: TWA: I flew out of the TWA Flight Center in 2000 on a 757...

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by spacecadet
Thu May 30, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET901 ADD to LOS making a touch and go due to bad weather
Replies: 47
Views: 9801

Re: An Ethiopian Airlines flight did a go around, and this is what happened

A "touch and go around" is a little more serious than a standard go-around. If you're already on the ground and realize you can't salvage the landing, that means you're pretty close to not having a successful outcome.

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by spacecadet
Mon May 27, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage
Replies: 17
Views: 5965

Re: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage

There are too many of these in China. I think it was a DL 744 a ways back that had a similar situation (not sure what it’s fate was but I think it sat in China for a long time). I of course don’t know all the details here, but if this is their inability to divert around due to airspace limitation o...

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by spacecadet
Sat May 25, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Chase Ultimate Rewards question
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Chase Ultimate Rewards question

Stuff like this is why the airlines continue to devalue their FF points. And if this process hasn't been shut down by the airlines or credit card companies already (and I seem to remember that it has), it will be soon. Just get an AMEX card and put all your purchases on it. You'll have more points t...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 20, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 41801

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

Asked a friend who happens to fly for the airline in question. Has zero knowledge of any rumor of this circulating. I know we have some B6 pilots on here, so I'm genuinely curious if my friend is just not part of the cool kids club, or if these rumors really aren't as widespread as some make them o...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 19, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 41801

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

I agree this rumor is not credible. Still, it's a slow news night, why not discuss whether it would make sense, and if not, is there anything Alaska could do to pull off such a merger/buy out? Maybe because it's already been discussed all it needs to be: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.ph...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 12, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

Why do some people only buy aisle seats and not window seats? It's the same thing. It's important for some people. It might not be for you. But don't expect a blogger or reviewer to tailor what they write to your specific tastes. They're trying to cover everybody who might be reading. I don't expect...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 06, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 816
Views: 139888

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Some people are getting way off track here. What caused the deaths of these 40+ passengers is the fact that this plane crashed on the runway and burst into flames. The evacuation is secondary. Evacuations never go perfectly, which is why they're performed so rarely and are sometimes delayed even in ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 16
Views: 1184

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I guess in an extreme situation like the one above (with only a few people on the plane), I'd sit somewhere else. But in general, I'd tell the person to move. And if they refused, I wouldn't have a problem making their day miserable.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5259

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

CosmicCruiser wrote:
no one got the joke yet?


There was a joke?

April Fool's Day is April 1st. This was posted on April 13th.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4840

Re: Staying on the centre line

CosmicCruiser wrote:
we never used the tiller once lined up.


:checkmark:

I'm not sure if some others misunderstood the question or what.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin
Replies: 14
Views: 1221

Re: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin

Glad I'm not the first officer on any of these flights, because it sounds like he/she is the one doing all the flight prep.

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin
Replies: 14
Views: 1221

Re: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin

JetBlue encourages their pilots to greet the passengers, time permitting. But usually, time does not permit. I wonder about the circumstances of this flight that the captain was even able to walk around greeting the passengers. It sounds like there must have been some kind of delay and he was trying...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2691

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

A lot of the responses on here deal with the rational. i.e. planes don’t fall from the sky, they can handle tremendous winds, pilots are very well trained, etc etc. But the problem is— like so many phobias, the fear isn’t rational! I understand that and have been there. I had a mishap in a DC-10 wh...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4840

Re: Staying on the centre line

It's all manual using rudder. And you certainly *can* feel it sometimes, even in an airliner. It depends on the winds and the pilot. I have felt like the plane was going to turn over on some takeoffs and landings. I fly small planes myself and it's a lot harder to keep one of those on centerline (be...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Make better use of fuselage space
Replies: 25
Views: 3983

Re: Make better use of fuselage space

Deathtrap in an emergency.

Not to mention food and drink carts would be unstable, and would at best only be able to service one side of the plane (ie. not interchangeable, which is much *less* efficient).

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?
Replies: 68
Views: 9544

Re: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?

No one uses city proper in any regard for population stats in terms of aviation catchment, and yes PHL's is significant larger than PHX's.... No, it isn't. I mean, a simple Google search of either city will easily verify that for you. It takes 5 seconds. People should stop posting stuff here that i...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2238

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

zakuivcustom wrote:
P.S. Isn't the "correct" beverage on a plane Tomato Juice?


Sure, with some vodka, worcestershire, and tabasco in it, and garnished with celery!

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?
Replies: 68
Views: 9544

Re: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?

I don’t see PHX to NRT anytime soon. LAX and DFW are each an hour to hour and a half away and they both have 2 flights to Tokyo each. I think PHL to NRT is more likely. Huh? PHL is a lot closer to EWR (or even JFK) than PHX is to LAX or DFW. It also has a pretty stagnant population, whereas Phoenix...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!
Replies: 150
Views: 44870

Re: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!

Have there been any other instances of dramatic uncommanded side-stick actuations previously? As I implied in my last reply, I strongly doubt it was an "uncommanded side-stick actuation". From the passenger description, it may have been a strong gust of wind and/or pilot correction (or ov...

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