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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: 11995

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: 18
Views: 1230

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: 798

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: 5554

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: 44
Views: 1431

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: 36
Views: 4672

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: 300

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: 716

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: 2684

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: 95
Views: 24916

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 716

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: 1972

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: 5827

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: 1130

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: 883

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: 2659

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: 10275

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: 66
Views: 10275

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: 2208

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: 2835

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: 6938

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: 6938

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: 7277

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: 404

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: 7277

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: 1862

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: 935

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: 5607

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: 3659

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: 1043

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: 4458

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: 19310

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: 704

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: 4959

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: 4959

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: 1519

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: 9868

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: 597

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: 23164

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: 1498

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: 4154

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: 4117

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: 17611

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: 4117

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: 9833

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: 5988

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: 515

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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