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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 1897

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

The one incident where the pilot moved the passengers to gain better aircraft control was Delta 1080 with the jammed elevator He moved all of the passengers to the front of the cabin. By doing so he was able to regain some pitch authority between using the engines and stabilizer. Before the CG chang...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Don’t really understand that mindset Me neither. Not my rules. It was the airlines rule approved by the FAA. I agree with everything you’ve posted. The limitation looks like it was written by lawyers. pilots would get counseled by the chief pilot for using thrust reversers. Don’t work there anymore...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Prohibited, even on a contaminated runway? The only thing I remember the last time I flew the plane 13 years ago is that thrust reverse use is prohibited on runways longer than 7000ft. Reversers may be used on runways less than 7000ft and reverser use is mandatory to prevent runway excursion is how...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reason [s] for strange routings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: Reason [s] for strange routings?

People who fly in bizjets don’t really care about the cost It’s amazing hearing some of the stories former biz jet pilots tell about the people they fly… One pilot told me he was just one pilot in a pilot group that crewed a fleet of planes assigned to each member of the family - 5 planes 1 for the ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Landing distance is calculated without the use of thrust reverser. So if the landing distance allows, all airliners can land without using thrust reversers. ? (Better way of asking: What aircraft can be dispatched on a 121 with all T/R inop?) Emb-145 can dispatch with no thrust reversers operative. ...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 1897

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

That's very interesting. I'll have to do more reading on that. Thanks GalaxyFlyer. I guess that puts to rest the myth that when passengers move inside an airliner that the pilot has to retrim. That is not a myth. As passengers move forward and aft. The aircraft retrims to account for the movement o...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years ago............. 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 2548

Re: 20 years ago............. 9/11

I didn’t get to see the towers fall until over a week after they fell. I was going over maintenance plans for some repair work that needed to be done aboard the destroyer of which I was a crew member. After the second plane flew into the World Trade Center, the radioman walked into the wardroom and ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

It depends on the airline. At one airline, the callout is

Below 240, Slats Extend
Below 280, Flaps 11
Below 240, Flaps 23
Below 200, Flaps 28
Below 200, Flaps 40

Another airline may have different callouts to accomplish the same thing.

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

If you have an RMI, an NDB approach is a piece of cake, if a bit cruder than a VOR or TACAN. We did NDB in the F-100; at least at 170 knots it didn’t last long before you at the runway or wildly off course. It would be nice if my airline paid extra for RMIs to be installed... lol Even then the airl...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

There was lots of gnashing of teeth when newhires showed up to indoc, and they learned demonstrating an NDB approach on their PC was required. “But our flight instructor said we’d never see NDB approaches in our career ever….” So lots of panic “how do I fly an NDB approach” happening back at the hot...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Don’t know about Boeing’s but Airbus aircraft are not capable of tracking any VORs. They do tune the DME portion of the VORTAC but the actual VOR portion is not used. Even the CDI presentation of tracking a VOR using raw data in rose nav is virtual. RNAV arrivals have supplanted many of the arrival ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Yes ZFW was just on the eastern edge of the GSW airport. And the DFW airport was built immediately to the north of GSW. Both GSW and DFW were open for an overlapping period of about 3 months before GSW closed. Must have been fun separating DFW 17L (today’s 17C) and 17R arrivals from GSW 17 arrivals ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 1908

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

This is sort of a hypothetical question since I realize there are many backup navigational instruments on a commercial airliner and the the odds of losing all of them would be astronomical. A private pilot once told me that if he lost all navigation instruments he would look for landmarks on the gr...

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by Woodreau
Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?

But still, I've not heard of a DC-10 or MD-11 accident due to stabilizer runaway. Anyone? First thought to my mind was Delta 1080 But then it was a L1011 and it was a jammed elevator not stab. So that’s not a valid answer https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1978/10/08/the-saving-of-flig...

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by Woodreau
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2071

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

None of those are warnings.

Some are cautions and some are not monitored by ECAM (CG and fuel consumption)

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2071

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

Okay... the warning is for the parking brake only? So you won't get a warning when you forget the flaps, or tha auto brake (RTO/MAX)? There is no warning if you applied takeoff thrust without auto brake armed. The Autobrake is MEL-able and the T/O MEMO will annunciate AUTO BRK ….. MAX in blue/cyan ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 2417

Re: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?

Sometimes the climb thrust setting is the same as the takeoff thrust setting. When you pull the thrust levers from the FLEX detent back to the CLB detent, nothing changes. The engines stay at the same thrust setting.

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about cockpit audio warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1096

Re: Question about cockpit audio warning

If the plane annunciate your flap setting every time you changed it you’ll eventually tune it out and never hear it Especially on an EMB-145. The plane generates so many caution messages that several times we’d have the master caution going off and we never noticed it until one of us said what’s tha...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2071

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

The one I get a lot is (maybe twice a year) FIRE. LAV SMOKE People get surprised when the flight attendant barges in to the lavatory when they don’t answer the flight attendant knocking on the door or ignore the demand to open the door. It’s always during cruise and it’s most alarming when you’re tr...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 29, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2046

Re: Around the weather

Except the in the photo above, it doesn’t make any sense as there is no valid NAV intercept, and so the FMA shouldn’t annunciate NAV armed to capture the lateral path. When in a radar environment, ATC can see where aircraft are and pilots ask for a left/right deviation. I usually ask for a left/righ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?

Most US air carriers no longer use the line bidding process to assign schedules.

Preferential bidding has replaced line bidding at most places in the US.

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

CarlosSi wrote:
It wasn't that long ago that airlines switched to iPads, wasn't it? I remember a Delta video about the switch in recent history.

Delta switched from paper to Microsoft surface tablets. Then to iPads.

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

We still carry charts and maps but it’s now in the form of a tablet weighing less than 1.5lbs and not paper weighing 40-50lbs If you fly an approach you still have to reference the chart. If it’s in your FMS database but the approach is not in your tablet you’re not allowed to fly it. You still have...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1208

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

The Embarer 145 overhead design is so bad. All of the switches tactilely feel exactly the same. To the point Embraer had to install guards on the engine master switches to keep pilots from turning off the engines inflight when they meant to turn off the APU. 0347305 Embraer are also the only aircraf...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot and High Operations at Albuquerque?
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: Hot and High Operations at Albuquerque?

The charts you are using are generic performance tables. The questions you are asking is related to the other one https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1463905 where you are asking what goes when you are at your takeoff limit. Each takeoff performance calculation is done in real ti...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1530

Re: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?

It's not just JT8D engines, but all engines need to be spooled up before landing, it's so you can go around. If the engines aren't spooled up, then you might be waiting for a while before you get go around power.

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2320

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

Ive had several instances when we could not take off due to the aircraft exceeding the max runway takeoff limit. Most of them were solved by just switching runways. Only once have I had to offload payload. In that instance out of Denver, the OAT was to the point where we already denied boarding to 1...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 16, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10625

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

When I saw the tweet of over 800 in the C-17 I was also thinking about the 727 out of Da Nang that Boeing engineers figured the 727 took off 20,000lbs overweight carrying 300+ people in the passenger cabin, cargo bin and landing gear wells. People fell out of the landing well when the pilots attempt...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?
Replies: 16
Views: 2019

Re: For older pilots: What was it like to fly commercial jetliners before FAR 91:117?

On the arrivals into Miami and Fort Lauderdale coming in from over the AR transitions we can be doing 320-330kts at 8000ft. We just slow to 250kts when we reach US airspace or when Miami approach tells us to slow earlier. I have done 250kts to the marker. It’s just a matter of managing the energy of...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Spirit FA removed from WN flight - any info?
Replies: 34
Views: 9194

Re: Rumour: Spirit FA removed from WN flight - any info?

Usually the way most airlines handle this is to go thru the union jumpseat committees. the various pilot and flight attendant group jumpseat committees all talk to each other and deal with the offender internally - up to and including revocation of jumpseat privileges. Since these privileges are nea...

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by Woodreau
Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your expectations versus reality on your first flight experience [s]?
Replies: 13
Views: 1115

Re: Your expectations versus reality on your first flight experience [s]?

My kid was the same, we non-rev'ed with him all over before he was one year old. So by the time he remembered flying on flight he doesn't really remember any specifics other than he flies a lot. I had to tell him, that travelling by plane is not the way most people go. You can't just jump on a fligh...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 09, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 101
Views: 5461

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

Well. It is what it is… Pay the fine or fight it if you want. I got caught doing 120 in a 50 by a cop that was on foot. He just stepped out onto the road in front of me and held his hand up to “stop”. Yeah right. I had to swerve to drive around him to avoid hitting him. But I came to a stop on the s...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 62475

Re: Spirit operational challenges

It takes a lot of bodies to run bags around An airport and load them in and out of a plane. I am skeptical it would make that much of a difference. You have to have three rampers just to get the plane in and out of the gate. I don't think have them unload/load the bags in between is all that labor ...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: long distance at low altitude
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: long distance at low altitude

320kts at 9000ft is not high speed. An indicated airspeed of 250kts results in a true airspeed of around 300kts.

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by Woodreau
Fri Aug 06, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)

Our first NEO was/is 6833 and it (and all of our NEOs) have the bleed air usage indications on the Upper ECAM.

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by Woodreau
Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: A320neo small differences/updates (+FLS&GLS Questions)

The autobrake mode in FMA and altitude deviation from FMgC vertical path is from the EIS2 S15 update. Also part of the update The altitude selector is white to indicate that altitude capture is not going to occur, during RNAV and ILS approaches for example. The Bleed air usage on the upper ECAM has ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MPH student shifting into aviation
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Re: MPH student shifting into aviation

Yeah I think I figured out that MPH is Masters in Public Health - I could still be wrong. but while most people here understand aviation acronyms and abbreviations. it's not the same when other industries/occupations/fields abbreviations and acronyms are used.

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by Woodreau
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

Had to be careful flying the ERJ in SPD mode - if you set a speed that was too high during the climb, the ERJ doesn't stop at level flight unlike a Boeing/Airbus/Canadair - it starts to descend to get you the desired speed... lol The ERJ has no problem getting up to altitude, sacrificing airspeed fo...

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by Woodreau
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

Would appreciate an answer to this question: at what altitude during a climb (or descent) does an ERJ (say 145) automatically switch from IAS to MACH mode (or vice versa) - and what is the default Mach value when that happens? Thanks! Depends on the vertical mode you’re using. If you’re in SPD mode...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When a commercial pilot flies as a passenger, does he or she like to sit so as to see the wing at work?
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: When a commercial pilot flies as a passenger, does he or she like to sit so as to see the wing at work?

Another Nope here. Get on, stow and secure my gear, noise cancelling earphones, window seat, close the window shades and hopefully sleep thru the whole flight…

It’s not too shabby getting paid hundreds of dollars to sleep - because i can’t do that up front on the other side of the cockpit door.

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what height above field elevation is takeoff thrust reduced [increased] to climb thrust
Replies: 12
Views: 1113

Re: At what height above field elevation is takeoff thrust reduced [increased] to climb thrust

When you run your performance numbers for the airport and specific runway, the takeoff performance report will tell you what your thrust reduction and AEO/TEO (all engines operating / two engines) and OEI (one engine inoperative) acceleration altitudes are for that one specific takeoff you are doing...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Demands that Boeing Flight Manuals give more detail on Pilot Emergency Procedures
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: FAA Demands that Boeing Flight Manuals give more detail on Pilot Emergency Procedures

I believe all airlines make the manufacturer AFM available for their pilots. I have read my airline’s manufacturer AFM for the 319 / 320 / 321 as it’s available on my EFB and I can see where the origin of my airline specific procedures come from. But a manufacturer AFM is not really organized in a l...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 101
Views: 5461

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

Officially it says the violation is "Speeding - 10% or more above the posted speed." It also has my "alleged" speed of 88 on there. Like I mentioned before, it says I have a month to call the judge and it doesn't say anything about what the fine costs. If I'm going to get a lawy...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 101
Views: 5461

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

This happened on I-10 in rural Texas somewhere between El Paso & San Antonio. I was going 88 and the speed limit was 80. It was during the day, the weather was clear, and there was no construction around. I did not do anything to piss the cop off, and in fact the total dialogue was very minimal...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 1981

Re: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?

Boarded and deplaned using mobile air stairs in DEN, DFW, ORD, KOA, STT, BUR, CUN, SJD, KEF from a 319 / 320 / 321 all within the past 12 months.

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 509
Views: 66931

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

It’s nothing more than the normal annual summer spirit airline meltdown that happens at spirit every year, where the wheels come off the operation and the airline comes to a screeching crash/halt until it can pick up all the pieces and put the airline back on track again. It happens every year excep...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 62475

Re: Spirts current situation

Considering it was the last day of the month, could NK crews have been out of hours for the month? That is no longer possible anymore. 117 changed it from 100 flight hours per calendar month to 100 flight hours per previous 672-hour window. And from 1000 flight hours per calendar year to 1000 fligh...

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by Woodreau
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5619

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

At my first airline I was based in Lancaster PA for 4 weeks. So I had to commute to Lancaster every week. So it pretty much went like this Home to PHL. 2hr flight. Cost free sometimes got a first class seat PHL to 30st - $6.25 on SEPTA train 30st station to Lancaster station - $15 on Amtrak. 2 mile ...

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