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by jimatkins
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PW1524 on LX A220-300 suffered a mechanical failure
Replies: 16
Views: 4579

Re: PW1524 on LX A220-300 suffered a mechanical failure

JayinKitsap wrote:
This could rain on the PW1524 ETOPS rating. Mean time between failures needs to be very, very low.

Shouldn't the MTBF be very high? Common sense.

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by jimatkins
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last Revenue L-1011
Replies: 34
Views: 9671

Re: Last Revenue L-1011

Heard the RAF tankers have been bought by the operators of the Omega Air 707 tanker and will be coming to KRIV supposedly. That's about 80 miles from home so I'm looking forward to that!

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by jimatkins
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announcing Something Tomorrow (Space Theme)
Replies: 100
Views: 18867

Re: United Announcing Something Big Tomorrow (Space Theme)

Contest for a trip to Johnson Space Center. No big deal.

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by jimatkins
Fri May 24, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?
Replies: 22
Views: 4721

Re: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?

Heard somewhere the A400 has counterrotating props to sweep air up over the wing for more lift. Counterrotating blades like on a Tu-95 or An-22 are to keep the blades shorter to avoid compressibility effects on the tips of a long blade approaching speed of sound as they rotate. Lose efficiency if th...

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by jimatkins
Thu May 23, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 53953

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

If the A380 was a success, I'd really hate to see what a failure would do to Airbus's books. That's a lot to pay for technology transfer to another program.

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by jimatkins
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Avro RJ's, or 146's operating in North America?
Replies: 30
Views: 3630

Re: Any Avro RJ's, or 146's operating in North America?

Last year during fire season saw a couple of them at the USFS base at KSBD. Never got to fly one, always thought they looked like a C-141 that went through the washer on hot and shrank up. Not that that's a bad thing.

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by jimatkins
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog
Replies: 167
Views: 32357

Re: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog

Agree with smartplane, there are probably accounting landmines that will blow the financials all to hell if the 380 gets cancelled. On the other hand, the development costs are so huge, they will never be recovered. Airbus might as well bite the bullet and end the program. Take all your bad medicine...

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by jimatkins
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A220-100
Replies: 82
Views: 19639

Re: Delta Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A220-100

That's a good looking aircraft. Can't wait for it to come through KPSP!

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by jimatkins
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces El Paso (ELP)!
Replies: 82
Views: 8529

Re: Alaska announces El Paso (ELP)!

I know why this is in play. The San Diego Padres' AAA farm team is the El Paso Chihuahuas. I'm guessing a lot of players are going to me moving up and down from the major leagues to the minors, so this makes perfect sense, baseball-wise. BTW, a while back one of the baseball fan sites figured out wh...

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by jimatkins
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What type of facility is SBD?
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: What type of facility is SBD?

SBD is a political boondoggle foisted on the citizens of San Bernardino County (yes, I'm one) by a developer that convinced our county supervisors that turning Norton AFB into a passenger facility was a good idea. Never mind that ONT is only about 15 miles away and is underused. There are a lot of h...

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by jimatkins
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DELTA System Outage tonight 9/25
Replies: 55
Views: 7869

Re: DELTA System Outage tonight 9/25

I think Delta needs to invest in a Department of Redundancy Department.

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by jimatkins
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 14661

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

Love LAS (live about 175 miles away, prefer it to driving to LAX). A new airport for international traffic and transcons in Ivanpah Valley would work, but they would need high speed rail to the south strip. That would make the commute work. Maybe put it near the current rental car area south of McCa...

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by jimatkins
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17090

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

I just retired as a teacher. Being absent didn't risk loss of revenue the way a crew absence does, but it was a pain in the butt. Our contract required pre-approval of personal days, and a doctor's note for more than (I think) four sick days in a row. We did have alert days when all possible subs we...

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by jimatkins
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 6164

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

When I was in high school, we lived under the pattern for LAX, about 35 miles west of the airport. Used to see Mexicana Comets coming in pretty often. Comet 4Cs, with the pinion tanks.

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by jimatkins
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?
Replies: 85
Views: 13481

Re: B-747SP

NASA's SOFIA infra-red telescope plane is an SP. There's one for sale, formerly Qatari Royal Family, $9.5 million. Sands Corp in Vegas still has one or two still flying for VIP customers. Always liked them.

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by jimatkins
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?
Replies: 32
Views: 6321

Re: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?

She is kind of range limited when loaded down. A few years ago there was a typhoon that hit Samoa and they sent a big emergency generator from Caterpillar in Peoria IL to American Samoa. After getting loaded up they broke the trip up with stops at ONT and Honolulu. She was at Ontario for a couple of...

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by jimatkins
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Peanut Allergies: Is There Any Data That Suggests A Risk To Passengers?
Replies: 35
Views: 1876

Re: Peanut Allergies: Is There Any Data That Suggests A Risk To Passengers?

I had a student a few years ago with a severe peanut allergy, bad enough that if another kid had had peanut butter on his hand, got the oil on the desk, and this kid got it on his arm, could go into anaphylactic shock. We all had to be trained on using an Epi Pen for him. It's rare to that degree, b...

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by jimatkins
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Airlines going Peanut Free!
Replies: 159
Views: 10870

Re: Southwest Airlines going Peanut Free!

I had a student a few years ago, severely allergic to peanuts. We had to learn how to use an epi-pen, spot symptoms, all that stuff. If somebody had eaten peanut butter, touched a desk, and this kid put his arm down on the barely oily place, it could kill him. This isn't a politically correct fad, i...

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by jimatkins
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 6540

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

Many years ago, got delayed by monsoons on a trip from PHX to ONT. Rained so hard the plane leaked and they had to get a new one at the gate in PHX. The crew did everything they could to lighten the mood, throwing peanuts around the cabin, singing a song to the tune of Green Acres over the PA, and b...

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by jimatkins
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New AF 1 economically sound?
Replies: 11
Views: 2388

New AF 1 economically sound?

Just went past VCV coming home from a short beach vacation (going north of LA is the only way for us to avoid hideous traffic) and saw the two Transaero 747-8i frames sitting there. Is it just me, or would it be cheaper to take two frames on the production line and build all the air refueling, commu...

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by jimatkins
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran
Replies: 114
Views: 17587

Re: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran

Interesting that Boeing seemed to be big backers of the administration, and now they are totally in the cold. I don't think it's possible to build a modern jetliner with zero US content, even the Sukhoi has some US parts, I seem to have heard. Not sure about that part. Anybody know if Russia can bui...

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by jimatkins
Fri May 18, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 10540

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

I'm officially old, so I gotta go with the AA from the early 60's. Love the orange and blue and silver. Miss the Braniff jellybeans too. Always liked CP Air a lot, also.

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by jimatkins
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuela demands payment for jet fuel in Petros
Replies: 90
Views: 11135

Re: Venezuela demands payment for jet fuel in Petros

1 MM Bolivars is $1.51? On my desk as I type is a Zimbabwean $10,000,000,000 note. i think I paid $5 for it on Ebay. Don't think this is going to work.

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by jimatkins
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing weighs using Dreamlifters to increase 767 output.
Replies: 61
Views: 14246

Re: Boeing weighs using Dreamlifters to increase 767 output.

Wonder if it would pay to tag a few Dreamlifters on the end of the 748 production line? Is the longer lifetime of a new airframe worthit. or just score a -400 that needs a D check. Gotta take it apart anyway!

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by jimatkins
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What about a reengined Caravelle
Replies: 79
Views: 8578

Re: What about a reengined Caravelle

Turboprop Ford Trimotor? Do you think we could shoehorn one of those Williams cruise missile engines into a Fokker Eindecker?

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by jimatkins
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s
Replies: 110
Views: 27071

Re: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s

I always wondered what VS would have named them. Given Branson's music background, how about blues legend "Big Mama Thornton"?

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by jimatkins
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?
Replies: 83
Views: 9967

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?

LAWA owns Palmdale and a substantial parcel of land around it. That was supposed to be the reliever airport for LAX. Not going to happen. Actual high speed rail to ONT is a pretty good idea. There's a lot of land around there that could be built out- the old terminal complex and the old Lockheed han...

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by jimatkins
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Operates 3 Oddball LAX-SBA-LAX
Replies: 11
Views: 4691

Re: United Operates 3 Oddball LAX-SBA-LAX

My sister has been evacuated from her house in Ventura for days now, and my goddaughter had to bail out of her apartment in Santa Barbara last night. That air is pretty much solid with smoke and ash at this point. Can't be good for an engine to ingest all that stuff.

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by jimatkins
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 127
Views: 19318

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

This is pretty ridiculous. I'm familiar with the Prescott AZ area. There are shuttle vans from Prescott and Prescott Valley (my dad lives there) to PHX, $37 one way. Silly to be subsidizing passengers at $411 each to avoid a 90 minute ride down to Phoenix.

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by jimatkins
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest cities not served by WN
Replies: 107
Views: 13132

Re: Largest cities not served by WN

I live not too far from PSP, it's my closest airport (Twentynine Palms, or the Stumps to all you Marines out there). Traffic there is so very seasonal. It's convenient for us to drive down when we fly, connecting to SLC, DEN, or PHX depending on which airline we fly. Traffic on the freeway to ONT is...

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by jimatkins
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Closest major airports
Replies: 29
Views: 3073

Re: Closest major airports

Why are you people quibbling about distance? As long as you can make the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs, the rest is meaningless.

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by jimatkins
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ElAl not allowed to (force) move passengers anymore.
Replies: 48
Views: 8438

Re: ElAl not allowed to (force) move passengers anymore.

You'd think anybody that backward wouldn't consider using a modern form of transportation. Admittedly, it's tough to do TATL oxcarts.

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by jimatkins
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports that had potential that never made it
Replies: 107
Views: 14318

Re: Airports that had potential that never made it

Lived in ONT's general area a lot of my life, flown out of there many times. They got pummeled by the Great Recession and the area is just barely coming back. Flights have been cut way down from the early 2000's. My sister lived in central Orange county and preferred ONT to SNA by a mile, easier acc...

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by jimatkins
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines To Retire Last A340-300 in 2 Days
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

Re: China Airlines To Retire Last A340-300 in 2 Days

She landed at VCV yesterday. Check the Los Angeles Aircraft Spotters group for a picture.

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by jimatkins
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF32 - Could things have been handled differently?
Replies: 71
Views: 11727

Re: QF32 - Could things have been handled differently?

Read QF32 by the captain, available for Kindle. I don't know how they got that plane on the ground with alarms going off for two hours straight. They couldn't dump fuel and couldn't transfer fuel because of the numerous cable cuts caused by the debris. I'm not an expert, but that crew managed about ...

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by jimatkins
Mon May 15, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interview with QF72 Pilot
Replies: 18
Views: 5969

Re: Interview with QF72 Pilot

Great article. How could the system fail like that? This is a pretty terrifying incident. I have also read the pilot's account of the QF32 A380 engine failure. That was pretty terrifying too. The computers spent over an hour screaming warnings at the crew.

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by jimatkins
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeoff acoustics at KSAN
Replies: 16
Views: 2865

Re: Takeoff acoustics at KSAN

And the buildings across Laurel that are now Solar Gas Turbines are the original home of the Spirit of St. Louis!

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by jimatkins
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of the 747's
Replies: 31
Views: 4378

Re: Fate of the 747's

Don't -300s have a 3 person crew? 400s are 2 person crew, cheaper right off the bat.

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by jimatkins
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders
Replies: 38
Views: 8550

Re: NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

Looks like the new Air Force Ones are coming sooner rather than later.

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by jimatkins
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spotting A318 in California?
Replies: 17
Views: 3556

Spotting A318 in California?

Never seen one around Southern California. Any suggestions on where to see one around here?

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by jimatkins
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports as Movie Locations
Replies: 58
Views: 3146

Re: Airports as Movie Locations

High Anxiety at LAX- "What a dramatic airport!"

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by jimatkins
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9822

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

My last flight a while ago was in the rear seat of an AA MD-87, ex-TWA according to the first officer. Spent the flight looking at the port engine. Pretty loud, but it was just from DFW to PSP. Quite a few years ago I flew a Hughes Airwest DC-9 in the front row. Now that was quiet.

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by jimatkins
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a A300NEO?
Replies: 118
Views: 20809

Re: Time for a A300NEO?

It's a 40 year old frame and we have moved on, technologically. New engines won't make these old birds competitive.

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