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by jimatkins
Sat May 08, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 14601

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

The logical location for some big 24/7 LA airport would be the high desert away from the coast. Like Palmdale, Victorville or similar. Cheap space, no noise concerns and good weather. This would be where some hyper fast train would make sense. Sell LAX land and move inland. You do realize that this...

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by jimatkins
Tue May 04, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA FA attacked inflight
Replies: 52
Views: 11961

Re: AA FA attacked inflight

Just now saw an item on the news, MSNBC- average passenger police interventions have been 100-200 per year in the past, according to the FAA. This year so far, 1300 incidents. People are bloody crazy.

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by jimatkins
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing board shake up; CEO Extension?
Replies: 51
Views: 5669

Re: Boeing board shake up; CEO Extension?

Boeing needs to pick directors that are engineering oriented, not Wall Street lackeys. This company is digging itself a hole because it has lost sight of what is necessary to succeed in a complex technological industry. No bean counters (and I used to be an accountant!).

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by jimatkins
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the B787-8 a mistake?
Replies: 123
Views: 18755

Re: Was the B787-8 a mistake?

Are 788s still being built?

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by jimatkins
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announced to phase out 717, 763 & CRJ200.
Replies: 232
Views: 29479

Re: Delta announced to phase out 717, 763 & CRJ200.

So will HA go after those 717s, or has their demand for interisland been satisfied?

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by jimatkins
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38324

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

Read Richard Aboulafia the other day. His statement about being able to fly point to point between a lot of previously unexpected city pairs as opposed to changing planes in Narita or Heathrow is pretty much on the money for why the A380 failed. It's convenience, not so much in time, but in the hass...

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by jimatkins
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest launch service to Miami & Palm Springs
Replies: 209
Views: 26933

Re: Southwest launch service to Miami & Palm Springs

Great news. Love flying out of PSP, it's the closest airport to our desert oasis. Great to have more options!

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by jimatkins
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?
Replies: 32
Views: 7341

Re: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?

AndoAv8R wrote:
Ok so what exactly is the cross section difference between a civilian Boeing 707 vs KC-135/717? Are there any other major structural differences? Is there a difference in the cockpit size as well?

Not just the fuselage diameter, the wing planform is different too. Root chord is longer on a 707.

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by jimatkins
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 16415

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

First jet I ever saw, in the winter of 1959/60 if my memory serves. There was a Caravelle in United markings at the South Bend, Indiana airport (KSBN) and my dad drove me over to see it. What a beauty. There's one at Pima Air & Space museum in kind of shabby shape. Needs paint pretty badly.

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by jimatkins
Sat May 23, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Grants tentative Approval to 15 US Airlines to Drop service to 75 airports
Replies: 88
Views: 13674

Re: DOT Grants tentative Approval to 15 US Airlines to Drop service to 75 airports

Not surprised by B6 dumping PSP. I live not too far from there (Twentynine Palms) and it's a mystery to me that anybody wants to fly in in the hellish depths of the summer. In a normal year, around April the bizjets clear out and things get pretty sleepy at KPSP. We'll see how things go in October w...

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by jimatkins
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How the landscape may look like for the ME3
Replies: 16
Views: 3146

Re: How the landscape will look ...

Don't think the ME carriers will be the haven of last resort this time. The oil money spigot isn't flowing with the utter turmoil in oil prices.

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by jimatkins
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again
Replies: 51
Views: 12041

Re: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again

I missed a chance to see this one at ONT about 15 years ago- I was sick as a dog with bronchitis/pneumonia. That's what it took to keep me away. Come on big girl! Sunny SoCal beckons!

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by jimatkins
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Lockheed ever design competing aircraft to the 727/737/DC9?
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: Did Lockheed ever design competing aircraft to the 727/737/DC9?

When I was a kid, I remember seeing in the Science Museum in Exposition Park, a set of desk models donated by the LA area companies showing their products. There was a Lockheed transport (don't remember any tanker booms or pods) with podded engines trailing behind the wing on pylons, kind of like a ...

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by jimatkins
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?
Replies: 62
Views: 2734

Re: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?

I expect a lot of marginally profitable aircraft types to disappear pretty quickly, 744, A343, the remaining Mad Dogs, all going to be gone.

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by jimatkins
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 15182

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

I seem to remember a feasibility study for KSAN that ended up with building a new airport way out east near Alpine with a train to bring passengers in. Hugely expensive and unpopular.

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by jimatkins
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing announces first annual net loss since 1997
Replies: 126
Views: 16185

Re: Boeing announces first annual net loss since 1997

Boeing bought this, every bit of it. A dose of suffering might be the only thing that wises the management up to becoming an engineering company again. A technology company needs a technology focus, everything else follows from that.

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by jimatkins
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100
Replies: 32
Views: 2270

Re: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100

Erickson Air Tanker is using one or two as firebombers in Western US- saw one at KSBD at the US Forest Service base there a while ago. Does that count?

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by jimatkins
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?
Replies: 211
Views: 29245

Re: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?

Boeing can get the MAX back in the air, but they won't be truly back until they become an engineering company again. Send a signal to their customers that engineering excellence rules and everything else falls into place.

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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: 4937

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: 10928

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: 20210

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: 5146

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: 58648

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: 3962

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: 33264

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: 20188

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: 9314

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: 1340

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: 8244

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: 15395

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: 18107

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: 6482

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: 13913

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: 6619

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: 1980

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: 11637

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: 7024

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: 2524

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: 18152

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: 11754

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: 11601

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: 14515

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: 9023

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: 28045

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: 10396

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: 4817

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: 19814

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: 13641

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: 3268

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: 8689

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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