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by dangle
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 778
Views: 115929

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Island Helicopters is suing the air traffic controllers: https://www.tmz.com/2020/08/25/vanessa-bryant-sues-air-traffic-controllers-over-kobe-helicopter-crash/ Not sure what they hope to gain by suing individual ATCers. Does the FAA provide legal counsel to controllers named in civil suits regardin...

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by dangle
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 72
Views: 9792

Re: Western Airlines questions

zmatt1 wrote:
Worked for Western in SFO and PDX from 1968-1977. Great employer. Best years of my working career. My first flight was on a 720B SFO-LAX in 1968. Yes those were the days.


I'd love to hear a little more about what you did for them and any specific memories you care to share.

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by dangle
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest NTSB data from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. jet crash
Replies: 15
Views: 5551

Re: Latest NTSB data from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. jet crash

So fortunate the passengers (and crew) were able to get out with only minor injuries. The CVR transcript reminds me of listening to some United Channel 9 conversations that used to make me wonder why United even made these available to passengers who might understandably freak out from what they wer...

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by dangle
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 338574

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Here's a pretty in-depth article from Nikkei discussing the drop-off in load factors among Asian carriers, this figure stands out: https://www.ft.com/__origami/service/image/v2/images/raw/https%3A%2F%2Fs3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com%2Fpsh-ex-ftnikkei-3937bb4%2Fimages%2F3%2F8%2F8%2F2%2F25672883-5-en...

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by dangle
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17351

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

WSJ reports that "according to a person familiar with the details," the aircraft's last crown inspection occurred approx 500 flights before the incident, leading to speculation that the investigation may lead the FAA to decrease the crown inspection interval from the current requirement of...

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by dangle
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.
Replies: 60
Views: 5864

Re: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51478329 "A woman who tried to open a passenger plane door mid-flight, prompting two fighter jets to be scrambled, has been jailed for two years." Good, give this more publicity. "Jet2 calculated that the incident cost them £86,000, the court was...

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by dangle
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191890

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

I expect some of those 1200 employees are being trained and certified to get delivered but now grounded planes back in service. Some of them will get to do some world travel and nice long hours of overtime. I'll bet there will be a lot of paperwork to make that happen. Others will be trained to get...

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by dangle
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
Replies: 52
Views: 9022

Re: How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’

This is just the NY-times exploiting the MAX hype to get the attention of readers. If you read the report you'll see that Boeing was partly blamed for the crash and that they did issued a bulletin how pilots should handle these issues in the future. Furthermore, it doesn't matter which plane you fl...

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by dangle
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 NG bug: Display units can blank on approach to 7 specific runways
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

737 NG bug: Display units can blank on approach to 7 specific runways

Per the AD (Dec 27 2019): The FAA received reports earlier this year of three incidents of display electronic unit (DEU) software errors on Model 737 NG airplanes flying into runway PABR in Barrow, Alaska. All six display units (DUs) blanked with a selected instrument approach to a runway with a 270...

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by dangle
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO
Replies: 300
Views: 39228

Re: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO

I was hoping the board of directors would take this opportunity to make a change in the culture of the company by appointing someone with an engineering background to the CEO position. Sadly David Calhoun is just another businessman with experience in investment banking. FWIW, Muilenburg represente...

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by dangle
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748739

Ryanair Announces MAX related base closures, job losses

From the WSJ, Ryanair attributes lack of promised MAX deliveries to their decision to close bases in Nuremberg, Germany, and Sweden’s Stockholm Skavsta Airport, with corresponding job losses: Ryanair said Wednesday it had again revised its summer schedule for next year based on receiving just 10 MAX...

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by dangle
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kalitta Flt 720 (B727-200) nosegear collapse on landing at TCL
Replies: 19
Views: 7369

Re: Kalitta Flt 720 (B727-200) nosegear collapse on landing at TCL

Per AV Herald, NTSB prelim report indicates that the captain chose to continue the landing despite the nosegear position light, horn, and two crewmates recommending a go-around. Then the captain subsequently described a series of events to investigators that were in contrast to the other crewmembers...

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by dangle
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 675430

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

WSJ article today suggesting that MAX's MCAS was suggested by Boeing engineers that designed an MCAS for the KC-46A Pegasus. Goes on to describe significant differences between the MAX and KC-46A implementations: In a key difference from the subsequent version of the system used on the MAX, the syst...

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by dangle
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 675430

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Per WSJ, Indonesia's first government report nearing completion, likely to be released in early November: Indonesian investigators have determined that design and oversight lapses played a central role in the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in October, according to people familiar with the matte...

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by dangle
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on CU972 crashed near HAV: Aircraft probably wrongly loaded
Replies: 470
Views: 84093

Re: Update on CU972 crashed near HAV: Aircraft probably wrongly loaded

Av Herald has an English translation of the Instituto de Aeronautica Civil de Cuba crash report, with contributing factors including crew training and performance, but also weight and balance calculation errors. From the article: According to the load sheet the aircraft departed with a takeoff weigh...

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by dangle
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 675430

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Looks like American has given up on Thanksgiving MAX flights, but maybe hoping to join United in scheduling them over the Christmas holiday (in contrast to Southwest who appear to have given up on scheduling the MAX until 2020). https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-01/american-air-pulls-7...

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by dangle
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?
Replies: 16
Views: 2324

Re: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqd17LoZd5o
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And it is reflected in this BBC series Flying Heavy Metal with Bruce Dickinson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqd17LoZd5o

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by dangle
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 4959

Re: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley

Pilot has been named (quoted from LAT): The Navy pilot who was killed in a crash at Death Valley National Park earlier this week has been identified as 33-year-old Lt. Charles Z. Walker, officials said. “The NAS Lemoore aviation family is grieving the loss of one of our own,” said Capt. James Bates,...

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by dangle
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 752767

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

WSJ reporting updated investigation findings: *Analysis of Black Boxes of Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Showed ‘Clear Similarities’ With Crashed Lion Air Flight —Ethiopian Transport Minister *Data from ET302 Black Boxes Has Been Validated by Ethiopian, U.S. Investigators—Minister *Investigators ...

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by dangle
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8652

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

.... Thanks. My experience is that the men and women who maintain and fly the aircraft we passengers depend on are more honorable than the 'fancier' individuals that manage and regulate the airlines. An anecdote: While waiting at the gate for our AA 777 to be repaired in ORD for a flight to ?LHR or...

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by dangle
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8652

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

So are all my worries unfounded then? Do I need to worry about poor maintenance in let's say Norwegian airplane. Surely it must be the case that if there is even a slight hint of doubt regarding the planes airworthiness that it's pulled from service. No matter what airline or country it comes from....

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by dangle
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 overran runway at BUR
Replies: 233
Views: 39902

Re: Southwest 737 slides off runway at BUR

Actually looks like they steered left into as they were concerned about going deep into EMAS or going into the street again. They may not have actually steered left; airplane could simply have started veering left due to loss of traction. Looking at the photos... it ended up around here: Interestin...

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by dangle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I can't be a pilot.
Replies: 40
Views: 4601

Re: I can't be a pilot.

Thank you for your really really friendly and supportive comments. I am already fine with the fact I can't be a pilot, but I still just can't do anything aviation related. Not even consider an alternative career, even though I would want to. It screws me up since it meant so much to me! The only th...

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by dangle
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on CU972 crashed near HAV: Aircraft probably wrongly loaded
Replies: 470
Views: 84093

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

El Pais of Madrid, Spain reports from sources in Mexico that "human error" is to be blamed for the crash. Manuel Rodríguez, general manager of Global Air, explained in a statement that the investigations of the Cuban authorities "reveal that the crew took off the aircraft with a very...

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by dangle
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Typical pre-delivery squawks
Replies: 15
Views: 2152

Re: Typical pre-delivery squawks

The WSJ did an article on this last year on a 787 delivery, if you can get through the paywall:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-inspect-every-piece-of-a-widebody-airplane-1504105684

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by dangle
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 10912

Re: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?

As of yesterday, USAF reports no plans to recall pilots: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/10/23/air-force-no-plans-recall-retired-pilots-fix-shortage.html "Ann Stefanek, the chief of Air Force media operations, said Sunday the added power provided by Trump is appreciated but the service ...

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by dangle
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 128951

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

While willful disregard of regulations can't be tolerated in the airline industry, it seems that overall the system should be as supportive as possible to allow a pilot to ask for help without having to weigh any other external factors in their decision. Or is this an example of the difficulty in c...

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by dangle
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 128951

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

Does this make sense? While willful disregard of regulations can't be tolerated in the airline industry, it seems that overall the system should be as supportive as possible to allow a pilot to ask for help without having to weigh any other external factors in their decision. Or is this an example ...

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by dangle
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 128951

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

I've always been a passive appreciator of the discussions on this amazing site, but I've got a question that I don't think has been discussed yet. The WSJ published an unattributed quote today that I'm wondering if anyone can comment on since it raised many issues for me without addressing them: &qu...

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