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by teachpdx
Sun May 02, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European airport architecture
Replies: 9
Views: 2935

Re: European airport architecture

The organizations that operate airports in these countries probably have working relationships with only a handful of architectural firms, and only a handful of firms are equipped to design on such magnitude. So it makes sense that they will all feel a bit similar. But more so, one thing that does g...

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by teachpdx
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft mood lighting colors other than blue
Replies: 9
Views: 773

Re: Aircraft mood lighting colors other than blue

I saw the rainbow on Norwegian a couple of times during final approach and thought it was pretty great. At first I thought it was just a pride month thing, but then I saw it at other times of the year as well.

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by teachpdx
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your dream airline fleet
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: Your dream airline fleet

seat1a wrote:
Hundreds of A220's.


Emphatically agree.

With a handful of A359s to reach far-off places.

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by teachpdx
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France 777 painted green by Greenpeace.
Replies: 74
Views: 10758

Re: Air France 777 painted green by Greenpeace.

Elon Musk didn't kickstart the electrical car revolution because of government intervention. Tesla wouldn’t yet be profitable if it weren’t for government intervention. They make a large portion of their revenue from selling regulatory credits to less efficient automakers. Without that incentive, t...

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by teachpdx
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 148
Views: 34308

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

obviously with covid the past year the NTSB has delayed and not prioritized this incident. It’s not that it’s delayed. It’s not that it’s a low priority. It. Is. Not. Under. Investigation. Period. Even the lowest priority incidents get acknowledgment of an investigation with an incident number, a l...

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by teachpdx
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 148
Views: 34308

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

There is no reason this incident should be kept secret like this. There should at least be an entry in a database acknowledging that it happened. I have also contacted the FAA and asked why it is not in their incident database. I mean it should at least be in ASIAS, well, it isn't. When I pressed t...

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by teachpdx
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements
Replies: 23
Views: 2355

Re: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements

Observed it flying on FD and AK, and it’s likely on other AirAsia services. Not only were the “routine” announcements pre-recorded, but there were additional pre-recorded announcements for meal service, duty free, and even turbulence.

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by teachpdx
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Break journey - how do we do it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1497

Re: Break journey - how do we do it?

I’ve booked with miles on AS a few times, and they generally allow a stopover either inbound or outbound for award travel without becoming multiple legs or charging more miles than a round trip award ticket. It usually work out really well if your stopover city is the partner airline’s hub. I’ve don...

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by teachpdx
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 148
Views: 34308

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

Since the aircraft is being stripped away, should we conclude that the investigation is completed? It may mean the report is about to be issued. There is still no information on the investigation from the NTSB. No incident number, no listing on their website as an open investigation, only a couple ...

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by teachpdx
Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will triangular flights become a thing again?
Replies: 30
Views: 2975

Re: Will triangular flights become a thing again?

So what? We had paper tickets for decades and decades, and now they are gone, obsoleted by e-tickets. I'm just saying that there's no particular reason that first landing has to be port of entry; it's that way only because that's how we've always done it. I think it would be useful to consider alte...

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by teachpdx
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 148
Views: 34308

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA incident

Looking back at this, I cannot find anything about this on the NTSB website. There isn’t even an investigation number to look up (and there are plenty of other incidents, arguably more minor, that happened around the same time that at least have a published investigation number). Absolutely nothing ...

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by teachpdx
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Celebrity Sightings on Flights
Replies: 23
Views: 1654

Re: Celebrity Sightings on Flights

Carrie Brownstein, a few years back (during the Portlandia days) flying on AS PDX-LAX.

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by teachpdx
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?
Replies: 16
Views: 2798

Re: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?

About a year ago, flying on AF CDG-PRG we pushed 25 mins ahead of schedule, and landed in PRG 60 mins ahead of schedule.

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by teachpdx
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Airliners.net's favorite plane?
Replies: 38
Views: 3407

Re: What is Airliners.net's favorite plane?

Personally, the A220 and A350.
But that’s not the question. As for the entire forum, in all of my years of lurking and then membership, it must be the 757.

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by teachpdx
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 148
Views: 34308

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA incident

I would assume that NTSB reports are slower than normal due to COVID, and since it wasn’t a fatal accident it may be given an even lower priority. It looks like recent fatal incidents have been running around 17-19 months between the occurrence and the report (Atlas 3591 17 months, WN 1380 19 months...

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by teachpdx
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 106
Views: 10861

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Had a flight home a couple of years ago... CHC-WLG-AKL-HNL-LAX-PDX, but got stranded in Welly a few days before due to a storm. Couldn’t drop the first leg due to change fees, so got a really cheap Jetstar flight that morning WLG-CHC... so the whole thing turned into WLG-CHC-WLG-AKL-HNL-LAX-PDX. And...

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by teachpdx
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unreasonably short layovers
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: Unreasonably short layovers

DL at SLC routinely has very short connections... I’ve had as short as 25 minutes scheduled. Luckily it seems that many of their short connections are grouped in banks at the same concourse... literally walking across the hallway and right down another jetbridge onto the next flight. The densely tim...

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by teachpdx
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 591
Views: 87426

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

twincommander wrote:
I didnt figure there was anyone on here on the west side with me.


Orenco! Where all the GA is always turning base for HIO.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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by teachpdx
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor
Replies: 27
Views: 4885

Re: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor

Many governments require airlines to maintain a minimum service... in order to receive bailout money, for example, US airlines had to keep serving all of their current cities or specifically request a waiver not to. And if airlines don’t maintain their routes into slot-controlled airports, they lose...

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by teachpdx
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3557

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

Unpopular opinion: PDX.
The terminal is only 7.5 miles (12km) straight line from the CBD, yet light rail takes 45 minutes in perfect conditions.
And the first trains don’t arrive early enough for the first flights or early morning workers.

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by teachpdx
Tue May 19, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 years ago-Mt. St. Helens volcanic exposion-affect on aviation
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: 40 years ago-Mt. St. Helens volcanic exposion-affect on aviation

This morning the Oregonian published some first-hand accounts from that day. A few of them were from passengers or air crew flying overhead. It sounds like at least a few passenger aircraft actually diverted toward the mountain to take in the view during the eruption. Link here: https://www.oregonli...

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by teachpdx
Fri May 15, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 10149

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

PDX has dedicated foot and bike connections to the terminal.
It’s also possible to walk from LAS to the Strip in under 45 minutes.

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by teachpdx
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would B738 be limited to FL250?
Replies: 15
Views: 4364

Re: Why would B738 be limited to FL250?

I was on a UA 735 back in the college days, prolly 2008, OKC-DEN. Had an inop pack and couldn’t go above 250. A huge squall line of thunderstorms stretched from the Texas panhandle north to Nebraska. We had to fly around it, nearly over the border with Mexico, before turning back north. A scheduled ...

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by teachpdx
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport construction projects question
Replies: 74
Views: 11001

Re: Airport construction projects question

Heard from a reliable source that the PDX main terminal replacement schedule is actually moving up by up to a year... they are taking advantage of the empty airport to do a lot of the prep work that would normally take longer if fully occupied.

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by teachpdx
Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat selection in basic economy on Delta and Virgin specifically
Replies: 6
Views: 669

Re: Seat selection in basic economy on Delta and Virgin specifically

I’ve flown basic on DL a couple of times but wanted a specific seat (inaugural A220 flight, specifically). I was able to pay for a seat reservation (~$15) and keep the rest of basic.

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by teachpdx
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1472

Re: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019

I flew 32 segments in 2019. 31 were early or on time. 32 was on OK from PRG-CPH. Our Czech Airlines 319 was swapped for a Smartwings 737. We had to wait for a crew that could fly the plane. Departed 1:45 late.

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by teachpdx
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 15175

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

Help me understand how high speed rail between those 3 cities would "completely" erase the need for expansion or a new airport for Seattle. 1) SEA very well need some kind of capacity increase, no matter what happens with HSR. 2) The latest HSR proposals under study give travel times betw...

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by teachpdx
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 15175

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

SEA probably has the best chance, whether in the farmlands to the southeast or somewhere across the Sound. It’s still a very, very small chance. The proposed ultra high speed rail between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver could completely erase the need for it. Or it could completely justify it if th...

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by teachpdx
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1281

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

I flew DI SEA-LGW last year. Exited the SEA security nightmare 60 minutes before departure only to hear final boarding call announcements for my flight. Boarding was scheduled to start 60 mins prior to departure, but hearing final call over and over again caused me and multiple others to sprint to t...

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by teachpdx
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo (JS) introduce 2 extra Tu-204 through shell company
Replies: 35
Views: 10665

Re: SkyKG leases Tu-204

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Being discussed, with references, over in the Air Koryo thread.
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by teachpdx
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dreamliner to Thailand from Copenhagen
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Dreamliner to Thailand from Copenhagen

Based on your experience and that of Duncan I might give Norwegian a try in the future. I will certainly book away from airlines that lock the windows. What also doesn't help, is the economy class seating comfort of the 787. Usually the A330 offers much more value for money. I’ve flown on ULCC vers...

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by teachpdx
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dreamliner to Thailand from Copenhagen
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Dreamliner to Thailand from Copenhagen

I’ve done two round trips Seattle-London on the Norwegian 787. I’m 6’-3” and the legroom is tight but adequate. Even back when the 787 was having the engine issues I wasn’t worried about it, and the reliability is much better now. I happen to like the onboard experience with Norwegian, it’s the best...

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by teachpdx
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 19335

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

During BBD’s CSeries first flight coverage, the CEO of Porter referred to it as “truly a whisperjet”.
It’s no longer a CSeries (technically) nor in service with Porter... my oh my how times change.

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by teachpdx
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2411

Re: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?

KUL - klia2.
Only low-ceiling corridors after the shopping mall, cheap finishes that are not aging well, no water fountains, and minimal places to get food or drink. It’s a seriously depressing terminal, like waiting inside a glorified jetway.

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by teachpdx
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?
Replies: 59
Views: 14756

Re: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?

The seasonal DI flight from SEA-LGW arrives at 6-7 AM. I’ve flown it twice and it can be pretty brutal, both times we have had afternoon or evening train/ferry connections out of London and that meant staying awake a full day after a sleepless flight. Arriving that early at LGW, however, queues for ...

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by teachpdx
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 759743

Re: Out of the question, the Max never being certified?

If the FAA were a truly impartial government entity, this premise could be plausible. But since the FAA is generally in the pocket of the aircraft manufacturers and the airlines, I don’t see them doing that. They’ll continue to issue exceptions and grandfatherings and the like, and the MAX will be b...

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by teachpdx
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's A220 fleet issues and outcomes
Replies: 79
Views: 26309

Re: Delta's A220 fleet issues and outcomes

Flew on the A220 for the first time this weekend. What is with the god awful noises with this plane while taxiing? If anybody wants to experience them go to seat 21a. Once airborne it is fine. I can only assume it is a combination of the brakes and maybe a fuel pump? It sounds like servos grinding ...

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by teachpdx
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite vacation destinations
Replies: 48
Views: 2352

Re: Favorite vacation destinations

New Zealand / South Korea / Vietnam

Faroe Islands / Argentina / Easter Island

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by teachpdx
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Thread - 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 41624

Re: Washington State Thread - 2019

I think a brand-new development near Enumclaw is the best bet, connected as a branch to the proposed high speed rail link between Seattle and Portland.
But just like everywhere else, I’m sure it’ll meet it’s fair share of opposition.

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by teachpdx
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Experienced travel vlogger: scammed by airline
Replies: 37
Views: 7515

Re: Experienced travel vlogger: scammed by airline

It’s a low cost airline tactic. When they say put your name “exactly as it appears in your passport” you need to do just that. I’ve heard plenty of stories just like this one. And you need to be very careful when flying in other countries that may do first and last name in a different order... when ...

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by teachpdx
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska
Replies: 65
Views: 18767

Re: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska

STLflyer wrote:
I'm also surprised to see someone died - the plane looks like it's basically in tact.


The plane was not intact. One of the props sheared off and entered the cabin.

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by teachpdx
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some airlines/airports still rip off a portion of your boarding pass at boarding?
Replies: 10
Views: 4878

Re: Why do some airlines/airports still rip off a portion of your boarding pass at boarding?

In BKK, immigration wants to see your boarding pass after arrival, as arrivals get dumped directly into the transfer area. I guess they want to know that people coming through are actually arriving from a flight and not just cheating the system. This was an issue for me flying in on Shanghai Airline...

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by teachpdx
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long do you think the Airbus A220 Family will be in service?
Replies: 17
Views: 3209

Re: How long do you think the Airbus A220 Family will be in service?

The niche market is more for the -100 and to a lesser extent the -300. When we see the (inevitable) A220-500 come around to replace many of today’s 320s and 738s it’ll be around for many decades. I can’t quite say it’ll have the longevity of the 737 series, but certainly comparable to the reign of t...

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by teachpdx
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 47793

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

DD (Nok Air) flies the 86-seat variant. It doesn’t feel any different than the 74-seaters, in my experience. I'm on the other side of 6 feet - so even my carrier's 31" pitch occasionally leaves a bit to be desired :D. I’m 6’-4”, so 31” pitch is just as miserable on my legs as 28”. The seats we...

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by teachpdx
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 47793

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

DD (Nok Air) flies the 86-seat variant. It doesn’t feel any different than the 74-seaters, in my experience.

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by teachpdx
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: International Medical/Travel Insurance Advice Needed
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: International Medical/Travel Insurance Advice Needed

I second insuremytrip. Used them multiple times on travel abroad to Europe, Oceania, and Asia. The rates are affordable and it’s very easy to see what is and is not included. It’s so nice to get one price for a 2 month trip with 26 flights, three rental cars, and serious off-the-grid adventures.

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by teachpdx
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12582

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

No Lion Air mentions yet? I'll throw their name into the ring on this one.

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by teachpdx
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weather Prediction for the 21st Century
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: Weather Prediction for the 21st Century

The US weather models are seriously lagging behind the Euro, but that should be changing later this year with the rollout of a new model based of much more powerful computing. It should be closer to the accuracy of the Euro. The NWS forecasters already have access to it in beta form and have been us...

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by teachpdx
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking a DL flight based on airframe
Replies: 11
Views: 1331

Re: Booking a DL flight based on airframe

I’ve always had good luck with DL re-accommodating my flights for no charge based on equipment changes. Most recently I booked on the inaugural A220 flight, but it was delayed a week and subbed to a 319. DL allowed me to move my basic economy ticket a week forward for free. It just takes some patien...

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