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by atcdan
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability
Replies: 122
Views: 12764

Re: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability

Is it the airline's responsibility if all the hotel rooms in a "reasonable" radius are all occupied and none available? Yes, in fact, per the contracts the airlines agree to with their work groups, it IS the airlines responsibility to find hotel accommodations for overnight stays. So, the...

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by atcdan
Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3550

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

Did United or Continental ever use both jetways to board a 767-400 or a 767-300 at Gate 68A? Not sure but I’ve only seen Air Canada park there with heavies in recent years, b763. How many gates does Alaska share with Air Canada? Currently just 69 A/B regularly, they may share 64 at times as well bu...

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by atcdan
Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 86841

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

I don’t want to get into into bickering, but I will provide some more info regarding ATC tower’s handling of emergencies in the US. We absolutely request info on fuel, souls on board, and nature of the emergency. Every time. We have a phone in the tower that when we pick it up calls to 8-12 differen...

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by atcdan
Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3550

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

[threeid][/threeid] Actually gate 68A can handle B762/763 as well as narrow bodies. T2 has several gates (23, 25, 26) that can handle 2 ADG-III and smaller, or one ADG-IV or larger. I don’t know why that’s not done at T5/T6. Did United or Continental ever use both jetways to board a 767-400 or a 767...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Control tower in uncontrolled airspace
Replies: 18
Views: 1530

Re: Control tower in uncontrolled airspace

JYO was uncontrolled until a few years ago and is operated as a remote tower. The airport wanted a control tower and the FAA did not want to pay or even share in the construction costs so they implemented a system built by Saab I believe to have the ATCs sit in a nearby office building and control f...

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by atcdan
Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Helicopter Pads
Replies: 11
Views: 2079

Re: LAX Helicopter Pads

The only helicopters that regularly operate in and out of LAX all land at either Atlantic or Signature, south of taxiway A. On average it’s maybe a couple per day that actually land at the airport. I don’t think I’ve ever worked a helicopter into any of the nearby buildings helipads, although I assu...

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adds Lewiston-DEN, and Seasonal Bishop- SFO, DEN, LAX (Skywest)
Replies: 25
Views: 3983

Re: United Adds Lewiston-DEN, and Seasonal Bishop- SFO, DEN, LAX (Skywest)

The only reason MMH was flown was because of the ski area subsidy, which now has been transferred to Bishop airport. This move was originally supposed to happen in October 2020, but COVID upended things. Shuttle service will be available to Mammoth Mountain ski resort. While Bishop will be operatio...

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 42
Views: 6786

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

Take a glimpse at KCLT (Charlotte, NC), at their peak hours. The line-up is massive. From Nation Guard C-17's to 777, A300, 737, A320, and the EMB-135/-145 and CRJ 700's Sure, but hopefully, it gets better. With progress on computer software, there will be more and more capacity-ahead planning on t...

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by atcdan
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 42
Views: 6786

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

On that DFW airport diagram it bothers me that H turns onto the WF lane, and F turns into the WH lane. Just an odd intersection of naming convention. It would make more sense practically (and OCD) for H to turn into WH and F turn into WF. That would work for 18L. But then what would you name them f...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 4786

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

It’s something ATC gets used to, the other day I Gad southwest do a long push all the way out of the alley so I could push a delta who called Roth after them into the alley. The thing was, knowing they are a max, I will adjust the plan accordingly.

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cleared to land
Replies: 16
Views: 2230

Re: Cleared to land

To chime in, as a controller in the US it means there exists a reasonable assurance that the runway will be clear when your aircraft crosses the landing threshold. The only times I would not issue a landing clearance is if I will be allowing a vehicle on the runway, have an aircraft taxiing on the r...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 48
Views: 11831

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Interestingly, AS, B6, and even UA have had international arrivals to gates 137, 139, 141 over the past few weeks too. I assume this is due to CBP scheduling still. In regards to AS at TBIT their website states that all International arrivals will be at TBIT after May 20. This might have something ...

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by atcdan
Mon May 31, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 48
Views: 11831

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Few questions regarding T2 and T3. With all the construction going on the schedule changes and the maps on google not being up to date, I was wondering if anyone had the latest construction timeline for the project. Also I believe T3 has been completely demolished (good riddance) anyone know when i...

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by atcdan
Thu May 27, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 33110

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

New mask MOU out for controllers today. Fully vaccinated personnel do not have to mask, non fully vaccinated personnel and all visitors will have to wear a mask in all common areas. The FAA will not require proof of vaccination. It seems like it’ll be on an honor system and of course the last part s...

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by atcdan
Tue May 25, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 36549

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I walked through the terminal Saturday night on a break, it’s definitely not the awe inspiring architecture of the original TBIT from an interior perspective, but the overall experience is an open, light, and airy design as you walk through. Great spotting opportunities from the north end of the MSC...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 36549

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I believe that was partly the reason. One of the other reasons was the other capital projects going around the airport, specifically what's happening at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 - maybe to some extent Terminals 5 and 6. The extra eight gates help provide flexibility to move airlines around while c...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3552

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

I’ve always appreciated towers that seem to understand corporate/charter guys and gals are in there once or twice a year (or career!) vs. the airline (especially regional pilots) in a busy airport multiple times per week. Yeah, it was always interesting to land at KEWR or KORD and be bombarded with...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The prevalence of MALSR approach lights in the US
Replies: 9
Views: 2867

Re: The prevalence of MALSR approach lights in the US

I don’t know all the technical aspects of these lights, but having worked at an airport with only CAT I and MALSR, when the lights were on step 3, they were extremely bright. To the point you would see the entire area/ road behind them illuminated as if it was daylight. Also, I don’t know that the d...

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by atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3552

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

In response to the OP, these answers are all correct. Having worked at 2 major “core 5 airports” in the tower (working delivery, ground control, and local control) there is always something called a taxi plan. There is a position in the tower called a traffic management coordinator whose job it is t...

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by atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16375

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 atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16375

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

Small correction to this, it's more convenient to get one mile outside of LAX because of the freeways. However, that last mile to LAX can easily take an hour to get through on a busy day. In terms of total travel time, I'd say about half the money is closer to BUR and half is closer to LAX. In my e...

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by atcdan
Sun May 09, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16375

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

Honestly I may be biased since I commute to LAX every day, know how to generally navigate the traffic, and can park for free right at the tower. All that being true, I think a lot of people coming to and from LA love the location, right by the beach. Within ten minutes driving you’re in Manhattan Be...

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by atcdan
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rapid Exit Taxiway / 777-8/9 folding wing tips (FWT)
Replies: 24
Views: 6182

Re: Rapid Exit Taxiway / 777-8/9 folding wing tips (

I guess the real question if there would be a failure is what routes around the airfield are available. There are presumably taxiways that would become unavailable to the 77X in the event of a failure? No different to the A380 really, but there are many issues with the A380 and its airfield restric...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant
Replies: 135
Views: 11988

Re: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant

I mean, if I said this at work, not keyed up, at the very least I would be reprimanded. On frequency it would be an unpaid suspension which is actual real trouble aka can lead to removal from service. The violation of sterile cockpit is bad, the content and particularly the tone make it a lot worse ...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1492
Views: 194789

Re: AS Adds ANC-MSP

That's false. Most of what is sold in economy is in the two lowest buckets. People rarely will book up to a higher class unless it's absolutely necessary and will go to another carrier instead if they have cheaper seats. No, it is not false....If you follow this site you will have seen many example...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20169

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

Interestingly, AA was selling connections over BNA as late as 3 years ago, I saved 80 bucks by flying DCA-BNA-LAX versus connecting at DFW. Don’t know if they have changed or optimized their reservation systems since then, but it was certainly interesting to see. That's because you're going hub to ...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20169

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

Interestingly, AA was selling connections over BNA as late as 3 years ago, I saved 80 bucks by flying DCA-BNA-LAX versus connecting at DFW.

Don’t know if they have changed or optimized their reservation systems since then, but it was certainly interesting to see.

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3550

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

Actually gate 68A can handle B762/763 as well as narrow bodies.

T2 has several gates (23, 25, 26) that can handle 2 ADG-III and smaller, or one ADG-IV or larger. I don’t know why that’s not done at T5/T6.

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2536
Views: 341372

Re: Southwest in COS

I think the COS-DEN is specifically targeted to people with existing reservations out of DEN who want to bracket their flights on either end for only $58. Versus driving, paying for parking, etc. can just have a friend drop you at COS and be on your way. I’m basing this only on the number of people ...

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by atcdan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 36549

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I remember the original Gensler plans called for Parking Structure 3 and Parking Structure 4 (across the street from TBIT) to be torn down and made into a terminal area for check in and baggage claim. Wonder if that will still hold true. No - the APM stations being sited in the manner ultimately ch...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2090

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Fair. How about arriving 13R/18L/17C and departing 17R/17L? Why not just switch 18L and 17L in your sequence? That’s what they do now, without as another poster mentioned a 3 mile taxi from terminal B/D to 17L. Just makes no sense. Much better. It’s hard for me to believe that even down a runway th...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2090

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Assuming winds do not preclude use of the crosswind runways, can't they land 13R/18L/17L and depart 17C and 13L? It would affect the departure rate because the 13L departures would need to be coordinated with the 17L arrivals but it should allow a lot more than half of the usual departure rate. Sou...

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by atcdan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2090

Re: DFW Runway Operations

So, the decision to offload arrivals to 18L, which is one of two runways available for departures, has to be made hours in advance, when many of these arrivals are still on the ground at their departure points. If there are too many inbounds for the east side plus 13R to handle, using 18L for arriv...

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by atcdan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2090

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Who then determines how one or two aircraft from time to time are allowed to land on that runway? Is that a conversation between the controllers or can an approach controller assign that runway on his/her own if they feel things are stacking up? That would most likely be a conversation between the ...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2090

Re: DFW Runway Operations

So, the decision to offload arrivals to 18L, which is one of two runways available for departures, has to be made hours in advance, when many of these arrivals are still on the ground at their departure points. If there are too many inbounds for the east side plus 13R to handle, using 18L for arriva...

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by atcdan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 33110

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

There is a rumor (unconfirmed) out that the incoming administration will allocate vaccines directly to critical federal agencies such as TSA, law enforcement, ATC, nuclear plant operators, etc. As of yet the DOD is the only federal agency that’s been given their own pipeline. Everyone else has been ...

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by atcdan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting Alaska Air diversion this evening
Replies: 7
Views: 1599

Re: Interesting Alaska Air diversion this evening

FO avionics failure as well as anti-ice inop warning is what was relayed to us, they landed without incident. My guess is they didn’t want to be anywhere near the precip over the PNW.

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by atcdan
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?
Replies: 26
Views: 1995

Re: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?

Even during pre-COVID times it would be unremarkable to have multiple domestic 767, 777, 787, and A330 flights between UA, AA, and DL out of LAX.

My assumption is that these are flights that in prior times would be operated by the 747. It’s not a matter of range, but of capacity and utilization.

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by atcdan
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude
Replies: 44
Views: 60131

Re: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude

[quote=] I mean truth be told as a tower controller you wouldn’t actually know if there was any risk. Because below 14000 in our bravo there is damn plenty of risk. It’s the controllers working approach and departure that are mitigating it. But I see your point[/quote] Well that’s my point, there is...

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by atcdan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude
Replies: 44
Views: 60131

Re: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude

Maybe they retracted flap too early, not unusual for a wide body to have a clean speed above 250. Kts when heavy. Many long haul B77L and B77W pilots request 270 kts on departure before they depart, obviously speed limit is 250 below 10000 but if the plane won’t stay in the air... Many companies ca...

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by atcdan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude
Replies: 44
Views: 60131

Re: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude

Many long haul B77L and B77W pilots request 270 kts on departure before they depart, obviously speed limit is 250 below 10000 but if the plane won’t stay in the air... If for any reason they were required to keep 250 until F100/10.000, what would be the procedure? Climb on (minimum applicaple) flap...

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by atcdan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude
Replies: 44
Views: 60131

Re: Southern Air 777-200F Near Stall/Stall at Low Altitude

Appears that’s what they did as they were able to continue on and not end up an oil slick in the Atlantic. Requesting a high speed climb maybe there was a load or mechanical issue. Maybe they retracted flap too early, not unusual for a wide body to have a clean speed above 250. Kts when heavy. Many...

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by atcdan
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 79
Views: 16812

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020

Well, it's official, Delta is going to be expediting the renovation at LAX with the whole thing done (T2/T3/TBIT connector) in mid 2023. A few questions: 1) How many gates will this add? 2) Will T3 get its own customs area? 3) Will DL keep using TBIT when the construction is finished? https://news....

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by atcdan
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7565

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

With all these questions of “60 rooms”, etc, please keep in mind what you’re really talking about. A 5 star hotel in my city center (one of dozens amongst dozens) has 889 rooms, a similar 4 star in Dallas has 1,606. So the idea that a hotel with only 60 rooms is blocking them for airlines is a moot ...

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by atcdan
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ILG Upgrades
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Re: ILG Upgrades

They will use VM1 any time it’s feasible, traveling by road is a massive security risk particularly when the route is obvious and the schedule known in advance. I’ve seen VM1 used from BUR-VNY, LAX-Orange County. There’s no way it would be cost effective for the Secret Service to sweep 100 miles of ...

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by atcdan
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot sentenced for nearly flying under the influence
Replies: 58
Views: 10920

Re: Delta pilot sentenced for nearly flying under the influence

We have regulations in my sector of aviation that allows anyone above a .019 and below .04 to be relieved of duty and sent home for the day with no repercussions. .04 and above you’re in for close to a year of rehab at your own expense before you can return to working planes. That year of rehab also...

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by atcdan
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Routes-Winter Resort Mania
Replies: 41
Views: 5848

Re: New Routes-Winter Resort Mania

While FAT is technically “close” to MMH, there is no access in the winter other than driving up through Tahoe. Even driving the most direct route in the summer requires going through Yosemite National Park and while a beautiful drive, is about 4 hours. LAX-MMH driving is about 5 hours, which is why ...

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by atcdan
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tightest flight schedules at a gate?
Replies: 6
Views: 2050

Re: Tightest flight schedules at a gate?

35 minutes, as others have said, is a luxury at a busy airport. Pre-Covid at LAX most gates would be vacant for 4-5 minutes, because there was either an arrival on the ground waiting for that gate already, or the airlines would have a plane to tow to the gate, calling out of the maintenance area the...

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by atcdan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus corporate shuttle to BFM?
Replies: 35
Views: 5637

Re: Airbus corporate shuttle to BFM?

Yes, and while I’m not an exec or high level by any means, when my employer sends me to Atlantic City, we are always booking into PHL, renting a car, and driving 60 miles to the destination. That’s pretty standard for business travel, not sure you’d need to have access to anywhere closer than MOB.

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by atcdan
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: King Airs flying patterns over LA and Alabama
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: King Airs flying patterns over LA and Alabama

In LA they go by the call sign medfly, and have specified routes that are coordinated with ATC. The purpose is to release sterile fruit flies to breed with the rest of them, I believe to reduce the spread of the invasive species. I have way too many fruit flies around my fruit trees so I don’t mind ...

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