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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue May 17, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most collectively hated airliner?
Replies: 36
Views: 2898

Re: What is the most collectively hated airliner?

The EMB-120 Brasilia. Used to fly them all the time from ATL to GSO, especially off peak hours. Ugh.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue May 17, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid testing to return to USA
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: Covid testing to return to USA

“We are hearing good things from Washington,” US airline Delta president Glen Hauenstein reportedly told analysts during a meeting on 13 April. “Hopefully that [the testing requirement] gets rolled back in the next few weeks.” https://www.reuters.com/business/us-travel-industry-airlines-urge-end-pre...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue May 17, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid testing to return to USA
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Covid testing to return to USA

Any insight on the elimination of Covid testing to fly internationally to the USA? Seems like things are softening a bit here.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Sun May 15, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4189

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Last few flights I took, TSA just wanted to see ID, not boarding pass (paper or digital). Though Im guessing they probably can access data on pretty much whatever they want.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu May 12, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 8
Views: 1465

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

Admittedly I dont know what Im talking about, but is it possible after such a ground delay that the availability of an optimum air route/altitude disappeared and the flight had to be assigned to whatever was available?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu May 12, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 8
Views: 1465

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

Admittedly I dont know what Im talking about, but is it possible after such a ground delay that the availability of an optimum air route/altitude disappeared and the flight had to be assigned to whatever was available?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu May 12, 2022 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dirty airplanes
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Dirty airplanes

Is it me, or are airliners showing up to the gate filthier and filthier of late. Now, I'm sure financially the last thing an airline wants to do is yank a revenue producer for a wash but at what point do pig-pen looking wings and fuselages begin to eat away at customer impressions of a business? Im ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon May 09, 2022 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Filled-up airplanes?
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Filled-up airplanes?

Me again, with another question. Through planning and some unexpected events, I've ended up flying more in 2022 than I've ever flown in a 12-month period. And every one of those 16 US domestic segments on four different airlines, I doubt more than 10 seats were empty, total. Yet, not a single cancel...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu May 05, 2022 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin flight returns to LHR after FO found to be insufficiently qualified
Replies: 37
Views: 9194

Re: Virgin flight returns to LHR after FO found to be insufficiently qualified

Captain: "So, how was that check flight?"
First officer: "Uh, how bout that local sports team."

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed May 04, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 60
Views: 4189

Why do we "check in?"

Whether we do it in person at the airport, at home on our phones or via an in-airport kiosk, you can't fly until you check in. But why? What mechanisms are set in motion when we "check in"? Or, put another way, what happens if we don't?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to start paying F/As during boarding
Replies: 124
Views: 17032

Re: DL to start paying F/As during boarding

So, by the same logic, the gate agents should only be paid when a plane parks at the gate and opens the door. Once that door closes again, they're off the clock until the next plane arrives at the gate. (How does this kind of thing even get started. Sounds like some kind of hold over from the 1920s.)

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to start paying F/As during boarding
Replies: 124
Views: 17032

Re: DL to start paying F/As during boarding

So, in a nutshell, is the US standard: you get paid when the door is closed?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visiting airside of a terminal.
Replies: 16
Views: 2814

Re: Visiting airside of a terminal.

Friends, family and the occasionally misguided person who comes to an airport for overpriced dining, drinks and shopping opportunities can't possibly put a dent in overall throughput of TSA stations. Why is this such a big deal to simply make happen?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Apr 20, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: flight diversion for crew timeout
Replies: 25
Views: 4102

Re: Updated: flight diversion for crew timeout

Question: Do passengers have to clear customs/immigration in Newark if its a diversion?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 19, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Too late to change these airport realities now?
Replies: 71
Views: 9121

Too late to change these airport realities now?

After taking a very routine domestic trip last weekend in which absolutely nothing out of the ordinary happened (except a bruised knee when the 300-pound clod in front of me flopped into his seat like a some kind of aggrieved soccer player trying to draw a free kick), I wondered about a few constant...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 12, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 1098
Views: 190566

Re: Is the AA PHL hub still important?

Can someone explain how a hub makes money (or doesn't). If I buy a $700 ticket to fly from Tampa to Los Angeles, but I stop in Charlotte, do all three airports end up with a portion of my $700. And then, does the cost to AA of flying me from Tampa to LA via Charlotte then somehow get charged to each...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Apr 07, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to Start Bus service from ACY and ABE
Replies: 122
Views: 16172

Re: American to Start Bus service from ACY and ABE

How long before AA cancels a run "because of weather?"

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Sun Apr 03, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Florida Delays and Cancelations 4/2
Replies: 14
Views: 3680

Re: Florida Delays and Cancelations 4/2

So, for a rookie at all of this, I get "weather" is the macro cause, but exactly why in a micro sense? Normal routes in and out of Florida are no good because landing/departing aircraft have to transit the weather at lower-than-optimum altitudes?. So the alternative routes get overloaded a...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Mar 29, 2022 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 868
Views: 165893

Re: Delta welcomes its 1st Airbus A321neo

Will this variant just flow into the system and be used where other 321s are used, or are there routes that this model will be more suited for?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Mar 21, 2022 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Blocked seat? Settle an argument
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Blocked seat? Settle an argument

eta unknown wrote:
Question: How do you know your middle seat was blocked by DL? Maybe is was chosen by a pax who no showed or changed their seat at the last minute?


I looked at a seat map as we waited. It was marked with an X, not a little passenger head.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Sun Mar 20, 2022 6:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Blocked seat? Settle an argument
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Blocked seat? Settle an argument

I've been a long believer in booking an aisle and window seat when Im traveling with my wife, gambling that few people would voluntarily choose a middle seat when both of its companion seats are full. Obviously this goes out the window on flights that are approaching 70% load factor, but . . . on a ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Feb 23, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 19923

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

The whole T-tail with underwing engines. I''ve seen the sketches for 757 in that configuration, but was it ever taken seriously seeing as though no one ever built anything resembling it. Even the crazy Soviets. I know the wings can shadow the high-tail in certain attitudes, but what made Boeing stee...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Feb 23, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble at SRQ yesterday
Replies: 10
Views: 3673

Trouble at SRQ yesterday

A piston twin landed hard at KSRQ yesterday afternoon and collapsed its gear and slid off the runway. No one was hurt, but runway 32-14 was closed for several hours, prompting some diversions among scheduled airlines. But, according to FlightAware, at least a couple E-jets landed on 4-22, which is a...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Feb 16, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The sound of a big turboprop
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

The sound of a big turboprop

My understanding of a turboprop that it's essentially a turbojet engine with a propeller sticking out of the front. So Im wondering why a big turboprop (or any for that matter) doesn't sound more like a pure jet when overhead. I get the propeller makes a noise all its own, but I hear no turbine whin...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Feb 04, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Skywest seeks to reduce/drop EAS markets
Replies: 372
Views: 31724

Re: Skywest reducing frequency in 18 EAS markets

Does an EAS subsidy pretty much cover the cost of flying the contracted route empty or is there some kind of formula that adds the subsidy to an expected passenger load? In other words, is it possible to still lose money on an EAS route even with a full subsidy?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Jan 31, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2021
Replies: 25
Views: 4093

Re: WSJ Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2021

From a readability standpoint, this graphic couldn't be much worse.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HS Trident
Replies: 117
Views: 17085

Re: HS Trident

I have a lasting memory of travelling from Dulles to Berlin with a segment from London to Dusseldorf aboard Trident. My sister, my mom and I sat in the rearward facing seat with a pair of British men across from us. We were nervous and very jittery about traveling overseas for the first time, and th...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?
Replies: 39
Views: 5999

Re: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?

Generally speaking, is it correct to say that flaps are for flying slower than cruise but not for actually slowing down?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Dec 15, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 113938

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

MLB? As in Melbourne, Fla? Yeah, MLB seemed like an odd guess to me too... It's an airport lacking year-round service to some of the biggest domestic hubs like DFW and ORD. TUI is starting up service there this summer to UK leisure destinations, but I don't think that indicates it's ripe for a LHR ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Dec 08, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 113938

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

It’s not ORD or DTW “There is something coming up, most likely forming next week, and we will be offering a new destination that we’ve never flown to before," he said. https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/virgin-atlantic-finalising-plans-for-new-us-route-31782 First guesses would be SLC or MLB? BNA w...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 76
Views: 11616

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

Im sure i read somewhere years ago that the vehicle was never designed to be in earth's gravity this long, and some components had to be swapped out because gravity had rendered them outside of the design envelope. Or am I imagining this?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Firefighting Helicopter Picks up Water - but backlit, acceptable?
Replies: 5
Views: 5276

Re: Firefighting Helicopter Picks up Water - but backlit, acceptable?

Next time, to satisfy the screeners, ask the helicopter pilot to return to same site earlier or later in the day to provide optimum lighting.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 20
Views: 3771

Complicated, by design. But is it really?

Modern jets are complicated beasts, probably the most complicated thing most of us will encounter. Their cockpits and internals are often stereotyped for their complexity. But, run with me here a little on a philosophical point, do they need to be? I get it, zooming six miles in the air at nearly th...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??
Replies: 31
Views: 2783

Re: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??

Because UK streets were out of the question.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Nov 11, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FelloFly: A359 and A35k fly in formation, save 5% fuel
Replies: 54
Views: 8226

Re: FelloFly: A359 and A35k fly in formation, save 5% fuel

With air crews and controllers taking great pains to avoid wake turbulence from heavies, how is this a help for the following plane? 2.5% savings on fuel between them, and 250 passengers per pair vowing never to fly that airline again after experiencing an ocean crossing consisting of eight hours of...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2793

Re: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?

First question: Did they eat chicken or fish?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who would de-ice Air Force One?
Replies: 18
Views: 3947

Re: Who would de-ice Air Force One?

If they can contract for fuel from a trusted source, would they allow just anyone to squirt random de-icing compound on AF-1? Not saying they'd bring it with them, but like the fuel, Im sure it can be sourced regionally, inspected then sequestered for AF-1 use.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Fall 2021 Canada Trip Part 4: Condor on the rescue DE Business Class YYZ-FRA
Replies: 6
Views: 4854

Re: Fall 2021 Canada Trip Part 4: Condor on the rescue DE Business Class YYZ-FRA

Just an observation: Condor is a German airline, yet the in cabin branding is in English. Odd or no?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Assembling a fleet of used aircraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Assembling a fleet of used aircraft

When an airline begins either assembling a fleet from previously flown aircraft or starts buying into the used market to expand, how do the maintenance and operations organizations reconcile the many different versions and optional choices that the original owners might have specified. I'm learning,...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 279
Views: 43694

Re: West Coast Florida (TPA, PIE, SRQ, PGD, RSW, APF) Aviation Thread - 2021

SRQ continues to list Air Canada as one of its 11 airlines, but it hasn't flown there since the pandemic began. I assume it was a seasonal route anyway, but I dont see anything indicating when it will resume.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Nov 01, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 46203

Re: AAnother Meltdown

Wife got rerouted through another hub Saturday, then had final leg cancelled. AA offered a few hotel vouchers to the in-airport hotel until they ran out and told people to pound sand. Food vouchers were given but didnt work. Hundreds slept on the floor in Miami.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airline for SRQ
Replies: 28
Views: 4606

New airline for SRQ

Sarasota-Bradenton International is announcing on Thursday morning a new airline, adding to the 10 already there. Any idea of airlines making new destination announcements on Thursday that could be part of this? Spirit? Breeze?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2231
Views: 555717

Re: New Italian airline: ITA Airways

So, is this basically a takeover of Alitalia, with all its equipment, routes, staff? And do we call it Eye-Tee-Ay or Eye-Ta (or Eee-Ta)?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11958

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

Has there ever been a documented case of fatalities because someone brought a carry on back with them? Yes Aeroflot 1492 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_1492 https://youtu.be/iDK_mifUqjI Note that it wasn't an engine in flames Appreciate it, but: "According to TASS, citing a la...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11958

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

Has there ever been a documented case of fatalities because someone brought a carry on back with them?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11958

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

The simpler solution to the baggage is two fold: Passengers only, no bags on the trip from where the plane parks to the terminal. Second, airline and FAA commit to retrieving those bags as soon as it is safe, not when it is convenient. I believe most airports have a receiving room that can hold a p...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents
Replies: 166
Views: 18547

Re: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents

Shadow ban them. If they refuse to mask up, take note of their seat, their identity and add them to the no fly list with no warning. Immediately. If they have a return flight booked, sorry. They won't be able to check in. Maybe they get a refund, maybe not. They'll learn the hard way. That will de-e...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s
Replies: 34
Views: 3189

Re: Will any McDonnell Douglas planes still be flying in the 2030s

N965UW wrote:
Noshow wrote:
The C-17 will. And the DC-3.


The DC-3 will outlive us all :D

Agreed, but to be pedantic, the DC-3 is a Douglas product.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 1586
Views: 285203

Re: TLH losing UA service

Seems not long ago (but it was 20 years ago) that intra-state service to TLH was often aboard an airplane built by . . . wait for it . . . Cessna. Maybe Delta hopped up to Atlanta a couple times a day, but traffic was largely linked to football games and the legislative session.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2832

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

How much thrust are we actually talking about with idle reverse? I always wondered if there was something to be gained simply by the doors opening and adding a bit more drag to the slowiing-down-the-beast equation, particularly in the case of the flower-petal style reversers and maybe the clamshells...

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