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by SierraPacific
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier lays off 2,500 as business jets sales drop
Replies: 10
Views: 1655

Re: Bombardier lays off 2,500 as business jets sales drop

Wasn't Cessna going to buy the business jet side pre Covid as well?

Seems like prep for the handover if it is still happening

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 108
Views: 11512

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

Atlanta doesn't really have a great location for a second airport even if Delta or Southwest wanted it. LZU and PDK are too small for runways and infrastructure wise and the Paulding airport is way too far from the Affluent northside suburbs to make a suitable alternate. Outside of building a comple...

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by SierraPacific
Thu May 21, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private Aviation after COVID
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: Private Aviation after COVID

From my cursory viewing being around Part 135 operations all day, I have never seen them busier than right now. One Part 135 charter Lear at my local airport has flown 4 legs a day for the past 2 weeks while Pre COVID it was lucky to fly 4 legs a week. Covid has actually provided a valid reason to s...

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by SierraPacific
Sat May 02, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana A380 pilots may lose currency. Flying A380 for belly cargo?
Replies: 42
Views: 8395

Re: Asiana A380 pilots may lose certifications. Flying A380 for belly cargo?

Just ground them until Thailand allows foreign nationals to enter. It isn't like A380's are suddenly in demand.

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by SierraPacific
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/26/2020: Saturday Night Massacre
Replies: 109
Views: 19421

Re: OAG Changes 4/26/2020: Saturday Night Massacre

Intel is not flying pax right now. They’re still flying HIO-SJC at least 1x daily M-F They are not flying PAX right now. I saw them on Friday at Gateway while I was instructing so they are flying but I can't say if they are flying PAX. What would they be flying if no PAX? Attached FlightAware link ...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/26/2020: Saturday Night Massacre
Replies: 109
Views: 19421

Re: OAG Changes 4/26/2020: Saturday Night Massacre

I don’t know. I’m in the professional services bucket and we have plenty of spend in normal times, but we can’t afford to fly private unless prices come down tremendously for private. These days distancing is pretty much the same on commercial and private. You can't count on distancing if you're fl...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design
Replies: 113
Views: 16722

Re: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design

This seems well poised to take over the BBJ market with extreme HNWI/Fortune 50 companies who have practically endless bank accounts. I wonder if it will be under 100k pounds for the weight limits in TEB, SDL, and other executive airports tucked away in major cities around the world. I will still be...

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by SierraPacific
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines in this crisis
Replies: 57
Views: 14656

Re: Spirit Airlines (SAVE) is worth a look during market crisis, despite risks

I am going to go against the grain here. From looking at beaches in Florida, it looks like Spirit customers will be the most eager to travel :duck:

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by SierraPacific
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I do have a question for those who are proponents of keeping the economy closed indefinitely or until cases hit a certain metric, what happens when hospital systems go under from lack of revenue? Here in Arizona, we are currently furloughing healthcare workers and support services at practically eve...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA
Replies: 27
Views: 6844

Re: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA

ASA changed their callsign back to Acey after the FAA allowed them to do so. I'm pretty sure nobody made the Candler association unless they're a Coca-Cola historian. I thought it was named after Candler Park in Atlanta rather than the Coke connection? To the OP, There are tons of crazy callsigns a...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA
Replies: 27
Views: 6844

Re: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA

ASA changed their callsign back to Acey after the FAA allowed them to do so. I'm pretty sure nobody made the Candler association unless they're a Coca-Cola historian. I thought it was named after Candler Park in Atlanta rather than the Coke connection? Maybe. But Candler Park is named after the guy...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA
Replies: 27
Views: 6844

Re: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA

Not a shell company. A long-time operator. Probably didn't even think about Amazon.com. Owner probably has some personal connection to the callsign. Many aviation companies have interesting backstories on unusual callsigns: "Candler", "Waterski", etc. ASA changed their callsign ...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is this 737-800 BBJ in UA Rising Blue colors?
Replies: 23
Views: 6271

Re: Why is this 737-800 BBJ in UA Rising Blue colors?

The plane is owned by Bob Manoukian and is based at KBUR with a sweet setup. The paint job has also been updated as well to a new snazzy paint.

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by SierraPacific
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kalitta Charters II, DC9s finally gone?
Replies: 7
Views: 1213

Re: Kalitta Charters II, DC9s finally gone?

I got a LinkedIn update recently that they have been retired with the 737 replacing them

At least the 727 is still going strong

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by SierraPacific
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civilian aviation to military?
Replies: 23
Views: 2259

Re: Civilian aviation to military?

As someone who is an instructor on the civilian side, do not pay for your ratings beyond a PPL if you are just going to join the military. It is a waste of 40k-80K and time to do that IMO. I have heard the same stories about military pilots not being the cream of the crop anymore when it comes to H...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civilian aviation to military?
Replies: 23
Views: 2259

Re: Civilian aviation to military?

As someone who is an instructor on the civilian side, do not pay for your ratings beyond a PPL if you are just going to join the military. It is a waste of 40k-80K and time to do that IMO. I have heard the same stories about military pilots not being the cream of the crop anymore when it comes to HR...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 331
Views: 37388

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

Will the new tower coincide with Gateway moving from contract controllers to FAA controllers? The amount of growth in the past 10 years has been astounding. To my knowledge, no process exists to convert a FCT to FAA, and it has never been done before. Certainly if ever there was a case for it, IWA ...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 331
Views: 37388

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

Will the new tower coincide with Gateway moving from contract controllers to FAA controllers?

The amount of growth in the past 10 years has been astounding.

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by SierraPacific
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 60
Views: 11211

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

I still question the realism of the so called “pilot shortage” that every airline and flight school in the USA is blathering on about. Other fields like healthcare have so called shortages in the amount of qualified doctors and nurses, but realistically the openings are only for bottom of the barre...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 60
Views: 11211

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

I still question the realism of the so called “pilot shortage” that every airline and flight school in the USA is blathering on about. Other fields like healthcare have so called shortages in the amount of qualified doctors and nurses, but realistically the openings are only for bottom of the barre...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 60
Views: 11211

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

I still question the realism of the so called “pilot shortage” that every airline and flight school in the USA is blathering on about. Other fields like healthcare have so called shortages in the amount of qualified doctors and nurses, but realistically the openings are only for bottom of the barre...

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by SierraPacific
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier in talks to sell business-jet unit to Textron
Replies: 53
Views: 6242

Re: Bombardier in talks to sell business-jet unit to Textron

The Citation Global sounds pretty nice IMO.

I wonder if the jets will remain in a separate product line or be put into the Citation line

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by SierraPacific
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

Yikes. That is 100 percent my opinion based on what I have seen as an instructor and volunteer at one of the busiest GA airports in the country. My generation (Gen Z) will never be able to pay 100k-900k for a single engine piston aircraft compared to previous generations having reduced costs when i...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

I'd very much talk my kids out of becoming a pilot. I believe GA won't exist in 20 years but that's another discussion. Yikes. That is 100 percent my opinion based on what I have seen as an instructor and volunteer at one of the busiest GA airports in the country. My generation (Gen Z) will never b...

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

I don't think there is such a thing as a truly future proof field especially with how technology is advancing exponentially. I went to college for something completely different from flying and it seems like every fear in commercial aviation is the exact same as any true professional field minus me...

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by SierraPacific
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

I'd very much talk my kids out of becoming a pilot. Wages and benefits are generally decreasing (in most markets) and automation is knocking at the door of the industry, likely about to start decreasing the crewing requirements soon and put further downward pressure on conditions of service. Then t...

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 787 Delivery Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 4195

Re: Hawaiian 787 Delivery Schedule

I bet some of the 717 pilots are salivating at the upgrade opportunity. Others I'm sure enjoy the local flying and will stay put. What’s stopping the 717 guys from going to the 330 Because the A330 is currently completely staffed? Do you not see that bringing in more widebodies opens up more upgrad...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Runway Incursion at JFK - Jan 10, 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 11895

Re: DL Runway Incursion at JFK - Jan 10, 2020

JFK controllers are notorious for sloppy radios from every person I've talked to based there and the terrible design of the airport doesn't help at all. It seems like the entire airport is a gigantic hotspot for runway incursions. Just from listening to the audio from this event, could the controlle...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289379

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Vio wrote:
None of the major networks are reporting this... CNN has not said anything about. BBC or CBC... nothing.


New York Times just ran it

I would be absolutely shocked if this crash was not caused by something nefarious

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for you commercial pilots!
Replies: 14
Views: 2774

Re: Question for you commercial pilots!

I grew up in a major hub and went to high school with countless kids of pilots. It is completely possible to have a normal family as an airline pilot especially towards the latter stages of the career. The early regional days are tough so I have heard (ask me about it once I get 1500 hours :lol: ) N...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 2709

Re: Single pilot flight decks

CPDLC won’t be a revolution, it’s in progress today and not a union issue, at least, as a showstopper. We’re getting clearances over CPDLC in the US now. Sure but everything going from en route to terminal is still done via voice. I think that getting TRACON controllers to use that for vectoring is...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 2709

Re: Single pilot flight decks

Part 121 is directed to certification of Air Carriers, while Part 125 is directed to certification of Aircraft, both Parts 121 and 125 are for >19 pax seats/frame. The Air Carriers care less about the minor leagues and more about meeting schedules. If Atlas Worldwide could put AI-copilots in the ri...

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by SierraPacific
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta off the pavement in GRB
Replies: 19
Views: 4470

Re: Delta off the pavement in GRB

Sounds like an icy runway.

Happens

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

I think people are overthinking things. So many pilots got hired from the mid 80s to mid 90s, and they were all around the same age, and they're all hitting 65 around now. That created a demand and wages (even in the regionals) are going up to compensate. I know a ton of military helo pilots in the...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777 Freighter captain to passenger version
Replies: 7
Views: 1644

Re: 777 Freighter captain to passenger version

Semi-related, Atlas pilots bounce between their 767 Pax and Freighters along with their 747 Pax and Freighters

I think there may be some CBT training at home but that is about it

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

Don't know what your question actually is. Sure, becoming a pilot can be overwhelming, but actually being one, don't think so. You know your trade and it is very protocol orientated, not very exciting I would say. Three obstacles to become a pilot: 1. money, cost a bunch to get your CPL, 2. hours -...

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 2709

Re: Single pilot flight decks

bluecrew Striking in the US airline industry is not like striking in the US trucking industry. First you have to be in contract negotiations then to have reached such an impass in negotiations that a Mediator has been called in to meditate between the Union and the Company. Once the Mediator believ...

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 2709

Re: Single pilot flight decks

I would hope the pay rate for a single pilot airplane would be much greater than a current dual pilot narrowbody with the level of responsibility being doubled on the remaining pilot. Personally, I think that the ATC system would need to be revamped in order for a single pilot aircraft to exist simp...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy ADS-B Mandate!
Replies: 56
Views: 7673

Re: Happy ADS-B Mandate!

The substitution of money for skill! GF I dont know if I would classify not being able to see a Cessna 150 flying in front of the sun in the American Southwest as lacking piloting skills but that's just me We can still see the "skills" on display at uncontrolled airports outside of the ve...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

You have to have the hours to qualify to make it to regional first or they wont even consider you, otherwise your going to be a flight instructor, crop dusting or flying for Southern Airways Express lucky to make 15 an hour plus per diem, I make well above 15 dollars an hour while getting over 100 ...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

Just a little update to my previous post, if a person is in a low paying pilot job (They don't really exist anymore outside of crappy frieght operations or little EAS carriers). They have seeked it out and turned down other better opportunities. Regionals are paying 60k first year with upgrades run...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

In the United States the barrier to entry is just too steep for most people to hurdle. For most people the process will look something like go to flight school, get a time-building job, get an airline job. That time building part in between is the barrier, because the loans for flight school / univ...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

Just a little update to my previous post, if a person is in a low paying pilot job (They don't really exist anymore outside of crappy frieght operations or little EAS carriers). They have seeked it out and turned down other better opportunities. Regionals are paying 60k first year with upgrades runn...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy ADS-B Mandate!
Replies: 56
Views: 7673

Re: Happy ADS-B Mandate!

You won't see any of the aircraft that are blocked by their owners (most corporate aircraft) or planes that never touch controlled airspace.

It's not a huge change but nice to get a more complete picture

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10931

Re: Pilot shortage

As someone coming up the pipeline here in America, there is absolutely no shortage of people wanting to give it a shot. DPE's are backed up with people banging down their door and every flight school is filled to the brim with new students chasing an airline career or many career changers. The only ...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines v3.0 - new logo and plans...
Replies: 45
Views: 13138

Re: Eastern Air Lines v3.0 - new logo and plans...

That’s actually the Swift Air livery, which Swift Air is also in the process of phasing out now that they’re becoming iAero Airways. so, is this livery subject to change as well? I found the EAL roundel thingy is rather unclear with the yellow in the top... OFF-TOPIC: https://worldairlinenews.com/2...

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by SierraPacific
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan
Replies: 20
Views: 3277

Re: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan

On my IR checkride, it was a requirement to do at least one coupled approach, one where it was optional, and the third had to be partial panel and hand flown. I generally prefer to hand-fly to remain proficient, but will occasionally use the AP depending on the need. They do that if you have autopi...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass, G4 Touch Tips at TUL
Replies: 3
Views: 1162

Re: Compass, G4 Touch Tips at TUL

Nobody has ever gotten hurt with just the tip :lol:

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by SierraPacific
Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines v3.0 - new logo and plans...
Replies: 45
Views: 13138

Re: Eastern Air Lines v3.0 - new logo and plans...

they do not intend to run a scheduled service They're cutting their teeth on Charter service which many other airlines have also done on Names you might never have heard of, Once they get their operating strategy down? You might very well see them in scheduled service as a 121 domestic, But until t...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break
Replies: 23
Views: 7435

Re: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break

These Dreamlifters go through one of the busiest practice areas for student pilots in the country and cut by another very busy uncontrolled airport. I always feel very tiny in my Cessna when I see them at the same altitude going into Pinal Airpark,

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