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by SierraPacific
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s happening at BHM?
Replies: 53
Views: 4197

Re: What’s happening at BHM?

If I had to guess I could see either Spirit or Contour starting up flights.

If I had to go crazy talk WN to PHX for west coast connections

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by SierraPacific
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22970

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

Great to see some environmental responsibility from airlines! Meetings should be done via technology vs. flying and contributing more to climate change. It would be great to see KLM cut back on most short hall flying and maybe start KLM trains for long haul connection. The U.S. should follow Europe...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Commercial Aviation Fuel Consumption
Replies: 32
Views: 2568

Re: US Commercial Aviation Fuel Consumption

Rail is impractical in the USA. Too slow and expensive for the distances required. HSR costs more than 1 million a mile to build. An entire network would be in the trillions of dollars. A 3bn+ link between NYC and LA (if it's even possible with Current property rights) would take 18-20 hours to rid...

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22970

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

This is like In n Out telling customers to become vegan. I would not be a happy camper if my company was directly working against itself. No. This is like telling customers to eat a few burgers less each year, thereby reducing the amount of energy needed to produce the meat product. Don't you think...

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22970

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

This is like In n Out telling customers to become vegan. I would not be a happy camper if my company was directly working against itself.

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19288

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

It seems as though the only way to get KE fixed (when it comes to CRM) is more contract captains and instructors from outside of Korea like they did in the '90s. I would expect Delta is watching this very closely but it is extremely hard to change a culture that has been ingrained in their society f...

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by SierraPacific
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 143
Views: 20767

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

I think that this is a winning combo. Disney has successfully over the past decade made going to Disney a pain in the ass for everyone that doesn't stay in the hotels/buy the whole package so getting people to add a flight onto a 5k+ vacation package isn't a big sell (I would wager that themed fligh...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 36
Views: 6158

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

The quality is much better in the aircraft when compared to the online stuff. The other tip I can give is to anticipate what the controller is going to say since if you are on your game and know what they are going to say it is much easier. There isn't a problem with asking for the controller to say...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's flight SY8948 doing?
Replies: 6
Views: 1889

Re: What's flight SY8948 doing?

Looking at the charts and the weather, it looks as though that airport doesn't have a precision approach on the runway that they landed on. They had to hold up until they could shoot the visual into the airport.

Pretty common occurrence

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United drops GUM-HKG
Replies: 51
Views: 11102

Re: United drops GUM-HKG

A bit off topic, but I find it very odd that UA does not fly from GUM to ANY of its hubs in on the mainland. Not even SFO or LAX. There is practically zero demand for it on the account that most Americans don't even know Guam is apart of The US. I hope that they do not drawback the GUM hub because ...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S.-UAE Reaffirm Commitment to Open Skies Agreement
Replies: 15
Views: 3833

Re: U.S.-UAE Reaffirm Commitment to Open Skies Agreement

Have to say that I am impressed even during these times of nationalistic make America great again talk, that the U.S. government has strongly supported maintaining open-skies agreements even against opposition from the US3 and labor groups. US labor being against it makes it even more appealing for...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 2240

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

A340-600, 747-400, and the A380 for me

I have a bit of a pattern :D

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Drake & CargoJet - what's the deal?!?
Replies: 19
Views: 2681

Re: Air Drake & CargoJet - what's the deal?!?

Is this the 767 200 that has Aux tanks installed? I remember reading about a 762 that was in the Middle East that had an impressive 20+ hour range.


Not a shabby way to travel

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of Gulf Carriers during the Iran crisis?
Replies: 52
Views: 9237

Re: Fate of Gulf Carriers during the Iran crisis?

I really doubt that it will get any tenser than this but if it does the ME3 will just have to route around the area. It is just part of the equation when doing business in that part of the world.

For example, look at how Qatar has to route their aircraft for political reasons.

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic
Replies: 116
Views: 10967

Re: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic

gatibosgru wrote:
What is F9's eastern most focus city/hub?


They have a crew base in Philidelphia. I doubt that PHL would be the ideal place to launch LCC transatlantic service on account of AA though.

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4016

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

How many drones crash? More than 400 that we know about since 2001 while only flying in the best conditions with more pilots and support crews than a manned airliner would ever need. It is just laughable to think that this technology is putting pilots out of work anytime soon. https://www.washingto...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4016

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

Can’t wait. This is proof technology is making the world better and more efficient. All the talk about fatigue and early report times will go away. Drunk, sick and heart attack prone pilots go away. Airlines save $$$$ This is the future. So exciting (and strange at the number of luddites here, very...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4016

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

I can't wait for San Diego, Palm Springs, and many other airports to lose all commercial service since you can't even autoland at them or all hubs not being able to operate at 1/3 of the capacity they do now since every approach is a cat 3 autoland. 25kt gusts also can shut down an airport permanent...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract
Replies: 42
Views: 7987

Re: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract

If you were the union, why wouldn't you file this? Worst case scenario you lose quietly in a courtroom that nobody cares about or you win. Doesn’t go to court, it follows a Grievance Procedure and ends in Arbitration. My apologies, My statement still stands though that this is an absolute no braine...

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by SierraPacific
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract
Replies: 42
Views: 7987

Re: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract

If you were the union, why wouldn't you file this? Worst case scenario you lose quietly in a courtroom that nobody cares about or you win.

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A340-500 do the longest posible flights?
Replies: 31
Views: 5159

Re: Can the A340-500 do the longest posible flights?

I know that Sheldon Adelson does some crazy flights (TLV-HNL for example) in his private A340-500. I am not sure if he has AUX tanks fitted on it or if it can do that when it is so lightly loaded without them.

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10355

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

This has to be the most controversial airport name in US history. I don't see the good ole boys of Kentucky being big fans of having their airport named after him Is this just what we suppose will happen or do we know that Kentuckians will hate this? Are you guys who are saying this has Locals or j...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?
Replies: 59
Views: 7591

Re: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?

On a slightly related note, isn't regulation why Polar Air Cargo is still separate from Atlas Air?

It has always been very strange to me that Atlas and Polar never merged their certificates together.

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10355

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

This has to be the most controversial airport name in US history. I don't see the good ole boys of Kentucky being big fans of having their airport named after him

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???
Replies: 24
Views: 2347

Re: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???

1. Las Vegas Sands 747SP
2. Sands A340-500
3. Ameristar 737-200
4. Hawaiian A330
5. Hawaiian 717
6. Silver Jet 737 BBJ
7. VP-CAL private 777
8. Korean 747-8
9. Red Bird III private MD 83
10. N88WR Steve Wynn's Gulfstream

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 12433

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

Is this the last of the Delta 5th freedom routes?

Sad to see the international network of Delta shrink from the glory days

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 757’s
Replies: 41
Views: 5708

Re: FedEx 757’s

Maybe they will be interested in A321PCF, when they finally will get the program running. https://www.elbeflugzeugwerke.com/de/freighter-conversion/a320a321-p2f/ What do you think? What is the longest FX 757 route? Any hot and high capabilities necessary? Memphis to Tijuana has to be up there on th...

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by SierraPacific
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All white liveried B757.
Replies: 9
Views: 1839

Re: All white liveried B757.

slcguy wrote:
Could be the Comco aircraft. Mysterious aircraft associated with the government.


I just went down the rabbit hole of researching their two aircraft and am scared that I am now on a list :lol:

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by SierraPacific
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air near incident at SJU
Replies: 25
Views: 4724

Re: Swift Air near incident at SJU

Doesn’t surprise me. Swift (who is run by what was Xtra (special) Airways) is a disaster waiting to happen. If they had scheduled passenger flights every day they would have lost a plane by now. I used to deal with them (and by association Xtra) on a weekly basis and it was always something. Very u...

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by SierraPacific
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: AA Making Asia Route Adjustments
Replies: 75
Views: 12661

Re: AA Making Asia Route Adjustments

jmc1975 wrote:
PHX-NRT?


We can only dream but I really doubt it. I foresee this to be an equipment shuffle rather than new routes.

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by SierraPacific
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition
Replies: 38
Views: 5383

Re: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition

I don't think that anyone doubted that Hawaiians enjoy having choices when it comes to interisland travel. I do not see locals being happy if HA begins to struggle since it is one of the largest employers in Hawaii. The idea that Southwest was going to come in and take over the market and drive HA o...

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Sun Country Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1397

Re: New Sun Country Website

I am excited to see the new website because the older website was a bit of a pain to get through and seemed like a flashback to 2003.

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Airports with spotting groups
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: Airports with spotting groups

LAX has one not run by the airport

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by SierraPacific
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 58489

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

JetSuiteX is an awesome addition to Sky Harbor. I am very excited to try it out along with most people I know!

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by SierraPacific
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could STL be a profitable hub for a startup airline.
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: Could STL be a profitable hub for a startup airline.

Does St Louis have the O/D to support a startup? I have made a couple of visits to St Louis in the last couple of years and it is not a place that screams it can support a new startup.

Southwest would also squash anything that started up on their turf

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by SierraPacific
Fri May 31, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old BA 737 at CVG
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Old BA 737 at CVG

These are two training airplanes used for Southern Air flight training. Not to be used nor can be used for passenger services. Why wouldn't they use simulators for training? I thought airlines stopped using the actual aircraft for training aong time ago. Remember those awful training accidents up t...

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by SierraPacific
Fri May 31, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRJ is now the Space Jet
Replies: 75
Views: 12824

Re: MRJ is now the Space Jet

Does SkyWest still have their order on the books or has it been canceled? Wikipedia is still showing it on the books (never trust Wikipedia)

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by SierraPacific
Fri May 31, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest A319 flight
Replies: 27
Views: 6202

Re: Longest A319 flight

Does the A319 ACJ count? if so It can go 6000NM or in practical terms New York to Doha.

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by SierraPacific
Fri May 31, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will BNA become an official operating base for WN?
Replies: 27
Views: 3246

Re: Will BNA become an official operating base for WN?

I would be shocked if in 5 years ATL is still a crew base and BNA is not. Nashville is booming with more wealthy people moving there every day and could easily be WN's southeast hub (or whatever Southwest calls hubs).

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by SierraPacific
Thu May 30, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15735

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

Will any DL/US 747 pilots venture to foreign countries who still flies 747s? (e.g. CX) Why would they? Seniority (under seniority line bidding) is THE TOOL to ensure you're flying the aircraft you want and the trips you want. Do you think a bunch of people are going to give up seniority rights at D...

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by SierraPacific
Thu May 30, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 MAX Service Re-Entry & question.....
Replies: 39
Views: 5542

Re: 737 MAX Service Re-Entry & question.....

There isn't a snowflake let alone a snowball in hell chance of ever seeing a 737-300 flying for Southwest again. Not a single pilot at WN can even fly them anymore and the time it would take a train an even relatively small group would probably take longer than the remainder of the grounding. Not t...

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by SierraPacific
Wed May 29, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA stock hits a 3-year low
Replies: 101
Views: 10280

Re: AA stock hits a 3-year low

I flew EZE-DFW last week with a legacy AA crew in business class and it was a fantastic flight but then I stepped onto an LUS A321 from DFW-PHX in first and it was worse than anything from Frontier and Spirit. The domestic side of AA is absolute garbage and has been thoroughly destroyed by this mana...

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by SierraPacific
Mon May 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4061

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Shortest ATL-IND (WN 737)

Longest ATL-ICN (Korean A380) with LAX-SYD (Virgin 77W) coming pretty close

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by SierraPacific
Sun May 26, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contentious union organizing and related matters were a part of Northwest; now Delta is experiencing this issue.
Replies: 39
Views: 4787

Re: Contentious union organizing and related matters were a part of Northwest; now Delta is experiencing this issue.

what rampers? below the wing is almost all gone-that's what no union gets you, along with fleet service, a lot of maintenance, on and on. DL , to be fair, has been very smart at sharing the profits to an extent with employees but pay is still ridiculously low except for pilots, and the executives o...

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by SierraPacific
Sat May 25, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 41756

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

I'm not a AS hater or a B6 lover, I just get irritated when people think something like AS would absorb and assimilate the likes of B6. It just will NEVER happen. B6 is not tiny failing VX. B6 is a beloved brand (no one, not even AS has as many JD powers) with powerful hard assets. The BoD of AS th...

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by SierraPacific
Wed May 22, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

I always wonder if some of these startups are clever ways of hiding financial crimes since their business models make absolutely no sense. I guess we now know with PeopleExpress was a scam though.

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by SierraPacific
Wed May 22, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Didn't DL Order the MD-95 & Save Long Beach Assembly?
Replies: 15
Views: 3596

Re: Why Didn't DL Order the MD-95 & Save Long Beach Assembly?

Despite the tone of the thread and snarky responses, I actually am genuinely curious on the topic. I didn't pay as much attention to aircraft orders and DL fleet strategy 20 years ago, so I'm actually interested in a serious answer. - Where they a serious contender for 717s in the late 90s? - Was t...

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by SierraPacific
Tue May 21, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 267
Views: 21652

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

From one who works in the automotive sector: be careful what you ask for. They do exist. The technology may be too expensive (or fragile for the ramp environment) right now, but so is paying a ramper $200,000/yr (incl. benes) to throw bags. At some point, automation will take over some of the bag l...

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by SierraPacific
Tue May 21, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17903

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Not the size of a 767 at 400 MPH, Drones do not interact with the airspace system and require hours of preplanning to launch a mission. The technology is just not practical for a commercial airliner and won't be for decades. If you meant the RC quadcopters that have been labeled as drones then yes ...

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by SierraPacific
Mon May 20, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17903

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Not. A. Chance. May be not from Boeing. They are sometimes so old school. (Control yokes, no FBW, etc...) I'm quite sure, that in the next 20 years we'll have the "one pilot flght deck" with a second pilot on the ground. And most of the time the computer will fly the a/c. The pilot on the...

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