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by Airbuser
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike
Replies: 56
Views: 18692

Re: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike

Could the inboard have contacted a runway edge light or sign sticking up? Could have drifted off centerline. Still would cause damage just not a scrape. Total speculation of course.

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by Airbuser
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA
Replies: 101
Views: 19409

Re: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA

Mr. Parker is way better than Carty, Arpey, and Horton. He has done a nice job during this Covid crisis and I loved his Southwest Flight Attendant story. He still needs more time. The full realization of the merger needs to come to fruition first. Remember the mechanics just signed a couple months a...

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by Airbuser
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early retirement for flight crews
Replies: 72
Views: 11526

Re: Early retirement for flight crews

Many factors involved. If I was 62 and had to learn another aircraft I would seriously consider punching out. 62 enables social security in the USA. What would keep me from retiring is health care costs. I recently paid $685 dollars for a blood test and I have a”Cadillac “ insurance plan. I already ...

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by Airbuser
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 11038

Re: Pilot shortage

In the 19000+ hours flight time in my log book, I have made less than 10 autolands. More than half of those were required to complete training on a new aircraft. The 737 at some airlines is not approved for autolands. Hand flown requirement with HUD. The job is not for everyone. It is a real grind o...

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by Airbuser
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to operate 10 B737s for Amazon
Replies: 67
Views: 13006

Re: Sun Country to operate 10 B737s for Amazon

Pilot Captain pay by hour. UPS 327/hr, FedEx 280/hr, sun Country 202/hr, Atlas 179/hr on the 767. Clearly Amazon is exploiting cost differences. Wow.

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by Airbuser
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to operate 10 B737s for Amazon
Replies: 67
Views: 13006

Re: Sun Country to operate 10 B737s for Amazon

Will SY be able to attract pilots? Pay is really lagging there. If SY was smart they would throw the pilots a mid contract pay raise.

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by Airbuser
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus delivered the first A350 with cockpit touchscreens
Replies: 40
Views: 8396

Re: Airbus delivered the first A350 with cockpit touchscreens

Pretty cool but it’s overkill. Basically a large IPAD. An added expense that most airlines will not order. Easier to keep IPad up to date and you can take it with you.

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by Airbuser
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The saga of AA431
Replies: 26
Views: 7329

Re: The saga of AA431

Even at max landing weight and 10 knots tailwind wet runway it’s still legal. Only need 1200rvr for high mins Captain as long as it’s autolanded or hud landed.

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by Airbuser
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Survey
Replies: 36
Views: 6021

Re: AA Employee Survey

3rd survey in three years. Poor results the first year followed by even worse results last year (that’s all they said about last years results). We are frustrated and nothing changes. Any complaint falls on deaf ears. Not one manager gets fired. The executives are still here. Our performance goes fu...

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by Airbuser
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?
Replies: 70
Views: 12483

Re: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?

Landing fees at MDW=$7 and ORD=$14. When Southwest was given MDW over Airtran the shrinkage started. Both United and AA have shrunk tremendously since then.

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by Airbuser
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article
Replies: 232
Views: 38449

Re: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article

The first step toward positive change is admitting that there is a problem. In this way, it seems as if AA is finally beginning to see a need for change. But real change will not come until there is a thorough housecleaning over at the glass palace, beginning with DP in the C-suite and working thei...

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by Airbuser
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article
Replies: 232
Views: 38449

Re: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article

The number of employees to aircraft ratio is much higher at AA. Much higher mechanic numbers and management numbers than the other legacies. Through the bankruptcy the mechanics were not hit as hard as they were at the other airlines. AA outsources heavy maintenance far less than other airlines in t...

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by Airbuser
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA98 ORD-LHR Diverts To... DFW?
Replies: 60
Views: 14267

Re: AA98 ORD-LHR Diverts To... DFW?

787PHL base starts January 2020. The award is not out yet. Some will be trained and some will bid into base from bases that already have 787 pilots. Looks like some good flying so it will go senior. Crews needing training will risk being in Dallas during Christmas and away from families. That could ...

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by Airbuser
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 22311

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

Is what they are asking for completely unreasonable? Is it close to what other major airline pilots earn in Europe? It sounds like BA management is acting like our US management teams. Fight, fight, fight until you have caused angst among the employees, cost the company more money than if they settl...

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by Airbuser
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PILOT GROUNDED EasyJet banned pilot from flying after he told friends ‘I’m suicidal’ and ‘my life is s**t’
Replies: 37
Views: 10096

Re: PILOT GROUNDED EasyJet banned pilot from flying after he told friends ‘I’m suicidal’ and ‘my life is s**t’

You can get you license back. The FAA allows antidepressants now. You will be out for at least a year. Your pay will depend on your contract at your airline. Mine would be less than one third what I make. Tough adjustment and a barrier to self reporting for sure. Since 911 hundreds of pilots have ta...

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by Airbuser
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019
Replies: 51
Views: 8777

Re: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019

The 767-200 3 class transcon circa 2001 had 158 seats. The 767-300 was 165 if I remember correctly. Today’s 102 seat 6 flight attendants A321 is very nice.

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by Airbuser
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q2 2019 US Carriers Financial Performance
Replies: 47
Views: 7100

Re: Q2 2019 US Carriers Financial Performance

Just imagine what will happen to the (already mediocre) AA numbers when AA pilots or flights attendants join the disgruntled mechanics and go on strike. Perhaps some of the problem with these unionized employees is the fact that they can’t strike. The shinanigans cause severe disruptions to some of...

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by Airbuser
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)
Replies: 419
Views: 35453

Re: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)

The worst thing about this calamity is the abuse of the passenger. It was very recent that SWA Mechanics were involved in a similar situation. I don’t know who is to blame other than the system. There is little pressure for a company to settle a contract because of the railway labor act. The structu...

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by Airbuser
Wed May 22, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 267
Views: 23638

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

AA mechanics are in a very tough spot. A very difficult situation that will see rough times ahead. As I see it. Two unions fighting each other and management. The unions want the best of both contracts but something will give. Ground handlers are in the same Union. Apples and oranges if you ask me. ...

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by Airbuser
Fri May 10, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 23562

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

Pretty simple to turn the ship around. 1. Settle the two open contracts. 2. Delta profit sharing formula. 3. Don’t drag pilot and flight attendant contracts out for years and years. 4. Term limit chief pilots to Max 3 or 4 years in the office. Many have been in their positions way too long to have a...

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by Airbuser
Sun May 05, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 157296

Re: Aeroflot SSJ100 on fire at Moscow (SVO)

I just saw a video of the plane when it first touched down. It did not appear to be on fire. It bounced came down and hit the tail then the fire started. ABC news.

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by Airbuser
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Winning Race to the Bottom
Replies: 26
Views: 2846

Re: American Winning Race to the Bottom

I wouldn’t call it stable labor. AA mechanics don’t have a contract and have been negotiating for years. Pilots and flight attendants are in contract openers. Mr. Parker stopped the sinking ship. The ship is wallowing in the water with no rudder. Something needs to be done to get the ship floating a...

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by Airbuser
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 9061

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Who pays for their uniforms? I will never forget my first paycheck was $800. Next day I got a bill for$825 for my uniform. A little easier to stay well kept appearance when the company picks up the tab. I do agree that we look like crap. There is nothing uniform about our uniforms. This is a general...

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by Airbuser
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 1643 Runway Excursion at OMA
Replies: 82
Views: 11093

Re: SWA 1643 Runway Excursion at OMA

We all land on slippery runways. 9500 feet is pretty long. What was the braking action? Who was flying? What kind of experience does the crew have? On speed? Touchdown At 1000 feet? Did everything work as planned? Ice accumulation on wing? How heavy were they? Too many variables to know until the NT...

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by Airbuser
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Had the Most On-Time Performances in North America Again
Replies: 68
Views: 8448

Re: Spirit Had the Most On-Time Performances in North America Again

Are OUT and IN times generated electronically at all airlines? With automated parking systems the OUT and IN times are done by the electronic eye based on when the plane stops moving, IN time and first movement, OUT time. Where there is no automated system it is brakes, passenger door or cargo door ...

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by Airbuser
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Internal AA survey results: Management untrusted.
Replies: 50
Views: 8164

Re: Internal AA survey results: Management untrusted.

It makes sense. From a pilot perspective the AWA, USAIR, and AAL Pilots wanted to move forward. Get what our peers had. Options were not available for any group. Go for the money then fix work rules was a consensus. It was expedited to a vote with little knowledge of each other’s work rules. The AWA...

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by Airbuser
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 614460

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

There is a huge push mandated by the FAA to get back to hand flying. I recently had the first scenario in my recurrent training. It was a complex RNAV departure with no auto thrust or auto pilot. Multiple speed changes and at or above in betweens and at or belows in the departure. To me it was way b...

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by Airbuser
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'
Replies: 75
Views: 17505

Re: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'

I’m not sure it was discussed above but after taking off for LHR the aircraft would be way too heavy to land in MCO. Why not continue on to JFK where opportunities to help rectify the situation are more abundant. The 20,000 foot altitude was probably to help burn enough fuel to land in JFK. Every ai...

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by Airbuser
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA post Q3 2018 earnings
Replies: 101
Views: 17680

Re: AA post Q3 2018 earnings

AA had a positive outlook and Southwest was negative regarding forwood looking. Stock has been beaten down so people may see opportunities. Perhaps someone is getting axed and wall street knows it. Operationally AA is not doing well. They keep blaming the weather. For some unknown reason United, Del...

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