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by QF7
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 2212

Re: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion

Only an occasional poster here but a long time Bond fan, and have seen all the films multiple times and read all the books. I just saw the film Monday afternoon. I have to note I was already in a grumpy mood by the time the film started. It was posted as a 2:00 p.m. showtime but it didn’t start roll...

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by QF7
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nation Building
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: Nation Building

I’ve been discussing this question with a friend of mine so have a few thoughts that may be of interest. First point, what is a nation? Obviously, but superficially, it is an area within defined boundaries controlled by an established government. In many if not most cases this means an area that sha...

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by QF7
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues
Replies: 291
Views: 62346

Re: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues

I was booked in August for the midnight red eye PDX-DFW, which has been a long-time flight. It was scheduled as a 737. I just got an email advising I’m changed to a 0550 departure on an A321.

Still, points for being proactive.

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by QF7
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GOP/QAnon Conference circus in Dallas encourage coup
Replies: 20
Views: 1507

Re: GOP/QAnon Conference circus in Dallas encourage coup

I can see this going one of two ways: 1. Republicans will finally get their dream of a violent overthrow of the government and ban all dissent 2. Fewer and fewer people will show up to the calls for a violent overthrow of the government until the Republican party rights itself and purges the crazie...

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by QF7
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5696

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

Thanks for the stories. Maybe I shouldn’t have said pilots only! I assume we’re all familiar with stories of the approach into the former Kaitak Hong Kong airport. Another one that could be mentioned in that vein is the approach into Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN). Even as a pax it’s fun. You fly dow...

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by QF7
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5696

For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

I just read the thread on most enjoyable plane to fly, which sparks this one. In 1965 I was a young lad who happened to fly with my family from Southern Rhodesia to JFK. The bulk of the trip was from JNB on Pan American on what I believe was PA50 on a DC-8. Route was JNB-Brazzaville-LOS-ACC-Freetown...

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by QF7
Mon May 31, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 2382

Re: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?

Thanks for the interesting and informative replies, and again for those in the earlier thread. For an industry outsider it is enlightening to learn of some of the decision parameters affecting scheduling. Many years ago in college in an introductory computer programming course I wrote a program for ...

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by QF7
Sun May 30, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 2382

Crew logistics on interrupted flights?

I am surprised and very interested in the replies to my thread on crew logistics to maintenance bases. I perhaps should ask this in that thread but this is a bit different. So forgive me if I err. Some number of years ago I was on a flight from IND to DFW that got seriously delayed because of a MX i...

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by QF7
Sun May 30, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Republicans Block Bipartisan Capital Riot Investigation
Replies: 22
Views: 4064

Re: Republicans Block Bipartisan Capital Riot Investigation

As an infrequent poster I appreciate you regulars allowing me into the conversation. I am really puzzled by McConnell’s thinking here. With the negotiated bipartisan commission there was an agreement that it would report out by the end of the year and disband shortly thereafter. Thus giving the Repu...

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by QF7
Fri May 28, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 3362

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

Thanks all, for your replies.

Yes, I realize it was a bit of a *duh* question to you insiders but as a mere pax it was intriguing to me. I am now better informed.

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by QF7
Wed May 26, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 3362

Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

I am on planefinder and just watched AAL9788 take off from DFW for TUL. As this is a 777 I have to believe this is a ferry flight for maintenance. Now while certainly not an earth-shattering question I have always had an interest in the logistics of how airlines get crews to where they are needed. A...

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by QF7
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 15875

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

I see. The left can say what they want without consequence. Got it. Just as a casual observer, what consequence do you suggest would be appropriate? How many times has Mitch McConnell contorted the facts to suit his agenda? How many times has Chuck Schumer contorted the facts to suit his agenda? It...

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by QF7
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should politicians keep their promises?
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: Should politicians keep their promises?

There is an old saying: “Circumstances alter cases.” If truly unforeseen circumstances occur then I don’t think politicians should be rigidly held to a promise if there is an obviously sensible course of action to be taken in response. In other words, if it’s reasonably out of their control, then I’...

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by QF7
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Golden Days at DFW
Replies: 126
Views: 10934

Re: Golden Days at DFW

I’ve flown out of and into DFW literally hundreds of times since 1981 or 1982. To clear up one item of confusion, the old tram system was primarily outside security but for a fairly short period some cars were programmed to operate inside security (which were known as the TrAAin). You boarded and un...

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by QF7
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DHL Package Tracking
Replies: 14
Views: 1270

Re: DHL Package Tracking

I have no idea how DHL’s logistics work but years ago I worked with a consultant who described a process his firm had recommended for Southwest Airlines (I don’t recall whether SWA actually adopted it or not.). Essentially it involved loading a piece of cargo into a plane and instead of unloading it...

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by QF7
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Layovers
Replies: 2
Views: 1627

Re: Cargo Pilots Layovers

Thanks for responding. I appreciate it. Although upon further thought I suppose the question was self-answering!

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by QF7
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Layovers
Replies: 2
Views: 1627

Cargo Pilots Layovers

I hope this is the appropriate forum for this question. I have noticed certain cargo flights perform regular missions, i.e., Asiana ICN-ANC-ORD-DFW- back home. I presume the crews layover in either ORD or DFW and fly the next plane onward. My question is how does it work on irregular routes? Are the...

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by QF7
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do all Americans have two names?
Replies: 31
Views: 2262

Re: Do all Americans have two names?

As has been established above most Americans have three names. And as has also been established many people go by different versions of their given names. For example, my father went his whole life by a shortened version of his middle name and I go by by a shortened version of my first name. Other p...

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by QF7
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is inflation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: What is inflation?

My goodness, this thread is full of misunderstandings and confusion. There are plenty of good books on the subject - I suggest reading one or two of them. A couple of comments, if I may... If you own real assets you want inflation, although at a controlled rate. That house you bought for say $65,000...

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by QF7
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why US Presidential Election Results Are Determined By Electoral College And Not Popular Votes?
Replies: 133
Views: 7467

Re: Why US Presidential Election Results Are Determined By Electoral College And Not Popular Votes?

Hi all, Only two days to go before the results will be known in this most important ever US Presidential Election in history. It will be interesting to know whether the current polls that are indicating the favor towards Biden will hold true.e Having witnessed keenly the results of the 2016 Preside...

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by QF7
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 50861

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

I’m no professional forecaster but I think Biden has a 55-60% chance of winning. It will be a landslide in the popular vote but probably much closer in the Electoral College. Having said that I don’t really get the Dem’s strategy. Emphasizing that Joe is nicer, more empathetic, more trustworthy, etc...

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by QF7
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Name change for John Wayne Airport (SNA) ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3982

Re: Name change for John Wayne Airport (SNA) ?

SNA, Santa Ana. Works for me. I prefer airports that simply say where you’re going.

I rather like the airport, by the way.

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by QF7
Sun May 10, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5665

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

Also, consumers can and do hedge fuel costs in different ways like buying stock in oil companies (like I do) Congratulations. You just found the solution how airlines can insure once and for all against oil price fluctuations. That's not really right. If you own all or part of an oil company you're...

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by QF7
Fri May 01, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is LAX Operating Only South Complex?
Replies: 4
Views: 1541

Is LAX Operating Only South Complex?

I asked a similar question about DFW and the knowledgeable replies were quite informative and interesting. From a few random looks it appears most if not all landings and takeoffs at LAX are on the south complex. However I know that after midnight arrivals are normally routed to an east flow landing...

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by QF7
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Operating Only East Side?
Replies: 22
Views: 3551

Re: DFW Operating Only East Side?

Very interesting responses. Thanks.

Just one thing. Terminal B (west side) is almost exclusively AA regional. Are the Terminal E (east side) gates sufficient to equalize the east-bound vs. west-bound departures to smaller markets?

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by QF7
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 39144

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

I was posted in Singapore when the A380 began commercial service and I went out to the airport once or twice just to see the early flights land. Seemed those incoming flights would hang in the air forever as they approached landing. My first flight on one was the second ever Qantas SYD-DFW A380 serv...

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by QF7
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Operating Only East Side?
Replies: 22
Views: 3551

DFW Operating Only East Side?

A few times over the last several days I have looked at DFW on PlaneFinder or FlightAware and it appears that all landings and takeoffs have been on the 17s/35s. While it makes sense to me that with reduced traffic they’d shut down one side I am curious why they’d choose the east side vs. the west. ...

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by QF7
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: This Website is turning into the Fox News comment section.
Replies: 24
Views: 1798

Re: This Website is turning into the Fox News comment section.

I know absolutely nothing about the comment section of Fox News and fully intend to maintain my ignorance. However, the fixation of various posters on this site on the legs of Fox hosts is... well, adolescent, and adds NOTHING to the quality of discussions. Same for those posters on other threads wh...

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by QF7
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas
Replies: 14
Views: 5524

Re: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas

How bad is traffic up in Collin County. A couple of posts up you declaratively state that traffic has gotten worse in the Dallas area in the last three years. Then you ask this question? (For those following along elsewhere, Collin County is part of the “Dallas area.”) Friendly suggestion, dependin...

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by QF7
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas
Replies: 14
Views: 5524

Re: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas

I’m going to say that *in general* traffic is better in DFW than in Houston metro. There are exceptions in both directions depending on local bottlenecks and construction/maintenance projects. For example Highway 380 to the far north of DFW is a major problem and will be until the bypass around McKi...

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by QF7
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas
Replies: 14
Views: 5524

Re: Traffic Congestion in Houston and Dallas

Not sure what you’re asking. Do mean congestion within the city limits of Houston and Dallas or congestion in the whole Houston metro area vs, the entire DFW metroplex? If anything I would say congestion in the Dallas area has gotten better in the last three years because some road widening projects...

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by QF7
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 137755

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

What are the chances they’ll route those final flights inbound to DFW on the 4th to the west side (18s/36s) to give folks at Founders Plaza a good view and farewell?

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by QF7
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 265860

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Hi. Long time reader here, new poster. Given my username this seems like an appropriate thread to start in.

Reading this thread one question I have is what can possibly be learned about human endurance that NASA, the Russians, etc., haven’t already learned in space flight?

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