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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash
Replies: 45
Views: 5391

Re: Air Asia-X Defers A330NEO's

Antarius wrote:
The virus is a convenient excuse. Better PR than admitting that you over ordered for no good reason, especially with the corruption and bribery probe.


It is also an excuse that Airbus would be wise to dignify in the Asia region. So, smart play.

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award
Replies: 28
Views: 1206

Re: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award

Yeah I understand believing in the Earth being flat if you have no basic understanding of physics, but once you get a bit more informed, it just doesn't work. I think you can sum up my post as "simulation hypothesis." "Earth" may be a fictional item in a video game. Video games ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award
Replies: 28
Views: 1206

Re: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award

I think flat earth is possible, but it is just radically more complex than a sphere model of earth. Anything is "possible." We don't even know if Earth really exists or not.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 84
Views: 12300

Re: Cargo facts: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

A charter member of an organization is an organization that was there at the beginning. A charter order for a commercial aircraft would be a big order from a big, well respected buyer. This tells the marketplace (and the OEM) that the airplane is prime time. Or I guess, any order on the books on lau...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What exactly is America's strategy in Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: What exactly is America's strategy in Africa?

Africa (and India) are missed opportunities for the US, as it focused, bizarrely, on pleasuring China's government for the past 25 years. Instead of making China the main beneficiary of our enormous import business opportunities, we could have prioritized the poorer developing world, particularly fr...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Building a classic ‘Stack’ Hi FI system
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: Building a classic ‘Stack’ Hi FI system

Unlimited possibilities here. Yamaha is good, NAD, Rotel, are good mid-fi component brands. The fanciest option is something like Krell, that's hi fi. Your stack would cost $50,000. Sony / Technics / Pioneer are the mass market. Really low end options were Fisher, Emerson.

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by LCDFlight
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clint Eastwood dumps Trump for Bloomberg.
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: Clint Eastwood dumps Trump for Bloomberg.

Eastwood just wants the most militaristic and conservative candidate in the race, and at the moment, it's Bloomberg.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are we going to do about the US Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 558

Re: What are we going to do about the US Debt?

I think it is a stable situation as long as it doesn’t grow much faster than US GDP. The US had debt in 1990 too; the economy grew and debt grew. Low interest rates since 2008 have made the interest payments fairly sustainable, at least for another 40-50 years of this. The main factors in the debt h...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB: State of Alaska’s high rate of aviation crashes warrants review.
Replies: 15
Views: 3559

Re: NTSB: State of Alaska’s high rate of aviation crashes warrants review.

Alaska is completely different from the other 49 states or territories in that general aviation is a lifeblood to access probably MOST locations in Alaska. This different level of need drives a different type of aviation. It's not a luxury, it is normal necessity, like the activity of driving cars, ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war
Replies: 78
Views: 2115

Re: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war

At least the Syrians fought for their freedom. I don't know who is right. Most likely, it is a fight between several evil men. And a lot of innocent people died. We don't need to add to the misery by adding our high tech weapons. Nor should China or Russia. Let the fight burn out. The next generatio...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites
Replies: 60
Views: 1673

Re: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites

IMO, Trump is clearly more liberal than Bloomberg, he just has a different personal style. Question 1. Whose policies would favor working Americans more (honestly, I'm not sure). Bloomberg is a plutocrat who openly derides the American working class, while I think Trump is a plutocrat who seeks the ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 72
Views: 9104

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

A330neo will be like the 767, it will continue to be the best product for a fairly wide range of things. The 767 has always been under-estimated. Boiling it down, the reason is because people believe a smaller (or lighter) airplane is less impressive or less good. But in operation, lighter weight, ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 72
Views: 9104

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

A330neo will be like the 767, it will continue to be the best product for a fairly wide range of things. The 767 has always been under-estimated. Boiling it down, the reason is because people believe a smaller (or lighter) airplane is less impressive or less good. But in operation, lighter weight, s...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ex US Air 757-200s
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: Ex US Air 757-200s

US had a mix of ex-eastern 757-225 and US-delivered 757-2B7, which were upgraded a lot and flown to Europe. Also the ATA birds were. America West had a motley fleet of secondhand 752 including some further ex-Eastern 757-225 of their own. Any 757-2B7 were owned since new by US and were considered t...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 21755

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

Seriously? The lady reclines. Thats what her seat offers. Some nutter start punching and behaving like a six year old spoilt boy and we cant see whose fault it is? Really? Lets see, a lady that reclines her seat vs man that punches seatback. I am pretty confident who is in the wrong here. I always ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ex US Air 757-200s
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: Ex US Air 757-200s

US had a mix of ex-eastern 757-225 and US-delivered 757-2B7, which were upgraded a lot and flown to Europe. Also the ATA birds were. America West had a motley fleet of secondhand 752 including some further ex-Eastern 757-225 of their own. Any 757-2B7 were owned since new by US and were considered th...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?
Replies: 141
Views: 19238

Re: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?

That’s really why they have a margin advantage over their competitors. Take any of those away (particularly #2) and UA/AA could close the gap. A heavier mix of high-revenue, short-haul flying versus high-cost, lower-RPM long-haul flying has a lot to do with it. Structurally, Delta was in an ideal p...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Unveils Special A321 Livery With All 90,000 Employee Names On It
Replies: 49
Views: 12268

Re: Delta Unveils Special A321 Livery With All 90,000 Employee Names On It

This is brilliant. This is the kind of cheesy, low cost trick that would totally work on me if I were a DL employee. I would love to have my name on the A321. This is a positive thing for company culture.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity Politics in America
Replies: 216
Views: 5798

Re: Identity Politics in America

I was watching rising today and Saagar Enjeti had a monologue which reminded me of this very discussion. Keep in mind Rising Today (the Hill) is a very progressive show and these people are far from conservative at all. But he points out that Identity Politics may have killed Elizabeth Warren, they...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 982
Views: 89349

Re: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway

Clash of the titans. I love it. Totally constructive move. AA plus AS will be a truly formidable domestic alliance. They will help each other out. Plus, AS needs intl feed, SEA is ripe for it, and AA could use an intl base on the west coast. Allowing AS to feed that is perfectly fine - AS is happy t...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8194

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

Clearly AA has had a change of heart in BOS. And for good reason IMO considering: -They have historically been strong there, and their BOS-hub flying is a great base for building something further. -They have good international partner service to supplement their own service -They already have a ma...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8194

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

Clearly AA has had a change of heart in BOS. And for good reason IMO considering: -They have historically been strong there, and their BOS-hub flying is a great base for building something further. -They have good international partner service to supplement their own service -They already have a ma...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8194

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

2020 & late 2019 has seen AA make significant investment in its non-hub markets: RDU: 5x RDU-BOS, +1 RDU-PIT (June 2020), 1xRDU-PHX (yes I know PHX is a hub) AUS: 2x AUS-BOS, 2x AUS-SJC, 1x weekly AUS-SJD BOS: 5x BOS-RDU, 2x BOS-AUS, 2x BOS-IND, 1x BOS-LHR, 1x weekly BOS-EYW/ILM/GCM/NAS The RDU...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8194

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

This is what I was asking about a few weeks ago. The line between "good size station" and "focus city" is blurred. I suspect that there may be strategy opportunities at these stations and the next step down stations as well. Take AUS for example... is there really any limit to th...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 32441

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

The A220’s future is secure. The poorly designed Boeing 737 Max does not have a secure future. That is not just irresponsible commentary on my part; it is a fact at this moment! Boeing has behaved like an incompetent, corrupt monopolist in the narrow body space. Truth! And I give Boeing respect when...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?
Replies: 210
Views: 7578

Re: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?

Incidentally, my phone told me it is going to monitor my usage so it can schedule charging (presumably charge more slowly) to charge the battery.

Electric cars can do this too to balance needs vs max wiring loads vs battery life.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners

It would be neat to watch a 777-300 ditching, you know, for science. With only pilots in it, or by remote control. Very wierd... Don't you wonder what would happen?! Of course I did not mean for any pilots to be hurt, I meant to minimize the risks to any people and see how the aircraft performs, th...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What could a Potential A220-500/700/900 look like?
Replies: 168
Views: 22704

Re: What could a Potential A220-500/700/900 look like?

They will probably study three possible lengths of an A220-500. Not plan to actually build different lengths, but to build one.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners

It would be neat to watch a 777-300 ditching, you know, for science. With only pilots in it, or by remote control.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Facebook and Twitter decline Pelosi request to delete Trump video
Replies: 75
Views: 2446

Re: Facebook and Twitter decline Pelosi request to delete Trump video

If it's okay to censor Trump's speeches and advertisements, then it would have been okay for Republicans to censor Obama's speeches and ads also. Do we really want Republicans censoring Obama's speeches? Do we really want to create a legal tool for Trump to censor Pelosi's political speech? Obviousl...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: More than 100 U.S. troops diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack
Replies: 120
Views: 505

Re: 109 US troops diagnosed with critical brain injuries from Iran strike

I'm interested in the word 'critical,' which I've seen several times. Does the word critical mean that a medical doctor has said that it's a life-threatening injury? That is usually what "critically injured" means. Will it be retracted if it's false information? This seems like an importan...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale
Replies: 40
Views: 1591

Re: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale

It may well be the original owner who did the misleading. It has been known to happen. Original owner is out of the loop. He sold the car to Tesla, under whatever conditions; and Tesla owns the car from that point. Tesla knows (or should know) how things work from that point. Looks like this is abo...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale
Replies: 40
Views: 1591

Re: Tesla disables software in used Model S after 3rd party sale

It depends on who misled whom in writing. If Tesla misled the dealer, in writing, then Tesla should pay. If the dealer knew full well that this was not an FSD car anymore, they should pay. I'll bet the customer who in effect "returned" the FSD car and transferred the software to another ca...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New York Residents no longer eligible for Global Entry
Replies: 60
Views: 2415

Re: New York Residents no longer eligible for Global Entry

How many illegal immigrants are globetrotting with Global Entry. None How many Manhattan globetrotters don't have vacation homes in MA, RI, CT or FL. None. Recently someone changed primary address to Mar-a-lago. This is going to hurt some small business man/woman who crosses land border several tim...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How would you solve the Kashmir conflict?
Replies: 51
Views: 1753

Re: How would you solve the Kashmir conflict?

There should be no weapons in the fight allowed. Only bare hands. Also, there should be an essay contest. Points will be awarded for mutual respect and accurate history, and full agreement to respect the results and respect the other side after it is done. If they break this promise, they agree that...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does everyone assume that the A380 ending production means the fleet will stop flying?
Replies: 36
Views: 3134

Re: Why does everyone assume that the A380 ending production means the fleet will stop flying?

A380 will enter a punishing competitive environment. There will be stalwarts of the type (as there still are with the 744!). But the end result will be the same. Twinjets in 2020 are compelling, they are large enough, and they go far enough. Which means the A380 will become less competitive and it w...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reality show Dr rape charges dropped
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Reality show Dr rape charges dropped

This is one of those headlines that made me see: Reality show "Dr. Rape" charges dropped

That would be an interesting show

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New York Residents no longer eligible for Global Entry
Replies: 60
Views: 2415

Re: New York Residents no longer eligible for Global Entry

This is not going to be popular with the 1000's who live in NYS and use the TSA shortcut programs, especially frequent business travelers. Residents in more states will also likely be affected as they adopt access to drivers' licenses to foreign nationals illegally residing in the USA. Yes. For our...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 53
Views: 8801

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

maybe there is some analogy to doctors in that the supply has been artificially constrained with silly regulatory mechanisms that are bought and paid for by the professionals in those fields. In airline pilots case, the 1500 hour rule has no safety rationale. That is the only reason there is any dif...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla above $900
Replies: 27
Views: 810

Re: Tesla above $900

plus: competition not visible yet to people not actively checking whats in the pipeline elsewhere. best reagards Thomas And everyone realizing that developing a EV platform is much harder and expensive than you think, to the point where a number of auto manufacturers are starting to partner up to d...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"
Replies: 148
Views: 25253

Re: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"

The most important question to be answered is how much of the sales would come at the expense of A320 sales canibalization? Well of course, and that is why the “A220” and it’s innovations had to be contained. Even more importantly, the initial investors in it had to suffer a negative return, or els...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"
Replies: 148
Views: 25253

Re: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"

It is a metric of the toxic monopolism within the Industry that the A220-500, an obviously superior product and obviously feasible product, of immense value to society, has not been built yet. This should humiliate everyone.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla above $900
Replies: 27
Views: 810

Re: Tesla above $900

Also the tech that Tesla offers in it's cars is at least 5 years ahead of it's nearest competitors. Only top models from Mercedes Benz and Audi come close to what Tesla Model 3 offers I think that's true. I had what I felt was a smart idea about Tesla so I will state it here: Tesla is a software co...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 734
Views: 105149

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

The only things I will add is these three points: Sheer bad luck. This weekend is clear and 75-80 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky kind of day in SoCal. Also, what if the practice was at 3 or 4 pm? The fog would have burned off some if Kobe left later. I wonder if anyone knows if the civilian helico...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Forbes: Trump economy’s first 3 years’ numbers weaker than Obama’s last three years
Replies: 29
Views: 1128

Re: Forbes: Trump economy’s first 3 years’ numbers weaker than Obama’s last three years

Not surprised! Economy is only good for tech workers, CEOs, athletes, and politicians! It is time we demand an end to income inequality and institute a massive tax on the wealthy, upper middle class, and even middle class. Income inequality along with climate chNge is awful and we can change the sy...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."
Replies: 82
Views: 17844

Re: Article: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."

To point out something obvious, its fuel burn rules out more marginal activity. Operating A380 is a large financial commitment. It’s not just the purchase price but rather the operating cost that is prohibitive for lower tier uses.

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by LCDFlight
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Launching OKC-LGA
Replies: 39
Views: 7822

Re: AA Launching OKC-LGA

Five destinations is a little low because by that extent a lot of the country that has service to ORD, DFW, CLT, and PHL along with DCA, LGA or MIA would be considered a focus city. These stations (i.e. OKC, RIC. CHS) are just important mid-size spoke cities for the network. Really a station needs ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family sue after being kicked off flight 'for body odour' 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 5433

Re: Family sue after being kicked off flight 'for body odour' 2019

I love that AA is defending this one. Multiple passenger complaints. Why would that happen, if he had bathed that day as is claimed? The truth is out there.. It seems odd that he bathed, then multiple passengers and crew complained about his odor, then he was removed because of his religion. That’s ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2019 posts slowest growth in three years at 2.3%
Replies: 14
Views: 539

Re: 2019 posts slowest growth in three years at 2.3%

It's not a double standard. These rates of growth were thought to be temporarily caused by the stimulus during the Obama years. The future outlook was around 1% at that time. People like Larry Summers were arguing that a massive new stimulus was needed to "converge" to the US growth poten...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 734
Views: 105149

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

LA Medical Examiners office has listed the pilots cause of death as blunt trauma. Incapacitation due to a medical incident now seems highly unlikely. https://mec.lacounty.gov/case-detail/?caseNumber=2020-00803 Interesting development. Yes, a very plausible dark horse theory was pilot stroke, aneuri...

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