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by AA717driver
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engines Running After Parking At Gate?
Replies: 29
Views: 8040

RE: Engines Running After Parking At Gate?

This debate rages every time fuel jumps up a bit. I contend it's best to start the APU so you can shut down the engines immediately upon arrival at the gate. Then, you shut the APU down after ground power is connected--when the rampers have a chance. Now, I'm sure the suits in Flight Ops. (you know,...

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by AA717driver
Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rat's Brain-cells Fly Simulator.
Replies: 2
Views: 2270

RE: Rat's Brian-cells Fly Simulator.

Yeah, but can the rat drink martinis and hit on FA's?  Wink TC

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by AA717driver
Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Selling American Eagle
Replies: 127
Views: 17809

RE: AA Selling American Eagle

I know this is old news now, but here's my $.02 (or .01 GBP...  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smilies/wink.gif" alt="Wink"> ) -- Other than we airline geeks, no one cares who's <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> they fly on. It's still a high-speed trash compactor. There are no "go...

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by AA717driver
Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Herald: Remembering Eastern 401
Replies: 22
Views: 4381

RE: Miami Herald: Remembering Eastern 401

No GPWS systems except maybe for high closure rate. They made a relatively slow descent into the swamp. I've been off the L1011 for 15 years so it's kind of fuzzy. Even today, there are ways to inadvertently--subtly circumvent all these safety systems. An attentive, experienced and well-trained pilo...

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by AA717driver
Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nashville Hub/AA Question
Replies: 42
Views: 6196

RE: Nashville Hub/AA Question

BNA was a crew base for the F100. That's why commuting from BNA is a pain for current AA people. TC

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by AA717driver
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Of Pilots: Outsourcing?
Replies: 33
Views: 3300

RE: Future Of Pilots: Outsourcing?

Ok, let's have a little reason here... The bottom line is that you will ALWAYS need someone to fly the airplanes on board. Why? Because I want someone who has his or her a$$ on the line just like me running the show. I don't want to trust my life to some schmuck in the control room in <acronym title...

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by AA717driver
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 767 BOS-CDG
Replies: 8
Views: 4220

RE: AA 767 BOS-CDG

Sounds like a good route for a winglet-ed 757. TC

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by AA717driver
Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airline's Pilots New Negotiations Website
Replies: 73
Views: 5196

RE: American Airline's Pilots New Negotiations Website

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by AA717driver
Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airline's Pilots New Negotiations Website
Replies: 73
Views: 5196

RE: American Airline's Pilots New Negotiations Website

A lot of this is posturing for negotiations. However, today, an <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> S80 Captain makes what a TWA DC9 Captain made in 1988--AFTER THE DRACONIAN PAY CUTS FORCED <acronym title="Air Nauru">ON</acronym> THEM <acronym title="OLD: Britannia Airlines (Unite...

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by AA717driver
Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA's ORD-CLE Service In 1989
Replies: 35
Views: 4304

RE: TWA's ORD-CLE Service In 1989

I actually missed a trip by trying to commute to <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> on the <acronym title="Chicago - Midway International (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym>-<acronym title="Cleveland - Hopkins Inter...

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by AA717driver
Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD: It Just Gets Crazier
Replies: 40
Views: 6950

RE: ORD: It Just Gets Crazier

#1--"Right inner, bridge, right at the wedge, 27L parallel follow the fourth <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> Guppy..." Oops. Sorry, had a flashback to 1988. Old School <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym>.  <img src="/dis...

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by AA717driver
Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looks Like AA Is Going To Get ORD-PEK
Replies: 114
Views: 12486

RE: Looks Like AA Is Going To Get ORD-PEK

Would you people get off the "AA pilots tanked the <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym>-<acronym title="Beijing - Capital (PEK / ZBAA), China">PEK</acronym> route" schtick? Arpey even admitted that they played hardball and drew a line in the sand...

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by AA717driver
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK - Serious Pilot Shortage?
Replies: 58
Views: 11887

RE: EK - Serious Pilot Shortage?

A friend at Gulf Air and <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> both told me that these are good jobs if you don't have one. If I could do DEC at <acronym title="Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates)">EY</acronym> on the 777, I'd be interested but I don't think things are happ...

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by AA717driver
Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC:Tired Pilots 'compromise Safety'
Replies: 28
Views: 3216

RE: BBC:Tired Pilots 'compromise Safety'

Fatigue mirrors alcohol intoxication. The <acronym title="Helijet Airways (Canada)">JB</acronym> experiments confirmed that although they weren't the first. But, what are the odds... If running your crews ragged allows for a $10 savings on each ticket, the flying public will shout--WHOO HOO!!!  ...

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by AA717driver
Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Stranded More Pax Than Any Other Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 3698

RE: AA Stranded More Pax Than Any Other Airlines

It's nothing more than AMR treating the pax the way they treat the employees...  Yeah sure TC

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by AA717driver
Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots For Private Jets
Replies: 17
Views: 8892

RE: Pilots For Private Jets

To add a different angle of the same job as Jetstar: I fly for a department that has 3 aircraft owned by 3 individuals. We are scheduled as far in advance as possible--sometimes we get several months notice of a trip (usually the long international trips) and sometimes we get the "how soon can you b...

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by AA717driver
Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 787 order in 2009, a pilot's opinion
Replies: 50
Views: 14908

RE: AA 787 Order In 2009, A Pilot's Opinion

Having a shiny new fleet matters only to we airliner geeks at A.net. Put new interiors in every so often and no one is the wiser. NWA kept their old fleet and updated the interiors. UAL bought a bunch of new airplanes. Both ended up in ch. 11. I expect to retire on the S80.  <img src="/discussi...

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by AA717driver
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Homeland Security Wants Visas From Europeans...
Replies: 250
Views: 17021

RE: Homeland Security Wants Visas From Europeans...

Why not just go to Mexico and walk across the border. Problem solved. TC

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by AA717driver
Sat May 19, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maxjet, London To Los Angeles, Range Question?
Replies: 25
Views: 6677

RE: Maxjet, London To Los Angeles, Range Question?

I didn't think Max Jet had the new generation 767-200ER (The kind Continental has.). I thought all theirs were older models (the early 767-200's converted to "ER" status). None of the 767-200ER's operated by the U.S. Legacys could do LON-<acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA ...

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by AA717driver
Tue May 15, 2007 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buffett Battles Bush As Corporate-Jet Owners Fight
Replies: 116
Views: 11881

RE: Buffett Battles Bush As Corporate-Jet Owners Fight

The hole in the sky while on the CIVET arrival into <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> I make in a <acronym title="Riga Airlines (Latvia)">GV</acronym> or GIV is the same size to a controller as the hole made by a 767. In fact, my aircraft is mo...

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by AA717driver
Tue May 15, 2007 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Hughes D500 From "Magnum PI"?
Replies: 18
Views: 25393

RE: The Hughes D500 From "Magnum PI"?

There was a 500D based in Chicago in the mid '80's (late, maybe?) that would fly into the airport I worked at in Indy that was painted like the Magnum aircraft. Back then, Allison had its flight test facility at the airport. We saw some cool stuff--C206 on floats with an A250, Helio courier w/A250, ...

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by AA717driver
Wed May 09, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Way Over 250 Kts Below 10000 Feet?
Replies: 44
Views: 15531

RE: Way Over 250 Kts Below 10000 Feet?

I've noticed a lot of countries that used to allow >250kias below 10k now have that restriction. Shame...

I still remember doing 320kias on downwind to Barajas in a 763 at 4,000'. Great fun! Big grin TC

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by AA717driver
Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is This Aircraft Worth Buying?
Replies: 21
Views: 11220

RE: Is This Aircraft Worth Buying?

I know 231's can be a little finicky to start with the fuel injection but the price seems reasonable if it's in good shape. There are Cherokees and 172's in the states that are selling for $130 (although they are much newer...). Maybe AOPA has a forum you could check on--there are more <acronym titl...

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by AA717driver
Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Expects To Soar After Exiting Chapter 11
Replies: 21
Views: 5464

RE: Delta Expects To Soar After Exiting Chapter 11

I will say again what I told those who proclaimed that USAir would take the world by storm after exiting Ch.11 (the FIRST time...) : No company comes rocketing out of Ch. 11. You try to gain a little momentum and eake out a little operating profit (much easier now than when either USAir or UAL exite...

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by AA717driver
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA TLV-Paris In The 80s
Replies: 15
Views: 4731

RE: TWA TLV-Paris In The 80s

I believe the L1011 that went from <acronym title="Tel Aviv (-Jaffa) - Ben Gurion (Lod) (TLV / LLBG), Israel">TLV</acronym>-<acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acronym> continued to <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / ...

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by AA717driver
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Do Some Crews Give Attitude To US Customs?
Replies: 48
Views: 11082

RE: Why Do Some Crews Give Attitude To US Customs?

I've found that if you're nice to them, they will be nice to you. There are exceptions but it's rare. I think it's crazy that crew members have to go through security and rampers and mechanics don't. I think flight crew should have a FAA <acronym title="Normandie Aviation (France)">ID</acronym> that...

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by AA717driver
Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Management And APA Squabble
Replies: 28
Views: 3107

RE: AA Management And APA Squabble

Virtually everyone in this country agrees that executive compensation is out of whack. Comparing what some executives make to others is like comparing how much loot the Mongols got versus how much the Huns got. Bottom line is that there is no loyalty in this or any other business. If those managers ...

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by AA717driver
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA On Solid Gold
Replies: 7
Views: 2308

RE: TWA On Solid Gold

I was FE on that plane (at TWA) a few times. If I'd only known the history, I could have won a few beers...  Wink TC

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by AA717driver
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Do Airline Pilots Come From?
Replies: 46
Views: 13281

RE: Where Do Airline Pilots Come From?

Graphic--HAL is being very polite and charitable. I think you will have a very different idea of how things work 10-15 years from now. The decision-making process in the cockpit is not democratic. The Captain has an obligation to CONSIDER all factors including input from the FO (and even OAL jumpsea...

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by AA717driver
Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NWA Pilot On LAS-DTW Flight Has A Meltdown
Replies: 49
Views: 15216

RE: NWA Pilot On LAS-DTW Flight Has A Meltdown

His behavior was "unacceptable"? So is slashing his pay 30% (while giving the managment and bankruptcy lawyers millions in fees and bonuses). So is stripping his pension with no time to recover. So is instituting draconian, fatigue-inducing workrules then bashing the employees because sick use is up...

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by AA717driver
Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Routes For Delta 767-400s
Replies: 105
Views: 10642

RE: Future Routes For Delta 767-400s

You have to at least send one a day from <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B Hartsfield) (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> to <acronym title="Jacksonville - International (JAX / KJAX), USA - Florida">JAX</acronym>. Just to be consistent...  <img sr...

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by AA717driver
Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Post Open Skies
Replies: 21
Views: 3767

RE: British Airways Post Open Skies

I'm guessing <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> will be a sideshow and the big deal will be a cross-investment between <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> and <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>. I believe this agreement allows f...

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by AA717driver
Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Depressurization Over High Terrain
Replies: 12
Views: 8565

RE: Depressurization Over High Terrain

The aircraft doesn't have to descend to 10,000' from a performance standpoint. Most aircraft can "drift down" to an altitude in the 20,000 to 28,000 ft. range.

Hope this helps. TC

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by AA717driver
Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May Need Funding.
Replies: 23
Views: 5976

RE: AA May Need Funding.

Who can buy aircraft paying out of pocket? AA has indicated they will wait for a new generation 737 or Airbus before embarking on a fleet replacement for the 80.

They are supposedly working on winglets for the 80's. We'll see. TC

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by AA717driver
Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aspen Airport To Be Closed For 60 Days
Replies: 31
Views: 10340

RE: Aspen Airport To Be Closed For 60 Days

IMO, ASE is an accident waiting to happen--again. Too many people push (or are pushed) to get in there to avoid the "life altering inconvenience" of driving from <acronym title="Eagle (Vail / Eagle) - Eagle County Regional (EGE / KEGE), USA - Colorado">EGE</acronym> or RIL. C680--You must not operat...

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by AA717driver
Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Embargo All Nrsa Travel To/from Europe
Replies: 44
Views: 14057

RE: AA To Embargo All Nrsa Travel To/from Europe

If you're a non-rev and absolutely HAVE to be somewhere, buy a ticket! Those morons who try to non-rev home the day before they have to be at work/school whatever get what they deserve. <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> is just making sure the agents don't have to deal with <acro...

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by AA717driver
Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mugabe Refuses To Fly On Chinese Plane
Replies: 9
Views: 5274

RE: Mugabe Refuses To Fly On Chinese Plane

YOWza--Sorry but we've bagged our quota of tin-horn dictators for a while. Maybe the French can step up? Nah, there's no oil.  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smilies/wink.gif" alt="Wink"> <acronym title="Air Tanzania">TC</acronym> P.S.--That Chinese version of the Antonov is one sturdy beast. ...

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by AA717driver
Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Recalls Laid Off Pilots, But Returns 19 757
Replies: 53
Views: 13146

RE: AA Recalls Laid Off Pilots, But Returns 19 757

If you are comparing 757's to MD80's you might as well be comparing a Range Rover to a 80's Suburban. The Range Rover is nicer and performs better but the Sub keeps humming along, is simple to maintain and cheap to own. I enjoy flying the 757 but the 80 has a special place in my heart. The 80 has so...

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by AA717driver
Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC9-34 - Specifications Please
Replies: 10
Views: 5437

RE: DC9-34 - Specifications Please

The -34's were originally ordered by the Navy but cut in a budget crunch. They had the fore and aft center fuel tanks. I think one even had a mid-center fuel tank but it was a long time ago. They flew ok. I think the MTOW was around 115k. (Normal -30 MTOW was 108k.) The -33CF TWA had was a piece of ...

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by AA717driver
Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA A330? How Times Have Changed!
Replies: 36
Views: 20808

RE: TWA A330? How Times Have Changed!

The sole reason for the 330 order was to show that Icahn was indeed serious about running an airline. It was all for show.

We knew at the time that those planes would never hit the property.TC

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by AA717driver
Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O'Hare To Tow Airliners To Runways?
Replies: 41
Views: 10761

RE: O'Hare To Tow Airliners To Runways?

UAL was considering this in the late '90's for the <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym>-<acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - Chek Lap Kok International (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (close...

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by AA717driver
Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: My Pilot Dreams Shattered In The UK
Replies: 113
Views: 19610

My Pilot Dreams Shattered In The UK

All I ever wanted to do was fly. I found that my eyesight wasn't 20/20 when I was 12. At the time, you had to have perfect eyesight to fly for the airlines. I gave up and didn't pursue aviation. Finally, after college, I decided that even if I was "just" a flight instructor, it would be preferable t...

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by AA717driver
Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No Public Hearing In Comair Crash
Replies: 11
Views: 4286

RE: No Public Hearing In Comair Crash

Will the tower and CVR transcripts be made public? If not, then someone is trying to protect someone else. They usually can't wait to make the transcripts public. Why not now? Those of us in the business need to know what transpired to cause this accident. Something went horribly awry and the travel...

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by AA717driver
Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 767 In IND?
Replies: 4
Views: 4639

AA 767 In IND?

Left <acronym title="Indianapolis - International (IND / KIND), USA - Indiana">IND</acronym> early this morning and there was an <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> 767 at the <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> gates. Is this scheduled, diversion or charter? They...

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by AA717driver
Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATA Viable As A Stand-Alone Carrier
Replies: 37
Views: 5091

RE: Is ATA Viable As A Stand-Alone Carrier

ATA always made money and did well flying charter. They ALWAYS lost money and got into trouble when they ventured into scheduled service.

They are viable as a charter airline. They are not viable as a LCC. TC

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by AA717driver
Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Costs Of Owning A Warbird?
Replies: 39
Views: 28840

RE: Costs Of Owning A Warbird?

If you have to ask, you probably can't afford one. Generally, even the less expensive warbirds (T-6, T-28, T-34) are owned by people making low 6-figures. A MiG or Yak-18/Nanjing can be had relatively cheaply but the MiG's are maintenance intensive and you have to scrounge for parts. I won't even me...

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by AA717driver
Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question For Pilots Of Different Aircraft
Replies: 15
Views: 5625

RE: Question For Pilots Of Different Aircraft

I've always turned the lights on below 18,000 because you are into the airspace that allows VFR operations--A<acronym title="Air Tanzania">TC</acronym> won't necessarily be talking to them or even know they are there. The only exception to that is the DC9/MD80--the landing lights extend into the air...

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by AA717driver
Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair Flight 191 - Copilot
Replies: 105
Views: 21766

RE: Comair Flight 191 - Copilot

Fortunately, in the U.S., crews involved in aircraft accidents are not criminally charged. That is one of my greatest fears when flying overseas--even a blown tire can result in criminal charges in many countries. There will be much to be learned from this accident. Hopefully, the Government and Com...

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by AA717driver
Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Much Do You Trust Your Airliner Knowledge?
Replies: 18
Views: 6204

RE: How Much Do You Trust Your Airliner Knowledge?

Whenever a <acronym title="Safair (South Africa)">FA</acronym> or pax said they heard an unusual noise I always went back to checke it out (can't do that these days). You just never know when they are right about something being wrong. I doubt there was any way for the pax to have known what runway ...

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by AA717driver
Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot/First Officer Careers @ Majors/regionals
Replies: 23
Views: 3711

RE: Pilot/First Officer Careers @ Majors/regionals

What you might do is use the ATC thing as a fall back. Set a point in time that you have to make the decision to go the ATC route and if your flying career isn't progressing to the point that you'd like it, pull the trigger and try for the ATC program. If all you've ever wanted to do is fly, nothing...

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