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by cschleic
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 45
Views: 9179

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

The list of routes that were viable for QF (or anybody else) pre-covid is not going to mean much in the future. Businesses have learnt to use Zoom and noted it can save them a lot of time and money. Holiday makers are extremely reluctant to venture far from home, having seen what a disaster being c...

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by cschleic
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2200

Re: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion

You prefer T3?? Been a while since I have heard that. Maybe its cause I grew up with T1, but I always enjoyed it better. From check in to the baggage claim. Always things to do also. T3 is just too much space and always empty. Plus the baggage claims are laid out badly, especially if you fly UA. I ...

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by cschleic
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14056

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

That's great - making a law to tell people how and where they can travel. They should let people decide for themselves, in my opinion. A person that wants to travel by plane should be allowed to do so. They probably have a good reason for it - for example, they want to transfer to another flight at...

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by cschleic
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14056

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56716708 Over the weekend, lawmakers voted in favour of a bill to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. The measures could affect travel between Paris and cities including Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux. That's gre...

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by cschleic
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Southwest cancel the rest of their MIA flights tonight (11 Apr)?
Replies: 37
Views: 7102

Re: Why did Southwest cancel the rest of their MIA flights tonight (11 Apr)?

The poor folks on AS flying SEA-FLL were stuck on the plane for over seven hours and ended up at MCO. Right now I don’t see a recovery leg. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA122/history/20210411/1530Z/KSEA/KMCO Seven hours is about six and a half too many to spend on a 737. I feel for them. Be...

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by cschleic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 200
Views: 13148

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

In the US there is some debate about the legality of mandating employees to get vaccinated. This issue is still developing as far as I understand it and it looks like it may be left up to the individual states to declare their policy. What is the position with regards to airlines, their employees a...

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by cschleic
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi
Replies: 96
Views: 12247

Re: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi

And that is probably the most relevant reason - fire/smoke protection must be massive. Even the 747-400 didn't made it to a combi version because of that. https://samchui.com/2020/03/28/farewell-klm-b747-a-special-flight-on-klm-b747-400-combi/#.YG2LsC3Emf0 1508121 Here’s a better picture, since the...

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by cschleic
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 49
Views: 11168

Re: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After Battle With Europe

Was this avoidable, in terms of AC foreseeing the issue with the EC before they made the bid for Transat or at least have had an idea what concessions would work vs. not work?

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by cschleic
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 142
Views: 16951

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

Didn't AA inherit the CLT hub from the US merger? It was a much larger operation compared to AA's mini-hubs so naturally it survived. And I think RDU was partly designed to provide connections up and down the east coast, similar to SJC in the west. Except SJC was competing with others who provided n...

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by cschleic
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...
Replies: 25
Views: 4877

Re: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...

Great stories and great work by the airline and airport personnel. Nice photos too!

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by cschleic
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1107
Views: 159804

Re: AA 777s added to MIA domestic schedule for May

Wait is this really news? AA has been running widebodies on many of these routes for years between intl flights. Or even some as turns. Yes, and I've been on a 772 MIA - LAX many years ago, but it seems that the frequency has increased for some of these routes. And I don't think they ever flew 777s...

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by cschleic
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1102
Views: 121070

Re: Southwest Announces BLI, EUG, MYR

With all of these smaller city additions, once flying goes back to “normal,” do some of these cities get dropped? Are they really sustainable after COVID? I wonder the exact same thing. One thing is clear though. WN is looking through a lens that focuses on leisure travellers that are flying during...

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by cschleic
Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1102
Views: 121070

Re: Southwest Announces BLI, EUG, MYR

For me this is an interesting dynamic in the markets like EUG that aren't big tourist destinations. From a network perspective, WN ex-EUG will be a lot closer to a legacy than to G4 (good luck flying EUG-CHI, NYC, or ATL on G4). I'm not sure that sort of market is large enough for WN and G4 to coex...

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jreeves96 wrote:
Jeb Brooks has a really good video on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1cON15 ... =JebBrooks


Ben Wang also has one linked on his blog....

https://benairblog.blogspot.com/2018/12 ... .html#more

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by cschleic
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cross-Channel on a Classic British Quadjet: London City to Paris Orly on a WDL Aviation BAe 146 (June 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 6137

Re: Cross-Channel on a Classic British Quadjet: London City to Paris Orly on a WDL Aviation BAe 146 (June 2019)

Nice trip report, thanks for posting. London City and a vintage plane make all the more interesting.

Looking at the cabin photos, it looks like it was 3 x 3 seating after all even though the seat map was 2 x 3, correct? I thought all 146s were 2 x 3 after the original 3 x 3 was too tight.

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by cschleic
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 139
Views: 14521

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

FLALEFTY wrote:
Let's go retro and refer to O'Hare as "Orchard Park Field" and MIA as "Wilcox Field"...


And JFK as Idlewild.

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by cschleic
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump's Parked 757 N757AF
Replies: 113
Views: 31046

Re: Trump's Parked 757 N757AF

JohanTally wrote:
The plane is 30 years old and is probably unlikely to return to service. Let's avoid political rhetoric


True but it's probably a pretty low time plane, correct? And there are a lot of 757s out there so parts aren't a problem. Maybe sell to someone for freighter conversion?

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by cschleic
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.
Replies: 39
Views: 6730

Re: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.

paullam wrote:
I’m surprised that no one’s asked the question so far:

Is it a write-off?


Or any "it'll buff right out" comments.

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by cschleic
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air seeks to figure out the future on its Boeing order
Replies: 111
Views: 24317

Re: Iran Air seeks to figure out the future on its Boeing order

Didn't Iran manage to operate a fleet of Boeing planes, using their own parts and maintenance capabilities, for a long time during sanctions? After all that included 707s that hadn't even been produced for decades.

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by cschleic
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Short-haul aircraft like KL 747 Combi?
Replies: 63
Views: 6726

Re: Short-haul aircraft like KL 747 Combi?

StlHsvSfoSan wrote:
andrew50 wrote:
Flyingsottsman wrote:
Did KLM use their combi's mainly on the LAX route?

KLM used the 747 combi’s on the AMS-IAH route for years.


I think they used them on AMS-ORD for a while too.


I recall riding a KLM 747-SUD Combi DTW - AMS way back when.

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by cschleic
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aero Mexico requested sightseeing over Amsterdam
Replies: 12
Views: 3575

Re: Aero Mexico requested sightseeing over Amsterdam

The bay tour departing Oakland is usually granted, a couple of orbits (one left, one right orbit) over Niagara Falls have been approved. Alaska used to ask for a flight “down the beach” in Cabo. There are all kinds of brief scenic possibilities that are normally approved if you ask. Oh my gosh you ...

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by cschleic
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 135
Views: 18349

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

Nose door loading, which occasionally comes in handy as Atlas does a lot of charter work. But AFAIK, nose doors are rarely used - and for missions where they are needed, Atlas already has plenty of nose door equipped 747F. Could it just be that Atlas is currently a major 747 operator and they got t...

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by cschleic
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 135
Views: 18349

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

flyfresno wrote:
I thought the Air Force One birds would be the last off the line. No?


Weren't those already built for someone else and weren't delivered so they've been sitting around for several years?

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by cschleic
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EZE: Pushback tug caught fire in front of a LH B748; Aircraft undamaged
Replies: 22
Views: 5816

Re: EZE: Pushback tug caught fire in front of a LH B748; Aircraft undamaged

At what point would general heat from the tug fire, even if it were away from the plane, cause damage to the plane, such as the nose radar cover?

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by cschleic
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 813
Views: 92990

Re: Alaska Announces LAX-AUS, SAN-JFK

Don't know that LAX - LAS is a good comparison for the number of airlines. The L.A. basin is the largest source of Vegas visitors and it's a short hop flight. Plus, the proximity to LAX means easy connections overseas. And, as we know, there's enough overseas business that Vegas supports several for...

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by cschleic
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 5 most missed Airlines ?
Replies: 108
Views: 7255

Re: Top 5 most missed Airlines ?

PSA with the smile on the planes. Brilliant branding. Plus, back in the day, I remember walking up to their ticket counter at SFO, paying cash, and watching them ring it up on an old fashioned cash register. The small receipt that it printed was the ticket.

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by cschleic
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From 2014: Flying a Scheduled Cessna 182 MIA-APF + Silver Saab 340
Replies: 8
Views: 6028

Re: From 2014: Flying a Scheduled Cessna 182 MIA-APF + Silver Saab 340

Wow, that is a blast from the past. Thanks for posting. A 182 at MIA, who would have thought. And the panel...vintage but with the updated radios. But $700,000, even for the "historic" plane????

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by cschleic
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 151
Views: 38750

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2021

To comment on the last post in the 2020 thread, as someone who would love to use Eugene more for business trips to the east, connecting through PDX provides only limited options....it can mean two flights after PDX. If you're an AS frequent flyer, SEA is much better but options through other hubs (P...

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by cschleic
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 591
Views: 87341

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

12/22 OAG: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1455573 AA DFW-EUG MAR 0>0.9[0] APR 0>1.0[0] MAY 0>1.0[0] JUN 0>1.0[0] JUL 0>1.0[0] AUG 0>1.0[0] SEP 0>1.0[0] RWA380, hasn't AA flown this before? I can't remember if it was DFW-EUG-PDX-DFW or DFW-PDX-EUG-PDX-DFW. F9 DEN-PDX FEB 0.8...

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by cschleic
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class
Replies: 101
Views: 12970

Re: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class

The decor may have a few issues but good to see them finally adding a premium economy considering so much of the competition (excluding the ME3) has something these days.

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by cschleic
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 1649
Views: 213653

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

I love how the media is having a field day with fear mongering headlines of the TSA numbers about “OMG look how many people traveled over Christmas. It was a record and it’s a super spreader event.” We are at the point now where we have two camps. Those that are comfortable traveling and those that...

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by cschleic
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing MAX 9
Replies: 135
Views: 17846

Re: Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing MAX 9

The big question I have is whether or not AS will re-visit the mid-cabin lav discussion on the 7M9 fleet; it's a huge hit on the A321NEO fleet with both guests and crews alike, and would also help with CG issues on the ground even though tail stands are standard practice at every station. Good poin...

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by cschleic
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1888
Views: 157126

Re: WN adding SBA & FAT in Q2 2021

Bradin wrote:
wait what? SBA? Isn't that runway only 6000 feet?


Yes but AS operates 737s there and others have in the past. Last time I was there, a DL 757 was departing. Must have been a charter.

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by cschleic
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway
Replies: 55
Views: 10005

Re: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway

This is a good video on the topic of highway landings: https://youtu.be/99DomTe9JY4 I like the argument of landing with traffic instead of against: the closure rate is much less. Thanks for posting. While there is some humor sprinkled in, this series of videos is well informed and based on a lot of...

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by cschleic
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths
Replies: 37
Views: 6235

Re: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths

Evergreen used McMinville Airport (KMMV) with a runway of 5420 ft to land the 747s that have on display at (or on top of) their museum. I’ve linked to a YouTube video of one of the landings below. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tbYi8QnEU7I And based on the video, looks like it touched down nearly 1/...

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by cschleic
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 vaccine transport flights.
Replies: 93
Views: 16667

Re: COVID-19 vaccine transport flights.

this may be a dumb question: if the vaccine is not yet approved, what is United carrying on these flights? Probably vaccines, already dispatching it to have it ready to administer to people for the day it's approved. The pharma companies involved in testing have been manufacturing enormous volumes ...

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by cschleic
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trumps B757
Replies: 59
Views: 7026

Re: President Trumps B757

He has said multiple times he absolutely loves the 757 and the RR engines. There's a reason he used the C-32 so many times. 757AF ain't going anywhere. The C-32s have P&W engines. I'd be surprised if they bought one with RR engines. His personal 757 has RR engines. Anyway, responses to the orig...

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by cschleic
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas Aviation Thread
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: Las Vegas Aviation Thread

E concourse departures were moved to D to consolidate operations. Also, D is connected to both T1 and T3 by trams so that and size make it the logical choice. T3 still is used for check in, security and baggage claim. Agree that T1 has the theme and nostalgia, and I do like its baggage claim, but T3...

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by cschleic
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 591
Views: 87341

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

Wow, that was quick. I guess they are staying safe on shorter hops, hoping to see LMT or OTH. I’d probably add SLE and maybe AST to that list. Plenty of opportunity to link PDX with ex-AS/QX markets in Oregon. The PC12 is a great plane for these types of routes. There is nothing happening in SLE, e...

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by cschleic
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Please help me I.D this aircraft type!
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Re: Please help me I.D this aircraft type!

https://www.seamaxaircraft.com/


I'd go with the Seamax rather than the SeaBee. Engine is higher above the fuselage, is has the double fins on the horizontal stabilizers, the wing structure is visible through the wing surface and and compare the landing gear well.
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guppyflyer wrote:


I'd go with the Seamax rather than the SeaBee. Engine is higher above the fuselage, is has the double fins on the horizontal stabilizers, the wing structure is visible through the wing surface and and compare the landing gear well.

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by cschleic
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 321
Views: 27359

Re: Rapid Covid19 testing available at Heathrow!

The concept of some sort of test to prove no infection makes a lot of sense. The problem is....if it's at the departure airport, and is optional, then it's no guaranty you won't become exposed to someone in the airport or on the plane. Then there's potential testing on arrival (depending on location...

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by cschleic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 767-222 routes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2310

Re: United 767-222 routes?

I used to go to IAD to watch planes when I was a young AvGeek, that was when the 767-200 was new. At one point they operated it to all the hubs domestically, I'm guessing for crew proving/training IAD-DEN (Stapelton) IAD-ORD/DEN/SFO/LAX It may have operated to SEA from IAD but I can't remember, she...

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by cschleic
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Considers Selling Seattle-Area Jetliner Headquarters
Replies: 74
Views: 13160

Re: Boeing Considers Selling Seattle-Area Jetliner Headquarters

IIRC, Scott Hamilton reported a few weeks ago that Boeing was studying moving the current 737 lines up to Everett to fill the spaces vacated by the 787 or 747 lines. Longer term idea involved using the remaining space for the new clean sheet 737 replacement. I'm sure Boeing could get some serious $...

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by cschleic
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 591
Views: 87341

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

[. I noticed QX still has not re-started PDX-EUG, what do you think 4B might do with that, if anything? It's an easy drive vs the drive to RDM. Not sure if you were asking me, but I would think that PDXEUG would be worth it just for the volume alone? To be sure, it's an easy drive, but it's still j...

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by cschleic
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Passenger Tries to Jump Counter, Attack Employee After Being Told She Can't Board Flight Barefoot
Replies: 74
Views: 13370

Re: AA Passenger Tries to Jump Counter, Attack Employee After Being Told She Can't Board Flight Barefoot

Why can't you fly barefoot? From airline points of view, barefoot increases the likelihood of injury onboard. The possible scenario could be loose fitting carpet, loose pins or parts from the seats, or small sharp objects left from the previous flyers that were not cleaned properly. All leads to ai...

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by cschleic
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Demographics of GA aircraft owners
Replies: 43
Views: 6957

Re: Demographics of GA aircraft owners

The majority of the GA planes at my local airport are older. The prices for 172s, Cherokees, etc. can be bimodal...either a 40 year old plane for $65,000 or 5 years old for more than most houses. As mentioned above, liability insurance is an issue. For a while, few single-engine GA planes were being...

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by cschleic
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?
Replies: 100
Views: 14864

Re: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?

Thinking back, I remember reading their business philosophy on the website. It was based on a lot of theories about business operations rather than realities of the industry. There was a certain we're-smarter-than-everyone-else attitude and if you don't like it or the schedules don't work out, too b...

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