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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

All this analysis might be true, but its irrelevant if the USAF isn't willing to create the doctrine that makes them do the intratheater airlift mission properly. And guess what the GWOT taught us? The USAF ISN'T willing to do the mission despite getting resourced to do it, and the Army Aviation com...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 54
Views: 4549

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

More guilt over nothing. :banghead: Yeah, I kind of wonder if this much analysis is going into the status of the Chinese working assembling batteries in conditions I can only imagine would be something out of a Charles Dickens' novel, or the 14 year old Congolese digging the rare earth metals out o...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 54
Views: 4549

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

Zero. The flight still operates with or without them. For one passenger, non-rev or not, that is true of course, but all the travelers together do make the flight worthwhile. To give the non-rev passenger no part in the pollution doesn't feel morally right. So I would say, total pollution divided b...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question

Are we talking about spinning unfeathered prop, or immobile? As far as I understand, most designs have no clutch between engine and prop (is ATR-42 hotel mode unique?) - is that the cause of the difference, that unfeathered prop has to work a piston engine? Here is the difference between a free tur...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question

You don't want the fan to stop turning. Spinning in the breeze is much better. Many years ago I was doing some engineering things with a Tristar simulator, and afterwards we went flying in it, and the simulator engineer simulated a seized fan. Loads of vibration and very noisy. Not recommended! Goo...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1218

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

... a legislative body that isn't terribly enamored of its budgetary and bureaucratic oversight duties. Get rid of lobbying and make all campaigns have to draw out of one pool of public funds - only the best ideas and messaging will prevail. Perhaps, but then you'd have the book deals, speaking eng...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1218

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

Legally, there are some political elements that make sharing a sovereign in the person of the Queen valuable in a military, political and legal context, and that isn't replicated by Commonwealth membership. Considering the current Queen's well-demonstrated desire to stay out of domestic political co...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1218

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

I suspect that with Barbados its population, mainly of persons of African heritage, has long seen the Queen (or any King) as a symbol of colonialism, especially its history of slavery. They will continue as part of the UK Commonwealth with its economic ties. That's somewhat ahistorical, considering...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1218

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

Living in a monarchy myself, I hate the idea of someone born into royalty and are above the law purely by coincidence. The same law which applies to everyone else. It's archaic and it doesn't serve any real purpose in a modern society. I'd prefer a democratically elected president. In the US, we've...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

I didn’t really track it all that closely but no reason to doubt you on it. The USAF has for a long time prioritized keeping the Army from getting any niche fixed wing operations back if it can be avoided, at all costs, including the mission for the warfighter. This is a space to watch moving forwa...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

I thought we were talking about Atlas 3591....now we're suddenly time traveling to 1991? :confused: So you think the 737 Rudder Hardover inquires were just a pure scientific and technical inquiry? Like I said, I don't know your experience in the field, but let's agree to disagree. Even to this day ...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Considering they're mostly parked - very safe. Other than the Western Global aircraft, I don't know if that assessment holds water. Considering that about just under half built (FDX's 55 or so, UPS' 35 or so, and WGA's cats and dogs) are flying over 20 years after the last delivery, and all of this...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

Just to be clear, I don't view a "driven analysis" as a positive thing; on the contrary, as I stated before I believe Norty Schwartz killed it to save his community since the C-23s showed that the MC-130 specifically and the greater USAF intra-theater airlift program was not fit for purpos...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

That the C-130, a design from the 50’s, continues to win foreign sales (including Germany/France) this millennium is a testament to the fact that (a) it was designed quite well, and (b) cost/support (training/parts) matter for airlifters. The C-27 is perhaps just ‘too Italian’ at this time for some...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 123
Views: 47176

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

Not having access to spare parts and munitions as a result of sanctions also makes effective combat operations quite difficult. I'd argue the Iranians and South Africans did it. Frankly, a well-trained force prior to sanctions beats a half-baked one. In both cases, the South African and Iranians be...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Whether or not an organization has political pressures does not obviously impact recommendations or probable cause findings based in scientific and technical inquiry. If you have specific evidence otherwise, let’s have it. So you think the 737 Rudder Hardover inquires were just a pure scientific an...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Certainly, but public attention doesn't drive the way NTSB investigates an accident, determines probable cause, or issues recommended mitigations. I agree with Aaron that using "outcome" regarding an accident is a little confusing, at least among this audience, since "public attentio...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Turbofan Engine Shutdown Question

Unless there is some damage or seizure the ram air will create rotation of the fan discs. Sometimes this is enough to create residual power to stuff like accessory drives. Compared to most prop or turboprop aircraft, the level of drag and the amount of power remaining mean on the vast majority of je...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Cargo airlines are no less concerned about safety than passenger. Yes and no. It would be hard to argue the outcome of the Atlas 3591 accident wouldn't have been far different had the death count been 220+ vs. 3. Are you suggesting the probable cause or recommended mitigation would have differed? V...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Wait - flying an aircraft by the numbers is somehow a new and special concept? That mentality is what caused Colgan 3407, the MCAS debacle and various other totally preventable disasters. Hardly. The MD-11 has handling characteristics that far nuanced than "cross the threshold at Vref" ju...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 123
Views: 47176

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

seahawk wrote:
If you are always facing a risk of sanctions, it makes sense to have a diverse fleet.


It also makes sustainment, training, and integration a nightmare, and thus makes effective combat operations far more difficult.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Militarized Cessna 408 SkyCourier?
Replies: 9
Views: 1227

Re: Militarized Cessna 408 SkyCourier?

The sad fact is that US Army could use 40 of these for intra-theater lift to replace the C-23, but the USAF wouldn't allow it.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Militarized Cessna 408 SkyCourier?
Replies: 9
Views: 1227

Re: Militarized Cessna 408 SkyCourier?

I'm not sure a cargo plane will be enhanced by adding hardpoints. Like are you thinking hanging some sidewinders off of it for self defense or bombs? Like Hellfires or 2.75 rockets. Would make for a good little COIN platform. Think of a fixed wing Hind but not as beefy armored. They pretty much ret...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

The whataboutism is ridiculous but it's just another tool the far left media will use. I mean if Blake didn't have a warrant for sexual assault and complied with law enforcement he wouldn't have got shot and that riot wouldn't have happened and Rittenhouse wouldn't have been there. See? Whataboutis...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Many have and do, as long as one isn’t laser-focused on MSNBC. Multitasking: it is possible to find the verdict agreeable and also agree that in states like Wisconsin, the outcome for a black defendant in Rittenhouse’s shoes would likely be different. It is possible to find the verdict agreeable an...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2771
Views: 392978

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

FedEx unveiled plans for a new sorting facility at CDG its largest hub outside the U.S. The EUR220m, 38,000m2 facility will increase space by 70% and sorting capacity by 40%. https://www.air-journal.fr/2021-11-27-fret-fedex-express-devoile-ses-nouvelles-installations-a-paris-cdg-5231916.html FX als...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

Since time has passed since some high-profile FedEx MD-11 crashes, have changes mandated by the FAA to the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company now made the aircraft safe during takeoffs and landings? I realize this aircraft is no longer used for passenger transportation. To this specific point, the ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

The MD-11 is a perfectly safe airplane when flown properly and when it has an IFE system not prone to catching fire. Just mentioning the IFE and glossing over the other shortcomings of the MD-11 is lazy analysis. The MD-11's landing attributes are FUNDAMENTALLY different than any other widely curre...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

N1120A wrote:

Cargo airlines are no less concerned about safety than passenger.


Yes and no.

It would be hard to argue the outcome of the Atlas 3591 accident wouldn't have been far different had the death count been 220+ vs. 3.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating airport beacon
Replies: 8
Views: 1602

Re: Rotating airport beacon

Especially with unidirectional runway lighting, the rotating beacon is often the thing that stands out during a night visual approach.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

I think the -27J would have taken the DOD by storm, but Norty Schwartz killed it.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

Sounds purely like a job creation/retention project. This. I'd love to see the pedigree of analysis that demonstrates the mission of this aircraft. It helps to look at where the French C-235s are now deployed. France has vast overseas territories all over the world, much of it made up of tiny islan...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 149
Views: 31369

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Also, seems like the P-8 fleet gets one or two of these rescue every year. https://www.cpf.navy.mil/News/Article/2846425/patrol-squadron-26-finds-small-craft-lost-at-sea/ bt Good training mission, but buying all the small boats an Iridium and EPIRB might be a lot cheaper. I guess then the Micronesi...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 108
Views: 21184

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Moot point. Not again. These public reports had only been introduced a few years earlier by the then new defence minister von der Leyen with the purpose of getting public attention for the poor situation she had inherited from her predecessors. Then these reports were turned against her and against...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2771
Views: 392978

Re: Air Cargo (no-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

On the Fedex side, I don't know if that's completely fair...In January 2020, the plan was the MD-10 sundown, the A300 starting to sundown with the 310s parked, and the MD-11 on a glidepath to retirement. Now, my friends are saying that new hires are being dumped into the A300 and MD11 fleets as fas...

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 121.5 now a political forum in US
Replies: 44
Views: 5602

Re: 121.5 now a political forum in US

I've done some domestic and trans-oceanic flying pretty recently, and what I've heard lots of static and ride report requests, so YMMV.

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread

One thing lost in the C-130 buy was how much of that was supposed to support the Stryker brigades mobility. It was a terrible concept, borne from a flawed idea that future US ground combat efforts would like Bosnian peacekeeping. The combination of speed of mobility and the -130 as the prime mover m...

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 108
Views: 21184

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

To have such a tweet from the German Luftwaffe is exceptionally unprofessional. The text is absurd and will only backfire. We are not talking about Michael O'Leary from Ryanair complaining about 737 deliveries or Akbar Al Baker complaining about A350 paint. This is a supposedly professional army te...

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2771
Views: 392978

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Anyone know the reg number of the WGA -11 that was stuck in PANC for a long time?

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Security Incident at ATL
Replies: 37
Views: 8075

Re: Security Incident at ATL

Atlwarrior wrote:
Glad it was a misfire, but it should be a huge wake up call in case it was an active shooter, any airport in America is an easy target. I wonder what kind of protocols they have in place.


That's the kind of stuff for which the police at the terminals are there.

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Current Situation in Ethiopia
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Current Situation in Ethiopia

Since it's Africa, hard to understand and has a Chinese nexus, our new media doesn't want to talk about it.

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo (FMTC) News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

LTEN11 wrote:
Sounds purely like a job creation/retention project.


This.

I'd love to see the pedigree of analysis that demonstrates the mission of this aircraft.

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by FlapOperator
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

And here’s why people feel the way they do: white dude in Kenosha was trafficking girls, arrested for sex abuse and released w/o bail, then one of the girls killed him a couple hours after he forced himself on her. She went up for first degree murder, not self defense. https://www.washingtonpost.co...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21521

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

And it's that short sighted thinking that I'm talking about. Perception alone is enough to cause negative sediment with passengers and we all know the media will sensationalize the perils of air travel over these next 2 major holidays. Small news stories like this with the pilots will turn into day...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21521

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

I'm all for AA's pilots fighting for themselves but they don't seem to know how to balance that vs the customer experience. The customer experience a passenger receives from any pilot is a safe flight. The pilots cannot be held responsible for schedules, especially when they are built outside the b...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

One quick comment. There is some ambiguity on Grosskreutz's criminal status. He was charged with a felony but the disposition can't be found. Nonetheless, he admitted that his CCW license was expired and he hadn't gotten it renewed. That in itself is a crime. In fact, that is the reason many people...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically
Replies: 83
Views: 3545

Re: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically

The problem is that the right has built and enormous propaganda machine that care not one iota about honesty, facts or truth itself. It’s all about grabbing power at all cost. No honor. No morals. A working democracy requires some ground rules and common root in reality. When I think rousing succes...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

One quick comment. There is some ambiguity on Grosskreutz's criminal status. He was charged with a felony but the disposition can't be found. Nonetheless, he admitted that his CCW license was expired and he hadn't gotten it renewed. That in itself is a crime. In fact, that is the reason many people...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 310
Views: 13638

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Another poster (NikV, IIRC) was going on about Wisconsin gun laws..... Aren't you supposed to quote someone when you make a charge like this? I didn't go on about anything I merely pointed out that you were wrong when you said he was in possession of the gun illegally. He is a resident of Illinois....

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by FlapOperator
Thu Nov 18, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21521

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

Gremlinzzzz wrote:

If the airline goes out of business, do pilots lose retirement benefits? They don't.


I'm sure this is news to thousands of TWA, PANAM, Eastern, Delta, USAir and American pilots.

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