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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

if 88 x 108 is the standard military size and 88 x 125 and 96 x 125 the standard commercial size pallets used on widebodies, why is the 777 a problem but not the 747 or MD11 etc???...so whats so special about the usual factory spec 777 handling system compared to the other widebodies, all of whom l...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

How I know its a USTRANSCOM/AMC effort, without knowing its a USTC/AMC effort.... "Hey, even though most of the CRAF -11Fs are in their fleets for another decade, lets panic and get the 777 ready!" "OK, panic approved. How's does the 777 fit onto our plan?" "MOGs the living ...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Re: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo

I remember seeing these display at Farborough in the 80's (I was not there on the day of that notorious 'very hard landing' however). A shame that Viking Aerospace could not/did not update the Buffalo as they have types like the Twin Otter, could that have been a better solution? Quite apart from C...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 16
Views: 1651

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

mxaxai wrote:
SQ's initial F-35 order is for only 4 F-35B. Perhaps Thailand wants some too.


Not surprising as the B could likely be integrated onboard the HTMS Chakri Naruebet if some work was done to the carrier, and the B is the only game in town for VSTOL strike aircraft.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics

Wait, what? So to spy on foreign visitors to the US is ok for the US but not for other countries? (Both happen) I know right? It's sickening that athletes are thrust into this because nobody should be going to these games. Who's forcing the athletes to go? I'd argue the IOC. I mean, sure we can pla...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 211
Views: 23461

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It seems like the WGN issues relate more to maintenance than to crews and training -- at least until one crew zigs when they should have zagged in an emergency. FedEx and UPS can keep their fleet of identical aircraft flying relatively-reliably. The question is: Why can't WGN? Not all aged aircraft...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident at Abu Dhabi
Replies: 25
Views: 5996

Re: Incident at Abu Dhabi

Aesma wrote:
The UAE are fighting in Yemen so this is war not terrorism.


Attacks on clearly civilian targets with no military or limited military value by a non-recognized armed militia?

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Airliner ferry

Are ferry flights run as Part 25 flights normally? Can they be run under Part 91? Yes, they do operate under 91 which is why we can use a separate group of pilots who are retired...they can't transport passengers under 121 anymore but can still move an empty airliner. Great group of pilots, so much...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Airliner ferry

The way to get this kind of highly specialised job is to work your way up, show initiative, willingness to work hard, and a good attitude. Make contacts. It takes time. And success at achieving the dream position is not guaranteed. However, there are often opportunities along the way. It's about th...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ closed to arrivals due to Snow-Ice
Replies: 13
Views: 3799

Re: YYZ closed to arrivals due to Snow-Ice

Its a weird dynamic. Windsor and Sarnia often seem dryer than other cities in Ontario. I wonder if that is true or just confirmation bias.

Yeah, it was solid snow storm by GTA standards.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 211
Views: 23461

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

At some point, the holes in the swiss cheese are going to line up for these guys. On a night where you have SEVEN of your aircraft flying, you have TWO air-returns after takeoff, for indisputably-serious events. Does nobody in authority notice? You are absolutely right. At some point, both WGA's ma...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai close call..?
Replies: 13
Views: 6499

Re: Dubai close call..?

acavpics wrote:
Even then, they were lucky in that nobody on board died that time. Like other said, they shouldn't wait for their luck to run out.


Frankly, having a foreigner to blame is the "luck" they need from what I've seen.

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6546

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

The problem with Beluga-like conversions is you're really talking the 100000 boxes of feathers use case and then you're just moving stuff from prepared airfield with extensive ground support to other prepared airfield with extensive ground support. While I know the soft field capability of the C-5 i...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.

Also if you need to retard a throttle for an emergency procedure like Engine Fire/Failure.

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6546

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

And from my understanding general air cargo within NATO is flown by whichever NATO member has available equipment, not necessarily the "home air force". Yes and no. Yes in that there are a number of generalized and specific airlift agreements (along with all sorts of other agreements.) Th...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6546

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

This will be fascinating program to watch. My personal opinion is that its going to wallow in development hell until the French can shoe-horn the requirements into looking like some Jet powered A400M, and then it will be another 15 years for designs, work shares, and other requirements made. Then an...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6546

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

And from my understanding general air cargo within NATO is flown by whichever NATO member has available equipment, not necessarily the "home air force". Yes and no. Yes in that there are a number of generalized and specific airlift agreements (along with all sorts of other agreements.) Th...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai close call..?
Replies: 13
Views: 6499

Re: Dubai close call..?

First the long takeoff and now the takeoff without clearance, what is going on inside Emirates' cockpits?? I think that its been discussed well in the other thread...highly experienced crew made redundant and repatriating home, an overall lower level of experience in the flight deck, aggressive ros...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Learjet Crash December 27 2021 in San Diego/ Gillespie - audio/video
Replies: 195
Views: 43789

Re: Learjet Crash December 27 2021 in San Diego/ Gillespie - audio/video

Here’s the preliminary NTSB report. Yes, they struck a power line prior to ground impact. What were thinking flying this low, other than “I’ve got to get in”. https://interactive.cbs8.com/pdfs/Report_WPR22FA068_104445_1_11_2022_7_05_21_PM.pdf I'd be really interested in knowing if there was a phone...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 211
Views: 23461

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Not too sure what the laws were but when I sold dry ice, it was 10 pounds per passenger in the cargo hold. 10 pounds will last you a day at around 5 pounds of cargo. I've heard of CO2 monitors being given to flight crews carrying large amounts of dry ice. There was a local corporate department who ...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 1735

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

At least at US air carriers. your experience as a pilot has no bearing on what seat or aircraft you fly. It's strictly seniority. Experience is not portable between airlines.. Is Spirit the same, I heard something about them recognizing prior 121 time with a few buddies that went there, or would th...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 1735

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

The caveat to this is the legal requirement for 1000 hours of 121 SIC/135 PIC (conditionally) for command.

For example, I've got a fair amount of Part 91 time in a variety of transport category aircraft that wouldn't count towards this command requirement.

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days
Replies: 184
Views: 29634

Re: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days

There has been plenty of criticism from China about the West's handling of Covid-19, just as there there has been plenty of criticism from the West on the West's handling of Covid-19. but not too much critism (except Trump) from the West on China's original handling of Covid... L Like China emplaci...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls
Replies: 54
Views: 12291

Re: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls

San Pedro Sula is a rough town in the best of circumstances. I know two North American airlines that convoy their crews to their fortified hotels with armed security.

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8487

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

From this side of the pond it looked like a mob intent on preventing the democratic process operating because a politician of the wrong political complexion was being confirmed as head of state. Would they have done the same if the situation were reversed (Trump had been declared winner but they be...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11173

Re: 757 pilots having fun

Your experience must be pretty limited then. Under hot/high conditions the A300 and A310 will achieve higher climb gradients than the 757. JNB, NBO, MEX, Yemen etc I limited pitch attitude to 20 degrees during my corporate days. Higher deck angles could make important folk feel funny. And then the ...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5038

Re: Grow the US Air Force

LyleLanley wrote:
FlapOperator wrote:
Because its a one-trick-pony operation over there, completely focused on the pilots.


Well said.

F-15C pilots also have a well-earned reputation of treating other airframe communities like their crew chiefs...



Oof...I see what you did there...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 211
Views: 23461

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It would seem to me that if one was a pilot able to choose between working at WGN or Brown/Purple, the choice would be pretty easy/ The hiring practices at Brown and Purple are notoriously difficult to navigate without an inside endorsement, and neither Brown or Purple want to cripple their lower w...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8487

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

seb146 wrote:

Guns were found on the domestic terrorists on 1/6.



I don't believe that is factually correct.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1709
Views: 258686

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Accoring to some news in Germany- The F35 is now in evaluation as well for Tornado replacement. That's completely unsurprising, though, if you look at some of the publicly available doctrinal stuff from the Luftwaffe, they really like electronic attack, and the EA-18 is the best available platform ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

FWIW, China has 4% tax rate the last I heard. The BRI thing that China has with some 20-30 odd countries have all agreed to peg their products on the 4% rate over 10-15 years. From what little I know and understand, the idea is to have something that is of similar grouping as EU has (the single mar...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

The action for many things has moved to China. The largest car market is now China and they are doing lot of things there. Most legacy auto companies are being left behind, whether it is States or EU. We will see how their economy fares as they manage their real estate bubble and can steal less IP.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8487

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

Name one person who's been charged with "insurrection". That's actually what the 1/6 committee is looking at. But, with all the minions failing to respond to their subpoenas, that investigation is slowing. If they are so innocent, why won't they testify under oath? Because impeachments th...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

I don’t think our government should have approved that merger. Military procurement hasn’t been good either. The FAA’s supervision of Boeing wasn’t good. These regulatory weaknesses have caused some bad things to happen. But I don’t think these problems are engineering / tech weaknesses of the USA....

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Yes, we had Carousel INS, whirling steel. The USAF actually used those when they installed thd Collins FMS-800 in the 90s. Speaking of waypoint #9, rumor had it a US airline once loaded the 9 waypoints, coasted out and didn’t load the the #1. At 20W, plane neatly and without the crew noticing, head...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

LCDFlight wrote:
I think US technology remains quite good. Tesla is a good example.



Where Americans are allowed to innovate, they seem to do well.

When the bureaucracy develops to its own logic, it demands government handouts in the name of the "greater good."

Rhymes with "going."

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

How any aviation fan could post that is puzzling. MacDonald? Douglas? Boeing? And whoever is left is surviving on military. But then there are Cessna and Piper who just keep chugging along. Uhhh, you get that the shotgun marriage of McD to Boeing was PRECISELY the kind of "industrial policy&qu...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

There just aren't enough American youth interested in STEM to compete long term, and it doesn't help in a society where anti-intellectualism has buried itself to the hilt the last few years. Yeah, because a political decision to undercut wages with H-1B visa holders totally is the policy to ensure ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

While the DTIC paper is dated, it appears that the MD-11 is as critically irreplaceable for CRAF international cargo as it is for UPS and FedEx.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5038

Re: Grow the US Air Force

What's so bad about a strictly F-15C CSAF? If you have to ask you'll never understand. I'm with Flapoperator, though: Civilian control over the military is great. Civilian micromanagement of the military is not. Please tell me, that's why I asked. I agree that civilian micromanagement of the milita...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 2010

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

Its really defined by the operators. I'd put a solid team in an antique Kamov or Seasprite ahead of the "latest and greatest." ASW is shorthand for "Awfully Slow Warfare." ASW is a team sport. So, the helos are really just one component of team effort to prosecute and kill. The ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9676

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

I don't need my pilot to be able to quote Rabelais. I need him to have 1500 flight hours under his belt so he has the experience to fly me safely and promptly to my destination. He needs to have a knowledge of meteorology, but I assume he can get that from flight school. I firmly believe in a colle...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9676

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

I'll say it again for those in the back. There never was a requirement to graduate from college in a set number of years at DL. Fake news, misinformation. Bad rumors like this cause otherwise qualified candidates to falsely dismiss themselves from what might've been a dream job. What was the percen...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9676

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

Probably fake news, too. DL has always looked a “whole person”; education, experience, type of training, community involvement including volunteer work, family. At one time, being married was thought important and wives went to a very Southern style dinner where they told how they were now part of ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9676

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

As a side note. Delta is hurting so bad for new hires that they recently sent out an email stating that if you did not make it in the hiring process to please re-apply with a different email address. Not sure what having a different email address will make? I bet their HR system automatically rejec...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9676

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

This sounds like a diversity thing. IIRC, Delta (or another similar airline) said they want the pilot workforce to reflect US demographics by gender and race. That means drastic steps need to be taken, because that will be a huge change. What this announcement says is, the degree will be made optio...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 2010

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

Its really defined by the operators. I'd put a solid team in an antique Kamov or Seasprite ahead of the "latest and greatest." ASW is shorthand for "Awfully Slow Warfare." ASW is a team sport. So, the helos are really just one component of team effort to prosecute and kill. The i...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Oceanic clearances are still available on VHF. Shanwick (UK) still has a dedicated Oceanic Clearance Delivery frequency. Gander had one until recently, nowadays they issue clearances on domestic ATC frequency to whomever has no datalink. Most clearances come via ACARS. I used to do HF reports as la...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Early to mid 90's flew 727's out of Guam to various Asian destinations using Omega for navigation. Not quite as accurate as INS, but sufficient for the shorter legs outside of VOR/DME (maybe 3 hours?). Retired from NW in 2007 just before the merger flying 747's both classic and 400. None of these j...

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by FlapOperator
Sun Jan 02, 2022 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years of the Euro
Replies: 78
Views: 3788

Re: 20 years of the Euro

petertenthije wrote:

Maybe North American animals? The eagle, the buffalo, the brown bear, the NYC pizza rat….


Hahahahaha. Yes.

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