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by Tailwinds
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers
Replies: 53
Views: 6688

Re: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers

A couple thoughts about the 747 tablet I haven't seen mentioned yet. 1. It takes off 200k lbs below MTOW, so it doesn't need as big a runway as you might expect. 2. One of it's big understated advantages might be loiter time. It can loiter for hours, awaiting the command to drop. That's great for ch...

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by Tailwinds
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF
Replies: 18
Views: 3455

Re: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF

It’s taller than a regular 744, why is that ? I don't think I ever got an official answer, but the general understanding was that it needed more directional authority because of that massive fuselage, so the vertical stab was made several feet taller. what are the different limitations for this air...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 10303

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask

496TFS wrote:
I’ll never fly again if I have to wear a mask.


Fantastic, we're all safer if you voluntary isolate yourself from the flying population. Thank you for your efforts.

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 10303

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal

The whole mask thing on aeroplanes is quite stupid. Everybody takes off their mask to eat or drink (then if there is COVID it'll spread). I've flown 3 times during the pandemic and children don't wear masks at all, most people have their noses sticking out, cloth masks don't work at all and N95 mas...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF
Replies: 18
Views: 3455

Re: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF

I'm ex-Atlas 747. There is no separate certification or pilot group, and differences training is handled via computer learning. There are only a few significant differences for pilots: the engines are different (PW 4062 vs GE CF-6) and use different gauges (EPR vs EGT), there is no APU, a CCTV provi...

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by Tailwinds
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020
Replies: 520
Views: 69014

Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

QX proving/training flights have started in Alaska https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QXE9555/history/20200810/1945Z/PAKT/PACV Might add it is probably for the ground crews as well since this will probably be a new aircraft for them. Not in the larger city but definitely in some of the smaller tow...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020
Replies: 520
Views: 69014

Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

ANC-NRT is probably within the range of the 737-800 as CM has operated 737-800's on its PTY-EZE nonstop route (3313 mi), which is almost as long as ANC-NRT (3433 mi). ANC-NRT is 600 miles farther than the farthest flight currently operated by AS, ANC-ORD. It'd be within the range of their 321 NEOs ...

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by Tailwinds
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United selects CommutAir as sole E145 operator
Replies: 175
Views: 34646

Re: The whipsaw is starting back up

Independence Air did that to themselves!! Atlantic Coast was the original name and they were the United Darling out of IAD. United hit hard times and did a LOT of cutting in our OWN house so they HAD to do some external cutting or WE might have rebelled as well. The speed with which United employee...

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by Tailwinds
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United selects CommutAir as sole E145 operator
Replies: 175
Views: 34646

Re: The whipsaw is starting back up

What does the 'Whipsaw' title mean? Almost as bad as the 'Clapping back' one the other day "Whipsaw" is a term with a real meaning, rather than the hyperbole of "clapping back". The whipsaw is a very long saw with a handle at both ends, so that two people can work it back and fo...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 7/12/2020:EVOLUTION;NK Cuts Aug;AA Reshapes PHL;B6 LAX Swap;DL Closes YEG;EI Out of MSP;DE Cuts SEA-MUC
Replies: 114
Views: 24514

Re: OAG Changes 7/12/2020:EVOLUTION;NK Cuts Aug;AA Reshapes PHL;B6 LAX Swap;DL Closes YEG;EI Out of MSP;DE Cuts SEA-MUC

That's a lot of cuts by Alaska, but am I right to think it's not a reduction of existing flying? Looking at a couple random flights it seems like the September schedule looks a lot like July and August. Based on that I'd guess they initially filed a more optimistic September schedule and are now red...

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by Tailwinds
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020
Replies: 520
Views: 69014

Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

might be considering a couple of CA-PHL routes? Or is this way down the list of opportunities for AAG especially considering their buddies at AA have all the PHL-markets pretty well covered? AS offered SFO-PHL and LAX-PHL since the merger, but have pulled back on both. That was before the thawing o...

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by Tailwinds
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Alaska Airlines should buy A321XLR
Replies: 44
Views: 8572

Re: Leeham News: Alaska Airlines should buy A321XLR

The XLR just doesn't do much useful from west coast hubs. Compared to the standard ranges: ANC: adds Japan, China, and the entirety of North America beyond a line from El Paso to Chicago. SEA: adds northern Japan, Central America and NW South America down to Lima, and maybe Scandinavia. LAX: adds Ic...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!
Replies: 87
Views: 10714

Re: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!

The Bernoulli effect doesn't work because of the shape of the wing, which is why the whole inverted argument misses the point. Bernoulli says that pressure drops when a fluid moves faster. The whole curved wing = faster air is a bit of a myth. It doesn't explain where the energy comes from that acce...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 11029

Re: Pilot shortage

In the United States the barrier to entry is just too steep for most people to hurdle. For most people the process will look something like go to flight school, get a time-building job, get an airline job. That time building part in between is the barrier, because the loans for flight school / unive...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is consolidation over in the US ?
Replies: 117
Views: 16223

Re: Is consolidation over in the US ?

AA-AS is one I could see passing DOJ if American were firing on all cylinders, but they're not. Perhaps AS as an acquiring carrier, if AA continues to have major problems? The combined carrier would be the largest in LAX, and second largest by a large margin in SFO and SJC. AA isn't even top 5 in S...

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by Tailwinds
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is consolidation over in the US ?
Replies: 117
Views: 16223

Re: Is consolidation over in the US ?

AA-AS is one I could see passing DOJ if American were firing on all cylinders, but they're not. Perhaps AS as an acquiring carrier, if AA continues to have major problems? The combined carrier would be the largest in LAX, and second largest by a large margin in SFO and SJC. AA isn't even top 5 in SE...

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by Tailwinds
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 188
Views: 17452

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

You could always tell when your seatmate had been in one of those smoke holes, marinating themselves, their bags, and their clothing in that stench. I've nearly wanted to vomit my way across the country once or twice. Do they not realize how awful they smell after coming out of those places? Good ri...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JetBlue orders 13 A321XLR and 10 A223
Replies: 58
Views: 14930

Re: JetBlue In Talks for A321XLR

Anyone know what caveats are included in the manufacturer's range numbers? I'm hearing LR + 700nm for the XLR, which would be 4700nm. Is that a range with a typical payload and reserve/alternate fuel? Presuming it's still air. It'd get them to IST from JFK and to EZE out of FLL.

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by Tailwinds
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where can/should Alaska Airlines expand routes next?
Replies: 16
Views: 1871

Re: Where can/should Alaska Airlines expand routes next?

, but not bothering wasting time and space to mention SAN , No need to be rude because my comment spoke to the subjects I wanted to talk about and not the ones you wanted. It's a forum... offer your opinion on subjects you have an opinion on. Let's try it again: "Hey I see you didn't say anyth...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where can/should Alaska Airlines expand routes next?
Replies: 16
Views: 1871

Re: Where can/should Alaska Airlines expand routes next?

Structurally, what do they have going on? In SFO, American moves from T2 to T1 in March 2020, which frees up several more gates which I think AS would get. Cities served by at least 3 AS hubs but not SFO include: ABQ, ANC, BOI, BUR, EUG, FAT, GEG, LIH, MSP, OMA, PHX, RNO, TUS. SJC opens six new gate...

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by Tailwinds
Sun May 19, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Greater Seattle Airport
Replies: 111
Views: 16232

Re: New Greater Seattle Airport

KSEA does have an airport master plan that actually runs through in detail all the things they can do to increase capacity and reliability. So instead of reinventing the wheel on A.net we could just go look at that document and ask what's holding it back from implementation. https://imgur.com/HpTV6O...

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by Tailwinds
Sun May 19, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Greater Seattle Airport
Replies: 111
Views: 16232

Re: New Greater Seattle Airport

In addition to these expansion plans, I have to wonder if it would be possible to build a fourth runway over the current taxiway T to add capacity. There would certainly be spacing issues to deal with on the ATC side, but I have to wonder if that would be a viable option when additional terminals/g...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 12976

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Alaska managed less than a year with their liveryfrom Feb 2015 until they undertook a full brand refresh in Jan 2016 (dates according to Wiki). The short-lived livery featured the new word-mark, tweaked colors, and a different winglet design.

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by Tailwinds
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 170
Views: 21338

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

How much is Delta profiting by their many investments in other airlines? That seems to be one thing that differentiates their income from other airlines. They own 49% of Virgin Atlantic and AeroMexico.

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by Tailwinds
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Speculation: Delta possible takeover of Hawaiian?
Replies: 36
Views: 6036

Re: Speculation: Delta possible takeover of Hawaiian?

No domestic airline is going to willingly take on the roll of inter-island flying in Hawai'i. The logistics of operating in Hawai'i are significantly different than anywhere else, including maintaining a fleet of airplanes with engines that can deal with the rigors of multiple short-haul flights in...

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by Tailwinds
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Speculation: Delta possible takeover of Hawaiian?
Replies: 36
Views: 6036

Re: Speculation: Delta possible takeover of Hawaiian?

WeatherPilot wrote:
I thought we all agreed that AS was going to buy HA and then B6 was going to buy AS? /s


And then SY buys them all, and the resulting company will be named People Express.

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by Tailwinds
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 77
Views: 15506

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

One thing I haven't seen mentioned here is the deck height. You typically want your deck placed such that the widest place is about shoulder level on a seated passenger: maybe about a meter below the widest point. So right away you can see that as the diameter gets bigger, so too does the area below...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Seattle/Tacoma Area 2nd New Airport (SeaTac Reliever/Replacement)
Replies: 148
Views: 14154

Re: New airport for Seattle-Tacoma Region

It'd be more useful to have a discussion on what SEA could do to optimize its current situation. Seattle has terrible airspace utilization, lots of traffic that has to cross busy runways, departure lines that backup to the point they get in the way of arrivals, single-lane ramps where each aircraft ...

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by Tailwinds
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination
Replies: 78
Views: 5931

Re: Forbes: New Indicators of JetBlue-Alaska Merger

They are obviously struggling to make it work - just look at how their stock price has fallen in the past year, notwithstanding the recent plunge in the US markets, and how arguments continue about how the integration of the airlines might work. I'm scratching my head at how many people are saying ...

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by Tailwinds
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the stupid spelling of "Ravn" Alaska?
Replies: 26
Views: 4080

Re: Why the stupid spelling of "Ravn" Alaska?

Speculation: searchability. Type "Ravn" and first hit is the airline.

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by Tailwinds
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines unveils A321neo "Most West Coast" livery
Replies: 169
Views: 33335

Re: Alaska Airlines unveils A321neo "Most West Coast" livery

The plane CAN'T yet have Alaska branding because it's a Virgin jet flying Virgin flights. If it were operating Alaska flights they could at least say Alaska Airlines operated by Virgin America, but that changeover hasn't happened yet. Expect this to go back in the paint shop for a Chester and Alaska...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 118
Views: 28229

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

"Until you can answer the question about where these single airliner pilot Captains will gain their experience, then it’s a moot point, no regulator or insurer will certify or insure them. How will the pilot be trained?" This is making the assumption that all planes will suddenly and alwa...

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by Tailwinds
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 118
Views: 28229

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

Most civilian pilots hired between about 1997 and 2012 had less than 1500 hours. At one point companies like SkyWest and Atlantic Coast were the holdouts that still required 1000 hours, while everyone else only wanted 250. A lot of pilots would go to Mesa or Trans States at 250, then switch a year l...

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by Tailwinds
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 11156

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

We're much more likely to see AS attempt to grow their California ops in to a stable, profitable operation that can hold its own against competitors. I think we're likely to see a lot more interconnection between their five main CA hubs (LAX, SFO, SAN, SJC, SNA) and connections from those to other C...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Island Air to Cease Operations
Replies: 183
Views: 23461

Re: Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It's hard for me to understand why anyone would want to invest in a business that loses money at an astonishing rate. Most of all Alaska Airlines. They didn't buy Virgin because Virgin made great money, they bought them because with Virgin's assets they could grow in to something better than either...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Island Air to Cease Operations
Replies: 183
Views: 23461

Re: Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

I wonder if Alaska might consider investing in them via Horizon? With Horizon's Q400 experience and Alaska's extant ground operations in Hawai'i they could probably cut most of Island Air's overhead and run with just fight crew and mx staff. Horizon could absorb the administrative and training needs...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18
Replies: 49
Views: 7977

Re: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18

How is April 25, 2018 "soon"? The MO for the cutover is to not transfer reservations from one system to the next, which can be messy, but rather to stop loading future flights in to one system and only load them in to the other. To do that you have to make the cutover date at a point far ...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilot Freaks Out Passengers With Horrific Tornado Warning
Replies: 40
Views: 12608

Re: United Pilot Freaks Out Passengers With Horrific Tornado Warning

"I'm not sure what you are all twisted up about. Pilots don't just "find" MX problems to cancel a flight." Yes, they do. And sometimes the reasons they come up with are much more farcical than a MX issue. Bottom line is that crews sometimes do whatever they can to get out of fly...

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by Tailwinds
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Plane too heavy! DL 4106
Replies: 21
Views: 6712

Re: Plane too heavy! DL 4106

Question for anyone: If they calculated that his plane would have been over MLW at the destination, wouldn't it take less additional total time to burn off the extra fuel in a hold in flight at cruise-thrust setting, compared to sitting on the ground with the engines burning a little faster than gr...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...
Replies: 34
Views: 7617

Re: Q-400 flying ANC-PDX today...

Probably being ferried to a maintenance base.

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?
Replies: 81
Views: 11848

Re: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?

CL600 is a corporate jet, so I don't think it is a fair comparison. Corporate jets are by their very nature quite short compared to their width. They are all the same type certificate though. They are all CL-600s, from the first Challenger 600 to the CRJ-1000. It's astonishing that the cabin length...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?
Replies: 81
Views: 11848

Re: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?

The CL600 to CRJ1000 huge stretch again says that rear engines may make for bigger stretches. Any clever explanation why this is so? Is it so? One major limiting factor of stretching planes is scraping the tail during rotation or flare. Planes with aft-mounted engines don't stretch nearly as much b...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Plane too heavy! DL 4106
Replies: 21
Views: 6712

Re: Plane too heavy! DL 4106

The CRJ2 can land at 47.0 and has an empty weight of about 31.8, giving it about 15.2 of payload ability. A full load of people will be around 10.5-11.0, which leaves you under 4000 pounds for fuel, which isn't much if you need an alternate. The 200 was hit particularly hard when the FAA increased t...

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by Tailwinds
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 16011

Re: Midwest Express 2017

I can just imagine the investor pitch.... "It'll be just like Independence Air but we'll succeed where they failed because we'll be using the exact same airframes, just 15 years older! We're saving so much in depreciation!"

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by Tailwinds
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 30 more markets by 2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9991

Re: AS 30 more markets by 2018

CLE, CMH, and CVG all have economies of similar strength, so perhaps the one not served is the lowest hanging fruit? If I'm not mistaken, CMH has been putting a lot of eggs in the tech and university research baskets, too, so perhaps there's a higher demand to connect to SEA's similar markets. But ...

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by Tailwinds
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 30 more markets by 2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9991

Re: AS 30 more markets by 2018

I think the next all-new city will start with a C..... Charlotte, Cincy, Columbus, Cleveland, or Canada-Toronto :D I think CMH is coming soon. Just a hunch. I would think CLE or CVG would come first considering they already support service to SEA. CLE, CMH, and CVG all have economies of similar str...

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by Tailwinds
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Supposed UA pax films bags being thrown from the belly of a UA flight
Replies: 25
Views: 5060

Re: Supposed UA pax films bags being thrown from the belly of a UA flight

It's a jebridge belt (not sure of the actual term, I've only just started seeing them installed). It's like using a beltloader positioned up against the cab landing, except the belt is attached to the PBB. It rotates upwards to stow vertically. These are gate checked bags being sent/thrown down. Ex...

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by Tailwinds
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 30 more markets by 2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9991

Re: AS 30 more markets by 2018

izbtmnhd wrote:
AS is the only major domestic player not operating at CLE. Have to believe this will continue by the end of 2018 if this is true.


I think the next all-new city will start with a C..... Charlotte, Cincy, Columbus, Cleveland, or Canada-Toronto :D

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by Tailwinds
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage
Replies: 67
Views: 10847

Re: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage

Pilot *PAY* shortage. Horizon pays significantly less than their compatriots, such as Endeavor, Piedmont, or Republic, and therefore will continue to have trouble attracting pilots. Stop saying this bullshit. There is a legitament shortage and the regionals are having hell filling their classes. Co...

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by Tailwinds
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage
Replies: 67
Views: 10847

Re: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage

No, First Officers in other countries start flying the line with nothing but a commercial pilots license at 250 hours (some at 190). First officers in the United States have to have an ATP (Airline Transport License) Which requires 1,500 hours. What "other" countries allow pilots to start...

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