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by spyglass
Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Bullies AA Out Of Another Market From STL
Replies: 27
Views: 5414

RE: WN Bullies AA Out Of Another Market From STL

Look for STL to become maybe the first really big RJ hub...maybe a prototype for others.....

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 21, 2004 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hub And Spoke: Victim Of Its Own Success?
Replies: 25
Views: 8554

RE: Hub And Spoke: Victim Of Its Own Success?

Easily the best, most-well-informed post seen here in a long while...no petty sniping and silly "I hate XYZ airlines!" stuff. Kudos to EVERYONE who contributed. The hub system has largely matured and may likely thin out (over and above the likely demise of US at its 3 points). Fine-tuning is now the...

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "I've GOT To Be On That Plane..."
Replies: 55
Views: 9899

RE: "I've GOT To Be On That Plane..."

Whoa here....lateness is more common these days 'cause folks just try to do too much, whether in business, fun, whatever (look at the way a good portion of the populace DRIVES, fer cryin' out loud). Just got to push the envelope, get by with something ("Shit, I DROVE from <acronym title="Oklahoma Ci...

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Offshore Outsourcing Of US Airline Jobs
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

RE: Offshore Outsourcing Of US Airline Jobs

Well, on a brighter note, at least for the US employment picture, Dell and some other tech outfits that had moved their customer support centers to Bangalore and a few other locales in Asia are discontiuning the practice due to constistent backlash from those folks they were set up to service. Not t...

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screeners: The Other Side Of The Story
Replies: 6
Views: 3968

RE: TSA Screeners: The Other Side Of The Story

Not necessarily....some of the pre 9-11 ckpts were really substandard (<acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym> leaps to mind), some were actually very good...just depended on the personnel there (we were fortunate to have had a really good group)....

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Nobody Hates Delta 737-200s?
Replies: 30
Views: 4568

RE: Why Nobody Hates Delta 737-200s?

Why should anyone hate an airplane? That's ridiculous, unless it's a total lemon and is causing you $ and grief. Airplanes, like hammers, blenders, shotguns, nail clippers, et al, are just tools....a device designed and built to to a particular thing or task, and hopefully to do it well and profitab...

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screeners: The Other Side Of The Story
Replies: 6
Views: 3968

RE: TSA Screeners: The Other Side Of The Story

I know it's a popular pasttime to rap the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> and it's staff...when they first took over at my airport I was skeptical, too. But over the last year+ it's improved a little, in spite of the seeming shortages of screeners now. The usua...

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Fokker Operators
Replies: 18
Views: 2054

RE: US Fokker Operators

Well, if anyone's interested, at the start of operations today, AA had 34 F100's active...rest are at MHV

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Super 80's
Replies: 19
Views: 4267

RE: AA Super 80's

Alrite, let's put this to rest....by the time <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> puts the 80's out to pasture (sand pasture, that is), <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> will have had two more livery changes for the D9 fleet and <acronym title="American Airline...

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by spyglass
Sat Jan 17, 2004 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Much Does It Cost To Charter An Airplane?
Replies: 14
Views: 177870

RE: How Much Does It Cost To Charter An Airplane?

It's like Commodore Vanderbilt quipped about the price of a yacht...if you have to ask, you can't afford it....

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do You Lock Up An Aircraft?
Replies: 31
Views: 12566

RE: How Do You Lock Up An Aircraft?

Best thing to do with this is drop it.....now. If you don't know how to secure an acft, then you don't need to know....this is not a smart thing to be bandying about on a public forum....everyone here should wise up.

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?
Replies: 111
Views: 12021

RE: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?

Much as I like 9's & 80's, Dal777 has a valid point there. I've been down on the ramp a few times when the belly guy jumped down and tried to get the cargo doors shut and something under the net didn't stay put....some really descriptive and colorful verbage came into play...some stuff even I (an ex...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Negligence Re: 191/587
Replies: 50
Views: 5125

RE: AA Negligence Re: 191/587

Well Mr Turbojetman...not sure what your purpose was starting this little tete a tete....if you were just after some attention and wanted to show everyone that you could, by golly, talk the big, important legal stuff vis a vis the airlines and their shamefully negligent ways,.....pickin' an incident...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pathological Liars Do Exit
Replies: 50
Views: 5099

RE: Pathological Liars Do Exit

Wouldn't ya know, somebody wd just hafta get one of their little political digs in, after giving us a mixed Andy Rooney/Dear Abby rambling dissertation....and no info no info no info (of course)....just proves what the wag said....opinions are like sphincters, everybody has....oh, never mind....sigh...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Started The Whole " Low Cost-no Frills"thing?
Replies: 14
Views: 3832

RE: Who Started The Whole " Low Cost-no Frills"thing?

Charles Lindbergh....then everybody jumped in

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?
Replies: 111
Views: 12021

RE: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?

Goodness, all these style critics! On jetliners, yet! Except for the 74 and the 3holers, all are variations of the 707 or Caravelle, no? Now how they work is something else. Ever been on an ATR-42 on a hot day from an airfield over 1km ASL?...or a DC-9-50 same conditions? You better have left about ...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Intra-State Flight?
Replies: 30
Views: 4578

RE: Longest Intra-State Flight?

Juneau to Attu, no doubt about it....2000 mi

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Detained At GRU
Replies: 104
Views: 10212

RE: AA Crew Detained At GRU

Well thx 4 all the 2cts worth on both sides of this hotbutton issue...the 1 thing u can b sure of is that this will go over like a preagnant pole-vaulter at FtWorth....the tight shirts on Amon Carter Pkwy aren't gonna like any of this one bit. I see a big fine in the offing....

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pathological Liars Do Exit
Replies: 50
Views: 5099

RE: Pathological Liars Do Exit

Well, your wannabe captain and the "Blackbird Boy" aren't the only bs'ers on this (and probably numerous other) site(s). I've seen prodigious amounts of patent h#@*+^!&t here on almost every thread. The problem is that there is a ton of info freely available on websites, from libraries, magazines an...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest NW DC-9 N8908E?
Replies: 15
Views: 4062

RE: Oldest NW DC-9 N8908E?

Somebody's been readin' their JP again, haven't they?.....

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Is Continentals Big Announcement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3806

RE: Where Is Continentals Big Announcement?

Whatsa matter with u people?.....CO dudden make big announcements. Well, I take that back....if Gordon fell off his Harley, that wd be a big announcement....

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fokker 100s
Replies: 42
Views: 7573

RE: AA Fokker 100s

As of yesterday, there were 36 F100's active, that is, not at <acronym title="Mojave (MHV), USA - California">MHV</acronym>. 22 of the <acronym title="TWA Transworld Airlines (USA)">TW</acronym> 80's are at <acronym title="Roswell - Industrial Air Center (ROW / KROW), USA - New Mexico">ROW</acronym>...

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 767-222s
Replies: 24
Views: 3743

RE: United 767-222s

Putting the 762 out to pasture is a damn shame, from a pax stdpnt, anyway. You have only a 1 in 7 shot at winding up in a middle seat, you have the full advantage of a wide cabin but with less other pax ob (and the fewer individuals on the plane with me, the better)...should the flt cnxl or be delay...

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by spyglass
Wed Jan 14, 2004 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biggest Airport In The World?
Replies: 42
Views: 20659

RE: Biggest Airport In The World?

If we're talkin' developed space (not vast open prairie like <acronym title="OLD: Denver - Stapleton International (DEN / KDEN) (closed), USA - Colorado AND CURRENT: Denver - International (DEN / KDEN), USA - Colorado">DEN</acronym> or endless sand dunes like RUH) then <acronym title="Dallas / Fort ...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do The Majors Fear Southwest Needlessly?
Replies: 34
Views: 2633

RE: Do The Majors Fear Southwest Needlessly?

Look at the history since deregulation...when <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> started to enlarge, especially after absorbing Muse and Morris, the majors reacted to nearly everything Herb did....and in the last 6-7 yrs, that reaction has been even more noticable...details of <a...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?
Replies: 93
Views: 22107

RE: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?

Ok, I think we've gotten to the bottom of this....Michael here is a travel agt...nothing wrong with that, good honest work. But <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> doesn't pay travel agts commissions any more (and when they did, it was lower than the majors) and they use a differe...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?
Replies: 93
Views: 22107

RE: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?

Alright Michael....let's cut to the chase here...could you answer one question...are you a travel agent or in a similar field of work?

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?
Replies: 93
Views: 22107

RE: No ID Required To Fly Southwest?

RiverVisual...I'm intrigued by your moniker...do you fly the airplanes? Do you tell <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> approach, "I've got the Hudson in sight, starting my descent!"? I've run across your posts and replies a...

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by spyglass
Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Al-Qaida Vagina Plot Foils BA Flights
Replies: 45
Views: 9364

RE: Al-Qaida Vagina Plot Foils BA Flights

Johan, are you reading this?....I think the horse is outa the barn...for sure the bull is. Did u have any idea when u started this website it could come to this? (Uh oh....for all the quick-draws out there, no pun was intended).

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 05, 2004 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Appropriate Airport Code?
Replies: 87
Views: 7088

RE: Most Appropriate Airport Code?

AA girl....Fiorello LaGuardia was the best mayor NYC ever had....probably even better than Rudy. He came to office during the depression and cleaned up what was one of the most graft-ridden, corrupt municipal messes the country had ever seen. He put the house in order, gave the city a sense of hope ...

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Meigs Field Status
Replies: 32
Views: 4169

RE: Chicago Meigs Field Status

Frankly, I'm surprised Meigs lasted as long as it did....that is PRIME real estate and you can bet so-called "developers" have had their beady eyes on it for a long time. Perhaps finding an acceptable rationale for shutting down the field was difficult, but 9-11 changed all that. The "possibility of...

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting Notes About The Majors + WN And HP
Replies: 16
Views: 4395

RE: Interesting Notes About The Majors + WN And HP

Say, SHUpirate....what's the date of your DOT info?...from when to when

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by spyglass
Mon Jan 05, 2004 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Do Airlines Hold Seats For Airport Check-in?
Replies: 3
Views: 11231

RE: Why Do Airlines Hold Seats For Airport Check-in?

A couple reasons....often certain ones, esp bulkhead, exit row, and those considered "desirable" are held so accomodation can be made for pax w/special needs(e.g. a raisable-armrest aisle seat for a disabled individual)...maybe bulkheads for pax w/little ones (much easier to manage them if no one in...

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by spyglass
Sun Jan 04, 2004 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can MyTravel Replace Their Really Old B757's Soon?
Replies: 13
Views: 2724

RE: Can MyTravel Replace Their Really Old B757's Soon?

Hours really don't matter....cycles matter. Better to have 100k hours than 35k press & depres. We had an ex-NZ D10-30 w/over 106k hrs but just under 20k cycles....had not the decision to retire the whole fleet came when it did, that one and a couple others wd hv soldiered on for a few more yrs doing...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737 So Popular With Airlines And Aviation Fans
Replies: 28
Views: 5701

RE: B737 So Popular With Airlines And Aviation Fans

MoodyBlue and flyguy....those are some great shots....thx for that

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will SNA Ever Extend Their Ridiculously Short Rwy?
Replies: 29
Views: 5151

RE: Will SNA Ever Extend Their Ridiculously Short Rwy?

AirGabon....SNA is about 25mi (40km) SE of LAX

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-11 For DL
Replies: 95
Views: 12853

RE: Last MD-11 For DL

Bummer....and sorry to say, <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> is probably to blame for the premature retirement of the biggest <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>. As savvy an airline guy as Crandall was, he had no sense of aircraft....fineness(?). He didn't really want ...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Are Unaccompanied Children Handled On Planes?
Replies: 18
Views: 7025

RE: How Are Unaccompanied Children Handled On Planes?

BA 777....sounds to me like your were treated pretty well....and just as you were supposed to be....don't think Trekker has anything to apologize for...just my tuppence...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737 So Popular With Airlines And Aviation Fans
Replies: 28
Views: 5701

RE: B737 So Popular With Airlines And Aviation Fans

Hoons90 and b773.....Dont like the nose?.....do you LIKE the nose on an A320?...or a DC9?..or a 747? For that reason, u avoid 737's like the....plauge(?). Geez, you're really sticklers on this styling stuff, huh? That style nose has worked pretty well for 45 yrs....the wind tunnel tests came out qui...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Are Unaccompanied Children Handled On Planes?
Replies: 18
Views: 7025

RE: How Are Unaccompanied Children Handled On Planes?

Now, then, JetBlew, you mean to tell me that you would let a 9yr old (or whatever) just hop on the plane, go to another distant airport (you don't have any connection service to speak of, do you?) get off the plane and say so long, been nice havin' ya, kid? Supposin' the folks who were supposed to p...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vision: TWA, American's New LCC
Replies: 13
Views: 3759

RE: Vision: TWA, American's New LCC

AA has its LLC...its called Eagle. That's as far as that concept will go at Ft Worth. Crandall originally bought the F100's with the idea of moving them over to <acronym title="American Eagle (USA)">MQ</acronym> (before all the carriers were even consoliditated) when the situation matured into the r...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 9:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fingerprinting Of Americans Traveling To Brazil
Replies: 138
Views: 4825

RE: Fingerprinting Of Americans Traveling To Brazil

The Boys in Brazil got their feelers hurt 'cause the INS started getting a little tough on them....why? Well, based on the number of expired student and vacation visas and even passports I see every day, from the So American countries in general, and Brazil in particular, I think they got tired of t...

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by spyglass
Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver - Concourse B
Replies: 24
Views: 2370

RE: Denver - Concourse B

Well, a few points here...as to preference for Gatrow or Heathwick, it depends what you're gonna do when ya get to Merry Olde....if a hop over to the Big Sands on <acronym title="Gulf Air (Bahrain/UAE/Oman/Qatar)">GF</acronym>, <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> or the lik...

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by spyglass
Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380: Ugly Duckling Or Beautiful Swan
Replies: 57
Views: 8824

RE: A380: Ugly Duckling Or Beautiful Swan

15 m difference in span is quite a lot....even if it fits, it will be very tight and likely no acft will be able to be parked adjacent. But the loading will be the big problem....spacing the bridges to two doors the way they are set up for the 74 likely won't be possible....and to load one of these ...

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by spyglass
Sat Dec 27, 2003 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smallest Aircraft Accross Atlantic
Replies: 15
Views: 3664

RE: Smallest Aircraft Accross Atlantic

In the late 50's, Max Conrad flew a PA-24 Comanche from Miami to Casblanca...about 7200 sm...it had extra tanks, but what the heck....that's a small aircraft...and Hugh Hefner's "Big Bunny" Playboy DC9 regularly flew over the Atlantic back in the late 60's-70's. For purely commercial sched svc, I do...

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by spyglass
Sat Dec 27, 2003 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380: Ugly Duckling Or Beautiful Swan
Replies: 57
Views: 8824

RE: A380: Ugly Duckling Or Beautiful Swan

If you all will allow me, I'd like to say that of all the...opinions(?) here (and they are like sphincters, everybody has one)...aerokiwi is the only one who has grasped the essence of this thing. The 380 was designed, I think, solely for the Toulouse folks to try one-upsmanship on Boeing...and thou...

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by spyglass
Sat Dec 27, 2003 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Need Luggage Storage At MIA Tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 3941

RE: Need Luggage Storage At MIA Tomorrow

Very doubtful you can store luggage anywhere in an airport bldg anymore...<acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> gets really nervous about that (especially at the big terminals) and believe there are specific rules against it. I not leaving the airport, best thing pro...

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by spyglass
Sat Dec 27, 2003 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 The Ultimate U.S. Domestic Airline?
Replies: 35
Views: 5078

RE: F9 The Ultimate U.S. Domestic Airline?

Hmmm...a lot of interesting pts raised here...thing I always wondered was how Airtran wound up w/FL as their symbol, which was the original Frontier's code. And <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym>, I believe, pulled out of <acronym title="Denver - Stapleton International (DEN / ...

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by spyglass
Fri Dec 26, 2003 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Main Airports In US For Aircraft Parting-out
Replies: 5
Views: 3979

RE: Main Airports In US For Aircraft Parting-out

Well, there are currently about 12 <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> Express Do328's at the huge <acronym title="Aarhus (Tirstrup) (AAR / EKAH), Denmark">AAR</acronym> maint facility at <acronym title="Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport (OKC), USA - Oklahoma">OKC</acronym>.....

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by spyglass
Thu Dec 25, 2003 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Merry Christmas One And All
Replies: 16
Views: 2850

RE: Merry Christmas One And All

Amen to all the above....and the best wishes to everyone here whether we agree on everything or not...that just makes it interesting, stimulating and forms a kind of bond I think...the Spirit of the season to all of you and let's look forward to 04....yrs spyglass

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