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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?
Replies: 47
Views: 4950

Re: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?

There are several 737-200s based at my home field, KADS (North Dallas), one in executive trim, others cargo.

Bearing in mind just how ubiquitous the 727 once was, it's amazing how few one sees now.

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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 281
Views: 55758

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Microbursts develop in seconds - hence the name - and I have a difficult time believing that the cockpit crew saw that on the runway when they started the takeoff roll.

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by sccutler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3935

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. I'm slightly jealous. The BE35 is a great looking aircraft! It ain't new, but it's mine, and it beats golf or chasing women as a hobby. Plus, I've made the best friends a soul could ever ask for through flying. You'd be amazed how nice a Bo you can get for small coin if you...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 2558

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

Beechcraft V35 Bonanza - maybe an update with two doors and a composite wing.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?
Replies: 36
Views: 4012

Re: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?

To be honest, I don't think all that much would change, other than an increase in WN frequencies.

AA wouldn't bother, Delta might add a few (but not much), and I expect Alaska to bail soon.

You might see an outlier or two, maybe Allegiant. Not Spirit.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 281
Views: 55758

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Recognition to the cabin crew for a successful evacuation - always easy to think of them as service personnel, but in times like this, they're a safety team all the way.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hub of the US3
Replies: 27
Views: 3174

Re: Best hub of the US3

Maybe Denver is OK for connecting, but as a destination airport, I have seen none worse! There is nothing about the arrival experience that doesn't suck at Denver - you have to ride a train to get to baggage claim (and yes, I know Denver's not the only airport with this ludicrous design choice, but ...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3935

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. It is ten years younger than I and, thus, is not an "old" airplane. I tell myself this. Very fortunate to have a wife who enthusiastically supports aircraft ownership. I have not had a new car since 2001 - my car budget goes into things like hangar rent, maintenanc...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lee Lin Chin - signing off for the final time
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Lee Lin Chin - signing off for the final time

A talent, indeed.

Wishing her the best in what's next.

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where are the Trump fans?
Replies: 57
Views: 2684

Re: Where are the Trump fans?

Donald Trump was not my first choice in the presidential race, there is much about him I would wish to be different, but in the overall analysis, for a lot of very good reasons, he was a profoundly better choice than Secretary Clinton. It has been said, "never wrestle with a pig in the mud-the ...

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 16150

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

The market has spoken.

If people hated the cramped seats so much, they would not buy/fly them.

As for 10-abreast 777s, I have no objection to them when I fly on the planes so-equipped, because I have taken to just buying business class seats.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 351
Views: 33434

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

...I think they should’ve close that airport down DAL years ago, but did it hence the thing we have now. You're joking, right? Utterly apart from airline service, Dallas Love Field is a critical airport to the area, employing many thousands. It was a vital airport even when DFW was new and we had o...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Taxiing Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 1874

Re: Electric Taxiing Solutions

I can't help having the impression that, ina properly-designed airport, these electric taxi concepts area solution in search of a problem. You're never going to be able to justify the substantial weight penalty of carrying around an aircraft-mounted solution. The airport-based concepts all have logi...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 50614

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Nice deal for Bombardier. A shame they lacked the financial stability to stay the course independently, but the combination with Airbus makes good business sense all the way around, for all manner of reasons already cited. Fact is, no Airbus partnership, and these kinds of commitments would never ha...

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by sccutler
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147833

Re: Updated: Embraer and Boeing Partnership confirmed

From my observations (admittedly, more focused on the business jet side of the business), Embraer has a culture of excellence, in design and in support, so I hope Boeing is wise enough to honor and leverage that culture, and the engineering expertise Embraer brings to bear.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 803
Views: 83281

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Interesting thought - if DL initiates nonstop service to AMS from Austin, mightn't it create an incentive for AA to offer non-stop DFW-AMS service?

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 1428

Re: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

I get it - it's their carrier, and they can do as they wish. Too, I guess I should have done the research and known about the charge before booking, but I'll admit it - it never occurred to me that an airline would charge for selecting seats when a Business Class booking is made. It will. of course,...

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital
Replies: 34
Views: 2690

Re: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital

Belize - busiest airport by far is in Belize City, while the capitol city is Belmopan.

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 3789

Re: First Flight and Airline?

AA, a 727 - think it was in 1965. Flight was from DAL to DAL - it was a promotional sightseeing flight, as AA was talking-up their new plane. My sister and I got to go, and what fun it was!

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 19361

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

1986, Cancun, Q Roo (CUN/MMUN), had DC10 service, Mexicana from DFW and from PHL. No jetways (heck, not that much of a terminal). Hard to believe, but you could tell when a plane arrived, because some buses would show up at the (very few) hotels, and you could tell if it was the Philly flight from a...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 1428

BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

First booking ever on BA - and I find out that, having purchased three Business Class ("Club World," I believe they call it) tickets, at a not-inconsiderable price, I must pay an additional $108-$155/seat to select seats in advance. Well, I admit to being impressed. But the impression is n...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61
Replies: 93
Views: 3636

Re: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Sort of an adventure mentor for my wife and me. Big loss.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP

Actual damage was from hail - flight crew unable to see through windshields at all, and requested tow from runway to gate. Ground crew (fire rescue) also reported radome damaged, no other damage (but it was night no cursory look, so who knows). Flight crew reported no medical required immediately fo...

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets
Replies: 224
Views: 8751

Re: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets

jetero wrote:
How does one deal with a president and his staff who blatantly lies day in and day out?


We managed.

But, I think it's silly to continue focusing on the previous administration, simply no longer relevant.

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by sccutler
Thu May 31, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 10954

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

The key to their success will be a good code-share.

Maybe with Braniff?

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by sccutler
Tue May 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 9752

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Small to large: Beechcraft 17 ("Staggerwing") Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza (my bias is obvious, she's what I fly) Cessna 310 (Q, R models) Lockheed L1649 Constellation DeHavilland Comet TU114 (in the air; looks goofy on the ground, but that's not where it lives, is it?) Sud Caravelle (so French...

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by sccutler
Tue May 22, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won
Replies: 202
Views: 8797

Re: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won

There has been no material change in the health care system, but be assured, the ACA was designed to fail, and fail it has. Access to health care is vastly worse now than it was before, and it gets worse before we can hope for better.

As for the "racist" tag, it is inapt.

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by sccutler
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake security at new Islamabad airport
Replies: 11
Views: 4971

Re: Fake security at new Islamabad airport

LH982 wrote:
smokeybandit wrote:
There's gotta be a joke about TSA being fake security somewhere.


The problem is that it's not a joke.


Exactly - or, more particularly, the joke is self-evident, and need not be independently expressed or embellished.

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by sccutler
Tue May 15, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 351
Views: 33434

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

Yes there is a reason why the airport is capped at 20 gates. And yes there is a reason why Delta should be accommodated at Love Field even Herb said so! The circumstances have significantly changed in the DAL/DFW market since the 5-party agreement was negotiated, including the following: ⋅&nbs...

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by sccutler
Sun May 13, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

No affection for him; he failed in the face of remarkable opportunity.

Oddly enough, though, I actually know some law.

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by sccutler
Fri May 11, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Heavy sigh. You do know that the judicial branch is not, in any way, under the control of the executive, right? For that matter, if (as exists in your alternate reality) businesses could materially affect the outcome of a bankruptcy case in a way which was outside the law, do you really think that t...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

If the bankruptcy filing was so kosher why was the law changed to prevent it being used in such a manner again ? Precisely to prevent the lawful, but offensive, use of contract rejection like it was used in the CO bankruptcy, ever again. Had the rejection been "unkosher" (an informal, but...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

By the way - " He drove up the stock of several airlines with significant share purchases during feigned take overs then cashed out as competitors raised their offers. " That's what happens in every attempted purchase, of any business, when there's more than one suitor. Wouldn't Lorenzo be...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

I won't try to convince you, because you aren't interested in observing facts. But, for the record, I don't "admire" Frank Lorenzo; I despise him for many reasons. At the same time, I am not reciting commonly-held (but false) statements about him. Continental was in profoundly bad conditio...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?
Replies: 92
Views: 14920

Re: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?

Since Southwest is a low-cost carrier, they don’t pay the air construction fees that the others do, so they’re relegated to the backroads of the air traffic network, with more potholes and such. Their higher fleet usage also means they don’t have time to inflate the wings as much, which can result ...

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by sccutler
Wed May 09, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legend Airlines existed for 8 months. The $133M lawsuit over its Love Field demise lives on
Replies: 10
Views: 1902

Re: Legend Airlines existed for 8 months. The $133M lawsuit over its Love Field demise lives on

I flew on them once - RT to Los Angeles. Service was exemplary, a great experience. All except the way Chuck Norris (across the aisle from me) left his fingernail clippings in a pile on the leather seat. That was odd.

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by sccutler
Tue May 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Now, if only Braniff's management had possessed the foresight to file an 11 proceeding while still possessing enough cash to operate, perhaps we'd be talking about Braniff in the present tense today. T'was not to be. -- Folks can rag on a Francisco Lorenzo all they like, but it was the financial wi...

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by sccutler
Tue May 08, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

IIRC, after CO's second bankruptcy, CO switched to the PE AOC. It's that AOC that UA operates with today (while using UAL's MOC). Naw, it's CO's AOC. Originally, it was PE's AOC. When CO emerged from bankruptcy the second time, they gave shares in the "new company" (new CO) to the credito...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Trans-Texas / Texas International operated the very first DC-9. Delta put the first DC-9 into service My reference is steeped in ambiguity; TTA was not the first airline to operate the DC-9; but they ended up operating the very first DC-9 built, after Douglas had completed its flight test regime an...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 351
Views: 33434

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

No realistic solution should ever include as a potential outcome the possibility that the gate in question could be returned to WN, period. WN should never be allowed to grow at DAL beyond their current gate footprint. The remaining gates should be unassigned common use gates available to anyone ex...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Trans-Texas / Texas International operated the very first DC-9.

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 12472

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

rbavfan wrote:
DarthLobster wrote:
Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Lorenzo the arrogant?


LMAO. Good way to describe it,I mean him.


Revisionist history.

Overplayed his hand, and evicted from the industry for it, but Lorenzo never killed any airline, but he saved two.

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

If memory serves me right, when Lorenzo merged Continental into Texas International the TI operating certificate was the one used for the merged airline. I believe that when United and Continental merged, that same operating certificate is what the merged United flies under today. IIRC, after CO's ...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Now, if only Braniff's management had possessed the foresight to file an 11 proceeding while still possessing enough cash to operate, perhaps we'd be talking about Braniff in the present tense today. T'was not to be. -- Folks can rag on a Francisco Lorenzo all they like, but it was the financial wiz...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

My first airplane flight was in 1962 on a TransTexas DC-3. We flew from San Angelo to San Antonio. Nothing more impressive to a young boy that those radial engines starting up with a whine and then huge belch of smoke. When we landed in San Antonio, there was a BOAC de Havilland Comet sitting there...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)
Replies: 39
Views: 4807

Re: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)

WN also operates the world’s largest fleet of 737s and some of the oldest 73Gs. We’d expect more 737-specific incidents on WN. But all of the other combined operators haven’t experienced what WN has with their failures. UA and AF experienced similar failures on different engines. If those two airli...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)
Replies: 39
Views: 4807

Re: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)

Southwest DOES NOT make engine to cause engine failure. Southwest DOES NOT make manufacture for window to cause crack window! Please STOP negativity labeling Southwest. Window and Engine are completely different company who made those manufacture. You guys are all wrong! Q Southwest did drag it's f...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 9059

Re: Texas International

Great carrier, survived when no one thought they could.

They live on today; we call them, "United."

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by sccutler
Tue May 01, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 803
Views: 83281

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Why would WN automatically get DL’s existing gates? What if DL wants to keep them? Also, why does B6 get its own gate? Couldn’t wn get that one and B6 moves to common use? Why would dl flying much fewer flights out of aus deserve more gates than wn? B6 flies up to 11 flights a day during peak seaso...

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by sccutler
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever met someone with your same first and last name?
Replies: 33
Views: 1655

Re: Ever met someone with your same first and last name?

I am tolerably confident that there is but one of me, since my father left this earthly realm. I googled myself, and found: me, my business, my father's obituary and some oblique references to my business colleagues. Also found a testimonial to my dad in the imdb record for a motion picture that was...

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