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by sccutler
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ‘Sad ending’ for 2 DL 747's in the desert
Replies: 37
Views: 12883

Re: ‘Sad ending’ for 2 DL 747's in the desert

There is a Beechcraft which I frequently flew, a sweet bird, smooth, fast, well-sorted. Tragically, the plane crashed, with all aboard (4 people) killed. I did not know the pilot or pax, was told good things about them. The plane? Just a machine, true, but one which took my family and me on many mem...

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by sccutler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 126900

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Flaps wrote:
How many engines have disintegrated on WN now ? Where is 60 minutes???


Yep, very important - critical - for 60 Minutes to do an expose on the safest airline in the world.

Odds are, they won't unless and until there is a plaintiff's case they want to help along.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 32387

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Watched it. Minimal substance, blatant hit piece. Dating myself, but do we remember 60 Minutes and their hit piece on Audi, principal information provided by plaintiffs' lawyers? Or the report about Chevy truck gas tanks in which, because repeated efforts at getting a truck to catch fire failed, the...

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by sccutler
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Rogue” Network Of Cellular Eavesdropping Devices Discovered Throughout Washington D.C.
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: “Rogue” Network Of Cellular Eavesdropping Devices Discovered Throughout Washington D.C.

This has actually been discussed in "liberal" media like Air America and MSNBC and SiriusXM Progress and Thom Hartmann but, because they are hated and "fake" news, we need to be outraged now because........? We should be outraged because the practice is outrageous? As for the ab...

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by sccutler
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe
Replies: 33
Views: 5289

Re: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe

Ooh! A DC-9!

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue considering basic economy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: Jetblue considering basic economy?

All the more reason why, if I must fly: (1) airline, and (2) not in First; then I fly Southwest.

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by sccutler
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia
Replies: 39
Views: 5924

Re: new long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia

I say, call it "Canada 3000."

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 52040

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

Profoundly early to speculate, but it's an Internet forum, so speculate we shall. Frozen/blocked pitot tubes (and flying in those conditions w/o pitot heat, that's a given, the conclusion bolstered by the DFDR report data), yields unreliable speed information. Like AF447, without the red-herring (an...

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future plans for Via Air
Replies: 29
Views: 4267

Re: Via Air

Well, looked at records from Flightaware. Flights have been going.

Think I'll give it a shot. Worse, worse, I'll buy a walk up on AA.

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future plans for Via Air
Replies: 29
Views: 4267

Re: Via Air

For reasons of logistics, I would like very much to use this airline to fly from Tucson to Austin in April, because they are the only airline that has a nonstop link between Tucson and Austin. The interesting question is, should I take a chance? Will they be around long enough for me to reliably boo...

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange Frontier Routing OKC-DEN
Replies: 10
Views: 1610

Re: Strange Frontier Routing OKC-DEN

That is damned strange. No TFRs which might apply (my first thought was a launch of some sort over in NM, but nothing apparent). No meaningful holds or delays applicable to Denver, and besides, that would just mandate a delayed takeoff, not an indirect routing. Altitude's normal, so nothing there. I...

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pulling Life Support from Loved One
Replies: 19
Views: 1454

Re: Pulling Life Support from Loved One

With you. My Mom reached this stage - her lungs too far gone to carry her - and we had to pull the breathing tube. She was gone in a couple of minutes, and my sister and her friend (a dear family friend) sang to her as she slipped away ("Someone to Watch Over Me"). My father was there as w...

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by sccutler
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

Well, I fully expected hotels in town London to be costly - but I guess the cost of hotels in Austin (my most-frequent overnight destination, for business reasons) has me immune from price shock. Looks like very nice rooms to be had for around $225.00. My child bride has nixed staying at the airport...

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

With the limited time available to you, a journey into central London might be a waste of time. I prefer the idea of fetching up at a small hotel in Windsor High Street, within walking distance of Windsor Castle.....i.e. directly opposite Plus Windsor has more to offer than just the castle. Try Mac...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

So, looks like there is no hotel *at* Terminal 3 - at what Terminal should we expect to arrive on the BA flight from Basel? I am assuming we'd be better-off at an on-airport hotel, than off-property - right? Just looking for simple logistics (and "cheapest" is not the first consideration -...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 19704

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

The laser-focus on quarter by quarter financial performance has become a serious problem at many publicly-traded companies, and I suspect Boeing is no different. Between the unhealthy inbreeding between boards of directors, and the equally-unhealthy linkages between short-term financial performance ...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

My wife and I have a trip planned on the return from which we will be flying out of Basel, connecting at Heathrow to fly for DFW. Because of timing, however, we have a twenty-hour layover at London, arriving around 1 PM, and departing 0930 or so the following morning. Based upon that, our plan is to...

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by sccutler
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040
Replies: 252
Views: 17180

Re: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040

You two are astonishingly shallow, clueless and factless. Real Duning-Krueger posterboys! I always enjoy reading well-crafted, logically-supported comments! They're not all that common, though. --- It is silly to claim the goal of electric air travel (as opposed to local-flight trainers) can "...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger barred from boarding two flights in two days after wearing all his clothes to avoid excess baggage fee..
Replies: 56
Views: 10138

Re: Passenger barred from boarding two flights in two days after wearing all his clothes to avoid excess baggage fee..

No one, in the exercise of honest discretion, can believe this guy was dealing in good faith. He wasn't denied boarding because he had on too many clothes, he was denied boarding for abusive behavior. But the clothes gave good cause for denial - there's no way a person wearing all that could be reas...

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by sccutler
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

Route66 wrote:
sccutler wrote:
Worse, the jury's still out on whether they can ever be legitimately profitable, especially without tax subsidies.


Tesla is not receiving tax subsidies. Tesla customers receive the subsidy.


You are, of course, correct. But I think you knew what I meant.

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by sccutler
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Medical Certification With ADD
Replies: 36
Views: 14735

Re: RE: Medical Certification With ADD

If you're legitimately interested, PM me and I will put you in touch with an AME who is the only one you want. Do not just launch into the process with a random AME. You'll be needing to complete a protocol to demonstrate that the diagnosis of ADD was incorrect. A google search brough me here... I ...

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

Painful reality: Tesla lacks the essential ability to build a car, with good quality, in the volumes needed.

Worse, the jury's still out on whether they can ever be legitimately profitable, especially without tax subsidies.

I still want one, though.

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self Gloss: We Changed Our Airport Code
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Self Gloss: We Changed Our Airport Code

Sometimes, commitment means taking that "leap of faith" and looks like you've done just that. Here's hoping for a long and fulfilling life together. When (if) you meet your life-mate, it's fortunate to recognize it, and melding your individual quirks into an interesting whole willl reward ...

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by sccutler
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watchdog group accuses Lufthansa of Price Hikes in wake of Air Berlin Bankruptcy
Replies: 66
Views: 6849

Re: Watchdog group accuses Lufthansa of Price Hikes in wak of Air Berlin Bankruptcy

I would strongly urge the customers and prospective customers of Lufthansa who believe that the fares charged are too high to express their displeasure by not flying. Lufthansa will get the message soon enough.

Regulators trying to control airfares? Bad policy.

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by sccutler
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue and FA Union
Replies: 77
Views: 10750

Re: JetBlue and FA Union

I have often said (and I didn't invent it) that a company gets the union it deserves. Ultimately, while some unions, at some times, can be destructive and harm the best interests of their "host" (the company for whom the rank-and-file work), as was the case with the International Associati...

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by sccutler
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do they work Cape Air's cessna aircraft into the pattern for approach to BOS?
Replies: 32
Views: 6839

Re: How do they work Cape Air's cessna aircraft into the pattern for approach to BOS?

I guess this is gilding the lily, but bearing in mind that the entire air traffic control system in the United States is designed around the wants and needs of the airline industry, I am regularly amazed, and most very gratified, at the routinely excellent service we get from ATC. I am based at a ve...

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Experience with the Nest thermostat
Replies: 12
Views: 2572

Re: Experience with the Nest thermostat

It's cool-looking, does what it says it will. Not terribly reliable, but for most people, a fine choice. I prefer the less-costly but equally capable units from Honeywell, but that's just my preference. Also, cool thing you can do (with Nest and a number of other remote t-stats): use a remote sensor...

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by sccutler
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN concourse train failure 11/22
Replies: 20
Views: 7168

Re: DEN concourse train failure 11/22

I have long felt that airports which required use of a train as an originating or arriving passenger were a fundamentally defective design. Trains can be nice, but I prefer the option of walking. Connecting, where multiple terminals are involved, *may* justify trains, but that's a different animal e...

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors
Replies: 14
Views: 1003

Re: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors

"All the righties" are not outraged. Most "Righties" I know (and, by"rightie," I mean non-lefty) give exactly zero shits for who uses what potty, because they know (as do most of us) that transgender /= predator, and (greater consequence), they aren't interested in crea...

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 7157

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

Why is WN obsessed with owning all the gates at Love? Its not like Love is some giant airport. I get they own 18/20 gates. But if they get 20 / 20 .... why advantage do they really gain? Maybe 20 more flights a day? Would that really be that advantageous? I don't think they're obsessed with owning ...

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 7157

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

Oh, please.

There was no way Dallas was going to shut down Love Field (and killing 135 ops would have effectively done that), just to satisfy Braniff and TI (and AA).

All this mental masturbation to no effect.

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by sccutler
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 7157

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

Not really, the courts told them what they needed to do to prevent WN from operating at DAL, they chose no to follow the courts. Wkik is not always correct but the "as long as the airport remained open part" is the key. The city of DAL was complicit in keeping the airport open, all the cu...

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by sccutler
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 7157

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

Restriction of growth? Hardly! WN knew they terms. Dallas should have shuttered DAL to airline service when they forced all the other carriers to DFW. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if they had done the right thing years ago. Already litigated, not lawful. If WN wants to grow they can go t...

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by sccutler
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Help with Toronto Hotel
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Help with Toronto Hotel

On my last trip to Toronto (about a year and a bit ago), my son and I stayed at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, and found it to be very pleasant. Nice room, decent food (at breakfast, all other meals were "adventures"), attentive staff. There was a pretty solid set of options for fun ...

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by sccutler
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: We are the Un-United States of America
Replies: 64
Views: 3080

Re: We are the Un-United States of America

Well, after a fashion, that's how it ought to be.

The role of the federal government has expanded vastly beyond its constitutionally proper role.

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by sccutler
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anthony Weiner sentenced to prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1376

Re: Anthony Weiner sentenced to prison

... You might not have noticed, but Hillary did win the popular vote. In reality, that election wasn't even a tie, Hillary won, except for the goofiness of our election system. You do understand that what you wrote here is like saying, " In reality, she won, except she didn't," right? It'...

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by sccutler
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Novel: realistic pilot calls to tower(s) after forced diversion
Replies: 57
Views: 4207

Re: Novel: realistic pilot calls to tower(s) after forced diversion

For all kinds of practical reasons, the vast majority of airliner -sized business jets are operated for the owners either by part 121 or part 135 air carriers (the former being airlines, the latter being charter operators, but that's not really important). Most people and/or businesses which are fly...

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by sccutler
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2157

Re: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?

Ultimately, it is hard to get around one fundamental reality: Australia is a LONG way from here.

If you plot the cost/mile for flying there, it doesn't seem so ridiculously high.

I'm just glad I don't have to change planes in Los Angeles to get to Australia anymore.

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by sccutler
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22860

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

It's time to lift all the remaining restrictions at DAL and allow them to build more gates. Alternatively, WN can bite the bullet and move to DFW airport so they can operate wherever they want. Pulleassee .. you do know that WN is the grantor of the $500 million in bonds used to buiid the new termi...

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by sccutler
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13943

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

seat38a wrote:
Well so it will be:
...
US 3
...


So, which of AA, DL and UA do you expect to fail?

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by sccutler
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma
Replies: 169
Views: 10118

Re: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma

There is no true "preparation" for storm of this magnitude, other than leaving.

I've weathered on hurricane, and that was two too many. Prayers for those who remained are entirely appropriate.

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF 747 Classic flight shown on live TV - 1982
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: QF 747 Classic flight shown on live TV - 1982

What a great find!

Quite an achievement to do all that live, at that time, but it was the Australians who essentially invented live TV from inside race cars, too.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's up with the SUV's?
Replies: 105
Views: 3427

Re: What's up with the SUV's?

I drive a Suburban - not close to new - like having a huge vehicle, and my commute is around four minutes, so mileage is not really an issue. But, were I buying another car, I would not consider a "small" SUV such as is the norm now. Don't get 'em. To me, the 5-series is close to the perfe...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 8881

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

On 19 December, 2000, the Airbus board of directors decided to invest in the A380.. It should also be noted that on the 19th December 2000, I left my twenties behind and became a thirty-something. A far greater tragedy than anything that beset the Airbus programme, I can tell you ! :old: Heh. Growi...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 15396

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

At inception, DFW's terminal layout made sense. Three airlines had hubs (DL, BN, AA) and each had maybe 20+% of the pax .Each had it's own terminal. Few pax traveled across terminals. That layout made perfect sense. It' make a lot less sense now with AA operating out of 4 terminals. At its inceptio...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 15396

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

Had the architects known at the time they designed the terminals, that passengers were going to be screened prior to boarding aircraft, they would probably designed much different terminal layouts. Well I think that goes without saying. In fairness, it's a late 1960s design and was considered state...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A321 Tail Strike ATL
Replies: 8
Views: 3839

Re: Delta A321 Tail Strike ATL

Envelope not so well-protected...

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