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by sccutler
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Auto insurance claimoid
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: Auto insurance claimoid

Won’t help. Auto insurance carriers rate based upon both claims paid, and “incidents.”

That said, hats off to you for stepping up.

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe
Replies: 104
Views: 21642

Re: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe

Yup, its contract negotiation time. Let's put out some bad press to pressure the company to give in to our demands. Typical union tactic. Nothing else to see here. Southwest is still one of the safest airlines in the sky flying a well proven airframe. I would have no concern over flying them any da...

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by sccutler
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 49918

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

Is WN's HNL/DAL n/s the first HNL/DAL commercial n/s for that city pair? Not hardly! Braniff International used to fly DAL-HNL return six days a week in a 747-100 (their only one at the time). On the seventh day, she rested. Before the 747, they also did nonstop to HNL in a 707-320C from Love. All ...

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by sccutler
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: taxation and tax avoidance
Replies: 50
Views: 2925

Re: taxation and tax avoidance

We have no revenue problem; we have a profound spending problem. Any “remedy” based upon increasing taxation to outstrip spending sufficiently to balance federal spending as it exists now (never mind paying down the debt!) would inevitably and spectacularly fail, because (1) the increased taxation w...

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by sccutler
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe
Replies: 104
Views: 21642

Re: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe

Do airlines cut corners? Yes, unquestionably. If you work for an airline and you don't believe it, you're blind. Probably deaf, and dumb, too. Whether it's mechanics falsifying a work card and applying incorrect grease to a stabilizer trim jack screw, applying incorrect rigging to a Beech 1900, to ...

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by sccutler
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe
Replies: 104
Views: 21642

Re: Southwest Mechanics and FA’s say airline is unsafe

Anything is possible, but safe operations and reliable operations are inextricably intertwined, so by this measure, they are probably pretty darned safe. In any event, no Southwest pilot is going to accept an aircraft that they believe is anything less than fully airworthy. At the same time, however...

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS F Seat Incident
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Re: AS F Seat Incident

Amusing that the aggrieved passenger (and it looks like she had good cause) made the "not fascist enough" comment.

Maybe she's funny - but she sure isn't very well informed!

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9828

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Shark, jumped.

There is no rational equal protection argument here, nor is there any ethical issue, unless it can be shown that FAA inspectors are applying a less-stringent standard.

And, that ain't happening.

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No Strobes in CLT?
Replies: 14
Views: 3397

Re: No Strobes in CLT?

We're not required to have them on in cases where it could hinder visibility. It's also just a courtesy to your fellow pilots not to turn in bright flashing white lights that can ruin night vision. They don't serve much purpose on the ground, we have other lights for that. ...a courtesy unknown in ...

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student pilot close to flight test
Replies: 18
Views: 4886

Re: Student pilot close to flight test

Here's the best checkride advice ever: https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/captain-levy’s-checkride-advice.15706/ FYI: In that thread, the term "PTS" is used, and it stands for "Practical Test Standards," the performance standards required for a certificate candidat...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl
Replies: 253
Views: 19060

Re: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl

Time has proven to us that government does very little well That sounds much more like a libertarian (thoughtless) slogan than a fact. Over the last 200 years or so our government has done a lot well. Notwithstanding your clumsy effort to marginalize the point, it is not a slogan; it is an observat...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternative Universe... what's going on?
Replies: 19
Views: 1158

Re: Alternative Universe... what's going on?

Braniff's the big winner.

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl
Replies: 253
Views: 19060

Re: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl

Here is trickle down economics hard at work https://thinkprogress.org/26-billionaires-own-as-much-wealth-as-half-the-world-6948c7e2d411/?fbclid=IwAR1SrdtFPnrX-2Tmya1YPOYGj5EbcBaYGseqV2IHBNZoTewklUHaVeBRrDc Twenty six individuals hold as much wealth as half the planet's population. But, let's give t...

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA-Clad Teens Harass and Mock Native American Vet
Replies: 265
Views: 13865

Re: MAGA-Clad Teens Harass and Mock Native American Vet

Fascism at work. Shark, jumped.

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by sccutler
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA-Clad Teens Harass and Mock Native American Vet
Replies: 265
Views: 13865

Re: MAGA-Clad Teens Harass and Mock Native American Vet

... Republicans still hate gays and still love sexual predators. ... No they don't. People who hate gays, hate gays. A lifelong Republican, in Texas (and, for a while, California), I have never once met a person who "hates gays," and I'm nearing sixty years old. I've met some folks who, t...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Capital punishment in the US and Its future
Replies: 192
Views: 16797

Re: Capital punishment in the US and Its future

I'm as "law and order" as you're likely to find, but (as a lawyer) I have seen enough of the vicissitudes of the legal system that I cannot support the death penalty. It is inevitable that there will, from time to time, be an execution of someone wrongfully convicted. The automatic appeals...

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by sccutler
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Airstud wrote:
sccutler wrote:
expanding bladder


Gross.


Yeah.

The tool looks vaguely obscene, doesn't it?

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Getting sick on the road
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Getting sick on the road

Years ago, my son and I both got sick while on vacation in Moorea; it was bad enough that I asked the hotel to recommend a physician, and they did better-they call the doctor, who came and did a house call (okay, a hotel call). She was very helpful, very friendly, and so beautiful it made my eyes hu...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

I've used that before as well on a drain that ran under my house that was clogged full of sediment after my water heater tank gave out. Worked like a charm as well. Wife gave me some weird looks when I brought a garden hose into the house though. :rotfl: She was all better when it was fixed, I'll v...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

When I had exactly this problem, I had good success using one of the expanding bladder attachments to a garden hose. https://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Bladder-Garden-Attachment-Medium/dp/B000KKOZ6A/ref=asc_df_B000KKOZ6A/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193139379506&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 2226

Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Over many years of tire buying, I have concluded that I just do better buying good grades of Michelin tires. They never fail internally, wear well and typically drive well.

Buy a set at Discount - if you don't like 'em, bring 'em back.

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 587
Views: 85701

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

There is more to come on the landing fee issue, and council themselves asserted that their goal was to massage traffic. And (of course), included in the entire mess is the gift of a no-bid contract with city money for improvements at RBD.

Follow the money. Always, follow the money.

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 587
Views: 85701

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

Today marks the beginning of assessment of ill-conceived landing fees at Love Field. The Dallas city council are possessed of the ludicrous - idiotic - notion that increasing the cost of operation al DAL will drive traffic to Dallas Executive (RBD), thus making RBD... relevant. Never happen. There's...

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by sccutler
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rotary International VS Lions International. Which club is better/more prestigious/shall I join?
Replies: 21
Views: 5271

Re: Rotary International VS Lions International. Which club is better/more prestigious/shall I join?

As a long-term number of Rotary, I have my biases, but in reality, you should investigate the clubs in the area where you were considering joining. Attend a few meetings, get to know some people, and see what kind of work they are doing. I can tell you for a fact that there is nothing "obsolete...

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by sccutler
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?
Replies: 93
Views: 5348

Re: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?

The problem is the attitude of Republicans. This whole "oh, well. We don't care. We support our leader no matter what and so should everyone else" with zero hint of irony. This has to be some of the silliest stuff I've ever read - even on the Internet. Stereotype much? Republicans who cry...

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by sccutler
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 7032

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

While my first instinct was to throw out a callous "...should have thought ahead..." comment, upon reading the article, two things stand out: 1. Algorithms that purposely identify same-surname bookings and split them up? Just plain ugly; - and 2. Safety: in the event of an evacuation, havi...

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by sccutler
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??
Replies: 26
Views: 5015

Re: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??

Appreciate the extra efforts other pilots made to bring clarity.

We gotta be careful up there, folks, and that's a fact! We're blessed to have remarkable controllers here in the DFW area.

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by sccutler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 611061

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

A poster above seems to believe ADS-B out data somehow includes pitot/static-derived data; it does not. The location, speed and altitude information transmitted by ADS-B units (whether 1090ES or the 978UAT) is exclusively GPS-derived.

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by sccutler
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TWA L1011 service from PHL-STL
Replies: 15
Views: 3110

Re: TWA L1011 service from PHL-STL

My only 1011 flight was PHL STL, on my way home to Houston from a business trip. There was a non-stop on Eastern, but idiot travel department of my company had booked me with connection (forget who with, but it was a really stupid one). Was able to change to TWA, better connection, cool plane. 1984 ...

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by sccutler
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Aircraft Utilization
Replies: 21
Views: 3785

Re: WN Aircraft Utilization

Who makes more money, in relation to their size, jetBlue or Southwest? If the answer is Southwest, then I want to know why. They compensate way more than jetBlue and they don't utilize their aircraft nearly as much as jetBlue. Who is to blame? Or what is the magic? Efficiency. Southwest has always ...

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by sccutler
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 85
Views: 21708

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Finally, a fit replacement for the MDs.

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by sccutler
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: To VFR On Top
Replies: 6
Views: 1458

Re: To VFR On Top

Here’s where it can come in handy. Early morning marine layer, clearance to on top, cancel and go direct or hold onto your clearance in case you’ll need it later. Cruise clearances, ops in uncontrolled airspace, position reporting, contact approaches and climb in VMC are little taught or experience...

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by sccutler
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA 747 - Wifi?
Replies: 4
Views: 919

Re: BA 747 - Wifi?

Thanks all for the scoop. I can at least hope the Club World upper deck will be reasonably pleasant. Only BA flight thus far was Basel-LHR, and when I saw that "Club Europe" was coach with a tray on the center seat, I was... underwhelmed. Service was pleasant, though, and that's something ...

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by sccutler
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA 747 - Wifi?
Replies: 4
Views: 919

BA 747 - Wifi?

Friend flying BA 0192, 20 Sep, DFW-LHR. 747-400. Any way to find out whether it will be one of the WiFi-enabled 747s?

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by sccutler
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 55
Views: 3275

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

Meanwhile, good-paying entry-level jobs, jobs with free training and great prospect for stable and higher-paid earnings, go wanting.

No one really wants to work anymore.

The construction trades are begging for bodies, to no avail.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 3325

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

The less tax extracted (at all levels), the better-off we will all be. If you focus on tax "breaks" for corporate ratepayers, you're missing the big picture. We tax too much. Way too much. And, our tax code is laden with complexity and agenda-driven favors. It is an unsavory and ethically-...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Judge deals blow to Trumps effort to overhaul Bureaucracy.
Replies: 30
Views: 1514

Re: Judge deals blow to Trumps effort to overhaul Bureaucracy.

Collective bargaining and the right to organize are critical components in private-sector business - but labor union representation of public employees is an entirely different thing. There are solid and rational arguments for completely eliminating public-sector unions, but absent such elimination,...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 3325

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

The problem, simply stated, is that congress continues to spend more money than it has, and there is no way we can tax our way out of the issue. Both political parties are complicit in this scam, and the productive class (an ever-shrinking proportion of the country) cannot sustain it. Cannot. Every ...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternate Endings to Movies
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: Alternate Endings to Movies

Zack Mayo graduates, moves on to Pensacola and jets. Paula goes back to the cardboard box factory, hoping to snag another officer candidate.

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 3325

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

Who says there is going to be a post Trump era? I think the Republican supporters here will agree with me, it's time to do away with Democracy and make trump the eternal leader. Let's have a show of hands among Republican supporters here for that! Joking is all well and good, but you can't mean thi...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good news and bad news for our future
Replies: 45
Views: 1542

Re: Good news and bad news for our future

... 2) Let me fix that post for you: "Without America providing support on the Western front for the back half of the war, the Brits for breaking the enigma code and defeating Hitler in North Africa (among many other things of course), the French for maintaining a fierce resistance behind enem...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 3325

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

Agree as to 1 and 2; my biggest complaint about the President is his Tweeting habit. Others disagree, but that's how I see it. NB: on item 2, it is a two-way street, and the press needs to do its part. The working press are allowing themselves (or, perhaps, choosing affirmatively, the effective diff...

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by sccutler
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation
Replies: 37
Views: 4791

Re: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation

I flew 'EMC Tucson - Austin a month or two ago, and while they ran a little late, it got me there. Folks were nice.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 13187

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

hiflyeras wrote:
Sloppy….what else will be coming out? They didn't inspect their fan blades until forced to by the FAA.


Utterly bullshit.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 127
Views: 6998

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

My rarest airliner flight was on-board a Caravelle, ex-Alitalia, from Guayaquil to Quito, on SAETA. Plane was threadbare, but spotlessly clean, excellent service (passed around a dish of home-made candy!), very comfortable and quiet as could be. There was a live turkey in checked baggage - in a burl...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 221
Views: 19977

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), fully supported, a vastly superior word processor to Mic...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 6291

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

The Air-Britain book says the PA order was in 10/52, for three Comet 3s and seven options. Mexicana ordered three 4Cs in 10/59, so probably no connection to PA's order. Ah! I stand corrected. Had read about the connection somewhere, but it was perhaps written by someone more ignorant than I (an imp...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amusing Airfare Anomalies
Replies: 36
Views: 3179

Amusing Airfare Anomalies

In connection with an upcoming trip to Tallahassee for a funeral (my wife's grandmother passed away at the remarkable age of 111 years and six months), I booked round-trip tickets for my wife and myself, DFW to Tallahassee, and round-trip tickets from Austin to Tallahassee for my son, with him conne...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 6291

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

Unless I am egregiously mistaken, I believe that the Mexicana Comets were derivative of PanAm orders; recall that, back then, PanAm had a substantial ownership stake in Mexicana de Aviacion.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 221
Views: 19977

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Legal racism as to Black persons, mainly in the SE USA. Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), ...

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