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by nws2002
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1472
Views: 180427

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

The unanswered question to me is, how many more cargo planes will SY take on?? They have added 12 in less then 6 mo. A year from now will be interesting.... All things considered, I would guess they'll happily take ALL 737's Amazon throws at them. With pax business what it is, and no real improveme...

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by nws2002
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger elevates altercation, involves DL Captain with no mask
Replies: 88
Views: 9799

Re: Passenger elevates altercation, involves DL Captain with no mask

The captain should have stayed on the flight deck. This is a customer service issue and the flight attendant and/or gate agent should have handled it.

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by nws2002
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?
Replies: 16
Views: 2083

Re: Flights leaving before scheduled departure time?

At the airline I work for, we can leave 10 minutes early as long as all checked-in passengers are boarded. If you are fully boarded and ready to go more than 10 minutes early then you need to call SOC and make sure the next station will be ready for an early arrival.

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by nws2002
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 32091

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

And this is why I think HA would probably be best-served by purchasing second-hand A319s & A320s with relatively few cycles. They won't get the same level of utilization, but that's OK if the capital cost of the fleet is low enough. Parts are plentiful worldwide and there will be support for de...

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by nws2002
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?
Replies: 29
Views: 4423

Re: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?

However, the MD-90 is on its own type cert. Actually, the MD-88 is also on its own type certificate. The MD-87 was the last under the DC-9 certificate. It is a bit different on the pilot side. DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, and 717 all share a common pilot certificate type rating of DC-9. Kinda like the Learj...

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by nws2002
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021
Replies: 135
Views: 18256

Re: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021

Can Orange County change its zoning that effectively forces an existing, legal operation out of business? That is an issue to be decided, probably in the courts, but neither I, nor any of the experts here get to decide that. JSX can try to take its case to the courts, but it's exceedingly likely to...

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by nws2002
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"
Replies: 59
Views: 13625

Re: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"

How much weight do airlines assume I weigh even they book new a seat? In the US: 190 lbs in the summer, 195 lbs in the winter. Those weights include your carry-on bags. These are based on Advisory Circular 120-27E. However, that is changing soon. with the release of the newest revision to Advisory ...

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by nws2002
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’
Replies: 82
Views: 12337

Re: Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’

af773atmsp wrote:
I'd do it if the price is right, but only on a clear day and the flight just goes around my region. It'd be cool to get a bird's eye view of the Twin Cities.


SY has that all F class 737 they use for charters. Wonder how that would work out of MSP?

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by nws2002
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remaining passenger airliners with dedicated freighters
Replies: 17
Views: 1794

Re: Remaining passenger airliners with dedicated freighters

Sun Country, although they fly them for Amazon.

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by nws2002
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long do ailines keep their passenger manifests?
Replies: 30
Views: 2245

Re: How long do ailines keep their passenger manifests?

In the US, airlines are required to keep manifests for a period of 3 months after the flight, in accordance with 121.693 and 121.695.

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by nws2002
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 14786

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

It's been repeated over and over again that the ADA does not apply to airlines. Actually, it does in certain specific areas, like allowing access to an aircraft. Airlines are required to provide or allow some form of wheelchair access to the airplane, for example. The question then arises whether w...

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by nws2002
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Headset Cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Headset Cleaning

Sanicom wipes are practically made for this purpose.

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by nws2002
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14252

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

If a chemical is put on an armrest and will kill a virus effectively for 90 days, what does that chemical do to your skin? I don't know what Southwest is using, but I know Boeing has said mPale is safe for use in the cabin. It is good for 30 days and works a bit differently from traditional chemica...

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by nws2002
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 14786

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/08/11/southwest-flight-removes-family-son-3-autism-wont-wear-mask/3350229001 Have seen this story in several outlets, this is from USA Today. Isn't there provisions for cases like this to excuse the child from wearing a mask? Really? There are US laws dema...

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by nws2002
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?
Replies: 64
Views: 15809

Re: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?

https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceo-chat- ... -plateaus/
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SY maybe, although they are private so don't release financials. Their CEO said they are building cash. I'm sure the Amazon flying is propping up their pax service though.
https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceo-chat- ... -plateaus/

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by nws2002
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single pilot jets with enough range to Hawaii
Replies: 39
Views: 6959

Re: Single pilot jets with enough range to Hawaii

Just barely making it is not a plan.. Understand but this one looks like it does not have winglets and if it did perhaps another 100 plus nm could be achieved. Medivac Learjet 36a have 2800 nm range and I heard they do California to Hawaii runs sometimes A Lear 36 will barely (just barely and highl...

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by nws2002
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers
Replies: 55
Views: 7491

Re: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers

I honestly believe NK and G4 are in better shape than F9. All of F9's fleet is leased...G4's fleet is more than 90 percent owned (most secondhand and uneucumbered) with other real property in the fold as well, and NK's fleet is 67 percent owned. NK and G4 can get loans against unencumbered assets, ...

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor
Replies: 27
Views: 4725

Re: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor

In the case of Delta, they don't really have a choice at the moment. In order to receive the CARES act funds they have to maintain minimum service levels. In general though, sometimes it is better to bring in some revenue than nothing. Let's use nice round numbers for this example. Let's say my cost...

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by nws2002
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New LGA Terminal Opens
Replies: 16
Views: 5092

Re: New LGA Terminal Opens

Looks amazing, beautiful. Looking at the photos - Can I ask though, why American carriers don’t use automated bag drops? They seem to have an odd two step process of checkin looks then head to a counter with an agent? Would be a labour saving not to mention normal in a state of the art terminal Spi...

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection
Replies: 71
Views: 16496

Re: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection

danipawa wrote:
what are those assets ? Miami Air did not own the 737 fleet..

The 121 certificate and its associated systems, manuals, and approvals.

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14279

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

Pass travel is great. I nonreved every weekend for awhile. You have to be flexible, with both dates and destinations. Also be willing to just go to the airport and see if you get on. I know many of my coworkers will just look at loads and not even go to the airport. I've gotten on many flights that ...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1472
Views: 180427

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Just noticed today that Amazon had a small run of AKE containers manufactured back in March. Prior to this, they had been using all DQFs (a mix of AMZ-owned and leased cans from ACL Airshop) for belly loading. Will have to keep an eye out to see if they get more. Pretty sure the AKEs are for the af...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 2180

Re: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?

All of it. There is no Amazon Air. Pretty sure Amazon owns (or leases) the majority of the aircraft though and then subleases them out to the carriers. Sure, they may own the airplanes or own the leases, but there is no Amazon Prime Air, as an airline You're absolutely right. Amazon does not have t...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are airport stores/eateries still closed?
Replies: 13
Views: 2305

Re: Why are airport stores/eateries still closed?

Remember also, that in most cases a single company runs all of the concessions for the entire airport. HMSHost is one common company that does this. So, as long as they can serve the required volume, they are being more efficient by only opening the stores/restaurants they need to meet demand. So, i...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 2180

Re: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?

DiamondFlyer wrote:
rjsampson wrote:
Haven't a lot of the "Prime Air" flights actually been contracted out re-badged to other cargo carriers (e.g. Atlas Airlines)?


All of it. There is no Amazon Air.


Pretty sure Amazon owns (or leases) the majority of the aircraft though and then subleases them out to the carriers.

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by nws2002
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans
Replies: 23
Views: 4209

Re: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans

Another airline going down before it gets off the ground. Wasn't the last airline in the United States to start up with a fleet of CRJ's Independence Air? Wasn’t a start up. They were Atlantic Coast Airlines before. When they lost the UA contract they changed their name and became a regular airline...

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by nws2002
Sat May 30, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crew Duty Limits During Covid19-flights
Replies: 9
Views: 3014

Re: Flight Crew Duty Limits During Covid19-flights

There may have been two flight crews onboard for destinations that have mandatory 14 day quarantines. At least one airline I'm familiar with are flying to and from Hawaii with two full and complete flight crews and flight attendants to and from the lower 48 states. One crew does the flight to Hawai...

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by nws2002
Sat May 30, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Back up ops centers
Replies: 11
Views: 3308

Re: Back up ops centers

SY's main SOC is at their HQ at MSP airport. They have a backup facility in Mendota Heights as well. I believe during COVID-19 they've actually been running both facilities with the SOC staff split between the two just in case the virus spreads through the staff at one location.

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by nws2002
Fri May 22, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1111
Views: 109960

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

DDR wrote:
WN is not a LCC


Their CASM is lower than AA/DL/UA/B6/HA, at least as of 2018 which are the latest numbers I could find quickly. While they are higher than the ULCC (NK/F9/G4) they are nowhere near the big 3.

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by nws2002
Fri May 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: High altitude balloons
Replies: 15
Views: 3505

Re: High altitude balloons

https://stratocat.com.ar/stratospheric_report07-e.htm
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SELMER40 wrote:
There are three new High Balloons up today.showing on Flightradar24 and Flightaware. HBAL 111,170 & 176. Please and thank you, what is their purpose?.


Those are all Loon balloons. Here's a good website with details: https://stratocat.com.ar/stratospheric_report07-e.htm

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by nws2002
Tue May 19, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 385
Views: 19468

Re: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits

It is a bit excessive, but likely mostly to create comfort among crew and passengers. A mask/face covering and gloves would likely be just as effective.

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by nws2002
Mon May 11, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5458

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

Aviation is a risky business and trying to derisk it is often a good move, besides the market signal of pricing works just fine regardless of hedges because someone is still eating that lose or making the profit when an airline hedges its not all that different from insurance essentially. The funct...

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by nws2002
Mon May 04, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 47002

Re: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020

The Saudi aircraft were terrible at first, but they eventually worked themselves out.

218NV was always my personal nemesis, "make a wish it leaves" we always said. Even on my last day working there I had a 4 hour mx delay because of that one.

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft A/C Filtering Capabilities
Replies: 15
Views: 1248

Re: Aircraft A/C Filtering Capabilities

The WaPo released an article 7 hours ago (!) on this very issue: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/scientists-think-they-know-ways-to-combat-viruses-on-airplanes-theyre-too-late-for-this-pandemic/2020/04/20/83279318-76ab-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html Plus here’s some addi...

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW
Replies: 30
Views: 5558

Re: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW

Most G4 outstations have cross utilized agents. Many will have the ticket counter agent close the counter at 45 mins prior to departure and then pickup the final bags from the bag room and go to the ramp to assist with loading the aircraft.

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2208

Re: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?

Wacker1000 wrote:
A pressurized tube with recycled air - I have my doubts about the effectiveness of empty seats.


Only about half the air at any given time is recycled and that air is passed through HEPA filters. The bigger risk is being close to someone onboard who sneezes or coughs before the air is recirculated.

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by nws2002
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?
Replies: 95
Views: 19120

Re: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?

Just kind of curious, how does it work when you use a mostly outsourced frontline workforce? Do those vendor companies get paid for each flight worked or is it just a set amount for the contract? Having much a smaller payroll is probably a benefit in these times. Most ground handling contracts are ...

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by nws2002
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28338

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

SY was the first to do this, and it was at the request of the FAs to limit contact between passengers and crew.

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by nws2002
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines Shutting Down
Replies: 59
Views: 12741

Re: Compass Airlines Shutting Down

Might be a silly question, but would this be a quick and easy way for Breeze to obtain their operating certificate or has Neeleman done the startup thing enough times that they don't need the 'easy' route? The certificate started as Atlantic Coast Airlines which morphed into Independence Air and wa...

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by nws2002
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 109
Views: 11938

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Delta is set to cancel all fight in between MSP-AMS, MSP-CDG, and FI from MSP-KEF until I’m guessing around April because of the coronavirus. Does anyone know why MSP isn’t classified as one of the U.S airports that can allow flights from Europe to come in at this time? I know it might seem like a ...

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Mesa historically so bad?
Replies: 31
Views: 6075

Re: Why is Mesa historically so bad?

Mesa has always been just good enough to win contracts. Their goal was to be the low cost option, not the highest quality.

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: You're Sick ... DENIED boarding
Replies: 8
Views: 1299

Re: You're Sick ... DENIED boarding

FWIW, the agents will call MedLink (or a similar service) and a nurse or doctor will make the determination on if it is safe for the passenger to travel. In my experience, a fever or vomiting will prompt MedLink to say the passenger cannot travel.

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?

I think it's a perk that needs to be abolished. Employees need to fork up the cash like the rest of us. Them getting free or next to free traveling dilutes the experience. Then expect ticket prices to go up because employees will want to be paid more. The largest benefit of working for an airline i...

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by nws2002
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit system outage
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: Spirit system outage

Not a Navitaire outage, must be Spirit specific.

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DoT Proposes ban on Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs
Replies: 103
Views: 12234

Re: US DoT bans all Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs

stl07 wrote:
So while this is great news, what happens to those who actually need one of these like a veteran


IME, most veterans actually have a psychiatric service animal, which has always been a separate category from an emotional support animal because they are trained to provide a service.

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14746

Re: Report: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

JAAlbert wrote:
I'm surprised to hear allegations that the FAA rushed the approval, since it seemed to take Southwest years to get its Hawaii routes up and running!


I was thinking the same thing. Southwest's ETOPS approvals dragged out forever. Maybe it was the Pacific OpSpecs not the ETOPS approvals?

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SCX Crew Bases
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: SCX Crew Bases

Pilots: MSP
Flight Attendants: MSP, PDX, LAS, DFW, GPT, and IFP

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by nws2002
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Psychological testing and review of commercial pilot license applicants
Replies: 30
Views: 1906

Re: Psychological testing and review of commercial pilot license applicants

Airlines should be given access to all medical history including mental health. Privacy laws have gone too far. When you are responsible for the welfare of the public then your privacy should not be a priority. That is not necessary in the US at least. We have designated medical examiners that issu...

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by nws2002
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 47002

Re: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020

I would loved to see G4 offer more west coast services from PIE. TZ used to fly to LAX/LAS with thru service to Hawaii. Southeast Airlines, and Sunjet International flew to LAS from PIE, im not sure how successful they were, given not many people ever heard of those airlines before. G4 did PIE/IWA ...

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by nws2002
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PC-12 Crash in Chamberlain NTSB Preliminary released
Replies: 117
Views: 4538

Re: Updated: PC-12 Crash in Chamberlain NTSB Preliminary released

Is there such a thing as self-serve deicing with glycol? I did several google searches and came up with nothing. Yes, but it is generally carried in the aircraft itself. Think of something like a pump garden sprayer. It works ok on light frost, but wouldn't do much for the snow like they had to dea...

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