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by nws2002
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hangar queens, still a thing ?
Replies: 34
Views: 6208

Re: Hangar queens, still a thing ?

The previous airline I worked for had an aircraft painted in a scheme for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The joke was always "make a wish it leaves" because of the mechanical issues with that one tail number. Independence Air (well I guess it was ACJet at that point still) had a Dornier 328JE...

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by nws2002
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 10052

Re: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers

As a former CSA ive taken tons of snacks and drinks from airplanes. Never booze though, thats a big no no. That's pretty much what we were also told when I was a gate agent as well. Help yourself to one soda or a snack but don't take 8 boxes of peanut M&Ms and a snack pack along with bottles of...

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: U.S. Airline F/A Bases
Replies: 24
Views: 4722

Re: U.S. Airline F/A Bases

G4 has AVL, GRR, IND, PIT, BLI, MYR, LAX, OAK, VPS, and TYS as well.

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did Southwest begin NYC service?
Replies: 23
Views: 2887

Re: When did Southwest begin NYC service?

And why are they not in JFK? I could’ve sworn that I saw a WN 737 parked near T4 when my HA flight was taking off from 22R on October 19th. Is there another airline with a similar looking livery to WN (all blue) operating out of JFK? Probably was Sun Country, although as of a few days ago they've m...

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 31205

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

I work at G4, and it was truly sad to see them go. They were the backbone of our fleet for a while, so it was pretty emotional for us. Few things compare to the sound of those engines starting up, especially the distinctive "pop"! Agreed, I actually left G4 just about a month after the la...

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by nws2002
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?
Replies: 18
Views: 5798

Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

A couple years back I flew on an Iran Air Tours MD80. Now, my memory could be shoddy, but I am fairly certain that it was 6 abreast. Would this have been legal? Are you sure it wasn't a 727? I can't think of any way to squeeze a sixth seat in an MD-80. Not so much a matter of legal as it is practic...

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by nws2002
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding
Replies: 53
Views: 11891

Re: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding

Veigar wrote:
First off... is SY even a charter airline anymore? I thought they finished that phase looong ago.

SY is the largest carrier for NCAA basketball charters this year.

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by nws2002
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Sun Country part ways with Air-Fi?
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

Re: Did Sun Country part ways with Air-Fi?

The system is still installed onboard the aircraft. I know AirFi staff were onboard several weeks ago tweaking the system and are supposed to be issuing a firmware update. Maybe they are waiting to advertise it until the update is completed and the service is more reliable?

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 64
Views: 7841

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

In the US, customs requires advance notice of flights through both APIS and at least for GA flights a notification before departing the international origin for the US. Many of the airports with customs are on-call and some are user fee and/or landing rights airports. Landing rights airports often r...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2676

Re: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?

It is possible, I mean the 747 Large Cargo Freighter has a swing tail.

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?
Replies: 33
Views: 2526

Re: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?

afcjets wrote:
Does Southwest not let families with small children pre-board?


No, they let them board after the A group and before the B group. That way they can grab seats together. I've also seen one parent purchase a business select upgrade and go on ahead to "reserve" seats for the family.

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by nws2002
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What did the 1 in the Southwest heart mean?
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: What did the 1 in the Southwest heart mean?

Yup. It was an award that we invented and gave it to ourselves. And no other airline has eve come close. To be completely honest Southwest won the on time award when they weren’t using ACARS. However, once the automated system of ACARS was put in place they plummeted in on time. So was it the ACARS...

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by nws2002
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lifejackets on commercial planes
Replies: 38
Views: 5125

Re: Lifejackets on commercial planes

Is it compulsory? Do they sit you down and lock the doors? (like on an aircraft!) Take a roll call to see if you missed it by hiding in your cabin? Yes it is mandatory. They close all the pools, bars, restaurants, entertainment, etc and crewmembers direct you to the muster location indicated on you...

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by nws2002
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lifejackets on commercial planes
Replies: 38
Views: 5125

Re: Lifejackets on commercial planes

I'm betting one or two FAs will take me to task for that suggestion, but having travelled on one or two boats in my time, I don't recall being subjected to any briefing as to the use or location of lifejackets. I guess they figured that in any emergency, a) we would listen very carefully to a last ...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 229
Views: 34251

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

FWIW, SY is starting construction soon ( next few weeks, if not days) on the "new" HQ at the old XJ hanger they now lease. Commissary has moved in after 20 some years in Mendota Heights. I am very interested to see how this year works out for SY at MSP. They are implementing a lot of new ...

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6657

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

Didn't DEN have an automated jet bridge damage the wing of a UA 757?

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines adds CLT
Replies: 47
Views: 5424

Re: Spirit Airlines adds CLT

Surprised they went with CLT instead of setting up shop at Concord, NC / JQF. USA has no real room for NK unless they somehow coordinated schedules with G4. Many times G4 is using both of the available gates. Not to mention how often they run out of parking space for passengers in the parking garag...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big Bang actress rants about United
Replies: 61
Views: 16300

Re: Big Bang actress rants about United

She was on a connecting flight; meaning she was already on United or a Star Alliance member; they allowed her bag on the previous flight, why can it NOT be accommodated on that flight? She has a seat reserved on 1st class, which usually have more then enough bin space for all pax seating there; wha...

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2841

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

Problem with LA is that a secondary airport like ONT won't ever stand-in for LAX based on its geography. Its one thing to serve ONT as another airport in the basin, but to make it your sole airport for LA would lock you out of the bulk of passengers and be too far away from where people want to vis...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2841

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

They tried various options like LGB and LAX had the best success. I've read before that ONT is expensive to operate out of. Why expensive? Because they built a terminal no one asked for? Higher landing fees and lease costs. I'm not sure why. I believe they are run by the same organization that runs...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2841

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

They tried various options like LGB and LAX had the best success. I've read before that ONT is expensive to operate out of.

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement
Replies: 24
Views: 4667

Re: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement

In Europe, it is a legal requirement to state the operator of the flight if the flight is operated by a subsidiary or lease. It is a legal requirement in the US too, but generally done when the ticket is purchased instead of before the flight. Although I have heard Allegiant gate agents make an ann...

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9866

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

I assume the aircraft were just more examples of B737 that SWA already operate. In this case does it really require an FAA person's approval to put it into service??? Unbelievable! In Australia airlines "with the appropriate approval" can issue both a certificate of airworthiness and a ce...

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by nws2002
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 stuck. TOL closed.
Replies: 13
Views: 4344

Re: G4 stuck. TOL closed.

It is not a hull loss. The gear never even left pavement, the right main gear slid into a snow bank that was not cleared off the taxiway. A tug was used to move the aircraft out of the snowbank, and the aircraft was returned to the gate. The aircraft is ferrying out empty later today as flight 9301.

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by nws2002
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to Volaris at CLT?
Replies: 12
Views: 3140

Re: What happened to Volaris at CLT?

I think they originally had ViaAir doing their ground handling and when ViaAir disappeared they had to move to Jetstream who also handles F9. From what I've seen, there are limited bilingual speakers at Jetstream in CLT. I'm sure they are working on adding more, but they were kinds thrown the ground...

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by nws2002
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)

The FAA made a mistake, in my opinion, in allowing one type rating to cover the 20 and 30 series. A pilot can train and type on one, then fly the other without legally requiring additional training, and no additional certification, and that shoudln't be. The two are generally similar in systems, bu...

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by nws2002
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Class II navigation logs
Replies: 14
Views: 1993

Re: Class II navigation logs

ACs are advisory, but once you add it to the GOM or OpSpecs you have to follow it. The AC normally says it is "one method of compliance" so many will follow the AC guidance to obtain approval from the FAA.

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by nws2002
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)

We had a Lear 36 with -3 engines done via STC. It did perform slightly better, when it worked, but we had a lot of issues getting everything to work with the DEECS. I know the engine gauges had to be replaced and they modified some parts on the engine mount/pylon. Once the engine lease was up, it ma...

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by nws2002
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 4198

Re: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019

True story: The fastest I have seen a plane boarded was in fact a Delta 757 flying MSP to SAN. First Class boarded before everyone else, of course, and then the elites... And then "those who will NOT be using the overhead bins may go first". Half the plane boarded, none of them with big c...

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by nws2002
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shooting the breeze with a WN pilot about Hawaii
Replies: 29
Views: 3277

Re: Shooting the breeze with a WN pilot about Hawaii

Rdh3e wrote:
The hold up is they still have not been certified for ETOPS. They apparently dramatically underestimated how long it would take when they announced their initial timeline.


How can G4 get ETOPS is a reasonable timeframe but it has taken WN years?

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by nws2002
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread
Replies: 696
Views: 92618

Re: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread

MD-83 N878GA ferried from MSY to BHM a few minutes ago. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N878GA Awww....that one was supposed to fly a rescue flight yesterday MSY-USA-MSY and it had a mx issue and a second rescue was sent from VPS instead. Sad it didn't get the one last revenue trip in before be...

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by nws2002
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Series Doors
Replies: 9
Views: 2885

Re: A320 Series Doors

It makes mx mad because I don't think its good for the seals, but we used to dump a cup of water on the whiny or squealing door seals. The water would freeze and seal it, stopping the noise.

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by nws2002
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boarding pass - good at other airports?
Replies: 9
Views: 1094

Re: Boarding pass - good at other airports?

As others have said, it doesn't work. Sometimes when an airport has multiple terminals your boarding pass only works for the terminal at which your flight departs, it's not valid for other terminals. You'll simply be denied access. A couple of years ago at DFW I was on AA flying out of Terminal A b...

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by nws2002
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WW and FI Both Suspend Cleveland
Replies: 84
Views: 9741

Re: WW and FI Both Suspend Cleveland

jmc1975 wrote:
What will Trego-Dugan do next?


Can they send the agents to TDY in CVG and fix the F9 and G4 mess they helped create there?

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by nws2002
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit flight diverts after fliers fall ill from 'dirty sock' smell
Replies: 12
Views: 3557

Re: Spirit flight diverts after fliers fall ill from 'dirty sock' smell

As others have noted, this has nothing to do with hygiene. It is an issue where egine oil burnoff mixes with the bleed air and causes toxic fumes. It is often described as smelling like dirty socks, cheese, or wet dogs.

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by nws2002
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boarding a Flight at the Gate - Gate Readers et al
Replies: 9
Views: 1590

Re: Boarding a Flight at the Gate - Gate Readers et al

At the airline I work for, we have a manual boarding process outlined in the case of a computer outage. If the system goes down, we generally tear the airport and web boarding passes in half, letting the passenger keep one side and we keep the other. For mobile passes we write down the seat number. ...

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Q for folks in the biz: best reservations system?
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: Q for folks in the biz: best reservations system?

Allegiant uses a base system they call AIS (Allegiant Information Systems). It is all web based and accessible from a browser. They've also built what they call G4+ on top of it that is a special web browser used to connect scanners, mag strip readers, printers, etc to AIS. It is fairly easy to use....

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by nws2002
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant and PIE
Replies: 31
Views: 3093

Re: Allegiant and PIE

727LOVER wrote:
Gee...wish I had known this a few months ago

Flightaware says there are currently 2 MD-80s headed to PIE

AAY825 from DSM
AAY829 from GSP



Accurate...or mistakes?


Accurate
825 operated with tail 878GA
829 operated with tail 410NV

Both were scheduled as A320 and downgauged.

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant and PIE
Replies: 31
Views: 3093

Re: Allegiant and PIE

There are no longer any MD-80 based at PIE, but they may still be subbed in or used as rescue flights if needed.

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 12348

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

Should she take more care with gate checks? Probably, but try bulk loading an A320 behind the cargo nets or even a long-bin MD-80 and you'll see luggage thrown and slid across the floor. It is just inevitable with the time crunch of a turn. Most ramp agents will take a little more care with stroller...

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by nws2002
Thu May 24, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Music in Airport Terminals
Replies: 90
Views: 6955

Re: Music in Airport Terminals

TUL uses TouchTunes which allows you to control the terminal music like a jukebox through a phone app.

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by nws2002
Tue May 22, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XL Airways desk at CLT
Replies: 9
Views: 2512

Re: XL Airways desk at CLT

That's the common use counter. It sometimes shows Xtra sometimes Sun Country, I've even seen it show Allegiant in the past when they had a charter. It seems to just stay on whatever airline used it last until another comes along.

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by nws2002
Sat May 19, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nashville, TN Flight Attendant Crew Base
Replies: 10
Views: 1812

Re: Nashville, TN Flight Attendant Crew Base

I don't think anyone has crew bases in BNA. Maybe WN? Rumor is G4 might have BNA as a base sometime next year. I know PSA

Also, you generally don't get to choose your base as a new hire flight attendant. One will be assigned to you during training.

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by nws2002
Mon May 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 family aileron droop
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: A320 family aileron droop

No hydraulics equals droop. After engine shut down it takes a bit for the hydraulic pressure to dissipate and the ailerons will sag. You see it on Big Boeings as well the inboard ailerons will sag after hydraulics are removed post engine shut down. APU does not supply hydraulic power. Only electric...

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by nws2002
Thu May 03, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc
Replies: 40
Views: 3747

Re: Navigation On Analog Jets I.e dc-8/dc10/l1011..etc

You would fly from VOR to VOR, use LORAN, or use the INS/IRS.

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by nws2002
Thu May 03, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a minimum "rest" time for an aircraft?
Replies: 55
Views: 7032

Re: Is there a minimum "rest" time for an aircraft?

Blimpie wrote:
I've seen the Alleigent Mad Dogs @HGR sit for less than 45 minutes before turn around which I found to be quite short.


Standard outstation turn times at G4 are as follows:
A319 - 40 min
MD-80 - 40 min
A320 - 45 min

Honestly, this is pretty typical for most airlines in the US.

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by nws2002
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATR 72 Apron Safety
Replies: 16
Views: 3670

Re: ATR 72 Apron Safety

VSMUT wrote:
donnf wrote:
One more thing, we dont use port and starboard in aviation. We use left and right. To avoid confusion (and I have a feeling that you might also have mixed them up) I suggest you do the same.


Umm...every airline I worked for uses port and starboard.

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by nws2002
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big Bird at GSP
Replies: 9
Views: 1626

Re: Big Bird at GSP

Same aircraft was at CLT today, parked over by where the Amazon cargo aircraft normally are.

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by nws2002
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 22527

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

She did nothing wrong by bringing the apple. She just failed to declare it when asked. In my experience you have two chances, once on the declaration form or kiosk and then again at secondary when the officer will ask you verbally "do you have anything to declare" or "do you have any ...

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