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by JAGflyer
Mon May 07, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA fly into KIN but not MBJ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2384

Re: Why does BA fly into KIN but not MBJ?

AAMDanny wrote:
MBJ competition is strong from the UK with VS and TOM (TOM offer a lot of departures from various other UK regional airports.


Thomson (or TUI UK as they are now called) offers the all-inclusive vacation packages that include the flight and resort which is what travelers to MBJ are looking for.

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by JAGflyer
Sun May 06, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ Diversions 5/4/2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2346

Re: YYZ Diversions 5/4/2018

YQY diverted to DTW. What are the rules on a domestic Canadian flight diverting to the USA? In most cases if it's just a fuel and go there's no issue. The important thing is making sure the passengers do not get out of the aircraft and if they must, that they be contained so none can enter the US. ...

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by JAGflyer
Tue May 01, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gas/petrol Prices in your area
Replies: 54
Views: 1934

Re: Gas/petrol Prices in your area

Gas in Toronto is an average of $1.379 per L for Regular (87). One side of YYZ is about 10 cents cheaper as are Costco gas stations. Prices like that make owning a modest car much more attractive. I'd hate to be the guy who bought a 5.7L truck just to look cool.

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by JAGflyer
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: a330 swishing/hissing noise during taxi
Replies: 15
Views: 3482

Re: a330 swishing/hissing noise during taxi

As you seem to hear it from over the wing (with the hydraulic system right below your feet) I'd say it has to do with movements of fluid, possibly different valves changing position to direct the fluid to a specific system.

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by JAGflyer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 20194

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

The medical professional onboard does not have the final say with regards to diversion as mentioned above. That lies with whichever company the airline contracts/contacts to handle their medical advise in-flight. The two common ones are MedLink/MedAir and StatMD. They are provided all the informatio...

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by JAGflyer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VA's VH-VON low flight levels.
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

Re: VA's VH-VON low flight levels.

Perhaps one inop pack. On the 737, the MEL will generally restrict the aircraft to FL250 or below. That's it. Single pack operations require a max of FL250 as it allows a faster descent to 10,000ft should the other pack fail plus it can be difficult for one pack to maintain pressurization at higher...

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by JAGflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Asks Family of Boy With Down's Syndrome to Deplane
Replies: 50
Views: 7501

Re: AS Asks Family of Boy With Down's Syndrome to Deplane

Well the general protocol is that if someone displays overt symptoms of being unwell or otherwise unfit to fly prior to departure they are deplaned until they can provide medical evidence of fitness. All in the details, of course. The papers were just quoting the pejorative language of the family. ...

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by JAGflyer
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines whose flights begin or terminate at one airport only
Replies: 38
Views: 3267

Airlines whose flights begin or terminate at one airport only

This afternoon I was thinking about the amount of airlines whose flights either begin or end at only one airport. The only airline that comes to mind is El Al Israel. Every one of their flights either departs or arrives in Tel Aviv. They do not have any en-route stops (double-stop flights) and they ...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin crew rest areas
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Cabin crew rest areas

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The A340 had removable crew rests in the form of special belly containers that could be accessed from the cabin. You can see a demonstration here: https://youtu.be/jWkJur-lL-4?t=1h21m12s

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by JAGflyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3794

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

BravoOne wrote:
I assume you mean SATCOM Voice as opposed to datalink? Probably varies between operators and areas of operation, but for normal routine communications, not very often, CPDLC handles 95%+ of the comm load.


Yes, SATCOM voice is what I meant.

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by JAGflyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3794

Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

As a dispatcher, it is quite a routine part of my job to be in contact with pilots while flying and when on the ground. At the airline I work for (a 737 operator), we have three methods for communication with crews. Firstly is ACARS (of which ours is VHF based) and that works when the aircraft is wi...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Plane Flying with Landing Gear Down
Replies: 22
Views: 3496

Re: Plane Flying with Landing Gear Down

Occasionally the gear may be left down to burn off excess fuel to keep the plane below it's max landing weight. Perhaps in this case the 777 was overfueled for a short flight and risk landing too heavy? Leaving the gear down by mistake is not common.

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by JAGflyer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mirabel Airport - Montreal
Replies: 56
Views: 9796

Re: Mirabel Airport - Montreal

I apologize for sounding naiive but what in the Aeroquay? It's a small concourse of remote gates just north east of the main terminal. Gates are generally used by Jazz, First Air and Air Creebec. I've flown out of those gates twice and it's amazing how much you feel like you're back in the 60s. At ...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: M in flight number
Replies: 12
Views: 1684

Re: M in flight number

It's definitely not just a European thing. US carriers (mainline and regional) do it relatively often too, albeit with less frequency. It seems to happen more when there's weather or delays of some kind; either they're running extra flights or the original flight is delayed. I'm sure there's an iss...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Number of alternate airports for an IFR flight plan
Replies: 13
Views: 1221

Re: Number of alternate airports for an IFR flight plan

Ours aren't. The ICAO flight strip sent via AFTN to all the relevant ATC facilities only lists the destination alternate, if required. I would imagine all that information goes into field 18 of the ICAO if we were to include it. The departure alternate/take-off alternate (TALT) is also listed on th...

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by JAGflyer
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rodents (mice, rat, cockroaches) handling on an aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 2019

Re: Rodents (mice, rat, cockroaches) handling on an aircraft

Boeing AFAIK does have a procedure in their maintenance manuals for removal of vermin/rodents. The methods I have heard range from applying poison at the seat(s) where bugs were spotted at a minimum all the way to a full fumigation of the aircraft over several hours to kill anything present inside t...

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by JAGflyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iceland considers circumcision ban
Replies: 53
Views: 1540

Re: Iceland considers circumcision ban

There is a big difference between male circumcision and female "circumcision". As a circumcised male, I have zero issues with my body and it's functionality. It's the female one that is significantly more malicious as it has no benefit and in fact is done to purposely rob a woman of sexual...

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by JAGflyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dries her panties under airplane air vent (video)
Replies: 23
Views: 5602

Re: Woman dries her panties under airplane air vent (video)

Revelation wrote:
Personally I'm glad the kid didn't just pee in the aisle.


That's normally a Mainland China thing.

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by JAGflyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 110
Views: 29682

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

Seeing as the flight was from SFO, I'm going to guess the cowling is somewhere at the bottom of the Pacific. How do they intend to find it seeing as an examination of it would probably help answer questions about what exactly happened.

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by JAGflyer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new routes for EL AL Airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 6704

Re: Possible new routes for EL AL Airlines

I don't see YUL getting service, especially with a 787. The Israeli/Jewish population in Quebec is very small. On top of it, Quebec province has generally been very much a Catholic majority so the religious travel market is insignificant IMO. The city does have a sizable Middle Eastern diaspora howe...

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by JAGflyer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question Regarding Runway Performance Calculations
Replies: 23
Views: 1319

Re: Question Regarding Runway Performance Calculations

Dispatcher chiming in here. We use a performance application that is tied into our flight planning system. As a dispatcher all I usually enter is the planned runway for departure/arrival and runway conditions (if different from a bare/dry surface). The system automatically pulls the QNH/temperature....

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by JAGflyer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question for Flight Attendants: How Safe are Hot Drinks on Commercial Airplanes?
Replies: 26
Views: 2459

Re: A Question for Flight Attendants: How Safe are Hot Drinks on Commercial Airplanes?

I think many of the newer water systems use a UV or some similarr type of water treatment system on their potable water systems. That may be an option, so your results may vary. I did some research on alternatives for water sanitation options in a previous job. There are OEM (business jets mainly) ...

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by JAGflyer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Minimum Equipment List
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: Minimum Equipment List

Most airlines have a customized MEL which is based on the manufacturer's MMEL (Master Minimum Equipment List) and DDG (Dispatch Deviations Guide). The MMEL from the manufacturer is huge and covers all possible systems that may be on the aircraft. An airline may have aircraft with or without certain ...

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by JAGflyer
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 3122

Re: WN and Satcom

My son-inlaw is in the Air Force and is assigned to White House Communications and spent 2 weeks in Havana when President Obama went to Cuba. He was the one that told me that there basically was no cell phone service in Cuba and that they had to communicate via SatPhone Most likely, they used SatPh...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 3122

Re: WN and Satcom

There is most definitely cell phone service in Cuba (Cubacel/ETECSA) and in fact, my airline (who flies to Cuba extensively) have zero issue with outgoing/incoming calls. I don't see why it would be any different for American carriers as virtually every modern cell phone can access the GSM900/GSM85...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 3122

Re: WN and Satcom

There is most definitely cell phone service in Cuba (Cubacel/ETECSA) and in fact, my airline (who flies to Cuba extensively) have zero issue with outgoing/incoming calls. I don't see why it would be any different for American carriers as virtually every modern cell phone can access the GSM900/GSM850...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 3122

Re: WN and Satcom

I believe it’s strictly ARINC LDOC over HF. But I could be wrong. That would be the only way to do it based on my experience. The ACARS system (VHF) should also work as there are ground stations (SITA or ARINC) on land areas. It is also possible that the ETOPS-certified aircraft in the fleet do in ...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing suffers damage from thrown tyre tread
Replies: 11
Views: 1348

Re: A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing suffers damage from thrown tyre tread

Aircraft tires are usually re-treaded/re-capped. The way this one tore you can see the entire piece of new rubber that makes up the re-tread appears to have tore off.

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by JAGflyer
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline Dispatchers
Replies: 54
Views: 6031

Re: Airline Dispatchers

Modern flight planning and aircraft performance software combined with more intelligent aircraft mean there is less requirement for manual calculations of things like center of gravity, take-off weights, and fuel requirements. Load control and planning is generally handled by either the ground handl...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline Dispatchers
Replies: 54
Views: 6031

Re: Airline Dispatchers

Dispatch is something I really enjoy. Having only been at it for 1.5 years it's something I wish I got into sooner. For me, I like the constantly changing conditions and challenges. Some days are relatively simple with minimal issues and others (mainly in the winter) can wind you up so much it takes...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar/Collision Avoidance in old 747-100 and other planes in the 70s
Replies: 15
Views: 2288

Re: Radar/Collision Avoidance in old 747-100 and other planes in the 70s

Russian aircraft from the old era had the large radar screen centrally located in the middle of the glareshield with a shade to keep stray light out.



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by JAGflyer
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VHF headset plugs in cabin for medical use
Replies: 4
Views: 938

VHF headset plugs in cabin for medical use

I saw a photo of a Delta 737 overhead panel which had two jacks for someone to plug-in a headset for medical use. It was established (and it made sense) that this is used for allowing FAs or medical personnel to speak to the medical advisors (Medlink or StatMD) via radio or whatever voice service is...

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by JAGflyer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?
Replies: 8
Views: 1242

Re: Callsigns: Special Codes/Letters?

Many European companies are using letters now in the call signs, usually the flight number and call sign numbers are different. BA and VS do this and I noticed EK using them a few days ago, not sure if that's new or not. In terms of the flight number, it is always numeric. ATC callsigns however can...

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by JAGflyer
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shipping a Motorcycle by plane
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

Re: Shipping a Motorcycle by plane

The residual fuel, vapors, oil and any hydraulic fluid is all hazmat so that won't fly on an passenger airplane as freight. Not necessarily. Most hazardous materials an fly on passenger aircraft provided they are below a certain amount and are declared properly. It is only certain goods (oxygen gen...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Website with Airliners to Sell / Lease
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Re: Website with Airliners to Sell / Lease

Controller.com is a well-known resource for sourcing various aircraft. While they mainly deal with business jets, the have a section for large airliners both in passenger, cargo, and VIP configuration.

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by JAGflyer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Older aircraft and uneven thrust level positions
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Re: Older aircraft and uneven thrust level positions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KreKVGomZQ
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Here is a video of a 747-200 at departure which shows what I am talking about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KreKVGomZQ

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by JAGflyer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Older aircraft and uneven thrust level positions
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Older aircraft and uneven thrust level positions

I have noticed that on some of the older jet aircraft (707, 727, 747-100/200, and DC-8 for example) it is common to see the flight engineer adjusting the thrust levers unevenly. A pilot who had flown the 727 explained to me that this is done as older engines/aircraft without digital engine control r...

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by JAGflyer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines serving free alcohol in Y
Replies: 42
Views: 2671

Re: Airlines serving free alcohol in Y

On the subject of "dry" Airlines. .KU and SV. Aren't IR dry too? I know they used to be some years ago post-revolution but not sure if that's been relaxed now or not. The airlines from strict Islamic countries do not serve any alcohol (or pork). Off the top of my head: PK, IR, SV, KU, and...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help me identify these 747 seats
Replies: 10
Views: 2368

Re: Help me identify these 747 seats

Britax-Rumbold is currently part of the Zodiac Aerospace group. As I previously worked with technical publications at my airline I may be able to dig up some information based on the SB numbers shown on the label. An SB is a manufacturer-supplied modification that adds/removes/repairs an aviation pa...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower deck Utilization - A330 / A340
Replies: 4
Views: 1907

Re: Lower deck Utilization - A330 / A340

LH used to have a lower level galley on the A346, but I believe they were all removed. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufthansa/Airbus-A340-642/591519 Nice, on the photo it states is galley + crew rest. Then it's a 1 AKE doing Crew Rest + Galley or 1 AKE crew rest and another AKE Galley? Thanks, An...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport Weighing Scales for Airliners
Replies: 45
Views: 4378

Re: Airport Weighing Scales for Airliners

No one mentioned freight. ULDs are actually weighed before they are loaded. Modern scales take a second to Show the weight, even of heavy items. There is a rule that each and every box must be weighed before loading on a ship. That can be done while on the truck or by a build in scale on a reach st...

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by JAGflyer
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport Weighing Scales for Airliners
Replies: 45
Views: 4378

Re: Airport Weighing Scales for Airliners

If I remember correctly, the aircraft is weighed periodically (every few years) using a scale that is put under landing gear. This weight of the usable fuel is subtracted. This makes up the basic empty weight (BEW) of the plane. Basic empty weight being the weight of the plane, engine fluids, and un...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ULD Only Aircraft - The Future?
Replies: 21
Views: 3162

Re: ULD Only Aircraft - The Future?

The "Magic Carpet" loading system on the 737 (made by Scandinavian "Telair") is a good solution for airlines that operate many quick-turn (30-40 minute) flights per day with lower payload restrictions. Think short-hauls. Unfortunately this system adds additional weight that is of...

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by JAGflyer
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM56-7B with and without /3
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

Re: CFM56-7B with and without /3

I believe the /3 model is a -7B26 (26K thrust rating) with a modification for improved emissions. Something to do with the combustion section IIRC.

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by JAGflyer
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Medical Certification With ADD
Replies: 36
Views: 14672

Re: Medical Certification With ADD

As someone who takes one of the medications that would most definitely disqualify me (based on the website posted above) I have to ask the question as to why drives the decision whether or not a medication is prohibited. Obviously some of them are quite obvious due to the potential for them to have ...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking in the airline industry
Replies: 49
Views: 11761

Re: Smoking in the airline industry

From my experience, ramp staff find secluded areas around the baggage rooms and corridors which become impromptu smoking rooms. Maintenance may leave the airside area (via vehicle) and smoke on the non-secure side. I recall one company I worked for also having a crawlspace/plumbing room in their lin...

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by JAGflyer
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What clothing colors do you consider non-seasonal?
Replies: 18
Views: 1371

Re: What clothing colors do you consider non-seasonal?

Khaki pants in the winter. I've always been told it's a faux-pas to wear beige pants outside of the warmer season so when I see someone walking in the snow wearing them it seems wrong.

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by JAGflyer
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First El Al 787 painted
Replies: 49
Views: 7630

Re: First El Al 787 painted

As a Toronto resident (and Jew) I've been following El Al's 787 progress quite closely. I can't wait till they finally get rid of the 767s on the YYZ route as the planes are easily 15+ years behind the times compared to other options like Air Canada. The new tail design looks fantastic with the larg...

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by JAGflyer
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers get up from flight during Fallen Hero Escort
Replies: 83
Views: 17903

Re: Passengers get up from flight during Fallen Hero Escort

Hero must be the most abused word in the English language, at least in the US, anyway. This guy was an aircraft mechanic out of Luke AFB that died in an unrelated car accident. That doesn't make him a hero nor does it require people to fall over themselves to "honor him". My thoughts exac...

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by JAGflyer
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cost of painting / A330 "Hello Kitty" Eva Air
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: Cost of painting / A330 "Hello Kitty" Eva Air

Very intricate paint schemes often use decals (stickers) rather than paint.

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