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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Super 80 Fleet Converted To RR Tay?
Replies: 40
Views: 7092

RE: American Super 80 Fleet Converted To RR Tay?

Interesting rumour, but... (1) Fuel prices are on the way back down. (2) <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> would/should be looking to cut capital costs as much as possible at the moment. I don't think that this is likely to be happening any time soon. I am also suspicious about t...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex 747-200?
Replies: 7
Views: 2909

RE: Fedex 747-200?

Thanks, Jeffrey. You beat me to it. I noticed them coming through <acronym title="Anchorage - Ted Stevens International (ANC / PANC), USA - Alaska">ANC</acronym> tonight with a 747-200, and pulled up photos of what I guess is the first of up to 8 they plan to start flying. That will be a pretty big ...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 19, 2004 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex 747-200?
Replies: 7
Views: 2909

RE: Fedex 747-200?

Not to reply to my own post, but in response to SpacePope, the other 747-200 cargo operators (besides Polar, Evergreen, Atlas, Kalitta and NWA) are Southern Air and UPS. Evergreen, Kalitta and UPS have some -100s. Polar and Atlas have -300s and -400s as well.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex 747-200?
Replies: 7
Views: 2909

RE: Fedex 747-200?

There ya go. Thanks! An interesting development considering that on FedEx's CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) team, Polar is the founding cargo member, meaning that it gets all the cargo business assigned to that team, unless it can't do the mission, whereupon it goes to another team member. Atlas is o...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex 747-200?
Replies: 7
Views: 2909

Fedex 747-200?

FedEx is flying some military cargo charters from POB through <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> to <acronym title="Frankfurt - Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA</acronym> these days, including today. Th...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 16, 2004 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest BUR-ONT Flights Tonight 11/14/04
Replies: 17
Views: 3988

RE: Southwest BUR-ONT Flights Tonight 11/14/04

A pilot friend who flies for a major carrier once described being in <acronym title="OLD: Denver - Stapleton International (DEN / KDEN) (closed), USA - Colorado AND CURRENT: Denver - International (DEN / KDEN), USA - Colorado">DEN</acronym> in some fierce conditions, including wind-related condition...

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?
Replies: 58
Views: 4817

RE: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?

MacDaddy: Is your nickname a pun on the old MAC (Military Airlift Command, predecessor of the AMC Air Mobility Command), or just a coincidence?

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 15, 2004 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charters
Replies: 85
Views: 7908

RE: NFL Charters

Jacksonville and Buffalo each use World MD11s for away games.

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 14, 2004 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot's Inappropriate PA Announcement
Replies: 118
Views: 21678

RE: Delta Pilot's Inappropriate PA Announcement

Personally, I think that it's tacky.

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 14, 2004 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?
Replies: 58
Views: 4817

RE: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?

TO Clipper002: Ed, I have another question about CRAF, that I guess properly goes here. Today, for example, there's a troop movement from McGuire AFB (WRI) to Frankfurt (and presumably beyond, but not shown). One flight is on an American 777, another (about 18 hours later) on a World DC10. American ...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

RE: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees

When looking for flu vaccination, don't forget Omaha, if anyone is going there. For $29, which many health plans are now covering, all one has to do is go to a Kohll's pharmacy, even if you're healthy, and get a Flumist nasal vaccination administered right there by a pharmacist. As noted on my web s...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 11, 2004 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?
Replies: 58
Views: 4817

RE: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?

Ed, PLEASE never even think about apologies. You are a wonderful source of always-accurate information, and I can't tell you how much I personally enjoy reading your posts. And I picked up something new about the disadvantages of ETAR / <acronym title="Ramstein (- Landstuhl) (RMS / ETAR), Germany">R...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 11, 2004 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

RE: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees

Just out curiosity, is there nobody on this forum who can comment on what airlines are doing to protect their employees from flu?

Thanks.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North American To Hawaii
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

RE: North American To Hawaii

The North American color scheme was the best looking scheme that I have ever seen on an MD80. I like it in general (on the 757 and the 767), but I have to say that I haven't seen an MD80 look better than with that livery.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?
Replies: 58
Views: 4817

RE: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?

Also, for what it's worth, North American still uses EINN (<acronym title="Shannon (SNN / EINN), Ireland">SNN</acronym>) as well. They had a 757 flying EINN-<acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> today, for example. All the bes...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?
Replies: 58
Views: 4817

RE: Ferrying Troops Home On A/c?

Clipper002 is always spot-on when it comes to info regarding World. However, he's a little misinformed regarding EINN. ATA still uses it as a stop; indeed, there's an L1011 from <acronym title="Bangor - International (BGR / KBGR), USA - Maine">BGR</acronym> tonight that will stop there. Perhaps at a...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD11 Being Ferried By Boeing
Replies: 7
Views: 5702

RE: MD11 Being Ferried By Boeing

Flytecomm shows it starting at Narita under the Boeing callsign. So...it is indeed probably a JAL aircraft being ferried from Japan. The stops in <acronym title="Tucson - International (TUS / KTUS), USA - Arizona">TUS</acronym> and <acronym title="Yuma - MCAS / International (YUM / KYUM), USA - Ariz...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Tri-Star At MSP
Replies: 10
Views: 2743

RE: Saudi Tri-Star At MSP

For what it's worth, it's my understanding that the Saudi royal family thinks particularly highly of the Mayo clinic and frequently has family members (it's a BIG family) there for treatment, diagnosis and checkups.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

RE: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees

I agree that there are many people for whom it is not indicated, and I checked carefully with my doctor about it for me. Certainly, I don't think anyone should get any vaccine without discussing the pros and cons with one's doctor. But for me, at least, my doctor said it would be fine, and indeed it...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Flu Vaccine And Airline Employees

I haven't seen any discussion here about how the flu shot shortage is affecting airline employees. I assume that most do not qualify for the actual shot, as most are younger than 65 and any pilots, for example, probably could not fly with the kinds of diseases that make one younger than 65 eligible ...

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex MD-10
Replies: 7
Views: 4038

RE: Fedex MD-10

Actually, looking at the latest 10K, it looks like FedEx ultimately converted 27 DC10-10s and 5 DC10-30s to the MD10 configuration. Remaining DC10s are 39 DC10-10s and 17 DC10-30s, including 13 DC10-10s which are not in service and are awaiting conversion from pax to freight configuration.

Bill

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex MD-10
Replies: 7
Views: 4038

RE: Fedex MD-10

Fedex "scaled backl" the program in 2001, incurring millions in charges to cut the program. At the time, things were slowing for FedEx, and they needed to cut capital expenditures. What is unclear to me is whether they restarted the program subsequently. It is also not clear to me how many DC10s wer...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 05, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Emergency" TV Program - Speedbird 5390
Replies: 19
Views: 9315

"Air Emergency" TV Program - Speedbird 5390

I think there was a Readers Digest article on it a few years ago. "Drama in Real Life". They also did a great treatment of the FedEx hijacking and bludgeoning of the flight crew a few years back... Read them when visiting my parents, so I don't remember what year. Really well done. Best, Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NWA DC-9 ** RUMOR**
Replies: 89
Views: 14478

RE: NWA DC-9 ** RUMOR**

It's not fair to assume that the decision to move routes to an <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> from a mainline jet will continue to be a simple dollars calculus. Two reasons: First, passenger backlash, which as Gerry Grinstein at Delta has pointed out, is increasing dramatically. Perso...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?
Replies: 23
Views: 7051

RE: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?

Indeed, MGM Grand Air had at least N801MG N802MG and N803MG (DC8s) and at least N503MG and N504MG (727s).

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?
Replies: 23
Views: 7051

RE: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?

Regarding the comments about the MG registration on the 727 and
MGM Grand Air...two thoughts:

MGM Grand definitely had at least one 727.

Champion is, I believe, the successor to MGM Grand Air.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD11 Mirabel-Goodyear Today?
Replies: 8
Views: 3533

Delta MD11 Mirabel-Goodyear Today?

There's a Delta Airlines 9900 flight in the air right now from <acronym title="Montreal - Mirabel International (YMX / CYMX), Canada - Quebec">YMX</acronym> to <acronym title="Goodyear - Phoenix / Goodyear (Litchfield Municipal) (GYR), USA - Arizona">GYR</acronym>. It's an MD11. Any idea whether thi...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2035

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Thanks again, Jetset. Now I'm confused. My friend at World, who definitely knows their operations, characterized stops at <acronym title="Gander - International (YQX / CYQX), Canada - Newfoundland">YQX</acronym> for them as very expensive, and yet you have identified several factors (fuel, ground ha...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 13, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2035

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Thanks so much for the knowledgeable responses! This really answers my question!

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2035

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Not to reply to my own message, as I know that that's impolite, but maybe I didn't articulate the question well. I know that there are some folks from these various carriers who post here, and what I'm curious about in a global sense is what makes one choose one of the two major East Coast fuel-stop...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 11, 2004 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2689

RE: Spirit Airlines Questions

What made you a "confirmed Song hater"? Are you basing this on a multitude of experiences or one sour one? If I based my impression of JetBlue on my interface with one incredibly rude, crabby and unmotivated cabin crew on a <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / K...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 11, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2035

BGR Vs YQX

I know that both <acronym title="Bangor - International (BGR / KBGR), USA - Maine">BGR</acronym> and <acronym title="Gander - International (YQX / CYQX), Canada - Newfoundland">YQX</acronym> are used as fuel stops for flights crossing the pond, and we see a lot of military flights on North American,...

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Random Observations On "Airline!"
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

RE: Random Observations On "Airline!"

Ditto about the ramp. They should show more, but that one episode where the guy was taught how to back the plane, how seriously he took the job and how concerned he was, and how perfect the disposition was of his supervisor/trainer, really made me have a lot of respect for the guys on the Southwest ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charter Airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 5985

RE: NFL Charter Airlines

I have to say that when the opponents see or hear of the Bills or Jaguars coming into town in a nice, big MD11 with plenty of room for everyone and all the cargo they could think to bring, it has to make them jealous....

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charter Airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 5985

RE: NFL Charter Airlines

Ed, what's the config of the Sonair MD11 these days?

Thanks.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tran Airbus Lost Cowling
Replies: 11
Views: 6647

RE: Air Tran Airbus Lost Cowling

There was a thread on this when it happened....

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn
Replies: 9
Views: 4420

RE: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn

Uhhhh...TWA 847? A finding by the transportation department in 1996 that the airport "was not maintaining and carrying out effective security measures" pursuant to the International Security Development and Cooperation Act of 1985? True, subsequent findings have been that security has been improved....

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Random Observations On "Airline!"
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

RE: Random Observations On "Airline!"

Airline certainly shows the difference between Southwest's "sorry you missed your connection now stand in line" attitude with the quality service provided by Delta during challenging periods. On <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>, if there's a misconnect, I arrive at the hub, scan m...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn
Replies: 9
Views: 4420

DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn

The CBS station in NYC is announcing that <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> 120 was diverted to Shannon this morning because of "security concerns" and that one man was taken off the plane. Nothing more. <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> shows the flight has conti...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Future Orders For B737-600
Replies: 27
Views: 5831

RE: Any Future Orders For B737-600

This last post makes no sense. Boeing is not likely to encourage its number one lessee of 717s -- indeed the one company to which it has leased all the 717s returned by others -- to "turn in" those aircraft. Given the lengths to which Boeing is likely to go to keep those 717s flying at Airtran, I ve...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 03, 2004 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion For Airtran
Replies: 39
Views: 5922

RE: Expansion For Airtran

DFW is an obvious place to expand if Delta pulls out. <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>-<acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym> is an obvious route to follow <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - Int...

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pulling Out Of DFW?
Replies: 25
Views: 8609

RE: Delta Pulling Out Of DFW?

If DL goes from DFW, I suspect that you will see a big Airtran buildup there.

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA To Add New Destination
Replies: 42
Views: 8960

RE: ATA To Add New Destination

PS I see that the once-weekly <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>-<acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> service is well-sold recently. Too bad they don't run it every day; I'd take it every time I wen...

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA To Add New Destination
Replies: 42
Views: 8960

RE: ATA To Add New Destination

The old Midway Airlines used to serve STT from <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> with a stop in <acronym title="Miami - International (MIA / KMIA), USA - Florida">MIA</acronym>. <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym>-<a...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 30, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?
Replies: 12
Views: 5130

RE: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?

Thanks for all your responses!

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 29, 2004 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Fee To Speak W/ American Res Agent
Replies: 39
Views: 6247

RE: DL Fee To Speak W/ American Res Agent

Probably way off topic. I have had a Compaq and a Dell laptop in the past 4 years. When the Dell had a problem, I was given to some dork, who happened to be in India, who had no ability or authority to resolve the problem. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Compaq seems to have a mix of foreigners and Am...

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 29, 2004 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Practical Jokes
Replies: 41
Views: 12189

RE: Pilot Practical Jokes

"SlamClickers" are pilots and f/as that do not go out partying with the other airline crews on layovers. These are the serious ones, the ones with boyfriends or girlfriends that they actually want to spend time on the phone with, the ones that want to get up early and exercise, the teetotalers, etc....

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Practical Jokes
Replies: 41
Views: 12189

RE: Pilot Practical Jokes

Do funny cockpit statements count? On a recent Airtran flight, the captain was obviously an old ValuJet guy. Funny as hell. Played the harmonica. Demonstrated with the "test" button which were the f/a calls (they all lit up red) and how we should push the OTHER button if we wanted our reading light....

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airport Restricted" On CO?
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Most likely means that all the seats that they plan to offer for advance assignment are assigned, and that they'll have to see what's left when you get to the airport. Not uncommon in heavy travel periods. I wouldn't worry; I've had this happen and still received a very nice window or aisle by check...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?
Replies: 12
Views: 5130

RE: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?

Thanks for the info on the 727. I had thought to add a parenthetical comment that it could be a 727 from the window arrangement, but I thought that I saw enough of the side of the aircraft to identify it as a 73. Guess not. Now, the question is, "Was the 727 that A340 Spotter saw in Houston the 727 ...

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