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by JHwk
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?
Replies: 83
Views: 10181

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?

Landside, a lot of the misery of going to or from LAX will be alleviated by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Metro line and the Airport Metro Connector, set to open in 2019 and 202? [before the 2028 Olympics]. I doubt it will do much unless they charge all vehicles $5 to enter the airport, unfo...

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?
Replies: 83
Views: 10181

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for LAX in the LA Basin?

While I don't think LAX is going far enough (or fast enough), the major issues are being addressed. I 5-10 years, they will need to look at extending the Sepulveda tunnel or something similar, and likely in that same time frame there will be pressure to address the uninhabitable zone between the 110...

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by JHwk
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 47537

Re: Power outage in ATL

I don't think people understand the massive amount of generators that would be needed to keep the airport running... We're talking about the largest airport in the world by passengers, to keep operations normal using generators would take an insane amount of backups, that just aren't needed 99.9% o...

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by JHwk
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 17550

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

While I agree that neither player is truly dominant, Airbus has a better hand right now than Boeing. Long-term success likely hinges on the 737 replacement and its positioning; personally I think the MoM is going to be a distraction as the real investment required is unlikely to translate into suffi...

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by JHwk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 48
Views: 10919

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

Zeke-- housing allowances are taxed now? It has been a long time, but I thought mine was an untaxed benefit along with a few other perks.

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by JHwk
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12825

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

What’s the alternative? Do you spend six years to retrofit all of the planes and then start advertising? You’d then be promoting a seven year old seat and we’d roast UA for that. I think for UA Polaris is the premium experience, and that should extend beyond what the seat looks like. If you are try...

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 438614

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

So is the most economical design an ovoid twin aisle X7 fuse or an ovoid twin aisle X8 fuse? We have also recently read that they accept that 'ovoid' restricts use of optimised containers in hold -period. Unless you put LD3's in the back at the main deck elevation, which could also address the &quo...

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12825

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

That J seat, while not as competitive as some seats today, has been flying passengers for something like 20 years. Not terribly different from BA’s product, and not far off the mark from EK 777s with 2-3-2 angled flat configurations on ULH sectors. So spare the melodrama about how uncompetive UA is...

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by JHwk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 438614

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

So could a 8-abreast passenger-forward "combi" supporting 8 full-size LD3's, oval fuselage, and no "belly" deck work as a MOM design? It would seem to address the "stubby" aspect of a 200-250 seat twin aisle and give good flexibility for a stretch.

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's 757 cabin update
Replies: 52
Views: 7016

Re: DL's 757 cabin update

I find it isn't worth paying for First on the DL 757's now. Wife and I were surprised at how much it had regressed, and now prefer AA as the best paid J option for domestic.

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by JHwk
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Glass Jet Bridges in the USA
Replies: 38
Views: 7683

Re: Glass Jet Bridges in the USA

NFPA has been considering the change for the better part of 20 years. They work reasonably well in hot places like Hong Kong and Bangkok, and cold places as well.

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by JHwk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 179735

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

What capacity will phase 1a really offer? It looks more to the scale of BKK, whose first phase was designed for 45MAP, although it operates around 55MAP.

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by JHwk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the old El Toro MCAS actually became an airport
Replies: 12
Views: 2778

Re: If the old El Toro MCAS actually became an airport

Agree Camp Pendleton is about the only option moving forward, but of course it will never happen. With solid fast rail links to OC and SD it could address a number of issues effectively, without San Onofre in the way. The terrain might be a bit of a challenge though...

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by JHwk
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does SFO have a flawed design?
Replies: 45
Views: 9414

Re: Does SFO have a flawed design?

What exactly is the problem with the environmental lobby, about land filling a few hundred meters of the Bay? Surely they know there is one of America's busiest airports there already. A new runway further out, would simply close an existing one. What damage would it do to the Bay floor? and think ...

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by JHwk
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways (TG) confirms intent to return to the US
Replies: 179
Views: 23004

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

The #1 advantage of flying TG from LAX is the schedule. I don't think I will ever do that flight again though... just too long in a plane for me.

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by JHwk
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 709276

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

Another would be to consider that Airbus made a large move with the A380 and Boeing decided to do 748i as a small move to keep price pressure on A380. If that was Boeing's plan (I would agree it likely was), they fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Airbus has never been as well positioned in terms ...

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by JHwk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 168776

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

To those who think the 787 is similar in size to the 767... 767-200 - empty 82T - cabin area 160m2 767-300 - empty 90T - cabin area 190m2 767-400 - empty 103T - cabin area 221m2 787-8 - empty 120T - cabin area 232m2 787-9 - empty 129T - cabin area 265m2 787-10 - empty 137T - cabin area 299m2 The 76...

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by JHwk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Lounges, Gates and Other Upgrades Status Thread
Replies: 1
Views: 460

Re: United Lounges, Gates and Other Upgrades Status Thread

They have done a good job in LAX; I am surprised by how nice the club is and how they have managed to fix some of the awful bathroom limitations. Still a compromise in many places, but it works and feels less chaotic.

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by JHwk
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 438614

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

It will be interesting to see what Boeing comes up with. I would think that gate constraints would favor 737 lengths and (folded) wingspans with an 8-abreast section optimal, and I guess the fan diameter is somewhere around 92-100". Could we see a more unique wing-body join like this? http://ww...

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by JHwk
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11313

Re: Hawaii Airports Thread

My only real beef with HNL terminal is the poor state of affairs in the bathrooms. The food at the PGA Tour restaurant is good enough that we often stop there when flying in. It needs work, but the bathrooms are truly an embarrassment.

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by JHwk
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA and Island Air future interisland aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2156

Re: HA and Island Air future interisland aircraft

High speed ferry can take them all out. Are you joking? It's around 100 miles from Honolulu to both Maui and Kauai. Best case scenario that's about 2 hours port to port on a high speed ferry, probably closer to 2.5 hours in reality. Meanwhile the flights take about 40 minutes. And that's the best-c...

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by JHwk
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories
Replies: 249
Views: 29291

Re: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories

Hawaii is a bloodbath. Why would they want to enter the market. I don't see much upside other than just to say they fly to Hawaii. Yields between the islands and the mainland are actually in excellent shape right now and are dishing out hefty profits - the market has recovered significantly and the...

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by JHwk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United sent me someone else's check-in reminder.
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

Re: United sent me someone else's check-in reminder.

I get them all the time for someone sharing my name (first.[email protected].com). Also get hotel confirmations, etc. Yes, if I was in the right place I could really screw up his flying experience, but it isn't like I am going to be able to get a refund to a credit card I have. Confirmation numbers have mu...

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by JHwk
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unchecked Airport Workers
Replies: 25
Views: 3807

Re: Unchecked Airport Workers

Agree with others; unrealistic and pointless. To have a badge you go through sufficient training and checks that you are a reasonably low threat. To have escort privledges you have additional training. There are holes to be sure, but statistically on par with TSA's screening efficacy. Hell, a speedi...

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by JHwk
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comparing airline's upper class seats/layouts
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Comparing airline's upper class seats/layouts

True flat, Alliance, not United 2-4-2 in the center or galley, price, IFE, soft product are my priority rank. Usually fly with my wife, so I prefer arrangements where we can still talk or cuddle up rather than direct aisle access. As for the airline's priorities, they are looking at maximizing the r...

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by JHwk
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards
Replies: 54
Views: 10443

Re: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards

What is a rollaboard? A "roll aboard" is any wheeeled carry-on sized bag that can be rolled onto the aircraft instead of carried (this was a novel concept at one time!). These days I frequently see the term "roll aboard" bastardized into "roller board" which makes no s...

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by JHwk
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control
Replies: 71
Views: 11391

Re: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control

masseybrown wrote:
There's a reason the government is so bad at IT projects.

The private sector is equally bad at large IT projects. Arguably, the only "good" way is with internal staff... like a software company.

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by JHwk
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins
Replies: 66
Views: 14748

Re: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins

What a weird terminal design. Ground-level gates? 737's are depicted, but even with regional a/c a two-floor terminal should work fine. The beautiful two-level, 4-gate terminal in Bismarck, ND is a good example of a well-designed, easily expandable small-airport terminal . Much better design than w...

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by JHwk
Mon May 29, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA experiencing computer problems.
Replies: 200
Views: 29475

Re: BA experiencing computer problems.

redroo wrote:
My point is that most companies don't even do that because it's too expensive

Most companies have "redundancy," they just don't test it adequately because that is very hard. All the dependencies of modern systems make true reliability difficult.

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by JHwk
Thu May 18, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion
Replies: 54
Views: 4500

Re: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion

I don't think you can really trust rental laptop. All sorts of tricks were demonstrated to actually keep someone else in command. So either a clean laptop is FedEx'ed ahead for pickup on arrival (with same battery issues as discussed), or we're talking about development of docking stations which ca...

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by JHwk
Fri May 12, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package
Replies: 19
Views: 3385

Re: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package

Wasn't the key issue in the severance that Smisec had to defend himself personally rather than as a United executive? Normally it would be the company defending the executive for employment contracts, potentially requiring reimbursement if found guilty on criminal charges.

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by JHwk
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines to Hawaii?
Replies: 30
Views: 5983

Re: European Airlines to Hawaii?

I often wonder why people view a geographical area as a single market. There may be enough Europeans willing to pay a premium for a direct flight to Hawaii, but in aggregate they live in London, Paris, Frankfurt Amsterdam etc. If they live in a different city to the one served by the projected flig...

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by JHwk
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Low oxygen in cabin air
Replies: 22
Views: 4920

Re: Low oxygen in cabin air

Issue is partial pressure of oxygen, not percentage content. Your body relies on the former. You only get the equivalent of ~11% O2 in the air. If it is a problem, get a prescription for o2 for your flight.

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 411
Views: 42265

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

Regarding the difference between the US and U.K. bans, they could easily be just rated proportionally to risk and impact. EK has a lot more business in the U.K., and it would likely have a much bigger impact on her citizens. For the US, the proportional risk given connections at ME3 airports could e...

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by JHwk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat Law coming?
Replies: 167
Views: 22555

Re: Seat Law coming?

Personally, I would be fine with requiring the airlines to publish minimum clear zones on their planes-- shoulder space, seat space, knee space, seat height, etc. I would also love for them to publish some kind of back comfort metrics to flag things like the Continental domestic first class seats.

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?
Replies: 53
Views: 9419

Re: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?

This is also a temporal issue; *right now* the best solution on the routes is a 767; demand, yield, schedule, etc., may all have an impact at a later point in time pushing different solutions that are not perfectly optimal in terms of capital cost, trip cost, wingspan, boarding/deplaning time, speed...

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of MCI facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2976

Re: Status of MCI facilities

About the only cheap solution I can think of is eliminate 3 traffic lanes curbside, and push the terminal out an extra 30-40'; 60-70' might be possible at the center of the terminal. Still doesn't change the fact that maintenance is extremely expensive on what is there though. I will say this though...

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by JHwk
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon to Establish Worldwide Cargo Hub at CVG
Replies: 88
Views: 13817

Re: Amazon to Establish Worldwide Cargo Hub at CVG

Can anyone else think of an example where a company has attempted to control too much of the manufacturing/distribution chain only to have it bite them in the butt? From where I sit, it seems like Amazon is continuously optimizing the split of tasks and responsibilities to a very local scale, possi...

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by JHwk
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Impact of the Ban on Airline's Business?
Replies: 32
Views: 4088

Re: The Impact of the Ban on Airline's Business?

There are a whole lot of Iranians that fled after the Revolution, and are now citizens in the US, UK, or other "western" countries. Many have kids who were born in their new countries, but due to visiting family back in Iran they have needed to register and obtain citizenship documentation...

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by JHwk
Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 226
Views: 58498

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

It would seem to me to make more sense to extend the Sepulveda tunnel to Lincoln and rebuild T8 where the Post Way buildings are now so they could improve taxiway access and have a double-loaded concourse. I have trouble imagining how the T9 location can be effective for access.

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by JHwk
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 158
Views: 27006

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

We are UA 1k's, but fly AA domestic first several times per year. We fly them because of the IFE. Ditch that, and we don't really have a compelling reason to be on AA. Today the BYOD wifi systems are horrible; they have poor quality video due to bandwidth/compression issues, and they drain device ba...

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by JHwk
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 325602

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

What is the total fleet size now?

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by JHwk
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground stop affecting all Domestic UA flights
Replies: 40
Views: 8868

Re: Ground stop affecting all Domestic UA flights

On the ground does ACARS use satellite still, or is there a higher bandwidth radio?

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by JHwk
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ramper rides in cargo bin of Mesa flight
Replies: 25
Views: 6697

Re: Ramper rides in cargo bin of Mesa flight

Doesn't activity in the hold need to comply with OSHA confined space requirements?

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by JHwk
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess
Replies: 99
Views: 13469

Re: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess

The best explanation I can offer on Uber/Lyft impact (aside from Arrivals-level impact) is that more people used to use the shared vans, so you would have 1/4-1/8 as many vehicles on the loop. The arrivals loop was never well designed, so its over use is a big part of the problem. On the departures ...

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by JHwk
Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess
Replies: 99
Views: 13469

Re: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess

Is there any viable solution to improving the situation before 2023? The only thing I can think of is a temporary Pershing/WorldWayWest terminal with airside transfer busses to each terminal. Barring that, you have to find another way to limit cars and vans from World Way. The Uber/Lyft impact is si...

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by JHwk
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a small airline fly throughout the Midwest?
Replies: 19
Views: 4513

Re: Could a small airline fly throughout the Midwest?

A Cessna Caravan has an operating cost per hour of around $700 without any overhead or profit-- bump it up to around $1,100 to cover those. You would need to find flights that you could recover those costs on to make it work, but generally the cities are going to need to be at least 150 miles apart ...

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by JHwk
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess
Replies: 99
Views: 13469

Re: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess

Agree that the central parking needs to be eliminated, and there needs to be a off-site drop off (along with a $3 fee for cars and $10 for vans transiting the loop. Demolishing the central parking would make construction of the APM so much easier and faster... Also wish there was a way to have a dro...

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by JHwk
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Automated TSA/UA checkpoints at ORD LAX EWR
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

Re: Automated TSA/UA checkpoints at ORD LAX EWR

ImperialAero wrote:
3. There is automated reject lane if there is a suspicious item meaning the operator doesnt need to stop the belt to have the tray taken for inspection, it goes onto a parallel conveyor

Is the automated reject lane coupled to an independent scanner?

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