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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tu-154 At Zurich
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Air VIA Barf Bags

OK, thanks to the Barf Bag website, mentioned here some months ago, I discovered that Air VIA is Bulgarian.

I'd still like to know about the glazed noses though.

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tu-154 At Zurich
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

RE: Tu-154 At Zurich

Thanks, CV990, though I've been here for a while! I assumed VIA was from eastern Europe, Africa or Central America since they were flying a Tu-154 but I couldn't think of anywhere other than Venezuela that begins with a "V" - maybe it doesn't refer to a country. I've never even come close to flying ...

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's Fantastic New Colours
Replies: 9
Views: 1246

RE: BA's Fantastic New Colours/"BO-ACK"

Until you mentioned it, the only people I ever heard say "Bo-ack" were British. The reason some people don't like it is the same reason people don't pronounce TWA as "twah" or BA as "Bah" or GNP as "gnup". I don't think it's peculiarly British. There are a lot of acronyms pronounced as a word, espec...

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tu-154 At Zurich
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Tu-154 At Zurich

Thanks to that wonderful webcam I see there's a Tu-154 belonging to VIA at Zurich at the moment (1130 UTC/GMT). Who are they? Venezuelan? Nice to get a rare glimpse of a Russian-built aircraft. There's also an Aeroflot 737-400 with quite a snazzy paint scheme on the engines - almost like a depiction...

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Question Of The Day
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

RE: Aviation Question Of The Day

No, Freddy and co. are definitely right but I just couldn't get my head round the birds flying in through the door. I guess their weight gets added as they fly into the plane and shutting the door just stops them getting out. OK, Freddy, I've ditched the parrot. Just as well really. It squawked twic...

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 10
Views: 997

RE: Trivia Answer...its Bombardier

Hoy! What about my answer? :(

Haven't BAe farmed off their commercial aircraft production? I think the 125 derivative (the 1000?) went to Raytheon and the 146 went somewhere else. The ATP was added to the Jetstream line at Prestwick which was promptly terminated.

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 10
Views: 997

RE: Trivia Question

Could we be talking about a company which produces smaller aircraft, like Bombardier, for example?

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Question Of The Day
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

RE: Aviation Question Of The Day

Very tactful, FlyF15. Yes it was me :) I should really have put my last two posts together.

Common sense tells me the weight can't change in a closed system but I can't reconcile the problem when it's put the way I mentioned in my last post.

My head's starting to hurt again.

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by David L
Tue Jun 01, 1999 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Question Of The Day
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

RE: Aviation Question Of The Day

So I should just sell my parrot, then? This was discussed at length some time ago at work with no final conclusion. There were people with degrees in physics and engineering involved. My position was that it was a closed system so the weight couldn't change but someone said, OK, the plane's flying a...

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Stinks!
Replies: 8
Views: 831

RE: Do I Smell A Post About To Be Deleted !

I think you're right, Ice Cream Man. I just walked right over a wind-up. I'm so naive :)

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Cams
Replies: 4
Views: 1148

RE: Zurich Webcam

I was panning around when suddenly, whoosh! An MD-11 was climbing from right to left, just behing the termainal building. I don't know whose it was - all white with a horizontal blue bar or logo across the fin. I've actually been doing some work for a couple of hours and haven't looked recently - th...

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Cams
Replies: 4
Views: 1148

RE: Zurich Webcam

I gave the Zurich webcam a go - it's the best one I've seen yet. It was great for Friday afternoon at the office and again today as it's a bank holiday and there aren't many people here. Even the non-aviation people here are hooked. Live spotting at an airport almost 1000 miles away - perhaps this i...

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS 767 - Rudderproblem?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

RE: SAS 767 - Rudderproblem?

Maybe they needed the crowbar to get the "S" off.

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Stinks!
Replies: 8
Views: 831

But...

... they're also buying a large 777 fleet and have a huge 747 fleet already. I wouldn't rule out BA as a significant Boeing customer for the forseeable future. I certainly hope not, anyway.

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Purchases
Replies: 58
Views: 1460

RE: Oh My God!

Airbus's "once unpopular planes"? If you mean they weren't selling many in their early years, well that's hardly surprising, is it? In the 50s and 60s NOBODY wanted Airbus - does that make them completely rubbish? I say yet again: let both flourish or the whole airline industry loses out. And some c...

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Question Of The Day
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

RE: Aviation Question Of The Day

When the birds are at rest all their weight is acting downward on the aircraft but when they're flying the air will be deflected mostly downward but it will swirl about, including up to the ceiling and sideways on the walls, so I still reckon a small amount of weight would be lost but much less than...

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by David L
Mon May 31, 1999 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Prices Over The Computer
Replies: 8
Views: 1665

RE: Airline Prices Over The Computer

I witnessed the same problem with Expedia. A work colleague was speaking to a travel agent about a flight to Israel so I checked out Expedia's prices. They said £290 but the travel agent said £220. Lucky I've known my own travel agent since we were at the same school :)

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by David L
Sun May 30, 1999 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Math For Pilots!
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Back To The Math(s)

Maybe you'll get a more qualified answer - I'm not a pilot so I can only guess. I'll bet good arithmetic is essential. There must be times when flying conditions change suddenly and you need to juggle numbers in your head. Trig is bound to be used in route planning/adjustment, especially in relation...

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by David L
Sat May 29, 1999 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Movements In Sydney 29/5/99
Replies: 5
Views: 1750

RE: Movements In Sydney 29/5/99

While the movements at Sydney are not of direct interest to me at the other side of the planet, I like the idea.

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by David L
Sat May 29, 1999 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Comfortable Are B747-400s?
Replies: 8
Views: 1982

Apologies To Cedarjet

It seems from this discussion that some BA 400s have economy seats upstairs after all. I've sent myself to my room for the rest of the day as a punishment. As for comparing the 400 to earlier models, er... I haven't actually flown on ANY 747s yet. Should manage a BA 400 in September though - JFK to ...

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by David L
Sat May 29, 1999 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Comfortable Are B747-400s?
Replies: 8
Views: 1982

RE: How Comfortable Are B747-400s?

Never having flown on any of BA's 747-400s, I'm in no position to add my personal opinion but... according to BA's website, their 747-400s have Club World seating upstairs, which I assume is between Economy and First Class in standard. Sorry to be pedantic but you know what this forum's like - if I ...

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by David L
Thu May 27, 1999 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Deadstick Landing In A Field
Replies: 9
Views: 5096

RE: Levee

As in "drove my Chevvy to the levee but the levee was dry" (American Pie, Don MacLean)? Ah, it all makes sense now.

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by David L
Thu May 27, 1999 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We Should Start Our Own FS98 Virtuaul Airline
Replies: 30
Views: 1874

RE: Flying From A To B

It was me who mentioned that. What I actually said was that I COULD get from A to B but only in a Cessna and with bumpy landings. I tried the trial flight in a 737 but had to give up because I couldn't set the power as instructed, e.g. "set N2 to 60%" - I ended up chasing the power up and down like ...

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by David L
Thu May 27, 1999 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We Should Start Our Own FS98 Virtuaul Airline
Replies: 30
Views: 1874

So, What's The Story?

Do you just take it on trust that someone's completed a flight as required? If you mess up a landing do you just keep quiet about it?

It sounds like a great idea but I can just about manage to get a Cessna from A to B with a bumpy landing.

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by David L
Wed May 26, 1999 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nothing Will Ever Challenge The 747
Replies: 23
Views: 1908

RE: Nothing Will Ever Challenge The 747

What, never, EVER? Well, that's that sorted then :)

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by David L
Wed May 26, 1999 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mach ...
Replies: 7
Views: 946

RE: FlyF15

741 mph at 0*C is at sea level, right? And about 100 mph less at 30,000 to 40,000 ft where it's much colder.

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by David L
Wed May 26, 1999 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Purchases
Replies: 58
Views: 1460

RE: Airbus Purchases

And some people will never accept the idea of the video-recorder or "motor car" either. As long as they're happy.

Go apples and never accept the idea of an "orange".

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by David L
Wed May 26, 1999 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Purchases
Replies: 58
Views: 1460

RE: Airbus Purchases

Precisely, CV990. The last thing this world needs is one dominant manufacturer. Competition keeps manufacturers on their toes and prevents them from producing substandard machines to a captive market for easy money. The same goes for cars, computers, hamburgers, etc. PS I quite like a burger from Ma...

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by David L
Tue May 25, 1999 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Purchases
Replies: 58
Views: 1460

RE: Airbus Purchases

I'll bet the airlines of the world wish they had some of our experts on board so they wouldn't keep buying the wrong aircraft.

Nicely put "Irony" Cream Man :)

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by David L
Mon May 24, 1999 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Food Service
Replies: 6
Views: 1032

RE: Food Service

I'd also add that most of the criticism of food on certain US services has come from from US forum members. I've already stated that I preferred the food I had on Delta and NW to the food I usually get from European airlines, except BA.

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by David L
Sat May 22, 1999 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 707 Experience
Replies: 11
Views: 1828

RE: Breathing In The Styling

Oh yes... wouldn't have to be a 707 though. I'd settle for a VC-10, CV-880 or Britannia as well.

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by David L
Fri May 21, 1999 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 707 Experience
Replies: 11
Views: 1828

RE: Boeing 707 Experience

As well as the 707, I flew in other airliners in the 60s and, of the ones I was old enough to remember, they all had reading lights, air vents and call buttons. I don't remember ever seeing open overhead racks either.

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by David L
Fri May 21, 1999 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "NASA's Bird Firing Cannon"
Replies: 3
Views: 1974

RE: "NASA's Bird Firing Cannon"

It's a good story but it's a bit older than the Channel Tunnel :)

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by David L
Fri May 21, 1999 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Birdstrikes And Food
Replies: 16
Views: 1231

RE: BA's Breakfast...

Agreed, SashA. I haven't had a better breakfast than BA's and that's usually on the GLA - LHR shuttle as well.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White Elephant?
Replies: 7
Views: 983

RE: Reality Check

Couldn't agree more, Hmmmm. There would have to be a market for such a large aircraft to have a good load factor in at least a mixed-class layout. Given its size, perhaps in a few cases some extras, like one or two tiny kiosks, could be fitted but it would still have to carry a LOT of passengers to ...

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 Was Not The First FBW Airliner!
Replies: 9
Views: 2565

RE: A320 Was Not The First FBW Airliner!

I assume we're talking about production airliners which went into service, not experimental aircraft? I'm not saying Concorde was the first, I'm just saying it was earlier than some of the suggestions above - it's definitely a contender though. Although it didn't enter service till 1976, it first fl...

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brainiff Concord?
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

RE: Brainiff Concord?

Although BA and Air France were the only airlines to actually buy it, Branniff and Malaysian or Singapore (or possibly their predecessor, MSA) flew Concorde in their own colurs for promotional reasons with the intention of buying.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 Was Not The First FBW Airliner!
Replies: 9
Views: 2565

Cheers, BryanG

But EAL 757 may have a point in that, as I understand it, Concorde's FBW system is probably analogue, rather than digital. Perhaps that's what he was thinking of.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White Elephant?
Replies: 7
Views: 983

RE: White Elephant?

I hope I wasn't too rough on you, CaptK. As Freddy said, it's a common reaction to something new. I have the advantage/disadvantage of having been brought up on flying when ALL long haul flights were in narrow bodies because there weren't any wide bodies. When the 747 came along there were those for...

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying With A Hole In Your Ear Drum.
Replies: 7
Views: 6725

Hold On There!

I'm NOT medically trained at all! It's just something I happen to know. If your doctor thinks it would be better to close the hole now rather than wait for it to heal you should listen to him - there may be a good reason for it.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White Elephant?
Replies: 7
Views: 983

RE: White Elephant?

Substitute "747" for "A-3XX" and "707" or "DC-8" for "747" and that post could have been written 30 years ago. And when the railways started we were all going to "suffocate at speeds greater than 30mph". The only doubts I have about flying in an aircraft wider than the 747 is that the chances of get...

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Birdstrikes And Food
Replies: 16
Views: 1231

RE: Criag

Never mind, Craig, I enjoyed your reply :) I was thinking along the same lines but couldn't put it as well as you did.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerospatical Or Airbus?
Replies: 2
Views: 955

RE: Aerospatical Or Airbus?

Aerospatial are only the French component of the multi-national consortium which makes Airbus.

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 Was Not The First FBW Airliner!
Replies: 9
Views: 2565

RE: A320 Was Not The First FBW Airliner!

Isn't Concorde FBW with mechanical backup?

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by David L
Thu May 20, 1999 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying With A Hole In Your Ear Drum.
Replies: 7
Views: 6725

RE: Flying With A Hole In Your Ear Drum.

The slight discomfort (usually) most of us feel in our ears when climbing and descending in flight is caused by different air pressures either side of the eardrum. The outside of the eardrum is exposed to the changes in cabin pressure while the inside is normally sealed so the pressure isn't allowed...

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by David L
Sun May 16, 1999 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Come You All Know So Much?
Replies: 9
Views: 242

RE: How Come You All Know So Mu

There's also an art in appearing to know what you're talking about!
(Doesn't apply to me though - I haven't mastered that art.)

As for a life... there isn't just aviation, there's talking about
it on the internet as well. Oops, I've said too much.

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by David L
Sun May 16, 1999 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlink SAAB-340's
Replies: 3
Views: 1553

RE: Northwest Airlink SAAB-340'

Sorry, that was just another of my "wise guy" remarks falling flat. I
was just pointing out that the concept of "other countries" is
subjective. SAAB being a Swedish company, the Swedes might not regard
SAAB 340s being made in Sweden as being made in "other countries" :)

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by David L
Sun May 16, 1999 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Cabin Service
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

RE: Concorde Cabin Service

I'm sure you're right but it must have been a different destination.
The only places to refuel on a London - New York flight would be
Iceland or the east coast of Canada. Still, it's food for thought -
more enquiries, I think.

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by David L
Sun May 16, 1999 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlink SAAB-340's
Replies: 3
Views: 1553

RE: Northwest Airlink SAAB-340'

Do you mean when Swedish SAAB 340s are built in Sweden? :)

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by David L
Sun May 16, 1999 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Quiz On World Airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

RE: Quiz On World Airlines

1. Best Domestic Carrier: BA, BM (British, obviously) 2. Best International Carrier: BA, NW, DL 3. Best food: BA, NW, DL 4. Best entertainment: Any airline that lets me look out the window - i.e. not Sabena (sorry Ben) 5. Best Comfort: Not usually a problem 6. Best Service: BA, NW, DL, LH (insisted ...

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