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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

You guys are saying REDUCE AIRSPEED like it's a given. So how would one reduce airspeed in the current situation? Speed brakes, flaps, landing gear... Not saying they had a way out of the situation, but as for this specific question, yes, there are ways to reduce airspeed in an airliner besides jus...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?

I am not a pilot so I have to ask. I have flown into PDT once on QX many years ago. There are navaids and lights at the end of the runways and they still have their beacon. You can't see the lights at the end of the runways when you're coming in perpendicular to them, as you typically would be in a...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do mileage points & upgrades work? Help!
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: How do mileage points & upgrades work? Help!

Different airlines do things a little differently and I can't answer specifically about EVA. But it sounds like there's just no upgrade available right now on your flight. I'm not sure about the rule about having to upgrade every leg - that might be something specific to EVA (none of the airlines I ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Skytrax World's Best Airports
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Skytrax World's Best Airports

I passed through NRT few weeks back and yes, agree with you that it has a dated look.....however, in spite of being quite a busy airport, it is spacious, easy to navigate, not congested, got plenty of food and shopping options, well connected by rail to the city, plenty of service counters and over...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 543
Views: 67911

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.azcaf.org/fly-with-us/

I do flight training at Falcon; I've taken off behind these guys. It's a sight.
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cathay747 wrote:
Ah, so like a training or post-MX test flight?


Tourist flights: https://www.azcaf.org/fly-with-us/

I do flight training at Falcon; I've taken off behind these guys. It's a sight.

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by spacecadet
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 10352

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

I rather doubt any ab initio program has as much hand flying and emphasis on hand skills as a military program. Probably depends. The ab initio programs require the FAA-standard 1,500 hours of flight time for ATP certification, and basically all of it is going to be hand flying. (There are a small ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday
Replies: 11
Views: 1378

Re: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday

Good service, polite and highly professional flight attendants. You'll have no complaints.

Just be a little patient with their English. Some of them will speak and understand it better than others.

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by spacecadet
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The questions I've asked before is: 1. considering both aircraft were not short on fuel, is it common procedure to attempt a banked turn without stabilizing the situation first? All turns in airliners are banked turns. If you want to return to the airport, there's no other choice but to bank. 2. An...

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by spacecadet
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387498

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

The reason I am stunned that this could even possibly happen is twofold: One, that such a basic skill as unusual attitude recovery was not taught or evaluated very well - if at ALL - and two, that regardless of what physiological illusion may be suffered, that a pilot does not remove themselves fro...

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines Branding
Replies: 29
Views: 5482

Re: Japan Airlines Branding

For all its weirdness in many different ways, Japan is actually a very traditional place. That's especially true in terms of corporate culture and identity; Japanese corporate culture would seem utterly backwards and obsolete to most westerners, like watching Mad Men or some other thing out of the 1...

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The pilots should not be put in this situation in the first place. Those memory items are emergency procedures. That's a "last line of defense" kind of thing. It is literally what pilots are paid for. It's not a "last line of defense" unless you believe that's what pilots are in...

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could rename any airport what would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 3542

Re: If you could rename any airport what would it be?

Airports named to *memorialize* a person are generally fine. And I don't think you'd get very far telling New Yorkers you want to rename JFK at this point, for just one example. That name is ingrained. So is LGA, much as New Yorkers hate the airport itself. But I thought George Bush Intercontinental...

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

This stinks. So reports show a third pilot was required to avert disaster and fly the max 8 safely. If true, incompetence from Boeing at the highest level. I don't think you're reading that report correctly... What the deadhead pilot did was remind the pilots of their memory checklist items... whic...

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by spacecadet
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue becoming desperate?
Replies: 33
Views: 9094

Re: JetBlue becoming desperate?

Most likely explanation is that they just hired an email marketing specialist who's trying really hard to impress his/her new boss. But really, I get spam all the time from every company under the sun. Email marketing is, for all intents and purposes, free. As far as these companies are concerned, t...

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by spacecadet
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

One simple question: Isn’t a detected approach to stall conditions just a transient event? If so, does MCAS ever undo what it just did? I.e. stab trim from o to -2.5 and at some later time back to 0? My guess is that in an actual near stall event it wouldn't move the stab the full 2.5 degrees. It's...

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

32andBelow wrote:
He said half a dozen witnesses but you cut that off his quote.


No, he chose to quote one witness - as did Reuters. Let's see what the actual pattern is among the other witnesses when asked non-leading questions that aren't designed to get matching answers by someone not in the media.

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8222

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

I always keep my belt on when seated, and I do my best to never get up when the sign is lit. But let's acknowledge the fact that we're all human beings. None of us are perfect - maybe we drink a little too much water (as you're supposed to do before and during a flight) and think we can hold it for ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718543

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Can't believe that no one has posted this update from Reuters. So much for 1700 posts of theory and fantasy. It was posted dozens of pages ago, before Reuters even learned of it. Paper and clothing dropping from the sky as the plane trailed smoke and sparks (fire)... doesn't sound like software, eh...

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by spacecadet
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387498

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

It seems a lot of the discussion here does not mention the idea of an intentional pitch down input on the controls to 49 degrees, have I missed out on some facts that 100% rule out pilot suicide? No, but you have missed out on the basic human notion that you don't go there until all the other possi...

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: St Maarten current situation for travel
Replies: 15
Views: 2143

Re: St Maarten current situation for travel

Get there early and grab a good spot and guard that spot with your life! Or just go when there aren't 5 cruise ships in port... which is most of the time. As for the island as a whole, it's not what it was, but it's coming back. Orient Bay Beach and Grand Case are still a shell of their former selv...

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2582

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

EMB-120
DHC-8
Q400
Cessna 172-SP
Diamond DA-40-180

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by spacecadet
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387498

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

And usually NTSB will put out a release like the one they did about the CVR -- something the press completely-misinterprets (as they have with the CVR one) but from which we can form a pretty-decent picture of what may have happened, to be refined and defined as the investigation continues. Here, n...

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by spacecadet
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longhaul vs commuter plane airmenship in emergency?
Replies: 33
Views: 3989

Re: Longhaul vs commuter plane airmenship in emergency?

I think the point was that domestic pilots may get more takeoffs and landings in a day than international pilota in a month. Yeah, I got that. My point is that long haul pilots got all that earlier in their careers too, and built up those skills and then added more skills on top of them to get wher...

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by spacecadet
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longhaul vs commuter plane airmenship in emergency?
Replies: 33
Views: 3989

Re: Longhaul vs commuter plane airmenship in emergency?

Point 1: There is no correlation in "stick and rudder" skills between long and short haul pilots. Long haul pilots wouldn't have gotten where they are without those skills. Point 2: There is no correlation between emergency procedures and stick and rudder skills. Ask a Cessna pilot how he/...

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Situation
Replies: 143
Views: 19634

Re: B6 Situation

There have been B6 merger rumors literally since day 1 of their operation (same is happening with Moxy right now). There's never anything behind them, just speculation based on nothing much. I wouldn't put much thought to this myself. It may someday come to pass, or it may not, but just remember tha...

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by spacecadet
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 6323

Re: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?

Not a fan of BOS or DFW, both of which can have long walks in between flights, and large parts of both airports have the feel of a crowded bus station.

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by spacecadet
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387498

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Even if it was half that 6187.5 litres is still a lot of fuel. So where is it. Probably stuck in the mud. If you're suggesting fuel starvation, running out of fuel does not cause airliners to drop out of the sky like a stone. Pilots are in fact trained on how to glide their aircraft, and every airc...

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by spacecadet
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: X Plane ...impressive video!
Replies: 14
Views: 1974

Re: X Plane ...impressive video!

Some of these people treat X Plane like it is a religion. It's honestly a little scary. I've noticed this too. I also run both sims and I think they're good at different things. X-Plane does have better graphics - it should, because it's using DirectX 11 whereas FSX is stuck on DirectX 9 (or 10 if ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Evolution in airliners' nose shape
Replies: 10
Views: 2629

Re: Evolution in airliners' nose shape

There are a lot of factors involved with nose shape, but cost isn't really one of them... (the one exception: you could argue that Boeing's iconic nose shape remains in use on modern Boeings partly due to the cost of developing a new nose, since the original 707/727/737 nose works well enough, even ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American livery. Dated?
Replies: 52
Views: 4849

Re: American livery. Dated?

It's a perfectly good livery. Some of you guys just need to get over it already. It's been years at this point - the old livery is not coming back. (Except on retro jets.)

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed
Replies: 35
Views: 4493

Re: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed

I'm just starting out with my training so I'm not sure how helpful you'll find my thoughts but hopefully they'll be of some use. I'm doing an immersive program, and I do think that's probably the best way to do it. Take out a loan if you have to - it'll be more than worth it in the end. People are t...

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Standard Class Type
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Standard Class Type

99% of our travel is domestic. I know in the U.S., "coach" used to be a widely known term. But recently, all airlines seem to call it "economy class". I wonder if it is the result of Basic Economy being introduced. The term "economy class" predates "basic economy&...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380’s end of production affect on current operators ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4107

Re: A380’s end of production affect on current operators ?

It's not going to have any direct effect on current ops. As long as the A380 is profitable for the airlines that fly it, it'll continue to be flown. If the reasons for ordering it in the first place still exist, there's no reason to retire it for those that do operate it. That said, the halo's worn ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do airlines allow Anime-themed bags (Itabag)?
Replies: 3
Views: 711

Re: Do airlines allow Anime-themed bags (Itabag)?

Different airlines probably have different policies. At the airline I'm starting with soon, there's nothing explicitly forbidding anime (or other) themed customization to your baggage, but you must use airline-issued baggage and you're required to generally maintain the standards of the uniform and ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Standard Class Type
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Standard Class Type

For my job, I do policy reviews, and one thing that came to my attention was the term "coach class". I'm thinking we need to update it to "economy class" since that is the general term now used by airlines. This leads me to wonder why economy class was called coach class. Becaus...

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help needed regarding Japan Rail Pass
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: Help needed regarding Japan Rail Pass

It's actually called JR? As in, "Japan Rail?" Er... why wouldn't it be called "N"something? Isn't "Nipon" the Japanese word for "Japan?" (I don't know what the Japanese word for "rail" is.) :boggled: Many things in Japan are called "Japan"...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?
Replies: 15
Views: 1821

Re: Do cabin crew judge you by your dress code?

Sorry to break this news to you, but everybody judges you by your appearance whether they know it or not. And sometimes it is to their peril to do so. My neighbor works construction, and it's rare to see him in something other than a t-shirt and faded jeans. He was looking to buy a new pickup a few...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience

So was she supposed to then travel by boat ? Wait, I guess they could have taken the Titanic. I'm not sure if you're being serious and don't realize that there are other transportation options or if you're putting down the entire idea of travel by sea. Here: https://www.cunard.com/en-us/cruise-dest...

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by spacecadet
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: America flight 1200 heading back to PHX.
Replies: 21
Views: 6151

Re: America flight 1200 heading back to PHX.

Would it have been possible for the flight to have continued and divert to DFW instead of returning to PHX? Possible, probably. Efficient, probably not. If there was a backup aircraft in PHX that could take the flight while the original aircraft is repaired (it sounds like a fairly simple fix), the...

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by spacecadet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Developed fear of flying. Turbulence and faults.
Replies: 20
Views: 1248

Re: Developed fear of flying. Turbulence and faults.

Thanks for your responses, they do help. I did just happen upon a segment from some news outlet though which was talking about mechanics with American being pressured to cut corners. I wonder if that is happening in Europe as well. I don't know what you saw but if there was any truth to that report...

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will David Neeleman create another mediocre airline with Moxy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1977

Re: Will David Neeleman create another mediocre airline with Moxy?

There's a pretty fundamental misunderstanding of the type of airline JetBlue is in the original post. The answer to almost every question about them above is "because JetBlue is not that kind of airline." That may not be the answer you want or one you find satisfying, but it is the answer....

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Overview of seat occupancy by aircraft type
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

Re: Overview of seat occupancy by aircraft type

Wikipedia is reasonably accurate on this point. Please let me know the link. Alternatively, you can go on Wikipedia and search this information on your own.. Or, you can just provide the link he's asked for twice already. I just searched myself and didn't find it. So since you seem to know it, why ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Developed fear of flying. Turbulence and faults.
Replies: 20
Views: 1248

Re: Developed fear of flying. Turbulence and faults.

I'm in flight training right now and I don't like turbulence as a passenger - a lot of actual pilots I've talked to don't. (Pilots are people too.) So it's not stupid or lame. It's a little different when you're up front because you're in control and you always know what's going on, but in the back ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of BA 787 attempting rough landing at LHR before going around
Replies: 48
Views: 13023

Re: Video of BA 787 attempting rough landing at LHR before going around

Planes fly in bad weather. It's a fact of life. There's nothing "rash" about it. This is why go-arounds are planned and programmed into the FMS in advance, on every single flight. If the winds were within design limits and SOP, and there's no reason to think that wasn't the case (certainly...

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by spacecadet
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA pilot arrested at MAN believed to be over alcohol lmit
Replies: 61
Views: 8547

Re: AA pilot arrested at MAN believed to be over alcohol lmit

This is what happens when there are no consequences for your actions. He will get a paid trip to rehab for a few weeks and then right back on the line. Aren't unions great? You can't just parrot a particular line just because it fits whatever worldview you have. You have to make sure it's actually ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL apologizes and pulls “creepy” napkins with Coke ad
Replies: 50
Views: 4563

Re: Delta's "creepy" napkins

It's a dumb suggestion on a napkin. "Heads should roll"? Sheesh. Lighten up.

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by spacecadet
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ reports JFK Terminal 8 to get $344M Renovation to host AA and BA
Replies: 100
Views: 14523

Re: WSJ reports JFK Terminal 8 to get $344M Renovation to host AA and BA

Good riddance T7 is a sorry excuse for a terminal maybe the worst in the states and it is shameful to send folks out of that dump on a long haul journey. From a passenger perspective, T7 is fine - in fact, it's much better than many terminals in this country. It's about 5 minutes from curb to gate ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Off duty” TSA agent jumped/committed suicide from Hyatt balcony into atrium @MCO
Replies: 22
Views: 9862

Re: “Off duty” TSA agent jumped/committed suicide from Hyatt balcony into atrium @MCO

Why is "off duty" in quotes in the thread title? Is there some question as to whether or not he was actually on duty?

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by spacecadet
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA engine failure on take off from SJO
Replies: 47
Views: 11317

Re: UA engine failure on take off from SJO

How about we call it a common event. It's not a particularly common event either. Plenty of commercial pilots go their entire careers without an engine failure or uncommanded shutdown of any kind. Planes are built for it, pilots train for it but hope it never happens, and generally it doesn't. It's...

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