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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 5853

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

It happens at every large airport everywhere in the world. The main difference in the US is that we don't use remote stands very often for overflow like you'd see at a place like Narita. But I have sat waiting for a gate *or* remote stand even there. But generally, airplanes have assigned gates plan...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with multiple languages on branding
Replies: 13
Views: 1608

Re: Airlines with multiple languages on branding

ANA used to have kanji in their livery but removed it sometime around 2003. But as far as overall "branding" goes, ANA, JAL and probably all the other airlines mentioned use plenty of examples of their native languages and alphabets in their overall branding. Just not in their liveries, wh...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking class letters (why is y economy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2215

Re: Booking class letters (why is y economy)

I always thought it was their relative position in the alphabet rather than their position on a keyboard. F comes first alphabetically, J next, Y last, corresponding to their positions on the airplane. F still was probably the only one that actually stood for something, which is why it's F and not, ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Concorde or TU-144 Supersonic jets (Video)
Replies: 5
Views: 1411

Re: Concorde or TU-144 Supersonic jets (Video)

I didn't actually fly on either but everything I've read suggests that the Concorde was a more refined experience. And it was certainly more reliable and safer. The Tu-144 was more of an experimental plane that carried passengers for a while (when it probably shouldn't have). The list of failures an...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?

I recall econ passengers getting small "amenity" kits with a blanket, earphones, and eye shades. We got those things but not as any kind of "kit". They were just things the airlines gave you separately. Blankets and pillows were usually lying on your seat. Earphones would be pas...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst seat mates in memory
Replies: 52
Views: 4646

Re: Worst seat mates in memory

I've been reasonably lucky in that I don't remember any real horror stories. One thing that annoyed me, though, was on a flight where I had the aisle and another passenger had the window, and when I wasn't looking she at one point put *all* of her stuff on the empty seat next to me. It was there for...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKT vs. SXM
Replies: 14
Views: 2379

Re: HKT vs. SXM

Not sure why St Maarten is so famous for it and Phuket is not? It cud be that the Maho beach n SXM is one of the few beaches opn the island and thus sees a lot of traffic St. Maarten/Martin has *dozens* of beaches on what's really a very small island, and all of them are open to the public: http://...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Look: United reveals new uniforms
Replies: 155
Views: 21696

Re: First Look: United reveals new uniforms

There are too many different looks, and some of them seem like they should be pretty obvious first-round cuts in the approval process. I don't understand why they need so many different designs when some of them are reasonably professional while others look like something you'd throw on because it's...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1737

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

ATR de-icing boots were redesigned after the icing incident(s) in question here. There's nothing to worry about in terms of icing. As for turbulence, I don't like it either, but the number of airplane accidents caused by turbulence is very close to zero. I once asked a pilot when they worry about tu...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?

By long haul I assume you mean international? The last question about US to HK makes me think that's what you mean. In economy, I don't know that a huge amount has changed since the 90's, although the seats have definitely gotten thinner and there are more of them. Seatback IFE is (for now) pretty s...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4723

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

A cruise ship was a great way to see so much without having to spend so much time organizing things. I think people here are "getting there is half the fun" types to begin with, and cruise ships definitely fit that bill. On my first trip to SXM, I had never taken a cruise before and one o...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Domestic jumbo usage question
Replies: 54
Views: 7695

Re: Domestic jumbo usage question

Just to clarify my earlier reply a little, "jumbo" has kind of a specific meaning to me, and that's 747. But it sounds like what you're really asking about is just widebody flights, since you also mention the DC-10, 767 and 777. *That* change really started happening in the 2000's. I remem...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which was the first airline to have the tail colour wrap around under the fuselage?
Replies: 16
Views: 2482

Re: Which was the first airline to have the tail colour wrap around under the fuselage?

I have a book of airliners from 1982 that shows all of the world's major airline liveries; none of them exactly fit this description, although several are close and it's obvious where the influence came from. For example, USAir: 4531955 Southwest: 1158634 Of course UTA was posted earlier. Most of th...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Domestic jumbo usage question
Replies: 54
Views: 7695

Re: Domestic jumbo usage question

United was still flying 747's on transcon routes into the mid-80's. When I first started flying them, the primary long range domestic mix was DC-8, DC-10 and 747. Within a few years after that, it was 757's and 767's. Northwest was also still flying 747's domestically into the 1980's, though I didn'...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4723

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

I'll have to say a three week Seabourn cruise through the Mediterranean. It changed my thoughts about small boats forever...its the only way to cruise. This is on my bucket list. I've taken three cruises so far, all on big ships (Emerald Princess, Carnival Victory and Adventure of the Seas). I love...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fully Loaded Airliners
Replies: 13
Views: 2520

Re: Fully Loaded Airliners

The 777-300ER comes to mind. Can confirm and it's obvious if you think about it. These are the planes used on routes like JFK-NRT, which I fly often. That route is 6,731 miles, which is not much less than Boeing's stated range for the type of 7,370 miles. Add in required reserve fuel and you're pro...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you pronounce airport codes?
Replies: 19
Views: 1566

Re: How do you pronounce airport codes?

I can't think of an airport code that I pronounce. And like others have said, I don't usually use them at all in conversation; for some reason I only use them in writing. I will definitely write "PHX" but I will say "Phoenix". I guess it's just a form of shorthand, like texting &...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 2295

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I don't think I'd consider myself a frequent flier either, although certain routes and airlines I've flown enough times over the years to feel like kind of an expert on. But in total I probably do 5-6 flights per year as well. My experience is very narrow and generally involves the same routes over ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up
Replies: 42
Views: 4439

Re: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up

https://youtu.be/P_USqwNZvoI?t=98

(It actually happens at around the 2:12 mark, but I started at the beginning of the spoolup.)
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Nothing beats the ghostly "whoosh" of the DC-8: https://youtu.be/P_USqwNZvoI?t=98

(It actually happens at around the 2:12 mark, but I started at the beginning of the spoolup.)

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by spacecadet
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule
Replies: 79
Views: 12475

Re: LaGuardia Departure Limits

Yep, essentially the 1500 mile perimeter rule from LGA is. an artificial method of forcing airlines to use JFK (what was IDL) and to keep airlines from abandoning EWR. 2 points: 1) What do you mean "artificial"? Basically every rule on the books in every town, county, state, and nation on...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gratuity for Flight attendants
Replies: 54
Views: 5811

Re: Gratuity for Flight attendants

FA are not on board Frontier flights to be tipped. Instead, they are there to ensure a safe operation. It's a pity some airlines go ahead on vanishing the real meaning of that job. Eh... you act like treating it as a service profession is a new thing that "some airlines" are doing. Watch ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product
Replies: 13
Views: 4857

Re: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product

I've never flown premium class but in the second pic at the source, those two seats are awfully close, no? Is that usually how the seating is up there? You mean the seats next to each other? (As opposed to closeness front to back.) They are pretty close for business class but I think the idea is th...

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by spacecadet
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cathay is never called CP. Why?
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: Cathay is never called CP. Why?

2 digit airline codes are provided by the IATA: https://www.iata.org/about/members/Pages/airline-list.aspx?All=true Who knows why Cathay Pacific got CX, but that is its official abbreviation. I would put money on it being because of Canadian Pacific, though. They *could* refer to themselves in marke...

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by spacecadet
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Growth of SXM
Replies: 20
Views: 4408

Re: The Growth of SXM

https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/12/28 ... -is-back/#
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DRG wrote:
But the adjacent Sonesta hotel is only starting to be rebuilt.


Sonesta Ocean Point is already re-opened, and Sonesta Maho Beach will reopen in a little more than a month: https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/12/28 ... -is-back/#

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by spacecadet
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?
Replies: 38
Views: 6426

Re: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?

I don't understand why the seat cushions of slimline seats have to be so skimpy on padding. No doubt they save 3 or 4 cents on the cost of the cushion. The bean counters will tell you that with 200 seats on an airplane and hundreds of planes in the fleet, that adds up to "meaningful cost savin...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passenger nationalities and airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 2297

Re: Passenger nationalities and airlines

What am I missing here? Why would Japanese be the most prevalent nationality on Finnair? Are we talking about a specific route? Finnair operates 19 different routes to Asia, only four of which are even to Japan. Even if 100% of those passengers were Japanese, there would be no way for the majority o...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL 8941/42
Replies: 17
Views: 3714

Re: JAL 8941/42

zakuivcustom wrote:
Definitely a beauty. In that Arc of the Sun livery also, which is much better compare to the current uber-boring Crane livery with Eurowhite and a large "Japan Airlines" plastered on it.


That's what it looked like when I flew on it:

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL 8941/42
Replies: 17
Views: 3714

Re: JAL 8941/42

Wow, just checked and realized I flew on 8941 and 8943 back in 2013, doing HND-OKA. 8943 is also listed as stored, so it's probably headed for the same fate as 8941.

Guess I should feel privileged for getting to fly on such a rare aircraft!

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by spacecadet
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: McCarran take offs
Replies: 9
Views: 931

Re: McCarran take offs

Well, as far as the banking angle of the turn, I can't give you an exact, and I know typically planes usually don't bank more than 30° but this turn was significantly steeper. Maybe however it wasn't by choice? I don't think the captain is going to announce to the pax hey sorry for the steep turn b...

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by spacecadet
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 6194

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

And for decades and decades of the Jet Age we survived with paper tickets or printed boarding passes. For decades and decades, we relied on horses and buggies to get around. Who needs airplanes? I mean, how far are you willing to take this? Times change. We all rely on cell phones now. That means t...

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by spacecadet
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: McCarran take offs
Replies: 9
Views: 931

Re: McCarran take offs

There are a lot of factors involved in climb rate, and I don't know all the particulars of LAS. But I can tell you that the takeoffs I think you're referring to as being steep were definitely from either 1L or 1R, and those runways do have higher minimum climb rates during certain SID procedures tha...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Branding Business Class: Is there any value?
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: Branding Business Class: Is there any value?

I think the answers you've gotten so far have basically missed your point. But also, "Economy", "Business" and "First" are already branding terms. Think about it. These words have no inherent meaning with regard to seats or service. They mean what they mean to us becaus...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PA103 21st Dec 1988: BBC again on Lockerbie tragedy
Replies: 13
Views: 3324

Re: PA103 21st Dec 1988: BBC again on Lockerbie tragedy

maint123 wrote:
BBC making any documentaries on the iranian passenger plane shot down by the US navy or the air India plane blown up Canadians or the Russian plane blown up recently?


Are you asking this seriously or trying to make some kind of labored point?

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by spacecadet
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4043

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

I mean, if you want to get technical, the last time I flew out of JFK I had to board an A380 via the tarmac/stairs. Surprised it took this long to mention JFK, which definitely has designated remote stands. You can even see some of them in use on Google Maps. For example: https://goo.gl/maps/zPgnbH...

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by spacecadet
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?
Replies: 13
Views: 1576

Re: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?

I just want to add a little anecdote to my earlier comment to show that this happens on other airlines too, and that it's almost definitely just inconsistency more than anything. My wife and I sometimes fly to Japan on ANA on our AMEX points, in either business or first. She often will go ahead of m...

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by spacecadet
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?
Replies: 13
Views: 1576

Re: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?

I don't know if they can tell how much you paid for your ticket or not (I doubt it), but think about how inefficient it would be to train crews to deal with two separate sets of passengers in the same upper class cabin. It's almost certainly more cost effective for the airline to just treat everybod...

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by spacecadet
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?
Replies: 23
Views: 4190

Re: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?

I think as others have alluded to if not said outright, it's a question of capacity. PHX often has multiple flights offloading one after another onto the same carousel, for hours on end. A flat carousel where the rampers have to dodge multiple bags while they put new ones on would slow everything do...

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by spacecadet
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4723

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

I've been on some great vacations; hard to pick just one. Certainly the first time I went to Japan was a life-changing experience - I was alone (it was technically for work, though my job was doing stuff I'd have done on vacation), and it was the first time I'd been anywhere outside of the western h...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 3652

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

All of the good cards have an annual fee, there's no way around that. You're looking for a free lunch, and as the saying goes, there is none. I have a Chase Sapphire card; for me it's basically useless as it has about five total airline partners and they're completely random. And even it has a fee. ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Getting Drunk on a Plane
Replies: 67
Views: 10819

Re: Getting Drunk on a Plane

zrs70 wrote:
For those who are writing that they drink and act fine... but then say they don’t remember giving out their phone number....

For those who are writing that when they drink, they are social and affable and have a good time with others on board....


Both straw man arguments.

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by spacecadet
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lack of Cabin Service on Piedmont/American Eagle Flight
Replies: 43
Views: 4033

Re: Lack of Cabin Service on Piedmont/American Eagle Flight

:54 in the air is plenty of time for a drinks run. I agree, I've done SEA-PDX in the morning - on Alaska - and been specifically offered *beer* at that time of day. If the captain decided there was going to be turbulence and a service wasn't to be offered, there should have been an announcement to ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline Reviewers/Bloggers vs. Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 2775

Re: Airline Reviewers/Bloggers vs. Airlines

It would surprise the hell out of me if airlines, like any other business , did not pay attention to social media posts. Obviously, those with more followers will get higher priority. Someone like Sam Chui gets special treatment because he has 850,000 subscribers. He also caters to the high-end busi...

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by spacecadet
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you prepare for a flight ??
Replies: 14
Views: 1661

Re: How do you prepare for a flight ??

I will usually re-download the airline's app both for check-in and in case it's required for IFE (as in AA's case). I also make sure my tablet, phone and bluetooth headphones are fully charged. At the airport while waiting for the flight, I will always look up where the plane is in advance. Most of ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcing Connecting Flight on Arrival
Replies: 33
Views: 3556

Re: Announcing Connecting Flight on Arrival

It still happens but of course the airline knows how many passengers are connecting to different flights. They generally will only announce connecting flight info if a certain number or percentage of passengers are connecting to that flight. In the old days, connecting flights were more common and m...

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by spacecadet
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Getting Drunk on a Plane
Replies: 67
Views: 10819

Re: Getting Drunk on a Plane

Drunk to me means beyound behaving, uncontrolled, unable to fit in a group, just intoxinated. This is no state of mind to be onboard an airplane. "Drunk" just means you've had enough alcohol to affect your motor skills and mood. How you act in that state is still up to you. Being drunk is...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are serious incidents investigated?
Replies: 34
Views: 4635

Re: Are serious incidents investigated?

One question I have is had the incidents that occurred in the lion flight one happened in UK or US (2 places I'm confident we almost always get things right with flight safety) would the pilots of the first flight have definitely turned back and would the pilots have been more vigilant about what h...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any Non-Pilots Out There Who are Flight Simulation Veterans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4517

Re: Any Non-Pilots Out There Who are Flight Simulation Veterans?

Though I have to ask for those flying for years would you say you could actually take off and land in an actual flight simulator. It depends on the plane, of course. I *have* flown a real Cessna 172 and it was actually easier than it is in FSX, for a bunch of reasons. X-plane (which I now have) is ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 6828

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

OP says he flew in first class. The only time I ever flew on a 717 was in first class (on DL) and it was one of the quietest flights I've ever had. I was able to speak in whispers to my wife sitting next to me. This had to be a problem with this particular plane. Could be a common issue, which might...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can Anyone Identify What Happened on my flight?
Replies: 15
Views: 2527

Re: Can Anyone Identify What Happened on my flight?

My guess is that your pilots were shooting for taxiway F or FB and the autobrakes weren't quite getting them there. That would result in a shorter taxi to either T4 or T2 than going all the way to taxiway E. Can't say for sure but what you heard was more likely just the brakes coming on harder than ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL domestic flight cancelled due to overbooking
Replies: 23
Views: 6818

Re: JAL domestic flight cancelled due to overbooking

Waterbomber wrote:
I have noticed quite a shift lately at JAL.


It's a big airline. Stuff happens.

And it would be more odd that all this stuff happens evenly throughout the year than it happening in bunches. Randomness requires stuff happen in bunches.

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