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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: 2530

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: 6821

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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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are serious incidents investigated?
Replies: 34
Views: 4636

Re: Are serious incidents investigated?

In the US, there are specific criteria for what constitutes a "serious incident" and these are reviewed by the NTSB, who determines if further investigation is necessary. Not every serious incident needs a lot of investigation and generally the ones that are investigated are ones that migh...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion about 77W sound
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Opinion about 77W sound

My previous comment was edited for some reason, which I don't really understand (or appreciate). There was a lot of extra context that I wrote that was later cut out, which I will try to repeat here. I've flown the A330 and 77W, as well as the A350, which is the 787's most direct competitor. I haven...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?

As Spacecadet mentioned, the North Terminal was a chaotic experience. Terminal C was really bad when it opened too. I almost edited my original comment when I first left it to mention this, but I distinctly remember a whole bunch of people sitting on the floor at Terminal C because there was basica...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1797

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I definitely arrive earlier, but it's got nothing to do with electronic check-in. First, there's security. Even having TSA pre-check, I make sure to build in extra time because scanning itself takes longer than it did in the old days and there can still be lines even in the pre-check lane. Then, the...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there a market between Tokyo and Las Vegas for JL/NH?
Replies: 9
Views: 2885

Re: Is there a market between Tokyo and Las Vegas for JL/NH?

crownvic wrote:
"Too premium heavy...Too premium heavy....Too premium heavy"...OK, then why does KE run a 773 and Hainan run a 789 from Asia, while BA runs 1-2 daily 744s from London and Virgin is switching from a 744 to a premium heavy 789?


Because they're not flying from Japan.

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any Non-Pilots Out There Who are Flight Simulation Veterans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4522

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

I've been a Flight Sim veteran since FS1 on the PC and FS2 on the Apple II (which are largely the same thing). I've had every release since then and have spent many, many hours in FSX, both flying and customizing and adding on to the program so it's more realistic and more fun. I haven't spent a ton...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC
Replies: 60
Views: 5555

Re: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC

NY State is ranked dead last for business climate in the nation, hence the 3 BILLION dollars "Ranked" by what? More business is done in New York City than any other city in the nation by a pretty wide margin. Similar story for the state. So it seems odd to say New York is ranked "dea...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s automatic trim for the 737 MAX was not disclosed to the Pilots
Replies: 294
Views: 45571

Re: Boeing’s automatic trim for the 737 MAX was not disclosed to the Pilots

Boeing should have disclosed this and it's highly surprising that they didn't.

The solution? Disclose it and put it in the manual. That's it. And half of that is already done.

Usually the solution to almost anything like this is just to do what should have been done in the first place.

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion about 77W sound
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Opinion about 77W sound

I've flown in both the middle and sides of the 77W, as well as the front and back, and found it pretty loud in all areas. Of course it's a bit louder in the back than the front. But that would apply to planes that are generally quieter overall too.

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?

Of those listed, I flew Piedmont, Republic, Western, and People Express. I also flew Hughes Airwest, Air California, PSA, and probably a few others. Alaska and Southwest were also in that category in those days (and in some ways still are; both are still mostly 737 airlines, for example); I flew bot...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion about 77W sound
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Opinion about 77W sound

I've flown the A330 and 77W but never the 787. I find the 77W and A330 to be pretty comparable in noise level. The 787 is reputed to be quieter but I would definitely think that being in front of vs. behind the engines would negate at least some of that advantage. Keep in mind that at cruise, most o...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Runway incursion Nov 13th at PVG: DL582 (A359) aborted take off
Replies: 62
Views: 15993

Re: Runway incursion Nov 13th at PVG: DL582 (A359) aborted take off

At what speed are brakes normally applied during a normal landing? It depends on several factors, but in an A350 it's usually going to be about 140 knots. However, on landing the plane has relatively little fuel and therefore weighs a lot less than on takeoff, and also the pilots have about 90% of ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 135
Views: 31909

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

Unfortunately doesn't seem like a medical issue based on this story: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/incapacitated-las-vegas-air-traffic-controller-no-longer-with-faa-1525525/ Nothing in that story suggests anything one way or another. Some people seem to be taking the fact that she was on leave...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 4417

Re: Air Astana EMB 190 Squawked 7700 after erratic flight; landed safely

Regardless of the fact that the ''flight thankfully ended safely'' there is bound to be full depth investigation into this to actually confirm what actually caused this situation to happen. So yes I am sure that we will find out more information in due course once the relevant authorities and those...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 4417

Re: Air Astana EMB 190 Squawked 7700 after erratic flight; landed safely

That is one of the crazier ATC recordings I've heard. They seemed to have no idea of their heading, and almost definitely didn't realize they were turning around in circles at one point (sounds like they were in clouds so had no visual reference). I wonder if we'll ever find out any more info, since...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA to allow early boarding for nut allergies Dec. 12th
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: AA to allow early boarding for nut allergies Dec. 12th

Wow...that depends on what your definition of "clean the tables" is.... The question is just whether they wipe down the tables with some kind of disinfecting wipe or solution. Every speck of dirt or grease doesn't need to be gone - that would be nice, but isn't really going to affect anyo...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

And in my mind this comes back to the fact that this system seemingly can't be switched off, it will seemingly reactivate every 10secs if the data is still erroneous. Did the pilots think they had dealt with this issue and move onto other tasks/ alerts, only to get caught out again. Well, I'm reply...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA to allow early boarding for nut allergies Dec. 12th
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: AA to allow early boarding for nut allergies Dec. 12th

DIRECTFLT wrote:
I think it's a good idea to personally clean the food tray table and hand contact surfaces anyway, allergies or not.


Wait, they don't normally clean the tray tables? That seems like about the minimum the airlines should be doing between flights.

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated
Replies: 135
Views: 31909

Re: FAA Makes Staffing Policy Changes After Vegas Controller Found Incapacitated

This is very unfortunate. It was a medical issue not a drug/alcohol problem per a friend that works at Vegas Twr. I’m a bit suspect of the pilots reactions. Some a bit savage I’m curious why even within the first few minutes no pilot had inquired if the controller was feeling ok. I feel bad for all...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Phoenix Sky Harbor is named the best U.S. airport for the second time
Replies: 33
Views: 2999

Re: Phoenix Sky Harbor is named the best U.S. airport for the second time

I can't argue with LGA being worst, but JFK #2? No way it's that bad. JFK is not even *close* to as bad as LGA. I just flew back to JFK from DFW and all I could think while in DFW was "I can't wait to get back to JFK". DFW, by comparison, feels like a bus station with a million people in i...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I want to ask this question again and sorry for dumbing down the conversation..but whatever the technical errors in the pitot tubes or trim system, it seems like the pilots should've been able to hand fly the plane back to the field if they had gone full manual. Without understanding much of what m...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

For some strange bureaucratic reasoning RRs don't have GPS in locomotives - they rely on computers and central control from a person thousands of miles away. Trains run on tracks on the ground. It's a one-dimensional mode of transportation. GPS is not really necessary. RR's have a lot of technology...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'
Replies: 74
Views: 17015

Re: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'

Going almost anywhere other than NYC would have been a better choice. BA has a large presence at JFK. They have their own terminal, and many daily flights from it. I would guess they have some maintenance capacity, either directly or by contract. The pilots probably assumed, and dispatch would have...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?
Replies: 12
Views: 1459

Re: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?

Florida's like a roach motel... you can check in, but you can't check out. Seriously, a lot of people *are* actually moving down there on those flights. Florida's one of the fastest growing states and has been for decades. There's a heavy migration to the state, especially from colder states (you sa...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

The ADS-B Data and the FDR data come from the same source and there is serious doubt about the validity of that source. The radar data is crucial. No offense, but you seem a little obsessed with the radar data, which is rarely very useful in any accident (and wasn't all that helpful in the Birgenai...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Commercial Aircraft built in Asia
Replies: 15
Views: 2368

Re: Commercial Aircraft built in Asia

The C919 isn't meeting FAA or EASA cockpit quidelines, so isn't Western certifiable. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2018-10-17/comac-c919-stumbles-faa-flight-deck-standards That seems like a pretty major oversight! They didn't even check the FARs until the design had been fin...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would TWA still be operating if 9/11 didn’t happen?
Replies: 24
Views: 3074

Re: Would TWA still be operating if 9/11 didn’t happen?

Didn’t TWA cease operations after 9/11? TWA never "ceased operations". They were purchased by AA pre-9/11. They continued operating under a different brand name and corporate structure. TWA stopped booking flights under the TWA name in November of 2001. But that had absolutely nothing to ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Friendliest airports for spotting-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1807

Re: Friendliest airports for spotting-2018

HND has landside observation decks at every terminal.

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

In the first few pages of this post, folks were discussing an elevator problem, but recent reports in the media are discussing the pitot tubes and altitude sensors as being suspect. Has the consensus changed? I don't think there ever was consensus before, just a lot of different theories, a couple ...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the captain's side airspeed fault that occurred in the previous flight was not corrected, and that the pilots failed to follow proper procedure for unreliable airspeed, which is to use the proper pitch and power to maintain flight (something pilots are suppos...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 19460

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

Very interesting input guys - thank you. I love my wine but didn't realize someone could be so intoxicated and still not display symptoms - even to a trained observer. I always assumed anything over .10 would be readily apparent - on anyone. The FAA has this helpful brochure on the subject: https:/...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 19460

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

In Australia we do not use mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood as the standard. We use % concentration of alcohol in the blood. Can you can translate, or direct me to a site that will let me? I agree it's a stupid way of measuring it, but there's no need to wait for the answer on a forum when Google w...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

A couple questions: 1) Since the conditions of the prior flight may be able to shed some light on the incident, I'm wondering: will the FDR and CVR have data covering that flight also? 2) There seem to be questions of the accuracy of the ADS-B data; would the plane still have been in primary radar ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Thanks. It is somewhat disheartening to know that there can be such a long wait, even though I do know that certain procedures must be followed. I imagine if preliminary data shows that something on the plane may be at fault, a TSB may be issued for checks to be performed. If there is something in ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

AirCanada777X wrote:
Although extremely, extremely unlikely, perhaps this is a MS990 repeat, because of the random nosedives.


Nothing about this accident suggests it was an intentional act. Unless you're saying you subscribe to one of Egypt's alternate theories, none of which were reproducible in tests.

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I know things have moved on but can someone remind me of the local weather again at the time of the incident as I have lost track? Many thanks in advance. Just search for METAR in the thread search box. But here it is: WIII 282330Z 16003KT 8000 SCT020 27/25 Q1010 NOSIG 3 knot winds, good visibility...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

because right at about 2000 feet is where they'd hit the clouds... someone reported a METAR of SCT020 earlier in this thread... You're ignoring the most important part of that METAR, which is the "SCT". "Scattered" clouds means 3/8 to 4/8 of cloud cover. So at worst, they'd be i...

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by spacecadet
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

For what it’s worth. Unconfirmed source - There’s an screenshot from the electronic tech log doing the rounds on the inter web. The crew operating the previous sector inbound to Jakarta made an entry that they experienced unreliable airspeed on Takeoff. Could be related but I'm not seeing how right...

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by spacecadet
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I noticed, that the first altitude drop already occurred during the turn after take off. So the problem started to appear very early. Flightaware doesn't show that deviation. I don't know the difference in how the two sites gather their data, but in the absence of anything corroborating, and in the...

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by spacecadet
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 595690

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I think he is reffering to the Dynasty (China airlines) 747SP that took a serious nosedive off the Californian Coast and had an awful lot of bits missing when it did an emergency landing at Oakland (Dynasty 006). The pilots in that accident lost situational awareness when flying through clouds. The...

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by spacecadet
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Own a piece of G-BOAB (Concorde)
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: Own a piece of G-BOAB (Concorde)

I want one, but the price!

I'd say "maybe someday" but if these are limited editions, and I expect in demand, then probably not. Finding one used in 20 years when I might be able to afford it is probably not gonna happen.

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by spacecadet
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ‘No access to overhead bins’ for basic Economy
Replies: 32
Views: 4553

Re: ‘No access to overhead bins’ for basic Economy

This seems like a new low in the steady deterioration of standards for the budget traveler Well... I never cheer when standards in travel drop, but "budget travelers" are by nature going to have to put up with some inconveniences due to the fact that they, ya know, *spend less money*. I g...

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by spacecadet
Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Use of seatbelt light USA compared to other countries
Replies: 32
Views: 4672

Re: Use of seatbelt light USA compared to other countries

And if you get a particularly grouchy cabin crew, they'll yell at you for getting up while it's on, even if it's been on for four hours on a perfectly smooth IAD-LAX transcon. It's not about the cabin crew being "grouchy", it's about you not following FAA regulations. Yes, the FAA require...

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by spacecadet
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first experiences in aviation
Replies: 27
Views: 3876

Re: Your first experiences in aviation

Some peoples' memories amaze me. I'll try, at least... 1st flight : It was a Learjet, probably 1975. No idea of the route; I was 3! 1st airline : Either United or Northwest Orient 1st type : I'm guessing DC-8 1st single : Cessna 172S - just last week! 1st twin : Had to be a 737-200 1st trijet : 727-...

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by spacecadet
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Q3 2018 results
Replies: 140
Views: 13853

Re: JetBlue Q3 2018 results

I don't really see the problem with these results. Revenue is up. Income is down but that's because variable costs outside of their control are up. Adding more seats to their planes isn't going to lower the cost of fuel. Bottom line is they're profitable and growing. Revenue and fixed costs are the ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC Based-Flying Out of JFK/EWR As An Alternative?
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: DC Based-Flying Out of JFK/EWR As An Alternative?

Personally, I would fly Aer Lingus out of IAD. The air fare price difference is $463, which is only about 17%. And for that you save about 5 hours on an Amtrak train, *plus* the time it takes you to get from Penn to JFK/EWR on either the LIRR or NJT and then the AirTrain. You're going to be wiped ou...

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DTW DL Sky Club Options
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: DTW DL Sky Club Options

What specific questions do you have? I've used the lounge I'm pretty sure you're asking about... it's a pretty standard major airport Sky Club lounge.

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by spacecadet
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Angled Business Class Seat - are they outdated?
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: Angled Business Class Seat - are they outdated?

Seats that don't use the herringbone in some way either don't permit aisle acceas, or privacy, or they do permit aisle access but provide less space for your feet and more inequity based on seating position (see Turkish, Lufthansa, Asiana). Staggered seating has none of these disadvantages. The rev...

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