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by MatthewDB
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

spaceflightnow.com is offering a live feed for a paid membership. I didn't buy so I don't know the quality.

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by MatthewDB
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commutair dash 8 flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: Last commutair dash 8 flight

I've never ever seen that done. I've heard of the prop brake on the ATR and something similar on the Saab, but have never heard of running the engine with the prop tethered on the Dash. I 'd think if that tether breaks it's really bad news for someone somewhere. I imagine it would be about the same...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Or they're committing to use exclusively SLS for manned missions. You are a bit confused between rocket and spaceship. It's not as if you could mount a soyuz on a falcon heavy. When you're talking about Soyuz, you get to use the name for all of the above. It's the name of a project, the name of a s...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The irony here is that if NASA blocks SpaceX, they're going to be committing to use exclusively Soyuz. Or they're committing to use exclusively SLS for manned missions. You have far more confidence in SLS than I. They've already spent insane amounts of money for the pathetic results to date. I susp...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hawaii missile false alarm- no reaction from ATC.
Replies: 9
Views: 1618

Re: Hawaii missile false alarm- no reaction from ATC.

What exactly was ATC gonna do? Give the inbound missile a go around? As a pilot what could you do? Divert to another island, perhaps, but there wasn’t a specific target, either. GF I presume the diversion options for all of the Hawaiian islands are another Hawaiian island? About the only possibilit...

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by MatthewDB
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The question Karel is, was this 270 flights standard made up brand new, or also applied to Soyuz? You can create a list of requirements that no manufacturer can meet. It's a safe way of saving money and dropping the project... It's a new standard, and clearly made up by bureaucrats. For reference, ...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?
Replies: 38
Views: 6927

Re: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?

No real chance. It will be leaving too much revenue in the table. Why offer something that no-one will pay for and which your competitors already get away with not offering anyway? It would be super awesome but it's highly, highly unlikely... I accept that there are plenty of people who want a chea...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing
Replies: 50
Views: 5764

Re: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing

OMG you all probably call Hawaii a part of the United States when legally it is wrong,it was an illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy(Thanks to Sanford B. Dole)yes the DOLE company that has raped Hawaii clean.An illegal annexation of Hawaii was wrong so really Hawaii is part of or still the Ha...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The CIA (is) not "military", they are civilian agenc(ey). You're flat wrong about that. The first CIA director Admiral Sidney Souers wanted the CIA to be purely for intelligence, but by the time Bedell Smith became DCI the CIA was carrying on military ops. Currently, among other things, t...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commutair dash 8 flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: Last commutair dash 8 flight

Bring me up to speed on why we're re starting #1 at the gate and shutting #2 down? The point of tethering is to provide electricity (and bleed air?) on the ground - it allows N1 & N2 to spin while the power turbine is held stationary by the tether. This is called "hotel mode." In the ...

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by MatthewDB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commutair dash 8 flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: Last commutair dash 8 flight

Every Dash flight I have taken requires waiting for a ground crew to tether the prop, RJ's open the door and deplaning starts immediately. On the PHL-ROA flights, the RJ is twenty minutes quicker. I'm just curious how much time this really costs you? In my experience, the longest I've ever waited f...

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by MatthewDB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I will have to disagree with you. The only inescapable conclusion is that the US government paid for it and no agency has claimed ownership. I know this is a-net but guessing does not equal "deductive reasoning". You think Health & Human Services put it up there to track the homeless?...

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by MatthewDB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1408
Views: 142151

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

On Monday Cathay Pacific Cargo’s 748 scheduled for LAX-ANC-HKG diverted to Portland then headed nonstop (14 hrs) to Hong Kong bypassing Anchorage. (FlightView) They were 2 aircraft behind me on the taxiway when they departed, and I wondered what they were doing there. I figured either a cargo chart...

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1408
Views: 142151

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

Since there's no word about any possibility of a PDX-CDG flight in the near future, let me ask this question. Is there any chance of extending the seasonal PDX-LHR service beyond October this year or a possible increase in frequency in summer time? Is there a firm announcement on the 2018 plans for...

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft
Replies: 418
Views: 78231

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

I do not want to quote a specific poster but do you guys really believe that if they find something it might not have been planted there on purpose or that they didn't have all the time in the world to do so? I guess this one is more complicated than some people think... They will never let us know...

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commutair dash 8 flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: Last commutair dash 8 flight

It's sad to see that turboprops are pretty much gone from US main airlines. I for one are glad to see them go. Many maintenance cancellations and delays, weight restricted even off long runways, noisy vibration filled flights Seats 6-7-8 suck on the vibration & noise part on a Dash-8. 1-4 and 1...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day
Replies: 33
Views: 7109

Re: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day

On a somewhat related note, if one was in a normal widebody cruising at .80 or greater, and the Concorde wizzed by at Mach 2, can anyone describe how fast that aircraft would have flown by the other aircraft? I know the Concorde would have been much higher, but just for conversation sake. You often...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question
Replies: 52
Views: 4376

Re: Last Flight..Retired Aircraft...Fuel Question

There are other uses for this that do not involve the safety of flight issue. I seem to recall seeing this kind of fuel used in tractors or other farm machinery? Jet A in a tractor? JET A / A1 are very similar to normal automotive diesel, so much so that many airport vehicles run on Jet A with a lu...

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How an internal lift for freighters works?
Replies: 22
Views: 2396

Re: How an internal lift for freighters works?

To answer your question, the system would have to be electrical because the airplane has no hydraulic power available while on the ground with the engines off. They could use a localized electric motor driven hydraulic pump, but it would not be able to tie into the airplane system. Unless of course...

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by MatthewDB
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last commutair dash 8 flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: Last commutair dash 8 flight

N353SK wrote:
NYPECO wrote:
It's sad to see that turboprops are pretty much gone from US main airlines.


Uh ..... Horizon?


Aren't the being replaced by Embraer jets?

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by MatthewDB
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thank you Nomadd.

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by MatthewDB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

FYI just to show how small Falcon Heavy is compared to Saturn V / BFR: And given that it will have the heaviest lift capacity currently if/when she flies shows just how far backwards everyone else has gone. The kings is dead, long live the king! The F1 was an awesome beast, for anyone interested th...

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by MatthewDB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thinking about this (too much time on my hands!) since we know a Moon base (Alpha) has absolutely nothing to do with his Mars ambition I conclude a very different motive...indeed.A fully political/money motive. We know that this is what P Trump wants -The Moon base- and for all we know he may get 2...

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by MatthewDB
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Polar Orbit launches currently originate at Vandenburg due to the issues of Range Safety from Cape Canaveral due to the population density on the East Coast requiring inefficient maneuvering which eats into usable payload. I am assuming that this auto-destruct would allow the rocket to fly closer t...

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by MatthewDB
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Interesting tid bit on SpaceX's development of "auto-destruct": https://qz.com/1170674/spacexs-latest-advantage-blowing-up-its-own-rocket-automatically/ SpaceX, however, pursuing cheaper and more efficient launches, worked with the Air Force to turn over that duty to a GPS-equipped on-boa...

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by MatthewDB
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 90600

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Re: bigjku in comment #273 If I understand well the comment #273 then the A380 is still at the bottom of the "hole" and the slope became slightly positive in 2015 when Airbus said the program "breakeven" on per unit basis. The deliveries in 2015 was 27 units. I have to conclude ...

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by MatthewDB
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft
Replies: 418
Views: 78231

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

I do not want to quote a specific poster but do you guys really believe that if they find something it might not have been planted there on purpose or that they didn't have all the time in the world to do so? I guess this one is more complicated than some people think... They will never let us know...

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by MatthewDB
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 58
Views: 7142

Re: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?

I remember it when it was allowed in the US.

As a non-smoker, I considered it nothing other than totally nasty. So many people in such a small space made it overwhelming.

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 8643

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

If we're talking about population center, ORD is the hands down winner. This is from the US Census Bureau

Edit: picture link won't work. They have four maps at this link: https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/centersofpop.html

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 8643

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

To answer the OP's question as asked. The geographic center of the continental US is: 39.833333,-98.583333 Distance to ORD: 578 miles Distance to DEN: 324 miles Distance to DFW: 486 miles. Am I missing any "major hub?" If not, DEN is the closest to 100% of the population. Not if you can't...

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 8643

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

To answer the OP's question as asked.
The geographic center of the continental US is: 39.833333,-98.583333
Distance to ORD: 578 miles
Distance to DEN: 324 miles
Distance to DFW: 486 miles.

Am I missing any "major hub?" If not, DEN is the closest to 100% of the population.

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Well, at least fuel transfer was complicated enough that it didn't make it into the final Falcon Heavy design. Who says it's the final FH design? Falcon 9 was heavily modified all the time, after all. :praise: David With the benefits asparagus staging bring, I would expect FH fuel transfer on the s...

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by MatthewDB
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 90600

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Re: bigjku in comment #273 If I understand well the comment #273 then the A380 is still at the bottom of the "hole" and the slope became slightly positive in 2015 when Airbus said the program "breakeven" on per unit basis. The deliveries in 2015 was 27 units. I have to conclude ...

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by MatthewDB
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats
Replies: 30
Views: 9967

Re: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats

catiii wrote:
Fact of life on A.Net is that anything UA does is bad.


Where do you think that attitude comes from? UA earned my disdain. I'm never flying them again. Ever. My employer doesn't pay for J anymore, but does cover W so the impact is lessened, but I'm still a good profit customer.

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by MatthewDB
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

As people have stated above I am sure there are still uses for the FH (certainly Military by their continued sponsorship of improvements).But it doesn't surprise me can it can take 16.2 metric tons of something to Mars.The question is what? Mr Boeing wants a race to Mars.Elon says 'do it'.Mmmmm. A ...

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by MatthewDB
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

SpaceX is claiming on their website that the FH capability is 16.2 metric tons for "Mars payload". I'm not sure if that's Mars transfer obit, Mars orbit or surface.

http://www.spacex.com/about/capabilities

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 3756

Re: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft

What a freak accident. Are ground people trained about the risk of accidental landing gear failure / accidental retraction? I would think it is so rare that it isn't considered a risk other than when the gear are being worked on.

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by MatthewDB
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://i.imgur.com/WGOy3qT.png ( imu minimun energy values ) going to Mars takes much more time but not that much more energy. Interesting chart. At the risk of a thread jack - two questions. Why is the delta-V to reach low orbit around Venus so high? Venus is 0.8 of the Earth's mass - shouldn't i...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines unveils A321neo "Most West Coast" livery
Replies: 169
Views: 33841

Re: Alaska Airlines unveils A321neo "Most West Coast" livery

jeffrey0032j wrote:
Chester is proudly all Boeing.


I guess you don't remember this:

Image

I always associated Alaska with the MD-80's.

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I don't wish to sound perverse but I am not sure the above it true.Indeed possibly the reverse.You (only) need 'X' amount of satellites for (say) digital global coverage - not more not less it's maths.The same goes for GSO says. Not if prices drop. Lower prices means that there is more opportunity ...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 89491

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

Thank you Midwestindy and jetmatt777.

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 150216

Re: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ

If the U.S. has GE and Lockheed Martin, Japan has MHI. By the way, the Fukushima nuclear plants that went boom? GE technology. It wouldn't have happened if it were MHI technology. GE didn't tell them to put the backup generators at ground level in a tsunami zone. GE didn't tell them to put medium v...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Airbus start up the A340 program again ?
Replies: 78
Views: 12208

Re: Would Airbus start up the A340 program again ?

Boof02671 wrote:
Can we add this to the million 757 threads?

Hey will they build a new Wright Flyer too?

These threads are a waste of bandwidth.


No one has brought up a potential to make a new triple out of the 777 or A350. (Other than tangentially mentioning the MD-11 and L1011.)

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 89491

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I flew PDX-MEX on Tuesday night. Totally painless. Thinking I’ll use this in the future for Central America destinations. Great add for PDX. Thanks for the tip. Too bad there isn't preclearance for MEX. After a few trips though Vancouver with preclearance I like this option. It's not like PDX custo...

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 89491

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

RWA380 wrote:
Happy Holidays, here are the Oregon changes from the OAG thread:

AS PDX-EUG FEB 3>4

VX LAX-PDX MAR 0>0.8 APR 0>0.9
*VX ORD-PDX MAR 0>0.7 APR 0>0.8
VX PDX-SFO MAR 4>5 APR 3>4


Hi RWA... You regularly post this, is there somewhere that explains what the stats are?

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by MatthewDB
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I like to think that most of my comments on this website are mature and controlled.But I do have to admit a childish excitement over this launch.Whilst I remember them ,I was way too young to physically see a Saturn5 and never took the considerable time off (live in UK) to see the Shuttle launch (w...

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by MatthewDB
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 298396

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Do people have advice on where to check for schedule updates? I'd love to watch both the test fire and launch if they're played live.

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by MatthewDB
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard
Replies: 94
Views: 20294

Re: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard

The USA doesn't have outbound passport screening, which might have caught this. This should change within the next 4 years. Is this complete speculation or based on something substantiated? I've never understood the point of outbound passport control. The US, UK and Canada don't do this. When a gov...

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