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by IAHFLYR
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes
Replies: 25
Views: 1357

Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Rain and Fire move about DL 191
Flight 90, Disaster on the Potomac
Crash Landing, The Rescue of Flight 232
United 93
Passenger 57
Flight

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?
Replies: 61
Views: 7122

Re: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?

Pretty lucky to live where we live, but a few Non-Stop thoughts:

IAH-PDX on AS
IAH-SXM on anyone
IAH-MXP on anyone
IAH-ATH

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

When i was still working approach control (until 2015), i saw several operators (including bigger players like Jazz, SkyRegional (when they had Q400s), etc) bust out of their RNAV(GNSS) legs from the downwind turn onto base leg (on a T shaped RNAV (GNSS) approach). Turns out they didn't have enough...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

Done right, the RNAV RNP approaches can be a thing of beauty. But the set-up in the cockpit is somewhat more extensive than for an ILS approach. When DEN first started the RNAV RNP approaches, there were several examples of the approach assignment being given very late (already on the downwind leg)...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

but IAH, spilling out of track is monitored by radar, nothing to hit, if the ATC function does its part. The technology is there, the error rate is manageable. There is no "spilling out" as I'm sure you know. If they get an alert on the flight deck, they tell ATC and then ATC takes over t...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

This is interesting. YYC started doing simultaneous RNP-AR approaches on its parallel runways back in 2018. I think it was a world first because it implemented a new ICAO standard: Established on RNP-AR (EoR). The new standard enables simultaneous RNP-AR approaches without requiring a separation mi...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between metro area airports
Replies: 47
Views: 4022

Re: Flights between metro area airports

I think we can deduce that the poster meant to say 8 minutes. Ya think? :o Every now and then one has to simply test the waters! Back on topic.....The IAH-EFD flights were great. I had a meeting early one morning at EFD with an IAH-RSW early afternoon flight. I decided to pad the FF account and boo...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between metro area airports
Replies: 47
Views: 4022

Re: Flights between metro area airports

Austin787 wrote:
In 1999, when the new AUS airport opened, airlines flew repositioning flights from Robert Mueller airport to ABIA. Flight times averaged 8 seconds.


Come on, really, so they flew 6 NM is eight seconds? :shakehead:

What were they flying supersonic jets that broke the sound barrier?

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

There are lots of airports where using RNP procedures wouldn’t require the current review and approval process. There’s no such review for operators using LPV, LNAV, or an ILS. Perhaps a two stage process and something like today’s process for a category of approaches with a certain risk level—high...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

Well, it’s complicated. For example, if the missed approach requires RNP 1.0 or less, you need an IRU. You must have a TAWS. The nav database must be verified by the operator and show the FAA your procedures for doing so; a simple download from the provider is not sufficient as it is for database d...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Usually just a request from the approach to the local controller. I haven’t worked there in a few years but we would almost always approve that from the tower side. Different strokes for different joints. If I'd have called local without going through either the TMC or Sup before I'd have ended up ...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

[photoid][/photoid] Given the advances in GA avionics, you'd think some of these RNP AR approaches would be made available to everyone. They are public procedures so technically they are available to all who are capable and authorized. The approval process does appear to require certain items such a...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

In fact, as a result of RNP procedures at these airports, we no longer feel a need to train the circling procedure at the training center and circling has been deleted from the training curriculum completely, freeing up valuable training time for other items. Slightly off topic, but it was mentione...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

When I was referring to the GPS and ILS being more predictable- I was referring exclusively to approach procedures that connect to the end of a STAR. For instance, the ILS 8L at IAH has a potential start point of GUSHR. GUSHR is also the end of the GUSHR arrival, thus it is very predictable to conn...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Who then determines how one or two aircraft from time to time are allowed to land on that runway? Is that a conversation between the controllers or can an approach controller assign that runway on his/her own if they feel things are stacking up? That would most likely be a conversation between the ...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

Garbage in, garbage out. Loading an entire procure generally involves verifying the procedure in the box matches the current chart before letting the airplane fly the procedure. Occasionally the database has incorrect constraints or fixes. That being said- I prefer flying arrivals that hook up to t...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

So, the decision to offload arrivals to 18L, which is one of two runways available for departures, has to be made hours in advance, when many of these arrivals are still on the ground at their departure points. If there are too many inbounds for the east side plus 13R to handle, using 18L for arriv...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

In terms of loading and connecting the approach it is easy. However, when I said onerous, there are a few more steps that have to be accomplished (at least on my ride) to have the FMC set up for an RNP approach. I only mention it because it takes a little bit to get it loaded, do all the clean up w...

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

OKCDCA wrote:
That does make it simple! Got my L/R mixed up. Meant 18L/36R...


Don't ya hate when that happens? :yes:

Then I will still go with the thoughts in my first post for now.

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

https://www.cityofirving.org/DocumentCe ... Fact-Sheet


Well that's a pretty simple reason why not then!! :highfive:
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Woodreau wrote:
18R/36L is closed for runway reconstruction

https://www.cityofirving.org/DocumentCe ... Fact-Sheet


Well that's a pretty simple reason why not then!! :highfive:

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by IAHFLYR
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

I like them when they link directly from a STAR. There are no surprises as to how long the downwind (or how short) is going to be leading to either droning out forever or suddenly getting jammed into a base to final where you’ve been left high and probably fast. The only issue with them is they can...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Not having looked at the NOTAMS for DFW there may be a few simple reasons. 1. ILS OTS due to construction. 2. Taxiways closed which make the utilization of the western most runway impractical. 3. Constant construction vehicles operating within the operations area. 4. Lack of ATC staffing due to COVI...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

From a non-121 perspective, the FAA Flight Standards office needs to look at the approval process. Just every new bizjet has all the capability for RNP AR approaches, especially RF legs. Customers demanded it, then the regulators, no doubt with good intentions, made the process too onerous except f...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Every time I’ve been given a RVR below minimums and I’ve declined the approach clearance, the controller has always asked “what are your minimums?” We tell them, and the controller has always responded, “oh looks like RVR’s come up. RVR is now .... (the minimums I just told them). Maintain xxx unti...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Hmm..Thanks for this Mr IAH....This may be the answer to one of my Questions..So if before the final approach point the last reported RVR hasnt gone below minimums and conditions are within the capacity of the crew and aircraft to carry out the approach then there is no need to give any further inf...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

You want Tech Ops, here ya go, sit back and take provide some feedback. HISTORY: Airplanes started to become more and more advanced with navigation solutions, some of us in ATC as well as the operators wanted to find ways to maximize these benefits based upon hours of flight sim trials proving repet...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I would say that the crew may not know the actually RVR when they touchdown. We had a co. policy that if the RVR dropped below CATIII mins after G/S capture, actually the feather, we were to make a MAP. I asked about it and was told that if below mins they didn't want you to try to taxi therefore m...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Why did you fall in love with aviation?
Replies: 29
Views: 7516

Re: Why did you fall in love with aviation?

Excellent thread! Sit back with your favorite beverage (adult or not) and put your feet up, it's a long story boys and girls. My parents started taking us on trips from CLE to ORL to visit my Grandparents three or four times a year, almost always by plane. The first flights I remember (though may ha...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Even in VMC weather every approach and landing is an “instrument” approach. When cleared for the visual approach. I’ll fly the plane to intercept the course guidance And fly the instruments all the way down to minimums especially at night. I peek up and look outside every now and then coming down t...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The RVR is horizontal visibility. We don’t care about vertical visibility unless the approach procedure specifies “Ceiling Required.” Landing is landing. Either the pilot landed it or the airplane auto landed. Oh ! all this while I thought Horizontal visibility is the visibility of the given area o...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Atlas Air the new Flying Tiger Line?
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Is Atlas Air the new Flying Tiger Line?

LAXintl wrote:
Those are on behalf of Amazon Prime Air. Amazon is the customer that tells Atlas where and when to fly.


Understand, though the customer appears to have them scheduled at the same time each day.....thus my poor use of "scheduled".

Thanks

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 105
Views: 14343

Re: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights

That's what my Son n Daughter-in-Law said, but I think they're not telling the truth! :lol: After one full year since I/we've been on a flight the kids get their wish: :biggrin: UA Express IAH-STL E-175 FC UA Express STL-IAH E175 FC Still on the books and looking better with vaccine roll-out: UA IA...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Atlas Air the new Flying Tiger Line?
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Is Atlas Air the new Flying Tiger Line?

Exactly does Atlas even fly a scheduled network. Flying Tigers is more like FEDEX but with bulk cargo There are multiple cities with daily flights between them which would seem to indicate some scheduled operations. Example: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/GTI3708/history/20210225/1515Z/KMIA/KI...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on a MAX next weekend, feeling a bit nervous
Replies: 22
Views: 2702

Re: Flying on a MAX next weekend, feeling a bit nervous

This is good to know, that’ll help! After reading your last comment I'm thinking you are referring to some type of "adult beverage". A good friend of mine just flew ORD-IAH earlier in the week on the MAX, he was in FC and not certain they are serving the type beverage you may be wanting i...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The full length of the runway is planned by ATC for the use of the landing crew and until confirmed vacated or missed, the following aircraft will be in a hold or vectors and not cleared until confirmation of the landing traffic. If the landing plane is able to clear short, that’s okay, not require...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

MrIAH could you tell me from your experience that which of the following attributes of the weather conditions have proven to be the most erratic with fluctuations I.e Winds,Rains,Fog,Storm,Snow,clouds etc ? That's a handful there as weather is constantly changing be it small changes or large change...

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by IAHFLYR
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

ATIS (aerodrome information used for approach and departure) is typically issued hourly or half-hourly. If there is a rapid change, a new ATIS is simply issued. ATIS is the METAR information plus runway in use and other pertinent information. We'd update the ATIS every hour unless as you mentioned ...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 1832 CUN-IAH MSY Divert Due to #2 Engine Shutdown Plus Flap Issues
Replies: 41
Views: 10438

Re: UA 1832 IAH-CUN MSY Divert Due to #2 Engine Shutdown Plus Flap Issues

160 is about right for a 737-8/900..stupid fast.... Amazingly, the approach speeds on the 757 and even the 747 at max landing weight are slower even with engine out or most flap issues. Some alternate flap extensions take longer due to electrical extension vs normal hydraulic or air extensions. Tha...

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by IAHFLYR
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?
Replies: 40
Views: 2903

Re: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?

Again incorrect. Are you instrument rated? If so, you should review AIM 1-1-17 on GPS of its entirety with a big emphasis on IFE use of GPS. Also take a look at table 1-1-6 and the applicable notes. Pay close attention to Note 4. I’ll post the important sub-part to educate ya and keep you out of tr...

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by IAHFLYR
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

And, SYD isn’t a major hub operation where thousands get stranded if arrivals stop. The US airports with CAT III runways are mostly at large hubs—KJFK, KORD, KDFW, KLAX, KSEA, KMEM, KSDF—where the penalty in operations outcomes is enormous and weather below CAT I is not only more frequent but lasts...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 29633

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

Other than that, a few minors I can’t recall, pretty boring 45 years. :rotfl: "pretty boring" I sure cannot top GalaxyFlyer with a couple of situations, but here goes. Flying side: Flying a C210 from KAUS to KDWH when just after raising the gear the right door opened with my now very shak...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?
Replies: 40
Views: 2903

Re: When did GPS become mainstream in commercial aviation?

Early iterations of 767/757 probably used the same system, but the manual entry was replaced with an FMS with databases of waypoints, as well as LNAV/VNAV modes. This allowed for much more precise routes to be flown. I am fairly certain the early UA deliveries of their B752's in 1989 showed up with...

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by IAHFLYR
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: STL-DFW-LAX AA on friday
Replies: 8
Views: 1254

Re: STL-DFW-LAX AA on friday

AA 0540 flight landed at DFW, they cancelled the 0700 STL departure, the 0930 still shows on time as of this moment! There are plenty of flights via ORD or CLT that connect to LAX. Wonder what time the OP has on original reservation?

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern US Polar Vortex disruptions
Replies: 86
Views: 12285

Re: Southern US Polar Vortex disruptions

Do Southern stations, such as IAH, SAT, AUS, MSY, JAX have many deice trucks or if any deice trucks? Since snow/ice is rare in that part of the country, do those stations just let the sun come up and let the ice melt naturally? DFW does, not sure about others in the region. IAH does, though no clue...

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by IAHFLYR
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is business travel enjoyable?
Replies: 26
Views: 2850

Re: Is business travel enjoyable?

I just love travel completely, though with COVID it will now be a year on 2/23 since we've graced the door of a plane. Travel for business was necessary as I was involved in software testing for the ATC side of the FAA, so we had to travel to ACY anywhere from 8-12 times a year depending on how many...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

As pilots we're interested in making sure that low visibility procedures are in force, what the actual RVR and weather is, checking that the runway is validated for CAT3 ops (list on our EFB), NOTAMs and then we decide which approach we fly. Usually LVPs are mentioned in ATIS and the ATC keeps us i...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Between me and you, the way we do it here in Canada is the safer of the two. What if a pilot landing at IAH hasn't read all his NOTAMs, doesn't know that a certain ILS CATIII approach is U/S. No info on ATIS (as you state), not a single ATC mentions CATIII in approach clearance, and yet the pilot i...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

1. What is the tool behind calculating the horizontal visibility of a given area and where is it located at the airport ? 2.Are the measurements for Horizontal visibility based on a particular zone of the RWY or the whole of airport premises ? because I presume may be its measured only at the touch...

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by IAHFLYR
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17403

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

In this particular situation, the controller shouldn't clear you for a CATIII approach. After all, us controllers need to read the NOTAMs too. This reminds me of something that happened at my airport 2 years ago. We were very close to our CATI minimums, almost CATII, but hadn't activated it yet, as...

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