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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 6189

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

Interesting you should mention Phnom Penh. My longest number of stops was a flight from PNH > BKK last year which ended up as PNH > BKK > PNH > VTE > DMK and a total journey time of 3 weeks for a direct line distance of 500km. Those first 2 flights (PNH > BKK > PNH) were on the same afternoon and di...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

2 weeks on.... only way to make a complaint was via the "e-form" on the website. Apart from the automated reply "Case Acknowledgement", zero correspondence received. Shouldn't really be surprised. Just bought 4 tickets on Nok Air so it's cost them a few hundred $$$ so far. Will c...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 12228

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

Turning this topic 180 degrees, if I were to start an airline today it would be either Line Air or Air Line.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best/Worst seats on any airline?
Replies: 5
Views: 698

Re: Best/Worst seats on any airline?

Worst - Cathay Pacific "shell" economy seat as fitted to a 747 around 2012. No proper recline and paper thin padding made for supreme discomfort.. Best - First Class Apartment on Etihad A380. Have been lucky enough to fly about 10 longhaul segments in them and they are just superb. Was all...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cool webcam at Prague Airport....
Replies: 5
Views: 2124

Re: Cool webcam at Prague Airport....

Fantastic webcam. Well worth a look. Live FR24 data and ATC feed. Why can't ALL airports have something like this. Thanks for posting.

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by Virtual737
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6389

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

I never left the airport at NRT - Tokyo Aha, I actually never left Narita. Travelled on a "buddy pass" type deal with Virgin back in the 90s. Took the bus into town from the crew hotel and got drunk (up the stairs from the train station and into the labyrinth of back streets), thinking I ...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6389

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Has anyone ever actually been to Atlanta? Or is it just a myth of a city? I thought it was nothing more than an airport, the CNN Center, and a Coke bottling facility. Maybe a peachtree or two in between those places. Can't believe I forgot Atlanta. My first ever flight.... LGW > ATL on a Delta L1011.

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6389

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Detroit Minneapolis Zurich New Orleans (not sure if you'd call that a hub, was back in 83 on either Delta or TWA I think) Abu Dhabi more than 40 times, although I did once go through security for a sweaty cigarette and a passport stamp. Other hub cities I've travelled through I also just happened to...

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by Virtual737
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help

Sounds like some great advice from UALFAson. $1400 sounded crazy cheap for return J flight CAI - JFK but sure enough, I just tried Nov 9 to Nov 18 and got a price of $1360. Also surprising (to me, maybe not to others) is that the EgyptAir website didn't feel very "Egyptian". The 3 rotating...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26652

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

These are 2 different things. Concerns over harder maintenance based on shoddy maintenance of something highly visible is reasonable. It's a concern - it's not saying the harder maintenance MUST be shoddy, but there is good reason to take a closer look. 20% of road accidents are caused by drunk dri...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26652

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

To me it's just as huge a leap to suggest that if the seat belt tags are worn then there should be concern about how the harder stuff is being handled. Also if the best way we have for the FAA to monitor how airlines handle the harder stuff is to check the seat belt tags then there's a bigger probl...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 13131

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

Please put me into the "no to ground based pilots" camp for pax operations. I would want any pilot to have just as much riding on the safe operation of the flight as I do.

Maybe the bankers are still hurting from the advent of the ATM, some 48 years ago next month.

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26652

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

dtw2hyd wrote:
They can take apart any plane


Yep, seen that.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes you have been with
Replies: 53
Views: 3372

Re: Planes you have been with

Entered one or two cockpits in my time. Wouldn't want to name them.

More often than not the flaps were full and my undercarriage was extended. Inner marker wasn't always obviously reached on one if I remember correctly and another lost rubber on the rollout.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

Hi there, sorry to hear about your predicament. Would you mind to PM me the booking number and any evidence or document you have relating to the case? Also, if you can give the English name told by the staff and a copy of the birth cert, it could help. Also the staff name and the address. I will ch...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 4293

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

Used to travel a couple of times a year on average from Europe. Not been back for almost 10 years now. Main issue was the "if you don't like it stay the hell out" attitude but can't remember any specifics. Laptop ban of any kind would preclude me from travelling pretty much anywhere. To be...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

Thanks for the replies so far. The thing that really bugs me is that AirAsia will not act as one company, they only act as individuals. The fact that the name used was supplied by AirAsia themselves doesn't seem to matter to them... it wasn't supplied by someone at that airport. Interestingly, on th...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

This just happened (and is still happening) to people close to me. 1.) Mother and 2 year old son want to take an internal flight within Thailand on Thai AirAsia. Mother has full Thai ID (both English and Thai names). Son has birth document (all in Thai). AirAsia require that all tickets are booked i...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9332

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

Evaluating past decisions is one way of learning. You posted to tell us that the thread was not worth posting in. In the future it's OK if you just skip to the next thread. Easy tiger, I don't recall saying it wasn't worth posting in. Let me elaborate why I think it's a nice exercise but not of any...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19915

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Was lucky enough to get up to Etihad Platinum (Gold Elite at the time) when they were running lots of double/treble miles promotions circa 2012. A346 was my first trip with them as a bump from J to F. VERY nice flight, probably better than the slightly newer F on the 77W due to the quieter cabin (is...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights
Replies: 79
Views: 16044

Re: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights

Human beings, in the last couple of decades, have developed a sense of entitlement that they, and only they, are the ones that matter. Never mind there may be 150 other people on the plane, many of whom have the same idea they should be the only passenger that matters. Not really sure how that's re...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 17 yr old jumps out of aircraft upon landing at SFO
Replies: 21
Views: 9179

Re: 17 yr old jumps out of aircraft upon landing at SFO

barney captain wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
Psychological issues possible?


Most assuredly. What else could explain referring to a 737 as a "jumbo".

:lol:


Very good!

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights
Replies: 79
Views: 16044

Re: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights

It does seem at times that airlines and or airport management lose sight of the fact that passengers are humans and the "running of the show" trumps everything else when the running of the show is actually all about the passengers. Sometime in the early naughties I was in the back of a BA ...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9332

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)? PayPal and Google. They could have kept most of the €20 Bn in the bank too and just made planes for fun today. This is one of those hindsight questions that is a nice exercise but doesn't really have any true value because we can't change history. ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight
Replies: 34
Views: 8885

Re: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight

An Eastern Air Lines captain once let me sit in his seat with my hands on the yoke while at cruise between ATL and IAH in an A300; one of the greatest experiences of my life at the time (I was around 12 or 13). The autopilot was engaged, but it was a thrill beyond words. That is even more like the ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9332

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)? PayPal and Google. They could have kept most of the €20 Bn in the bank too and just made planes for fun today. This is one of those hindsight questions that is a nice exercise but doesn't really have any true value because we can't change history. H...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet PR fiasco: turning the blind eye to sexual harassment allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 2608

Re: Interjet PR fiasco: turning the blind eye to sexual harassment allegations

but not mentioning the overall pitiful behaviour of the crews while on layover (I find that swimming in your underwear is rock bottom trashy). I have heard a lot of BA crews engaging in trashy behaviours while on layovers. These guys and girls are human (even the few god complex pilots). It's unrea...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is 747 dying?
Replies: 59
Views: 11303

Re: Is 747 dying?

A modified B-2 as AF1? Cute. http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/imagecache/large_img/uploads/2017/02/presidential-bomber1.jpg http://aviationweek.com/defense/presidential-bomber-report-touts-b-21-air-force-one Gonna believe this about 10yrs after I see it. Not a quad, no room...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8551

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Here's a reasonably sporty MD-11 climb out from Western Global

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmW80HjPTPE

I'm loving one of the comments: Actual ATC transcripts: "Western Global 6969, contact NASA on departure"

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Please delete if duplicate thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1672

Re: Please delete if duplicate thread

"I've searched the forums for similar topics but didn't find anything, but please delete this thread if it is a duplicate". I doubt this kind of comment at the top of so many threads has ever led to a moderators' action being influenced. Is it possible to dissuade the inclusion? Thanks. I...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12148

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Updates to this story suggest that the passenger pushed the airport employee in the face before getting punched... http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/834823/Nice-airport-punch-easyJet-British-man-baby-passenger-France-flight-delayed If true, the reaction of the airport worker is "understandable&...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12148

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Could you explain what we've done that is so funny. Actions of a few does not excuse racismor xenophobia to the many. Not all Muslims are terrorists yet almost all terrorists are Muslim. You wouldn't allow an entire religion to be demonised because of the actions of a few so why is it ok for anti B...

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 2578

Re: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York

Back in the air again. Wonder what that was all about?

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12148

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

sevenair wrote:
Yet it's ok to make dereogatory and xenophobic comments about the UK?


To be fair I think we've given others plenty to laugh about, so let them. It wont affect your life. Stiff upper lip and all that old boy.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12148

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

TYCOON wrote:
Given how British passengers generally behave, the guy probably deserved it!


Perhaps, but not while holding a 9 month old baby.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 2578

Re: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York

Safely down at JFK. Pilot on ATC sounded specifically English.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Four men arrested after police uncover alleged plot to bomb Etihad flight from Sydney
Replies: 20
Views: 9399

Re: Several men in custody after police uncover alleged plot to bring down an aircraft using a device in Sydney

Delays are being reported at airports around Australia, passengers are being advised to arrive 2 hours before domestic flights instead of the usual 1 hour http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/sydney-terror-raids-travellers-report-delays-at-airports/news-story/f9e9830156284ccf0fe11...

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12148

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

"A photo circulating online appears to show the man, believed to be a special assistance provider at Nice Airport, punching a passenger in the face"

Interesting take on the term "special assistance".

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 117
Views: 28102

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

WWads wrote:

UA and AA both have unionized FAs right? I guess DL's FAs not being unionized helps that, since I've only run into a "wretched hag" on one or two occasions.


FAs? I thought he meant the pilots.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aviation Effects from the August 21 Solar Eclipse
Replies: 30
Views: 4448

Re: August 21 Solar Eclipse

So there's going to be a solar eclipse on August 21, and a number of states and cities (and airports) in the United States will fall under its path, some under a total eclipse. How are airports and airlines preparing for this event? How are operations affected by a total solar eclipse? It's gonna g...

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 12228

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

BMI Baby - Be My Baby - I thought it was at least quite clever.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling A320 and Blue Panorama B763 airprox incident near BCN
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: Vueling A320 and Blue Panorama B763 airprox incident near BCN

You do know this incident was almost a year ago? The final report has, however, recently been released.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alleged Aircraft Terrorism Plot Failed in Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Alleged Aircraft Terrorism Plot Failed in Australia

Continental767 wrote:
[twoid][/twoid]
Virtual737 wrote:
https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1369749



Thanks, didn’t see that.


Not surprised. I saw it yesterday and it's already some way down page 2. A little surprised it didn't get more replies.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Please delete if duplicate thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1672

Please delete if duplicate thread

"I've searched the forums for similar topics but didn't find anything, but please delete this thread if it is a duplicate".

I doubt this kind of comment at the top of so many threads has ever led to a moderators' action being influenced. Is it possible to dissuade the inclusion? Thanks.

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by Virtual737
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight
Replies: 34
Views: 8885

Re: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight

I don't see any part of this video where they were in flight with the child at the controls.... I think it's just the AVHerald text that states it: "Air Algerie reported the captain was arrested for permitting a child into the cockpit and permitting the child to control the aircraft in flight....

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by Virtual737
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight
Replies: 34
Views: 8885

Re: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight

Out of interest, at what point did the episode start to break rules / laws? Was everything on the ground OK or should he not have been able to take part in the walk around?

Great day for the kid anyway.

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by Virtual737
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 117
Views: 28102

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

They are being flown by step child scab crews. There is no picket line to cross. So which is it? Are they crossing picket lines or not? D8 hires 3rd country nationals through a bogus employment agency in Singapore An employment agency that facilitated hiring? Sounds like the exact opposite of bogus...

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