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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA changes rules for KCM starting August 28th
Replies: 30
Views: 7571

Re: TSA changes rules for KCM starting August 28th

This really sucks. I'm very disappointed in those who abused this and ruined it for those of us who didn't do anything wrong. KCM was a great "perk" in helping to make domestic travel that much more painless, whether I was traveling for work or not. It meant predictable times from the park...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Very surprised there weren't any signs showing you how to get to the observation deck, just how to get to the SkyClub. Same stairs, same elevator, no words. I thought the same thing. Weird oversight considering as you approach the elevator shaft there is a sign on the front side that directs you fo...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 93
Views: 6412

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

Dallas: DFW, DAL Houston: IAH, HOU Bay Area: SFO, SJC LA Basin: LAX, SNA, ONT, BUR Washington DC: DCA, IAD New York: LGA, JFK, EWR London: LHR, LGW, LCY Istanbul: SAW, IST Tokyo: HND, NRT Bangkok: DMK, BKK Pearl River Delta: HKG, MFM Shanghai: PVG, SHA UAE: AUH, DXB Rio: GIG, SDU Buenos Aires: EZE, ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA. From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore. Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia. AA is...

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by Longhornmaniac
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worrying about a bumpy flight tomorrow. KEF - EWR
Replies: 30
Views: 2442

Re: Worrying about a bumpy flight tomorrow. KEF - EWR

Look at the feelings of the several pilots that have responded in here. Galaxy Flyer, et al. We're just not concerned with it. It doesn't affect our ability to fly at all (the autopilot is on, anyway), and we just kind of ride through the bumps. It's mildly annoying, sure, but there isn't a pilot up...

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ANA A380 First Class Trip Report July 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 8478

Re: ANA A380 First Class Trip Report July 2019

Outstanding report, as always, Carfield. You do a terrific job of making the reader feel like they were there. I was surprised to not see a bottle of Champagne in the HNL lounge. Was that the case? On the flip side, those are two great white wines they had on ice. I particularly enjoy the St. Supery...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?

Delta's business class hard product is still miles behind AA's. They just slapped a door on it to make it look better. It's the same seat that AA has on their much-maligned 767-300s, the worst of the AA widebody business class offerings. It's astounding that United's Polaris seat and the Delta One ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?

Have you actually tried the Delta One Suite and confirmed it’s “miles behind” AA’s? Having a fully enclosed suite is the new trend in premium seats. DL was the U.S. carrier first to do so, resulting in positive feedback. I’m not sure what you’re talking about when you’re saying it’s astounding that...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?

Delta's business class hard product is still miles behind AA's. They just slapped a door on it to make it look better. It's the same seat that AA has on their much-maligned 767-300s, the worst of the AA widebody business class offerings. It's astounding that United's Polaris seat and the Delta One ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: American’s Flagship Business: What’s next?

Delta's business class hard product is still miles behind AA's. They just slapped a door on it to make it look better. It's the same seat that AA has on their much-maligned 767-300s, the worst of the AA widebody business class offerings. It's astounding that United's Polaris seat and the Delta One &...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yahoo ranks "Top Ten Domestic U.S. Airports" for 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Re: Yahoo ranks "Top Ten Domestic U.S. Airports" for 2019

There are some real head scratchers on this list. AUS is better than all of these but maybe PDX and MSP.

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAX in service at MIA? Is it possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 3210

Re: MAX in service at MIA? Is it possible?

The MAX winglets actually look very different to the scimitar winglets on the NG. The only thing that is the same is that one part goes up and the other down. The angles, sizes and shapes of those parts are very different. “Other than the fact they look basically the same, they look very different.”

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 19683

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

Ziyulu wrote:
What airline is this? I cannot find the website for King Air.


King Airs are a type of twin-engine aircraft made by Beechcraft.

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 19683

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

From people I know who were there, it looks/sounds as if it was an engine failure/probable Vmc situation. As sad as it is, it could've been worse had that hangar had people in it. :( Edit: It's strange it's taken this so long to hit the airwaves. This happened around 10 am local time, more than 8 ho...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Had another couple of interesting visitors yesterday. LH440 made its second appearance in as many weeks, and a Singapore Cargo 747 diverted from DFW and was sitting up on the north cargo ramp when I was leaving the airport yesterday about 9 PM.

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by Longhornmaniac
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates 209 Tonight - Go Around ?
Replies: 20
Views: 4380

Re: Emirates 209 Tonight - Go Around ?

They probably got slam dunked. NY Tracon loves to keep you at 250 until they clear you for the approach. Makes for a lot of fun trying to get down and slow down.

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?
Replies: 24
Views: 2255

Re: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?

I’m not trolling at all. I have no direct connection to ANY of the markets in the Texas area. I fly Envoy enough to know that there are useless routes they fly. Not only ABI but SJT and SPS too. Heck, you can add KLNK, KSWO and KLAW to that list. These markets I’ve all been to atleast once or more ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 136071

Re: AAL MD80 Retirement Schedule?

https://worldairlinenews.com/2019/06/25 ... e-flights/
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Looks like they'll fly back to DFW on the early morning flights on the 4th, and presumably from there to ROW.

https://worldairlinenews.com/2019/06/25 ... e-flights/

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience
Replies: 11
Views: 6968

Re: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience

Great report as always! I honestly had no idea WestJet were going for a full-service premium experience transatlantic. The Super Diamond is a great seat choice, and the food looked perfectly passable on both flights. At an absolute bare minimum, the udon noodles looked filling. Certainly not a Miche...

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?
Replies: 24
Views: 2255

Re: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?

He's trolling. Best to just let this one die.

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Major Airlines - Regional Fleets
Replies: 30
Views: 4188

Re: US Major Airlines - Regional Fleets

Some observations: -American has roughly 34% more regional aircraft than Delta. [...] Some questions -Does having more regional partners help or hurt an operation? -Does anyone know what United and American's future plans are for their substantial fleets of E140/145s? First of all I must say you’ve...

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 29266

Re: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread

Ah, because ALPA and DL negotiators agreed to that clause. ALPA wanted to restrict out-sourcing and by this clause it prevents regionals from creating alter-ego airlines that impinge of ALPA flying. Say, SkyWest bought a fleet of A220s and tried to code share or compete against DL on DL routes out ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

AA 280 (ICN-DFW; 789) also diverted to AUS. Lots of heavies at the airport right now I imagine.

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Expense Policies
Replies: 36
Views: 5110

Re: Pilot Expense Policies

I flew CX from HKG to JFK years ago and as I met family at a hotel in Manhattan, in walked the pilots and cabin crew from my flight. We had a good chuckle. I noticed what appeared to be one of the pilots handing out what I presumed to be per diem. Anyway, the hotel was as described above, slightly ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Upgauges DFW-Key West to A319
Replies: 45
Views: 7989

Re: AA Upgrades DFW-Key West to A319

boeingguy1 wrote:
wow - blows my mind that there are 4 more FC seats on a regional jet compared to mainline AA's 319.


Gotta love scope clauses.

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?
Replies: 24
Views: 2255

Re: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?

The load factors on DFW-ABI are well above the Envoy system average (both for all aircraft and for the ERJs specifically) so you can't possibly call them subpar loads. SJT does have a marginally higher year-round load factor at 82.23%, but with a lot more variability across the year compared to ABI...

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by Longhornmaniac
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any tips on getting the crew to let you in the cockpit?
Replies: 29
Views: 16625

Re: Any tips on getting the crew to let you in the cockpit?

I would certainly not let you up during flight, though I can also say in my pre-piloting years I did get up front during a domestic flight in Argentina. That was 2009 and was way cool. Before or after the flight, just ask. I'd love for you to come up, check it out, and ask any questions. Just a coup...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26706

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

AA confirm that they refused to sell IG a spare part just because they are IG: https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2019/06/09/american-airlines-refuses-to-lend-part-to-air-italy-forces-35-hour-delay-for-spite/ That's not even close to what that article says. Moreover, the author of the post is...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 104
Views: 5411

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

There's nothing more sad than someone who thinks they know a lot and really know very little. Speaking of the Dunning-Kruger effect, I wonder how windy95 is doing...

Probably occupying the same tin-foil house slider is.

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon May 27, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks like the Landor 747 is broken (or diverted?) in AUS. It's sitting up on the north cargo ramp, in a good spot to get pictures through the fence. Saw it on my way home and had to make a quick diversion to see it. I definitely haven't followed it religiously, but it's the first time I've seen it ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Fri May 24, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24952

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

Yep. Got some clarification from my friend and he said that the scheduled 121 ops were being shuttered to focus exclusively on the more lucrative Supplemental 121 ops (ie charters). With this comes the need for a smaller pilot group, hence the decision to suspend his training midway through. He was ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue May 21, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24952

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

I'm hearing that Via has shut down. I had a friend who was going through simulator training for them in Houston and they were all abruptly told to go home today and that the airline was done. I don't have specifics, but I certainly don't think anyone is surprised by this.

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu May 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24952

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

Captains don't make 6 figures in 12 months. More like 65k. You're seriously uninformed in you think rj captains make 6 figures. That's not remotely true. At my regional, upgrades are around 2 years right now. A captain on year 3 pay will be making in excess of $90/hr, and it will be over $95/hr on ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu May 16, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24952

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

Replace small with LOW PAID. Dude drop this already. Regional pilots are no longer low paid. They start at like 60k with bonuses and your a captain making 6 figures in 12 months these days Captains don't make 6 figures in 12 months. More like 65k. You're seriously uninformed in you think rj captain...

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by Longhornmaniac
Tue May 14, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 10251

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Main Cabin Extra. https://skift.com/2018/07/19/american-airlines-upgrades-its-economy-experience-with-main-cabin-extra-seating/ Did you even look at the linked seat map before posting No. ? No I didn't, because I fly on one a couple times a month and didn't need to. MCE is extra legroom Y (also now...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun May 12, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1957

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

No non-direct-aisle-access J seat will have a competitive amount of personal space in 2019. Take Turkish, for example. Great soft product, hard product that is stuck in the late aughts. Compared to the Super Diamond or Zodiac reverse herringbone seats, it's just not enough space or privacy, especia...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat May 11, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1957

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

No non-direct-aisle-access J seat will have a competitive amount of personal space in 2019. Take Turkish, for example. Great soft product, hard product that is stuck in the late aughts. Compared to the Super Diamond or Zodiac reverse herringbone seats, it's just not enough space or privacy, especial...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun May 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

So what's the story with the Air New Zealand 777-200 sitting on the north cargo ramp? Looks like it was operating NZ28 AKL-IAH on Friday and diverted, presumably due to weather. Curious what the plans are for this aircraft and crew. Edit: Well, looks like it's off to Auckland as NZ6001. Took off abo...

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by Longhornmaniac
Thu May 02, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qatar QSuites
Replies: 3
Views: 874

Re: Qatar QSuites

I think you can pay $50 to get into the Al Safwa lounge now. Could be a good option.

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR to cancel all flights tomorrow Apr, 30th
Replies: 29
Views: 11605

Re: AR to cancel all flights tomorrow Apr, 30th

All of Delta's and United's flights tonight are canceled. All of American's flights are operating as scheduled. Sometimes it pays to be the biggest in a destination.

Glad I already have private transport arranged to the hotel! Will make sure to stay away from the Plaza de Mayo tomorrow.

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by Longhornmaniac
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR to cancel all flights tomorrow Apr, 30th
Replies: 29
Views: 11605

Re: AR to cancel all flights tomorrow Apr, 30th

Curious about AA's situation. Supposed to fly MIA-EZE tonight.

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Equiment Swaps?
Replies: 28
Views: 2747

Re: Best Equiment Swaps?

Nothing super exciting. I had an AA 763 upgauged to a 772 LAX-DFW. I was in F, coming back from Australia, so going from the old J seats on the 763 (NGBC) to a Flagship Suite was a nice change. I had a LA 767-300 downgauged to an A320 LIM-SCL. This worked out well, because it was part of an RTW tick...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When is "Arrival"
Replies: 18
Views: 3277

Re: When is "Arrival"

So for a 'bus gate' arrival (at FRA) the time it takes for all the passengers to get off the plane and for the bus to proceed to the terminal is after the flight has arrived, am I correct? The personal curiousity here is that I am connect at FRA and the inbound flight will likely park at a remote s...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When is "Arrival"
Replies: 18
Views: 3277

Re: When is "Arrival"

The times are typically reported via ACARS, and that is based on parking brake. In reality, it's got some inherent logic built in (weight-on-wheels, doors closed), but for all intents and purposes, it's when we release or set the parking brake.

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?
Replies: 25
Views: 6051

Re: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?

but there's no business case for an operating carrier to get the aircraft certified when they already have aircraft in their fleet that serve that purpose extremely well. I think that is open to discussion. The E190 seats between 98-112 passengers, the A319 up to 156. Particularly airlines with a m...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 564
Views: 99025

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

I seriously don’t understand why there’s so much hype around AUS aside from Norwegian and condor they probably won’t be getting any new airline before dfw or IAH You do understand the European carrier presence at AUS, right? BA is daily year-round LH will be 5x weekly year-round, knocking out Condo...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?
Replies: 25
Views: 6051

Re: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?

The A319 has never been certified for the approach angle of 5.5°. Yes, of course. But that is just a certification. The question is - could it be certified or are there technical aspects that make it impossible to certify the A319 (just like the E135, E170, E190, Fokker 70 or A318 can operate into ...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 23136

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

How does that work in these days of cockpit security? After 9/11 I thought the pilots were supposed to be inaccessible to hijackers? Giving a key to one of the cabin crew leaves them vulnerable. That kind of "cockpit security" and inaccessible cockpit doors made flying more unsafe. 149 pe...

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by Longhornmaniac
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla closing its stores to pay for $35,000 Model 3
Replies: 105
Views: 7742

Re: Tesla closing its stores to pay for $35,000 Model 3,

We'll see. I think it is a good thing you could buy them for $US 35.000. I would buy one immediately if that was the price in The Netherlands, but it is 2,5times that, it is for the longe range model (€ 55.000plus), but still. there are many Teslas in The Netherlands. you there have many recharging...

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by Longhornmaniac
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321T BOS-LAX
Replies: 36
Views: 7789

Re: American A321T BOS-LAX

I'd guess it has more to do with fleet utilization than actually wanting to provide a premium product on such a short segment. BOS is probably the highest-yielding destination within a certain distance from JFK that allows for quick turns between transcons. Secondarily it might be to provide some pr...

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