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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?
Replies: 42
Views: 6910

Re: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?

What does the Geneva convention say about blockades? I mean if an air blockade/no fly zone is legal, then it does not matter if the flight is civilian or military, it would be intercepted and shot down if it comes to that. Right? bt The Geneva Conventions only apply to "war", with a defin...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK looking to update Chinook fleet
Replies: 25
Views: 4702

Re: UK looking to update Chinook fleet

With the Chinooks, it's been a long journey with some procurement bumps along the way, though as you can see they have been everywhere and done everything. The French sure appreciated those UK Chinooks during their Mali operations. So much so they are also considering getting some themselves. bt An...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First retro livery?
Replies: 13
Views: 2854

Re: First retro livery?

AC_B777 wrote:
The Air Canada retro TCA A319 was done around 1998. That was one of my earliest memories of a retro livery.


Sadly, she's parked at MCI, now.

But, yeah, it was sharp. It was always at the A gates in DEN.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier
Replies: 255
Views: 47309

Re: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier?

Anybody able to pull the LF for the old independent ExpressJet routes to see what was was working and what wasn't? IIRC, fuel cost was the biggest problem XE faced when they tried branded flying. There weren't enough seats to sell on a 145 to offset peak oil. With lower costs and the right markets,...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier
Replies: 255
Views: 47309

Re: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier?

I'm wondering if this isn't a stalking horse by UA to leverage their FFDs to the last cent.

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment
Replies: 43
Views: 8896

Re: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment

Legal treatment is a fair expectation and easa really needs to crack down on a lot of these ops they need a 1500 hour rule pronto Sadly, its far easier to negotiate these with a company than it is to wait for regulatory authorities. I too believe that a crew served aircraft should have two actual A...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment
Replies: 43
Views: 8896

Re: Wizz Air flight operations chief resigns after "bad apples" comment

Agreed. It's like the people who buy a house next to the airport and then complain about the noise. You can't expect the red carpet treatment when working at a ULCC. LOL. Pilot pushing doesn't equal "red carpet treatment." Weren't you demanding cockpit cameras in the other thread? Well, h...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US presidents dealing with China
Replies: 15
Views: 1241

Re: US presidents dealing with China

It took the previous administration three years and a pandemic to realize that China isn't a partner worth making agreement is as their government isn't one that can keep promise As the US between 2017 and 2021 had a government which pulled out of and broke promises to uphold international agreemen...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US presidents dealing with China
Replies: 15
Views: 1241

Re: US presidents dealing with China

Their adherence to United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is also more than just questionable.... Throw first stone when you are innocent :-) All the UN VETO powers, up front the US, have ignored anything they signed on occasion .. or in most cases. The US uses it solely for pressuring oth...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US presidents dealing with China
Replies: 15
Views: 1241

Re: US presidents dealing with China

It took the previous administration three years and a pandemic to realize that China isn't a partner worth making agreement is as their government isn't one that can keep promise As the US between 2017 and 2021 had a government which pulled out of and broke promises to uphold international agreemen...

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by acecrackshot
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

My ex-employer used to do this exact thing, but recently removed it after the pilots nearly went on strike over the use of FOQA and the lack of freedom in onboarding fuel as determined by the PIC. They would use FOQA data to "judge" our landings using G meter, VS etc. and our captain upgr...

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by acecrackshot
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

I have to wonder why this wasn't proposed after the AC759 near miss (which could have resulted in 3 planes being destroyed). What caused AC759 to ultimately line up with the taxiway was never fully determined, and ATC didn't notice what was wrong even after the landing clearance was challenged. Lan...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY
Replies: 98
Views: 11221

Re: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY

Look I have no dog in this fight but this is incredibly disingenuous. The article you linked is over 14 years old now. Take it for what it is worth but according to Wikipedia, Key Lime has only had 3 incidents in the past 14 years. Yes that is still high for their size operation but read what cause...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY
Replies: 98
Views: 11221

Re: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY

I believe these will be operated under 121 with their 50 seat ERJs. One wonders why a 121 certificate was issued to a 135 operator with such an abysmal safety record. This is your second post clucking about their safety record. Maybe you should post something factual with links, otherwise it looks ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY
Replies: 98
Views: 11221

Re: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY

I believe these will be operated under 121 with their 50 seat ERJs. One wonders why a 121 certificate was issued to a 135 operator with such an abysmal safety record. This is your second post clucking about their safety record. Maybe you should post something factual with links, otherwise it looks ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 3097

Re: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion

chunhimlai wrote:
Another option is to expand VGT with 3000m+ runway and new terminal building to serve 15-20M pax


Airport expansion is an enormously expensive and tediously long process.

It probably would be easier to make Nellis a freight only reliever.

Seriously.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

I could make the argument that as many turbine aircraft hull losses have occurred due to NTSB indifference (for example, Sumwalt's public pronouncement at the 2018 I would add the NTSB and FAA indifference to anything other than 121 safety. Bob Sumwalt has been a good friend of Safety Standdown for...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 3972

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

I was legitimately curious. Not sure why you took it any other way. But since the US doesn't seem have an issue with new pilots damaging the planes I would guess our way of doing things is working pretty well too. I would think it must be incredibly expensive to fly around an A319 with no passenger...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 3972

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

My question is why aren't they using simulators in Europe? The fidelity of modern full motion sims is so good that the lag is imperceptible. They work extraordinarily well for pilot training. Twice I've been on flights where it was the FO's first time actually flying the plane. Smooth as silk. The ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Why the plane crashed isn’t always the end all be all for improving aircraft safety and training. Pilot actions that are not captured by audio or a FDR can improve safety eg., how focused were they on the instruments vs casually staring off into nothingness before some event occurred. NTSB would id...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

TTailedTiger wrote:
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Had they run the checklist they would have caught their error. Are you disagreeing with that?


What is your professional or personal basis for this assessment?

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Let's see...take charge of our $50million piece of equipment and take the responsibility of 200 lives in your hands. How dare you think that we ought to be able to have a recording of what you're doing while we pay your six figure salary!!! Blasphemy! So you obviously unaware of the various medical...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY
Replies: 98
Views: 11221

Re: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY

heretothere wrote:

I believe these will be operated under 121 with their 50 seat ERJs.


One wonders why a 121 certificate was issued to a 135 operator with such an abysmal safety record.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Announces ANC/DRO/GJT/FCA
Replies: 53
Views: 7714

Re: Frontier Announces ANC/DRO/GJT/FCA

I think all of these are well thought out additions.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY
Replies: 98
Views: 11221

Re: Denver Air Connection wins EAS away from Skywest for PIR and ATY

Honestly, Key Lime's less than stellar Part 135 safety record is more problematic.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Should the same apply to police body cameras? So far none of you have explained why you are above being filmed. And yes, a great many employees are tracked by cameras, employer issued phones/tablets/laptops, and internet use. If I don't like that then I can leave. None of us are owed a job. Buy you...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Does FAA have the authority to promulgate a regulation that says that no video shall be used in an action against a pilot's certificate and that no certificate holder shall use video to take action against an employee? I think it probably does, and that sort of regulation would seemingly take care ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

No, what I'm saying is that if you had as much weight as you thought did, the FAA would never take any disciplinary against pilots. That isn't the case. I'll ask the question again. Do you believe pilots are better than bank employees, fast food workers, store clerks, cops, judges, surgeons, etc? W...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

In as much as I love aviation, there are a few things that really disturb me. Some of it is the entitled nature of pilots and their unions. Why they need to be consulted on this, an aspect that would weed out bad behavior and make investigations easier is beyond me. Is there an epidemic of bad beha...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

You must have missed the part of my post about FAA approval. Pilots are not gods and do not dictate policy to management. You also don't dictate policy to the FAA. If the FAA makes flight deck cameras mandatory on transport category planes then there's nothing you can do about it. You seem to think...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

SEA wrote:
acecrackshot wrote:
I'm shocked the NTSB can make these demands with a straight face.


They are recommendations. Why do you find this to be a joke?


Because the NTSB under Hall and Sumwalt are the very models of regulatory capture, living under some delusion of impartiality.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

I'm shocked the NTSB can make these demands with a straight face. Why? They have been calling for them for a long time and are completely independent of the FAA or any pilot union. The people at the NTSB couldn’t care less if the pilots don’t want them. They also told it was likely that the 737 rud...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 24305

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

I'm shocked the NTSB can make these demands with a straight face.

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Delta Doing?
Replies: 353
Views: 73840

Re: What is Delta Doing?

usflyer msp wrote:

The business travellers DL's business model depends on are not flying F9 and NK anywhere and DL is not crying over missing $39 ATL-Florida passengers. ATL and DL's other core hubs are fine.


Dependence on business travel moving forward?

That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see how it plays out.

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by acecrackshot
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers
Replies: 24
Views: 5930

Re: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers

Are the Euros this bored? Who would waste their time really investigating this? What would that translate to...maybe two knots of speed at V1, or less than gauge error?

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which planes run out of engine hours first
Replies: 17
Views: 5526

Re: Which planes run out of engine hours first

I'm not sure of the thrust of your question (pardon the pun) but in my experience its usually the opposite. For example, on King Air 200/1900/King Air 350s, the PT-6s, even with programs like MORE, will time out far before the fuselage. There are lots of 1970s/1980s vintage 200s on the market with d...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kansas City Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 200
Views: 25523

Re: Kansas City Aviation Thread - 2021

I would love to see JetSuite X use the Downtown Airport as a place to fly from. I live across the river from the downtown airport with 30,000 of my closest friends downtown that would love to fly the "X" too. With operations at DAL, does anyone think this will happen? Depends on what the ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 513
Views: 69675

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

I understand NK will reinstate JAX ...But put that aside, NK is clearly on a mission .. Have both FAs and Pilots in Initial training at the time. hiring 800+ new FAs and many pilots ...just don't know the numbers of the pilot hiring . Very exciting !! 24/month indefinitely according to Spirit pilot...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

You are absolutely right! There were allot of aircraft in the 9 to 30 seat category marketed in those days... Lots of competition. Really need to take my 700 number and add all of the other prop craft in the 9-30pax category to see the true potential of the niche.... I think it's allot.... I concur...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

I think a better design for a regional jet would have been a DC-9-10 type aircraft with a little roomier cabin. The thing with the current RJs is they are all 2-2 seating very cramped. Not quite all. The Sukhoi Superjet is 3-2 seating and the trip reports I have read suggest it is very comfortable....

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 208
Views: 32000

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2021

Just heard a rather large aircraft in Kigali - Saw it was an Emirates 777-300 (EK9721 - guessing cargo?). Looks like they aborted the landing and went around. Can't say that I've seen an Emirates cargo flight here recently. Always nice to see pictures of Kilgali! A really pleasant city by any stand...

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by acecrackshot
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

A Hawker Beechcraft salesman told me a long while he could sell 300 1900s "tomorrow." I agree there is a significant market for what was the best 19 seater ever built. Sure he could.... It took 20 years to sell less than 700 of all available versions... I'm sure he could sell 300 in a day...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

A Hawker Beechcraft salesman told me a long while he could sell 300 1900s "tomorrow."

I agree there is a significant market for what was the best 19 seater ever built.

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 513
Views: 69675

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

My personal guess is "watch deliveries." If the 319NEO really comes true, expect more South America flying. If its 320NEOs, expect more domestic dot connecting with a few more cities. Plattsburgh and Buffalo were specifically cross border traffic dependent according my people at Spirit. I ...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday April-04 Delta Cancellations?
Replies: 96
Views: 14254

Re: Sunday April-04 Delta Cancellations?

Was this incident limited to relatively-few flights and days? Yes, it was. It was limited to Sunday in terms of cancellations, and as far as middle seats sometimes being used, my reaction is that I hope people were given the opportunity to reschedule for another day at no penalty and, if so, then t...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

JBo wrote:

Textron is pretty much the only US aircraft manufacturer with any degree of likelihood of entering the regional jet market.


Even then, I can only really imagine a Cape Air type operator buying 19 seaters to run on specific subsidized routings.

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?
Replies: 110
Views: 14512

Re: Why doesn't Boeing build regional jet?

Can't regional trains, buses or cars replaces regional flights under 200 miles? I would think regional flying would continue to grow in stage length and the short flights would be dropped. Trains? The high speed train that is stopping in every burg between LAX and SFO is now costing about USD4K/inc...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday April-04 Delta Cancellations?
Replies: 96
Views: 14254

Re: Sunday Delta Cancellations?

Well yes, but DL's avoiding use of furloughs wasn't something that UA, AA, AS, Hawaiian, Spirit or Allegiant managed to achieve. They all used involuntary layoffs. It's common to ask for the head of the CEO - very European, really, demonstrating that employees just refuse to be led - but this is fu...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 5102

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

I think it's an advantage since many Americans are "bilingual" in measurements, especially those that have to do with speed, length or distance... Its one of the few things we are bilingual at, and I say that as a shamefully monolingual American. That said, as noted earlier, there is the ...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 482
Views: 11574

Re: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns

I wonder if any of the US LCCs will start doing weird city pairs like PBG-BLI or BUF-HAV in an attempt to poach traffic when/if the border opens? As fares rise within Canada, the hour or so drive from Vancouver to Bellingham or GTA to Buffalo becomes a little more palatable.

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