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by lowrider
Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Control Surface Tests Before Taxi
Replies: 14
Views: 3734

RE: Control Surface Tests Before Taxi

The CRJ does have a "Flight Controls" page in the EICAS. Rudder, Ailerons, spoilers, and elevators get checked prior to each flight.

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by lowrider
Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Wants To Reduce EU Contributions
Replies: 3
Views: 1609

RE: Germany Wants To Reduce EU Contributions

I am not familiar with all of the inner workings of the EU, so this may be a naive question, but what sort of teeth does it have to force a country's compliance? In other words, if Germany simply decided not to pay as much, what could the EU do about it?

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by lowrider
Mon Mar 14, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Author In Need Of Informational Help
Replies: 6
Views: 3080

RE: Author In Need Of Informational Help

In some countries, (the US is one) a VFR aircraft need not talk to ATC or even have a radio if they stay clear of certain airspace types. That said, most VFR traffic consists of traffic advisories and vectors if in a radar environment, position reports and requests for these reports from ATC and oth...

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by lowrider
Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERAU Opinions?
Replies: 23
Views: 4268

Erau

I have flown with quite a few Riddle grads and I can honestly say that if they did not tell me, I would have never known where they went to school. Thier skills and knowledge were comparable to most of the other people I fly with. I am sure it is a fine aviation school, but ask yourself how good a d...

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by lowrider
Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America #1?
Replies: 69
Views: 2794

RE: America #1?

I am searching for your point. I was hoping for something more than a list of complaints and comparisons. Our stats are not the best. What do you propose to do about it? If you are disatisfied, your options are to do something to improve the situation, lower the level of your expectations, or leave ...

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by lowrider
Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guns - Time For A Worldwide Ban?
Replies: 120
Views: 6445

RE: Guns - Time For A Worldwide Ban?

Banning an item or behavior has rarely solved any of the problems related to said behavior or item. Just look how prohibition worked out in the United States. Not only did it cause a rise in orgainized crime and complicated judicial issues, it also saddled the US with the Kennedy family for generati...

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by lowrider
Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Etops
Replies: 28
Views: 5697

RE: Etops

Engines Turn Or People Swim

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by lowrider
Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unions. Good Or Bad Overall?
Replies: 9
Views: 8337

RE: Unions. Good Or Bad Overall?

Unions can be either, or both. A union usually forms out of some percieved necessity. Safety, pay, and work conditions are just a few of the areas that have triggered the formation of a union in the past. They are great in that they give labor leverage against management. People should not have to c...

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by lowrider
Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange Altitude Assignment
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

RE: Strange Altitude Assignment

No, I mean exactly what I said. The situation you describe may be accurate for eastward traffic in the San Francisco area. It is not the norm through out the US. If I am going above 250, I usually have at least one level off.

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange Altitude Assignment
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

RE: Strange Altitude Assignment

FL250 is a commonly used altitude. Nothing at all unusual about it. The flight was probably leveled off at a lower altitiude temporarily. This is a common occurance. You may have as many as 5 or 6 level offs, depending on where you are leaving from, performance limitations, routing limitation, and t...

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: American Nut Threatens Terrorist Attack
Replies: 9
Views: 1953

RE: American Nut Threatens Terrorist Attack

Unbelievable. Good for his brother for doing the right thing. He may be a nut, but its the nuts you have to really watch out for. I am curious though, as to what his compliant is.

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Die Hard 4 Is Underway.
Replies: 20
Views: 1720

RE: Die Hard 4 Is Underway.

Let it go, the idea has been milked for all it is worth. I think the series peaked at 2. This is an example of why the movie industry is in decline, the lack of new, original ideas. Recycling your newspapers is a good idea, but movies ideas should be disposed of after one use.

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by lowrider
Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICE (it's Not Nice)
Replies: 8
Views: 2718

RE: ICE (it's Not Nice)

Ice is a lot like thunderstorms. Respect it, and you will probably be okay. Fear it, and you'll never get anywhere half of the year. Treat it with a cavalier attitude, and it can kill you. Other than that, it mainly depends on the equipment you are in. Some aircraft handle it better than others. If ...

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is That A Or B Does Not Develop A Faster Plane
Replies: 12
Views: 4811

RE: Why Is That A Or B Does Not Develop A Faster Plane

Simply put, an increase in speed requires an exponential increase in money, both to acquire and operate. If there was money to be made on faster airliners, Airbus and Boeing (and Embraer and Bombardier) would fall all over themselves trying to build one. The public has shown a distinct preference fo...

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crazy Landing At LGA
Replies: 39
Views: 15915

RE: Crazy Landing At LGA

Not crazy, just New York Normal. That is the sort of think you get paid for.

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Was Abraham Lincoln Gay?
Replies: 17
Views: 2095

RE: Was Abraham Lincoln Gay?

I agree with Quantas, the guy was dust before any of us were born. I don't see how his sexual preference has a significant impact on history.

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by lowrider
Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Lies To Mumbai ATC To Land First!
Replies: 37
Views: 14057

RE: Pilot Lies To Mumbai ATC To Land First!

Everyone just needs to settle down and wait for the facts to come out. He might have had an emergency of a more personal nature (ex. bad fish for lunch) or may have had reasons he did not want to transmit in the open. You cannot get priority handling without giving some reason. Fuel is an easy one. ...

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness
Replies: 17
Views: 9239

RE: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness

...if you were not there on the night in question, no.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Happens? F/O Contradicts Captain's Command?
Replies: 18
Views: 4677

RE: What Happens? F/O Contradicts Captain's Comman

The FO is usually flogged, scouged, and made to buy drinks for the crew at the overnight. Big grin

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness
Replies: 17
Views: 9239

RE: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness

Unless you have some first hand information to back that up, safe, I rather doubt that is the issue, expecially since CMR will cancel flights a day or more in advance if they know they cannot make the flight work. Also, I believe that is an ASA flight, but I may be off. Try and stay a little closer ...

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chautauqua At YIP
Replies: 7
Views: 2141

RE: Chautauqua At YIP

Could be a charter. They might also have a contract MX facility there.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inflight Entertainment? Or Low Fares?
Replies: 20
Views: 4307

RE: Inflight Entertainment? Or Low Fares?

I will take low fare and bring a book. Time in front of a TV is often time wasted.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness
Replies: 17
Views: 9239

RE: Cancelled Flight Due To Crew Unreadiness

Comair's pilot base (<acronym title="Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International (Greater Cincinnati) (CVG / KCVG), USA - Kentucky">CVG</acronym>) has had some tough weather over the past week, and crews are probably timing out left and right, not only for the daily limits, but for 30/7...

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by lowrider
Sat Jan 22, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW A320 Overweight?!
Replies: 8
Views: 5223

RE: NW A320 Overweight?!

May have needed extra length for a deferred item such as spoilers, anti-skid, etc

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by lowrider
Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bush Figures. (Statistics, Not Action Figure...)
Replies: 27
Views: 2043

RE: Bush Figures. (Statistics, Not Action Figure..

What are these figures meant to prove? Bush has very little control over most of them, and without more data points, it is a meaningless comparison.

2nd law of statistical manupulation:

When a straight line is the required result, only plot two points.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual Docking Guidance Systems
Replies: 25
Views: 9894

RE: Visual Docking Guidance Systems

The airport may install them, but they cannot force an airline to use them. Even with the guidence systems available, many companies seem to prefer manual marshalling with wing walkers.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coex From Howell, MI To GRR?
Replies: 6
Views: 1928

RE: Coex From Howell, MI To GRR?

A charter flight, perhaps? ERJ's also regularly operate out of Key West, which is about the same length, I believe. It is tight, but probably doable, even under 121 performance requirements.

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by lowrider
Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Shop At MSP?
Replies: 4
Views: 5277

RE: Pilot Shop At MSP?

There is, but it is not in an area available to the public.

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by lowrider
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ APU Reliability
Replies: 7
Views: 3594

RE: CRJ APU Reliability

The APU on the CRJ is fairly reliable. If I had to guess, I would say it is over 97%. Every now and then, our fleet just seems to have collective fits, whether is the APU, packs, BTMS's, or autopilots. There will be a rash of deferals, then it will go away for a few months.

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by lowrider
Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jeb Bush To Asia?....WHY
Replies: 39
Views: 2232

RE: Jeb Bush To Asia?....WHY

I have to agree, what has Sen Graham done lately? Give speeches, cast a few votes? When was the last time he has to show any real leadership or judgement? Jeb Bush's experience in dealing with natural disasters is well documented. There is one other item though, that no one seems to have mentioned. ...

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by lowrider
Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jeb Bush To Asia?....WHY
Replies: 39
Views: 2232

RE: Jeb Bush To Asia?....WHY

rsmith, who would be your choice to send, and why would that person be a better choice?

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by lowrider
Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyway's ERJ-140 Delivery Date
Replies: 7
Views: 2510

RE: Skyway's ERJ-140 Delivery Date

Skyway can't cancel the deal because they cannot or will not afford the cancellation penalties. They also cannot complete the deal because they cannot obtain the financing needed. Therefore they simply keep defering delivery. Look for delivery to take place somewhere around the time that <acronym ti...

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by lowrider
Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coming Out To Family
Replies: 74
Views: 3913

RE: Coming Out To Family

Sometimes you just have to know when to tell your family to piss off. If you don't want to talk about something with them, don't. So long as you are an adult, you are under no obligation to share personal issues with them. I think sexuality is one of the most personal things out there. If you don't ...

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by lowrider
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iraq - Exit Strategies.
Replies: 10
Views: 1616

RE: Iraq - Exit Strategies.

It is a well written and thoughtful article. There are a few flaws, however. 1. These are not the only three options possible These are simply things that have been tried in the past in other countries. 2. It does not reason that what happened in each of the examples given will happen again. At best...

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by lowrider
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Whats A Good Watch?
Replies: 38
Views: 7911

RE: Pilots Whats A Good Watch?

Forget Breitling, Rolex, and the like. You need simple, light, and easily readable at a glance. MY $35 Timex has served me well for over 4 years now.

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by lowrider
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A/C APU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 2831

RE: A/C APU Question

I can't speak for all aircraft, but on some aircraft the choice between external and internal power is a simple, either/or switch. When it goes from one position to the other, there is the momentary interuption of power. There is no provision for load sharing between internal and external, like ther...

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by lowrider
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cranky Travelers
Replies: 63
Views: 5580

RE: Cranky Travelers

As much as I agree with pretty much everything written here, I do have to say that there is one area where it seems (to me at least) that the airlines have dropped the ball. That is marketing and education. I am not talking about cheap fares, I am talking about managing passenger expectations. Speci...

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by lowrider
Thu Dec 30, 2004 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cut The Crap
Replies: 60
Views: 2520

RE: Cut The Crap

Why don't we ask a representative of the recieving countries if they are satisfied with US aid? If they don't want it or feel it is too little to bother with, fine. If they do want it and will take help where they can find it, also fine. The complaining by the UN and the rest of the world is about a...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest And Airbus?
Replies: 89
Views: 10342

RE: Southwest And Airbus?

I think the odds are that Southwest will stay with Boeing. It has nothing to do with drinking the koolaid, as some might suggest, or patriotism. It has to do with the fact that the 737 works for Southwest's business model. If it didn't, you can be sure they would have found a replacement years ago. ...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Employees Future Employability
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

RE: US Employees Future Employability

As employee attendence records are not forwarded as a part of a background check, a person with previous airline experience could probably get another airline job so long as they were in good standing when they left. If US folds, other carriers will pick up any slack, and many employees will simply ...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Often Do You Clean Your Home?
Replies: 6
Views: 2629

RE: How Often Do You Clean Your Home?

Mostly just a rolling schedule. For example, bathrooms usually get done on Sun afternoons, vacuuming is usually done on Mon and Thur, etc. The yard gets mowed twice a week in the summer, with the trimming done every other time.

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vermont, Canada?
Replies: 35
Views: 4842

RE: Vermont, Canada?

Vermont is a beautiful area, but its loss would not devistate the US. Maybe some sort of trade can be worked out. We give you VT and get Toronto and allof the land between it, MI, and NY?

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UN Claims US Is Stingy With Tsunami Aid
Replies: 173
Views: 5281

RE: UN Claims US Is Stingy With Tsunami Aid

Looking at this from the logistics standpoint, coming up with large amounts of money on short notice is not easy. At any given time a country may have some unreserved cash avialable, but to come up with more than that takes a serious rebudgeting effort. Even when you are operating in debt, you still...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wierd Cessna 335 Flaps?!
Replies: 12
Views: 3281

RE: Wierd Cessna 335 Flaps?!

Now that you mention it, I recall hearing that somwhere. I am struggling to remember the pros and cons, but I think another pro is that split flaps are mechanically simpler and lighter to install? Does that sound familiar to anyone?

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wierd Cessna 335 Flaps?!
Replies: 12
Views: 3281

RE: Wierd Cessna 335 Flaps?!

Sounds like a split style flap. Not very common anymore, but not unusual either. They have also been used on 400 series cessnas and I think they were used on a DC-3. They are great for when you need to add a little lift, but a lot of drag. It is just another way to meed the design goals.

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 6:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ID Cards Or Just Rubbish?
Replies: 21
Views: 1826

RE: ID Cards Or Just Rubbish?

I hope it is just rubbish. It would be a scary precedent to set.

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Type Runway - No Marks.
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

RE: Odd Type Runway - No Marks.

Nope. The FAA is not really that concerned over what you do with your own little grass strip. Many of them are not even maked on sectional charts. Assuming they are in compliance with other local laws, a person can do what ever they choose with thier property. I aspire to have one myself, someday.

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 6:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are Lawsuits Concerning Firearms Getting Crazy?
Replies: 16
Views: 1551

RE: Are Lawsuits Concerning Firearms Getting Crazy

This is an example of one of the biggest problems facing American society today. Some people have a hard time excepting that the individual is ultimately responsible for thier own actions. It is an unpopular, uncomfortable, and potentially unfair reality. Too often today people are shielded from thi...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ200 Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 13763

RE: CRJ200 Performance

I would agree that an advanced turboprop would be a more econimical aircraft to operate on routes of 250 miles or less. In the US at least, turboprops have been equated to shady operators, rickety aircraft, noise, discomfort, and death. That would be a tough stigma to overcome. The value of the <acr...

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by lowrider
Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta May Drop Comair?
Replies: 31
Views: 6491

RE: Delta May Drop Comair?

No, Delta owns Comair outright. All paper trails lead back to Atlanta. There is talk about Comair being spun off, similar to ExpressJet or Pinnicle, but that is it for now.

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