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by aklrno
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO
Replies: 51
Views: 4926

Re: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO

PHLspecial wrote:
RIP Amtrak service. At least Anderson try to make Amtrak trains filled with more passengers. I'm afraid this will lead to cargo trains having the right of way over Amtrak.

What? Amtrak doesn't do freight trains. This makes no sense.

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?
Replies: 35
Views: 7307

Re: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?

Did you read that statute? It doesn't ban SSTs. It's a noise limit. If an aircraft can meet the noise restriction, it can operate.

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 79
Views: 16450

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020

Is there a published schedule for the demolition of T3? Or a construction schedule for the MSC South? MSC south should go a lot faster than MSC North. It is a much simpler building. I don't really see how a TBIT-T3 connector will help much during T3 reconstruction unless there is a secure path from ...

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 28763

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

I wonder how much shops will be going into the new doubled sized arrivals space? Versus how much extra space there will be for passengers processing. I must say that if they build a new domestic terminal adjacent to the international and if they expand the 'protect the farmers from competition' sec...

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 15181

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

There's still hope for Miramar I think. To relocate all of the units, there seems to be plenty of hangar/ramp space available at North Island and Imperial Beach. Lemoore is also designed such that expansion is relatively easy and painless, funding of course being available. There is a ton of space ...

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 28763

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

As I recall (possibly wrongly) the new runway was to be considerably shorter, intended for regional and maybe narrow-body jets. Is the plan now to make it long enough to be an alternate runway for 777, 787, A350 and A380 aircraft?

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: post coronavirus fares ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: post coronavirus fares ?

I flew AKL-SIN just as the SARS epidemic was winding down. I stopped there for two days on my way to LHR. I didn't save anything on the ticket because I had bought a round-the-world fare a few months before, but everything in Singapore was empty and dirt cheap. Hotels, restaurants, shops. I was trea...

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by aklrno
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thoughts on 40 Minute LAX Layover HNL-EWR?
Replies: 11
Views: 773

Re: Thoughts on 40 Minute LAX Layover HNL-EWR?

LAX rarely has arrival delays due to congestion or weather especially the hours you are considering. As long as there is no runway construction (and I don't think any is scheduled soon) UA connections are very easy. As someone pointed out you might have a 10 minute walk, usually less. I'd be more wo...

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by aklrno
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US issues new rules restricting travel by pregnant foreigners, fearing the use of 'birth tourism'
Replies: 42
Views: 2565

Re: US issues new rules restricting travel by pregnant foreigners, fearing the use of 'birth tourism'

I'm still trying to understand the tax implications for a wealthy family getting US citizenship for their child. Last I checked, US citizens owe US income tax on their world-wide income no matter where they reside. Is this true for dual citizens, which is what those birth tourism babies will be? Som...

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by aklrno
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: California cities w/out commercial air service?
Replies: 40
Views: 3338

Re: California cities w/out commercial air service?

With South Lake being close to RNO, I don't know if that would work. AirCal and (I think) PSA had flights there and they didn't work. I would think Truckee would be a better option as it is closer to Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose. I wonder how once a day or 3x a week service would work to Susanville or...

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by aklrno
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2225

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

I much prefer sorting by destination. It doesn't matter much in smaller airports. RNO sorts by time but there Arn'e so many flights that I can't easily spot my destination in the list. SFO sorts by destination. With maybe a couple of hundred flights on the board (That's a wild guess) you really have...

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by aklrno
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The source code of SABRE
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: The source code of SABRE

Sabretalk was a version of PL/1. PL/1 didn’t come out until the late 60’s. So it was after COBOL. I don’t think either FORTRAN or Cobol would have been suitable for Sabre so I suspect it would have been written in 7090 assembler language using MAP, the macro assembler program. I am not sure what the...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel truck overturns at DFW
Replies: 11
Views: 2904

Re: Fuel truck overturns at DFW

Certainly looks like a tanker truck in the video... I suspect sewage would be far worse. It doesn't burn, but Jet A is not easy to light either. If the spill was gasoline, I think no one would be walking on it. If it were sewage, everyone would be in a hazmat suit and the material used to sop it up...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 14115

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

This isn’t at all uncommon in Los Angeles. Plenty of longhaul crews stay in Torrance, which, depending on traffic and departure terminal at LAX, can be quite a drive. Stays in Los Angeles can literally be all over the place. Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach. China Eastern has contract...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The math behind twins.
Replies: 36
Views: 4460

Re: The math behind twins.

Going back to the original question, the issue is efficiency. There are multiple ways to measure efficiency. If it is power/kg of engine mass to be lifted, then running at half power means half efficiency. If it is fuel efficiency, isn't the issue more about the temperature difference between the ho...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 15254

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

The cockpit windows wearing that new black paint design makes it look like the planes are wearing a Lone Ranger mask. Whats the reason for that silliness? I see it on the A320 series, 330 and 350. And can airlines opt out of that if they don't want it? Does anyone under 50 know who the Lone Ranger ...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel truck overturns at DFW
Replies: 11
Views: 2904

Re: Fuel truck overturns at DFW

Do they really mean a "tanker"? Surely, all fueling in the 'D' terminal is underground. Certainly looks like a tanker truck in the video... I suspect sewage would be far worse. It doesn't burn, but Jet A is not easy to light either. If the spill was gasoline, I think no one would be walki...

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by aklrno
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 142746

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

Is that 3000 hours to do one picklefork or two pickle forks on one airplane?

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by aklrno
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?
Replies: 24
Views: 1366

Re: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?

Has anyone considered re-engining the Wright flyer with perhaps a 10 foot fuselage stretch and a canopy over the added seats? Threads like this tend to get kind of absurd.

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by aklrno
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure
Replies: 308
Views: 62923

Re: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure

I am amused at the argument over the meaning of the fact that the fuselage failed before the wing at 99% of the expected max strength. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Do I care about the fuselage exploding a moment before the wings would have fallen off? Not really. If the test had g...

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by aklrno
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9291

Re: No fuel at LAX this afternoon.

I ended up getting to LAX about 5 hours late.

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by aklrno
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9291

Re: No fuel at LAX this afternoon.

Not resolved yet, but listening to LiveATC it seems that delta at t2 and T3 is fine. Sounds like wn planes are backing up on the ground.

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by aklrno
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9291

No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.

I’m on a WN flight parked at SJC on my way to LAX. We have been told that fuel system is broken at LAX so no aircraft can get fuel to leave and gates are all occupied so we can’t leave. Anyone know what is happening?

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by aklrno
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 31284

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

With all this talk of NZ leasing extra aircraft this summer I started thinking about airlines in the Northern hemisphere whose prime season is their summer. Are there any airlines anywhere who have a regular program of sharing and/or leasing aircraft during their annual slack season?

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by aklrno
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biman Bangladesh acquires 2 Hainan airlines 787-9
Replies: 5
Views: 3457

Re: Biman Bangladesh acquires 2 Hainan airlines 787-9

Is that a 55% discount to the list price (which no one pays), or to the normally negotiated price?

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by aklrno
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the A380 be saved by Hydrogen?
Replies: 59
Views: 7849

Re: Could the A380 be saved by Hydrogen?

I have never understood why people think hydrogen is an ecologically advantageous fuel. Making it is always energy intensive. So is storing and transporting it. Unless you have a surplus of electricity that can't be put to a better use and your use of hydrogen is nearby, I just don't see the point. ...

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by aklrno
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal Releases for Residents Living Near Airports
Replies: 22
Views: 3171

Re: Legal Releases for Residents Living Near Airports

Truckee, California has required some newer subdivisions to include airport easements in recent years so buyers recognize they are potentially in the flight path, but older residents (like me) bought before this was a requirement. I get very upset at those who would say I live near an airport so I h...

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by aklrno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 13379

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

It seems to me that the LA Times reporter wanted to make things seem as bad as possible. He chose to walk from the terminal with just about the longest walk possible. I'm not sure if his stops to complain were included in the time. His graphics suggested the green bus would have been faster. I frequ...

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by aklrno
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6769

Re: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?

Lots of military aircraft have angled tails but they have two special cases not required by civilian aircraft. The angled tails have reduced radar cross sections and fit better in the hangar deck of an aircraft carrier. Rather than ask why they don't have a v tail, maybe ask why they should have one.

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by aklrno
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Schengen to non-Schengen Transfer at FRA and MUC
Replies: 16
Views: 1730

Re: Schengen to non-Schengen Transfer at FRA and MUC

There is a current thread discussing short connection times in general. FRA and MUC often use remote gates and a bus ride for short haul flights. Sounds like both of yours will be like that. I'd give myself plenty of time for connection because of that. You might be able to do it in an hour, but if ...

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United rolling out virtual cabin tours fleetwide
Replies: 6
Views: 3834

Re: United rolling out virtual cabin tours fleetwide

No AVOD, but wifi which has free movies using the united app on your mobile device. I always fly with an iPad so this is fine with me. Same thing on Southwest, my other frequent airline. My only complaint is the United wifi only works above 10k feet but Southwest wifi works on the ground. Is United ...

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by aklrno
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10794

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

LH at FRA will go to extraordinary lengths to help you with connections at FRA especially if you are a premium passenger. Nonetheless, arriving a few minutes late, getting a very remote bus gate, and a distant departure gate can make FRA connections very stressful and occasionally unsuccessful. I'm ...

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by aklrno
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10794

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

I had not thought about the savings UA would have by not having me clog their lounge and eat their food! Another reason to hurry me along. Although they may lose some revenue by not selling me a change fee they may gain the revenue by selling a last minute fair to a new traveler. If I choose to not ...

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by aklrno
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass
Replies: 22
Views: 6899

Re: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass

The duty free issue is something I never thought of. Maybe that's why you need a boarding pass to access New Zealand international terminals but not the domestic ones. But since the airside of most large domestic NZ airports are pretty barren not many people want to enter when not necessary.

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by aklrno
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10794

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

Knowing the airport and the usual problems expected for the time of year you are traveling can make a big difference. I don't mind a 1 hour connection on the same airline at LAX, but I would never do that if switching terminals. I am flying through SFO in December and UA offered a 65 minute connect ...

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by aklrno
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What exactly happens when a bag gets delayed?
Replies: 26
Views: 5976

Re: What exactly happens when a bag gets delayed?

Tile must be within Bluetooth range, about 100 feet, of a device running the tile app and connected to the internet. BSAF will independently use the cell phone network which will probably work in far more places.

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by aklrno
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What exactly happens when a bag gets delayed?
Replies: 26
Views: 5976

Re: What exactly happens when a bag gets delayed?

There used to be a thing called TRAKDOT which you could place in your luggage and it would notify you where your stuff was. It could even track it (somewhat) inside the airport. That no longer works. It used the 2G cellphone network which doesn't exist any longer. The same people are running an Indi...

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by aklrno
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 13379

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

For years I've been saying that LAX needs to ban personal vehicles from the Horseshoe of Misery. Only allow permitted vehicles such as shuttle buses, taxis, Uber/Lyft, rental car shuttles. Have an off site drop off/pick up lot and have buses take passengers to/from the terminals. I guess LAWA decid...

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by aklrno
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 347
Views: 45446

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019

With all these new and continuing US flights does anyone know why NZ still does not support TSA Precheck?

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that skip a terminal number
Replies: 48
Views: 6716

Re: Airports that skip a terminal number

RNO has concourses B and C. I think the original master plan had A and D to be built in the future but that has not happened yet.

LAX does not skip a number but instead inserts TBIT between 3 and 4.

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by aklrno
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday
Replies: 14
Views: 1639

Re: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday

If you try to leave the main highway to drive toward Area 51 you will be met by heavily armed men in white pickup trucks. For some tourists that may be an exciting attraction. From your username it looks like you are from Texas. You can probably get the same experience in a supermarket parking lot a...

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by aklrno
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday
Replies: 14
Views: 1639

Re: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday

Area 51? Seriously? Drive for hours to see a tacky souvenir shop in Rachel or Amargosa? That’s as close as you get. You can see more of Area 51 on google maps. If you want to see something about secret work in the desert try the Atomic Testing Museum on East Flamingo Road. I think it is an under-rat...

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by aklrno
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday
Replies: 14
Views: 1639

Re: Las Vegas International Airport - Friday

I don't think you will have much of a problem that late in the evening. Most domestic flights will have already arrived. I do wonder if you really want a car. Will you be traveling much out of town? If you are not, and you are staying at a major hotel you will have to pay to park it. Traffic on the ...

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by aklrno
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 12539

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

Fortunately LAX isn’t too OCD about this since the new gates east of terminal 1 will be concourse 0. That’s consistent with their gate number system so they can have gates 00 to 09. They don’t have the room to go further east or we could have terminal -1 with gates -1 to -9. Considering how long it ...

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by aklrno
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Priority Boarding for bus gates
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: Priority Boarding for bus gates

I’ve had lots of bus gate experiences on NZ at LAX and it is always a miserable experience. They board premium first, then continue to pack the bus with as many people as they can squeeze in. The bus contractor is of course saving money by having fewer buses and driver; their employees don’t care at...

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by aklrno
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN
Replies: 85
Views: 9898

Re: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN

I think the best part of the train to San Luis Obispo is passing through the launch pads at Vandenberg AFB. Everyone on a.net should do that at least once.

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by aklrno
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to expect on Southwest Airlines?
Replies: 9
Views: 1924

Re: What to expect on Southwest Airlines?

If you are picky about where you sit, be ready to check in EXACTLY 24 hours before boarding. There are several groups that will be there before you get a chance. A-list people will get A1-15. People who paid for early bird checkin will have numbers assigned more or less when they bought the ticket o...

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by aklrno
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 6492

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I just recheck my boarding pass to be sure I’m not about to make a fool of myself (has happened) then politely ask the person to check their pass. The reverse has happened where I have been in the wrong. I apologize and move. That usually because I’m am tired on my second or third leg of a long day....

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by aklrno
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Advice on a smart watch
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: Advice on a smart watch

This is Non-Av, right? There are people on this forum who are gadgety geeks. I think I'm in the right forum. I think it got moved because this thread was sitting right above the BA DTW thread for me anyways. Oh, I was sure I put it in Non-Av. I guess I butterfingered? Please tell me you are not a s...

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by aklrno
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 5000

Re: U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashes in Death Valley

Just saw Juan Browne (blancolirio) on YouTube and he described the area well. He mentioned a possible morning sun problem. I didn’t realize it happened early in the day.

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