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by Chemist
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2047
Views: 388662

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

It will be interesting to see how the public's desire for social distancing works with AA's strategy of packing customers into its planes like sardines.

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by Chemist
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 738 landing incident at SJO
Replies: 14
Views: 6600

Re: UA 738 landing incident at SJO

That looks like it could buff out.

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by Chemist
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 837
Views: 221417

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

I wouldn't expect any changes to the "NTU" LNs. Based on Woody's earlier posts the LNs are mostly Chinese and nothing is happening with any of them with the current political situation. They will no doubt filter through at some point. From looking at the Norwegian and remaining UK P-8 LNs...

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by Chemist
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19576

Re: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX

The LATimes has an article about it. It ends with a statement that experts think it is a drone with a dummy mounted to look like a person. The reasoning has to do with the limited fuel jet packs have. Who knows? https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-24/another-jetpack-sighting-lax I saw ...

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by Chemist
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing MAX 9
Replies: 135
Views: 18373

Re: Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing MAX 9

Can AS park a -9 in Burbank? Or only -8?

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by Chemist
Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94348

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

My question as well. What exactly does this mean for the MAX? It means exactly nothing, because: ... Besides, when the media broke the news, my thoughts were initially of huge disbelief and anger, thinking that were referring to the recertification process done this year. However and somehow, I rea...

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by Chemist
Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1888
Views: 161207

Re: WN adding SBA & FAT in Q2 2021

Unless you're an elite, pretty easy for WN to step in and offer better service than AA in many ways.

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by Chemist
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can airlines re-purpose new biz seats onto smaller a/c?
Replies: 21
Views: 3880

Re: Can airlines re-purpose new biz seats onto smaller a/c?

You would think aircraft makers would standardize tracks and some connections. At least within the same manufacturer.

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by Chemist
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1888
Views: 161207

Re: WN adding SBA & FAT in Q2 2021

Wow, SBA. DIdn't expect that. I'm one of the Ventura county fliers who uses BUR and might be interested in SBA. Also you have the central coast areas of CA that have only limited and very expensive commuter service out of say SMX and SBP. So cities like Solvang, Lompoc (includes Vandenberg AFB staff...

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by Chemist
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 108
Views: 12332

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

In the Los Angeles area in addition to LAX and SNA, you can also walk into BUR.

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by Chemist
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trainer Aircraft in the 21st Century
Replies: 16
Views: 1857

Re: Trainer Aircraft in the 21st Century

I learned on 152, also flew 150s and then 172s. Transitioned to PA28, which IMHO is easier to fly as it has a less abrupt stall and easier to handle in a crosswind. But for those reasons I think the Cessnas are better for training. Have not flown any Cirrus or Diamond aircraft.

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by Chemist
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Desert Airports
Replies: 20
Views: 4929

Re: California Desert Airports

Back in the '80s my job took me to the IPL area and I flew round trips a number of times on Metroliners from LAX-IPL. Don't remember the airline. Imperial is pretty quiet.

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by Chemist
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 49414

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

IMHO unions are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they have helped remove poor working conditions and helped raise wages in the US. But on the other hand, they have promoted adversarial relationships between labor and management, and have strong-armed management to accept ridiculous working rul...

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by Chemist
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 50520

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

I was going to say something similar to what PITingres did. If we could all get a bit less emotional and a bit more logical here, we all I think would agree on the horrible ways Boeing behaved, the shoddiness of MCAS, and that it is the overwhelmingly primary reason that these crashes occurred. I do...

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by Chemist
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 50520

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

Maybe Airplanes using the Airbus FBW system should be grounded or Pilots not allowed to fly them until they can demonstrate the ability to fly in Direct Law in IMC conditions just like MAX pilots should spend some time in the SIM before flying one. Please point to anyone with actual aviation backgr...

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by Chemist
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 50520

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

One concern I have with the MAX RTS is that, as far as we know, the fundamental aerodynamic problem has not been addressed -- in fact, it's not even out in the open what exactly that problem is, except that it probably has to do with "nasty" flow separation somewhere between nacelle, pylo...

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by Chemist
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 49414

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

The people who think this is sad - and we all do - hopefully aren't feeling WN is some horrible company. They've tried really hard to NOT furlough people. Is there something these people are blaming WN for? Seems to me that everybody taking a small pay cut during the current economic conditions is p...

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by Chemist
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 49414

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

People appear to somehow be blaming WN. This isn't a normal economic cycle. Ignoring a unionized environment, a company can save costs by either lowering compensation or cutting staff. My own non-union company cut salaries, including for management, for a number of months at the beginning of the pa...

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by Chemist
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 50520

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

I would think that regardless of the myriad issues with software and design in the MAX, it would not hurt if every ATP had a required hour in a REAL Cessna 172 or equivalent once a year - to go through hand-flying what we are taught for a PPL: Stalls, steep turns, slow flight, minimum controllable a...

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by Chemist
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94348

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

Boeing could end up having the dubious dishonor of one of the most costly corporate blunders in history from the 737 MAX aircraft. Losses could be at least $25 Billion USD so far and multiples of it from reduced sales prices, lost sales to Airbus, storage costs, interest, insurance, lower demand fo...

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by Chemist
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 79
Views: 16913

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020

I don't walk around the horseshoe, I walk across the middle. There's a good ped path at ground level between terminals 1 and 2, and deposit you around 6/7 on the other side. Sidewalks and crosswalks. It's not heavily used but it is there.

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by Chemist
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates reports a loss of $3.4billion
Replies: 41
Views: 7359

Re: Emirates reports a loss of $3.4billion

Whoa. That's a big number.

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by Chemist
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 49414

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

People appear to somehow be blaming WN. This isn't a normal economic cycle. Ignoring a unionized environment, a company can save costs by either lowering compensation or cutting staff. My own non-union company cut salaries, including for management, for a number of months at the beginning of the pan...

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by Chemist
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO: ‘The ship is taking on water’
Replies: 241
Views: 49102

Re: Southwest CEO: ‘The ship is taking on water’

It's funny how posters on this forum think they know more than the executives that have run WN for decades without losses. It's a tough spot for all of the airlines. The reality is that this isn't going away for at least a year, and sales will be depressed for longer than that. It's going to be ugly...

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by Chemist
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order
Replies: 637
Views: 108069

Re: Southwest maybe considering an Airbus order

1. They definitely will get it, it’s the lowest CASM machine around and WN are sick of being screwed and want to teach Boeing a lesson because of the MAX. Funny, considering the whole mess with the MAX is because of WN's (and AA's) demands. If it wasn't for that, we probably could have gotten a cle...

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO served multiple LA area airports with one flight, how many other carriers did this?
Replies: 43
Views: 7912

Re: CO served multiple LA area airports with one flight, how many other carriers did this?

My first helicopter flight was LA Airways Sikorsky LAX-BUR and back.
In 1971 I flew Western Airlines 720B LAX-SAN-PHX-DEN. The LAX-SAN leg was at 11,000 feet and took 27 minutes.

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94348

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

Manual use of trim is also supposed to be an essential skill.

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by Chemist
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA automatically rebooks PAX on award tickets from AA to BA metal - and charges carrier fees for it
Replies: 16
Views: 3272

Re: AA automatically rebooks PAX on award tickets from AA to BA metal - and charges carrier fees for it

1 - Not surprising given what AA has become 2 - I concluded about 5 years ago with the continuous devaluation of miles that I'd be better using a credit card for cash back rather than miles, and discontinued using my Citi AAdvantage card 3 - I'm a lifetime Gold million-miler on AA and now avoid them...

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by Chemist
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94348

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

oschkosch wrote:
So what are everybody's expectations regarding RTS? My guess is sometime November at the earliest.

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I think there will still be complications and it will be in Q1 or Q2 next year.

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by Chemist
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30723

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

Not such a surprise, but the highly competent US Leadership has tested positive for the virus. In fact, it appears they may have been superspreaders.

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 587
Views: 94348

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

Hopefully this is the last grounding thread we need for this jet! I would assume it will continue unless we get a quick release to service and have a separate thread for "737 MAX Retrofit/Return to Service" instead of just extending the "grounding" thread, since the return is al...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?
Replies: 100
Views: 15080

Re: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?

My one flight with them I remember they had a "shopping interlude" while they talked on the PA about their things for sale and had carts down the aisle hoping that passengers would buy stuff. I don't remember what they were selling but I think it was more than food. At the time I thought i...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Rev, I scanned the paper and noted in the introduction the words cascaded Kalman filters. Looks like a new processor and getting the proper inputs to it. I have no idea how that gets implemented. By using Apollo-era technology, of course! Boeing's got this one! :biggrin: In fairness, the Space Shut...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to Consolidate 787 Production in South Carolina
Replies: 320
Views: 56487

Re: Boeing Considers Closing 787 Production in WA

Boeing needs to be strategic and conserve cash, reduce their long-term structural costs; it makes sense. Now what we need is a cleanup of their management culture if they are to be successful in the longer term.

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by Chemist
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?
Replies: 100
Views: 15080

Re: Was SkyBus ahead of its time?

Starting an ULCC at the start of a recession was a bad move. But if they were to have started before or after, they would've needed a better hub than CMH. The offered point to point service, with no connecting flight options. So everyone's final destination had to be Columbus.. And being from Ohio,...

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by Chemist
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

The aircraft was fighting the pilots instead of helping them while the crew alert system gave incorrect, confusing information. Similar to the MAX crashes. Boeing got away with TK1951 and the MAX Lionair crash, blaming the crew. FAA was in the pocket. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/20...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

It's a complex problem. On the one hand an autothrottle is a great thing. OTOH by using it all the time it causes complacency in scanning your instruments. Witness Asiana in SFO, or the guy sleeping in a Tesla on autopilot going 90mph. You assume the computers will keep you under control and you qui...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

I have payed zero attention to the MAX saga for a few months now. Upon returning to it I see that the "MCAS is a stall prevention system" myth persists, to the point where the Lion Air and Ethiopian accidents are now being attributed to MCAS failing to prevent stalls. From Tuesday's Dalla...

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

767 Tanker - Assembly problems, FOD in tanks 767 Tanker - Assembly problems, FOD in tanks 787 - Assembly problems, QC issues, after battery fires and developmental problems Starliner spacecraft - software not tested; near loss of vehicle in first test mission (unmanned) where capsule failed to reach...

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by Chemist
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38975

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

I remember reading AW&ST, I believe in the late '90s or so, when the A380 and 7J7 (to become the 787) were being discussed and early shopped to airlines. Airbus felt the future was slot-constrained airports, growing passenger counts, which needed a larger AC than the 747. Boeing felt the VLA mar...

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021
Replies: 180
Views: 29699

Re: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021

TTailedTiger wrote:
Why are SNA and LGB so hostile toward the airlines/air carriers that operate from their airports? Maybe it would be better if they just shut those airports down all together.


Agreed. Let all of their constituents fight traffic up to LAX, ONT, and BUR.

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 118209

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

That's great that the MAX is Stable even with MCAS turned off. I think we wasted pages on debating what stable is. Without MCAS the MAX is not an unsafe aircraft. As I wrote which now seems like years ago - while MCAS was needed to meet a reg - sometimes regs need to be looked at and exceptions mad...

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 705
Views: 51442

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

I would assume we've gotten better at learning what treatments are more or less effective as well.

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by Chemist
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 811
Views: 157662

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

Even assuming Boeing had decent cash flow right now, I would think that after the MAX, their appetite for warming-over parts bin airplanes might be a bit diminished.

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Eliminates Change Fees
Replies: 40
Views: 3165

Re: United Eliminates Change Fees

1 - At least for now, flying WN means an empty middle seat and still no change fees. 2 - WN has free bags and also you can hold a credit for a cancelled trip for a year and apply it to another flight 3 - I applaud UA's efforts, but since we have Basic Economy, it seems that the reality is that the ...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Eliminates Change Fees
Replies: 40
Views: 3165

Re: United Eliminates Change Fees

1 - At least for now, flying WN means an empty middle seat and still no change fees. 2 - WN has free bags and also you can hold a credit for a cancelled trip for a year and apply it to another flight 3 - I applaud UA's efforts, but since we have Basic Economy, it seems that the reality is that the o...

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 49414

Re: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October

The ultimate Black Swan event.
Makes 9/11 look like nothing.

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38975

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

I was looking forward to my first A380 flight in February of this year. QF LAX-BNE. I was looking forward to watching the takeoff and landing from the PFE. Well the PFE camera views weren't working on this bird, so those views didn't happen. As others have said, it was nicely quiet. The sidewalls ar...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 130606

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Seems like a load of BS for a pilot that followed the classic VMC into IMC deathtrap.

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