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by 727glasair
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8290

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Nice, BlatantEcho; thanks for the link. Every weekday afternoon SEA is fortunate enough to have either 2 or 3 Fed-EX MD-11's arrive. Can't help but think we should appreciate this----won't last forever. Already I experience withdrawal from getting to watch my beloved 727-200's land on a regular basi...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8290

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Thanks KCRW Flyer......and instead of a warm, calm Seattle evening, can you imagine what this take-off would have looked like with a strong headwind on a very chilly night? Even as it was, one must wonder if the FAA personnel in the Tower were impressed as the Jet was about 2000' by the end of the r...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8290

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Thanks HPRamper.....good info! Yeah, empty containers and light fuel load. Hey, I just wish you (all of us) were there in person to see this beauty accelerate and rotate.....very beautiful, would have been a great one to get on video!

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8290

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Thanks....sounds logical.....and yes, this was just a short 2 hour flight, so very light on fuel. But truly, if you could have witnessed the SHORT ground roll (about 1300 feet?) you might wonder if the freighter was completely empty. Amazing performance...

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by 727glasair
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8290

Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Just got home from plane-spotting at SEA. I am a commercial rated pilot and as a hobby have spotted planes for over 36 years. Have parked at many airports all over the USA, watching with my binoculars, etc. I have developed a keen sense of groundspeed, distance, and altitude. Tonight at SEA the OAT ...

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by 727glasair
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy
Replies: 18
Views: 3973

The status quo in descent profiles: a killer of fuel economy

Representing the AOPA, and as a known flight efficiency expert, I have been named to a committee that will soon give suggestions for saving fuel as ATC goes through some changes. My primary interest and focus is arrival/approach descent altitude profiling. I believe it is safe to say that this is on...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

Yes...with a 40 minute fuel reserve, they must be really pushing some things. I wonder if pilots have any special fuel saving technique training. My dispatcher friend told me a little could be saved by throttling back very slightly, but it just adds hours to the clock....and later maintenance is req...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Currently in flight: CRJ-7 showing very high ground speed..
Replies: 7
Views: 2137

Currently in flight: CRJ-7 showing very high ground speed..

During the past few minutes, flightaware has been showing a Skywest flight from SEA-BOI at FL 270, with a groundspeed of up to 635 Knots. Must be accurate, because 2 other planes in the vicinity SE bound are also showing high speeds. This is one of the highest speeds I have observed in a CRJ-7. Inte...

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by 727glasair
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

....If fairly strong winds were forecast, would the dispatcher just PLAN a tech stop? Or instead, can the pilots just throttle back by a slight 2% and save substantial fuel?

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing
Replies: 2
Views: 4900

Re: AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing

Yes...AS has given me great service. I even flew them decades ago when they had their "Gold Coast Service". But this particular situation I mention, was probably the most "luck" I have ever heard of from a volunteer bumping.

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

PTY to MAD is about 5040 miles, and LIS just 185 miles shorter. Does ANY 737 really have the legs for this?

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

Thanks KRD....sounds like a nice flight! For sure, this appears to be a great route for the new 737-MAX either 7 or 8 series. On the southbound leg I would enjoy having a right side window during clear weather. What a great view would avail itself of the LA metro area, Palm Springs, Coachella Valley...

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing
Replies: 2
Views: 4900

AS Passenger Upgrade - - - Amazing

7 years ago I was on board an Alaska 737 nearly ready to depart LAX-SEA. Suddenly there was a call for 1 volunteer to be bumped. Immediately I rang the bell....so I was chosen. (I always pack light, no checked baggage). So I was escorted to the customer service counter; and to my pleasure was told t...

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Re: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

Thanks Newbiepilot and A388 for the info. Wow....very interesting indeed if they depart SFO for PTY then encounter a slightly stronger than anticipated headwind. I imagine they have several tech-stop airports on their list, if desired. Hey, maybe Jet-A is cheap in Tijuana, Nogales, or Ciudad Juarez?...

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by 727glasair
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?
Replies: 35
Views: 6839

Copa airlines is flying 737-800 all the way from PTY-SFO?

SFO to PTY. Roughly 3340 miles. Isn't that about ALL the range in this airplane?

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16 Strafes Control Tower--Whoops. Big Whoops.
Replies: 22
Views: 7005

RE: F-16 Strafes Control Tower--Whoops. Big Whoops.

Wow, good thing it was not an A-10.......the whole tower may have come down and all killed!

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Saving Fuel: Better Descent/approach Profile?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

RE: Saving Fuel: Better Descent/approach Profile?

No, I don't mean the gear is down, and flaps at 30......I simply mean they are at a fairly low altitude, maybe 1700 agl, and are using a lot of fuel and time.....

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Saving Fuel: Better Descent/approach Profile?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

Saving Fuel: Better Descent/approach Profile?

My office is aprox 26 miles north of <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA</acronym>, right on the approach path. About 75% of the time, they are landing to the south, maybe 90% during winter months. I observe the jets on approach daily....and am consta...

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying Muse Air 1985
Replies: 17
Views: 2651

Flying Muse Air 1985

Used to Fly and interesting route on Muse: <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>-<acronym title="Houston - William P. Hobby (HOU / KHOU), USA - Texas">HOU</acronym>-<acronym title="New Orleans - Louis Armstrong International (Moisant Field) (MSY / ...

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 4:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My Opinion Only: 737 Vs A-320 Shape
Replies: 22
Views: 3776

RE: My Opinion Only: 737 Vs A-320 Shape

That's a good point, Lostsound. I have never viewed the 320 series that way, but I am open! To me, it has always been appealing that a machine that can travel nearly 600 mph ground speed, has a streamlined and aero appearance that LOOKS the part.

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by 727glasair
Tue May 03, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My Opinion Only: 737 Vs A-320 Shape
Replies: 22
Views: 3776

My Opinion Only: 737 Vs A-320 Shape

Was plane spotting yesterday at <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA</acronym>; near the FAA control tower by the old <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> cargo building you can drive right up to the fence and observe. A very close, long...

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by 727glasair
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA
Replies: 31
Views: 3788

RE: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA

Yes.....and flying some affordable trips like this........sampling so many airplane types, helped me realize I wanted to be a pilot! So earned my wings in a Cessna 120, then became Glasair company Pilot for Tom Hamilton, a lifelong friend. In 1979 Chuck Griffin with Alaska Airlines took a break from...

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by 727glasair
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 WartHog, Unauthorized Use Very Dangerous
Replies: 17
Views: 8289

RE: A-10 WartHog, Unauthorized Use Very Dangerous

Greetings Zaphod.......I agree with your comment, except for the fact that with nearly 4,000 rounds per minute on that gun, the A-10 is indeed something special in that regard. Perhaps the Davis-Monthan guys were biased, but the reputation of the Warthog is in a league of its own.....

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by 727glasair
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 WartHog, Unauthorized Use Very Dangerous
Replies: 17
Views: 8289

A-10 WartHog, Unauthorized Use Very Dangerous

It has been argued that the A-10 and it's fully loaded center rotating gun may be among the world's most deadly machines. My close friend and neighbor is a former commander at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Without supplied too much detail, he related to me that in the early 1990's he sat in on some h...

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by 727glasair
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA
Replies: 31
Views: 3788

RE: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA

Thanks for the welcome, RWA380. Great job on the info you have assembled for this route.....very informative! Wow, can you imagine if the clock could be turned back 35 years.......what amazing fun to just take your pick and fly <acronym title="Portland - International (PDX / KPDX), USA - Oregon">PDX...

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by 727glasair
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Quickest Flight LAX-SEA Ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 4042

Quickest Flight LAX-SEA Ever?

In 1985 PA had a weekly noon-time departure <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>-<acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA</acronym>-<acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</ac...

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by 727glasair
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA
Replies: 31
Views: 3788

RE: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA

Hi Dave, thanks for the reply! Based on your profile I can see you may know a lot about this: a couple of decades ago Alaska Airlines had, as part of their <acronym title="Tower Air (USA)">FF</acronym> program, an award where one could fly one way <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SE...

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by 727glasair
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA
Replies: 31
Views: 3788

Early 1970's Flights Between PDX & SEA

BTW warm greetings to all! This is my first post. Was Glasair factory demo/test pilot way back 1980 to 1984. Love 727's, Braniff, fuel efficiency, and all things aviation! On topic, I recall vividly the variety of airplanes one could sample while flying between pdx and sea. Even lots of "heavy hardw...

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