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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 38 years since AA 191
Replies: 59
Views: 18417

Re: 38 years since AA 191

The Death Cruiser in industry slang

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hundreds of ATL Cancellations- Winter Weather
Replies: 78
Views: 13019

Re: Hundreds of ATL Cancellations- Winter Weather

ATL sees winter weather as often as northerners see NCAA football championships.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 17485

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

On what grounds can you establish that lawful deportation orders be disobeyed? Are you a judge or trained immigration lawyer? Or just whistlin Dixie?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 24784

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

There’s a limit on yachts, too. Paul Allen built one so big (400+’) that he was required to dock it with the freighters, not a marina. Kind of hard to be cool parked next to container ship from Liberia.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New pilot at 32!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2742

Re: New pilot at 32!!

Who says you have to be a good teacher to be a CFI? Survey, banner towing, jumpers, etc.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New pilot at 32!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2742

Re: New pilot at 32!!

Granted I wasn't very experienced - I barely had 1500 hours, and there were lots of learning and oh crap moments, and lots of moments where I and my FO were just looking at each other. He definitely didn't know - he only had 200 hours and we just figured it out and survived the moment. I had a lot ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: King Air C90 Crashes in Rockford
Replies: 1
Views: 837

Re: King Air C90 Crashes in Rockford

Here’s the METARs for around the time, 00Z KRFD 050054Z 19018G27KT 10SM -RA OVC036 16/10 A2947 RMK AO2 PK WND 17027/0047 LTG DSNT W AND NW RAB53 SLP979 P0000 T01610100 KRFD 042354Z 19018G25KT 10SM OVC038 16/09 A2949 RMK AO2 PK WND 19027/2331 SLP986 60000 T01610094 10167 20156 58022 KRFD 042254Z 1901...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Non-Automated Cockpit Functions
Replies: 11
Views: 4496

Re: Non-Automated Cockpit Functions

The F-16 does the flaps automatically, as I understand it.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could McDonnell Douglas be rebooted?
Replies: 15
Views: 4916

Re: Could McDonnell Douglas be rebooted?

No way—see BBD saga. Airbus took a huge infusions of money as “launch aid” for years. Textron has no airliner build expertise.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could McDonnell Douglas be rebooted?
Replies: 15
Views: 4916

Re: Could McDonnell Douglas be rebooted?

One might cynically say MDD took over Boeing, but with a losing name used Boeing. MDD management team, style of derivative engineering, reliance on military contracts. The F/A-18 and F-15 are going the way of the 717.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Daily limit use of an aircraft
Replies: 28
Views: 5565

Re: Daily limit use of an aircraft

The various militaries have flown planes for 24+ hours in a row. The RAF’s Hercs flew something 28 hours from Acension to Port Stanley and return. About 12 C-5s ran for 28+ hours—SAV-MGQ-CAI back in the 90s rescuing Les Aspin’s folly. The bombers have all done 30+ hour combat or training missions nu...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25
Replies: 6
Views: 12589

Re: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25

It might be more accurate to say, a Part 25 plane must meet both accelerate-stop and accelerate-go within the runway planed for take-off. Whether those distances are “balanced” (that is, equal) may or may not be true. But, any Part 25 plane will have a V1 speed which enables it to either stop or go....

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ
Replies: 41
Views: 12139

Re: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ

BA took down a whole building with a 744 at CPT a couple years ago, what’s a light pole?


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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 24784

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

It wouldn’t be Northolt or Biggen Hill, for sure. Probably not Lution, either. I doubt Luton’s runway us long enough and Northolt or Biggen Hill, sure ain’t. They would very likely be banned from overflight, anyway. Not civil registered. Northolt is pretty close in and next to Windsor. I like Northo...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25
Replies: 6
Views: 12589

Re: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25

There’s scads of differences, try reading the two Parts plus the Acceptable Means of Compliance manuals. It’s a lot of engineering and real experience, but the two rules are completely different. It’s not like Part 25 is a beefed up Part 23. Also, look at CAR 4b, the Part 25 predecessor.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight attendant still working at 81
Replies: 48
Views: 12197

Re: AA Flight attendant still working at 81

DL’s number 1 a few years ago was 89! Sort of ridiculous, imagine an 80+ person handling an emergency evacuation.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot
Replies: 7
Views: 2917

Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

T-56s have been around forever and were a well-proven design when the E-2 was built. I suspect it’s rather typical Navy support and maintenance. The AF is the same way to a lesser degree. Guys that joined the Reserves from fighters were astounded by the unreliability and poor parts support for airli...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew rest for aircraft sitting on the ground for 8+ hours
Replies: 7
Views: 1918

Re: Crew rest for aircraft sitting on the ground for 8+ hours

Pedantic SW. ON/ Planes don’t get crew rest, crews do. Except at some stations it’s ONLY the plane resting. /Pedantic Sw. OFF

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25
Replies: 6
Views: 12589

Re: FAA Regs Part 23 vs Part 25

You can build a single-engine Part 23; but no such plane under Part 25. A Part 23 twin-engine plane, under 6,000#, essentially must only be controllable, no specified engine-out performance. A normal category Part 23 plane must have structure capable of 3.8G while a Part 25 G design standard is 2.5G...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot
Replies: 7
Views: 2917

Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

I’m trying to understand why the T-56, so good on C-130s, P-3s and Electras, was so awful on the C-2?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smallest airports useable by light jets
Replies: 15
Views: 1582

Re: Smallest airports useable by light jets

Bravo One

I’d bet the Lear 20-series operations on 3,000’ were in violation of the AFM performance, too.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are Supersonic Airliners Viable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Are Supersonic Airliners Viable?

R. E. G. Davies wrote a good book on the subject:

Supersonic (Airliner) Non-Sense (Paladwr, 1998)

It’s less about the direct costs as the difficulty in getting high utilization rates to be economic.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 41769

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

They’ve lost some Caravans, so it might be FDX is looking for greater safety margins. A 2,500 hp single would be pretty unique. The issue is that a Part 23 single must have a stall speed less than 61 KIAS or demonstrate an equivalent level safety, that might be hard to show in a plane this large. A...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 41769

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

They’ve lost some Caravans, so it might be FDX is looking for greater safety margins. A 2,500 hp single would be pretty unique. The issue is that a Part 23 single must have a stall speed less than 61 KIAS or demonstrate an equivalent level safety, that might be hard to show in a plane this large. A ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 41769

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

You’d have to find a pretty big, i.e. expensive turboprop to make this a single. Plus two engine redundancy.

I wonder if this isn’t tightly drawn to FDX requirements and not flexible enough for many operators—no pressurization, fixed gear.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 41769

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

A seaplane version would be dependent on enough buyers for Wipaire to design a set and certify them. Outside of one DC-3, it might be the largest floatplane.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smallest airports useable by light jets
Replies: 15
Views: 1582

Re: Smallest airports useable by light jets

A DA900 can operate on grass? I find that hard to believe given, it’s ACN at a reasonable weight is 17, the main tire pressure is 200psi and it has an operating limitation for hard surfaces. The Ciatation II was almost certainly operating in violation of the AFM. I had 2,500 hours on them and the sh...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rapid Decompression
Replies: 29
Views: 11094

Re: Rapid Decompression

MMO,

The Tweet did have the highest rate of physiological incidents in the AF for a long time,

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smallest airports useable by light jets
Replies: 15
Views: 1582

Re: Smallest airports useable by light jets

Be careful, the Mustang is a Part 23 plane and can use “light twin” type performance planning. Cessna, I think, publishes both 23 and 25 performance data.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 41769

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

It’s bigger than a Twin Otter by a fair bit. Fixed gear and unpressurized cabin in fine for under 250nm sectors with cargo; makes maintenance cheaper. As a pax hauler pressurization is probably needed, though Cape Air’s routes work unpressurized. It’s hard to make two versions, though. Because the s...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern at HVN with DC-9 & 727 - When?
Replies: 44
Views: 4884

Re: Eastern at HVN with DC-9 & 727 - When?

It's amazing that the original EA has been gone for about 27 years - those that weren't around probably can't appreciate what a big airline it used to be! Very true, when I was hired, EA was tied with AA as the largest passenger carrier. About the same crew size and 284 planes. We carried more O&am...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern at HVN with DC-9 & 727 - When?
Replies: 44
Views: 4884

Re: Eastern at HVN with DC-9 & 727 - When?

With HVN in between LGA/JFK, PVD and BDL, there is not reason add service there and I live nearby. The future upgauging and reductions in service due to crew shortages and closing down regionals, it won’t be supported.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 8386

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

I’d sooner gouge out my red eyes than fly on that plane—up front, in F or in Y.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rapid Decompression
Replies: 29
Views: 11094

Re: Rapid Decompression

And, remember, the standard certification test is loss of a window. The plane doesn’t immediately become ambient outside pressure. I think the certification plan is minimal time to no time is the cabin above 25,000 PA. I think the “leak” rate with a window loss is on the order of 2,500 to 3,500 fpm GF

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remote Stands
Replies: 8
Views: 1732

Re: Remote Stands

Different cultures alright! In the US, the customer rules; elsewhere the customer is self loading freight. That said, once the customer leaves the carriers’ jetway, it’s a horror show here.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 199877

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

SheikDjbouti, It’ll take as long as it takes to get it ready for flight, 50 days or 50 months! One doesn’t rush into it. I’ve flown planes “on the ground “ for 10,000 hours. There’s no rush. That said, it will be either a AI or AF operating crew trained in 3-engine ferry flights, not “volunteers” or...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 727s still active?
Replies: 109
Views: 30241

Re: How many 727s still active?

Getty family was operating a -100 with the Valsan conversion recently.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: El Al transiting Red Sea to Gulf of Aden
Replies: 21
Views: 4514

Re: El Al transiting Red Sea to Gulf of Aden

It’s a pretty common routing leaving TLV southbound. I was planning a private jet trip out of TLV that did the Red Sea and Eritrea. It’s internstional airspace over the Red Sea, so no problem.


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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 6736

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

Name Meigs Field in Chicago after him. Both are monuments to the Chicago way of politics.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?
Replies: 100
Views: 16647

Re: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?

Another answer would be that’s the only reasonable engine available to AI for the desired size and performance.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the L-1011 had only 2 engines, would it have been a success?
Replies: 33
Views: 8113

Re: If the L-1011 had only 2 engines, would it have been a success?

Also, there wasn’t ETOPS, so any thought of overwater ops was dead on arrival.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do the OEMs Outsource?
Replies: 17
Views: 1916

Re: Why do the OEMs Outsource?

They do it because it is very expensive to keep very specialized talent and tooling for a development program that runs only once. For example, FBW systems are outsourced to manufacturers that specialize across the industry for those components—Moog and Parker-Hannifin for two. BAE developed the FBW...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Q400 Flight (as of 2017)
Replies: 59
Views: 14631

Re: Longest Q400 Flight (as of 2017)

I’d be curious what they’re using for alternates at PKC and UUS. All the ones I can think of are a long ways away

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?

I checked the TCDS, I stand corrected, no AvGas on the Global or either Challengers. Yes, on the C-5

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?

Zeke, I well aware of what FADEC means, but the fuel in the fuel lines, pumps and controller would be JET A as the tanks would contain a mix of the existing turbine and newly added AvGas. Start would on JET A until the supply system started flowing the mix. If there were enough time, the AvGas havin...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bird Strike Nose--Experience
Replies: 7
Views: 1157

Re: Bird Strike Nose--Experience

One of the Boeing Company’s Challengers had a nose strike that penetrated to foreword bulkhead and was shredded around the CRT displays. Somewhere I have a pic of the feathers and guts hanging out of the panel. I suspect it happens so fast, it’s over before you are aware of it.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?

I think it would start just fine. Remember, the AvGas wouldn’t flow to the FADEC for some time.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Thought experiment: How well would an airliner REALLY run on AvGas?

Most AFMs have an alternative fuel specification—types of fuel authorized, time limits, flight restrictions, etc. Most engines will accept AvGas with limits on altitudes, fuel temp and OAT limits and total time operated. Not a big issue.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 23887

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

I agree on the train, clearly the quickest, easiest. I’ve beaten air or rail travel on east coast routes many times. Home (western Mass) to DC, DOV, YUL, PHL, ILG. Combine the travel to BDL, security, waiting time (1 hour prior), collecting bags, getting rental car, final drive, it’s always a wash....

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 23887

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

I agree on the train, clearly the quickest, easiest. I’ve beaten air or rail travel on east coast routes many times. Home (western Mass) to DC, DOV, YUL, PHL, ILG. Combine the travel to BDL, security, waiting time (1 hour prior), collecting bags, getting rental car, final drive, it’s always a wash. ...

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