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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90445

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

So just to summarize, there are now three purported conversions: Sequoia, Mammoth and IAI. The IAI is real and furthest along; they're actually cutting metal and modifying the aircraft after completing the engineering. Then a flight-test program and hopefully a prompt STC. Sequoia and Mammoth are t...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22279

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

This image is facinating. All US approved vaccines work, but there is definitely a ranking. https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-data-confirms-j-j-181749164.html https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/awa19kkHZZ1QHkEqt6qEzg--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQ1Mg--/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/j3XgblF5OJ2G2j...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q4 2021
Replies: 49
Views: 5543

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q4 2021

CDC urges unvaccinated travelers to delay domestic trips until they are fully vaccinated. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2021/10/05/unvaccinated-delay-domestic-travel-until-you-vaccinated-cdc-says/6002497001/ CDC urges unvaccinated travelers to delay domestic trips until they are fully ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90445

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

Haven´t seen any figures mentioned for the 777-300ERSF, though some articles mentioned 10 A330-300P2F "with crew" (guess this means ACMI leases). Yes per reports Amazon Air will use CMI leases via Air Transport Services Group to provide crew, maintenance, and insurance on the frames they ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1864

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

RIght now aerospace has a major great resignation problem. The industry benefits are good, but not great like before (e.g., no pension except at Boeing and maybe a few others, but not my work). Senior engineers are getting so burned out, it has become surprising when I don't know someone announcing ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90445

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

I would expect Amazon would be more interested in 777-300ERSF than 777-200LRSF since they likely "cube out" a plane before they "weight out" one. Amazon were at one time tied to a rumored "A330-1000" new-build freighter so not surprised they are looking at A330-200 and...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2722
Views: 388009

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Please post respectfully and if the post is A vs. B, it will be deleted.

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6924

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

Please take the single pilot ops to a new thread as that applies to a whole category of light jets and has taken this thread off topic.

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6924

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

It seems the single pilot oos have at least sold a few original Hondajet's: https://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/aircraft-propulsion/evaluating-hondajet-elites-single-pilot-operation The competition has single pilot, so not having it would be a red flag. This is something that I doubt we'll ag...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 411
Views: 90445

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

This article (yesterday) notes Amazon is looking for long range used cargo aircraft. https://cargofacts.com/allposts/carriers/amazon-seeks-used-long-range-cargo-jets-able-to-fly-from-china/amp/ The article is short of real facts other than Amazon is looking to replace trans-Pacific charters. Lightsa...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

Related, TSA says about 40% of its workforce remains unvaccinated. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-covid-vaccinated-employees-deadline/index.html TSA Administrator David Pekoske says the agency is preparing contingency plans to deal with staff shortages. I don’t know where they come up ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Since vaccines are just as safe for those who have been previously infected, there is no real downside to requiring formerly Covid-positive people to be vaccinated just like the rest. It provides proof that at least a certain level of immunity has been achieved, which is the whole point of mandatin...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

FY23 has already started for the US Government: it runs from October 1st to September 30th, and we are October 14th. As I said, the mandate was right before renewal. even if one contract, September 16 is I believe when this was announced (see link) So I remain of the opinion this was slid in late s...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips
Replies: 70
Views: 4812

Re: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips

London to Brussels is advertised at 1 hr, 53 minutes. https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train/belgium/london-to-brussels What is the security requirements? Considering one must get to/from the airport and deal with TSA and wait for checked luggage... This could force enough people to look I know my emp...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

There is legally nothing you can sue the goverment for. The Boeing management team has made the decision to accept this new contract clause. Not the Federal Goverment. Not much of a choice for Boeing. All contracts run out at the end of the fiscal year (end of this month). So either abrupt layoffs ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21655

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

If you wanted to fly something like SAT-MEM or AUS-ABQ, Delta's a poor choice unless you want to add several hours to your trip. True, though passengers from smaller airports should expect longer overall travel times in the future. Either because connections involve longer layovers, longer detours,...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. No. They have a medical exception to delay 14 days. But if someone had Cov...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

There is legally nothing you can sue the goverment for. The Boeing management team has made the decision to accept this new contract clause. Not the Federal Goverment. Not much of a choice for Boeing. All contracts run out at the end of the fiscal year (end of this month). So either abrupt layoffs ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32760

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Qantas / Jetstar / Link have 100+ A320NEO/ A321LR/ A321XLR / A321P2F on order. That seems a bit of a done deal for the higher capacity NB segment. For replacing the F100/717 I doubt what would fit best. Pulling 40 used E190's through a overhaul & standarisation line, give them a fresh livery so...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

The mandate is still there, it is now on how to handle exemptions. Lightsaber My company is largely federal contractors and we were told today they still have no official guidance on how to adjudicate the exemption requests That I agree on. They just seem to tell the companies do it and... poor gui...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

United's vaccine mandate halted (maybe temporarily) by a federal judge https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1448390413979693056?s=20 The unvaccinated who applied for exemptions cannot be put on unpaid leave. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/13/1045536669/united-must-delay-vaccine-mandate-for-workers Th...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

I wonder population demographic-wise how many of the 125K Boeing EEs are at risk? More than 75% of deaths occurred among those over the retirement age. Do any on this board know if Covid call-offs/illness has been a challenge for the company? I don't know about Boeing, but we have had issues where ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6924

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

With LearJet recently exiting the upper end of the light jet market, that is an additional niche that Honda can access. Honda seems to be aiming to compete with the Textron Cessna Citation CJ4-Gen 2, which is similar in size, can be operated single-pilot, but lacks trans-con range. If built as prop...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Negative on the liability. Federal law shields employers from this except in the case employers administer the vaccine themselves. Not quite. A lot depends upon whether the mandate is legal and constitutional. If it is, then fine. If if isn't, and a business complies with an illegal law or order, t...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Law supersedes contract rights. Outside of legal protections for unions (primarily oriented around the right to form a union and engage in collective bargaining), unions rely on contract rights. If the Federal government has the authority to mandate as it has (which it does, per my posts above), th...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800
Replies: 17
Views: 3303

Re: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800

Gosh G800 is a bit of a misleading name for their jet. I thought it would be longer than the 700. Does anyone really need 8,000nm? Similar with the G400 vs. G450. Those who aren't enthusiasts like us might think the 450 (launched in 2004) is more modern than the brand new 400. Even more confusingly...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show
Replies: 416
Views: 70630

Re: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show

Please get back on topic. We all enjoy the what if discussions, but there is too much ofg topic discussion.

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21655

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Which is one reason the closure of smaller hubs hurt the country. Now we have empty runways in PIT, STL, CLE and we are spending billions building runways in megahubs and suffering massive system inefficiencies when a thunderstorm/snowstorm rolls thru northern Illinois, Georgia, Colorado. Having ad...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32760

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Qantas / Jetstar / Link have 100+ A320NEO/ A321LR/ A321XLR / A321P2F on order. That seems a bit of a done deal for the higher capacity NB segment. For replacing the F100/717 I doubt what would fit best. Pulling 40 used E190's through a overhaul & standarisation line, give them a fresh livery so...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

There is no OSHA vaccine requirement at this point. The only mandate is for federal employees and federal contractors (and most airline employees are not actively working on federal contracts) Do any airlines have in place a way to segregate employees based on federal contracts? Not just in terms o...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

My buddy at work was looking for J&J in Sept and couldn’t find it. Day after first Pfizer shot he went to local arts festival and there was a booth giving J&J on the spot. J&J works well for pop up sights cus you can store it at a higher temp and it’s one and done. So a lot of places ha...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

Discuss the vaccine and other non-aviation portion in non-Av. This thread is for the aviation side of the discussion.

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Post respectfully. Taking cheap shots in an aviation forum is disrespecting other users.

Discuss the aviation aspects. Please take the non-aviation parts to, non-aviation.

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

125,000 employees “Employees who are unable to meet these requirements ... may be released from the company.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/boeing-tells-workers-they-must-get-covid-19-vaccine/ar-AAPr9SP?ocid=uxbndlbing Ouch. This is abrupt as the Federal requirements are brutal: https://www.safe...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

I'm reading the FAQ for vaccinations at work. Executive order 14042 (Biden's requirements for vaccination) requires that the mandate be flowed down to all lower-tier sub-contractors. I take this to mean the regional airlines must be included. https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/contractors/ Lo...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying
Replies: 37
Views: 2802

Re: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying

I had no idea the heaviest chairs were that complicated. Also heavier than any motorcycle I rode in my youth...

I have been educated by this thread.

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible
Replies: 83
Views: 21347

Re: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible

I'm shocked I tell you shocked.

I was such a fan of the airport when it seemed there was a 24/7 3- runway plan.

Even though I read so many BER threads, I am at a loss how this happened.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6924

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

I find it fascinating that Honda persists in its efforts to enter this space in the marketplace. There are several strong competitors with established customers. With LearJet recently exiting the upper end of the light jet market, that is an additional niche that Honda can access. Honda seems to be...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800
Replies: 17
Views: 3303

Re: Gulfstream launches G400 and G800

I finally found a link on the competition stackup: https://aviationweek.com/shownews/nbaa/bombardiers-challenger-conundrum G400 $34.5 million, 91" wide cabin 36.3 ft long, 4200 nm at Mach 0.85 Dassault 2000 $34 million, 90" wide cabin 26.2 ft long, 4000nm at Mach 0.80 Current category cham...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3033
Views: 459379

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Discuss Southwest fleet in this thread. Take vaccine discussion to non-Av.

Provide sources.

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 44
Views: 6924

Hondajet 2600 mockup

I was surprised that Honda is displaying a mockup of a trans continental range light jet, Hondajet 2600. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/honda-aircraft-company-unveils-hondajet-2600-concept-in-nbaa-2021-1030860129 Laminar flow wings, carbon composite fuselage. Designed for single pil...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 2740

Re: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion

You have a certain expectation when you hear "James Bond." That alone is a good enough explanation. James Bond, aka 007 is an aspirational character who drinks his way through impossible situations with gorgeous, beautiful, brilliant women helping him. None of my friends who saw the movie...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

UA was smart to roll out their mandate when they did. They now have an almost (save approximately 300 ppl) 100% vaccinated workforce. They also got it done before the massive drama started with other airlines making the call closer to the deadline imposed by the federal mandate. UA is the airline e...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

I see these debates and cannot help but think most have employers less strict on vaccines than mine. The airlines seem to be going down to the wire, except for UA. My employer has set a harsh deadline of first dose in this month (October). No exceptions for J&J either. Moderna must be by the 27...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying
Replies: 37
Views: 2802

Re: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying

I'm curious how bad the problem is. Every flight I've had for years, the boarding was delayed for 5 to 10 minutes to pre-board the wheelchair users with ample staff to assist them. Looking at my beat up luggage, I'm not shocked there is a damage rate, but there is a requirement to store one old fash...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NetJets orders 100 additional Embraer Phenom 300s
Replies: 7
Views: 2287

Re: NetJets orders 100 additional Embraer Phenom 300s

Amazing, over 200 of the type. Now of course the oldest rotated out, but this is showing demand for the E300.

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

I see these debates and cannot help but think most have employers less strict on vaccines than mine. The airlines seem to be going down to the wire, except for UA. My employer has set a harsh deadline of first dose in this month (October). No exceptions for J&J either. Moderna must be by the 27t...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dinosaurs Formed by 2 Million Year Rain Event
Replies: 16
Views: 1223

Re: Dinosaurs Formed by 2 Million Year Rain Event

Facinating. From your link A similar cycle of volcanic activity and environmental change starting about 184 million years ago may have paved the way for the biggest of all dinos, long-necked sauropods, to lumber into dominance Interesting that the species were so humidity loving. So much for time tr...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34290

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

We are still waiting. It's not a question of ‘if’ Delta will comply, but how they go about it. The options are limited and if you are required to be fully vaccinated, a 2 dose regimen means there is a short window left. My gut tells me DL will make every effort to have vaccinations available at the...

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