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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure
Replies: 54
Views: 11222

Re: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure

If this is true, it would kill employee morale across all departments and divisions. AA needs to confront this ASAP before this story gets some legs.

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 107
Views: 18273

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

"And this Château le Blanc '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled! This is room temperature! What do you think we are? Animals?!"

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 19237

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Easy to say while he's counting his wad. I think he's been classless through this whole process. "Hey, I love you guys!" to the VX crowd while at the same time VX is putting themselves up to the highest bidder. Due to ownership restrictions he was never allowed to retain majority control....

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 19237

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Can someone clarify something for me. I fail to see how any element of VX will survive. Isn't moodlighting standard on the B737 at this point and don't the vast majority of customers utilize blue only. Looks like Alaska was going to do all of this even without acquiring Virgin America. Compared to J...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 166
Views: 11556

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

Given there's not really much of Amtrak remaining, not sure. I doubt small cities even have stops on Amtrak. Actually Amtrak has the inverse problem compared to EAS. Many of the short haul regional trains have enough local support such as Chicago, Boston and others. The issue is the long haul train...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 10014

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

Growing direct sales from 20% to 50%. That is going to be very difficult, maybe they plan on charging like Lufthansa did. Lots of airline/travel leaders will be watching this closely, some will probably sue.

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 166
Views: 11556

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

The state of Alaska gives a portion of oil revenue's to its citizens, why is that not used to pay for air service. Why are the oil companies not handing out discounted 100LL if the growth of towns is due to their influence. Prior to aviation many of this towns got by on hunting and trading and could...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soda Spill In Main Cabin Causes Diversion To JAX
Replies: 2
Views: 831

Re: Soda Spill In Main Cabin Causes Diversion To JAX

I'm shaking my head trying to think what in the main cabin would necessitate a diversion due to a spilled drink??? The IFE box, USB port?? They all have circuit breakers to prevent shorts. Why did someone mention smoke in the cockpit, was it steam? Very odd story since such a minor event should hard...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 119
Views: 9723

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

jumbojet when you are right, you are right. Like that incident with QR and the Fox Theater. Clearly Fox Theater is a shoddy decrepit operation, a aging broken symbol that Delta in its wisdom pulled its support. I hear if Jetblue has Chick-fil-A at the launch, Delta will pave over the Dwarf House and...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 119
Views: 9723

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

The timing is key that something strange occurred. Jetblue makes it clear that they need to set up facilities. Why would B6 scope and plan for E space and ATL say nothing up until the last moment. If the agreement is in writing than ATL is ripe for a lawsuit. I'm still not convinced DL is not doing ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 119
Views: 9723

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

It seems like ATL is going back on their word which is a big deal in new service deals. B6 wanted an E or F gate as a prerequisite and ATL said sure. Now three weeks before service starts they suddenly cannot accommodate them. Delta has already made clear the extent they will go to block a competito...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Launches Divested AM/DL, MEX/JFK Slot Award Case
Replies: 98
Views: 12827

Re: DOT Launches Divested AM/DL, MEX/JFK Slot Award Case

jfklganyc wrote:
Hey LGB City Council...paying attention yet?


LGB politicians and NIMBY's think that this is proof that every flight will be an A380 unless they stop it.

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA
Replies: 94
Views: 16116

Re: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA

TMZ has now posted a photo clearly showing Harrison Ford landing on the taxiway Charlie so this is no longer an allegation but a confirmed incursion. http://ll-media.tmz.com/2017/02/16/0216-harrison-ford-landing-tmz-7.jpg http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/16/harrison-ford-plane-landing-photo/ Bottom line i...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 6011

Re: Essential Air Service Program

The problem with cutting this is that there is that too many in both parties are dependent on EAS to deliver accolades with the voters in their districts. I'm not sure there is enough pull in Congress to pull this away entirely. However there might be enough to modify it. Increasing the minimum mile...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA leader leaves for UA
Replies: 29
Views: 6927

Re: Another AA leader leaves for UA

Nocella was one of the few senior people at pre merger US that was kept in the merger with HP. He handled RM at pre merger US more than a decade ago and the market has changed a lot since he had the reins, he will not doubt look to change RM leadership next. I guess combined with Kirby they should b...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part
Replies: 188
Views: 20765

Re: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part

Policy is one thing, but when the part is already installed it's too late to take back your mistake.

Looks like the big D stands for something else these days, of course the Fox Theater found that out already.

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday
Replies: 143
Views: 21024

Re: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday

So his B757 pilot is going to head FAA If he was an ALPA member they might go for it :duck: Seriously though Southwest has advocated making ATC a non profit entity separate from the FAA. Maybe an actual ops person would be best. The current head of the FAA only has experience managing outsourced ai...

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by flyingcat
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Profit Drops On Higher Cost
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

Re: Spirit Airlines Profit Drops On Higher Cost

Spirit is clearly reeling from the loss of passengers with cleavage bound for Florida and Dr. Phil guests.

Sometime I wonder if Spirit realizes who is flying them.

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by flyingcat
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Frontier's A319's
Replies: 8
Views: 2142

Re: Future of Frontier's A319's

Depends on the lessors, they could easily cut the payments to make up for the smaller size but with NEOs coming online the classics are primarily on their way to secondary and tertiary carriers globally.

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by flyingcat
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Repairs uncover cocaine worth $434K in AA nose gear
Replies: 50
Views: 10063

Re: Repairs uncover cocaine worth $434K in AA nose gear

Someone is going for a swim in the Everglades.

Any MIA ground crew not show for their shift?

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by flyingcat
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA agrees to Santa Monica airport closure
Replies: 43
Views: 7546

Re: FAA agrees to Santa Monica airport closure

With property values in Santa Monica that "Great Park-West" idea should last another week or two. Look for a mix of low and mid-rise commercial buildings with residential condos packing as many fannies as possible in as small a footprint as the developers can get away with. Trees in the p...

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by flyingcat
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Thousands of EK staff fell victim to third party Ponzi scheme"
Replies: 7
Views: 2145

Re: "Thousands of EK staff fell victim to third party Ponzi scheme"

How did this guy recruit new investors? was he allowed on company property or did employees get greedy and not ask questions when promised 100% returns.

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long Beach city council rejects FIS at LGB
Replies: 55
Views: 6312

Re: Long Beach city council rejects FIS at LGB

If B6 pulls up stakes how much will this hurt the city of Long Beach financially. Jetblue traffic contributes a large percentage of user fees. Would WN be willing or able to commit to expand that much more. They seems to have bigger fish to fry these days.

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by flyingcat
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS
Replies: 78
Views: 5851

Re: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS

rnav2dlrey wrote:
i don't think picking today of all days was a coincidence.


If true then the IAM has made a horrible tactical maneuver. They now have no majority support in the NLRB.

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CCO Julia Haywood is out
Replies: 52
Views: 9412

Re: UA CCO Julia Haywood is out

I've never had a high opinion of consultants in the US airline arena. In a large organization as United they typically do work that was already done or come up with asinine marketing insights that are in dozens of industry publications. To mention nothing of the exorbitant amount they charge. Looks ...

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Domestic wide body routes feasible?
Replies: 92
Views: 13258

Re: Are Domestic wide body routes feasible?

The biggest issue is that Airbus and Boeing no longer make widebodies optimized for short sectors. Airlines have focused on maximizing usage on longer sectors and thus they no longer ask for models optimized for short haul. Unless I am mistaken the 747-400D was the last short haul optimized model. A...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far away is the commercial airline industry from adopting BWB designs?
Replies: 28
Views: 5637

Re: How far away is the commercial airline industry from adopting BWB designs?

It might be a while, Boeing might see potential to share costs with a military transport program, but they also love keeping older programs alive by militarizing them like the Poseidon. BWB tech is already in the Sentinel. Just a matter of spreading into other programs. A new sheet narrowbody could ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12016

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

I think if you sat through a pricing meeting at a major you would know that competition in major markets is alive and well, even in smaller markets like my hometown ROC-Florida. These profits are adequate but below many other industries. Perhaps on a.net they seem high, but in business they are nor...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: PAK-FA - RCS / stealth design shortcomings? Esp. at rear?
Replies: 42
Views: 3338

Re: PAK-FA - RCS / stealth design shortcomings? Esp. at rear?

The Russians invented stealth???

This is like Chekov telling Kirk that Cognac is from Kazakhstan?

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12016

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

Just wait for the DALPA press release stating that most of those profits belong to them

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 10014

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

LAXintl wrote:
Wonder if the concept of splitting the airlines into two units has anything to do with lumping one with the older debts and staff burdens, while allowing the one a cleaner start again?

I thought AZ already did this similar to GM in order to lower debt payments.

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to operate in Argentina
Replies: 50
Views: 9847

Re: Norwegian to operate in Argentina

The market is currently not large however it has really never been truely deregulated so it's true potential is unknown. LATAM was capped by political and infrastructure limitations, frequently both at the same time. I am intrigued by moves to allow airline service at El Palomar. The government shou...

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR CEO resigns
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: AR CEO resigns

Smart, avoid indictments and a trial by resigning. She must have seen the real books and ran to her lawyer and a priest.

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Wants to Set up in Argentina
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Norwegian Wants to Set up in Argentina

The market is currently not large however it has really never been deregulated so it's true potential is unknown. LATAM was capped by political and infrastructure limitations, frequently both at the same time. I am intrigued by moves to allow airline service at a third airport in Buenos Aires. The g...

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India to fine airlines for 'dropping' poo.
Replies: 10
Views: 1651

Re: India to fine airlines for 'dropping' poo.

"It's those airplanes flying overhead I tell you. Uncle, are you sure it's not the neighborhood kids you scream at? NO!! I was in the army I know when something big is happening."

Dominic Chianese / Uncle Junior would be perfect for these lines

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by flyingcat
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are the chances of TG restarting nonstop USA flights (with the A350)?
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: What are the chances of TG restarting nonstop USA flights (with the A350)?

Depends on lots of things prestige more than likely definitely none involve profit.

Does one of Prayut's relatives want to go to Stanford or UCLA.

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by flyingcat
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hitchiking on an airline possible?
Replies: 45
Views: 4928

Re: Hitchiking on an airline possible?

I don't know what airlines you guys are talking about, but buddy passes aren't free at most airlines. A one-way buddy pass on Delta from PHX to BUF is $170. This is because Delta switched to a yield based formula during the fuel increases in 07. Of course they have never revisited the issue since i...

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by flyingcat
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only one ship left to search for MH370
Replies: 57
Views: 8413

Re: Only one ship left to search for MH370

Unfortunately this will not be solved anytime soon. Perhaps sometime in the distant future lasers or new technologies will be able to pick up some wreckage, possibly by accident. At this point Seaquest will be launched before we find any sign. I guess this will be the Amelia Earhart mystery for our ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silly Boeing Initialisms (SBIs)
Replies: 28
Views: 4585

Re: Silly Boeing Initialisms (SBIs)

NYCRuss wrote:
kanban wrote:
On the Jetfoils we had Turbine Inlet Temperature Sensors..

Did the sensors jiggle?


That depends on the gap between TITS (Turbine Inlet Temperature Sensors) and the airframe size. The jiggle on a new MAX 7 is bad enough but on a MAX 9 it could poke both your eyes out.

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by flyingcat
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Says "We Still Believe (VX) Deal Will Close This Year"
Replies: 33
Views: 3776

Re: AS Says "We Still Believe (VX) Deal Will Close This Year"

Too me it sounds like they are punting this until the next administration comes in. Rumor around VX HQ was that this was closing this week for sure. The timing of this announcement seems clear that that is no longer the case. Shame they have had their chains yanked far too long.

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by flyingcat
Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hatchet job on Spirit Airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 10307

Re: Hatchet job on Spirit Airlines

Based on the article deletion and the timing I would say that someone got an editorial through that would normally never get approved without a key number of people out for Thanksgiving. Someone's career is either done or on thin ice. Maybe on to Breitbart??

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by flyingcat
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Investor Event - Nov. 15th - New management team plans
Replies: 51
Views: 6796

Re: United Investor Event - Nov. 15th - New management team plans

About time, UA RM personnel treated Orion like its the best thing since sliced bread. All those who are non UA RM would just roll our eyes. Sounds like the changes take UA back to a way of doing business similar to PMUA instead of ORION which was the CO system. Actually they dumped PROS, based in I...

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by flyingcat
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Investor Event - Nov. 15th - New management team plans
Replies: 51
Views: 6796

Re: United Investor Event - Nov. 15th - New management team plans

LAXintl wrote:
o Invest better RM tools. UA current tech is old and limited capability


About time, UA RM personnel treated Orion like its the best thing since sliced bread. All those who are non UA RM would just roll our eyes.

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by flyingcat
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates first half profits down 75%
Replies: 183
Views: 25752

Re: Emirates first half profits down 75%

There also is this CAPA article from 2013: The US comprised 7% of Emirates' revenue in 2013 I recall Tim Clark saying he would like to increase US revenue to 20% of the business. They could get it if they continue to undercut other airline fares however such a plan could lead to essentially buying ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates first half profits down 75%
Replies: 183
Views: 25752

Re: Emirates first half profits down 75%

We have to understand that EKs business model is economy of scale. It's not accidentally, it's intentionally. With the biggest planes, they get the best operation cost. Therefore they can make huge $$$ with load factors in the 70s range. Few airlines are able to do so. A big marketing machine helps...

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by flyingcat
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Trump spend on Aviation Infrastructure?
Replies: 65
Views: 7783

Re: Where will Trump spend on Aviation Infrastructure?

Why do the runways need to be reconfigured? Spacing issue between runways lead to constant delays when the fog rolls in. Also there is no room for such features as an end around taxiway. SFO in the late 90s proposed shifting the runways further apart which would require filling in areas of the bay....

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by flyingcat
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Trump spend on Aviation Infrastructure?
Replies: 65
Views: 7783

Re: Where will Trump spend on Aviation Infrastructure?

Could this finally clear the way for reconfiguration of SFO runways???? If he clears fills all the empty federal judge slots and threatens to overturn the role of the coastal commissions in any lawsuit then they might not fight the project in a lawsuit.

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by flyingcat
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ernest, new Italian airline to launch at MXP
Replies: 15
Views: 2879

Re: Ernest, new Italian airline to launch at MXP

Bring back Vern, know what I mean

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by flyingcat
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue resumes FLL-LGB
Replies: 23
Views: 2006

Re: JetBlue resumes FLL-LGB

Starting in peak, I have doubts this will last through winter, seasonal would be more prudent.

LGB has been thrown a bone but B6 is paranoid about losing slots so they had to do something with it. At least they have more time to figure out what to with it.

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by flyingcat
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Morphing wings coming soon?
Replies: 17
Views: 2485

Re: Morphing wings coming soon?

My hunch was that we would get aeroelastic technology first with morphing technology as the next step.

I wonder if the fact that most aircraft carry fuel in wing tanks led to implementation issues.

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