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by flyingcat
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7196

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

You could send this to the writers of The Man in the High Castle.

This would be the perfect layout for Obergruppenführer Charles Lindbergh International Airport in that universe.

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by flyingcat
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"
Replies: 116
Views: 14399

Re: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"

In theory AS and B6 would be a stellar network combination but this belies the problem over who will run the show and how. AS management is great at running a great financial ship but they now little about competing for premium passengers and even less about setting up and running a TPAC or TATL net...

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by flyingcat
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?
Replies: 44
Views: 2851

Re: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?

There used to be a thrice weekly 767 300 flight on SFO LIM that ended in 2014, This was ended in favor of more capacity in LAX where Oneworld has more connectivity. The loads were good and LATAM stressed at the time that it was not loosing money but clearly they could make more elsewhere. With weakn...

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by flyingcat
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules
Replies: 68
Views: 9613

Re: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules

So the net effect is less seats for O&D and more connectivity. I wonder if competitors will jump on the chance to grab local share. WN and AS may want to evaluate their outlook based on the new UA strategy.

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Re: Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon

We have to keep up with the Joneses. Of course the open question is how close are the Chinese and Russians to deployment on a tactical level. There have been talks of eliminating part of the defense TRIAD. Could a Trident size hypersonic weapon replace all of our land based silos. It would save mone...

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas
Replies: 12
Views: 1296

Re: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas

This is likely the beginning, high powered laser components continue to become more energy efficient and more powerful.

China has always wanted a laser based dazzler to cripple an army on the battlefield but from all accounts is wary of the perception that testing and deployment would entail.

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Has Russia lost an atomic-powered robot in the Barents Sea?
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: Has Russia lost an atomic-powered robot in the Barents Sea?

Is there any truth to the rumors of a brain drain in Russia? I work with many with advanced degrees who left Russia due to a limit on opportunities. There is clearly an issue in Russian Aerospace that limits their ability to adapt to major advances. For instance Roscosmos does not have a way to matc...

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Loss of John McCain
Replies: 10
Views: 1228

Re: Loss of John McCain

Since there is already a destroyer named USS John McCain, I would say naming a carrier after him would be unlikely.

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by flyingcat
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together
Replies: 47
Views: 4528

Re: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together

Divorced airline executives have always felt this way about sitting next to their family, why would you want to sit next to drama? :duck:

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by flyingcat
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 13978

Re: Combating B6 if they decide to go TA

Hmm it was a shock on the legacy market for transcontinental F/J which took a hard hit with new pircing floors that first were affected by VX and then B6 with an upgraded product.. However in retrospect the damage was only as bad as the response to it. WIll local yields go down, yes, however the cap...

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by flyingcat
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Surf Air work in the North East US?
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Could Surf Air work in the North East US?

https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2018/0 ... top-flying


I see Surf Air looks upon taxes the same way Wesley Snipes' does. Can Surf Air claim to be a sovereign citizen as well???
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Meanwhile Surf Air is so "successful" they should expand to a new region...
https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2018/0 ... top-flying


I see Surf Air looks upon taxes the same way Wesley Snipes' does. Can Surf Air claim to be a sovereign citizen as well???

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by flyingcat
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest latest airline to restrict service, emotional support animals
Replies: 30
Views: 3859

Re: Southwest latest airline to restrict service, emotional support animals

flapsdown40 wrote:
I won't even ask what happens if the little horse needs to "do its business" in the middle of a flight.

The employees of old school US Airways know the answer all too well. Mind you it was in First and back then seats were cloth!

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian Government lobbying for direct QF PER-FCO
Replies: 35
Views: 5434

Re: Italian Government lobbying for direct QF PER-FCO

A better tactical move would be to tell QF, either you add the route or we will make AZ fly it!

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5500

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Dual jetbridges did improve boarding times but accidents and the realization that it does not improve turnaround time ended that experiment. Over time there are plans to improve other areas of the airport. Airline industry groups are working on incorporating biometric boarding passes. In addition th...

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by flyingcat
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska in the Bay Area
Replies: 108
Views: 12302

Re: Alaska in the Bay Area

If it's true that AA will move from T2 to T1 when T1 construction is complete, then there could a little surge of AS flights at SFO as they gain a few more gates in T2. It was written into the T2 agreement that AA would move to T1 when development was complete. AA never wanted to move out of T3 in ...

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by flyingcat
Thu May 31, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9559

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

The wild card here is the Foxconn development about 20 minutes south of the airport. A $12 Billion investment/20 million SQ foot facility in a partner/supply chain heavy business is putting a lot of unlikely things back on the table. I think the travel boom may be over estimated. Supply chain logis...

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by flyingcat
Wed May 23, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Airport Planners missed Opportunity for a fifth Runway
Replies: 29
Views: 3300

Re: LAX Airport Planners missed Opportunity for a fifth Runway

There was a more feasible plan to build another runway on the north side of Manchester parkway. If memory serves it was to have gone over the golf course.

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by flyingcat
Thu May 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 5001

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

Another monkey wrench when comparing social programs of France vs Germany is the breakdown of population by age. Most of continental Europe has a severe shortage of younger people to support a larger older population. This spiral will be amplified as older voters will likely vote to expand taxes to ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 702
Views: 173581

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

"Italian media claim that Lufthansa has lowered the number of aviation jobs it wants removed to 4,000 of the current 8,400. Previously it had planned on 6,000 redundancies." Even a compromise on layoffs is going to really sting for Alitalia's current workforce. As much as I loathe layoffs,...

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by flyingcat
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 118730

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Pardon my ignorance but is this Southwest's first-ever fatality? *edit, I know the 2005 Midway incident result in one death but it was not a passenger. Due to an inflight accident, yes this is the first. There was an incident in 2000 where an unstable man broke into the cockpit and was subdued and ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash
Replies: 32
Views: 7542

Re: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash

If he had never fled he likely would have avoided incarceration like the other employees but he choose to run and made a bad decision worse. Usually the FBI watches the family, I'm surprised they have not tracked him that way. Either he has totally abandoned his kids, or they are frequently on ATL-S...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations
Replies: 37
Views: 8245

Re: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations

I wonder what AA's view is on this, on one hand QF is valuable partner, on the other hand it is revenue that should have been on AA metal.

I wonder if they played innocent and alerted the DOT, how else do you think they found out about it.

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by flyingcat
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines announces service between LAX and Buenos Aires
Replies: 55
Views: 9728

Re: American Airlines announces service between LAX and Buenos Aires

Unless I am mistaken AR historically flew the route with a tech stop in the 747 and nonstop with the 340 but I thought I recalled some tech stops occurring seasonally even though it was listed as nonstop.

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines female co-pilot claims male pilot drugged and raped her
Replies: 173
Views: 6046

Re: Alaska Airlines female co-pilot claims male pilot drugged and raped her

Pure conjecture but it here are two major things that stand out for me. 1. She never reported the incident to police initially but then once she was presented evidence that Alaska compiled she realized it was rape. She was under the impression that reporting it to AS and the union would be enough. S...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss
Replies: 91
Views: 13075

Re: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss

Did this actually occur? Warning pilots about a financial shortfall ahead of the general public is insanely illegal.

Has anyone heard of the SEC?!

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 13981

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Ultimately the parents are best aware of what it takes to calm their children down. My kids are not screamers but my youngest can also be calmed easily with an iPad. It looks like they did not take into account that they needed wifi for streaming, however this is incredibly shortsighted. A prepared ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9652

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Technically SFO could, in theory, fill in more land, but the tradeoff is that they must restore an equal amount of wetland elsewhere. The restrictions were made to not seem like outright ban but the effect is just the same. As for the costs in general, I think the outright graft is reaching a tippin...

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by flyingcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.
Replies: 37
Views: 4005

Re: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.

Wasn’t ONT a booming airport at one time? Seems like there is so much potential. What happened? (I’m just looking for a quick summary, not a debate that hijacks the thread). The financial crisis of 2007-2008 hit the Inland empire acutely. The area rode high on real estate values and has taken time ...

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by flyingcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18993

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

Q1 generally is the worst month for most transatlantic airlines, especially January. The smart move would be to cut back or reallocate frequencies and ramp back up later otherwise you dig a deep hole that has to be filled by the peak Q3. The issue with LCCs is that there is a huge aversion to avoid ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7500

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

I would counter that unlike in Europe the US has yet to embrace a tertiary airport mode in a point to point system that Ryanair has championed. Skybus tried but having an author as CEO and using CMH as a hub were huge mistakes.

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17791

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

When I was in my youth, IBM annually removed 5% of their white collar people, the least useful 5%. Microsoft had similar termination quotas that severely affected their standing similar to Boeing's issues Management tended to fire those who thought out of the box or were critical of timelines. This...

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by flyingcat
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TV crew arrested at EWR smuggling fake bomb to film TSA reaction
Replies: 22
Views: 5386

Re: TV crew arrested at EWR smuggling fake bomb to film TSA reaction

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/9_arrested_at_newark_airport_were_part_of_reality.html There are differing stories from TSA and the passengers. The passengers say the luggage was a prototype for vacuum compression luggage. TSA believes that the group were trying to get an IED through. TSA ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 45695

Re: Power outage in ATL

Does this mean that their no cancellation streak is over??? :duck:

They might add an asterisk and have it exclude cancellations caused by non Delta stuff :idea: :twisted: :praise:

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 99
Views: 36021

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

I am curious, with an internal fire. How much better things would have been had the maintenance occurred inside a hangar with a proper fire suppression system.

Are there hoses in place on the maintenance ramp for fire??

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms
Replies: 33
Views: 8257

Re: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms

Let's act like adults, now my question is what kind of food were they serving on this flight. Did they hand out free Metamucil samples in the boarding area? Is Gate Gourmet having a special on chili con carne? Did they run out of blue juice? How much "displacement" (weight and volume) can ...

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by flyingcat
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC
Replies: 60
Views: 9510

Re: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC

So they raise money to by the AOC and then surprise they need to back out. I'm sure they gave themselves all a bonus finders fee and will give themselves a good governance bonus as well. At least Avatar airlines branched out into opening up a medical clinic. It was probably unlicensed and would bill...

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by flyingcat
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best time to redeem your AA AAdvantage miles
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: Best time to redeem your AA AAdvantage miles

331 days may be the window at which it's possible to book but as they control all inventory they may never release cheap award seats for certain high demand flights. Getting an award is based on how good or bad the inventory analyst is at managing the flight.

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does SFO have a flawed design?
Replies: 45
Views: 9030

Re: Does SFO have a flawed design?

When LAX wanted to separate the northern runways many NIMBY communities lobbied against it but all this was swept aside when a federal report specifically mentioned that for safety reasons it was necessary to complete. Is there any such clause on filling in the bay that allows for safety considerati...

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "
Replies: 40
Views: 8229

Re: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "

Alex Cruz be like https://i.imgur.com/Fh6TgJt.png This should be the official BA cap! Am I the only one however who sees this as wishful thinking. LCC penetration is increasing and I'm not sure they can put the genie back in the bottle. Maybe Premium options with everything a la carte, but the old ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10631

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

With JetBlue supposedly starting TATL service from the east coast soon, and if AS should ever start TPAC from the west coast, a merger between the two would truly create a powerhouse of an airline. It would be a blockbuster to see such a combo, with huge transatlantic and transpacific potential. Ex...

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by flyingcat
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian AIr Argentina: final list of routes authority requested
Replies: 58
Views: 13121

Re: Norwegian AIr Argentina: final list of routes authority requested

Is a liberalized air market causing anyone to revisit a dedicated rail link between Buenos Aires and EZE??? how about AEP?

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by flyingcat
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier
Replies: 53
Views: 5697

Re: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier

While I understand the that many FAs are the authority on many things they should stop on anything not involving inflight service. I don't see this as necessarily a political topic but more of a bossy person not knowing when to keep their mouth shut. Besides many were doing it out of a sign of respe...

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by flyingcat
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?
Replies: 41
Views: 3995

Re: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?

Perhaps they could market it like Ryanair would, as Lakeland - Orlando West/Tampa East Airport

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA
Replies: 20
Views: 10548

Re: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA

highflier92660 wrote:
It should be noted that Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's sex tape was made a long time ago when both had many less airframe hours and cycles.


It should be noted that Pamela blames Tommy for contracting Hepatitis C. AA should douse the entire lav in bleach.

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 11109

Re: UBS: Pilotless planes ‘could save airlines $35bn’

Once single-pilot planes would prove human being at controls is a redundant element, we may talk about going pilotless.. Completely agree, single pilot ops should be the next step. There are so many instances where good software design can improve cockpit efficiency. Radio interaction, autopilot co...

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by flyingcat
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 48
Views: 7083

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

Two disruption possibilities come to mind, first there is a lot of potential selling unused corporate or private jet space, ideally passengers would have to be vetted, and given the earning power of jet owners its possible no one wants to share their plane and does not need the actual revenue. The o...

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3449

Re: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017

One odd observation, generally all network carriers did better in Florida and improved over time, with the exception of Southwest.

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by flyingcat
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight returns to DFW when drunk woman slaps FA, hits cockpit door
Replies: 21
Views: 5515

Re: AA flight returns to DFW when drunk woman slaps FA, hits cockpit door

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/doctor-dra ... s-for-sex/
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bennett123 wrote:
Dr Dao was not drunk and did not assault anyone.


Quite true, his preferences are Vicodin and meeting up with his male office manager at the local Red Carpet Inn, far more civil.

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/doctor-dra ... s-for-sex/

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