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by SmithAir747
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors
Replies: 50
Views: 8021

Re: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors

I was recently in New Zealand, and I took a NZ ATR from DUD to CHC. The DUD terminal had a non-sterile entry to the gate for prop flights, and similarly, at CHC, there was a non-sterile area for prop flights. What I heard from my New Zealand hosts, security is not necessary for prop flights. SmithA...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12326

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

Apologies if it was mentioned earlier in the thread. Doesn't the President board Air Force One via stairs ? Yes, usually via truck-mounted stairs rolled up to door L1 and with a red carpet at the bottom of the stairs (the usual photogenic way). There are also integral airstairs that open on the por...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors
Replies: 50
Views: 8021

Re: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors

I was recently in New Zealand, and I took a NZ ATR from DUD to CHC. The DUD terminal had a non-sterile entry to the gate for prop flights, and similarly, at CHC, there was a non-sterile area for prop flights. What I heard from my New Zealand hosts, security is not necessary for prop flights. SmithAi...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12326

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

I've done it twice if I remember rightly. In 1994 I disembarked my TWA 747 at MAD (after arriving from JFK) via stairs and was bussed to what was then the international terminal in an articulated 5th-wheel-style bus. (This was long before T4.) In 2002 I disembarked my EI A333 at DUB (after arriving ...

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by SmithAir747
Sun May 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Music in Airport Terminals
Replies: 90
Views: 5808

Re: Music in Airport Terminals

I have seen grand pianos at ORD, YEG, DTW, and other airports.

Once, two years ago, when passing through ORD T3, I was allowed to sit and play the grand piano located between a chocolate shop and a wine bar.

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by SmithAir747
Thu May 24, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1174
Views: 70919

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Indiana is my native state (and I grew up there until moving to London in 2004), so I still keep an eye on events happening at home even though I live in Colorado now. It's great to see that IND has evolved to the point where there now will be a scheduled intercontinental flight for the first time (...

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by SmithAir747
Sat May 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Super yachts
Replies: 47
Views: 1353

Re: Super yachts

I love those converted-warship yachts.

Whenever I see a yacht, I always wonder where a grand piano would fit on board.

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by SmithAir747
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1174
Views: 70919

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

It was announced today that IND is looking for a first class hotel at the terminal. http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/38043216/indy-airport-looking-into-possible-new-hotel There seems to be an issue with the spot marked for the hotel location. That spot is marked as parking structure (2020...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religious people live longer and are happier: study
Replies: 92
Views: 2587

Re: Religious people live longer and are happier: study

Well, this thread has been interesting!! I actually believe the premise of the study. I’ve noticed that people on the far reaches of either side on the political/belief spectrum are often very angry. You can see it right here. I’m not particularly religious, but I do believe — in my own way. As for...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New standing "seats"
Replies: 50
Views: 5926

Re: New standing "seats"

I haven't seen this question addressed yet...could standing-up/saddle seats be the new Basic Economy seats on airliners (i.e., have these located all the way aft in a cabin of their own)? I'm envisioning first/business forward, economy plus and/or standard economy midships, and a section of these st...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8884

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

As far as I know, LHR is business and connection-focused, whilst LGW is O&D and focused more on bucket and spade routes (like MCO, one of the biggest bucket and spade destinations stateside).

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

I've done it--I've booked BA WT+ DEN-LHR return (leave DEN Sun. 14 October and arrive LHR the next morning, and return to DEN 24 October). The 747 configuration, according to the BA seat map for selecting seats (after I booked it on AA.com), shows the WT+ cabin in zone B (just behind First in zone A...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CNN: Barbara Bush Dead at 92
Replies: 62
Views: 2145

Re: CNN: Barbara Bush Dead at 92

RIP to Barbara Bush, a true American Queen.

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

While WT+ is certainly better than WT, I would rate DY premium as superior except for 2 things, the IFE selection is a little small and food is hit and miss, is there is a curry dish on the BA flight it is hard to beat. Either way I would still take DY. Last September I took the inaugural DY DEN-LG...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

I'm almost ready to book my trip in BA WT+ DEN-LHR return. Looking on AA.com, it's shown as codeshare AA 6169 DEN-LHR (operated as BA 218) and codeshare AA 6170 (operated as BA 219); both are operated on BA 747 aircraft. The fare choices include premium economy (P); does that necessarily refer to th...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines, Hawaiian Islands to Denver
Replies: 21
Views: 4117

Re: United Airlines, Hawaiian Islands to Denver

What aircraft type are UA operating from DEN to HNL? The news link only indicates lie-flat service.

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by SmithAir747
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69094

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Congratulations to QF on setting this milestone in aviation. I've flown QF twice (last year and in 2010) and love their service. At 17h, QF9 is long enough to allow for watching 8 Star Wars movies back to back (whether you do it with all the main movies and not Rogue One, or any combination of them)...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

Another question: What version(s) of the 744 do BA operate to DEN from LHR? According to SeatGuru, there are 3 versions of the 744 in use by BA. Strangely, V1 (the most common 744 version according to SeatGuru) has the WT+ cabin in zone B (between First and Club World). The other two versions have W...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

I’m a big fan of BA WT+. Highly recommended ! Seats great & comfortable for sleeping, food superb and plenty of IFE. Ive never used the mains outlets but they are there under seat & It says so on BA.com. Hopefully your are in AA FF program as you’re doing plenty of long haul on AA so plenty...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

I should add that I've never been able to get a good sleep in the standard economy seats (even in emergency exit rows and even if reclined), and I need to explore the possibility of using my CPAP inflight. Classes better than standard Y have in-seat mains outlets, which might allow me to use CPAP in...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?
Replies: 11
Views: 874

How Good Is BA World Traveller Plus TATL?

For the last two years I have been flying from DEN to London nonstop (using both BA and DY). The first time (2016) I flew BA World Traveller (regular economy) 747 service DEN-LHR return. Last year (Sept. 2017) I flew the inaugural DY DEN-LGW service, this time in the Premium cabin (premium economy) ...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/f ... story.html

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have announced their new terminal to be built at PortMiami.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/f ... story.html

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by SmithAir747
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Woman Screaming 'I Am God' Tried to Open a Plane Door Mid-flight
Replies: 46
Views: 5258

Re: A Woman Screaming 'I Am God' Tried to Open a Plane Door Mid-flight

Is UA's onboard service THAT bad? ;)

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by SmithAir747
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If a Texas sized asteroid was headed for Earth...
Replies: 57
Views: 1850

Re: If a Texas sized asteroid was headed for Earth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU1QPtOZQZU

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Here's a YouTube video of a simulated large planetoid-sized asteroid impacting Earth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU1QPtOZQZU

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by SmithAir747
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Disney Cruise Line have ordered 3 new ships to be launched in 2021, 2022, and 2023. These new vessels have no names yet. What are your guesses as to the new ships' names? Ideas for names that have come up (from my own guesses and others' guesses) include Imagination, Wish, Star, Enchantment, Adventu...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.
Replies: 40
Views: 3085

Re: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.

In June 2010 I was travelling from SFO to BOS. I was booked on UA nonstop SFO to BOS (an A320). When I got to the gate that morning, the flight was overbooked and they were asking for volunteers to give up their seats for a $400 voucher. Just across the concourse there happened to be a 747-400, UA f...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 371
Views: 43917

Re: ORD Expansion Deal - Update: AA Accuses City of Collusion w/ UA

COSPN wrote:
AA should just walk away from ORD and move to IND...


Would IND have room for AA's ORD-size operation to move there? (AA domestic and international ops at ORD)

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by SmithAir747
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 38467

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

Growing up camping with my family in RVs, I find a lot of newer aircraft lavs to be smaller than RV bathrooms!

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by SmithAir747
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 Baseball Predictions
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: 2018 Baseball Predictions

If and when MLB decides to expand which cities might be considered? Does anyone think a team in Mexico might be considered? As for Montreal I think the best solution would be buying the Rays and moving them there. They would have natural rivalries with Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. For expa...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Am I the only person who likes the CRJ-200?
Replies: 44
Views: 3286

Re: Am I the only person who likes the CRJ-200?

RJs are the big reason I no longer fly into FWA (as FWA is served by nothing but regional carriers, all using these Barbie jets). They are small, cramped, and lacking in overhead space, thus I call them Barbie jets (as though they were designed for Barbie dolls). Now (since last summer), I just fly ...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump's 757
Replies: 20
Views: 6894

Re: Trump's 757

I was in NYC on January 15 and 16. I flew into and out of LGA, and saw Trump's 757 sitting on the business jet pad on the western side of the airport, not too far from the intersection of runways 13 and 22. That was the first time I ever saw it.

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by SmithAir747
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

My dream cruise for the future: Cunard QM2 transatlantic NYC-Southampton UK SmithAir747 You should just book it. Some good deals recently. Saw a balcony for GBP749 pp with $400 OBC. Pretty impressive. Thanks! I just need to find a time that I can go. Ever since I lived in London (2004-2007 as a stu...

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by SmithAir747
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2017 Tax Returns And Travel
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: 2017 Tax Returns And Travel

I have a bunch of trips to take this year (mostly work trips)...Fort Wayne, IN (to speak at two school alma maters of mine), San Francisco (to wrap up work on a book), Pittsburgh (for a major international craniofacial medical and research meeting), Sydney (to speak at the Australasian Cleft Lip and...

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by SmithAir747
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Cruises I have taken so far this year and have booked for this year and next; all special or theme cruises: Cruise I have taken so far: January 5-11, 2018: Star Trek: The Cruise II (Norwegian Jade): Miami, Roatan (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize), and Costa Maya (Mexico), back to Miami My upcoming c...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates first construction milestone for newest ship - EU-EN - Named Norwegian Encore, the new vessel will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019 http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/MISC/Screen%20Shot%202018-02-01%20at%2012.29.49_zpsj1q...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on
Replies: 59
Views: 3040

Re: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on

For me, it's the 747 (my all time favourite) and the 787 (better pressurized, better air quality, and cuts down on jet lag feeling, plus I've managed to get premium seating each time I've flown on a 787).

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by SmithAir747
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock
Replies: 112
Views: 22549

Re: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock

As an avowed United hater, let me say this will be the rare time where I say right on United! Hey, he did buy an extra seat for the Peacock! So cool, who doesn't love Peacocks? Anyone who says that hasn't spent much time around them. They sound like a woman screaming when they call. They also poop ...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock
Replies: 112
Views: 22549

Re: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock

How about my emotional support alien (female alien)?

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by SmithAir747
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2197

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

How advanced, or basic, are the medical facilities on cruise ships? Or does it vary widely? In a book I have about QE2, it shows an operating theatre just like those on land, in the QE2 medical centre. On my recent cruise (5-11 January aboard NCL Jade for the charter cruise "Star Trek: The Crui...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 19161

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

VV wrote:
What's a holiday?


In the context of this thread, a "holiday" is British English for what we in the US call a "vacation".

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by SmithAir747
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1174
Views: 70919

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Re: ATA L-1011s, TWA L-1011s... Are L-1011s the biggest pax aircraft that have visited IND historically? Or DC-10s? Who else used widebodies at IND, and what were all the pax widebody types ever used there? Back in 1999 or 2000, I once saw a UA 767; UA were using these on ORD-IND services for a whil...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Was Trump In Home Alone 2?
Replies: 26
Views: 2317

Re: Why Was Trump In Home Alone 2?

As fr8mech states, the likelihood is that Trump took a cameo role as part of a promotional consideration in return for use of the hotel. American Airlines also benefited very heavily from promotional consideration in the 'Home Alone' franchise. Before American removed LuxuryLiner and LuxuryJet from...

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by SmithAir747
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 4309

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

Will episode IX be the last episode (i.e. no more trilogies)? Will there be more non-trilogy movies, or is it curtains for SW after IX?

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by SmithAir747
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair in row after woman, 74, had to sleep on luggage conveyor belt
Replies: 29
Views: 5783

Re: Ryanair in row after woman, 74, had to sleep on luggage conveyor belt

Well she could have slept on the floor...... But at her age, could she get up again? It's hard anyway to get up from the floor (at any adult age, but especially hard for older people), after lying down on it. At least the bag reclaim belt was a raised, horizontal surface and did the job. SmithAir747

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by SmithAir747
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 21964

Re: United 787 route announcement - Weds Dec 13th

A DEN-Australia nonstop would be nice...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CPAP Use Inflight?
Replies: 1
Views: 387

CPAP Use Inflight?

I use a CPAP machine for my severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) due to the airway obstruction that comes with craniofacial anomalies (Treacher Collins syndrome). I travel frequently (domestically and internationally), so I take my machine with me. I've been wondering lately if I can use my CPAP mac...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 28553

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

For those that don't know what Zimmer Biomet is, they're an orthopedics manufacturer based in nearby Warsaw. They're second only to DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company, in the world. Zimmer Biomet has 40% of the knee and 32% of the hip market on a global basis, so we ain't talking low-yi...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Regional Airports in the US?
Replies: 27
Views: 3501

Re: The Future of Regional Airports in the US?

I've been wondering the very same thing about my original hometown airport, FWA (Fort Wayne International Airport, Fort Wayne, IN), which has always been a small, regional airport. It is only served by RJs operated by AA Eagle (serving ORD, DFW, and CLT), DL Connection (serving ATL, MSP, and DTW), a...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Memoir is Finally Being Published
Replies: 4
Views: 351

My Memoir is Finally Being Published

Time to get the word out (my co-author and friend said to get the word out anyway)... My life story is in the process of publication (a work in progress for a long time). The book "Wonderfully Made: The Dr. Francis Joel Smith Story" is at the publisher, and it is hoped that it will be rele...

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