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by sccutler
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 19926

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Finally, a fit replacement for the MDs.

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by sccutler
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: To VFR On Top
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: To VFR On Top

Here’s where it can come in handy. Early morning marine layer, clearance to on top, cancel and go direct or hold onto your clearance in case you’ll need it later. Cruise clearances, ops in uncontrolled airspace, position reporting, contact approaches and climb in VMC are little taught or experience...

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by sccutler
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA 747 - Wifi?
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: BA 747 - Wifi?

Thanks all for the scoop. I can at least hope the Club World upper deck will be reasonably pleasant. Only BA flight thus far was Basel-LHR, and when I saw that "Club Europe" was coach with a tray on the center seat, I was... underwhelmed. Service was pleasant, though, and that's something ...

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by sccutler
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA 747 - Wifi?
Replies: 4
Views: 283

BA 747 - Wifi?

Friend flying BA 0192, 20 Sep, DFW-LHR. 747-400. Any way to find out whether it will be one of the WiFi-enabled 747s?

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by sccutler
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 55
Views: 2435

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

Meanwhile, good-paying entry-level jobs, jobs with free training and great prospect for stable and higher-paid earnings, go wanting.

No one really wants to work anymore.

The construction trades are begging for bodies, to no avail.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 2403

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

The less tax extracted (at all levels), the better-off we will all be. If you focus on tax "breaks" for corporate ratepayers, you're missing the big picture. We tax too much. Way too much. And, our tax code is laden with complexity and agenda-driven favors. It is an unsavory and ethically-...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Judge deals blow to Trumps effort to overhaul Bureaucracy.
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Judge deals blow to Trumps effort to overhaul Bureaucracy.

Collective bargaining and the right to organize are critical components in private-sector business - but labor union representation of public employees is an entirely different thing. There are solid and rational arguments for completely eliminating public-sector unions, but absent such elimination,...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 2403

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

The problem, simply stated, is that congress continues to spend more money than it has, and there is no way we can tax our way out of the issue. Both political parties are complicit in this scam, and the productive class (an ever-shrinking proportion of the country) cannot sustain it. Cannot. Every ...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternate Endings to Movies
Replies: 26
Views: 684

Re: Alternate Endings to Movies

Zack Mayo graduates, moves on to Pensacola and jets. Paula goes back to the cardboard box factory, hoping to snag another officer candidate.

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 2403

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

Who says there is going to be a post Trump era? I think the Republican supporters here will agree with me, it's time to do away with Democracy and make trump the eternal leader. Let's have a show of hands among Republican supporters here for that! Joking is all well and good, but you can't mean thi...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good news and bad news for our future
Replies: 45
Views: 1142

Re: Good news and bad news for our future

... 2) Let me fix that post for you: "Without America providing support on the Western front for the back half of the war, the Brits for breaking the enigma code and defeating Hitler in North Africa (among many other things of course), the French for maintaining a fierce resistance behind enem...

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by sccutler
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Damage repair in the post Trump era
Replies: 81
Views: 2403

Re: Damage repair in the post Trump era

Agree as to 1 and 2; my biggest complaint about the President is his Tweeting habit. Others disagree, but that's how I see it. NB: on item 2, it is a two-way street, and the press needs to do its part. The working press are allowing themselves (or, perhaps, choosing affirmatively, the effective diff...

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by sccutler
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Re: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation

I flew 'EMC Tucson - Austin a month or two ago, and while they ran a little late, it got me there. Folks were nice.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 12315

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

hiflyeras wrote:
Sloppy….what else will be coming out? They didn't inspect their fan blades until forced to by the FAA.


Utterly bullshit.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 127
Views: 4727

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

My rarest airliner flight was on-board a Caravelle, ex-Alitalia, from Guayaquil to Quito, on SAETA. Plane was threadbare, but spotlessly clean, excellent service (passed around a dish of home-made candy!), very comfortable and quiet as could be. There was a live turkey in checked baggage - in a burl...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 132
Views: 3088

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), fully supported, a vastly superior word processor to Mic...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 5463

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

The Air-Britain book says the PA order was in 10/52, for three Comet 3s and seven options. Mexicana ordered three 4Cs in 10/59, so probably no connection to PA's order. Ah! I stand corrected. Had read about the connection somewhere, but it was perhaps written by someone more ignorant than I (an imp...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amusing Airfare Anomalies
Replies: 36
Views: 2710

Amusing Airfare Anomalies

In connection with an upcoming trip to Tallahassee for a funeral (my wife's grandmother passed away at the remarkable age of 111 years and six months), I booked round-trip tickets for my wife and myself, DFW to Tallahassee, and round-trip tickets from Austin to Tallahassee for my son, with him conne...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 5463

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

Unless I am egregiously mistaken, I believe that the Mexicana Comets were derivative of PanAm orders; recall that, back then, PanAm had a substantial ownership stake in Mexicana de Aviacion.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 132
Views: 3088

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Legal racism as to Black persons, mainly in the SE USA. Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), ...

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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?
Replies: 47
Views: 4381

Re: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?

There are several 737-200s based at my home field, KADS (North Dallas), one in executive trim, others cargo.

Bearing in mind just how ubiquitous the 727 once was, it's amazing how few one sees now.

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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 259
Views: 48419

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Microbursts develop in seconds - hence the name - and I have a difficult time believing that the cockpit crew saw that on the runway when they started the takeoff roll.

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by sccutler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3610

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. I'm slightly jealous. The BE35 is a great looking aircraft! It ain't new, but it's mine, and it beats golf or chasing women as a hobby. Plus, I've made the best friends a soul could ever ask for through flying. You'd be amazed how nice a Bo you can get for small coin if you...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 1810

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

Beechcraft V35 Bonanza - maybe an update with two doors and a composite wing.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?
Replies: 36
Views: 3572

Re: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?

To be honest, I don't think all that much would change, other than an increase in WN frequencies.

AA wouldn't bother, Delta might add a few (but not much), and I expect Alaska to bail soon.

You might see an outlier or two, maybe Allegiant. Not Spirit.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 259
Views: 48419

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Recognition to the cabin crew for a successful evacuation - always easy to think of them as service personnel, but in times like this, they're a safety team all the way.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hub of the US3
Replies: 27
Views: 2635

Re: Best hub of the US3

Maybe Denver is OK for connecting, but as a destination airport, I have seen none worse! There is nothing about the arrival experience that doesn't suck at Denver - you have to ride a train to get to baggage claim (and yes, I know Denver's not the only airport with this ludicrous design choice, but ...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3610

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. It is ten years younger than I and, thus, is not an "old" airplane. I tell myself this. Very fortunate to have a wife who enthusiastically supports aircraft ownership. I have not had a new car since 2001 - my car budget goes into things like hangar rent, maintenanc...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lee Lin Chin - signing off for the final time
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: Lee Lin Chin - signing off for the final time

A talent, indeed.

Wishing her the best in what's next.

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where are the Trump fans?
Replies: 57
Views: 2202

Re: Where are the Trump fans?

Donald Trump was not my first choice in the presidential race, there is much about him I would wish to be different, but in the overall analysis, for a lot of very good reasons, he was a profoundly better choice than Secretary Clinton. It has been said, "never wrestle with a pig in the mud-the ...

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 15452

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

The market has spoken.

If people hated the cramped seats so much, they would not buy/fly them.

As for 10-abreast 777s, I have no objection to them when I fly on the planes so-equipped, because I have taken to just buying business class seats.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 351
Views: 31281

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

...I think they should’ve close that airport down DAL years ago, but did it hence the thing we have now. You're joking, right? Utterly apart from airline service, Dallas Love Field is a critical airport to the area, employing many thousands. It was a vital airport even when DFW was new and we had o...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Taxiing Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 1535

Re: Electric Taxiing Solutions

I can't help having the impression that, ina properly-designed airport, these electric taxi concepts area solution in search of a problem. You're never going to be able to justify the substantial weight penalty of carrying around an aircraft-mounted solution. The airport-based concepts all have logi...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 47750

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Nice deal for Bombardier. A shame they lacked the financial stability to stay the course independently, but the combination with Airbus makes good business sense all the way around, for all manner of reasons already cited. Fact is, no Airbus partnership, and these kinds of commitments would never ha...

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by sccutler
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Embraer and Boeing Partnership confirmed
Replies: 666
Views: 76453

Re: Updated: Embraer and Boeing Partnership confirmed

From my observations (admittedly, more focused on the business jet side of the business), Embraer has a culture of excellence, in design and in support, so I hope Boeing is wise enough to honor and leverage that culture, and the engineering expertise Embraer brings to bear.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 713
Views: 62452

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Interesting thought - if DL initiates nonstop service to AMS from Austin, mightn't it create an incentive for AA to offer non-stop DFW-AMS service?

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 1212

Re: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

I get it - it's their carrier, and they can do as they wish. Too, I guess I should have done the research and known about the charge before booking, but I'll admit it - it never occurred to me that an airline would charge for selecting seats when a Business Class booking is made. It will. of course,...

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital
Replies: 25
Views: 1294

Re: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital

Belize - busiest airport by far is in Belize City, while the capitol city is Belmopan.

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 2740

Re: First Flight and Airline?

AA, a 727 - think it was in 1965. Flight was from DAL to DAL - it was a promotional sightseeing flight, as AA was talking-up their new plane. My sister and I got to go, and what fun it was!

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12810

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

1986, Cancun, Q Roo (CUN/MMUN), had DC10 service, Mexicana from DFW and from PHL. No jetways (heck, not that much of a terminal). Hard to believe, but you could tell when a plane arrived, because some buses would show up at the (very few) hotels, and you could tell if it was the Philly flight from a...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 1212

BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

First booking ever on BA - and I find out that, having purchased three Business Class ("Club World," I believe they call it) tickets, at a not-inconsiderable price, I must pay an additional $108-$155/seat to select seats in advance. Well, I admit to being impressed. But the impression is n...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61
Replies: 93
Views: 3057

Re: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Sort of an adventure mentor for my wife and me. Big loss.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Re: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP

Actual damage was from hail - flight crew unable to see through windshields at all, and requested tow from runway to gate. Ground crew (fire rescue) also reported radome damaged, no other damage (but it was night no cursory look, so who knows). Flight crew reported no medical required immediately fo...

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets
Replies: 224
Views: 7900

Re: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets

jetero wrote:
How does one deal with a president and his staff who blatantly lies day in and day out?


We managed.

But, I think it's silly to continue focusing on the previous administration, simply no longer relevant.

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by sccutler
Thu May 31, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9563

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

The key to their success will be a good code-share.

Maybe with Braniff?

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by sccutler
Tue May 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 98
Views: 6659

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Small to large: Beechcraft 17 ("Staggerwing") Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza (my bias is obvious, she's what I fly) Cessna 310 (Q, R models) Lockheed L1649 Constellation DeHavilland Comet TU114 (in the air; looks goofy on the ground, but that's not where it lives, is it?) Sud Caravelle (so French...

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by sccutler
Tue May 22, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won
Replies: 202
Views: 7203

Re: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won

There has been no material change in the health care system, but be assured, the ACA was designed to fail, and fail it has. Access to health care is vastly worse now than it was before, and it gets worse before we can hope for better.

As for the "racist" tag, it is inapt.

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by sccutler
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake security at new Islamabad airport
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Re: Fake security at new Islamabad airport

LH982 wrote:
smokeybandit wrote:
There's gotta be a joke about TSA being fake security somewhere.


The problem is that it's not a joke.


Exactly - or, more particularly, the joke is self-evident, and need not be independently expressed or embellished.

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by sccutler
Tue May 15, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 351
Views: 31281

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

Yes there is a reason why the airport is capped at 20 gates. And yes there is a reason why Delta should be accommodated at Love Field even Herb said so! The circumstances have significantly changed in the DAL/DFW market since the 5-party agreement was negotiated, including the following: ⋅&nbs...

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by sccutler
Sun May 13, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 83
Views: 8211

Re: Texas International

No affection for him; he failed in the face of remarkable opportunity.

Oddly enough, though, I actually know some law.

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