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by sccutler
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Capital punishment in the US and Its future
Replies: 150
Views: 8311

Re: Capital punishment in the US and Its future

I'm as "law and order" as you're likely to find, but (as a lawyer) I have seen enough of the vicissitudes of the legal system that I cannot support the death penalty. It is inevitable that there will, from time to time, be an execution of someone wrongfully convicted. The automatic appeals...

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by sccutler
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Airstud wrote:
sccutler wrote:
expanding bladder


Gross.


Yeah.

The tool looks vaguely obscene, doesn't it?

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Getting sick on the road
Replies: 17
Views: 1583

Re: Getting sick on the road

Years ago, my son and I both got sick while on vacation in Moorea; it was bad enough that I asked the hotel to recommend a physician, and they did better-they call the doctor, who came and did a house call (okay, a hotel call). She was very helpful, very friendly, and so beautiful it made my eyes hu...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

I've used that before as well on a drain that ran under my house that was clogged full of sediment after my water heater tank gave out. Worked like a charm as well. Wife gave me some weird looks when I brought a garden hose into the house though. :rotfl: She was all better when it was fixed, I'll v...

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

When I had exactly this problem, I had good success using one of the expanding bladder attachments to a garden hose. https://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Bladder-Garden-Attachment-Medium/dp/B000KKOZ6A/ref=asc_df_B000KKOZ6A/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193139379506&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1868

Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Over many years of tire buying, I have concluded that I just do better buying good grades of Michelin tires. They never fail internally, wear well and typically drive well.

Buy a set at Discount - if you don't like 'em, bring 'em back.

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 15317

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

There is more to come on the landing fee issue, and council themselves asserted that their goal was to massage traffic. And (of course), included in the entire mess is the gift of a no-bid contract with city money for improvements at RBD.

Follow the money. Always, follow the money.

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 15317

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

Today marks the beginning of assessment of ill-conceived landing fees at Love Field. The Dallas city council are possessed of the ludicrous - idiotic - notion that increasing the cost of operation al DAL will drive traffic to Dallas Executive (RBD), thus making RBD... relevant. Never happen. There's...

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by sccutler
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rotary International VS Lions International. Which club is better/more prestigious/shall I join?
Replies: 21
Views: 1220

Re: Rotary International VS Lions International. Which club is better/more prestigious/shall I join?

As a long-term number of Rotary, I have my biases, but in reality, you should investigate the clubs in the area where you were considering joining. Attend a few meetings, get to know some people, and see what kind of work they are doing. I can tell you for a fact that there is nothing "obsolete...

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by sccutler
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?
Replies: 93
Views: 4577

Re: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?

The problem is the attitude of Republicans. This whole "oh, well. We don't care. We support our leader no matter what and so should everyone else" with zero hint of irony. This has to be some of the silliest stuff I've ever read - even on the Internet. Stereotype much? Republicans who cry...

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by sccutler
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 6663

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

While my first instinct was to throw out a callous "...should have thought ahead..." comment, upon reading the article, two things stand out: 1. Algorithms that purposely identify same-surname bookings and split them up? Just plain ugly; - and 2. Safety: in the event of an evacuation, havi...

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by sccutler
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??
Replies: 26
Views: 4778

Re: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??

Appreciate the extra efforts other pilots made to bring clarity.

We gotta be careful up there, folks, and that's a fact! We're blessed to have remarkable controllers here in the DFW area.

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by sccutler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 2799
Views: 511989

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

A poster above seems to believe ADS-B out data somehow includes pitot/static-derived data; it does not. The location, speed and altitude information transmitted by ADS-B units (whether 1090ES or the 978UAT) is exclusively GPS-derived.

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by sccutler
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TWA L1011 service from PHL-STL
Replies: 15
Views: 2933

Re: TWA L1011 service from PHL-STL

My only 1011 flight was PHL STL, on my way home to Houston from a business trip. There was a non-stop on Eastern, but idiot travel department of my company had booked me with connection (forget who with, but it was a really stupid one). Was able to change to TWA, better connection, cool plane. 1984 ...

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by sccutler
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Aircraft Utilization
Replies: 21
Views: 3433

Re: WN Aircraft Utilization

Who makes more money, in relation to their size, jetBlue or Southwest? If the answer is Southwest, then I want to know why. They compensate way more than jetBlue and they don't utilize their aircraft nearly as much as jetBlue. Who is to blame? Or what is the magic? Efficiency. Southwest has always ...

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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: 21119

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: 1325

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: 585

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: 585

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: 3016

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: 2946

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: 1355

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: 2946

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: 918

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: 2946

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: 1314

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: 2946

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: 4474

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: 12748

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: 5960

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: 217
Views: 15207

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: 5653

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: 2951

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: 5653

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: 217
Views: 15207

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: 4628

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: 49929

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: 3734

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: 2250

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: 3720

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: 49929

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: 2814

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: 3734

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: 488

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: 2300

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: 15694

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: 31751

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: 1610

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: 48712

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: 700
Views: 81664

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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