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by Flaps
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Turkey prepares to "suffocate" Syrian Kurdistan
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: Turkey prepares to "suffocate" Syrian Kurdistan

At least the position of Turkey in NATO should be clarified. Are you advocating forcing Turkey into the orbit of Russia? Or Islamic fundamentalism? If worse comes to worse I wonder if the US can cripple the hardware it has sold to Turkey. If the US could do that, nobody would ever buy anything from...

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by Flaps
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

I have no idea when this was done but I just saw a recent picture of the interior of Concourse B and it appears that along with the new carpet and design they completely got rid of the drywall that was blocking the end of the concourse off. I thought I had read somewhere that they were going to sta...

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by Flaps
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 149
Views: 30019

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

Looking at an overview the aircraft seems to be off the left side of the runway almost exactly where it would be expected to begin its swing to the right before circling to the left to back taxi. Loss of situational awareness perhaps? Either did not swing far enough to the right before turning left,...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue
Replies: 50
Views: 9312

Re: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue

AA has been painting the red line blue at retirement for a long time. I've seen a number of 727's operated over the years with the blue stripes and just the name of the new operator added.

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by Flaps
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi

I suspect that the door hinge is designed to fail well before the fuselage is at risk of damage. If so, this should be a quick and (relatively) inexpensive fix limited to a new door assembly to get the plane back into service while the old one is repaired. Quick yes. I dont think there is such a th...

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by Flaps
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi

I suspect that the door hinge is designed to fail well before the fuselage is at risk of damage. If so, this should be a quick and (relatively) inexpensive fix limited to a new door assembly to get the plane back into service while the old one is repaired. Quick yes. I dont think there is such a th...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

Suit yourself but you are wrong . You are making a lot of assumptions with obviously little knowledge of the details that go into doing what you suggest. They would have been held up LONGER in PIT than they were by going to DFW. The conditions of theirr holding would be significantly less comfortab...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

Would it be better that they stand in line for 3 hours going through customs and another two hours waiting to be dispatched to hotels? Im reasonably sure that sitting on a spacious, heated A380 with onboard service would be preferable to the alternative of standing in the PIT customs basement with ...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

There goes our 2nd A380... to Dallas. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAE207 Here is a link on FlightAware: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAE5KP/history/20180104/1100Z/OMDB/KPIT It looks like it was to IAD, tried to divert to NYC, and settled on PIT. I hope someone got photos. Where did t...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

flyPIT wrote:
Well at a minimum PIT needs to stop gloating that they can properly handle something like this when in fact they can't.


Agree 100%

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

As a taxpayer I would certainly hope there aren’t cbp professionals waiting around for the phone to ring once in an eon when an a380 lands in PIT. It’s an extraordinary circumstance and no business or entity can bear the cost of being prepared just in case the black swan floats by. You are absolute...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Prior A380 diversions have been gas and go. No offloading. With the equipment available on the field (all operators) realistically a 747/77W is the largest that can be handled without advance arrangements. Equipment was brought in specifically for the G20. AF1 carries its own handling equipment. Wi...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Prior A380 diversions have been gas and go. No offloading. With the equipment available on the field (all operators) realistically a 747/77W is the largest that can be handled without advance arrangements. Equipment was brought in specifically for the G20. AF1 carries its own handling equipment. Wi...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 6890

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

But answer as to why is because it's a popular and increasingly trendy vacation spot. Scheduled flights and charters from Europe have been operating to Cuba since the late 80's, Cuba has been a very popular destination for sunseekers throughout the world for decades, it's just Americans that have a...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Just checked FlightAware. AZ610 and BA33K diverted to YUL at 20:00. I guess YYZ/DTW/IAD etc. are getting overloaded. Most airports are maxed out at the best of times-these diversions must really stress everybody out. Every suitable diversion point is or is close to being maxed out. Stressed out is ...

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

They could do a gas and go to DFW at PIT. That would make sense. Fueling would not be an issue. Thats what they did last year.

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

There is no one capable of handling an A380 at PIT. The airport itself can handle it but no operators on the field can. That ought to be REALLY interesting.

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by Flaps
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 28765

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Just checked FlightAware. AZ610 and BA33K diverted to YUL at 20:00. I guess YYZ/DTW/IAD etc. are getting overloaded. Most airports are maxed out at the best of times-these diversions must really stress everybody out. Every suitable diversion point is or is close to being maxed out. Stressed out is ...

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by Flaps
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 11992

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2018

I'll respond to a couple of things mentioned above: NK - Load factors on their existing services are not spectacular. Running in the 70's-80's per Bob Fornaro. I don't expect to see much growth from them until their existing loads improve another 10%. Any new service could well be at the expense of ...

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by Flaps
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines 401: 45 years ago today
Replies: 28
Views: 4305

Re: Eastern Air Lines 401: 45 years ago today

It was a little more complicated than just the lightbulb. The auto pilot disconnect was mismatched between the captain and first officer's control yokes. Im a little hazy on the specifics as it been a long time. In a nutshell - Essentially the auto pilot would disengage on one side at say 10 lbs of ...

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by Flaps
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 10448

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

It isn't really that complicated. She was in her own scooter. She declined assistance. She then drove herself down the escalator. Once she declined assistance that is the end of any obligation of the carrier, period. Even if prior arrangements had been made, once she declined assistance any obligati...

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by Flaps
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman
Replies: 112
Views: 19901

Re: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman

As much as I dislike the particular congresswoman involved, i dont think she or who she was had anything to do with it. The woman who got bumped made a mistake when using her app then just tried to claim her 15 minutes of fame. Heck she may have even thought that her story was what really happened. ...

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by Flaps
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-size Chinese amphibian first flight
Replies: 17
Views: 3779

Re: 737-size Chinese amphibian first flight

Looks like the Chinese have been hacking the Russians and stealing their designs too. Fuselage and tail look like they are lifted straight from Beriev.

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by Flaps
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

I must say that the proposed redevelopment has crushed all support that I had for this airport. Im onboard with the landside portion of this project but thats where my support ends. Looking at the proposal and knowing the parties invoved this has "BOONDOGGLE" stamped all over it.

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by Flaps
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announces YYZ-OMA/PVD, YUL-PIT/BWI, YEG-SFO, YVR-SMF
Replies: 51
Views: 9393

Re: Air Canada announces YYZ-OMA/PVD, YUL-PIT/BWI, YEG-SFO, YVR-SMF

I'm curious as to the thinking behind AC's adding KPIT-CYUL... I can see 3 reasons: 1) Take O&D connecting traffic from the US3; 2) Stimulate O&D demand with a nonstop (O&D on this route would have been substantially higher back in the US PIT hub days than it is nowadays; and 3) Feed th...

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by Flaps
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often are airlines operating flights with small load factors?
Replies: 34
Views: 7620

Re: Small Load Factor

I was on a DL PIT-MCO flight on a 72S with 7 passengers. We all sat up front and had a great time. There were twice as many pax on my EMB110 connecting flight to DAB.

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by Flaps
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5726

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

Just one more reason to avoid EWR like the plague.

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by Flaps
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Noticed WW has been swapping out the A321 for the A320neo a few times recently, including tonight's flight. I wonder how their currently doing now that the winter season is well underway. That flight looked to be pretty full inbound. I'd estimate around 160-170 give or take a few. The G4 flight rig...

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by Flaps
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 84
Views: 9018

Re: PIT remodeling airport

There is absolutely nothing to be gained by removing 28L/10R. The airport is already swarming with developable land so that excuse is a red herring. If anything I expect an attempt at shifting funding from airfield work to terminal construction to come shortly if not already underway. Its the same m...

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by Flaps
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

There are rumored to be deals pending regarding the QR flight. Kind of but not exactly a "build it and they will come" type scenario. An existing service had to be in place in order to bring these to fruition as opposed to the business bringing the flight. Not the typical way things work b...

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by Flaps
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: R u s s i a
Replies: 138
Views: 4956

Re: R u s s i a

If the Europeans do not see a need to spend on their own collective defense than perhaps the idea of NATO itself has run its course? Perhaps Germany should simply quit NATO since they have nothing to fear from Russia. They could then apply their 1.7% or whatever percentage of GDP they are actually s...

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by Flaps
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 84
Views: 9018

Re: PIT remodeling airport

In 1992 the New York Times published "Pittsburgh Builds Airport of Future Now" In 2017 the Allegheny County Airport Authority responded, "Just Kidding" One of two things is going on here, neither is good. 1. Allegheny County Airport Authority is so corrupt it is going to saddle ...

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by Flaps
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Am I the only one that's surprised CUN hasn't taken that much of a dip with all of the recent news surrounding violence in the area? Believe me I'm ecstatic that PIT-CUN has another airline on it, but I'm surprised. It has taken a dip. I would not be at all surprised to see one or more of these dro...

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by Flaps
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

A terminal is recieving new carpeting tonight. Came into A4 so didn't see how far down they had it laid. Looks a lot better than the old red carpeting. Not sure if it's exactly the same as in C's international area or not. The carpeting going into A is the same style and pattern as in C but with mu...

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by Flaps
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A.A. in Cancun, Saturday flights
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: A.A. in Cancun, Saturday flights

I believe all of those destinations (save MCI, not sure) have at least 3 carriers on the CUN route.. but no flight to the Bahamas.. I'm shocked.. But there is probably a reason.. I"m just shocked though.. PIT will have five carriers to CUN this spring, G4, DL, AA, WN and Viva Aerobus (Vacation...

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by Flaps
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

The Friday's locations in the center core and on D had to close regardless due to the terminal "remodel". Those spaces are being taken out with the construction. That said there are "only" about 20-30 other vacant spots they could have moved to. Im disappointed to see Friday's go...

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by Flaps
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Has a Secret Weapon for Competing With the Airbus A321
Replies: 83
Views: 22165

Re: Boeing Has a Secret Weapon for Competing With the Airbus A321

Airbus making decisions from a point of arrogance??? Say it isn't so. Ahem...A380, A340-600 anyone? Wouldn't be the first time Airbus has shot itself in the foot and won't likely be the last. Boeing is no different. Its an incredibly high stakes game and decisions are made from the best assumptions ...

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by Flaps
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tallest ATC Towers in the US
Replies: 49
Views: 7721

Re: Tallest ATC Towers in the US

PIT is 227.

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by Flaps
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Word is they'll unload/load in one of the pads since they haven't gotten a cargo spot ready for them yet. One of "the pads"? As in de-ice pad? If so that's pretty amateur hour by the ACAA. I would think it would park behind Cargo A like some of the other ad hoc cargo flights do. One thing...

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by Flaps
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

I'm a little intrigued by DL doing tough-and-gos with an A350. While on subject of DL, it's awesome they're bringing in a 763 for the seasonal CDG flight. On some days next Summer, PIT will see 2x daily scheduled 763s. Makes sense for them to use PIT with its long runways and not-too-busy traffic t...

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by Flaps
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone
Replies: 34
Views: 1191

Re: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone

Where I live I see autonomous vehicles all day long. They are in regular service with multiple operators around the city. They still carry a person aboard as backup/witness but they run themselves the majority of the time. I still can't get my head around the desirability of the concept though. Why ...

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by Flaps
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300 retirement
Replies: 205
Views: 30471

Re: Southwest 737-300 last day of operations today

Um what? Alaska is flying the -400 pax still you said it in your post, so the whole post makes no sense. There are -400s in charter passenger service. OK sorry if I wasn't very clear. What I meant to say is, now that Southwest is getting rid of its last Classic 737, Alaska is the only other major U...

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by Flaps
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 14212

Re: Southwest removes passenger with pet allergy

She should not be removed. Taking a pet on a plane should be a privilege, not a right. If anyone is disrupted by a pet, it should be the pet owner that should be removed, not the person suffering as a result of the pet being on the plane. Alternatively, pets should be carried in the baggage hold, l...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amazon and it's second HQ(FedEx related)
Replies: 80
Views: 2646

Re: Amazon and it's second HQ(FedEx related)

The more I look at this thing the more nervous I am that Pittsburgh might actually land it. It meets every criteria on the list. Although PA is not exactly "business friendly" the state has shown that it can put up the incentives with the best of them when it wants to. The fracking industr...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

While there are PLENTY of things to bash the ACAA for, attending this conference is not one of them. These conferences have had a lot to do with all of the new service additions PIT has experienced. Although it has literally been nearly half a century since the peak of the mills dirt and grime that ...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Well said. I work in baggage makeup and all I can say about the belt system is amen, brother! Also, why are they chasing upscale, overpriced vendors for the "AirMall" when the majority of the growth has been with ULCCs? These customers don't come here to shop....no one does. Who is buying...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Its more of a philosophical difference on everything. I am an operator at the airport (what others would consider a paying customer of the ACAA, one that was recruited to serve this place), I am not a passenger so my priorities are a bit different from the administration. Im here to turn a profit n...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

Are you talking about something specific? Its more of a philosophical difference on everything. I am an operator at the airport (what others would consider a paying customer of the ACAA, one that was recruited to serve this place), I am not a passenger so my priorities are a bit different from the ...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

I am honestly so disgusted with the operations and operational planning of this airport that I think I am done contributing to this thread. For my final thought: I'll give them an A+++ for marketing genius, they have certainly earned that. For operations and operational planning though I would stru...

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by Flaps
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 146265

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

I am honestly so disgusted with the operations and operational planning of this airport that I think I am done contributing to this thread. For my final thought: I'll give them an A+++ for marketing genius, they have certainly earned that. For operations and operational planning though I would strug...

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