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by tjwgrr
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-124 — who operates them and how many?
Replies: 13
Views: 2349

Re: An-124 — who operates them and how many?

The biggest problem with getting stored ones flying again is going to be engines. Ivchenko-Progress engines are a Ukranian product, so if Russia wants to restart production as well then an alternative to the D-18T would be needed. I don't think they have anything certified as yet in that range as i...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 389
Views: 49175

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

Any status updates on MCO, RSW, or TPA? What kind of hit did these take? I imagine RSW is a mess given the proximity of the eye yesterday. Good news from RSW- no damage. Waiting to reopen until commercial power is restored and staffing is sufficient: From RSW's Facebook page: RSW Update: We have co...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 389
Views: 49175

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

vfw614 wrote:
The Brits have begun today to dispatch a number of C17s and I understand that one will bring in two Puma helicopters to assist work in the BVI and on turks & Caicos.


Brit BVI support heading to ANU or STX?

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by tjwgrr
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 389
Views: 49175

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on the Lesser Antilles

https://twitter.com/seprr/status/905513247691984896


Why would anyone leave a Pilatus and a Hawker at SXM unless they weren't airworthy?
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Phoenix9 wrote:


Why would anyone leave a Pilatus and a Hawker at SXM unless they weren't airworthy?

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by tjwgrr
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EYW Shutting Down to Commercial Ops Today
Replies: 13
Views: 2625

Re: EYW Shutting Down to Commercial Ops Today

Looks like this Hurricane is headed straight for Miami. . . Yes, the latest update continues to show a track further east- not so good for FL east coast, but better news perhaps for FL's west coast, the western Keys and EYW: . . http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT11/refresh/AL112017_5day_cone...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

Re: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)

Are the 3 new gates in North going to be added to the North or South end or by a spur off of the South end towards where the Smith Terminal stands? Where will the WCAA building be built? Part of the Berry Terminal site? The 3 new gates will spur off the South end towards the Smith Terminal. Right n...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

Re: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)

Fixed your link:

http://detroitmetroairportmasterplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Master%20Plan%20Final%20Report%20-%20Detroit%20Metropolitan%20Wayne%20County%20Airport.pdf

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by tjwgrr
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 NCAA Football Charters
Replies: 84
Views: 6153

Re: 2017 NCAA Football Charters

Western Michigan University vs. USC http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SCX8671/history/20170830/1710Z/KGRR/KLAX Any idea why they would fly out of GRR instead of AZO? Possibly ground equipment? Does AZO have tugs, etc. for mainline equipment? AZO has a 6500 ft runway which should be enough I think ...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Southwest 737 MAX Delivered
Replies: 52
Views: 11307

Re: First Southwest 737 MAX Delivered

WN8701 Flightradar24 shows the correct type designation as B38M, whereas Flightaware shows it as B738.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW AIR flight WW 154 to ORD div. to MKE
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

Re: WOW AIR flight WW 154 to ORD div. to MKE

RFD has diversion arrangements with alot of airlines....surprised they missed this one IND, MKE, DTW, GRR and probably to a lesser extent SBN and FWA see ORD diversions regularly. Another interesting MKE diversion last evening: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/EVA669D/history/20170829/0100Z/KMKE/...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 62064

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Do we have an estimate or number of planes still on the ground in IAH and HOU? Slowly planes have been leaving IAH. Is Eva still stuck there? They were one of the last non relief flights to fly into IAH. I guess they probably are regretting the decision to not divert like most international flights...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATTN AMS Spotters- DL 744 making a few appearances
Replies: 12
Views: 3260

Re: ATTN AMS Spotters- DL 744 making a few appearances

MIflyer12 wrote:
Flightstats, too, shows 134 as a 744 on the 11th -- arriving to AMS the 12th.


As does Flightradar24:

2017-08-11 Detroit (DTW) Amsterdam (AMS) B744 (N669US) 18:15 EDT - 08:10 CEST Estimated dep. 18:15

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by tjwgrr
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feds Award $8.3M To Expand RFD Cargo Apron & Passenger Terminal
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Feds Award $8.3M To Expand RFD Cargo Apron & Passenger Terminal

"Durbin, Bustos and Duckworth renewed previous calls for Governor Bruce Rauner to follow through on the state’s 2014 pledge to pay $16.3 million for the airport’s jet repair hub, which debuted last year."

Umm... Senators and Congresswoman.... in case you haven't heard, Illinois is BROKE.

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by tjwgrr
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?
Replies: 43
Views: 4617

Re: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?

Much speculation that it could be related to Telsa's Gigafactory plans. Tesla will not build a factory in Michigan. Michigan is one of the states that imposes a ban on Tesla sales. Musk is not going to patronize a state that will not allow him to sell products he builds there. Talk has been of a Gi...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 10739

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

EWR's 11/29 runway was part of the original runway of the airport going back almost 90 years ago but for many years has been usually for smaller regional aircraft, rare for larger aircraft. Actually 11/29 is used for heavies and everythng landing on days when the winds are strong to the east. Never...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 10739

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

9L/27R and 9R/27L at DTW, only ever seen them used as taxiways, they are actually NOTAMed as needing n 45 min prior notice in order to use one or the other. DTW's primary configuration is as follows: 70% Southerly flow - 22R & 21L for arrivals, 22L & 21R for departures; 22L may be used for ...

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by tjwgrr
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: dc3 miami
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: dc3 miami

MO11 wrote:
N138FS off to Bimini.


So cool the DC-3 is still working hard.

N138FS:

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th
Replies: 312
Views: 36884

Re: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th

MIA is also getting flights to 3w to Buffalo, 4w to Trenton, and, and this shocks me in frequency, double daily to Islip. This is in addition to Milwaukee, Providence, Cincinnati, Cleveland, a Detroit and resumption of LaGuardia. Plus Islip is getting a daily to PBI, so F9 is going all out at Islip...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal go one step further with their retrojet
Replies: 8
Views: 1626

Re: TAP Portugal go one step further with their retrojet

100x better than their current livery IMO. But then I'm retro (old) too.

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by tjwgrr
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This is why everything should stop on the ramp during storms
Replies: 13
Views: 7037

Re: This is why everything should stop on the ramp during storms

I wonder if there was baggage on that cart? I'm envisioning a passenger claiming their scorched luggage and exclaiming, "how the h*ll did they do that?"

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A320 cracks windshield flying through hail
Replies: 16
Views: 5254

Re: Delta A320 cracks windshield flying through hail

asteriskceo wrote:
I don't understand why this keeps happening. Aren't pilots trained to avoid thunderstorms at all costs?


Oh hail, not again.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 264
Views: 56953

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

The parallel runway? Everyone landing on a taxiway is an idiot until it happens to yourself. Taxiway landings keep happening and no one does anything about it. In pitch dark night vision, ie a dark cockpit, the eyes can lose a lot of color perception. In addition, contaminants in the air and clouds...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant 9887
Replies: 4
Views: 2497

Re: Allegiant 9887

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAY9887

I'd guess a MX issue.......
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Departed 08:04 this a.m. (28-June)

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAY9887

I'd guess a MX issue.......

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if WN Added Smaller Aircraft to their Fleet?
Replies: 18
Views: 2823

Re: What if WN Added Smaller Aircraft to their Fleet?

http://commercialaircraft.bombardier.co ... erior.html
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Single class CS100 32" pitch 120 seats:

http://commercialaircraft.bombardier.co ... erior.html

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by tjwgrr
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 4623

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

FNT has an exciting announcement tomorrow, any ideas as to what it may be? https://www.facebook.com/BishopInternationalAirport/posts/10154746142500488:0 If I had to guess, I'd say it's some sort of added G4 flight- maybe LAS or AZA. G4 to PGD (Punta Gorda, FL) starting October 6: http://www.airline...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 4623

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

https://www.facebook.com/BishopInternat ... 42500488:0


If I had to guess, I'd say it's some sort of added G4 flight- maybe LAS or AZA.
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iFlyDTW wrote:
FNT has an exciting announcement tomorrow, any ideas as to what it may be? https://www.facebook.com/BishopInternat ... 42500488:0


If I had to guess, I'd say it's some sort of added G4 flight- maybe LAS or AZA.

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by tjwgrr
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1499

Re: Douglas DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

Many thanks for this thread! I must admit that I thought the venerable -8 had already completely disappeared from the skies. Must be at least 15 years since I last saw one. Good to see some of them are still flying, and that roughly 50% even still have their original P&W JT3D fuel-to-noise conv...

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by tjwgrr
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 flyover at Saint Jude Classic at TPC Memphis
Replies: 2
Views: 1270

FedEx 767 flyover at Saint Jude Classic at TPC Memphis

I'm watching the Saint Jude Classic at TPC Memphis golf tournament on CBS. A FedEx 767 just did a couple low passes over the course during the tournament. Pretty awesome....the second one was spectacular! The cameras took a break to cover it. It looks like the pilots were having fun.

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by tjwgrr
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Opa-Locka Airport near Miami a waste of space
Replies: 37
Views: 5503

Re: Is Opa-Locka Airport near Miami a waste of space

I got this from Airnav.com. An average of 404 movements per day is no slouch of an airport: KOPF: Airport Operational Statistics Aircraft based on the field: 267 Single engine airplanes: 111 Multi engine airplanes: 72 Jet airplanes: 70 Helicopters: 9 Military aircraft: 5 Aircraft operations: avg 404...

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by tjwgrr
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 A321 diverts to GRR- smoke from carry on
Replies: 15
Views: 3565

Re: B6 A321 diverts to GRR- smoke from carry on

An update on the battery. It was not a laptop battery, rather what appears to be an AA size lithium battery in a charging unit: http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width620/img/grpress/news_impact/photo/22815446-mmmain.jpg . . Article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/0...

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by tjwgrr
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Wisconsin and Piedmont
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: Air Wisconsin and Piedmont

When I saw the topic of Air Wisconsin and Piedmont, I thought of this. I guess my age is showing:

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by tjwgrr
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops
Replies: 111
Views: 12428

Re: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops

GYY has basically offered Norwegian Everything for free if they choose them for the Chicago location. For the typical Norwegian passenger GYY is a more ideal location than MKE or RDF. 25 miles to the South Loop of Chicago. Plus Chicago south shore Meta line has stop right at the airport. Flyguy I d...

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 31, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 737 MAX 9
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: United 737 MAX 9

The 737 MAX ICAO and IATA codes are as follows:

ICAO: IATA:
B37M 7M7 Boeing 737 MAX 7
B38M 7M8 Boeing 737 MAX 8
B39M 7M9 Boeing 737 MAX 9

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 31, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 A321 diverts to GRR- smoke from carry on
Replies: 15
Views: 3565

B6 A321 diverts to GRR- smoke from carry on

B6 flight 915 from JFK to SFO diverted to GRR last evening (30-May) due to smoke emitting from a carry on bag containing an electronic device with lithium batteries. The fire was put out before the aircraft landed. The flight was delayed while the aircraft was inspected and refueled before departing...

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by tjwgrr
Tue May 30, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HNL - HPV: what frame would work?
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: HNL - HPV: what frame would work?

The Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander come to mind.

According to Airnav.com, HI01 / HPV is a private field.

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by tjwgrr
Thu May 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant RON aircraft question
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Allegiant RON aircraft question

RyanVHS wrote:
At least in the past, I think Allegiant has had an aircraft RON in AVL.


Here in GRR too. 2 A/C every night, with crew and MX staff based in GRR. Fairly short lived- Air Tran, then Southwest, arriving in town probably took a chunk of their business away.

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 24, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal
Replies: 31
Views: 2380

Re: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal

drdisque wrote:
The existing terminal at APN is also pretty old and ratty, so probably due for replacement even though traffic doesn't warrant it.


Two CRJ flights per day to DTW, one of which is via PLN does not warrant millions for a new terminal IMO.

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by tjwgrr
Tue May 23, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former WN 733s become air tankers
Replies: 29
Views: 6605

Re: Former WN 733s become air tankers

http://fireaviation.com/2017/05/21/coul ... r-tankers/


Since a number of SWA's 733s had winglets, wondering if these will be with, or without winglets?
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Spacepope wrote:
Looks like Coulson is converting 6 of the newer ex-WN 733s to air tankers to battle widlfires.

http://fireaviation.com/2017/05/21/coul ... r-tankers/


Since a number of SWA's 733s had winglets, wondering if these will be with, or without winglets?

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by tjwgrr
Tue May 23, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DAL 193 DTW-ICN Diverts back to DTW Yesterday
Replies: 53
Views: 7533

Re: DAL 193 DTW-ICN Diverts back to DTW Yesterday

It appears N669US (per FlightRadar24) tried to operate flight 583 to PVG yesterday and returned back to Detroit. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL583/history/20170522/2037Z/KDTW/ZSPD Wow, that's twice in 2 days..... not good for N669US. I wonder what the problem was this time? https://www.flig...

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by tjwgrr
Fri May 19, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's oldest "new airline" changing name
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: World's oldest "new airline" changing name

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1362609
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Discussion here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1362609

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 17, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737 MAX delivered to Malindo Air
Replies: 63
Views: 12312

Re: First 737 MAX delivered to Malindo Air

https://www.flightradar24.com/MXD01/d699cb2


NRT

filler - filler - filler
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ikolkyo wrote:
Aircraft is now on its 2nd leg, not sure where its heading though. https://www.flightradar24.com/MXD01/d699cb2


NRT

filler - filler - filler

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest cities with large airports/ hubs
Replies: 51
Views: 5104

Re: Smallest cities with large airports/ hubs

Midwestindy wrote:
Basically every midwest city
DAY USair


US Air???? Blasphemy!... DAY was PIEDMONT..... the great airline US Air destroyed.

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by tjwgrr
Tue May 16, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 19603

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

What was seat pitch on Concorde?

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by tjwgrr
Mon May 15, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sheraton Hotel Purchased By The City of Atlanta For Sixth Runway.
Replies: 23
Views: 6295

Re: Sheraton Hotel Purchased By The City of Atlanta For Sixth Runway.

From viewing a satellite photo, it looks like there are more buildings that will need to be demolished for the new runway- a handful to the east, one of which is the Hartsfield-Jackson Technical Campus.

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by tjwgrr
Mon May 15, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash at Teterboro
Replies: 52
Views: 15430

Re: Crash (?) at Teterboro

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N452DA

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Reports are a Lear 35 from PHL. If so, likely this one:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N452DA

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by tjwgrr
Mon May 15, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: YVR-YXY: 732 or CR7?
Replies: 15
Views: 765

Re: YVR-YXY: 732 or CR7?

Whiteguy wrote:
AC is not a 700, it's a 705 which is a 900 with 75 seats. The 705s are very comfortable with lots of legroom.


34" seat pitch in coach-- roomy.

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by tjwgrr
Mon May 15, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx request Havana frequencies
Replies: 33
Views: 4749

Re: FedEx request Havana frequencies

atypical wrote:
Caravans fly from Florida all over the Bahamas. Outside Nassau and Freeport it is probably the most seen commercial aircraft.


FedEx operates Caravans from SJU to ANU which is 291 miles and flight times approaching 2 hours.

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