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by tjwgrr
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 holer inbound to PTK?
Replies: 10
Views: 1333

Re: 4 holer inbound to PTK?

Seems unusual it went into PTK. We get those "Jeep" KC135's from Selfridge and also "Upset" KC135's from Milwaukee quite often here in GRR doing practice approaches and touch-and-goes.

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by tjwgrr
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos
Replies: 36
Views: 4779

Re: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos

Somewhere in addition to FLL would be helpful here. I enjoy flying SWA, but that would take 2 plane changes for me to get there. I'm sure others would be in a similar situation. Why not BWI or MDW also? Ditto here. 2 plane changes and taking most of a day to get there and back would be a real negat...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am Routes & Aircraft Used (1940's-50's)
Replies: 7
Views: 1087

Re: Pan Am Routes & Aircraft Used (1940's-50's)

http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/pa.htm

Have fun exploring:
http://www.timetableimages.com/
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Many of these Pan Am timetables have complete images of the schedules. PAA used symbols below the flight numbers for a/c types, with a key to those symbols noted below.

http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/pa.htm

Have fun exploring:
http://www.timetableimages.com/

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by tjwgrr
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced
Replies: 29
Views: 5490

Re: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced

Southwest doesn't surprise me, just seemed to be very friendly and helpful, clean aircraft on-time and reasonable legroom. As a tourist free bags are a plus as it's difficult to travel 9000miles without bags. Their fares are also good but I would choose them over AA/UA/DL even if the fare was more....

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by tjwgrr
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 1977

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

So doomsday scenario for Yooper aviation... EAS $$$ disappear. Would any current EAS Michigan airports retain commercial service? Is PLN enough of a draw, for example, that an airline would still operate it and charge more for tickets? Air Choice One operates Ironwood, MI (IWD) to ORD and MSP with ...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Last 'Cowboy' Airlines: Everts Air, Kalitta charters, Ameristar, USAJet
Replies: 17
Views: 4514

Re: The Last 'Cowboy' Airlines: Everts Air, Kalitta charters, Ameristar, USAJet

xdlx wrote:
amerijet is down to one working 727.... soon to be done


Replaced w/ the 762 & 763.

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by tjwgrr
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 1977

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

9w748capt wrote:
Nice idea! Somewhat irritating to me that AA has replaced the ER4s on AZO-ORD with CR2s - any other AA services to smaller MI cities affected by this? I HATE the CRJ!


Yep, here in GRR too. CRJ (and CRJ7) to ORD.... bleh.

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by tjwgrr
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air-to-air refuelling; what about wake turbulence?
Replies: 20
Views: 2674

Re: Air-to-air refuelling; what about wake turbulence?

While refueling the C-5 behind the KC-10, the center engine would push the C-5 to a bit of skid off go one side. If you tried to stay perfectly centered on the lights you would pushed either way. Usually, you just state to one side and accepted the yaw. GF Conversely, I've heard the C-5 generates a...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 9612

Re: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft

I would be interested to know how rest was handled in the Gen. 1 narrow body planes like the VC-10, 707-320 or the mighty DC-8 which I beleive had the longest lets of them all back in the day. Also, per post 36, is there really a "gum Island" or should we presume Guam in the Pacific? Actu...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White Tail MD-11s at RSW
Replies: 7
Views: 2442

Re: White Tail MD-11s at RSW

There were 6 Western Global MD-11's parked at RSW this past Sunday 16-April. Airfleets.net shows them operating 11 MD-11's and 2 744F for a total of 13 aircraft. It really makes me wonder how well they're doing as a company when almost half of their fleet is parked at their base in RSW.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MaxAir of Nigeria Boeing 747 flying over the United States Right Now
Replies: 16
Views: 4174

Re: MaxAir of Nigeria Boeing 747 flying over the United States Right Now

I would hazard a guess that its this - http://www.flightradar24.com/flight/ch93 (or something related as it says it hasnt departed yet) Here it is: https://www.flightradar24.com/NGL612/d198580 40,000', non-stop from Nigeria, perhaps carrying fuel, and not much else. Headed to one of the desert stor...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name the USA airport-early 1980s
Replies: 23
Views: 3719

Re: Name the USA airport-early 1980s

Definitely not DTW. I spent countless hours spotting at DTW in the 70s and 80s. The alignment of the Republic gate is all wrong and there were no buildings as pictured in the background .

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by tjwgrr
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kalitta Air 747-200f
Replies: 70
Views: 11775

Re: Kalitta Air 747-200f

I was able to see her depart, taking up most of rwy 18C as we're used to with Kalitta. Leaving a nice smoke trail too. I'm very sad to see them go, I have fond memories of the K4 742 around AMS. It was pretty much the last aircraft that made my office windows rattle whenever they departed from rwy ...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest DL MD-88 route?
Replies: 33
Views: 7734

Re: Longest DL MD-88 route?

Top 10 M88 routes for April: 1. MKE-CUN: 1,511 miles 2. RSW-MSP: 1,416 miles 3. PIT-CUN: 1,397 miles 4. BWI-CUN: 1,389 miles 5. IAD-CUN: 1,354 miles 6. MCI-CUN: 1,341 miles 7. CMH-CUN: 1,327 miles 8. IND-CUN: 1,288 miles 9. DTW-NAS: 1,230 miles 10. DTW-MIA: 1,145 miles Maybe I'm visually impaired, ...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 87 years old woman humiliated on a 13 hours flight
Replies: 42
Views: 11880

Re: 87 years old woman humiliated on a 13 hours flight

Bongodog1964 wrote:
Yes it appears that her bladder control was so poor that she couldn't hold out for 90 minutes.


How compassionate! Maybe all of us over 50 should be catheterized and carry a bag...... and pregnant women, they might have a hard time holding it too.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest DL MD-88 route?
Replies: 33
Views: 7734

Re: Longest DL MD-88 route?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL1829

Not as far as the flights from PIT and MKE to CUN,
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DTW-MIA 1148 miles.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL1829

Not as far as the flights from PIT and MKE to CUN,

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by tjwgrr
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baseball Charters 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 3246

Re: Baseball Charters 2017

lavalampluva wrote:
....Texas Rangers are still using their own aircraft


As are the Tigers.

N682RW

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by tjwgrr
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-MSY inaugural (today, March 27) pics and info
Replies: 58
Views: 9721

Re: Move over SXM: BA does MSY-LHR from 7000ft runway!

I'm still amazed that they used RWY 20 for takeoff. I would have never expected that. They used RWY 11 on Wednesday due to lighter south winds. The 787 is a beast! From the video rotation on RWY 11 appears to have occurred at, or just prior to reaching RWY 11/29. Well less than 6000' for sure-- imp...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ARFF vehicle at Atlanta I-85 bridge fire
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

ARFF vehicle at Atlanta I-85 bridge fire

There appeared to be an ARFF vehicle helping fight the I-85 bridge fire in Atlanta:

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I can't say I've ever seen ARFF being used in this capacity.
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by tjwgrr
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global 7000 Aircraft to Mach 0.995 in Early Flight Testing
Replies: 9
Views: 2073

Re: Global 7000 Aircraft to Mach 0.995 in Early Flight Testing

Mach 0.995 in flight testing with FTV1 after only 200 hours of flight. Impressive. Very impressive if you can get above every one else out there. Once you're being mixed in with the Mach .85 crowd or lined up 300 miles out for a major airport at 250 kts, it's going be good for bragging rights and t...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Airways at APF
Replies: 13
Views: 1245

Re: Elite Airways at APF

Could B6 land at APF with their 320s or 190s? The runway is so short. I flew ASA CRJ-100 back in the day. APF's longest runway is 6600 ft. More restrictive is the fact that APF has aircraft weight restrictions of 75,000 lbs maximum gross weight. B6 would never be able to fly there unless they were ...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heroin Of The Dog--Pup Gets "Busted" With $1 Million Of Smack In Carrier At JFK
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: Heroin Of The Dog--Pup Gets "Busted" With $1 Million Of Smack In Carrier At JFK

Sick bastards will try anything..... I'd hate to think of what would have happened to the dog had the delivery been completed. As nitepilot said, hopefully the pup will find a good forever home.

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by tjwgrr
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo operations in practice: What are the characteristics of a cargo aircraft's route and schedule?
Replies: 18
Views: 1761

Re: Cargo operations in practice: What are the characteristics of a cargo aircraft's route and schedule?

UPS crews are typically doing both legs of the overnight flights. FedEx pilots, on weekdays, usually fly out for the outbound day shift and fly in for the inbound night shift. New crews will then fly out for the outbound overnight and fly in for the inbound day shift. FedEx has a much larger day sh...

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by tjwgrr
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Flights within the USA and North America
Replies: 73
Views: 6445

Re: 747 Flights within the USA and North America

Wow, many more to add. Here's a few I'm familiar with:

DL
ATL-DTW
MIA-DTW

NW
ORD-DTW
JFK-DTW
MSP-DTW
LAX-DTW
MSP-ORD

BA
IAD-DTW
YYZ-DTW
YUL-DTW

AA
HNL-DFW

UA
ORD-DTW

PA
JFK-DTW

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by tjwgrr
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?
Replies: 36
Views: 4998

Re: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?

As for mainline, I experienced a few DC9 powerbacks on NW at MSP in the past. Did they ever do it with the 727? I also had some NW DC9 and AA F100 flights out of RST in 2002-2004 period, and I think they may have used turnout gates there at the time... but I don't think RST gets any mainline servic...

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by tjwgrr
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?
Replies: 36
Views: 4998

Re: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?

These aren't in the U.S., and the C-17 isn't an "airline" but interesting to watch: Seems easy for an ATR-42: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OnM36xC7FQ C-17 - watch the puddles on the ramp get sucked into the engine starting around :55 into the video- like mini waterspouts: https://www.y...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan 747?
Replies: 9
Views: 2061

Re: Hainan 747?

TWA772LR wrote:
trent768 wrote:
I have to say, that is one hell of a beautiful 747!

And tasty!


You can have your plane, and eat it too..... :tongue2:

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by tjwgrr
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?
Replies: 43
Views: 4720

Re: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?

727LOVER wrote:
Checking some random days

7 flights on Thursday March 30
8 flights on Friday March 31
9 flights on Saturday April 1


This is the start of MANY K-12 school spring breaks.

If you look at the beginning of May, they're down to 4 flights/ day.

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by tjwgrr
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?
Replies: 45
Views: 9201

Re: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?

What isn't known yet is where the familiarization flights will fly to. That won't be known for at least a couple months. I suspect there will also be ground training in DTW and ATL as well. Off topic, but somewhat related. Do airlines still train pilots using actual air-frames, or is that strictly ...

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737MAX
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Re: Southwest 737MAX

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1358285
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Discussion here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1358285

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am Timetable Fall/Winter 1973
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Re: PAN AM TIMETABLE FALL/WINTER 1973

http://www.departedflights.com/PA042973intro.html

PA 54 DTW-LHR and PA 55 LHR-DTW were non-stop operated by a 707 at that time, no stop in BOS. The timetable also shows NW operated the DTW-MSP portion.
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April '73

http://www.departedflights.com/PA042973intro.html

PA 54 DTW-LHR and PA 55 LHR-DTW were non-stop operated by a 707 at that time, no stop in BOS. The timetable also shows NW operated the DTW-MSP portion.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest outlines initial 737 MAX operations
Replies: 11
Views: 3305

Re: Southwest outlines initial 737 MAX operations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yHRAbjlFBQ
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This may have been posted elsewhere, but here's a WN video of the 7M8 they released last week:

The Rockwell Collins large displays are impressive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yHRAbjlFBQ

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by tjwgrr
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus PC-24
Replies: 7
Views: 2428

Re: Pilatus PC-24

We hosted HB-VXB here in GRR for about a month. I had the opportunity to see it a couple times. Nice A/C ! Signature's TECHNICAir here in GRR is an authorized Pilatus service facility which may have something to do with why they chose GRR. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/HBVXB/history http://e1.p...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?
Replies: 45
Views: 9201

Re: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?

Are the first DL A350's based in DTW? Last I checked the A350 base was replacing the 744 base at DTW, so it will be unlikely to see them, other than some proving flight, outside of DTW domestically at first For familiarization flights perhaps: DTW-ATL DTW-LAX DTW-SEA DTW-MSP and/or maybe DTW-LAX-AT...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?
Replies: 45
Views: 9201

Re: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?

Are the first DL A350's based in DTW?

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by tjwgrr
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO to Get First Public Pre-Security USA Outdoor Observation Deck?
Replies: 34
Views: 3361

Re: SFO to Get First Public Pre-Security USA Outdoor Observation Deck?

GRR says hi. (I mean, it's on the other side of the field from the terminal, but it's there.) .....and under construction for a big expansion to be completed soon. Here's the renderings. #1 on the site plan is existing, everything else will be new, including restrooms, a covered pavilion and more p...

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by tjwgrr
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP
Replies: 140
Views: 14547

Re: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP

It's a very steep drop off just another few hundred feet. They did a huge amount of improvement to that area a couple years ago, it could have been a lot worse. TW is for Tom Wachendorfer, the owner of Ameristar. . . Steep slope, and trees. . . https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6edAd3WgAAW-Qh.jpg

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by tjwgrr
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Convair? Which airline?
Replies: 14
Views: 1680

Re: Which Convair? Which airline?

Here are 1954 & 1956 (1955 not available) schedules showing Los Angeles-Las Vegas-Cedar City-Salt Lake City on the CV240 as flight 36: http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/wa/wa54/wa54-3.jpg http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/wa/wa56/wa56-3.jpg The 1954 schedule indicates WA flight 5 ope...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns
Replies: 85
Views: 21784

Re: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns

Courtesy of Airbus.com:

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by tjwgrr
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Engine Explosion Under Investigation at ORD
Replies: 12
Views: 3761

Re: Possible Engine Explosion Under Investigation at ORD

"Engine Explosion" makes good headlines and click-bait. Nothing to see here, move along.

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by tjwgrr
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to Withdraw M88 from LGA Due to Noise
Replies: 54
Views: 9195

Re: DL to Withdraw M88 from LGA Due to Noise

"...commitment to updating its fleet" by retiring planes a) that they were going to retire anyway, and b) are 30 years old and should have been retired a long time ago anyway. Give me a classic Mad-Dog over an Airbus any day...... ...M88 fun to look at, unless you live near an airport wit...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest boarding process
Replies: 19
Views: 2359

Re: Southwest boarding process

Pay the early bird check in fee. Save yourself the trouble of depending on the good graces of others to move for you. While many people would do it, there is always the chance that it won't happen and that would be a horrible way to start your vacation. Early Bird does not guarantee an A boarding p...

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by tjwgrr
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strobeless in CLT
Replies: 22
Views: 3236

Re: Strobeless in CLT

Another factor may be a low ceiling / foggy environment where the strobes are sometimes shut off as the reflected light may interfere with the flight crew's night vision.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Caraibes Takes First 10 Abreast A350XWB
Replies: 54
Views: 10470

Re: Air Caraibes Takes First 10 Abreast A350XWB

Ugh, a 10 abreast A350.... even worse than a 10 abreast 777 with 9 extra inches of cabin width.... a big no thank you.

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by tjwgrr
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United
Replies: 57
Views: 8846

Re: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United

--No more reason for MKE-PHL to be an AWAC-only all CRJ market because of the Air Wisconsin maintenance facility at Milwaukee. MKE-CLT is finally mostly CR9’s (four CR9 plus only one MKE originator being CRJ this spring) but MKE-PHL is still all CRJ. I won't miss the CRJ on MKE-PHL. Likewise GRR-PH...

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by tjwgrr
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where is the longest and shortest jetway?
Replies: 23
Views: 4295

Re: Where is the longest and shortest jetway?

The old F concourse (in the background) at DTW had some really short jet bridges. No wheel assemblies, and the a/c's nose was literally under the building canopy:

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by tjwgrr
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United
Replies: 57
Views: 8846

Re: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United

Some things go full circle......

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by tjwgrr
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna Caravan and FedEX
Replies: 50
Views: 7093

Re: Cessna Caravan and FedEX

atypical wrote:
....Not sure what the Caravan gives them except SBN-IND local overnights but it seems a truck would be more useful.


A later cutoff time. The Caravan doesn't depart SBN until 11:00 pm or later and arrives IND early enough for the big sort. A three hour truck ride vs an hour Caravan ride.

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by tjwgrr
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do jets leave a white trail in the sky?
Replies: 24
Views: 3318

Re: Why do jets leave a white trail in the sky?

4holer wrote:
That's what The Gummint WANTS you to think! Wake up sheeple!!
/sarc


I'm prepared......

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by tjwgrr
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nice Video Of A CV-580 Startup Taxi And Take-Off (Prop View)
Replies: 4
Views: 1375

Re: Nice Video Of A CV-580 Startup Taxi And Take-Off (Prop View)

Very cool! Brings back lots of memories. Thanks for posting.

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