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by tjwgrr
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 72
Views: 6891

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: 72
Views: 6891

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: 1124

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: 35047

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: 1558

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: 6646

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: 5118

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: 208
Views: 45188

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: 2424

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 20, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 3826

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: 67
Views: 3826

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: 1292

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: 1247

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: 38
Views: 5322

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: 3489

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: 1073

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: 57
Views: 5253

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: 1137

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: 3489

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: 476

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: 1321

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: 2297

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: 6490

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: 7302

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: 2008

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: 11991

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: 4823

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: 19040

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: 6122

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: 15135

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: 733

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: 4648

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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by tjwgrr
Thu May 11, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MDW bars, restaurants, and other venues to close as part of $75 million renovation package
Replies: 21
Views: 3128

Re: MDW bars, restaurants, and other venues to close as part of $75 million renovation package

Tossing out the top performing Potbelly makes no sense, but reading the comments from that article indicate Chicago politics may be involved. Surprise, surprise. . ------ . "Midway hurts," Potbelly President and CEO Aylwin B. Lewis said, after announcing that the city had declined to renew...

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by tjwgrr
Mon May 08, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest and lowest Flight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

Re: Shortest and lowest Flight?

I've seen MDW-ORD 15 miles, EWR-JFK 21 miles, IAD-DCA 24 miles (all re-positioning flights) and OAK-SFO 11 miles,.. There are quite a few threads over the years about the OAK-SFO flights.

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by tjwgrr
Thu May 04, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet orders 10 787-9
Replies: 97
Views: 20076

Re: Westjet orders 10 787-9

My thoughts for what they're worth; -I tried to book a trip to Calgary/Banff/Vancouver this June. No rental cars available and all high end hotels booked solid. The Asian tourists are pushing demand beyond capacity I believe. Will WestJet try to tap into this? BTW-we're going to NF instead. I'd loo...

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by tjwgrr
Wed May 03, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 744 still flying?
Replies: 76
Views: 11617

Re: DL 744 still flying?

Yes, still flying DTW-PVG, DTW-ICN, and DTW-NRT for the summer. Also HNL-KIX (for a few more weeks) and HNL-NRT. Schedule details are maintained here -- http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta-air-lines-skymiles/1467479-dl-747-fleet-operation.html I saw all three of those lined up side by side at thei...

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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: 1427

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: 42
Views: 6586

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: 1212

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: 5701

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: 67
Views: 3826

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: 4608

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: 67
Views: 3826

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: 3215

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: 49
Views: 11297

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: 2505

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: 4317

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: 3830

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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