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by tjwgrr
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3021

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: 62
Views: 3021

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: 26
Views: 666

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: 1208

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: 5250

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: 3386

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: 1028

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: 5133

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: 1118

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: 3386

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: 456

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: 1302

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: 2238

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: 6407

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: 7238

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
Wed May 17, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737 MAX delivered to Malindo Air
Replies: 63
Views: 11834

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: 4695

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: 18823

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: 6024

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: 15024

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: 716

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: 4613

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: 3085

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: 1286

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: 19973

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: 11559

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: 1412

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: 6553

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: 1197

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: 5644

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: 62
Views: 3021

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: 4592

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: 62
Views: 3021

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: 3173

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: 11160

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: 2490

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: 4277

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: 3802

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: 11966

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: 7862

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: 12068

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: 7862

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: 26
Views: 4086

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: 9935

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: 1152

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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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: 2138

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: 1289

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: 770

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: 1934

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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