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by ssteve
Wed May 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)
Replies: 1560
Views: 127071

Re: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)

Hi all, anyone aware of BBD flight testing or customer-related flights through BTV? I can see the approach out my office window and there's an all-white plane that could be a CS300 (I never catch a look at the nose) doing frequent approaches today and recently. There's a BBA callsign today on flight...

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by ssteve
Tue May 23, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gorsuch dissents on limits on contributions.
Replies: 21
Views: 579

Re: Gorsuch dissents on limits on contributions.

I'm not a lawyer, but Gorsuch voted to hear a case here, not decide on one. This seems commensurate with his declining to join the pool of clerks which does the gatekeeping for the court. He ignored the consensus and voted to hear this case.

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by ssteve
Mon May 08, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6637

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

When checked bags, food, and basic human decency were included in an economy fare.

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by ssteve
Mon May 08, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6637

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

Outsourcing gate staff.

I have had consistently bad experiences transferring from mainline to regional. It's abundantly clear that the outsourced CSAs at the regional gates don't give a shit about any customer satisfaction metrics.

Reinforced today in EWR terminal A.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2250
Views: 104443

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Is there a max passenger threshold over which Boeing has to redo the emergency evacuation test/drill? The one-class config in the 777-9X looks to be in the high 400s. Would it be legal?

I guess the same question goes for the 737-10.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 12694

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

I as flight crew am tired of some passengers thinking they are above the law towards crew. *customers. Really? Is "passengers" inappropriate or offensive to you? Yeesh No, the words passengers isn't offensive. Calling them customers really steamed a bunch of people though, which is telling.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 12694

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

FlyinRabbit88 wrote:
I as flight crew am tired of some passengers thinking they are above the law towards crew.


*customers.

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by ssteve
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could change one thing about flying as a pax on mainline, what would it be?
Replies: 42
Views: 2272

Re: If you could change one thing about flying as a pax on mainline, what would it be?

Being treated like a moron when the TSA or the airline changes procedures.

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by ssteve
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 176
Views: 16985

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

Last to board. Crew sees it as not the time to dicker about how Y+ is paid for. Just sit in your assigned seats.

That said, someone certainly failed to de-escalate here. Unclear who.

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by ssteve
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

BravoOne wrote:
The problem here is there is the court of law and the court of public opinion as witnessed on this website.


It's a customer service problem if your threshold for customer service is "whatever we can legally get away with."

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by ssteve
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services
Replies: 55
Views: 7137

Re: Calculated Misery

commavia wrote:
The solution to all of this is really simple - if people want a better product and service, they can pay more.


Or they can often go to a competitor with better customer service for the same price.

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by ssteve
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

[quote="Bald1983" I do doubt his story of needed to get to Louisville to see patients as it is reported he has a restricted medical license. [/quote] http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/united-airlines-doctor-david-dao-drugs-gay-sex-court-documents-oscar-munoz-a7680221.html Is the United A...

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by ssteve
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

The airline industry has been treating their customers so poorly for so long, they had become numb to it and probably didn't even realize it. That is why Oscar didn't make a statement like this initially, that is why the gate agent allowed the pax to be removed, and why the crew asked the pax to to...

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by ssteve
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

2) Companies have got to train their employees well and empower them to make good decisions. Sometimes a rule needs to be bent, and employees need to be empowered to think on their feet without fear of repercussions from management for doing so. YES. I think people around here get caught up in this...

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by ssteve
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Companies that excel in business know that although the customer is not always right, they are always to be treated respectfully as any customer deserves to be treated. This situation has blown up in UA's face not because the customer was right, but rather because UA failed one simple rule: Treat y...

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by ssteve
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Suddenly you have a non-compliant passenger There you are, just sitting in your assigned seats, thinking, "Wow, flying sure is an exercise in being dehumanized these days, but we're boarded and my destination is just one hop away..." and then, WHAM, suddenly you have a non-compliant airli...

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by ssteve
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Ad Goof
Replies: 16
Views: 4065

Re: FedEx Ad Goof

This was *clearly* taken from one of the many windows on the main deck of a FedEx A320.

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by ssteve
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 30743

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

The gate agent was doing her job. She was following the rules set forth by the company who gives her a paycheck. The rules state "no leggings" for non-revs. Should the gate agent have looked the other way only to face a possible reprimand later? Or, what about the person who issued the pa...

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by ssteve
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure
Replies: 54
Views: 11738

Re: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure

Sorry , was not clear. I was in paid F Subu So if you weren't standby, how is this relevant to the discussion? There's another thread on here of people just complaining that airlines no longer wait for connecting passengers. My 2 cents: if you are connecting from mainline to a regional, the regiona...

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by ssteve
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing’s Latest Advanced Super Hornet Pitch
Replies: 8
Views: 2602

Re: Boeing’s Latest Advanced Super Hornet Pitch

Ozair wrote:
Trump has already claimed victory over the F-35 so I can see this falling by the wayside in the next month or two.


We'd call him a seagull manager at my company. Flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits all over everything, flies away.

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by ssteve
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched
Replies: 53
Views: 13095

Re: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched

8 new engines?!? Darn. Here I thought we'd finally see Dale Brown's Megafortress.

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by ssteve
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Blames System Wide Outage On One Router
Replies: 26
Views: 5234

Re: WN Blames System Wide Outage On One Router

A 1996 vintage router probably would have 10/100 'fast' ethernet, that's right when the transition away from coax was happening. I remember the cubicles in the building I was in getting rewired right around then. I worked in a building where ethernet is run over the old token ring cabling... much o...

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by ssteve
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Blames System Wide Outage On One Router
Replies: 26
Views: 5234

Re: WN Blames System Wide Outage On One Router

Been using grids for batch job submission for over a decade of my career, and the machines that keep running but just fail to work... those suck. They tend to say, "sure, give me work to do" and proceedingly fail to do it... and jobs have to be manually killed and restarted. For various re...

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by ssteve
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Changes Refinery Strategy, Selling Car/Truck Fuel
Replies: 23
Views: 3979

Re: Delta Changes Refinery Strategy, Selling Car/Truck Fuel

Until the price of jet fuel creeps up again, at which point they'll switch back... the 'threat' should be enough to keep prices low, and if it isn't, they still have the stick.

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by ssteve
Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Congress tries to block Boeing/Iran deal
Replies: 116
Views: 14559

Re: Congress tries to block Boeing/Iran deal

fcogafa wrote:
Trump seems to be backtracking on a lot of his plegdes, including the Iran one...


I'm not sure whether this shows disrespect towards his supporters, or acknowledges that they probably don't care about things like policy and details.

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by ssteve
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 3835

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

Dutchy wrote:
I thought they had an history of ordering what is best ten years ago and then going to hassle another five years and starting complaining that it took forever. ;-)


And likely ending up with a higher price because of it. "Price? $5. But for you, $6."

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by ssteve
Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fascinating story about the search for what happened to EA 980
Replies: 25
Views: 5473

Re: Fascinating story about the search for what happened to EA 980

bennett123 wrote:
I suspect animals would have cleared most of the human remains soon after the crash.


Unlikely at that altitude.

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by ssteve
Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Black DR says DL F/A didn't believe she's a DR during medical emergency..
Replies: 130
Views: 9856

Re: Black DR says DL F/A didn't believe she's a DR during medical emergency..

I'm an MD- an Emergency Medicine (ER) resident. ... Sooo...I get why they asked Dr. Cross for her credentials. To be honest, I think it had more to do with an age/gender bias as opposed to a racial one. Young adults are just not perceived as the "traditional" or "societal" versi...

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by ssteve
Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is LGA Still Considered Worst US Airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 6659

Re: Is LGA Still Considered Worst US Airport?

Dulles is terrible.

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by ssteve
Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kalitta Air 747-200f
Replies: 70
Views: 11858

Re: Kalitta Air 747-200f

K4 will keep them going until they are out of engines (which they have no spares). It seems like everytime one goes into check that there is a collective sigh of relief when the boroscope comes back ok. If they have to replace one engine, then an aircraft is going to be retired. I love the classic ...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air orders nine B767 BCF aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 3018

Re: Atlas Air orders nine B767 BCF aircraft

na wrote:
Is Amazon still so small they cant operate 747 freighters?


The 747 isn't really all that suited to flying packages around the lower 48 no matter how large the operation.

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Delta have no A319/320 aircraft at SEA?
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Why does Delta have no A319/320 aircraft at SEA?

Why does Delta have no A320 family A/C at SEA? They only fly here once in a blue moon from LAX, and every other DL hub sees them...so why so few Airbus A320/319 aircraft here? One reason I have heard (not sure if it is true) is that due to the A320/A319 fleets age and range capabilities I spent 2hr...

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Air launches flights to Ogdensburg
Replies: 25
Views: 3305

Re: Allegiant Air launches flights to Ogdensburg

Longer drive from Fort Drum /Watertown than I thought. I was just thinking the ordination of the military families there might be decent. Especially since it appears JetBlue is currently not flying direct to FL from SYR?

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother sues jetBlue after staff fly 5-year-old boy to wrong city and present her with a different 'son'
Replies: 62
Views: 5823

Re: Mother sues jetBlue after staff fly 5-year-old boy to wrong city and present her with a different 'son'

Here somebody has royaly fucked up. A break down of protocol, of a system that should ensure that such things would not happen. It's still amusing to everyone without some vested interest in the matter. Mr. Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!...

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by ssteve
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - 4th Crosswind runway next?
Replies: 20
Views: 4612

Re: Heathrow - 4th Crosswind runway next

Serious trolling, I mean I bought a hat and tipped it to you, but come on. Ludicrous idea. 23/05 went for good practical reasons, we're not flying in an age of the B707 anymore. When was the last time the airfield was closed due to crosswinds? Of the UK airports, I think PIK / BHX are the only ones...

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JIT convinced to have Irrefutable proof that MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location
Replies: 223
Views: 13989

Re: JIT convinced to have Irrefutable proof that MH17 was downed by BUK Missile in rebel controlled location

Hey, does anyone have a fox to guard my henhouse? I'm not sure my current hen security regime is legitimate.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Poised To Clinch $3 Billion-plus Kuwait F/A
Replies: 51
Views: 33715

Re: Boeing Poised To Clinch $3 Billion-plus Kuwait F/A

http://aviationweek.com/defense/boeing- ... hite-house the White House has at last approved proposed sales of the company’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-15E Strike Eagle to two Persian Gulf states, a Boeing spokesman confirmed to Aviation Week. The deals include 36 F-15s for Qatar and 28 F/A-18Es and F...

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U2 crashes in Northern California; 1 injured, 1 dead
Replies: 5
Views: 1795

Re: U2 crashes in Northern California; 1 injured, 1 dead

The 2-seater must be a very rare bird. How many are left?

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samsung Note 2 catches fire in-flight
Replies: 39
Views: 5963

Re: Samsung Note 2 catches fire in-flight

audian wrote:
Some one is trying to reach him very badly.


Missed call: Beelzebub.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB report on Delta Air Lines flight 1086
Replies: 23
Views: 6656

Re: NTSB report on Delta Air Lines flight 1086

11 minutes to evacuate all passengers once the decision was made... makes me wonder whether 95% were off in 2 minutes and 10 minutes was spent wondering whether to send someone in a wheelchair plummeting down the slide into the snow.

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mo Farah DL Incident.
Replies: 149
Views: 17314

Re: Mo Farah DL Incident.

Right. You Europeans need to wear standard national costume when traveling abroad to help us out.

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mo Farah DL Incident.
Replies: 149
Views: 17314

Re: Mo Farah DL Incident.

Brewfangrb wrote:
They don't here at GRB. That's why I asked. Bit if you say they have at every station, I must be wrong.


If Mo Farah doesn't count as a celebrity, GRB doesn't count as an airport ;)

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by ssteve
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mo Farah DL Incident.
Replies: 149
Views: 17314

Re: Mo Farah DL Incident.

Would be interesting to hear from the wife's perspective. The accumulation of inconveniences and abuses these days can prime you to explode at things that to the CSA probably appear mundane. I'm reminded of trying to board a flight with two small kids, in which they announced boarding, and had us qu...

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to begin BTV-LGA
Replies: 29
Views: 6191

Re: AA to begin BTV-LGA

No more Dash-8s?

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1187
Views: 171789

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

No "business" would visit every mailbox in the nation every day except Sunday, do free mail forwarding, allow cut rates for charities, process passport applications, enable cheap Christmas cards... etc. The best mindset for the USPS is, given that they are going to be forced to be the nati...

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by ssteve
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rosetta's Philae Probe Has Landed On A Comet!
Replies: 58
Views: 22235

Re: Rosetta's Philae Probe Has Landed On A Comet!

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/research/ ... 0important
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Francoflier wrote:
Interestingly, finding where and how it landed will help extract more out of the data it has sent back.


Good blog post on how here:
http://www.open.ac.uk/science/research/ ... 0important

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