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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airbus says no-deal Brexit would threaten its role in UK - Reuters
Replies: 112
Views: 1859

Re: Airbus threatens to leave UK if no Brexit Deal

GLANKG wrote:
you can vote to leave the EU, but Airbus cannot protect its interest?


I don't think that that was his point. If Airbus can get large and small components from the U.S., which is certainly not in the EU, it would be wrong in so many ways for the EU to decertify wings made in the U.K.

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by nikeherc
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 236
Views: 22726

Re: AUS To Become a Delta Focus City

But you guys are right, my post was rude.

Thank you very much for that. It would have been easy to become defensive, but you stood up like a man.

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alligator holds up taxiing airliner at MCO
Replies: 35
Views: 6187

Re: Alligator holds up taxiing airliner at MCO

I was on a Nortwest 707 that had to do a go around at ANC due to two moose on the active.

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9353

Re: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10

Please note that the same engines are currently in service on the 787-8 and 787-9. This is not a new problem. It will be resolved. My prediction is that Etihad will be flying their -10s on time or nearly so.

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by nikeherc
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New NYC airport
Replies: 92
Views: 11511

Re: New NYC airport

CAE http://www.columbiatribune.com/article/20140525/News/305259926 http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2010/12/homeowners_forced_to_sell_home.html[/quote] Nether of the articles mentioned refer to CAE, the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Airport. CAE is located in Lexington County, South Carolina...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 14895

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

Would cameras, screens and power sources really be lighter? There woul not be a need to maintain windows, but I can imagine a plane where some of the screens are on, some are blinking and some are dead. Attractive!

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Royal Service
Replies: 33
Views: 15824

Re: Delta's Royal Service

Oops! Duplicate post.

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Royal Service
Replies: 33
Views: 15824

Re: Delta's Royal Service

I remember a DC-8-51 flight from LAX to DFW in 1967. The weather was atrocious the airplane was full. I was in F. The highlight of the flight was the announcement that due to the turbulence there would be no meal service in coach. However, for those in F, the champagne would be along shortly. The F ...

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antitrust question about Southwest and Alaska?
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: Anti Trust question with Southwest?

Two businesses are trading assets in a manner that enhances both of their business models. That is not collusion. It happens every day.

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by nikeherc
Wed May 30, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20365

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

Also, he says A-Three-Three-Zero or A-three-hundred-and thirty and the likes of that, and it makes it difficult for me to watch. I don't know why, but that bugs the hell out of me too. Everytime I fly British Airways and the pilot says "Welcome aboard this Airbus three one nine" I just ha...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 30, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New NYC airport
Replies: 92
Views: 11511

Re: New NYC airport

The problem is that you’re talking a very large metro area. The existing airports are all more or less accessible from within the metro. If you move it to the country you are going to create unacceptably long commute times from parts of the metro. If you put one on each side, you have spent way too ...

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by nikeherc
Mon May 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 72
Views: 7560

Re: FA attention question

Are you sure it was her personal cell phone? Delta flight attendants now have company issued phones which contain their work manuals, announcements, service standards, company emails, etc. Even then, if "safety is your primary role", you should be free of distractions during the most crit...

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by nikeherc
Fri May 18, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters says: Airbus's hope to sell A330 Neo to UA are "dwindling."
Replies: 6
Views: 1602

Re: Reuters says: Airbus's hope to sell A330 Neo to UA are "dwindling."

How's it a huge blow to the NEO program? I don't think anyone, including Airbus, was under the impression that this would actually pan out. I'm sure they would have liked it, but if they're realistic they should be pretty informed that chances were minimal. I think outside of DL, in the current pol...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22484

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

Does it make sense for Europe to cut off many billions of dollars of trade with the U.S. to express their anger over several billion dollars worth of airplanes for Iran?

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15374

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

I've connected through ATL, IAD, DTW, ORD, LAX, DFW, CLT and SFO. For my money, ATL is the easiest to connect of all. I flew through ATL before the midfield terminal. It was a huge improvement, even though ATL was close to ORD in terms of passenger count, event then. The worst problem with ATL is se...

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Short-Haul Business/First Class have a Future?
Replies: 29
Views: 2995

Re: Does Short-Haul Business/First Class have a Future?

Domestic F can be a great comfort. I used to travel throughout the southeast and was on the road all week. At the time the premium for F was less than it is today, On Friday afternoon, I would frequently pay to upgrade from Y to F. There would be a couple of drinks and a sandwich. That was enough to...

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15374

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

There is an old joke that goes like this: A guy living in the southeast calls Delta to arrange several business trips. For each destination, he is told that he will have to change planes in Atlanta. He says “I bet if I was going to hell, I’d have to change in Atlanta.” The reservationist replies “No...

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by nikeherc
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18198

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

An AED will not fire on command. It evaluates the heart rhythm and decides when and if to shock the patient. The doctor may or may not be board certified in a relevant field. Doctors have admitting privileges at specific hospitals, if any. Not to be crass, but it sounds like this lady wasn’t going t...

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by nikeherc
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New standing "seats"
Replies: 50
Views: 5925

Re: New "seats"

I realize that the seats shown were for illustrative purposes, but there were no seatbelts. I also noticed that there appear to be foot rests that would help shorter people reach the seats. They still look awful. I would never fly on any airline that made me sit or stand in such a contraption.

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by nikeherc
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8004

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

IAD would be good for North/South if UA ever decided to expand its presence in the Southeast at all. It's a good location for Northeast-Southeast connections. In ATL you have to switch terminals for mainline to RJ connections as well though DL seems to be integrating mainline into their DL Connecti...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 117746

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

No inferences should be drawn from any coincidences or similarities between this incident and any other at WN or any other airline. The investigation will determine what happened. An unfortunate fact is that things get old and break. In any industry safety is important and maintenance and inspection...

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by nikeherc
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Pro Air have special flap configurations for their 737s?
Replies: 21
Views: 3633

Re: Did Pro Air have special flap configurations for their 737s?

The Short Field Performance package was not offered on the Classics, as they were already short field performers! I flew the 737 Classic out of 3000' gravel strips, safely ... but cruised at only M 0.74. That big thick wing on the -100 to -500 was a feat in engineering and an example of what Boeing...

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74410

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

I just checked the Boeing site and it is the lead item. It will be 22 788s and 25 789s plus 20 options.

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s
Replies: 91
Views: 27298

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

My last flights on Delta MD-88 aircraft were comfortable. My last flight on a Delta 738 was miserable. The 738 has a Weber seat that is like concrete. The five abreast feels less crowded even on the three abreast side. My last flight was opposite the rear door, so very near the back of the plane and...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 8th freedom traffic rights violations? DOT slaps Qantas for violating obscure US law
Replies: 6
Views: 1129

Re: 8th freedom traffic rights violations? DOT slaps Qantas for violating obscure US law

It’s not an obscure law, it’s an international agreement. Almost no country allows cabotage or the transportation by a foreign carrier of passengers that begins and ends in that country.

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by nikeherc
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The longevity myth of the 737 compared to A320
Replies: 29
Views: 4677

Re: The longevity myth of the 737 compared to A320

Just remember that the 737 was created to compete against the DC-9 and not the A320. Neither the 737 or the 320 can hold a candle to the 9 for ruggedness or durability.

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by nikeherc
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 58
Views: 5114

Re: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?

From the point of view of a non-smoker, it was awful. After a flight, you stunk, your clothes stunk, your hair stunk, even the things in your checked baggage stunk. The cabin air was a blue haze. Even after the non-smoking sections were introduced, it was still awful. If you wanted a non-smoking sea...

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by nikeherc
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greensboro / PTIA changing names
Replies: 43
Views: 4424

Re: Greensboro / PTIA changing names

Yes, Piedmont did fly to Smith-Reynolds (INT) at Winston-Salem. In fact it was their headquarters and major maintenance base for many years. GSO used to have short runways and a crappy terminal, well after other southern cities improved their airports. High Point was famous for the furniture market,...

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by nikeherc
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 16089

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

Let's talk about consolidation. In the era of regulation, my hometown airport (CAE) had four airlines: Delta, Eastern, Southern and Piedmont. You could basically go four places non-stop: Charlotte, Atlanta, Augusta, Newark. Anywhere else and you changed in Charlotte or Atlanta. After deregulation, t...

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by nikeherc
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !
Replies: 61
Views: 9798

Re: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !

I took a United flight from CAE to DCA with an intermediate stop in IAD. The IAD-DCA leg was a positioning flight, but UA gave it the same number as the flight from CAE to their IAD hub, so it was available to be booked. The travel agent booked me on this flight instead of a US non-stop because the...

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by nikeherc
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !
Replies: 61
Views: 9798

Re: Jet2 flies a 737 with one passenger !

I took a United flight from CAE to DCA with an intermediate stop in IAD. The IAD-DCA leg was a positioning flight, but UA gave it the same number as the flight from CAE to their IAD hub, so it was available to be booked. The travel agent booked me on this flight instead of a US non-stop because the ...

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by nikeherc
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 66686

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

I live in Columbia, South Carolina. We had a flood situation two years ago. We had about 13 trillion gallons of rain fall plus a number of relatively small dams burst. I live in a subdivision that was only partially affected. We still have many homes that haven't been fully repaired or rebuilt. In m...

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by nikeherc
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Other Most Influencial Airline Execs
Replies: 73
Views: 5614

Re: The Other Most Influencial Airline Execs

C. E. Woolman, CEO of Delta. In the era when other airlines were money pits, he made money. He read every complaint letter personally. He said "Let's put ourselves on the other side of the counter. We have a responsibility over and above the price of a ticket." He created the "Spirit ...

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by nikeherc
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10186

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

In the early 70s there was an hourly flight from the New York City area to Chicago O'Hare from early morning to the early evening. This included Newark, LaGuardia and JFK. I think both American and United operated the same schedule. United did it with DC-8s, mostly 61s. This is all from memory, so I...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air scheduling havoc will continue into the fall
Replies: 82
Views: 9056

Re: Horizon Air scheduling havoc will continue into the fall

fortytwoeyes wrote:
What "major international airline" is still flying Q300s?

It doesn't have to be a major International airline, it just has to be a foreign airline with less restrictive regulation.

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by nikeherc
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines 777-200 off Washington State
Replies: 11
Views: 3153

Re: Vietnam Airlines 777-200 off Washington State

It's on the news (in Vietnamese) that VN sold 4 777-200 and one PW 4090 engine to Pratt & Whitney for USD 70.7 mil. http://vietnambiz.vn/vietnam-airlines-sap-ban-4-may-bay-boeing-777-200-er-voi-gia-hon-70-trieu-usd-25381.html I don't follow the prices for these transactions, but that seems like...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?
Replies: 86
Views: 18797

Re: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?

Because it's a good airplane. It does a job that airlines want done a price that airlines are willing to pay.

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough
Replies: 323
Views: 25924

Re: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough

I'm going to kick myself for commenting in this thread. Boeing has used program accounting for some time. There is nothing sneaky or underhanded about it. The accounting block grows as the number of frames reasonably expected to be sold grows. That is how you account for profit and loss on each part...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another DL PR issue. This time FOX Sports host and family not allowed to travel
Replies: 125
Views: 13951

Re: Another DL PR issue. This time FOX Sports host and family not allowed to travel

What would be hilarious is if DL sued the family for the cost of cleaning the aircraft post lice incident. It doesn't look like the aircraft was pulled out of service however. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n865da The father is an arrogant entitled prick: his comments about WN passenge...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink
Replies: 150
Views: 12448

Re: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink

First, it's easy to produce a study that says what you want it to say. Second, none of the models has ever been able to even forecast the history upon which they are based. Third, to get the data used to suggest AGW, the numbers have been fudged. Fourth, the United States has reduced CO2 emission mo...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Demo Colors - What's Next?
Replies: 38
Views: 5790

Re: Boeing Demo Colors - What's Next?

Remember that the 748i actually had red at the front changing to orange at the rear. So maybe a similar scheme with blue and purple?

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by nikeherc
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 166
Views: 28875

Re: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model

Never will forget the first time I saw a 747 in the flesh. I had taken the DL/PA interchange flight from IAD to LHR in early 1970. We were being bussed backed to the DC-8 and I looked over to see the PA 747. I thought that's not so big...The I saw our DC-8 sitting in the shadow of the 747. The '8 wa...

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by nikeherc
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B314 (?) flight engineer panel (?)-- says 1940
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: B314 (?) flight engineer panel (?)-- says 1940

It looks like the top four gauges are the engine hour meters. There are probably also fuel gauges, etc. that wouldn't necessarily be in multiples of four.

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by nikeherc
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants
Replies: 193
Views: 24482

Re: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

I'm an old guy, so maybe I'm prejudiced on this matter, but age and ability are frequently positively correlated. I remember years ago, when airlines in the U.S. had age limits on in-cabin crew, that Delta seemed to put the more senior (older) attendants in F and the young, cute ones in Y. The servi...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2650
Views: 254625

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

StTim wrote:
Revelation wrote:
VirginFlyer wrote:
Perhaps an A350/777X comparison thread would be in order?

And/or a "Will BA order the 777X?" thread...



I agree with that so I could steer well clear of it. ;)


Amen, Brother!

An old southern expression of agreement.

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2650
Views: 254625

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Does anybody actually have any recent developments about the 777X, as would be implied by the title of the thread, to discuss?

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by nikeherc
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 82
Views: 25497

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

For flights of one to one and a half hours, who cares about AVOD? They have Wi-Fi and are well maintained inside. I recently flew a couple of MD-88s and found them to be clean, comfortable and pleasant.

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by nikeherc
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest flight
Replies: 147
Views: 8311

Re: Your longest flight

Not all one flight, but in 1979 Gimpo to Haneda to Anchorage to O'Hare to Atlanta on Northwest and on to CAE on Delta. 7,838 statute miles, with layovers about 20 hours. Couldn't do that again if my life depended on it. Followed it a few days later with CAE to CLT to DCA (via ground transfer) to IAD...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Walls moving in turbulence
Replies: 54
Views: 18162

Re: 787 Walls moving in turbulence

The old D.C.-8s had a padded bolster running the entire length of the cabin on each side instead of a window seat outside armrest. It could be quite disconcerting to feel it pulling away from you in even moderate chop.

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by nikeherc
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Walls moving in turbulence
Replies: 54
Views: 18162

Re: 787 Walls moving in turbulence

I have been flying since 1966. I have observed this phenomenon on everything from D.C.-9s to L1011s and 777s. It is perfectly normal. Airplanes are designed using elastic design principles. It means that they flex and shake, but return to their original state once the external forces and loads are r...

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