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by nikeherc
Sun May 28, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 131
Views: 8389

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

Here is the problem as I see it: unless you are flying from a major destination with lots of options, you must take what's available no matter when you book. To fly from CAE to LAN and return, you pay $600 to $700 round trip for a total of less than a thousand miles one way. You are in standard econ...

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by nikeherc
Sat May 27, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years
Replies: 49
Views: 7234

Re: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years

Too many rules these days by the FAA and prohibiting smoking inside the aircraft cabins is one of them. Many people conveniently forget smoking was once allowed up until the 1990's. Personally, I've flown many trips on Lufthansa and Pan Am across the Atlantic as a young UM Passenger and never found...

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by nikeherc
Sat May 20, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787
Replies: 39
Views: 10622

Re: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787

Please keep politics out of this thread. Since Trump is in Saudi Arabia and the announcement was made in his presence, and no mention of politics was made and it is not political. If you are asking others not to turn this thread political, that is one thing. If, on the other hand, this is an exampl...

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by nikeherc
Thu May 18, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1794
Views: 162436

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

Maybe even at the request of Boeing to get more accurate flight test data. Or maybe just bureaucratic CYA.

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by nikeherc
Tue May 16, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does/Will Boeing Regret "Burning" a 7x7 designation on the 717?
Replies: 85
Views: 11266

Re: Does/Will Boeing Regret "Burning" a 7x7 designation on the 717?

Based on their decision to appeal to Asian sensibilities with the numeral 8 as in 787, 787-8, 747-8, 777-8, 737-8, I would expect 8x8 to be a real possibility. I would also like to see some reference to the 21st century with something like 2107 or 2108 as the first non-7x7 model.

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by nikeherc
Fri May 05, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Virgin Australia Tells Woman to Pay $6350+Fees for Change to Married Name
Replies: 27
Views: 2646

Re: Virgin Australia Tells Woman to Pay $6350+Fees for Change to Married Name

When my wife and I married in 2003, we did not change any of her documents until after the honeymoon. Therefore, her id and ticket were both in her previous name. We handled the name change upon our return home.

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot hits female passenger
Replies: 119
Views: 15092

Re: Delta pilot hits female passenger

I'm with the pilot. It's a shame he didn't have some mace or pepper spray. Thank goodness this happened on the jetway.

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by nikeherc
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest at GSP with nonstops only to ATL
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Southwest at GSP with nonstops only to ATL

WN bypassed CAE and began operations at GSP and CHS when they came to South Carolina. The idea was that CAE passengers would travel to GSP or CHS. Of course many of the go to CLT. Those of us in Columbia were of the opinion that the could come here and draw from Greenville, Charleston and Charlotte....

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown
Replies: 34
Views: 6444

Re: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown

If Bastian was out of town, in Florida or at the Masters when this happened how was he going to get back to Atlanta? Fly in and add more traffic to an already overloaded airport? The weather was rotten and the airport was in deep poo. I would remind you that there are things called telephones and co...

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airport Authority Fined HK$120,000 for Air Bridge Collapse That Ripped off Cathay Pacific Door
Replies: 3
Views: 2010

Re: Hong Kong Airport Authority Fined HK$120,000 for Air Bridge Collapse That Ripped off Cathay Pacific Door

The airport was opened in 1998. So the jet bridge was at most 17 years old. It would seem reasonable that there should be some sort of preventive maintenance and inspection program for almost everything at an airport. The fine against the airport would be in a legal action between the state and the ...

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 20829

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

I have taken quite a few flights on RJs and other planes where passengers fare checked items. In most cases the gate check occurred at the far end of the jetway. In a few it happened at the gate when the agent checked the boarding pass. In any event, when an airline employee (flight attendant, gate ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:04 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?

Seat width. I am only 5'8" and I have enough leg room for most flights. I'm overweight, even though I do fit in a coach seat, I find myself leaning away from my seat mates if in an aisle or window seat. If in a center seat, I sit straight up with my elbows tucked in and avoid the arm rests. My...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:53 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?

Seat width. I am only 5'8" and I have enough leg room for most flights. I'm overweight, even though I do fit in a coach seat, I find myself leaning away from my seat mates if in an aisle or window seat. If in a center seat, I sit straight up with my elbows tucked in and avoid the arm rests. My ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?
Replies: 56
Views: 4826

Re: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?

To borrow a phrase, "elections have consequences." Airbus may have been a political creation, but it is now a major business enterprise. Airbus will do what is best for Airbus, at least in the eyes of its management. The U. S. is hardly business friendly at present. With the new administra...

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by nikeherc
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16223

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

I searched for the agreement between ATL and B6. I can't find it online. I did find what appears to be a proposed agreement between the two parties, prepared by B6. It doesn't mention use of specific gates. If someone has some facts, I'd love to see/hear them. Until then, this thread is pointless.

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by nikeherc
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are some aviation incidents that changed the world?
Replies: 55
Views: 5563

Re: What are some aviation incidents that changed the world?

How bout the problems with the Lockeed Electra in the 60's. I remember the Tell City incident with NW. I also believe there were several other incidents with this plane. Anyone that knows what caused the grounding, I would appreciate a reply. Thanks The problem with the Electra involved insufficien...

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by nikeherc
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Adding Comfort+ to CRJ-200s
Replies: 36
Views: 6041

Re: DL Adding Comfort+ to CRJ-200s

Thank you very much for the responses. The prevailing opinion seems to be that it's possible to gate check the suitcase, but if there's any delay, that could be the cause of a missed connection. I'm going to do the sensible thing and pay the fee. Let Delta worry about transferring the suitcases! Go...

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by nikeherc
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March
Replies: 96
Views: 16608

Re: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March

What is the black device coming off the top of the tail? It is called a trailing cone. They are unsend during flight tests to determine static (ambient) air pressure. The cone is at some distance from the aircraft to avoid pressure changes caused by the airplane itself. The cones are pulled close t...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March
Replies: 96
Views: 16608

Re: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March

To me, the 8 seems to be all wing, the 9 is well balanced and the 10 looks light on the wing for the length of the fuselage. It's a testimony to the brilliance of the 787 wing. I get something of the feeling I get when seeing an MD-88 overhead - how can that tiny wing support that big airplane?

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March
Replies: 96
Views: 16608

Re: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March

What a great weekend for my home state. University of SC men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Final Fours and the first flight of the 787-10.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newspaper Boeing 787 article on DL/VS/VX/AS
Replies: 20
Views: 5867

Re: Newspaper Boeing 787 article on DL/VS/VX/AS

What AS got by buying VX: their planes; their routes; their potential passengers; VX out of the market; they blocked a potential VX/B6 merger. I don't think the Virgin name carries the cachet in America that it does in the U.K. Sour grapes on the part of SRB.

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian airliners as target practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 2488

Re: Civilian airliners as target practice?

I think it would be more accurate to say that the military occasionally uses civilian aircraft as target proxies when performing certain drills. For instance it would not be unusual for a missile site to track a civilian aircraft to validate radar tracking performance. Interceptor pilots might condu...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?
Replies: 36
Views: 5053

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

Eastern used to do it all the time, pretty much everywhere I flew them. Saved a tug. I know they did it at JAX, ATL, CAE, CLT.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9500th 737
Replies: 10
Views: 3152

Re: 9500th 737

One should consider that the DC-3/C-47 benefitted from a small dust up called WWII. The vast majority of the airframes were built as military transports. There was no serious competition at the time and even civilian aircraft were converted for military use. The 737 succeeded among a myriad of compe...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5954

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

Of course, the customers of any business pay the taxes levied upon those businesses. That not withstanding, the cost for such services includes the taxes and, therefore, the taxes impact demand for the services or products. The travelling public has paid many millions of dollars into the airways imp...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5954

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

.......... the government has taken a great deal of money from the aviation industry in general and the airlines specifically in the form of taxes......... Please name the taxes and how they are assessed/collected. Thank you. There is a 7.5% Federal excise tax on tickets, a $5.60 9-1-1 security fee...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5954

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

To me, it seems that the government has taken a great deal of money from the aviation industry in general and the airlines specifically in the form of taxes and not delivered the promised benefits. We have dedicated controllers that somehow manage to keep the busiest airspace in the world functionin...

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by nikeherc
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 68613

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

I don't want to be put on a new aircraft with a cane. But such is life and the time it takes to design and build a new aircraft. I'm just hoping for some rides on the A350 (and 787-10's) with United out of EWR. Don't despair. I'm almost 71, have two artificial knees and COPD and I still board plane...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 Gate Fire at ORD
Replies: 22
Views: 6996

Re: KLM 747 Gate Fire at ORD

Wow, that occurred while the fuel truck was still connected. Scary.

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by nikeherc
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP
Replies: 140
Views: 14697

Re: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP

Let me be the first. Is it a write off?

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?
Replies: 90
Views: 15305

Re: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?

From what I heard from pilots the DC-8 would be flattered by being compared to a bus. Many seemed to think it was more like a dump truck. The only power assist was on the rudder from what I understand.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?
Replies: 90
Views: 15305

Re: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?

I flew on the 880 on both Delta and JL. The JL flight was from HND to SEL. The things I remember most about the JL flight were the aggressive duty free sales with bottles of scotch being tossed about the cabin and the wings never being level. It felt like the pilot was practicing his ACM.

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10482

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

Nikeherc says so, so it must be true. .. I'm glad you understand, but it's not true because I say so, but because it is true. Personally I don't really care, but it's hard to resist when you're throwing such easy pitches. It is true that the royals and elite in Saudi Arabia live incredibly luxuriou...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10482

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

Air Force 1 is certainly a large airplane, because it needs to be. It is comfortable, because it needs to be. However, it is a working aircraft and relatively austere compared to most private aircraft and almost certainly so, when compared to the aircraft used by the Saudi royal family. Air Force 1 ...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10482

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

The article stated that the entourage of 1500 people traveled on 36 different flights. There is no reason to expect that the 490 metric tons was for other than the king's immediate party. POTUS travels as he does because he requires the special communications suite in AF-1. In addition there is a sm...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive
Replies: 27
Views: 3755

Re: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive

For those of you concerned with millimeter wave radiation from the scanners, I assume that you don't use cell phones, sit close to televisions or computers, and always wear sun screen when you go outdoors. Any of the mentioned electronic devices emit "radiation" and the sun causes far more...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive
Replies: 27
Views: 3755

Re: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive

I have two artificial knees. I can't make it through a metal detector without setting off the alarm. With the newer procedures in place, a simple winding of the body with a look at my knees won't suffice. I welcome full body scanners and appreciate being able to avoid the full body grope. You're sta...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours
Replies: 12
Views: 2652

Re: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours

When I read the headline, I thought mice don't have the range for LHR-SFO.

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft

Just another thought on this issue, as far as I know this aircraft never received an airworthiness certificate from any internationally recognized authority. Thus, even if restorable to flying condition, it would be considered experimental and not usable in any normal sense of the word. The cost of ...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens
Replies: 159
Views: 5979

Re: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens

Fine, that gives me another reason to tell my wife we're going to Disney World instead of Rome.

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft

Apparently (Wikipedia) three were built. No.1 was used as the static test frame, No. 2 was the flight test frame and No.3 was used for fatigue tests. They only accumulated about 170 hours, which would be a small part of a western test program. It apparently required a flight crew of 5. The domestica...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 720 why was it built
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Re: Boeing 720 why was it built

You said it yourself, the 720 was a medium range jet and was phased out when the 727 came along. The 120 was for longer domestic flights. Because it was lighter, the 720 was more economical for shorter flights, and worked into smaller airports with shorter runways. At least that's how I understand it.

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by nikeherc
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1794
Views: 162436

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

And here I thought the wisdom was that the 788 was dead and no new ones would be ordered. Oh well!

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by nikeherc
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orbis Hospital DC-10
Replies: 16
Views: 5231

Re: New Orbis Hospital DC-10

With the advances in medical technology, I would imagine that the equipment would have no longer life span than the aircraft. The equipment was palletized in order to make the installation easier, not to make it portable. Most of the service on the airframe would probably have to do with the environ...

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whitehouse Bans Press from Briefing
Replies: 57
Views: 1808

Re: Whitehouse Bans Press from Briefing

never mind.

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How fair are the laws in Israel
Replies: 24
Views: 854

Re: How fair are the laws in Israel

never mind.

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel
Replies: 146
Views: 8176

Re: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel

I may be in a minority of one here, but as a UK resident who has travelled to the US very extensively in recent years, I will do everything I can to avoid the USA for as long as Trump is President. If I have a work requirement that takes me there, I'll reluctantly have to go, but I will do all that...

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?
Replies: 70
Views: 7229

Re: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?

The transition zone allowed the FAs to extend the smoking area if there were more smokers than could be accommodated in the smoking section. It also allowed them to extend the no-smoking section if the front of the cabin was full. I remember sitting in my assigned non-smoking seat and having the FA ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clay Lacy "riding" a DC-8
Replies: 23
Views: 3914

Re: Clay Lacy "riding" a DC-8

Clay Lacy is a member of a very special, very small group of modern aviators. You have to think Lacy, Hoover, Yeager, Tex Johnson, Glenn and Shepard and maybe just one or two others. If it had wings they could fly it better than anybody else. The world is a better place for their having been here an...

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by nikeherc
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1794
Views: 162436

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

Quite an accomplishment in my home state. Congrats to Boeing SC.

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