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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: 14960

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: 9349

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: 9349

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: 65124

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: 5331

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: 9593

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: 8772

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: 2994

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: 18517

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: 25090

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: 13586

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: 12140

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: 5497

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: 145
Views: 23069

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: 466

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: 23883

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: 2561
Views: 189568

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: 2561
Views: 189568

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: 24126

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: 5710

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: 15402

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: 15402

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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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 145
Views: 23069

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

For those worrying about hubs being over stressed by smaller airplanes, the trend to more direct flights opened by the 787 and to some extent the A-350 will provide some relief. Also, up-gauging from 330s and 767s to 787-9s and 10s and from 772s to 773s, 778s and 779s as well as A-350-900s and 1000s...

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2044

Re: Douglas DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

The original DC-8 was volume limited, not weight limited. It could carry more than it could hold. Douglas aircraft were build with thicker aluminum among other things that made them more durable. The stretched 8s were viable as new builds after the 707 family had maxed out. To stretch a 707 further ...

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2044

Re: Douglas DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

The DC-8 figures in one of my strongest memories. It was just before Christmas of 1966 and the Viet Nam war was at its peak. I was 20 years old and a senior in college. It was a warm night for December and I was standing in the yard of my family home as what seemed like every DC-8 in the Eastern fle...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet A319 Diverts to CGN due to 'threat' to aircraft
Replies: 20
Views: 4624

Re: easyJet A319 Diverts to CGN due to 'threat' to aircraft

How can there be an unaccompanied piece of baggage on board in the first place? I mean, somebody must have carried it on board. I assume it's hand luggage, not checked luggage. Someone checked the baggage at check-in but was not accounted for on the aircraft. I believe the reason behind this starte...

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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: 138
Views: 11242

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: 52
Views: 9069

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: 56
Views: 13681

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: 2247
Views: 323940

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: 12040

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: 2901

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: 15619

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: 1481

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: 6600

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: 2074

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: 21947

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: 55
Views: 3695

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: 55
Views: 3695

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: 101
Views: 9611

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: 16902

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: 5962

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: 7204

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: 102
Views: 20549

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: 102
Views: 20549

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: 102
Views: 20549

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: 5993

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: 2702

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: 5282

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: 3299

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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