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by Chemist
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Switch to Contractor at MSP Becomes Disaster
Replies: 68
Views: 7767

Re: Sun Country Switch to Contractor at MSP Becomes Disaster

Seems like the new management is a disaster.

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 63
Views: 7516

Re: Drone flies close to A380

Till what? A DJI bounces off a plane and no one notices except the drone owner who now needs a new drone. More like a DJI causes a GE90 to go boom in a very big way, triggering a major incident... It's just a matter of time. Not that I am supporting this kind of behaviour, but the only hardest part...

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 110
Views: 15141

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

Boeing's: A Total of 60 A380/747 sized aircraft will be sold over the next 20 years, AND Airbus will not fill all 380 orders currently on the books: http://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-exec-says-the-747-jumbo-jets-future-will-be-as-a-private-jet-2018-7 Airbus's:best years for A380 are yet to come...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta
Replies: 121
Views: 11991

Re: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta

:rotfl: Don't forget BUR near LAX as well.

I'm just SHOCKED that Delta wouldn't want more competition from another airport nearby ATL. :biggrin:

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?
Replies: 66
Views: 6682

Re: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?

LAX is not full operationally but is often more than full gate-wise. That should improve somewhat in coming years.

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA encountering labor slow down due contract talks
Replies: 35
Views: 4963

Re: AA encountering labor slow down due contract talks

Allegedly mechanics and ramp employees are impacting operational performance angered by slow pace of negotiations. Issues seem worst at Chicago and Dallas. For the first 4-months of 2018, AA has the lowest on-time performance among the US3. Unions deny any connection to labor talks as such slow dow...

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Looks Like Someone Used Their Army of Twitter Bots to Get F9 to Carry Non-Dairy Creamer
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Looks Like Someone Used Their Army of Twitter Bots to Get F9 to Carry Non-Dairy Creamer

What do they charge for the creamer? Is it more if you order it after check-in?

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA encountering labor slow down due contract talks
Replies: 35
Views: 4963

Re: AA encountering labor slow down due contract talks

A few years ago we were leaving Aruba on AA and we must have crawled for 30 minutes to taxi to the runway. This was during another contract slowdown. There was no other takeoff traffic at the airport. The pilots were applying brakes to keep the plane extra slow as the idle thrust threatened to achie...

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA-LAWA (LAX) lease agreement set for approvals
Replies: 26
Views: 4134

Re: New AA-LAWA (LAX) lease agreement set for approvals

LAX has become one big mess. Landed the other night at 8 and didn’t step into T4 until an hour late. The remote stands and bus to the terminal are a nightmare. LAX used to be such an easy airport. Now I’d rather connect to BUR and avoid the mess and unfortunately no Admirals Club. LAX has been a me...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Recommended travel destinations
Replies: 49
Views: 1588

Re: Recommended travel destinations

Great cities: Barcelona, Prague, Budapest

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Recommended travel destinations
Replies: 49
Views: 1588

Re: Recommended travel destinations

Yosemite is stunning.
The NaPali coast of Kauai is one of the prettiest places I've been.
I hear Bora Bora is not to be missed but is very expensive.
Santorini is amazing as are many of the Greek isles.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 7 hours in CDG, what should I do with my time.
Replies: 13
Views: 823

Re: 7 hours in CDG, what should I do with my time.

Sounds like torture. Maybe go gate-to-gate and thank employees for not striking, assuming they're not on strike that day. That's not even a joke. My family was in Paris a couple summers ago and we were leaving on a day where there was a general strike for transport workers. We didn't know that when...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should OAK be renamed for Amelia Earhart?
Replies: 39
Views: 3429

Re: Naming OAK after Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in aviation, and Oakland was a stop on her record-breaking flight. I think it makes sense to name the airport after her, what are your thoughts on that? How well did that go when Burbank renamed itself Bob Hope Airport? 1 - Kept name for a decade or so 2 - No geographic...

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposal: Flying Trains
Replies: 36
Views: 4342

Re: Proposal: Flying Trains

Why stop here? Have a submarine train and then you can just rail into the water and cruise to the islands.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM
Replies: 44
Views: 8939

Re: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM

I'm going to agree with the posters saying there was no danger here. If there was in fact danger, then any airport with a public beach that would risk a spectator collision within 2x the height of a normal person should be shut down. The planes normally pass over the threshold at ~50 feet (5 stories...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UAs next new thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 7633

Re: UAs next new thing?

1 - Better customer service
2 - Improve workflorce morale
3 - Better customer service
4 - More mainline rather than CRJs/ERJs
5 - Better customer service

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 5667

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

I don't understand the complaints about power ports. You can pay $20-$40 at Amazon and get a nice large powerpak and there you go. The cost of one round-trip checked bag at the legacies. Also the WN Rapid Rewards program has no blackout dates and all seats are eligible. I can actually use my points ...

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 5667

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

I find value in Southwest, because even as the traditional legacies have degraded and Southwest prices have increased, Southwest still doesn't nickel-and-dime me, and treats me with respect. That goes a long, long way.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manufacturers forecasts
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: Manufacturers forecasts

I don't think the 748 was the worst decision ever; it was relatively cheap to develop and will carry on as a freighter (but still wasn't a good decision). IMHO that would have to go to the Airbus A380 - a great aircraft but a very poor business decision. In the late 90's, Boeing and Airbus were both...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: San Francisco & LA from Canada in a C172 - Part 1
Replies: 16
Views: 2516

Re: San Francisco & LA from Canada in a C172 - Part 1

Regarding the weather in San Francisco, there is the famous quote attributed (falsely) to Mark Twain “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Regarding bold pilots and flying over water. Yes, traffic is heavy in California. There are quite a few places where ATC is going to r...

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot & High vs. Cold & Higher Takeoff
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: Hot & High vs. Cold & Higher Takeoff

You measure this with density altitude, which is the "effective altitude" that the airplane and its wing and engines see. The first case gives a density altitude of ~5200 feet. The second case is a density altitude of ~8400 feet. So the 6550 ft airport at 60 degrees is more detrimental to ...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO says don’t overbuild “797”; skeptical on hypersonic airliner
Replies: 77
Views: 16822

Re: Delta CEO says don’t overbuild “797”; skeptical on hypersonic airliner

In regards to speed being worth it for some richer people, you should compare the time saved by flying a private jet (direct to airport, possibly closer minor airport, no TSA or security, plane leaves on demand) versus SST answers. If you can save more time for similar cost flying private jet, then ...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 6/28
Replies: 256
Views: 21007

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 6/28

Perhaps some of the cuts are do maintenance strategically during the slow season.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's refusal to look at PSP
Replies: 52
Views: 6634

Re: WN's refusal to look at PSP

Thread title is humorous. I'm sure they look at PSP just like myriad other possibilities.
Clearly, some combination of the market's not there and/or they have better opportunities elsewhere if factoring into the lack of service at PSP.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Increasing Rocket Launches Leading to Rise in Airline Delays
Replies: 6
Views: 1178

Re: Increasing Rocket Launches Leading to Rise in Airline Delays

Well the alternative to temporary airspace closures could be Restricted zones like the military has all over the country. Then you'd be used to it, even though that's worse than a temporary closure.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man in underwear climbs onto a DL plane wing at Atlanta
Replies: 68
Views: 10102

Re: Man in underwear climbs onto a DL plane wing at Atlanta

I wear underwear every time I fly, mostly.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL
Replies: 25
Views: 5552

Re: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL

Yes but I don't recall a multi day snafu like this one on WN . And we won't even get into the narrowest seat pitches. Yawn. Did you forget about this: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/southwest-airlines/2016/07/25/2300-canceled-flights-later-southwest-airlines-recovers-technical-outage or all th...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA new seat maps
Replies: 4
Views: 1358

Re: AA new seat maps

A near dozen classes goes nicely with a dozen boarding zones...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL
Replies: 25
Views: 5552

Re: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL

Yes but I don't recall a multi day snafu like this one on WN . And we won't even get into the narrowest seat pitches.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 361
Views: 49187

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

You could call it the XLB for extra little baggage.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL
Replies: 25
Views: 5552

Re: Ground stop at CLT, DCA, and PHL

So glad I usually fly on that "cattle-call, low service" WN rather than the "full service" AA. And yes if you subcontract to another airline to save money but have your name all over their planes you are still responsible. And I'm a million miler at AA, but now avoid them unless ...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The long term sustainability of aviation
Replies: 15
Views: 1546

Re: The long term sustainability of aviation

IMO this is a can of worms far beyond aviation. The earth can only sustain so much. Humanity is destroying most other species and our even-current lifestyle is IMHO unsustainable for more than say a century. I suspect the population will drastically decline one way or another in the medium-distant f...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 15057

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

winstonlegthigh wrote:
This is an awful idea. I doubt it ever sees the light of day.


I see what you did there.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 5210

Re: Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018

Airplane is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Fly Sax of Kenya. R.I.P. That rest in peace wish is a little premature, don't you think? I mean, a long time ago there was a group of uruguayans surviving almost two months in the Andes mountains, I hope the people on board this aircraft could sur...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 233
Views: 22946

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

The best way to close the gap between Delta and United is Delta absorbs United and eliminates all United identity.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1683

Re: Ground Speed Question

But can you do the impossible turn better going east or west?

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 233
Views: 22946

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

I own quite a bit of southwest stock and yet I will not fly on them. I consider their stock a good investment but I believe most other airlines have safer operations. What makes you say they're not as safe? Certainly statistically they are safer than almost any US airline. Do you have data, or is i...

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!
Replies: 70
Views: 5716

Re: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!

I'd really look forward to more transcons from BUR in order to avoid LAX. Parking is $10/day cheaper at BUR so even when the fares are higher, it often makes sense just for the convenience. Plus with front and rear non-jetway boarding/deboarding plus the proximity of the runway to the terminal, BUR ...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!
Replies: 70
Views: 5716

Re: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!

I know Aloha briefly flew BUR to the islands ten or fifteen years ago. The new terminal is the same number of gates (14) due to NIMBY requirements, also still no jetways (which is fine with me - front and rear concurrent loading/unloading is faster). But bigger and further from the runways for safet...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!
Replies: 70
Views: 5716

Re: Burbank Airport on a roll in 2018!

So pleased to see this. It will be great to fly them to the Caribbean or Mexico and avoid LAX.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 72
Views: 7597

Re: FA attention question

..... Can you imagine if hotels operated like the airlines? Just think about that for a minute. New hotel rules: You must pay the full amount for your stay, in advance. If you want a refundable stay you will pay at least 50% more per night. If you want a slightly larger room it will cost 50% more. ...

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by Chemist
Thu May 31, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 72
Views: 7597

Re: FA attention question

What is with the notion of the customer “winning”? Why do some people go into interactions with customer service staff with a me-vs-them mentality? The customer service rep, be it an agent or a flight attendant, is on the customer’s side . A happy customer is a happy employee. When I was a ticket a...

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by Chemist
Thu May 31, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4134

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

AS planes are rather bare bones. I definitely will take B6 over an AS aircraft anyday. The only reason to take AS is if you are traveling up and down the west coast. Rather bare bones relative to what in particular about JetBlue? Alaska's planes also have in seat power, a similar buy onboard menu t...

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by Chemist
Thu May 31, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4134

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

What WN has figured out (and I hope never forgets) is that treating people fairly, with decent service, and not nickel and diming them - is a better strategy than being on time, having assigned seats, or clean planes - but having customer-unfriendly policies, cranky staff, fees, and squeezed space u...

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by Chemist
Thu May 31, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4134

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

UA arrives on time once they get rid of the dogs and make it through the passenger-dragging phase of boarding.

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by Chemist
Wed May 30, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.
Replies: 66
Views: 17354

Re: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.

The original 747s had big engine troubles early on.

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by Chemist
Fri May 25, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many boarding groups?!
Replies: 22
Views: 2983

Re: How many boarding groups?!

Considering all the boarding groups and the fact that everybody just clusters around the podium anyway no matter what group they are in makes me wonder why people criticize WN for allegedly having a stressful boarding process. People criticize Southwest for having a stressful boarding process becau...

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by Chemist
Fri May 25, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 737 MAX 9 Inaugural Plans?
Replies: 14
Views: 4183

Re: United 737 MAX 9 Inaugural Plans?

Perhaps they could run contests such as seeing how many passengers they can cram into a lav.
Prize would be a snack for the flight.

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by Chemist
Thu May 24, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 119
Views: 16351

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

This thread reminds me of the Southwest comments like "why has Southwest blown their chance for international feed" and "they could have been in Hawaii 10 years ago". Delta and Southwest are both highly profitable and successful airlines. Perhaps their caution (Delta - using olde...

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