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by 737tanker
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was this a breach?
Replies: 25
Views: 852

Re: Was this a breach?

How do you know that the pilot wearing the 4 stripes wasn’t a Jumpseater and not the Captain of the flight. I operated many flights where the jumpseater (who is in uniform) left the jumpseat and stood in the forward galley for over 30 minutes while the First Officer and I (as the Captain of the flig...

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by 737tanker
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore
Replies: 24
Views: 3313

Re: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore

In fact I knew a retired C-130 pilot who flew a C-130 as AF1 . It was when LBJ flew back from Vietnam and he stopped in ANC to get fuel. He wanted to see the DEW line and the only way that could be done was with a C-130

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by 737tanker
Thu May 17, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 333
Views: 34425

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

The current WN Pilot contract allows limited codeshare (with some airlines excluded) to far international destinations. Once WN reaches a certain threshold of passengers being carried by the codeshare partner then WN has to start flying the route themselves.

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by 737tanker
Wed May 02, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling
Replies: 61
Views: 13193

Re: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling

This same thing is being done by WN F/As and has been going on for decades.

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by 737tanker
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Category III
Replies: 23
Views: 2374

Re: ILS Category III

At WN a CAT III approach with minimums as low as 50 ft and 500 RVR can be flown using the HUD. Such an approach is flown with no auto throttles and no autopilot.

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by 737tanker
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 452
Views: 57157

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

[ Regardless, if I'm going to Hawaii, I'm flying DL. There's no way I can manage to sit on a 737MAX with nothing to do for the length of that flight. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Other than 1 bag that flies free, does WN offer any onboard amenities for free? Alcohol, food, in-seat IFE? Actually it's 2 bag...

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by 737tanker
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Category III
Replies: 23
Views: 2374

Re: ILS Category III

I know that WN 737-200s did CAT III with the HUD. While I know that WN retired them many years ago I don’t know if anyone else is flying them.

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by 737tanker
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel hedging (basic questions)
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Fuel hedging (basic questions)

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by 737tanker
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel hedging (basic questions)
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Fuel hedging (basic questions)

Basically the airline buys future of a commodity similar to jet fuel, in the case of WN it is heating oil. Any money made when they sell the future goes against the cost of jet fuel. Of course if the price of the commodity goes down, which has happened, then the loss also goes against the cost of fu...

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by 737tanker
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight attendant ratio of 50 to 1 - installing excess jump seats for commuters
Replies: 24
Views: 2141

Re: Flight attendant ratio of 50 to 1 - installing excess jump seats for commuters

Are there any airlines that put in, let's say, 8 jump seats into the passenger cabin keep the to do something "useful with the space" to keep from violating the 50 to 1 FA ratio I admire you for thinking any airline manager would be so kind to their employees - or to the employees of othe...

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by 737tanker
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest raises early boarding fees 20%
Replies: 18
Views: 1687

Re: Southwest raises early boarding fees 20%

I think on the past earnings call they said it has become a $100 million revenue stream, which was the original plan when it was first introduced Nice to have see that quantified. At $15 per check-in, that is roughly 6.5 million travelers who purchase Early Bird. Southwest carried about 130 million...

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by 737tanker
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest raises early boarding fees 20%
Replies: 18
Views: 1687

Re: Southwest raises early boarding fees 20%

A price increase confirms my hunch that Early Bird boarding has been very popular. I never pay for the option and over the years my check-in position has crept from “high A” group to “mid B” group. This increase is not for the Early Board checkin, This is for the unused Business Select positions A1...

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by 737tanker
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and BA codeshare?
Replies: 42
Views: 4408

Re: WN and BA codeshare?

I believe the WN Pilot contract has a Scope clause that prohibits codesharing. Don't expect the pilots to give that up anytime soon. If WN markets a flight, a WN pilot wants to fly it. The current contract has a detailed section that allows for “far international” codeshare. So there is a way for W...

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by 737tanker
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 61
Views: 8896

Re: Southwest to Europe

Lets see crews are not allowed redeyes, they don't have a plane with the range, and their intl ops (sans CUN) are not really doing all that great... I will say No There is nothing in the Pilot’s contract or the Flight Attendent’s contract that prevents WN from doing redeyes. In fact the Pilot’s con...

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by 737tanker
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11
Replies: 42
Views: 5228

Re: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11

From what I read on another forum the tanker truck delivering the de-ice fluid damage the tank where WN stored there de-ice fluid.

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by 737tanker
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 333
Views: 34425

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

Additionally I remember Herb Kelleher telling my upgrade class in January 2000 that one of the biggest mistakes that he made at Southwest was pulling out of ANC. Ummm...WN never served ANC... But if you're talking about Morris Air... Yes I know that WN never served ANC and Morris did. However Herb ...

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by 737tanker
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 333
Views: 34425

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

At the risk of being cynical, WN going into Alaska would almost be as risky as, say, restarting KPIT-KPHL (which didn't exactly end well for WN). What destinations could WN operate to Anchorage that AS doesn't already serve? I had many former Morris pilots tell me that when they flew SEA to ANC the...

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by 737tanker
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN posts record Q4 profit, announces flights at PAE
Replies: 35
Views: 4878

Re: WN posts record Q4 profit, announces flights at PAE

A few years back I had the COO of WN on my jumpseat. He said at stations where they had contract ground services WN could break even with 4 flights a day but at stations with WN employees they needed 8 flights a day to break even. So as long as WN uses contract services at PAE they should do okay.

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by 737tanker
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 2856

Re: WN and Satcom

My son-inlaw is in the Air Force and is assigned to White House Communications and spent 2 weeks in Havana when President Obama went to Cuba. He was the one that told me that there basically was no cell phone service in Cuba and that they had to communicate via SatPhone Most likely, they used SatPh...

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by 737tanker
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 2856

Re: WN and Satcom

BravoOne I was a WN pilot for 22 years and retired February 2017. The procedure for using SatCom was in the WN OpsManual and I used it flying across the US for practice, either by my calling Dispatch or them calling me. As redbellyguppy said only about 5% of the fleet has SatCom Jagflyer My son-inla...

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by 737tanker
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN and Satcom
Replies: 63
Views: 2856

Re: WN and Satcom

Some WN aircraft do have SatCom as I have used it before I retired. I believe what Redbellyguppy meant by SatCom being required for Cuba is that since cell phone service is virtually nonexistent in Cuba WN requires that their Cuba flights have SatCom so that the Flight Crews can contact Dispatch if ...

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by 737tanker
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BOS 15l-33r
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: BOS 15l-33r

BOS 15L/33R is used for landings only when 15R/33L are being used. I’ve landed on it many times when I flew the BE-99 and the Dornier 228 for Precision.

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by 737tanker
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFR fix question
Replies: 20
Views: 1632

Re: IFR fix question

On the Victor airway between BOS and HYA there is a DRUNK intersection. Many years ago I did a flight into HYA and the F/O when he checked in with Cape Approach did say DRUNK with Whiskey as the HYA ATIS was Whiskey.

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by 737tanker
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 6729

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

The legality of WN subleasing UA's gates is under investigation and has not yet been determined. Tell me about the DL legality of using the former UA gate that they never signed a lease for AIP Assurances So you're saying because of AIP any airline can go into any airport and fly out of gates that ...

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by 737tanker
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 6729

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

Yes AS did legally acquire their DAL gates from VX BUT WN legally acquired the gate that DL uses from UA. So how is asking that AS share underutilized gates with DL bad but forcing WN to share a gate that they can fully utilize is good? The legality of WN subleasing UA's gates is under investigatio...

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by 737tanker
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 6729

Re: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

I see no rational reason that anything needs to change at DAL. WN is being greedy, AS bought VX down to the last bolt, they acquired access to the VX DAL gates during that legal process, which was approved by the U.S. government. IMO, WN needs to be thankful they have most of the real estate at DAL...

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by 737tanker
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: iPad 4 Mini for a PA28?
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: iPad 4 Mini for a PA28?

I use an IPad Pro Air with a Pivot Case that uses a suction cup, the same case and Ipad I used at WN. I place the suction cup on the side window and the only issue that I have is doing that I can't open the side vent window unless I dismount the suction cup

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by 737tanker
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 10542

Re: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?

From what I read on a bigly pilot forum, these 1000 pilots will be sent to take up non-flying positions, releasing active pilots from desktop work to do more flying. Nasty way to have your commercial career sidetracked for up to 3 years if true. That has got to be the worst trade deal in the histor...

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by 737tanker
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 10542

Re: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?

I don't think Czar Trump can force fully retired pilots into armed services without either a Congress approval or a draft. Technically those in the US military aren't retired until they are 60 years old, before that they are in the Retired Reserve. Activating personnel from the Retired Reserve was ...

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by 737tanker
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling on approach
Replies: 43
Views: 7496

Re: Circling on approach

The AIM states that the inbound leg is flown at 1 minute (1 1/2 minutes abode 14000) with the timing of the outbound leg adjusted so that the inbound leg is flown at the correct time. The reason for that is because the inbound leg has a defined end point. ICAO versus FAA holding is where you time—i...

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by 737tanker
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling on approach
Replies: 43
Views: 7496

Re: Circling on approach

I'm pretty sure you meant 1 minute inbound legs. Nope, the outbound leg is the only part that is timed in a hold. The end of the inbound leg is marked by the holding fix at which you start the outbound turn, so no need to time that leg. :) The AIM states that the inbound leg is flown at 1 minute (1...

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by 737tanker
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-700 vs 737 MAX 7 Short Field and Hot/High Performance
Replies: 27
Views: 4732

Re: 737-700 vs 737 MAX 7 Short Field and Hot/High Performance

wnflyguy It wasn't pilots complaining about the short runway that caused WN to pull out of EYW but the fact that WN couldn't get the same OpSpecs for a wet runway that FL had, and DL currently has. That meant that anytime there was any moisture at EYW WN had to drastically limit the number of passen...

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by 737tanker
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot flies right over Hurricane Nate
Replies: 13
Views: 5698

Re: Pilot flies right over Hurricane Nate

All aircraft operating above 10,000’ have to have sufficient oxygen on board, so “if they even carried oxygen” is not a factor. The NOAA Gulfstream regularily overflies major hurricanes at F450 or F470. Hurricanes depend on upper level high pressure and clear air to “exhaust” the heat pump. Think o...

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by 737tanker
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many pilots does an airline need?
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Re: How many pilots does an airline need?

In most cases the plane will operate longer in a day than crews can fly so that means at least 2 crews per day. Since crews can't work 7 days a week that means at the very least you are looking at 4 crews. When you add in crews will be unavailable due to training, vacation, and being sick that adds ...

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by 737tanker
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question for anyone who knows a lot about KISP
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Question for anyone who knows a lot about KISP

When I flew for Precision Airlines in the late 80s thru the early 90s I landed on 10/28 many times with a BE-99 or a DO-228 however when I flew into ISP with Southwest 10/28 was never even a consideration. It is all about the runway length needed for landings, the larger the aircraft the more runway...

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by 737tanker
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300 retirement
Replies: 205
Views: 32643

Re: How can this many aircraft be remed from service in 1 day?

See this Dallas Morning News story: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/southwest-airlines/2017/09/27/happens-southwests-dozens-retiring-737-classics "It will be one of 30 classics retired Friday ." "... has been on a retiring spree, taking 58 out of service since August ." The ...

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by 737tanker
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilot taken with high alcohol level - must meet in court
Replies: 20
Views: 4054

Re: SAS pilot taken with high alcohol level - must meet in court

According to the accusation, the pilot was about to fly an SAS flight on an international route this spring but was stopped before reaching so far. The police had random control and measured the promille to 0.64. The promille limit for flying is 0.2. 0.2?? Is that Norwegian or SK limit? Everywhere ...

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by 737tanker
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 NFL Charters (Airlines/Flight Numbers)
Replies: 147
Views: 25282

Re: 2017 NFL Charters (Airlines/Flight Numbers)

During this pre-season the teams were allowed to have 90 players on their roster for all 4 pre-season games. Once the regular season starts the teams will have 53 players plus a 10 player practice squad. So the 90 players are in addition to all the coaches, trainers, etc that were previously mention...

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by 737tanker
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN schedule extension 8/28/17
Replies: 365
Views: 38279

Re: WN schedule extension 8/28/17

With all this talk of WN adding flights I'm wondering how flights they are going to cut in order to do the new flights.

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by 737tanker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Class 1 medical exam
Replies: 12
Views: 1430

Re: Class 1 medical exam

I also fly corporate, a Part 91 ops Global Express, but my company requires all pilots to hold a Class 1 Medical. I recently retired from a 121 airline and was getting a 2nd Class Medical for the first time in over 30 years. During the exam I asked the AME what were the differences in the standards...

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by 737tanker
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 11713

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

What's the deal with BOS runways 14/32? I've been to BOS dozens of times and never seen that runway used. There's also a hotel close to the 14 side of the runway which I assume makes it takeoff-only. Runway 14/32 is 5000 ft long with landings only on 32 (the only approach is an RNAV to 32) and take...

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by 737tanker
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Cabin Ventilation
Replies: 12
Views: 2256

Re: Southwest Cabin Ventilation

Yes all of the WN NGs have had their gasper fans deactivated. This was done after a rash of gasper fans causing smoke in the cabins. Unfortunately without the gasper fans that leaves only the recirc fans operational and some pilots turn them off due to those fans causing a loud noise on the flight d...

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by 737tanker
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 12142

Re: WN to Hawaii?

The lack of red-eyes has nothing to do with the WN pilot contract. What is the reason? I appreciate the correction, but let's take it a step further.. To get the reason for lack of WN red-eyes you would have to ask Gary Kelly as that is a management decision. All that I know is that the reason is n...

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by 737tanker
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 12142

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Denver also appears to be within range. In range of what? The 757 barely makes it as is for UA. Can we please stop with the whole "WN software (etc.) can't support red-eyes..." already? Isn't it actually an issue with the pilot contract? The lack of red-eyes has nothing to do with the WN ...

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by 737tanker
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 846
Views: 249031

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

I spoke to a WN captain the other day. They will begin MAX service the day after the last -300 is withdrawn. Something about the ratings and cockpits. Yes, but I think the question is when will they physically begin taking delivery of them? In other words, they'll need to be on property prior to Oc...

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by 737tanker
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NRA: A Call To Civil War?
Replies: 66
Views: 2906

Re: NRA: A Call To Civil War?

Right. Total nonsense. Remind me, though, which party had a lunatic actually firing shots at the opposite party? All parties have had representatives shot at. Most recently the Republicans with Steve Scalise, but just a few years ago it was the Democrats with Gabrielle Giffords. And so we can go ba...

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by 737tanker
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA agent steals cash from luggage
Replies: 36
Views: 6614

Re: TSA agent steals cash from luggage

Prior to 9/11 not only were box cutters not banned, as others have pointed out, but any knife with a blade of 4 inches or less was allowed to be brought on board an aircraft. I knew many pilots who routinely carried a leatherman when they flew.

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by 737tanker
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record
Replies: 133
Views: 32681

Re: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record

How long are crew scheduling going to have to be on top form for? My understanding is that crews cannot be rated in the Classic and MAX simultaneously. It seems that the classics will be pulled from service on Sept 30 and the available MAXs will enter service on Oct 1. I imagine that conversion fro...

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by 737tanker
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would the DOJ approve of a Delta Air Lines sublease of the AA gates at DAL?
Replies: 42
Views: 5455

Re: Would the DOJ approve of a Delta Air Lines sublease of the AA gates at DAL?

Why would Delta want to pay a lease on gates when they believe that they can use gates for free that another airline is paying to lease.

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by 737tanker
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage
Replies: 67
Views: 10284

Re: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage

You'll have to do a lot of research but here is a starter course: "On a bleak winter evening, on February 12, 2009 at about 10:17 p.m., Continental Connection Flight 3407 (operated by Colgan Air, Inc.) crashed while on final approach into Buffalo, New York. The repercussions from this crash ha...

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