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by DaveFly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4225

Re: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019

I flew on my first El Al 787 on Wednesday, although I’ve been on LY’s 747/777s many times. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. I sat in Economy in an exit row, so although I had plenty of legroom, the seats were so narrow it was nearly unbearable. The flight was fast though — 9-1/2 hours EWR-TLV.

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by DaveFly
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4225

Re: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019

I have flown many LY 747s over the years. They are like wearing an old comfortable pair of shoes. I’m sad to see them go, but they really need a cabin overhaul to be competitive. As for me, I’m flying next week on my very first 787, EWR-TLV. I’m excited!

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Brussels Airlines JFK-TLV A330/A320
Replies: 12
Views: 5695

Re: Brussels Airlines JFK-TLV A330/A320

Nice trip report!

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by DaveFly
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thr correct number of inches is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 2061

Re: Thr correct number of inches is . . .

I did a double-take when I saw the title of this thread! I have a malicious turn of mind!

At any rate, isn’t circumference just as important as length? :)

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by DaveFly
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine or No?
Replies: 73
Views: 2387

Re: Flu Vaccine or No?

I’m old enough to have had all those diseases for which there is now a vaccine: chicken pox, rubella, measles, mumps. They were horrible. So I’m all-in for any vaccine that prevents or lessens disease. I get the pneumonia, flu, shingles, tetanus et al vaccines whenever the schedule calls for it. I j...

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by DaveFly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Diane Feinstein is a Dispicable Person
Replies: 122
Views: 3046

Re: Diane Feinstein is a Dispicable Person

I’m much more interested in Kavanaugh’s personal finances. He had $200,000 in credit card debt, but didn’t make enough money to pay it off. But by last year, the debt was gone, he bought a $1 million house, $100K golf club membership. So where is the money coming from? His parents? A conservative be...

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 87
Views: 2411

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

TWA, 1974 (1)
TWA, 1984 (4)
Lufthansa, 2009 (3)
Delta, 2014 (2)
El Al, 2016 (2)

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian going to BOS
Replies: 138
Views: 17945

Re: Hawaiian going to BOS

Congratulations to Hawaiian! I have flown the JFK-HNL route four times, and the service makes it worthwhile for me to hike to JFK. EWR is much closer, but HA is superior to UA on the route.

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by DaveFly
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9/11 ... Never Forget
Replies: 49
Views: 3190

Re: 9/11 ... Never Forget

I was in midtown Manhattan that day. We actually didn’t know what was happening just a few miles south. Having said that — I guess I’ll be called un-American — but really, enough already! What about babies/children who die from cancer? Or people killed everyday in auto accidents or gun violence. Or ...

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by DaveFly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5916

Re: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

1) NYC is the most overrated place on the planet. Your remark sounds like the response I got when I said Paris was a beautiful city. She said it’s dirty. As if that’s important in Paris! Anyway, I think the millions of residents and tourists would disagree about you about New York. The architecture...

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by DaveFly
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5916

Re: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

Predictably ignorant NYT article followed by a.net thread predictably following one a few weeks ago. GF not an ignorant article at all, Did you bother even reading it? It should serve as an eye opener but it won't. Just think how KIX airport would look if the storm surge was just a few feet higher....

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by DaveFly
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5916

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

https://nyti.ms/2NpXV12?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

From the New York Times:

https://nyti.ms/2NpXV12?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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by DaveFly
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should you read your partner’s texts?
Replies: 43
Views: 1553

Re: Should you read your partner’s texts?

I’m going to be the cynic. Yeah, I completely trusted my wife too. No secrets. Total respect. Nothing to hide. Until. I accidentally discovered that I had opened USD$100,000 in credit cards, bank accounts, post office boxes. Sorry, I don’t trust anyone anymore. This was the person I slept in same be...

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Economy TATL options
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Economy TATL options

I’m not sure where the antipathy toward the U.S. airlines comes from. I’ve flown transatlantic many times on United and Delta, admittedly on the 767 which always seems to be more comfortable. They are just as good or bad as British, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM. On domestic U.S. flights, all bets are ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration
Replies: 95
Views: 3927

Re: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration

I’m willing to bet that the anonymous official is Melania!

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by DaveFly
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mariner has passed away
Replies: 79
Views: 3952

Re: Mariner has passed away

I’m sorry to hear the news. Awhile back, I discovered Mariner’s real vocation and we had many private discussions about his screenplays. One of the most interesting was ‘The Sum of Us,’ starring Jack Thompson and a young Russell Crowe. He told me that Crowe campaigned hard for that role, and it’s a ...

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by DaveFly
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pan-Am Airlines If They Were Still Around Today?
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Pan-Am Airlines If They Were Still Around Today?

For one thing, they wouldn’t be called Pan-Am Airlines. The corporate name was Pan American World Airways.

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by DaveFly
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff
Replies: 59
Views: 12205

Re: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff

Here’s a related issue I’ve often wondered about. If airlines are so concerned about cabin heat from outside air temps and full sunshine, why would an airline like Southwest paint their fleet dark blue? I’m sure the absorption of heat by the dark colors is hardly offset by putting down the shades. W...

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by DaveFly
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From my Archives: Summer '14 Returning from Israel One of the Only Ways Available El Al
Replies: 13
Views: 4242

Re: From my Archives: Summer '14 Returning from Israel One of the Only Ways Available El Al

Since my daughter and her family live in Israel, I visit each year. I’ve flown variously El Al, Delta, United, and Lufthansa. I don’t know exactly what happened, but El Al’s service markedly improved in the last 2-3 years. Before that, the cabin crews had a well-earned reputation for surly attitudes...

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Dreamliner RR Trent routes?
Replies: 10
Views: 2607

Re: Longest Dreamliner RR Trent routes?

AUH-MEL:6288nm(Etihad)GE SYD-DEL:5634nm(Air India)GE PEK-LAX:5446nm(Air China)RR AKL-PEK:6483nm(Air China)RR SZX-LAX:7723nm(Air China)RR LHR-HKG:5253nm(Virgin)RR DEL-YVR:6723nm(Air Canada)GE DEL-YYZ:6322nm(Air Canada)GE LHR-KUL:5738nm(British Airways)RR NRT-LHR:5200nm(British Airways)RR AUH-BNE:649...

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by DaveFly
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27362

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

Not to go too far off-track, but isn’t the restarted Singapore-New York City service (mentioned in an earlier post) at Newark, rather than JFK?

Obviously, Newark doesn’t have the variety of international service that JFK enjoys, but Newark does have many important long-haul routes.

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by DaveFly
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Lane and Hawaii
Replies: 90
Views: 10432

Re: Hurricane Lane and Hawaii

My sister flew on HA JFK-HNL-LIH yesterday. She said it was smooth on both flights, even on the approaches. Her big takeaway was that there were so many empty seats. She drove around Kauai today and said a lot of preparations were in place. As for precipitation, she said it’s raining on and off.

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by DaveFly
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegain Air Cancellation
Replies: 26
Views: 2513

Re: Norwegain Air Cancellation

Wow — anet commenters, just listen to yourselves! The guy’s flight was canceled and he’s reaching out for help from the supposedly knowledgeable crowd here. I was waiting for an informative answer myself, and one or two people provided a website/phone to contact. Everyone else piled on with (a) you ...

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by DaveFly
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airport for NYC and Philadelphia
Replies: 112
Views: 11814

Re: New airport for NYC and Philadelphia

Just to make sure, I'm talking about the line that goes from Hoboken to Salisbury Mills. From Salisbury Mills it's easy to extend the line to Stewart Airport. It's a single track, but can be doubled. It's not electrified, but that can be done. So don't talk to me about it not being an option, I kno...

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by DaveFly
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air looking for cash
Replies: 36
Views: 8036

Re: WOW Air looking for cash

I am searching around for reasonable airfares from EWR -TLV in October. WOW has by far the best bargain, with a two-hour layover in KEF. But after reading all the comments above, including cash position and customer service, I think I ought to pass. Am I being overly worried? Any opinions? I doubt ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air looking for cash
Replies: 36
Views: 8036

Re: WOW Air looking for cash

Thank you for the responses. As for leaving the TLV market, they’re still listed on all the search engines I researched. So I’m a little confused. I’m sure their in-flight service is fine. It’s not like United and El Al roll out the welcome mat for lowly Economy passengers like me! I just read this ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air looking for cash
Replies: 36
Views: 8036

Re: WOW Air looking for cash

I am searching around for reasonable airfares from EWR -TLV in October. WOW has by far the best bargain, with a two-hour layover in KEF. But after reading all the comments above, including cash position and customer service, I think I ought to pass. Am I being overly worried? Any opinions?

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)
Replies: 24
Views: 7284

Re: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)

Non-issue. Believe it or not, the pilots also want to survive the flight. Thank you for that. I couldn't count the number of passengers who asked "Is it safe?" especially during my commuter flying days. It happened often enough that my reply became, "Well, I'm going and I'm looking f...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)
Replies: 24
Views: 7284

Re: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)

Sorry if I caused confusion. I was just trying to point out a similar occurrence on a 747 I was on. No, I am not a pilot, never said I was. I’m a Director at a billion dollar publisher, so I fly a lot and I enjoy it. For the record, my video was in 2016, so El Al did indeed fly 744s to Newark. They ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)
Replies: 24
Views: 7284

Re: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)

I might be missing it, but I see a greasy, dirty flap, not a deformation. Yes, the flaperon and upper flap panel are dirty and greasy. But on the middle flap panel, there is metal missing, as well as a patch. On the other hand, if I actually have to point it out, it shows how insignificant the defo...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)
Replies: 24
Views: 7284

Re: LH 417 iad to fra flew with broken flap (8/4/18)

I shot this video from the window of a 744. At 0:23 on the lower right side, you can see a deformation if the inboard flap. I don’t know if the repair was badly performed, or just a temporary patch — but I was surprised to see it. It obviously had no effect on the flight, but I didn’t realize that i...

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by DaveFly
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities known mainly for Airports
Replies: 72
Views: 3132

Re: Cities known mainly for Airports

I’m surprised to read some of the choices here. 1. Frankfurt might not be a tourist destination, but it is one of Germany’s foremost financial and corporate centers. 2. Atlanta. If you any interest in sports, like most Americans, the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks are very big business. 3. Newark. I wil...

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by DaveFly
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much time needed to visit National Air and Space Museum at IAD?
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: How much time needed to visit National Air and Space Museum at IAD?

My son and I did a day trip to Udvar Hazy a number of years ago. We flew from SWF to IAD on Independence Air (remember them?), a CRJ, first thing in the morning. Took a taxi from IAD to the museum. Spent the entire day there until closing time. We called a taxi to return to IAD, and caught an 8pm fl...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 9791

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

I can recall an MD-80 flight from Albuquerque to Chicago in summer temps, where passengers were asked to deplane (voluntarily). Albuquerque has a long runway, but even as a frequent flier, that plane clawed its way into the air. The wings shuddered very noticeably at rotation, and the passengers wer...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Those screaming infants and babies on planes
Replies: 15
Views: 1349

Re: Those screaming infants and babies on planes

My children are in their 20s now, but we flew with them often. As babies, my daughter was fine; my son had ear issues, and the change in pressure would cause a lot of screaming. We gave him children’s Sudafed and Tylenol, and that seemed to do the trick. As toddlers, we brought lots of distractions ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current and record longest B772 & B773 flights
Replies: 35
Views: 5114

Re: Current and record longest B772 & B773 flights

We used to have an Emirates captain (a German native) who posted trip reports here in 2006. A few of his reports were Dubai-Sydney/Melbourne on the non-ER 777-300. I have the reports on my computer — my biggest takeaway was his emphasis that they always had to use the longest runway, with no thrust...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 11828

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

I would advocate for more wanking — it would likely reduce the incidence of air rage. But seriously, on my recent ten-hour United flight, a young father and mother encouraged their bratty toddlers to run and scream up and down the aisle. The crew didn’t say a word. I think this is more offensive and...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 11828

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

FWIW, I asked my wife/sister/daughter for their reactions: Wife: Eeeww. I’d just look out the window and avoid eye and any other contact. Sister: I was a New York City school principal. I’ve seen a lot worse. Daughter: I was a waitress. Do you think I care if some asshole is playing with his meat? A...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current and record longest B772 & B773 flights
Replies: 35
Views: 5114

Re: Current and record longest B772 & B773 flights

We used to have an Emirates captain (a German native) who posted trip reports here in 2006. A few of his reports were Dubai-Sydney/Melbourne on the non-ER 777-300. I have the reports on my computer — my biggest takeaway was his emphasis that they always had to use the longest runway, with no thrust ...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 11828

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

SATexan wrote:
Most nonchalant men don't seem to understand that such incidents can also happen to their wives, sisters and daughters.


Why, do you think my wife, sister, and daughter have never heard of masturbation?! They’ve seen worse things. I’m sure they’d say, ‘whatever.’

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is United still operating 757's on transatlantic routes?
Replies: 152
Views: 28156

Re: Why is United still operating 757's on transatlantic routes?

FWIW, I flew EWR-LHR a few years ago. Several roundtrips. They were perfectly fine. I do prefer the 767 for comfort, although that might only be my perception, but I had no complaints about the 757.

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by DaveFly
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone buy a dishwasher In the US lately ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1107

Re: Anyone buy a dishwasher In the US lately ?

I recently bought a Bosch, based on a friend’s recommendation, along with Consumer Reports. I HATE IT. Really, I didn’t think it was possible to hate an appliance. Yes, it’s quiet and cleans well. BUT, the door has popped open in mid-cycle on many occasions. The company repaired it twice, and admitt...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?
Replies: 43
Views: 2985

Re: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?

EWR Rwy 29 landings have a hard right turn just before landing. Granted landing on that runway doesn't happen too often, usually only during high winds My favorite landing at EWR. :-) I've only landed on 29 once but it was FUN. My brother has landed on it many times and I often get videos from him ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hub of the US3
Replies: 27
Views: 2645

Re: Best hub of the US3

I agree that Atlanta is pretty good hub for transfers. It’s big and sprawling, but it seems to work.

I like Detroit as well. When I use these hubs, I’m usually transferring to/from a regional partner, so I don’t want to leave the building or take a bus, as in Philadelphia.

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by DaveFly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?
Replies: 43
Views: 2985

Re: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?

I’ve heard SAN described as flying through midtown Manhattan for a landing in Central Park. When I first landed in San Diego, I knew it was a rigorous approach. And it was quite an eye-opener to see nearby buildings that were higher than the approach path.

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by DaveFly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Taxiing Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 1542

Re: Electric Taxiing Solutions

Berevoff wrote:
I think designing airports with downhill taxiways to be a better option.


Or just have taxiways that face South!

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by DaveFly
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 90
Views: 9371

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

He could use Frontier’s paint scheme as an example......and paint a big pussy on the vertical stabilizer.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I'm surprised I've never flown on...
Replies: 31
Views: 1150

Re: I'm surprised I've never flown on...

Southwest.

They serve a few airports I could easily reach — EWR, LGA, ALB — but for one reason or another, never took the opportunity.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA F-100 Fleet
Replies: 39
Views: 5305

Re: AA F-100 Fleet

FWIW, I loved flying on the F100s, and I did so very often out of SWF and HPN. AA SWF-ORD, US HPN-PIT, Midway SWF-RDU-Florida. They were quiet and comfortable.

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