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by DaveFly
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

My most recent experience at FRA was from the Middle East to Newark with a three-hour connection, all on Lufthansa. And I almost didn’t make it. -An unexpected 45-min holding pattern above FRA -No available gate, a long step down from the 340 to a bus -Somehow got out of the schengen area, so had to...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl
Replies: 179
Views: 5849

Re: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl

This has to be one of the most bizarre threads I’ve read here. Valet attendants, Joe Lieberman, retirement at 40, everything but the kitchen sink! I grew up in Alexandra’s district in the Bronx. No special insight from me though; it was a completely different demographic then. Keep in mind that she ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle
Replies: 10
Views: 4225

Re: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle

Best wishes for a complete recovery. I’ve flown SWF-PHL a few times on Eagle because one of my children lives in Philly, and I loathe driving and traffic. It’s such a short flight, so the 145 was just fine with me. I also flew with my another child (they’re all in their 20s) on the 145 from Newark t...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migraines
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Re: Migraines

I used to get incredibly debilitating migraines. They were so bad that I’d hallucinate, and they’d take 48 hours to recover from. Absolutely nothing helped, so I’d O.D. on painkillers to knock myself out, and sleep with an ice pack on my head. Then I began taking beta blockers for an unrelated cardi...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13280

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

I can’t add much to this discussion, but I recall reading, in a book about the 747 development, that the B-52 was a completely different species than the jetliner that would become the 707. The B-52 was a heavy longeron design, the 707 was to be a skin-and-stringer design. Utterly different design c...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5335

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

[quote= The Port Authority always had a Jersey bias and EWR bias. Everything was always about NJ...has to do with the politics of the board and the Chair being a NJ appointee. They literally ran JFK into the ground in the 80s concentrating on EWR.[/quote] Do you really think so? I never got that imp...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5335

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

For a funny bit of history — when I was in college in the 1970s, PANYNJ ran ads calling Newark “New York’s Best-Kept Secret!” I used to fly out of Newark on Piedmont back then, even though I lived in NYC. I still use Newark now because I live on the west side of the Hudson, so it’s still more conven...

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by DaveFly
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s
Replies: 70
Views: 11031

Re: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s

Well, I’ve been on all El Al’s longhaul aircraft in the last decade, and I’ll miss the 747. The 747/767s were long-in-the-tooth, but they were comfortable. I’m sorry to hear that the 777 is going 3-4-3, but it was inevitable. I just flew El Al’s 787 in October. I thought it was very cramped, but tha...

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by DaveFly
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4029

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Too many to name! First off, I’ve lived in NYC and surrounding area for 60+ years, so all the sights are simply home to me. Bahamas (in the 1970s); everything smelled like Aramis to me. Loved it! Portugal, fascinating. Niagara Falls; don’t laugh, it’s quite spectacular. London; where to begin? Paris...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 104
Views: 12835

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

Is it possible that the delays/cancellations affect Skywest more than the other Delta Connection carriers? I’m just using my own experience, and it’s always a problem. As for HPN, my house in the Hudson Valley is 1-1/4 hours from HPN. So if I can’t use SWF, I’d rather bite the bullet and drive to EWR.

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by DaveFly
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 104
Views: 12835

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

I am completely ignorant of the stats you guys know about CRJ economics and union contracts. I’m not in the industry. But I fly on Delta Connection (Skywest) every month from SWF. And I’m guaranteed a bad experience. The incoming flights are often canceled or late. So there goes my connection. Or if...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J
Replies: 7
Views: 8305

Re: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J

Nice report! I’ve flown Lufthansa several times, on the 744 and 346, and always enjoyed excellent service, even in Economy! The flight attendants had a hard time avoiding a good laugh at my German language skills, but I made a good effort. I didn’t like Frankfurt Airport though. It was a mess from b...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?
Replies: 93
Views: 4546

Re: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?

I was just talking about this issue today with an old friend. I said that most non-Americans are at least bilingual, but it’s unheard of here. I studied French, German, and Hebrew in high school (at least one additional language was a requirement in NYC in the early-1970s). I don’t know why I chose ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 6160

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

I’m sort of dumbfounded by many of the comments because I’ve flown on the 717 many times (AirTran, Delta, Hawaiian), the MD-90 (Delta), and countless DC-9/MD-80s. I never noticed any excessive noise from the air conditioning on any of them, nor did I hear excessive slipstream noise. We all know that...

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY Religious Woes Redux
Replies: 55
Views: 13537

Re: LY Religious Woes Redux

Oh, I’m opening a can of worms here! So I’ll try to keep the focus on aviation and away from politics. My daughter and her family live in Israel. Like the majority in Israel, they’re secular, don’t participate in organized religion, and want nothing to do with settlements and territories. But becaus...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?
Replies: 109
Views: 12369

Re: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?

Like most commenters, I don’t understand the issue. I’ve flown out of EWR terminal B and C in the last two months. Everything was fine. It’s not as if I’m buying an apartment there. It’s functional, that’s all I expect.

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20116

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

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FWIW, here’s a video I shot of a Dash-8 hop from JHM West Kapalua to HNL Honolulu. Interesting takeoff procedure on the 3000-ft runway!
https://youtu.be/R2EJfvyVpl0

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 203
Views: 11859

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Script handwriting 8mm movies (I still have a projector) Kodachrome slides AAA road maps Sliderule (still have one and know how to use it) Financial tables in the back of the textbook Horn & Hardart Automat Manual Elevator with an Elevator Man Movie Theater matrons (who would kill you if you utt...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 4975

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

I don’t know why, in spite of what has been said in the forum. NORWEGIAN caters to cheapskates willing to inconvenience themselves extremely to save a few bucks (the same cheapskates who stay in Airbnb’s and make neighborhood unaffordable for actual tenants). I live in Brooklyn. If I were to take a...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 4975

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I
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I shot this short video of a Norwegian 787 flying out of Stewart. I don’t know if it was a substitution for a 737, or perhaps a training flight.
https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 4975

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

Seems like the most random THREAD ever. Norwegian flies the route because it’s apparently popular and profitable. It could also be the reason why JetBlue, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and Allegiant fly to SWF. Or why FedEx and DHL have operations there. Or perhaps that the Hudson Valley current...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 8511

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Douglas DC-8-63

Perfect proportions. And it was my very first flight, so also a sentimental favorite.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One year since UA has retired 747
Replies: 14
Views: 1905

Re: One year since UA has retired 747

In the last five years, I flew on 747s of Delta, Lufthansa, and El Al. True, they were all a bit dated in terms of IFE and cabin updates. But they were so comfortable! It was like putting on an old pair of worn-in shoes.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European destinations no longer served by DL
Replies: 59
Views: 7784

Re: European destinations no longer served by DL

https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc
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Delta obviously knows what’s best for their network. I had a very pleasant flight with them from Newark to Paris a few years ago:
https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc

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by DaveFly
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR prior to UA and CO merger
Replies: 48
Views: 4964

Re: EWR prior to UA and CO merger

Amelia Earhart flew into Newark on several occasions. In the 1970s, I flew from EWR on Piedmont a few times to visit college buddies. Incredibly, the Port Authority used to run commercials that portrayed Newark as ‘New York’s best-kept secret airport!’ Who would’ve thought they’d grow into a mega hub!

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return
Replies: 29
Views: 2336

Re: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return

DL ATL-SWF. When I lived near SWF, it was much easier than dealing with going up to ALB, HPN, or BDL for a nonstop. There are a lot of people who prefer the ease of SWF and would fly out there if they had more service that wasn't geared towards vacationers. BOS-ISP, while short as the crow flies, w...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Describe AA in 3 Words Article
Replies: 117
Views: 12703

Re: Describe AA in 3 Words Article

Hapless
Helpless
Hopeless

When AA and US merged, I thought, wow, two shitty airlines now become one shit airline.

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by DaveFly
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY winter schedule starts today:767 reired from longhaul
Replies: 13
Views: 3052

Re: LY winter schedule starts today:767 reired from longhaul

Just my opinion — I flew LY 789 last week EWR-TLV-EWR. I was so disappointed with the (dis)comfort of the Economy seats. Since LY’s 777s are still configured 3-3-3, I wish I they were still used on longer-haul routes.

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11129

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Because Delta are TOTO fans? “I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain) I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain) I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (Ah, gonna take the time) Gonna take some time to do the things we ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: First ride on the Boeing 787

https://youtu.be/oRRc_8B8SXg
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Here is the takeoff from TLV on the way to EWR:

https://youtu.be/oRRc_8B8SXg

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: First ride on the Boeing 787

Sorry to hear your flight was torture. BUT... 1. That exit row seat...of course it was narrow. With no seatback in front of you, the arm rests were probably fixed as well as wider than normal to accommodate the fold out tray table and or video screen. Unfortunately they don't provide wider seats to...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First ride on the Boeing 787
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

First ride on the Boeing 787

As an aviation enthusiast, I’ve been waiting to experience my first ride on the 787. Major disappointment. The economy seats, as on most 787 carriers, were torture. I booked an exit row, so at least I had some legroom. But my “window” seat didn’t have a window, and I could barely fit my arse in the ...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting in MSP or ATL
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Connecting in MSP or ATL

I’ve recently transferred at both airports, and they were each very good. ATL and MSP are both good options, far better than some other hubs I can name.

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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: 4596

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: 4596

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: 8025

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: 2911

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: 3940

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: 3764

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: 88
Views: 4832

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: 18952

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: 3575

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: 6185

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: 6185

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: 6185

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: 1958

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: 1494

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: 4482

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: 80
Views: 6569

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: 779

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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