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by DaveFly
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air looking for cash
Replies: 35
Views: 7013

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: 35
Views: 7013

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: 35
Views: 7013

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: 7210

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: 7210

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: 7210

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: 7210

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: 2852

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: 723

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: 9735

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
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL - Basic Economy review
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: DL - Basic Economy review

I don’t want to go too far off your topic, but Skywest’s reliability is pretty suspect, in my experience. At SWF, we’re very limited in options. And EWR is quite a hike. So my question is — is American Eagle/Air Wisconsin a better carrier than Skywest? I could just as easily fly to PHL for a connect...

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by DaveFly
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL - Basic Economy review
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: DL - Basic Economy review

Delta's basic economy isn't bad for a number of routes. I routinely fly routes with regional jet service, so it's window or aisle anyway, and sometimes, not having to be dead set on looking out and seeing the scenery can save $70 to $100. Twice now, this year, because of weather and other delays, m...

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by DaveFly
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL - Basic Economy review
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: DL - Basic Economy review

Before my retirement at a famous publishing company, I was the person who set up our CONCUR system. I used to attend their annual conferences, which were pretty good as far as conferences go. We also required lowest fares possible, although we didn’t bill the clients. It was a publisher, not a consu...

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by DaveFly
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Welcome Back, Steve Scalise
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Welcome Back, Steve Scalise

This isn’t meant to be disrespectful — I heard a rumor that he lost some private equipment from his injuries. Lots of references to pelvic damage. Or is that fake news?

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by DaveFly
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Downstairs Plane Toilets: Why So Little Adoption?
Replies: 14
Views: 5568

Re: Downstairs Plane Toilets: Why So Little Adoption?

I’ve only flown once with a lower-deck toilet — Lufthansa A-340-600. To my amusement (and horror), the flush is so powerful that it’s a good thing I stood up before pressing the button. If you’re male, you could lose some very important equipment! Then I cut my hand badly on a sharp plastic point in...

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by DaveFly
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58447

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

Southwest? Thanks, I’ll pass. I’ve enjoyed my four roundtrips from JFK-HNL, along with many interislands. I like the IFE, the food, the cabin crews, the 330, and the ambiance. As for interisland, I thought the 717 was one of the very few jets that could do quick turnarounds. How does SW plan to use...

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by DaveFly
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58447

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

Southwest? Thanks, I’ll pass. I’ve enjoyed my four roundtrips from JFK-HNL, along with many interislands. I like the IFE, the food, the cabin crews, the 330, and the ambiance. As for interisland, I thought the 717 was one of the very few jets that could do quick turnarounds. How does SW plan to use ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 28694

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

The end of an era. My first 747 was in 1974 (TWA, JFK-LAX); my last one in 2016 (El Al, TLV-EWR).

So grand, yet so comfortable.

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by DaveFly
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 77W EWR-TLV, why?
Replies: 70
Views: 19835

Re: United 77W EWR-TLV, why?

So, TLV sees 3 United tails a day, right? So, with all these others on the route do you all really think UA is thinking of a 4th? Would an additional 77W (when UA gets them) be put at EWR? I am born an raised in NYC, half Jewish, and I get the connection - it's a no brainer...and quite relevant to ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thousands wait in line for Hillary
Replies: 56
Views: 2480

Re: Thousands wait in line for Hillary

Lots of comments here. Did anyone actually read the book. I read it cover-to-cover. It’s fascinating. Contrary to many of the comments here, she very much accepted the blame for her defeat. She remains baffled by it, and so do I. Yes, she rightly takes Bernie, Comey, Jill, the Russians (and seriousl...

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by DaveFly
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had an airline based in the US what would you call it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1948

Re: If you had an airline based in the US what would you call it?

Air Fairies

There are so many politically incorrect slogans to choose from.

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF
Replies: 59
Views: 7091

Re: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF

I was at SWF 48 hours ago for my Delta Connection flight to DTW. The flight was three hours late, so no connection possible. The path of least resistance was to just head down to EWR the next morning. The regional service at SWF hasn’t been very reliable. The episode this week was the icing on my ca...

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 10435

Re: Hawaii Airports Thread

I’ve flown around the Hawaiian islands quite a bit in the last four years. I enjoy the outer island airports — yes, they do seem like a relic from a bygone era — but I enjoy that. HNL, on the other hand, I’ve always enjoyed in good weather. The smell of the tropical breezes in the open concourses. B...

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: TATL Flights / Wide bodies vs Narrow Bodies / Benefits for the airline
Replies: 19
Views: 2210

Re: TATL Flights / Wide bodies vs Narrow Bodies / Benefits for the airline

A few years ago, I was downgauged from a UA 777 EWR-LHR to a 757. And it was perfectly fine from my viewpoint. I don't understand the fascination with widebodies on the shorter TATL routes. The seats are just as cramped on either plane.

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by DaveFly
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?
Replies: 28
Views: 7966

Re: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?

NYC is a behemoth size market with tons of high yielding traffic. EWR provides those living in parts of NYC, west of NYC, or in NJ another option across the pond I think you really provided the answer right here. The NYC Metro market is so huge that there's room for a major airline at a non-hub air...

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by DaveFly
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying Hawaiian Airlines from OGG-SEA
Replies: 16
Views: 9609

Re: Flying Hawaiian Airlines from OGG-SEA

Very nice report! I've flown JFK-HNL on four roundtrips in the last four years, always connecting in HNL for the other islands. HA is the only domestic U.S. airline that I look forward to flying. I'm 6'2" also, and I find the seats comfortable enough. I would certainly consider upgrading to Eco...

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by DaveFly
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next airline to serve Miami
Replies: 33
Views: 2669

Re: Next airline to serve Miami

I think El Al is beginning service from Miami to Tel Aviv on November 1, 2017. I believe they used to fly the route, so then this would be a re-introduction of service.

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13402

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

but these top four airlines control nearly 70% of the U.S. market. So what? That as a standalone number isn't indicative of anything per se. I'll let the statistics speak for themselves. All of the combined airlines you mentioned account for 30% of the U.S. market. The big four alone cover 70%. So ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13402

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

You've heard of the Lufthansa Group? LH, LX, OS are already one, now being joined by SN. No they aren't. They're separate airlines, with separate operational certificates, separate route authorities, etc... that happen to share a common corporate owner on paper. Just as in the States, we are down t...

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by DaveFly
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13402

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

I think he's correct. Just as in the States, we are down to four major airlines (UA, AA, DL, and Southwest). Of course there are other airlines remaining - JetBlue, Alaska, Hawaiian), but industry consolidation has concentrated 80% of the market into the four biggies. As for Europe, the smaller airl...

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40647

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

I love the idea of the nonstops. Of course, my longest flight thus far was only 13 hours. But I settled in, made myself as comfortable as possible, and recognized that upon landing I'd be at my destination. I've done the one-stops of 6-hours per leg, and I find them endless. A long journey made even...

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by DaveFly
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM56 on DC8 Super 70s versus early A340
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: CFM56 on DC8 Super 70s versus early A340

Interesting topic. This leads me to ask: were the CFMs that replaced the old JT3s on the DC-8 much heavier than the original engines? Or were they the same weight, despite their larger size, because they were built with lighter materials? How was the wing able to cope with the additional weight? Did...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 4102

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

Lisbon to Las Palmas (scheduled) to Halifax (unscheduled) to JFK. On a DC-8-63.

The winds were strong on that long-ago December night, so we had to make the pit stop.

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by DaveFly
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 4491

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Has anyone ever actually been to Atlanta? Or is it just a myth of a city? I thought it was nothing more than an airport, the CNN Center, and a Coke bottling facility. Maybe a peachtree or two in between those places. Hahaha. I know you're being facetious, but I recently visited my niece/nephew in A...

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by DaveFly
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas
Replies: 133
Views: 14589

Re: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas

What about an airport serving New Jersey and New York City. Or maybe one serving Baltimore and Washington.... Amazing nobody has thought of this. New Jersey is not its own metropolitan area. I think an argument could be made that Central and Northern New Jersey are a separate metro area. The popula...

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by DaveFly
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Legacy Carriers 737 MAX TATL?
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: US Legacy Carriers 737 MAX TATL?

United and Delta have utilized 757s on Transatlantic routes. As the 757s wind down, it's possible that they'd use another narrowbody, namely the 737, on some of those routes.

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by DaveFly
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)
Replies: 87
Views: 3621

Re: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)

L-1011 TWA August 1974 SFO-JFK DC-10 AA June 1973 LGA-BUF MD-11 Never been on one IIRC, it was one of the designs specs for the DC-10-10, the ability to fly from LGA on short/medium routes. I flew this route often to college on the DC-10. That includes, after 300+ other flights, the only one I coul...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 4491

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Cincinnati, although the airport is in Kentucky, not Ohio. Either way, never stepped out of that airport.

Frankfurt, Germany.

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by DaveFly
Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)
Replies: 87
Views: 3621

Re: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)

L-1011 TWA August 1974 SFO-JFK

DC-10 AA June 1973 LGA-BUF

MD-11 Never been on one

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by DaveFly
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL outlines A350 routes
Replies: 209
Views: 57577

Re: DL A350 inaugural flight will be DTW-NRT

NOTE: JFK-SIN was operated with a A340-500 with only 100 premium seats, not an A359. They plan to return to the route with a similar configured A359ULR when it becomes available in 2019-2020 time range based on recent Airbus posting. Minor correction: the Singapore route on the 340-500 was operated...

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by DaveFly
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When's the last time your captain used full power for takeoff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1558

Re: When's the last time your captain used full power for takeoff?

Without having any information from the flight crew, the only one I can recall was an AA MD-80 from ABQ-ORD. Since it was summer, the captain ordered offloading of cargo and pax. I know that ABQ has a long runway, but the high/hot conditions -- the captain sat on the brakes while the engines revved,...

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by DaveFly
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10304

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Oh, I think the DC-8-63 was the most beautiful plane ever designed! My first passenger flights were aboard them to places like New York, the Bahamas, Canary Islands, Lisbon. Extremely comfortable, although a visit to the lav on a -63 was an exercise in advance planning! It was a long walk. But thos...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10304

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Oh, I think the DC-8-63 was the most beautiful plane ever designed! My first passenger flights were aboard them to places like New York, the Bahamas, Canary Islands, Lisbon. Extremely comfortable, although a visit to the lav on a -63 was an exercise in advance planning! It was a long walk. But those...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First El Al 787 painted
Replies: 49
Views: 7381

Re: First El Al 787 painted

[/quote] LHR : 12SEP17 EWR : 27OCT17 HKG : 18MAR18 EWR (New second daily) 30MAR18 JFK (LY007) : 29JUN18[/quote] That's good to know about the additional flight to/from Newark. United already has two flights on the route with a 772 and 773ER, so the demand is there. Maybe more competition will help b...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Characteristics Of The ERJ-190
Replies: 28
Views: 15550

Re: Flight Characteristics Of The ERJ-190

I just noticed that this thread is five years old, but I'll offer my two cents anyway. I've been a passenger on both the E-190 and E-145 many times. I love the 190. The seating configuration is so comfortable, and I've never noticed any unusual yawing. On the other hand, I hate the 145. It is just n...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?
Replies: 47
Views: 2966

Re: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?

I used to fly on the DC-10 often to/from college, AA LGA-BUF -- which just goes to show how old I am! On my very first DC-10 flight, the brakes jammed and we had to return from the runway to the terminal THREE TIMES for maintenance. And before landing, the captain announced that the 'pneumatics' had...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 11831

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

I haven't seen many 29 arrivals or 11 departures at EWR, but apparently the LY 747 has been known to land on 29 from time to time, among others. I was on one of those LY 747 29 landings which I posted on YouTube. The video quality is crappy because I just grabbed my iPhone when I saw the approach. ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: High Altitude Sickness v Cabin Altitude

Interesting topic. I'll be taking a vacation soon in Colorado, and as a heart patient I'm a little concerned. But I've spent many days in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, the Hawaiian mountains, and long flights with no ill effects at all. But my children, who are very active with hiking and running, have told...

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A person who “passed gas”
Replies: 14
Views: 3752

A person who “passed gas”

http://amp.charlotteobserver.com/news/l ... 91703.html
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Does this story pass the smell test??

A person who “passed gas” on an American Airlines plane on Sunday afternoon forced all passengers off the jet, officials said.

http://amp.charlotteobserver.com/news/l ... 91703.html

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