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by spacecadet
Sat May 25, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Chase Ultimate Rewards question
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Chase Ultimate Rewards question

Stuff like this is why the airlines continue to devalue their FF points. And if this process hasn't been shut down by the airlines or credit card companies already (and I seem to remember that it has), it will be soon. Just get an AMEX card and put all your purchases on it. You'll have more points t...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 20, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 203
Views: 28423

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

Asked a friend who happens to fly for the airline in question. Has zero knowledge of any rumor of this circulating. I know we have some B6 pilots on here, so I'm genuinely curious if my friend is just not part of the cool kids club, or if these rumors really aren't as widespread as some make them o...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 19, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 203
Views: 28423

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

I agree this rumor is not credible. Still, it's a slow news night, why not discuss whether it would make sense, and if not, is there anything Alaska could do to pull off such a merger/buy out? Maybe because it's already been discussed all it needs to be: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.ph...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 12, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

Why do some people only buy aisle seats and not window seats? It's the same thing. It's important for some people. It might not be for you. But don't expect a blogger or reviewer to tailor what they write to your specific tastes. They're trying to cover everybody who might be reading. I don't expect...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 06, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 799
Views: 130678

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Some people are getting way off track here. What caused the deaths of these 40+ passengers is the fact that this plane crashed on the runway and burst into flames. The evacuation is secondary. Evacuations never go perfectly, which is why they're performed so rarely and are sometimes delayed even in ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I guess in an extreme situation like the one above (with only a few people on the plane), I'd sit somewhere else. But in general, I'd tell the person to move. And if they refused, I wouldn't have a problem making their day miserable.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5030

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

CosmicCruiser wrote:
no one got the joke yet?


There was a joke?

April Fool's Day is April 1st. This was posted on April 13th.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4668

Re: Staying on the centre line

CosmicCruiser wrote:
we never used the tiller once lined up.


:checkmark:

I'm not sure if some others misunderstood the question or what.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

Re: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin

Glad I'm not the first officer on any of these flights, because it sounds like he/she is the one doing all the flight prep.

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

Re: AA captain personally greeting passengers in the cabin

JetBlue encourages their pilots to greet the passengers, time permitting. But usually, time does not permit. I wonder about the circumstances of this flight that the captain was even able to walk around greeting the passengers. It sounds like there must have been some kind of delay and he was trying...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2540

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

A lot of the responses on here deal with the rational. i.e. planes don’t fall from the sky, they can handle tremendous winds, pilots are very well trained, etc etc. But the problem is— like so many phobias, the fear isn’t rational! I understand that and have been there. I had a mishap in a DC-10 wh...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4668

Re: Staying on the centre line

It's all manual using rudder. And you certainly *can* feel it sometimes, even in an airliner. It depends on the winds and the pilot. I have felt like the plane was going to turn over on some takeoffs and landings. I fly small planes myself and it's a lot harder to keep one of those on centerline (be...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Make better use of fuselage space
Replies: 25
Views: 3832

Re: Make better use of fuselage space

Deathtrap in an emergency.

Not to mention food and drink carts would be unstable, and would at best only be able to service one side of the plane (ie. not interchangeable, which is much *less* efficient).

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?
Replies: 68
Views: 9342

Re: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?

No one uses city proper in any regard for population stats in terms of aviation catchment, and yes PHL's is significant larger than PHX's.... No, it isn't. I mean, a simple Google search of either city will easily verify that for you. It takes 5 seconds. People should stop posting stuff here that i...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2133

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

zakuivcustom wrote:
P.S. Isn't the "correct" beverage on a plane Tomato Juice?


Sure, with some vodka, worcestershire, and tabasco in it, and garnished with celery!

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?
Replies: 68
Views: 9342

Re: AA Phoenix to Tokyo?

I don’t see PHX to NRT anytime soon. LAX and DFW are each an hour to hour and a half away and they both have 2 flights to Tokyo each. I think PHL to NRT is more likely. Huh? PHL is a lot closer to EWR (or even JFK) than PHX is to LAX or DFW. It also has a pretty stagnant population, whereas Phoenix...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!
Replies: 139
Views: 38804

Re: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!

Have there been any other instances of dramatic uncommanded side-stick actuations previously? As I implied in my last reply, I strongly doubt it was an "uncommanded side-stick actuation". From the passenger description, it may have been a strong gust of wind and/or pilot correction (or ov...

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by spacecadet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2540

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

Accuweather predicts for Thursday when I fly "Variable cloudiness, a shower or thunderstorm around " arghhhh Remember that if you know that, your pilots do too. And they have far more detailed and accurate weather forecasts than Accuweather. That's true. In general how much bumpiness coul...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2540

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

akb88 wrote:
Accuweather predicts for Thursday when I fly "Variable cloudiness, a shower or thunderstorm around " arghhhh


Remember that if you know that, your pilots do too. And they have far more detailed and accurate weather forecasts than Accuweather.

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2540

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

Mid air turbulence is what makes me scared. Totally irrational I know— but it’s not like I’m telling myself to make my palms sweat like Niagara Falls. Ironically, even though landings are in theory more dangerous and can be very bumpy, they don’t bother me, and the reason is they will be over in a ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boarding time on intercontinental flights ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2233

Re: Boarding time on intercontinental flights ?

ANA and JAL typically board 20 minutes in advance. And it's enough time.

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!
Replies: 139
Views: 38804

Re: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!

It's definitely a serious incident, however the cause is probably going to be pretty pedestrian. Pilots sometimes get off centerline; flying is not an exact science. You try to fly as precisely as possible but sometimes the wind is worse than you think or maybe you're just having a bad day flying. I...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5030

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

Short answer: no. I'd ask what the OP thought was strange about this but I don't really want to know. A lot of areas of the country see triple or quadruple this many contrails at any given moment, all again totally normal from commercial flights operating at the altitudes and in conditions conducive...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Power of control surface feel feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1440

Re: Power of control surface feel feedback

I can tell you that airlines who fly Airbus planes often use Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joysticks in their PC-based testing setups and low-level simulators. I was pretty surprised when I first saw that - no specialized stuff built just for them and nothing all that high end, just an off the shelf Logit...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week
Replies: 16
Views: 2506

Re: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week

I mean, none of this is really new. And you're talking about airlines "jumping" on things for one week. That's a big logistical commitment for not much payoff. You know, international airlines could be "jumping" on it too, if there's really a lack of capacity. The fact is US airl...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!
Replies: 139
Views: 38804

Re: AA300 JFK-LAX Hits object on takeoff!

Wing strike. Not all that unusual, although the winds didn't seem too bad at the time - 17 knots, no gust factor reported. But clearly the plane rolled and hit something on the ground - it doesn't seem like a huge mystery *what* happened, just why it did.

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Situation
Replies: 143
Views: 19354

Re: Pilot/Neeleman Coup d'etat

The Pilots WANT Neeleman back super bad. I could see the pilot union acting in cohorts with Neeleman/Moxy to enable a coup d'etat. Judging from their allegiance to him and absolutely distaste with current management, I could totally see it. In what fantasy world would there even be a mechanism to e...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 139916

Re: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021

As you can see from my post above, I am confident B6 will do well on these routes, but, let's be clear, this is not going to be a B6 love fest, the competition they will face on these routes will be like nothing they have seen before, the US majors, BA and VS will match their prices AND offer other...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PIREP question
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Re: PIREP question

Well that's a PIREP you don't see too often from an airliner... wonder if we'll hear any more about that anywhere. A 4,500 foot loss of altitude is not a small thing.

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 139916

Re: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021

I am completely underwhelmed by this announcement: 18 months from now is October 2020. Spring/summer 2021 is TWO YEARS from now! A lot can happen in two years. The economy could have a complete melt down and JetBlue might go down with it. I have no idea what your frame of reference is, but two year...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFE in 2019 - Huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3129

Re: IFE in 2019 - Huh?

Outdated how, exactly? Simple: you install a wonderful fancy-pants top-of-the-line seatback IFE system tomorrow. Ten - or maybe even five - years later and it's like a black-and-white 15" CRT compared to the 50" OLED LCD 3D VR systems that have become the new top-of-the-line. Whereas if y...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue A320 New York Intl Retro Jet
Replies: 8
Views: 3021

Re: JetBlue A320 New York Intl Retro Jet

But yeah, the tail design is a hint that 'something's up' ...as all retro logojets sport the actual retro tail design. Also out of a minimum of 50+ trips to NYC, I would lose my shirt on a Jeopardy! question regarding New York City's colors. I used to know a guy who refused to consider the Jets a N...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Power of control surface feel feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1440

Re: Power of control surface feel feedback

The only feel is increasing force with increasing stick deflection, which makes sense if you think about it. Moving it a couple of millimeters takes hardly any effort. Holding it fully deflected takes a bit of muscle. However there is no feedback from aerodynamic forces on the surfaces themselves. ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta A350 experience(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1169

Re: Delta A350 experience(s)

After several years of flying (as a passenger), it's quite easy to have an impression the plane flies with or without effort (from a passenger's perspective). At take-off in particular, you can tell if the plane needs every inch of runway to get airborne or if there is plenty of reserve available. ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success
Replies: 103
Views: 21907

Re: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success

Relatively Easy you say? Nothing is "relatively easy" in aviation, but you act like this is an impossible mission that nobody's ever done before. Lots of airlines are ETOPS certified. B6 is no less capable of it than any other airline. Getting ETOPS certified, flying routes to London and ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2133

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

I drink as much as they will volunteer to me at the beginning of a flight; in other words I won't ask for it as a special request, but if they're coming through with a drink cart with alcohol on it and that alcohol's included in my ticket price, I'm going to drink it. On most flights that means I'll...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet Bridges to service two different aircraft?
Replies: 26
Views: 5242

Re: Jet Bridges

I feel like this is actually pretty common. Here's one at JFK: https://goo.gl/maps/V4F2nbCCnMC2 Several at Newark: https://goo.gl/maps/XvSqMeWfqAC2 In Japan and maybe other places, they have "permanent" jet bridges that then split off to service two airplanes - so you leave from one of two...

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest commercial with a B6 aircraft in the background
Replies: 21
Views: 4187

Re: Southwest commercial with a B6 aircraft in the background

usa330300 wrote:
1836Sam wrote:
That must mean they’re about to merge.

How do you decipher a merger from this? No wonder this site is on the decline.


If the site is on the decline, it's because people don't have a sense of humor anymore.

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by spacecadet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta A350 experience(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1169

Re: Delta A350 experience(s)

Thanks as far as the recline (I've just recently head back surgery and this is the reason I'm asking about the recline) did you recline and what was the experience for example pressure, strain, on the lower back and hip area? Thanks for your information and quick response on the previous post. I'm ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta A350 experience(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1169

Re: Delta A350 experience(s)

Regarding premium select: How was the padding on the seat and back? How far was the angle of the recline? The padding was pretty thick; not like regular economy. That probably makes the seat pitch seem worse than it is, though (I think they advertise something like 37", but with the thick padd...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.
Replies: 61
Views: 13987

Re: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.

Definitely turbulence, but wake turbulence typically has a different feel than what was described here. It's more like hitting a brick wall, and is usually over in under 5 seconds. It also doesn't have a vertical component.

I'm going with plain old shear and CAT.

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?
Replies: 30
Views: 4848

Re: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?

Just adding runways does not automatically add capacity. The reason this is not often seriously brought up to this point is that the *airspace* around NY has been a limiting factor, although my understanding is that that will change somewhat with NextGen. But even if you solve the airspace problem (...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Private pilot training and pilot uniforms
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Private pilot training and pilot uniforms

I'm in a flight training program. We're required to wear the uniform of the academy. You're issued stripes for different milestones, and if you're wearing that uniform, you're required to wear the stripes so that others at the academy know where you are in the program and your level of experience - ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Osaka thread
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Osaka thread

Might he have been talking about Kyoto right next door?

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta A350 experience(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1169

Re: Delta A350 experience(s)

I flew on Delta's A350 in Premium Select. I found the aircraft itself to be almost ludicrously quiet; on takeoff, I could barely hear the engines and it was a little disconcerting. I could hear people whispering over it from across the aisle. Throughout the flight, every conversation around me was e...

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by spacecadet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.
Replies: 61
Views: 13987

Re: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.

The fact that the pilots didn't make an announcement means that there was nothing abnormal that might have affected the safety of flight. I wouldn't worry about it. Turbulence can seem crazy bad when you're in it as a passenger, but the pilots probably had a little chuckle about it and that's it. Th...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 709744

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

You guys are saying REDUCE AIRSPEED like it's a given. So how would one reduce airspeed in the current situation? Speed brakes, flaps, landing gear... Not saying they had a way out of the situation, but as for this specific question, yes, there are ways to reduce airspeed in an airliner besides jus...

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by spacecadet
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'
Replies: 114
Views: 19701

Re: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'

These seats come up in the media almost as often as "Pilot Lands Plane SIDEWAYS!" stories/videos do.

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 709744

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

You guys are saying REDUCE AIRSPEED like it's a given. So how would one reduce airspeed in the current situation? Speed brakes, flaps, landing gear... Not saying they had a way out of the situation, but as for this specific question, yes, there are ways to reduce airspeed in an airliner besides jus...

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by spacecadet
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?
Replies: 14
Views: 2774

Re: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?

I am not a pilot so I have to ask. I have flown into PDT once on QX many years ago. There are navaids and lights at the end of the runways and they still have their beacon. You can't see the lights at the end of the runways when you're coming in perpendicular to them, as you typically would be in a...

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