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by Woodreau
Tue May 21, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

You’d really cancel for a deferred autopilot? How hard is it to hand fly? Like I said, I’ve done two Atlantic crossings in C-5 and six on non-autopilot-equipped fighters. Do a 7.8 with 7 refuelings or a 10.2 with three ARs. Actually, RVSM made it easier to hand fly—you had to stay below F285 and mu...

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by Woodreau
Tue May 21, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LaGaudia's visual expressway approach
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: LaGaudia's visual expressway approach

vikkyvik wrote:
Maybe I'm misreading, but that seems quite high quite close to the runway.


Yes my mistake. Probably not .5nm from the threshold but at 500ft AGL Probably more like 1.5nm but I’m usually handflying and not paying attention to exactly where I am when I’m at 500ft AGL.

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by Woodreau
Mon May 20, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

Probably the last flights flown under Part 121 that were routinely flown without autopilot were beech 1900 flights. The airlines just didn’t pay for the autopilot option. Flights can be flown without autopilot or if the autopilot is deferred under the MEL. Without an autopilot the aircraft is restri...

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by Woodreau
Sun May 19, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LaGaudia's visual expressway approach
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: LaGaudia's visual expressway approach

It depends on the airline and the pilot. These days you can load the RNAV Expressway Visual 31 into the box and the FMS will provide vertical and lateral guidance from the localizer 4 to DIALS then along the expressway and the turn to final. The pilot can either handfly with or without the guidance....

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by Woodreau
Thu May 16, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 23
Views: 2198

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

It’s a huge shame because I don’t know where the next generation of flyers are going to come from if we cut off even basic attempts at outreach like this? The next generation will come from the social media “influencers”. This guys already got his YouTube Play button and his flow through to America...

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by Woodreau
Thu May 16, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 23
Views: 2198

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Don't forget to put Air Traffic Controller into those authorized to occupy the jumpseat! :) Even though very few actually use the program the FAA has in place due to the requirements that have to be met it's still a very worthwhile opportunity and they should use it and the view is amazing. I have ...

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by Woodreau
Wed May 15, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine failure question
Replies: 46
Views: 2938

Re: Engine failure question

Same for Pinnacle. Flamed out both engines at 410 didn’t let anyone know about it being a dual engine flame out until it was below 13000 - they had been trying just to get any engine going all the way down and flew past several airports before they ran out of altitude.

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by Woodreau
Tue May 14, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 23
Views: 2198

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Become a flight attendant, FAA inspector, dispatcher, or secret service agent if you want to visit a flightdeck inflight. Or become a pilot for an air carrier that has reciprocal jumpseat agreements. Failing that, get listed as an authorized passenger on a part 91 ferry flight. Or find a B1900 opera...

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by Woodreau
Tue May 14, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NO FIR zone
Replies: 6
Views: 1343

Re: NO FIR zone

The rules of the air that applies are the rules of the country where the aircraft is registered, I.e. US registered aircraft follow FAA rules. In practice they follow the rules of whatever rules are more restrictive, FAA rules or the rules of the country they are operating in as found in that countr...

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by Woodreau
Fri May 10, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thinking about getting a license. But is it right for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1551

Re: Thinking about getting a license. But is it right for me?

Although your normal category trainer is certified for +2.5g to -1g, virtually all of your flying in light aircraft will never approach those limits. Roller coasters are designed to exert large g-force changes on its passengers because that’s usually what the riders want. I had a flight where the FO...

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by Woodreau
Thu May 09, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus navigation display prefixed waypoints (ABxxxxx)
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Airbus navigation display prefixed waypoints (ABxxxxx)

That is the same radar installed on our Airbuses, but I have never seen the radar display work in NAV presentation mode, only in ARC. I guess I'll have to play around with it in NAV either that or our airline didnt pay the extra money to make it work in NAV.

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by Woodreau
Thu May 09, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus navigation display prefixed waypoints (ABxxxxx)
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Airbus navigation display prefixed waypoints (ABxxxxx)

What weather radar is that which shows the weather behind you? Or is that a datalinked weather radar mosaic from ADS-B?

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by Woodreau
Wed May 08, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Direct mode charachteristics and currency
Replies: 12
Views: 1649

Re: Direct mode charachteristics and currency

I realize it's probably never done, but if you wanted to go intentionally from Normal to Alternate to Direct Law in actual flight (not in a simulator), could you do it, i.e., is there a switch that a pilot could use? It is done all the time. In order to get the flight simulator into alternate law o...

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by Woodreau
Wed May 01, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Exterior aircraft cleaning
Replies: 3
Views: 1053

Re: Exterior aircraft cleaning

Dust and dirt on the runway and taxiways. Even with a comparatively clean fuselage, the wheel wells can be absolutely filthy. When doing a walkaround on a new aircraft that's only been with the fleet a couple of weeks the thing that stands out is how oddly clean and shiny the gear legs and wheel we...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When is "Arrival"
Replies: 18
Views: 2734

Re: When is "Arrival"

It depends on the operator. At my airline, if the parking brake is set when the first door (passenger or cargo) is opened, the block in time that is used to determine arrival is the time the parking brake is set. If the parking brake is released when the first door is opened, the block in time is th...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hangar queens, still a thing ?
Replies: 34
Views: 5291

Re: Hangar queens, still a thing ?

Well given that N901NK, N902NK, N903NK, N904NK, and N905NK are all less than two years old and collectively have been parked for a total time of around 8 years combined for engine and bleed air issues and until recently comprised the entire fleet of 320NEOs at one airline, I would have to say those ...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hangar queens, still a thing ?
Replies: 34
Views: 5291

Re: Hangar queens, still a thing ?

The 320NEO with P&W engines

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4122

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

If the aircraft was on auto pilot, an experienced jet fighter pilot would have time and would know were to look in the flight manual for appropriate flight perimeters such as V speeds and flap extension speeds. to get to the flight manual he'd have to get the code from one of the pilots to unlock o...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Perfomance difference between King Air 350 and B1900D
Replies: 12
Views: 2995

Re: Perfomance difference between King Air 350 and B1900D

Because the B1900 is so ugly (with all of its extra aerodynamic fins and stabilons) it doesn’t fly, instead it’s repelled from the Earth.

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Mode S transponder ID
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Re: Mode S transponder ID

Well it’s impossible to have a 2582 squawk. The transponder is incapable of generating that squawk number.

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feeder Airlines In Major Carrier Colors: Why?
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

Re: Feeder Airlines In Major Carrier Colors: Why?

Increasingly, the regional airlines do not own their own planes either. In the past, each regional was responsible for ordering and taking delivery of its planes to fulfill the contracts it was awarded to fly. Lately, instead of the regional airline acquiring aircraft, the mainline carrier owns the ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30+ aircraft damaged at DFW?
Replies: 33
Views: 14532

Re: 30+ aircraft damaged at DFW?

Generically speaking, this is normal. You have to go to each dent and check to see if it is within allowable limits as described in the structural repair manual. If it’s within allowable limits, it needs to be documented in the maintenance tracking system and cleared. If it’s not within allowable li...

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself

There is a graphic on another website that demonstrates what texl1649 is trying to say, but I guess I can't link it. But you can google " f11f shoots itself " and there is a plethora of websites which describe the phenomenon. the image is in several of the returned search results web links...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USA - Majors/Legacies & Minors/ULCC & Regionals & Boutique/SmallCarriers
Replies: 44
Views: 2552

Re: USA - Majors/Legacies & Minors/ULCC & Regionals & Boutique/SmallCarriers

Did you get Endeavor in there the mashup between pinnacle mesaba and colgan? They provide a Significant amount of feed For delta. Also the dept of transportation classifies Skywest and several other airlines as Major airlines. So I guess your definition of Major airlines is different but it is your ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit livery question
Replies: 26
Views: 3421

Re: Spirit livery question

N906NK was built in January 2018, but was stored after the engine issues with the Pratts at the time. The change to solid title must be new to 2019. It was in storage only because the original purchaser?/buyer declined to take delivery of the aircraft. Spirit took over the 5 aircraft (906/907/912/9...

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by Woodreau
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights suspended at COU
Replies: 24
Views: 5274

Re: Flights suspended at COU

Happened in 2006 as well the last time the main 2/20 was closed for maintenance. Everything flew off 13/31 but back then it was just turboprops providing airline service with US Airways express. Now it’s all regional jet service but 5500ft is long enough for regional jets. It depends on the individu...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Neo vs Ceo cockpit differences
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

Re: Neo vs Ceo cockpit differences

I like that “feature” of not getting approach idle until landing flap configuration as well. Because of the potentially long dry motoring times before the FADEC initiates the engine start sequence, I don’t bother trying to single engine taxi a NEO either. It’s always start both engines so that I hav...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Neo vs Ceo cockpit differences
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

Re: Neo vs Ceo cockpit differences

Don’t know why they bothered with DUAL COOL button. Every time we've used it to attempt to shorten the amount of time required for engine start, we always get the ECAM caution “ENG DUAL COOL UNAVAIL” of which the first item on the ECAM is DUAL COOL ... OFF and it still takes us 10 minutes to get an ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: City-owned / Non profit Commuter Airline
Replies: 7
Views: 1308

Re: City-owned / Non profit Commuter Airline

Still have to go through the FAA to get the air operator certificate if they don’t get someone to run the airline for the city.

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by Woodreau
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 368
Views: 46669

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

I’m thinking the terminal E Admirals Club is going to be in the satellite as there was a club lounge on the first floor after the first set of escalators coming up from the tunnel before you get on the second set of escalators to go up to the gates I assumed the satellite was going to open on April ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?
Replies: 19
Views: 4553

Re: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?

I used to apologize to passengers for arriving early as we were pulling into the gate. It would go something like, “thank you for flying with XYZ airlines. We apologize for our early arrival in (insert destination). Your flight to (destination) was supposed to be a 2 hour flight and we shorted you ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?
Replies: 19
Views: 4553

Re: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?

I used to apologize to passengers for arriving early as we were pulling into the gate. It would go something like, “thank you for flying with XYZ airlines. We apologize for our early arrival in (insert destination). Your flight to (destination) was supposed to be a 2 hour flight and we shorted you 4...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)
Replies: 53
Views: 6250

Re: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)

The last time I had to do manual weight and balance was for delivery flights from Mirabel. Because the airplane had not been accepted into the airline's weight and balance program yet, there was no BOW and index established to do the normal airline weight and balance and takeoff performance. All of ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was this Joey's (N365FE) last flight?
Replies: 42
Views: 9377

Re: Was this Joey's last flight?

Where is the “like” button?

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)
Replies: 53
Views: 6250

Re: Multiple US airlines experience disruption due to AeroData outage (now resolved)

Not April fools just fake news. Lol There used to be a manual with performance numbers for each airport and runway configuration, but that info went the way of the dodo with the paper reduction initiative in the cockpit. so now we are reduced to waiting for numbers. They covered the topic of doing m...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about "Visual Approaches" on an IFR flight plan
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: Question about "Visual Approaches" on an IFR flight plan

The River Visual 19 to DCA/Reagan National is one of my favorite visual approaches, Mount Vernon Visual 1 to the opposite runway. Canarsie Visual 13L to JFK or the Expressway Visual 31 to LGA Those are charted visual approaches. But any airport has a visual approach, just call the field in sight and...

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta A321 cockpit missing evacuation panel???
Replies: 8
Views: 1879

Re: Delta A321 cockpit missing evacuation panel???

The only evacuation panels I am aware of on a 321 are the two cockpit windows that you open. Do Delta’s 321 cockpit windows not open?

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9-11 shutdown
Replies: 32
Views: 7437

Re: 9-11 shutdown

I recall working that morning and was over the Praries on a YYZ-YXE flight. We heard the ATC broadcast ... "SCATANA, SCATANA, SCATANA. This is the United States Department of Defense. We now have full control of Canadian airspace, all aircraft must land immediately". I turned to the F/O a...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 9077

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

There was a time in the mid-2000s where pilots with 200-250hrs were making it into regional jets in the US. That ended with the ATP rule. There were more than a few times I found myself in the cockpit and between me and the FO we collectively had less than 1800 hours and less than a combined 9 month...

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Metal rod through windshield
Replies: 5
Views: 1262

Re: Metal rod through windshield

Glad you are safe.

We have a few jokers down here where I live that stand on overpasses and like throwing large rocks through peoples windowshields as they drive under. Last week they killed someone as they drove under.

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6474

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

But there are no seals in Seal Beach, just bombs missiles, ordnance, and explosives, a large naval magazine and a huge wildlife refuge in what is probably one of the larger undeveloped areas in the LA/OC area.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does IAH allow STOL ops from taxiways?
Replies: 17
Views: 3519

Re: Does IAH allow STOL ops from taxiways?

I remember DFW had a STOL runway at one time, not sure if it was on a taxiway or just designated as part of a runway Yes I remember that as well. Pretty sure inboard parallel taxiway on west airfield. It is the present day G taxiway between WK and G11. If you're taxiing on G today, you can still se...

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 9077

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

Until the advent of the extended envelope training and UPRT, flight simulators didn’t have the data to simulate stalled aircraft. Now they do. Whereas prior recurrent PCs and PTs focused on getting the instrument approaches , rejected takeoffs and rejected landings ticked off the checklist, this yea...

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3151

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

Well, yeah but what I mean is if you fly for UPS or another cargo outfit that does not compete in the passenger sector, can you or your family fly on any airline you decide to s passengers? as opposed to: since you work at say Delta you and your family can only fly Skyteam airlines... That still de...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3151

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

You are kind of putting the cart before the horse at this point. You need to finish flight training and get a college degree if you don’t have one first and then focus on getting to an airline. If you have a choice between passenger and cargo airline that is great. But usually most people go to what...

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max
Replies: 33
Views: 4221

Re: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max

The TLDR answer is that it is difficult to ascertain when an airliner is stalled. Until recently, “stall training” in an airliner was just an exercise in slow flight. The aircraft is not stalled even with the stall warning/stick shaker and until recently there was no training for recovering from an ...

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Disney Dumbo Livery
Replies: 34
Views: 7575

Re: Spirit Airlines Disney Dumbo Livery

Hello All, Here are my pictures from the first arrival at FLL on Tuesday night and then again on Wednesday Morning. The full picture gallery is at the link below: Wow, great pictures! The level of detail looks amazing! Thank you. Indeed, it is a very colorful scheme and stands out nicely from the r...

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Restricted airspaces, closed borders and other restrictions... (especially in the Middle East)
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Restricted airspaces, closed borders and other restrictions... (especially in the Middle East)

There just isn’t a one shop shopping source you’re looking for that lays everything out nice and pretty. You’ll have to do something like research. The link I provided will get you access to current, active and upcoming flight restrictions. What I posted was just an example of what you have to sort ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Restricted airspaces, closed borders and other restrictions... (especially in the Middle East)
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Restricted airspaces, closed borders and other restrictions... (especially in the Middle East)

Is there a list somewhere that summarizes these kind of restrictions? Or even better an interactive map? :) Interactive map would be a huge step forward for the people who have to navigate the airways everyday. There are applications that will collate the applicable NOTAMS and promulgate it in grap...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL
Replies: 78
Views: 11427

Re: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL

However I don't understand how a pilot with a gun is going to have any positive affect on any situation arising in the cabin. Pilots should do what they do best, fly the airplane and land it as quickly as possible. Let the professionals on the ground deal with the weapons. The firearm on the flight...

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