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the fire that melted off the wing of a 767 last October at O’Hare airport resulted in an NTSB report that took 12 months to get released to the public. Do they think we’ll forget if they delay long enough?

July 7th, 2017 by admin

It took at least a minute from the time the plane stopped until the copilot reported shutting off fuel to the engines, according to a transcript of the cockpit’s voice recorder. (That’s a big damn problem when some idiot doesn’t understand fire 101, turn off the damn jet fuel pumps immediately!)

What was learned? Pilots aren’t able to be yelled at from the cabin, there’s no way to shut off the engines from the cabin in order to deploy the emergency exit chutes, and it’s obvious that locking the door to the pilots will cause big damn problems in similar emergencies like this when the engines catch the plane on fire, and the pilots and cabin crew can’t prioritize, because they are trying to follow checklists.

Pilots told investigators that it took a long time to depressurize the cabin, which was required in the evacuation checklist before shutting off the engine and ordering an evacuation. The captain described the checklist as “cumbersome.”

Sully proved why a good pilot should do the right thing, not the checklist, in an emergency

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-ntsb-report-ohare-runway-fire-20170706-story.html

After the past 6 months of horrible airline treatment of passengers, it’s no wonder why this report was delayed. Airlines didn’t want a dogpile of bad publicity preventing people from flying. Those planes have to keep on schedule whether full or empty, and if they are all empty, they’re losing money at a rapid rate for the airlines, which go out of business. If the airlines fail, airports fail. When airlines, and aiports fail, the govt will bleed red ink like mad, and quickly learn the cost of a failed system that the govt will have to prop up with ridiculous amounts of money.

Here’s the info from the report, keep in mind, the plane was moving at 154mph when the engine broke apart

According to the NTSB, passengers said they heard a loud bang during takeoff and the aircraft wobbled. Flames were detected almost immediately. Passengers moved from the right side of the plane to the left, shouting at flight attendants to open emergency doors as the plane came to a halt and the cabin filled with smoke. The effort to evacuate the plane was hindered by the undamaged engine still running.

One passenger told investigators he could see flames coming from the right wing and windows on that side of the aircraft began to crack. He said the crew was telling passengers to stay in their seats, and thinking that was odd because the right side of the plane was in flames.

“He stated the only thing to do was get out of the airplane fast, which he did,” the NTSB reported.

The passenger said he opened a left exit hatch, climbed on the wing and tumbled down the slide, resulting in an injury. He said he stood up to get away from the plane and was blown over by the thrust of the still-running left engine.

Flight attendants said they weren’t able to contact the cockpit to coordinate the evacuation with the pilots. Passengers had begun racing to the left side of the plane even before it stopped on the runway. Some people insisted on trying to bring their bags with them despite repeated calls to leave them by flight attendants.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-06/ntsb-details-chaotic-evacuation-of-fiery-american-airlines-jet
http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/NTSB-Details-Chaos-Panic-on-Burning-American-Airlines-Jet-at-OHare-Last-Fall-432997143.html

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the fire that melted off the wing of a 767 last October at O’Hare airport resulted in an NTSB report that took 12 months to get released to the public. Do they think we’ll forget if they delay long enough?

an LA helicopter airline… that must have been extremely convenient for rich people

June 19th, 2017 by admin

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an LA helicopter airline… that must have been extremely convenient for rich people

a Douglas sleeper transport being moved at night in 1937 without the wings to be put up on display as a fundraiser for the Red Cross who was charging admission for people to get a walk through tour of the newest in luxury long distance air travel air lines

May 19th, 2017 by admin

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a Douglas sleeper transport being moved at night in 1937 without the wings to be put up on display as a fundraiser for the Red Cross who was charging admission for people to get a walk through tour of the newest in luxury long distance air travel air lines

oh good heavens

September 22nd, 2016 by admin

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it’s Shark Week and Southwest Airlines did some cool stuff

June 4th, 2016 by admin

Southwest says the partnership with Discovery Channel allows the airline to draw attention to its aircraft and in-flight entertainment, which will feature Shark Week content during the promotion. Customers will even get a sneak-peek of some Shark Week content ahead of its June 26-through-July 3 airing on the Discovery Channel.

https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestAir/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/06/02/southwest-unveils-shark-themed-boeing-737-shark-week/85286894/
https://twitter.com/southwestair/status/497351475379851264

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it’s Shark Week and Southwest Airlines did some cool stuff

St Helena island off the West coast of Africa, finally has an airport an runway… and was set to have a grand opening on May 21st, St Helena Day… but, they forgot the windshear issue, and won’t open til they figure out how to cops with it

May 20th, 2016 by admin

The remote British island outpost of St Helena ( St Helena is a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic Island, about 2,500 miles east of rio de Janeiro.) has heralded the arrival of the first passenger aircraft to land at the island’s new airport.

The new airport, which cost the British government about £250 million ($350 million) to develop, is expected to open St Helena up to tourism, and set the island on a course to self-sustainability.

A British Airways franchise partner was selected to provide the air service to the island with a Boeing 737-800 configured specifically to serve the Johannesburg-St Helena route.

One outcome of the implementation flight has been the gathering of additional data on turbulence and windshear on the approach to Runway 20 (from the North). As a result of the data gathered and the conditions experienced, it has been decided that there is some additional work to be done in order to ensure the safe operation of scheduled passenger flights to and from St Helena Airport.

http://www.airportsinternational.com/2016/04/st-helena-airport-opening-postponed/17578
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The Basil Read company that built the runway has a cool report on their website about the feat

Coolest story you’ll hear all day, airline pilot surprises military son, pilots him out of the middle east. "I made my way behind him and asked, ‘First Lieutenant Lopes, what are you doing on my aircraft?’"

April 29th, 2016 by admin

Capt. Mario Lopes, a Washington D.C.-based pilot with United Airlines, learned that his son, First Lt. Mario Lopes, was scheduled to return from Kuwait on April 14. When Lopes learned that there was an opportunity to pilot a military flight to Norfolk, Virginia, on the same day, he knew he had to seize it.

“I told my wife that this couldn’t be a coincidence,” Lopes said. “No one could confirm or deny if he would actually be a passenger on my aircraft, but I knew I had to take the chance and find out.”

When the day of the flight came, Lopes briefed the crew about his plan to surprise his son and asked for their help in distracting him.

“I gave my lead flight attendant Audrey a bag of Mario’s favorite cookies to distract him while I tried to sneak onboard,” Lopes told ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/father-surprises-son-captain-flight-back-deployment/story?id=38704096
https://hub.united.com/united-captain-surprises-military-son-1756923601.html

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Coolest story you’ll hear all day, airline pilot surprises military son, pilots him out of the middle east. "I made my way behind him and asked, ‘First Lieutenant Lopes, what are you doing on my aircraft?’"

Just how cool is the ride in luxury 1st class Airbus A380, with Emirates Airlines?

October 29th, 2015 by admin

the airport in Dubai… a walkway between palm trees

The private suite

better than I ever imagined airplane food could be

and you can select the tail camera to get a look at how the surrounding airspace and view below are

the shower… on the airplane

the bar, on the airplane, in 1st class

Sam has an informative travel blog, took all these photos, and says that this is possible to do on less than a paycheck… he says he did it all on 300 dollars. A larger gallery can be seen of the whole trip at

Capt Cal Flanigan retired last March, and the airlines have been no damn good without him.

October 7th, 2015 by admin

Don’t blame me, I just learned about this.

37 years of chauffeuring passengers around the friendly skies, and he never missed a day. Damn, I’d like to buy that guy a beer. 45 years with Delta. Flanagan started from the ground floor as an airline mechanic back in 1968.

As a Delta pilot, Flanigan flew more than 12.5 million miles and landed in nearly 100 countries.

“He’s been the number one guy for almost eight years now,” Steve Dickson of Delta Airlines told Fox 4. “I don’t think that’s something that will ever be replicated, certainly in my lifetime.”

another hilarious flight safety demonstration… this guy is terrific

August 19th, 2015 by admin



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