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Re: Newgrange; Ireland’s ancient Passage Tomb

GarryRF ·
TravelandNature. You'd be surprised at how many people have been saved by that Church. "Regulars" from hundreds of years ago still attend services and Funerals. Next door to this Church is a Pub and folks come out to catch the last Bus at Mid-night. They often see 8 Nuns in white carrying a coffin through the main doors. Which are still closed - of course!
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Re: AA Plans to Squeeeeeze More Seats into 737s and MD80s

Former Member ·
Everyone was right the other day when they suspected that BA was charging for the seat in the restroom. BA finds new Revenue Stream ?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Now there's another word with mixed definitions ! In Britain you would say "I like GarryRF's spirit" You may want to check out what your version means in England ! Like when I attend a party in America and I get "Pissed" (Drunk) And someone says "Why - who upset you to make you pissed?"
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Re: Watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight

Mac ·
Very interesting and what a wing shape! Have a look at this shorter clip (3mins) which appears to show a vertical initial climb - wow. We are scheduled to fly on one in October https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KYbM-3E11Qo
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Re: Born in flight, he now flies for a living

DrFumblefinger ·
Great story!!
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Re: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge 2014

Mac ·
Hi Dr. F. - No limit to the numbers who can attend and very few other restrictions (e.g. no bottles, drugs etc) for the 2 Solstices each year. This year was attended by a massive 37,000 people doubtless due to the excellent weather (the best in the past 8 years). Maria went 2 years ago whilst I was travelling and it poured with rain.... Not good. However, these are now the only times that you can touch the stones since they are normally roped off. The sights this year were just great. A real...
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Re: As scheduled Cuba service nears, charter operators face unknown future

Travel Rob ·
With a few exceptions, the charter prices for Americans were really expensive. So for those companies, the gravy train is over.
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Re: As scheduled Cuba service nears, charter operators face unknown future

GarryRF ·
On leaving Cuba last year our flight home to the UK was delayed. We had to wait on the plane for 4 hours. The airport had run out of Jet Fuel A1. So a fuel tanker was dispatched to fetch some. I do hope the US embargo stops before I go again. I'm not fighting American Airlines for the last drop of Jet Fuel !!
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent and informative article!!
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Re: For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

PortMoresby ·
Make that the '70s - no 747s in the '50s.
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Re: For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

PHeymont ·
Thanks! Editing error now repaired!
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Re: For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

Travel Rob ·
We get some great Twitter responses to our articles. @ nichtvermietbar asks of this one: " including smoking?"
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Re: For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

PHeymont ·
A good question, and it is mentioned on the site: that part is up-to-date, and no smoking is allowed.
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Re: For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

DrFumblefinger ·
Perhaps they will compromise and allow e-cigarettes. Smoking without the tobacco smoke.
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Re: U.S. plans big increase in "pre-clearance" sites

DrFumblefinger ·
If you've ever used one of the foreign country based US customs clearances, you know that this is easy to do. So this is a wonderful idea and will help improve tourism to the USA>
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Re: U.S. plans big increase in "pre-clearance" sites

PHeymont ·
That’s especially true for high-volume areas like Heathrow…I’d far rather use my waiting time there to be cleared than have to spend extra time waiting AFTER my flight at JFK!
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

Jonathan L ·
Of course the king of "Banking" for years has been Icelandic Air. They have made their whole business plan around bringing planes from 10 different North American cities in the morning and having those same planes fly out to 10 different European cities 1-2 hours after landing. This allows 10 plane loads of passengers the ability to mix and match origins and destinations. Then in the afternoon they do the reverse run. For 2-4 hours a day the terminal is full as passengers switch planes, the...
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

PHeymont ·
Thanks for reminding me of that, Jonathan...since it's where I first noticed it. It's actually so bunched that most of the terminal employees work two short shifts a day, with a gap between.
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Re: In-flight refueling for airliners? Worth a look!

DrFumblefinger ·
Existing planes can travel half way around the world now, without refueling. For example, from Texas to Singapore. I'm not sure I see the point to this. Having a plane full of fuel flying around waiting to refuel another craft has to be expensive, and while the low risk of fire and such for the military might be acceptable, I'm not sure it is for commercial aviation. I'd rather have my plane refueled in the usual manner.
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Re: In-flight refueling for airliners? Worth a look!

PHeymont ·
I agree on the preference for not being refueled that way...I'm not going to be sitting in an ejection seat with a parachute attached. But the reason they're interested in doing this is not without merit. The idea is that the plane that flies that long route could take off on a shorter runway (reduce load on existing airports, more operations per hour, use other airports that are not now long enough), or replace fuel weight with payload (cargo or passengers). The tankers, obviously, wouldn't...
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating piece, PHeymont. And I've noticed how tight they are making these connections. For example, in Europe we had connections scheduled 50 minutes from the plane's landing, assuming it was on time. We were definitely running, and it seemed everyone else at Schipol was as well. We made the connection, but I'd rather have an extra hour for a more relaxed transfer. I'm like you -- book a direct flight if possible, even with a premium, and look carefully at where and how long those...
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

IslandMan ·
very informative and useful article, PHeymont. Yes, I can relate with most of this, especially trying to make connections with only minutes to spare. We've now taken to seeking alternative forms of transport like trains and buses just to avoid airports!
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Re: June 8, 2016: Dockweiler State Beach and Park, CA

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! One of my favorite things in California was taking a bike ride along the beach and seeing that side of LAX. The best part is it's pretty empty!
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

DrFumblefinger ·
I empathize with your rainy, muddy experience. That is no fun. As I recall, Kitty Hawk is also very windy, one of the reasons the Wright brothers chose it. They knew if they could fly their plane into the wind for some distance, no one could challenge the fact that they had flown a heavier than air machine. I regard this as one of the greatest stories of the 20th century. Two creative guys from a bicycle shop in the midwest designed and developed a successful flying machine. It didn't take a...
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

Travel Rob ·
Great Piece! I've been to the Outer Banks several times and the wind always seems to make it cold. It is a neat area and I learned to always bundle up when headed there.
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

Samantha ·
Thanks for the comment guys. It has been a while and I did forget to mention the fact that the Wright Brothers were workers in a bicycle shop which makes their story even more amazing! As always DrFumblefinger, thanks for the input
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Re: Watch those search engines: the big ones are not always best!

Travel Luver ·
Wow! I wouldn't have thought there would be such great variability. I'm still fairly new at this, and it sounds kind of complicated. Are there any flight search engines you'd recommend routinely using?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
Completely agree with my colleague and dear friend. (Folks may not know that Dr.Y and Dr.F are specialists in the same field). If you want the best weather and maybe to attend the Calgary stampede, come in early July. Warmest weather (and the summers are beautiful, non humid and the days long) is July and August. My favorite time of year is in September, especially the week after labor day. The crowds are greatly thinned, the weather is still lovely, and the alpine areas of the mountains are...
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Re: New Android App Puts Inflight Tracker in Your Hand

Travel Rob ·
I downloaded it with my free $5 Amazon App credit. I'll review it when I fly. And for those who got the free $5 credit from Amazon that we posted,it works
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Cruising through the holidays

Marilyn Jones ·
    Every year thousands of passengers find out warm tropical breezes and Christmas festivities mix well aboard a Princess Cruise Line ship.  “We install more than 347 Christmas trees fleet wide. Each vessel has a showcase tree in...
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Meet America's longest-serving Flight Attendant

PHeymont ·
Here's someone with a long-term perspective on the airline industry and life in general! The Boston Globe last Sunday profiled Bette Nash, a 79-year-old US Airways flight attendant with 57 years of experience and an interesting story to tell. Here's a...
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Watch those search engines: the big ones are not always best!

Former Member ·
I was just booking a one-way trip from Barcelona to Marseille for next summer hoping to use some points sitting on a bank-based (but not airline-affiliated) card. Imagine my shock when the ticket (which I knew should cost about $89) showed up as...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

Mac ·
Increasingly popular in England and throughout Europe are “Retro Revival” weekend gatherings featuring original 1950’s rock and roll bands and also some very good 2000’s Tribute Acts recreating the sights, sounds and styles of...
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Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in the California desert, and specifically had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (like the one in the above photo).  Congratulations to the many who...
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Cunard's Anniversary includes Lusitania Memorial

PHeymont ·
Cunard, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with all manner of events, including sail-bys of its major ships and cruises featuring historians, recreations of gala balls and more. It will also divert one of its newest liners, the Queen...
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Airlines Cancelling Again, Waiving Fees: Check your carrier

PHeymont ·
Ahead of the new northeast storm expected to begin Sunday night, airlines are cancelling flights, over 2500 as of Sunday morning, to avoid stranding travelers, crews and planes. In general, they are waiving change fees for travelers who rebook from...
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Crowded Skies: U.S. sets air passenger record

PHeymont ·
Nearly 850 airline passengers for 2014! To be exact, 848.1 million passengers (obviously some repeaters!) flew on domestic airlines last year, or on foreign airline flights to and from the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The...
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As scheduled Cuba service nears, charter operators face unknown future

PHeymont ·
A surprisingly large industry of scheduled charter flights from the U.S. to Cuba faces an uncertain future as the U.S. and Cuba negotiate their future relationship, including civil aviation, a topic that has already begun to be discussed by the...
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Nepal's new airliner comes packed with relief supplies

PHeymont ·
Nepal Airlines took delivery of its second new A320 in Hamburg yesterday (April 29) and, taking advantage of the planned delivery flight, German relief agencies loaded it with 5 tons of relief supplies for the earthquake stricken nation. A team of...
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AA flight delays blamed on pilot iPad crash

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the first airline to ditch huge paper pilot flight books for iPads, has had a little trouble with them this week. The airline reports that 24 flights on Tuesday (4/28) and 50 more yesterday were delayed by failure of an app that...
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In-flight movies meet the airline censors

PHeymont ·
I've often wondered about some of the movies and videos I've seen: "How would that play out on a plane...especially not knowing who might be sitting next to my "private" seatback screen. So it was interesting to learn from Megan Snedden's blog ...
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AA, USAir: Next step, combining reservations

PHeymont ·
USAir, AA planes at Washington on the morning of their 2013 merger. That was the easy part...   Now that American/USAir is past the legal hurdles, tidied up labor contracts, and merged the loyalty programs, they're ready for the big one: merging...
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American Samoa: The Park, The People and The Culture

59nationalparks ·
When we first started planning our 59 National Park tour, we had no idea that there was a National Park in American Samoa.  This fact gave us pause.  American Samoa is a ten hour flight from Los Angeles.  The islands are expensive...
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10-min. Vienna-Bratislava flight cut short

PHeymont ·
  Sorry about the pun, but it appears that FlyNiki, an AirBerlin subsidiary, has cancelled plans to move part of its operation from Vienna to Bratislava and connect the two bases with an air shuttle.    The flights, which would have...
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Oh, no! Next winter storm aims at South

PHeymont ·
In the wake of recent heavy storms that have buried Boston and other cities as well as shattering travel plans, another winter storm is causing cancellations, and this time the target cities are in the southern part of the country, including...
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Flight Attendants favorite foods

DrFumblefinger ·
  Most of us don't normally think of airline food as fine dining but that's likely because we usually sit at the back of the plane and not at front.  (rumor has it food in business and first class can be quite good!)  Flight attendants...
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For $345 you can fly back to the 70s on Pan Am

PHeymont ·
Well, sort of. The pricy ticket actually buys you a seat on the Pan Am Experience, a 4-hour simulated flight on a realistically simulated 747, complete with staff in period uniforms and a luxurious first-class meal...sourced from an actual airline...
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Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

PHeymont ·
Have you ever stopped to wonder, while planning a trip, how your airline’s schedule was planned? Especially when it seems you’re about to be condemned to a headlong half-marathon across the airport to a flight that leaves all-too-soon, or...
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In-flight refueling for airliners? Worth a look!

PHeymont ·
It's long been routine for heavy bombers and other military aircraft, and researchers are now looking at the possibility of in-flight refueling for passenger liners. Pluses cited are the ability to cover greater distances without having to haul huge...
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Another "not a good day" for travel

PHeymont ·
After days of stress on the U.S. air transporation system due to weather, a new wave of flight cancellations is hitting Monday travelers for February 23rd. By noon Sunday, nearly a thousand Monday flights had been cancelled, with more expected by...
 
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