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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:25 pm

captain_flynn wrote: Nice little teddy ;)


Fleecie is not a teddy :o =;
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:27 pm

ooops, my mistake ;)
Is fleecie a good flyer? :P
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:36 pm

ow that's a cool present captian flynn, well thought of by whoever bought you that
not as good as my chocolate aeroplane though, you can't eat radars and even if you did they don't taste of chocolate :P
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby snail » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:59 pm

They might do, Bel Bel - how do you know?

Captain, how does the radar work? How can you find out the type and airline of the plane from a radar signal? :-?
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:07 pm

Basically the radar box is a small box with an aerial. It picks up aircraft with a mode S transponder (its abit confusing if you dont fly) The aircraft and their info show up on your PC. Its good fun if you're interested in wanting to know what flies over etc. Or even if you have a friend or relative going on holiday and you want to track their flight.

Heres a link to a screenshot I took this evening. The list on the left is the planes I was picking up, the radar screen on the right is the planes ive picked up + the planes picked up by the network of other users too..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v626/ ... darbox.jpg
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby LME79 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Thanks, captain. I'll be flying from London Heathrow. I also wanted to know what the cabin staff were like as well as that can make or break a flight for me. Emirates I found quite rude whereas Cathay Pacific were excellent, as were American Airlines. Have flown with Emirates four times in total, have never been impressed with their attitude.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:54 am

Will definitely be a B757 or B777 then. Both good planes with excellent safety records. I'd be happy if I end up flying either one of them. :)

Im surprised about Emirates, I seem to recall they used to win airline of the year back to back not long ago..Surprised that you had a bad time with them and im even more surprised by that fact because they have alot of competition now on their routes
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:58 am

captain_flynn wrote:ooops, my mistake ;)
Is fleecie a good flyer? :P


Yes lol, Fleecie likes to look out the window and have her photo taken haha.

Your new toy Caprain_flynn looks quite interesting :)
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby Weasley » Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:41 am

I didn't like American Airlines that much...it's probably because I am American and they couldn't put up with me crying on board. A shame to the nation! I just didn't find them as understanding as Virgin.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:37 pm

i have to say the best i have ever travelled with was hawain airlines, they were so lovely and the seats were like big armchairs
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:00 pm

Well, Dipsy, lets see some of fleecies inflight photos ;)

Yeah my new toy is great. I was able to watch the late night cargo flights descend over me into east mids airport and actually know their type and reg :P Its cool to see them on screen and then look up and there they are. :D Im so sad, I know :P

Currently tracking one of my flying schools planes.

I watched a documentary about Suckling (now scot airways) the other night and they seemed like a nice airline. They're owned by a married couple. Sadly Mr Suckling died not so long ago but he used to be a pilot for the company and his wife ran things on the ground. They seemed to be a nice friendly lot to their passengers.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:24 pm

Was just looking a news website. Apparently a continental captain died inflight today. Thats quite sad :( The plane landed not long ago. There was 2 other pilots onboard though (which is normal long haul)
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby snail » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:41 pm

I thought pilots had to have lots of medical checks on a regular basis?
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby captainf » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:59 pm

My medical lasts for 5yrs I believe.. but as you get older you have to have them more regularly. Apparently the pilot was 61 (I believe medical requires re-validation every 6 months then) and last I heard they think he died of natural causes so it would of never been picked up depending on what the natural causes are.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Postby LME79 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:35 am

captain_flynn wrote:
Im surprised about Emirates, I seem to recall they used to win airline of the year back to back not long ago..Surprised that you had a bad time with them and im even more surprised by that fact because they have alot of competition now on their routes


Have you flown with them before? Apparently they're very good at business class but me and a lot of other people that have travelled with them thought the treatment of their economy passengers was sub standard. Who's the best airline that you've flown with as a passenger, captain, just out of interest?
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