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    Rocky Mountaineer in the Colorado Rockies

    The $25 deposit is remarkably small, to the point of being meaningless for holding a spot. The real concern would be the final payment date, which according to their web page is 60 days before departure. That's when RM will find out how many people are really coming. Given their theft of...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    I was wondering why maintenance was working on the pitot static system on a routine stopover. It seems that the 757 they normally flew on this route was taken out of service in Lima some days before. An older 727 was used to fly to Miami and then back to Lima. The 757 had been fixed, and they...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    To be fair to ATC, the transponder data is the only source of altitude they have. Primary radar only detects location, not elevation. ATC training is very different than IFR pilot training, they are 98% fixated on keeping the dots separated, not flying the plane. In a perfect world, the...
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    Rocky Mountaineer in the Colorado Rockies

    Thanks for the explanation about Canadian policies. I would have hoped that deposits and payments in full would be at least put into a separate accounting bucket. They are not earned funds and should not be used for other expenses. When a service is not provided, the funds should be...
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    Rocky Mountaineer in the Colorado Rockies

    And off again. I was curious about the different classes of service, so went to Trip Advisor to read some reviews. I was very surprised to find hundreds of one star reviews after the Rocky Mountaineer company decided to cancel service this past summer (for obvious reasons) but refused to...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    And I was surprised that the pilots had such poor basic flying skills. As far as I could tell, the attitude indicator was working perfectly, and there was no reason to believe that the engine instrumentation was faulty. Power plus attitude equals performance. If you have full power and the...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    Corrected attitude indicator to angle of attack sensor. Also, even in 1996 I was surprised by the amount of Spanish in the air traffic control communications. I've never flown in South America, but I've flown in Mexico and Europe, and in both places very clear English is spoken. Good thing...
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    Rocky Mountaineer in the Colorado Rockies

    I've been taking that route since it was the real California Zephyr. I was 13 years old, and we didn't know it was the last year of operation. I actually recall meeting a Zephyette. I took the DRG Zephyr maybe 3 times and the Amtrak CZ maybe 12 times. Given what I've spent so far...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    Speaking as a (retired) CFII, instrumentation failures are a fact of life in flying. We train from the very beginning to never trust a single indication. "Observe, Verify, Correct". But sometimes a single point of failure, such as an angle of attack sensor, can cause an amazing series of...
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    How does Amtrak Arrow system work?

    You had ones and zeros? We only had zeros. You had bits? We had to use rocks...
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    How does Amtrak Arrow system work?

    FWIW, that's exactly what I did for 35 years. I did banks, brokerages, car dealership systems, and of course Y2K. I left the industry to become a commercial tour pilot and never looked back. My spouse says if I'm so smart, why don't I go back and make some money. I have no intention of ever...
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    Caltrain shutdown possible

    Yay! I've probably taken Caltrain once in my life (I live in Boston) but would be nice to know it is still there if I ever find my way back to SF.
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    Another luxury (private car on Amtrak) rail service?

    I just want to ride around in James West's private steam train for a few weeks. Never was clear how he got his track clearances, but I guess being a government agent helped.
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    Upgrade/Companion/Lounge Coupons: seeking, available, questions

    Yes, and very nice. Especially the single seats. BTW, all coupons are extended to December 31st. Enjoy!
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    Upgrade/Companion/Lounge Coupons: seeking, available, questions

    Just a single data point, but on last Monday BC had four people going up and six coming down. All you can do is try, good luck!
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