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  1. Steve
    Steve at |

    This has been the worst, system-widest mess I’ve ever seen.

  2. Gabriel
    Gabriel at |

    I was supposed to fly to New Orleans from New York on Friday and had my flight canceled three times. United said they would give refunds so hopefully that works out….

  3. Mark
    Mark at |

    I’m going to dispute on little factoid in this post. “Last summer some US Airways Express flights were canceled in Phoenix because temperatures exceeded 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the limit at which the planes could safely operate.” This happens every few years in Phoenix, and actually, the planes CAN operate in the heat. Since the air is much thinner as the temp goes up, all of the flap / aileron settings need to be modified prior to take-off. My understanding is that at 118 degrees, the USAir charts just don’t go that high, or they are unwilling to offload enough weight to make the take-off work. So, they cancel.

    My further understanding is that temps like this commonly occur in the Middle East, so logic dictates that they do something to take off safely (I hope).

  4. Rye
    Rye at |

    Regarding the new FAA rules:
    The new duty period limitation (FDP) as you mentioned is not as hard a limit as you imply.

    (a) For augmented and unaugmented operations, if unforeseen operational circumstances arise prior to takeoff:
    (1) The pilot in command and the certificate holder may extend the maximum flight duty period permitted in Tables B or C of this part up to 2 hours. …

    However there are quite a bit more to this in the actual rules so that operators are not constantly using this.

    You can find the interesting part here: http://far117understanding.wordpress.com/far-117-flight-and-duty-time-limitations-and-rest-requirements-flightcrew-members/
    under section: 117.19 Flight duty period extensions.

    Given the right circumstances, you could actually fly more than before.

  5. Andrea
    Andrea at |

    Ugh – we got caught up in this! Not fun