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Aug 12th 2011 4:35PM That is a Boeing pilot saying not a United pilot saying as much of the United fleet is made up of Airbuses.
Pilots that complain the most about the Airbus are those that have never flowin it.
Sep 26th 2010 9:25PM I rented a Fiat 500 last year in Europe and loved the car. I don't think the author has driven one. I would consider buying one when the come to the U.S. I would compare this car to the SmartCar and hands down I would take the Fiat.
Sep 4th 2008 8:02AM Many of the modern airliners cannot dump fuel like older ones. The reason why the flight did not continue on was because the procedure with a blown tire on take off is not to retract the landing gear. It might get stuck in the wheel well and not extend for landing. In addition, with the landing gear extended, there is a considerable amount of excess drag requiring more fuel than they had on board.
Sep 4th 2008 7:24AM The reason the plane cannot land is not because of the brakes. The aircraft was certified by the FAA for a max landing weight. Since this aircraft was going transcontinental, with all the fuel it was carrying, it's takeoff weight exceeded its max landing weight untill the fuel could be burned off. Most aircraft can land above the max landing weight however, it requires an extensive inspection and in this case it was more prudent to burn off the fuel than to have to go through the lengthy inspection.