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Comment Re:Total Trip Time (Score 1) 202

aviation isn't cheap, but it can be more reasonable than people think.

a good 172 can be had for under 50K

Fixed expenses are the worst (hangar, insurance, annual maintenance) so the best way is 3-4 way partnership, this dilutes the cost to purchase and the fixed monthly/annual costs pretty significantly.

Comment Re:Don't think it'll happen (Score 1) 1368

..." you'll do pretty much anything to get food..."

except work? Seriously, every business has a help wanted sign out front. Getting food, for someone wiling to work in the US is not a problem.

housing is tougher, as are other "things" but food is so cheap that it's easy to find a job that'll feed you

Comment Re:Total Trip Time (Score 1) 202

yes, you both are knocking on the door of private aircraft being advantageous.

Figure in a slow plane:
10 minutes to your local, small airport
10 minutes to preflight and take off
Travel at 105 kts direct (2.5 hours for the guy 250 miles from Dallas)
15 minutes to land, tie down

Call all of the above a little over 3 hours, but you got to choose when the 3 hours was (ie, if you're done early or a little later, no big deal, you're not meeting a scheduled flight)

No TSA, no "schedule", and no waiting for luggage. There are other disadvantages, but it's anice tool to have in addition to driving or taking an air carrier.

Comment Re:A Master Password.... (Score 1) 234

what were the results when you popped it in the debugger on the last update? Anything interesting? I'm trying to decide on a pass manager because i'm not going to let FB take over, and sites are idiotic with their various rules/etc.

could sites at least tell you what the password rules are ON THE LOGIN SCREEN so that I can determine which password I likely used?

Comment Why not just reduce service days? (Score 1) 156

I never understood the need to get, and pay for, door to door mail service 6 days a week. I'd happily keep door to door mail service (mailing a letter from my home to someone across the country for roughly 50 cents is pretty great).

As less and less comes through the mail, why not keep up the nice service, but make it like the garbage? They work 5-6 days a week, the post office could be open 6 days a week, but they only come to any given house once or twice a week. that way, you could have far less fuel, mail carriers, etc, you could still drop mail in a streetside mailbox or a post office if you wanted it to get picked up faster, but you'd only have your incoming mail dropped off 1-2 x per week.

this seems like a HUGE savings, that wouldn't really slow mail down that much, as the sorting and long distance trucking could keep going 6 days a week. You'd take out most of the cost, while taking out perhaps 10% of the utility.

you could also choose to have higher service for businesses (either every address in a certain district gets more frequent service) or that any address can choose to pay extra ($20/month?) for "daily" pickup/dropoff service and everyone else can choose to go to the 1-2x per week.

Comment Re:Except for FAA regulations (Score 1) 156

agreed, we have a community mailbox at the end of the street and it's super convenient. since it's locked up tight, we tend to get the mail every couple of days and don't worrya bout stopping mail if we're going to be out of town for the weekend.

they also have a secure "outgoing" mail slot so you don't have to leave outgoing mail on your porch/in your unsecured mailbox.

Comment Re: Fuck No! (Score 1) 216

I'd actually love to see that info.

and the west coast kind of is the mountains...

seattle to the cascades is 15 minutes in the plane, that seems awful close. maybe in NC you aren't by mountains, but much of the west if you're not in them, you're close.

Comment Re:Let me choose (Score 4, Informative) 216

that's why i'm becoming a private pilot, so I can take my family and I and avoid all that.

the plane i use flys slower than a 737 (about 1/4 the speed), but there I park 8' from the airplane, we don't have to get there early, and there is no security line/etc.

there's also no worry about being late and missing my flight. the plane will leave when we're all there and i'm satisfied it's a safe trip to take.

Pilots will generally tell you that for about 500 miles or less, private flying will beat commercial door to door. That's a rule of thumb, but gives you an idea. It depends how far your home is from your departure airports and how far your destination is from a GA airport and the commercially served airport.

It would never be cheaper to fly myself, but it can be cheaper to fly my family of 4. So let's say I want to go to Kallspel, MT. I could get a $200 ticket, but would need one for each family member ($800) or I could fly my private plane (say 5 hours each way at $80/hr) = the same money, but not TSA theater, no getting there early, etc.

Comment Re:This is not a fair summary (Score 3, Informative) 216

Umm. no.

A private pilot is forbidden from taking more than pro rata share of flight costs from passengers.

so if you were my friend, and we wanted to go to vegas for the weekend, i could allow you to reimburse me up to 1/2 the price i paid to rent the plane (but I could NOT accept more than 1/2 from you).

What the FAA didn't like about Flytenow is that they were "holding out", ie, offering air service to people, which requires a part 121 or 135 license for the "airline". The pilot would need to then be a commercial pilot or airline transport pilot.

All of the above has zero to do with weather.

ANY pilot (Private, Commercial, or ATP) can fly in the clouds if they have an "Instrument Rating". Regardless of how many people and dogs they have on board. You are forbidden to fly in the clouds without an instrument rating.

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