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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.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 395

Please don't call me without IM'ing me first.

We use skype at work, and that's what most do. They see you're available (not in a meeting) and then IM and "time to talk?" and you can then respond with options from there (sure, and hit the dial button) or else say you're on deadline, ask if it can wait, etc.

overall, i'd like it if nobody called me, ever.

i like to communicate, but hate talking ont he phone

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