Date: 05 Dec 96 02:27:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan Chesnutt) Organization: The New York Yankees References: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.2516@ohare.Chicago.COM>, email@example.com wrote: > Looking at the American Airlines web pages I found a press release > which says that American Eagle will serve St Vincent nonstop from SJU > using an ATR-42. They say this is possible since they will use GPS > for navigation, reducing the block time to 1:58 from the otherwise > 2:20. They also say they intend to serve Tobago similarly. Is this a > first? No. Airlines have used either RNAV, LORAN, IRS, or GPS for years. > Are there different rules for operators from Puerto Rico? > Specifically, I've noted that some of Eagle's (Executive Airlines) > planes based at SJU had French, not US, registration. Perhaps this is > symmetry, since I've seen Air France planes (747, 737) with US, not > French registration. No. Puerto Rico is a US posession and they operate using ICAO rules. > One thing that bothers me about Eagle flights from SJU is that they > are predominantly over water and they don't carry life jackets, etc. > While there may always be an island within 20-30 minutes flight, some > don't have airports that can handle an ATR. Life jackets are not required on overwater flights within 30 minute distance of a "suitable" airport with one engine inop. It would have to be a mighty small airport to "not handle" an ATR. It has demonstrated landings to a full stop at MLDW in 2800 feet using flaps 40. -- I thought it was the heavy drinking, the late hours, the barking mad women, the lying around in bed reading cheap spy novels and eating Nescafe out of the jar with a spoon. But no, it was all because of Eagle.