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Re: A trip for these no tripping times

Keith Spreuer
 

Very cool Tony. I great sight for all of us in Shut Down.
Keith

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 3:57 AM Tony Rothwell <tony13rothwell@...> wrote:
All those who have viewed "Rainman" know that QANTAS is the world's safest airline.
QANTAS = Queensland And Northern Territory Air Services, founded a century ago in 1920 at Winton, a little town in Western Queensland, Australia.
One of the first bases was a little further south in Longreach, right on the Tropic of Capricorn about 144.5 degrees East and today with a population of around 3,000.
This little place in the Outback (also known as the Great Australian F.. All) is home to the Qantas Founders' Museum.
From where we live in the nation's capital, Canberra it is 756 nautical miles or around 4.5 Cozy hours away so just a nice distance to go for a party.
The party was a fund raiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a very highly respected and much needed organisation in this vast but sparsely populated land.
So the first picture is Brenda with VH-COZ in front of the B707 and B747 displays outside the Museum building.
Being a flying theme fancy dress party that's the two of us in front of a GENAIRCO, an Australian made aircraft with an enclosed cabin for two passengers and open cockpit for the pilot, circa 1929.
The party was in the Museum, in amongst the exhibits with models on tracks "flying" overhead.
Well maybe the Founder's Museum is not on the scale of the Red Barn in Seattle or even the EAA Museum at OSH but it is still a great destination if ever you get the opportunity.





Re: Need 0235 Prop

Sean James
 

I have a Performance Propeller (Clark Lydick) 65x66 and a Hertzler 65x76

On Apr 21, 2020, at 4:43 PM, Phillip Camarda via groups.io <uh1cw2@...> wrote:


Have a fellow flyer with 115 HP 0235 L2C (SAE-2 Flange) in a very EZ. His prop was damaged on his home field. He needs a replacement prop. If you have a propeller that you are willing to part with please contact Scott. He is in Little Rock Arkansas. His damaged prop was a Hertzler  63 pitch x 69 DIA.  Scott's cell phone is  602-799-9312. He is also a fellow Veteran USAF,  C-130 Pilot.  Thank you gentlemen. 

Respectfully,

Phil Camarda


A trip for these no tripping times

Tony Rothwell
 

All those who have viewed "Rainman" know that QANTAS is the world's safest airline.
QANTAS = Queensland And Northern Territory Air Services, founded a century ago in 1920 at Winton, a little town in Western Queensland, Australia.
One of the first bases was a little further south in Longreach, right on the Tropic of Capricorn about 144.5 degrees East and today with a population of around 3,000.
This little place in the Outback (also known as the Great Australian F.. All) is home to the Qantas Founders' Museum.
From where we live in the nation's capital, Canberra it is 756 nautical miles or around 4.5 Cozy hours away so just a nice distance to go for a party.
The party was a fund raiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a very highly respected and much needed organisation in this vast but sparsely populated land.
So the first picture is Brenda with VH-COZ in front of the B707 and B747 displays outside the Museum building.
Being a flying theme fancy dress party that's the two of us in front of a GENAIRCO, an Australian made aircraft with an enclosed cabin for two passengers and open cockpit for the pilot, circa 1929.
The party was in the Museum, in amongst the exhibits with models on tracks "flying" overhead.
Well maybe the Founder's Museum is not on the scale of the Red Barn in Seattle or even the EAA Museum at OSH but it is still a great destination if ever you get the opportunity.





Need 0235 Prop

Phillip Camarda
 

Have a fellow flyer with 115 HP 0235 L2C (SAE-2 Flange) in a very EZ. His prop was damaged on his home field. He needs a replacement prop. If you have a propeller that you are willing to part with please contact Scott. He is in Little Rock Arkansas. His damaged prop was a Hertzler  63 pitch x 69 DIA.  Scott's cell phone is  602-799-9312. He is also a fellow Veteran USAF,  C-130 Pilot.  Thank you gentlemen. 

Respectfully,

Phil Camarda


Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

Jeff Barnes
 

More likely he knew you land longer.


On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:15:54 AM MDT, Bob Holliston <bob.holliston@...> wrote:


Neil, Rockets aren't really that fast. A few years ago Klaus won the Bronze Sport class at the Reno Air Races with his 360 powered LongEZ. Second place was a 540 supercharged (500 HP?) F1 Rocket. A couple of the Gold class Glassairs are reportedly putting out 800 HP with turbocharged 540's and running over 400 MPH. 

On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 5:32 AM Neil K <neil.kruiswyk@...> wrote:

Ten years ago a group of us (mostly RV’s and me in my LE) flew out for the $100.00 breakfast to CYXU.  London is controlled and we didn’t go in in formation but rather called in separately.  I was given a left downwind and my buddy in his Harmon Rocket was given a right downwind.  I was cleared to land first because as the controller put it…  “You’re way faster than that other guy”.  To this day I remind him that there is official documentation and tower recordings that a 150hp LE is “WAY” faster than a 250hp Rocket!

Neil
C-GNEZ







--


Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

Bob Holliston
 

Neil, Rockets aren't really that fast. A few years ago Klaus won the Bronze Sport class at the Reno Air Races with his 360 powered LongEZ. Second place was a 540 supercharged (500 HP?) F1 Rocket. A couple of the Gold class Glassairs are reportedly putting out 800 HP with turbocharged 540's and running over 400 MPH. 


On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 5:32 AM Neil K <neil.kruiswyk@...> wrote:

Ten years ago a group of us (mostly RV’s and me in my LE) flew out for the $100.00 breakfast to CYXU.  London is controlled and we didn’t go in in formation but rather called in separately.  I was given a left downwind and my buddy in his Harmon Rocket was given a right downwind.  I was cleared to land first because as the controller put it…  “You’re way faster than that other guy”.  To this day I remind him that there is official documentation and tower recordings that a 150hp LE is “WAY” faster than a 250hp Rocket!

Neil
C-GNEZ







--


Re: Dynon support

Ryszard Zadow
 

Love Dynon stuff but I have say one issue we have with them is their lack of support for non-profits. Every year at OSH and SunnFun I talk to them and they’re always “Sounds great, would love to help. Get ahold of us after the show..”. When we do try to contact them we get little to no response.  They are the hardest company in the world to get on the phone. RAFE has had such great support from many companies but can’t seem to get Dynon to acknowledge us. 

If you look at the Sponsors on the RAFE website you’ll see we do not seek free stuff from anybody we can. We have a connection and working relationship with our Sponsors and try to give back. We appreciate greatly all the help we get. As many Rutan designs out there flying Dynon stuff you’d think they‘d see an opportunity for a good relationship. Aircraft Spruce helps us and smaller companies like B&C get it. 

Ryszard 
Pres. RAFE 

On Apr 21, 2020, at 09:00, Jim Evans <jevansez@...> wrote:


Thanks, y'all for the many responses.  Dynon called back yesterday afternoon.  The last update was in 2016 and they told me the same, if they are still working, continue using them if I'd like.  I didn't ask anything about upgrading them of if they offer any exchange costs.  Good news, looks like I can continue using them til they quit.  I really appreciate all the kind responses and good info.
Y'all take care out there.

Jim

On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 9:29 AM Del Schier <cozypilot@...> wrote:

Jim,  Like someone else said if they are working keep using them.  A few years ago I put in a EMS D10  and last year I put in an EFIS D10. I did the firmware update with a USB to RS232 serial interface and the Dynon updater download, which should still be on their website.  I am very happy with the performance and features of both of them but it was quite a project to install them, especially the EMS; and to program them and set them up properly.

 

Del Schier

Cozy IV N197DL

Cannon Creek Airpark 15FL

 

 

 

 

 

From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Evans
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 3:33 PM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] Dynon support

 

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.

 

--

James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.

Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/



--
James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.
Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/


Re: Dynon support

Jim Evans
 

Thanks, y'all for the many responses.  Dynon called back yesterday afternoon.  The last update was in 2016 and they told me the same, if they are still working, continue using them if I'd like.  I didn't ask anything about upgrading them of if they offer any exchange costs.  Good news, looks like I can continue using them til they quit.  I really appreciate all the kind responses and good info.
Y'all take care out there.

Jim

On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 9:29 AM Del Schier <cozypilot@...> wrote:

Jim,  Like someone else said if they are working keep using them.  A few years ago I put in a EMS D10  and last year I put in an EFIS D10. I did the firmware update with a USB to RS232 serial interface and the Dynon updater download, which should still be on their website.  I am very happy with the performance and features of both of them but it was quite a project to install them, especially the EMS; and to program them and set them up properly.

 

Del Schier

Cozy IV N197DL

Cannon Creek Airpark 15FL

 

 

 

 

 

From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Evans
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 3:33 PM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] Dynon support

 

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.

 

--

James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.

Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/



--
James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.
Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/


Re: Dynon support

Del Schier
 

Jim,  Like someone else said if they are working keep using them.  A few years ago I put in a EMS D10  and last year I put in an EFIS D10. I did the firmware update with a USB to RS232 serial interface and the Dynon updater download, which should still be on their website.  I am very happy with the performance and features of both of them but it was quite a project to install them, especially the EMS; and to program them and set them up properly.

 

Del Schier

Cozy IV N197DL

Cannon Creek Airpark 15FL

 

 

 

 

 

From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Evans
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 3:33 PM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] Dynon support

 

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.

 

--

James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.

Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/


Re: Dynon support

rcr7373
 

Hi Tom,

I’m in the same boat and have had to update and exchange equipment.  Dynon’s support has been exceptional in every way.  They are swamped and working from their homes but always return their calls in a timely manner and have always been more than fair exchanging, repairing and updating old gear.  I’ve have good experiences with GRT and Garmin as well but personally think Dynon is a cut above.

Richard Richmond

N242LE

On Apr 20, 2020, at 6:00 PM, Tom Smith via groups.io <trcsmith@...> wrote:

Jim, have you tried calling them?


Tom Smith  A&P/IA
Long-EZ N12TS
Cell-707-592-0869
KVCB
KJ6PZN


-----Original Message-----
From: Marc J. Zeitlin <marc.j.zeitlin@...>
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Subject: Re: [c-a] Dynon support

Jim Evans wrote:

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.._,_._,_

There's probably just no update needed - I don't think I'd updated my D10A EFIS or EMS-D120 in many years.

That said, both of these (the D10A and the EMS) will be for sale in the near future - I've upgraded to a Skyview system. The D10A is plug-and-play with the D10, I believe, and was almost working perfectly (reboot every so often for no reason whatsoever - a problem in IFR, not a problem in VFR conditions). I'd let it go really cheap, and Dynon still supports them and fixes them if something goes wrong, as they're the units that are STC'd for TC'd aircraft.

--
Marc J. Zeitlin                      marc_zeitlin@...
                                            http://www.cozybuilders.org/
Copyright © 2020                     Burnside Aerospace


Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

Neil K
 

Ten years ago a group of us (mostly RV’s and me in my LE) flew out for the $100.00 breakfast to CYXU. London is controlled and we didn’t go in in formation but rather called in separately. I was given a left downwind and my buddy in his Harmon Rocket was given a right downwind. I was cleared to land first because as the controller put it… “You’re way faster than that other guy”. To this day I remind him that there is official documentation and tower recordings that a 150hp LE is “WAY” faster than a 250hp Rocket!

Neil
C-GNEZ


Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

Mike Tooze
 

Thanks Mike,
Needles to say both of my reported incidents are absolutely true and did happen to my VE friend (at Biggin Hill) and I. (The 'builder' incident was in about 2012).

My friend was the same guy who, once, thought that he was dead. He had just completed his V-E in his home (small) workshop and thought to flip over one blade of the propeller..... As he cowered down in a corner waiting for the carb to empty suddenly everything went white. - He thought that this was 'It'.
The engine stopped and he found that he was covered by a white dust sheet....

Stay safe,
Sincerely,

Mike T

On Monday, 20 April 2020, 18:52:21 BST, nosedragger48154 <ezdriver@...> wrote:


Mike that was incredibly funny!!  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mike Scovel
SE Michigan
VariEze

Mbl    (313) 608-7202
Email  ezdriver@...
Email  info@...
            http://www.brighterstick.com


-----Original Message-----
From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Tooze via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:01 AM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

I hope that a little canard humour is acceptable right now. - Please ignore/excuse if you find it not appropriate.
I posted one of these some time ago but here goes.

A friend of mine was cleaning down his Vari Eze when two boys rode up on their bicycles.  Stopping at a respectful distance the two appeared to marvel at the sleek machine.  My friend doing an apparently menial task soon became invisible to the pair.  Then one turned to the other and explained ”They’re all made from scrap you know!”

I had my Vari Eze back for some work.  Around that time I had some building work being done, not sure, it may have been the garage/workshop door.
Anyway, I had to show a young twenties or so builder into my shop.  He was amazed to see my shiny, sleek machine.  I was quite puffed-up as he asked questions like how fast it could go and how far it could fly.  Then he asked, “Who flies it for you?”  !!!!!

Stay safe,
Mike T







Re: Dynon support

Tom Smith <trcsmith@...>
 

Jim, have you tried calling them?


Tom Smith  A&P/IA
Long-EZ N12TS
Cell-707-592-0869
KVCB
KJ6PZN


-----Original Message-----
From: Marc J. Zeitlin <marc.j.zeitlin@...>
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Subject: Re: [c-a] Dynon support

Jim Evans wrote:

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.._,_._,_

There's probably just no update needed - I don't think I'd updated my D10A EFIS or EMS-D120 in many years.

That said, both of these (the D10A and the EMS) will be for sale in the near future - I've upgraded to a Skyview system. The D10A is plug-and-play with the D10, I believe, and was almost working perfectly (reboot every so often for no reason whatsoever - a problem in IFR, not a problem in VFR conditions). I'd let it go really cheap, and Dynon still supports them and fixes them if something goes wrong, as they're the units that are STC'd for TC'd aircraft.

--
Marc J. Zeitlin                      marc_zeitlin@...
                                            http://www.cozybuilders.org/
Copyright © 2020                     Burnside Aerospace


Re: Dynon support

Marc J. Zeitlin
 

Jim Evans wrote:

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.._,_._,_

There's probably just no update needed - I don't think I'd updated my D10A EFIS or EMS-D120 in many years.

That said, both of these (the D10A and the EMS) will be for sale in the near future - I've upgraded to a Skyview system. The D10A is plug-and-play with the D10, I believe, and was almost working perfectly (reboot every so often for no reason whatsoever - a problem in IFR, not a problem in VFR conditions). I'd let it go really cheap, and Dynon still supports them and fixes them if something goes wrong, as they're the units that are STC'd for TC'd aircraft.

--
Marc J. Zeitlin                      marc_zeitlin@...
                                            http://www.cozybuilders.org/
Copyright © 2020                     Burnside Aerospace


Re: Dynon support

Saro Marcarian
 

Dynon has been nothing but AWESOME supporting my legacy units.


Re: Dynon support

Neil K
 

I have a D180 that has run strong for the past 12 years.  There are no new updates for it either but I suspect there are no updates because there are no significant bugs in the firmware.  If they still work, Fly them!

Neil
C-GNEZ


On Apr 20, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Jim Evans <jevansez@...> wrote:

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.

--
James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.
Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/



Dynon support

Jim Evans
 

I have a Dynon D10 and D100.  My aircraft has been down for the past three years and am bringing it back on line in a few weeks.  I will need to update these units but I am wondering if they are supported any longer.  On their website, they do not sell them any longer and the updates appear old.  Should I consider abandoning them?  Anyone still using them?  I really don't want to start all over with another system.

--
James W. Evans Jr.
Airport Manager
Tappahannock - Essex County Airport
1450 Aviation Rd.
Tappahannock, VA
22560
KXSA
Airport: 804-443-5885
Fax:     804-443-6891
kxsa.airportinfo@...
http://www.tappahannockessexairport.com/


Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

Raymond Cole
 

This was from the early days of the Varieze when Dick Rutan said his favorite questions were “which way does it go?” And “how do you get it to rotate?”

On Apr 20, 2020, at 12:52 PM, nosedragger48154 <ezdriver@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Mike that was incredibly funny!! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mike Scovel
SE Michigan
VariEze

Mbl (313) 608-7202
Email ezdriver@sbcglobal.net
Email info@brighterstick.com
http://www.brighterstick.com


-----Original Message-----
From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Tooze via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:01 AM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

I hope that a little canard humour is acceptable right now. - Please ignore/excuse if you find it not appropriate.
I posted one of these some time ago but here goes.

A friend of mine was cleaning down his Vari Eze when two boys rode up on their bicycles. Stopping at a respectful distance the two appeared to marvel at the sleek machine. My friend doing an apparently menial task soon became invisible to the pair. Then one turned to the other and explained ”They’re all made from scrap you know!”

I had my Vari Eze back for some work. Around that time I had some building work being done, not sure, it may have been the garage/workshop door.
Anyway, I had to show a young twenties or so builder into my shop. He was amazed to see my shiny, sleek machine. I was quite puffed-up as he asked questions like how fast it could go and how far it could fly. Then he asked, “Who flies it for you?” !!!!!

Stay safe,
Mike T






Re: A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

nosedragger48154
 

Mike that was incredibly funny!! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mike Scovel
SE Michigan
VariEze

Mbl (313) 608-7202
Email ezdriver@sbcglobal.net
Email info@brighterstick.com
http://www.brighterstick.com

-----Original Message-----
From: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io <canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Tooze via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:01 AM
To: canard-aviators@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [c-a] A teaspoon of canard humour in dark times.

I hope that a little canard humour is acceptable right now. - Please ignore/excuse if you find it not appropriate.
I posted one of these some time ago but here goes.

A friend of mine was cleaning down his Vari Eze when two boys rode up on their bicycles. Stopping at a respectful distance the two appeared to marvel at the sleek machine. My friend doing an apparently menial task soon became invisible to the pair. Then one turned to the other and explained ”They’re all made from scrap you know!”

I had my Vari Eze back for some work. Around that time I had some building work being done, not sure, it may have been the garage/workshop door.
Anyway, I had to show a young twenties or so builder into my shop. He was amazed to see my shiny, sleek machine. I was quite puffed-up as he asked questions like how fast it could go and how far it could fly. Then he asked, “Who flies it for you?” !!!!!

Stay safe,
Mike T


Re: Still operating, interesting reading...

Greg Norman
 

Great to hear from your perspective Vance. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Greg Norman

On Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 7:37 PM Vance Atkinson <nostromo56@...> wrote:

 Although I dont post jet type info on the EZ board I thought this would be informative to all since we have such long range craft and this involves  International flying..sent from a friend.
Vance Atkinson
ex Cozy and VEZ builder/owner.

 

 

FedEx still operating close to peak internationally, but we’ve slowed severely domestically.

 

Balances out financially, as we’re still “above the line” (reference our last quarterly earnings statement).

 

 We’ve pulled 4 “semi-retired” FedEx MD- 11s out of the desert and sent them to the Pacific (where I’ve been operating for the past 2 ½ months).

 

 Every run we’re flying there (between Honolulu, Sydney, Guangzhou, Osaka, Narita, Singapore, Thailand,  Hong Kong,  etc…) are maxed out.

 

 No one else flying, so all that residual cargo is being directed our way.   That being said, every route is nearly empty, and every airport is completely full of parked jets.  A couple of examples:

 

• Flew from Osaka to Beijing during 1 segment of a  trip, and saw only 2 additional aircraft airborne the entire flight. 

 

• During the time we fly that route (one of the busiest in the world), nearly 100+ additional aircraft are normally airborne.

 

• Silence on the radio, from the controllers,  etc… most pacific airports have 1 controller that now covers regional approach, tower, and ground… ALL 3 of them.

 

• We landed in Beijing and were the only moving aircraft the entire time we taxied in, dropped our cargo, reloaded, and taxied out.

 

Saw 2 other aircraft moving on the ground as we took off.  But that was it.

 

• Literally 600+ aircraft parked in every square inch of concrete on that airport.

 

Beijing (and most airports like it) are down to 1 runway, with all additional being used as parking lots for aircraft.  Very eerie to see it like that.

Was lucky enough to have a United Airlines deadhead back from Osaka to  SFO at the conclusion of one of my runs.  Osaka is one of the busiest international “jump-off points” in Japan, and FedEx has a great facility there.  From the time I made my way from the FedEx aircraft we landed there, checked in through one of the largest customs facilities I’ve ever seen (at Osaka International), took an inter-airport train to the international terminal, and finally made my way to the only 1 of 6 lounges open to await my flight’s departure (United), I only saw two people in the entire airport terminal...TWO.

  That United flight was on a 787, and Polaris Business Class (which normally holds about 36 people) had 4 of us in it.  The entire aircraft had about 40 people total… most were United employees (aircrew and attendants) repositioning back to the United States after their routes had been cancelled.

  This was United’s last flight between Osaka and  SFO for a long while (apparently), and there were many hugs and tears with United personnel, Japan airport folks they knew,  etc… And the entire United ground crew lined up in a formation to solute the aircraft as we departed… reminded me of Navy cruises when we were launching aircraft to head back to the beach after 6+ months.

Global devastation and economic impacts are very apparent as one travels as much as we do internationally.

  This is going to take YEARS to  recover, and return any semblance of “normalcy” (if that term is even relevant any longer) to many areas all over the globe.

Incredible to see the lengths FedEx goes to, to keep us all healthy and protected through this mess.   My hats off to our dispatchers, ground managers, and everyone on the team who’s making it happen safely for us all… as regulations and customs requirements literally change day to day… flight by flight.

 

 


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