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Old 06-12-2019, 07:40 PM   #1
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I was on an American Airlines plane last week. It was a small commuter jet from DFW to College Station. This thing looked like c-rap. Faded paint rust streaks on the sides and the interior was falling apart. (Reminded me of a bus I rode in Progresso).

Anyway.....I was wondering if any of you would be hesitant to fly on this plane? It had a horrible squealing sound on start up and the pilots had the cockpit door open for like 15 minutes with one of them standing there in the doorway talking to the other.

It definitely didn't make any of us feel very comfortable. I sent an email to AA. They responded with a series of Form Letters that were very generic and appeared to have been written by an attorney. Anyway, I am curious to see what ya'll say and think.

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Old 06-12-2019, 07:46 PM   #2
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I wouldn't feel comfortable seeing a plane that hasn't been taken care of.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:49 PM   #3
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Not exactly a huge fan of flying anyways, so dang right it would bother me. Lol
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:49 PM   #4
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If they can't clean the tray tables after every flight, can they be bothered to check the engine oil?

Some of those regional jets in AA's fleet are showing their age.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:50 PM   #5
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My time to go, it's my time to go. Whether it be by car, horse, plane or meteor
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:51 PM   #6
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She's got some miles
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:54 PM   #7
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Gravity works on all of them, your coming back down is a certainty
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:56 PM   #8
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I think I rode in that same plane on the same trip back in 1994


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Old 06-12-2019, 08:01 PM   #9
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Nope. What bothers me is the fat butt flight attendant banging my elbow and shoulder waddling up and down the tiny isle.

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Old 06-12-2019, 08:03 PM   #10
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Make sure the pilot attaches his kill switch
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:13 PM   #11
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Nope. I think folks just look for reasons to be upset nowadays.

Of course I used to know an old airline mechanic and he always said if we knew what they did to get planes back in the air on time no one would fly
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:16 PM   #12
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Hmmmm......Exit One World ? Naw, not a problem !
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:16 PM   #13
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Nope. I think folks just look for reasons to be upset nowadays.

Of course I used to know an old airline mechanic and he always said if we knew what they did to get planes back in the air on time no one would fly
I don't! probably never will,,,
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:22 PM   #14
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Not a huge fan of regional jets but find myself on them regularly. That one looks worse than most. I’d be a little curious too as to why the odd sounds. Flying these days is about like what taking the Grayhound used to be....
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:28 PM   #15
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Yeah, Iím out. Donít like flying anyway and def not when I can drive.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:30 PM   #16
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Got on a MD-80 in Nashville coming back to DFW last year. Out of curiosity I looked up the tail number and saw that the plane went into service in November of 1986 and was the second oldest plane currently in service with American. I think I heard a whole bunch of little noises after that, that were probably just in my head.


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Old 06-12-2019, 08:32 PM   #17
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Make sure the pilot attaches his kill switch
To soon.....
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:59 PM   #18
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As a aircraft mechanic I don’t see any problem with the mechanics of that plane. I’d fly on her......at least once. ��
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:05 PM   #19
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Nope.I'd ride the paint off that ****.

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:14 PM   #20
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I’d ride it all the way to the scene of the crash
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:21 PM   #21
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A lot of private jets look the same. You should see the T1 beechjets the airforce fly. Every one of those look like crud. Half the paint is always flaked off.

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #22
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Wouldn’t bother me. I’ve always operated under the premise that the pilot doesn’t want to die either. If it’s good enough for him/her it’s good enough for me.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #23
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You can have a 25 year old plane that has never had an accident or a brand new Boeing that may or may not make it 15 min
These days I think the old one is probably safer
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #24
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Based on several studies by aeronautical engineers and documented by the FAA, flight dynamic characteristics and aerodynamics in complete engine failure allow those small planes to glide extremely well....





all the way to the scene of the crash.


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Old 06-12-2019, 09:31 PM   #25
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Wouldnít bother me. Iíve always operated under the premise that the pilot doesnít want to die either. If itís good enough for him/her itís good enough for me.
This is my philosophy as well. Also trusting that the airlines somewhat care about my safety, but probably care about the lawsuits that arise from plane crashes even more.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:35 PM   #26
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:39 PM   #27
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I'm a 30 year aircraft mechanic for AA (not Eagle). That aircraft is well maintained. I'd put my family on it. Much more likely to die driving to the airport and way more likely to crash due to pilot error than mechanical failure. You probably have socks older than the captain who flew it.

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Old 06-12-2019, 10:26 PM   #28
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First world problems.

I can tell that you’ve never flown out of Little Rock ��
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:32 PM   #29
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Wouldnít bother me. Iíve always operated under the premise that the pilot doesnít want to die either. If itís good enough for him/her itís good enough for me.
That and there has been more new ďprettyĒ planes crash in the past year than that tested and true plane.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:00 PM   #30
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Kinda seems like you had your mind made up about the quality of the plane before you ever got on the plane since all of your pictures are from pre-boarding the airplane. So the weird noises and sounds you describe are only adjectives to an already pre-formed opinion you had of the air craft. Did you take off and land safely at your destination?
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:06 PM   #31
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not in the least.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:08 PM   #32
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My time to go, it's my time to go. Whether it be by car, horse, plane or meteor
Flying....I would worry if it's the pilot's time to go.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:03 AM   #33
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Always remember, the pilot doesn't want to crash any worse than you do!!!
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:58 AM   #34
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and lots of shiny Cirrus planes come down.

Paint is one of the last things I worry about.....

today's flight, I had a female captain and a male sky waitress, and neither seemed to be in an especially good mood - but I just assumed they were both mad at their boyfriends, and got in my seat quietly.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:46 AM   #35
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I would fly it all day and every day. You see the looks are like that because she is a work horse. I am not paying for Purdy.

The A&P Mechanics that maintain this aircraft have only one thing in mind. YOUR SAFETY.

Case in point. I joined the USAF in 1977 as an Aircraft Mechanic. Assign as a Crew Chief on a B-52D at Carswell AFB. This aircraft was built in 1955 and seen over 200 mission over Viet Nam and looked Hammered Whale *****. But every night I busted my arse to make sure she would fly a crew to the target, bomb the crap outa the enemy and return them to me safely.

Don't mind the looks every time. It's what inside.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:49 AM   #36
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I'm a 30 year aircraft mechanic for AA (not Eagle). That aircraft is well maintained. I'd put my family on it. Much more likely to die driving to the airport and way more likely to crash due to pilot error than mechanical failure. You probably have socks older than the captain who flew it.

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44 Years as a Aircraft Mechanic (AMT) (24 USAF/20 SWA) I will agree.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:56 AM   #37
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Wouldn't bother me
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:06 AM   #38
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I flew American Airlines for a trip to Alaska, never again. They don't take care of their equipment.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:07 AM   #39
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Nope. What bothers me is the fat butt flight attendant banging my elbow and shoulder waddling up and down the tiny isle.

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Old 06-13-2019, 08:08 AM   #40
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Flying....I would worry if it's the pilot's time to go.





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Old 06-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #41
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That old workhorse will be flying long after the shiny hangar queens are sent to the desert.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #42
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Wouldn't bother me at all. Very exacting maintenance schedules on all airplanes that are mandated. Paint is cosmetic.

In the general aviation world you can have an old junker with shiny new paint and think its a great airplane or a perfectly maintained airplane with the newest of everything except paint and think its unworthy. Bout same for commercial airlines. Its all perception not fact.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:23 AM   #43
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That and there has been more new ďprettyĒ planes crash in the past year than that tested and true plane.


Ya, because airlines in third world countries donít want to train pilots properly, fix mechanical issues that are ďno flyĒ problems here, and increased levels of automation have lead to a degradation of pilot skills.


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Old 06-13-2019, 08:25 AM   #44
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:25 AM   #45
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44 Years as a Aircraft Mechanic (AMT) (24 USAF/20 SWA) I will agree.


Coker, Iím SWA inflight based in DAL. Where you located?


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Old 06-13-2019, 08:28 AM   #46
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I'd ride it.. if we crashed I wouldn't ride it anymore..
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:31 AM   #47
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Who flies from DFW to College Station? By the time you go thru the airport BS you could have been there. I don't get it
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:44 AM   #48
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Who flies from DFW to College Station? By the time you go thru the airport BS you could have been there. I don't get it


Some people just hate driving that much


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Old 06-13-2019, 08:50 AM   #49
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I flew American Airlines for a trip to Alaska, never again. They don't take care of their equipment.
Your choice to not fly AA but you don't have a clue as to what your talking about. That's a bs statement.

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Old 06-13-2019, 08:55 AM   #50
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