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by The Don't You Forget About Me of Eripolis. . 8 reads.

Flying in Eripolis

Flying is a big part of Eripolisian culture, and, in fact, is deeply entrenched into it. In addition, the "golden age of airline flying" (i.e the 1930s-1960s) tend to be romanticized.

The nation's two biggest airlines, Southern National Airways (SNA) and Trans Eripolisian Airlines (TErA), are funded and subsidized by the government.

Piston-engined airliners are particularly popular here, with jets being more niche, but still fairly popular. Some piston airliners commonly used (and, in fact, still produced) are listed below.

  • Douglas DC-7 (and variants)

  • Douglas DC-6 (and variants)

  • Douglas DC-4 (and variants, including converted surplus C-54 Skymasters)

  • Douglas DC-3 (and variants, including converted surplus C-47 Skytrains)

  • Boeing 247

  • Lockheed Model 10 Electra

  • Lockheed Constellation (and variants, most commonly the L-1049 Super Constellation)

  • Lockheed L-1649 Starliner

  • Airspeed Ambassador

  • Convair 240 (and variants)

  • Bristol Britannia

  • Vickers Viscount

  • Boeing 307 Stratoliner

There are laws against making airliners too cramped. Additionally, all aircraft are mandated to have at least one bathroom for every 35 passengers.

Flight shame is opposed by the vast majority of Eripolisians. This is largely due to advancements made in the efficiency of reciprocating engines, and the use of more fuel-efficient jet engines. Many decry the flight shame movement as an attempt to "move humanity backwards".

Airport security is firm, but fairly relaxed. Most passengers pass through a simple metal detector stage at airports, and then proceed to their flights. Airport construction is authorized by city officials in whatever city thr airport will be built, and built by private companies.

Average wait time for a flight, at least with SNA and TErA, is no more than 30 minutes.

Work hours and days for pilots are strictly enforced. Regulations state that airline pilots may fly no more than 8 hours per day, with at least 120 off days overall.