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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

The new AKL regional lounge will look cool! https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/09/air-nz-building-new-regional-lounge-at-auckland-airport/_jcr_content/par/image.dynimg.full.q75.jpg/v1536811260528/AUCKLAND-REGIONAL-LOUNGE-DNHT-1120.jpg See: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/09/air-n...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 868
Views: 114218

Re: A400M Update

I read on another forum where the poster suggested the UK may be thinking about buying more. The reason for this is the significantly higher than intended use of there C-17’s, to take the pressure of the fleet and reduce the hours used more A400’s are needed.

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 868
Views: 114218

Re: A400M Update

New Zealands low budget would be better spent on an airlifter that provides the highest value for money. They have typically purchased used aircraft so cost would be a priority. What a load of cow poo, we don’t typically purchase used. Of recent purchases the T6 Texan new, P8 new, NH90 new, 109LUH ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OSL is 20 years old today !
Replies: 29
Views: 3564

Re: OSL is 20 years old today !

Nice and spacious airport, but as was mentioned FBU looked a lot more convenient in terms of location and the cost of transport to/from the airport (the Flytoget and Flybussen to OSL are nice, but its a little pricey). When I stayed at a Gardermoen airport hotel a few years ago even the shuttle bus...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OSL is 20 years old today !
Replies: 29
Views: 3564

Re: OSL is 20 years old today !

hooverman wrote:
How is the resistance against the new runway?


Do they really need a third runway? Heathrow has multiple times as many passengers and movements on two runways why does OSL need three?

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I have mixed feelings about this massive retail expansion at CHC on the cards - really hoping they don't turn into AKL. :crossfingers: :crossfingers: :crossfingers: See: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1810/S00067/new-and-larger-retail-coming-to-christchurch-airport.htm. Cheers, C. Have you ever b...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

My understanding is that the plan has always been that when the domestic jet pier gets built, the regional airline end of the terminal will remain more or less as is until a future date where a regional airline pier is built, connected to the same landside building as the domestic jet pier. My god ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I think you’ll find most South Aucklanders work in South Auckland, these people don’t have a lot of money I doubt many of them travel into the CBD. IMO the main users of this airport line will be airport passengers. It’s what happens I’m most other airports why would AKL be any different? I’ve been ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump
Replies: 54
Views: 1410

Re: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump

I mean the explosion in knife crime that happened since your leaders were dumb enough to let millions of undocumented immigrants in. As I said, change reading habits ( abstine from Fox, send your goat elsewhere and improve your health in the process ): https://faktenfinder.tagesschau.de/inland/krim...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

NZ6 wrote:
planemanofnz wrote:
Do the new fuel taxes (like the Auckland Council-sponsored regional fuel tax) apply to aviation fuel at Auckland Airport?

Cheers,

C.


I can’t see how it would.


I can’t see how they could apply the tax to jet fuel but they do apply to boat fuel which has really pissed of boat owners.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I have removed New Zealand from my bucket list due to this: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/asia/new-zealand-customs-passwords-intl/index.html I mean, I could back up my phone whilst still in the US and then wipe it while we were taxiing for takeoff, but why bother? There's lots of other places I wa...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Given that ZQN’s expansion plans are now very much in doubt, perhaps this will be the trigger for the anticipated expansion of WKA to allow for jet movements - to AKL, as already foreshadowed (and possibly Transtasman as well)? u Or more sensibly build a brand new Central Otago airport. Making WKA ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 174
Views: 13009

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

While I support trams in Auckland, it's not an airport transport option for an airport catering for more than 40m passengers in just over 20 years. We need to think long-term on this one. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/airports/news/article.cfm?c_id=114&objectid=12135694&ref=rss Every airport s...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump
Replies: 54
Views: 1410

Re: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump

I like the way the Norwegian police does it. They have their guns locked away inside a box in the car, so if needed it is nearby, but just not so present. That’s how it’s done in NZ as well, two pistols and a shot gun in locked box in most police cars. We also use dogs in a lot of situations where ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breaking: UN issues mandate to lift Iran sanctions on civil aviation.
Replies: 44
Views: 9644

Re: Breaking: UN issues mandate to lift Iran sanctions on civil aviation.

https://www.eturbonews.com/183950/iran- ... rom-russia

40 is a start.
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Amiga500 wrote:
Really surprised Sukhoi were not able to sell a big Superjet fleet into Iran.

I suppose they had quite a few Western suppliers which limited their options.


https://www.eturbonews.com/183950/iran- ... rom-russia

40 is a start.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions
Replies: 42
Views: 1292

Re: UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions

Somehow neither Iran, nor Syria, nor Russia, nor Venezuela seem very impressed with your ability to hurt them. All of those countries are having massive economic difficulties, Iran is on the brink of economic collapse and riots. Russian citizens are facing noticeable decline in their standard of li...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump
Replies: 54
Views: 1410

Re: The world has more confidence in Putin than in Trump

aviationaware wrote:
It would bother me much more not to have the freedom to buy a gun to defend my family from home invaders.


What's more frightening is that you actually need to do this. People living in Germany, or NZ, or Australia, or the Uk or Norway or the EU don't need to worry about it.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions
Replies: 42
Views: 1292

Re: UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions

The United Nations have no jurisdiction over the United States. But nice try. As long as the UNGA and the UNSC routinely pass resolutions with large majorities that give Israel the entire blame in the Middle East, UN resolutions and court rulings are a good indication to do the exact opposite of wh...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

With a Euro 6 engine and adblue its no dirtier than petrol and a hell of a lot better for the environment than your F250 Super Duty. Better be, my truck is 13 years old. Of course, your 2018 A6 Quattro isn't pulling 11,000 lbs up steep mountain roads. That comparison is silly. Anyway, the way your ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

diesel is still cheaper at the pump You do realise that is almost entirely down to tax regimes, right? Europe "subsidised" diesel for decades since it was supposed to be greener (actually, I heard many years ago that it was lobbying by French-government-owned Total in collaboration with F...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

1) common misconception - there should be no need for extra power because cars parked at home smart chargers allow the car to buffer the national grid, actually reducing peak power needs! 2) I expect there will have to be a shift from fuel-based taxes to higher road tax. Another advantage of smart ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

Diesels great, love it, I could get 1300km from a 73 litre tank on a road trip in the 2013 A6, I bought a new 2018 A6 Quattro this summer, it’s still a new engine and not run in, but it should be slightly worse due to being AWD. A Lead is too small when you have three kids and a giant do to haul aro...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Magnum P.I. Reboot
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Re: Magnum P.I. Reboot

Can we just stop with the "reboots" please? The actor who plays the new Magnum is totally hot but that is not a good reason to bring back the show. Tom Selleck is a tall manly dude with charisma who can act, not a metrosexual looking midget who can’t act, which is part of the problem. Her...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

Two big elephants in the room..1) How are you going to generate the increased power for these cars? 2) MANY governments/municipalities depend of fuel taxes for road/infrastructure construction and maintenance, are the consumption taxes going to increase to meet this deficit? 1) common misconception...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

That's way too simplistic, especially in the US context, since fossil fuel is not taxed like it is in EU and other locales. I suspect most US buyers of "SUV, CUV, luxury car and pickup owners" who can do math and who can afford the $50k and beyond price tags of these vehicles could absorb...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Magnum P.I. Reboot
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Magnum P.I. Reboot

Yikes how could they have though rebooting Magnum was a good idea, Thomas Magnum was an iconic role, this is a travesty. Rick and TC are well cast, Thomas is a mess and the less said about Higgins off the better we will all be!!

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by Kiwirob
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits
Replies: 89
Views: 2055

Re: Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits

I don’t think electric cars are the future, they will hit a very thick glass ceiling well before they penetrate the mass market, most European car owners don’t have there own secure off street parking space where they can charge the vehicle. Once hydrogen gets up and going electric will die off like...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Most A380 Capable Gates (including remote stands)
Replies: 29
Views: 3949

Re: Airports With Most A380 Capable Gates (including remote stands)

Baku has an A380 gate, and another couple than can be converted to A380 configuration, but it's never as far as I can find out been used, it's just another vanity project.

AKL has 4 A380 gates with a number of hard stands for A380's as well.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

What Crimes did Russia commit against humanity, I think this is your jumping the shark moment Tommy. Kosovo was taken from Serbia by force. East Timor was taken from Indonesia. Israel has taken by force plenty of bits and bobs of its surrounding countries. You need to get a grip on reality Crimea is...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 4957

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

The corvettes are variants of the River Class opv’s, which are used by the RN.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 4957

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

Another thought--it's good that the UK has found some buyers for the Type 26, but they are the first foreign sales in 40+ years. Those were two Type 42 for their "friends", the Argies. It's not like the old days when everyone and their brother was buying Leanders and their derivatives. Th...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 4957

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

France and Italy seem to have a pretty good working relationship that resulted in the FREMM class. The UK still thinks that they have special needs and drop out of multinational projects, yet they don't order enough hulls anymore to make it cost effective. Spain (Navantia) is good at marketing thei...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What ever happened to the new presidential limo ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1842

Re: What ever happened to the new presidential limo ?

The new one looks better than the last one, that bar was set pretty low.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

you´ll find few territories taken by force and kept since WW II. best regards Thomas Really there's large chunks of central Europe that were historically Prussian or German that now reside in other countries, parts that were taken by force. There's Kosovo taken from Serbia, there's East Timor taken...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Bombardier Aerospace
Replies: 54
Views: 6569

Re: Future of Bombardier Aerospace

Boeing i think is not interested in the Ejets. Sooner or later they will develop a contender to the A220 under the Boeing brand and shut down the Ejets. Bombardier will then have all the time to make a new CRJ. Btw, what is MRJ? These planes will never ever succeed. The Sukhoi Jet? LOL! Not worth m...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

The reaction to Iraq invading Kuwait only happened because Kuwait is swimming in oil, if it hadn't I doubt the world would have done anything, it would just be another dispute like Yemen where we aren't doing anything.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct book to read on a long flight is.....
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: The correct book to read on a long flight is.....

Dieuwer wrote:
Kiwirob wrote:
True story, I have mentioned it here before, a few years back a guy siting beside me was watching gay porn prior to takeoff and later on was browsing a.net. He should have read a book.


Was he attractive? ;)


Just a normal looking bloke.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct book to read on a long flight is.....
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: The correct book to read on a long flight is.....

True story, I have mentioned it here before, a few years back a guy siting beside me was watching gay porn prior to takeoff and later on was browsing a.net. He should have read a book.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

But all of Ukraine is falling to pieces, you just have to look at the shipbuilding industry, at the end of the soviet era the yards in Nikolaev were some of the most advanced anywhere in Europe, large facilities with well trained experienced employees, on decent wages, given the right management th...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of <150-Seat Aircraft in Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 1567

Re: Future of <150-Seat Aircraft in Europe

Widerøe ordered E2’s. Braathens ordered A220’s.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 787s at Birmingham (UK)
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Norwegian 787s at Birmingham (UK)

Went past BHX earlier today on the train to Birmingham, and noticed two Norwegian 787s parked up. I now they axed flying from there in 2017 so curious as to what they were doing- anyone know? I flew into Birmingham Thursday morning, by my count there are 2 without engines outside the Monarch hanger...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

But all of Ukraine is falling to pieces, you just have to look at the shipbuilding industry, at the end of the soviet era the yards in Nikolaev were some of the most advanced anywhere in Europe, large facilities with well trained experienced employees, on decent wages, given the right management the...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

The key thing is the admission that it was taken. Period. No fake stories, just invaded and taken. Russia will have to deal with the modern consequences of the action. Tugg Of course they took it but the people who live there are pretty happy about it. I was there a couple of months ago and I have ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

Most of those have in common that they legally still belong to the country that they belong to and that there are sanctions in place against the occupating country. Russia will face sanction until our sun turns cold or Crimea is returned. Beat regards Thomas I think the sanctions against Russia wil...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

Ukraine lost this territory, they won't get it back, there are so many other territories like this around the world which were taken and never given back why should Crimea be any different? The key thing is the admission that it was taken. Period. No fake stories, just invaded and taken. Russia wil...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

exactly. It is Ukrainian property until the day they voluntarily give it up. best regards Thomas Pull your head out of your butt Thommy, Ukraine lost this territory, they won't get it back, there are so many other territories like this around the world which were taken and never given back why shou...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

only in the Russian fantasy world. Crimea will never be a recognized part of Russia, unless it is returned to Ukraine and a legal referendum is held deciding to make it so. Crimea isn’t a piece of property to be bounced back and forth. . exactly. It is Ukrainian property until the day they voluntar...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

What if they held another vote and wanted to be independent? Tugg They are obviously happy where they are now and it works for them. They aren’t looking to have any other votes. In this satiation, this question is not unlike “what if Texas holds a vote and decides to be independent?”. I think a bet...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Struggle for the Azov Sea
Replies: 122
Views: 3240

Re: Struggle for the Azov Sea

Perhaps it needs reminding that the Ukrainian Navy's best ships were seized by the Russians in Crimea and are still there? Kudos to the Ukrainian crews for taking their old ships through Russian-controlled waters today. Ukraine didn't have any best ships, their navy could barely make it out to sea ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 4957

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

It appears that the UK ended the design competition for their new Type 31e general purpose frigate. While details aren't clear, it seems that they couldn't get the frigate they wanted for the price that they wanted to pay. Back to square one... This has follow-on aspects because delaying a ship tha...

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