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by ltbewr
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

So what happens if Dr. Ford refuses to testify on Thursday. Dr. Ford could be Subpoenaed and subject to arrest and jail if continued to refuse. If Dr. Ford is dragged off by US Marshals from where she is and into the hearing chamber, that would make the R's look real bad and likely cause a near riot...

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by ltbewr
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

I just wish this process as to evaluating candidates for the SCOTUS could be a lot better. Right now we have a massive political battle, peoples lives ruined, the cable news ignoring almost any other newsworthy issues in a ratings chase with every little detail about people's alleged sex lives in th...

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by ltbewr
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 105
Views: 20249

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

I live just north of EWR and on a major pathway to the Northern approach so see a lot of flights on approach. I hope I can see these new SQ planes fly over. I am also glad that EWR once again have the longest scheduled pax flight in the world. I wonder what the take off performance of these new plan...

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by ltbewr
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

A couple of weeks ago at a bar in Hoboken, NJ (The Hub) 1 or more women, likely drunk, exposed themselves and men, likely drunk too, took advantage of the opportunity, rubbing the woman(s) crotch and breasts. Hoboken is well known for many party bars. One of the men alleged to be involved is a polic...

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by ltbewr
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

If not already (11 PM EST Sunday) by sometime Monday AM, Trump will be going completely ballistic on his personal Twitter account, bashing the Women accusers and Democrats. At what point will Kavanaugh withdraw to save his family and self from any further embarrassment ? There may be a partial win f...

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by ltbewr
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

The NY Daily News is reporting of this new allegation: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-democrats-reportedly-investigating-second-sexual-misconduct-allegation-against-brett-kavanaugh/ar-AAAy3jq?li=BBnb7Kz The claim is that during a party when at Yale, he exposed himself and tried to to...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drunk passenger causes diversion after headbutting FA
Replies: 37
Views: 6901

Re: Drunk passenger causes diversion after headbutting FA

Cameras in the cabin as I noted in a previous post, can be used to absolve an airline or staff of responsibility and/or liability but also but subject to Subpoenas or other document production demands by Plaintiffs to challenge criminal charges brought against them. Further, they could be used to ob...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 89
Views: 6223

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

First of all this bill will likely die in committee and never see a House vote. I do agree that there should be a minimum seat pitch for almost all commercial aircraft operating within the USA. People are taller and heavier than a generation or 2 ago and tight pitch on long flights can trigger circu...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

Here’s what’s going to happen: Ford is going to give damning testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Kavanaugh is going to testify that he didn’t. Grassley is going to say “how could anyone possibly know who’s telling the truth,” and fully abdicate his duty to investigate. The committee wi...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drunk passenger causes diversion after headbutting FA
Replies: 37
Views: 6901

Re: Drunk passenger causes diversion after headbutting FA

The rise of social media and smartphones means we hear more about such incidents and in the post-9/11 world, more likely to divert for security and to react strongly to any such behavior that puts pax in harms way. And yes, we will see video cameras in the cabin become the norm on many aircraft to p...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

Apparently the hearing with both Ford and Kavanaugh will be held on Thursday. The political circus will continue for 5 more days. Meanwhile, the people of North and South Carolina, suffering from the massive affects of Hurricane Florence will not get the attention they need from the media as it will...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

There is no doubt there is a huge amount of emotions over the nomination of Kavanaugh to the SCOTUS, but I would like to note that some commentators here use language that is offensive to some. Now I don't want Kavanaugh appointed, I despise Trump with every cell in my body and have no respect for h...

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by ltbewr
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

Hmm... Somebody forgot that the Supreme Court will be hearing some very important cases in October. Oh, you mean they need a criminal on the bench to get the ruling they want..... or just someone that sees the constitution the way they interpret it? The motivation alone makes a candidate unsuitable...

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by ltbewr
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing
Replies: 536
Views: 7742

Re: Grassley Scraps Kavanuagh Hearing

Most of the public has no problem and accepts the accusations of men coming out decades after sexual rape and assault by Catholic Priests as children or teens, but many have a problem with a teen woman coming out decades later of being raped by a man their or older age. What has been taking place by...

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by ltbewr
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Berlin wall vs Trump's wall
Replies: 36
Views: 1083

Re: Berlin wall vs Trump's wall

The 'Berlin Wall' was best know for that section that divided the center of the city and surrounding West Berlin. There were walls, ditches, multiple fence lines with a very few and tightly regulated openings for trains and road vehicles, with well armed guards, in some places automatic weapons if p...

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by ltbewr
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 210
Views: 13877

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

Change fees should be reasonable for both the customer and the airline if the customer has to make a change for a verifiable and sound reason like an. Illness, injury, personal emergency, weather events on may be affected by like a hurricane, flood, tornado, etc. Some airlines will recognize changes...

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by ltbewr
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buffalo Bills Vontae Davis retires mid game
Replies: 33
Views: 828

Re: Buffalo Bills Vontae Davis retires mid game

I wonder if by playing yesterday, he met the qualification to get an NFL pension. It seems to have been planned for a few weeks given his prepared statement. There has to be serious mental health issues or possibly early signs of CTE that scared him off so suddenly, maybe he had a slight concussion ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure
Replies: 133
Views: 22414

Re: Boeing 777-300ER Multiple Navigation Instrument Failure

I would presume that this aircraft was grounded until a through investigation, debriefing of the pilots and repairs done. Still, it raises several issues of too much reliance on tech, the lack of accurate and immediate weather info, that ATC couldn't get SWF's weather info (even then, it might not h...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 52
Views: 8039

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

This bill may be illegal, likely to be in conflict with the Constitution may make it dumb to push it. So you think it's likely UA could sue New Jersey for this, based probably on the 14th Amendment if applicable, as aemoreira1981 suggested? Or will they wait until the governor decides if he will ve...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 52
Views: 8039

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

First of all the PATH extension idea will still need the shuttle from the terminals to the tracks, the shuttle system is in need of a costly replacement and frequently subject to breakdowns. You have an existing structure via the shuttle of NJ Transit to Newark Penn Station, NY Penn Station, and on ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Midterm election prediction
Replies: 26
Views: 1037

Re: Midterm election prediction

I tend to agree with the Opening Post assessments, but there are several factors that could affect it in favor of the Democrats or not. The economy, and stock prices could take a dive before the elections. More indictments and plea deals by the Mueller investigations that will get closer to Donald T...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Merrimack Valley Explosions
Replies: 22
Views: 771

Re: Merrimack Valley Explosions

Where I live in Northern NJ, I have grown up with natural gas, used to live about a mile from a major natural gas pipeline that goes to the NE states, and yes, know of houses occasionally destroyed by natural gas explosions. Natural gas is cheaper, more reliable and cleaner than oil. The main gas ut...

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by ltbewr
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Kaepernick Headlines Nike's New "Just Do It" Campaign
Replies: 87
Views: 3041

Re: Colin Kaepernick Headlines Nike's New "Just Do It" Campaign

It seems to me that the Anthem protests are dying off as player participants realize that it may harm their paychecks and are counterproductive to their reason for doing them. I never liked them, I think the protests were deeply offensive and a dumb idea as turn off the people they need to reach out...

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by ltbewr
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Manafort Pleading Guilty and Talking
Replies: 84
Views: 2253

Re: Manafort Pleading Guilty and Talking

There are a number of reasons Manifort and Mueller made this plea deal. Manifort faced the likelihood in his second trial giving him many more years in jail anyway it went. He likely was running out of cash to pay the huge legal defense bills as the government pretty much seized all of his assets, i...

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by ltbewr
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British passport holders can't add carry-over any months to their new passports
Replies: 78
Views: 1825

Re: British passport holders can't add carry-over any months to their new passports

Let us not forget that as the UK doesn't issue a National ID card for its citizens, so with the exception of the Republic of Ireland, they need a Passport to go anywhere, even to France for a day trip. I would note that renewal USA Passports are valid from the date issued, with no addition of time o...

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by ltbewr
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 63
Views: 1458

Re: Emergency Preparedness

One should be prepared for at least 3 to 7 days from a potential storm or other disaster with sufficient water, non-perishable food, back up for communications and fuel in their vehicle, able to gather important papers and computer to evacuate as necessary. A gun and ammo is the last thing to have f...

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by ltbewr
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7544

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

LHR and LGA are maxed out, and growing demand for long-haul will mean some will have to go to other airports in the London region. Likely this proposal is to try to get some investment for new facilities.

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by ltbewr
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a mandatory evacuation really mandatory?
Replies: 61
Views: 1531

Re: Is a mandatory evacuation really mandatory?

Many people won't evacuate figuring that 'god will save them', they have no understanding or experience of the power of such storms, thinking that somehow the storm will weaken or move so they won't see the brunt of it. You have some who fear looters if they leave, problem is that they can leave wit...

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by ltbewr
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?
Replies: 95
Views: 8120

Re: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?

Lockers in U.S. airports Lockers were pretty much phased out of airports (as well as bus and train stations) starting in the 1970's after a terrorist bomb went off in one at LGA in Dec. 1975 killing 11 and injuring many others in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_LaGuardia_Airport_bombing They wer...

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by ltbewr
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?
Replies: 95
Views: 8120

Re: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?

At the time of 9/11/01, fuel prices were relatively low and the economy was in a slump in the USA and a few other places from the 'dot-com' crash in mid-to late 2000. The sharp drop in revenues from 9/11 itself for at least into 2002, the added costs of security on planes, staff and operations, were...

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by ltbewr
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops
Replies: 75
Views: 11356

Re: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops

Tidal and coastal flooding could affect NC, SC,VA regional airports, DCA, BWI, PHL and even to JFK/LGA. Likely considerable inland flooding in SC, NC, VA and adjacent states, DC/Baltimore area which would make access impossible with flooded roads. This looks like one big mess and likely major shutdo...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5833

Re: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

In NYC, JFK, LGA are on the water and very close to sea level, EWR is only a few feet above sea level, all three were affected with runways and taxiways flooded during Superstorm Sandy. The risk of more frequent flooding could increase at these and other airports near tidal waters as Average Global ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger
Replies: 63
Views: 12527

Re: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger

They should check if he received any payments from competing airlines recently. :-D Being agitated an hour and a half into the flight is very unusual. People either get drunk or start panicking. The former happens further into the flight, the latter happens ealier. And his behavior (as described by...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger
Replies: 63
Views: 12527

Re: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger

I wonder if on some of these ULH flights they should have a 'jail' on them, a room perhaps in a non-window area of the plane to put such terrible behaving pax into so not to disrupt the flight. As to the return to PER, it was likely chosen due for legal reasons to the airline, to protect the rights ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 55
Views: 2266

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

I think almost all 'fast food' isn't good food in quality, healthy or a good value for money. Much of it low quality meat, add cheese, a lot of salt and cheap seasonings, high fat and caloric toppings and carbs that for growing numbers of people are unacceptable in taste or health. Many younger pers...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bedlam at the US Open
Replies: 33
Views: 1182

Re: Bedlam at the US Open

It is sad that in her frustration in wanting to win another title, Serena Williams chose to behave in such an obnoxious way in the context of the sport's rules and customs. A year ago she had a child and is almost 2 times the age of her opponent, Ms. Osaka, that she got to the final of a major tourn...

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by ltbewr
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NJ college suspends all activities of Frats/Sororities
Replies: 17
Views: 800

NJ college suspends all activities of Frats/Sororities

Private NJ college Monmouth University has announced today the suspension of all fraternities and sororities. Apparently continued problems of excessive use of alcohol and by underage students, continued sexual assaults connected with fraternities and members lack of keeping up grades led the admini...

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by ltbewr
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 19272

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

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I suspect many pax on this flight might be from a connecting flight so it is possible those affected were from the same origin point where there is an outbreak of a illness those on this flight had.

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by ltbewr
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration
Replies: 95
Views: 3783

Re: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration

More rumors and gossip of the 'inside' of Trump's mal-administration won't get him out. Real criminal evidence, as with Nixon and the tapes, may do so. We need his and his corporate entities US and State tax returns as well as his real financial records for decades put out in public, to show his cri...

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by ltbewr
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Kaepernick Headlines Nike's New "Just Do It" Campaign
Replies: 87
Views: 3041

Re: Colin Kaepernick Headlines Nike's New "Just Do It" Campaign

Oh I can see the right wingers going nuts on this, calling for boycotts of Nike, putting pressure on Nike's ad agency, magazines, video medial places like ESPN, the NFL network, Fox, NBC, CBS, all of the told to not show these ads. I bet President Trump will even tweet his hate too. The irony of cou...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swissair 111 crash 20 years ago
Replies: 49
Views: 9343

Re: Swissair 111 crash 20 years ago

I had just arrived on a flight EWR-SLC and heard about it on the radio in the rental car as I drove from the airport, When I got to my motel, I turned on CNN and saw more about it. It must have been a terrifying 18-20 minutes for those on the plane. This terrible loss did leave a legacy in several a...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sen McCain has died
Replies: 117
Views: 4132

Re: Sen McCain has died

On Friday and Saturday, we saw in part the funerals of two persons, Aretha Franklin and Sen. McCain were excessive in length and ceremony and had negative political grandstanding as to the sitting President, Donald Trump. I have absolutely no love for Trump, and many despise him, but a funeral is no...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL-WAW route
Replies: 44
Views: 6282

Re: ATL-WAW route

USA and Poland is more about leisure or family traffic, not so much business traffic where yeilds would be better. Even then, many will go from even major hubs like JFK/EWR on LH via Munich or FRA as good connecting service, especially to smaller cities away from WAW. A co-worker who is from a city ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTAir B737 crashes at Sochi
Replies: 36
Views: 8474

Re: UTAir B737 crashes at Sochi

Some news reports in the USA made comments as to stormy weather with crosswinds. I wonder if that is true and if that really led to the runoff from the runway. I wonder if they knew they had a problem and were trying to do a go around but made the decision too late for it to work.

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by ltbewr
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ford kills plan to sell Chinese-made vehicle in the United States
Replies: 60
Views: 1831

Re: Ford kills plan to sell Chinese-made vehicle in the United States

Good. I want to support my fellow USA or Canadian workers and our economies than China's. If it took some issues with the tariff's, so be it.

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by ltbewr
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Norway (Iceland too) a de-facto EU member?
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Is Norway (Iceland too) a de-facto EU member?

One reason Norway has taken a selective position with the EU is likely to keep its oil and timber wealth for itself and its citizens and not share it with poorer countries.

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by ltbewr
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Administration revoking citizenship, passports for US citizens born along border
Replies: 18
Views: 812

Re: Administration revoking citizenship, passports for US citizens born along border

While this has been an issue for decades, under the Trump administration this is being more strictly enforced for obvious political reasons. Add to it the ease one can present to the public their plight on social media makes it better known. There should be some balance by law enforcement and dealin...

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by ltbewr
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Repealing Natural Born clause for Presidency
Replies: 42
Views: 1129

Re: Repealing Natural Born clause for Presidency

Senator Ted Cruz when he ran for the US Presidency in 2016 got some hassle from this clause. He was actually born in Canada to a Cuban national father and a USA citizen mother. Technically he was born a Canadian citizen (jus soil, just like the USA) but his mom promptly filed paperwork to be a USA c...

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by ltbewr
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK EWR flight a "Brilliant Strategy"
Replies: 53
Views: 9559

Re: EK EWR flight a "Brilliant Strategy"

Newark itself is a relatively small city vs. NYC, but Northern and Central NJ, its primary customer base is over 5 Million in population. Add in another million or more from some downstate NY counties, NE PA and you have a major market. For those customers using EWR is a no brainer vs. the gauntlet ...

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