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by Kent350787
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HNL-LON Nonstop?
Replies: 23
Views: 3397

Re: HNL-LON Nonstop?

Seems like a missed opportunity not linking the east coast cities to the Sydney flight, although how much longer would the flights be as opposed to transferring via LAX or SFO? One attraction for such a HAL connection would be a free stopover in HNL, though business travelers probably wouldn't be t...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iconic Status of the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 22
Views: 1230

Re: Iconic Status of the Sydney Opera House

Back in the day, we subscribed to the annual supplements of the World Book Encyclopedia. There was a big section devoted to the opera house construction. It’s hard to imagine now, but it was then considered a boondoggle — way over budget, an eyesore, and probably beyond any then-known construction ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Checked luggage allowances around the world
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Checked luggage allowances around the world

Australia still has one free checked bag max. 23kg on full fat carriers.

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by Kent350787
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5276

Re: Americans and electric stoves

I grew up with an electric stove. In my own houses I've had gas cooktop and oven, but then two houses with gas cooktop and electric oven. I hadn't really thought about it, but most places I've stayed in the US have had electric cooktops. My relatives in MA have a gas cooktop, but the place we stay h...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AussieHolidays(4) - First time featuring FlyPelican on the site! Canberra-Newcastle BAe J32
Replies: 12
Views: 3046

Re: AussieHolidays(4) - First time featuring FlyPelican on the site! Canberra-Newcastle BAe J32

It's interesting to note that the flight path from CBR appears to pass over SYD before hugging the coastline. You wouldn't know fomr your scenic shots, but Newcastle is the largest coal export port in the world, and has been a significant port (for Australia) since the mid-1800s. A cityrebuilding af...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4458

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

Same reason QF uses A330s on east cost domestic routes in Australia - demand.

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by Kent350787
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Seoul-Searching on SQ/TG Business & Economy
Replies: 7
Views: 4067

Re: Seoul-Searching on SQ/TG Business & Economy

That food all looks so fabtastic - were there any aircraft involved :)

Thanks for the detailed TR. I really need to plan a trip to Asia for next year.

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by Kent350787
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best window seat for views per airport (landing)
Replies: 13
Views: 837

Re: Best window seat for views per airport (landing)

afterburner wrote:
Choose left window seat for SYD. If the aircraft lands from the north, the view of Sydney, especially the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House is amazing.


Agreed, always A seats for the tourist view into SYD. Even if coming on 34L or R you get views of the coast rather than the ocean.

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by Kent350787
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is the Hyde Amendment so controversial?
Replies: 91
Views: 3786

Re: Why is the Hyde Amendment so controversial?

American conservatives are weird. Signed, the rest of the Western World.

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by Kent350787
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anticipatory pre-flight anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 1329

Re: Anticipatory pre-flight anxiety

I've never needed medication, but there have been many times I've been pretty scared of flying. Travelling with kids has helped, as I talk them through the process, and my youngest has already decided he wants a career in aviation. My worst recent experience was DC-BOS a couple of years ago, where I...

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by Kent350787
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System
Replies: 101
Views: 5999

Re: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System

The yoke of tyranny? What the hell is he talking about. Didn't you get the memo? The metric system is a communist-socialist-greeny-snowflake plot dreamed up by AOC and Stalin as they snorted lines of coke off Ho Chi Minh's embalmed body. Don't forget that it Castro who created the ritual! The only ...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 29, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4149

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest: NRT-JFK
Shortest RPT: SYD-CBR (50mins block)

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by Kent350787
Sun May 26, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

Third trimester abortion is extremism and should be denounced just as much any other extremism. We have no place for that in our society. I want to see data on third trimester abortions. Logic suggests to me that they would be overwhelmingly, if not solely, non-viable foetuses. I do agree that thir...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 26, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

I'm still interested in caes of where late term termination of a viable foetus has been chosen given the laws in some jurisdictions.. This is a good read: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/22/democrats-show-their-extremism-abortion/ (fair-use excerpt) How rare are late-term abortions, c...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 26, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

How often do these occur and for what reasons? Can we agree that even once is too many? Look up “partial birth abortion” - you’ll have trouble forgetting what you saw. Not if the outcome is restrictions on situations where the foetus is non-viable and/or termination is necessary to save the health ...

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by Kent350787
Sat May 25, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

All these posts from right wingers flat out lying about full term abortions is not really surprising. Grasping at straws. So forget full-term; those others that would now be allowed at, say, 30 weeks, and they're quite literally ripping the body apart - those are fine by you? How often do these occ...

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by Kent350787
Fri May 24, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

Just out of interest, can anyone help on why, given the Netherlands has some of the most liberal abortion laws, it also has one of the lowest termaintion rates? Yes, with an explanation: scientific article on the matter . Basically, it says, if you want to have a low abortion rate, you should take ...

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by Kent350787
Fri May 24, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20737

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

The Democrats are removing all barriers to abortion including the ability to abort near or at full term. Why can’t both sides just use some common sense here? Allow abortions up to 24 weeks or so, about the time a fetus is viable. Have you done any reading on the context of this change? There is a ...

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by Kent350787
Fri May 24, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 66
Views: 3863

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

SYD has "Shep's Mound", named in memory of Bruce Shepherd, a much missed member of our spotting community. It's next to the field control tower and has both parking and shelter.

There are many other locations as well, but this is the only airport designated spotting location.

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by Kent350787
Sun May 12, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AussieHolidays (Pt2) - QF28 | SCL-SYD: Flying the Queen across the South Pacific Ocean+Jervis Bay
Replies: 15
Views: 6220

Re: AussieHolidays (Pt2) - QF28 | SCL-SYD: Flying the Queen across the South Pacific Ocean+Jervis Bay

Thanks for the great report. The Jervis Bay pics make me wantto book straight away (used to regularly visit Hyams Beach, and swim at Chinamans)

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by Kent350787
Sat May 11, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jetstar Australia Boeing 787-8 | Gold Coast to Melbourne | Economy Class | Trip Report & Video
Replies: 3
Views: 5025

Re: Jetstar Australia Boeing 787-8 | Gold Coast to Melbourne | Economy Class | Trip Report & Video

FlyDeltaJetsATL wrote:
What's with the white / grey nose cone?


None in silverin the port afterthe radome was damaged. It's been flying with the white one for a while now.

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by Kent350787
Sat May 11, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: *Video Only* Delta's first and original 747-132 now a waterpark
Replies: 3
Views: 3302

Re: *Video Only* Delta's first and original 747-132 now a waterpark

A great share. I supect that if I show it to my 11yo he'll be pestering to head to Oregon :)

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by Kent350787
Sat May 11, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Did Emirates Start Serving Australia?
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: When Did Emirates Start Serving Australia?

For some strange reason i don't recall them in Sydney before the A345. I know that's not the case, but that's how my brain is working....

(and it's bittersweet for some of Frank Schaefer's scanned film shots to come up - RIP)

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by Kent350787
Sat May 11, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first flight on jet airliners
Replies: 22
Views: 1236

Re: Your first flight on jet airliners

762 - QF SYD-BNE (1985 - naming flight for QF's first) 733 - Ansett BNE-SYD (1996) 744 - KLM SYD-SIN (and then to AMS, 1998) 763 - KLM AMS-LHR (1998) A320 - Ansett ASP-SYD (2000) 734 - QF SYD-ADL (2002) 738 - QF ADL-SYD (2002) BAE 146-300 QF SYD-CBR (2002) A345 EK SYD-AKL (2005) A333 QF SYD-SIN (201...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting EVERY SR-71 Blackbird - HabuQuest
Replies: 7
Views: 927

Re: Visiting EVERY SR-71 Blackbird - HabuQuest

Great story, and some nice pics. I've only seen the Chantilly one personally (with Discovery), great to see the locations of the others.

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Currently Scheduled Flight in/out of HNL
Replies: 5
Views: 2346

Re: Longest Currently Scheduled Flight in/out of HNL

Interesting that the distance is so similar for SYD and BOS, yet the block time is an hour longer, at least westbound from BOS. I wonder whether it is flight pathor prevailing wind related?

We have family meeting in HNL next week, flying from both SYD and BOS - unfortunately not me :(

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by Kent350787
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6153

Re: How many US states have you visited?

I forgot to include VA on my list (Arlington cemetary and Udvar Hazy (of course) ). Makes 6 visited and 5 travelled through. Actually 6 travelled through - forgot NJ. And just realised one rail line passes through DE.So 6 visited and 7 travelled through. May add a couple to the visted and travelled ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra-state flights in Europe (and other parts of the world)
Replies: 21
Views: 2007

Re: Intra-state flights in Europe (and other parts of the world)

Australia is a large continent with only 6 states, plus two Territories. Only the Australian Capital Territory is small enough not to require intrastate flights. Generally, major centres that are over two hours by road from the state capital have flights to the capital.

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust
Replies: 32
Views: 1914

Re: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust

Don't care what's burning it, makes me ready to travel!

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Japan Air Lines Back to Seattle March 31, 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 8170

Re: Japan Air Lines Back to Seattle March 31, 2019

Thanks for your detailed report. I've enjoyed JAL several times now to the US east coast from SYD in PE, and have been pleased with little touches on each trip - it's a pity they were missing on this route.

Hoping to fly J later this year SYD-NRT-BOS and may actually do a TR :)

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Starts HNL-BOS Today. Longest Scheduled Domestic Flight in US HIstory
Replies: 92
Views: 15650

Re: HA Starts HNL-BOS Today. Longest Scheduled Domestic Flight in US HIstory

Yes another option to Australia/New Zealand from BOS! :) It's not remotely time-efficient. It's more than 2x the total travel time of the best BOS-SFO-AKL. It's 22 hours more than a Delta BOS-LAX-SYD. That's properly called 'not even trying.' Really 7 min more BOS-HNL-SYD is "not even trying&q...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2259

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

Maybe and alcoholic drink per long haul sector, plus one in the lounge. Lots of water, green tea and black tea for me. Miso too if JL.

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Starts HNL-BOS Today. Longest Scheduled Domestic Flight in US HIstory
Replies: 92
Views: 15650

Re: HA Starts HNL-BOS Today. Longest Scheduled Domestic Flight in US HIstory

A332. My brother in law and his wife are flying on 05/03 - an hour longer flight than the SYD-HNL that my my wife, son, FIL and other BIL are doing around the same time.

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 8300

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

I really like Peregian, it's got a nice balance of relaxation and facilities for me. I intended to do my own cooking etc, but in the end was too tired and the local hotel has a nice restaurant which saved me lol. Sunshine Beach a little further north is another nice spot. I think the outcrop in the...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 8300

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

W Where were you on the coast in Qld? I did BNE to Sunshine Coast a few months back, but had only come off SYD-BNE. I was at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, sort of between Maroochydore and Noosa. I get how a delay can cause you to change airlines .The thing with delays is even if the cause c...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...
Replies: 28
Views: 11740

Re: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...

Thanks for the very interesting report. I especially liked the look of the meals - I agree not presented nicely, but appears tasty .

18yo 757 is "old"? many fleets in other countries have aircraft that old or older! :)

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips on beating flying phobia.
Replies: 48
Views: 2731

Re: Tips on beating flying phobia.

My first step to conquerig fearof turbulence was to think of it as if I was on a bus and the road became a bit bumpy. Started helping.

Travelling with your children when you're like honour bound not to freak out helps too. :) I've mostly overcome my phobia

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday
Replies: 11
Views: 1378

Re: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday

ryanrap1 wrote:
What type of adapter or connections is needed to connect? Or do they pass the headsets out on the flight?


Twin 3.5mm to single. And yes, they do hand out headsets in Y. I prefer my own though even over their noise cancelling...

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1494

Re: How many countries have you visited?

In no particular oder:

USA
Canada
New Zealand
Malaysia
SIngapore
Ireland
England
Wales
Scotland
Netherlands
Germany
France
Spain
Italy
Czech Republic
Hungary
Austria

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday
Replies: 11
Views: 1378

Re: Taking JAL from Dallas to NRT next Saturday

I've only done the 789 out of SYD and BOS (have done 788 and 773 as well). JAL is my preferred airline from Australia to east coast USA, especially in PE :). Food should be a nice bento, and I love that drinks add green tea and miso over tea and coffee. Pitch and width are better in both Y and PE th...

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 8300

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

W Classic Ang Mo beer and chips lol. The cactus garden bar has got a somewhat limited menu and I really wanted fresh air. I'd have loved some proper satay sticks, but alas! Virgin were fine, the plane was dirty, but I couldn't justify paying extra for Qantas. When I buy my own ticket for a short fl...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 8300

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

Thanks for the detailed report - great stuff and glad you enjoyed. But chips with a Tiger in SIngapore? Seriously? I could name at lest 200 things thatwould have been better!!! Starting with char kuay teow, but Satay woul dprobablyhave been simpler. :) How was Virgin for you after QF? I must say QFi...

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6153

Re: How many US states have you visited?

Tourist from Australia. Visted - NY, DC, MA, VT, ME. Have also passed through PA, MD, RI, CT, NH.

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11972

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

Reading and watching utter garbage like this person left is what creates these events. They know that you'll go see the statement they want you to see. Ignoring these idiots and erasing their memory is what needs to happen. Watching this unfolding yesterday it did seem to take a long time to name t...

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 776

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

R44. I'm 54 and my first flight was only 18 months ago

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the 747 completely gone from your home airport?
Replies: 74
Views: 4087

Re: Is the 747 completely gone from your home airport?

SYD has multiple passenger QF 744 daily, plus 2xThai daily and even Korean 748 some months (sub for A380). UPS and Atlas 744F also daily (UPS sometimes 748F), plus semi-regular (may even be daily) SQ744F

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Airbus A350-900 Experience : Munich to Doha by Qatar Airways
Replies: 2
Views: 7463

Re: Airbus A350-900 Experience : Munich to Doha by Qatar Airways

Thank you for the report. My son is flying the exact route later this year returning to Australia. He doesn't seem to care that it is now 777 rather than A350 - his younger brother would be very disappointed :)

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australia a western nation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1723

Re: Australia a western nation?

Why is PNG blue? Former colony or protectorate of a "western" nation I assume. All the other pacific islands are blue also. VB is better than that pommy beer Fosters, which is why people switched. My fellow Austraians disgust me with Carlton Draught, Corona and XXXX (truly digustig mid-st...

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct Motown song
Replies: 21
Views: 1941

Re: The correct Motown song

ER757 wrote:

Let's agree that as long as it was in the "Motown family" we're good ;)


Done! :)

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australia a western nation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1723

Re: Australia a western nation?

I look at Australia as a Democratic Nation with similar values as ours and who has always been a friend and a US supporter in peace and war. May it always be so. Location means nothing. For better or worse in some of those wars. But yes, firmly "western", but we also cearly understand tha...

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