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by Kent350787
Mon May 17, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the A380 outlast Concorde
Replies: 8
Views: 851

Re: Will the A380 outlast Concorde

It's not like there were only a dozen A380s manufactured - there are still over 200 in service or expected to return to service in the next 18 months or so. I doubt it will make 27 years in frontline passenger service, but expect there will be a solid fleet operating until at least 20 years. Airline...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 11, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 21971

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

The E2 VH-IKJ was on a CASA proving flight SYD-BNE-ROK-SYD according to 16Right Media (hi Grahame)

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by Kent350787
Sun May 09, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1351

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Around half the 767,000 annual visitors to Australia from the USA (2019 data) were tourists, and 2/3 of those arrived in Sydney, a little under a third of those to Melbourne. Pre-covid, there were 2 daily x United 789 (LAX and SFO), daily VA 773 (LAX) and 10 weekly (7x A380, 3x744) QF flights. Not ...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 152
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Does New Zealand have more faith in NSW of being able to manage community cases over WA? I'm not saying that this is the actual reason, but NSW has had more cases and thus has more experience in contact tracing than WA. WA went quite a few months with no cases at all and thus their contract tracers...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 152
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-quarantine-free-travel-with-new-south-wales-on-hold/PFYBWSQN6BJJRILSRQU65M4KW4/ NSW flights on hold for the next 48hours from Midnight. Is there any more detail from that side of the ditch? The reporting in Stuff seemed to suggest flights were cont...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1351

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Around half the 767,000 annual visitors to Australia from the USA (2019 data) were tourists, and 2/3 of those arrived in Sydney, a little under a third of those to Melbourne. Pre-covid, there were 2 daily x United 789 (LAX and SFO), daily VA 773 (LAX) and 10 weekly (7x A380, 3x744) QF flights. Not a...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 152
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Looking at the Tasman Bubble, over the past few weeks the local cases in WA/NSW have not been treated the same. WA has flights held for 72hours, then again for another 48hrs. Yet NSW now has two community cases (same house hold) with no link yet... Although travel on the Tasman is business as norma...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and Japan Airlines Plan Joint Venture
Replies: 20
Views: 4436

Re: Qantas and Japan Airlines Plan Joint Venture

Good news for earning better JAL miles when flying QF. Bad news for seat availability on JAL for overseas. Would be good if it meant JL switched back to NRT from SYD Why would anyone want JAL to offer a NRT flight when Haneda is clearly superior and closer to Tokyo. That is like suggesting Qantas m...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 152
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Singapore would bring huge economic benefits to Australia. They have talked about using Singapore as a hub to bring people back. For example, Singapore currently has a one way bubble with China. Chinese international students unable to get to Australia could use Singapore as a jumping point to get ...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation
Replies: 201
Views: 9861

Re: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation

To veer away from the political/partisan side of the discussion, I came across an interesting article about paying unvaccinated people to get the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/upshot/vaccine-incentive-experiment.html It's something that West Virginia is trying now with giving...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines should adopt/would you like to see adopt the a220?
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Which airlines should adopt/would you like to see adopt the a220?

It's difficult to see the A220 as an immediate part of QF's fleet plans. The 717 fleet appears to be a convenient lower cost sub-fleet rather than posessing any real missing capability. Maybe once there is a second-hand market used examples could be leased to "right size". I'd expect to se...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old

It is an epic building, but it is getting overshadowed over time by the taller buildings, but there is no mistaking it's architecture . It represents something very significant, but I find it very staid. Of the two, I find Chrysler far more distinctive. The later Rockefeller is a much better resolv...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 21971

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Looks like VH-VZB is returning from a test flight - it's been parked at the east of the jet base for over a year!

Look like the full QF 737 fleet will be back in service soon.

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

There is no tourism so there should be enough empty hotels to increase quarantine capacities as needed. Travellers aren't blameless though, Australia has been isolated for a year due to this virus, was travelling out of the country really necessary ? You might have the hotels but do you have the se...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old

Let's make a special callout about the plane crash as well. With Chrysler, ESB was peak pre-depression skyscraper race, and has such a huge place in the psyche of NYC as (effectively) the world's capital. Out of interest, are the sightlines down the centre of town preserved? I was a little surprised...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 21971

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Might sound far-fetched but would anyone see the AUS borders open up with Canada by December? It does sound far fetched, and would depend entirely on a massive ramp-up of vaccination in both our countries. My family in the US want to catch up with us IRL, but even they don't appear to understand ju...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation
Replies: 201
Views: 9861

Re: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation

From a country which has eliminated the virus circulating in the community, the refusal to wear masks, restrict travel and undertake simple hygiene measure seems to be a case of wide-scale insanity. Until he was vaccinated, my brother in law in the NE was double masking everywhere outside the house,...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

There is no tourism so there should be enough empty hotels to increase quarantine capacities as needed. Travellers aren't blameless though, Australia has been isolated for a year due to this virus, was travelling out of the country really necessary ? Although there have been some who returned to In...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Because numbers and test reports from India cannot be trusted. It is currently illegal, with fines up to AUD$60k for Australian citizens to attempt to return to Australia from India. I get people's wariness around testing and reporitng in India, but the fact is that Australian citizens testing posi...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

The greater question here is: How can a country legally refuse entry to its own citizens? The frenzied paranoia surrounding this virus has pushed many nations to just eschew the very basic constitutional rights of their own constituents, and I find it extremely worrying how easily they seem to be d...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Australia has paused direct flights from India and made it illegal for Australians to attempt to return from India. While the situation is dire, I’m still unclear why we did implement similar when the number of cases arriving in Australia was higher from the US and the UK. Because numbers and test ...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 02, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

And that should have been “didn’t implement”

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by Kent350787
Sun May 02, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 166
Views: 10708

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Australia has paused direct flights from India and made it illegal for Australians to attempt to return from India.

While the situation is dire, I’m still unclear why we did implement similar when the number of cases arriving in Australia was higher from the US and the UK.

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car Park Legend - man takes six years to use every parking slot
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Car Park Legend - man takes six years to use every parking slot

A man from SE London has added “spice” to his weekly shopping trip by embarking on a mission to user every bay in the supermarket car park. Six years later, he’s achieved his goal! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56916050 He’s the antithesis of me - I get annoyed if my usual parking sl...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: ANA to retire 35 aircraft in 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 33941

Re: Rumor: ANA to reduce their fleet of large aircrafts by half

The Olympics will NOT be able to bring masses of international visitors to Japan. If any at all it will be nearby nations who got Covid under control (think China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand), not Europe or the US. So basically short to medium-haul. Its ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Singapore Airlines 777-9 potential routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Singapore Airlines 777-9 potential routes?

[Is the ULH A359 on SIN-JFK/EWR/YYZ just an interim. I heard that SQ might order a ULH variant of the larger A35J for these routes. There was a thread a while back suggesting those SQ 359's were in some ways a small orphan subfleet. Pre-Covid, QF had settled on the 35K for Project Sunrise, so clear...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43658

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

South China Morning Post is reporting that, following a review of its planned post-Covid network operations, CX will close its pilot bases in both Australia and New Zealand. Its Canada pilot base is also being axed. US and European bases are still being reviewed with further cuts likely. What's the...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corporations Buying Up American Homes
Replies: 34
Views: 2170

Re: Corporations Buying Up American Homes

I honestly don't see densification is working. It's happening where I live and it still doesn't solve the issue of expensive houses. But in a "free" market it will only start to address the issue if the increase in residences outstrips demand for those residences. Pre-Covid in my city (Sy...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 86
Views: 5105

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Still waiting because of Australia's lagging program. My BIL in MA has had two Pfizer shots - 1st jab side effects were swelling and a general unwellness, so he planned a day off after his second but had no issues. My 88yo mother had a her first (I assume) AZ jab last week, and didn't report any sid...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 28347

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

I can't see them giving it a go unfortunately. Correct about the error though. Along with Canberra there are other far larger cities than Hobart namely Newcastle and Wollongong. He not done much research. Neither are likely to see Air NZ metal. Wollongong-Shellharbour is larger, true. If it was in ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 180
Views: 39922

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

There are almost 60 widebodies in ASP, 46 of them 773, plus a few Cathay Dragon narrowbodies IIRC. I'd expect the retirements to be a mix of older 773 (the first parked were over 20 years service), A330 (some between 20 and 24 years service) and narrowbodies.

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by Kent350787
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 100
Views: 5288

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

Good luck with that, that is private property between to consenting adults. And even if private sales had an ID requirement, a lot of people won't be happy, and think they need to go further, hence the line in the sand mentality. So simple measures to restrict trading are a no go? American exceptio...

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by Kent350787
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which countries will open their borders this summer without quarantine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2792

Re: Which countries will open their borders this summer without quarantine?

I would like to travel to KIX from the U.S. once Japan is re-opened to tourists and UA resumes SFO-KIX nonstop service. When will Japan re-open its borders to tourists? Japan appeared to reduce its risk appetite with its second wave. For the US and other countries with very high infection rates, I'...

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by Kent350787
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43658

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Very happy seeing all those aircraft flying across the Tasman! How did the terminal arrangement work out in the end? SYD T1... Personally, I see this as a missed opportunity to consolidate QF Regional/Domestic/Tasman flights under the 1 roof... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk It makes absolute s...

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by Kent350787
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 71
Views: 15261

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

I think at this stage the "plan" to return the A380s to service this year is highly speculative and would only happen if the stars align. In their favour is that with the writedowns that have been taken on the fleet, their ownership costs are minimal compared to, say, the 787s. That makes...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 71
Views: 15261

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

While the first 2 points may or may not happen neither are going to lead to the A380 being brought back early. QF have 3 789s built and undelivered and several A332s still stored which will come back first. An A380 to AKL while not impossible would only happen if they were brought back for long hau...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?
Replies: 19
Views: 3120

Re: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?

I can't imagine the global air cargo industry having to operate without the 747Fs one day. But they can. Head out to some of even the biggest cargo hubs, and count the number of 747s being front-loaded... you might get bored before you make it to "3." Shippers have long-since shifted to p...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 100
Views: 5288

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

Mass shootings in the US, that are not islamist inspired (i.e. the majority), seem to be socially acceptable. If the attack is somehow connected to islamists, the whole nation goes crazy, every agency sends its incompetent bureaucrats (or special agents, because that sounds better) to the scene, an...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 100
Views: 5288

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

On a number of international fora of which I am part, a generalised US Mass shooting thread is common and depressingly lengthy. But outside the US there is a palpable frustration that the US appears unwillingly or unable to take any practical steps to reduce the killings so, whilst we care for the i...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43658

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I'll be interested to see if any more 737s get freed up by Alliance doing some of the flying, or whether they're purely going to be additional routes. You'd think current routes such as MEL-CBR and MEL-LST would be ideal candidates for Alliance's E90s but, as I understand it, the current ACCC appro...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 71
Views: 15261

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

All crew have been stood down. By the time they’re needed towards 2023 many will be starting from scratch for certification.

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 70
Views: 3522

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

HKG-SYD on a Cathay 77W in J. Slightly disappointing service (BOS-HKG immediately prior was far better) but gee I miss it. We were hoping to spend last Christmas in Berlin, and desperately want to see our BOS family again.

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43658

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Nice to see VA taking back some 737s that were stored overseas. Flying into BNE this morning I could see just two VA aircraft resting on the old runway with engines taped up. A 737 and an ATR 72. I assume with the way things are moving, the former will be back in the air soon. Was too far away to g...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 59
Views: 3753

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

Again, the last one went in 1997 as the only remaining justification for it had gone, that is why it was not replaced before retirement. We don't even have a dedicated VIP airfleet (save one tanker badly painted on the orders of the overgrown child in Downing Street), compare to the mini AF/airline...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 40
Views: 2145

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

L410Turbolet wrote:
Kent350787 wrote:
Europe
UK (when it was part of Europe)


It remains part of Europe...

Well, sort of physically ;)

But rowing its own boat in all other ways

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 40
Views: 2145

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

Oceania

Australia
New Zealand

Asia

Malaysia
Singapore
(Japan)
(Hong Kong)

North America
Canada
USA

Europe
UK (when it was part of Europe)
Eire
Netherlands
Germany
Austria
Czech Republic
Hungary
(Switzerland)
Italy
France
Spain
Belgium

* () = transit only

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by Kent350787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Coffee - unless I have an upset stomach. Then tea with toast I live in Seattle - it's the law out here :smile: Is it the law to burn the beans too, or is that just Charbucks? I believe Italian style coffee is known in particular for strongly roasted beans. I'm fine with a dark roast (although it's ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Tea or Coffee?

ER757 wrote:
Coffee - unless I have an upset stomach. Then tea with toast
I live in Seattle - it's the law out here :smile:

Is it the law to burn the beans too, or is that just Charbucks?

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 2891

Re: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes

Although first used in 1911, SYD has always had residential development nearby. I’m not sure how long the curfew has been in place, but it was reinforced after a 5am BA 742 go-around from 34L. Other noise measures including resumption of much of the suburb of Sydenham and government funded noise ins...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Both. Start my day with espresso coffee. When at work in th riff he ill then have black tea and an afternoon espresso, a couple of coffees, tea, afternoon espresso, late afternoon tea if working at hone. The tea is usually Irish breakfast. Weekend mornings usually start with 3 espresso over breakfas...

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