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by Kent350787
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

There a number of videos including on YouTube with skilled drivers driving very powerful cars on the German Autobahn. I have seen some of where approached 300 Kms/hr.. or more. Comparing the Bugatti video, I think it was done in a much safer situation than this 5.8L Bi-Turbo E63 AMG (920hp): https:...

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by Kent350787
Fri Jan 21, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

In NSW, with a 93% 12+ double dosed population (30% of adults with 3 doses), daily new case data is no longer as accurate now there is a combination of formalised PCR test reporting and self reporting of positive RAT results (mandated, but with greater flex in timeframe). However, it does appear tha...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Thinking a little left field here and not knowing what actual pax loads on ZL flights to those small towns are like, could the upcoming Cessna SkyCourier with it's 19 pax configuration be a suitable aircraft for Rex? Perhaps even as a mixed fleet of SkyCouriers and ATR42s for the larger routes? I c...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry

Enough to justify the $billion to build a bridge to save 20-30 mins travel? There'd need to be a massive amount of new development to justify the costs of a large span bridge.

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry

In fact I'm surprised the ferry still exists. Without a bridge, that is a very long stretch without a bridge. It also disconnects a bunch of populated communities that are physically close. Therefore, a bridge to replace this ferry might actually be a good idea. Is there good opportunity for develo...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

What other options does Rex have at the moment to replace the aging SAABs - ATR42's are too big for some routes, but given the lack of options in the market for direct replacement of the current turboprop fleet, they may as well take some ATR42's, and try to stretch out the newer SAAB frames for th...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The article linked is from early September 2021. Pfizer was approved in November 2021 by the US. The WHO advice was updated in late November 2021. https://www.who.int/news/item/24-11-2021-interim-statement-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-children-and-adolescents Which the poster likely knew, having a l...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does VS not fly to SIN? Will they? Will they resume HKG-,SYD?
Replies: 13
Views: 1079

Re: Why does VS not fly to SIN? Will they? Will they resume HKG-,SYD?

49% by Delta, 51% by the Virgin Group. As mentioned above, SIN is dominated by SQ, going back in time the 49 % of VS that is now owned by DL was owned by SQ. No way VS was going to operate that route then. Now, it's simply a better ROI to have a plane operate a US flight. Hong Kong - Sydney won't b...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

FDA approved them with data they obtained according to my understanding? Probably WHO missed the note? The article linked is from early September 2021. Pfizer was approved in November 2021 by the US. The WHO advice was updated in late November 2021. https://www.who.int/news/item/24-11-2021-interim-...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Anyone know what to make of this on the World Health Organization website regarding the Pfizer vaccine and administering it in children? Kind of worrying as countries (including here in Australia) are vaccinating the under 12's. They say under the subheading of Who Should Not Take This Vaccine &quo...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

In my state, daily new cases are now at least 200% higher than they were before Omicron, yet the number admitted to hospital is only around 20% higher than early December. Less positive is that the daily deaths are a littel above 1% of hospitalisations, although there is little information yet on wh...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

I hope he is barred from both Spain & Australia indefinitely That Australian federal judge is looking like a goose now He wasn't ruling on the other stuff, just the procedures that the Australian Border Force followed. That was what was being heard, not the whereabouts of N.D. prior to his arri...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Hey guys, I know HARS would love VH-OQA but I fear it may be too much for Albion Park to handle physically unless serious $$$ were spent on a new apron. There is however a MUCH more appropriate place to preserve VH-OQA, in its own special ‘area’ …. It’s namesake airport, conveniently being built ri...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Just a bit! That would be the one I would expect to be preserved at somewhere like HARS. Or even Longreach. With such a small production run and relatively short history, I can't see too many of them being preserved, so one in Australia would be nice. I revisited HARS over the break and the guide c...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

No disrespect intended to the iconic classic Australian band, just meant to be as a metaphor Yes, the conditions for Mr Djokovic were very far from those described by Mr Walker. True he is actually not in gaol yet and has not the same attention as those involved in Bathurst Riots and overzealous pr...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

Really got a link :rotfl: Not sure what he expects the Her Majesty to do when her role in Australia is only ceremonial But I’d also expect the Her Majesty would also bid by the entry requirements to come to Australia and not try and lie his way in Most tabloids in the UK and Oceania seem to have th...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

His bat poop crazy dad has made a plea to Queen Liz to sort out the issue! Really got a link :rotfl: Not sure what he expects the Her Majesty to do when her role in Australia is only ceremonial But I’d also expect the Her Majesty would also bid by the entry requirements to come to Australia and not...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Ugly it may be; however, OQA does have a bit of noteworthy history don't you think? Just a bit! That would be the one I would expect to be preserved at somewhere like HARS. Or even Longreach. With such a small production run and relatively short history, I can't see too many of them being preserved...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Furniture giant Ikea slashes sick pay for unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate after close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10382729/Ikea-slashes-sick-pay-unvaccinated-staff-forced-self-isolate-Covid-close-contact.html By the way, 7 day avera...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Exciting to see another QF380 head back downunder. Does anyone know what the basis was for bringing VH-OQB back first and now VH-OQD, rather than the younger A380s first? Thanks in advance I assume the refits began pre-Covid with some of the older fleet? I was on the former VH-OGA at HARS the other...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

Djokovic had a right to be treated fairly within the instructions he was given by border control officers. Not allowing the further 52 minutes to present further information was pretty silly. Djokovic has been Covid-stupid during the pandemic and his bona fides deserved to be fully considered - whic...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 13581

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The cases in France are pretty amazing. https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&time=2020-03-01..latest&facet=none&pickerSort=desc&pickerMetric=new_cases_smoothed_per_million&Metric=Confirmed+cases&Interval=7-day+rolling+average&am...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 291
Views: 11441

Re: Australian Open 2022

There are technical difficulties causing problems with the appeal hearing. Australia's immigration detention system is needlessly hardline, but support in Australia for Djokovic is very low, the Serbian community possibly excepted. @Derico - the overwhelming majority of Australians did not support V...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 8342

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

aeromoe wrote:
Woodreau wrote:
Water on the deck is never water…


I could come from the sink... :roll:


737MAX anyone?

My last US domestic flight had 2 of four lavs out of service for the 3.5hour flight, yet the remainder weren't too gross so I suspect some cleaning (B6)

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 208
Views: 33334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

VH-OQD enroute to Sydney as QF6023 :-) Exciting to see another QF380 head back downunder. Does anyone know what the basis was for bringing VH-OQB back first and now VH-OQD, rather than the younger A380s first? Thanks in advance I assume the refits began pre-Covid with some of the older fleet? I was...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 23, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21299

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Correction to my post #236 above: I heard on the BBC news that in London absenteeism in health workers in the acute medical care sector doubled in one week I should have said the BBC news reported that absenteeism rose by half in one week. -----------------------------------------------------------...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 23, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle
Replies: 81
Views: 13152

Re: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle

Realistically all of the major ports into the NE are covered via QF's Dallas Service. That was one of the major points of going there so that QF flyers could go 1 stop to LGA and DCA. So an ORD service isn't going to add major cities but it will add some minor ones along with more Eastern Canada Se...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 21, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NHS privitized?
Replies: 44
Views: 2217

Re: NHS privitized?

The National Health Service is set to go to some profound changes. interesting opinion piece about this: If you believe in a public NHS, the new health and care bill should set off alarm bells The government is easing the way for the privatisation of the health service – where is the opposition to ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 21, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle
Replies: 81
Views: 13152

Re: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle

Actually DFW is consistently more delay-prone vs O'Hare, according to the latest stats (January through September '21). https://www.transtats.bts.gov/OT_Delay/OT_DelayCause1.asp?20=E Since ORD has now completed the OMP (the runway reconfiguration plan), with all 8 runways operational, you can expec...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 21, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle
Replies: 81
Views: 13152

Re: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle

A direct ORD flight has to be able to survive on O&D plus those connecting locally where direct connections from LAX or DFW are not available. ... It is no shorter than going via LAX or DFW and ORD is more likely to suffer delays than the other two particularly during the northern winter. Actua...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 21, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21299

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

If 5,000 cases have been traced back to a single source less than 20 days earlier, that seems like a staggering increase to me. I wonder how many people left the nightclub having picked up the virus. About 15 out of around 5,000 needing hospital treatment (so far) sounds very encouraging for the im...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21299

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Well we have the South African data showing hospitalisation rates with the Omicron wave were 2/3rds less than the Delta wave. Now early data coming in from Denmark showing hospitalisation is 60% lower than in the Delta wave at comparable numbers. https://twitter.com/sailorrooscout/status/1472921168...

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle
Replies: 81
Views: 13152

Re: Qantas planning Chicago, Seattle

There is still a strong school of thought that direct flights will be preference post-COVID. I'm still to be convinced by SEA (although the cruise industry has been mentioned), but ORD seems logical in looking to connect major cities direct. DFW was not-LAX to connect to other places in the US. Noon...

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 18, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

EK413 wrote:
Kent350787 wrote:
FR24 is currently showing VH-EBX, a 332, e route past SYD flying MEL-LAX. Is this positioning or cargo?

You must mean -EBS & -EBQ operating QF15/93.

To date the A332’s have operated as Freighters.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Thanks. I may have misread the rego in the sun today :)

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 18, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

FR24 is currently showing VH-EBX, a 332, e route past SYD flying MEL-LAX. Is this positioning or cargo?

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 18, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3666

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

This is plainly false - there have not been large waves in Japan or Australia due to high uptake and mask protocols. Given Japan’s population density and use of public transportation, you’d expect a situation more like Italy or Germany. There is a large wave in Australia right at the very moment an...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 17, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3666

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

The seasonal flu has killed 10s of thousands of people world wide. Why no hysteria about that? Australia has demonstrated that measure to suppress Covid (at least until Omicron) are also successful against influenza. Influenza deaths fell from 1,088 nationally in 2019 to 55 in 2020 and to zero in 2...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 17, 2021 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2370

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

Not going to give it to the criminal. He won't need it anymore. Simple logic shown to work in most civilized countries, this. I was being silly with my comment, but I get what you're saying. Eliminate the gun at the source, if you will, so the criminal can't get it and use it to commit gun related ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 107023

Re: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement

With the QF order revolving around the long range A321XLR and smaller A220, it looks like the 737NG will remain as the mainstay of the domestic fleet well into the future. . Around half the 738 fleet is 10 years old or younger. 20 years is very normal before retirement at QF. Yes, the initial order...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas
Replies: 41
Views: 3058

Re: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas

Now QF has chosen the A220 as its 717 replacement, maybe HA would like the ex-QF frames for parts? that won't last long considering they have about 100 other 717's for parts and it's still going to cause issues due to hours on the frames and no other owners they can call for help. It was a half jok...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas
Replies: 41
Views: 3058

Re: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas

Now QF has chosen the A220 as its 717 replacement, maybe HA would like the ex-QF frames for parts?

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 107023

Re: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement

Waaaaiiiiiiiit. aren't A321NEOs going close to full sticker? I'm not sure I understand your confusion. Joyce said the price was "locked in". He gave no clue as to what that price was. With a 10 year backlog Airbus does not need to discount NEO much if at all. If that is the case then ther...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 107023

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

I didn't expect the firm A220 orders, but am looking forward to trying them when they arrive.

Given that QF/Australian/TAA mainline has been Boeing narrowbody jet since the 1970s it seems quite a loss.

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2370

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

It was a very sad anniversary, both in terms of the needless deaths of the innocents and the incident as flamebait for conspiracy theorists. To we in Australia, these murders seemed to have the potential for positive reform in the US that the Port Arthur massacre had in Australia. Instead, approxima...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21299

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The NSW cases are interesting. Everyone at the nightclubs should have been fully vaccinated, and likely within the last 4 months with Pfizer/Moderna. It seems surprising the number of cases caused by the two events. At face value it appears the vaccines aren't doing a great job at stopping infectio...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21299

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Although cases are increasing in NSW and today's new case total is a big jump, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions continue their downward trend. It will be interesting to see how the case number increase impacts these important figures. Omicron strain has had a significant impact and is report...

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 13, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not doubting they did - but the pic the SMH used didn't show a single one of them. We are talking about the media here and we all know they use old files… Just like the link I shared there is a mention of QF15 B737? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk So ? We all know the media constantly make mista...

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not doubting they did - but the pic the SMH used didn't show a single one of them.

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 12, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not sure whether the pic was showing above. It was captioned as QF737s stored at Avalon earlier in the year, yet every single plane in shot had A330 winglets.

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 12, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 62632

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

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The Sydney Morning Herald ran a largely nothing new article this morning on the QF narrowbody fleet decision. This picture caught my eye.

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