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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 499
Views: 97551

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

The 'bind' for Airbus as I see it, is going to show up in future contracts just what maintenance will be involved in protecting that copper layer. Those 'cheaper', 'lighter', 'easier to repair' surface paints/layers may come at a price. It will become 'baked' into the contract.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 30, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 34
Views: 1560

Re: Washington State Ferry System

The following is from memory. The Olympic class ferries, about 1500 passenger and 144 vehicles are the favored size. They can fill in about anywhere. The first one cost about $150 million several years ago, and now are about $120m. I am not quite sure what that $4 billon plus figure represents, and ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 34
Views: 1560

Re: Washington State Ferry System

While hull speed is an outmoded term, it still somewhat applies. Low horsepower will take you about 1.4 times the square root of length in feet at the water line, in knots. Hence small boats are slow unless they ride up on plane, at which point they need a lot of horsepower and energy. We have a cou...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 285
Views: 35937

Re: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021

Keep in mind, from Winthrop, Wenatchee, Yakima going west to Seattle involves immediately climbing to a safe elevation above the Cascade mountains. Pasco and Walla Walla do not face the same geography. Perhaps a pilot would address this. My guess is that those three airports need a very capable plan...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022
Replies: 126
Views: 5919

Re: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022

We need an orderly exit from carbon fuels. Bloomberg has a discussion of how some banks are overly exposed to fossil fuels, and it will hurt them, if they do not reduce that exposure over the next several years. Petroleum and coal will be a necessary source of energy, and while it needs replacing, t...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 392
Views: 91316

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

A fairly haunting voice from the past. The first Randy blog, in the midst of the original 380 woes, noted, and it may have been management, that making big planes was hard. Otherwise Boeing kept their corporate mouths pretty shut on saying anything negative about Airbus - but not shy about saying th...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 1247
Views: 174635

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021

It was said on this site that Amazon knew more about the operations of the USPS, UPS, FedEx than those companies themselves. We know where that led. But in any event Amazon will want to know and understand air operations at least as well as their operating contractors. We also know they are a major ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 352
Views: 23567

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

75% of a population being fully vaccinated seems to greatly reduce infection and death rates, especially if people wear masks in crowds indoors. I would not use the H. I term however.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 34
Views: 1560

Re: Washington State Ferry System

Ferries generally have a 50 year lifespan, with annual out of commission for a few weeks maintenance, but a 25 year "D" major check and update (aviation term LOL). BC is somewhat beset by some of the same problems. Highways, bridges, ferries are all expensive infrastructure - they need mon...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 34
Views: 1560

Washington State Ferry System

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/how-to-make-washington-state-ferries-ship-shape-again/ It is a very large system, under a lot of stress. The article accurately discusses the current state of operations. Several things need to be done to get it working. We are short about 5 b...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022
Replies: 126
Views: 5919

Re: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022

Mohawk - If we are supplying LNG, we also need to be seen as a reliable supplier. Russia would like to step in.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022
Replies: 126
Views: 5919

Re: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022

https://oilprice.com/ This is the site I rely on for petroleum and gas. If anyone can recommend a better one I would like that. I miss The Oil Drum which featured articles with a lot of insight. Oilprice is more of a collector of other peoples articles and reports. Humorously on a typical day there ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 148
Views: 9036

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Sarcasm alert: Perhaps we could allow the unvaccinated their own hospitals and clinics, fund them per capita the same as any one else. They could use whatever medicines they want, and hire medical people who also don't want to be vaccinated.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed
Replies: 20
Views: 1151

Re: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just p...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed
Replies: 20
Views: 1151

Re: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed

I read a recent biography on him a few years ago. He kept meticulous accounts of all of his expenditures, but never kept track of his ever increasing debt. His account books never did a balance sheet, debts versus assets. Typical of him was when a new piano came out of Europe was buying Two. I suspe...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 20, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Value / State of the market
Replies: 34
Views: 4999

Re: A380 Value / State of the market

I have heard that the 380 can operate out of any number of airports which are not fully equipped for it. It stops or limits other air operations landing, taking off, or taxiing. For occasional operations that would not be a problem.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carl Sagan Speaking on Climate Change in 1985
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Carl Sagan Speaking on Climate Change in 1985

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-20/more-american-adults-say-they-don-t-expect-to-have-a-child-poll?srnd=premium This. It begins to make sense not to bring kids into a dysfunctional world. In every part of the world people are increasingly coming to this conclusion, for a variety of r...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carl Sagan Speaking on Climate Change in 1985
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Carl Sagan Speaking on Climate Change in 1985

Senator Dave Durenberger, the Minnesota Republican who heads the subcommittee, said: ''One of the frustrations of dealing with this issue is that it is virtually beyond the grasp of human imagination. Despite what the best scientific minds in the world tell us, our instinct is to reject them out of...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Value / State of the market
Replies: 34
Views: 4999

Re: A380 Value / State of the market

I'm still hoping that some tour company buys a few, and flies them around the world, always eastward and with the jet stream. Different flights go variously north and south of the equator, stopping at this city, or that tourist attraction, sometimes adventurous stop. You get off for various days in ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2294
Views: 313775

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

About no one thinks this is a Yes or No thing. Most companies and most workers are now demanding, or asking, that a more basic question be answered before flying. How essential is this trip? Even that is not Black or White. With my very limited data sets I observe that many flights really are about ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

I just walked in for an oil change - I have 12,500 miles on my car. The dealership is trying to get me to sell it back to them for $6,000 more than the price I paid. Odd, indeed. There is so much money sloshing around in the average household. Everybody qualifies for better loans than normal. Meanw...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Nov 19, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Hub Analysis by Airline - Destinations Served Winter 2021-Summer 2022
Replies: 60
Views: 11066

Re: U.S. Hub Analysis by Airline - Destinations Served Winter 2021-Summer 2022

Tables like this let you see a lot of information, and see it quickly. Another plus is that certain kinds of information stands out. As other have said I appreciate the work put into it. Also hope that with a lot less work it can be updated now and again. Comparisons from year to year would tell a l...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Hub Analysis by Airline - Destinations Served Winter 2021-Summer 2022
Replies: 60
Views: 11066

Re: U.S. Hub Analysis by Airline - Destinations Served Winter 2021-Summer 2022

Some information that can be easily seen from this compilation. I counted the number of destinations for the big 4 by the largest plus the number at least half that size. American and Delta - 4 United - 6 WN - 12 American and Delta have concentrated hubs. Southwest disperses itself, more of a web th...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

If local building codes and specification took costs into account, needless regulations and delays add upwards of 30% to the cost of building sturdy, safe, adequate housing. Too many building code officials, in my limited experience of building, have a real screw the public attitude.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Re: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted

And always have plausible deniability about anything that can go wrong. Never leave a paper trail. "Did we do something criminal? You gotta prove it beyond reasonable doubt." That, more or less, got me into trouble on this site some time ago. Oh yes, I also mentioned that Boeing seemed not...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 17, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

This really isn't a 'China' thread, but I will comment that if you look at significant research even in US universities there more often than not at least one Chinese researcher. At this time goods we receive from China are essential to the economy of the US. It is an extremely important supplier an...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

BLS has just announced that they undercounted new jobs by almost half a million. Another part of inflation, which really is a good thing, those very low paying jobs are now paying a lot more. Not enough more to put those workers in the middle of the 'middle class', but possibly out of the category '...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

Another factor not discussed is how many people are awash with cash and other assets. In my extended family, from low income near poverty to very well off, all of them (and their formers LOL) are doing about as well as they every have. What to do with the money??? There are homeless camping on the s...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1433

Our Odd Odd Economy

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Low Interest rate
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production
demand
supply chain
inventory
housing
etc.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best days for telework
Replies: 17
Views: 871

Re: Best days for telework

Not the same day(s) as everyone else, or that commute will be hell. LOL

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 15, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 352
Views: 23567

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-18/what-to-know-about-vaccine-related-deaths-allergies-quicktake?srnd=premium Vaccine risks, a good discussion and pretty complete. There are, as I read it, not more than 5 complications per million injections. And only a few established deaths from th...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience
Replies: 50
Views: 5557

Re: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience

There is an economic dynamic which leads to bad service and wretched jobs. While it may not be the only dynamic it is a big one, and generally ignored. When I go through TSA and see a long line, the airport and airline knew almost to the exact number just how many people would be coming through. Yet...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital
Replies: 68
Views: 8361

Re: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital

The incident occurred on a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. It prompted the pilots to divert the flight to Denver, where the passenger was temporarily detained. https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/10/28/americ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 14, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital
Replies: 68
Views: 8361

Re: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital

There is no system at present to handle these cases in a timely fashion. There are jurisdictional problems, over scheduled court systems, and these sorts of cases are very slowly resolved, if ever.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 14, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital
Replies: 68
Views: 8361

Re: Southwest Employee assaulted, taken to hospital

Res both misbehavior by passengers and crew members. We need an aviation judicial system, and complaints could be filed by any person feeling they were mistreated or have a claim. It does not do any of the parties concerned for resolution to be weeks or months later. Such an administrative law judge...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience
Replies: 50
Views: 5557

Re: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience

I would like to know the HR evaluations of what a person needs to be a reservation person. If it is all so difficult as posters are suggesting, it sounds like a $100K job to me. No wonder they can't find or keep the people to do the job right. Most jobs in very large corporations use some sort of so...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 189
Views: 6949

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

Standard of living is proportional to energy consumption I think that is not so true as it was 50 years ago. There is an interesting way these things can play out. Old refrigerators were a major user of energy, and much smaller than what we are buying these days. But that refrigerator now only need...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 13, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience
Replies: 50
Views: 5557

Re: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience

So an FA stopping to raise a family is not able to fairly quickly cross train? I should think that a part-time $50+ would be pretty attractive. It also keeps them in the game with their airline of choice.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience
Replies: 50
Views: 5557

Re: Willing to spend four hours on hold? NYT on airline res service experience

Most of us would pay $50, even more, for an airline employee to take care of all of the hassle for us during those various meltdowns. I wonder if FAs who have retired early, or stopped to raise a family could be a well paid resource for this sort of thing, in effect a custom travel agent. This sort ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Re: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted

An armchair ceo comment. Had Boeing only half way screwed up the 787 mess, and only half of the MAX fubar, and let's say the 777X would have faced tighter regulatory certification because Boeing, congress, and the agencies agreed the prior balance was wrong. Manufacturing and deliveries would never ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fossilized sea creatures under Iowa. (Yes. Iowa.)
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Fossilized sea creatures under Iowa. (Yes. Iowa.)

Any Washington tropical fossils would have to have been part of microplates (terrines) which traveled across an ocean and eventually collided with the original North American plate

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Re: Yet Another Dreary Boeing Scolding

Sutter in his book laid out why the manufacturer needs to appoint those specialists inhouse to supervise safety. Companies have more resources, expertise, and experience with building a new plane. The book is still a useful read, even if it reflects an age long gone. https://www.amazon.com/747-Creat...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Re: Yet Another Dreary Boeing Scolding

I simply cannot imagine how Boeing can continue. Nor can I imagine what any viable path might be. My fantasy a couple years ago was that Buffet would buy the commercial division, about as unrealistic as Elon Musk being interested. But what or who else is there? The question is not rhetorical, what a...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 11, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Yet Another Dreary Boeing Scolding

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/faa-says-boeing-is-appointing-people-lacking-expertise-to-oversee-airplane-certification/ This seems to say that Boeing does not in fact put safety as a priority, let alone first priority. My suspicion is that the Boeing upper management includi...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Nov 11, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?
Replies: 41
Views: 7681

Re: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?

Big planes, at one time mostly the 747, have got a little smaller, and the trend is to fewer. 789 is/was the sweet spot, with the 359 close behind. The dreary story of those unnamed other biggies continues. Those two sweet spot models aforementioned can suffer/accomodate a bigger model(s) for most o...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??
Replies: 31
Views: 2200

Re: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??

sixty years ago I was the person charged with maintaining proper elevations on a major sewer line. The booklet from the surveyor had all the numbers wrong. But we got it fixed. Now they seem to be redoing some of the same street.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 10, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is in Britain's future?
Replies: 114
Views: 4831

Re: What is in Britain's future?

If Scotland wants a national referendum/advisory vote it will be very hard to stop

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 10, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 49015

Re: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted

Punitive damages should be paid to some sort of generalized victims fund administered by a special judge. They should not go to specific persons, nor be a 'we hit the jackpot'. The victims receive compensatory monies. And the generalized funds going to compensate the thousands of uncompensated vict...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Nov 10, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is in Britain's future?
Replies: 114
Views: 4831

Re: What is in Britain's future?

And that modest vacation/retirement house came with all sorts of benefits like medical care and even more.

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