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by cpd
Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 597
Views: 61674

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The current proposal is to build the first few in the US, with an additional line to be stood up in Australia. The Biden administration is exploring an arrangement to expedite Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines to respond to China’s growing military might by producing the first f...

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by cpd
Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA passenger strikes FA from behind 9/21/22 SJD-LAX
Replies: 39
Views: 5432

Re: AA passenger strikes FA from behind 9/21/22 SJD-LAX

Why does this type of bs only happen on American carriers? I mean you never hear about anyone punching an Emirates crew or a Singapore Girl…. I can’t remember if it happened ever on EK, but if it did you would be in a lot of trouble. The attacker here needs to be banned from air travel in the USA a...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

I just saw a headline in the Business Journal that BOOM hired a former Rolls Royce executive... I'm not sure what he is going to do, aside from hopefully get some money before Boom goes bust. It will be very hard for them to do an engine themselves. Even the big engine manufacturers have dramas wit...

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by cpd
Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will King Charles receive the same support long term as the Queen
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

Re: Will King Charles receive the same support long term as the Queen

I think he will do fine as King. But let him have time to grieve, away from the pressures of media.

I just watched the committal service, extremely well done - the pallbearers were absolutely perfect.

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by cpd
Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8475
Views: 599580

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What about declaring war, annexing the occupied territories and start with dropping some small nukes? Then the Ukrainians may choose: either some additional small nukes on some western Ukrainian cities, or accepting Russian troops to “denazify” and “liberate” Ukraine? Edit: interesting analyses in ...

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by cpd
Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8475
Views: 599580

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Now confirmed: partial mobilization https://www.n-tv.de/newsletter/breakingnews/Putin-ordnet-Teilmobilmachung-an-article23602202.html Yes, SMH also had the story too: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/biden-at-un-to-call-russian-war-an-affront-to-bodys-charter-20220921-p5bjw9.html (Open in privat...

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by cpd
Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Supersonic will have a business again when transpacific nonstop ranges become possible. But that range won't be possible until someone builds an engine. The engine shouldn't be that difficult - it just needs money to do it. So with that blocker, it just won't happen. If people can put huge amounts ...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Recommend me something: a good (value) office chair
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Recommend me something: a good (value) office chair

I picked up the Millberget office chair from IKEA last year when it was on sale for $80. Other than then the arms, its quite comfy but I just use it at home when sitting at my desk a couple of hours at a time max - don't know how it would be sitting in for an entire day. I have this IKEA chair: htt...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Something annoying about trip report videos: The title
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Something annoying about trip report videos: The title

"Content Creators" :sarcastic: I don't follow anyone on YouTube, don't subscribe, don't hit the "notification" bell, don't comment. If I see a video that interests me, I watch it and move along. Only very few I watch, and none subscribed. Dr Mark Felton is one and Iain Tyrrell (...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reno Air Races Crash
Replies: 28
Views: 6537

Re: Reno Air Races Crash

It is amazing that this event is still taking place. At least no one on the ground was hurt or killed. I have to wonder when these incidents will get to a level where someone (maybe insurers?) simply puts a stop to this. Has anyone put a stop to auto racing? Air shows? These accidents are pretty ra...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reno Air Races Crash
Replies: 28
Views: 6537

Re: Reno Air Races Crash

Wacker1000 wrote:
It is amazing that this event is still taking place. At least no one on the ground was hurt or killed.


I have to wonder when these incidents will get to a level where someone (maybe insurers?) simply puts a stop to this.

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by cpd
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Something annoying about trip report videos: The title
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Something annoying about trip report videos: The title

But clicketty-clickbait titles and thumbnails get traffic. Also "my friend straight-piped [insert-car-name-here]" with some supercar-kid making a stupid face and holding his ears in mock-fright... Another one is "Why I'm selling my [whatever-supercar]" when the car in question ha...

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by cpd
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I didn’t watch it - I had seen enough of the processes over the past week, also the time zone didn’t work out. I hope now the media can let the grieving family go about what they need to do with some peace.

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by cpd
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

Now the LNP is being disrespectful to the Royal family: https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/revolting-people-australian-senator-unloads-on-prince-harry-and-meghan-markle/news-story/cb5f125410d59d467d400103b32aa624 She should be ashamed of that, the Queen has been dead for har...

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by cpd
Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, the United States, and Germany must not be among the stable nations. Or might it be that this argument shows that people listening to such arguments, fundamentally don't understand the difference between causality or ...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 18, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, the United States, and Germany must not be among the stable nations. Or might it be that this argument shows that people listening to such arguments, fundamentally don't understand the difference between causality or ...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:22 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 355
Views: 200012

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!



Aeroflot/JAL joint livery IL-62! That's a great old photo.

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by cpd
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

The biggest reason to go to a republic is the rusted on Monarchist movements and some of their senior people...

AML - campaign chairman Eric Abetz for instance. Repulsive character. Total opposite to the late Queen.

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by cpd
Fri Sep 16, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

Monarchist.org.au? Surely there are less biased sources.

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by cpd
Fri Sep 16, 2022 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

The lunar probe himself has spoken: https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/joe-hildebrand-double-standard-exposed-by-queens-death/news-story/5402fc5bd57fbf9499fb531f8c10ec4d Poking away in the outer reaches of idiocy and disrespecting this occasion by politicising this into his ...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 16, 2022 9:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I've seen when they turned up in my town, the two beautiful 747s arrived, the E4B turned up, C17s arrived, a 737-700 in the USA colours also arrived, so did the 757. I know I didn't use the perfect correct names, but yes, quite impressive with that lot arriving. Pretty nice to see the E4B. So I've s...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 16, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 59
Views: 4869

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

LCDFlight wrote:

Hope things are going better for you.


Thanks. After some complications, the healing has started. So I'm at about 50% of the bone healed. I'm learning to walk.

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by cpd
Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8475
Views: 599580

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... e-invasion

bt


I think it might be an Astra coupe from many years ago.
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bikerthai wrote:
OK people, tell me the car in the linked picture is a VW Beatle (new version).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... e-invasion

bt


I think it might be an Astra coupe from many years ago.

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by cpd
Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS4OAN6i4ec

The usual 'army' has arrived to support him.
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I'm surprised Biden and co aren't flying commercial and taking the bus! ;) (it was an absurd suggestion).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS4OAN6i4ec

The usual 'army' has arrived to support him.

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by cpd
Thu Sep 15, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Queen Elizabeth has achieved lots during her 70 year reign. Look at president macron in France as another head of state for example, he hardly has the support of the whole nation and can’t even get basic pension reforms through his country. President Macron gave one of the nicest tributes from abro...

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by cpd
Wed Sep 14, 2022 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

From everything I've read, they have no engine at all.

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by cpd
Tue Sep 13, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Do the subsonic passengers somehow avoid this traffic getting into town? Isn't it a problem for all people equally regardless of how they fly? You are framing this as a negative for the supersonic passenger only, if we read your post correctly. The infrastructure for us is a fairly fast train journ...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 13, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/anthony-albanese-pledges-there-will-be-no-republic-referendum-until-his-second-term-after-queens-death/news-story/74f2a280132e059d05fd355d549c86d7 Anthony Albanese pledges there will be no republic referendum until his second term after Qu...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3470

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/anthony-albanese-pledges-there-will-be-no-republic-referendum-until-his-second-term-after-queens-death/news-story/74f2a280132e059d05fd355d549c86d7 Anthony Albanese pledges there will be no republic referendum until his second term after Qu...

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by cpd
Tue Sep 13, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

only to get stuck in traffic getting into town? Do the subsonic passengers somehow avoid this traffic getting into town? Isn't it a problem for all people equally regardless of how they fly? You are framing this as a negative for the supersonic passenger only, if we read your post correctly. The in...

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by cpd
Mon Sep 12, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Watching a clip of Charles signing a document (accession papers?) I couldn't help noticing how he reacted when what looked like a handrest was in his way. He looked sideways and flashed a filthy at someone nearby, seemingly commanding it be taken away. His mother wouldn't have done that. Not a good...

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by cpd
Mon Sep 12, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Lookin at the Boom website is interesting... https://boomsupersonic.com/overture 600+ profitable routes? The only potential things I can see are TATL routes. With the 4250nm published range, there aren't many options out of LAX/SFO. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=4250nm%40LAX http://www.gcmap.com/map...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

How much extra are you prepared to pay for a faster flight? I suspect most people would be the opposite - prepared to endure longer (slower) flights if the price was lower. More than you might expect. You might be surprised at how many people from my country would be willing to spend more for faste...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Defeatist attitudes won’t get the required engine either.

Did we need a carbon fibre airliner when the previous ones did the job perfectly fine? No, but we did one anyway.

Are we just going to fly around for the next 200 years at M0.80?

That said Boom will most likely produce no plane.

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by cpd
Sun Sep 11, 2022 12:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

What I wish is that the media would stop making mountains out of the smallest things regarding this. If Harry sneezes, there will be some 'expert' making some informed analysis backed by "sources close to the family" or similar, or heaven forbid King Charles III gets annoyed about somethin...

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by cpd
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fox News working hard to villainize sex & LGTBQ information
Replies: 56
Views: 2865

Re: Fax News working hard to villainize sex & LGTBQ information

The media has become experts at highly controversial topics. When they see a small bit of smoke on a topic, they will dump 5 gallons of gas on the smoke and watch the inferno of fighting. The media is becoming more powerful than the people or politics. That's what annoys me about them. Some parts o...

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by cpd
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Lookin at the Boom website is interesting... https://boomsupersonic.com/overture 600+ profitable routes? The only potential things I can see are TATL routes. With the 4250nm published range, there aren't many options out of LAX/SFO. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=4250nm%40LAX http://www.gcmap.com/map...

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by cpd
Sat Sep 10, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 246
Views: 47109

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

https://simpleflying.com/rolls-royce-qu ... ngine/amp/

https://airwaysmag.com/rolls-royce-boom-supersonic/

Does anyone else have an engine for this plane or has the project gone Boom?
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Rolls Royce it seems has left the room:

https://simpleflying.com/rolls-royce-qu ... ngine/amp/

https://airwaysmag.com/rolls-royce-boom-supersonic/

Does anyone else have an engine for this plane or has the project gone Boom?

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by cpd
Fri Sep 09, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I think King Charles (the III) comported himself well in his speech to his kingdom... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drpuhrTPbYA I like how he did include both his sons and his wife. and I believe he has, for his whole life, been preparing for this and been taught by his Queen mother to bring hono...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 09, 2022 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I'd give King Charles III some time and see how he goes. We might be pleasantly surprised.

Let's also not forget Baroness Hussey of North Bradley - apparently she and the Queen were quite close. Thoughts with her.

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by cpd
Fri Sep 09, 2022 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Former Australian PM Paul Keating's words: In the 20th century, the self became privatised, while the public realm, the realm of the public good, was broadly neglected. Queen Elizabeth II understood this and instinctively attached herself to the public good against what she recognised as a tidal wav...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I don't have any time for the monarchy as an institution, but Elizabeth made lots of good and often just human choices inhabiting it, and by that she has earned respect, gratitude and affection beyond her nominal realm, even from myself. In the way she actually served her people and tried to be the...

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by cpd
Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Would be kinda cool if Australia just announced to keep Elizabeth II on there perpetually, like an eternal Emperor. Look sad that she’s gone but we don’t need to crown eternal emperors, especially ones that don’t have anything to do with the nation that currency belongs to. I don't think it is some...

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by cpd
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: Queen under medical supervision as doctors are concerned for her health

The Queen has died aged 96. My word this was quick. It seems a little surprising that someone would decompensate so quickly. In the photos that were released just the other day she did appear "old", but it didn't look like she was at death's door necessarily. Was there a major event like ...

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by cpd
Thu Sep 08, 2022 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

She lived a long life and served her country and the world very well. RIP. I’m not a monarchist either but you have to respect her. She was a very smart person. Very true my Sister is a Republican but always respected the Queen as a person and her dedication. I think lots of things will change now....

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by cpd
Thu Sep 08, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12168

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

She lived a long life and served her country and the world very well.

RIP.

I’m not a monarchist either but you have to respect her. She was a very smart person.

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by cpd
Wed Sep 07, 2022 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 150
Views: 6252

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Anyone can put a 100kwh+ in a luxury car and get a lot of range. The range/payload/cost curve of BEV trucking is what we're discussing here. Fixed a few spelling mistakes. True, but dunno if you saw some of the links I shared. Effectively in a year or two, those will be commonplace. There is more t...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 150
Views: 6252

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

EVs here in my country are no longer a rarity, they are quite common. Bigger range and larger batteries have made them realistic for a lot of people. By contrast the only hydrogen car sold here is just a trial/experiment and there is hardly any infrastructure. And the Toyota drives like a ship in co...

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by cpd
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Morning Consult: 40% of former U.S. road warriors expect to never travel for work again.
Replies: 169
Views: 22917

Re: Morning Consult: 40% of former U.S. road warriors expect to never travel for work again.

We've been hearing that the next great technology (teleconferences, email, etc.) will cause a massive drop in business travel for years, yet it always seems to bounce back. I'm not saying that ALL of the pre-COVID business travelers will return, but as mentioned elsewhere it could be we see a diffe...

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by cpd
Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man stole a plane 03SEP22 and threatened to crash it into a Walmart
Replies: 63
Views: 10381

Re: Man stole a plane this morning and is threatening to crash it into a Walmart

I actually hope that the fact he didn't harm anyone is considered during the trials and verdict. Otherwise in future cases (unfortunately this won't be the last one realistically speaking) there would be no incentive for similar people to land the aircraft safely compared to hurting people. I think...

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