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by art
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

AMCA will go the way of tejas if it remains with HAL. As a government organization, HAL has zero incentive to deliver. The employees are employed for life , no performance required. And a high tech field like the aero industry requires the dynamism of a private company like l&t or even senior a...

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by art
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 206474

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

A few years back, the UK were pretty committed to buying Captor-E: https://rusi.org/commentary/uk-funding-%E2%80%98captor-e%E2%80%99-aesa-radar-announced-%E2%80%93-better-late-never-0 Extract from the rusi.org article written in 2014: Given the huge capability advantages of AESA radars over older m...

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by art
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 104
Views: 35256

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

If you are always facing a risk of sanctions, it makes sense to have a diverse fleet. Sure but I cannot think of France being more likely to halt arms shipments to Egypt than the UK so what's the point of buying a roughly comparable fighter from a different source more likely to withold parts/suppo...

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by art
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 206474

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I wasn't aware that Germany plans to go it alone on the AESA radar for their Eurofighter upgrade. Hensoldt was partnering on the CAPTOR-E but the way this report reads is that Germany will be funding the whole development and deployment of a different or variant radar to their fleet of Eurofighters...

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by art
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

The experience Turkey has gained from developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters domestically will be useful in the development of the country’s fifth-generation fighter jet... ...the head of the Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) said in a recent interview. https://www.dailysabah....

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by art
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

... six prototypes are expected to be produced for the program by 2021, with first flight expected in 2022. Development is expected to be completed by 2026. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/techwatch/2020/06/08/south-korea-receives-engines-for-future-fighter-jet/ Those 6 KF-X prototypes must be...

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by art
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

From May 3 report on Turkish TF-X progress: The project is expected to face delays following pressure from the United States on TAI’s European partners such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce to abandon partnering with TAI. In addition, TAI has selected Dassault Systeme to provide flight control softwar...

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by art
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

South Korea has completed the selection process for the precision-guided munitions and guidance kits that it plans to integrate with its future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) multirole fighter aircraft. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/da27bd71-e47e-4cf6-81aa-456bf5824514 It sound...

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by art
Fri May 29, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23286

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Don't confuse programme cost with unit cost. the headline figure includes cost of development and testing, the jets themselves, all associated ground equipment, training equipment, initial set of spares/consumables and so on. Not confusing at all. The IAF is placing a order of 83 tejas mk1A for 370...

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by art
Thu May 28, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23286

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Nothing will happen. That is par for the course. Or a project fails to stick to schedule, a revised schedule is announced, that fails to be met, a re-revised schedule is announced, that fails to be met,,, pretty much ad infinitum. For projects to fail so consistently with no acknowledgement of fail...

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by art
Wed May 27, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Can Indonesia afford to stay in the programme? The bigger question is, why do the Koreans insist on tying their defense programs to the Indonesians in the first place? In my mind, it's akin to Israel having no problem being associated with Apartheid South Africa (then again Israel happily engages i...

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by art
Wed May 27, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Last year, Indonesia was hoping to pay in hardware and technology rather than cash, when they were "only" 300 billion won overdue. They were offering a number of Indonesian-built CN-235 to the ROKAF. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/07/205_273060.html Military and industry sour...

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by art
Wed May 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Indonesia late in paying its contribution for KF-X Launched in 2016, the KF-X project aims to develop a next-generation fighter jet and mass-produce 180 units by 2026. The project, the biggest in Korean history, needs 8 trillion and 10 trillion won for development and mass production, respectively....

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by art
Wed May 20, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

Saab Signs Support Agreement for SK60 Extends support to 2025. I suppose this allows for procurement of a new trainer to be somewhat delayed. Coronavirus the culprit? We do not know what will happen to the rate of infection as European countries ease restrictions and we do not know what effect the ...

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by art
Wed May 20, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

@SuperiorPilotMe

Thanks for your explanation.

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by art
Tue May 19, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

I wonder (because I have no idea) if an all glass trainer cockpit can be designed to switch from Gripen C to Gripen E configuration. ...Good Mother of Jesus and Mary, why? There's absolutely no point I can possibly conceive. Unless you're prepared to argue that someone who trains in a Piper Cheroke...

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by art
Sat May 16, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

I wonder (because I have no idea) if an all glass trainer cockpit can be designed to switch from Gripen C to Gripen E configuration.

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by art
Fri May 15, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 215
Views: 22107

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

US Republican senators are reportedly seeking to deter the stationing of 48 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft in the UK. The Telegraph reported that the proposed action is being led by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and tied to the association of Huawei in the UK’s 5G network. In January...

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by art
Fri May 15, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 215
Views: 22107

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

US Republican senators are reportedly seeking to deter the stationing of 48 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft in the UK. The Telegraph reported that the proposed action is being led by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and tied to the association of Huawei in the UK’s 5G network. In January...

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by art
Sun May 10, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

Someone might be able to provide an informed guess on these: How much would the specified package cost for PC-21 and T-7? Specified package: -- aircraft -- flight safety equipment (helmets, mask, lifejacket, parachute, etc.) -- simulators -- Part Task Trainer (simpler PC type simulators) -- CBT (Com...

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by art
Fri May 08, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

I can't imagine the Swedes want a jet-BTA. My money is on Embraer or Pilatus. What can't a turboprop do in the training role fulfilled by SK60 that a jet can do? If a turboprop were selected, would that mean more hours training on Gripen to convert to the type? I imagine that any type chosen will b...

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by art
Wed May 06, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 27707

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

I wonder if, in retrospect, Boeing regrets challenging the original selection of the Airbus alternative. Total losses on the KC-46A programme have now risen to about $4.6 billion. https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/boeing-kc-46a-refuelling-boom-camera-redesign-to-cost-551-million/138148.article

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by art
Tue May 05, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 2916

Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

The Swedish government has authorised FMV to procure replacement aircraft for the SAAB SK60 trainer fleet. The tender document is available for response until July 31. That's less than 100 days for offers to be made. The parts that will be included in the contract and the contract are: -- aircraft -...

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by art
Tue May 05, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18121

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

AMCA moving towards design freeze I wonder how much this will be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. http://idrw.org/amca-final-design-freeze-soon-dsi-intakes-rcs-reduction-measures-to-make-it-first-5-5-gen-fighter/ NB The source is highly chauvinistic so may not be objective in reporting Indian avia...

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by art
Mon May 04, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23618

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

The sad fact, and I don't wish to be rude, everything in the world is about money except the love you have for your family and friends. Not entirely true. Many artists strive to express what they want to express, rather than what is most capable of being exchanged for money. In another sphere, many...

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by art
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The US murder rate is 5-10x that of Europe. If you want to compare Europe to the US there are other measures as well. March was the first month in 18 years that there wasn't a school shooting in the US. Scores dying all the time in the US from murders. And then let's talk medical bankruptcies. For ...

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by art
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 104
Views: 35256

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

I suspect the following countries: Morocco (they've got US State Department approval for the order last year) Columbia (they've been looking for a replacement for their Kfir fighters) Indonesia Is there any political attraction for South American countries to buy a Brazilian product, if suitable, r...

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by art
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Side effects already appearing? Links to articles in the thread. https://twitter.com/alexberenson/status/1255509639959064577?s=21 2 recommendations for people who will not seek medical treatment for a medical problem due to being terrified by the prospect of contracting the virus: 1, don't be so fe...

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by art
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Things is, it does not make sense comparing different confirmed positives from different countries as different countries test differently. Even in terms of test per capita, Sweden is doing poorly compared to its neighbouring countries. So its confirmed positives are less accurate than its neighbou...

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by art
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 104
Views: 35256

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

I suspect the following countries: Morocco (they've got US State Department approval for the order last year) Columbia (they've been looking for a replacement for their Kfir fighters) Indonesia Is there any political attraction for South American countries to buy a Brazilian product, if suitable, r...

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by art
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Re: healthcare spending per capita, the US has a lower life expectancy than almost all first-world countries. So we not only spend 2x, we do that with worse lifespans. Lives foreshortened due to a high animal fat, high sugar diet combined with excessive calorie consumption (ie eating too much)? Tha...

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by art
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

An interesting controversy is brewing over Youtube removing the interview of Dr. Erickson shortly after posting it, although it gathered several million views before being taken down. It is still available here, and is well worth a watch: https://www.turnto23.com/news/coronavirus/video-interview-wi...

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by art
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I think the easy way to estimate coronavirus deaths is to compare historical deaths for a given week in the year with the same in previous years. The chart on this page shows it very clearly: https://fullfact.org/health/ons-2020-covid-death-totals/ But we don't have an accurate count of coronavirus...

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by art
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

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I think the easy way to estimate coronavirus deaths is to compare historical deaths for a given week in the year with the same in previous years. The chart on this page shows it very clearly: https://fullfact.org/health/ons-2020-co ... th-totals/

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by art
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

There are about 7.8 billion people on the earth. If everyone, every person on the planet, gets sick, based on conservative estimate of 0.5% death rate, would mean 39 million dead. If the world does not open the economy and societies, it would mean a possible 250 million dead from famine alone added...

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by art
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

olle wrote:
What is interesting is that people entering intensive care have 80% survival rate compared to 50% in most other countries.


Yes, that is interesting.

People taken to intensive care earlier in Sweden than elsewhere?
Better equipped/staffed intensive care units?
Something genetic involved?

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by art
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

1. Protestors, decked out in Trump attire , protest the restrictions put in place 2. Trump supports those protestors, tweeting things like "LIBERATE MINNESOTA" and so on and so forth 3. Brian Kemp, the Governor of Georgia, re-opens large parts of Georgia . You might say he 'liberated Geor...

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by art
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6705

Re: "COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for mass production as early as September."

I hear on UK radio that the US state of Missouri has started a lawsuit against China (in a local court).

I hope that further entities apart from Missouri sue China for damages due to losses brought about by Chinese malfeasance with regard to the novel coronavirus.

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by art
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I'm interested to know what proponents of strict lockdowns propose as far as exit strategy. Lockdown in the UK is not all positive in terms of communal health. For example, 'body repair' surgery (eg replacement hip, knee, cataract etc procedures) has been halted. More seriously, people with possibl...

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by art
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

If you want the economy back, you need a short but total lockdown that isolates and eradicates the virus. With loose guidelines, all you do is create an ever-lasting anemic situation. I think that eradication of the virus in a country might have been possible at the beginning of the national outbre...

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by art
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

If you want the economy back, you need a short but total lockdown that isolates and eradicates the virus. With loose guidelines, all you do is create an ever-lasting anemic situation. I think that eradication of the virus in a country might have been possible at the beginning of the national outbre...

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by art
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Hiding for 18 months until a vaccine comes out, its an unsustainable goal, anywhere.. I agree but I think that for people to return to economic activity there should be planning and observation. Lots of John Doe's deciding they want to return to work, want to return to going to cinema, sport, conce...

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by art
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I hear that many people object to having restrictions imposed on them due to the virus. I wonder if any of them have considered how much the disease would expand without restrictions on movement and contact. I take this as a given: COVID-19 has an R0 of 2-3 with normal social behaviour. Assume 7 ite...

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by art
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I see people are protesting about restrictions in Michigan and a couple of other states. Is that likely to spread all over? Also, is it the case that the head of state is more concerned about implementing measures considered to enhance re-election prospects than implementing measures considered to b...

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by art
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I think that Captain Tom will reach the age of 100 soon. I would hate to be the postman delivering his mail on his birthday. Aimed to raise £1,000 but raised £17,000,000 and more. What a phenomenal result. Through his enterprise and efforts he has become recognised as a national hero, held in affect...

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by art
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65934

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

To me the closest way to determine the number of those dying of Covid-19 is to compare the number of excess deaths over a norm of the same period a year or an average of the same period over 5 previous years with certain adjustments. That is precisely what the UK government published a few days ago...

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