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by simonriat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN
Replies: 310
Views: 54963

Re: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN

The last time I flew with TCX (into LA), I got speaking to the crew (brilliant and friendly btw, hope the staff have or will find jobs with other airlines), they were saying how good and full the flights were especially to the west coast. In fact before their demise, I swear they were talking about ...

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by simonriat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN
Replies: 310
Views: 54963

Re: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN

I hope to god this happens and works. Somebody should tell BA that there are people in the north who actually travel long haul and in particular trans atlantic. Right now my only option is VIR or travel 200 miles down south. Man is my local (big airport) my other option LBA, so having the option of ...

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by simonriat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: San Francisco and beyond - Help planning a trip
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: San Francisco and beyond - Help planning a trip

Thanks all for responding. After receiving more bad news this morning, its cheered me up looking at the places everyone has suggested. Yes Yes to the places suggested. The Dunes, Hearst castle and the aviation museums. Just reading about the above has made me realise, we are definitely going to need...

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by simonriat
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: San Francisco and beyond - Help planning a trip
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

San Francisco and beyond - Help planning a trip

Hi All Hope everyone is safe and well. Need a bit of cheering up as lockdown is really starting to get to me. Family and I are planning a big holiday next year for 3 weeks possibly 4, starting in San Francisco and eventually ending in San Diego via LA. Covid permitting. We have been to LA and San Di...

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by simonriat
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook went bankrupt one year ago!
Replies: 15
Views: 3446

Re: Thomas Cook went bankrupt one year ago!

So sad. Very fond memories, not the best in terms of onboard facilities but the staff were fantastic. Also sad to hear that G-MLJL a movie star no less (the aircraft in ITVVs Airtours DVD with Capt Julian Bond and first officer Mark Haley. I wonder where they are now) is wasting away. I wonder how m...

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by simonriat
Wed May 06, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 600
Views: 63605

Re: Virgin and the 747...

Well that was lucky for us then. And a big thank you to all a netters, who helped my family choose. Last Marchish, I came on here to ask for our trip to Orlando, in October (2019), which we should choose. Virgin 747 upper deck, or Tui 787. We chose the 744 upper deck. Looks like that experience will...

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by simonriat
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does MAN get so few BAW international flights and destinations?
Replies: 52
Views: 17916

Re: Why does MAN get so few BAW international flights and destinies?

Because BA think people only live in the South.

And that the north is just wilderness.

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by simonriat
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 225399

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

Can anyone tell me what the reg was of the last TCX a330 to land at Manchester?

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by simonriat
Mon May 06, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 160065

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

HI all Just woke to this terrible news, condolences to the families. Quick question on the SSJ. Does it not have fuel dump capabilities? Slightly digressing, but the lightening strike has got me be a slightly worried. If it managed to fry the electronics, and disable systems, who is to say that even...

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by simonriat
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Sports
Replies: 5
Views: 991

USA Sports

Hi All Hoping Someone can help. My family and I will be in Florida (Orlando area) from the 29th Sept - 12th Oct of this year. Would love to see an NFL game, preferably the Buccs (purely because of proximity, my actual team is the Giants), but I cant find any information with regard to when they kick...

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by simonriat
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What British Airways needs to do
Replies: 38
Views: 4207

Re: What British Airways needs to do

I have travelled all over the world, and how many times have I travelled with them, not once, nor would I choose to. Inferior product, inferior network, inferior customer relations, inferior airline full stop. Let me get this straight: you haven't travelled on BA, not even once, but you can judge t...

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by simonriat
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What British Airways needs to do
Replies: 38
Views: 4207

Re: What British Airways needs to do

I have travelled all over the world, and how many times have I travelled with them, not once, nor would I choose to. Inferior product, inferior network, inferior customer relations, inferior airline full stop. Let me get this straight: you haven't travelled on BA, not even once, but you can judge t...

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by simonriat
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What British Airways needs to do
Replies: 38
Views: 4207

Re: What British Airways needs to do

Hi all Just have to post. And I dont normally with these sorts threads, but....... I am a proud English man, who is interested in aviation. But I live in the north of England and straight away that excludes me from BA unless I want to travel to London. I have travelled all over the world, and how ma...

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by simonriat
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 6813

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

I didnt say I had the answer im just pretty sure that prison isnt one of them either. I wish I did have it. If kids get up to these sorts of things, what good would prison do? They have similar problems with laser pointers. Also kids are not afraid of the law anymore. (or thats how it appears to me)...

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by simonriat
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 6813

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

It costs £27,972 per year, in an open male prison (I think lowest category prison) (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/563326/costs-per-place-cost-per-prisoner-2015-16.pdf) latest figures I could find. How much did the disruption cost, bot...

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by simonriat
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 6813

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

It costs £27,972 per year, in an open male prison (I think lowest category prison) (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/563326/costs-per-place-cost-per-prisoner-2015-16.pdf) latest figures I could find. How much did the disruption cost, bot...

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by simonriat
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinions for which airline to choose
Replies: 8
Views: 1503

Re: Opinions for which airline to choose

Thanks all who replied. In response to PatrickZ80. Flew TCX A330 just in October from Gatwick. So fancy a change. Done TUI B788 Man - MCO. Have to say amzing piece of engineering. And if anybody remembers them. First Choice holidays B763 again Man - MCO. Agree with others and about to book now. Goin...

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by simonriat
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinions for which airline to choose
Replies: 8
Views: 1503

Opinions for which airline to choose

Hi All Would like to get some opinions on which airline to choose. So here is the run down:- My family and I will be travelling to Orlando International next year. We live approximately 45 minutes away from Manchester International. Gatwick is approximately 6 hours by train with multiple changes and...

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by simonriat
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida
Replies: 9
Views: 824

Re: Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida

Thank you all for responding. It has taken me a bit of getting used to as I have managed 42 years on this earth without knowing. Here in the UK things are definitely getting better, but there are still certain restaurants I will no longer be able to frequent. I cant understand why anyone would choos...

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by simonriat
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida
Replies: 9
Views: 824

Re: Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida

Yeah was in San Diego this time last year (was supposed to be there now, buts that’s another story) and they have some really good beer, however wasn’t diagnosed then.

Particularly liked 32N.

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by simonriat
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida
Replies: 9
Views: 824

Newly diagnosed coeliac - Gluten Free Beers, Florida

Hi All Absolute ages since I last posted, but hoping the good people of A net can help. Travelling from the UK, where I have to say the gluten free real ales are improving all the time. Just as the topic suggests really. Looking to try new gluten free beers. I seem to keep coming across Redbridge &a...

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by simonriat
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Baseball, which game to see
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Baseball, which game to see

Hi all, Hopefully a quick question. My family and I will be returning to LA for a couple of weeks in August. Went to see Dodgers V Brewers last time we were there and loved it, and the locals got the kids so involved it was immense. This time we have the chance to see either the San Francisco Giants...

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by simonriat
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida shooting - Europe should set an example to the USA
Replies: 463
Views: 13306

Re: Florida shooting - Europe should set an example to the USA

Was it Stalin who said "one death is a tragedy, but a million is just a statistic"? Have the pro gun people really lost all sense of reality, and believe in the above? It would be interesting to see, what would happen if a politicians child or pro gun persons child was injured or worse. I ...

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by simonriat
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you won the lottery
Replies: 31
Views: 1701

If you won the lottery

Hi Just had a thought while watching criminal minds. If you had the chance to buy your own private aircraft which would you go for? The euromillions tonight is approximately £168 million or $220 million. So lets use that as the budget for your aircraft. Mine a gulfstream G650 Out of interest and ano...

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by simonriat
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crazy A380 landing in DUS during storm
Replies: 60
Views: 19072

Re: Crazy A380 landing in DUS during storm

Hi

Sorry non pilot here.

What does PIO mean. Im guessing something to do with over correcting?

Thanks
Simon

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by simonriat
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thomas Cook LA on Time Departure Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1997

Thomas Cook LA on Time Departure Problems

Hi all I have been watching the departure times of the Saturday flight to LA from Manchester UK and noticed the minimum the earliest it has departed is 55 mins later than the advertised schedule. Can anyone shed any light on the reasons why? Are they boarding the flight for the scheduled departure t...

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by simonriat
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: La Lakers? Head Coach early/ mid 80s and Baseball
Replies: 4
Views: 481

La Lakers? Head Coach early/ mid 80s and Baseball

Hi All 2 Questions really. Just been watching the Dire Straits video of do the walk of life. Can anyone tell me who the head coach is, who appears to shake his head at the LA Lakers play, where the player gets knocked over and loses the ball to the opposition. It looks like from the early to mid 80s...

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by simonriat
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Thomas Cook suffered a winglet failure
Replies: 48
Views: 8168

Re: Which Thomas Cook suffered a winglet failure

Thanks all.

Knew not to trust the Daily Fail.

Have a also a little personal interest in this, as my family and I travelling with them to LA in August.

Out of interest, will it be known which aircraft will be flying that route yet?

Once again thanks.

Simon

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by simonriat
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Thomas Cook suffered a winglet failure
Replies: 48
Views: 8168

Which Thomas Cook suffered a winglet failure

Hi

Does anyone have any further information with regard to reg (as reported by the daily mail), that had issues today with winglet failure, and returned to Manchester UK?

Thanks
Simon

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by simonriat
Mon May 15, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Replies: 5
Views: 1051

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Hi

Will be visiting California in August, with 3 highly active children.

We are intending to visit 6 flags during our stay.

My question is, could anyone tell me, if there is enough there for children of ages 10, 8 and 6 to warrant multiple visits or will one day be enough?

Thanks in advance.
Simon

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by simonriat
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board
Replies: 65
Views: 12678

Re: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board

Lets see. Reasons not to fly BA? 1. To get anywhere with them I have to travel to LHR, because lets face it BA seem to think that only LHR exists. (And for me a 3 hour journey down there). 1a. Only people south of Watford want or need to fly anywhere. 2. Expensive when compared like for like with ot...

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by simonriat
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: Drive from LA to San Diego

Thanks for the info about the Toll roads. Also noticed that the (please forgive me for this, going to use a Brit term) main road route 1 looks like it could be pretty interesting with views. Would that be just as busy?

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by simonriat
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: Drive from LA to San Diego

We are staying on Shelter Island Dr (Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

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by simonriat
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: Drive from LA to San Diego

Thank you all for the responses. Im edging towards doing the drive, and drinking copious amounts of coffee on the aircraft. Possibly also to get my body clock into the time zone as quickly as possible.

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by simonriat
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: Drive from LA to San Diego

We've Planned, 6 days San Diego, 11 days LA, 4 days Laguna Beach. Our schedule is REALLY REALLY tight, whence the last 4 days at Laguna. Im beginning to think we may have the planning off, and perhaps should have got a connecting flight down to San Diego.

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by simonriat
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: Drive from LA to San Diego

Thank you both.

We are there for 3 weeks and have never been to California. Have booked a week at Laguna Beach for the last week (Im like a little child now, so lord only knows what I will be like come the day) (and hoping for some serious relaxation).

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by simonriat
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drive from LA to San Diego
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Drive from LA to San Diego

Hi All Been a while since I last posted anything. Quick question if I may. After a long and tortuous year (studying math at University, first year). Decided to treat my family to a dream vacation. Arriving into LAX on a Saturday Mid August (everything is booked, minus hotel near LAX). Scheduled arri...

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by simonriat
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6G 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture
Replies: 117
Views: 30339

Re: Norwegian 737-800 incident raises questions about safety culture

As said by previous posters, you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Would this be a case of people who can talk the talk but not walk the walk? Unfortunately I think its a sign of the times. I know an engineer who is currently building bridges in the UK but holds no qualifications what so ever. And in my ...

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by simonriat
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: San Diego Museums
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: San Diego Museums

Thanks For your response Tugger much appreciated. We are flying into LAX and planning and driving straight down to San Diego. The Midway is definitely on my list, didnt want to bore others, with an itinerary that just seems to get bigger. We have planned for 7 days at the moment. Inc the Zoo and Gas...

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by simonriat
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: San Diego Museums
Replies: 2
Views: 579

San Diego Museums

Hi All Planning a visit to the above next year and in particular 3 of them in Balboa Park. Namely:- 1. Natural History 2. Air & Space 3. Model Rail Will be travelling with 3 boys ages 6,8 & 10. Can anyone tell me if they are full day visits or can more than 1 be done in a single day? Many th...

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by simonriat
Thu May 19, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing
Replies: 1187
Views: 77508

RE: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing Part 2

Firstly thoughts to those affected by this terrible tragedy. RIP to all those on board.

And now a technical question.

Does the A320 have I think they are ELTs? Or something similar?

And if so can S&R teams use this to home in on the affected area?

Regards
Simon

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by simonriat
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airworthiness Directive For A350
Replies: 28
Views: 17804

RE: Airworthiness Directive For A350

Hi fellow a.netters Hope you all are having a great holiday break. Im not in the industry so please forgive me if its a really dumb question/s Ok slightly off topic with regard to A350 Is there any site that anyone knows of, that will list number of ADs by type? Flown the 788 for the first time in N...

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by simonriat
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Control Surfaces On The 787
Replies: 19
Views: 5187

RE: Control Surfaces On The 787

Wow, in a way its still good to know that hydraulics are still used. I would also hope that the pilots flying were vigilant enough not to let the speed drop that much. Another question if I may. Are the wheel brakes electrically operated? Im also going to assume there would be enough juice between t...

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by simonriat
Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Control Surfaces On The 787
Replies: 19
Views: 5187

Control Surfaces On The 787

Hi All First off please dont flame me as I am not a pilot or anything connected with aviation. An earlier topic with regard to loss of both engines at Vr, where all power would be lost, i.e hydraulic systems etc to control the aircraft, got me thinking. Are the control surfaces on the 787 electrical...

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by simonriat
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Aircraft & Please Help To Rest Some Anxiety
Replies: 8
Views: 6458

Which Aircraft & Please Help To Rest Some Anxiety

Hi All Travelling to Orlando Sanford on the 3rd Nov, with Thomson from Manchester. And just got a few questions:- 1. Will it be known yet which aircraft, I and my family will be flying on. Other than a 788? 2. Done this journey many times with, my wife and I, but never with 3 children in tow, and am...

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by simonriat
Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LOL! Yorkshire Airlines Advert
Replies: 16
Views: 2255

RE: LOL! Yorkshire Airlines Advert

Beat me to it.

also goes very well with pork pie and mint sauce.

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by simonriat
Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LOL! Yorkshire Airlines Advert
Replies: 16
Views: 2255

RE: LOL! Yorkshire Airlines Advert

Just had to comment, being born in Yorkshire, not bred, that honour goes to Essex. Its both humorous and tragic, that it seems at least from my perspective, that it still seems this way. As said previously im from Yorkshire but I really struggle if it is a broad accent and dialect. To the point, whe...

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by simonriat
Sun May 17, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Visiting California
Replies: 19
Views: 1792

RE: Visiting California

Thank you all so much for your input. Just had a look at some images for Coronado and Big Bear Lake, I have to say they look stunning. Exactly the type of thing I am after. Views. To put it into context, my wife and I got married on the beach in Clearwater Fl and views couldn't have been more beauti...

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by simonriat
Fri May 15, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Visiting California
Replies: 19
Views: 1792

Visiting California

Hi all Planning a trip to California and depending on what fellow a.netters advise, Las Vegas The back ground to this, is that I have asked something similar before, but unfortunately the trip had to be cancelled due to my wife and youngest son being diagnosed with epilepsy. I am asking way in advan...

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by simonriat
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Calling All 757 Aficionados
Replies: 50
Views: 12827

RE: Calling All 757 Aficionados

Hi all Just wanted to add my 2 pennies. Flew on several of Britannias birds, (during I think the very late 80s). My favourite livery on my favourite aircraft, closely followed by the a330. Out of interest were the Britannia aircraft <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym> powe...

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