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by chimborazo
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump cancels secret meeting with Taliban leaders, Afghan president after attack
Replies: 21
Views: 1252

Re: Taliban not coming to Camp David anymore. Sad!

I hate commenting on Trump threads but it's disappointing to see the leader my home nation trying to negotiate with terrorists. Just pull out of Afghanistan but leave around the clock drone strikes and call it a day. Then who are the terrorists? I pulling out it’s because the job is done, so leavin...

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by chimborazo
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Distance/Go Around Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2462

Re: Landing Distance/Go Around Question

In the vast majority of cases for commercial flying they fly into runways with marked touchdown zones. Look at runway markings on Wikipedia. If you haven’t touched down in the touch down zone you go around/abort the landing (assuming spoilers not up). GA into fields etc you should kind of “know” if ...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full brakes or rudder
Replies: 23
Views: 2378

Re: Full brakes or rudder

I could be overgeneralizing as I only have a good working knowledge of a few airliners' systems, but I don't know of a situation in which a pilot of a jet, at least, would *intentionally* use asymmetrical reverse thrust to help steer a plane. There are situations and planes in which you'd do the op...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Full brakes or rudder
Replies: 23
Views: 2378

Re: Full brakes or rudder

CFI at my flying club has the mantra “Do what you need to do” ie take positive action (which can also be positively doing nothing) in all situations to maintain control of the aircraft. If you’re Landing with a crosswind and you are getting steered by the wind after touchdown by all means use some d...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I’ve had it on business travels before where I’ve had to detour to a project elsewhere- after booking the first flight. So I’m on the way to X in 3 days time (for a 4 day stay) but something has come up in Y and I need to be there in 6 days. I ask the travel agent to book me a flight from X to Y in ...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

It’s because nonstop flights inherently are more valuable to a traveler, thus the airline can charge a premium. A connecting flight is often longer, has a greater chance of being delayed in a hub, and is a lesser product than a nonstop. What do companies do with lower-quality product? They price th...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Further, in my case, I get paid by the hour when travelling so no, a direct flight is not “inherently more valuable to a traveller”.

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

It’s because nonstop flights inherently are more valuable to a traveler, thus the airline can charge a premium. A connecting flight is often longer, has a greater chance of being delayed in a hub, and is a lesser product than a nonstop. What do companies do with lower-quality product? They price th...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

How is that theft? Why should any airline, at their own expense, fly your bag back to the city you purposefully got off in? So your bag flies TUL-DEN-PDX as you purchased but demand UA pay to fly the bag back to DEN and deliver it to you? My comment was based on a layover of X amount of hours that ...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

What’s funny to me is that even when United tries to create a policy of deescalation for front line agents and passengers they can still do no right. Whatever your stance on hidden city ticketing is the bottom line is that ALL three majors consider this to be a form of fraud. I personally know peop...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Introverts unite!
Replies: 44
Views: 2262

Re: Introverts unite!

The introverts (not all, obviously but to generalise there’s a certain “type” that achieve these things) sent people to the moon and have done and still do amazing things. The beauty of life is the variety. I’m an extrovert to hide my naturally shy tendencies. We need the introverts... let them do t...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

What’s funny to me is that even when United tries to create a policy of deescalation for front line agents and passengers they can still do no right. Whatever your stance on hidden city ticketing is the bottom line is that ALL three majors consider this to be a form of fraud. I personally know peop...

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by chimborazo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34641

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Just say you feel nauseous and are feeling like you can’t breathe/pretend to pass out half an hour before landing. Magically get better on arrival but say you don’t feel well enough to fly again soon and you will rest up and buy another ticket later. Airlines set up these systems... play them

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by chimborazo
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pakistan as a Tourist Destination
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: Pakistan as a Tourist Destination

I’ve worked in Lahore for about 3 months total across 7 trips. One of the best places I’ve worked. People are incredibly friendly. Have also visited Multan for a meeting. Lahore is good for tourists- many interesting places to visit. Security team needed because big white guy like me stands out. I’m...

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by chimborazo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3825

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

Aside from all th religious aspect....There is next to nothing there. It’s boring and often too hot. I’ve worked in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam. Nothing to do.... Spoke with a few of the local team (guys) and asked them what they do. Spend time with family... talk.... hang out... and go to Dubai or Bahra...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19474

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

Quite a sharp escalation there. So the solution is to ban a whole airline over something like this, helping to ensure that each culture gets more isolated and less likely to fix these kinds of isolated incidents? Not what I’m saying at all... many comments up thread are essentially saying “it’s Kor...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19474

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

Agreed! Westerners are so quick to cry for a culture change, yet have no inkling of how deeply ingrained these issues are and how long it takes to gradually move it. Often we opt for the quick change, which more often than not creates an even greater backlash. And “Westerners” have the right when t...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19474

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

It is not for me to say it is right or wrong, but it is so very different. To just say that they should adopt modern safety rules is, with due respect, totally missing the real issue. Whatever the "fix", it is not going to happen overnight. You're effectively telling them that up is down,...

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by chimborazo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buy house or car?
Replies: 60
Views: 2774

Re: Buy house or car?

Buy a new car and live in it :-)

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by chimborazo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calling all female Anet’ers...
Replies: 47
Views: 3508

Re: Calling all female Anet’ers...

“Like most 14 year old girls chatting on the internet, I’m a 50 year old obese man...” or something to that effect.

How did this thread go so far away from JD’s initial post???

Good luck JD...

I’m not a girl but can have a civilised conversation with ladies about aviation should you wish!

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by chimborazo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British parliament prorogation debate
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: British parliament prorogation debate

Well we don’t have a president because we have a First past the post system to elect MPs and then the majority holder (even not with necessarily any kind of popular vote) is invited to form a government... as you know. However re the EU there was a popular vote and an outright majority voted to leav...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What do you think about Windows 10
Replies: 83
Views: 6711

Re: What do you think about Windows 10

Windows 10 is good. I have it on a surface pro. First thing I did was get rid of all the app type settings to use it as a computer like I’m used to. Too much Of the settings it comes with are based on delivering content and all that malarkey. I just want to use office, CAD, project etc for work and ...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 5028

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

Out of interest can anyone describe the Airbus way of hand flying at a cruise level. I understand the 737 for example having flown the sim manually but wonder what the difference is with the “trajectory control” and no manual trim switch on a bus. What happens when passengers move..?

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by chimborazo
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bleed AIr Off the Low Pressure Compressor?
Replies: 17
Views: 3468

Re: Bleed AIr Off the Low Pressure Compressor?

Do away with engine bleed air entirely, like a 787. Bleed air is wasteful no matter what Airbus may say. All electric is the only way to go. But it’s still not free energy. It’s taking taking energy from the engine via the gearbox driving the generator. There are associated losses in the energy con...

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by chimborazo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

It’s really really simple if the EU wants to survive. Keep freedom of movement of goods and stop the automatic freedom of movement of people. Like it was originally set up for all those unvoted for years ago. A trading block. I will get shouted down with “but you can’t have one without the other, it...

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by chimborazo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 14186

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

I’ve been on hundreds and hundreds of flights and never been asked to show my credit card. It does say that on many airlines when you book the tickets... but only if the traveller is also the cardholder. It makes no sense

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by chimborazo
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Comfy, cushioned, long-lasting athletic socks
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: Comfy, cushioned, long-lasting athletic socks

Bridgedale socks are what I wear day to day. Available on different thicknesses and lengths. Very comfortable. They’re kind of hiking socks but I think they’re great. Thorlos for sports- available from trainer sock to match ankle profile of shoe to up and over the ankle. They’re double-layer on the ...

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by chimborazo
Mon May 27, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

Your last phrase is ridiculous. What if the vote had been 70 or 80 percent leave? Would you be using the same false arguments for ANOTHER referendum then? Just because it was “close” the barrel scraping begins of excuses that “we got it wrong”. What if 50.00001 % had voted remain. You wouldn’t be u...

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by chimborazo
Mon May 27, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

How do you use a vote - in the UK - where the majority of the eligible voters chose not to vote to invalidate the results of the largest election turnout in the history of the UK because the result was not what the politicians expected?. Since there has been no second referendum yet on Brexit, this...

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by chimborazo
Mon May 27, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

It was an EU vote. Results are not valid for a GE. Farage never been an MP for example ..... Correct. The point I’m making is a comparison: we had a yes or no vote which leftists/remainers won’t accept the result of because it is not what they wanted... and now we have had a GE-style vote in EU ele...

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by chimborazo
Mon May 27, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

In the UK, in parliamentary first past the post elections, it’s the party who gain the most MPs, not the most votes that get to try and form a government. Brexit Party just got the most MEPs in UK but still leftists argue they are not the majority (by totting up the other parties, based on false cla...

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by chimborazo
Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 2049

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

Good info on the side of the sword, multiple horses etc. However.... I’m English... so the left is the correct side :-) All these examples of difficult roads. I’m currently in Bogotá... wow! Not only are all the various slip roads on and off the main roads that go in seemingly crazy directions and a...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant
Replies: 56
Views: 11183

Re: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant

What are your strengths?

Well... firstly I am physically incapable of lying.

Really?

No

And what would you say is a weakness of your’s?

Short Thai women.

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 2049

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

Wow! In depth. But.... no no no no no on the last point. It doesn’t matter if there are two lanes or 15 lanes in the motorway: you drive in the left lane unless overtaking. I.e. if you’re not overtaking, move back to the left lane WITH the HGVs and indicate right again to pass. Our roads are more co...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 2049

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

We have some fabulous roads to drive. I’d imagine Max, as a pilot of quite some years judging by these threads, would have no problem driving a manual on the correct (left side*) of the road. Just take a moment to mentally “swap” what the hands do. * majority of people are right handed. People passe...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 3675

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Yes it is possible. I have done it.... on a 777 a couple of years ago. Legal... I doubt it.

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Isn’t it ironic though that your employer thinks it’s okay to make you suffer and then give recovery time (including more time away from home) than it is to pay more to have you arrive at a suitable time and in a suitable condition for work. This has been my argument at my company. Business is ridi...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 13020

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

yes, there was a minute chance, equivalent to that of any airliner being struck by a meteorite. And what are the chances if a missile disintegrates ? the same as a meteor, which often disintegrate into meteorites. A disintegrating meteor creates more (but smaller) meteors. A meteorite is a meteor t...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Isn’t it ironic though that your employer thinks it’s okay to make you suffer and then give recovery time (including more time away from home) than it is to pay more to have you arrive at a suitable time and in a suitable condition for work. This has been my argument at my company. Business is ridic...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Exactly. Same as me and I’m also tall. And have wide shoulders. So, like my company, your company doesn’t pay for business. But your company will pay for premium economy it seems, or if not premium any available enhancements in the economy cabin. We only get premium over 9 hours. And pay for exit ro...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

A colleague of mine was adamant that Qatar have premium economy on their A380s. They don’t... they have first, business and economy. “But there is a cabin upstairs at the back. It’s premium.” Hmmm. I’ve been in it a lot... it’s standard economy in a standard seat... just an “exclusive” cabin bookabl...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

From AA's FAQ introducing MCE: Q: How will this program impact my upgrades from Main Cabin to Business Class cabins? A: We will retain our current Main Cabin to Business Class upgrade policies. Main Cabin Extra will be considered part of the Main Cabin, not a separate cabin. Exactly. You’d be well ...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9304

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

My BA gold/emerald status lets me book exit row/MCE seats on AA in economy for free Paying for MCE is not equivalent to paying for an upgrade to a higher cabin, it is equivalent to paying for emerald status for that flight. As noted above, you can pay for exit row seat on BA (or get them free for go...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 10371

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

I remember reading in Brian Moynahan’s excellent Airport International (which fired my interest in aviation about 32 years ago when I was 9) that airline pilot selection had a set of tests to determine candidates personality. One was playing basketball IIRC: they were looking for the team players an...

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by chimborazo
Sat May 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 3326

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

British here. Technically europeans need to apply for and have EHIC card when you travel in Europe to access treatment but I’m pretty sure you can get away with showing your passport. Saying that, a few years ago I had an operation in the UK and at the pre-op was requested to show passport and proof...

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by chimborazo
Fri May 10, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airliners.net dating
Replies: 91
Views: 10259

Re: Airliners.net dating

Airstud wrote:
vikkyvik wrote:
My wife swears as much as I do (which is a lot).


Gross.



“Damn good swear is good for you, it gets the blood pumping”. **
- Mustrum Ridcully, Archancellor of Unseen University, Ankh-Morpork


** or words to that effect

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

Further, your comment is along the lines of David Cameron’s famous: we are better inside reforming. See how that worked out for him :-) I and most of my compatriots have very little in common with many people in Europe... I genuinely don’t understand why so many people think it’s such a good thing t...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

Appreciate your answer. Yes there is a good reason.... the population of my country is growing way faster than infrastructure and services are or even can be updated to cope. I wouldn’t mind if my considerable percentage tax bill was spent on coping with it... but it isn’t. I agree on the politician...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 362
Views: 18722

Re: EU elections

Dutchy, for a lot of people leaving the EU IS progress. It is a dying monolith. Had it been genuinely open to reforming and actually dealing with its issues, less people would have voted for Brexit. It amazes me that so many left wingers celebrate things like the Arab spring, emancipation, democracy...

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by chimborazo
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4712

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Some folks on this board (and I think it’s generally obvious which country most hail from) need to understand that irony does not mean: “like iron.”


Agreed for Max Q on the good work.

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