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by PhilBy
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts
Replies: 34
Views: 2102

Re: American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts

Am I the only one to note that 200% of chinese children voted?

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by PhilBy
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2063

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

In Europe e-bike are limited to assistance up to 25kmh. Above that they are classified as motorbikes. My 105km round trip to work (with 850m climb) was reasible when I wa younger and fitter. Now woth en EU legal ebike I have an average speed of 35kmh. Most of the distance is done with no electrical ...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New lawn mower - two questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: New lawn mower - two questions

Having used battery garden tools I would say no reason to keep it. You'll probably want to buy a new one in 5-10 years anyway.

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by PhilBy
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gas vs. Charcoal
Replies: 40
Views: 2037

Re: Gas vs. Charcoal

Personally I prefer wood (as in bits of tree,not charcoal) for flavour. Cherry and oak is plentiful in our garden. Having recently also acquired a gas BBQ I also see the benefit to easy cooking outside when you really don't want to heat the house anymore

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by PhilBy
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5466

Re: Americans and electric stoves

One more advantage of gas: if electricity is down you can at least make yourself a hot soup on the stove. I had planned load sheddings several times in my apartment in Cape Town in winter and was glad to have something warm at least. Speaking as country folk where a three day power cut is not unhea...

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by PhilBy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walking is not a fat-burning exercise, I say.
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

Re: Walking is not a fat-burning exercise, I say.

To quote Livestrong: "It sounds counterintuitive, but just because you're working out harder, increasing your heart rate and burning calories doesn't mean you're burning fat. Your body's ideal fat-burning zone is only 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. Work any harder than that, and t...

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by PhilBy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arithmetic and the undefined...
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Arithmetic and the undefined...

It could equally be 111 with the first answer expressed in base 6, the second in base 5, the third in base 4 and the fourth in base 3

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by PhilBy
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School starting times in the UK
Replies: 17
Views: 1925

Re: School starting times in the UK

Perhaps the solution is to start school at 10 and put the clocks forwards an hour for all teenagers!

That way the kids will go to sleep 1 hour earlier and still have time to wake up before being at school at what is 09:00 for everyone else!

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by PhilBy
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question/topic for non-Americans: American English
Replies: 27
Views: 1666

Re: Question/topic for non-Americans: American English

Hello Commonwealth residents and other anglophone fer'ners: I was watching the "Dear Mrs. Kennedy" episode of The Crown on Netflix, see, and there's a bit where Jackie K and the Queen are having a private conversation and Jackie says, "I quite understand." Sorry but that is an e...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth!
Replies: 60
Views: 3443

Re: Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth!

If she were to recover tomorrow, without reading the press reports, what ill would she feel that she has suffered? rape is rape. Indeed, and rarely carries a death sentence! If the man had raped a fully conscious woman she would have required months on councelling and spent the rest of her life sle...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth!
Replies: 60
Views: 3443

Re: Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth!

Given those demanding capital punishment and... accepting that the father of the child is clearly in need of serious therapy.... in a country where a key component of the legal system is redress of damages... what mental or physical trauma has the victim suffered? If she were to recover tomorrow, wi...

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by PhilBy
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amateur Astronomy and Telescopes
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Re: Amateur Astronomy and Telescopes

It all depends on what type of object you are planning to look at. An 8" is great for low brightness oblects but a pain to transport and set up. If you ever use it to look at the moon you will want sunglasses.

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by PhilBy
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The privilege to enjoy human right?
Replies: 34
Views: 1094

Re: The privilege to enjoy human right?

That is not possible any more in Germany. It's still possible, just not easy. No written law cannot be changed. According to certain previous debates on this subject we have human rights because god created them. (which is why coyotes cannot claim coyote rights and kick those european social and re...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Winglets On Old Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 1889

Re: Winglets On Old Aircraft

tb727 wrote:
they were saying something like 5% boost in efficiency.


5% boostin efficiency - nowerdays thats a new generation aircratf!

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by PhilBy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walmart under fire over "impeach 45" shirts
Replies: 51
Views: 2249

Re: Walmart under fire over "impeach 45" shirts

Isn't the backlash against this anti-"american" and contrary to the right of free speech?

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by PhilBy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Freighter - why not
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

Re: A320 Freighter - why not

It has been, frequently.

Google A320 P2F.

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by PhilBy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French strikes begin
Replies: 18
Views: 955

Re: French strikes begin

I object to the title - The strike here are continuous. there is always a strike in the imminent future so to say that French strikes begin is disingenuous.

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by PhilBy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US set to request five years of social media history for all visa applicants
Replies: 86
Views: 5779

Re: US set to request five years of social media history for all visa applicants

I'm confused. Do I have to keep a 5 year listing of my facebook comments in my pocket, all 34 words?

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by PhilBy
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4505

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Typically, for stability the wheels need to be spaced a certain distance apart or have stiff shock absorbers to cope with roll in side winds on the runway. A high wing has to either have body gear only or veerrry long MLG which are incredibly heavy and mounted way out on the wing reducing fuel capac...

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by PhilBy
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "god" a myth?
Replies: 313
Views: 12101

Re: Is "god" a myth?

God is a failed hypothesis, Science was invented to understand Gods will better. They just happen to find out that no god is needed. best regards Thomas Actually , given the way civilisation is trending, a god is needed. Pity they proved that there in no evidence that HE exists! Disclaimer... I'm a...

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by PhilBy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are OEM's proprietary secrets secure within airworthiness authorities?
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Are OEM's proprietary secrets secure within airworthiness authorities?

With the delegated authority given to major manufacturers the key IP is not given to the authorities. for certification the manufacurers just provide evidence that the technology meets agreed certification requirements.

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by PhilBy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recovery of Hand Luggage After Emergency Evac
Replies: 38
Views: 2647

Re: Recovery of Hand Luggage After Emergency Evac

History roughly says: Not a hope in hell of getting any luggage back after an incident. Its cheaper for the airlines to pay the minimum legally required cover than to pay staff to work out who the luggage belongs to and to return the luggage to its owners.

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by PhilBy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese train route to London
Replies: 25
Views: 1699

Re: Chinese train route to London

ps the term for a train wheelset is bogie, not bodgie.

Back in the pre-standardisation days some ttrains were equipped with multiple gauge bogies. maybe there's a new market.

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by PhilBy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NH Supreme Court hears 'Free The Nipple' case
Replies: 29
Views: 1728

Re: NH Supreme Court hears 'Free The Nipple' case

What a load of misogynist tripe. "The same group of women that wants to sunbathe topless is probably the same group that feels assaulted if men stare at their breasts and will no doubt sue them for inappropriate behavior." Really? Do you have any evidence of this or is this what your mind...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777 empennage question. What is it, please?
Replies: 17
Views: 2358

Re: 777 empennage question. What is it, please?

LU9092 wrote:
Are there situations where the 777 flies with APU running? If so, is there any range penalty for extra drag from that intake, or is it negligible?


I expect that the drag on the intake is slightly reduced if the APU is running!

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by PhilBy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump takes credit for 2017 aviation safety record
Replies: 39
Views: 2331

Re: Trump takes credit for 2017 aviation safety record

Edited for clarity. Please try again. I had to google 'fecundity'. ;) Itis an English word but it's also the word used in the official French reports. Ever since the decimation of WW2 the French have been avidly tracking their national fecundity. the best was the year when it was reported as: Great...

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by PhilBy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump takes credit for 2017 aviation safety record
Replies: 39
Views: 2331

Re: Trump takes credit for 2017 aviation safety record

He may not be responsible for aviation safety but he's surely responsible for the falling rate of 'fecundity ' in France just announced in the news. After seeing him on the news would you want to procreate?!?

Edited for clarity.

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by PhilBy
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Steve Bannon book
Replies: 104
Views: 4789

Re: Steve Bannon book

I know quite a few people I would call genius, never heard them referred to themselves as a genius. Enough said 8-) But then again, a real genius knows that there is a wealth of information out there that he doesn't know or even begin to comprehend. If you don't know a lot, your world is so small t...

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by PhilBy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Times you actually agreed with a politician you hate.
Replies: 29
Views: 1232

Re: Times you actually agreed with a politician you hate.

I can't think of any politician I take seriously enough to hate! Some I mildly dislike, some I pity. (Almost) Any politician of any party occasionally has a good idea.

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by PhilBy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Uber ruled taxi firm, not 'digital provider'
Replies: 82
Views: 2880

Re: Uber ruled taxi firm, not 'digital provider'

The items you are worried about are not jobs of a Taxi service, but of a payment and consumer report department. Any company, and any that contracts has those issue. It still doesn't make Uber a "taxi service" . Their business model is not to hire drivers. Their business model is connecti...

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by PhilBy
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christmas love it or loath it
Replies: 48
Views: 1890

Re: Christmas love it or loath it

I have no problems celebrating Saturnalia!

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by PhilBy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this a classic case of ensuring FA safety?
Replies: 0
Views: 467

Is this a classic case of ensuring FA safety?

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-42325414 Why are HIV positive people unable to become pilots ? According to the CAA, which is responsible for aviation safety regulations in the UK, certain medical conditions prevent would-be pilots obtaining the necessary certificate. These include being HIV pos...

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by PhilBy
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 80 meters wingspan limit and A380 upgrade
Replies: 25
Views: 13735

Re: 80 meters wingspan limit and A380 upgrade

" Not always. Once the aeroelasticity has been resolved a thinner, .. " First order approximation of a wing is two flanges ( wingskin) separated by webbing ( beams ) With wider webbing ( profile thickness ) you reduce stress in the skins for the same tranferred moment ( and can reduce mat...

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by PhilBy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFRP vs Carbon/Carbon CMC's
Replies: 11
Views: 4521

Re: CFRP vs Carbon/Carbon CMC's

Carbon is a ceramic. carbon is very strong and tough if crystalline defect can be avoided. Unfortunately manufacturing large flawless crystaline structures is still far from commercially economic. Carbon (and glass) fibres, being very thin reduce the potential for crystaline defects. In the event of...

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by PhilBy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 80 meters wingspan limit and A380 upgrade
Replies: 25
Views: 13735

Re: 80 meters wingspan limit and A380 upgrade

But still, the question is IF someone decided to make an airplane with folding wings with a span >80m when folded and <80m when unfolded, would it still be able to fly to most major airports? I assume that you mean "a span <80m when folded and >80m when unfolded," First order a thinner wi...

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by PhilBy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 91
Views: 16450

Re: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?

Anyone know why so many helicopters seem to load from starboard? Because the aircraft commander sits on the right. He has a view of boarding especially when boarding with engines and rotors engaged/turning. And helicopters have the commander on the right (opposite to planes) allegedly because the U...

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by PhilBy
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sexual Assault - all of it
Replies: 163
Views: 10478

Re: Sexual Assault - all of it

In some cultures marriage is permitted at a young (for us) age but consummation is illegal until the younger partner reaches the age of majority. The UK has always ( modern history) allowed marriage at 16, When I was a student I was told that France allowed marriage at 15 for females and 18 for male...

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by PhilBy
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince William - Too many people on planet
Replies: 96
Views: 3397

Re: Prince William - Too many people on planet

My view is that you should only have as many children as you can afford. There should be no state benefits/handout to support families, hard but fair. Yes there are too many people on the planet, the human race is very distructive to its enviroment. But in the UK it's normal. Many a woman on benefi...

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by PhilBy
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Departing Twitter employee deactivates Trump’s account
Replies: 25
Views: 1199

Re: Departing Twitter employee deactivates Trump’s account

If anyone else tweeted what Trump tweets they'd be banned for life!

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by PhilBy
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mispronounced Words
Replies: 93
Views: 6187

Re: Mispronounced Words

Aksking was common english usage in 18th/19th centuries in the less educated populations (rural and cockney) and is often seen in literature of the time next to dropped H's.

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by PhilBy
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Butter shortage in France as global demand grows
Replies: 37
Views: 1616

Re: Butter shortage in France as global demand grows

Butter prices in TLS haven't gone up noticeably this year and there's definitely no shortage!

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by PhilBy
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 14% of BA FAs Say They Have Done It w/Passengers While On-Duty
Replies: 40
Views: 7111

Re: 14% of BA FAs Say They Have Done It w/Passengers While On-Duty

Note: the article says British flight attendants, NOT BA flight attendants

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by PhilBy
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Gun Laws - My Opinion, what's yours?
Replies: 69
Views: 5364

Re: USA Gun Laws - My Opinion, what's yours?

The tex is clear-anyone who signs on a as member of the local militia and spends 2 hours every friday evening drilling should have a right to bear arms!

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by PhilBy
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Technical questions regarding (uncontained) engine failures
Replies: 18
Views: 4498

Re: Technical questions regarding (uncontained) engine failures

In the event of uncontained engine rotor failure certification regulations allow a 1 in 20 airframe loss.

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by PhilBy
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What aircraft is more profitable to operate and why?
Replies: 14
Views: 2902

Re: What aircraft is more profitable to operate and why?

Which road vehicle is the most cost effective?

Depends if it's the school run or shifting 500tons of uranium!

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by PhilBy
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone
Replies: 34
Views: 1743

Re: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone

[quote="Revelation" How often do we end up changing parts within our internal combustion engines? [/quote] Once but Peugeot paid 75% for new engine Ive recently looked at electric cars. After the purchase price, the monthly battery rental costs my monthly fuel bill for 100km per day. Elect...

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by PhilBy
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whoops Apocalypse
Replies: 14
Views: 1081

Re: Whoops Apocalypse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoops_Apocalypse_(film)
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Tugger wrote:
And here I thought this thread would be about the ridiculous dialog going on between Trump and Un.

Tugg


I thought it was about pixies!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoops_Apocalypse_(film)

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by PhilBy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is climate change causing flight delays?
Replies: 61
Views: 2522

Re: Is climate change causing flight delays?

tommy1808 wrote:
............
Best regards
Thomas


Impressive! By that chart Caesar was already 100 years old when he invaded Britain!

In 1/4 of France motorists are currently being advised to delay travel due to climatic conditions. Last week it was OK. Thats fast climate change!

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by PhilBy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is climate change causing flight delays?
Replies: 61
Views: 2522

Re: Is climate change causing flight delays?

KFLLCFII wrote:
I'd say we should be pretty thankful that we all have been blessed to have existed "mid-swing" on Earth's climate pendulum.


Cause meet Effect, Effect meet Cause!

We wouldn't have existed if the Earth wasn't between two uninhabitable states!

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