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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying
Replies: 7
Views: 1990

Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

It's unlikely to fly for much longer. Off the top of my head there are either none or just one more launches booked for Stargazer. With stuff like Virgin Galactic's Cosmic Girl on the way and the evolution of smallsat launchers elsewhere Stargazer and Pegasus are simply too expensive.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBD ejection strategy: got lucky or sound decision-making?
Replies: 40
Views: 5136

Re: BBD ejection strategy: got lucky or sound decision-making?

Dumb luck for getting out when they did. Just like Air NZ selling off the LHR slots a few months before all the COVID stuff hit.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 4729

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Yeah, I think NZ was probably its best chance. Germany is unlikely to go with it.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 99
Views: 6207

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

What a stupid vanity project. With the grey you could reasonably argue it was a military aircraft first and foremost with government travel a core, but secondary, function. By painting it like that you're now saying the government transport is its primary function with military work being very much...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 99
Views: 6207

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

What a stupid vanity project. With the grey you could reasonably argue it was a military aircraft first and foremost with government travel a core, but secondary, function. By painting it like that you're now saying the government transport is its primary function with military work being very much ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 4729

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

If they want top of the line, long distance, and delivery of now, then the P-8 is really the only option. If however the requirements are shorter ranged or they have a bit more time to play with, then the other options listed are viable. Compare it with a nations like NZ and Aus who chose the P-8 as...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300033006/both-air-force-jets-spend-two-weeks-simultaneously-out-of-action The interesting bit was towards the end. Mark said deferring the replacement of the 757s had proven to be a good bet because more aircraft would become available as airlines look to sell their...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 17675

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020

NZ is now in Level 1 of our 4 level response. All restrictions on domestic travel are now lifted. For aviation that means no requirement for masks or blocking out middle seats. For international travel the border is still closed. But for returning citizens, permanent residents, or those with a dispe...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

0 new cases and 0 active cases. We should find out at 15.00 when Level 1 is coming. Which is good news for aviation as it removes all restrictions for domestic travel. And with that announcement this afternoon, how fast will NZ start filling the middle seats? Good to see JQ has officially started p...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

0 new cases and 0 active cases. We should find out at 15.00 when Level 1 is coming. Which is good news for aviation as it removes all restrictions for domestic travel.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 17675

Re: Covid-19 Testing on Arrival or Departure?

Given Greece's recent ban of QR, due to the arrival of 12 positive passengers, can one assume they are testing all arrivals? I heard that VIE is testing arrivals who do not wish to quarantine, at a cost of €190. Which other countries are testing, and at what cost, to whom? Frankly, I'd much rather ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 17675

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020

So NZ is now starting down going to Level 1 in our 4 level Covid response. For airlines that basically means all restrictions for domestic travel are lifted. There'll be no requirement to do checks, distance, or adjusted cleaning schedules. And at the current rate we're probably looking at going to...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 22494

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

When every rocket expert, every trained scientist, said it was impossible, he said what have we got to lose by trying except for a small bit of money. (Small in his case being a couple tens of millions of dollars.) Amazing what can be accomplished when people try. I don't remember anyone saying it ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 17675

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020

So NZ is now starting down going to Level 1 in our 4 level Covid response. For airlines that basically means all restrictions for domestic travel are lifted. There'll be no requirement to do checks, distance, or adjusted cleaning schedules. And at the current rate we're probably looking at going to ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/121 ... d-services

No news on a restart of the Wellington leg. :'(
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Good news for Singapore fans.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/121 ... d-services

No news on a restart of the Wellington leg. :'(

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu May 28, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27329

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121655 ... of-covid19

Looks like there's a fair chance the B777-200ERs will never carry another passenger.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121655 ... of-covid19

Looks like there's a fair chance the B777-200ERs will never carry another passenger.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 25, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 24486

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 25, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 386
Views: 177474

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 25, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27329

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625 ... -necessary

30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 20, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27329

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Jetstar is wanting to restart NZ domestic operations from July. https://rnz.liveblog.pro/lb-rnz/blogs/5ec5726017f1ac5c62af3282/index.html?liveblog._id=urn:newsml:localhost:2020-05-20T22:34:26.839118:0e3a46e6-f961-418a-9d9d-5b749a93067f-%3Eeditorial The Qantas subsidiary Jetstar is hoping to restart ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 19, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27329

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

IIRC flights between US and NZ are still going.

The thing stopping more passengers is that we're unlikely to open our borders to non-residents until a treatment or vaccine is found.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 19, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 14651

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

A passenger version of this could work well for regional routes in places like NZ. Especially if it's cheaper to operate than say a B1900D But of course it's 100mph slower than the B1900D. That could make a difference in total operating cost. Also, unpressurized is a limitation in pax service. Over...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 18, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27329

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Fun question for people. Do we think the new Cessna SkyCourier could be a good fit for regional NZ use? From memory one of the reasons that Air NZ dropped the B1900D is that it was too expensive to operate for what it was able to earn. Something appreciably cheaper designed for short lower altitude ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 18, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 14651

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

A passenger version of this could work well for regional routes in places like NZ. Especially if it's cheaper to operate than say a B1900D

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39163

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.facebook.com/GermanEmbassyWellington/posts/1539788139520231 German Embassy Wellington 1t5Sp fronsedofrhrstedr · Public Almost 10,000 German and other European travelers back home in Europe: 25th German repatriation flight left New Zealand today Today, the 25th German repatriation flight ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39163

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120921 ... nal-towers
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Airways looking at closing down some Air Traffic Control towers in regional airports.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120921 ... nal-towers

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39163

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://twitter.com/CamWallace_NZ/status/1245441808269627392 Our @FlyAirNZ revised domestic schedule is out. We will be flying to AKL, WLG, CHC, NSN and DUD only. One or two return services a day, eff 3 Apr. This represents a 95% reduction pre - C19. Demand is down about 99%. @andykirton Oof. https:...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Software Systems
Replies: 19
Views: 2502

Re: Aircraft Software Systems

If the software builder is sensible you will also find the installation files will be digitally signed so that you can be confident the files have not been tampered with since they were created. The same general process is used to establish secured connections when you go to sites like your banking ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Is there just a way for the airlines to hit the pause button? I mean, literally just stopping almost everything, only operating needs for supplies and emergency transport? It baffles me that airlines are just looking at percentage cuts, instead of just parking it and not taking additional financial...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

As long as you maintain distance from others and don't otherwise cause an issue the police won't care. Remember we're allowed to leave the house for walks and such. You just have to remember to maintain distance. Like in a landing or take off pattern. :P

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I expect NZ to curtail flights pretty heavily come tomorrow. There'll still be some for freight and essential personnel movements. But probably no more than one or two a day between the main centres. And possibly less than that for the regions. Kiwirail are probably looking at upping their train len...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412 ... n-23-march

Mar 23, 2020 1:54 PM
RNZ Live
After 48 hours, air travel will only be for essential services and freight.
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https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412 ... n-23-march

Mar 23, 2020 1:54 PM
RNZ Live
After 48 hours, air travel will only be for essential services and freight.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

NZ going to Level 4 on our COVID19 alert list. Which means that most passenger flights will end for at least the next 4 weeks. Only cargo and essential personnel to fly. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412361/coronavirus-live-updates-in-nz-and-around-the-world-on-23-march Mar 23, 2020 1:54 PM RN...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Next time you call Delta, the agent might have the Sprit of Delta (767) behind them. Definitely adhering to social distancing. https://news.delta.com/sites/default/files/2020-03/Res%20specialists%20ACEC%202.jpg https://news.delta.com/deltas-res-care-team-shines-time-uncertainty Big props to their I...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Temperature checks are not a reliable way of detecting the infection. It's a bit of security theatre that will make some feel better.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12266

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Or, you accept a reduction in capability. You do not have to have a total one for one replacement. Functionality will be prioritized and whatever you can squeeze in will be included, anything that can't simply doesn't.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120334332/coronavirus-air-new-zealand-suspends-13-australian-routes-cuts-transtasman-capacity-by-80-per-cent Air New Zealand is reducing trans-Tasman capacity by 80 per cent and suspending 13 Australian routes as travel restrictions resulting from ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120328018/auckland-airport-cancels-dividend-ceo-and-directors-take-20-per-cent-pay-cut Auckland International Airport has cancelled its interim dividend and its chief executive is taking a $260,000 pay cut for the rest of the financial year, follow...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I think we’re witnessing what will be the largest disruption to civil air travel since the Second World War. V/F I'd usually call this rhetoric over dramatizing things. But for this? Yeah, I think that's about right. I don't we've ever seen air travel disrupted like this on a global scale before. N...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

It's just hit me how unprecedented of an event this is. Within a week Tasman demand will dry up due to these restrictions. In some sense its probably one of the biggest travel restriction since the Berlin wall came down? e.g. 9/11 only lasted a couple of days and was confined to certain markets. I ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I find it unlikely that the NZ government takes travel restrictions above the current levels. At most adding countries to the 'please isolate yourself for 14 days please' list. Air NZ will be hurting but will be well placed to jump back in a few months. Flight shaming will only work to a certain lev...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 137
Views: 12266

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

With all the talk about a 748I or 748F, I think people are forgetting the fact, the E-4 replacement will require A/R capability. The VC-25A replacement does not have that and adding that option is will be very expensive. It makes more sense to go with something which has the capability already. A m...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones
Replies: 18
Views: 2234

Re: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones

I posted Elon’s article in the F-35 thread and Zaphod had some good realistic and accurate comments Awwwwwww... shucks... Here's my post from that thread. Not sure Elon is wrong as much as he just isn’t exactly right. I expect a drone fighter aircraft piloted by a human would have a slower reaction...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million
Replies: 105
Views: 18558

Re: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million

I don’t understand why NZ sold a valuable asset such as LHR slots especially with the 3rd runway dead in the water. If they didn’t have plans to utilise the slots, lease them out a carrier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk My understanding is that you can't lease them out forever. If awarded or p...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 112
Views: 16232

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Oof. What, a, clusterf**k. (Mods don't like even that swearing. :P )

And to remember that Boeing was supposed to be the reliable pair of hands compared to the brash risky young kids at SpaceX.

On the upside for ULA, they might get another Atlas V launch out of this mess.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19648

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Cheers for the details people. It seems that there are rules that seem to be reasonable and most airlines seem to apply them reasonably. I've taken pictures on board before but never had anyone but myself or people I'm traveling with in shot. Which is probably why I never got bothered and thus didn'...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19648

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I can't say I've ever heard of such a policy. If many airlines have one I expect it's sparsely enforced at best.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/410 ... el-to-iran

Anyways, I doubt that travel advisory will affect many kiwis.
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Anyone want to fly to Iran from Wellington on an A320? :P (Look at the pic in the article)

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/410 ... el-to-iran

Anyways, I doubt that travel advisory will affect many kiwis.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2406

Re: Cheapest AEW

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethered_ ... dar_System
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Depending on use case I'd look at a ballon based system. Long loiter time, no crew in the air, everything on the ground but the dish itself. That's about as cheap as you're going to get. Something like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethered_ ... dar_System

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 215
Views: 22108

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Not sure Elon is wrong as much as he just isn’t exactly right. I expect a drone fighter aircraft piloted by a human would have a slower reaction time in a WVR engagement compared to an aircraft flown by an actual pilot. Elon Musk says the US's F-35 stealth jet 'would have no chance' against a 'dron...

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