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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 23, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Would have to be via somewhere, at least on outbound. The 200LR or even 300ER could do DXB-WLG but not the return. Via where though? They probably need to get AKL back up to daily non stop which is looking like end of the year at best. I know, but have they shown any actual evidence of interesting ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 23, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

As avgeeks and taxpayers. What do we think would make a good replacement for the 757s? Given they're coming up for replacement in a few years. MRTT would be an obvious option. But could also choose the KC-46. In both cases just deleting the inflight refueling options.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri May 20, 2022 2:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 86
Views: 8333

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

Starliner successfully inserted into orbit, on its way to ISS. Launch was nominal except Atlas slightly over performed. Coverage picks up tomorrow 3:30 pm ET, Starliner will conduct a number of test maneuvers on approach to ISS, including handing control to the station briefly, before docking. Perh...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 18, 2022 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 429851

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

There's a difference between a depressed person who ends his life and a mass murderer. Not really. People taking their own life in this way and those suffering from illnesses like depression are thinking and acting irrationally. If this is true it's yet another piece of evidence we, as humans in ge...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 17, 2022 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Didn't the pilots union say if any extension went ahead, they would hold the airport to the 300m requirement; negating much of the benefit of the extension? Yeah so in the case of WLG its an additional 150m of RESA at each end given they already have 90+60=150m So really to get 300m usable runway ,...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 17, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runway_safety_area
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The minimum is 90m but recommended is 300m. Hence why places like WLG can have such short ones without land reclamation or shrinking of usable runway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runway_safety_area

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 16, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

This will be a huge improvement on the old AKL baggage handling facility. Plus the other projects like the new domestic jet pier can't come soon enough still 5 years away. The second runway is still on hold unfortunately though. Here's my prediction... We'll recover faster than expected from COVID ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sat May 14, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Why do people on this forum keep saying Wellington is useless as an International airport because you can just connect with CHC and AKL? Has the past few years not proven that direct/point to point is the future? People don't want to transit through AKL or CHC, they want to go direct to WLG. I stil...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu May 12, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

The other thing to note is that with global warming the airport will have a hard time addressing the problem with greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. That will be a massive brake on expansion until zero emission or truly renewable fuel aircraft come along. This is why I think in the short to med...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 11, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

What's the chance of Aircalin (or any other airline) coming to WLG? As a Wellingtonian who’d love to see more airlines coming to WLG? A non zero chance, but I’d hardly be holding my breath. I just don’t see WLG getting much more direct service than it has already. If you did a major runway lengthen...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 11, 2022 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

What's the chance of Aircalin (or any other airline) coming to WLG? As a Wellingtonian who’d love to see more airlines coming to WLG? A non zero chance, but I’d hardly be holding my breath. I just don’t see WLG getting much more direct service than it has already. If you did a major runway lengthen...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 09, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

The High Court released their decision on WIAL's demand for an interim injunction on work while they try to get a judicial review of the Chobam Drive crossing. For something that's basically a pedestrian crossing and is just about an interim injunction, the judgement is 70 pages long. O_O It's also ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 03, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 7508

Re: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread

ssteve wrote:
ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
ssteve wrote:


Yeah... you think this means -8 for sure? So, which 8i's, assuming the 8F's are gainfully employed?


Likely whatever they can get their hands on. 8F or 8i won't make too much difference as the things will be gutted anyways.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 03, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 7508

Re: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread

ssteve wrote:
ReverseFlow wrote:
It says that it looks like they are going to buy used 747s for the E-4B replacement.


There's one low-hours one with a laser available...

YAL-1 was scrapped! doh.


It was also a 400F, not an 8 as they'll be looking for.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 03, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 28
Views: 6602

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Looks like the crew weren't happy with how the booster was acting so dropped it. So not a perfect win, just an almost perfect win.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 02, 2022 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 237
Views: 24459

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Something that needs to be taken into account with any plans to expand lower lying airports like Nelson and Wellington. https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2022/04/sinking-cities-sea-level-rise/ As the effective sea level changes due to a combination of global warming and standard plate tectonics, some...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Apr 29, 2022 1:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 271
Views: 43023

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

There's also a fair argument that the head of state should not be flying into a country on an aircraft initially created for war. Part of why most nations that have aircraft for government use tend to avoid camouflage paint jobs on them. The visuals are important for setting the ground in discussion...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 140
Views: 29913

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

It's more likely that they just haven't got around to releasing all those details as its still in development. You can probably find the requirements from the original RFP. I would expect the final numbers haven't been figured out yet and will come out when the aircraft has reached IOC and has been ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

“Ocean Flyer to launch NZ operations with 25 REGENT seagliders in 2025” I’m not sure if it’s strictly classed as a plane (mods, please delete if not appropriate), seems to be a ground effect (with hydrofoil assist)... https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2022/04/ocean-flyer-to-launch-nz-operations...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 20, 2022 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

On a completely unrelated note. If you play MSFS, Fligthbeam have released their WLG DLC. It's utterly gorgeous. <3 I had a heap of fun just pottering about last night.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 20, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

New bus starts July with the fare capped at $9.50. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/128361534/airport-bus-will-be-in-action-in-wellington-by-july-with-nine-new-buses-on-the-route Only goes between the station and airport. Anyone further out, like the Hutt, will have to change at...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 20, 2022 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

I can't stand WLG as a city. I lived there once, cold, windy and always overcast. Depressed is the word I use to describe it. But other people love it. Each to their own I guess. But as for the airport, it's just in the worst location, that's the main issue I have it. The makes getting there and ba...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 20, 2022 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

WLG is just an awful location for a city and an airport. Dunno why people have it in for WLG. Fun city. Excellent little airport. Quick to get to, good pax experience – whether you’re a Wellingtonian or a visitor. Enjoy it. Those are the big benefits of it. Especially once we get some proper bus pr...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Nothing if Guardians of the Bay have their way. Wellington is full minority groups who do everything they can to stop any development of any sort. They are small self interested groups that want Wellington to become a backwater. Eh, plenty of other reasons as well. While I'd like to see a runway ex...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Apr 15, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Any updates on WLG 2040? I really want it to go ahead Nothing if Guardians of the Bay have their way. Wellington is full minority groups who do everything they can to stop any development of any sort. They are small self interested groups that want Wellington to become a backwater. Eh, plenty of ot...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 13, 2022 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 429851

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Any thoughts on why this is taking such a long time ? There have been no rumours or leaks from either the PRC or US sides from what I have read. Please provide us with an aviation disaster investigation that was concluded in such a short time. This is NOT a long time, not even close. This. To do th...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 06, 2022 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

To add to my earlier post. Between Welly's proximity to Palmy which makes road transport attractive. Kiwirail is building a big freight hub just outside of Palmy. So even if you don't want to truck items down you'll be able to train them down. I see even less of a reason for WLG to get dedicated fre...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Apr 05, 2022 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29271

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Yes but SYD is a much larger market for cargo than WLG. WLG would still need a 24 hour airport to attract the likes of Parcel Air and Qantas Freight that both AKL and CHC can provide. Hold on you were saying the curfew was the main issue not the market size. FYI I’m watching parcel air leaving chc ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Apr 05, 2022 10:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Metric vs Imperial in aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 5826

Re: Metric vs Imperial in aircraft

M564038 touches on it but doesn’t make part of their point clear. For decades the US Customary Measures as defined by NIST are defined in reference to Metric/SI. So 1 inch is so many millimetres. A pound is so many grams. Basically making the conversions multiplication by various constants. This is ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Mar 24, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 429851

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

U.S. says China invites NTSB to participate in the investigation From Reuters https://reut.rs/3NaFUjz Good to hear and correct by the protocols. Hopefully this will stop some of the 'cover up' theories. Maybe, but even so, in the case of Egyptair 990, the Egyptian authorities would not listen to wh...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 23, 2022 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 429851

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Another case for live data streaming of FDR/CVR data? I'm surprised this hasn't been implemented with newer aircraft. Make it a totally self sufficient box that live streams data via satellite. Runs on A/C power but if it loses that it has on board power. Still keep on board storage (maybe memory c...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 429851

Re: China Eastern 737 "Missing Contact"

My first guess is CFIT. CFIT doesn't make sense given the FR24 data. Looks like a pretty steep descent straight from cruise altitude. Unless they were performing an emergency descent and forgot to stop. Look at the speed. It stays constant through the early part of the descent. Hopefully the cause ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 221
Views: 31016

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022

As hospo around the world has found out, you can remove all the mandates in the world, but if people don't actually feel safe they won't travel/go out. On top of that you throw on a continuing massive increase in living costs and shockingly people are unwilling or simply unable to afford going anywh...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Mar 10, 2022 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 221
Views: 31016

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022

Interesting rumor from ZKAviation that Emirates is investigating a Dubai-Wellington-Christchurch-Dubai service. https://www.facebook.com/ZKaviation/posts/372038911591444 The sceptic in me says this is one of those classic A.Net examples of someone reading something on here, posting it somewhere els...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 09, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 221
Views: 31016

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022

Interesting rumor from ZKAviation that Emirates is investigating a Dubai-Wellington-Christchurch-Dubai service. https://www.facebook.com/ZKaviation/posts/372038911591444 ZKaviation News Emirates are looking at doing a Dubai-Wellington-Christchurch-Dubai service with their Boeing 777-200(LR) aircraf...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 09, 2022 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 221
Views: 31016

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022

Interesting rumor from ZKAviation that Emirates is investigating a Dubai-Wellington-Christchurch-Dubai service. https://www.facebook.com/ZKaviation/posts/372038911591444 ZKaviation News Emirates are looking at doing a Dubai-Wellington-Christchurch-Dubai service with their Boeing 777-200(LR) aircraft...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 09, 2022 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 221
Views: 31016

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2022

WIAL taking NZTA and WCC to court over a pedestrian crossing as WCC and NZTA decided not to burden taxpayers with an expensive overbridge. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/127995361/wellington-airport-going-to-court-to-stop-new-pedestrian-crossing I know I'll probably be in the ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Feb 28, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5427

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

NASA, ESA, and JAXA have a couple years to develop something to do reboosts if needed. Lost of Progress for that is not some instant deathknell. It'll hurt and divert resources that could have gone elsewhere. But that's the cost of it.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Feb 22, 2022 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How likely for Russian airspace to be closed again?
Replies: 228
Views: 46455

Re: How likely for Russian airspace to be closed again?

If things get hotter then I think it's increasingly likely. Even if it's a pseudo shutdown with insurers telling airlines that Russian airspace will not be covered.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future E-7A buy
Replies: 44
Views: 9357

Re: Future E-7A buy

So if the US ends up buying these I can imagine the Aussies will be happy. IIRC they get a royalty for each one purchased as part of the agreement for funding its development. lol

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5427

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

It sucks but it's understandable. It was never meant to last forever and has honestly lasted longer than anyone really expected. We've learnt a massive amount on how to assemble, operate, maintain, and expand on orbit facilities, and the impacts of long term residence of humans in orbit from the ISS...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Feb 15, 2022 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 30488

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022

Does anyone know why all residents returning to New Zealand are being treated as close contacts when the borders reopen? As I see it, they are on a plane full of passengers who tested negative recently, are fully vaxed, wearing masks (which is enforced), and in an environment which has good hygiene...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 30488

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022

Groups like FlightRadar24 and FlightAware are also starting to make use of space based ADS-B receivers. But for the moment that still requires the satellites to be overhead as there isn't full 24/7 coverage of the globe just yet. https://flightaware.com/commercial/aireon/ https://www.flightradar24.c...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Feb 02, 2022 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 30488

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022

This is the new risk with air-travel isn't it. People will still move around. With mild or no symptoms would you go get a test? especially if it's going to result with you being 'stranded' or at a minimum the moral obligation to. Sometimes ignorance is best. I would but I'm lucky in that I could ta...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 201
Views: 27712

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2022

https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/ ... el-at-red/

So if you're flying around you'll want to keep that in mind.
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A good reminder for people travelling in Red that if you're diagnosed and cannot drive home, you're stuck isolating wherever you are. https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/ ... el-at-red/

So if you're flying around you'll want to keep that in mind.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 47
Views: 6918

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

Can anyone explain why they need to seperate the GE90 fan and power unit when using the Antonov, but won't need to do so for the Beluga? We have pictures in our DB showing it fits front/back no problem. 1558954 My understanding is that GE90s are generally moved via standard air freight. Not the spe...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 47
Views: 6918

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

I also wonder what kind of freight would choose to be transported with the Beluga? What about WB aircraft engines? The biggest available engines fully assembled. The GE90 needs to be split in two for shipping in freighters. The fan has to be removed from the rest of the unit. The Beluga will be abl...

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