Any theories on why the next MIQ room release on the 20th has been postponed. Surely they're not going to completely shut the border to everyone?! The number of positive cases coming in increases the risk of one leaking out. So this is a risk management decision. It totally sucks for those overseas...Jump to post
Read on a tweet from spaceflight now that the Webb mission systems engineer team is confirming that the Ariane 5 did its job exactly as perfectly as possible, and the estimated fuel lifespan for Webb is now estimated to be about 20 years. This was originally one of the most conservative estimates, ...Jump to post
LMP737 wrote:par13del wrote:Somewhat surprised that they are not pursuing a joint venture to have an ATR converted to be an AEW platform.
The cost of navalizing an ATR would be prohibitively expensive.
Cheers to people for the suggestions. After a bunch of digging I was able to find this from Airways NZ. https://www.airways.co.nz/about/performance-and-pricing/industry-aircraft-data-services/ https://www.airways.co.nz/assets/Documents/Aircraft-movements/Movements2106-Stats.pdf It's a bit simplistic...Jump to post
Article in RNZ on the CAA detailing they’re stretched to cover current requirements, let alone the extra stuff planned for by MBIE and ministers. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/458 ... race-plansJump to post
Does anyone know of a source that would have historical info on how many daily international flights there were pre Covid? Maybe CAA or Airways? Just looking for some info on just how connected we were to the world when the whole thing blew up. Mostly to highlight that we aren’t some tiny nation wit...Jump to post
NZ516 wrote:More problems facing the Air NZ 787 fleet - paint peeling.
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Peter Beck went on an interview binge recently on the topic of Neutron. A heap of really good questions and detail you only get when talking to industry enthusiasts. Tim Dodd - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcuOSXjevGs NASA Spaceflight - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNx4tpiyUAM Scott Manley - h...Jump to post
Paywalled article in the Herald about Air NZ's current aims to start operating carbon neutral aircraft by 2025. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air-new-zealand-challenges-plane-makers-to-come-up-with-alternative-fuel-planes/XV3LINZYEUDX7P2AGQTEHNCVEU/ Looks like their current long term aim is hy...Jump to post
None of the above. I instead take the funds and allocate them towards improving staff numbers so that the various ships, squadrons, and departments have enough people to be safely and effectively staffed. With remaining funds being plowed into incremental investment of backend infrastructure like so...Jump to post
If Air NZ keep the plan of hubbing as much as possible out of Auckland, the A220 doesn't really add much extra. Especially as places like Auckland and Wellington intensify housing and improve public transport to their airports. You'll just see more demand for those areas.Jump to post
Interesting to see how the strength of the freight market and weakness of passenger market resulted in A320NEO and A350 passenger orders being swapped for A350 freighters. I assume the A320neo order cancellations will come from Scoot. Sounds like a win win for bothAirbus and Singapore I think that'...Jump to post
I’m sure the NZ MoD and NZDF will take a look to see if we can snag some cheap spare parts. It worked for the Seasprites after all. :pJump to post
"He pointed to the Viper’s inability to receive software updates at the speed that’s desired and its lack of open-architecture software protocols that would allow it to be rapidly reconfigured." That's a description of Gripen E and the difference from the C version. So make something simi...Jump to post
Christchurch Airport is going to build a $100m solar energy park using 400 hectares of it's spare land. This is a first for a New Zealand airport good on them I say! https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/127150000/100m-worldleading-solar-plant-will-be-50-times-bigger-than-any-in-new-zealan...Jump to post
Question for the avgeeks here. Given Luxon is now leader of the opposition and immediately made claims he turned Air NZ around from a loss making business into a success. How much truth is there to his claim? I've seen more than a few people saying he was anything but good, and stepped into a well p...Jump to post
Totally agree that Auckland International Airport Ltd and the other Internatilnal airport operators should lead and facilitate such a service. They could encourage by offering seriously discounted terminal space rentals, for suppliers at agreed prices and turnaround times. Perhaps both PCR tests an...Jump to post
Article from Ars on the 'incident' https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/11 ... -occurred/Jump to post
Good image from ULA on how fast things decay from various orbit altitudes. https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/14 ... 0284516354Jump to post
For LEO a Kessler syndrome is unlikely to last for very long due to small debris being slowed by drag and self deorbiting. This is why SpaceX's Starlink orbits are as low as they are. Lose control and it just falls out of the sky after a few months. MEO could cause some problems but would largely be...Jump to post
While extremely disruptive to the aviation sector the playing it by ear is still largely the best option. Yes the government have flubbed much of the Delta response but that doesn't mean we throw the doors open and give up. The tourism industry and airports did not collapse overnight as was screamed...Jump to post
I’m struggling to figure out what single pilot A350 operations means. My understanding is that Cathay Pacific is working with Airbus to allow only one pilot in the flight deck during cruise so that they don’t need to fly with augmented crews for long flights. Whether Airbus can convince the regulat...Jump to post
So some more stuff on transport to airports. The other day another 4 options were proposed for Mass Rapid Transit in Wellington. Of the 4 proposals, only one of them has a form of MRT to the airport. And even then it is only Bus Rapid Transit. All 4 proposals have a mixture of bus priority and dedic...Jump to post
Apparently it was the longest overwater flight by a battery electric plane. https://twitter.com/AirwaysNZ/status/1454945073385201669 I'm assuming they're only referring to crewed planes. I really do think battery electric regional aircraft will result in an explosion of domestic air travel in NZ. T...Jump to post
Apparently it was the longest overwater flight by a battery electric plane. https://twitter.com/AirwaysNZ/status/1454945073385201669 I'm assuming they're only referring to crewed planes. I really do think battery electric regional aircraft will result in an explosion of domestic air travel in NZ. Th...Jump to post
Is it just me or does this A320 have a HUD?
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/obiekt/20211024-00264727 Leader of Japan's opposition party question JSDF's decision to purchase F-35, claim they're spending money buying outdated aircraft, and need to review their budget. I wouldn't read much into that. Sounds like pretty normal politiking. For al...Jump to post
bikerthai wrote:How's this for a gimmick.
Since this represents the "United States", they can rotate images representing aspects of each of the 50 states on the windows of the plane.
And already voted to not consider. https://twitter.com/JoelMacManus/status ... 6256509952 Council will retain it's shares in the airport.Jump to post
https://twitter.com/JoelMacManus/status/1450981266589814790 https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/126749935/wellington-city-council-to-vote-on-selling-international-airport Well that was unexpected. I can understand arguments from multiple angles for and against it. It will be intere...Jump to post
NZ6 wrote:Anyone in Auckland not vaccinated and keen to get onboard a 787. Super Saturday will give you that chance. Get a Jab in C class and wait your 20 mins back in economy....
I'm sure the USAF will show off the range improvements with a public demonstration. I wonder how many top ups it'd need to do a circumnavigation. Probably only 1 or maybe none. O_OJump to post
People keep saying build more roads. We know there'd be a fair amount of traffic between Queenstown and a Tarras airport. Especially to Christchurch too if you close down Christchurch airport to fold them in into one. That would be enough to be worth putting in a proper rail link between all the lo...Jump to post
People keep saying build more roads. We know there'd be a fair amount of traffic between Queenstown and a Tarras airport. Especially to Christchurch too if you close down Christchurch airport to fold them in into one. That would be enough to be worth putting in a proper rail link between all the loc...Jump to post
Had a bit of a search on these and couldn't really find anything. Q1: So for the sake of a scenario. Given a B737/A320 size aircraft. If it were powered by electric motors, would we expect the noise levels to be more or less than the equivalent power jet engine? This question has rattled around in m...Jump to post
Also for a lot of NZ the geography makes rail pretty expensive. Even if it would be cheaper than yet more motorways. Personally I think the ideal would be higher speed regional rail connecting directly with air hubs that then connect with other air hubs for longer distance inter island/inter region ...Jump to post
Problem is proper high speed rail will require standard gauge track. So no reuse of any existing rail infrastructure. Is this a total stop? No. But it makes it that much more expensive. In comparison we can get up to 160kph top speed on cape gauge. So trains would be able to use existing urban rail ...Jump to post
The biggest positive of a failure is that with the new generation of heavy lift vehicles coming online like Superheavy/Starship and Vulcan. Launching a replacement would require just building a new scope. Possibly with less fiddly bits due to the bigger fairings available.Jump to post
Also, the Ariane 5 has become pretty reliable. There are going to be quite a few puckered sphincters in ESA the day it launches... :pray: Tugg There are going to be hundreds, if not thousands, of very well toned asses from the clenching should it get to and pass its first light tests. There is a bo...Jump to post
Northland airports are still quiet under Alert Level 2 despite the rest of the country outside of Auckland seeing increased services. They had this issue last time of feeling cut off from the rest of the country when AKL was in Level 4. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/covid-19-delta-outbreak-nort...Jump to post
Not harsh at all. A speed limit is just that, the limit. If you go over it then accept it when you're dinged for it. Yes, that even means 1mph or 1kph over.Jump to post
It's interesting to look at my ads-b receiver stats and see how you can spot the change when the Alert Level changes come into force. https://twitter.com/ZaphodHarkonnen/sta ... 8292027392Jump to post
Priorities have changed. Today you need to factor in more passengers, (many) more concessions, larger queues for boarding, and more flights at one time. The rotunda concept emphasizes more room for planes using the smallest amount of terminal frontage. These days, you need more space in the termina...Jump to post
The only rotundas I can remember using in the past few years are the three at Geneva Airport. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,6.1053515,710m/data=!3m1!1e3 They were nice but I wouldn't want to spend too long in them. Generally they didn't encourage people to go there until 10/15 mins befor...Jump to post
What about a MMRT based on the A330NEO? My understanding is that the problem with such an aircraft is the wing hose points. The MRTT uses the points in the wing that the A340 hung engines on. So they're already strengthened and easily plumbed for fuel. However this is a problem any new MRTT would h...Jump to post
So with the Green Party dislike of the Wellington Airport runway extension I asked Genter what the party policy on battery electric aircraft is. Happily the party position is support of battery electric aircraft. Even if they're against the runway extension. https://twitter.com/JulieAnneGenter/statu...Jump to post
Or, simply in orbit around the moon. A way station closer to earth would be easier for logistics. bt Is it feasible to have a space station do a figure 8 around the moon and Earth? It would help immensely with the costs of manned lunar missions. The Lunar Gateway is kinda doing that. Though staying...Jump to post
In good news. Sounds Air has locked in an initial order for 3 ES-19 battery electric aircraft. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/regional-air-links-prepare-to-electrify-airports-for-electric-aircraft-network/JQOB3LZKFVB27ON2NWIRDH5TF4/ https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/green-travel/300384673/couldnt-be...Jump to post
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Community case in Auckland. Cabinet meeting right now. Presser around 6pm.