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by FGITD
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China successful test of orbital hypersonic weapon
Replies: 17
Views: 758

Re: China successful test of orbital hypersonic weapon

The US black programs bring up an interesting aspect of preparation. The fact is that most countries are generally pretty straightforward about their militaries. You might not know exactly how capable they are, but you’ve got an idea. The US…not quite. For example, we all saw the wreckage of an unkn...

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by FGITD
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 87
Views: 4043

Re: Is innovation declining?

YNG in particular is probably a bad example because the city lost well over 60% of its population in the past 60 years, and has experienced a major economic decline. It losing service is more likely due to overall socio-economic reasons rather than (a lack of) technological innovations in aviation....

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum
Replies: 33
Views: 1421

Re: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum

Surprisingly-On a fundamental level, I can somewhat understand it. But given that this is Texas , I’m sure they don’t have the same reasoning that I do. So I may gain some perspective on your comment, where are you? As the old bumper stickers said-don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts Not that MA ...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum
Replies: 33
Views: 1421

Re: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum

Surprisingly-On a fundamental level, I can somewhat understand it. But given that this is Texas, I’m sure they don’t have the same reasoning that I do. The issue with teaching history is that it’s very easy to just say “they were bad, they did bad things, so we went over and beat them and we’re the ...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Massacre in Kongsberg
Replies: 51
Views: 1666

Re: Massacre in Kongsberg

Perp is a Danish citizen AND a recent convert to the Religion of Peace. As for a shooting, in this case, you actually do "shoot" an arrow. It's time for Common Sense High Capacity bow regulation now. End Bow Violence Now! 5 people killed by a bow in this case 60 people killed and 411 inju...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Jop

Interesting that the article at one point claims some people are still “scared” to return to work. People are realizing their worth. Most of the labor shortages aren’t out of fear. It’s out of frustration. Used to be that the boss had a bigger house, a nicer car. Now the boss is going to space for f...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread

That's an old, and very fatal human flaw. People think that past performance predicts future performance. The interesting is that even with the blistering pace of innovation during the late 1950s/60s, they still didn’t always use the same contractor for the same parts of a spacecraft. Mercury and G...

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by FGITD
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Potential for Building a Bridge Over the Yukon River in Dawson City
Replies: 19
Views: 957

Re: Potential for Building a Bridge Over the Yukon River in Dawson City

Going to venture a guess that the 1400 people living in Dawson City aren’t too concerned with building an iconic bridge. I don’t think they’re expecting to draw tourists to come see their bridge.

They just want to get across the River.

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by FGITD
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying
Replies: 37
Views: 2522

Re: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying

The biggest problem for the ramp are the giant electric wheelchairs, especially on the 737 or regional jet. The bin doors are only so tall and with that we end up having to attempt to flip these 300-400lb devices on their sides, get it into the cargo bin and then flip it back over. If you’ve never ...

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible
Replies: 71
Views: 16013

Re: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible

Not to nitpick... But cleaning the toilets probably might be achieved without razing the airport. Deploying janitors might help. Other problems are indeed endemic. Building an airport without a master plan and a responsible lead contractor is mind-boggling. Who thinks up such nonsense?? Crazy talk!...

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Gruden 'resigns' as NFL Raiders head coach over old offensive e-mails
Replies: 40
Views: 1636

Re: John Gruden 'resigns' as NFL Raiders head coach over old offensive e-mails

Sorry, but complaining about his past impacting the present just makes you look foolish. This was 2011. It’s not like you can use the excuse people use for their old grandpa who sometimes says the wrong thing, “oh he’s from a different time!” If you were a racist in 2011 you were still a few decade...

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Gruden 'resigns' as NFL Raiders head coach over old offensive e-mails
Replies: 40
Views: 1636

Re: John Gruden 'resigns' as NFL Raiders head coach over old offensive e-mails

Sorry, but complaining about his past impacting the present just makes you look foolish. This was 2011. It’s not like you can use the excuse people use for their old grandpa who sometimes says the wrong thing, “oh he’s from a different time!” If you were a racist in 2011 you were still a few decades...

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by FGITD
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

An airline bus from E to A would not work without pax having to repeat a security check. They will have had contact with their checked luggage clearing CBP at E. Even if they hand their checked luggage back to the airline at E, they need to be screened before being allowed airside once again. There...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines
Replies: 54
Views: 2074

Re: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines

As an American ex-colleague of mine used to say " Only in America! " Don't get too much on your high horse. .Plenty of sociopaths in your country too only they use a knife By pretty much every available murder metric, the UK is ahead of the US despite this constant claim that knives are a...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

There is some space still to build. If they close rwy 14/32 there's quite a bit of space on the south side of Harborside Drive. There's also the long term garage that you alluded to. Land reclamation on the harbor, forget about it, that's protected. At best rwy 15L could be extended on pylons over ...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 35040

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

Crew Dragon has proven itself to be worthy many times now, I wonder if keeping up the "two contractors" spiel is of any value at this point. Just build more Crew Dragons, and if ULA wants to launch some of them, that's probably possible too. I never really bought that argument in the firs...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 35040

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

Crew Dragon has proven itself to be worthy many times now, I wonder if keeping up the "two contractors" spiel is of any value at this point. Just build more Crew Dragons, and if ULA wants to launch some of them, that's probably possible too. I never really bought that argument in the firs...

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by FGITD
Thu Oct 07, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

The long term answer to the terminal A ramp cramp is to appropriate the real estate that is currently used by FedEx and convert that into 5-6 wide body gates. Then relocate FedEx on real estate that is less central. So where are you going to put Southwest, United, IAG/AA, Delta, WFS, Swissport, and...

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by FGITD
Wed Oct 06, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

They'll just have to adjust their schedule accordingly but I don't see a way around it if they want to go up to 200 flights. A lot of international flights aren't coming back for a few years. I don't expect LH to go up to 3x daily or EK twice daily any time soon. RAM, forget about, they're never co...

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by FGITD
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

They let BA "own" their gate so it's not like there isn't a precedent. However I don't think the same BA arrangement works for DL. BA doesn't have a hub in BOS so they can stagger their arrivals throughout the day. DL will need most arrivals/departures to be within a certain connecting ba...

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by FGITD
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 35
Views: 4389

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Also gives me a good laugh that one of their takeaways is that they need to emulate the SpaceX treatment of customers, and now here we are, with them suing NASA and trying to block space exploration if it doesn’t involve them.

The whole company seems to be unraveling.

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 05, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crazy MLB Postseason / Wildcard Draw - Predictions?
Replies: 47
Views: 1315

Re: Crazy MLB Postseason / Wildcard Draw - Predictions?

With that said, I hate, hate, HATE the wildcard game. In my mind, it's not even a post-season game. It's just game 163. You don't "really" make the post-season until you win that game. I don't understand why teams pop the champagne and have crazy celebrations in the clubhouse just for mak...

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Democrat infighting over agenda and achievable plans
Replies: 144
Views: 4231

Re: Democrat infighting over agenda and achievable plans

Yea…but what have the Romans ever done for us?! As for the bathroom incident…I’m ok with politics getting a little ugly. I’ve said it before, but politicians need to be kept aware that this isn’t a zero sum game for everyone. Outside of their re-election chances, they are all more or less immune fro...

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by FGITD
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL International BOS Additions
Replies: 90
Views: 17401

Re: DL International BOS Additions

If (and it's a big IF) DL was able to switch their TATL operations to Terminal E... There can't be five people on the planet connecting to/from DL TATL at BOS that would want split ops. An average of 13 flights per gate, over the ~seventeen hour operating day at BOS, shouldn't be tough. They won't ...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 7613

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

What's the difference between the MRTT and the KC-45? A LOT!!! Off the top of my head, the MRTT doesn't have a main deck cargo door/config Whole post is phenomenal. Nothing better than having the experience to throw down. But I’m curious regarding this point, how often is the ability to carry cargo...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 87
Views: 4043

Re: Is innovation declining?

…….what may have taken 2 years in 1960 now may take 3 or 4 because there are more tests to run based on lessons learned from accidents in the 1960s to now to show that something has, say, 9 9s reliability/safety today versus 7 9s back in 1960. Another facet of modern innovation is exactly that, the...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 87532

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Alitalia Cabo Verde Cathay Pacific El Al Hainan LATAM Level RAM SAS Norwegian I’m sure I’m forgetting someone. Otherwise mostly everyone is reduced. I think AF LH and FI might be the only ones flying their normal October schedule, with daily flights I was driving past the airport yesterday am. The ...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crazy MLB Postseason / Wildcard Draw - Predictions?
Replies: 47
Views: 1315

Re: Crazy MLB Postseason / Wildcard Draw - Predictions?

Just glad the Sox managed a comeback win yesterday over the Nats (even though the Nats are my NL team). With that said, I hate, hate, HATE the wildcard game. In my mind, it's not even a post-season game. It's just game 163. You don't "really" make the post-season until you win that game. ...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 87532

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Alitalia
Cabo Verde
Cathay Pacific
El Al
Hainan
LATAM
Level
RAM
SAS
Norwegian

I’m sure I’m forgetting someone.

Otherwise mostly everyone is reduced. I think AF LH and FI might be the only ones flying their normal October schedule, with daily flights

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is innovation declining?
Replies: 87
Views: 4043

Re: Is innovation declining?

That’s a bit of an outdated mentality on innovation though, just because there’s no publicly known widebody under development doesn’t mean there’s no innovation. It’s not the 50s anymore, it’s not as if the Boeing engineers sit down and bang out a quick aircraft design over lunch and within 2 years ...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux
Replies: 38
Views: 1863

Re: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux

The worst part part of WalMart's case is how incestuous that relationship is. Not only do they cheat on labor costs, but most of that public assistance money comes back to them again as they are the primary beneficiary of their employee's welfare expenditures. Bet that makes your skin crawl, huh? T...

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by FGITD
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux
Replies: 38
Views: 1863

Re: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux

….In any case, worrying about Welfare Cheats betrays a certain level of financial illiteracy that, frankly, I am surprised anyone educated still has the patience to hear out at this point... It serves its purpose of pushing the crab bucket mentality. The millionaire/billionaire who finds every loop...

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by FGITD
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 87532

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

If El Al does return to Boston they are going to have pretty stiff competition on product if DL is bringing their brand new A330-900neo's. LY had been bringing their dated 777's and 767's (before the retirement from their fleet). I would think this would pressure them to bring their 787's instead. ...

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by FGITD
Sun Oct 03, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 87532

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

Not surprised by the passenger numbers. I only really spend time at E and occasionally C (better food options…) and there have been crowds that could convince anyone that covid never happened. It’s very encouraging that the desire to travel is coming back strong. I expect it’ll be a long and quiet w...

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by FGITD
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 87532

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2021

El Al packed up their stuff and left, returned offices to Massport, etc. So far none of the airlines that have resumed service ever went to those lengths. But all of the airlines that stopped service completely have. As far as Delta goes, those are some great additions. Really glad to see that, and ...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 01, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Democrat infighting over agenda and achievable plans
Replies: 144
Views: 4231

Re: Democrat infighting over agenda and achievable plans

Would you prefer a dissolution of the United States? A good portion (if not the majority) of the “let the states run things” people tend to live in the states that would go bankrupt in a week without federal assistance being allocated using money from…other states. For all the talk of the federal g...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 01, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Too strict (dangerous?) FR seatbelt policy
Replies: 40
Views: 7527

Re: Too strict (dangerous?) FR seatbelt policy

…They also forgot to turn on the anti-collision beacons on the previous flight leg. I noticed they were off as the plane was taxiing to the gate before I boarded the flight. It made me wonder what else the crew was forgetting. Depending on which lights you’re referring to, there’s a possibility the...

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by FGITD
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 35
Views: 4389

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

In fairness, I’ll admit that I gave BO a little too much credit given that they’ve proven themselves to be worthless. But the quotes truth remains to be seen. Who knows if they’ll lose everyone’s money? Suppose the new (perpetually delayed) engines turn out to be a wild success? Or the New Glenn boo...

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by FGITD
Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "Detroit-style" pizza a thing?
Replies: 48
Views: 2267

Re: Is "Detroit-style" pizza a thing?

Airstud wrote:
I tried this "Detroit-style" type pizza the other night from the Pizza Hut (in Everett, Mass. thanks for asking).


I count 3 horrible things in just this one quote

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by FGITD
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13334

Re: Arizona Election Audit

You’re right. The examples I brought up were large succession doubt campaigns, but they did not take their clowning into the Capitol, at least not without permission. I’m not underplaying how sickening the violation of the Capitol was. But if you find them credible as potential coup ringleaders, I ...

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by FGITD
Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that the American 191 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Is it true that the American 151 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?

Do you think that if they had that information that they would have added power to the remaining engines? Things were happening very, very fast. I would think that things were happening in minutes and seconds. That is the question, and unfortunately the area where crash investigation ends and hypot...

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by FGITD
Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border
Replies: 117
Views: 4747

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border

Lots of fact deniers participating in this thread. Implying that millions of Europeans flee Europe in boats across the Mediterranean to Africa, instead of people from impoverished African nations fleeing their continent to Europe. Yeah, because educated people flee FROM economic opportunities! Wow,...

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by FGITD
Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong
Replies: 18
Views: 1010

Re: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong

As usual, the only time they’ll admit they were wrong is when it impacts them personally…

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by FGITD
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 74
Views: 3453

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

Go figure, some states the ID requirements can be waived if a poll worker can attest to knowing you. Makes sense in some communities where there’s 100 people. Still just interesting that some of these stringent requirements can be bypassed by “yea I know Doug” I say let’s just be done with it all. C...

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by FGITD
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 291
Views: 17163

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

1. So the UK can't be blamed because they're just the US's "lackey". That's a nice way to insult your next door neighbor. 2. So European nations are concerned about a nearby threat that they won't acknowledge is a threat because then they would have to spend money to counter it? Not to di...

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by FGITD
Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4866

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

How about Skylon? I’m sure an ISS-sized station could cheaply be built using the Skylon Spaceplane. “Cheap” is a relative term when the replacement plan first involves developing an entirely new launch vehicle using an entirely new launch method. It’s akin to saying in 1962 that landing on the moon...

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by FGITD
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 17215

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

I believe there is such a thing as a "bootstrap kit" whereby an engine change can be completed without a crane. Loading the bootstrap kit onto the plane that is bringing the spare engine is a relatively small affair. Was involved in an engine swap on a 77w awhile back, and the only use we...

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by FGITD
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 74
Views: 3453

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

They got the job using their social security card/number, and they take the bus to work

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by FGITD
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents
Replies: 139
Views: 12807

Re: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents

If you are incapable of handling your emotions around wearing a mask in flight; then you probably shouldn’t be onboard an airplane, or in public in the first place. 99% of people can comply without throwing a temper tantrum and assaulting people. If you are that easily aggravated then they should b...

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by FGITD
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 51
Views: 2366

Re: Best multi-national program

Depends what the definition of "successful" is. Is it on budget? Is it number produced? Is it number of countries involved? Knowing the OP's history, I kind of agree with FGITD. As far as Airbus, isn't this in the military forum? Precisely what I don’t understand. Eurofighter-years late, ...

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