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by Channex757
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First full electric airline service
Replies: 24
Views: 3241

Re: First full electric airline service

Orkney produces considerably more renewable electricity than it consumes. The constant action of wind and tides means the island exports power. It's an ideal location to pioneer electric aircraft and island hopper services.

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by Channex757
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?
Replies: 26
Views: 3234

Re: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?

You answered your own question in that TCX keep it going as it's profitable. They go for the tourism passengers and offer great fares. VS and UA are a different demographic, including Business class cabins. TCX is primarily a holiday airline and it's the NYC tourism trade that fills the planes. Hey...

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by Channex757
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?
Replies: 26
Views: 3234

Re: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?

You answered your own question in that TCX keep it going as it's profitable. They go for the tourism passengers and offer great fares. VS and UA are a different demographic, including Business class cabins. TCX is primarily a holiday airline and it's the NYC tourism trade that fills the planes. Hey,...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 2251

Re: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread

Now I am conflicted, as an Australian I don't like NZ winning anything but also can't abide the old enemy... In the end hopefully it is a good game and goes down to the last over to decide. Last over? It went to the last possible ball! That super-over rule sucks for NZ as it was a draw in all but n...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 19065

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site

Singe me if you want, but I always felt Boeing's core error was to pass over Alan Mulally as CEO. His principle of "Working Together" was the old way of working at Boeing before it all got snippy and penny-pinching. People who worked in the business at the time will confirm that Boeing was...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any reason to believe IAG would be interested by NMA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1984

Re: Is there any reason to believe IAG would be interested by NMA?

If you take a long look at the aircraft that is rumoured to be coming out, it's a distinct possible for IAG. As A330s come off lease at those who have them, downsizing a little might be attractive. BA itself would potentially want a more tailored solution to capacity than A321s and the odd 772ER bei...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will Wizzair do with their A321XLRs
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Re: What will Wizzair do with their A321XLRs

Why would they necessarily want to go fight in the worsening financial prospects that the North Atlantic will be as others introduce the XLR too? My prediction is go east and also use on heavy routes where they need payload. The two are frequently the same as many former USSR passengers don't travel...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 87226

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Def did not see this coming! 737s at Vueling and Level make no sense to me but I'm not a CEO so... Congrats Boeing! VY have a motley collection of A320 family planes with both engine types. It will allow them the chance to nail down some costs by only needing one engine type. Plus Willie is a known...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!
Replies: 28
Views: 1606

Re: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!

That should quickly turn into a huge vat of pigeon shit soup.

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies
Replies: 93
Views: 13654

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

VSMUT wrote:
KFLLCFII wrote:
Can't wait for the Comet NG to grace the skies.

Not too sure about the Comet Max, though.


Imagine how cool a Comet would be if you gave it a Nimrod MRA4 style makeover! :cloudnine:

Even better.....it's perfect to carry the new Rolls Royce Pearl engines

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 23152

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

There was also freight. Look into the Eastern A300 runs with no luggage allowed.

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines
Replies: 30
Views: 7950

Re: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines

I think the analogy that fits here is the timing belt on a car. It might have a life limit of 50K miles or so many years. Now it's been reduced to 25K, but Ford/GM/Toyota/whoever will give you a discount for getting it done by offering cheaper parts come service time. Don't get it done and you are o...

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by Channex757
Wed May 22, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 3303

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

Similarly, a US citizen applying for a visa for the UK (over six months) is required to pay £400 or £300 for students per annum. This seems to be payable up front so a 5 year visa would require a £2000 payment. That gets you access to the NHS. All of it, not just emergency care.https://www.gov.uk/he...

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by Channex757
Tue May 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7793

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Boeing produced the 747-100SR (Short Range) for the Japanese domestic market. Strengthened structure and undercarriage. This was followed later by the 747-400D (Domestic) for Japan Airlines. The VC10 was produced for BOAC and had a thicker high lift wing so it could operate out of hot and high airp...

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by Channex757
Sat May 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?
Replies: 16
Views: 3879

Re: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?

Come at this from another direction.... I'm convinced that they share fireside chats about just where they can do business together. One day a SSTO spaceplane will be required for the commercial market. I can honestly see Boeing sharing the cost with Airbus as there won't be much State aid available...

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by Channex757
Fri May 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Goodbye to my dear Mother
Replies: 30
Views: 4087

Re: Goodbye to my dear Mother

We really should reconsider death and loss in our society. Think of it instead that the last page of your mother's story has been written and now it can be passed down the generations as the book of a life well lived. Loss isn't the removal of goods or services, it's someone moving into memories whe...

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by Channex757
Wed May 15, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1720

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

Again, security. In this modern world of portable missile systems a Royal Yacht is a floating target that can't do more than around thirty knots. In the Firm itself, Betty is in her nineties now so won't use it. Charles is mad and will probably step aside in favour of William. So it's William who wi...

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by Channex757
Tue May 14, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 3303

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

Is it not just common sense to have insurance on place before any trip to cover such possibilities? No matter where you are going. I agree with that but I wonder how many people actually do it, especially in these times of cheap flights meaning you can take several trips a year, do you really think...

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 78
Views: 9121

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Boeing Commercial uses the 7-7 format so why change a formula that works? 7A7,7B7,7C7 etc. Nope. Boeing Commercial uses XX7 format, beginning with model 207. Therefore, 8x7 after 797 makes the most sense. One more time with feeling... They use the 7-7 format for Boeing Commercial jet aircraft. So w...

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 78
Views: 9121

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Boeing Commercial uses the 7-7 format so why change a formula that works?

7A7,7B7,7C7 etc.

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1720

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

Security nightmare as well. Personally, I can't see William standing for it and he's got a lot of clout in the Firm nowadays.

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 272
Views: 40482

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

With this in mind, Indigo Partners (the only ones so far who’ve openly bid for the whole lot) seems the most likely option, surely. But they can only buy 49% of it? I don't recall (sorry, not been paying attention) MT changing their sale policy of being open to accepting bids for some or all of the...

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by Channex757
Mon May 06, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?
Replies: 32
Views: 4693

Re: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?

The BA ones could easily see another 20 years in service if they are operated to the same standards as the 744. My take is, airlines that operate from dawn to dusk and sell to dismantlers will do the same with at least some of their A380 fleet so BA and maybe LH will be the last players in town unle...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1512

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

I think it was 20 years ago, I spent a week in Vancouver. I rode a trolley bus from PNE through Chinatown. It was very very old and smelled like a garage. I also remember in the late 1990s when RVTD in Medford, Oregon tried using CNG buses and they were constantly breaking down. They had 1970s GM d...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the A359ULR ever publicly offered to other airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 2288

Re: Was the A359ULR ever publicly offered to other airlines?

I can't imagine Airbus turning down any legitimate offer. It's hardly a good business practice to turn away potential customers. That said, the -ULR has some disadvantages (decreased total allowed payload). It's a minimal modification on the base A359 (some extra pumps and plumbing), so it's no ext...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1512

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

There has been a 21st century redo of this idea for long distance freight haulage, Whether it gets any uptake is a different matter as it would be expensive but could work in a high-cost fuel scenario. Instead of twin trolley poles, the lorries would have twin pantographs. Not full width ones, but t...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV

I expect this was all to do with costs at BM driving them into bankruptcy. Loganair were there waiting to take on leases on the aircraft and in the process some debt might have been jettisoned. Loganair can cast itself as the saviour here, giving jobs to BMI pilots and also taking on fairly unpopula...

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by Channex757
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists
Replies: 38
Views: 3411

Re: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists

Erasure-The innocents
REM - Accelerate (80s band but recent album)
Thompson Twins - Best of
The Hit Factory compilation (don't judge me!!!)

Most of my listening is in the car so those are the three I've got on play at the moment plus that PWL crime against music

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by Channex757
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists
Replies: 38
Views: 3411

Re: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists

Air Supply Erasure Expose New Order Erasure have always been on my playlist. I went to the last concert of the "Wild!" tour at Milton Keynes Bowl and got blown away. That cemented me as a loyal fan. That concert is on YouTube with Radio One simulcast audio.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9423

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

It isn’t about haters or cheerleaders. It’s just reality. People move on. News cycles move on. Sure, you’ll get the occasional dementia patient who is acutely aware of the MAX issues, but by and large most people will simply move on. That is completely separate from Boeing’s corporate culpability. ...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9423

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

People can wish this will go away quickly, but the reality is that investigations into the FAA, the MAX's certification, Boeing's engineering of MCAS as well as the crashes themselves are going to drag on for years. All the Boeing cheerleaders are missing the biggest factor of all. The MEDIA. Do yo...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15589

Re: Last VS A340

SEPilot wrote:
Does engine maintenance have anything to do with A346s being retired before 744s?

It will be a factor, but VS went down the GE path with the 744 thanks to some sweetheart deals on offer at the time. Still easy enough to get those worked on outside of manufacturer shops too.

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by Channex757
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust
Replies: 32
Views: 1914

Re: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust

Mere babes in arms. For the full-on effect, get behind a 737-200 or BAC 1-11. Soot is mandatory to get the smell just right.

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by Channex757
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1788
Views: 185756

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Whilst many here seem to be quite happy selling things that don't belong to Jet, it really isn't a great week for GECAS either. They are doing a repo on Jet aircraft and also Avianca Brazil. That's a big chunk of money down the drain as they can't re-lease them for factory new rates. In both countri...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement
Replies: 48
Views: 11357

Re: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement

The winter New York trips were dreamt up as they had spare aircraft in the low season which could operate it. I doubt they will base any fleet decision too much on what is a dozen round trips per year. They know what their bread and butter is, and will base their fleet decision on hauling package t...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17930

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

RR is already testing an enhanced HPT blade to increase durability. Their statement seems to imply that the working environment on the 787-10 is causing premature wear. That would seem to be an indication that the engine is being worked harder on the 78K and some weakness has shown up. Well the 787...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 19168

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Bkl7Kr-Ko
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skipness1E wrote:
Meaningless until they have their first obese transgender bearded image, with big tits.

I'm booked in with the photographer tomorrow.

FFS can't people enjoy it for what it is; a traditional joke? The FRA one with the Alpaca Lounge is pretty good too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Bkl7Kr-Ko

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17930

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

Somehow I doubt SQ is likely to order the Ultrafan on a promised NEO A350 anytime soon in that program, once launched/as promised (for 2025). Why? They have the Trent XWB in service and running reliably. Same with the Trent 900, Trent 800 and Trent 700. The XWB is powering the longest commercial fl...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17930

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

A less hysterical read of the situation https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/two-sia-787s-grounded-owing-to-trent-1000-ten-hpt-i-457105/ RR is already testing an enhanced HPT blade to increase durability. Their statement seems to imply that the working environment on the 787-10 is causing prem...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 19168

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

Why have they got Jimmy Page in rainbow shorts (discreetly turned to avoid displaying willyage)....?

Are Led Zeppelin fans now a minority?

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 G-POWI @Jet2Jj
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: A321 G-POWI @Jet2Jj

Just a summer lease. For the last couple of years it was MAN based; this summer the Stansted base will be seeing the A321. Makes sense really for the crews who will be Titan STN based.

MAN gets a second A330 instead this summer.

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by Channex757
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?
Replies: 46
Views: 8775

Re: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?

Nobody seems to be considering the money angle. VX leased all its planes and incoming aircraft are to be financed by GECAS and others. When AS bought out VX, the contracts could not just be ditched without a legal nightmare. Similarly all existing planes are leased meaning AS would need to break lea...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 35404

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Or maybe the real competition here is the A22X. Seems way too tempting for Airbus not to offer a sweet deal on it or a A22X/A32X combo. Maybe. I can also see Lufthansa going for the Bobby MAX too. A rare creature from the Pacific Northwest, with a technical name 737-7MAX. Enough silliness...however...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 35404

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Haha. Why would they order MAX. That is a laugh. NMA I can see... Lufthansa has a policy of shorthaul at FRA and MUC being mainline and everything else done by Eurowings. That creates distinct subfleets. Same reason they ordered the A320NEO with Pratts and the next with CFM. They can. It's such a l...

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by Channex757
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US posts largest monthly budget deficit in history
Replies: 67
Views: 4505

Re: US posts largest monthly budget deficit in history

Trump is whistling past the graveyard. The real story will be if OPEC and others start pricing and selling oil in Renminbi. Cue the indignant squawks of right-wing US contributors, but it is entirely possible if the world decides to switch reserve currencies. Running such a massive deficit is one wa...

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by Channex757
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Streisand goes full crazy re Michael Jackson
Replies: 18
Views: 1761

Re: Streisand goes full crazy re Michael Jackson

I get the feeling that Macaulay Culkin does not wish to be defined by whatever went on, so has remained quiet over the years. I can appreciate that. It's his business and his alone so leave it in the past.

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by Channex757
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supercars and Hypercars Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1997

Re: Supercars and Hypercars Thread

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The McLaren Senna. Everything that is good about the 720S, dialed up to maximum and then some. The successor to the P1 as McLaren's halo car.

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by Channex757
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 14507

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

Otherwise, we should be mourning the dead. We should be thankful that their sacrifice means regulatory processes are being examined for the safety of millions. But none of us should take some childish joy in the demise of a company or brand as some are indeed doing. You are absolutely right (for on...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
Replies: 106
Views: 17876

Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

Luke1994 wrote:
Oh my. It looks like a whorehouse. Not that I would know what one looks like...

You, sir, just won the Internet for the day

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