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by davidjohnson6
Sat Dec 03, 2022 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 36
Views: 3750

Re: Turkish Aviation Thread - December 2022

Does anyone know why Ryanair UK (ie the UK AOC which is registered as an airline in the UK and subsidiary of Ryanair Group) doesn't fly to Turkey ? The UK-Turkey market is large, and Easyjet, Wizzair and Jet2 seem happy to fly between the 2 countries Or, perhaps why Buzz as a Polish airline doesn't ...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Dec 03, 2022 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AviaROMA
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

AviaROMA

https://italiavola.com/2022/12/03/un-al ... -aviaroma/

Real new airline in Italy or just somebody's fantasy that will never start ?
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https://italiavola.com/2022/12/03/un-al ... -aviaroma/

Real new airline in Italy or just somebody's fantasy that will never start ?

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Dec 02, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What current commercial plane would describe as “iconic”?
Replies: 12
Views: 491

Re: What current commercial plane would describe as “iconic”?

A343... I wash my hair regularly, and need something to blow dry my hair. It flies passengers as well. Very few aircraft can claim to be so multi-functional

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are today's flight times longer than 25 years ago?
Replies: 71
Views: 10696

Re: Why are today's flight times longer than 25 years ago?

We're all thinking it, so somebody has to say it... it has never been the same since Concorde stopped flying

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Dec 02, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MS flights betwwen Cario and Tel Aviv
Replies: 11
Views: 3080

Re: MS flights betwwen Cario and Tel Aviv

If you look at FR24 for flights whose great circle route would involve transiting Israel, you do indeed see some odd stuff with commercial aircraft taking quite circuitous routes, even when relevant diplomatic relations exist

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Dec 02, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GetJet Airlines Latvia
Replies: 0
Views: 307

GetJet Airlines Latvia

GetJet Airlines is an ACMI airline based in Vilnius, Lithuania since 2016 with (I think) 8 A320/B737 aircraft - https://getjet.aero/ It seems they have set up a subsidiary in neighbouring Latvia which has just received its AOC - see https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/getjet-airlilnes/acmi-carrier-ge...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should the U.S. government discontinue EAS subsidies at most of the EAS-subsidized airports in the contiguous U.S.?
Replies: 6
Views: 1233

Re: Should the U.S. government discontinue EAS subsidies at most of the EAS-subsidized airports in the contiguous U.S.?

I'm familiar with the PSO (Public Service Obligation) scheme in the EU, which is the European equivalent of EAS. The difference is that in the EU, there is no central continent-wide pot of money. If small communities in remote parts of Sweden want or need subsidised flights.... then some local, regi...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Dec 01, 2022 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12799

Re: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022

Furthermore, those flying from non-Schengen countries with trusted security (USA, Canada, UK, etc...) can pass to the Schengen area airside by just showing a passport. I've never heard of this before (segregating non-Schengen flights). Are you sure? That would require certain non-Schengen destinati...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1115
Views: 187538

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

I'm beginning to think I should start booking a few flights on the LHR-NCL route.... and then hope that some of them are cancelled at short notice. Mrs Johnson is a lawyer, and I reckon we could make some money out of this from the UK261 compensation by enforcing through the courts/bailiffs :devil:

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MS flights betwwen Cario and Tel Aviv
Replies: 11
Views: 3080

Re: MS flights betwwen Cario and Tel Aviv

There's also
Baku, Azerbaijan - Arkia, Azerbaijan Air, Israir
Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Uzbekistan Air

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Dec 01, 2022 1:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta makes lounge access harder
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

Re: Delta makes lounge access harder

To those who complain about being denied access to a lounge... the days of Covid when air travel demand collapsed and airlines were desperate for pax are over. The lounge is for the most profitable customers. Just like asking how to get a business class seat, the way to have guaranteed lounge access...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 36
Views: 3750

Re: Turkish Aviation Thread - December 2022

I know Southwind as an airline is formally registered in Turkey. However, it seems to have a strong focus on Russia. To what extent is it controlled from Moscow, and how much control is in Turkey ?

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 30, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1115
Views: 187538

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Manchester to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gatwick or Heathrow works commercially only if you are feeding a lot of people onto other flights operated by the *same* airline. BA Regional and Flybe1 both had a substantial hub/base at Manchester. Flybe2 don't. BMI lost a fortune by feeding the long haul flights ...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1115
Views: 187538

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

At 5 cancellations out of 18 planned flights... aren't Flybe going over the use-it-or-lose-it threshold for LHR slots ?

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 29, 2022 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2338
Views: 595403

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

It would be a really bad idea for the operator of a large hub airport like FCO to take a stake in ITA. Other airlines would immediately cry foul and claim a serious conflict of interest

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Nov 25, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup
Replies: 45
Views: 8219

Re: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup

No incentive for European tourists to take a route via BFS, not since the Visa requirement after Brexit. If somebody has an EU or Schengen area passport, no visa is required to enter the UK to either change planes or visit as a tourist. Brexit has not caused any visa change for this type of passeng...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Nov 25, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup
Replies: 45
Views: 8219

Re: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup

Capejet - Belfast has 2 airports.... BHD which is near the city centre and has a short runway, and BFS which is further away and has a longer runway BA, Aer Lingus and Flybe fly to BHD from Heathrow. FlyAtlantic plan to use BFS, the same airport used by Easyjet (mainly), Jet2 and Ryanair https://en....

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Nov 24, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 23095

Re: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread

Florence's runway is not very long. Can you get a fully loaded 738 into and out of Florence, even if the runway is wet ?

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 23, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2022
Replies: 133
Views: 28304

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2022

Somon Air seem to be landing regularly at Trabzon when flying from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Munich. https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/221123-sznw22muc Anyone know why ? I know Dushanbe airport is on the high side altitude wise, but it doesn't seem *that* high Have Turkey and Tajikistan signed any sort...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1115
Views: 187538

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

BE655 on NCL-LHR since 07 Nov has flown on 10 out of 13 dates, so a 23% cancellation rate... at least according to FR24

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will we see a US low-cost long-haul carrier?
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: When will we see a US low-cost long-haul carrier?

Let's see the A321XLR become available first

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup
Replies: 45
Views: 8219

Re: Fly Atlantic - latest UK startup

A brave and courageous business plan.... UK speak for "risky and foolish"

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?
Replies: 54
Views: 10223

Re: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?

Many of the primary corporate cost cutting objectives have been achieved - and the IAG investors will be very pleased about this. The IAG premium class passenger who knows that BA and IB are both part of the same company isn't interested in how many employees were laid off.... but the passenger is v...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?
Replies: 54
Views: 10223

Re: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?

Consider the passenger travelling from Gothenburg in Sweden to Lima in Peru. Iberia don't fly to Gothenburg, and BA doesn't fly to Lima. If you're flying IAG all the way, you'll need to transfer flights at LHR and MAD. Preferably without having to change terminals and/or crossing the UK border twice...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 23095

Re: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread

Aeroitalia have added some routes today, including Florence-Bucharest, Florence-Catania and Florence-London Heathrow, all beginning next month Fares on many of their routes do not seem particularly high, and they seem to be opening routes from multiple bases, while still having a small fleet. Furthe...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salzburg, Austria Terminal usage
Replies: 4
Views: 1353

Re: Salzburg, Austria

Patrick - many thanks for your efforts. EuroLOT as you probably know ceased operations in 2015. I flew on a peak winter Saturday with Easyjet out of Salzburg in Jan-2020 to the UK from T1, along with multiple other Easyjet flights to the UK. I'm guessing the info from airlines-airports.com is rather...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 22, 2022 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salzburg, Austria Terminal usage
Replies: 4
Views: 1353

Salzburg, Austria Terminal usage

Salzburg airport in Austria has 2 terminals. The main terminal 1 is used throughout the year and covers the bulk of commercial flights.... but there is also a terminal 2 which is largely a winter ski overflow terminal. The avgeek in me would like to go through T2, having already been through T1 a fe...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 21, 2022 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12799

Re: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022

Cycladic Airways began flight operations last month with 3 Cessna 208s, SX-AQB, SX-AQC and SX-AQD. The marketing seems to talk about flying wealthy tourists between various islands...but October seems an unusual choice of start date if your product is targeted at tourists - I would have thought a s...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Nov 19, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 8003

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

Can we try to stop being quite so negative on this ? Yes, the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar was corrupt, but it is what it is. The absence of beer is not a disaster and few would claim a human right to drink alcohol.... when in Rome, do as the Romans do. There were far worse abuses of human ri...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 8003

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

Can we try to stop being quite so negative on this ? Yes, the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar was corrupt, but it is what it is. The absence of beer is not a disaster and few would claim a human right to drink alcohol.... when in Rome, do as the Romans do. There were far worse abuses of human rig...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Nov 18, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 8003

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

I'm really looking forward to a disaster of a World Cup. It will remind people why bribery typically leads to bad outcomes. Once in a while, the consequences of corruption need to be demonstrated publicly

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Nov 18, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12799

Re: Greek Aviation Thread - 2022

Apologies if this has been asked before, but is there any intention to create an airside interconnect between the A and B gates at Athens ? At many Schengen airport hubs, a passenger can pass airside to the non-Schengen area just by showing a passport or national.ID. Furthermore, those flying from n...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Terminal 5 What do see there
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: LHR Terminal 5 What do see there

The areas of LHR T5 that are really worth visiting typically require high level status with a Oneworld airline. If you have lived near HAJ for the last few years and have never flown through LHR T5, I'm guessing that's unlikely to be you.

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Nov 17, 2022 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair future fleet
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Ryanair future fleet

The Sukhoi SSJ might be in people's minds, particularly what happened when it went tech

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this normal?
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Is this normal?

If you're aged 17, you probably have good health and everything seems possible in the world. Later in life, you may find your health may not be as good, or a recession hits the airline you are working for.... both can leave you grounded for a long period of time without any money to pay the mortgage...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 16, 2022 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair future fleet
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Ryanair future fleet

AFAIK, Lauda Europe, an airline which is substantially (100% ?) owned by Ryanair, currently flies 23 A320s and intends to continue using A320s until at least 2028. While Lauda Europe is legally speaking a separate airline from Ryanair DAC, it has minimal freedom to act independently. It's very possi...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 16, 2022 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair future fleet
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Ryanair future fleet

Perhaps a modest number of A320/A321s as well ? Just to prevent Boeing from getting too greedy...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Nov 16, 2022 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ercan airport, island of Cyprus
Replies: 22
Views: 5811

Re: Ercan airport, island of Cyprus

I have seen very little in the news about Ercan airport in the last few days. Would I be correct in assuming the 15-Nov-2022 opening of Ercan's new terminal was completely cancelled ? It seems like Erdogan did not turn up, and there was not even a symbolic ribbon cutting.... never mind anything even...

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TexasAirCorp wrote:
MSC is no longer interested in buying ITA
https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... ta-airways
Other than Lufthansa, who’s left?

AF-KL :-)

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flights by airplane type
Replies: 31
Views: 2355

Re: Longest flights by airplane type

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_flights
Look at the section labelled "Longest passenger flights (by aircraft type)"

Google can help with questions like this.
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_flights
Look at the section labelled "Longest passenger flights (by aircraft type)"

Google can help with questions like this.

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wizz seat selection fee
Replies: 9
Views: 1112

Re: Wizz seat selection fee

The "starting from" thing has been used in commerce for centuries.... the airline industry has been putting it in its advertisements for multiple decades

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1115
Views: 187538

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Which were the bases at which the old Flybe was most profitable ? Yes, I know the company lost huge amounts of money, but at least some bases must have been profitable

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 259
Views: 60213

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Do VS and AM have a revenue sharing joint venture ? Do they have immunity from any cartel like behaviour ? If not, I doubt that VS flying LHR-MEX would be top of their priority list

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 259
Views: 60213

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

For UK residents without personal links to Texas, and wishing to spend leisure time in the USA, Dallas is unlikely to be the first place they would choose to visit. Chicago is likely to be rather higher on the list. Virgin's core audience is UK residents. Furthermore, based on perceptions in the UK,...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia to NCL, or just Newcastle United sponsorship ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1189

Re: Saudia to NCL, or just Newcastle United sponsorship ?

The people involved with the Saudi ownership of the football club tend to fly on private jets. They do not need Saudia to open a regular route to Newcastle.
It's not going to happen

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Nov 14, 2022 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Closed airports and New airports
Replies: 8
Views: 1768

Re: Closed airports and New airports

No airport *needs* a ceremony - this is not like a religious priest giving a blessing. However, politicians are usually VERY keen on the photo opportunity at the opening of a big piece of infrastructure... and they will usually insist on being photographed while cutting a ribbon

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Nov 13, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Airline blog sites
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Airline blog sites

As many are aware, there are a lot of aviation blog sites out there. Some good, others not so god... but there are a huge number of them Many of them have multiple fresh articles every day, which I imagine takes time to research and accurately write up.... as well as all the time it takes to keep th...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Nov 13, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Death of our Sun, life on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 2234

Re: Death of our Sun, life on earth

Even apart from technological innovation... does evolution see life on this planet ? Homo sapiens appeared just 300,000 years ago

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