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by Zkpilot
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 8356

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

Glad they’ve placed a ban on India (albeit temporarily). Far too dangerous with most current active cases coming from Indian passengers.

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by Zkpilot
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The most advanced private space company of the present time
Replies: 17
Views: 1515

Re: The most advanced private space company of the present time

Advanced is a tough call since you’re comparing apples with oranges.
Most innovative outside of SpaceX? Definitely Rocketlab.

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by Zkpilot
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

I've tried to get into watching it, the races are over in the start boxing, if you win the start and don't make a booboo or have some kind of mechanical failure you win the race. Sorry I'd like to see the Americans Cup revert to a modern 12m or AC32, a proper yacht where tactics are needed. Or just...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

My previous post should’ve said AC36

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by Zkpilot
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

ETNZ has now won AC37 7-3 over Luna Rossa. Amazing technology in play, great sailing. I do think they need to tweak the way races are run (longer time in the start box, wider courses, more legs in strong winds, reduced sail area).

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by Zkpilot
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

I love seeing these things sail (fly?), but I agree that it's become so elitist that it's discouraging many teams from many nations from competing. Not content with only happening once every 4 years, only 4 teams bothered to show up this year, which doesn't help with opening up the cup to a wider a...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

I've tried to get into watching it, the races are over in the start boxing, if you win the start and don't make a booboo or have some kind of mechanical failure you win the race. Sorry I'd like to see the Americans Cup revert to a modern 12m or AC32, a proper yacht where tactics are needed. And yet...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 825

2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

Anyone else watching this? The F1 of sailing. Foiling 75ft monohull yachts that can exceed 50kts! The America’s Cup Finals are on now with Emirates Team New Zealand taking a 5-3 lead over Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in the first to 7 series. Today’s racing was the most exciting yet! I’m certainly hopin...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 145
Views: 20191

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2021

https://simpleflying.com/air-new-zealand-boeing-777-retirement/ I thought the 300ER were pretty new and very good for what they do. Such a shame that they would most likely be retired too. They are such beasts. Flying the dreamliner just doesnt feel the same. The -200ERs are goners for sure. The -3...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 11858

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021

So while AIAL reports a (small) profit, airlines report a loss. https://p-airnz.com/cms/assets/PDFs/air-nz-2021-interim-results-presentation.pdf NZ's loss is - IMHO - surprising low. Just look at the Qantas figure! Considering the two airlines' relative size, this is interesting. Seems at face valu...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 11858

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021

Have we moved into a new phase... I could well be wrong here but it feels like Friday and yesterdays initial vaccinations mark a significant turning point in this pandemic here at home. There's not been many milestones on this journey. In retrospect the shut down happened really quickly, from the i...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 11858

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2021

For those interested in or following the debate on AIAL development (or argued lack of). Their half year results are out. While there's naturally a huge drop in revenue and profit they're still turning $30m in profit. https://corporate.aucklandairport.co.nz/investors/results-and-reports Surprising ...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

In my view, AVSEC should have full powers, pretty well same as the Police. Then, if they encounter a threat, it can be dealt with immediately. It wouldn't really be too hard to spell out a protocol for this use of the power. Having the power to say to the drunk/disorderly person, 'not right now mat...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

After my flight back from ZQN last night, I’m wondering at what point does intoxicated passengers become an AVSEC issue? The was an family last night that made it to the gate lounge, with the to adults highly intoxicated and kids separated them self for the parents ending up delaying departure by c...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/300214068/covid19-australia-suspends-oneway-travel-bubble-with-new-zealand-after-new-case Australia has suspended the Oneway Travel Bubble with New Zealand for the next 72hours, until further is known about the current Northland case. How pathetic. When/if travel bubb...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

Or perhaps Sounds Air might extend its WLG-TUO service up to AKL and back? I would think there PC12 is way too small for AKL to TUO. It's more like a Saab 340 size route. Yeah 100% won't be Sounds Air. I don't even think they'll want AKL being part of their network. They'll continue to focus lower ...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

Now would be a good time for AKL to get started on building a new domestic terminal seeing as how quiet the international terminal is. Now would be a good time for a business which has taken a huge hit in its income and where the future is still very unclear to be extremely cautious about committin...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

Now would be a good time for AKL to get started on building a new domestic terminal seeing as how quiet the international terminal is.

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

Does Koru Hour still happen on domestic flights? I just flew back on NZ562 CHC-AKL departing at 5pm. Exit row should have been briefed - although I’ve seen it missed sometimes - crew get distracted solving some passenger issue etc. Bags can go under exit row seats. They can’t go under exit row seat...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

Does Koru Hour still happen on domestic flights? I just flew back on NZ562 CHC-AKL departing at 5pm. When booking this flight was labeled as Koru Hour, and fits the time requirement. Yet onboard it was just the normal tea/coffee with corn chips or a coffee. https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/domestic-...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 19348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2021

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/air-new-zealand-honolulu-hawaii-stopover NZ adding HNL stopover for US flights for crew change, doesn't look like HNL is able to be booked. Interesting, although hardly surprising I guess. Question though would be that the crew who would operate HNL-LAX/SFO-H...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 12509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020

WLG is suggesting passengers walk 700m down the road to catch the route 2 service. Personally I’ve done that in the past as it’s been cheaper with carry on only, but could understand with bags it would be an pain. I don’t see why all the parties can’t get into the room and just extend route 2 all t...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 12509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020

Wondering - NZ guys - is there anything more concrete known on the NZ business class revamp? This matter is firmly in mind after the recent Airpoints customer survey. Airline talk has gone quiet on this matter - not surprisingly. But, in terms of timing, as a NZ citizen and long-haul frequent flyer...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 12509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020

Wonder how much more cost effective the a321N are be coming on domestic, provided that they can fill them. Surely operating an hourly 321N, at peak on AKL-WLG/CHC must work out better than half hourly a320CEO’s. Would be an massive staffing cost cut. The best "simple answer" I've had on t...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 12509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020

The aircraft are also just as useless to the lessor as they are to the lessee. It's predicted international air travel globally will slowly increase throughout 2021, Alan Joyce is standing by his July comment he made at the FY20 annual results presentation. NZ's concern (the country) is how long we...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?
Replies: 120
Views: 4682

Re: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?

Extreme interesting, thanks for posting. Who knows how many people died before testing was found and ramped up? It isn't sure where the Spanish flu started. Probably US. Also with AIDS it took the medical community some time to figure what happened. Suppose it started day 0 in Wuhan. No tests were ...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?
Replies: 120
Views: 4682

Re: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?

The problem is who decides what "transgression" qualifies as worthy of imposition of reparations. Even if that controversy was overcome which is highly unlikely, who will enforce it on the penaltee? Open war would rest fairly high on the possibilities of an outcome in trying to enforce th...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?
Replies: 120
Views: 4682

Re: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/01/940395651/coronavirus-was-in-u-s-weeks-earlier-than-previously-known-study-says Today we find out that US blood donors had it in their system in Dec of 2019 as well. Researchers came to this conclusion after the U.S. Centers for Disea...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20399

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

The only sensible conclusion really. Get a brand new ship faster for roughly the same cost as rebuilding a ship in the latter half of its life. Should be able to salvage possibly a couple of hundred million in systems/parts etc off it and a bit of scrap value.

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by Zkpilot
Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if John McCain Became President in 2000
Replies: 27
Views: 2133

Re: What if John McCain Became President in 2000

I'll go in a different direction and say that McCain was not particularly apologetic about the Iraq invasion. I think it would have gone similarly, assuming McCain got himself involved with the same lowlifes who architected the invasion. McCain, unlike Bush, was a military combat veteran. But he wa...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if John McCain Became President in 2000
Replies: 27
Views: 2133

Re: What if John McCain Became President in 2000

Probably wouldn’t have bothered with Iraq, or only made precision strikes there and instead focused on Afghanistan and wiping out Al Qaeda. So the US would have saved itself around $1T. That money could have potentially been invested into infrastructure back home in the US boosting the US economy du...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?
Replies: 120
Views: 4682

Re: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?

They absolutely should face sanctions since they caused this (and it’s not the first time in recent decades), they tried to cover it up, they deliberately let it spread around the world to make sure everyone else felt the economic impact of it too. All of that is assuming it was just a “natural” out...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 12509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - Christmas 2020

“ Zkpilot wrote: NZ321 wrote: DavidByrne wrote: With 787-10s on order, and a vastly under-utilised 789 fleet for the foreseeable future, I find it almost impossible to believe that the 77Ws will ever see service again with NZ. I’m not even convinced they will need all the 789s for some years. Roughl...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 11783

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2020

With 787-10s on order, and a vastly under-utilised 789 fleet for the foreseeable future, I find it almost impossible to believe that the 77Ws will ever see service again with NZ. I’m not even convinced they will need all the 789s for some years. Roughly what is the hit from not returning these airc...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9928

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

The Littoral Combat Ship is a great example of "explain it to a seven year old, see what they say" problem. Compare the LCS with something like a Sa'ar 5. A Sa'ar 5 costs less, and has a sonar, air-air missiles, and surface attack missiles. Unless you're clearing mines, (and the mine clea...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

By your standards the right wing parties in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, probably Scandinavia too, are closeted Communists. Don’t worry, the right wingers in Australia are convinced that the Australian Greens are full blown Marxists, when again in reality they’re mostly social democrats. It ma...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

Now you’re just being facetious. The NZ Green Party would make any Australian party look positively centre-right. By your standards the right wing parties in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, probably Scandinavia too, are closeted Communists. Don’t worry, the right wingers in Australia are convince...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

Nothing to do with rainbow etc that’s all fine. They want to take it so much further to the point where if you “identify” as a straight male then you must be bad. OK you’re going to have to provide evidence of that. Don’t just say “well that’s what they privately think”.... The greens do advocate f...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

The Greens on the other hand are at best 1/4 about the environment with everything else about them being gender/identity Marxist politics The Greens policies on gender identity for LGBT+ are almost identical to Labour’s, who just won a landslide victory: https://www.labour.org.nz/rainbow https://ww...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

One good thing that came out of this election Is Labour won’t need the Greens to govern. Labour is going to be pretty awful for NZ, but Labour with the Greens would be a magnitude worse. Labour has won the biggest share of the primary vote since 1951. They have decreased the vote share of the centr...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

Good that Labour has an outright majority and doesn’t need the *cough*communists*cough Greens to govern.

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by Zkpilot
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 4162

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

This is why the Maori Party shouldn't be allowed anywhere near govt. Change New Zealand’s name to Aotearoa by 2026. Replace all Pākeha place names, cities and towns to their orignal Māori ingoa by 2026. Invest $50 million into the establishment of a Māori standards authority; an independent statuto...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 141
Views: 22937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020

I can't see the bubble happening realistically until they implement rapid quick result saliva tests at the airport prior to flying. I thought Air India would not let people board it's recent flights to NZ unless they had a negative PCR virus test within the last three? days. Yet several of these pa...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 141
Views: 22937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020

So sad to see Cam Wallace leaving the company! Another great loss. Very sad to see, there must not be much of an EXEC Team left at NZ now. This last lockdown is going to likely be the lasts straw for allot of the tourism industry in New Zealand. Unless there is government assurance that level 3 and...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 141
Views: 22937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020

Vote to decide New Zealand's favourite regional airport https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2020/09/vote-to-decide-new-zealand-s-favourite-regional-airport.html?fbclid=IwAR2lHeAAbubEdYSyb8FvbwBcrZ7rQwVRfqEqR-RCWGv-XzkOZsNuoIPDMIg This makes an interesting read lots of unique aspects to our region...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 11578

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

(although I think NZ will add another one later and this was to make it appear like a smaller purchase to the public). I don't see it in my crystal ball. Didn't NZ get some smaller aircrafts do the lesser function? The reliability if the P-8A and the high level of product support available in conju...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 11578

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

New Zealand looked at various options and had previously upgraded and replaced the wings on its P-3Ks. They decided to go with the P-8. Admittedly Germany needs its aircraft more for shorter flights rather than the huge ocean territory NZ has to cover, but I’m sure Germany gets out into the Atlantic...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 25046

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

planemanofnz wrote:
Does anyone know what that 'By Invitation Only' rooms in the Koru Lounges are?

Cheers,

C.

Presume it’s for EP1 customers (that’s invite only status above Gold Elite. NZ’s version of QF’s Chairman’s Lounge).

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by Zkpilot
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Future of A380 capable gates
Replies: 11
Views: 2002

Re: Future of A380 capable gates

Some airports have the ability to use them as swing gates... they mark them out so that you can have 2x A320/737 aircraft in a gate designed for the A380. The larger aerobridge is then stretched out for the rear (offset to the side) aircraft. AKL is one place that does this albeit they have dual rat...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20399

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

More pictures of some of the damage to Richard: https://twitter.com/mercoglianos/status/1292127890918780929 This one is really striking: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ee6PdhLX0AAMMxe?format=jpg&name=medium The guy is looking up 4 decks of nothing through the island superstructure. The fire melted...

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