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by 144modeller
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How would you design London's airports if you could start from scratch with little limitations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: How would you design London's airports if you could start from scratch with little limitations?

I can understand your enthusiasm from an aviation point of view, and as a 'spotter' I would add better facilities for viewing and taking photos. By the way, the east-west format is common throughout the UK because of the prevailing winds. There are social and political problems to consider, one of w...

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by 144modeller
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Defending aviation against environmental extremists
Replies: 151
Views: 16207

Re: Defending aviation against environmental extremists

Every single human body emits heat, 24 hours a day, throughout its entire life. There are now twice as many of us as there were a hundred years ago. And we all use powered machinery, either directly (for travel or our occupation. DIY, mowing the lawn), or indirectly (our food reaches the shops in ve...

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by 144modeller
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Defending aviation against environmental extremists
Replies: 151
Views: 16207

Re: Defending aviation against environmental extremists

I remember, several decades ago, a cartoon drawing showing someone dropping a single piece of litter, and saying, "My one piece will not make any difference." The next drawing showed a line of people all doing the same, and making the same comment. The final picture pulled back to show the...

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by 144modeller
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 344
Views: 43530

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

Until late 1972, there was no such thing as a (flying) Airbus. Suddenly we had the A300 (the first widebody twin), and within 16 years there were the A310 and A320. Now, Lockheed and McDD airliner production lines have gone, leaving Airbus and Boeing as the major players. This thread concerns the fu...

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by 144modeller
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 8448

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

An airline has recently come under fire for stopping passengers from taking photos/videos during flight. There was an outcry, and they were forced to relax the rules. Now, this is a different topic, and not to be discussed here, but just bear it in mind when you remember the event that caused this t...

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by 144modeller
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 8448

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

I was recently in a city-centre food court, when I noticed that a young woman at the next table was breastfeeding her baby. She was neither embarrassed nor brazen -- she simply got on with it. Even though she was not making any special effort to cover up, I doubt whether anyone could see any part of...

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by 144modeller
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 8448

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

The moment I pressed the 'submit' button, I realised that you might read that as you did, so I'll apologise and clarify. I'm definitely not comparing the good and natural process of breastfeeding to swearing or excessive drinking. I put them together because they are all things that some people find...

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by 144modeller
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 8448

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

Some peopIe don't mind being surrounded by a crowd of alcoholics, others object. Some are quite happy to hear a stream of foul language, others are not. Some prefer not to see a woman baring (what is generally considered to be) her private parts in a public place, others don't mind. I don't think it...

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by 144modeller
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help Wanted: UAL Honolulu 747 Accident
Replies: 31
Views: 7302

Re: Help Wanted: UAL Honolulu 747 Accident

If all nine pax were holding hands at the moment of ejection, I could imagine them all entering the engine together. However, surely the explosive decompression would have scattered them, and very few would have queued up to join the first victim. Also, following the initial intrusion, would the eng...

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by 144modeller
Mon May 06, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 821
Views: 147566

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Just saw BBC's news video, and I agree with "na" (post #400). The tail end scrape seems to have caused the fire, giving the impression that the plane was on fire before the landing. A couple of thoughts. 1) Having seen fire crews deployed for emergency landings, they always approach the ai...

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by 144modeller
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS on strike
Replies: 110
Views: 18550

Re: SAS on strike

Here in the UK, we too use the term 'scab' to insult someone who carries on working when others are on strike. By increasing prices, Norwegian are discouraging passengers from travelling, so making the strike more effective. Even if that was not their intention, SAS pilots will be thanking them, and...

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by 144modeller
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21984

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

No recommendations, just observations. I am British, and quite frankly, I am ashamed of Brexit and the way it has been presented and manipulated. One political party suggested it as a way of 1) avoiding making £bn's contributions to the EU (completely forgetting the grants made to UK by the EU), 2) ...

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by 144modeller
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 88
Views: 18428

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

On one of Concorde's rare visits to Manchester's Ringway airport, it waited patiently to take off behind one of Freddie Laker's BAC One-Elevens. The Laker sat on the end of the runway, wheels firmly braked, while the engines were revved up to full speed. The noise was horrendous, all the glasses in ...

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by 144modeller
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 12165

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

Everyone loves to try to predict the future. Well, here's a story that went around in the year 2000. Some computer programmers wrote software to perform that very task, and to test it, they fed into it everything they knew about road traffic in the year 1900, and asked the computer to predict what t...

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by 144modeller
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 12165

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

I'm just an outsider, but I find the subject interesting. Several point have occurred to me. 1) Computers can only react in the way they have been programmed, which means that the programmer has to anticipate every possibility, which is impossible. When Artificial Intelligence reaches the point wher...

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by 144modeller
Wed May 03, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?
Replies: 59
Views: 6010

Re: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?

Can you please explain to me as a reasonably intelligent, but uninformed, person. Flights to/from/over Europe (including UK) are from most of the countries in the world. Most of those countries are not in Europe. For practical purposes, it shouldn't matter whether UK remains as a EU member. Just the...

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by 144modeller
Wed May 03, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?
Replies: 59
Views: 6010

Re: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?

Can you please explain to me as a reasonably intelligent, but uninformed, person. Flights to/from/over Europe (including UK) are from most of the countries in the world. Most of those countries are not in Europe. For practical purposes, it shouldn't matter whether UK remains as a EU member. Just the...

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by 144modeller
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Aircraft Registrations Question
Replies: 21
Views: 3272

Re: International Aircraft Registrations Question

I've always found this fascinating. When I started spotting, British reg's began with G-Axxx, later progressing to G-Bxxx with the Court Line TriStar G-BAAA. I often wondered why pre-war lettering was G-Exxx, i.e. out of sequence from the start. Some countries associated with the British Empire used...

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by 144modeller
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO set to sanction Boeing over 777X subsidies
Replies: 63
Views: 8307

Re: WTO set to sanction Boeing over 777X subsidies

From what I have read over the years, it seems that the Swiss government gave incentives to Gates to produce the Lear Jet, only to find that once development was over, all manufacturing (and profits) moved to the US. UK 'helped' De Lorean to start up in Northern Ireland, only to see them disappear. ...

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by 144modeller
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

"Is it only Airbus that has to do this to sell planes" Try this from Wikipedia. "The F-104 was also at the center of the Lockheed bribery scandals, in which Lockheed had given bribes to a considerable number of political and military figures in various nations in order to influence th...

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by 144modeller
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Fedex / UPS Ever Fly The A330F?
Replies: 49
Views: 8893

Re: Will Fedex / UPS Ever Fly The A330F?

Just throwing in a light-hearted comment. I don't normally model military craft, but I rather like the A400M, so just for a joke, I painted my model A400 in FedEx colours, thus creating the A400C. At an exhibition, it was seen by a FedEx pilot, who liked the idea. I'm sure they deliver to places whe...

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by 144modeller
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa A350 Fully Painted
Replies: 86
Views: 24744

Re: Lufthansa A350 Fully Painted

My 'spotting' days were the 1970's, and I came to like the liveries of that time, together with the legacy of the 1960's. Quite apart from the colours, there were many more different shapes in the sky. My personal opinion is that aircraft design is suffering from 'convergent evolution', as manufactu...

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by 144modeller
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

Someone once asked me whether I was an optimist or a pessimist. I replied that I was neither: I was a realist. His response was, "Oh, you're a pessimist then." Interesting that he was the one who associated pessimism with reality. I worked for many years for a company in the financial sect...

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by 144modeller
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dimensions
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: A340 dimensions

I never realised that these details were so freely available outside the industry. It's going to take some time for me to look through it all, but looks like it'll give me ideas for even more projects.
Many thanks to all for your help.

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by 144modeller
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

OA260.
Thanks for your reply. It's triggered many more thoughts and questions, but I think I'll let it rest now.

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by 144modeller
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dimensions
Replies: 4
Views: 980

A340 dimensions

Hi guys. Although this post concerns my hobby, I'm looking for technical info on the full-size aircraft. As my username suggests, I build (when I get the chance) aircraft models, usually in 1/144 scale, always civilian, and from commercially-produced plastic kits. Impressed by the a.net pictures of ...

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by 144modeller
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

As I started my first post, I said, "I know nothing, but I think a lot." Thanks to your later posts, I now know something. The CAA are not acting on behalf of the government after all, so it rather spoils my ideas. I also interpreted the early reports to mean that most, if not all, Monarch...

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by 144modeller
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

Hi, skipness1E. Agreed, but the repatriation operation wouldn't be in the airline's name. All responsibilities and debts would be covered by the organiser, possibly the UK government in this case. (According to one post, the relief flights have already been described as military.) They merely use th...

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by 144modeller
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 99517

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

I know nothing, but I think a lot. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it, reading other people's posts, Monarch's problems are purely financial - there's no physical reason why they can't fly planes. In the event of a collapse, the costs of repatriation would be borne by CAA , effec...

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