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by TangoandCash
Sat Nov 19, 2022 12:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 476
Views: 28190

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

I can't wait for the movie version of all this. "How to Burn Through $44 Billion"

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by TangoandCash
Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things you would change about any airline
Replies: 34
Views: 2161

Re: Things you would change about any airline

Take one seat out of each economy row so normal people (nevermind XL sized Americans) can fit. No more nine-across 787s or 10-across 777s. Eliminate checked baggage fees and enforce carry-on size/number limits Bring back the American Airlines silver paint scheme (at least get rid of that horrendous,...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Nov 07, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Absolutely horrific performances by NFL referees today
Replies: 14
Views: 873

Re: Absolutely horrific performances by NFL referees today

I can’t even bother with the NFL anymore - at some point between poor reffing and realizing there are only about 5mins of action in a 3 hour window (what are we really watching? People standing around and commercials?). I’ll tune in for the playoffs if the teams I care for are doing well - and I’ll...

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by TangoandCash
Sat Nov 05, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 528
Views: 24745

Re: 2022 US Elections

No predictions, just will be glad when Wednesday rolls around so I can watch the local news without 20 or 30 political ads in an hour broadcast. It's one for candidate A followed immediately by one for candidate B and we've seen them all at least 100 times already. The Senate candidates here have b...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Nov 04, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "With service to..."
Replies: 25
Views: 2274

Re: "With service to..."

Now I'm going to be listening for the "with service to" while waiting for my next flight. It will provide a distraction from the redundant "last and final call for flight xxxx" announcements, made even more annoying because there are inevitably three more "last and final&quo...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Oct 28, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pull-down or pull-out laundry/utility faucets
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Pull-down or pull-out laundry/utility faucets

Right now, it is available exclusively for existing registered Moen owners through the Moen Plus website. Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one rolling my eyes at learning that loyalty programs for tap manufacturers are now a thing... Recently purchased a new washer/dryer set. While down...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Oct 23, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 480
Views: 124170

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022

Hopefully the existing terminals get the full remodel treatment of the bathrooms. The old ones are a nasty and dreary disaster. New ones are just perfect This! The rest of the terminals look OK, maybe a bit dated compared to the extensions, but not terrible. But those bathrooms! Those sinks!! Every...

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by TangoandCash
Thu Oct 20, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4288

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

US drivers, especially those in major cities, are uniformly terrible. I'd bet only one in four (if that) would come anywhere close to passing a driving exam/test if they were administered one today. Maybe that's part of the problem, most folks get their license and never think about the 'rules of th...

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by TangoandCash
Sat Oct 15, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement
Replies: 19
Views: 1208

Re: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement

Having lived just across the line from Keller and passed through it countless times over the last 15 years, Keller cops are notorious for being on power trips and stopping people on a whim. I know there are good cops out there, but my (fortunately rare) interactions seem to confirm the observations ...

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by TangoandCash
Wed Oct 12, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 499
Views: 56659

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

NASA has announced a target Artemis roll out date of November 5th to 8th, with a target launch date on November 14th, and fallback dates on November 16th, 19th, and 25th. These are preliminary dates and subject to change. All except the 25th would be night launches, around 1 am. The 25th would be a...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Oct 10, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I fully expect the rules to be revised again so that full points are only awarded if a set distance is surpassed. For now, it caught out a lot of teams and pundits in the media, all of whom you would expect to know the rule book back to front, or at least have picked up on these changes regarding p...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Oct 07, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to do EAA Oshkosh?
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: How to do EAA Oshkosh?

Agree with much of what LTEN11 said--depends a lot on what you want to see and how long you want to stay. And while one of the most amazing aviation-related experiences ever, it is exhausting and be prepared for any sort of weather. I attended three times, twice for "work" and once on my o...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Sep 26, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 499
Views: 56659

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I heard on a webcast recently that rolling the assembly back and forth between the pad and the VAB actually put quite a bit of stress on the vehicle. More so on fact than the pressure and temperature cycling of the rocket during tests and WDRs. I wonder if that's true, and why that would be. It's n...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 499
Views: 56659

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

How "waterproof" (for lack of a better term) is the insulation on the tank? Would sustained wind-driven rain, even if not up to tropical storm standards, cause issues?

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by TangoandCash
Fri Sep 09, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 51422

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Rolls’ proposed engine design and legacy business model is not the best option We will see who will still be there in 2 years between the old, legacy Rolls-Royce and the young, vibrant, dynamic Boom start-up. This situation was totally expected. It's sad for the employees but I am sure they will fi...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 51422

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

If this effort does go bust fast, and AA/UA did in fact commit hard cash to this, I do wonder if both company's boards will take a serious look at the decision making here. 1. Any "hard cash" commitment is a rounding error to a company of AA/UA's size. 2. A "nonrefundable" depos...

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by TangoandCash
Wed Aug 17, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft
Replies: 146
Views: 19023

Re: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft

My hunch is that if Boom can build and fly their demonstrator, they will be bought out by a bigger manufacturer to carry the project to completion. Somebody on Twitter made a similar point - Boom needs at least $8B in capital if it is going to be taken seriously, but then again, the CSeries/A220 wa...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Aug 16, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft
Replies: 146
Views: 19023

Re: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft

The cynic in me: I suspect the "non-refundable" deposit has lots of legalese, asterisks, and disclaimers to it. And I further suspect the amount of the deposit is less than the bag fees I paid AA on my last trip (ok, maybe not that low but certainly a rounding error to the beancounters at ...

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by TangoandCash
Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three-point disembarkation system: IndiGo
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Three-point disembarkation system: IndiGo

Was on an AA 737-8 and it only took 15 minutes to unload all passengers. Only 15 minutes? That seems rather excessive to me. I would be annoyed if leaving a Boeing 737 would take that long. I don't recommend you ever fly on a 757-300. I was in the second-to-last row one time - 40 minutes to get off...

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by TangoandCash
Wed Aug 03, 2022 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite airport automated people mover?
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: Your favorite airport automated people mover?

Haven't been there in several years, but I always enjoyed the elevated tram at DTW McNamara. People watching from above as you go by, and if you saw a shop/restaurant that looked interesting, you could just ride the tram back the other way and check it out.

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by TangoandCash
Wed Aug 03, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are there any good books written by Train Drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Are there any good books written by Train Drivers?

Veering a bit off topic since it's more about the building and financing of a US railroad: I enjoyed Nothing Like It In the World by Stephen Ambrose, about the construction of the US transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. Very little to do with the actual operation/driving of the trains, but an int...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Aug 01, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World War 3 over... License plates?
Replies: 19
Views: 2163

Re: World War 3 over... License plates?

So have two "official" license plate designs, one the standard Kosovo one and one that is also official but says "ethnic Serbian" or whatever.

But that would make too much sense...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Jul 24, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 78
Views: 4766

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

Actually, it’s the Drmocrats trying to change the system in their favor—inefficient distribution of Democrat voters is their problem, not the Constitutional rules. Yes, get enough California Democrats to move to Wyoming where they can take advantage of the Electoral College giving Wyoming dispropor...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Jul 24, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump
Replies: 22
Views: 1834

Re: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump

That can't happen in the US. There is only one candidate from each party after the primary elections. They are supporting rival candidates for the State Governorship. They are supposing opposing candidates in a primary, not a general election. There would be no splitting of the votes that would hel...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Jul 24, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump
Replies: 22
Views: 1834

Re: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump

Pence is biding his time, doing "all of the above" on the OP's list. If Trump decides not to run, Pence will likely throw his hat into the ring. If Trump decides to run (as I'm almost certain he will), Pence might sit this one out. I'm with FLYFIRSTCLASS, Pence's career is pretty much over...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 480
Views: 124170

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022

Welp, DIA needs a plan for a back up to the trains. Train meltdown lasted about 30+ minutes a bit ago. You would think some architect/engineer would have realized what a colossal single point of failure the train system was and proposed some sort of backup. Either during the design phase or sometim...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Jun 28, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?
Replies: 41
Views: 2160

Re: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?

So, it's unconstitutional to nomate a senior judge in an election year if POTUS is a Democrat but totally accepatable if POTUS is republican. No bias here! That's part 1 of the McConnell rule in a nutshell... The part 2 being if the President is a Republican, the nominee will be fast-tracked throug...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?
Replies: 41
Views: 2160

Re: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?

I don't see how the hearings themselves could be any more political theater than they are now. The part that could get even nastier (and lead to delays and/or an 8 member court) is the made-up McConnell "rules" that nominees by the other party won't even be considered if it's "too clo...

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by TangoandCash
Sun Jun 12, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I expected an interesting race, but it was interesting in different ways than I expected. 1.  To win the race, you have to finish the race...  please check on your Ferrair fans, they are not ok. After the strategy blunder in Monaco and now a double DNF... 2.  Mercedes still hasn't fixed the porpoisi...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Jun 10, 2022 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norway to cancel NH90 contract with NH Industries (NHI)
Replies: 40
Views: 5136

Re: Norway to cancel NH90 contract with NH Industries (NHI)

Return for a refund? This isn't Walmart or Target... I'll get some popcorn while the lawyers figure it out. Meanwhile, "NHIndustries considers this termination to be legally groundless." per their website (http://www.nhindustries.com/website/en/press/NHIndustries-statement-regarding-Norweg...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Jun 10, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55137

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

In the US State I live in, E85 gasoline sells for $4.19 per gallon. Regular gasoline sells for $5 per gallon. Since you can expect 25% less miles per gallon with E85, it is not an economical choice. This is the thing with E85. Yes, it may be cheaper per gallon, but requires more gallons. Corn-state...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Jun 10, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings
Replies: 562
Views: 35420

Re: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings

What to expect: political theater from both sides. I'll get my popcorn. Won't be watching but I will be on election night.[/quot Obviously, you have no problem with people trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election. You also seem to want to see these same people take over the Congre...

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by TangoandCash
Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings
Replies: 562
Views: 35420

Re: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings

What to expect: political theater from both sides. I'll get my popcorn.

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by TangoandCash
Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5989

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

I remember my first time departing LHR T5, thinking that I had mistakenly been deposited at a shopping mall. Yes, there's shopping at US airports but the only thing in my experience that remotely compares to the shopping mall ambience is MSP. Not to say that you couldn't do some serious credit card ...

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by TangoandCash
Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 499
Views: 56659

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

NASA has decided to preserve the one-suit concept for both ISS and lunar EVA's. This makes the suit essentially a small spacecraft, with 8 to12 hour endurance. The vendors have said they are pursuing modular designs that can be adjusted to the need at hand. Both waist entry and back entry will be a...

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by TangoandCash
Tue May 24, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help me identify this Huey!
Replies: 4
Views: 1820

Re: Help me identify this Huey!

Yes, that's an Eagle Single, Bell 212 converted to a single T53 engine.

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by TangoandCash
Mon May 23, 2022 1:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I don't think luck alone explains Russell's position. The radio call Hamilton made at the back of the pack after tangling with K-Mag is a stark demonstration of his mentality - easily disheartened, like his heart is not into it. I heard that radio call and thought "wow, he's given up already? ...

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by TangoandCash
Thu May 12, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"

I can understand the point of the rule, you don't want a neck chain or something getting in the way of exiting a car on fire. One would hope either the drivers or the teams would be able to figure this out on their own, but the FIA loves their rules and regulations. At the same time, Hamilton's wear...

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by TangoandCash
Thu May 12, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tom Brady going to FOX SPORTS for $375M in a 10 year deal...
Replies: 23
Views: 1292

Re: Tom Brady going to FOX SPORTS for $375M in a 10 year deal...

The question will be if he is better that Tony Romo. Who turned out to be surprisingly good. Tom Brady may be a better QB but commentator is a different thing. I be curious to see if he is bested by Romo in the booth. Tugg Brady is the better quarterback, no doubt. We will find about commentating a...

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by TangoandCash
Mon May 09, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

A question for Americans here; do you folks find it incredibly patronizing the way that FOM drowns the event in sports stars, celebrities etc in the hope that this will make you magically decide to like Formula1? I think I'd find it particularly insulting. Especially since most (but by no means all...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AH-1Z vs AH-64
Replies: 20
Views: 4268

Re: AH-1Z vs AH-64

Hot and High performance far better for the AH-1Z according to a Bell rep I spoke to. That's why the Pakistanis wanted it too. I'd be interested. The AH-64 weighs slightly less, has slightly more horsepower, and a slightly larger disk area. Even so, the AH-1Z might have more hot-and-high performanc...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Apr 26, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Regarding Lewis and George I am honestly a bit annoyed by Mercedes. So many excuses for Lewis while George's superior performance seems to go a bit unnoticed. All good and well with Toto asking Lewis dramatically for absolution for providing such a "bad" car on the radio for anybody to he...

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by TangoandCash
Fri Apr 08, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Madison Cawthorn claims Republicans invite him to cocaine fueled orgies. Hilarity ensues.
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Madison Cawthorn claims Republicans invite him to cocaine fueled orgies. Hilarity ensues.

That will be the last time he's invited to a cocaine-fueled orgy. First rule of Fight Club...

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by TangoandCash
Thu Apr 07, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 480
Views: 124170

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2022

You're definitely going to get what you pay for with F9, in their new gates. I really hope this doesn't set a precedent, because I like that the US doesn't deal with ULCC's the same way Europe does with ground/bus gates and even worse, parked at stands with jetways, and just not using them. Even th...

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by TangoandCash
Wed Apr 06, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I'm curious how the Miami arrangement will work... and if the casinos in Vegas will put up with the weeks-long disruption of tourist traffic as the circuit is set up along the strip for 2023. Miami is going to look very gimmiky based on what I see especially if you know the Miami area. There are do...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Apr 05, 2022 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 18754

Re: Spirit Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Spirit has still not recovered from the Florida weather/ATC event on Friday-Saturday. It's 3 days later and they've cancelled over 30% of their schedule the last couple days. Already 15% of the schedule today. This looks a lot like the August meltdown, just on a slightly smaller scale. These kind o...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Apr 05, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 157052

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

I don’t understand how two companies that are so inherently different could ever hope to be run by a common entity. This would be a huge mistake for JetBlue, and I think it shows an identity crisis at the blue airline. Thank you for putting into words what I've been feeling as my brain tries to dig...

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by TangoandCash
Tue Apr 05, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 341
Views: 51383

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Even recapitalizing the 10 fleet with the LMXT leaves Big Blue with an aging 135 fleet, no? Is there any merit to the idea of filling out the KC-46 fleet to cover current gaps in capability with some backstop for safety while Big Blue goes on developing a large, optionally manned, stealthier aircra...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 594
Views: 51419

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Interesting Read from the Race. Which race gets the scrap next year with Vegas confirmed and China and Qatar back on the calendar. The current deal doesn't allow any more than 24 races. Which these 3 races and Russia out its at 25. This article states that Spa. Monaco or France is at risk (pleas bi...

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by TangoandCash
Mon Apr 04, 2022 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reading proficiency among kids
Replies: 22
Views: 1359

Re: Reading proficiency among kids

Most communications is done orally now. A lot of written communication is short hand and poorly spelled. This is probably a trend. I have met some younger people that don't know what cursive is and can not read it. My nephews! Talk and text. Younger one (9) will talk your ear off, but getting him t...

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