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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 30, 2022 9:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread

https://www.space.com/firefly-aerospace ... ight-abort
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Today's launch was aborted just after main engine light off...
Stil no luck for Firefly, but at least the rocket didn't explode this time.

https://www.space.com/firefly-aerospace ... ight-abort

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 236
Views: 29446

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

It's interesting that the focus seems to be on raising the orbit and not really servicing. EVAs are being looked into but are apparently optional, as is manning the mission at all. I honestly thought that, beyond maintaining its orbit, Hubble's issues were that its hardware was slowly starting to fa...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42886

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

That decision to bring SLS back to the barn was definitely the right one... It looks like the Cape will take a direct hit from that storm.
I hope the facilities don't take too much damage and that it won't cause any further delay to the launch.

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 28, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Angela is history and in case you didn’t noticed, Germany has changed course which was followed for decades dramatically in just a few months. Now Europe got dependent on US LNG. We’ll see when that is going to be used to blackmail us. Angela is retired, but she's still around. She's the architect ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 28, 2022 4:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

"It's not a really interesting issue right now, just another marginal mess to mop up" While I don't disagree. it just shows how far we have come since February... Unbelievable state of affairs. Geomap Well it's not like Germany wasn't warned of potential consequences before going ahead wi...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 26, 2022 4:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42886

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 no...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Atlantic Cargo B737-400 landing overshot runway
Replies: 18
Views: 5129

Re: West Atlantic Cargo B737-400 landing overshot runway

*David Attenborough voice*
'And here you see a male 737, in his natural habitat, drinking water at the end of a runway.
He must be cautious however, as many predatory scrapmen lurk nearby
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by Francoflier
Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

Judge Cannon got burned pretty well by the appellate court. Guiliani, Eastman, Meadows, Powell, Bobb, most of his ever-changing inner circle, have been burned by the Jan 6 committee and the DoJ. Others like Barr and the many associates whom have offered testimony on Jan 6, got disgusted. He uses th...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

I’m going to borrow a line from Vanity Fair (I wish I was this clever). “ Trump is one day away from claiming Biden used witchcraft to reclassify them.” No, I think it was Hillary, somehow. Probably using her email server or something. At the end of the day, his rhetoric will never change. If anyth...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Capstone Mission
Replies: 27
Views: 3573

Re: NASA Capstone Mission

Thanks for the update.

I wonder if there's a risk that a possible thruster failure could have caused the tumble in the first and could therefore cause more trouble during the de-tumbling burn.
Or are those different thrusters?

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 2977

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

I think the EU has been an unmitigated tragedy for Italy, Greece and Spain… they have tolerated the pain for far too long, imo… I wonder if you'd bother to substantiate that opinion, such as explaining why you believe these nations would be better off having remained outside of Europe. Or can we ju...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 22, 2022 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

This is a little humorous. This morning, a group of GOP attorneys general from 11 states, filed an amicus brief with the appeals court, claiming the DOJ was politically biased against Trump, as an extension of the Biden administration. And that the court should be suspicious of anything presented b...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I think this is what concerns me the most, that Putin is not be logical or even rational and pragmatic. He is just going for it, all out now and hoping (expecting?) it to work. If it doesn't... WHEN it doesn't, what does an irrational person do? Then we are left with the command and control system ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 49773

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

I would guess an SST engine is very expensive and an engineering marvel considering it’s only been done once before. Not happening, especially with this team. There’s a minuscule number of passengers willing to pay the fares necessary to fund an SST, even business travelers. Super yachts are very s...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42886

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

Word from NASA is that the indentation formed in the umbilical LH2 seal, may have been RTV silicone sealant contamination. At LH2 temperatures, it would freeze and solidify, then become brittle. Then possibly blown out by the 60 psi pressure surge. RTV is used in the area around the umbilical, so m...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

In unrelated news, flights out of Russia are now selling out; https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/flights-out-russia-sell-out-after-putin-orders-partial-call-up-2022-09-21/ Lightsaber The Russian train operator website has also crashed. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-rail-website-cra...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Troops, even reservists, need training and equipment. I can't see Russia solving that in a hurry, especially with the coming winter. Morale is going to continue being an issue, probably even worsen. If the enlisted are dragging their feet to the front, I can't imagine the drafted will put any more h...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

As of posting this this its not official from F1 but here is the 2023 Calendar. https://www.planetf1.com/news/f1-announces-2023-calendar-24-races/ A few notes on it, especially with the plan to be net zero by 2030. Spain and Miami should swap dates. Miami in June is hot but generally the same as Ma...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 2977

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

So Poland opposes Hungarian position towards Russia, but are BFF when opposing the EU. Guess who has benefited Poland since 2004? https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-receipts-from-eu-budget-far-outweigh-payments-says-think-tank-31274 ”Poland has received three times as much money than it h...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 2977

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

Well, no one has ever the EU of acting too fast... It's also about time they set rules for remaining in the EU, not just for entering. Orban also hosted the American CPAC, the right wing political conference last spring https://www.npr.org/2022/05/18/1099680587/a-prominent-conference-of-american-con...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 16, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 46
Views: 3403

Re: Argentina fighter competition

I see the JF-17 was rumored to be a done deal a year ago; https://www.defensenews.com/global/the-americas/2021/09/28/could-britain-stop-argentina-from-buying-the-jf-17-warplane/ Indeed. Given Argentina's growing political alignment with China, I'd say the JF-17 is an evidence. To be honest the deal...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

OK people, tell me the car in the linked picture is a VW Beatle (new version). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/16/russia-ukraine-war-latest-what-we-know-on-day-205-of-the-invasion bt I can't quite recognize the model but this is some Mad Max level of backyard engineering and I'm absolute...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

She also asserted again that public perception of the proceedings as being fair and impartial was not possible without the master, and was the overriding concern. In that, she has accepted Trump's argument that his circumstances are special and impact the public. Right...Special treatment for the s...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

The superlicense/Herta conundrum is certainly a pickle. Herta is definitely competent enough to be in F1 and te FIA definitely doesn't award enough SL points to Indycar drivers. But do you bend the rules, at the risk of creating a precedent and seeing many others request all sorts of exemptions and ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Speculations are still flying around who will replace Alonso (and Piastri...) at Alpine. Gasly is still apparently favored, but the Doc will not let him go unless they can get Coulton Herta to replace him, and that would be dependent on the FIA bending the rules surrounding super license points. Why...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 15, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 65
Views: 17913

Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Nah, they handled it truthfully and correctly. I'm sure she was asking for information on what happened so she could explain accurately, which she did. Even had there been humans aboard, they would have been safe and protected by the abort system. It worked as advertised. The would have been safe, ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 14, 2022 11:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BMO Harris broke the law. What do I get?
Replies: 11
Views: 911

Re: BMO Harris broke the law. What do I get?

According to the regulation, and since BMO owns assets over $10B, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is supposed to handle complaints from individuals. https://www.justice.gov/crt/equal-credit-opportunity-act-3 That said, they will only take action if they see a 'pattern or practice of ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 13, 2022 3:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5747

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

So if someone is willing to pay say $300 for nitro fill in the tires and your commission on that is say $90 I am sure you wouldn't tell them "you don't need that save your money". Yet there are dealers that literally do make a healthy profit and paycheque by doing just that :sarcastic: Gu...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 13, 2022 3:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Capstone Mission
Replies: 27
Views: 3573

Re: NASA Capstone Mission

That's puzzling.
What do these cubesats use for station keeping?
Do they have electric thusters or chemical ones?

Hopefully they are able to recover it and proceed with the mission normally.

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 12, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 65
Views: 17913

Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoRp7nRIOpo

He rightly raises the question of whether this will have a bit of a cooling effect on their upcoming customers...
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Scott Manley's early take:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoRp7nRIOpo

He rightly raises the question of whether this will have a bit of a cooling effect on their upcoming customers...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 12, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100
Replies: 91
Views: 3759

Re: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100

Unfortunately, large scale climate-related catastrophes are what will be needed for change to be enacted. We are not intelligent enough as a species to act in anticipation to known problems. We only act in reaction to them... I wouldn't invest in a beach property these days. Well, lots of very inte...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 12, 2022 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100
Replies: 91
Views: 3759

Re: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100

Unfortunately, large scale climate-related catastrophes are what will be needed for change to be enacted. We are not intelligent enough as a species to act in anticipation to known problems. We only act in reaction to them...

I wouldn't invest in a beach property these days.

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 12, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Has it? De Vryes has a respectable trophy cabinet but his last season in Formula e was pretty average. I don't follow that formula enough to know if that was a dip in performance or something else. That said, not many driver get a chance to show their potential behind the wheel of an F1 and he cert...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 11, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Alex Albon is down with appendicitis. Formula E Champion Nyck de Vries will be taking his place with the Williams team, which is funny because he spent FP1 with Aston Martin! He did quite well too, outqualifying Latifi, which is no great feat on its own I'm afraid but not bad for an F1 rookie. He e...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 11, 2022 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Alex Albon is down with appendicitis. Formula E Champion Nyck de Vries will be taking his place with the Williams team, which is funny because he spent FP1 with Aston Martin! He did quite well too, outqualifying Latifi, which is no great feat on its own I'm afraid but not bad for an F1 rookie. He e...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Welp, that was fast... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-officials-who-plotted-to-overthrow-putin-summoned-by-police/ar-AA11DI1r?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=833c8ef1c9d346bcba089b02fdaffdc7 "Russian officials who appealed to the country's State Duma to remove President Vladimir Putin from...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 09, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Is Russia now becoming the largest supplier of weapons, outside of NATO, to Ukraine :scratchchin: : https://twitter.com/PaulJawin/status/1568114927507804161 https://twitter.com/Arslon_Xudosi/status/1567971602125713410 It starts begging the question of how Ukraine is dealing with the amount of captu...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 09, 2022 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 49773

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

3. Even if hard cash did go to Boom, never to be seen again, the press splash was worth the spend. This. They spent money on PR, not on a future aircraft they knew they had a 0.1% chance of ever getting. Then again, maybe Kuznetsov or Saturn could cut them a good deal on a new engine after the war ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 357
Views: 42886

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

I personally find these comparisons with Starship to be way off the mark. The design philosophies are completely different. SLS was built from the ground up to be a man-rated system for moon missions. It has no other purposes and needs to work from the first launch. Starship is an incremental projec...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Mercedes' one pit strategy was only ever going to work if there were no disruptions in the race. It was a gamble from the start. It could have been successful as the hard tires proved to be a lot better than thought but ultimately it was a gambit that was designed to compensate for their inferior ca...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 04, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5747

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

While we are on it "Lay-down" was what they used as a term for someone that just came in and gave up all the money and never negotiated. My record deal was a lease I sold for several thousand over MSRP the net profit after dealer pack was about $8100, so my commission was around $2400 for...

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by Francoflier
Sat Sep 03, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

What's especially worrying, as noted avove, is the amount of empty folders... We may never know where these state secrets ended up and Trump will obviously never tell.

I wonder if this may be enough to warrant another more thorough search of Mar a Lago.

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by Francoflier
Sat Sep 03, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5747

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

While we are on it "Lay-down" was what they used as a term for someone that just came in and gave up all the money and never negotiated. My record deal was a lease I sold for several thousand over MSRP the net profit after dealer pack was about $8100, so my commission was around $2400 for...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5747

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

The problem with CSI and other such metrics is that they completely lose their relevance in an inflationary market where demand outstrips supply. Suddenly, these sleazy practices become popular again because the customer has nowhere else to go anyway (again, because of regulations). I think this is ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5747

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

Here we go again with government over reach! What happened to a free and unregulated market, the founding principles of our country? Governement overreach is forcing people to go through dealerships in the first place... You want to deregulate, then strike these laws and watch the dealerships fight...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36461

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I wonder why the decision was so swift, unanimous and uncontested. I have a feeling Alpine messed up big time on the date clause and was just trying to save face by contesting it...

Either way, it'll be interesting to see whether Piastri or Alpine/Gasly (presumably) has the last laugh next season.

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Psychological warfare in the age of social media is definitely something else...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 631
Views: 44426

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

Yes, in the McCarthy era, he was discredited and no one really rose to take his place, so the movement fell apart. Similarly Nixon voluntarily left the stage and no one really objected that it wasn't best for the nation. With MAGA, if someone like DeSantis rises to take the reins, and does not publ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 02, 2022 7:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA approves Gami100UL for entire piston engine fleet
Replies: 37
Views: 4343

Re: FAA approves Gami100UL for entire piston engine fleet

This should open the way for regulating lead out of aviation fuel for good.

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 29, 2022 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 8737
Views: 618720

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Meanwhile in Kazakhstan, Russian tourists are not getting the friendly reception they expected: https://twitter.com/ASLuhn/status/1564332102023274498 They are being told to remove Z stickers from their cars: "Today it's a Z sticker, and tomorrow you will come with a tank to my land, Kazakh lan...

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