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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri
Replies: 23
Views: 789

Re: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri

That said, relatively high speed passenger rail (60+ mph) should strive to eliminate unguarded/unsignaled crossings, or even level crossings altogether where possible. I can think of over a hundred grade crossings along Brightline's route in Florida that should be eliminated. All the signs, bells, ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri
Replies: 23
Views: 789

Re: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri

Level crossings will always be the bane of railways everywhere as the world will never run out of people who don't know how to safely drive across them. That said, relatively high speed passenger rail (60+ mph) should strive to eliminate unguarded/unsignaled crossings, or even level crossings altoge...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?
Replies: 47
Views: 7107

Re: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?

They should have secured the land for - and invested in - a large airport outside of London a long time ago instead of pointlessly trying to expand LHR. The city needed a World-class 4-runway airport 10 years ago, yet at this rate it may get an inadequate 3-runway one in about 15 years... maybe. Sel...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 26, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Norway
Replies: 68
Views: 2479

Re: Mass Shooting in Norway

Its seems to be close to impossible to having a gun, and obtaining an illegal one seems like a very difficult task. Nonetheless a bad guy wanted to kill others and still did it, despite the laws and the difficulty. Which is why this doesn't happen on a near daily basis in Norway. I ask because that...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France retires last Mirage 2000
Replies: 3
Views: 917

Re: France retires last Mirage 2000

I'll note that only the 2000C is being retired at the moment. The 2000-5 and 2000D (along with the remaining Bs) will soldier on for a while longer.

That silver livery looks really nice.

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inside the hangar at the center of the $1 billion Airbus-Qatar jet dispute
Replies: 78
Views: 13651

Re: Inside the hangar at the center of the $1 billion Airbus-Qatar jet dispute

Reuters would also argue the public has a right to know about potential issues on airplanes they fly on. They may say that but, without context and a little bit of understanding of the complex underlying situation, this video does not inform a non aviation-literate public about anything. They mostl...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Gutted for Mick... As one of the Sky commenters aptly put it: What does this man have to do to score a point in F1? Alonso still impresses with what he can achieve with a mid-field car (and an dodgy engine apparently), in his forties and after 20 seasons. I find his penalty unfair. It seems all the ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

I didn't say it was unfair. I said it was ineffecient. You can tell because I didn't write "it's unfair". Instead I wrote "it's ineffecient". Right in the part you qouted. Having the military decide the right amount that a space company ought to contribute to the local loan-out-...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 17, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

To clarify, the FAA is mandated to conduct environmental assessments prior to issuing launch site permits or launch licenses. This was done for the Boca Chica site originally based on the Falcon rocket development. SpaceX then sought to expand that to Starship, which is a significantly larger effor...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

The normal and correct way to make corporations "pay their fair share" is taxes. The defense department getting involved in amature-bait-tackle-and-fishing stuff is beyond "clumsy and imperfect". It's ineffecient. It's not how the system should be, and we can do better. First of...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 17, 2022 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Whether or not the payment amount brings a corporation to its knees is irrelevant to it being extortion. They are requiring a company to support activities that are not relevant to the protection of the environment from their activities. Tell them what they have to do to mitigate any pollution or t...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

They're 'placating' groups which seek to bolster environmental and historical conservation and education. There's something to be said for not letting corporations just come in and do anything they want with any site they purchase anywhere and the area around it, even if the compensation mechanisms ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 12
Views: 3177

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

Astra can't catch a break. Yesterday's launch for NASA with 2 cubesats failed to reach orbit and the payload was lost. https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/12/23165065/astra-failed-launch-resulted-loss-nasa-weather-satellites-cubesats-tropics Upper stage failure... That's 5 failed launches out of 7 attem...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds
Replies: 25
Views: 3385

Re: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds

It may be time for manufacturers to find outside-the-box ground cooling solutions if startup (and cooldown) times start to have a negative impact on sector time. We're indeed getting to the point where extended starting sequences are costing as much time as a few % of Mach on a short sector. Memori...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 07, 2022 8:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds
Replies: 25
Views: 3385

Re: Widebody vs Narrowbody Cruise Speeds

It may be time for manufacturers to find outside-the-box ground cooling solutions if startup (and cooldown) times start to have a negative impact on sector time. We're indeed getting to the point where extended starting sequences are costing as much time as a few % of Mach on a short sector. Memorie...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 07, 2022 5:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 78 Years Since D Day Invasion
Replies: 23
Views: 1435

Re: 78 Years Since D Day Invasion

Monday June 6 marks the 78 year anniversary of the D Day invasion at Normandy. This led to the Allied victory in Europe a year later and was a turning point with World War 2 in Europe. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1310607&start=50#p18440229 Is 78 years an important anniversar...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jun 04, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Avenatti gets 4 years in prison for cheating Stormy Daniels
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: Avenatti gets 4 years in prison for cheating Stormy Daniels

A stripper, a crooked politician and a scummy lawyer... If that isn't emblematic of the Trump era, I don't know what is.

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by Francoflier
Sat Jun 04, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's supersonic purchase... one year hence
Replies: 86
Views: 12693

Re: United's supersonic purchase... one year hence

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with the Boom Engineers discussing Flight Deck layout and avionics integration in the more confined Overture space. Enjoyed a tour of the XB-1 and flew the simulator with the Test Pilots. Most of the engineers had been hired very recently....

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by Francoflier
Sat Jun 04, 2022 5:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: OH GOP Passes Bill Mandating Children Genital Inspection for 'Suspicious' Athletes
Replies: 51
Views: 3264

Re: OH GOP Passes Bill Mandating Children Genital Inspection for 'Suspicious' Athletes

Ah yes, transgender athletes...
The new GOP boogeyman that is definitely slowly destroying American society and not at all a distraction from the other issues they'd rather we didn't think about too hard.

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by Francoflier
Sat Jun 04, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting
Replies: 221
Views: 7261

Re: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting

This is where a strawman has entered the conversation. You agree that mental health issues and drugs play a huge role in the current societal crisis this country has BUT, Republicans are bad because they 'oppose' all help for that. Where exactly is this based on? and if Republicans are opposed to t...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 02, 2022 1:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pressurized Cabins on Spacecraft - Also Watertight?
Replies: 16
Views: 1663

Re: Pressurized Cabins on Spacecraft - Also Watertight?

Professor Farnsworth: Good Lord! That's over 5000 atmospheres of pressure! Fry: How many atmospheres can the ship withstand? Professor Farnsworth: Well, it was built for space travel, so anywhere between zero and one. Ha!I hadn't even remembered that one... I really need to brush up on my Futurama ...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 31, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Perez with a new two year deal. Well deserved and congrats. Gasly won’t be too happy. Source: f1.com Good for Perez. I just hope they don't keep treating him as a sidekick the whole time. As for Gasly, he certainly looked very strong last year and could have hoped to return to the A-team. This seas...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 29, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I'm chuffed for Checo. A well deserved victory.

As for Ferrari, they've once again successfully managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory... well done. :butthead:
I feel for Leclerc. It should have been his day.

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by Francoflier
Sun May 29, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pressurized Cabins on Spacecraft - Also Watertight?
Replies: 16
Views: 1663

Re: Pressurized Cabins on Spacecraft - Also Watertight?

Pressurized vehicles or vessels are generally not designed to handle negative pressure differentials (or not much). That said, many spacecraft do come back to Earth by splashing down into the ocean, and those certainly are watertight and buoyant... At the end of the day, it depends on what spacecraf...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 27, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 466
Views: 108022

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

Think it’s pretty far fetched linking the contract extension of Mbappe with Airbus selling aircraft to QR. The influence of the French state on Airbus is also being exaggerated in numerous posts on this thread; that’s quite simply not how the cooking crumbles. Exactly. The French government only ow...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 27, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 136
Views: 25124

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

Thanks for the update.

Avatar2go wrote:
6. Cubesat batteries recharged.


That got me chuckling... I had forgotten there actually was a payload waiting inside the thing.

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by Francoflier
Fri May 27, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15571

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Everything needs to be political, we are merely having a discussion in an aviation forum about this subject. I am not an elected member of congress or hold any elected office to actually make any change. I am as much as a normal any day user in a forum. You are not a politician but you support poli...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 26, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15571

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Debunked by reality, by many cases in the US where gun laws are strict. By human nature. Laws won't stop evil. Ever. Yes, like I mentioned back in other pages, I said, sensible gun laws that would restrict people with mental health issues from owning a gun. That would be a good idea to look at. But...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 26, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15571

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Its tiresome, same old same old debunked arguments. You expect a political solution to a problem the government itself can't fix, you are telling me that we shouldn't trust the government with the security of children parents leave at government buildings, but you propose creating laws that the sam...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 26, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15571

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

No is not, despite making many people feel as they are. The school is a government building, protected by government agents who failed all the way to secure those children. Literally government agents were outside not going in whilst kids where being slaughtered. Parents begged for entry but were r...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 26, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 15571

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This exactly what is going on here in Mercia! We need our guns because of criminals! Yet, it’s those who have obtained guns legally that have gone into these schools….. Yet, here we are doing the same thing over and o...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 26, 2022 11:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Capstone Mission
Replies: 6
Views: 1388

Re: NASA Capstone Mission

To be launched soon on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket (not) near you!

Those Halo orbits are really fascinating. It will be great to see how feasible and practical they are in real life use.

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by Francoflier
Mon May 23, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

For a track that has a reputation for being a borefest Spain delivered it's second banger in a row. Some observations. - Mercedes is on the up and this very well could be a 3 team race for the title going forward. - George Russell is the real deal and it's nice to have equal drivers in Mercedes. He...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 22, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 91
Views: 4462

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

The second Iraq was was most definately an unorganized mess. (putin seems to have learned a lot from Dubya). No thought of what to do after the war, and just alienate the population to hating Americans. But lets not forget what really started it all was Hussain invading Kuwait and the other countri...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 21, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific CX660 Mumbai to Hong Kong | 2019 Photos and Video
Replies: 2
Views: 2381

Re: Cathay Pacific CX660 Mumbai to Hong Kong | 2019 Photos and Video

Very nice report. Thanks for sharing. I have never flown Cathay Pacific but I'm sure it is a great airline to fly with. Also I was impressed with the modern engineering and architecture structures of the terminals. That's the other beauty of air travel, aside from looking at the beauty of flight. S...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 12899

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

Not for nothing, but skeletons starting to emerge from Elon’s closet. He paid a SpaceX employee $250K to stay quiet about exposing himself to her on the company jet in 2016. https://www.engadget.com/elon-musk-spacex-sexual-miisconduct-230458875.html The going rate was around $130k just a few years ...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6282

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Non-organic growth of an efficient intercity rail service in a territory previously void thereof but otherwise largely populated/farmed and with strong property laws is unfortunately almost impossible. It's a valiant effort from CA, but at this rate they might as well build the whole thing undergrou...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 4:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 9660

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

To clarify from the post-launch media briefing, there are 12 OMAC thrusters distributed between 4 doghouses. In the port doghouse, 2 of the thrusters had early shutdowns, but the 3rd was ok. Starliner has levels of redundancy that include the loss of any one doghouse, with the others compensating. ...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7620

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

Yes, ET 788 ET-AOP "Queen of Sheba" suffered a much larger/worse hull fire back in 2013 and was patched and has been flying since w/out issue. The ET bird was not so much 'patched' as 'rebuilt-in-situ'... The repair was extensive and took a specialist team from Boeing. I would hope that f...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7620

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

The question becomes why did the lightning not follow the path to the static discharge wicks? Surely that is their function. This is perfectly normal, you see lightning entry and exit points all over even on metal aircraft I have never seen lightning damage this extensive on an airliner before. A f...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7620

Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

https://simpleflying.com/jetstar-boeing-787-lightning-strike/ Jetstar has grounded one of its 787s (VH-VKL) after being severely damaged by lightning strikes on May 7th. The video of the post flight inspection is doing the rounds and is showing quite extensive damage, including multiple scorch marks...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 16, 2022 11:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6413
Views: 430576

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It seems the high russian troop deaths are not just on the success of the Ukrainians. russian commanders finish off their injured with a bullet to the head. I can’t find the original article but here is a Newsweek article. Obviously he is a prisoner of war so “could be forced to say anything” but I...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 10, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 8
Views: 2499

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

I'm not familiar with the 737, but a broken mast heater should not incur a performance penalty. Unless maybe it involves structural damage and an associated CDL that would limit speed, though I doubt it. The slower than usual cruise may be associated with non optimal cruise altitude, higher than ave...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I think they were too busy building a fake marina. Promotional/commercial considerations are more important then the basics such as asphalt. Gosh, how tacky is that marina thing... As for the rest, I'm afraid you're right. Monetizing races seems to have become more important to F1 than the racing i...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 19746

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Did they even resurface the parking lot it's built on?

F1 is walking a fine line by adding all these city tracks at the expense of more established and better suited proper racing circuits.

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6413
Views: 430576

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Thanks. All good points. On the subject of EEZ, it does assume a degree of international recognition of the control of said territory, which would not be forthcoming as most nations would not recognize this occupation as legitimate. It would be a one sided claim and treated as such, much like most ...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6413
Views: 430576

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Do we know why Snake island is so strategically important? It has been in the spotlight since early in the war and may have some symbolic value, but would Ukrainian air assets not be better used striking Russian targets on the Eastern front? I know that defending The southwestern coast is primordial...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 3438

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

From the very limited data I get from the fleets I'm familiar with, I get a feeling that most of the weight saving is done early in the production run, within the first few years. Empty weights tend to stabilise towards the end of the run. I suppose it makes sense that the low hanging fruits would b...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 158
Views: 18835

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Is it me or was that booster titling a bit after landing?

Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to B1069 (nice) which got damaged during its sail back to port last December... I hope they didn't have to scrap it, it was only its first flight.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments

Thanks. Dream Chaser was always my favorite CCDev project. I was sad that they lost to SpaceX. Boeing was always gonna be selected as the 'safe contractor' ( :sarcastic: ) and there was only room for one 'outsider'. I understand why it went to SpaceX, and in the end it was the right decision. Still,...

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