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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin now clearly in the minority
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Putin now clearly in the minority

Is he trying to make himself look more legitimate by cheating to only just above 50%?

Then again, why would he care. He could go full African Dictator mode and give himself 90% of the votes and no one could or would do anything about it... The pretense is long gone.

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 41
Views: 2271

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

The wingspan issue is a bit of a red herring IMO. The cargo door is also a non-issue as one is already available and in wide use on the 330. At the end of the day, Airbus is still being used for the illusion of a 'fair competition' that will inevitably be given to Boeing... You'd think they would ha...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57486

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Sleep period but yes maybe space adaptation syndrome too. By chance the other day reading ‘Skylab. America’s First Space Station’ by David J Shayler, when SL4 Commander Bill Pouge suffered it early on, badly too, way worse than Borman on Apollo 8. Though Pouge was a rookie commander he was also not...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening
Replies: 18
Views: 1484

Re: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening

Look at the size of these floats... They're almost comically large.
It's like grafting 2 ATR fuselages to the side of a Herc.

Wherever they intend to fly this thing, I hope they don't plan on going very fast.

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/covid-19-vaccine-boosters-not-widely-needed-top-fda-who-scientists-say-2021-09-13/ The FDA is putting a damper on the third shot craze by saying it is not necessary for most people. Also SIngapore was also going to opening up when 80% population vaccinated, but curre...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57486

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

And those laser-equipped sats just made it to orbit, pushed by good ol' B1049 which successfully landed on good ol' OCISLY. That makes it join the exclusive 10 spaceflights hardware club, the second F9 booster to do so after its brother B1051. The Inspiration 4 mission is next, in a couple of days, ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 328
Views: 50993

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

Galwayman wrote:
Boeing share price still down after the announcement . They’re going to have to do something to keep FR happy …


Why?

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50732

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I'd note that the current troubles with the 787 do not stem from outsourcing or subcontracting this time, but from assembly... The one thing that Boeing actually does itself. To me, the root of all this mess is the SC plant and its ostensible goal to cut costs, corners and bypass unions. It has been...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 25
Views: 4079

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

Here's a list based on photos on what's left behind and is supposedly disabled. Currently 70 aircraft accounted for https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/09/list-of-aircraft-and-helicopters.html Interestingly, most of these aircraft seem to belong to the (effectively defunct) Afghan Air Force. The US ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing - Can Lockheed Martin Please Save Us?
Replies: 53
Views: 9124

Re: Boeing - Can Lockheed Martin Please Save Us?

You forgot to mention the troublesome, much delayed and way over-budget Starliner capsule program...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Best Setting For A Window Air Conditioner Is Actually Medium Cool / Medium Fan Speed
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: The Best Setting For A Window Air Conditioner Is Actually Medium Cool / Medium Fan Speed

79F for sleeping? Is that a typo - it's not good for you. We don't even set our thermostat above 20C (68F) in the depths of winter. https://www.nwphysicians.com/what-s-the-best-temperature-for-sleep/ Looking at the available research, most studies agree that a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 328
Views: 50993

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

I don't disagree with any of that, but at the end of the day, it's hard to tell what any party's position was and who's bluffing here. The basic rules of the market still apply. FR needs airplanes, they can get them from AB or BCA. AB isn't interested, at least not at a price FR will go for. That le...

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by Francoflier
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 328
Views: 50993

Re: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute

The 321s are more expensive and will take longer to deliver. But, MOL is right to take BCA to task over pricing. The MAX10 is a better choice only if FR can get better delivery times and much lower acquisition cost. If BCA insists on pricing themselves out of the market with an inferior product, th...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50732

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

What's worse here is that despite everything that's happened to Boeing in recent years, they keep coming up with unacceptable solutions. The corporate culture that gave us the multiple 787 debacles, the MAX debacle and the Starliner debacle is still alive and well and trying to nickel and dime their...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Looking at the European stats, Italy has been consistently outperforming the UK, France, and Spain, and more recently Germany too Italy has the highest Covid-death per capita of all Western European nations since the crisis started... it also stands roughly in the middle of the European average for...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50732

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

The Wall Street Journal reports that deliveries are now delayed until at least October after the FAA rejected Boeing's latest inspection proposal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeings-delivery-of-new-787-dreamliners-likely-delayed-until-at-least-late-october-11630783728 Not a great look, and more op...

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by Francoflier
Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1424

Re: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread

Here's Scott Manley's debrief : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erXrnvyuhJs Likely an engine failure during the flight, leading to slow acceleration and loss of directional control as it eventually went supersonic... Some cool footage of the rocket going sideways and disintegrating too, just before ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1424

Re: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread

I watched the Everyday Astronaut stream and what piqued my interest was when he pointed out that the engines were not fully gimballed, each able to move back and forth. With the idea that between the four of them they had full directional control. However what happen if one fails? I guess they deci...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

I have my doubts that even if there was to be a 100% take up that much would change now in terms of public health measures because I think there are still many in public health that think that this thing can be contained like Measles and Polio or eradicated like Smallpox. There has yet to be full o...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2138

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

Shouldn't he also sue his parents who gave their agreement for the photo to be taken and used as well?

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57486

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Well, SpaceX may finally launch some stuff into space today. It had been a while... CRS 23 is slated to launch early morning from the Space Coast, towards the ISS, using booster B1061 on its 4th flight. If all goes well, the same booster will make the inaugural landing on SpaceX's new autonomous dro...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

This vaccine was supposed to offer some sense of normalcy to people now it doesn't so I have to say when people I know ask why should I get this vaccine I have no answer. Life for me is the same as it was a year and a half ago and I am vaccinated. The vaccine was supposed to offer some degree of no...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I've been logging UK COVID-19 data since it started here. worldometers each day publishes inter alia (a) total infections to date (b) deaths to date (c) recoveries to date; When I look at UK data I find that recoveries value is ~ 80% of infections value. Totals to date: Infections - 6,666,399 Recov...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

The only thing this study tells me it's that, once again, we will all get Covid at some stage. For those who haven't had it yet, there's the choice of getting it with or without the vaccine. Either way, you'll get your immunity. It's just that with the vaccine your chances of severe symptoms and dea...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

R0 of 6 means that the entire World is infected within less than 13 infection cycles (which can be as little as a week with Delta). Of course, it will likely take more time than this since it is a bit hindered in crossing borders and by some local restrictions, but it will get there eventually. It i...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58347434

Another report confirming the high benefit/risk ratio of the vaccine (AZ in this case).
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https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58347434

Another report confirming the high benefit/risk ratio of the vaccine (AZ in this case).

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta 330 order
Replies: 136
Views: 34148

Re: Rumor: Delta 330 order

Time to change the thread title?
Or create a new one maybe?

It seems the Chinese whispers changed the 321 to 330, but otherwise the object of the rumor appear to have concretized.

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 89
Views: 9881

Re: Arizona Election Audit

Are they waiting for the next elections to reveal their 'results' at this stage or have they fully realized the futility of their endeavor by now and are just riding the gravy train for as long as it goes?

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

This is a facinating study on a grand scale. I wonder what fraction will be willing to triple jab? Much less than the number of already vaccinated and none of those who refuse to vaccinate... You will simply discourage people from the idea if you tell them they need a booster every few months and y...

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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Singapore goes nuts, demands FOUR COVID-19 Tests for FULLY vaccinated Germans. What's nuts is that this is still ( tentatively) a massive improvement over the previous situation... Most of Asia is stuck in paralysing anxiety over Covid. The only strategy there seems to aim for eternal elimination. ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 23, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

This article highlights some of the ongoing issues with getting folks vaccinated. Those that are promoting the anti-vaxx stance are not caving in for one or two deaths. Rather they are doubling down, and it is deeply troubling. Covid has gone from a deadly respiratory disease to a deadly mental dis...

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by Francoflier
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I thought who had the breakthrough infections was interesting: https://qz.com/2050181/booster-shots-key-to-reducing-breakthrough-covid-19-infections/ breakthrough Covid-19 infections were immunocompromised—despite making up only 2.7% of the US adult population. In comparison, the rate of breakthrou...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Jeopardy host in Jeopardy
Replies: 34
Views: 1901

Re: New Jeopardy host in Jeopardy

So you mean to say that the unpopular guy who gave himself the job anyway because he wanted to and is the boss turned out to be a bit of a d#ckhead?

Now, that's a shocker...
:innocent:

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

3. Cost for the decision. Insurance companies were waiving fees for coronavirus, that is starting to end: https://www.wxyz.com/news/coronavirus/many-of-michigans-biggest-insurance-companies-will-no-longer-waive-covid-19-costs I've used up my articles, but this link looks to have more: https://www.f...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I think we should start to administer 3rd doses sooner rather than later. Seems to me the CDC is overly cautious. Why though? Is there tangible data showing that more and more vaccinated people are ending up in the hospital due to waning immunity? Antibodies are only one facet of the immune respons...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Here is an interesting article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/94-of-adults-have-covid-antibodies-ons-data-shows-vrdgr9sqc (paywalled, but the gist of it is in the first paragraph) Essentially, 94% of adults in the UK have Covid-19 antibodies. It's unclear how much of this comes from vaccination...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish attempts take-off on taxiway at KEWR
Replies: 62
Views: 12696

Re: Turkish attempts take-off on taxiway at KEWR

Don’t A330s have a similar alert and an Airport Map on the Display like newer Boeing models do? I can’t imagine it doesn’t have something. The legacy A330s have a runway alerting system as an option. It's a rather loud and obnoxious voice telling you that you are, or not, on a runway. It is very an...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Expect a staged opening only and only to fully vaccinated travellers Firstly to residents travelling directly from countries with low current transmission rates. We will probably then manage covid like we do polio and measles, certainly not just live with it, but rather local notification and isola...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

That is 87% unvaccinated (I am intentionally looking for stats showing the vaccines in a bad light, not because I am anti-vax, I'm looking for the worst case risk.) Since the worst I am finding is 87% to 88% hospitalized will be the unvaccinated, that tells me we must get more vaccinated. Aside fro...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 254
Views: 13385

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

At this stage also we cannot expect any relaxation of border controls until at least all eligible people have had reasonable chance to get vaccinated. Right now out priority is to eliminate the current outbreak of 30 known cases and get back to life without covid induced restrictions bar those oper...

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by Francoflier
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The appeal of raising children
Replies: 50
Views: 2526

Re: The appeal of raising children

I think it was Dear Abby who was shocked a number of years (decades?) ago when she asked if parents would have kids, had they to do it over. A large percent said not. Studies seem to indicate that couples who do not have children are happier. There is no doubt that kids are expensive, time consumin...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops
Replies: 34
Views: 2182

Re: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops

The idea is to disband it to replace it with something else, something more effective and less based on the ‘police only’ approach and more geared towards responding to the needs and expectations of the community. Basically a more holistic approach driven by data, experts in various fields and more ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops
Replies: 34
Views: 2182

Re: Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops

I have always been fascinated by police misconduct and police corruption, always. But that does not mean that we don’t need police to enforce the law anymore. That is a giant leap that only completely privileged people seem to make. If you have been a victim, of say ten violent crimes, you don’t ha...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101364

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Another interesting issue is that A-Z is not authorized by the US FDA, so people who are fully vaccinated with this vaccine are not considered so by the US if and when the US opens up again to vaccinated people from abroad. Most EU countries halted the use of A)Z months ago, but not so in the UK, s...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1370

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

Hard to say where remote working will end up once the dust settles. I imagine it will be somewhere between what we had before and the generalized forced work-from-home of the pandemic, depending on what was found to work out or not for each business. As for business travel however, I wouldn't start ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206254

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The Belgian government seems to be basing its policies on the assumption that the vaccines work. It's not an assumption, it's a fact. Data from the hospitals speak loudly, and clearly. Vaccines greatly decrease the chance of hospitalization and almost eliminate the chance of dying in all but the mo...

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by Francoflier
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33912

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

ThePointblank wrote:
And it looks like Starliner's launch is likely going to get pushed to next year:


Step 1: extend hand in front of head
Step 2: place palm over face
Step 3: ffs...


I wonder if ULA gets compensated for readying a booster on the pad for nothing. That can't be cheap.

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by Francoflier
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4317

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

Is some oversized "political" station like ISS really necessary? What is the value in the enormous size? Science... The astronauts manning it spend the majority of their time looking after science experiments after all, and the rest looking after the station and themselves. It's only poli...

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by Francoflier
Sun Aug 15, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 737MAX passenger complaints
Replies: 94
Views: 11294

Re: 737MAX passenger complaints

The small minority of people who do not want to fly the MAX will avoid it at the booking level, not by complaining at the gate when they see one (assuming they can even tell it apart from other 737s... Or from anything else).

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 498
Views: 68896

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Some considerations this moving of the engines to the rear addresses: - Above the wing engines are more difficult to maintain or do quick checks on at the gate. - Aren't there some newer requirements for belt armor of the cabin to protect for a blade out. This has moved the area damaged by a blade ...

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