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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 38
Views: 1191

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

You pay your credit card by cheque? Through the mail?

Now that's a hipster power move.

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 26, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 459
Views: 62316

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Although I am a bit perplexed at the increasing aggressiveness NASA is displaying against asteroids. Now they're paying to go punch one. In the face. With a satellite. What has Dimorphos ever done to them?. They're getting revenge for the dinosaurs. Hmm... I'm not sure that's a war we want to escal...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 128
Views: 7483

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

And I think it will come to some surprise to you is that this is the exact same model that NZ is pursuing. We are just further behind in progress. Currently at 78% 1st dose 72% second. The big split is indicative of continuing high but falling daily vaccinations, Currently a fairly constant 2/3 sec...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 459
Views: 62316

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Who enjoyed the launch of NASA's DART mission? :wave: Although I am a bit perplexed at the increasing aggressiveness NASA is displaying against asteroids. Now they're paying to go punch one. In the face. With a satellite. What has Dimorphos ever done to them? Funny enough, this is the second NASA m...

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by Francoflier
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 128
Views: 7483

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/update-on-local-covid-19-situation-(23-nov-2021) https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 Singapore, with 94% eligible population vaccinated, still only capable of limiting the reproduction rate to 0.83, that is while maintaining strict restriction on gathering...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 128
Views: 7483

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The current health crisis stems from unvaccinated people. Question remains how we manage to to vaccinate the majority of the population? Coercion, bullying, and damnation are not the first methods to apply in my book as it will only fan the flames of the growing scepticism to the vaccines (it is in...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 128
Views: 7483

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

We have to force the vaccine on the uneducated and math challenged because at the end of the day they are killing themselves. It's a good rule of thumb not to demonize the people you disagree with, calling unvaccinated people uneducated and math challenged will hardly win them over. The vaccine oug...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 19, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 128
Views: 7483

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

We have to force the vaccine on the uneducated and math challenged because at the end of the day they are killing themselves. I fail to see why that would be a bad thing. Darwin would be so proud. I don't disagree... Covid is turning into a crisis mostly for the unvaccinated. Why should we care abo...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia just shot down their own satellite!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1629

Re: Russia just shot down their own satellite!!!

Another brainiac move by Russia. :sarcastic: It does bring up an interesting point however. As warfare moves into orbit, the next major global conflict will undoubtedly involve massive destruction of hardware in space which will likely render Earth's orbit inaccessible to humans for the foreseeable ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22231

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Yet, such number mean both Seoul and Incheon are seeing over 75% of their corona severe case beds being occupied, reaching emergency level set by Korean government when they announced reopening plan. Rest of the country also see their corona ward severe bed being 60-70% occupied already, and case n...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22231

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/skorea-urges-covid-19-booster-shots-severe-cases-hit-record-2021-11-10/ Korea: 90% adults, or 77% entire population, are now fully vaccinated, yet severe case still hit record high, at 475 serious case a day in the country of 51 million population. That's ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350-1000 Question
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: A350-1000 Question

If the take off happens at high thrust due to runway performance requirements and a low climb thrust is selected (D2), the reduction in thrust can be quite large. Add to that the fact that some pilots are a bit more abrupt than others in pulling the levers back to the CLB detent after take off (and ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 04, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2946

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

Hubble is down again, for the third time this year... The orbiting telescope went into safe mode late October due to the loss of 'synchronization messages'. Engineers are still troubleshooting and expect the process to last at least another week. https://spacenews.com/hubble-remains-in-safe-mode-aft...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22231

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Are we not exporting vaccines? I happen to visit multiple relatives and friends who are vulnerable and interact with children too young to be vaccinated. Your choice of words implies a strong position I do not take. We instead should increase production. There is more of an ethical position on thos...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22231

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I think we'll find that interest will wane rather rapidly if we intend to embark on an endless cycle of booster shots. I'm all for boosters for 'at risk' groups such as the elderly or immunodeficient as they can mean life or death to them, but asking the rest of the population to follow suit will on...

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by Francoflier
Sun Oct 31, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 284
Views: 12746

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Simply, pilots and mechanics trust each other, but we verify that each other has properly done their jobs, because mistakes do happen. Further, as a mechanic, I provide written evidence that I’ve done my job. No, we do not. Pilots do not check that engineers have locked out a valve, pulled a C/B or...

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by Francoflier
Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 13676

Re: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread

Today's Ariane V launch went without a hitch, pushing 2 sats to GTO.

This in itself wouldn't be particularly noteworthy if it wasn't for the fact that this was the last Ariane launch before the JWST's turn in December.

:crossfingers:

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by Francoflier
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 41
Views: 5430

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Hmmmm..... It seems congress is now asking NASA to select another contractor for the Human Landing System program as part of the appropriation bill which covers NASA's budget. https://spacenews.com/senate-appropriators-direct-nasa-to-select-second-artemis-lunar-lander/ https://techcrunch.com/2021/10...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

Late edit, I note one more pallet than the Airbus conversion: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/10/04/iai-to-convert-a330-300-aircraft-from-passenger-to-freighter-for-avolon/ It seems this is to be achieved by a different siting of the cargo door (or maybe a smaller door?) " The converted mode...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

*note that the ACAP shows exactly the same range for a 242T CEO or 242T NEO at max payload.. But is the max payload the same? Less fuel should be required to fly a neo than a ceo the same distance at the same take off weight. Yes, it's the same (at least for the pax version). They increased the MZF...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

I was considering asking you the same. Considering the performance data published by Airbus. The NEO is able to carry at least the same payload or more. No. The ACAP clearly shows that the NEO's max payload is similar to that of the CEO. The NEO's MZFW has increased by about as much as its empty we...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

seahawk wrote:
It has a lower fuel burn. So except for really short hops, the reduced amount of fuel allows for more payload.


Again, no.

I can't decide if you don't understand what I wrote or how airplanes work or if you're just trolling at this stage...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 2798

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58960575

I thought it might be shipped by air, but it seems it sailed there instead.
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The JWST is on the final stretch before launch. It has arrived in French Guiana and is being readied to leave Earth in December:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58960575

I thought it might be shipped by air, but it seems it sailed there instead.

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by Francoflier
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

The NEO's MZFW hasn't increased as much as its OEW has so depending on how much weight they can remove from the frame during conversion, the max payload for the NEO will not be better that the CEO, maybe even slightly worse. The only benefit to a customer would be the decreased fuel consumption, bu...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. They could show an antibody test drawn two days ago to Boeing that indicat...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?
Replies: 8
Views: 2270

Re: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?

I've never flown an airliner from that era, but that initial acceleration was pathetic. I couldn't hear a V1 call, but given the slow acceleration I suspect decision speed would have happened waaaay before rotation and I doubt that an engine failure after that would have allowed for a safe takeoff g...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 367
Views: 86163

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

After the razzle, razzle, we learn it is not a safety of flight and will be fixed via an AD. The previous woes that halted production were not directly related to safety of flight either, otherwise there would have been more groundings. They're still extremely bothersome for Boeing and its customer...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1864

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

johns624 wrote:
Wages seem to have gone up quite a bit in the last 6 months, yet everyone still has signs out.


Offer and demand... That's how capitalism works, right?

And it seems the offer is still not satisfying the demand.

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9197

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. They could show an antibody test drawn two days ago to Boeing that indicat...

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1616

Re: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread

Thanks for opening the thread. The new launch date now puts Starliner in competition with Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser's first flight which, ironically, lost to it and Space X's Dragon for the Commercial Crew Program... The project that was selected because NASA " considered Boeing's proposal t...

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by Francoflier
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 459
Views: 62316

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Some miscellaneous Falcon-related news: Cool: B1051 is due to launch a Starlink mission from Vanderberg in a few days and will become the first booster to fly and land 11 times! Not cool: its brother B1049 has been slated to launch the O3b mPOWER satellite for SES next year, which will also be its e...

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by Francoflier
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 35413

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

Maybe ULA should detonate a Starliner, and their chief execs should smoke weed on a live stream... :old: Boeing, you mean? Speaking of which, it may be time we had a Boeing Starliner specific thread rather than squatting the ULA thread. Poor ULA is just another innocent victim in this debacle... al...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 11987

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

Damn... how many times have they tried to revive the Fokker 100 now?

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

The NEO's MZFW hasn't increased as much as its OEW has so depending on how much weight they can remove from the frame during conversion, the max payload for the NEO will not be better that the CEO, maybe even slightly worse. The only benefit to a customer would be the decreased fuel consumption, but...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client
Replies: 49
Views: 6626

Re: IAI starts A330P2F line, Avolon first client

Will this program in the very long term have a positive influence on the A339? As the fuselage is more or less the same but the possible MTOW is even higher, switching from 333 to 339 conversions should be relatively simple. This would increase the long term value of the A339 and could therefore re...

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by Francoflier
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18233

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

As I replied before someone took a machete to this thread, 125T is not a realistic OEW unless you have a fully equipped passenger interior and windows. It looks like it has windows to me. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqP0peIX4mocltxymfiQ45Dm6LQ8P4FRQbrQ&usqp=CAU You hav...

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by Francoflier
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18233

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

No they state fuel capacity not fuel offload. 242t MTOW minus 125 OEW gives only 117t fuel capacity. Airbus has clearly put in a big extra fuel tank and it won't be able to be filled up all of the way up. As I replied before someone took a machete to this thread, 125T is not a realistic OEW unless ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 41
Views: 5430

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

I wonder how much of the discontent and lack of results can be pinned on BO's highly unpopular CEO who may simply be be unable to manage the company effectively or whether Bezos just tried to emulate the Amazon corporate culture and the way it treats its employees at his space pet project, only to f...

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by Francoflier
Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 - 2021 Season
Replies: 788
Views: 49896

Re: F1 - 2021 Season

It's always a very tough call when you're leading a race in changeable conditions with just a few laps to go and you've got someone (not to mention a 7 x WDC) chasing you hard. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Even Hamilton ignored his team's first call to pit for inters. For Hamilton, the ca...

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by Francoflier
Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

In most period of time Hong Kong have gone through a number of outbreaks, and have successfully keep the R below 1 most of the time, without lockdown. At most only widespread testing and contact-tracing, as well as isolating a neighborhood for mandatory testing. And peak of these waves are still ju...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

As for "no way to defeat it", it depends on whether you can get the infectivity down to less than 1. If you can sustain it at less than 1 then ultimately the virus will gone. It can be achieved even in Western countries. But often those pandemic control measures as when as people's willin...

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by Francoflier
Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Many countries in East Asia have also banned visitors from entering and only allow their nationals, or people with long term work or study visa in some cases. Hence people who desire to travel and willing to observe the quarantine could still be barred from doing so. I don't think this policy is ne...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

That might be the case where you are from but I don't think you can take it as universal. For NZ our Prime Minister gave a press conference earlier today. From that conference... To me, that sounds more like she's trying to find a way to backpedal on the zero-covid policy than announcing a change. ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes
Replies: 23
Views: 2178

Re: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes

1) Verify the plane has the right data link installed. Seemingly, USAF C-130s and C-17s already do, but a 737 off the back lot might not. Well... you'd think that the biggest issue with using a 737, other than the datalink, would be the lack of a hole to push the missile crate out of. :biggrin: Mor...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 197
Views: 18233

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Of course, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Boeing offers a KC-46B with the same GenX fans that the new AF1 will be flying around. There's certainly a knock on benefit there for both programs. The kc-46B gets a range, efficiency and sustainment cost boost, and the new AF1 program gets ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

What's wrong with observing quarantine rule after travelling to other countries? Just follow the quarantine protocol then you don't need to deny citizens nor foreigners from entering and you can still maintain minimal amount of corona case if you don't have them locally And how is vaccine bubble a ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 310
Views: 65637

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

I don't think the CF-34 would be such a bad choice. It's quite reliable with a long and proven record. There's a huge pool of parts and experience around that engine which facilitates support. It's still light years ahead of the TF33 in terms of efficiency. It's also been massively updated since it ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 342
Views: 22231

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

We're not getting out of this until we have a very high fraction of the population vaccinated, that means stopping the spread among kids. I'm all for vaccinating kids, but I doubt it would stop the spread among them. Slow it? probably. But likely not stop it. But if 'getting out of this' equates to...

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by Francoflier
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/202109210157.aspx As the US seek to replace country-based travel rule with vaccination status, concerns have developed in Taiwan that whether it will make Taiwanese people more difficult if they want to visit the United States(...) Now, that's a bit rich coming...

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