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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook denial shot down in court
Replies: 26
Views: 1769

Re: Sandy Hook denial shot down in court

Considering how many other law suits are in progress right now, and the fact this one has set a bar quite high, one wonders just how much he'll be left with at the end. Hopefully nothing. Well, I don't know how much he has, but he'll be 50 million short soon... LegalEagle's continuation to the abov...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7510

Re: Time to dump Pride?

This thread is a perfect example of the bubble that exists in free societies. We have the latitude to debate large items and minutia, while Russia is not a practicing free society and the debate itself cannot happen. Ms Griner’s foley was identifying as a free woman, free to make mistakes in a plac...

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by Francoflier
Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook denial shot down in court
Replies: 26
Views: 1769

Re: Sandy Hook denial shot down in court

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-QcbOphxYs An interesting and funny video by LegalEagle on Youtube about how Jones got completely wrecked in court. Funny how these wackos and their conspiracies never tend to fare well when confronted to the cold reality of the law... not that his lawyers and their ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Aug 08, 2022 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 118677

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I couldn't help but notice the counter-rotating props... They're not very user-friendly in an airline environment as they mean 2 different sets of gearboxes and propellers and make engine changes a bit more logistically heavy (i.e. expensive). I wonder if the aerodynamic benefits of the setup are wo...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 06, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 14
Views: 3598

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

Astra is throwing in the towel with Rocket 3 and moving on to the larger launcher they announced back in May. https://spacenews.com/astra-cancels-rocket-3-to-focus-on-larger-vehicle/ It's a bold strategy and I can't help but wonder if they're giving up just before the finish line. No more Astra laun...

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 137
Views: 31483

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

lxman1 wrote:
Hopefully, they have actually found the root cause and have addressed it on future aircraft..


They have on both counts... by not selling airplanes to QR.

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by Francoflier
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

The more the situation unfolds the more I am inclined to believe Piastri made a mistake here. Even if he ends in the McLaren seat, which is far from certain if you ask me, there is no guarantee the car will be any better than the Alpine. I believe RIC is underdriving the car as much as Lando is ove...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 03, 2022 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9007

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

https://youtu.be/vES4M8lzTCE


Thanks.
Catchy video...
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ReverseFlow wrote:
Francoflier wrote:
Weren't Airbus going to design a portable on-board crane system as the type is quite awkward to load and unload without specialized equipment?
About 3/4 down the video you can see the theory with the portable system.

https://youtu.be/vES4M8lzTCE


Thanks.
Catchy video...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 03, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Trent 1000 variants
Replies: 9
Views: 1101

Re: Trent 1000 variants

Rated thrust is usually flat-rated. This means that some variants may offer the same rated thrust but up to higher density altitudes than others, to suit the needs of certain operators. This is generally done through software (and a bunch of money), by decreasing the maximum temperature/pressure mar...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 03, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question on aircraft tires
Replies: 15
Views: 1414

Re: Question on aircraft tires

Landing spin-ups are only a fraction of what wears the tires out. A lot of that wear happens during braking, taxying (especially when heavy and in tight turns), heat cycling, rough taxiway/runway surfaces, etc. Fancy solutions to spin the tires before landing would add weight, complexity and/or drag...

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by Francoflier
Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9007

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

Weren't Airbus going to design a portable on-board crane system as the type is quite awkward to load and unload without specialized equipment?

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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I didn't see that coming. It seems the Aussie mafia has a different plan for Piastri, and it had better be rock solid because I doubt Alpine will be very happy about being snubbed by one of the rookies they've groomed for 4 years... That said, it would be very awkward for Ricciardo to have to crawl ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monkeypox outbreak
Replies: 78
Views: 7054

Re: Monkeypox outbreak

Can't follow the logic of that statement, you can play football with him and get isolated but sit next to him,around him on a plane and no cause for concern ???? The transmission mode is through close physical contact, usually intimate. It is not airborne. You can sit right next to an infected pers...

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by Francoflier
Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I need to watch that particular DTS episode, but one thing Schumacher never did was publicly criticise the team. Any frustrations would have no doubt been dealt with in private and behind closed doors. This particular aspect seems to have not changed. The way Leclerc and Sainz avoid complaining abo...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

So who wants to interview for the Ferrari strategy position? Someone needs to do a montage of all the Ferrari blunders this year and sync it to the Yackety Sax... Talk about throwing a season away. It's been hard for Tifosi the last few years, but this season must feel particularly bitter. At least...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 30, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 223
Views: 40536

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

Well, they did say GRADATIM ferociter...

Better late than never. I hope this is the start of a successful and long-lasting engine family.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

It's sad to see Vettel go. He really seems like a good guy. Like Alonso, I was hoping he'd stay on a bit and give it a shot with a better team. As for Porsche buying into Red Bull, I didn't see that coming. I knew they intended to get back into F1 along with Audi (although I'm not sure why Volkswage...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 28, 2022 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water
Replies: 33
Views: 1781

Re: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water

NIKV69 wrote:
I love in Clark county Nevada. I am doing my snow dance now for the whole winter. I want 30 feet of snow in the Rockies!


I'm afraid it's going to take a lot more than a snow dance to fix that...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

Most of the babies born in those countries (and the next 10 highest birth rates) will have little hope for the future. Many of them will try to migrate to countries with much better economies. And when they get there, their CO2 emissions will shortly match that of the residents of those nations. Th...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 08, 2022 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World’s Thinnest Watch
Replies: 32
Views: 1233

Re: World’s Thinnest Watch

I find it ironic that RM would come up with this one, given most of the rest of their lineup consists of huge and rather gaudy watches. I love watches but I've never liked RM, not that I could afford one. That competition between manufacturers for the thinnest mechanical watch started a little while...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 08, 2022 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe fatally shot
Replies: 30
Views: 2518

Re: Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shot

This is quite shocking and sad in a country where gun violence is almost unheard of. I hope he pulls through.

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 05, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15389

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022

How are the variant shots coming along? It seems we're about due for one now as the OG vax appears to have reached its limits. The theory was that variant boosters would be quick to modify and quick to approve as they would bypass most of the testing required for the initial one. It's been over a ye...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 05, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Too much drama and conspiracy for my liking. I consider Ferrari simply not operating on the level of their competitors when it comes to race strategy and execution. And they haven’t been there for years. It only shows so bitterly now that they actually built a quick car. That's the main theory. Fer...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 05, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 20499

Re: The status of the Airbus A380 fleet worldwide

I find it amazing that Tahi Airways are ot able to utilize their airbus 380's. They could proabbaly put those on the Scandinavian market instead of the Boeing 777-300ER with the amount of Scanidnavians holidaying in Thailand. Don’t give them ideas. TG have to many types although they do have routes...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 05, 2022 2:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Why Charles Leclerc can't trust Ferrari in the 2022 F1 title fight (YouTube) One part of me feels the title is cringe-worthy click bait, another part feels the content is fair criticism from veteran journalists. The clicky part is using the word "trust", as if the outcomes are signs of de...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 03, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28521

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

The top of Zhou’s car, basically everything above the halo, has snapped clean of. Including the roll-bar. This is part of the car’s safety structure and should have remained intact. That is no doubt going to lead to some hard questions. Possibly also changes in the regulations. It's the second time...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airport 3rd runway start operation on 08JUN
Replies: 52
Views: 9315

Re: Hong Kong Airport 3rd runway start operation on 08JUN

Considering that most of the flights operating into HKG are freighters, which all park at the southern ramp, taxying to and from the new runway is going to be a right pain in the behind. I also predict quite a few 'interesting' moments with that new ILS 25R procedure. Ironically, HKG is about as far...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best anti-virus option for windows now?
Replies: 20
Views: 1303

Re: Best anti-virus option for windows now?

Likewise.
uBlock, DuckDuckGo search engine, default antivirus and, I'm almost ashamed to say, built-in browser... good enough for me.
I do pay for a VPN though.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best anti-virus option for windows now?
Replies: 20
Views: 1303

Re: Best anti-virus option for windows now?

I used to like Avast, even the free version. My unpopular opinion, however, is that Windows Defender is actually not that bad at all... It may not offer all the bells and whistles that some of its competitors do, but at least you don't have to worry about constantly renewing a license and updating t...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best anti-virus option for windows now?
Replies: 20
Views: 1303

Re: Best anti-virus option for windows now?

Paid or free?

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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: 33
Views: 2117

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: 33
Views: 2117

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: 7625

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: 3121

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: 1416

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: 14275

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: 337
Views: 28521

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: 194
Views: 24051

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: 194
Views: 24051

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: 194
Views: 24051

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: 194
Views: 24051

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: 194
Views: 24051

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: 14
Views: 3598

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: 3808

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: 3808

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: 1530

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: 1177

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: 12949

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: 3488

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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