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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 1964

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

The idea that the USA has any sort of jurisdication is utter nonesense. The media in Minsk and Moscow will by milking this stupidity for propoganda purposes - they'd be mad not to. Based upon what, exactly? Galwayman's assessment of what customary international law is? Because, for example, most co...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freight Trains being robbed in LA
Replies: 44
Views: 1549

Re: Freight Trains being robbed in LA

Also logically, lets say you were shipping something that you know is easily liquidatable such as the consumer goods typically shipped by Amazon. Would you secure it with a device that can be defeated with a $20 pair of bolt cutters? Or would you spend the extra few dollars and get at least a barri...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 23
Views: 844

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Death by a thousand cuts... Nope. Specific policy decisions by a number of Euro governments, and the Obama and Biden Administrations, resulting in entirely predictable results. Had we continued making Russian oil and gas a loss maker for Russia as we did during the Trump Administration, Putin would...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 13
Views: 571

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

Those are a good buy, especially with the Chinese fishing fleets treating South American EEZs like a buffet.

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster

The last actual use of the filibuster would be the Democrats using it to forestall debate on the sanction of NordStream2, correct?

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster

Why do you need Voter ID? . Same reason you need it to, 1.Rent a car 2.Check in to a hotel 3. Get on the payroll at a job 4. Fly 5. Etc So the person accross the desk knows it's you. Why does Canada do it? Why don't they let the voting rolls decide? 1) Buy a gun 2) Buy alcohol 3) Buy tobacco 4) Ent...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Raw US Senate debate on voting bill unlikely to end filibuster

The filibuster is garbage. We've already decided that judicial appointments and budgets are too important to be filibustered, and impeachment and treaties require a larger majority already per the Constitution. So what's it for? What gets blocked? What legislation is so darned important to the dign...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freight Trains being robbed in LA
Replies: 44
Views: 1549

Re: Freight Trains being robbed in LA

Aaron747 wrote:
Right, because everything is soooo simple. Whatever :boggled:


When you decriminalize something, you'll get more of it.

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freight Trains being robbed in LA
Replies: 44
Views: 1549

Re: Freight Trains being robbed in LA

The USA reminds me a little bit of a few airlines…..a race to the bottom! :white: The state of California essentially decriminalized theft under the threshold of $1000. Perhaps they were smarter than we knew, considering $1000 in this inflationary economy is likely a nice steak dinner for two withi...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 23
Views: 844

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I came here to post something very similar! If Putin is given Romania and Bulgaria, he will keep on pushing westward until he is at the Atlantic Ocean. That's why appeasement politics doesn't work. True, which is why appeasement politics needs to stop. Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recen...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 23
Views: 844

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

They know that this is not up to debate or negociation. With this, it's as if they are actually looking for a war. Uh, you mean the Russian actions to date, to include the WMD attack in Britain, the invasion of the Donbass, and Georgia, the illegal occupation of Transdneistra, the attempt to tamper...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 1964

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

If citizenship of passengers is the main arbiter of jurisdiction... then Belarus can claim the right to hear the case, since at least one passenger, namely Protasevich, has Belarusian nationality Oh, that would be an interesting claim to arbitrate. I think the defense needs to call the HAMAS extern...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 1964

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

So WHY is the US charging anyone for an incident involving Belarusian citizens, flying over Belarus, in a aircraft registered in Malta? The two arrested were wanted for involvement in the Belarus Coup attempt. This is very dangerous precedent to set. The US has diverted more than one aircraft over ...

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by FlapOperator
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

I've yet to see a Chinese export weapons system perform to spec, which is sad since most of these are near give away price.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1642

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

if 88 x 108 is the standard military size and 88 x 125 and 96 x 125 the standard commercial size pallets used on widebodies, why is the 777 a problem but not the 747 or MD11 etc???...so whats so special about the usual factory spec 777 handling system compared to the other widebodies, all of whom l...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F
Replies: 12
Views: 1642

Re: Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for the 777F

How I know its a USTRANSCOM/AMC effort, without knowing its a USTC/AMC effort.... "Hey, even though most of the CRAF -11Fs are in their fleets for another decade, lets panic and get the 777 ready!" "OK, panic approved. How's does the 777 fit onto our plan?" "MOGs the living ...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Re: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo

I remember seeing these display at Farborough in the 80's (I was not there on the day of that notorious 'very hard landing' however). A shame that Viking Aerospace could not/did not update the Buffalo as they have types like the Twin Otter, could that have been a better solution? Quite apart from C...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 18
Views: 2043

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

mxaxai wrote:
SQ's initial F-35 order is for only 4 F-35B. Perhaps Thailand wants some too.


Not surprising as the B could likely be integrated onboard the HTMS Chakri Naruebet if some work was done to the carrier, and the B is the only game in town for VSTOL strike aircraft.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics

Wait, what? So to spy on foreign visitors to the US is ok for the US but not for other countries? (Both happen) I know right? It's sickening that athletes are thrust into this because nobody should be going to these games. Who's forcing the athletes to go? I'd argue the IOC. I mean, sure we can pla...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 241
Views: 26442

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It seems like the WGN issues relate more to maintenance than to crews and training -- at least until one crew zigs when they should have zagged in an emergency. FedEx and UPS can keep their fleet of identical aircraft flying relatively-reliably. The question is: Why can't WGN? Not all aged aircraft...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident at Abu Dhabi
Replies: 25
Views: 6095

Re: Incident at Abu Dhabi

Aesma wrote:
The UAE are fighting in Yemen so this is war not terrorism.


Attacks on clearly civilian targets with no military or limited military value by a non-recognized armed militia?

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: Airliner ferry

Are ferry flights run as Part 25 flights normally? Can they be run under Part 91? Yes, they do operate under 91 which is why we can use a separate group of pilots who are retired...they can't transport passengers under 121 anymore but can still move an empty airliner. Great group of pilots, so much...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliner ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: Airliner ferry

The way to get this kind of highly specialised job is to work your way up, show initiative, willingness to work hard, and a good attitude. Make contacts. It takes time. And success at achieving the dream position is not guaranteed. However, there are often opportunities along the way. It's about th...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ closed to arrivals due to Snow-Ice
Replies: 13
Views: 3865

Re: YYZ closed to arrivals due to Snow-Ice

Its a weird dynamic. Windsor and Sarnia often seem dryer than other cities in Ontario. I wonder if that is true or just confirmation bias.

Yeah, it was solid snow storm by GTA standards.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 241
Views: 26442

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

At some point, the holes in the swiss cheese are going to line up for these guys. On a night where you have SEVEN of your aircraft flying, you have TWO air-returns after takeoff, for indisputably-serious events. Does nobody in authority notice? You are absolutely right. At some point, both WGA's ma...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai close call..?
Replies: 13
Views: 6542

Re: Dubai close call..?

acavpics wrote:
Even then, they were lucky in that nobody on board died that time. Like other said, they shouldn't wait for their luck to run out.


Frankly, having a foreigner to blame is the "luck" they need from what I've seen.

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6667

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

The problem with Beluga-like conversions is you're really talking the 100000 boxes of feathers use case and then you're just moving stuff from prepared airfield with extensive ground support to other prepared airfield with extensive ground support. While I know the soft field capability of the C-5 i...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.

Also if you need to retard a throttle for an emergency procedure like Engine Fire/Failure.

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6667

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

And from my understanding general air cargo within NATO is flown by whichever NATO member has available equipment, not necessarily the "home air force". Yes and no. Yes in that there are a number of generalized and specific airlift agreements (along with all sorts of other agreements.) Th...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6667

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

This will be fascinating program to watch. My personal opinion is that its going to wallow in development hell until the French can shoe-horn the requirements into looking like some Jet powered A400M, and then it will be another 15 years for designs, work shares, and other requirements made. Then an...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6667

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

And from my understanding general air cargo within NATO is flown by whichever NATO member has available equipment, not necessarily the "home air force". Yes and no. Yes in that there are a number of generalized and specific airlift agreements (along with all sorts of other agreements.) Th...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai close call..?
Replies: 13
Views: 6542

Re: Dubai close call..?

First the long takeoff and now the takeoff without clearance, what is going on inside Emirates' cockpits?? I think that its been discussed well in the other thread...highly experienced crew made redundant and repatriating home, an overall lower level of experience in the flight deck, aggressive ros...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Learjet Crash December 27 2021 in San Diego/ Gillespie - audio/video
Replies: 195
Views: 44057

Re: Learjet Crash December 27 2021 in San Diego/ Gillespie - audio/video

Here’s the preliminary NTSB report. Yes, they struck a power line prior to ground impact. What were thinking flying this low, other than “I’ve got to get in”. https://interactive.cbs8.com/pdfs/Report_WPR22FA068_104445_1_11_2022_7_05_21_PM.pdf I'd be really interested in knowing if there was a phone...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 241
Views: 26442

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Not too sure what the laws were but when I sold dry ice, it was 10 pounds per passenger in the cargo hold. 10 pounds will last you a day at around 5 pounds of cargo. I've heard of CO2 monitors being given to flight crews carrying large amounts of dry ice. There was a local corporate department who ...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 1769

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

At least at US air carriers. your experience as a pilot has no bearing on what seat or aircraft you fly. It's strictly seniority. Experience is not portable between airlines.. Is Spirit the same, I heard something about them recognizing prior 121 time with a few buddies that went there, or would th...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 1769

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

The caveat to this is the legal requirement for 1000 hours of 121 SIC/135 PIC (conditionally) for command.

For example, I've got a fair amount of Part 91 time in a variety of transport category aircraft that wouldn't count towards this command requirement.

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days
Replies: 184
Views: 29736

Re: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days

There has been plenty of criticism from China about the West's handling of Covid-19, just as there there has been plenty of criticism from the West on the West's handling of Covid-19. but not too much critism (except Trump) from the West on China's original handling of Covid... L Like China emplaci...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls
Replies: 54
Views: 12329

Re: Man storms into AA cockpit during boarding, breaks flight controls

San Pedro Sula is a rough town in the best of circumstances. I know two North American airlines that convoy their crews to their fortified hotels with armed security.

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8788

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

From this side of the pond it looked like a mob intent on preventing the democratic process operating because a politician of the wrong political complexion was being confirmed as head of state. Would they have done the same if the situation were reversed (Trump had been declared winner but they be...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11196

Re: 757 pilots having fun

Your experience must be pretty limited then. Under hot/high conditions the A300 and A310 will achieve higher climb gradients than the 757. JNB, NBO, MEX, Yemen etc I limited pitch attitude to 20 degrees during my corporate days. Higher deck angles could make important folk feel funny. And then the ...

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by FlapOperator
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5102

Re: Grow the US Air Force

LyleLanley wrote:
FlapOperator wrote:
Because its a one-trick-pony operation over there, completely focused on the pilots.


Well said.

F-15C pilots also have a well-earned reputation of treating other airframe communities like their crew chiefs...



Oof...I see what you did there...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 241
Views: 26442

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It would seem to me that if one was a pilot able to choose between working at WGN or Brown/Purple, the choice would be pretty easy/ The hiring practices at Brown and Purple are notoriously difficult to navigate without an inside endorsement, and neither Brown or Purple want to cripple their lower w...

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8788

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

seb146 wrote:

Guns were found on the domestic terrorists on 1/6.



I don't believe that is factually correct.

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by FlapOperator
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1709
Views: 258802

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Accoring to some news in Germany- The F35 is now in evaluation as well for Tornado replacement. That's completely unsurprising, though, if you look at some of the publicly available doctrinal stuff from the Luftwaffe, they really like electronic attack, and the EA-18 is the best available platform ...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1457

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

FWIW, China has 4% tax rate the last I heard. The BRI thing that China has with some 20-30 odd countries have all agreed to peg their products on the 4% rate over 10-15 years. From what little I know and understand, the idea is to have something that is of similar grouping as EU has (the single mar...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1457

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

The action for many things has moved to China. The largest car market is now China and they are doing lot of things there. Most legacy auto companies are being left behind, whether it is States or EU. We will see how their economy fares as they manage their real estate bubble and can steal less IP.

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8788

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

Name one person who's been charged with "insurrection". That's actually what the 1/6 committee is looking at. But, with all the minions failing to respond to their subpoenas, that investigation is slowing. If they are so innocent, why won't they testify under oath? Because impeachments th...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1457

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

I don’t think our government should have approved that merger. Military procurement hasn’t been good either. The FAA’s supervision of Boeing wasn’t good. These regulatory weaknesses have caused some bad things to happen. But I don’t think these problems are engineering / tech weaknesses of the USA....

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 1428

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Yes, we had Carousel INS, whirling steel. The USAF actually used those when they installed thd Collins FMS-800 in the 90s. Speaking of waypoint #9, rumor had it a US airline once loaded the 9 waypoints, coasted out and didn’t load the the #1. At 20W, plane neatly and without the crew noticing, head...

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by FlapOperator
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1457

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

LCDFlight wrote:
I think US technology remains quite good. Tesla is a good example.



Where Americans are allowed to innovate, they seem to do well.

When the bureaucracy develops to its own logic, it demands government handouts in the name of the "greater good."

Rhymes with "going."

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