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by FlapOperator
Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread
Replies: 664
Views: 83433

Re: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread

With the pilot shortage, it's a waste of crews to fly 9-19 seaters. People choose to.live in remote areas and think they are entitled to airline service. What's next, a shopping mall, a sports arena, rall service, etc? The remote areas create lots of the economic value of the nation, especially in ...

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by FlapOperator
Thu Jun 09, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FX463 Emergency and DIversion
Replies: 25
Views: 9113

Re: FX463 Emergency and DIversion

I hope not she looks like she underwent a maintenance check last June only 26k cycles and 76k hours. Delivered new to FED EX in 1986 like most of these DC-10-30’s delivered through 1988 they have low cycles and hours. They were converted to MD-10 as late as 2009/10. Hopefully a Latin American freig...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton agreed to give Trump-Russia material to reporter
Replies: 135
Views: 6697

Re: Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton agreed to give Trump-Russia material to reporter

As frustrating as it was to watch Russia's smash-and-grab in 2014 go by as uncontested as it did, I'm not sold on the feasibility of a greater response at the time. At the risk of arguing from a counterfactual, 2014 was a different political moment, and it's hard to see the U.S. being able to pull ...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6403
Views: 429631

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

bikerthai wrote:

Wonder if it would be easier to ask American to reduce our consumption? The excess food alone could make up the difference. And we might even get healthier. :biting:

bt


America seems to be leading the way on reducing baby formula consumption.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton agreed to give Trump-Russia material to reporter
Replies: 135
Views: 6697

Re: Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton agreed to give Trump-Russia material to reporter

It's all in court, and we will see what happens, but it is interesting that it didn't happen in a vaccum. Trump had already kneeled to Putin and put the election at risk by inviting Russia to spy on the election. Trump had already met with the Russians in Trump tower, but all of that is forgotten b...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6403
Views: 429631

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

ttps://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/2 ... ian-a77788


He's the very model of a Russian Major General.


Well played.
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flyingclrs727 wrote:
Braybuddy wrote:
A Russian SU-25 major general was shot down on Sunday, the highest-ranking so far:
ttps://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/2 ... ian-a77788


He's the very model of a Russian Major General.


Well played.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6403
Views: 429631

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

A Russian SU-25 major general was shot down on Sunday, the highest-ranking so far: ttps://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/24/russian-major-general-shot-down-over-ukraine-bbc-russian-a77788 Surprised they have Major Generals flying aircraft in combat zones, unless there is something I fail to underst...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6403
Views: 429631

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

bikerthai wrote:

Besides, Ukrainian economy can't be as bad as either Germany or Japan at the conclusion of WWII.

bt


The US economy isn't the economy it was in comparison to the rest of the world at the conclusion of WWII, either.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue angels
Replies: 18
Views: 3050

Re: Blue angels

Take away for me is that the military pilots are grossly underpaid for what they do. But the government can’t pay them any more than they can Like everything, it depends. The annuity value of a O5 > 22 retirement is just short of 1.5 million, and along with TriCare for life does have to be factored...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6533

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

Lots of stuff like this is the creation and validation of CONOPs which are valuable in their own right, even if never used. I imagine the use of any L shipping for open ocean stuff is going to create a significant disturbance in the force.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 24, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6533

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

It's also a good idea toward dispersing your aviation assets. CVNs are big slow moving targets. ‘Slow moving’ Since when ? A nuclear powered aircraft carrier is one of the fastest vessels afloat, capable of speeds over 35 knots I think you have it backwards, the amphibious assault ships are much sl...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 6:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover
Replies: 25
Views: 3612

Re: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover

A crime those are going away. Lots of life left in them had any planning been done.

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does FX normally use the MD-10 to HNL?
Replies: 14
Views: 3793

Re: Does FX normally use the MD-10 to HNL?

Love it, a 1978 build DC-10 winging its way to Hawaii, making money both ways. We've spoken with the Purple peeps, the -11 guys often say they prefer the -10 to the -11 when it comes to flying landing qualities. They said there are some minor control differences (flap handle and fuel levers...forgo...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5856

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Regarding the LCS, there is this gem...I get that its Navy Slimes but... https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2022/05/10/the-littoral-combat-ships-latest-problem-class-wide-structural-defects-leading-to-hull-cracks/ While NAVSEA contends that the crack issue does not hinder the ability of such s...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

Agree 100%, its proven that with quality flight training, good pilots can safely operate commercial airliners with far less then 1500 hours. For sure. Would anyone hesitate to travel on these carriers?: British Airways - Zero hours to A320 First Officer in 18 months: https://careers.ba.com/future-p...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 971
Views: 134184

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

The issue is with the specific interior layout of the T-72, and how the Russians are using the tank Fixing doctrine is relatively easy, but to deal with how the T-72 handles and stores ammunition inside will entail a brand new turret, to move the ammunition to a better spot with blow out panels. I'...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5856

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

So the A-10's getting shot up because they were flying low over the desert using the MK1 eyeball is similar to what we are seeing now with the Russian helicopter and SU-25 aircraft. While the A-10's could make it back to base they mostly couldn't fly again. The Russia aircraft in Ukraine crash afte...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

In my opinion the 1500 hour rule was political to show something was done and solve a pilot surplus. Politically, there must be a solution to the pilot shortage. It is unacceptable to enough people that RJs are being parked (no matter the reason), that there will be changes. Why? Because Americans ...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

I'd also be willing to allow regionals to have FOs without an ATP so long as, let's say....65% percent of their total monthly flying was EAS markets in aircraft that were 50 seats or less. That would stabilize EAS markets as well as incentivize regional carriers to want to serve those markets. Why,...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

shamrock137 wrote:
Agree 100%, its proven that with quality flight training, good pilots can safely operate commercial airliners with far less then 1500 hours.


Interestingly enough, in almost all of these environments, its not 2 sub 1500 hour pilots on the flight deck.

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 10421

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

And that us why the Baltics etc are in NATO. They don't have an army strong enough to defend nor strong enough to deter. So with Article 5 they are. In one of the vids above that was the reason a guy gave for Finland Well, that was undergirded by the Stimson Declaration, which had held since 1940 t...

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by FlapOperator
Thu May 12, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5856

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

We are seeing all sorts of dynamics in Ukraine, not the least of which is the obvious assessment that the improvements made in the wake of the Georgian War didn't ripple through the force... Its going to take years to figure out what is happening in Ukraine, and frankly I wonder if Russians are doin...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

… 200 is too low. Why? Because you feel it is? Or because you have evidence contrasting IATA safety statistics that can’t find meaningful difference in absolute accident ratio within the developed world, cadet program or not? In the US, and to a degree, Canada, lots of this is actually driven by di...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight
Replies: 97
Views: 20644

Re: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight

I'm loving the "Mike Tyson, Honorary Federal Air Marshal" memes.

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 10421

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

That is the whole point of the EU (and to an extent NATO) - alone a country like Estonia would be insignificant on the grand scale of things. But part of the EU and NATO it has clout. You put in together what you can. Together you are stronger. Or was it Strong Together. Briefs well. Until your lar...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favorite Military Blogs
Replies: 6
Views: 1129

Re: Favorite Military Blogs

LyleLanley wrote:
https://www.duffelblog.com/ - A remarkably accurate military affairs journal. Technically considered satire, but the lines are much more blurred than one might expect…


Their "15,000 Dead After Longest Russian Drill Weekend Ever" was absolutely spot on.

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6247

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Americans, and to some extent Canadians, have been so indoctrinated with this fantasy that cares and airplanes are the only travel options. We have been told for decades that trains are slow and unreliable all while watching EU, Japan, and China build high speed networks in addition to air and road...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5856

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

In the era of the S-300 and S-400 type systems, B2's trying to get overhead high value targets of first world adversaries would be in grave danger on the way in and the way out of the target area. These days low observable aircraft are no longer new technology, China and Russia have both developed ...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA
Replies: 261
Views: 34887

Re: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA

just read that there was a robbery/murder in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. The local media claimed that one of the reasons comapnies like Boeing are leaving the Chicago area is that they feel it is unsafe for their employees. Dont shoot me, Im just the messenger. Its a real perception in cert...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6247

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Even now Detroit to Kansas City makes sense for high speed rail, just not with one direct route; Detroit to Chicago with one route and connect it with another route operating Chicago-Kansas City. I don't see what Havre, MT and Jasper, AB have to do with HSR. No one is suggesting HSR to those places...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Thank you for pointing out your lack of understanding of the Separation of Church and State. Point out where I'm wrong. Appreciate it! You already deleted your embarrassing comment in this post. So that pretty much cinches it. Hahah. It was "moderated." I guess because it was false or unp...

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by FlapOperator
Wed May 11, 2022 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Emphasis mine. Why is this? Well, we have a legal process that's supposed to curb the executive - impeachment - but it can't effectively be used, because the executive is going to be one of two political parties, and the executive's party is always going to have enough of the Senate to keep the two...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Question regarding the Mach Loop
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Question regarding the Mach Loop

USAFE has lived in the UK since 1942. It means they're practically newcomers by Brit standards.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors
Replies: 7
Views: 2481

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Wow, that’s a terrible way to go. There are no silver linings in a mishap like this, but I’m thankful the air wing (CVW-9) wasn’t embarked on her when this occurred, or the loss of life could’ve been much worse. As they say, "Sailors die in bunches." Sucks because it seems like a Engineer...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 6403
Views: 429631

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Not all Russians think the same, though not 'thinking the same' of course is dangerous, hence this hosted in a range of Western papers; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/09/vladimir-putin-victory-russia-victory-day-russia Kind of doesn't matter in Moscow. Yet we get all sorts of me...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

casinterest wrote:

Thank you for pointing out your lack of understanding of the Separation of Church and State.


Point out where I'm wrong. Appreciate it!

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

It is anti-democratic when a minority of religious fanatics want to dictate to a woman what she can do with her own body. So I take it you believe that a tyranny of the minority is superior to a tyranny of the majority. You are truly naive if you believe those gerrymandered state legislatures accur...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

At the end of the day, districts are approved by judiciary, are they not? Voter laws are also subject to judicial review, are they not? Yes, but does the judicial review reflect the majority? Perhaps, as a political question. But the system and the law isn't that the judiciary leads the discussion....

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 6:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

If you want to live in a cowardly theocracy where individual rights are trampled by religion, then go move to Saudi Arabia. Do not argue for "Individual state" laws that deny basic rights to human beings based on bad science and fake religions. Well, I guess the US voted for a Catholic Pr...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

First, why does it need to be a national law? If your vision does in fact reflect the "vast majority of Americans" it will be reflected in the vast majority of state legislatures. This is unfortunately not true. Due to extreme gerrymandering and all sorts of voter restriction laws, the st...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 10421

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcyZRtLaWOw


That's riding on a greased sled, as they say where I'm from.

Finland has be a de facto Western military state for a decade or longer. The politicians and populations are simply catching up to reality.
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GDB wrote:
Looks like the momentum for Finland is unstoppable;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcyZRtLaWOw


That's riding on a greased sled, as they say where I'm from.

Finland has be a de facto Western military state for a decade or longer. The politicians and populations are simply catching up to reality.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6247

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

This is a good read on the subject - https://www.cato.org/policy-analysis/high-speed-money-sink-why-united-states-should-not-spend-trillions-obsolete The Cato Institute is a Libertarian think tank, and the author of that article Randal O'Toole is heavily biased against passenger rail in the US. I'd...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any ideas for a way out for Sri Lanka?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Any ideas for a way out for Sri Lanka?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-61389189

This is not going to end well.


One Belt, One Road.
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readytotaxi wrote:
Sri Lankan security forces have been ordered to shoot law-breakers on sight in a bid to quell anti-government protests on the island.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-61389189

This is not going to end well.


One Belt, One Road.

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

I'm sick of the situation in this country where a small minority of narrow minded religious fanatics are able to impose their views on the rest of the country. I bet if you passed a national law allowing abortions in the first trimester and later in cases of rape, incest or, where the pregnant woma...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1011
Views: 38942

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

LOL You people murdered doctors, blew up clinics, and bombed the Olympics, never mind endless additional attempts on lives, perpetual harassment, and doxing of care providers and recipients. Tough to find a more violent group of people than the pro life crowd. But go on tell us about peaceful prote...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA
Replies: 261
Views: 34887

Re: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA

just read that there was a robbery/murder in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. The local media claimed that one of the reasons comapnies like Boeing are leaving the Chicago area is that they feel it is unsafe for their employees. Dont shoot me, Im just the messenger. Its a real perception in cert...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule
Replies: 77
Views: 9471

Re: Republic Airways seeks exemption from 1500 hour CFR rule

I, for one, am quite amused that a regional airline has the hubris to claim that their flight training "academy" is as rigorous as United States Military flight training. It could be. Its not like the US military has some special sauce they alone maintain to create talent. Will it be? The...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?
Replies: 114
Views: 17652

Re: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?

Depends on the route. There are several possibilities, all of which we have seen airlines do over the past couple of years. They include, but are not limited to: --simply eliminating service altogether --upgauging to a larger RJ but perhaps reducing frequency --contracting with a bus company to pro...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?
Replies: 114
Views: 17652

Re: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?

Are they cycling out? Seems like there's a lot of frames parked in the desert with plenty of time left, and small airlines like Contour are bringing them back to life. I think lots of the Contour birds are 135s and 140s, which were pulled down early. Lots of the parked airplanes need C checks which...

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by FlapOperator
Tue May 10, 2022 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5856

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Like or hate the B-2, to say it doesn't do the mission that it was procured for is incorrect. The deterrence mission is done, everyday. Unlike the SSBNs and ICBMs, we do get a secondary benefit from its conventional capability. Yes, if Putin still rants on and intel shows any sign of his strategic ...

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