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by RickB
Fri Oct 31, 2003 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's Largest Carrier?
Replies: 47
Views: 8365

RE: World's Largest Carrier?

Question for you guys ?

Who has the largest number of seats in a fleet -i.e. which airline is capable of lifting the greatest number of passengers into the air at one time?

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BAe-146/Avro RJ...a Success Or Failure?
Replies: 31
Views: 8739

RE: BAe-146/Avro RJ...a Success Or Failure?

IslandHopper - they definately had 3-3 seating !! Flew on a 146 4 times in the last week alone - 3-3 is the norm.

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BOAD To New York Today?
Replies: 32
Views: 6942

RE: G-BOAD To New York Today?

I can see it now - a nice storm in NY and the barge ends up sinking - bye,bye G-BOAD - the only Concorde I have flown on. If the intrepid museum are a) not exhibiting BOAD under covers then they should be struck off the list - b) asking for <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> to spend addi...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is He Taking Off Without Flaps?
Replies: 35
Views: 5029

RE: Is He Taking Off Without Flaps?

The A300 is capable of taking off with no flaps as long as its not heavily loaded - seen a number of A300's take off like that.

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has The 2 Engine Design Hurt Boeing?
Replies: 99
Views: 15820

RE: Has The 2 Engine Design Hurt Boeing?

I have no problem with flying on ETOPS aircraft - I have made countless lounghaul flights on 777's, A330's, 767's etc. - I have even flown transatlantic on at least 4 seperate round trips on chartered 757's. My only concern (and its not enough to even give me second thoughts about boarding a twin fo...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 27, 2003 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Airbus A 340-500 Routes
Replies: 51
Views: 12785

RE: Emirates Announces Airbus A 340-500 Routes

About time Emirates did something with their business class which was on a par with Premiair gold on Mytravel !! Sorry thats being a little unfair... To Mytravel.

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde For Scotland!
Replies: 17
Views: 3430

RE: Concorde For Scotland!

Manairport,

Sorry mate - but yours is the more pompous post

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU/US To Do Mini Deal, Leaving Bermuda II Alone
Replies: 19
Views: 3737

RE: EU/US To Do Mini Deal, Leaving Bermuda II Alone

The perfect solution at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> is simply to expand the Bermuda <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym> treaty - allow any of the 4 nominated airlines to fly to any US destination from <acronym title="London - ...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next SSC?
Replies: 31
Views: 2536

RE: Next SSC?

DW747400 - Concorde only uses reheat during the transonic region of flight - they are switched off around Mach 1.7 - the aircraft then continues to accelerate upto mach 2.0 without reheat. You are right its a little different to F22 supercruise - by about 400mph !!  <img src="/discussions/graph...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Throttle Count-down
Replies: 2
Views: 4374

RE: Concorde Throttle Count-down

Its a countdown to the noise-abatement procedure they have on board Concorde. Concorde has to throttle back its engines and disengage reheat (afterburners) to reduce the amount of noise it produces to be a 'good neighbour' as Captain Bannister refers to it. This occurs shortly after takeoff. RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York
Replies: 76
Views: 12960

RE: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York

EWRVirgin - I know the pilot was detained but he shouldn't of made it on to the plane - it should of been dealt with at security - including the arresting. Instead he made it on to the aircraft and was then arrested and escorted from the plane - this kind of thing creates panic in passengers - it sh...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next SSC?
Replies: 31
Views: 2536

RE: Next SSC?

Getting a little fed up of saying this - Concorde supercruised decades before the F22 came along - Concorde did not use afterburners to maintain supersonic flight - that was one of the key differentiators between it and the TU144 - which required reheat throughout supersonic flight.

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York
Replies: 76
Views: 12960

RE: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York

Jeff, Anyone making comments like this should be investigated and dealt with appropriately - what shouldn't happen is that the person is allowed to carry on with their business, board an aircraft before being arrested. If a passenger threatened to blow up an aircraft - they wouldn't of been allowed ...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SST, U.S. Style
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

RE: SST, U.S. Style

srbmod,

As GDB says - its worth remembering that the Olympus 593 also gives Concorde the ability to supercruise (i.e. no reheat is used whilst cruising at Mach 2.0) - its only taken the military nearly 40 years to catch up with civil aerospace !!

RickB

[Edited 2003-10-25 23:04:26]

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York
Replies: 76
Views: 12960

RE: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York

ILoveORD - I am definately not defending the <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> pilot - deserves what he gets - but the fact that they let him continue is worrying - they should of contacted their superiors be it the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> or the...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York
Replies: 76
Views: 12960

RE: Air France Pilot Arrested In New York

Whilst the <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> pilot was out of order making the joke - if it was so serious - why the hell did the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> let him continue to his aircraft and then complain to the authorities afterwards - thats wha...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 26, 2003 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: ‘good Riddance’ To Concorde’s High Fares
Replies: 28
Views: 4319

RE: Ryanair: ‘good Riddance’ To Concorde’s High Fares

Just another reason why the easiest way to describe Ryanair is 'Scum'.

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SST, U.S. Style
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

RE: SST, U.S. Style

Airways6max - no Boeing didn't get very far because its design was far too ambitious at the time. The design then went through a number of iterations until it became pretty much identical to the Lockheed design that lost out to the Boeing design originally. If the US Government had just selected the...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SST, U.S. Style
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

RE: SST, U.S. Style

Pilotpip - you must of missed the bit where the US SST program cost the same amount of money as spent by the UK on Concorde - only difference is we got an aircraft to fly as opposed to a wooden mock up !! Good call? One billion dollars and no aircraft at all? Oh - and the decision to scrap it had no...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SST, U.S. Style
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

RE: SST, U.S. Style

The Valkyrie was definately supersonic - it achieved Mach3 on a number of occasions (well ship 2 did - ship number 1 had some skin seperation issues so was speed limited to mach 2 or 2.5 I seem to remember but it may of tried mach3 at some point hence the reason why they found out about the skin iss...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SST, U.S. Style
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

RE: SST, U.S. Style

Psa53, The <acronym title="easyJet (United Kingdom) and United Feeder Service (USA)">U2</acronym> was in no way supersonic im afraid !! Also the B58 was supersonic long before the Valkyrie was even thought of and the Valkyrie was made of stainless steel - like the Mig25 Foxbat - it was too heavy - s...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next SSC?
Replies: 31
Views: 2536

RE: Next SSC?

Rich,

The same comments where made when Britain and France got together to make Concorde !

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next SSC?
Replies: 31
Views: 2536

RE: Next SSC?

Interesting comment on the Sky news program from the marketing guy of Boeing suggesting that the only way to do a program like this in the future would be if Airbus,Boeing and Asian manufacturers got together. Would be good to think that the next stage in international co-operation wasn't just Airbu...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde's Last Flight... My Pics From JFK
Replies: 57
Views: 15197

RE: Concorde's Last Flight... My Pics From JFK

JAL777, Thank you !! Great pictures, watching the BBC coverage here in the UK the footage of BA002 taking off was poor - although great coverage as it came into land (shame about the idiot doing the commentating) - your pictures fill the missing gap in the coverage over here !! Awesome shots of Conc...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying Unsafe For Passengers?
Replies: 6
Views: 2462

RE: Flying Unsafe For Passengers?

Depends on the sample too - we asked 5 pilots in a hospital having chemotherapy if they think flying was the cause of their cancer.... The 10 lawyers having chemotherapy wheren't asked since they didn't fit our chosen demographics...  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde
Replies: 78
Views: 6912

RE: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde

BUFJets, I am by no means rich - far from it infact - but I flew Concorde - dont get me wrong the often quoted return price of thousands of pounds/dollars wasn't the only way to fly it - there where often special deals etc. The point of Concorde is as I said earlier - the emotion around Concorde is ...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde
Replies: 78
Views: 6912

RE: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde

STT757, I would argue that its the otherway around - the general public doesn't know about the 747 - they refer to it as a jumbo jet - show them a DC10, L1011, A330,A340,777,747 and they will call them all a jumbo jet - show them a picture of Concorde and no one will call it a jumbo jet - they will ...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List
Replies: 6
Views: 4325

RE: Britney Spears Stalker Added To No-fly List

WNFan,

Nah - today you should of just called it 'Britney Spears stalks Concorde' - hundreds of posts that way  Wink/being sarcastic

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Live On TV Now
Replies: 92
Views: 10064

RE: Concorde Live On TV Now

Thanks DC-10 Levo - im off to watch it - didnt know anything about it before now !!

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde
Replies: 78
Views: 6912

RE: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde

Well - a great era in Aerospace is over - to those people who worked on Concorde - I thank you for the memory of my only flight on this superlative aircraft, it will live with me for the rest of my life. To Backfire - your talking sh**e mate !! Obviously the hundreds of thousands of people who have ...

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by RickB
Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eat Biscuits....fly Concorde
Replies: 11
Views: 2261

RE: Eat Biscuits....fly Concorde

Wonder if that Concorde was weight restricted on take off?  Wink/being sarcastic

RickB

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by RickB
Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 747 - BA's New Flagship Aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 4329

RE: The 747 - BA's New Flagship Aircraft?

BA could get a slogan on their aircraft

'My CEO is not an Egotistical publicity seeker'  Wink/being sarcastic

RickB

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by RickB
Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde
Replies: 78
Views: 6912

RE: Farewell.."Civilized Lady".. Concorde

Backfire, I very much doubt people will get emotional in anything like the same way they do about Concorde - sure the A380 is bigger than other airliners - but thats its sole claim to fame - it doesn't do anything special. Concorde is the pinnacle of civil aviation in so many areas, its also the pin...

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by RickB
Wed Oct 22, 2003 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Seats For Friday Sold For $60,300
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

RE: Concorde Seats For Friday Sold For $60,300

EGGD,

I didnt think the auction was run by British Airways - I thought they just donated the tickets ?

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Seats For Friday Sold For $60,300
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

RE: Concorde Seats For Friday Sold For $60,300

Some would say that the national competition they just ran which was free other than the premium phone call cost (which went to charity) was the treat to the UK residents and it gave away hundreds of seats rather than a pair. Agree though - the last flight should of had at least a couple of normal U...

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by RickB
Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caledonian Wings Update?
Replies: 8
Views: 2437

RE: Caledonian Wings Update?

More links to the Ceilidh/SAS23 story :-

http://www.awares.org/pkgs/news/news.asp?showItemID=266

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

N79969, Ah - you finally admit Boeing is subsidised - thank you - thought it would be a cold day in hell before I heard you say that. Any comment on the fact that Boeing is allowed to receive 3% of turnover in indirect subsidies according to the 1992 agreement yet received over 7% in 1998? Half way ...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

Flyingbronco05,

Yeah - coz the Ryanair deal was a great deal for Boeing !!

I love the US - but at times even im embarrassed by peoples statements on here.

RickB

[Edited 2003-10-20 01:27:13]

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by RickB
Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

N79969,

Thanks for the article - good reading - like the bit - "Boeing gets indirect handouts through its lucrative defense contracts" !!

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

N79969,

Wondered how long it would be before we saw you in this thread  Wink/being sarcastic

Can we just clarify that only 1/3 of capital can come from government interest rates?

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

Ikarus, Current rate of inflation in the EU is 2.1% as of September 2003 although EU15 was down at 1.9%. <a href="http://www.paris-europlace.net/eu/doc62149.htm" target=_blank>http://www.paris-europlace.net/eu/doc62149.htm</a> Care to share what you think Airbus are paying ? Since Government rates a...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 19, 2003 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

Korg747 - dunno - better ask Ryanair what profit Boeing made on their deal?

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

Ikarus,

You of all people should know that the loans 1. Arent interest free and 2. Aren't the majority of A380 funding.

1. Government rate of interest + 0.25%
2. Subsidies are limited to 33% of development costs.

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 19, 2003 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!
Replies: 29
Views: 4639

RE: EasyJet Goes For Airbus!

Jwenting, that is definately up there with dumbest statements I have heard, it adds nothing to the conversation since its factually wrong. Loans on the A320 series have in many cases now been repayed (i.e. UK Government) and Airbus are now paying a bonus to the UK government fro each aircraft sold. ...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 19, 2003 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-300 V. B777-200 Short To Medium Haul
Replies: 9
Views: 6090

RE: A330-300 V. B777-200 Short To Medium Haul

Depends on what class and what airline, The 2-4-2 layout in economy in the A330 is nice, 3-3-3 as used by MyTravel not so nice. 3-3-3 layout typical in economy on the 777 is okay other than 3 seats which are neither aisle or window - 3-4-3 on a 777 as used by Emirates fits into the 'MyTravel' class ...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 18, 2003 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No PTV's On Concorde?
Replies: 20
Views: 5438

RE: Why No PTV's On Concorde?

During a flight on Concorde - the first 30 minutes or so is taken up with takeoff and drinks. The next 30 minutes by appetisers, the next hour by a rather nice meal, the next 30 minutes by some rather nice Brandy's and its time to pack up for landing. Why go to a rather nice restaurant and watch <ac...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 18, 2003 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help Identify This Plane - BA Or JB?
Replies: 63
Views: 7396

RE: Help Identify This Plane - BA Or JB?

Lufthansa has a point it could just as easily be a Varig 777 as a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 777 :- <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/399477/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/399477/M/" target="_blan...

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by RickB
Sat Oct 18, 2003 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers
Replies: 56
Views: 5545

RE: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers

Atco, I remember perfectly well where I am from - I also remember my parents being exceptionally considerate to others with regards to my actions as a child - as I stated before they refrained from taking me on an aircraft until I was old enough to know what was happening (3 or 4 years) and not scre...

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by RickB
Fri Oct 17, 2003 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers
Replies: 56
Views: 5545

RE: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers

Atco, If you where forced to listen to someone elses music at very high volumes for the duration of a flight would you be so tolerant? Noise pollution regardless of the source is still pollution be it music or a baby screaming. Would you be so happy to sit next to someone who chain smokes throughout...

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by RickB
Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B772 Or 773: Or How To Turn A Beauty Into A Dog
Replies: 17
Views: 5079

RE: B772 Or 773: Or How To Turn A Beauty Into A Dog

Neither 777's are particularly attractive - both just look like 767's fed on junk food for a few years !! The 767 now - thats a great looking aircraft !! Would Claudia Schiffer still of been a super model if she weighed 350lbs?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarca...

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