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by bobrayner
Fri May 02, 2003 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Old Europe' Presses Ahead With Plans For EU Army
Replies: 74
Views: 4077

RE: 'Old Europe' Presses Ahead With Plans For EU Army

I'd imagine they'd make a lot more progress on the uncontroversial issues first; more coordinated sourcing, shared standards, joint exercises, things like that. Everybody would gain from standardisation (of vehicles / communications kit / IWs / whatever...) but each country has preferred local manuf...

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by bobrayner
Fri May 02, 2003 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7- Not One Plane But Three (maybe)
Replies: 48
Views: 5665

RE: 7E7- Not One Plane But Three (maybe)

(repeat post, sorry) Having thought about it over a cup of tea  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> I'm convinced there's more meat in this, and that news article is only giving us glimpses of some issues. <i>Extensive use of advanced materials would mean fewer, larger parts...

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by bobrayner
Fri May 02, 2003 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7- Not One Plane But Three (maybe)
Replies: 48
Views: 5665

RE: 7E7- Not One Plane But Three (maybe)

There seem to be a few distinct strategy ideas blended in there; it would be nice to see more detail. There's no shortage of pundits, of course, but FWIW I'd say their product lineup needs massaging, rather than completely rebuilding. At the moment the 737 is (deservedly) selling in large numbers, b...

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by bobrayner
Fri May 02, 2003 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Record Profits
Replies: 10
Views: 3226

RE: Emirates Record Profits

Cloudy's analysis is good  Smile

I feel the same way about Emirates, so will spare you the same comments again; suffice to say that the more I look at the fine detail, the more credible it is.

Looking forward, that's a very ambitious plan...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Rights Lawyer Brings Charges Against US
Replies: 24
Views: 2715

RE: Human Rights Lawyer Brings Charges Against US

> Why isn't this lawyer bringing charges against Jong in <acronym title="Spirit Airlines (USA)">NK</acronym>? He would probably be all too keen if some aggrieved north koreans booked an appointment, surely? > not helping in removing one of the world's most dangerous dictators from > power left some ...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 4:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: In Texas, You Can "F" A Dog, But Not A Guy?!
Replies: 63
Views: 6595

RE: In Texas, You Can "F" A Dog, But Not A Guy?!

> There is no law against beastiality, but there is a law specifically outlawing
> anal sex between two men!

Anybody caught in the act could try a defence along the lines of:
"I didn't realise he was human..."  Smile

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Commercial Helicopter Opinions
Replies: 4
Views: 2010

RE: Commercial Helicopter Opinions

There's an outstanding helicopter service between Helsinki and Tallinn. <a href="http://www.copterline.ee/en/" target=_blank>http://www.copterline.ee/en/</a> Tickets start from €70, which is very reasonable. Flights are frequent, and it's much more convenient than going all the way out to the airpor...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 12:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Rights Lawyer Brings Charges Against US
Replies: 24
Views: 2715

RE: Human Rights Lawyer Brings Charges Against US

Give me a break, can you learn to spell some simple demonyms?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> I'm not sure what the objection is. If Saddam Hussain or Osama bin Laden (etc...) are ever captured, then it's almost certain that they would appear in court. The lawyer in que...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Country Is Absinthe Available In?
Replies: 18
Views: 3258

RE: What Country Is Absinthe Available In?

Oops, missed the point. Absinthe should be available in most countries by now, surely? Are there any nanny-states left? Some retailers might try to pretend that it's exotic stuff, and make you feel like a bootlegger when you cross a border with it, but it's only marginally more interesting to drink ...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Country Is Absinthe Available In?
Replies: 18
Views: 3258

RE: What Country Is Absinthe Available In?

Absinthe got a bad reputation largely because of the wormwood. The kind of absinthe that drove artists mad a century ago was loaded with hallucinogens. Nowadays the authorities take a dim view of drinks that are actually toxic in large quantities, so the amount of "active ingredient" (thujon?) is li...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines With The Best Service
Replies: 32
Views: 5971

RE: Airlines With The Best Service

Most of the time British Airways are excellent; but they drop the ball sometimes. Let's say 75% overall  <img src="/discussions/graphics/rolleyes.gif" ALT="Insane"> I've only had two short flights with Finnair, but they easily get 90%. The best longhaul experience was with Sri Lankan, they woul...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 4:39 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: More Worthless Email Using A.net
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

RE: More Worthless Email Using A.net

IP logging is nice, but it's not a cure-all. In principle site admin can establish who the IP range belongs to (generally an <acronym title="Islip - Long Island MacArthur (ISP / KISP), USA - New York">ISP</acronym>), and then they mail the <acronym title="Islip - Long Island MacArthur (ISP / KISP), ...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 4:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NY Times Front Page: What A/c Is Rumsfeld In?
Replies: 19
Views: 5590

RE: NY Times Front Page: What A/c Is Rumsfeld In?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2989171.stm
BBC mentions an MC-130, but that is probably too small for your description...

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by bobrayner
Thu May 01, 2003 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Extra Eyes From Above
Replies: 4
Views: 1773

RE: Extra Eyes From Above

There was an interesting event in the UK a few weeks ago... (albeit spotted by passenger rather than pilot) Quoting the Sunday Times: "An airline passenger helped save a couple from their burning home when he spotted flames coming from the roof. The man alerted the pilot when he saw the house in Hal...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:28 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: More Worthless Email Using A.net
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

RE: More Worthless Email Using A.net

Eliminating non-av sounds like a rather drastic solution. Evidently lots of people really enjoy using it, otherwise it wouldn't get so many posts. I'm just one of those people (and a newbie to boot). I'd suggest having another flag in the profile. If flag is set ("Yes"), messages behave just as they...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Bosna?
Replies: 10
Views: 2767

Air Bosna?

I stumbled across this site... <a href="http://www.airbosnia.com/default_en.asp" target=_blank>http://www.airbosnia.com/default_en.asp</a> Never heard of them before, and a search of a.net doesn't reveal much. Have any of you come across Air Bosna? What do you think of their fleet / service / schedu...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two US Airlines Apply To Serve Iraq/Afghanistan/Ku
Replies: 11
Views: 6144

RE: Two US Airlines Apply To Serve Iraq/Afghanistan/Ku

Really? Why do you need a formal piece of paper called "bilateral air services agreement" before flights can be made between two countries? Consider, say, a trade agreement. Businesses from two countries can legally deal with each other without a specific trade agreement at a national level, unless ...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French ATC Harassing American Flights?
Replies: 35
Views: 4559

RE: French ATC Harassing American Flights?

> This is an aviation forum, not a political forum Then how come your whole post is devoted to reviving the WW2 analogy? As pro-war people are so fond of doing when chastising France for not taking action against a tyrant... France was just as keen to disarm Saddam; they just felt that invasion is t...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

> Demand for Business and First Class seating (and full-fare coach) will not > increase simply because the airliner is larger. That's very true... But the buyers are presumably planning that demand for undiscounted tickets *will* increase for macroeconomic reasons. Tourists get richer, businesspeopl...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

Sorry, that was an unnecessarily obstructive comment. I'm fairly sure that most of the years in commercial aviation history have been growth years. If we're at the bottom of a dip, then demand can only go up from here!  <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> Hubs are partly d...

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by bobrayner
Wed Apr 30, 2003 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All Bags Being Scanned Even While Entering AUS!
Replies: 20
Views: 2048

RE: All Bags Being Scanned Even While Entering AUS!

For reference, I had the full xray treatment when entering Hong Kong by rail. Quite unusual! Russia are quite keen to annoy anybody thinking of entering the country (the paperwork generally includes invitation, visa, entry permit, exit permit, two customs deklaratsias, two immigration slips, ...) an...

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by bobrayner
Tue Apr 29, 2003 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

> I also believe that crowded airports will be replaced as thse urban centers > will sprawl In this scenario the overcrowded Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stanstead will be replaced by bigger (or more numerous) airports even further out? Where do you suggest - Cambridge, Northampton, Oxford, Brighton, and ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Apr 29, 2003 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing At Paris 2003, Any Aircraft/orders?
Replies: 14
Views: 4131

RE: Boeing At Paris 2003, Any Aircraft/orders?

Now that you mention the chinese market... A group of Chinese airlines ordered a mixed bag of 30 airbuses on 25 April; plus the big JetBlue order the day before. I think Boeing execs will have spent the last few days deciding on a big new sales (and charm) offensive in response. All the more reason ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

> Lots of airlines have high frequencies, despite the downturn. I doubt Qantas > wants the A380 to reduce frequencies on <acronym title="Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY), Australia - New South Wales">SYD</acronym>-<acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

> A380 is only 150 seats more than 744 and if you needed more capacity than > 550 then 2 747 would do the job better Hmmm... If you're really desperate for extra seating... According to http://www.airliners.net/info/stats.main?id=100 (I didn't find with a cursory check of airbus.com) they have alrea...

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by bobrayner
Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened For You By Sars?
Replies: 13
Views: 2480

RE: What Happened For You By Sars?

I went for a holiday in Asia (terminating in Hong Kong) and returned home - to Europe - just as SARS started hitting the headlines here.

Then I caught a cold.

Strangely, nobody wanted to sit next to me in the office  Smile

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena House At BRU: Hangar Sale Before Auctions
Replies: 13
Views: 3439

RE: Sabena House At BRU: Hangar Sale Before Auctions

> For the second time in my life I am in Brussels, I drove by the Sabena > Building Saturday afternoon, noticed a lot of people in front of the building > and only today I found out what I missed!!! Were you after anything in particular? I'm tempted to go put some bids in on 05/05/03, if there's any...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iraq Airways Solution?
Replies: 15
Views: 2487

RE: Iraq Airways Solution?

> First : I would like to know if any one can suggest a new design for Iraq > Airways that expresses new Iraq spirit . new spirit? I can't think of many national characteristics that have emerged recently, apart from "Not ruled by saddam any more", which doesn't make for good logos. What's wrong wit...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 6:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Which Air Force Has The All-time Record?
Replies: 15
Views: 5352

RE: Which Air Force Has The All-time Record?

Overall, I think the biggest total has to go to the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>. They are involved in many more wars than other air forces  <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> If you're thinking of a limited period of time, or individual pilots or aircraft (...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 6:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Brussels Airport Terminals
Replies: 3
Views: 2665

RE: Brussels Airport Terminals

Presumably you want Zaventem, not Charleroi?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> You might find something on http://www.brusselsairport.be/ 2 more here: http://www.hep.vanderbilt.edu/~stenson/photos/belgium2002/ I didn't get much else with google - didn't try hard though. I...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iraq Airways Solution?
Replies: 15
Views: 2487

RE: Iraq Airways Solution?

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/BUSINESS/04/21/sprj.nitop.ba/ 767, 3 per week from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>. Starting "As soon as possible" which means as soon as they've found a way to cudgel Branson (Virgin proposed a London - Baghdad service too......

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Does EK Plan To Use The A380 For?
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

RE: Where Does EK Plan To Use The A380 For?

True  <img src="/discussions/graphics/frown.gif" ALT="Sad"> I think the economics of the A380 are good, and can only improve if you buy a bigger fleet (if you can fill them, obviously). That needs a huge chunk of capital, though - the only way to get it is by asking the banks and VCs nicely, or...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Does EK Plan To Use The A380 For?
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

RE: Where Does EK Plan To Use The A380 For?

> Because the A380 will carry such a large volume of passengers, would that > mean the price of each seat will decrease as well? If so, by how many > percent? Yes, there will amost certainly be economies of scale. Compared to vanilla 747s, the standard A380 has 49% more usable area that you can bolt...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jet2 Destinations
Replies: 7
Views: 2633

RE: New Jet2 Destinations

Have ground connections at Leeds/Bradford improved recently? The last time I went, it was a choice of hirecar or taxi. There is nominally a bus shelter outside but there was no actual timetable posted at the time... If I'm going to visit relatives (who live halfway between <acronym title="Leeds / Br...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iraq Airways Solution?
Replies: 15
Views: 2487

RE: Iraq Airways Solution?

What does Iraq actually need from international routes right now? It's probably very hard to estimate demand. Plus, we can assume that a large proportion of pax will be from aid agencies, and various international organisations... so it's hard just guessing where most would want to route to/from. <a...

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by bobrayner
Mon Apr 28, 2003 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying Long Haul. Day Or Night
Replies: 16
Views: 7078

RE: Flying Long Haul. Day Or Night

In principle, I'd prefer to sleep on the plane. Sleep is, in a sense, wasted time; so you may as well combine it with your journey time! If you spend most of your daytime in the air, it's hard to make good use of it unless you really like the inflight movies or you're reading/writing something absor...

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by bobrayner
Sun Apr 27, 2003 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USA Mulling Trade Lawsuit Against Airbus
Replies: 70
Views: 8139

RE: USA Mulling Trade Lawsuit Against Airbus

Hmm... Personally, I think this is the pot calling the kettle black. I strongly believe that both the USA and the EU economies - and their air travellers - would be better off if neither Boeing nor Airbus was subsidised. Yes, Boeing gets a helping hand: 1. $1.21b Foreign Sales Tax break 1991-2000; i...

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by bobrayner
Sun Apr 27, 2003 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380-Any Chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 5686

RE: A380-Any Chance?

Well... Gyms and sushi bars are not the way to make money on an airliner, no. But do you remember similar things being done with the newborn 747? Basically it was a way of emphasising "This thing is huge. If you can think of any clever money-earning methods, the 747 will accommodate them". Same appl...

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