Aircraft debris sighting in Queensland, but likely not from MH370: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/aircraft-debris-raises-questions-over-mh370-resting-place/news-story/d64fc17ccf560e3a6ac192c389afa25e Daily Mail, but at least no paywall: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8...Jump to post
What the thread opener suggested was what all of Europe was doing from March to June/July. Close all borders to non-residents. If you live in two locations, you have to stay in the one that does not require you to cross borders. But then, people who work in country A and live in country B were still...Jump to post
Keep it parked for a week and hat will be that. Yep. When there are reports like "We've found coronaviruses on an object two weeks after the infectious person touched it", there are based on very sensitive PCR methods. They just detect the virus' genetic material. It says nothing about wh...Jump to post
Francoflier wrote:Are they ever going to launch this thing?
Alleged sovereignty? EU members are legally obliged to introduce domestic laws to reflect EU directives (if they are termed so), aren't they? Non-EU members are not obliged to introduce any laws that are not of domestic origin. In order to smooth the import/export business, Switzerland has to follo...Jump to post
In the past (Tiger and before), the Air Force wished for aircraft that could be flown by militia pilots, which would, outside of crisis times and after basic training, only show up for some weeks of active duty every year. Until the Hawker Hunters were phased out (in 1994), there were even farmers a...Jump to post
Now that the funding for new fighters and ground-based air defence materiel has been approved, is there a defined procurement budget for each of those 2 componenrs? No, not that I know of... and there was only a popular vote on the jets, not on the SAM system. The SAM didn't get much opposition. In...Jump to post
There are plenty of makeshift runways that integrated in the system, if you drive through the Alps you come across quite a few of them. Quite a few parts of the autobahn *can* be used as makeshift runways. But the last such exercises happened before 1995. I guess our Air Force keeps that capability...Jump to post
Today were some national votes...
With a majority of just 50.1%, the Swiss citizens approved the purchase of the F-5 and F-18 replacements. The proponents were able to convince just 8760 voters more.
In the coming months and years, the government will evaluate the various proposals.
Note, every treaty, alliance, and trade agreement limits sovereignty. It still surprises me that people, especially experienced politicians, think otherwise. People give up freedom all the duckling time. "I like you, but want to stay absolutely free" is the worst thing you could say on a ...Jump to post
Just a side note: In a democracy, it's rather the voter's right - than the candidate's - that the votes are going to be counted correctly. If anybody wants to win a vote, he would not cast a single shred of one tiny doubt over the entire election process. Especially not the president, who can partic...Jump to post
I wonder if Pan Am Systems, the railroad up in New England that owns the name and trademark, knows? AFAIK a trademark has to be used publicly so its protection doesn't get voided after a time limit. So it's rented out to that railroad. The same with Swissair. There is a little flying club in Switze...Jump to post
The NG seems to do fine without it with an accident rate not significantly different than its main competitor which has EICAS. Maybe if Pilots focused on actually flying the aircraft and not relying upon what the computers are telling them we would get a better overall rate. I'm wondering how a pla...Jump to post
The popcorn machine popped at 5:58 CDT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnWf_kdLlcU
Are you serious? yes I am serious. What you saying is internal UK problem. EU is negotiating with UK. Last time I heard it meant the UK government and if the agreement is ratified on both sides, then it is not EU business anymore how UK got there in the first place. So we should remove all the refe...Jump to post
Right now, SpaceX is filling its grain silo with liquid nitrogen.
Must be great recipe for popcorn.
Edit: Nooooo... Elon failed at failing. It's detanking right now. No pop.
I still don't understand how Boeing could seriously expect customer pilots to immediately (3 seconds) perform the runaway trim response after every MCAS activation, a system kept unknown to them, that was acting intermittent and moved trim in high power boosts to extreme settings, so it was very di...Jump to post
Tugger wrote:Nothing beats a public location, with private voting stalls for allowing each voter to completely vote what they want with no outside interference.
Yes, because you can just go to the E/E bay and repin/reprogram your transponder in flight to another random number..... The lies in this article are as blatant as the news media. Who says a military plane cannot have a re-programmable transponder? This is one of the reasons certain countries (like...Jump to post
Popular Mechanics reports that an RC-135W on a reconnaissance mission near Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands changed its ICAO Mode S identifier in-flight, disguising itself as a civilian Malaysian plane. https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a33970936/us-spy-plane-impersonates-malay...Jump to post
The picture that Dutchy shared - the open frontier to France - is misleading, because Switzerland has a VERY close relationship to the EU. One that the UK doesn't want to have at all. Why is it misleading? I know Switzerland is much closer than Johnson now wants (not so much when he campaigned for ...Jump to post
The committee report does a good job explaining how Airbus still has the advantage in that market. It brought a newer airplane to the game, with better integrated systems and with an EICAS. Heck, how can the FAA not demand an EICAS for any modern Boeing 737? "Huh, first, flying is much safer th...Jump to post
Funfact: Swiss Customs close at 1730 on a Friday and do not open again until 0800 on a Monday. Any trucks not through by 1730 have to wait the whole weekend to be processed. Freight forwarders hate it. Thankfully no goods lorries cross the Irish Sea during the weekend, right? Another fun fact: Swit...Jump to post
9Patch wrote:Boeing 737 Max crashes were ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, investigators say
9Patch wrote:The document details myriad gaps in oversight
We've already discussed in another thread how Virgin Galactic is not a competitor to SpaceX and Bezos' rokkits. The respective thingies have hugely different capabilities. A Falcon 9 needs the fuel volume of a Boeing 777 - to transport, say, 7 people. SpaceX is very far away from something that rese...Jump to post
TTailedTiger wrote:Funny how I live in a major US city and have never spent more than 15 minutes voting. Most Americans spend longer picking out a show on Netlfix.
Primary ballots have a D or R marked on the envelope. Not here in Wisconsin. I use absentee voting (like 60% of Wisconsinites) because I don't want to take half a day off (unpaid) from work to vote. Plus, I don't want to stand in the pouring rain or snow standing in line. In other words, I will onl...Jump to post
As an outsider, I’m struggling to understand why postal vote fraud is supposedly a big issue in the US but works well elsewhere and you hardly hear of such accusations. Surely any candidate who is trying to shore up their voting base will encourage postal voting, especially for those who they know ...Jump to post
Oy vey, this is why education is important. It is literally so rare that’s why specific instances get reported when they do happen. With regard to mail-in ballots: there were only 372 cases of potential fraud in 2016 and 2018 out of the total 14.6 million ballots cast. That is a rate of only 0.0000...Jump to post
So some fraud is ok with you? We shouldn't work to make it as secure as possible? It's mighty suspicious that only liberals are wanting to force voting by mail. Letting DeJoy, a Republican, dismantle perfectly working mail sorting equipment didn't exactly help with the citizen's trust in the whole ...Jump to post
Primary ballots have a D or R marked on the envelope. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: This is epic. "with that election commissioner who suddenly found boxes of "lost" ballots" Can ha...Jump to post
There is no way to guarantee the security of mail ballots. You should want to have as much control of your vote as possible. I can't understand why anyone from either party would be against that unless you are trying to do something underhanded. How is mail-in voting insecure? Would you care to exp...Jump to post
Every time US elections come up, its obvious to any non-American that the US does not have free and fair elections - you pretend that you do, As a Swiss, I just received the ballots for the September 27th referendums. An envelope, containing the ballots, another envelope (which bears no number, no ...Jump to post
Some commentators have said that this years election could be Florida-Bush v. Gore 2000 'on steroids'. Indeed it could if it comes down again to 1 state to win the EC vote, one controlled by Republicans, with shady ballot handling, many late arriving mail ballots, massive court battles and possible...Jump to post
In a much earlier election, there was some unclarity on whether the governor or the state legislature has to certify the election result, which in turn determines how the electors are going to vote at the Electoral College. Now, it's the legislature. Republican-dominated ones could just declare the ...Jump to post
Musk started SpaceX and Tesla with about $200 million total.... People still think he can be competed with by throwing money at the problem. I remember somebody saying on this forum that Elon took two years off to read through an entire library of space exploration and space engineering. He needed ...Jump to post
If the states of Berlin, Brandenburg and as well as the federal government don't inject about 300 million Euros into the airport company, it will be bankrupt on opening day. Until 2024, the airport company (FBB, Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg) is in need of 1.5 billions in order to keep the airport op...Jump to post
SN6 hop footage from SpaceX. https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1301718836563947522?s=20 No engine fire seen this time. This is great! I cannot wait for the first 20 km hop. I simply cannot. In this video, you see a construction site - a mobile crane, and these five or six slanted, dark pillars. Wha...Jump to post
Seriously though, if there was somewhere for your Blackjack to launch from, had overflight rights for every country it flies over until it gets to the edge of U.S. airspace near Houston, it has every right to be there, just as this B-52 had. You expect to be intercepted, you would just hope that th...Jump to post
On August 28th, a Falcon 9 will do some curious maneuvers, hug Floridas coastline, and put SAOCOM 1B on a polar orbit. Let's hope that Elon won't shoot another cow down there in Cuba. An article on the failed 1960 launch, which caused a rain of debris... http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-scien...Jump to post