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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

True, which is why appeasement politics needs to stop. Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recently used the dreaded filibuster to stop the sanction of NordStream2. The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with them. I used to work for a company who suppli...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Now to hope that they will be as mature as NATO might be asking too much. It would be interesting to read an article or two about what NATO members are doing to increase their military spending and their thoughts/strategies about the same. That would be useful. It shouldn't be much of a problem sin...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 149
Views: 3162

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

And I saw you are ok with the climate And where did you "see" this? Also when EV's are touching 30-40 and in some places the only sales (Netherlands for e.g. as I have shared the stats. above) so even the idea of affordability doesn't even come into the picture. Month by month they are ra...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

That's all fine. I'm not arguing against AEW. I'm arguing that $18000/hour is not the right price to pay to find fishing boats. Especially if you already have C295MPAs. The Chileans beg to disagree. They may only find fishing boats today but it's good practice for what they may be needed for in the...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 149
Views: 3162

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Anybody else see the irony in two threads going on at the same time---one about EVs and the other about Bugattis?

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I think that Russia named Bulgaria and Romania as the countries that they don't want in NATO due to their relative anonymity. If they had started with Poland and Hungary or Czechia/Slovakia, there would've been a loud "hell no" from everyone. Small bites first...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

If you want to do sea surveillance, of a fishing fleet, using an E-3 is beyond wasteful. Even if the plane is free, the operating costs must be huge. The USAF, which has one hopes lower costs due to large fleet size, charges $19000/hour. Use an ATR-72 or a CN-235 equipped for the maritime patrol. L...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I was coming more from the angle that Ukraine is regarded as a real country, while Taiwan is not (which is significant). But you are very right that Taiwan has a well trained, well funded defensive force with some good strategic advantages. I don’t know how it would go at all (although I have been ...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 149
Views: 3162

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Then leave that as your situation, which likely has less to do with distances in the US vs. Europe. The average commuter is just fine in an electric vehicle in both the US and Europe. Average commuting distances are similar. What comes next? "Your house is too big"? "You have more as...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 149
Views: 3162

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

I'm in the US and while I could see my next car, some years down the road, being a hybrid, I can't see a full electric in my future. Our distances are quite a bit farther than in Europe and EVs don't have the range. Unless your commute is more than 100 miles each way or you put more than 200 miles ...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 149
Views: 3162

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

I'm in the US and while I could see my next car, some years down the road, being a hybrid, I can't see a full electric in my future. Our distances are quite a bit farther than in Europe and EVs don't have the range.

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Maybe the US media just isn't reporting it, but have France or Germany spoken up warning Russia not to invade Ukraine? All I have read about Germany is that they vetoed Estonia giving Ukraine some old GDR artillery. I'm just asking because Macron and the recently departed Merkel have made many comme...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 2:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

kitplane01 wrote:

Does Chile have history of vanity projects?
No.

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

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 with the OPCW and Doping Commissions, assassinations in Germany and Turkey and kinetic attacks on NATO countries a...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

Chile gets quite a bit of used equipment from the UK. They also have one Type 22 and three Type 23 frigates. Their navy is right up there with Brazil for best navy south of the Rio Grande.

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 81
Views: 3655

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Romania and Bulgaria today, Poland and Slovakia next week. Czech Republic and the Baltic states the week after. Maybe the Germans can give back the east next month?

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

I can't see that Dutchy wrote like that. Criticism is something else than being against. You have strong opinions and here you are wrong. EU is not a military organisation. For Finland the real number for GDP for military is 2,5-3,5% because of conscription. Finland is not a member of NATO or EU mi...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight turned back for anti-mask passenger
Replies: 40
Views: 5913

Re: AA flight turned back for anti-mask passenger

Starfuryt wrote:
So who exactly pays for all this? Seems a tad extreme to return and then cancel a flight over a mask.
It was probably cancelled because the crew didn't have enough time left.

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ More integration would be by far a better idea. 2%-norm will be met in the next few years and then we, as an EU, will outspend most of the potential adversaries. Economic power is much more useful, although it needs to be backed up by force in last resort. I keep hearing how all these countries w...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The EU is a global power. This is an interesting test of the structure. Lightsaber They are an economic power but not a military one. France and Germany want an EU military, instead of NATO, not because it will unite Europe more, but mostly so that they can be the top dogs. With the US and UK gone,...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

I get the feeling that Putin is not too fearful of economic sanctions at this point. Perhaps if the United States and its NATO allies had inserted ground troops and aircraft in Ukraine last year Russia would have backed off. Change "United States" to "France and Germany" and &qu...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police kill armed man at SFO
Replies: 1
Views: 942

Re: Police kill armed man at SFO

Sounds like suicide by cop.

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The EU is a global power. This is an interesting test of the structure. Lightsaber They are an economic power but not a military one. France and Germany want an EU military, instead of NATO, not because it will unite Europe more, but mostly so that they can be the top dogs. With the US and UK gone,...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

GDB wrote:
that’s a lot of N-LAWs and whatever else they are carrying.
Let's hope the Ukies* put them to good use, if the time comes.
*I'm of Ukrainian descent so I can call them that. :D
PS--Maybe they can slip a few Stingers in with them.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ And being thankful for supporting unification of Germany is a classic example of the Stockholm syndrome, considering that Russia was the reason why Germany was partitioned in the first place. I agree. Here is a link to news about the British supply planes having to detour around German airspace. ...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ And being thankful for supporting unification of Germany is a classic example of the Stockholm syndrome, considering that Russia was the reason why Germany was partitioned in the first place. I agree. Here is a link to news about the British supply planes having to detour around German airspace. ...

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by johns624
Tue Jan 18, 2022 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 2973

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

[ I would be interested to see how other AF’s types fared on availability when even a small force is deployed, that is if you are not a superpower with by comparison almost unlimited money and size of inventory to throw at any problems. I know that when a chunk of the well established and large RAF...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UAE Explosions
Replies: 3
Views: 574

UAE Explosions

It appears that the war in Yemen may be spreading to the UAE. There were reports of drone strikes on fuel tankers. If this continues, I wonder if it will have an effect on the UAE being a major hub and transit point. https://menafn.com/1103551479/UAE-3-killed-6-wounded-in-Abu-Dhabi-fuel-tankers-expl...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 29
Views: 1742

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

'Turning into a nightmare': Passengers stuck at sea as US cruise cancelled mid-voyage https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/127525047/turning-into-a-nightmare-passengers-stuck-at-sea-as-us-cruise-cancelled-midvoyage Now is not the time to take a cruise. No matter how many thousands of Covi...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation
Replies: 52
Views: 2037

Re: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation

Those British people are just so violent! I can see why they can't be trusted with guns...or knives. My wife watches Masterpiece Theatre and you have constant murders in these quaint little villages...Endeavour, Foyle's War, Sherlock Holmes, Midsommer Murders, Inspector Morse, Vera, etc. (sarcasm)

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by johns624
Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation
Replies: 52
Views: 2037

Re: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation

BBC reports that Greater Manchester Police in the north of England have arrested two teenagers in connection with investigations into the attack on the synagogue. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60019251 How could he legally buy weapons? Weapons doesn't always have to mean "firearms". He co...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation
Replies: 52
Views: 2037

Re: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation

BBC reports that Greater Manchester Police in the north of England have arrested two teenagers in connection with investigations into the attack on the synagogue. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60019251 The president said the attacker had apparently bought weapons after he landed in the US. How coul...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 2973

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

[p that is if you are not a superpower with by comparison almost unlimited money and size of inventory to throw at any problems. Think how many spares spending that 2% on defense could buy? It has nothing to do with being a superpower. Maybe less on new, shiny equipment and more on maintaining what...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

Nice word revanchist. If I was Putin and wanted to recreate the Soviet Union or the Russian empire than I’d be going after the areas where A they have resources worth taking B a population that would be amenable and C nobody cares about. I’d annex the Stans and Azerbaijan, they have valuable resour...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 16, 2022 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

L410Turbolet wrote:
BTW, if Ceausescu was allegedly a fairly nice guy and you want Romania to be Russia's doormat again from which it is ok to steal land... why did your parents leave for Canada?
That's a very good question!

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by johns624
Sun Jan 16, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ What do the Baltic states offer Russian. They have no oil, no major industries, there’s nothing of any real value in any of the Baltic states. C'mon Rob, you're smarter than that. There's two great reasons (from the Russian point of view) for bringing them back into the fold. The first, historica...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

Most of the Eastern Europe joined Nato and EU because the (legitimate) fear of Russia trying to taker them back. That is 100 percent Russia's fault just like the annexing of Crimea is. So much bs pro Russians. Any independent country should be allowed to join which ever alliance they wish without t...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

cedarjet wrote:
We should be looking to improve relations with Russia as we have no ideological differences with them, just a trumped up dispute for ratings.
You keep thinking that...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

I'm not sure most American's even know where the Ukraine is (except here in Cleveland and other areas with large numbers of Ukrainian immigrants). To think this will impact Biden's poll numbers is a stretch. You'd be right about that. Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia...all the same thing right? - sez Joe S...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 2973

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

I'd like to see comparable German figures.

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by johns624
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10164

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

Why are so many news outlets reporting today that Russia is planning a false flag incident to justify invasion? Probably because they might be? "Our Germanic brothers in the Sudetenland are being oppressed, we must save them". "Our Germanic brothers in the Danzig strip are being oppr...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6848

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

It would not be much use without EU political reform, but it is one of the building blocks for the EU to be able to project power. As said, I don't see the EU developing a strategic airlift program in sufficient numbers and at an acceptable price to the tax payer on their own. I think it would be i...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can someone explain this stop?
Replies: 13
Views: 1697

Re: Can someone explain this stop?

Could it be a fuel stop because of the shorter runway at St Thomas?

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by johns624
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6848

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

As part of that deal the time to that point could perhaps be bridged with say 40 C17's from US inventory and in return say 80 A400M's to compensate and cover part of the C17 capability then missing at the USAF. Why would the USAF want to buy 80 A400s? That's almost as many as the major Airbus partn...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6848

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

As part of that deal the time to that point could perhaps be bridged with say 40 C17's from US inventory and in return say 80 A400M's to compensate and cover part of the C17 capability then missing at the USAF. Why would the USAF want to buy 80 A400s? That's almost as many as the major Airbus partn...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

Re: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?

Financiers who can see a profit will be the first ones to support airframes which still have a few miles left on the clock. environmentalists can be muffled by saying the plane flys only when it is full rather than aimlessly trekking across continents looking for passengers. If you are eeking out t...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is this scaffolding for? (LAX)
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: What is this scaffolding for? (LAX)

Gallows? :stirthepot:

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by johns624
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

Re: Will used airframes ever get so cheap that...

As far as the "older pilots who don't want a full schedule" part, those pilots are at high wages and are trying to sock it away for their forced retirements.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 300
Views: 12267

Re: Australian Open 2022

889091 wrote:

Serbia is not within the EU. Assuming that he flew to directly to Spain from Serbia, immigration/border control at whichever Spanish airport he landed would have stamped his passport with an entry stamp to Spain/EU.

Very few countries even stamp passports anymore...which is a pet peeve of mine!

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by johns624
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Embarrassing Aviation Misconceptions You've Had
Replies: 32
Views: 1886

Re: Embarrassing Aviation Misconceptions You've Had

When I was a teenager, I'd fly out during the summer and visit my brother at Ft Ord, CA. I'd normally fly UA DTW-SFO-MRY with the long leg on a DC10. Once, I had to fly through O'Hare on a UA 747. I was looking at everyone's luggage and was wondering why so many people were going to Ft Ord (ORD lugg...

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