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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebody Flights ??
Replies: 29
Views: 4218

Re: European Widebody Flights ??

I've also seen LH putting widebodies, especially the A350, on FRA-MUC vv flights. Mostly they seem to pop up close to the flight rather than being scheduled long before it though. It's not surpising though - it was a regular A300 route back in the day, and still (outside Covid) has sufficient deman...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?
Replies: 139
Views: 8851

Re: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?

What's the approval rating for Scott Morrison now? Well I think he's good Problem is that he isn’t, he’s gone from one blunder to the next and the faceless men of the LNP will get rid of him. Barnaby Joyce even openly criticised him. They’ve been there for too long and need a few terms in oppositio...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 09, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Australia (apart from the state of Western Australia) is reopening to vaccinated tourists from 21 Fenruary 2022. They will also need to abide by any local restrictions, which may still include some indoor masks at that point. Will a negative test also be required to enter or will you just have to b...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 09, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?
Replies: 9
Views: 1610

Re: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?

I thought they still had some 330s? The A330s were ex-Etihad leases. They were the first widebodies to go. It will be years if ever before they operate outside the South Pacific again, unless Bali picks up in a big way. A widebody sub-fleet is extremely unlikely. They had 2 ex EK A332s to start. Th...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 08, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Australia (apart from the state of Western Australia) is reopening to vaccinated tourists from 21 Fenruary 2022. They will also need to abide by any local restrictions, which may still include some indoor masks at that point.

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 08, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?
Replies: 9
Views: 1610

Re: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?

Never in the foreseeable future. They have returned all their widebodies and are 737 only now. I thought they still had some 330s? The A330s were ex-Etihad leases. They were the first widebodies to go. It will be years if ever before they operate outside the South Pacific again, unless Bali picks u...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 06, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantaslink Dash 8 replacement?
Replies: 30
Views: 6650

Re: Qantaslink Dash 8 replacement?

Historical note: Until the flying boat service ended in 1974 (?) they vote in what ever seat Rose Bay was in. For anybody who is interested here is a trip report I posted about a trip I took to Lord Howe, posted 11 years ago, the trip took place 50 years ago!!! https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewt...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 03, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2826

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

An interesting similarity, sometimes missed, is that most bicameral Commonwealths of States have a "States' House" - the Senate (or equivalent). Canada is interesting in that there seems to be some attempt at proportionality in allocating Senate seats, less in the US and Australia is prett...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2826

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

As per previous posters, the Canadian system is very similar to that used in much of the Commonwealth. You vote for the local rep of the party you want to hold power, and the reps elect their leader. In the upcoming Australian election, most people people will say they are voting for Scott Morrison ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada
Replies: 507
Views: 26806

Re: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada

What would have been more effective is not this convoy. It should have been a universal work stoppage from all truckers until the mandates are lifted and the rest of us deal with the consequences of that. They have the leverage as there was a trucker shortage before the mandates were put in place. ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Three Flights you were most excited about...
Replies: 27
Views: 2308

Re: Three Flights you were most excited about...

1. SYD-?-SYD mid-1970s. My first RPT flight, in the days the two Australian airlines sold excess capacity as mystery flights at reduced fares. It turned out to be SYD-WGA-SYD with Airlines of NSW on F27 2. SYD-SIN-AMS (LHR). My first overseas trip, first two legs were on PH-BFA. First time on a 747 ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 01, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to launch new premium economy & business class next week
Replies: 45
Views: 10769

Re: Finnair to launch new premium economy & business class next week

EFHK wrote:
And nowhere does it say that. 2-4-2 PE is for A350, while 2-3-2 PE is for A330.


Sorry, misread that. I actually didn't notice a seat width difference on A350 PE vs 777 (not Finnair) even though it is narrower.

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 01, 2022 11:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I never see these flying anymore?
Replies: 8
Views: 1484

Re: I never see these flying anymore?

Of the types mentioned, 717s are the only one in regular passenger service at my airport. MD11F is regular. Australia is where Fokkers come to die before Africa, but even the F100 is fast being replaced by old E190s. But two BAe 146 recently came onto the register. As we saw in 2001 and then 2008, s...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 01, 2022 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to launch new premium economy & business class next week
Replies: 45
Views: 10769

Re: Finnair to launch new premium economy & business class next week

I can't say that 2-4-2 PE on A330 sounds like a good thing, but it does depend on the seat they have chosen.

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Is Denmark just being realistic - it is too contagious to contain? I am coming to the view that trying to do that creates far more collateral damage (social and economic) than the damage COVID-19 itself inflicts. I think that's a foregone conclusion by now. Most nations couldn't control Delta or an...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 01, 2022 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada
Replies: 507
Views: 26806

Re: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada

There have also been claims by people reported at the convoy that "this is about democracy". 90% of relevant drivers are fully vaccinated, as are 88.7% of the Canadian voting age population. Prett much half of the 18+ population has already had a booster dose. By my understanding of repres...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jan 30, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tornadoes- Mostly an American Phenomenon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tornadoes- Mostly an American Phenomenon?

https://amp.abc.net.au/article/100712606
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They’re not as regular as the mid-west, but we occasionally have them in Australia. The most recent was just before Christmas https://amp.abc.net.au/article/100712606

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 29, 2022 3:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States
Replies: 35
Views: 2566

Re: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States

My family in MA (Arlington) is prepping for up to 2’ of snow, and hoping storms earlier have taken down the riskiest branches already. Gusts up to 100mph forecast. I was initially a little disappointed when my company transferred me out of BOS to a warm weather climate. But it’s days like these tha...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 29, 2022 2:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States
Replies: 35
Views: 2566

Re: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States

My family in MA (Arlington) is prepping for up to 2’ of snow, and hoping storms earlier have taken down the riskiest branches already. Gusts up to 100mph forecast.

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 29, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
Replies: 315
Views: 18525

Re: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

[twoid][/twoid] What chance does an Asian woman have of being appointed to this position? Of what relevance is that to anything? SCOTUS is not a normal position. You want to talk about private sector or rank and file government fine, but this ain't it. It is an important position, but it is still a ...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 29, 2022 12:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
Replies: 315
Views: 18525

Re: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

You said you are OK with Asians being prohibited from holding certain positions in the US government. Not me. Only one of us is advocating discrimination and that is you. Still a blatantly false equivalency, through and through. It isn't. What odds does an Asian American woman have of being appoint...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
Replies: 315
Views: 18525

Re: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Are you saying Kamala Harris isn't the most qualified person to be the President should something happen to Joe? Irrelevant, because the executive line of succession is predetermined. This topic is about posts that are up for competition. Harris is hardly worth highlighting anyway when we've alread...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1231

Re: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?

Thanks everyone for the comments on the A380. I'm accepting that its days are now numbered. Do you think a "Queen of the Skies" 747 will still be flying somewhere after the last A380 is taken out of service then? With the youngest 748F a similar age to the youngest A380, and frieghters ge...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

anstar wrote:
aerokiwi wrote:

At most I'd say QF would have to go back and consult, then implement the requirement. A la BHP.
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I believe QF did consult... they even sent out a survey prior to their staff asking their views.


Amongst other things, the complainants allege that the survey waan't proper consultation.

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 66
Views: 7146

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

WildcatYXU wrote:
I wonder why he didn't try to book time on the circular test track in Nardo.


The curve on Nardo restricts top speeds due to tyre scrub.

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The FDA has rescinded EUA authorizations for two monoclonal antibody treatments made by Regeneron and Eli Lily due to ineffectiveness against the Omicron variant: https://www.forbes.com/sites/zacharysmith/2022/01/24/fda-rescinds-authorization-for-covid-antibody-treatments-by-regeneron-eli-lilly/?sh...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 22, 2022 10:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Yes, omicron dropping at the time we were vaxxed and PCR testing to keep Delta out screwed NSW.

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by Kent350787
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 66
Views: 7146

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

There a number of videos including on YouTube with skilled drivers driving very powerful cars on the German Autobahn. I have seen some of where approached 300 Kms/hr.. or more. Comparing the Bugatti video, I think it was done in a much safer situation than this 5.8L Bi-Turbo E63 AMG (920hp): https:...

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by Kent350787
Fri Jan 21, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

In NSW, with a 93% 12+ double dosed population (30% of adults with 3 doses), daily new case data is no longer as accurate now there is a combination of formalised PCR test reporting and self reporting of positive RAT results (mandated, but with greater flex in timeframe). However, it does appear tha...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Thinking a little left field here and not knowing what actual pax loads on ZL flights to those small towns are like, could the upcoming Cessna SkyCourier with it's 19 pax configuration be a suitable aircraft for Rex? Perhaps even as a mixed fleet of SkyCouriers and ATR42s for the larger routes? I c...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 1745

Re: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry

Enough to justify the $billion to build a bridge to save 20-30 mins travel? There'd need to be a massive amount of new development to justify the costs of a large span bridge.

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 1745

Re: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry

In fact I'm surprised the ferry still exists. Without a bridge, that is a very long stretch without a bridge. It also disconnects a bunch of populated communities that are physically close. Therefore, a bridge to replace this ferry might actually be a good idea. Is there good opportunity for develo...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

What other options does Rex have at the moment to replace the aging SAABs - ATR42's are too big for some routes, but given the lack of options in the market for direct replacement of the current turboprop fleet, they may as well take some ATR42's, and try to stretch out the newer SAAB frames for th...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The article linked is from early September 2021. Pfizer was approved in November 2021 by the US. The WHO advice was updated in late November 2021. https://www.who.int/news/item/24-11-2021-interim-statement-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-children-and-adolescents Which the poster likely knew, having a l...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does VS not fly to SIN? Will they? Will they resume HKG-,SYD?
Replies: 15
Views: 1740

Re: Why does VS not fly to SIN? Will they? Will they resume HKG-,SYD?

49% by Delta, 51% by the Virgin Group. As mentioned above, SIN is dominated by SQ, going back in time the 49 % of VS that is now owned by DL was owned by SQ. No way VS was going to operate that route then. Now, it's simply a better ROI to have a plane operate a US flight. Hong Kong - Sydney won't b...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

FDA approved them with data they obtained according to my understanding? Probably WHO missed the note? The article linked is from early September 2021. Pfizer was approved in November 2021 by the US. The WHO advice was updated in late November 2021. https://www.who.int/news/item/24-11-2021-interim-...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Anyone know what to make of this on the World Health Organization website regarding the Pfizer vaccine and administering it in children? Kind of worrying as countries (including here in Australia) are vaccinating the under 12's. They say under the subheading of Who Should Not Take This Vaccine &quo...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

In my state, daily new cases are now at least 200% higher than they were before Omicron, yet the number admitted to hospital is only around 20% higher than early December. Less positive is that the daily deaths are a littel above 1% of hospitalisations, although there is little information yet on wh...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16335

Re: Australian Open 2022

I hope he is barred from both Spain & Australia indefinitely That Australian federal judge is looking like a goose now He wasn't ruling on the other stuff, just the procedures that the Australian Border Force followed. That was what was being heard, not the whereabouts of N.D. prior to his arri...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Hey guys, I know HARS would love VH-OQA but I fear it may be too much for Albion Park to handle physically unless serious $$$ were spent on a new apron. There is however a MUCH more appropriate place to preserve VH-OQA, in its own special ‘area’ …. It’s namesake airport, conveniently being built ri...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Just a bit! That would be the one I would expect to be preserved at somewhere like HARS. Or even Longreach. With such a small production run and relatively short history, I can't see too many of them being preserved, so one in Australia would be nice. I revisited HARS over the break and the guide c...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16335

Re: Australian Open 2022

No disrespect intended to the iconic classic Australian band, just meant to be as a metaphor Yes, the conditions for Mr Djokovic were very far from those described by Mr Walker. True he is actually not in gaol yet and has not the same attention as those involved in Bathurst Riots and overzealous pr...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16335

Re: Australian Open 2022

Really got a link :rotfl: Not sure what he expects the Her Majesty to do when her role in Australia is only ceremonial But I’d also expect the Her Majesty would also bid by the entry requirements to come to Australia and not try and lie his way in Most tabloids in the UK and Oceania seem to have th...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16335

Re: Australian Open 2022

His bat poop crazy dad has made a plea to Queen Liz to sort out the issue! Really got a link :rotfl: Not sure what he expects the Her Majesty to do when her role in Australia is only ceremonial But I’d also expect the Her Majesty would also bid by the entry requirements to come to Australia and not...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Ugly it may be; however, OQA does have a bit of noteworthy history don't you think? Just a bit! That would be the one I would expect to be preserved at somewhere like HARS. Or even Longreach. With such a small production run and relatively short history, I can't see too many of them being preserved...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Furniture giant Ikea slashes sick pay for unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate after close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10382729/Ikea-slashes-sick-pay-unvaccinated-staff-forced-self-isolate-Covid-close-contact.html By the way, 7 day avera...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 297
Views: 55024

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2022

Exciting to see another QF380 head back downunder. Does anyone know what the basis was for bringing VH-OQB back first and now VH-OQD, rather than the younger A380s first? Thanks in advance I assume the refits began pre-Covid with some of the older fleet? I was on the former VH-OGA at HARS the other...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16335

Re: Australian Open 2022

Djokovic had a right to be treated fairly within the instructions he was given by border control officers. Not allowing the further 52 minutes to present further information was pretty silly. Djokovic has been Covid-stupid during the pandemic and his bona fides deserved to be fully considered - whic...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37866

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The cases in France are pretty amazing. https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&time=2020-03-01..latest&facet=none&pickerSort=desc&pickerMetric=new_cases_smoothed_per_million&Metric=Confirmed+cases&Interval=7-day+rolling+average&am...

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