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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 104616

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

National shutdown for pax is inevitable IMHO given the border closures. I expect cargo flights to continue, particularly over here. There’ll still be a skeleton domestic operation. There needs to be some travel for work related purposes, transfer of essential employees and government personnel whom...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 104616

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Rumour has it at QF: All 380s grounded All 747s grounded, probably permanently 90% of A330s (meaning about 3 aircraft left, this is probably to keep the pilots current and trained on the aircraft type for it's re-entry into service when demand comes back) Nothing about the 787, but I'd assume it wil...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Trump's re-election
Replies: 148
Views: 9311

Re: Consequences of Trump's re-election

Right now, Trump is looking like Herbert Hoover as the Great Depression set in. He lost badly in 1932 to FDR in part as like Trump also took the Republican party line much like today of no government bailouts, all on on their own, let the free market decide, took no blame or attempt to deal with th...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 349440

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

If this virus continues it will put some carriers out of business. Others will no doubt be firing a large majority of their workforce. And I would say all carriers would be placing a substantial proportion of their staff on unpaid leave. But eventually the virus will pass, and demand will rise, prob...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So, did God send Corona for punishment?
Replies: 69
Views: 3765

Re: So, did God send Corona for punishment?

So, folks, good afternoon! The topic title is pretty self explanatory. And, spoiler alert, this is more of a provocative than honest question. But I know people are seriously considering the premise of a God-send illness, regardless of religion. I am just interested in what people think about it. I...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 183813

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05- ... hs/7447464

Half a million extra cancer deaths alone due to the 2008 GFC.
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More credence to the theory that the panic and economic recession it brings will kill more than the virus itself:

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05- ... hs/7447464

Half a million extra cancer deaths alone due to the 2008 GFC.

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 183813

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

How about we all lock ourselves in our basements until the Apocalyps is over? You start. There’s a big issue with the response and perception of the virus that no one is really talking about but I think is worth mentioning. All these measures have an effect on the economy. Quarantines, restrictions...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 20245

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

"Admire the skill" ... landing an airplane in a crab. Honestly, it's not very hard to land an airplane while its still angled into the wind. I always LOL every time I see these posts. The real skill is by pilots landing a plane that CANNOT be landed/side loaded in a crab! Awesome, after y...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 20245

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

For sheer class this BA 747 in a x-wind at Heathrow is unbeatable. Full marks to Etihad but as has been mentioned above, should have kicked the drift off before touchdown, that would have been a big swerve for the pax and pretty rough on the airframe. This BA landing gets it exactly right, pax woul...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: An A320 Was “Nearly” Shot Down Over Syria
Replies: 2
Views: 274

An A320 Was “Nearly” Shot Down Over Syria

According to the source, Israeli fighter jets had fired eight missiles at targets near Damascus early Thursday morning, and in response Syrian forces fired anti-aircraft missile defense systems. The Airbus A320 was almost caught in the middle of this. Russia is accusing the Israeli air force of usi...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Head Iran Gen Killed In Air Strike
Replies: 881
Views: 31101

Re: Head Iran Gen Killed In Air Strike

To give you an idea of how bad a move this was, the General who was assassinated is viewed amongst the Shia population in the region as the hero who saved them from ISIS. For a comparison imagine a third party assassinating George Washington after the Revolutionary War and how angry Americans would ...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 87591

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

So with that scientific backing in mind, a common-sense liberal government in Sydney will eventually ax the curfew law. Well there has been, according to you a “common sense”, Liberal party government in power federally for the last 6 years and at the state level in NSW for the last 8 years and nei...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox
Replies: 2565
Views: 176301

Re: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

Quite apart from Brexit, take a step back and look at British society generally and the language that is being used; the country has become so polarised and the sense of disunity - irreconcilable, bitter disunity - seems to have become all the more evident. I really do believe that historians, writ...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 270900

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Pilots were saying some time ago that AJ might use the negotiations as a reason to cancel sunrise, and just use it as leverage to reduce pilot costs. They did similar with the 787 saying they would cancel the orders unless the pay was reduced. (The 10 and 16 are my best recollection) The main stick...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Joe Biden ill??
Replies: 61
Views: 8589

Re: Joe Biden ill??

Why are the Democrats actively TRYING to lose the 2020 election? A lot of us, even some on the right want Trump gone and here the Democrats are handing it to Trump and the GOP on a silver platter. Not all Democrats. Whilst some are trying to hog the limelight for their well scripted debate sound bi...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Dayton, 10 Dead
Replies: 210
Views: 19503

Re: Mass Shooting in Dayton, 10 Dead

Another young white guy who lost his mind after years of alt-right indoctrination by sites like Breitbart, 4chan and 8chan. Combined with easy access to firearms and a gun culture that caters to these insecure individuals. But of course the mere mentioning of this makes me an enemy to a sizable por...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

I don't think the usual suspects from Europe on this forum have any ground to lecture others how to fix US society. Really? Murder rates per 100,000: France 1.3 Germany 1.0 UK 1.2 Ireland 0.9 Sweden 1.1 Netherlands 0.8 Spain 0.7 USA 5.3 I think the Europeans have a lot of ground and expertise to le...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

I'm not changing the subject, but simply fast forwarding through all the BS to the endgame where, in the scenario I lay out, the Left will find very uncomfortable decision making to be made. No, it’s a changing of the subject and trying to put the focus on how bad leftists are when this massacre wa...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

https://www.foxnews.com/media/texas-lt- ... t-shooting
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And it looks like Fox News and Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick are finally getting angry at the real cause behind this massacre:

Antifa and left wing protestors:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/texas-lt- ... t-shooting

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

Seems like the shooter is a white nationalist Trump supporter, trying to copycat the Christchurch shooter but targeting Hispanics instead of Muslims. If that turns out to be true, the usual suspects will be on this like flies on shit to claim it's all a 'false flag' operation, and that those people...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

Truly sad. Awaiting further details but I doubt anyone cares. Itll quickly be politicized. It should be politicised. Have you noticed how in every other developed country when they have a mass shooting it becomes politicised and the politicians actually do something about gun violence? And also att...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 19166

Re: Sweet! Another mass shooting in El Paso

Seems like the shooter is a white nationalist Trump supporter, trying to copycat the Christchurch shooter but targeting Hispanics instead of Muslims.

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Antifa Violence
Replies: 167
Views: 21228

Re: Antifa Violence

My work colleagues who are right wing oriented, practically consider Antifa as the biggest threat to humanity ever. If you were to believe them they are lurking everywhere, on street corners, in basements, in dumpsters, on attics, in their dreams and so on. Personally I have never seen anything rem...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 6576

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

It’s funny how some on this thread think the EU sold out to the Mercosur nation in this FTA. The EU has a GDP of $18 trillion, the others about 2.4 trillion. I don’t know how bad of a negotiator the EU must be if they supposedly sold out to nations with a combined economy one seventh smaller than th...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt
Replies: 42
Views: 2898

Re: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt

It’s ridiculous young people are in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt at the start of their careers. Young people aren’t the most worldly bunch at that age so saying it’s their fault for choosing the wrong degree is not a helpful position. If I were running the educational system higher educa...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pinnacle 3701, why no documentary?
Replies: 14
Views: 1246

Re: Pinnacle 3701, why no documentary?

There are a lot of remarkable and interesting aviation accidents that have occurred with no pax onboard, and as they have a tiny body count the media isn’t too interested.

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Roy Moore Could Actually Win Alabama’s Republican Senate Primary
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

Re: How Roy Moore Could Actually Win Alabama’s Republican Senate Primary

In a way it would be fitting for Moore to win the election. Politicians should represent their people. And when you’re in a state that bans women from controlling their own bodies, grants parental rights to rapists, bans TV shows that feature gay people and has the worst education system of the 50 s...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the 80s generation the last good generation?
Replies: 54
Views: 6319

Re: Is the 80s generation the last good generation?

This moaning about younger generations being useless reminds me of this quote: The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no l...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America The Bully?
Replies: 45
Views: 3398

Re: America The Bully?

Then US bullying stops, or is curtailed to South America, where I doubt it will go smoothly either. I can see the US in a generation concentrating it’s foreign policy toward Latin America. This will come about due to the influx of migrants from that part of the world, and demographic shifts which m...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shoes, feet...
Replies: 31
Views: 3477

Re: Shoes, feet...

I’m a pretty casual dresser and a semi minimalist, so just 7 pairs, Black dress boots that double as work shoes Solid hiking shoes Lightweight running shoes Casual sneakers 1 pair of sandals 2 pairs of rubber flip flops Because I live in Australia I mostly wear the flip flops 90% of the time outside...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America The Bully?
Replies: 45
Views: 3398

Re: America The Bully?

China is now approaching the size where they can be an economic powerhouse on a US level. Much of this depends on their plans to control the global routes of trade. They key being their “Belt and Road” Initiative to dominate trade routes in Eurasia and Africa. If you have a look at a map of the init...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System
Replies: 101
Views: 7907

Re: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System

I've said it before; I'll say it again: There are two kinds of countries: Those that use the metric system and those that have landed men on the moon. Except that behind the scenes NASA was using metric units in the Apollo spacecraft. The moon mission were metricised: https://ukma.org.uk/why-metric...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?

I don’t mean to gloat but after reading this thread I’m sure glad I live in a country with government funded national healthcare free at the point of use, and I don’t have to deal with insurers, premiums, deductibles, co-pays, negotiated rates, plans, networks, coverage, etc. Most people in develope...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Yes, it does matter when a drone gets shot down because that is still considered a United States government asset. Don't care if it is a drone or not. Its bad for our defense and aerospace contracting industries, so we need war to fuel these industries. Plus,those drones cost about 180,000,000 USD....

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

The US and the EU had done a deal with Iran to bring it back into the world. Three years later, we sit on the start of Iran enriching uranium, a major global conflict and sending fuel prices rocketing. And people consider this good politics? If you are a weapons manufacturer. If you are Israeli or ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

That's the man I had in mind when I wrote my comment. But even better that Trump changed his mind and did not follow his advice, finally. The fact Bolton will remain in the Administration, right next to an easily influenced President's ear causes concern however. His obsession with invading Iran wi...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Well, there seem to be people in the administration who do not think like this. Heck, if the story was actually as described above and not just some kind of propaganda (you all know how the saying goes, truth is the first casualty in war...) then I really like what Trump did. John Bolton thought th...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

According the latest news, Trump stopped the attack because he received an answer to his question about the number of expected casualties (150). As per the news report, he considered this number as inappropriate in relation to what had happened. One life taken isn't appropriate for the loss of a fl...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Now a US Drone got downed by an Iranian SAM... Trump is weak when it comes to military action. This is why we need a president that has a military background. And Trump is not one of them... Trump in office has bombed about 7 countries, launched cruise missiles strikes in Syria, authorised Special ...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

the Iran deal was BS to begin with (and even lefties have to admit it), Absolutely not. The Nuclear Deal was a great deal. Every independent expert said it stopped Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, and brought them into the international trade community where ongoing trade, tourism and connections...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 33309

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

PanAm 103 was a result of IR 655. It doesn't make it right but understandable. . Now that's conspiracy theorist nonsense without proof. Two Libyans were convicted of that crime with no Iranian involvement. Suggest Iran was behind Pan Am 103 is as crazy as suggesting the US government was behind 9/11.

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 151
Views: 8759

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

Here's a good start https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/30/some-failed-climate-predictions/ Hint - No one knows, but everyone likes to make dire predictions that rarely pan out. Really! https://americanconsequences.com/overheating-about-global-warming/ Another view. Both sources written by authors ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System
Replies: 101
Views: 7907

Re: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System

Don't be too hard on Tucker. He's on Fox News, so of course the metric system is responsible for the world outside of America being so scary. They even think it's responsible for plane crashes: Fox News host Anna Kooiman speculated on Sunday that an AirAsia flight could have gone missing because int...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed May 22, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 21326

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Boeing won’t even be considering single pilot ops for the 797 or NMA given the need for those aircraft to be developed reasonably soon (after the MAX fiasco). They aren’t going to contribute trillions into research and development of autonomous flight systems with no benefit. For everyone else in th...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue May 21, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran conflict a threat to gulf carriers?
Replies: 49
Views: 9841

Re: Iran conflict a threat to gulf carriers?

As a result, my carrier has suspended operations in the Tehran FIR. Really? I think it would be fine to fly over Iran itself. A quick look at flightradar shows all major European, Asian and ME carriers still operating in Tehran's airspace. Any potential issues would come from the Gulf, after all it...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue May 21, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 21326

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

The whole article is a fraud, it's based off rumour, coming from quotes by "anonymous airline execs" not engineers, pilots or designers who know what they are talking about. It's funny how the predictions of single pilot airliners never come from pilots, those who actually know how hard it...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu May 16, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 11404

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

I remember reading in Brian Moynahan’s excellent Airport International (which fired my interest in aviation about 32 years ago when I was 9) that airline pilot selection had a set of tests to determine candidates personality. One was playing basketball IIRC: they were looking for the team players a...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu May 16, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 4323

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

It’s a huge shame because I don’t know where the next generation of flyers are going to come from if we cut off even basic attempts at outreach like this? The next generation will come from the social media “influencers”. This guys already got his YouTube Play button and his flow through to America...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu May 16, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 4323

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

On the ground, it's common and relatively easy to ask to look around. I’ve heard anecdotally now that several major international carriers have instituted a complete ban on any passengers visiting the flight deck pre or post flight. Not even little kids are allowed to have a peek inside. Whether it...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun May 05, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 46776

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

Too many posters here are obsessed with this 737 vs A320 debate. It had nothing to do with which aircraft they were flying. Look at the weather report: KNIP 040145Z 29008G16KT 3SM +TSRA BR SCT008 BKN015CB OVC032 24/22 A2999 RMK AO2 TSB04 FRQ LTGIC OHD TS OHD MOV E Gusting tailwinds above aircraft li...

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