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by kaitak
Wed May 12, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

EDI and GLA would be frequency reductions; the rest haven't been operating at all. I would imagine Stobart is hoping for July to bring the opening of inter-CTA travel that Leo has been talking about. Fingers crossed. Sadly for Stobart, the contract with Emerald is supposed to be signed this week. I ...

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by kaitak
Tue May 11, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Another looney idea from an out of touch politician. Hopefully it wont see the light of day. Senator calls for Dublin Airport to be named after Seán Lemass Call comes ahead of 50th anniversary of former taoiseach’s death on May 11th https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/senator-calls-...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

This is a bit disappointing: we don't make the green list. .Ireland was, along with Portugal and Finland, one of the top EU countries, so I wonder what kind of metrics are being used. Sorry Kaitak why are you mentioning Ireland? Its exempt as its part of the CTA and has always been exempt from rest...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

This is a bit disappointing: Britain announces new lists of Green, amber and red countries; we don't make the green list. https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-which-countries-can-you-go-to-without-quarantining-government-publishes-green-covid-travel-list-12299553 They will be reviewed every three wee...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Sorry, an SI is a Statutory Instrument; it's basically "an order, regulation, rule, scheme or bye-law made in exercise of a power conferred by statute". So, in effect, a piece of legislation will empower the minister to do certain things; the SI is the mechanism by which he/she does that. ...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Also interesting that SNN-LHR seems to be up the list also, albeit rumblings of using a non-based aircraft/W-pattern from DUB/ORK (presumably until the base reopens in S22). It seems fairly obvious that SNN was planned to be a 3 frame base, 2xLRs and 1x A320. Assuming that BOS and JFK come back, I ...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

I am told that EI is to operate DUB-BGI and DUB-CUN this winter. No information on frequencies.

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by kaitak
Wed May 05, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

That adds to EXT, suggests that EI doesn't want to see BE back in DUB anytime soon! Might we see SOU coming too? Jersey based Blue Islands had announced an intention, as (I think) did Eastern, but neither has started. An opprutnity for Stobart? Once the EI contract moves to Emerald, will these route...

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by kaitak
Mon May 03, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9
Replies: 283
Views: 59372

Re: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9

Will the 789s ultimately replace the A330s?

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35992

Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Good morning folks and welcome to our fifth installment this year. Unlike previous months, I think there is cause for a lot more optimism about the future. That said, with traffic down c.80% across the board, services drastically reduced and tens of thousands of aviation professionals either on shor...

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by kaitak
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12187

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

Just came across an interesting interview with a former IF pilot. Its in German but the built-in browser translator did an ok job ;-) https://www.austrianwings.info/2018/04/interview-mit-ex-interflug-kapitaen-eine-erfahrung-die-ich-nicht-missen-moechte/ Fascinating article. He is quite bitter about...

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by kaitak
Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 368
Views: 88816

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Many thanks for this information, Factsonly!

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by kaitak
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 368
Views: 88816

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Is there anywhere I can get a schedule of new E2 deliveries and also, when they are likely to be sent to various new (for the E2) destinations.

We in DUB get a mix of E-jets and 737s, so with the 130 seat capacity of the E2, I would imagine we'll be seeing it before too long.

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

They are pax flights, but they carry only very small numbers of pax; the use of the 77W is determined pretty much completely by cargo demand. Surprised to see EL AL pushing their flights back; once we are allowed to travel again, Israel might be one of a few countries outside the EU to which we can ...

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by kaitak
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12187

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

Is it not correct to say that Interflug was actually a division of the E German air force and so Interflug crews were actually E German air force officers? I am fascinated by E Bloc carriers and IF itself, which has probably one of the best, if not the best, of the E European carriers. It's probably...

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by kaitak
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 2448

Re: Strange business names

I was driving through a town in the Irish midlands a few years back and there was a hair salon called "Curl Up & Dye"!

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by kaitak
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

In the meantime the Irish government had been reported as wanting to not adopt the digital passport this Summer . Although we still do not know what freedom that will give if it is adopted anyway. Coalition wanted to shut out travel for tourist season with jab passport delay The Government tried to...

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by kaitak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

S7 Airlines appear to be returning to the Dublin - Moscow route with a 1x weekly B737-800 service for sale starting June 7th 2021. God love their optimism; has there been a worse time in the history of civil aviation to open a new route - and to a country with MHQ. I don't know if Russia is on the ...

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

I flew from Dublin to Heathrow yesterday as I’m due to restart work with BA this weekend! I didn’t encounter a single guard during my journey and at no point did anyone question why I was leaving the country! Should I have? . I'm back myself since last Saturday and haven't seen any garda activity; ...

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by kaitak
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

I have to say that I agree with Shadyshamrock. One of the reasons these threads have gone on for over a decade, maybe 15 years, is that we all treat each other with respect; we have our disagreements and differences, but we can deal with this in a respectful manner. We should not engage in generatio...

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Eirules wrote:
Israel amongst the latest additions to MHQ. Shows just what a ridiculous nonsense it is


I simply can't get my head around this. I really don't see the point. It really does lower confidence in the whole process.

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by kaitak
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Not that I'm a massive fan of April Fools jokes, but I had to share this! https://www.aerotime.aero/27588-ryanair-to-build-2nd-antonov-an-225-mriya?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=april+fools I'm back to work myself from this weekend (no, that's not an April Fool's joke) ....

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

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Hello again folks!

Here is the April 2021 thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1459327

Enjoy!

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 34842

Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Good morning everyone and welcome to our April thread. It occurs to me that if the way ahead for aviation were to be transposed on an aircraft Nav display, there'd be a sea of various reds and orange ... a bit of yellow and almost no green! It's still a case if "seatbelts fastened and restrooms...

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by kaitak
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I'm just wondering what the response will be to Americans being added to the MHQ list (along with the others). If the American multi-nationals are allowed to travel for work and are not required to do this, that might be a pressure valve; if not, there will be trouble. Frankly, if it is made clear t...

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by kaitak
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)
Replies: 116
Views: 19359

Re: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)

If Meurs wouldn't openly disagree with van Zanten, isn't that a problem? This is the heart of the matter. Viewing a 1977 accident through a 2021 lens. Might as well ask why they didn't just load up flightradar on their phones to see if anyone showed up on the map. . Very interesting comparison. I d...

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by kaitak
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

US, France, Germany and Italy are among 43 new countries that are recommend for hotel quarantine list but the decision has been delayed because of the political and diplomatic fallout. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/coronavirus/us-france-germany-and-italy-set-for-irelands-new-mandatory-hotel...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AY signs LOI for electric Heart ES-19
Replies: 23
Views: 3362

Re: AY signs LOI for electric Heart ES-19

According to YLE, Finnair has signed a letter of intent for the upcoming all-electric (?) Heart ES-19. These are ”intended to replace the ATR on domestic routes” under 400 kms. Personally, I’m surprised that a no-nonsense operator is adpting this sort of tech; the tone of the article implies that A...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)
Replies: 116
Views: 19359

Re: 747 Accident at Tenerife (44 Years Ago)

Are any of the survivors still alive today? I think some of the PA cabin crew are still alive; most of the passengers were quite elderly - retirees flying out to join a cruise. It was only quite recently that I found out that the PA 747 was the one substituted for another, which had gone tech, and ...

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I think that's fair enough. There's a fair balance there; people will not be coming to Ireland, unaware of requirements, so if they come without the PCR, tough!

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

Boris is expected to make an announcement before 5/4 on the prospects for flights from the UK, so that will be very signiifcant at all. As usual, our own lot are resolutely committed to saying nothing at all - and anything they do say is not encouraging (such as SD's comments about deterring flying ...

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by kaitak
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

At the end of the day, that risk is always going to be there. If you start waiting for "no strains", you'll be waiting a very, very long time. Sooner or later, a line in the sand will have to be drawn. The vaccines will offer pretty much 80-90% immunity and as new strains emerge, new vacci...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

In fairness, there are no historical links to the Caribbean (as Britain/France/Netherlands would have) and any route would be primarily business orientated. Much better to feed what traffic there is via the US. And with all due respect to the Antiguan minister, I'd be wary about believing anything a...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your favorite pens (writing)?
Replies: 30
Views: 1635

Re: What are your favorite pens (writing)?

I'm an abovie leftie! People always remark that I write in a weird way. As to pen preferences, I like the Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V7. There are a few similar ones - from Uni, for example and one or two others - that I like. However, my absolute favourite is the Schneider One Business, which writes so effo...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

EL AL as per their website have pushed the start date DUB - TLV route to early July . Egyptair have removed from sale their DUB - CAI route and not available for sale anymore on their website . Not really a surprise and expect EL AL will further push their date . Hopefully Egyptair still plan to co...

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I'm sure there will be more A321NeoLRs in due course. There are six XLRs (a slightly longer range aircraft) on order from 2023 on. Of course, Covid has blown all fleet planning out the window, BUT I think they will be taking the view (if they haven't already) that the A320, at 174 seats, is too big ...

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by kaitak
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

An interesting new development is that the traditional transatlantic flight routes are being scrapped in favour of a new GNSS* based system. This is a pretty big deal. Until a few days ago (and for pretty much all of the jet age, if not before), aircraft would get a particular route, e.g. Track Delt...

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by kaitak
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

Aer Lingus is to take delivery, this evening, of a second A333, ex-Qatar; A7-AEM will ultimately become EI-EIL, but obviously will not enter service as such for some time. It is to be delivered in EI colours but will retain its Qatari reg for now. Good to see that EI has sufficient confidence to do ...

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by kaitak
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

A rather grim anniversary today: it's the 71st anniversary of the Llandudno air disaster, in which an Avro York, of Airflight, operating a rugby charter from Dublin to Cardiff crashed on approach because the CoG was too far aft, rendering elevators ineffective. 80 out of 83 were lost, making it the...

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by kaitak
Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

A rather grim anniversary today: it's the 71st anniversary of the Llandudno air disaster, in which an Avro York, of Airflight, operating a rugby charter from Dublin to Cardiff crashed on approach because the CoG was too far aft, rendering elevators ineffective. 80 out of 83 were lost, making it the ...

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by kaitak
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I heard it; it was an embarrassment; really, if that's the calibre of leadership we have, it's not surprising that we are where we are. The statement that a plan for aviation would send a mixed message was just as embarrassing. There has to be a plan. The government is prepared to tell people that t...

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by kaitak
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vintage Airline Commercials - Global Edition, 1970's and 1980's
Replies: 12
Views: 2062

Re: Vintage Airline Commercials - Global Edition, 1970's and 1980's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh7RNm5YOF4
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I've always thought this Aer Lingus ad from the 1980s was its best ever - lovely, slow motion filming, nice classic activity and of course, the beautiful strains of Gabriel's oboe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh7RNm5YOF4

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by kaitak
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I was reading about an interview with Leo Varadkar today and he was saying that he doesn't like the use of the term "vaccine passport" because people associate "passport" with foreign travel. He was thinking of it was a "permit", but it does seem to suggest that the gov...

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by kaitak
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33515

Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

Good afternoon folks and welcome to our third instalment of what has so far proven to be a less than pleasant year for aviation. Here's a link to those with a good stiff brandy in one hand and a mouse in the other - and might feel tempted to look back on the last month: https://www.airliners.net/for...

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by kaitak
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 187
Views: 40756

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2021

Is there anywhere I can get an updated schedule of Swiss A320/321 Neo deliveries over the next year; how many ordered and how many left to be delivered?

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by kaitak
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27906

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

I'm hearing that the British government is looking to permit foreign holidays from August, in response to accelerated vaccinations. I wonder what effect this will have in Ireland? - Presumably that will pretty much put pay to any two island solution - Based on their intention to challenge the NI pro...

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by kaitak
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air seeks to figure out the future on its Boeing order
Replies: 112
Views: 26489

Re: Iran Air seeks to figure out the future on its Boeing order

I don't want to get into the politics of it (says he, just about to do so!), but sufficeth to say, the time to move would be now. Iran could benefit hugely from a normalization of relations. Both major manufacturers, probably Embraer as well, could benefit. An economically resurgent Iran could give ...

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by kaitak
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Origami in a pandemic
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Re: Origami in a pandemic

I can actually get origami on satellite TV here, but it's paper view.

I'll get my coat ...

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by kaitak
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 12 th Anniversary Miracle on the Hudson
Replies: 38
Views: 4832

Re: 12 th Anniversary Miracle on the Hudson

I knew Capt. Sullenberger is long retired, but is Bill Skile still flying? He was about 49 at the time and would be about 61 now, so still quite possibly flying. Thanks Musang, for the reference to the Tarom 154 at Monrovia; I had honestly never heard of that one. In that case, the aircraft ditched ...

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