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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 338
Views: 22448

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

De Gaulle thought the UK would be a US mole in the EU. He was proven right many times over. While I wouldn't use the term, 'mole', there is no doubt that the 'special relationship US/UK', gave the US an entree into the foreign policy of the EU. it was pretty much above board. And was not without be...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 348
Views: 22965

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/what-to-know-about-mondays-covid-19-vaccine-deadline-in-washington-state/ Washington State has a mandate for state workers, and generally good compliance. Most departments are finding close to 90% vaccinated, and the remaining may be partially vaccina...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AMOC Ocean Currents Near a Tipping Point
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: AMOC Ocean Currents Near a Tipping Point

The science of the gigantic ocean currents goes back and forth on this. I understand there are no adequate mathematical models, and even data is more sparse than needed. Lots of work being done on this, of course.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2047

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

Not merely unregulated, a variety of IP rights are granted which guarantees them a monopoly. I will note that the purpose of patents and copyrights were in the constitution to encourage innovation and creativity, not to create cash cows.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2047

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

Pharm industry has added some bandaids, but they are designed to hold the inflated price lines.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2294
Views: 313698

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

That is one massive collection of relevant data. Thanks! Somehow wished this forum had an editor who could gather the most informative posts in one thread, along with a table of contents and an index.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2047

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

Insulin goes for upwards of $400 a vial in the US. Mexico $15. Bush2's drug plan got its support only if big pharm got the almost absolute right to set prices, Insulins had been high, but below $100. Gee, I wonder what happened. Walmart, bless their soul, does carry two insulins for $25 a vial. Regu...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1866

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

Operating a shipyard train - sounds fun, especially the wages those guys (and now gals) get. They are at the apex of the salary system of blue collar workers. Probably over a couple hundred grand a year, With an 'in', I had a union job working my way through school, entry level though. It is not the...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1866

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

The lack of empathy for those who look after our elderly in institutions, restaurant workers, farm workers is truly sad. And just who thinks those are non-essential workers?

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 32
Views: 1866

The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/13/great-resignation-faq-quit-your-job/ There are entire large classifications of jobs which don't pay enough nor have enough benefits to pay for food, housing, medical care, elderly care, let along raising a family. EU, even the UK, subsidizes people ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022
Replies: 126
Views: 5830

Re: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022

We have an Administration that refuses to use taxes to reduce consumption


Not exactly, it is the whole political system, the electorate, and the fossil fuel industry. The US is unable to raise the gas tax high enough to maintain and build the adjustments to the current system.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 185
Views: 16649

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-florida-condos-winston-towers/?srnd=premium This has a fair amount of technical data in it, including what can go wrong with reinforced concrete construction. Contrary to some posters it has significant issues. I know. We are facing some on our building, fortu...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Potential for Building a Bridge Over the Yukon River in Dawson City
Replies: 19
Views: 1184

Re: Potential for Building a Bridge Over the Yukon River in Dawson City

So what would the tolls have to be to pay for such a bridge. I am guessing about $1K. Subsidizing a helicopter would be cheaper.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 348
Views: 22965

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

The context for me was parent was thinking the eleven year old boy maybe should get the adult dose.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 348
Views: 22965

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

c93..... Thanks for that post, I passed the link on to parents of younger grandkids, along with your suggestion for the lower dose.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents
Replies: 139
Views: 13116

Re: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents

Universal no-fly lists and hefty fines. Get the riff raff out of the sky. US already has a no-fly list. It is run so well US senators and children are placed on it. This is what can happen when an integrated system is not put in place. Those kids on the list had no formal means of appeal. (Senators...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 1246
Views: 174342

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021

I should have posted this earlier, but if CVG will be able to process a million packages a day, that only works out to 1 package per person for the whole US. That somehow seems low to me, but I have struggled to get my head around just how the Amazon Prime fits into the larger delivery system. The f...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 348
Views: 22965

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as ... story.html

A longer article on bats, caves, wild animal farms, and Covid.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as ... story.html

A longer article on bats, caves, wild animal farms, and Covid.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261667

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

When full autonomous has become standard, certainly before 2035, the capacity of the US freeway system will hugely increase. It is a system which reaches about everywhere, it has no grade crossings, and door to door times will easily outclass regional trains. Distances over a 1000 miles will still ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261667

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

When full autonomous has become standard, certainly before 2035, the capacity of the US freeway system will hugely increase. It is a system which reaches about everywhere, it has no grade crossings, and door to door times will easily outclass regional trains. Distances over a 1000 miles will still b...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Galaxy - do note, Musk got complex rockets to take off and then land but is still miles away from getting full self driving on his cars. I suspect that the technology for FSD (and rockets) will be transferable in big chunks to aviation. I partially agree about the politics/risk of single pilot for ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261667

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Autonomous highway vehicles, and especially near luxury small buses are likely to become very competitive by 2035. I worry about the viability of trains for long distance, and aviation for trips of less than 500 miles with current models, also within the same time frame. Transportation may be transf...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34324

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

While we might need 90+% of total population vaccinated in this country to end the pandemic, I understand that just getting it up to 75% can mean life gets back to normal and we can do most everything we want even without masks. I have read bits and pieces of information saying this, but perhaps som...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 10, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Galaxy - do note, Musk got complex rockets to take off and then land but is still miles away from getting full self driving on his cars. I suspect that the technology for FSD (and rockets) will be transferable in big chunks to aviation. I partially agree about the politics/risk of single pilot for ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents
Replies: 139
Views: 13116

Re: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents

Isn't one issue that crew are not dutifully sworn officers of the law and so do not have "I witnessed this and you are under arrest and my testimony will convict you" power. Instead it goes through several steps from the incident to crew reaction/solution to the ground authorities to the ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 09, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges
Replies: 182
Views: 7800

Re: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges

I think the natural dynamic of what happened in Afghanistan is that once it became obvious we were going to actually withdraw most members of the armed forces, including most leaders, were going to switch allegiance to the Taliban. The same thing would happen at all political levels. It would begin ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

It might be useful for us to have a thread on how to fly people to that micro-hub, which usually is a city not just with the major flying there, but usually a regional hospital and medical center that provides the advanced treatment that cannot be provided in rural and more isolated areas. My point ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 348
Views: 22965

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I assume you meant inoculate, but I wouldn't put it past China to take any advantage to indoctrinate.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Most small towns (currently served or not) are within 200-300 miles of a major airport. My suspicion is that they will not be well served until electric STOL aircraft are available. Given the much lower capital and maintenance, costs can be significantly lower; given their low noise ratings, much lo...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 1246
Views: 174342

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2021

You know, folks, I really haven't seen any big articles anywhere about how the new Amazon air hub is ramping up…. https://www.cincinnati.com/picture-gallery/news/2021/09/23/look-inside-amazon-air-hub-cvg/8353383002/ This is the latest article I’ve seen. A bit of a puff piece, but it has some pictur...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airline Catering SkyChef and Gate Gourmet lays off hundreds
Replies: 50
Views: 10437

Re: Updated: Airline Catering SkyChef and Gate Gourmet lays off hundreds

Hope the OP friend finds work quickly. I used to work for Sky Chefs in the 90s, fun times and fun memories. Stuff that happens on the ramp would make for a good sitcom, comedy and drama. The amount of food thrown away off an incoming flight, wow! You don't miss something till its gone, and I am puz...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022
Replies: 126
Views: 5830

Re: US Energy Supply and Costs - 2022

Inflation has two main components right now, neither of them is money supply. First is the general supply chain collapse, raw materials, manufacturing, and shipping. Second, and in the US is those sub minimum wage jobs is going up, and most of us don't thing that is a bad thing. Historically, econom...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?
Replies: 58
Views: 2370

Re: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?

Business lunches and other meals are write of for most people on expense accounts. I suspect most business jets get the same, but don't know the rules.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 566139

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/a ... 0-billion/

A Bloomberg article via the Seattle Times. Firewall a little easier.

State of the industry, improving but not good. 2023 seen a next really good year.
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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/a ... 0-billion/

A Bloomberg article via the Seattle Times. Firewall a little easier.

State of the industry, improving but not good. 2023 seen a next really good year.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?
Replies: 58
Views: 2370

Re: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?

Just stop the loopholes and carve outs. But we elect the people that enact them. Tugg Or "Just stop the loopholes and carve outs. But the rich bankroll the people that protect them." As money in politics grows so will wealth inequality. And someday that inequality will reach a breaking po...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2294
Views: 313698

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Perhaps a useful somewhat off topic comment. At 75% fully vaccinated the epidemic will not be over. But even with the Delta variant most people will be safe, feel safe, and able to do most everything they want to do - even in restaurants, and maybe even unmasked in planes with their great ventilatio...

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34324

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

Non-confrontation is generally the better course. Employment suspended, at least a few months of medical, don't challenge unemployment insurance, some preference for re-hiring. The purpose is to keep crew and passengers safe. Not punish the vaccine deniers.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11425

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

To amplify my suggestion. The solution to keeping people from getting their carryons during an evacuation needs to be as non confrontational as possible. The standard pre-flight needs to note their carryons will not be transported to the terminal in the event of an evacuation. You might have some pe...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 03, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11425

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

I carry a messenger bag, weight at or close to the limit. Essential items are contained there. It fits, along with my feet, under the seat.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx not going to be flying as much USPS mail?
Replies: 38
Views: 5211

Re: FedEx not going to be flying as much USPS mail?

Res Rail: One of the fantasies in the fan blogs is: Advanced:positive Train Control Advanced switching Fewer 1+ mile trains Both freight and passenger pushing effective travel time of 50 mph More efficient and rationalized assembling of a freight train Freight trains keep to a schedule, offering ser...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two previously retired SQ A380s are being scrapped in Singapore
Replies: 35
Views: 7711

Re: Two previously retired SQ A380s are being scrapped in Singapore

Res 748F: Last call went out years ago - and only a few answered.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun Oct 03, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11425

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

The simpler solution to the baggage is two fold: Passengers only, no bags on the trip from where the plane parks to the terminal. Second, airline and FAA commit to retrieving those bags as soon as it is safe, not when it is convenient. I believe most airports have a receiving room that can hold a pl...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

There were no regulars on that portion of the line. The disaster occurred on the first run ever. And yes, the engineer had been over this section in training at least once. The most obvious item is that 30 mile curve. He did not see the slow signs, he did not remember there was a 30 mile curve to sl...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/10/01/amtrak-passenger-fatalities-rare/ It references the Seattle Portland train wreck where an engineer was going 80 mph into a 30 mph curve - and practically totally exonerates the engineer. The curve is widely known, it occurs about 12 minutes af...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat Oct 02, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261667

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I suspect that Tesla's goal of advanced design and production, not of the vehicles, but of the factory that builds them may represent what all manufacturers will be doing. Boeing kinna intended to do this with the 787 but seemed to have almost totally lost control of manufacturing.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri Oct 01, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

Amtrak definitely does not own this section. It is BNSF. I am not reading anywhere that PSR is resulting in any more derailments.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

The rails had been inspected only two days before. It was in a pretty remote area, and a lot of volunteers assisted with the response. Rail blogs are pretty silent on speculation of causes. There are, every year, a number of derailments that seemingly happen because they happen. Besides rail failure...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges
Replies: 182
Views: 7800

Re: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges

I have mentioned before. Trump negotiated a crappy deal with the Taliban. It was about the best that could be done. I did not trash him for it. Biden directed the crappy withdrawal. It was about the best that could be done. I will not trash him for it. We are out of Afghanistan. They know what we wi...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14816

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

The US needs a solid alliance with Australia, New Zealand, The Philippians, Japan, and a very careful one with Taiwan. I am just saying it will be hard, and every effective action will have consequences. Further we are very dependent upon Chinese manufacturing and Chinese engineers and scientists. I...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14816

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Foreign relations are hard. Actions have consequences. Oddly, the one thing Trump was saying in 2016 I agreed with is that US foreign policy was too aggressive in eastern Europe. Gorbachev has also spoken on this issue. Trump did not follow through with a reasoned out rational policies.

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