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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 18, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

FR24 is currently showing VH-EBX, a 332, e route past SYD flying MEL-LAX. Is this positioning or cargo?

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 18, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3889

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

This is plainly false - there have not been large waves in Japan or Australia due to high uptake and mask protocols. Given Japan’s population density and use of public transportation, you’d expect a situation more like Italy or Germany. There is a large wave in Australia right at the very moment an...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 17, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3889

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

The seasonal flu has killed 10s of thousands of people world wide. Why no hysteria about that? Australia has demonstrated that measure to suppress Covid (at least until Omicron) are also successful against influenza. Influenza deaths fell from 1,088 nationally in 2019 to 55 in 2020 and to zero in 2...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 17, 2021 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

Not going to give it to the criminal. He won't need it anymore. Simple logic shown to work in most civilized countries, this. I was being silly with my comment, but I get what you're saying. Eliminate the gun at the source, if you will, so the criminal can't get it and use it to commit gun related ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109933

Re: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement

With the QF order revolving around the long range A321XLR and smaller A220, it looks like the 737NG will remain as the mainstay of the domestic fleet well into the future. . Around half the 738 fleet is 10 years old or younger. 20 years is very normal before retirement at QF. Yes, the initial order...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas
Replies: 43
Views: 4726

Re: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas

Now QF has chosen the A220 as its 717 replacement, maybe HA would like the ex-QF frames for parts? that won't last long considering they have about 100 other 717's for parts and it's still going to cause issues due to hours on the frames and no other owners they can call for help. It was a half jok...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas
Replies: 43
Views: 4726

Re: Hawaiian 717 retirement ideas

Now QF has chosen the A220 as its 717 replacement, maybe HA would like the ex-QF frames for parts?

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109933

Re: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement

Waaaaiiiiiiiit. aren't A321NEOs going close to full sticker? I'm not sure I understand your confusion. Joyce said the price was "locked in". He gave no clue as to what that price was. With a 10 year backlog Airbus does not need to discount NEO much if at all. If that is the case then ther...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109933

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

I didn't expect the firm A220 orders, but am looking forward to trying them when they arrive.

Given that QF/Australian/TAA mainline has been Boeing narrowbody jet since the 1970s it seems quite a loss.

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

It was a very sad anniversary, both in terms of the needless deaths of the innocents and the incident as flamebait for conspiracy theorists. To we in Australia, these murders seemed to have the potential for positive reform in the US that the Port Arthur massacre had in Australia. Instead, approxima...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The NSW cases are interesting. Everyone at the nightclubs should have been fully vaccinated, and likely within the last 4 months with Pfizer/Moderna. It seems surprising the number of cases caused by the two events. At face value it appears the vaccines aren't doing a great job at stopping infectio...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Although cases are increasing in NSW and today's new case total is a big jump, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions continue their downward trend. It will be interesting to see how the case number increase impacts these important figures. Omicron strain has had a significant impact and is report...

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 13, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not doubting they did - but the pic the SMH used didn't show a single one of them. We are talking about the media here and we all know they use old files… Just like the link I shared there is a mention of QF15 B737? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk So ? We all know the media constantly make mista...

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not doubting they did - but the pic the SMH used didn't show a single one of them.

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 12, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Not sure whether the pic was showing above. It was captioned as QF737s stored at Avalon earlier in the year, yet every single plane in shot had A330 winglets.

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 12, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

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The Sydney Morning Herald ran a largely nothing new article this morning on the QF narrowbody fleet decision. This picture caught my eye.

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 11, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Embry Riddle Mass Shooting Averted
Replies: 59
Views: 3068

Re: Embry Riddle Mass Shooting Averted

Is the weapon described one that can be legally held in FL? Had the shooting continued as intended, then I am sure the victims would feel comforted by the though they’d been shot by a legal gun. Yes. My question was seeking to close off the “oh, but the weapon was obtained illegally so no need to c...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand to BAN smoking
Replies: 59
Views: 2793

Re: New Zealand to BAN smoking

This is a very interesting prposal. Given the experience of the US led war on drugs over the last centruy I'm not convinced that a ban is the best option, but I'm happy for the NZ propsal to be successful. The Australian approach has been to hide tobacco products away, plain packaging, gruesome pict...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Embry Riddle Mass Shooting Averted
Replies: 59
Views: 3068

Re: Embry Riddle Mass Shooting Averted

Is the weapon described one that can be legally held in FL?

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 08, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My first flight
Replies: 44
Views: 5136

Re: My first flight

I’m surprised many peoples parents would keep track of something like that unless being an avgeek runs in the family. My first RPT flight was the F27 in the mid-70s I mentioned above. My second was a Hazelton SF340 SYD-GFF flight in 1993. Not a lot for me to keep track of. My first flight was betwe...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 07, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109933

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Captaincurious wrote:
Cant see how Max7, Max10 and E195 are not in the race


QF has a 738 narrowbody fleet - I can't see why they'd go to the MAX7. MAX10 maybe if they went Boeing, head to head with VA's MAX10 order.

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Experiencing a Legend: B6 DTW-BOS-DTW
Replies: 3
Views: 5771

Re: Experiencing a Legend: B6 DTW-BOS-DTW

Thanks for the TR. i agree the original product on the E190 is looking dated - it was when I first flew it 5 years ago. But the upgrades have been happening for a couple of years now, and the fleet update is also happening. The Phase 2 product is a big improvement.

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by Kent350787
Mon Dec 06, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Sure, some guns are stolen, but a lot are purchased by straw buyers. I.e., John Q can't buy a gun but Jane is in the same gang as John Q and buys one for him. Also, I don't think blaming the victim of home invasions is really the right way to go here. So what you’re saying is that there needs to be...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 131
Views: 5780

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

Are we certain that "compulsory vaccination" is a correct translation of the prposals in a number of European countries? In Australia, Governments have mandated vaccination to continue employment - my own state requires it to continue to work in health, education, emergency services and tr...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

People need to read up on what "well regulated" meant in the time that the Bill of Rights was written. "well regulated militia". To an outsider it seems clear that it was intedned to ensure an armed reserve force in the case of an invasion by the British or other external forces.

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Is there a possibility of taking guns away from the bad guys rather than everyone arming themselves. How do you propose to do that? Not being in the US (although a visitor with US family) I don't really know. I live in a country where I have never once been scared of a random firearm related crime ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Are there any reasons why the US is the only country in the developed world where anyone has a real sense that they need to own a gun for protection? More guns here than people, for starters. Bad guys already have guns and always will. Police are minutes away when you need them on a good day. Are t...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Are there any reasons why the US is the only country in the developed world where anyone has a real sense that they need to own a gun for protection?

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 02, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The Minnesota case attended an Anime convention in NYC. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/man-who-attended-nyc-anime-convention-becomes-minnesotas-first-omicron-case/ar-AARoEfJ?ocid=BingNewsSearch Scooby says rhoo rhoo Yep. So much for Travel bans. It is now a question of whether it beats out Delta...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

KD also used CRJ200s (on behalf of AN) in the past to CBR, against Airlink's (on behalf of QF) BaE146s My wife used to fly the route regularly around the turn of the century with AN (Kendall) and would always get me to check which flights had the CRJs rather than the SAABs. Not a prop versus jet bi...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 65624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

KD also used CRJ200s (on behalf of AN) in the past to CBR, against Airlink's (on behalf of QF) BaE146s My wife used to fly the route regularly around the turn of the century with AN (Kendall) and would always get me to check which flights had the CRJs rather than the SAABs. Not a prop versus jet bi...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

I wish pro-gun Americans would just come out and say it, "The countless lives lost each year to gun violence are an acceptable cost for being able to own and operate guns in the way that America tolerates them." In the same way vehicle deaths are the cost of being able to conveniently dri...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Yes, Australia bought 400k doses from Poland a little while back. But the need in developing countries remains higher than available supply. With not enough manufacturing capacity, supply will continues to be unable to fulfill all the demand, no matter which distribution system you choose. In such ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 12891

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

I'm wrenched for the kids and parents impacted by this, and so very thankful at how extremely rare these things are in my country that the last "random" mass shooting occurred in 1995. But to the US and its response to gun violence, a whole lot of useless thoughts and prayers. It really is...

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by Kent350787
Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The challenge with Europe is that current vaccine demand appears to be met. Yes, higher rates would likely improve outcomes, but the vaccaintion rate isn't supply limited. Much of Africa and significant portion of South America is supply limited, both in terms of vaccines and delivery options for t...

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by Kent350787
Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

What does frustrate me though is archaic commercial and political systems that is now impeding the manufacture and delivery, of now proven very effective vaccines, to the whole world. This, when the whole world, would benifit immensely from universal deployment. There is the capability there, it is...

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by Kent350787
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 338
Views: 92384

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

I hope this airline is coming back to BOS. They did so well, and demand for BOS-HKG warrants some sort of service…if not to HKG itself, to the general region. My last flights pre-Covid were BOS-HKG-SYD with CX, and I was a actually a little surprised at the load given the nasty departure time. I su...

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by Kent350787
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could this be the new long haul 1st class???
Replies: 4
Views: 1939

Re: Could this be the new long haul 1st class???

Is Etihad going to even survive, and will a transition away from A380 see the end of the Apartments. It is an extremely odd article. Even with airlines that have an international first product, what proportion of the fleet is it on? And then how often is it booked apart from points and upgrades? I h...

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by Kent350787
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23147

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The Australian Government has delayed the planned reopening of international borders to non-citizens and PRs for two weeks until more is known about Omicron. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-30/international-students-visas-covid-australia-omicron/100660304 As well as being fully vaccinated with a...

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by Kent350787
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 - 2021 Season
Replies: 1121
Views: 71099

Re: F1 - 2021 Season

With a heavy heart, I share the news that Sir Frank Williams has died, he was 79. I'm actually pretty upset about this as Williams was always one of my favourite teams once I got into F1. From 1980 over a period of 17 seasons, Williams was one of the very top F1 teams winning nine constructor's tit...

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?
Replies: 12
Views: 1785

Re: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?

Cubsrule wrote:
For the Pacific, it’s probably EZE/SCL-AKL/SYD, no?


There were reasons why it was a 4 engine route for so long - so, yes.

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 573
Views: 59163

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Wow, 17% in the elderly is super low, even by world standards. Here in NSW over 95% of 70yo+ are fully vaccinated.

I hope the mandates are successful. I hear anecdotes of people in Australia getting vaccinated so they aren’t excluded from the local pub.

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My first flight
Replies: 44
Views: 5136

Re: My first flight

I was 9 or 10 and it was a “mystery flight” - something that airlines Here in Australia did in the expensive, heavily regulated “two carrier” era to fill extra capacity (and perhaps attract people who would never have flown). Anyway, it was Airlines of NSW (Ansett subsidiary) F27 from Sydney to Wagg...

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by Kent350787
Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 573
Views: 59163

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Europe has approved the child's Pfizer vaccine (ages 5 to 11): https://www.cnet.com/health/eus-drug-regulator-approves-pfizer-vaccine-for-young-children/ In Ireland, the age 5 years to 11 years are the age group with the most infections. Although the claim is mostly from the community and families,...

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best seating configuration?
Replies: 21
Views: 1987

Re: Best seating configuration?

You've missed the increasingly popular PE, which is generally 2-3-2 or 2-4-2.

I'm way too old to be flying 3-4-3 from Sydney Australia to Europe or US east coast. Only NZ and Australia know what real long haul is :P

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 573
Views: 59163

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Europe has approved the child's Pfizer vaccine (ages 5 to 11): https://www.cnet.com/health/eus-drug-regulator-approves-pfizer-vaccine-for-young-children/ In Ireland, the age 5 years to 11 years are the age group with the most infections. Although the claim is mostly from the community and families,...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 62038

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Hey guys, A reminder that the under-publicised 'Wings over illawarra' air show is on this weekend. Highlights: - last ever public flying display of RAAF Classic Hornets (both solo and team) - first ever 'aerobatic' public display of RAAF F-35s - usual HARS stuff both static and flying Sadly, no com...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?
Replies: 40
Views: 2340

Re: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?

Not quite sure how a headphone/IEM discussion got onto polo shirts, but they aren't a fashion item in my wardobe, nor anywhere I can really think of in Australia. I have a couplem of uniqlo navy cotton pique that I wear around the house in summer

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?
Replies: 40
Views: 2340

Re: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?

My reason for looking at an amp is that the Sony M9 really doesn't sing with my iphone (11pro) until around 80% of max volume. A device powered amp may be pointless (taking power from phone so it doesn't need to run so "loud"), but I can afford to try it. My wife keeps talking about BT bud...

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by Kent350787
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?
Replies: 40
Views: 2340

Re: Any Audiophile or Headphone\Ear phone Geeks on Here?

I'm still using wired for IEMs, although am sometimes tempted to get a BT adapter (Shure or Fiio). My Hd580s (wired) are always nicer than a I recall, especialy when I can be bothered firing up the valve amp. On the mini amp questions, I'm increasingly tempted to try the Hidizs S3, which is device p...

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