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by Flighty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.
Replies: 28
Views: 3869

Re: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.

Price is not the relevant object here. These are older out of production aircraft. Factory built 747-400 freighters are hard to come by. An overwhelming number of them are still being used or earmarked by carriers. They are the diamond in the rough. Trying to find one that is in good condition and ...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority
Replies: 47
Views: 1228

Re: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority

During the campaign, Trump said things like "why do we have nukes if not to use them". After his election he said “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” This is supposed to reassure al...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service
Replies: 36
Views: 3852

Re: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service

It's simple, hypnotize and do mind control on young children. Boom, satisfied customers.

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.
Replies: 28
Views: 3869

Re: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.

The Jade livery was pretty on the 744ERs.

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With the 747-8i all but dead, can the 747-8F gain significant orders as a result of earlier 747 freighters retiring?
Replies: 78
Views: 15186

Re: With the 747-8i all but dead, can the 747-8F gain significant orders as a result of earlier 747 freighters retiring?

The belly cargo issue is interesting. One lucky trait is that across the Pacific, Eastbound flights tend to be the direction of greatest cargo demand (imports to the Americas from Asia). Also, the winds blow helpfully from Asia to the Americas. So the passenger (and cargo) airlines can carry a huge ...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s
Replies: 56
Views: 9538

Re: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s

Okay, trying to think about this. Maybe, like the An-225, you sometimes need major lift because there is a major profit opportunity. It doesn't justify buying an A380 fleet. But it may justify hiring a wet lease provider for 6 months. I just can't think of any opportunities like that. Many airlines ...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current operators of the L-1011
Replies: 13
Views: 3578

Re: Current operators of the L-1011

YobbinDUYDUY, Looks like one-only left. It`s a real shame as it was a terrific aircraft. I flew quite a few over the years mainly with Delta-passes, but also with BA to Canada from the UK. It seemed a particularly smooth plane, & having spoken to a few pilots, they all said it was a beauty to f...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current operators of the L-1011
Replies: 13
Views: 3578

Re: Current operators of the L-1011

YobbinDUYDUY, Looks like one-only left. It`s a real shame as it was a terrific aircraft. I flew quite a few over the years mainly with Delta-passes, but also with BA to Canada from the UK. It seemed a particularly smooth plane, & having spoken to a few pilots, they all said it was a beauty to f...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 27
Views: 1277

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

Rob, Apple products were subsidized by carriers for years. Tesla buyers have plenty of money so that's not really a concern anyhow. 400,000 early adopters have put down deposits. We might see that easily going to 4 million once the product is readily available and in mass production. Even 10 million...

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 27
Views: 1277

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

Musk does show symptoms of severe, long term sleep deprivation. Been there done that. It's really just like the Boeing 787, except this is way less severe. The product is much simpler. The customers will wait for the product. In one year, nobody will remember the Model 3 had a delayed volume product...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 67
Views: 3609

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

You know that ISP will be Billy Joel Field. Newark may become Newark Ice-T Airport.

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wealth distribution in the world
Replies: 20
Views: 812

Re: Wealth distribution in the world

The bottom 50% of the world has always been penniless. They are just playing games with numbers. Yes, the industrialization of say, India leads to more people getting fed and educated AND millionaires being created. Is the uneven wealth distribution evil, or is the prior lack of business vitality ev...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?
Replies: 57
Views: 1600

Re: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?

Here is an article that should be pointed out to the ones that think wages will rise with the tax cuts. Very few CEO's plan to invest more . http://thehill.com/policy/finance/360444-trump-economic-adviser-stunned-after-few-ceos-say-they-will-invest-more-if-tax Nope, you missed it, do some research,...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?
Replies: 57
Views: 1600

Re: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?

There is quite a bit of outrage amongst us grad students because, as written, it eliminates the tuition waiver exemption. As a grad student, I currently get paid about $38K/yr on a stipend. That $38K/yr is taxable income and is what I use to live. The yearly tuition at my university is $66k/yr, but...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Official Goodbye Itinerary for the Iconic 747
Replies: 47
Views: 8599

Re: Delta's Official Goodbye Itinerary for the Iconic 747

Yeah, the fact the last leg isn't even MSP-ATL, but rather ATL-MSP, is pretty classy. Hmmm. I've got Some sky miles...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Experts working with Homeland Security hacked into Boeing 757
Replies: 14
Views: 2193

Re: Experts working with Homeland Security hacked into Boeing 757

With near zero knowledge, I would think the new airplanes are more vulnerable than the old, because they have integrated electrical systems that, at some level, are data/internet enabled, for example engines calling home. New cars are like this too. They have an integrated main computer system, with...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ferry McFerryface
Replies: 6
Views: 536

Re: Ferry McFerryface

As a fan of cringe-worthy humor I think it could go far, far further and far longer. Schooly McSchoolface, Coppy McCopface, and how about the new sewage plant. When people are sick of it, that's when it starts to become really funny. JMO

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17440

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

Do they forecast a profit? Hard to believe if so. And quite necessary from a legal perspective, AFAIK.

TUS-CLT makes some sense.

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince William - Too many people on planet
Replies: 96
Views: 2534

Re: Prince William - Too many people on planet

Aesma wrote:
I bet he also believes in abstinence !


I was going to say, "I don't think coitus interruptus means what you think it means" :) Abstinence doesn't work, at the population level. It is not something humans can do. It is more of a fictional thing.

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to remove First Class from 777-200LR's to increase seat capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 2094

Re: Emirates to remove First Class from 777-200LR's to increase seat capacity

A necessary upgrade of 14% or so to the unit fuel efficiency for the type. Impressive. I watched the SFO-DXB board and depart couple of years ago when it was on 77L. Impressive route.

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince William - Too many people on planet
Replies: 96
Views: 2534

Re: Prince William - Too many people on planet

It is actually interesting that peak population will be reached pretty soon. The number of children per woman in India has fallen from like 6 to 2. This is the most important single fact to consider. It is an immense achievement for India. And all other poor countries can replicate that, and likely ...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: R u s s i a
Replies: 68
Views: 2177

Re: R u s s i a

Putin's Revenge was an interesting piece because it would start with real, and somewhat interesting facts about Putin's biography. Then the narration would veer toward the 2016 US election and fade into a frenzy of broad brush strokes, and vague accusations. Putin must have done something to the peo...

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer comes of age with the E190-E2
Replies: 35
Views: 6797

Re: Embraer comes of age with the E190-E2

Right, if they keep building the E1, that is something US carriers will buy. You might even want to make it more fuel efficient, or lighter (!) or more reliable. Everybody lucked out that the E1 E-175 qualifies as a regional airliner. I really enjoy flying on them. But there is no way to alter scope...

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer comes of age with the E190-E2
Replies: 35
Views: 6797

Re: Embraer comes of age with the E190-E2

´The mtow of the last and smallest member of the E2 family—the E175-E2—exceeds pilot union limitations imposed on their operation at regional affiliates of the three legacy airlines in the U.S. Unfortunately for Embraer, the labor contracts’ amendable dates don't fall until near or after the E175-E...

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 91
Views: 20331

Re: First glimpses of Emirates new First class

Will they retrofit all 77W with this? How about A380?

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors

Why is it an outrage? Is it disrespectful? Is the outrage from conservatives? Outrage from transgender individuals/advocates. The conservatives love it. Why are transgender people mad? Is it because Jenner presents an unrealistic beauty standard? I don't get it what is wrong... Jenner was a good lo...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?
Replies: 100
Views: 12845

Re: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?

I would bring up AA ORD operation. Just a personal fascination of mine. It is clear AA is weaker than UA in ORD. I never see executives brag about its profitability. Maybe somebody can mention evidence that it does well.

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Lauds Ownership costs on Level 330s
Replies: 28
Views: 1663

Re: Old tech is good for long haul LCC

LCC tend to run high utilization and get low yields. To survive that, they need to use newer airplanes. The exceptions are those LCCs that run low-utilization charter-type models. The airlines that can run older equipment profitably every day are actually the high-yielding legacies like Delta, partl...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see US to Vietnam nonstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 7391

Re: Will we ever see US to Vietnam nonstop?

Subject to the safety rating upgrade, perhaps the combination of Vietnam's surging economy and new A359s will now make the route sustainable...... Yeah, I could see that. This will be roughly like the TG A345 SE Asia-USA flights but with a much more suitable airplane. Plus those economies are somew...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 21208

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

The C-Series is a brand spanking new and amazing aircraft. Swiss and airBaltic seem very, very pleased with theirs with the latter even planning to order more. We just heard about another new order coming up soon. Egyptair is also, allegedly, looking into purchasing a few. Momentum will build. This...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 97
Views: 11170

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

Even if a new FO is "along for the ride" for 100 sectors, I think it is good to bring more people in the door and sort them out later. Unfortunately, airlines will sort for the CHEAPEST legal rather than the BEST pilots if you give them that chance. 1500 hour does not address nor fix the p...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour
Replies: 78
Views: 7884

Re: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour

sspontak wrote:
I would like to see JFK, PHX, MSP, NRT and HKG on the farewell tour as these are routes I remember flying the NW 747.

How about HNL??

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour
Replies: 78
Views: 7884

Re: Delta reported to be considering cities besides ATL/DTW/MSP/SEA for 747 farewell tour

stlgph wrote:
Wouldn't a MSP-PHX run be quite obvious?


To replicate the first revenue route. I like it. :bouncy:

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas DFW-SYD Diversion
Replies: 13
Views: 3656

Re: Qantas DFW-SYD Diversion

Great to see the A388 flogged to its limit on the route. Recent successful trips have been right up on 17 hours.

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could anything save the 747?
Replies: 61
Views: 8597

Re: Could anything save the 747?

The trouble is that new build widebody airplanes need to be run hard to pay off their capital cost. 12 hours per day is typical . To fly a 747 12 hours/day x 365 is a big risk. Only a few markets can justify that much fuel. LAX-FRA and the like. When that much money is involved, it is your duty to c...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 97
Views: 11170

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

As Tailwinds said in his or her excellent post, the more high quality PEOPLE you prevent from entering the airline industry, the more UNSAFE the flights will be. The 1500 rule did nothing to increase flight crew quality. And it was never about that. It was CYA by the government and gimme by senior p...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 21208

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

The reason it was acquired is to eliminate a competitor and stunt the growth of global aviation. It is a Boeing 717 situation. The OEM has no investment in the type. It has no corporate efficiencies at all.

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman fired for flipping off Trumps Motorcade
Replies: 56
Views: 1725

Re: Woman fired for flipping off Trumps Motorcade

Yes, privacy is very important, but she decided to make a public spectacle of herself on a public street. It's not illegal, but disrespecting your #1 customer, publicly, intentionally is not a good way to live successfully in a village. Even if your village is DC. If you attack your #1 customer onli...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 9881

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

I would love to see AS open an RDU hub with 250 flights and mess up Delta's yields, ultimately acquiring Delta. :)

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman fired for flipping off Trumps Motorcade
Replies: 56
Views: 1725

Re: Woman fired for flipping off Trumps Motorcade

If you stand on a podium making a profane speech to the nation, with your name attached, if your employer doesn't like it, they can fire you. Pretty sure I would have been fired too just if I got photographed in the paper disrespecting the president using a vulgar gesture. I get that you're not nece...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 97
Views: 11170

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

This is all politics really. The real airline training system is the right seat of an ERJ-135 or similar. The entry requirements should be something but not extraordinary. If you succeed there, you can succeed in other high tech twinjets. If you don't succeed there... you should be out. They don't r...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Dallas restaurant uses Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner pics on bathroom doors

Why is it an outrage? Is it disrespectful? Is the outrage from conservatives?

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA trial of mainline in New England
Replies: 15
Views: 2576

Re: AA trial of mainline in New England

CLT-PWM on A321 is indeed an eye opener. But PWM's traffic has increased. Mainline to MHT used to be very common 10-15 years ago. That has decreased.

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by Flighty
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What point-to-point major U.S. airline routes can you think of?
Replies: 34
Views: 3469

Re: What point-to-point major U.S. airline routes can you think of?

maximairways wrote:
BUF-LAX on B6, though it is possible to connect in BUF if traveling from BOS or JFK.


Haha, "Connect in BUF," that is nonrev logic if I ever heard nonrev logic. Good addition!

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 19762

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

Where would UA go in the Southeast though? ATL has DL, MCO is basically growing into a DL focus city, MIA has AA while FLL has Spirit, Southwest, and JetBlue, I wonder who would make the most sense if UA ever did build a Southeastern hub or focus city. All of the stations mentioned?? UA flies out o...

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates receives 100th A380
Replies: 29
Views: 5419

Re: Emirates receives 100th A380

Absolutely monumental.. How they keep these things aloft, financially, speaks to a mind-blowing amount of demand. A unique phenomenon representing a global change that is taking place. Here in the US, we have nothing that can compare.

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pedophilia in Hollywood, the next big dam to burst
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Re: Pedophilia in Hollywood, the next big dam to burst

I would have been shocked if Hollywood figures were NOT abusing women and children. It is exactly what and how any person should have expected.

For more information, read any one of hundreds of books on the lives of entertainers or politicians. JFK is one example. It's normal behavior.

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by Flighty
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 153
Views: 14078

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

ORD-MSP, 35 minute cruise phase, probably 7 hours in the car. The flight is so short, it feels ridiculous. But it is 400 miles on the road.

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?
Replies: 57
Views: 1600

Re: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?

I agree with taxes on taxes. Why should I be able to fund everything via state government using pretax dollars? Meanwhile, if I provide that same thing via a private tax-paying business, I have to pay federal income taxes first?! That makes it (let's say) 35% cheaper to use the state government comp...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Trump cut off Mueller funding
Replies: 34
Views: 1217

Re: Should Trump cut off Mueller funding

Tax law is very complicated. It is likely you all fail to comply in numerous ways, if examined by a team of seasoned experts. In fact I doubt more even 1% of people fully comply to the penny. To do so would require a lifetime of legal scholarship and a large team.

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