The poor family who goes on vacation once in a long while takes its car and pays taxes on the gas (in Europe, more in tax than in gas).
The rich family who goes on vacation several times a year takes a plane and doesn't pay any tax on the jet fuel.
This can't go on forever.
cpd wrote:If they do that, they should be fired, simple as that. We wouldn't get away with this behaviour in our jobs, so they shouldn't either. It is disgraceful.
Egerton : before retiring, did you enjoy a 0-hour contract ? More people are working, but more people are poor at the same time, is that a good outcome ? People dying because of cold weather and they can't afford to heat their home ? You attack the left but at the same time want people to work for t...Jump to post
The F-111 probably has great ferry range (subsonic) because it needed to have useful range at Mach 2.5, no ? No mention of SAMs ? By the end of the 60's missiles could fly faster than any aircraft, making that speed useless. Hence why the F-111 was used down low when it was clearly made to fly high ...Jump to post
Doing something crazy is appealing, but one of the attraction of doing such is so you can remember it later, maybe brag about it. That won't happen, so it's less appealing. Military will probably be on high alert so hopping on a fighter jet might prove very difficult though. I'd settle for a bizjet,...Jump to post
I don't watch sports but I must say I don't understand the concept of a team changing cities. I can't imagine that happening with teams in my country. A team is linked to the city, owners, managers, players change over time, if the city changes too, then what's left ?Jump to post
Profit sharing is mandatory in France for all companies above 50 employees. So are they talking about a more generous plan ? The formula for the minimum is also defined by law, however companies can give more. I feel for a company like AFKL that has big ups and downs profit sharing is ideal to "...Jump to post
Hitler was liked by a majority of Germans, what does owning guns have to do with it ?
The 2nd amendment is a modification on the original US constitution, not something universal that means anything to most people in the world, nor a commandment from a deity.
Willis Walsh's motives are transparent.
Has the national UK government now or in the past shown any interest in boosting passenger numbers from regional airports ?
More efficient and more capable narrowbodies means new routes are possible, and with cheaper tickets. This could drive a growth in PAX numbers that seemed impossible not long ago.Jump to post
Today a bank heist made the news here in France (we don't have enough of them to be numb, I guess), the attacker was shot and captured (shot non fatally). It turns out he was waving a plastic gun. Which is the case most of the time.Jump to post
CDG was ordered more than 30 years ago and was launched more than 20 years ago, nothing to do with the British carriers. If it's possible to do 2 new ships for a reasonable cost I think it would be a good thing for various reasons, it doesn't mean that CDG would be retired, simply that each ship wou...Jump to post
Seeing that A320 so low without slats and flaps is a bit concerning !Jump to post
I love almonds, almond juice in my coffee just doesn't work though. Also, I've seen an alarming documentary about almond production in the US (biggest producer), environmentally it's terrible, after production the almonds are sent to India where children open them !Jump to post
Let's cite some parts of the original JPOST article : According to IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, while the drone was Iranian and navigated by Iranian operators, Syria’s choice to fire its air defenses against Israeli jets shows that it has chosen to interfere in Israel’s fight against the ...Jump to post
I'm not sure we can really know what military aviation will be like 10 years from now, let alone 2040 and beyond.
I expect lots of unmanned and robot aircraft will be involved.
Building plants locally is a good thing, however they may not be filled with people. Nowadays, robots are key, and you only need people to do what robots can't yet do (including taking care of the robots).Jump to post
Here we have plenty of unemployed people who want to work, and plenty of companies who need people, however they don't meet. One of the main reasons is that these people aren't qualified for the jobs, unqualified work being rarer and rarer.
Is that an issue in the US ?
I am no expert but it seems like Air France is basically a state sanctioned monopoly. It has a huge majority of the passengers carried at least on what I could casually find. Certainly among French airlines on the year I pulled up it had 8-10 times the volume of anyone else. My guess is they also g...Jump to post
Boeing is heavily subsidized. Airbus is heavily subsidized. Embraer is heavily subsidized. Bombardier is heavily subsidized. COMAC is heavily subsidized. Etc. This has been going on since day one of aviation. Everyone knows it, that's why there were plenty of exceptions, including under WTO rules, f...Jump to post
They're talking about something orbiting the Moon not Earth. ISS is much too low to be of use. I guess you could actually slap some big boosters on it and send it to the Moon, but you're back with the radiation problem. ISS is protected by Earth at its current altitude, around the Moon it wouldn't be.Jump to post
PC12Fan : actually once modified and certified for passenger use it would probably cost significantly more.Jump to post
The radiation issue was solved decades ago, it is exposed in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy : build a base underground.
It's true for the Moon base too, for Mars it has the added benefit of protecting from dust storms.
Incidentally Musk has now a tunneling company...
mmo wrote:Also, some couples divorce out of economic necessity and your study does not address that issue.
Reports now state that the pilot refused de-icing prior to departing from Domodedovo (DME). No deicing, OK, that would explain how lift would be lost so quickly. If at take-off there was some ice already on the wings, then it's easier for more ice to accumulate quickly when climbing through cold cl...Jump to post
At some point don’t international trade rules have to be followed? Otherwise why have them? With the US government for some time (not even mentioning China), and now even more with Trump, the question is indeed up in the air. "America First", no ? For example the US has slapped billions u...Jump to post
RIP to the victims. If it wasn't a mid air collision then the pitot tubes probably iced, but if they did, why the speed fluctuations? Speed didn't fluctuate like that if we take a pitot tube related incident like AF447 iirc. In AF447 the pitot tube design was criticized, and it is believed the aircr...Jump to post
I don't plan to go to Israel, however since the Jewish population is numerous in my country, including now my sister-in-law, there is still an indirect link to what's happening there. Fortunately my sister-in-law and her family are secular and not too concerned about Israel, however with some violen...Jump to post
People that I both know well enough to have an opinion, and have divorced are family members. Most of the divorces were logical, one however would correspond to what you're talking about. I think the main problem was that this couple (uncle/aunt) was working together. To improve matters the aunt got...Jump to post
Israel's "right to exist" is all about what happened during WW2, if that's not dwelling on the past...Jump to post
UPS and Fedex ordered the plane when all the "negatives" mentioned in this thread were known. It wasn't a problem for them. At the end of the day if only these two companies would order it, then it wasn't/isn't a product Airbus should spend money on. As for the looks, to each their own, I ...Jump to post
Again with the nonsense rhetoric. You're dropping bombs on them and are surprised when they shoot back ?Jump to post
Camouflage is one reason, and the other reason is "camouflage". These autocratic leaders don't want to flaunt too much that they spent huge amounts of money for large aircraft, then use them for vacation, shopping sprees, transporting supercars and mistresses, etc.Jump to post