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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification
Replies: 27
Views: 3928

Re: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification

Would there be any good examples that someone can think of where the A220 could utilize ETOPS 180? Pretty much now opens up the A220-100/300 to Pacific Island operators - in which an 120 seater aircraft would be the prefect size for smaller routes. That should allow the A3220 todo any AKL-Pacific I...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK to repalce AWACS
Replies: 35
Views: 1925

Re: UK to repalce AWACS

You're assuming the MoD can get a Tory government and the Treasury to cough up the money while everyone is focused on Brexit side effects.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?
Replies: 58
Views: 9611

Re: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?

Why has the A319neo failed to gain traction in the market? Industry/market dynamics? Competition from the E190/195 and CS300? From what's been talked around here the extra cost to operate the A320 over the A319 is minuscule. So if you can semi reliably fill the extra seats you at worst break even b...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?
Replies: 58
Views: 9611

Re: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?

I'd be curious if its possible to modify the A220 to make it pilot type compatible with the A320 family. You'd still of course have issues with the parts being different but what if from the pilot point of view they behaved the same? My guess is that for the cost to do that you might as well do a cl...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are the advantages and disadvantages of airlines having flagship planes?
Replies: 30
Views: 4288

Re: What are the advantages and disadvantages of airlines having flagship planes?

Agree on needing a definition. I would expect it's something like the largest/fanciest/most expensive/best equipped model in a fleet. As the common usage tends to describe that sort of thing. These days I don't think airlines have 'flagships' anymore. As aircraft have become more common and the inte...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Its more amazing as the thing that really grew as part of being in the EU is the services economy. Financial and IT being the biggest of that very large pie. There's a reason that the vast majority of IT companies and startups in the EU have a presence in the UK. Brexit is only just going to cut the...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220
Replies: 217
Views: 31162

Re: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220

Have the ICAO and IATA codes been updated for the A220 yet? Wiki still lists them as BCS1/CS1 and BCS3/CS3. Why would the need updating? I'd put that on the nice to have list but hardly resembling anything like a requirement. Especially as there are a bunch out there flying already and all the exis...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China pilots depressurize plane accidentally to smoke in cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 8656

Re: Air China pilots depressurize plane accidentally to smoke in cockpit

So how does this work? I remember experts saying that people have only minutes if not seconds to live in a depressurized cabin at altitude. But these pax made it all the way to Dalian with no oxygen at 30000 feet alright? Unless they were all Reinhold Messner's, something doesn't fit here... They f...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China pilots depressurize plane accidentally to smoke in cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 8656

Re: Air China pilots depressurize plane accidentally to smoke in cockpit

More concerned about them going back up to cruise altitude with no pax oxygen available for essentially the entire flight! Yeah, this is what got me. Its bad enough lighting up for a smoke in the cockpit, but to go back up to altitude after your backup is now non-operative? Wow. That's just the che...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 3615

Re: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion

Things are not so rosy at the moment for the C-2. A low production rate and claims of a lack of domestic competition in the Japanese Defence Industry has significantly increased the cost of the aircraft. If the production rate stays the same (essentially two per year) the acquisition cost is likely...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

The UK can always threaten to not leave the EU to get a better deal for leaving from the EU.. they are well practised in such ideas. From what I've seen the generally accepted idea is that the UK can only uninvoke Article 50 with approval from the other EU nations. There is no process in Article 50...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

Training and operations between the RAAF and RNZAF are almost guaranteed. Major upgrades may also happen together depending on what they are and timing. Differences here are probably likely just as they were with the P-3s. Maintenance? No idea. Probably will remain separate but who knows. I could se...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

The leave campaign believed that the EU would want to negotiate in good faith and would be willing to find a solution beneficial to both sides, but in reality the EU just wants to punish the UK for seeking freedom. So the leave campaign might have had a too positive outlook, but the fault lies sole...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

Kiwirob wrote:
4 isn’t enough it should be 5 or 6.


It looks like the government will be investing something a bit cheaper to operate for closer in. Leaving the P-8 for more long range stuff. So 4 should be enough.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

The end of Brexit, welcome back mates. It will save the UK from a lot of troubles. If this results in another election there'll be no time to do any negotiations. And given it will be "Red White and Blue Brexit" May, Boris "Bozo" Johnson, or "Comrade EU Sceptic" Corbyn...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Any bets on another general election? I'm thinking it's pretty even odds right now.

Anyways, this is why you sort this s**t out before you invoke the unrevokable. Make sure everyone is on the same page. What a shambles.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

This is truly amazing. What an utter clusterfu*k. Who knows what things will look like by lunchtime, let alone the end of the day.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 251
Views: 16474

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/361421/govt-to-spend-2-point-3b-on-planes-to-replace-aging-fleet Some other interesting notes on the P-8 purchase. The squadron will be moving to Ohakea since Whenuapai isn't long enough from MTOW take offs. The length issue was pointed out here before but pe...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 251
Views: 16474

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

In case of interest, some government-related aviation developments today: 1. Transport Minister Twyford has been fined $500 for using his phone on-board a NZ flight - he has now been re-instated as minister responsible for aviation . 2. $2.3 billion will be spent on 4 Boeing P-8A Poseidon's to repl...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: P-8 Poseidon raked wingtip
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

Re: P-8 Poseidon raked wingtip

My understanding is for the long range flights that the P-8 is designed for the raked wingtips are of more benefit than the more traditional wingtips. Plus given they won't be using gates like normal 737s they've got more room to play with. The blended winglets are superior, even for longer flights...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

BA can probably kiss goodbye to most of its high frequency euroconnect to feed LHR and LGW And so can KLM. A lot of the staff at Alicante and Malaga airports can also say goodbye to their jobs also considering passenger numbers will halve. It will be great for the UK economy as everyone will be hol...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

So looking up the FIRs it does appear that the UK controls the Shanwick FIR which is basically the east Atlantic. http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/cartography/04012018-firuir-lower-airspace-ectl.pdf If for some reason there was such a lack of agreement that even ov...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: P-8 Poseidon raked wingtip
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

Re: P-8 Poseidon raked wingtip

My understanding is for the long range flights that the P-8 is designed for the raked wingtips are of more benefit than the more traditional wingtips.

Plus given they won't be using gates like normal 737s they've got more room to play with.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

If only there was some mechanism to adjust prices now that passengers in that situation would no longer be able to transit through LHR. If adjustments were even needed as travellers would have to find a different route for Europe trips anyways. The EU will hurt from this. The UK will have it 100 tim...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Nice sum up https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc044220e57334da0f4d187f3cd845f342920dce68137dfc8cbc20822cae8385.jpg Still my fav. @Arion. No one said that the EU wouldn't be affected. But while existing EU airlines will be hurt it essentially grounds UK airlines. And overflight may be different f...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 2287

Re: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020

At this point if, and taht's a big IF, the BFR hits its schedule it will be flying by the time JWST is launched. We're almost at a point where all the super complicated space saving stuff may be obsolete by the time it's needed for use.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

No one said the EU was going to experience no consequences from the UK leaving. Yes it will hurt the EU. The point is it will hurt the UK even more. Anyways, an internal letter to companies involved in the aviation industry has basically said companies need to start preparing for the hard brexit. No...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Oooh I think you might be a Canadian. Glad that’s triggered you good and proper. Can’t claim the US unfortunately. I can try for the North East states maybe? I also see you have conveniently ignored the other places I mentioned. You think I might be Canadian? Whatever gave you that idea? The ANZ fo...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Why bother? You lot aren't discussing this in good faith. Again, the UK has a history of getting most any exemption it wanted out of the EU to remain in. Meanwhile the UK politicians and media used the age old tactic of blaming every little bad thing on some people far away. You lot say stuff like t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

We think you're stupid for leaving the amazing deal you have with the EU. Yes the UK up and suddenly joining the common market nearly bankrupted NZ but there's no chip on our shoulder about it. We undertand why you did it and moved on. But for the UK to expect us to bend over backwards on their 'ret...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

1) Parliament voted overwhelmingly to give a binary vote on EU membership. 2) We were told by the government's £9m leaflet that they'd implement the decision. 3) We voted to leave the EU by a margin measurable in millions to leave the EU. 4) In GE17 the country voted overwhelmingly for pro leave pa...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

My god you're bonkers. EU IS EBIL!!!! The referendum was advisory. The supporters of it can say it's binding as much as they want, but the implementation was advisory. The question, which I voted on as I was here and had the right to, said nothing about what the leave would look like. The correct t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

As a kiwi it's worth noting that both Aus and NZ have said that a trade deal with the EU is a higher priority than with the UK post Brexit. If the UK government wish to sign up to an existing multilateral trade deal with no modifications then I'm sure Aus and NZ would be happy to do a deal before th...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 439
Views: 29920

Re: F-35 news thread

Does anyone know if the noise issue is only present at full power take offs? I imagine if you only have some AAMs and a partial fuel load you could happily do take offs at a lower power. Leaving full power take offs for overseas training and war.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1557
Views: 149468

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Well I guess you got the best end of the deal.Im surrounded by 10 million people in a 20 mile radius!Fresh fish -not a problem! Back on topic. I can't see how the BFR second stage could ever get close to getting out of earths gravity well ( there are only 2 stages which is odd enough in itself).But...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 439
Views: 29920

Re: F-35 news thread

Click bait title. Anyone who thinks a Eurofighter is a better nuclear delivery platform than an F-35 has rocks in their head... Might be better for Germany from an economic point of view but certainly not from a capability perspective. This Nuclear-Armed Fighter Might Spell Big Trouble For The F-35...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 191
Views: 40768

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

Sooooo cute. <3 ^_^

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

- Schengen membership - No rebate - euro So even worse from a Brexiteers perspective I guess, but personally I would be quite happy with Schengen, even after removing the rebate the EU is still excellent value for money (especially when compared with costs of exit)- it is the euro that is the poten...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Increasing Rocket Launches Leading to Rise in Airline Delays
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

Re: Increasing Rocket Launches Leading to Rise in Airline Delays

It is quite interesting as the newer generation of launch companies are going for rapid launch cadence as much as anything else. I know RocketLab said one of the big reasons for choosing NZ for their first launch site was that closing the airspace was a lot simpler. I'm curious as to what options th...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

I thought the P-8 was primarely a ASW, ASUW and ESM Aircraft … In Norway it's primarely the Westland Sea King / AgustaWestland AW101 that do the SAR work. Norway has the second largest coastline in the world and an Ocean area 7 times of Norway's landmass. I don't know how large the NZ ocean area is...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

I thought the P-8 was primarely a ASW, ASUW and ESM Aircraft … In Norway it's primarely the Westland Sea King / AgustaWestland AW101 that do the SAR work. Norway has the second largest coastline in the world and an Ocean area 7 times of Norway's landmass. I don't know how large the NZ ocean area is...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki P-2 and C-2 for New Zealand?
Replies: 55
Views: 7964

Re: Kawasaki P-2 and C-2 for New Zealand?

Honestly I trust the NZDF, RNZAF, and MoD to do a through examination of the options and purchase the appropriate option. If anything between the KC-390, C-2, and C-130J they're almost spoilt for choice. To me the likely requirements will be carrying an LAV in a combat configuration or close to. Ant...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

Kiwirob wrote:
But we need 5 at least, we have one of the largest SAR zones in the world, 4 won’t be enough.


I'd agree going from 6 P-3s to 4 P-8s does worry me on availability in 10 to 20 years. One possible option will be getting some long endurance UAVs to do most of the work with the P-8 for specific things.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Yep, crazy isn't it? the British strategy / white paper should have been fully prepared and agreed upon prior to triggering article 50 - we might then have stood half a chance in the negotiations. What negotiations, the whole point of the EU structures being created the way they are is to ensure th...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A
Replies: 38
Views: 2432

Re: NZ and Korea Choses P-8A

Expensive but likely a worthwile purchase for NZ. We have a hell of a lot of space to patrol and the P-8 does appear to be a very good option for large area maritime patrol. The P-3s seem to be out flying 2 of every 3 days looking for someone.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils hypersonic aircraft concept
Replies: 32
Views: 9690

Re: Boeing unveils hypersonic aircraft

As always with anything supersonic and beyond. I'll believe it when I see it.

Would be super cool but I just don't see the market for such a plane existing. Short of a tiny handful of private jets.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki P-2 and C-2 for New Zealand?
Replies: 55
Views: 7964

Re: Kawasaki P-2 and C-2 for New Zealand?

Looks like NZ is picking the P-8A. https://australianaviation.com.au/2018/06/its-coming-nz-p-8a-poseidon-acquisition-nears/ Also, Korea . . . https://in.reuters.com/article/southkorea-military-procurement/update-1-skorea-picks-boeing-p-8-for-17-bln-maritime-patrol-aircraft-contract-idINL4N1TR3IO bt...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15608

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Really don't know why boris wasn't allowed to come and vote against. We know he's anti Heathrow expansion, wouldn't of made the Government look any weak or stronger. It looks more silly that he's not there. As a member of cabinet he would be expected to vote in line with the rest of cabinet. So he ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2408
Views: 54390

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Corbyn is pro Brexit. Even a flip to Labour won’t stop this. Buckle up and eject if you can.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus PC-24 lands on unpaved runway (Video)
Replies: 17
Views: 4001

Re: Pilatus PC-24 lands on unpaved runway (Video)

It will be very interesting to watch the life of this plane. Pilatus took what they were good at, looked for a niche that was unserved, and developed a plane aimed right at that market. And importantly appear to be delivering on time and budget. I can see for those sorts of niche use cases the PC-24...

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