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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Hearing some rumours from a (normally) reliable source that SQ are looking to introduce the A350 to Wellington services. The talk is they will be seen from August. Not sure if that will be the end of the 772's or whether we might see a mix for a while. Anyone heard anything similar? I think the A35...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 65
Views: 5436

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

I recall what may be a rumor or tall tale that the current AF1 color scheme was to make it less visible in cruse to an attack ? Sounds very much like rumor. From what I understand is that the original livery was going to be very much standard military. And JFK was convinced something less aggressiv...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

Sorry, I knew there were 2 but fat-fingered it. I was in Devonport in February of 2018. Nice neighborhood with a GREAT used book store. As far as disaster response goes, most scenarios would have them working with the Aussies, who already have 2 large LHDs. Canterbury is also a relatively new ship ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 65
Views: 5436

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

It isn't awful. But I think the current one is much better for what's essentially a diplomatic aircraft. There's no need to have something sharp and brash when something elegant and subdued will do. If anything it shows comfort and confidence in the POTUS as they don't have to fly around in somethin...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

People have to realize that NZ doesn't need much airlift capacity. They only have 2 light infantry battalions (app. 600 men each) in their army. As far as a "proper" LHD goes, same thing. How much ship do you need for transporting just a few troops? Also, their 3 Anzac class frigates are ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think the only way a dedicated government plane could be accepted by the populace as a whole is if it's made super clear that it's cheaper to have a dedicated plane for such things. Compared to using the B757 or chartering planes from someone like Air NZ. You'd also want to go to lengths to show ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think the only way a dedicated government plane could be accepted by the populace as a whole is if it's made super clear that it's cheaper to have a dedicated plane for such things. Compared to using the B757 or chartering planes from someone like Air NZ. You'd also want to go to lengths to show ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

Yes so would I if they went with a commercial again for strategic. I only suggested the 777 if they wanted a mix of options across a broad spectrum of operation and wanted to save on the Initial up front costs, NZG has a large stake in A-NZ which could in theory lease VIP aircraft from A-NZ in a si...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think the only way a dedicated government plane could be accepted by the populace as a whole is if it's made super clear that it's cheaper to have a dedicated plane for such things. Compared to using the B757 or chartering planes from someone like Air NZ. You'd also want to go to lengths to show t...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

The Stuff article is wrong. The press release from MoD says no numbers have been decided on or contract signed. Just that the C-130J-30 is the preferred option and they're going through the work with the US FMS now. ... Perfectly solid choice for NZ. Not perfect, but certainly good enough. Agree it...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

For a strategic transport the cargo door will be a requirement. The A330 MRTT and B767-2C come with that as standard . As well as other military tweaks. Yes you could get a custom mod done on an A320NEO or B737MAX. But when you've already got two options that will already be in use by allies it pro...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6496

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

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For a crazy example. This person would never get a job with Air NZ. Or most anyone else for that matter. https://i.redd.it/8aghg3pzcn331.png

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6496

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

Back to the topic, I think it's a terrible idea, my opinion of tattoos is that they are repulsive and form of self-harm. That's a shame. In non anglo based cultures tattoos can be viewed as entirely the opposite. A big example of that is Polynesian culture. Stuff like tā moko is considered an honor...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6496

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

1) first of all tattoos in aviation ... gross 2) tattoos show poor decision making skills 3) way for airlines to make employees unprofessional in appearance so they can pay work groups less Down here in NZ tattoos are considered perfectly normal. Part of that is an increased merging of Polynesian M...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6496

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

Back to the topic, I think it's a terrible idea, my opinion of tattoos is that they are repulsive and form of self-harm. That's a shame. In non anglo based cultures tattoos can be viewed as entirely the opposite. A big example of that is Polynesian culture. Stuff like tā moko is considered an honor...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

For a strategic transport the cargo door will be a requirement. The A330 MRTT and B767-2C come with that as standard. As well as other military tweaks. Yes you could get a custom mod done on an A320NEO or B737MAX. But when you've already got two options that will already be in use by allies it proba...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Mainly military but still NZ related. The C-130J-30 has been chosen as the preferred replacement for the C-130H. With the B757 replacement down the road a bit. Wonder if the 757s could be replaced by a couple of ex-NZ 77E's by then? I expect the competition for that will be between the B767 and A330.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

Strategic airlift is still to be decided upon. So that may cover McMurdo stuff. Otherwise the J might meet the requirements. Don't think it does, but it might. For deployment of the NH90 I expect that will be either Canterbury or hitching a lift with an ally. Also there are plans for a proper LHD ty...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

The Stuff article is wrong. The press release from MoD says no numbers have been decided on or contract signed. Just that the C-130J-30 is the preferred option and they're going through the work with the US FMS now. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/super-hercules-selected-preferred-option 11 June...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 167
Views: 13961

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Mainly military but still NZ related. The C-130J-30 has been chosen as the preferred replacement for the C-130H. With the B757 replacement down the road a bit. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/super-hercules-selected-preferred-option 11 June 2019 Super Hercules selected as preferred option Ron Ma...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 160
Views: 21422

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

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Well I think one can cross NZ off the list of possible A400M customers.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 7167

Re: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?

If I were an airport considering it I'd wait to see how the folding wingtips work out. I expect if they do work as well as expected then we will see a lot more designs add them to fit into a box size down. In general I'd put the Code F gates as a nice to have but hardly a must have.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu May 30, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 387
Views: 113021

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

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pugman211 wrote:
Just seen a post on Twitter saying the wingtips have been lowered on the 779 today.

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Your phones share functionality will give you the option to copy a link.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 29, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

IIRC with a recent US3 order the B788 is getting a lot of the B789 refinements backported into it. So the commonality should be improving hugely. If that then results in further improved range then maybe it will be a serious option.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 29, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: the current korean air safety video is very old
Replies: 19
Views: 1823

Re: the current korean air safety video is very old

As neat as the advertising type ones can be, it's still a safety video that covers the same basic stuff. Some tweaks to account for more mobile devices could be included but if it still covers the same content *shrugs* It's still perfectly fit for purpose. And as mentioned earlier. For companies lik...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 2839

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

This weapon allows the drone operator to engage a target in a car without having to worry about a restaurant 20 meters away. With the accuracy of modern guided munitions you can even target more closely. So hit the right hand person in the back seat while missing any human shields that have been fo...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 28, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 387
Views: 113021

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I really hope the folding wingtips are super successful. It'd be so cool to see such things be rolled out onto other sized aircraft.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun May 26, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

That's, a lot of plane including the options. O_O “The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun May 26, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I see the addition of EWR & GRU in their network with the GE powered 789's. No other expansion. Basically confirmed by Luxon. Using the 10 for it to boot. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/112988652/air-new-zealand-making-longhaul-fleet-announcement-at-customer-innovation-centre Luxon...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun May 26, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

That's, a lot of plane including the options. O_O “The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri May 24, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 160
Views: 21422

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

There's also an element of just plain and simple due diligence. Learning more about a platform to make sure you do have the right mix of systems. And possibly influence any future RFPs. Even if we 'know' the US won't buy any it's still plausible that they'll want data on it.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 21, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

... rapid transit in Wellington. On a slightly related note, have heard a rumour that the Airport Flyer bus will be discontinued. The cost from the CBD is something like NZD 12, when you can often get an Uber for something like NZD 17-18, so it wouldn't surprise me. Also - relating to Wellington - ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon May 20, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

For the rapid transit in Wellington to the airport several things have to happen. First, we need to start building something for the first phase which is the Station to the Hospital. Second, we need to elect councilers who will actually vote for the investment. It won't be cheap and there are a lot ...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed May 15, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221598

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

For the moment the record still belongs to the ISRO with something like 104 satellites in one launch. The increase of planned stuff in LEO is pretty crazy. O_O

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Sun May 12, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 16984

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

From a ground pounder perspective, an unmanned bomber is a bit frightening. When calling CAS I like to actually talk to a pilot at the controls. It’s a nice feeling having a pilot able to acknowledge my position and reference danger close margins. I shudder at the thought of a computer operating si...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu May 09, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Twinjet podded engine ferry?
Replies: 16
Views: 2079

Re: Twinjet podded engine ferry?

And the engine manufacturers have spares spread out about the place. So you're a lot closer to a replacement than in the past. Especially with stuff like power by the hour where the manufacturer is handling all that sort of stuff.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue May 07, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happened to the A320 Electric Taxi System
Replies: 6
Views: 2282

Re: What happened to the A320 Electric Taxi System

I imagine it just isn't worth the cost yet. Should/When fuel gets up to the previous highs I expect interest in this will grow again. As mentioned the fuel cost savings in the air have to be greater than the cost of carting it around and the cost of extra maintenance and training.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women
Replies: 68
Views: 9789

Re: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women

So there are some interesting things regarding this that I think haven't been mentioned. If a tool is inherently selecting certain people and creating a larger number of false positives. Is that tool even fit for purpose? I would argue that such a tool is not. If there are hairstyles that are worn b...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 16984

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

The B-21 stealth technology is based on the F-35 stuff. So it's a lot more hardy and resistant to poor weather. I would expect they'll just need awnings to reliably protect the coatings long term. Or just standard hangers at worst.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221598

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Some more details: This was the DM-1 capsule which was recovered from the ocean after splashdown. They wanted to use it for the launch abort test. As these capsules aren't meant to be reused after the saltwater bath, there is a possibility that the water landing is the cause of the malfunction, rat...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221598

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Should've just topped it up with fuel and flown it back. :P Sounds to me as though the crew was never able to board the ASDS to secure the stage. Refueling would have been impossible as well. Need to get the octagrabber working for FH cores. *points to the big :P* As cool as that would be the simpl...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1969
Views: 221598

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Should've just topped it up with fuel and flown it back. :P

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 25854

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

I do like the way laminated timber beams look.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 25854

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

Unfortunate but understandable. The process should be followed for fairness even if I know the result I want.

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 41
Views: 7304

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

If the pilot has died wouldn't this be the first fatal incident of the F-35?

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 25854

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

Me too... now all I want is EWR, BKK and WLG-SIN* nonstop and i'm good. *don't care if this is NZ or SQ, but A350 would be nice No further whispers on whether the A350 can actually do WLG-SIN non-stop with full pax? If it's technically feasible the opportunity to launch it comes this year when SQ r...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11844

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

I was genuinely surprised that NZ had not already banned assault rifles. Between Australia's response to Port Arthur and NZ's response to this tragedy, America has a lot to learn on how properly react to vicious crime. Anything designated an MSSA is already banned from those holding a basic firearm...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11844

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

"New Zealand skipped thoughts and prayers and moved to BAN semi-automatic weapons in less than 24 hours after the mosque massacres. America, look what can happen when your politicians aren't bought and paid for by the NRA. " Sent to me today - from a long-time Republican, and a former JAG...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11844

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

Why are videos and pictures necessary when the description of what happened is graphic enough? Maybe it's because the "thoughts and prayers" approach has been proven ineffective? "New Zealand skipped thoughts and prayers and moved to BAN semi-automatic weapons in less than 24 hours a...

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by ZaphodHarkonnen
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11844

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

Please don't watch the video or read the manifesto. They're both designed to enrage you. And in the case of the manifesto it's full of shitposting aimed to rile up those in his social circles like 8chan. Also for the gun there's currently a loophole in NZ gun regulations. On an A category gun licens...

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