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 Post subject: Flights around the World
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 6:12 pm 
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I thought these images quite beautiful in their own way ---

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-22657086

--- but to my mind they indicate there's just too much jetting about.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 2:05 am 
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I am surprised that Dubai appears unrepresented. Reference to FlightTracker might suggest otherwise.

I am inclined to agree with you about excess. The quantities of nonrenewable fuel don't bear thinking about.
The exposure to upper-level radiation (primarily by the crew) is another matter rarely discussed.

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:15 am 
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"The Rumble in the Jungle" was the best fight I have ever seen. I think there was one in Manila as well. Of course there were some very good ones at home. Downs/Pastrano, Cooper/Ali.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:55 pm 
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cromwell man wrote:
"The Rumble in the Jungle" was the best fight I have ever seen. I think there was one in Manila as well. Of course there were some very good ones at home. Downs/Pastrano, Cooper/Ali.

Forgive me, Crom, but the topic here was FLIGHTS (in aeroplanes), not 'fights'. Did you follow the link in my OP?


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Flights? Oh flights. Sorry SI what a fool I am. There again there was Robinson/Turpin. Shame he committed suicide.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:44 pm 
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cromwell man wrote:
There again there was Robinson/Turpin. Shame he committed suicide.

By crashing an aeroplane? Seems a bit severe - and expensive. Maybe a flight of fancy?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:08 am 
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A report this week announced that the world's commercial air fleet will double by 2032.
Even though most of us won't see it happen, the implications for our dwindling non-renewable fuel stocks and upper atmosphere emissions are considerable.
With 3300 wide-bodied jets (capacity: 300 - 400), 4530 (capacity:200 - 300) and 760 large (>400), the sooner they can run them on the left-over biofuel from fish and chip shops, the more chance they have of continuing.
If these weren't enough - and apparently, they're not - there will be 24 670 more single-aisle jets with capacities up to 250.

If only someone could invent a means of remote communication, we could probably halve the business travellers for a start.
Oh, yes, they did already - decades ago. But then they'd miss the fine local dinners and fringe tax-deductable tourism.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:15 am 
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Lufthansa and United have announced that they will buy 68 million litres of biofuel for their jets over the next three years.
While most will come from reclaimed cooking oil, some will be derived from algae, pongamia and juncea (I'll have to Google the latter pair).
Such a practice could reduced carbon emissions by 80%, the report says.

IATA plans carbon-neutral growth after 2020 and a halving of emissions by 2050.
I wish them luck.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:12 am 
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I recently saw an interview with a woman who was determined to do her bit for the reduction of aviation carbon - she had decided to drive her (4 litre) Range Rover to Greece for her holiday instead of, as she usually did, taking the plane. Her face was a picture when it was pointed out to her that, with or without her, the plane was going anyway, so all her environmentally friendly efforts were achieving was an increase in carbon emissions.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:41 am 
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To think I almost missed this one:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/264794/sant ... es-review/

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:10 am 
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Must get crowded up there:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/ ... -animation

And the sound isn't bad, either.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:32 pm 
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Some years ago I was fortunate enough to hear David Gunson speak on aviation, he was a former RAF pilot and, after leaving the RAF, an air traffic controller - in this he explains the logic behind air traffic control (at about 6 - 7 minutes in) and quite a lot of other aspects of flight. Highly amusing and, in my opinion, well worth a listen even if a bit dated now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KbUNzi58wM


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:19 am 
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The "premium economy" is a recent offering but surely it's a racket. Why would a bit of legroom cost triple the price?
her is the offering sent to me today: Adelaide to Hong Kong Economy return from (AUD) $549*
Premium Economy return from (AUD) $1499. Really?
For that price, they should rip out the seat in front and the one alongside, given they only need one serve of food and drinks, and have less annoying demands from crowded, grumpy passengers.
"Premium Economy is found mostly on international flights and, compared to standard Economy, offers about 5-7 inches of extra legroom as well as additional amenities, which can include: 1-2 extra inches of seat width, 2-3 extra inches of seat recline, and adjustable headrests, leg-rests, or lumbar support."

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