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15th May 2021, 07:51
Replies: 52
Views: 11,647
Posted By Blackfriar

From what I have read of Concorde development and...

From what I have read of Concorde development and the Olympus, the US never managed to get an engine/aircraft to fly in "supercruise" - Mach2 without reheat. One of the reasons they didn't proceed...
30th Apr 2021, 19:27
Replies: 57
Views: 22,247
Posted By Blackfriar

it might be easier to build a new aeroplane that...

it might be easier to build a new aeroplane that looks like Fury rather than try and fit scores of polluting batteries in and try and re-engineer the MLW to equal the MTOW. Keep it real and run the...
Forum: Jet Blast
25th Apr 2021, 13:08
Replies: 63
Views: 5,271
Posted By Blackfriar

The Post Office is 100% owned by the goverment....

The Post Office is 100% owned by the goverment. The Royal Mail was privatised. I think the government thought Royal Mail couldn't be privatised with the dead weight of Post Offices hanging around its...
25th Apr 2021, 11:24
Replies: 10
Views: 1,238
Posted By Blackfriar

I was a despatcher for Merchantmen in the mid 80s...

I was a despatcher for Merchantmen in the mid 80s (Air Bridge Carriers) and can confirm they had this. The captain would wait until taxying in case the oleos were sticking - a few brake applications...
Forum: Jet Blast
25th Apr 2021, 09:12
Replies: 193
Views: 13,660
Posted By Blackfriar

You can't change the laws of physics - but you...

You can't change the laws of physics - but you might not know all of them yet. Wormholes, warp drive, time dilation - there could be lots of technology and physics that make it much easier to travel...
2nd Apr 2021, 09:06
Replies: 88
Views: 31,217
Posted By Blackfriar

As Mrs Friar was a flight crew scheduler for BA...

As Mrs Friar was a flight crew scheduler for BA (using coloured pencils) they faced targets which regularly changed the focus - save cost, save crew hours etc. However the biggest hurdle they faced...
9th Jan 2021, 11:29
Replies: 189
Views: 33,819
Posted By Blackfriar

I spent a couple of years ground handling...

I spent a couple of years ground handling Merchantmen and we always used VC9 as the type code on our records.
9th Jan 2021, 11:14
Replies: 723
Views: 299,321
Posted By Blackfriar

For those that say if Boeing went bust there...

For those that say if Boeing went bust there would be a monopoly for Airbus, let's look at what might happen if they went bust.
Their assets would be sold, including Intellectual Property such as...
Forum: Jet Blast
3rd Nov 2020, 15:43
Replies: 98
Views: 4,514
Posted By Blackfriar

and of course "me and my girl". But if anyone...

and of course "me and my girl".
But if anyone sends me an official email with "me and my staff are working hard to..." I will treat them with utter contempt and as the uneducated numpties they...
Forum: Jet Blast
3rd Nov 2020, 09:15
Replies: 98
Views: 4,514
Posted By Blackfriar

This one might be controversial - "me and" Who...

This one might be controversial - "me and"
Who was ever taught to say "me and". I've even seen it in a formal letter from BA HR "me and my staff are working hard..."
Forum: Jet Blast
13th Sep 2020, 13:44
Replies: 850
Views: 90,205
Posted By Blackfriar

A few thoughts for everyone. Ceres Power, a UK...

A few thoughts for everyone.
Ceres Power, a UK company, designs fuel cells that convert gas (natural or hydrogen) to electricity and heat.
They are being used by Bosch to replace domestic heating...
Forum: Jet Blast
6th Sep 2020, 09:11
Replies: 20
Views: 1,591
Posted By Blackfriar

GP appointments

I was told recently to contact my GP about my blood pressure - already taking tablets but seemed a bit higher. I tried the surgery last week. The recorded message said "don't call, use the "askmyGP"...
31st Aug 2020, 15:16
Replies: 21
Views: 5,745
Posted By Blackfriar

We used to ship 20 tonnes of beef every week from...

We used to ship 20 tonnes of beef every week from Belfast to Cairo in a 707. No freight door, boxed beef on pallets raised to door level on a hilo and then carried in. Also did it with cigarettes...
31st Aug 2020, 10:49
Replies: 338
Views: 180,333
Posted By Blackfriar

With regard to nationality of airlines, IAG is...

With regard to nationality of airlines, IAG is "an anglo-Spanish business", Aer Lingus is registered in Ireland. How does anyone decide which airlines can fly by nationality when they've gone global?...
30th Aug 2020, 12:55
Replies: 3
Views: 1,024
Posted By Blackfriar

Brooklands Museum has the Concorde sim. I've not...

Brooklands Museum has the Concorde sim. I've not had a go but good reports. Ex BA pilots are part of the experience.
27th Aug 2020, 19:57
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By Blackfriar

Maybe get young people interested in some kind of...

Maybe get young people interested in some kind of Air Training Corps......
8th Aug 2020, 11:27
Replies: 934
Views: 668,710
Posted By Blackfriar

It probably would have been cheaper to tarmac the...

It probably would have been cheaper to tarmac the line anad make it single track with passing places to be used only by buses and coaches. No expensive track maintenance, no expensive signalling,...
3rd Jul 2020, 20:14
Replies: 20
Views: 3,549
Posted By Blackfriar

Strange that a bunch of "brown jobs" can build a...

Strange that a bunch of "brown jobs" can build a intensive care hospital in 2 weeks but the "light blue jobs" can no longer cope with a bit of gliding or Volunteer Gliding/AEF flying for kids. It's...
28th Jun 2020, 13:20
Replies: 161
Views: 104,653
Posted By Blackfriar

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Having read this thread and considered the background to the whole issue of qualifcations and their validity I have come to two conclusions:

1. We must stop faking of licences and qualifications....
27th Jun 2020, 12:54
Replies: 8
Views: 2,030
Posted By Blackfriar

If nursing is now a degree course with classroom...

If nursing is now a degree course with classroom and practical mixed, why couldn't the RAF have an Officer's degree - it could be split into different trades with holidays and other "work experience"...
26th Jun 2020, 18:24
Replies: 161
Views: 104,653
Posted By Blackfriar

It's suprising during my admittedly non-flying...

It's suprising during my admittedly non-flying and non-doctoring career that I have been asked for exam certificates only once, even though the qualifications were said to be "an advantage" in the...
20th Jun 2020, 09:09
Replies: 223
Views: 49,745
Posted By Blackfriar

Don't think so. The blockade of German materials...

Don't think so. The blockade of German materials and food exhausted them and the arrival of US troops helped. Throwing men at barbed wire and machine guns never became a success story.
17th May 2020, 14:57
Replies: 30
Views: 4,351
Posted By Blackfriar

In the mid-eighties GibAir were using the...

In the mid-eighties GibAir were using the Viscount for the flights across the med to Africa - except when they needed to get one to the UK for maintenance and then they subbed it for the 737....
Forum: Jet Blast
17th May 2020, 14:42
Replies: 62
Views: 4,961
Posted By Blackfriar

Too soon? We've got TV series about Afghanistan...

Too soon? We've got TV series about Afghanistan on the BBC.
The best book of a film yet to be made is Vulcan 607. It reads like a film script. Great one-liners (Russian Naval Attache in New York, or...
17th May 2020, 06:59
Replies: 29
Views: 4,655
Posted By Blackfriar

If you want a MacBook look, for half the price...

If you want a MacBook look, for half the price why not get a highly specced HP laptop? I decided on an Envy (silly name) 13 inch. Aluminium body, touch screen, i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD...
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