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Forum: Middle East
25th Feb 2015, 01:56
Replies: 90
Views: 73,769
Posted By Capetonian

There are worse travesties than that, and debts...

There are worse travesties than that, and debts should be paid off.

This is the story of a 78 year old doctor from CPT who treated a patient who died some years later from the terminal illness for...
24th Feb 2015, 22:05
Replies: 22
Views: 9,581
Posted By Capetonian

No apology needed, you obviously know what you...

No apology needed, you obviously know what you are talking about and your advice is sound and well meant.

Unfortunately I'm not the one who needs convincing. I have printed out this thread and...
23rd Feb 2015, 08:28
Replies: 22
Views: 9,581
Posted By Capetonian

Radgirl : You make some valid points based on...

Radgirl : You make some valid points based on certain assumptions, but those assumptions may be wrong.

The eastern bloc countries have come a long way since the fall of the Soviet Empire. ...
22nd Feb 2015, 20:11
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

To which you need to add the cost of getting to...

To which you need to add the cost of getting to and from the airports, the value of your time, and the stress and aggravation. It makes the train cheaper in the end. I use trains on journeys up to...
22nd Feb 2015, 10:24
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

MAD-ALC in 2h12m prices starting from 30 each...

MAD-ALC in 2h12m prices starting from 30 each way by AVE. Wouldn't that be a reason for decline in air traffic?

Faster, more comfortable, more reliable, and less stressful than the airport...
21st Feb 2015, 22:40
Replies: 22
Views: 9,581
Posted By Capetonian

I think the point you may have missed is that...

I think the point you may have missed is that Hungary is safer than Albania.

Hungary has a well established reputation for good quality dental treatment. Albania doesn't. If it were me, I...
21st Feb 2015, 22:19
Replies: 6
Views: 3,026
Posted By Capetonian

A friend of mine has just told me he's switching...

A friend of mine has just told me he's switching from AOHell to Talktalk.

I said 'frying pan' and 'fire' but he thinks I'm a cynic. I believe that both are owned by Carphone Warehouse, and...
21st Feb 2015, 22:11
Replies: 21
Views: 7,213
Posted By Capetonian

It isn't. It's a long established South...

It isn't.

It's a long established South African company that specialised in cargo, medevac and charters for the SADF during the guerilla war, and to the Antarctic for the Navy. They have a few...
21st Feb 2015, 21:35
Replies: 19
Views: 6,189
Posted By Capetonian

I think one of the first was the BAC 1-11...

I think one of the first was the BAC 1-11 prototype G-ASYD which was used for the development of autoland systems at Wisley, although that was not in commercial service, but a sister aircraft may...
21st Feb 2015, 20:55
Replies: 22
Views: 9,581
Posted By Capetonian

Thanks for all the info and updates. I think...

Thanks for all the info and updates.

I think my pal has decided to go to Hungary, which is a big step up from Albania in cost but he feels it's a safer option. From my perspective, Albania would...
18th Feb 2015, 18:23
Replies: 15
Views: 2,499
Posted By Capetonian

The only time I can recall finding aircraft noise...

The only time I can recall finding aircraft noise disturbing was when I was staying in a flat on NW 36th. Street very close to MIA international. I know this sounds like the Daily Mail but early in...
18th Feb 2015, 11:56
Replies: 16
Views: 5,206
Posted By Capetonian

It's called realism based on observation. I have...

It's called realism based on observation. I have spent most of my life on the African continent, working in aviation, including, unfortunately, some trips to Nigeria. There are fundamental...
18th Feb 2015, 11:50
Replies: 12
Views: 2,733
Posted By Capetonian

The last time I tried to get a wireless printer...

The last time I tried to get a wireless printer to connect to our three computers was such a frustrating experience I decided never to even try again.

I admit, with pride, to being a Luddite of...
17th Feb 2015, 17:11
Replies: 3
Views: 1,867
Posted By Capetonian

Airline Fleets Index - A - Planespotters.net Just...

Airline Fleets Index - A - Planespotters.net Just Aviation (http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/) is one of several sites where you can find this information.
17th Feb 2015, 16:23
Replies: 7
Views: 1,539
Posted By Capetonian

Brooklands : Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

A fantastic piece of news which has just been announced :

The Museum has received a grant of 4.68 million for the Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project.

This will make a...
17th Feb 2015, 11:05
Replies: 15
Views: 2,499
Posted By Capetonian

Pretty variable for many reasons but typically...

Pretty variable for many reasons but typically 1000 feet or so, could be anywhere between 800 and 1500.
16th Feb 2015, 13:01
Replies: 5
Views: 2,637
Posted By Capetonian

Stable and relatively benign dictatorships work...

Stable and relatively benign dictatorships work in many parts of the world, but sadly the proof of that usually comes after they have been replaced by 'democratic' regimes.

The world is littered...
15th Feb 2015, 12:44
Replies: 11
Views: 2,820
Posted By Capetonian

In fairness to them I now have to add the...

In fairness to them I now have to add the following update :

They rang me back within 2 hours as promised, to let me know that it would take up to 48 hours to give me a full update and possible...
15th Feb 2015, 10:22
Replies: 11
Views: 2,820
Posted By Capetonian

How's this for stupid? 'Three' dongle.

I have a prepaid 'Three' mobile broadband dongle which I keep for times when I'm in the UK and out of reach of my own or other wifi. I can top it up with 1GB, which is more than enough, and that is...
Forum: Middle East
15th Feb 2015, 09:52
Replies: 37
Views: 23,112
Posted By Capetonian

People will always buy, and continue to buy, if...

People will always buy, and continue to buy, if something is cheap enough. Some people, that is, but clearly enough to fill seats on the airlines whose offer is based primarily on price.
Having...
13th Feb 2015, 18:05
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

The dreaded Vanguard, I recall many miserable...

The dreaded Vanguard, I recall many miserable flights on the Vickers Vibrator. The best thing they ever did with that was convert it to the Merchantman, as a freighter it was excellent, fast and...
12th Feb 2015, 20:56
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

Madrid closes Gibraltar language school as 'only...

Madrid closes Gibraltar language school as 'only apes don?t speak Spanish' - Telegraph...
Forum: Middle East
12th Feb 2015, 15:52
Replies: 37
Views: 23,112
Posted By Capetonian

I have friends who travel between EU and ZA and...

I have friends who travel between EU and ZA and CN twice a year. They always go on Emirates, and always say 'never again'. They complain about the poor service, the crowds and smoking at DXB, the...
Forum: Middle East
12th Feb 2015, 09:15
Replies: 37
Views: 23,112
Posted By Capetonian

The only thing that adds up in EK is the profit. ...

The only thing that adds up in EK is the profit.

I have two close friends who worked for them, both have bailed out in the last couple of months with horror stories. One is receiving counselling.
11th Feb 2015, 23:26
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

Sorry, I understand that, and I am aware of Bland...

Sorry, I understand that, and I am aware of Bland Group's interests in the travel and hotel industry (in fact I did some work for them and they put me up in the rather excellent Rock Hotel which was...
11th Feb 2015, 22:45
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

GB Air wasn't a Gibraltar carrier, it was an odd...

GB Air wasn't a Gibraltar carrier, it was an odd name for a carrier that happened to serve that route. It was a relic of one of BA's failing franchise operations.
11th Feb 2015, 19:27
Replies: 47
Views: 6,669
Posted By Capetonian

Not viable, the home market is too small to...

Not viable, the home market is too small to support an airline. the only way it could theoretically work is as a hub but GIB is not suitable for that either and has competition.

I know there are...
11th Feb 2015, 10:42
Replies: 16
Views: 5,206
Posted By Capetonian

Let's put that down as the understatement of the...

Let's put that down as the understatement of the year ......... no ........ century.

Apart from anything else, it's not going to happen unless there's a fundamental change of mentality in that...
10th Feb 2015, 18:55
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By Capetonian

I hate to sound a note of pessimism but when my...

I hate to sound a note of pessimism but when my father died about 12 years ago, he had a large collection of books acquired over many years, mostly on military history and world exploration, ...
8th Feb 2015, 08:50
Replies: 15
Views: 3,939
Posted By Capetonian

Some confusing replies here, apart from #5 and 2....

Some confusing replies here, apart from #5 and 2.

Traffic rights dictate that a 'foreign' airline may be able to operate for example HKG-MEL-SYD. It will be able to carry passengers HKG-SYD and...
5th Feb 2015, 22:25
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By Capetonian

Somewhere I have a set of photos of old CPT and...

Somewhere I have a set of photos of old CPT and they are captioned - I think they include this one. If I can find them I can probably give you the date.
5th Feb 2015, 20:52
Replies: 135
Views: 35,986
Posted By Capetonian

Since someone mentioned the 737, at SAA they...

Since someone mentioned the 737, at SAA they were called 'Dilberts'. I'm not sure if I ever knew why but it may have been something to do with a cartoon character.
5th Feb 2015, 16:43
Replies: 135
Views: 35,986
Posted By Capetonian

A customer was in the travel agency I ran in CPT,...

A customer was in the travel agency I ran in CPT, booking a ticket up the coast on the Air Cape 748.

He asked the travel clerk what aircraft it was.

"A 748."

"OK, that doesn't mean anything...
Forum: Jet Blast
5th Feb 2015, 16:24
Replies: 38
Views: 4,781
Posted By Capetonian

Eric Moody - wasn't he the BA pilot of the 747...

Eric Moody - wasn't he the BA pilot of the 747 that lost all 4 engines' power over Indonesia?
Forum: Jet Blast
5th Feb 2015, 16:16
Replies: 23
Views: 2,955
Posted By Capetonian

Those mile selling schemes are of dubious...

Those mile selling schemes are of dubious legality ...... the Ts&Cs of the loyalty schemes usually preclude on-selling. I don't see them as any more immoral than scams that the airlines pull on us...
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