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Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:48:58 PM »

Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake
A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official.

The woman, who has not been named, said her "religious beliefs" prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.

A government ruling said it showed she was "not assimilated into the French community" and denied her citizenship.

She appealed, but France's highest administrative court upheld the ruling.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:01:25 AM »
Prince's estate have released the studio version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

Random Topics / Re: Words/phrases I hate
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:57:29 PM »
Legos instead of Lego and Waldo instead of Wally.

Politics / Re: The Border is Secure
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:32:30 AM »
You would hope that some kind of mechanism would be in place to stop 13 African athletes from disappearing at an event so they could stay in your country illegally, but apparently not.

Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:25:36 AM »
So you’ve switched from videos you and no one else watch to memes that confirm what an idiot you are? Cool.

It's still an improvement.

A 737 going from NYC to Dallas had to make a diversion to Philadelphia after an engine failed and sent debris into a cabin window and depressurised the aircraft. Some choice quotes:
The crew requested a 20nm final, reported part of the aircraft was missing, they needed to slow down, they did have an engine fire indication, the crew requested medical services to meet the aircraft, they had injured passengers. ATC understood a passenger might have been sucked out of the aircraft but stopped that discussion "we'll work it out" once the aircraft was on the ground.

Passengers reported a woman was nearly sucked out of the aircraft and was pulled back into the cabin by fellow passengers

Pentagon says Boeing has been producing substandard F-15s, F/A-18s for years
Boeing Co. was cited by the Pentagon for continuing quality, management and other deficiencies first issued more than two years ago, including problems related to production of its flagship F/A-18 and F-15 jets, according to documents and officials.

Flaws at Boeing’s St. Louis aircraft production facility ranged from missing, backwards and out-of-specification fasteners found on undelivered F/A-18s and F-15s to oversized holes, missing components and incorrect parts installed on the factory’s production line, according to four “Corrective Action Requests” issued by the Pentagon’s contractor watchdog. In other cases, planes under assembly inadvertently hit maintenance work stands or other equipment on the floor, damaging the aircraft, the Defense Contract Management Agency said in a statement.


An agency synopsis prepared for senior Defense Department officials before Lord’s January meeting said that “to date, the CARs have been ineffective in preventing recurrence” of issues even after the agency invoked what at the time was $35 million in withheld payments intended “to focus and incentivize Boeing.” The company, however, “continues to display a pattern of focusing” more on actions to “maintain cash flow, increase profit and achieve contract award,” according to the synopsis.

Random Topics / Re: Words/phrases I hate
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:20:40 AM »
"and that's a good thing"

Do a google news search for this if you want to be disgusted.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Martinez Tonight
« on: April 14, 2018, 04:28:22 PM »
wow, jazmunda sound's really bummed.

Politics / Re: Qatar Situation: "Sarajevo 1914, Doha 2017?"
« on: April 14, 2018, 02:25:37 PM »
The question becomes "why build a wall, when you can build a canal".  Surely the Mexican canal is better than a wall?

Well you've got the Rio Grande which you get people crossing illegally, so...
Egypt has a canal along their border with Gaza so that any secret tunnels are flooded:

Politics / Re: Qatar Situation: "Sarajevo 1914, Doha 2017?"
« on: April 14, 2018, 01:20:13 PM »
Saudi Arabia plans to dredge a channel to isolate Qatar
Not content with an economic and diplomatic blockade, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has revealed a project for a canal that would physically cut off the peninsular Qataris from the Arabian mainland. The plan also calls for a Saudi military base and nuclear waste dump—on the Qatari side of the canal.
In December Riyadh announced that it had definitively closed the Salwa border post, the only legal post between the two countries. Despite the pressure, the small but rich emirate (thanks to its huge gas reserves ) has managed to overcome the obstacles by strengthening its economic relations with Oman, Iran and Turkey. In fact, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last March concluded that the impact of isolation on the Qatari economy "is shrinking".

When I read your reference I got the impression that it was for commercial aviation. I think the article I posted had to do with private pilots.
I think you're right that it's not something a visual flight rules private pilot would encounter, but it isn't making a distinction between commercial and private rather mainly pressurised and unpressurised. In Australia you often find altitudes where the oxygen carriage becomes an issue is limited solely to Instrument Flight Rules pilots, and this law is covered in their exam so they'd know about it.

Would you believe that this is one of the more clear cut areas of aviation law too?  ;D

Pilots require it at 12,500’ for more than 30 minutes or above 14,000’

You would think that would be one area where the laws were the same in all ICAO countries, but I guess not.  ::)

So, is there an average height at which it's required (and not just for the one guy)?

Here's a link to the law surrounding this area and how the requirements break down in different situations (e.g. pressurised/unpressurised):    - so you understand it, Flight Level 250 = 25000ft, Flight Level 100 = 10000ft, Flight Level 450 = 45000ft, etc.

At what height do you need it?
Legally at least one pilot of an aircraft has to be using supplemental oxygen above 10000ft, but where you start having negative effects from altitude varies from person to person and their health at that moment.

Luis Candelaria was the first person to fly a plane across the Andes, on April 13, 1918.

[Morane-Saulnier L in RFC markings.  (Not Candelaria's plane.)
By SDASM -, Public Domain,

Interesting to see that it says he did the crossing at 4000m (~13100ft) - makes me wonder how they dealt with oxygen and hypoxia back then, or if they had any measures for it at all.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:05:52 PM »

Random Topics / Re: Judas Priest - Some Heads Are Gonna Roll . . .
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:49:22 PM »

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:44:21 PM »
Just saw a truck with the back entirely painted to look like the Purple Rain album cover.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:53:31 AM »

Politics / Re: Guns
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:45:02 PM »
Does your political system allow representation of the State (or Province) representation on an equal basis in any of the branches or is representation totally based on population? One thing we have good is the equal Representation in the Senate- so States cannot be totally pushed around (and then this goes to our State legislatures as well.) So big cities, or States, don't run everything. Yet.

The Senate has 12 senators for each state and 2 each for the ACT (think Washington DC) and Northern Territory, while the House of Representatives (lower house) has 150 members and is based on population. It was designed like that deliberately to prevent the big states from pushing around the small ones, but nowadays the smaller states seem to have a lot more pull than they should have - especially with regards to a certain tax.

My other comment is that, in general, making vast changes to a system, law, etc based on a one-off event, however tragic, is not usually a good policy. There is a reason that governments and bureaucracies then to move slowly (in a good way) so they can soberly deliberate an issue, not "throw the baby out with the bathwater, etc". We even have laws about age limits etc because we knew that sometimes it takes some life experience, education, and whatnot to make rational decisions. Reacting off first emotions is usually not a sound decision making process.
Which is basically what happened with the Port Arthur massacre in the 90s where there was a kneejerk reaction and gun laws were quickly and significantly tightened. I mentioned it before in this thread, but there actually have been mass shootings since then which seem to get ignored.

Politics / Re: Guns
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:19:06 PM »
Large, urban, often ethnically mixed dictate policies on small towns, rural, and more traditional areas and people. "Why should anyone need a...." "Why do you need so many......" and this goes for environmental rules, hunting and fishing ('animal cruelty",) guns, vehicles, taxes, and just about everything.
It's much more extreme in Australia when you consider that 72% of the population lives in the major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide), with a good portion of that probably having never left the urban areas.

Politics / Re: Guns
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:59:46 PM »
Guns are getting stolen from legal owners by criminals? Legal owners are owning "too many" guns? Better agitate for more gun control.

Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:10:42 AM »
People asking me questions when they already know the answer will be no.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:53:32 AM »
As much fun as that other utopia, the "happy" side of Chicago?

Not that bad.

There are arguably worse parts than Hackney, but as a rule of thumb East London and south of the river (eg Lambeth) are the bad parts.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:33:10 AM »
Hackney, East London
That's actually a pretty rough area right next to where the Olympics were held. Went there during daylight hours in December and you could feel that vibe immediately, but absolutely wouldn't recommend it to anyone else (especially at night).

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 04, 2018, 08:12:03 PM »

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:55:11 PM »
A lot of fan art is strange.

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