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    I would have thought through the ground power connection - obviously not. I looked at the stored long-haulers as I went past them in Auckland the other day & realized they didn't have umbilical's attached; I'd not previously noticed this but had rather assumed that they would have been connected...
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    I feel like this story is too simplistic to be true; surely connecting planes to their equivalent of a trickle-charger would be a straightforward solution somehow? I see planes at airports sealed up, covered up, being wheeled in & out of maintenance hangars; surely someone is charging the...
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    Flights from Hell

    I willingly (but unwittingly) committed myself to such a flight once; having once been fortunate enough to secure myself the spare seat in an RNZAF CT4, I made the mistake of telling the pilot "I'd done a bit of flying myself" (rookie mistake if ever there was one). What ensued was a series of...
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    Thank you for sharing that - I've often sat in the 'back' at night wondering what it looks like from up front. When I have a window seat on night flights I'll sit for what feels like hours, looking out at the sky. I imagine that view has to be one of the best parts about the job; im very jealous :)
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    Thats exactly what was drilled into me when learning to fly (gliders) "that rope breaks right after take-off, you look within 'this' area (held out arms either side of my head like blinkers as I sat in the coughpit, lined up on the runway) - thats where you're going, so pick somewhere". That...
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    Thank you JB, much appreciated. Perhaps it was vibrations travelling from other parts of the plane that I heard then - it certainly wasn't loud or distinctive. Cheers!
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    Possibly a very small question, but as they say, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, so... A while back I travelled in an Emirates A380 - roughly mid-plane, in economy, bottom floor (only a trans-Tasman, so no issue with the seat, but I digress...) When accessing the overhead...
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    This article made me think: Listen As Multiple Airline Pilots Report Very High-Speed Unidentified Objects Over Ireland The speculation in that article about what the light was is a bit pointless to debate at this stage I think; no-one knows, or is telling if they do. The comment about seeing...
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    Thats really got me thinking.. I've had it beaten into me enough that it is second nature - ROD by power changes (or air brakes in the case of gliders) & speed by pitch. I must say I'd assumed that airliners & other aircraft were generally flown the same way, how strange..
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    That just makes me sad..
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    I don't think I've ever seen an airliner so dirty.. aside from the airlines image looking a bit shabby as a result, do airliners pick up that sort of muck from flying in/out of areas with especially high air pollution levels? A colleague recently came back from customer visits in China & shared...
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    On a similar note (although im getting further away from what a pilot may know I suppose), on a recent flight I was looking out of a very scratched window that made taking photos of the scenery more futile than usual (I also couldnt get a good photo of the scratches as my phone camera didnt want...
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    Thanks very much - and interesting to note the same observations about the 747 etc as well
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    This is bugging me. Photo Gallery - A380 lands in Sydney - Free Travel images | smh.com.au I was looking at that photo (& then several others of different A380s on the ground) - is it an optical illusion or result of perspective that the outboard engines appear to be ever-so-slightly canted...
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    French Polynesia

    Was there about 2 weeks ago (Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora) - we converted 400 NZD to CPF in Auckland for casual spending (lunches, souvenirs, etc) & that lasted us for most of the trip. Moorea & Bora Bora both had a few ATMs available & every resort we stayed at or visited was able to exchange...
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    Anniversary Holiday to Tahiti/ Moorea/ Bora Bora

    The resort food prices vary with the quality of the resorts I suspect (i.e. Bora Bora Nui probably charges a fair bit more for dinner than the Maitai where we stayed, but you'd expect that). At our one we had a few drinks, a starter to share & a main each (mine was a delicious fresh tuna sashimi...
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    Anniversary Holiday to Tahiti/ Moorea/ Bora Bora

    The older seats on the way home were actually more comfortable with more foot room, but I preferred the height-adjustable headrest on the newer seats on the way up which allowed for a better sleep - not much in it overall IMO
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    Anniversary Holiday to Tahiti/ Moorea/ Bora Bora

    When the wife rang me to say there were tickets booked for a child-free trip to Tahiti, she was only mildly surprised when my 1st query was which airline & what aircraft. Air Tahiti Nui gets their 787s later this year & whilst this dismayed my wife (oh god what old planes are we going to be...
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    Re: Perth alternates Thanks JB, much appreciated.
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    Re: Perth alternates I've thought about this one a bit & am dying to know what the answer was - only close alternate that I can think of would be Ohakea AFB - I dont know for sure but suspect the Regional airport at Palmerston North wouldn't have a runway long enough, and others would be too...
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