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  1. red750

    Any Site Problems...Site Support

    Mewp, click on Expanded (top right) for a summary view.
  2. red750

    What Now - please advise

    Interesting result. The location link does not recognise ICAO codes if that is what members have listed. I scrolled back up the page to a post by rgmwa and clicked on his location YSEN. The Google map presented was my home area.
  3. red750

    Any Site Problems...Site Support

    Seems to have resolved itself.
  4. red750

    Any Site Problems...Site Support

    Clicked my default, What's New (All) and got this- [[Template core/front/streams/streamItems is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Doesn't happen with What's New (Unread).
  5. Received by email. Qantas expects to cut its fuel bill by as much as $40 million a year thanks to a radical overhaul to how it plots its flights across the globe. The airline has spent five years and millions of dollars building a new flight planning program – until now kept tightly under wraps – which it says will materially cut its fuel bill and bring its ultra-long haul ambitions closer to reality. Qantas’ team of dispatchers have used the same computer program for 30 years to plan the route of each flight, assessing weather, airspace traffic, safety, and legal constraints on three or four possible routes. The new system uses cloud computing to crunch data on thousands of possible flight paths, using millions of data points – including the latest wind patterns, and varying altitudes and flight speeds – to build a ‘‘cost map’’ that presents the most efficient route. Built in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics, the Constellation system has been rolled out to Qantas’ A380s, 747s and Boeing Dreamliners since the start of October, and will be installed on the remainder of its fleet next year. Allen Dickinson, Qantas’ head of flight operations systems, said the entirely digital system (dispatchers on the old system churn through a full ream of paper every day) had already delivered impressive results. On recent flight from Sydney to Santiago, the system diverted a Qantas Boeing 747 slightly south to take advantage of a tail-wind which saved Qantas one tonne of fuel. ‘‘It’s just a subtle shift here to pick up a bit of wind. And that’s the beauty of this system – just being able to find those subtle changes where we couldn’t do that in the old system,’’ said Captain Dickinson, who is an A330 pilot. In some instances, the system has plotted unusual flight paths that may never have occurred to a human dispatcher. A flight to Johannesburg, for example, was directed to fly 160 nautical miles (300 kilometres) further than it would normally, but in doing so cut the headwinds it experienced by two-thirds. The 747 arrived only three minutes later than scheduled and saved more than a tonne of fuel. The new system’s introduction comes as Qantas assesses the viability of launching ultra-long, non-stop flights from Melbourne and Sydney to London and New York. In these cases, fuel burn would be a key consideration. The University of Sydney’s Salah Sukkarieh, a professor of robotics and intelligent systems who worked on the project, said the Constellation was the most advanced being used by any airline in the world. “The older system was almost like planning in your car – you just go left and right, basically,’’ Professor Sukkarieh said. The new system, which builds on work the centre had done with unmanned drones, ‘‘added wings to your vehicle and it lets you fly in that dimensional space and go to different altitudes in real time’’. In the project’s business case, it said Constellation would cut Qantas’ annual fuel bill by about 0.6 per cent. The airline now believes it will be closer to 1 per cent. That would translate to $40 million saving, based on this year’s expected fuel bill of $4 billion. Other airlines were already interested in buying the system from Qantas. Qantas would not reveal how much the new system cost to build, but says it expects it to pay for itself within a few years. Key points New computer system will save on fuel costs for airline. The new system will be fitted on all Qantas planes next year.
  6. Qantas today announced a six days a week service from Sydney to Bendigo. Read more here (includes photo).
  7. The first two F=35's have landed at Williamtown.
  8. red750

    Interesting cloud formations

    The sky at 9:15 tonight. Looking south, not west.
  9. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Kasper, between you and Thruster88, you're knocking them off quicker than I can put them up, I've had complaints that others don't get a chance.
  10. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    That's right, the i-Tec Maverick Flying Car/Dune Buggy. Here's a byDanJohnson video. i-Tec Maverick
  11. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    I'll pay that as close enough. This extract from Wikipedia explains why: Plans and kits were distributed by Aérodis in France and by Aerodis America Inc. in the USA.[3] Individual builders, often using the original moulds at Brienne-le-Chateau, continued to innovate.[4] Around 1990 Jaques Darcissac built an Orion with a fuselage strengthened with wire mesh and with a more robust undercarriage, which he named the Darcissac-Grinvalds DG-87 Goéland(Seagull in English) and this name has been used by three other builders.[5][6] Other builders have also given their aircraft different names, such as Gerfaut, Gypaète and Scorpion. A new version of the Orion, tailored for US market was designed, known as the AA200.[4][5] This one is the Gerfaut (GerFalcon). So probably builder's modification. This one's a bit off-beat. You'll probably get it in a couple of minutes - or less.
  12. red750

    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    I hear what you say about Concorde, Nev, and take your word about close-up, never got to see one at all,but in cruise flight they are (were) a thing of beauty - 50 years ahead of their time.
  13. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    It's one of a number of similar models one of which is the J3 Kitten. It is registered as a Hipps Superbirds Reliant. Google links them together. I've just added another 17 to the list so there's quite a few to go. How about this one?
  14. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    So near and yet so far, with the second answer, HITC.
  15. red750

    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Right again T88.