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DenisPC9 last won the day on September 4 2015

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  1. My take is that they have mentally reached the stage of "Too big to fail". For a long time they appeared to have the FAA and DoD in their pocket. That would breed a certain amount of hubris.
  2. Someone, a few days ago, quoted that GFC saying "Too big to fail". Someone back in the GFC days, equally senior to the originator of the "Too big ot fail" comment responded with: "If they're too big to fail, they're too big to exist". His rationale was that if they knew they would get Govt bailout after Govt bailout, then why should they really try for the highest standards. Implicit with the Bailout mentality, was the (almost) surety that after a few Govt Bailouts a bunch of slick lawyers would sue the Govt because it may be then deemed that the Govt had some interest in the product.
  3. True but like you and the rest of this scurvy bunch we are doing all this on a laptops, desktops, tablets and phones, So at least I, will remain seated. ?
  4. Phonetically it was pronounced "STUDS". It may have been "STUDES" in your days, but you know what succeeding generations do. And it never quite matches up to what their forerunners did ?
  5. I suspect it was an average. Although I don't know that "average of what", maybe annually. During the 4 years I as there, some Courses only lost a few and other Courses lost more than half the Studs. The only "foreign" students on Course when I was there was when the RAF Tucanos were all grounded due to "stuff" in the breathing system. It didn't take long for 2 complete Courses, Det Commander and QFIs were re-located to 2FTS, Australia and they carried on. It wasn't quite what they were used to. We don't have Batmen and we were very much more thorough in assessing the progress of Students. Ours was all Computer based, whereas many of the RAF flying aspects were on the say-so of the QFI. And using our system they had Students fail on their CO/CFI Assessment (Wings) Flight. Apparently that was a first. Although they took to the social life like Poms to a good Bitter. ? But I did hear from mates who went through Duntroon that that was the case for foreign Cadets.
  6. A couple of decades ago I heard from an RAN Fixed Wing Pilot, when the RAN flew Fixed Wing aircraft, that's that's what they used to do. An Observer would be given lessons on rudimentary aircraft control and landings. So if the PIC became incapacitated, someone on board could still bring it down, in a semi-controlled fashion.
  7. That happened to me more than a few times when I lived in PNG in the 1970s. I was stationed in Mendi, Southern Highlands District (later to become Province) and after a few trips to Moresby and back, I was put in the RH seat. The aircraft were usually Barons. I am not nor ever was a pilot. However when they had new pilots on the run, it helped having someone (usually an expat) who was familiar with the route. And whilst travelling around the District on business, flying was the way to go. A 30 minute flight to say, Erave or Tari would take 10+ hours driving. In the Highlands it was often cloudy but rarely 10/10s, so when approaching the vicinity of the target ah Station, the PIC would look out the LH side and I would look out the RH side. Whoever saw it, made the call and the PIC then did what they were paid to do. This also occurred in other Districts where I worked when I was doing Cash runs to Outstations or just jaunting out there for an Inspection or deal with recalcitrant staff.
  8. Military Flying Training has had a 60% washout rate since WWI up until 2005. That's when I left the Industry. I ran the software that ran the School's Ground based rep-Flight training as running the daily Operations and Flight Scheduling. I got this piece of information from the Psychs who assess for suitability in selections and those that assess Students in training. They were in Defence and also had overseas experience in these fields. I suspect civilian washout rates are nowhere near 60% but I also suspect their success rate is nowhere near 100% either.
  9. I sit corrected, High School Latin has finally lost. ?
  10. Given the much higher level of intelligence exhibited here than many other fora, I assumed as that slack legislative drafting would naturally lead to legislation full of loopholes and exemptions, which enables all sorts of carrying-ons and shenanigans, it would have been apparent in the indignation of the tone of the article, whereby foreign law companies are making a motza here due to those holes in the legislation. It obviously wasn't apparent to some.
  11. Hmmm, I read a small article in the Sydney Morning Herald from memory some 4 - 5 years ago, the gist of it being that the Brit Govt told the Australian Govt that it would no longer train Australian Legislative Draftsmen. No reasons were given and there was never any follow by anyone. Reading articles like this and many, many others where Aust law is full of loopholes and escape clauses I can understand the actions of the Brit Govt. We certainly need to lift our standards with Legislative Drafting
  12. I came across this last night and thought that this "bay" would be the best spot to park it. https://biggeekdad.com/2014/04/flying-corinth-canal/
  13. Don't take it too hard ss, the Military have a 60% wash-out rate for Pilot Training. Since WWI until I left the business in 2005 it has consistently been 60%. It was a similar story with the PNGDF, so I suspect that its global thing. So Yes, it "is a lot of people".
  14. You have a damned sight more hardware than I had nearly 20 years ago but that was their Training stuff and your had to "dress" to the left ?
  15. I lived in Rabaul in the early 1970s and learned to Scuba dive there. We all had turns on the Bottle filler and occasionally had to troop down to "Mills Pills, Potions and French Letters" (John Mills Chemist shop in Mango Avenue) to buy a half a dozen boxes of tampons. Us blokes got the same "looks" as when buying condoms. They were the Filters to ensure pure air went into the tanks. The Life Support kit above looks much like the Secumar Life Support kit I used to wear when I went up with a QFI at 2FTS in the Unit's PC9s. Nope I wasn't learning, It was usually a transit from RAAF Pearce to RAAF Learmonth. and Yes The harness did fit alright with that gear on ?
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