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DenisPC9 last won the day on September 4 2015

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About DenisPC9

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  • Birthday 03/03/1949

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  1. Somehow I don't think that there are too many "💲poor" Pilots
  2. About 10 years ago I worked with a fellow, ex RAAF WgCdr, who was a chopper pilot in the late 60s and was then in some sort of AF Reserve. He flew the aircraft at Point Cook Museum. He said the Sopwith was a bit hairy. So they do have people with those skills. And many RAAF Pilots are also QFIs, so teaching someone the quirks of the old aircraft isn't that difficult. After all they generally have quite a few thousand hours on different types before they start flying those older machines, so its only yet another Conversion Course
  3. I did the Trans Siberian back in the mid 1970s. It was a hoot. The first morning out (of Nahodka, as Vladivostock was a Naval base, we couldn't depart from there), us Westerners rolled into the Diner at approx breakfast time. It was like Melbourne used to be on Sundays in the 1950s. Eventually one of the train staff ambled in and asked (in Russian) "What are you doing here?" or words to that effect. We had no Russian so we responded in English "Its breakfast time, we're hungry." Staff, who had no English back then said something unintelligible and wandered off. We couldn't work that one out. About 15 minutes later a fellow in his 40s rolled up and asked us in accented English "What did we want?" We told him breakfast, as it was morning time. He "gravelled" (and it you have heard native Russians speaking, that's what it sounds like) to the Staffer, who responded. He then said "Russia is very large and has 11 Time Zones, so to make it easy for everyone, all Meals are on Moscow Time." Us "Okay so when can we eat?" Fellow "Its all up there with a the timetable and menus" pointing to a small sheet in a frame on the wall. So went over to read it. The bloody thing was in Cyrillic. It turned out that had we rolled in about 3 hours earlier, we could have had the evening meal. And breakfast wasn't for another 8 or so hours. By Day 3 (of 10) they were serving meals according to how the day was progressing, not according to what time it was in Moscow. The "fellow in his 40s" was a Jugoslav Diplomat returning from a posting in the East. He was good for information about Russia and how it actually worked. And some black market currency exchanges as he did 3x the official rate Roubles for USD. The Russians had it on parity. The rest of the world didn't.
  4. Yes a fertile thread often produces a good harvest 😉
  5. Its mainly a case of "Soils ain't soils" and unfortunately our soils are very old soils, they don't measure up to European soils. Its just a quirk of geology.
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  7. They were known as the "Time Machine" because that too their time taking off, they took their time getting there and they took their time landing.
  8. That's because we're so bloody far from the source and the lead-in times for delivery are fairly long, that we, like the Kiwis have to engage in some lateral thinking. And god help you if you want to do something different and want to source the gear.
  9. More like the other way around. As you yourself should know, English is the global language of aviation. So a German or French techo speaking English and checking out Oakey, or any of the Army Aviation Regiments would have more opportunity for work, than an Australian visiting European sites, not speaking French or German. ;-)
  10. Now that's an ideal Management Control tool.
  11. Those were the days ;-) My first foray on 2 wheels (motorised) was a mate's Beesa Bantam in our backyard in a small country town. 2 weeks later a 2nd hand Triumph Trophy came up for sale. I was 18 but there were a few fairy moments ;-)
  12. But not from eating dirt. According to more recent medical research those who don't eat dirt are more likely to suffer various and many ailments throughout their lives. And I do the like ads "Kills 99.9% of germs". Which leaves a vacuum to be rapidly recolonised by other "germs", some virulent, some beneficial.
  13. Don't be too paranoid. If that were the case, you wouldn't touch door handles, escalator hand rails, that you are strongly warned that if you don't keep hold of, the earth will stop rotating on its axis.......blah blah blah. Take it all with a more than a grain of salt. Just about everything outside your house, and if you have toddlers within your 4 walls its much the same, is equally as "contaminated". Us humans aren't built to operate in a sterile environment. If we were, we would all be on the Moon.
  14. There was never no scanning here: It's True! A toilet was used as an aerial bomb during the Vietnam War
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