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  1. Pretty much confirmed that it's crashed with a very low likelihood of survivors http://avherald.com/h?article=4bf90724&opt=1
  2. Great leg Steph! Tim, I'll see you there!
  3. A bit bigger than your usual method of transport!
  4. One I think we can all relate to one way or another After a tiring day, Zoe settled down in a seat on her train and closed her eyes. As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his mobile phone and started talking in a loud voice. “Hi sweetheart. It’s Gavin. I’m on the train. “Yes, I know it’s the 6:30 and not the 4:30, but I had a long meeting. “No, honey, not with that blonde from the accounts office. It was with the boss. “No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life. “Yes, I promise, cross my heart.” Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly. When Zoe, exasperated, had had enough, she leaned over and said into the phone, “Gavin, hang up the phone and come back to bed.” Red-faced and absolutely shocked, he shut off his phone and didn’t say a single word for the rest of the train ride. Gavin doesn’t use his mobile phone in public any longer. And Zoe finally got some well-deserved shut-eye.
  5. Is letting JG do the ferry flight really a good idea?
  6. You could extend Route 10 south a tad more and take in Portlaoise. Home of the biggest train fleet in Ireland, the home of the track, the highest security prison in Ireland (and the Rock of Dunamaise).
  7. Nice flight and little aircraft!
  8. Warp Factor Nine is approximately 1,855,045,190,702,117.65 km/hr, or 515,290,330,750,588.24 m/s maximum (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Warp_factor)
  9. Incredible flight - and a first I think!
  10. A friend of mine in the same college course as me did his dissertation on alternative fuel vehicles (I just went round and round with rail wheels!). He came to the conclusion that electric is dead - it costs too much, has range uncertainty and damages the environment only slightly less than fossil fuels (when you consider battery and electricity production). Japan is already using hydrogen in road vehicles (both private and commercial), and Alstom have produced a hydrogen fuel cell powered train. I'm not sure what way aviation will go though. For rail it makes sense to go for mass electrification (providing the source is decent). An analysis recently suggested that hydrogen is surprisingly inefficient overall from fuel generation to use [Modern Railways, Informed Sources, May 2018], making hydrogen not particularly attractive over long distances. If I can find said article I'll fill in the exact figures. There's also the historical mindset of hydrogen = Hindenburg (on a simple level)
  11. Yeah....sorry about that boss! And hey, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a tiney bit fun!
  12. The challenge so far has been anything but quiet. Remember when it was a simple case of where would Sharon turn up? Now, thanks to a few interesting characters that (in retrospect) were foolishly allowed to fly the baton around the world, we have a multi-national maniac chasing after us, for reasons still really unknown. Various rumours have flown around with the baton, as to what it contains. This would be my 33rd time flying the baton (twice in ATWC 1, 5 in ATWC 2, 4 in ATWC 3, 3 in ATWC 4, 6 in ATWC 5, 11 in ATWC 6 and 4 previous legs in this challenge). Never before has the pressure been so high. At every turn there may be a gun, and it appears far closer to me that I would ever like over the course of the next flight...... Picking up the baton from Mike in the arrivals hall, I wonder what to do. Of course, I had already sampled Toronto's railway system (all in a professional capacity observing timetable operation, of course. I didn't like the job at all...........), but that didn't provide me with a ride out to La Guardia. There were plenty of commercial options from Pearson, but that felt like cheating. Plus I wouldn't be in command. Late one night, a message appeared in my inbox Now, considering how the challenge has been going so far, I was convinced of a set up. Who would just randomly e-mail a guy waiting for a lift? A bit of digging revealed the sender of the email: David Dufrenois (Google him). Interesting. At 0800 punctually (see, being a professional timetable writer allows you to plan properly!) I arrive at Toronto City airport. There is M. Dufrenois with a couple of other gentlemen, whom I will call William and Ernest. They were coming for the trip back to New York, where they would carry on to Washington for some 'business'. My ride would be the CS-300, recently renamed as the Airbus A220-300 to reflect the change in programme ownership. A big aircraft for a small airport. Luckily we were lightly loaded. Although all the ground handling equipment was impressive! Rapidly all of this was got rid of and we started push and start Being a FTV (Flight Test Vehicle), various additional cameras were fitted While taxiing out, we came across the more regular aircraft in Toronto, although it had a little accident..... A quick press photo by a random photographer We had requested a tug to follow us and push us to the edge of the concrete Although surprisingly it was quick to accelerate! "Rocketship departure. NOW!" Passing the Rogers Centre stadium With the airport a couple of miles behind us, I was instructed to attain a more normal ascent altitude Turning over Toronto During the cruise, I asked William why he wanted me to do such a departure. The stare I got back suggested he didn't want to talk about it. Shame The Eastern Coast of the USA filled the windscreen as we followed ATC instructions down through one of the busiest pieces of airspace around During the descent, Ernst came up to the cockpit. "We are going to buzz Newark. Now". Hold on a minute, just dropping out of the sky would land me in trouble. David, who must have known what was coming, didn't seem worried. Verbally, I told Ernst to go forth and reproduce (although not quite like that!). A jabbing feeling in my ribs forced the control stick forward. "I did say now. Do it". It felt that being in a Stuka rather than a civilian airliner. I was sure that a few F-22s would appear in moments, although ATC were strangely quiet Starting to pull out "See that bridge there? Go under it". Considering what happened last time I refused, I did what I was told We then headed for La Guardia, gaining the escort of an A320 in the process A rather firm touchdown was followed by rapid deceleration. With a United retro-jet taking off after us. Just Taxiing in behind a MD-80 series aircraft. I was sure there would be a welcome committee And indeed there was As I was escorted away, William and Ernst were discussing matters. I overheard "this would be good for..........." JG - I'm in the clinker. Not hard to find, I'm the one with an Iron Maiden t-shirt and hi-vis orange trousers (don't ask!) Aircraft used: Camsim C-Series
  13. Impressive aircraft to use! And love that jigsaw!