We definitely also had nuclear depth charges.
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Re: Yet the weather is still getting worse, not better
Milk has a carcinogen in it, casein.
Also the calcium "benefits" of milk are bogus: the body stops producing calcium when milk is consumed and then later in life, if you stop drinking it, your bones become brittle. Hip-fracture rates in old people in the West are actually higher than same age group in China.
Perhaps giving milk to kids wasn't such a great idea after all?
Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?
Non-winged non-master race
Are the "Non-winged non-master race" bitter much, then? They used to be called "blunts", because that's the end of the wedge they inhabited on contemporary recruitment posters; they loved that so much!
Prior to out-sourcing, guys had their fast-jet wings within 2.5 years of joining, with around 200 more hours of jet time than now, all in the company of RAF pilots. The examples set made indelible and indispensable impressions on the yoof students. Front-line could be as little as 9 months after that.
7 years is utterly crackers. Even the youngest joiners would be 26 by the time they get to the squadrons, missing out on years of talent/fearless of extreme youth.
Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again
US border cops' secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member
Re: Only reason they are keeping pilots in the mix
Humans aren't stupid; they'll learn from your (unlikely, frankly) scenario and adapt and win. That's why humans are still in the mix.
Yes suicide drones would be a PITA, but they're not unbeatable. Using decoys and sacrificial drones would be an easy and effective counter.
Re: made an emergency landing, .....
Actually FCU failure/departure is a major problem on an Airbus, actually; an incredible number of systems need to know what you're doing to the aircraft, in order to work properly (e.g. pressurisation, autothrottles, autopilot, fuel-management, lift-dump, auto-brakes, etc, etc.)
"Rather uncomfortable" is one hell of a euphemism for what would have been a frankly hideous nightmare of a day at the office.
I'm not exactly a huge fan-boy of Asian pilots generally, but this was bloody a case of bloody good piloting skills and airmanship. Chapeau to the Captain.
Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...
Re: There is an issue with obsolete, unsigned .kexts
Interesting. My 2011 iMac became un-bootable (re-install needed via System Recovery) after I changed the Firewall PF settings using Murus (and re-booted to make effective).
Never seen this before in almost 20 years of using Apple desktops/laptops daily.
Re: Still say
Yes I really do have 20,000 hours and was merely replying to your comment: "So many people with no idea of what an autopilot does ready to criticise."
But go ahead and carry on arguing with yourself, because nowhere did I say that autopilots don't need monitoring.
With a genuine 20,000 hours I can tell you that "relying on experience..." is absolutely NOT dangerous
at all; it's the exact opposite.
Re: Geneva Convention?
Pretty sure HARM is not automated. However, Patriot, THAAD and S-300 definitely are.
Patriot has already killed at least 2 British Tornado pilots (on approach to Dhahran, their IFF failed and they were shot down......about 10 years after the Iraq war; no-one thought to turn the Patriots off).
Re: The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots
Pilots are blamed when they cannot recover from a (most-likely) systemic failure. That could be bad weather, lack of experience/training/currency, fatigue (through tiring rosters and a company that doesn't care/piss-poor regulator like EASA), ATC issues, engineering, all sorts. As the last line of defence, they usually get the blame ("they should have saved the aircraft"), but almost always it is a huge line-up of "holes" in the system that lead up to an accident.
On the surface, AF447 was "pilot error", but the Pitot probes were known to be faulty (and replacements were in the hangar for years) and the second officer had almost no real stick-time (all done in the simulator, so no-one knew he would freeze in panic in a real aircraft), etc., etc..
Pilots make probably thousands of saves per day world-wide; usually by anticipating systemic failures early and heading them off before anyone even notices. Mistakes are obviously made, but error-detection and error-recovery methods are probably the most rigorous in any industry.
I don't think that an automated system is going to get anywhere near as capable as a human for a long, long time. I certainly won't fly in one, ever.
Re: All this has happened before
It was a standard tape and it was used to load mission (navigation) data. In flight, it could be used to play music through the intercom. However, given the musical tastes of Navigators, it rarely was for long!
Blue Circle radar was applicable only to the F2/F3 Air-Defence version; the ground-attack/strike version radar was much simpler and worked well from day one.
Re: Low level loss of concentration
So you phone up the RAF to tell them you're in an LFA, but when the Army ask you to that, they're fuckwits?
The only time I recall an RAF aircraft hitting a light civil, it was a photography aircraft flown and operated by just one guy (so how's he looking out/flying while photographing the ground, then) right in the middle of a Flow Arrow area at 250 feet. Killed a fine Jaguar pilot.
So my opinion of who the fuckwits are are very different to yours.