Boeing 777

Could this become a regular sight at Auckland Airport?

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Four on the Floor at Auckland

The photo above shows four Emirates A380 planes on the tarmac at Auckland at one time.

I’ve flown Emirates several times and love the airline. They are an interesting airline in that all of their planes are wide-bodies.

The A380 is a magic plane and I’ve travelled from Singapore to Dubai return in economy class and it was very comfortable. My trip to Turkey to attend the Gallipoli celebrations was Business Class all the way, across different planes. Leaving Auckland in the A380 and travelling via Brisbane. From Dubai to Turkey was in a B777. The business class seats were a different layout but still very good, but not the same as the A380 pods, which I prefer.

When my brother lived in Dubai it was amazing sitting at his house watching the planes take off. It is just a constant stream of planes.

A funny thing happened, though, on our return trip from Dubai. Dad and I checked in together and they put all the bags on my boarding pass. We get up to the lounge and I set up next to my gate to make it easy to board and then Dad says why are you sitting here? I said it is by my gate. He holds up his boarding pass and he has a different gate number. A little bit of investigation later and we find out that when he booked the flights for our trip he picked one of the return flights differently. He was returning via Brisbane, and I was returning via Melbourne (with all his bags). It wasn’t funny at the time but there was literally nothing that could be done, so we travelled back separately. I arrived first, cleared customs with all the bags and 30 minutes later Dad walked off and away we went.   Read more »

What a waste of money and all for nothing

Australia has outspent everyone else in the fruitless search for MH370. And it is all for nothing with everyone being no closer now to finding the aircraft than at the start of the whole bizarre episode.

Conspiracy theories aside, basically the plane is gone, the passengers and crew are all dead, there is little point in trying to find it now.

The Malaysian Government has revealed it has spent just a fraction of what Australia has paid in the search for missing flight MH370, as officials from both countries prepare to meet to discuss the next phase of the mission.

Officials from Malaysia yesterday held talks in Canberra, including discussions around funding for the operation. The Australian Government has set aside almost A$90 million ($99 million) for the search.

The head of the joint task force charged with finding MH370, Angus Houston, said yesterday that discussions around the next phase of the search included negotiations with Malaysia over the cost of the search.

“The Government has allocated A$89.9 million. I think about A$25 million of that is to go to the defence force for the visual search they conducted,” the former defence force chief said. “There’s another A$60 million that’s been allocated for the underwater search. That money has been allocated but we’re still to crunch, or still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia.”

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Apparently it is because of Climate Change that the search for MH370 took so long

No I’m not kidding, the same folks who contributed to the Ship of Fools debacle are now spinning that the slow recovery operations in the southern Indian Ocean is because of climate change and searches in coming years for planes that set down in the ocean down there (so far only the one) will be harder to find because of climate change.

James Delingpole explains at Breitbart London.

The answer to that one is a big “no” by the way, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the usual green suspects trying to shoehorn the Malaysian tragedy into their grand universal theory of everything.

Here’s how an enterprising environmental reporter has managed it at Mother Jones:

Scientists say man-made climate change has fundamentally altered the currents of the vast, deep oceans where investigators are currently scouring for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, setting a complex stage for the ongoing search for MH370. If the Boeing 777 did plunge into the ocean somewhere in the vicinity of where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean, the location where its debris finally ends up, if found at all, may be vastly different from where investigators could have anticipated 30 years ago.

Possibly there’s a bait and switch operation going on here. None of the three scientists quoted in the article makes mention of plane debris: they just talk about the changing nature of recent patterns in the Southern Oceans which, almost inevitably, they ascribe to man-made climate change and which they insist is a cause for great concern.  Read more »

The Huddle

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Last night I was on the Huddle with Larry Williams and Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

The missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 and the latest theories and evidence.

Winston Peters and his promise to buy back assets and his own conflicts of interest.

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Decent? Trained? Skilled? It’s laughable really

Bryce Johns has finished up as Editor at Herald on Sunday, he is the one who laughably complained about some posts of mine and said that his staff are “decent journalists, trained and skilled” and insisted I act like them.

He states in his final article:

You can be assured, however, the Herald on Sunday team will keep delivering for you. I’ve not worked with a more dedicated group, and acting editor Jonathan Milne is a driven man.

We face so many barriers to what we do, particularly the armies of PR spin doctors that inhabit so many of the institutions we report about. They outnumber the journalists, and some take great pride in blocking us in our work.

But they don’t often beat us and readers seem to know that – how else do you explain the paper having the best readership and circulation results in the country over the past three years?

Jonathan Milne is a good guy. I hope he can make changes and not act like a cock like his former boss. But speaking of the quality work that Bryce Johns is so proud of look at this article that is so full of fail.  Read more »

Damaging their reputation?

Asiana Airlines is going to sue the TV station that broadcast the fake pilot names.

Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.

She said the report seriously damaged Asiana’s reputation. Asiana decided not to sue the NTSB because it said it was the TV station report, not the U.S. federal agency that damaged the airline’s reputation. Lee did not elaborate.   Read more »

SFO Plane Crash, the moment of impact [VIDEO]

Video taken by Fred Hayes shows the last few seconds before flight 214 crashes at San Francisco airport.

Looks like the plane was on the wrong glide slope and touched down way early, possibly in the water first.  Read more »

Not decent, needs more training and skills, especially on aircraft

The “decent journalists, trained and skilled“, need some more training and skills.

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In a story of just 56 words they manage to commit the follow errors:  Read more »