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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
...There's no 'buffer' of taxes which the government of the day can be ransomed or brown enveloped into reducing, hiding fuel cost increases.


That's why when the oil price spiked it hit the airlines so hard and part of the reason that Monarch has just gone bust as sterling fuel costs rose with the Brexit inspired devaluation of the pound.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
emordnilap wrote:
...There's no 'buffer' of taxes which the government of the day can be ransomed or brown enveloped into reducing, hiding fuel cost increases.


That's why when the oil price spiked it hit the airlines so hard and part of the reason that Monarch has just gone bust as sterling fuel costs rose with the Brexit inspired devaluation of the pound.


Aah, right, yeah, on the nail. Peak energy in action. Everything happens in bits, so we don't notice the steady downslide...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting news report about a battery powered aircraft in Norway.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-44529509/will-norway-s-electric-plane-take-off

It is very small and clearly not a replacement for a large passenger jet. Still an interesting development though.
Such machines might one day become the norm for commuting and leisure travel in sparsely populated regions without roads.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
Interesting news report about a battery powered aircraft in Norway.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-44529509/will-norway-s-electric-plane-take-off

It is very small and clearly not a replacement for a large passenger jet. Still an interesting development though.
Such machines might one day become the norm for commuting and leisure travel in sparsely populated regions without roads.


Slightly less danger in a crash, having no fuel tanks.

And 2025 for 'no conventional cars' to be sold - presumably that means new. A much more sensible proposition than us lot's 2040.

Now, about phasing out coal, oil, gas and nuclear...as usual, it's the ordinary joe that has to do the work, not the real polluters.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps they, and everyone else who makes the claim, should stop claiming electric anything is “pollution free”. This is misleading, and far from true.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
Perhaps they, and everyone else who makes the claim, should stop claiming electric anything is “pollution free”. This is misleading, and far from true.
Yep
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone see this video on circular runways? Could be a much better idea than a new runway at Heathrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although not a better idea than no runway at all.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt that guy has ever tried flying a plane, except perhaps a pollution free one..
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