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  1. There's no shortage of people who have gone from...

    There's no shortage of people who have gone from Aptce to Pilot in the Don........ In fact, my apprentice class has eight CPL holders and a couple of PPLs in it's ranks, me included. Most are airline...
  2. In a small air arm, there are not that many...

    In a small air arm, there are not that many places to go and the flying tapers off, the higher you go, so it's up as a Staff officer or out if you want to fly.....Like I said on another thread, a...
  3. I don't know of any air force that operates with...

    I don't know of any air force that operates with NCO pilots, unless they are Warrant Officers confined to rotary or second-line aircraft and most AFs operate an aviation academy or military college...
  4. I asked one of the G.IV pilots of that era if...

    I asked one of the G.IV pilots of that era if there was any truth in the story about an American contract pilot for that aircraft. He said that American pilots had obviously converted them onto the...
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    Cusack and come of his journo colleagues reckon...

    Cusack and come of his journo colleagues reckon that it is policy that to bring in anything remotely heavy, Javs included, might inflame the situation and encourage the rebels to attack the UN, with...
  6. Happyman, you know exactly who I mean and it's...

    Happyman, you know exactly who I mean and it's even written on the side of the S92s for the slow learners.....the AC pilots will not tolerate outsiders being brought in, who have not gone down the...
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    Serengeti or nothing.

    Serengeti or nothing.
  8. The Pilots Union won't allow the direct entry...

    The Pilots Union won't allow the direct entry recruitment of civvie pilots, end of. The Air Corps goes thru the cycle of losing experienced people of all trades every few years and as usual, will do...
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    I recall it as being quite the fuss, got very...

    I recall it as being quite the fuss, got very Daily Mail. Lots of "how dare they, ungrateful lot, UnBritish,etc,etc" being bandied about. One sales guy was moaning about how difficult it was to get...
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    I recall reading in a trade magazine some years...

    I recall reading in a trade magazine some years ago that there was a great deal of huffing and puffing because they chose the Steyr over the SA 80. Cue frantic lobbying and heavy sales pitch to get...
  11. If you have Canadian civil licenses, then contact...

    If you have Canadian civil licenses, then contact the Irish Aviation Authority for validation of those licenses to operate here. Failing that, you would have to do all the EASA exams to get work...
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    I'd be inclined to bring them home, as quite...

    I'd be inclined to bring them home, as quite simply, given the nature of whom you are dealing with, it's a thankless job when the UN are too weak to do anything and the US will veto anything that...
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    Having a Javelin on hand means that you can...

    Having a Javelin on hand means that you can defeat any armour they bring up, whereas a .50 is nice but when they have plentiful Dshkas, 14.5s and possibly 23mm on hand, you may as well increase the...
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    Like i said before, bring the weapon in under...

    Like i said before, bring the weapon in under diplomatic cover, no-one can touch it, including the UN or Israelis. This kind of shit has shades of the Congo all over it. Give them the best tools for...
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    I remember seeing them in Baldonnel for several...

    I remember seeing them in Baldonnel for several security operations and the rules were: give them absolutely whatever they want, give them no shit, don't ask stupid questions, no photographs on pain...
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    The only reason the Israelis and Syrians are not...

    The only reason the Israelis and Syrians are not pegging at each other is because they have plenty to be going on with in their respective backyards. I'd say it's a mutual unwritten agreement not to...
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    That's what I'm talking about. When the Gardai...

    That's what I'm talking about. When the Gardai started into helicopters, there were plenty of turf wars with the Don and noses were put out of joint on both sides until a suitable compromise was...
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    No-one mentioned party hats...

    No-one mentioned party hats...
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    Maybe the use of the word "beg" is wrong but when...

    Maybe the use of the word "beg" is wrong but when one agency has to ask another for an asset, which is a limited and expensive asset, dependent on humans, then the possibility of a "no" always...
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    Then by those lights, it's time to scrap the ARW,...

    Then by those lights, it's time to scrap the ARW, if you think all they are good for is scoping out dissidents and other ne'er-do-wells. They have a distinct military function but clearly the Gods...
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    So it's a case of moving A to B or B to A; SF...

    So it's a case of moving A to B or B to A; SF from their base and all the associated facilities or move the heli on a rotational basis (which the Don have been doing since the 70s). There are pros...
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    you simply run the roster from baldonnel, as they...

    you simply run the roster from baldonnel, as they did for the border for years, for two locations and currently do for Athlone. This is not new or difficult.....the fire crew in DFTC are...
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    a Dyson hoover tank will cost a fortune and will...

    a Dyson hoover tank will cost a fortune and will be excellent. A chinese copy will not cost a fortune and will still be excellent. Imagine, blow shit up and clean up the mess, with no bags.
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    That's what you pay the techs for. If it can't be...

    That's what you pay the techs for. If it can't be fixed, then you call for a replacement. Same argument as for the Alouettes on the border and the air ambulance in Athlone. Remember, it's not that...
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    It was always about multi-role. Always has been....

    It was always about multi-role. Always has been. Alouettes, Cessnas, King Airs and the rest did every job known to man short of carrying guns and the current generation are doing the same. The Don...
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