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    @fmp, the DF have had very fractious...

    @fmp, the DF have had very fractious relationships with suppliers like Mowag and Aerospatiale in the past and sometimes, having one supplier is not all roses. Everyone understands the need for...
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    I'd like to see a VW rep rock up in Afghanistan...

    I'd like to see a VW rep rock up in Afghanistan to fix a burst tyre or a clogged fuel line or patch a bullet hole...
  3. I love that one about a fully loaded C17 could...

    I love that one about a fully loaded C17 could not land on a wet 910m runway safely (1997). At that time,neither could anything else!! Especially if you wanted to use it again!!
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    Exactly. He has to be seen as impartial, at all...

    Exactly. He has to be seen as impartial, at all times. Any Officer at his level who shows favouritism is not doing his job or his duty....as for his DSM, if he was the man who showed leadership,...
  5. The Casa? It's not a Hercules,folks. Getting in...

    The Casa? It's not a Hercules,folks. Getting in one stretcher and medical kit is tight; trying to get in a stack of coffins and personal belongings and relatives is really pushing it, if you don't...
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    So what? Clearly,they have run out of incentives...

    So what? Clearly,they have run out of incentives to keep them in once the dull routine of normal Service life kicks in. You block promotion and it's an automatic reaction once people see their future...
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    That's a 70 hour week easily and you soon run...

    That's a 70 hour week easily and you soon run that A4 into the ground, when you are doing 30, 000 miles a year. Anyone joining a company for a car is an idiot. They buy the car at fleet rates so it's...
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    Someone I know is in the same job for another...

    Someone I know is in the same job for another firm. Basically, its slavery; unwritten hours, no union, you can be shunted anywhere and you can get the chop for any excuse. Contract is effectively...
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    Many,many times. The Caravan was demonstrated by...

    Many,many times. The Caravan was demonstrated by Iona years ago in civil and military form and the Don expressed it's desire to get one many years ago and were shot down by Finance. Same old story;...
  10. Oh, I know it's worldwide but this is Ireland....

    Oh, I know it's worldwide but this is Ireland. Somebody's bound to be upset ;-)
  11. Runway length is not the main issue; arrester...

    Runway length is not the main issue; arrester gear is and airlines hate sharing with the military for many reasons. Also, you'd have to build hangars and all the other stuff that goes with it,...
  12. None of our runways meets NATO standards, so...

    None of our runways meets NATO standards, so buying a true fighter is a moot point......I'd imagine a loaded Hawk is considerably slower than it's advertised max speed and is very g-limited when...
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    The British had the 0.5 in WW2 and then allowed a...

    The British had the 0.5 in WW2 and then allowed a near-40 year gap to develop, despite encountering frequently in all the small wars.
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    they appear to...

    they appear to...
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    Grisly photos are more common these days. Time...

    Grisly photos are more common these days. Time was,an editor usually balked at printing pics of bloody victims of crime or warfare,but it's practically standard now. Indo does it quite a lot, in...
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    Give Irish Helicopters a shout. plenty of...

    Give Irish Helicopters a shout. plenty of load-lifting experience...
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    them new fangled aeroplane drivers and gunboat...

    them new fangled aeroplane drivers and gunboat sailors,in the Curragh?!? whooda thunkit?! they'll be giving women the vote next...oh, wait...
  18. personally,I'd rather have an EMB Super Tucano as...

    personally,I'd rather have an EMB Super Tucano as an armed aircraft,capable of being overseas for Chad-type ops, than putative PC-9s.
  19. @ropebag, they are confident enough to fly...

    @ropebag, they are confident enough to fly single-engine overwater because they are constantly monitoring the aircraft on radar and the aircraft's data is fed live back to base so that any glitch...
  20. Any air force that operates a single engined...

    Any air force that operates a single engined fighter (or any other single engined type) has already made the mental leap that there will be a loss rate thru engine failure and the belief is that the...
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    The Air Corps learned the hard way that all heli...

    The Air Corps learned the hard way that all heli landing sites are not created equal, as far back as Fastnet.....the Gardai were supposed to build a lot of pads at the bigger stations, to back up the...
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    Fact: the Don is shedding tech and pilot manpower...

    Fact: the Don is shedding tech and pilot manpower like rainwater,the two trades that require the most training. Recruitment is not keeping up. Even CHC sheds manpower from time to time. It's not all...
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    With regard to CHC, would you really risk a heli...

    With regard to CHC, would you really risk a heli of the size of an S-92 on an unapproved,unsecured,unsurveyed landing site, if you didn't absolutely have to? Im of the opinion that the players in...
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    Aircraft deployed to Lebanon for UNIFIL are there...

    Aircraft deployed to Lebanon for UNIFIL are there by the grace of the Israelis,not the Lebanese Govt. They have objected to any attempt to increase the aircraft quantity and role and are aided and...
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    I'll bet the Don bosses are doing anything on...

    I'll bet the Don bosses are doing anything on earth to prove that they can do the job, to prevent it being privatised and to justify their existence. Not a new sensation.........the death rate in EMS...
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