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  1. Hard to feel sympathetic, really, to someone...

    Hard to feel sympathetic, really, to someone who's been on the Government nipple for 21 years. They knew this was coming down the pipe, it's not a surprise, it's significantly better than being shown...
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    Hi there The whole point of moving onto Cessnas,...

    Hi there
    The whole point of moving onto Cessnas, dumb as it may sound, is that it gives the pilot operational experience out of the training environment, where someone else has been doing the...
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    They have been firing in Gormo since the ice age...

    They have been firing in Gormo since the ice age so there's nothing to be learnt there. You are right in stating that the Glen is more realistic because it is inconveniently hilly, prone to weather...
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    They used to use it years ago but Gormo was more...

    They used to use it years ago but Gormo was more useful because you could land there and the turnaround between flights was obviously shorter. Also, local climatic conditions in the Glen are much...
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    Ah, I thought you were talking about them acting...

    Ah, I thought you were talking about them acting as pretend Acmats or reconaissance cars......I spent long enough in Landys to know how uncomfortable they are.

    regards
    GttC
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    AG firing in the Glen is difficult because even...

    AG firing in the Glen is difficult because even on a good day, cloud cover can make if difficult to keep the target area in sight during the run-in (you are expected to abort if the target becomes...
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    paul g , I'm curious about your assertion that...

    paul g , I'm curious about your assertion that the Steyr was a disaster in the 80s. Compared to rattly old FNs, it was a serious breath of fresh air and it had the sight as well! As for the Nissans,...
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    what also arises here is the conjunction of two...

    what also arises here is the conjunction of two ways of getting poisoned by service in the NS; inside,by inhaling asbestos dust or outside, by inhaling the toxins swept off the site of Irish Steel....
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    @realjack, I would define medium as anything in...

    @realjack, I would define medium as anything in the class of a Puma or Mi-8, with the ability to lift at least a section (10) men and their kit, or a heavy mortar or a light field gun or an...
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    That's where possession of "warry" aircraft like...

    That's where possession of "warry" aircraft like the Blackhawk come in; permanent hard points so ordnance can be added or removed as you please. It should be as easy as plug and play to change pods...
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    Hi all, when you look at the Don as an example,...

    Hi all,
    when you look at the Don as an example, the stuff that works best is the stuff that they don't tamper with, buy as near as possible to off-the-shelf, stop adding unreasonable shit to the kit...
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    perhaps it would be more useful to have...

    perhaps it would be more useful to have heli-portable pods, that are more likely to be deployed that PC-9 kit? Even if you don't own the helis, you can always have them on hand and fit them to other...
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    When there was an attempted coup in Venezuela,...

    When there was an attempted coup in Venezuela, some of these were used by the rebels and were shot down by loyal F-16s.
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    the Chief of Staff is a realist and knows that he...

    the Chief of Staff is a realist and knows that he will never get the super-duper toys he secretly craves but will get his allowances,expenses and pension that he really wants, so he will nod at the...
  15. Someone is going thru the administrative hoops on...

    Someone is going thru the administrative hoops on this, very carefully dotting the i's. Probably just some bureaucrat being careful that this eejit is struck off the books legally and not just given...
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    and the civil service mindset is that anything...

    and the civil service mindset is that anything the DF buys has to have a potential service life of thirty years, regardless of whether it's a boot, a bullet or an AFV.
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    @ropebag, they are not going to spend the money...

    @ropebag, they are not going to spend the money on any other weapons for the PC-9 but they might stretch to a camera pod or some such surveillance kit. I doubt very much that they'd ever buy an...
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    I'd disagree on the Alouettes; most of the...

    I'd disagree on the Alouettes; most of the Alouettes still in service are operated by militaries or State agencies or are in some kind of public service. They have always cost too much to run...
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    Given that the vast majority haven't got a clue...

    Given that the vast majority haven't got a clue about aircraft capabilities, twirling a PC9 about at an airshow is all about oohs and ahhs from the crowd, rather than anything else.
  20. Now that's what i call thread drift; from a cute...

    Now that's what i call thread drift; from a cute Kerry hoor allegedly going AWOL to the alleged delights of Toon talent......I'll bet he's having lots of fun explaining to his townies about his two...
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    It's also to stop baddies erasing serial numbers...

    It's also to stop baddies erasing serial numbers by mechanical means...
  22. No discharge by purchase? at all?

    No discharge by purchase? at all?
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    that's because a rocket is recoilless and has...

    that's because a rocket is recoilless and has fins for guidance and stability, whereas a bullet is fired from a vibrating machine-gun, itself attached to a flexing, vibrating wing. Both weapons...
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    They would fire practise rounds for, guess what,...

    They would fire practise rounds for, guess what, practise and near time-expired rounds for the same reason. A concrete filled training rocket, fitted with a small pyrotechnic makes a very nice smoke...
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    @ropebag, that would depend on the AC's Casas...

    @ropebag, that would depend on the AC's Casas having hardpoints in the wings and associated wiring harnesses. The PC-9s hardpoints/pylons are NATO standard so anything that's within a weight limit...
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