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    This is a small island; transporting men and...

    This is a small island; transporting men and equipment anywhere on the island takes a few hours at most. The AC (and every oil company in the country) routinely move fuel around the country to remote...
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    Bear in mind that this small country has 9...

    Bear in mind that this small country has 9 commercial airports, 1 active military base, 1 inactive military base, dozens of airfields and hundreds of airstrips capable of hosting helicopters, apart...
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    Poll: Yes and no. It's more to do with airspace...

    Yes and no. It's more to do with airspace considerations that actual infringements. Because of Weston's location, right at the bottom left hand corner of Dublin's Control Zone, right next to...
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    It's still a small airport. You'd need to add a...

    It's still a small airport. You'd need to add a lot of infrastructure to make it viable; parking, fuel, hangar, etc
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    Poll: If you wanted to enlarge, you would have to...

    If you wanted to enlarge, you would have to consider the following: erase Weston as an active airfield. You can't entend the main runway in Baldonnel East to any great extent, if at all.
    You can't...
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    Knock has no ramp space. You put three 737s or...

    Knock has no ramp space. You put three 737s or A320s in it and it's jammed.
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    Like I said before, this country can afford...

    Like I said before, this country can afford combat aircraft any time it wants. It chooses not to. We, the taxpayer, funded the purchase of very expensive large aircraft for Aer Lingus,Aer Turas,...
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    I thought the DF claimed to have sorted the fume...

    I thought the DF claimed to have sorted the fume extraction problem on the Scorpion?
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    What's IDFOC?

    What's IDFOC?
  10. If a DF Inspector general was appointed, with...

    If a DF Inspector general was appointed, with true independence, in the vein and spirit of the AAIU, then it would only be a good thing.
  11. The role is not a pure "safety officer", as such....

    The role is not a pure "safety officer", as such. It's a new role, with SMS and oversight, as well as contract handling. From what I read of it, it's a rather unique mesh of tasks and...
  12. One of the current factors affecting the contract...

    One of the current factors affecting the contract negotiations is pilot pay,which the Govt are very keen to see reduced in the next contract, as well as the dilution of some of the Ts and Cs for...
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    The Naval Lynx had wheels and the Army Lynx had...

    The Naval Lynx had wheels and the Army Lynx had wheels (big fat ones) or skids.
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    Depending on who you talk to/who tells the best...

    Depending on who you talk to/who tells the best story/who buys the round, the Lynx was the realist's choice, as it was readily available, battle proven, tough as old boots and the RN would provide...
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    Our Dauphin was on a par with Saudi Arabia's, for...

    Our Dauphin was on a par with Saudi Arabia's, for the sheer volume of options/kit it carried, with the exception of the ability to carry an Exocet. It was more or less a nearly unique to us aircraft...
  16. When you see some of the squandering of money...

    When you see some of the squandering of money that has gone on in the DF, by the DF, you wouldn't trust some of them with skipping ropes. CHC, like it or not, has cut the fat out of the SAR project...
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    There is no argument from me. I'd have Centauros...

    There is no argument from me. I'd have Centauros on tour in the morning.
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    So, if our men and women, deployed to a UN job in...

    So, if our men and women, deployed to a UN job in some shithole, find that their much wanted replacement tanks and armoured cars are nowhere to be seen and they are confronted by a better armed foe,...
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    (dreaming hat on) Hire Draken international and...

    (dreaming hat on) Hire Draken international and get them to front up a squadron of Mirage F-1s (AAR already fitted). We pay for guns and missiles and any airframe that gets bent. Offer the aircrew...
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    Poll: Airmotive overhauled CFM 56s and P&W across the...

    Airmotive overhauled CFM 56s and P&W across the road overhauled jet engine core casings;both gone. Both made money but someone decided that moving the facility overseas made more sense. Ireland...
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    Poll: You could move the helicopters to the Curragh;...

    You could move the helicopters to the Curragh; build a hangar and a hardstand and a small fuel tank installation. You could operate the Garda helis from Dublin Airport or Weston or Knocksedan or the...
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    Poll: The original aircraft dump extended from the...

    The original aircraft dump extended from the windsock, out past the Tower, to the edge of the road down to the Officer's Mess,about 400 yards. A row of billets stood there, called Dixieland and the...
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    Poll: True enough but no-one actually lives in the park...

    True enough but no-one actually lives in the park at Haulbowline.
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    Poll: Keep an eye on Weston. That might become housing...

    Keep an eye on Weston. That might become housing sooner rather than later,which would also put the kibosh on extending the runway at Baldonnel. If the Govt did decide to shift the AC to Shannon,...
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    Yes. Correct. That means no cargo hold tank, like...

    Yes. Correct. That means no cargo hold tank, like the old VC-10 and others used to have to do. those tanks and associated plumbing robbed a lot of useful weight.
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