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    Austria appears to prioritise helicopters over...

    Austria appears to prioritise helicopters over combat aircraft. It's kept those Saab 105s going long after they became obsolete.
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    I recall talking with a Swiss man of Italian...

    I recall talking with a Swiss man of Italian heritage and asking about the canton voting system,when women didn't have the vote there. "oh, they have the vote, alright. My missus makes it quite clear...
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    They also voted to keep free movement in the EU....

    They also voted to keep free movement in the EU. Because of the high cost of living in Switzerland, a sizeable amount of the population cross the borders daily to shop, work and spend their leisure...
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    www.bundesheer.at

    www.bundesheer.at
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    It was retired Gardai overstaying their welcome,...

    It was retired Gardai overstaying their welcome, in old stations, after having been either unable to get alternative housing or having family issues that found them effectively rendered homeless....
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    the 169s are to replace anything that's not a...

    the 169s are to replace anything that's not a Blackhawk. the Typhoons are being sold and they are casting about for a replacement fighter that doesnt cost the earth to buy and operate.
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    Didnt they also take on 3 UH 60s?

    Didnt they also take on 3 UH 60s?
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    If it survives the landing and can be reused,...

    If it survives the landing and can be reused, getting off with one pilot and a minimum of fuel, into a headwind, it's entirely possible. You might need to buy the pilot a new pair of y-fronts but...
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    A lot of the Russian stuff is old standard...

    A lot of the Russian stuff is old standard FAB-500 dumb bombs. They seem to be conserving the guided munitions.
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    they also had dictators who did not favour one...

    they also had dictators who did not favour one exclusive supplier for arms,which is why you had Mirages alongside Migs in Libya.
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    True but they know full well that the gravy train...

    True but they know full well that the gravy train stops the day the yanks leave and the real horror of total Shia v Sunni v Kurds and the rest will kick off in an unrestrained fashion. You think it's...
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    Serbia had, and still does, the greater mass of...

    Serbia had, and still does, the greater mass of the then Yugoslav armed forces, the greatest of the whole mass of arms factories and the direct support of Russia. Croatia was more known for cigarette...
  13. Ed Macy found that by the end of Apache...

    Ed Macy found that by the end of Apache training,apart from having to live with constant headaches and eye strain, his party trick was to be able to visibly read two books at once. It was said that...
  14. The difference between the Turks and Greeks is...

    The difference between the Turks and Greeks is that Turkey has been in a more or less continuous state of war with the Kurds and in operations in Syria,unlike the Greeks, who are simply continuing...
  15. when you see how easy aviation is in the States,...

    when you see how easy aviation is in the States, compared to here, it can suck the fun out of it a bit.
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    at PPL level, ...........Don't think PPL. The...

    at PPL level, ...........Don't think PPL. The cadet starting standard is CPL. That's why it's so hard and the chop rate is high. The bar is set at CPL standards for height holding,heading holding and...
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    [QUOTE=EUFighter;480034]IMHO it is questionable...

    [QUOTE=EUFighter;480034]IMHO it is questionable to go straight from a PC-21 to a Gripen or Viper. ........well, that's what modern air forces are almost doing. They are taking a screening aircraft...
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    A PC-9 wouldn't be accepted in hairy places like...

    A PC-9 wouldn't be accepted in hairy places like Afghanistan or Iraq. Even the most basic turboprop there is armed to the teeth and suitably armoured.
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    In the Irish case, the PC-9 is the start and stop...

    In the Irish case, the PC-9 is the start and stop of the armed foodchain so the weapons experience is relevant to the aircraft. In the case of the USAF, the cadet has gone through three aircraft...
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    Croatia has the added incentive of fear of...

    Croatia has the added incentive of fear of Serbia, which has also bene upgrading it's air arm.
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    the PC 21 is part of a fully integrated system...

    the PC 21 is part of a fully integrated system whereby the candidate steps into a fighter afterwards, such as an F18 or F16 and it is heavily dependent on simulators.Users claim that it eliminates an...
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    Back in the days of the Viggen, the engine was a...

    Back in the days of the Viggen, the engine was a Volvo version of the common Pratt and Whitney JT-8, but, allegedly, when the Swedish touted the Viggen worldwide and recieved many positive responses,...
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    You also have to deal with technology security....

    You also have to deal with technology security. If you bought an American product, such as the engine on the Gripen, they'd have the last laugh and could refuse to supply you with spares, if they...
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    our aviation industry in the Republic can do...

    our aviation industry in the Republic can do anything known to man with sheet metal but has no facilities for materials like carbon fibre or advanced composites, except for those companies who make...
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    they are flying the arse off the PC-12, between...

    they are flying the arse off the PC-12, between crew training and shipping an engine to Pilatus.
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