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 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Canada seeks refurbished U.S. army helicopters for use in Af

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:26 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 597

This will have to be brief as I'm in the middle of a life-sucking OPME (if you know what that means you know how much fun I'm having). For me the whole article gets shot down when the reporter mentions that we have pilots on exchange with Aussie Chinooks, we don't...never have. We currently have 1 g...

 Forum: Military & War   Topic: V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:29 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 2162

Ugh, where to start, I probably should have responded to this earlier but Christmas has been far to fun to get on a computer. I'll skip the retreating blade tip stall, it's too much of a headache and go right to vortex ring state. What are the three things needed to encounter VRS? 1 - high rate of d...

 Forum: Military & War   Topic: Which Chinook is Canada Purchasing???

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:56 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 785

If we knew that we would probably have a contract signed. The original intent was to purchase an upgraded F model (F+), the same model the Dutch were buying. It would be similar to the F but with an upgraded cockpit (the standard cockpit that the US is trying to implement on all helicopters isn't ve...

 Forum: Military & War   Topic: Would the PA 48 be useful against the Taliban?

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:55 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 888

RPGs where there was no real armour threat.....although RPGs are handy man-portable artillery but more valuable for a low tech enemy than a modern army with armour and air assets. RPG's are probably the biggest threat to choppers in Aghanistan right now, which is why you have seen most countries ch...

 Forum: Military & War   Topic: Would the PA 48 be useful against the Taliban?

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:55 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 888

And a Skyraider isn't? Currently F-15s and F-16s are being used for CAS. They carry similar weapons, just not as many of them and they're not as effective at deploying them. I don't see how the A10 wouldn't be a good choice for CAS. Of course, this is all acedemic anyway since the US would never ex...

 Forum: Military & War   Topic: V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:21 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2162

I do hope the V22 does well in Iraq, I believe it is the future of flight. But what will be more important to watch is the Bell 609, the civi version of the V22, as usual the military came up with the idea and created a good first prototype but it will be up to the civilian market to truly refine it...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Canada asks for Chinook design changes; military expert worr

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:59 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 329

Everything they want to add to the Chinook already exists. The Brits have an armour package they use for the D model, might not fit as is into an F or G but it can't take much of a modification. What's wrong with using 2 x 50's or mini's on the forward doors and a C6 on the ramp? It works for every ...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Canada asks for Chinook design changes; military expert worr

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:00 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 329

[?] I have so many problems with this I don't even know where to start. But my biggest beef is this idea that we need to use the Chinook to do CASEVAC....WHAT!!!!! We have a perfectly good helicopter that can do that, in Afghanistan, in the summer daytime heat! [rtfm] I think what pisses me off the ...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Lib Senator asks, where's the choppers

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:36 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 999

We usually hear about most crashes that involve fatalities, if no one died the companies like to keep things pretty quiet. The pics make the accident look survivable, at least the front end looks like it's in pretty good shape. Civi field maintenance gives me a bit of a shiver...the job gets done bu...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Lib Senator asks, where's the choppers

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:35 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 999

Griffon is a good platform. it is somewhat underpowered and limited in load capacity but a nice stable "comfy" ride. The Griffon is not underpowered, it has more than enough lift to do the jobs that it was designed for, see my post further up. Like I said it wasn't designed to be a true l...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Lib Senator asks, where's the choppers

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:35 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 999

First things first, if your opinion of the Griffon comes from watching the news or from some ignorant ground pounder than your opinion is CRAP!! [hockey] The Griffon is a highly capable aircraft that I would take into Afghanistan tomorrow, it could do recce, overwatch, C2, CAS and MEDEVAC just as we...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Liberal policies are taking a toll on our military

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:30 pm 

Replies: 117
Views: 2830

Once again on the Chinooks...maybe I'll just set this post to refresh every 6 months or so, since this topic keeps coming up. When Mulroney cut out the Chinooks he was following the advice of a fighter/transport minded air force leadership. Something had to be cut from the AF fleet and seeing as how...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: C17 Home in Canada

 Post subject: C17 Home in Canada
Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:17 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 188

Abbotsford Airshow

Finally the first of 4 C17's is home in Canada, a quick stop at the Abbotsford Airshow and then it was off to its home in Trenton.

Now if only we could get those 16 Chinooks on line, than my life would be perfect [drool]

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 Forum: International Politics   Topic: An excellent argument on global warming action/inaction

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:11 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 761

To me the one whole in his argument is his bias. You can hear it in his voice when he talks about the worst-case scenarios. When he talks of a global depression he is very clinical and very superficial. When it comes to "the end of the world" as he puts it he becomes much more animated and...

 Forum: Current Events   Topic: Airbus urges Canada to buy its planes instead

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:18 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 214

This whole deal seems rather odd; I think Airbus has really F'ed up the math and logic. The idea put forward by Airbus was to get 8 new A400M's between 2010 and 2013; to offset the drop in airlift that only having 8 airframes would produce, Airbus says we could just keep our best 8 C130H's, a 20ish ...
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