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  1. Too many to list for me only because my father was a Travel Agent in the good old days. Thank you Dad for all that our travels taught me and for showing me that there are many people in this world who are not as fortunate as us. :drinks:
  2. @geolpilot. Glad to hear that you are aware that any conversation about this tragedy is banned in the PMDG forums. Hopefully the reasons why, will also come through loud and clear here. As you say, policies may differ (in theory), but AVSIM carries the (financial) risk at the end of the day. Who holds who? Why not just set up a separate thread? That way it can be moderated without "inviting" any potential "theorists" to take over this thread and speak on behalf of the software provided by PMDG under their licence "restrictions".
  3. Guys Quote from the boss of the PMDG forum. If you can't do it there, please don't do it here. At least respect his wishes. Posted 14 March 2014 - 05:36 PM Captains, As you are no doubt aware, the whole world is awaiting some explanation as to the fate of MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER registered 9M-MRO that went missing a week ago. PMDG Simulations has a long standing policy that we do not wish to host discussions of aircraft accidents in our forum. I wish to remind everyone of this policy and ask that you please respect it.
  4. Your brilliance with words has got lost in translation to me. What exactly is your question? Snirky (adjective): "Something that's not too great, but not too bad either". Well that's a new word for me so thank you for that ........ but no, not snirky. Smirky perhaps. Let's agree that the media has a way with words and cultural propaganda. And from that, much is put forward without facts to back it up. Such is the need to constantly "headline" in order to compete and keep the viewers on the hook. Suicide, in some media was put forward a few days after this "accident" and in many other media has constantly been skirted around and dismissed due to other more "dire" considerations. I hate to admit that I do subscribe to this theory and have done for a while now.
  5. And there's the rub. The past couple of weeks has been based on assumptions, assumptions and more assumptions. Much of it technically brilliant, much of it paranoia. Personally I tend to favour the simple explanation. Thanks for your superb, insightful, thoughtful and extensive reply. :ph34r: (And yes, I can believe it ...... the media has been full of many unconfirmed articles).
  6. And just to add more theories, one I've had for the past week or more, (since I heard about the "unknown" caller and his wife had left him). A smart person will hide a false claim against their insurance cover. Where else is better than a very wild and remote part of the world? There ....... I've said it. Not because I have no respect for those professionals that cart us from A to B, but because I know from my professional experience that the mind can play awful tricks when one is down and out. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11226334 http://www.smh.com.au/world/missing-malaysia-airlines-pilot-terribly-upset-by-marriage-breakup-20140326-zqn4p.html The captain of Flight 370 was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot says. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's world was crumbling, said the long-time associate. He had been facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and relationship problems with another woman he was seeing.
  7. From the hobbyists sites perhaps? I'm quite sure the experts avoid sites like this for a very good reason. The media don't ............. unfortunately.
  8. A news topic just in:- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Malaysian authorities released new details on Tuesday of the last satellite communications by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, even as furious family members and friends of the plane’s passengers broke through police lines in Beijing and marched to the Malaysian Embassy. Hishammuddin Hussein, the defence minister and acting transport minister, said that the plane appeared to have sent a last, partial satellite signal eight minutes after a previously disclosed electronic “handshake” between the plane and a satellite at 8.11am on March 8. The incomplete signal represented a “partial handshake,” he said. “At this time, this transmission is not understood and is subject to further ongoing work,” Mr Hishammuddin said. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/missing-malaysia-airline-jet-malaysia-releases-details-of-last-contact-with-mh370-20140326-zqmzm.html#ixzz2x1LrYRCB Now the obvious question here must be "Is this partial handshake part of the normal aircraft shut down procedure"? If it is, then I will start to get a little more paranoiac and accept that this bird was deliberately and skilfully hijacked for dangerous reasons. If not I will remain convinced that Inmarsat (along with their experts and in conjunction with all the other experts they had been working with before publishing their final information) really do know what they are doing.
  9. Your conclusion is very flawed. Too low, too slow. EDIT .... Bits snipped at Fr Bill's request.
  10. I agree. Try employing a young office junior nowadays that can spell without the use of a spell checker, or do simple arithmetic without a calculator. Hell, occasionally I still get the odd report for a triple figure project with "American" English here in NZ from an NZ or Australian company executive, simply because they have not taken the time to set up their language correctly on their pc. The very basic functions in life that we are required to do and more importantly check, are being eroded by computers. Does this apply to airlines? Pilots? Their training systems? ATC? The disappearance of an aircraft? (Please God let there be no spelling errors in this reply).
  11. Sadly, for some people in some cultures ............ yes it is, so deep are the scars. And, for some cultures, the media will not let them forget. Not just Boeing. Any company, or contractor involved with the design or manufacture of that aircraft, servicing contractor, airline, government department (clandestine or otherwise), procedure (or lack of), investigation procedure (or lack of), airline doctor etc etc are hoping that they will not be held either fully or partially culpable. And that's why I have been scratching my head for a few days and thinking to myself how did it end up there?
  12. Jump onto and listen to Live ATC net. And while you are there, do yourself a favour and do NOT listen to the US live feeds. Go somewhere quieter like Malaysian ATC, or NZ ATC, or Australian ATC or ..... (the list goes on and on). You will notice, like most professional aviators, that there was NOTHING wrong with that hand off. It is done like this in many parts of the world where traffic communication is not constant. This morning I was listening to Perth and the amount of "Good mornings" and "Good days" would lead me to believe that if a pilot finished his reply with anything more formal than that, I would be inclined to believe he was up to no good ! Don't believe everything you read on here (or wherever else hobbyists congregate) And right there .......... you have hit the nail on the head. Sadly that fact is lost on many people and the media, jumping up and down with theories that they just want to shoot from the hip and headline.
  13. And a BIG haystack at that ! Don't know about you Julian, but down this neck of the woods, I am sensing a slight shift in political aspirations, pressure and cooperation. Thank God our media has not headlined a lot of the bull that the international news organisations appear to have thrived on over the past two weeks due to increased ratings. I do suspect however, that a lot of people will never find the closure that they so desperately need.
  14. And you are trying to say what exactly? Come on. Enlighten us as to what you are attempting to say... Or is that insinuate? Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk
  15. Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Chinese find debris (reported 17.40 AEST)Here:- http://www.smh.com.au/world/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-chinese-find-debris-20140324-hvm9a.html#ixzz2wqoeq53m Developing story "Among the floating objects sighted, the Xinhua report said, were two larger items and a number of smaller white fragments scattered over an area of a "few kilometres"
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