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Comment Re:Well, now we actually know several things (Score 1) 89 89

In the situation where you have no power and the RAT is deployed, even an Airbus would no longer be in "normal law" - its well beyond that at that point.

If the auto pilot is disconnected, the aircraft will not do anything itself to maintain speed, altitude, attitude or heading, unless it reaches one of the flight envelope limits and then it will attempt to adjust factors to accommodate the limit being reached, but in general the aircraft will leisurely roll and yaw based on external factors such as wind, turbulence etc.

If the aircraft is in an abnormal law situation, with no power other than the RAT, the FBW system does nothing other than direct connection between input and control surfaces - so the aircraft will yaw and roll at will with no limit . It won't even attempt to accommodate any flight envelope limits being reached.

Comment Re:Littering (Score 1) 89 89

Depends on the routes you fly - I fly regularly Amsterdam-Uganda and then Uganda-Kenya-Amsterdam as the return trip. The outbound leg is always 100% full. The flight back from Kenya to Amsterdam has always been a 777, and has always had less than 50 passengers on board for the entire aircraft. Its not so much having empty seats next to you but rather being the only person in 4 or 5 entire rows.

Comment Re:Well, now we actually know several things (Score 3, Informative) 89 89

Auto pilot wouldn't have been able to detect the water level and who knows what it would have been trying to do with no power and a glide decent.

In that situation, with no power, the autopilot would have automatically disconnected, there is no way the aircraft would have been under autopilot control after the fuel ran out and the RAT (ram air turbine, the emergency power system) deployed.

Comment Re:Why this again? (Score 1) 247 247

If you want to cook for your friends and they give you money for the ingredients and consumables, that is fine.

If you want to cook for the general public, whether there is remuneration involved or not, there are laws and regulations you have to follow.

If you can't spot the difference, then you are a fucking retard.

Comment Re:Just obey the law already! (Score 1) 247 247

I'm constantly surprised that insurance in certain other countries has a liability limit - you pay $X to have $Y coverage, where $Y coverage is a payout limit.

In the UK you pay $X for Y coverage, where Y is not a pay out limit but a type of insurance - so fully comprehensive (you cause the damage, your car is fully covered as well as all liability for any damage to third parties), third party (only liability for any damage to third parties is covered) and a range in between (eg third party, fire and theft which covers you for loss or damage to your vehicle from those things).

When there is a pay out, there is no limit to that pay out - you have to cover for someones car being written off to the tune of $50,000? Its covered. You have to cover for someones life long care after you cause them to become disabled to the tune of $100Million? Its covered.

I pay the equivalent of about $500 a year for fully comprehensive insurance for a Landrover Freelander.

Comment Re:what this is really all about (Score 1) 634 634

Call bullshit all you like, it can be done and it doesn't take a lifetime to do so.

Just don't pick a pointless degree and then bitch about how you have been saddled with a life time of debt - sorry that your art degree is fucking worthless, but that's not the universities fault.

Comment Re:I'm a little troubled... (Score 1) 231 231

It's a new process on a unique artefact.

Hardly, museums do artefact cleaning and restoration on centuries old cloth and materials all the time, this is no different. My local dry cleaners had no issues cleaning my wife's wedding dress which has been in her family for nigh on 150 years.

This sort of thing is routine.

Comment Re:$805M budget (Score 1) 231 231

In the UK if you see a private doctor you still need a referral from your NHS GP, everything has an involvement with the NHS somewhere along the way.

You only need a referral from your NHS GP if the NHS is paying for your treatment - if you are paying for your treatment you can go to a private GP and a private hospital and not involve the NHS at all. You do not need a referral from your NHS GP for completely private work.

Source: my wife, who is a practising GP.

Comment Re:what this is really all about (Score 1) 634 634

What utter bullshit, and typical media crap being regurgitated.

My wife has three degrees - a physiotherapy degree and two medical degrees. She finished her medical degrees 6 years ago - and she has no outstanding debts related to gaining any of those degrees. She has paid off nearly £70K in student and private loans in the past 6 years.

So yes, its entirely possible to pay off your student loans, you just have to be intelligent with money.

You may call me by my name, Wirth, or by my value, Worth. - Nicklaus Wirth