Incidentally, the company I fly for has made significant effort to lessen the likelihood of this kind of error. Our performance is done by a centralized loadplanner and SCAP (Standardised Computerised Aircraft Performance) http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/workgroups/pages/scaptf.aspx. QANTAS apparently aren't using this. One feature alerts the pilots if they have requested data for a weight that is unexpected, but it still gives us the data. It essentially says "is this really what you wanted because I don't agree that is what you weigh."
I suspect, sadly, that your bias against unions is an indicator that your mind is made up already.
Also of note regarding Vmcg, if Vr (reject) is lower than Vmcg, you're overweight for takeoff. Virtually never a factor for a modern aircraft.
ZFW and CG relate to how many people and bags and where they are located. Cost index and thrust reduction are mostly economic decisions. Flap setting is dictated by runway choice.
At my airline, takeoff data calculations are centralized (acquired through datalink) rather than carried onboard, but still require those variables.
Victory through Air-Power.
In the context of war in general, "air power" would indeed only be a part of what's necessary to achieving any victory- as you pointed out. But specific to how to deal with ISIS, "air power" is even less important, as this is a battle of ideology more than one of territory or geography. We cannot bomb the hate from their souls. Moreover, the souls are scattered across the globe anyway.
it's the infantry and armor who are going to finish this in the long run
I think that was tried and in fact shaped the issue as it stands now. Frankly, in hindsight it seems a complete failure to have destabilized the region allowing the deep seated sectarian conflicts the fuel and air to explode.
I personally would see another attempt to invade the region as folly. I think Arab nations should solve this problem: bringing down ISIS in the short term and eliminating radicalism at home in the long term. But they lack the will.
It is wrong, IMO, to describe it as addictive due to the connotations of that word.
I think your right. A more accurate description would be that one can become physically dependant on oxymetazoline as the rebound congestion becomes worse the more its used. Additionally, and perhaps worse, regular use can cause a host of unwanted side effects:http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+3143/
Define "fair share" please.
I can tell you what its isn't. It isn't executives getting paid the current exorbitant salaries- nobody is worth that. And they rarely seem to answer for failure. And it isn't living on $40K-$60K annual income in the US right now either.
You two seem to be arguing your positions on the premise that socialism and capitalism lie at exclusive and opposite extremes. The two can coexist. We have social security and free market economy, but both are in need of change. Here's some numbers you requested: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/i... and http://www.pewresearch.org/fac... and http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...
I think they show it is getting harder out there for working stiffs. Would you agree executive salaries are out pacing worker gains?
Would YOU want a camera on you all day?
No. But in fair disclosure, I'm an airline pilot. I already have enough of my actions recorded to determine the cause of any potential mishap. FDR data is now used to monitor compliance, albeit without the ability to render punishment- only to improve safety by analyzing trends on a system wide basis.
To balance the preventive threat and the privacy issue
I think the point of video in the cockpit (trains and planes) is to improve safety, not to audit compliance in an effort to terminate misbehaving employees. Even if compliance were not the objective, I would not support its use as its suggested benefits are vastly overrated and the potential for misuse is significant. I suspect train "FDR" data is already monitored in a fashion similar to airline FDRs though I don't know if that data is used to improve safety.
My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner