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On 5/27/2022 at 8:15 AM, deicer said:

Water?  What water?


are we sure that's not a flight test scenario.  The water ingestion test is a requirement for certification.

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21 minutes ago, boestar said:

are we sure that's not a flight test scenario.  The water ingestion test is a requirement for certification.

I think the camera work would have been better if it was a test...Go to YouTube and read the comments...interesting (how true?) comments there 

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What It Takes To Co-Ordinate A Buckingham Palace Flyover


The flyover saw some of the UK's oldest and newest military aircraft fly over Central London

Spectacular flypast by over 70 aircraft was enjoyed by millions in London today as part of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum celebration marking 70 years of her reign. The event saw Britain’s newest F-35 military jets join historic spitfires before flying over Buckingham Palace, the flypast watched by the Royal Family and millions from home.


While the spectacle may have appeared easy, it was the culmination of weeks of planning and rehearsals. So, just how hard is it to organize a 70 aircraft flyover through Central London?

The aircraft gathered over the North Sea before heading down to Central London. Photo: FlightRadar24.com

To begin with, the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) had to establish where the aircraft would be and at what time. Once it had established that, NATS put in place the relevant Temporary Operating Procedures, which controllers use to keep civil aircraft at a safe distance while also minimizing disruption.

The Royal Air Force also requested that the UK Civil Aviation Authority put in place airspace restrictions that prevent aircraft from flying into certain airspace without prior permission. The flypast traveled through some normally bustling airspace; both London Heathrow and London City Airport had to pause air traffic movements for a few minutes.


Around a third of the aircraft actually flew over Heathrow as part of their dispersal route, a possible silver lining for the thousands of travelers caught up in the UK’s travel chaos over the platinum weekend.

The Red Arrows flew down The Mall to the delight of the crowds gathered below. Photo: Getty Images.The aircraft first gathered over the North Sea before flying Southeast towards Central London. The aircraft flew over Buckingham Palace at a height of between 1,000ft and 1,400ft. London Terminal Control controllers were sitting alongside military operators for direct coordination purposes. As soon as the flypast finished, the controllers restarted normal operations again.


Today’s flyover isn’t the first royal flyover that the RAF, NATS, and the UK CAA have had to coordinate. In 2018 a staggering 100 aircraft flew over Buckingham Palace as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations. The planning and preparation for that event helped authorities develop all the robust procedures needed for any similar requests.

So far, 2022 has been a busy year for UK flyovers. So far this year, there’s been an RAF Memorial flight at Runnymede, one over Downing Street, in honor of the visiting Japanese PM and today’s event. However, NATS are also involved in planning a flypast of the Mall on 5th June to celebrate the Big Jubilee Lunch and another later in June over Trafalgar Square in support of London Pride.

Historical aircraft formed a key part of the royal flyover. Photo: Getty Images.

The aircraft involved

The platinum jubilee celebration is a historic event marking the first time that a UK monarch has reigned for 70 years. The aircraft involved in the flyover had a similarly important historical significance. As well as the iconic Red Arrows, the flypast involved a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Typhoons, and F-35 aircraft.


The dispersal of the aircraft occurred to the south and west of the London control zone; over Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.

What It Takes To Co-Ordinate A Buckingham Palace Flyover (simpleflying.com)





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I bet not everyone will agree....


Canada has 3 of the world’s most liveable cities in 2022

Michelle Butterfield - Yesterday 4:02 p.m.
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Sunset over Calgary skyline with the annual Stampede event at the Saddledome grounds.
© Getty ImagesSunset over Calgary skyline with the annual Stampede event at the Saddledome grounds.

Toronto and Vancouver might hog the spotlight when it comes to well-known Canadian cities, but it turns out Calgary is the best place to live – at least this year.

The annual ranking of the world's most liveable cities has been released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and 2022's Global Liveability Index, and Canada was the biggest winner, with three of its cities nabbing a spot in the top 10.

Cowtown, as it's affectionately known, grabs not only the honour of being the top-ranked Canadian city on the list, but also comes in at #3, worldwide.

The ranking rates 172 cities around the world on over 30 factors, including access to healthcare, amount of green space, cultural and sports activities, crime rates and infrastructure.

"The concept of liveability is simple: It assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions," the Economist report states. A score of 1 is "intolerable," according to the EIU, while 100 is "ideal."

Each year the list typically has many North America and western European cities claim top honours, and this year is no exception. Vienna, Austria claimed the top spot, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark. Zurich, Switzerland and Calgary tied for third spot. Vancouver followed just behind, claiming the fifth position.

However, factors like war, unrest, and the ability to cope with COVID played into the rankings, meaning there were some key shifts when comparing this year's rankings to 2021's list.

Calgary, the third-largest municipality in Canada as ranked by StatCan, rose 15 spots since 2021, fueled by the city's early easing of pandemic restrictions. The city garnered a score of 96.3.

Vancouver, which had fallen out of the Top 10 in 2021, was nipping closely on Calgary's heels with a score of 96.1.

Toronto found its way back to a top spot, coming in eight after falling out of the top 10 in 2021.

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Auckland, New Zealand fell to 33rd place this year – a mighty plunge from last year's first-place ranking, which was secured when the country closed its borders due to the pandemic and allowed residents to live fairly normal lives.

Similarly, while Australia claimed four spots in the top 10 last year due to excellent quality of life and limited restrictions during the pandemic, three of those cities — Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth — fell out of the top 10 this year as much of the world lifted COVID restrictions.

"Western European and Canadian cities dominate the top of our rankings," the report stated. "Life is almost back to normal in these cities on account of high COVID-19 vaccination rates and the easing of restrictions."

The rankings also note that Kyiv, Ukraine was not assessed this year due to the geopolitical unrest caused when Russia invaded in February. Russian cities Moscow and St. Petersburg also fell low in the rankings over "censorship" and the impact of western sanctions.

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The Economist warns that no ranking is forever, though, and that due to rising inflation, fuel costs, and unstable food supply, next year's rankings could look much different.

"The welcome rise in liveability this year might be short-lived," the publication wrote.


1. Vienna, Austria

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Zurich, Switzerland (tie)

3. Calgary, Canada (tie)

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Geneva, Switzerland

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Toronto, Canada

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

10. Osaka, Japan (tie)

10. Melbourne, Australia (tie)

Video: These Canadians cities were ranked among the best in the world to drive in

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How does Montreal never make these lists?  I'm a unilingual Anglo and it's still the best place I ever lived.

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5 minutes ago, Specs said:

How does Montreal never make these lists?  I'm a unilingual Anglo and it's still the best place I ever lived.

As a unilingual Anglo having lived there for 15 years I loved it too. Eventually it was the amount of snow in the winter and all the grey and dirt that went along with it. Remember trying to pick your car with all of the other white ones in the parking lot? 

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37 minutes ago, GDR said:

Eventually it was the amount of snow in the winter

I actually liked the snow.  It slowed things down a bit and made people more sympathetic or courteous to each other.  Then again - I had a plow service.

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