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Dec 22, 19, 11:11 pm
Replies: 72
Views: 14,520
Posted By Quokka

The Airshare site has a useful page with links to...

The Airshare site has a useful page with links to many of NZ Council's drone policies:

https://www.airshare.co.nz/my-flights/property-owner-consent-information



I've found the reason some NZ...
Dec 21, 19, 7:04 pm
Replies: 72
Views: 14,520
Posted By Quokka

While a lot of areas away from the cities are DOC...

While a lot of areas away from the cities are DOC (Dept of Conservation) lands, local Councils control large amounts of land as well. Some councils have very drone friendly policies (e.g....
Nov 23, 19, 10:30 pm
Replies: 297
Views: 59,263
Posted By Quokka

I visited the "Fancy McDonalds" this past Friday...

I visited the "Fancy McDonalds" this past Friday evening. For anyone visiting in the near future, be aware that Admiralty Exit A has been out-of-service recently. If you find Exit A blocked, I'd...
Forum: China
Nov 4, 19, 10:30 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 4,180
Posted By Quokka

The Shanghai Metro's English language news item...

The Shanghai Metro's English language news item about the Line 2 change is really something. Don't be "incontinent"!


We hereby remind passengers going to the east extended section of Line 2: it...
Forum: China
Nov 1, 19, 4:16 pm
Replies: 6,755
Views: 913,727
Posted By Quokka

Online Application for 144-Hour Visa-Exemption Transit

Has the Shanghai Police Exit-and-Entry Administration's "Online Application for 144-Hour Visa-Exemption Transit at Ports of Entry in Shanghai" become useful at all within the last year?
Aug 1, 19, 2:09 am
Replies: 4
Views: 572
Posted By Quokka

No Partner Booking Fee refunds vs Service Commitment

I've been told AS won't refund the "Partner Booking Fees" Alaska charged you if you cancel an award ticket within the first 24 hours of initial purchase. Is that true?

If so, how does that comport...
Jun 10, 19, 12:34 am
Replies: 304
Views: 51,579
Posted By Quokka

6/8 AA258 PHL-LIS delayed several hours before...

6/8 AA258 PHL-LIS delayed several hours before cancelled for crew member no-show.

Non-status pax were only offered a $12 food voucher and eventually and grudgingly overnight accomodation and...
Nov 19, 18, 10:01 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Quokka

Again, it depends on the insurer and the specific...

Again, it depends on the insurer and the specific policy. I have an "umbrella" policy that both 1) covers liability for injury and damage to 3rd parties when I rent an auto world-wide and 2) doesn't...
Forum: China
Nov 19, 18, 9:01 am
Replies: 6,755
Views: 913,727
Posted By Quokka

A follow-up on using the 144 hour TWOV...

A follow-up on using the 144 hour TWOV pre-registration web site for Shanghai ... tonight at PVG they were telling people with QR codes from it that they still had to fill out the usual paper form. ...
Nov 17, 18, 7:49 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Quokka

Just because something is called an "Umbrella...

Just because something is called an "Umbrella policy" doesn't mean it covers foreign car rentals (or anything else).

Umbrella policies written by US insurers vary widely as to territory of...
Nov 13, 18, 2:42 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 3,132
Posted By Quokka

HX flies several aircraft types between BKK and...

HX flies several aircraft types between BKK and HKG including both its A350 and A330-200/300 types.
Forum: China
Nov 12, 18, 4:26 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,408
Posted By Quokka

For tourists who don't read or speak Chinese,...

For tourists who don't read or speak Chinese, Google Translate and/or Youdao Translate with (in advance) downloaded language packs.
Forum: China
Nov 7, 18, 11:51 pm
Replies: 6,755
Views: 913,727
Posted By Quokka

More likely, airlines and agents will ignore the...

More likely, airlines and agents will ignore the printouts people produce.

Some problems with them currently are ...

1) The print out and QR code have no indication of who it's for or any other...
Forum: China
Nov 7, 18, 5:56 pm
Replies: 6,755
Views: 913,727
Posted By Quokka

Well after more anguished pleas from the...

Well after more anguished pleas from the colleague, I met him for lunch and walked through the application form with him. The web application form is a mess. The UI and form in English is a jumbled...
Forum: China
Nov 7, 18, 1:38 pm
Replies: 6,755
Views: 913,727
Posted By Quokka

Anyone have a good guide (in English) walking...

Anyone have a good guide (in English) walking people through filling out the 144 hour TWOV pre-registration web site form?

I've been told by a friend struggling through it that while the field...
Nov 6, 18, 4:15 pm
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

It might, it might not. HX hasn't been terribly...

It might, it might not. HX hasn't been terribly good about crediting these flights to Fortune Wings Club accounts -- even after asking for missing credits via their web form.
Oct 22, 18, 1:28 pm
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

I see EVA777 is listed on the wiki as flying...

I see EVA777 is listed on the wiki as flying BKK-LAX today 10/22 and that B-LGC is operating today's HKG-LAX-HKG run. Maybe they can report if it's still busted and/or snapped a photo.
Oct 22, 18, 10:36 am
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

When was the earliest sighting of that horribly...

When was the earliest sighting of that horribly cracked mirror? Seems it's been broken for quite some time. And it was still busted on 19 Oct when HX A350 reg B-LGC operated as HX60 between HKG and...
Oct 20, 18, 7:06 am
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

HX, like many airlines, contracts with the...

HX, like many airlines, contracts with the operator of the Miracle Lounges at BKK. Miracle has lounges throughout BKK, with many open 24 hours. When you check in with HX they'll give you a lounge...
Oct 17, 18, 11:11 pm
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

HX61 has been doing better over the last week or...

HX61 has been doing better over the last week or so, but be aware that historically it has a "0 out of 5 star reliability rating" and also when it gets to HKG, it can end up at a remote parking spot....
Oct 16, 18, 8:35 pm
Replies: 1,080
Views: 144,739
Posted By Quokka

Yes, the meal choices for the (US->HKG) before...

Yes, the meal choices for the (US->HKG) before landing business meal are chicken and ... chicken.

The mid flight, on request, dim sum plate is very, very sad. One would think an airline based in...
Forum: China
Oct 7, 18, 3:53 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 983
Posted By Quokka

I'd highly recommend checking out some of...

I'd highly recommend checking out some of UnTours' Shanghai food tours:

https://untourfoodtours.com/shanghai-food-tours/
Forum: China
Oct 7, 18, 3:44 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By Quokka

Cool - thanks for the info! After doing my...

Cool - thanks for the info!

After doing my last 6 visits to Shanghai using 72/144 hour TWOVs, I'm starting to think spending $140 for a visa would be a better approach going forward for me, as...
Forum: China
Oct 7, 18, 3:02 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By Quokka

How long are the China tourist visas issued by...

How long are the China tourist visas issued by the SF consulate to US citizens generally good for? Is it common to get a 10-year, multiple entry visa for your $140?
Oct 1, 18, 12:33 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,829
Posted By Quokka

Why are German, French and Italian not options...

Why are German, French and Italian not options for online Police Reports in Singapore?!
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