1. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Active Member

    There are commercial flights that land at the actual South Pole. More than one, I believe.
    https://www.polar-quest.com/trips/antarctica/fly-to-the-south-pole-2017


    They're just south of 50,000 USD per person. But since this is such a monumentally important subject to FE believers and there are so many of them, they could get a crowd funding project going. It would only take 500 FE believers donating $100 each to send one person to the South Pole. Surely they could raise more than that. Send an expedition of prominent FE proponents... Eric Dubay, Jeran, Mark Sargent, etc.

    Land there anywhere near the Dec. solstice, and they'd see the sun travel in a complete circle around the horizon. What's the explanation? That could happen at the North Pole on a FE, but how could it happen anywhere else? So, somehow the Globe Earth Konspiracy has tricked them and flown them to the North Pole? But it's winter at the North Pole. No sunlight at all.

    Hell, I would contribute $100.
     
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  2. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    it looks like they all leave from the other side of Australia (unless I'm upside down)
    upload_2017-5-17_1-21-43.
     
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think the reason why is more that it would need to be a 747 and there simply isn't enough demand for that route.

    I've looked into this "special survival equipment", I think this possibly relates to the FAA advisory circular 120-47 (attached).
    20170516-230600-3by3o.
    Does anyone know of anything specifically required for over-Antarctica?
     

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  4. M Settle

    M Settle New Member

    OK, let me ask this another way...

    Is there any Charles Lindbergh-, Sir Richard Branson-, Roald Amundsen-, Amelia Earhart-type figure who has, for the sake of being "the first", flown from Perth to Buenos Aires or vice versa?

    Shouldn't be a big deal. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg went around the world in a solar powered plane on Jul 26, 2016.

    Would be nice to see a time-lapse of that flight if it ever happened/happens.
     
  5. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    no it shouldn't. which is why it's strange no FEer ever tried it.
     
  6. TWCobra

    TWCobra Senior Member

    The practical problem for an airliner flying over the South Pole is lack of accurate relief data for terrain clearance in the case of a depressurisation. Also Perth-Buenos Aires is not a city pair which would have a great deal of traffic. So, no. I dont believe an airliner would have flown that route.
     
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  7. cloudspotter

    cloudspotter Senior Member

    Bit of a problem for Byrd in 1929 too!



    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/byrd-flies-over-south-pole
     
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  8. Whitebeard

    Whitebeard Senior Member

    The first Trans Antarctic flight was 1935 by Lincoln Ellsworth

    (there were earlier flights over Antarctica, most notably by Riiser-Larsen, but these did not cross the continent, but did explore the interior)
    Ariel mapping of the entire continent was started by Operation Highjump in 1946 and continued, or continues to this day, involving teams from many nations - USA, UK, Norway, USSR / Russia, Sweden, Chile, China... etc, etc, etc,
     
  9. M Settle

    M Settle New Member

    My suggestion that a Sir Richard Branson-type explorer or a "first of"-type guy fly from Perth to Buenos Aires or vice versa is because that route takes you nearly right over the South Pole...not along the edge of the continent. And with a normal aircraft that flies at 39,000 ft there shouldn't be any concerns whatsoever for high passes that are un-mapped. And with an aircraft that flies long distances on a normal tank of fuel, 7800ish miles shouldn't even be a challenge.

    And if someone does/has, I'd love to see them post a time-lapse video of their flight so these FEers will be debunked once and for all.

    And, I'd love to go along on the flight!
     
  10. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    But why would they? It's not a particularly special route. It's far more interesting to fly TO the South Pole, and even that does not require a Richard Branson type. It's something that's within the reach of millions of people.
    https://www.polar-quest.com/trips/antarctica/fly-to-the-south-pole-2017
    20170517-085801-lijql.
     
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  11. M Settle

    M Settle New Member

    Because it's never been done.
     
  12. Whitebeard

    Whitebeard Senior Member

    Trans polar circumnavigation flight by Pan Am commercial 747, 1977
     
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  13. M Settle

    M Settle New Member

    Point of Fact: The flight from Capetown to Auckland doesn't go over the South Pole, it skirts the continent just like Ellsworth's flight did.
     
  14. Hama Neggs

    Hama Neggs Senior Member

    Apparently you overlooked this part:

     
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  15. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

  16. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    Actually, it is the great circle between Cape Town and Auckland doesn't go over the South Pole, but the PanAm flight did.
    PS The same is true for San Francisco, London and the North Pole.
     
  17. Amber Robot

    Amber Robot Member

    No, it couldn't. Even from the north pole on the flat earth, the Sun wouldn't get near the horizon.
     
  18. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Active Member

    I understand. But I'm granting them something, at least. In this video, the author is trying to prove something that's not relevant to our conversation, but he's also assuming something that is.



    This is the midnight sun from somewhere within the arctic circle. What the FE believers think they are seeing is the sun making a complete circle round the North Pole. It's important to note that in their model the sun not only makes a daily circle over the disk earth, it moves closer and farther away from the North Pole as well during the year, which explains the seasons. In June the sun is circling over the Tropic of Cancer and in December it's circling over the Tropic of Capricorn. So in June the sun is just close enough to the North Pole that you can see it at all times, without it going down over the horizon. They interpret the sun getting lower and higher in the sky as the result of the camera not being at the exact North Pole; so sometimes the sun is farther away and sometimes closer as it circles.

    Yes, it's a confused idea. But I'm granting them that at least the sun would circle the horizon at the North Pole. But all FE believers I'm aware of concede that in their model the sun could not make a complete circle of the horizon at the South Pole, which is why they reject all South Pole videos showing just that as fakes. (As does this YT author in this video.)
     
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  19. TWCobra

    TWCobra Senior Member

    all airliners are required to carry sufficient fuel to cope with a depressurisation or an engine failure at any point along the intended route, under instrument flight rules. The chart we use for SYD-SCL has about 75% of the continent as a no fly zone for this reason.
     
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  20. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    Can you share an image of the charts?
     
  21. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    But all you'd need to cross that no-fly zone is more fuel, right?
     
  22. TWCobra

    TWCobra Senior Member

    No, because we are IFR we'd need accurate terrain data.

    Normally in a 747 we would descend to 14000 feet during a depressurisation event, then eventually to 10,000 feet once the oxygen supplied to the passengers runs out. That vertical profile gives us better fuel range.

    If there is known terrain higher than those figures along the route, such as crossing the Andes or Himalayas, escape procedures are devised to limit the time at those higher altitude.

    That does require more fuel, however, we have to be able to assure proper terrain clearance to do that because, unlike Admiral Byrd, IFR means you could be in cloud the whole way to destination.

    If we can't guarantee statutory terrain clearance, then we simply aren't permitted to fly over that terrain.

    The charter flights that do sightseeing over Antarctica also have the IFR restriction. This was imposed after the Air New Zealand Mt Erebus disaster in 1979.
    So they only fly in the parts of the continent where terrain data is accurately known.
     
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  23. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    It does seem strange that elevations aren't accurately mapped across Antarctica by now. I know the Shuttle radar missions didn't cover the far northern and southern latitudes, but you'd think a satellite could have done it by now.
     
  24. josh_whiley

    josh_whiley New Member

    Just wanna lend my voice...
    I am a Qantas flight attendant who regularly operates QF27/28.
    As far as I know, they are real. In that, every time I've done it, I've left Sydney, and about 12-13 hours later, landed in what I'm pretty sure is Chile. And then a couple days later I leave SCL and then about 13-14 hours later I'm home.
    Also, sometimes I operate QF63/64, SYD/JNB/SYD. Same thing.

    ALSO, I've operated Antarctic sightseeing flights where we've left sydney, flown over/around what was definitely Antarctica sightseeing for a few hours, and then flown home. It's a long day at work but it definitely happened.

    Please see attached photo evidence of all of this :)
    IMG_0303.JPG
     
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  25. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Nice photo! Does it happen to have GPS coordinates?
    (you can email me the original photo at metabunk@gmail.com if you can't figure out the EXIF)
     
  26. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    Yes, it is a nice photo, but without a geolocation it is not evidence. I have a lot of similar photos taken over Greenland ;)
    IMG_8105.
     
  27. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Josh sent me some originals to check GPS, unfortunately the iPhone get intermittent signal in a plane, so does not always have GPS date in the pics. The above one did not, but had a date stamp:
    Date Time Original: Feb 5, 2017, 1:17:45 PM

    Another photo of some sparse sea ice DID have GPS.
    image2.JPG


    Includes an accurate UTC time, which is great.
     
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  28. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    This photo is probably from one of Qantas Antarctica Flights. On their website, there are links to youtube, Instagram and Facebook with more photos and videos, but I could find no flight tracks.
     
  29. Amber Robot

    Amber Robot Member

    But have you ever seen a photo of Greenland taken from a Qantas airplane?
     
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  30. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    Sure. Here is evidence :cool:
    Qantas over Greenland.
     
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  31. Fritz

    Fritz New Member

    I've been following this flat earth bull for a little while now and have found that the only reason they say the long flights don't exist in the Southern Hemisphere is because they can't account for the distances involved.
    Santiago to Sydney for example. On the flat earth map it's almost 25,000Km, so not a possible flight.
    In fact, I haven't seen one single flat earther explain the wildly innacurate distances at all.
    So, just for the fun of it, I took their map, did a little magic, some math and worked out a way to accurately calculate distances from any 2 points using the flat earth map. (to within a few metres)

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iYUfEG0aAs
    It's a shameless plug, but it absolutely destroys their flat earth map.
     
  32. Rory

    Rory Active Member

    From what I've been seeing the last six months or so, having realised the flaws in claiming the AE projection map as a genuine flat earth map, most - if not all - of the leading flat earthers have abandoned it and retreated to a position of, "we don't have the right map, we're working on it. We'll be able to answer all these questions when we figure out the map."

    Interestingly, about the only flat earthers I've seen come out of the movement were a few thinking ones who set themselves the task of figuring out an accurate flat map, only to discover it was completely impossible.
     
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