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  1.   See "When to call 11" here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/side-effects-of-the-coronavirus-vaccines - this seems to be a very rare AZ issue, and not related to Pfizer.   For AZ, also here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine-what-to-know-about-side-effects#Controversy-regarding-blood-clots Some symptoms related to thromboembolic events include: 1. shortness of breath 2. chest pain 3. leg swelling 4. abdominal pain 5. neurological symptoms, including headaches and blurred vision 6. tiny blood spots beneath the skin beyond the vaccine injection site      
  2.   1000ft is the normal lower limit for flights over urban areas, 500ft for countryside, both in the EU, but also in the USA and Australia. But this does not apply to Police or rescue helicopter flights, which can effectively fly at any height required.   It seems that it is common that a rescue helicopter will generally fly using pre-programmed GPS to a location near enough to the hospital or whatever, to a location where the pilot can then actually see the pad or be in the vicinity of it. If it's not visible then the flight must go elsewhere. I understand that these combined flight paths and the separate elements that compose them must normally be pre-approved by local air traffic control, even when beneath controlled airspace.   I suspect this flight used GPS to get to Munich, then for visual flight purposes simply continued down the Isar (a nice easy thing to see) and then looped over to the Klinik, as their base is on the southwest corner of that - so they don't need to fly directly over the Klinik itself, and can come in low over Perlacher Forst, just prior to landing. I expect this is a standard, approved flightpath for them - it looks pretty efficient to me, but then I'm not affected by the noise. Formerly living in Perth, Western Australia we had a big lake very near. In bushfire season, many helicopters would refill there, including a massive skycrane (now that is a noisy helicopter), all genuinely at treetop level - windows shaking etc!   Apparently in the USA, rescue flights over urban areas are usually at 250-500ft with 200ft being the specified lowest flight level, except when landing and taking off, naturally - depending sometimes on the height of the landing pad of course.  https://www.airmedandrescue.com/latest/long-read/instrument-flight-rules-operations-hems   Naturally they must get lower than that as they come in to land. I don't think any helicopter pilot would want to fly to a hospital or anywhere else, and then routinely descend vertically very far when they could avoid it - helicopters are safer when going forward, both mechanically and for purposes of seeing where they are going.
  3.   I'm truly out of touch with Munich although I used to live in Thalkirchen, I'm in Austria nowadays, although a move to Bremen is likely pretty soon.   Don't know why they fly low but I could guess it will be flight rules relating to other aircraft that keep them reasonably low. As I write there's a small light aircraft at 3500ft over Kreuz München-Nord, coming from the Austrian Alps, no idea where it's going, but I’d guess to Flugplatz Schleißheim. I imagine it’s been allocated a safe flight level, maybe helicopters are often going under that height for separation purposes ...but I have no idea really! If the rescue helicopters are landing locally then they will be low, as they will likely be descending slowly (smoothly) and coming straight in.   I can't give you specific aircraft information, although if you want to check aircraft details live, which generally show route, aircraft owner etc, I use flightradar.24.   I’m guessing there has been an increase in private flights over the last few years, here: https://www.flugplatz-schleissheim.de/ (especially outside winter) but also more rescue flights. Each Bundesland contracts out helicopter rescue and mostly ADAC has won the contracts. The rescue helicopters nowadays are bigger so as well as medevac and rescue flights they can also be used to transfer intensive care patients (the quicker the better, of course) This was less of an option some years ago. In addition, there are still 12 rescue bases scattered throughout Germany operated by the Interior Ministry.   Talking about that airfield, it’s also already a base for Federal Police helicopters and if not already will be a permanent home for the new Bavarian Police helicopters too, apparently. I think there are 3 of those in Munich, not sure. So they may be going in and out already...   DRF helicopter rescues from Munich (Großhadern) have increased by about 20% over the last 10 years : https://organisation.drf-luftrettung.de/de/zahlen-und-fakten    The ADAC seems to operate out of Harlaching. The München Klinik in Bogenhausen has better than one rescue flight arrival per day averaged over the year too, they have the biggest emergency care department in Munich, but of course people will be taken to whichever hospital they need, etc.    So red and yellow helicopters are rescue, blue and white is the police. I think the interior ministry rescue units may be orange.   15 Rescue helicopters in Bavaria, 6 in Upper Bavaria: https://www.merkur.de/bayern/rettungshubschrauber-oberbayern-anzahl-einsaetze-landung-standorte-ausstattung-90093076.html doing maybe 20,000 missions a year! https://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/muenchen-harlaching-rettungshubschrauber-geschichte-1.4831486
  4.   There were two at the same time about an hour ago, one was an ADAC rescue unit, the other was an Interior Ministry rescue helicopter coming up from the Allgaü, both straight to the Schwabinger hospital. Fortunately there are many more rescue helicopters nowadays, so more people have a chance to survive their injuries - when it's serious of course they need to go to major hospitals.    Police helicopters have also increased in number and size, Bavarian Police are in the process of introducing 8 new 4.5 tonne all-purpose choppers (big!) that can take a contingent of special forces but also even do alpine night rescues (can carry up to six injured!), firefighting and more. About a third of flights are to look for missing persons.
  5. Pros and cons of German citizenship

    Just for completeness, I might add that although my Australian Government service pension is not taxable in Germany, if I became a German resident AND a German national, my service pension (as well as any Australian Age Pension) would then be taxable in Germany.
  6. Pros and cons of German citizenship

    Yes, that's right.   For me, my Australian service pension is only taxable in Australia, but only because it's a pension for government service there - that's a normal feature of double taxation agreements. When I get an additional small Australian Age Pension in a few years, that Age Pension will be taxable in Germany (assuming we live there by then, the plan is to move to Germany from Austria in about 6 months time.)   But, in terms of ordinary pension income (if that pension is from working in Germany), afaik it will be taxable in Germany no matter where you live.   My wife (a German) gets a small German pension from a few years of working in Germany, and some Australian Age Pension. Both are taxable in Germany if her income is high enough (and if we were living there, which we are not yet), but apparently they changed the rules about 3 years ago, and her German Pension is taxed nowadays no matter what. Even though we're living in Austria, she got three separate tax letters with slightly different amounts payable each year for the last 3 years from the German pensions/tax people several months ago - only a few hundred was payable, but her German pension is very small, about 2500€ a year. 
  7.   Apparently in Iceland, if they are sightseeing, that, along with going for a drive, using public transport, going to another town, or tourist attractions, restaurants or bars or gatherings of any size is not allowed. Even entering grocery stores and pharmacies is also forbidden during the quarantine period. Although you can go for a walk if there are only a few people about. If you've had the full course of any vaccine, the rules don't apply and no quarantine is required.   Down here in Austria, you need a negative test to be allowed in, and must quarantine for 10 days, but if you get another negative test after 5 days, quarantine stops. Mind you, hotels are all shut except for essential travel. You can still get supplies from groceries and chemists yourself while in quarantine, but have to always wear FFP2 masks in any shops, as do we all here. There are no exceptions yet for people fully vaccinated, they must quarantine too at the moment. My son and I had our first AZ shot today, the second will be in mid-June.
  8. Coronavirus

      Straya is manufacturing 800,000 AZ shots a week in CSL labs in Melbourne, aiming for 1 miilion a week by mid/end April.   800K shots approved, available and being delivered nationally right now, except for some doctors cut off by the floods. 2 million awaiting final batch approval. They'll be fine...and of course, they are getting some Pfizer deliveries too.
  9. I´ve responded to YOLO Guy privately. Our situations do have some similarities but there are also major differences too, so I can´t comment on some very important factors.   I will update the thread “Health insurance for unemployed/returnees.” when we successfully move to Germany, which we plan to do later this year, coronavirus permitting.