I think I was trying to say the bigger the sail, the greater the forces exerted by way of wind....the rudder and the surface area of the wings etc. similar to big clippers sailing upon the great oceans before powered flight came to be!
Did I read you correctly sir? A A319 can better deal with a force 10 than a A340 perhaps
I would also add that I have noticed that the Royal Air Force use Birmingham for the occasional 'touch and go' during stormy periods for training apart from the sad Medevac flights that come through here en route to the Defence Medical facility here in Birmingham and then home to Brize Norton for the remainder of our soldiers.
I am very familiar with BHX and live quite close ( under down wind/base leg approach path to R33 ) and would just like to add something here.
Birmingham UK is well known locally and with those pilots regularly working the routes for it's crosswinds given the alignment of it's runway and the prevailing seasonal winds.
Not being originally built for civilian use, it's runways were created using the fabled wind roses by the relevant ministry during WW2 use, for the delivery of locally built Spitfire aircraft etc. it has over the following decades developed into a marvelous airport offering fantastic passenger experience and normally minimal delays due to it's uncongested locale. However, the main runway remained whilst runway 06/24 was closed in favour of taxiway and ramp use for the expansion of the airport.
Now, I once listened into ATC whilst on a 'spotting' day with my camera's and it was typically windy and one approaching pilot on his third approach complained to the contr
Please preserve us from illiterate and ill-informed journalism, 'troubled plagued' indeed! Facts first and opinion never please journalists or should more accurately say 'reporters'....I guess it is the painful price of the so called 'free press'!
Do 'journalists' have a working brain or just dog poo in their skulls? I am getting rather tired of totally inept journalism ..... sorry...inept reporting! A true journalist writes for respected journals such as Flight International etc. it is the wretched 'hacks' that cause the trouble and frighten off innocent passengers and wreck airline balance sheets!
I dislike the B787 because it is pig ugly even if it is a technical marvel but I would fly on it if it rubs a lousy reporter's nose in his or her own garbage.
It's a shame to see these grand old birds.........
I firmly believe that regulators are so risk averse that many aircraft, ships, automobiles and even hearing aids are given an inbuilt and unrealistic lifespan that a well maintained article/item should easily be able to continue to offer splendid and SAFE service indefinatly. How many well serviced DC-10's and even B707/727's could still be flying with some of the smaller airlines in developing nations that simply cannot get the necessary 'aid' and financial support to operate the B777? Forget this moment the fuel cost debate, it is about access to offer an airline in backwaters to enable global mobility etc..and in some small countries, a DC-10 would be a national flagship.
The military in many countries still operate B707 airframes even though they are nearing 60 years of design life if not airframe life such as E3 Sentry and EC 135 etc and that even the US Air Force operate B747-200's to ferry the President around the planet s
Did they? Are we now in a position to apportion the blame for the failure to deliver the aircraft to it's terminal to those on the flight deck? May I dare to remind readers that due to current protocols, the flight deck is a sealed domain.
Have you and others have access to the data recorded within the flight data recorder? Is it not possible that given the clear visual conditions that the onboard systems failed to connect to the runway ILS if it was operable? Were the pilots able to control this aircraft using those traditional systems that may well have been absent on this aircraft? A perfectly functioning aircraft does not crash land with trained pilots does it?
Using my legal educationally trained brain I would be asking these simple but technical questions before apportioning any blame and constructing a case to bring before any court of law or justice in this matter.
As to the evacuation, it is obvious to those familiar with such airfields that they are vast areas and
Joel, are any current airline pilots competent to fly a computer with wings if the batteries fail? My issue is with how these aircraft are designed whether or not if they are fuel efficient and the ultimate seat cost per flight is factored in, would you or I willingly walk into the cabin if we knew that if the flight crew fell asleep or became otherwise incapacitated, no one was able to penetrate the sealed door to the flight deck and perhaps be able to guide the aircraft to a runway with the aid of someone in a control tower?
I think the Asiana incident at SFO is not simply a pilot error situation but a modern aircraft architecture situation that will rear it's head again somewhere and we cannot prevent it because we do not know what may come next.....I love flying but I may just go by boat!
Am I correct to believe that the door to the flight deck is sealed? How then is it possible for the flight crew to direct procedings in an emergency? Is that not the job of the cabin crew? These situations occur in seconds of time, often as survivors tell us it occurs in slow motion but also so quickly that no one can fully understand what happened during debriefing.
As I have indicated in another thread, the pilot is in command of the ship and is also responsible for the management of the systems installed to aid him/her to do a job of work. If those systems fail to aid the pilot is he/she responsible if the ship founders?
Modern aircraft are no more than computer systems and pilots are mere managers and if I dare to say it, Microsoft Flight Simulators and it's clones offer an insight into modern flight scenario's. Set it up correctly and you get a good outcome. Try to fly it traditionally using aeronautical principles going back to the pioneers of flight and using mechanical