I will say these guys are smarter then we are! I think DL management see's they cannot compete with SW/AT in that market!
So, you pull out. You cannot justify 300 flights a day to a market of 650K folks? There biggest market there be re positioning Fed Ex Pilots?
I have been driving for 34 - still have no damn clue how the cars work! I think it will be interesting in that you are correct Boeing is a huge employer and tax provider for the country! I applaud the FAA for the grounding - but - at what point does the pressure get to them? It is on both of them equally at this point!
Ev, the other thing I am to understand is that all existing planes (Boeing, AirBus, etc) rely on the Engines to recharge the battery - like a car engine! The 787's entire premise was to have an independent battery system that was not reliant on the engines. This would require a total re-thinking of the design of the aircraft and it's systems?
Again, I am a novice when it comes to these things - someone else can most likely provide a better answer!
I have tried to read and keep up on this -- all I can see is they are in a real pickle here! The best / only solution to date is to build a Fire Box to contain any potential issue? What if this is a International Flight - which I have spent the last 20 years making? Uhhhh - no thanks! Am I wrong?
There are many sad things here - but - let me start by saying: Am not a pilot, but, a friend of aviation!
Sad to me:
1) This was not dealt with immediately after the event. Bureaucracy means we need to spend a few 100K to tackle the obvious.
2) Based on everything I read - 600K was allocated by the FAA to cut trees down. Why is my tax dollar going to cut down tree's in NY? Don't start - am not a Tea Party or Republican (nor Democrat) member! I am a realist: If you want planes to land in Saratoga - here are the rules: Cut the damn tree's down!
3) If the house was built after the airport - then - should be at the owners expense. If built before - move the damn airport at taxpayers expense (but federal taxpayers expense).
4) To the pilot - I am very extremely sorry you had to go through this. I am not saying sorry to those who ran the airport - despite red tape they knew they had a problems and let it go based on the problems they would go through to cor