posted on Dec, 5 2016 @ 11:44 AM
The US replaces their cables after 100 landings. They get good enough at stripping one of the cross deck pendants, such that they never go past about
101 traps per cable, plus the pre-ops inspection for damage wires.
I actually have a small section of the cable, since they end up with a few of those throughout a deployment. It takes extreme attention to detail, as
well as the right resources to make that as safe as possible. I made 2 deployments and we lost 0 aircraft on both. (lost one in workups). The
diligence was always valued. Based upon the lack of so many lessons learned, I'd imagine most any other country would do worse WRT a safety record
for embarked air operations. It's hard, it's expensive. If you're not fully committed to it, there will be failures.
They can engineering a strong enough cable and arresting system, in order to reduce these mishaps. It's just an inherently dangerous business.