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Originally posted by nerbot
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
Does anyone else think this is possibly the next H1N1 fear card? The next banking fraud? The next attempt to destroy the economy?
The next "bail-out" using public funds.
Originally posted by DOADOA
i think there is something up there and somebody don't want people to see it. what a convenient excuse, volcanic ashes. can somebody tell which volcano erupted again?
Originally posted by hesse
Something smells mega fishy here. I just cant figure out what. I dont know what else to say. We will see..... Feels a little like the calm before the storm.
We have been scared into believing that to fly would be madness, but part of the rationale that is keeping us grounded is an economic equation rather than simple personal safety.
To fly beneath the cloud until clear of it would mean burning more fuel. But not flying at all is surely burning money more swiftly.
Low-flying to simply avoid the danger of ash being sucked into the jet engines is a temporary solution gaining currency on professional pilot’s forum Pprune. One pilot writing there yesterday pointed out: ‘The chances of it even appearing at puddle jumper altitudes is negligible’.
It isn’t just daredevil pilots who are beginning to question the necessity of the current stalemate. Steve Wood, Chief Pilot at Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance, yesterday described the measures being taken as ‘a complete overreaction’.
Modern jet aircraft engines are amazingly robust. And indeed they must be so. They have to face not only the hazards of bird strikes, but rain, hail and even salt spray on take-off from coastal airports.
All of which can potentially wreak havoc on engines. Furthermore, sand is a common hazard from dust storms and from desert airfields.
Some aircraft are better equipped than others to deal with high-dust conditions, and consultation with aircraft and engine manufacturers might have enabled more precise restrictions to be imposed, rather than a blanket ban.
But a spokesman for NATS admitted: ‘We don’t really deal with particular manufacturers.’ They were more concerned with ‘applying the international regulations’ rather than working on a specific plane-by-plane, make-by-make basis.
The blanket ban under clear blue skies and glorious sunshine is making some wonder whether this ‘one-size-fits-all’ regulation is appropriate to a situation that the regulations did not foresee.
And there will be many among the 200,000 Britons currently stranded abroad, who would be quite happy to take the risk.
In the final analysis, despite the scares, no one has actually been killed in a volcano incident – something which cannot be said for the much more hazardous drive to the airport.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Operation volcano! Navy armada ready to pick up thousands of stranded Britons after France scuppers DIY rescue mission
....is it really necessary?
I will not reschedule until all the ash is gone. I believe what we are seeing is good old fashioned greed. The airlines are losing 200 million a day and now they are lobbying to resume flight.
Originally posted by yellow.sapphirineIts midnight here in Sweden.. and I can clearly see the stars.. Strange how there were no ash clouds for the past several days.. They have to start the air traffic tomorrow !
I'm actually quite glad that for once we are looking out for peoples safety over financial profit. I just hope that if and when they resume flights soon (no doubt they will do) they don't rush it and cause an air disaster and loss of life. I've got uni friends waiting to come back from Ireland and I'd rather see them get back in one piece. I'm normally the first to laugh at knee jerk reactions to certain policies put in place to "protect" us from harm but in this instance I fully respect the decisions made to halt air travel.