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A European carrier will test dirt-cheap 'vertical seating.' One catch: You'll have to pay extra to use the toilet.
Posted by Kim Peterson on Thursday, July 1, 2010 3:15 PM
European airline Ryanair is determined to install stand-up airline seats -- even though regulators say the setup doesn't meet safety requirements.
The airline said it will start testing "vertical seating" next year, according to the Daily Mail. That's around the same time it will begin charging passengers one pound ($1.50 U.S.) to use the airplane lavatory
Will this idea be acceptable to airline authorities
worldwide if they have a form of restraint for passengers?
And are you willing to pay $1.50 for each lavatory useage?
... that there will be a certain number of people who would take advantage of this deal, especially on short flights.
Originally posted by manta78
What do you think ATS...will it happen?
The An-2 indeed has no stall speed quoted in the operating handbook. Pilots of the An-2 say one can fly the aircraft in full control at 30 mph (as a contrast, a modern Cessna four-seater light aircraft has a stall speed of around 55 mph). This slow stall speed makes it possible for the aircraft to fly backwards (if the aircraft is pointed into a headwind of, say, 35 mph (56 km/h), it will travel backwards at 5 mph (8.0 km/h) whilst under full control). (This is, of course, also possible with almost any other real Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft).
A note from the pilot's handbook reads: "If the engine quits in instrument conditions (blind flying when you can't see the ground) or at night, the pilot should pull the control column full aft (it won't stall) and keep the wings level. The leading-edge slats will snap out at about 64 km/h (40 mph), and when the airplane slows to a forward speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph), the airplane will sink at about a parachute descent rate until the aircraft hits the ground."
However, in nearly all Western nations (the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, etc.) one may not use the An-2 commercially (despite its obvious potential as a bush plane and parachute aircraft). This is because the aircraft has not been certified by the relevant national aviation authorities, which limits its use. These restrictions vary by country, but all prevent the An-2 being used for any 'for profit' purpose, with the exception of the United States, where An-2s imported since 1993 are limited to flights within 300 miles (480 km) of their home airport, and may only land at that same airfield, but PZL-built An-2s are exempt from this restriction due to a bilateral agreement with Poland.