Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Twist of the Tail

Some things never work quite according to plan. Having succesfully picked-up the sheet banner to run along the airshow at 13:30, I find, looking behind me, that the message lettering flying behind it, "Have a Nice Day", has developed a twist, leaving me no option but to drop the banner and land.

This type of thing rarely happens but when one has to be somewhere exactly on the minute, there's no second chance when it takes a good forty minutes to set everything up again. The result sadly for me, was missing this afternoon's event, as I now have to go on to Rochester - I'm typing this from the planning room at the airfield - to do the second banner of the day.

Hopefully, this one will fly straight and level...!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

How did the big 747 thingee doing 'circuits and bumps' keep nipping into and out of 'Airshow' space safely?

Anonymous said...

anon again!

All done with organised 'slots', same as the railway.

DrMoores said...

The 747 was being managed by Manston ATC with a prescrived separation between it and airshow traffic, working pre-defined slots, as the other comments suggest. You have to work these slots to the minute. i.e. I had a 13:30 slot on Saturday and had to be out before 13:50 when the Arrows were due I think!

Women's Auxilary Balloon Corps said...

You want to see how tight slots are at Gatwick or Heathrow first thing in the morning with the arrival of the early morning transatlantic flights, you can see one plane after the other waiting to come in for miles interceded with others taking off.

Anonymous said...

All very clever and interesting and done in the interests of safety, BUT it was yet another sunday afternoon ruined for the residents of Ramsgate by a series of 'training' flights.
When is TDC going to start implementing the 106 Agreement ?
When are TDC going to start renegotiating the 106 Agreement ?
Does TDC have anyone in power who actually knows what a 106 Agreement is ?
Is there anyone in the Margate based controlling Tory Group who actually cares?


Cllr Mike Harrison.

Tony said...

Cllr Harrison,
your afternoon may have been ruined, mine was not, so please do not make comments on behalf of other people without asking them first.

Tony. (Resident of Ramsgate)

Anonymous said...

Cllr Harrison has apoint here, Tony. 'Circuits and bumps' training means numerous landings and take-offs without any passengers or freight providing local employment. We get the pollution by sound and exhaust emissions but no benefit as Thanet residents. I have no objection to flights in and out providing business and employment opportunities but 'cicuits and bumps' don't.

Tony said...

Anonymous 5:18 all I was saying was that if Cllr Harrison has a point to make, just make it, do not say he is speaking for everybody else. As for the 'Circuits and bumps' would you not agree that these are helping to keep the people who work at the airfield employed?

Tony

Anonymous said...

err, no I wouldnt agree, said large noisy plane flies in from home airfield, spends all afternoon going round and round touching the ground with his wheels and taking off again. It doesnt actually land and even refuel, the only employment gain is the air traffic controller and possibly the airport firefighters.
If the thing was landing, being serviced and then taking off again it would be one thing but as it is there is NO BENEFIT to Thanet whatsoever.


Cllr Mike Harrison.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

April that Jumbo was last in Thanet's airspace. Twice in three months.... perhaps you should bring up, at the next Council meeting, that the runway be turned a further 25 degrees clockwise. That'll stop the beggar disturbing Ramsgates residents.

Tony said...

Cllr Harrison, so you do not agree it keeps people employed at the airfield, apart from the air traffic controller, oh!, and the firefighters. So thinking about it you do agree with me (yes). A typical politicians answer, cover all options in case a vote is needed.
Might be my imagination but I'm sure the plane in question was on the tarmac on Sunday, and was the same one I saw waiting for take-off clearance a while later, behind another freight plane and preceeding a passenger flight.

Tony