With an extraordinary council meeting this evening, to vote on the controversial subject of night flights at Manston airport, this is not the place for me to indicate my opinion in advance of the debate. I've been email lobbied by a handful of people and I've read through the many Thanet weblogs presenting their own slant on the subject.
While respecting the real concerns of those who have written to me, I continue to be disappointed at the almost frantic hyperbole of the anti-Manston campaign and with it, the equally poor grasp of simple aviation principles, both operational and safety-related found on weblogs which include contributions from both Thanet councillors and members of the public.
While a number of useful and constructive questions have been raised there's a danger that constructive debate will be hindered by exaggeration; 'Never let the facts get in the way of a good argument.'
For reader interest, here's a view of an approach plate for Manston's runway 28 and an interesting litle video for entertainment!