|Arriving in Dubai|
Yesterday, I 'Tweeted' that many people in Ramsgate, appear to imagine the demise of the airport will lead to some economic and property-value renaissance. This provoked a small wave of outrage but when I read some of the daft ideas and suggestions floating about on Twitter, I can live with the hostility that goes with being both a councillor and a pilot.
|World's Tallest Building|
My own views are firmly on the record here. They have nothing to do with my being a pilot and everything to do with being a local councillor, familiar with the struggling local economy. I am deeply concerned for the future prospects of the island, should it lose one of its few remaining economic assets of an international scale; loss making or not.
|Simon Moores Learning to Fly the A380|
|Young Shoppers at the Dubai Mall|
While in Dubai, I managed to grab some time in an Emirates A380 simulator. It was a lot of fun practising a series of instrument approaches into Heathrow's RW27 in low visibility but you have to stay well ahead of the aircraft when attempting to manoever something as big as an A380; it doesn't quite throw itself around the sky like my own much smaller 'White van' of an aircraft that I spend so much time in.
Wandering around Dubai's big shopping mall, complete with seaquarium and ice-rink, I wonder what people do when they have run out of luxury items to buy. A cappuccino and a slice of cake at £12, was quite enough for me, while I waited on one of the stores to neatly shrink-wrap a duty free Bentley, to add to my modest hold luggage for the trip home
|Time to Board the Emirates A380 Home|
It's a big weekend of football ahead but with the weather forecast as it stands, I think fans and advertisers together, will be lucky to see banner aircraft over three end of season matches. Tomorrow, I'm booked all afternoon over the Cunard ships at Southampton and I'm fearing a repeat of last year's conditions, which proved near impossible; there's a sobering video up on YouTube.
More thoughts perhaps over the weekend.