The Glass cockpit is fine so long as one has electricity for them to operate. It may never occur but sometimes in the back of my mind, the old fashioned steam powered guages with wires can become the saviour of us all simply because it will work if everything else fails and if even that backup fails then we should not have been messing with flying in the first instance.
Preacher has a good point but it is not the aircraft but the terminal's ability to process an A380.....500 off and 500 on, within a potential 90 minute turnaround.
If the station staff cannot process a regular processing of up to 1000 passengers each time a A380 turns up then it matters not a jot if the airfield can deal with the airframe. Turntables were designed for locomotives and it was a very simple solution to a problem of that time however a A380 does NOT have several A319's in tow does it?
Regulars here will have read my thoughts upon this matter previously so forgive me please if I do not re-run the dialogue.
To have one of the most technically advanced aircraft 'running' almost the entire 'flight' from launch to touchdown worries me. This could be the most recent of Airbus frames or the newest of the Boeing Dreamships ( dreams indeed! ), if the pilot in command does not have a Doctorate in computer sciences or happened to be one of those writing the 'code' that runs the avionics suite, then I have no confidence in the likelihood of a 99.9999% survival of a landing.
I had the sad moment of reading that the last airline operating the most wonderful DC-10 were soon to finally 'retire' the ship from passenger revenue service. To purists, this was a simple aircraft to fly as a pilot because he/she knew how the aircraft behaved, could read and understand every instrument in front of them and knew exactly what to do and knew exactly how to react in an emergency situation
Seems fitting for BA to use their new 'flagship' on the Washington service following the shameful way they retired Concorde. It would also be efficient for BA to use at least two A380's on the LHR-JFK route due to the high number of passengers rather than African routes. But who am I? Just one that observes things and wonders why etc...
A wonderful solution for the major airfrieght carriers to join forces and create a cargo hub for Europe and if 150 million currency unit of value, what could be better?
Maybe the likes of Ryanair could chip in and use it as it's western european hub as well solvings it's frequent fallouts with the airport authorities over charges.....if they part own the airfield they can do as they please.
Free speech has it's down side it seems!! It was a hard landing on a hard surface and not a total loss of the airframe following a ditching into the sea. For a pilot in training to manage to get down by any means available seems to me a vindication of his instructors ability to deliver military pilots of challenging aircraft.
I also believe that the Royal Air Force never utilised the 'SEA HARRIER'.
Please open your mind if not your eyes. I detest journalists and find them to be somewhat inept even on a Sunday but sometimes, citizen journalists , 'ordinary You Tube subscribers', do not always have degree standard command of their own native language.
To the uninitiated, this was a 'scary' incident. To seasoned observers and those with an in depth knowledge of aviation and aeronautical physics, it is indeed 'all in a day's work'.
The footage was submitted by a regular spotter just happening to be there and 'picked up' by the mainstream media and it is to those people you should, with respect, direct your bile.
Yes sir, I think I understand you. I just cannot help noticing how, visually, a large aircraft such as a B747 or A380 'appear' to lumber up into the air or likewise touchdown because of it's sheer size compared to the usual small fry such as A320/B737 that appear to move quickly. The surface area of wings and rudder suggest to me that if engaged on a tricky windy approach they are more likely to play safe whilst the smaller aircraft tend to play the wind under wonderful stewardship of the crew. I usually always see the widebodies go-around because of the high PAX whilst see the small craft 'go for it' because they are bunny hops on 8 cycles per day etc, Ryanair/Easyjet/Southwest come to mind and usually successfully.
Does that make any sense to you sir?
I think I was trying to say the bigger the sail, the greater the forces exerted by way of wind....the rudder and the surface area of the wings etc. similar to big clippers sailing upon the great oceans before powered flight came to be!
Did I read you correctly sir? A A319 can better deal with a force 10 than a A340 perhaps
I would also add that I have noticed that the Royal Air Force use Birmingham for the occasional 'touch and go' during stormy periods for training apart from the sad Medevac flights that come through here en route to the Defence Medical facility here in Birmingham and then home to Brize Norton for the remainder of our soldiers.