I quite like this idea. Not that it is very feasible, but one reason why I like the idea of a very fast rail connection between Gatwick and Heathrow is that I was saying ten years ago that we should have one. During the last government’s study of runway capacity and expansion there was a [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Aviation'
May 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Technology
For some reason I was looking at the Wikipedia page for the B-24 Liberator WWII heavy bomber, saw the numbers that were built and it got me thinking.Â It sounded like a lot (18,482 built in 6 years) so I started looking around at the numbers built of other aircraft for comparison and came up [...]
April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Life
Every time you think that Ryanair have reached the bottom, they find new depths to stoop to.
April 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Life
It was a bit strange at work, not seeing a plane go past every few minutes as UK air space was closed to all traffic for the first time since, well, ever I think.Â Nearly all traffic anyway, the Sussex air ambulance was still operational and I saw a single-engine light aircraft go over my [...]
February 15th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Life
I’m no expert in PR, but even I can see that upsetting a customer who has 1.64 million followers on Twitter (many of them fanatical)Â is going to stretch the old saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity to breaking point.Â ((Top tip: try quoting that saying to the Toyota PR department [...]
January 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Life
Given where Mr Abdulmutallab hid his explosive device, I immediately get (what I hope is) the wrong mental image when I see newspaper headlines about ‘crackdowns’ on security at airports.
December 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Life
I remember the last time I flew to the USA.Â On the way back we were made to remove our shoes to go through security.Â This had never happened before and there was a lot of grumbling.Â We heard the bloke at the gate tell somebody in front of us “just be greatful that Richard [...]
December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Life, Work
There was a bit of an end-of-term atmosphere at work today – which is going to make going in tomorrow feel like a real anti-climax.Â A major contributory factor was our xmas lunch in the canteen restaurant.Â Queueing up to get in there we noticed a picture of the incident at Prestwick where a Ryanair [...]
October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Life
I’m feeling a bit sorry for the Crawley Observer.Â It hit the streets today with a story on page 19 (right next to the one with the wonderful headline of ‘The squirrel whisperer’) about Gatwick airport.Â The headline was “Gatwick sale could take some time yet” and it started by saying: BAA’s owners have scotched [...]
Last week’s holiday was the first time I flew anywhere since February 2004, which means the first time since all the new security restrictions were imposed.Â I had forgotten just what a joyless experience flying has become now.