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London Airport to be controlled from 80 miles distance

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Boiler Bri19/05/2017 17:59:00
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Is is cheaper to employ someone 80miles away, if not I can not understand why they are doing it. They still have bodies employed doing the job.

Looks like it will be stanstead from now on!


Michael-w19/05/2017 18:09:06
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Posted by Ady1 on 19/05/2017 17:55:31:

"There's as much chance of a nuclear accident as there is of an airliner crashing onto Wembley on cup final day"

I suppose the bottom line for all these things is money, and if a few people have to die along the way then that's just the way it goes

Yep, wouldn't be the first time a big corporation has defended their actions in the name of profit and cover up evidence of harm to life.

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SillyOldDuffer19/05/2017 18:44:34
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Probably not as daft as it seems. Don't air traffic controllers already sit in front of screens rather than look out of the window? And aren't railways long since run from a small number of control centres? I guess if the remote system fails the problem is no different to fog, which I hope they know how to deal with already. There might even be advantages - you can have many more cameras on the ground than eyeballs and cameras can see in the dark. Much cheaper outside London and the people operating the system are less likely to get stuck in traffic on their way to work.

Anyway I don't care - you wouldn't get me up in one of those things!

Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 19/05/2017 18:45:45

Mike Poole19/05/2017 20:48:35
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Hi Bill, I guessed the GA would be a well rehearsed situation but still must need a quick response to avert a potential disaster. My Fathers penultimate RAF posting was Air traffic control at West Drayton but we never really talked about the nitty gritty of his job but it did not involve landing civilian aircraft more negotiating military aircraft through busy civilian areas. He transferred to RADAR after he finished as a pilot. Brize Norton was his final posting and was involved in Concord's maiden flight. I have the thankyou letter for his assistance to Raymond Baxter during the flight.


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