Monday, 15 November 2010

Take a break, relax, because you're worth it

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My last 2 posts with a `severe weather theme` appear to have rattled a couple of people who are anticipating a cruise on the oceans. I just wanted to say sorry, to wish them Bon Voyage and to reassure them by saying that I'm sure the flight home will be fine.....

15 comments:

CI-Roller Dude said...

It's amazing some of the places they've built airports....some have such strong cross winds, that the aircraft are often sideways when they land.

But as we said in the Army, and landing we could walk away from was OK.

Hogday said...

CI-RD: Like a lot of things, I suspect that pilots were not high on the list of people consulted in the planning process - but I could be wrong. I once flew from Toronto to Sarnia (Ontario)in a Great Lakes Airways Convair. The jockey saw there was only 12 of us on board and filled his boots. We had one hell of a ride. He stopped off halfway, at London Ont, to let a couple off and then stood that thing on its wingtip as he lifted off. Bloody marvellous. When we got to Sarnia (and had finished kissing the ground) he told me he used to fly Starfighters in the RCAF. I love military pilots!

Blue Eyes said...

Gulp!

Wasn't the old HK airport in the middle of a skyscrapered-up inner district?

Coming into Wellington the pilots can hardly divert to a nearby alternative as they can often in Europe!!

Hogday said...

Blue: Correct, you world traveller you! The approach to Kai Tak airport felt like the pilot was following a street map. I will be spending a few days in Suffolk this week. I expect it to be cold and breezy so I will have to hold on tight - but only to my pint of Adnams ;)

JuliaM said...

"Wasn't the old HK airport in the middle of a skyscrapered-up inner district? "

Yup, I flew into it once. Expected to get off and see someone's washing hanging off a wingtip...

Haven't flown into the new one yet, but I can't think it'll be half as exciting, being out on the bay...

Hogday said...

JuliaM: No, the `new` one is a nice run in from the sea, as you said., but its a pretty neat piece of work all the same. Won a design award.

Blue Eyes said...

Hogs, it's amazing what you can learn "off the telly"! Hong Kong is a box that has unfortunately not yet been ticked :-(

Adnams, however..!

Hogday said...

Blue: After 5 days in HK I felt both invigorated and at the same time like I'd been slapped around the face for the duration - in the nicest possible way!

powdergirl said...

Severe weather? Hah, I'm booked for a resort in Mexico! And I'm not buying that "swamp gas" theory for a minute!

TonyF said...

Remember; the take off is just brute force over ignorance.

The landing, however, may sting a little if it goes wrong. I was taught that a the definition of a good landing was one that you walked away from. A really good landing, and the aircraft was re-usable.

For those without any flying background; there are three rules to the perfect landing.

Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

Hogday said...

TonyF; So thats why the TSR2 never got its wheels up :-/

allcoppedout said...

My word verification is splabled - a term that feels about right for landings at Vigo International. Quite why the Spaniards have built the airport on the side of a fog-bound mountain I know not. Whether we land or just buzz the airstrip a few times depends on how much cheap brandy El Loco can get down. We usually end up at Deportivo.
I'm due there just before Xmas (I'll do anything to evade Xmas in the UK and Royal Weddings). I shall play Hoggie's video and soundtrack as we land.

TonyF said...

TSR2??? DONT get me started.... Oh, you have.

They did get it working you know.

De Campo said...

And some think I'm crazy for jumping out before landing....

Hogday said...

ACO: You enjoy your cruise, now. I'll try to make it into Malaga airport around March.

TonyF: Sorry, I got myself started first and had to get someone else to share the blood pressure. And I won't get on to my not so favourite ex Minister of Defence, Denis Healey, either. Aggh done it again.

De Campo: If we were both on one of those planes I'd probably jump with you. PS: Isn't your Space Command badge off an old Caddilac? I'm sure I can see the scratches where you levered it off.