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Aviation Waffle / Circular Runways
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:06:39 PM »
Intriguing idea!

I had a quick check that it wasn't 1st April when I read this.....  ;D

Will circular runways ever take off?

Aviation Waffle / Pilot lands plane after propeller falls off at 2,000ft
« on: October 15, 2015, 02:04:50 PM »
A pilot managed to glide his single-engined aeroplane to safety after the propeller fell off at 2,000ft (610m).

Aviation Waffle / Lancaster Test Flight
« on: October 09, 2015, 11:32:28 PM »
PA474 due to perform air-test next week:

Pure speculation on my part - would one of the remaining flights by 558 be with the Lancaster?

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Flypast at Yeovilton
« on: July 11, 2015, 07:48:48 PM »
Not the best photo, but the only one I have on my phone!
(the original, and then an edited version in an attempt to make it look old!)

Aviation Waffle / Waddington resurfacing
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:19:08 AM »
I'm not sure if anyone has posted this elsewhere on the forum, but there's an interesting document here which details the planned runway resurfacing at Waddington.....

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Take off / landing - 8/6/2014
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:01:57 PM »
Finally got round to uploading a few snaps taken from Old Bawtry Road on the Sunday afternoon....

Aviation Waffle / Spy plane causes air traffic chaos, says FAA
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:29:41 AM »
Whoops!  :-[

A spy plane was responsible for a computer glitch that caused air-traffic chaos in western US states last week, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed.

Engineering / IFR Flight
« on: May 22, 2013, 12:18:53 PM »

I noticed from Scampton's report on the AGM (thanks by the way Scampton!), that Saturday's flight "was notable for being the first occasion 558 flew under IFR, passing through cloud cover".

Have I missed something?  Did 558 have the necessary equipment fitted during the winter server to allow IFR?  What needed to be added / changed to allow the change in the rules?

Excellent news that she can now fly under IFR, just curious as to when the change was authorised.

Ways To Raise Funding / Tour for 2013?
« on: October 03, 2012, 12:24:10 PM »
Reading the various reports from around and about, it appears that the tour has been a big success (and thumbs-up and well done to everyone involved).  Does this suggest a further development of the idea for 2013?

I feel it would be good to do something similar, maybe at the start of the season next year, and get the various regions involved. With a bit more warning, surely each region could organise some form of "meet" for local supporters, families, businesses, whoever.  Have each region do their own thing, make a bit of a party of it at each venue, and have 558 fly over during the day.  Surely a good way to kick off next year's season, and get some publicity for the coming year.

If they'd been coming up this way to Elvington (and with a bit of warning), we could have organised a "meet" of the Yorkshire supporters, and I'm sure each region could do similar (as I know some did this time).

I know there's the issue of "we need to get to next year first / need the funds", but surely an early announcement of something like this might be a good incentive for people?

Engineering / Another engine question!
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:51:57 PM »
Something which has occured to me whilst reading all the various threads on engine life........

Without being at all negative, there will come a point when there are only four usable engines - namely the ones which are flying in 558 at that time.  Even without any technical or other problems, some of the engines will have no flying time left, so the ones being used in 558 will be the only ones left.

Once that is the case, will that limit 558's ability to land away from base?  Assuming she landed (say at Farnborough) and had an irreparable problem with an engine, would she effectively be stranded for good at Farnborough?  I assume she would not be allowed to take off on three engines under any circumstances (even for a final ferry flight), and therefore would be stuck wherever she had landed.

As I said, I'm not intending to be negative - just realistic.  With the best will and engineering team in the world (both of which we have!  ;)  ), the day will come when there are only the four flyable engines left.  Once that is the case, I wonder if she will never land anywhere away from base (except in an emergency).

Engineering / The Remaining Engines
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:38:55 PM »
A posting over on UKAR seems to have cleared up the question I've heard a few people ask - namely which engines were used as the replacments - whether they were both the new ones, or whether one of them was a previously removed one....
Incidentally, if anyone caught our interview with Martin Withers at the start of yesterday's commentary, he confirmed that the only "spare" engines left are indeed the two previously removed and requiring investigation by Rolls-Royce.

Engineering / The "Well Done" Thread!!
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:17:15 PM »
What a wonderful team we've got looking after the aircraft!  A huge "well done" and thank you to the entire team for everything that has been achieved over the last few weeks, culminating in today's flight.

May your supplies of Jaffa Cakes never run dry!

Engineering / Support the Team
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:54:48 AM »
I wanted to put on record my 100% percent support for all the engineers.  As has been said elsewhere, they must be more devastated than all of us at what has happened.  Blame is irrelevant, and not the purpose of this thread.  They are only human, even if they sometimes appear super-human.  Admitting the fault is to be applauded, and a credit to the professionalism of the team.  Learn from it, put in new procedures or improve existing ones, then carry on delivering what we all long to see - XH558 overhead.

Time and again over the last few years the engineers have delivered what has seemed almost impossible.  They need to know that they have our full support at the moment.

I for one am ready and waiting with my cloth and Mr. Muscle to help with polishing or any other tasks that will be needed just as soon as possible!

Aviation Waffle / Helicopter crash pilot escapes without serious injury
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:19:43 PM »
A New Zealand pilot has escaped without serious injury after an accident where his helicopter's blades appeared to get caught in cables attached to scaffolding....

Watching the video, he's very lucky not to have fallen into the blades.

Aviation Waffle / Supermarine Swift being auctioned on eBay for £250,000
« on: November 07, 2011, 02:41:16 PM »
Someone at work just sent me this link (I don't read the Daily Mail!).......

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