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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:48:08 PM »
Just a quick note.  I'm not being evasive but more important things have popped up at home (specifically, my father-in-law to be who was rushed in with DVTs and - after a few days - has now had most of one leg amputated) so that is now my main priority.  I will come back to the various points raised & do my best to answer them once I've got on top of the domestic situation (and the huge backlog of work). 

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:09:14 AM »
Sez you...  Just jealous I reckon!  ;D

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: September 11, 2017, 11:29:32 PM »
Oooh!  And you have a slight Midlands accent.  Have at you sir!!!

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: September 11, 2017, 11:28:15 PM »
Um.. hang on..  Got it!

Well, you're a bit tall then..!  :D

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:43:46 PM »
My company has invested significantly more money in 558 than any other entity.  We love her & want to see the whole story played out to a happy ending.  But I appreciate the journey to that place is beyond the imagination & trust of some - just like the return to flight was I suppose..?  And things happened along the way that did not go to plan - but that's also rather 'normal' in the real world.  Get used to it - life is not a rehearsal: Think fast & do the right thing.

I do not like reading these threads but I rather need to - so I can see what flack might be in waiting & also keep cross-checking my own sense of reality.

I think there is a good chance that the hangar will happen & things will turn for the better (which is why we are still supporting the project) but I honestly can't say that is a certainty. 

But meanwhile, if anybody wants to start throwing toys around at 'names associated with the Vulcan' then how about you bring ME into it.  I'm seriously fed up with watching some decent folk getting kicked about by people who have no idea at all what they really do (and would I be paying for them to do that if I thought they were all just using the cash to prop up their holidays & latest cars - what REALLY!?)  But I can't really speak up on their behalf so at least, if I get a personal attack then I can start punching back.

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:51:36 AM »
I just got back from a lovely break in Majorca & a fab, two hour session flying an A320 simulator - great fun.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Circular Runways
« on: March 19, 2017, 12:12:30 AM »
Oh - and failure of a critical engine at V1 (which one would it be though - rather depends which way we're going around the roundabout!)

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Douglas DC4 at North Weald
« on: March 17, 2017, 10:15:49 PM »
Just makes me wish I was fifteen years younger and an AWFUL lot richer.  Such an opportunity for somebody with cash and a passion for gorgeous aircraft...

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Circular Runways
« on: March 17, 2017, 10:13:23 PM »
I spend a lot of my professional career assessing how folk line-up & descend on straight runways.  And this is with fairly stable headwinds & crosswinds (which go out of the door as you start turning at a constant rate).

Whoever thought this up has clearly never flown a real aeroplane...  Absolute 'la-la land' frankly.

Approaches & attempted landings on circular runways would be absolute carnage! (And I think I'm happy to be quoted on that).

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Ways To Raise Funding / Michael T's 5.58K
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:28:05 PM »
Surprised that this hasn't got a higher profile but I'd love to think that when I get to sixty I might be able to walk this (let alone RUN it) for 558.  Good on you Michael!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MichaelTrotter

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Engineering / Re: Extraordinary General Meeting Needed?
« on: February 10, 2017, 11:06:23 PM »
I'm with Mayfly <response re DoH interview> - some awkward questions were asked (actually, just about every awkward question you could think of) but they were answered well.  No politician's responses - instead, straight, open & frank explanations.  And some of those questions didn't have 'yes/no' answers or were bordering on things Robert shouldn't/couldn't discuss but he did an excellent job all the same.

In my opinion, Robert continued to demonstrate why he was the right person to lead the team that brought 558 back to flight & why he is the one who has the best vision of how to build on that triumph for the future.

Right now we are all hurting but if anybody can turn this around then he's the one (again).

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Trust Newsletter archive / Re: NEWS LETTER
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:02:17 PM »
Personally, I think that the latest newsletter did a pretty good job of explaining things.

Now I'm going to rant...

I'm getting a tad p*d off that individuals are being named (for whom I have a LOT of respect) and that their (alleged) actions are apparently open-season for any interpretation that might be placed upon them.  This really isn't fair or necessary.  It also takes an incredibly na├»ve & simplistic approach to a very complicated set of problems.  If you want easy to grasp, black & white answers then the maintenance & restoration of complex jets is not for you. 

Please show a bit of respect & see the bigger picture.  Things didn't go to plan (and frankly, not through anything I could attribute to VTST or I wouldn't keep on sponsoring them) but the goal-posts moved, there isn't enough money and the only way to preserve 558 & other English heritage jets is to enter & endure a painful recovery period.  I will be firmly strapped in for the ride for as long as I can.

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Engineering / Re: Extraordinary General Meeting Needed?
« on: January 21, 2017, 12:07:53 AM »
Southend Trev per chance..?

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Vulcan Village / Re: Vulcan enclosure
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:03:15 AM »
Sorry guys - crossed wires all the way and mostly my fault.  There actually was an enclosure but due to the late arrangements, nobody knew about it.  Again, that's because I was a tad busy at this end & dropped the ball.  I'll do my best to make sure that everything is just peachy next year.  Either way, I reckon it was a nice couple of days - particularly pleased to see the perfectly flown Vampire pair from Norway.  I also think the mini-Reds were a show-stealer; wonder if it would be viable to put those up in formation with the large-scale Vulcan next year..?

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Vulcan Village / Re: Vulcan enclosure
« on: August 26, 2016, 03:42:01 PM »
I'm delighted to report that the organisers did manage to sort out an enclosure.  Apparently, it isn't as large as previously but it is on the flight-line.

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