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Engineering / Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Last post by EmmPeaBee on July 13, 2018, 08:02:51 AM »
I Think it is Great News - and Thanks for sharing it.
I think we all should accept that this sort of negotiation can drag on and on and on.
So many good projects fall by the wayside because of old father time taking his toll.
But Progress IS being made, so thanks for the hard work, & strength for Future.
Mike
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Engineering / Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Last post by Mayfly on July 13, 2018, 07:49:37 AM »
I think the best you can say is it's only confirmation of what has been hinted at over the last couple of years and lets face it, it's almost 3 yrs since 558s last flight. With negotiations only now starting between solicitors  and we know how long that process can take, I can't see it being built in time for occupation next year but I do hope I'm wrong.
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Engineering / Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Last post by SteveL on July 12, 2018, 06:04:09 PM »
Everybody enjoys good news!  :)
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Engineering / Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Last post by sickbag_andy on July 12, 2018, 05:33:50 PM »
quote:

For the past six months, since full planning approval was obtained late in December, the Trust has been in discussions with an investor - who does not wish to be named at this stage - who has offered to fund the majority of the costs of constructing the Trust's New Hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport on land that has now been purchased by the Airport. 

In parallel, building contractors have provided costs for the build, and a small amount of preparatory work at the site has been carried out. Having agreed in principle the terms of the investment, our discussions have now moved on to detailed negotiations between sets of solicitors. 

When this process is completed, we will be able to make further announcements including our planned timescale. We do however hope that the hangar will open and have access to XH558 available in 2019. In addition, we are in discussions with others for the remainder of the funding required to turn the new hangar into an exciting visitor attraction for South Yorkshire. 

We are very grateful for the patience of our supporters during this long and involved process, on which by its nature has meant we have been unable to offer frequent, detailed updates. We are confident that this plan will allow us to fulfil our aspirations of honouring the past and inspiring the future, while giving XH558 a fitting, relevant and secure home in the very long term. 

something positive at last!
Andy
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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by StAthan lecky on May 30, 2018, 03:13:19 PM »
"Many thanks for taking the time to reply Steve"

As Alexandr said - "simples". The same explanation should have come from "t'management" but there you go.

Sam's reply says volumes about the Trust.  if the aircrew were needed earlier and had to stay overnight, no question.  How much would the cost saved compare to a few 100lbs of JET A1 cursing through the engines. :(


The actual cost was two destroyed engines and many shows cancelled during the investigation into the incident and loss of good will and trust by hundreds if not thousands of supporters due to the Trusts handling of the investigation and failure to be transparent as to the actual cause and who was culpable !

Mike (Ex Supporter)
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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by ascot5046 on May 30, 2018, 08:04:00 AM »
"Many thanks for taking the time to reply Steve"

As Alexandr said - "simples". The same explanation should have come from "t'management" but there you go.

Sam's reply says volumes about the Trust.  if the aircrew were needed earlier and had to stay overnight, no question.  How much would the cost saved compare to a few 100lbs of JET A1 cursing through the engines. :(


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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by Sad Sam on May 28, 2018, 01:27:05 AM »
That would be for Taff, Sam & any of the others to decide, given that the accusation was aimed at them.

I don't think anyone is accusing me of leaving anything in the intakes.

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VTTS will never give any information out on the silica incident as it was covered up as the person who removed them (or not) shouldn't have been anywhere near the aircraft while preparing for a sortie. Needless to say they remained employed by the trust but in a "IT" role. The engineers got the blame who we're not even on-site due to being stuck in traffic.

The statement is not quite true as we were not stuck in traffic, we were still travelling into work.  I received a phone call the previous evening telling me the "crew in" time had been moved forward. I was in Southampton at the time and said there was no way I could get to Doncaster in time for an 08:00 start (and then safely work a full day)  I offered to leave straight away if the trust would cover the extra nights accommodation.  This was turned down on the grounds of expense.  To save more money my journey to work included picking up Mouse and Mark Brown, which added further delay to the journey.

The person who made the call told me that "it's ok we can cover it" - I thought they meant the guys who lived in Lincolnshire would cover the pre-flight service but when we eventually arrived Ray Watts was not there as he had a hospital appointment.

While we were driving up the motorway we had a phone call from a member of the management team asking why we had not gone to Hinckley to pick up the trust Land Rover which would have saved more money (and added another 30 - 40 minutes onto the journey)

I think we eventually arrived about 10 minutes before "crew in"  I was informed that all of the servicing was complete.  I had a quick look around the aircraft, topped up one of the Nitrogen systems and signed for the airframe element of the service.  The crew arrived and the rest is history.
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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by sickbag_andy on May 27, 2018, 09:44:56 AM »
Andy,

I can offer some views on your questions:

many thanks for taking the time to reply Steve, that's the best set of answers I've seen from anybody in a very long time and offers me a good degree of re-assurance and I appreciate that in some parts it's your views rather than an official Trust opinion but you do show a good deal of realism and that bodes well especially with your being close to the core of the operation.  I hope others that read this also share that view,

thanks again
Andy
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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by CLIFFORD on May 26, 2018, 02:51:42 PM »
thanks Steve.
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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by planenut on May 25, 2018, 07:37:12 PM »
I appreciate your time and comments.
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