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Old 3rd Feb 2009, 12:12
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This is what is supposed to happen!



See 1.4, basically this means the runway's will be closed until they can achive an equivalent "WET" surface. Next to impossible in moderate SN hence they shut the airport...
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Old 3rd Feb 2009, 12:35
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All well and good bashing the BAA but to be fair all the runway / taxiway clearance done at LGW yesterday AM was almost completely wasted because of the the complete collapse of the ground transport infrastructure.

I arrived by air into LGW just over an hour late and then spent over four hours getting around to LHR - the monopoly coach operator completely stopped running for the day, the rail link was closed down, and it was a three hour wait for a taxi.
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Old 3rd Feb 2009, 12:52
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In last year's exceptionally long and severe winter Wittering was "snowed out" for one day only of the many when it had aircraft assigned to the (Nuclear) Quick Reaction Force, said the STO.
STO = Gp. Capt (later) John H. Ramsden OBE (also later).

My uncle, supposedly the inventor of the snowblower
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Old 3rd Feb 2009, 17:46
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2: BAA did well though as the shops continued and no doubt profited from those "enjoying an extended stay at the airport's facilities" (sic).

BUT surely a "major international hub" has a responsibility to be open even with snow. Or be downgraded to an aerodrome and let other airports take over.

You want to be a "big boy": take the risks as well as the rewards.

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Old 4th Feb 2009, 09:17
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BAA Heathrow

Oh look. Nice sunny day here at Heathrow (4th). But no sign of any BAA staff removing any of the remaining snow on stands or taxiways. And oh look what has just happened..............A Virgin 747 being towed onto stand has had its tug jack knife on the ice causing damage to the nose wheels and torque link. This is a live taxiway (now blocked) which should be ice free. Perhaps the sun was too bright for the BAA to notice it? Does anyone inspect stands and taxiways here? Seems not.

I am sorry but incidents like this costs thousands and is down to pure negligence by the airport operator.

Cant use the "staff couldnt get into work" excuse this time.

Any BAA comments??? Be interesting to hear.

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