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Old 18th Dec 2010, 09:07
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Well it's snowing big time at Gatwick now but the airport is still open
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 09:18
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Not according to the 0950 METAR:
EGKK 180950Z 11009KT 0300 R08R/0600 +SN BKN002 BKN005 OVC008 M01/M02 Q0990 RESN SNOCLO
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 09:25
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and Notam-
Q) EGTT/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5109N00011W005
B) FROM: 10/12/18 10:15C) TO: 10/12/18 12:00 EST

E) AD CLOSED FOR SNOW CLEARANCE
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 11:25
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Reason for cancelling early is to avoid having planes spread/dumped all over Europe due to airports being closed and diverting. If the 1st wave left early this morning they would not be able to land back in LGW causing even further problems for themselves and the passengers. At least now they know that the whole fleet is waiting in LGW ready to fly the next bunch of passengers away to their destinations.
A very complex job having crew sent by taxis/busses across Europe when airports are closed.
A lesson that was learnt during the volcanic ash clouds where ops wanted the planes going knowing they couldn't fly back etc. Causing themselves a big headache loosing track of what airplane was at what airport and so on.

Hope it makes sense to the normal passenger.

Ps. LGW base have 42 planes for this winter (43 this summer) and with the just newly announced routes we will have 46 for summer 2011.
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 13:32
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Do the people at easyJet know what is going on? On their website they say that both Luton and Stansted are closed NO they are open but let us cancel the rest of the departures in any case - what a mess.
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 13:58
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as of 14.00 hrs Ltn Snoclo.....
Q) EGTT/QMRLC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5152N00022W005
B) FROM: 10/12/18 14:00C) TO: 10/12/18 17:43

E) RWY 08/26 CLOSED DUE SNOW
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 14:38
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My apologies about Luton being open!
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 15:16
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compton3bravo,


Great then we just need the final apology for STN

Quote: "Airport closed for snow clearing

Stansted Airportís runway is closed for snow clearing and is expected to re-open at 17:00. Flights are subject to long delays and cancellation."
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 15:24
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COKEMAN

Apologies for Stansted if needed but it was still open when I posted the message. Always try to admit when I get things wrong not like a lot of other people I have come into contact over the years. Have a coke or something stronger on me when you are next down in Southern Spain!
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 15:58
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@ easydan319
Nantes - Toulouse also loaded. OperAted by CDG base (CDG-TLS-NTE-TLS-CDG)
... a CDG base machine is not suitable for the thrursday flight with actual schedule (NTE/TLS/NTE)
NTE/TLS : 17h05 >>18h25
TLS/NTE : 18h55 >> 20h10
It seems impossible to operate with all the present schedules for NTE ... without adding an other incoming flight
Or it's a mistake on the booking system !
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Old 18th Dec 2010, 16:06
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CPT3B, No problems it was just meant as a joke.......
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Old 26th Dec 2010, 19:47
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LGW-AMM Payload

So, orangeJet are doing LGW-AMM. What payload restrictions will be in place? I don't somehow reckon you can keep an A320 airborne for 6 hours with every seat full, accompanying luggage and full fuel tanks.
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Old 26th Dec 2010, 20:19
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LGW-AMM

We fly LTN-TLV, LTN-SSH and MAN-SSH fully loaded with no payload restrictions on A320's.
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Old 26th Dec 2010, 21:17
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Wink

A320 is more capable than I thought! cheers for clearing that up
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Old 31st Dec 2010, 10:59
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Exclamation Strange noises on board

Ok, so the last couple of times I flew with easyJet, I've heard the same noise. It sounds like a starter motor in a car, when the engines got an issue, or you have a flat battery. I think however it's coming from the middle gears.

I flew with them yesterday, an made sure I took a note of its Reg G-EZDK. Is this common on Airbus aircraft, or is there an issue here. Does it stem from the high frequency of landings?
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Old 31st Dec 2010, 11:14
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Nothing to do with number of landings at all.... where did you get that idea from???

Its the Power Transfer Unit or PTU that cross powers the hydraulic systems. When we start the first engine it pressurises the other hydraulic system. The noise you hear is the PTU working. Sounds like a dog bark.

Its common on all A320 series.
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Old 31st Dec 2010, 11:22
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Its the Power Transfer Unit or PTU that cross powers the hydraulic systems.
Thanks Splashdown for letting me know. I'm used to flying on Ryanair and their 737-800's, were you can't hear the PTU.

Regarding the high frequency of landings, I was just wondering could it stem from frequent landings and the strains that go along with that...
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Old 31st Dec 2010, 11:30
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I have noticed on the older busses its more prominent and lasts longer, but nothing to worry about.
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Old 31st Dec 2010, 11:43
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I'm pretty sure that Airbus would disagree !!!
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Old 3rd Jan 2011, 01:26
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Easyjet from MAN

Please can Easyjet consider providing new routes from Manchester to Amman, Bologna,Verona and Seville. I think that there is a well healed market (Cheshire) for interesting city break and opera/foodie destinations. Evidence of this is the number of good restaurants and a full opera house in Manchester. At the moment we need to use Lufthansa/ Brussels Airlines/BMI to go to these destinations. Would like to use Easyjet but EZY need to provide the service to get the customers. Heard lots of belly aching about late delivery of planes/ having to compete with other airports but would be good to see some real committment recognised by happy customers - and EZY rewarded accordingly. Thanks, DomyDom
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