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Weather Avoidance in Bizarro-world

Old 3rd Jul 2015, 04:38
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Weather Avoidance in Bizarro-world

Copied from the R & N forum. 747 probably a write-off.

http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/5...ver-china.html
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 05:32
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Just got to face it. PRC airspace is just one giant rolling [email protected] of an accident waiting to happen. I see it often enough to feel nothing but empathy and amazement at the fortitude demonstrated by our KA colleagues. The only place to see China from is 10700 metres and that is 6000 ft too low.
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 09:23
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If they won't give you a deviation turn around go back or divert to another port
Dump fuel if necessary and let the company sort it out with China ATC
If a few aircraft did that things might well change .
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Things won't change. And you need permission from these retards to dump fuel. Let alone avoid wx !
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Declare a Pan or Mayday, take up a heading. End of problem. Let CX, the Chinese and ICAO sort it out after that.
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You might get shot down. Or forced down. Then slapped in irons and dragged off to a Chinese slammer!
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 17:56
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Second that.

Very lucky it didn't turn into another AirAsia. Airplanes and CB's do not mix. The result this time was a best case scenerio - they survived.
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Old 5th Jul 2015, 05:50
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Well it would appear that the aeroplane didn't and the jumbo is a lot stronger than the newer aircraft of today
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 02:33
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CR I agree that avoiding the WX is better than crashing. But how do you know it's unlikely you'll be intercepted, or what the consequences might be?
Are you saying they're just incompetent, or less trigger happy than say - the Russians at Sakhalin?
Global events might well play a major role in how trigger happy they are on any particular day - especially along the Taiwan corridor, or around the islands they've grabbed. Time will tell.
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The Chinese are not going to shoot down a regularly scheduled CX flight on a main airway. Good grief. As Trafalgar said, ask for a deviation, twice, politely, then declare a pan and TELL them what heading you are turning on to. Show some balls people. Are you just going to fly straight into a red painting CB ?
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 07:25
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Eh, no.
But I also won't be too flippant about the alternatives.
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Who's being flippant? What other sensible choice is there? You need to divert for weather. Either you do, and avoid a verifiable dangerous situation, or you don't and trade not upsetting the Chinese for a potential danger to the aircraft and your passengers. Not really that difficult to make the decision is it? Again, what are they going to do, shoot you down? That will look good on the BBC won't it. It's about time that the worlds airlines start demanding some common sense from the Chinese authorities. Look at the photos of that 747 again, and then tell me that you won't divert around wx because they say 'cannot'.
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You won't care what it looks like if you're dead. It has happened! On numerous occasions. Why do you feel so sure it won't happen again?
Personally I rather like the proposal to just ask to hold in position or turn back. I'm really interested to know what they'd do. You're presenting your solution as the only one available to us. Not true. Press-on-itis! You are dying to stick your own neck out which in fact only plays into their hands by legitimising their dysfunctional system. Why do you want to do that?
Why not throw the problem back in their own court!

If enough pilots asked to hold/turn back I think it'd look pretty bad 'on the BBC' too. And you'd get to legitimately witness and enjoy the discomfort it causes them. From the comfort of home.

In reality this is a problem that ICAO needs to get on top of. And IFALPA too!

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Old 6th Jul 2015, 14:18
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You're NOT going to get shot down. When is the last time a nation knowingly shot down a civil airliner ?

You're likely NOT in a weapons engagement zone to begin with for chinese SAMs.

The chinese don't fly continuous armed CAPs looking for errant civil airliners. AND intercepts take significant resources and time.

AND you're talking to someone who can talk to others. Cannot to them means don't want to.

Do what you need to do declaring what you need to declare. The worst thing that will likely happen is you have to explain what you did later. This is pretty easy to do when it involves storms.
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 14:55
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...down_incidents

Note the CX shoot down. By the PLA, over Hainan.
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Um....yeah.

Secondary radar and transponder use didn't exist as we know it in 1954 (although there were forms of IFF available).

And few dispute the dangers of traveling through known combat zones or areas of terrorism. China ain't that. AND has an IADS.
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 16:09
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The Iran Air Airbus shot down by US Vincennes was squawking a civilian transponder code. But they were targetted anyway. By the 'good guys' with all the 'high tech' gear, and engagement rules etc.

And have you ever heard of aircraft 'false flag' ops? Black Ops?
Its easy to read up on. Google it. I'll bet the PLA have. They might not be put off one iota by your civilian transponder code.

The aircraft that attacked that CX flight may have been rogues. As in - "acting off their own bat". That wouldn't make me feel any better about it. Hotheads, who saw a target and went for it - I'd say there are lots of those in the PLA. They run the country after all, and don't hesitate to use force even on their own people.

China isn't a combat zone?
Hainan wasn't a combat zone in 1954. Hong Kong wasn't at war with China in 1954. Nor was the US or GB.

In fact Hainan seems to be a major hive of hotheaded PLA activity.
This one was in 2001 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_incident
Yes, military aircraft on both sides - but the whole scenario was reminiscent of the 1954 incident. And it rather puts paid to your proposition that intercepts are too hard and difficult for the Chinese.

Anyhow - do it your way matey.
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 16:35
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...tin foil hats...
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...says the guy who didn't know his own company had a shoot down by China...
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Old 6th Jul 2015, 17:41
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No. Well aware of that fact. It was also over 50 years ago..the world has moved on. If you seriously think that China will shoot down a CX airliner on a regularly scheduled flight on a recognised airway, then you go ahead and turn around or go into a holding pattern (and what if they won't "let" you do either of those manouvers either?). I won't fly into a dangerous CB. I will divert around it. CX, CAD, ICAO and China can sort out the details later.

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