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Brize Norton Runway Melting

Old 18th Jul 2022, 14:22
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Brize Norton Runway Melting

Reports on Sky News that the runway is melting. Not for the first time IIRC.

Apparently steps have been taken to ensure this does not affect operations.

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Old 18th Jul 2022, 14:30
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Surely...taking the steps away will definitely affect operations?.......

.....Boom boom....
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Surely...taking the steps away will definitely affect operations?.......

.....Boom boom....
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Old 18th Jul 2022, 15:01
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Originally Posted by WB627
Reports on Sky News that the runway is melting. Not for the first time IIRC.
Last year, causing aircraft to operate out of civil airports for several weeks. Shame that Lyneham wasn't available as an immediate BOLTHOLE.

Cranwell also has melting parking surfaces in recent days and that's before the record temperatures.
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Originally Posted by WB627

Apparently steps have been taken to ensure this does not affect operations.
Looks like the current airborne jets are heading towards Prestwick after tasking.
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Another example of the folly of having all your eggs in one basket.

I wonder who it was who though basing all your transport fleet at one location was a good idea?

Probably an accountant…
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Old 18th Jul 2022, 16:34
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Never been a problem in the Middle East….
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Old 18th Jul 2022, 16:43
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Originally Posted by Saintsman
I wonder who it was who thought basing all your transport fleet at one location was a good idea?
Quite a few of us know but, apart from this shocking decision, he's a thoroughly 'top chap' so I, for one, will not say who he is. Needless to say he got another couple of ranks out of it before he left the Service.

He was aircrew, not an accountant, although once suggested, the latter probably took ownership of the idea.
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Never been a problem in the Middle Eastů.
Indeed, there never were any issues (with the airport) operating out of Basrah when the temp was 50 degrees C in the shade. It could tax the aircraft and crews a little though.
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And now Luton.

London Luton Airport flights suspended as heat affects runway - BBC News
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Old 18th Jul 2022, 18:57
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What makes the runways at places like DXB or AUH better at withstanding heat?
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Originally Posted by MATELO
Looks like the current airborne jets are heading towards Prestwick after tasking.
Why not Fairford? Or Boscombe? Or Waddington?
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They could always buy Finningley back.
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Old 18th Jul 2022, 20:00
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Where was it that the roof blew off a new hangar recently?
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Originally Posted by Doors to Automatic
What makes the runways at places like DXB or AUH better at withstanding heat?
There is tarmac, and there is tarmac. They all broadly consist of selected stones stuck together with a binding agent. There are lots of different recipes for the binder.

You select your brew according to the conditions you expect it to mostly work in. For particularly sunny weather the insolation will make the tarmac hot, damn hot, so, in, say , DXB you need a brew that stays firm when hot. It probably won't cool down too much overnight.

In the UK it is not commonly hot and sunny very often, so you need a brew that is still flexible enoughwhen cool to cold and is resistant to lots of rain. It will not be as durable if it gets hot.

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Originally Posted by Saintsman
Another example of the folly of having all your eggs in one basket.

I wonder who it was who though basing all your transport fleet at one location was a good idea?

Probably an accountant…
It was a Wg Cdr Engineer - well, he was certainly on the team. Nice enough chap but just came up with the answer he was told to find.
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Originally Posted by typerated
Why not Fairford? Or Boscombe? Or Waddington?
Well Waddo ATC normally go lullaby baby after 18:00.
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Bring back the allover grass runway.

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Originally Posted by Stationair8
Bring back the allover grass runway.
ww2 concrete squares seem to have faired well over the last 80 years!
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Woodbridge's (sorry, Rock's) grass strip is probably still open for business, albeit a bit dusty.
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