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Old 28th Oct 2012, 22:34   #1 (permalink)
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Hurricane Sandy shuts down East Coast US

I see Sandys managed to shut down flights into New York, Boston and Philidelphia effective as of tomorrow AM. Aer Lingus + BA cancelled all ops so far...

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Old 28th Oct 2012, 22:49   #2 (permalink)
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It'll save them a packet. Re-book all PAX and save the fuel on all the CNX flights?
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 22:55   #3 (permalink)
 
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BA's load factor to JFK is over 90%, with I think nine wide bodies a day and one A318.

Where exactly do you think these pax will be re booked to?

This will cost BA (and others) a packet.
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 23:31   #4 (permalink)
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They can fly with Virgin, they have operated this evening's flights to New York
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 23:51   #5 (permalink)
 
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VS flights to and from New York, Washington and VS11 to Boston on Monday 29 October 2012 have been cancelled.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 01:25   #6 (permalink)
 
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Mmm, what about tomorrow?
Well, discretion being the better part of valour...

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Old 29th Oct 2012, 06:02   #7 (permalink)

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Coming from a locale where visibility is in metres or kilometres, is "SM" in the above statute miles?
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 06:14   #8 (permalink)
 
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Vis in SM..

Capt. Claret, you are spot on...
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 07:11   #9 (permalink)
 
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Hmm....with a wind of 040/42G60kts should be able to pull up on 04R about half-way. Nice.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 10:33   #10 (permalink)
 
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May not be desirable to have one's aircraft on the ground on the east coast.
The USN has sent a large part of its Norfolk fleet to sea for a jolly roll around.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 11:26   #11 (permalink)
 
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That's the spirit!

I see at least one airline, an ultra low cost, is braving the storm.

'Spirit Airlines' has an A320 scheduled flight, NK103, from Boston to Fort Lauderdale at 38,000 ft SE of Baltimore. (10:17 UK time) (Plane Finder ? Flight Radar and Live Flight Tracking)

Seems to have flown right down the East coast. And they apparently charge for the coffee on board.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 11:36   #12 (permalink)
 
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Spirit Airlines

Rather them than me :P
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 13:08   #13 (permalink)
 
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tomorrow looks lovely too!

Will BA/VS etc put on extra a/c? With such high load factors, obviously there are not many seats to pop people onto!

What happens in this kind of scenario?
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 13:10   #14 (permalink)
 
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I see at least one airline, an ultra low cost, is braving the storm.
Flying over or around revolving storms is no big deal provided you keep away from the nasty red bits. The big deal is what happens when you get on the ground.

Given the flight's destination is miles away from the action, I'd say "what's the problem", especially given it's only a Cat 1.

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Old 29th Oct 2012, 13:38   #15 (permalink)
 
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The Carnarsti approach would've been most interesting to watch
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 13:56   #16 (permalink)
 
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Will BA/VS etc put on extra a/c?
Tricky at best - there aren't many if any spare aircraft, there few spare crews (and many out of position, holed up on the eastern seaboard), and no/few spare slots into the likes of LHR. Once the flights start up again they'll obviously fill the flights flights they do operate, and possibly move passengers onto any flights/other carriers that do have spare seats, which might perhaps mean asking people to travel to their intended destinations via alternative routes.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 14:16   #17 (permalink)
 
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BA's load factor to JFK is over 90%, with I think nine wide bodies a day and one A318.

Headlines: "BA charters QE 3 to replace 10 flights."

The USN has sent a large part of its Norfolk fleet to sea for a jolly roll around. FM300200 13045G65K

But then again, perhaps not. It's their back yard so I assume they know what they are doing.

I see at least one airline, an ultra low cost, is braving the storm.
Seems to have flown right down the East coast. And they apparently charge for the coffee on board
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The gritty bulldog spirit has migrated west. They'll make a fortune on re-fills.

I wonder how long before someone publishes a thread of a/c diverting on fumes. I hope the minimum fuel guys stay at home and let the gas-guzzlers into the ring.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 14:53   #18 (permalink)
 
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Now I don't want to make the the wrong impression here. I know Sandy is a serious weather system.
But....

I have landed a B737 in 65 kts wind gusts before. I know many others here on the forum have as well. Especially those from the North Western part of Europe. We have storms like this every autumn / winter in these parts.
What makes this so different?
Are our storms here so much different from the Hurricanes? Or have we all been very careless in the past and will the lawyers simply not allow it anymore from now on? Is it all about liability?
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 15:00   #19 (permalink)
 
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What is the max operating ground wind speed for a 737? IIRC the airbus is 60 knots. Ramp operations become very dangerous for ground staff at those wind speeds.

Just because you can do it doesn't mean it is a sensible thing to do.

Better to take a delay, and operate more safely later.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 15:14   #20 (permalink)
 
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Delaware gov declared emergency

.....and so all the intrepid Flightsafety students arrived at Wilmington today from all over the world, only to be told that the guv had declared an emergency, so they had to close(!) As of now, it is just raining, so several tried to get the ground instructor to do the class at the hotel, so they could start with Sim when emergency is over......nope.

My FO has birthday today, but all the shops, restaurants etc closed and we are not permitted to drive(!)

As long as we keep power, we have some water and sandwiches etc. but if the power goes, only emergency lighting, no running water, no heat, no frig or micro to heat food. Exciting! La la la

Iceland and northern Denmark, Scotland all have this level of rain and wind, but the worst is yet to come. High tide now, storm surge on the coast and up to 8 inches rain forecast......

We will see........
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