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Old 13th Aug 2013, 11:56
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I read some correspondence on this issues you're talking of and they were a disgrace. As the saying goes it's very "Irish." There's a lot of a good people in Ireland but unfortunately it always seems to be the idiots that make it to the top.

I think if we bring this back on to point. If you take GASCI as an example, there's 12 different groups seeking representation in Ireland and that's only GA. There's probably a few professional pilot unions as well. If you look at the states for GA you have AOPA, 1 organisation big enough to deal with the regulators and properly protect pilot issues. I'm pretty sure it's the same story across Europe. Having hundreds of groups on their own little mission does nothing for anyone, only fill a few egos. We need something big enough and structured to cover all pilots from GA up to 380s, with one voice.

As I've said before, I don't agree with EPAs attack on Ryanairs safety record because it simply doesn't wash. If you have an issue with Ryanair deal with that issue directly. If the EPA had real concerns about safety, it would be taking a much more focused look at the likes of Air France and it's horrendous safety record of late.

However, as much I disagree with there current tactics, I think it's justifiable to get behind them. They seem to have a good organisational base already. Maybe if everyone rolled in behind them they would gain the financial backing as well as a stronger mandate when going to EASA and the EU Commission.
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Agree wholeheartedly...fly often with Ryaniar but avoid a couple of the flag carriers and one speptic airline.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 12:13
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........ Spanish Air Traffic Controllers ........... we all know they can speak English, they simply choose not to do so.
Depending on the definition of speaking English, I suppose, but I know three Spanish ATCs and their ability to speak English is what I would call rudimentary. I know that to be an ATC they do not need to be able to be able to discuss War and Peace, but their accents are atrocious and their ability to express even simple things is, considering the environment, dangerously limited.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:02
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Ryanair takes legal action against Channel 4

13 August 2013
Ryanair has issued a strongly-worded statement rejecting the ‘false and defamatory claims’ made by last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme.
Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit made a number of claims about the airline’s safety standards by pilots who wanted to remain anonymous.
When asked why they did not speak out publicly, one pilot told Dispatches it was because the majority were employed on ‘zero hours’ contracts, which meant they only got paid if they actually flew.
But Ryanair said the programme wrongly impugned and smeared its safety record ‘based on nothing more than anonymous hearsay claims made by individuals whose identity was concealed, and/or by representatives of pilot unions of Ryanair’s competitor airlines masquerading as a Non Ryanair Pilot Group [NRPG]’.
According to the carrier, the interim council of the NRPG comprises four pilots/union leaders who work for KLM, Aer Lingus, Air France and Southwest Airlines – people who have ‘no insight, credibility or objectivity in commenting upon Ryanair’s safety’.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely added: ‘Ryanair rejects these failed attempts by C4 Dispatches and/or European pilot trade unions to denigrate or smear Ryanair’s outstanding 29-year safety record in an attempt to promote their 20-year failed campaign to obtain union recognition in Ryanair.’
He said that because Dispatches had based its programme around ‘the bogus results of an unreliable, fabricated survey prepared by the European pilot trade union club’, Ryanair had instructed its lawyers to issue legal proceedings against Channel 4 for defamation.
‘Ryanair looks forward to this matter being resolved in the courts and the safety of Ryanair’s operations being thoroughly vindicated since the IAA [Irish Aviation Authority] has independently confirmed ‘Ryanair is on a par with the safest airlines in Europe’and the C4 Dispatches programme has produced no shred of evidence to undermine this independent verification of Ryanair’s outstanding safety,’ Kiely concluded.
Click here for more about the matter from Ryanair.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:09
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Ryanair secrets?

When it comes to the regulator, ask yourselves this: If somehow RYR was going to shut tomorrow, how many Irish Aviation Authority employees would be out of job? How much has the IAA grown since RYR spread its wings properly (last 15 years)?

Regarding RYR's claims of a 29 year old safety record, surely one has to factor what RYR was in 1991 and what it was in 2008!

Finally, I'm convinced that nothing will change unless at least 2 or 3 fatal accidents occur. Not only by RYR, but by other operators. It will be the only way various practices if late will be properly addressed. I OBVIOUSLY not wish for it, but there is no other way for malpractices to be proven. No blood-no change. They will wave the "safety record" flag.

I have been driving through the red traffic lights for 6 months now. Have not crashed with anyone. Had a couple of close calls but my record is impeccable.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:12
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Ryanair's safety record is better than BA's.

Ryanair operate more flights than BA and carry more pax.

Pride comes before a fall.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:13
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Wrong on the first point ortex..they will find some other way to protect their jobs....perhaps regulating kite surfing and children's balloons, followed by bouncy castles...just as the marine and fisheries lot are doing with pleasure craft....

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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:18
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Well I thought it was a good item, and even, for balance mentioned that ryr pilots had free reign to add fuel provided they gave a reason in writing to back it up. They even included a clip of MOL banging on about something. As a lover of free publicity he can hardly pick and choose which bits are acceptable for public consumption.
I, too can't wait to see what they will object to in court.
As someone near the start of the thread said, it's a shame Peaprune is far more censorial with people's comments.
This is particularly so when the Bongo Bongo thread on Jet Blast about Dr Godfrey's Foreign Aid rant, has allowed the "send the back" brigade to bray away merrily.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 13:24
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Otrex, it took the same in FAA land, Colgan.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 14:13
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I agree with you on your points. We, as a pilot group, tend to be our own worst enemies and management can and does capitilize on this. This is why I am working on an exit strategy from the industry as I only see things getting worse. Part time MBA will be done by next spring and I am out.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 14:41
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Well I was rather disappointed when I watched his programme. It all seemed rather thin. As Beamer said it tended to 'feature the presenter rather than the subject'. I would agree with that.

This is a very serious subject and the programme spent far too much time focusing on the presenter and his anonymous (actor voice over) 'guests' instead of concentrating on the facts. Facts that can be corroborated and not made from silhouetted figures with very actory voice-overs. Oh and the hats. Hats on all of the time. I didn't know Ryanair were a hat-wearing outfit. A classic mistake I think in a potentially serious film. But it wasn't that serious was it. They didn't seem to know the difference between a black box (FDR) and a CVRs. Or how easy it is to erase their contents.

Does anyone know how many other aircraft in the past year have landed at european airfields with minimum fuel reserves or less. Quite a lot I would have thought, especially when fog persists at the destination or there are serious levels of CB activity - which of course there are in the summer months in southern Europe. We all know how much expected arrival fuel diminishes as runway in use is changed at the last minute due wx etc

So why concentrate on Ryanair. No I don't work for them, never have done and probably never will do.

The problems over fuel and its increasing costs affect every airline. No one wants to waste it or to carry too little and as a professional pilot you don't want to carry too much. However, in the case of poor weather it is obvious that you may need to carry more than the legal minimum. That is just good airmanship and let us not forget that it it the Captain's legal responsibility to decide on the departure fuel, not the airline's. If a pilot can not handle that responsibility then they should not be in the LHS.

The main point here is that it is an industry problem, not just a Ryanair problem. The relevant authorities have the ability to do something constructive about this and they don't. Now why is that? I would like to have seen a few of the regulators questioned about their views and how they can assist with protecting employees in this sort of situation and, more importantly, help to make flying safer in the crowded skies over Europe. As Heathrow Director sensibly pointed out, what happens when the first of the diverted aircraft (on minimum, but legal fuel reserves) lands and then bursts a tyre while still on the runway? Where does everyone else go then?

This programme was a missed opportunity that concentrated on easy targets. It should have involved other professional/political contributors (aside from ATC and pilots) who could have provided a more objective view and hopefully more constructive views on the way ahead.

To have spent so much time concentrating on the presenter's chic attire and those dreadful pilot's hats, all gave an impression of a very slight affair. Hardly the result of a polished piece of investigative current affairs.

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Old 13th Aug 2013, 14:58
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I didn't know Ryanair were a hat-wearing outfit. A classic mistake I think in a potentially serious film
They don't wear hats. It's just a good way to disguise someone's identity - it's no good preserving their anonymity by having them sit in darkened rooms with voices disguised or spoken by an actor and then giving clues away by revealing the shape of their head or profile. This from a reliable source in the TV investigative journal business. Of course it could be actors wearing hats too....

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Old 13th Aug 2013, 15:07
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The problem is that this programme is not aimed at the posters on this forum but at a general TV audience many of whom know little or nothing about aviation.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 15:07
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I am well aware of that fact.

I was being ironic.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 15:31
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I take your point, but not sure how relevant it is. This type of programme is not aimed at a mass market; it's average viewing figures are below 1 million, in some cases well below that. Underestimate your audience at your own peril - and they have done at times it would seem. Ryanair will not be the first to sue C4, even ITV themselves threatened to sue them not so long ago.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be interested in space travel - it is how you present the information that is a key to its success, not necessarily the information itself.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 16:03
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I had wondered the same thing myself & asked the same thing on another Ryanair thread once (and even in a separate thread ) only to have it deleted

Difficult to believe after all this time that the Italians have not finished their investigation.

Very strange as apart from a few crm issues in the Right Hand Seat, & an allegedly tardy decision about possible evacuation, I don't think there was anything that would have reflected badly on them. . . . even MOL can't control the starlings.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 16:45
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... Fuel emergencies happen, mainly due to congestion at destination airport (weather, single runway operation, congested airspace etc etc)
What the programme didnt address is why any competent Captain didnt look at the TAF and with their local knowledge of MAD, put on a chunk of fuel to cover the very event that was forecasted. MAD do not have the most efficient controllers in Europe, at least not for non Spanish aircraft, so together with crappy wx and night time rush hour, it was a recipe for disaster.

Do they feel so pressured that they cant put on 20 mins EXTRA holding for such a murky forecast?

Is their commercial pressure so great (perceived or otherwise) that they felt compelled to stay at MAD until the last possible minute thereby arriving at VLC with minimum reserve fuel?

Why didnt they listen to everyone else diverting to VLC and think, Hmmm, better not leave it until the last minute before we go there?

Whats it called again ....... AIRMANSHIP!
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 16:45
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Difficult to believe after all this time that the Italians have not finished their investigation.
AFAIK, the most recent reference to the investigation on the ANSV website is as follows:

"Italian “Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo” (ANSV) informs that next week, from 9 to 13 February 2009, at GE Aviation facilities in Cardiff (Wales - UK) will be performed the engines teardown. Aim of the activity, which will be conducted under the control of ANSV officials (head of Investigation Department and the investigator-in-charge), is to verify in details the damages suffered by both engines in order to better understand the engines performance following the birds ingestion (as much as 90 starling impacted against aircraft structure).

Representatives of all air accident investigation boards involved in the ANSV technical investigation, conducted as per Annex 13 ICAO procedures (NTSB, BEA France, AAIU Ireland), will be attending the operation, together with personnel from the operator, FAA, EASA, Boeing and the engine manufacturer (CFM).
As much as 20 people will be attending the operation; there is such similarity with the A320 which ditched into the Hudson River on January 15th, 2009.

Being the same engines involved in both events, the teardown activity is of utmost importance in order to gather data as to see whether any commonality may exist between the two events."
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 16:58
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Having read previous postings about Ryanair pilots doing all they can to keep to their schedules and speed up their turnaround times with fast taxying and canny use of runway entries and exits, my strong suspicion is that the "fuel emergency" operational procedure and the frequency that it seems to be used is there to get them in ahead of other airlines. That said I'm sure other airlines use the same trick.

On the fuel uplift point though, I thought it was safe airmanship to have enough fuel to get you to your destination OR your alternate, including a hold of 5-10 minutes, and still have 30 minutes reserve on landing. So O'Leary's policy of getting pilots to justify higher fuel loads seems counter to this.
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Old 13th Aug 2013, 17:02
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On the fuel uplift point though, I thought it was safe airmanship to have enough fuel to get you to your destination OR your alternate, including a hold of 5-10 minutes, and still have 30 minutes reserve on landing. So O'Leary's policy of getting pilots to justify higher fuel loads seems counter to this.
In clear skies, efficient airport and outside of rush hour, yes, it is sufficient. However, none of this existed during the night in question!!
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