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Old 16th Jun 2013, 20:28
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Airport Live

Hi all

Just thought i would give you the heads up on an interesting programme thats being shown on BBC2 starting tomorrow at 8pm called Airport Live. It goes behind the scenes at Heathrow looking at all aspects of the Airport. Its on every night until Thursday.

Forgive me if this has already been mentioned!
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Thanks for the heads up
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Old 17th Jun 2013, 00:35
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To illustrate how thoroughly they've researched it, one of the reporters stated in 'What's on TV' that the controllers at Heathrow must have very strong bladders to do their job ( or something similar) She obviously wasn't aware that under CAA regulations, controllers MUST have a break at least every 2 hours, and must have 30 min rest for every 2 hours of operational duty.
Anyway why is it always Heathrow they choose to do these programmes; why not an airport with busy mixed traffic like Biggin or Gloucester?
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Old 17th Jun 2013, 06:02
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I have to agree chevvron, i seem to recall the BBC doing something similar at Gatwick not so long ago!

Still worth a watch i suppose.
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Is it going to be like that airport programme which mostly consisted of utterly inane incidents such as 'Mary is late for her flight and Mike has to try to find her - but it seems she has misplaced her passport - can Mike find the passport and call the supervisor in time and will Mary need help to get to the gate given she has diabetes and has never been on holiday to Spain?'
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Problem is that as soon as any producer thinks of anything to do with flying it has to be Heathrow. One reads in the papers of aircraft "contacting the Heathrow control tower" when it's over the Atlantic and other such nonsense.

I was involved in a similar programme from Heathrow about 30 years ago. Idiotic presenters trying to interview working controllers and producers running around saying "That's good TV", usually when someone had said something daft. During the week-long farce over 200 BBC staff entered the tower. Probably the best bit was when some of us entered the lift with one of the snotty lady presenters who objected when we pushed buttons for intermediate floors on the way down. Unbelievably she said: "Do you know who I am?" To which we replied "No". They really are a bunch of clowns and I'll bet there will be some cringing by Heathrow staff when they see the end product.
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Really looking forward to it and no amount of negativity on here will put me off.
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Well it does have Dan Snow going for it

and remember that is your Licence fee they are spending

Open mind and see what comes from it
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About to start- 2 mins to go.. If folk are interested..
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Unsurprisingly its pretty cringeworthy.

TV presenters talking about 'aeroplanes' is not good.

That "big fat plane with a bulky nose is a Boeing 747, I've been swatting up!"
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Yeah - know what you mean... Kate an eponymous "thick SLF"?
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Such a shame the beeb appear to have employed some 5 year old to present this - even Dallas is like a kid on Christmas day! This is such a great opportunity to show case a busy world class airport and that is being done quite well with the pre-recorded parts, some interesting items but lord help us all if Kate does the next 3 nights....perhaps iplayer and skip the live bits.

Hope all is OK with Dan Snow - his gravitas is urgently needed!!!!
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Only 141 pax on a Virgin A330-300 to JFK. Not good Beardy Branson!
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I imagine a few words will be said later about those undone hi-viz jackets!
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why not an airport with busy mixed traffic like Biggin or Gloucester?
I think the answer is obvious, is it not ?

Every man and his dog has probably at least heard of Heathrow, if not actually passed through it on business and/or holiday.

Only the Anoraks of the aviation world and direct users of Biggin or Gloucester would know about them and where they are. Remember also that at a later date the BBC may re-broadcast the programme internationally via BBC World (or whatever they call it these days).

The BBC needs to appeal to the widest possible audience, hence the choice of Heathrow and the dumbed down nature of the programme.

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Ms Humble does at least have some aviation blood flowing through her veins - granddaughter of Bill Humble, noted Hawker test pilot.
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Unsurprisingly its pretty cringeworthy.
It's television - file under E for Entertainment.

TV presenters talking about 'aeroplanes' is not good.
Strange, I thought that's what they all were, or did I miss the bit about helicopters ?
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Strange, I thought that's what they all were
They are AIRCRAFT. Planes are tools for use in woodwork.
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'Aeroplanes', as used on the programme, is the correct use case, 'plane' is the woodworking tool

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Heathrow Director - I remember the previous version you were talking about which I think was filmed in late '86. It included a reporter taking a jump seat ride on a British Midland DC9 and butting in every few seconds asking the crew what was going on, whilst they were trying to land manually in conditions of low viz. I can imagine the sorts of conversations that must have gone on once this idiot left the flight deck!

Here's what I hope is an intelligent question having seen tonights show.....
One average how many days per year do they have to swap runway ends from the 27s to the 09s or vice versa during the day? Do they ever have to swap twice? What is the record for swap arounds in one day?
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