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Old 19th Feb 2008, 04:37
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Pink PAPI Pi**es Off Pilots

Hi ITCZ:

OK, I have had a word with the powers that be (and Les).

The PAPI lights are inspected every morning. They will be cleaned if required. They are also checked every evening. They will be cleaned again if required.

They will also be cleaned immediately anytime a pilot requests it. If you happen to be in the circuit at the time, please allow a few minutes for this to happen :-)

The subject of T-VASI lights is more problematic, as you surmised. Not only are they a great deal more expensive to install, operate, and maintain; there is also the problem of confusing international pilots.

We quite frequently have aircraft (usually, BizJets) coming in from overseas. Would expecting a pilot to deal with an approach lighting system they may not have seen before, at the end of a long overwater run, in possibly inclement weather, actually add to his problems? The question was asked...

However, please don't take this as a "no". Alcan is rather more safety-obsessed than most other companies around the world. If there is a safety issue here, well... they're not short of money. We just need to make a case, if we want them to spend it.

An issue is the fact that PAPI is a current international standard, and that the Australian CASA considers them appropriate. We would need to be able to make an argument (supported by recognised authorities and blah blah blah...) that the conditions at this airfield would result in greater safety if the lighting were upgraded.

Another issue is that the proportion of landings rejected on approach at this airfield is very low. Most of these are apparently due to low cloud-base, and of course better lighting is unlikely to be effective under such circumstances.

Just to head off the obvious: I was firmly given to understand that asking for an ILS system would NOT be favourably received :_)

Hope this helps
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 08:53
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John,

It might be a safe bet that CASA has approved PAPI as an acceptable alternative to T-VASIS based on cost and pressure.

As a pilot who's been flying in and out of Gove for some 14 years, I can only reinforce all that ITCZ has said. And add, that whilst PAPI might be the international standard, I believe T-VASIS to be far superior (I think T-VASIS as an Australian invention pre dates the International Standard PAPI too!).
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 09:11
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Rwy 11 is long overdue for an ILS

....and how bout levelling the runway!
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 23:41
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So what next?

As a pilot who's been flying in and out of Gove for some 14 years, I can only reinforce all that ITCZ has said. And add, that whilst PAPI might be the international standard, I believe T-VASIS to be far superior (I think T-VASIS as an Australian invention pre dates the International Standard PAPI too!).

I never doubted him for a moment. After all, four times a month, I place my life in his hands (or yours!). That's not the issue.

The issue is: "How do we persuade Alcan to spend shareholders' money on this?"

There are only two levers we can pull: Safety, or Cost. We have to be able to show that better lights will make the airport either safer, or cheaper to operate.

And we have to be able to prove it. We need substantiated research.

The first place they are going to turn is CASA. If CASA says we should have new lights, they'll be installed next month!

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Old 25th Feb 2008, 04:50
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This is fron crikey.com.au an Aussie e-zine






Qantas gives new meaning to "bracket creep"

Ben Sandilands writes:


After giving 84 passengers a new meaning to the term "bracket creep" in a hard landing at Darwin on 7 February, exclusive images of the damage to the Qantaslink Boeing 717 have fallen from a passing jet in front of Crikey Towers.
The jet suffered extensive wrinkling or creep in areas of the fuselage rear of the wing, as shown in these images. A set of tyres also display impact-induced cracking of considerable magnitude.
The jet was hidden from public view by Qantas for days in a Darwin hangar and kept out of the general media until Crikey broke the story on 11 February.
At that time it was a candidate for being the first hull loss of a Qantas jet, or any jet airliner, in Australia. (Qantas "retired" and sold a bent Boeing 707 involved in a steep dive and recovery while flying between Bangkok and Bahrain in 1969.)
This now wrinkled jet was flown for Qantaslink by National Jet, the South Australian contractor currently having its pilot training and checking processes examined as part of an Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation of the incident.
National Jet won the outsourced flight contract for its excellence and low bid and has been repeatedly endorsed by Qantas as meeting all of its safety and service standards.
The jet was supplied by Allco Leasing, an arm of the seriously compromised Allco Finance Group that was a party to the private equity bid so enthusiastically endorsed by Qantas before it went pear shaped last May, and once stood to participate in the proposed FleetCo spin off that was being pushed by the Airline Partners Australia consortium.
Qantas says the jet, worth about $35 million, will be repaired, rather than cashed out by insurance as a write-off. Industry sources say this might cost it more than $100 million, but pride in this case comes after a heavy fall, and the airline doesn’t want to score its first ever jet hull loss.
Those little wrinkles are going to require very costly cosmetic surgery to smooth out.
Qantas made a similar investment in rebuilding the Boeing 747-400 it punted into a golf course at the old Bangkok airport in 1999, which ripped off an engine, pushed the nose wheel up into a bulge that was punched into the middle of first class, and tore off the main gear.
The bill for those "repairs" is believed to have been well in excess of $100 million.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 04:58
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Update

Beaten to the punch!

Last edited by Teal; 25th Feb 2008 at 05:01. Reason: Already posted
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 05:15
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Hmmm - some work to be done there ... but will the repairs be carried out in Oz or offshore?
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 06:02
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As pilots we use a combination of factors to ensure the aircraft is on the correct approach path. Some of these include thrust setting vs rate of descent, three x height, GS, DME, position of rwy threshold on windscreen, all backed up by the PAPI.

Visual aids should not be used below 200ft anyway.

If the aircraft was not stabilised by 1000ft - 500ft agl it should have gone around but if this was a low level windshear issue the availability of either Vasi s or papi is irrelevant.

Half the airports we flew to at night back in the eighties had neither.
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Old 25th Feb 2008, 06:04
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Inciter....beaten by seconds! Absolutely correct.

The PAPI is an approach aid. NOT a landing aid.
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Old 26th Feb 2008, 06:23
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Originally Posted by Teal
QantasLink is 100% owned by Qantas. A tad difficult to hide behind 'the corporate veil' in this situation...
There are none so blind....

The 717 was flown by a contract crew. They dont have QF seniority numbers, it is a completely separate employer, they cannot be members of AIPA (QF pilot union), the operations manual has "National Jet" written on it, the Air Operators Certificate is issued to National Jet. The engineers that maintain it, the parts inventory to support it, the hangar approvals, etc.

Ok, Teal, just to satisfy you, it is Qantas.

For all the other folk out there whose minds are not yet set like concrete, it is a totally contracted-out op, under a Qantas brand. Should you ever fly on a service provided by the group, just listen to the Cabin PA's from cabin crew and pilots. Qantas, Jetstar and Qantaslink DHC8 are identical. 717 are completely different. Why? Refer post by Bloggs.

The jet was hidden from public view by Qantas for days in a Darwin hangar and kept out of the general media until Crikey broke the story on 11 February.
30m from a public access gate where the anoraks and plane spotters take photos? Hidden from public view? Pull the other one.
This now wrinkled jet was flown for Qantaslink by National Jet
Teal, pay attention.
Industry sources say this might cost it more than $100 million
Absolute rubbish. Industry source? Journo at the next desk with a PPL, more like. This one will cost US$100mil because BKK cost US$100mil? The legal people call that sort of piffle 'similar fact evidence,' a label applied to a variety of wooly logic before it gets binned in the 'inadmissible' can.



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John, thanks for taking an interest. I hope you mentioned to Les and his team that we have absolutely no problem with their efforts.
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Old 26th Feb 2008, 10:20
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Looks like someones jet has developed cellulite!
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Old 27th Feb 2008, 12:40
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ITCZ - accept your points - thanks. However, Qantaslink is still 100% owned by Qantas. Moreover, to quote Qantas themselves:
"When flying with QantasLink you can enjoy a range of benefits available to Qantas passengers......"

(Public) Perception is reality..
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Old 27th Feb 2008, 14:48
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They've done a bit of extra training and all is now well in the landing dept:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1AeHxMSCc8
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Old 27th Feb 2008, 14:59
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Now that is one awesome landing!!!

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Old 28th Feb 2008, 00:32
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Grieving for the fate of the B-717, since they don't make them anymore.

It might have been the same one I was a pax on in Oz. It felt like a very nifty little plane to fly. Our flight was seriously underbooked - we were only at about 15% capacity. I'll probably never be "indulged" that way again.

Life's a short runway - use it all.
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Old 28th Feb 2008, 04:47
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This is a rumour published at crikey.com.au this afternoon:
CASA has refused to allow the Qantaslink 717 that was badly bent in a hard landing at Darwin on 7 February to be flown to Adelaide which has the nearest facilities for what will be a long and costly repair job. Qantas will now have to add to the cost of repairs by creating a special in-situ rebuilding facility for the jet which it is resisting writing off to avoid the stigma of recording its first ever hull loss of a passenger jet.
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Old 28th Feb 2008, 04:55
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Bloggs, the pilot must have read the "Dummies Guide"to landing a 717
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Old 28th Feb 2008, 08:58
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Nah, just pulled up 2° at 30ft and closed his eyes...
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Old 4th Mar 2008, 15:40
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I'm interested to know the source of these photos of Q 717 (landing in Darwin), as I haven't seen them elsewhere, or are these related to the Bangkok accident?
Also, does anyone know the update of the repairs ie: where, when and the costs?
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Old 4th Mar 2008, 22:39
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Repairs to be carried out in Darwin. Temporary hangar to be erected around aircraft for duration of repairs. Long Beach repair crew scheduled to arrive on-site sometime around mid-March - repair downtime currently estimated at around 28 days. Quoted cost is a few million USD.
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