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Giggleberrys

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  1. Despite this the word on the street is they aren't expected to be seen at Ronaldsway until March 2021
  2. The cycle path was mentioned at the Ballabeg traffic meeting last week. The head of DOI Highways said that there is a long term desire within IOM Govt and the south side commissioners to create an "active pathway" linking Port St Mary, Port Erin and Castletown. This will eventually follow the coast around Pooil Vaaish and Scarlett (interesting to see how that will pan out) and as Shore Road needed major works it would have been remiss of them to not at least make a start by doing what they have
  3. Obviously the powers that be over here don't see it as such a key asset that requires underwriting. Also the current slot being used by Flybe has a turnaround time at Heathrow of around 2 1/2 hours which I believe is what is normally used by a very large aircraft such as a 777. The rumours were that the slot belonged to Delta AIrlines and was only spare for the Summer so no matter how great the passenger figures were, it would be going back to them for the Winter season
  4. The current security team are at the airport 24/7
  5. That is a very good point in both directions actually. The IOM is its own jurisdiction and separate from the UK CAA so I'm not sure how that would work in regards to covering IOM airport from a UK base. London City is the current poster boy for doing remote tower ops but that has been driven by wanting to flatten the current space occupied by the ATC tower to expand aircraft parking as space is at a massive premium down there. I'm not sure how going for a remote tower to purely reduce costs would be massively beneficial given the amount spent on the facilities here over the last 10 years. Mayb
  6. Or maybe....just maybe the IOMG will see an opportunity to bring other airport towers to be run remotely from here to make a few quid. Some of the highlands and islands perhaps
  7. The report states that the Fire Section and ATC are already being paid the going rate when compared to other airports
  8. If that is the case then where are the "savings" in privatising the place?
  9. Interestingly if you read the report, it basically says that ATC and the Fire Service are manned correctly, paid correctly and work well. The main areas of concern are the Aviation Security dept which I think is already being dealt with and also the entire airports overtime bill. Maybe if Easyjet weren't late pretty much everyday then that would sort the overtime too?
  10. Not true about the radar. Part of an approval from the regulator for a new system includes a caveat that a "back up" must be in place in case of failure in order to revert back and maintain service. This is usually for a defined period (6 - 12 months etc) so I'd expect the old radar will be laid to rest soon
  11. Ah but that's different, it's fine for the riff raff to be fucked about. As it was planned well in advance then I'd imagine that staffing could be altered accordingly to provide later cover
  12. I know someone who flew in the other day and the passengers and bags are picked up down by Manx Flyers Clubhouse in a minibus and then driven round to the Airport Terminal and dropped off out side thus never going through the "clean and security screened" part of the airport. The aircraft is then taken to a maintenance area, security searched (by who I don't know) and goes over to the terminal to continue flying as normal. Hopefully Blackpool will get their shit together shortly and then things can get back to normal!
  13. I can see a request chitty heading into Tynwald for a roof to cover the pavement pick up and drop off area.....
  14. So when the "new" system becomes operational then it will already have been sat on top of that hill, spinning away for around 3 years? Lets hope they went for the Currys/PC World extended warranty or it will probably need replacing again soon
  15. So if its just the new one that isn't working properly then surely we can just still use the old one as its still seems to be turning where it always was down by Derbyhaven? The new one is still spinning too
  16. Apparently there is a major fire on Loch prom and the word on the street is its Jaks.... Message on behalf the IOM Fire Service: "Due to the significant fire on Loch Promenade, Douglas the MEA are having to isolate the electricity supply to the area which will incur a loss of power to some premises within the Douglas area"
  17. http://www.gov.im/media/1104253/monthly_air_traffic_summary_february_2014-1.pdf According to this there has been over a 7% increase year on year for passenger figures at Ronaldsway. I'm surprised this hasn't been trumpeted more loudly from Annie's HQ
  18. Just out of curiosity, I noted that on Sundays now, the first outbound flight doesn't go until 11.10am and the first arrival doesn't arrive until 1.15pm. So, is the airport still opening at 6.00am, fully resourced with masses of Whitley and CS staff strolling about on double time, with nothing to do for those first four/five hours? Just asking!! ;-) According to this: http://www.iomguide.com/airport.php the airport doesn't open until 7.00am on a Sunday anyway. If there are no scheduled flights then maybe they could keep the terminal closed for a bit longer to save money but I'd imagine that
  19. Just out of curiosity, I noted that on Sundays now, the first outbound flight doesn't go until 11.10am and the first arrival doesn't arrive until 1.15pm. So, is the airport still opening at 6.00am, fully resourced with masses of Whitley and CS staff strolling about on double time, with nothing to do for those first four/five hours? Just asking!! ;-) According to this: http://www.iomguide.com/airport.php the airport doesn't open until 7.00am on a Sunday anyway. If there are no scheduled flights then maybe they could keep the terminal closed for a bit longer to save money but I'd imagine tha
  20. One of the controllers refused to speak about the problems and more or less intimated they had been told to be quiet ! I assume because it is a xxxx up ! Even if we got the kit for sweet fa, if it cannot meet certification requirements then its all been a waste of time and money ! Nothing to see here ,lessons have been learned etc etc ! eh?
  21. Choux tax for anything to do with Electricity? Imposed due to Mike Proffitts-er role in the MEA loans scandal I'll get my coat........
  22. I agree with what you say but the airline industry is a whole different ball game. Apologies if this was posted way back down the line but this piece by Flight International written just after the Cork crash pretty much sums it all up: Virtual Airlines look real, but the security of the product is very different Commercial air transport operators provide a unique kind of service. They should not be treated, in law, like companies that sell tickets for, say, theatre seats. At no stage before, during or after a theatre performance do the audience find their seats collectively careering
  23. I don't think many of those jobs you list would be considered elite. There are probably as many people doing valuable "normal" roles who are classed as Civil Servants as there are the much maligned pen pushers who seem to be the recipients of much of manx forums venom The Committee of Elite Civil Servants?
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