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28 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

I think there are regulations involved.  If the plane is parked more than a certain (very short) distance away from the terminal the passengers aren't allowed to walk across the apron.  Before the current departure facilities were built buses used to be used all the time.

Yes, I assume so. The dreaded elf n' safety. Surely they can just keep an eye on the feeble minded punters from both the plane and the terminal sides of the walk and gather up any especially giddy ones that go astray.

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It's to stop men with towels on their heads running around amongst the parked planes and attaching sticky bombs.

Rife with it down there, we are. Even had to build a fence :lol:

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4 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

Don't say that....there's nothing more guaranteed....

The next development will be to cater for 3.5 million passengers as the 2.5 million predicted is clearly too low !

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2 hours ago, woolley said:

His media profile can't be so high nowadays otherwise why the hell would he want a job at Ronaldsway?

Good money.

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On 6/8/2019 at 12:45 PM, Roger Mexico said:

It's a bit of a mystery.  He was appointed as Operations Manager at Ronaldsway (and so one of Reynolds' deputies) last September.  You would have thought that someone outgoing would be all over the media, but I can find nothing since.  I can't find anything Manx on his Twitter, just a lot of russophile stuff - though he seems to keep his professional and media profiles separate (I couldn't find his job before coming here).  The only evidence he is still here is that he's giving a talk to Rotary next month.

I think he’s proof of Andy Warhol’s mantra that everyone is entitled to their 15 minutes of fame before they end up as a civil servant in the IOM getting paid to do little but occasional presentations to Rotary. 

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On 6/9/2019 at 7:47 PM, Non-Believer said:

It's to stop men with towels on their heads running around amongst the parked planes and attaching sticky bombs.

Rife with it down there, we are. Even had to build a fence :lol:

How much did the fence cost ?

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1 hour ago, LightBulb said:

How much did the fence cost ?

IIRC, @ £600k.

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On 6/8/2019 at 4:47 PM, asitis said:

A little bird told me she is looking for a position in the UK !

It is true that little is known about the airport it is one of the "Can't say" places for publicity. BTW the radar apparently is only half approved hence the need for the old one as well !

Still you get what you pay for ... or maybe not !!

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

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On 6/15/2019 at 9:13 AM, Giggleberrys said:

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

Surely the new RADAR is now the old RADAR, and will need to be replaced soon, along with the old fence ?

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5 hours ago, LightBulb said:

Surely the new RADAR is now the old RADAR, and will need to be replaced soon, along with the old fence ?

No the fence is OK , we all now have to have security passes, which looks to be a regulation admittedly. The fence was fitted with a security padlock which very few people were supposed to have keys for ! However no one had told the admin that, so now the security padlock has, (it has been told to me) 83 keys, many in the hands of off island people ! Jezza has really inherited a shit show !!

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Sumburgh Airport’s “security” fence - a 4 string wire fence

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And that’s a Google Streetview shot from the main road to the airport, not some random back road at the arse end of the airport

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Ah, but our airport is naturally of much higher status and would be a much higher value target for a terrorist attack. Like everything else over here. Apparently.

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1 hour ago, Non-Believer said:

Ah, but our airport is naturally of much higher status and would be a much higher value target for a terrorist attack. Like everything else over here. Apparently.

Our airport is much higher in bullshit, in fact its weighed down by the weight of bullshit and cost !

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