Will UK – Barbados flights be impacted again?
The Iceland volcano is at it again – spewing ash that can shut down jet engines when concentrated – but aviation authorities are taking a more measured approach in declaring no-fly zones. Still, if you have a flight in or out of Ireland or Scotland, you might want to hold off packing that suitcase until you contact your airline.
Some of the closure details are found in the newly-posted Press Association story More ash misery for air passengers, but things change so be sure to look up the latest news for yourself if you are flying in the next few days.
“The final and most important part of the plan is that the final “go-no go” decision must, as always, rest with the pilot in command.”
… from a shouldn’t-be-necessary-at-all press release by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
Zero Tolerance call by International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
It is a sign of the times that the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) feel they have to issue a press release to remind everyone that the “Pilot in Command” really means “IN COMMAND”. We’ve recently seen in Russia exactly what happened when a Polish pilot forgot that he was IN COMMAND and allowed himself to be bullied by his employer and/or his ego.
In case you’ve forgotten what happens when a pilot forgets about IN COMMAND, here’s few photos to remind you…
“Gotta-get-there-itis” is the name of the disease and there is only one cure for it: People in the left seat have to remember that they are IN COMMAND.
Pilots in Command have to learn to say…
“No Sir: you can’t fire me in the middle of flight. You can fire me after the flight, but I can’t be relieved while I’m sitting in the left seat and if you try my co-pilot will bash you over the head or worse. Now sit down and shut up and if you come into the cockpit again you’ll be sorry.”
Memo to all my friends still sitting P.I.C. – If you yield to the pressure and something goes wrong, you’re the only one who made the decision to fly. Been there. Done that.
And that is what I have to say about an IFALPA press release that shouldn’t be necessary at all.
List of Airport Closures as of Friday, April 16, 2010 4:12pm EDT
BRITAIN – English airspace is closed until 0000 GMT Saturday. Limited flights from Scotland and Northern Ireland operating until 1800 GMT Friday. British Airways said on Friday all flights into and out of London would be canceled on Saturday. No further details of flight plans were available on BA’s website.
… from the Globe and Mail article List of airports shut down by ash cloud
Impact upon Tourism
“Tourism crises have a knack of occurring from the most unlikely causes in the most unlikely places. Many tourism professionals could be forgiven for finding it difficult to imagine that the eruption of a volcano in the relatively isolated island nation of Iceland could wreak the immense havoc on global tourism which has been experienced over the past few days.
Not since 9/11 (2001) have so many aircraft been grounded in as many countries as we are experiencing in mid April 2010…”
… from an excellent ETN article by David Beirman, Senior lecturer in Tourism at the University of Technology-Sydney The Tourism Industry Implications of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Eruption