Radio Sheffield did say the Vulcan would be showing off tomorrow on its
return to Doncaster at 4pm
And this year it is giving everyone (1) a chance to view it in the sky.
(1) Well not eveyone - but lots more people
As it is the Vulcans last year then it is no longer OT.
So what is the issue, just money or what? I'd have thought the gov might
like to have this in their historic flight. The money for preserving
heritage is surely peanuts when compared to other things.
From the Sofa of Brian Gaff Reply address is active
"Bob Eager" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Its now getting to the stage of lack of experienced engineers as well as
hardware running out of hours. Many of the experts have been coming back
out of retirement and this is getting more and more difficult
=======================“We are sure you are asking why this has to be the end of this phase of
XH558’s life, particularly as many of you will be aware that we have
been trying hard to find a way to extend her life for at least one more
season beyond the additional two years (2014-15) that were promised when
we completed the wing modification. The answer is that having evaluated
a great many factors, the three expert companies on whom we depend –
known as the ‘technical authorities’ – have together decided to cease
their support at the end of this flying season. Without that support,
under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, we are prohibited from flying.
At the heart of their decision are two factors. First, although we are
all confident that XH558 is currently as safe as any aircraft flying
today, her structure and systems are already more than ten percent
beyond the flying hours of any other Vulcan, so knowing where to look
for any possible failure is becoming more difficult. These can be
thought of as the ‘unknown ’ issues, which can be impossible to predict
with any accuracy. Second, maintaining her superb safety record requires
expertise that is increasingly difficult to find. Our technical partners
already bring specialists out of retirement specifically to work on
XH558; a solution that is increasingly impractical for those businesses
as the necessary skills become distant in their collective memories. We
have recently been made aware that the skills issue is particularly
acute as our engines age and will require a considerable amount of
additional (and costly) inspection and assessment.”
As for the RAF maintaining and operating the a/c in the historic flight,
unfortunately its systems are way more complex than those currently
operated and I suspect that the RAF don't have the necessary skill sets
even if they had the money.
Suppose thats becoming the case. I hear that the BBC and BT have had to
get people out of retirement to repair older systems and equipment's so
its not too surprising.
I think this its mainly a financial issue by the companies involved. One
of them is Marshal aerospace and it, I'm sure, would involve training
staff to cope with just the one now elderly and unique aircraft and to
certify that to the high standard that Aviation involves.
Let alone the engines. Is it anywhere near reasonable to expect firms
like Rolls Royce to still make spares and be able to overhaul engines at
anything like a reasonable cost they'd have to certify a number of
components and train staff to make and refurb them all for the one
I suppose the BBMF is a differing case Several flying Spitfires are
around still, and although theres only the Two remaining flying
Lancaster's I bet there're a lot simpler in airframe, and the Merlin
engines suppose they still keep those on refurb capability as theres
more of them around?.
Still I hope shes around for the new season I remember sometime ago she
took off from Marshals in Cambridge and flew over our house. I was
bedridden at that time with a broken leg and just couldn't got up and go
out to see just what had caused that NOISE!!
It prolly didn't need to carry bombs, that howl and the sound would have
beaten any enemy into submission I'd reckon:!!..
There's a possibility - they're still adding dates.
Trouble is, all displays listed so far, other than one in Scottishland
(plus a flypast at Durham on the way to Dunsfold - how does that work?),
are 'darn sarf'.
www.vulcantothesky.org - 2015, the last year to see a Vulcan fly
Well in BT's case they made a fanfare about replacing all the exchange
kit with 21CN while keeping the last mile analogue so the end-user
equipment can stay the same ... other than the Welsh trial area have
they actually replaced SystemX/Y exchanges? I don't think so ...
Now they're making noises about persuading people to going straight to
VoIP ... I think they need to consider availability and reliability of
ADSL/VDSL first, or put voice kit in the new green cabinets (and make
sure the batteries are replaced before they die).
Yes we have adopted VoIP here and very good it is too, and we don't need
a BT line for that either.
It comes via VM over co-ax cable and is faster than what BT can, even on
Infinity Fibre supply us with:)..
I setup a 150Mb virgin connection for a customer on Friday... Found the
2830 router could not actually handle the full data rate incoming ;-)
Straight out of the cable modem:
(although I realised later that I still had QoS turned on - so with that
off, it may be able to handle some more throughput)
We had DSL cards with voice over IP and/or 2M lines years ago.
You put them in the street cabinet and they looked like a concentrator
with the 2M links or VoIP if you wanted.
It would have been installed by now if T Bliar hadn't cocked up the UK
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