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    A new airport.... South Yorkshire Airport City?

    TUI’s supportive noises about DSA reopening have to be seen in the context that any airline with aircraft based in the region would be happy to see DSA reopen, even if they have zero intention of using it. This is because having a local alternative, one that is desperate for their business, is...
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    Jet2 Doncaster?

    ‘Sooner than later’ is a very relative concept. Even in the best case scenario, I can’t see DSA reopening within the year after being given the green light.
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    Weather & Technical Diversions, Delays & Cancellations

    Many genuine reasons why that could happen. The approach might have been unstable, the wind that ATC passed to them might have been outside of their limits, or they might have had a wind-shear warning. Sometimes it’s not about making an attempt or not, the decision is made for them by the...
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    Weather & Technical Diversions, Delays & Cancellations

    Looks like a fun day tomorrow, 50+mph winds from the west all day. My relatives were supposed to be flying in from Madrid via Schipol with KLM, and the flight has been cancelled.
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    Air Traffic, ILS & Navigation Aids

    Reading that petition, the route that they are keen on (right turn-out North and then East of Otley) is designed to replace the current left turn-out LAMIX and DOPEK SIDs. There would still be a need to depart aircraft to the West via a NELSA replacement SID. Not bad news for the residents of...
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    Airport seeks legal clarification on night flying

    The delays are good news - the outcome will be politically embarrassing, so they’re kicking it down the road as long as possible. The airport is obviously confident about the outcome, for it to agree to the delays.
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    Yorkshire Air Ambulance

    It does happen, occasionally - sometimes both YAA helis plus Police 42 as well.
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    A new airport.... South Yorkshire Airport City?

    The airspace problem isn’t just the financial cost to reestablish it if it goes (although that is substantial). The problem is that new airspace is only granted when there are sufficient air transport movements to justify it. If the old DSA airspace does go, then it will take a substantial...
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    A new airport.... South Yorkshire Airport City?

    I don’t think the local politicians are clowns, I’m sure they have a very clear idea of the risks and of the likelihood of success, but they are hostage to local pride - a big, important city like Doncaster should have its own airport, after all. Their political opponents probably have an...
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    A new airport.... South Yorkshire Airport City?

    I’ll bet there was strong interest! These parties will be interested in running the airport for a flat fee, bearing none of the risk of failure. They’ll get their fee, the airlines will get their subsidies, Peel will get their rent. The taxpayer will get the losses.
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    Route Development

    The big unknown* is whether NEOs and MAXs count towards the quota or not. My view is they shouldn’t, otherwise what motivation do airlines and LBA have to move to quieter aircraft? (*Unknown from an outsiders point of view - I don’t work at LBA anymore)
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    Air Traffic, ILS & Navigation Aids

    Saturday afternoons are very busy, and probably not helped by the weather today - I was out with the kids just south of Wakefield, and noticed inbounds vectoring and holding all over the place.
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    CAA Provisional Statistics Update

    But the number of 737-300 movements has reduced since 2019, not increased. And I think the 757s left prior to 2019? (Not 100% on that). Also, take into account the disappearance of smaller aircraft like Dash-8s and Jetstreams since 2019, and the trend should be for fewer movements per pax, not...
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    CAA Provisional Statistics Update

    The increase in movements vs a drop in passengers is probably accounted for by an increase in bizjets since Doncaster closed.
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    Road, Rail & Access Issues

    I don’t think I have! You said that the 34 was just behind it? No surprise that the A1 was full and the 34 half empty, then.
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    Road, Rail & Access Issues

    The Bratislava, Dublin and Warsaw, probably. At 0815 the A1 will also be full of commuters heading for the city centre.
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    Road, Rail & Access Issues

    I used the A1 to get to work and back for the best part of two years, and I must say it’s nice to even be told of the cancellation. More usual is that a service simply doesn’t turn up, despite showing as Due in the app and on the bus stop displays. Nice enough buses, but hopeless service.
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    Future Infrastructure Developments

    If the council hadn’t cheaped out when they built the tunnel under the runway extension and made it too short, that might be an option. But they did, and it isn’t.
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    Air Traffic, ILS & Navigation Aids

    The significance of Great Whernside is that it is likely to be the highest point within that quadrant from LBA, and hence defines the lowest level (broadly, 1000’ above terrain) that ATC can assign to an IFR aircraft in that quadrant. You can see these levels in the link below. Note that the...
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    Ryanair

    LDA is: 1801m for RWY14 1916m for RWY32 Plenty for both types.
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