Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The blind leading the blinded

Utterly remarkable.

For six days, our air borders have been closed by the unelected and unaccountable Civil Aviation Authority , resulting in utter misery for hundreds of thousands of Britons. Let's have a quick look at the CAA

Ah, yes. Chaired by Deidre Hutton, the professional Quango hopper, who has 11 quangoes on her CV and absolutely nothing to do with aviation. Only four on the Board have any experience of aviation at all, the rest are a mish mash of Labour appointees.

It get's better. They've just agreed that the no fly ban should not have happened at all.

I await "lessons to be learned" and "moving forward". Nice one Gordon.

OH Update: I had to drop off Mrs OH at stansted this morning for the 7am to Newcastle. There were 10 people on it. For amusement, I tracked the flight to see if I could claim on her life insurance. One thing I did notice is the lack of anything but Easyjet and Thomas Cook flights leaving. Ryanair can't be arsed to start flying until this afternoon and no BA domestic flights either. One Easyjet Airbus I tracked went from Luton to Hamburg, then back to Luton, then off to Glasgow then back to Luton and is currently outbound to Greece. Good for Easyjet.


The Penguin said...

Wikipedia doesn't give much info on the quango hopper. What actual qualifications does she have? What real experience? Anyone know?

The Penguin

jdennis_99 said...

Well, that's just bloody typical. Yet another clueless regulator. I mean, sometimes regulation is necessary, but you'd at least expect it to be competent!


Henry Crun said...

jdennis: Remember this is the government that gave us the FSA...and you expect competence?

Dream on, my friend, dream on.

Joyce Grenfell said...

Hello children...

I've just heard this on Channel 4 news:

A Nats source told Channel 4 News: "The science has been complex to try and find a way to do the analysis between the engine manufacturers and airframe makers."

Can you smell the bullshit, children? Can you?

Man with Many Chins said...

You forgot the "Lets Be Clear About This" from the Gorgon, just before a load of shit spills from his mouth.

Marchamont Needham said...

If I were the airlines/airport operators I'd be looking for compensation.

Don't Give Up The Day Job said...

@ Marchamont Needham:

What from the British tax payer yet again?

We can't keep bailing out this incompetent shower of shit indefinitely. They'll break us all.

Anonymous said...

In private flying circles the CAA is know as the Campaign Against Aviation.

Anonymous said...

Quoting from her 'job' specification 'The Chair will receive remuneration in the region of £130,000 per annum for a two day-per-week time commitment.'

Gizza job. I could do that!

Anonymous said...

Andrew Haines, chief exec of this brain-dead quango joined in 2009 after a long career in ..... the rail industry!

BA on wheels eh!

Bill Sticker said...

Legal action is being considered if you believe this story from the insurance industry.

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

Let's hope it backfires on NuLiebour and is the final nail in their coffin.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of peopl...I mean tosspots.

Joe Public said...

To make matters worse, there's now a shortage of charabancs because some idiot decided to send 50 (or did he boast of 100) to Madrid.

daedparrot said...

More on Quango Queen Deirdre Hutton here: A Quangocrat in Amber

microdave said...

An "unprecedented situation" - Why, is the first time a volcano has ever erupted? They've had quite a few in other parts of the world, and managed to keep flying. At the very least it should have been possible for flights to operate in daylight hours to give the flight crew a chance to avoid the worst of the ash cloud. Accidentally flying through the middle of one, at night is a rather different matter, as Captain Eric Moody found out some years ago...

James said...

Was the RAF grounded during this panto?

Anonymous said...

Why not ask the passengers and crew of flight BA009 out of Jakarta in 1980 manged to fly through and erupting volcano and all 4 engines shut down. See if they would like to repeat the white knickle experience?

microdave said...

@ Anon 16:46 - did you read my comment above? They were caught out at night. In any case they manged to re-start the engines, and landed safely.

I still don't see any reason why limited day time operations could not have been allowed, that's what Lufthansa were doing for 3 days before the ban was lifted. At least this would have allowed most (if not all) of those stranded overseas to be returned.

Life IS a dangerous - if you want to try and eliminate all risk you may as well give up any semblance of 21st century life, and go and find a cave somewhere.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

It transpires that The Ministry of Truth AKA Al-Habibi-See has been binning most of the comment from our neighbours who signed up (in a very nice conference centre and pleasant hotel somewhere with free booze) to allow the UK Met Office lead on this sort of thing and are now suffering some serious remorse over a one night stand that's come back to haunt them.

The present line being trawled shamelessly by the creepy liars in Broadcasting House is the risible " International Regulators have admitted to being over cautious" You feckin wot?! International travel isn't neccessary to find the perperators of this miserable episode - I can tell you where they are:

Primary Perpetrators:
FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB

45 - 59 Kingsway. London WC2B 6TE

Ably assisted by the usual crowd of useful idiots.

Let's have a bit more of this

None of the LibLabCon crew has grasped the nettle of policy based evidence making related to the Warbal Glomists - they are blinded by the gleam of the pot of taxpayers's gold at the end of the rainbow.

If you watch the video - Mr Hirst is flatly wrong in his assertion about The Met Office's preminence in operational forecasting in the commercial sector. Their performance has been so piss poor that a fleet of newcomers has entered the market. Most of these don't get to pay the rent if they get it wrong unlike the tax sucking, paid for propogandists at The Hadleigh Centre.

Piers Corbyn is one of these - a heretic with some serious form. He's not on John Hirst's Xmas card list.

There is a diffuse crossover point (hidden by a virtual dust cloud?) between ignorance and stupidity. As far as our public servants are concerned they have a tick in the box for both. If I was paying somebody £150,000 a year for a 2 day week, it's not unreasonable to expect some competence.

The Ha'bibi-ites won't criticise The Met Office nooooo.... no way.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Is well worth a read - more of the real story about the flight fiasco.

Is also good in that it points out that air sampling to close the loop on air quality (yer actual measurements to calibrate the arithmetic models) has been starved of funds in the rush to boost politically correct anthropogenic Global Warming.. no... Glabal Warming ... no erm.. yeah! that's it - climate change.

Anonymous said...

Life IS a dangerous - if you want to try and eliminate all risk you may as well give up any semblance of 21st century life, and go and find a cave somewhere." Well thanks but I live in Thailand not a fucking cave where the people fight back not wandering around in a fucking mask. Bombs, grenades going off on a daily basis they have hi-jacked a military train on its way to BKK Christ cunts like you really piss me off now you fuck off amd live in a fucking cave

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