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I have pictures, but they're still on my camera.... have been too busy to download them! I'll try and get it done tomorrow
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I have pictures, but they're still on my camera.... have been too busy to download them! I'll try and get it done tomorrow
*taps feet* I'm waiting....... :flute: :p:
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*taps feet* I'm waiting....... :flute: :p:
Err, sorry. They're still on my camera. I got sidetracked and then work started again.

But, I have 5 days off as of Wednesday. I will promise to get it done then


I've been so busy I haven't been on TSR for the last 3 days :eek:
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Err, sorry. They're still on my camera. I got sidetracked and then work started again.

But, I have 5 days off as of Wednesday. I will promise to get it done then


I've been so busy I haven't been on TSR for the last 3 days :eek:
Alright, cheers. :yy:
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Let's welcome mcidiot and cmjmiles into our community. :cool: The latter is more interested in civil aviation rather than military aviation, but plans to join the RAF anyway after graduating from university.
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Mooooooooooooooooooooo.

I've just established contact with a highly successful SIA pilot who's been sharing a lot of experience with me with regards to commercial passenger transport aircraft. :cool:

He recommended me this book, which I'll be picking up from the library very soon. :yy:
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Well, I've downloaded my Farnborough pix, I jsut need to shrink the best ones down to a net-friendly size and upload them somewhere - check back later tonight or tomorrow morning


I have also discovered that the best angle to view an A380 from to get a true sense of its size is from the back - looking along it so as you can see the empennage, APU exhaust, engines (and LP compressor! So much bypass ) and the magnificent shape of the mainplane.

Side-on, the -800 series (current one) just looks too stunted. Bring on the stretched -900
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Well, here we are: my Farnborough pictures Sorry for using imageshack, but I can only attach 5 images per post.....

The day (Saturday) started off so nice and sunny, and then turned so wet, as will be seen later Sorry for only really photographing the A380 (frighteningly quiet on takeoff) - that's what I went to see(!), and after it flew, the heavens really opened and the show was actually stopped temporarily. I watched a fantastic display by the MiG-29, but was too busy watching it to take pictures. Plus, my camera was getting wet....


http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/2667/img1458aw1.jpg - The Bell/Boeing MV-22 Osprey - takes off like a helicopter, flies like a turboprop.

http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/3721/img1459qu7.jpg - A380 with lots of people around it! Definitely the star of the show this year.

http://img460.imageshack.us/img460/1834/img1460pc6.jpg - Now that's a lotta bogies Love the MLG on the A380 - great feat of engineering

http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/7964/img1464cx0.jpg - A340-600 already towed to its holding point ready for the display; A380 shortly to depart.

http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/9226/img1466tf6.jpg - Red Arrows doing their "Thing" (sorry, too busy watching to take pix again ), with the big'un waiting down below. Sadly, not joining in with the Arrows on this day

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4038/img1468pf4.jpg - A340 - it really shouldn't be able to do that!

http://img425.imageshack.us/img425/2595/img1473ip9.jpg - A340 levelling off after its display

http://img425.imageshack.us/img425/6031/img1479qs7.jpg - A340 - it absolutely should not be able to do that!

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/1748/img1486be4.jpg - A340 touching down. Nice touch of motion blur

http://img417.imageshack.us/img417/1460/img1489ye1.jpg - A380 overflying the airfield

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/4717/img1492pk9.jpg - A380 on finals after an impressive display. Nice sky.

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/4924/img1497ey1.jpg - A380 "appearing" into view ready to touch down. I had my camera on "multishoot" for this, hence why only part of the 380 is showing

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/2856/img1503hk9.jpg - Touchdown! (More or less) to a tremendous applause.

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/90/img1507rd5.jpg - Galaxy on static display. Big thing (but not as big as an A380)!

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/6002/img1512rh3.jpg - Osprey showing off (sorry, all the takeoff pics are blurred - my camera was focusing on the heads in front of me, not on the chopper )

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1636/img1516le2.jpg - A380 when it absolutely CHUCKED it down. Engines still very hot and remaining dry... unlike me!

http://img420.imageshack.us/img420/6589/img1521dr0.jpg - Trent 900 on display in one of the halls. That's one mighty big engine!

And finally, the best pic of the day, in my opinion:
http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/7350/img1527qp2.jpg - the only view where you truly get a sense of scale on the A380-800. I think one of those aircraft flying is a Typhoon, but I'm not sure. Rep for whoever can tell me. Ask and I'll post a slightly higher res version of those aircraft.


Well, there ya go Hope you enjoyed those pics!
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Cool pics... Osprey's are weird creatures aren't they?!
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey - the bird isn't bad either

It was strange seeing the Osprey flying, then slow right down and start hovering, then fly off again.
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Awesome, thanks for the pictures thomas! :yy: I've sent some rep your way.

Please also welcome D00 - he loves modern planes and stealth ones.

... and have more friends join this soc! We need it to be more vibrant!
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thomas, looks like you have your first shiny now. ;yes; ;w00t;
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Can we start getting more active around here folks, instead of being a dormant and practically useless society? :p:

Rep is up for grabs for the person who puts in the most effort to breathe life into this soc... and rep will subsequently be given out (rather regularly!) to people who do a great job at participating and contributing around these parts.

Let the festivities begin! #groovy#
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I suppose I really should join this society!

Name :Mike
PPL Owner: Unfortunately not!
Interested in military/civil aircraft: Mainly military, I am in the RAF afterall :p:
Favourite Aircraft: Hmmm well I like lots. Mainly E-3D Sentry and Chinook.
Most exotic country you've travelled to: Not very well travelled at the moment! Probably Spain
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http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=266518

A thread I started elsewhere, but relevant. What do people here think about civilian companies operating military battlefield support helicopters?
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Well, here we are: my Farnborough pictures Sorry for using imageshack, but I can only attach 5 images per post.....

The day (Saturday) started off so nice and sunny, and then turned so wet, as will be seen later Sorry for only really photographing the A380 (frighteningly quiet on takeoff) - that's what I went to see(!), and after it flew, the heavens really opened and the show was actually stopped temporarily. I watched a fantastic display by the MiG-29, but was too busy watching it to take pictures. Plus, my camera was getting wet....


http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/2667/img1458aw1.jpg - The Bell/Boeing MV-22 Osprey - takes off like a helicopter, flies like a turboprop.

http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/3721/img1459qu7.jpg - A380 with lots of people around it! Definitely the star of the show this year.

http://img460.imageshack.us/img460/1834/img1460pc6.jpg - Now that's a lotta bogies Love the MLG on the A380 - great feat of engineering

http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/7964/img1464cx0.jpg - A340-600 already towed to its holding point ready for the display; A380 shortly to depart.

http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/9226/img1466tf6.jpg - Red Arrows doing their "Thing" (sorry, too busy watching to take pix again ), with the big'un waiting down below. Sadly, not joining in with the Arrows on this day

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4038/img1468pf4.jpg - A340 - it really shouldn't be able to do that!

http://img425.imageshack.us/img425/2595/img1473ip9.jpg - A340 levelling off after its display

http://img425.imageshack.us/img425/6031/img1479qs7.jpg - A340 - it absolutely should not be able to do that!

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/1748/img1486be4.jpg - A340 touching down. Nice touch of motion blur

http://img417.imageshack.us/img417/1460/img1489ye1.jpg - A380 overflying the airfield

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/4717/img1492pk9.jpg - A380 on finals after an impressive display. Nice sky.

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/4924/img1497ey1.jpg - A380 "appearing" into view ready to touch down. I had my camera on "multishoot" for this, hence why only part of the 380 is showing

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/2856/img1503hk9.jpg - Touchdown! (More or less) to a tremendous applause.

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/90/img1507rd5.jpg - Galaxy on static display. Big thing (but not as big as an A380)!

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/6002/img1512rh3.jpg - Osprey showing off (sorry, all the takeoff pics are blurred - my camera was focusing on the heads in front of me, not on the chopper )

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1636/img1516le2.jpg - A380 when it absolutely CHUCKED it down. Engines still very hot and remaining dry... unlike me!

http://img420.imageshack.us/img420/6589/img1521dr0.jpg - Trent 900 on display in one of the halls. That's one mighty big engine!

And finally, the best pic of the day, in my opinion:
http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/7350/img1527qp2.jpg - the only view where you truly get a sense of scale on the A380-800. I think one of those aircraft flying is a Typhoon, but I'm not sure. Rep for whoever can tell me. Ask and I'll post a slightly higher res version of those aircraft.


Well, there ya go Hope you enjoyed those pics!
[COLOR="Magenta"]Whoah! Nice pictures there. They look amazing![/COLOR] Especially the last one!
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I can't be bothered to look through the forum for a relevant thread about the recent security alerts - I'm surprised there isn't a really big one in GD. Anyway, here's my story on how I was affected.

I currently work as a customer services rep at Stansted Airport - I am mainly based in the building site that is the coach station, directing pax to coaches, but we also have a large team based in the terminal, directing pax to check-in, etc.

Well, yesterday was my day off after 5 tiring shifts in a row (two of which were only a matter of hours apart....) - but, a few certain terrorists put the car wash on me having a nice lie-in :mad: Work called and asked me to go in and help out in the terminal, with the rest of our 20-strong team. From midday to 8pm I was stuck there helping to keep some sort of order as flight after flight got cancelled. And, we all know what Ryanair's customer service is like.... For the record, I usually work 10am - 5pm (7 hours) in the coach station, and sometimes 7pm - 1am (6 hours) - the terminal "lot" work 5am - 11am (6 hours) or 2pm - 8pm (6 hours)

So, here's what happened:
  • Arrived at midday - the terminal is absolutely packed! EasyJet (EZY) are yet to announce the cancellation of all their flights, Ryanair (FR) have one or two cancellations on the boards
  • Some of the team are already there, having been on since 10am - the early shift had gone at 11am.
  • People were crowding probably up to 20-deep around the info-screens, trying to find out what was going on with their flights.
  • We get to work trying to shift people away from the screens - not an easy job.
  • After a couple of hours, FR announce that anyone whose flight has been cancelled should leave the airport immediately and rebook via the internet - no rebooking at the airport and a very limited customer service at their desks
  • EZY soon follow with about a dozen cancellations - groans flood across the airport
  • EZY then cancel all their flights - think this was about 3pm. BAA announce that anyone whose flight has been cancelled should leave the airport immediately and go home/return to hotel to rebook
  • The crowds ease off for a short while
  • Come about 5pm, the evening rush starts and the info-screens are really chocking up - FR have a lot of cancellations now, but are checking some people in.
  • We manage to clear one heavily-packed screen in about 30mins (easily a few hundred people) - sadly many were sent home. It was hard getting through to foreigners that they would not be flying today, and probably wouldn't be flying for another week.
  • As the crowds died down a bit and more check-in desks (mainly at FR) began to open, we began handing out the clear plastic bags to people waiting around the screens to find out which desk to check in.
  • Come 7pm, it's really quietened down, but there are queues at FR check-in
  • As a final task, we give a load of bags to people waiting for final check in at FR
  • I go home at 8pm, considerably more tired than I hoped to be at 8pm that day


My thanks to BAA for their help and the free water and chocolate they were giving out to everyone (staff included!) It was great to see the managers on the floor, helping out with the rest of us.


Today, I returned to the coach park, and according to National Express staff, yesterday was manic for them!! Everyone trying to take coaches to places, rather than flying. Today was probably the busiest day I've seen in the coach park since I started 3 weeks ago. Extra staff from my employers weren't needed in the terminal, since BAA had a load more staff on.


Loads of armed police around - quite scary yet quite "safe-feeling" too...


So, that's my story



Anyone else been affected by the terrorist threats?
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hey,

i dont know alot about aircraft but i loved tom cruise in top gun, does that count?
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I can't be bothered to look through the forum for a relevant thread about the recent security alerts - I'm surprised there isn't a really big one in GD. Anyway, here's my story on how I was affected.
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I can't be bothered to look through the forum for a relevant thread about the recent security alerts - I'm surprised there isn't a really big one in GD. Anyway, here's my story on how I was affected.

I currently work as a customer services rep at Stansted Airport - I am mainly based in the building site that is the coach station, directing pax to coaches, but we also have a large team based in the terminal, directing pax to check-in, etc.

Well, yesterday was my day off after 5 tiring shifts in a row (two of which were only a matter of hours apart....) - but, a few certain terrorists put the car wash on me having a nice lie-in :mad: Work called and asked me to go in and help out in the terminal, with the rest of our 20-strong team. From midday to 8pm I was stuck there helping to keep some sort of order as flight after flight got cancelled. And, we all know what Ryanair's customer service is like.... For the record, I usually work 10am - 5pm (7 hours) in the coach station, and sometimes 7pm - 1am (6 hours) - the terminal "lot" work 5am - 11am (6 hours) or 2pm - 8pm (6 hours)

So, here's what happened:
  • Arrived at midday - the terminal is absolutely packed! EasyJet (EZY) are yet to announce the cancellation of all their flights, Ryanair (FR) have one or two cancellations on the boards
  • Some of the team are already there, having been on since 10am - the early shift had gone at 11am.
  • People were crowding probably up to 20-deep around the info-screens, trying to find out what was going on with their flights.
  • We get to work trying to shift people away from the screens - not an easy job.
  • After a couple of hours, FR announce that anyone whose flight has been cancelled should leave the airport immediately and rebook via the internet - no rebooking at the airport and a very limited customer service at their desks
  • EZY soon follow with about a dozen cancellations - groans flood across the airport
  • EZY then cancel all their flights - think this was about 3pm. BAA announce that anyone whose flight has been cancelled should leave the airport immediately and go home/return to hotel to rebook
  • The crowds ease off for a short while
  • Come about 5pm, the evening rush starts and the info-screens are really chocking up - FR have a lot of cancellations now, but are checking some people in.
  • We manage to clear one heavily-packed screen in about 30mins (easily a few hundred people) - sadly many were sent home. It was hard getting through to foreigners that they would not be flying today, and probably wouldn't be flying for another week.
  • As the crowds died down a bit and more check-in desks (mainly at FR) began to open, we began handing out the clear plastic bags to people waiting around the screens to find out which desk to check in.
  • Come 7pm, it's really quietened down, but there are queues at FR check-in
  • As a final task, we give a load of bags to people waiting for final check in at FR
  • I go home at 8pm, considerably more tired than I hoped to be at 8pm that day


My thanks to BAA for their help and the free water and chocolate they were giving out to everyone (staff included!) It was great to see the managers on the floor, helping out with the rest of us.


Today, I returned to the coach park, and according to National Express staff, yesterday was manic for them!! Everyone trying to take coaches to places, rather than flying. Today was probably the busiest day I've seen in the coach park since I started 3 weeks ago. Extra staff from my employers weren't needed in the terminal, since BAA had a load more staff on.


Loads of armed police around - quite scary yet quite "safe-feeling" too...


So, that's my story



Anyone else been affected by the terrorist threats?
Didn't realise things were that bad at other airports as well :eek: Thought it was mainly Heathrow...

Is Stansted back to normal now?
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