Date: 28 Mar 98 14:21:44 From: email@example.com (Malcolm Weir) Organization: Little to None References: 1 2
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On 24 Mar 98 11:38:45 , Andrew Cruickshank <firstname.lastname@example.org> caused to appear as if it was written: >> > I am told that at any one time two thirds of the world's civil aircraft are >> > in the air, and that this is necessary as there is not room for all of them >> > on the ground. Is this so? If it is, it will be interesting if all airline >> > companies decide not to have any of their planes in the air on the night of >> > 31 December 1999! But please tell me if you are aware of the truth of this. >There are problems with ground space at some airports and >there would be space problems if you suddenly decided that all >aircraft had to be grounded for 24 hours with many aircraft >ending up at alternative airports off their normal beaten track >because there would be no space at their normal points of >departure and arrival. Ignoring (for a moment) the multi-day disruption to the airline's schedule that a fleet-wide grounding might cause, if the reason that the aircraft had to be parked was sufficiently systemic, there's a lot of space at airports that *could* be used for parking, such as taxi and runways, turning and holding spaces. Sure, if you clog all of these up, you won't be able to move a/c around as normal, but you could unclog the mess with another time... Malc.