Tuesday, January 09, 2007

So who wants to fly into NAIA?

Which should be given priority on the runway? A Lear jet taking off with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on board or an incoming long haul Airbus 340 ferrying 231 passengers that is running low on fuel?

This was the question posed by an official of the Airline Operators Council (AOC) after a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain was reportedly denied landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) because Arroyo was using the runway for her flight to Davao City on Wednesday to stand as a wedding sponsor

From the PDI.

If you ask me, it sounds like a bloody joke....I cannot believe that a decision can be made like that. However, I would ask... is it all possible that GMA may not have been aware that this decision had been made until it was too late...is it possible that one of her flunkies decided to make the decision for fear of upsetting the 'little one'?

Either way its just another in a long line of bad PR moves for GMA and the Philippines....and another sin to add to the long list I'm compiling for NAIA aka The world's least favourite airport!

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Blogger treespotter said...

can you check with your people there?

we're losing a plane here!!!!!!

8:29 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Treespotter: you can't win the 'My favourite comment of the year' competition in January...!!

8:41 am  
Anonymous Nude King said...

Had I been the unfortunate captain of that Gulf Air Flight (154), (after landing) I would have returned to the airport, equipped with a sophisticated transceiver (in general terms, known as the scanner) that covers all frequencies (and a couple of other necessary equipment).

I then would have parked my car near a road adjacent to the control tower, and after tuning into (and therefore controlling) the ATC frequencies, I would have cleared all the flights in the holding pattern(s) to land immediately.

The scene would have looked more spectacular than USAAF Air shows, but Gloria Macapagal Arroyo - a.k.a. Catholic dream girl - would have a hard time defending the image of her (?) country!

How can NAIA ATC (Ninoy Aquino International Airport Air Traffic Control) get away with this? That serious question baffles aviators' minds.

Denying landing/clearance to a long-haul aircraft that is already low on fuel (and in a state of 'emergency',) is equivalent to committing mass murder (of crew and passengers) on-board.


PS: But this happened in the Philippines. So who cares? After all, most see it as a third-world country full of brown sheeple.

PPS: It is illegal to own (or possess), operate, or transport a transceiver/scanner (for frequencies, you are not licensed to - e.g. ham radio, aircraft related equipment, etc.).

Therefore, don't any of you start getting any ideas from my comment above!

I will take no responsibility in stating the obvious that most of us (who were or are pilots, etc.) already know. Also, treat this (PPS) as a disclaimer.

Joy be with your loved ones. Once again...


11:14 am  
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