Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml en-gb 30 Fri 25 Jul 2014 19:34:42 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=96#comment29 Well, maybe a little bit? Fri 16 Apr 2010 15:59:21 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=93#comment28 Big Sis - It doesn't bother me in the least? Fri 16 Apr 2010 15:58:47 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=90#comment27 Does Lepus Madidus get bonus points for every question?Does s/he know how to use other punctuation marks?Can anyone else see how boring it is to only speak in the interrogative? Fri 16 Apr 2010 15:36:25 GMT+1 Serangoon http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=86#comment26 Judging by the accents of the thwarted travellers interviewed at the airport only the lower orders have been affected. A char-a-banc to Blackpool not good enough these days I suppose? Thu 15 Apr 2010 19:13:32 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=83#comment25 Given the reports of famines etc. caused a few hundred years ago by volcanic ash, and what happened a few thousand years ago to the city of Pompeii......does volcanic ash count as a WMD? And if so, did we get 45 minutes of warning before our airspace closed down? :) Thu 15 Apr 2010 18:10:32 GMT+1 elcej http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=80#comment24 If UK airspace is closed, how come I've seen 2 helicopters and a propeller airplane this afternoon over dartmoor? Thu 15 Apr 2010 17:32:08 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=76#comment23 'for sure'? Capt. Bob is an impostor and he's really an F1 driver? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:42:32 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=73#comment22 It's a sign that God's not happy that the climate change stats fiddlers at the UEA were cleared? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:23:04 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=70#comment21 The volcano is obviously just another part of Gaia?It's a helpful Icelandic volcano helping to alleviate global warming? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:21:41 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=66#comment20 I can't see anything. Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:17:05 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=63#comment19 Is it the wrong kind of ash? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:16:23 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=60#comment18 In southern England don't we sometimes get sand blown up from the Sahara?Does wind blown sand fly at lower altitudes then?Does does sand just get whipped up and dropped down offering little problems for aircraft? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:11:21 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=56#comment17 Is DAB more resilient to clouds of volcanic ash than traditional old worlde analogue radio then? Thu 15 Apr 2010 16:00:41 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=53#comment16 Will Gordon Brown being using Anti-Terror legislation against Iceland for their cloud of volcanic ash just like he did over the banking scam.'The global economic crash was caused by people selling mortgages in the US....and some Icelandic scamsters'? Thu 15 Apr 2010 15:58:53 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=50#comment15 Climate of Fear again?I hope someone asks Brown, Cameron and Clegg how they'd deal with the volcanic ash cloud tonight, but of course the questions are known before aren't they?Eddie, perhaps you can get Eddie Jordan on and R4 can give a plug to the BBC coverage of the GP starting in about 12 hours time:http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A66590788 Thu 15 Apr 2010 15:49:43 GMT+1 Poverty http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=46#comment14 Several times we have been told that there will be no pollution below about 20,000 ft. So why have all the emergency helicopters like the air ambulances been grounded as they fly very, very much lower than that. Thu 15 Apr 2010 15:37:40 GMT+1 DiY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=43#comment13 Now the NATS site has gone down!Please note: Due to heavy web traffic, the normal site is currently offline. This is a holding page to provideThis is the inevitable consequence of Gordon Brown's failure to regulate govenment agency IT projects when he had the opportunity. He must APOLOGISE NOW!:-p Thu 15 Apr 2010 15:27:57 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=40#comment12 The site took a few retries to load for me, but it looks as though there are plenty of planes South of the Channel - the boundary appears to be the southern shore, heading up Denmark, and roughly along the Swedish / Norwegian border. However, during the few minutes I was watching, I spotted a couple of 'naughty' planes in the London area - MSAIRZ (apparently a private plane) and NAX73T (which Google reveals was flying in circles over North Devon in March!). Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:59:37 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=36#comment11 TIH @ 9, nice. Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:58:50 GMT+1 AmbassadorDelenn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=33#comment10 Thanks for the weblink Eddie. I'm anticipating hours of fun watching the site collapse under the onslaught of all your listeners logging on. By the way, do you know that over on the General Election pages this volcano business has been described as "... a genuine national emergency"! Thank heavens for the cool-headed coverage from the PM team. Annoying and extremely inconvenient for those wanting to fly at the moment, I grant you but (at least at the moment) "national emergency"??? Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:31:19 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=30#comment9 People are weird.This server (flightradar24) is busier than ever when there are no planes to look at! Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:27:33 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=26#comment8 A beautiful young blonde woman boards a plane to New York with a ticket for the economy section. She looks at the seats in economy and then looks into the forward cabin at the first-class seats. Seeing that the first-class seats appear to be much larger and more comfortable, she moves forward to the last empty seat in first class. The flight attendant checks her ticket and tells the woman that her the seat is in economy. The blonde replies, "I'm young and beautiful, and have never had this problem before. I'm going to sit here all the way, until we get to New York." Flustered, the flight attendant goes to the cockpit and informs the Captain of the blonde problem. The captain goes back and tells the woman that her assigned seat is in economy. Again, the blonde replies, in exactly the same way.The captain doesn't want to cause a commotion, and so returns to the cockpit to discuss the blonde problem with the Co-pilot. The Co-pilot says that he has a blonde girlfriend, and that he can take care of the problem. He then goes back and briefly whispers something in the blonde's ear. She immediately gets up, says "Thank you so much, now I understand". She hugs the Co-pilot, and rushes back to her seat in the economy section. The pilot and flight attendant, who were watching with rapt attention, asked the Co-pilot what he had said to the woman. He replies, "I just told her that the first class section isn't going to New York." Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:26:06 GMT+1 GiulioNapolitani http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=23#comment7 This is the inevitable consequence of Gordon Brown's failure to regulate Icelandic volcanoes when he had the opportunity. He must APOLOGISE NOW! Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:23:05 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=20#comment6 Thank you, P_Nutt :-) Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:17:10 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=16#comment5 P_nutt, I also believe that there is NO CHARGE to take off from an Airport but they ALL charge LANDING fees! Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:16:28 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=13#comment4 Is the air clear over London then? Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:15:40 GMT+1 DiY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=10#comment3 While we are think about air traffic haer are some pretty basic rules about flight!!1. Every take off is optional. Every landing is mandatory.2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger.If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again!3. Flying isn't dangerous. The crashing is what's dangerous.4. It`s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.8. A "good" landing is one from which you can walk away. A "great" landing is one after which they can use the plane again.9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.10. You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the gate!11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.Large angle of arrival = small probability of survival and vice versa.12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another aircraft going in the opposite direction.Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you have made.15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.17. Helicopters can't fly; they`re just so freekin ugly the Earth repels them. (Mind you,I always thought it was the Power of Prayer that kept them up!)18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that's going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminium going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.20. Good judgement comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgement.21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea.It's the law. And it's not subject to appeal.24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago. Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:12:28 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=6#comment2 Eddie:Thanks, for bringing the audience that sources to watch Europe's air traffic system closing down, due to the Volcano!(D) Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:05:22 GMT+1 Phil http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=3#comment1 It's wonderful... it's so quiet we can hear the motorway. Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:01:31 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/04/watch_europes_air_traffic_clos.shtml?page=0#comment0 I think the server ius under stress. It was fine earlier this morning - and another site: [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] has been temporarily taken down... Thu 15 Apr 2010 14:01:24 GMT+1