Knocked into Second Place

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Kilkis
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Knocked into Second Place

Postby Kilkis » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:54 am

Greek air traffic controllers need to up their game after being beaten into second place by their French counterparts. See Question 1 of BBC 7 Day News Quiz. Surely this is an area where Greece ought to be on top?

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Re: Knocked into Second Place

Postby filippos » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:57 pm

Nobody will beat the French at ATC strikes. Usually they don't bother to tell anyone about them.

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Re: Knocked into Second Place

Postby Kilkis » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:46 pm

Tell me about it. Coming back from my last visit to the UK I had a 2 hour delay, spent sat on the plane at the stand. The cause? French ATC were on strike in Marseilles but because of that we couldn't transit French air space at all. There was bad weather over Germany, which caused lots of delays in their air space, so we had to wait for a slot. We had to be on the plane ready to go in case a plane in a slot before us failed to make it and we could take it over.

I can remember suffering a delay at Chania many years ago because Greek ATC were on a work to rule. They are only supposed to have so many planes in Greek air space at any one time. Normally they ignore this rule, provided the planes are sufficiently far apart, but enforce it exactly when there is a work to rule. The plane that caused the excess and prevented us taking off was flying across northern Greece from Italy to Turkey. It took around 45 minutes to clear Greek air space. If we had taken off on time, aimed directly for it and set maximum speed there was no way we could have collided with it.

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