QUESTION: Do you want to have aircraft at the very end of their airworthiness making their last ever flight over your kids’ school, your home, your town?
FACT: RiverOak’s business plan states they will run a “tear down” operation at Manston – taking out the valuable parts for resale.
FACT: These aircraft will be coming from any and every corner of the world.
FACT: By definition, these aircraft will be at the end of their useful lives, at the end of their airworthiness.
FACT: By definition, their flight into Manston will be the last flight they ever make.
FACT: Depending on the wind direction, the flight path will bring these planes in to Manston over central Herne Bay about one-third of the time, and over central Ramsgate about two-thirds of the time.
So, do you want to have aircraft at the very end of their air worthiness making their last ever flight over your kids’ school, your home, your town?
Here’s an analogy. Joe Bloggs’ car is on its last legs. He doesn’t reckon it will make it through its next MOT, so decides he’ll take it the local scrapyard to see if he can get a few quid for it. Just as he’s about to set off, he notices that one of the headlights has blown. Does Joe hop on his bicycle, pop down to Halfords for a new bulb and fit it before going to the scrapyard? Maybe, maybe not. The point is that if ever anyone is going to cut corners, it will be on that last journey.
Now can someone remind me – RiverOak are planning on tearing down how many planes a year? How often will we be playing Russian roulette?