Air traffic control, baby!
Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a fly-by:
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They’ve made some progress the past five months:
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Look what UAL has in store for you at SFO:
“Comfortable seating options that include the iconic Fritz Hansen “egg” chairs and swivel lounge chairs”
All is forgiven, United, ’cause I’m sitting on one of your “iconic” egg chairs.*
But the citizens of San Francisco don’t owe the flying public an assortment of googaws, no no. What the citizens of San Francisco owe the flying public are longer, better runways that are farther apart from each other, you know, runways that don’t need a special dispensation from the FAA. To wit:
Damn the torpedo fish (or whatever else is down there), full speed ahead (with longer and better runways farther apart)
And oh, the concomitant Egg™ Footstool costs thousands of dollars as well.
*If United sprang for leather, then the retail price is $16k each, srsly.
Ever more deets after the jump.
[UPDATE: Well, it looks like the Taiwanese civilian carriers are going to comply but the Korean and Japanese will not. So maybe the the PLAAF will scramble if it feels like it? Isn't that what it does now? Maybe this ham-fisted move will make sense in five or ten years...]
Can you see those B-52′s? Now that’s what you call soft power. (Chrysler whale not depicted, but sources report it was about to set sail)
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So let’s see here. China’s newly-declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is a big flop already. Who’s going to recognize it? North Korea, maybe. But anybody else?
Nope. Not South Korea, not Taiwan, not the U.S., not the Philippines, and not Vietnam and certainly not Japan. So for a regular ANA or JAL flight from Tokyo to Taipei, do you think that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is going to scramble the fighters every day?
I don’t. How could it?
So you declare a bunch of rules and nobody cares. How does this benefit the people of China?
ECSADIZ = DOA
These tourist choppers sometimes conk out near the Golden Gate Bridge and when that happens then only thing for the pilot to do is pop open the compressed gas container you can see there in order to inflate the six airbags you can also see there.
Then a call to the Coast Guard, which will give you a friendly tow to land, hurray!
It happens sometimes