This past week 3 cancellations and 1 diversion. Pilots CAT II certified or planes that can handle our CAT II system can not happen fast enought!!!
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commented on 2018-11-07 14:57:06
I fail to understand why you need to posts things like this. You claim to be an advocate for the airport and say its on the verge of greatness. Not if you continue to publicize every little thing that you think is wrong with it. How would you like it if someone blogs about how great your liquor and cash checking businesses are, but people should know that Canterbury St. is all torn up, there are detours everywhere. And make sure you lock your car and avoid the area at night. These comments may or may not be true, but the average reader tends to believe things on the internet. My friend who works up there tells me that excessive crosswinds and mechanicals are the cause of these cancellations, (not lack of CAT2,)which can and does happen at any airport on any day. But the difference is other airports dont have someone blogging a lot of inaccurate vitriol under the guise of promoting the airport. I would really like to understand why you are doing this and why you dont see this as harming its reputation. I'm beginning to appreciate Trump's pining about fake news. If you want your posts to be respected, then you have the responsibility to be accurate. Also, you need to stop deleting comments that call you on your inaccuracies so that readers can at least find balance.
commented on 2018-11-07 17:01:12
If it wasn't for this blog the AA service would have been dead on arrival. You seem like a very angry person. Maybe you should visit Bill's package store a few times a week to stock up so you can chill. Wouldn't it be beneficial to work out the kinks now rather than let them drag on to the point where they cancel service? There were a few airlines serving Worcester in the past that abruptly canceled service and left some of the public with worthless tickets. The folks that maintain this blog have invested a lot of time, energy and maybe even money to help ORH succeed. If you don't like the tone of this blog then start your own.
commented on 2018-11-07 17:56:33
Man I’ll tell ya people hate facts. The ILS was NOTAMed out during that day where flights were wiped across the board. Worcester that day was the least windy of any JetBlue station in New England but the only one that faced operational issues. In fact, the E190s crosswind component was 10 knots lower than the max crosswind. I can pull up the historical weather data if you like? If you want Worcester to be a “reliable” airport how about let’s prove it for a respectable stretch of time.
commented on 2018-11-07 19:04:39
Plane Truth. Did we have 3 cancellations and 1 diversion the past week with American Airlines this week at Worcester Airport???? Obviously you know this is true. This is not fake news. We think we can do better.
commented on 2018-11-07 19:11:13
In case anyone was wondering the weather tonight in Ashburn, Virginia is 53 degrees.
commented on 2018-11-08 10:16:57
I thought AA's E145s have a CAT II ILS system. Are they flying pilots without that cert?
commented on 2018-11-08 10:37:46
VFR: pilots are being CAT II certified. We have been told by American that the fleet should be certified within the next 12 months. This will help alot!!!
commented on 2018-11-08 14:05:20
So, facts need to be accurate. lets be sure we are talking about the last week. I admit, I was wrong about high winds (bad intel). Bill, you are right about the last week with the numbers. My fake news comment is based on the need to have the facts accurate instead of Dylans assumptions that the problems are all in Worcester. So for accuracy sake I called AA and they confirmed 2 flights cancelled in Philly due to maintenance and one for weather. Diversion was weather related. so, I did a deeper dive and reviewed the METAR data (thanks for offering Dylan, but I'll save you the trouble). At the scheduled time of arrival, the visability was above minimums albeit barely. Maybe the weather was upline or AA played it conservatively, they would not elaborate. The weather at the time of the diversion was so bad that CAT 2 wouldnt have even helped. So, my point is that these factors are typical of air travel and not isolated to Worcester. sure, We all would like to see a respectable stretch, but these are the risks of traveling in a mode of transportation that is sensitive to weather and safety. The bigger point I am trying to make is that all these blog posts are not doing any good at building the traveling public's confidence in using Worcester. and just the loss of one person from reading them and opting to fly out of Green, is not only a loss to Worcester, but they will only risk the same odds of flights cancelling on them, no matter what airport they use. I thought I had a good example about someone blogging about road construction and crime on Canterbury street, but dont let that scare you away from buying a 6 pack from Bill. If I was thirsty and read that blog, Id pass Randell's packy and go to Big Bobs around the corner. There are no kinks to work out, Common Sense. Its the life of air travel. even if there kinks, what good is it to air the dirty laundry in a so public manner? These posts are scaring people away! So I'll repeat my first comment and would love to understand why you dont think they are harmful to the Airports reputation. I'm done. By me commenting, I'm only peepetuating the problem. So, I can only hope you see my point. If not, Ill be witness to your self-fulfilling prophecy of fewer people flying out of Worcester and airlines pulling out. Is that what you want?
commented on 2018-11-08 15:59:12
I’m so confused. Plane Truth, I am talking about last week when the Nor Easter came in where all flights across the board at ORH were canceled for high winds. One isolated day - I do not care about the nature of the past week. That day the visibility was low and below minimums with an inop glideslope but they blamed the winds instead. In the meantime all other airports in the area had equal or greater winds with no operational issues. Logan was actually a sustained 10 knots higher for most of the day with a higher crosswind component for their configuration but JetBlue operated there instead. They blamed the winds but it was clearly the inoperative glideslope (again). Regardless, no matter what excuses you spin 4 of the last 6 inbounds didn’t make it in which is pretty awful. Every time Worcester is tested with inclement weather something happens. Again let me know if you want any proof I will gladly provide rather than heresay. I still have the NOTAM from the other day.
commented on 2018-11-08 16:21:29
Bill correctly pointed out to the media that the AA flight that was originally proposed would be DOA. He even suggested that Massport reject this service. I think his comments played a role in getting AA to revise their schedule. I have learned in life that people prefer to be told the truth rather than have things sugarcoated. I would prefer some negative PR now than having passengers show up for a flight in the future only to realize that the airline abruptly canceled service.
commented on 2018-11-08 16:35:45
Common Sense don’t worry, this IP address is the same as the guy claiming to work at the RIAC. We have a pretty good idea who it is.
commented on 2018-11-08 18:18:52
Plane Truth, fake news is saying someone owns a liquor store after it was sold 30 months ago???