Xm657 wrote:Much as you'd like this thread to go away RR, it is bringing up valid and important points and holding VttTS to account, and why not: they spend public money and are custodians of a much loved "people's" aircraft, so should be prepared to justify their actions and take criticism. If you don't like what you read here, you have the rest of the internet to enjoy!
It is good to hear the planning permission has finally gone in and the dream is still alive, but a hell of a long way to go yet. Hopefully the VttTS can take some constructive criticism and slash their wage bill to near zero, or I'm afraid if planning permission is granted it will be all academic anyway as there will be nothing to pay the rent with.
Interesting what vulcan558 says above regarding not paying Marshalls and being arrogant to RR, which possibly led to the withdrawal of technical support. Is this just your opinion or do have any even anecdotal evidence of this? If it is true that VttTS mismanaged the relationship with the OEMs towards the end which led to a premature end to flying, that really is poor and massively disappointing. I do recall Mr Pleming saying 558 had between two and seven years flying hours left in her if the OEM support had been there. With regard to further flying taking place, I think a winter dormant outdoors, will make that mountain even higher, not that I personally believe its even possible anyway. And don't forget Roy Jacobsen got nowhere trying to register 655 and 426 with the FAA in the 80s, so attractive as it might seem, going to the US isn't a viable way to fly her either.
An excellent post.
Interesting to see how Reds Rolling and Neverfuel are desperate to shut down any debate or scrutiny.