• Short Summary

    Fog is still a menace to air travel, and the temporary closure of international airports because of it can be extraordinarily costly.

  • Description

    Fog is still a menace to air travel, and the temporary closure of international airports because of it can be extraordinarily costly.

    London's Heathrow airport was fog-bound between the first and the fourth of January this year, and the airport's biggest user British European Airways lost GBP250,000 (580,000 dollars) per day during the closure. BEA reckon that they lose 8 operational days each year because of fog.

    Spurred by this and other kinds of bad weather, Britain has made more progress than any other country towards perfecting techniques which allow blind landing on instruments. At a Government airfield at Bedford, north of London, there is a blind-landing experimental unit, which works overtime during fog testing automatic landing gear.

    A spokesman at the unit said much had been achieved in this field, but they were still some way away from being able to land civil aircraft in totally blind conditions.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADSSMBP12NU4YCF9JXM2W7E1Q8
    Media URN:
    VLVADSSMBP12NU4YCF9JXM2W7E1Q8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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