Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7456 posts, RR: 61 Posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
Regarding the following Ground service Equipment:
I recall whilst visiting Adelaide in 2001 that we were allowed to exit out 737 a/c from both the front and the rear doors.
I have deplaned from many a/c useing stairs before, but these were 'covered' stairs. I mean, you were covered ONLY while you came down the stairs.
What was the point of having covered stairs? I didn't understand. I mean, it WAS raining that day. And for few seconds that we WERE on the flight of stairs, you are dry, but then you have to WALK on the tarmac, into the airport anyway. So you get wet just the same.
So is there a functional point to having such equipement?
Dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1077 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1523 times:
I think there would be less water with the stairs covered. Think about straight rain falling on the stairs and some wet feet. Without the cover the stairs get alot wetter. That could be the reason, who knows.
Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
Off the topic a bit but Adelaide is one of the few airports left in Australia where you can deplane/board using airstairs rather than aerobridges- which i like better anyway. I love walking underneath the wing of the airplane before i board from the rear. It beats aerobridges anytime(except in pouring rain!)
Buckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
The reasons of what I listed are actually the reasons why they have covered stairs. They used to have them at Kai Tak, and there is quite a noticable difference between going down stairs that were not covered and going down stairs that are.
Incidentally, I flew out of ADL just ten days ago, and didn't see any covered stairs...