777236ER, Snnams, JBirdAV8r:
Just to set the record straight, the airport was BIQ. I saw the plane's late and shallow climb-out from RWY 27 while driving away from the airport, but when I returned in the evening, pilots from the aeroclub, who had been standing perpendicular to the aircraft's rotation point, told me the "the Ryanair plane almost failed to take-off this afternoon", as they pointed to where the aircraft left the ground. I've flown in and out of that airport in both commercial and light aircraft, and can confirm where the various reference points lie in relation to the runway. It was no optical illusion. On any chart for BIQ/LFBZ you can work out that parrallel to the 200m mark on that runway's south side is the apron for the aeroclub. The distance was confirmed by ATC.
Of course, as the plane took-off safely it didn't make the news. FR
have up to 3 x daily flights to BIQ in high summer. They have been flying there for 5 years. AF
has 6 x daily flights and Regional has some to CFE
too. For a small airport, that's a fair amount of traffic. And according to the pilots at the aeroclub, it was the hairiest take-off they'd ever seen involving a Ryanair plane. They were not sutpid.
It was 35C that day, very humid, and the plane was carrying two rugby teams. And somehow, it became overloaded for the particular meteorological conditions. Nonetheless, someone had done some miscalculations.
As for wheel-brakes, they are meant to be allowed 45 minutes to cool. FR
is not the only airline to breach that regulation, but a 20 minute turnaround on a hot day is just not on.
As for the CAA, the incident was in France. As far as I know, it wasn't the CAA's business.
Think before you start calling such statements "ill-informed and irresponsible".