Geez, you guys. I always respond if I can, and I never abandon my posts if they are still current! Give me a break! Just finishing off a busy clinic here so be patient.
It's interesting, reading the above responders; some people clearly taking offense, perhaps it's a tired topic, and obviously, the die-hard NW
fans protesting about what I said about old planes. Doesn't bother me in the least; it's all part of what makes these forum's entertaining!
Yes, I agree- my general refusal to fly older planes is NOT based on the logic, statistical strength, or experience of aircraft maintenence/engineering. I'm sure they are 'safe'. Call it a gut feeling: I don't like it when an old plane rattles as it soars into the air. And, lets face it...the older a plane is, the more cycles it has flown, the chance of fatigue or structural problems (WHILST NOT THAT HIGH), is still higher the a newer aircraft. But yes, I do recognise that the argument doesn't hold up; new planes crash from pilot error all the time. I make no apologies for holding this point of view, because there are many passengers who would feel the same way as I do. It's a preference. Free choice.Plus, old planes are usually less well refurbished, etc. I can definedtly see the vintage attraction for some who like flying them because they won't be around forever.
Another thing I'll say is, why do people get so offended in this forum? And personal attacks on my profession are totally out of line. I don't work in the aviation industry, but i have an interest; alot of my family work for them, and I have a fascination with planes? OK
, I will freely admit that I certainly don't know everything there is to know about the industry, but I know enough to participate in discussions, and in a way, this forum allows me to share thoughts and ideas with people who share the same interest. If I'm wrong, then correct me! If i agree, then I'll learn; if I don't agree, then lets agree to disagree. If you can't handle that (eg-certain people in the KUL
white elephant forum), then don't read the bloody topic! If it's a well worn topic that has been argued before...then don't click on it! Others (newcomers)may not have had the chance to express their opinions yet..it's not ALL about you! Simple.
Before I go-that comment about Qantas's 742s-yeah, I wouldn't fly them either, and I believe they have been phased out already.
I have half a mind to take 'doctor' off my profile because it seems to immediatedly spark a certain reaction from some people. Geeez. Chill, guys! I'm not a bad person!
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