|Quoting clydenairways (Reply 49):|
It's now been established that the rotation point is 4km from the tower view so you wouldn't be able to see detail like a tail striking off the ground.
Ever heard of binoculars??
I'm not, nor have I ever been an Air Traffic Controller, but during my military days, spent quite a bit of time hanging out with my ATC mates in the control tower, and in every case the tower controller had his/her eyes on the departing/arriving traffic from take off roll to airborne and vice versa. Funnily enough they used binoculars from time to time. But hey!! Admittedly I've never been in a Spanish tower, so can't comment on their procedures.
|Quoting PW100 (Reply 48):|
ATC will not necessarily look at each aircraft during rotation. They do have many things to worry about, and many responsibilities. However visual check confirmation that none of the 700 daily departures experiences a tail strike is definitely not one of them.
Can you confirm that with fact?
Whether we like it or not, the facts are that a departing aircraft suffered a tailstrike and fragged the runway. According to reliable sources several aircraft were then cleared to depart from the same runway. Unfortunately one of those aircraft then suffered nosewheel damage caused by the contaminated runway state. Is this acceptable in this day and age? In my opinion NO not ever.
[Edited 2013-04-18 04:15:10]