Now that the court decision is out, I hope it is ok to have a bit of discussion.
I have read the whole 159 page document and a few things are apparent.
1. Justice Mallon is very, very, very thorough. 2. There are a lot of assumptions I’ve made about airshow procedures that are “commonly accepted” which do not stand up in court. Everything must be clearly stated and preferably written down. Doesn’t matter who you are or how long you’ve being doing it. 3. Seeing how big a world of hurt in which you can end up, it is astounding that anyone would take on the job of running a major airshow. The fact that people do it voluntarily is worthy of our deepest respect.
Post by campbellbox on Mar 14, 2021 14:02:07 GMT 12
Thanks for posting the link to the decision. You make a hell of a good point Hardyakka - an airshow is a massive undertaking with a huge number of potentially lethal moving parts. We're bloody lucky anyone takes the time to put them together.
I'm just glad the intention is to repair it and retain ownership at this stage. It would be very hard to sell it in damaged condition and the crash be the last experience with it. I hope he can get some more pleasure out of it to help erase what must have been a terrible thing to go through - including the court case.
My meaning is that it would be hard on Arthur Dovey from an emotional point of view to sell it in damaged condition and not have the satisfaction of repairing and re-flying it.
Interesting judgement to read. The holes in the Swiss cheese lined up right from the change in display, briefing, runway inspection and tower comms issues. Odd someone suggested the Yak calling 3 greens to the tower was "antiquated", still very much a thing at least in military circles.