When Lousy Ideas Fly
The Heavy Airbus and The Wall Street Journal Lite
Nov. 29, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 51
IN THE NEWS
Change in Rules Needed for Wake of Big New Jet
Airliners may have to fly twice the normal distance behind the new Airbus A380 superjumbo jet to avoid potential hazards from its unusually powerful wake, according to preliminary safety guidelines.
--Andy Pasztor and Daniel Michaels, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 22, 2005
For you, it's been a solid week of nasty, contentious meetings and sleepless nights in London, Brussels and Paris. Finally, very early Friday morning you take a taxi to de Gaulle Airport and stagger aboard an Air France Airbus A380 along with 799 other bleary-eyed passengers.
You arrive at LAX after a 12-hour flight, where another A380 flight has landed within the hour. A total of 1,600 travelers from those two flights alone--plus 950 additional passengers from a 747 and other assorted jetliners--have arrived at passport control, which is being very picky because of a recent terrorist threat.
Once through passport control, you proceed to collect your luggage, forced to stand six-deep in front of the carrousels.
After nearly four hours in the airport, you retrieve your car and spend two more hours in stop-and-go Friday night traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway. You get home, kiss your spouse, wave to the children and hit the sack at 9:45 p.m., hoping to sleep around-the-clock.
At 3:00 a.m., jet lag kicks in and you're wide-awake.
At 5:00 a.m. you hear the thwack of the newspaper against the front door. You get up, lurch downstairs and retrieve the Times and--WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
You thought it was Saturday, so why are you getting The Wall Street Journal? Is it Friday? No, you're not losing your mind. This must be The Wall Street Journal's Saturday edition.