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PILOTS LASH IAA'S 'AVIATION CHAOS' Chaos at the airport: Day 2 Passengers go through another 24hrs of flight-delay misery.

Byline: By PATRICK GRIFFIN

IRISH-based pilots lashed out in internet chatrooms at the chaos yesterday. One described the situation at Dublin airport as "aviation carnage" and called for a shake-up of the country's entire aviation system.

The angry Dublin-based pilot blogger said the situation was so bad at the capital's international gateway airport that the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) should be disbanded. "Highlow" wrote: "Nothing in Dublin surprises anybody lately. The Air Traffic Control system in place is disrupting everyone who uses the airport.

"There seems to be organised chaos at the moment. Yesterday at around 11am at the holding point I witnessed what can only be described as aviation carnage. There were about 14 aircraft awaiting departure and the control tower just couldn't cope with all the aircraft being handed over from ground controllers.

"It seems that there are some very capable controllers in Dublin, very polite, in fact I would say they all operate a very safe operation.

"However, I would make the point that they really need to get over to Gatwick or Stansted and see how they do the job."

Another pilot blamed the large numbers of light aircraft using Dublin airspace for cluttering up the airspace and said they were the "biggest single obstacle to the provision of a premium runway service".

Irish pilot "EIDW 747" told the aviation chatroom: "This radar has been working on the final back-up system for months. There is no excuse for this to happen.

"The problem should have been rectified ages ago - typical lazy IAA fools, they want the money with little effort."

One anonymous Dublin air traffic controller admitted that the regular breakdowns were both embarrassing and worrying at the same time.
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Date:Jul 11, 2008
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