Long lines for the airport open day

By 25 March, 2012 15

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MJay has sent in the picture of the big crowds at the Airport Open Day.

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15 Responses to Long lines for the airport open day
#1
Jamie Wheeler5:32 pm, 25 Mar 12

It was a great day but very long lines to see inside the planes. Going from 9.30 to 1.30PM wasn’t enough time to see everything. One odd thing was a ratio of 8 male toilets to 2 female toilets. Did they serious plan only having only 20% of visitors female?

#2
trevar8:25 pm, 25 Mar 12

Jamie Wheeler said :

One odd thing was a ratio of 8 male toilets to 2 female toilets. Did they serious plan only having only 20% of visitors female?

LOL I thought the same, but my daughter found another row of them on the other side, so there were actually four more for the female of the species.

Nonetheless, I’m still wondering about the kind of rationalisation that goes on behind closed doors that leads to having portaloos designated for male or female visitors; is there are reason, or is it just an empty tradition?

#3
dtc8:42 pm, 25 Mar 12

Jamie Wheeler said :

It was a great day but very long lines to see inside the planes. Going from 9.30 to 1.30PM wasn’t enough time to see everything. One odd thing was a ratio of 8 male toilets to 2 female toilets. Did they serious plan only having only 20% of visitors female?

They probably know their plane spotters male/female ratio, but decided to have 20% female anyway

#4
SnapperJack4:08 am, 26 Mar 12

Jamie Wheeler said :

One odd thing was a ratio of 8 male toilets to 2 female toilets. Did they serious plan only having only 20% of visitors female?

There were more male toilets because men are [/i]better[/i] than women.

#5
dazzab10:19 am, 26 Mar 12

I thought they did a great job of setting things up considering how many people showed up. Seemed to me that a lot more people were there than last year. I missed the various booths that were there last year like the really nice setup that was there with model RC planes etc.

Had a great time though. Put together a short slideshow of my photos on YouTube at http://youtu.be/WCMvSoKgrtI

#6
harvyk111:54 am, 26 Mar 12

We gave up with the idea of going onto one of the aircraft after realising it was probably going to be an hour and a half wait. We checked out some of the ground support vehicles, and looked at some of the planes from angles a pax doesn’t normally get to see.

Just as we where about to leave we heard about the salvo’s scenic flight that afternoon, so we quickly ran and nabbed the last two seats, where we went on one of the more interesting flights I’ve been on… :)

#7
harvyk111:54 am, 26 Mar 12

I do believe they grossly underestimated how popular the day was going to be…

#8
Mothy12:09 pm, 26 Mar 12

Didn’t need to line up to see Matt Hall work his magic, and since that was really all I wandered out there for, I was happy.

Was bemused at some of the lines to get on the current commercial craft though – while I can see the appeal of wandering on to a Herc, checking out a Dash-8 or 737 seemed, well, mundane. Lining up like that for it?

A good cheap morning out, thanks Mr Snow :)

#9
Devil_n_Disquiz12:33 pm, 26 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

I do believe they grossly underestimated how popular the day was going to be…

You would have thought they’d have figured this out after the first one. But nope. It was the same last time and the time before that…it will be the same next time too :)

#10
dtc12:53 pm, 26 Mar 12

Well, to be fair, if its very busy the only options are to have more aircraft (probably not viable, although may be able to have more unusual or airforce craft) or push people through quicker (also not very practical).

#11
KaptnKaos1:03 pm, 26 Mar 12

Devil_n_Disquiz said :

harvyk1 said :

I do believe they grossly underestimated how popular the day was going to be…

You would have thought they’d have figured this out after the first one. But nope. It was the same last time and the time before that…it will be the same next time too :)

It was free to attend and free to look inside the belly of the giant winged beasts (except for the Constellation which they charged $10 for a family to look at), so of course it will be overcrowded, any free event such as this is very hard to predict how many people will turn up (and what ratio will be men or women).

Great morning, I enjoyed it (black cat especially) and eye opener/history lesson for the kids too. Hopefully next year there will be more historical aircraft.

#12
JazzyJess1:09 pm, 26 Mar 12

I agree the long lines were a pain but a free day out is a free day out. I went maybe 2 years ago with the little man and while it was busy the lines weren’t nearly as long.

#13
BelcoMan2:02 pm, 26 Mar 12

I must be the only one that sees this as nothing more than a Snow/Byron family marketing exercise.

Ooh look at us and how we contribute to the “little people”. Surely the “little people” can’t be upset now when we fly over their houses or build more ugly buildings?

Ahh let’s go rest now, our good deeds for the year are done.

#14
harvyk12:22 pm, 26 Mar 12

BelcoMan said :

I must be the only one that sees this as nothing more than a Snow/Byron family marketing exercise.

Yes, yes you are…

There are enough ppl in this world with an interest in aviation and aviation related things that an open day is most enjoyed. If nothing else it gave me an opportunity to see some aircraft which I had only ever seen as photos on wikipedia.

So who care if it was a “Snow \ Byron advertising event”, quite frankly they put on a great day, obviously under catered for, but still a great day.

#15
BelcoMan8:19 pm, 27 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

BelcoMan said :

I must be the only one that sees this as nothing more than a Snow/Byron family marketing exercise.

Yes, yes you are…

There are enough ppl in this world with an interest in aviation and aviation related things that an open day is most enjoyed. If nothing else it gave me an opportunity to see some aircraft which I had only ever seen as photos on wikipedia.

So who care if it was a “Snow \ Byron advertising event”, quite frankly they put on a great day, obviously under catered for, but still a great day.

*If* they got 3,000 people there (which I don’t believe they did), that represents 1% of the ACT population or about .6% of the population of the Australian Capital Region which they claim this event draws from. That hardly consitutes “enough people” to warrant the blatant distractionism that these people employ from the core issues of how they are taking the people of this area for a ride.

Have a look at the “deal” done for this airport as opposed to other airports in teh country and you will see we have been screwed and continue to be screwed.

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