Reverse your decision not to release vital information and documentation, and establish working agreements to enable other willing parties to take over as the technical authorities on Vulcan XH558/G-VLCN
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At the end of the 2015 display season, Avro Vulcan Bomber B2 XH558 will be grounded permanently after just 8 years in flight since a £6.5 million pound restoration which saw the aircraft return to flight after 14 years of retirement. A recent Q&A release on the Vulcan to the skies trust website has shown that despite the main belief that XH558 is to be grounded due to running out of airframe and engine life, the main reason is due to the three companies which form the "Technical Authorities" required by the CAA's permit to fly ending their support for the project based on financial reasons. The same Q&A release states that the trust and several other companies believe they could keep the aircraft in flight but are unable to even try because the current "Technical Authorities" have made it clear that they will not release vital information and documentation to any other companies and that any such working agreement will never happen:
"Q 3 - Aren’t there any other companies that could provide the required support?
A – Yes; there are companies that have the required skills who would be happy to support the Vulcan, however they would need access to information only available from the original manufacturer, and would be required by the CAA to have continued airworthiness design support agreements with those manufacturers. The three companies mentioned above have stated that they would not be prepared to establish such agreements."
"Q 22 - Is this a Risk Management exercise?
A - To some extent, yes, it is a risk management exercise. There is no business upside for the companies that must support XH558’s flying, with a perceived but admittedly very low probability (but massive) downside. Shareholder perception, risk avoidance and aversion, and return on resources all dictate that a stance by these companies to cease support at the end of 2015 is justified."
If this is indeed the case, then i believe the three companies are not acting in the "Spirit of Great Britain" and the public who love to see the Vulcan flying will be deprived of a national aviation heritage icon due to a decision based on a lack of "return for resources", "no business upside" and the fact that they wish to keep vital information firmly within their grasp without even allowing other willing parties to see if an extension to flight is possible. We must not allow this to happen and i ask that you please sign the petition on behalf of the Public who contributed over 50% towards the restoration, and who continue to contribute to keep the Vulcan in the air.
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