This is a translation from JM
Airbus has made tests in Madeira to assess how new technologies are responding in turbulent conditions, Luís Ribeiro, president of the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), said in parliament today.
In response to Social Democrat deputy Paulo Neves, the official said that studies are underway on the limits imposed since 1965 on the operation of Madeira airport due to strong winds.
“We understand that there may be some gain, we have to study, and Airbus tests have recently been done with the new aircraft to see how much the new technologies on board the aircraft respond in terms of turbulence,” he said.
To the deputies, Luís Ribeiro explained that they were “made to approach with winds outside the limits, without passengers, as all the tests must be done”, being now expected the results of these tests of stability, within the scope of an initiative of the ANAC and involving Airbus and the TAP carrier.
The deputy had noted the “terrible consequences for the economy and population of Madeira” and that the airport is larger and the planes are more modern.
Always stressing the importance of security, the Social Democrat questioned, however, whether it was “ill will, incompetence or lack of commitment” that at least tests were not done.
Luís Ribeiro noted, however, that the approach to the city of Funchal did not change with the works and that it was already done “modulation of the island itself and the relief of the island for wind tunnel testing.”
“The output of the report is for days and the presentation of this report is for days. This report is one of the components of the study that is being done, “added the ANAC president, referring to understanding” frustration with the damage that the inoperability of the airport entails “, but that this administration advanced with studies when the problem was put.
Work is still progressing on estimates of equipment investments that may be needed.
“It will be scientists, engineers and meteorologists to say when they can give a definitive opinion on the conditions, it is not a will of the ANAC president to accelerate or to slow down a decision”, argued Luís Ribeiro, who assured that the safety of the passengers will not be will not be “transferred to other [aircraft commanders] without responsibility to assess the risks involved.”