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On the access road: Incorrectly installed masts impede access to Rio de Janeiro

On the access road: Incorrectly installed masts impede access to Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, one problem was solved and another arose. New towers hinder arrivals and departures at the city's largest airport.

When departments decide or build something that doesn't make sense, it is colloquially referred to as a joke. The History of the Schildburgers contains many short stories that are famous for their Schildburger pranks and are considered some of the most notable nonsense literature of the 16th century.

The Schildbürger became particularly known for its senseless building projects. In perhaps their most famous story, they built a city hall and forgot the windows. To get light, the Schildbürger restaurant removed the roof, only to find that it had rained.

Schildberger in Rio de Janeiro

Even after 500 years, there are still projects around the world worthy of the Schildbürgerstreich label. The most recent example concerns the largest airport in Rio de Janeiro, which is served by major international airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways. Currently, the single runway at Galeão Airport can only be used to a limited extent. Electricity towers were installed directly in front of the airport buildings, which no longer allow safe landings on runway 15/33 in all cases, Aeroin portal reported.

Reason: At 13 metres, the 11 masts are too high. The overhead line towers were installed by the Light Provider to reduce power outages in the area around Galeão Airport. In the past few days, the airport's air conditioning has broken down several times. However, the new masts now violate the airport's basic protection zone plan.

The slope has been artificially shortened

In order to prevent the closure of the runway, the Brazilian Aviation Authority moved the landing thresholds on the runway and communicated this in the Notam (Notification to Air Missions). Take-off and landing are prohibited at threshold 33 and the corresponding threshold 15.

Victor Wagner, the engineer responsible for installing the electricity towers, described to the newspaper the closure of the runway Rio Diary In the name of “anxiety”. According to Wagner, the runway is 3.2 kilometers long, and shortening it will have no impact on safety.

Shift to the second runway

The change means the second runway will be used more frequently. However, taxi times to the four-kilometre runway are much longer. Installing the columns closed one problem and created another. Entirely in the Schildbürger tradition.