OF NAVAL AVIATION
Capt. Richard Dann, director of
history and outreach for the Centennial of Naval Aviation Task Force,
talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about the launch of naval aviation
100 years ago, previews what's coming up for the air show season and
AirVenture, and explains the Navy's heritage paint project.
Click here to listen. (11.2 MB,
The 70-year-old pilot of N1WA became incapacitated as
his Cirrus SR22 climbed for 17,000 feet toward the Rockies. Without
intervention he might have died. A regional airline crew knew that and
worked with ATC and the pilot's wife (also on the Cirrus) to bring the
small plane down, safely. 25-year-old Ian Norris was flying
captain for the regional flight, and we spoke with him to hear the
story. (Audio of the actual event is
Click here to listen. (10.3 MB,
Can't agree with your spouse on the quickest way to the
supermarket? Lil and Roger LeBlanc flew as a crew of two in the
King Air 100 doing charters around New England. AVweb's Russ
Niles spoke with Lil about what it was like to live the dream of
operating a mom-and-pop aviation enterprise and on the release of her
new book The Flight Level Chronicles.
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A COCKPIT IN CRISIS
The investigation into the crash of Air
France Flight 447 has sparked comments on training and automation, but
it hasn't provided much insight into the in-cockpit environment of a
commercial airliner flying through storms over the ocean at night. For
that, we asked 15,000-plus hour airline pilot Jason Goldberg.
Then we asked him to describe what happens when systems fail.
Click here to listen. (17.2 MB,