AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 6a

February 9, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Flight 1549 Captain Speaks back to top 
 
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USAir's Sullenberger: 'I Was Sure I Could Do It'

In his first major interview with the mainstream press Sunday night, USAir's Chesley B. Sullenberger described the moment after his Airbus 320 ingested birds as "the worst, sickening pit of your stomach, falling through the floor feeling I've ever felt in my life. I knew immediately it was very bad." In a 20-minute interview with CBS's Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Sullenberger said he and F/O Jeff Skiles went through a brief moment of denial before getting to work of ditching the stricken USAir Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15. "My initial reaction was one of disbelief this is happening. This doesn't happen to me," he told Couric, adding that he expected to finish his entire flying career without ever having lost an airplane. Sullenberger described the birdstrike impacts as "like a hailstorm…like the worst thunderstorm I'd ever experienced growing up in Texas." When he noticed the smell of burned birds passing through the air packs, Sullenberger realized the engines weren't going to restart, although he and Skiles selected continuous ignition and started the APU, which apparently provided power all the way to the ditching. "No luck. I mean, I got the AP running, I turned the ignition on, but still, no usable thrust. We were descending rapidly toward the water. The water was coming up at us fast," he told Couric.

Sullenberger was aware of at least one previous ditching gone bad—the 1996 ditching of a hijacked Air Ethiopia 767 in which 125 of 175 people died, largely because the airplane didn't touch down nose-up with wings level. "I needed to touch down with the wings exactly level. I needed to touch down with the nose slightly up. I needed to touch down at a descent rate that was survivable. And I needed to touch down just above our minimum flying speed but not below it. And I needed to make all these things happen simultaneously," he told Couric.

Once the airplane had impacted the water and come to rest, Sullenberger and Skiles turned to each other "and we said, 'Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought.'" However, flight attendant Doreen Welsh had a different experience from her seat in the rear of the cabin. "The back of the plane hit first…it was violent. Horrible. Things flew out," Welsh said. Although the evacuation was orderly, Welsh said there was "some panic in the back," but despite significant flooding, all of the 155 occupants of the airplane evacuated safely.

The FA's only had about 90 seconds warning that the aircraft was making an emergency touchdown and none realized they were going into the river. Welsh injured her leg either during the impact or evacuation and she told Couric she's still too traumatized to put her USAir uniform back on. Sullenberger credits the cabin crew and especially the boat handlers and first responders with making the evacuation a success. For CBS's full story, see www.cbsnews.com.

 
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NAFI Spawns Offshoot Group, SAFE back to top 
 
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Instructors Form New Association

A breakaway group of former members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have formed a new organization. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) grew from a group formed in October when NAFI's board of directors announced its intention to dismiss long-time members Joanne and Sandy Hill from their contract position administering the Master Instructor program. In podcast interviews with NAFI spokesman Jason Blair and TBO (now SAFE) spokesman Doug Stewart, which appeared in AVweb on Friday, both sides gave their version of the events that ultimately led to the formation of a separate group.

Stewart told AVweb that the impasse over the Hills turned into an issue of governance, since the NAFI board is self-appointing. SAFE will elect its board of directors. Blair told AVweb NAFI is considering changes to its governance structure but won't make those types of decisions until its April meeting. He also said the Hills' contribution was well-recognized and appreciated but the board determined the Master Instructor program would be better administered in-house rather than through independent contractors.

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Brand-New Antique Airplane Takes Flight back to top 
 

Silver Dart Replica Flies In Canada

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A replica of the Silver Dart, the first powered, heavier-than-air vehicle to fly in Canada, flew much of the length of a runway at Hamilton, Ontario's airport on Friday in its first test flight. With Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason (1997 Discovery payload specialist) at the controls, the aircraft, true to the original design by Alexander Graham Bell, appeared stable and controllable during the minute-long flight, which never got more than about six feet above the runway. The flight was a precursor to a re-enactment of the first flight of the original aircraft, which flew from the ice of a lake near Baddeck, Nova Scotia, near Bell's home, on Feb. 23, 1909. The replica, with Tryggyason at the controls, is scheduled to repeat that flight in Baddeck on the exact date of the centenary.

This is the second replica of the Silver Dart. The first aircraft flew 50 times before it crashed and was destroyed. In 1959, the Royal Canadian Air Force built and flew a replica, which now hangs from the ceiling of the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa. The current replica was built by volunteers in Welland, Ontario, using copies of original plans that are archived at the Ottawa museum. The latest incarnation of the Silver Dart uses mostly the same materials as the original but some adaptations have been made. While the original used a Curtiss V-8 engine, the current model is powered by a Continental.

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Eye on the Weather back to top 
 

Boeing, NTSB, AAIB Focus On Ice Accretion In Trent Engines

Boeing Thursday notified all operators of 777 aircraft flying with Rolls-Royce Trent engines that the aircraft's fuel system is subject to compromise by ice. The notice is in agreement with both the NTSB and AAIB respectively that ice accretion in the fuel system was the cause when a Delta Airlines Boeing 777-200ER on Nov. 26 lost power while cruising over Montana at 39,000 feet and when a British Airways 777 famously crash-landed short of the runway at Heathrow on Jan. 17, 2008. Boeing's outreach included precautionary measures for flight crews piloting the aircraft through cold weather, that supersede those it issued in September (which, as evidenced by the Delta flight, did not resolve the problem). It is likely that a redesign will eventually grace the fuel system in the form of an airworthiness directive from the FAA. For now, triple-seven pilots flying with Trent engines are being asked to advance the throttles to maximum thrust before descent on flights that have maintained the same altitude for two hours. Boeing has outlined other precautionary procedures and it is likely that the FAA will make them mandatory as they did with those Boeing issued in September. Investigators of both the Delta and the Heathrow incident have a new target.

Challenged by the fact that the key element in their theories would melt away before it could be observed, investigators currently believe the ice problem originates with the Trent's fuel-oil heat exchange system. If the heat generated by the exchanger is insufficient, moisture could freeze in the fuel system, blocking fuel and starving the engines.

FAA Relaxes Lightning Protection For 787

The FAA admits it's relaxing lightning protection standards for commercial aircraft because manufacturers, notably Boeing with the 787, can't meet the rules that have been in place since 2001. "To this day, we have not had one manufacturer that has been able to demonstrate compliance with that rule," Ali Bahrami, head of the FAA's Seattle office dealing with commercial-airplane certification, told the Seattle Times. "We decided it's time to re-evaluate our approach." In the 787's case, that re-evaluation involves allowing a single level of spark protection for some parts in the fuel tanks and wings rather than the triple redundancy that the 2001 rule requires. The FAA and Boeing argue that a new system that will pump inert nitrogen into the void of emptying fuel tanks more than makes up for the lessened spark protection but FAA inspectors, many of them former Boeing employees, have formally challenged that view.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents about 190 FAA engineers, submitted a formal critique to the agency saying the relaxed standards put the 787 "on failure away from catastrophe." While the engineers say the tank inerting system is a big improvement, they note that the aircraft's certification will allow it to fly without the system operating if it breaks down. The FAA intends to give airlines operating the 787 up to 10 days to fix the nitrogen system rather than grounding the aircraft. Boeing insists the 787 will be the most lightning-resistant aircraft ever made but detractors say the relaxed regulations are a mistake. "It appears that management has overruled the judgment of the people that have day-to-day responsibility for the safety of aircraft," former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall told the Times. Hall oversaw the investigation into the explosion of TWA Flight 800, which was downed by a suspected fuel-tank explosion in 1996, killing 230 people. The 2001 regulation changes were a direct result of that investigation.

 
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More than Meets the Eye back to top 
 

GA Security Sting An Error

The National Business Aviation Association says the Transportation Security Administration is rewriting a manual for field personnel after a surprise general aviation security operation delayed passengers and crew members in Nashville in late December and early January. Doug Carr, NBAA's VP of Safety, Security and Regulation, said TSA officials conducted bag searches and wanded passengers and crew headed for private aircraft and also checked FBO personnel in what appears to have been a misinterpretation by local TSA personnel of instructions in a classified security manual called the Playbook. Carr said NBAA has since discussed the operation with TSA headquarters and confirmed that this kind of activity "is not the direction they wanted to go regarding general aviation." He said he's been told a new Playbook is in the works that will address the issue but since the manual is secret, he can't know exactly what's in it.

Carr said NBAA first heard of the Playbook late last year when the local TSA told officials at Bradley Airport in Hartford, Conn., about plans to step up GA security. NBAA stepped in at that time and the plans were dropped. However, the Nashville TSA headquarters obviously took something in the Playbook to mean that random security checks of private aircraft and FBOs was part of that plan and set up a table at Nashville Airport to carry them out. Although the incidents took place more than a month ago, word just got out last week. It spread quickly, however, and caused a lot of concern for some, since there has been a lot of discussion about the TSA and GA security recently with the five public hearings on the administration's Large Airplane Security Program. Carr said he doesn't think the two issues are linked or are part of an overall security plan for GA, although the timing might suggest that to some.

Pilot Charged With Making Fake Crash Call

A pilot from Burlington, Vt., apparently has some explaining to do after he allegedly made a radio call saying that his plane had crashed on a runway at Plattsburg International Airport in upstate New York. The Plattsburg Press Republican is reporting Nicholas Santo has been charged with a felony count of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor. The charges allege that Santo was taking off in an unspecified model of Cessna when the runway lights were turned up for an inbound Cape Air flight. Authorities say Santo then made a radio call claiming the lights had blinded him, he'd hit a snowbank and flipped his aircraft. Then he took off normally, local deputies allege.

While Santo winged his way toward his unspecified destination, the Cape Air flight went around as emergency crews scoured the runway and environs looking for a flipped Cessna. Santo, 50, was arrested last week and released after being charged. He will be in court in Plattsburg next month.

Aeroflot "Drunk" Pilot Or Stroke Victim

The passengers of Aeroflot Flight 315, a packed Boeing 767 out of Moscow for New York's JFK Dec. 28, staged a coup, demanding that a pilot be removed from the flight after hearing his severely slurred preflight announcement. Reports state that the 55-year-old captain's words, spoken in Russian, were barely intelligible and became worse when he switched to English. Some passengers claimed they couldn't tell what language he was speaking. Passengers who relayed their concerns to cabin crew were at first rebuffed and told to sit quietly or deplane. But passenger concern spread and ultimately Aeroflot representatives came aboard the aircraft to try to restore calm. It was a full half-hour before the captain emerged from the cockpit "red-faced with bloodshot eyes and unsteady on his feet," according to the Moscow Times. Then things got more interesting.

The pilot reportedly then personally addressed passengers, stating, "I'll sit here quietly in a corner. We have three more pilots. I won't even touch the controls, I promise." But by that time, the airline had summoned a new crew that ultimately took the jet to New York, three hours behind schedule. Aeroflot claims it since tested the pilot's blood and found no traces of alcohol. Finally, late last week, a report citing an Aeroflot spokesman stated that the pilot was in a Moscow hospital where he was being treated for a suspected stroke and that it was unlikely he would fly for the airline again.

 
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AOPA, GAMA, NBAA Urge TSA To Seek Comments

Three major general aviation groups Thursday jointly requested that the TSA form a rulemaking committee and work with them toward creation of less burdensome security measures for crew and passengers operating aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds. AOPA, GAMA and NBAA are fighting to reduce the reach of the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) program that would require criminal background checks of all flight crew, and crosscheck of passengers and family members against terrorist watch lists. Beyond that, LASP would require biennial audits of every operator's security program to be submitted to a third party for audit. Each of the three agencies signed the same letter that they then submitted to the TSA, stating that such proposals would "have disastrous consequences on the industry." Pressing for creation of a cooperative workgroup, the groups' aim is to form a rulemaking committee that would involve industry stakeholders in a secure information-sharing forum. The TSA is accepting comments on what is already the LASP notice of proposed rulemaking until Feb. 27, and some business aircraft manufacturers have already chimed in.

The TSA has not yet indicated how it might respond to the formally submitted concerns. Bombardier last week added its own, stating that the proposed legislation will impose "severe restrictions on owners and operators" of business aircraft. The company said in a statement that it is working together with AOPA, GAMA, IBAC, NATA and NBAA to provide recommendations to the TSA.

On the Fly ...

Cessna plans to reduce the work week of some employees spared layoff in its recent round of cutbacks. The shorter weeks and perhaps furloughs are part of the company's plan to ensure production and demand are balanced and could last two years ...

Cirrus Aircraft may further adjust production but it's not planning any more job cuts. The company has told employees that work weeks will be adjusted to meet demand ...

A pilot who ditched a Piper Chieftain in shallow water off Darwin, Australia on Saturday says he's happy he and his five passengers got out unscathed but he's downplaying any heroism descriptions. "It was a textbook ditching. I think it went very well and it wasn't a big deal in the end," said Steve Bolle, who's been dubbed "Sully Light" in reference to Capt. Chesley Sullenburger, who ditched an A320 in the Hudson River three weeks ago.

 
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AVmail: February 9, 2009

Each week, we run a sampling of the letters received to our editorial inbox here in AVmail. One letter that's particularly relevant, informative, or otherwise compelling will headline this section as our "Letter of the Week," and we'll send the author an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you" for interacting with us (and the rest of our readership). Send us your comments and questions using this form. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail (just in case your letter is our "Letter of the Week"); by the same token, please let us know if your message is not intended for publication.

Letter of the Week: "Most Efficient"?

Regarding the article about Liberty claiming to be the most efficient IFR aircraft:

My 1977 Mooney 201 flew from LAX to Spearfish, SD (SPF) non-stop. That is 1100 miles, and I burned 49 gallons. The flight took six hours and 20 minutes. That is 22.45 miles per gallon. I wasn't moping along at 106 knots, either. With my two 430s and a Sandel Flight Director, I don't know how you could have a more efficient IFR airplane.

Thank you,

Guy A. Edwards


High-Flying Obama

Why does President Barack Obama consider bizjets inappropriate for the automakers? Simple. They are begging for billions of dollars of someone else's money just to survive.

Why did Obama use business jets during the campaign? Simple again. Because it was his money, not ours.

When business gets its act together and becomes profitable, it can spend its own money. I'm sure that then bizjets will again be the transportation of choice.

Richard Steinbrecher


It's All Business

Regarding Gary Justus's letter about misuse of corporate aircraft, as evidenced by the number found at sporting-event and vacation locations, he has a very narrow view of what constitutes the conduct of business.

To further a business enterprise, a company must establish and cultivate relations with its customers and reward its more valuable employees. It is very common for companies to have executive boxes at sports stadiums, race tracks, etc. and then to transport customers or top sales people to these events. Some companies allow chief executives to hire, for a price, the company plane for personal use.

Bill Randall

I fly a corporate jet for a privately held company that has worked hard over the course of 50 years. They began with a Navajo, moved up to a King Air and then to a jet. The owner of the company now uses it to fly between his homes, which are used for business meetings, and other business locations as we are not located conveniently to commercial air transportation.

What is wrong with taking some employees or other clients to a vacation spot for a meeting? It seems to me that every large company has been doing this for a long time. Most business meeting are held at large convention centers in Las Vegas or other locations that are not necessarily in the snow belt. They are in Hawaii or some other tropical location.

If the press doesn't stop painting this picture, we will all be done flying. If this should apply to airplanes, let's have it apply to cars and homes (among other things), too!

Mike Massell

There's business aviation, and then there's business aviation. When a $50 million jet is used to perform a mission easily handled by a Cessna Mustang, a King Air, a Seneca, or even a Saratoga, I think it's just plain wrong.

Of course, this much hair-splitting never makes it into the public dialog. And that's a shame.

John Schubert


Emirates A380s

I thought I would provide the correct information regarding Emirates' A380 fleet. Emirates is presently operating four A380s and is expecting five to six more in 2009. They have at total of 58 on order, with 54 remaining to be delivered.

Karl Johanson

AVweb Replies:

Thanks, Karl. Our figure of 23 A380s flying for Emirates was in error.

Russ Niles
Editor-in-Chief

Media Frenzy

Thank you, Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna and Boeing, for adding to the economic panic mode this country is in by announcing all these layoffs. What possible good does your (and other corporations') announcements of layoffs provide? Oh, and thank you, AVweb and the rest of the media, for engaging in the feeding frenzy and helping all these corporations add to the panic.

John L. Bradberry

Landing Light Comparison Video

Thanks for the test, but you forgot to mention the power each system requires. I would guess that the LEDs would draw much less than the others.

Neil Angus

AVweb Replies:

For more detail on this, see the full article in Aviation Consumer. Power consumption of the LEDs is around two amps; HIDs, around three; and incandescents, around eight to 10 amps.

Russ Niles
Editor-in-Chief


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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

The Eternal Merlin: What It Takes to Keep a P-51 Engine Turning

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The Collings Foundation continues its annual tour of the U.S., this year with a P-51 Mustang equipped with a Packard-built Merlin. The airplane flies daily, so it's fair to ask: What does it take to keep a 70-year-old engine running reliably? In this extended podcast, the Collings Foundation's Mark Henley explains the details.

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Exclusive Video: JetLev-Flyer Water-Powered Jet Pack

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Fly on water thrust — this new jet pack idea may not be the best way to get to work, but it sure does look like a good time. The German company MS Watersports GmbH is marketing the JetLev-Flyer and selling it (lessons included) for about $128,000 — or just about what a brand-new two-seat 120-mph light sport aircraft costs. Video Editor Glenn Pew has the skinny.


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Are LED lights bright enough? Judge for yourself by viewing AVweb's latest product report video. Editorial director Paul Bertorelli demonstrates traditional incandescent bulbs, HIDs, and new-age LEDs. The results are revealing.


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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Million Air (KALB, Albany, New York)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Million Air's facility at KALB in Albany, New York. AVweb reader Victoria LeBlanc brought this location to our attention, noting how the staff treats everyone as if they were a VIP guest.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

 
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New on AVweb back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Sullenberger and Haynes — Cut From the Same Cloth

When Chesley Sullenberger was interviewed by Katie Couric Sunday night, AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli could've sworn they'd met. But no — Paul was thinking of Al Haynes. Discover why he has a hard time separating the two in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Flight 1549 — You Were Expecting Maybe Shrieks of Panic?

Of course, none of us were, says AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog — but when you listen to the U.S. Air Flight 1549 tapes, forget how calm everyone sounded and marvel at how quickly the TRACON controller coordinated between three facilities. Then again, they do that every day.

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Picture of the Week: Special 'Snow Day' Edition

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

Thanks for bearing with us during our technical difficulties on Thursday. While we were able to see a few of your submissions, we couldn't determine which ones matched the current submission period until we got a bit of automated sorting back in place, and now we're ready to roll with a special "snow day" edition of "Picture of the Week"! (But remember: If we don't get enough photos during this contest cycle, we'll skip Thursday's edition and roll thhis week's photos into next week — so now would be a good time to submit those photos!)

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Sky Soldiers

We kick things off with a stunning photo of the Army's Sky Soldiers arriving for the Great Georgia Air Show, courtesy of Donald Neuberg of LaGrange, Georgia.

The prolific Mr. N has contributed some of our favorite pics of the last year or two, but this is his first time in the top spot. Donald, you've more than earned the AVweb cap that will be winging its way to you in the next couple of days!

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Super Hover!

While the Peach State is fresh on our mind, let's check in with Mal Hill of Atlanta, Georgia, who introduces this week's most common photo theme — and it's one we dig: helicopters! Mal tells us he shot this from his condo while the streets below were closed for a helicopter lift.

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X-Wing Iron Eagles

Hearty thanks to Don Thun of Topeka, Kansas, who went above-and-beyond to get his submission into this week's pot. Swapping computers and wrangling with all sorts of compatibility issues, Don made it a point to troubleshoot with us and make sure we got his submission — so we were doubly pleased to see it show up in our winners pile.

(Man, this makes us look forward to Oshkosh!)

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Evening Flight

Further evidence that AVweb has the coolest readership on the web: This comment from Peter Keelan of Fort Wayne, Indiana: "This was taken at our 2008 company picnic, as I was giving the final ride of the day to my staff."

Yep. Helicopter rides at the company picnic. We at AVweb love flying and food, but we've never thought of that before. If you're ever hiring, Peter, be sure to send a headhunter our way ... .

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SoCal Sunset (KFUL)

Mike Shoup of Enterprise, Alabama brings it home this week with a photo that makes outstanding desktop wallpaper. (If you don't believe us, try it for yourself: Just click through to the large image, right-click and set it as your computer wallpaper.)


Even more photos await your eager eyes in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Click, click!

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.

 
The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

We were flying from Chatham, Massachusetts to Nantucket with flight following from Cape approach. The weather was marginal VFR with heavy haze and reasonably poor visibility when, out of the mist, we heard this on the air:

Cape Approach:
"Cessna Four Five Six, are you aware that you are heading toward a restricted area?"

Cessna:
"No, I wasn't aware of a restricted area. What's in there?"

Cape Approach:
"It's some type of microwave installation."

Cessna:
"Yup, I see a tower ahead."

Cape Approach:
"That's the tower I want you to miss. If you fly near that tower, it could ruin all your equipment, and you'll never have any children."

Cessna:
"Roger that. Turning now ... ."

Although he never mentioned whether he was turning toward or away ... .

William H. Cummings
Chatham, Cape Cod

 
Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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