AVwebFlash - Volume 15, Number 46a

November 16, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: The FAA and Safety back to top 
 

Northwest Flight 188 Fallout Brings Changes To FAA

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a news conference Friday that the FAA had not contacted NORAD soon enough regarding wayward Northwest Flight 188 -- he also said things would change. Flight 188 last month went silent and overshot MSP by 150 miles, but the FAA did not notify other agencies about the loss of radio contact until one hour and nine minutes after last contact. In a news release, the FAA announced it "has taken steps to ensure more accurate preliminary information about air traffic events can be provided to top officials more quickly." As part of that push, the FAA will be updating its training and procedures for how controllers handle aircraft that have gone NORDO. The FAA says new incident notification procedures will be adopted by the end of the month and it will review changes to training and procedures by the end of January, 2010. The agency noted specific goals.

Changes target three areas. First it aims to ensure that air traffic controllers are armed with the knowledge, ability and tools to identify those aircraft that are in communication with ATC and when those communications have been interrupted. Second, it aims to ensure that coordination with other agencies regarding loss of communications is handled effectively and accurately. Third, the FAA aims to improve the accuracy of its preliminary investigations and the timely dissemination of information, internally.

New Zodiac In-Flight Break-up Shows FAA/NTSB Rift

Thursday, the FAA froze the issuance of new airworthiness certificates for Zodiac CH-601XL series aircraft; Friday the NTSB released news of another Zodiac in-flight break-up and made an example of its earlier recommendations to the FAA. The FAA's most recent action forces operators seeking airworthiness certificates for the model to prove they've made specific modifications meant to prevent aerodynamic flutter. A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin issued on November 7 by the FAA already effectively grounded some of the aircraft that were not in compliance -- and there's the catch. The Zodiac is available as a Light Sport Aircraft and an Experimental category amateur-built kit. So far, the FAA's actions do not require that modifications be made to the amateur-built planes. The aircraft involved in the most recent (November 6) fatal crash was amateur-built. In reviewing that accident, the NTSB noted recommendations it had previously sent to the FAA that, had they been implemented, may have prevented the latest fatal crash.

The NTSB stated Friday in an advisory that it called on the FAA in April of 2009 to ground the model, citing six accidents involving aerodynamic flutter that had so far killed ten. The Board says that the FAA responded at that time by saying it lacked "adequate justification" to impose a mandatory grounding of the entire fleet. Mandatory grounding aside, Zenith (manufacturer of the aircraft kits), the FAA and the EAA have all recommended that all Zodiac CH-650 and CH-601XL aircraft remain grounded until modified, regardless of their certification status.

 
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Looking to the Future of Flight (Part I) back to top 
 

Airlines Want Subsidies For NextGen Equipment Costs, Too

NextGen will move parts of the air traffic control system from the ground to the cockpit -- so who should pay for the acquisition and installation of that part of the system? The government is expected to invest some $20 billion in creating the infrastructure that will be NextGen air traffic control, but the airlines (and general aviation advocacy groups) are hoping for federal funds to help offset the cost of equipping their aircraft, and they've got help. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Lawrence Summers, a senior White House economic aide, agrees with a broad coalition of about a dozen industry interests that support government assistance to jump start the equipage of aircraft. Of course, equipment makers are among those pushing for such aid. The standing economic argument is that an investment of $10 billion over five years would translate to industry-wide fuel savings of about $2 billion each year, forever, and early implementation would reduce overall spending on the program. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says upgrading the air traffic control system is "not optional," but the catch is the federal deficit -- a political hot-button likely to become hotter as elections near.

Some estimates put the cost of equipping one airliner with NextGen hardware at $200,000, and the airlines would prefer that the FAA treat that equipment as part of the government-owned air-traffic control system. The White House has so far not embraced adding the cost of equipping aircraft to the overall cost of the system and has not yet supported tax breaks or subsidies to help airlines pay for necessary NextGen hardware.

DOE Moving On BioFuel

The DOE intends to develop biofuels that can act as drop in replacements for diesel and gasoline and believes that domestic sources -- including both cellulosic ethanol and algae-based fuels -- can match almost 100 percent of the U.S. demand. Biomass Magazine has reported that the agency has solicited $50 million for algal biofuel development through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The goal is to apply the monies to develop a consortium of research and development teams that will aggregate all the experts and apply their work to key targets. Currently, the DOE hopes to accelerate the development of hydrocarbon-based biofuels, targeting a pilot scale rollout at the end of five years. DOE hopes algae-based fuels could hope to be at the same stage within about ten years if funds are released to allow development of a consortia-based research program. Algae's potential productivity far outpaces that of land-based crop productivity (corn), but hurdles remain and the DOE has set deadlines.

For algae to become a fuel source, algal cultivation and biology must be analyzed both economically and technologically. Proposals that detail plans for moving from research to development are sitting with the DOE, which plans to announce its decisions by year-end.

 
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The Future of Flight (Part II) back to top 
 

Solar Impulse Gets Sun On Its Wings, Turns Props

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Solar Impulse, the solar powered aircraft whose developers hope to fly around the world, has been getting out of the hangar recently and getting the juice flowing through its electric motors. The most recent excursion last Wednesday was captured (and nicely narrated) by AVweb reader Thomas Netter, who lives about 20 minutes from Dubendorf Airfield where the huge high-aspect-ratio flying wing is being built. According to the Solar Impulse project's Web site, the excursion was aimed at testing the effect of the electric motors on the aircraft's electronics, a test the builders say went well, along with giving onlookers a pretty good look at the aircraft in operation.

Project member Andre Borschberg, who writes a blog on the ambitious project, says the builders are now getting a sense of what they're undertaking as the aircraft gets sun on its wings. "These excursions out of the hangar mean that we can really start getting to grips with our solar airplane, continually gaining a better understanding of how it functions," he wrote. "Just a few more screws to be turned and it will be ready to taxi along the runway by itself. New emotions are on the horizon!"

Purdue And Able Flight Flight Training Scholarship

Between two and four Able Flight Scholarship recipients will next summer earn their Sport Pilot certificates in one month of training at Purdue University thanks to a new agreement. The University has partnered with Able Flight to combine the mission of providing flight training to people with physical disabilities with the services of a major university flight school. In the partnership, Able Flight will select the winners, giving priority to physically challenged local residents and current or incoming Purdue students with physical disabilities. It will also supply at least one specially adapted Light Sport Aircraft for the training. Purdue will provide the scholarship winners with university housing and instructors. According to Able Flight's Charles Stites, the arrangement will provide more options to the new flight students.

"During their time there, our student pilots will be immersed in flying in a demanding but supportive setting, and have the chance to explore opportunities for future undergraduate and graduate degrees in aviation," Stites said. Able Flight has awarded 26 scholarships since 2006. For more information, visit Able Flight online.

 
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Safety Revisited back to top 
 

Boeing Fixes Structural Flaw On 787 Dreamliner

Boeing announced Thursday that it has corrected the structural flaw located at the wing/fuselage joint that was discovered during testing, and applied the fix to the first of its 787 jetliners, but that doesn't mean the jet is ready for prime time. The fix applies 34 reinforced fittings that will this month (November) be tested on a static airframe prior to Boeing's resumption of preflight preparations. Boeing still hopes to showcase the airliner's first flight before year's end. Boeing isolated the joint problem in computer modeling that showed high loads at the fuselage end of stringers running inside the upper wing skins, 17 per side. Then, ground testing revealed composite delamination at the stress points. The new fix reinforces the attach points at the joint where the stringers connect to points in the fuselage. Boeing has postponed first flight and delivery dates five times, according to the Chicago Tribune, putting it more than two years behind its original schedule and contributing (along with the worldwide recession) to the cancellation of orders. Boeing has won orders this year, but not as many as it has lost.

This year, Boeing earned 13 orders for the 787 Dreamliner, balanced by 83 cancellations. The company plans to open a second 787 assembly line in South Carolina and staff it with non-union personnel. The 787 is designed for increased fuel efficiency, quieter operation, lower emissions and greater passenger comfort (wider seats and larger windows) than contemporary airline designs.

How Many Drunk Pilots Are There?

The arrest of a United pilot Monday, for allegedly drinking prior to his flight, has helped unearth statistics that, according to the Associated Press, show him to be "the third U.S. pilot arrested in 13 months" on similar charges, but FAA records may suggest the number should be higher. USA Today reported federal statistics showing that over the past decade "nearly a dozen" pilots per year test positive for alcohol while attempting to fly. Those figures are distilled from sample of the group that starts as a pool of about 140,000 active ATP rated pilots. But not all of those pilots use their certificates vocationally, and not all of them are tested. Testing, which looks for a blood alcohol content of more than 0.04 percent, usually involves about 10,000 randomly selected pilots each year. While the NTSB has not attributed any airline crash to drunkenness in the cockpit, there are political ramifications as the numbers feed into the news-of-the-day mix that includes the Northwest overflight of MSP and the taxiway landing at ATL.

Some industry advocates (Flight 1549's Jeff Skiles included) have suggested that professionalism in the cockpit has faltered due to lower pay, longer hours and reduced or eliminated benefits. But the effect of alcohol positives in the cockpit on that argument may be stifled until it is shown that the incidents are on the rise, independent of changes in testing.

 
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Reports from the North and South back to top 
 

Pilot Arrested After Airport Incident

A well-known Georgia pilot was arrested and jailed Wednesday after an incident at Griffin Spalding Airport near Atlanta. Griffin Police say Dan Gryder, whose DC-3 is a frequent performer at aviation events, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one of obstruction. Gryder did not immediately respond to AVweb's request for comment and Griffin Police did not immediately return voice messages. According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal police said the incident began when two code enforcement officers responded to a complaint of someone driving a car across the runway. When they approached Gryder, he allegedly gave them a false name and then refused to sign six citations. He then boarded the DC-3, started at least one engine and "told one of the officers that if she moved, he would strike her car, police said," the newspaper reported. The code officer called for backup and police "flooded the area" as Gryder taxied the 72-year-old airliner to the runway.

According to the police, as reported by the newspaper, Gryder held at the end of the runway and "demanded" fuel, which was not provided. He taxied back to parking area and was arrested as he left the aircraft. Griffin police spokesman Brian Clanton told the Constitution Journal that the incident created a significant hazard. "He essentially shut the airport down for almost 45 minutes," Clanton said. "His actions created a danger for all of our officers, himself, and others who lawfully use the airport." He also said the FAA is investigating.

'Ice Pilots NWT' Premieres Wednesday

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Most people have heard about -40 degrees and many have experienced it but not many have started a radial engine in it. For the folks at Buffalo Airways, it's all in a day's work and now the daily drama of the airline, charter and firefighting contractor based in Yellowknife, in Canada's Northwest Territory, is coming to living rooms in more comfortable climes. The Canadian cable network History Television (not to be confused with the U.S.-based History Channel) is premiering Ice Pilots NWT Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. As Buffalo Airways general manager Mikey McBryan told AVweb in a podcast interview, the television network didn't have to create the television series. Buffalo Airways, with its fleet of ancient airliners (including the only two commercially operated C-46 Commandos in the world) was a reality/documentary television series waiting to be discovered.

McBryan's father, "Buffalo Joe" McBryan founded the company in 1970 with a couple of Cessna 185s and it's grown to become one of the largest and most eclectic aviation companies in the North. Although it operates a few relatively modern designs like King Airs and CL-215 water bombers, the backbone of Buffalo Airways is the round-engine fleet of Commandos, DC-3s and DC-4s that are a lifeline to remote communities throughout northern Canada. Weather is the constant variable and the young pilots who come for the challenge and adventure often retreat to more hospitable careers after a stint under the frigid conditions and iron hand of Buffalo Joe. Talks are under way to distribute the show in the U.S. and in the meantime the show will be streamed on the Ice Pilots Web site.

 
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Training, AVweb, FAA WINGS, and You back to top 
 

AVweb Adds Flight Tools to Web Site

If you're a regular reader of AVweb and our sister aviation publications, you know that safety is a thread through practically everything we do. That's why we're delighted to help AVweb readers gain access to the latest in flight safety information courtesy of the Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation Inc. (AASF). Have a look on the right side of the news section of the AVweb home page and you'll find a slick little widget that allows you to plug in your zip code and find FAA Safety Team seminars being held within 100 miles of your zip. AVweb publisher Tim Cole said it's another utility AVweb offers to help pilots. "Safety is on every pilot's mind and this feature is just another way that we can help pilots achieve their safety goals," Cole said.

"We also recently added PIC Brief, which provides flight planning and other information with the stroke of a few keys, courtesy of WingX." Both utilities are free of charge and can be found on the home page at any time — just scroll down the blue column and look for our "Pilot Resources" block.

 
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Robert Cameron, Aerial Photographer, Dies

Those drawn to flight at least in part because of the unique visual perspective it provides lost an advocate Tuesday in the passing of aerial photographer Robert Cameron, who died at the age of 98. Famous for his "Above" series of 15 coffee table books, Cameron's view of the world was immortalized in overhead images shot from aircraft. The cities his work made more famous include New York, London, Paris, Mexico City and San Francisco, which itself was the subject of a four-volume series titled "Above San Francisco." Cameron's most popular photography was created in the later years of his life and his work continued until just three months before his death. Cameron suffered from macular degeneration and was nearly blind for that last flight, having minimal vision in his right eye and none at all in his left, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Cameron's surviving relatives have a special request for his fans.

Cameron's show, titled Environmental Journey, includes 59 giant photographic murals that showcase environmentally friendly practices across the Pacific Rim. That show is on display through November at the Metreon shopping center located in downtown San Francisco. Cameron's surviving relatives hope you'll stop by, or visit his work online.

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AOPA honored Walter Fricke, founder, president and chariman of Veterans Airlift Command with the Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award. The award distinguishes "the private citizen who has demonstrated the greatest selfless commitment to general aviation." AVweb interviewed Fricke in September, click here to listen.

 
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AVmail: November 16, 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: Whining Pilots

In a given week, my career responsibilities may take me to two or three cities across the U.S. On more than one occasion, I've seen both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts on the same itinerary. Airline travel is not without annoyances, but in recent weeks, a particular thing has started working its way to the top of my list of travel peeves: whining airline pilots. I can guarantee with 95 percent certainty that if two or more people with white shirts and epaulettes are chatting together in an airline terminal, they're probably complaining about their jobs.

Airline flying is among the most respected of all professions, and the outwardly negative demeanor I see detracts tremendously from the well-earned image. As a private pilot who strives to maintain the utmost professionalism in my flying, I'm heretofore going to do my own part to restore prestige to the role of commanding the big iron. From now on, whenever I see pilots complaining in the terminal, their names and an account of their actions will be sent to airline customer service at my earliest convenience. I'd encourage the rest of my travel companions to do the same.

Airline pilots, I know the job ain't what it used to be, and it's not likely to change for the better. Ruminate all you want in private, but when wearing your uniform in view of passengers who entrust their lives to you, provide the modicum of professionalism the people expect. If that's too much to ask, please turn in your stripes and earn your pay on the ground like the rest of us.

Matthew Sawhill

Pilot Performance

I was happy to read about the new FAA leader's comments on recent airline pilot performance problems. In particular, I agree with his choice to not comment on the poor soul who landed on a taxiway rather than the runway. That seems like a case of human error while the pilot was doing his best to perform properly. The FAA has never (in my opinion) been terribly harsh on pilots who make simple human errors.

The pilots who failed to notice passing their destination made a completely different kind of error — failing to even try to do their job. They were obviously too busy doing something else (we may never know what) while letting the plane fly itself. For me, this is an unforgivable sin, and apparently Mr. Babbitt thinks so too.

I'm not so sure about the ill-fated pilots of Flight 3407. It seems their problem was lack of expected skills rather than lack of trying to do their jobs. This might be traced to the FAA's outrageous attitude toward airlines as "customers" which may have led to less regulation than cooperation. That was all part of the illusion past FAA leaders had that it was a corporation rather than a government agency. Fortunately, Mr. Babbitt is working very hard to fix that problem, too.

Paul Mulwitz


Flight 188

I am surprised to hear that a substantial group of your readers felt that the revocation of the crew's tickets was "a little extreme." Any one of us can have tickets suspended or revoked for busting the FARs in far less life-threatening or public-endangering ways.

Let us please remember that the fact that these pilots eventually delivered their passengers safely to their destination was something of a fluke. To be oblivious to multiple forms of attempted communication for an hour, while flying a perfectly functional airplane, is so overwhelmingly flabbergasting to me, I can't even visualize it! It speaks to the deepest possible levels of malfeasance and unprofessional behavior.

Had their trance not been ended finally by a call from a flight attendant, what would have eventually snapped them out of it? Sputtering Engines? F-16s alongside? (I'm surprised that didn't happen, but that's another issue). Depending on the flight profile, geography, and weather, it is not at all impossible that there could have been insufficient fuel for a return to Minneapolis.

Luck, not flying skill, got those people home safely. The FAA would have been remiss had they not acted to promptly discipline these two men who unquestionably endangered the lives of a lot of people by their utter incompetence. A slap on the wrist would unquestionably have sent the wrong message to all pilots and to the flying public.

Howard Rogers


Boom Goes The Rule

In the article it is stated the "U.S. restricts overland flight speeds to below Mach 1 for aircraft like the Aerion." This is not entirely true. The regs say that no sonic boom may reach the ground. It does not say you must remain subsonic. Since there are no aircraft, to my knowledge, that can fly supersonic without a boom reaching the ground the statement in the article is somewhat correct at this time. If an airframe is developed that can achieve this feat, then the article is wrong.

David Olson


First Fly-By-Wire

In regards to the story regarding the fly-by-wire system's role in the successful outcome of Flight 1549 it's worth noting , the system first flew in 1957 in the CF-105 Avro Arrow, which was cancelled by then-Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Fly-by-wire was developed by A.V. Roe for the Arrow.

Larry Loretto


Unforgettable SR-71

Sometime in he mid-1980s, I flew to Dulles from Georgia to pick up passengers who were returning from England. It was a beautiful clear day as I landed and taxied to the general aviation ramp as I had done there so many times. As I approached the ramp, I noticed it was clear of airplanes and there were several hundred people standing outside in front of the GA terminal building. I expected to be guided away from the cleared area, but instead, was signaled to park in front of the crowd.

I secured the cockpit and slowly got out of the airplane, which on that day, was a Beechcraft King Air. I asked the lineman what was going on? He said, "The last SR-71 is inbound from LA on her last flight and a record run." Within 15 minutes, I joined the crowd to see the Blackbird fly overhead, do a military 270 degree approach to the runway and land, taxi to our ramp and park in echelon formation with my airplane! I was stunned as we all watched as ground crews ran to the airplane with 55 gallon drums to catch the fuel dripping from underneath the airplane. I learned later this was normal due to the expansion and extraction of the fuel tanks at high speed, high altitudes.

Soon the pilot and navigator exited their cockpits wearing spacesuits. After all settled down, I met them and was invited to climb up the ladder to view the cockpit. It was all truly amazing and a day I will not forget.

Paul Logue


Political Action Saves Airport

The Washington Pilots Association, local pilots, and supporters of Vista Field worked very hard to educate the electorate about the value of airports in the recent election. Several candidates for city government and the Port of Kennewick came forward who voiced concerns about closing the airport. Election results for the Port of Kennewick and the City of Kennewick show that five of seven aviation-friendly candidates were elected.

The aviation community came together in a big way to work with candidates, educate the public about the benefits of the airport, and overcome several anti-aviaiton/anti-airport incumbents. Marjy Leggett, Airport Support Network volunteer for Vista Field played a key role in encouraging diverse aviation groups to join the effort to change City and Port District policies inimical to the viability of Vista Field and general aviation.

John Townsley


Kudos

Just a note to say thanks for your publication. It's authoritative and always timely in its content. I look forward to it arriving each week. Criticism comes quickly, it seems. Kudos should be quicker. Good job, folks.

Lorne Moore


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New on AVweb back to top 
 

Frozen in Time

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Like a lot of kids, Mikey McBryan grew up around airplanes but he thought it was normal to coax DC-3 engines to life at -40°. A Vancouver TV producer thought those kinds of experiences would make a cool reality series and Ice Pilots NWT premieres on Canada's History Television Wednesday night. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Mikey about growing up with one of the largest round-engine fleets still flying and in some of the harshest conditions on earth.

Click here to listen. (5.8 MB, 6:20)

AVweb Insider Blog: Yo, Sully — A Little Credit for Airbus Here

In his new book Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide and the "Miracle" on the Hudson, author William Langewiesche notes that Flight 1549's Chesley Sullenberger never said what he thought of the Airbus A320 and its fly-by-wire control laws. On our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says Langewiesche makes the convincing point that Airbus engineering had a hand in this accident's successful outcome.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Does Amelia Make the Sale?

Oh, great — now Paul Bertorelli imagines himself the Leonard Maltin of the aviation world in this, his first film review. If you've seen the new film Amelia log into the AVweb Insider blgo and have a go at your own comments.

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FBO of the Week: Kansas Air Center (Manhattan Regional Airport, KMHK, Kansas)

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Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the facilities at Kansas Air Center at Manhattan Regional Airport (KMHK) in Manhattan, Kansas.

AVweb reader Wade Logan explained how KAC exceeded his expectations from start to finish while he was in Manhattan:

As I pulled into the ramp, I was immediately greeted by three line technicians: The first parked me, the second cleaned my windscreen before I even was out of the plane, and the third had a placed a purple K-State Wildcat rug at my door. The facility was top-notch (exceptionally clean), and the fuel prices are the lowest I have come across in a long while. The founder/owner is extremely courteous, and I even saw him cleaning some windscreens himself!

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!

 
The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

On a recent trip in my Cirrus from KSAV to KPDK, I had this exchange with Atlanta Approach. (This was right after the FL-GA football game where the Gators won ... again.)

ATL:
"N267CP, you are cleared to PDK via the TRBOW8 arrival. Proceed direct from present position to TRBOW."

N267CP (me) :
"N267CP cleared direct TRBOW for the TRBOW8. Are you sure that shouldn't be renamed TEBOW for the beating that your Bulldogs took?"

ATL:
"N267CP, one more remark about the beatdown, and I will amend your clearance to IAH, LAX direct PDK!"

N267CP "N267CP O.K. TRBOW8 it is!"

ATL:
"Smart man."

Steve King
via e-mail

 
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