AVmail: December 8, 2008
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Letter of the Week
Perhaps selling off senior managment and keeping the jets would make more sense. The time of a senior executive that is effectively managing a company is very valuable. The vision shown by GM and Ford (Chrysler is privately held, kind of) would indicate that the transportation they used for the latest visit was just about right.
Big Three Travel Plans
Why has no one stepped up to defend why it is useful for a CEO of major company to use a corporate jet. Do companies really want their $1000 per hour CEO's waiting in airline termianals waiting for commercial flights and possibly sitting for hours because flight was canceled or have to leave one day early because there is a 10 AM meeting in another city and no flights early enough for him to make it, then maybe stay another day because there is no flight out after the meeting. I think the flap about the CEOs going to D.C. in private jets was grossly misunderstood. It again shows that John Q. Public does not understand corporate aviation and its contribution to the American way of life.
Nancy Pelosi wasn't happy with the small private jet that comes with the Speaker's job. No, she was aggravated that this little jet had to stop to refuel, so she ordered a Big Fat 200 seat jet that could get her back to California without stopping! Since she only works three days a week, this gas guzzling jet gets fueled and she flies home to California with a cost to the taxpayers of about $60,000, one way! Pelosi wants you and I to [reduce] our carbon footprint. She wants us to buy smaller cars, and Obama wants us to get a bicycle pump and air up our tires. Some of these people are hypocrites.
Actually Ed, as we reported at the time, Pelosi said she didn't need any kind of government jet and that she was happy to fly commercial. However, the administration decided that for security and communications reasons, as third in line for the presidency should anything happen to the president and the vice president, she needed non-stop transportation to and from her San Francisco home in a government aircraft. Only the Gulfstream and C-32 (757) fill that bill.
Google's New Jet
Regarding Google's claim that a certified aircraft cannot be modified with test electronic equipment and still carry passengers (Google Adds Military Trainer To Fleet): That is an inaccurate statement. I have personally been involved in acquiring FAA certification of testbed aircraft that were also certified in Normal Category to carry passengers, without de-modding.
Regarding Short Final on Dec. 1: I thought all (civil) aircraft were limited to max 250 KIAS below 10,000MSL. Why would the pilot expect no speed restriction at 8,000?