Richard Herbst writes: "Only a personal injury lawyer would write a Lettre de Cachet like the black adventure story published in USA Today. My sympathies for their reduced ad revenues and declining circulation. But holding public executions and sensational smear campaigns has never worked for any publication. Even the networks hesitate to raise their viewing by attacking privilege. They should know this. Fifty years worth of aircraft accidents looks terrifying to a public with an attention span measured in 30-second spots, but this is what 'USA Today' is gambling on. They hope to boost circulation and redefine themselves as a rag, which they aren't far from in any case." Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More
A pilot who had been trained in emergency procedures for the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System acted in accordance with his training and saved two lives in a severe turbulence encounter. More
Pilots/aircraft owners and mechanics/shops need each other to survive, yet the love-hate relationship between them seems to wax and wane, depending on the person you spoke with last. Good communications and reasonable expectations are key to keeping things running smoothly. More
It never seems to fail. You reserve the airplane for an early morning departure for the family vacation. Then the delays add up and you arrive at beautiful Lake Runamuck as the turbulence reaches its glorious maximum, the winds are 270 at 15 gusting to 20, the runway is oriented north and south and is 75 feet wide. More
Owners who fancy aerobatics might lust after a Pitts S1 or an Extra 300. But then reality sets in. And thatís why so many owners gravitate toward the Citabria or the Decathlon, starter aerobatic airplanes that turn out to have much more capability than many realized until they take a close look. More
Yup, it's come to that. Seriously, would a little civility be that hard? Apparently. More
Harold Moritz and Sheila Gleason of East Haddam, CT left us speechless with a beautiful vista in our latest batch of "PotW" submissions. Click through for a bumper crop of incredible photos from AVweb readers.