Question of the Week: Too Rare for the Air?


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Last week, hot on the heels of the news that the pilots of Northwest Flight 188 may have been using laptop computers when they overshot their destination, we asked what you thought of a proposed federal ban on such personal electronic devices in the cockpit.

Several of you wrote to point out that laptops weren’t the real issue here – some citing refusal to acknowledge the radio, others the overshoot itself – but we still got quite a few responses about the proposed electronics ban. Opinions were pretty evenly distributed, with the largest segment of respondents (27%) saying that company policy and the FAA’s power to pull a certificate are all that’s needed to fight the abuse of electronic distractions by a flight crew. At the other end of the spectrum, 23% of you called the banb useless, and another 23% reminded us that no law or rule can cover every potential distraction..

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The Commemorative Air Force lost its bid to keep a one-of-a-kind F-82 Twin Mustang when its appeal of an earlier court ruling in favor of the Air Force reclaiming the historic aircraft was rejected. The CAF originally wanted to restore the aircraft to flying condition, which prompts our latest Question. We’d like to know what you think about putting one-of-a-kind historic airplanes into the air.

Should one-of-a-kind historic aircraft be flown?
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