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AVmail: Dec. 20, 2004

Reader mail this week about Cessna's generosity, cone of no safety, the ATC death ray and more.

Short Final…

As I approached untowered Booneville (AR) Municipal Airport, I announced on CTAF. This was the exchange:

Me: Skylane 123 entering left downwind, runway 27 Booneville.

Unicom: Roger, Skylane 123, Wind is calm. Sklane 123, your rotating beacon is not working. Wait ... yes it is. No it's not. Yes it is....

Me: Roger, thanks.

CEO of the Cockpit #40: Dear Santa

Finding himself a swimming-pool-bound prisoner of a three-day re-route, the CEO takes a little time off from his enforced Fort Lauderdale layover to jot down a few ideas for the bearded fat man.

AVweb’s Question of the Week …

This week, AVweb wants to know what you think about the use of biometrics in the fight against terror. A bill intended to fight terrorism is making its way through the halls of legislation and may soon introduce biometric parameters to pilot certificates. What about mechanics? PLUS: Final tallies for last week's question about the hours you logged in 2004.

AVmail: Dec. 13, 2004

Reader mail this week about outsourcing Flight Service Stations, flying with polished ice, cell phone interference and much more.

Short Final…

Tower: How was the ride down the ILS?

Airliner 123: Pretty good actually.....

Tower: When did you break out?

Airliner 123: (pause) 1996

Airliner 123: (even longer pause) OH!! You mean out of the clouds??

Airliner 123: ...About 1000 feet.

AVweb’s Question of the Week …

Year-end is upon us - just as soon as we all plow through the holiday season. This week, AVweb wants to know how many hours you flew in 2004. PLUS: Results of last week's question on the outsourcing of FSS.

Say Again? #44: Looking For Trouble

Trouble can come from an air traffic controller who, like AVweb's Don Brown, is conscious of all the ways things can go wrong and keeps bothering his supervisors about them. Trouble can also come from a radar system that, apparently, ignores the very traffic a controller (and other pilots) want to see. Don explains all in this month's Say Again? column.

AVmail: Dec. 6, 2004

Reader mail this week about Presidential TFRs in Canada, the Age 60 rule, doctored photos and much more.

AVweb Insider

Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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