APG 111 – NTSB Safety Alert, World Airways Shuts Down, Malaysia 370
The NTSB issued a Safety Alert last week reminding pilots to use vigilance when operating into the destination airport at night and when landing at an airport with others in close proximity. The Safety Alert outlines five measures pilots can take to avoid a wrong airport landing, and provides additional flight safety resources.
Founded in 1948, World Airways recently announced the immediate cessation of all operations. World’s parent company, Global Aviation Holdings, sited the inability to secure further funding from Cerberus, World’s first lien lender.
As this episode is being recorded, more than three weeks has elapsed since the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370. So far, not one shred of physical evidence of its supposed “crash” has materialized. That hasn’t stopped the cable news channels from continuing their parade of “aviation experts,” spending a majority of their broadcast hours talking endlessly about the disappearance. What did happen to the flight? In a nutshell, nobody knows.
I went on a little bit of a rant in this episode. It’s not the first time I’ve been irritated by WSJ columnist Holman Jenkins, who somewhat fashions himself an “aviation expert,” apparently (well, why not? Everybody else in the world is). In his “piece” Someday, All Planes Will Be Drones, Jenkins drones on and on about how the skies would be safer with passenger flights being piloted, well, not piloted by humans. In fact, in his last paragraph, he states with utmost ignorance, “Passenger planes, once passengers realize the crew is mostly there to cause mistakes, will be fully automated even if a trained crew member is standing by to lend comfort.” Mr. Jenkins, you are a fool.
Nick Carson – Audio Feedback
MLew in SLC – Instrument Rating Rotorcraft
Owen – Build time in Alaska!
Ravn – advice for future pilots
Kevin – Great Lakes Air: So long, North Dakota
Great Lake Air’s long run in North Dakota will end
Tim – ACME Beer!
Dave from Toronto – Quiz?
Vernon – Lost 777
Chad – CNN MH370
Matt Dolan – Runway Snow Removal
Hideous FO Jake – MH370
Nick from OC – Commuting to Work
Ken – Flight Data Recorder / Cockpit Voice Recorder query prompted by MH370
The Flight Data Recorder’s Slow Evolution
Wikipedia – Flight data recorder
Chris – ATC Log from Malaysia MH370
Pilot Pip – Plane Safety Podcast
Plane Safety Podcast (iTunes link)
Anonymous – ATP Flight School in Phoenix
Carlos – Feedback From PTUK Podcast
Tiff – MD-80 talk on UCAP podcast
UCAP350 “Zoom Zoom”
Mike – Berkas and Airport Security
Tim from Germany – CVR and FDR Video
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