Mar 28, 2010

Dead Tired part 3

This is the third section of the news investigation on pilot fatigue.

Two Big Picture issues are of interest.

One - the execs who led the charge to "walmartize" the airline industry are now resting comfortably on their big pay bonuses, happy in their pathalogical detachment from the consequences of their decisions. They admit no responsibility for anyone's death.

Two - we ultimately get what we're willing to pay for. The travelling public always votes with dollars for the kind of system we find acceptable. There's a saying that in a democracy, the people generally get the kind of government they deserve. If we are all a little greedy, dishonest, and self-absorbed, then let's not be surprised that this is what our leaders look like. The same principle obviously applies to every facet of our society.

Dead Tired Part 2

This is part two in the special investigation of pilot fatigue. Notice the closing comment by one of the pilots interviewed: "Do I miss flying? You bet. Do I miss the industry? Not for a second."

Mar 25, 2010

Dead Tired: part 1

This CBC documentary on pilot fatigue is excellent. Here's a link to part 1.
I don't know if this will be blocked outside of Canada.

Mar 8, 2010

It's a boat! It's a plane!? ...

The Russians have come up with some interesting (if not always practical) "aircraft"! This is an aircraft that actually operates as a ship, flying in "ground effect." You can read about here: Lun-class ekranoplan. Don't miss the image link at the end of that article - or click it here. I can't read Russian, but the photos speak for themselves!

Online Newark Liberty briefing

I think this online airport briefing is a clever use of the internet and computer media. I hope this expands to include more airports.