Archive for the ‘Reporting’ Category

Ode To A Rose

Myrtle Rose is a 75-year-old widow who, according to news reports, has been flying “since the mid-1960s and even performed as a wing walker until five or six years ago.” She’s in the news this week, but not because her award-winning Piper J-3 Cub has a teddy bear strapped into its front seat. Instead, her [...]

The Republic is safe again. Until next time.

We are happy to report Congress finally got around to doing at least part of its job and earlier today passed legislation extending FAA funding. For those who care, the Senate adopted by unanimous consent a House-passed bill containing the extension along with a provision eliminating funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The [...]

AFR447 Update: Why Can’t Airline Pilots Recover From Stalls?

The French equivalent to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board — the (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile, or BEA) — this morning released an update to its ongoing investigation into the June 1, 2009, crash of Air France Flight 447. The aircraft, an Airbus A330, disappeared over the equatorial Atlantic [...]

AFR447 search to resume

According to a number of sources, Airbus and Air France will initiate a new search for the wreckage of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, which disappeared over the equatorial Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of June 1, 2009. Authorities say they will use state-of-the-art robotics and submarines to search a 3900-sq-mile area at a [...]

Parsing reporting

Almost everything wrong with the general media’s coverage of an aviation accident can be found in this story from the San Bernandino (Calif.) Sun. Let’s break it apart for you (assorted pithy comments interspersed below). Plane registered to Loma Linda man crashes into hillside Hmmm… What’s the news here? That a plane crashed or that [...]