"I've never been so let down in my life."
Those words from a bemused John Trissel, manager of the Eagles Nest
flying community outside of Waynesboro (VA) -- the man who was
quoted in the much-ballyhooed CBS story slamming GA security last
Trissel estimates he's received some 200 flaming emails from pilots
and aviation enthusiasts, slamming him for his interview. They say
things like, "With promoters like John Trissel in the industry, we
won't have general aviation in a few years." Or, "It was an
incredibly stupid move. You might want to practice for your next
The truth is, John Trissel is as upset as everyone else about the
way the CBS story treated general aviation. Only he's more upset
than most. He says CBS took his interview out of context.
Authorities in Shannon, Ireland, report no evidence to validate
a note apparently found in the lavatory or a Delta 767 bound from
Frankfurt, Germany, to Atlanta. The flight was diverted to Shannon
and all 144 people on board (134 passengers and 10 crew members)
were deplaned, questioned and searched after the note was found
suggesting there was a bomb hidden on board.
"The search is ongoing," a police spokesman in Dublin said in an
interview with Reuters. "So far nothing suspicious has been found,
although the search is likely to continue for some time."
US and Canadian search teams converged on Lake Erie Sunday after
a Cessna 208 (file photo of type, below) crashed through the ice,
apparently killing all 10 people on board.
"Unfortunately, this has changed from a rescue mission to a
recovery mission," said Constable Brian Knowles of the Ontario
Provincial Police in Kingsville Sunday.
Eight men returning home from a hunting trip, the pilot and his
female friend late Saturday afternoon when the Caravan went down
into the lake. Snow was falling at the time. The wreckage was
spotted nose-down in the water and ice about a mile west of Pelee
Island. That's some 20 miles north of Sandusky (OH).
From everything ANN has been told by those involved, CBS News
did a real hatchet job on general aviation by taking at least one
of the principle interviewees out of context and making a story out
of half-truths and misconceptions.
So what else is new, right?
That's not exactly the point, however, and it behooves those of us
who are in aviation to not only point out the mistakes, but to
understand what happened and to do a better job of seeing that it
doesn't happen again.
Going to Europe anytime soon? If so, leave your fishing pole at
home. That goes for your pool cue, ice skates, ski poles and
skateboards. At least, if you're planning to take those items with
you into the cabin. The EU has come up with a uniform set of
regulations on what you can and can't take with you when flying to
or in Europe.
"Ensuring that air passengers are safe is a top priority for the
EU," said the European commission's UK honcho, Jim Dougal. "This is
why we need to ban items that could be used as weapons by
One person is dead after a Cessna 150 collided with a Piper
Comanche at Clearwater AirPark (FL) Saturday. The wreckage of the
Cessna impacted the Earth just 20 feet or so from a crowd of
children and adults. No one on the ground was injured.
The Comanche, registered to 77-year old John W. Collins of
Lakeland, flew to Winter Haven (FL). No one on board that aircraft
Caught in an apparent -- how should we put this... misstatement
-- Northwest Airlines now admits that it provided passenger data to
NASA in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and
"We do not provide that type of information to anyone," Northwest
spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch told the New York Times on September 23.
But records obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information
Center under the Freedom of Information Act indicate
We've all heard of air rage. In these days of heightened
security, long lines and short tempers, it's no longer uncommon to
read about passengers who fly off the handle.
But crew members?
John McLeod was flying from Charlotte (NC) to Tampa Bay (FL) last
month when the flight attendant announced it was time to "stow your
tray-tables and raise your seats to their upright and locked
positions." When he didn't immediately comply, he got a few sharp
pokes in the shoulder from a flight attendant.
At first, it was one of those classic deals that seems too good
to pass up: Buy the maintenance contract and the product is free.
Sounds like something you'd hear from the cell phone company,
right? Well, in this case, the give-away was a bit bigger: The
Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.
The offer apparently wasn't what the Indian government was looking
for when it first came from Moscow three years ago. The Russians
wanted guarantees that India would spend millions to recondition
the carrier. Still, it was a starting point.
Meeting in New Delhi Saturday, India's Cabinet Committee of
Security, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee,
authorized the country's defense minister to finalize the deal.
NASA's Spirit rover reached out with its versatile robotic arm
early Friday and examined a patch of fine- grained martian soil
with a microscope at the end of the arm. "We made our first use of
the arm and took the first microscopic image of the surface of
another planet," said Dr. Mark Adler, Spirit mission manager at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
The rover's microscopic imager, one of four tools on a turret at
the end of the arm, serves as the functional equivalent of a field
geologist's hand lens for examining structural details of rocks and
"I'm elated and relieved at how well things are going. We got some
great images in our first day of using the microscopic imager on
Mars," said Dr. Ken Herkenhoff of the U.S. Geological Survey
(Readers Fred W. Scott, Jr. and Jeff Bertsch rework the CBS
story with a few tongue-in-cheek twists. What's scary is: It makes
more sense than suggesting that general aviation is a threat to
national security. Think about it... ed.)
They are everywhere in our fast paced, consumer economy, but
are they safe?... large Sport Utility Vehicles driven by small
"Every major school building has a paved street right next to it,"
says Lisa Tutor, a New Jersey school teacher, whose
responsibilities include welcoming students being driven to school
by their parents. "These streets lead to private garages where all
sorts of evil could be perpetrated behind closed doors"
As anyone in the Northeast can tell you, you'll find all sorts
of stuff along I-95 -- the major north-south interstate in the
area. But if you happen to find a box full of Pratt & Whitney
parts, David Cleveland would sure like to hear from you.
Two boxes containing engine parts destined for Korean Airlines
apparently "fell off" a Condor Air Transport truck driving along
the interstate near Greenwich (CT) Thursday. Cleveland, the
company's president, even rented an aircraft Saturday to fly along
I-95 looking for the lost goods.
Here's a transcript of the CBS report sent to us from a source
inside the network:
2ORR/FLYNN/LANDERS GENERAL AVIATION SECURITY EVE NEWS
> >(NAT SOT T2/2225) "There were 22 lots for sale"
> >(NARR:) THEY ARE A SOARING REAL ESTATE TREND... >
(NAT SOT T2/2233) "We have just 3 left..."
> >(NAT SOT T1/2335 Rick taxies)
> >(NARR:) AIR PARKS. "FLY-IN" COMMUNITIES CALLED AIR
> >(SOT/ T2/4245 LESLEY HOCK-Eagle's Nest Air Park Realtor)
> >(V/O taxi) "Every house has a paved taxiway to the
> >(NARR:) AMENITIES INCLUDE YOUR VERY OWN COMMUNITY AIR
> > > >(V/O T1/2620 plane heads toward hanger) >
>(NARR :) YOUR OWN PERSONAL HANGER
The United Airlines Master Executive Council of the Association
of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, says it's filed a grievance
against the carrier, asking for an expedited hearing to stop
airline management from unlawfully seeking to impose devastating
cuts to retiree medical benefits by unilaterally changing the
agreement reached between the parties in the spring of 2003.
The union says United signed a letter of agreement in May 2003 to
ensure that flight attendants retiring before July 1, 2003 would
have access to health care benefits that were less costly and more
comprehensive than those that would be in place for those who
retire after that date.
"They (CBS) knew exactly what they wanted to do to legitimize
their scam. They would say things like, 'Do you do it this way?'
and I'd say no, but here's how we handle it. They only air the part
that said what they wanted it to say."
Source: John Tissel, manager of Eagle's Nest
Flying Community near Waynesboro (VA), on the now-infamous CBS "Eye
On America" story that aired last week. Trissel says he was
ambushed by reporter Bob Orr, taken out of context and has since
received about 200 flaming emails from aviation supporters who
blame him for the comments that aired.
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