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August 30, 2006

ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.30.06): Tunnel Vision


This week's tragic departure crash of a commuter jet at Lexington, KY reminds me of another horrible accident. On October 31, 2000 a Singapore Airlines 747-400 was expediting departure in darkness and high winds, at Taipei, Taiwan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.06)


The US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights became officially recognized in 1961 and they’ve been thrilling audiences at airshows all over the world ever since.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.06): PIC


The Pilot in Command is the person who: Has final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight; Has been designated as pilot in command before or during the flight; and Holds the appropriate category, class, and type rating, if appropriate, for the conduct of the flight. Can be overruled by the "Administrator" at any time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.30.06)

"I think it's a good thing that the FAA actually acknowledged that they were not following the guidance that they put out last year, but it's extremely sad that it takes an accident for that to become public knowledge."

Source: Andrew Cantwell, regional vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, commenting on the FAA's admission Tuesday that it knew the tower at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY was understaffed -- and that another controller was needed on the weekend overnight shift.

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