The National Aeronautic Association is the oldest national
aviation organization in the United States. A non-profit
association, NAA is "dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport
and science of aviation in the United States," according to its
A set of criteria used by test pilots and flight test engineers
to evaluate the handling qualities of aircraft during flight test.
The scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 indicating the best handling
characteristics and 10 the worst. The criteria are evaluative and
thus the scale is considered subjective.
"The FAA cannot tell us that this aircraft is safe. The
crash of Continental Connection flight 3407 (operated by Colgan
Air) is yet another where the air carrier, the industry, and the
FAA resort to comforting blandishments about safety and subsequent
revelations reveal deep concerns."
Source: Don Nolan, of the Nolan Law Firm,
calling for the grounding of Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional
aircraft similar to the type that crashed February 12 near Buffalo,