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Re: FAA Wants to Keep Bird Strike Records Confidential - NYTimes.com
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 09:03:38 -0400



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From: Vadim Antonov <avg () kotovnik com>
Date: March 27, 2009 9:59:14 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] FAA Wants to Keep Bird Strike Records Confidential - NYTimes.com


David -- for IP, if you wish.

FAA is, arguably, the worst thing which happened to the aviation in the
US.  It has a very long history of cover-ups, mismanagement, and helping
some politically-connected airlines to strangle competition.

FAA regulations stalled progress in avionics and aircraft design for
decades - how long has it been since cars had carburetors and mixture
control levers? How long since AM radio was used for two-way
communications? The a/c I piloted today has all of these technological
marvels of pre-WWII vintage - and it's not a historic relic.

And don't forget the stupid airspace regulations - there are places where
I'm flying where seven (yes, seven) different kinds of airspace are
stacked on top of each other - and each has different restrictions
regarding a/c equipment, radio comms, airspeed, visibility, and distance
from clouds. A pilot in one of these busy places has to devote substantial
amount of attention just to stay legal - at the expense of watching for
traffic and flying the a/c.

For an insider view of FAA, check "Real Unfriendly Skies: Saga of
Corruption" by Rodney Stich, a former FAA inspector who got in trouble
with FAA higher-ups when he actually tried to do something to improve air
safety.  (Warning - if you want to feel comfortable in airline jets,
especially in United's, you should avoid reading this book.)

--vadim

On Fri, 27 Mar 2009, David Farber wrote:

Just in case you want to be aware, your GOVERNMENT will not tell you.
djf


FAA Wants to Keep Bird Strike Records Confidential





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