Monday, February 16, 2009

Dan Gryder on GA's allure.

In a UCAP Forums thread about an impromptu trip to Key West, he wrote this, which pretty much sums up what I think is the best thing about GA.

...I generally have some kind of aviation adventure that pops up about that often, most totally unplanned, or little planning, but lots of fun. When you have general aviation, there are no limits. Also I prefer to fly low level, in uncontrolled airspace with the radios off and looking out the window where I can.

Friday, February 13, 2009

O'Brien thinks it may have been icing

Former CNN Aviation Reporter Miles O'Brien is the main-stream-media guy I trust most when it comes to reporting on aviation news. In his blog he's put together a case for last night's Continental 3407 crash possibly being the result of icing. His conclusion:

You have to wonder if Continental 3407 was flying on autopilot - carrying enough ice on its wings that its normal approach speed was simply too slow for it to stay in the air. So when it slowed down, it simply dropped out of the sky. You have to wonder…

Friday, February 06, 2009

Panorama of ice airport

Listeners must get a good laugh from the fact that as much as I moan about the winter weather, I am endlessly fascinated by the Alton Bay Ice Airport. I don't really understand it myself.

Here's a cool panorama shot (use your mouse to scroll around the 360 degree view) of the airport from just a few days ago.

This is from Jonathon Fee in a posting to the AANH message board.

USAirways 1549 radio calls

Here's a pretty nice presentation of the just released radio calls from US Airways 1549 as it went into the Hudson River:

Thursday, February 05, 2009

UCAP Restaurants map fixed

I fixed the problem with the map for the restaurant list not appearing. Check it out, it's back.

-- Jack