The GAPPA is now a Bill in both the House and Senate:
To all my US friends: If you are now, or will be at some point, interested in aviation, this Bill deserves your support. Please consider these important issues:
1. Do not think of it as partisan; despite the predominantly Republican support, there are pilots of all political stripe who are affected by the over-burdensome FAA medical regulation.
2. Do not mix it up with the current debate about "user fees" (briefly, the Obama administration wants to charge $100/flight for turbine airplanes that use air traffic control). I for one believe we pilots need to pay our way; I don't know if the current proposal is a good one but it's a distinct issue from medical relief.
3. The AOPA does not speak for all of us pilots. Some of their positions are extreme or don't make sense. Please do not allow a good proposal to be besmirched by any other proposals the AOPA might make.
This is something we -- actually, I -- am asking for. We need your help!
memorize this acronym for when a stall develops:
PARE - Power (idle), Ailerons (NEUTRAL!!), Rudder (Opposite of spin), Elevator (nose down, then level flight)
Note that the aircraft is in a slight left bank as the plane goes into a stall, this will invariably develop into a spin. When practicing stalls, you must use rudders to keep the roll attitude perfectly level, ESPECIALLY at the moment it goes into stall.
When a stall develops. PARE. In video you'll see the pilot uses full aileron deflection, this is exactly what you must train not to do despite everything your instincts say. Great case study for CFIs and student pilots alike.
Remember in a stall, the lower wing is stalled completely, so ailerons won't do anything since there's no lift being developed and airflow is completely disrupted. Think: In a spin, ailerons are about as effective as they are when the plane is parked in its tiedown. The tail will by design not stall when the wings do so rudder is very effective and will save you.
If the tail stalls, the procedure for recovery is even more unintuitive (happens in bad icing conditions).
I hope we find out more about this incident, where obviously something went deeply wrong (though in deference to family members, one does not want to speculate).
On the very next day after the aircraft was lost, I lost my Android phone. I went to --
and was able to locate it to within 25 meters, see that its last known position was only a couple minutes ago, and make it ring remotely. I located it at a nearby office where a kind person had found it in a public restroom and brought it to safety.
So I have constant 24/7 tracking of the location of my phone, but we can't do the same for a $200M jet packed with 240 souls?
Yet more evidence that aviation is stuck back in the age when cars had fins....
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