Daily Archives: February 18, 2009

More About Ice And The Commuter Plane Crash

Here’s some informed observations about the role ice may have played in the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 from Ask the Pilot columnist Patrick Smith at Salon.com and Dave Demerjianon on the Wired Autopia blog.

Both mention the possibility of an ice-induced tailplane stall. NASA made a video warning of this very phemenon 11 years ago. An edited version from an AP report is below; and here’s a link to the full video.


NYC Cops Enforce Nonexistent Photo Ban In Subways

As a travel blogger, I like to take photos of transit now and then. Planes, trains, buses, that sort of thing.

It’s a little geeky, I know. But it shouldn’t be illegal.

Which is why it’s worrisome to read about the police in New York arresting a guy for taking a picture in a subway station, even though it’s perfectly legal to do so. It’s also pretty common — there are plenty of subway photos online, as well as videos on YouTube.

I know the argument. The idea is that we can somehow hide information about and photos of public places to thwart terrorists. But it’s not convincing and that’s why there’s no law against taking photos in subways.

Angry Pilot Reportedly Drops Pants At Security Checkpoint

A Swiss International Airlines pilot got so infuriated at a security checkpoint a the London City Airport that he dropped his pants and demanded “‘Do you want to search this?”

At least that’s the story going around, picked up by the UPI from a story in The Sun newspaper and attributed to an unnamed source. The Sun said the pilot was detained and his flight canceled, but he was not arrested.

Another Round In Hawaii’s Airline Wars

After losing money for two and a half years in a bitter interisland fare war that killed Aloha Airlines, go! airlines has finally achieved an operating profit, according to the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

That leaves go!, a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines, in competition with Hawaiian Airlines for interisland travel. The smaller Island Air and Mokulele Airlines also provide interisland service, but Mokulele is in trouble.

The airline has defaulted on a loan from partner Republic Airways, which may take over its operations, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. About 100 former employees of Aloha work for Mokulele.