We've been reviewing the FAA's list of the Top 10 causes of
pilot-error accidents. Second on their list is failure to attain or
maintain flying speed. Today we'll look at the first component of
airspeed control: rotation or, more correctly, liftoff speed.
Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System -- the system
scans the vicinity by interrogating the transponders of other
aircraft. It then uses the received transponder signals to compute
distance, bearing and altitude relative to the own aircraft.
"If it were just Daley, I'd ignore his ravings, just as
the folks in the federal government in charge of security and
airspace do. But it's not just him. Other politicians (with the
spectacular and notable exception of New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg) and self-appointed "experts" are jumping on the tragic
accident -- repeat, accident -- in New York to sound off again
about the "danger" of light aircraft, and how they must be
regulated, restricted, banned."
Source: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
President Phil Boyer, in an impassioned letter published on the
AOPA website Friday. In it, Boyer responds to comments made by
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley regarding the crash Wednesday of a
Cirrus SR20 into a New York apartment building...