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Airborne 08.15.22: NTSB v RedBull Stunt, Pilot Reinstated, ALPA v Pilot Shortage

Also: FAA's Dynamic System, Russian Helicopter Deal, FAA Denies Culpability, Artemis

Last April's ill-advised TV stunt, under the PR guise of a Red Bull event, embarrassed the GA world to the extreme... and now the NTSB has had a few things to say about it... a very few things to say.

The NTSB concluded that, "The accident airplane was part of an exhibition event, the goal of which was for two pilots to fly two similarly equipped airplanes in a vertical dive, after which they would simultaneously bail out and transfer to the other airplane. The pilot of one airplane was able to successfully transfer to the other airplane and land without incident, however, the other pilot could not enter the second airplane because it entered an inverted spin shortly after egress..." In an instance likely to resonate with current and former Part 135 pilots, a federal whistleblower investigation has vindicated an aviator wrongfully fired for refusing to fly under circumstances he deemed dangerous and contrary to federal aviation regulation. Amidst deafening caterwauling to the contrary, ALPA—the world’s largest pilot union—has consistently and confidently refuted claims that the airline industry is in the incipient throes of death by pilot shortage. On 11 August 2022, ALPA bolstered its position by citing data that establishes convincingly—if not incontrovertibly—that the ongoing racket being made about pilot shortages is more so an attempt by airlines to divert attention from their shabby performance and chronic mismanagement than it is an assertion of fact. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 08.15.22 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, August 15th, 2022... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Holland Lee. Holland is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • Foolish Red Bull Plane Switch Stunt Gone Awry Gets NTSB Finding
  • Department of Labor Orders Pilot Reinstated  
  • ALPA: New FAA Data Shows Pilots Plentiful
  • If It Isn't Broke... FAA Moves to Dynamic System
  • Philippines Cancels Russian Helicopter Deal
  • FAA Denies Culpability in Flight Delays and Cancellations
  • NASA Announces Astronaut Corps Ready For Artemis

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