Fri, Mar 18, 2005
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
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on the day's events and issues.
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content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"The only confusion, the critical
confusion, in an instrument approach, is whether the navigation
aids are set to the right frequency, or in the right mode, whether
they're getting the proper indication in the cockpit on where they
are in reference to the runway."
Source: Retired General Charles Bolden, in an
interview with Houston's KTRK-TV after he read the transcripts of
voice recordings on board a Gulfstream G-III that went down near
Hobby Airport in November. The transcripts seemed to indicate the
cockpit crew -- led by a captain with 19,000 hours of experience,
was following the wrong navaid on approach. Bolden said that,
although the cockpit crew "went by the book" after learning of
their mistake, their actions came too late to save the plane -- and
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