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Cowboy Pilots, Air Safety and the Metric System: A Modest Defense of Fox News on AirAsia Flight QZ8501Monday, December 29th, 2014
I don’t watch the cable TV news myself, but here are a few points:
1. American-style measurements are all over the aviation industry, like measurement of speed (in nautical miles per hour) and altitude (in feet). Pilot confusion with differing measurement systems has killed passengers and crew IRL.
2. And yes, international travel isn’t as safe as domestic travel, for a host of reasons. American pilots have better training, on average, and they have an easier job of it, not having to deal with the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Russian paramilitaries, for starters. Not a single passenger has died due to a crash on a domestic flight on a large (we’re talking about something bigger than a private jet or a regional airliner) jet since 9/11. And if you want to talk about international flight on 100+ seat jets either going to or coming from America, we’ve lost a total of three passengers (on an Asiana flight at SFO) since 2001, that horrible year.
3. And the thing about cowboys – that’s a reference to the Boeing / American approach to automation vs. the Airbus / international approach. So a “cowboy” pilot has greater power to do something stupid, but also a greater ability to get out of trouble. A “cowboy” is more likely to have military experience. A cowboy is the opposite of a “college boy.” Oddly enough, the computer-assisted cowboy and cowgirl pilots are doing better, on average, than the auto pilot-reliant college boys and girls.
The job of these hosts is to be appealing (by looking good in a suit or a fuchsia(?) minidress(?), to look somber (due to the tragedy) and to goad the invited expert into saying what s/he knows in an interesting way. Seems as if they were getting that job done.
So yeah, asking about the metric system sounds like a stupid question, I’ll agree. But everything the hosts were talking about comes from real life, it comes from someplace. It’s not just Fox News waving the flag.
So laugh at Fox if you want, but they’re doing their job better than Jezebel / Isha Aran is doing its job of debunking Fox News. And, bonus, Fox News consulted an expert and Jezebel, which doesn’t know much about aviation, did not.
So, Fox News 1, Jezebel 0.
I guess I knew this.
Or maybe, the term Xmas is sacrilege?
One or the other.
Gee, thanks cable TV! I don’t know how I lived without you the past year, and the year prior, and the year prior, and so on.
Fashionable Woman Goes Down Hard on the Cable Car Tracks at California and Battery – Thursday Morning, Sept 6thFriday, September 7th, 2012
Don’t know why.
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You know, San Francisco is the most corrupt large city west of Chicago, probably, but you wouldn’t know it by solely looking at paramedic response in the 415. I’ve never seen dysfunction from this part of the “City Family.”
When you’re in trouble, the SFFD will care about you…
Unbiased Report Concludes That CA State Film Credit Program Benefits are Exaggerated – What About SF’s?Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Does the “Scene in San Francisco” program work? I’m sure it does for some people, but does it succeed overall, you know, for the Commonweal?
It’s the same deal with the CA state film subsidy program, which was recently looked at by the CA State Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Did San Francisco subsidize the horrible NBC non-hit show Trauma? Yes. Should it have? No.
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All the deets:
We have discussed five issues that could affect the results of the LAEDC and/or UCLA-IRLE studies:
Unknown assumptions embedded in the LAEDC economic models and their failure to consider the benefits of alternative public or private uses of tax credit funds (which could result in the credit program having significantly less net benefit than shown in the studies).
In-state film activity that would occur in California without any tax credit (which results in the credit program having less economic and tax net benefits than shown in the LAEDC study).
In-state economic and employment activity resulting from out-of-state productions (which results in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies).
Crowding out effects (which result in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies in at least some years).
Effects of film-related tourism (which would likely not result in significant changes in net benefits in most years).
While the total effects of these issues are impossible to quantify, their combined effects are likely to be negative in any given fiscal year—that is, resulting in the net benefit of the credit program being less than shown in both the LAEDC and UCLA-IRLE studies.
Given the conclusion that the net benefit of the credit program is likely less than shown in the LAEDC study, the LAEDC’s finding that the output-to-credit ratio was about 20-to-1 is likely overstated, as is its estimate of job gains resulting from the credit program. Moreover, given that UCLA-IRLE adjusted downward to $1.04 the projected state and local tax revenue return from every credit dollar and given that we find that this also was overstated, we believe it is likely that the state and local tax revenue return would be under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar—perhaps well under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar in many years.
In any event, even if the combined state and local tax revenue return is right around $1.00 for every tax credit dollar, the state government’s tax revenue return would by definition be less than $1.00 for every tax credit dollar. The credit program, therefore, appears to result in a net decline in state revenues.”
These Four Videos Show Why Ken Block’s Recent “Gymkhana V” Filming was the Best Thing Ever – Jumping Taylor in a FiestaThursday, May 17th, 2012
As promised, Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:
And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:
More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:
And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper:
Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?
In closing, These Four Videos Showed Why Ken Block’s Recent “Gymkhana V” Filming was the Best Thing Ever.
OMG, Free Ice Cream at Historic Swensen’s Ice Cream in Russian Hill – ScoutMob Offer at Union And HydeTuesday, December 6th, 2011
You can’t beat that:
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