This is new on me:
Boy, this aircraft/banner combo seems familiar:
Here are some of my other beefs against the flying banner ad biz in the bay area.
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If you want, Follow Sutro Tower on Twitter – perhaps that will inspire it to Tweet more than once per year.
(Thank you, Sutro Tower, for broadcasting the recent World Cup for free at 1080i.)
You see, first the new air traffic control tower was all like this.
But now it’s all like this:
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“Pukao are the hats or topknots formerly placed on top of some moai statues on Easter Island. They were all carved from a very light red volcanic stone scoria, which was quarried from a single source at Puna Pau.”
“Law prohibits private pilots from profiting from passengers so you only pay for your share of the cost of the flight plus a 20 percent fee to AirPooler”
UH, THE PILOTS _ARE_ PROFITING FROM PASSENGERS, ARGUABLY.
The Federal Aviation Administration also bars private plane pilots from advertising flights, which is why AirPooler is careful to never promote any specific flights.
THIS IS STARTING TO READ LIKE A PRESS RELEASE, TECH-CRUNCH!
It’s hired as its general council the former assistant chief council of regulation of the FAA to make sure it doesn’t break the law.
ALTHOUGH OF COURSE IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT AIRPOOLER WILL BE FOUND TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE REGULATIONS – OF COURSE HIRING ANY PARTICULAR PERSON DOESN’T CHANGE THIS FACT. ALSO, “assistant chief council” SHOULD BE “COUNSEL,” AS THE DUDE COUNSELS PEOPLE – THAT’S HOW YOU REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE
So why the hell would you want to get in a stranger’s airplane? Because the alternatives, namely driving and commercial air travel, can be a nightmare.
OF COURSE CRASHING AND BURNING CAN BE A GENERAL AVIATION “NIGHTMARE” AS WELL, RIGHT?
It says to fly from Palo Alto to Tahoe using AirPooler it would take about an hour and cost $50.
ABOUT AN HOUR _AND SOMETHING_, MORE CORRECTLY, RIGHT?
Fifty-five percent of pilots in a small survey in Boston said they’d even add additional flights to take AirPooler passengers.
UH, THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE AN AIR TAXI TO ME
Lewis admits the core challenge will be gaining consumer mind share and convincing them AirPooler is safe and simple, which it might not be.
WELL, HOW REFRESHING. YES, GENERAL AVIATION ISN’T ALL THAT SAFE, INDEED. PLUS FIVE FOR GRYFFINDOR!
Luckily, prop planes are relatively safe compared to other transportation methods, and the planes can glide back to the ground in case of an engine failure.
WTF? MINUS 20 FOR GRYFFINDOR HOUSE! PROP PLANES ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE COMPARED WITH OTHER TRANSPORTATION METHODS. IN MOST GA MISHAPS, THE AIRPLANE AINT “GLIDING” WHEN IT TOUCHES GROUND. GENERAL AVIATION IS AT LEAST AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE _LESS_ SAFE THAN DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY*
Still, accidents are most common with pilots with fewer than 100 hours of experience.
WRONG! IRL, ACCIDENTS ARE MORE COMMON WITH PILOTS WITH _MORE_ THAN 100 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE.
As more of our formerly prized possessions like albums and photos get digitized, society is putting a higher and higher value on experiences.
ALL RIGHT, THAT’S MOST OF IT.
*OF LOVE, IN A PINK CADILLAC.
In my day, ATC towers were symmetrical, AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!
These days, IJDK, IJDK:
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They’ve made some progress the past five months:
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Look what UAL has in store for you at SFO:
“Comfortable seating options that include the iconic Fritz Hansen “egg” chairs and swivel lounge chairs”
All is forgiven, United, ’cause I’m sitting on one of your “iconic” egg chairs.*
But the citizens of San Francisco don’t owe the flying public an assortment of googaws, no no. What the citizens of San Francisco owe the flying public are longer, better runways that are farther apart from each other, you know, runways that don’t need a special dispensation from the FAA. To wit:
Damn the torpedo fish (or whatever else is down there), full speed ahead (with longer and better runways farther apart)
And oh, the concomitant Egg™ Footstool costs thousands of dollars as well.
*If United sprang for leather, then the retail price is $16k each, srsly.
Ever more deets after the jump.
These tourist choppers sometimes conk out near the Golden Gate Bridge and when that happens then only thing for the pilot to do is pop open the compressed gas container you can see there in order to inflate the six airbags you can also see there.
Then a call to the Coast Guard, which will give you a friendly tow to land, hurray!
It happens sometimes
Here’s the news of the day:
“Stall Recovery, Simulator Improvements In New FAA Training Rule”
By John Croft firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: AWIN First
Well this certainly covers the gamut of the ways that commercial pilots have killed their passengers the past decade or so. The last major crashes we’ve had in America were in 2001 (caused by terrorism and, in one case, by some odd rudder inputs) and it would appear that those issues have already been addressed.
And here’s something to ponder:
“The agency says the costs of implementing the rule, in part due to the simulator upgrades, will be as much as $354 million, while the benefits of accidents averted will be $689 million.”
It seems that the feds have assigned a dollar figure to the value of your life. Maybe it’s $10,000,000 or so.
How do you feel about that?
Anyway, I feel pretty good about this push from the FAA