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Comment Re:Do they have any authority to do that? (Score 1) 168 168

There's something in the interpretation of the reg to prevent that, specifically. The AOPA paraphrasing is as such: . A landowner can't arbitrarily try to prevent aircraft from overflying their land by erecting "spite poles," for example.

Comment Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 276 276

Uh. No. at 35+ thousand feet that hole would get much bigger fairly quickly. (Granted, not as quickly as the movies make it out to be). And the packs on your average commercial airliner will most certainly NOT be able to maintain pressurization if someone starts shooting holes in the damn plane.

Source: Am airline pilot.

Comment Re:Motorola used to have rules against that, IIRC (Score 1) 190 190

They didn't slow down to land

What was the windspeed and direction at the time of landing? What did ATC indicate was the minimum landing speed for wind conditions at the airport? What did the aircraft / company manual indicate what minimum approach speeds were for the conditions provided by ATC?

There's so much wrong with this statement that it makes my head hurt. Who the hell thinks ATC dictates landing speeds? Those are determined by the pilots. If you asked ATC what your approach speed should be, they'd laugh you out of their airspace.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln