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Old 10-29-2002, 12:18 PM   #1
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Flight 587 Probe Focusing On What Made Tail Fall Off

Flight 587 Probe Focusing On What Made Tail Fall Off

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WASHINGTON (AP)--The investigation into the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York last year involves many complex technical questions that can be boiled down to a simple query: What caused the tail to snap off?
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The National Transportation Safety Board's four-day public hearing on the accident begins Tuesday. NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz said the agency probably won't decide the probable cause of the crash until next year.
Not an impressive mark for Airbus, especially since this is the first Airbus crash in North America.
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Old 10-29-2002, 08:12 PM   #2
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I sure am glad the probe is focusing on why the tail fell off. At first I was worried they'd spend all their time trying to determine why the chicken sandwich served to the passenger in 17C was still a bit frozen in the middle.
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Old 11-03-2002, 05:05 PM   #3
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Flight 587 Probe Focusing On What Made Tail Fall Off

No brainer:

1. Clear Air Turbulance. ("Cleared for takeoff" is advisory, not manditory, I ALWAYS waited several minutes before following a large jet.)

2. Pilot rough on pedals to counteract yaw. (Correcting with ailerons is not necessarily intuitive.)

3. Structural inadequacy in the rudder mount itself (saves weight.)
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Old 11-03-2002, 07:37 PM   #4
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1. Clear Air Turbulance. ("Cleared for takeoff" is advisory, not manditory, I ALWAYS waited several minutes before following a large jet.)

Wouldn't that be wake turbulence/wingtip vorticies, not CAT?

And you're fine following a large jet on takeoff as long as you can rotate before they did and out climb them or turn off to the side.
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Old 11-03-2002, 09:56 PM   #5
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1. Wouldn't that be wake turbulence/wingtip vorticies, not CAT?

*** You’re quite right. My error . . . not CAT.

2. And you're fine following a large jet on takeoff as long as you can rotate before they did and out climb them or turn off to the side.

*** Maybe you're fine, but I'm not. A few minutes isn't going to ruin my schedule and I'd just as soon keep my rudder.

*** I have been very severely rocked by Jet blast long before the spot where they reached V2. Matter of fact, if you're a light aircraft you just might get blown over while sitting still. The wake is invisible and does not necessarily stay over the runway so how do you know where to go? In addition, it can linger several minutes under calm conditions.

*** FAA certified Commercial, Multiengine, Instrument Pilot, Continental Platinum and yes, I have stopped beating my wife.
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Old 11-03-2002, 10:24 PM   #6
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Jet blast != wingtip vorticies, which is usually what tower is warning you about when they say "Cleared to land, caution wake turbulence." I'm just repeating what my CFI instilled in me, you could very well be more right (and probably safer anyway).

And whats the joke about being your wife all about?
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Old 11-03-2002, 10:27 PM   #7
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1. And whats the joke about being your wife all about?

Simple . . . I don't have one.
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