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Turbulance you say?????

Its been a while since I have sounded the warning cry for flying.

With todays events I was reminded of countless aviation catastrophies since my last blog early 2008 when I narrowly escaped with my life; while flying into salt lake. The tragic news this morning that more than 220 people are supposed to be dead after an air france air bus a330-200 “went missing”. Thats right “went mising”. It left Rio Brazil early this morning on its was to paris france.
The plane is a fairly new one. It has an “excellent” safty rating; and it is used in almost all of our us airlines. What they are saying is that “turbulance and possible a lighting strike” are responsible.
Thats funny. I think they mention “turbulance” on almost every flight I go on.
Last month I was on a flight. from salt lake to chicago. We made a stop in denver to pick up more passengers. (I don’t know somthing about wanting to make as much money as possible) On the was into Denver we hit some of this deadly “turbulance” they speak of. I subuquently got off the plane in denver; (sparing my life) and did not continue on to chicago.
This unnatural phenomna of “turbulace” is not really what bothers me. What bothers me is the nonchalante attitude taken by both those in and out of the industry. A little known fact is that pilots can fly the plane out of “turbulance”. Why don’t they? perhaps they don’t care? They fly everyday and likely take a cavilier approach to said turbulance. Even more disturbing is the likely hood that buisnessmen ie CEO’s and CFO’s disallowing pilots to manuver out of bad weather secondary to fuel economy.
Unitll somthing is done to make this industry resposible and safe I will continue to sound the alarm.
The idea that this is the “worst” avation catastrophe in 30 years; as is being said is a joke to me.

This just in: These planes are 100% computer flown. In the event of a total power outage; the plane cannot be flown by a human pilot.

update: heh, you have a computer don’t you? Can you garuntee me that your computer will make it thought the day with out freezing up or slowing down or loosing its connection?

June 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Matt,

    From a Lean 6 Sigma point of view with 1 being the worst and 6 being the best, the airline industry is pretty dang close on the 6 because if they weren’t planes would be falling out of the sky all the time. It is a safe way to travel, it’s just that when there is a mistake it’s usually deadly.


    Comment by cuzin chris | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. we say “its safe” but its all relative.

    The number of passengers in the air right now; compared to the number of motorist in cars right now is grossly disperportionate (sp). of course it looks more safe because they crash less often but there is also far far less planes in travel at any given time than cars.
    sure theres a lot of planes flying but the number doesn’t compare.

    Comment by bitterbarn | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’m still good to go to Cozumel in your place…..

    Comment by Kathleen | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. sorry kathy someones has to watch my nephew, only friends I am bringing are xanax and vicoprophen. the latter for my cracked tooth.

    Comment by bitterbarn | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. I’m going to get horse sedatives. Boy, if you get off that plane and refuse to get back on, so help me, I will physically beat you.

    Comment by Andrea | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  6. Today the news is telling us that all pilots are confused about how to handle sevear weather.


    Comment by matt | June 5, 2009 | Reply

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