Jay Rollins: New Rules on Tarmac, WPLG

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Jay Rollins talks about new rules on tarmacs with WPLG reporter in Miami, FL

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Stow-A-Way Falls From Jet

Jay Rollins to CBS4 in Miami about man falling from aircraft.

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Remembering the “Miracle on the Hudson”

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Gotta Love Them “Blues”!

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Boeing Dreamliner Finally Aloft

After two-years of delays, the all-new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” is at last reality, following its first successful test flight from Seattle yesterday.

More than 25,000 employees, members of the public, and airline officials witnessed the departure.

Bloomberg.com quotes Mitsuo Morimoto saying, “After the test flight, I feel confident the schedule will be on time, and we will receive the aircraft as scheduled.” Morimoto’s company, All Nippon Airways is slated to receive the first aircraft sometime late in 2010.

Even at a price of $150-$200 million each, Boeing already has orders for approximately 850 of the 300-passenger aircraft. The company predicts operating costs 20% less than contemporary airliners, thanks to the use of light composite materials, improved aerodynamics, and refined engine technology in its manufacture.

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Pearl Harbor Day

“A date which will live in infamy”!

That’s how President Franklin D. Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, the day Japanese airplanes surprise-bombed US Navy ships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The devastating attack drew the USA into World War II.

Capt Jay was recently honored for Veteran’s Day by Pine Crest School of Ft. Lauderdale. The K-12 academy arranged for his son, Orion Rollins to interview him on the virtues of being a veteran.

Here is the interview posted in honor of Pearl Harbor Day …
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FAA Computer Glitch Causing Delays

The Federal Aviation Administration is having computer problems – again, and it’s causing travel delays across the country.

Contrary to news reports, you do NOT have to file a flight plan to fly. However, the problem greatly affects the airlines, since commercial flights generally operate under so-called “Instrument Flight Rules” (IFR).

IFR flights do require filed flight plans, but flights flying visually (VFR) need not. Consequently more flights (even some commercial flights) are likely to attempt to fly under visual rules, where the pilot is expected to maintain separation from other aircraft without the assistance of air traffic controllers. Because of this, pilots must fly clear of clouds.

Authorities insist the situation does not threaten safety, since airliners will not take off until their paperwork is in order. However, some users may elect to take off under visual rules then request an IFR clearance enroute, or to fly VFR from takeoff to landing. Such flights require a greater level of pilot vigilance.

Bottom line: the capacity of the system is severely restricted, and it does add a measure of chaos, which in my opinion can indeed threaten safety.

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