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December 7, 2009

The Logbook: Get In Trouble? Blame the Captain!

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.

• “Now boarding Backstab Airlines”. The first officer of the Northwest flight that overflew Minneapolis last month for over an hour is now trying to get his pilots license back by putting blame on the Captain he was flying with. He also tries to blame ATC and even the design of the Airbus aircraft itself in deflecting the fact that he had zero awareness of what was going on in the cockpit. That, my friends, is cojones. [WSJ]

Tell the pilot ot take the Queensborough Bridge. Otherwise he'll take the Triboro and charge you the fare.

Tell the pilot to take the Queensborough Bridge. Otherwise he'll take the Triboro Bridge and charge you the fare.

• CanJet Airlines’ newest aircraft  is a 737-800 leased from TUIfly. Registered D-AHFO, the aircraft is in a scheme like that of a yellow taxi. No word yet on if the pilots’ seats will have those beads-cushions  installed. [AirlinersGallery]

• Captain Sully is selling one of his old pilot hats on Ebay, where all proceeds will go towards school programs in Oakland, California. It is not the one he wore during Flight 1549, but it is autographed by the man himself. [Ebay]

• Silverjet has started operations again! Ok, not really. However, Jordan Aviation, who currently operates their former 767-200 (now JY-JAG) has not repainted the aircraft yet, which will sports Silverjet titles. [AirlinersGallery]

• South African Airlink has suffered its third incident in as many months after an ERJ-145 experienced an excursion on landing in Cape Town today. All passengers and crew escaped with their lives after the jet hydroplaned far beyond the threshold of its 6,561ft runway 11. The airline said “The aircraft appears to be damaged”, and unless they can buff-out that big crack in the middle of its fuselage, I’d say they’re right. [AvHerald]

• US Airways will begin flights between their Charlotte hub and Rome, Italy, starting May 13, 2010, using Airbus A330-300s. [US Airways]


About the Author

Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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  • Scott

    I hope!! This is not USMC Uncle Sams Misguided Children, [Marines].