Unless you were living under a rock you probably heard about the JetBlue flight from Burbank that ran into landing gear trouble and landed safely at LAX a week or so back. Steve Lacey forwarded a podcast of some excellent audio between the captain and maintenance crews trying to troubleshoot the problem early on in the episode. It highlights the incredible level of competence, training and professionalism of commercial air transport pilots. It also provides a counterpoint to traditional media coverage of the event that almost without exception overplayed the disaster potential. I’m not sure what makes me more sad: that news organizations feel they need to add their own drama to the news or that the American public seems to accept (and believe) it.
In any event, Steve’s back from his sabbatical this week and I’m looking forward to discussing future graphic goodness (with him, that is <g>).