3 Links I Love: Extending the Security Perimeter, Microbursts, Flying Russian Aircraft

This week’s featured link:
After Istanbul terror attack, should U.S. airport screening be done off site?Chicago Tribune
No. Next question?

Links I Love

Two Three for the road:
A Very-Good-News Story: Microbursts and U.S. AviationWunderBlog (Thanks to @ElieBilmes)
I still get anxious thinking about an attempt (or three, actually) our USAir 767 made to land in a nasty thunderstorm in Charlotte more than 20 years ago. As this article details, this threat has been all but eliminated in the US thanks to technology.

How I flew on North Korea’s rarest Russian airlinersCNN
In flight: Cubana’s Ilyushin IL-96 across the AtlanticWandering Aramean
We have a two-fer here since both deal with flying Russian aircraft. This is pure airline dork material here, but it’s fascinating to read for anyone.

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8 Comments on "3 Links I Love: Extending the Security Perimeter, Microbursts, Flying Russian Aircraft"

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I remember hearing years ago that Charlotte was notorious for microbursts. One of my earliest flight experiences when I was in college in the early 1970s was being on a plane (Eastern, probably a DC-9) that was hit by a windshear precisely at touchdown. The experience was BANG with a hard hit to the left, then a quick bounce to the right, followed by a half-inch-deep rush of blue water down the aisle from the front of the plane. As I recall, as we deplaned (some of us having already delunched) one of the pilots said that the tower told… Read more »

There was an incident in 2014 – Express Embraer ERJ-145 near London Ontario on Sep 5th 2014, – where the aircraft flew into severe weather resulting in a loss of control and dropped 4000 feet. While the investigation identified both human errors and technological shortcomings, in itself it makes for interesting reading. I know that frequently we are inclined to scoff at “those nice big fluffy clouds.” Clearly, we need to exercise extreme caution at all times, and not underestimate the power of Mother Nature!


How I flew on North Korea’s rarest Russian airliners – CNN

One of the items of proof why a certain people of a certain country are definitely not liked in the remainder of the world. The word petronizing puts it mildly. Jerk.


Explain yourself if you’re going to throw insults. I see nothing patronizing there.

Joe: absolutely everything that is not western, as in USA, from the aeroplanes to the people, is no good. Nothing. I have flown a few Russian planes, and they are at least as good as any. Actually, they are more robust than anything that Boeing has ever built. Ask an expert. Plus, I have been through European shortages after WW II, so I know what it is like to make do with little. It is an admirable feat, not to be belittled by anybody. By they way, I have no use for the regime of North Korea, or the corruption… Read more »

That’s all well and good, but I don’t see where you’ve said how Perrella’s article was patronizing, which was Joe’s request, let alone indicative of a viewpoint that “absolutely everything that is not western, as in USA, from the aeroplanes to the people, is no good.” I personally didn’t find the CNN excerpt or the original articles in Airways patronizing. Instead I’d characterize it as a combination of amazement and respect of an operation as small as and as hand-to-mouth as Air Koryo being able to maintain a diverse and old fleet in what’s apparently a great manner.


“Interestingly enough, I have no use for the corrupted ideology of certain places on this here continent either.”

Hey now! Justin Trudeau’s been doing a perfectly adequate job!

The way I always heard it was that the Soviets built their planes to be more utilitarian and rugged (with many having the STOL, the ability to take off from gravel/unpaved runways, etc), while the West put more money into airport infrastructure (paved runways, better ground aids) and pax creature comforts (though some may argue the latter point, at least for aircraft made in the later years of the USSR). Interesting to read the full 3-part series on flying the Russian planes. I would love to see the mayhem that would result in the US if an airline tried to… Read more »