3 Links I Love: An Unsolved Eastern Crash, American’s Business Class Saga, Long Beach Customs

This week’s featured link:
What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?Outside
Here’s a good, long read about the crash of Eastern flight 980. It’s an unsolved accident, and these guys decided to go climb a mountain in Bolivia to try to figure out what happened. If you like happy or satisfying endings, then you might not want to read this. It’s really frustrating. But it’s an interesting read, that’s for sure.

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Two for the road:
American opens up with story of cancelled Zodiac “Concept D” seatRunway Girl Network
Here’s a great look at American’s forward/backward alternating business class seats that ran into manufacturer issues. American has stopped installing them, but they’ll remain on part of the fleet that’s already outfitted.

EDITORIAL: Look At Facts In Debate Over Long Beach AirportLong Beach Gazette
Now that the consultant study has been released, the anti-airport crowd is going to start ramping up its fight against a customs facility in Long Beach. The problem is that the report makes it sound like it’s not such a bad idea. Local newspapers like this one have jumped on board the plan. Does that mean others will agree? Ooooh no. This is just going to get more interesting.

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13 Comments on "3 Links I Love: An Unsolved Eastern Crash, American’s Business Class Saga, Long Beach Customs"

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kcasper
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The link to the Eastern Airlines crash was a great read. Thanks for the link, would never have seen it without your blog.

Peter
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Awesome article about the Eastern crash, thanks for posting

Mike Kowal
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Cranky, Your link, which ends saying… “We just want that say to be based on fact, not fear-mongering. And the fact is, an international capability at the Long Beach Airport is not an expansion of the Long Beach Airport. Let’s be honest about that, at least.” Really? Honest? Inviting International operations will not increase neighborhood impacts or threaten the Noise Ordiance? What you and many of the non-impacted residents of Long Beach need to understand is the potential impact of increased operations at LGB could devastate already impacted neighborhoods. Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Los Altos and their surrounding neighborhood residents… Read more »
James
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1. ” Inviting International operations will not increase neighborhood impacts or threaten the Noise Ordiance?” In what way will international operations “threaten the Noise Ordiance? [sic]” 2. ” Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Los Altos and their surrounding neighborhood residents know this… they live it daily! If these quality neighborhoods become further impacted the entire city will face the unspoken reality of the unintended consequences of increased flights. Home owner occupancy will decline, costs of police, fire and other services will increase. Property values and the taxes they generate will suffer. ” AKA the NIMBY argument 3. ” Considering the airport… Read more »
Kilroy
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I honestly don’t see what the issue is with the NIMBY crowd. I have lived on the approach path to an airport of about LGB’s size, and it wasn’t that bad at all. Took me all of a week to get used to the sounds of aircraft coming in on their approach, and after that I didn’t even notice it anymore. It was like living on a busy street- after a while, the noise just fades into the background… And living near an airport was MUCH better than living near a railyard (I can almost set my watch by the… Read more »
Mike Kowal
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James, Thanks for taking the time to respond and for your *(Aviation Special Interest) typical arguments. If I’m a NIMBY… what are You… na na na!

* Money grubbing, special interest, me first, screw the residents and their kids who are stupid enough to live by an airport!

Spirit FF
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MIKE KOWAL…How dare you? You accuse “James” as an ‘aviation special interest na na na.’ Are you denying you don’t represent any special interest? In fact, you represent more than special interest, you represent ‘self interest.’ That’s the problem with Joe Sopo, Rae Gabelich, and yourself, it’s more than special interest, it’s about self interest. Another term for self interest is “GREED!!!” There are almost half a million people in Long Beach, most will benefit from an FIS facility. In fact over 40% of the population is Hispanic in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Flights to Guadalajara, Hermosillo, or… Read more »
Kilroy
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The Eastern article was very good as well, by the way. Surprised that no one has taken the guys up on their request to have the cockpit voice recorder analyzed, but I guess that is politics for you. Outside produces some very good long form journalism, and given the nature of its focus (expeditions, etc), their articles tend to be pretty dramatic. Finally, as someone who has flown out of La Paz, Bolivia, I highly recommend it. The airport is on a plateau above the city (which is mostly in the valley), and taking off basically feels like flying off… Read more »
Don Kemp
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Count on the Long Beach realtors to be the ones who are at the forefront of the conspiracy theories, half truths and fear mongering. The local social media threads are full of indignant misinformation and threats to public officials. NONE of them take the time to fully educate themselves. They think they do, but they don’t.

Mike Kowal
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Mr. Kemp, Realtors, at least those who work and represent buyers and sellers that are impacted by the airport are acutely aware of the economic, social and environmental impacts caused by local aviation. In fact the impact is so great that a property’s proximity to local airports must be disclosed by law to all potential buyers.

Spirit FF
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Mr. Kowal, residents are tired of realtors’ fallacious reasoning in regards to the airport. There is simply no evidence to support claims of lower house/property values around airport areas. Articles given by realtors are from Thailand, and other areas of the US. In fact, the area around JFK (according to the study) showed an increase in house values close to the airport. It upsets me that people, like realtors are so self serving and won’t support any data that shows positive attributes of an airport, commercial flights, and now a FIS Facility. I’m sure, with the new FIS, we’ll be… Read more »
Don Kemp
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Yet Mr. Kowal, you fail to define “impact”. It also strikes as amusing that you MUST DISCLOSE the obvious- hey kids, you’re near an airport. Of course they are! Anyone can see that and the blind can certainly hear it. Matter of fact, for just some 40 flights a day spread out between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., you can get a 1200 square house near the airport for less than you could if it weren’t near the airport. Less cost to purchase, a commensurate drop in property tax and you have the same house as the other guy does.

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