This week’s featured link:
Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss – East Bay Times
How in the world does a near-miss like the one at SFO not trigger drug/alcohol tests and capture of the black boxes? With every accident… or near-accident… you want as much data as you can get to help figure out what went wrong to prevent it from ever happening again. This is frustrating to see.
Two for the road:
Ryanair Says It’s Interested in Air Berlin, Wants In on Bidding – Bloomberg
If you’ve been watching, you know that airberlin is on its death bed. Now it’s really just a matter of who takes over. Ryanair sees an airline with a hugely attractive portfolio in Germany that it would like to acquire. But it seems to be pretty much a done deal that Lufthansa gets first dibs despite the anti-competitive nature of that transaction. This is going to get much more interesting before it’s done.
Threading the celestial needle: Catching the Great American Eclipse at 35,000 feet – Alaska Airlines Blog
I guess I didn’t quite realize how much went into designing the perfect flight to catch the eclipse from the air. Alaska put together a great post detailing how it came together.