Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Rambing 'Round The Web

Not wanting to overshadow Matt's Stuff From D.C. post below, I'll keep this short. Just some random stuff going on.

Oh, this is good.
"Helicopters unable to shoot down rogue planes. Military jets flying so fast they sometimes can't communicate with small aircraft. Laser-beam warning systems that work only on sunny days. And radios easily knocked out by a bolt of lightning. Three-and-a-half years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, recent incursions into restricted airspace over the White House and Capitol reveal a system struggling to protect against another assault by air."
I realize that there's some difficulty involved, but here's a really revolutionary idea. How about teaching D.C.-area private pilots how to read a [CENSORED] map? "Hey, I wonder what that is, over there. The tall white spire thingy?"

Heard the latest news from Zimbabwe? Probably not - I expand on that over at The Pacific Slope.

And John Derbyshire makes some interesting observations over at NRO.


At 12:51 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Well said Tyler. If pilots don't have the smarts to stay out of restricted space, they shouldn't be flying. In the recent case that caused the evacuation of Washington, the guy's lawyer said that the pilot didn't know whether the helicopter wanted him to go left or right. So, in all his brilliance he kept going straight. Duh! You can't tell me that when the chopper showed up that he did not know he was in restricted space. Instead of leaving, he persisted to go deeper. The pilot instructor should have his license revoked for being an imbecile.

Kinda makes you wonder. Maybe he thought everyone gets a cool, blackhawk escort.


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