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No Drones Allowed at the World Series

The FAA just announced on Twitter that Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros and the venue for game 7 of the World Series, is a #nodronezone. What does this mean? Well, the tweet means nothing. The FAA is not allowed regulate the U.S. aerospace system via Twitter. However, the FAA is most certainly allowed to issue Temporary Flight Restrictions ("TFRs") and frequently does so to protect stadiums. Notice to All Airmen ("NOTAM") FDC 7/4319 (issued pursuant to 49 CFR §99.7) restricts aircraft from flying at or below 3,000 feet above ground level within three nautical miles of any sports venue with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more within an hour of any Major League Baseball game

Cold Water Survivability and Aviation Crashes: Initial Impact Survivability

In this post, we will continue our cold water survivability discussion and take a look at how the mechanics of a crash itself affect cold water survivability issues. A passenger’s chances of surviving an aircraft’s initial impact with the water are most dependent on the degree to which the aircraft in under control at the time of the crash. We can analyze this factor under three broad categories: The first category involves crashes where the aircraft has a high angle of descent and high rate of speed. In these crashes, the fact that the aircraft is impacting water instead of the ground makes little practical difference from a physics standpoint. Alaska Airlines Flight 261 is a tragic exampl

Cold Water Survivability and Aviation Crashes: Introduction

The location of an airplane or helicopter crash has a large effect on post-impact survivability. For example, a crash at a remote mountain range has a lower survivability than a similar crash at a large airport with advanced ARFF (Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting). When a crash occurs in the water, especially cold water, a whole new set of variables regarding survivability come in to play. This is especially the case when an aircraft is “ditched” into the water. “Ditching”, as it relates to aircraft, is the act of making a forced landing on water in an emergency. We have all seen the seat-back cards in airplanes explaining how to use the flotation devices and rafts on board in case of a land

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