The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Why isn’t this device required?

Sep 4, 2006

An on-board warning system already in use on some planes might have prevented the recent crash of Flight 5191 in Lexington, Kentucky. The system lets flight crews know which runway a plane has entered and how many feet of runway remain as the plane prepares to take off.

The device would be particularly useful for smaller planes, because they frequently operate out of airports with no air traffic controller on duty.

But the FAA doesn’t require airlines to install it!

Evidently the FAA prefers to let the airlines keep the $18,000 per unit, and let passengers and crew take their chances.