I gotta believe the insurance companies will have the final say.Who wants to insure a $100m+ plane with potentially billions of dollars of liability that only has one pilot on board? The increases in insurance costs will probably more than offset the savings of the pilot salary. Notwithstanding the lost revenue of passengers that won't fly with only one pilot.
I have tried repeatedly to post a comment/protest to the proposed rule, but the system won't accept it. the 121.5 works fine, and the odds of using an ELT are extremely low. Only the gov't can waste money like tis.
The whole idea of sequestration is to scare the public into pressuring congress to raise taxes and grow government. Most people know nothing about the FAA or GA.If the administration can scare the public by telling them it isn't safe to fly, that helps the gov't push for user fees. Only the Federal gov't can have an agency budget of $16B and try to convuince the public that's not enough. if they had $20B that still wouldn't be enough. Let them close towers, and they will see that safety isn't compromised. When Reagan fired all the controllers during the illegal strike, that was a lot more radical than closing towers, and we survived just fine.
Airplanes usually don't crash because of one cause, and anything at this time is speculation, but I'd bet on pilot error as being a major contributor. If they were doing a missed approach, they certainly shouldn't have hit a 60' high pole a quarter mile past the runway.
We laymen obviously don't have the info to judge, but it seems a real gamble to switch to Lithiun-ion batteries when there have been several car fires attributed to them. I know it's a different animal, but why take a chance? If nicad or lead-acid would do the job. why not use them? Why could it take years to find the problem and fix it? That's hard to believe.
JJ, you are so right about the changes in America since that epic day when they walked on the moon. We have gone from a Nation built on principle and work ethic to one of welfare and entitlement.If we don't get a change in the White House, we can kiss this country good-bye as we know it. Who would have thought that we would have to hire the Russians to take out astronauts into space? ( we are going to get a new Pres. this Nov. There have to be enough people smart enough to know they got conned last time with " hope and change".Now our only hope is to get a change)
Those first Astronauts, as well as those who followed, were brave, dedicated Americans. Too many of them gave their lives , as have those who served in the military to protect our freedom.