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Stick Shaker: Mysteries, ASSET and Neckties

STICK SHAKER                                                                             by  Kim Stevens

We certainly live in interesting times. We can’t find a Boeing 777, a teen survives a trip from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767, and we now choose our preferred airline based on our favorite brew! (See, And Finally, below). Such are the mysteries of life. In regard to the above or a long list of ‘other things’ that happen all around us – whether it’s aviation related or not, we’re often quick to speculate, regulate, legislate, interrogate and sometimes instigate, all in an effort to make the world a better, safer place. Well, maybe! But in a world where we are intoxicated by instant communication and information, we’re driven and indoctrinated to be the first to respond, first to provide solutions, first to get the credit – and there’s the rub. In our effort to be first or number one, I wonder how much quality is being sacrificed. Oh, hold on a second while I tweet this.


ASSET and Neckties

The release of ASSET 2 has generated a lot of interest and mostly it seems, from our members, which is as it should be since NASAO has been intimately involved with the FAA on the initiative from the beginning. And with that unique opportunity comes responsibility. The FAA has been very responsive to suggestions and questions raised by NASAO throughout the process. As we continue to gather input and additional questions from our members, we will make sure that we put those questions in front of the right people at FAA. Rick Bryant, a member of the planning team for Airport Development Group, Inc., and I had a recent email conversation on the topic of ASSET. Once we kicked all the tires, he lamented that there are interesting days ahead for aviation, but also reminded me of the cyclical trends of wide vs. skinny neckties – one version always rotates back into vogue. My wife always tells me I have more neckties than Imelda Marcos had shoes and that I never wear half of them. Well, there you go! If I wait long enough the other half will come back into vogue. Anybody up for a trip to Hawaii?


A stick shaker is a mechanical device to rapidly and noisily vibrate the control yoke (the “stick”) of an aircraft to warn the pilot of an imminent stall.


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