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Suicide by Q400


Vonrd

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You've all heard about this by now.

There's a thread on BOS (and probably other Sim forums). Here's what I wrote:

 

https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/38897-flight-sim-restrictions/

 

I do have grudging respect for the guy. He didn't hurt anyone and went out with a spectacular event. I find it hard to find sympathy for the insurance underwriters (they'll just pass the cost on to us anyway). 

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Well... he didn't physically injure anyone... but he really doesn't realize how much he just changed (damaged) the aviation industry. It will be millions and millions of dollars in changes... and this is with the security at an all time high.  We can't even walk on the ramp now and I have been a pilot since 1972. You have to have an ID for your company, your home base airport and you have to comply with the security measures at each specific airport since they are all different. I can't imagine what all will happen now. It is getting to the point that even having your company ID, Base ID, Ramp ID you will have to be escorted when you walk around the airplane pre- or post.

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That's exactly what I was thinking when I heard. Security in Aviation is nothing to scoff at, but security as a concept is a reactive game. It's very hard to preemptively prevent something like this. Sad as it might be, sometimes people slip through the cracks of security. For how much is already spent on security I have a difficult time believing that a large increase in measures will provide a marginal security improvement at best, but will absolutely degrade the already lacking efficiency in aviation. Time will tell.

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BeBo was down in the dumps because he was a ramp donkey who thought he deserved better.

 

He bought the lie of The American Dream that's beat into us since we're little kids, but ignored the parts where you have to work hard, and didn't understand why he wasn't a successful guy. You could hear the underpinnings of his philosophy in his words. He was an amicable racist. His statement about being a 'white guy' underlined his sentiments. 

 

His perceived expectation of privilege and lifelong assumption that he deserved some status wasn't rewarded - he was throwing luggage at the airport. His pyrrhic act was a signal to the 'higher ups', who he perceived as not respecting his daily effort. 

 

He immolated himself to show everyone how miserable he was, and turned commercial aviations inside out in the process. 

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BeBo was down in the dumps because he was a ramp donkey who thought he deserved better.

 

He bought the lie of The American Dream that's beat into us since we're little kids, but ignored the parts where you have to work hard, and didn't understand why he wasn't a successful guy. You could hear the underpinnings of his philosophy in his words. He was an amicable racist. His statement about being a 'white guy' underlined his sentiments. 

 

His perceived expectation of privilege and lifelong assumption that he deserved some status wasn't rewarded - he was throwing luggage at the airport. His pyrrhic act was a signal to the 'higher ups', who he perceived as not respecting his daily effort. 

 

He immolated himself to show everyone how miserable he was, and turned commercial aviations inside out in the process. 

 

Without commenting at all on the accuracy one way or the the other of your analysis (I know nothing of the situation), I will say that it is very well written and succinct.  I like the references and descriptive verbs you used.  The point was driven home admirably   ^_^   One doesn't usually see writing of that quality on the internet often.

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Without commenting at all on the accuracy one way or the the other of your analysis (I know nothing of the situation), I will say that it is very well written and succinct.  I like the references and descriptive verbs you used.  The point was driven home admirably   ^_^   One doesn't usually see writing of that quality on the internet often.

Thanks! It's nice to occasionally have my writing validated, especially after the last three and a half years of undergrad, having my writing brutally, ruthlessly trashed daily or weekly by faculty and the red pen of death.

 

Yes I know they're just doing their job, and they have to find something wrong, but sometimes, man...

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It is unfortunate and many people will scrutinize the ways in which he gained detailed information on how to do what he did.  Please, let us continue to keep our forums free from political musings.

I don't think I said anything political other than the word "politicians"

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If you do a search on ebay for the POH, on the first page, I found a Q400 data checklist card for $5, and a series 200 POH for $147.  Even an outdated POH can give vital info on systems (cause in most cases the systems dont change that much from model to model.)  With a 737-200 POH in hand, I'm pretty sure a person who knew nothing about their operation could figure out how to get a -900 started and flying.  To jump the gun and restrict study sims, would be foolish and wouldn't actually accomplish anything.  If a determined individual wanted to do something like this, they would find another way.

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If you do a search on ebay for the POH, on the first page, I found a Q400 data checklist card for $5, and a series 200 POH for $147.  Even an outdated POH can give vital info on systems (cause in most cases the systems dont change that much from model to model.)  With a 737-200 POH in hand, I'm pretty sure a person who knew nothing about their operation could figure out how to get a -900 started and flying.  To jump the gun and restrict study sims, would be foolish and wouldn't actually accomplish anything.  If a determined individual wanted to do something like this, they would find another way.

Don't forget Occam's razor: the checklist that was probably in the pub bin in the cockpit.

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