• Re: Biden's FAA Nominee Absolutely Beclowns Himself When Asked Basic Av

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    On 13 Feb 2022, Lefty Lundquist <lefty_lundquist@ggmail.com> posted some news:suc3nn$4ev$3@dont-email.me:

    Biden is twice as bad as Jimmy Carter ever was.

    Is it really too much to ask for someone being nominated to lead a major government agency to have some basic knowledge about the agency theyíd be leading?

    Thatís the story after the presidentís pick to lead the FAA absolutely beclowned himself during a recent hearing. Phil Washington, whose
    nomination is still pending, was unable to answer a single one of the
    basic aviation questions asked by Sen. Ted Budd.

    Just for fun, as a certified flight instructor and commercial pilot, Iím
    going to go through these and see if I can do them from memory. I wonít
    get all of them right, but Iím confident Iíll do better than going 0-7,
    which was what Washington did.

    You guys can go search and grade me when Iím done.

    What airspace requires an ADSB transponder?

    ADSB-out is required in Class A, B, C, and class E above 10,000ft (MSL).
    There are also Mode-C veils around Class B airspace that require ADSB-out
    to enter.

    Now, given ADSB implementation has been the most important project the FAA
    has had in the last decade, youíd think a guy who wants to lead the agency would have some basic knowledge about what it is and when itís required. Washington appeared to be completely clueless, though.

    What are the six types of special use airspace that protect this national security that appear on FAA charts?

    This is one that Iíd forgive Washington for if he at least knew a few or understood the basic premise of the question. The answer is restricted
    areas, prohibited areas, alert areas, warning areas, and military
    operating areas. Temporary flight restrictions are also SUAs, but they
    arenít on the chart as they are dynamic.

    Iím missing one, but I wonít cheat, so you can ding me a point there.

    What are the operational limitations of a pilot flying under BasicMed?

    Like ADSB, BasicMed was another landmark project by the FAA over the last decade and something anyone wanting to lead the FAA should have knowledge
    of.

    This question specifically pertains to what a pilot can do if he forgoes a medical certificate and uses BasicMed, which is basically a sign-off from
    a primary care doctor. Off the top of my head, they canít fly faster than
    250 knots, they canít carry more than 5 passengers, canít enter class A airspace, and they canít fly for compensation or hire.

    Thereís also a weight limit on the aircraft itself, but the exact number escapes me. So ding me again on that one.

    What causes an aircraft to spin or stall?

    This is a common one non-pilots would miss, so I wonít be too hard on Washington over it.

    People think stalling is about the plane getting too slow, but the correct answer is that an aircraft stalls when the wing reaches the critical angle
    of attack. You can stall an aircraft at a high speed. Gaining speed in the recovery of a stall is a secondary function of lowering the angle of
    attack to regain smooth overflow over the airfoil of the wing.

    As for a spin, it happens when you enter a deep stall and one wing is more stalled than the other. When teaching how to avoid spins, staying
    coordinated with the rudder is a big factor.

    What are the three aircraft certifications the FAA requires as part of the manufacturing process?

    Now, this is one that I will hold against Washington because in his answer
    he tries to obfuscate by saying he supports the ďcertification act.Ē Yet,
    he doesnít know a single certification requirement off the top of his
    head. Thatís ridiculous for someone who wants to lead the FAA.

    The airworthiness certificate and the type certificate are two of the
    three. The last is the production certificate, which Budd points out in
    the video, but Iíll admit that I didnít know from memory. That is not one
    you teach to a student but is more of an FAA thing dealing directly with manufacturers. In other words, itís something an FAA head should know.

    Can you tell me what the minimum separation distance is for landing and departing airliners during the daytime?

    This isnít something you think about in the cockpit because ATC is
    assigning the altitudes and providing separation, but itís 1,000 feet of vertical separation up to 28,999 feet. 29,000 and above, it goes to 2,000
    feet. Lateral separation is three to five miles. Thatís for IFR traffic,
    which all airline traffic is. There are lesser minimums for VFR traffic.

    Buddís last question is about drones, and Iíll admit without any shame
    that I have no idea what the answer is. Iím a real pilot after all.

    Regardless, going through that was mostly for my own amusement, but when
    the guy who wants to lead the FAA not only canít answer a single question
    about anything aviation related but doesnít even seem to understand the
    premise of the questions, thatís a problem is it not?

    ďBut Washington isnít a pilot, so he wouldnít know the rules and
    regulations,Ē many on the left will say in response to my critiques.
    Thatís exactly my point. Perhaps the head of the FAA should be a pilot? At
    the very least, they should have a strong background in aviation and what
    it entails. What the FAA shouldnít be is another vehicle for the Biden administration to push its obsession with diversity hiring at the expense
    of safety. Thatís all Washingtonís nomination is. Heís not qualified for
    the job. Heís just a political figure meant to serve a political purpose.
    That Washington is also caught up in a corruption scandal only makes it
    worse.

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/03/03/bidens-faa-nominee-absolutely- beclowns-himself-when-asked-basic-aviation-questions-n711076

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