August 3, 2009
By Warren D. Morningstar
White Knight Two made its public debut at AirVenture 09. The Burt Rutan design will carry Space Ship Two up to 50,000 feet, where it will then carry six passengers up to 360,000 feet and sub-orbital flight, weightlessness, and one heck of a view. See the video.
Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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