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Great work by Les and his copi­lot sav­ing the col­lie [“Sav­ing Lassie,” Septem­ber]. So many air­lines have been killing pets lately. Glad they caught that slip.

Also, I guess it’s too late for Dick Karl to fly to New Or­leans to have that curse lifted from his jet. At least now he knows why it was such a bar­gain. If he gets an in­surance check and uses the same bro­ker he bought the Pre­mier with, I’m sure they can find him an early, out-of-pro­duc­tion jet for an­other bar­gain price. There are prob­a­bly a few jets out there that they made a few of that you can’t get parts for.

You’d think since Beech is still in busi­ness they could dig out the specs and build him a spar. Or that he could re­move the dam­aged spar and have one cus­tom made us­ing it as a guide. That’s what old war­bird own­ers do when they need 1940s-vin­tage parts.

Lance No­vak via email

Les Abend def­i­nitely gets it right in his Septem­ber col­umn [“Sav­ing Lassie”]. Ty­ing to­gether ex­pe­ri­ences from two vastly dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, those of us in the soft­ware con­sult­ing busi­ness know of the dif­fi­culty de­ter­min­ing in ad­vance the ac­tual qual­ity and rev­enue ben­e­fits from close col­lab­o­ra­tion with col­leagues, which is of­ten quite costly when paired with in­ex­pen­sive IT out­sourc­ing to far-flung soft­ware de­vel­op­ment shops in In­dia, China and the like. Our ex­pe­ri­ence and Capt. Abend’s col­lie story (which re­ally helps quan­tify the ben­e­fit) are im­por­tant ar­gu­ments for re­tain­ing two-per­son crews. Safety costs money. Screw-ups cost more.

Jim Dens­more via email

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