THE COST OF SAFETY
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