- I am:
- Edward A. Meyer FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist NY
FSDPS (NY Flight Service Data Processing System) Certified Pilot Weather
Briefer Facilities: NY Automated Flight Service Station La Guadia Air Traffic
Control Tower NY TRACON La Guardia Sector
- Airline Transport Pilot Cerificate Commercial Pilot Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor 3000 Hours Total Flying Time 2000 as Flight
Instructor Six Students Recommended for Certification
- As a specialist at the NY FSDPS:
- I was asked (through intermediaries) by Jane Garvey,
FAA Administrator, to create a report of the weather conditions JFK Jr.
was flying in. I created such a report.
- I have the following comments to make:
- Nothing of what I heard on mainstream media makes any
sense to me.
- JFK Jr. had 100 flying hours and was flying a Piper Saratoga
and previously owned a Cessna Skylane and was enroute from Northern NJ
to Martha's Vineyard.
- The statement makes no sense whatsoever.
- FAA requirements for Private Pilot Certification is 40
hours. Most pilots require twice that. Older students require even more
- No student I have ever heard of requested complex aircraft
time before certification.
- If JFK Jr. certified in 80 hours, he would probably seek
ten hours of instruction in the Skylane (which is a complex aircraft).
He would also be interested in some post certification "flag pole
flying," getting used to his airplane and flying his friends around.
- With as much money as he had, he could certainly afford
some instruction in his Saratoga which is a far, far different airplane
than a Cessna Skylane.
- He would also like some flag pole flying in his Saratoga
to reduce the "fear factor."
- (Flying an airplane you are not used to can instill great
fear, I assure you.)
- The whole thing adds up to a lot more than 100 hours.
- The weather along his flight was just fine. A little
haze over eastern Connecticut.
- Flying over water at night will eliminate any difficulty
of restriction to visibility... that is, all a pilot is going to see is
pitch black outside his cockpit whether there is haze or clouds. A pilot
wouldn't know if there were any clouds unless he or she would turn the
landing light on.
- Last but not least, JFK Jr. was certified (therefore
licensed) to fly the flight. Any mention of "daring" or "inexperience"
is absolute nonsense.
- I don't know why the airplane crashed, but what I heard
on the media was nothing but garbage.
- Ed Meyer ATCS ATP CFI-A