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Funniest Media Mistakes Concerning Aviation  
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

As mentioned in many posts, the media often has a hard time getting their facts straight when reporting aviation stories. Many times, I have to shake my head and laugh when they write a story on my employer, Southwest Airlines, due to the inevitable errors passed on to the public as "fact". Yet, the most hilarious example I have ever seen was in a piece on general aviation contained in a Nebraska newspaper. Among the many mistakes, the author referred to a Piper Cub as a "traildigger"...lol.

Now for all you media supporters, don't think that I am trying to bash the media. There are those rare examples of knowledgeable correspondents, such as John Nance, but most reporters don't have a clue. For those that disagree with my opinion, I urge you to read the excellent book, Airframe, by Michael Crichton. I realize that it is a work of fiction, but I feel that it paints a fairly accurate picture of the mainstream media's desire to create a compelling story at the expense of the truth.

So what are some of your most memorable examples of inaccurate media reporting of aviation stories?


Patrick Bateman is my hero.
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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

I remember once when Flight International referred to the upper-left flap hinge bolt on the inboard flap on a British Caledonian DC-10 as being a type 34AJ/22 when EVERYBODY knows it was a 34AJ/23.

My, how I laughed.


User currently offlineGotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

I've read Michael Crichton's Airframe and I must say, what an impressive book!

She really showed the reporter what she really are, a QA/IRT!

(gotAirbus?)-(got commonality?)-(Have A Nice Flight!)




(gotAIRBUS?) - (Got Commonality?) - (Have A Nice Flight!)
User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Of course Jhon nance is a good correspondant, not only is he a pilot but also in my oppinion the best aviation writer out there, If you havent read his books I recomend Pandoras Clock and Blackout (Althoug most wont agree I liked it even more than Pandoras Clock)

Luis

PS Does anyone know wich airline Nance Flies for and What Plane type?


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1364 times:

I remember once when Flight International referred to the upper-left flap hinge bolt on the inboard flap on a British Caledonian DC-10 as being a type 34AJ/22 when EVERYBODY knows it was a 34AJ/23.

My, how I laughed.


HA HA HA HA, whew! *wipes tear from eye* Stop it, you're killing me!  Yeah sure

Seriously, the errors I'm talking about are far less technical than that...


Regarding Mr. Nance, I know he flew for Braniff, but I don't know who he flies for now.

I've read Pandora's Clock, Final Approach and I am currently reading Splash of Colors, about the rise and fall of Braniff. I bought it off of Half.com and I must say it is very well researched and written, but then he was there when it happened.



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1326 times:

Talking about John Nance, I read Headwind recently. It was exciting at first, but started dragging about half way through. The end was a bit of a letdown.

Pete


User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1322 times:

I believe Nance flies 737s for Alaska. Can anybody corroborate?

User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5295 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1310 times:

Well this wasn't the media but the error was still egregious so I feel compelled to share it with you all. About a year ago I was watching an aviation documentary on either Discovery or TLC (can't remember which one) that was full of errors. Worst of all was the assertion that Airbus designed the A330 as a direct competitor to Boeing's 737. No that's not a typo, they actually claimed that the A330 (they even showed one taking off as the narrator spoke so it wasn't a slip of the tongue by the narrator) was the direct competitor of the 737.


Hughes Airwest - Top Banana In The West
User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 609 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1294 times:

Picarus-

You are right, I am positive John Nance flys for Alaska Airlines, but I am not about the B737, because I thought the MD80. He has it quite worked out, author, GMA Aviation consultant, Alsaksa pilot, and another thing for Alaska. I just remember on GMA (Good Mourning America) when the MD80 went down he was always on, and one time he was in a cockpit, to show what happened and he talked as if he flew the 80's series.

AirOne


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13220 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1292 times:

A few years ago a newspaper journalist who happened to be at LHR, rang BA to say he's 'seen something fall off a Concorde'.
Turns out it was a 757.


User currently offlineBells From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Yes, and of course everything posted on this site by A.net members is 100% cast iron accurate. Not.

I love participating in the discussions on this site, but it is full of speculation, sensationalism and inaccuracies - precisely what we accuse the media of!

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones etc.......


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

I believe that it was CNN who, for an hour after it crashed, said AS261 was a 737 and had people coming on saying that it was another faulty rudder incident.

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1225 times:
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When American 587 went down in new york, the reporter called it an Airbus A3000.

just thought i would share  Smile

jblu


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Bells, you are correct...to a point. In fact, I made a statement very similar to yours in the non-aviation forum. A thread was started concerning the 9/11 terrorists asking if anyone believed that they may have used this forum to gather information. I asserted that this forum would have been of little or no use to the terrorists, due to the large amounts of misinformation contained here.

That being said, there are those here who are quite knowledgable about aviation. In a sense, I am a representative of my employer here and, not wishing to put them in a negative light, would never offer false information.

I understand that the members of the media are human...they make mistakes. However, they are paid to get it right; not unlike a pilot or mechanic, who are paid to perform their job without errors.



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Not to change the subject too much but has anyone ever seen that Snickers commercial where that Telemarketer guy calls that guy at 6 am, but the caller is in Cleveland and its 8 am. So the guy who gets woken up boards a plane for Cleveland and they show a DC-8 landing. I can't think of the last time a passenger DC-8 flew into Cleveland. The only logic I could make out of this since the guy woken up lives in Mountain time would be that he lives in Denver and this took place 15 years ago and he took a United DC-8 from DEN to CLE.

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