In respect of the event that happened a few hours ago (AA crash false alarm-misunderstanding), and which I missed, allow me to express my point of view.
I am participating in this forum for 2 months now, because I like aviation, and I love to share experiences with other enthusiasts. But I do not consider airliners.net to be a "breaking news" agency. To put in another way, we share information by taking advantage of this super-highway of information (internet), but all of these information have ALREADY been reported somewhere else. Just think: how many of us had a slightest clue about the merger of UAL-UsA ?... nobody, and don't think that such a merger happened overnight. It takes months to make an airline valuation.
Can anybody tell who is definitely going to order the A-3XX? No. We will only criticize the news after they occur.
Will Delta merge with NWA or Co or whichever airline? If anybody knows just tell me so I can buy some shares of that airline
My point is that (except a small percentage of members here) all of us (including me) are not aviation specialists, or news agents. We are specialists in some other areas, and by pooling information we can draw a lot of interesting conclusions regarding aviation.
And of course we can share great tips about airlines (which one has the best service-food-FA's etc ), airports (spotting places) etc etc
But I find it very unlike to have only this forum as a primary information medium. Otherwise the Associate Press would be out of business.
I am not trying to defend the guy who posted the AA crash. May be he meant something else, but he should have been more careful. But all of us are just a click away from getting the real news when they happen.
P.S BTW nobody gave me a clue on an earlier topic about e-business of airline manufacturers. (These are the news guys !!!)