Amusement parks: Stop pretending we’re above the law when we’re talking about the laws of physics

Mary Schiavo   August 15, 2016   Comments Off on Amusement parks: Stop pretending we’re above the law when we’re talking about the laws of physics

There is nothing more tragic than the preventable death of a child. My heart aches for the family of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was tragically killed August 7 on the world’s tallest waterslide, the Verrukt, at Kansas City amusement park Schlitterbahn.

Remembering ValuJet Flight 592 — and how its legacy lives on

Mary Schiavo   May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Remembering ValuJet Flight 592 — and how its legacy lives on

Twenty years have passed since a DC-9 operated by budget carrier ValuJet crashed into the Florida Everglades, taking the lives of 110 people. After months of investigation, the NTSB determined that an illegal shipment of uncapped oxygen generators (secured only by duct tape) fueled a cargo fire which included tires and other ValuJet company materials, and brought down the Atlanta-bound airliner shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport on May 11, 1996. The NTSB never determined the ignition source that started the fire.

Drones: Naughty or Nice this Christmas?

Mary Schiavo   December 15, 2015   Comments Off on Drones: Naughty or Nice this Christmas?

Okay, let’s face it, drones are fun. That is why perhaps more than a million Americans are expected to receive or buy a drone this holiday season. They can be purchased for as little as $50 for adults and kids alike, but they were not built in Santa’s workshop so it is important to remember that drones flown above 400 feet are not toys but aircraft.