Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Lawyers can even mess up aviation

Not long ago, I mentioned these cool sunshades that I got for my plane as a Christmas gift.
Not only do they look snazzy, but they keep the sun off of the radios and other instruments and prying eyes away from the interior contents.
However, when I went out to fly yesterday, I took a good look at the interior label on these sunscreens and realized that even here, in this environment, some skeevy tort lawyer had left a mark.
Really? An actual instruction to remove this windscreen sunshield before flying the plane? This suggests that somewhere at some time, someone was actually retarded enough to try to fly with something like this in place, and upon failing, that someone no doubt found a slimy tort lawyer to sue whoever made the sunshield. And now, because of some past stupid legal action or fear of a future one, I have to put up with an actual manufacturer's instruction telling me to do something that is so obvious that even an Obama voter should be able figure it out.



  1. Well, back in the day when I put myself through college working at an FBO, there was a story about Cessna loosing a big time suit, because a 310 crashed on takeoff after losing an engine. Evidently the fact that the control gust locks, to include the rudder lock, were still in place on the controls in the wreckage did not lessen their liability.
    I worked there a couple of years and I know I stopped more than a couple of airplanes as they taxied by the line shack with fluttering red flags still flying.

  2. Uh, wow. I don't have one of those on my cars windshield sunscreen! I feel cheated! Wait. Perhaps this is the non IFR training model. That one would not have the label =)

  3. Well, you ARE a pilot, so must be reminded of your own capability for stupidity... sigh... Unless you're working on your IFR quals... :-)

  4. Hey Murphy,

    I see the same thing at work, anything to do with aviation especially commercial aviation has to have the blessing of the FAA, its lawyers and the company and its lawyers to control liability. Then that explains the price difference from car parts to airplane parts, the same part that cost $1.25 for your car cost $125 with that little FAA/PMA stamp on it.

  5. Anonymous10:23 PM

    You stretched things at the end of your story.
    An Obama voter could never figure it out to remove the sunscreen.
    They voted for Obama so they are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.