A great way to grow the GDP (me on TV)

It would be nice if modesty prevented me from linking to this WBZ TV interview regarding an unfortunate encounter between a Southwest 737 winglet and a JetBlue Airbus A320 horizontal stabilizer at Logan airport (CNN).

To prepare for the interview I tapped into my vast store of aviation knowledge and… Google. From a Boeing Web site I learned that a pair of winglets costs about $1 million. Presumably a replacement for this plastic-reinforced-by-carbon-fiber part is cheaper but it occurred to me that if this were to happen every day we could generate some beautiful GDP growth numbers.


  1. ToucanSam

    June 10, 2014 @ 10:47 pm


    What an insult! You should sue for defamation! “Former commercial pilot”…. WTF??? Once a commercial pilot always a commercial pilot, unless of course the FAA revokes your certificate. Just Joshing you! Looking good Phil G!

  2. philg

    June 10, 2014 @ 10:49 pm


    Thanks, ToucanSam, but remember that the FAA did revoke my Commercial certificate (and also my instrument rating) when I got the ATP.

  3. John V

    June 11, 2014 @ 1:32 pm


    Your link thru Facebook didn’t work for me (just a blank page, no error msg?), so I tried this:

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