Jim...I take exception to your comments.
It's NOT the EAA's job!...it's OUR job to set the media straight! Write letter...make phone calls!
For years and years, since 1903 the media has loved this sort of reporting of blantant disregard for the FACTS! You can tell in the FIRST paragraph this journalist has not a CLUE as to what she is reporting! She has not researched and/or confirmed her information OR sources. She has no more idea what a "stall" is than the people she is reporting to... trying to make them THINK she does!
She is only "Collecting Ammunition" for the big gun lawyers that wants to sue everybody and ANYBODY even related to the incident. The pilot...ATC...FAA...airplane/kit manufacturer...engine/prop manufacturer...people on the beach that didnt WARN the guy to get out of the way for PETES SAKE!!!...The people that made his MP3 player he was wearing and didnt hear anything!!!...ANYBODY with deep pockets is what the lawyers are going for!
The reason the airplane came down was due to a busted crankshaft at the flange and he lost the prop....lost all the engine oil...and yes you guessed it, coated the windshild and his forward vis was "O". When the prop departed I'am sure he went tail heavy...no prop disc drag to slow him down. He didnt stall but he had his hands FULL!...and the last thing on his mind was someone on the beach at 0600 local...it was still dark!
It's all "Sensationalizing"...and thats what sells papers!
Every news cast I EVER heard about a GA or EXP plane down, ALWAYS ended with..."And the pilot did not file a flight plan"...leading the public to assume THATS why they went down...and it makes me mad as hell!
Further more almost every aircraft that goes down in my area...soon or later...I know the "Real" Story...and the media always screws it up!
I have offered, free of charge, my services to every radio and TV station in North Florida and South Georgia...including every newspaper to be a "Friend of the press/media" to set them straight and get there story reported accurately BEFORE press or Air on aviation related issues....and not ONE has taken me up on it.
So, as stated before...it's NOT EAA, BAA. AOPA, GAAMA, or any other organizations job to set the media straight. It's OUR job!
...and a little help from the NTSB would be nice. After all...THEY are FOR PROFIT, though they dont claim to be.
I'am off my soap box now.