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Debunking FDR Debunking

In the spirit of DRG's latest book "Debunking 9/11 Debunking", i thought i would put together an article for those to help out with the most common so-called "Debunks" of our work.

Claim - There are No pilots at

All above names who are pilots certified by the FAA can be cross referenced here...

Claim - The FDR is missing 2-6 seconds of data

FDR Recorders built to .5 sec lag maximum standard

Radar Altitude Confirms too high

Claim - There is altimeter lag in the animation and csv file due to flying outside the aircraft envelope.

Airdata Calibration and Measurement

FDR Vertical Speed - Altimeter lag issues Addressed

Radar Altitude Confirms too High
more below...

Pandora's Black Box - Chapter Three - Flight of United 93 (Trailer)

First Trailer for upcoming Chapter Three in the PBB series regarding United 93, NTSB Flight Data Recorder information/animation and the incident in Shanksville,PA.

Rob Balsamo

Email exchange with NTSB

I called the NTSB yesterday regarding a general inquiry into how they produce their animations for investigation. I did not intend to ask any question with regard to Sept 11. It was a general inquiry...

This was their reply...

Subject: September 11 products
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 15:56:44 -0400
From: "Lopatkiewicz Ted" Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Mr. Balsamo:
I understand that you have recently contacted Mr. Doug Brazy of our staff to inquire about work done following the September 11 terrorist attacks. As you well know, we supported the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into those attacks. Our work product was done on their behalf. Under the Freedom of Information Act, we have released some of that work product, and it can be found on our website. Because this work was done to support another agency, we are not commenting on it, and would refer all inquiries to the FBI. Any future contact with our agency on this matter should be conducted through established FOIA procedures. Please do not contact any NTSB employees directly on this matter.

Ted Lopatkiewicz
Director of Public Affairs

Pilots Discuss Difficulty of WTC Attacks

Professional Pilots Rob Balsamo and FAA Authorized Flight Examiner/Check Airman Dan Govatos discuss the difficulty of the WTC attacks as well as attempts to duplicate the attack in an Airline Simulator on

visit for archive of full interview.

Visit for the latest information and in depth analysis.

Pilots For Truth Welcomes Capt Field McConnell - 9/11 Lawsuit Filed!

Capt McConnell has been a core member for a while, but due to busy schedules we were just able to get his bio up on the core members page today. Its an honor to have you Capt McConnell!

Field McConnell (Captain Sherlock?)
23,000+ hours
Forced to retire due 9/11 exposure

Pilots For Truth Welcomes 5 New Members!

It is our honor and pleasure to introduce 5 new members joining our team....

Experience/Credentials as follows.

Christina Merrick
12,000+ TT ATP
A&P, CFIAIM, FE Turbojet
B-727, DC-9, SNJ-5, (T-6)
Navion and Bellanca Viking Current
Advanced Instructing
Consultant for AOPA Legal Attorneys
Eastern Airlines, ValuJet
Fellow Pilot and Friend of Captain Candi Chamberlain Kubeck
ValuJet flight 592, brought down in the Everglades May 1996

Dave Kisor
Former Aviation Electrician
USN / USNR Worked on A-4E/F, TA-4F/J
& A-7B/E ashore and afloat (CV-19, CV-43)
P-3B & C-9B. Back seat TA-4F/J & A-4F NWL
Flight & hangar deck fire fighting qualified
Jumped from UH-1N
BA & MA in Geography
Presently employed US Forest Service
Technician at the Riverside CA Fire Laboratory

Slawomir M. Kozak
Air Traffic Controller
Warsaw International Airport Tower Control Supervisor
On Job Training Unit Chief
Former President of Polish Air Traffic Controllers Association
Former member of Polish Airports State Enterprise Employee’s Council
Member of National Aviation Council
Member of International Aviation English Association
Journalist of aviation magazines

Pilots For Truth Welcomes Three New Members

We are honored to Welcome the following:

"....i remember well the emergency/hijack training we all went through and the procedures that pilots and ATC followed. Needless to say this whole thing stinks from what i know about flying.

Jim Mustanich
ATP 20,000+ hours
Typed in CE-500, DHC-7, EMB-110, BA-3100
Aircraft flown include Boeing 727,737, Douglas DC-9, MD-80.
United Air Lines, American International Airlines, Air Pacific Airlines, West Air Airlines.
6-7 years corporate flying in Cessna Citations.
Factory demo pilot for Cessna Citations"

"I would be honored if you would allow me to join your distinguished
list of pilots who support a proper investigation into the events of
911. I have been following the 911 truth movement for man years now
and solemnly believe that we have been told a lie and that the people
who really perpetrated this horrendous crime need to be exposed and

Captain Paul A. Trood
B737-800/400 Captain
Qantas Airways
Experience: 18,000 flight hours"

Interview With John Lear, Son of the Learjet

It is my pleasure and honor to welcome John Lear into the fold of our excellent team of aviation professionals exposing govt lies...

Qualifications and experience is as follows:

John Lear
Son of Bill Lear
(Founder, creator of the Lear Jet Corporation)

More than 40 years of Flying
19,000+ TT
23 Type ratings
Flight experience includes 707, DC-8, 727, L10-11


Pilots For Truth Welcomes Army Aviator Dennis Spear

Dennis has many interesting things to say. We are anticipating to be on Mike Chambers Radio program Friday night at 11PM Central time (we will be joining the second hour).

Qualifications are as follows:

Dennis Spear
Army Aviator
20+ years - United States Army
7000 TT in a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft
C-23, C-7, U-21,U-8, T-39, EH-60, UH-60, UH-1, OH-58
Instrument Flight Examiner, Fixed Wing Instructor Pilot, H-60
Maintenance Test Pilot
Operations Officer, Aviation Safety Officer
FAA Commercial Pilot
- ASMEL, Rotorcraft Helicopter, Instrument Airplane/Helicopter

Welcome to the team Dennis, its an honor to have you!

Rob Balsamo

Pilots For Truth Welcomes Lt Colonel Shelton Lankford

Lt Colonel Lankford emailed me the other day in support of our work and wants to be added to our 'roll'. We had a wonderful chat on the phone since and the LtCol is ready for duty.

Experience and qualifications are as follows:

"I am disgusted with the official explanation for 9/11 and I believe
that until the stain of that blatant whitewash job is removed from
our nation, we cannot consider ourselves anything but under the
government of a probable junta composed of suspected mass murderers.
It is either that, or the dumbest and most incompetent collection of
screwballs ever assembled in one place".

Lt. Colonel Shelton F. Lankford
United States Marine Corps (ret)
A-4 Skyhawk, KC-130 (10,000+ hours)
S-2, T-1, F9F, F-11, OV-10, T–2J
303 Combat Missions

It is our honor to welcome LtCol Lankford to the team!

List Of Members


Pilots For Truth Welcomes Captain Russ Wittenberg

I spoke with Capt Wittenberg the other night on the phone. We had a wonderful conversation and he wants to be part of our group.

Sofia (Producer, 9/11 Mysteries) has been trying to get us out to the AZ conference for the past few weeks making contact with Kent. However, Kent has been overwhelmed with working on the conference and removing the possible controversy surrounding the event. We look forward to attending, but still waiting to hear and work out the details. If we do attend, Russ will be there with me to represent our organization and speaking about issues regarding 9/11.

Capt Wittenberg qualifications and experience are as follows....
Captain Russ Wittenberg (ret)
30,000+ Total Flight Time
707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777
Pan Am, United
United States Air Force (ret)
Over 100 Combat Missions Flown
Has time in:
- N591UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 93)
- N612UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 175)

Welcome Russ! Its great to have you on the team!


While the rest of the world was watching the grammy's last night...

The two officers portrayed in Oliver Stone's film "World Trade Center" were describing an explosion they heard come from the south tower before the tower fell on them. This aired last night on Extreme Makeover while the rest of the world was watching The Grammy's.

Hope you're all doing well.


Breaking News! Additional American 77 Flight Data Recorder Files Decoded!

We were recently able to get the additional FDR raw file decoded.

Preliminary analysis:

We have the Radar Altimeter and better resolution on Longitude/Latitude.

-Radar Altimeter confirms too high to hit the light poles (Baro Altimeter lag excuse completely debunked).

-Latitude/Longitude confirms north flight path
(mag variation error excuse completely debunked, The NTSB didnt use mag heading to plot the flight path in animation, as i have said in the past, "Follow The Yellow Brick Road". There is a reason for the grid on the ground in the animation.).

-Vertical speed/G Loads based on radar altimeter and full flight plot starting from take off completely debunks those that think there can be up to 3 seconds missing.

I did an emergency radio interview last night with Mike Chambers.
You can listen to the archive of the show from last night at and download the archive on the main page
which covers our preliminary analysis including excuses others have used that the FDR may be missing 2-3 seconds of data.

Feel free to email me for further details.

JDX Open Invitation for Public Debate!

This is my open invitation for public debate regarding the Flight Data Recorder of American Flight 77 provided by
The National Transportation Safety Board (

I challenge the following:

- Anti-Sophist (anonymous persona on JREF),
- Mark Roberts (a person who feels we do not need to question our govt regarding 9/11 and does anything in his power to 'neutralize' 9/11 arguments including harrassment at Ground Zero)
- William Seger (internet persona of Democratic Underground who loves to cherry pick)
- The NTSB
- The FBI
- Anyone who thinks analyzing the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is a "Honey Pot" or a "Trap"
- Any mainstream media outlet who wishes to tackle the subject of American 77 Flight Data Recorder as provided by the NTSB.

All of the above i have challenged to a debate in the past, using real names, in a real forum (not the internet),
to email me with their number to set up the debate and/or recorded call.
None have stepped up to the plate.