Hani Hanjour Reloaded
Hani Hanjour Reloaded
Research compliments of NK-44.
Part One - Hanjour's Flying Skills
When Hanjour went on three test runs in the second week of August, he had trouble controlling and landing a single engine Cessna 172.
"And consensus was,he was very quiet," "average, or below average piloting skills,"
"English was very poor " "so, that's about the best description I can get, give you"
Let's look at Hani Hanjour's flying skills in a chronological timeline:
September 96 - Academy of Aeronautics
According to Hanjour's brother, Yasser, Hanis intention to visit flight schools in the USA was because he wanted to become a pilot for the Saudi
national airline. The Saudi carrier required Saudi pilots to be FAA-certified in the United States. (This, Saudi officials point out, explains why so
many Saudis were in US flight schools. Since Sept. 11, the Saudi regulation has been changed.)
[Source - Boston Globe]
After being rejected by a Saudi flight school, Hanjour returned to the United States to pursue flight training in 1996.
[Source - National Commission of Terrorst Attacks Upon The United States]
While in Oakland, he enrolled at the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics. He attended a 30-minute class on Sept. 8 and never came back. Dan Shaffer, the
academy's vice president for flight operations, speculated that Hanjour was intimidated by the school's two-year training regimen and $35,000 price
" target="_blank" class="postlink">[Source]
At the end of this period, Hanjour enrolls on a rigorous one-year flight training program at the renowned Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, in Oakland.
However, he only attends the 30-minute orientation class, on September 8, and then never returns.
" target="_blank" class="postlink"> CBS 5 (San Francisco),
10/10/2001San Francisco Chronicle, 10/10/2001Associated Press, 10/11/2001Associated Press, 5/10/2002
End of 96 - CRM Airline Training Center Scottsdale, Arizona
Certainly, Hanjour's own piloting skills were shaky
. He took lessons at a Scottsdale, Ariz., flight school four years ago, but eventually was
asked to leave by instructors who said his skills were poor
and his manner difficult.
[Source - Washington Post]
For someone suspected of steering a jetliner into the Pentagon, the 29-year-old man who used the name Hani Hanjour sure convinced a lot of people
he barely knew how to fly
Hanjour attended CRM Airline Training Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Duncan Hastie, the owner of CRM, said Hanjour attended the school the last three
months of 1996. Then Hanjour "sort of disappeared," he said, returning in December 1997.
Hastie said Hanjour wasn't much of a pilot
"One of the first accomplishments of someone in flight school is to fly a plane without an instructor," Hastie said. "It is a confidence-building
procedure. He managed to do that. That is like being able to pull a car out and drive down the street. It is not driving on the freeway."
Hastie said that three months normally would be enough to earn a private pilot's certificate, but Hanjour "did not accomplish that at my school."
After Hanjour last took classes at the school, he called back numerous times to ask about further instruction. At least once, Hastie recalled, Hanjour
said he was living in Florida. He told Hastie he had continued with his training.
"He was a pain in the rear,"
Hastie said. "We didn't want him back at our school because he was not serious about becoming a good
During three months of instruction in late 1996, Duncan K.M. Hastie, CRM's owner, found Hanjour a "weak student" who "was wasting our
Hanjour left, then returned in December 1997 - a year later - and stayed only a few weeks. Over the next three years, Hanjour called
Hastie about twice a year, asking to come back for more instruction.
"I would recognize his voice," Hastie said. "He was always talking about wanting more training. Yes, he wanted to be an airline pilot. That was his
stated goal. That's why I didn't allow him to come back. I thought, 'You're never going to make it.'
" target="_blank" class="postlink">[Source]
In the spring of 2000, Hanjour had asked to enroll in the CRM Airline Training Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., for advanced training, said the center's
attorney, Gerald Chilton Jr. Hanjour had attended the school for three months in late 1996 and again in December 1997 but never finished coursework
for a license to fly a single-engine aircraft, Chilton said.
When Hanjour reapplied to the center last year, "We declined to provide training to him because we didn't think he was a good enough student when
he was there in 1996 and 1997,"
" target="_blank" class="postlink">Newsday
He also was trained for a few months at a private school in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1996, but did not finish the course because instructors felt he
was not capable
January 1998 - Arizona Aviation Mesa, Arizona
In January 1998, Hanjour and his friend Bandar Al Hazmi, who are now renting an apartment together in Phoenix, Arizona, train together at
flight school. Hanjour supposedly receives his commercial pilot rating while there.
US Congress, 9/26/2002
This is based on a claim by the FBI, and no further informations have been provided. So as long as no further evidence for that is provided, we have
to have completely trust in the account of FBI-Chief Robert Mueller. Given the case of Raissi alone (see later under 'The living pilots'), it's
safe to say that everything the FBI states should at least being taken with a grain of salt.
1998 - Sawyer School of Aviation Phoenix, Arizona
Over five years, Hanjour hopscotched among flight schools and airplane rental companies, but his instructors regarded him as a poor student, even
in the weeks before the attacks
. Wes Fults, the former manager of the flight simulator at Sawyer School of Aviation in Phoenix, gave Hanjour a
one-hour orientation lesson when he arrived as a new member of the school's "sim club" in 1998. "Mr. Hanjour was, if not dour, to some degree
furtive. He never looked happy," Fults recalled. "He had only the barest understanding what the instruments were there to do"
.... In 1998, he joined the simulator club at Sawyer
, a small Phoenix school known locally as a
flight school of last resort. "It was a commonly held truth that, if you failed anywhere else, go to Sawyer Aviation. They had good instructors,"
said Fults, the former simulator manager there. Sawyer's simulator is in a closet-sized room that students and pilots alike use to practice the
basics of instrument flight. Fults remembers Hanjour as "a neophyte. ... The impression I got is he came and, like a lot of guys, got overwhelmed
with the instruments
." He used the simulator perhaps three or four more times, Fults said, then "disappeared like a fog."
" target="_blank" class="postlink">Washington Post,
1999 - Sunbird Flight Services Tempe, Arizona
Agency records show that Hanjour was certified as an "Airplane Multi-Engine Land/Commercial Pilot" on April 15, 1999, by Daryl Strong , a designated
pilot examiner in Tempe, Ariz. It was the last of three certifications Hanjour obtained from private examiners.
Strong, 71, said his flight logs confirm that he conducted a check ride with Mr. Hanjour in 1999 in a twin-engine Piper Apache but that he remembers
nothing remarkable about him. [Source]
Sunbird Flight Services residents at Chandler Municipal Airport.
After he got his license, Quote:
"Hanjour reportedly applied to the civil aviation school in Jeddah after returning home, but was rejected."
So Hanjour went to the United States in 1999 and received his certificate, but came home and still couldn't land a job with the airline.
In a CBC-Article, dealing with Hanjour's license, it's written that one of Hanjour's instructors, an Arab-American man, came under pressure by the
FBI. He told agents that Hanjour was "a very average pilot, maybe struggling a little bit."
More to follow.
[edit on 21-9-2009 by OmegaPoint]