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The report by the National Transportation Safety Board cites recordings made by a police gunfire detection system, which captured the plane's final moments, in concluding that "both engines were operating near full power."
(1) Unless otherwise authorized by the FAA, no pilot may takeoff from a civil airport under IFR unless the weather conditions at time of takeoff are at or above the weather minimums for IFR takeoff prescribed for that airport under part 97 of this chapter.
(2) If takeoff weather minimums are not prescribed under part 97 of this chapter for a particular airport, the following weather minimums apply to takeoffs under IFR:
(i) For aircraft, other than helicopters, having two engines or less--1 statute mile visibility.....
PALO ALTO, CA
PALO ALTO AIRPORT OF
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
DEPARTURE PROCEDURE: Rwy 13, turn left.
Rwy 31, turn right. All aircraft climb direct SJC VOR/DME
before proceeding on course.
PALO ALTO GROUND: 125.0 [0700-2100]
PALO ALTO TOWER: 118.6 [0700-2100]
The VFR TAC chart for the SFO area shows an obstruction ("trans twrs") at 377 feet MSL, just north and west of the airport.
The plane had flown about a mile northwest after taking off in heavy fog from Palo Alto Airport at 7:54 a.m. when it veered sharply to the west.
Tesla Motors, maker of the electric-powered sports car formerly code-named DarkStar, showed off the Roadster's second engineering prototype here Thursday evening at a networking event of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Perhaps even more compelling for the engineers than to see the car was the chance to pick the brain of Doug Bourn, senior electrical engineer for Tesla, who tried to illuminate the inner workings of the Roadster to a sophisticated crowd.
A biography for Bourn posted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2007 says he shares responsibility for the design and testing of the power electronics module for the Tesla Roadster. Before coming to the company, he spent 10 years at IDEO, a product design and development company in Palo Alto.