Associated Retired Aviation Professionals

August 6, 2001

Captain Ray Lahr (ret)
18254 Coastline Drive
Malibu, CA  90265

Ms. Melba D. Moye
FOIA Officer
National Transportation Safety Board
490 L’Enfant Plaza East, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20594

Dear Ms. Moye:

This letter is in regard to my information request (FOIA) # 20010048.

            My request was denied on the basis of  5 U.S.C. Art. 552(b)(4) which reads:

 (b) This section does not apply to matters that are –

(4) trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and

      privileged or confidential;

That section is followed by a qualifying statement which reads:

Any reasonably segregable portion of a record shall be provided to any person requesting such record after deletion of the portions which are exempt under this subsection.  The amount of the information deleted shall be indicated on the released portion of the record, unless including that indication would harm an interest protected by the exemption in this subsection under which the deletion is made. If technically feasible, the amount of the information deleted shall be indicated at the place in the record where such deletion is made.

            Please send me the following information relating to the NTSB calculations of the TWA 800 climb after the nose was blown off:

 1.      All of the Boeing information pertaining to this climb with only the proprietary portions removed.

2.      All of the publicly published formulas used for the calculations.

3.      All of the weight and balance data entered into the computer simulation.

4.      The document from Boeing stating that it wishes to deny access to proprietary information, and a general description of what is considered proprietary, and the name of the person making the request.

                  Sincerely,  Ray Lahr


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