Author Archives: Shem Malmquist FRAeS

About Shem Malmquist FRAeS

B-777 Captain. Air Safety and Accident Investigator. Previous experience includes Flight Operations Duty Officer, Assistant Chief Pilot. Line Check Airman, ALPA Aircraft Technical and Engineering Chairman, Aircraft Performance and Designs Committee MEC Chair, Charting and Instrument Procedures Committee, Group Leader-Commercial Aviation Safety Team-Joint Safety Implementation Team (CAST)-Loss of Control-Human Factors and Automation, CAST-JSIT- Aircraft State Awareness. Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, full Member of ISASI, AIAA, IEEE, HFES, FSF, AFA and the Resilience Engineering Association. I am available for consulting, speaking or providing training seminars to your organization. Please contact me at spmalmquist at for inquiries.

Is the Boeing Max safe?

There is much concern right now about the Boeing Max.  I have seen also quite a few comments from people saying that they would refuse to fly on it, even after it is approved again.  While a typical response, it … Continue reading

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Pilots are not the problem

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Thoughts on stalls

Much of my recent work has involved LOC-I, and stalls in particular.  The following may be of interest. First, this from the AA 903 incident in 1997 (from the NTSB report on AA 587, page 106-107): On May 12, 1997, … Continue reading

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Microburst detection and avoidance – A primer for pilots

Microburst detection and avoidance A primer for pilots By Captain Shem Malmquist You’re on final and there are thunderstorms around.  As you line up still 10 miles out you notice that you can see the airport but there is some … Continue reading

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It’s More Than Angle of Attack

It’s More Than Angle of Attack   By Captain Shem Malmquist       As many in the flight test community know, Pete Reynolds (Learjet, later Bombardier) was one exceptional test pilot. Pete possibly had more time in transport category … Continue reading

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Automation, Pilots and Preventing Accidents – Reprinted from Flight Safety Information

Automation, Pilots and Preventing Accidents   By Captain Shem Malmquist    In recent FSI articles I have put forward the idea that perhaps our problem is not weak pilots who are “automation dependent.” Here I will expand on the topic … Continue reading

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Certification and limits

My previous article discussing limits on electronic engine controls elicited a number of very interesting responses that went into several different directions.  I thought I might share some of these with you as well as some additional thoughts.  Unless specifically … Continue reading

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