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.

Proper attire on airplanes

It seems every few weeks there is another news story about a person being denied boarding for wearing something that in the view of the airline is inappropriate. These standards vary and are quite subjective. Some middle eastern airlines will … Continue reading

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Questions on the Moscow Superjet crash

On May 5, 2019, an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 crashed when returning to land at the Moscow Shremetyveo airport.  Of the 76 passengers, 41 were killed in the accident.  On departure the flight encountered an area of convective weather. It … Continue reading

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Increasing Learning from Accidents A Systems Approach illustrated by the UPS Flight 1354 CFIT Accident

Please click the link here for the full paper.  Most accident analyses are based on ad hoc approaches. Many formal analysis techniques have been proposed, but few are widely used. This case study shows how a structured process called CAST (Causal Analysis … Continue reading

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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 new method to identify the threats

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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