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A new approach -Thoughts on Automation

There is not a new transport airplane built that does not rely heavily on computerized systems.  Automation has been the “name of the game” for several decades now, with each new generation adding more to it. Pilots are now accustomed … Continue reading

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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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