Category Archives: Safety

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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WHY DO WE ACCEPT HARD LIMITS ON JET ENGINES?

By Captain Shem Malmquist AN FSI COMMENTARY We make a number of assumptions about automation, the good, the bad and the problems. I believe that it is time to put some of these to rest if we are to actually … Continue reading

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THE AOA PROBLEM – WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT (reprinted from Curt Lewis Flight Safety Information News).

THE AOA PROBLEM WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT       By Captain Shem Malmquist AN FSI COMMENTARY The following is based only on an analysis and implications of the FAA airworthiness directive (AD) issued in the wake of the … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM LION AIR 610: Thoughts on Lion Air – Reprinted from Curt Lewis Flight Safety Information news

A FSI Commentary Editors Note: While the Lion Air 610 investigation continues, it’s important to remember that hindsight bias is no substitute for understanding potential combination system failure events. We welcome reader response to Captain Malmquist’s commentary. On October 29, … Continue reading

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Is your job safe from the perils of automation or free trade?

While most of my writing regards pilots, this one is for everyone. That said, please forgive the aviation examples I use! Many people worry about their job security as companies shift manufacturing to other regions of the world while simultaneously implementing … Continue reading

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