Archive | May, 2009

Preparing pilots for googlies

As flight deck automation becomes more reliable – to the point of hardly ever failing - it is becoming more of a human factors problem. The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch makes this clear in its report on the Thomsonfly Boeing 737-300 that stalled and was momentarily out of control during its approach to Bournemouth two […]

Continue Reading
Lear 85.JPG

Digital versus delightful

What makes manufacturers who are considering a new aircraft choose fly-by-wire or traditional control systems, sidestick or control yoke? Of course, for a big-jet it’s no contest any longer: it’ll be FBW, but there will still be a wrangle over the pilot’s cockpit control. Most planned new business jets and some of the latest regional […]

Continue Reading
USS_Arleigh_Burke_Mediterranean[2].jpg

Contaminated air: it’s not just aeroplanes…

This is about a comment that was appended recently to my blog “The toxic subject that won’t die”. It doesn’t matter, it seems, whether the gas turbine powers a ship or an aeroplane. It can, as Troy Moeller says, “blow atomised synthetic lube oil all over you”. And then you lose your job and your health. […]

Continue Reading

Beyond pilot training

With its free-of-charge Safety Standdown seminars at Wichitaw and EBACE Geneva, Bombardier takes civil pilots into realms way beyond the “aviate, navigate, communicate” arts of flying they are traditionally exposed to. You have to go to one to find out what I mean, because you don’t know what you don’t know until somebody shows you. […]

Continue Reading