Archive | November, 2009

What is “piloting best practice” these days?

If you are on the ops side of an airline or fractional ownership fleet, and you want to find out what currently constitutes piloting best practice, we can still take last minute bookings for Flight International’s Crew Management Conference in London staring 0900 on Monday next week. Pilot Best Practice, the theme for the CMC this year, is not […]

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Will the A400M fly, then?

  The A400M’s first all-engine, on-wing engine-run    Now here’s a real aeroplane. It has propellers. And yes, it will fly because we need this machine. At present there’s no military airlifter between the C-130 and the C-17 unless you are in the USAF. The maiden flight is programmed some time before the end of […]

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How to burn 18.4% less fuel and live. Really.

Courtesy of Oxford Aviation Academy and SAS at OAA’s Stockholm base, I have just flown an A320 twice from Gothenburg to Copenhagen, with identical weights in identical conditions both times. But, by adopting a few modified procedures the second time, we used 18.4% less fuel. Don’t try all these tricks on your next trip without having a […]

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Opening cabin doors onto the Hudson River

It was Capt Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles that put the US Airways Airbus A320 safely down on the Hudson River, but it was the cabin crew that faced the job of getting the passengers out. I spoke to two of Sullenberger’s cabin crew, Donna Dent and Sheila Dail, at the Guildhall in the […]

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Why Sully succeeds

If you read Capt Chesley Sullenberger’s just-published book “Highest Duty”, you will understand that the success of his Hudson River ditching was no fluke. Sullenberger is a thoughtful man. Everything he does is considered. He identifies objectives and works resolutely toward them, checking his progress as he goes. It’s the way he approaches life and flying. If […]

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