Archive | October, 2011

Handling The Big Jet: lessons for the A380 from QF32

Much as Qantas’ Capt Richard Champion de Crespigny has praised the A380′s ability to absorb massive damage and still fly safely, he says the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will provide Airbus with plenty of food for thought when it publishes the report of its investigation into the QF32 engine failure event in November last year. It’s not […]

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Handling The Big Jet: the human story of QF32

Last Friday Capt Richard Champion de Crespigny arrived at Qantas’s London regional headquarters in Hammersmith to give the staff a personal account of the day in November 2010 when his Airbus A380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure. I won’t rehearse yet again the technical detail of this well-documented event, but I will quote de Crespigny’s words to the Australian media early this year describing what happened when his No […]

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EFBs: where do you stop?

At the National Business Aircraft Association conference and exhibition in Las Vegas earlier this month one of the phenomena was that everyone who is anyone was offering an iPad app to enable easy access the service they provided. The premise, presumably, is that most pilots have an iPad, and anyone who doesn’t soon will. Are […]

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Emirates on the modern airline pilot

Emirates has implemented evidence-based recurrent training for its pilots, on the grounds that it’s direly needed.   Not very many carriers have done. British Airways is soon to introduce EBT to its type rating training as well as its recurrent.   Emirates’ head of training standards David Mason told the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) flight crew training […]

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Time gentlemen please

Flight time limitation rules are the most contentious regulations aviation legislators have to draw up. Airlines want the rostering flexibility that permitted long hours confer, even if they do not plan to use the maximum except when plans go awry, and pilots want the protection of a cautious approach. Right now the European Aviation Safety Agency […]

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The bad smell that won’t go away

Air Berlin has admitted it suffered a cabin air contamination event on an Airbus A330 flight from New York JFK to Berlin, and that it has had to report it to the investigator, the BFU. The crew reported smoke and a “wet pullover” smell in the cockpit and cabin during climb and again during descent. They […]

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