Archive | November, 2011

VIDEO: How not to do risk assessment for a helicopter job

This video demonstrates why helicopters have a high accident rate relative to fixed wing.   The pilot clearly didn’t anticipate this outcome. Fortunately he survived it, and so did the people nearby, who could also have been killed by high velocity debris. Let’s examine the decisionmaking processes that preceded this event. Look at the space in […]

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The poisoned chalice presented to Cranfield University

Back in 2008, in a Comment article in Flight International, we discussed a research task that Cranfield University had been given. I quote: “Commissioned by the UK Department for Transport, Cranfield University is carrying out scientific tests to establish what contaminants are occasionally released into airline cabins in the engine bleed air feed to the […]

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