Archive | January, 2013

Designing the beginning with the end in view

Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, aeroplane manufacturers designed a new product essentially because they could. They were pretty sure it would fly, but would it fly well and safely? When it proved it could fly, they started selling it, and began fixing all the fixable things they found that were wrong with it. […]

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Running out of options

Helicopter pilots have one of the most demanding jobs in aviation.  The flying itself is usually totally hands-on, totally visual, involves flying relatively close to the ground during the en-route phase, and frequently involves flying extremely close to buildings or other obstructions on the approach to the destination landing point. This was certainly true of […]

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It matters how we fly

Talking about his imminent departure from the Flight Safety Foundation for an executive safety oversight role at the FAA, FSF chief Bill Voss said:  ”I look forward to getting back into the operational world to see if I can still do more than make speeches. The FAA never runs out of challenges.”Bill did a lot more […]

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Learning to fly the A350XWB at Toulouse

If you go to Airbus for your A350XWB type rating training, you’ll have some fun. Officially. Since modern aeroplanes are racks of computers surrounded by an airframe that’s actually just an ordinary aircraft, Airbus has studied the way  in which people – especially children- learn to operate a  new electronic device, and modified its A350 […]

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Pilots seeking influence

The pilot unions of one American and three European airlines have announced an alliance that mirrors the transatlantic joint venture agreed by the carriers.  Meanwhile, in the UK, dissatisfaction with existing pilot representation has led to the launch – today – of a new association called the Professional Pilots Union. Following a meeting in Rome, […]

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