That headline may sound patronising, but it’s not intended to be. Flying helicopters is difficult. The tasks they are asked to perform are those which no other transport mode could carry out. Helicopters are so expensive to operate they are only called out when nothing else can do the job. The Morecambe Bay report is one of the […]
Sorry to go on about what Flybe has been doing recently, but actually it’s important to the UK airline industry, and other European carriers could learn a trick or two as well. Europe’s largest regional carrier has just finished training 21 cabin crew, and the airline has won recognition under the UK’s national vocational qualifications system […]
It was at Heathrow Airport that I had a screwdriver confiscated. Okay, you might reasonably say. Unless you knew it was one of those minute devices for tightening the tiny hinge screws in a pair of reading spectacles. It was exactly an inch (24mm) long, plastic-handled, and the metal part measured about a quarter of an inch. […]
I have just learned how to force a test pilot into that dreaded syndrome known as PIOs (pilot induced oscillations). In simple parlance, the results of persistent overcontrolling when flying. Apparently helicopters are just as – if not more – prone to PIOs than fixed wing aircraft, and it happened to be at a rotary wing forum […]
FlyBe’s brilliant. For the un-initiated it’s a UK based regional airline that is now Europe’s largest. It breaks all the rules and makes money doing it when no-one else seems to be able to. It’s increasing its profits when everyone else is seeing reductions or actual losses. Which rules does it break? Well, it flies lots of […]
Mine is not intended to be a party-political blog but it’s sure going to sound that way this time. When a specific government decides on a course of action that is a fundamentally bad idea, and the proposed policy is also part of an established behaviour pattern that everyone associates with it, I suppose any opinion against the proposal is going to sound party-political. Here […]
From the start, the British Airways Boeing 777 crash at London Heathrow felt like a rare event – perhaps a one-off. But is it actually likely to happen again? After all, like most big jets of its generation, the 777 has had a pretty trouble-free history since service entry in 1995, and aviation is […]
Accident investigators have two tasks: one immediate, the other longer term. The immediate task, following an accident, is to determine whether there is – or even might be – useful advice that should be disseminated to the operators of the type of aircraft that crashed. It’s not necessary to be absolutely certain of facts before advising […]
So Qantas had a sudden decompression a few weeks ago, and now a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 has just suffered one. Sudden decompression is one of the two types of event that can occur on any passenger flight that are certain to scare the hell out of almost anybody on board, even though they normally contain little or […]
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