The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 accident at San Francisco is one of several events that emphasise the need to review, in precise detail, what the effects of high levels of aircraft automation are, not only on the way pilots carry out their task, but also how they perceive their role in the control of the […]
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Capt Chris Smith, BA’s most experienced 757 captain (All pictures by Nick Morrish/British Airways) It’s Saturday 30 October, about 1715 local time on the ramp at London Heathrow, and Capt Chris Smith is taking a picture of the aeroplane he’s just about to fly to Edinburgh and back. He’s in charge of the very last […]
G-CPET is the aircraft that will carry out the last scheduled British Airways Boeing 757 revenue flight, and the timetable below charts its last working day on Saturday 30 October: BA1384 Heathrow to Manchester departing 0745 arriving 0840 BA1389 Manchester to Heathrow departing 1000 arriving 1105 BA1482 Heathrow to Glasgow departing 1215 arriving 1340 BA1487 Glasgow to Heathrow departing at 1425 and […]
Love it or hate it, Heathrow’s politically cancelled third runway will be back. Why? It’s the most environmentally friendly aviation solution for UK plc, even if not so for the thousands (millions?) of citizens living directly under Heathrow’s arrival and departure paths. Who says it’s the most global-cooling air transport move? Richard Deakin, CEO of […]
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