UK air navigation service provider NATS has just achieved a “world first” by winning approval to operate time-based aircraft separation on runway approaches at London Heathrow airport. So what? Well, if your airport is not operating at full capacity, this doesn’t provide you with much of an advantage. But if, like Heathrow, you are operating […]
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It was Capt Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles that put the US Airways Airbus A320 safely down on the Hudson River, but it was the cabin crew that faced the job of getting the passengers out. I spoke to two of Sullenberger’s cabin crew, Donna Dent and Sheila Dail, at the Guildhall in the […]
This week’s Comment page in Flight International – When water is the best option – muses on whether the US National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry into the Hudson River ditching could provide simulator manufacturers with enough hard information to enable them to simulate ditchings for pilot training purposes. If that were possible, it might add […]
Ditching is always a high risk option, but this US Airways A320 crew made the right decision under the prevailing circumstances. They then showed the world how ditching should really be done. They reminded us that this exercise can be completely survivable, given piloting skill and the right weather and visibility conditions. Pilots are informed […]
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