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Airline pilot training. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if…

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if the airline and training industries all over the world were to agree on a common set of pilot training, instruction and evaluation standards that reflects the demands on pilots in today’s flying environment? No-one, anywhere, says it’s a great idea to have a system that trains airline pilots […]

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Lessons from MH17

UPDATED: 25 July 2014 at 16:41 GMT   The loss of flight MH17 is not about Malaysia ­Airlines. It’s a particularly cruel irony that this carrier has lost a second Boeing 777 with everybody on board – again apparently through no fault of its own. If this disaster is confirmed as the unintentional shoot-down it […]

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Emissions at EBACE

Emissions policy is just a load of hot air right now. It’s a mess, and that’s the result of the failure of national governments to agree on anything, let alone a policy that industry could reasonably work with. Aviation, the producer of 2% of global warming emissions is, as usual, being targeted by governments who […]

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Single-engine IMC: is Europe going there anyway?

Helsinki Vantaa-based Hendell Aviation has just been licensed by the Finnish Civil Aviation Authority for single-engine commercial flights under instrument meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) using its turboprop Pilatus PC-12s.  SE-IMC commercial passenger flight is recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation but not by all European Union states. The problem for those – usually countries with […]

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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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