Unfortunately I’m travelling and not in a position to check this out properly, but what appears to be a pretty authoritative account of some first-rate aviating by a BA 747-400 crew on 11 May has now turned up. Reports of this Johannesburg incident have been popping up over the last 48 hours, getting increasingly lurid […]
Archive | May, 2009
The RAF and Armee de l’Air are of course playing down the significance of this, but to any of us of a certain age it’s highly significant – in an entirely good way.Apparently coincidentally, the UK’s Red Arrows and France’s Patrouille de France are each fielding their first female pilots this year. In an ideal […]
Remarkable video today of the evacuation of a Boeing 737 with a landing-gear fire at Houston. Some people questioning how long it took to initiate, which is something like 2 minutes after the end of the landing run. Other people commenting on all the passengers coming down the one visible slide with hand-baggage, especially the […]
This below is the text of a letter sent from Colgan Air VP flight operations Harry Mitchel to the chairman of ALPA’s master executive council at Colgan, Capt Mark Segaloff.
The NTSB has released the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) tape from the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 in the Buffalo crash. It ends in the usual gut-wrenching way that these documents do, and no doubt some of you will have views on whether it should even be released.It’s important in this case though […]
Buried in the pile of pretty incendiary documents on the Colgan Air Q400 crash that will start to become public today, I understand there is one that will cause particular angst in the pilot community. That’s a suggestion from Colgan that cockpit voice recorder (CVR) extracts should become part of the flight operations quality assurance […]
Now that’s what I call FOD! In case you doubted it, a General Electric CF6 can’t swallow a standard baggage container. Actually what’s interesting is that the container is still at least sort-of in one piece, I wonder if the crew had time to throttle back before the impact??? Will keep the AOG desks busy […]
Putting these sort of ripples in the fuselage of the famously beefy Hawker 800 is not an easy thing to do (click for full size). So how was it done? More pix and unconfirmed story here.Official NTSB account below:DFW08WA091On March 28, 2008, at 0808 centralstandard time N167DD, a British Aerospace BAE 125 model 800A wassubstantially […]
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In the great tradition of US magazine journalism, Vanity Fair’s William Langewiesche , a GA pilot himself, has come up with just shy of 11,000 words (count ‘em) on the Hudson River Airbus A320 ditching. The majority of the piece is actually ‘about’ other incidents, philosophy and science of flight, history of Airbus etc – […]
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