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Embraer EMB-145 versus pelican photos

The heroic, but ultimately futile, attempts by the avian community to fight back against powered intruders continue. In this terrible scene a single white bird, cautiously identified by somebody-or-other as a pelican, loses (just) a bill-to-radome skirmish with an Embraer EMB-145 of Expressjet / Continental Express at Salt Lake City. More seriously, birdstrikes remain firmly […]

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Easyjet Airbus A319 loses windscreen to lightning strike

It’s been quite an evening – in a good way and a not so good way. The good stuff first: so I’m on my regular biweekly commute home from a storm-threatened Madrid to London Gatwick. We are actually lined up on the runway, and I notice that the windsock is lined up in exactly the […]

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That BA Boeing 747 at Jo’burg – the report’s out

Some of you may remember an incident in May last year in which a British Airways Boeing 747-400 suffered an uncommanded slat-retraction on rotation at Johannesburg. I suggested that the aviating skills displayed by the crew were worthy of note.Well, now the detailed South African CAA incident report is available and it confirms that it […]

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No, nothing wrong, but I’m declaring an emergency, everyone outtamyway…

Opinions in the pilot community will doubtless be divided over the conduct of this American Airlines Boeing 767 captain who doesn’t like the runway he’s been given and doesn’t care who knows it. To the point of unilaterally switching runways at JFK, declaring an emergency, and carrying on his own sweet way. Opinions in the […]

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TAM 3054 at Congonhas – literally an accident waiting to happen

Naturally enough the report on the Airbus A320 fatal loss at Sao Paulo Congonhas in 2007 has sparked all kinds of debate about the design and human factor issues regarding thrust-reversers, spoilers, and warning systems. Natural – but overlooking the devastating critique of the Brazilian regulatory system and of TAM’s operational management that the report […]

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I wonder what this chap would make of the British Airways strike

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BA038 – so Peter Burkill was right (and brave) about the flaps

Tucked away in the epic technical detail of the AAIB´s report on the crash of British Airways Boeing 777 G-YMMM is the human story of Capt Peter Burkill´s split-second decision to reduce the flap-setting. That decision is still being discussed by knowledgeable and not so knowledgeable people and doubtless will be for a long time […]

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Ryanair in the snow – heroic stuff or hairy stuff

Landing at London Stansted in the small hours of this morning on a Ryanair Boeing 737, I was almost tempted to join in the smattering of applause from the rear of the cabin. (Almost but not quite – I do have some dignity). I could barely see the runway edges  in the fog, and what […]

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That obese passenger post

As you can see below, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing a lousy job of maintaining this blog – but there are reasons. The obese pax post has got huge attention and I just thought I should tell you where I am on it.

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Passenger creates big debate at American – I mean big!

This is sent to me with the absolute assurance that it’s a genuine picture taken by a flight attendant at American Airlines. The F/A took it to show her manager what was happening on the aircraft (757???) and why she was unhappy about it. Seems the guy paid for only one seat and the gate […]

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