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Elegant ditching of a Cessna 310 (although possibly in embarrassing circumstances)

Courtesy of the fabulously efficient US Coast Guard comes this video of a Cessna 310 being ditched with great panache in the Pacific last week. I suppose everybody’s been watching Sully videos these days, just in case. (Sully, however, had a robust excuse ready for the aircraft owner, whereas we are yet to hear the […]

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Memorial flypast for First Air Boeing 737 at Yellowknife

A remarkable memorial flypast was organised four days after the loss of the First Air Boeing 737-200 at Resolute Bay. Not wholly surprising in a part of the world that is truly aviation country, but a terrific job all the same. Best seen in full-screen HD with audio.

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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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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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When the volcano strikes low-cost fliers may be the winners

My story of the volcano is just one of a gzillion of course – but educational for travellers. You can follow the saga of what happened to my wife and I on Facebook. In brief, we just failed to get out of Madrid on Thursday night as our flights (him on business on Easyjet, her […]

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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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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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