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Bad data sends drone into the blue

Incorrect data entry caused a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to fly out to sea never to return during a test flight in September, Australia's...
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‘Flight Safety Australia’ January–February 2017 out now!

As the biennial Australian International Airshow approaches Flight Safety Australia’s January-February 2017 edition looks at how airshows manage risk. It’s a story of complexity,...
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Friday flashback: stall warning, 1940s style

Stall spin crashes have been killers for as long as aeroplanes have flown, as this vintage video shows. This US navy video from 1945 Quit...

Amazon drone takes on slings, arrows and hackers

Internet retail giant Amazon has revealed more of its drone plans in a patent application uncovered shortly before Christmas by technology website Motherboard. The application...
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Safety in 2016: accidents dwarfed by traffic numbers

Last year was among the safest in the history of air transport. The Aviation Safety Network tallied 325 deaths in 19 air transport accidents....

How slow can that baby go?

It's been 52 years since the first flight of the Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird'. Taking off for the first time on 22 December 1964, the...

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The cable saga

In the five years since a very near miss put the issue of flight control deterioration into clear focus, sixty-one unserviceable and potentially dangerous...

Grinding gear

A known and documented problem continues to cause embarrassment and expense for Cessna operators. It was a memorable sightseeing trip, for the wrong reasons. The...
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The Duchess and the case of the disappearing bolt

A recurrent issue on a popular training aircraft illustrates the many factors influencing aircraft reliability. The Beechcraft Model 76 Duchess has introduced a sizeable proportion...

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