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Tanker duty for US Navy drone

The US Navy will use its first drone as an aerial refueling tanker. ‘The primary mission of the MQ-25 will be a range extension aerial...
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Flashback Friday: steam gauges and a dose of the wrong stuff

A 30-year-old BBC television documentary now on YouTube is a fascinating primer on human factors, crew resource management, ergonomics and automation. ‘The wrong stuff,’ from the...

Airbus, and now air taxi

Airbus is developing a self-piloting flying taxi, or ‘an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport’. Flight tests of the prototype, which...

Recharge your battery knowledge

The growing demand for lithium batteries and their impact on aviation safety will be one of the many talking points at a conference in...

Video shows bags delaying evacuation

Passenger video from yesterday’s accident to an Emirates Boeing 777 at Dubai shows something anyone with interest and commitment to aviation safety would rather...

Drones taking off for National Science Week

Remotely Piloted Aircraft, commonly referred to as 'drones', are set to take centre stage at schools around the country with National Science Week commencing...

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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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Caps tanks and drains: a three-pronged attack

To state the obvious: water in fuel is A. Bad. Thing. Whether avgas or jet A1, fuel and water just don’t mix. And water...

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