Flight Safety Australia hits the road for March–April 2017 with an in-depth comparison of motorcycling and private aviation. As the most dangerous form of transport, motorcycling may seem an unlikely source of safety practice, but its improving safety record in Australia reveals a detailed and education-focused safety culture. The satisfaction and camaraderie of motorcycling also has close parallels in aviation according to those who move in both worlds.
We take another look at additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, which has progressed rapidly since Flight Safety Australia’s first feature on the subject in early 2015. The technology appears poised to enter the mainstream of aviation manufacturing and could revolutionise the provision of parts support. Contributor Adrian Park dissects the many layers of organisational failure behind the crash of a Hawker 125 business jet at Akron, Ohio, USA, in 2015, and general aviation instructor Thomas P. Turner analyses in-flight distraction and what can be done to minimise it. On the eve of its 30th anniversary we revisit the little-known crash of a Soviet-made Polish airliner that killed everyone on board after an uncontained engine failure and fire. The edition also looks at airworthiness advice for wooden aircraft and publicises CASA’s review of class 2 medical certification requirements.
The popular quiz and reader-submitted close calls round out a packed issue.
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