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The finger of fate

One mistyped digit almost led to what could have been the worst crash in the history of Australian aviation. Adrian Park analyses an incident...
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The year of flying dangerously: 1972

It was the year of the final moon landing and the first flight of an Airbus. Transistor radios and stereograms were playing John Lennon’s...
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Juggling the flying circus: airshow safety

Airshows have been part of aviation since 1909, when 500,000 people turned out to see the Grand Week of Aviation, at Reims, France. They...

Dirty Dozen: 12 ways your drone can land you in trouble

Drones are becoming increasingly popular throughout society—being flown by kids with no aviation knowledge at the local park or by experienced pilots conducting complex...
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Big bang theory

By Roger Alder The sudden energy release from the ‘big bang’ of an exploding outer combustion chamber of a Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250 engine is minuscule...

Final destination: Birmingham

The time has come What lays behind Will always outweigh What awaits me Tipping Point, David Kush Adrian Park analyses the combination of acts, omissions and circumstances that saw...

Commanding the Go-Around

It’s a routine manoeuvre, but one that requires accurate flying and a thorough understanding of low-speed aircraft dynamics, contributor, Thomas P. Turner, writes. There are...

Recent, licensed, current: two out of three isn’t good

Kreisha Ballantyne explores currency, and finds it to be a multi-dimensional measurement. It was on a typically glorious day that I encountered my first lesson...

More than a mouthful

Dentistry is a relatively quiet corner of aviation medicine, but recent research into the links between oral health and general health makes a strong...
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Safety in mind: Making sense of it all

As a psychologist who has made a career out of studying organisations, Karl E. Weick might seem an unlikely contributor to aviation safety. But...

Lithium: threat and promise

When CASA dangerous goods inspector Ben Firkins mentioned the name ValuJet to a room full of lithium battery experts he was slightly unsettled by...

Changes to some Bureau aviation weather products now here

The Bureau of Meteorology provides a wide range of weather related products and services to the Australian aviation industry. From 10 November 2016, the...

Electrifying developments

From The Jetsons to Blade Runner, flying cars are icons of a future that never was, but don’t give up on door-to-door aerial commuting...

After the gold rush

As the minerals boom wanes, mining charter and offshore operators face a new set of safety and operational challenges. A leaner mixture Just a few short...
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Do men fly from Mars and women fly from Venus?

Kreisha Ballantyne wonders if a little gender bending might not make all pilots safer. Of all the topics I’ve researched for this publication, the topic...
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Rendezvous at midnight

LifeFlight 8, Moosonee Ontario 31 May 2013. Adrian Park dissects a rotary wing crash that, because of organisational failings, seemed to happen with a disturbing...
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The power to cause trouble

Lithium batteries are a hazard requiring comprehensive management. A CR123A battery doesn’t look big enough to take seriously as a threat. Used mainly in cameras,...
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Mountain flying: unconsidered factors

by Thomas P. Turner Even on the flattest continent in the world, mountains exert an influence that pilots must understand. I’ve been fortunate to fly as...
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Fire over the plains

September sees the 50th anniversary of a crash which reveals much about how aviation safety has progressed since the 1960s. Winton is a town of...
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Positive charge

If you were designing a light aircraft from a truly blank sheet, what propulsion system would you choose? One that needs no air for...
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Safety in mind: Swiss cheese and bowties

Flight Safety Australia begins a series on the ideas that spur safety. Foodstuffs play a prominent role in Professor James Reason’s thinking about safety. In...
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Human and other factors: systems, situations and awareness

‘The blame of loss, or murder, Is laid upon the man. Not on the Stuff-—the Man! The Hymn of Breaking Strain Rudyard Kipling, 1935 An insight by the...
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The Personality Perspective

By Kreisha Ballantyne. A friend of mine always signs off his emails to me with the signature ‘fly safely’. I had never given it much...

Engineering the future

What happens to aviation safety if there aren’t enough people to service aircraft? In the first of a series of articles, Flight Safety Australia...
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Après-ski aviation

Performance-based navigation gets Australian skiers to New Zealand sooner, and in safety. The concept of the weekend is a powerful force. It drives airliners down...

Whirly bits—and why they matter

Vortex generators are small, but have a disproportionate effect on how your aircraft flies. That’s why it’s important to be careful about how they...

Part-time pilot: the future of aerial work?

The scene: a regional airport, not too many years from now. A sleek high performance turbine single lines up at the threshold; but there’s...
SG-38 Glider

Push and hold

A video of a young pilot in, or rather, on, an 80-year-old glider has lessons for all of us who fly, writes Thomas P....
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The men who fell to Earth

A recent accident has humbling parallels with the earliest recorded aviation death, Adrian Park writes. Koehn Dry Lake, California, 31 October 2014/Wimereux, Pas de Calais,...

Parallel tracks: the rail safety story

Aviation and rail travel may appear very different, but they grapple with similar problems: how to build and run a safe transport system. It’s an...

A bubble in a blizzard

A fatal ground collision between two German police helicopters teaches hard lessons in situational awareness—and situational response. Nearly a year before a collision in billowing...

Spring-loaded to survive

By Thomas P. Turner There are few times in an aeroplane when conditions require you to act swiftly without thinking. When one of those situations...

Mental as anything

Researchers have determined that when we visualise something in vivid colour with detail, our minds cannot determine if we’re actually looking at the item...

Out-n-back 2 heads to a new frontier

The dry red outskirts of Longreach, the towering chimney stacks of Mt Isa and the dugongs swimming in the aquamarine waters on Gulf of...

A winter’s tale

A maintenance incident on a Boeing 747 shows that given sufficient stress, lack of proper tools, and ambiguous documentation the problem of not knowing...

Exercising the imagination

Effective emergency response training has to reproduce the shock and awe of the real thing You are sitting in a Fokker 100 at Townsville Airport,...

Sweating the small stuff

The transformation of British cycling from weakling to powerhouse offers an insight into the aggregation of marginal gains and how getting the small things...

Switch on about the navaid switch-off

Air navigation in Australia has come a long way from the old days when pioneer aviators like Nancy-Bird Walton relied on sight, and smell,...
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Of platforms, pilots and pratincoles

Off the west coast of Australia a high-stakes liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, heavy transport helicopters and abundant wildlife meet. Flight Safety Australia looks...
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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...

On the same page: things LAMEs wish pilots knew

By Paul M Southwick Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs) and pilots have a symbiotic relationship: as Frank Sinatra once sang, ‘you can’t have one without...

From heavy metal to the light fantastic: your guide to RA-Aus...

By Kreisha Ballantyne In 2011, I rented a Piper Archer and flew solo across Australia to gain the required hours for my CPL. About a...
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Angle & attitude: stall/spin crashes, and how to avoid them

By Thomas P. Turner ‘Describe the most common scenario for stall-related crashes.’ When I ask this in presentations, invariably the first response is ‘the base...

Be afraid of the dark

A pitch-black sky and an empty landscape made for a deadly combination that was no respecter of daylight command hours. How much experience does it...

Non-technical skills—can they be taught?

Almost guaranteed year-round sunshine is just one of the drawcards that brings visitors to the Spanish island of Tenerife. Located off the west coast...

The great un-drone

Who knows what risk small consumer-flown drones pose to manned aircraft? Formally, they’re meant to be called unmanned aircraft systems but the gravitas of that...

Operating theatre: how medicine does human factors

Speak to a doctor, surgeon or nurse and many of them will be able to will tell you about the flight that crashed because...
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Let it go, people

Much has been written condemning passengers who reach for their luggage in an aircraft evacuation. Why they do it, and what can be done...

As you wish, my lord

The destruction of a state-of-the-art helicopter is a tale of circumstances trumping technology, as Adrian Park writes. On the evening of 13 March 2014,...

Aviation medicals—do I really have to report that?

Reporting your medical issues doesn’t necessarily mean curtains on your aviation career As sure as death and taxes, there’s a third certainty in life if...
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Develop a fuel management strategy

by Thomas P. Turner Fuel starvation (running the selected tank of fuel dry while other tanks still have fuel on board) can result from any...

Partners in safety

In flight training, pilots are urged to use every resource they have available, particularly in an emergency. An under-utilised and seldom-discussed resource is the...

Locked into error

How did an experienced crew, flying a modern business jet with an impeccable safety record, make such a simple, yet deadly, mistake? It began as...

Count down to blast off?

Jetpacks have been staples of science fiction since the early 20th century, piloted by characters as diverse as James Bond, the galactic suburbanites of...
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Bringing it all together: CNS/ATM

Flight Safety Australia takes a high-level look at the coming revolution in aviation Aviation can be an alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations—none more so...

Beacon blues

Unregistered emergency locating devices are an expensive waste of time for rescuers, and of reduced benefit to their owners. The search-and-rescue helicopter’s mission ended over...

All over the place

Adrian Park analyses the 2011 crash of Manx2 Flight 7100. Are we safe? If this question were asked of the crew of flight 7100, a Metroliner...

Tablets of wisdom

The capabilities of electronic flight bags increase, almost by the month. But even their developers warn that these computer programs are no substitute for...
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Safety: it’s getting weird

A new class of aviation accidents threatens to make experience count for nothing—unless we learn from it. Professor Patrick Hudson knows the value of a...

Robots in the hangar

Automated aircraft inspection systems have the potential to make aircraft maintenance safer and more reliable. But will they replace human judgment? Airframe technical inspection has...
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Shot down in flames: the dangers of the blame game

The tendency among pilots to be tough on each other can be nasty—and ultimately, hazardous. By Kreisha Ballantyne. ‘Self-indulgence and severity towards others are the...

If you fly, they can’t!

It’s late September 2015, and unseasonably hot. There are already bushfires in Victoria and NSW, with a warning of severe conditions in the Kimberley...

Those who won’t: avoiding gear-up landings

Contributor Thomas P. Turner looks at a perennial issue There’s an old saying about flying aeroplanes with retractable landing gear: ‘there are those that have,...

Partying safely

As a wag said recently, ‘No airport has ever hit an aircraft’. Ha ha, very funny—not. Funny jokes often reveal truths, but this one...
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The good, the bad and the ugly

Thomas P. Turner looks at why good pilots sometimes make bad decisions. Consider yourself in this situation: you’re flying in the circuit to a short...

Think Quick

The decision to reject a take-off at high speed will always be tricky. Training helps, up to a point, but it is also vital...

Stopping the spark

Fuelling aircraft from plastic containers is dangerous. In many schools, static electricity has long been a source of fun. Since the invention of nylon, mischievous...

When ‘I can’t’ is a positive

Adrian Park on the lessons from the 2013 crash of Agusta 109E G-CRST. ATC to Agusta 109E G-CRST near Vauxhall Bridge ‘Rocket 2, approved via...

A twist of the wrist: the importance of leading with the...

Some sound advice for light helicopter pilots from seasoned rotary-wing professionals. Earlier this year, helicopter instructor, Ray Cronin, returned from his annual training and examining...

Strictly liable, fairly enforced

CASA’s Associate Director of Aviation Safety, (ADAS) Dr Jonathan Aleck, explains the concept of strict liability. Breaches of most of the provisions of the Civil...

Bush strips–do your homework

Unsealed strip operations should present little difficulty as long as you are well prepared and have considered some key factors. Flying our outback is one...

Into the woods

A tragic crash in the US is a reminder to pilots of experimental/amateur-built aircraft of the risks associated with pushing a home-built airframe beyond...
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Low cost, high drama

A serious incident on a European low-cost carrier illustrates several salient points about safety: aircraft maintenance is a game played for high stakes, errors...
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Safety à la mode

The safety revolution of recent decades has extended to other modes of transport. Flight Safety Australia examines what they have learned from aviation, and...

The ugly truth about crashworthiness

Thomas P. Turner on the plain truth behind aircraft crashworthiness Three aeroplanes crashed under similar circumstances. Two accidents were fatal; six people aboard the third...

It was almost all over: the destruction of China Airlines flight...

by Adrian Park There is a tangible sense of relief when a large passenger aircraft touches down. The sound of the landing gear reacquainting itself...
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Without warning: the startle factor

‘#$@! we’re going to crash! This can’t be true! But what’s happening?’ were the last words from pilot David Robert on board Air France...
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The clichés that can kill you!

by Kreisha Ballantyne ‘Clichés are only clichés because they’re true,’ may well be the biggest cliché of them all. And, like a multitude of clichés...
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Mission: impossible?

The call came late at night, Matt Zuccaro told Flight Safety Australia. A client urgently wanted his helicopter charter company to ferry a high-roller...
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Small but dangerous …

Wasps are a hazard to any aircraft, as recent events show. Consider the humble wasp. When it builds its nest in the pitot tube of...
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What’s in the box?

Airlines around the world are banning lithium batteries from air cargo. But will prohibiting this integral part of our modern lives improve aviation safety,...
As the sun sets, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster sits on the tarmac after arriving at Dili International Airport, in East Timor

Safety management: risk and reward

For Squadron Leader Steve Ferguson, a far-away disaster on the late news provokes more than a feeling of detached sadness. As the executive officer...

Saturation, confusion, impact: The wild ride of Brahman 12

The background to a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan raises disquieting questions about the interaction of automation and organisational culture The chief hazard in Afghanistan...
13 September 1962, Hatfield, England. An English Electric Lightning PB1 in the second before its destruction. Test pilot George Aird survived, after landing in a glasshouse. The crash was caused by fire in the afterburner which burned through the elevator controls as the aircraft was at 100 ft on final. Professional photographer Jim Meads took these pictures on his day off.

Esprit de corps: the evolution of safety in military aviation

Air forces, armies and navies have revolutionised their safety culture and accident rates over the past 30 years. How did they do it and...

Instructors—the art of communication

‘The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.’ George Bernard Shaw We all remember our first. I know I do—he...
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Monitoring matters

As anyone who has sat through a dud movie will attest, there is a big difference between looking at something, paying attention, and being...
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Are you flight ready?

If you fly an IFR aircraft in Australian airspace, then by 4 February 2016, you must transition to using the global navigation satellite system...
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Flying high?

With the ‘flu’ season heading towards us, it’s easy to forget that those so-called ‘harmless’ over-the-counter (OTC) medications you buy from a supermarket or...
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Season of surprises

by Thomas P. Turner Australia is a big country, from the tropical north to the temperate southern latitudes and cool Tasmania, so it’s difficult to...
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Lessons and illusions: the Great War & modern aviation

Flight Safety Australia looks at what has changed—or stayed the same—since aviation came of age in World War I. Over the four years of World...
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Rage against the machine

Contributor Adrian Park investigates China Airlines Nagoya A300 flight 140 and ‘the fight’ between man, mode and machine that cost 264 lives. Flight 140, an...

HMI +ATC: A grounded understanding

Human-machine interface extends far beyond the flight deck. As well as pilots in cockpits there are controllers separating and guiding aircraft. The recognition and development...
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Design for living—why human machine interface matters

Long before the concept of human machine interface (HMI) emerged in computer engineering it was an important topic in aviation. At first, aviation HMI...
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For the want of a genuine part…

Adrian Park investigates the cold reality of aviation—how one incorrectly installed or incorrectly manufactured mechanical part can bring an aircraft crashing down. There is a...

No second chances

Why gliding experience makes us safer pilots. Kreisha Ballantyne experiences the seven valuable skills advanced by gliding. Clunk! That’s both the sound of the tug rope...
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Safety Management Systems industry workshop

Setting up an SMS? Come along to CASA’s SMS roadshow for some practical advice on getting started. This one-day workshop will include: Review of the SMS...
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Flying beyond the blue

CLARIFICATION This story was originally published in the Flight Safety Australia March-April 2015, iPad and Android editions. It was scheduled to be published on the Flight Safety...
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The aerodiesels are coming

Flight Safety Australia contributor, Thomas P. Turner, examines aerodiesels and their compelling economic and safety advantages The aerodiesels are coming. They burn the same fuel...
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Women’s work

Evidence suggests women have the right stuff to be safe pilots and engineers. So why aren’t more of them doing it?  ‘… when I think...
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The new Director of Aviation Safety

CASA’s new Director of Aviation Safety, Mark Skidmore, knows exactly when his passion for aviation was ignited: 20 July 1969. ‘I saw man landing...
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Leaping off the page

3D printing holds great promises and threats for aviation. It could be the best of times. It could be the worst of times. It could...

Force of habit

It’s the part of your mind that makes you expert, but it can also kill you. When Dr Key Dismukes was in Australia recently, he...
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A pilot’s four levels of competency

By Thomas P. Turner Flying is easy. Aeronautical decision-making is the challenge. Sometimes flying safety depends solely on your skill with the physical tasks of...
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Metres and milliseconds: an almost catastrophic near-hit

A near collision between two Japanese airliners is a chilling reminder of the importance of situational awareness, at every level. Adrian Park analyses a...
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For one brief horrid moment—the Eindhoven incident

A brief upset in the otherwise uneventful flight reveals a widespread and unappreciated aviation hazard. It was an event that according to Boeing happens every...
Dehydrated pilot

Dying of thirst?

It’s an extremely hot day at Forbes aerodrome—around 38 degrees Celsius—and a Piper PA-28-180 10 (Cherokee) takes off at just after 1pm for a...
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The fatal five

By Kreisha Ballantyne Every pilot, controller and engineer needs to know about these five psychological traps. In aviation, knowledge is power. As pilots, engineers and controllers,...
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Workload and helicopters

Rotary-wing pilots have to manage engines, rotors and their own mental reserves. ‘It flies itself’, said no helicopter pilot, ever. Piloting a helicopter is a...

In great waters—the offshore helicopter business

They fly in the most challenging conditions, but are the safest form of helicopter operations. Insiders say there’s no secret formula to their success,...

True detectives: 50 years of air crash investigators

Fifty years ago in Washington, DC, a group of American aviation experts—chiefly air investigators—concerned about the number of aircraft crashes, got together and formed...

Aviation medicals—myths versus realities

Whether you fly an A380 or a Jabiru J160, if you’re in the air it’s your responsibility to be medically certified. You’re just about to...

CASA and the live fish trade

Supply and demand—it fuels the global economy. When it comes to the live fish trade, Australia has what the masses crave. But getting a...

Drone on the farm

Remotely piloted aircraft are now what tractors were 100 years ago—a novelty that will soon become an essential part of farming. Life on the land...

Cleared for take-off

Australia’s newest airport has a safety story to tell before its first flight. In a few days (on November 17) the first scheduled passenger flight...
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Teaching a new dog old tricks

CASA graduate program participant Christian Tagle reviews the potential safety challenges when pilots move between digital and analog cockpits If you heard about the option...

When right was wrong

What led an experienced, highly trained and well-rested crew into deadly error? Flight Safety Australia contributor Max Collins investigates. The captain instructed his crew to...
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Global aviation growth and safety

Air travel is no longer simply for a jet-setting elite—it is for all. Dramatic growth means a system which emerged in the aftermath of...
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Sharing the sky: Gyroplanes

As true hybrids between aeroplanes and helicopters gyroplanes have unique characteristics that every pilot should know about. Gyroplane is the official name for an aircraft that...
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Licensing Regulations come into effect

On 1 September 2014, the transition period for Parts 61, 64, 141 and 142 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations began. Over the four-year...
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Swinging in the wind

Aircraft parachutes are a mature technology that, statistical arguments aside, undeniably save lives. It didn’t take long for the Cirrus SR22 that made headlines around...
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Put it down–now!

The Helicopter Association International has good advice for any rotary-wing pilot—if you think you’ve got a problem, land the damn helicopter! Reading accident reports is...
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The Seaview disaster: conscience, culture and complicity

Adrian Park reflects on the grim but important lessons from a watershed crash that happened 20 years ago A little after midday, on Sunday 2...
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RPA-taking flight

The remotely piloted aircraft sector is taking off, bringing safety benefits and challenges ‘How do you keep a wave upon the sand?’ Like the Mother...
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Sexy, serious or safe?

Safety videos have become part of airline marketing. No longer are cards and videos simply a way of providing safety information; they can be...
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Who’s the boss?

The human side of automation. How do we safely use aviation automation when the entire world is becoming addicted to letting machines do the hard...
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From SOS to SMS

CASA is about to release a new version of the resource kit—Safety management systems (SMS) for aviation—a practical guide. The revised kit particularly focuses...
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Communication breakdown

It’s the last thing you want to see when behind the wheel of a car – a set of ‘dangling Dunlops’ coming your way...
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Incurring the cost

Sadly the growth in the rotary fleet has seen helicopter incursions becoming commonplace around regional and metropolitan aerodromes, with near misses (or perhaps they...
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On dangerous ground

Runway incursions remain an aviation hazard. The hazards of flight are not confined to the air. Every pilot should know that the deadliest crash in...
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My captain, my killer

The first officer knew the approach was flawed, and he said so. But his deference to a captain who was fixated on landing cost...
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Something to watch over us

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has put flight monitoring on the agenda. But how will governing bodies, regulators and carriers find a...
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Graphical sigmets – a useful aid to situational awareness

The Bureau of Meteorology will begin issuing graphical representations of their text SIGMETs on 29 May 2014. They will help extend pilots’ situational awareness, but...
VC220 Volocopter

Electric dreams

A new category of rotorcraft promises much for safety – if it can be developed into a marketable product. The helicopter is a paradox. Because...
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Eyes on the ground

Ramp checks are an opportunity to become a safer and better-informed pilot, no matter what sort of aircraft you fly. Recreational or sport aviation is...
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Safer in a simulator than in the air?

Those critical ‘what if?’ questions Flight simulators are part of professional life for air transport pilots, but in general aviation the epithet ‘toy’ can still...
Control gondola and ground crew of Hindenburg. Source: www.airships.net

The weight of expectation

Blimp. Zeppelin. Airship. Regardless of technical differences the general media has for many years associated these with aviation’s most infamous of images—the Hindenburg plunging...
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A dragon’s last flight

Macarthur Job analyses how a pilot renowned for maturity and caution came to find himself disorientated in thick cloud with minutes to live. Two hours...
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two

Regular public astronaut

For more than 50 years space travel has been a heroic enterprise, with a high risk of a hero’s death. Of the approximately 536...

Don’t believe your ears

Spatial disorientation continues to kill. Your only defence is to know it for what it is. What would a God who meant us to fly...

Unmanned aircraft: the next waypoint

The future is here-you can read about it in a notam. Remotely piloted aircraft have become a fact of aviation life, going from the...

Taking the plunge

Flight Safety Australia's Patrick Cape experiences helicopter underwater escape training. Picture this - you're underwater, upside down, buckled tightly into a seat inside a steel cage...

Everything has eyes

The ubiquity of digital video recording has significant implications for aviation safety. The growth of small, highly portable video cameras is changing the way we...

Birds and beasts

Distress calls don't stop them, nor do pyrotechnics, lasers, shotgun blasts, cracking whips or introduced predators. Even the dulcet tones of Tina Turner, blared...

Entering the maelstrom

An offshore helicopter crash last northern summer illustrates how quickly helicopters of any size can fly into a deadly aerodynamic trap. Offshore helicopter operations are...

A watery nightmare

During the final stages of a domestic flight, a Garuda Boeing 737-300 entered heavy cumulonimbus cloud. In severe turbulence with heavy rain and hail,...

AOC Holders Safety Questionnaire

Each year, CASA performs the AOC Holders Safety Questionnaire (AHSQ) which collects detailed information from air operators certificate (AOC) holders about their activities, types...

The floating world

Hot-air ballooning is a unique form of aviation. Some challenges are ballooning's alone, while other safety aspects are familiar to any aviation operator. How's this...

Regional airports and the business of safety

Call it the Field of Dreams principle. "Build it and they will come," as the frequently misquoted line from the 1989 film about a...

Safety in numbers

Classic aircraft require skills to maintain and fly, them be preserved for posterity You see them parading down the freeway in all their chrome-plated glory....

Towers, tenders and radar

One day the mining boom in outback Australia will come to an end. Happily, it will leave behind infrastructure to make aviation safer. A key...

Blind faith

It's the stuff of nightmares. At a critical moment during flight you turn to your electronic flight bag (EFB) needing information right then and...

Spiralling danger

A tragic accident in central Australia is a grim reminder that balloon safety, like that of any aircraft, starts on the ground. In the early...

Too high to survive

The official report into the balloon crash at Carterton, New Zealand in January 2012 paints a disturbing picture of subtle pilot incapacitation. Like the stately...

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