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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 commercial operations. With this popularity comes an increasing awareness of...

Properly clear of the prop?

by Phillip Zamagias How many times have we been told ‘treat every propeller as if it is live’? Like many things in aviation, years of doing repetitive tasks with no apparent danger can breed a familiarity...
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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 complex, continuous, multi-task operation, in no small part because of...

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 not see: some passengers reaching for their luggage in an...

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 be issued with your pilot’s licence but there’s just one...

Lithium battery fire sparks Mayday

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its report into a lithium battery fire that ignited in the cargo hold of a Boeing 737 moments before passengers boarded a flight from Melbourne to...

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 leaving the glider and the sound of your brain realising...
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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 same vice.’ Jean de La Bruyère (1645–1696) Shane Masterton* was a grade...

Lithium battery ban announced

Rechargeable lithium ion batteries will no longer be permitted as cargo on passenger carrying aircraft from 1 April, following a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Single use lithium metal batteries have...
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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 that exposes some uncomfortable truths about automation, redundancy and the...