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An embarrassed silence, but crew walk away from landing

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published yet another accident report on a tediously durable topic: fuel exhaustion. The accident involved a Cessna...
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Satellite launcher makes first flight

Just before midnight on Saturday (AEST) the broadest aircraft ever, in wingspan, took off and made a successful test flight. The 117.4 m (385 foot)...

Have your say on the Flight Planning kit

Designed to assist low-hour VFR pilots with good flight planning habits, the Flight Planning kit consists of a handbook outlining eight stages of a...

Surprise greeting turned into soggy mess

An embarrassing and potentially dangerous incident (its official classification) in Dubai is a reminder that aviation safety extends to when the aircraft is on...
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Real-time tracking trial begins over the North Atlantic

A new era of aviation safety and efficiency started this month when, for the first time, air traffic controllers can track the position of...

Lack of wet season experience killed pilots

Inexperience with the distinctive and dangerous weather of Australia’s Top End led to an in-flight break-up that killed two pilots, the Australian Transport Safety...

Airworthiness

Phoney maintenance

by Roger Alder ‘Never, in the history of aviation maintenance, have so many been distracted by so little.’ With apologies to Sir Winston Churchill, who was...

The hour cometh

A recent airworthiness directive from the US Federal Aviation Administration highlights the difficult issues surrounding the ageing general aviation aircraft fleet. Some things just seem...

Hot and confused

A tangle of misinformation about engine bay flammable fluid flexible hoses needs clearing up Dangerous ideas are not always outrageous. Sometimes they arise out of...

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