Pilots in the cockpit

The mental health and wellbeing of the aviation industry

By Capt. Laurie Shaw The dichotomy of the present global situation is that the aviation industry is designed to connect people while, at the same...
Pre-flight checklist

To begin at the beginning

In my first year as a student, I had an encounter with an instructor with a difference. Old school, ex-air force and a collector...
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Warning on carbon monoxide poisoning

CASA has issued an Airworthiness Bulletin today on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in piston-engine aircraft. This follows indications that the pilot of a float plane...

Virus recovery: EASA considers what could possibly go wrong

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has turned its attention to the many potential safety issues associated with aviation emerging from Covid-19 lockdown....

Quick trim and a close shave

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has cited cockpit design as a factor in a trim runaway incident to a Royal Flying Doctor Service...

Impromptu flight ended in spin

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published the final chapter in a sad story: the crash of a Russian Yak-9 replica warbird that...

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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