Bombardier Learjet 60XR

Safety management and COVID-19

Aircraft do not get sick from viruses but nonetheless COVID-19 is an aviation hazard. The virus has brought many challenges for aviation organisations, each of...
Cessna 172

Have your say on the 2020 TAF review

An aerodrome forecast (TAF) is a statement of meteorological conditions expected in the airspace within a radius of five nautical miles of the aerodrome...
Cessna 172R flying at sunset.

AvSafety seminars are returning

CASA is slowly recommencing the schedule for the popular AvSafety seminars, with the advertised dates remaining tentative until the event is open for registration. The...
French competitor Melanie Gadoulet in action at the Women's World Gliding Championships at Lake Keepit in January this year, where she won the 18-metre class championship. Photo: John Hoye.

When the tug overpowers the glider

The author warns about gliders spearing off to one side at launch and, on a couple of occasions, being written off. By James Cooper I once...
Illustration: Juanita Franzi

Remembering the victims of the Canberra Hudson disaster

Eighty years ago today—August 13, 1940—an air crash in Canberra around 11 am decapitated Australia’s wartime government. On board the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)...

IFR operations

Refer to the YSWG ILS-Y 23 approach chart. 1 You are currently tracking inbound on the 080°R WG VOR. Your GPS shows a distance...

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...

Defect Reports