‘Flight Safety Australia’ January–February 2017 out now!


As the biennial Australian International Airshow approaches Flight Safety Australia’s January-February 2017 edition looks at how airshows manage risk. It’s a story of complexity, thorough planning and ongoing cooperation between CASA and the aviation industry. We look back in time to 1972, the year that has the grim distinction of having the greatest number of airline passengers killed worldwide. Analysis of that year’s appalling record produces two conclusions: momentary congratulation at how technology and modern crew resource management techniques have lowered the fatal accident rate; and the sobering realisation that because air travel is growing rapidly crash rates need to keep falling or the overall number of annual deaths will exceed 1972’s total. A study of high reliability organisations in the Safety in mind series reveals how a few general principles used in operations as diverse as electricity distribution, nuclear power and aircraft carrier flight decks can make accidents rare, despite inherent and obvious risks.

US contributor Thomas P. Turner writes elegantly and convincingly on why pilots sometimes make it a point of pride to compensate for maintenance failures and oversights in aircraft – and why this is a dangerous practise. Kreisha Ballantyne explores the role of education, experience and exams in producing well rounded and expert pilots and Adrian Park looks at the chilling story of an international airliner that nearly crashed shortly after taking off from Melbourne airport because of a data entry error. Yet older technology also has its dangers as a look at the inherent fragility of gyroscopic instruments reminds us. There is also a discussion of the people centred safety philosophy being adopted by an Australian air carrier and reports on risk management and human factors in the sport and recreational aviation sectors.

The popular quiz and reader-submitted close calls round out a packed issue.

Don’t forget there are two ways to keep up-to-date with Flight Safety Australia’s coverage of all the latest aviation safety news and issues. Download the magazine tablet app
from the App Store or from Google Play and enjoy the interactive bi-monthly magazine experience, complete with video and audio. Once you’ve downloaded the issue, you
can read it offline at your leisure. And for daily aviation safety updates, as well as all the bi-monthly magazine’s articles, subscribe to the magazine’s news site.


  1. Is there any way to access the bimonthly magazine other than tablet or smart phone? I do not have a tablet and my mobile phone is too small

  2. What’s wrong with downloading a pdf to a PC? I hate my iPad mini and my phone is too small.

  3. Absolutely agree, a downloadable pdf file will help. I cannot get my pc, iphone or google account to access this latest edition!!!!!!!!

  4. Russell
    I agree with above. I do all my reading on my iMac and keep checking to see if there is a magazine type version. As I find the web version to disjointed and have stopped reading the E-mag.

  5. Adrian, I agree with you. Aviation Safety Digest. Won quite a few awards as well. Axed by a Labor government of course.

  6. Yes, come on! I can’t understand why a .PDF version wasn’t already a choice. My phone is for phone calls and my tablet is for YouTube videos.

  7. This is very dodgy, Google and abode recently surreptitiously downloaded updates that changed PC settings and disabled add blockers, took days to sort out. Adds popping up everywhere.

  8. And yet another vote for a PDF, or at least something that can be viewed on the Web. I’m fed up with being told to download apps when the same thing can be done in a browser. Did you guys just come out of Media Studies 101? I do not want an “interactive experience”, just want to read the magazine.

  9. Hard copy was always my favourite method of reading Flight Safety, but .pdf would certainly be better than accessing via an app.

  10. The biggest threat to aviation safety is reducing access to flight safety information, articles and anecdotes for the less computer literate even than me. PDF please at least if not hard copy which used to lie around until I read through the whole thing. I had this discussion with casa a few years ago and was told it was due to budget cuts. Hang the expense, flying is expensive…
    And dangerous.

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