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The gust lock at Osnabrück

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When German investigators analysed what appeared to be a straightforward error by a first officer, they discovered a web of human, organisational and mechanical...
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The lost boys

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The deaths of a low-hours pilot and his passenger in a wilderness less than 90 km from Bankstown Airport involved much more than youthful misadventure If...
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What Donny taught me about drones

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Pilots’ core skills are transferrable across the entire sector of aviation Many years ago, I was sent on a helicopter flight for an article about...
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Slipping through the net

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This VFR-into-IMC accident, like many others, was the Swiss cheese variety, with multiple factors lining up to produce a familiar result Ten years ago, I...
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The deadly EPR

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John Laming on the dangers of incorrect instrument readings during take-off Your first instructor may have told you to keep an eye on the engine...
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All wingspans, great and small

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Over three decades Matt Bouttell has viewed aviation from the maintenance hangar, the dispatch office, the regulator’s ‘ivory tower’ and the cockpit. What struck...
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Turning and burning

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A helicopter that pitched over on the roof of a skyscraper, killing 5 people, had been subject to stresses caused by the cost-cutting practice...

I do declare – the emergency mindset

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Once realising you are in an emergency condition, it’s easier to focus on decisions that help you safely land I learnt a lot about flying...
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The stealthy assassin

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An insidious enemy that brought down a tourist seaplane on New Year’s Eve 2017 lurks in every piston-engine aircraft The operator was a well-regarded organisation...
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Long COVID: the stress of unending crisis

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The psychological effects of global aviation’s unprecedented shutdown are emerging, as are strategies for dealing with them There are contrails again in skies that went...

Daydream believer

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The good old bad old days Dreaming and doing are not as different as they seem: the link is mental practice by Robert L Cassidy Would you...

Cloud of uncertainty

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By Robert Wilson The enduring lesson from this 90-year-old tragedy is most unsettling ‘O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who...

High stakes: safety in private spaceflight

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Commercial space launches require a high-level commitment to safe operations, in every sense By Robert Wilson Counting down again For once the journalistic cliché is accurate –...

Forewarned is forearmed

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Reconnaissance means different things to different sectors but the aim is the same – the reduction of risk By Angela Stevenson Tactical reconnaissance is primarily...

The Merlin’s apprentice

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On a dark night, a pilot begins an unnecessary fight with the helicopter’s autopilot, and loses By Brendan Reinhardt In the Disney film Fantasia, Mickey...

VFR and visible

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A relatively inexpensive unit will help VFR pilots to ‘be seen and avoid’ By Kreisha Ballantyne Aviate, navigate, communicate. Power plus attitude equals performance. See, be...

Total recall

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If not for an experienced engineer’s long and detailed memory, a serious in-flight incident might have remained a mystery By Robert Wilson It’s something not meant...

Quantifying the go-around

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Go-arounds should be a routine exercise for pilots, but getting them right needs practice By Thomas P Turner When do you fly a go-around? If you’re...

Jumping in the deep end

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The pilot was overloaded and inexperienced – but this tragedy was also an organisational failure by the operator By Nick Stobie It’s a shocking sight –...

Legends of the stall

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Simulators are changing to test pilots in more extreme situations By Ross Peake The flight crew went to their deaths not quite knowing what was happening,...

Painting up a storm

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John Laming on weather radar and its modern low-cost imitator, the electronic flight bag (EFB) Number 34 Squadron at Canberra operated two Convair 440 Metropolitan...

Ghosts in the machine

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Accident investigation has embraced the digital age with cameras, phones and tracking systems as witnesses A seaplane carrying tourists dives into a narrow bay, a...

An alpine tragedy

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The report into the crash of a historic aircraft in Switzerland in 2018 tells the story of an operator where safety standards drifted. It...

Midnight special

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A sudden, strong and uncommanded pitch up immediately after take-off could have destroyed this airliner. Airmanship, teamwork and expertise stopped that from happening. By...

Down-to-earth wisdom

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An airline captain makes a coronavirus career change to drones and discovers his training in human factors and non-technical skills is just as valuable on...

Passengers behaving badly

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What causes some passengers to behave badly and what is the flow-on effect for aviation safety? By Pamela Tomlinson We’ve all heard about them and some...

Getting ready to go remote

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Planning a flight into a remote area this summer? Proceed with caution, lots of planning and with enough equipment to survive any misadventure. By Nick...

Summer accommodation

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When flying in summer, be extra cautious about calculating density altitude and keeping well away from storms By Thomas P Turner I fly out of 3600-foot...

Confidence interval

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We take a look at how pilots can maintain their professionalism while grounded during the pandemic By Kreisha Ballantyne While this year has certainly been the...

Waking up grumpy

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When it’s time to fly again, make sure your aircraft doesn’t become part of this year’s aviation nightmare By Robert Wilson As if air transport didn’t...

Drone registration and operator accreditation

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With more drones in Australian skies, mandatory drone registration and operator accreditation are on the way to help make flying safer and more enjoyable...

Engineering reality

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Margo Marchbank examines how virtual reality technology can help in the workshop A giant turbofan engine hangs suspended in space, seemingly defying the laws...

Qantas: the safety story

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Over its 100 years Qantas has acquired an enviable reputation for safe operation. It has not lost an aircraft since 1960 and not had...

The very best intentions

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Avro Lincoln, Mk 31, A73-64 Mt Superbus, Qld 4.14 am, 9 April 1955 A sick baby, a tired crew, a mountain waiting in the mist Ten years of...

Soft failures, hard landings

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Flight test reports tell eloquently of the new capabilities—and new challenges—electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft will bring Whether manned or unmanned, electric vertical take-off...

Flight in marginal weather

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Scud running implies an intentionally hazardous flirtation with visual flight in near (or actual) instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), a clear no-go. But what of...

The old man and the sea

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The experienced captain made an inexplicable decision to embark on a long overwater flight with a sick engine. About lunchtime, the young first officer found...
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The heat is on

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As we approach summer, it is time to consider the effect heat has on helicopter performance. The 80s song ‘The Heat Is On’ was...

Pilot attitudes: finding balance in the force(s)

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Can the so-called ‘hazardous pilot attitudes’ be managed to make flying safer? CASA does not make specific reference to what might be considered ‘hazardous pilot...

Intersection of factors

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A runway incursion at Perth Airport reveals how easily the delicate equilibrium of forces, factors and fallibility behind safe operations can be upset It’s no...

A new start

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The story of a warbird’s starter motor replacement illustrates the challenges and subtleties of keeping vintage aircraft safely in service. In the northern Riverina of...

Send in the clowns: when not to fly

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How do you judge when it’s better to stay on the ground? Of all the aviation clichés in the world, my very favourite is, ‘It’s...

Whatever next? Crisis becomes normal

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The aviation industry has undergone a tectonic shift during the pandemic and flight crews are seeing their careers abruptly on hold. In what form...

Russian roulette

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A harmless but disturbing incident highlights how complex systems and procedures can be vulnerable to the effects of misunderstanding and miscommunication. The worst thing that...

In the bleak midwinter

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Monarch Airlines flight OB301 Piper PA31-350 Navajo Chieftain Young, NSW Friday 11 June 1993 The destruction of a regional airliner 27 years ago revealed widespread shortcomings at the...

Reality bites

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Situational awareness, distraction and landing fixation are the themes of three chilling anecdotes. We are all human, so ask yourself: ’would I have done...

Virtual reality in cabin crew training

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By Patricia Green The truth that dares not speak its name in airline travel is that the polite, well-groomed and urbane person serving your food...

Speedy surveys—faster and safer

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Amy Steiger isn’t your typical drone operator. By Dragica Barac She says she fell into the role through a career development scholarship and good timing. Working for...

Dimness by daylight

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The cockpit modifications required for using night-vision goggles can lead to misreading of important warning lights. By Brendan Reinhardt The helicopter pilot settles into cruise on...

The art of organisation

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Kreisha Ballantyne makes no secret of the fact that she was an ill-equipped student pilot. Having no pilots in my family, no technical or mechanical...

How old is too old?

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Kreisha Ballantyne looks at the factors facing older pilots when learning to fly. As the population of the developed world experiences longer life expectancy, the...

In command: Doing things right

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Much of what you read in articles about flying safely revolve around aircraft crashes. We most assuredly must learn the lessons those who have...

Missing the message

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How do you find the vital pre-flight information you need when it’s buried deep in a stream of NOTAMs? This frustration, felt by pilots...

Making excellence possible: the role of safety culture

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Like air itself, culture surrounds aviation. But while you need to wait for good weather, you can create a safe culture Was it just a...

An ill wind: COVID-19 and aviation

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Full-stop landing Suddenly everything stopped. There have never been months like March and April 2020 in the history of aviation. Previous world crises such as...
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SMS: help or headache?

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Many operators in the aviation sector regard the concept of a safety management system (SMS) as just one more headache for their company, another...

Battling your inner demons

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Managing mental health issues in aviation is challenging, for pilots and managers By Adrian Park As professionals we have plans and systems for pretty much everything,...

Death in the afternoon

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The story of Australia’s first civilian turboprop crash shows how much investigation and analysis have evolved since the 1950s By Robert Wilson Three o’clock is either...
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Pick a number: big data, artificial intelligence and aviation

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Making sense of the next step change in safety By Robert Wilson Airline transport faces an enviable problem: how does it improve an already impressive safety...

Pay attention—to save yourself

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What does it take to stop a passenger reading their newspaper or talking so they can listen to the pre-flight safety briefing? By Patricia Green To...

Every which way but loose

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The inherent instability of a helicopter means even an IFR-rated pilot may get into trouble in cloud By Brendan Reinhardt A typical accident report for...

Bird on the runway

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Managing the ‘unmanageable’ By Margo Marchbank You’re flying a regular public transport (RPT) aircraft on final approach to a major Australian metropolitan airport when ATC...

Managing the risks of workplace fatigue

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By Nick Stobie Line Pilot, Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations I’ve had the pleasure of flying for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Western Operations...
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Rudder, ailerons, stalls and spins

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By Thomas P. Turner To recover from a stall, your instinct is to use ailerons to raise a dropped wing. But this could result in...

Safety in numbers

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By Kreisha Ballantyne Joining an air safari will improve your skills—and the journey will be fun In October 2008, when I was a then-GFPT student...

A whole new bag of tricks

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Over the last decade, electronic flight bags have revolutionised general aviation flight planning and put valuable safety features into the cockpits of light aircraft....

Plain speaking in the cockpit

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A series of incidents at flying schools prompted a study into improving the dynamics between instructors and students. The workload is high when you are...

Standing up for safety

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You’ll find them most weeknights, on their feet, in theatres, clubs or hangars, spreading safety messages that could save your life. Flight Safety Australia...

One fell swoop: the Canberra Hudson disaster

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With the help of a historian who researched the subject over four decades, and a former politician turned award-winning writer, Flight Safety Australia re-examines...

Too tired to back off

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By Adrian Park A captain overwhelmed by lack of sleep loses control of his aircraft On a late August afternoon in 1993, an approach to Runway...

The biggest myth in general aviation

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By Nick Stobie Maintenance releases are a seemingly simple document, but does an endorsed defect automatically ground an aircraft? The underlying principle behind the maintenance release...

Checklists: why and how

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By Thomas P. Turner We’re taught we should use checklists, but do we know why and how to use them? Air crash investigations frequently cite...
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Safety thirst

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By Alwyn Brice Is there a failsafe way to instil the subject of safety into your workforce? Over the last two decades of editing industry...

Unclear and present danger

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In this incident, ATC miscommunication and broader organisational factors almost led to the loss of 353 lives. By Margo Marchbank On 16 December 2016, EVA...
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Crash of cultures: the challenge for aerial mustering

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A look inside the hazard-rich world of mustering from the air reveals safety is improving. Chasing animals with helicopters, aeroplanes or gyrocopters is a distinctively...

The cloud spotter’s guide to safety

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By Kreisha Ballantyne How do you tell clouds apart and, more importantly, which ones are dangerous? For pilots, clouds are more than a natural wonder—they also...

Drones—what’s next?

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It is the year 2030 at a busy coastal international airport. From the top of the terminal building, commuter drones taxi incoming passengers to...

Minutes to midnight

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Behind what appeared to be an open-and-shut case of human error was a set trap of human and technical factors that was ready to...

Just a little bit over

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by Nick Stobie Almost all Australians are familiar with the Transport Accident Commission’s campaigns against drink driving. They’re prolific, confronting and by many metrics very...

Any one of us

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by Thomas P. Turner I was in the right front seat of a Cessna twin en route from Cowra to Archerfield airport near Brisbane. After...

Polar opposites

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Adrian Park looks at West Air Sweden flight 294, on 8 January 2016 The rapid and total destruction of a night freight jet is a...

Reprise: Night of the Comet

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The first edition of Aviation Safety Digest in 1953 reported on the runway overrun of a de Havilland Comet 1 in Rome, the previous...

Pushing the boundaries

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by Brendan Reinhardt A new mental model of pilot-induced oscillation brings insights that might help you stop it happening to you. A hard-working pilot drives home...

Knowledge is power—how understanding IFR can benefit a VFR pilot

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by Kreisha Ballantyne In the late 19th century, a Polish ophthalmologist named L. L. Zamenhof created a universal second language called Esperanto. His goal was...

Matt Hall: Skill is not enough

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The virtuoso pilot says natural talent or even thousands of hours are no substitute for knowledge, practice and discipline If aviation were music, Matt Hall...

What goes around

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Flight Safety Australia looked at helicopter maintenance in this 2011 feature. The safety fundamentals are unchanged but the prices quoted in the story...

Situation deadly, but not serious

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Saudia Flight 163 19 August 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Lockheed L-1011 Tristar In-flight fire followed by successful landing Passengers: 287 Crew: 14 Survivors:...

Take-off accident—DH Comet at Rome

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Excerpt from the original Aviation Safety Digest Number 1, 1953 Take-off accident—DH Comet at Rome on 26th October, 1952 (Accident No 7009) While taking off from...

When pigs fly: manners, airmanship and safety

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‘You can take a pig and teach it to fly, but it will still be a pig.’ This golden comment, uttered to me by a...

Cabin crew: We’re human too

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Cabin crew contributor Patricia Green points out that human factors and crew resource management are concepts that extend well beyond the flight deck Human factors...

Flight Safety Australia: back in print

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Pilots, maintainers, engineers, ATCs and cabin crew have told us how nothing matches the ‘tea room factor’ of our renowned print edition – so...

Gravity’s judgement

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The Clutha Pub, 169 Stockwell Street, Glasgow, Scotland 29 November 2013 For a helicopter pilot there are many bad situations, but this would have to be...

Resourceful United crew set example of airmanship

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Today is the thirtieth anniversary of a crash that demonstrated beyond all doubt that crew resource management (CRM) is a lifesaving concept. On July 19,...

Safety in Numbers

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Kreisha Ballantyne interviews formation team The Stooges to discover how specialist training can enhance flight safety Formation flying, along with aerobatics, is one of the...

Advanced training makes pilots better and safer

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Contributor Paul Southwick advocates for a safe and enjoyable way to extend your left-seat skills and judgement Pilot safety is never an absolute. The best...

Apron strings

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A safer ramp isn’t the stuff of fiction, reckons Alwyn Brice, but there is still a long way to go. When Nick Careen, IATA’s Vice...

Yaw in trouble: yaw control emergencies

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If your helicopter starts spinning you will need to analyse, decide and act-quickly, Brendan Reinhardt writes. Even in the simulator a fully developed yaw control...

The strangely sleepy triumph of Alcock and Brown

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Exactly 100 years ago tomorrow two pioneers became the first people to experience an aviation-related malady that has since affected millions and remains a...

Never trust a pilot who has gravy on their shirt

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by Kreisha Ballantyne Many years ago, when I was a student pilot, I planned to rent an aircraft with a friend, a licensed ATPL, in...

Group captain

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The pilot of Qantas flight 32 on the importance of teamwork in aviation Richard de Crespigny never achieved his youthful ambition to be a...

Enthusiasm for a cause

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by Nicholas Stobie It’s a common trait amongst pilots. That beaming look on our faces when anyone starts talking about aircraft. It might fade a...

At the sharp end

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In a matter of seconds, with incomplete information, a flight crew has to make a life-or-death decision  Ameristar flight 9363, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA, 8 March...

SARTIMES and SARWATCHES–the cost of forgetting to cancel

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Did you know that in 2018, over 30% of inadvertent search and rescue incidents were caused by a failure to cancel SARTIMEs and failure...
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On any take-off

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by Thomas P. Turner Pilots justify the cost and complexity of twin-engine aeroplanes for many reasons—payload, speed and cabin size among them. But the primary...

It’s all in the mind!

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Is to fly well to be mindful? * Kreisha Ballantyne explores whether there’s a place for the ancient art of mindfulness in today’s aviation culture. Last...

From the hangar to the runway

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American Airlines flight 191, Chicago, 25 May 1979 Adrian Park analyses the deep roots of a disaster that happened forty years ago next month I don’t...

Australian search and rescue awards

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Do you know a person, group or organisation in the aviation industry who should be recognised for their efforts? Do you know someone who’s...

Why safety systems are vital

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by Kreisha Ballantyne I have a friend, a pilot with much more experience than I, who once shared some valuable advice after sitting in the...

The dollar drain—the reality of ground damage

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The recurring nightmare that is ground damage doesn’t disappear when day dawns. But is anything being done to mitigate its effects? Alwyn Brice, who...

Human factors and the helicopter

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US journalist Harry Reasoner was renowned for his way with words. Two paragraphs he wrote on helicopters in 1973 have hovered for many years...

In-cabin baggage—the story so far     

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Sue Rice has worked in the aviation industry for 43 years and was operational cabin crew for 24 years. She has represented Australia at...

Revised resource kit on human factors reinforces safety culture

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‘It’s a highlight of my career to be with the people at CASA to launch their new Human factors for pilots’ kit. It’s a...

Your one and only: mitigating the risk of engine failure in...

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by Nicholas Stobie Every pilot flying twins remembers the mantra driven into them during their initial training: Maintain Control, Mixture Up, Pitch Up, Power Up,...
The sun rises over a flight line of C-130H Hercules in the early morning at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, as maintainers perform engine runs, Dec. 21, 2017. The 179th Airlift Wing is always on a mission to be the first choice to respond to state and federal missions with a trusted team of Airmen.

Graveyard Crash

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The mission description in the accident investigation is delivered in the sterile prose so typical of the military … except for the last word: The...

Change in the air for drones

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CASA is reviewing how it manages remotely piloted aircraft systems as the sector evolves and grows When Flight Safety Australia first discussed drones, the story...

The (Flight) Path Less Travelled

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Have you ever wondered whether, if you had your chance to learn to fly all over again, you’d do it differently? Whether the benefit...

Aviation lessons from a rock ‘n’ roll tragedy

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The music of Buddy Holly is everlasting, and so, unfortunately, is the type of aircraft crash that killed him. Sixty years ago, on 3 February...

Where are all the Women?

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by Kreisha Ballantyne A father and son are driving along the motorway when they have a head-on collision with another vehicle. The father is killed...
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Cracking the code: Aviation English

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Analysis of the English used by aircrews and controllers shows that it is in some ways a separate language to that spoken on the...

The Last Day

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MacRobertson Miller Airlines flight 1750, 31 December 1968 Much has changed over the 50 years since this crash, but the cultural factors behind it remain...

Big trip weather planning

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Kreisha Ballantyne takes a look at big-trip planning, with a focus on weather resources. The time is approaching: the endless rain has finally ceased and...

Summer’s seen—and sometimes unseen—hazards

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Summertime flying is usually quite attractive, but it brings a number of considerations for pilots. Several are mentioned frequently enough that pilots know about...

Weather to fly: the Top End

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Northern Australia is a tempting yet tough environment for aviation, where a scattered population depends on aircraft in the way the people in the...
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LTE: the cliff edge

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Brendan Reinhardt looks at why every helicopter pilot needs to be wary of loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE) In aviation warning is a...

Be seen and be safer

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A low-cost ADS-B system for VFR aircraft has the potential to reduce the ever-present threat of mid-air collision    It’s long been recognised that there...

One thing at a time: a brief history of the checklist

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The pilot was known as extremely capable and meticulous, and ‘an officer and gentleman of truly great distinction’. At age 41, he was chief...

A Fine Balance

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Kreisha Ballantyne looks at how to balance life and aviation I was at the peak of my career, being paid to fly high-performance single-engine aircraft...

Blocks and a chain in the sky

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The technology behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin is being touted as the solution for managing safety-critical information in aviation. Can this idea fly? Open any information...

Hazards of the cabin

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It’s where most injuries in commercial air transport happen, so cabin safety needs to be taken seriously, contributor Sue Rice writes. Just consider for a...

Bouncing, not breaking: resilience as the foundation of safety

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An engine explodes, peppering the wings and fuselage of a wide-body airliner with turbine fragments propelled out of its core at Mach 2.6. Some...

Growth without discomfort

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How do you build your skills as a pilot without putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk? First accept your limits and then train...

Seeing red: putting a stop to runway incursions

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Red is a powerful colour. Over the centuries it has been associated with good fortune, passion, violence, defiance, political ideology—and danger. The colour red is...

Culture and the clock

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Adrian Park reflects on the deep roots of a charter flight tragedy When I was a 23-year-old helicopter pilot in the military, with freshly pressed...

Take it personally

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‘A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer.’ Adam Smith How well do you know yourself?...

What drone is right for you?

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Thinking of getting into droning? Wouldn’t mind spending some time flying an aircraft remotely? Is it as fun as it looks? What’s the best...

Evolution and opportunity

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CASA is overhauling its regulations governing maintenance of aircraft engaged in private and aerial work operations. Any renovator, whether of a house, car or aircraft...

More than a ‘noisy tape measure’

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Remotely piloted aircraft systems are adding speed and accuracy to aircraft accident investigation Use the words ‘drone’, ‘accident’ and ‘investigation’ in the same sentence and...

Can you stall a helicopter?

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Contributor Brendan Reinhardt begins a series on what crews need to know about the distinctive aerodynamics of helicopters. For a start, they stall when flown at...

Introducing Mayday Fuel

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Aviation English has borrowed from the French two important terms—Mayday, from venez m'aider, meaning ‘come and help me’, and Pan Pan (from panne, meaning a breakdown). Mayday,...
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The brace position: what passengers need to know

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It seems absurd that something as simple as changing your sitting posture in a vehicle travelling at up to 1200 km/h groundspeed could make...

Richard Collins: Setting the Standard

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Contributor Thomas P. Turner reviews the career of a pilot and writer whose words influenced generations of aviation enthusiasts Richard L. Collins changed the face and style...

When it all just gelled

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Adrian Park writes about a crew who rose to the challenge of a confounding fuel system problem ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking. As...

Fright and Flight

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Air transport is a unique consumer product: up to one-third of its consumers are afraid of it. Cabin crew readily accept that some members of...
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Precisely to the point; the promise of satellite-based augmentation

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An update to global navigation satellite systems will deliver considerable safety benefits—but you need to understand it to prevent dangerous misconceptions. For the future of...

Flying to distraction

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There have been many light-bulb moments in the history of aviation. Unfortunately, some have been anything but inspirational. On 13 January 1969, the nose gear...

Fire and fury: The destruction of Piper Alpha

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An oil platform disaster 30 years ago has grim, but abundant, parallels and lessons for aviation safety. The first sign that something was wrong, was...

Bad day at Blackbushe

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An idiom (not to be confused with ‘idiot’) can be a surprising source of street (and flight) wisdom. Idioms are ‘distinctive expressions whose meanings are...

Are you where you think you are?

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‘Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.’ Henry David Thoreau The first part of working out you’re lost is actually admitting it....

Beware of the dogma

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‘One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind.’ Sylvia Plath I make no secret of the fact that...

Inside knowledge: neuroscience and the future of aviation

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Knowing how the machine works is widely accepted to be essential for safe flight. Recent developments in neuroscience mean this principle can now be...

Doctors in the skies

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May 17 marked the 90th anniversary of a distinctive and remarkable Australian institution, the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Since 1928, it has provided a...

Communication threats and errors for air traffic control

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The aviation industry largely relies on post-hoc investigation reports to further our understanding of incidents and accidents. However, it is also important to monitor...
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Stratospheric odds

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Adrian Park tells the story of a freak weather condition that tested a flight crew on a dark night We pilots would love a weather...

Transitions

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My introduction to the Cessna 210 was typical of the period. My employer, a physician, World War II B-17 co-pilot and certificated flight instructor...

A billion aircraft: the future of drones

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If US futurist Thomas Frey is right, in only 12 years drones will be as ubiquitous as cars. Frey says there will be 1...
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Lessons and illusions: the Great War & modern aviation

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For Anzac Day Flight Safety Australia revisits our 2015 analysis of what has changed—or stayed the same—since aviation came of age in World War I. Over...

Discovery and distillation: sector safety risk profiling

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The philosophy of sector safety risk profiling can be found in a 19th century quote attributed to Otto von Bismarck, Germany’s ‘iron chancellor’: ‘Only...

Medicine and history combine for the long haul

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By the time you read this, a few hundred Australian travellers will be settling into the local timezone in London, and other European locations,...

Thunderstruck

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The wild ride of a turboprop after discontinuing a landing approach raises issues of pilot experience, human performance and limitations, and cockpit design. The Shetland...

The future’s so bright (I gotta wear aviators)

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Approach anyone at your local aero club breakfast fly-in and commence a conversation about flying in the 60s and 70s. You will most certainly...

When the moment comes

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Adrian Park looks at the difference between success and near disaster. It’s called training. Every pilot wonders if they’ll have what it takes in an...

A bump in the night

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An incredibly close call—technically an accident—happened 47 years ago at Sydney Airport At 9.29 pm on Friday 29 January 1971, the flight crew of a...

Single and loving it: making the turboprop transition

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Thomas P. Turner describes how to lift your game to match the demands of the ultimate propeller-driven aeroplane type  Congratulations! You’re about to transition into...

A matter of time (plus speed, distance, weight and heat)

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N-n-n-no time, no time, no time! Hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late. The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll  It was a touch...

All in your head

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Virtual reality has much to offer aviation, with applications in training and simulation About half an hour into the flight you realise the weather is...

The importance of being humble

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By Kreisha Ballantyne The humble person makes room for progress; the arrogant person believes they’re already there. Anyone who flies, regardless of aircraft type, has no...

Drone hotspots

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Contributor and licensed remote pilot Craig Newlyn tracks down some places where drones and manned aircraft need to take particular care Drones are everywhere and...

Gliding through Summer

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In the Summertime when the weather is hot You can stretch right up and touch the sky From In the Summertime by Ray Dorset, performed by...

The unanswered question

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Cockpit voice recorder time stamp: 11:03:09 Sound of hiss. Sound of snap. Sound of thump. Sound of clap. Silence. See and avoid. It seems...

Down and out: the hazards of wake turbulence

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An incident in January 2017 in which a Challenger business jet was severely damaged after flying into wake turbulence from a Sydney-bound Airbus A380...

Point it, call it, get it right

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How Japanese railway theatre could make aviation safer There’s free entertainment on trains in Japan. Ride near the driver’s or conductor’s positions and you can...

The Unreachables are they unteachable?

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By Kreisha Ballantyne Some years ago, when my pilot’s licence was still crisp and my headset new, I made a rookie mistake. Without a mentor...

Losing the PLOT

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Partial power loss is a stealthy attacker that can kill you by degrading aircraft performance before you notice a problem, Thomas P. Turner writes. Partial...

Goodbye Jumbo: the legacy of the Boeing 747

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It’s still being made, but becoming a rare sight on the massive Boeing production line in Everett, Washington state, US, as its near 50-year...
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Navigating till the cows come home

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Waikikamukau (pronounced why kick a moo cow) is the Kiwi equivalent of the Australian slang woop woop, meaning a vague, distant location. The paradox is...

Stickers for accuracy: Robinson telatemps

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It is the sort of lightweight, inexpensive and pragmatic engineering that has made Robinson the world’s best-selling helicopter maker. Instead of complicated and expensive...

Wire, the invisible enemy

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To think of wire as something small, still and insubstantial is the wrong mindset for a pilot. A purely physical description does not describe...
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Sleep hygiene: art, science and common sense

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Sleep hygiene has been defined simply as ‘habits that help you have a good night’s sleep’. But for pilots, maintenance crews, cabin crews and...

Luck of the bounce

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Adrian Park looks at how the holes in an imaginary slice of Swiss cheese were lining up for a tired, but experienced, crew flying...

Skyhacked

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In an interconnected world how vulnerable is aviation to cyber threat? 1. The turbulent cybersphere If you think the sky is a dangerous place, how about...

The high price of foolishness

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Drone technology promises much for society. It also means a minority of operators breaking the rules and getting fined for their troubles. Want to see...

How soon we forget

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Skill decay among cabin crew is unsettling, insidious and dangerous A widely known and deliciously rude description of the role of cabin crew says the...
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The best of times

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How to get the most out of your pilot’s licence Kreisha Ballantyne makes the case for making every flying hour one to remember. Allow me...
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Complacency is the hunter

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In his classic memoir, Fate is the Hunter, Ernest K. Gann opined that mysterious, unknown forces schemed to bring down good pilots. Thomas P....

When advice isn’t the same as guidance

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Your IFR aircraft has a TSO GPS receiver and ADS-B transponder. Your instrument rating and charts are up to date and you believe you’re...
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Drift, shift and crash

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The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless T.S. Eliot A 1980s advertisement for men's work clothes had a line so...

Dirty secrets

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Beware the mudguard organisation: shiny on top, but filthy underneath The airline began operations in 1993 with just one aircraft. The following year, when its...
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Peeling the onion, the qualities of a chief engineer

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Roger Alder reflects on the demands of a job that can turn a reasonable person into an ogre. When Shrek tells Donkey ‘Ogres are like...

Watts happening: behind the buzz about electric aircraft

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It’s an electrifying time for aviation. Or not, depending on whom you speak to. Proposals and prototypes for electric aircraft range from 18 rotor...

Living the older pilot experience

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Too old, too slow is an epithet used against sports teams around the world. And it’s also been used against older drivers—and pilots. But how...

Seeing things

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An incident on an aircraft equipped with a synthetic vision system raises unsettling questions about technology, insidious failure and tunnel vision. Half past one, on...

Safety in mind: Hudson’s culture ladder

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When Patrick Hudson emphasises the importance of culture he means more than occasional visits to the opera house or art gallery. Organisational culture and...

Grounded in safety

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New technologies could make pushback for large aircraft cheaper, more efficient, and safer, but are not without their own risks Taxi and pushback are unglamorous,...

Dancing with the STARs*

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Kreisha Ballantyne explores the relationship between regular public transport and general aviation aircraft in class G airspace. In early January 2011, I excitedly undertook a...

Control, confusion and obsession: three unsettling parables

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From an unaccustomed seat in economy class, pilot Adrian Park, contemplates the fragility and fallibility of aviation decision making I’m up in the flight levels...

Seventy years on: a tale of five fins

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This is the story of two innovative post-WWII aircraft, each with more than one tale to tell. One has been described as the most graceful...

Listen to your aeroplane

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Inflight mechanical failure of aircraft and aircraft engines are very rare events. When failures do occur, they are not generally a bolt from the...

Getting smart: artificial intelligence and aviation

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It is on your smartphone right now, and is likely to be in your aircraft cockpit soon. Artificial intelligence (AI) could be the next...

Eye in the sky

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The inclusion of ADS-B technology in remotely piloted aircraft promises much for aviation safety and maintaining separation in the unmanned era. The biggest fear facing...
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Magnetos: keeping the spark alive

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The engine the Wright brothers used in their first aeroplane, 113 years ago, had no throttle, spark plugs or carburettor. But it did have...
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The bold and beautiful

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Kreisha Ballantyne explores what old-school pilots can learn from early adopters and vice versa I have heard many a senior gent tell he’s here because...

The lost art of taking-off

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Thomas P. Turner analyses an often overlooked phase of flight ‘Battery master switch: ON.’ Thus begins another flight, another adventure in the air for recreation,...

Anything to oblige

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Early on a Saturday morning in November 2013, the captain of a South Korean Sikorsky S-76 helicopter came to a decision. The weather in...
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Lucky Lindy

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May 20th this year marks the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St...

Safety in mind: Normalisation of deviance

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Diane Vaughan is an American sociologist who has spent her career studying organisations where deviations from rules and practices become the norm—often with devastating...
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A second chance: drinking or drugs need not end your career

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A program pioneered in the USA is helping Australian pilots with concerns about alcohol or drug misuse return to work safely and efficiently. Known as...
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Decisions, decisions: Deep thinkers’ thoughts on how we decide

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Flying is all about decisions. From the moment you wake up and look at the weather, to the moment you close the throttle and...
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The myths of pilot error

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Since the legend of Icarus, pilots have copped the blame for not following policies (i.e. don’t fly too close to the sun) and causing...
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Keep focus, keep your head

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Thomas P. Turner discusses the dangers of distraction and the myth of multi-tasking I was training the pilot of a Beech Baron 58. After time...
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Truth and consequence

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A Hawker 700A that crashed into an apartment in the US state of Ohio was airworthy. But the organisation that operated it was broken. ‘We’re...
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Safety in mind: Just culture

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The idea that people should be treated fairly is important for developing a culture of reporting safety issues. But what is fair, and who...

Kosciuszko in flames

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A little-known Polish tragedy 30 years ago is an uncomfortable reminder that uncontained engine failures can turn an everyday flight into a dire emergency...
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Knock on wood

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Roger Alder outlines the unsettling parallels between cricketing calamities and catastrophic wooden airframe failures. Ah! The romance of all that is cricket—the crack of leather...
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Reviewing the basics of fitness to fly

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CASA has a discussion paper out on pilot medical certification standards. The regulator wants to know what you think before it (maybe) changes the...

Adding up to a revolution

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Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a fast-moving field. When Flight Safety Australia first covered the subject in 2015, Airbus had just...

Wheels and wings

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Motorcycling may seem an unlikely source of safety-culture wisdom but there are lessons to be found there. They include paying attention to detail, exercising...

Oh, the humanity: why smart people do dumb things

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The discipline of human factors has much to offer, and much work to do, in sport and recreational aviation. Veteran US pilot, Jay Hopkins, in...

Risks on the radar

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The new Risk Radar Aviation (RRAv©) aims to help Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) members fulfil the Association’s aim to: ‘Plan wise, build...

Keeping them spinning

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Your aircraft’s gyroscopic instruments need knowledgeable maintenance and careful treatment. They are the fastest moving component in a piston powered aircraft, spinning at up to...
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Human after all

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An overview of safety which takes a fundamentally different approach to people’s roles and talents has found some high-level corporate support. Qantas has a deserved...

Safety in mind: high-reliability organisations

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Visiting the flight deck of an aircraft carrier left a strong impression on literary journalist, Tom Wolfe. This is a skillet!—a frying pan!—a short-order grill!—not...

A fine balance

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Education, experience and examination all have a role to play in a pilot’s development, Kreisha Ballantyne muses. In 1989, I went back to school, this...
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The finger of fate

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One mistyped digit almost led to what could have been the worst crash in the history of Australian aviation. Adrian Park analyses an incident...
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The year of flying dangerously: 1972

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It was the year of the final moon landing and the first flight of an Airbus. Transistor radios and stereograms were playing John Lennon’s...
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Juggling the flying circus: airshow safety

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Airshows have been part of aviation since 1909, when 500,000 people turned out to see the Grand Week of Aviation, at Reims, France. They...

Dirty Dozen: 12 ways your drone can land you in trouble

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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...
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Big bang theory

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By Roger Alder The sudden energy release from the ‘big bang’ of an exploding outer combustion chamber of a Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250 engine is minuscule...

Final destination: Birmingham

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The time has come What lays behind Will always outweigh What awaits me Tipping Point, David Kush Adrian Park analyses the combination of acts, omissions and circumstances that saw...

Commanding the Go-Around

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It’s a routine manoeuvre, but one that requires accurate flying and a thorough understanding of low-speed aircraft dynamics, contributor, Thomas P. Turner, writes. There are...

Recent, licensed, current: two out of three isn’t good

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Kreisha Ballantyne explores currency, and finds it to be a multi-dimensional measurement. It was on a typically glorious day that I encountered my first lesson...

More than a mouthful

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Dentistry is a relatively quiet corner of aviation medicine, but recent research into the links between oral health and general health makes a strong...
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Safety in mind: Making sense of it all

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As a psychologist who has made a career out of studying organisations, Karl E. Weick might seem an unlikely contributor to aviation safety. But...

Lithium: threat and promise

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When CASA dangerous goods inspector Ben Firkins mentioned the name ValuJet to a room full of lithium battery experts he was slightly unsettled by...

Changes to some Bureau aviation weather products now here

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The Bureau of Meteorology provides a wide range of weather related products and services to the Australian aviation industry. From 10 November 2016, the...

Electrifying developments

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From The Jetsons to Blade Runner, flying cars are icons of a future that never was, but don’t give up on door-to-door aerial commuting...

After the gold rush

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As the minerals boom wanes, mining charter and offshore operators face a new set of safety and operational challenges. A leaner mixture Just a few short...
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Do men fly from Mars and women fly from Venus?

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Kreisha Ballantyne wonders if a little gender bending might not make all pilots safer. Of all the topics I’ve researched for this publication, the topic...
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Rendezvous at midnight

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LifeFlight 8, Moosonee Ontario 31 May 2013. Adrian Park dissects a rotary wing crash that, because of organisational failings, seemed to happen with a disturbing...
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The power to cause trouble

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Lithium batteries are a hazard requiring comprehensive management. A CR123A battery doesn’t look big enough to take seriously as a threat. Used mainly in cameras,...
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Mountain flying: unconsidered factors

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by Thomas P. Turner Even on the flattest continent in the world, mountains exert an influence that pilots must understand. I’ve been fortunate to fly as...
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Fire over the plains

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September sees the 50th anniversary of a crash which reveals much about how aviation safety has progressed since the 1960s. Winton is a town of...
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Positive charge

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If you were designing a light aircraft from a truly blank sheet, what propulsion system would you choose? One that needs no air for...
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Safety in mind: Swiss cheese and bowties

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Flight Safety Australia begins a series on the ideas that spur safety. Foodstuffs play a prominent role in Professor James Reason’s thinking about safety. In...
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Human and other factors: systems, situations and awareness

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‘The blame of loss, or murder, Is laid upon the man. Not on the Stuff-—the Man! The Hymn of Breaking Strain Rudyard Kipling, 1935 An insight by the...
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The Personality Perspective

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By Kreisha Ballantyne. A friend of mine always signs off his emails to me with the signature ‘fly safely’. I had never given it much...

Engineering the future

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What happens to aviation safety if there aren’t enough people to service aircraft? In the first of a series of articles, Flight Safety Australia...
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Après-ski aviation

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Performance-based navigation gets Australian skiers to New Zealand sooner, and in safety. The concept of the weekend is a powerful force. It drives airliners down...

Whirly bits—and why they matter

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Vortex generators are small, but have a disproportionate effect on how your aircraft flies. That’s why it’s important to be careful about how they...

Part-time pilot: the future of aerial work?

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The scene: a regional airport, not too many years from now. A sleek high performance turbine single lines up at the threshold; but there’s...
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Push and hold

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A video of a young pilot in, or rather, on, an 80-year-old glider has lessons for all of us who fly, writes Thomas P....
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The men who fell to Earth

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A recent accident has humbling parallels with the earliest recorded aviation death, Adrian Park writes. Koehn Dry Lake, California, 31 October 2014 / Wimereux, Pas...

Parallel tracks: the rail safety story

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Aviation and rail travel may appear very different, but they grapple with similar problems: how to build and run a safe transport system. It’s an...

A bubble in a blizzard

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A fatal ground collision between two German police helicopters teaches hard lessons in situational awareness—and situational response. Nearly a year before a collision in billowing...

Spring-loaded to survive

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By Thomas P. Turner There are few times in an aeroplane when conditions require you to act swiftly without thinking. When one of those situations...

Mental as anything

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Researchers have determined that when we visualise something in vivid colour with detail, our minds cannot determine if we’re actually looking at the item...

Out-n-back 2 heads to a new frontier

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The dry red outskirts of Longreach, the towering chimney stacks of Mt Isa and the dugongs swimming in the aquamarine waters on Gulf of...

A winter’s tale

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A maintenance incident on a Boeing 747 shows that given sufficient stress, lack of proper tools, and ambiguous documentation the problem of not knowing...

Exercising the imagination

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Effective emergency response training has to reproduce the shock and awe of the real thing You are sitting in a Fokker 100 at Townsville Airport,...

Sweating the small stuff

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The transformation of British cycling from weakling to powerhouse offers an insight into the aggregation of marginal gains and how getting the small things...

Switch on about the navaid switch-off

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Air navigation in Australia has come a long way from the old days when pioneer aviators like Nancy-Bird Walton relied on sight, and smell,...
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Of platforms, pilots and pratincoles

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Off the west coast of Australia a high-stakes liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, heavy transport helicopters and abundant wildlife meet. Flight Safety Australia looks...
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The Duchess and the case of the disappearing bolt

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A recurrent issue on a popular training aircraft illustrates the many factors influencing aircraft reliability. The Beechcraft Model 76 Duchess has introduced a sizeable proportion...

On the same page: things LAMEs wish pilots knew

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By Paul M Southwick Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs) and pilots have a symbiotic relationship: as Frank Sinatra once sang, ‘you can’t have one without...

From heavy metal to the light fantastic: your guide to RA-Aus...

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By Kreisha Ballantyne In 2011, I rented a Piper Archer and flew solo across Australia to gain the required hours for my CPL. About a...
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Angle & attitude: stall/spin crashes, and how to avoid them

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By Thomas P. Turner ‘Describe the most common scenario for stall-related crashes.’ When I ask this in presentations, invariably the first response is ‘the base...

Be afraid of the dark

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A pitch-black sky and an empty landscape made for a deadly combination that was no respecter of daylight command hours. How much experience does it...

Non-technical skills—can they be taught?

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Almost guaranteed year-round sunshine is just one of the drawcards that brings visitors to the Spanish island of Tenerife. Located off the west coast...

The great un-drone

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Who knows what risk small consumer-flown drones pose to manned aircraft? Formally, they’re meant to be called unmanned aircraft systems but the gravitas of that...

Operating theatre: how medicine does human factors

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Speak to a doctor, surgeon or nurse and many of them will be able to will tell you about the flight that crashed because...
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Let it go, people

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Much has been written condemning passengers who reach for their luggage in an aircraft evacuation. Why they do it, and what can be done...

As you wish, my lord

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The destruction of a state-of-the-art helicopter is a tale of circumstances trumping technology, as Adrian Park writes. On the evening of 13 March 2014,...

Aviation medicals—do I really have to report that?

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Reporting your medical issues doesn’t necessarily mean curtains on your aviation career As sure as death and taxes, there’s a third certainty in life if...
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Develop a fuel management strategy

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by Thomas P. Turner Fuel starvation (running the selected tank of fuel dry while other tanks still have fuel on board) can result from any...

Partners in safety

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In flight training, pilots are urged to use every resource they have available, particularly in an emergency. An under-utilised and seldom-discussed resource is the...

Locked into error

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How did an experienced crew, flying a modern business jet with an impeccable safety record, make such a simple, yet deadly, mistake? It began as...

Count down to blast off?

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Jetpacks have been staples of science fiction since the early 20th century, piloted by characters as diverse as James Bond, the galactic suburbanites of...
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Bringing it all together: CNS/ATM

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Flight Safety Australia takes a high-level look at the coming revolution in aviation Aviation can be an alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations—none more so...

Beacon blues

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Unregistered emergency locating devices are an expensive waste of time for rescuers, and of reduced benefit to their owners. The search-and-rescue helicopter’s mission ended over...

All over the place

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Adrian Park analyses the 2011 crash of Manx2 Flight 7100. Are we safe? If this question were asked of the crew of flight 7100, a Metroliner...

Tablets of wisdom

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The capabilities of electronic flight bags increase, almost by the month. But even their developers warn that these computer programs are no substitute for...
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Safety: it’s getting weird

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A new class of aviation accidents threatens to make experience count for nothing—unless we learn from it. Professor Patrick Hudson knows the value of a...

Robots in the hangar

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Automated aircraft inspection systems have the potential to make aircraft maintenance safer and more reliable. But will they replace human judgment? Airframe technical inspection has...
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Shot down in flames: the dangers of the blame game

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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...

If you fly, they can’t!

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It’s late September 2015, and unseasonably hot. There are already bushfires in Victoria and NSW, with a warning of severe conditions in the Kimberley...

Those who won’t: avoiding gear-up landings

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Contributor Thomas P. Turner looks at a perennial issue There’s an old saying about flying aeroplanes with retractable landing gear: ‘there are those that have,...

Partying safely

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As a wag said recently, ‘No airport has ever hit an aircraft’. Ha ha, very funny—not. Funny jokes often reveal truths, but this one...
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The good, the bad and the ugly

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Thomas P. Turner looks at why good pilots sometimes make bad decisions. Consider yourself in this situation: you’re flying in the circuit to a short...

Think Quick

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The decision to reject a take-off at high speed will always be tricky. Training helps, up to a point, but it is also vital...

Stopping the spark

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Fuelling aircraft from plastic containers is dangerous. In many schools, static electricity has long been a source of fun. Since the invention of nylon, mischievous...

When ‘I can’t’ is a positive

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Adrian Park on the lessons from the 2013 crash of Agusta 109E G-CRST. ATC to Agusta 109E G-CRST near Vauxhall Bridge ‘Rocket 2, approved via...

A twist of the wrist: the importance of leading with the...

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Some sound advice for light helicopter pilots from seasoned rotary-wing professionals. Earlier this year, helicopter instructor, Ray Cronin, returned from his annual training and examining...

Strictly liable, fairly enforced

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CASA’s Associate Director of Aviation Safety, (ADAS) Dr Jonathan Aleck, explains the concept of strict liability. Breaches of most of the provisions of the Civil...

Bush strips–do your homework

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Unsealed strip operations should present little difficulty as long as you are well prepared and have considered some key factors. Flying our outback is one...

Into the woods

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A tragic crash in the US is a reminder to pilots of experimental/amateur-built aircraft of the risks associated with pushing a home-built airframe beyond...
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Low cost, high drama

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A serious incident on a European low-cost carrier illustrates several salient points about safety: aircraft maintenance is a game played for high stakes, errors...
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Safety à la mode

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The safety revolution of recent decades has extended to other modes of transport. Flight Safety Australia examines what they have learned from aviation, and...

The ugly truth about crashworthiness

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Thomas P. Turner on the plain truth behind aircraft crashworthiness Three aeroplanes crashed under similar circumstances. Two accidents were fatal; six people aboard the third...

It was almost all over: the destruction of China Airlines flight...

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There is a tangible sense of relief when a large passenger aircraft touches down. The sound of the landing gear reacquainting itself with the...
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Without warning: the startle factor

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‘#$@! we’re going to crash! This can’t be true! But what’s happening?’ were the last words from pilot David Robert on board Air France...
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The clichés that can kill you!

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by Kreisha Ballantyne ‘Clichés are only clichés because they’re true,’ may well be the biggest cliché of them all. And, like a multitude of clichés...

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