Aviation safety
Bird Strike Caught on Camera
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:59

baird-wind-screenPilot Keith Baird initially thought something aboard his 1968 Cessna 210 had exploded just after takeoff on December 28 when he heard a loud bang and a significant increase in outside air noise.

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Manufacturing Defect Caused Bell 206L Blade Separation
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:48

rotor bladesThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) says in a December 2013 report that a manufacturing defect by a vendor for Bell Helicopter caused eight feet of a 206L LongRanger’s main rotor blades to separate in flight on Nov. 2, 2011.

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Could a Better User Interface Mitigate Automation Addiction?
Monday, 30 December 2013 15:43

user interfacesOne man and his team think they may have an answer to the problem of over-reliance on automation by pilots who are insufficiently trained to handle an aircraft when the technology falters.

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MU-2 Stall Training Rules Conflict with New Technique
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:01

MU 2When the FAA amended aircraft stall training last year to emphasize reducing angle of attack over the long-used procedure of limiting altitude loss above all else, training organizations across the U.S. were required to update their curriculums to reflect those changes.

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Airport security still vulnerable
Monday, 04 November 2013 11:10

LAX Shooting TSA OfficerThe LAX shooting probably won't change the way we protect airports nationally, although one security expert says it may move the TSA to arming some supervisors in some places.

Despite expensive and inconvenient measures adopted after the 9/11 attacks to make airplanes safer, airports remain as vulnerable as any other public place to someone with a grudge, a weapon and a statement to make.

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European Parliament ‘Rubber Stamps’ Duty Time Limits
Friday, 18 October 2013 10:13

Under new European rules, pilots can now fly no more than 11 hours a dayThe European Parliament’s approval of controversial new harmonized flight and duty time limitation (FTL) rule for pilots last Wednesday came only a week after its own Transport and Tourism (Tran) committee voted against its adoption.

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'Molecular basis' for jet lag found
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:44

'Molecular basis' for jet lag foundScientists believe they have figured out why it takes us so long to adapt when we travel to new time zones.

Researchers at Oxford University say they have found the "molecular brakes" that prevent light resetting the body clock when we fly - causing jet lag. Experiments, reported in the journal Cell, showed "uncoupling" these brakes in mice allowed them to rapidly adapt.

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Work on airport enables safe emergency landing
Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:00

Delta 757 Thousands of air travelers may never know how narrowly they avoided major delays in Atlanta on Sunday as an emergency landing played out in Montgomery.

A Delta 757 flight from Cancun landed here Sunday after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.

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Electronic Distractions
Saturday, 10 August 2013 00:00

using-electronic-devices-on-planesTexting during critical phases of flight has put renewed emphasis on the dangers of distraction in the cockpit, particularly from the personal use of electronic devices, such as cellphones, tablets and laptop computers.

The recent NTSB finding that an EMS helicopter that crashed in 2011 was caused at least in part by a pilot texting during critical phases of flight has put renewed emphasis on the dangers of distraction in the cockpit, particularly from the personal use of electronic devices, such as cellphones, tablets and laptop computers. Four people were killed in that accident.

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Batteries 'not linked' to 787 fire at Heathrow
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

imagebatteries-not-linked-to-787-fire-at-heathrowThere is no evidence of a direct link between the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's batteries and the fire at Heathrow Airport on Friday, investigators said.

The fire on the parked Ethiopian Airlines plane closed the London airport's runways for 90 minutes.

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