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System goal

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 — David Evans

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There is an intellectual foundation to goal setting. Under the late and esteemed W. Edward Deming’s concept of Total Quality Management (TQM), a clear statement of the goal is the first order of business. So what is the safety goal of every airline executive? What executive is willing to admit that his goal is only, […]

Quite an accomplishment

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 — David Evans

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William Voss, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Flight Safety Foundation, asserts that air safety has improved significantly in the past decade: “In the last 10 years, the accident rate has gone down dramatically around the world, and principally it has gone down in areas where we have started using information before accidents occur. […]

Flying high on pond scum

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 — David Evans

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Air New Zealand is working with a Blenheim, New Zealand-based company to create an environmentally friendly aviation fuel made from pond algae. If the project pans out, the small New Zealand company, Aquaflow Bionic Corporation, could lead the world in environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. The fuel is essentially derived from bacterial pond scum created through […]

Charge: plastic fuselage unsafe

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 — David Evans

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A former senior engineer at Boeing’s Phantom Works research unit, fired last year under disputed circumstances, charges that the new B787 Dreamliner will be unsafe. Vince Weldon contends that in a crash landing survivable in a metal airplane the B787’s composite materials will shatter and burn with toxic fumes. Weldon specifically alleges that: The brittleness […]

Possible bomb detonators

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 — David Evans

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Remote control toys should preferably be packed in checked baggage, but if they’re in carry-on bags, passengers should expect additional screening, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Radio controlled toys have been used to detonate terrorist bombs in Iraq. “There is a well-known track record of using remote-control devices,” said Kip Hawley, head of […]

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