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Archive | February, 2008

Sobering Thoughts on Aviation Fuel

Friday, February 29, 2008 — David Evans

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What the aviation industry needs is a dramatic improvement in fuel economy if it is to remain a viable form of mass transportation in an era of diminishing petroleum reserves, according to a blog titled “Why Airbus and Boeing Will Soon Go Bust.” Extracts follow:“Kerosene is what powers turbofan or turboprop aircraft. A very sober […]

Time to Deploy

Friday, February 29, 2008 — David Evans

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should move from the testing phase to deployment of Runway Status Lights (RWSL) systems at airports across the country, according to a report recently released by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (DOT/IG). The report concludes that the lighting systems – which provide red and green lights at runway intersections […]

Scavenged ice theory

Friday, February 29, 2008 — David Evans

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What follows relates to the British Airways B777 crash 17 January 2008 at London’s Heathrow Airport (see Aviation Safety & Security Digest, ‘Crash May Stem From Sustained Exposure to Extreme Cold Weather,’ home page). Because the B777-200ER, the model of airplane involved, has a large center wing tank with relatively flat surface areas, it should […]

Safety Checks of Foreign Airliners to Increase in UK

Thursday, February 28, 2008 — David Evans

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Oftentimes when bureaucracies are threatened with loss of their primary function, they tend to emphasize lower-order tasks to justify their survival. A case in point might be the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the United Kingdom. Like many comparable national regulatory bodies in Europe, the CAA is losing functions to the consolidated European Aviation Safety […]

Combination of Errors Leads to a Humiliating Gash

Friday, February 22, 2008 — David Evans

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When the airliner pulled up to the gate, the first indication that something was amiss came from a shock felt by the crew that ran through the plane at the same instant that a sign on the terminal wall illuminated the message “STOP.” As soon as the engines shut down, the cabin services manager rushed […]

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