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Safety imbroglio

Thursday, February 21, 2008 — David Evans

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Apparently, the issues of controller staffing and runway safety are largely a matter of perception. To the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) these issues are tractable, well understood, and programs to mitigate any risks are well in hand. The message: trust us, send money. To others, the problems are not merely a matter of perception. They’re […]

Corrections to Reciprocating Engine Failures Ineffective, Study Finds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 — David Evans

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Aircraft reciprocating engines may be more complex than jet engines, not only in terms of the number of parts, but the stresses they undergo, and actions to assure their airworthiness have not been effective. So much for a half-century of accident investigations, recommendations which may be of marginal impact, and piecemeal regulatory fixes such as […]

Incident Trends

Monday, February 18, 2008 — David Evans

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Regarding the up-tick in incidents alluded to by Mark Goodrich in our recapitulation of last year’s safety record (see ‘Trend to Fewer Accidents Continued in 2007’ in Aviation Safety & Security Digest), Ed Pooley of the Air Safety Consultancy in the UK remarks that any discussion of incident trends needs to be qualified: “U.S. incidents […]

Happy Talk Turns Ugly on TSA Blog

Friday, February 8, 2008 — David Evans

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The thing about soliciting public comments on a website maintained by the agency is that they do not create pressure or a legal mandate for change, the way such comments might do if submitted to Congress or filed as part of a regulatory deliberation. In this respect, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may have conceived […]

Not for public consumption

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 — David Evans

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The internal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) memorandum of 24 January concerning the British Airways flight 038 B777 crash 17 January at Heathrow is apparently not for public consumption, or release if specifically requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Reason: the information is based on “Preliminary Reports” and is “For Official Use Only” (FOUA). […]

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