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Cosmic Ray Threat to Automation Under Investigation

Monday, November 30, 2009 — David Evans

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Cosmic Ray Threat to Automation Under Investigation

An interim investigation report raises more troubling questions than it answers. Australian investigators are now looking at cosmic rays as the possible source of an in-flight upset of a Qantas A330, having ruled out interference from a ground-based radio station, but they have not explored why the failure of a single computer component was not […]

Accidents & Incidents 10.01.09 – 10.22.09

Monday, November 23, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents & incidents 1-22 October.

‘Substantial’ Damage From Burst Oxygen Bottle Led to Emergency Landing

Friday, November 20, 2009 — David Evans

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‘Substantial’ Damage From Burst Oxygen Bottle Led to Emergency Landing

An emergency landing following an oxygen bottle explosion and decompression of the airplane has spawned a so-far unsuccessful hunt for the cause. So far, investigators have looked at the bursting strength of the steel oxygen bottles; they have not yet explored the possibility of water vapor in the bottle, and its contribution to corrosion, which […]

Now Is The Time To Assess Future of The Airline Industry

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 — David Evans

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Now Is The Time To Assess Future of The Airline Industry

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said the 12 November forum on the future of the aviation industry only “scratched the surface of the changes we need to address.” Accordingly, he will be forming an “advisory committee” to examine trends and report directly to him. “This is not going to be just another advisory committee, and […]

Copying A Good Idea

Monday, November 16, 2009 — David Evans

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Every now and then, one comes across an example of a safety program that could be emulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the UK, there is a program known as CHIRP, for Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Program, in which pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers and mechanics can anonymously report safety problems. […]

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