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The Importance of Complete De-Icing Before Takeoff

Thursday, November 12, 2009 — David Evans

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The Importance of Complete De-Icing Before Takeoff

Recall that after investigating any number of icing related air accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has stressed the critical importance of operating with a clean wing. Even a light glaze of ice is warned against. Basically, any sort of ice/snow/slush on the wings is a no-go. Now consider this report from the fall […]

Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

Friday, November 6, 2009 — David Evans

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Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

“Caution, Terrain” would have sounded in the cockpit fully seven seconds before the helicopter struck trees and ploughed into the ground, killing four persons aboard and adding injuries to the surviving of two patients being evacuated for medical treatment. But the Maryland State Police (MSP) medical evacuation helicopter was not equipped with TAWS (Terrain Awareness […]

Humor Spawned by Northwest Flight That Went Past Destination

Thursday, November 5, 2009 — David Evans

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Recall the case of the two Northwest Airlines A320 pilots who face revocation of their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificates after allowing themselves to be distracted to the point of overflying their Minneapolis destination. (See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘Pilots of Northwest Jet Facing Loss of Licenses’) Why a personal conversation distracted them to such an […]

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